TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Summary: Harry is invited, in his Sixth Year, to become the Hogwarts DADA Professor under an assumed name. Long lost secrets of his past are revealed, and there is more to close friends than there seems. Re-write of an old fic; H/Hr.

Rating: T (just in case)

Pairing/s: Harry/Hermione. Already said that. YEAH.

Story Disclaimer: Harry Potter belongs to J.K. Rowling. The only thing that's mine is the story line.

Chapter One: The Letters to Someone

Harry,

Excellent! If you would be willing to write out a rough draft of your lesson plans, just a list of what you want each year to learn and in what order, it would be much appreciated. Enclosed is your schedule for this year; if you could owl me what classes you wish to take, you will also find a list of the possibilities open to you and those required to follow several careers, which is sent to all students and your OWL scores.

Schedule:

Monday: 8:00 - Breakfast

9:00 – Hufflepuff First Year

10:15 – Gryffindor First Year

11:30 – Lunch

1:00 – Hufflepuff Second Year

2:15 – Gryffindor Second Year

3:30 – Hufflepuff Third Year

4:45 – Gryffindor Third Year

6:00 – Free Period

7:15 – Dinner

9:00 – Schoolwork with Tutor

Tuesday: 8:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – Slytherin First Year

10:15 – Ravenclaw First Year

11:30 – Lunch

1:00 – Slytherin Second Year

2:15 – Ravenclaw Second Year

3:30 – Slytherin Third Year

4:45 – Ravenclaw Third Year

6:00 – Free Period

7:15 – Dinner

9:00- Schoolwork with Tutor

Wednesday: 8:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – Hufflepuff Fourth Year

10:15 – Gryffindor Fourth Year

11:30 – Lunch

1:00 – Hufflepuff Fifth Year

2:15 – Gryffindor Fifth Year

3:30 – Hufflepuff Sixth Year (Regular)

4:45 – Gryffindor Sixth Year (Regular)

6:00 – Free Period

7:15 – Dinner

9:00- Schoolwork with Tutor

Thursday: 8:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – Slytherin Fourth Year

10:15 – Ravenclaw Fourth Year

11:30 – Lunch

1:00 – Slytherin Fifth Year

2:15 – Ravenclaw Fifth Year

3:30 – Slytherin Sixth Year (Regular)

4:45 – Ravenclaw Sixth Year (Regular)

6:00 – Free Period

7:15 – Dinner

9:00- Schoolwork with Tutor

Friday: 8:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – Hufflepuff Sixth Year (NEWT)

10:15 – Gryffindor Sixth Year (NEWT)

11:30 – Lunch

1:00 – Slytherin Sixth Year (NEWT)

2:15 – Ravenclaw Sixth Year (NEWT)

3:30 – Regular Seventh Year

4:45 – NEWT Seventh Year

6:00 – Free Period

7:15 – Dinner

9:00- Schoolwork with Tutor

Possible Classes:

NEWT Charms: Charms at an advanced level; includes ward study.

Charms(A): Charms at the regular curriculum level.

NEWT Transfiguration: Transfiguration at an advanced level; includes Animagi study.

Transfiguration(A): Transfiguration at the regular curriculum level.

NEWT DADA: DADA at an advanced level.

DADA&: DADA at the regular curriculum level.

NEWT Potions: Potions at an advanced level; includes healing potion study.

Potions: Potions at the regular curriculum level.

NEWT Astronomy(A): Astronomy at an advanced level; includes studying spells using constellations as a basis.

Astronomy: Astronomy at the regular level.

NEWT History of Magic(A): History of Magic at an advanced level; focuses more on the history of wizards in the world and their governments.

History of Magic(A): History of Magic at the regular curriculum level.

NEWT ComC: ComC at an advanced level; focuses on more unusual creatures.

ComC: ComC at the regular curriculum level.

Arithmancy(B): Arithmancy at the regular curriculum level.

Ancient Runes(B): Ancient Runes at the regular curriculum level.

NEWT Muggle Studies(C): Muggle Studies at an advanced level; includes Muggle cooking.

Muggle Studies(B): Muggle Studies at the regular curriculum level.

