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Chapter 10: Classes and How to Use a Troll to Make a Friend
Monday, September 2nd, 1991
Harry woke up and quickly got ready for the day and headed out of the common room to go to breakfast. When he got to the Great Hall Susan and Hannah were already there so he joined them at the Hufflepuff table.
How was your first night in Ravenclaw? Did you sleep ok?" asked Susan.
"It was fine. We get our own room which is great." said Harry.
Susan could tell that he was happy, but didn't like how he sounded when he said it was fine.
"Are we allowed to sit at other tables?" asked Hannah.
"Yes, Dumbledore told us that we only have to be at our house table for the Start of Term Feast, the Halloween Feast and the Leaving Feast." said Susan.
"That is correct Miss Bones, however we prefer for the students to get their schedules before moving to a different table." said Professor Sprout while handing Hannah and Susan their schedules. She then handed a schedule to Harry. "Professor Flitwick asked me to give this to you since I would be coming over here anyways."
"Thank you, Professor." said Harry.
"You're welcome, Mister Potter." said Professor Sprout.
After Professor Sprout headed further down the table Susan asked,
"Are you going to tell me what was wrong with last night or do I have to write Auntie?"
"I didn't really connect with any of the others at the Ravenclaw table during the feast and I started to miss you and Auntie and the only thing good about last night was finding that I would get my own room." said Harry.
"It'll get better, Harry. Eventually you'll get used to other people and make some new friends. You need someone other than me and Hannah to talk to." said Susan.
"Speak for yourself, Susan. I am all that anyone could need as a friend." said Hannah snootily.
"Just remember that I'm the one that gets to kiss Harry. You had your chance to take him away from me and you lost it." said Susan.
"Quiet, Susan. I don't want anyone else to know about that." said Hannah.
"You think this is funny? I think that every female student here would like to see some of the Pensieve memories I could provide with you in them." said Hannah.
Harry stopped laughing at that.
In order to get credit in their classes, Harry and Susan just had to show that they could do the spell and then help the other students during practical classes while they were free to read at their own pace during theory classes and they were assigned different homework assignments as well. Everyone thought it was strange that the two first years were helping to teach them the material, but they were able to explain it to them in ways that the professor's or the books couldn't.
In their first Potions class they found that not all the professor's were completely on board with their advanced learning with the Headmaster.
"Mister Potter, our new celebrity." said Professor Snape with a sneer. "Potter, what would you get if you add powdered root of Asphodel to an infusion of Wormwood?"
"Along with several other ingredients they make the Draught of Living Death." said Harry.
"One point from Ravenclaw. You will end all answers with sir." said Professor Snape. "Miss Bones, where would you look if I asked you to find a Bezoar?"
Susan was pissed that he took a point from Harry and didn't award points for knowing a fifth year question.
"Other than your potions cabinet you'll find them in the stomach of a goat, sir." said Susan.
"That'll be one point from Hufflepuff for your cheek." said Professor Snape. "Potter, what is the difference between Monkshood and Wolfsbane?"
"There is no difference. They are different names for the same plant. Another name for it is Aconite, sir." said Harry.
Professor Snape stared at Harry for a minute before yelling at the others for not writing down the answers in their notes.
Friday, September 6th, 1991
Classes continued to go well for the most part in their first week. Professor Snape continued to bully and Harry and wouldn't allow him and Susan to work ahead. Professor Sprout was happy with the knowledge they showed in her class, but could tell that they really didn't like working with the plants. While their classmates slept through History of Magic they used the time to read ahead in D.A.D.A., Charms and Transfiguration as those three were their favorite classes. They were especially glad that they only had Astronomy once a week because Susan really disliked missing out on her sleep and begged him to carry her to and from the Astronomy Tower.
Today was their flying lesson. Hogwarts only gave one lesson on flying and all the houses were taught together after their last class at the end of their first week of classes. Madame Hooch told all of them to stand beside a broom then instructed them to hold their hand over the broom and say up which would make the broom come up to their hand. As they already had practice with the brooms that were bought for them at Christmas, Harry and Susan were among the few that the brooms immediately responded to. After several minutes more students were able to get their broom to come to them and those that couldn't Madame Hooch just told to pick them up.
