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HARRY POTTER AND THE PYSHIC SERPENT

                                                            CHAPTER 1- MANUAL LABOUR


harry had planned to sleep late on the first day of the summer holiday.he felt as if he needed to sleep for a year after what he'd been through during his fourth year of wizarding training.Already possibly the most famous wizard in the world,apart from the dark wizard who had killed his parents,he was now probably even more famous,having won the triwizard tornament just a fortnight earlier,but his fame was only in the wizarding world.in the non-magical world,muggle world,he was just an annoyance to his aunt,uncle and cousin.he just wanted to sleep late and forget everything that had happened the previous ten months.

But instead he woke at seven-thirty in the morning to the cries and shouting of workmen,the squealing and grinding of backhoes,and the shrill voice of his aunt shouting instructions to the workers she had hired to relandscape the garden of number four privet drive,where harry was as welcome as an arsonist in a paper factory.it was impossible to try and sleep with all the racket,so he resigned himself to it and pulled back the sheets.he sat at the edge of the bed fumbling on the bedside table for his glasses.he rose so that he could walk to the wardrobe and look at his reflection in the mirror on the inside of the door.

He had grown several inches since the previous year,he had been so focused on trying to stay alive during the triwizard tournament that he didn't even notice he had a full blown adams Apple,he tried to sing some of his hogwarts school song,he was partial to loch lomond"I'll take the high road and you'll take the low road"but it came out sounding like a cross between a garden gnome being sat on by a Dragon and a rapid cat being kicked about,he cleared his throat and tried again this time he managed to produce a recognizable tune in a reedy tenor,causing him to become optimistic,he was only half way into the verse when he made a noise that was so startling that his snowy owl Hedwig woke up in her cage and flapped her wings agitatedly.

There was a sudden silence in the garden, then one of the workmen said"What in the bloody hell was that?"

Then another workman said"cor dick I think it was someone singing"

Harry grimaced into the mirror  he dropped the voice experiments for now and lifted up his hair,examining the lightening-shaped scar on his forehead he let it flop back into his face, he needed a haircut,when he was younger he had always fought against haircuts (his aunt and uncle were endlessly frustrated by his hair) but now he Was thinking he needed something that made him look less like a scared little kid(as though it was standing on end because I was afraid)and more like a powerful wizard like lord voldemort should take seriously.

He also noticed that a dark downy haze had appeared on his chin upper lip and side lines, FACIAL HAIR!!!at last!maybe bye the end of the summer he would be shaving.he wondered if there were specially charmed razors that wouldn't ever cut a person while shaving.there had to be something,after all you don't see wizards walking about with little tufts of loo paper stuck to the shaving cut on there faces like uncle Vernon did every morning.sometimes they fell off his face at the breakfast table and into his coffee or food;harry never said anything when this happened,trying not to grin broadly when his detested uncle ate a spoonful of eggs prominently adorned with a wad of bloody paper,which his uncle did not notice with his face buried in the morning newspaper,at these times he would invariably say to Harry's aunt petunia "Petunia, What did you put in the eggs today! They're smashing!" And his aunt petunia would look self-satisfied and smug and launch into a discourse on a famous chef who was demonstrating recipes on a chat show.Harry would have to drop his fork and duck under the table to avoid them seeing the gleeful look on his face, and once he almost choked on his orange juice, trying not to laugh.