Healing: A basic training course in the art of Healing; taught by Poppy Pomphrey.

Nonmagical Defense: Various ways to defend yourself without using a wand; taught by Aelora Sinistra.

Beginning Cursebreaking: A class in the advanced magic used to break wards.

Enchantments: Charms specifically meant to stay on an object for whatever purpose; taught by Filius Flitwick.

Shifting: Advanced magic used to permanently Transform objects; enrollment in NEWT Transfiguration or graduation from it is required; taught by Minerva McGonagall.

Advanced Potions: Potions beyond all curriculums taught at Hogwarts; O on Potion's OWL and enrollment or graduation from NEWT Potions is required; taught by Severus Snape.

Note: (A) - Not recommended due to OWL scores; either high or low in the range of possible accepted grades.

(B) - Class offered but not taken before on previous occasions.

(C) - Class not taken before; only available if student was raised in a Muggle household.

Fields and Requirements for Sixth Year Curriculum:

Auror: NEWT DADA, NEWT Potions, either NEWT Transfiguration or NEWT Charms, Healing, either Enchantments or Shifting, either Nonmagical Defense, Beginning Cursebreaking, or Advanced Potions; NEWT Astronomy and NEWT CoMC recommended.

Unspeakable: NEWT DADA, NEWT Potions, NEWT Transfiguration, NEWT Charms, NEWT Potions, NEWT Astronomy, Enchantments, Shifting, either Beginning Cursebreaking or Advanced Potions, NEWT History of Magic; recommended are NEWT CoMC, some Arithmancy, and some Ancient Runes.

Gringotts Cursebreaker: Beginning Cursebreaking, NEWT Ancient Runes (in 6th or 7th), NEWT Arithmancy, Enchantments, Shifting, NEWT DADA, NEWT History of Magic, and either NEWT Charms or NEWT Transfiguration.

Healer: NEWT Potions, Healing, Advanced Potions, and NEWT Charms.

Professor/Teacher: NEWT in whatever subject/s desired, Charms, DADA, Transfiguration, and Potions; NEWTs in all classes aforementioned recommended, as well as other classes pertaining to subject you wish to teach.

Most Ministry Workers: NEWT Charms, NEWT DADA, NEWT Transfiguration, Potions, Astronomy, Arithmancy, and Ancient Runes.

OWL Scores for Student Potter, Harry James

Scoring:

O plus – 2 and ½ OWLs

O -- 2 OWLs

A – 1 and ½ OWLs

EE – 1 OWL

P – ½ OWL

T – 0 OWLs

Note: Average scores range from 6 to 14 OWLs. The Astronomy Practical was thrown out, as there were interruptions to the testing. There is no Practical for History of Magic. Your work on the History of Magic Written was graded on the questions you had already answered, as eighty-seven had been.

Transfiguration:

Written: O

Practical: O

Charms:

Written: O

Practical: A

Potions:

Written: O

Practical: O plus

DADA:

Written: O plus (with honours)

Practical: O plus (with honours)

History of Magic:

Written: O

Astronomy:

Written: A

Congratulations! You have received 20 and ½ OWLs. You are currently ranked 2nd in your year.

Rankings for This Year:

1. Hermione Granger

2. Harry Potter

3. Draco Malfoy

4. Terry Boot

5. Hannah Abbot

6. Mandy Brocklehurst

7. Blaise Zabini

8. Padma Patil

9. Justin Finch-Fletchley

10. Neville Longbottom

Best Rankings in Hogwarts:

1. Albus Dumbledore; 23 OWLs

2. Hermione Granger; 22 OWLs

3. Harry Potter; 21 and ½ OWLS

4. Thomas Riddle; 21 OWLS

5. Lily Evans; 20 and ½ OWLs and Remus Lupin; 20 and ½ OWLs

6. A. Marissa Kensington-Knight; 20 OWLs

7. James Potter; 19 and ½ OWLs

8. Sirius Black; 19 OWLs

9. Megan Klin; 18 and ½ OWLs

10. Draco Malfoy; 17 OWLs

Congrats! Also note that you have received both the highest score in DADA in your year and in history.

