... "You're - you're not a hoax, then?"
It had been his last, desperate hope.
"No," said Fudge gently. "No, I'm afraid I'm not. Look."
And he had turned the Prime Minister's teacup into a gerbil.
"But," said the Prime Minister breathlessly, watching his teacup chewing on the corner of his next speech, "but why - why has nobody told me - ?"
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I'm not quite sure what "the corner of his next speech" means exactly. Any ideas?