Harry & Fleur
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Vertex - Harry Potter and Broken Wands
Chapter 20 - Snape, Snake, Selena, Spiders and Scream...
Perhaps I had better go back to asking if anyone reads this…
Thanks Devotion408 for the review!
Yeah, he was a little to forgiving perhaps. The logic was that Fleur couldn't fight with him properly she just closed off and started to cry, she's still too vulnerable and Harry knows that so he forgave her.
I must say that if I had more time to fine adjust every chapter I would have rewritten the middle part of this chapter and made a separate chapter for the end of this.
I would also like to point out that Draco was in second year when he conjured a snake even though they don't start on conjuring spells until their seventh year. Therefore the Spell Serpensortia is in this fic a charm that conjures a snake for a limited period of time not a conjuring spell that would conjure a snake for evermore.
Hope that makes sense.
Chapter 20 Snape, Snake, Selena, Spiders and Screams
Harry ate a quick lunch in the kitchens that the house elves were very pleased to serve, to say the very least. He entered the great hall just in time for the dueling club to start. Instead of three dueling rings there were now four and half the Slytherins seemed to be there as well.
Harry gritted his teeth and walked resolutely up to the staff platform, where Fleur, Tonks and Snape stood waiting. Snape glared at him probably thinking of things to make Harry look stupid. Harry ignored Snape completely he didn't wanted anything to do with him whatsoever and he wouldn't let Snape get to him. When he reached the staff platform, he turned and faced the great hall.
"As some of you may have noticed" Fleur announced "We have from this day and forward a new teacher, please welcome Professor Snape to the dueling club"
The Slytherins applauded, and some males in the other houses as well mostly, Harry figured because Fleur had requested it.
"We have also decided to teach one house each, I will teach Ravenclaw in the third ring, Professor Tonks Hufflepuff in the second, Mr Potter Gryffindor in the first and Professor Snape Slytherin in the fourth of course"
"I think that's all?" Fleur asked the other teachers.
"Actually" Snape said unpleasantly "Some students seem to doubt Mr Potters teaching ability he is after all only a sixth year and quite incompetent"
It was clear to Harry at that very moment that as far as Snape considered he had much more authority and right to decide what went on in the dueling club then Fleur and Tonks. Fleur seemed to realise this too because she pushed her lips into a thin line and looked just as much a Professor as McGonagall.
"Perhaps Mr Potter would care to give those who doubt a little demonstration" Snape said unpleasantly.
"Very well" Harry said loudly "What did you have in mind"
Snape glared at him for a moment Harry knew that Snape wanted him to call him Professor.
"Perhaps a duel would be enough since you are teaching dueling" Snape said as if he was explaining to Harry that one and one made two, the Slytherins laughed. Fleur looked as if she wanted to sprout feathers and flame Snape at the spot.
"Jolly good" Harry said in forced happiness to tell Fleur that he didn't care what Snape said.
"Malfoy" Snape commanded, Draco Malfoy stepped forward from the crowd smirking as badly as ever.
"First Ring Potter" Snape said also smirking.
"Very well Snape" Harry replied, very deliberately not saying professor. Harry started to walk down the platform but as he passed Snape, Snape grabbed his arm.
"I told you call me Professor!" Snape hissed silently.
"I am not your student here" Harry retorted and pulled his arm away from Snape "This is my dueling club I started it almost a year ago"
"Twenty points from Gryffindor" Snape said coolly. Harry glared at Snape for a moment before he turned around and walk down to the ring, Draco Malfoy was already standing at one side of it waiting for him.
Harry drew his wand and bowed, so did Malfoy.
"At the count of three…" Fleur said before Snape had a chance to "One… Two…T"
Draco had already begun waving his wand and sent a jet of blue flames from it at Harry. Harry who had expected Draco to duel dirty had no problem side stepping the curse.
"Reaktus" Harry muttered and waved his wand at himself, he expected Draco to the same but to his surprise Draco didn't apparently Draco had never been thought how to duel properly.
Harry looked questionably at Snape as if to ask him if Draco was a joke of some kind but Snape didn't look at him he was glaring strait at Malfoy.
Draco cast another jet of flames at Harry, which he side stepped with out any problems now that his reflexes was about twice as fast as usual.
