Don't open that trapdoor
Year: Prefect 1 (stand in)
Prompt: No entry sign
Thanks Aengus for your help!
Also, who knows where the title is from? It's a song title from a TV show.
In the cellar of Malfoy Manor, there was a trapdoor with a sign reading 'no entry' sitting on top. To start with, it was a no entry sign made of cardboard - when that sign wore out, they got a piece of paper and just wrote 'no entry' on it. Strictly speaking, it was still a sign, just not the same as before.
When Draco came along, his parents got a new, proper sign to put on the door, and put barricades around it - as Draco was a big adventurer at heart and no mere sign would keep him out of somewhere.
His parents had no idea what was down the trapdoor. All they knew was the same story which had been passed down for generations: that there was something unspeakable down there, and that it should never be disturbed.
"Don't open that trapdoor," both his parents had told Draco on different occasions.
Telling Draco he couldn't go down there did stop him from going and investigating, but he did wonder.
Draco wondered what could be down there that was so horrible that a sign saying 'no entry' needed to be put in place to make sure no one forgot? Why was his father not told what was down there? Did they know for sure that there was anything? Draco stayed away like he was told to, but a little bit of him doubted that if he went down there he wouldn't come back, and he wanted to explore.
One boring day over the summer break when he had just returned from his third year at Hogwarts, Draco was alone in the manor. He decided today was time to find out what was behind the 'no entry' sign.
Draco marched down to the cellar, jumped over the barricades and over the no entry sign, opened the trapdoor and walked down the staircase just underneath and into the unknown. Did he come back? Who knows…