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Albus Potter and the Potions Master's Solution by Gryffin_Duck

 
Rating: 15+Story Reviews: 254
 
Chapters: 39
Words: 148717
Characters: Albus, Hugo, James (II), Lily (II), Rose, Scorpius, OC, OtherCanon
Genre(s): Mystery, Action/Adventure, Angst
Era: Next Generation
Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Teddy/Victoire
Status: Completed
First Published: 2013.05.24
Last Published Chapter: 2014.02.22
Last Updated: 2014.02.22
Favorite Story Of: 39 users
 
Advisory: Mild Language, Strong Violence, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme

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With fifth year upon them, Albus and his friends should be concentrating on their upcoming O.W.L. exams, figuring out possible careers, and making the most of their rapidly disappearing time at Hogwarts. But with a mysterious new Potions professor, a new Minister of Magic, and a string of murders, exams and careers are the last things on any of their minds.

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1 Prefects

“Albus is a prefect,” Harry explained.

James burst out laughing. “But he nearly gets himself killed at the end of every year! He went into the Chamber of Secrets last year. Why would Neville choose him? No offense, Al.”

“None taken. I’m wondering the same thing.”

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2 Board of Governors

“What about Slughorn? Who’s replacing him?” Kaden asked. “It better be someone good. I liked Slughorn.”

John laughed. “That’s because he liked you, because you’re a good brewer.”

“So?” Kaden shrugged.

“So, any potions professor will like you. You’re a potions genius.”

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3 Knockturn Alley

“Borgin and Burkes looks fairly awful,” Matt pointed out.

“Should we go inside?” Kaden asked.

“Are you kidding?” Albus replied. “It’s one thing to come to Knockturn Alley, but to go in one of the shops? We’d get kicked out.”

“Well, we’d better go somewhere,” John said, pointing down the street. “Professor Young is lurking up ahead.”

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4 The DADA Tutor

“Oh, you’ll do fine,” Rose said, stopping. “You two! Quit hexing each other or I’ll recommend a detention when we get to Hogwarts.”

They’d reached the second years, who were still hexing each other. Both of them immediately stowed their wands and hurried into a nearby compartment.

“See?” Rose said as they continued walking. “Easy.”

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5 Professor Burke

“We should all eat extra,” John said as he put a third roll onto his plate. “To make up for Matt skipping. Wouldn’t want the house elves to feel insulted.”

“You’re ridiculous,” Rose said.

“It makes sense to me.” Albus shrugged.

“Albus,” Rose said flatly, “you haven’t even looked at the new professors.”

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6 Patrolling and Tutoring

“So, is James still dating Gabby Ellis?” Meg asked fifteen minutes later, as they wandered down the fourth floor corridor.

Albus, who had just been getting used to the silence, turned to look at Meg. She looked uncertain, as if she was regretting asking the question.

“Uh, yeah, he is,” Albus answered. “Why?”

“Oh,” Meg said, clearly disappointed. “Never mind.”

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7 New Chasers

Rose smirked. “I know you, Al. You’re worrying about it.”

“He’s just worried she has a crush on him,” Matt said as he tossed a rock into the lake. A giant tentacle popped up right where it landed, disappearing shortly after.

“Matt, shut up.”

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8 Research Assistants

"You’ll save yourself a lot of time, energy, and limbs if you understand the basic chemical properties…”

“Did he just say ‘limbs’?” Matt whispered.

“Mr. Eckerton!” Burke shouted, causing Matt to jump and nearly fall off his chair. “What would happen if I mixed monkshood with aconite?”

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9 The Brewing Dungeon

“You’re mad, Albus, completely mad,” Matt said as they sat doing homework in the Marauder’s Den with John, Rose, Kaden, and Amanda after class on Monday. “Why would you want to spend extra time in potions?”

“So he can figure out what’s in Burke’s mystery cauldron,” Rose answered, not looking up from her arithmancy book. “That’s all he cares about.”

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10 Repotting Mandrakes

“I just overheard a first year telling another one about how the murder victim was half mermaid and that’s why they’re keeping everything quiet,” John said breathlessly as he joined Albus and Amanda in Care of Magical Creatures.

“That’s ridiculous,” Amanda said, not looking up from her sketch of the crup Hagrid had provided for the day’s lesson. “Where have you been, anyway?”

