*laughs at McGonagall passing people in Divination just because she thinks the subject is stupid* I can totally see her doing that.
I'm looking forward to seeing how your characters do on their O.W.L.S. You are lucky not to have had a long wait for exam results. Here, we do the Leaving in June, get our results mid-August and our college offers the following week. That last week is scariest of all, if you are borderline, because you never know in advance exactly what grades you'll need. It depends on how everybody else applying for the course has done. You can guess in or around, based on what it is most years, but sometimes if a course has got a lot of publicity or if the places on it have been increased, there can be a significant change. I guess it's not QUITE as scary for your characters yet, as they still have another two years before starting their careers, so it's not like "next week I'll find out what I'll be doing from next month", and they have time to rethink if they don't do as well as they'd hoped, but still, pretty scary.
I'm also really looking forward to seeing them choose their N.E.W.T.S subjects, though I guess that's related. I know I've a while to wait though.
And yeah, predicting the examiner's death could just count against you.
LOVE the line about Matt going as white as Nearly-Headless Nick. I wish I'd thought of that one!
When JOHN starts telling you to be more careful, it's a good idea to stop and rethink your actions, I think!
Good on Amanda. I think she's right.
And even KADEN isn't enthusiastic about it. Given how nosy he can be, that says a lot.
I like the fact that Matt is leading the adventure for once. He's usually about the most cautious of the foursome, so it's interesting to see another side to him.
I think you might have meant "extinguish your wands" and not "distinguish"?
Yi-i-ikes, when you hinted there could be another werewolf in this story, I thought about Professor Burke and I thought about Elsie, but it never occurred to me the person hiding in the Shrieking Shack could be one.
And this means that both Youngs could be innocent. It's also possible that the DNA found could be from the hair or whatever Boone is using to add to the potion as you need part of the person you are turning into. I'd forgotten that until now.
Author's Response: I'm looking forward to writing their O.W.L. results! Still haven't decided on everyone's marks, but I've got time. I think in some ways their N.E.W.T. results will be scarier because they'll have their careers picked out and if they fail a N.E.W.T. they might have to change course. I haven't decided on their N.E.W.T. courses yet either.
Yeah, if John thinks it's a stupid idea, it's probably a stupid idea. He's usually up for anything. But John and Kaden are loyal, so they'll go, as will Albus.
I figured it was about time for Matt to take charge and demonstrate why he's in Gryffindor. Even the shy, quiet ones have their moments.
Thanks for pointing out the typo.
Oo, Elsie as a werewolf! That'd be interesting. It would explain some of her oddities. You'll get more answers about the Boone/Young dynamic in the next chapter. Thanks for reading and reviewing! :)