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Harry Potter Golden Snitch Jar
Capture the Golden Snitch, proudly put it on display, and use it to light up your room! This Golden Snitch Light features the Golden Snitch floating inside a tall illuminated bell jar. Watch the Snitch glisten when the light is switched on, and brighten up your desk, bedside table or shelves. Officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise. Includes USB powered, illuminated bell jar with floating snitch (USB cable included). Made from Plastic. Gift boxed. Size H22, W15, D15cm. 350 grams. For ages 6 years and over. Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee. EAN: 5055964712563.
Price 15.00 GBP
Price 15.00 GBP
Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light
Capture the Golden Snitch, proudly put it on display, and use it to light up your room! This Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light features the Golden Snitch floating inside a tall illuminated bell jar. Watch the Snitch glisten when the light is switched on, and brighten up your desk, bedside table or shelves. A fabulous gift for Harry Potter fans and lovers of the magical game of Quidditch! Measures about 7 9/10-inches tall and USB powered (USB cable included). Ages 12 and up.
Fantastic Beasts Niffler Heat Change Mug
Pour in your favorite hot beverage and find out what this super-cute Niffler has got its hands on. This Fantastic Beasts Niffler Heat Change Mug features an all black design, with the official Fantastic Beasts logo at the top, and once warm a Niffler appears holding a shiny pocket watch! A wonderful gift for lovers of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. This ceramic mug with heat changing decal is the perfect accompaniment to your next tea break. Hand wash only. Not dishwasher safe. Do not microwave.
Harry Potter Marauders Map Burgundy Leather Strap Watch
"Isolemnly swear I am up to no good". Official Harry Potter leather style Wristwatch with Marauders map design on the face and footprint detailing on the strap. This watch comes in an official Harry Potter giftbox. Watch features:Analogue display. Scratch resistant glass. Gold easy to read dial. Case width 3.6mm. Zinc alloy case. Burgundy faux leather bracelet. Buckle clasp. Quartz. General information:For ages 8 years and over. Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee. EAN: 5055583426407.
Price 39.99 GBP
Price 39.99 GBP
Harry Potter Hogwarts House Gunmetal Link Bracelet Watch
The Hogwarts logo is surrounded by the emblems of the four Houses - Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin - on the printed dial of this terrific Harry Potter Hogwarts House Gunmetal Link Bracelet Watch. It includes a matching gunmetal metal link bracelet, too!
Harry Potter Golden Snitch Watch and 25 Inch Pendant
Official Harry Potter Golden Snitch Watch Necklace featuring the famous Golden Orb which weas the deciding factor between winning or losing a match of Quidditch. This necklace comes in an official Harry Potter gift box with viewing window. Part of the Harry Potter Gold Plated collection. Zinc alloy. Length of necklace 63.5cm/25in and 66cm/. Pendant size H 3.5, W 8.5mm. Pendant diameter 2.5mm. For ages 8 years and over. Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee. EAN: 5055583426858.
Price 19.99 GBP
Price 19.99 GBP
Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Brown Leather Strap Watch
Official Harry Potter leather style wristwatch with the Hogwarts Castle design on the face and Hedwig the owl second hand. This watch comes in an official Harry Potter giftbox. Watch features:Analogue display. Scratch resistant glass. MULTI easy to read dial. Case width 3.6mm. Zinc alloy case. Brown faux leather bracelet. Buckle clasp. Quartz. General information:For ages 8 years and over. Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee. EAN: 5055583426391.
Price 39.99 GBP
Price 39.99 GBP
Harry Potter Quidditch Team Gryffindor Metal Link Bracelet Watch
Quidditch, anyone? Grab your flying broomstick and strap on this sensational Harry Potter Quidditch Team Gryffindor Metal Link Bracelet Watch, and let's go! Gorgeous and unique, the watch features a detailed Quidditch -themed printed dial and a metal link bracelet.
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Watch with Crystals
Harry Potter Silver Deathly Hallows Watch embellished with Swarovski Crystals. Deathly Hallows emblem on the face, with Swarovski Crystals encrusted around the edges. This watch comes presented in an Official Harry Potter branded hinged gift box with Swarovski Tag as proof of authenticity. Model number HPSW054. Watch features:Analogue display. Silver easy to read dial. Case width 33mm. Stone set stainless steel case. Silver stainless steel adjustable strap. Self adjustable links. Clip clasp. General information:For ages 8 years and over. Manufacturer's 1 year guarantee. EAN: 5055583413216.
Price 149.99 GBP
Price 149.99 GBP
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Phoenix in the Ashes
Joined: 24 January 2005
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Posted: Wednesday 13 January 2010 08 18 55 pm Post subject: Re: Lost: Season Six in topic:Lost: Season Six
Gosh people, get up to date so you can watch the final season extravaganza!
I've heard that although in the past we've traditionally aired the shows a few weeks after they screen in the States, we'll be getting them only a few days after this season. Which means people won't have to download as I know many of my Lost-loving friends do.
Phoenix in the Ashes
Joined: 24 January 2005
Location: Wandering around the RPG Area
Posted: Saturday 9 January 2010 08 13 58 pm Post subject: Re: Lost: Season Six in topic:Lost: Season Six
Ohh Paul, you have to watch it the whole way! I get goosebumps in anticipation of this final season. Because of the writers' strike Season 4 was cut quite short, so that might be why you thought it was the 5th. Seasons 4 and 5 are the best in my opinion, just truly amazing television.
It's a pity so many people left after Season 2... if they'd stayed until 4, they'd have been hooked again.
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Posted: Wednesday 6 January 2010 02 34 28 pm Post subject: Re: Albus potter and the Path Left Untrodden in topic:Albus potter and the Path Left Untrodden
Chapter 17: The Anamatek
In all the excitement of the possible sighting of Washburn in Hogsmeade, Albus nearly forgot about talking to Rose that evening. He was sitting in the common room trying to read his Defense Against the Dark Arts book when John prodded him.
"What?" Albus looked up at John.
"Linda just went to Quidditch practice," John gestured to the portrait hole, which just closed behind someone, "We can talk to Rose now."
Albus nodded and closed his book. He had to admit that he was a bit nervous about telling Rose that Linda was a vampire. He had a feeling she wouldn't take it well. They were going to have to break this to her very nicely.
It wasn't that Albus was worried that Rose would be upset that Linda was a vampire. Albus knew that wouldn't bother her in the slightest. It was the fact that Albus was the one who figured it out that he was worried about. Albus fully expected Rose to deny that Linda was a vampire for the sole reason that she hadn't figured it out herself.
"I guess we'd better," Albus said as he got up. He glanced around the common room and his eyes rested on the table Rose and Amanda were sitting at.
Albus walked over to her table with Matt, John, and Kaden following. The two girls looked to be working on homework.
"Rose," Albus sat down next to her, "We need to talk to you about something."
Rose put down her quill and looked up. "Is it about Washburn? If you're worried about him coming back, don't be. He can't get into the castle."
"It's not about him," Albus sighed, although he had a feeling Washburn could get into the castle if he wanted.
"Then what?" Rose said shortly.
"It's about Linda-"
"Then I don't want to hear it," Rose interrupted.
"Rose, it's important," Albus insisted, "Just come talk to us."
"No," Rose said a bit louder, "I know you lot don't like her, but I do. And I don't need you telling me who I can and can't be friends with."
"That's not what we're going to tell you," Albus groaned, "There's just something about her you should know."
"Just talk to them, Rose," Amanda said, "To be honest, I'm sick of you ignoring them."
Rose looked a bit taken aback. "All right, fine." She shoved her books into her bag a bit harder than necessary and stood up.
Albus said nothing but lead everyone out of the common room. Nobody said a word until they were in the Marauder's Den. Rose sat in one of the chairs and folded her arms across her chest.
"What?" she asked, "What do you possibly have to tell me?"
Albus glanced at Matt, who nodded. Albus took a deep breath. "Linda is a vampire," he said quietly.
Rose's mouth fell open and then she burst out laughing. "Are you bloody insane? How in the name of Merlin did you possibly come up with that stupid idea?"
Albus groaned. "It's not a stupid idea. It's true. And Matt told us."
Rose rolled her eyes and glared at Matt. "Of course. You're the one who hates Linda the most."
"Rose, it's true!" Matt insisted, "Do you honestly think that I would just randomly claim someone was a vampire? For all the differences between vampires and werewolves, they both get discriminated against."
"Oh, I don't know. Maybe because you want me to stop being friends with her?" Rose shouted.
"Well, that would be stupid of me because I know you wouldn't stop being friends with her because of that," Matt said quietly, "After all, you're friends with me. Or at least you used to be."
"I still am," Rose whispered.
Albus smiled to himself. That was promising. Maybe their friendship wasn't totally destroyed.
"But don't you lot think that if Linda was a vampire, I would have figured it out?" Rose asked, "I mean, I was the only one to figure out that Matt's a werewolf."
"How much do you know about vampires, Rose?" Albus asked.
"Er, not much, I guess," Rose said sheepishly, "But still, how do you know?"
Albus opened his bag and pulled out his Defense book. He tossed it at Rose. "Read the bit about vampires."
Rose caught the book and opened it up. She began to read it with Amanda reading over her shoulder. A few minutes later, Rose set the book down. Her face was pale.
"You're right," she whispered and then turned to Matt, "Is that why you don't like her?"
"Sort of," Matt shrugged, "It's not the fact that she's a vampire. It's the fact that she knows I'm a werewolf."
"Oh," Rose nodded, "And she's from Australia and Killigan doesn't like werewolves. I get it. But, wait, how come Killigan lets Linda go to school but he wouldn't let you?"
"No idea," Matt sighed, "It's a mystery."
The room descended into an awkward silence and Albus looked at all of his friends. Rose still looked a little shocked and Amanda did as well.
"So," Albus began, "Are you going to keep ignoring us, Rose?"
"Are you going to let Linda come in here?" Rose asked.
"No way," Albus, Matt, John, and Kaden said at once.
Rose sighed. "Fine. I've missed you lot, but I am still going to spend time with Linda. I guess I'll just split my time, then."
Albus grinned. "Good. But next Hogsmeade trip, you're coming with us."
Over the next couple of weeks, Rose and Amanda began spending more and more time with Albus and the other boys. Albus was thrilled about it, especially since after a few days passed, it was like Rose and Matt hadn't rowed at all. Nobody ever brought up the topic of Linda, though. Rose and Amanda both spent time with Linda, usually in the library, but Albus didn't particularly mind. He kind of liked having time to spend just with Matt, John, and Kaden.
John and Kaden found it increasingly difficult to pull pranks due to the fact that Hogwarts was being patrolled by more Aurors since the Washburn sighting. Teachers, prefects, and the head boy and girl were also patrolling more often than they used to. Albus was secretly happy about this since he had an increasing fear of Washburn breaking into his dormitory to steal the Invisibility Cloak. John and Kaden, on the other hand, came back to the common room ranting about how they couldn't pull off some prank or the other due to an Auror or prefect finding them. Matt didn't seem to have an opinion on the subject and Albus suspected he would be happy so long as Killigan stayed away from him.
The next Quidditch match was in the beginning of December, and although that was still a month away, Wood increased practice to three days a week instead of two. Wood was especially tough on James since the next match would be between Hogwarts and Australia. Wood was determined to beat Australia and that meant James would have to try and fly faster than Linda. Teddy was working with him one on one during all the practices.
The next junior dueling tournament was coming up as well and Albus was determined to actually duel during this one. He didn't care if both his legs were broken, he would still go.
Between his various practices and classes, Albus didn't have much time for anything else. All his teachers were increasing the work load, especially Balladanis. He started packing more and more into each lesson and had begun assigning weekly essays. And since all the lessons were practical, Albus had to read the book to do the essays. There were no notes from class to use.
Albus and the rest of the students no longer bothered taking their books and parchment out at the beginning of class. In fact, the majority of Albus's class didn't even bother sitting down. Albus wondered why Balladanis even bothered to put the desks back at the end of class, since he had yet to hear of any of the years having an actual lecture in that class.
Due to this, Albus was completely shocked when Balladanis told the class to sit down at the beginning of Defense in the beginning of November. Albus turned to Matt and John, who looked equally surprised. Balladanis, on the other hand, was acting like this was perfectly normal.
Albus sat down in between Matt and John amongst the whispering of the rest of the class.
