an enclosed passageway
Every time they passed the third-floor
corridor, Harry, Ron, and Hermione would press their ears to the door to check that Fluffy was still growling inside.
a very intense and uncontrolled fire
Look at these: Dragon Species of Great Britain and Ireland; From Egg to
Inferno, A Dragon Keeper’s Guide!’
a government department
Ministry of Magic has a job hushing them up, I can tell you.
characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
stifling hot inside.
He was humming merrily as he
stoked the fire.
a punishment in which a student must stay after school
Detention!” she shouted.
pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
Excuses, alibis, and wild cover-up stories chased each other around Harry’s brain, each more
feeble than the last.
intrude in other people's affairs or business
It was a bit late to repair the damage, but Harry swore to himself not to
meddle in things that weren’t his business from now on.
It was empty, but a door stood
ajar at the other end.
a sudden outburst, as of protest
Harry had forgotten they still had detentions to do in the
furor over the points they’d lost.
be mad, angry, or furious
a horse of light tan or golden color
A centaur was standing over him, not Ronan or Bane; this one looked younger; he had white-blond hair and a
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
“My name is Firenze,” he added, as he lowered himself on to his front legs so that Harry could
clamber onto his back.
shout loudly and without restraint
bellowed at Bane.
not sharply exact or accurate
It sounds like fortune-telling to me, and Professor McGonagall says that’s a very
imprecise branch of magic.”
worry unnecessarily or excessively
The idea of Voldemort certainly scared them, but he didn’t keep visiting them in dreams, and they were so busy with their studying they didn’t have much time to
fret about what Snape or anyone else might be up to.
a feeling of annoyance
“Yes, but not to us,” said Ron in
slender structure by which some plants attach to an object
She had to struggle because the moment she had landed, the plant had started to twist snakelike
tendrils around her ankles.
a special way of doing something
He had a
knack for spotting things other people didn’t.
cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned
Petrified, he watched as Quirrell reached up and began to unwrap his turban.
intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain
SEIZE HIM!” shrieked Voldemort again, and Quirrell lunged, knocking Harry clean off his feet, landing on top of him, both hands around Harry’s neck—Harry’s scar was almost blinding him with pain, yet he could see Quirrell howling in
tending to promote or preserve health
Madam Pomfrey, however, felt it might not be very
hygienic, and confiscated it.”
gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby
babble died away.
resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be immeasurable
Even Neville scraped through, his good Herbology mark making up for his
abysmal Potions one.