If it was possible, Harry grinned and groaned at the same time. A notice went up about the first-year flying class. Harry found flying fun whenever he tried. However, the lessons weren't going to be so.
In order to promote school unity, Dumbledore decided to mix it all 4 houses for flying. What made it worse, was who he was stuck with.
Saturday 10:00 - 12:00: Draco Malfoy, Gregory Goyle, Vincent Crabbe Daphne Greengrass, Pansy Parkinson, Ron Weasley, Dean Thomas, Seamus Finnigan, Parvati Patil, Neville Longbottom, Harry Potter, Rishi Gopal, Terry Boot, Padma Patil, Ernie Macmillan, Susan Bones, Hannah Abott
Harry knew putting Ron in a class of Slytherins was bound to be bad. From what Draco told him, if a Slytherin did well, it was a sign that they were using Dark Magic. Ron was like a boomerang. You always throw it away. But somehow, it always comes back.
So when the day came, Harry was ready for the worst. The moment Harry stepped onto the pitch, Ron was talking to him "Hiya Harry! Wanna hang out with me and my friends. We're all great fliers!"
Harry shook his head and looked at Seamus Finnigan "You lived in the Muggle World, right?"
Seamus glared at him "Yes. Is that a problem?"
Harry shook his head "Did you ever use a broom?"
Seamus looked confused "Of course not."
Harry smirked "Then why does Ron tell me that him and all his friends are great fliers?"
Dean sighed "Sorry about him. He's a complete prat. He ain't even our friend."
Smiling, Harry extended his hand "Don't worry about it? Friends?"
Dean shook it "I'd like that."
Harry then left the Gryffindors to join Draco, Daphne, Parvati, Padma and Rishi on the other side of the pitch despite Ron's requests for Harry to be with him.
Madam Hooch, the flying instructor, looked at them all "Welcome to your first flying lesson. Well, what are you waiting for? Everyone step up to the left side of their broomstick. Come on now, hurry up. Stick your right hand over the broom and say, Up!"
Despite his alleged skill at flying, Ron's broom whacked him right in the nose. Padma's broom stayed still as did Daphne's while Rishi and Draco's brooms simply rolled over. Parvati's broom began to move up but went back down. Only Harry managed to get his broom into his hand on the first try.
Madam Hooch then began showing them how to properly hold the broom and how to mount it. After they mounted, she taught them how to raise and move around. That ended when Seamus proved that he was telling the truth about his inexperience on a broom. He went up too high and fell down, breaking both wrists.
Madam Hooch ordered everyone back down "If anyone goes back into the air, they're expelled!" She then began taking Seamus to Madam Pomfrey. Harry then heard laughter and turned to see Ron with a crazy grin.
"Finnigan dropped this" he picked up a bead necklace "He's such a loser, right Harry?"
Harry glared at Ron "Leave his necklace alone."
Draco sneered "I agree. Drop it if you know what's best for you."
Laughing, Ron flew up on his broom "No way, Death Eater! I'm going to put it somewhere Finnigan can't get it!"
For a moment, it looked like Ron was the great flier that he said he was. Until he crashed into a tree. He let go of the necklace which got caught by the wind. Without a hesitation, Harry zoomed up and managed to grab the necklace. He then looked down and saw all the beads had fallen off. Noticing some glass ones, he dove down in an attempt to catch them. He extended his hand out and grabbed the beads before they hit the ground. He curved up the broom too to avoid an collision.
He sighed in relief but heard someone yell "Harry Potter!" He turned and saw Professor Flitwick standing there, looking at him.
Harry lowered to the ground and found himself taken by Professor Flitwick, but not before Ron lost 50 house points and got a detention for his actions. He followed Professor Flitwick until outside the Ravenclaw common room, where he was told to wait. Flitwick entered the common room and came back later with a boy who Harry recognized as Roger Davies.
Flitwick smiled "Harry, this is Roger Davies. Roger, I think Harry could be our next seeker."
The conversation about Quidditch continued into Flitwick's office. In the middle of the conversation, Dumbledore came in for a meeting with Flitwick. DUmbledore looked at the group "Are you busy, Filius?
Flitwick shook his head "I was discussing with Harry whether he would be interested in playing Quidditch."
Dumbledore nodded but inside, he was worried. Quidditch represented more chances for someone to attack Harry. He could never let that happen. Thankfully, Harry couldn't play.
Dumbledore gave a sad smile "I believe that 1st years aren't allowed to play, Filius. I'm sorry Harry. Maybe next year?"