Sincerely,

Albus Dumbledore

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Professor Dumbledore:

I had no idea I did that well on the OWLs. The schedule is fine. I have included a list of what I want all years to cover. You will note the first topic is the same for all years; I do wish this to be the first topic covered. I will go into more detail with the older students than the younger. I will be taking NEWT DADA, NEWT Charms, NEWT Transfiguration, NEWT Potions, NEWT Astronomy, NEWT History of Magic, NEWT CoMC, Ancient Runes, Arithmancy, Enchantments, Shifting, Advanced Potions, Healing, Nonmagical Defense, and Beginning Cursebreaking if that is acceptable. If it is too many, I understand; they all sound interesting, though.

First Years: Voldemort/Tom Riddle, the Flippendo Spell, Expelliarmus, Cornish Pixies, Sparks

Second Years: Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Expecto Patronum/Dementors, Hinkypunks, Werewolves, Grindylows, Red Caps, Kappas, Boggarts

Third Years: Voldemort/Tom Riddle, The Unforgivables, Protego, Stupefy/Ennervate

Fourth Years: Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Dangerous Enchanted Objects, Djinni, Threstrals

Fifth Years: Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Trolls, Giants, Merpeople, Ways to Transit Out of Difficult Situations, Advanced Shields

Sixth Years (Regular): Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Posession, Portkeys, Dark Magic Weaves, Potion Use in Defense

Sixth Years (NEWT): Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Possession, Apparation Theory, Historical Dark Wizards, Minor Demons, Minor Elemental Magic, Sixth Year Regular Curriculum

Seventh Years (Regular): Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Historical Dark Wizards, Minor Demons, Demons, Minor Elemental Magic, Occlumency, Apparation Theory, Apparation

Seventh Years (NEWT): Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Lethifolds, Historical Dark Wizards, Vampyres/Dhampirs, Demons, Elemental Magic, Occlumency/Legilimency, Apparation

If you have any ideas, they would be much appreciated. Also, I noticed that the other three core classes (Transfiguation, DADA, Charms, and Potions) all have secondary classes (Shfting, Enchantments, and Advanced Potions). Why doesn't DADA?

- Harry

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Harry:

You did an amazing job on the OWLs. Congratulations.

An excellent question. In the past, either Dueling or Combat Maneuvering has been taught. What with your need to both study and teach, I thought it would be best for you to have a free period. I can, however, arrange either a class that meets on weekends or an extra-curriculur activity that you would teach.

I think it would be best to discuss finishing off your curriculum face-to-face; it would be easier. Other than a few holes to fill in and a few Ministry-regulated sections, it looks wonderful. I am very pleased with your choice of topics, especially Tom Riddle. It is far past time the students and the wizarding world learned the truth.

As to your class selection, most students would not be able to take all these classes, as it would not fit into their schedule, but as you would be tutored at night it would work. I will warn you, however, it will be an amazingly large amount of work; but, if you do it, it will give you the option of just about any career.

Sincerely,

Albus Dumbledore

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Prof. Dumbledore:

I would be interested in teaching a class on the weekends; I was thinking of "Strategic Warfare and Dueling: A Basic Guide to Wizarding Battle". I would also be interested in continuing the DA this year as Harry Potter. Could we come up with a cover story for that to work?

Oh, and I realized you would probably want a book list; when will you need that by, if I write it? Do I write it, or does the Ministry or someone else? And what is my cover story going to be? I hate to need to ask you so many questions, but I do.

Yes, I would like to take all of those classes. I realize it will be an amazingly large amount of work, and I'm prepared for that. With all due respect sir, if I'm expected to defeat Voldemort I want to know all I can know, in any subject. Except Divination… if you put me in that, I'm quitting. I swear.

-Harry P.

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Harry:

Ask away, please! Any questions you have, it does not bother me. The best minds are inquiring ones. The title of the class sounds interesting, and if you're willing I think you could do both that and the DA.

As for the book list, I completely forgot. Yes, you will need to write that. If you need any help, feel free to owl me. You will need a book or two for each class, depending on what you want to teach. If it isn't featured in books, then teach it from notes and memory.

