Wish Upon a Star
Disclaimer: Everything that is familiar in this story belongs to J.K. Rowling, sadly, if it had been up to me some of the people would've been still alive. Any other character is from my own mind, feel free to play with them if you want, but please let me know:)
Special thanks to: area808code and The Yoshinator
The following week a routine started to form. Waking up around 6 each morning, taking Orion out for a walk on the grounds while there was barely anyone around, returning to my rooms to drop Orion off, going to the Great Hall for breakfast, going to the lessons and then after dinner taking Orion out another time.
On Tuesday night, after having taken Orion out for his walk, we almost walked in on Professor Lupin. Turning around a corner I saw him just in time to move back before he could see me. Reaching down to grip Orion's collar, I peeked around the corner to see if he was still standing there I saw him moving his head in our direction and discreetly sniffing the air as if he was trying to find something or someone. He stood there for another minute before shaking his head and moving in the opposite direction. Watching his back as he walked away I sighed in relief before slapping my self, being a werewolf must have an influence on Professor Lupin, even when he was a human, so it would be fair to assume that he had a better sense of smell and hearing then average human. Also, he knew Sirius, and would have seen him often in his dog form. I had to think of something that would keep him from finding out that Orion and Sirius Black were effectively the same.
After bringing Orion back to my rooms I hurried down to the library and started to look for books concerning camouflage and glamour. Finding a spell that could change Orion's appearance and smell slightly should be enough to keep him from being found out. Skipping dinner I tried to work trough the library, looking for every book that mentioned something about glamour charms. I'd never thought that there would be so much books about them, but none of them contained useful information about how exactly to cast a glamour charm on animals. I was about to give up and go back to the Gryffindor Common Room when my eyes fell on a small green book. It was about 8 by 6 inches, about 50 pages and the cover was too faded to read the title. Opening it in the middle I saw pictures of different animals that seemed to be changing in appearance. Seeing that I'd hit the jackpot I quickly replaced the other books and took the small green book with me to read in the Common Room.
The little book had been helpful, providing dozens of charms that could be used on pets, either temporarily or permanent. Not wanting to change Orion's appearance permanent since I couldn't know what effect if would have on his human form I'd gone for several charms that altered his smell towards other animals, changed his appearance towards humans that hadn't seen him before and a weak notice-me-not charm to keep people from asking too much questions. The charms were so designed that they had to be re-casted every 6 weeks, but that shouldn't be a problem.
As the week drew to an end, the weather turned completely around and the sky was filled with dark, thunderous clouds that loomed over the school. The last lesson of the week was finally there but instead of Professor Lupin it was Professor Snape stood in front of the desk, his arms folded as he watched the students fill the classroom.
"Sit", he said once everyone was inside.
No one asked any questions as they quickly hurried to their normal places, the Gryffindor's on the right side of the classroom while the Slytherin's filled the left side. Placing my book on my desk I waited for Professor Snape to start. Like every other student I'd found out quickly that it was better to keep quite around him, although the detention I'd received after standing up to him during that disastrous Potions lesson after being injured by Buckbeak hadn't been that bad, I didn't want to spent my free Saturday cleaning cauldrons or sorting out the storage rooms if I could be outside watching a Quidditch match.
"Professor Lupin unfortunately couldn't make it here today", Snape drawled, "So the headmaster in all his wisdom has decided that I must sacrifice my free time to teach you dunderhead –"
Harry choose that moment to storm into the classroom, "Sorry I'm late, Professor Lupin. I —"
Stopping in his tracks Harry started at Professor Snape.
"This lesson began ten minutes ago, Potter, so I think we'll make it ten points from Gryffindor. Sit down."
Harry being his stubborn self did not move.
"Where is Professor Lupin?", he asked.
"As I was about to say when you decided to grace us with your presence Potter, Professor Lupin is ill. Now, I believe I told you to sit down."
When Harry didn't move I rolled my eyes and leaned over to tug his sleeve, "Harry sit down!"
"What's wrong with him?"
Snape's black eyes glittered dangerously as he looked at Harry, "Nothing life-threatening", he said, looking as though he wished it were.
