The Knights of the Founders
Written By: J.C. Vascardi

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Disclaimer: All characters and places featured in this story that relate to Harry Potter are the property of J.K. Rowling, various publishers, and Warner Brothers. I'm not profiting on this story and it is not my intent to infringe on anyone's copyright or trademark. The only things about this story that I own are the characters and storylines not featured in the books.

Established Pairings: Past Harry/Cedric, Charlie/OMC

Eventual Pairings: Harry/CC/CC/OMC/OMC, plus others I choose not to reveal at this time.

Entire Series Warnings: Alternate Universe, Slash, Original Characters, Language, Violence, Pseudo-Incest, Incest, Torture, Harem, M/M Sex, M/M/M Sex, and Mpreg

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Chapter Seventeen

Secrets and a Howler

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The day after the attack in Hogsmeade, a special edition of the Daily Prophet was published and delivered to those with subscriptions during lunch in the Great Hall, however, much to Harry's consternation, the attack was not the lead story.

The Daily Prophet
Special Edition - 20 October, 1996
SCANDAL AT HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY
The-Boy-Who-Lived: Parselmouth and gay? Also professor misconduct and the Heir of Ravenclaw revealed.

By R. Almeidas, Staff Reporter

In an unexpected turn of events, it would appear that Harry James Potter, 16, better known as The-Boy-Who-Lived, appears to be gay. The Daily Prophet has obtained an exclusive photo, shown to the right, which clearly depicts him locking lips, quite passionately, with another male. This person has been identified as 17-year-old Noah Andrew Diggory, the stepson of Ministry employee Amos Diggory, who earlier this year became the Head of the Being Division of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Noah is also the stepbrother of Hogwarts Triwizard Co-Champion Cedric Jeremiah Diggory who died in 1994 following the Third Task of the Triwizard Tournament. For more information on Noah, see page 3.

Also during the recent attack on Hogsmeade, only a few minutes after this picture was taken, Mr. Potter fought quite valiantly alongside several of his Hogwarts classmates against several Death Eaters and Dementors in the public room of The Three Broomsticks. During this fight, however, several patrons report hearing Mr. Potter using Parseltongue, apparently to direct a snake conjured by Draco Lucian Malfoy, 16, to attack Death Eater and former classmate, Marcus Octavian Flint, 21, the son and heir of Lord Malcolm Augustus Flint, 44. How is it possible that the person deemed 'The Chosen One' who will save us all from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named could possibly possess such a dark ability? One that You-Know-Who himself is purported to possess?

More disturbing, however, are the two onlookers depicted in the background of the photo who are clearly watching Harry and Noah kissing and obviously enjoying what they're seeing, as both of them have noticeable bulges in their trousers. The onlookers have been identified as Charles Septimus Weasley-Zeklos, 24, former Dragon Handler and recently appointed Professor of Care of Magical Creatures, and his newlywed husband, Alexi Andrei Zeklos, 30, also a former Dragon Handler and recently appointed Hogwarts Professor for two new elective classes on offer this year: Enchanting and Warding. I think we can all agree that it is an example of gross misconduct and impropriety for two Hogwarts professors to be getting turned on by two of the students in their classes.

Another shocking fact that has been discovered by our fact checkers prior to the publishing of this article is that in June of 1994, Professor Weasley-Zeklos posed nude for Playwitch Magazine, in a joint layout featuring him in some very homoerotic images with his elder brother, William Arthur Weasley, 25. See page 7 for some of the less risqué of these images, including a highly edited for content image depicting a completely naked Charles and William in a less than brotherly embrace and looking like they're about to kiss.

In other news from Hogwarts, many of you may know that on 1 September 1996, during the annual Sorting Feast, the Hogwarts Sorting Hat sang a song alleging that not only was Merlin involved in the founding of Hogwarts, but that there was currently an heir of Merlin and the other four founders present at the school. There has been much speculation in the weeks since about who those heirs might be, but we can now report that the Heir of Ravenclaw has been revealed. This heir is recent Hogwarts transfer student Ryan Cole Cromwell, 16, who before this year attended the Asheville Academy of the Arcane in the colonies.

