Disclaimer: Hariken-Sama does not own the series 'Harry Potter' nor the movie 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. They respectively own to J.K. Rowling and Tim Burton.
AN: This story is a crossover between Harry Potter and the Nightmare Before Christmas; it centers on the Harry Potter universe. Harry Potter will be Jack Skellington in this story and the main character. This story will center on the book that Hogwarts will receive and where everyone in the Great Hall will read the story and learns about Harry Potter's past and present. I have gotten my inspiration from Harry's Nightmare Before Christmas by shadowwritter329; so my first few chapters might seem like there's; by I will try to input my own style into it as i write on.
Summary: Harry Potter seems to be missing every week upon Halloween for every year that his friends have known him. When the ghosts of Hogwarts seem to bring a proposal to the Headmaster's attention for the Halloween celebration of the year, the Headmaster agrees. For this Halloween celebration, the school will listen to the tale of the Pumpkin King about how two holidays meet and how Christmas was almost ruined.
Chapter 00: Introduction
Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.
Samhain: a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season, a beginning of winter ('darker half' of the year). It is celebrated from sunset on October 31st to sunset on November 1st, which is nearly halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice.
Along with Imbolc, Beltane and Lughnasad; it makes up the four Gaelic seasonal festivals.
It was observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It was the time when cattle were brought back down from the summer pastures and when livestock were slaughtered for the winter. As at Beltane, special bonfires were lit. These were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers and there were rituals involving them.
Halloween: also known as 'All Hallows' Eve'; a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Hallowmas, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
Typical festive Halloween activities included trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. Jack-o'-lanterns are traditionally carried by guiders on 'All Hallows' Eve' in order to frighten evil spirits.
For centuries, witches and wizards have celebrated the 'Feast of the Dead' in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on alters and doorsteps for the 'wandering dead.' Apples would be buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos would run free.
The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits.
This was the time that the cattle and other livestock were slaughtered for eating in the ensuing winter months. Any crops still in the field on Samhain were considered taboo, and left as offerings to the Nature spirits. Bonfires were built, (originally called bone-fires, for after feasting, the bones were thrown in the fire as offerings for healthy and plentiful livestock in the New Year) and stones were marked with people's names. Then they were thrown into the fire, to be retrieved in the morning. The condition of the retrieved stone foretold of that person's fortune in the coming year.
Hearth fires were also lit from the village bonfire to ensure unity, and the ashes were spread over the harvested fields to protect and bless the land.
But as time passed, it became rarer and rarer for witches and wizards to openly practice the old ways.
In the middle ages, witch-hunt's were common as Muggles searched for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, or mass hysteria. Muggles created the witch-hunt for many reasons; one of them because most, if not more were jealous of those that could do witchcraft or most were afraid that a witch would perform witchcraft on them.
So witchcraft became less common and those who were magical, slowly backed out of the mundane world.
It was not until the late 1500's that a small group of witches and wizards felt safe enough to practice the old ways once again. They banned together and created the first safe-haven for magical folks where young or old witches or wizards may come together and learn in peace. They called it 'Hogwarts.'
As time went on, they decided to split the school up into four different houses; one for each of the founders.
'Godric Gryffindor' became the founder of the Gryffindor house. A fair man who believed that any child who displayed magical abilities before their 11th birthday should be able to attend Hogwarts. Godric valued courage and bravery, believing these were the two most virtuous abilities a person can possess. Corresponding to the element of fire.
'Helga Hufflepuff' became the founder of the Hufflepuff house. She was a kind and warm woman. She believed that the values of a person must possess to be sorted into Hufflepuff house are those of loyalty, patience, and hard work above all else. It is also known that she brought the house-elves to Hogwarts. Corresponding to the element of earth.
'Rowena Ravenclaw' became the founder of the Ravenclaw house. She was a sharp and intelligent woman. Intellect was highly valued asset to the students of Ravenclaw house. Due to this, it is likely that Rowena wanted to make Hogwarts the very finest Wizarding School on earth, teaching those children with the highest intelligence. Corresponding to the element of air.
'Salazar Slytherin' became the founder of the Slytherin house. Sly and cunning, he was not unlike many of the students he brought into his house. He believed strongly that only wizards of pure blood (i.e., those with a mother and father from wizarding families) should be allowed to attend Hogwarts. Also known to be the first Parselmouth and successful Legilimens. Corresponding to the element of water.
With these four 'houses' at Hogwarts, witches and wizards once again began to learn magic of the old ways and helped to develop one of the most powerful schools in existence.
It is said that these young group of magicals helped also developed…
Just as the young woman was reading into the next chapter in the old tome, she was jerked out of her trance by a voice yelling at her in her ear.
The young woman, Hermione, jerked her head forward with a scowl on her face and faced forward; towards the voice that rudely interrupted her. Looking up, Hermione saw the face of one of her best friends, Ronald (Ron) Weasley; had interrupted her.
Ronald (Ron) Weasley was a tall lankly boy. He had the signature Weasley hair just as the rest of his family did; messy and fire red with dark blue eyes. Ron was easily one of the tallest boys in their sixth year Gryffindor class; he was 6'1 and had freckles all over. He was also one of the best played chess players anywhere in the school.
'But also had one of the worst table manners in the whole school,' Hermione thought to herself as she watched in a detached manner as Ron tried to talk to her while shoveling mounds of food into his mouth. The sad thing though was that Hermione was one of the few 'lucky ones' that could understand Ron talking while he ate.
