Chapter 37 : End of Exams
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The exams approached all too quickly for Harry’s liking. It seemed that it was only yesterday when he had told Jenny he loved her. He tried to spend as much time as he could with her but they had been pulled apart because of Revision and exams. He did help her as much as he could but half of the topics she did he’d completely forgotten, like History of Magic. Harry wasn’t entirely sure how he managed to survive his exams. His worst one had to be potions and he didn’t think he’d pass the exam but he managed to scrape a pass in that subject
“Exams are OVER!” Ron said as he walked out of Defence against the dark arts with Harry and Hermione. Lavender and Pavarti were slightly ahead of them and Padma came running up to them.
“How did you do?” Padma asked Ron. Ron went slightly red and glanced at Hermione.
“I did quite well, I think.” Ron said. Padma smiled and then looked at the others.
“I don’t know” Harry said uncertainly. “I think I got one of the-”
“You’re going to pass Harry.” Hermione said. She glanced at Padma and Ron. Padma had gotten hold of Ron’s hand and Ron was smiling at her.
“So are you two, you know-” Hermione asked Ron and Padma.
“I don’t really know.” Ron said. He looked at Padma.
“We are effectively a couple.” Padma said. Ron grinned.
“Well, then.” Ron said, “I’ll catch up with you later, I want to talk to Padma for a bit.” He told Harry and Hermione. Harry nodded and dragged Hermione away.
“I swear he used to like me.” Hermione said bitterly.
“He does.” Harry said. “He just got a bit sick or waiting I guess.”
“He didn’t even ask me out!” Hermione said. Harry looked at Hermione suspiciously.
“I thought you loved me?” Harry said, “Why is Ron getting to you?”
“No offence Harry but I have been getting over you, slowly, and I’ve started getting these…feelings for Ron and it just annoys me that he’s with Padma Patil!” Hermione said looking at where Ron and Padma had walked off towards the opposite side of the lake.
“So you approve of me and Jenny then?” Harry asked with a smile.
“Yes. I always have.” Hermione said. “Do you think that maybe me and Ron could-”
“Yes. But you’ve lost your chance for now.” Harry said. Hermione nodded and Harry felt slightly sorry for her. He put an arm around her shoulder and pulled her closer to him. She smiled and they walked over to the beech tree.
* * * *
“HARRY!” Jenny shouted as she came running over with Ginny. Harry looked towards Jenny’s voice and grinned as she came over and fell into a hug.
“How were your exams?” Harry asked. Ginny grinned,
“I think we did really well.” Ginny said. She sat down next to Hermione. “How were your exams?”
“They went ok.” Hermione said.
“I just scraped a pass in Potions.” Harry said. Jenny smiled and let Harry pull her nearer to him. “What exam did you just have?” Harry asked Jenny.
“Divination.” Jenny said.
“Why did you do that subject?” Hermione asked, “I just walked out.”
“We know.” Ginny said, “But we have Firenze.”
“He’s just as good.” Harry said.
“He’s cute.” Jenny said, Harry glanced at Jenny. “Not as cute as you are.” She sat up slightly and started playing with his hair as she usually did.
“I’m glad to hear it.” Harry said as he placed a delicate kiss on Jenny’s lips. She giggled slightly and leaned against Harry. “Hermione have you got any news from the-” Hermione cleared her throat and gave him a warning look. Harry scowled and looked away. He looked into the sky and saw a large bank of dark grey clouds eating up the clear blue sky. He frowned slightly.
“No.” Hermione said. Ginny looked at her suspiciously.
“Got any news from who?” Ginny asked. Jenny was frowning as well. Hermione frowned and looked around before turning to them.
“WILL ALL STUDENTS PLEASE RETURN TO THEIR DORMITORIES” McGonagall’s voice rang out through the grounds of Hogwarts. All the students looked up curiously. Jenny lifted her head up slightly and then looked at Harry concerned.
“We better go.” Harry said standing up. He helped the girls to their feet and they headed slowly back up to the castle. A few younger students were running as quickly as they could. Harry had one hand in Jenny’s and one hand holding his wand tightly in his robes. Something felt wrong to him. They were near the castle doors when rain started pouring down in bucketfuls. Ron ran over to them holding Padma’s hand.
“What’s going on?” Ron asked. He looked at Harry who shrugged. They went into themain entrance Hall and waited there for a while. All the girls started to wring out their hair as Ron and Harry looked out into the rain.
“I think something is coming.” Harry said.
“Or someone” Hermione said joining them as they looked out into the rain. A few other students came running in and ran straight towards their Dormitories. Harry watched as the world around them turned inky black. Just a few moments ago the grounds had been bright, hot and sunny. Now it seemed like winter again.
“You six, get back to your dormitories now.” April said as she walked over to them with Lupin and Kingsley as well as a few other aurors.
“What’s happening?” Harry asked.