Mr. Cromwell was recently spotted purchasing dress robes from Gladrags Wizardwear in Hogsmeade, an hour before the attack. The owner of Gladrags personally rung up his order and noticed the fact that he was wearing a combined lord's ring, which marked Mr. Cromwell as not only Lord Cromwell, but also Lord Ravenclaw, making him a truly powerful member of the Concilium Magnus Domos, more commonly known as the Lordsmeet, as he's the first person in the history of the body to hold more than one seat, both of which grant him a vote. It will be interesting to see how this young Lord chooses to use his unprecedented power.

Patrons at The Three Broomsticks also report overhearing a conversation in which Lord Cromwell-Ravenclaw asked Draco Malfoy to be his date to the upcoming Masquerade Ball, to be held at Hogwarts on the night of Halloween. Mr. Malfoy accepted the invitation, though they are reportedly going as friends only, as Lord Cromwell-Ravenclaw stated that he is not looking for a serious relationship at this time.

Harry couldn't bring himself to read anymore, as he threw the paper on the table in disgust. "Hogsmeade is attacked, with several killed or injured, and the Daily Prophet decides that my bloody love life is the more important story?"

The article about Harry and Noah, among other things, had made the front page of the Prophet, and was positioned above the fold, so that it would be the first thing that readers were likely to notice. There was an article about the attack on Hogsmeade, also on the front page, but it was relegated to below the fold with a much smaller headline and was thus not nearly as eye-catching.

Noah was just about to respond, when a clearly angry Ron Weasley, accompanied by his sister, marched over to Harry with a copy of the Prophet clutched in his fist. "Harry, mate, have you seen this trash? You should sue the bloody pants off the Prophet for printing such horrible lies about you."

"Not to mention for publishing fake pictures of you," Ginny added.

Ron nodded, obviously agreeing with his sister, "Yeah, that too."

Harry sighed, as he pinched the bridge of his nose. 'Guess the time has come,' he thought, before he turned to the two redheads and said, "They're not lies and that picture isn't a fake."

Ron and Ginny both did their best goldfish impressions at this point, before finally, Ron asked, his voice deathly quiet, "What are you talking about, mate?"

"I'm gay," Harry answered. "And the picture isn't a fake because I actually did kiss Noah at The Three Broomsticks. We're going to the ball together and as the kiss suggests, it's not just as friends."

Ron rounded on Noah at this point and said, "I don't know what kind of spell you used on Harry, Diggory, but I demand you release him from it immediately!"

"Spell?" a confused Noah asked.

"Obviously," Ron said. "There's no way that Harry would ever willingly kiss you or go on a date with you, because he's not gay. You've clearly used a spell on him to make him think that he is, but we all know he isn't."

"Or was it a Love Potion?" Ginny asked. "You must be good with potions, since you were selected to teach the 2nd years. Whichever it is, you need to release Harry now."

Noah was, by this point, looking both shocked and angry that his own housemates would think that he would resort to enchanting Harry or drugging him with a potion. Of course, Harry wasn't looking any happier, as he said, "For your information, Ron, Ginny, I am not under the influence of any spells or potions. I'm the one who initiated the kiss in the picture and I'm the one that asked him to be my date for the ball, not the other way around."

"Harry, it's okay we don't blame you," Ron said. "You'll be right as rain as soon as Diggory releases you from whatever hold he has on you." Glancing over at Ginny, he added, "Could it be the Imperius? He did stand up for Cormac, after all, whose father is a Death Eater."

Ginny nodded. "That's a definite possibility."

"Oh bloody hell!" Noah shouted, as he undid his school robe and took it off, before unbuttoning the left sleeve of the white shirt beneath it and pushing it up. Holding out his arm to Ron and Ginny, he said, "As you can clearly see, I don't have a Dark Mark. And I swear on my father's grave that I've never cast an Unforgivable and that I have not used any spells or potions on Harry!"

"What is going on over here?" McGonagall asked, as she came over to the group. Harry was so angry with Ron and Ginny right now, that he started to draw out his wand, but the arrival of their Head of House stopped him.

