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"Get to work on your potions, now!" Professor Severus Snape snapped at his class. The Gryffindors and Slytherins quickly did as he said, not wanting to anger their teacher any more than they already had. They were working on a Time-Stopping potion. It didn't actually stop time, but it sped up the drinker so fast that it seemed like everything else had stopped. The students, of course, were working on a weaker version of the potion, so that it would only speed them up for a minute or so.

"This potion is complicated," said Snape, "and changing just one ingredient very slightly can give you different results."

"It can't do anything that bad, can it?" Harry asked Ron as he added a feather of something or another into the bubbling cauldron.

"I hope not," answered Ron. "I'll bet you Hermione could tell you all the details of it, though," Ron said, rolling his eyes.

Meanwhile, Neville stood looking worriedly into the cauldron he and Hermione were using. "I'm going to mess this up, I just know I am," he said.

"Don't worry, Neville," said Hermione. "Just put things in when I hand them to you and do what I say. It'll be fine."

Suddenly there was a knock on the door of the dungeon. Neville jumped, and accidentally put too many sliced roots in before the potion had been stirred enough, though neither he or Hermione realized it.

Snape magicked the door open, and Ginny Weasley stepped insided and walked up to the professor. "Um... Professor McGonagall wanted me to give this to you," she said, handing him a note.

Snape looked at her suspiciously. "You haven't read it, have you?"

Ginny shook her head. "I think she put a spell on it so that only you could open it, sir."

"Good," Snape nodded. "I just hope that you are-"

But he never got to finish his sentence, because at that moment, Hermione and Neville's cauldron erupted, splattering the potion onto Hermione, Harry, Ron, Ginny, Draco, and Snape, who were suddenly no where to be seen.
"I'm not sure about this," Remus Lupin said to his friends nervously.

"You're not scared, are you?" Sirius taunted.

"No," Remus said quickly. "You'd just better be careful about this, is all. If you mess it up, there's no telling where we could get sent."

"Oh, come on, Remus," said James. "We're only four underaged wizards. How far could we get? Besides, if you're so worried, then why aren't you doing it yourself?"

"For one, you would be surprised," Remus answered. "Secondly, you wouldn't let me do it."

"That's right," laughed Peter. "You were afraid he'd change the spell so it only took you to the other side of the room or something."

Sirius laughed. "He's right, James. Now be quiet, you guys. I have to concentrate on this."

The other three boys stopped talking and turned their attention to Sirius, who was putting the final spell on the schoolbag they were using as a portkey.

"By the way, where did you get that, James?" Remus asked. "It isn't one of ours."

"Done," Sirius said, interrupting him.

"How long until it will work?" Peter asked.

"About a minute. Everybody hold onto it."

Everyone grabbed the bag, and as they did, the door to the dormitory suddenly flew open. Here was the answer to Remus's question.

"Arg!" Lily cried. "How did I just know it was you who took my bag? Give it to me, right now!" Lily ran over to the four boys and grabbed a strap of the bag, trying to pull it away from them.

"No, Lily, don't!" the boys protested, but it was too late. All five Gryffindors could feel the sudden jerking motion behind their navels, and they disappeared in a swirl of color.
A/N: Not bad for the first chapter, eh? Well, please review and tell me what you think! Next chapter: Where in Muggle America could these Harry Potter characters possibly end up? Read the second chapter and find out!