At The End

The astronomy tower

Harry entered the Astronomy tower, quietly and cautiously. Looking around Harry felt his stomach lurch, like he'd missed a step down a staircase and had nearly fallen. What stood out most was the smouldering rubble, which had once been a large classroom.

"I guess we won't be having Astronomy anymore." Ron snickered. Then Harry heard Hermione mumble.

"It isn't funny Ron." She scolded. "This is very serious."

"Yes, it is." Ron agreed in a hushed whisper. "I was merely trying to sa…." Ron trailed off. "Ginny!"

Harry noticed her just as Ron muttered her name. Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco rushed to her side automatically. Draco and Ron dropped to her side while Harry and Hermione bent over her.

Ginny had dust and soot all over her, but seemed to have managed to escape any serious damage, aside from a small gash on her head, where she had obviously hit it on the stone floor.

"Ginny?" Ron asked his sister, gently. Ginny's eyes fluttered open and she allowed a groan to pass her lips.

"What happened? Who did this?" Draco demanded.

"Go easy on her." Ron said to Draco. "She's pretty shook up."

Ginny rolled her eyes and groaned. "Luna…." She moaned. Ron gave Draco a confused look.

"Luna?" Ron asked, confused. Ginny nodded and, with another groan, fell back into unconsciousness.

"Luna?" Ron repeated to the rest of the group. "The hell does that mean?" He demanded.

"It means, Ron, that Luna did this." Hermione informed him quietly, looking around the tower, uncomfortably. The three boys stared at Hermione as if she'd lost her mind. She turned back to them and frowned. "What?" She asked.

"You actually think Luna could've done all this?" Harry asked her. Draco snorted.

"For once, Granger, you aren't using your brain are you?" Draco said. Ron glared at Draco angrily.

"That wasn't nice." Ron scolded. "You watch what you say to Hermione or there'll be hell to pay. Got it?"

"All I meant to say…. RON… was that Luna couldn't even remember where she put her toothbrush, even if it was on the table beside her." Harry felt his insides flare. Draco smirked at Harry. "Therefore there is no possible way she could've done all this."

Harry thought about the statement and realised it to be true. "He's right, Hermione." Harry said. Hermione and Ron stared at him. Harry continued. "Bear with me here, ok?

"This room has literally been blown apart. The spell would've had to have been really strong, considering we could feel it down at Hagrid's hut. I doubt if Luna would even know about the spell to do all this let alone if she'd be strong enough to blow the room up."

Ron nodded. "Yeah, you've got a point." He agreed. Harry grinned but Ron didn't return the smile. "It still doesn't explain why Ginny thinks Luna was responsible."

"She's had a pretty big shock maybe she just remembers who she was sitting with." Draco offered. Ron disagreed.

"No, I don't believe that. Yeah sure she was shook up, but she did seem to know with whom she was talking to and also seemed really convinced that it was Luna that did it." Ron said.

"I will not stand here and let you talk about Luna this way." Harry yelled at Ron. Ron gazed up into Harry's blazing eyes, startled.

"Harry…" Ron began. Harry cut him off.

"NO! I WON'T HAVE IT" He yelled.

"Calm down." Ron said. "What's your problem?" He asked. Harry glared at him, Draco chuckled.

"Hasn't he told you?" Draco said. Ron turned to face him.

"Told me what?" Ron asked, confused. Draco's smile widened.

"Lovegood is Potters girlfriend." Draco said. Ron's jaw dropped. He turned back to Harry.

"Listen mate. I'm really sorry. I didn't mean to…" Harry shook his head and held up his hand.

"Nah, it's ok. I was going to tell you but there has been so much going on. Besides just because she's my girlfriend…"

"Correction." Hermione cut in. the boys turned to face her. "Was your girlfriend."

"What?" Harry asked.

"I think she's dead." Hermione was bending over another body. Harry, Ron and Draco hurried over.

Harry felt his stomach drop. Luna was lying on the floor unconscious.

"She can't be dead." Harry mumbled. "She just can't be." Then Harry heard a sound that had been haunting his nightmare's since the graveyard in his fourth year. The fateful night that Cedric had died. It was the cold, snakelike laugh of the one man Harry hated.

"Oh, you can rest assured that she isn't dead." Hissed the cold, cruel voice. "Not yet anyway."

Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco stood and spun around, wands pointed in front of them. As the man stepped out of the shadows Harry felt his insides go like ice and he heard Ron's slight intake of breath.

Voldemort and his deatheaters had their wands pointed to Harry and his friends, each wearing a triumphant smile on their evil faces…



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