Author: Knife Hand
Feedback: Constructive feedback appreciated, flames unappreciated
Spoilers: All Books, except the epilogue.
Disclaimer: I do not own Hermione, or Luna, or Ginny, or Cho, or... I would buy them all but I am broke.
Summary: Everything in Harry Potter's life is not what it seems – inspired by zerohour20xx's Harry Potter the Game: Epic Edition.
Harry was wandering alone through the corridors of the castle. It was a little over two weeks since he had found the Guard Duty Room, and ever since he had taken to wearing the bracelet on his left wrist and ring on his right hand at all times. He also kept the belt pouch and dagger inside his robes whenever he was outside of his dorm room. It was early evening and he had finished his homework for the evening so he had gone for a walk while the girls were still working. The classes were still going over theory, something that Harry had an advantage with having already gone through all seven years Hogwarts and ten years of life afterwards.
As he wandered he came across the Ravenclaw Ghost, who most people simply called the Grey Lady, floating in an abandoned corridor.
"Good evening, Lady Helena." Harry said.
Helena turned slowly to face Harry and looked him up and down, her eyes locking on the ring and the bracelet.
"A Captain of the Guard. What is your name, young Potter?" Helena Ravenclaw replied.
"Harry, my Lady." He replied.
"And what are your plans for the Guard, young Harry." She asked.
"Nothing at the moment, as I am the only member. But eventually, the Guard will a force to take down the so called 'Lord Voldemort' and any other threat to Hogwarts." Harry explained.
"Then follow me." Helena replied. "I have someone I want you to meet."
Helena led Harry down a half dozen corridors that were rarely if ever used by the students and teachers, before leading him into an abandoned classroom. In the classroom there is another ghost. There were dozens of ghosts hanging around the castle, but most of them kept to themselves or only associated with other Ghosts.
"Harry Potter, may I introduce you to Adrian Potter, third Captain of the Guard." Helena said.
"Pleased to meet you, Sir." Harry said.
"Young Harry has taken up the mantle of Captain of the Guard." Helena added. "I want you to train him."
"Of course." Adrian replied. "Thank you, Lady."
Secret Revealed: +50 Secret Points
Honoured Ancestor Achievement Obtained
Harry sat at the table in the Library surrounded by the study group of first years he had established. There was, of course, Hermione who was sitting on his right and Padma who was sitting on his left. To Padma's left, at one end of the table, was her twin sister Pavarti, while to Hermione's right, at the other end of the table, was Daphne Greengrass, a Slytherin. This kept the rival houses as far apart as possible, but it was mostly for show for their own houses as the girls themselves had no animosity to each other. On the other side of the table from the three Ravenclaws sat two Hufflepuffs. One was William Goldsmith, a stocky boy with blondish hair, and the other was Jamie James, who everyone called JJ and was a skinny girl with brownish red hair.
October was coming to a close and Harry had established a solid routine. Classes were still almost all theory, with the exception of Potions class where they had progressed past the basics, or at least what Snape considered to be the basics, and were starting to brew some simple potions. While they were using their own cauldrons, Harry had gotten into the habit, soon copied by the rest of the Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs, of scouring his cauldron with pumice stone thoroughly after the brewing was finished and even spending the first five minutes of the next brewing session, aided by the fact that Potions classes were always just before a break so they had the extra time to clean up. Thanks to this process, and the general lack of animosity between the two Houses, the majority of the class were able to successfully complete their first potions or only had minor issues with their results, unlike the stories coming out of the Gryffindor Slytherin class where cauldrons were melting and potions were exploding. Snape himself, after the first lesson, was neutral towards the class, not providing ample amounts of advice but not punishing them or vanishing their work if the potions were slightly incorrect, like there were stories of him doing in other classes.
Harry also had a number of 'extra-curricular activities', which included the study group which met on Wednesday Evenings between Dinner and Curfew and Saturday Mornings. Every weekday between last class and Dinner, Harry had training with Adrian who had begun instructing him with the basic duties of the Guard Captain and had begun him on some basic training exercises to get him in shape for later training with the sword and the bow. Every Saturday after the study group Harry also had his weekly tea with Septima Vector. The rest of his time was mostly spent in the Ravenclaw Common Room or the Library, either 'studying' with Hermione and Padma or just trying to casually get to know his Housemates and any other student he can strike up a conversation with.
