Being This Boy
A certain scheming student adds an extra ingredient to Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley's potion resulting in the two switching bodies. Forced to pose as Harry Potter's best friend, Draco finds himself beginning to feel something other than hatred towards him, something he can't place but it certainly isn't love.
Disclaimer-I do not own Harry Potter
Chapter 1-Who's Who?
As Severus Snape strode in to his 5th year potions class the Gryffindor and Slytherin students immediately fell silent. It was the final potions lesson before the Christmas holidays and it was a particularly cold day in the dungeons. After telling his pupils what they had to do, Snape waved his wand and the ingredients and instructions appeared on the board.
"You have one hour." He told them. "You may begin."
The 5th year students hurried around gathering the things they needed and setting up their cauldrons and lighting the fire grateful for the warmth. They were all working singlehandedly on their potions desperate to get it right for fear of what may happen when Snape forced them to drink it at the end of the lesson.
Poor Neville Longbottom was sweating with nerves and his hands were shaking in fear. From the table next to him, Hermione whispered instructions to him for which he was very grateful. She also pulled a spider out of Ron's hair.
However, even with Hermione's help, Neville still managed to go wrong and his potion exploded. Snape leapt up to clear the mess away and whilst everyone's attention was on the havoc Neville had accidentally caused, one student took the opportunity to add an extra ingredient and two different locks of hair to two cauldrons.
One of the spiked potions belonged to a ginger haired Gryffindor boy named Ron Weasley who was best friends with Harry Potter. The other potion belonged to a blonde haired Slytherin boy named Draco Malfoy who was Harry Potter's school rival.
"Stupid boy." Snape snarled at Neville making the boy blush in embarrassment. "The rest of you get back to work."
The class did as they were told and returned to their desks. Draco stirred his potion not realising that it was a shade lighter than it should be. Ron looked into his cauldron and scrunched his nose up having no idea if his potion was right or wrong. He peered over at Hermione's and hers looked similar enough to his so he relaxed thinking that he'd finally done something right.
When everyone had completed their potion, with the exception of Neville, Snape ordered them all to drink some.
"Those of you who have completed the potion correctly will levitate a foot in the air for approximately a minute." Snape told them. "Those of you who have done it wrong will probably be poisoned." His lips curled into a sneer and the majority of the class shuddered at the thought.
As one the class took a sip from their potion. Predictably, Hermione's potion was the most successful and Snape could find no fault in it. Harry had also managed to make himself a decent potion. Others, like Crabbe and Goyle hadn't been as fortunate.
Whilst Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy both levitated in the air as they were supposed to, something else happened that was entirely unexpected.
When Draco's feet landed back on the floor he found himself on the other side of the room which was very peculiar considering he could see himself standing beside Pansy Parkinson wearing a look of confused horror on his face.
"Ron?" Hermione asked gently placing her hand on Draco's arm. "Are you ok?"
"What did you call me?" Draco asked her and she gave him a puzzled look.
"Mate are you alright?" Harry asked from Draco's other side.
"Mate?" Draco scoffed.
"Is there a problem Mr. Weasely?" Snape asked as he stood in front of an incredibly confused Draco.
"I…I…" Draco stammered as he looked down at himself and saw not his own body but the body of Ron Weasley.
With a thud, Draco collapsed to the floor just as a Malfoy version of Ron fainted beside Pansy.
"Everybody out." Snape ordered.
When his students had gathered their things and left, Snape cast a spell over his two unconscious students in order to wake them up.
"Draco, what happened?" Snape asked looking at the blonde.
"I don't know sir." The redhead answered causing Snape to frown at him.
"I asked Mr. Malfoy not you Weasley." Snape snapped.
"But I am Malfoy." Draco told him urgently as he stood up. "Weasley's stole my body somehow."
"As if Malfoy." Ron retorted glaring at Draco in Ron's body.
"Let me get this straight." Snape said trying to remain calm as he pinched the bridge of his large nose. "Draco, you are in Weasley's body, and Weasley you are in Draco's body."
"Yes sir." The two boys answered glaring at themselves both thinking it was the others fault.
"Then we must go to Dumbledore." Snape told them.
"What? Don't you have an antidote? Can't you fix it?" Draco asked frantically. "You have to do something sir, I can't be a Weasely."
"Oh like I want to be a Malfoy." Ron groaned.
Snape cast both boys a warning look effectively silencing them both before leading the way to the headmaster's office.
When they entered, Dumbledore was smiling pleasantly seeming to expect them.
"Ah Severus, and young Ronald and Draco." He greeted addressing them correctly.
"You knew it was me?" Ron asked in relief. "Does that mean I'm me again?"
"Of course it doesn't you idiot." Draco scoffed. "As you can see I'm still in your lanky ginger body."
