‘The Ins and Outs of Mystical creatures by Janer Somes’, was the book he wanted and he found it easily with no interference from that nosey librarian . . . One tap of his wand later and all the information he needed was neatly bound to be carried back down to his dungeons.

Severus lit the fire in his sitting room and removed his outer robes before sitting down on the sofa and arranging the small cub so he was sat on his lap. He stroked soft fur with one hand and held the pages in the other as he read.