Harry Potter and the Secret Treasures – Chapter 74 The night before School

Chapter 74 The night before School

When Ivan and Hermione came out with Crookshanks, Ron and Harry had just made it back.

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Oh, my God, Hermione how could you buy that monster? said Ron in surprise.

So what, Ivan and I thought he was cute, answered Hermione with a smile.

Seeing Harry and Ron look at him, Ivan quickly shook his head, their eyes then moved back to Hermione.

Hermione, you cant buy him. I mean, what about Scabbers? said Ron while pointing to his pocket, He needs rest and relaxation, how can he rest and relax with that monster around?

That reminds me, I was going to help you buy the rat tonic but Ivan said he could make the potion. With that Scabbers would be better in a second.

Rest assured, leave everything to me! said Ivan as he patted his chest while thinking of a few interesting potions he was going to experiment with on Peter Pettigrew.

But if it werent for your horrible idea, Hermione would have never bought a cat Said Ron while looking at Ivan angrily.

Im not to blame, I didnt insist on buying Crookshanks. The witch told Hermione it had been there for years.

Beside you who would said Ron sarcastically.

Well, Ron! Ivan hastily interrupted what he was about to say, Crookshanks will sleep in Hermiones room so there is not a chance it will be around Scabbers.

The debate concluded, they bought a few more things and returned to the Leaky Cauldron, the rest of the Weasley family had also returned.

Everyone enjoyed the dinner that night, Tom had put three tables together for the Seven Weasleys, Ivan, Harry, and Hermione ate together.

When everyone was trying to eat a luxurious chocolate pudding, Mr. Weasley told everyone that the ministry would provide a couple of cars to take them to kings cross tomorrow.

They were curious why the ministry would send cars to pick them up, especially Percy, he asked a lot of questions but Mr. Weasley gave him vague answers.

Ivan noticed that Mr. Weasleys ears were red.

It seems the disappearance of Sirius Black is making the ministry very nervous, they fear he might attack Harry.

He wonders how many Aurors will escort them tomorrow.

After they finished dinner it was already past ten oclock, everyone was exhausted. They went upstairs to their rooms to make sure they had all their supplies and to get ready for bed.

Ivan went towards the bar to ask Old Tom for a cup of hot chocolate but as he passed one of the rooms he heard two angry voices coming from a small room.

He immediately knew it was Mrs. and Mr. Weasley, they were arguing over whether to tell Harry about Sirius Black, Mr. Weasley insisted that Harry should know everything, he shouldnt be treated like a child.

Mrs. Weasly didnt want to increase Harrys mental burden.

Ivan chuckled a little, he was the one with the greatest mental burden.

Mrs. Weasley is right, sometimes knowing too much may be a horrible fate.

Mr. and Mrs. Weasley kept going back and forth.

Molly, you must know that Sirius black is said to be insane but he was smart enough to escape Azkaban. That is something that cannot be done by ordinary people. said Mr. Weasley with a deep tone, The ministry hasnt made any progress in finding him, the only thing we know for sure is what he is after.

Arthur, Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry!

If Black can escape from Azkaban he can find a way into Hogwarts. Mr. Weasley paused, The children are always sneaking off to play and last semester they even went into the Chamber of Secrets, they fought a basilisk and you know who. Think about it, if on that night the Knight bus didnt pick Harry up before the Ministry of Magic found him, he would have died already!

No one can be certain Black is after Harry.

Molly, how many times must I tell you. This wasnt reported in the paper because Fudge didnt allow it, the dementors told him that Black had been talking in his sleep for some time, he kept saying: He is at Hogwarts, he is at Hogwarts! said Mr. Weasley uneasily, Black is out of his mind, Molly, he wants Harry dead!

Ivan didnt feel like listening to their quarrel any longer. He tried to quietly sneak away. He didnt intend to disturb the Weasley because it would be too much of a pain. He then heard footsteps come from the staircase behind him, someone was coming down.

He hurried and changed into to his Animagus form, once he finished his transformation he saw it was Hermione who was coming back for a book she left on the table.

Hermione heard the Weasley quarrel but she ignored it when she saw Ivan as a black cat.

Ivan tried to pretend to be a cat and slip past Hermione.

Before he could react, Hermione came and held him in her arms.

Ivans face blushed red, his body became stiff, he could feel the warmth of her body and something soft. His thoughts went back to last year in the chamber of secrets where Hermione hugged him for an extended amount of time.

He was so nervous, it felt like Hermione was hugging herself.

It was clear that Hermione had not recognized that the black cat in her arms was Ivan, she had just felt a sense of familiarity with the cat and unconsciously held him in her arms.

To keep from eavesdropping on the Weasleys quarrel she decided to return to her room, she decided to look for her book tomorrow.

Ivan didnt dare move, he was dragged by Hermione into her room.

In the room, Crookshanks was lying on the bed, When it saw Ivan it jumped up and angrily growled at it, it acted like it would pounce at any second.

Ivan quickly meowed a few times, he didnt want to get into a fight with Crookshanks.

Crookshanks tilted its head and stared at Ivan for awhile, because of Ivans cries, it seems Crookshanks recognized who Ivan was.