Harry took a deep breath. "Ron and Ginny are under the impression that Noah has either used a spell on me or that he's slipped me a Love Potion, because they can't wrap their minds around the fact that I'm gay." Looking at Ron and Ginny, he said, "I don't care if you don't like it or even if you can't understand it, but that doesn't change the fact that I am gay. I always have been and I always will be. And it's really none of your business, but Noah is not the first boy I've been with, so I'll thank you to shut up and stop blaming him for something that is not his fault."

"Professor, could you maybe scan Harry?" Noah asked. "To prove to them that Harry isn't under the influence of any spells or potions? They even essentially accused me of being a Death Eater and suggested I used the Imperius on Harry, which is why I showed them my arm."

McGonagall looked very reluctant to do so, and asked, "Would that be okay with you, Mr. Potter?"

Harry nodded. "Yes, Professor. I hate that it's come to this, but it seems to be necessary."

McGonagall sighed, as she pulled out her wand. "Very well then." Casting a series of complicated detection charms on Harry, she finally said, "Mr. and Miss Weasley, I can tell you with certainty that Mr. Potter is not under the effects of any form of spell or potion, including the Imperius, as the spells I just used would detect it if he was. So, it would seem that you have no other course of action but to accept that what he's told you is true."

Ron and Ginny were both quiet for a moment, before Ron's face shifted into one of pure hatred, as he said, "There's no room in Gryffindor Tower for faggots!"

"Mr. Weasley!" McGonagall shouted. "Ten points from Gryffindor for your language and you will serve detention with Mr. Filch every night for the rest of the month, including the night of the ball!"

Ron turned shocked eyes on McGonagall, as Harry grinned and said, "I take it Ron, that you were unaware of the fact that Godric Gryffindor himself was gay?"

Ginny's eyes widened, as she said, "He most certainly was not! Just because you're a sick freak doesn't mean that you have a right to malign our house's founder."

"Actually, Miss Weasley he isn't maligning anyone," Dumbledore said, as he came over to the group. "It's a well documented fact that Godric Gryffindor was married twice in his life and both times it was to a man. The name of his first husband has been lost over time, but the second one was Hogwarts' first Professor of Arithmancy, Cameron Stuart-Gryffindor. They both died a few months after celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary and by all accounts they were very happy together."

Ginny looked nonplussed as she looked at Professor McGonagall and said, "It's wrong for you to punish Ron for saying what he believes, Professor. Especially when he's merely expressing an opinion that is widely held - at least by all smart and rationale people."

"Miss Weasley, I find it very sad that you think that," Dumbledore said. "Especially since you are wrong about the opinion being widely held, because unless you're including the muggle world in your statement, it isn't true in Wizarding Britain. However, because you called a classmate a 'sick freak' and because you questioned your Head of House's authority and then proceeded to imply that both her and myself are not smart and rational beings, you will join your brother in detention for the rest of the month."

Ron and Ginny stormed off, as Professor Dumbledore turned to Harry and Noah and said, "I'd like you boys to join me in my office, if you don't mind." At their confused looks, he hastened to add, "You two are not in trouble per se, however, I have to discuss the article in the Prophet this morning with Professor Weasley-Zeklos and Professor Zeklos, and I imagine that conversation will involve you."

Charlie and Alexi had not come down for lunch in the Great Hall, as they often opted to lunch together privately in their quarters. So, it was at this point that Dumbledore pulled a small scroll of parchment from inside his robes and called out, "Fawkes."

A moment later, there was a burst of flame as the phoenix appeared, landing on Dumbledore's outstretched arm. Holding up the parchment, the headmaster said, "Could you please deliver this to Charlie and Alexi?"

Fawkes nodded, as he stretched his wings and flew upwards, grabbing the scroll from Dumbledore's hand in his talons, before disappearing in a flash of flame.

"Now, Mr. Diggory, Mr. Potter, if you'll please come with me?"

Harry and Noah nodded and silently followed the headmaster out of the Great Hall, with Professor McGonagall trailing after them.

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Meanwhile, down in Adrian's private quarters, Nick, Theo, Draco, and Adrian sat at the table in Adrian's sitting room eating lunch, which the house-elves were kind enough to bring to the Head Boy's quarters. Adrian usually ate with others from his year, but his friends all had other plans, so when Adrian caught Pansy Parkinson giving Draco a hard time about not asking her to the ball yet, he invited Draco and the other two to have lunch with him. Pansy was obviously upset that she wasn't invited, but she knew better than to argue with the Head Boy, since he did have the ability to take points and give detentions.

