¡°Good,¡± said Dumbledore. ¡°Then he should be up and about in no time¡Derek, have you had any of the chipolatas? They're excellent.¡±
¡°Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a professor.¡±
So Sirius Black was after him. This explained everything. Fudge had been lenient with him because he was so relieved to find him alive. He'd made Harry promise to stay in Diagon Alley where there were plenty of wizards to keep an eye on him. And he was sending two Ministry cars to take them all to the station tomorrow, so that the Weasleys could look after Harry until he was on the train.
¡°This might help, look ¡ª a Manticore savaged someone in 1296, and they let the Manticore off ¡ª oh ¡ª no, that was only because everyone was too scared to go near it¡¡±
Malfoy's head jerked forward as the mud hit him; his silverblond hair was suddenly dripping in muck.
¡°Snape was hanging around.¡±