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Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Guardians
As the zords moved into position around Wandemort, Hermione was trying not to panic at the current plan.
Honestly, why had she ever thought that she could handle this aspect of her Ranger responsibilities? She'd only ever flown the Ravenclaw Eagle as far as she needed to fly it to form the Guardian Megazord- that flight to meet Jason didn't count as they'd just been going straight on; she'd basically just set the coordinates and let the zord do the rest of it while they took the opportunity to rest-, and now she was preparing to fight a sentient wand with the skills of Lord Voldemort, who'd nearly defeated them the last time they fought him before his upgrade?
Even if they had back-up now, she was not looking forward to this match-up…
"Guardian Rangers," Amanda's voice said over the radio, "if you look to the right side of your controls, you should see a gold-coloured crystal. That is the activation control for the Magi-cells that I installed while I was repairing your Zords. Whenever you need your Zords to fire off a spell, you simply place your hand on the crystal and speak the incantation for the spell you require!"
Looking for the gold crystal in question, Hermione didn't even pause to think about it; not wanting to get in any closer to Wandemort than she had to, she slammed her hand onto the crystal and yelled out "Reducto!"
The resulting hex was naturally larger than any spell she'd cast previously, erupting from her zord's beak to tear into Wandemort's body with a powerful burst of energy, splintering wood around the target area as Wandemort was sent staggering backwards. Their foe off-balance, the Lion and Acromantula zords leapt towards him- Hermione briefly wondered if Sylvia had sent that zord to attack because she was in it or if she chose it for the variety of attacks it offered; they'd never actually asked which of her three zords Sylvia considered her 'main' zord-, the Lion sending Wandemort to the ground as it pinned the monster's legs while the Acromantula's long legs curled around Wandemort's upper body and its mandibles began to 'knaw' at the wooden head. Roaring in rage, Wandemort fired a spell that sent the Lion flying away from him, but the Acromantula merely tightened its grip, Wandemort's subsequent attempt to tear it away merely resulting in it leaving deep gouges in the wood that made up the creature's body.
"Keep him pinned down, Sylvia!" Alan yelled over the comm channel.
"I'm… trying!" the Black Guardian Ranger replied, clearly straining as the Acromantula's legs waved as it tried to maintain a hold on Wandemort's body. "But it's taking… everything… I've got!"
Before Hermione or any of her teammate could take action themselves, Alan spoke again. "Syliva, when I give you the signal, release Wandemort and move out of the way."
"What's the plan, Alan?" Jake asked, the Blue Patronus Force Hawkzord moving into a circling position about the Red Patronus Force Wolfzord.
"I take it you've noticed that Wandemort has a similar weakness to every other wizard I've met so far?" Jason's voice added, the White Warrior waiting off to the side for his moment, the human-shaped zord seemingly staring grimly at their foe.
"The fact that he has to move his arms?" Alan said. "Yeah, that's what I was thinking; if we can hit him hard enough, we might have a chance…"
With the kind of expertise and timing that could only come from experience at working together over a long period, the Yellow Lioness and the Red Wolf were suddenly running towards Wandemort at full speed, the Acromantula releasing its grip on the sentient wand and leaping to safety as a volley of fireballs were launched from the Wolfzord, striking Wandemort just as he was getting back to his feet and knocking him to the ground once again.
"Beautiful shot!" Elizabeth's voice said as she moved her zord into position. "Now it's my turn! Thunder Roar- FIRE!"
With that command, a beam of light burst from the Lionesszord's mouth, bathing Wandemort in yellow energy and sending him back to the ground once more, agony obvious even without his loss of balance.
"Hermione," Jake's voice suddenly yelled from the Blue Hawkzord, "follow me! We need to try a dual attack while he's reeling!"
Nodding in understanding, Hermione moved into position to follow the Hawkzord, the other blue bird-zord diving towards Wandemort as its wings began to glow blue before a series of hatches opened up around its wings, deploying a series of booster rockets that accelerated the zord's already-high speed to fighter-jet-like levels, hurtling towards Wandemort with such speed that Hermione could do little more than copy his manoeuvre, channelling all the power that she could spare into her own zord's engines to get it into position to strike Wandemort with its left wing just as the Hawkzord struck it with its right.
"Nice job!" Ginny's voice yelled as Hermione pulled up. "Sylvia, care to show this creep the power of the serpents on our side?"