Anyway the facial hair wasn't even close to needing shaving, it looked more like he hadn't washed his face properly and a dirty film was still on his face.he looked at his chest in the mirror,he never slept with a shirt on 
still so thin that his ribs showed beneath the skim-milk skin. He tried flexing his muscles,
turning his head to look in the mirror. Ludicrous. In a month he would be fifteen and he
had no muscles to flex.
He lowered his arms and examined the other Voldemort-related scar he bore, the cut on
the inside of his right elbow where Wormtail had taken his blood to add to the cauldron
where he was brewing the potion that would resurrect Voldemort. His blood--the blood of
a foe--was the final ingredient needed for Voldemort to get his body back, after bones
from his father's grave and flesh from a servant (Wormtail had cut off his own hand and
had been rewarded with a new silver one).
Harry shook himself to clear his head, to rid himself of the horrific image of Wormtail
writhing on the ground, holding his bloody stump of an arm...
The workmen had started up again, yelling to each other, and, like a descant above their
chorus, his aunt harangued them about the way they were doing the work. His uncle's
drill plant was doing very well and he had told Aunt Petunia that she could have the
garden redesigned so that she could impress her garden club. She had hired a garden
designer, whose plan the workmen were following, but now she was spending all of her
time changing her mind about every detail at the last possible moment and driving
everyone crazy with the resulting chaos.
Harry put on some shorts and a T-shirt, pulled on his socks and trainers and went out the
door after slipping Hedwig an owl treat. In the kitchen his uncle was reading the morning
paper on kathelina valentine and preparing to bite down on a bit of bacon that had the requisite bloody paper
sitting on the part he was about to put in his mouth. Harry stifled a laugh and thrust his
head into the refrigerator to look for food so no one could see his expression.
He sat down at the table with some orange juice and a banana he had taken from a bowl
on the counter; a piece of buttered toast from a plate on the table completed his small
breakfast. His cousin Dudley was sitting at the table already, almost done his "meal" of
yogurt, fruit and a rice cake. He'd been upgraded from grapefruit because he'd actually
succeeded in sticking to his diet at school the previous year. To Harry's eyes he did look
noticeably smaller, even a little muscular, rather than like a mound of quivering blanc
mange. Since Harry had been home Dudley had even been reasonably civil to him,
helping him carry his trunk up to his room from the car and bragging about all the weight
he'd lost. He didn't ask Harry anything about how his school year was; he just prattled on
about this girl he wanted to ask out in September, gushing on about Julia this and Julia
that. Harry listened patiently; he wasn't allowed to use magic outside of school and that
was the only thing that probably would have made Dudley shut up. And he would have listened to Dudley blither about his girlfriend than be on the receiving end of a
pounding from him, as happened all too often during his early childhood.
His aunt finally sat down to eat her breakfast, having left the workers in the garden alone
for the moment. But the peace of the breakfast table was suddenly shattered by a large
barn owl flapping in through the open window. It landed on Vernon Dursley's chair and
prodded him to take two parchments from its right leg then turned an eye on the rest of
his bacon. Annoyed, his uncle got up and backed away from the large bird of prey,
yelling, "Harry! What does it want?"
Sighing at his uncle's magic-phobia, Harry went to the owl and removed the parchments,
surreptitiously slipping the owl some bacon as he did so. One parchment was addressed
to his aunt and uncle and seemed to be in his godfather's handwriting; the other was
addressed to him on official Hogwarts stationery. The owl hooted. Having successfully
performed her duty and receiving no instructions to wait for a reply to be drafted, it flew
back out the open window. Harry heard the workers outside yell in surprise, as he
realized they'd done when it had arrived, but he was too preoccupied to notice before.
He handed his uncle the letter from his godfather, Sirius Black, who was a fugitive from
justice in the wizarding world because his former friend, Peter Pettigrew (the
silver-handed servant of Voldemort known as Wormtail) had successfully framed him for
his own murder and the murders of a street full of Muggles (non-magical people). Ever
since he had told his aunt and uncle that he had a fugitive wizard for a godfather the
Dursleys had treated him slightly better.
His uncle opened the letter and read with an expression that started out as annoyance
(time taken out of his day to deal with what he called "Harry nonsense") moved on to
perplexed and then surprised and even frightened. Harry had not opened his Hogwarts
letter yet; he wondered what Sirius could have written that would make his uncle respond
this way. Uncle Vernon thrust the letter at Harry, seeming to be cautious about touching
him, as though he were afraid that Harry could do magic on contact. Harry read the letter.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Dursley,
I am writing to you because I am concerned about Harry. I wish I could
have him with me and look after him myself, but as you know, my legal
status in the wizarding community makes that impossible; even if I
continue to successfully elude the authorities, traveling with the most
famous young wizard in the world will make me appear somewhat
conspicuous, and will do nothing to enhance Harry's safety. The
headmaster of Hogwarts feels that he is safest with you for the but I want to caution you not to make life unduly stressful for him, as he
has experienced an inordinate amount of stress this year.
Harry may not have told you about this, because he is very modest, but
he is the winner of the Triwizard Tournament that was held at his school
this year for the first time in over a century, and he is the youngest
winner ever. Another reason he may not tell you this is not modesty,
however, but because he does not wish to remember what occurred at
the end of the Tournament, when he was transported to a place where
the same dark wizard who betrayed his parents was preparing to
resurrect the Dark Lord who actually killed them.
Harry experienced horrible things that day, including seeing a fellow
schoolmate killed before his very eyes. He dueled with Lord Voldemort
himself and escaped with his life, returning with his schoolmate's body
so that his parents could mourn over him and give him a proper burial.
He did more than many adult wizards could have--or would have--done,
and has made me very proud of him, for his moral strength and integrity
as much as his magical ability. All signs point to Harry one day being a
very powerful and formidable wizard. Please treat him well--he won't be
in school forever.
I will come to accompany Harry to do his school shopping near the end
of the summer, and to deliver him to the school train on September the
first.
Sirius Black
His uncle looked at him through narrowed eyes. "And just how exactly would everyone
recognize you as being the famous Harry Potter?" Harry drew his lips into a straight line
and lifted his hair from his forehead to reveal his scar. Vernon drew his own lips into a
straight line and muttered, "Oh, right." He sat down in his chair again, now that the owl
was no longer sitting on it, and sneered at Harry, "So! You're the hotshot tournament
winner! You must think you're God's gift to magic!" Harry was surprised; normally, his
uncle avoided the M word. But then, he shouldn't be surprised that his uncle was trying to
needle him. It was as though he hadn't read the parts of the letter about modesty and
trying to forget about Cedric...
Cedric Diggory had been the other Hogwarts champion, The Real Hogwarts Champion,
proclaimed buttons that some of the students had worn the year before, buttons that, pressed, proclaimed POTTER STINKS in bilious green letters that were supposed to be
reminiscent of his eyes (which were more like emeralds). He and Diggory had gone into
the final round of the tournament tied for first place. It had been so recent that Harry
could still feel the weight of Cedric's lifeless body, could still see the staring expression
on his frozen face, the blue eyes forever vacant and unseeing...
Harry grimaced at his uncle but didn't dare say anything; he was biting back rude
responses that could mean his being imprisoned in his room for the summer with his
magic supplies locked in the cupboard under the stairs again. Just because his uncle was
full of himself and never missed an opportunity to brag he thought everyone was that
way. Harry saw that Dudley was actually looking at him with something like grudging
respect.
"Well!" his uncle said at last. "Just stay out of my way this summer is all I ask!" He thrust
the letter at his wife and left for work, just short of having steam coming out of his ears,
as though he had decided after all to take Sirius' advice and had been biting back some
choice words of his own. Dudley managed to get the letter from his mother, who had
gone to the open window to yell something to the workers again.
Harry suddenly remembered that he was holding a letter of his own and he opened it,
unable to stop a grin from creeping across his face as he read:

