The to-do list on the parchment reads:
Death Eater meeting
Order of the Phoenix meeting
Grade Potions essays
Slytherin House Cup strategy
Career advice for Slytherin seniors
Occlumency lesson plan
Hermione Granger’s extra credit essay to grade
Restock Madam Pomfrey’s potions
Pick up Dumbledore’s dry cleaning
In my last two rereads of OotP, it's struck me more and more how desperate Dumbledore and Snape were. Reader anger at Dumbledore's mistakes in this book (including mine) is influenced by our image of Dumbledore as almost infallibly brilliant. Why did he not do better? But in reality, Voldemort is a formidable opponent. It was a closer competition than I sometimes give it credit for being.
Hermione is so disgusted with Rita Skeeter that she throws a balled-up cocktail napkin at her. Heh.