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Old 06-12-2012, 05:36 AM   #151 (permalink)
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Thanks Rachel...
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Chapter 52



“You must be regretting on leaving Divinations” I said at the breakfast table on a Wednesday morning just before our classes began for the day.

“Aren’t you Hermione?” I asked looking at my reflection in the empty plate and curling my eyebrows with my wand.
Yeah, yeah I do that. But that’s really effective you know. I too thought it was weird when I first read about it in Witch Weekly but they were right!

“No, I am not” said Hermione going through the Prophet barely looking up. “I have never liked horses” and I sat still, stunned at her words.
“Horses? He is a centaur!” Lavender said her voice stunned
“And a gorgeous one at that” I sighed.

“Either ways he has four legs” she added coolly and I looked at her for a second.
Seriously, she can be as insensitive and blunt as Ronald Weasley at times.

“Weren’t you feeling bad that Professor Trelawney has gone?” she asked and I quickly
sat up straight, stunned again at her bluntness.

But Lavender spoke
“Oh we are, really. We went and met her. Took some daffodils with us*”
“How is she?*” Harry asked.
“Oh she is really grief stricken. She said if it weren’t for Headmaster she wouldn’t have stayed under the same roof as Umbridge*” Lavender said.
“And I don’t blame her. That was horrible what Umbridge did to her*” Lav continued as I just stared down at my plate my wand at my side revisiting my evening with Professor Trelawney and Hermione’s slight accusation still ringing in my head.

“But she is only going to get started now*” Hermione said and I looked up to which Ron reacted
“She can’t be horrible than she already is*” he said.
“More than meets the eye?” I suggested.
Hermione shrugged “you could say that” and she went back to her Prophet and continued “she would want a revenge on Professor Dumbledore for appointing a professor without consulting her*” she said.
“And a part human at that” I added.
“Did you look at her face?” she asked folding her Prophet away and I nodded.
“she seems to hate half breeds” I said “I mean, she had problem with Professor Lupin, not that he is a half breed but you know his condition and all and she isn’t taking it down lightly with Professor Hagrid either” I said.
“He is a half giant, isn’t he? I mean I doubt, that’s just quite small a height for a full giant, I mean Professor Hagrid’s height” I said and Hermione nodded.






After breakfast Hermione parted ways to Arithmancy class while Lav, Harry, Ron and I began towards the Divinations class.

“Hey, why aren’t we going up the North Tower?” asked Ron.
Now was he mocking Firenze! I already had enough of Hermione’s snuband don’t want to listen to Ron’s mockery.
“You don’t expect Firenze to climb the ladder” I added scornfully.

Walking through the ground floor classes we reached the classroom number eleven and opened the door only to be bowled over by what we saw.

Lavender and I walked further into the class.
But this wasn’t exactly our class. This was
“Forbidden Forest” muttered another voice and I saw Dean, Seamus and Neville already sitting on the logs nearby looking just as surprised as us.

I waved at them and looked around. A small part of Forbidden Forest was recreated inside this class room. Tall trees everywhere, mossy green grass on the ground, rocks, boulders and logs and uneven surfaces just like the interiors of the forest. In the middle was a small clearing.

“This is amazing” Lavender breathed. Just then we heard the sound of the hooves and we both excitedly walked ahead and sat down on the ground though it was slightly damp and cold. But who cares. We sat right in front of where Firenze was standing in the middle of the clearing.

“I hope I don’t drool over half the time in his class the reminder of the semester” Lavender said and I giggled.

Firenze was really, really gorgeous. He walked past us. He was the most handsome being I have ever seen… if I can attribute a human adjective to him, why of course I can he is a part human!

I mentally snapped myself out. Firenze was now talking to Harry! I am pretty surprised because Harry made no indication prior that he knew Firenze.
“How does everyone know Harry?” Lavender muttered.
I shook my head.
“My question is how does Harry know everyone?” I muttered back. As the class got settled Firenze began.

“Professor Dumbledore has kindly granted this classroom for me to live and teach you here. This is a recreation of Forbidden Forest, which was once my home,”* he said “but now it’s no longer possible” *
“We don’t understand –er-sir. But we have been to Forbidden forest with Professor Hagrid many times. We aren’t scared of going in there”* I said raising my hand.
“It’s not the question about your bravery Miss,”* he said looking at me. His eyes were such deep oceanic blue that clashed with his bright blonde hair.
“But my position, I cannot go back there. My herd has banished me.”*
“Herd?”* Lavender remarked.
“Oh-oh”* her eyes turning as big as galleons.
“You mean there are many of you in the forest?”* she asked.
“Did Hagrid breed you like Thestrals?”* Dean asked eagerly and I snapped my head in his direction and it soon struck him as he met with Firenze’s gaze.
“Centaurs are not plaything for humans”* Firenze said his voice polite but firmly enough to drive the point home.

“Please sir”* I raised my hand up again.
“But why has your heard banished you?”* I asked.
“Because I have agreed to work for Dumbledore which they see it as betrayal,”* he said and turned his back and walked towards the clearing.

“Let us begin” and he lowered the leafy canopy which dimmed the light which made it look like twilight.
“Wow” I breathed as there were many oohs and aahhsss around.
“Now lie down please” Firenze asked.
“What?” Lav muttered. “And look at the heavens above you” he said.
Smiling I did what was asked. Lying on my back I saw Mars looking back at us. It was this flaming red star.

Instantly I had my hand up as Firenze asked if we have studied the planetary motions.
“Yes sir, Professor Trelawney had made us do Astrology in her classes”* I said excitedly.
“Mars causes burns and accidents when it makes the right angle with Saturn”* I said pointing at the Saturn that came into the picture above us on the ceiling.
“Like now so that indicates that people have to be careful on handling hot things.”*

“That is” Firenze said “human rubbish”.
‘What!’
I wasn’t expecting that. I was expecting a well done! I mean I know my divinations well enough and I knew I was right.
“But sir, Professor Trel-”
“Sybil is a human” he said “and she is blinkered by your kind”
“She must have Seen things, I don’t know but she is surrounded by the human trappings of fortune telling” he said and I felt like I was slapped right on the face and there was pin drop silence. Did everyone feel what I felt?
My hand fell down limply, the rage on underestimating Professor Trelawney was back in me. I felt someone’s eyes on me.

I sneaked a glance and saw Harry who was lying some distance away from me looking at me.
Fine let him look at me. I don’t care. Keeping my anger in check I cleared my thoughts and listened to what Firenze had to say because in the end I would get an OWL on the basis of what I studied in my subject than what and how one professor thought the other had wasted her time.

Firenze spoke about the times we were in. He said it was a small interlude, a period of calm between two wars and he spoke of the ways centaurs See things. And soon we began with one of the centaur methods of prediction, by burning leaves.
We burned mallowsweet and sage leaves and looked for the signs and symbols in the smoke which Firenze was asking us to look for. I felt this was a time to impress him yet again on what my ex-professor had taught me.