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11 Potter Versus Malfoy

James groaned and started pacing in front of the fire. “It’s not that simple. She was getting clingy. I didn’t want to spend every night with her this week. All I wanted was a few hours of snogging! And someone to go to Hogsmeade with.”

“Classy, James,” Amanda said. “You’re really building a case for yourself there.”

“I’m sure you’ll find someone else,” Albus said. “You know that Ravenclaw prefect, Meg Johnson? She likes you for some bizarre reason.”

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12 Canceled Class

“You go,” Rose said as she peered into the classroom through the small window in the door. “Albus and I will meet you there.”

Matt, John, and Amanda left and Albus looked at his cousin curiously. “What’s going on?”

“Something’s off,” Rose said as she turned toward him. “I can’t see Burke just canceling class randomly, or even if he’s ill.”

“That’s what I thought, but what exactly are you planning on doing?” Albus asked.

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13 Operation Classroom Flip

“I wonder if James is at Madam Puddifoot’s,” Rose said as they walked past the sickeningly pink tea shop.

“Walk faster,” Albus said as he sped ahead of Rose and Amanda. “Let’s not risk it.”

Rose laughed. “Just wait until you’re the one getting dragged there. I’ve seen the way Marina looks at you during class.”

Albus blushed. “She does not.”

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14 The North Tower Brewing Room

“What kind of school do you think you’re running, Kendrick?!”

Albus turned back to the doors, where Professor Burke stood, his robes and hair even more askew than they had been in the hospital wing the previous day. He was breathing heavily, and he looked ready to hex anyone or anything in his path. He stomped up the aisle to the staff table, his eyes fixed on Kendrick.

“Why is my classroom filled with desks and Arithmancy texts?” Burke demanded. “And where the bloody hell-”

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15 Slytherin's New Chaser

“She’s a little creepy,” Bradley said.

“Not as creepy as Devon Wright,” James muttered, nodding at the Beater who landed him in the hospital wing the previous year. Judging by the grin she was giving James right now, her crush hadn’t fizzled in the slightest.

Albus laughed. “Oh, come on. Suppose Meg Johnson doesn’t work out. I’m sure Devon would love to go to Hogsmeade with you in December.”

“Albus, shut-”

“Players, mount your brooms!” Professor Oteski shouted.

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16 Polyjuice Potion

“He seems a bit nervous,” John commented as he, Albus, and Matt sat at their usual table.

“You think?” Matt replied.

“I never realized he was that twitchy,” Albus said.

“Can you blame him? If he doesn’t actually teach today he’ll probably be sacked,” Matt commented.

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17 Fluxweed

“You know I think all three of you are idiots, right?” Matt said, without looking at any of them.

“Er, which three of us?” Albus asked hesitantly. Was Matt so ill that he was talking gibberish? If he was, they needed to take him to see Madam Pomfrey.

“You. And Rose, and Kaden.”

“Why?”

“Going to harvest fluxweed during the full moon. Have the past five years of friendship with me taught you nothing?”

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18 Nargles

Amanda sighed. “Again, why would he store a load of gold at Hogwarts?”

“Safest place in the world, Hagrid always says.”

“Only if the Headmaster is in on it. Plus, think about everything famous that has ever been stored at Hogwarts. They’ve all been stolen, or people have at least tried. The Sorcerer’s Stone. Ravenclaw’s diadem. The Elder wand. Stuff never stays hidden here.”

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19 Stepping Up

“I still think it’s going to be weird going to the same party as Professor Longbottom,” Kaden said.

“If Professor Burke was going you wouldn’t think it was weird,” Rose pointed out.

Kaden’s face brightened. “Can I invite him?”

“Absolutely not,” Albus said. “Longbottom is family. He’s my godfather.”

Kaden’s jaw dropped. “Seriously?”

Albus smirked. “Yes. Seriously.”

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20 Christmas Cheer

“Absolutely not, James Sirius,” she said. “I’m not taking my eyes off you until they get back.” Her gaze rested upon Albus. “You, either. You’re worse than he is.”

“I am not!” Albus exclaimed.

“Oh, don’t bother, Al,” Rose said, sighing. “You really are. Who’s the one who would do anything to find out what’s in Professor Burke’s cauldron?”

“Don’t bother asking him,” James cut in. “I tried that and he gave me detention. I didn’t even think he could give me detention for that.”

“I stand corrected,” Rose said.

