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Meaning of Quote From Harry Potter 5

...but the baggage-handlers' strike was followed by news on the drought in the Southeast ("I hope he's listening next door!" bellowed Uncle Vernon, "with his sprinklers on at three in ...
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“The spider's legs bent in upon its body”

What does the phrase in bold mean? At once, the spider’s legs bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side. I think: The spider's legs bent inward on ...
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How to understand "for what he tells me is the four-hundred-and-sixty-second time" in this context

"Mr Filch, the caretaker, has asked me, for what he tells me is the four-hundred-and-sixty-second time, to remind you all that magic is not permitted in corridors between classes, nor are a number of ...
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"if you've got to" meaning in this context?

Hedwig's large, round, amber eyes gazed at him reproachfully over the dead frog clamped in her beak. ‘Come here,’ said Harry, picking up the three small rolls of parchment and a leather thong ...
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What does "You could've fried an egg on your face" mean?

[… …] Harry yanked his robes straight and headed for a seat at the very back of the class, where he busied himself with piling all seven of Lockhart's books in front of him, so that he could avoid ...
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Why are all "sort" in Harry Potter written in capital letters?

The Great Hall rang with applause as the Sorting Hat finished. "That's not the song it sang when it Sorted us," said Harry, clapping along with everyone else. (p.178) Harry looked away, staring ...
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What does "dark hints" mean in this passage?

As Aunt Marge started to make herself at home, Harry caught himself thinking almost longingly of life at number four without her. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia usually encouraged Harry to stay out of ...
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What does this sentence in Harry Potter mean?

“Well, Voldemort’s going to try other ways of coming back, isn’t he? I mean, he hasn’t gone, has he?” “No, Harry, he has not. He is still out there somewhere, perhaps looking for another body to ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence 'bouncing on the balls of her feet.'?

I'm reading 'Harry Potter' "You do not usually take this class, is that correct?" "Quite correct," said Professor Grubbly-Plank, hands behind her back and bouncing on the balls of her feet. "I am a ...
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What does "scramble to one's hands and knees" mean?

“You moron, Dudley!” Harry yelled, his eyes watering with pain, as he scrambled to his hands and knees, now feeling around frantically in the blackness. —Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ...
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