Something about the smile lurking on Malfoy's face during the next week made Harry, Ron, and Hermione very nervous.
They spent most of their free time in Hagrid's darkened hut, trying to reason with him.
Just let him go, Harry urged. Set him free.
I can't, said Hagrid. He's too little. He'd die.
They looked at the dragon. It had grown three times in length in just a week. Smoke kept furling out of its nostrils.
Hagrid hadn't been doing his gamekeeping duties because the dragon was keeping him so busy.
There were empty brandy bottles and chicken feathers all over the floor.
I've decided to call him Norbert, said Hagrid, looking at the dragon with misty eyes.
He really knows me now, watch. Norbert! Norbert! Where's Mommy?
He's lost his marbles, Ron muttered in Harry's ear.
Hagrid, said Harry loudly, give it two weeks and Norbert's going to be as long as your house.
Malfoy could go to Dumbledore at any moment. Hagrid bit his lip.
I — I know I can't keep him forever, but I can't jus' dump him, I can't.
Harry suddenly turned to Ron. Charlie, he said.
You're losing it, too, said Ron. I'm Ron, remember?
No — Charlie — your brother, Charlie. In Romania. Studying dragons.
We could send Norbert to him. Charlie can take care of him and then put him back in the wild!
Brilliant! said Ron. How about it, Hagrid?
And in the end, Hagrid agreed that they could send an owl to Charlie to ask him.