Set in their seventh year, the Marauders have
decided that their Defense Against the Dark Arts Class needs a little
“Will you act your name for once,
Sirius?” asked James Potter as they slipped quietly down the hall to the
Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom.
“How can I do that when we are about to act on the
wonderful plan we have hatched?” Sirius Black replied with a small grin on his
face that the others could not see but knew was there.
“Maybe so that we don’t get caught before we get there,
or else the plan will not be hatched and we will all have detention,” came
James’s reply as they rounded the last corner.
“Oh Prongs, you worry too much. We
made the map for a reason and Moony will always let us know when there is
someone coming. Besides, this mission has a good purpose anyway. We need some
mixing in the class,” Sirius said in an annoying all-knowing way.
“Well, be happy James. We did make
it here without detection; now let’s set to work on charming those chairs,”
Remus Lupin spoke for the first time since they had left the Gryffindor common
James, Sirius, and Remus were seventh-year
Gryffindors at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Remus was a Prefect
but that did not stop him from enjoying a night of mischief with his two best
friends. There was usually a forth along, but Peter Pettigrew was sick in the
infirmary and therefore was not able to help. The plan was simple; they were
going to enchant the chairs so that they would only accept one person.
The three of them had taken the class list and split
it into three parts. Each had their own name, and coincidently the girl that he
was either with, fighting with, or waiting to get with. In fact Remus recalled
the conversation in the common room earlier.
‘Moony, why don’t you
take Fae so then the two of you can sit together? Then Padfoot can take Aidan,
since that is the one class they never sit together in. I will take Lily since
she is the only one left of the three Marauder’s women.’
‘Sounds great Prongs,
you always have things worked out,’ Sirius replied.
‘Our women?’ Remus asked
‘since when were they called OUR women?’
‘Cause you great prat,
the Marauders all need to have the perfect woman to come home to.’
Neither Remus nor Sirius had thought much into who
got which woman, the reasons were explainable, and both had forgotten that
James and Lily had had a big row a few days ago. Remus had been both glad and
scared that he had gotten Fae. She was really nice to him, and good friends
with Lily. Plus she had been outraged over the fact that werewolves were
allowed so little freedom by the Ministry, when they had discussed them in
Defense Against the Dark Arts third year and again about two weeks ago.
Sirius, humming a little tune, started the spell by
enchanting all of the chairs to reject people when sat in. This was the easiest
way to do it. They would then change the spell so that it would accept only one
person. Before they left, James would set the trigger so that it would be
activated by Sirius’s voice and specific words. Once he was done, he announced,
“Let the fun begin,” standing at the front of the room with his arms flung wide
and his trademark smile on his lips.
Slowly, they set to altering the spell that Sirius
had set. To make a little conversation, Remus asked Sirius where he was
“Not in his usual spot that is for sure. I already
claimed that,” James said before Sirius had even opened his mouth.
“No, I was thinking in Lily’s
usual, right in front of the class. Should unnerve Professor Elvy, especially after
all of us go flying around the classroom.”
“Padfoot, you unnerve her by just
being in class, or saying hello to her in the hallway,” James said with a laugh
and a smile. “What about you Moony, where are you planning to place you and
your little love fairy?”
red in the face. 'I was thinking in the middle,' he replied softly, turning
away from his friends.
“On the edge of the middle section,
right Moony?” teased Sirius from his spot at the front of the classroom. “With
you on the inside of course, so that she can’t fly away from you.”
“Ha, ha, ha, very funny Padfoot,”
“You could always put her between
you and Maria Hanson, then she would at least talk to you,” James added, with a
small smile curling his lips.
After about half an hour of working
the three Marauders found that they had charmed all of the chairs. Tired from
all of the work, Sirius accidentally sat in his usual seat, looking relieved
that it was done. About a second later Sirius was flying through the air. With
wonderful success Sirius had tested the chairs. He landed about a third of the
way up the classroom, smack on his butt. It took a few minutes for James and
Remus to stop laughing, and for Sirius to stop rubbing his posterior.
“Well, since we know that it works,
we should set the trigger and then go get some sleep. Tomorrow is going to be a
long day,” James announced.
“Right then, what is my key phrase
to get these buggers activated?” Sirius asked, while kicking the nearest chair.