                     HOGWARTS SCHOOL of WITCHCRAFT and WIZARDRY

Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Grand Sorc., Chf. Warlock, Supreme Mugwump,
International Confed. of Wizards)
Dear Mr. Potter,
As your head-of-house, I am pleased to inform you that I have named you to be a prefect,
effective when the new term begins on September the first. This is a responsibility that I
know you will not take lightly, as your record speaks for itself. You will be responsible
for other students' conduct when professors are not present and you will be expected to
uphold all school rules and regulations to the letter. This is an important leadership
position. We expect nothing but the best from our prefects. Both of your parents were
prefects, and I know they would be proud of you.
As a prefect, you will have access to certain school facilities that are not available to the
general student population, and you will be required to attend regular meetings of all of

the prefects in the fifth, sixth and seventh years, which are led jointly by the Headand Head Girl, who will be Roger Davies of Ravenclaw House and Alicia Spinnet of our
own Gryffindor House.
Congratulations, Harry! I look forward to welcoming you as a prefect on September the
first.
Yours sincerely,
Minerva McGonagall
Deputy Headmistress
Harry looked at the accompanying list of new fifth-year prefects.
Gryffindor
Hermione Granger
Harry Potter
Hufflepuff
Hannah Abbott
Ernie MacMillan
Ravenclaw
Mandy Brocklehurst
Evan Davies
Slytherin
Millicent Bulstrode
Draco Malfoy
Malfoy! Harry groaned; he should have known it, though. Of course Snape would pick
Malfoy to be a prefect! Severus Snape was the Potions Master and head of Slytherin
House. He thought Malfoy could do no wrong and that Harry could do nothing right. He
wasn't too surprised about the Hufflepuff prefects; he knew Hannah and Ernie from
Herbology class, but he didn't know Mandy Brocklehurst at all and only knew that Evan

Davies was Roger Davies' brother and also on the Ravenclaw Quidditch "I'm a prefect," he said simply to his aunt and cousin, trying not to sound too pleased. His
aunt grunted.
"You! A prefect!"
Harry could not keep the hurt out of his voice. "My mum and dad were prefects. In fact,
my mum and dad were Head Girl and Head Boy."
His aunt looked stern. "I don't want to hear about your parents. Or that--that--school of
yours," she said, as though she didn't think school were the right word at all.
He took his letter up to his room, bringing some smuggled bacon for Hedwig, and
wondering with whom he could share his good news. He thought of his best friend, Ron
Weasley, but then, Ron hadn't been named a prefect, so perhaps that wouldn't be
especially tactful. He had pretty much forgotten the part of Sirius' letter that mentioned
his modesty; he was just bursting to tell somebody who would actually be happy about it.
He could send a letter to Hermione, who was visiting the Greek Islands with her parents,
but she would be getting her own prefect letter and know all about it, if she didn't already.
After Greece, the Grangers would all be going up to visit Viktor Krum and his family in
Bulgaria. She had met Viktor when he had come with his headmaster from another
wizarding school, Durmstrang, to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. Viktor had been
the champion from his school, and had rescued Hermione from the lake on the school
grounds during one of the tournament tasks. Harry would write to Hermione later, on the
pretense of congratulating her on being named a prefect.
Then it hit him: Hagrid! He pulled some parchment and a quill and some ink from his
messy trunk and sat down at his desk to write a quick note to Hagrid to tell him he was
going to be a prefect; he knew Hagrid wouldn't think he was crowing or putting on airs,
he would be genuinely happy for him. Hagrid was one of his best friends, a large
half-giant who had been expelled from Hogwarts in his third year because he was thought
to have opened the Chamber of Secrets (he was framed by Voldemort himself, who fifty
years earlier had simply been the student Tom Riddle). After that, he landed the job of
gamekeeper at the school, where he'd been ever since. It had been Hagrid who had come
to fetch him to Hogwarts when he was eleven and had no idea that he was famous or a
wizard or even that his parents had been assassinated by a Dark Lord, not killed in a car
accident, as he'd always been told by his aunt and uncle (in an extremely nasty tone of
voice, as though it was all their own fault and they'd richly deserved it).
He finished the note to Hagrid and tied it onto Hedwig's leg, giving her the rest of the

