Hermione soon arrived with her parents and August passed by quickly at the Burrow filled with Quidditch, homework, Exploding Snap, and laughter.
Harry and Hermione were at Platform 9&3/4 and waved goodbye to the Weasleys and the Grangers. The Hogwarts Express was waiting for all the students. Hermione was Head Girl and Harry Head Boy and Quidditch Captain. They found an empty compartment and waited for the train to move.
The announcer told the prefects and Head Students to meet in a compartment and they moved to that compartment. The other prefects filed in. Among them, Harry recognized Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood. Hermione cleared her throat and everybody settled down. “Hello, I am Hermione Granger and I am Head Girl.”
“Hi, I am Harry Potter and I am Head Boy as well as Quidditch captain. As sixth-year prefects know, 5th-year prefects have patrol once days a week from 9 to 10:30 with your fellow house perfect and 6th and 7th-year prefects have it twice. Be sure to stay in pairs. You are allowed to take points from students, with no value more than 20. You are allowed to assign a detention, as long as you give a valid reason to Headmistress McGonagall.”
Hermione continued, “We have a list of patrol duty. I will owl you all this schedule. Feel free to switch with other people, as long as you owl me or tell me a day ahead and with a valid reason.”
All the prefects nodded. Harry added, “Please make sure not to abuse your position. Do not give your house too many points or subtract too many points from your enemy house. Do not award detentions lightly or your duties may be removed. Understood?”
Hermione ushered the prefects out, “You may return to your friends.”
Hermione and Harry found a compartment with Luna, Ginny, and Neville. Luna was reader the Quibbler, and Ginny was dozing off in Neville’s lap. Neville was stroking his new plant and Ginny's hair. Soon, they were told to change into their uniforms.
Hermione and Harry boarded the Head Girl and Boy carriage that was at the front. The graduating class took the first five carriages and the underclassman took the rest. The first years were going to the lake.
Minerva McGonagall stood at the Headmistress’ seat. Professor Sprout was leading the first years into the Entrance Hall. “Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As many of you know, Voldemort has finally been vanquished by Mr. Potter and his crew. For the first time in 17 years, the wizarding world is finally in peace. Now, I would like to welcome the sorting hat to sort the new first years.”
Harry droned out as many new students were sorted. He joined in on cheering the new Griffs. There were eight new griffs, twelve new ravens, ten badgers, and ten snakes. Once the sorting was finished, the Headmistress stood up again and the Great Hall was silent. “Due to a loss of staff last year, we have some new professors to introduce. I am the Headmistress, Head of Gryffindor House, and Transfiguration Professor. Professor Sprout is the Deputy Headmistress, Head of Hufflepuff House, and Herbology Professor. Professor Flitwick is the Head of Ravenclaw House and Charms Professor. Our new Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor is Professor Jordan, who graduated three years ago. Our new Potions Professor is Professor Hilliard and Head of Slytherin House who graduated five years ago. Professor Trelawney will continue Divination, Professor Vector will continue Arithmancy, Professor Babbling will continue Ancient Runes, and Professor Weasley and Hagrid will teach Care of Magical Creatures. Students repeating their 7th years please meet in the Room of Requirement as soon as dinner is over. Any interested new 7th graders in extra credit may come too. Eat up!”
Then the plates suddenly filled up with food. Harry whispered to Hermione, “Which Weasley do you think it is?”
Hermione replied matter-of-factly, “Well Bill is a curse-breaker, Percy is a pompous prat who dislikes Hogwarts, and George and Ron are all jokers about school. It’s obviously Charlie.”
Harry grinned. “Gin? How is it going to be with your brother teaching Care?”
Gin frowned, “He’s probably going to fail me.”
The whole table burst into laughter. Harry stuffed the desert into his mouth than rushed off to the RoR.
Hermione and Harry were the first to arrive in the Room. Soon the whole returning class was there. Almost everyone had returned except for Ronald Weasley. Luna and Ginny were the only new 7th years that joined them. Soon, Professor McGonagall arrived.
