Chapter: The Phoenix Lament.
Brief summary of scene: Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and Fleur have just come to Hogwarts to find Bill severely injured and disfigured. Mrs. Weasley makes negative assumptions about the engagement but Fleur will have none of that.
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"Of course, it doesn't matter how he looks... it's not r - really important... but he was a very handsome little b - boy... always very handsome... and he was g - going to be married!"
"And what do you mean by zat?" said Fleur suddenly and loudly. "What do you mean, 'e was going to be married?"
Mrs. Weasley raised her tear-strained face, looking startled.
"Well - only that -"
"You theenk Bill will not wish to marry me anymore?" demanded Fleur. "You theenk, because of these bits, he will not love me?"
"No, that's not what I -"
"Because 'e will!" said Fleur, drawing herself up to her full height and throwing back her long mane of silver hair. "It would take more zan a werewolf to stop Bill Loving me!"
"Well, yes, I'm sure," said Mrs. Weasley, "but I thought perhaps - given how - how he -"
"You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per'aps you 'oped?" said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. "What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave! And I shall do zat!" she added fiercely, pushing Mrs. Weasley aside and snatching the ointment from her.
Mrs. Weasley fell back against her husband and watched Fleur mopping up Bill's wounds with a most curious expression upon her face. Nobody said anything; Harry did not dare move. Like everybody else, he was waiting for the explosion.
"Our Great Auntie Muriel," said Mrs. Weasley after a long pause, "has a very beautiful tiara - goblin-made - which I am sure I could persuade her to lend you for the wedding. She is very fond of Bill, you know, and it would look lovely with your hair."
"Thank you," said Fleur stiffly. "I am sure zat will be lovely."
And then - Harry did not quite see how it happened - both women were crying and hugging each other. Completely bewildered, wondering whether the world had gone made, he turned around: Ron looked as stunned as Harry felt and Ginny and Hermione were exchanging startled looks.
She might be haughty and entirely too beautiful, but Fleur rules!