Chapter: 29 - Careers Advice
Brief summary of scene: Harry is meeting Professor McGonagall to talk about what he wants to do when he finishes school. They are looking over his marks in the Defence Against the Dark Arts classes over the years. Umbridge is in the room.
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"Oh, no need, thank you Minerva," simpered Professor Umbridge who had just coughed her loudest yet. "I was just concerned that you might not have Harry's most recent Defence Against the Dark Arts marks in front of you. I'm quite sure I slipped in a note."
"What, this thing?" said Professor McGonagall in a tone of revulsion, as she pulled a sheet of parchment from between the leaves of Harry's folder. She glanced down at it, her eyebrows slightly raised, then placed it back into the folder without comment.
"Yes, as I was saying, Potter, Professor Lupin thought you showed a pronounced aptitude for the subject, and obviously for an Auror-"
"Did you not understand my note, Minerva?" asked Professor Umbridge in honeyed tones, quite forgetting to cough.
"Of course I understood it," said Professor McGonagall, her teeth clenched so tightly her words came out a little muffled.
"Well, then, I am confused... I'm afraid I don't quite understand how you can give Mr Potter false hope that -"
"False hope?" repeated Professor McGonagall, still refusing to look round at Professor Umbridge. "He has achieved high marks in his Defence Against the Dark Arts tests -"
"I'm terribly sorry to have to contradict you, Minerva, but as you will see from my note, harry has been achieving very poor results in his classes with me -"
"I should have my meaning plainer," said Professor McGonagall, turning at last to look Umbridge directly in the eyes. "He has achieved high marks in all Defence Against the Dark Arts tests set by a competent teacher."
McGonagall's last line in this excerpt is one of my favourite lines in the whole book.