The study group session was coming to a close and Harry was idly looking through his Social Window while on his right Hermione and Daphne were eagerly chatting about Professor Flitwick's revelation that they would be attempting their first spell on Halloween and on his left the twins were discussing their plans for the rest of the weekend. Naturally Hermione's friendship was the furthest along, almost to the status of Best Friend. Septima Vector was solidly in the Friend status, and Padma had just made it into Friend status. There were a lot of other names on the list, that were in the acquaintance Zone. Vernon's social bar was greyed out with a Deceased marking. A fair number were almost right in the middle of the acquaintance Zone, indicating that they had neither positive or negative opinions of him. Most were slightly further along towards Friend than this first group but there were a few who were on the other side of the line. Ron was the furthest along on the negative side towards Adversary status, even further than Aunt Petunia or Dudley, as there had been some positive correspondence between Harry and his family since the revelation of Vernon's origins and crime.
"Alright, that's it for today." JJ said, checking her watch. "See you all on Wednesday."
The group packed up, with Pavarti, Daphne and the two Hufflepuffs leaving while the three Ravenclaws were still organising their books.
"We'll see you back in the Common Room." Padma said, taking Harry's book bag as well as her own.
Hermione gave Harry a big hug with Padma looking on in amusement. Hermione was quite affectionate, at least with Harry, and was not a rule bound or a blind follower of authority as last time around. After Hermione finished, Padma also gave Harry a brief hug, something she had only begun doing a few days earlier.
Harry made his way to Septima's office for their weekly tea. She greeted him at the door to her office and waved him inside.
"So… How are things going, Harry?" she asked.
"Fine, Spetima. And you?" he replied with a smile.
They sat down with their tea and did some small talk, until Harry asked an interesting question.
"Septima, what is the policy if there is a dangerous creature on the loose inside the Castle?" Harry asked.
"Why do you ask? You not planning on loosing something are you?" Septima asked with a smile.
"Actually I was thinking more along the lines of the Cerberus that is in the third floor corridor." Harry replied, masking his true intention to try and change the Troll incident.
"How do you know about that?" Septima asked, with a frown.
"You're kidding, right? Everyone knows. The Weasley Twins and a few others went there and told everyone what they saw. Luckily most of them don't realise that Cerberus' guards, so there is probably something else there, but whatever. I'm just worried about what would happen if it got out." Harry replied.
"Standard procedure is to get the students safely to their dorms while the Professors deal with whatever the problem is." Septima replied.
"So, what if everyone is in a single location, for example if we were all in the Great Hall?" Harry countered.
"Well…" she said, and then paused. "I see your point. If everyone is in a centralised and securable location then they should stay there. I will raise this with Professor Dumbledore at the next staff meeting, along with the fact that everyone knows about Fluffy."
"Fluffy?" Harry said, with mock indignation as he already knew about Hagrid's pet.
"That's what Hagrid called it. I sware that man is insane." Septima replied.
"Maybe, but he does make things interesting." Harry replied with a smirk.
They spent the next hour talking about Harry's classes and Septima's new research project before Harry had to go back to his Common Room. The trip through the halls was uneventful and when he arrived back to the Ravenclaw Common Room Hermione was waiting for him. He dropped down on one of the couches and Hermione curled up next to him, her head on his shoulder, a common sight for the Claws. Padma was sitting at one of the study tables with one of the other female First Years, Su Li. There were a few other clusters of friends around, including one centred on the second year Cho Chang, who was bragging how she was the new Seeker for the Quidditch team.
"So how did it go?" Hermione asked.
"Fine. I told her that everyone knows about the Cerberus. Would you believe it belongs to Hagrid and is called Fluffy?" Harry said.
"Fluffy?! Really?" Hermione said with a giggle.
"Yeah, I know." Harry replied. "So… you looking forward to learning our first official spell?"
Harry grinned as Hermione went a bit into her 'geek mode'.