Chapter 11 Beginnings
As Jason Abott left Dumbledore altered the boys memory so that he would not remember the headmasters last statement and induced a feeling that he had just barely succeeded in convincing Dumbledore that it was an accident.
When his office door finally closed Dumbledore summoned the bottle of firewhisky he kept stashed in a cabinet and poured himself a glass. It was times like these Dumbledore wished he could disappear. While he had aged well the stresses of holding four important positions still tired him greatly. No time so much as now. First there was the boy Harry, a genius unmatched by any alive who was undoubtedly the first archmage ever. But he wasn't just a powerful genius with immense wealth, that would be too easy he was all that plus hated by a society which sent him away and then when he returned took away his rights. Of course Albus had missed the fact that some might assume Harry was an open target since he had no legal standing and had not made clear that all students were equal under the Hogwarts charter. This had left him in the position of either doing as he had and further distancing himself from Harry or expelling the Abott boy and drawing the wrath of the wizarding world. Sure they couldn't remove him from Hogwarts, but they could take away his position on the Wizengamot and recall him from the international confederation of wizards. The order would've likely expelled him for what would likely be termed "stupid decision." Bloody Fucking order of the magi, after all these years Albus still couldn't figure out their game. It was pretty obvious that despite being on the highest council in the group there were things he was unaware of. Worst of all he really had no one he trusted, most of what he would've once called friends were also in the order. Another mistake, in his younger years Albus had recruited almost all of them into the order, before his suspicions regarding the order had grown. This didn't even include the recent revival of Voldemort who it seems has improved his member base while gone an interesting phenomenon which made Dumbledore doubt the Happening of that fateful Halloween.
Dumbledore then drained the rest of his glass and walked to the door that led to his quarters wishing morning would never come.
September 7 1992
The next day Dumbledore greeted the students at breakfast "Hello students, Today I wish to remind you that ALL students are to be treated equally despite what their legal status is. Failure to comply will see you punished as you normally would. That is all, thank you."
During their classes Harry took the time to use Legilimency on his fellow Slytherins. Those who would likely join him included Draco Malfoy who while powerful frankly wasn't the brightest person, Daphne Greengrass who was brilliant, and Naomi Chaisty who while neither exceedingly brilliant nor powerful was an amazing athlete as well as a prodigious violinist.
After class Harry, Hermione and Crystal went outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. After a nice walk they settled beneath a small copse of trees where Harry read while Hermione and Crystal played a couple games of chess. Deciding to broach the subject Harry said "I'm considering putting together a group of people. It would be a group with a stated purpose to improve wizarding society. It will be composed of those who I hope to have as allies once I leave Hogwarts. The two of you would be second and third in command for now with Hermione being second. Me and Hermione already had one dueling lesson, if you accept the position I will include you as well. So what do you say?"
Hermione looked contemplative "Who have you identified as possibilities for joining you?"
"Kelsey Diggory, Esme Witte, Abigail Turner, Cedric Diggory, Draco Malfoy, Daphne Greengrass, Aker Hill, Rowan Angelo, Lily Moon, Wayne Hopkins, Terry Boot, Dua Mardling, Penelope Clearwater, Naomi Chaisty, Gemma Farley, and the two of you. This list is a result of using Legilimency to determine whether or not people would be willing to join. The only three other than yourselves that I did not use Legilimency on yet are Penelope Clearwater whom I chose because she is a muggle born, Cedric Diggory who I found through Kelsey and Gemma Farley who has treated me fairly well. I hope to expand the list to include some more older students."
Crystal stepped in at this point "I understand your stated goal, but what is your actual goal that you will be molding all of us to follow?"
Harry chuckles before saying "The replacement of wizarding society with one of my choosing, I'm sure you could've guessed that."
"Yes I suppose I could've, regardless I'm in."
Hermione smiled before saying "I'm in too, before we start meeting there are many things we will have to do. You will have to have magical contracts to ensure secrecy and loyalty, a secure meeting location, an effective method of group communication and a way to ensure nobody can be followed to meetings. You should also think of a name."