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21 Mr. Grayson

“Your father doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Johnson about how the department is being run,” Ginny explained, turning to Harry. “You’re not going to invite him now, are you?”

“Of course not.” He turned to James. “But James, you cannot repeat anything I say about work to her. Do you understand? I’m not going to tell you who you can and can’t date, but this is very, very important.”

James nodded. “I know.”

“They don’t really talk much, anyway,” Lily said.

“Lily, shut up!” James said.

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22 Elsie's Evidence

“Albus?” Rose asked. “You look like you’ve just had a ghost walk through you.”

“Do you think the Shrieking Shack is still blocked off as a crime scene?” Albus mused, ignoring Rose.

“I don’t know. Probably,” Rose said, giving him a strange look. “Why?”

“I think we ought to forget about the Prophet. Someone got murdered in Hogsmeade. We could go have a poke around, see what sort of evidence we can find. My first tutoring session back I’ll talk to Elsie, see if she’ll tell me what she saw-“

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23 In the Shrieking Shack

Albus stopped short when they reached the stone gargoyle. It was as solid and unmoving as ever, reminding Albus that he hadn’t been in Kendrick’s study since first year and had no idea what the password was.

“Is this the entrance?” Matt asked, looking skeptically at the gargoyle.

“Yeah, but I don’t know what the password is. It was ‘rubber duck’ in first year,” Albus explained.

“Dammit!” Matt said as his eyes darted around the corridor. “Now what am I supposed to do? What about Longbottom? Where does he live?”

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24 Another Potion

“Does anyone else get the feeling he’s hiding something again?” Amanda asked.

“I think so, too,” Rose agreed.

“He’ll tell us when he’s ready,” John said confidently as he nearly plowed into a first year who had stopped to tie her shoe. “Bloody hell, really? Right in the middle of everything?”

The first year blushed furiously and took off up the stairs, her shoelaces still untied.

“Sure he will,” Amanda muttered. “Just like he did with the other big secret.”

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25 Panic Attack

"Trelawney ranted for twenty minutes about Potions professors who don’t know their place. I don’t think she likes Burke.”

“Burke apparently accused her of lurking around his brewing room. She claims the smoke from his mystery cauldron is obscuring her Inner Eye.”

Matt burst out laughing, then winced and rubbed his head. “Wish I could’ve seen that.”

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26 Valentine's Day

“Well?” Lily prompted. “What’s this about? I really need to get back downstairs. Ashtyn dared Hugo to eat a Nosebleed Nougat and a Puking Pastille at the same time.”

“That’s stupid,” Albus commented.

Lily shrugged. “He’s going to do it. I might as well watch.”

“It’s about Saturday,” James said as he ran a hand through his hair, which was getting a bit long.

Lily smirked. “What about Saturday?”

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27 Gryffindor Versus Hufflepuff

Rose sighed. “Are you going to see her again?”

“I have no idea,” Albus said finally. “She didn’t even kiss me. Not really, anyway. Just on the cheek.”

“Well, that’s because you ate all those biscuits,” Rose explained. “You’d have had to brush your teeth first.”

Albus groaned and turned to John. “Tell me y

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28 Questioning the Ministry

“Well, I’m starving. What say we get lunch?” John suggested as he stood up. “Then I’ve got to do that Potions essay.”

Rose laughed. “You, volunteering to do homework on a Saturday?”

John sighed. “I’ve come to accept it.”

“Good. I’m thinking we can devote each day of the week to a different subject, doing two subjects on Saturdays and possibly Sundays to fit them all in. I’ve drawn up schedules and I give you each one when we go back to the common room after lunch, and then we can…”

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29 Testimony

“Is it a bad thing that I’m studying?” John asked.

“No,” Rose said hurriedly. “I just don’t want you to be disappointed with your results.”

“Are you saying I’m going to fail them all?”

“No! That wasn’t what I meant.”

John opened his mouth to respond, but was cut off by someone coming in through the portrait hole. Who would be returning to the common room at midnight?

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30 Search and Seizure

“He’s just on a breakthrough,” Kaden insisted. “He’s working more carefully because the slightest mistake could blow the whole thing up.”

“Or so you assume,” Rose said. “He’s told you nothing, Kaden. He doesn’t seem the type to confess anything to any of us. He’s kept that potion a secret all year. I still say it could be dangerous.”

“If it was dangerous Kendrick wouldn’t let him have it in the castle,” Kaden pointed out.

