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Hogwarts Champion! by HandofGlory
Chapter 1 : Into the Castle
 
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Two men stood next to each other at the Hogsmeade Station. Harry Potter
and Ludo Bamgan both wait for the Hogwarts Express to arrive and drop
off the students. But this was the summer. No students should be on
their way here. This was definitely no ordinary occasion. No, what was
going to happen would be the best thing that happened to Hogwarts since
the Triwizard Tournament.

38 students from all different classes have been hand-picked by Ludo and
Harry to determine who was the best wizard or witch to be a part of
Hogwarts. The winner would walk away 1000 galleons richer and with the
title of Hogwarts Champion.

The train arrives at the station. Harry and Ludo walk up to the closest
door, ready to greet the contenders. The door opens, and Harry let out
a little gasp at what he saw. It wasn't any student that was invited.

"Rita?"

Sure enough, the blond woman, dressed in flashy green robes, came off
the express, quill and parchment in hand. Ludo rushed in to shake the
free hand of the nosy journalist.

"Yes, Harry, I invited Ms. Skeeter in as a reporter, writing reviews for the Daily Prophet."

"Don't worry, Harry, my boy. It's going to be perfectly unbiased
writings of a general viewer. This show has been all the rage in
Britain. I just write the reviews, and maybe even some behind the
scenes action."

After letting go of Ludo's hand, she extended it to Harry. Tentatively,
he took it in his own, and shook it quickly as the students piled out
of the car behind her. He then went and stood next to Ludo. Rita went
to the side, and started writing on her parchment.

"Welcome," Ludo started announcing, "to the first ever Hogwarts Champion
tournament!" At the end, the students cheered and clapped.

"I am your host, creater of the competion, Ludo Bagman. I am joined
here by fellow student and the Chosen one, Harry Potter, as well as
intrepid reporter for the Daily Prohpet, Rita Skeeter!"

Hermione Granger shot a look of disgust at Rita. She did not like the
fact that the vile woman that constantly annoyed her and her friends for
most of her fourth year was here. On the other hand, Pansy Parkinson
jumped for joy at the mention of her name, knowing full well that she
would get a good image from this.

"All 38 of you have been selected by Harry and me to be a part of what
we hope to be a great tradition. From Gryffindor"(At the mention of
Gryffindor, Rita started pointing her quill at Hermione, Ron Weasley,
Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, and the rest of the Gryffindors
before counting everyone else. She furiously took down her first notes
of the games)"to Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff to Slytherin, each one of you
will compete for the title of Hogwarts Champion! As well as a money
prize of 1000 galleons!"

More cheers erupted from the crowd, until Rita interrupted.

"Excuse me, Mr. Bagman and Mr. Potter, but I only count 37 competitors.
Surely you can all add, unless we are forgetting a Gryffindor back at
King's Cross."

Ludo proceeded to count the contestants, noting that indeed only 37 stood before him and Harry.

"Harry, she's right. Did one not make it?"

Harry smiled, and proceeded to reach into his pocket.

"No, she's just arriving now."

He then pull out of his pocket a ring. It wasn't any ordinary ring, as
Harry took out the stone and turned it three times. Everyone else
looked in amazement and shock, as they all knew what that stone was.
Rita, wide-eyed at the event, couldn't look away, as she started taking
her Quick Quote Quill to cover for her.

"Harry," shouted Cho Chang, "that's not how the Resurrection Stone works!"

Harry, ignoring her, turned around and welcomed the student back to life.

"Thank you for joining us, Myrtle. Please join the others."

Indeed it was Moaning Myrtle (who mentioned that she would only be
referred to as Myrtle). She nervously walked past the two hosts and
entered the crowd of shocked students, sending a little hand wave to
Draco Malfoy. Pansy looked at her with the same look Hermione gave
Rita. Ludo went back to announcing.

"Ahem, well, theres our 38. Alright then, as I said, welcome to the
Hogwarts Champion tournament! Everyone, grab your stuff, and let's head
on over to Hogwarts, where you will all be staying for the next couple
of weeks."

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Ludo and Harry led the contestants and Rita inside the castle. The students
looked around in awe at the castle they learned from. Not a
single piece of damage from the final battle was present.

They kept walking throughout the castle until the hosts opened the doors
to the Great Hall and were let in. Ludo went up the stairs and behind
the podium as he started to speak.

"Welcome all, this is the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Each week, you will
all come here and learn about what is in store for you. Also, at the
end of each challenge, you will come back here, while Harry, me, and a
couple of different guests reveal the results, and then finally, the
person, who in our opinions, does the worst, they will be eliminated.
Understood? Good, now everyone, split into boys and girls, and head to
the tents in the courtyard where you will all be staying. Come back
here tomorrow a 9 am for the first challenge. Good night, and good luck
everyone!"