"Count me in too!" Ron's voice yelled over the radio.
Turning the Eagle back to face their foe, Hermione grinned as the Serpent and Basilisk zords slithered forward to wrap themselves around Wandemort's arms, the weight of the two green zords pinning the monster to the ground as the Badger leapt on top of it, its claws digging into the monster below it as though it was attempting to burrow through Wandemort into the ground below, tearing out various large chunks of wood. Roaring in rage, Wandemort raised his arms and slammed the two serpentine zords against the Badger, leaving a pair of shocking dents in the arms of Ron's zord as it rolled away from its position on top of the monster. Roaring in rage, Wandemort scrambled to his feet, only to suddenly find himself facing the charging Black Rhinozord, which hooked its silver horn between the monster's legs as it ran.
"Head goes up!" Nathan said, sounding like he was grinning as he raised his zord's head to send Wandemort flying. "And the git goes down!"
Almost as soon as Nathan had finished that sentence, Wandemort was back on his feet, launching a powerful burst of energy at the black zord that sent it flying through the air, crashing into a nearby building with such force that the structure collapsed.
"DO YOU FOOLS ACTUALLY THINK THAT YOU CAN DESTROY ME WITH SUCH PITIFUL ATTACKS?" Wandemort screeched.
"The thought came to mind," Jason said, the Dragon Warrior stepping forward as it raised its staff. For a moment, the two fighters clashed, Wandemort's arms temporarily being used as blunt weapons before Jason managed to slip the staff past Wandemort's arms, striking the monster in the chest before yanking the staff back at an angle that resulted in him breaking the tip off one of his opponent's arms. Roaring in rage, Wandemort lashed out with a Blasting Hex that knocked the Dragon Warrior back, but the sentient wand was prevented from following up the attack when the Rhinozord exploded out of the rubble, its subsequent charge knocking Wandemort off his feet.
"Sorry, you over-emotional chunk of useless wood!" Nathan yelled over his zord's external speaker. "You pack a punch, but it'll take more than what you can dish out to keep this rhino down!"
As though on cue, the Basilisk and Serpent zords took advantage of Wandemort's shaken state and leapt up from the ground to wrap around Wandemort's arms, the snake-like zords alternating between biting into Wandemort's 'skin' with their bare teeth or firing off a variety of close-range spells from their eyes that whittled away further chunks of wood.
"I think we're wearing him down!" Hermione said, looking at their adversary with a hopeful smile.
"My thoughts exactly!" Amanda said. "Let's take him out now and be done with it!"
"I agree!" Alan said. "Ginny, Sylvia, keep Wandemort occupied; Patronus Megazord, power up!"
As Hermione watched, the Patronus Megazord quickly put itself together before it began to stomp towards Wandemort, raising the Mega-Sabers as it glared at their enemy. As the Megazord approached, the two snake zords released Wandemort, leaving the Megazord to draw back its weapons.
"OK, guys," Alan said over the radio, "time to snap this wand!"
"PATRONUS MEGAZORD!" the Patronus Force Rangers began to proclaim over the radio. "FINAL-!"
"RANGERS!" Zordon's voice suddenly proclaimed, the alien wizard's voice sounding far more panicked than Hermione had ever heard before. "YOU MUST NOT DESTROY WANDEMORT AT THIS TIME!"
"What?" Harry said incredulously.
"Why not, Zordon?" Elizabeth asked.
"ACCORDING TO THE SCANS ALPHA AND I HAVE MADE WANDEMORT'S DESTRUCTION WOULD RESULT IN THE DARK ZEO CRYSTAL WITHIN HIM EXPLODING," Zordon explained. "THE CRYSTAL WAS POWERFUL ON ITS OWN, BUT COMBINED WITH THE FOCUSED POTENTIAL OF WANDEMORT, IT IS CURRENTLY INA STATE WHERE IT IS CONSTANTLY CHANNELING POWER; IF IT IS DISRUPTED BY WANDEMORT'S DEFEAT, THE EXPLOSION WOULD BE POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DESTROY BOTH ANGEL GROVE AND NEARBY STONE CANYON."
"Oh, great!" Ron's voice groaned. "So what are we supposed to do? Use bad language?"
