“Peeves, get down here NOW!” barked Professor McGonagall, straightening her pointed hat and glaring upward through her square-rimmed spectacles.
“Not doing nothing!” cackled Peeves, lobbing a water bomb at several fifth-year girls, who screamed and dived into the Great Hall. “Already wet, aren’t they? Little squirts! Wheeeeeeeeee!” And he aimed another bomb at a group of second years who had just arrived.
(p172, Harry Potter 4, US edition)
NB— Peeves is a mischievous ghost floating in the air.
I’ve lost track of the logical flow of ‘Already wet, aren’t they? Little squirts!’ There are some questions swirling in my mind: Who are they? Who is he talking to? What are little squirts (water bombs or children)?
I’d like to know the meaning and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the scene.
It’d be nice if you could help me!