Chapter 5 : The First Training Week
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“Ask your tree.”
“Ron? Are you?” No, he wasn’t Ron.
His father, James? No, he wasn’t James.
“Who are you?” Harry tried to remember the voice. Just then his snitch alarm clock rang out.
On his second day as a trainee Auror he used Floo Powder from Grimmauld Place to Ministry directly to avoid public attentions. He stepped out of the hearth in the Auror Headquarters and brushed off soot to notice Dean Thomas there.
“Morning, Harry. It will cost much money if you use Floo Powder every day,” said Dean.
“Morning, Dean. I don’t mind if I can get my privacy, I will hold out my vault to you,” said Harry.
“Oh , You’re kidding. You are among the five best rich wizards in this world, Here,”
Dean held out the Daily prophet to Harry.
Harry hadn’t had time to read it at Grimmauld Place. He took it from Dean and he read the headline. The front page picture was Harry’s again. Harry in the picture was dressed in dark robes. So someone took his picture yesterday.
The Boy Who Saved Galleons
The Boy Who Saved the Wizarding World
Five Best Rich Wizards (see page 2)
It was bizarre. He didn’t know how much Galleons were lying in his vault himself. How did they know how much Galleons he had? When he flipped next page, Seamus and Ron came in together.
“Good morning, Harry. I didn’t know you were such a celebrity,” Seamus smirked at him.
“Don’t mind, mate. Not only you, also Zabini on the list,” said Ron.
Harry turned his gaze back on the Daily prophet. He found Zabini on the page, too.
Then the other trainees and Aurors came in the office one after another.
“Morning, lads. I’ll introduce to you, Proudfoot, Williamson and Savage,” said Gawin.
Proudfoot and Savage were middle-aged wizards just like Gawin and Kinsley. Harry remembered Williamson with a pony tail longer than Bill’s wearing red robes and boots.
“They will teach you ‘Stealth and Tracking’ in the morning. Aberforth, he is now training trainee Hit Wizards, will train you up in the afternoon. We’ll divide you into group A and group B. Group A : Abbott, Bones, Boots, Corner, Finnigan, Thomas. Group B: Fletcherry, Goldstein, Potter, Weasley, Zabini , Vain. Now go to the Gathering Hall.” They moved into the Gathering Hall. The Hall was divided into two rooms by walls.
“This way,” Williamson guided group B trainees into the room. They were all astounded to see the forest in the room.
“Did they cast a kind of Illusionment Charm or something?” Ron muttered.
“Fugitives might be hiding in the forest like this. Today Dawlish and me will play the role of fugitives. Dawlish is already hiding. Your task today is to find us and bind us with using your wand. You got it?” asked Williamson. Harry and other trainees nodded.
“O.K. Let’s begin,” said Williamson and he vanished.
“What? Did he disapparate? We can’t disapparate inside Ministry, can we?” said Goldstein. Harry remembered what Susan had told him on their first day. If Williamson didn’t disapparate, how did he vanish? Harry thought.
“What will we do ? You’re our boss, Harry,” Said Ron.
“Well, there are some possibilities. I guess Williamson used ‘Disillusionment Charm’ or ‘Bedazzling Hex’ or something,” said Harry.
“You mean , does Williamson have an Invisibility Cloak?” Justin said.
“Maybe..,” said Harry.
Zabini opened his mouth, “If he had an Invisibility Cloak, he could also cast ‘Obliteration Charm’. Look,” said Zabini and he pointed the spot Williamson vanished.
There were no foot prints around the spot.
“Zabini is right. Can you, anyone, cast ‘Homenum Revelio’ or ‘ Intruder Charm’?” asked Harry.
“They are advanced skills. Can you cast them, Harry?” asked Justin.
Harry tried to remembered how Hermione and Bill casted the spell in Grimmauld Place and took out his wand and casted around the spot Williamson vanished. He thought he could catch the shadow of the man, but soon it disappeared.
“Sorry, it’s too late to cast the spell or my spell might not be strong enough to reveal him,” said Harry biting his lip.
“Does anybody know ‘Intruder Charm’?”