Balladanis stood in front of his desk and looked out at the students. There was a large trunk in front of him which reminded Albus of the first day of class. But why would Balladanis bring a Boggart back to class? Matt told Albus that Balladanis wasn't even using Boggarts in his help sessions anymore.
"Today's lesson will be part lecture," Balladanis announced, "The reason for this being that the particular creature we are studying today is not in your text book."
The class erupted in more whispering and Albus distinctly heard Rose gasp.
"Settle down," Balladanis said, "The creature is not in your book because it is extremely rare and most wizards will go their entire lives without ever encountering one. Because of this, it is not normally in a third year curriculum. The creature is usually studied in advanced N.E.W.T. Defense Against the Dark Arts only. I however, believe this creature is extremely beneficial to third year defense and am adding it in, despite the fact that it is not in your book."
Albus was on the edge of his seat now. He was staring directly at the trunk in front of Balladanis, where the creature probably resided. It couldn't be that dangerous, could it? Otherwise, Balladanis wouldn't have brought one. Although, there wasn't much that Balladanis could do that would actually surprise Albus. He was a very odd teacher.
"The creature I am talking about is an anamatek," Balladanis said as he began pacing back and forth in front of the trunk. He stopped in front of Rose, Amanda, and Linda's table. "Does anyone know what an anamatek is?"
Albus had never heard of one in his life. Rose didn't put her hand up either. The only hand in the class that went up was Linda's.
"Yes, Miss Morales," Balladanis said.
"An anamatek is a shape-shifter, but it is different from a boggart. anamateks are forced to change into whatever form the wizard controlling them wants," Linda explained.
"Correct," Balladanis began pacing again, "anamateks are very strong and powerful creatures. It takes a very strong and powerful witch or wizard to control them. Not many are able to do so. But if a witch or wizard can, the anamatek must transform into whatever form the wizard wants.
"This of course is very dangerous if a dark wizard gets hold of one. Can you imagine if Voldemort had been able to control a few anamateks and had them transform into chimaeras?"
The entire room was silent. Albus shivered at the thought of an army of chimaeras, especially in the hands of Voldemort.
"Luckily for us, anamateks are extremely rare and the majority of wizards can't control one, let alone an army of them. The few anamateks that exist in the world reside in warm climates and they prefer to stay hidden amongst trees or bushes. Anamateks are rarely sighted in Britain and I would guess that there aren't more than four or five in the entire country. They are a bit more common in warmer climates such as the Southwestern United States, Latin America, South America, Africa, and Australia. However, you could search all of these countries extensively and never come across one.
"Anamateks do not like wizards because they do not want to be controlled. Not only can wizards control what the anamatek turns into, they can also make it do whatever they please. When they are not controlled, they can turn into whatever they like and usually choose a particularly dangerous creature in order to dissuade wizards from capturing them. They cannot, however, turn into humans, for the most part. There are exceptions to that. Certain powerful witches and wizards have had success turning them into humans, but they do not act like humans. No anamatek can turn into a human on its own."
Balladanis paused and stopped next to his trunk. "I have captured an anamatek. I captured it many years ago and it has been under my control ever since. Having an anamatek at my disposal provides a great learning opportunity for all of you. Can anyone guess why?"
Rose's hand shot into the air. "Yes, Miss Weasley," Balladanis said.
"You can have it turn into whatever we're studying and we can learn to fight it instead of having to fight a real one. That way, you can control what its doing and none of us will get hurt," Rose answered.
"Correct," Balladanis said, "Before class, I performed a spell which caused the anamatek to turn into a kappa, which I hope you are all aware that we are currently studying. When I say so, get up and form a line in front of my desk. You will be performing the spell you learned last class to try and repel the anamatek, which is going to look and act exactly like a kappa."
"Sir?" Malfoy raised his hand.
"Yes, Mr. Malfoy?"
"Sir, are you going to tell us the spell to bring an anamatek under a wizard's control?"
"No, Mr. Malfoy, I am not," Balladanis said darkly, "First, it's not just one spell, it is a set of extremely difficult spells, beyond N.E.W.T. level. Second, there is much debate as to whether the spells are Dark Magic or not. Third, it would be pointless since none of you would have the capability of performing such magic and will likely never have the opportunity to perform it. Fourth, the headmaster would not be happy if I did so. I will also not sign any notes to admit any of you into the Restricted Section of the library to research the spells."
Malfoy scowled at this and Albus stifled a laugh. It didn't surprise him in the slightest that Malfoy would want to learn the spells. Albus was extremely curious as to how Balladanis managed to perform them, and how he had come across the anamatek in the first place. Albus doubted that he would tell that story, though. Balladanis never talked about his past.
"Everyone get up!" Balladanis shouted.
Albus hastily stood up and watched as the rest of the class did the same. Rose and Linda shoved their notes into their bags, but nobody else had bothered to take notes. The thought hadn't even crossed Albus's mind. He was so used to not taking notes in Defense.
Balladanis moved the tables to the sides of the room and Albus joined the queue forming in front of the trunk. He stood on his tip-toes and peered around John to try and catch a glimpse of the anamatek when it emerged from the trunk.
Balladanis pointed his wand at the trunk and it shot open. Nothing happened for a few seconds and then a slimy, scaly kappa crept up over the top of the trunk and climbed out. It stretched out its webbed hand and started towards Janie Creevey, who was first in the line.
Janie held up her wand and muttered the spell. The kappa was shot back towards the trunk and Balladanis nodded at Janie. She stepped to the side and Karina walked forward as the kappa recovered.
The queue moved forward and Albus was able to get a good look at the anamatek. It looked exactly like a kappa. If Albus didn't know any better, he would say that it was a real kappa.
Balladanis made everyone perform the spell until they could do it successfully. Rose and Linda got it on their first tries, but Amanda had a bit of trouble. Albus had a feeling she would be working with the anamatek in her next extra help session. John managed to have success on his first try and he stepped to the side and Albus stepped forward.
The anamatek crept towards Albus, who held up his wand. Kappas didn't really scare him in the slightest, yet his heart had begun pounding faster. The anamatek is what scared him a bit. The thing had the potential to change into something dangerous like a chimaera at any moment. How much control did Balladanis really have over the thing?
Albus shouted the spell and the anamatek was thrown back against the trunk and landed with a loud crack.
"Very good, Mr. Potter," Balladanis smiled ever so slightly, "A few of the rest of you might wish to take note of the force Mr. Potter put behind his spell. A determined kappa would have been able to recover very quickly from most of your spells. Mr. Potter, on the other hand, would have been able to escape if this had been a real kappa."
Matt's turn was next and Albus stood next to John to watch him. The kappa was only slightly deterred by Matt's first spell and he had to try about three times to get it to work.
"Now I know what Balladanis is going to have me do tomorrow night," Matt whispered to Albus as they watched Malfoy take on the kappa.
Malfoy sent the kappa slamming into the trunk with almost as much force as Albus had, earning him a slight smile from Balladanis as well.
"Where in the name of Merlin did Balladanis get that thing?" John exclaimed after they'd left the classroom.
"No idea," Albus shrugged, "But I wish he'd tell us."
"He won't," Matt sighed.
"I know, but I still want to know," John said, "And what did he do for a living before this? I mean, I don't think teachers normally come upon anamateks."
"Probably not. I don't think my dad has ever seen one and he's an Auror," Albus pointed out.
"They are extremely rare in Britain," Rose ran up next to Albus, "I bet Balladanis lived in some other country before he started teaching here. Africa or Australia or one of those places where anamateks are more common."
"Yeah, but they're not exactly common in those places either. My dad hasn't seen one either and he worked with magical creatures in Australia for years," Matt said.
"I'm surprised Kendrick lets him have that thing in the school," Amanda said.
"I doubt Kendrick knows about it," Albus replied.
If Kendrick hadn't known about the anamatek before, he most likely did by the end of the day. The entire school was buzzing about it. Apparently Balladanis had not only shown it to his third years, but second and fourth through seventh years as well. The common room was filled with chatter about it after dinner, as well as extremely jealous first years. Lily, Hugo, and Ashtyn whined about not being able to see it.
"Are you ready for Quidditch practice, Al?" Georgia said to Albus as Lily and her friends left.
Albus looked up. Georgia's face was white and she looked more than a little scared. Albus stared at her curiously.
"Yeah. But, Georgia, are you ok?"
"I'll be fine," she assured him, "Balladanis had that anamatek thing turn into a dementor during class right before dinner. We spent the entire class trying to cast Patronuses against it. Let me tell you, that anamatek was just like a dementor." Georgia closed her eyes and shuddered.
"You should have some chocolate," Albus told her and pulled a chocolate frog out of his bag. He tossed it to her.
Georgia caught it and ripped it open. "Thanks. Let's go find James."
Albus said goodbye to his friends and went to go find James with Georgia. He felt a bit unsettled that Balladanis had used the anamatek as a dementor. Having it turn into a kappa was one thing, but a dementor? They were really dangerous. As far as Albus knew, the Patronus charm wasn't actually practiced on dementors until Auror training. Part of Albus hoped that Kendrick would ban the anamatek from the school before he started learning the Patronus charm in seventh year.
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Posted: Monday 21 December 2009 10 18 14 am Post subject: Re: The Shadow in topic:The Shadow
Jon woke up with a start. He was laying face down in a very, very bright room. He groaned and rolled over; the floor was made of cold tile, and something was wet on his shoulder. He layed there, one arm shielding his eyes, the other reaching over to his shoulder. He had cut himself, and there was a bit of blood there. On the arm he was using to shielf his face, he noticed his watch, so he looked at the time and saw that only ten minutes had passed since he had set the time. He sat up, panicing as the words from his mother's note rang in his ears.
"Keep the right time..." he muttered out loud. He had to have been out longer than that. He looked around, desperate for a clock. Then his whole body weakened with a sickening, sinking feeling. Where was he? He had absolutely no idea.
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Posted: Saturday 19 December 2009 12 18 37 am Post subject: Re: The Shadow in topic:The Shadow
Jon followed Jeffery into the vault and took a sudden breath when he saw the number of drawers stacked to the very high ceiling. There was a library ladder so that people could go up to the boxes and collect the contents. As Jon entered the room, he noticed another room to the left that had a table in it and a rubbish bin.
"That's where people can view their items in privacy." Jeffery said, as if reading Jon's mind. Jeffery looked at Jon's key again and then grabbed a remote from the bottom of the ladder and pressed a green, flashing button. The ladder moved ahead of them, and the two followed.
"Thrity four... thirty five... yet.. here it is. Three hundred and thirty eight." Jeffery climbed the ladder, opened the box and pulled out a metal container. He slotted the container into a compartment on the side of the ladder and then pressed a button on the side of the compartment. Like a mini elevator, it descended down the side of the ladder. Jon looked at the box and waited for Jeffery to come down. Jeffery released the box from the ladder and walked back with Jeffery to the private room.
"Here you go." he said, and ushered Jon in. Jon was about to go in, when something occurred to him. There were thousands of boxes in this room.. and he was the only one getting out a box today? There were at least 30 million people in this city. Jon turned around slowly to Jeffery, who was still holding the box.
"Erm. It's a slow day today, huh?" Jon mused. Jeffery paused for a moment before speaking.
"I...guess. " he shrugged. Jon noticed that Jeffery's cheeks and ears were going red.
"Fair enough. Can't be a big business day every day." Jon said, and reached out for the box. Jeffery hesitated again, and then handed him the box. "Thank you. You can close the door now." and he turned his back on Jeffery. There was a gust as Jeffery closed the door firmly behind him, and Jon reached up and locked the door from the inside.
He layed the metal box onto the table with a bang and undid the clip. Jon was presented with a card that said "Read me, Jon." in bright blue writing. The rest was covered with a white towel. He opened the card before going further. It read;
"If I am correct, you should be super human matured by now, and your power is similar to mine. Each generation inherits the gift more and more strongly. I could control the elements with my mind, but only in their raw form. I expect that if your power has grown, you should be able to control the elements wherever they are at work. This means that water, fire, wind and earth are at your advantage. You must know that you have been followed; the Light were relentless when you were a child and they are probably the same now. I hope this does not find you too late, and that the world has not fallen to one side or the other. Within this box are three items; money, a watch, and a passport. The passport has already been identified to you as it only required genetic identification. The watch must be worn at all times and the correct time must be kept. There is enough money there and a card too to keep you financed as you travel. I wish I was there with you, but I know you can do this. May you find others like yourself and stay safe and protected. Remember, keep the correct time, always.