"You know Pansy is going to be worse than ever, right?" Theo asked, as he looked up from the Daily Prophet, which was delivered not long ago.

Draco groaned. "Yeah, I know." Shaking his head, he said, "Honestly, what part of I'm gay doesn't she get?"

"I know you said that Malfoys don't believe in providing proof," Nick said. "But, you may have to give her some to shut her up, Draco. And it'll likely have to be something more substantial than accepting a bloke's invitation to the ball, especially since the article makes it clear you're only going as friends and not a couple."

"The Virginitas Charm, perhaps?" Adrian suggested. "I'm assuming you're not a virgin, Draco."

"You're right, I'm not," Draco confirmed. "And I did consider that, however, the problem with it, is that not only will it reveal that I've lost my virginity and that it was with a male, it'll also reveal who that male was."

"Why would that be an issue?" Adrian asked.

Draco gave Theo a significant look at this point. Nick already knew this, of course, but it wasn't his secret to tell. Some might think that it was wrong for Draco to have told Nick without asking Theo's permission first, but telling one person was quite a bit different than casting a charm which would end up telling quite a few people the truth, as the Virginitas Charm had to be cast in the presence of at least ten witnesses.

Theo sighed. "Because it was with me. Draco and I experimented over the summer before fifth year and while it confirmed for him that he's gay, for me it only reinforced the fact that I'm straight." After a moment, he added, "And honestly? I'm not sure that I want Pansy to know that I slept with 'her Draco.'"

"I'm not hers, Theo."

"I know you're not, Drake," Theo said. "However, that is how she sees you and as misguided and stupid as it is, she isn't likely to be happy with anyone who she thinks is trying to steal you away from her."

Now it was Draco's turn to sigh. "You're right. Bloody damn delusional psycho bitch."

Over the next few minutes, nobody said anything as they ate their lunches. After a moment, however, Nick who had continued to peruse the article asked, "I don't know why people are reporting that Harry spoke another language."

Draco raised an eyebrow. "Because he did, Nick."

Shaking his head, Nick said, "No he didn't."

"Actually, he did, Nick," Adrian said. "You might need to think about getting your ears checked if you didn't hear the hissing sounds of Parseltongue." After a moment, however, during which he got a contemplative look on his face, he added, "Unless..."

"Unless what?" Theo asked.

"Unless, Nick didn't realize that Harry was speaking Parseltongue," Adrian hypothesized, "because he can speak it too? It's possible that to another Parselmouth it would sound like English."

Draco cocked his head to one side, and said, "I do seem to recall hearing a rumor that when Potter revealed his Parseltongue ability in second year, that he didn't realize he'd been speaking another language. That to him, it sounded like English, even if it sounded like a snake hissing to everyone else."

"I'm not a Parselmouth," Nick said. "At least, I don't think I am, but then I've never attempted to speak to a snake. How could I possibly speak a language that I never learned? It's not like I'm Slytherin's grandson or something."

Before anyone could answer that question, all four boys jumped, startled, at the brilliant flash of flame as Fawkes appeared, clutching the Sorting Hat in his talons.

"Dumbledore's phoenix?" Adrian asked, clearly confused. "And the Sorting Hat? What the hell?"

The Sorting Hat ignored Adrian's question, however, and turning to address Nick, it said, "Parseltongue is more instinctual than learned, Mr. Lavoisier-Delaney. Only a select few people are known to possess the ability to read, speak, and understand Parseltongue, namely the heirs of Salazar Slytherin. There are other family lines that have the ability, but they are unimportant for it's not from them that you are descended."

"Descended?" Nick asked. "Wait, um, Hat, are you saying that I'm Slytherin's heir?"

"I prefer Dakota if you don't mind," the hat said. "And yes that is what I'm saying and therefore it is my duty to present you with this ring."

Fawkes moved the Hat over a few inches to reveal a heavy golden ring bearing the crest of the Most Ancient and Noble House of Slytherin on its face.

