“I fail to see how this is my fault.” Hermione spluttered at her former Head of House.


“It’s a matter of courtesy to make sure your familiar is neutered!” Professor McGonagall angrily pointed at Crookshanks.


“There weren’t rules about it!” Hermione insisted. “He was older when I got him. How was I to know he wasn’t fixed?”


“One would think you’d have been smart enough to notice!” McGonagall sniffed.


“One would have thought you would too, Professor!” Hermione snickered. “So tell me: when are the kittens due?”


McGonagall placed a hand gently on her middle. “The vet says early July.”