Harry replied enthusiastically "Excellent, I'll handle most of the details. The two of you can identify further potential members in the higher years. Make sure they are useful in some way and not taken by societal prejudices. Now if neither of you have any objections I propose we spend the rest of our free time today and tomorrow preparing for the dueling club's first meeting. It should be an excellent opportunity to make a good impression and locate potential members."
With that Harry took both of them to his practice room where he taught Crystal the stunning spell, shield charm and impediment jinx and taught Hermione the silencing spell, the water charm aquamenti and the fire charm incendio. At the same time Harry read through and learned the rest of the spells in the silver magic book he had gotten from Flitwick.
September 8 1992
At 6:55 PM Harry Hermione and Crystal walked into the great hall for the inaugural meeting of the dueling club. On the wall hung an empty list with the words Dueling club rankings at the top and 32 blank spaces. Flitwick stood beneath. As the clock struck 7 Flitwick said "Today is the Inaugural meeting of the dueling club. As has been tradition for hundreds of years we shall begin with a tournament. Here to help me referee the tournament today are Professor Sinistra, Professor Vector and Professor Gao. The format is that the first round will be between the first and second years of whom the top 8 will advance. The second round will consist of 3 pools the first pool will be the remaining first and second years as well as the third years, again 8 will advance, the second pool will consist of the 4th and 5th years of these 16 shall advance and the top 8 shall receive byes in the next round. Of the 6th and 7th years 16 shall advance all of whom shall automatically advance to the final round and the top 8 shall receive a bye in the final round. The rules for the duels are that no damaging spells are allowed."
Among the first and second years there were 67 they were split up into 4 groups. Harry's first match was against a second year Gryffindor by the name of Gammon Parker. While waiting for his match he saw Hermione destroy a second year Ravenclaw who almost failed at drawing his wand and Crystal beat a talented Gryffindor 2nd year.
Harry stood facing his opponent waiting for the match to begin. The judge for his group was Flitwick something Harry doubted was an accident considering recent legislation.
Flitwick in a serious tone said "Bow to your opponent." At this Harry gave the slightest bow possible indicating that he did not trust the Gryffindor. Gammon apparently wasn't aware of this custom and gave a deep bow. As Gammon came out of the bow Flitwick said "Begin!" at this Harry said "Quixtac." while pushing more magic into the spell than one would normally and a beam of brilliant blue light shot out at almost double the speed of a normal spell and hit Gammon before he had even brought his wand up and knocked the boy out. Flitwick revived the boy before saying "Harry is the victor!" At this Harry gave another slight bow before exiting the dueling platform.
Harry's next two matches against Susan Bones and Colin Fick a second year American transfer in Hufflepuff went much the same. This meant the next match would be against Devin Potter for the finals, the loser would face the winner of the loser bracket for the second spot in their pool. Harry gave Devin even less of a bow than the previous three opponents before Flitwick said "Begin!"
Harry waited for his opponent to strike first, something only done when someone considers the opponent beneath them. Devin sent a stunning spell at Harry followed by a disarming spell. Harry didn't even move letting the spells hit him as he reactivated the shield he always kept on his body wandlessly. Harry then raised his eyebrows before twirling his wand in a laxidasical manner looking about a bored expression on his face.
Devin Potter was normally a calm person, but the way Harry was mocking him was too much and he sent more stunners at Harry which he completely ignored. After a couple minutes he noticed that Harry had finally cast a spell, a tempus spell, after which he sighed pointed his wand at Devin and said "Caldrax Hitra." at which point a golden area of effect spell headed towards him. Devin Quickly shielded only for the spell to destroy his shield before impacting him and causing him to black out.
After Flitwick revived Devin he said "Harry is the winner." at which Harry smiled and left the dueling area, where he was met by Hermione, and Crystal who had both won all their matches. The others who were moving on were Devin Potter, Rowan Angelo, Su Li, Abigail Turner and a second year Slytherin named Jordan Rukin. To say the least people were shocked, previously there had never been more than 2 first years make it to the second round and this year there was 7.