bacon before she flew off, hearing another shout go up as the landscapers were by yet another owl flying about in the daytime. Oops, thought Harry. I shouldn't have
done that. Aunt Petunia'll be having kittens...
He wasn't exactly sure where Hedwig was going to find Hagrid but he was certain that
wherever he was she would in fact find him. Harry knew that Dumbledore had sent him
to the continent on a diplomatic mission to speak to giants about uniting against
Voldemort now that he was back in power. Voldemort was counting on the giants being
on his side, and Dumbledore knew he had better do something to guarantee their loyalty
before Voldemort got to them. Dumbledore was also worried that Voldemort would find
a way to get to the Dementors and turn them to his side; they were the guards at the
wizarding prison, Azkaban, where his godfather had been incarcerated (without a trial)
for twelve years before his unprecedented escape. Dementors were eerie and had given
Harry nightmares at one time; in his third year, when he was learning to fight boggarts
(which always turned into whatever the person feared most) his boggart always turned
into a Dementor so he had learned to fight it by conjuring a Patronus. He had a feeling
that these days, if he encountered a boggart, it would no longer turn into a Dementor...
He had also inquired whether Hagrid had heard anything about his own mother,
Fridwulfa, a giantess with a bloodthirsty reputation who had left him and his father when
Hagrid was very young. Giants in general had a very bad reputation, and were credited
with some of the worst mass Muggle killings during Voldemort's reign of terror. Harry
hoped Dumbledore could in fact make allies of the giants, although he was not so sure
that they should be on the same side as such murderous creatures. Better than having
them on Voldemort's side, he supposed.
After he had sent Hedwig off with Hagrid's letter he stared around his room, at a loss for
what to do, since he wasn't sleeping late after all. He heard another noise in the garden
and went over to the window. The backhoe was digging a rather large hole in the garden
for an artificial pond. Harry watched for a few minutes, deciding that he would go out to
have a better look. Watching the landscapers seemed like a better idea than just moping
around his room wishing he could run and shout, "I'm a prefect! I'm a prefect!" at the top
of his lungs.
He went out the kitchen door and found an unobtrusive place to sit against the wall of the
house while the workmen moved rocks and used surveyor's equipment and consulted lists
and other paperwork. They'd been working for about two weeks, according to his aunt
and uncle. The garden already looked completely transformed to Harry. After a while he
became restless and asked Dick, the boss, whether they needed another pair of hands. He
felt Dick appraising his thin pale arms. He said, "Ye sure ye're up to it? ‘Tis hard work"
Harry assured him he was indeed up to it and set to work moving and lifting whatever
they told him to, enjoying the camaraderie of engaging in manual labor with men he
didn't know, who treated him at first as a frail, laughable kid but soon gave him a
surprising respect after seeing how hard he was willing to work; they were also surprised
at his wiry strength and by what he was able to do. Maybe I have some muscles after all,
thought Harry, carrying a large rock across the garden.
He took lunch with the workers, some of whom removed their shirts in the hot noon sun
or laid back on the ground to absorb the sun's warmth. Harry decided to do the same,
leaving himself open to some good-natured jibes about blinding them all with his pallor.
In a week, however, his pallor was a thing of the past and his lack of visible muscles was
starting to be a thing of the past, too.
After he'd been working with the landscapers for a week he was startled by a small
garden snake slithering past him while he leaned back and soaked up some sun after
lunch. The snake caught his attention because she was talking and he could understand
every word she said.
The snake was muttering, "Find a perfectly good home and the next thing you know, it's
being rent asunder, great yahoos tromping all over the place, digging up my favorite
flower beds..." Even though he had known since he was in his second year in school that
he was a Parselmouth (someone who can understand and speak snake language) he didn't
often think of it. He seldom had any contact with snakes. He spoke to the snake now,
though.
"Sorry about all this. It was my aunt's idea. It may be going on for a few more weeks, I'm
afraid."
The snake stopped moving, lifted her head and seemed--if it was possible for a snake to
do this--to have a shocked expression on her face. "What did you say?"
"I said that it was my aunt's idea. Messing up your home like this. If you like, maybe I
could help you find some other garden to live in."
"No," the snake said. "I meant that I have never been spoken to by a human in my own
language before. I hear humans speak Human language. But never mine."
"Oh," Harry said, hissing. "I'm a Parselmouth. I'm going into my fifth year of wizarding
school. When I was a baby, a very powerful wizard who was also a Parselmouth tried to
kill me and failed, and some of his abilities transferred themselves to me. But I don't get
to be around snakes much, so I tend to forget I can do it"I have heard of wizards, and I have heard legends of wizards who could speak
Parseltongue, but I never believed it."
"Well, it's pretty rare. One time I talked to a boa constrictor. He told me he'd never been
to Brazil. He lived in the zoo, but I accidentally freed him."
"What is a boa constrictor?" she asked. After a pause she said, "They are looking at you,"
the snake suddenly informed him before she went slithering off into a bush. Harry looked
up to see the entire crew gaping at him as though he'd gone mad. After a minute he
realized that they hadn't actually heard what he'd been saying to the snake; they'd only
heard hissing. Even to his own ears, when he spoke in Parseltongue, it sound like just so
much hissing, although his brain then converted the hissing sounds into words. He could
only actually speak Parseltongue when he was confronted with a snake. STOP HERE