“He probably doesn’t know. Balladanis kept that anamatek here for months,” Rose countered.

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31 The New Potions Professor

“Hey,” Albus said, slowing his pace to walk alongside Matt. “What’s going on?”

“Nothing,” Matt replied, hitching his bag higher onto his shoulder.

Albus didn’t respond until they reached the sixth floor, hoping Matt would elaborate, but he didn’t. “I know it’s not nothing.”

“Fine,” Matt snapped. “It’s career advice. I don’t want to do it. It’s too soon. It wasn’t supposed to come up this fast.”

“I don’t know what I want to do either,” Albus assured him. “But that’s the point of career advice. It’s supposed to help us figure it-“

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32 Career Advice

“How’d it go?” John asked, filling his plate with heaps of lunchmeat.

“Horrible,” Matt answered, not looking up from his carrots, which Albus realized he was simply massacring and not actually eating.

“Do you want to talk about it?” Albus asked.

“No,” Matt muttered. He pushed his plate away and slung his bag over his shoulder just as Rose and Amanda sat down on the opposite side of the table. “I’ll see you in History of Magic.”

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33 Explanations

“What happens if we fail them?” John asked suddenly, as they sat around one of the larger tables in the library Tuesday evening after dinner.

“Our exams?” Rose asked, not looking up from her book.

“Yeah,” John said, his eyes wide. “Because everything I relearn leaks out of my ears at night. Maybe I should stop sleeping.”

“That’d be stupid,” Rose muttered.

“I was only joking,” John said. “But seriously, what happens if we fail?”

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34 Arrested

“That is so weird,” John said. “Your dad following orders instead of giving them.”

“Never mind that!” Albus said, seizing Matt’s and John’s robes in his hands and pulling them back to the stairs. “This must have something to do with Young! Why else would they be here?”

“You don’t think-“ Matt began, his eyes wide.

“They’ve come to arrest him!” Albus exclaimed. “That must be it. Come on. If we hurry, we can listen in.”

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35 The Mystery Potion

There was much talk in the Great Hall at breakfast on May 31st. The Prophet had reached new levels of insanity, publishing not only a life story of Young and restating everything they’d already published about Michael Sheldon’s murder, but also a description of his arrest, in which Auror Johnson greatly exaggerated his own heroics.

“This is utter crap,” Matt said, tossing the paper onto the table. He looked exhausted and Albus doubted whether he’d gotten any sleep after he recovered in the wee hours of the morning. “He didn’t put up any sort of struggle that I heard."

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36 O.W.L.s

Albus turned to John, who hadn’t said a word, which was very unlike him. He was staring at the examiners, who had reached the staff table and were now sitting down and beginning to eat, chatting pleasantly with the professors.

“John?” Albus asked.

“Our futures depend on them,” John whispered. “How weird is that?”

“Our futures depend on us,” Rose corrected. “All they do is mark our exams. We’re the ones who have to do the magic. So let’s go study.”

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37 Secret of the Shack

Kaden nodded his head fervently. “After seeing the lot of you, I’m dreading my O.W.L.s.”

“As you should,” John said. “Anyway, we should have a proper celebration of the end of exams tonight. What do you think the chances are of sneaking into Hogsmeade and not getting caught?”

“Pretty good,” Albus said. “I’ll keep an eye on the Map as we go and we’ll have the Cloak.”

It was a sign of the extreme elation of the end of exams that Rose didn’t say a word about the boys sneaking into Hogsmeade.

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38 Stuart Boone

Albus stared from Matt to Boone and back again. Without a word, Matt walked over to the bed, sat down, and put his head between his legs, his wand abandoned next to him. If Boone was surprised by this, he didn’t show it. Instead, he merely waited until Matt lifted his head back up and was paying attention once more. Albus stepped closer to Matt, lifting his wand higher, despite the ache in his arm. Matt did not get up from his spot on the bed.

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39 Free

“I’ll stay as long as your parents will let me,” John said. “Gemma is going to be unbearable this summer. She’s starting Hogwarts in September.”

“So are Samantha and Lindy,” Albus said. “Georgia, Bradley, and Cedric’s little sisters.”

“And Bethany,” Kaden said. “If she’s a witch, that is. I think she probably is, since last summer she blew up the TV when her favorite program wasn’t on. Aunt Marge ran from the house. I thought she might never come back, but I don’t have that kind of luck.”

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