“GINNY DON’T YOU WALK AWAY FROM ME! GINNY!” George was screaming at the top of his lungs. Once Ginny was out of sight he turned on Charlie and Hermione. “If you don’t untie me I’ll…”
“You’ll do what George? Force feed me some joke of yours?” Charlie said smiling.
“I’ll think of something even if I have to invent an entire new line of products!” George said, and then turned to Hermione. “Hermione, please untie me. If you do I’ll do all the cleaning and cooking in the apartment.”
“You already do all the cleaning and cooking George.” Hermione said.
“Well then if you don’t untie me then I’ll stop doing those things.” George said.
“Fine by me.” Hermione said.
“Come on you guys, this is embarrassing, just untie me. If you do it right now I promise I’ll only get revenge on Ginny and not all three of you.” George said.
“What you think Hermione? Should I untie him?” Charlie asked.
Hermione shrugged. “That’s up to you and you know it. Ginny cast that spell so only you could untie George.”
“That’s because she thought you would cave and untie him early.” Charlie said.
“Hello. I’m still here.” George said.
“Yes mate, I know. Well I guess you’re just going to have to get your revenge George; I’m not untying you and Hermione won’t be able to get near the knots.” Charlie said.
George kept trying to convince Charlie to untie him, even trying to get Hermione to get Charlie to untie him but Charlie just acted as if he didn’t hear anything. About 15 minutes before the game started, Charlie picked George up and headed to a bathroom so George could change out of his pajamas and into his robes. Once they left, George went straight to the box Ginny had reserved for her family and immediately took Victoire from Bill and proceeded to explain the rules of Quidditch to the baby.
“Umm… George, why are do you have on navy blue and gold? You do realize that those are Puddlemere United’s colors and that our sister plays for the Holyhead Harpies whose colors are dark green and gold?” Bill asked.
“I’m aware of that Bill. I’m not cheering for the Harpies though; I hope United kicks their ass actually.” George said.
“George! Why are you not supporting your sister’s team?” Mrs. Weasley asked. She no longer got after her children for their language since they would always turn it around, saying they had learned it from her when she had called Bellatrix a bitch.
“When she hogtied me to get me here.” George responded.
“She did what?!?” Mrs. Weasley exclaimed, but the game had started and all attention turned to the Quidditch Pitch.
“Welcome to the start of a new season folks! For those of you who listen to Rivertalk, this is the surprise I’ve been talking about. I will be commentating all games this year, and for those of you who don’t listen to Rivertalk, shame on you.” Lee’s voice filled the stadium. “To start off, could you please rise while we reserve a moment of silence for those lost in the war.”
Everyone in the stands rose to their feet and at George’s questioning look, Ron leaned into him and whispered, “They’ve done this every game since the final battle.”
After a minute had passed Lee’s voice filled the stadium once again. “Thank you folks. Now introducing Puddlemere United!” The team clad in their navy blue robes emblazoned with two crossed golden bulrushes entered the pitch. As they mounted their brooms their anthem, “Beat Back Those Bludgers, Boys, and Chuck That Quaffle Here,” played in the background as Lee introduced the team. “Playing Chaser today we have Captain Jonathon Smith, Brandon Hitchens and Connie Dennison, who is playing her first year off the reserve team. William Straughan and Arcturus Rosier as Beaters, watch out Harpies, these blokes were on the England team last year. The Gryffindor Quidditch Nazi Oliver Wood as Keeper, and Emma Whisp as Seeker!”
Cheers filled the stadium as the players zoomed around the pitch once then landed in the middle of the field. The Puddlemere United‘s anthem stopped and was replaced with the Harpies anthem: “Quidditch Teams Watch Out, These Witches Mean Business.” The entire Weasley section stood up and started to cheer, but George remained seated as they watched the Harpies enter the pitch in their dark green robes with a golden talon on their chest. The team mounted their brooms and Lee proceeded to introduce the team.
