Everyone was seated in the Great Hall for breakfast on the second weekend back for the new year. Dumbledore had announced the previous evening that everyone needed to attend and be on time as he had an assignment to share. Every student was anxious and hungry waiting for Dumbledore to enter the Great Hall. Finally, Dumbledore arrived and stood at his normal place.
“Good Morning Students, and welcome to your first week at Hogwarts. This year we have decided to promote inter-house unity. After breakfast, I would like each student to convene to their year’s meeting place. This list is as follows. First years remain in the Great Hall. Second years to the Potions Classroom, Third Years to the Library, Fourth Years to Astronomy Tower, Fifth Years to Transfiguration Classroom, Sixth Years to Herbology Greenhouses and the Seventh Years to the Charms Classroom. Please do not be late. Enjoy your breakfast.” Dumbledore announced. As Dumbledore took his seat, the food arrived. The students talked loudly discussing what their Headmaster had said.
Harry, Ron and Hermione were in their third year. During breakfast, they discussed what could be waiting for them in the Library. “Inter-House unity?” Ron groaned. “What does that mean? Do we have to spend time with those Slytherins?”
After breakfast, all the first years remained in the Great Hall. Slowly, each student left to their assigned rooms or classrooms. Hermione was the first one to enter the Library. She noticed the tables and chairs were moved to include 2 seats per table. They were surprised to see Hagrid welcoming everyone into the Library.
“Don’t nobody take a seat just yet,” Hagrid said. “I’m going to read a list. When you hear your name called, come draw a name out of this hat. It has been spelled to only allow you to draw someone not in your house. That will be your partner for this assignment. Please take a seat with your partner and await further instructions.” Many of the students groaned as Hagrid continued on with his list.
“Hannah Abbott.” Hagrid called out. Hannah left her Hufflepuff friends and stuck her arm into the hat. She pulled out a slip of paper and said, “Harry Potter.” Harry left Hermione’s side and went to go sit next to Hannah.
Hagrid continued with the list. Susan came up and drew Parvati Patil. Terry Boot drew Neville Longbottom. Mandy Brocklehurst drew Gregory Goyle. The pairings continued until Hermione’s name was called. She looked at Ron before leaving his side and walked up to Hagrid. Hermione’s fingers reached all the way inside the hat. She decided to mix things up a bit and grab the name on the very bottom. “Draco Malfoy,” Hermione read.
Hermione looked at Harry who was sitting closest to her with a pleading look until she took her seat. Draco walked toward her and mumbled “stupid assignment” before grabbing his chair and moving it as far away as he could from Hermione.
Hagrid called out the next name, “Megan Jones.” Megan was paired with Sally Smith. Hagrid continued until there were only four students remaining. Padma Patil, Blaise Zabini, Dean Thomas and Ron. Padma Patil drew Dean. Ron visibly groaned. All that remained was Ron with Blaise.
“Right then,” Hagrid said, shoving the list in his pocket. “Now that you’ve met your partners, look under your desk. Dumbledore has created several different trust and unity assignments for you all to do. As well as potions or magical objects to ensure they are done right. If you have any questions, it is all there. Good luck.” Hagrid left the Library.
The noise in the library began as some students began protesting the assignment. Draco reached under the table and pulled out a box. He opened the box and pulled out the slip of paper with the assignment. “Tied together for 24 hours” Draco seethed to Hermione. “Like I want to be stuck with you for even two minutes!” He pulled out a magical rope. Hermione noticed that it was about 6 feet across. At least they had some room away from each other.
Not wanting to make this assignment longer than it needed to be, Hermione grabbed one end of the rope. “What are you doing?” Draco asked.
Hermione responded, “I don’t want to be stuck with you longer than necessary either. Might as well get it over and done with.” Hermione waited for Draco to tie his end of the rope together around his waist. She noticed that he tried un-knotting it to fix it.
Draco looked confused, “It won’t untie!” He exclaimed while he tried using a spell to undo the knot.
Hermione rolled her eyes. “It probably won’t untie until the assignment is over Malfoy.” Hermione grabbed her books and started walking towards Ron and Blaise. Malfoy quickly stood up and followed her, narrowly missing the end of another table as he did so. Harry and Hannah were already at Ron’s table. “And what is everyone else’s assignment?” Hermione asked.
Ron looked annoyed, showing everyone a bandana-looking thing. “One of us has to remain blindfolded for half the day while the other leads them around. Then we have to switch.” Draco chucked. “What’s with you, Malfoy? It’s not like your assignment is any better.” Ron responded to Draco.
Draco shrugged his shoulders. Hermione turned to Harry and asked, “What about you two?” Hermione noticed they were carrying a potion.
