The Stand @theactualrealone
First Days

After the feast was over (and a few pounds were gained), Dumbledore got up and asked the prefects to lead the students to the dormitories. He did this while keeping an eye on Harry, which did not go unnoticed by Harry. Harry heard someone clear their throat and turned to look at a Ravenclaw boy wearing a badge with a P on it.

The boy gave everyone a smile "Hello! I'm Robert Hilliard. I'm currently a 7th year at Hogwarts. Next to me is Ramona Shumpert, the other 7th year prefect. Now, follow us."

With all the kids trailing behind him, Robert set off. As they walked, Harry noted the architecture he saw on the outside and guessed that they were on the west side. Robert then stopped once they reached a portrait. He then turned and addressed the kids "The other 3 houses have normal passwords as their safeguard. Ravenclaw prefers a riddle. If you get the riddle correct, you can enter. If you get it wrong, hope someone else can solve it."

He turned to the portrait which spoke "A muggle man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn't get a single hair on his head wet. Why?"

A girl, who was referred to as Cho by others in the house, quickly responded "Someone used a spell."

The portrait shook his head as Rishi laughed. Cho glared at him "Think you can do better firstie?"

Rishi chuckled "Sure. The man was bald."

The portrait nodded and swung open as Rishi continued laughter "I guess this little firstie can do better!"

Hilliard shook his head "This is the common room. It's a workplace for everyone in the house. We also have our own library here. All the books are enchanted such that they can't leave the common room and will automatically be returned to shelves 3 weeks after it is taken out. The boy dorms are on the right. Girl dorms are on the left. Ramona will take the girls up and I will take the boys. Come on."

Harry waved goodbye to Padma and Hermione as the girls went up. After everyone else went up, Robert gestured for the first years to come. He took them up the stairs and through a door that was marked "First Years." It lead them to a hallway with 3 doors.

Robert smirked "Best part of Ravenclaw is that everyone doesn't share one room. We pair up. Each room has 2 desks and 2 beds. Nothing amazing. Though the desks do have some nice things. Anyway, bunk up and I'll see you guys tomorrow."

Robert strode off while the 5 boys looked at each other. After a moment of silence, Micheal Corner spoke "Since Rishi and Harry seem to be buddies, they can bunk together."

With a shrug from the pair, Corner turned to Anthony Goldstein and Terry Boot "Also, you two know each other as you told us at dinner so you two can pair up. And I can bunk alone. Cool?"

Goldstein and Boot nodded so the trio set off to their rooms. Rishi grabbed Harry and pulled him into their room "Okay, since we're at school now, we should limit the late-night studying."

Harry laughed "I'll see."

'Hey" Harry poked Rishi "Get up."

Rishi rolled over "What time is it?"

Harry rolled his eyes "6:00. You told me to wake you up at 6:00."

Rishi sighed "Since you woke me up, I might as well get ready. But next time I say that, shoot me."

Harry laughed as Rishi headed into the bathroom. 30 minutes later, Rishi emerged, now ready. Harry chuckled "Ready?"

After a nod from Rishi, the pair went down to their common room. Upon their arrival, they find a nearly-empty room "Where is everyone?"

Robert, one of the few people in the room, turned to them "What the hell are you guys doing here?"

Seeing Harry's eyes widen, Rishi took the lead "We usually wake up around this time since we eat breakfast at 7:00."

Robert sighed "Breakfast is at 8:00. So, in the meantime, why don't you guys study with us?"

Harry relaxed "Okay. Thanks." He grabbed one of his books and dove right in.

Ramona, who was next to Robert, smiled "Of course."

Around 7:30, other tired kids filtered down the stairs. Micheal Corner's eyes widened when he saw the pair "When did you guys get here?"

Harry snorted "We've been here since 6:30."

Micheal Corner shook his head "No way. Crazy." He then moved on to greet Terry.

Padma and Hermione soon joined the boys. Padma gave them a small smile "I see Harry managed to convince Rishi to wake up."

The rest of group burst into laughter while Rishi muttered under his breath to never let Padma come over again.

At 7:00, the group of 4 followed Robert and Ramona back downstairs to the Great Hall. Once they arrived, the prefects made another announcements "We and Professor Flitwick will now hand out schedules. You will share classes with your yearmates, regardless of gender."

Harry smiled as he received his schedule.

