Chapter 37: OWLs
"Harry. Ron. Hermione. It's been awhile."
"Yes Hagrid. I've finally managed time. It's been chaotic lately." Harry said
"Come on in. 'Ave you three seen Hunter?"
"Oops" Harry said. "Hagrid. I was Hunter. I was just in disguise so people wouldn't bother me."
"He didn't even tell us until after the Death Eater attack." Ron added.
"Oh. I was wonderin' why I 'aven't seen him." Hagrid said. "I was thinkin' the Death Eaters got him."
"No. It was me."
"So who were the others with you?"
"Professor Lupin and Sirius." Harry said.
"And the other two?"
"Professors Jim and Rose. They were staying with Professor Lupin and Sirius who was disguised as Procyon." Harry said.
Harry hated having to lie to Hagrid, but it was only for the safety of his family. Hagrid had a tendency to blab without meaning to. (Hey, look at how they found out about Fluffy).
"So what brings you three down?" Hagrid asked.
"Well, it's a Hogsmeade weekend, and there really isn't much left to do…" Ron started.
"Except study for the OWLs." Hermione finished.
"That reminds me." Hagrid said. "Harry, 'ave you met John Newton and Sara Montgomery yet? They were some o' the brightest students in there year."
"We're the reason Sara's back." Ron blurted out.
"What did you three do now?" Hagrid asked.
"It was around Christmas." Harry admitted.
"We were trying out a potion to work on our Potions skill for the OWLs. Snape wasn't helping in class" Hermione added.
"And something went wrong. We ended up bringing back Cedric and Sara." Ron finished.
"'Ave you tried your parents yet?" Hagrid asked.
"I'll save that one for Sirius." Harry said.
It was finally that time. The moment the 5th years have been dreading since the start of term. It was time for the OWLs. After McGonagall gave out the dates and times of the exams and the warnings about cheating, the student body was getting more nervous.
When the examiners came to the dinner, Harry noticed him mother smile and nudged James. Sirius, noticing the action, and James looked up and Harry noticed a look of horror on their faces. Remus, John, and the Maraudettes noticed their reactions and tried so hard not to laugh.
"I take it they recognize some of the examiners." Hermione whispered.
"You watch. Dad and Sirius will come rushing up to us to tell us who to watch out for."
"Providing the others keep them from telling us." Ron added.
During the exams,
Harry decided to take the advice his father gave him. Just relax and remember the tricks.
How do you make a portkey?
Harry thought about the trick. A portkey is an item that transports people. Like a portal. Portus.
Ron was taking Harry's advice passed on from his dad.
Give the incantion
Describe the wand movement.
How do you levitate an object?
Ron thought about the same trick. Levitate. That sounds like Leviosa. Wingardium Leviosa. Now for the wand movements. Wait a minute. This is the same spell I used to knock out the troll in first year. Swish and Flick.
"Well, it wasn't too bad." Hermione said as she discussed their Charms exam the day after they took it. "I felt like I could have done better on the Cheering Charms question, but I ran out of time because I put in the countercharm for hiccups. I was starting to feel I shouldn't have, but…"
"Hermione. Please. I don't want to go through it again." Ron groaned.
"Next is the practical for DADA." Harry said.
"You'll do fine." Ron said. "It's Potions I'm worried about."
"Sara's been tutoring us." Hermione reminded him.
"But I still see Snape when I hear the word "Potions"." Ron said.
"I think of Moaning Mrytle. We've done two potions in her toilet in the 5 years we've been here." Hermione told him.
The DADA practical went better than expected. Apparently, when Sirius was freed, he told how Harry had saved him by producing a Patronus. This was figured out when the examiner, Professor Tofty, mentioned that he could have a bonus point if he produced one. With not only Tofty, but his own DADA professors watching, he thought of moving into Potter Manor and produced the Silvery Stag.
Now, this was the first time Lily and James had ever seen the Patronus. They had heard about it, but that didn't take away from the amazed look on their faces when they automatically recognized it from last week's full moon. Harry grinned at the looks of pride they had once they got over the shock.
In another part of England,
"Is everything ready?"
"Yes Master. Everything is set up. Severus will prove his loyalty once and for all."
"Good. Severus will lock Potter up while I'll kill Dumbledore. Once he's out of the way, I'll go for Potter."
"But sir, what about Black and the werewolf?"
"Bellatrix, would you like to dispose of your cousin?"
"Excellent. And I'm sure Severus would gladly get rid of the werewolf."
After the first voice left,
"Good thing the Dark Lord got us out of Azkaban."