On burning the leaves and looking at the shapes of the fumes I concentrated hard to see any of the signs and symbols were present.
Lavender remarked that she saw something but Firenze rubbished it saying she was imagining it.
“This is ridiculous” Lavender said.
“I said I saw something. I mean it wasn’t definite but I did and he doesn’t want to believe me” Lavender muttered angrily.
“Professor wouldn’t do that with us” she continued as I continued to concentrate on the fumes and my thoughts resolved on getting this right.
~~~~~~
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What makes her perfect for Ron
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Chapter 53



March turned into April and the pile of OWLs work was increasing day by day. The tension was mounting as everyday passed by. The only rescue to this mounting tension was DA sessions and also Friday evening walks with Ernie at the lake.

Well, this doesn’t mean we don’t meet up anytime in between the week, that’s impossible because we have classes together Herbology and Charms in the whole week and we do run into each other in corridors and whisper in the library but the Friday evening walk is something I really look forward to because that is the time when we have a time out from our busy school work and truly enjoy each other’s company without a constant reminder that we have something else pending to do at that point of time.

Waiting here below the beech tree near the lake for Ernie to turn up I just opened up my Transfiguration notes and began to read. It had been sometime later did I realize that someone was standing over me from the back of the tree reading my notes ever so quietly over my head.
“When did you come?” I asked looking up as Ernie gazed down at me leaning against the tree trunk, his hands crossed at his chest and his bag across his shoulder.
“Been five minutes” he said “and I don’t know how long you have been reading though” he said.
I looked at my watch and shrugged “guess past fifteen minutes” I said and closed my book and he sat down next to me taking his bag off.
“Since
when did you become Mrs.Norris?” I asked and he laughed.
“I mean not a single sound all this while” I said.
“Well, your concentration in reading added to my advantage” he said cheekily and I rolled my eyes and stretched my legs ahead while my back and head resting on the tree trunk.
“So how’s it going?” he asked indicating towards my closed notes and I shrugged.
“Fine” I said
“Just fine?” he asked.
“I don’t know” I sighed.
“Ernie we had decided on not talking about this, haven’t we?” I said he nodded silently and then looked away.

I took a deep breath trying to relax myself as I closed my eyes and my head leaning on trunk. Ernie and I had made a pact not to discuss about our studies and OWL preparations when we met here weekly.
Throughout the week we would meet and come across in the library or in the class and we would talk that would eventually lead to discussing OWLs at some point. So we decided to avoid discussing studies when we were together and have some fun.
These walks were the best times of my week. We had talked on so many things, laughed and joked on each other. And invariably all these meeting would end up one chasing the other for say something inappropriate but all that was always in a good sense.

He once told me about Yule Ball day when he saw me with Harry and how he had wanted to talk to me but he couldn’t.

“You aren’t the scared kinds Ernie, I know” I had said.
“Oh, I am no-not” he said and I chuckled.
“But you know when I saw you first with Harry”
“You were intimidated by him?”
“No! Did I say that?” he said and I laughed again.
“Alright, alright. Sorry continue” I said.
“I thought it would be rude talking to you when he was around”
“But he wasn’t around me for a longtime” I said.
“Yeah, but by then Em was around you” he said and I kept silent.
“So you see I didn’t get time to talk to you because the next thing I knew was you guys were out together on Hogsmeade trip” he said.
“Uh I-” and he laughed this time.
“It’s alright” he said waving off.
“But that shouldn’t have stopped you from talking to me at least and you know what?” I said stopping in the middle of our walk turning to him “you had more than enough time to ask me to the Yule ball before Harry could because he asked me almost three days prior to the Ball!”
“You had plenty of time mister” I said pointing at his chest.
“Er…that’s, that’s right” he said and we silently walked again. Seeing his hesitation made me laugh but I controlled and tried to maintain a slightly angry face as we walked.
“But you know, you were really looking very pretty that day” he said and I couldn’t help but smile.


As a small smile played on my lips I felt a slight shadow cover my eyes. Frowning I was about to open my eyes when I felt soft lips on mine. I had only opened my eyes a bit to see Ernie very close to me kissing me. Smiling I kissed him back.
Parting we sat back with our backs to the trunk. Ernie ran his hand through his hair, his smile during and after the kiss was just momentary. He was worried.

“Ernie, you alright?” I asked.
“Yeah, yeah” he said not looking at me but away at the very end of the lake.
He didn’t seem to look worried when I saw him standing behind me but he did look tired. Something must have happened.
“Ernie?”
“Hanna… I told her,” he began.
“I told her to relax but no” he continued his head bent now, his hand running through his hair again.
“How does she think, she is going to make it through if she continues to be like that” he said looking at me.
I was a bit surprised at his outburst. Slightly unhinged about him talking about Hanna but then I remembered what happened yesterday. With the mounting pressure of OWLs everyone was being affected pretty badly but not more than Hanna Abbot, Ernie’s best friend. She was taking on too much of stress on herself.
She burst out into tears the other day in Herbology class which had made Justin to quickly take her to Madam Pomfrey to give her a calming draught and had made Ernie upset about it.

“How is she doing?” I asked him.
“She is fine. She came back today from the hospital wing. Madam Pomfrey had kept her in the wing for the night as the Calming Draught makes you go off to sleep for it to work” he said and I nodded.
“Just a day has gone by since she returned and she is stressing herself out again” he said.
“You guys have talked to her, haven’t you?” I asked and he nodded.
“She will understand. The professors are there to talk to her too. This happens every year. The professors will take care of it if it goes out of hand” I said.
“And I am sure Hanna, herself would soon realize that she is ruining her own chances at OWLs” I said.
“So just don’t worry” I said my hand on his shoulder.

He looked back at me and then away, “You seemed to be doing fine yourself” he said.
“Well, seeing Hanna I did panic a bit” I said taking my hand off his shoulder and keeping my transfiguration book inside my bag.
“You did?” he asked
“Yeah, because seriously I didn’t want to become as hysterical as her” I said and he chuckled.
“Yeah, it scared me a bit too” he said “but scared for her” and I nodded.
“But then you know I tried to calm myself down” I said.
“There’s no point in getting so tensed and messing our work, is there?”
“No, and that is exactly what Justin and I have been telling her” he said.
“Don’t worry, she listens to you. She always did” I said smiling.
He laughed a dry sarcastic laugh “I highly doubt that now. Had she listened she wouldn’t have had the need for Calming Draught” he said.

“But you know I think, this isn’t unusual even by the standard times and the current not so standard times” I said
“What do you mean?” he asked.
“I mean every year there are students giving OWLs and NEWTs and there are many students who reach the levels of stress to take the Calming potion. That’s pretty normal I feel” I said shrugging.
“And by current not so standard you mean” he began.
“I mean by Umbridge ruling our professors’ lives and then on top of it changing professors in between the semesters” I said thinking of Professor Grubbly Plank and Professor Hagrid; Professor Trelawney and Firenze.
“You mean the new Divinations Professor?” he asked smiling.
“Not just him even professor Hagrid.”
“But he was there from the-”
“Professor Grubbly Plank had started off our OWLs syllabus this year not Professor Hagrid and I am sure by the way Hagrid is keeping up with his portion showing us dangerous creatures Umbridge would try getting rid of him too.”
“Those aren’t really dangerous creatures Parvati” he said.
“I know Ernie at least not till you obey Professor’s instructions but then you know what I mean. When it comes to Umbridge there is nothing called reasoning with her. She won’t find Thestrals suitable at all for OWLs level” I said and Ernie nodded.

“How is this centaur professor of yours?” Ernie asked after a while. I looked at him
“I mean, I know how handsome he is so, don’t get started on that. I haven’t heard the end of it from students in my Common Room and even you have spoken a lot about him”
“Feeling jealous?” I teased him.
“Absolutely not” he said “how can I be jealous of a four legged-” he stopped seeing me narrow my eyes.
“Oh, there is a lot worth in him, for you to be jealous of” I snapped at Ernie’s comments.
“But how is he as a teacher?” he asked after a minute.
“He is good, really. I mean keeping aside the fact that his looks do add a bit of charm to the class” and I heard Ernie snorted and looked away towards the lake and I shook my head smiling.
“He teaches well. His take on Divinations and Seeing things is from the centaurs’ perspective so that’s quite different from a human’s insight which is quite interesting, really” I said.

“I heard” he began looking back at me “he wasn’t really appreciative of Professor Trelawney’s ways” Ernie said wording it quite politely because he knew I was very touchy on that subject.
I shrugged, “Well, he wasn’t,”. It was my turn to look away from him and look at the lake, I continued.
“He said she wasted time and was trapped in human version of fortune telling” I said my voice pretty detached.
“Ouch. That must have been bad” Ernie said
I looked at him and nodded
“Yes, it was. It always is bad to be mocked about the person whom you really look up to” I said.
“But then you know,” I said getting up and dusting my robes, “I have decided”. Ernie got up as well and we hitched our bags, “This year is not about Firenze’s or even Professor Trelawney,” I continued as we began walking “it’s not even about their teaching, but about how I study and how I get my grades. Because it’s the subject that interests me and what they have to teach me about that subject; not what one professor thinks of the other.”
“Right now,” I said stopping in the middle, “I never thought I would ever say this, but right now all I care about is OWLs” I said.

He looked at me and laughed, “Looks like you are determined to top the class” he said.
“In Divinations, yes” I said and joined him in his laughter.
~~~~~~
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Hey Harita, very nice work on your previous posts. I'm enjoying the your ff so much! I feel so bad for Professor Trelawney here;
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“He trusted my gift” Professor spoke again after a while, her voice now soft.
This really struck me from the very first time I read the books as unfair to her. All the Professors think of her as a fraud and even Professor Dumbledore has the air of just putting up with her. And then for her to say that he trusted her gift just makes me hurt for her. He just hired her to keep her safe from Voldemort. Poor thing, and if you noticed through the books she does predict a lot of things that do come true; and still nobody sees them as predictions.

The next post was great in the fact that you showed us true colors of your characters. I think it was very unfair of Hermione to be so casual in her dislike of Firenzy. She doesn't like horses?????????? How rude of her! I nearly fell out of my seat when I read that from JK when she wrote it. It just seemed so out of character for her what with her hate of treating Elves and half breeds as unequals. So, I appreciate you keeping it true even though I don't think it was right on JK's part. The only reason I'm able to forgive JK for giving her that attitude is that maybe she was wanting to show Hermione as eating sour grapes. I love you having Parvati think this way. Good for her!
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“Professor wouldn't do that with us” she continued as I continued to concentrate on the fumes and my thoughts resolved on getting this right.
I think this attitude is what enables Parvati to tolerate Hermione. They are both so determined when it comes to their work.

And this last post I don't have any quotes from because I simply love all of it. I love the way you give us a time to relax with the characters and not worry about one of them getting angry at something someone said or whatever. I know it makes for a good read now and then but you were able to show the maturity the characters have risen to and the way that they are able to rise over possible conflict like when Ernie begins asking about Parvati's studying, she reminds him it wasn't the time to talk about such things as studying. He just nods his head in agreement and looks away. And when Ernie talks about Firenzy and the girls thinking he's gorgeous and all. Parvatie is able to tease him about being jealous without him getting mad or embarrassed to the point of leaving.

OK so I know I said I wasn't going to quote from this post but I can't help myself. It's just that this part goes best at what I was trying to say.
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“He said she wasted time and was trapped in human version of fortune telling” I said my voice pretty detached.
“Ouch. That must have been bad” Ernie said
I looked at him and nodded
“Yes, it was. It always is bad to be mocked about the person whom you really look up to” I said.
“But then you know,” I said getting up and dusting my robes, “I have decided”. Ernie got up as well and we hitched our bags, “This year is not about Firenze’s or even Professor Trelawney,” I continued as we began walking “it’s not even about their teaching, but about how I study and how I get my grades. Because it’s the subject that interests me and what they have to teach me about that subject; not what one professor thinks of the other.”
“Right now all I care about is OWLs” I said.

He looked at me and smiled, “Looks like you are determined to top the class” he said.
“In Divinations, yes” I said and laughed.
Very good work Harita. I do love your ff, and I'll be watching for your next post.
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Thank you so much Connie...you have always been so kind and sweet about my posts...thank you really very much...and I am really very glad that you have liked it so far...and about Hermione, well, I can only say this, may be she might dislike horses but you know I guess her major disdain for Firenze comes because you know he is teaching Divinations in the end...so I guess it comes more from the hatred of subject then the person himself or what he is, because she is perfectly fine with Hagrid who is a half giant and Prof Lupin who is a werewolf...and yeah as you said J.K was trying to make her eat sour grapes, and you know...more like trying to show us that not everyone is perfect even our heroes...another example of this is Sirius Black, who himself says, I don't know the exact quote but, he says, you know the nature of a man by the way he treats his juniors, well, by the way he treated Kreacher, not that Kreacher didn't deserve it most of the time, but, you know it just shows us that our heroes aren't gods or angles completely faultless, they all have their own shades of grey...not everyone follows what they preach, I guess...

