A meeting of the order
Harry followed Ron down into the kitchen, where almost every member of the Order was seated. Harry sat between Ron and Hermione. Ginny and Draco were seated on the other side of the table. Fred, George, Bill, Charlie, Mr and Mrs Weasley, Lupin, Mad- Eye, and Tonks were also there.
Dumbledore waited a few moments before speaking. He cleared his throat before starting. He handed Harry a piece of paper and told him to memorize it. Just like with Grimmauld Place.
'A member of the Order is sworn to protect the innocent and defenceless. They promise their lives to the elimination of death and hate. They promise to protect the other members of the Order and to put their life after others.'
Harry read and re-read the paper until he'd memorised it. He nodded and Dumbledore smiled.
"Close your eyes, Harry and think about what you read." Harry did as was instructed. "Do you agree?" Dumbledore asked.
"Yes." Replied Harry. Harry felt a shiver down his spine, as if he'd just received a small shock of lightning.
"Welcome, Harry, to the order." Dumbledore said. He then turned to the others. "It is clear now, that my school is in danger. Voldemort was caught, this evening in the Griffindor tower." He told the table. There was an instant and varied reaction from the group.
Fred, George, Bill and Charlie, each looked as though they'd been slapped in the face. Mrs. Weasley and Tonks had gasped and covered their mouths. Lupin and Mr. Weasley's jaws had fallen open in shock. Yet Mad- Eye looked non-plussed.
"Can't say I'm surprised." Moody growled. "What's going to happen with this lot?" He grunted to Dumbledore, inclining his head to Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Draco. Dumbledore stayed silent for a few minutes.
"They will return to Hogwarts and attend classes with their classmates, as though nothing has happened." He answered.
Mrs. Weasley rose from her seat, glaring at Dumbledore. "I will not allow you to send them back there." She told them furiously. "You said it yourself, Hogwarts is in danger. Vol… HE was there! I can't believe you want to send them all back, as if everything is fine." She yelled, tears running down her face.
"Molly," Lupin began quietly. "If the dark lord wanted to find Harry he would, no matter where he was."
"Besides, everyone's always saying that Hogwarts is the safest place besides Gringotts." Bill said earnestly.
"The best thing for us to do is pretend nothing is happening." Mad- Eye told Mrs. Weasley.
Mrs. Weasley sat down. "What if something happened to them?" She wailed.
"It's ok, they'll be fine." Charlie piped up.
"Yeah, mum." Ron added. "We're tough." He assured her with a smile.
Dumbledore then turned to Malfoy. "You will be able to begin the potion in the morning, I trust?" He asked. Malfoy nodded.
"Yes, but it won't be ready for at least two weeks." He told Dumbledore. Dumbledore nodded.
"It will be fine." He then turned to the group in general. "I think it best for us to get these five back to Hogwarts." He motioned to Harry, Ron, Ginny, Hermione and Draco. "It is late and they have classes in the morning."
Harry and the others stood, and headed out to the hall. They bent down and each put a hand on the portkey. Harry felt the pull and began speeding through the air. They landed in Dumbledore's office, they were all prepared this time and none of them landed face first on the ground.
McGonagall was waiting for them. "Each of you back to bed." She ordered, briskly. Not one of them complained. They each went to their dorms.
Once in the tower, Harry and Ron began pulling on their pyjamas. Harry yawned loudly.
"And to think I was worried about NEWT's." Ron said sleepily. Harry agreed.
"It seems NEWT's are the least of our problems." Harry said. "Do you really think Draco's changed?" Harry asked Ron.
Ron shrugged. "I guess it's like with Snape, isn't it?" Ron replied. Harry stared at him.
"What do you mean?"
"Well Dumbledore trusts him. I guess we should respect that and trust him too." Then Ron rolled over. Within minutes Harry heard Ron's snore. He was asleep.
Harry barely closed his eyes and he was asleep….