Harry Potter and the Gemini Curse @ghostandmiracle42
Act I, Chapter 5

Act I, Chapter 5: No Such Thing as a Peaceful Halloween


On the morning of Halloween, Harry was feeling very good about himself. The past two months had been particularly enjoyable. Defence Against the Dark Arts with Professor Lupin was by far his favourite class. Lupin was just so much fun. He always knew exactly what to say to make the class laugh, was a brilliant teacher, and he didn't assign lots of homework. In fact, Harry could only remember one class where he had assigned them homework, and it was only a foot-long essay on Redcaps which Harry finished in less than half-an-hour.

His parents' textbooks were making all his classes particularly easier as well. His mother was a genius at Potions. Even Professor Snape couldn't deny that Harry's potions work had soared that year.

Although Harry could say very assuredly that he was not very good at Transfiguration, with his father's help, he was getting a steady stream of Exceeds Expectations on most of his essays. Harry also accepted that he was never going to be any good at Herbology.

However, Hermione was very pleased by his increased performance in History of Magic of all subjects. He still fell asleep in practically every class Professor Bins taught, but he absolutely loved reading his father's History of Magic text. Not so much for the content, but for the notes in the margins. There were three sets of handwriting all over the book. One was a heavy set, but relatively clean hand he assumed was his dads. The second was light and very neat, and Harry had almost fallen out of his chair when he realised that Professor Lupin wrote on the blackboard in the exact same style. The last was scrawled and barely legible – Harry assumed this was Sirius Black's handwriting but couldn't be sure as it could also be Pettigrew's. The notes were so funny he often cracked up laughing in both the Common Room in Gryffindor Tower and the Study Room outside the Library in the Home. The plus side of this was Harry actually read the book and completed his Essays so he could read more of the notes left behind by the mysterious Marauders.

Care of Magical Creatures was relatively boring. Hagrid had lost all his confidence after the incident with Malfoy and had them learning about Flobberworms almost every lesson. Harry hoped his friend would regain it soon, as Hagrid did not do 'depressed' very well.

Ancient Runes was a big surprise. He was actually enjoying the class almost as much as Professor Lupins. Professor Babbling, who taught the class, was very upbeat and enthusiastic in her teaching and was always willing to help if Harry struggled with a translation. Hermione was incredibly impressed by Harry's devotion to Ancient Runes. He actually paid attention in every class (a significant achievement, given his track record) and received O's on almost every piece of work. He won the third top mark in the cohort for the memory test Babbling surprised on them one class towards the end of October, with only Hermione and Daphne Greengrass beating him.

Professor Babbling had pulled Harry aside after his first class and, similarly to Ragnok, asked to see the Gemini Rune on his neck – apparently Professor McGonagall had mentioned it when she informed her of his decision to switch classes. He had told her of his research into the rune from Riker O'Neill's book, and she had confirmed it as fact. She admitted that she didn't know a lot about the Zodiac Runes specifically, but that if she came across anything interesting, she would inform him of it immediately, to which Harry was incredibly grateful. He also learned, quite painfully, that his spells were much more powerful. This became apparent in Charms when casting the Ascension Charm resulted in him crashing into the roof and ending up in the Hospital Wing for the second time in a week. Professor Dumbledore assured him it was most likely a side-effect of the Gemini Rune and instructed Professors' McGonagall, Lupin and Flitwick to be extra careful when teaching him new spells. Harry wasn't sure he believed the Headmaster, as nowhere in his research did it say that the Gemini Rune boosted the bearer's power at all. Harry had a feeling it had more to do with the Dragon and the Phoenix that kept appearing on his arm before vanishing, but Harry had only seen it one time since it lit up the Hogwarts Express: in Professor Lupin's class, just before his Boggart transformed into a Dementor.

Harry's friendship with Ginny was also growing. While he didn't spend every moment outside of class with her, he did enjoy spending time with her. She often did her homework in the Home and came to him with any Charms or DADA questions she didn't understand. She had also stolen his copy of Ancient Runes Made Easy and his Rune Dictionary on multiple occasions for some light reading.

The only part of his life that had Harry completely mystified was Hermione. She was doing twice as many classes as Harry and Ron were, and she was studying around the clock to ensure she got Outstandings on every test and essay. That was on top of her continued cataloguing of the Marauders Library, which she insisted needed to be done as apparently, no one had thought to do it before her. That was the one mark against Harry's mother that Hermione had. Lily Potter's organisation skills left much to be desired. Harry, Ron and Ginny all agreed that she was taking on too much, but any attempt to convince Hermione of that fact was met with a huff and her storming off.

