Disclaimer note As much as I wish I was creative enough to come up with such characters, I'm not, and therefore the creation of all of them belongs to JK Rowling who's amazing writing never ceases to astound me.


No Longer Forbidden

Chapter 1 - Cause for Celebration

Being back at 12 Grimmauld Place wasn't near as strange as Hermione expected it to be. Though she was seated at the dinner table with her fellow Order members, Hermione couldn't seem to keep her head out of the clouds long enough to carry on a conversation. Everyone asked her is something was wrong, but she answered no every time. The truth is, nothing was wrong… nothing at all. Hermione wasn't used to such long lasting stability, considering she hadn't experienced it herself in the 7 years she'd gone to Hogwarts. But of course her Hogwarts years were history now, seeing as they ended last year.

"Can I have your attention please?" Hermione's daydreams stopped as Professor McGonagall requested the attention of the guests. "Before we eat and get too engrossed in conversation, I would like to address the purpose of tonight's gathering. It has been 1 year since the final battle, which therefore means that it's also been one year since the death of Voldemort and the downfall of his followers.

McGonagall looked all around the table, into each person's eyes as she continued, "None of those triumphs would've been accomplished had it not been for each person sitting here before me. My gratitude couldn't be summed up into a simple thank you."

There was a brief moment of silence following the heartfelt speech before McGonagall spoke again. "As you know, I'm going into my third year of being Hogwarts Headmistress, and I've retired from my position of Transfiguration Professor. My spot has been taken these past two years by Professor Newton; however I've considered him more of a transition teacher before the person I've had in mind was ready to come forth. Therefore, I'm now ready to formally request Miss. Hermione Granger to join the Hogwarts staff as the new Transfiguration Professor."

If the room had been dark, the look on McGonagall's face when she spoke would've lit it up. She beamed at Hermione who was in such a state of shock she wouldn't have been surprised if her jaw was touching the ground. Everyone applauded and cheered.

Hermione stood and spoke, "I've truly wanted nothing more than to become a Hogwarts professor in the past 2 years, and it would be my honor to accept this most gracious invitation. Thank you all so much!" Tears of joy overcame Hermione's eyes as everyone stood up and applauded once more.

Looking down the table at each person, she thought of the wonders and adventures that awaited her. What was really baffling her was that some of the people who were sitting before her would now be her colleagues. He would be her colleague.

Oh yes, Hermione thought to herself, everything is going to change now.


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