No, I will not put you in Divination. I will respect your wishes, and completely understand them. Sybil can be a bit… overbearing at times. I can arrange for you to take all those classes and both teach a class and run the DA as Harry Potter. Is this acceptable for your cover story?

as Harry Potter: You are going away to get private training because Voldemort is targeting you. As the Wizarding World now knows of Voldemort's return and that you escaped him at his rebirth, this should work. You are returning to the school on Saturdays on your insistence to teach the DA.

as James Christopher Apollo: You were raised in Canada, although your parents were British. Voldemort killed them in his first rising when you were only three; you lived in Britain at the time. You were sent to live with your uncle, who was also your godfather and unmarried. You two moved to Canada when you were six years old and you've lived there since.

You are Muggleborn, and were accepted to the Maple School of Magics when you were eleven. You sat your OWLS at age fifteen, and your NEWTS in your Sixth Year at age sixteen because you asked to. You passed with flying colours, and as such were allowed to take the required classes for the first half of the next year and get them done. After that, you graduated, and began looking for a teaching job in DADA. You saw that Hogwarts was looking for a teacher, and applied.

Your uncle was killed a month ago in Voldemort's assault on Canada. You are mourning him, but it has only spurred you on to fight against Voldemort. You have no siblings, are almost seventeen years old, are allergic to dogs, and have a pet owl, Artemis. Your birthday is August 17th. You are 6'2", have brown hair and blue eyes, and your favorite colours are black, brown, and dark red.

If this works, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Albus Dumbledore

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Prof. Dumbledore:

The assault on Canada? What happened? I haven't heard of this. When did it happen?

The cover story sounds good, but how would we change my appearance? I couldn't take a Polyjuice, unless James Apollo already exists and has volunteered. Concealment Charms, or something else?

I've enclosed the booklist; please take a look at it. I've seen what's been in our old textbooks and owled Flourish and Blotts as James Orion, to see what they would say.

First Year: Magical Defenses for the Advanced Student Year One by Loretta Hawson

Second Year: Magical Defenses for the Advanced Student Year Three by Loretta Hawson

Third Year: Magical Defenses for the Master Student Year Two by Loretta Hawson

Fourth Year: Magical Defenses for the Advanced Student Year Six by Loretta Hawson

Fifth Year: A Master's Guide to Self Defense by Quentin Trimble

Sixth Year (Regular): Defensive Potions by Arthur Lawrend and Magical Defenses for the Master Student Year Six by Loretta Hawson

Sixth Year (NEWT): The Auror's Guide to Elementals by A. Marissa Kensington-Knight and Magical Defenses for the Master Student Year Seven by Loretta Hawson

Seventh Year (Regular): The Auror's Guide to Elementals by A. Marissa Kensington-Knight and Magical Defenses for the Master Student Year Seven by Loretta Hawson

Seventh Year (NEWT): The Auror's Guide to Defense by A. Marissa Kensington-Knight

Strategic Warfare and Dueling: A Basic Guide to Wizarding Battle: The Auror's Guide to Tactical Movements by A. Marissa Kensington-Knight and Historic Duels and Theory by George Lochlin

Please give me your opinion. Also, I will be needing both school supplies and other things, such as robes, for the coming year. When would be a good time to go to Diagon Alley?

-- Harry P.

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Harry:

I had completely forgotten about Diagon Alley. I'll come with Remus to pick you up next Sunday at 3:00 PM, if that will work. The book list sounds perfect; you can use anything else from the books you want in class, as well as anything else you think of, and we'll work out the details soon.

If you would like, you can come to stay at Hogwarts for the rest of the summer following this Sunday. Owl me your response, and feel free to pack your things. Teachers are allowed to stay at the school for the break.

The assault on Canada… I assumed you got the Daily Prophet and had heard about it. Voldemort sent forces and attacked several main points in Canada, including Ontario and Toronto, as the nation has shown great opposition to him in the past. I am sorry that I did not tell you; I thought you knew. Only twenty-one were killed, due to the fast acting of the CMP (Canadian Magical Police), and many had to be memory wiped; the Muggles have explained it as an unknown act of terrorism. Several hundred more were injured. All of the dead were wizards, surprisingly, mainly because of the CMP fighting back, but most of those injured were Muggles.