"Dakota? Why would you prefer to be called Dakota?" Theo asked. "You're a hat. Hats don't have names."

"Mr. Nott, I wasn't always a hat," Dakota answered. "I suggest you look it up, but to make a long story short, I was once a human who consented to have my consciousness bound to this hat upon my death, so that I would live on in a useful capacity. And thus, it became my job to sort students into the four houses, but I was also charged by Merlin himself to confirm to the heirs their identities as soon as they realized the possibility that they could be an heir."

"I don't understand, how can I be Slytherin's heir?" Nick asked.

"Your great-great-great-great-grandmother on the Delaney side of the family was Dorothea Byrne," Dakota revealed. "She was the great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Sebastian Slytherin, the first-born son of Salazar Slytherin and his wife, Hogwarts' first Professor of Ancient Runes, Elizabeth Lancaster-Slytherin. However, unlike some of the other lines related to Slytherin, such as the Gaunt line, the Byrnes did their best to ignore their connection to the House of Slytherin, so I'm not surprised that your late father, Stefan Delaney, didn't tell you about the connection, as it is entirely possible that he himself didn't even know."

After a few moments of silence, Dakota said, "Anyway, I shall have more instructions for you at a later date, Mr. Lavoisier-Delaney, but for now, my work here is done."

Fawkes grabbed Dakota and disappeared in a flash of brilliant red-gold flames before anyone could say anything else. A full minute passed before Nick reached out and took the Slytherin ring, which he then hung from the chain around his neck with the Delaney ring.

"You're not going to wear it?" Adrian asked.

"No," Nick answered. "And as the Heir of Slytherin, I'm ordering all of you not to say anything about this to anybody. I will decide when it becomes common knowledge, but until then, it's not to leave this room."

Nick normally might have simply asked the others to swear on their honor as Slytherins that they wouldn't tell anybody, but there were many that would argue there was no honor in Slytherin House. Nick didn't personally believe that, but he figured it was best not to take any chances.

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Upon leaving the Great Hall, Dumbledore, McGonagall, Harry, and Noah were met in the Entrance Hall by Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour and Hogwarts Governor Amos Diggory, both of whom had seen the article in the Prophet and wished to express their concern over the implications. Of course, Amos was also angered by the implied impropriety being at least partially directed at Noah, because while it was true that Noah wasn't his biological son, in the seven years since Amos had married Amelia, he had come to think of Noah as his son.

"If you'd accompany us up to my office," Dumbledore said, "we were just about to discuss this matter. I've sent Fawkes with a note asking the professors in question to join us, so they may meet us there or arrive shortly thereafter."

"Very well, Dumbledore," Rufus said, as the group headed for the stairs.

A few minutes later, the group arrived at the gargoyle and Dumbledore quietly mumbled his password, prompting it to leap to one side, before the group got on the stairs. Not long after they'd entered the office, Charlie and Alexi arrived, but before anyone could say anything, Dumbledore motioned towards the stairs up to the mezzanine level of his office and said, "Given the number of people in this meeting, I think we'll be more comfortable upstairs."

Leading the group over to the stairs, Dumbledore watched as they ascended, intending to bring up the rear. It was at this point that he noticed that Fawkes was conspicuously absent from his perch and looking over towards the shelves, he also couldn't help but notice that Dakota was missing as well. Dumbledore smiled, as he assumed that meant another heir was soon to be revealed and looked forward to finding out which one it would be. In the meantime, however, he had business to discuss, so shaking his head, he grabbed the railing and followed McGonagall up the stairs.

This was the first time that Harry or Noah had ventured up the stairs in the Headmaster's Office, so they were momentarily in awe at seeing this new area they hadn't known existed before. They'd seen the stairs, of course, and some of the bookcases, but they'd never have guessed that there was also a large table surrounded by plush armchairs. Everyone had just sat down and Dumbledore had opened his mouth to speak, when a truly ancient-looking owl flew through an open window.

Recognizing Errol and spotting the red envelope tied to his leg, Charlie had a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach, which was also accompanied by pity for Errol, who should have been retired years ago, as the bird lost consciousness midflight and crashed into the middle of the table. "My parents really should retire poor Errol, he's half-blind and loses consciousness on both long and short trips, but unfortunately they can't afford a new owl. I've offered to buy one, but they always refuse to take it because they won't accept charity."

