He heard the Dursleys leaving the table and hurried upstairs out of the way.
¡°It's my rat,¡± he told the witch. ¡°He's been a bit off-color ever since I brought him back from Egypt.¡±
¡°The teachers and I need to conduct a thorough search of the castle,¡± Professor Dumbledore told them as Professors McGonagall and Flitwick closed all doors into the hall. ¡°I'm afraid that, for your own safety, you will have to spend the night here. I want the prefects to stand guard over the entrances to the hall and I am leaving the Head Boy and Girl in charge. Any disturbance should be reported to me immediately,¡± he added to Percy, who was looking immensely proud and important. ¡°Send word with one of the ghosts.¡±