"Do sit down my boys." Dumbledore said with a twinkle in his eye. "My, my, what a pickle you two are in."
"You can change us back can't you sir?" Ron asked.
"I'm sure Severus will be able to produce the correct potion." Dumbledore assured him looking at the dark-haired male. "How long will it take Severus?"
"Between two and three months." Snape answered.
"What?" Draco spluttered. "Do you mean to tell me I have to live as him for three months?"
"I'm afraid so." Snape replied.
"But what about Christmas?" Draco asked worriedly. "I cannot go back to Malfoy manor like this."
"Well I'm not going in your place." Ron said paling at the thought.
"I think it would be best if you stayed here for the holidays. Both of you." Dumbledore said looking at the two boys who were in each other's bodies.
"Albus how do you suppose this happened?" Severus asked. "There's no way this was a coincidence. Someone must have known what they were doing and deliberately made it so that they switched bodies."
"Yes, I suppose someone must have done." Dumbledore agreed chuckling at the thought. "Well boys, do enjoy your time living as each other."
"Wait, what do you mean?" Draco asked feeling a sense of dread.
"I do not think it would be wise for people to know of your body swap." Dumbledore replied. "For the next few months you must act like each other. No-one is to know about this other than Severus and myself, is that understood?"
"What? But what about Harry and Hermione?" Ron asked. "And Ginny and the twins?"
"I'm sure Draco will be able to convince them all that he is you." Dumbledore answered with a merry smile.
"You want us to pretend to be each other?" Draco asked feeling repulsed by the idea.
"Yes Draco, that is precisely what I want." Dumbledore told him. "Have fun boys."
Knowing that they'd been dismissed the two teenagers left hating the fact they were in one another's bodies.
"You really have gone mad Albus." Severus told the headmaster before leaving the old man's office to begin work on brewing the potion that would put Draco and Ron back in their right bodies.
"I swear Weasley if you ruin my reputation in any way I will not hesitate to kill you." Draco warned.
"Yeah well, if you do anything to hurt the people I care about I'll…I'll shave your hair off." Ron threatened.
They glared at one another heatedly before begrudgingly asking one another what the passwords to their common room were.
Ron turned around and began walking away and Draco shuddered in horror.
"Weasley." He hissed. "You're supposed to be me. Strut you fool."
Ron sent a glare at the boy in his body before working hard to swagger away down the corridor and pulling it off surprisingly well. Draco then made his way to Gryffindor tower slouching and trying to walk as ungracefully as possible.
Taking a deep breath, Draco entered the Gryffindor common room and Potter and Granger instantly beckoned him over.
"Are you ok now Ron?" Hermione asked as she smiled at him.
"Fine." Draco replied. "Hermione." He added finding it strange to call the girl by her first name rather than her last.
"Good, you really had us worried mate." Harry told him as he squeezed his shoulder.
Draco just put on a stupid grin for the boy wondering what had caused that weird feeling in his shoulder when the other boy had touched them.
It must be something to do with Weasley's body Draco decided as the Weasley girl challenged him to a game of chess.
He accepted her challenge even though he despised the game. They weren't playing for long when the younger girl beat him.
"I beat you." Ginny said sounding shocked.
"What's your point?" Draco asked.
"No-one ever beats you." Ginny said. "Not even Bill."
Draco was about to ask who Bill was but caught himself at the last second and merely shrugged his shoulders before muttering something about having a headache and going to lay down. To his relief, Harry came up to the dorm with him which was lucky as he had no idea where it was.
He looked about the room trying to work out which bed was his. Taking a guess he moved to the bed closest to him.
"Ron what are you doing?" Harry asked looking at him oddly. "That's Seamus' bed. Your bed's next to mine."
"Oh right. Yeah, I knew that." Draco mumbled before moving over to the correct bed.
"Are you sure you're ok?" Harry questioned as he placed his hand to the other boy's forehead checking for a temperature.
"I'm fine." Draco told him. "Mate." He added as he gently pushed Harry's hand away once again feeling a strange tingle at the contact.
"What is it Ron?" Harry asked as he sat beside the redhead.
Does Potter sit this close to all of his friends? Draco wondered.
"Baby you know you can tell me anything." Harry said.
Baby? What the fuck? Draco thought.
"Yeah mate, I know." Draco replied.
Harry looked like he wanted to press the matter but thankfully for Draco he didn't.
"Well get some rest." Harry advised him. "I'll wake you up in time for dinner."
"Yeah. Sure." Draco answered.
Harry smiled before leaning forward and softly pressing his lips against Draco's.
Holy shit! Draco thought as he froze in terror.
Harry seemed not to notice and he pulled away from the other boy before leaving the dorm.
"Potter and Weasley?" Draco asked himself in disgust wondering how the two boys had managed to keep their relationship a secret. "This is going to be a long three months."
To Be Continued
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