"Might I suggest giving it to them for Christmas?" Dumbledore asked. "Because it really is just inhumane to keep this poor creature working at its age and obviously failing health." Taking the envelope from Errol's leg, Dumbledore read it and said, "Well, it's for you Charlie and Alexi."

"Best not put off opening it," Harry said in a rather smug tone. "It gets worse if you do."

Charlie nodded, "Yeah, thanks, Harry, I'm aware of that," as he took the now steaming envelope from Dumbledore. Taking a deep breath, he then broke the seal and immediately dropped the envelope as his mother's clearly angry voice exploded from within.

CHARLES SEPTIMUS WEASLEY-ZEKLOS, I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO DISGUSTED WITH YOU IN MY LIFE! HONESTLY, I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR ME TO BE THIS DISGUSTED WITH YOU BECAUSE YOU'VE JUST SURPASSED A LEVEL THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY RESERVED FOR FRED AND GEORGE! I THOUGHT I RAISED YOU BETTER THAN THIS AND I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT ANY CHILD OF MINE WOULD GROW UP TO BE SUCH A DEVIANT THAT THEY'D BE TURNED ON BY WATCHING TWO CHILDREN KISS!

AND DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU, ALEXI ANDREI ZEKLOS, AS I BLAME YOU FOR THIS BECAUSE YOU HAVE CLEARLY BEEN A BAD INFLUENCE ON MY SON! HE'S NEVER GIVEN ME ANY TROUBLE BEFORE NOW, SO I CAN ONLY ASSUME THAT THIS SICKENING AND DEVIANT BEHAVIOR IS ALL YOUR FAULT. YOU SEEMED LIKE SUCH A NICE YOUNG MAN, BUT I WAS CLEARLY WRONG IN THINKING SO.

NOT ONLY HAVE YOU CORRUPTED MY CHARLES, BUT YOU'VE ALSO SOMEHOW GOTTEN YOUR HOOKS INTO WILLIAM, BECAUSE I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT THEY'D EVER DECIDE TO POSE IN THAT FILTHY PIECE OF TRASH MAGAZINE ALL ON THEIR OWN. AND CERTAINLY NOT IN SUCH A WAY AS TO SUGGEST THAT THEY'RE ENGAGING IN AN INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIP. I WILL BE WRITING TO YOUR PARENTS, ALEXI, ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW IF IT'LL DO ANY GOOD FOR A THIRTY-YEAR-OLD DEVIANT.

AND AS IF IT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH THAT YOU'VE SUCKED MY POOR WILLIAM INTO YOUR DEVIANCY, NOW YOU'RE ALSO INVOLVING POOR HARRY IN YOUR DEBAUCHERY AND THAT IS COMPLETELY UNFORGIVEABLE. UNTIL BOTH OF YOU SEEK HELP FOR YOUR SICKENING DESIRES, NEITHER ONE OF YOU IS WELCOME ANYWHERE NEAR MY FAMILY. I'M HALF-TEMPTED TO COME TO HOGWARTS AND REMOVE RONALD AND GINEVRA, SINCE IF WHAT YOU DID WITH WILLIAM IS ANY INDICATION, YOU CLEARLY AREN'T GOING TO LET THEM BEING YOUR SIBLINGS GET IN YOUR WAY, CHARLES.

BUT CHARLES I WILL TELL YOU THIS, IF YOU LAY ONE HAND ON RONALD, GINEVRA, OR HARRY I WILL PERSONALLY COME TO HOGWARTS AND BOX YOUR EARS WORSE THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE! AND WHILE YOU MIGHT NOT BE MY SON, ALEXI, I WILL SEE YOU PUBLICLY FLOGGED AND THEN PERSONALLY ASSIST THE AURORS IN CARTING YOU BOTH OFF TO AZKABAN, BECAUSE DEVIANTS LIKE YOU DON'T HAVE ANY PLACE IN CIVILIZED SOCIETY. YOU BOTH MAKE ME SICK!

