Ron wins the tryouts

Ron becomes the new Gryffindor Keeper... with a little help from Hermione

Extract from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By J.K. Rowling

‘You did brilliantly, Ron!’

This time it really was Hermione running towards them from the stands; Harry saw Lavender walking off the pitch, arm in arm with Parvati, a rather grumpy expression on her face. Ron looked extremely pleased with himself and even taller than usual as he grinned around at the team and at Hermione.

After fixing the time of their first full practice for the fol- lowing Thursday, Harry, Ron and Hermione bade goodbye to the rest of the team and headed off towards Hagrid’s. A watery sun was trying to break through the clouds now and it had stopped drizzling at last. Harry felt extremely hungry; he hoped there would be something to eat at Hagrid’s.

‘I thought I was going to miss that fourth penalty,’ Ron was saying happily. ‘Tricky shot from Demelza, did you see, had a bit of spin on it –’

‘Yes, yes, you were magnificent,’ said Hermione, looking amused.

‘I was better than that McLaggen anyway,’ said Ron in a highly satisfied voice. ‘Did you see him lumbering off in the wrong direction on his fifth? Looked like he’d been Confunded ...’

To Harry’s surprise, Hermione turned a very deep shade of pink at these words.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By J.K. Rowling