But today was Halloween. The worst day of Harry's year. Harry had a plan to make today the best Halloween he'd ever had. Which wouldn't be hard considering the last two had been interrupted by a troll and a giant snake. So today, despite Hermione's objections, he was planning to use the Home, and his invisibility cloak, to bypass the school's security and go into Hogsmeade.

"Are you sure you want to do this Harry?" Hermione asked him for what had to be the tenth time that morning as they sat at the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall.

"Hermione, he's said the same thing every single time you've asked him. What makes you think he's going to change his mind now?" Ron asked, rolling his eyes as he shoved another piece of bacon into his mouth.

"Because maybe this will be the time he comes to his senses," Hermione snapped.

"Come on Hermione. I told you what Ragnok said, and you've seen the evidence in the Home first hand. Odds are, even if Black finds me out there, he's not gonna kill me." Harry pointed out as he put his fork down.

"I know. It's just… Dumbledore and McGonagall don't think it's a good idea and they're a lot smarter than us."

"Well I don't trust Dumbledore, and Halloween is the worst day of the year for me Mione, you've gotta let me have fun just once." Hermione sighed and closed her eyes.

"Alright. But if a deranged murderer tries to kill you while we're in the Three Broomsticks I'm going to make sure I say I told you so before you die," she said.

"Fair enough," Harry replied, grinning ear to ear.

Harry glanced down at his watch, "You guys should get going. I'll meet you in the alley." Harry stood up and made a hasty retreat from the Great Hall. He made a show of walking towards Gryffindor Tower in case anyone was watching, then made a beeline for the Sixth Floor Corridor. Slipping inside, he quickly made his way to the bedroom to grab a warmer jacket from his wardrobe but stopped short when he saw Ginny jumping up and down in the library. Containing his laughter, he padded into the large room. Ginny was trying unsuccessfully to pull a blue-covered book off the tallest shelf.

"Need a hand?" Harry asked her as he leaned on the door frame.

"MEEEEEK!" Ginny screamed and tried to spin around and pull her wand, all the while still in mid-air. The result was her falling straight back into the bookshelf, a grey tinted spell flying from her wand and into the roof, and the entire wooden shelf, Ginny, and the books inside it collapsing in a heap on the floor. He tried. He really did. But there was no way he could do it. Harry fell to the floor unable to breathe he was laughing so hard.

"I hate you, Harry Potter. I want you to know that before I kill you," Ginny moaned as she tried to pull herself out of the pile of books.

"At least I have… Hermione to… avenge me." Harry breathed through his laughter, "After all, you did just damage a perfectly catalogued section of her beautiful library."

All the colour drained from Ginny's face, and Harry cracked up again.

"I'm only joking," Harry eventually said. He pointed his wand at the broken shelf and rotated it counter-clockwise.

"Reparo!" The shelves restored themselves, and the books flew back into place.

"Thank Merlin," Ginny exclaimed. Then she turned to Harry, a murderous glint in her eye.

"Don't you ever sneak up on me again Harry Potter, or you'll get a taste of my Bat-Bogey Hex! You just missed it today, don't push your luck," She exclaimed, placing her hands on her hips for emphasis.

"Alright alright I surrender," he said, holding his hands in the air.

"Pst! Harry! You there mate!" Ron's voice echoed down the hallway.

Harry turned to Ginny.

"Tell you what, how about I make it up to you," Harry said with a smirk.

"Oh yeah, how you gonna do that?" Ginny asked, raising an eyebrow.

"Easy, I'm gonna take you to Hogsmeade a year early."

Ginny's face lit up like Christmas.

"Grab a jumper from my room quick," he said, and together they raced out of the library. Ginny pulled the first jumper she saw from Harry's wardrobe, and Harry threw his Invisibility Cloak over the pair of them. They crept to the blue door and slipped out into the crisp morning air.

The Hogsmeade side of the door appeared very old and very out of use. The handle was rusted, as was the door frame, and the wood was rotting away. It was the perfect hiding place. Etched into the stone wall beside it was the Home Rune: a letter A without the cross bridge with a tiny circle above the apex.

"Harry? You there?" Ron asked. He was standing in the middle of the alley staring at the door that just swung closed on its own. Hermione was at the entrance keeping a lookout. Harry raised his hand and placed a single finger over his lips. Ginny nodded her head in understanding, the smile still on her face.

"Yeah I'm here, let's go." Harry, Ginny and Ron met up with Hermione, and together they walked out onto the main street of Hogsmeade.