He smiled sheepishly at them. "Well, you've got to speak to them in their own language,"
he said, shrugging. There was perplexed silence at first, then Dick rearing back his head
in unrestrained laughter, which was the signal for the others that they were allowed to do
that too. Harry laughed with them. Well, he was telling the truth; he was speaking to the
snake in her own language. While he was working that afternoon, he kept an eye out for
her, but didn't see her. He was sleeping soundly every night, rolling into bed exhausted
from the work, his muscles aching, but at least now he had some muscles. And his skin
wasn't the color of parchment anymore, either. He was glad to have the physical activity
to take his mind off Voldemort.
Very early the next morning, before anyone was up, he finally gave in to the temptation
to write to Hermione about being a prefect, and she apparently had also succumbed to
this temptation, as her owl arrived in Harry's bedroom about five minutes after Hedwig
left to give his letter to her.
Dear Harry,
Congratulations on being a prefect! Of course I had really hoped that I would get to be
one, and I had a feeling that, out of the fifth-year boys, it would be you.
Harry hoped she didn't tell Ron that; he was very touchy about competing with his older
brothers, two of whom had been prefect and then Head Boy.
Mum and Dad and I are having a great time in the Greek Islands. In a couple of weeks
we're going up to Bulgaria to visit Viktor's family. They live in Sofia, the capital. Maybe
Viktor can help me improve my broomstick technique. He's gotten a job as reserve with--guess what team? The Chudley Cannons! Ron should be pretty happy about that!
Harry strongly suspected that Ron would be torn about that; he had been pretty agitated
about Hermione and Viktor Krum going to the Yule Ball the previous Christmas, and
only at the end of the term had he given in to his impulse to ask Krum for an autograph.
Krum had been the star of the Quidditch World Cup the previous summer. Quidditch was
a wizarding sport played on broomsticks, and Harry played Seeker on his house team at
school. He looked down and finished reading Hermione's letter.
So, since Viktor will be working in England, he can meet me in Hogsmeade on weekends
when we're allowed to go down to the village. You don't think they'll cancel Hogsmeade
visits now that You-Know-Who is back, do you?
Here's a photo of me and my parents at the Parthenon. Next we're going on to Corfu.
Please take care of yourself and tell Dumbledore and Sirius right away about your scar
hurting or anything else that could indicate dark magic. Missing you.
Love from Hermione
Harry looked at the photo she had enclosed; it was a Muggle picture, no moving people
in it. Hermione stood with her parents in front of a large Greek temple, both of them with
their arms around her, their little girl who was not so little anymore. She was wearing a
very tight sleeveless white top and a matching skirt that was very brief. Her exposed arms
and legs were already very brown, and then he noticed that she'd cut her hair; it was
rather short, curling all over her head in a free and yet much more orderly way than it
usually did. The shorter haircut seemed to work much better with her hair's natural wave,
and he almost didn't recognize her at first. But after squinting at it for a moment, he could
tell from the nose and shape of the face and the way she smiled that it was her. She wore
dark glasses against the glaring Greek sun and looked quite happy, enjoying a trip to the
Greek Islands with her folks. Harry caught his breath for a moment and thought, I just
hope they're safe. What if Voldemort tries to get to her while she's traveling?
Harry had mentioned to Sirius that he was concerned that Voldemort would try to coerce
him to do his bidding by coming after Ron and Hermione. Sirius agreed that that was a
danger, but he took a wait-and-see attitude, and promised to discreetly check in on each
of them during summer vacation.
Then he looked up in surprise as Ron's owl, Pigwidgeon, flew in with a letter. Ron's owl
was very small and could be held in the palm of one's hand, and he was also very
excitable, yet not dreadfully useful for owl post because he couldn't handle anything
really big. Pig fluttered frantically around the room for a minute, while Harry tried snag him and grab the letter he was delivering. When he finally had the letter in his hand
he sat down on the bed to read it.
Dear Harry,
Well, congratulations on being a prefect. Hermione wrote and told me. Can you believe
Malfoy got chosen too? He'll be even more of an insufferable git than he was before--if
that's possible.
Did you know that Hermione is going to visit Krum? And that he's going to play for the
Cannons? I feel like I'm in prison; we never go anywhere. That trip to Egypt a couple of
years ago was a contest we won. And now we don't even have the excuse of going to
Romania or Egypt to visit Charlie or Bill because they're taking time off work and
staying here for a while. Dumbledore thought it would be a good idea. And yet SHE gets
to flit around the Greek Islands and visit a wizard who just graduated from a school
where they actually TEACH the dark arts!
Anyway, Sirius said he's going to fetch you at the end of the summer and bring you here
on the Knight Bus. Then we can go shopping from here using Floo powder. Dad's getting
Ministry cars to take us to the train on September first. I can't believe you have to stay
with the Muggles until then! But Dumbledore says that's for the best too.
I haven't heard from Hagrid, have you? I'm not sure whether I want him to find his mum
or any of the other giants. I'd settle for them to just stay in the mountains and not get
involved in a wizard war at all. How's your scar? No pain, I hope. Write to me and tell
me what you want for your birthday. See you in August. ---Ron
Harry put the letters away and propped the photo on a shelf. He gave Pigwidgeon an owl
treat and sent him on his way. It was early in the morning and he needed to get dressed
and down to the garden to get back to work. It was very satisfying, somehow, the way the
landscaping was coming together. Harry could have been quite happy to go into work
like this, if he had never discovered he was a wizard. He tried to imagine a life of being a