"As some of you might have seen" Harry said slowly to make his voice sound as fast as normal to the crowd. "I performed an agility charm on myself so that I don't have any problems…" Draco shot another curse at him "…dodging curses"
"Normally" Harry said and dodged another curse from Draco "I would stun Mr Malfoy to end the duel quickly, but since I already have my wand drawn I might just as well demonstrate a few hexes first"
"Engorgio Crura" Harry said and waved his wand at Draco, it hit him strait in his legs "Is a funny alternative to the leg locker curse"
Draco's legs swelled and became as thick as tree trunks much too heavy to walk with.
"Finite Engorgio" Draco cried and managed to shrink his legs enough to be able to walk with them though they were still very swollen.
Harry continued to demonstrate different hexes and jinxes until the Reaktus curse wore off. Draco Malfoy was so thoroughly cursed by now that he was hardly recognizable. Harry had made sure that Draco kept standing with his wand in his hand so that no one could call the duel off until he was done with Draco.
"Expelliarmus" Harry cried, his curse hit Draco hard in his chest and he flew several yards back before he landed softly on the floor. Draco's wand flew high in the air and Harry banished it back to Draco before it even started to descend.
"Would Mr Crabbe and Mr Goyle please escort Mr Malfoy off the ring" Harry said politely. The students who were watching except the Slytherins applauded loudly when they realised that Harry was done. Harry felt very good with himself, he had cursed Malfoy beyond recognition in front of Snape and not only gotten away with it he had half the school cheering for him because of it. Harry looked up at Snape it would be very fun to duel with to get a chance to duel with Snape too Malfoy had not tired him the slightest. He glanced over at Snape who was glaring at him from the staff platform.
"Now Snape, I think there might be some students doubting your ability as a dueller as well seeing as you are new here" Harry said calmly but regretted the words a moment after he had said them. Snape was glaring at him worse then ever and muscle in his yaw was flinching madly.
Harry swallowed he had forgotten how mad Snape could get, and he had just given Snape a chance to curse him seriously without anyone complaining. Snape must be a very good dueler to have survived as long as he had as a spy for Dumbledore and Harry would of course not stand a chance. He vaguely remembered Sirius telling him that Snape knew more dark arts then some of the seventh years when they had been in their first year.
Harry's fear faded just as quickly as it had arrived, he thought of all the things Snape had said and done. Snape had been a part of the cause of Sirius death and he had called his mum a mudblood and he had poisoned Hermione and thrown Ron out of his potion class. Harry found that he wanted very badly to curse Snape even if Snape cursed him ten times worse in return.
"Very well Potter" Snape spat and climbed into the ring at the opposite end.
"Both Mr Potter an Professor Snape will of course only cast harmless spells" Fleur said as if she was worried that they might try and kill each other. Harry and Snape bowed "One… Two… Three"
Harry quickly waved his wand over him and performed the agility charm keeping a close watch at Snape at the same time. Snape too seemed to perform an agility charm. Harry performed a shield charm that would protect him against Expelliarmus once. He had a feeling Snape wanted to hit him hard with the disarming spell since Harry had used it on him in his third year.
Snape was, as Harry had feared a very good dueler he was extraordinary fast and had an almost perfect aim. Within a few minutes Snape had the upper hand and Harry was forced to block and dodge curses instead of sending anything back.
Snape had a very strategic dueling technique, 'Dueling for Masters' had described different patterns to block and attack but Harry had never understood what they were supposed to be like until now Snape seemed almost to be dancing. Never for even a short moment holding his wand still always waving it softly through the air and every time it pointed at Harry Snape uttered an incantation.
Before Harry realised it himself, he was waving his wand in a similar way and every now and then forced Snape to jump out of the way of a curse or even block it. Harry soon found a wand pattern to use against Snape and as he did, Snape adjusted his pattern to force Harry to change his. This was dueling on a completely new level to Harry he had never even suspected that dueling could be anything like this. It was as if the spells didn't matter at all because they were each and every one final. Harry didn't send anything friendlier then expelliarmus and neither did Snape.
Harry and Snape continued for what seemed like hours of dueling, each forcing the other to change his pattern over and over again every now and then one of them would brake the patterns hoping to surprise the other. Snape had become very frustrated and started casting curses with increased magnitude to hurt Harry even if he dodged it. Harry did the same and they were both hauling small explosions at each other. Snape managed to burn Harry's robes pretty badly at one point but not enough for them to catch fire.
Harry was thinking through Dueling for Masters hoping to find a way to end this duel. He remembered that it said to use your abilities full out and to use them well especially if you opponent didn't have them. Perhaps Harry could disturb Snape's pattern bad enough to curse him if he conjured a snake and told it to watch out for Snape's curses so that Snape would have two enemies. He didn't want to speak parselmouth in front of anyone but if that was what it took to beat Snape it was worth it besides everyone already knew he was a parselmouth.
