Summer Training, School Begins
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Chapter 12 – Summer Training, School begins
Severus and Madam Hooch saw the students off. Severus was the only one to accompany her as there was so much still going on at the school. She assured Severus that she understood. She also asked that he relay her well wishes for both Harry and Draco. Back at the castle both young men were starting to come around, but were still extremely tired. Draco looked a bit surprised to find that he was lying in Harry's bed, but quickly concealed his confusion.
"Harry felt it better that you be near him in case of another attack," explained Albus correctly interpreting the look that passed over Draco's face.
"What in the world did Harry do?" asked Draco. "The colors were so beautiful. I have never seen anything like that before in my life."
He shifted slightly so as not to disturb Harry, who had an arm draped over Draco. Even in sleep Harry was determined to protect him. Draco smiled down at Harry and carefully arranged him into a more comfortable position. Albus walked over to the bed and gave him some assistance. Draco stood a little shaky, but upright. Albus steadied the young man and gently led him down the stairs. Dobby walked over and placed a plate of food and something to drink in front of Draco. Poppy meanwhile had pulled out her wand and gave Draco a once over.
"You seem to be alright Mr. Malfoy," she said. "I do suggest that you take it easy for a few days. We still do not know what Harry has done, so we won't know if you get hit with another wave of fatigue or not."
Draco nodded and began to nibble on the food that Dobby had given him. He looked over and saw the happy look on Dobby's face. He called the elf over.
"Dobby," he began. "I want to apologize to you for the way I treated you when you were my house elf. It was wrong of me to do that to you. I am glad that you are now bonded with someone as wonderful as Harry. If you ever need anything please know that you can count on me to help you."
Dobby looked at Draco with tears in his eyes. He walked up to the youngest of the Malfoy's and spoke quietly.
"You is forgiven," he said. "Dobby is happy that Master Harry has you in his life now. You and his Wheezys. Dobby is glad that you are happy now Master Malfoy.
Draco did not know what to say to this. He was a bit confused as to what a Wheezy was. He looked to Albus for an explanation.
"I think he is referring to Mr. and Miss Weasley," said Albus. "During the tri wizard's tournament, Dobby referred to Ronald Weasley as Harry's Wheezy.
Draco nodded and went back to eating his food. A few moments later Harry appeared on the stairs. He looked around frantically. When he spied Draco in the chair eating, he smiled and walked over and sat in the chair next to him.
"That gave me a fright," said Harry. "I did not know where you went."
Madam Pomfrey came over and ran her wand over Harry.
"Same as with Mr. Malfoy," she said. "Take it easy for a few days. You did some extensive magic and you are a bit drained. Your reserves however are full. I don't know what you did, but we all felt it."
Dobby brought Harry some food. Harry smiled at the elf and winked.
"Albus I think it is time to gather everyone together for an explanation," he said. "We can wait until this evening so that I only have to explain it once."
With a piece of toast in one hand and a glass of milk in the other Harry made his way to his desk. He looked down and nodded to himself. He saw all six of his wands present on the desk.
"Looks like my ancestors will be here this evening as well," he said. "Seems that even though they told me they can't help me anymore, they show up with more help."
Albus chuckled as Draco sat there looking confused.
"Severus is on the train with the students," he stated. "Mr. and Miss Weasley will be remaining here at Hogwarts this summer. They are eager to learn how to use what you did last night. I think that everyone that was present would like to know what you did and how to use it. That is a very powerful thing you did."
"As I said Albus," Harry replied. "I will explain it all when everyone is gathered together."
"No rush Harry," said Albus. "You have been asleep for about 14 hours. Severus should be back in a bit. I shall go and gather the rest of the party now and meet back here."
Harry nodded and walked back over to the table and sat down with Draco.
"Are you alright Draco?" he asked. "I hope I did not hurt you with what I did."
"You knocked me out cold with that much power," said Draco. "In the end you succeeded in doing what you set out to do. You got that bastard out of my head. Why did you have me put in your bed? I'm not complaining or anything, but I am a bit curious."
"I wanted you near in case of another attack," said Harry. "My fear is that Voldemort will target you as a way of getting to me. By having you nearer me, I can protect you better."
"That makes sense," said Draco. "I was a bit confused as to how you pulled me into the attack with the dragon. How did you know I would be able to help you?"
"I didn't at first," said Harry. "I felt your colors and I knew I could access them. I have never done anything like that before, but I knew I could. Does that make sense to you?"
"A little," replied Draco. "I still don't understand this whole color thing, but I will wait until everyone gets here so that I can hear the explanation. Now you better eat. Madam Pomfrey looks like she is fixing to force feed you."