"Five more points from Gryffindor, and if I have to ask you to sit down again, it will be fifty."
Harry walked slowly to his seat and sat down. Snape looked around at the class.
"Since Professor Lupin has not left any record of the topics you have covered so far —"
"Please, sir, we've done Boggarts, Red Caps, Kappas, and Grindylows", Hermione said quickly, "and we're just about to start —"
"Be quiet", said Snape coldly. "I did not ask for information. Miss Granger. I was merely commenting on Professor Lupin's lack of organization. Today we shall discuss —"
He flicked through the textbook in front of him, to the very back chapter, before smirking slightly
"— werewolves", he said.
Immediately people started protesting but Snape simply rose his voice and said, "Turn to page 394."
When no one moved he flicked his wand and the book in front of me immediately turned to page 394.
Half of the page was filled with Leonardo Da Vinci's sketch on human proportions, flanked by one that showed the proportions of a werewolf in a similar way. I started to read the text below the images and was actually surprised by how little there was about the werewolf's. Of course, it talked about the differences in appearance between ordinary wolves and the werewolves like the pupils, snout and tail, but most of the text spoke about how dangerous werewolf's were, even in their human form and that society should avoid any sort of contact with them.
I jerked my head up when I felt Professor Snape's arm brush me as he stood in front of Ron's desk.
"Detention Weasley", he said silkily, "And if I ever hear you criticize the way I teach a class again, you will be very sorry indeed."
The rest of the lesson went by without any problems and after being assigned an essay on the recognition and dangers of werewolves we were dismissed.
The next morning the weather had become even worse, rain poured out of the clouds, turning the lawns around the school in slippery mud pools. After a quick breakfast I hurried towards the Seventh Floor to get Orion, knowing that he otherwise would slip outside anyway to watch Harry play Quidditch. Joining Ron and Hermione in the Entrance Hall we made our way over to the Quidditch Pitch, trying not to slip as we hunched underneath the umbrella I'd taken with me.
"Is the weather always this bad with Quidditch", I joked as we sat down in the stands, Orion in front of me.
"Usually not", Hermione said as she took a jam jar filled with blue flames out of her robes.
It only took a couple of minutes before 14 coloured robes appeared on the field, seven scarlet one's and seven bright yellow one's. Hearing a feint whistle I watched as the two teams show off into the air, flying to their positions, but it was difficult to see what was going on due to the weather. Besides the score no one really knew what was going on, following the individual players deemed to be impossible.
I guessed that the game had been in for about half an hour when the Gryffindor team flew towards the ground. As soon as they hit the ground Hermione disappeared and I looked as Ron.
"Where'd she go?"
Ron shrugged, "No idea, she does that quite often so don't worry."
Shortly after the Gryffindor team took to the skies Hermione appeared next to me, hurrying back underneath the umbrella.
"Where did you go?"
"Helping out the team, there is this spell that keeps water coming from in your eyes", she said.
As I retuned my attention to the game I felt a shiver running down my spine, drawing my cloak tighter around me I tried to stay warm but it was to no avail.
Looking as Harry sped forwards I noticed a movement from the corner of my eyes, looking towards the movement I noticed at least a hundred Dementors flying towards the Pitch. Watching them I felt a coldness clutch to my heart like it had done on the Hogwarts Express while voices where taunting me in my head. Shaking my head to get rid of the voices I didn't notice anything was happening until Hermione grabbed my arm and squeezed it painfully.
Looking towards the field, I noticed a single player fall slowly towards the ground while at the same time a bright silver bird flew towards the Dementors, causing them to move away. Dumbledore's Patronus.
"Harry!", Hermione screamed as the scarlet robes hit the ground, turning around quickly before disappearing from the stands, followed by Ron. Trembling I sank down onto the chairs as the Hufflepuf players flew to each other, Cedric Diggory had caught the snitch. Everyone left the stands to hurried back towards the warm castle now the match was over. Soon I found myself alone on the stands while trying to stop my body from trembling. Why did I tremble so much, I hadn't the last time I encountered a Dementor.
But that had only been one, a voice in my head said. That sounded logical, but it didn't explain why I would react so strongly on a Dementor's presence, in those few encounters I've had with them I'd felt like my insides would freeze.