The next post will be up in couple of days...

And yeah, I am sorry Connie, but I did a bit of tweaking in the last few lines in the end after you quoted. Really sorry...but don't worry it doesn't change anything much...cheers...
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So was that their first actual kiss? Or just the first you wrote about?
It was so cute and sweet, simple and perfect. Great work!
I agree with Connie in that you allow her to tease him about being jealous and yet he doesn't get mad, he's able to smile about it. I love that.
I love your work! Great job!
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Thanks Rachel, and you know what i actually completely forgot about their first kiss...:O...

But no, this wasn't their first kiss...but the first one which I wrote about...
I am glad you liked it...
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Quotes indicated with * are taken from book/movie...
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Chapter 54



The other thing that kept us interested in school now a days is DA sessions and as the time passed we were getting better and better with our spells and hexes. I am just so excited about my DADA practical but what I am more excited about is learning Patronuses and that is what we were learning today. Somehow all of us were waiting for this day.

Patronus is really an interesting spell. It’s not only a defensive spell but Harry said we could even send messages through it. But that seems to be really complicated even Harry hasn’t mastered that yet it seems.

We had begun our practice. We could constantly hear Harry’s voice

“Think of something happy, really happy”

“Let it fill you up”

The spells were heard everywhere in the room and bright silver vapory light filled the room.

“EXPECTO PATRONUM”

“The thought, the memory should be powerful it should be a strong feeling” Harry spoke above the loudly spoken incantations.
I looked at everybody around, then closing my eyes I thought of the happiest memory.
‘The day I got my Hogwarts letter’ I thought. Remembering the day, I soon remembered the excitement, the happiness of the gifts that I got from both mum and dad. I smiled and then concentrating I opened my eyes and

“EXPECTO PATRONUM!”

I looked at my wand and there was a small light at the end of my wand which faded as soon as it came. I felt disappointed. I tried again, and again and again, every time taking a deep breath concentrating on my memory but nothing more than a small light appeared at the end of my wand. I sighed; tired I knelt down to rest. I heard footsteps from behind me

“Why don’t you try a different thought?” said Harry looking down at me I nodded. Taking a deep breath I got up.
“Take your time. Think of the happiest memory” he advised and walked away to look others progress.

“This is beautiful” Cho exclaimed after sometime as we saw her wand produce a beautiful silver swan. Harry and Cho were on talking terms again after their disastrous Valentine Date. After a bit of snooping around Lavender and I got to know that Cho was very upset with Harry because he didn’t want to spend time with her instead he mentioned meeting Hermione after their date which really hurt her. You know, Harry might have fought You Know Who; he might have guts to rebel against Umbridge and back answer Snape also, but he certainly doesn’t know what to do on a date. But however, his interview in the Quibbler seemed to have set everything alright. It seems Cho had immediately talked to him after reading the interview and she apologized for being angry with him and that she even thanked him for letting her and the world know about Cedric.

“They aren’t supposed to be beautiful, Cho. They are supposed to protect you*” Harry said as he reached next to Cho and watched her produce the patronus.
“Oh don’t be such a kill joy*” she spoke
“We need a Boggart again I guess. That’s how I practiced*” he said as he watched others nearby him struggling just like me to get the patronus.
“As in a Boggart disguising as dementor?*” asked Dennis slightly paling.
“Yes, very much in that sense.”
“But that would be horrible and I can barely produce my patronus*” Lavender said and I nodded in agreement.
“This is so ridiculous!” Lavender gave in.
“You are doing fine Lavender, keep trying.*” Harry said
“It’s really a difficult spell took me quite some time to get hang of it.*”

“The power of your spell lies in the power of your happiest memory” he said as he began walking around the class again.
“Harry, Harry I guess I saw something*” Seamus said aloud. Another positive outcome after the release of Harry’s interview in Quibbler, Seamus had come around and had apologized to Harry for not believing in him, moreover for wrongly accusing him. Today was his first day and after a lot of insistence from Dean did he turn up.
“I bet I saw something it was hairy*” he continued.
“Keep trying, you will know what it is” Harry said and walked past everybody else.

“Let’s get back to work shall we?” asked a voice and I looked around and saw Ernie smiling at me
“Since when did you start keeping a watch over my sessions?”
“Since the time you stopped practicing” he said
“Has Harry asked you to keep an eye on my performance?” and he laughed. I turned away thinking. What must have Cho thought to get such a beautiful swan? A happiest memory? Was it of Cedric or was it of Harry?

I scolded myself mentally. That’s wrong of me to judge her like that. But will it be wrong on my part to judge myself the same way too? Sighing I closed my eyes.

‘Don’t think about who should be there in your happiest memory just keep looking for the happiest of the lot’ said a voice within me.

I found one but before I could concentrate and start I heard the door open and close behind me. I saw a small elf walk past.
‘What is he doing here?’ Lavender and I looked at each other a bit surprised but then we shrugged and I went back to concentrate on the memory and

“EXPECTO PATRONUM”

I felt something going through me towards my wand something quite strong but it could only produce a bright silvery white vapor light. I felt it was just about to form something when we were interrupted by the elf banging itself on the nearby wall. I yelped at the scene and soon my silvery light vanished from my wand and I became too worried about what was happening there. Soon all hell broke loose. Words like leaked, caught, forbidden were making rounds in the room already. I was standing far away near the door to know anything that was being said in the middle of the room.

“Umbridge?” shrieked someone and instantly Harry yelled holding the elf from banging himself again into the wall.
“What are you all waiting for, leave now!” there was a rush as the door opened and we all spilled out. I looked around for my friends but before I could spot my blonde braided friend I felt my hand tug and was being pulled away from the crowd.

“Where are we going!” I cried
“The library” Ernie called out. “That’s the nearest shelter”
We ran a distance away on the floor and soon turned in the corner to hide.
“But that’s floors down from here” I cried as we ran.
The corridor where we were standing was deserted. Stopping I waited to catch my breath.
Ernie placed his finger on his lips. There was pin drop silence.

“Specialis revelio” he muttered and down the corridor there was a small silver almost invisble thread like thing as a barrier in the corridor.
“Trip jinx” Ernie muttered.
“What? But who?”
“shsh”
Ernie countered the jinx quickly and taking my hand we walked through the corridor.

Turning and going down the staircases we blended in with couple of students on the moving staircase and remained silent as we got on to another moving staircase. All this while my heart thumping loudly and I was looking over my shoulder every now and then that drawing quite some looks from others on the stairs.

“Act normal” Ernie said as we touched down the library floor.
“Act normal? I am going out of breath here” I muttered.
“Here, this should help” he said and handed me over a text book from his bag that he was carrying and I looked up at him ridiculously.

We entered the library and straight went between those tall bookcases further into the room where finding us would be difficult and we would have time to settle down.

We were in the DADA section further down the row sitting by the table near the window. Ernie quickly took out a couple of heavy DADA books by the shelf and laid them by the table and I opened them up quickly to further play our part.
“That was a close call” I spoke up finally catching hold of my breath my hands spread over the random page that I opened in heavy book.
“Hope we didn’t look suspicious to Madam Pince” Ernie said sitting down opposite me with his back to the window.
“I hope so”

We sat there silently for some time in our own thoughts blankly turning the pages. I would have read the book actually but my mind was reeling with the whole incident that I just couldn’t register a single word.
‘But how did Ernie know someone would have put up the Trip jinx?’ I looked up at him to ask and just in time he looked up and our eyes met and we burst out laughing.
“This is just so stupid” I spoke in between my laughs thinking how we were acting as if we were saving our necks.

“Miss Patil, Mr. McMillan” called out a voice, Ernie jumped up instantly and my heart came up to my throat. I slowly turned in my seat to see Madam Pince standing there her hands crossed at her chest with a disapproving look at us.
“Madam Pince, sor-” I began.

“Is there any problem Madam?” there was another voice a voice which barely sounded concerned but had a touch of light joy in it. I looked at Ernie and then at Madam Pince only to find Malfoy standing behind her, leaning against the table behind him that ran through the center of the Library Hall, his face sporting a smirk, his hands leisurely in his pockets.
“Who are you?” she demanded looking at him and he carelessly showed her his prefect badge.
“That really doesn’t matter, does it? He is a prefect too” Pince said pointing at Ernie.
“All of you are the same. Now one more sound I will kick all three of you out of the library” she barked and left. I just sighed a bit and began to turn back but I saw Ernie standing there stock still. I didn’t find it quite right.

“What’s the matter-” I began.
“What do you want Malfoy?” Ernie cut in, his voice firm even tone not giving out any sort of an emotion but that was quite unlike Ernie to speak. I looked at Ernie and then at Malfoy and then back at Ernie and then slowly stood up.

I had a feeling something wasn’t right. Why was Malfoy looking at us like that? As if he has caught the cat drinking the milk?

“Want? What would I want from you McMillan?”

Cat drinking the milk! I looked at Malfoy who was still busy smirking at Ernie.

‘He didn’t just find us laughing in the library and got interested in knowing our joke,’
‘There is something amiss here’
“So if you are done staring could you leave us alone we are in middle of something” Ernie said pointing at our books. Malfoy raised his eyebrows, his smirk never vanishing from his face, his hands still in his pockets he walked casually towards us. Coming and standing between me and Ernie at the table he spoke
“May I?” he asked pointing at the book looking at Ernie. They both were of the same height. I could see pure loathing in Ernie’s eyes something I never saw well, maybe once for Umbridge; and Malfoy he didn’t seem to really care what or how anyone reacts to him. He looked at me his smirk widening into a devilish grin and then looked down at the book, his fingertips resting on the page I was supposedly reading.

