Harry's back at the Burrow after a walk with Mr. Weasley. Just what in "Bloody Hell" is going on?
steadying himself and dusting himself off, he looked around the kitchen.Arthur
Weasley was still running around the kitchen, talking in fragments and not making much sense.“Arthur, dear,” Molly said, trying to get his attention.“Arthur,
look who’s . . .Arthur, please.”
what is it?I’ll be off as soon as . . .Harry, my boy, you’re here
at last.We’ll be going Molly.I’ll
send Harry back directly.”Arthur grabbed his briefcase, adjusted his glasses,
and then he and Harry went out the front door.Mr. Weasley had a brand new car.Well, it was new for him.It was another
Ford Anglia, green this time.Mr. Wesley winked at Harry as they both climbed
into the front of the car.
took some time, but they finally entered Mr. Weasley’s small office.“Let’s
see now,” he said as he browsed over some parchment.“Okay, then,
let’s go find Kingsley,” Mr. Weasley said, “we can’t draw attention to ourselves.Fudge is still running around like mad.”
made their way quickly and quietly to Kingsley’s desk.Looking quite surprised,
Kingsley looked up and saw the expression on Arthur’s face.“Arthur,
what is it?Nothing bad could have happened, I’d know . . .” He fell
silent.“Arthur, let’s go for a walk, shall we?”Kingsley gathered his cloak and briefcase, leading Arthur and Harry back out of the Ministry of Magic.
soon as they were a block or two away from the entrance, Arthur went into detail of everything Harry had told him.Then Arthur provided his on insight to the whole situation.Kingsley
stayed quiet the whole time Arthur spoke.Harry remained quiet, too, in case
there was something he was missing.“So, that’s what we’re
going on,” Arthur finished, “is it enough to find her?”
Harry home, Arthur,” Kingsley finally said.“I will talk to Dumbledore
within the hour and then send word to you.It’s the best I can do without
dragging attention to myself or you.”Arthur agreed, for the most part.“Harry is staying at the Burrow with my family.Send word there.Must be getting to work.I’ll send Harry on his way.”
ended up going to the Burrow with Tonks, who had come in for some paperwork at the office and wanted to see how Ginny was
doing.They used Floo Powder to get back.It was lunchtime and Molly Weasley was busy in the kitchen.“Oh,
Harry, you made it back.Hermoine came while you were gone.She and Ron are out back, I expect.Go on then and I’ll
call you when it’s ready.”She gave Harry a hug and sent him out
don’t think Harry will understand,” Hermoine was saying, “I think he’ll take it the wrong way.”Harry noticed Pig zooming around like an insect around them while Crookshanks ran
after crazed garden gnomes.
think Harry will be okay,” Ron was saying.“He’s been through
everything else.It’s not like he won’t have us still.It’s just that we’ll also have each other.”He
reached over and took her hand in his as she blushed.
good afternoon to you, too,” Harry said.Crookshanks came over and rubbed
against Harry’s ankles.Hermoine and Ron both jumped and released each
other’s hands.“Don’t let me stop you.It’s about time, you two were driving me crazy.Let
me tell you that I have had enough to worry about without wondering when you two were going to come to your senses and quite
arguing all of the time.”
Hermoine gasped, “how long have you known?”
enough,” Harry said, picking Crookshanks up.He quickly put Crookshanks
down.Thinking of Hermoine’s pet made him think of his deceased Godfather.Speaking of pets, who was taking care of Buckbeak?As Harry was about to ask this, Hermoine interrupted.
you heard, Harry?I’m going to train to be an enchantress,” Hermoine
said, looking pleased with herself.
exactly is that,” Harry asked, slightly interested.Hermoine started to
explain.They were females (hence the Enchantress part, she quickly described
their male counterparts – Enchanters – then continued) who traveled and took care of different problems for both
the magical and non-magical.
get a mentor of sorts who takes us through our whole three year training,” Hermoine finished.“I get to meet her soon,” Hermoine added, “she’ll come here of course.Her letter said she had something to finish up before she could take my training on.Get this, she started when she was three!”
was impressed.Mrs. Weasley called them inside for lunch.“Now, you three, we’re going to have a guest for dinner.Bill, Charlie, AND Percy will be here as well.No funny business and be
on your best behavior.Bill’s kind of nervous.”
is Bill nervous, Mum?”
you mind, Ron,” Mrs. Weasley said, busing herself with some knitting as a rag and a bottle of cleaner did some dusting
in the other room and some dishes were washing themselves.She hummed to herself
the rest of the afternoon while the three of them spent it in Ron’s bedroom making predictions of the coming year at
Hogwarts and the events outside of their beloved school.
had come close twice to telling them about Aurora.He wasn’t sure it was
a good idea, seeing as he didn’t know who she was either.He came close
to ask Mrs. Wesley about her, but decided against that, too.He soon kept himself
content with food and an old book about Quidditch that Ron was letting him borrow.“It
use to be Charlie’s,” he said, simply.
noticed a lot of things different about The Burrow.He guessed that this was
from Fred and George’s joke shop.When he asked about it, Ron told him
they were doing great but not to bring it up.“Mom’s happy for them,
but she hasn’t really accepted it yet.She still thinks they’ll come
to their senses.”