¡°I must admit, Peter, I have difficulty in understanding why an innocent man would want to spend twelve years as a rat,¡± said Lupin evenly.
¡°If she'd just get rid of that cat, I'd speak to her again!¡± Ron said angrily. ¡°But she's still sticking up for it! It's a maniac, and she won't hear a word against it!¡±
¡°You're the cleverest witch of your age I've ever met, Hermione.¡±
Utterly bewildered, Harry stared at the fire. A large shape had appeared in it, revolving very fast. Seconds later, Professor Lupin was clambering out of the fireplace, brushing ash off his shabby robes.
Next he saw another pair of feet, wearing sparkly turquoise high heels, and heard a woman's voice.
¡°What about the Astronomy tower? Professor Trelawney's room? The Owlery?¡±
¡°Well, if you don't want a replacement, you can try this rat tonic,¡± said the witch, reaching under the counter and bringing out a small red bottle.