“Ah! The Unforgivable Curses” he said grinning.
“Well, this is quite a topic to make one laugh” he said his voice light, his tone mocking, looking at me. I hated the fact that he was standing close to me. I hated the way his evilly contented grey eyes were looking down at me.

I took a sharp breath and drew up my full height. I am not going to be intimidated by a bully.

“What we do is none of your concerns” Ernie spoke now turning completely facing Malfoy.

“It doesn’t concern me, but it concerns Professor Umbridge” Draco said smirking and he backed away a bit now standing in front of both of us at a good measure of a distance. My heart began beating faster. What the ruddy hell does he mean? Was anyone caught? Oh Merlin! Hope no one is! But then that means someone ratted out on us…Why is Draco involved in this? I looked at Ernie who didn’t look back at me but continued to stare at Malfoy.

“I have news for you” he said “your leader has been caught. I took him to Umbridge but don’t beg me to tell what has happened to him, because I won’t. Read the Daily Prophet tomorrow morning” Draco said and turned back to leave.

“And Parvati, I hope you haven’t stopped reading the Prophet now, have you?” He said sarcasm dripping in his words and left before I could retort back.
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Hey Harita, great work! Very suspenseful! How did Ernie know to check for the hidden trip jinx? That was pretty smart! But then Ernie is pretty smart. Ewww Draco makes me mad!
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“Well, this is quite a topic to make one laugh” he said his voice light, his tone mocking, looking at me.
Parvati should have said they were laughing at the memory of him being petrified of the spider crawling on his face when in DADA Mad Eye Moody used the Imperious Curse on the spider. (In the movie)

I enjoyed reading how hard Parvati was working on her Patronus. I was anxious for her to be able to do it. And I think I was just as let down as she was when she couldn't do it. Very nice work there.

And the escape was intense! Oh and I loved Madam Pince not being impressed with Draco's status and threatened to throw him out of the Library too.

Great work Harita, I'll be watching for your next.
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Fantastic post!
I love how you showed the progress of how her patronus came along and I'm so happy they weren't caught (well, technically ) Uggh, Malfoy is such a jerk . . . but you played that off really well. It was perfect Oh I love how you had Madame Pince. I love how she truly didn't care about anything about who Malfoy was
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Hey Harita, great work! Very suspenseful! How did Ernie know to check for the hidden trip jinx? That was pretty smart! But then Ernie is pretty smart. Ewww Draco makes me mad! Parvati should have said they were laughing at the memory of him being petrified of the spider crawling on his face when in DADA Mad Eye Moody used the Imperious Curse on the spider. (In the movie)
I could have added that...thanks for the tip...


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And the escape was intense! Oh and I loved Madam Pince not being impressed with Draco's status and threatened to throw him out of the Library too.
...I know I had remembered Draco's first attempt at screwing Harry and Hermione in the first book where he follows them to Hagrid's hut after school hours and then he informs Professor McGonagall about it in hope of getting Harry expelled but in turn the three of them Harry, Hermione and Draco end up in detention with Hagrid......so I thought I could add that and moreover, Madam Pince is a kind of person who doesn't quite like kids like Filch and that's why her resentment towards prefects too...

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Fantastic post!
I love how you showed the progress of how her patronus came along and I'm so happy they weren't caught (well, technically ) Uggh, Malfoy is such a jerk . . . but you played that off really well. It was perfect Oh I love how you had Madame Pince. I love how she truly didn't care about anything about who Malfoy was
Perfect!
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The next day was a nightmare. Draco Loser Malfoy was right. Whatever happened last night had surely made it to the Prophet. But whatever happened last night no one could have ever dreamt of it. All the way through I thought Harry was caught and would be sent for another hearing in the court like earlier this year but what we heard and read today morning was way too different something like a bad dream.

Last night after Harry was taken to Headmaster’s office by Umbridge he came to know that Cho’s friend Marietta ratted out on us. Umbridge was trying to get Harry suspended but Headmaster got in between and said that Harry was just the acting head and that he, headmaster had started the organization.

“That was really unexpected” said Lavender.
“How did even Headmaster think of doing that?” she continued.
“He did that to save Harry’s and our necks” I said.
“But where does it leave us anyway?” Seamus said “with him gone it will be even worse”

“She is the Headmistress at Hogwarts now!” Dean said throwing the Prophet away on the table as we got up to leave for our Transfiguration class.

“Having a pleasant morning there Thomas?” and we looked around just in time to see Draco and his company walking towards their table as we were leaving.
“Let’s go” Seamus said as we ignored and walked past them.

“I wish I could say much pleasant than what his aunt would have been having rotting in Azkaban” I muttered.





It was evening already and our classes ended with Herbology. Walking out with Lavender we made our way to the dorm and got changed. We still had more than two hours or so and I was thinking of paying a visit to the library.
“You sure, you are not coming?” I asked
“No, no you carry on. I have to finish Care of Magical Creatures and I am really tired to carry that big fat book to the library to study” Lavender said
“And besides I am really not interested in seeing Madam Pince’s face again for the third time today” she said and I shrugged. She had already been in the library twice before today to get done with her potions homework once during the lunch and the other time to collect her DADA notes that she forgot on the table.

“Alright. See you at dinner then?” I said and she nodded

I walked out of the Common Room clutching my books tightly. I made my way through the familiar looking corridors towards the library. It was just last night that this corridor had suddenly felt dangerous as if holding an unknown enemy but today it was the same old scattered with students in the corridor.

Entering the library I left my books on long table that ran from one end of the library to the other. Turning I walked down the aisle towards the Transfiguration section and began looking for the books that I needed today for my notes. Taking the heavily loaded books I turned and realized that this corner of bookcases didn’t have many visitors and the table nearby was empty too. Dropping my books on the table I walked out of the row of book cases and retraced my steps back to where I had left my other notes on the long table. Collecting my books I saw Ernie enter. He walked towards me quickly and gave a slight peck on my cheek and led me down the same aisle.

“Where are you studying?” he asked
“Transfiguration section” I said he looked at me beaming.
“Do you even do telepathy?” he asked and I rolled my eyes. We turned at the Transfiguration section and walked between the bookcases and sat down reaching the table where I had left the library books.
“You need to register these books in?” he asked and I nodded collecting the library books that I would be using.
“I’ll be back in two minutes. You can start with your work” I said and he shook his head.
“I have got to tell you something. Come back quick” he said and I nodded slightly curious at his behavior. Quickly walking towards Madam Pince I got the library books registered and walked back with them towards my table.

“So what is it that you wanted to tell me?” I asked keeping the books on the table and sitting opposite Ernie.
“Umbridge has gone crazy” he began.
“That she has, we all know” and he shook his head.
“No, she has recruited a new squad for herself”
“Squad? What does that mean?” I asked.
“The Inquisitorial Squad of which Malfoy, Crabbe, Goyle are members” he said “and I saw Pansy and Daphne sporting those badges too while coming to the library.”
“And I am sure in a day or two half of the Slytherins will be her squad members” he said.
“What exactly are these new recruits for?” I asked.
“To work for Umbridge, of course” he said.
“That’s obvious” I said “but what’s the difference?” I asked.
“That they have full power to do whatever they want without being questioned since they are now under the Headmistress’ wings,” he said.
“And that surely means making our lives miserable” I said.

“They have already begun to” he said.
“What do you mean?”
“Parvati they have the right to dock off points from prefects too unlike the old rule. Harry, Ron, Hermione and I have lost in all fifty points” he said.

“Fifty!”

“What did you-”
“We were talking about the last night’s incident that’s it” Ernie said “Malfoy came in flashing his new badge and docked off fifteen points from Hermione because she spoke ill of Umbridge and because of she is you know what; he docked off points from me because I contradicted him on docking points off from a fellow prefect,” he said and I just sat there on my chair stunned
“And he also docked off points from Harry for arguing and five points from Ron because his shirt wasn’t tucked.”

“What the hell!” I said throwing my hands up.

“Hush” Ernie exclaimed “you don’t want to be kicked out right?” he said and opened his books and parchments and ink bottle and got ready with his quill. Still shocked at the state of affairs of my school I sat there for a while and then slowly took out my things and began making my notes on the latest chapter that Professor McGonagall taught us.
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Wow!
Oh gosh their lives are going to turn miserable and fast!
I loved the "peck on the cheek" he gave her . . . oh so cute and perfect and gentlemanly . . . loved
I am truly enjoying seeing all of this from another persons perspective. Keep up the great work!
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Hey Harita, great post.
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Draco Loser Malfoy was right.
What a great way to begin your new post.

I really like the way you do things like this:
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“Hush” Ernie exclaimed “you don’t want to be kicked out right?” he said and opened his books and parchments and ink bottle and got ready with his quill. Still shocked at the state of affairs of my school I sat there for a while and then slowly took out my things and began making my notes on the latest chapter that Professor McGonagall taught us.
Ernie would be able to get right to studying because, well, he's Ernie right? Most boys are that way. But Parvati had to think and stew a little before she could settle down and work on her assignment. Very nicely done. It really makes it seem real.

Great work Harita, I'll be watching for your next post.
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Wow!
Oh gosh their lives are going to turn miserable and fast!
I loved the "peck on the cheek" he gave her . . . oh so cute and perfect and gentlemanly . . . loved
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Hey Harita, great post. What a great way to begin your new post.
Well, it does fit so well right, with L being one of his initials in his name already???......

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I really like the way you do things like this:Ernie would be able to get right to studying because, well, he's Ernie right? Most boys are that way. But Parvati had to think and stew a little before she could settle down and work on her assignment. Very nicely done. It really makes it seem real.
Thank you Connie...you know I was thinking of changing that because it is so abrupt but I didn't know how to but then I thought Ernie is pretty capable of doing that you know, talking about something so not relevant to studies and then suddenly getting into the serious mode and compartmentalizing, focusing on things on hand, especially studies...so I sort of left it...
But now that you put it in that way......you couldnt have been more right, more true......
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Chapter 56


This Easter Holidays there was no holiday mood, not at least for us Fifth and Seventh years.

