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It was nearing the end of the first month of classes and the students were finally getting used to their school schedules. Harry, Ron and Hermione were sitting in the common room finishing up some last minute Herbology homework.


“If you had finished this the day it was assigned, the two of you wouldn’t be scrambling to finish right now,” Hermione huffed. “And I wouldn’t have to sit here to talk you through it!”


Ron sighed, not looking up for his parchment.



“If you’re just going to sit there and annoy me, you might as well leave,” he said.


“If I leave you’ll never finish your assignment. It’s not like you know the answers!” She snapped.
“You’re not even helping!” he finally looked up. “Every time I ask you for an answer you tell me to look it up!”

Harry laughed and Hermione glared.

“It’s true Hermione. You might as well go do something more entertaining. Maybe go visit Dobby? I’ll make sure we get the homework done in time.” He promised.

He could tell that his suggestion to go visit Dobby had struck a chord with Hermione. Even though she wasn’t as vocal, she was still a big supporter of House Elf rights. She thought for a moment and clapped her hands on her knees.


“Alright, I’ll go. I’ll go find Erin and see if she wants to come. I’ve been talking to her a lot about the cause and she seems interested,” She decided.


“The last I saw her she was talking with Charlie,” Ron piped up.



Hermione took a look around the common room but didn’t see Erin or Charlie anywhere. She went up to the girls’ dormitory and checked Erin’s room. She wasn’t there either. She returned downstairs and reached into Harry’ backpack. She pulled out the Marauders Map, whispered something and tapped it with her wand. After studying it for several moments, she frowned and placed it firmly down on the table.


“Oy! You’re on top of my work,” Ron protested.

She gave him a steely glare and turned back to the map with a concentrated look on her face.

“Is it just me....or is neither Charlie nor Erin on the map?” She asked.

The two boys looked up from their work and moved closer to the map. All three studied the map for several minutes.

“They’re definitely not on there,” Hermione concluded. “I’m not the only one who can’t see them right?”
“No they aren’t. They must have left school grounds.” Ron said.
“Without telling us?” asked Harry. “We didn’t even teach them any secret passage ways yet. How did they get out?”




The three were quiet once more.

“Well, I’m sure they’ll tell us all about it when they get back. I’m going to visit the elves.” Hermione closed the map and stuffed it back in Harry’s bag.


She got up to leave and was nearly run over by Neville. He had several vials of different potion ingredients and various plants in his arms. He turned only briefly to apologize and hurried out of the common room. Hermione looked back a Ron and Harry with questions in her eyes and then carried on her ways


“I wonder what’s gotten in to him.” Ron asked.


“Let me just finish these last few sentences and we’ll check the map,” Harry answered without paying much attention.


After they had finished their reports Harry took the map back out.



“That’s odd.” Harry whispered under his breath.
“What’s that?” Ron tried peeking over at the map.
“It’s Neville....he’s not on the map. He’s off school grounds as well.”
“I can’t find him anywhere.”

Ron looked upset for a moment.

“I hate when people don’t invite us on adventures.”

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