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At three-thirty that afternoon, Harry, Ron, and the other Gryffindors
hurried down the front steps onto the grounds for their first flying
lesson. It was a clear, breezy day, and the grass rippled under their
feet as they marched down the sloping lawns toward a smooth, flat 
lawn on the opposite side of the grounds to the forbidden forest,
whose trees were swaying darkly in the distance.

♦ Harry Potter Moments [4/?]

 "Ahem,“ said Dumbledore. "I have a few last-minute points to dish out. Let me see. Yes…    "First – to Mr. Ronald Weasley…”    

Ron went purple in the face; he looked like a radish with a bad sunburn.   

 "…for the best-played game of chess Hogwarts has seen in many years, I award Gryffindor house fifty points.“    

Gryffindor cheers nearly raised the bewitched ceiling; the stars overhead seemed to quiver. Percy could be heard telling the other prefects, "My brother, you know! My youngest brother! Got past McGonagall’s giant chess set!”     

 At last there was silence again.    

“Second – to Miss Hermione Granger… for the use of cool logic in the face of fire, I award Gryffindor house fifty points.”    Hermione buried her face in her arms; Harry strongly suspected she had burst into tears. Gryffindors up and down the table were beside themselves – they were a hundred points up. “Third – to Mr. Harry Potter…” said Dumbledore. The room went deadly quiet for pure nerve and outstanding courage, I award Gryffindor house sixty points.“    

The din was deafening. Those who could add up while yelling themselves hoarse knew that Gryffindor now had four hundred and seventy-two points – exactly the same as Slytherin. They had tied for the house cup – if only Dumbledore had given Harry just one more point.    Dumbledore raised his hand. The room gradually fell silent.    

"There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.”