Muggle, being completely ignorant of the wizarding world...but he couldn't. His life was
so different now from the way it was before his eleventh birthday, it was as though those
pre-magic years were lived by someone else.
After grabbing a quick breakfast, Harry went out into the garden. It was very early, so no
one else had shown up yet, and Harry started moving rocks about. After about half an
hour, Dick came walking up the path from the street, alone. Harry looked up in surprise.
"Morning, Harry."Morning, Dick. Where's everyone else?"
Dick looked about sixty, but Harry was just guessing; he was as brown and leathery as
you could hope a gardener to be, with silvery hair swept back from his face and kind blue
eyes. Harry was sometimes reminded of Dumbledore when he saw him. Dick put his
hand on his chin now and looked as if he were reluctant to deliver some bad news.
"Well, the thing of it is, we've gotten another job, and they're payin' double for it to be
done quick. Plus, your aunt has--well, made my men reluctant to work here anymore." He
paused and looked around the incomplete garden. "But, we do have a contract, so I'll stay
on here and continue this job, and a few times a day I'll check in with my men on the
other job. You still want to help me, Harry?"
Harry smiled at him and nodded. "Of course. I've been enjoying myself."
Dick sighed and looked his age for once. "Some's have the right to do it just for
enjoyment; some's have to do it to make a living."
Harry flushed, thinking of all the gold in his vault at the wizarding bank, Gringotts. Ron
was touchy about money, too, and was upset with Harry for not telling him that some
leprechaun gold he'd given Harry had disappeared the following day; leprechaun gold
was apparently not permanent.
So he and Dick got to work on the garden, and things slowed down considerably. Harry
didn't mind, though; he wasn't especially fond of working with a crowd. After it had been
just the two of them for several days, it seemed like it had always been like that. It was
very comfortable working with Dick; he wasn't much of a talker. They ate lunch together
companionably in the sunshine, then Dick laid back against a pile of potting soil bags for
a little nap. Harry took off his shirt and leaned back too, basking in the sun. When it was
time to get back to work, Harry put on his shirt again and picked up the trash from the
lunch to take it inside. As he was going in the kitchen door, he heard a hissing voice say,
"The rocks will fall. The rocks will fall. The rocks will fall..."
Harry looked around, perplexed. There was a pile of rocks in the corner of the garden
waiting to be used around the artificial pond. Harry squinted around the garden, looking
for the snake he'd talked to before. He couldn't see her. Saying, "Hmmm," to himself, he
carried the trash into the kitchen. As he was coming back outside again, Dick went over
near the rock pile to select a small shrub with sacking around its roots to plant near the
back doorHarry was probably a good fifty feet away when it happened; there was nothing he could
have done. The rocks came clattering down, knocking Dick onto his side and then
shattering his left leg. Harry ran around the various obstacles in his path to try to reach
him. Dick was lying on the ground with a huge mound of stones on him, sweat running
down his face, looking like he wanted to scream and holding it back. Harry reached him,
remembering breaking his leg during the Triwizard Tournament. And once, he'd had to
grow back all of the bones in his arm after a Quidditch match. But he didn't have access
to magical medicine here, or even enough magic to help his friend get out from under the
pile of rocks. Harry felt like he was in a trance as he worked swiftly to move all of the
rocks, one by one, off poor Dick, who was looking ashen under his tan, biting his lip and
breathing raspily. Two weeks before, Harry would have had trouble moving any one of
the rocks he was practically tossing aside now, with no regard for where they were
landing (a number of carefully-placed plants were crushed and would have to be
replaced). While he worked, he yelled for his aunt and cousin to call for an ambulance.
They finally appeared at the kitchen door as Harry was removing the last few rocks from
Dick's body.
Harry grasped Dick's hand while the paramedics set his leg and rolled him onto a
stretcher so they could carry him to the ambulance. He watched the ambulance drive off,
and he tried not to feel responsible, but it was difficult. He'd heard the warning, and he'd
done nothing; he disregarded it. He was sure it had been a snake's voice he'd heard, the
same snake he'd talked to before. He didn't quite hear his aunt complaining bitterly about
the work not getting done, and ranting about the plants Harry had crushed. Harry moved
about in a daze, ignoring her at first, then facing her stonily and said, "I'll do it." She
looked at him through shrewd, narrowed eyes, eyes that wondered what he was up to. "If
you pay me," he added. He tried to come up with an amount he knew his aunt couldn't
refuse--he mustn't get too greedy. "Five pounds a day," he said, drawing himself up to his
full height of five-feet six-inches, looking her in the eye. He was as tall as her now.
She narrowed her eyes even more, looking for the catch, but it was a low enough amount
that even she couldn't argue. She agreed and went back into the house, leaving Harry to
look around the garden helplessly, feeling guilty and alone. He swept his eyes over the
entire garden quickly, but he didn't see the snake, so he tried calling softly, "Here snake,
here snake..." but it sounded like English; he wasn't speaking Parseltongue. She must not
be nearby, he thought. He worked for the rest of the afternoon alone, stacking the rocks in
the corner more securely, and assessing the damage from his having thrown them about
to remove them from Dick.
He collected five pounds from his aunt at the end of the day, making himself a sandwich
for dinner and then rolling into bed early, aching all over. Now, every day, he got up the sun, showered and dressed, and went out to the garden to continue his solitary labor.
A few days after Dick's leg was crushed, Harry was basking in the sun after eating lunch
when he heard a hissing voice near him.