After everyone had their broom she told them to mount them and instructed them to kick up hard and to hover for a couple minutes then lean forward to lower themselves back to the ground. Either because he was nervous or because the broom had something wrong with it, Neville's broom continued to rise when he kicked off the ground and started speeding around the castle eventually knocking him off. Madame Hooch had been knocked over so Harry and Susan both pulled out their wands and slowed down Neville's fall, but he still ended up with a broken wrist. Madame Hooch gave them both five points and took Neville up to the Hospital Wing and warned everyone that if she saw them in the air they'd be expelled.
After Madame Hooch left Harry heard Malfoy and Ron arguing. Apparently a Remembrall that Neville got from his grandmother had fallen out of his robes when he fell and Malfoy was going to hide it up in a tree for Neville to find.
"Malfoy give that to Ron so he can return it to Neville." said Harry.
"Why don't you come up here and make me scarhead." said Draco.
Harry wasn't about to get in trouble for not following Madame Hooch's orders so he pointed his wand at Draco and said,
Draco didn't let go of the ball so he was pulled with it which caused him to fall off the broom hitting the ground hard. Unfortunately for him Madame Hooch had just returned and she wasn't too happy as she took him to the Hospital Wing to be checked out before going to the Headmaster's office. She dismissed the rest of the students and said that if they wanted further instruction they'd have to ask the older students or see her to schedule time when she was available.
At dinner that night Draco came up to Harry at the Hufflepuff table.
"Are they letting you have one last meal before sending you back home, Malfoy?" asked Harry.
"My father's on the Board of Governors and he'd never allow me to be expelled." said Draco.
"So your daddy has to fight all your battles for you?" asked Harry.
"At least I have a father, Potter. But if you want I'll show you that I don't need my father to take care of you. I challenge you to a Wizard's Duel tonight at Midnight in the trophy room." said Draco.
Before Susan could stop him Harry agreed.
Just before Midnight Harry left the common room and ran right into Susan and Hannah.
"What are you doing here?" asked Harry.
"We're here to stop you from doing something stupid." said Hannah.
"Harry, I know what Malfoy said was wrong, but you know that if you fight him you could end up hurting him." said Susan.
"He'd deserve it." said Harry.
"That might be true, but I don't want to see you get expelled or thrown into Azkaban when his father comes to the school to see what's left of his son." said Susan.
"I'm not backing out of this. I promise to only use spells from first and second year." said Harry.
Susan looked like she still wanted to talk him out of going, but she sighed and said,
"Fine, but we're going with you."
On their walk to the trophy room they found Neville. Apparently he got lost and couldn't find his way to Gryffindor's Common Room. They tried to tell him how to get there, but he was scared to go by himself and stayed with them. They got to the trophy room and nobody was there. After a few minutes of waiting they saw Filch's cat Mrs. Norris and heard Filch coming and they ran from the trophy room and down a darkened corridor. They found a door that was locked and opened it to hide inside.
"We'll just stay in here until Filch goes away." said Harry.
In reply he heard whimpering coming from behind him. He turned and saw Hannah and Susan holding onto each other while Neville was half trying to block them from the three-headed dog that was quickly getting over its surprise at being woken up by the four first years.
'Screw this. I'd rather take Filch.' thought Harry as he quickly got the door open allowing them to narrowly get out before being eaten by the dog. Surprisingly Filch was no longer in the corridor.
As they walked Neville back to the Gryffindor Common Room and while he escorted Susan and Hannah to Hufflepuff he was bombarded with I told you so's from the two girls. Once he was in his bed back in Ravenclaw though, he started thinking about what was under the trapdoor the three-headed dog was standing on.
Saturday, September 7th, 1991
During breakfast the next day Harry and Susan got a message from Professor Dumbledore that he wanted to see them when they were done eating and that he was rather fond of licorice wands.
They told Hannah that they would meet up with her afterwards and headed up to the office. As soon as they made it up the stairs passed the Gargoyle, Dumbledore told them to come in before they could even knock on the door.
"Thank you, Miss Bones and Mr. Potter for coming to see me. I promise that I won't take up too much of your time. I know the weekend is important for young people such as you to relax after a busy week." said Dumbledore as Harry and Susan took the seats in front of Dumbledore's desk. "How has the first week of classes gone?"
Susan and Harry both said that classes were going very well so far.
