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R.E.C. by pearluna
Disclaimer: I own, well, not much. Rachel and Anne. Actually, even the names came from my two friends...
A/N: Please review! No matter how corny it sounds, it does make my day!

Chapter 5: An Interesting History Lesson

Professor Ginny cleared her throat. “Now. Both of you know the story of Harry Potter, right? I thought so. Now, do either of you know the story of James Potter?”

“Besides that he died to protect his wife and son? No,” said Anne.

“Well, that’s at the end of the story. We will start at the beginning.”

“Yes, Hermione, we will,” Ginny responded to Hermione.

“Get comfy, girls,” began Professor Hermione. “James Potter was a full blood wizard from the respectable Potter family. He loved Transfiguration, Quidditch, and Lily Evans. Oh, and he loved to prank people. When he started at Hogwarts, he and his dorm mates became fast friends. There were four first year Gryffindors in that dorm: James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. Peter sort of just tagged along: the other three boys were best friends. The four were inseparable. Let me mention the fact that every Black or relation, well, any witch or wizard that wasn’t a ‘blood traitor’ to the Black family was in Slytherin. And all were bad. Not like you two. Sirius was the only Black not to be in Slytherin. Let’s just say he was now labeled as a blood traitor and hated by his family. Not that he minded.”

“Yes,” Prof. Ginny continued, “well. In their second year, they discovered—rather, James and Sirius discovered—why Remus had to visit his mother every month. She had already died, actually. She had died two years before they had started at Hogwarts. He just used that as in excuse. The real reason he had to do this was”

“...because he was—is—a werewolf. He hadn’t told them because he was sure they would desert him if they knew what he was every full moon,” Professor Hermione picked up when Ginny drew in a breath.

“But they were wrong. Instead of deserting him, they became unregistered animagi. Do you know what animagi are yet?” asked Prof. Ginny.

I nodded. “Animagi are people who transform into animals by choice. The animal they transform into reflects their personality.”

“Good,” nodded Professor Ginny. “These particular three—Peter needed a lot of help—became unregistered animagi. They accomplished this in their fifth year.”

“Now,” Professor Hermione said, “those four became the ‘Marauders.’ They were the pranksters of the school. I don’t suppose you’ve heard of Fred and George Weasley?”

Anne nodded excitedly, “Only the owners of the best shop in Diagon Alley!”

“Yes those two. They also happen to be Ginny’s older brothers. Two of her six brothers, actually,” affirmed Prof. Hermione.

“Well. In case you haven’t guessed, it was James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter who made that map. They called themselves Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs because of their animal forms. Remus was Moony, Peter was Wormtail, Sirius was Padfoot, and James was Prongs. Remus was a werewolf, Peter was a rat, Sirius was a dog, and James was a stag.”

Anne and I nodded in awe. They must have been quite interesting people. “Well,” continued Hermione after Ginny again took deep breaths, “after Hogwarts Lily Evans did marry James Potter. They had Harry. When Harry was just over one year old, Voldemort killed Lily and James. Everyone thought Sirius Black had betrayed them. He was the secret keeper of their house, after all.”

“But they were wrong. About a week before that dreaded Halloween, Sirius had made James and Lily switch secret keepers. Peter became their new secret keeper. The rat himself betrayed them to Voldemort,” exclaimed Ginny indignantly.

“And that, Rachel and Anne, is the story. Well, at least the general idea of Moon Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. Now, off to bed before you are caught! Use your cloaks and the map so as to avoid people who might, to say the least, be upset at your being up,” concluded Professor Hermione.

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