“Yeah, I am,” said Harry, suddenly realizing just how hungry he was.
Feeling that a better reward would have been to back away, Harry moved slowly toward the Hippogriff and reached out toward it. He patted the beak several times and the Hippogriff closed its eyes lazily, as though enjoying it.
`Never. Leave it to me. I know all the baseness, all the horror of my position; but it's not so easy to decide as you think. Therefore leave it to me, and do what I say. Never speak to me of it. Do you promise me?... No, no, promise!...'
Harry looked sideways at Ron. His mouth was still open in the silent scream, but his eyes weren't popping anymore.