Love, from your Mother."
Jon pulled the towel aside an saw a wad of money with a bank card attached to it. Next to that was the watch in a case, he could hear it ticking. He pulled the watch out of the case and shook it, then lifted it to his ear. It was still going strong, after 16 years. It even kept the right time. It as an old fashioned wind up watch, and he wondered for a moment, how on earth it was able to keep going if this box had not been opened in so long. Jon put the watch on, put the wad of cash into his bag, and placed the bank card and passport into his wallet. Pulling out his new jacket his father had given him, he put it on and lifted the strap of his bag over his shoulder so it sat securely. Looking around, he plotted his escape. Jon crept over to the door and unlocked it, opened it, and peered outside. Jeffery was still there.
"Let's go." he said to Jeffery, who turned suddenly. Jeffery led him silently through the vault door, to the outside room and to the cooridor leading back to the bank. Jon scanned the area, until he finally noticed them. A Light agent was sitting at the skinny man's desk, and he stood up as Jon approached. Jon stopped in spite of himself. Jeffery ran to the side of the coridor and ducked as the agent pulled out what looked like a gun. He fired it and a white light surged from it, creating a magnetic pulse down the cooridor, shattering the glass in the frames that lined it. Jon hit the deck, glass spraying over his back. What was he going to do now?
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Posted: Friday 18 December 2009 09 04 34 pm Post subject: Re: The Shadow in topic:The Shadow
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Posted: Wednesday 18 November 2009 04 31 27 pm Post subject: Re: Albus potter and the Path Left Untrodden in topic:Albus potter and the Path Left Untrodden
Chapter 10: Threats
Rose handed in her unedited essay to Balladanis the next morning. Albus did notice her scribbling some last minute sentences onto it as Balladanis collected the essays.
Defense Against the Dark Arts continued to be the strangest class in Albus's schedule. Balladanis expressed such a strong dislike for the dark arts that he started nearly every class with a stern lecture about why they were learning defensive spells and why the dark arts were bad. His eyes tended to rest on Matt and for some odd reason, Linda, whenever he gave these talks and Albus got the feeling it made Matt extremely uncomfortable. Albus couldn't blame him. He certainly wouldn't want to be under the teacher's eye like that.
Albus couldn't really say whether he enjoyed Balladanis's class or not. It had been nearly a month since the term started, but Albus still didn't know whether he liked the class or not. It was definitely different than when his dad taught. Balladanis was strict, but a good teacher.
The rest of the day went by quickly. Albus listened to John tease Rose during Herbology since she was fretting about her Defense essay. Ancient Runes was rather boring and Albus doodled idly on his notes while Matt fell asleep on his. Charms was rather fun since they worked on Cheering Charms and Albus left the room grinning profusely, along with most of the other class. Matt in particular looked strange with a huge grin across his pale fatigued face.
Matt left for the Shrieking Shack shortly after dinner and Albus went to the Marauder's Den with his friends where they distracted Rose from her studying by playing Wizard's Chess.
The next day Albus truly began to realize how busy his third year schedule was. For the past two years, he and his friends almost always had time to visit Matt in the Hospital Wing in between classes. This year, however, they didn't have time until after dinner. Albus was positively exhausted by that point, as he had stayed up late working on homework the night before, and still had Dueling Club practice afterwards. Lynley Anderson, the fourth year Hufflepuff who had replaced Kate as captain, had insisted that the whole team attend that meeting, as it was the first one and there were new second years on the team. Kaden wasn't put on Albus's team, but he was put on John's team, much to the delight of both boys.
Hectic was really the only way to describe Albus's life at Hogwarts. As September turned into October, it only got busier. Gryffindor Quidditch team practices picked up again and along with Hogwarts Quidditch practices and Dueling Club practices, Albus hardly had anytime to rest.
The Hogwarts Quidditch team was shaping up nicely after Wood's stern warning during the second practice. That and the fact that they now practiced on both Tuesdays and Saturdays. Even the Slytherin team members were beginning to work together. They didn't really acknowledge their teammates outside of practice, but Albus didn't care as long as they got along with everyone during practice.
Albus was really starting to enjoy the Hogwarts Quidditch team. He was actually beginning to wish he could play in the first match, which would be taking place towards the end of October.
"First Hogsmeade weekend!" John said excitedly to Albus one Friday evening as Albus was trying to catch up on his homework. Kaden was standing next to him. Albus guessed they had just returned from Dueling Club practice.
"When?" Albus asked without looking up.
"October 27th," John grinned, "Can't wait!"
"Yeah, it'll be brilliant," Albus agreed, hoping he wouldn't have too much homework to go.
"That's not all, either," John went on, "There's a Halloween party that night."
"You mean the Halloween feast?" Albus asked.
"No, there's an actual party!" John said, "But it's not on Halloween, it's on the 27th. It's because of the Tournament. So we can mingle with the foreign students. Or at least that's what the poster on the notice board says."
Albus nodded. He really hadn't had that much contact with the foreign students. Sure, he'd seen them in the corridors and the common room and stuff, but that was about it. The only one who was around his age was Linda and she still didn't seem to talk to anyone.
"And," John continued, "Costumes are encouraged."
"Costumes?" Albus asked, finally looking up.
"Yeah, costumes," John grinned, "We get to dress up! This is going to be brilliant!"
"What should we dress up as?" Kaden asked.
"Dunno," Albus shrugged.
"We'll figure it out later," John said, "Where's everyone else?"
"Rose and Amanda are at the library," Albus told him, "And Matt's with Balladanis."
"Merlin, is he ever going to give up about that boggart?" John asked.
"Knowing Balladanis, probably not," Albus said.
"Well, let's go to the library," John announced, "We've got to tell Rose and Amanda about Hogsmeade."
Albus was all too eager to agree to this. He was thoroughly sick of trying to catch up on all his homework. It was good to take a break every now and then anyway.
Albus pushed open the door to the library a little while later, fully expecting to see Rose up to her elbows in books furiously scribbling away on a roll of parchment that was nearly used up. He gazed around the library and he spotted Rose's bushy red hair and walked towards her table.
Rose was up to her elbows in homework. In fact, there were so many books on Rose and Amanda's table that you could no longer see the actual table. What Albus wasn't expecting to see was a third person at their table. Linda Morales
Albus stopped short a few feet from the table. He turned to look at John, who looked equally shocked.
"Is that-" John began.
"Linda Morales?" Albus gaped. He blinked twice to make sure he wasn't seeing things. After all, he was quite tired. But even after he blinked, Linda was still sitting across from Rose and Amanda.
All three of the girls were working quietly. In fact, none of them even seemed to notice the others.
Albus slowly walked towards the table and John followed. Albus wasn't entirely sure what to say. He hadn't had much interaction with Linda. Albus had hardly said hello to her since she arrived at Hogwarts. He wasn't trying to ignore her or anything; it had just ended up that way. Linda hadn't shown any real interest in making friends with Albus or any of his friends. Yet here she was, doing homework at the same table as Rose of all people. Albus hadn't the slightest idea why either.
"Rose," Albus whispered once they arrived at the table.
Rose startled and then looked up at Albus. "What? I'm trying to study!"
"Can I talk to you?" Albus glanced at Linda, "Alone?"
Rose sighed loudly. "Fine, but make it quick."
Albus led his cousin over to a deserted area of the library. John took Rose's vacated seat and began to whisper to Amanda about the Hogsmeade visit.
"All right, what is it?" Rose asked once they were alone.
"Couldn't help but notice that you were studying with Linda..." Albus's voice trailed off. He really didn't know what he wanted to say to Rose about it.
"Oh, well..." Rose began, "I guess I just realized I was being stupid in trying to compete with her."
Albus smirked, "Yeah, you were. But I told you that loads of times and you didn't listen."
Rose sighed. "I know. Amanda's the one who convinced me to stop trying to compete with her. She said Linda would know a lot about Australian wizarding history and I could learn a lot from her if I stopped with the competition thing."
Of course, Albus thought. Appealing to Rose's love of learning would definitely work. Although he hadn't really been trying to have Rose and Linda become friends. He just wanted Rose to ease up on the studying.
"I guess, if you can't beat 'em, you might as well join 'em," Rose shrugged.
"So now you're friends with her?" Albus asked.
"That's where it gets complicated," Rose sighed, "You see, she still doesn't really talk to us."
"How did you wind up studying with her then?" Albus was still thoroughly confused.
"Amanda and I came in and she was sitting alone at the table, so I asked if we could join her. She just nodded and moved her books over. She hasn't said anything yet."
Albus nodded. "I don't think I've heard her say anything outside of class."
"Neither have I," Rose said, "Amanda and I figure we'll just be nice to her and maybe she'll start talking to us."
Albus thought that was probably a good idea. She was the competition, but even if they played against each other on the Quidditch team, that didn't mean they couldn't be friends off of it. Linda seemed nice enough. Of course it was hard to tell since she hadn't said much. And she certainly was pretty. Albus couldn't deny that. Linda wasn't surrounded by half the male population of Gryffindor every evening for nothing.
"Oh, the first Hogsmeade visit's on October 27th," Albus said, suddenly remembering the reason he had gone to see Rose in the first place, "Followed by a Halloween party in the Great Hall."
"That sounds like fun," Rose grinned, "And maybe Linda will want to go with us."
"And it's a costume party," Albus told her.
"This could get interesting," Rose said.
Albus didn't have a clue as to when he'd actually have time to figure out his costume for the Halloween party. John thought it would be cool if their group's costumes coordinated, but that was the last thing on Albus's mind.
The weekend seemed to literally fly by for Albus, meaning he was on the Quidditch pitch more than he was off it. He had heard stories about Wood's ruthlessness when it comes to practice from his dad and similar stories about Teddy from his older cousins. Having the two of them captain one team seemed to create practices that lasted nearly five hours, with short breaks every so often. Albus would never again complain about Georgia's length of practices.
Albus had a fleeting thought that since he was a reserve player, he wouldn't have to practice as much as everyone else, but Wood shot that down during that Saturday's practice. He said he saw no reason for the reserve players to be any less prepared for the upcoming match than the regular players.
It wasn't that Albus didn't enjoy Quidditch practice. He did, and very much so. He loved Quidditch, but too much of anything could run a person down.
Albus spent a lot of his Sunday on the Quidditch pitch as well, in the middle of a drenching rain. Georgia had scheduled Gryffindor Quidditch practice that day and she flat out refused to cancel due to rain. James had asked. He was even more run down than Albus, since either Teddy or Tyler were constantly training the two Seekers during Hogwarts Quidditch practice.
Albus returned to Gryffindor tower after eating a late dinner with the Gryffindor team Sunday evening, realizing he had no idea what his friends had spent the weekend doing. He had seen them on occasion, but most of his free time had been spent doing homework or sleeping. Two things he still had to do.
Albus grabbed his bag from his dormitory and walked down to the crowded common room. He saw Rose, Amanda, and Linda at one table, but his other friends were no where in sight. The girls looked very absorbed in their homework, so Albus decided to go check the Marauder's Den for his other friends.
By the time Albus made it to the Marauder's Den, he felt ready for a good twelve hour sleep. Unfortunately, he still had plenty of homework to do. Albus sighed to himself and opened the door to the room. He paused in the entryway, surprised to see that Matt was the only one there.
"Hey, Matt," Albus said as he sat down at the table.
"Oh, hi Albus," Matt looked up and smiled, "I was wondering when you'd show up."
"Me, too," Albus said wryly, "I never thought Georgia would end practice."
"Makes me glad I'm not on the Quidditch team," Matt commented.
"Where are John and Kaden?"
"Detention, again," Matt smirked.
"What did they do this time?" Albus groaned. John and Kaden had been earning quite a few detentions every week. Albus was quite glad they weren't involving him in their pranks, since he had no available time in his schedule for detention.
"They were levitating rolls of toilet paper around the corridors and charming them to hit people in the head yesterday," Matt explained, "I think you were at Quidditch practice."
"Probably," Albus laughed, "Wonder what they're in for this time."
"No idea," Matt said.
"What are you doing here? Rose and Amanda are in the common room."
"Yeah, I know. But they're with Linda," Matt muttered.
"Oh, ok," Albus replied, a little confused. He still didn't quite understand why Matt didn't seem to like Linda. Sure, she was from Australia, but Matt wasn't avoiding anyone else from Australia. Of course, the rest of the Australian students were older and Matt wouldn't really have to avoid them.