A sudden wetness on my cheek caused me to look up. Orion nuzzled his nose against my cheek before licking me again, smiling slightly I scratched his head before looking around me. I was the only one left on the stands, nor was there anyone else in sight on the grounds. Quickly standing up I made my way towards the castle, Orion walking next to me. As I closed the doors behind me I stood for a second in the Entrance Hall, feeling the warmth flood over me while deciding where to go. The Gryffindor team would be, without a doubt, in the Hospital Wing, as would Ron and Hermione be. I was sure that Harry would be fine, his fall was slower that a normal one, probably Dumbledore's doing, but as a friend I would be obliged to check on him. And then there was Orion who was without a doubt worried about his Godson. Having made my decision I swiftly walked towards the Fourth Floor.
As I ascended that last pair of stairs I hit a solid, black wall in the middle of the stairs. Taking a step backwards to recover my balance I looked up, only to be met with the angry face of Severus Snape. Not for the first time in my live I was happy that I was relatively tall. Snape was intimidating when he towered over you, but seeing that he was at most two inches taller then me he normally wouldn't tower over me, but seeing that we were standing on the stairs, with him standing a couple a steps higher then me, he looked intimidating. I felt sorry for all the students who had seen Snape in this way. His eyes were glistering darkly, looking ready to make fun of the unfortunate student who walked into him, me.
"Miss Hanson", he sneered, "Do you not have eyes?"
"I do sir, can't you see that", I said to him, looking him in his eyes.
"Then why did you walk into me?"
"I was distracted sir, I'm sorry", I said lowering my eyes to the buttons on his robes, "Ï was on my way to see Harry."
"Of course", he sneered, "Mr. Potter gets hurt again and everyone wants to see him. Pathetic."
Next to me I heard Orion growling softly as Snape insulted Harry.
"And what is this", Snape said as he looked down.
"That's my dog", I said as I grabbed Orion's collar, "Is there a problem with him?"
Snape looked angrily at Orion before shifting his eyes towards me.
"Yes there is", he said, "Students are only allowed to have an owl, cat or toad as pet. Dogs are not allowed."
"Well, Ron Weasley has a rat as pet", I pointed out.
"A rat is something different then this – this mutt", Snape said, eyeing Orion.
"Well, if you got a problem with him, take it to the headmaster, sit", I said, getting a bit irritated by his behaviour, "Now, if you would excuse me."
I started to ascend the stairs, only to find him grabbing my arm after a few steps. Turing around I looked him straight into the eye.
"10 points from Gryffindor for your cheek Miss Hanson", he said, not letting go of my arm.
"Whatever", I muttered before quickly pulling my arm backwards, breaking free from his grip while he slightly fell over, looking a bit surprised.
"And a detention I think", he said once he's regained his balance.
I shrugged, "Fine, if that makes you happy."
Again it was relatively easy to throw Severus Snape of balance, most students were afraid of either him or his detentions, and their fear gave him power over them, but I knew that he wasn't as bad as he pretended to be and frankly I couldn't care about the detentions either, they might be disgusting or boring but not dangerous.
Looking in his eyes I saw that he knew that he didn't hold the kind of power over me as he did on the other students.
"I'm not afraid of you sir", I said, "I don't are how much points you take away or assign detentions. But now I must be on my way, I want to see my friend."
Turning around I quickly made my way over to the Hospital Wing, I wasn't afraid of Snape but I didn't want to get more detentions either.
Walking into the Hospital Wing I noticed that Gryffindor Team was seated around Harry.
"C'mon, Harry, you've never missed the Snitch before", I heard one of the twins saying
"There had to be one time you didn't get it", said George.
"It's not over yet", said Fred, "We lost by a hundred points."
"Right? So if Hufflepuff loses to Ravenclaw and we beat Ravenclaw and Slytherin…"
"Hufflepuff'll have to lose by at least two hundred points", George said
"But if they beat Ravenclaw…"
"No way, Ravenclaw is too good. But if Slytherin loses against Hufflepuff…"
"It all depends on the points — a margin of a hundred either way —"
As I peeked around the curtains I saw Harry staring to the space in front of him, apparently lost in his thoughts.
