Chapter 3 : Jenny
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Over the next few days Harry felt like he had never been to Privet drive, despite everything that was happening and the constant ins and outs of the order members Harry was rather enjoying himself. Of course the memory of Tonks still haunted him in his sleep and that as the one part of being at Grimmauld Place that Harry hated. Every time he just got back to sleep he would see Tonks fall into the black veil. Every night he would wake up in a cold sweat and he would be breathing quickly.
“Are you alright?” Hermione asked Harry as he wandered downstairs one morning very early. Harry started in surprise.
“What are you doing here? I thought you’d be asleep.” Harry asked. He sat down opposite Hermione and stared at some of the parchment that was out on the table.
“I couldn’t sleep.” Hermione said, tucking a strand of stray hair behind her ear. “So I thought I’d check my homework” Harry smiled, very Hermione.
“Yeah, I’ve nearly finished mine but I can’t quite get the theory behind the Polyjuice Potion.” Harry said. Hermione looked at him surprised.
“You took it in our second year,”
“Doesn’t mean I know the theory.” Harry shrugged. Hermione smirked.
“Have you heard from Dumbledore about the quidditch ban?” Hermione asked. Harry’s heart sank.
“No. I’m still waiting to hear. No one is telling me anything. You’d think that we’d be told I mean, we did alert the world to Voldemort’s return” Harry said slightly annoyed.
“Yes we did. I do think it’s unfair but I’m sure Dumbledore has his reasons. We’ve overheard some of the order talking about stuff and apparently there have been deatheaters that have been patrolling the area you live searching for you.”
“But I’ve been out quite a lot during the holidays and it’s not like my address is hard to find.” Harry said.
“I know.” Hermione said like she’d thought about it a lot. “I was thinking about how they couldn’t find you and-”
“Dumbledore said it was some kind of ancient magic that protects me. Apparently Aunt Petunia accepting me sealed the spell or something.” Harry said. “I don’t fully-” there was a sudden commotion in the hall and Harry was suddenly grateful that Sirius had managed to remove the portrait of Mrs. Black the other day.
“Now Jenny, be very quiet, the people who stay here may be asleep” came Dumbledore’s voice. Dumbledore was Harry’s headmaster and was the only person that Voldemort was scared of. Dumbledore was, in a way, Harry’s grandfather and mentor.
“Yes sir.” Came a sweet female voice.
“Just stay in the Kitchen for a while and when Molly wakes up we’ll arrange for you to share a room with Ginny and Hermione. I’m sure they won’t mind.” Dumbledore said as the kitchen door opened. Harry and Hermione both looked at the door and Dumbledore walked in and looked at them pleasantly surprised. Dumbledore had long silvery white hair and an equally long beard. His bright blue eyes sparkled at Harry through his half moon glasses.
“Ah, it seems that two of the occupants are already awake. It is good to see you safe, Harry.” Dumbledore said.
“Thank you sir” Harry said. Hermione leaned backwards to see who was behind Dumbledore.
“Harry, Hermione I would like you to meet Jenny.” Dumbledore said moving forwards and letting the person behind him in. The person turned out to be a girl, she looked like she was Ginny’s age and she smiled at Harry and Hermione as she came in. She had long sandy blond hair and she looked vaguely familiar to Harry. She had a slim body and had dark caring eyes that looked a lot like Sirius’ eyes. She was remarkably pretty and held her self confidently and took in her surroundings intently.
“Hi” She said. Harry and Hermione looked at each other confused.
“Jenny I believe you know these two.” Dumbledore said happily. Jenny nodded. She was then followed into the room by a house elf that wore something similar to the thing that Shoner wore.
“Do we know you?” Hermione asked curiously. Jenny smiled.
“Well, no but I know you.” Jenny said “You’re Hermione Granger and Harry Potter” Jenny said pointing to Harry after looking at Hermione. Harry couldn’t help staring at her, she was really very pretty. Her looks could rival Harry’s ex-girlfriend’s looks any day. Her house elf tugged at her jeans and she looked down.
“Where shall I put your things miss?” He asked. Jenny looked at Dumbledore.
“Put them in Hermione’s room but try not to wake up Ginny.” Dumbledore said. The house elf nodded and left the kitchen. “Well I must be going, I have to see your mother about something before our next order meeting.” He said to Jenny. Jenny nodded and smirked.
“I think she’s in Devon right now.” Jenny said. Dumbledore thanked her and left the room after addressing Harry.
“Your quidditch ban has been lifted, Harry, and please be kind to Jenny, I have bought her here against her will so please look after her.” Harry and Hermione nodded at their headmaster. He gave them a smile and put a hand on Jenny’s shoulder before leaving the room. Jenny went to the table and sat down.
“Is there any food here? I’m starving.” Jenny said.
“Yeah.” Harry said, still looking at Jenny. “I’ll call Shoner.” Harry tore his gaze away and looked around the room. “Shoner?” His house elf wandered into the room and took one look at Jenny and smiled.
“It is good to see Miss again.” Shoner said. Jenny smiled at the elf and looked at Harry and Hermione, who both looked at them confused.
“I had to look after your house elf.” She said. “Shoner could I have something quick to eat?” She asked. Shoner nodded and wandered off to the pantry.
“Who are you?” Hermione asked, not being unkind.
“I’m Jenny. I’m in Ginny’s year and I’m also in your house but no one really likes me because I don’t spend much time in the common room.” Jenny explained.
“How do you know Dumbledore? Is he your granddad or anything?” Harry asked. Jenny laughed quietly.