Name: Harry James Potter

House: Ravenclaw

Year: 1

Monday

8:10 to 10:00 - Transfiguration

10:10 to 12:00 - Herbology (With Gryffindor)

12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch

1:10 to 3:00 - Charms (With Slytherin)

3:10 to 5:00 - History of Magic (With Hufflepuff)

6:00 to 7:00 - Dinner

Tuesday

8:10 to 10:00 - Defense Against Dark Arts (With Slytherin)

10:10 to 12:00 - Potions (With Gryffindor)

12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch

1:10 to 3:00 - History of Magic (With Hufflepuff)

3:10 to 5:00 - Transfiguration

6:00 to 7:00 - Dinner

Wednesday

8:10 to 10:00 - Herbology (With Gryffindor)

10:10 to 12:00 - Defense Against Dark Arts (With Slytherin)

12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch

1:10 to 3:00 - Potions (With Gryffindor)

3:10 to 5:00 - Charms (With Slytherin)

6:00 to 7:00 - Dinner

12:00 to 1:50 - Astronomy

Thursday

8:10 to 10:00 - Charms (With Slytherin)

10:10 to 12:00 - Transfiguration

12:00 to 1:00 -Lunch

1:10 to 3:00 - Herbology (With Gryffindor)

3:10 to 5:00 - Potions (With Gryffindor)

6:00 to 7:00 - Dinner

Friday

8:10 to 10:00 - History of Magic (With Hufflepuff)

10:10 to 12:00 - Defense Against Dark Arts (With Slytherin)

12:00 to 1:00 - Lunch

6:00 to 7:00 - Dinner

Harry shrugged "Not bad. 2 classes with Neville and Parvati."

Rishi groaned "But that means 2 classes with the Weasel."

Hermione turned the boys "Class starts soon. We should go."

Harry nodded "One moment."

Harry got up and strode over to the Gryffindor table with every eye trained on him. When he arrived, Ron quickly got to him "Hi Harry! Wanna..."

Turning away, Harry went to a different Weasley: the twins. They smirked at his arrival.

"Hey Harry" Fred said

"What" George continued

"Do."

"You."

"Need" the Twins finished together.

Harry chuckled "The map."

They looked at each other nervously "What map?"

Harry shrugged "You know, the map Prongs, Padfoot, Moony and Wormtail made? Padfoot asked me to get it since the others can't."

The twins' eyes widened "You know them?"

"Of course" Harry replied "My father was Prongs. My godfather is Padfoot."

George looked at Harry quizzically "If they knew we had it, why didn't they come?"

"Well" Harry answered "Prongs is dead. Padfoot doesn't like Dumbledore. I don't know about Moony and Wormtail is missing."

The twins looked at each other and sighed. They liked the map, but they knew that it was meant to be with Harry.

Harry smiled "But, I like you two. So, instead of me simply getting it, let's trade. I get the map. And you guys get the old journals of the Marauders and the chance to meet Padfoot."

The pair nodded feverishly "Deal!"

Harry shook hands with them "I'll let you know when it can work." Harry grabbed the map and ignored Ron as he met up with Rishi, Padma and Hermione at the doors. They then set off for transfiguration.

Transfiguration, to Harry, was simple. McGonnagall preached about how difficult Transfiguration was and how you should never expect to have instant skill in it. All while looking at Harry. Harry gave her a sad smile. Harry knew from Sirius about his dad's talent for transfiguration. McGonnagall wanted to see it in him. Only God knows how she wanted Harry to be a Gryffindor like his parents.

In the end, she let them attempt to turn a match into a needle. Harry quickly did it, and then added the inscription "A lion can't go as high as an eagle."

She quickly awarded 10 points to Ravenclaw. Then awarded another 5 when Rishi did it. And then another 5 when Padma did it. All while Hermione steamed about how they did it better. All she got was a silver shine. When they got out, she berated them for tips on how to do it. And they complied it.

As the quartet entered Herbology, they headed over to Neville and Parvati. When Ron entered, he fumed at this. He considered Neville beneath him despite Neville being a better wizard than him. And when Harry Potter chose to hang out with Neville over him, he got pissed.

"Hey Harry" Ron said, attempting to conceal his rage "Why don't you work with me?"

Rishi snorted "Weasley, if you keep on trying to talk to Harry, people are going to start to think that you're in love with him."

Ron glared at Rishi. Ron saw Rishi as ruining everything. He came in and was instantly Harry's best mate! That was supposed to be his job!

"Shut up" Ron yelled "Shut up you..."

Professor Sprout chose that moment to enter "I hope you don't continue young man. It'll be a shame to meet the Headmaster on your first day."

Ron sulked and sat down next to Dean, who chose to move away from him.

Harry smirked and later broke down laughing at Ron's expression with Professor Sprout praised Neville and told Ron that he was doing terrible.

After lunch was Charms with the Slytherins. It was so far, the most boring class. Mostly because they were doing theory work which Rishi and Harry learned together. When Harry made Rishi learn potions, Rishi made Harry learn Charms. Harry smiled. He was annoyed when Rishi made him learn. It seemed to pay off now.