"Hey", I said as I walked around the curtains, "How are you feeling?"
"Like I've been run over by a truck", was his reply, "But other then that, okay I guess."
A couple of minutes later Madame Pomfrey send us away, looking disapprovingly to Orion while claiming that Harry needed enough rest while recovering from his fall. Trotting out of the Hospital Wing behind the Quidditch Team I decided to go to Professor Dumbledore, it ought to be better if I came to him before Snape would have the chance. After telling Orion to go back to the Tower, I made my way over to the gargoyle that guarded the entrance while trying to remember the password Professor McGonagoll had given me at the beginning of the year. Fire Pops? Fire Sprinkles? Acid Sprinkles? Acid Pops? Yes, that was it, Acid Pops.
Knocking onto the heavy wooden door I heard the Headmaster say "Come in."
Opening the door I noticed Professor Dumbledore sitting behind his desk, while Professor Snape said on the other side of the desk.
"Speaking of the devil", Professor Dumbledore smiled, "Miss Hanson, Severus and I were just talking about you."
"Oh", I said as I closed the door behind me.
"Sit down my dear", Professor Dumbledore said, waving his arm to one of the chairs in front of his desk, "Professor Snape was just telling me about your new pet, a dog he said?"
Looking at Professor Snape I noticed his eyes darkening when Professor Dumbledore mentioned Orion. Looking back at Professor Dumbledore I nodded.
"Yes sir, Orion."
"And where did you find this Orion", Snape sneered.
"Come now Severus, no need to be so nasty to the girl or her dog."
I slightly clenched my teeth, I had grown fond of the Headmasters,, but I didn't like to be called girl, for Merlin's sake, I am seventeen, in the eyes of the Wizarding World an adult.
"I found him last summer in London, sir", I said, "And after leaving for Hogwarts in September I thought I wouldn't see him again. That was until the Hogsmeade weekend when he showed up there, knowing then that he was a special dog I decided to take care of him. Of course, I now realise that I should've asked for your permission first Headmaster, as Professor Snape pointed out to me earlier, students are only allowed to have owls, cats or toads as a pet in Hogwarts."
"Don't worry about it my dear", Dumbledore said, "It seems like Orion is one of a kind, of course you are allowed to keep him in the castle."
I smiled and thanked him.
"Have you thought about how to take care of him as well?"
I nodded, "Yes sir. I take him for a walk each morning and evening around the grounds and asked one of the house-elves if he could have some of the leftovers from our dinners to eat."
"You a house-elf?", Snape said, "How do you know about them?"
"Uhmmm", I said while thinking, I had to come up with something plausible, "The Weasley twins showed me the kitchens when they gave me a tour of Hogwarts last June. I just went down to the kitchens and asked if it was possible."
A small smile appeared on Professor Dumbledore's face, "The Weasley boys, nice young lads aren't they?"
"Yes sir", I agreed, "As long as they don't play a prank on you."
"So, why did you come here, Miss Hanson, is there any problem?"
"No sir, I wanted to talk to you about Orion before Professor Snape would speak to you, but it seems like he has beaten me to it."
It was silent for a minute and I felt both the Headmaster's and Professor Snape's eyes on me, shifting a bit uncomfortable in my chair I spoke again.
"Anyway, I think I'm going then, I've got homework to do."
Professor Dumbledore nodded in agreement as I stood up and nodded my head politely towards both Wizards.
As I stepped onto the stairs I suddenly felt a presence behind me, turning around I saw Professor Snape standing two behind me, once again towering over me.
"I something wrong Professor?", I asked innocently as the stairs moved downwards
He remained quite as I looked in front of me, but I felt his eyes glaring a hole in the back of my head. Feeling a bit relieved as we reached the gargoyle, I turned around slightly to look at him again.
"Good day Professor", I said before walking away.
His voice hung between the walls of the corridor.
"Your detention is tomorrow, 10 am sharp."
I sighed, knowing him he would keep me in detention the whole day. Looking back over my shoulder I nodded once before sweeping out of the corridor, tomorrow was going to be a long day.