Chapter 3

Harry slowly yawned and opened his eyes. The first thing he was aware of was how bright the room was – the hospital wing at Hogwarts. Harry tried to sit up, but quickly abandoned that particular hope, as he had a throbbing pain in the back of his head. Ginny, who had been drifting off in a chair next to him suddenly leapt up.

"Harry!" she cried, "Yay, you're awake! Madam Pomfrey was afraid the blow to the back of your head might have caused serious damage, I'll kill that thug, Goyle, we were so worried…Ron and Hermione are just outside, I'll go get them if you like."

"Um.." Harry struggled to think of anything to say. What did she mean, blow to the back of his head? Why would it have anything to do with Goyle? His head hurt too much to think about it.

"Oh, Harry," Ginny sighed and sat on the edge of his bed. "I'm so sorry, I'm being completely unhelpful aren't I?" She leaned in and gave him a kiss –

"What are you doing?" Harry asked. He knew Ginny liked him, but…

Ginny stared at him for a minute, then laughed. "You're funny, Harry," she stated before attempting to close the gap between them again.

"I mean it, Ginny, what's gotten into you?" Harry pushed her back lightly.

"Harry, we got back together again, remember? I decided Voldemort wasn't going to come between us," Ginny said with a touch of hurt in her voice.

"I have no idea what you're talking about, where are Ron and Hermione?" Harry asked, looking around.

Ginny stood for a minute, and then burst into tears and ran outside.

A moment later, Ron came striding in, his face flushed red. He reached Harry's bed, drew back him arm, and punched him with all the strength he could muster.

"Wha-Ron! I- WHAT WAS THAT FOR?" Harry demanded.

"I told you- If you hurt her, I'll kill you!" Ron said looking murderous.

"Honestly, Ron, what d'you mean? Hurt who? Ginny? I don't know what's gotten into her, she seemed to think we were - going out or something" Harry was trying to explain something he didn't quite understand himself.

Ron's face changed from anger to confusion. What was Harry going on about?

Just then an interruption came in the form of Hermione.

"What's happening, I just had to comfort Ginny, not sure why, oh Harry your eye looks terrible, and I've got to get to Charms, we're doing sleeping charms and I bet they show up in our NEWTS," Hermione finished, breathless.

"I'm so confused…" Harry said shaking his head. Why was Hermione worrying about NEWTS when they hadn't even taken their OWLS yet? "Did we win? Or did Diggory get the snitch? Is there gonna be a re-match? I bet Oliver's furious with me…" Harry shook his head.

"What?" Hermione face suddenly turned very serious. "Harry, what are you saying?"

"Well, I thought Dementor's weren't allowed on the grounds, I hope Dumbledore does something about it, I don't want to collapse again.

"Harry, there were no dementors…" said Ron slowly.