The second round was much the same as the first except there were only 8 people total in Harry's group. Harry's first opponent was a burly Slytherin by the name of Fabio Avery. Deciding to try a different tactic Harry entered Fabio's mind as soon as Flitwick said start and convinced the stupid brute to walk backwards. Harry watched the boy walk backwards right off the stage at which point harry hit him with an impediment jinx to prevent him from cracking his skull open. Those watching were confused except for Flitwick who chuckled and said "Harry is the winner!"
Harry's next match against a Hufflepuff girl ended when Harry reflected the girl's stunner back at her.
For the Final Harry would be facing Crystal as Flitwick said "Bow." Harry gave a deep bow which was returned by Crystal who placed her wand at her feet to indicate her surrender. Flitwick saw this and said "Harry do you accept Crystal Luchenko's surrender?"
"Yes I do Professor."
"Then I declare you the winner of this match."
Crystal won the second spot by default since she had already beaten the winner of the losers' bracket.
Hermione won an extremely close match against a Ravenclaw girl to win her Bracket. Harry was Happy to note that Cedric Diggory had dominated his bracket. None of the other first years had made it to the third round.
The third round was again broken into 4 pools. Harry was in the same pool as Cedric. Harry's first match was against a 5th year Hufflepuff girl named Uthura Grey. When Flitwick said go Uthura sidestepped immediately expecting Harry to send a spell, which he had. She then sent a shield piercer followed by a powerful stunning spell. Harry stepped to the side and twirled his wand sending a number of hawks after the girl. She sent a fire spell at the birds only for them to be unaffected. Surprised she conjured a physical shield that the birds ran into. Harry had anticipated this and sent a spell at the floor while her vision was obscured turning it into a mass of tentacle like objects which grabbed at Uthura allowing Harry to end the duel with a stunning spell while she was being held.
Harry's next opponent was the prefect Gemma Farley who he gave a slightly larger bow than the rest of his opponents excepting Crystal. At the start of the duel Harry summoned a number of boa constrictors and banished them at the prefect. Gemma managed to blast 2 of the 4 snakes into oblivion before they were near her at which point she was dodging the snakes as well as Harry's follow up spells. After she had dealt with a third snake Harry used an illusion to appear to send hawks at her. This worked perfectly as she sent a powerful bludgeoning spell at the birds which allowed the final boa constrictor to wrap around her arm making her unable to block Harry's spell which struck her and the boa constrictor which Harry quickly vanished.
"Harry is the Winner!" Flitwick said upon seeing Gemma fall
Harry's next opponent was Cedric. When Flitwick said "Begin!" Harry began by sending a number of spells at Cedric which targeted specific nerves and pressure points in order to debilitate the opponent. Anytime Cedric shielded Harry would blast apart the shield. Being constantly set upon Cedric was on the ropes so Harry said "Caldrax Hitra!" the powerful spell shot towards Cedric who used an enhanced shield to try to stop the spell. The shield collapsed leaving Cedric drained, but he hadn't been defeated. At this point Harry said "Saltrav!"which sent a beam of Silver at Cedric passing through his hasty shield and striking him sending him flying. Harry then said "Arresto Momentum!" and stopped Cedric from falling too hard.
Flitwick then said "Harry is the winner!"
It was now time for the final round Harry was 5 matches from victory. If he placed in the top 10 he would be the first, first year to ever do that in the first tournament, the closest had been Albus Dumbledore who had placed 14th
Cedric lost his next match to Gemma Farley and Hermione lost the second place match as well while Crystal was knocked out in three matches.
Harry's first match was against a 6th year Ravenclaw girl by the name Karmina Abravanel she was a very pretty Jewish girl and then he realized he knew her. Harry had done business with her father an Emmanuelle Abravanel who had helped him make inroads with the Israelis to use his computer systems for all government work including the military. It had been quite a profitable venture and Harry had met his daughter Karmina and his wife Lisa when Emmanuelle had invited him for dinner. They hadn't talked much, but Harry had noticed that both Emmanuelle's wife and daughter were magical and had kept in touch, something which would hopefully pay off soon.
However now was not the time to reveal himself to her with half the school watching.
Harry gave her a respectful bow before Flitwick said "Begin."