Walking back and forth everyday between Common Room and Library and burying ourselves in our books had already made all of us miserable. But nothing could be done about that. We were just months away from the most important exams of our lives and we couldn’t risk slacking off our time thinking of doing anything else.

I don’t know how my sister is doing because I have already started getting tired of the mounting pressure, hype and the studies and she on the other hand had seemed to be preparing for OWLs since the start of the summer this year.

It was just a couple of days before the start of the semester again when we found some leaflets down on the Gryffindor Table in the Common Room.
“Career Advice” I muttered reading down the notice.
“I have got to meet Professor McGonagall for this on coming Tuesday” I muttered reading my name at the list below where the time and date for individual appointments were fixed.
“Tuesday after school time” I said.
“When’s yours?” I asked Lavender.
“Wednesday”

And since that night I have been thinking of what career I would like to take up. I never thought I would come to this stage of my life so early that I would have to decide on my career already. Dad and Padma had been telling me to start thinking about my options since our Christmas vacation but I had just completely forgotten about it. And now I am stuck here not knowing what I would want to do. It’s already Monday night and my first day back at school after Easter vacation and I am still not clear about what will happen in the meeting between Professor McGonagall and me.




“Ready for career advice?” Dean asked me over the lunch table the next day.
“I don’t know. How about you? You ready?” I asked and he shrugged. Dean, Neville and I were having our appointments today after school time and before we head back for dinner.
“And what about you Nev?” I asked and he tried to shrug but could barely move and the color on his face paling. After lunch we quickly left for DADA class.


As our day ended I looked at my watch. I still had twenty minutes before my scheduled time for the meeting.
“I guess I’ll just freshen up a bit” I said to Lavender and headed towards the nearest girls bathroom and cleaned myself up. I wished I could take bath since I smelled of potions but I didn’t have enough time on my hand. Soon I hitched my bag and made my way out of the bathroom with my best friend and parted our ways at the base of the Gryffindor Tower staircase. Turning and walking towards professor McGonagall’s class my heart started pounding faster. I knocked on the door and waited for the reply. I knocked again and then was ushered in.

“Miss Patil, come in” I heard Professor saying and I closed the door behind me and walked through her empty Transfiguration class towards her table where she sat. She asked me to settle down in the chair opposite her and I saw Umbridge sitting there right behind her. I looked at Professor McGonagall who
seemed to be sitting there with no expression what so ever on her face.
I took a deep breath trying to calm my nerves when I saw a faint smile on Professor McGonagall’s lips.

“Alright, so Miss Patil, have you decided on what you would want to do ahead in future?” she asked. I opened my mouth but my voice choked, words weren’t coming out. For the first time I was feeling helpless. For a person like me who usually talks a lot not being able to talk is a matter of worry.
“Yes, Miss Patil go on” Professor encouraged. I gulped
“I-I don’t know professor. I have been thinking a lot lately but I have not been able to figure out where I will head two years from now” I said somehow relieved that I could speak an entire line.

Professor nodded and then looked down on her table where lay the results of my past years. I gulped again.

“Before you came I had studied your reports Miss Patil and looking at your results of your past years I think you would be very much capable of being a Ministry employee” Professor said and I began to open my mouth.
“Yes, I know that is a very wide option I am giving you but I have narrowed down on two departments” she said handing down the department leaflets bearing the symbol of the Ministry for me to have a look.

“One is Department of Law and Enforcement and the other is Department of International Magical Co-operation. I could suggest you these diverse departments because you do have the academic requirements that would be expected in an LE Officer and apart from that the communicative skills that are required in International Magical Co-operation” she said.

“But this means you have to keep up your work and grades all throughout” she reminded.
“You have been averaging on ‘A’ in Transfiguration,” she said and checking through couple of papers “though I must say your last tests you have been” she trailed
“Scoring an E” I muttered smiling a bit.
“Yes and that’s a job well done” she said looking at me from above her specs.
“However still your average comes around A and you have to push yourself up to E to continue in my class after OWLs” she said pushing her specs up firmly on her nose and continued “and must I remind you that Transfiguration is very important subject for any Ministry related job” Professor said and all this while Umbridge had been thankfully quiet.
“You have been averaging an E in charms and DADA as well” and there was a slight hem, hem from behind but it was ignored.
“But Miss Patil you are lacking behind in Potions”

“Professor is Potions very important for job as an LE?” I asked and I accept it sounded like a desperate plead and professor’s eyebrows shot up and she spoke strictly.
“Not very much, but I would want you to scratch at least an A in OWLs Miss Patil. This much I expect from you” she said and I sighed.

“You have been doing acceptably in the rest of your classes but again an O in Divinations” Professor said with a small smile.
“Isn’t it obvious?” Umbridge spoke up “she is good at making things up, isn’t she?” she said but I didn’t react. I sat straight upright, my face taut. I didn’t want to react, not in front of my head of house.
“I would instead say she has makings of a great Seer of her times, does she decide to choose that path” Professor McGonagall said her voice a tone higher than Umbridge’s but her back much stiffer and still facing her but her face sporting an encouraging smile. I quite didn’t understand whether to believe professor or not because you know she comes under those great teachers who think Divinations is fraud.

‘Did Professor really think I can be a great Seer? Or is it just a way to dominate Professor Umbridge by showing her favoritism towards the students Umbridge doesn’t like?’

“Anything else you would like to discuss Miss Patil?” she asked and I jerked out of my thoughts. I was quiet and then
“Um… Professor, my father actually is a hit wizard so I just wanted to you know, know what are the requirements for-”
“Hit wizards have same requirements as Aurors Miss Patil, Transfiguration, Potions, DADA and Charms as NEWTs each averaging an E and besides there are two more years of training after school however unlike Aurors that is three years before they join the Ministry” Professor said and I nodded understanding what she spoke.
“Any more questions?” she asked and I shook my head and looked down at the options I had; career at L.E or International Magical Co-operation or a Seer?

‘How stupidly diversified are my career options’ I thought. I looked up at professor and I am sure my thoughts were right there on my face, on the crease of my forehead because,

“Miss Patil” Professor began “if anything I say clears your confusion about your career options then I must say you will very well fit into Ministry job” she said and I just merely nodded.
“But at the moment when you go back to your Common Room, relax and begin with your preparations for your OWLs because you continue keeping up with your grades I assure you it will only help make things clear for you to decide later on” she said and I silently nodded.
“I understand Professor” I said looking at her.
“Good, any more questions?”
“No professor.”
“Alright then” she said and I got up from my seat and with a small nod to Professor McGonagall and completely ignoring Umbridge which I somehow dared to do it I left the room quickly.
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Hey Harita, nicely done. I'm so curious as to what is going on with Neville!
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“And what about you Nev?” I asked and he tried to shrug but could barely move and the color on his face paling. After lunch we quickly left for DADA class.
He's probably afraid that his career choice will require O's in Potions with Snape for the rest of every year.

parvati and I are ofthe same mind here!
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‘Did Professor really think I can be a great Seer? Or is it just a way to dominate Professor Umbridge by showing her favoritism towards the students Umbridge doesn’t like?’
Great work Harita, I'm anxious to read more.
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Wonderrful job!
I must say, you really made me feel exactly how I feel in my real life . . . I can completely relate to poor Parvati with career stuff coming on fast and having to decide. It's not often I can identify with a character that well. Great job on that
I love how McGonagall and Parvati are completely ignoring Umbridge
Overall loved it! Great job!
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Hey Harita, nicely done. I'm so curious as to what is going on with Neville! He's probably afraid that his career choice will require O's in Potions with Snape for the rest of every year.
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Wonderrful job!
I must say, you really made me feel exactly how I feel in my real life . . . I can completely relate to poor Parvati with career stuff coming on fast and having to decide. It's not often I can identify with a character that well. Great job on that
I love how McGonagall and Parvati are completely ignoring Umbridge
Overall loved it! Great job!
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Chapter 57 Part One


Evening set in and I was sitting at the steps on the courtyard with Padma, Anthony and Ernie discussing about our career advices, as I waited for my best friend to turn up who was currently in Professor McGonagall’s Office for the same.

Ernie and Anthony were aiming to get a career in LE and in Department of Magical Catastrophe respectively. I was pretty amazed that Anthony wanted to go for that Department. Well, of course it was the second most important department in ministry. But was he this determined about being an auror or a healer I would understand because you know those are like the dream jobs. Anyone who wishes to be in those departments are the real hard workers, the real live and sleep with books guys, not that other departments are less important but these are like the coveted Departments and students usually aren’t that passionate about the other departments, not at least that I know of.And the fact that he had already decided what job he wanted at the Ministry and was pretty determined to get there was amazing. Maybe the fact that his father works in that Department must have helped him make the decision.

And Padma on the other hand had decided way back in her third year itself when she joined the Healer’s Club that she would make it her career option so she didn’t have any problems whatsoever while meeting with Professor Flitwick, the Ravenclaw Head of the House.
Her job required her to be almost best in all the subjects just like requirements for the Auror.

“To continue after OWL and for becoming a Healer I need to be averaging an E in Trans, Potions, DADA, and Charms and in addition to that Herbology” she said and my eyes popped out averaging an E in all these?
Well, but I guess Paddy can do it.
“I know, isn’t it daunting?” she said her face wearing a worried expression.

“Oh don’t worry Paddy you will do it, I know” I said

“Parvati!” she exclaimed aghast that I used that idiotic nickname in front of guys who well burst out laughing.

“That’s your nickname Padma?” Anthony asked sniggering.

“Shut up Anthony” Padma retorted “anyways what are you thinking of doing?” she asked.