"John said Rose is actually trying to become friends with Linda."
"She is," Albus confirmed, "She's finally realized that it's pointless to try and compete with Linda."
"I guess that's good," Matt shrugged.
John and Kaden burst into the room a short while later, successfully ending the conversation about Rose and Linda. Both of them were freely cursing Filch, who had made them clean the Entrance Hall without magic. Once they finally seemed to run out of curses, all four boys settled into doing their homework and no one brought up the topic of Linda again. Albus still thought it was odd how Matt seemed to have taken a dislike to her, although Linda herself was rather odd, in Albus's opinion.
Rose and Amanda joined Linda at her table during Transfiguration the next day. Linda had arrived before them, as always, and didn't seem to notice or care that Rose and Amanda sat on either side of her.
The same thing happened in double Potions after lunch. Rose, Amanda, and Linda even worked together on that day's potion. Slughorn had decided to give up on the inter-house pairs idea of the previous year, which Albus was very grateful for. Linda had previously worked alone on her potions because there was an odd number of people in the class, but Slughorn didn't object to all three girls working together. In fact, he seemed thrilled that the two smartest people in the class were now working with each other.
"Ah, yes!" Slughorn exclaimed excitedly as he peered into their cauldron, "Your potion is turning just the right shade of green."
Albus looked up from his and Matt's slightly brown potion and saw Slughorn gently stirring the girls' cauldron.
"Ours is better," Malfoy muttered from behind Albus. He was working with Jackson Limbert, Albus's partner from the previous year. Malfoy and Limbert were easily the two best Slytherin potion-brewers in the class.
Albus turned around and looked at Malfoy's cauldron. It was indeed the correct shade of green.
"And what are you looking at, Potter?" Malfoy asked, "Jealous that I'm Limbert's partner now? I doubt your potions grade will be be that good with Eckerton as your partner."
"At least I'm partnering with him for a reason other than trying to get a decent grade," Albus glowered at him.
"Yeah, well..." Malfoy's voice trailed off.
Albus smirked to himself and turned back around, happy that Malfoy couldn't come up with a good comeback.
At the end of the class, Slughorn announced that Rose, Amanda, and Linda's potion had been the best, much to Malfoy's dismay.
"You'd better watch out at the Dueling Tournament," Malfoy seethed as they left the room.
"We're on the same team, Malfoy," Albus pointed out.
"I wasn't talking to you," Malfoy turned and glared at Rose, Amanda, and Linda.
"Is that a threat, Malfoy?" John asked loudly.
"I think you can figure that out for yourself, Brickston," Malfoy said as he turned in the direction of the Slytherin common room, flanked by Limbert and Goyle.
"He's just jealous," Rose muttered as they made their way out of the dungeons.
"Probably," Albus agreed, "But he's a good dueler, much as I hate to admit it."
"Chances are, I won't even duel him, Albus," Rose sighed, "And even if I do, there's only so many spells he's allowed to use."
Albus didn't bother reminding Rose about the Slytherin who used a forbidden curse on Matt last year. Albus was kind of worried about one of his friends having to duel Malfoy. Malfoy was the only one Albus had ever dueled and didn't manage to beat. And Albus had beaten students who were two years older than he was.
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Chapter 8: The Incident With the Giant Squid
The remainder of the week went by quickly. Albus spent all his spare time on the Quidditch pitch, trying to hone his skills for the try-outs on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Slytherin Quidditch team booked the pitch all Friday evening, so Albus was unable to cram in a last minute practice session.
Instead, Albus sat in the common room with the rest of his friends, trying to write an essay for Transfiguration. He was supposed to research a famous Animagi and write a foot long essay about him or her. Albus had wanted to write about his grandfather, but given the fact that Prongs's Animagus status had been a secret, Albus didn't think such an essay would work. So, Albus eventually decided to write about McGonagall. He had a feeling half the class would write about her.
"What are McGonagall's markings?" John asked, proving Albus's theory.
"Spectacle marks around her eyes," Albus answered as he stared at his mostly blank piece of parchment.
"Thanks," John grinned, "You just saved me fifteen minutes of research."
"No problem," Albus replied. He wasn't sure why the essay was taking him so long. He knew a great deal about McGonagall and her Animagus capabilities. He supposed he just had his mind on other things, like the Quidditch try-outs.
"How can she even concentrate on her studying?" Rose sighed loudly.
"Who?" Albus asked.
"Linda Morales," Rose muttered, with a hint of contempt in her voice, "Just look at her."
Albus turned around and saw Linda sitting at a table with a bunch of books and parchment strewn about it. There was quite a crowd of boys surrounding her, including Bilius, Ethan, James, Ben, Cedric, Nathan, and a few second years Albus didn't know the names of. They all seemed to be talking at once while Linda had her eyes fixed on one of the books.
"Well, from what you've said, she's so freakishly smart she doesn't need to study," Kaden said.
"Humph," Rose huffed, "Everyone needs to study."
"I think you're jealous, Rose," Albus smirked.
"Am not," Rose replied.
"I wonder what position she plays," John mused.
"What?" Albus asked.
"Position. You know, in Quidditch," John explained, "She must be on the Australian team. Since she's our age, she can't be on the dueling team."
"Seeker," Rose said.
"How do you know?" Albus asked.
"Karina asked her one day in the dormitory," Rose explained.
"Who's a Seeker?" Matt dropped his bag onto the table and sat down in the chair next to Albus.
"Linda Morales," Albus told him, "How was your boggart lesson?"
"Weird," Matt replied, "Balladanis wasn't stern like he is in class."
"Really?" Kaden gaped, "I don't think I could imagine him not strict."
"Yeah. I wouldn't say he was nice, but he didn't act like he does in class."
"What did he do?" John asked.
"Well, I walked in and he was sitting at his desk. So I walked up to him and he got up and went over to the trunk. He didn't say much, just told me to battle the boggart. And then I did. Over and over again until I thought I was going to go mad."
"That sounds like Balladanis," Kaden interrupted.
"I know," Matt replied, "I'm getting there. Anyway, eventually he told me I could stop. Then he told me to sit down and that he wanted to talk to me. He basically told me the same thing he told everyone in class the other day. But he changed it a bit."
Matt lowered his voice. "He said that the point of Defense class wasn't only to learn how to defend ourselves against the dark arts. He said it's also to teach us why the dark arts are so horrible. He then went on to tell me that it was especially important for me to know that."
"That is weird," Albus said quietly, "You don't think he said that because of, well, you know."
"Yeah, I think he did," Matt replied, "But he didn't say it in a mean way or anything. It was just really really odd."
"I'll say," John agreed, "Do you have to go there again?"
"Unfortunately, yes," Matt muttered, "He wants me to go every Friday until he says I don't have to anymore."
"How did it go with the boggart, though?" Rose asked.
"I thought it went ok. I mean, I'm doing better than I was. But he still wants me to go in for extra help."
"Well," Kaden said after a few moments, "This just proves that Balladanis is a very very strange teacher."
Albus awoke riddled with nerves the next morning. It reminded him of the nerves he had only one year ago prior to the Gryffindor team try-outs. Only this was ten times worse. He felt like he'd eaten a few live pygmy puffs and they were bouncing around his stomach trying to escape.
Try-outs were to be held shortly after lunch and Albus spent all morning talking with his fellow Gryffindor teammates in the common room. Georgia spent over an hour talking about the strengths and weaknesses of the other people who would be trying out. Albus only sort of paid attention. The rest of the team seemed excited and not nearly as nervous as Albus. Albus thought James was lucky; he was only competing against Lisa Galivant of Hufflepuff and Miranda Corner of Ravenclaw, as Slytherin was getting a new Seeker that year.
Albus sat with his team at lunch, although he didn't eat much. Georgia continued talking about everything they'd need to know for the try-outs. The other Gryffindors kept coming up to him and wishing him luck. All Albus could manage to do was nod and mutter 'thanks'.
In an effort to keep order on the Quidditch pitch, the headmaster had banned the rest of the students from watching the try-outs. Albus was very grateful of this and was kind of relieved when Georgia finally announced that they should leave for the pitch. Albus's friends wished him luck and he left the Great Hall following James.
The walk to the pitch was quiet. Georgia had stopped her running commentary on the strategy of the rest of the Hogwarts Quidditch players and everyone else seemed to realize they were more nervous than they thought.
Albus took a deep breath as he entered the pitch and adjusted his broom on his shoulder. He tried to think positive thoughts and followed his team onto the pitch. Then, he stopped in his tracks and felt his jaw drop to the ground.
Standing in the middle of the pitch, next to Professors Oteski, Longbottom, Slughorn, Patil, and Polo, was none other than Teddy Lupin. Standing with Teddy and the professors were Oliver Wood and Tyler Pike, the Head Boy from Albus's first year.
"What's Teddy doing here?" James whispered.
"No idea," Albus whispered back, wondering the same thing. Why was Teddy there? He hadn't mentioned anything over the summer about doing anything at Hogwarts that year.
Albus stood with his team and looked at the rest of the students who were trying out. The Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff players were already there. Amongst the Ravenclaws were Kate Waverly, the Keeper; Natalie Cable, Damien Waverly, and Dan Burke, the Chasers; Zack Valentino and Allie Davis, the Beaters; Miranda Corner, the Seeker. Their entire team was trying out, like the Gryffindor team.
The Hufflepuffs had a few less players trying out. Their Keeper, Tanner Royce was there, along with Anna Reilly and Shawn Ames, the Chasers. One of their Beaters, Andy Kaper was there. Albus remembered that their other Beater had graduated the previous year. Lisa Galivant, their Seeker, was there as well, looking determined.
The Slytherins showed up a few minutes later. Leading them was their new captain, Ferris Fielding, who was a Chaser. His fellow Chasers were Peyton Haines and Hailey Odele. Their remaining Beater, Talan Flint, glared at the Gryffindor team as he walked by.
Professor Oteski gazed around the pitch and then looked at his watch. He said something to the four heads of houses and then cleared his throat. Albus stopped watching the Slytherins and turned to Oteski.
"I think everyone's here now," Oteski began, "First, I want to introduce you to your Head Captain and your Assistant Captains. Oliver Wood, formerly of Puddlemere United, has agreed to captain the team."
There was a very loud round of applause and a few whistles from the crowd of students. Albus grinned and clapped until the applause began to quiet down.
"And your Assistant Captains are former students you probably all remember. Teddy Lupin, former Seeker and Captain of the Gryffindor team, and Tyler Pike, former Seeker and Captain of the Ravenclaw team will be your Assistant Captains."
Albus clapped hard enough to make his hands hurt. He had no idea Teddy was going to help run the Hogwarts team! Teddy must have had a hard time keeping that a secret over the summer.
"You will all try out this afternoon and I, along with your captains and heads of houses will make the decisions tonight. The final list of the team as well as the reserve players will be posted in your common rooms late tomorrow.
"Now, I thought we'd start with the Seekers. Everyone else please go sit in the stands."
Albus and the vast majority of the crowd drifted towards the stands. James, Lisa, and Miranda remained in the pitch. Miranda was a third year and Lisa was a fourth year. Albus thought James had a pretty good chance of making the team. He had beaten both of the other Seekers numerous times.
Albus paid some attention to James's try-out, but mostly he was thinking about his own try-out. Eventually, James and the other Seekers finished and Oteski called for the Keepers. Georgia practically ran down to the pitch, followed by the other two Keepers. Albus watched and he was pretty confident Georgia would make the team as well. After Georgia returned with a huge grin on her face, Oteski called the Beaters down. Albus's cousin, Bradley, as well as Ryan O'Malley did well with their try-out, but so did the other Beaters.
Finally, Oteski announced for the Chasers to enter the pitch. Albus stood up with his cousins, Heather and Fred, and walked nervously down to the pitch. Teddy flashed him a grin as he entered the pitch.
There were ten other Chasers besides Albus; the worst chances of all the positions to get a spot on the team.
"Ok, I want everyone to fly around the pitch a few times," Oliver Wood announced.
Albus mounted his broom and flew into the air. His nerves seemed to calm down as he felt the wind blowing against his face. Just think of it as another Quidditch match, he thought as he flew amongst the other Chaser hopefuls.
The thought of try-outs being like a Quidditch match carried Albus through the whole try-out. He was still nervous and did drop a few Quaffles, but all in all, it wasn't as bad as he thought it would have been. The rest of the Chasers had dropped a few Quaffles as well. Albus still wasn't sure he'd make the team, but at least he hadn't made a fool of himself.
