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Chapter 9: The special class
Everyone was quite happy and relaxed as they returned after the Christmas holidays. Riya behaved normally with Harry and others and Hermione too spent more time with her.
One week had passed. Everyone was sitting at the table in the great hall.
“Harry, let’s hurry. We have our D.A.D.A. class.” Said Hermione.
All four of them ran to the class as they were already getting late. Lupin hadn’t arrived yet and they sat at their respective tables.
Suddenly, to everyone’s surprise, Professor Snape entered.
“Open page 394.” He said while shutting the windows.
“Professor, where’s Professor Lupin?” Ron asked.
“He’s not in the condition to teach and so I’ll be teaching today’s lesson.”
Everyone opened their lessons. Ron saw that they were learning ‘bout Animagus and Werewolfs. He pointed it to Hermione.
“Sir, we’re not learning ‘bout Animagus now. It was to be taught and the end of the term.” Hermione exclaimed.
“You don’t tell me what I should teach and what I shouldn’t, Miss Granger. Open page 394.”
"Mione, don't bother him, please..." Riya whispered. Hermione was surprised.
He taught them about what Werewolfs were and difference between them and Animagus. Everyone listened with interest and most of the questions were answered by either Hermione or Riya. They had a fine class.
About a week later, Harry’s special classes of learning Patronus started. Everyone else was off to Hogsmeade and Harry went to Professor Lupin.
Harry told his friends about his progress and everyone was happy.
“O Harry, you did it.” Hermione exclaimed.
“I knew you would.” Ron said.
“Congrats Harry.” Riya said. There was a kind of special happiness on her face. “Now he’s safe. He’ll save himself.” She whispered to Piya. Piya too nodded with pleasure.
Both of them looked satisfied but no one could tell why. They were just happy for
Harry’s classes with Lupin were going well. Riya too had befriended Hermione and Harry, but Ron was still a bit rude. But Riya and Piya seemed quite happy and they kept their tempers cool. But sometimes, they would disappear altogether, and would just say that either they were not well or they wanted to be secretive.
Although exams were some months away, Hermione had started her vigorous studies. Riya too joined her many times but Riya mostly kept away from Ron.
“Riya, I don’t understand you. Sometimes you are so friendly with me that I feel you always want to be with me, and when Ron is around you just make some excuse and go away. What problem do you have with Ron? Haven’t you forgotten the duel yet?” once Hermione asked Riya.
“It’s not the duel Hermione. I just don’t feel well when he’s around. I feel as if someone evil’s around. I don’t have any problem with it you see, but he still is cross with me and doesn’t accept who I am.”
“You should talk to him. And you must tell us your secrets. Ron’s not wrong, and we want to know the truth. We believe now that you are Harry’s sister, but we want the proof. Explain us.”
“That time will come soon, but don’t force me now.”
Next day was Sunday and Ron and Hermione were fighting because Ron's rat had disappeared.
They argued for quite some time and then they went to meet Hagrid.
Hagrid was sitting on the bank of the lake. When the trio reached him they saw that Riya was sitting with him. Piya was wiping out Hagrid’s tears.
“What happened Hagrid? Why are you crying?” Harry asked.
“There was a meeting and I was praising Buckbeak. And then Lucius stood up and said that Buckbeak is a danger and it can kill anyone.” Hagrid sobbed, “And he asked for most strict punishment…”
“Hagrid, are they firing you?” Hermione asked.
“No, worse than that. Buckbeak has been given death sentence.”
Everyone’s eyes became watery on hearing this. Riya cried her heart out and Hermione too was shocked. There was silence all around.
All of them went to the common room. All five of them sat at a table.
“Why do they do this?” Hermione sobbed.
“We can’t change it.” Ron replied.
Riya whispered something to Piya and they both got up.
“We’ll meet you soon,” Riya said. Both of them went out.
“I bet she’s going to that special Room again.” Ron said.
“I wonder how she knows Hagrid so well. Did you see Piya wiping his tears? I hope she tells us soon.” Harry said.
All of them were eager to know. Riya seemed to know each and every corner of Hogwarts. She even knew all the teachers in personal. There was something special about her. She didn’t seem an ordinary witch. But now Harry and his friends could do nothing but wait. Wait till she told them.