Sea Isle Witch (seaislewitch) wrote in hp_qotd,
Sea Isle Witch

HBP: Chapter Seven – Draco discovers Harry in the luggage rack.

Book: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Chapter: Seven
Brief summary of scene: Pansy leaves the Slytherin compartment and Draco surprises Harry, who is hidden in the luggage rack.
Disclaimer: This excerpt from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was created and owned by JK Rowling, various publishers including but not limited to Bloomsbury Books, Scholastic Books and Raincoast Books, and Warner Bros., Inc. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended. This material is presented for the purposes of review and critique only.

Pansy left. Now Harry and Malfoy were alone in the compartment. People were filing past, descending onto the dark platform. Malfoy moved over to the compartment door and let down the blinds, so that people in the corridor beyond could not peer in. He then bent down over his trunk and opened it again.

Harry peered down over the edge of the luggage rack, his heart pumping a little faster. What had Malfoy wanted to hide from Pansy? Was he about to see the mysterious broken object it was so important to mend?

“Petrificus Totalus!”

Without warning, Malfoy pointed his wand at Harry, who was instantly paralyzed. As though in slow motion, he toppled out of the luggage rack and fell, with an agonizing, floor-shaking crash, at Malfoy's feet, the Invisibility Cloak trapped beneath him, his whole body revealed with his legs still curled absurdly into the cramped kneeling position. He couldn't move a muscle; he could only gaze up at Malfoy, who smiled broadly.

“I though so,” he said jubilantly. “I heard Goyle's trunk hit you. And I thought I saw something white flash through the air after Zabini came back...”

His eyes lingered for a moment upon Harry's trainers.

“You didn't hear anything I care about, Potter. But while I've got you here...”

And he stamped, hard, on Harry's face. Harry felt his nose break; blood spurted everywhere.

“That's from my father. Now, let's see...”

Malfoy dragged the cloak out from under Harry's immobilized body and threw it over him.

“I don't reckon they'll find you till the train's back in London,” he said quietly. “See you around, Potter...or not.”

And taking care to tread on Harry's fingers, Malfoy left the compartment.


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