A Patronus, A Malfoy and A Phoenix
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Chapter 12 – A Patronus, A Malfoy, and A Phoenix
The next day dawned early for Harry. As he woke, he had the feeling that something extraordinary was going to happen today. Something was not quite right in the cosmic balance of things. He had a feeling that something big was going to happen as he got out of bed. Selecting a green set of robes to wear for the day, Harry got dressed. He looked in the mirror deciding if he was going to attempt to battle his hair to lay flat. After fifteen minutes of a fruitless battle, Harry sighed and gave up. Leaving his bathroom, Harry made his way down to the Great Hall for breakfast. Thinking about the portents of the feeling that was gnawing on his mind, he was not watching where he was going. He walked right smack into Neville, and knocked him clean off his feet.
"Oh my God!" exclaimed Harry. "Neville, are you ok? I am so sorry. I was lost in thought and did not see you."
Harry reached down to help him up. Neville looked up and then accepted Harry's helping hand.
"It's ok Harry, I'm fine," Neville replied. "How are you doing with your classes? I am looking forward to class on Thursday."
"Classes are going great," said Harry. "Thanks for asking. To tell you the truth, I'm a bit nervous about teaching fifth through seventh years. You guys are my friends and former house mates and such. I am afraid that no one will like my classes or want to learn from me. I have gotten lucky with the younger years, but I'm not so sure about the upper years."
"Don't worry about it Harry," said Neville with a sheepish grin forming on his face. "You have the full backing of Gryffindor House. We WANT to learn from you. Hermione is actually getting annoying about not being able to wait for your class."
Harry had to chuckle. Neville was such a timid and shy person, that he rarely spoke up much less complained about someone. To hear him say something negative about Hermione brought a huge grin to his face. As they walked into the Great Hall, Harry and Neville split off. Neville made his was to Ron, Hermione, and Ginny, and Harry made his way to the staff table. The rest of the professors looked at Harry fondly as he made his way to the table. It was then that Harry leaned over and spoke to Severus and Albus.
"After classes, I need you two to come with me on a small hunt in the Forbidden Forest," he said. "There is something in there that is calling out to me and I can not scratch the feeling that I need to go there and rescue it. I can not place my finger on what it is, but something tells me that I have to rescue it. Would you guys come and help me please?"
Both Albus and Severus looked at Harry curiously. However in the end, both agreed to help Harry. They both knew that it must be important for Harry to ask both of them for assistance. Usually if it was something mild, Harry would ask one or the other. For him to ask both men, made it seem very important.
Harry thanked both professors and started to eat his breakfast. After a moment of thinking, Harry turned to Severus with a serious look on his face.
"Severus, you can make yourself invisible in the castle right?" he asked.
"Yes I can Harry," replied Severus with a confused look on his face. "Why do you ask?"
"Well I know that you have off tomorrow while I am teaching sixth year Slytherin," he said nervously. "I was wondering if you could observe my class in case I have trouble. Normally I would not ask, but this is the class with Draco, Goyle, Crabbe, and so on. I am just a bit nervous that I will have trouble with that class as well as my seventh year on Friday. I can ask Albus to help me on Friday."
Severus thought about Harry's remark for a moment. He could see that Harry was having a hard time with the thought. He also knew that those Slytherins in particular, would cause Harry the most amount of problems.
"You can count on me Harry," said Severus. "I know that you are nervous. I told you before, that if you needed my help, that all you had to do was ask. Thank you for coming to me with your concern. As it happens, I agree with you."
"You can also count on me for Friday," Albus added smiling at the two.
Smiling at his colleagues, Harry finished eating his breakfast with a hearty appetite. When he finished he turned to them and stated that he would meet them at the entrance hall at around seven that evening. Waving to the Gryffindors, as they were his first class, Harry left the Great Hall. When Harry entered his classroom, he noticed that Minerva was there. Approaching her, he wondered what was wrong.
"I was wondering if you would take my Animagus classes this week," said Minerva looking at the confused look in Harry's expression. "I have somewhere that I need to be for a few days, and I know that you will do a great job of it. Of course all you need to do is work with sixth and seventh years. You can do sixth year tomorrow and seventh year on Friday."
Harry looked fondly at his former Head of House and nodded.
"Of course I will help you," he said. "You can count on me."
With a smile, Minerva left as his first fifth year class was entering the room. Harry had a wonderful lesson planned for his fifth year classes. They started talking about patronuses.
"What is the purpose of a patronus?" he asked.
Just about every hand in the class rose in the air.
"Yes Ginny?" he asked.
"A patronus is used to repel Dementors," she answered.
"Very good," he said. "Take five points. Now who can tell me the shape of a patronus?"
"Yes Mr. Creevey," said Harry as again every hand in the class rose in the air.
"It differs with each individual," said Collin.
"Very good," said Harry. "You can take five points as well."
