Disclaimer: Borrowed from the goddess JKR. May Book Six be
out sooner than Book Five was.
Dance of the Mooncalf
There is a small colony of
Mooncalves living in the Dark
Forest. Your task is to calculate the next full moon,
determine where the Mooncalf might be found, perform observations of the
Mooncalf, and collect its dung for the greenhouses. You have been given
special permission to enter the Dark
Forest on the full
“Why do they
assign something like this in the middle of winter?” grumbled Angelina throwing
a book aside, “Nothing”
know what you’d rather be doing and with whom, too” I teased.
nice,” said Katie, “After all, Alicia is in the same boat”
“No,” I confessed, “I’m not. Not
“No,” I said again, “Angelina.”
“Yeah, it wasn’t exactly romantic or anything,
he just yelled across the common room ‘Oi, Angelina want to come to the ball
Weasley and a Weasley twin,” Katie said, “What do you expect?”
more,” Angelina grinned, “Now, if the other twin would just get his act
together . . .”
said, “Mooncalves dance in isolated areas, in the moonlight. Therefore, they
would have to be in a clearing of the forest. What we have to do is find a map
of the forest and see where the clearings are”
says their dancing leaves large intricate patterns so we’d be looking for some
large clearings,” Katie added.
said Angelina, “let’s delegate then. Alicia, you figure out where the clearings
are, Katie, Astronomy and I’ll-,” A loud BANG emanated from underneath her
chair, “get Fred for that if it’s the last thing I do”
up with exaggerated casualness as a certain Bulgarian Triwizard Champion
entered the library. And there went my other friend.
I sighed, pulled
out my Astronomy text and picked up my wand which squeaked and turned into a
mouse which didn’t bother me too much until the mouse moved. I shrieked and
jumped backward. I hate mice.
that the mouse was not real and the movement had been caused by George Weasley pulling
I glared at
him, “You git! I’m trying to study”
but you’re wasting your time”
might that be?”
me an insolent grin.
if you had been looking at your moon chart, you would know that tonight is the
“Oh, and I
suppose you know exactly where to find a Mooncalf then.”
“No, but we
do know the clearings in the forest” George grinned again.
“Privileged information. However, in the
spirit of friendship and Quidditch camaraderie, may I invite you to observe the
moon- Mooncalves with us, Miss Spinnet?”
be my pleasure, Mr. Weasley.”
that night, we all met at Hagrid’s hut.
“Well, looks as if you six got the
right night so let’s make that thirty points ter Gryffindor. Now, keep together
as we go in, yer know, the Forest’s a bit dodgy. Yer ter
send up red sparks if anythin’ happens.”
entered the Forest, I noticed Fred take Angelina by the
hand and slip off with her. George did as well.
“Oi, Fred, that
could be dangerous.”
grinned and winked, “That would be just about right”
Just as we arrived
at a possible clearing, red sparks flew up from the forest behind us. Hagrid
considered all of us.
goin’ ter go help them, you had best get on with yer mooncalf observin’, yer
headin’ the right way.”
pointed at a spot on the ground where a shape was emerging. None of the textbooks
had mentioned how disconcerting it is to watch a Mooncalf leave its burrow. The
first parts of the Mooncalf that appear are its eyes and enormous pad like
front feet which makes it look slightly like a Basilisk. Now, I normally consider myself to be fairly
placid. You have to be when you’re fifty feet in the air with Bludgers pelting
at you. But this thing scared the heck out of me and I wasn’t the only one.
Katie lost her head completely and
shrieked that it was a basilisk forgetting that were this the case, we’d
all be dead. We all forgot as well, panicked and ran in several different
“What was that thing?” I wondered
aloud once we’d stopped running...
George looked sheepish, “I think
that was a Mooncalf”
“I feel like a complete prat” I
“It’s not that bad, we just have to
find our way back. I know exactly how to do that,” he pulled a worn looking
parchment from his robes, tapped it with his wand and informed it “I solemnly
swear that I am up to no good.”
spread across the parchment and suddenly, there was a map of the Forest
with people and clearings labeled.
you get that?”
George glanced at the map, “It’s barely ten and this isn’t due until Monday. We
could, uh, explore the forest”
“I . .
.I want to get really good marks on this. I don’t want to miss anything”
turning into Hermione, Lis? They dance all night, you don’t have to observe all
night, anyway,” he added, his ears turning slightly red, “I. . .uh . . .wanted
to ask you something, but it’s really hard to get any of you girls alone, you
always move in such packs . . .”
you want to ask me?” Hope flickered.
you’re not . . . I mean, if you are . . . that’s . . . do you want to come to
the ball with me?”
“YES!” I exclaimed
so enthusiastically that I was surprised the whole forest didn’t hear.
looked incredibly relieved, “Really?”
infamous Weasley grin returned, “Then let’s go observe the Mooncalves”
him for a moment and shook my head, “They can wait”