Hogwarts Part 24

Will you get the Hogwarts guy of your dreams? Find out in this quiz. Starting in your third year, you will get the opportunity to become friends and more with Neville Longbottom, Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, George Weasley, and Oliver Wood.

*Recap* Last time Harry showed you the Room of Requirement and told you that Dumbledore's Army was back on. You partnered up with Neville at the first meeting, and then ran into Oliver afterwards. He tried to be overprotective again, and things ended, well, on some not-so-good terms. It's now nearing Christmas already!

Created by: music826
  1. My time at Hogwarts was going by fast. Soon enough, fall began to fade into winter, and students bundled up and stayed inside on the weekends. It came as a surprise when those first flakes of snow began to dust the Hogwarts grounds in white, but sure enough, the first term of fifth year had bypassed me without warning. Nevertheless, I still found myself on the Quidditch field one frosty morning, clutching my broom with increasingly stiff fingers.
  2. I rubbed my hands together to generate some heat and looked up at Ron. "I think we should call it a day, don't you?" I asked through chattering teeth. We had spent yet another hour flying around the pitch, attempting to improve our Quidditch skills. He nodded in agreement and we started on inside. "So, er, Cassandra. I've been meaning to ask you..." he started hesitantly. I gestured for him to continue. "Well, I was wondering, I mean, er, my mum told me to ask you...if you wanted to spend Christmas at the Burrow," he finished hopefully. "Oh," I responded, taken by surprise. It shouldn't have come as much of a shock, knowing the Weasleys, but it was still a kind gesture. "I mean, if you don't want to..." Ron quickly added. "No, I mean, that would be great. It'll be fun," I said brightly. "Brilliant," he grinned broadly. He was still smiling stupidly when I left him at Gryffindor Tower.
  3. I went to the last DA meeting of that term with the same feeling of reluctance as every other member in the Room of Requirement. Though it was nice to escape the castle for a while and get out from under Umbridge's watchful eye, the meetings had become a bright spot in the repetitiveness that had become life at Hogwarts. Neville disarmed me with apparent ease on one of the last practice duels we had. "I think you've really got it, Neville!" I praised him, congratulating him with a hug. He went slightly pink, but grinned nonetheless. I smiled; he had really improved over the last weeks I had partnered with him, and I had been there every step of the way. "All thanks to you," he said modestly. I gave him a serious look. "No, it was all you, Neville. I think the Sorting Hat knew exactly what it was doing when it put you in Gryffindor," I told him with a smile. He gave me another one of those conflicted smiles I had seen so often from him ever since we had started the DA. I knew it was more than he let on, but I didn't push him to reveal anything.
  4. Towards the end of class, when almost everyone had cleared out of the room, I noticed Cho Chang, a fellow Ravenclaw, edging towards Harry under the mistletoe. I had noticed something going on between them for weeks, but it hadn't turned into anything from what I had seen previously. It was a strange feeling. I didn't expect that he would stay single forever, especially since I hadn't made a move in any particular direction, but I felt an odd pang of jealousy watching them before filing out the door with the rest of the DA.
  5. I had a restless night of sleep later in my dormitory. Faces kept flashing through my mind. Oliver's wounded expression after the last time we had spoken, Harry and Cho moving closer under the mistletoe, Neville's awkward smile, even Draco's familiar smirk. I woke up with a pounding headache, and I all but refused to get out of bed the next morning. Padma dragged me out at last, and a rather pale-looking Hermione intercepted me in the corridor halfway to breakfast. "Hermione, what are you-?" I asked in bewilderment. "Ron's dad been attacked," she told me rather wildly. "What? Hermione, are you sure?" I asked, somewhat concerned for her current mental state. "A snake at the Ministry attacked him. I don't know everything yet, but Harry and the Weasleys left the castle last night," she clarified more calmly. My eyes widened in surprise. "Why? Does this have something to do with Voldemort?" I asked in a softer voice. She just gave me a grim look in response. That seemed to decide it for the both of us.
  6. For the first time since I had been a student at Hogwarts, I found myself on the train to leave Hogwarts for the holidays. Our compartment was rather quiet without Fred and George and the other Gryffindors to liven it up. Luna Lovegood, a fourth year Ravenclaw, was quietly reading The Quibbler in a corner. Neville was sitting beside me, still holding his precious Mimbulus Mimbletonia, and Hermione was sitting opposite me, looking somewhat annoyed that she wasn't going to Grimmauld Place with me. There had been a change in location since Mr. Weasley had been injured. Arianna was sitting docilely in a fourth corner, preferring to listen in on the conversation rather than participate. I still hadn't told her anything about the DA nor elaborated on anything that had been going on with the fight against Voldemort. She was still only in her second year, and I didn't feel she needed to be concerned with such things.