"Everyone did great," Oliver Wood said at the end of the try-out, "We'll make our decision and post the team list tomorrow. I'll be seeing some of you really soon."
The group started to disband and Teddy made his way towards the Gryffindor team.
"Teddy!" Georgia shouted, "I can't believe you might be my captain again! How in the name of Merlin did you keep this a secret?"
Teddy shrugged. "Honestly, I'm not even sure. I guess I kind of liked knowing something you lot didn't."
Georgia groaned. "Oh, shut it, Teddy."
"You all did really well, though," Teddy grinned.
"Yeah, but there's so many other Chasers," Albus pointed out.
"Al, even if you don't make it, you're a brilliant Chaser and you'll still have the house Quidditch. That's still going on during this whole thing."
"Oi, Teddy!" Tyler Pike called, "Get a move on, we've got to discuss the team!"
"I'll see you later, Al, everyone else," Teddy waved as he left.
Albus left the pitch with the rest of his team, who were all talking animatedly about the highlights of the try-outs. Albus was thrilled that Teddy was going to be one of the captains and it made him hope for a spot on the team even more than he had before.
Albus and the rest of the Gryffindor Quidditch team were greeted by raucous applause when they returned to the common room. Albus thought it was kind of premature, since none of them were actually on the team yet, but it was still nice. Rose, Matt, and Amanda were sitting at their usual table and Albus went over to them.
"How was the try-out?" Matt asked immediately.
"Better than I thought," Albus replied as he sat down, "I think I have a slight chance of making it."
"That's good," Matt grinned.
"Oh, and Teddy's one of the captains!" Albus told them.
"Really?" Rose said, "Who are the others?"
"Tyler Pike, the Head Boy from our first year, and Oliver Wood-"
"John is going to be thrilled when he finds that out," Matt interrupted.
Albus grinned. Oliver Wood had gone to Slughorn's Christmas party in their first year and John had given him a Quaffle to sign. John was a big supporter of Oliver Wood and Puddlemere United.
"Where is John anyway?" Albus asked, "And Kaden?"
"In the Marauder's Den," Matt answered, "Plotting. They're planning on swimming in the lake tomorrow with the Giant Squid."
"I'm rather afraid of what sort of plotting they're doing," Rose muttered, "If swimming requires plotting, nothing good will come of it."
"I take it you three don't want to join them?" Albus laughed.
"Definitely not," Amanda said.
"Are you insane, Albus?" Rose raised her eyebrows, "Of course not."
"Nope," Matt shook his head, "I'd rather not get in trouble this soon into the year."
"Yeah," Albus agreed, "I don't want to either." Albus and his friends had gotten into quite a bit of trouble, mostly because of Kaden, the previous year and Albus was hoping he'd keep Filch's detentions to a minimum this year.
"The two of them are going to be in detention more often than they're not," Rose muttered.
"That wouldn't surprise me," Albus replied. John had always been the trouble-maker of Albus's group, even before Kaden entered the scene. And then when Kaden had arrived, nothing was going to stop him. Now John had someone to conspire with for all of his mischievous schemes.
Although Albus and Matt flat out refused to swim in the lake with John and Kaden, the two mischievous boys managed to convince them to at least watch by the side of the lake. However, Rose and Amanda refused to be anywhere near the lake when this took place. Rose insisted that she needed to devote the day to studying and Amanda decided to join her. Albus had a feeling Rose's increased amount of studying had a lot to do with Linda Morales, but knew better than to mention this to his cousin.
John and Kaden walked excitedly ahead of Albus and Matt on their way out of the castle the next day. Albus still had no idea what exactly they were planning on doing, and for that he was grateful. If John and Kaden got caught, Albus preferred to not know anything about it, so he could deny his involvement.
There were a few students sitting around the lake enjoying the warm late summer day when the boys arrived. Albus and Matt chose a spot underneath a large beech tree and sat back to watch the event unfold.
John and Kaden grinned at each other and then pulled off their shirts and shoes, so they were only wearing shorts. A few first year girls who were sitting near Albus and Matt giggled and began whispering to each other. Albus turned to Matt and rolled his eyes. Matt stifled a laugh.
"This isn't going to end well," Albus said.
"But it will be entertaining to watch," Matt laughed.
John and Kaden began to obnoxiously stretch by the edge of the water. Albus had a feeling they were doing it only to try and gain the attention of the few students who weren't watching them. Next, they bent down to the water and felt the temperature.
"Bloody hell!" John shouted, "It's freezing!"
"That means we'll just jump right in!" Kaden announced. He turned around and walked away, and then took a running start into the lake. He landed with a loud splash that soaked John, who was still standing by the edge.
"They're mad," Albus grinned.
"All right, here it goes!" John shouted and followed Kaden into the water, "Merlin, that's cold!"
Albus laughed as John and Kaden got used to the water. The two of them were flailing around and shrieking like little girls. They had gained quite a few on-lookers who were standing around the lake laughing their heads off.
Albus may not have wanted to do something this crazy himself, but he was having a good time watching his friends do it. The two of them got used to the water and then began swimming around.
However, merely swimming in the Black Lake wasn't that exciting. Albus knew they had something else up their sleeves (or lack thereof) and it was only a matter of time until they put their plan into action.
John and Kaden were just beginning to have a contest to see who could remain underwater the longest when a long tentacle appeared out of the water a few feet behind them.
"Ooo!" a girl shouted, "It's the squid!"
Both John and Kaden turned around. "Yes!" they both shouted at the same time, "The squid has arrived!"
Albus watched as John and Kaden swam towards the tentacle, wondering what sort of torment they were going to inflict upon the squid. He didn't think the squid was particularly dangerous, but who knew what it would do if it was provoked.
John and Kaden treaded water on either side of the tentacle and then began to tickle it. This earned a bunch of loud gasps and more hysterical laughter from the crowd.
A few more of the squid's tentacles appeared out of the water and two of them smacked John and Kaden on their heads.
"Hey!" John shouted and pushed the tentacle away.
Then, the squid's head emerged from the surface of the water. A few of the younger girls who were watching began to shriek and the older students laughed even harder. Albus was laughing and shaking his head at the same time. He couldn't help but laugh at his friends' stupidity. They should have known that the squid would try and tickle back. And it had more arms than John and Kaden combined.
John and Kaden grinned at each other and then swam towards the back of the squid as it rose out of the water. They grabbed onto its back and began to ride it. Albus gaped as the squid began to swim around with John and Kaden on top of it. The two of them had actually decided to ride the Giant Squid.
"They're idiots," Matt commented.
Albus nodded as the squid swam closer and closer to the shore. The onlookers retreated and scattered as it drew nearer. John and Kaden both looked thrilled, until the squid propelled them onto the shore. They landed in the grass and the squid returned into the murky depths of the lake.
Albus jumped up and ran towards John and Kaden, followed by Matt. He squeezed his way through the crowd and looked down at his two friends.
"Urgh," John groaned as he sat up, rubbing his head.
"That was incredibly stupid," Albus grinned, "And very entertaining."
"Let's do it again!" Kaden said excitedly as he examined his arm, which was bleeding.
"How can you actually want to do it again when the squid threw you five feet into the air?" Matt asked.
"It was fun," Kaden shrugged.
"Move aside!" a female voice shouted.
The crowd immediately dispersed and people ran towards the castle and to other areas of the grounds.
Albus looked up and saw Professor Patil striding towards them. Albus groaned. He knew they wouldn't get away with this.
"I've just been informed that the two of you were riding the Giant Squid!" Patil shouted at John and Kaden, "Is that true?"
"Er-" John began.
"Well..." Kaden said.
"Of course it is!" Patil replied, "Look at you! I'm very disappointed! I thought it was a given not to swim in that lake and the fact that you provoked the squid..." she shook her head, "Well, you two will need to go to the Hospital Wing and then I'll assign you detention."
John and Kaden stood up and nodded. The thrill that had been on their faces just moments before, was completely gone.
"And what about you two?" Patil said to Albus and Matt, "Were you involved? I see you're both dry, but I've noticed that the four of you are always getting in trouble together."
"They didn't do it, Professor," Kaden announced.
"Yeah," John agreed, "They didn't even know what we were going to do."
Albus felt a surge of gratitude for his friends, especially Kaden. Just a year ago, Kaden had been getting all four of them in trouble for things only he had done. Now, he was actually telling teachers that Albus wasn't involved. True, Albus hadn't been involved, but it was the principle of it.
Patil nodded. "All right. Mr. Brickston, Mr. Dursley, you'll need to follow me. Mr. Potter and Mr. Eckerton, you may return to your common room."
Albus didn't need to be told twice. He and Matt took off towards the castle and once they were out of earshot of Patil, started talking about John and Kaden's adventure.
"I think the two of them could single handedly cause the destruction of the entire castle," Albus laughed.
"It's only a matter of when they'll do it," Matt smirked, "Let's see, Kaden's already tormented the Whomping Willow, and now they've tormented the Giant Squid. What'll be next?"
"Filch's new cat?" Albus suggested.
"Filch would love that," Matt replied.
At some point in between the end of the last year and the start of this one, Filch had obtained another cat. Albus had heard stories about his previous cat, Mrs. Norris, from his parents, aunts, and uncles, but had never actually met her. She had died before Albus was born. Apparently Filch had been so overcome by grief that he hadn't gotten another one, until now.
The new cat, Josie, was a young sprightly kitten, whose only resemblance to Mrs. Norris was her uncanny ability to locate students who were breaking rules. All the students took an immediate dislike to Josie and turned in the other direction when they saw her small orange body emerge from around the corner.
People were already talking about John and Kaden's swim in the lake when Albus and Matt entered the Gryffindor common room. Albus had a feeling it would be weeks before anyone forgot about it.
Albus and Matt spotted Rose and Amanda and sat down at their table. It was spread with numerous books and rolls of parchment and quills. The only other table that rivaled its amount of books was the one Linda Morales was sitting at.
"I take it you've heard about John and Kaden's incident with the squid?" Albus asked.
"Bits and pieces," Rose muttered without looking up.
Albus and Matt launched into the entire story and Amanda was in stitches by the time they finished.
"Those two are going to be expelled if they're not careful," Rose said as she frantically scribbled something onto a roll of parchment.
Albus looked curiously at his cousin. Rose had always been a stickler for homework, but never had he seen her this obsessed with it unless it was right before the end of term exams. And this was only the first week of school.
"Rose, why don't you take a break?" Albus suggested. He was actually kind of worried about her. Studying was good, but too much was kind of unhealthy.
"Can't," Rose muttered, "My Potions essay is only a roll and a half of parchment."
Albus gaped at her, "Rose, you do know that Slughorn only wants a half a roll, right?"
Rose nodded. "Yeah, but Janie said that Linda's essay is already two rolls. So I've got to make mine at least that long."
"Rose," Albus sighed, "Your essay doesn't have to be longer than Linda's."
"Yes, it does," Rose insisted.
Albus sighed and sat back in his chair. He knew it was a lost cause. His cousin had that determined look in her eyes and Albus knew there was no convincing her that she didn't have to be so competitive with Linda.
"I think she studies so much because she doesn't really have any friends here," Amanda said quietly.
"What?" Albus looked at her incredulously. At any given moment, Linda was surrounded by at least five other people. She was easily the most popular of all the Australian students. "Look at her! She's got eight people talking to her at once!"
Amanda groaned. "They're not her friends. They just think she's pretty. She doesn't even want them around. They do all the talking. All she does is sit there and study. Plus, ever notice how she's never around any of the other Australian students?"
Albus looked at Linda again. Amanda was right. Linda wasn't actually talking to any of the students around her. And come to think of it, he hadn't seen her talk to any of the other Australian students either. "Wonder why that is?"
Amanda shrugged. "Well, all the other Australian students are a lot older than her. All her friends are probably still in Australia."
"She could befriend any of those blokes near her," Albus pointed out.
"Again, they're only there because they think she's pretty," Amanda sighed, "But she's really really quiet. Her first night here, she didn't say a word in the dormitory. Now, Janie's really the only one she talks to. I mean, being shy is one thing, but never talking at all?"
Albus turned to Linda once again. It was kind of odd for her never to talk to anyone, besides the teachers. It was like the only thing she wanted to do was study. Her obsession with homework seemed to be ten times that of Rose's and Albus wasn't sure if Rose could keep up.