Harry had never conjured a snake before but he knew the incantation was Serpensortia and he figured that he probably needed to focus hard on a snake to manage it correctly. It was remarkably easy to focus on a snake he realised, perhaps because he had been a snake last Christmas when Voldemort had attacked Mr Weasley. He focused as hard as he could on a snake what they felt like, how they sounded and how they acted.
Harry opened his mouth to say Serpensortia but no human sound escaped his lips he had been focusing so hard on snakes that he hissed in parseltongue instead. Harry thought for a moment that he had made a complete fool out of himself failing so completely to conjure a snake but he soon found that he was badly mistaken.
He felt a huge weight at the end of his wand and turned it down towards the floor to easier hold on to it. It all happened very fast first a huge snakehead erupted from his wand about a feet wide with green emerald eyes then the snake head made a slithering movement and the snake head's body started to slither out of his wand tip. Harry had expected a small snake four feet at most, he had no idea why his snake was this huge he didn't complain however. Snape gaped at him for a few seconds but soon regained his senses.
"Expelliarmus" Snape cried, Harry who had a heavy snake uncoiling it self from the tip of his wand had no chance of moving quick enough to doge the spell. He was trapped, the disarming spell approach him quickly it would hit him. Harry stood up to take it squarely in his chest the impact can be a bit painful otherwise especially as Snape is a powerful wizard. As the curse was about to hit him there was a bright flash and a loud pop. Harry had completely forgotten that he had created a shield against expelliarmus at the begging of the duel.
Snape glared at him and made to cast a second spell at Harry but before Snape had time to move the weight in the tip of Harry's wand suddenly subsided. Harry looked down on the floor a huge black snake probably twenty feet long with green eyes and white belly was uncoiling it self there.
"Master what do you command" The huge snake hissed at him.
"Stay away from curses that my opponent might cast at you" Harry commanded he had had no idea that the snakes he conjured would address him as master.
Snape tried to stun the snake almost at once but the huge snake was very fast and slithered its body out of the way. Harry gained the upside of the duel in an instant Snape now had two opponents to watch.
"When I say now, attack him but don't bite him" Harry hissed, he decided to make the process short with Snape since he was aching all over from exhaustion. The Reaktus charm was very draining when used for a longer period.
"Now" Harry hissed and the snake seemed to almost fly towards Snape. Snape turned to the snake to try to ward it off which gave Harry a free shot at Snape.
"Petrificus Totalus" Harry hissed in parseltongue by mistake, but the curse worked just as well as always. Snape fell to the floor unable to move a muscle. The snake however didn't take this as a sign to stop its attack. Within seconds, the snake had Snape wrapped tightly in its long body.
"Good job" Harry hissed at the snake "Now let him go, and get back to me"
"Thank you master. As you wish master" The snake said and let Snape go. Snape fell to the floor unable to do a single thing to prevent it. Wish you could see this Sirius Harry though happily, or maybe not you wouldn't be able to stop laughing for ages.
"Bravo" Tonks exclaimed, and there was a rumble of applauds and cheers from the audience. Harry looked around at them and smiled proudly, Neville was cheering like mad and many other Gryffindors with him. Hermione was skipping up and down in relief and joy, Ron was standing next to her mouthing "party!"
"Master" The snake hissed fearfully "do we attack?"
"No" Harry hissed back.
"Please stop clapping" Harry said to the audience "You are scaring the snake"
The clapping stopped at once most peoples seemed afraid of the snake and didn't like the idea of scaring it.
"Master must be a very powerful wizard to have so many servants" The snake hissed respectfully.
They should have a snake instead of a centaur at the fountain of magical brotherhood Harry thought.
"They are not my servants" Harry hissed.
"I'm sorry master but they obeys master, surly they are your servants" The snake hissed.
Harry was too exhausted from the duel to argue back at a snake instead he simply smiled at it hoping it would be enough like a human to understand his gesture.
"Miss Granger" Harry said tiredly "Would you mind teaching the Reaktus charm instead of me I think I need to lay down for a moment"
"Dinner will be served in five minutes" Hermione replied.
"Oh" Harry said he and Snape must have dueled for about four hours and all that time he had been under the influence of the Reaktus charm, which probably had made those four hours seem as eight to his body "We'll have to do the Reaktus charm next week then"
Fleur lifted the body bind curse off Snape who seemed as tired as Harry was and didn't have the slightest energy to even glare at Harry. Snape left the great hall almost as fast as Harry did.