I looked at her ‘what am I thinking of doing?’ I don’t know, not yet.
“I think I am going to be either an LE Officer or International Magical Co-operation Officer with an additional benefit of a consulting Seer. Two in one” I said casually looking at the fountain in the middle of the court yard and Anthony burst out laughing.
“So if either of you would want to know what your next case or field assignment will be, you can always drop in to have a chat” I continued looking at Padma who narrowed her eyes and on the other hand I felt Ernie look up from his book as he was leaning against the pillar and staring at the back of my head.

“Are you even serious about your career?”
“This is what she told me” I said looking at Padma my voice frustrated and confusion written all over my face.

“What rubbish” Ernie said closing his book shut and got away from the pillar much more ready to join in the conversation now. If need be he would probably brainwash me not to be a Seer.

“Alright not exactly, but this is how diverse my career options are” I said and took out the two leaflets one of Department of Law and Enforcement and the other of International Magical Co-operation and showed it to my sister as a proof.

“I understand Law and Enforcement but IMC?” Anthony asked looking at the pamphlets.
“I know, from the most important Department to the least important one” I said.

Padma shook her head
“You are wrong” she said.
“Just because we don’t hear much about IMC daily as we hear about LE by word of mouth or from the press we can’t rule out about IMC.”
“Parvati, International Magical Co-operation, doesn’t it ring anything to you?” she asked me and I just looked back at her blank and she looked up as if giving up on me.

“This is the place which makes the decisions about our country’s ties with the rest of the Magical world” she began forcefully. This is one thing where she can become I will say emotionally passionate and express herself which she usually doesn’t or chooses not to or whatever…

“International Magical Office of Law keeps track of laws and policies set down by the International Confederation of Wizards. It advises our Minister for Magic and the Wizengamot on matters of international law in order to prevent contradictions between British magical law and its international counterpart.”

“I doubt what it is advising Cornelius Fudge now” Ernie said. Padma ignored his comment.

“The Department of Magical Law Enforcement actually enforces the international policies and laws of the International Confederation of Wizards on British soil, albeit often relying on the advice of the International Magical Office of Law,” she continued as if reciting out of a law book.

“International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, Professor Dumbledore is heading that right now,” and Ernie made a clicking sound and shook his head. We looked up at him.

“No, he has been sacked from that position this summer after the Triwizard fiasco” he said.
“Yeah, yeah I forgot about that” Padma said.

“And the British seats the employees are directly handpicked by the Minister of Magic himself connection with the Wizengamot” Padma said. I looked at her Padma disbelievingly how did she know so much about the Ministry Departments?

‘Ah well of course she talks to dad about Ministry more than me.’

“But what difference does it make Padma?” I began “Professor Dumbledore was sacked for what, telling the truth?”
“And you said Minister has to listen to the Confederation and not the other way round.”
“And that is what exactly seemed to have happened and got our Headmaster sacked” Anthony added and I nodded.

Padma sighed

“Parvati what is happening now is because of the situation we are in. It’s often easy to create and believe a falsely pleasant situation to calm our nerves and believe everything is happy and nice than to brave the dangerous truth.”

“What do you mean?”

“The Warlocks and Wizards of the Confederation and the Minister of Magic for the first time, in unison rejected Professor Dumbledore. They wanted to believe the absence of danger, because they know that if what Professor Dumbledore says is true then they are in no position whatsoever to brave the consequences of the danger.”

“And this would mean they would look powerless in front of the public” Ernie said his face wearing a thoughtful mask.

“And so it was easy for them to show their power by branding Professor Dumbledore as an old man losing his grip rather than believing in him and taking up the responsibility of an accountable government” Padma said.

I sat there silent trying to understand what all she said.

I shifted in my place and sat with my back leaning against the pillar seeing the sun set behind the Scottish Mountains. Lights around the castle were coming up and silence of the night set in with occasional noises of the nocturnal. We all were so much into our thoughts that the hustle and bustle of school inside seemed to be coming from somewhere very far off.

“You know I rather end up being a Seer than work for Cornelius Fudge” I said and Padma laughed and said
“You think he is going to stay in power for long?”

I looked at her slightly confused

“Parvati, people out there are slowly realizing the flaws of our government. There has to be uproar sometime if not soon"

Ernie and I looked at her still not ready to believe.

“I am continuing to subscribe Quibbler” she whispered and I was surprised “what! But how?” and she shook her head “that’s beside the point” looking around to see if no one is listening to her she continued in a whispering tone “and amongst the usual un-usual things that they print, Mr.Lovegood has kept an entire column just for Harry’s interview”

“Yeah, I read that the other day. I guess-” Anthony said his voice lowering too and closed in to keep the words only amongst us.
“-that column is all about people’s reaction to Harry’s interview” he continued.

“And week after week people are realizing the truth, they are coming out in support of Harry and Professor Dumbledore” Padma said.
“I don’t think anyone will let Fudge stay around for long now then” Ernie said

“Then it’s good, I think I can consider IMC job now” I said smiling leaning back against the pillar.

We all fell silent again.

“It’s changing out there, isn’t it?” Padma asked.
“Yes times are becoming darker I suppose” Ernie said
“Darker than what it was sixteen years ago?” said Anthony and I didn’t know why but a sense of certainty overtook me and I nodded and whispered, “darker then before”

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times-” Ernie began and we looked up at him confused and then at his wand that was now pointing at the small trail of light that whizzed up towards the sky.

“-when one only remembers to turn on the light” he quoted Professor Dumbledore…

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Hey Harita, Great writing! Bravo, Bravo! I love everything you wrote here and the way you wrote it. It was very informative and entertaining at the same time. I wish I had Padma in my classes when I was in school, I would have come out of school feeling like I knew something.
I love, love, love the way you ended your post. Brilliant!
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We all fell silent again.

“It’s changing out there, isn’t it?” Padma asked.
“Yes times are becoming darker I suppose” Ernie said
“Darker than what it was sixteen years ago?” said Anthony and I didn’t know why but a sense of certainty overtook me and I nodded and whispered, “darker then before”

“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times-” Ernie began and we looked up at him confused and then at his wand that was now pointing at the small trail of light that whizzed up towards the sky.

“-when one only remembers to turn on the light” he quoted Professor Dumbledore…
You did this masterfully, wonderful work Harita.
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Beautifully done!
I'm sure Padma is not too appreciative of her nickname being spilt.
You did a wonderful job explaining really what's going on outside of the school walls. And I loved your ending with Ernie repeating what Dumbledore has said in the past. It gave it a completely new context and I loved it
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Chapter 57 Part Two


I would have rolled my eyes had I not been so engrossed in knowing what that trail of light was. Quickly getting up we walked towards the fountain above which the trail of light burst with a bang and colorful lights were at display.

Soon there was commotion down the corridors in the school; the students were running here and there to know what was going on. We looked at each other and ran entering the Oak Doors at the Entrance Hall to see smoke and lights erupting in every corridor of the castle within. There were students rushing everywhere enjoying what looked like a carnival of Weasley Products.

“They are bloody geniuses” said a guy who went past us towards the commotion. We stood at the entrance of Great Hall with our backs to the wall to keep ourselves from not getting carried away by the rising tide of over enthusiastic student body and watched the scene unfold.

The commotion had begun on the floor of Umbridge’s Office but right in the opposite direction and we all smirked at the look of our dear Headmistress already covered in soot and smoke. The fireworks and the other products like dung bombs and stink saps were creating quite a ruckus already but the perpetrators weren’t seen anywhere.

“They are masters in their art, aren’t they?” said Anthony with a look of amazement and smile spread over his face.

Professors and the rest of the staff were slowly pouring in to take a look at the commotion but everybody seemed to be rather very cool in their observation. And moreover Professor Sprout had a look of fascination about her as if she too was enjoying the firecrackers.

“Professor! Professor!” it was Daphne and Pansy “we have cornered them” they screamed “they are cornered” and pointed towards the court yard out of the Oak Doors.

Padma, Ernie, Anthony and I looked at each other and immediately made for a rush to see what our geniuses were up to. But the competition to reach the court yard had begun already as the whole school rushed out to see what was happening.
The four of us struggled to get the inside ring of people in the court yard. But after a while of jostling we made it through just in time when smoke and soot covered Umbridge followed by a rather pleased looking Filch entered the ring. What I saw ahead was a bad scene. Fred and George Weasley were surrounded by the Inquisitorial Squad each with his or her wand out.

I looked around to see if Professor McGonagall there. They were after all our House members. And I saw her standing there amongst the seventh year students. The lady had always had an amazing aura around her and that aura currently was beaming if I could say so because Professor wasn’t wearing a disapproving look but a look of content and if I am not wrong she did have a faint curve around her mouth.

I looked ahead at the twins. They knew what they were doing they won’t need help. And as Ernie said they really don’t care what happens to them because they know nothing will happen to them because

“They will pull themselves out of this one too” said Dean who was standing right behind me looking at the guys in front. Tension was mounting amongst us. I looked around and saw Lee standing far away looking rather relaxed; Angelina, Fred’s girlfriend however was looking tensed while the rest of their friends looking at them with pure awe.

“Accio brooms!” they called out and their brooms sped in making Umbridge duck just in time.
“Weren’t their brooms confiscated?” asked someone in the crowd.
“Not anymore” said the other and there was appreciative laughter for the twins.

Amongst the whole lot of noise of Weasley’s firecrackers Umbridge spoke her tone high pitched, girlish
“You will know what it is to break the rules of school”
“You will have to learn a lesson!”
“You think we care?” called out Fred.
“I think we have learned enough” George said and if I am not wrong he had given a small wink to Professor Flitwick who was standing there looking at his students trying to hide his smirk. I laughed.

“I think it’s time we leave”
“No!” and the Inquisitorial Squad rounded in again.
But before they could do anything the twins mounted and sped off on their brooms which were hovering next to them for so long.

As they rushed into the sky they threw the last of the firecrackers in air which burst into flaming red light and took the shape of ‘H’

“I love these guys” I muttered my voice not able to contain the pure enjoyment in seeing the marvel of the Weasley works and rebellious feeling of putting Umbridge in her place.