“Should be something that will not
alert the rest of the class,” Remus commented as he sat on the floor, not
wanting repeat Sirius’s wonderful flight.
“What about something that has to
do with Quidditch practice? Since we do have it on Saturday anyway,” James
said, leaning against the door, looking a little tired.
“I’ll complain about the time, lets
see, how about the fact that it was moved up an hour. Only Fae will know when
practice will actually be. And all she will do is think that you are crazy and
want to make sure we beat Slytherin again for the seventh year in a row,”
Sirius said, still standing where he had landed.
“That is a good idea, so you are
complaining that I want a special beater practice at seven o’clock sharp before
regular practice at eight when the rest get on to the field, even though our
match is a month and a half away,” James replied from his position by the door.
“Sounds like a good plan to me,
might even get bonus points from Lily for finally stepping up and ‘whipping’
the Beaters into shape,” Remus added with a small smile.
“All right then, ready with the
spell there, Prongs?” Sirius asked.
“Ready when you are, my dear
Padfoot,” came the reply from the doorway, even though all they saw was a
floating wand. James had pulled on his invisibility cloak so that he could set
it from outside. Remus quickly left the room to slip under the cloak as well
once James had gotten to the point of the spell that would then let Sirius know
to say his line.
Sirius, still standing in the
middle of the room, waited and watched as James moved his wand. Not being able
to hear James’s words, Sirius waited for Remus to slip out of sight.
“I can’t believe you are calling a
Beater practice at seven sharp, that is way too early for me. I need my beauty
sleep you know,” Sirius said in a loud voice that filled the room.
After a few more wand waves Sirius
heard, “Great, that was perfect. Now just remember what you said and then
tomorrow will be great.”
The trio left the classroom, with no one in the
castle any the wiser about what had just taken place. Slowly they crept back
down the hall, having to stop once for Peeves who was bouncing around the hall
before the Fat Lady. After muttering the password, they slipped into the common
room, removed the cloak and went to bed, all feeling relieved that the hard
part of the mission was over and the fun part was waiting for the following day
when the Gryffindorers had Defense in the afternoon.
Lily was walking with Fae as they
headed to Defense class the next afternoon. Fae was trying to comfort Lily
about the bad Potions class that they had just had, and the rude comments from
Severus Snape. Aidan found it funny that Sirius had defended Lily since James
was in a small pickle with Tony Smith and hadn’t heard what had been said.
“Don’t worry about it Lil, we know
that you are a great Head Girl and next year when we are out of here, Snape
won’t come anywhere near you.”
“Besides, Professor Donovan is
always favoring the Slytherins, so Sirius just took you’re detention for you.
Since you didn’t curse him and Sirius did, in a way,” Aidan.
“I guess your right. Can’t really expect my excuse
of a boyfriend to defend me. Since he was with poor Tony, trying valiantly to
not let his frustration show and keep the potion from going completely bad,”
Lily admitted. Secretly to herself she had felt more sorry for James then she
knew she should, but somehow James didn’t know that Tony had caught Peter’s
cold and therefore would spoil the potion. She had been happy to see that Tony
made a wise decision to go to the infirmary and not up to Defense class.
From behind them, at the other end
of the hall, they could hear Sirius and James talking very loudly.
“I don’t care, I want you and
Clancy there at seven on the dot. No excuses, Sirius,” James said in a voice of
“But I have detention tonight. Do
you want the Bludger to be beating me into a bloody pulp since I can’t keep my
eyes open?” Sirius whined sounding like a whinny seven-year-old rather then a
seventh-year at Hogwarts.
“Once you are in the air you will wake
up just fine, Sirius, you always do.”
“I can’t believe you are doing
this. I can’t believe you are calling a beater practice at seven, sharp that is
way too early for me. I need my beauty sleep you know,” Sirius, said his
loudest voice. This should have cued the girls that something was up.
Fae just laughed a little, “Beauty
sleep? Since when did Sirius worry about sleep?”
“One never knows with him, that is
one of the joys of dating him,” Aidan replied with a smile on her face.
Everyone knew that she was just as proud to call Sirius her boyfriend, as Lily
was to call James hers.
As the class shuffled into the
room, Lily headed up to the front of the class where she always sat. Fae had
called out to tease Sirius about the seven o’clock practice and Aidan stayed
with her to find out all about the detention.