The contestants started piling out of the Great Hall. Soon, they all
began talking to each other, trying to think of a plan to win. Hermione
and Ron knew they would be together until the end. However, Harry
would not be with them this time, so they figured that they need to get
the rest of the D.A. They approached Neville to try to get into a solid
alliance with them. Neville shook his head.

"I'm sorry, Ron and Hermione. But it's time for the rest of the crew to
split up. Luna, Ginny, and I already have a team, and we decided that
we don't need you guys to get far."

Neville proceeded to walk toward Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood,
wrapping his arm around their shoulders as they walked toward the
courtyard. Ron and Hermione stood and watched with their mouths open.

"How dare he? We help him build up his confidence and decides he wants
nothing to do with us now? And he takes my sister with him? What is he
doing?"

"And he needs brains on his team, so he chooses Luna? Well, they are
here to have fun, it looks like, and not win. That prize will belong to
us, Ron. However, we need a third person on our alliance to help us
win."

As soon as the word "third person" came out, Lavender Brown came up from
behind Ron, as Cormac McClaggen did behind Hermione, both with their
hands raised, as wanting to join the duo. Ron glared at Cormac,
Hermione at Lavender. Both took the hint, and went off. Lavender went
and joined the Patil twins, Parvati and Padma. Both girls welcomed her
with open arms. Cormac turned his attention the remaining members of
the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Although most were annoyed by his
"know-it-all" attitude with Quidditch, they accepted him.

Ron and Hermione kept looking around at the remaining students to see
who they can work with when Zacharias Smith came up to them.

"Guys, I can work with you. I have the smarts, the looks, and the talents to win this."

"Go away, git."

"Why? I am a hard working team player....."

"Oh stop it. You barely worked when we had D.A. meetings, and what did
you do as soon as the first years started evacuating the battle? You
pushed them away so you get away! Don't talk about hard work or loyalty
when you surely lack them."

"She's right. I mean, even Colin Creevey was braver than you. And he's not that great of a wizard himself!"

"Why aren't you with the other Hufflepuffs? They all seem to get along."

"They said they didn't think I was a good example of a Hufflepuff. Whatever that means."

"It means you are disloyal, and no one trusts you."

"Well, I don't think anyone else wants to be with you two. Who would you have rather than me?"

Ron and Hermione looked at each other. After Neville, Ginny, and Luna,
they never thought who else they would help, and would help them in
return. They started looking around until both of them saw who they
wanted.

"Myrtle."

Myrtle turned around at the sound of her name. She saw Ron and Hermione
looking back at her. Myrtle felt alone, ever since coming back to
life. She knew that both of them had helped slay the monster that
killed her, and she owed it to them. She walked over, past a stunned
Zacharias, feeling welcomed for the first time in her life.

"Fine, have fun with dead girl. I'll go get a team by myself."

Zacharias looked around for someone he could team with. The Hufflepuffs
didn't want him. Neither did the Gryffindors. He didn't want to be a
part of a Slytherin team. So all that was left was Ravenclaw. He
walked straight up to Marietta Edgecombe. She was a pretty girl, he
thought, despite the word SNEAK still present, although lightly, on her
face.

"Well, it seems like we are in this alone. Both of us "traitors" to the rest of the students."

Before Marietta could object, Cho came up to her friends defense.

"Who said she was alone? Go away, traitor. Let's go Marietta. And don't think the other Ravenclaws will join you."

And they left, leaving Zacharias alone. No problem, he thought. He got everything he needs to win. He can do this.

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Draco Malfoy stood by as he watched Myrtle head toward Ron and Hermione.
The only person that he confided with the most now allied herself with
the blood traitor and the Mudblood. A sorrowful expression displayed
on his face as Pansy wrapped her arms around him.

"Don't worry my dear, you don't need that dead girl when you have the rest of us."

Draco turned around to the rest of his Slytherin allies. Besides Pansy,
there were his followers Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle, as well as
his Qudditch captain Marcus Flint. All three of them could do a lot of
work. The final male, Blaise Zabini, was the only other one who he
could rely on for brains. As for the girls, there was the oh-so-loyal
Pansy, Millicent Bulstrode, and Astoria Greengrass. He hadn't many
interactions with with Astoria, and didn't know what she could do for
them. Pansy was willing to do anything for them. And she was pretty.
Millicent, through the limited conversations he had, was not all that
bright, nor strong. He needed to figure out what they could do with
her.

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After about an hour of outside conversation, Harry came out the Great Hall.

"It's time to head to the courtyard and get some rest. You guys got a big day tomorrow."


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