Further conversation was interrupted as Wandemort's hands suddenly glowed with a powerful wave of magical energy, lashing out at the retreating serpent zords before turning his attention back to the Megazord before him. With no other option available, the Patronus Megazord moved rapidly, lashing out with the dual Mega-Sabres and slicing off Wandemort's arms at the elbows, leaving the monster screaming in agony before the Patronus Megazord summoned a set of heavy chains that wrapped themselves tightly around the literally-disarmed monster.
"That should hold him until we can work out what to do with him," Alan grimly said.
"So… right now, our options are to just keep an eye on this thing and stop it doing anything?" Hermione asked, looking anxiously at the fuming Wandemort; from her position, it looked like his damaged arms were already beginning to repair themselves, which would just leave them with even more trouble to deal with…
"You filthy mudbloods…" Wandemort said, chuckling scornfully even as he glared at the zords that were even now taking up guarding positions around him. "You have no chance against my glorious master! Once he completes his task on his world, he shall come and take this world for his own…"
"Does Voldemort rant this much?" Jason asked Harry.
"When he's certain he's going to win, yeah," Harry replied. "He was a lot more succinct when he was fighting Dumbledore in the Department of Mysteries a couple of years ago, but he just seemed to want to talk back when I encountered his first horcrux in the Chamber of Secrets or when he was talking to his Death Eaters after his resurrection."
"So we can't expect him to shut up any time soon, in other words?" Nathan asked with a groan. "Well, that's just great…"
"Personally, I'm glad that he's running his mouth," Alan said, sounding surprisingly nonchalant about his last statement.
"Why in the name of Merlin do you even want to listen to this wanker?" Ginny asked, voicing Hermione's own incredulity.
"Because," Alan said in response, "if Stick-Boy here can't shut up, maybe we'll manage to work out how Voldemort sent you here-"
"And how to get back ourselves, right?" Hermione asked, following Alan's train of thought.
"As well as what he's actually trying to accomplish here in the first place," Harry put in. "Voldemort never showed any sign of branching out in the past until he was sure that he had control of his territory already; he might be willing to accelerate his advance now that we're out of the way, but since he still doesn't know that I'm here, he shouldn't be moving that fast."
"Right," Alan said, before the sound of another switch signalled the activation of the Patronus Megazord's external speakers. "By the way, Wanda, how did Voldemort discover how to breach the inter-dimensional barrier? That Half-Blood hypocrite can't possibly be thatintelligent!"
"HOW DARE YOU SPEAK OF MY MASTER WITH SUCH AN AIR OF DISRESPECT, YOU FILTHY MUDBLOOD!" Wandemort bellowed in fury, still struggling against his bonds as his arms continued to regenerate. "MY MASTER IS THE GREATEST WIZARD IN HISTORY! AND NOW THAT HE HAS OBTAINED HIS NEW WAND AND THE ORB OF DOOM, HE HAS BECOME EVEN GREATER!"
"The Orb of Doom?" Tommy repeated in shock. "So that's how Voldemort sent us here!"
"Uh… what's the Orb of Doom?" Amanda's voice asked, beating Hermione to the question she was about to ask.
"Before my team acquired the power of the Zeo Crystal, a villain by the name of Master Vile used the Orb of Doom- a powerful crystal granting the user mastery over time itself- to reverse the time stream, turning us into children," Tommy explained grimly. "It was thought to have been destroyed once we were able to set Earth back to the proper time, but it sounds like Voldemort somehow acquired the Orb for himself."
"And… what; decided to use the Orb to send us sideways in time?" Ethan asked.
"Sideways?" Kira repeated in confusion.
"Old theory I read in some sci-fi thing once," Ethan explained. "You go back and forward in time to go into the past or the future, so going into a parallel universe where something different happened compared to our world is considered going sideways in time."
"That… actually makes sense," Hermione said, nodding thoughtfully at her fellow Blue's theory. "Voldemort probably thought we'd be worse off in some other world with no obvious way back; he probably never expected that we'd be fortunate enough to reach a world with its own Power Rangers…"
"OK, so we have the 'how' answered; does that help us work out how to undo it at all?" Conner asked.
