Black conjured heavy manacles from thin air; soon Pettigrew was upright again, left arm chained to Lupin's right, right arm to Ron's left. Ron's face was set. He seemed to have taken Scabbers's true identity as a personal insult. Crookshanks leapt lightly off the bed and led the way out of the room, his bottlebrush tail held jauntily high.

The closest phrase I can get from dictionaries is "set one's face against", which means "To be strongly opposed to or disapproving of something.", but I'm not sure if it's the intended meaning in this context. What does "Ron's face was set" exactly mean?

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When something sets, it becomes solid/unchanging. Ron's face has set into a single, grim, determined expression.

to set

  1. if a liquid sets, or if you set it, it forms a solid substance
  2. if your face or a part of it sets into a particular expression, or if you set it into a particular expression, you have that expression on your face

to be set (adj.) a set smile or expression does not change, and often hides what someone is really thinking

the set of somebody’s face/jaw/shoulders etc. the expression on your face or the way you hold your body, which tells people how you are feeling

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