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Harry Potter and the World War by SunSation Gal 07
Chapter 22 : The Torch Passed
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Chapter 22-The Torch Passed

The next night, the hall had been completely transformed. Like the year before, the stage was set up where the high table was usually located. The house table had been replaced with chairs facing the stage. One the stage, several platforms were set up, creating visual levels. On each side of the stage, to triangular shaped boxes were pushed together to created a small two level step. In the middle of the stage were three more triangle boxes. The center one was pointed towards the audience while the other two on each side were flush against it, flat sides out.

Just after the Hogwarts 4 showchoir performed, Jenny came out wearing her black concert robes and walked up to stand behind podium set to the right side of the stage. The hall went quiet as she smiled out at the audience. “Well, the concert is coming to a close now, but before the final number, I have an announcement. Ginny, can you come out here?”

A few moments later, Ginny walked out onto the stage to stand next to Jenny, still wearing her black and red stripped showchoir dress, her red hair pulled back into a pony tail. “Yeah Jen?” 

“This announcement has to do with you. Seeing as I will not be returning next year, I hand over command of the Hogwarts choirs to you. Do you accept?” Jenny announced with a bright smile at her friend. Ginny’s jaw had dropped and everyone in the audience had begun to chant, ‘Ginny!’

Still in disbelief, Ginny glanced out at the audience before turning back to Jenny, nodding furiously. “Yes!”

Jenny moved out from behind the podium and the two girls embraced tightly. They pulled apart and Jenny motioned for the younger girl to get backstage. Ginny ran back and Jenny moved back behind the podium. “Well, the announcement is over and for the final number of the concert, even though all the survivors of the war against Voldemort suffered some bruises, no one, I mean no one can stop the beat!”

As she shouted the last word the music began. Loud horns brought in the sixties style music as Jenny ran off the stage. After an introduction full of trumpets, Parvati ran out onto the center triangle wearing a short black dress with two white strips going diagonally from the left shoulder to the hem of the dress. She had a bright smile on her face as she swayed back and forth to the last few beats of her intro, before starting to sing. 

“You can’t stop an avalanche
as it races down the hill
you can try to stop the seasons, girl
But ya know you never will
and you can try to stop my dancing' feet
But i just cannot stand still…..”

As she held out the note, the members of the Hogwarts 4 showchoir ran onto the stage as the members of the chamber choir moved back onto the risers and they all began to sing and dance along with her; the men wearing white dress shirts with black vests and the girls wearing dresses like Parvati’s.

“'Cause the world keeps spinning
'Round and 'round
and my heart's keeping time
to the speed of sound
I was lost till i heard the drums
then i found my way.
'Cause you can't stop the beat

Ever since this old world began
A woman found out if she shook it
She could shake up a man
And so I’m gonna shake and shimmy it
The best that i can today

'Cause you can’t stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna
But i never ask why

And if you try to hold me down
I'm gonna spit in your eye and say
That you can’t stop the beat!”

As the choir finished the first refrain, Jenny ran onto the stage while Draco ran out from the other, both wearing the uniforms of the choir. The two met in the center of the stage in front the choir. The two smiled at each other and swayed to the beat as Jenny opened her mouth to sing. As she approached the refrain, Draco joined her in harmony.

“You can't stop a river
As it rushes to the sea
You can try and stop the hands of time
But ya know it just can't be
And if they try to stop us, seaweed,
I'll call the n - double-a - ñ - p!

'Cause the world keeps spinning
'Round and 'round.

'Round and 'round
and my heart's keeping time
to the speed of sound
Speed of sound
I was lost till i heard the drums
Then i found my way
'Cause you can't stop the beat!”

The choir then joined the full force for the refrain as the two moved back and joined the numbers of the group. When the group completed the refrain, they started singing ‘Ah’, changing the key of the song. As the group moved, Syd and Z moved forward to stand on to boxes, surrounded by the group. Then group sang, half shouting, towards the two.

"Come on, you Von Tussles
Go on, shake your fanny muscles”

The two girls looked around at the group and shook their heads, shouting together, “No we can’t!”
The group shouted right back, “Yes, you can!”

The girls looked around again and shouted once more, “No, we can’t!”

The group responded the same way as the two girls glanced at each other and smiled before yelling ‘YES WE CAN!’ and jumping off the boxes to begin dancing in front of the group.

“Ever since we first saw the sun
It seems von tussle girls are always
Trying' to please someone
But now we're gonna shake and shimmy it
And have some fun

The group with Syd and Z up front sang through the refrain once more before breaking up into two groups for the instrumental break. One group on the right side of the stage, another on the left. The two groups danced off facing each other. As the instrumental break began to draw to a close, the two groups parted to show Ginny walking up into between them, arms spread as if to tell them to stop fighting each other. When she reached the front of the stage, she gave the audience a smirk before opening her mouth to sing, the choir singing back up behind her.

“Oh, oh, oh,
you can't stop today (...No!)
As it comes speeding down the track (Oh, oh, oh, child, yes)
Child, yesterday is history (Be gone!)
And it's never coming back (Look ahead)
'Cause tomorrow is a brand new day (tomorrow, brand new day)
And it don't know white from black!”

As she sang ‘black’, the group behind her jumped up and screamed ‘YEAH!’ As this note was happening, lights of all colors brightened up the stage and all the white strips on the girls’ dresses turned to bright colors while the guys’ black vests did the same thing.

“'Cause the world keeps spinning
'Round and 'round
And my heart's keeping time
To the speed of sound
I was lost till i heard the drums
Then i found my way
'Cause you can’t stop the beat

Ever since we first saw the light
A man and woman liked to shake it
On a Saturday night
And so I’m gonna shake and shimmy it
With all my might today

'Cause you can't stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the rain from above
They can try to stop the paradise
We're dreaming of
But you cannot stop the rhythm
Of two hearts in love to stay

'Cause you can't stop the beat!

You can't stop the beat!!
You can't stop the beat!!!”

As the group held out the last note, the lights flashed all the colors as the group danced their heart out while hanging onto the note. The song ended with the smash of the drums. The audience cheered and screamed as each row of the group bowed in a unison rippled effect. As the audience continued cheering, the group made their way off the stage to find their friends.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione made their way through the crowd towards the stage. They found Jenny, Ginny, Draco, Z and Syd standing with Sky, Bridge and Jack. The five who had performed were panting and sweating heavily. Ginny spotted Harry and ran over to him, practically jumping him as she wrapped her arms around his neck as his wound around her waist. “You were great, Gin. And congrats on being given command of the choirs.”

She smiled brightly up at him, happiness shining in her brown eyes. She then stood on the tips of her toes and kissed him briefly on the lips, knowing her brother was nearby, and whispered in reply, “Thanks Harry.”

The two parted as Ginny went to her brother. Harry looked back at Jenny to now see her sitting on the edge of the stage, Kyle on one side and Draco on the other. Jenny had a sour look on her face as Kyle laughed beside her. Harry smiled as he approached her. She stood up and the two siblings embraced. “Why the sour look?”

“Oh, Felix told me that whenever I am not on stage, I have to be sitting down. Kyle was just rubbing it in,” she replied as the two pulled apart. She caught Harry smiling in laughter and glared at him, silencing him quickly. The two moved back over to the stage where Kyle moved over so Harry could sit down next to Jenny.

“So, you two excited to graduate tomorrow?” Kyle asked, leaning forward and looking over at Harry and Jenny. Harry and Jenny glanced at each other and smiled before turning back to Kyle and nodding in unison.

The song is 'You Can't Stop the Beat' from Hairspray. I do not own it.

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