"ATTENTION, POWER RANGERS," Zordon's voice suddenly announced over the communication system. "IN ORDER TO EXTRACT THE DARK ZEO CRYSTAL, MEGAN HAS TELEPORTED INSIDE WANDEMORT'S BODY IN ORDER TO SHRINK IT DOWN. ONCE THIS TASK HAS BEEN COMPLETED, IT WILL BE SAFE TO DISPOSE OF THE MONSTER."
"Megan," Alan suddenly said over the radio, the Patronus Force Red Ranger's attention now focused on this new item of information, "can you hear me?"
For a few moments, there was only silence, and then Megan's voice replied, her tone surprisingly casual considering her apparent position. "Sorry; it took a while to get my communicator out of my pocket."
"What's your status?" Alan asked.
"I'm inside Wandemort," Megan replied, her voice now sounding suitably strained from the effort of the task that she had assigned herself. "I have to climb up this big feather, so it's going to take me a few minutes to get to where the Crystal is."
"Just be careful in there," Alan replied grimly.
"I knew you cared," Megan replied with a teasing tone.
Whatever response Alan might have made was interrupted as several fast-moving blurs struck the gathered zords; Hermione barely managed to regain control of the Eagle Zord's flight pattern before it crashed into the ground, and all other zords were knocked off their feet (Or at least onto their sides in the case of the Basilisk and Serpent zords).
"Is everyone all right?" she asked, anxiously scanning the surrounding zords as they began to scramble back to their feet.
"We're fine," Tommy's voice said, his tone showing that he was just as shaken at this turn of events as Hermione felt. "But it looks like we have company!"
Turning to look in the direction that the Black Shogunzord was facing, Hermione's eyes widened in horror at the sight of six giant humanoid figures approaching the fallen zords, each one a distinctive colour that left little doubt in Hermione's mind what she was looking at.
"Well well well," Psycho Red said, glaring sadistically at his assembled adversaries, the other Psychos standing behind him ready for action. "What do we have here?"
"It looks like this little job is going to be more fun than we'd originally thought!" Psycho Blue said, cackling sadistically as he raised a vicious-looking axe above his head.
"First, we take care of the Rangers, and then we take out Wimpymort!" Psycho White said, nodding briefly in Wandemort's direction as he drew his whip and gave it an experimental crack.
"Uh… Jason?" Alan's voice asked. "I thought you said these guys had monster forms when they got big?"
"Ooze probably made some adjustments to that bit," Jason replied, the White Guardian Ranger's tone grim as the Dragon Warrior shifted into a familiar combat stance. "Either way, this isn't going to be easy…"
"Sean," Alan said, his voice grim as he made contact with the newest member of his team, "I think it's high time that you called in an old friend!"
"Right," Sean's voice replied, before he issued another command. "I call on the power of the Dragonzord!"
As a series of musical notes filled the air, the large, green-and-black form of the Dragonzord appeared over the horizon, quickly walking into position alongside Alan's Werewolf Battlezord.
"You can summon as many of your tincans as you want, Rangers!" the Red Psycho Ranger said, looking scornfully at the other assembled zords. "You still don't have the power to defeat us!"
"We'll see about that," Alan said, equally defiant as he countered the Psychos' rants. "Harry, Sylvia, form your Megazords; Conner, you and the others use the Shogunzords to provide solo support, while Jason keeps Wandemort safe until Megan's recovered the Dark Zeo Crystal!"
"Sounds like a plan!" Conner said with a satisfied grin.
"Alright," Alan said firmly. "I'm switching to the Werewolf Batlezord; we need firepower!"
There was a momentary pause in the conversation, and then Alan's voice was being transmitted from the previously-remote-controlled Werewolf Battlezord. "All right; you ready to take part in your first Zord battle, Sean?"
"I was born ready, cuz!" Sean replied eagerly. "Man, this Zord is just too awesome!"
"I always liked it," Tommy added, even as he and the other Shogunzords manoeuvred into position while the Guardian Megazord and the Dark Guardian Megazord came together on either side of them. "Anyway, just take care of it, OK?"
"Sure thing!" Sean replied, as the Dragonzord turned to move into position alongside the others.
"Let's get this party started!" Alan said. "Lunar Cannons, FIRE!"
As the battle began, Hermione once again sitting alongside her original three teammates from the moment when she had first become a Ranger, facing six monsters with a larger number of zords, she found herself suddenly apprehensive about their chances; from what Jason and Tommy had told them about the original Psychos, they had their work cut out for this fight…