Chapter 1 : Who said tricks are for kids?
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It is supposed to be a day of fun and trickery. A day of mostly harmless pranks, yes, mostly is the word, when you go to school with the Weasley twins. But that’s not the point at the moment. The point is, the expressions on the 7th year Gryffindors faces.
Professor Dumbledore had decided to have a "Surprise" Potions lesson and pick today of all days to have it.
April Fools' Day!
To make matters worse, its a Saturday too! And the worst of it all, is that the lesson is going to bloody last all day long! See I don't know if you know this but, the Potions Master Professor Snape, naturally loathes everything, especially shampoo. Once again, that isn’t the point.
Moving on, I was saying?
The only thing he seems to remotely like are those blasted slithering Slytherins. The ironic part you ask? Slytherins and Gryffindors always have potions together, as if the subject by itself wasn't enough torture already! Many have speculated if Dumbledore was mental, this just proves it.
"Sit down and no talking!", Snape commanded as he slunk into The Dungeons aka The Potions classroom. Everybody immediately ceased what they were doing and quietly sat down awaiting further instructions.
"First, if any of you pull an April Fool's Day trick in my class, I will dock 50 points and put you in detention with me for every Saturday until the end of the school year." He snarled.
Everyone groaned as Snape uttered these words. If you looked closely, you would notice that some people were putting 'items' back into their bag.
Merlins beard, this is going to be a long day!
"Professor Dumbledore insisted on this additional lesson, for the 7th years, as as he felt that it was needed. I on the other hand see no point in it, but only out of respect for him I am agreeing to these terms." Snape stated as he stepped up to the blackboard.
"Now who can tell me about Amortentia?" Snape hissed the last word so menacingly that it sent chills down everyone’s back.
"If I'm not mistaken you were slightly introduced to it last year." he continued.
As everyone expected my hand shot up in the air. Nobody ever paid me any interest anymore. By now, they knew that I would answer any question given to me, especially in all the classes. The surprising thing though was that with the exception of a couple people *cough* Crabbe&Goyle *cough* everyone’s hands trickled up.
Snape surpassed every Gryffindor and settled on a very pale boy with pointed features who had surprising white blonde hair. He casually held up his arm as though it was an honour for him to be answering the question.
"Mr. Malfoy, could you please enlighten us." he said with a slight smile on his face. Everybody knew that Snape favours Draco Malfoy. If I wasn’t mistaken he was his god father or something like that.
Malfoy shot his infamous smirk , making some girls in the class giggle. I rolled my eyes at this. I hate that bloody smirk, and even more than that, I hate how it gives me butterflies in my stomach. Not in a good way though. No, definitely not!
"Certainly Professor," he drawled
At this I and my fellow Gryffindors all rolled our eyes once again. If he kept this up, I was sure we’d have rolled our eyes so much that they would’ve popped out of their sockets.
"Amortentia is considered to be the most potent love potion in the world. But of course it doesn't create real love, that’s impossible. It just creates a powerful infatuation or obsession." he drawled, sounding bored. It sounded as if he thought everyone should have already known this titbit of information, and that frankly it didn't interest him at all.
The thing about Malfoy is that he is well known in Hogwarts for being the Slytherin sex god. Why, in the name of Merlin, would he need to use a potion to get a witch? Umm well, at least that’s what he thinks. Yes, him not me.
"Well Malfoy, That’s a very nice explanation you gave there. I'm sure Professor Slughorn would appreciate it. But, you left out some key points." I said with a smirk of my own.
At this every Gryffindor had to turn away to stifle their laughs and to hide their smiles.
"Amortentia is distinctive by its mother-of-pearl sheen and the steam that rises in characteristic spirals. But the most interesting part is that it’s supposed to smell different to each person according to what attracts them. So basically, Malfoy, that means that you would be able to smell ferret." I finished with a sweet smile towards the blonde.
I felt my smirk disappear from my face and frowned. Those closest to me could probably see a slight pink tinge on my cheeks. The little bookworm sure knew how to embarrass me.
I look over at her and notice that today, her hair is sleek and straight. She has always been pretty; I guess, you could say she was a natural beauty.
Yes, I Draco Malfoy just said that about the Muggle-born.