Lily sat in her usual seat, and about a second later
she went flying through the air. Being as light as she was, she went much
farther than Sirius had the night before, almost all the way to the back of the
classroom. Her scream had alerted the class and James with reflex from
Quidditch caught her before she landed.
Sirius, not really wanting to talk
about either the practice or the detention, sat in his usual seat right after
Lily did. He promptly sailed through the air, heading
for the same spot that he had landed in the night before.
“Merlin’s beard, what was that all
about Lily?” James asked a slightly shocked Lily, who was still in his arms.
“I don’t know. Probably some stupid
stunt to get people injured, done by the Slytherins,” she replied softly,
enjoying the feeling of protectiveness that James’s arms gave her.
Aidan, however, was not comforting her poor
boyfriend who was silently cursing under his breath. Instead she was laughing
so hard that she had to sit down. Unfortunately for her it was the seat
intended for Tony, and she was promptly tossed into the air. Fortunately for
her, Remus was in the way of her going very far. Knocking into him with the
force of a Bludger, causing a domino affect. Fae had been right behind him and
was caught up in the blow. All three of them went down. Fae was able to catch
herself; being the Seeker she also had good reflexes from Quidditch. The rest
of the class was very wary of any seat they tried to sit in. It took a full
fifteen minutes to get everyone seated in the correct spot. Professor Elvy
didn’t even sit down, knowing that it would probably be hazardous to her
While everyone else in the class
was picking themselves off the floor and trying another seat, James was
comforting Lily, who was very shaken having flown through the classroom. Making
a mental note, James told himself to ask Sirius how strong he had done the
ejection charm. James had placed Lily in the proper seat and crouched down next
“Are you all right? You didn’t hit
anything in the air did you?” James asked worriedly, knowing that she and
Sirius had come very close in the air.
“No, I think I am fine. I didn’t
hit anything except for you. Which is probably softer then my landing on the
floor would have been,” she replied with a small smile on her lips.
After that James proceeded to
apologies for the row earlier in the week. Lily forgave him and then asked if
he was really calling a Beater practice at seven. “Sirius will probably end up
getting hurt. His detention is scrubbing the Great Hall’s floors and tables.
With Filch watching over him, it will take most of the night.”
“No I probably will not, I didn’t
realize that his detention was earned defending my lovely lady’s honor,” James
replied with his winning smile spreading over his lips.
“All right I think everyone has
found a seat that likes them. Mr. Potter, would you please find one for
yourself. There are three left,” Professor Elvy, said breaking apart the
Standing up James replied,
“Certainly, I will seat myself”.
He then proceeded to sit in the
chair meant for Tony, and got expelled into Bryher Cameron. Apologizing to both
the class for adding to the time that was wasted on trying to find a seat, and
to Bryher for nearly sending her onto the floor again, he tried the one on
Lily’s left side and got thrown into the wall. He then tried the seat to the
right of Lily, looked up at Professor Elvy, and said that he was settled.
After class everyone was very
willing to get out. Sirius had continued to disrupt class, but managed to avoid
detention. All he had done was fluster Elvy by complimenting her, and doing a
little flirting. Aidan added to it, by glaring at Elvy and tried to distract
Sirius, which just distracted Elvy even more.
Remus spent the first part of class
apologizing to Fae for knocking her over.
“ Remus, I didn’t get hurt, honestly. Will you stop,
please? I have had worse on the Quidditch field,” Fae could be heard saying
about halfway through class.
Remus changed the subject, and soon
realized that he had been a fool for not talking to Fae before. By the end of
class he had agreed to help her with Defense and Arithmancy homework.
Lily made full recovery and had
enjoyed class by leaning against James and letting him take the few notes that
were needed. It felt good to have made up with him.
The three Marauders decided with the exception of
the force of ejection, the mission to mix up the class had been a success, and
the Marauders’ women were none the wiser as to why it was done.
This is an outtake from A Friendly Visit,
when James, Sirius and Remus were discussing some of their pranks. J. K.
Rowlings created James, Sirius, Remus, Peter, Lily, Quidditch and Hogwarts. I
created Fae, Adrian, Clancy, Tony Smith, Maria Hanson, Professor Donovan and
Thanks to Silver Phoenix, who is great in dealing
with my little comma problem.