"How is your friend? Why did you not tell him about the rocks?"
Harry looked around, then saw the snake near his feet. She was about twenty inches long
and dull green, with glittering eyes and vertical pupils, like a cat's. "He'll be okay. I--don't
know why I didn't tell him. I didn't realize that--that--"
"That snakes have the Sight?" she hissed softly. Harry nodded. His least favorite class at
school was Potions, because he couldn't stand Professor Snape. But at least he did feel
that Potions were useful, that he was learning something important. He thought that his
most useless class was Divination. Professor Trelawney seemed to enjoy spending every
class predicting Harry's untimely death. According to her, he was supposed to have died
dozens of times over by now. Harry had never seen anything while staring in a crystal
ball or at a lump of tea leaves in a teacup, and he tended to make up things when doing
star charts.
Now, though, Harry was confronted by the possibility that the snake was telling the truth.
And since very, very few humans could understand snake language, who would be in a
position to know that snakes could predict the future? Even he hadn't believed her; he
was as sorry as he could be about that.
"If you have the Sight," Harry said to her, "tell me: will Voldemort be stopped?"
"Who?" the snake hissed. "You do not understand. I can only see a few minutes into the
future, and only what is right around me. I cannot predict events happening far away.
And I get only a glimpse of the future; the larger a snake is, the further into the future her
sight reaches, and the farther distant."
Harry had a sudden thought. "Would you like to come to school with me in September?
It's up north, and cold, but I could--I could--" Harry floundered, then had a brainstorm. "I
could wear you wrapped around my arm to absorb my body heat! You could be my pet
snake!"
She looked at him. "What is ‘pet?' I do not understand."
"Well," Harry said, "humans sometimes choose some animals to take care of and give
them names and bring them into their houses to live with them. Those animals are their
The snake hissed at him, "I am not a pet. If I go with you, it will be my choosing, not
yours. What is a name?"
"Well," Harry said again, "my name is Harry Potter. It's what people call you..." he trailed
off, unable to put the concept of names into words.
"I thought you were called ‘lazy git,'" said the snake. Harry realized she had heard his
aunt addressing him.
"No, no, that's not the same as my name. That's called an insult. It's to be mean. Let's see,
you predicted the future and I didn't believe you, so I'll name you--Cassandra."
"Why?"
"Because there was this seeress in Greek mythology named Cassandra who was blessed
with being able to predict everything about the future, but cursed to have no one believe
her." The snake did not reply; he wondered whether any of what he had just said made
sense to her. "But Cassandra is a little long to say all the time, so I'll just call you Sandy
for short."
"For short what?"
Harry was starting to get a little impatient with the snake; just because you could talk to
snakes, he thought, didn't mean you could really talk to them. "For a nickname. A
nickname is like a shorter version of your name."
"What is your nickname?"
"Well, I guess it's Harry," he said, never having considered it before. He'd never seen his
birth certificate. Was his real name Harold? Or Harrison? Or it could be that his whole
name was just plain Harry. He had no idea.
"But that is your name."
"I know." Now Harry was really tired of explaining concepts to the snake that every
human just knew. He wanted to get back to work. He put his shirt back on, shivering;
some clouds had passed in front of the sun.
"Harry Potter," the snake said suddenly.
"Yes, Sandy?" Harry said, trying out her new name "I want to try your arm."
"What?"
"The sun is hidden. I am cold. You talked about wearing me on your arm. I am very
cold."
He picked her up, enjoying the feel of her smooth skin, and carefully wrapped her twice
about his upper left arm. She adjusted her tail and settled her chin on it, letting out an
audible sigh. Harry smiled. She didn't weigh more than a few ounces; no wonder she can
only see a short distance into the future, he thought.
Harry worked the rest of the day with her wrapped about his arm, and they talked every
so often. He tried to speak simply and clearly to her, as though she were a little dim, but
he tried not to be insulting. He didn't want to confuse her about human concepts she'd
never been exposed to before. She seemed to be trying to speak simply to him too, as
though he were not quite bright enough to understand otherwise. When he was having
trouble lifting a very heavy rock--not one that had fallen on Dick--she told him she had
heard the other workers telling each other to lift with their legs.
Harry looked down at his legs, which were still rather thin, although they were at least
tanned now. "I can't," he said. "They're not strong enough."
"Make them stronger," she said simply. Harry thought about this. Yes; he could take up
running. That would make his legs stronger.
But he was far too exhausted to run at the end of the day; he just needed dinner and sleep.
So he decided that first thing in the morning, he would go running, before beginning
work in the garden. He also decided that he knew what he wanted for his birthday: a book
about performing magic using snakes. He had heard that some powerful dark magic could
be done with snakes; maybe some things could be done that weren't dark magic. He
would ask Sirius about it.
He went to bed that night feeling like this wasn't such a bad summer after all. He'd spent
the previous year becoming stronger magically, for the tournament, and now he was
becoming stronger physically and also making use of some of his more arcane abilities.
And if it helped him fight Voldemort, maybe he should learn some dark magic;
Voldemort wouldn't be expecting that, or a snake of his own...
Harry picked up the picture of Hermione and her parents and looked at it while lying in
bed, preparing to go to sleep. I won't let anything happen to you, he thought fiercely. Ron. I won't. Voldemort will have to come through me and Sandy to get you.
                                                                     