"Now what is the incantation for a patronus," he asked. "Yes Mr. Evans?"
"Expecto Patronum," said Mark Evans quickly.
"Very good," said Harry. "That is another five points to Gryffindor."
For the rest of the lesson, Harry went around and talked about the various uses and wand movements needed to cast a powerful patronus. At the end of the lesson, Harry pulled out his wand and roared "EXPECTO PATRONUM". A golden stag burst forth from his wand and galloped around the room to the delight of the class. Harry was so shocked at the change in his patronus that it vanished before long.
"Homework," he said pulling himself out of his shock. "I would like two feet on patronuses. Class is dismissed."
With that, Harry sat down at his desk to wait for his next class. He did his best to make sure that the other three houses benefitted from his class. However, it was evident that his mind was not on his lesson. He ended up just assigning homework and dismissing the classes early. When his last class ended, he made his way up to Dumbledore's office. Once again the gargoyle moved to the side without a password. By now Harry was used to this. Harry made his way up the stairs. Before he could even knock on the door, it opened. Standing in the doorway, he looked in and saw Albus sitting at his desk pouring over a book. Harry cleared his throat to announce his presence.
"Harry," stated Dumbledore looking up from his book. "To what do I owe the pleasure? I thought we were meeting at seven to go to the forest."
"Yes Albus that is the time," said Harry a bit distractedly. "However I have a couple of concerns that I need to address with you."
Albus gestured to the chair in front of his desk and Harry sat heavily.
"What can I assist you with Harry?" asked Albus noticing the look on Harry's face. "Did something bad happen in one of your classes?"
"No, nothing bad I guess," said Harry. "Just different. Before I get into that though, did you know your door opened for me? I would not be so rude as to just walk right in without knocking. It opened before I could even raise my hand to knock."
Dumbledore looked a little taken back by this, but nodded his head in understanding.
"I know you would not Harry," he said. "It must be the castle's way of letting you know that she too will help you when you need it. Do not let it concern you. Now what happened in your classes that has you so fidgety?"
In reply, Harry stood up and raised his wand.
"Expecto Patronum," he whispered.
Again the gold stag burst forth from his wand and walked around the room. Harry watched in awe as his once silver patronus was yet again gold in color. Dumbledore just sat there with a shocked expression on his face. He had never seen anything before like it in all of his 125 years. Then again, Harry was no ordinary wizard.
"Harry, I personally have never seen anything like this before," said Dumbledore in an awed voice. "I promise you that I will look into it for you and come up with an answer for you. I am shocked to see this, but something tells me this has something to do with being the heir to the founders. I think that there are more surprises for you in the future with your magic."
Albus took a deep breath and watched the expression on Harry's face. When the younger wizard visibly relaxed he approached an idea that was forming in his mind.
"I want you to try something for me Harry," said Dumbledore calmly. "Place our wand on the desk and try the spell again without it. Let us call it an experiment."
Dumbledore sat back in his chair and watched. Harry placed the wand on the desk and raised his hands.
"Expecto Patronum," murmured Harry.
The silver stag burst forth this time and paced the room. Harry watched his patronus for a moment before he released it. Dumbledore on the other hand seemed to have come up to a small conclusion.
"Harry I think, and I could be wrong, but I think it is the merging of the wands that has caused your patronus to change colors," explained Albus. "As I said earlier, I will look into the matter, but I am pretty sure that is the reason."
Harry nodded. It made perfect sense. He smiled at his mentor and excused himself. He wanted to go eat some lunch. Before he made it to the Great Hall, he decided on another plan. He walked back to his room and called for Winky and Dobby.
"How would you two like to eat lunch with me today in my rooms?" he asked.
Both elves stood there wide eyed before they nodded their heads happily.
"Ok," said Harry. "Dobby, please go and prepare us some lunch. Winky please set up the table for eight. I will be right back."
Both elves made a small bow and popped away. Harry scribbled five invitations and sent them with Hedwig. A few moments later a confused Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Luna, and Neville approached Harry who was standing outside of his door. With a wave of his hand, Harry invited them all inside to a delicious lunch. Hermione was delighted to see that Harry had invited Dobby and Winky to sit with them at the table to eat lunch with them. They chatted through out the meal about this, that, and the other. It felt good to Harry to be able to be with his friends again. After lunch, he walked outside his room with them. Giving them the password, he gave each of them permission to come and visit him anytime they wished. Waving goodbye to his friends, Harry made his rounds about the castle. Coming down by the bathroom known as Moaning Myrtle's bathroom, he heard someone crying inside. Being a professor, he had access to everywhere in the castle. Upon entering, he saw that Draco Malfoy was sitting on the floor crying. Malfoy and Harry had been enemies since their first meeting at Madam Malkin's six years ago. However seeing Malfoy crying was too much for Harry. As he approached Malfoy, Draco's head shot up. Harry sat next to him and waited for Malfoy to pull himself together.
