A Squib's Help
by alicia and anne
The school was under attack. I could hear the walls thundering as though they had been hit by something large. I looked up above me to the never ending ceiling as the students around me screamed in horror. Dust and rubble fell down the staircase, narrowly missing us by inches.
“Calm down!” I yelled loudly, causing all of the students around me to look at me with their tear and fear filled eyes. They all looked so helpless and terrified as they listened to any order I gave, knowing that I was the one here to help them.
“now follow me, no pushing or shoving. We all need to get out of here as quickly and safely as we can”
I pushed to the front of the group and they all followed me, clutching hold of each other. I felt sorry for them, they were terrified of what was going to happen to them and what was going to happen to their families. I led them to the room of requirement where many students were gathering and made sure I was there to witness that everyone of them got through the opening safely.
I felt myself hoping that they were going to make it out ok, much to my horror. I cared for their wellbeing, no one deserved to go out in a war this way, not even the students I had taken to hating over the years.
“thank you so much Mr Filch, thank you for helping us escape” came a small squeaky voice from in front of me
I looked up shocked at these words as I felt myself swell with pride. I realised that I was part of the group that got them all to safety, ultimately saving their lives. Before I could say anything back to the girl she had disappeared into the hole.
I stared after her still in my shocked state, in all the years I had been at this school, no student had ever thanked me, or said one nice thing to me, It made me feel good. After this girls kind words more and more people were thanking me for helping them, and it felt good to hear them finally appreciate all of the work I had done.
Once the final student had gone through the hole I raced as fast as I could out of the room, hobbling slightly as I rounded a corner, I had to find Peeves. I hadn’t gone far before I heard him.
“Filchy Filchy Filchy”
I felt relieve at hearing the voice and for the first time in my life I was glad to see Peeves as he floated above me.
“Peeves! Merlin am I glad to see you” i wheezed, Peeves looked at me confused. Another thundering noise was heard and it felt like the castle shook a little. I hoped that our defences hadn’t been destroyed. We needed to keep the monsters out.
“What’s happening?” he asked me, and for the first time he wasn’t being silly or having a laugh, Peeves was finally being serious.
“The castle is under attack, by He- who – must – not – be – named. McGonagall needs your help! We all need you to help us” I begged him, something I never thought I would have to do.
“Peeves is on it!” Peeves gave me a salute “I have just the thing, they won’t know what hit them!” the mischievous look filled his face as he zoomed off.
I watched him go as my mind worked over time on how on earth I could help the school in this fight. I was a squib what good was I? I barely knew any magic, and was far from helping send curses at people. My mind suddenly thought back to my office at my filing cabinet filled with all of the dangerous stuff I had confiscated over the years from students, I would find as many useful things as I could and use them against the invaders of the school.
I began my run again, this time to my office. I hoped that Mrs Norris had taken to hiding in there as I wasn’t going to be able to protect her in my fight against the death eaters and monsters that had attacked us. I had a school to protect and students to save from harm, and I was going to do everything I could to help, even if it meant throwing dangerous magical objects at them from an open window. I had to try and do everything I could to help defeat evil.