Tonks and Fleur were left alone to return the great hall to its usual state. The Snake would eventually fade away since it was not a conjured snake just a charmed one but as nobody knew how long time that might take they decided to let it out in the forbidden forest rather then to vanish it.
"And when he cast that explosion I though you were a gonner" Ron said eagerly discussing every detail of the duel.
"I was so worried" Hermione said "I almost poured water on you"
"And when you conjured that Snake" Ron said admiringly "I had no idea you could conjure snakes like that"
"That was fantastic, did you use Serpensortia?" Hermione asked, eager for the technical details.
"Yes" Harry said weakly.
"But you just started to hiss?" Ron asked.
"Harry, must have said Serpensortia in parseltongue" Hermione explained "That would explain why the snake got so huge"
Ron laughed "Can you imagine how Snape must feel, beaten by a Gryffindor who conjured a snake. I mean he's the head of the snake house"
Harry laugh feebly, but soon stopped "I got to be in his class Thursday morning!"
"Are you mad, don't go near him ever again" Ron said seriously "He's crazy he'll kill you if you walk through the door to his classroom"
"Don't be stupid he won't kill you Harry, he's a professor" Hermione said as they reached the fat Lady and gave the password.
Harry was too tired to have any further discussion about anything.
"I'm going to bed don't wake me up, no matter what" He told them and walked swiftly up to his dormitory.
Harry was more of a hero then he had ever been before, he had beaten Snape and Malfoy, the two most hated persons in the school, except perhaps Mr Fitch and his cat, and not only had he beaten them he had done it in front of everyone. Of course, the Slytherins hated him more then ever but Harry didn't complain especially as Draco Malfoy had started to ignore him completely.
Harry was very relieved Thursday morning in potions, that Snape was not at all as nasty as he could be. Snape ignored Harry as completely as Malfoy did, though Harry could tell that it took Snape all his will strength to do so.
The weeks progress quickly with both Quidditch practise and the dueling club. Soon the last traces of the summer were gone and the weather became colder for every day that passed. Harry was very happy everything was going his way for once the only thing bothering him was that Voldemort was out there but he had such a good time in Hogwarts with his friends that not even Voldemort could bother him too much.
Selena Malfoy seemed to find her place in Gryffindor and got several first year friends, she even dared to speak to Harry openly in Gryffindor tower. Harry was very happy for Selena, she seemed like a completely new person, she was open and nice and didn't seem to care whether her fiends were muggle-borns, half-bloods or pure-bloods the slightest. She turned out to be a good chaser too, even though Ginny and Selena was not as good as Alicia and Angelina had been they still had a very good chance to win the cup this year again.
Ginny was in a very strange mood one moment she would be just as normal and at the next she would give someone a detention for something complete irrelevant. They were all very worried about Ginny but as she didn't seem to be in any sort of danger whatsoever they settled with Fleur's explanation that Ginny was just having a hard time growing up and that her hormones wasn't helping.
Voldemort was as horrible as ever, there were mystical disappearances and deaths. Sometimes though there were even small battles between aurors and death eaters. So far about a hundred wizards had been murdered which Remus wrote in his letters was better then they could have dreamed for. Remus also explained in his letters that Voldemort was currently the underdog and would not endanger his death eaters in battles unless it was unavoidable. Muggle baiting and torture was out of the question.
Harry had finally gotten over Hedwig enough to start sending letters with school owls, he had felt like he was cheating on her when he sent his replies to Remus off with another owl but it couldn't be helped. Tonks and he also wrote a letter to Mrs Figg telling her about the dueling club they had started and many other more or less insignificant things. Mrs Figg unlike Mr Filtch wasn't bitter at all about being a squib, so Harry nor Tonks felt bad about telling her how wonderful it was to be back at Hogwarts.
Earlier then Harry had thought Flitwick announced during one charm lesson, that those who had signed up for the field trip with to St Mungo's would take a portkey from the hospital wing at once. Hermione and most of the other students as well including all the Slytherins got up and left. Harry knew that none of the Slytherins had any interest at all in becoming healers they only went along on the trip because Harry was not. Flitwick gave up on the idea of teaching them anything since most of the students was not present instead they had a very good time accio dueling. The general idea of accio dueling was that to persons stood up in front of each other and tried to summon the same object whoever got the object won.
"Professor Flitwick" Harry asked at the end of the class when he and Ron were the only students left.
"ah, Potter what can I do for you?" Flitwick asked happily in his somewhat squeaky voice.
