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"Charlie's in Romania studying dragons, and Bill's in Africa doing something for Gringotts[bank]," said Ron. "Did you hear about Gringotts? It's been all over the Daily Prophet, but I don't suppose you get that with the Muggles - someone tried to rob a high security vault."
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)

What’s the referent for that? I’m puzzling whether it is for the newspaper (Daily Prophet), or the news about Gringotts bank.

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  • I've just found this question. If the Muggles is a newspaper, then this that must refer to the news (about Gringotts), otherwise, the clause I don't suppose you get that with the Muggles will not make any sense. Dec 27, 2013 at 14:40

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It could be the news, which of course would not appear in a Muggle journal; but I think it's the newspaper. It would very natural for me to say

I read about Musial's death in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but I don't suppose you get that in Korea.

But if I were speaking about the likelihood of Korean media reporting the news item, I would be more likely to say something like

I read about Musial's death in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but I don't suppose that gets noticed (or reported or talked about) in Korea.

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It is definitely the newspaper. "That" as an object will almost always refer back to whatever object was last mentioned in the sentence.

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  • "the newspaper" being The Daily Prophet, of course.
    – Hellion
    Dec 27, 2013 at 15:57

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