Stan is suspected

Hermione reads a Daily Prophet article about Stan Shunpike's arrest

Extract from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By J.K. Rowling

‘Anyone we know dead?’ asked Ron in a determinedly casual voice; he posed the same question every time Hermione opened her paper.

‘No, but there have been more Dementor attacks,’ said Hermione. ‘And an arrest.’

‘Excellent, who?’ said Harry, thinking of Bellatrix Lestrange.

‘Stan Shunpike,’ said Hermione.

‘What?’ said Harry, startled.

‘“Stanley Shunpike, conductor on the popular wizarding conveyance the Knight Bus, has been arrested on suspicion of Death Eater activity. Mr Shunpike, 21, was taken into custody late last night after a raid on his Clapham home ...” ’

‘Stan Shunpike, a Death Eater?’ said Harry, remembering the spotty youth he had first met three years before. ‘No way!’

‘He might have been put under the Imperius Curse,’ said Ron reasonably. ‘You never can tell.’

‘It doesn’t look like it,’ said Hermione, who was still reading. ‘It says here he was arrested after he was overheard talking about the Death Eaters’ secret plans in a pub.’ She looked up with a troubled expression on her face. ‘If he was under the Imperius Curse, he’d hardly stand around gossiping about their plans, would he?’

‘It sounds like he was trying to make out he knew more than he did,’ said Ron. ‘Isn’t he the one who claimed he was going to become Minister for Magic when he was trying to chat up those Veela?’

‘Yeah, that’s him,’ said Harry. ‘I dunno what they’re playing at, taking Stan seriously.’

‘They probably want to look as though they’re doing something,’ said Hermione, frowning.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By J.K. Rowling