Spraying for Doxys

Armed with Doxycide, Mrs Weasley attempts to clear out Grimmauld Place

Extract from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

Mrs Weasley was bending over to check the page on Doxys in Gilderoy Lockhart’s Guide to Household Pests, which was lying open on the sofa.

‘Right, you lot, you need to be careful, because Doxys bite and their teeth are poisonous. I’ve got a bottle of antidote here, but I’d rather nobody needed it.’

She straightened up, positioned herself squarely in front of the curtains and beckoned them all forward.

‘When I say the word, start spraying immediately,’ she said. ‘They’ll come flying out at us, I expect, but it says on the sprays one good squirt will paralyse them. When they’re immobilised, just throw them in this bucket.’

She stepped carefully out of their line of fire, and raised her own spray. ‘All right – squirt!

Harry had been spraying only a few seconds when a fully-grown Doxy came soaring out of a fold in the material, shiny beetle-like wings whirring, tiny needle-sharp teeth bared, its fairy-like body covered with thick black hair and its four tiny fists clenched with fury. Harry caught it full in the face with a blast of Doxycide. It froze in midair and fell, with a surprisingly loud thunk, on to the worn carpet below. Harry picked it up and threw it in the bucket.

‘Fred, what are you doing?’ said Mrs Weasley sharply. ‘Spray that at once and throw it away!

Harry looked round. Fred was holding a struggling Doxy between his forefinger and thumb.

‘Right-o,’ Fred said brightly, spraying the Doxy quickly in the face so that it fainted, but the moment Mrs Weasley’s back was turned he pocketed it with a wink.

‘We want to experiment with Doxy venom for our Skiving Snackboxes,’ George told Harry under his breath.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling