Starting the Potion
Chapter 22: Starting the Potion
"I can't believe you found it." Harry told his friends.
"Neither can I. I guess Sara gave a book to the Hogwart's Library." Ron said.
"We just now need to find what went wrong with Sirius'" Hermione told the two boys.
The night Harry received the animagus book, Ron and Hermione snuck into the restricted section and found the book that Sara wrote. They were now in Myrtle's bathroom and looking at the potion in question.
"Hopefully we can get this stuff made by the time John comes." Ron said.
"Wouldn't THAT be a Christmas gift?" Harry said smiling.
"It says here that the potion takes a week to make." Hermione said reading.
"Sirius must have started the potion during the full moon. That's when I started having that feeling that something big was going to happen." Harry reminisced. "So, if it takes about a week, then the mistake must have been the last step."
Hermione turned to that page.
"1/2 teaspoon of dragon blood."
"Now we need to find out how much Sirius really put in." Ron stated.
"How?" Harry asked.
"Time Turner?" Ron suggested.
"No Time Traveling." Hermione told him.
"Please don't say that word." Harry said.
"Sorry. How about vertiserum?"
"Snape has some." Harry remembered.
"And how will that conversation go? "Hey Professor. Can we use some of your vertiserum? We need it so we can find out how Sirius brought Harry's parents back." He doesn't even realize they're alive." Hermione pushed the idea off a cliff.
"Just a suggestion." Ron said.
"Maybe Sirius remembered exactly what he did wrong, just not with what ingredient." Harry suggested.
"We could ask." Hermione said.
"Hey! Sirius!" Harry called to his godfather the next day.
"Hey Harry. What can I do for you?"
"I was wondering what exactly happened when Professor Rose and her husband appeared." Harry said as Snape passed them.
"Hi Snivelly." Sirius greeted Snape.
Snape just sneered and walked off.
"Stuck up git." Sirius murmured. "Why do you want to know?"
"Curiosity." Harry said like he rehearsed the conversation.
"Well, I don't remember exactly what happened. Sorry."
"It's alright. Do you have some idea?"
"I remember that I looked at the teaspoon after the explosion and read "tablespoon". Other than that, you know how bad my memory for detail is. No thanks to Azkaban." He added.
"It's alright Sirius. Thanks anyways."
After Sirius walked away towards the Hospital Wing to check up on Remus, Harry ran off to find Ron and Hermione. He found them at breakfast.
"It was a tablespoon." Harry told them.
"Alright. We'll start the potion when everyone goes home for Christmas." Hermione said.
"Wait. The potion has ½ teaspoon. Why would he put in a tablespoon?" Ron asked
"I think since he was trying to do two people, he doubled the potion." Hermione suggested.
"That gives me an idea." Harry said
The first day of Christmas break and most of the Gryffindors were gone with the exceptions of Harry, the Weasleys, and Hermione. That day, they got to work on the potion.
"Alright. We have only a week until John shows up." Harry told them.
"And it takes the potion a week to make. We better get started." Hermione added.
"What's first?" Ron asked.
"It says here…" Hermione read.
A/N: In case there is any confusion, Snape knows Sirius is there, but doesn't know about Lily and James.