                                                            * * * * *
                                         CHAPTER  2 - MEET CAT VALENTINE 

  • Cat Valentine awoke in her bedroom in her mansion in Surrey to her mother's  voice " cat wake up you have a concert today you cant afford to sleep in". MUM ARE YOU CRAZY! it's 8:o'clock  in the morning the concert is at 10pm and I don't have class today" I said  burying my face in my pillow.when cat was 11 years old she had received a letter from Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry admitting her into there school cat had wanted all her life to sing and she had been on the verge of landing a record deal with a popular company and she and her friend hadn't wanted to go to Hogwarts so she asked her mother to bend the rules and so she went up to diagon alley and hired a wizard to teach me and my friends magic so we could still start our careers. Today we are very famous and rich rappers and singers in our fifth year of magical education.her mother frowned at her "yes dear but you still have to get everything ready,your make -up,outfit,theme and you have that interview with Jordan matters remember you have a schedule honey", i sat up  and groaned,that's when my brother mason came in and said "ahh..the price of fame, bet you wish you had gone to that school assuming you wouldn't be arrested". My mum had said when I would never ever be able to go to Hogwarts after she got the teacher or I would be arrested for underage magic  and illegal magic education. From what I heard  about Azkaban it doesn't sound like a walk in the park made sure I never got caught. "Get out both of you I gotta get changed".once they were gone I got out my phone to check if Bryce had called. Bryce hall was my boyfriend,I hadn't heard from hi me since the day before yesterday. I had refused to call because I didn't want to seem clingy  but now I just had to call.I dialled his number and hit "enter" it rung and rang but he didn't answer  I was starting to get worried but I put my phone aside if something was wrong the paparazzi would know about it.I got ready ate a quick break fast and headed to the studio there I met hamber, my personal assistant.hamber was very helpful and useful sometimes a bit of a bitch but you gotta love her. "Cat! The stylist  Is here and she said she has the best  outfit for your concert its F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!!!".she dragged me to the stylist and in no time.was ready then I spotted Nigel at the door on the phone.so I went to meet him. When he saw me he had a bewildered look on his face. "I'll call you back", he said;" you look amazing ", I smiled at him."I mean you'd be perfect if you were staring in a movie called "backdoor  blondes",his voice hard suddenly"and your hair looks like you plucked it off a blow up doll". The smile faded from my face.Nigel was the one who helped me start my career  but someone times he's a dick!"I'm  sorry its just pretty frustrating you under stand don't you "

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  • Liked it. Read something titled Harry Potter after years. Well done👍 The familiar names(Petunia, Sirius, albus, Malfoy, Hermione, Viktor, Muggle, Gryffindor) were casting nostalgia.

    Jul 12, 2020

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