Harry immediately said "Gytras Syx!" it sent a shimmering silver cloud at the opponent which would seep through all but the most solid of shields or objects and would depending on the amount that got through cause varying levels of drowsiness or instant sleep. This was the second principle spell in silver magic the first being "Caldrax Hitra" and the third being "Xidra Xaviq" a spell that sent a pure white bolt which would pass through any magical shield like the killing curse, but would instead send the target into a couple hour long magical coma, the spell wasn't allowed in dueling tournaments unless a loss would eliminate your opponent from further competition since its effect couldn't be countered. Most of the spell was blocked by Karmina's shield, but enough got through so that she looked about to fall over. Deciding this was plenty Harry paused to allow Karmina to surrender. After a couple attempts to rid herself of the effects Karmina did just that laying her wand down at which point Harry cancelled his spell. Flitwick then said "Harry is the winner!" at this Harry again bowed before leaving the dueling area.
Harry's next opponent was a Gryffindor 6th year Flora Bell she smiled at Harry before they bowed. Harry was pretty sure at this point that Flitwick had been doing his best to have Harry duel people who didn't hate his guts since the beginning of third round. Something which would be helpful in gathering allies in the future. Harry smiled back and they both bowed before Flitwick said "Begin!"
Harry started the duel by shooting a large amount of water at Flora, which she deflected. Harry however was able to create a small pool of water beneath her. She then sent a number of spells at Harry which Harry easily dodged the barrage and said "Glissio." While actually casting a vanishing spell on the water. Flora immediately cast a traction spell on her shoes to give her traction on what she believed to be ice.
Harry immediately followed this up by sending five stunning spells at Flora which she dodged. Unfortunately for her she had been expecting ice under her and she stumbled a bit as she dodged which was enough opening and Harry said "Quixtac" ending the duel. When was woken she said "You tricked me good, I should've known you wouldn't use some old maneuver."
Harry smiled and said "We could duel again some other time if you'd like."
"I'm sure you'd just beat me again, I'm good."
Harry's next Match was against Ravenclaw 7th year Howard Angelo. Rowan was too much younger to provide any helpful hints about his brother when Harry had used Legilimency on him, but Harry hoped he could convince the Ravenclaw to join him.
On Flitwick's mark Harry sent a conjunctivus spell at Howard which was shielded against. Howard and Harry then both began sending spells at one another. Having seen the ineffectiveness of weak spells against Harry Howard was using a combination of banishing spells knockout curses and paralysis spells.
Harry after an initial volley which was dodged against, alternated between powerful shield bursting paralysis combos whenever Howard shielded and his homebrew debilitating spells concentrating on pressure points when Howard wasn't shielding. This would eventually see Harry victorious, but would also wear him out which is why Harry changed tactics after seeing that Howard showed no sign of wearing out. Harry conjured a marble and sent it rolling towards Howard who either hadn't noticed or had ignored the marble seeing it a waste to deal with. Happy with the results thus far Harry attacked anew while using his wandless magic to transfigure the outer part of the marble into a small syringe with the rest of the marble inside which Harry transfigured into anesthetic. Happy with the result Harry levitated it to the back of Howard's neck and inserted the needle and pushed the plunger sending the anesthetic into Howard, who upon noticing the prick on the back of his neck vanished the syringe, but the damage had been done and he soon slumped to the floor seconds later. Harry quickly injected Howard with something to counteract the anesthetic and was declared the winner by Flitwick.
At this point Flitwick got rid of three of the four stages and moved the last to the center before saying "For the semifinals and finals there will be a slight rule alteration, the matches will be fought in the same manner as international U-18 matches. This means that damaging spells are now allowed with the exception of those which are potentially deadly or permanently harmful."
"Our first combatants are Elizabeth Smith and Terrence Lestrange." At this Elizabeth and Terrence walked into the arena, when they were set Flitwick said "Bow." and a moment later "Begin."
Terrence won the duel quickly appearing much more comfortable with the relaxed restrictions than Elizabeth who was mainly using non damaging spells. Terrence quickly won the duel and was declared the winner.