"~sigh~ Really Ron, must you talk and eat at the same time? I did not understand a word you just said." Hermione said exasperatedly while shaking her head and putting away the old tome into her bag before Ron could put food all over it.
"Huh?" Ron said with a tilt of his head and then sheepishly put his fork down. After swallowing his food, Ron opened his mouth once more to repeat his question clearly this time. "'Gulp,' I said Hermione, whether or not have you seen Harry today? I've tried looking for him everywhere, but I couldn't find him."
Hermione tilted her head to the side and contemplated on whether or not if she had seen Harry today or not. After a minute or two about thinking about it, Hermione could not recall having seen Harry today. "I don't think so Ron. I haven't seen Harry all day, come to think about it, I haven't seen very much this whole week. Have you?"
Ron thought about it and could also not recall having seen Harry much besides having seen him in the classes that he shared with him. "No. Hey, Hermione? Do you think something has happened to him? Because I haven't really seen Harry besides during class. I haven't even seen him during meals or in the hallways." Ron exclaimed as his voice became higher and higher in pitch.
"No...I…I don't know." Hermione said worriedly and began to look through the Great Hall, hoping to see if Harry was here or not.
It was Halloween day and Harry was nowhere to be found. The only things that Hermione saw was the students that were also eating in the Great Hall, ghosts that were trailing around, jack-o'-lanterns floating with candles above them, and light fog surrounding their feet and ankles. Typically, an everyday Halloween celebration at Hogwarts.
The only abnormal thing that Hermione could find was that there appeared to be more students in the Great Hall than normal. Hermione turned back to Ron and began to whisper hurriedly to him.
Across the Great Hall, where the teachers normally sat, you could see an abnormal amount of ghosts gathered around the Headmaster and professors. It seemed like the ghosts were all talking with Headmaster Albus Dumbledore about something important. Out of all the ghosts, it seemed like Nearly Headless Nick was the leader of the ghosts along with the Fat Friar.
After a moment or two of quiet whispering, Dumbledore nodded towards the two Ghosts; who floated back to their respected houses; and stood up and cleared his throat to gain the attention of the students. When that did not work, Dumbledore sighed quietly and rose his wand. With a 'BANG,' the hall quickly quieted and looked at Dumbledore in confusion.
Dumbledore smiled out to the students and spoke calmly out to them, "May I have your attention please? As per tradition, we at Hogwarts, have an event every Halloween by a group of individuals. Either it is students, staff, ghosts, or house-elves. And this year, we have the pleasure of having the ghosts lead the events this year."
Dumbledore clapped as the rest of the student body clapped along with him and the staff; the ghosts in turn bowed or curtsied to those clapping for them.
"This year, the ghosts of Hogwarts have decided that a story will be told to us. They have decided to pay tribute to the 'Lord of Halloween' and 'All Hallows Eve'; The Pumpkin King."
With that, Dumbledore held up a big black leather bound book that had a tall skeletal figure on a spiral hill with a large yellow-white moon behind him with a ghost dog beside him.
"This story is called the 'Nightmare Before Christmas', now if we all settle down; we should be able to finish it before tonight's banquet at twilight. If it is alright with everyone here, I shall be reading the story first."
While Dumbledore began to explain the book to the students, many muggleborns and half-bloods began to feel dread in the bottom of their stomachs. For them, the Nightmare Before Christmas was no fantasy tale, in fact to them; it was very real and terrifying. It reminded a lot of them of that one Christmas eve many years ago, where Christmas was almost canceled and ruined by a certain individual.
Where terror had roamed for the whole night and day of Christmas, until Santa Clause had driven off the one who caused it.
As everyone was focused either in their own world or looking at Dumbledore; they a failed to notice that they had acquired a new specter. One that had flown in through the windows and was now eyeing everything below her from the rafter above the students. She had come back to Hogwarts as per her master's request on keeping eye on the students.
As the whispers died down and everyone became silent, the Headmaster opened the book and a projector of some sort formed above the heads of the students so that they may watch the scenes as the person reads the story.
'Twas a long time ago; longer now than it seems.
In a place that perhaps, you've seen in your dreams.
For the story that you are about to be told, took place in the Holiday Worlds of old.
Now, you've probably wondered where holidays come from.
If you haven't, I'd say It's time you begun…
As Dumbledore read the end of that part, a violin and many other instruments began to play into the air and the candles went out.
A wisp of smoke began to rise from the book and took shapes as the students watched in wonder and awe. A scarecrow with a pumpkin head appeared with a sign above its head called Halloween Town. Leaves began to appear and dance around the scarecrow, it twirled around and around; it twirled three times and a cemetery came out.
For the holidays are the results of much fuss; and hard work from the worlds that create them for us.
Well you see now, quite simply.
That's all that they do, make one unique holiday; especially for you.
But once, a calamity ever so great, occurred…when two holidays…met by mistake.
"Well, this calls for some treats I'd say before we continue any farther." Dumbledore chuckled and with a snap of his fingers, plates upon plates of Halloween treats appeared on every table for everyone.
The hall began to whisper as students became excited, from Muggleborns and Hal-Bloods to Purebloods and teachers. Wondering if this year's event will be as great as the last.
After a while, the Great Hall quieted down once again as they waited for Dumbledore to continue again.
With a clearing of his throat, Dumbledore continued where he left off before. With a turn of a page and said…
Published: December 21, 2013