Mother hugs daughter, and daughter hugs back, and daughter steps into the train and goes looking for a compartment.
"Who else have you checked -"
He takes it off. "Put it back on -"
"Do you think someone's Imperiusing him - if they were why let you go -"
Nod. "Uh. We can ask Aaron, and then we can ask Theodore, and then we can ask Michael - that order so we can win a fight if it comes to one -"
"Or maybe he was worried about it - Karen's in our common room, Aaron probably too -"
"He let you leave, that's weird, if something is horribly wrong why would he just let you leave -"
"Could you be Imperiused into letting someone memory-charm you, do you know -"
They reach the Ravenclaw common room.
So does Aaron.
"I'm the part of the bird that is not in the sky; I can swim in the ocean and yet remain dry," says the Ravenclaw door knocker.
"Shadow," he snaps at it.
He picks it up and puts it on, idly. Then he hands it back to her. "See a ghost, Swan?"
He proceeds across the room to inform Gillow that a Ravenclaw and a Slytherin third-year got into a spat again and are both in the hospital wing claiming the injuries are Quidditch-related - "I want to make sure we're on the same page with respect to punishment, as far as I can tell they're both responsible -"