"Well it is Hermione" Answered Ron who was standing next to Harry "It's her birthday soon"
"Oh, congratulate her from me, which day is it?" Flitwick said happily.
"The nineteenth" Harry said "We were thinking of giving her a book"
"Yeah" Ron chipped in "we figured we would give her a book on enchanting objects"
"And you wonder which to choose" Flitwick finished for them "That's tricky I would say Enchanting for pleasure and profit by Porter Petretti but I think Miss Granger would like Final charms and enchantments by Callandra Delvalle better. She is not as good a writer as Mr Petretti but her book contains more charms and techniques then Enchanting for pleasure and profit"
"That would be it" Ron said happily as they left the charms classroom "Hermione loves a book especially if it is hard read, maybe we should ask for it in some old dead language she would love it"
Harry had suggested that they would buy Hermione a book for her birthday since she wouldn't let Harry read Dueling for masters alone. Ron didn't think a book was a good thing at first since he thought Hermione read all to much as it was but he had given in when Harry had told him that Hermione wouldn't be really happy unless she got a book and that she would be very grateful if she got one.
They ordered the book by post owls from flourish and blots and it arrived the day before Hermione's 16th birthday the 18th of September. They celebrated Hermione's birthday with a small part down at Hagrid's hut as usual. Dobby had arranged with the birthday cake and Ron had persuaded him to eat it with them. Hermione was very happy about this, one house elf was better then none. Hermione loved her charms book, it was a thick book, the cover was of dark thick leather and it had almost as many charms on it as Harry's Dueling for masters.
Just when things started settling down to daily routine at Hogwarts, it was Halloween and the first Hogsmeade visit. Ron and Hermione made plans for the trip to the village, Harry felt a bit sad being left out at first but then Fleur asked him to go with her. Tonks pretended to be mad at them for leaving her alone and said that she could get any date she wanted and she did. Harry had no idea of how she managed it but some how she had persuaded Selena Malfoy to go with her, apparently first years were allowed to go if they were in the company of a professor.
Harry had a great day in Hogsmeade with Fleur they had started the trip by sneaking out through the hidden passage under the Whomping willow covered by Harry's invisibility cloak. He had told Fleur about how Remus had spent the full moon's in the shrieking shack and how his dad, Sirius and Wormtail had became animagi and she was very eager to see the actual places Harry had described.
They went everywhere in Hogsmeade, Fleur stopped by the post office to send a post card to her aunt Nancy in Beauxbaton. Harry noticed a new section of owls called 'security owls'. A sign explained that the security owls were trained to fly at a very high altitude and not land in mid flight. They also wore a seal that proved that they were ministry approved security owls. Harry knew however that Mad Eye Moody thought these owls to be some kind of joke and was not even reliable enough to trust with a simple greeting.
Harry and Fleur wandered further in Hogsmeade towards Honeydukes. She had told him once during one of her long crying sessions that she had bought Gabrielle's ninth birthday present there so Harry was a little nervous how she would react. When they entered the sweet shop, Fleur didn't seem to even think about Gabrielle to Harry's relief but it wasn't really surprisingly Fleur had been a lot happier lately. Tonks and Selena where standing by the counter waiting in line to purchase something but then Harry saw they weren't holding any sweets. Tonks was glancing over the counter and down the stairs that led to the storeroom in which the secret passage to Hogwarts was.
"Accio Map" Fleur hissed angrily, she had no doubt realised where Tonks was watching and why. The Marauders' Map flew out of one of the pockets on Tonks's cloak to Fleur who caught it.
"What?" Tonks asked and turned around facing them as Fleur handed Harry the map and forbade him giving it back to Tonks.
"You know very well what" Fleur replied silently so that no students would over hear their conversation "And no, under all circumstances no"
"I wasn't planning…." Tonks said.
"You were too" Fleur hissed "I absolutely forbid it, especially as you are in the company of Miss Malfoy"
Selena looked questionably at Harry and Harry smiled reassuringly at her though Harry knew that if Tonks replied the wrong thing there would be a bird in Honeydukes.
"I'm sorry" Tonks replied who finally seemed to know better then to push Fleur's anger. "I won't do it, I just wondered"
"Good" Fleur replied shortly "then we won't have a problem"
"No we won't" Tonks agreed weakly.
Saline continued looking questionably around at them as if hoping that some one would give her an explanation. Harry didn't dare tell her anything in Fleur's presence.
