An Unexpected Switch

By Cortney Rowe

Action / Adventure

The Statement that Shocked Hogwarts

Mugen, Jin, and Fuu run into the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. They were lost for fifteen minutes until one of the paintings told them where to go, looking incredulously at them. After six years of being here, they should know where all of their classes are. Everyone stares at them as they enter the classroom. They don't seem to notice because they are enticed by the pictures on the classroom wall.

"Hey," laughs Mugen as he looks at the bloody heap portraying the Cruciatus Curse, "Guess that guy's having a bad day."

This statement earns Mugen the shock and outraged looks of half of the class. "Well, well, well," sneers the teacher, who has very greasy hair and a long, crooked nose, "It seems as though you three are starting the year off in your usual way. Because you were fifteen minutes late, fifteen points will be deducted from Gryffindor."

"We're sorry, sir" says Fuu sweetly as the three of them sit down, "We kinda got lost."

Some of the other students start to snicker. The teacher snorts. "I would assume after being students at Hogwarts for six years you would know how to get around the school. Now, since you three were late, you have to answer these questions. Mr. Potter, what are these pictures on the wall of?"

Fuu nearly forget that her name now is Harry Potter. "Ummm… I don't know, sir" she says sweetly.

"I didn't expect you to" say the teacher slowly, "These are the pictures of the Unforgivable Curse. What are the three Unforgivable Curses, Mr. Weasley?"

Jin knows his new name, and looked up some information before class. "The Imperius Curse, the Cruciatus Curse, and the Killing Curse."

"Well done," the teacher sneers, then he looks at Mugen, "I'm surprised, Miss Granger. Any other time, you would have blurted out the answer to showcase your superior intelligence."

"Why?" growls Mugen in Hermione's alto- pitched voice, "I don't know the fucking answers!"

A person could have heard a pin drop in that room. The students look at Hermione as though she was an alien or something. Even the teacher had a look of shocked rage on his face. "Because of your blatant disrespect for me and my class," says the teacher vehemently, "thirty points will be deducted from Gryffindor. I also want to see you after class, Ms. Granger. Now, for the rest of the class, I want all of you to read chapter 13 for the rest of the class."

As they start to read, Fuu jabs Mugen in the ribs. "Now look what you've done, Mugen" she hisses, "Because of your foul mouth, you've gotten us in trouble."

"I was just being honest!" Mugen hisses as the three of them start to do their work.


Snape stares in shock at Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Harry's politeness towards him stuck him as odd, given the fact that Harry could not stand him. Hermione's Granger's statement, however, was the one that really threw him off guard. Granger prides herself on being the smartest witch in her class; her not knowing the answer and the absoluteness of it was uncharacteristic of her. "Maybe I should use Legit…" thinks Snape, but shakes his head. Professor Dumbledore said that under no circumstances could he use Legitimacy on a student. He decides to wait until he is able to talk to Miss Granger in private.


Mugen, Fuu, and Jin were about to leave the classroom. "Where are you going, Mugen?" says Jin.

"Wherever the hell the next class is" says Mugen indignantly.

"Oh no you're not" says Fuu, "You have to see the teacher, apologize for your rudeness, and accept the punishment he going to give you."

"Fuck you!" says Mugen.

"You going to do it" says Fuu threateningly, " 'cause if you don't, I will make the rest of the day a living hell for you!"

"Stupid bitch" Mugen mutters under his breath.

As Fuu and Jin leave the classroom, Mugen trudges towards the chair in front of the bird teacher's desk. The teacher looks straight into his eyes. "Having a bad day today, Miss Granger?"

Mugen thinks about and cocks a fake, over exaggerated smile. "Yes, sir" he says with false sweetness, "I haven't been myself lately."

The bird teacher was obviously not impressed with the act. "After two years of learning about the Unforgivable curses, you telling me you don't know anything about them?" he asks incredulously.

"I only know their names and the fact that those pictures on the walls represent them," says Mugen sweetly.

Snape glares at him. "Since you have forgotten all about the Unforgivable Curses, you will have to write for me three- foot long scroll report about them. You must use a least twenty sources. You will spend night detention with me every night until you are finish with it."

"Okay, sir" says Mugen slowly, trying to suppress his anger. When he gets out of the classroom, he vents to Fuu and Jin, a little glad that they had waited for him.

Snape was worried now. To not know about the Unforgivable Curses in this day in age is dangerous. But if someone forgets everything about them, especially Harry Potter's best friend Hermione Granger, then something was definitely wrong. He had to tell Dumbledore about this immediately.


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