Harry Potter and the Return of
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By J.C. Vascardi
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Author's Note: This story takes
place during Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts. I will be trying to follow
the Order of the Phoenix canon as much as possible. I may however deviate from the
canon occasionally if the story I am trying to tell would be better served by
doing so. Even though this story takes place in Harry's sixth year, it is
mostly AU because it was started before the release of Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince. Now, I would also like to say that I'm an American, so
while I will try to use some of the British terminology that I'm familiar with
to make this story more real, there will likely be instances when the
characters may sound a little more American then they would otherwise. For
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Draco's Journal -- September 25, 1996
I do so love being a Slytherin, because we Slytherins do
tend to find things out before the other houses, and oftentimes, the
information can be very juicy. For example, I've recently found out that
shortly after his seventeenth birthday, fifteen days ago, Delaney started to
secretly seduce Professor Weasley. Yet, they are not a couple as far as I
know, but as usual, the betting pools have already begun, and I'm sure it's
only a matter of time before Blaise will have to pay me twenty galleons when
Delaney is successful at seducing our professor.
Speaking of couples, I found
Justin Finch-Fletchley snogging after hours with Ryan in a broom cupboard
again. This is the second time in as many weeks that I've come across them.
They really should be more careful, or one of these days, I fear that they'll
be caught by one of the other prefects, or worse, a professor. Justin would be
sure to lose his job as prefect, which would be a shame, since he only just got
the position this year, after his classmate, Ernie MacMillan, decided to resign
to concentrate more on his schoolwork.
My new friendship with Harry is
going pretty well, all things considered. It's common knowledge in the castle
now, that I've buried the hatchet with him. Some chose not to believe it of
course. And still others, mainly my fellow Slytherins, seem to believe that
I'm setting a trap for him. Pretend to befriend him, and then deliver him to
You-Know-Who. The Slytherins aren't the only ones who think that though,
because Weasley thinks it, too. Harry told me last night that Weasley hasn't
said more than two words to him since the night he offered me his hand.
Harry Potter offered me his hand. I still can't believe it, to be honest. Of course, I haven't told
him, but I wish it had been offering me his hand in marriage, instead of
friendship. This, my dear journal, is something that you already know, but
nobody else does, since I've kept it well hidden: I've had a major crush on
Harry since fourth year. A crush which I'm sure has developed into love;
I'm not totally sure, because I don't have much experience with romantic love,
but I do know that my feelings for Harry are something which I've never felt
for anyone else.
But, as I've already told you,
I've fantasized about Harry on more than one occasion. Of course, I haven't
told you everything; a few details about those fantasies I've left out, dear
journal. To be honest, there have been times when I was having sex with Blaise
that I found myself thinking about Harry, and pretending that it was him rather
than Blaise, that I was doing the deed with. The fact that Blaise has the same
raven-colored hair and sparkling green eyes as he does has certainly helped my
fantasies. Blaise is of Latino descent though, so his skin is darker than
Harry's, but I've found it easy to imagine that its just Harry with a very good
To say that I haven't thought
about telling Harry about my fantasies since we became friends would be a lie,
since I have on many occasions. I do not, however, know if Harry is even gay,
so I'm afraid to tell him, to be honest. There's also the fact that Harry was
raised by Muggles, so I'm not sure how he even feels about gay people. As I
learned on my first day at Cromwell Hall, however, Muggles are not as
open-minded about same-sex pairings as wizards are. Charles said that his late
wife, Katrina, would have probably killed Matthew if she had found out that he
was gay, or dating Oliver.
Well, I'm getting tired, so I
guess I'll stop writing, and get some sleep. I have Defense Against the Dark
Arts in the morning, and I should get some rest, since Severus' classes are
turning out to be very tiring. So much so, that last week, I was glad that I
had a free period after lunch, because I came back to the dorm to sleep. Thankfully, Blaise woke me up before I was late for Charms, or I would have
probably slept right through it.
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the next evening, after dinner, Hermione and Ryan were once again in the
restricted section, pouring over various books, trying to find some shred of
information that would tell them who the heirs were. In the last three weeks,
they'd probably gone through about two or three dozen books apiece, but had to
yet find anything. What neither of them knew, however, was that their
persistence was about to strike pay dirt in a very big way.