Other trainees shook their heads. Harry remembered to see the instructions about ‘Intruder Charms ’in the theory book ‘Stealth and Tracking’, but he hadn’t casted the spell before, so he couldn’t have confidence. He strained his eyes to see the dark spot of the trees around them. Now something was moving in the trees. Harry held up his wand and pointed and casted at the spot on instinct, “Homorphus”. Then a flash of blue-white light erupted from Harry’s wand. Then an animal, a red fox rushed out of the bush then, the head was shooting upwards from the fox and his limbs sprouting then a man, John Dawlish was standing in front of them. Nobody couldn’t move astonished except Ron. Ron took out his wand and casted the spell, “Incarcerous!” His wand produced a rope and bound Dawlish. Bound Dawlish said, “Good job, Potter and Weasley.”
“Blimey, he was Animagus!” said Ron.
“Nice team work,” bound Dawlish praised them and said,
“But your mission is not completed. Find Williamson,” said Dawlish and he let Harry cast “Relashio” to release him.
“Go on,” said Dawlish standing up.
“I didn’t know you could cast the spell upon Animagus form wizard!” Ron said.
“Well, I learned it from the theory book and I practiced a little bit before. The image Sirius and Remus had casted the spell upon Pettigrew helped a lot, too. But about ‘Homenum Revelio’, I wasn’t good enough. I need to learn it from Hermione.” said Harry.
“Right. She could cast the spell in the.., you know?” said Ron.
“Oh, Granger, is she? I envy you, Weasley,” said Anthony who was straining his ears to catch their conversation.
“Your girlfriend is the cleverest girl in Hogwarts,” said Anthony.
Ron cleared his throat with a look of triumph. Harry noticed Zabini’s scornful look and said,
“Well, if we can’t cast ‘Intruder Charms’ , any idea?”
Romilda Vain held up her right hand high.
“Romilda?” asked Harry.
“How about casting ‘Cheering Charm’ around here?” Romilda said battering her eyelashes.
“Eh, well, to where?” Harry asked again.
“We are all six of us. If everyone cast the spell to everywhere, then invisible Williamson will start to laugh so that we can find him,” said Romilda.
“Well, your idea isn’t bad. But while our casting the spell around everywhere, we’ll be attacked.” said Harry. He really wanted to learn ‘Intruder Charm’. Then He thought hard for a while. He was now flipping through the theory book inside his brain. There might have been some useful spells on the book. Then he remembered Cedric’s father, Amos Diggory casted one spell to detect that Winky, a house-elf had casted ‘Morsmordre curse’. Harry held up his wand again and casted ‘Deletrius’ at the spot where Williamson vanished. Then footprints of Williamson appeared. They track the footprints and reached the spot where the footprints stopped then Harry shouted,
“Romilda, now!” he urged her to cast the spell. Romilda nodded and casted ‘Cheering Charm’. Then invisible Williamson started to laugh. Justin grabbed the Invisibility Cloak and pulled it out. Williamson showed himself. Anthony casted ‘Incarcerous’. Then a rope was produced from Anthony’s wand and bound Williamson. Williamson kept laughing hard and then Dawlish walked up to him and casted “Finite” on Williamson.
Then Dawlish released Williamson out of rope.
“Nice team work,” Williamson made his thumbs up and said.
At lunch break time Romilda came to Harry and said,
“I know an exclusive restaurant. You can seclude public attention and enjoy your lunch there. Will you come with me?” said Romilda showing her meaningful look.
“Well, eh , thank you but,” Harry hesitated to say “Yes.”
She felt Harry’s intention and added quickly,
“Blaise is coming, too.”
“Oh, is he?” Harry thought he could get a chance to find out Zabini’s true motive to become an Auror.
“Well, can I go there with Ron?” said Harry.
“Of course, he can.”Romilda smiled and said,
“Yesterday Blasie told me at least Weasley was from Pure-blood. So it’s O.K., ”
“What?” said Harry frowned at Romilda.
“Oh, this topic is a taboo for his Muggle-born girlfriend. Sorry,” Romilda shrugged and pulled Harry’s arm and said,
“Oh, Blaise is coming. Let’s go down together.”
Harry shouted to Ron who was talking with Seamus.
“Oi, Ron! Come here, we’re leaving for lunch!”