Molly's voice finally stopped, as the howler ripped itself to shreds. After a moment of silence, Rufus said, "I wasn't planning on screaming, but I quite agree with everything that Mrs. Weasley had to say and couldn't have said it better myself."

Charlie looked ready to respond, angrily, which prompted Alexi to place a hand on his arm and say, "Calm down, Charlie, before you say something you'll regret." Turning to the others, he said, "There has been a serious misunderstanding here."

"Misunderstanding?" Amos asked. "We have photographic proof of your deviance and photos don't lie!"

"Actually, they can," Alexi responded. "Even moving photographs, when taken at the wrong time, can appear to show something that isn't actually true."

Charlie, who had now taken a few deep breaths and gotten his anger under control, nodded, "Alexi is right, he and I were kissing, as newlyweds often do, and that's what caused us to become aroused. We didn't notice Harry and Noah coming out of the bathroom, but when we did we turned and saw they were kissing also."

Alexi nodded and said, "Yes, unfortunately for us, our arousals didn't wane immediately after we stopped kissing and turned to see that Harry and Noah were doing the same thing we had been. Thus, taken after we stopped kissing, the photograph doesn't show us doing that."

"That's a very convenient explanation. I can't help but wonder if it's just a lie you've spun to get out of being punished," Rufus suggested.

Harry nodded his own head at this and said, "They're telling the truth, Minister. They were making out when Noah and I came out of the bathroom and rather than making them stop, I decided to push Noah up against the wall for a little make out session of our own."

Nodding himself, Noah added, "Yeah, that's exactly how it happened. After a little while, Charlie cleared his throat to get our attention, so Harry and I stopped kissing and the four of us all headed back to the public room of The Three Broomsticks, just in time for our food and drinks to arrive, and for the attack on Hogsmeade to begin."

"I know that Professor Dumbledore has a pensieve," Charlie said and Dumbledore nodded. "I will gladly offer my memories of the event for examination if that helps."

Alexi, Harry, and Noah also indicated that they would be willing to do so as well, which prompted Amos to say, "I'm not sure about the others, as I don't know them well, but if Noah says that's what happened, then I believe him."

"That still doesn't address the issue of Mr. Weasley's centerfold with his brother," Rufus said. "And posing nude for a magazine conflicts with his role as a teacher."

"Actually I was aware of the centerfold when I hired him," Dumbledore said. "There's nothing in the Hogwarts bylaws that state he can't teach here because of it, because if there was I wouldn't be able to teach here, as I posed in one of the early predecessors to Playwitch ninety-some-odd years ago. Professor Dippet knew about it, but never made an issue of it as he felt that it was merely a teenage indiscretion that should have no bearing on my employment, as he deemed me to be the most qualified candidate for Transfiguration professor. Just as I deemed Charles to be the most qualified candidate for the Care of Magical Creatures post."

All was silent in the room after this admission, as seven pairs of eyes stared wide-eyed at the venerable old headmaster, their mouths open in shock, as they tried to comprehend the idea that Albus Dumbledore, Defeater of Grindelwald, Headmaster of Hogwarts, Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot, and Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards had actually posed nude in a magazine in his youth. With twinkling eyes, Dumbledore merely smiled and asked, "Sherbet lemon, anyone?"

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To be continued.

And there you have Chapter Seventeen of Knights of the Founders, I hope you enjoyed it. And before any of you get sick over that last part, remember that Dumbledore said it was 'ninety-some-odd years ago' so he wouldn't have been the old man he is now back then. I'm figuring about 97 years ago, which would place him at age 18. If you need help picturing him, just look up actor Toby Regbo, who was cast to play young Dumbledore in the movies, even if all his speaking parts were cut from the final movie.

So, Nick Lavoisier-Delaney has been revealed as the Heir of Slytherin. Anyone guess that would be the case? Another heir will be revealed in Chapter Eighteen and while I won't tell you which one it is, I will say that it's a canon character, so feel free to start guessing who it might be... and don't limit yourselves to only the male characters. I'm not saying that the heir revealed next chapter is necessarily female, they might be and they might not be, but not all of the heirs are male, so at some point you will be introduced to a female heir. Questions, comments, suggestions? I love hearing from my readers, so feel free to contact me via review, email, my Yahoo group, or via Twitter.