Draco to the Rescue
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Chapter 5 – Draco to the Rescue
Harry entered the DADA classroom and sat behind the desk. He waited patiently for the Slytherin and Hufflepuff first years to come into the room. These were new students and Harry did not feel that they would pose much of a problem for him. His biggest concern was fifth year and up. The older the student the more prejudice against him that would appear. He gave a sigh and stood behind his desk. The students filed in and took their seats. Harry noticed that the Slytherins sat on one side and the Hufflepuffs sat on the other.
"I would like for each of you to stand up please," said Harry. "When I call you name, I will assign you a seat. This will be your seat for the rest of the year. The person sitting with you at the table will be your accountability buddy. This means that when there is a practical, you are teamed up with that person. For dual projects, you will also work with your buddy. Does everyone understand?"
There was a murmur of assent throughout the room. Harry took that in stride and started calling roll. When he was done and all of the students were seated, it did not take them long to realize that Harry had paired each Slytherin with a Hufflepuff. There were some angry mutterings about this.
"You have one of two options," said Harry. "You can either accept it, or you may leave my class and not return. If you choose to leave my class, your head of house will not be pleased."
"Professor Snape will not allow you to do this," said a Slytherin boy.
"That will be two points from Slytherin for your cheek," said Harry. "Let's get one thing perfectly clear. Professor Snape has fully backed the decision that appointed me DADA professor. If you think that complaining to him will get you special favor in my classroom, then I suggest you think again. Now if you are finished disrespecting me I suggest you put your books away and take out your wand. Today will be a practical."
The students quickly put their books away. After Harry's talk, not many wanted to upset him further. While they were getting ready, Harry quickly made a note recording the name of the offender for his personal records.
"Today we will be discussing and practicing the disarming charm," said Harry. "Who can tell me the incantation to disarm someone?"
Hands rose in the air.
"Yes, Miss Radcliff," said Harry pointing to a first year Slytherin girl.
"Expelliarmus," she answered.
"Very good," said Harry. "That is two points to Slytherin. Now who can tell me why we use this spell?"
Hands rose in the air eagerly this time. Harry spotted a young man in the back of the room that raised his hand, but he was so small that it was hard to see him over the rest of the class.
"Mr. Green," said Harry. "Why don't you tell us the answer?"
"The purpose of this spell is to try and disarm your opponent," he replied. "If cast properly one may have the chance to escape a possibly dangerous situation."
"Very good," said Harry. "Take two points for Hufflepuff. Everyone stand up and get with your buddy."
Harry quickly waved his wand and moved the furniture to the side. When everyone was with their buddy, Harry had them face off. For thirty minutes Harry had them practice the spell on each other. He walked around and gave pointers to those that needed it and awarded points for outstanding performances to others. When the practical portion of the class was over, Harry had them stand to the side and he moved the furniture back into place.
"Please take out quill and parchment and take some notes," instructed Harry.
For the rest of the class, Harry talked about the disarming spell. He even went as far as to tell them about his own experiences with the spell. When class was over he smiled.
"Homework will be two feet on the disarming charm," he said. "Thank you all for your hard work. Class is dismissed."
Harry sat behind his desk. He had about ten minutes before his next class was due to begin.
"That was a very good class," said Albus materializing out of thin air. "You handled yourself with decorum and poise. You were very correct with what you told our young Slytherin."
"Thank you Sir," said Harry sitting heavily. "I did not know you would be in here. You gave me a fright."
"I am sorry about that," said Albus with a smile. "For the first couple of weeks someone will be here in the class under a Disillusionment Charm. I noticed that you wrote down the infraction and its punishment. I think that is a good idea, but it is not a necessary one. I have no doubt that our young Slytherin will complain to Severus. However you are right in thinking that Severus will not go against your wishes in your class. By the way I like the idea of pairing the different houses together."
"Thanks Albus," said Harry. "I think it is time for the animosity between the houses to stop. Will you be in my next class as well?"
"No Harry," said Albus. "A different professor or one of your dorm mates will be here. I personally wanted to observe your first class to see how you would do. I must say t hat I am very impressed."