Hermione, look at all these books," Ryan said as he ran his finger over a
collection of leather-bound books.
they're wizard genealogy books," Hermione said as she looked at them. "I don't
think they'll help us at all though, because remember what Professor Dumbledore
said at the feast. The genealogical books in the Hogwarts library don't go
back far enough to reveal any of the heirs."
could it be possible that when he said that, he was referring to the ones
stored in the main library?" Ryan asked. "When he said that, students
wouldn't have been allowed to look at the restricted section genealogical
texts, because it wouldn't relate to any subjects."
well, that is true," Hermione said as she thought about it for a moment. "Of
course, to be honest, I'm not even sure why any genealogical text would be in
the restricted section. I would think that information would be harmless, and
not need to be restricted, but you're welcome to look at them if you want."
think I will," Ryan said as he grabbed one of the thick leather-bound books,
which was labeled, `A Genealogy of Noteworthy 15th and 16th Century
Witches and Wizards, Surnames A through F.'
nodded as Ryan set the book down on a table and she went down one of the other
aisles to look for a new book to research from.
my Gods," Ryan muttered about half an hour later. "Hermione come look at
is it, Ryan? Did you find something?"
two things, first I figured out why these particular texts were in the
it seems the author decided to include information on why some of the people in
the book were considered noteworthy. For example, there's an entry in here for
a Hilda Crawford, who painted wizard portraits of an adult nature, and there's
a few examples of her work."
blushed as Ryan flipped the page and she came face to face with a picture of a
wizard who looked to be in his mid-twenties, wearing a set of Quidditch robes
and a smile. That probably wouldn't have been so bad, if it wasn't for the
fact that the robes were open and there was nothing under them, thus bearing
the subject's attributes for all to see.
that's definitely something that belongs in the restricted section," Hermione
said after a moment. "I'm a little surprised a school would even have that,
but then again, there are times throughout history, when nudity was thought of
as fine art, and not something to be ashamed of. So, did you find anything
about the founders?"
sure did," Ryan answered as he turned a few pages and then tapped the book in
front of him. "Listen to this. Thornton Edmund Cromnvell, born 1470, died
1603; married 1497 to Fiona Cordelia Ravenclaw, born 1475, died 1621; one
child, Edmund Charles Cromnvell, born 1500, died 1630."
it's one of the variations of my family surname," Ryan confirmed. "I don't
know if my immediate family ever used the Cromnvell variation, but it certainly
is possible, and someone changed it. Not to mention that, with the exceptions
of Thornton and Cordelia, all of those names are in some of the more recent
branches of my family tree that I've seen: my great-grandfather, Edmund
William, my grandfather, William Charles, my uncle, Charles Matthew, my cousin,
Matthew William, and my mother Alexandra Fiona Cromwell."
that means that if you are descended from the Edmund Cromnvell that was born in
1500, that would make you Rowena Ravenclaw's heir!"
Ryan muttered, shocked by this news. "Of course, that's assuming that this
Fiona Ravenclaw is descended from Rowena, but Ravenclaw isn't a very common
name, so I would think she probably is."
think it would be way too much of a coincidence for there to be that many
similar names, but there might be a way to figure out for sure, if you are or
not," Hermione said as she walked over to the neighboring table, picked up a
large book, and brought it over to Ryan.
"How?" Ryan asked as he looked at the book that Hermione had just set in front of him.
this is a logbook of previous headmasters, and I've found an entry made by
Headmistress Dilys Derwent in 1750 about a rumor that the founders did not sleep
in the staff wing. According to her notes, it's thought that each founder had
their own private suite of rooms, near the locations of their houses, which
possibly even connected to the common rooms of their houses. It was thought
that when the founders died, the rooms simply vanished, and only an heir would
be able to relocate them. It seems Headmistress Derwent thought that because
she was headmistress, there wouldn't be a single place in the castle she
couldn't access, and dismissed it as nonsense after an extensive search of the
areas around the four houses turned up nothing."
you think I should start exploring near Ravenclaw Tower,
and see if I can find some secret room that's supposedly been missing for
centuries? Hermione, that could take forever, and we don't even know if they
ever existed to begin with. Headmistress Derwent might have been right about
it being nonsense. Not to mention the fact that there have been other heirs of
the founders in the school since 1750, if the rooms existed, surely they would
have been found by now."
necessarily, Ryan. True, there have been heirs in the school since 1750, but
if they didn't know to look for such a room, it's entirely possible that they
would never have found them. Tom Riddle found Slytherin's Chamber of Secrets,
but from what I've been reading, that's been mentioned a lot throughout
Hogwarts history. The only record I've found of these Founders' Suites is this
note from Headmistress Derwent."
well, I suppose that makes sense. It is rather hard
to find something when you don't even know it's there. I suppose the founders
could even have laid some sort of magic into the rooms, to make it so that the
heir had to know it existed before they could find it. Headmistress Derwent
knew of the possibility that the rooms existed, but never found anything
because she wasn't an heir."
that's what I was thinking."
the library is due to close soon," Ryan said as he looked at his watch. "Let's
get these books cleaned up, and then I'll do some sneaking around tonight with
my grandmother's cloak, and see if I can find anything near the tower."