Roger shook his head "Sorry, sir. I believe that you are wrong. The rule states that 1st years aren't allowed to bring a broom. I've read the entire rulebook. Nowhere does it say that a 1st year isn't allowed to play. That's just assumed by everyone."
Dumbledore hide his shock and sighed "In that case, I suppose Harry can play."
Harry's schedule became much tighter after try-outs. He easily made the team, becoming the starting seeker. Luckily for Harry's studying, Ravenclaw wasn't addicted to Quidditch. They had a simple 2 practice a week schedule, which still left Harry time to study. From there, time flew by until Halloween which stood out for two reasons. The first being the anniversary of Voldemort's defeat. The second, was the first posting of the rankings.
At the end of every month, the teachers put pieces of parchment on the common room's notice board. 7 of them detailed the top 10 students in each year. The others displayed each individual student's rankings in their year. And to the Ravenclaws, this was a very important occasion. To them, it was validation to all their hard work.
So when Harry and Rishi arrived in the common room, it was no surprise that the common room was swamped with people. It was a mindless race to the board until Robert had enough. As Harry and Rishi met up with Hermione and Padma (none of the 4 thought that it was smart to enter the frenzy) Robert attempted to establish order "Everyone! Calm down or I'll take house points!"
That quickly stopped them all. Robert sighed "We have to do this every month. Oh god. Everyone, back away from the board."
Everyone slowly moved away from the board. Robert glared at them "What are we? Gryffindors? We shouldn't ever behave like this! Here's what we are going to do. We will take turns. Going from 1st years to 7th years. Got it?"
The mass of students nodded as the group stepped up to take their turn. After a quick search, the 9 first-year Ravenclaws found the sheet and gazed upon the rankings.
1st Year Rankings
1) Harry Potter (Ravenclaw)
2) Draco Malfoy (Slytherin)
3) Daphne Greengrass (Slytherin)
4) Rishi Gopal (Ravenclaw)
5) Susan Bones (Hufflepuff)
6) Hermione Granger (Ravenclaw)
7) Neville Longbottom (Gryffindor)
8) Terry Boot (Ravenclaw)
9) Padma Patil (Ravenclaw)
10) Hannah Abott (Hufflepuff)
Hermione's eyes widened "6th? How am I 6th?"
Rishi sighed "Hermione. Have you looked at your essays?"
Hermione nodded "I'm sure that they're good!"
Rishi shook his head as the group walked away from the notice board, "Show me our Charms essay."
Looking through her bag, Hermione brought out her essay. Rishi grabbed it "Look at the comments."
Hermione was confused as Rishi read them "Your essay is too long. You didn't use your own words."
Harry gave her a small smile "Hermione, you have to explain yourself. And you have to keep it to a certain length. They need to know whether you can be concise."
The rest of the group nodded and Hermione shrugged "Okay, I guess."
The day was very uneventful. Until Potions, where Harry was asked to stay behind. As everyone filed out, Harry turned to Snape "Sir?"
Snape smiled at Harry "First of all, I'm sorry for your loss today. I assume you don't wish to celebrate a day like this."
When Harry nodded, Snape continued "Would you like to have dinner with me today? I usually dine alone today."
Harry grinned "I'd love to." Harry then ran off to Charms, where Professor Flitwick was going to teach the Levitation Charm. When he got in, he found a few Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs.
After handhing Flitwick a note from Professor Snape, Flitwick explained the situation "These students were struggling in class earlier today. They had a free block today so I asked for them to come here and practice."
Class began with a lecture, then practical work. Harry and Padma were paired up and quickly levitated their feather. They then began watching Hermione attempt to help a failing Weasley.
"You're saying it wrong" Hermione said, obviously sick for her partner
Ron rolled his eyes "You do it then."
Hermione sighed "Wingardium Leviosa."
Her feather rose up into the air. Flitwick clapped "Splendid! Another 5 points to Ravenclaw!" Ron steamed at this.
As the kids filed out of the classroom, Ron began ranting "Honestly she's a nightmare! No wonder she has no friends! Who'd like a Mudblood like her!"
The chatter ceased at that as everyone turned to stare at Ron. Hermione could feel herself on the brink of tears and was about to run when she heard Rishi.
Rishi shoved Ron against the wall "You listen here. Nobody likes you. Hermione has friends. You don't. Hermione can perform simple spells. You can't. She is better in every conceivable manner. And if I hear you call her that word again, I will hurt you. And unlike you, I can do magic well."
Rishi let Ron go, who snorted "Idiots. Let's go Harry."
Harry shook his head "Leave me alone. I have no interest in being friends with the likes of you."
