They slipped out of the kitchen and down a narrow passageway to an uneven staircase, which wound its way,zigzagging up through the house.
On the third landing, a door stood ajar.
Harry just caught sight of a pair of bright brown eyes staring at him before it closed with a snap.
“Ginny,” said Ron. “You don’t know how weird it is for her to be this shy.
She never shuts up normally —”
They climbed two more flights until they reached a door with peeling paint and a small plaque on it, sayingronald’s room.
Harry stepped in, his head almost touching the sloping ceiling, and blinked.
It was like walking into a furnace:
Nearly everything in Ron’s room seemed to be a violent shade of orange:
the bedspread, the walls, even the ceiling.
Then Harry realized that Ron had covered nearly every inch of the shabby wallpaper with posters of the same sevenwitches and wizards, all wearing bright orange robes, carrying broomsticks, and waving energetically.
“Your Quidditch team?” said Harry.
“The Chudley Cannons,” said Ron, pointing at the orange bedspread, which was emblazoned with two giant blackC’s and a speeding cannonball. “Ninth in the league.”
Ron’s school spellbooks were stacked untidily in a corner, next to a pile of comics that all seemed tofeature The Adventures of Martin Miggs, the Mad Muggle.
Ron’s magic wand was lying on top of a fish tank full of frog spawn on the windowsill, next to his fat gray rat,Scabbers, who was snoozing in a patch of sun.
Harry stepped over a pack of Self-Shuffling playing cards on the floor and looked out of the tiny window.
In the field far below he could see a gang of gnomes sneaking one by one back through the Weasleys’ hedge.
Then he turned to look at Ron, who was watching him almost nervously, as though waiting for his opinion.
“It’s a bit small,” said Ron quickly.
“Not like that room you had with the Muggles.
And I’m right underneath the ghoul in the attic; he’s always banging on the pipes and groaning. . . .”
But Harry, grinning widely, said, “This is the best house I’ve ever been in.”
Ron’s ears went pink.