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Chapter 6: Flobberworms and Boggarts
As it turned out, Albus didn't have to wait until classes to know if Linda Morales was his age or not. Rose and Amanda burst out of the girls' dormitory as Albus, Matt, and John were heading down to breakfast.
"Albus!" Rose caught up with him, "Linda is our age. She's in our dormitory."
"Really?" Albus replied, realizing that he hadn't really thought about which dormitory the new students would be in.
"Where is she now?" John asked.
"Still up there," Amanda said, "She's been in the bathroom for ages."
"Girls," John muttered, "I'll never understand them."
The group hurried down to the Great Hall and ate a quick breakfast before their first class. Neville handed out schedules and Albus saw that he had Care of Magical Creatures first.
"Blimey, this schedule is packed," John said as they headed out of the castle towards Hagrid's hut.
"Well, we are taking two extra classes now," Albus pointed out.
"Wonder who we'll have this class with," Matt said.
"With our luck, it'll be the Slytherins," Amanda groaned.
"Maybe Linda's taking this class," John said hopefully.
Amanda sighed, "You haven't even met her."
"Yeah, but this class would be the perfect time to do that!" John pointed out.
Amanda groaned and they continued their trek to Hagrid's hut. Once they got there, they saw that they were indeed with the Slytherins. Albus groaned inwardly and stood with his friends as everyone waited for Hagrid to appear.
"'Ello, everyone!" Hagrid said as he stepped out of his hut a few minutes later, "Welcome to Care o' Magical Creatures."
"Hi, Hagrid," Albus grinned.
"'Ello, Albus," Hagrid grinned back, "Now, today's lesson's abou' Flobberworms. Can anyone tell me anything abou' them?"
Flobberworms, Albus thought. Flobberworms were about the least exciting magical creatures in the world. Albus wished they were doing something a bit more exciting.
"Nobody?" Hagrid said, "Well, I know they aren't the most excitin' creatures, but we've got to start somewhere. Now, flobberworms are small white worms...."
Albus listened as Hagrid explained about flobberworms, but he didn't take any notes. Rose would have, but Albus didn't see the point. Flobberworms were pretty basic.
"Now, everyone can take a worm," Hagrid held up a box, "An' draw them into yer notes an' observe 'em."
Albus and his friends each took a worm and began the tedious task of recording the worms' every movement and sketching them. Albus thought the rest of the class was rather boring and was a bit disappointed. He had kind of been expecting Hagrid to bring in some sort of dangerous creature, like he had when his dad was at Hogwarts. Although, come to think of it, his cousins had said Hagrid had adopted a more normal curriculum.
"I wish Hagrid would bring in a dragon or something," John said as they made their way back to the castle for Transfiguration.
"He probably wishes that, too," Albus laughed.
The Transfiguration classroom was already filling up by the time Albus and his friends entered. Albus noticed that they had this class with the Hufflepuffs. Rose was already inside, sitting at her usual table in the front. Amanda quickly joined her. Linda was there as well, but she was sitting by herself at the other front desk.
"Let's go sit by Linda!" John said excitedly.
"Sure," Albus grinned and started to walk towards her table.
"Wait," Matt said, "There's only two seats. And do you really want to sit in the front?"
"Er, that's true," John said, "We'll sit behind her then."
Albus vaguely wondered why Matt so set on not sitting with Linda, but he didn't dwell on it and sat down at the table behind Linda. Patil walked in a moment later and everyone quieted down.
"For the first few classes we shall be learning about a very difficult branch of transfiguration," Patil said after she took attendance, "And it is called the Animagus Transfiguration. Can anyone tell me what that is?"
Albus smirked as Rose's hand shot into the air. Albus knew the answer, of course, but he was perfectly happy to let Rose answer.
"Yes, Miss Morales?" Patil pointed to Linda.
Albus turned away from Rose and saw that Linda had half-way raised her hand. The rest of the class was staring at her as well, probably because Rose always answered the preliminary questions in class.
"The Animagus Transfiguration is the act of transfiguring oneself into an animal," Linda answered.
"Yes, that is correct," Patil smiled.
Albus noticed that Rose was staring in shock at Linda. He had to stifle a laugh at this.
Patil went on to describe Animagi in more detail and Albus took a few notes.
"Can anyone name a registered Animagus they may have heard about in another class?" Patil asked.
Both Rose and Linda's hands shot up into the air. Patil called on Rose this time.
"Minerva McGonagall," Rose answered.
"Yes, she turns into a cat. She used to teach Transfiguration here and was the Headmistress for a few years. How about an illegal Animagus?"
Albus scribbled the words 'Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs' onto a piece of parchment and showed it to Matt and John. All three of them stifled laughter and then looked back up at Patil.
"Rita Skeeter," Rose grinned.
Patil smiled. "Yes, and it was your mother who discovered her."
The rest of the class passed by at a reasonably quick pace and once it was over, Albus and his friends went to the Great Hall for lunch.
"You've got some competition, Rose," John grinned as they walked down the corridor.
"Shut up," Rose muttered.
"She might beat you on the next test," John laughed.
"And your point is?" Rose snapped.
They walked the rest of the way in silence, as no one wanted to set Rose off even more. Albus had no idea she would get that competitive about grades. Although after two years of easily being the smartest in their year, Rose hadn't previously had any competition.
Half the Gryffindor table was roaring with laughter when they arrived for lunch. James quickly filled Albus in on the fact that Hugo had exploded his first potion earlier in the morning and was apparently quite proud of it.
"Well, you'll have no competition from him," John muttered to Rose. Rose sent him a withered look and sat down to eat.
Albus spent lunch telling Kaden about Care of Magical Creatures. Despite the fact that they learned about flobberworms, Kaden was jealous.
The third year Gryffindors had double potions after lunch, with the Slytherins again. Slughorn started the class with a review of the previous year's potions. Once again, Rose and Linda both knew the answer to every question. Then, when Slughorn had them brew a new potion, both Rose and Linda tied for best potion. Slughorn gave them each a bar of Honeyduke's chocolate. Albus was quite surprised that Linda seemed as smart as Rose. He had never met anyone his age who could compete with Rose with grades. John was right. Rose did have some competition.
"Well, time to go meet the new Defense teacher," Albus said as he finished breakfast the next morning.
"I wish your dad was still teaching," Matt sighed.
"Yeah," John agreed, "The new teacher looks like the kind of bloke who gives a lot of homework."
"You really ought to just keep an open mind," Rose commented as they left the Great Hall.
"Easy for you to say," John muttered, "You're freakishly smart."
"You have got to be kidding me!" Albus groaned as they reached the classroom, "We're with the Slytherins, again!"
"Great," Matt sighed, "Three years in a row, what are the chances of that?"
Albus led the way into the classroom. Linda Morales was already seated at one of the front tables. Rose and Amanda immediately took the other front table.
"Let's sit in the back," Matt muttered.
Albus nodded. He really didn't want to sit near the front. The teacher was already there and was wearing an unreadable expression. If he turned out to be mean, Albus preferred to be as far away as possible.
The classroom looked exactly the same as it had the year before, except for a trunk that was sitting in front of the teacher's desk.
A few more students trickled in and once the bell rang, the teacher waved his wand and the door slammed loudly. Albus jumped in surprise and snapped his attention back to the new teacher.
He walked slowly from behind his desk and stood in front of it. He was holding a piece of parchment and a quill. Albus noticed that he was wearing the same black robes, except now he noticed that there were intricately designed silver fastenings on them.
"Please raise your hand and say 'present' when I call your name," he said in a stern voice. He ran through the list, fixing each student with a piercing gaze when he called on them.
"Brilliant," he said flatly, "All here. I am Professor Balladanis, as you all know from Professor Kendrick's speech. You will address me as Professor Balladanis, or Professor, or Sir. I will not tolerate speaking out of turn or misbehavior of any kind in my classroom. I expect all homework and other assignments to be completed on time, no excuses."
Professor Balladanis began to pace back and forth in front of his desk. "As you shall discover throughout the year, I take defensive magic very seriously." He paused and glared sharply at Linda and Janie Creevey, who had sat next to Linda.
"Defensive magic is a very very important branch of magic. I would make the argument that is the most important. It can save your life. It has saved my life on numerous occasions. I have no doubt that your previous two years of instruction were very extensive and I am sure you all have a basic knowledge of defensive spells courtesy of Professor Potter."
Balladanis stopped pacing and paused before continuing his speech. "However, the third year Defense Against the Dark Arts curriculum focuses on defense against dark creatures." He turned to Albus's table and gave Albus, Matt, and John a piercing stare.
"I will be continuing the curriculum that has been used in this school since after the final battle," Balladanis continued, "I have looked over the curriculum and have deemed it satisfactory. I immensely approve of the first day's lesson for third years. I've always thought a practical approach was good for Defense, although I do expect you to carefully read your text book as well.
"In this box," Balladanis gestured to the trunk, which jumped a little as he touched it, "Lives a boggart. Can anyone tell me what a boggart is?"
Rose and Linda's hands shot up into the air. Balladanis smirked and pointed to Rose. "Yes, Miss...?"
"Weasley, sir," Rose replied, "A boggart is a shape shifter. It takes the form of whatever scares you most. No one knows what one really looks like."
Balladanis nodded. "Correct. 5 points to Gryffindor. Boggarts," he began pacing again, "Take the form of whatever scares us most. The boggart focuses on the nearest person and turns into whatever scares them.
"We will have an advantage over our boggart. There are a lot of us, which means the boggart will become confused about what to turn into. However, that is not enough. There is a necessary incantation for defeating boggarts. It is 'Riddikulus'. Repeat after me, 'Riddikulus'."
"Riddikulus," Albus said along with everyone else.
"Good," Balladanis said, although his voice wasn't exactly cheerful, "You'll also need to think of a way to turn whatever your most feared thing is into something funny. Laughter is what really finishes off a boggart. Then, think of that as you're saying the incantation. Now, take out your wands and stand up."
Albus pulled his wand out of his bag and stood up. He wasn't even sure what he was most afraid of. Snakes? No, he really didn't fear snakes. Spiders? Nope, not them either. He had no idea what that boggart was going to turn into, and that made it even scarier.
Balladanis waved his wand and all the tables and chairs moved to the sides of the classroom. "Form a line," he instructed.
Everyone pushed to be at the front of the line. Albus wound up being towards the back, behind John and in front of Matt.
"Miss Weasley," Balladanis motioned for Rose to step forward, "Perhaps you could go first."
Rose nodded and stepped out of the line. She stood in front of the trunk with her wand raised. Albus had no idea what the boggart would turn into for Rose either. Nor did he have a clue what John and Amanda's boggarts would be. He had an inkling about Matt's, though.
Balladanis stood off to the side and pointed his wand at the trunk. The lid slowly opened and out stepped...Neville. Albus gaped at the boggart.
The boggart Neville opened his mouth. "I'm sorry, Rose, you did not get the highest grades in your year. You've been beaten."
Oh, Albus thought, that kind of made sense. For a moment there, Albus actually thought Rose was afraid of Neville, which was ridiculous.
"Riddikulus!" Rose shouted.
The boggart Neville swayed, but didn't look any different. He opened his mouth again. "Rose, you have beaten everyone in the entire school! You have the best grades in the history of Hogwarts."
Albus smirked. It wasn't entirely funny, but it fit Rose perfectly.
"Interesting," Balladanis muttered, "Next!"
Rose stood off to the side and grinned as Amanda stepped forward. Albus watched as the boggart turned into a very large snake.
Amanda stared at it for a few moments and then shouted, "Riddikulus!" The snake twirled around and tied itself into a knot. Amanda, along with most of the rest of the class, burst out laughing. Amanda stepped to the side next to Rose and Janie Creevey stepped forward.
Janie's boggart turned into a giant rat, which then got transformed into tiny mouse. A few Slytherins were up after her, and then it was Linda Morales's turn.
Albus watched intently as the boggart that had previously been a dragon turn into a raging fire. Linda raised her wand and shouted, "Riddikulus!" The fire turned into a waterfall and Linda joined the growing group of students off to the side.
Marina Jordan-Bell was next, and her boggart turned into a spider, as did her sister, Karina's. Karina had a bit of trouble, but eventually managed to turn the spider rainbow colors. Ethan and a couple of the Slytherins had difficulty as well.