Ever since Hermione, I mean, Granger, had started caring about her looks, she was probably the hottest girl in school. Now that was one witch, I am sure I needed Amortentia to ever attract. Not that I wanted to, of course.
"Now Ms. Granger, I don't believe I called on you to speak out," Snape snapped, "I see that you are still an insufferable know-it-all. 20 points from Gryffindor, for speaking out of turn and insulting another student." All the Gryffindors groaned, but didn't dare speak out as they knew that Snape would gladly knock off more points.
"Now, even though you all seem to know about the potion, Professor Dumbledore wants you all to make the potion and to ingest it." As soon as the words left Snape's mouth, there was a heavy murmur heard in the classroom from all the gasps and students now talking.
The boy next to me who was also my best mate raised his hand and the heavy chatter almost completely stopped.
You can say that, he is probably the best looking bloke in school, after me, of course. The girls always talk about "his tan olive skin, his jet black hair that has a blue sheen, and his violet eyes." You could say we were the Dynamic Duo, which is way better then the golden trio. In fact, I think we’re the Dynamic Duo.
"Yes, Mr. Zabini?" Snape said.
"Sir, how is us making a silly love-potion supposed to help us in any way?" he questioned. Blaise spoke the words that everyone else in the room was thinking.
"It is supposed to teach all of you to understand how dangerous this potion is. Also, it will be easier, for you to recognize if you were to ever come across it again." With that, Snape tapped the blackboard with his wand and the instructions on how to make Amortentia appeared. As he did this many hands shot up into the air.
"I will answer no more questions. Now get to making the potion before I give you all zeros." Snape snapped.
Everyone looked at the board and saw that, though it wasn't the hardest potion they ever had to make, it certainly wasn't the easiest either.
"I don't get why we have to make this, I already know the effects," stated Ron Weasly a tall gangly boy with flaming red hair.
Everyone always thinks that we should date each other but I can’t! I mean, come on he’s my best friend!
"Well Ronald, obviously it’s important if Dumbledore decided to add it to the curriculum. And you are honestly probably the reason why he added the course." I stated as if it were a matter of fact.
"Yeah know mate, she's probably right," answered my other best friend Harry Potter a messy haired boy with brilliant green eyes.
"I'll go get the ingredients from the storage room," I said, walking away towards the cupboard where the ingredients are kept. I take a look at my list that I had written down when the ingredients popped up on the board.
Hmm…frozen ashwinder eggs, a jobberknoll feather, a newt, powdered moonstone, and loveage. That’s not too bad, better than Polyjuice Potion, thats for sure.
I close my eyes as I start falling and land on something…muscular?! It felt pretty comfortable though, and what's that delectable smell? I open my eyes and the first thing I see are beautiful eyes, stormy grey with flecks of blue in them.
"Watch where you're going, Granger!" I exclaimed, as I look up and see that the bookworm was on top of me.
I wonder why she's staring at me like that. I lift one perfectly groomed eyebrow as I look at her.
"Oh -sorry Malfoy, I wasn't paying attention to where I was going." she said, a blush forming on her cheeks.
"Fine Granger, I don't care. Just get off me already! You're cutting off my airway!" I said , but regretted it immediately. She was…soft. Who knew that a bookworm could be so soft? Not that I care or anything.
I watched as Granger blushed even more as she slowly lifted herself off of me. When she finally got up fully, she held out her hand in an attempt to help me up. I grabbed it, and with surprising strength from such a little witch I was up in an instant.
As soon as I gained my balance, I pulled her arm so that she came closer to my body. I leaned forward and when my lips were merely inches away from her ear I whispered.
"Next time, just ask if you want to be on top of me that bad Granger."
I smirked as I turned around and started walking away. I know I left her standing there in a daze with her face as red as Weasel's hair. I must say teasing her is still fun.
Then I broke out into a full out grin as I heard the little minx mutter "Bloody Ferret".
He has the nerve, no the audacity to believe that I would actually want to be on top of him?
Please! That would happen when hippogriffs fly.
Wait, I mean when dogs have three heads.
I quickly grab the rest of the ingredients and head back to the table I share with Ron and Harry, who looked very impatient at the moment.
"Damn, ‘Mione, did you triple check your list to make sure you had all the right ingredients again or something? Everyone else has already started!"