Harry looked over at the nurse and smiled. He quickly picked up another piece of toast and bit into it to show her he was eating. She gave a defeated shake of her head, but smiled at him none the less.
An hour later all those that were in the clearing with Harry had assembled. Harry had Albus send for Remus, Molly, Pomona, and Hagrid. He had Dobby and Winky provide a meal for everyone. Soon the added participants were seated. Harry walked to his desk and sat down. He surveyed the group for a moment.
"I have a few things I want to cover this evening," he began. "Our four final guests should arrive any moment."
The others look confused at what Harry was talking about. Silently he pointed behind them. Albus and the rest turned to look and the four founders were standing there. The glided over and stood behind Harry and waited patiently.
"May I introduce, Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin," said Harry pointing to each in turn.
The rest of the group just sat there. Most had seen the founders before, others knew their history.
"I take it you all approve of what I am about to do," he asked Godric.
"We know and we approve," stated Godric.
Before Harry began there was another presence in the room. Slowly the figure of Merlin appeared and walked over to Harry.
"I too approve of what you are going to do," said Merlin.
"For those of you that don't know," said Harry. "This is Merlin."
The group was stunned by the appearance of the founders. Now they were speechless at the appearance of the greatest wizard in history.
"As I stated before I have a couple of things that I will be talking about," said Harry. "First I have something to do."
Harry picked up the wand of Helga Hufflepuff and walked over to Albus. With a small bow to Albus, he presented the wand to him. Albus silently took the wand. Harry made his way back to the desk and picked up the wand of Rowena. He made his way over to Hermione. With a small bow to her, he presented the wand to her. Hermione took the wand with a question on her lips. Harry gave a shake of his head and walked back to his desk. He picked up the wand of Godric Gryffindor and made his way to Ginny. With a small bow to her, he presented the wand to her. Like the others she took it and said nothing. It was plain they all wanted to know what he was doing. Harry smiled and made his way back to the desk. With a look at Salazar he sent the question to the founder with a look. Salazar bowed to him and smiled. Harry picked up the wand of Slytherin and made his way to Draco. He gave Draco a low bow and presented the wand to him. Draco smiled at Harry and accepted the wand. Harry made his way back to his desk. He picked up his wand and the wand of Merlin and held them up. He looked pointedly at Albus, Ginny, Hermione, and Draco and indicated that they should do the same. Harry then turned to the four founders with Merlin standing with them and nodded. Each founder made their way to their respected wand. Merlin stood behind Harry. Each ghostly figure placed their hand on the shoulder of the one holding their wand. Harry brought the two wands he was holding together and watched them fuse. He looked at Draco, Ginny and Hermione. They all followed suit. Once they raised the two wands they were holding, they fused. They all turned to look at Albus.
"Unfortunately Harry," said Albus. "This will not work for me."
"Why not?" asked Harry.
Albus looked down for a moment as if making a hard decision. Finally he nodded to himself and stood up. He turned to Helga Hufflepuff and gave her a bow. He handed her wand back to Harry. Albus went up to Harry's bedchambers and came back down a few moments later with his invisibility cloak. He reached into his pocket and pulled out the ring that once belonged to the Gaunt's. Next he placed his wand next to these items.
"Before you," he began. "Is the Deathly Hallows. The Potters are the keepers of the cloak. Voldemort's ancestors were the keeper of the stone. I won the elder wand."
Hermione gave a gasp of understanding. Ginny and Ron also seemed to have an idea of what Albus was talking about.
"What I am trying to say is," continued Albus. "Is that my wand will not merge with Helga's. I think you and Helga should choose someone else for her wand. The elder wand, also known as the death stick will not merge with anther wand."
Harry stared at the three items lying on his desk. He had never heard about the Deathly Hallows before.
"Hermione," he stated. "I will need a condensed report on the Deathly Hallows on my desk as soon as you can. I am sorry that you can not use Helga's wand, Albus."
Harry took the wand and approached Pomona. He glanced over at Helga who smile and glided to stand behind her. When Pomona held Helga's wand to her own, they fused like everyone else's had. With that being done, Harry went to stand back behind his desk. Albus picked up his wand, but left the cloak and the ring on Harry's desk. Harry handed the cloak to Dobby who carried it back upstairs.
"To go into what happened yesterday will take some time to explain," he said. "As you all know each person had their own distinct aura. This is the force field that surrounds the any living thing. Animals and plants have them as well. In the case of humans, we see them more as gem colors and rainbow hues. What I have accomplished with the aid of that dragon, is to establish here and now with those of us present how to travel sunlight or moonlight to talk with one another. It is a good way for us to send to another when we are in trouble. The dragon did that to me. I was standing here in the moonlight and the dragon used a rougher form of this gift to pull me into its weave. For those of you that have melded with Albus and I, the concept is the same. The big difference is that it is definably easier in sunlight or moonlight. To do so out of either will have an impact on your ability to stay conscious."