After the minor incident Harry, Fleur, Tonks and Selena had a very good time looking at the sweets in the unusual taste section. Harry joked with Fleur about buying Worm Whippings for her next veela transformation.
Later that evening they gathered in the great hall for the Halloween feast. The great hall was as magnificent as ever; it was enchanted so that it resembled a graveyard, or perhaps maybe more a grave dungeon. Great drops of red liquid dropped from the ceiling that for once didn't reflect the sky outside. Hundreds of live flying bats seemed to be able to catch each one of these drops before they landed. Harry supposed that the drops were enchanted so that they would conjure a bat if needed to catch them or perhaps it was the other way around the bats conjured a drop and then caught it or perhaps the hole thing was an illusion of some kind.
Harry had a great time eating all kinds of food that were enchanted to look nasty but tasted great. It became a sort of a dare at the Gryffindor table to taste the most awful looking things it was a bit like eating Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans.
"I'm full" Ron exclaimed leaning back in his chair.
"Me too" Agreed Harry and lent back in his chair as well.
"Listen mate" Ron said and Hermione who sad across the table to Ron, glanced at Harry apologetically "You wouldn't mind…"
"Could you borrow us your cloak?" Hermione asked quickly "You'll have it back tomorrow."
"You two are prefects!" Harry said disapprovingly he couldn't help himself it was a too good opportunity.
Hermione blushed and looked down on her plate.
Ron however didn't seem even slightly abashed "So what no one would see us if we wore the cloak"
"Sure" Harry replied though it would be somewhat lonely without them but maybe he could go see Fleur and Tonks.
The trio left a few minutes later and walked up towards Gryffindor tower before everyone.
"See you tomorrow" Ron said when Harry handed him his cloak.
Harry sat alone on his bed he glanced up at his foe glass and saw to his surprise that some of the dark shadows were moving swiftly in the background. Shadows in the background usually moved a little and sometimes even swiftly though not as many as now. Harry sighted deeply he wasn't worried about what the foe glass showed him unless he could see actual faces, but it made him feel uneasy nevertheless.
He tried to focus on something else and settled on Ron and Hermione. He sometimes wondered where they went when they were alone he supposed they like most couples found an empty classroom somewhere to be alone. With a deep yawn, he slumped back on his bed and felt that he still had the Marauders' map in his robe pocked.
"That's it" He mumbled to himself and sat up, he pulled his map out of his pocked and tapped it with his wand and gave it the password. The lines that made up the Hogwarts castle drew themselves quickly.
The first thing that caught Harry's eye was a dot moving rapidly away from the others in Hogwarts. As the lines drew themselves more clearly, he noticed that the dot that moved quickly away was in the forbidden forest and then he saw to his horror that it was labelled Selena Malfoy.
Harry knew at once that Selena could not possible be running that fast by herself through the forbidden forest, much less in the dark and since her dot was alone some kind of horrible unnamed creature must have taken her. Harry's heartbeat doubled in an instance but he didn't notice, he knew what he had to do. He pulled out his wand and summoned his Firebolt violently from his trunk, and mounted it. He turned towards the window it would have to go.
"REDUCTO" Harry yelled waving his wand at the window it was blasted to pieces and a small part of the wall with it. Harry flew quickly out into the dark night pushing his broom to fly as fast as it ever had. He knew he shouldn't leave the castle like this, but what choice did he have when Selena could be eaten this very moment by some horrific beast?
Harry bent even lower over his handle to fly even faster, his broom made a sort of whistling sound, he had never flown this fast ever in his life. He flew over the forbidden forest where he had seen Selena's spot before but he couldn't see or hear anything. He flew deeper over the forest staying above the treetops.
"Lumos" He muttered hoping that he would be able to se something.
"SELENA" He yelled and flew deeper into the forest. Perhaps Harry thought desperately there were no more a Selena to be found.
"SELENA!" He yelled frantically.
"Help" He heard a weak voice call from far ahead. Harry sped up again and flew towards the help. He took several breaths of deep relief at least she was not to badly hurt to yell for help. There was a clearing ahead and then he saw something that would cause Ron to fall of his broom. There was about ten huge Acromantulas fighting over something small and blond that was screaming and sobbing loudly.
"Harry" Selena wailed painfully, she was dangling violently in her legs from one of the giant spiders who were trying to wards off the rest of the giant spiders with its front set of legs.
"Don't let them eat me, oh god Harry don't let them eat me I don't want to die" Selena wailed through her sobs. The spiders stopped fighting and turned up towards the sky where Harry was hovering on his broom.