Ron rushed to join them and said,
Harry, Ron, Blasie and Romilda got on the lift. The lift descended down and some wizards and witches got in. Harry noticed they whispered not only his name but also Zabini’s name. They got off the lift and went up the hallway to the Atrium where they could disapparate. They apparated in a Manor House.
“Blimey, it looks extremely expensive. Do you have..?” Ron hesitated to say.
“Yes, I do. Don’t mind,” Harry whispered back.
A neat house-elf came to them and they followed him. He looked like Dobby. Harry missed him. When they sat at the table, the house-elf said,
“Today’s special are Scottish rope-grown mussels, French fries, buttered French beans, smoked salmon, pasta with blue cheese. Desserts are cherry and apple crumble.”
They ordered ‘Today’s Special’ and Zabini asked,
“No, thank you. We are on duty,” said Harry.
“I mean champagne cider,” said Zabini.
“Oh,O.K.,” said Harry. Silence fell upon them. The house-elf brought them four glasses of champagne cider. Romilda talked,
“Well, was your mother seeing Gawin?”
Tense atmosphere dominated, Zabini opened his mouth.
“I don’t know. I had stayed at Hogwarts until the Battle of Hogwarts had started.”
Harry cleared his throat and said ,
“Why did you choose a trainee Auror?”
Zabini stared at Harry for a while and said,
“To protect my old friend.”
Ron looked interested and said,
“Who’s your old friend?”
Zabini looked hesitated to say for a while and said,
Harry and Ron exchanged their detestable looks.
“How is Draco?” asked Romilda.
“He’s in the seventh year at Hogwarts. He is a Head Boy.” answered Zabini.
“What?” said Harry. Ron was in the state of surprise at the same time. Just then a house-elf who looked like Dobby delivered mussels, French fries and buttered French beans on their table and made a deep bow. All dishes were very good. They were eating quietly. Then Romilda talked to Harry.
“Where do you live?” She was now battering her lashes.
“Eh, in inner London,” said Harry.
“Which part?” Romilda asked again.
Ron sent Harry a meaningful look like ‘Don’t tell her your address nor phone number.’
Just then Harry felt vibration from a moleskin pouch hung around his neck then said,
“Excuse me. I’ll be right back,” and he got to his feet and went out of the room to the corridor of Manor House.
In the corridor he rummaged around the pouch for the vibrating thing. It was a two-way mirror. Harry looked at the mirror. He could see Ginny’s face through the mirror. Ginny in the mirror said,
“Hi, Harry. Is it all right with talking now?”
“Hi, Ginny, yeah, it’s lunch time. How’s your seventh year?”
“Good. Well we are going to have tryouts for a Gryffindor Quidditch team this weekend.”
“Wow, brilliant. Ron and me will be there.”
“Yeah, I know. Hermione told me about that. She heard about it from Ron yesterday,”
“Yesterday? Why didn’t she tell Ron about Malfoy’s Head Boy thing?” said Harry.
“Oh, two of you didn’t know that?” said Ginny.
“No, we didn’t. We heard from Zabini about five minutes ago,” said Harry.
“Well, I asked McGonagall about that this morning,” Ginny said.
“What did she say?” asked Harry.
Ginny in the mirror shrugged,
“She just told me to protect Malfoy. I couldn’t understand. Anyway, how’s Romilda? ” Ginny said.
“What? Eh, yeah, she’s fine,” said Harry.
“Really? She skipped her N.E.W.T.s and became a trainee Auror. I doubt she is cut out for an Auror,”said Ginny.
“You said , is she a year younger than me?” asked Harry.
“Yes, she is. Oh, Harry you didn’t know that? Has she ever studied with you in class at Hogwarts?” Ginny rolled her eyes.
“Eh, no , she hasn’t,” Harry sighed to realize Romilda was the same year as Ginny and wondered why Kingsley allowed her to join in. Auror Headquarters might be really short of hands. He missed Tonks and Moody really.