  7. Soon enough we arrived at King's Cross Station and I began to step off the train with the others. Neville, Hermione, and Luna went to find their respective families, but I stopped when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned to see Draco, who pulled me discreetly to the side. I gestured for Arianna to go on without me. "What are you doing?" I asked in surprise. He wasn't being his usual arrogant self. He pressed something into my hand. "Merry Christmas, Cassandra," he said softly into my ear, neglecting to use my surname for once. I looked down and gasped. A small silver snake was there, moving across the surface of my hand. It wriggled over my palm and wrapped itself around my index finger, connecting itself from mouth to tail to form a ring. It then seemed to harden and lay still. I looked up to find that Draco was gone. It didn't surprise me; he probably didn't want to stay for any kind of gratitude. I tugged on the ring just to make sure I could remove it, and it came off without a fight. It didn't seem to serve any other purpose from what I could see. Huh. Well, it was possibly the first time I had ever seen Draco do anything thoughtful. Shaking my head, I realized I was probably never going to figure that particular Malfoy out.
  8. I searched the crowd for an Order member, and my throat clutched as I spotted Oliver in the crowd, waiting to escort Arianna and I to Grimmauld Place. I moved towards him as casually as I could. I gave him a nervous smile as I approached, hoping things could just go back to normal again, when Ron was fuming with jealousy and Oliver kept appearing in my life with all the warning of a lightning strike. That wasn't the case. "Let's go," he said quietly and without expression, and then led us along cautiously, ultimately landing on the doorstep of Sirius's gloomy residence. He didn't even bother to wait with us once we had stepped inside. "How is Mr. Weasley?" were the first words that came out of my mouth when Mrs. Weasley came to greet us. "He'll survive," was her simple response, giving us each motherly hugs as she spoke. She led us back to the room we had spent the last summer in, and I went off to find Harry, Ron, and the others.
  9. The Weasley children still seemed to be a bit shaken up by the snake incident, but Harry looked the worst out of all of them. I didn't know what had happened, but he was obviously feeling conflicted about something. No matter what had happened with Cho, I was still his friend and it concerned me. Hermione arrived later on, apparently arriving at the decision that skiing was not her greatest attribute. We didn't have much time to settle back into life at Grimmauld Place before we were all ushered out to visit Mr. Weasley at St. Mungo's, the wizard hospital he was staying at. After seeing that he was alive and well, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Arianna, and I went off upstairs. I suddenly stopped, causing Ron to bump into me from behind. "Oy, what's the holdup?" Ron asked in confusion. "Is that...Professor Lockhart?" I asked in shock, pointing to a confused-looking man up ahead. "Who?" Arianna asked. She was too young to have remembered. "Our old Defense Against the Dark Arts professor," I explained. "What happened to him?" she asked curiously. I shrugged. "I'm not sure. He didn't return after our second year," I said simply. Harry and Ron fidgeted uncomfortably beside me. I suddenly remembered exactly who I had befriended – the heroes of the Chamber of Secrets. "That's right, you two had something to do with it, didn't you?" I said, narrowing my eyes at Harry and Ron.
  10. "Oh, hello, professor!" Hermione said suddenly. Professor Lockhart had apparently reached us. He looked around confusedly. I realized that his memory had been affected somehow. He invited us into the ward for some signed pictures, and we really didn't have much choice but to agree. We entered a little dubiously, and a kindly witch greeted us. I looked around absently as the others looked on at our old professors with varying amounts of pity. I hadn't been much of a fan of him myself, but it was a sad state to see him in. The next thing I saw evoked an entirely different degree of sympathy from me, however. The word "Longbottom" was all I needed to hear before I whipped around to see Neville exiting a curtained-off bed area. I was about to greet him, but I realized who the two patients he was visiting must have been. His parents. He seemed to freeze when he saw us, but his grandmother certainly didn't. She engaged us in conversation, and I tried to save Neville as much embarrassment as I possibly could. His mother shuffled over to him and placed a single gum wrapper in his hand before walking away again. It was possibly one of the saddest things I had ever witnessed. I desperately wanted to say something to Neville, but I couldn't find the words, and in any case, I wasn't in any position to do so. He and his grandmother left the hospital and I still hadn't said a single word to him.
  11. Well, I hope you enjoyed! Sorry, Harry fans, I just had to include Cho in there somewhere, but she won't stay for long. Also, just to clarify, the ring Draco gave you does not serve any other special purpose, unless I think of something later on (or you want to give me an idea *winks*). I just realized that I completely forgot about Luna until now *waits for onslaught of curses*. Ah, well, I'll try to remember more in the future. Lastly, I have the next two editions written up, but I'll probably be posting them spread out over the next couple weeks to make up for the month I won't be posting. Oh, and just a forewarning - Part 25 is very emotionally-charged, so I hope it turned out okay. Until next time :)

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