"Let her go" Harry said firmly, he felt himself shake with anger and horror. He had no idea how he would get Selena out of this but he would do anything to do so.
"Be gone friend of Hagrid" One of the spiders said and the others clicked their pincers in agreement. Harry had not counted on being recognized and was a little taken aback.
"Harry" Wailed Selena as the spiders started to fight over her again.
"Stop it" Harry yelled.
"You have nothing to say in this matter friend of Hagrid" One of the spiders clicked.
"LET HER GO OR I'LL KILL YOU" Harry threatened. The spiders ignored him completely they were too busy fighting, Selena dangled madly and sobbed loudly as the spider who held her reared on two pare of legs.
There was no chance he was going to be able to stun any of them alone, the only curse he knew that could affect the Acromantulas was the killing curse. Harry made up his mind in an instance he would at least have to try the killing curse, Avada Kedavra. He pointed his wand at one of the attacking spiders as he didn't dare point his wand at the spider that held Selena since he might accidentally hit her.
Harry brought up the memories and feelings he had of the killing curse and focused as hard as he possibly could on feeling dead and emotionless, he imagined the green flash and the sound of speeding death.
"AVADA KEDAVRA" Harry yelled as loud as possible. He had read that the killing curse was emotional demanding and that it should not be practised under any circumstances with out a certified curse trainer but he had never in his wildest dreams imagined anything like this. As he yelled the last syllables of the killing curse he was sure he was going to die, he felt the green light leave his wand but it was not only green light he felt most of himself somehow leave as well. It wasn't hurting physically in any way but he could feel pain in his mind as badly as if someone had poked a needle into his brain.
Years of Quidditch practise made Harry instinctively hang on to his broom. Reality started blurred, and Harry hardly saw the killing curse hit the spider he was aiming for. The huge spider rolled over and laid still not even a shiver, the spider was dead.
Harry had killed it. He had killed a creature capable of human speech and with enough brains to remember him since his second year. He had committed murder.
The spiders stopped fighting for a moment and looked up at Harry, Selena still sobbed and screamed for help. Harry hoped for a few moments that the spider was going to let Selena go since Harry had proven that he would kill them but they didn't let Selena go instead the other spiders seemed to think that now they had better odds of eating Selena themselves since they had one less opponent.
Harry didn't feel like he could survive casting another curse, in fact he didn't feel like he could even make his heart beat even if it did it by itself.
"HAARRRYY" Saline screamed "It's going to eat me, I am going to die!"
An attacking spider was trying to catch Selena's head or her waving arms. Harry knew that if the attacking spider managed to catch Selena's arms and started to pull they would tear her apart. He knew that the only way Selena was going to survive this was if he murdered the attacking spider. With huge effort, Harry managed to pull his mind and will together.
"AVADA KEDAVRA" Harry yelled again and he died he just had to be dead. All his emotions vanished and he felt light and strong as if he was drifting off towards heaven but found after a few moments that he was still inside his body. Selena screamed in pain as the remaining spiders started to fight even more violently over her.
"Avada Kedavra" Harry hissed and a third spider fell to the ground, he didn't feel anything now that he performed the curse but somehow he had not expected to feel anything it was almost as if he was dreaming. More spiders were welling out of the forest into the clearing they had probably heard Selena or Harry yelling.
"Avada Kedavra" Harry said over and over again and one after one the spiders fell to the ground. Soon the spiders started to flee but Harry wouldn't let them, they had tried to hurt Selena and they were going to pay dearly with their lives. He flew quickly back and forward in the clearing casting killing curses everywhere.
He felt nothing but satisfaction and power, he knew that he should feel horrible but he didn't. Finally, the only spider left was the one holding Selena, it dropped her and started to run but Harry didn't let it he flew around it and faced it.
"Say goodbye spider of Aragog" Harry said in a deadly whisper.
"No" The spider clicked "Don't kill me friend of Hagrid" It pleaded.
"Avada Kedavra" Harry said with an evil smirk, the spider fell dead to the ground.
"Is it gone" Selena asked from the middle of the clearing, she was beyond tears now probably in some kind of shock. Harry flew over to her, and helped her up on his broom without saying a word.
"Harry" She said loosening up a little "I am so sorry I didn't know"
Harry didn't reply he found that some part of him must have died back in the clearing because he didn't feel a single thing, his emotions was completely gone. He didn't feel like talking to a first year that had nothing to offer him. As they reached Hogwarts grounds Harry realise that he must have gone mad though he didn't feel bad about it. He couldn't feel anything, all that was left in him was his will. Harry landed near the forest and got off the broom he didn't want to talk to McGonagall or any other stupid teacher at the moment.