“Peeves!” and soon the Poltergeist whizzed over our heads making us duck.
“Give her hell from us!” Fred called out before flying of and the poltergeist saluted the masters with a deep bow…
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Chapter 58



April turned into May and the countdown for our exams had started. Tension was mounting up and to top it all there still was a Quidditch match left. Finals between Ravenclaws and us and with DA disbanded there was no way of enjoying the school time now. Completely immersed in ourstudies we had cut down on our frivolities. We didn’t linger around much after dinner and almost immediately got back to studying, Dean and Seamus’ Gobstone Hour was out of the window now and I too was thinking of forgetting about Friday walks with Ernie because there was just so much to do! Besides I am sure before I even approach him about this Ernie would have said and decided the same thing for us because exam fever has already got into his head.

Professors had stopped giving home works but instead it was substituted with rigorous revision tests almost every day.
“How’s it going?” asked Dean sitting on the chair right opposite me
“Fine” I said without looking up. Recently I had taken to talking without peeling my eyes off the pages.
I just glanced up without actually lifting my head to see Dean rolling his head over his neck and slumping back in his chair. We have been sitting for more than three hours trying to revise for the five chapters’ revision test set by Snape tomorrow.

“This is so taxing” Lavender groaned as she slumped her head on the book on the table, her hand on her head. I looked up to look at my friends and they were looking exactly the same way I was looking, tired and exhausted but at the same time dead nervous. OWLs were bringing the worst amongst each one of us.

We ended up half of the time shouting at the first and second years who got a bit carried away with the remainder of the Weasley products. Besides there was this whole new diversion for us too, dragon claw powder for stimulation of brain helping us to increase our brain activity and things like that. But before we could lay hands on things like that Hermione, Padma and Ernie were flushing it down the drain.

It was ten past one in the night and almost everyone except for a few Fifth and Seventh years were left in the Common Room
“This is it. I am done. Whatever happens tomorrow happens” Lav said pushing her potions notes away her voice tired “I don’t care” she continued peeling her eyes off her notes and looking up at me her voice as if trying to convince herself that it’s okay to let go and take some rest.

I looked at best friend and smiled and patted her hand and
“Yes, you are done”
She smiled bent ahead and hugged making me laugh. Lavender was just a kid sometimes.
“But you are not done yet?” she asked and I shook my head.
“I need little more time” I said.
“But haven’t you done all of this already?” she asked
“I have but I am still rough on remembering the quantities of ingredients. I need to revise them” I said

“Uh-oh the quantities” she slapped her forehead “how-how did I forget that!” she said grabbing her book again.
“Lav,” she didn’t listen
“Lav” she continued to flip through the pages frantically.
“Lavender, leave that book right now” I said firmly grabbing hold of her wrist before she could turn anymore pages.
“But-”
“You did those just an hour ago and you remember them very well so keep that book down get out of the chair and go to dorm and sleep” I said.
“I am not very sure of-”
“Yes you are” I countered her argument sternly. She sighed “alright, alright I am going”
“Good” I said and waited for her to get up and leave the table and she did. Lavender always had this habit even during normal school exams past five years. She would study her notes but then seeing others study the same thing just a while later she would panic thinking she can’t remember and try to re-revise the whole thing again which invariably in the end under tension leave her confused.

“I think I am going too” Seamus said closing his book just ten minutes after Lavender left. I barely nodded continued to practice on the rough piece of parchment the quantities of Invigoration Potion.

It was almost an hour later when I was at last done with practicing of the quantities of the potions for our revision test. The tests themselves were taking the OWLs standard day by day.

Dean sighed and closed his book, his head bent and his hands pressing his eyes. I closed my books and began stuffing my things back in my bag and cleared the table in front. It was almost quarter to two when I slumped back in my chair rolling my head over my neck and crackled my aching fingers.
“Pains, doesn’t it?” he asked.
“Terribly” I replied back.
“Quite some year we are having” he continued
“Yeah” I murmured and then sat back up properly looking at Dean.
“Wish this ends early” he said.
“It doesn’t till next month” I said. He was looking tired, bags underneath his eyes. And from time to time since the past few weeks I was seeing him entwining his fingers and clutching them tightly whenever he would have trouble concentrating or was nervousness.

It’s funny how we develop these weird habits under pressure of examinations. Like I for one have a goblet right next to me and whenever I am too distracted I start drinking water. It’s just this almost involuntary action. On the other hand my dear friend pulls out her hair band and runs her hand through her hair and ties a knot and gets back to studying. Now everyone would think who has time for that! But believe me she has time for that. It’s just that out of nervousness we start doing these crazy things.

I heard finger snap in front of me.

“Wh-what?” I said coming out of my train of thoughts.
“What are you looking at?” Dean asked
“I-I nothing just thinking something” I said wringing my hand and he nodded and was getting up “guess got to go and have some sleep” he said and I nodded back. He stood up and began packing his things

“So how’s everyone doing?” he began the usual small talk that we would have by the end of the day whenever we would be the last people to leave the Common Room mostly after long and torturous day like today.
“Everyone?” I said. I didn’t quite get and then “oh, oh they are doing fine. I mean come on we are talking about Padma and Ernie here” I said and Dean raised his eyebrow
“Padma I understand, she is always in top five, but Ernie?” he said.
“well he is in top five too” I added leaning back in my chair “and well you did mean to ask me about him as well when you said everyone” I said.
“I didn’t,”

“Anyways...” he continued as I handed him his ink bottle. He said as if remembering something “but you know what” he said stopping to look at me “Ernie has got into this nasty habit of asking, no wait… demanding literally demanding, how many hours a day we are studying, which is really irritating!” and I burst out laughing.
“Yeah, yeah he does that” I said in between my laughs.
“Stop laughing; it really is irritating” he said stopping in middle of his work.
“I know. I have asked him to shut up, don’t worry I will put a word out again” I said and Dean shook his head as if giving up.

“So going for your romantic walks even now?” he asked. I shrugged
“I don’t know, I mean we still have month for exams but, will know tomorrow if he is still interested in going out at the lake” I said.
“But I was thinking of skipping it, you know till exams are over” I continued and he nodded
“Too much of distraction, is he?” Dean teased.
“Hardly” I said and he raised his eyebrow and I stuck my tongue out.
“You got to be kidding me” he said.
“No, not much really. I mean I don’t sit and day dream about him.”
“You certainly seemed to have forgotten the beginning of this year” he said talking about my day dreaming about Emmanuel.
“Yeah, I get it but, come on I see him every day and besides with our backs on fire with tests and all where do we have time for lazy dreaming now” I said
“Agreed”

“And you know how Ernie is” I said getting up from my chair and he nodded “so at least to remain in the same league as him I have to push myself hard”
“So you are worried you aren’t in his league?” Dean asked.
Leaning against the chair with my bag hitched I said “no, not exactly. I am not worried about that, but you know staying around him” I shrugged “just sort of makes me more competitive”

“Ah! That’s quite some romance” he added and I slapped his hand.
“What!” he said rubbing the sting of my slap on his hand.

“And speaking of which, how’s it going on your end?” I asked my eyebrow raising. With so many events going around in the school now days I had completely forgotten about it.
“Romance, what romance are you talking of?”He asked
“Oh, yeah” I added with a bit of mock realization “she is still with Michael,” I continued and he made a face but looked around just in case to see if anyone heard. But for the first time no one else was there in the Common Room, not even Harry, Ron and Hermione, who usually are the ones to stay back in Common Room for long hours.
“Oh come on” I said
“Nothing obviously has happened, Parvati. I am busy with OWLs now” he reminded me and I just plainly looked back at him as if I didn’t believe even a tiny bit of what he was saying and he threw his hands up in frustration.

And I laughed.

“I am just irritating you” I said and made him turn facing towards the staircase and pushed him towards the boys dorm before he would explode out of frustration.

“Good night Thomas, see you tomorrow morning” I said smiling. He waved back
“ ‘night Miss Patil” he said and left for his dorm.
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Chapter 59 Part One



Nervousness, anxiety and pressure was mounting on our Quidditch Team. Lavender, Dean, Seamus and I walked down the Hogwarts grounds to our Quidditch Pitch. It was a clear day and it really added on to our advantage but so it did for the other team but more for us because it would probably be of some help to our Keeper Ronald Weasley’s spirit who well, isn’t doing great. Really.

Walking through the seats in the Quidditch stand I saw Ernie sitting in one of the rows.
“What’s he doing here?” asked Seamus. I smiled looking at Ernie who hadn’t seen us come.
“Supporting us” I said and quickly walked ahead. I bet the guys must have rolled their eyes or said something because I heard Neville chuckle and Seamus yelp and bicker with Lavender who I am sure must have slapped his arm.

We all settled down as the crowd began to fill in. Lavender was sitting to my right and Ernie to my left, Seamus, Dean and Neville had taken seats above us while I saw Harry and Hermione walking through the row of seats below ours. Soon we heard Lee’s voice over the commentary box as the players marched below on the pitch for the customary hand shake.

And then Lee started off...

“And Davies takes the quaffle immediately, he dodges Johnson, he dodges Bell and Spinnet as well and-and-, ” we all groaned.
“And he scores”
“We are off” I muttered.
“No, no, we can’t be” Lavender said shaking her head and tightly held on the railing as the quaffle was in hands of Davies again but Angelina played rough and got the quaffle in her possession and flew on the opposite there was an instant cheer in the Gryffindor stands.
“Yes, yes come on” I shouted with the rest of them.

But then Davies took his revenge and the quaffle fell from Angelina’s hand he took it up flew past the charging Gryffindor chasers and passed the quaffle on to the Bradley who headed straight towards the Ron.
“What in the whole wide world are our beaters doing!” cried Dean.

All of us were now looking at Ron.