Well, just so you know, Justin and I are set to patrol that area this evening,"
Hermione revealed. "So, if you come across anything, I'll be in the area."
if I find anything, I'll let you know."
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the time that Hermione returned to the Gryffindor common room, it was nearly
empty. Harry, who was asleep in one of cushy red armchairs, was the only
person left in the room. Hermione knew that Ron would be upstairs in his dorm,
having retired early, rather than spend time with Harry. Ever since last week,
when Harry had announced his intention to be friends with Draco, Ron had barely
spoken two words to him.
however, was much more open-minded about it. She trusted Harry, so when he
decided to become friends with Draco, Hermione decided to try it herself. The
fact that Professor Vector's seating chart for Arithmancy class placed Hermione
and Draco next to each other, only helped her in realizing that Draco had
definitely changed since his mother's untimely death. He still called her
Granger, although she much preferred that to what he used to call her, and
while they weren't quite the best of friends yet, Hermione at least thought
that they were on their way to it. Draco had even asked Hermione for help on
their Arithmancy homework, something which the old Draco would never have done.
quickly crossed the room and laid a hand on Harry's shoulder and gently coaxed
him to wake up, "Harry, it's Hermione; wake up."
he awoke, Hermione sat across from him, pulled out her wand and cast a
silencing spell around the two of them, so that no one who might come into the
common room would be able to hear them talking.
up, Hermione?" Harry asked sleepily. "You and Ryan find anything tonight?"
Harry," said Hermione excitedly. "We did! It's quite possible that we hit the
Harry said, blinking, suddenly wide-awake. "Tell me what you guys found."
make a long story short, we think that Ryan might be Rowena Ravenclaw's heir."
be so cool. Now, you said you think;
does that mean you're not sure?"
not totally, no. But, Ryan's going to do some exploring tonight, and see if
maybe he can find the final proof."
do you mean final proof?"
addition to finding the info that made us think Ryan might be Rowena's heir, we
found a note that talked about a rumor that the founders had their own suites
outside of the staff wing. The note said that it was believed that the
founders' quarters might actually be near their houses."
wouldn't they have been found by now?"
what Ryan thought, too. After a long discussion, we finally agreed that it's
possible that only an heir could find their ancestor's quarters, and that the
heir would have to know the rooms existed before they could find them. From
what I saw, these rooms weren't mentioned nearly as much as the Chamber of
Secrets, so it's entirely possible that Tom Riddle heard of the Chamber, but
never of Slytherin's quarters, which is why he never found them."
well, I'd better get going. I'm set to patrol the halls near Ravenclaw Tower with Justin tonight. I'll
see you in the morning, Harry."
nodded and watched as Hermione left the common room. Once she was gone, Harry
quietly snuck upstairs to his dorm, went over to his trunk, grabbed his cloak
and map before he, too, left Gryffindor Tower.
Ryan could use some help,' Harry thought as he donned his cloak, activated the
map and headed for Ravenclaw territory.
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hours later, Ryan snuck down the stairs from the sixth-year boy's dormitory and
into the Ravenclaw common room as quietly as possible. The only light in the
empty room emanated from the dying fire. Ryan threw his grandmother's old
cloak over his shoulders, pulled the hood over his head, and made his way over
to the exit.
he exited the tower, he saw Hermione and Justin patrolling the hallway, just as
Hermione had said they would be. Ryan simply couldn't help himself, snuck up
behind Justin, and wrapped his arms around his waist. In doing so, the hood of
his cloak was dislodged enough for Hermione to see Ryan's face, and she just
grinned as he leaned down and planted a kiss on Justin's neck. Justin had been
a bit startled, but realizing that it was his boyfriend, he just smiled and
craned his neck a bit to give Ryan better access.
continued to suck and kiss Justin's neck for a couple of minutes, before they
heard a sharp grunt. Hermione looked towards the direction of the sound, and
Harry revealed his face just enough to mouth the word, "Filch," before
disappearing back under his cloak. Ryan quickly released Justin and made sure
he was completely covered by his cloak.
later, Argus Filch came around the corner, and a smile spread across his face
when he saw two students out of bed.
well, well, two students out of bed after hours. Oh dear, we are in trouble."