As for changing your appearance… I have an idea, but I'm not sure if it will work. I will need to talk to you in person. Also, I realized that you will need something to tell your friends. As Miss Granger will be the one tutoring you, it will be difficult to keep the truth from her, but I think we can arrange it by telling her you are getting training in other things, but not actual schoolwork. Mr. Weasley will be easier. You may tell them if you wish, however, it is your decision.

-- Albus Dumbledore

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Prof. Dumbledore:

The assault sounds horrible. I would appreciate a list of the next of kin of each of those dead; I'd like to send out notes. I feel guilty, as it was my blood that helped bring Voldemort back.

For my friends… Ron will freak out either way, and Hermione will probably stay by my side in either scenario. I think that it would be easier to just tell Hermione the truth and not tell Ron, unless you think that that would endanger her in any way. I really do not want anyone, least of all her or Ron, to get hurt because of me.

Sunday at 3 would be great, and I'd love to stay at Hogwarts for the rest of the summer if that wouldn't be a problem. I'll talk to you about the appearance when we get to Hogwarts, Professor.

-- Harry P.

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Harry:

Please, call me Albus. We are colleagues now, after all. I do not think you would be putting Miss Granger in danger, but it is your decision. I think it is wise to not tell Mr. Weasley, due to his reaction to your being chosen in your Fourth Year.

Here is the list you asked for; it is very kind of you to do this. I am sure they will appreciate it.

for Marcus Applebee, Katy Applebee (wife)

for Elizabeth Johannsen, Eloise Johannsen (mother)

for Tanya L'Frie, Jonathon Gates (father)

for Arthur Macintosh, Karie Illin (sister)

for Jonathon Johnson, George Greenwen (half brother)

for Harriet Linusberg, Emily Linusberg (mother)

for Lauren Graham-Johns, Frederick Johns (husband)

for Harold Graham, Jane Graham (wife)

for Arthur Graham, Jane Graham (mother)

for Emily Graham, Jane Graham (mother)

for Eloise Arthurs, John Arthurs (son)

for Dennis Arthurs, John Arthurs (son)
for Gregory Billards, Fred Billards (cousin)

for Mary Peters, Joshua Peters (husband)

for Arthur Lawrence, Jessica Lawrence (sister)

for Kristen Alcost, Jerald Alcost (uncle)

for James Jones, Samantha Jones (wife)

for Gregor Jones, Samantha Jones (aunt)

for Emma Jones, Samanthat Jones (mother)

for Melanie Kingsford, Ronald Kingsford (husband)

for Kitcher Kingsford, Ronald Kingsford (father)

Harry, you should not hold yourself guilty for this tragedy or any others that Voldemort causes. Remember that you, and your mother, are the reason why Voldemort did not terrorize people for thirteen years.

I'll see you on Sunday; have your stuff ready, Remus or I will shrink it when we get there. Also, I've pulled a few strings and called in some favours; your magic no longer counts as underage or banned, so feel free to practice. Do try not to harm anyone, though.

I've also sent you a list of possible candidates for the Sixth and Seventh Year NEWT classes; the Seventh Year candidates either haven't been in the class before or received a P or lower in the class last year. Please pick fourteen Sixth Years and three Seventh Years. All students are organized by scores on their Defense OWLs from highest to lowest.

Sixth Year Candidates:

Hermione Granger

Draco Malfoy

Terry Boot

Lisa Turpin

Hannah Abbot

Blaise Zabini

Neville Longbottom

Justin Finch-Fletchley

Ernie MacMillan

Mandy Brocklehurst

Padma Patil

Seamus Finnigan

Dean Thomas

Susan Bones

Millicent Bulstrode

Pansy Parkinson

Seventh Year Candidates:

Katie Bell

Alyssa Jones

Gary Kinston

Cho Chang

Carl Echins

-- Albus Dumbledore

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Albus:

It is immensely odd to write that. Thank you for lowering the ban for me; I'll try to resist hexing Dudley. Thank you for the list as well, I'm writing the letters now. It was only because of my mother that I survived and was able to deflect the curse, sir, but thank you anyways. I'll see you Sunday; tell Remus I say hi.