Crookshanks calmed down and showed a little bit of intimacy.

Get along with this little guy, Crookshanks! Hermione looked at the both of them happily, I dont know whose pet this is, its too late now, maybe Ill ask old Tom tomorrow.

Hermione rubbed Ivans head, she then jumped down from the bed.

Crookshanks, you need a bath before you go to bed and the little guy can get one with you, said Hermione while smiling.

In the next second, Ivan opened his eyes and saw Hermione undressing.

God should I look or not, thought Ivan, Wait she just said that she is going to give us a bath, does that mean..

A few moments latter Ivan shook his head, he didnt dare think about it, he hurried out of the room when Hermione entered the bathroom. Crookshanks looked at Ivan strangely, it wondered why Ivan was in such a hurry to leave, he looked like a runaway.

What a strange cat, didnt we agree to take a bath together?

Chapter end

Chapter 31 Infinite Loop
Chapter 32 Out of Control Bludger
Chapter 33 The House Elf
Chapter 34 The House Elves’ Light
Chapter 35 The Second Attack
Chapter 36 Polyjuice Potion
Chapter 37 Duelling Club
Chapter 38 The Unexpected Duel
Chapter 39 Rift
Chapter 40 The Unforgivable Curse
Chapter 41 Rumors
Chapter 42 Christmas Presents
Chapter 43 To Slthyerin’s Common Room
Chapter 44 Beating up Malfoy
Chapter 45 The Third Attack
Chapter 46 Tom Riddle’s Diary
Chapter 47 First Contact
Chapter 48 Second Contact
Chapter 49 Fifty Years Ago
Chapter 50 Hagrid and Aragog
Chapter 51 The New Plan
Chapter 52 Slytherin’s Heir
Chapter 53 The Crazy Basilisk
Chapter 54 The Chamber of Secrets
Chapter 55 The Truth
Chapter 56 Ivan and Harry vs Tom Riddle
Chapter 57 Hogwarts a Thousand Years Ago
Chapter 58 The Founder’s Dispute
Chapter 59 The Founders Secret Treasures
Chapter 60 The Keys
Chapter 61 Lockhart’s Final Day
Chapter 62 Headmaster’s Lively Office
Chapter 63 Special Award for Services to the School
Chapter 64 Dumbledore’s Test
Chapter 65 End of the Year
Chapter 66 Busy Summer
Chapter 67 Animagus
Chapter 68 A Stray Dog
Chapter 69 Knight Bus
Chapter 70 Sirius Black
Chapter 71 Giving the Cat a Name
Chapter 72 Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron
Chapter 73 Crookshanks and Scabbers
Chapter 74 The night before School
Chapter 75 First Encounter with Dementors
Chapter 76 Ivan’s Patronus
Chapter 77 Opening Banque
Chapter 78 Quiet and Warm
Chapter 79 Omen of Death
Chapter 80 - Blood Omen
Chapter 81 - Omens of Despair
Chapter 82 - The Beginning of Fear
Chapter 83 - Second Contact with Stray Dogs
Chapter 84 - Lupin’s Remorse
Chapter 85 - Hermione’s Worries
Chapter 86: Lupin’s Memory
Chapter 87: Peter’s Memory
Chapter 88: Evolving Conspiracy
Chapter 89: Identifying and Killing Werewolves
Chapter 90: 1st Quidditch Opponent
Chapter 91: Strange thoughts
Chapter 92: Dementors’ Feast
Chapter 93: The Young Wizards’ Patronuses
Chapter 94: Filch’s Office
Chapter 95: Scabbers’ Death
Chapter 96: The Imperius Curse Reappears
Chapter 97: Hagrid and Buckbeak
Chapter 98: Defending Buckbeak
Chapter 99: Marauder’s Map
Chapter 100: I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good
Chapter 101: Snape’s Jealousy
Chapter 102: The Marauder’s Map Controversy
Chapter 103: The Secret Behind the Marauder’s Map
Chapter 104: Legendary Magical Items
Chapter 105: Hidden Truth
Chapter 106: Cho Chang
Chapter 107: Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop
Chapter 108: Contact with the Stray Dog
Chapter 109: Lonely Avenger
Chapter 110: Evan and Black’s Deal
Chapter 111: Identity Exposure
Chapter 112: Better Be Honest
Chapter 113: Convincing Hermione
Chapter 114: Lucius’ Christmas Gift
Chapter 115: Darkness Falls
Chapter 116: Fenrir Greyback
Chapter 117: Evan’s Fear
Chapter 118: Battle with the Werewolf
Chapter 119: Hermione’s Decision
Chapter 120: Werewolf vs. Dog
Chapter 121: Lucius’ Plot
Chapter 122: Werewolf Riot
Chapter 123: Hard Time
Chapter 124: Anomalous Slytherin
Chapter 125: Tears of the Werewolf
Chapter 126: Covered Conspiracy
Chapter 127: I Believe in Him
Chapter 128: Warmth of Trust
Chapter 129: Bravery
Chapter 130: Not the Usual Ron
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