The Back to School Prank
Chapter 27: The Back to School Prank
The next morning,
The fifth year boys of Gryffindor woke up to the sound of feminine screams.
"What in bloody…" Ron started before Hermione came rushing into the room.
"Mice…In…Bathroom….and…Dorm." she panted as she managed to escape the stampede of terrified girls.
"MICE!" the boys asked.
Ginny decided to come in carrying one of the white rodents by the tail.
"It's interesting. They have a lavender scent. Almost like the soap." She pointed out.
"It's probably because they were running around in it." Neville piped up.
"We better get down to breakfast." Harry suggested.
"Good idea. I'm starving." Ron agreed.
"I just lost my appetite." Ron said a few seconds later.
When the kids got down to the Common room, the colors had changed. The red had turned to green and the gold had turned to silver.
"I feel like we're in the Slytherin Common Room." Harry stated.
"Let's go down to breakfast." Ginny said looking mortified.
The depression of the Gryffindors didn't last long. The moment they heard Malfoy complaining about the new color scheme of red and gold for the Slytherin Common Room, the Gryffindors felt much better.
"I guess if Malfoy had to deal with a red and gold common room, then it isn't so bad." Fred stated.
"Not a bad prank." George complimented.
"Prank?" Harry asked realizing who the culprits were.
"Must be the Marauders." Fred told him.
"Remember the map, Harry?" George asked.
"We used to communicate with the Marauders through it."
"We owe them so much."
"Some of our best pranks were suggested by them."
"Of course, we always added a Weasley touch."
"We have to remember to ask them how they managed it." Fred told his brother.
"What are you two talking about?" Ron asked.
"When Snape got a hold of it, he told them to reveal its secrets. Instead Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs revealed something else." Harry explained.
"What?" Ginny, Neville, and Hermione asked.
"Their true feelings for Snape. They mentioned how shocked they were that he became a professor; that he is an ugly git; to mind his own business; and advised him to wash his hair. Your brothers must have figured out how that worked and talked with the same people who told Snape off." Harry told them.
The Gryffindors laughed as they opened the doors to the Great Hall.
Water came down on Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Fred, George, and Neville.
The Slytherins laughed at them as Malfoy poured his drink. Instead of Pumpkin juice, something that looked like frog eggs came out. Malfoy was just about to drink it when he realized what was going on.
The Gryffindors sat down and examined their food. It seemed normal.
"IT'S A WORLD OF LAUGHTER." A voice from the Ravenclaw table called out in a singing voice.
Harry turned his head to see Cho covering her mouth looking embarrassed.
"I'm beginning to agree with the twins. Definitely Maruaders." Hermione said.
"Oh yeah." Harry agreed with her.
"Quickly George. Write all this down." Fred told his brother.
Harry saw George scrabbling to get a piece of parchment.
The rest of the day was crazy. At least one toilet in every bathroom blew up. (Fred and George were disappointed they didn't do it.) Every time someone from Ravenclaw spoke up, they would end up singing "It's a Small World". Hufflepuffs had to deal with spitballs hitting them throughout the day.
Harry noticed in Charms and Herbology that it was not just Slytherins and Gryffindors that were affected by the color switch. The offices of his teachers had also altered. And there was a nonreversible spell on it. Harry realized that in Potions for Snape was so tense in his newly decorated dungeon.
Poor Snape seemed to have it worse than all the teachers of Hogwarts (even though they were all affected.) Not only was his classroom decorated in gold and red, but had flowers EVERYWHERE. The Gryffindors had a hard time laughing at the uncomfortable looks of the Slytherins and their Head of House. And the fact that the chalk was writing insults about Snape didn't help. Snape eventually decided to let his double potions with Gryffindors and Slytherins out 11/2 hours early.
The chalk wasn't reserved for Snape. Each Professor had the chalk writing something about them or the class. Even Professor Lupin's class had self-writing chalk. For a few seconds this had the Gryffindors who knew the truth confused, but the smile on Remus' face was a dead giveaway.
"Did you see what the chalk wrote about Snape?" Ron asked Hermione.
"I think that Snivellus is an ugly git who need to wash his hair is a little too hard to miss." She told him.
"I found the Blah, Blah, Blah written in Binn's class was hilarious." Ginny stated.
"Nah. This is boring. You can do better. In Lupin's class was the best" Neville stated
"I don't know. Minnie needs to let her hair loose once in a while took the cake." Harry said.
Just then, a school owl came swooping down carrying a scarlet, red envelope.
"Who's in trouble?" Hermione asked.
The owl landed right in front of Dumbledore.
The whole school starred at the Headmaster.
He opened the Howler and roughly 8 voices called out:
"WE HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND THAT YOU ENJOYED OUR "BACK-TO-SCHOOL PRANK". WE FIGURED WE MIGHT AS WELL LET EVERYONE ELSE HAVE SOME OF THE FUN THAT WE USUALLY RESERVE FOR THE SLYTHERINS. THE SPELLS WILL ONLY LAST 24 HOURS, SO EVERYTHING WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL TOMORROW. REMEMBER WHAT WE SAID THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL: WE WILL BE WATCHING. FOREVER MORE, MOONY, MISTOFFOLEES, PADFOOT, PRONGS, ADOLPHA, EASTER, BUSHTAIL, AND VIXY."
The Howler exploded in flames leaving everyone baffled.
"Who's Mistoffolees?" Fred asked.
"Must be Wormtail's replacement." Ron told them.
"You know all the Marauders, Harry. Who is it?" George asked.
"The only one I could think of would be John." Harry stated.
"But why "Mistoffolees"?" Hermione asked.
"We'll just have to ask them." Ginny said.
A/N: I know the color change in the common room was harsh. However, EVERYONE needed to be pranked.