Harry quickly changed his mind about what was the most boring class. Without a doubt, it was History of Magic. Professor Binns lectured the entire time about Goblin rebellions. Harry took the beginning of class to sleep. Then at Hermione's insistence, did self-study the rest of the day.

Harry was much more excited the next day. For two main reasons. He was excited that he got to go to DADA and Potions, two classes which he found interesting. The other, was Severus Snape.

To Harry, Snape was confusing. Harry's dad was his bully. Snape could hate Harry for that and Harry wouldn't even be mad. On the other hand, he was close with Harry's mom according to Sirius. In which case, Snape shouldn't hate him. Plus, Snape was on the list of suitable guardians. Also, Rishi pointed out that if Snape and Lily were friends, then Snape could tell him about her at some point. Harry decided to ask Snape about her after class, if Snape didn't completely hate him.

Harry napped through DADA. It was a complete joke. Quirrell spent the entire class looking like he was afraid of a shadow and the whole room reeked of garlic. He told stories of fighting of a zombie but when Draco asked how he did it, Quirell began asking about the weather. Luckily, he had potions next. Sadly, it was with Gryffindor.

When Harry and Rishi headed in, Harry couldn't hide his grin. It was everything he wanted in a Potions class. He and Rishi quickly found a table for them, next to Padma and Hermione despite Ron asking if he wanted to work together. At that point, the potions prodigy known as Severus Snape entered.

He took roll call first, while giving Harry a look which he couldn't decipher at his name. Then, Snape began his class.

"You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potionmaking," he began "As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses... I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death - if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach."

He turned to Harry "Potter! What would I get if I added powdered root of asphodel with an infusion of wormwood?"

Harry nodded "The Draught of Living Death, sir."

The question made Harry pause. Not in its difficulty. It was quite simple. It was the specific question. When Harry began learning potions, he took it upon himself to learn about every plant which was used. Not about how to grow it. Mostly about its properties. Asphodel is a type of lily which means "My regrets follow you to the grave." And wormwood typically means absence or sorrow. In other words, Snape may be telling him that he was sorry about Lily's death. Or, he was just asking a question.

Snape's lip curled up "Very good. Where would you find a bezoar Potter?"

"Well" Harry replied "They can be found in the stomach of a goat. if you needed one right now, I'd look in one of your cabinets since they're useful if one of your students accidentally poisons themselves, sir."

Snape nodded. Harry was exceeding all of his expectations. By Harry's earlier pause, he could tell that Harry understood what he really meant. And, he obviously studied in preparation.

"Correct. Weasley! What is the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane?"

Ron shrugged "Who cares? Only dungeon bats like you care about that?"

Snape sneered "20 points from Gryffindor, Weasley and a detention. Potter, maybe you can answer."

"Monkshood and wolfsbane are the same plant, sir" Harry answered "They also go by aconite."

"Correct again. 5 points for each correct answer." Snape turned to the class "Well? Why aren't you writing that down."

That began a scramble for quills and parchment. Snape then instructed them to create a cure for boils, which Harry knew by heart. He and Rishi quickly got to work, ignoring Snape's instructions, in favor of Harry's. Snape watched them curiously. He knew Potter wasn't following the instructions on the board. But, looking at him, he could see all the innovations that he usually did.

Snape was praising Harry and Rishi's potion when a bang was heard. Ron and Seamus' cauldron melted and was spilling their potion across the floor. Luckily, Snape was quick to act and cleaned it up with a little help from magic. He then turned to the pair "I suppose you added porcupine quills before taking the cauldron off the fire? That's a point from Gryffindor for your stupidity."

Ron, who was covered in boils from the failed potion "Everyone else probably did just as bad as us!"

Seamus joined him "Yeah! Potter didn't even follow the instructions."

Snape pretended to consider this "Finnegan, Weasley, you make a good point. Potter, bring up what remains of your potion since you already gave me your vial for the day."

Harry complied and Snape turned back to the pair "Let's do this. We will feed Weasley Potter's potion. If Weasley's boils are gone, both of you will serve another detention. If not, nothing happens."

He then fed Ron the potion. Within seconds, Ron's boils were gone. Snape sneered at the boys as the bell rang.

Rishi nodded to Harry "I'll wait at the door."

Harry took a deep breath and walked towards Snape as everyone else bar Rishi left the classroom. Snape turned and faced him "I believe it's lunchtime Potter."

Harry sighed "I have a question. I was told you were friends with my mother. Can you tell me anything about her?"

Snape was shocked at Harry's question. This truly settled all his doubts. Harry was nothing like James. Snape gave Harry a small smile "Where should I start?"

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