"But how does it work Harry?" asked Ron.
It is a simple enough process once you get the hang of it," he responded. "Ron, come here by the window in the moonlight."
Ron walked over to Harry who was standing by the window. When Ron was standing in the pale moonlight Harry continued.
"Remember when Albus pulled you into the meld?" he asked.
"Yes," said Ron. "That was an amazing bit of magic."
"Well the concept is the same," he continued. "The difference is instead of searching for magic, project your own."
Harry watched as Ron relaxed and started to project the magic. When Ron succeeded Harry grabbed it and pulled him back to himself. Ron staggered, but stayed upright.
"Why did you do that?" he asked.
"I wanted to show you a variation," said Harry. "The only way to get your attention was to push you back into yourself. Now I want you to try it again, but this time I want you to reach for me with your colors. Your colors are Sunstone, Amethyst, and Topaz. Find that color pattern within yourself and then push it to me. Let me invite it in."
Ron concentrated for a few moments then he nodded at Harry. Harry backed away a few steps and waited. Ron centered himself and found the colors. From there he threw them to Harry. Harry caught the colors and wove himself into the pattern. From there he talked with Ron a bit more.
"It is easier in the moonlight or sunlight," said Harry. "I do not recommend you try it when you are not in the light. Stay away from the dark. Once you master what you are doing, you will be able to do it at anytime. From there you will be able to do it at any distance. Brace yourself. I am about to throw you back into yourself."
With those final words Harry felt Ron tense and then Harry gently tossed Ron back into himself.
"Harry," said Ron. "That was amazing."
Harry smiled at Ron and then proceeded to teach the rest of the room what he had just taught Ron. It took a matter of moments for Albus, Severus, and Draco to master it. Hermione and Ginny were quick to follow. Slowly one by one the teachers and the rest of the students all caught the basics.
"Albus," said Harry. "I will need you to go and teach this to Neville. Please make sure he understands that he is not to try to contact us using this gift until he comes back to Hogwarts."
"I will see to it shortly Harry," said Albus.
"I will ask that the rest of you do the same," said Harry. I do not want any accidents using the gifts. If you are having trouble, or you are uncertain, please come to me, Albus, Severus, or Draco. The four of us know each others patterns very well."
The rest of the assembled party all nodded.
"I think a practice session once a day would be beneficial," said Severus.
Collective nods went around the room.
"Very well," said Harry. We shall start at 1:00 tomorrow. That way we can do it in the full sunlight. I would rather you practice with sunlight first as it is the stronger of the light."
"Harry why do you have 4 colors and we only have three?" asked Ron.
"That is because of his heritage," said Merlin.
The others in the room jumped. They had totally forgotten that Merlin and the founders were present.
Harry will yet acquire one more color when it is all said and done," continued Merlin. "A true and complete Master will have 5 colors. Many of you will function just fine with 3. I believe that Albus, Severus, and Draco will end up with 4. Miss Granger will more than likely end up with 4 as well. However I suggest to you all to listen to what Harry has said. Many students of mine became shadow lost due to not following instructions. To be shadow lost means certain death."
No one said a word at this proclamation. They all sat for some time pondering the abilities and the effects as well as the disastrous failure if they did it wrong. Merlin's words sealed the fact that none would try this alone until Harry said it was ok. Even Albus would work until Harry said it was clear for him to try on his own.
Turning Harry stared long and hard at Dobby and Winky.
"House elves can already do this right?" he asked.
Yes Master Harry," said Dobby.
"I thought so," said Harry. "Well I suggest that we all go get some rest. Draco I would appreciate it if you stayed here from now on."
Draco nodded. The rest of the group got up and made their way to the door.
"I will have a list for everyone tomorrow about whose colors are whose," said Harry.
They all nodded and headed out. Harry sat behind his desk and began writing. Draco came up behind him and started reading what he was writing. His eyebrows rose a little at the different combinations that were being listed on the parchment. When Harry was finished, Draco lifted his wand and made a unique gesture with it. Copies appeared and the lists were stacked on the desk.
"Thanks Draco," said Harry. "I am going to bed. Please do not stay up to late."
"I am right behind you Harry," he replied. "Harry, thank you for all that you are doing for me. It means a lot to me."
Harry smiled over at him and headed up the stairs to bed. Draco was not far behind him. Dobby smiled to himself and with a wave of his hand, doused the lights. From there he and Winky made it to their room and to bed. Tomorrow he and Winky would gather Draco's things and move them to Harry's rooms.