Ron felt his face heat up as he stormed off. Hermione turned to the pair "Thanks."
Harry smiled "No problem. You guys should get going. I'll see you afterwards."
Everyone else set off as Harry went to Snape's quarters. Once he entered, he found Snape in his potions labs "Hello sir."
Snape turned to him "Harry."
They two then entered into a discussion about potions which including Snape asking Harry if he wanted private lessons. Harry eagerly accepted. It also ended with Harry asking "Can you tell me about my parents?"
Snape gave a sad smile, as if he was looking into the past "Your mom and I were friends since we were little. In fact, I was the first to tell her that she was a witch."
Harry's eyes widened "So, you knew Aunt Petunia?"
Snape glared "I sadly did. She hated magic and was jealous of it. How do you know her? Lily always talked about Petunia never letting their kids meet."
Harry looked down "I, uh... I used to live with her."
Snape's rose, anger evident "WHAT! You can't live there!"
Harry's hands rose, trying to calm Snape "I left them when I was 7. I live with Rishi. Please don't tell Dumbledore."
Snape, who had been walking around the room, attempting to gather himself, turned to Harry "Why?"
Harry sighed "Dumbledore put me there in the first place. And he's been talking money out of my vaults and putting blocks on me."
Snape looked down, a tear leaking from his face. He failed Lily. He gazed at Harry, his only reminder of the girl he once loved "James and I were never on the best terms but, he was a good person. He saved my life once. Lily. She was a beautiful soul. She didn't care what people thought of her. Even though she was a Gryffindor and I was a Slytherin, she still talked to me and never joined the pranks. She always stood up for me. She was perfect."
The Potions Master gave the Boy-Who-Lived a sad smile "I failed her. I should've checked up on you. She would've wanted me to. I'm sorry, Harry. Can I try to be the uncle I should've been all along."
Harry grinned at Snape "I'd love that, Uncle Severus."
Dumbledore was panicking. Where was Harry? Dumbledore knew Quirrel had brought a troll into the school. He debated getting rid of it but he decided against it. It would be one of his many tests for Harry.
He looked towards the Ravenclaws and using a bit of magic, began to eavesdrop.
Hermione turned to Rishi "Where's Harry?"
"He's with Professor Snape" Rishi replied "He didn't want to celebrate today."
Dumbledore steamed as Quirrel ran in "TROLL! TROLL IN THE DUNGEON." Quirrel then promptly collapsed.
Dumbledore stood up and looked at the panicking student body "Everyone! Go to your common room!" Dumbledore then left to dispatch the troll along with the rest of the teachers.
Percy Weasley looked at the Gryffindors "Okay. Let's get going and..."
He then heard someone yell "This plan is crap!"
Everyone in the hall turned to Rishi Gopal. Percy snorted "You think you know better?"
Rishi nodded "What about the Slytherins? Their common room is IN the dungeons according to my dad!"
Neville stood up as well "Yeah! And we only know where it has been. Not where it's going! It could be going to one of our common rooms!"
The Head Boy looked at the boys and smiled "Good thinking. 20 points to each of your houses. Everyone stay here."
The Great Hall erupted into chatter with one student sneaking out, unnoticed. Ron Weasley heard about the troll and saw his chance for glory! He ran for the dungeons, making sure to stay unnoticed. He ended up in the Dungeons and began looking for the troll. Which, turned up behind it. It then raised its club on Ron, ready to smash his skull in, when it felt hot. It looked down and saw that its clothes were on fire. Ron turned and saw Harry James Potter and Severus Snape with their wands out.
The troll turned its attention to them but that was short lived. Harry and Snape each sent a Reducto to the troll which killed it. The teachers then arrived seeing Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Severus Snape and a dead troll.
Dumbledore looked at the scene "What happened here?"
Ron puffed out his chest "Me and Harry were at the feast when we heard about the troll. Like true Gryffindors, we went to get rid of it so it couldn't hurt anyone!"
Severus sneered "That's a lie. Mr. Potter didn't attend the feast. He was with me."
Harry nodded "We heard a commotion and saw Ron about to die. Though I hate him, I wouldn't let him die. So we cast an Incendio on its clothes and then two Reductos which killed it."
McGonnagall looked at the boys, looking for a sign of lying. She eventually decided that Harry and Snape were correct since Weasley had some signs of lying "Impressive Mr. Potter. 15 points to Ravenclaw. And 20 points from Gryffindor for lying."
Everyone then filtered out of the scene, leaving Dumbledore standing there, wondering how everything went so wrong.
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