What is the role of ‘level with’ in this sentence?

“Give that here, Malfoy,” said Harry quietly. Everyone stopped talking
to watch.
Malfoy smiled nastily.
“I think I’ll leave it
somewhere for Longbottom to find – how about – up a tree?”
it here!” Harry yelled, but Malfoy had leapt onto his broomstick and
taken off. He hadn’t been lying, he could fly well. Hovering level
with the topmost branches of an oak
he called, “Come and get it,
Harry grabbed his broom.
(Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer’s Stone)

The highlighted part looks like a predicative complement. Is this right?


Nope. Level with is an abbreviated form of on a level with here and acts as a compound preposition, like next to.

So what you have is a prepositional phrase acting as an adverb modifying the verbal adjective hovering. Hovering where? – level with the branches.

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