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Darkover Magic by K A Woods

Format: Novella
Chapters: 14
Word Count: 40,108
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild Language, Scenes of a Mild Sexual Nature

Genres: Romance, Action, Humor, General, Angst, Mystery, Drama
Characters: Draco, Ginny, Harry, Dumbledore, Hermione, James, Lily, Neville, Ron, Snape, Voldemort, Luna, Lucius, Seamus, Pansy

First Published: 02/14/2005
Last Chapter: 06/28/2005
Last Updated: 06/28/2005

A prosaic story of the Final Year for Harry Potter and his friends- interlaced with romance, and the thin line that is drawn between good and evil that is crossed in order to win the ultimate battle. A good read for the reader who is enthralled with Harry Potter and the relationships, some unlikelier then others, that bond the characters together.

Chapter 6: POTIONS


“Well it seems that we have all been fortunate enough to survive the summer to come back for another year of Potions, and as seventh years I might add.” The sneering voice of Severus Snape cut through the air.
“Now I presume everyone has done their essays that were assigned over the summer… they are due today you all know my policy on late work by now.” Snape said with a little evil grin as he looked around at all of the nervous faces. “Okay now if you would pass up all 5 of them.”

“What are the titles again Professor?” The little voice of Hannah Abbot squeaked from the back of the classroom. Draco turned to glare at the insolent little Hufflepuff, how could she be so thick…

“The five you were assigned Miss Abbot- though if you don’t know the titles of them by now then I am to presume that you either didn’t do them or did a very poor job on them- are ‘Uses of Mandrakes’, ‘Properties of Wolfsbane’, ‘Steps in Sleeping Droughts’, ‘Proper Policies of a Polyjuice Potion’ and ‘Veritaserum.’ Well now that you all have been pitifully reminded, pass them up.” Snape sneered with a scornful grin.

Draco glided his long essays out of his folder and sat back with a smirk. He was willing to bet that more then half the class had not done theirs. Draco looked to the front of the class where the Golden Trio were digging for their essays- well Weasley and Potter were digging- Hermione had hers sitting on the desk in neat looking report covers. Draco scowled, what an overachiever, Draco thought to himself.

“Psst, Granger.” Draco whispered fiercely to Hermione. Hermione looked around and glared right at him, Ron looked sideways at Hermione and turned to stare at Draco as well.

“What the bloody hell do you want Malfoy?” Ron whispered at Malfoy with a menacing glare.

Draco acted as though Ron didn’t exist and looked straight at Hermione, “Why do you try so hard on your essays? You do know that Snape will never respect a Mudblood like yourself, even if you are an overachiever.” Draco spat at Hermione with an evil glare as Crabbe and Goyle laughed right behind him.

“Nice One.” Goyle said thickly as him and Crabbe continued their insipid guffawing.

“Sod off Malfoy!” Ron spat as he put an arm around Hermione and turned her around. Draco glared at the pair of them, Ron looked so pathetic, acting as though it was his duty to protect Hermione or something from big-bad Draco.

“Really Weaslbee I wasn’t talking to you in the first place so please mind your own damn business.” Draco sneered.

“Turn to page four hundred and seventy- four.” Snape proclaimed as he glided to the front of the room.

“LISTEN MALFOY I AM SICK OF YOU ALWAYS BLOODY-” Ron turned abruptly and began to yell at Draco before Snape raced up to the desk where the Golden Trio were sitting and slammed his hands down on their table.

“Mr. Weasley.” Snape sneered as his eyes glinted menacingly at Ron. “Feel free to quit trying to be noble and actually pay attention to the lesson, that way you might actually get an acceptable grade in this class- miracles do happen.” Snape remarked as he towered over Ron, just daring him to retaliate.

“Five points from Gryffindor for Weasley’s venerable attitude.” Snape proclaimed. “Now turn to page four hundred and seventy-four.”

Harry gave a sidelong glance at Ron who looked to be so embarrassed that his ears were the same color as his hair. “Sorry.” Harry mumbled.

“It’s alright; Snape’s a bloody bastard anyways.” Ron whispered back to Harry who laughed a little, drawing some unwanted attention.

“Potter, Weasley stop talking or you will find yourselves serving detention for the next two weeks, 5 points from Gryffindor.” Snape declared as he returned back to the lesson.

“Who knows the properties of the Veritas Forma potion?” Snape questioned the class. Hermione’s hand shot straight up into the air. “Potter, Weasley, you two seem not to need to listen so tell me do either of you know the properties of the Veritas Forma Potion?”

“No, but clearly Hermione does.” Harry responded firmly as he stared straight back at Snape, Hermione was still holding her hand straight up in the air.

“But I didn’t ask Hermione, Potter. I asked you, but clearly you don’t know- what a surprise.” Snape growled as his lip curled. “Detention Potter, for your serious lack of respect. Now Ms. Granger seeing as how you cant seem to stop being an insufferable know-it-all please do tell us the properties of-”

“The Veritas Forma, or True Appearance, Potion, Hermione interjected, allows the drinker to see everything and everyone in a sense their ‘true light.’ This is achieved by a color coding system that only the drinker can see. It is especially useful to detect whether or not a person is a friend or foe.”

At the last line, Harry turned and stared intently at Snape who returned the stare for a moment before looking away.

“Thank you Ms. Granger. Now the Veritas Forma potion is very difficult to brew so some of you will need considerable help tomorrow when we brew it.” Snape declared with sadistic satisfaction as he turned his gaze on Neville. After that, Harry stopped listening to what Snape was saying and thinking back to the potion identifying friend or foe. Something about that worried Harry. He knew Snape was supposedly a spy that was helping The Order but Harry still didn’t trust him, and neither had Sirius.

The rest of the Potions Class dragged by at an intolerably slow rate. By the end of the Lesson Snape had taken away at least thirty points from Gryffindor and had almost caused Ron to walk out in fury after being assigned detention along with Seamus. The only thing that was keeping Harry going at the moment was the prospect of seeing Hermione’s new Head Girl dormitories and Common Room.

{ I know this Chapter is a tad on the short side but i promise to make up for it on the following ones so please bear with me and KEEP READING AND REVIEWING!! I love the advice ;) }