Leigh Montague charmed her mummy boggart into a strait jacket and then it was John's turn. He stepped forward and the mummy turned into a clown. A clown, complete with a big red nose and huge shoes.
Albus could hear a few of the other students snickering already. Albus wasn't exactly a fan of clowns, but he could think of at least ten things that were scarier than them.
"Riddikulus!" John shouted. The clown boggart started to walk forward, but it tripped over its ridiculously large feet, which were growing at an alarming rate. The entire class burst out in the loudest laughter yet as John joined Rose and Amanda.
Albus took a deep breath and stepped forward. The clown with the huge feet started spinning again and when it stopped, it looked like Professor Oteski. The Oteski boggart stepped towards Albus.
"You did not make the Hogwarts Quidditch team," it said.
Albus gulped. Come to think of it, that was what he was most afraid of at that moment. But how could he make it funny. He racked his brains as the Oteski boggart continued walking towards him.
"Riddikulus!" Albus shouted.
The boggart spun around again and then stopped. "You did make the team!" it said, "In fact, everyone is on the team! All of Hogwarts will play at once and therefore win the competition!"
Albus laughed at the thought of a Quidditch team consisting of over 200 people on it and joined John at the side of the classroom. Albus watched as Matt stepped forward.
"Hey, Potter," Scorpius whispered, "I bet the boggart won't know what to turn into with Eckerton. He's afraid of everything."
"Shut it, Malfoy," Albus growled.
"Quiet over there!" Balladanis shouted. Albus immediately shut his mouth and Scorpius didn't say anything else.
The boggart was spinning around again and when it stopped, it didn't turn into the bright full moon that Albus had been expecting. It had turned into a very sinister looking man. He was skinny and rather short and had a mop of untidy brown hair on his head. It wasn't like Roberts's hair, though. This bloke's hair was stringy and dirty looking. His eyes were piercing, not unlike Balladanis's, and he was sneering at Matt. Albus didn't recognize who it was. He hadn't seen anyone that resembled the boggart.
The boggart stepped slowly towards Matt, who looked frozen in place. Albus could see his wand shaking in his hand.
"Who's that bloke?" John whispered.
"No idea," Albus said.
Albus continued to watch as the boggart advanced towards Matt. Balladanis wasn't doing anything besides watching with an unreadable expression on his face.
The boggart was now only a couple feet away from Matt, who still wasn't doing anything. The boggart began to slowly raise its hands and muttered something that Albus couldn't quite catch.
At that moment, Matt seemed to unfreeze. He stepped back and all of a sudden ran towards the door. He wrenched it open and disappeared from the room. Everyone who had already faced the boggart started whispering amongst themselves
Albus turned to John, who shrugged. Albus couldn't even begin to imagine why Matt was afraid of that strange man, but he could sense that it went beyond a normal fear.
"I'm going after him," Albus whispered to John. John nodded and Albus ran from the room without asking Balladanis or even looking back at him.
Albus could hear Balladanis trying to quiet the rest of the students down as he walked quickly down the corridor. Matt wasn't anywhere to be found. Albus continued to walk down the corridor, not really knowing where he was going. Where would Matt go? The dormitory? Room of Requirement? Marauder's Den? That was it, Albus thought. That's where Matt would go. After all, only a few people knew about that.
Albus walked through the empty corridors, thankful that nobody else was wandering around. He glanced at his watch. There was only ten minutes left in class.
The fifth floor corridor was also deserted. Albus quickly pulled up the arm on the appropriate suit of armor and then searched the opposite wall for the tiny paw prints. He found them and glanced up and down the corridor once more before wrenching the door open.
The room looked empty when Albus stepped inside. In fact, it looked just like they left it at the end of the previous year. Albus hadn't been in it for months. He quietly walked further into the room and headed straight for Matt's alcove.
Matt was sitting on his four-poster bed, just staring directly at the wall in front of him. Albus wordlessly sat down on the bed, not sure of what to say. Matt didn't even acknowledge the fact that Albus was there. Either that or he didn't notice.
"Er, are you ok?" Albus asked after a few moments of awkward silence.
Matt looked over at him. He didn't look all right. His face was pale white. "I guess," he said quietly, "But everyone probably thinks I'm afraid of everything now. Nobody else ran out of the room."
"Maybe everyone else's boggarts weren't as scary," Albus suggested.
"Maybe," Matt muttered.
Albus heard the door open and he craned his head around to see that Rose, John, and Amanda had come inside. John and the girls walked over to where Albus and Matt were.
"We've got your bags," John said as he dropped Albus and Matt's bags on the floor.
"Thanks," Albus replied.
"Are you all right?" John asked Matt.
"Yeah," Matt sighed.
"What have we got next?" Albus asked.
"Herbology," Rose answered, "And we'd better go if we don't want to be late."
"Are you coming?" Albus asked Matt.
"Yeah," Matt got up off the bed, "Let's go. I just hope we don't have it with the Slytherins. I'd bet my last Galleon that Malfoy's going to make fun of me for this for rest of the year."
Albus would have been willing to bet that as well. Fortunately, the third year Gryffindors had Herbology with the Ravenclaws that year. A few of the other Gryffindors stole quick glances at Matt during the beginning part of the class, but nobody said anything to him. Neville quizzed them about a few plants they had learned about the previous year for a few minutes. Rose and Linda answered all of them. Then he gave a broad overview of what they'd be doing that year.
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Chapter 3: Microwaved Eggs
Dinner with Matt's parents was interesting. Mealtimes at Albus's house were always chaotic and never really planned in great detail. It seemed like one of his parents was always coming or going. Then there was the fact that at least one of his cousins or Teddy always seemed to be showing up partway through the meal. But Albus didn't really mind. He kind of liked the chaos that was his family.
Mealtimes at Matt's house, on the other hand, seemed more formal and planned. His mum and house elf, Ellie, cooked a lavish spread and served it on fancier dishes than Albus's family had. And Matt didn't have any relatives to randomly drop in. Albus enjoyed it, though. The formality of it didn't faze Kaden in the least and he dominated the conversation, which centered around Hogwarts, Quidditch, and football.
The boys spent the evening in the den playing round after round of Exploding Snap. Since Rose wasn't there, they all had a chance of winning. Matt's parents joined in for a few rounds and once they left, Albus and his friends talked about the upcoming school year. John and Kaden agreed that they needed to pull a few marauderesque pranks, but Albus and Matt were a bit reluctant. The job of school pranksters was currently held by James and his friends and Albus really didn't want everyone to think he was a just like his brother.
Eventually, Mrs. Eckerton returned to the room and told them they needed to get to bed. Albus followed Matt up the stairs and into the library. They all changed into pajamas, but they didn't go to bed. Their conversations continued until Mrs. Eckerton knocked on the door and told them they had to go to bed.
"Albus?" Matt whispered a few minutes later, "Are you awake?"
"Yeah," Albus whispered back.
"I'm really glad you came," Matt replied.
"Me, too," Albus said.
"You three are the first friends I've ever had over here," Matt said quietly, "I never really thought it would ever happen."
Albus really didn't know what to say to that. He knew Matt had had a lonely childhood until going to Hogwarts, but the fact that he had never had friends over to his house before never crossed his mind.
"Well, I'll definitely want to come back," Albus decided to say.
"Thanks," Matt said, "Well, good night."
Albus fell asleep quickly to the muffled sound of Kaden's snoring. But what seemed like a short while later, he awoke again to the sound of somebody's whispering.
"Kaden," someone whispered, "Kaden!"
"Wh-what is it?" Kaden yawned.
"Are you hungry?" Albus recognized John's voice.
"Erm, a little, I guess," Kaden replied.
"Want to go find some food?" John asked.
Albus listened as John and Kaden got up from their cots and crept out of the room. There was the sound of footsteps on the stairs, and then quiet.
Albus leaned over his cot and poked Matt. "Matt!" he whispered, "Get up!"
Matt rolled over and Albus groaned. It was always so difficult to wake him up. "Matt!" Albus shouted a little louder.
Matt rolled over again and mumbled something incoherent. Albus poked him a little harder and he finally opened his eyes.
"What?" he asked.
"John and Kaden went to get a snack," Albus told him. Albus didn't know what kind of snack the two of them were going to get, but he had a feeling they wouldn't make it simple. John and Kaden were known to come up with some pretty mad ideas when they were together, especially when they didn't have Albus or Matt to counteract them.
"All right," Matt groaned and got out of his cot, "Let's go."
Albus got up and the two of them quietly left the room and went down to the kitchen. The light was on, but Albus couldn't hear anything going on. That could either be a good sign or a bad sign.
When the kitchen came into view, Albus saw John and Kaden rummaging around in the refrigerator.
"We could combine this with that," Kaden was saying.
"That is disgusting," John commented, "But brilliant."
John and Kaden emerged from the refrigerator carrying various containers. They set them down on the counter and then turned around.
"Oh, hey Albus and Matt!" John grinned, "Want any of our midnight snack?"
"Depends on what it is," Albus smiled wryly and sat down on one of the counter stools, "If you think something is both disgusting and brilliant, I'll bet it's really disgusting."
"Oh, come on, Albus," Kaden grinned, "Mashed potatoes and chocolate cake would be a good combination."
"Oh, nasty!" Matt grimaced and sat down next to Albus.
"It's only nasty if you forget the ketchup," John replied.
Even the idea of a combination like that made Albus want to vomit. It sounded like some sort of new Bertie Bott's flavor.
"No thanks," Albus said.
"Your loss," Kaden shrugged and opened the container of potatoes.
"So, if you're not down here to eat our delicious food, what are you here for?" John asked as he dumped the cake into the potatoes.
"To supervise you," Matt replied, "I can't let the two of you cook unsupervised in my kitchen."
"Oh, relax," John grinned.
Albus watched as Kaden stirred the potatoes and cake combination. It actually didn't look that bad. Almost like some sort of strange pudding. Albus was sure the ketchup would negate any sort of potential edibility, though.
"Hey, what's this thing?" John gestured to a black box that was attached to the bottom of the cupboards along the wall. He pushed a few buttons and the whole thing lit up inside and started whirring.
Albus stared at it. He vaguely remembered seeing something like it at some of his cousins' houses, but he couldn't ever recall using it.
"It's a microwave," Matt jumped off his stool and pushed a button on it. It stopped whirring and turned dark again. "And you can't turn it on when it's empty."
John stared at it. "What's it do? What's the point?"
"It cooks food," Matt explained, "Faster than an oven."
"Oh," John shrugged and picked up a fork that was sitting on the counter. He put it in the microwave and went to turn it on.
Matt grabbed his arm. "You can't put metal in it! It'll break!"
Albus smirked. And John said he didn't need supervision. He definitely did, especially since there were Muggle appliances everywhere.
"Well that's stupid," John replied and took the fork out.
Matt shrugged. "It's Muggle technology."
"Why's it in here then?" John asked.
"Came with the house. And my mum likes Muggle technology for cooking."
"Oh," John said and turned to Kaden, who had begun pouring ketchup in the mixture, "Let's put the whole thing in the microwave!"
Matt groaned and turned to Albus. "This won't turn out good."
Albus laughed. "Probably not. But Kaden's Muggle born, so I'm pretty sure he knows how to work the microwave."
"Good point," Matt said, "John! Let Kaden do the microwaving."
"Aw," John sighed, "It looks fun."
Kaden took the bowl and put it in the microwave. He turned it on and Albus watched as the bowl turned around and around on the inside plate. It was rather clever, he thought. Almost like magic. It seemed like a magic box that cooked food in record time.
A minute or so later, the microwave beeped, which caused John to jump. "Bloody hell!" he shouted, "What was that?"
"It means it's done," Kaden laughed and took the bowl out, "Who wants to try it?"
"Me!" John shouted and grabbed a few spoons off the counter.
"No way," Albus shook his head. The mixture in the bowl was the consistency of pudding, but was a strange reddish brown color that was absolutely disgusting looking.
"Me either," Matt said, "Just the smell of that grosses me out."
John took a whiff and grinned. "Smells good!"
"Oh, gross!" Matt covered his mouth.
"You look a bit green," Albus said to Matt.
"Good thing he's not having any," Kaden took a huge spoonful and stuffed it in his mouth.
Albus watched as Kaden swallowed the food. He was actually smiling when he had finished. Matt really looked like he was going to vomit after watching Kaden eat it.
"Delicious!" Kaden grinned.
"Kaden, that is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen you eat," Albus announced.