“Please, please don’t let the quaffle in” I murmured.
Bradley was aiming at the right goal hoop. We saw Ron hesitate.
“Oh, no, no please” Lavender was murmuring.
And then Ron divided to his left and we gasped as Bradley had wittingly feigned his angle towards the right hoop but had aimed for the left.
There was a momentary silence amongst the crowd and then we all roared as we saw Ron hit the quaffle away from the goalposts and it was quickly caught by Katie, the cheering growing louder and louder.

The chasers made their way quickly through the opponents and scored an immediate goal tying the scores at 10-10 for both the teams. Suddenly our beaters were in action and aimed at their opponents with much needed ferocity. The game was only coming alive.

We were standing now almost all of us holding the railing in front of us and jumping every time we scored the goal and cheered harder every time our Keeper saved one.
At about half time we were just ten points below the Ravenclaws however we were excited.
“This is getting really exciting, isn’t it?” I asked turning to Ernie who was standing there and he nodded smiling and then burst out laughing.
“What?”
“I have never seen you so hyper” he said and I joined him in our laughter.
“I am all nerves seriously. I so hope we win this Cup” I said and I looked below as I saw our team members walking down the pitch again. As Ron flew towards his goal posts every one of us cheered.

“God look at him go all red” Lavender said and I looked at her
“Lav, he is bloody fifty meters away and probably fifty feet above the ground, how in the wide world can you see him go red?” I asked and she laughed and clapped harder with the rest of the crowd cheering for the Gryffindors as the whistle blew but didn’t answer.

Soon the score was neck to neck and we were eagerly waiting for the snitch to be caught. I looked behind at Dean who was now standing his hand tightly holding the railing, his face with painful concentration of sorts yet red with excitement. He looked down at me and I gave a smile which burst into a laugh and he looked away smiling guiltily. Ernie looked at me enquiringly at my outburst.
“Nothing, the tension mounting is too much” I said excitedly and winked at him and looked away to see Ginny and Cho racing looking desperately for the snitch. And then it happened I think because Ginny had immediately pushed into a gear and was racing for the goal hoop of the Ravenclaw team. Immediately Cho went after Ginny as well but the snitch ditched both of them and flew away. Ginny and Cho were up for it again looking for the snitch. Ginny all so suddenly fell back a bit and then

“Alright Miss Weasley has fallen back a bit and oh, oh My Merlin’s soggy wet pants”
“Mr. Jordan!” shouted McGonagall but Professor didn't go ahead as the whole crowd erupted in a wild roar and thundering applause.

Lavender and I jumped up and down with excitement and hugged each other. I turned and hugged Ernie and he hugged me back laughing.
Ginny had just in time fallen back and dived a bit on Cho’s broom’s tail where the snitch was fluttering away, that made Cho go out of balance while Ginny caught the snitch.

The celebration on the field was no less than spectacular flying drills by our Gryffindor team members. I turned to look at Dean who was hugging Neville and Seamus and cheering out for our team members. He looked at me and bent ahead over the railing to hug me. I hugged him back laughing.

“Let the party begin” I shouted amongst the growing din of the crowd and he laughed nodding his head.

Turning away and looking below on the ground Professor McGonagall, Professor Umbridge and Professor Flitwick were present to give away the trophy to our team when we heard the song.

“Weasley is our King
He never lets a Quaffle in
That’s why Gryffindors sing
Weasley is our King”

The professors looked on and so did we to where the song was coming from thinking it was the older version being sung but just as the words sunk in we all laughed and joined in singing our hearts out.

The modified version caught up like a fire all over Gryffindor and Hufflepuff stands and was sung without a break. As the Cup was presented to the team captain, Angelina lifted the Cup looking at us and we all cheered for them till our throats went dry. Slowly the Cup was being passed to one team member to the other and by the time it reached our Keeper

A new burst of Weasley is our King started and we joined in again. Ron kissed the Cup and raised it in the air and we all cheered hard. Not able to keep the excitement a couple of Seventh Years jumped over the fence and made it to the pitch. We all scrambled out of our seats and stands and were soon on the pitch hugging each other, hugging our team members.

“Congratulations” I screamed over my voice as we neared Ron. Beaming he nodded his head but then he went out of balance only to be supported by his newly acquired fans who had hoisted him up on their shoulders. We laughed harder as the scene played out.

“You can celebrate with me your success later” Ernie spoke in my ear and I turned to look at him but he was already away from the Gryffindor group smiling and waving back at me.
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Have A Nice Day...:-)

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Hey Harita great posts of course, and once again I have to beg forgiveness for not commenting in a timely fashion.

I have to say if I had been there and heard this, my heart would have fallen from my chest down into my toes!
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“Professor! Professor!” it was Daphne and Pansy “we have cornered them” they screamed “they are cornered” and pointed towards the court yard out of the Oak Doors

In your next post I want to tell you how much I loved your writing the exchange between Lacvender and Parvati; very nicely done.

And I'm glad you mentiond this;
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He said as if remembering something “but you know what” he said stopping to look at me “Ernie has got into this nasty habit of asking, no wait… demanding literally demanding, how many hours a day we are studying, which is really irritating!”
I know it right?!?!?!?!?!? This is the exact thought that came to my mind when you had Parvati and Ernie pair up to fall in love. (Although it isn't official yet is it? I mean there hasn't been those three words yet from either one if I'm not mistaken. )

In your next post you start us off with our hearts beating wild. Way to go; I was actually holding my breath here.
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“Please, please don’t let the quaffle in” I murmured.
Bradley was aiming at the right goal hoop. We saw Ron hesitate.
“Oh, no, no please” Lavender was murmuring.
Loved this, excellent ending for this post.
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“You can celebrate with me your success later” Ernie spoke in my ear and I turned to look at him but he was already away from the Gryffindor group smiling and waving back at me.
Excellent writing Harita, and as usual I'm watching for your next.
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Thank you so much Connie...I was beginning to wonder where you were but anyways good to see you back...

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Chapter 59 Part Two



Laughing and cheering all our way through the castle the entire Gryffindor House hoisted the Keeper on their shoulder. Walking through the crowd and talking excitedly with others about the match we all made our way to the Common Room.

As we entered the common room there was no stopping us. The celebratory mood was ten times than what it was when we won the first match of the season. Lee had kept the Weasley’s tradition of getting all of us butterbeers and awesome food from Merlin knows where. No one seemed to have gone down for dinner that night. All of us enjoying our Quidditch Cup win. Lavender and I sat with a group of our friends and chatted along binging on the pastries and pies and butterbeer coming our way.

Colin was tirelessly clicking pictures of everyone. He had asked Angelina and the rest of the team members to pose for his pictures and they gladly did it. As the Cup was passed around for us to look at it I couldn’t take my eyes off the silver shining in the Room light. We all congratulated our members’ personally hugging, kissing and shaking hands but the one sight to look forward for me especially was Dean congratulating Ginny. I wasn’t around to hear but I could see them talking over a butterbeer. Whatever they talked was immaterial but they really seem to get along very well. Alas, she is with Michael.

Unless…

Who Knows...



LAVENDER’S POV…

The celebration was fantastic, marvelous and truly amazing. It’s been long time since we had such an amazing evening given the kind of atmosphere we are in. I had a doubt that Umbridge would come down on us for making so much of noise but she fortunately didn’t show us her toad face.

We were up till late night talking and chattering our hearts out. Our team members had gone back to their dorms one by one the last being Ron and his friends. The Cup win had really been a boost for him and he was all smiles the entire evening discussing scene by scene how the whole matched played out. It was really interesting to hear him speak you know. I mean, I have heard him talk before and most of the time it’s pretty insensitive the way he speaks. But today, mocking though his words were a bit about the Ravenclaws but they did have punch in them to make us all laugh hard.

One by one as students trudged up to their dorms I yawned and got up from her seat. My best friend had already fallen asleep on the couch she was sitting.
I tried to wake her up but she turned over on the length of the sofa and slept. Chuckling I summoned her blanket from our dorm and covered her up and left for the dorm myself.
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I woke up to a slight noise coming from somewhere near. Turning I realized I was sleeping on a sofa. I saw my blanket over me.

‘Lav must have got this for me’

Getting up slowly and propping over my elbow I looked around. I was sleeping in my Common Room which was yet dark just like the sky outside. I checked my watch and it was four in the morning. The noise came up again. I turned to face the fireplace where lay the dying embers now, trying to get the source of noise. There was a slight creek somewhere and I got up sitting up straighter now.

“Who’s there?” I called out.
“Who’s-” I searched for my wand.
“LUMOS” I said and the wand gave me some light.
I saw an outline of a person walking towards me.
“ ‘morning” he said. He sounded familiar.
“LUMOS MAXIMA” I heard him say.
“Ah, Dean” I said and sunk back into the sofa relieved.
“Got you scared?” he asked walking up to the fireplace and lighting the fireplace.
“Nah…just was hoping my dream wasn’t coming true” I replied.
“Dream. What was it about? Ernie?” he asked coming and sitting on the couch opposite mine.
“Shut up” I said sleepily and covered my blanket over my shoulders and hugged myself tighter trying to go to sleep.

“Why are you up so early?” I asked my eyes closed.
“Well, had to wake up, hadn’t I?”
“Why?”
“Well, if I am not mistaken OWLs will be starting in a week’s time” he said "and-"

I snapped my eyes open.
“Merlin, Dean .Do you have nothing else to do early this morning” I groaned and covered the blanket over my head and he laughed.
“You have any better idea?” he asked. I looked over from my blanket to see he was already going through the book and parchments he brought with him to study and I groaned again and threw my blanket over and got up...
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Have A Nice Day...:-)

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Hey Harita, loved your post. Sooooooooooooooooo cute in every way. Can you imagine how excited Ron was? And celebrating through dinner like they did, they will surely all be starved for breakfast. All the pastries and snacks sounded good though.

Dean is crazy for trying to study. I bet he just couldn't sleep thinking how hungry he was and about his talking to Ginny.

Great post Harita, I'll be watching for your next.
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