“We don’t know. Get to your dormitories now.” April said. “Remus, could you take miss Patil back to her common room please.” April said formally. Lupin nodded. Harry grabbed Padma and pulled her closer to him.
“DA” he hissed. Padma nodded slightly and followed Lupin.
“Come on.” April said to the other five. Harry nodded and followed reluctantly. They were followed by a few of the other aurors.
“Have you done anything with Wormtail yet?” Harry asked.
“That was six months ago.” April said.
“I just want to know.” Harry said.
“I’m not allowed” April said, “Dumbledore’s orders to leave him alone in Azkaban but I don’t think that it’ll work.” Jenny came up and took Harry’s hand tightly. She looked at Harry and smiled. They were nearly at the common room when there were two loud pops.
“Granger Miss!” Dobby screamed as he came running to Hermione with Shoner. Hermione looked at them.
“Not now” Hermione hissed at them.
“They are coming miss.” Shoner said.
“Jasper is telling us that they is wanting the school” Dobby said fearfully. “So-Ling is also telling us that the Chinese is also having troubles”
“Jasper? So-Ling?” April asked, “Hermione what is going on?” Hermione bit her lip and looked at April before turning back to the house elves.
“What about Rookwood? Have his elf said anything?”
“He is too frightened but he is telling Castra that He is getting impatient. He has named an heir and he is coming to get the Prophecy.” Shoner squeaked. Both house elves looked terrified. Hermione glanced at Harry.
“He won’t dare attack the school” Harry said. Hermione nodded hesitantly and got up.
“Get back to what you were doing. Tell me anything else when you find out more.” Hermione said. Dobby and Shoner nodded and disappeared.
“Hermione what are you doing?” April asked slightly annoyed.
“I’m-” Hermione hesitated then lowered her voice right down, “I’m using house elves as spies. I’ve got a lot of information. If you let me I’ll go and get everything I’ve found out from my room” April stared at Hermione then nodded.
“Come on then.” April said. Hermione muttered the password and ran into the common room. April got the others to go in.
“Make sure there’s at least two aurors at the entrance to every house. If anything happens one of you get to me or Dumbledore.” April said. The aurors nodded and dispearsed. April turned and ushered Harry further into the common room.
“Miss Marsden, what is happening?” Asked a seventh year Gryffindor, one of Katie’s friends.
“I’m not entirely sure.” April said, “Just keep yourselves busy. I’m only here for a few moments.” Harry glanced at Ron.
“Is that what she’s been hiding from us?” Ron asked
“I’ve known for a while.” Harry said.
“Why didn’t you tell us?” Ginny asked.
“I thought Hermione would tell you.” Harry said.
“Here.” Hermione said putting all the scrolls of Parchment into April’s arms. “That’s it, all of the information I have,” April stared at the parchment in surprise. She immediately sat downand opened up all the scrolls. Everyone stared and watched. Harry could see April’s eyes flick back and forth over the writing. Her eyes widened and she looked at several pieces at once.
“How did you get all this information? I’ve been looking for these kind of answers for years.” April said looking up at Hermione. Hermione looked slightly shy.
“Well-” Hermione said shyly. The portrait hole burst open and a familiar looking Auror came running in. April looked up.
“Master, the Slytherins.” He said. “There’s something happening in their common room.” April got up and looked at Harry.
“Get your map” she said. Harry nodded and ran up to his room. He rummaged through his chest and found his map sitting at the bottom of the drawer. He whipped out his wand.
“I swear I am up to no good.” Harry said. He watched as the school appeared on the map. He searched for the Slytherin house and saw a huge crowd of dots moving around. Every single dot in the map started to fade and one dot stood out. Harry read the name.
T. RIDDLE it read. Harry’s eyes widened and he went into his chest again and pulled out a mirror warpped in brown parcel Paper.
“Sirius Black!” Harry said urgently into the mirror. Slowly Sirius’ face appeared in the mirror.
“What is it Harry?” Sirius asked him.
“Voldemort’s attacking the school!” Harry said,
“What are you doing? Tell April or Dumbledore!” Sirius said to him loudly. Harry nodded and dropped the mirror and grabbed his invisibility cloak and ran downstairs as he hastily stuffed his cloak under his robes.
“Voldemort is attacking the school” Harry said to April. She turned to the auror.
“Valcrew, go to my office and call all the aurors here. I’ll go and inform Dumbledore, all of you are to remain here.” April said to the Gryffindors. They all nodded nervously. April rushed out.
“Mum!” Jenny said running after April.
“Hermione, Ron.” Harry whispered. They both turned to himand he pulled them to the corner and wrapped the cloak around them.
“What are you doing?” Hermione asked him.
“We’re going to go and see what’s happening.” Harry said,
“Voldemort’s attacking.” Ron said. “There’s nothing we can do”
“I’m going to get rid of him” Harry said. Hermione’s eyes widened.
“But-” Harry started walking and Hermione and Ron could do nothing but follow
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