Stand up straight, said Sirius impatiently. Now, what are you up to? Kreacher is cleaning, the elf repeated. Kreacher lives to serve the noble house of Black — — and it's getting blacker every day, it's filthy, said Sirius.
The harsh cry startled the fox, now crouching almost flat in the undergrowth. It leapt from its hiding place and up the bank. There was a flash of green light, a yelp, and the fox fell back to the ground, dead.
Minerva McGonagall was later awarded the Order of Merlin, First Class, by the new Minister for Magic, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and shortly afterwards appeared on a card in the Chocolate Frog Famous Witches and Wizards series, an accolade she admitted she had never imagined receiving.