“And now your favorite ladies, the Holyhead Harpies! We have Captain Gwenog Jones as Seeker, Susanna Woodley and Violetta Blake as beaters, those are two girls I would not want to run into on a dark street. Keeper Fiona Mackenzie, folks the rumors about her playing for Kenmare Kestrels this year can be dropped. Playing Chaser today are Hannah Tower, Isolde Scott and introducing Ginevra Weasley, boys don’t get your hopes up on this lovely redhead, she’s taken.”
Harry groaned at Lee’s remark and Hermione watched as Bill gave Charlie a handful of galleons and muttered something that sounded like: “I was sure he’d say Harry’s name.”
Down on the pitch a referee was now standing in between the two teams saying he wanted a nice clean game. The two captains shook hands as the snitch and the bludgers were released. Then the referee blew his whistle and threw the Quaffle into the air. “And they’re off, Tower with the Quaffle, and she dodges a bludger hit by Straughan, passes to Weasley, who does a Sloth Grip Roll and passes to Scott, Scott back to Tower. That had to hurt she’s hit by a bludger and Hitchens takes the Quaffle, passes to Dennison who nearly avoids the bludger hit by Blake and she attempts to score… SAVED by Mackenzie.”
Cheers filled the stadium along with jeers from the United supports as Mackenzie threw the Quaffle to Scott. “And it’s Scott with the Quaffle, look at her fly, dodges a bludger and she’s just about to the goal and aims to shoot, wait she does the reverse pass to Tower who came from no where and she shoots and SCORES! Ten nothing Harpies. Ouch Wood, maybe you should spend more time practicing and less time plotting to take over as team Captain.
“And Smith has the Quaffle, passes to Dennison, and here comes Weasley, Tower and Scott in what looks like the Parkin’s Pincer, but Dennison passes back to Smith. Smith attempts to the goals and… it’s GOOD! Ten to Ten as Weasley gets the quaffle. It‘s okay Mackenzie, I‘ll still take you on a date if you let me.”
George turned to Hermione and said laughing, “Lee really should stop announcing who he likes in the middle of games like this.” Hermione laughed to at the memory of Lee always commenting on Angelina turning him down during the games at Hogwarts.
They watched as Ginny got near the goal and then they let out a gasp as they watched what happened next. “And that was Rosier who hit that bludger, looks like Weasley’s going to be okay but you think she would know about a Bludger Backbeat move, as her brothers were Beaters back at school. Smith with the quaffle now passes to Hitchens who passes to Dennison but wait Weasley with the quaffle! Weasley passes to Tower who passes to Scott who passes to Weasley who shoots and SAVED!
“Wood gives the quaffle to Dennison but is hit by a bludger sent by Woodley and Weasley recovers the quaffle and immediately throws it at the goals and SCORE! Twenty to Ten Harpies!”
All the Weasleys, as well as Harry and Hermione, cheered like crazy at Ginny’s score, and George even applauded for his little sister, shouting: “That’s for all those crazy marathon practices you had us do Wood!”
The game continued and the score was never more then ten points apart. It was about an hour into the game when everyone’s attention turned to the Seekers who were speeding across the pitch. “And the snitch has been sighted folks! Whisp and Jones are neck and neck; Jones is pulling ahead just slightly, reaches out and…JONES CAUGHT THE SNITCH! Final score, Holyhead Harpies 210 and Puddlemere United 60! That’s the game folks! I’d personally like to congratulate Ginny Weasley on her outstanding first game and Ginny would also like me to let you fans know she is dedicating this season to her older brother Fred Weasley. Folks if you don’t already listen to Rivertalk join in weekday nights 5 to 9 and Saturdays 1 to 5 on the WWN!”
It was late that night and the celebration was still going strong at the Burrow. Oliver and Lee had been invited along with all the Harpies and Lee was currently talking to Fiona Mackenzie and trying to convince her to go out on a date with him. George was sitting with Oliver away from the celebration a little. They had been whispering all night and would stop every time Hermione or anyone else would go near them. George at least wasn’t holding a grudge against Hermione for the kidnapping incident, but he had refused to talk to either Charlie or Ginny, with the exception of when he had congratulated Ginny on her game and thanked her for dedicating her season to Fred. Mrs. Weasley finally kicked everyone out at about two in the morning.