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Kjkit - Harry Potter and the Marcello School
Chapter 15 - Multianimagi
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Thank you to LOLITASTORM, JENELF – you underestimate me!, and SPASH PANTHER – well, I've never seen harry as a normal boy. Things will tend to get worse before they get better though, I'm afraid. KAKOLE – thanks for the review, I'm sorry if it came across that Kat's father is the Doyen – he's not. But you'll find more out about Kat in later chapters with the introduction of a couple more characters.
Oh, and well done to those who guessed the title of this chapter! Enjoy!
Chapter 15: Multianimagi
The next morning Harry returned to the training room, running through the corridors as a black panther and relishing the feel of the tight feline muscles that ran through his body.
He entered the large room to find Horus already sitting cross-legged in the middle of the room, his dark eyes closed lightly. Harry quickly transformed, the process a lot less painful now he had completed it a number of times and waited patiently for his tutor to speak.
"I may not be the most experienced of tutors you have come across, mostly due to my age, and it is because of this I sought counsel from some of my superiors last night. It has been suggested to me that you may have the potential for becoming a very strong wizard." Harry sat quiet, a little unsure of how to respond to such a comment without sounding pig-headed. Horus sat in silence for nearly a full minute before speaking again. "Tell me, what went through your mind when you transformed yesterday?"
Harry thought for a couple of moments before describing the zoo he had visited with the Dursley's the summer before he had gone to Hogwarts, and his mental recollection of the animals there, including the wolf and finally the black panther.
"And you say you could sense the detail of the wolf almost as clearly as you could the panther?"
Harry nodded. "Down to the wind blowing in its fur" he said.
"I want you to close your eyes and picture that wolf." Horus said and Harry obeyed. "Concentrate on the look in its eye, the way it moves... And I want you to try and transform."
Harry's eyes snapped open. "But haven't we already discovered my animagus form?"
"I briefly mentioned yesterday the rare talent of multianimagi. And I don't see there's any harm in seeing whether or not you possess this talent. Now most Multianiamgi are only able to turn into various breeds of their particular species of animal. For example, one Multianimagus I have heard of can transform into two different species of cat such as the household tabby and a lion. Occasionally you do come across a witch or wizard who can perform cross-species transformations. And as your wolf is a canine and you panther is a feline..."
Harry nodded in understanding and took a deep breath, steadying his excitement before shutting his eyes. He pictured once more the proud wolf as it stood on the other side of the fence. By placing his fingers through the wire mesh and touching the smooth fur, Harry was almost able to feel the wind blowing through it.
With a painful shudder, Harry once more felt his bones and muscles contort themselves. And when he finally opened his eyes he found himself sitting on his haunches, grey/black fur thickly covering his canine hide.
Horus nodded. "As I suspected. You may turn back now, kid, and practise other forms in your spare time."
Harry hesitated before he did so. Relishing the feel of stamina and boundless energy that coursed through his veins. He felt he could start off at a lope and continue to run for days. It was almost as if the forest was calling for him to run their paths, but he resisted the urge and turned back. Sitting, once more in front of his cross-legged tutor.
"Now, I want you to tell me why you asked about possibility of magical- animagi transformations yesterday."
Harry frowned, thinking back to the image of Fawkes which had jumped into his mind as soon as Horus had mentioned becoming an Animagus. "I once knew a phoenix." He started to explain, briefly shutting his eyes. "And when you told me to concentrate on the finer details of an animal I felt I could remember everything about him. The way he flew, the way he sang. I even remember seeing him on a burning day."
Horus nodded slightly. "This has never been done before, and I personally think it's a pointless exercise. However, I have been asked to help you attempt a transformation into a phoenix."
Harry's mouth dropped open. "But you said..."
