A couple of days later, Harry and Draco were woken up by an owl clawing at the window.
“You go get it.” Muttered Harry, still half asleep.
“You’re such a lazy-ass Potter.”
“I know. But please?” Draco sighed but got up. Harry was so cute when he was asleep and his hair was messier than usual with his kissable lips slightly parted. He climbed out of bed and opened the window. The tawny owl swooped in and landed gracefully on the little desk in the corner of the room.
“It’s from McGonagal.” Harry’s eyes flew open.
“Give it! Give it!” He said as if he were a little boy opening birthday presents. Draco passed Harry the letter and settled back into bed.
“Wait. One of them’s for you.” Said a confused Harry. Draco feined suprise and took the letter Harry was handing to him. On the envelope was his name and adress in the usual swirly green writing. He gently opened it and read through it.
Professor Slughorn has decided he will be retiring at the end of this year. I would be glad to have you as our new potions teacher as you were so good at that specific lesson when you were at school.
I must say, I am glad Mr. Potter has somebody looking out for him as he has been through so much. Please come to Hogwarts on August 28 to meet your new co-workers and prepare your lessons in advance. I look forward to seeing you and Mr. Potter again.
Headmistress of Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Draco grinned. Harry looked at Draco with a new sparkle to his eyes that Draco had never seen before.
“I got the job. There was nobody wanted to be DADA teacher after all that’s happened so McGonagal has been teaching the class. I start at the begining of next school year.” Draco hugged his boyfriend.
“Me too.” He whispered into Harry’s ear. The boy pulled away, confused.
“What do you mean?”
“Well i wanted to be close to you so i asked to be potions teacher.”
“Really? And you got the job?”
“It’s going to be great!”
“Yes, it is.”
On the twenty-eighth of August, Harry and Draco sat at the Leaky Cauldron with Hermione and Blaise. Ginny had work at the Ministry and Ron, well, Ron wasn’t invited.
“Oh Harry, I’m going to miss you so much!” Cried Hermione.
“Thanks.” Muttered Draco.
“I’ll miss you too Draco. Who will bother me with stupid remarks when you’re gone?!”
“I’ll send owls everyday.”
“Great.” Hermione laughed. “Really, I am going to miss you two.”
“We’ll miss you too Hermione.” Said Harry and he squeezed Draco’s hand. “Well, we better get going. Draco and i have to go get a couple of things from Diagon Alley before we leave. I still have to get myself a new wand! I’ve been using that snatchers wand cause i haven’t been… Well enough to go get a new one, and Draco has to get some potion supplies.”
Harry and Draco took turns hugging their friends and left through the brick wall.
“Shall we meet back here in half an hour?” Asked Draco.
“Sounds good to me.” The boys kissed and parted. Harry noticed people ogleing at them and suddenly felt very concious. He pushed the feeling away and headed to Ollivander’s old shop. The new wand maker was nice but he just wasn’t like the old wand maker. Ollivander was weird and ‘curious’ as he would say. He had retired after the war, claiming he was too old and weak to work now.
He pushed the door open and walked into the shop. A middle aged man, who was probably in his mid-fourtys was behind the counter.
“Ah, Mr. Potter, i am Elric Rohan, Diagon Alley’s new wand maker. What can i do for you?”
“I need a new wand.”
“Of course, of course.”
Elric mesured Harry and started getting diffrent wands off of the shelves wich were much tidier than Ollivander’s old ones. Harry tried wand after wand but couldn’t find the right one. What if his old wand was the only wand that was good for him? He panicked at the thought but continued trying. He tried the last one and felt a warmth spread through his hand and body.
“This is the one.” He muttered more to himself than to Elric.
“Ah, yes. Twelve and a quater inches. Holly wood. Phoenix feather core. Slightly bendy. This is a very good and powerful wand for a very good and powerful wizard.”
“Thankyou. How much is it?”
“Free of charge.”
“Mr. Potter. You deserve it. Now go.”
“Ok well… Thanks. Bye.”
“Goodbye Harry Potter.”
Harry went to Flourish and Blott’s, Madam Malkins for some new robes and to Quality Quidditch and finally returned to his and Draco’s meeting spot. The blond was already there with several bags and… A cage?
“A kneazle! I got her for you.”
“Really? You shouldn’t have.”
“I wanted to. What are you going to call her?”
Harry looked at the grey and black kneazle.
“That’s an…Odd name.”
“I know. I just kind of invented it I guess.”
Draco opened the cage door and the cat jumped straight into Harry’s arms.
“I think she likes you.” Draco laughed. “Right. Shall we go?”
“Yeah.” The two boys held hands and apparated to Hogsmeade and walked up to Hogwarts.
“God I missed this place.” Said Harry.
The doors swung open at their arrival. Professor McGonagal ran out and wrapped the two boys in her arms. The two glanced at eachother and awkwardly patted their old professor’s back.
“Welcome back! Oh you’ve grown since I last saw you!” Was she getting teary? “Come in, come in!” The woman ushered them inside where all of the professors, old and new, were waiting.
“This is Professor Arnold Quipett the new Arithmancy teacher. You know Felius and Horace. This is…” The headmistress presented everybody to Harry and Draco who nodded awkwardly to their new co-workers. When she had finished, she showed them to their offices and rooms.
“Professor, we’ll be sharing rooms.” Said Harry. “I mean, if we are allowed.” He continued in a rush when he noticed his old professors narrowed eyes.
“We can arrange that. If you could step out for a moment.” She flicked her wand and stepped into the new room which contained a king sized bed, a large fireplace, two armchairs which were gathered around a coffee table and two wardrobes.
“I suppose this is enough?”
“It’s great. Thanks professor.” The woman turned to walk away but turned back again.
“I’m glad to see you again boys.” She said softly.
“You too professor.” The professor walked away. “This is going to be a weird and wonderful year.” Said Harry when the headmistress was out of earshot.
“It is isn’t it?”
“There will always be weird things that happen at Hogwarts.”