"What is wrong Draco?" he asked politely. "Why are you crying? Shouldn't you be in class?"
Draco looked at Harry suspiciously for a moment. After scanning the other's face, he only saw compassion in Harry's eyes.
"I have a free period Professor," he said in reply. "I am here because I can not stand to be with my house any longer."
Harry with his eyes wide could not believe he heard those words correctly. Keeping his voice calm he asked other questions that were forming in his mind.
"Why Draco?" he asked. "What is going on that has you in this state?"
In reply, Draco lifted up his left sleeve and showed Harry his arm. Harry let out a gasp.
"When did this happen?" he asked.
"Last night," replied Draco. "My father sent me a message that I had to meet him at the edge of the Forbidden Forest. They made me take the dark mark last night Harry. I don't want to be a Death Eater. What do I do? Please help me. I'm begging you."
Harry stood up. From there he dragged Draco to his feet.
"Come with me," he said.
Together they made their way down to the dungeons. Harry knew that Severus was teaching sixth year students and he quietly poked his head in the door and beckoned Severus out. When Severus came out he saw the state that Draco was in and became nervous. Looking at Harry and Draco, he led them to his office and shut the door. He put a silencing spell on the door and turned to the two young men.
"What is going on?" he asked. "What has happened?"
In response, Draco pulled his sleeve up yet again. Severus gasped when he saw the dark mark. From there he looked sick.
"Sev what do I do?" asked Draco. "I do not want this?"
"Can you help him the way that you helped me?" asked Severus looking quickly at Harry.
Harry nodded. Grabbing Draco by the arm, he said slowly but firmly "DISRUPTUS DEATHUS REDEMPTUS". Once again the golden glow appeared around Harry. When the glow died out, the dark mark had vanished from Draco's arm. With a shout of joy, Draco gave Harry a big hug and whispered his thanks to Harry for saving him. Harry returned the hug smiling.
"We have to protect you from your father as well as the other Slytherins," said Harry. "How about I get the castle to set up some rooms for you in my suite? That way I can help protect you from everyone."
Draco nodded emphatically at this suggestion. Severus wrapped his arms around both boys and stated that he would help in any way he could. As they split apart, Severus took down the silencing charm and unlocked the door. Harry made his way to his suite of rooms, and Draco made his way to his dorm to pack. Within an hour, everything was set up and Draco was firmly ensconced in Harry's private rooms. When Draco left to go to his next class, Harry made his way back to Dumbledore's office to report what had happened. Dumbledore strongly approved of Harry's actions and did not change anything in the slightest. He even offered his assistance if it was needed.
After dinner Harry and Draco wandered together around the castle corridors waiting until Harry had to leave at seven. He told Draco that he, Albus, and Severus were going to retrieve something in the Forbidden Forest. Harry on impulse invited Draco to come along. He did not know why, but it felt right to bring the young Slytherin with him.
At seven, Draco and Harry met Dumbledore and Severus at the entrance hall. After a brief conversation with the older wizards, it was decided that Draco could accompany them on their quest. As they made their way past Hagrid's hut, they walked into the clearing where they knew that the centaurs had their meetings. As soon as they got there, the centaurs made their way into the clearing. Noticing Albus, they gave a nod of their heads and cleared a passage for them to proceed. About an hour later, they arrived at the destination that Harry felt was the right place to be. It was a cave. However, the face of the cave was sealed off. After casting a number of different spells, Harry tried a new approach. As the spells didn't work, he placed his hands on the mouth of the cave. When his hands touched the surface, it gave a glow in a golden flame color and opened to the men. Entering the cave, Harry unerringly led them to the place that was drawing him. There sitting in a fire was an egg. Dumbledore immediately reached for the egg. He knew from sight what it was. However, Harry grabbed his arm and shook his head slightly. Dumbledore realizing what was going on, pulled his arm back and watched as Harry looked to Draco. As if a silent message passed between the two young men, as one they reached for the egg. When their hands passed through the fire the flame died. As they picked up the egg, it hatched. Inside were twin phoenixes. Each young man grabbed a phoenix and held it close to their hearts. A phoenix song could be heard as each boy looked their phoenix in the eye.
"Hello young Harry and young Draco," said the bird in Draco's hand. "I am Artemis and this is my twin brother Apollo. We are now your new bond birds. We will be by your side like our father Fawkes is to Dumbledore. We will never let anyone harm you if it is within our power to prevent it."
As they spoke through the mind link to the boys, Fawkes flew in and perched on Dumbledore's shoulder. A smile came to the older wizards as they watched the scene before them. The four wizards made their way towards the front of the cave. As they did so, they noticed things getting darker.
Author's Note – HA, HA, HA. You have to wait until the next chapter to find out what is going on. I love being evil sometimes. Not to worry you will enjoy the next chapter.