I looked at Ron and sighed as I sat down next to him. We each lit our cauldrons and began to make the potion.
While I was waiting for my liquid to hit a boil so I could add the ashwinder eggs, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. It felt as if someone was staring at me.
I looked up and saw those same pair of stunning eyes as I’d seen before. I quickly looked away and started to help Neville with his potion seeing some dark smoke coming out of it.
"Times up." Snape said lazily, as he flicked his wand. All the remaining ingredients immediately vanished.
"Now the next part of the lesson is to test your potions." Snape sneered.
Of course I raised my hand. "But sir, How will we know it worked?"
I watched as Snape took a deep breath and slowly start to rub his temples.
I really don't think he's having a pleasant day.
"Well Ms. Granger, if you would have let me finished then you would know that little piece of information now wouldn't you?"
"As you all are aware you had to drop a hair into the potion to make the potion unique to yourself. Now I will take your samplings and give them to a different classmate to see if the potion worked properly." Snape finished as he once again flicked his wand and made our potion samples all fly through the air and land on a different table.
"The person who becomes infatuated with you will be the same person that you are infatuated with." Snape said as he rolled his eyes.
"I also have the antidote that will be used at the end of the lesson. Now get to it!"
Everyone sat still for a good minute staring at each other, undecided if this is a good idea. Then Pavarti Patil, being the daring person that she is, picked up her vial and downed it.
Everyone followed her lead.
I watch as most students in the class start to get up and walk around. I look down at my empty vial.
Well, isn't this bloody exciting? Nothing is happening. Maybe I'm immune.
As I looked back up I caught the eyes of the most beautiful witch staring at me. I felt a need to go over there and confess my undying love for her.
That’s exactly what I think I’ll do!
As I get up, I notice that there are couples around me everywhere. While making my way over towards my delectable butterbeer, who is all the way on the other side of the classroom might I add, I see Blaise on one knee in front of that Weasley girl who for the first time in my life I saw flustered. Wonder Boy is not going to be too happy about that. I chuckled to myself and continued to scan the room. Speaking of Scarface, I spot him in the corner with that Loony Lovegood character, reading an edition of that nut job paper The Quibbler. They also seem to be trying to capture some invisible creatures; if that isn't love then I don't know what is!
Next I see Pansy feeding Neville a Cauldron cake while sitting in his lap. At least she isn't all over me. Thank Merlin!
As I continue to make my way over to this beautiful nymph, something catches my eye, that makes me stop dead in my tracks. Weasel was on his broom instructing Seamus Finnegan to get on in front of him so he could give him the ride of his life! I think there is a hidden message there. I would have walked over there to make fun of the buffoon, but my love is waiting for me!
As I finally reach her, I smirk and sit on the chair in front of her.
"Where have you been all my life, bookworm?"
"Right in front of your eyes, ferret." she said, laughter dancing those gorgeous chocolate brown eyes.
This has got to be the most sickening sight I have ever had the misfortune to witness. All of these students are idiots to be frank.
"Severus, I see that our lesson is working out just perfect is it not?" I turn around and see the Headmaster standing there with that twinkle in his eye.
"The mind is a very powerful thing Severus. We, as people, should never underestimate its use." Albus said with a smile on his face
After all these years of being under his watchful eye; I know that what Albus says is most likely, if not always true.
"Yes, you’re right. But do you think its time to tell them that I switched the potions?" I said with a smirk on my face.
"Now Severus you can't rush love, it's such a beautiful thing! We'll wait until the end of the lesson to announce our little prank. Now would you like to join me in trying out these blood-flavoured lolly-pops? I ran into Sanguini and he said that they are to die for!"
I simply shook my head at this brilliant but silly wizard. This is definitely the most interesting Aprils Fools' Day prank we have ever thrown yet.
I just can't wait to see their faces when they find out!
A/N: Hey there! Thanks for reading my silly little one-shot. Hope you enjoyed it. I would love to hear what you thought about it. Suggestions are always welcome!
Edit: I've decided to turn this story into a one-shot series! The sequel "Halloween" is now posted. So please check it out and tell me what you think!
Edit #2- Revised! Thanks to my lovely beta emmapotter.