Filch," Hermione said as he neared, "you can't do anything to Justin and me for
being out of bed."
no? That's what you think."
prefects," Justin said as he adjusted his robes so that his prefect badge was
more clearly visible.
a pair of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff prefects would be doing at this time of
night in the Ravenclaw hallway is what I'd like to know."
our duties," Hermione answered. "Justin and I are only performing our
scheduled rounds, Mr. Filch. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have to get back to
that, Hermione and Justin walked calmly down the hall and turned the corner
that Filch had just come from. Filch stood there for a few minutes, clenching
his fists, mumbling about students being out of bed and not being able to do
anything about it, like dragging them down to the torture chamber and punishing
them, before he continued to stalk down the hallway. Once Harry was sure he
was gone, he walked over to where the map showed Ryan standing and said, "Its
okay, he's gone."
you know he was coming?" Ryan whispered as he pulled his hood back just enough
to reveal his face.
Harry said as he held out the Marauder's Map to Ryan to look at. "It's a magic
map of the castle, shows every floor and every room, well, except for the Room
of Requirement. It also shows were everyone in the school is."
where did you get it?"
the Weasley twins in my third year," Harry answered. "My dad and his friends
actually made it when they were students."
told me what you'd be up to tonight, so I figured you might need some help."
Harry," Ryan said with a smile. "If Hermione is right you won't be able to
actually search for the room, since you aren't an heir, but if you could just
watch that map and warn me if anyone is coming, I'd appreciate it."
thing, Ry," Harry said with a smile.
near the entrance to Ravenclaw Tower, Ryan started to run his hand over the
stone walls; working on the assumption that if the room really did exist, that
it would be on the same side of the hallway as the entrance to the tower.
About an hour later, Ryan had found nothing and was about to give up when he
thought he felt something under his hand. Stopping to examine the wall a bit
closer, he noticed the initials R.F.R. appear out of nowhere, carved into the
that stand for Rowena Fiona Ravenclaw?' Ryan thought and almost immediately,
the three letters started to glow. Soon, the whole brick was glowing. Ryan
reached up, touched the glowing brick and looked on in wonder as a single,
glowing line extended upward from the glowing `F'. Ryan soon realized that the
glowing line was tracing the shape of a door, and as soon as it finished, Ryan
heard the sound of stone moving against stone as the wall swung open.
smiled at Harry, who just grinned back. "Well, follow me, Harry."
scent of dampness and disuse hit Ryan almost immediately as he stepped over the
threshold. The door soon closed, and Harry and Ryan removed their cloaks,
pulled out their wands, and mumbled, "Lumos!" From
the points of light on their wands, they saw that they were in a room that had
obviously not been used in many years. Sheets were draped over what looked to
be various pieces of furniture, and almost everywhere they looked, there was a
thick layer of dust and a multitude of cobwebs.
certainly wouldn't like this place much, especially if the owners of those webs
are still around."
of spiders, is he?"
afraid," Harry answered.
someone has finally found me, I see."
said that?" Ryan asked in alarm.
there?" Harry asked, equally startled.
you, my boys," the voice, a female, said. "No need to be afraid. I couldn't
harm you, even if I wanted to."
around and raising their wands, Ryan and Harry saw the source of the voice. A
large, life-size portrait of a woman wearing a flowing black cloak with a
bronze clasp over a fancy blue silk gown, which looked to be from about the
ninth century, was hanging above the fireplace. The woman was quite beautiful
to behold, with long brown hair and piercing blue eyes.
are you?" Ryan asked.
mean you haven't figured that out yet?" the woman asked. "Why, I am Rowena
Fiona Ravenclaw, founder of Ravenclaw House, and one of the four founders of
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You two don't appear to be
related, so I shall assume that only one of you is my heir."
heir?" Ryan asked.
my heir; I assure you that were one of you not my heir, you never would have
been able to get into this room. The other founders and I all charmed our
quarters so that we would be the only ones who could access them. When we
died, the rooms disappeared, and were charmed so that only our heirs would be
able to find them. Now that you have, I do hope that you will consider
cleaning up; this room could certainly use it. Now, I assume that you two have
name is Ryan Cole Cromwell, ma'am."
