"Today, we will be learning about hippogriffs. Mister Malfoy, would you care to tell us how to approach a hippogriff?"

"Sure," Scorpius said easily. "All you have to do is go up to them and bow. If they bow back, it's fine to pet them. But if they don't, get away quickly. And they're smart, so respect them."

"Easy enough for you to say," I muttered. "Dad always laughs when I tell him how good you are at Care of Magical Creatures."

"You'll be fine, Rosie."

"Suuurrreee," I said sarcastically.

"Miss Weasley, would you like to try on Pythagorean Theorem here?"

I gulped. "Save me," I whispered to Al.

"Good luck, Rose!" he said, pushing me forward.

"Don't make do this! I have a delicate constitution!" Scorpius just smirked and walked to the front of the class with me.

"You know what happened with Buckbeak!" I whined.

"Miss Weasley, are you coming?"

"No," I muttered, but Scorpius said, "She's right here, Professor."


"I know I am."

"I suppose you know what to do, Miss Weasley."

"Yes, I do."

I walked to Pythagorean Theorem— which is a weird name for a hippogriff—and bowed to him. Unfortunately, he bent his scaly legs and bowed back.

"Go ahead, Miss Weasley, pet him!" Professor Orbit said cheerfully.

I forced my legs to move forward and my hand to stroke his feathery neck.

"I think he will let you ride him, Miss Weasley!"

"Joy," I told the hippogriff. Slowly I climbed on Theorem's back and held onto his neck feathers. "Please don't kill me," I whispered as I shut my eyes.

See, years ago I saw Buckbeak, Uncle Harry's hippogriff, scratch James on the arm. We had to take him to St. Mungo's, and I've been terrified of hippogriffs ever since.

Nasty beasts.

Well, Theorem isn't so bad so far, but it could always change…

"GO ROSIE!" I heard Al and Scorp yell from the ground.

Something occurred to me and I asked, "Hey Theorem, how long will we be working with hippogriffs?"

Of course, he didn't answer, but Professor Orbit shouted to the class, "Seventh years! We'll be working with hippogriffs for a week!"

Joy. Just me and Theorem hanging out together… for a week.