Harry turned a deep red as he blushed at the praise and Albus chuckled.
"Miss Granger will be sitting in on your next class," said Albus. "For now enjoy yourself and come talk to me at the end of the day. You are doing brilliantly."
Harry was thanking Albus as Hermione made her way into the room. Albus watched as Harry performed the Disillusionment Charm on Hermione. With his eyes twinkling, he bowed his head to both and left the room. From there, Harry's next class was filing in. He had second year Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. Harry started the class the same way that he did with the last. He paired each Ravenclaw with a Hufflepuff. There was a lot less mumbling about the seating arrangement. When everyone was seated, Harry launched into his lesson about stunners.
Meanwhile, Albus made his way to the dungeons where Severus was waiting on his next class. When he walked into the room, Severus looked up at him in anticipation.
"Well," he asked Albus. "How did he do?"
"He had a small bit of trouble at the beginning of class," said Albus. "However he handled himself very well. I would expect some of your house to complain about what he has done in his class."
"Why?" asked Severus. "What has he done that they would come to me for?"
"Harry has had the ingenious idea of pairing the houses together," said Albus.
"In what way?" asked Severus slightly confused.
"In his first class he had Slytherin and Hufflepuff," said Albus. "He paired one from each house together. He called the pair accountability buddies. They are to work together for the rest of the year on projects and practical assignments."
"Very clever of him," said Severus. "Do not worry. I will deal with my house when they come to complain."
"That is all I ask," said Albus standing to make room for the next class. "Thank you for your time."
Severus sat there for a few moments in wonder. He would personally be in the class of sixth year Slytherins. Minerva stated that she would watch out for Harry during his class teaching seventh year. Severus thought about Harry's idea. The more he thought about it the more he liked it. He decided to implement the same idea into his own classes. Quickly he moved his students around so that there was a pair from each house working side by side.
Harry's classes for the rest of the day went smoothly. He docked points when he needed to and awarded points equally and fairly. By the end of the day, Harry was extremely pleased with himself. He picked up his notes on the infractions, and made his way to the Head Masters office. When Harry approached, he gave the password and received his first shock.
"You do not need to give us a password any longer," said the gargoyle. "As owner of the school, we will move for you."
Harry nodded to the sentinel and made his way up the stairs. When he got to the door, he found it open and Albus waiting for him behind his desk. With a smile, Albus waved him in and gestured to a chair in front of his desk.
"I take it your classes went smoothly?" asked Albus.
"Very," said Harry. "There was still one or two that decided that they did not like the way I run my classes, but they found out quickly enough that I won't tolerate them causing issues."
Harry handed the list of infractions over to Albus. Albus in turn scanned the list and nodded his head.
"You are being more than fair in your reprimands," said Albus. "Teachers like Severus or Minerva would have taken more points than you have."
"Can I ask you a question," said Harry suddenly.
"Of course you can Harry," said Albus a little shocked at first. "What is on your mind?"
"The gargoyle at the foot of the stairs told me that I no longer needed to give a password to gain access into your office," said Harry quickly. "I would like to know why. I am just a professor here."
"Did they not tell you anything?" asked Albus.
"They just told me that as owner of the castle that I did not need to give the password," he replied.
"Harry you will find that you do not need a password to get anywhere in the castle," said Albus. "I was talking with the Fat Lady and she said the same thing. As the rightful owner of the castle you do not need a password."
"There goes being normal," said Harry with a sigh. "Things like this always seem to happen to me. I wish fate would pick on someone else for a little while and give me a breather."
Albus started laughing. He could not help himself. Harry sat there and watched in amazement as the old wizard held his sides as he was laughing so hard. When he finally finished and wiped his eyes on the sleeve of his robe, Albus looked back at Harry.
"My dear Sir," he said. "You were never a normal person. You are destined to do great things. I for one am glad that you are the fine young man that you are. I dare anyone to say that they have watched you as closely as I have. You are a delight to watch. The way you handle each and every obstacle that is put in front of you is admirable even if it is a bit unorthodox. I am more proud of you than you realize. You are even making a place for yourself here. You are fair and just. Severus liked your idea so much that he implemented it into his own classes. I am sure that many other teachers will do the same. You bring to the table a fresh outlook on things. Most of the members of this faculty have been here for years. The ideas and ideals you bring forth are worth the time and effort just to see the outcome."
