[Harry and Ron are having tea with Hagrid]
Ron: How are you (s) feeling, Hagrid?
Hagrid: I dare say that I have felt better.
Harry:Yeah. (s) Listen, Hagrid, how’s Buckbeak going?
Hagrid:Methinks that he is not yet aware of his doomed fate, so I implore you not to make him aware.
[They all take an awkward sip of tea]
Hagrid:Lend me your ears.
[Harry and Ron lean forward.]
Hagrid:Hermione has often come to my hut to assist me in the quest to find a pardon for Buckbeak. She is awfully upset that you have excluded her from your various gatherings.
Ron:(s and angrily) Her cat ate my rat!
Hagrid:That may be so, but the cat acted as all cats are inclined to act. You cannot, and will not blame Hermione for that.
Ron:(taken aback) Oh.
Hagrid:And Harry, stop calling her fat.
Harry:(frowns) … okay.
[Draco and the gang are sitting sulkily around the Slytherin dormitories]
Draco:(s) Well that was a waste of time.
Goyle:Really? (s) It was fun while it lasted.
Crabbe:(happily) Yeah, being a woman is fun.
Draco:But what did we (s) earn from it?
Draco:(sneeringly) And circle gets the square.
Crabbe:You’re awful (s) tense, Draco. You know what’ll cheer you up?
Draco:(frowning in a confused way) Drugs?
Crabbe:NO! (s) SHOPPING!
[Crabbe skips off]
Draco:What? (s) But I…
Goyle:Hush. Let’s (s) indulge him.
[At breakfast in the Great Hall. Harry and Ron are sitting together. Hermione is off to the side.]
Harry:But it definitely is faster than any other broom.
[Ron says nothing]
Ron:Sorry. (s) It’s just, she keeps on looking at us so.
Harry:(icily) She’s no business of ours, Ron.
Ron:I suppose… (s) But what about what Hagrid said?
Harry:(s) Do you doubt my word?
[They each eat their food without breaking eye contact with each other.]
[Harry and Ron are just outside the Shrieking Shack. Harry is “invisible”.]
Harry:I wonder if it’s (s) locked?
Ron:What’s an animagus?
[Draco and the gang come in, evidently just after some hardcore shopping]
Draco:You were right (s) Crabbe. I do feel better.
Goyle:Hey, (points to Ron) look who’s here.
Draco:Great. (rubs hands together and s) Some entertainment.
[Ron turns around and notices Draco.]
Harry:(to himself) How dare he insult my friend like that!
[Harry goes off screen momentarily]
[Draco blushes and Harry reappears carrying a sword.]
Draco:(turns to Ron) As I was saying, you are-
Harry:(booming voice) YOU SHALL NO LONGER SULLY THE GINGER’S HONOUR!
[Harry ensues to attack Draco and the gang. Goyle and then Crabbe fall, each spurting a great deal of blood]
Draco:(s) Show yourself, fiend!
[Draco lunges, just misses Harry and accidentally pulls off the cloak.]
Harry:Oh no! (Raises hands to face) My identity has been revealed!
Draco:(looking up at Harry) Harry?
Harry:(s) I must flee!
[Harry flees. Crabbe and Goyle both apparently continue to die. Ron hesitates, then runs away as well. Draco collapses into sobs. Dramatic music]
[Hermione is in the library, reading a book at a table. Neville comes up to her.]
Hermione:(glares at Neville) OH MY MERLIN NEVILLE. CAN’T YOU JUST LEAVE ME ALONE?
Neville:(shrugs and takes out a cigarette) Eh.
Hermione:FINE. (Shuts book with a slam and gets up) HERE’S MY VAMPIRE ESSAY. (Drops a piece of paper on the desk) NOW GO AWAY.
[Hermione stalks off.]
Neville:(Looks at completed essay) Sweet. (Starts smoking.)
[Harry is in Snape’s office. Snape is standing there, looking bored.]
Snape:So, Malfoy said he saw you at Hogsmeade.
Harry:(s) I DENY IT!
Snape:Malfoy also says that you have slaughtered his friends.
Harry:(s) I DENY IT!
Snape:You’re so like your father.
Harry:(looks shocked and then angry) How dare you…
Snape:But where did you get the Zonko’s products?
[Ron bursts in. Applause.]
Ron:(s) I got them for him!
Snape:Huh. But what about this? (Holds up the Marauder’s Map.)
Harry:(shrugs) How am I supposed to know?
Snape:(points wand at Map) Reveal your secrets!
[Close up to Map. On it says; “You smell”.]
Snape:Why, I never! (shouts) LUPIN!
Lupin:(offscreen) OKAY. (Lupin enters after a pause) Yes, Snape?
Snape:(holding up Map) What is this?
Lupin:(stares at it for a moment, then snatches it from Snape) I don’t know, but it’s mine now.
Ron:That was so (s) intense.
Lupin:Harry. Come here. Ginger, leave.
Lupin:Listen, Harry, be careful. This is a dangerous piece of parchment. Sirius Black might get it.
[Draco is in the hospital wing, staring at both Crabbe and Goyle’s sleeping figures. Note: They are obviously breathing]
Draco:(sobbing) I can’t believe my two best friends in the whole world are dead.
[Pomfrey walks in]
Pomfrey:(points at Crabbe and Goyle) THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY ALIVE.
[Pomfrey walks off.]
Draco:(rushes forward to hold Crabbe’s hand) Yes?
Crabbe:I… I just want you to (weak s) know…
Crabbe:If I go the chance to do it over, I would have done it again. All the mess ups, everything.
Draco:(As Crabbe starts to fall asleep again and crying) So would I, Vincent, so would I.
[Harry and Ron are walking down a corridor]
Harry:And it’s even more comfortable than my old broom.
[Hermione rushes up to them.]
Harry:(s) What is it, chubby?
Hermione:(crying) It’s… it’s…
Ron:(worried) Sirius Black?
Harry:(equally as worried) Draco?
Hermione:No, it’s Buckbeak. (s) He’s been sentenced to death.
[Hermione bursts into more tears and flings her arms around Ron]
Hermione:I’m so sorry about Scabbers.
Ron:That’s… that’s okay. (awkwardly strokes Hermione’s back)
Harry:(s) Wow. (Pause in which all can be heard is Hermione’s sobbing) I’m going to leave.
[Harry goes away. Ron continues to hold a now inconsolable Hermione. Dramatic music]
END OF EPISODE EIGHT