They did not speak again until they had reached the end of the tunnel.
Crookshanks darted up first; he had evidently pressed his paw to the knot on the trunk,
because Lupin, Pettigrew and Ron clambered upwards without any sound of savaging branches.
Sirius saw Snape up through the hole, then stood back for Harry and Hermione to pass. At last, all of them were out.
The grounds were very dark now, the only light came from the distant windows of the castle.
Without a word, they set off. Pettigrew was still wheezing and occasionally whimpering. Harry's mind was buzzing.
He was going to leave the Dursleys. He was going to live with Sirius Black, his parents'best friend … he felt dazed…
What would happen when he told the Dursleys he was going to live with the convict they'd seen on television?
'One wrong move, Peter.' said Lupin threateningly ahead. His wand was still pointed sideways at Pettigrew's chest.
Silently they tramped through the grounds, the castle lights growing slowly larger.
Snape was still drifting weirdly ahead of Sirius, his chin bumping on his chest. And then… A cloud shifted,
there were suddenly dim shadows on the ground, their party was bathed in moonlight.