The following weeks saw a flurry of activity among the people who were living in the castle. It was not long before Albus, Severus, and Draco could contact Harry at any time of the day from anywhere in the castle. It was also easy for them to contact the others. Every once in awhile Harry had to rush to unravel someone from their own colors as they got caught, but those accidents were few and far in between. Hermione, true to her nature, had a condensed report on the Hallows on Harry's desk in a few days. He and Draco sat reading the report with a thoroughly fascinated desire. By the time July rolled around just about everyone had managed to contact someone else from some where. Albus made daily forays to the Longbottom Estate where he taught Neville. Harry and the rest of the teachers were going about regular life in getting the castle ready for the following year.
Harry's birthday rolled around and there was a party in the castle for him. Once again he marveled at the love that each of these people had for him. His favorite gift this year came from Draco. It was a beautiful ring with a lion, badger, eagle, and snake circling the band. Each animal had the proper gem stone set in its eyes. It was a beautiful piece of work and Harry loved it.
Slowly August arrived and with it the activity from the teachers in preparation for the new school year. Heads of House were all sitting together writing letters to the students. Albus and Harry went about making sure that the muggle borns and their parents fully understood what was going to be happening. Finally September 1st approached. Harry sat in his chair and waited for the first years to arrive. They came in the boats with Hagrid. He briefly thought back to his own ride in the boats. Shaking himself out of his reverie, Harry looked around the Great Hall. Students were already seated and chatting amicably about what they would learn this year. Severus was standing there with the sorting hat and stool and the parchment with all their names on it. Slowly Hagrid led the group into the room. He left the students with Severus and made his way to his chair at the staff table.
When I call you name," said Severus. "I want you to come forward and put this hat on your head. It will sort you into your house. They are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Your house will be like your family. You will earn points by doing good things. You will also loose points if you break the rules."
Severus opened the roll of parchment and began calling names. There were a good many more students this year than in previous years. With the threat of the Dark Lord not hanging over people's heads, parents were not opposed to sending their children to the school. This year there were 67 new students to e admitted. Harry looked and saw 2 of them from the orphanage. He gave them each an encouraging smile and a tip of his glass. When all the names were called, Harry stood up and started his announcements.
"First years are to know that the Forbidden Forest is out of bounds," he began. "a few of you older ones would do well to remember this rule as well. I would hate to have to give detention to anyone getting caught out of bounds. Now I would like to point out a few staff changes. First I would like to announce your New Defense Against the Darks Arts Professor. Please give applause to Professor Severus Snape."
The students applauded at this. They knew that Severus was one of the teachers that were involved with the SFG and the DA. Many wanted in those coveted groups.
"Next," continued Harry. "I would like you all to welcome your new Potions Professor. Professor Draco Malfoy."
Again there was polite applause. Many of the students knew Draco.
"Professor Vector retired at the end of last year," continued Harry. "I am delighted to say that Professor Granger will be taking over for him. She will be your new Ancient Runes Professor. Also Madam Hooch has retired. I am delighted to announce that the post will be filled by Professor Ronald Weasley. Charms will be taught by Professor Dumbledore. Last but not least we will have a Professor that will be an assistant for both Professor Spout and Professor Hagrid. Please make welcome our assistant Professor, Professor Neville Longbottom."
There was applause as all the professors were announced.
"I have the great pleasure of announcing this year's Head Boys and Head Girls," said Harry. "This year for Gryffindor, Ginny Weasley will be Head Girl. For Ravenclaw, Luna Lovegood will be Head Girl. For Hufflepuff, George Radcliff will be Head Boy and for Slytherin, Bryon Rhodes. Please remember to show respect to the Head Boys and Girls. Our caretaker Mrs. Figg has asked me to kindly remind you that magic is forbidden in the corridors. Also not that anyone caught outside of their dorms after curfew will be punished severely. This is for your own protection. Prefect and Heads are to bring me their rotation schedules no later than Friday. All those wishing to try out for the house quidditch teams should give their names to their Heads of House as soon as possible. Please check your notice boards for dates of events and such. Now I have two words left for you all. TUCK IN!"
With that Harry waved his hands and food appeared on the plates. He sat down and engaged Severus in polite conversation. Scanning the hall periodically he noticed that the new students were still a little nervous, but they were starting to relax more. Prefects and the head boys and girls were making their rounds giving encouragement to all. Harry smiled at the scene before him.
Author's Note - I will end this one here. I hope that I am not losing your interest. I am trying to bring in some different elements to work with. This is to keep you guessing. I hope that I am not getting to sloppy with the work. Please keep sending the reviews. I can only improve if I hear from you.