"I know what I said, kid." Horus interrupted and he let his stony gaze disappear long enough for Harry to notice an excited glint sparkle in his eyes. "But I am not much older than you are, and I don't claim to know everything. You have already shown that you are more talented than most by completing cross-species transformations" Harry shook his head uncertainly. "Look, whereas the transformation into a magical animal has never been done does not mean it's impossible. It probably just relies on the magical prowess of the witch or wizard attempting the transformation. What is common knowledge is that most people find that the first animal they think of when attempting a transformation is usually that animal they will become. As most people immediately picture an everyday animal such as a household pet they usually never recognise their full potential. But, as the first animal to enter your mind was a phoenix, I am willing to bet that you'd be able to take the form, even if you are incapable of mimicking it's unique form of magic. You could be a breakthrough in the wizarding world!"
Harry rolled his eyes slightly at his tutor's words. "As if I need more fame." He muttered. But Horus had dropped all pretence of being indifferent and Harry was spurned on to try by the eagerness etched into the face before him.
He once more took a deep breath and closed his eyes. Almost instantly the image of Fawkes popped into his head. Sitting on his usual perch in Dumbledore's office he was pruning his magnificent red/gold feathers, ruffling them in a proud way as he started to sing a soft song that caused a warm glow to pass through Harry's body as the image in his head began to change.
Fawkes' red/gold feathers began to take on a paler hue, taking on a shade of yellow whilst their tips began to turn black. His size increased by a couple of inches and his song grew louder as he stretched his magnificent wings, admiring himself from every angle as he stared out with his cobalt eyes.
Black eyes. Harry blinked, suddenly aware that his own eyes were open and the image of the phoenix had not disappeared. He was looking into a mirror conjured up by Horus and the transformation had already happened, this time without the pain caused by his skeleton and muscles rearranging themselves. This transformation had happened totally without his awareness, almost as if the phoenix had been a part of him and had just decided to show itself.
Harry trilled again, and with a couple of flaps of his great wings took off from the floor to soar through the air of the great training hall, his ears full of the excited laughing from the boy standing in the middle of the hall below him. After a couple of laps of the hall he landed back on the ground and transformed back.
"Wow." Horus said, reaching forward and grabbing Harry's hand, pumping it hard. "Truly amazing." Harry grinned, a little short of breath and Horus placed his hand on his shoulder. "Go rest." He said. "I need to go and talk to some people about this. Tomorrow we shall explore your form a little more, to see exactly what you are capable of. And after that we can start some wandless magic, though, after seeing you change like that I doubt that it will take you long to pick up."
Harry nodded again, his eyes closing slightly as a wave of tiredness hit him. "Here." He looked down to see a large book had appeared in his tutor's hand. "It's a book on what we know about phoenix. Most of it is speculation, though, if you feel up to it, maybe you'd like to work your way through it and see if any of it applies to you."
Harry nodded quickly, his eyes opening wide as he glanced down at the book and noticed the author. "Dumbledore!" he exclaimed.
"You know him?" Horus asked.
"Sure," Harry said with a smile. "He's the headmaster at Hogwarts."
Horus nodded. "Then work through it, see if it will help you discover what you are capable of." Harry nodded and grinned once more before heading for the door to the hall. Horus grinned as he watched the animagus leave and soon felt a hand on his shoulder.
"What happened to the harsh teaching techniques that you were so eager to master?" Leo spoke quietly.
Horus shrugged. "I guess you have to make some exceptions with special students. Some learn better with friendly support rather than hostility." He looked at his master. "I assume that you are going to take over his training now that his animagus form has come to light?"
Leo shook his head. "No. You continue with the wandless magic. I think you two are well matched. You might even make a friend out of him."
Horus chuffed a little and shook his head. "A friend? In this place? Would be hard to believe." He looked back to the door that Harry had walked through. "Though he is a good kid. Great potential as well. I'd just be glad to know that I helped with his training."
Leo nodded. "Then continue," he said, walking away. "Just keep me posted on his progress."
"Of course." Horus replied, then called after his master. "Hey, Leo. What about his name?"
Leo paused for a second, his back still facing the young tutor. "Pyro," he replied and then continued out the door.
Horus thought for a few seconds then nodded, a smile appearing on his face before he transformed into a magnificent eagle and soared out of the open door.