Hannah responded, “We have to ask and answer 24 questions truthfully in 24 hours. We have this potion to make sure we’re telling the truth I guess.” Harry nodded and Hannah continued, “Our assignment isn’t that bad.” Hermione noticed a slight redness come to Hannah’s cheeks.
Students started leaving the library, and the group that had congregated around Ron’s table followed. Hermione and Draco remained as far away as they could from each other. Ron had put the blindfold on first, and Blaise was leading him out. Harry and Hannah started talking and were slowly moving away from everyone.
Draco started pulling Hermione to the Courtyard. “Where are we going Malfoy?” Hermione asked, pulling back on the rope. Draco was pulled backwards.
“What the heck Granger!” Draco yelled. “I’m going to go practice Quidditch. You’re welcome to join. Oh wait, you don’t really have a choice. Draco held on to the rope in front of him so Hermione couldn’t pull him back again.
“Are you trying to kill me Malfoy? There is no way we’re doing that.”
“In case you haven’t noticed Granger, I don’t care what you think. You are tied to me, so you can dangle down from my broom for all I care.”
Hermione huffed. She decided there was one way to ensure they didn’t get on any brooms. She was terrified of flying. She knew if they made it outside, Draco would do just that. Hermione stopped cold, dropped her bookbag and sat on the ground. Draco hadn’t noticed she had sat down, and started dragging her down the hallway.
“Malfoy stop! We’re not going.” Draco looked back behind him. Hermione was lying on her back holding the rope to try to stop him from moving any further.
“In the name of Godric, get up Granger. You look ridiculous.”
Hermione looked up at Draco, she realized the position she was in was a bit ridiculous, but it wasn’t his right to say so. So, she adjusted herself, and sat back against the wall of the corridor.
Draco stared at her unblinking. He’d had enough. He walked towards Hermione, and picked her up, leaving her bookbag still on the floor. He knew she’d get it back somehow. He started walking out of the castle, while Hermione kept pounding his back with her balled up fists. “You pompous, ignorant, stupid Slytherin!” Hermione called out, “PUT ME DOWN.” Draco ignored her. He carried Hermione out of the school without incident. That is, until she bit him.
“You filthy mudblood!” Draco shouted as he dropped Hermione. Hermione quickly got back on her feet, rubbing the dirt off of her clothes. She looked furiously at Draco.
“Don’t call me that!” Hermione shouted back at him. “You-you rotten evil cockroach!”
“Bushy Haired Know-it-all!” Draco responded
“Pompous spoiled Daddy’s Boy!”
"Arrogant, selfish Ferret!”
The insults continued as Professor Snape came out, hearing their argument. “Silence, both of you. This assignment is meant to encourage you to get along. 10 points from each of your houses. If I hear another yelling match out of you, I’ll give you both a weeks worth of detention!” Snape left Hermione and Draco standing there, staring at each other with hateful eyes.
"Well, Malfoy,” Hermione said through gritted teeth, “I can’t fly, so we can’t go practice quidditch. Choose something else. We can split up the day in half. We can do something you want for half the day, and then we can do something I want. Deal?”
"Well, Granger,” Draco said mockingly, “You can just sit behind me on my broom. Problem solved.”
“What, so you can drop me middair? I don’t think so.”
Draco started moving toward Hermione, holding on to the rope. When he reached her, he tied another knot in between them. “There, now if I push you off, then I go with you.”
"You idiot!” Hermione said while trying to untangle the knot. “We can’t undo the knots in this rope until our time is up. Now we have to be closer to each other!”
Draco, realizing his mistake shrugged. “Well, I get to ride my broom, so what does it matter?” Draco started walking to the field, and Hermione reluctantly followed.
A/N: Oooh, Malfoy is so infuriating! What do you think is going to happen next? I’m thinking about writing a short story about each pair that was matched. (at least the more interesting ones) Review below and tell me what pair you’d like to see next! Also, if you have any other “inter-house unifying activities” please share!
The pairings are:
Hannah Abbot and Harry Potter
Susan Bones and Parvati Patil
Terry Boot and Neville Longbottom
Mandy Brocklehurst and Gregory Goyle
Lavender Brown and Ernie Macmillan
Millicent Bulstronde and Lisa Turpin
Michael Corner and Pansy Parkinson
Stephen Cornfoot and Alice Runcorn
Vincent Crabbe and Justin Finch-Fletchley
Tracey Davis and Wayne Hopkins
Kevin Entwhistle and Sue Li
Seamus Finnigan and Daphne Greengrass
Anthony Goldstein and Theodore Nott
Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy
Megan Jones and Sally Smith
Isobel Macdougal and Sophie Roper
Oliver Rivers and Roger Malone
Lily Moon and Sally-Anne Perks
Padma Patil and Dean Thomas
Ron Weasley and Blaise Zabini
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