Harry couldn't help noticing that the statue of the one-eyed witch on the third floor remained unguarded and unblocked. It seemed that Fred and George had been right in thinking that they ¡ª and now Harry, Ron, and Hermione ¡ª were the only ones who knew about the hidden passageway within it.
The school owls swooped into the Great Hall carrying the mail as usual, and Neville choked as a huge barn owl landed in front of him, a scarlet envelope clutched in its beak. Harry and Ron, who were sitting opposite him, recognized the letter as a Howler at once ¡ª Ron had got one from his mother the year before.
¡°I heard about the match,¡± said Lupin, turning back to his desk and starting to pile books into his briefcase, ¡°and I'm sorry about your broomstick. Is there any chance of fixing it?¡±