Sixth Years Chosen:

Hermione Granger

Draco Malfoy

Terry Boot

Lisa Turpin

Hannah Abbot

Blaise Zabini

Neville Longbottom

Justin Finch-Fletchley

Ernie MacMillan

Mandy Brocklehurst

Padma Patil

Seamus Finnigan

Dean Thomas

Susan Bones

Seventh Years Chosen:

Katie Bell

Alyssa Jones

Carl Echins

-- Harry P.

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To my various watchers:

I'm fine.

-- Harry

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Dear Mrs. Graham,

I wish I could have done something, that I had known about the attacks. I swear to you now that I would have gone to fight him, and I will fight him again and again until he's gone for good. He'll pay for all the lives he's taken and ruined, even with my dying breath.

I don't want to pretend that I know what you're going through; I can imagine you've had enough 'I'm so sorry's and 'I know what you're going through's to last you a lifetime. I did lose my godfather, my only real family left, a month ago, so I sort of understand, but I cannot possibly know the pain you're feeling. I just want you to know that there are people out there still fighting for the right thing who want to make sure that no one else falls to him.

No one can understand exactly what it's like for you, but anyone can fight back in the name of justice.

Sincerely,

Harry James Potter

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Ron:

Hey, mate! How are you? Sorry to have not replied sooner… Listen, I'm not going to be at school this year. Dumbledore wants me to train, what with Voldemort and all. I will be at Hogwarts on Saturdays to continue the DA, though. Sorry mate!

-- Harry

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Dear Hermione,

How are you doing? Is that spell still bothering you? I'm sorry I haven't replied sooner… I've been corresponding with Dumbledore and completely forgot. I feel like such an idiot.

Listen, 'Mione, I need to tell you something. You'll be getting a new DADA professor this year, thank god, name of James Christopher Apollo. The thing is, he's me. Dumbledore sent me a note, offering to teach, and I accepted. He says that he thinks I'd do a good job, because I have the highest DADA score on my OWLs since the program started. Can you believe that? Oh, congratulations on your OWL score; that's amazing! 2nd in history, 1st in our year!

Dumbledore says that you'll be tutoring me, so he may have written already… I don't know, he hasn't told me. I decided not to tell Ron, I think he'd be angry. I want to apologize again for last year. I shouldn't have let you guys come with me, it was my fault you got hurt. I completely understand if you hate me.

--Harry

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Harry James Potter, if you think for one moment that don't want to be friends with you anymore, you've got another think coming. I wish that I could just go over there and smack you for suggesting such a thing! June wasn't at all your fault, none of it. We insisted on coming with you. And if you're still blaming yourself for Sirius, which, knowing you, you probably are, STOP. Right now. Harry, he loved you. You were like a son to him, and he willingly would have died for you. So cut it out.

The spell is fine, it barely hurts anymore. Actually, I'm the one who should be apologizing, for what I said about Sirius, that he thought of you like a replacement for your father. He didn't, Harry. You meant the world to him. I never told you, but I caught him telling off Mrs. Weasley once about how she kept insinuating he saw you as James. He told her that he loved you more than anything, that he'd do anything to keep you safe. You meant so much to him Harry, and I'm so sorry I ever implied otherwise.

It's great that you're teaching! Dumbledore wrote that I'd be tutoring a student, but he didn't say who. It's a good idea not to tell Ron, he'd get jealous again. You're not an idiot, Harry, far from it. Just look at your OWL scores, your DADA especially. Congrats, by the way! Thank you, I really didn't do that much better than you.

Bye Harry! See you at school!

Love,

Hermione

AN: Before I get flamed, note that Harry has made a resolution not to fail people again, which is why he throws himself into this so much. That comes up in more detail later. Also, the OWL scores; some people just do well on standardized tests, and for some reason I picture Harry as the kind of person who does. –shrugs—Again, just my personal opinion. This IS fanfiction, after all. :)