Harry could not help but to crack a smile at that. He was proud of himself for his many accomplishments. He wondered if some of his other ideas would go over just as well.
"On that note," said Albus pulling Harry out of his thoughts. "It is my wish that you and the rest of your dorm start studying with me on a highly important subject. Every Sunday I will come to the dorm and work with you all on this project."
"What would that be?" asked Harry.
"I will inform you at the same time that I tell the others," said Albus. "For now, put it out of your mind. Why don't you go and enjoy your time with your friends. I happen to know that Mr. Malfoy in particular is eager to lay eyes on you. I have witnessed him pacing back and forth between his classes in your dorm waiting to know if you are ok. It would be a good idea to relieve him of his worry."
Harry turned red once more as he stood up. Albus handed him the record of misdemeanors and their punishments back and Harry quickly left the room. When Harry got to his dorm, the door opened for him and he entered. Hermione was sitting at her desk doing some homework. Draco was pacing back and forth in front of Harry's desk. When he laid eyes on Harry, he quickly crossed the room and enveloped Harry in his arms. He looked at Harry in the face until he knew that nothing was wrong and then planted a deep passionate kiss on his lips. The kiss lasted for a couple of moments. Hermione even put her finger to her lips when Ginny entered the room and the two girls sat their and watched with their faces glowing in pleasure. When Harry and Draco finally parted, the girls burst into applause. When they were done, both men were red in the face and behind the ears.
"I think it is wonderful," said Hermione. "I am so happy for both of you."
"So am I," chimed in Ginny. "It is good to finally see you so happy Harry. I like the new Draco also. This Draco is more polite and doesn't call me names."
"Nor will I ever again," promised Draco. "You and Hermione are some talented and wonderful young ladies."
Now it was the girl's turn to blush. Harry and Draco laughed. A few moments later, Ron, Neville, and Luna came in the room.
"Albus has asked that we keep our Sunday evenings open," said Harry to the group. "He has some special classes that he will be teaching us. He did not tell me what they are going to be about. He just said that we will all be in the class together."
From there, the group made their way down to the Great Hall discussing what Albus would possibly be teaching them. They sat at their table and waited as the rest of the student body and faculty made their way to the staff table. When everyone was present the food appeared. Harry started eating his food while chatting with the group. He told them about not needing a password to get into the different parts of the castle anymore. The rest of the group all marveled at this.
"Do you think we should tell the other professors about the marauder's map?" asked Harry. "It might help."
"Are you mental?" asked Ron. "Dumbledore might take it from you."
"Now why would I do that," asked Albus coming up behind them. "I am curious about this map. Harry, bring it to the staff meeting that we are having after dinner. Why don't the rest of you join Harry for the meeting?"
"Thank you Professor Dumbledore," said Hermione for the stunned group. "I am honored that you have asked."
"Think nothing of it Miss Granger," said Albus chuckling. "I will see you all around seven then."
Albus made his way back to the staff table. Harry gave a sigh of relief.
"What is the marauders map?" asked Draco when dinner was over.
"It is a map of Hogwarts that my dad, Sirius, Remus, and Pettigrew made when they were students here," explained Harry as they walked back to their dorm to get the map. "It tells you where everyone is in the castle."
"Cool," said Neville. "That must be how you were able to get around the castle all the time without getting caught."
"You got it," said Harry entering their dorm.
He quickly went to his room and got the map. From there, he and Draco held hands as they walked up to the Head Master's office. The gargoyle moved aside and let the teenagers enter. The group made their way to the office and when they appeared at the top of the stairs, Albus bade them enter and offered them chairs to sit in. There was a large round table in the middle of the seats. Harry and his group dominated one side and the rest of the faculty filed in and took their places.
"The first thing I would like to discuss is your map Harry," said Albus with a curious look on his face. "Would you be so kind as to show it to us and explain where it came from and how you obtained it?"
Harry quickly unfolded the map and laid it out on the table.