"I'm told that most of the professor's are rather impressed with your work so far and are excited to see what's to come." said Dumbledore.
"I bet I know who's not impressed." said Harry under his breath, but Dumbledore heard him.
"Yes, I'm afraid there are some past issues that are keeping Professor Snape from singing your praises, but I assure you that you are doing quite well in that class and I have informed him that regardless of his personal issues with you he is to grade your work fairly." said Dumbledore.
"I hope he follows what you said." said Susan.
"I'm sure he will. Now as we will not be able to meet as often over the school year I wish to give you several assignments that you can work on for me between now and the Yule Holidays. There's no time limit to turn them in other than it must be before you take the Express home for the holidays." said Dumbledore handing them each several parchments. "Madame Pince has been informed that you are allowed access to the restricted section as some of the information for these assignments is located in there, but I warn you to be careful and only handle the books that are listed in your assignments."
Harry and Susan both agreed and after a little more conversation Professor Dumbledore dismissed them.
Thursday, October 31st, 1991
Through the rest of September and October things were pretty normal. Harry told Susan and Hannah about the trapdoor, but it was eventually forgotten as classes got busier now that they were passed the introductions and focusing more on actually learning spells.
Today was Halloween and already Harry was in a bad mood. He knew that everyone was happy about the holiday and the celebration of the day the Dark Lord was defeated, but no matter how irrational the thought was, he couldn't help but feel that they were celebrating his family's death.
At lunch Neville sat at the Hufflepuff table and told them about Ron and Hermione's altercation during and after Charm's class. Susan got up and went to the Gryffindor table and smacked Ron in the back of the head and yelled at him before leaving the Great Hall to look for Hermione. Neville looked at Harry and said,
"Your girlfriend is scary when she's mad."
"Remember that if you ever decide to say something stupid or mean." said Harry.
The time to head down to the feast came and Hermione and Susan still hadn't turned up. Harry was sitting at the Ravenclaw table watching everyone laugh and talk while they stuffed their faces with candy when the Great Hall doors burst open and Professor Quirrel came running in yelling, "Troll! In the Dungeons! Troll in the Dungeons! Thought you ought to know." before passing out on the floor.
Everyone started screaming and Dumbledore got everyone's attention and told the prefects to lead the students to their houses. Harry knew that Susan and Hermione didn't know about the Troll and got Parvati's and Lavender's attention and asked if they knew where she had went. They told him that she was crying in the girl's bathroom on the 2nd floor. As everyone was being lead out of the Great Hall he snuck away and headed to make sure that Susan and Hermione got to safety. When he got to the bathroom though, he heard screaming coming from inside. He opened the door and saw Hermione cowered under the sinks and while Susan was dodging the Trolls club and throwing spells at it to no effect.
"Susan! Remember Trolls are very resistant to magic!" yelled Harry which made the Troll focus on him and it started coming toward him.
"Glaceus!" yelled Harry while pointing his wand at the ground making it ice over and the Troll slipped and fell on its back losing its club which fell hard into his head knocking him out.
Hermione and Susan came around the Troll and hugged Harry just as Professors McGonagall, Snape and Quirrel entered the bathroom.
"What are the three of you doing here?" asked Professor McGonagall.
Hermione told the Professors the truth about Ron making her cry and how Susan had tried for hours to comfort her before the Troll came in. Susan admitted that her fear got the best of her and she tried to take it out forgetting about how resistant Trolls were to magic. Harry added his part of the story as well.
"It is commendable that you wanted to make sure that Miss Granger and Miss Bones were ok, but you should've let a prefect know instead of coming on your own. Five points will be taken from Ravenclaw as a reminder to seek help. However fifteen points will be awarded to Ravenclaw for your successful defense of your fellow students. Do any of you require the Hospital Wing?" asked Professor McGonagall.
All three of them said they didn't and they were told to go to their common rooms where the feast was being continued.
Friday, November 1st, 1991
The next day Hermione joined Harry, Susan and Hannah at breakfast and that's how you use a Troll to make a friend.
Author's Note: It's 3:30 in the morning where I'm at, but I wanted to get this chapter finished. Thank you to everyone for reading and to those who have favorited, followed and reviewed. If you haven't please favorite, follow and definitely leave a review and let me know what you think of the story.