Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter
A/N: Italics mean flashback or parseltongue.
Big thank you to my Co-writer Coastalfirebird who without i could not bring you this great story.
Hermione was sitting in the Medical Wing waiting as Madam Pomfrey ran a few diagnostic spells. The look on the Madam Pomfrey's face was not a pleasant one, and given what she had found out yesterday Hermione couldn't blame her. She had been dosed with Amortentia that according to her friends had been keyed to Harry of all people. This in of itself made her feel sick at her stomach. She thought of Harry as a brother, albeit a slightly annoying one at times, but a brother just the same.
Hermione turned her gaze from the nurse to the young girl at her side. Tracey had stayed with her throughout the whole testing process. In fact she was still here, and that was in some way refreshing. As if just having her there was some kind of Magical salve to whatever ailed her…
Hermione shook her head. This was way too sappy. Think logically. Tracey was a friend, a cute friend, a pretty friend, but still a friend. A friend she would mind walking through the corridors with holding her hand…
"Hermione what are you thinking about?" Tracey asked.
Hermione felt her cheeks warm up just so. "I wasn't thinking about anything. I was just thinking about someone." The second sentence left her lips before you usually superb verbal filter could catch it.
"And we think we know who that is." Harry said as he and Daphne entered the Medical Wing. Daphne summarily hit him on shoulder.
"Harry," whined Daphne. "Leave them alone." Hermione could feel her cheeks warming up even more now. "Ignore him Hermione."
"Okay, okay," Harry said holding up his hands. "What potion was it Madam Pomfrey, and will she be okay?"
The nurse turned to Harry. "It was Amortentia, and a very well made one I might add." The nurse was finishing up her checks of vitals. "Your system is cleared of the Potion Lady Granger, but it also seems that you are under the effects of Memory Charm. I would have St. Mungo's check on that as soon as possible."
"So this was done by an older student?" asked Harry.
"More than likely Lord Hogwarts, but finding that student would be hard to do if they did the memory charm right."
"Why is that?" Hermione asked.
"Because the only way to get rid of that kind of Memory charm is torture or a visit to the Unspeakables and without the knowledge of what was erased option two is as dangerous as option one is out of the question." Tracey said as she wrapped her arms around Hermione's waist. Hermione felt like melting butter at that moment.
"Awe they look so cute." said Harry, and though Hermione wanted to lay in to him, she couldn't help but laugh as Daphne started hitting him over the shoulder.
Albus was sitting there listening to the professors go over their results from last term. It appeared that all across the board grades had gone up. Not by much, but they had improved. History of Magic in particular had jumped from Poor to Acceptable as a whole. This was uncalled for! Binns had been key to his plans the less the populace knew the better. There were witches and wizards in centuries past that had done what Albus was attempting to do, but if no one knew of these people his plan would work. Now however Professor Amakiir was informing them of such things as the rise and fall of Atlantis (caused by a mage both times), and of Merlin's tutelage here at Hogwarts. He even went so far as to tell the entirety of the school that Merlin was in Slytherin information that damaged the idea that all of Slytherin was evil.
"Are you listening Headmaster?" Professor McGonagall snapped.
"Yes, Professor Sprout was just telling us that the second years would be working with mandrake's this year." Albus said indignantly.
"No Headmaster that was ten minutes ago." Professor Amakiir said. "I was telling you that due to your lack of concern, the heads of house should, and now will, be taking all cases of assault in any form, to the Deputy Headmistress."
"That is uncalled for!" Albus yelled. "And as I recall your kind can be killed."
"Yes, but that destroys eight-hundred and sixty square miles, or have you forgotten about the Tunguska Even?"
Albus paled at the mere thought of such destruction. He had planned to incapacitate or kill the man if it was possible, but this news was unsettling. He had turned twenty-seven not long before a group of forty wizards had taken on a single sidhe in the Russian Tunguska forest. Only one survived simply because the high elf had buried him before his death. Albus had gone after the man to find out what spells had been used, but frustratingly the man had obliviated himself of such knowledge.
"I remember it well Lord Amakiir. My apologies for bring up such a horrid memory." Albus said with a forced frown.
"It was my niece that died that day, so yes it is a horrid memory." Albus could feel the magic pouring off the man, and thought it wise to let the topic drop.
Gryffindor Girls First year dorms
Ginny was sitting in her dorm room 'talking' with Tom.
"Well that was a lot of good. A whole vial wasted." Ginny continued to write in the diary, when she saw Tom write back.