“Hello. Thank you to new 7th years who decided to come. First, I need to address the returning 7th years. First, it is most unfortunate that schooling was interrupted because of the Carrow’s terror at Hogwarts. Most of you know the required material. Therefore, you will be receiving four-on-one tutoring in the subjects that you will be taking. Additionally, you have the option of taking electives. You can take as many as you'd like or all! (She looked at Hermione at this.) You must owl me the electives you would like to take before Saturday, in 5 days time. You must take at least one elective. The electives are: Animagus Training with Professor McGonagall, Charm Modifying with Professor Flitwick, Advanced Dueling with Student Potter, Healing with Madam Pomfrey, Plant Cross-Breeding with Professor Sprout, and Quidditch Training with Professor Wood.”
Hermione gawked at Harry. “You’re teaching Harry!”
Harry laughed. “For the first week, all returning 7th years will not have classes. New 7th years will still have classes.”
Ginny and Luna groaned. “Now to the main reason why I called you here. All returning 7th years are to do a special project. They will be paired with someone else. The project can be anything. Miss Weasley and Miss Lovegood, you may use this opportunity to get extra credit.”
“Now, before you go running off picking your partners, the Goblet of Fire will be choosing partners. Miss Weasley and Miss Lovegood, am I correct in assuming that you both would like to complete this project?”
Both girls nodded, and Professor McGonagall scribbled their names and added it to the Goblet. “Now...
Hannah Abbott and Susan Bones!
Terry Boot and Mandy Brocklehurst!
Lavender Brown and Millicent Bulstrode!
Michael Corner and Stephen Cornfoot!
Vincent Crabbe and Tracey Davis!
Kevin Entwistle and Justin Finch-Fletchley!
Seamus Finnigan and Anthony Goldstein!
Gregory Goyle and Daphne Greengrass!
Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy!
Wayne Hopkins and Megan Jones!
Neville Longbottom and Ginny Weasley!
Isobel MacDougal and Ernie Macmillan!
Roger Malone and Lily Moon!
Theodore Nott and Pansy Parkinson!
Parvati Patil and Sophie Roper!
Padma Patil and Sally-Anne Perks!
Luna Lovegood and Harry Potter!
Oliver Rivers and Sally Smith!
Sue Li and Dean Thomas!
Lisa Turpin and Blaise Zabini!"
"Now, go meet with your partner and discuss what you want to do. Project proposals are due by Sunday, in six days. Owl it to both heads of houses."
"Now, Hermione, I guess we got to be on speaking terms now. You will call me Draco and I will call you Hermione," Draco introduced.
Harry meanwhile went over to Luna who had a big grin on her face. "What do you think we should do Luna?"
Luna thought, "We should do something big because this is worth a grade."
Harry thought of something. "We could do something like the Map."
Luna's face crinkled in confusion and Harry realized she didn't know. In hush tones, he explained, "My dad, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and the traitor made a map that has all the rooms and corridors in Hogwarts. It also shows the location of every student in the school."
Luna smiled. "We could make a device that not only shows the map of the whole castle, they could say a name and it would zoom in on that student. They could see other things like house points, send reminders on detentions, request meetings with teachers, and other things."
Harry nodded. "Let's go turn in the idea."
The pair went to the owlery and scribbled the idea down. Harry sent his reqeust to Professor McGonagall and Luna to Professor Flitwick. "See you later Luna!"
Luna nodded, and they set off to their respective common rooms. Harry said the new password, "Ad Iucem," and found the Head's rooms. Hermione was already there. Harry could hear her cursing from when she first entered the room. "That stupid git Draco!"
"Hermione, I'm sure you'll be fine! What did he do this time?"
Hermione groaned, "He wants to create mini-house elves for all the students. I told him that we should start a book with all the spells in Hogwarts."
Harry suggested, "How about a match-making system? Ginny is with Neville, but you and Ron aren't together anymore. Pansy broke up with Draco, so most of us aren't dating anymore."
Hermione's eyes sparked, "It will keep track of all single boys. All the girls have to do is put their name in and then the best match for them will come out! Brilliant Harry! I'll tell Draco tomorrow!"
Harry laughed. "So now you and Malfoy are on first names terms?"
Hermione playfully shoved Harry. "Draco, Harry. Draco."
Harry rolled his eyes. "Just because you are on first names terms with Malfoy doesn't mean I have to be."
Hermione sighed. "I guess. What electives are you taking?"
Harry smiled, "Now that Ron isn't here to pressure me into taking the minimum and the same as him, I'm taking all of them."
Hermione laughed, "Finally Harry."