The line of people outside the classroom shortened very slowly. As each person climbed back down the silver ladder, the rest of the class hissed, ¡°What did she ask? Was it okay?¡±
The Hufflepuffs were approaching from the opposite side of the field, wearing canary-yellow robes. The Captains walked up to each other and shook hands; Diggory smiled at Wood but Wood now looked as though he had lockjaw and merely nodded. Harry saw Madam Hooch's mouth form the words, ¡°Mount Your brooms.¡± He pulled his right foot out of the mud with a squelch and swung it over his Nimbus Two Thousand. Madam Hooch put her whistle to her lips and gave it a blast that sounded shrill and distant ¡ª they were off.
¡°Hermione, that thing nearly scalped me!¡± said Ron.
¡°What didja call Neville, Minister?¡± he said excitedly.