Harry's opponent was one Nymphadora Tonks a 7th year Hufflepuff with bright pink hair and an ever present smile. She seemed ever off balance something Harry would gladly take advantage of. When Flitwick said begin Harry immediately summoned a large number of ball bearings and sent them hurtling at Tonks. Tonks put up a powerful shield which stopped the momentum of the ball bearings which dropped to the ground. Unperturbed Harry transfigured the ball bearings into snakes which he sent at Tonks. Tonks sent a quick combination of blasting and bludgeoning spells at the Snakes while Harry began sending a number of bone breaking spells at Tonks who dodged and shielded with all the grace of an elephant. She nonetheless was successful. Tonks then began to send her own spells at Harry a combination of bludgeoning hexes cutting curses and shield piercing curses. Harry then conjured a powerful shield before using a noise spell to create an eardrum shattering burst of sound followed by a light spell to create a blinding light outwards from his shield. Having been momentarily obscured Harry began the incantation to an obscure curse called the mind entrapment curse. It was a binding curse which would put the target in a near irreversible magic coma that can only be reversed by the caster. It was terribly difficult to cast and unlike most spells that used either a beam or an Area of effect it was directed using Legilimency. Harry had felt out Tonks' Occlumency shields and had found them to be present, but weak. The downside of the curse was that it had an extremely long incantation and was unusable unless you were a skilled legilimens and so Harry incanted "Constringo vos Res Equidem Vobis Itrachtus Debillitatio Industriam Et Mente Tantum Dimittere Lesum Virtutem Meam Poterant Ober." As he finished Harry sent his mind towards Tonks and in seconds passed her mental barriers and let the curse fall over her.
Harry then cancelled his spells and went to revive Tonks. When Tonks woke up she groaned in discomfort before saying "I really should've taken Flitwick's advice to study Occlumency in the library more seriously." Flitwick had heard this and said "Yes you should Miss Tonks, especially if you still intend on being an auror or curse breaker. Also Harry is the victor. We shall have a ten minute break before the final match."
Harry's final opponent Terrence Lestrange was a Slytherin and had been the odds on favorite to win the tournament based on the students pre-tournament betting. Harry and Terrence bowed to each other before Flitwick said "Begin." Terrence and Harry both sent spells immediately which collided and exploded in the middle of the arena. From there it was a fierce battle, Harry agile and tricky changing his spell selection to match every move Terrence made. Terrence for his part seemed singularly unperturbed sending a hail of powerful spells at Harry at a near constant rate, not concerned with the ease that Harry dodged and blocked his spells. The duel having gone on for a couple minutes Harry decided it was time for a small surprise and so while continuing on exactly as before Harry used his fire elemental ability to send fireballs at Terrence. Terrence dodged the first few fireballs, but when Harry sent a particularly large fireball at Terrence he put up a shield. Unfortunately Terrence knew little of elemental fire or he would've known it was only loosely affected by shielding, and so the fireball passed through the shield towards the surprised Terrence who almost managed to fully dodge it. It ended up leaving a nasty burn on Terrence's left arm which Terrence numbed. This allowed Harry to summon a large number of birds which Harry sent to circle above Terrence. Terrence sent a few spells at the birds which were too far away and were able to dodge. Somewhat perturbed Terrence again turned back to attacking Harry yelling "CRUCIO!" The unforgivable would normally result in Terrence's arrest, but since it only caused a permanent effect in large continuous doses it was allowed in duels. Harry saw this as an opening, while the cruciatis curse was painful a skilled occlumens could ignore most of that pain for a short period of time and so Harry allowed the curse to hit him. While Harry had expected a small amount of pain he was surprised to note that the curse appeared to have no effect on him whatsoever. This however was something Harry could later study; at the moment he needed to win the duel against Terrence and so he sent his flock of birds diving at Terrence who began sending bludgeoning curses at the animals. He was not quick enough since the birds were attacking form all sides and was struck by 3 of the birds Harry took this opportunity to send a bludgeoning curse followed by 5 bone breaking curses at Terrence who amazingly was able to conjure a Granite block to stop Harry's spells and kill the three remaining birds that were attacking him. Harry then sent a blasting spell at the granite forcing Terrence to