A/N: Hey everyone sorry this one took awhile to bring up, but my friend and I recently went to see POA, which rocked, so go see it if you haven't already, and then I went to Ceder Point yesterday. I'm off to driving lessons pretty quick here, so I'll make it short, enjoy this chappy!
Hagrid walked the children back to the castle where they were met by Snape at the door.
"Severus, good to see you again," stated Hagrid, however the man glared at him, and Hagrid knew he would feel the man's wrath later. Nodding Hagrid turned and headed towards his hut.
"Draco, you will return to your dorm, ten points from Slytherin for being outside past time." The young man scowled and walked off towards his room. Severus looked down at the four students. He shook his head.
"You'd better head up to your dorms," stated the man. Harry looked at them.
"All of you," stated Snape. The four jumped slightly and hurried off towards their dorms.
"You know you're a good father," came the voice. Turning around Severus looked at Minerva in the eyes.
"That's why my only son keeps trying to get himself killed."
"He's a boy, and he is very curious, give him time, he'll grow out of it,' Snape shook his head.
"I doubt that, good night Minerva," Snape said smiling softly. She smiled and squeezed his hand gently. He nodded and headed off towards his dungeons.
The four friends sat in their dorm living room talking in front of the fire. Damien and Harry were seated on the couch. Hermione and Ron in chairs opposite from one another.
"You mean, that You- Know- Who is out there right now in the Forest?" stated Hermione
"Yes, but he's weak. He's living off of unicorns. Don't you see? We had it wrong! Quirrell doesn't want the Stone for himself. He wants the Stone for Voldemort. With the Elixir of Life, Voldemort will become strong again. He, he'll come back," explained Harry.
"But if he comes back, you don't think he'll try to kill you, do you?" Asked Ron.
"I think if he had his chance he would have tried to kill him tonight," stated Damien.
"And to think, I've been worrying about my Potions final," gulped Ron, causing Damien to smile slightly.
"Hang on a minute. We're forgetting one thing. Who's the one wizard Voldemort is always feared? Dumbledore. As long as Dumbledore's around, Harry, you're safe. As long as Dumbledore's around you can't be touched," stated Hermione.
Harry, for as long as he would remember, would never remember how he made it through his finals with everything else going on. As he figured the potions final was dreadful, and he hadn't been on very good terms with his father for the past few days, so getting help from his dad was out of the question. The History of Magic final hadn't been too bad, however transfiguration was a killer, as Harry was sure he had failed it.
The school had just finished lunch, and Harry wasn't scheduled for another exam for at least two more hours. Sighing he sat down against a rock and waited for Damien, Hermione and Ron to join him from their various classes.
"I'd heard Hogwarts' final exams were frightful, but I found they're rather enjoyable," Stated Hermione as she and Ron joined Harry. He shook his head in a laugh, as Damien came shortly after them. Smiling the four began to walk around the grounds. Harry sighed as another shot of pain came and went through his forehead.
"Speak for yourself," murmured Ron, "All right there Harry?" he asked.
"My scar. It keeps burning," groaned Harry as he rubbed it slightly.
"It's happened before," stated Hermione.
"Not like this," muttered Harry.
"Perhaps you should see the nurse, or your dad," suggested Damien.
"I think it's a warning. It means danger's coming." Harry stopped, pausing as he spotted Hagrid playing his flute by his house. "Oh…how could I be so stupid," hissed Harry as he hurried towards Hagrid's hut.
"What is it?" Damien asked following him along with Hermione and Ron.
"Don't you think it's a bit odd that what Hagrid want more than anything is a dragon and a stranger turns up and just happens to have one? I mean, how many people wander around with dragon eggs in their pockets? Why didn't I see it before?" Harry said as he finally came toward Hagrid. He looked at the man, who greeted him with a sweet smile. "Hagrid, who gave you that dragon egg? What did he look like?"
"I dunno. I never saw his face. He kept his hood up," explained the giant.
"This stranger though, you and he must have talked."
"Well, he wanted to know what sort of creatures I looked after. And I told him, after Fluffy a dragon's gonna be no problem," continued the man.
"Did he seem interested in Fluffy?" asked Damien, finally catching onto his best friend's thoughts.
"Well of course he was interested in Fluffy! How often do you come across three headed dogs do you come across even if you're in the trade? But I told him, I said, I said, "The trick with any beast is to know how to calm him." Take Fluffy for example, just play him a bit of music and he falls straight asleep. I shouldn't have told you that. Where are you going? Where are you---?" he called as the four rushed back to the castle. He groaned and shook his head, without another thought he went back to playing his flute.
Harry rushed towards the dungeons, his three friends following him. He was going so quickly that he didn't realize how close he was to colliding with his father. Just as he was about to run into the man, Severus reached down and swooped Harry up off the ground, saving the boy from possible injury. The other's stopped when they spotted Severus.
"Haven't I told you about running in the halls," stated Severus putting his son back down. The moment he had held the boy made him realize just how badly he missed Harry being young and small again.
"Sorry, where's Dumbledore?" Harry asked hurriedly.
"He's not here, he received an urgent owl from the Ministry of Magic and left for London," explained Severus. Looking down at his son.
"He's gone! But this is important! This is about the Sorcerer's Stone!" Severus' eyes grew wide with astonishment.
"How did you know ---?" he didn't have time to finish.
"Someone's going to try to steal it!" explained Damien.
"I don't know how you four found out about the Stone but I assure you it is perfectly well protected. Now would you go back to your dormitories quietly, before I make a scene," stated Severus. Harry huffed in anger and turned away from his father as they stalked off down the hall way.
"That was no stranger Hagrid met. It was Quirrell. Which means that he knows how to get past Fluffy," explained Harry.
"And with Dumbledore gone it'll make it that much easier," whispered Hermione
"So what are we do?" asked Ron
"We go down the trap door, tonight," whispered Harry.
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