"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good," said Harry touching his wand to the parchment.
The rest of the faculty gasped as the complete map of Hogwarts appeared on the table.
"Where did you get this?" asked Minerva.
"I will start from the beginning," said Harry. "My dad, Sirius, Remus, and Pettigrew created it. They used it during their years here in the school. Mr. Filch ended up with it somehow, but didn't know what it was. The Weasley twins nicked it in their first year. In my third year, they gave it to me."
"So this is the secret of your mischief," said Severus with a smirk. "I knew this was not a Zonko product. I just could never prove it."
"So this tells us where everyone is at all times?" asked Albus studying the map closely.
"Yes," said Harry. "You pace a lot in the evenings."
Albus chuckled at this. He pulled out his wand and mumbled a few incantations.
"Simple spells, but effective," he said. "Do you mind if I make copies of this Harry?"
"Not at all," said Harry. "I think it will help the teachers to know who is where and who is not supposed to be on the grounds."
Albus twirled his wand a few times and a copy for each of the staff members appeared on the table.
"How do you shut if off?" asked Minerva with her own copy in her hand.
"To activate it you just tap it with your wand and say I solemnly swear that I am up to no good," said Harry. "When you are finished you just tap it with your wand and say mischief managed."
"Very ingenious," said Albus.
The meeting that night covered basic things around the castle. It lasted for a little over two hours. In that time, the teachers were watching the map while talking. Every now and then they would notice a student doing something somewhere. They watched as the prefects made their rounds. Finally when all business was concluded, Albus dismissed the group. Harry and his group all headed down the stairs. They met Seamus in the hall.
"Harry," said Seamus. "I mean Professor. Please come quick. Something is wrong with Dean. He passed out and I can't get him to wake up."
"Hermione," said Harry. "Go get Professor Dumbledore. Ron, go and get Professor McGonagall. Luna, go and get Madam Pomfrey please. The rest of you come with me."
The group headed off in different directions to get the required Professor. Harry made it to the Gryffindor Tower and the Fat Lady hurried to open for him. They raced behind Seamus to the dorm where Dean lay twitching on the floor. Dean was foaming at the mouth and convulsing. Harry sat by his head and grabbed it, while Draco and Neville grabbed his legs and feet. Ginny was leaning on his torso to keep it on the floor.
"It looks like he has been poisoned," said Harry. "We need a bezoar."
"I have one," said Draco removing a small jar out of his pocket. "Here, place it in his mouth."
By this time Minerva, Albus, Severus, and Poppy along with the rest of Harry's group appeared. Severus helped Harry open Dean's mouth and Harry put the bezoar in. Within moments, Dean stopped twitching.
Poppy and Minerva quickly got him on a stretcher and from there they carried him down to the hospital wing.
"That was quick thinking Harry," said Albus placing a hand on Harry shaking arm. "How did you know to put a bezoar in his mouth?"
"Severus taught us about them in our first year," said Harry still shaking. "It was a good thing Draco had one in his pocket."
"You two probably just saved his life," said Severus.
"I think that I will award Gryffindor House ten points for Mr. Longbottom and Mr. and Miss Weasley," said Albus. "I will also award Mr. Malfoy twenty points for having a bezoar and assisting Professor Potter in this. I also think that an award for services to the school is in order for the quick actions of the professor and the students that helped."
Ginny and the four young men blushed deeply at the compliment.
When the rest of the students were all ok, Harry and his group made it to their dorm. Harry and Draco entered Harry's suite of rooms where they spent some quality alone time. Neither young man could stop touching or kissing the other. Their lips never ceased in kissing the nose, throat, or lips of the other. Draco finally left and went to his own room. His and Harry's room were across the common area from one another. It was the normal thing for them to leave their doors open so that they could watch each other from across the way. On this particular night, Harry had is first bad night in a long time. He went to sleep just as he did each night. He stared across the way at Draco until his eyes would not stay open any more. Almost immediately he started having visions that caused him to panic. This was not a normal dream. Try as he would, he could not awaken. He tossed and turned. He started making whimpering noises. Gradually the noises started getting louder. At first no one heard him. Then when his noses were just short of screams, Hermione and Ginny got up to check on him. When they saw Harry thrashing around in his bed, they both went into action. Ginny woke Ron, Neville, and Luna and they rushed out of the dorm to get someone to help. Hermione ran into Draco's room and woke him. Draco came to with a start when he realized Hermione was standing there. When he heard Harry in the other room, they both raced across the common area and into Harry's room. Both climbed into the bed and sat with him. Neither could get him to wake up.
