"I hate life," Lily muttered mutinously. "My parents are useless… boys are stupid… I want to give Albus a good smack…"

"I know what you mean," said Dominique, throwing herself down onto the bed beside Lily. "I could stand to give Victoire a whack – though I'm sure that her Veela smile would freeze my hand in midair…"

The two girls lay together for a time in silence, then Dominique heaved a mighty sigh, leaned over, and pulled a chocolate bar from her purse.

"Here," she said, breaking it in two and handing half to Lily. "At least we have chocolate."