Harry James Potter, ma'am."
call me Rowena. Now, we must figure out which one of you is my heir."
think that would be me, Rowena," Ryan answered. "My friend Hermione and I were
searching through some books in the library, and found a book that said one of
my ancestors married a Fiona Ravenclaw in 1497."
me, what year is it? It's really rather hard to keep track of time when you're
a portrait hanging on the wall in a forgotten room with all the drapes closed
for... well, I don't know how long."
the year 1996," Harry revealed.
you say? Hmm, well, that means that I've been dead for 1129 years. That
really is quite a long time to be alone."
you haven't been totally alone? I mean, you're a portrait; can't you visit
other portraits?" Ryan asked.
Ryan, I can now. You see, until you found this room, the magic that hid it
from view also prevented me from visiting any other portraits, as well as other
portraits from visiting me. Of course, after all the time that's passed, I
assume the only portraits left in this castle that would even know I'm here,
are Godric, Helga and Salazar's portraits. Tell me, have their quarters been
they haven't. According to the Sorting Hat, all four of the founders have an
heir at the school now, but as far as we know, Ryan is the only one who knows
that he is an heir."
well, we'll have to remedy that. You see those doors across the room there? Yes, the large oak doors; go through them."
Ryan stepped towards the doors, he couldn't help sneezing from all the dust,
and turning back to Rowena's portrait, he said, "In a moment. I think I'll
just cast those cleaning charms you mentioned first. All this dust is making
I can see how it would. I'm rather glad to be a portrait now; the dust doesn't
affect me as such. Hmm, you will have to extinguish your wand light to cast
those charms, but if you light a fire in the hearth, that should provide a nice
amount of light until the candles are found. But please be careful. Make sure
your wand is pointed at the fire grate before you cast the charm, and not me."
nodded and pointed his wand directly at the fire grate, before he mumbled, "Nox," followed shortly there after by "Incendio!" The
flames in the massive fireplace did indeed provide a nice amount of light; more
light then Ryan would have even thought possible, in fact.
and Ryan then set to work casting cleaning charms and vanishing the dust and
cobwebs. After about twenty minutes, the room looked a lot better then it had,
though it was still not perfect. Rowena smiled at Ryan from her portrait and
said, "Much better. Now, did you want to clean up the other rooms, or did you
want to see about finding out the identities of the other heirs?"
it be possible for me to summon one of the house-elves to take care of the rest
of the cleaning?"
Ryan. The house-elves haven't been in here to clean while the room was hidden,
but now they should be able to find it if you or your friend called."
good," Ryan said before glancing to Harry. "Know any of the house-elves by
Harry answered, before calling out, "Dobby!"
loud pop a moment later signaled Dobby's arrival, and as he looked around, he
seemed rather confused. Looking over at Ryan and Harry he asked, "Harry Potter
sir, were is we?"
private living quarters of Rowena Ravenclaw, Dobby," Harry answered. "Ryan and
I only just found them after many years of being hidden."
Ravenclaw?" Dobby asked with wide-eyes.
Dobby, is it? Hello, I'm Rowena Ravenclaw, and Ryan is my however many times,
had not noticed the portrait above the fireplace, and looked scared for a
moment before Ryan pointed at the portrait. Dobby turned toward the fireplace
and looked up at the portrait for a moment before dropping to his knees and
bowing. After a moment, he stood and said, "It an honor to meet you, Mistress
you, Dobby," Rowena said with a smile. "Now, Dobby, if you could be so kind,
Ryan and Harry have taken care of cleaning my common room here, but the other
rooms could really use a good cleaning."
course, Mistress Ravenclaw," Dobby said with a bow of his head.
and Dobby?" Ryan said before Dobby left, "For the moment at least, I'd prefer
that nobody knew about my being the heir, or that these rooms exist. So,
please refrain from telling any of the professors and students. You can tell
the other house-elves if you need help cleaning, but that's it. Just make sure
to tell them about my wish that nobody know for now."
Master Ryan," Dobby said before popping out.
how do we find out who the other heirs are?"
large oak doors over there, Harry," Rowena said as she pointed at them. "Enter
the room behind them and I'll move to my portrait in there and give you more
and Ryan nodded and then went over to the massive oak doors that Rowena pointed
at and opened them. Walking inside, they found themselves in a cavernous room
filled with bookshelves. Walking over to the fireplace, Ryan quickly lit the
fire to provide more light, and then looked up at Rowena's portrait. She
smiled and said, "Welcome Ryan, Harry, to my private library."
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