vanish the pieces as they hurtled toward him. Following this Harry transfigured the dead birds into metal balls and sent them at Terrence while at the same time sending a combination of a shield piercer a paralysis hex and a bone breaking curse. Terrence was forced to use two consecutive powerful shields to prevent the attacks and was still hit by a metal ball that had managed to get through between the collapse of the first shield and the erecting of the second. It struck him in the shoulder likely breaking at least one bone. This however only seemed to push Terrence to new heights of aggression sending strings of curses at Harry and conjuring various animals to attack Harry, Harry was unperturbed by the new development as Terrence's spells lacked any underlying strategy. Terrence was undoubtedly an excellent, but uncreative dueler getting by on his fast reaction time and large amount of power. At this point Harry remembered something about the great hall, it was used to train people to apparate each year. This meant that it was omitted in the Hogwarts ward stone for teleportation from locations in the great hall to other locations in the great hall. This also meant that the ward currently up was likely simply a disapparition jinx that could be easily removed something that given a minute Harry could eliminate and since it was over the entire area and not the arena specifically removing it would not disqualify him. The minute would be the problem, and so Harry conjured a titanium Hemisphere to cover him and reinforced it with a large amount of magic, he chose titanium since unless Terrence was intimately familiar with the metal he would have great difficulties eliminating it. This done harry felt out the wards, there were probably hundreds, but what he wanted would be the first one he felt since it would be the last one applied and there he found it, it was as he had thought a simple disapparition jinx, not tied to any ward stone and so Harry pushed his magic at it and caused it to collapse. This being done Harry disillusioned himself, silenced himself and soundlessly apparated to the backmost part of the arena, behind where Terrence was furiously, but ineffectively blasting at Harry's bunker. Harry strode up behind him cancelled his disillusionment and sent a paralysis curse the remaining foot into Terrence's back.
For a moment the great hall was stunned as Harry calmly walked back to his side and vanished the metal hemisphere before replacing the disapparition jinx and canceling the paralysis curse on Terrence who didn't quite understand what had happened.
Flitwick then said "The victor of this year's inaugural dueling tournament is Harry!"
About a third of the students applauded and Harry bowed before exiting the arena where he was instantly greeted by Hermione and Crystal. Hermione gave him a big hug and said "Congratulations your duels were amazing. I'm quite curious as to what you did in that last duel."
There were a few more duels to determine placing before Flitwick waved his wand at the previously blank parchment where all of the students who had participated in the final round were ranked.
1. Harry Potter Slytherin 1st year
2. Terence Lestrange Slytherin 7th year AN(Nephew of Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan)
3. Nymphadora Tonks Hufflepuff 7th year
4. Elizabeth Smith Gryffindor 7th year
5. Howard Angelo Ravenclaw 7th year
6. Courtney Fuchs Gryffindor 6th year
7. Xi Yu Ravenclaw 6th year
8. Gemma Farley Slytherin 5th year
9. Patrick Jameson Gryffindor 7th year
10. Penelope Clearwater Ravenclaw 5th year
Having done this Flitwick said "Each group shall have their own rankings, this one is merely the overall rankings and will consist only of those students who made it to the final round; this is group 1. Group 2 will consist of those who participated in the second to last round and those 6th and 7th year students who failed to qualify. Group 3 will consist of those who participated in the second round as well as those 4th and 5th years who failed to qualify. Group 4 will consist of the rest. In 4 weeks' time 8 more shall be added to group 1 to make it a group of 32. After this point to move up to the next group you must be number 1 in your group at which point you will be allowed to challenge the last ranked dueler in the next group. Now it's quite late so you should all be off to your dorms. Also the number 1 dueler shall be exclusively paired with me or another Professor for sparring except for challenges by the second ranked dueler; this is the reward for being the top ranked dueler."
Harry couldn't have been happier with the results of the tournament and had increased the number of potential members of his group by 4; Karmina Abravanel, Flora Bell, Howard Angelo, and Nymphadora Tonks.
Completely exhausted Harry made his way back to the dorms while telling Hermione exactly what he had done.
Harry spent much of the next day reading through all the books Flitwick had written down.