Ginny huffed before writing. "I have been patient, for 6 years I have been patient. I was brought up on all his exploits, and was told that I would be his future wife, there was nothing mentioned about the so called Greengrass slut, taking him away from me. I have waited long enough, and I want what is rightfully mine. The title of Lady Potter."
Ginny waited for a reply from Tom, she smiled as he scribed back.
I will help!, but first you need to do something for me.
Later that night
Ginny, quickly pulled her curtains back. She checked that everyone was asleep. Using her wand she tapped her head three time. She felt an odd sensation as if an egg had been cracked over her head. She looked down at her body and saw that it had camouflaged with her surroundings. She then took her wand and pointed to her feet. She used a spell that Tom had taught her. It worked like the silencio spell, but this one was designed to stop her feet making a noise. Happy that she had not disturbed anyone, she grabbed the diary off the side of her bed, before hugging it to her chest. Taking one last look around, she crept out of her dormitory and down into the Gryffindor common room. She silently opened the portrait door and slid out, onto the grand staircase. She looked around and saw all the wall only lit by torches, she slowly moved towards the stairs. She opened the diary and wrote.
she watched Tom scribe. Second floor girls bathroom.
Ginny closed the diary, and began to make her way to the second floor corridor. suddenly she heard footsteps coming the opposite direction. She gritted her teeth, and quickly blended into one of the alcove in the walls. She stayed absolute silent and watched as two sixth year prefect walked right past her. She watched them vanish around the corner and out of sight. Once the coast was clear, she made her way to girls bathroom. She opened the door, to hear a girl crying. cautiously she tiptoed past the stalls and come to circular piece of marble. On each side of the marble were several sinks. She felt the diary shake in her hands. She opened it up only to hear a long hissing sound. Suddenly Ginny stepped back as the piece of marble began to sink into the floor. She watched as it slowly opened in the centre revealing a huge dark and deep hole. She heard Tom hiss again.
Raise divine serpent, your master has returned, to set you free.
Ginny stared wide eyed as for the first time the diary had actually made a sound. She had guessed that Tom must have been a parselmouth and what he was saying was in parseltongue.
Mean while down in the hole, the hisses bounced off the walls and echoed towards a circle steel door. On this door were several serpents coiled. There heads were leaning just outside the circle. Once the sound hit them, they withdrew one by one, until a loud click signalled that the steel door was open. The hisses carried on into the chamber, until they reached a huge bust statue of Slalzar Slytherin. The sound of the hiss, slowly caused the mouth of the statue to open. In the darkness two glowing yellow orbs suddenly appeared.
"what is your bidding my master"
Ginny jumped back in total fright as she heard a sinister hiss coming from the hole. She then heard the diary hiss again.
"Release your fury on the school. Make them all cower once again."
Ginny then looked down at the diary and watched Tom scribe. "Stage one complete, now for stage two."
Harry, Daphne, Tracy and Hermione were relaxing outside by the black lake, Hermione had just been released from the hospital wing and thought some nice fresh air would do her some good. They started to discuss the possible suspects who could have attacked Hermione. However they found they were not getting anywhere, and decided to just enjoy the rare sunshine they were getting. Harry suddenly sat up as he spotted Hagrid walking up from his hut. His front stained with blood and in his hand holding two dead roosters. Harry got up and walked towards the half-giant.
"Hagrid what happened to those roosters? They look like they have been butchered."
Hagrid nodded. "I woke up this morning to find several of them like this. In all there was eight, however i only found seven."
Harry pondered everything he had heard. "Is it possible that something from the forest could have attacked them?"
Hagrid shook his head. "Nah, only things that lives in the forest are the Thestrals, Centaur, and unicorns, oh plus a family of spiders which are absolutely harmless."
Harry noticed the hint of worry in his voice when he had mentioned spiders, however before he could ask a huge noise sounded through out the castle. Harry as Lord Hogwarts wondered what the hell was going on. He quickly ran to the school, he could see professor McGonagall pacing back and forward. He noticed as soon as she had seen him, she walked straight up to him.
"Lord Hogwarts. Would you please come with me. One of the first years were walking down one of the unused corridors when she came across a horrific sight."
Harry followed his professor towards the corridor. All ready there was a large gathering of students and professors. Harry pushed his way through the crowd. he looked to one of the torches and could see it had been replaced with Miss Norris, Filtches cat. Next to it was a message written in what Harry presumed was blood. He read it carefully
The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, enemies of the heir beware (Jk Rowling Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets)
Harry turned to look at each of the professor's faces, his eyes frowned as he looked into the eyes of Dumbledore and saw a slight twinkle. So this is what Dobby had been trying to warn him about. The question now was who was Dumbledore's puppet?