"Fly strait to McGonagall" Harry said coolly to get rid of her, he could now see that Selena was crying silently but didn't care "her office is on the first floor"
Selena cried even more as she got up on Harry's Firebolt and flew away towards the castle. She probably expects to be expelled Harry thought, and be forced to go back to her parents. Harry should have told her that she wouldn't be expelled, but thought savagely that she could do with some crying it wouldn't hurting her and if it did it wasn't Harry's trouble.
Harry walked slowly towards the castle in lack of anything better to do. The doors to the castle flung open far away, someone walked out of the castle and closed them. Harry stopped he couldn't make out who it was because the bright light from inside the castle had blinded him slightly. The figure who had exited the school walked strait towards him. It was Snape Harry realised when the figure was only ten feet away.
"Potter" Snape hissed "Miss Malfoy tells us you were inside the forest"
"Good for you Snivellus" Harry said coolly, he wasn't angry at Snape he just knew Snape had done him wrong and would pay for it "Or is it Professor Snivellus"
"Detention for the rest of the term Potter" Snape hissed and turned almost as white as Voldemort.
"You might be able to give much more then detention" Harry told him softly.
"What have you done Potter" Snape spat.
"I've just killed about twenty Acromantulas" Harry replied without the smallest hint of a emotion "but that's not why"
"Out with it!" Snape commanded Harry could tell that Snape didn't believe for a moment that Harry had killed twenty Acromantulas it was too far fetched.
"I'm going to fry your brain" Harry explained calmly "And unless you end up with the Longbottoms, I think you will have a chance to expel me for use of an unforgivable on a professor… Snivellus"
Snape went as if in slow motion for his wand but before Snape had even gripped his wand in his pocket Harry had drawn his wand and pointed it strait between Snape's eyes. His lack of emotions seemed to have boosted his reflexes almost as if he had used Reaktus.
"Let's find out how long you can take it shall we" Harry whispered. Snape's eyes had gone wide with shock and terror Harry could tell from Snape's expression that he had experienced the cruciatus curse before. Harry smiled a little voice somewhere in his head told him that he was insane to even consider using an unforgivable against a teacher but he couldn't care less.
"Crucio" Harry said almost lazily. Snape didn't have a chance of dodging the curse they were standing too close to each other.
Snape let out a horrible howl of pain as the cruciatus curse hit him strait between his eyes. Snape fell to the muddy ground screaming at the top of his lounges shaking and twitching madly in pure pain.
To Harry it was wonderful it felt a bit like flying on his broom, he closed his eyes to enjoy Snape's shrieks of pain more fully. It wasn't really a feeling just a desire for revenge.
After a few minutes, Harry found that he could control Snape's screams by pointing his wand at different parts of Snape. He opened his eyes and saw that Snape didn't have far left to go, he had bitten his tongue off or perhaps his lounges or throat had been damage by his screams because he was bleeding freely from his mouth. With a quick flick with his wand over one of Snape's legs he managed to get the potion master to role over to his front. A smirk crossed Harry's lips when he realised that Snape would with some luck drown in his own blood and mud.
"STUPIFY" Shrieked a terrified female voice, Harry had been too caught with Snape to notice anyone approaching him. On instinct, Harry ducked and let Snape out of the cruciatus curse involuntarily. The stunner passed inches over Harry's head. Whoever disturbed his torment of Snape was going to pay. He turned around and found McGonagall pointing her wand at him.
"What are you doing Potter" McGonagall shrieked, she was trembling so badly that she would have problems cursing him if she tried.
"I was frying Professor Snivellus's brain" Harry replied daringly raising his want at her "I think it would do him good to spend some time with the Longbottoms"
"Put down your wand at once Potter" McGonagall commanded.
"You actually think I would do that" Harry replied in a patronizing voice.
"Very well" McGonagall said fear etched in her face "But I want you to know that Fleur is in St Mungo's"
He found that Fleur was perhaps the last thing he had feelings for in this world. As he realised he loved Fleur as much as ever he felt as if someone one was stabbing his brain with a needle again trying literary to piercing his feelings for Fleur so that they would go away. No matter how deep or much the needle pierced his mind the feelings for Fleur would not go away, he loved her with every part of his mind.
Harry burst out laughing and crying madly "I love Fleur" He yelled in triumph and fell limp down in the mud, his mind too damage to keep him conscious.
Wow action! No explosions though… I'll make up for that in the end… lol
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