On Saturday Harry made his way to Flitwick's office for their weekly session. He entered and he and Flitwick went through Harry's duels in the final round plus the one against Gemma Farley. When they finished Flitwick said "Now that that's done onto the subject of today. Your tutelage under me this year is going to be primarily focused on warding, curse breaking, and ward breaking with a minor emphasis on magical creatures and plants. We shall also work on your dueling during the dueling club with the intention of you first entering the French winter qualifier for the U-20 dueling world championship and second going to and hopefully winning the U-20 world championship. Now to why we are focusing on ward breaking, cursebreaking, warding and magical creatures and plants, the order of the magi has relocated the sorcerer's stone to Hogwarts. It is presently under heavy fortification in the third floor corridor. At the beginning of the term Dumbledore had all of us teachers sign a contract which stated that we would not attempt to secure the sorcerer's stone or damage any of its protections. This means that there are only 2 ways to acquire the stone from Hogwarts. The first is a large scale invasion, this holds no practical merit since the number of people that would be necessary to breach Hogwarts' wards, defeat its teachers who are almost all members of the order of the magi, breach the protections on the stone and get out before you become trapped by aurors, the magical army and the order is ridiculous. The second, easier way is for a student to breach the protections on the stone while preventing the wards from alerting Dumbledore or the order preferably replacing it with a fake and resetting everything as you leave to increase the amount of time before it is realized the stone is gone. I personally have no interest in the stone, but I'm sure you could put it to good use, and regardless the sooner it is out of the hands of Dumbledore and the order the better."
Harry gave a wicked smile before saying "I can think of all sorts of fun things to do with it, especially if by studying it I can reproduce it."
This matter settled Harry turned to his next concern "During the duel against Terrence I noticed that when I was hit by the cruciatis curse I felt no pain, I was curious if you could shed any light on this for me."
Flitwick looked contemplative before saying "Interesting, if you'll allow me I'd like to see if it was a onetime thing, the result of your occlumency being able to hold him off for the small period of time the curse was on you or something different."
"You may proceed Professor."
Flitwick paused a moment before yelling "Crucio!"
The spell hit Harry and Flitwick held it for 10 minutes before putting his wand away a puzzled look on his face.
Flitwick then said "Alright now I want you to perform the cruciatis curse on me. The spell is simple to cast merely point your wand at your target use Occlumency to call forth your strongest feelings of loathing and anger and say the incantation."
Harry entered his mind and gathered those two emotions. It almost overwhelmed Harry as he did so. Harry the pointed his wand at Flitwick and said "Crucio." Nothing Happened so Harry tried again "Crucio." Again nothing.
Flitwick then said "Interesting my guess was right, now to see if I'm fully right. Harry I want you to concentrate on your happiest memories, I then want you to isolate that feeling of Happiness and bring it forth and multiply it as much as possible. Then you are to say "Expecto Patronum."
Harry having fewer memories with happy emotions saw the wisdom in Flitwick's approach to achieving the appropriate emotional level for the spell and so Harry brought forth the feeling of Happiness and multiplied it before saying "Expecto Patronum!" nothing happened so he repeated "Expecto Patronum!" again nothing happened.
Harry then said "My Hypothesis at this point is that for some reason emotions don't react with my magic. This of course means that I cannot cast the killing curse the torture curse the patronus charm or any other emotional spell of which there are few due to the immense difficulty in emotional spell crafting. This also means as demonstrated earlier that I am unaffected by the casting of such spells on my person."
Flitwick nodded before saying "My thoughts exactly, it is of course a double edged sword since emotion based magic is highly useful. The patronus charm is the only way I know of to effectively deal with dementors. I suspect it may be possible with your light element or perhaps your dark element to create an alternative method. It's unlikely that you'll have to deal with dementors considering they wouldn't be able to feed on you. For other things such as the killing curse it should be difficult but possible to create a similar spell that doesn't make use of emotion."
AN The dueling club will be mentioned in the future, but won't be nearly as important. I'll likely mention it either to show a duel between Harry and one of the Professors or merely to note how somebody like Hermione is ranked.