John tried it next and pronounced it delicious as well. Albus and Matt just stared at each other and tried not to watch as John and Kaden polished off the rest of the concoction.
"Are you done yet?" Matt asked, "The smell of it is really getting to me."
"Almost," John said.
"Done," Kaden replied.
"You'd better wash the bowls out," Matt said.
Kaden nodded and began to wash the dishes. John returned to the refrigerator and started rummaging around again.
"You're not still hungry, are you?" Albus asked.
"Not really," John shrugged, "Just looking."
He closed the refrigerator and went back over to the microwave. He stuck something in it, pushed a few buttons, and it lit up and started whirring again.
"What did you put in there?" Matt asked suspiciously.
"Er," John stammered, "Well, I just kind of wanted something else to eat-"
"I thought you weren't hungry," Albus pointed out.
"I wasn't, but then I got an idea and I thought I'd make an egg-"
"AN EGG?!" Matt shouted as he jumped up, "Did you put an egg in the microwave?"
"Er, yes," John said, "Why?"
Matt never got to finish his sentence. A loud pop came from the microwave before he could continue. He quickly turned the thing off and glared at John. John was grinning and looking at the microwave.
"Explode in microwaves," Matt finished.
"Oh, er, sorry," John said, trying not to laugh.
"That's brilliant!" Kaden grinned and opened the microwave, "I've always wanted to try that!"
Albus stood behind Matt and looked into the microwave. The inside was covered in egg yolk, white, and shell. It was a complete mess, yet kind of funny at the same time.
Matt groaned, "I can't believe you did that. Well, ok, I can. I told you not to touch the microwave."
"Sorry," John shrugged, "I'll clean it up."
"Clean what up?"
Albus turned around and saw Matt's parents standing in the entrance to the kitchen. Both of them looked half asleep.
"John decided to put an egg in the microwave," Matt explained.
Mr. Eckerton burst out laughing and his wife glared at him. "I did the same thing when we first moved here," Mr. Eckerton grinned.
"See?" John said, "I'm not the only one!"
"I know," Matt sighed, "At least I caught you before you put the fork in there."
"Do I even want to know what you boys were doing down here?" Mrs. Eckerton asked.
"John and Kaden wanted a snack," Matt replied, "So they made a disgusting combination of mashed potatoes, chocolate cake, and ketchup. They liked it, but Albus and I thought it was vile. Just the smell of it made me sick."
Mrs. Eckerton groaned. "Well, just clean up the microwave and go back bed."
"Ok, Mum," Matt replied.
"You have to admit that was funny, Julie," Mr. Eckerton laughed.
"Yes, I do actually find it funny that you made the same mistake five years ago, and now John did it and he's a thirteen year old boy," Mrs. Eckerton smirked.
"How was I supposed to know eggs exploded in the microwave?" Mr. Eckerton asked as they stared back towards the stairs.
"You should have taken Muggle Studies," Mrs. Eckerton said.
Albus, Matt, and Kaden waited while John cleaned the microwave. It didn't take him long and soon the four of them returned to their cots in the library. Albus fell asleep thinking about what Rose would say when he told her John exploded an egg in Matt's microwave.
"What do you want to do?" Albus asked the next day. The boys were all sitting in the den throwing a Quaffle around.
"Let's microwave random stuff," John suggested.
"No way," Matt replied.
Matt's parents had officially banned them from cooking for the remainder of the visit. Albus found this rather funny, especially the looks on John and Kaden's faces when they were told they couldn't cook. The two of them spent a good twenty minutes trying to find a loophole in the rule.
"Do wizards play hide and seek?" Kaden asked.
"That was random," Albus commented, "But yes, wizards do play hide and seek."
"I play it with my cousins all the time," John said.
"Me, too," Albus said. He loved games of hide and seek at the Burrow. There were excellent places to hide there.
"We should play it," Kaden announced, "It's always boring to play it at my house because the only one there to play it with is Bethany. And she never hides in good places."
"That's what Amy said about me when I was little," Matt said, "I would always hide in the same place."
"Ok, let's play," John stood up, "The couch in here can be home and we can hide anywhere in the house."
"Sounds good. But no going outside," Matt agreed, "Who's it?"
"Albus," John said.
Albus shrugged. He always liked being it. "All right. You lot can all go hide and I'll count to 100."
Albus closed his eyes and started counting. He heard the footsteps of his friends disappear as he got closer to 100. Usually, one of his older cousins was it whenever he played hide and seek. Albus rarely got to be it.
"Ready or not, here I come!" he shouted and looked around the den. The den would be the perfect spot for hiding because it was close to the home couch. But there weren't very many places to hide in it.
Albus walked quietly over to the one closet that was in the room. He pulled it open and looked inside. Empty. He left the room and looked down the corridor. The bathroom, he thought, that would be a good hiding place. Albus himself hid in the bathtub on numerous occasions.
He stepped into the bathroom and sure enough, the shower curtain was pulled shut. Albus yanked it open and saw John laying in the tub.
"Got you," Albus grinned.
"Merlin, this is always a good spot!" John groaned as he got out of the tub.
"Yeah, which is why it's always where I hide," Albus grinned, "Come on, you can help me search for Matt and Kaden."
Albus and John left the bathroom and resumed the search. Albus really didn't feel comfortable searching in Matt's dad's study, so they left it alone. Albus figured no one would hide in there anyway. They searched the rest of the downstairs, looking in every nook and cranny and closet. But Matt and Kaden were no where to be found.
Next they went upstairs and searched all the bedrooms except Matt's parents'. The library and bathroom were searched as well, but still no luck. The game was reminding Albus of the ones he played at the Burrow. James was always impossible to find. Although one time he got a broom and decided to hover above the house to hide. No one found him for hours and then the adults made a 'no flying' rule for hide and seek.
"Where are they?" John said as they searched the library for the second time, "We've searched the entire house!"
"Not the basement," Albus pointed out.
"Good idea," John agreed.
Albus and John ran down the stairs and towards the basement. They opened the door and ran down another flight of stairs. Albus flipped on the light and the two of them began to look around. Matt had showed them the basement earlier, when he showed them Amy's potion brewing room.
John checked the potion brewing room while Albus looked in the main part of the basement that seemed to be a combination storage area and den. Still nothing. The basement was perfectly quiet, too.
"What about that room?" John pointed to a room at the back of the basement.
"Matt said it was just storage," Albus replied, "I doubt either of them are in there. Plus, it's so quiet. We'd hear some sort of movement. No one's down here."
"Then where are they?" John asked.
"Maybe they made it to the couch," Albus suggested.
Albus and John returned the den and Matt was laying on the couch. He grinned and sat up when Albus and John entered the room.
Albus gaped at Matt. "Where were you hiding? We didn't even see you run in here!"
"I was in that closet," Matt pointed to the closet Albus had searched earlier.
"But I checked that as soon as I finished counting!" Albus groaned, "And no one was in there!"
"There's a smaller door in there that leads to a smaller closet," Matt got up off the couch and walked over to the closet. "Look," he opened the door.
Matt pulled back a few coats that were hanging up and Albus noticed a very tiny door in the wall. Matt opened it and revealed a tiny closet that was just big enough for a small person to climb into.
"See?" Matt grinned.
"You had an unfair advantage," John said, "You know stuff about this house that we don't."
"Well, when we play at your house, then you'll have an advantage."
"My house doesn't have any little secret closets," John muttered.
"What's that for anyway?" Albus asked.
"Dunno," Matt shrugged and looked around the room, "Hey, where's Kaden? Didn't you find him?"
"Nope," Albus replied. He never would have thought that Kaden would be this good at hide and seek.
"We'd better go find him," John said.
"Wonder why he hasn't tried to run to the couch," Albus said as they left the room.
"No idea," Matt said, "But with Kaden, it could be anything."
The boys searched the entire house twice, but they still couldn't find Kaden. He was the ultimate hide and seek player, Albus thought. He could even give James lessons.
"Where the ruddy hell is he?" John shouted as they walked down the stairs.
"I wonder if he'll ever even come out if we don't find him," Albus said.
"He'll come out once he's hungry," Matt pointed out.
"What are you boys doing?" Mrs. Eckerton asked. She was sitting on the couch reading a book in the living room.
"Playing hide and seek," Matt replied and sat down on a chair, "But we can't find Kaden."
"Did you look outside?" Mrs. Eckerton asked as she set down her book.
"Outside was off limits," John said.
"We've searched the house twice just now," Matt said, "And Albus and John searched it twice before that. We've looked everywhere."
"Everywhere?" Mrs. Eckerton raised her eyebrows, "Even in the basement?"
Matt's face paled. "Oh, Merlin! Not the entire basement!"
"You'd better go check," Mrs. Eckerton said.
Matt jumped off the couch and ran towards the basement door. Albus shrugged at John as they followed. He didn't have a clue as to why Matt was so nervous about Kaden hiding in the basement. Plus, Albus and John checked the basement. Except that storage room. But why would that make Matt nervous? What was in it?
Albus ran down the stairs and followed Matt. Sure enough, Matt went straight to the storage room.
"Merlin!" Matt muttered and paused in front of the door, "Why did he hide in here?"
"Er, are you ok?" Albus asked.
Matt sighed, but didn't answer. He put his hand on the doorknob and slowly opened it.
Albus gaped as he saw what was in the room. Well, what wasn't in it. The room was completely empty and had no windows. But the strangest part was that it was padded. The floor and walls were completely covered with what looked like mattresses.
"Is that?" John asked, "A padded room?"
"Hey!" Kaden, who was running around and literally bouncing off the walls, ran over to them, "Took you long enough! Matt, why didn't you tell us you had a padded room in your house? This is brilliant!"
Albus didn't think that Matt thought it was so brilliant. He was staring at Kaden and was as white as he had been when his mum suggested they search the basement.
"Bloody hell, this is brilliant!" John grinned and walked into the room.
"No it's not," Matt said quietly, "Come on."
Matt turned and left without waiting to see if the others would follow. Albus followed immediately and he heard John and Kaden run after him. Matt didn't say anything as they walked back upstairs, and Albus hoped Kaden would have the sense not to say anything either.
"Did you find him?" Mrs. Eckerton asked as they entered the living room.
"Yeah," Matt muttered.
"Yeah," Matt said without stopping.
Albus followed him all the way upstairs and into his bedroom. Matt flopped down on his bed and stared up at the ceiling. Albus sat down on the floor and John and Kaden sat down on either side of him.
"Er, what did I do?" Kaden whispered to Albus.
"Shush," Albus replied. He had an inkling as to what that room was used for, but he wasn't sure. He did know that it was usually best to let Matt tell them what was going on in his own time, though. Kaden's pestering questions certainly weren't going to help.
Albus sat quietly for a while as they waited for Matt to say something. He was still laying on his bed staring at the ceiling. Kaden kept glancing at Albus and then at Matt and back again. John was playing with a gobstone that he had found on the floor.
Matt sighed and sat up. Albus glanced up from the floor and looked at him. "You ok?" he asked.
"I guess," he nodded, "I should have just told you not to hide in that room."
Albus nodded and sent Kaden a look so he wouldn't ask about the room.
"I don't know if you guessed what that room is for," Matt began, "But I guess I'll tell you."
"You don't have to," Albus said quietly.
"I know," Matt sighed, "But I will," he paused, "That room is where I transform."
Albus nodded. That's what he had guessed. Judging by the calm look on John's face, he had guessed it too. Kaden on the other hand, was gaping at Matt.
"Wait, what?" he asked.
"That's where I go during full moons," Matt said.
"Oh," Kaden replied, "Why is it padded?"
Albus groaned inwardly. Kaden really needed to learn not to ask about these sorts of things.
Matt laid back down on his bed and stared at the ceiling. "Back when I was five and I went through my first transformation, I spent the whole night ramming into the wall trying to get out. My dad put the padding on the walls before the next full moon. Then when we moved here, my dad recreated the same room in the basement of this house."
Albus winced at the thought of Matt ramming himself into a wall. Every time Matt told him something else about the full moons, Albus felt even sorrier for him.
"Oh," Kaden muttered, "Er, sorry for hiding there, then."
Matt sighed, "It's ok. I should have told you not to hide there."
"What about the Shrieking Shack?" Kaden asked, "Is that padded?"
"No," Matt replied, "But it's bigger, so I don't bang my head as much."
Kaden nodded. "Well, I can't say I've ever seen a padded room in anyone else's house."
"You'll probably never see one again," Matt said dryly.
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