He watched as Dumbledore stepped forward. "I advise very one to return to their dormitories immediately. Lesson are hereby cancelled for today, and no students may leave their common room, unless given orders too by a professor.
Harry ignore the old fool after all this was his home. If their was something attacking those within his walls then he would make sure it met a swift end. He turned to Dumbledore.
"Meeting in your office in ten minutes Dumbledore. The look on your face tells me you know what is going on and i want answers or i will take it up with the Ministry. Professor McGonagall you will also need to attend."
Harry then turned to Professor Sprout. "Professor what i can gather is Miss Norris as been petrified. I am aware the only cure is the crushed roots of the mandrake plant. Do you have any in your green house at present?"
Professor Sprout nodded. "I do but they are only babies. I was planning to show you and the rest of your year how to care for them. They will not mature for another three months yet."
Harry nodded. "Well as soon as they are matured i advise you to make a huge cauldron of the cure, as we don't know what we are dealing with a present and we have no clue who many students may be attacked by this thing. AS Lord Hogwarts i am moving Curfew to 7pm. All students must be in their common rooms this includes Prefects. Anyone caught out after curfew will be expelled."
All the head of house nodded, Harry looked to see Dumbledore gritting his teeth. "You do not approve sir? Well to bad. You may be in charge of the academic side of things in this school but the safety of the students is my responsibility as this is my home. My home, my rules. You don't like it, i will be happy to accept your resignation."
Dumbledore growled again the blasted boy was ruining everything. He knew the basilisk would only attack after dark, now that all students would be safely in their common rooms there would be no attacks, meaning he wouldn't be able to jump in and act like the hero again.
"Very well Lord Hogwarts. I will see you in my office in five minutes."
Harry nodded and watched the everyone walk away, knowing the meeting was over. He noticed DAphne, Hermione and Tracy in the crowd all three girls were biting their lip. He could tell by this expression that they were all worried about what was happening now in Hogwarts.
Dumbledore sat behind his desk. He had some serious thinking to do. Everything was going to plan. Ginny had released the basilisk thanks to Tom's help, and already it was causing panic within the school. However Lord Hogwarts interference had seriously messed up the rest of the plan, and he needed to come up with a way to get it back on track. He heard a knock on his door. He was no looking forward to this confrontation that was for sure.
Harry walked in followed by professor McGonagall. He took a seat opposite the headmaster ands crossed his arms against his chest.
"Well Headmaster. I want answers. The look on your face down in the corridor told me this was not the first time you had seen that message. So when was the last time the chamber was opened?"
Dumbledore sighed. He looked up to one of the portraits looking at him closely. "Headmaster Dippet, prehaps you can tell the young Lord about the last time the chamber was opened. AS it was during your term as headmaster."
The portrait eyes widened. "It has been opened again?"
Dumbledore nodded. "Indeed. Maybe you can tell Lord Hogwarts here what happened nearly 50 years ago."
Dippet looked down at the young Lord and saw him looking at him. he almost soiled himself at the look he was getting from those two neon green eyes looking at him.
"50 years ago. The chamber of Secrets was opened. Many students were petrified by the creature, however one student was unfortunately killed by it. She was a young Huffle puff called Mertile. After her death there was a huge search for the creature. The head boy at the time discovered that one of the students was hiding something. He confronted the student and found in his possession a very poisonous spider. Naturally we all knew that this was not responsible, however the Ministry was in panic and decided to use this spider as a scape goat. The Boy in question had his wand snapped and he was expelled from Hogwarts. I believe he is now the games keeper of Hogwarts."
Harry eyes widened. "Hagrid was a student at Hogwarts? He then thought back to the head boy. Something was off by the whole thing and Harry could sense it.
"Professor could you tell me the name of the Head boy, who turned the other student in?"
Dippet scratched his chin. "I believe he was called Tom Marvalo Riddle. He received a award for outstanding service to the school. it should still be in the trophy case here at Hogwarts."
Harry nodded he was determined to find out just who this Tom Marvalo Riddle was.
A/N: Ok Sorry about the huge delay. At present i do not know what is happening with my co-writer as i have received no contact from him in a while. I hope this chapter will tie you over until i find out what is actually happening.