“No, he looks after me when my mum goes away.” Jenny said flicking her hair behind her ear. “I live at his estate in Devon when I’m not at school and occasionally I’m allowed to stay with Remus Lupin. Do you know him?” Jenny asked them.
“Yeah, he brought me here.” Harry said. “Does Ginny know you?”
“Probably not. I don’t really speak to anyone at school. I like to concentrate on my music.” Jenny said.
“Do you have a surname?” Hermione asked. She looked slightly annoyed that her conversation with Harry had been interrupted and even more annoyed that Harry was no longer focusing all her attention on her.
“Yes I do but I’m not allowed to tell anyone.” Jenny said, “Well I’m not allowed to without consent from mum or Dumbledore.”
“Ok.” Harry said, it made sense…no it didn’t unless Jenny was trying to hide something. There was a slight creaking above them and soon Ginny emerged in the kitchen. The red haired girl yawned and looked at Jenny in surprise.
“What are you doing here?” She asked. Jenny’s smile disappeared.
“Dumbledore brought me here.” She said. Ginny looked at the girl suspiciously and nodded slowly.
“Ok, well your house elf woke me up.” Ginny said, “So, you can help me with my homework,”
“You should have done that.” Hermione said, “Honestly, you’re nearly as bad as Ron.”
“Not really. If Dumbledore was here did he say anything on your quidditch ban?” Ginny asked Harry, completely ignoring Jenny.
“Um, yeah, he said it’s been lifted.” Harry said. Ginny grinned.
“Great. That means I can try out for Chaser.” She said.
“Would you mind if I tried out?” Jenny asked Harry.
“I’m not the captain.” Harry said.
“But you wouldn’t mind would you?” Jenny asked hopefully. “My mum banned me from joining the quidditch team, saying it would draw too much attention to the family but I love playing it.”
“I suppose you could try out.” Harry said frowning, “How good are you?”
“Ok, mum said I was as skilful as your dad.” Jenny said smirking as she said that. Harry had to shake his head.
“My dad?” He asked. Jenny simply smiled as Shoner came out of the pantry with a sandwich.
“Does anyone else want a snack, Harry sir?” he asked. Harry shook his head and looked at Hermione. She shook her head as well. Shoner watched her suspiciously and then wandered off into the house.
“I still think you should set him free.” Hermione said.
“Oh no. Shoner loves serving people. As long as you don’t treat him badly. He’s been through enough.” Jenny said to Hermione. Hermione looked at Jenny.
“Why exactly don’t you spend much time in the common room or anything?” She asked
“Well, I spend a lot of time with Dumbledore and he’s given me a room in Hogwarts where I can keep my Piano.” Jenny said.
“You play the piano?” Ginny asked sitting down opposite Jenny.
“Yeah, it’s really fun.” Jenny told them.
“Does anyone want a game of exploding snap?” Ginny asked getting out her deck of cards. Jenny agreed and Hermione said she needed to go and check on something but she never told them what. She just left the room. Harry sat and stared at Jenny for a while before getting up as well and going to his bedroom. Who exactly was Jenny, she seemed to know a bit about Harry. Whether it was about his parents, him or his house elf. Harry entered his bedroom and closed the door as Ron gave a deep snore and turned over in his bed.
* * * *
Harry had just managed to sleep a dreamless sleep when he awoke again with Hermione prodding him awake.
“What?” He grumbled.
“I want to talk.” She said. Harry scowled and got up. He looked at the bed where Ron had been sleeping and saw no one there. The door opened and Ron came walking in.
“Who’s that new girl?” He asked.
“That’s what I want to talk about.” Hermione said. She indicated for Ron to join them as she sat cross-legged on Harry’s bed. Harry rubbed his scar and put his glasses on.
“What about her?” Harry asked, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her.” Harry said
“Who is she?” Ron asked.
“She’s called Jenny, she came with Dumbledore this morning.” Hermione told Ron
“Jenny what?” Ron asked.
“We don’t know. She wont tell us.” Harry said.
“It’s strange isn’t it? How she wont tell us anything about her.” Hermione asked Ron and Harry.
“I wouldn’t read much into it.” Harry said, “I mean not everyone is open to strangers” Ron gave a smirk which he wiped off his face when Hermione gave him a harsh look.
“Well I’m just saying it’s strange.” Hermione said slightly annoyed
“Well, she’s in Ginny’s class, maybe she knows.” Harry said.
“That Jenny girl goes to our school?” Ron asked. “How come I’ve never seen her around?”
“She spends a lot of time by herself.” Hermione told Ron. The door burst open and Ginny came in excitedly followed by a slightly anxious looking Jenny.
“There’s an order meeting and I’ve got these new things from Fred. They’re like those human Talkie walkies.” Ginny said.
“Walkie talkies.” Harry corrected her.
“That’s what I meant, but it means we can listen to what they’re saying in the order but it means we have to be absolutely silent.” Ginny said frowning.
“Why don’t you just put a charm on the thing?” Ron asked
“We’re not allowed to use magic out of school remember?” Hermione reminded Ron.
“Oh yeah.” Ron said looking slightly annoyed at the fact. Hermione rolled her eyes and sighed.
“Are you sure you should be doing this?” Jenny asked apprehensively as she and Ginny sat on Harry’s bed as well. Jenny looked at Harry for a moment, in that moment he felt very conscious that his hair was a complete mess and he had just woken up.
“We know we’re not allowed.” Ginny said,
“How do you think we get into all the situations we get into?” Hermione asked Jenny. Ron and Harry looked at each other with this answer. Ginny twisted something and they heard Dumbledore’s voice through the receiver.
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