What does “seize from” mean?

They left the hall quickly, wanting to unwrap the broomstick in
private before their first class, but halfway across the entrance hall
they found the way upstairs barred by Crabbe and Goyle. Malfoy
seized the package from Harry and felt it.
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

When the verb seize is combined with from, does it mean the broomstick left Harry’s hand or do both the boys hold it?


Yes – seized here means took [violently, by force]. And from can be read as away from

, which implies Harry no longer had “possession” (he wasn’t still holding it, since it was taken away).

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