They looked at each other. Luna was smiling slightly. Harry did not know what to say, or to think; Luna believed so many extraordinary things . . . yet he had been sure he had heard voices behind the veil, too.
'I'm trying to decide what curse to use on Malfoy, sir,' said Harry fiercely.
The Second War Begins
'I - er - heard she's going out with someone else now,' said Hermione tentatively.
'Sirius Black,' said Nick.
- Yeah, if we get any hint that Potter's been mistreated in any way, you'll have us to answer to,' said Moody.
Harry nodded curtly, but found that for some reason he did not mind Luna talking about Sirius. He had just remembered that she, too, could see Thestrals.
Perhaps the reason he wanted to be alone was because he had felt isolated from everybody since his talk with Dumbledore. An invisible barrier separated him from the rest of the world. He was - he had always been - a marked man. It was just that he had never really understood what that meant . . .
'Professor McGonagall!' said Snape, striding forwards. 'Out of St Mungo's, I see!'
'Sulking, more like,' said Ginny.
'So,' said Harry, dredging up the words from what felt like a deep well of despair inside him, 'so does that mean that . . . that one of us has got to kill the other one . . . in the end?'
And he left the room, leaving Harry there alone, gazing blankly at the wall through which Nick had disappeared.
Harry closed his eyes. If he had not gone to save Sirius, Sirius would not have died . . . More to stave off the moment when he would have to think of Sirius again, Harry asked, without caring much about the answer, The end of the prophecy . . . it was something about . . . neither can live . . .'
'She's probably cheerful enough with someone else,' said Harry, shrugging.
Aunt Petunia whimpered piteously. It could not have been plainer that she was thinking of what the neighbours would say if they caught sight of these people marching up the garden path.
He cast Harry an oddly furtive look as he said it.
'Yeah . . . right
Harry looked at her and the new feeling of pity intensified rather painfully.