In the afternoon they got back to the Gathering Hall. The hall was changed from the forest to a normal hall. There were twelve old brooms hovering as low as their waist. Aberforth let them mount the brooms and off the brooms several times. Harry thought it was too easy at the first time, but in the end he understood to mount and to dismount in full speed was very important skill. Then Aberforth trained them to take the wand out of their pockets as fast as they could many times. Then he let them think where to hold or hide their own wands in their bodies. Then he let them practice summoning Patronus and sending messages. Then he let them cast ‘Expelliarmus’ and let them summon their own wands back in pairs. It took time for Harry a little to cast ‘Accio Wand’ after being disarmed by Ron. In the end of the class, Aberforth let them compete each other the speed to get back their own wands after disarming charm. Harry tied Ron for first place. Dean was the second. The third was Zabini. After short break Aberforth said,
“Now take off your robes.”
Then he let them all run around in the hall then let them take their workouts: a push up, a sit up and a back extension. Then the other Aurors joined them. All trainees dashed across the hall dodging stunning spells from the other Aurors. After taking exercises they all felt exhausted.
Harry came back to Grimmauld Place through the hearth of George’s shop by Floo Powder because Romilda Vain was watching at him to probe into Harry’s house. When he stepped out of the hearth of the kitchen in Grimmauld Place, Andromeda was singing a lullaby to Teddy. Harry got to his feet brushing soot and was touched by the beautiful nursery song. Teddy was sleeping peacefully in Andromeda’s arms.
“I tried some nursery songs but this song makes him sleep very soon,” she said.
“What language is the song?” asked Harry.
“Gaelic, perhaps. I learnt from my nurse when I was a little child. My nurse Mary was from Ireland. She was probably from Druid family in her country. Her hair was as ginger red as your girlfriend. I don’t know the meaning of this song in detail though. Mary told me the song was about a wizard and his wife, merpeople and their children. I feel magic in the song when I’m singing. How was your training?” said Andromeda.
“I’m a little bit tired but the training was brilliant,” said Harry.
Next morning on Thursday, Harry took out the Invisibility Cloak from the wardrobe and went upstairs to the entrance hall then apparated in Atrium. He put on his father’s Invisibility Cloak and went down the hall way to the lift. Nobody noticed Harry until he reached the door of Auror Headquarters. When Harry took off his cloak in front of the door Ron recognized him behind and said,
“What, you, Harry. Good morning ,mate. You were putting on your Invisibility Cloak.”
“Yeah, I should have used this from the first day. It’s handy to avoid public eyes,” Harry grinned.
On the third day group B trainees followed Proudfoot and Savage to the Gathering Hall. They learned how to cast ‘Disillusionment Charm’ to camouflage themselves like a chameleon. They changed the color , style of their hairs , the color of skins and clothes. They also learned about ‘Bedazzling Hex’ to conceal themselves like Williamson had casted himself on Tuesday. At lunch time Romilda asked Harry about apparating to Manor House again but he declined politely. Then Harry, Ron, Dean and Seamus went out to eat lunch at Muggle town. They took off their Auror robes and Harry and Ron casted themselves ‘Bedazzling Hex’. They casted ‘Finite’ on themselves when they reached to the exit of Leaky Cauldrons. Dean guided them into an Indian restaurant ‘Cinnamon’ near Charing Cross Road. They ordered south Indian chicken stew and brown basmati rice.
“Where are you going to be assigned on weekend?” Harry asked Dean and Seamus.
“We are assigned in Hogsmeade,” said Dean.
“Where will you stay?” asked Ron.
“Three Broomsticks Inn,” said Seamus. Ron showed an enviable look. Harry remembered Ron’s attachment for Madam Rosmerta few years ago.
They paid and left the restaurant. On their back to Leaky Cauldron Harry felt a man chasing them. Harry glanced back a little. The man was holding a stick.
“Expelliarmus!” Harry shouted pointing his wand to the man.
He disarmed the man’s wand. Then Ron and Dean shouted together and pointed their wand to the man,
“Incarcerous!” then two ropes bound the man.
The man fell down on the ground. Seamus shrugged and said,
“Well, what will we do? We must report it to Gawin and Obliviator Headquarters,” Seamus nodded towards the bound man on the ground and called their attention to the Muggle spectators around them.
“Right you are, Seamus,” muttered Harry.
Harry was now counting Muggles. One, two, three, four Muggles. They were whispering each other.
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