They spent hours wandering through the village. It was like something out of a fairy tale. All the small stone houses with their thatched roofs and lit torches in brackets on the walls. Not to mention the blatant use of magic everywhere. They visited Honeydukes Sweet Shop – where Ron used up half his allowance to buy sweets as Hermione scolded him about dental hygiene, Zonko's Joke Shop – where Ginny literally begged Harry to buy her some Dungbombs, Smoke Pellets and Sparking Crackers, and the Three Broomsticks Pub where the foursome tried Butterbeer for the first time. Harry and Ginny made a fatal error at this point, as they forgot to sit down at the same time, and Harry slipped off the bench and hit the floor with a thud, pulling the invisibility cloak with him. Hermione was furious at Ginny for disobeying rules and scolded the redhead for five minutes before Ginny threatened to hex her. Ron just laughed, congratulated his sister for achieving something even the twins hadn't, and sculled his Butterbeer, to the amusement of the others when he started hiccupping.

Unfortunately, they had to make a hasty retreat when Hagrid came inside, spotted Ron and Hermione, and almost sat on the invisible Harry and Ginny. The duo took their Butterbeer tankards, exited the pub and slipped back into the alley. Ginny whispered the password to activate the anchor, and they stepped back into the Home, closing the door behind them. Harry put Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Television in the Lounge Room, and together they sat down and finished their drinks. Ginny kept pausing the movie to point out locations she recognised from her trip to Egypt in the summer.

It did not take Harry long to realise that Ginny seemed to have inherited her father's love of everything Muggle. Harry had to try really hard not to laugh at Ginny's amazement at the "felly-vision," and he even gave her a basic explanation of how it used plugs to run on electricity that came from a generator outside the house to give to Mr Weasley next time she saw him.

Ron and Hermione came in just as the movie finished, and Hermione pouted that she hadn't been able to watch with them. She rectified the situation by making them all watch Star Wars – one of her favourite movies. However, whereas Ginny could understand most of Raiders of the Lost Ark, both Weasley's were utterly baffled by the concept of travelling in space, and Hermione and Harry had to pause the movie multiple times to explain the basics of science, which they knew nothing about. Despite their confusion, they did enjoy the movie, and everyone had a magnificent time.

The Feast was as delicious as always. With dozens of variations of pumpkins and more sweets than Harry could count. At one-point Fred threw a small pumpkin he charmed to explode at Ron. Ron then chased Fred around the table a few times before Hermione was able to calm him down long enough to cast a cleaning charm on him, while Harry, Ginny, George and the rest of the Gryffindors laughed at them.

Harry was just about to chalk the day up as his first successful Halloween when the quartet arrived at Gryffindor Tower to find a rather large traffic jam cued up on the platform beyond the portrait of the Fat Lady.

"What's going on?" Ginny asked, trying to peer over Colin Creevey, who was standing in front of her – and who was possibly the only second year actually shorter than she was.

"Neville's probably forgotten the password again," Ron stated, rolling his eyes.

"Hey!" Standing behind them was Neville and a tall heavy-set dark-skinned boy from Ginny's year whose name Harry couldn't remember.

"Let me through please," came Percy's voice as he tried to push through the crowd, "excuse me I'm Head Boy." Harry slipped in behind Percy and used him to reach the front. When he saw the portrait, Harry cursed. He should have known better than to jinx himself. Hermione, who Harry hadn't noticed following behind him, grabbed his arm and gasped.

"Bloody hell," Ron whispered.

"What is it? I can't see?!" Ginny exclaimed, still bouncing up and down. "Ohh bugger it," she muttered, before jumping up on Ron's back and using his shoulders to push herself up above the sea of heads. Ron grunted but didn't fall over. Apparently, he had experience with her doing that.

"Holy crap."

"Somebody get Professor Dumbledore. Now!" Percy yelled.

"I'm here," Dumbledore's voice exclaimed. Everyone spun around so fast that Ginny fell right off Ron's shoulders, careening straight into Neville, who promptly fell flat on his arse.

"Sorry," she said, not taking her eyes off Dumbledore.

The Headmaster stared at the painting before turning around to Professor McGonagall, who had followed behind him.

"Professor McGonagall find Mr Filch and round up the ghosts."

"Oh, there's no need for ghosts almighty Headmaster sir," a cackling voice echoed overhead. Peeves the Poltergeist had just floated through the wall the Fat Lady's Portrait hung on.

"Saw it all I did."

"What happened?" The Headmaster asked, staring at the transparent spirit.

"Tall fella wearing a not so nicey jacket comes running up the stairs and starts beggan the Lady to let her in he does. She says no and, well…"

The portrait of the Fat Lady had been slashed to pieces, and the Fat Lady herself was nowhere to be found.

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