Severus, Albus, Minerva, and Poppy were all awakened by a frantic member of Team Potter as they were being called. When they were told what was going on, all grabbed certain things from their rooms and raced after the individual that had awakened them. When they got into the dorm they could hear Harry screaming from his room. They raced in and immediately went into action. Severus and Poppy tried a couple of potions while Albus tried a few incantations. Minerva sat with Hermione and was helping to hold Harry. Draco was crying next to Harry. He was terrified for the man that he loved. When Harry arched his back and rolled over, Draco went in behind him and wrapped his arms around Harry's chest. Harry still bucked, but it was not as bad. Hermione pulled out her own wand.
"Aguamenti," she said pointing her wand at Harry.
A blast of water hit Harry and Draco. The effect was instantaneous. Harry woke up with one final scream. He glanced around at the dripping wet people that were important in his life. He let out a gasp. HE rolled to the edge of the bed where he was immediately sick. From there he started crying. Minerva and Albus started waving their wands to dry everyone up. Severus cleaned up the mess with a wave of his wand. Draco just held on to Harry. It was shredding his heart to see Harry in this state. Severus pulled a potion out of his bag and helped Harry drink it. When Harry calmed down, he looked around to everyone.
"I am so sorry," said Harry.
"You have nothing to be sorry for," said Severus. "What happened in your dream that started all of this?"
"It is important for you to tell us Harry," said Albus kindly sitting down on the edge of the bed. "If we can avoid them in the future it would be wise."
"V- V- Voldemort had Draco," said Harry as most of the others winced. "He was using the Cruciatus Curse on him. He had me in a full body bind and was showing me what he was doing. From there the dream changed. Albus he sent the poison that got to Dean. We better check on Seamus. It was in a parcel that he intercepted and poisoned the sweets. He meant it to catch the whole dorm. He doesn't know that the rest of us are not in that room anymore or Ron, Neville, and I would end up like Dean."
Minerva and Poppy dashed out of the room and raced to the Gryffindor Tower. Just as Harry said, Seamus was in the same state that Dean was in previously. The two women got him stabilized and brought him to the hospital wing.
Albus got up and went to Harry's desk. He sat down and put his head in his hands. Minerva came back a few minutes later with a tin of cookies. Harry, Severus, Draco, and Hermione went to the miniature lab and from there proceeded to test the cookies for poison. Fifteen minutes later, they had their answer. The poison was in the cookies.
"I think that it is time to have the students not get sweets from home for awhile," said Severus.
"I agree with you," said Albus sadly. "I will draw up the letters for the notice boards. I think you all had better return to your beds."
"I will stay with Harry tonight," said Draco nervously.
"I think that is a good idea," said Albus. "If he has any more problems, do not hesitate to come and get us."
Everyone in the room nodded as they watched Draco get Harry comfortable and then climb into the bed beside him. Harry rolled on his side, and Draco wrapped his arms around him protectively. Within moments both young men were asleep.
"I think I will stay here for awhile," said Severus. "Just in case he needs one of us."
"Send me a patronus when you get tired," said Minerva. "I can come and take over for you."
Severus nodded and sat in the couch in the common room that had a good view of Harry's bed chambers. The rest of the group dispersed and went to their rooms.
"It looks like Voldemort is on the move again," said Albus. "It is time to reassemble the Order of the Phoenix."
Severus nodded his head and turned to watch the two sleeping young men. Albus sighed as he left the room.
AUTHOR'S NOTE – I will end this chapter here. I wanted to get a little more into the relationship between Harry and Draco while at the same time letting you all know where the Dark Forces are. I hope that I have a good plot for you all starting. Please let me know what you think.