- Draco Malfoy Harry Potter
- Alternate Universe General
- The Harry Potter at Hogwarts Years
- Philosopher's Stone Quidditch Through the Ages Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Published: 09/14/2003Updated: 02/26/2004Words: 94,331Chapters: 19Hits: 159,287
They Shook Hands : Year One (Original Version)
- Story Summary:
- Suppose Draco Malfoy introduced himself before he started acting like an ass. What if he had asked Harry's name before insulting Hagrid? A friendly handshake in Madam Malkin's leads to an alternate but realistic universe which is eerily like the canon, featuring a cast of first year Slytherins as you've never seen them: normal children. Join Harry Potter and his new friends as they discover their magical talents and help him to explore the world that has been kept from him these past ten years.
Chapter 10 - Something To Prove
- Chapter Summary:
- The Quidditch match between Slytherin and Gryffindor is finally here! Can Harry live up to everybody's expectations? He is flying well, but something's the matter with his broom. Who is behind it? Will the team come together to defeat their rivals?
They Shook Hands : Year One
An alternate (but realistic!) universe Harry Potter fic
Chapter Ten - Something To Prove
The sky that Saturday morning was bright, clear, and cold. The Great Hall was full of the delicious smell of fried sausages, and the cheerful chatter of everyone looking forward to a good Quidditch match.
Harry's stomach was filled with butterflies. Though the food smelled delicious, he couldn't eat a bite.
"You really should eat something, Harry," Draco told him as he spooned hot cereal into his mouth.
"I don't want anything."
"Have a bit of toast, at least," Tim urged him, holding the plate in front of him.
Harry's stomach roiled. He pushed the plate away. "No thanks, I'm not hungry." He felt terrible. In an hour's time he'd be walking onto the pitch.
"Harry, you need your strength." Millie was sitting next to him, forking eggs onto his plate.
"Yeah," Pansy chimed in. "Seekers are always the ones who get clobbered the worst by the other team, you know."
"Yes, so I've heard," Harry said dryly, his nervousness finding an outlet in sarcasm. He didn't touch the eggs.
As the next hour passed, Harry played disaster scenario after disaster scenario in his head. Despite it being Saturday, Tim had his nose in a schoolbook, keeping his eyes on the text as he ate with his right hand. Harry was the only one who wasn't trying to conceal laughter as Crabbe tipped an inkwell into Tim's hot tea; he was too preoccupied to notice. Everyone else watched eagerly as Tim took a sip from his cup.
"Blech!" Tim sputtered as he spat his tea out. He looked down into the cup. "Ink! Who did that?!"
Everyone burst out laughing. "It's not funny," Tim said, retching. "And someone is bloody well going to get hexed."
Pansy sniffed. "There's no need to use uncouth language," she berated him. "It's vulgar. And resorting to obscenities is the sign of a weak mind."
"I couldn't have said it better myself," Blaise admired.
Draco snickered. "But you would have taken twice as long and used words that we couldn't understand."
Blaise glared at him and stuck out her tongue.
Tim had packed his book away. Glowering at everyone, he excused himself to go brush his teeth again.
Finally Marcus Flint came over and put his hand on Harry's shoulder, bringing him out of his fearful imaginings. "All right, Harry?"
Harry tried to answer, but all that came out was a croak. Flint grinned at him. "Not to worry, two winks after we kick off, you'll be moving too fast to be nervous. C'mon, let's go get you suited up."
"Good luck Harry!" everyone wished him.
Flint chattered amicably at him while they made their way down to the changing rooms. The rest of the Slytherin House Quidditch Team met them partway down: Miles Bletchley, Desmond Montague, Adrian Pucey, Ivan Bole, and Matthew Derrick.
Bletchley handed out uniforms as Flint, the oldest among them, used transfiguration magic to make all the bits the proper size. Harry and the rest began to change as Flint cleared his throat.
"Now then, men, we have a very important match in just a few minutes."
"Shocking," Bletchley interjected.
"We're currently in first place for the House Cup, and we have to keep that lead. Gryffindor is in third place, and not even winning this game can let them take first. But since we want to take the Quidditch Cup as well, again, for the seventh year in a row, we can't give them even a single break."
"Not even a broken bone?" asked Bole, sounding profoundly disappointed.
Flint grinned wickedly. "Okay, we can't give them even a single chance. And we try to give them as many breaks as possible."
Bole smiled beatifically, his expression matched by Derrick.
"Wood still hasn't managed to find a Seeker worth his salt, so Harry's going to have an easy time of it," Flint continued, giving Harry an encouraging grin. "And I say we take advantage of that. Bole, Derrick, if their Seeker," he consulted his clipboard, "Lois Panning, gets anywhere near the Snitch, you take her out. Harry, I want you to keep out of the way as much as possible. That way we can rack up the points and bury Gryffindor's chances at taking either Cup this year. When we get, oh, say a hundred points up, then go after the Snitch. Unless I fly by and tell you otherwise, of course. Or, if you seriously think that we're in trouble, then go after it and win the game for us.
"Bole, Derrick, those Weasley twins are good Beaters, and they have experience. You'll be responsible for protecting the rest of us. Fly quick, and if you can take out either of them, do it.
"Pucey, Montague, we've got to go out there and out-fly them. The three girls Wood has flying Chaser are all lighter than any of us, so they're going to be quicker. We've practiced how to compensate for that, and I want to see you both using the moves I've taught you. I'm the experienced one, so they're going to be watching for me to take the lead on any aggressive action. We'll use that against them as much as possible. You both fly well, and I know you're capable of doing this."
Bletchley sniffed. "Oh, I can feel the love," he said, sounding totally sincere.
"Shut your noise, you," Flint snapped back good-naturedly.
"No words of advice for me, Flint? I'm crushed."
"Yeah, don't let the Quaffle get by you," Flint ribbed him. "For every time you let the Quaffle in, you have to buy me a butterbeer at the next Hogsmeade weekend."
Bletchley snorted. "Yah right," he scoffed. "How about no?"
Flint grinned again. "I've got a good feeling about this game. Let's go out there and show Hogwarts what Slytherins are made of."
"Yeah!" they all cheered, and picked up their brooms.
Harry caught sight of his reflection as they walked out towards the pitch. The emerald green robes of the House team looked good on him. With the protective equipment he was wearing, he even looked a little fierce. Harry drew that image into his mind and fixed it there.
The roar of the crowd greeted them as they stepped out of the tunnel. Slytherin supporters waved flags and shot firecrackers into the sky. Green and silver confetti drifted down.
"Harry!" It was Tim's voice and Harry turned, seeing him running up as fast as he could. "I think I've got something that can help you!" Tim said, breathing heavy. He drew his wand and pointed it directly at Harry's nose.
"What are you doing?" Harry demanded, slapping Tim's hand away. "Don't just point a wand at me!"
Tim's lips twisted in a wry grin. "A little tense, are we?"
"What do you want?" Harry snapped, irritation at the break in his concentration making him short with his friend.
Tim pointed his wand at Harry's nose again. "Occulus reparo," he intoned. Harry felt a jolt, almost like static electricity, strike his glasses. His nose tingled for a moment and he scratched at it. Then he pulled off his glasses to see that where he had previously used cello tape to hold them together in one piece, now the frames were whole, solid. The lenses were buffed to absolute smoothness, not a scratch in sight. They looked brand new, and Harry marvelled. The Dursleys had gotten his glasses secondhand, and they'd always been a bit beat up (and so had Harry, thanks to Dudley).
"I found that this morning. I would have had it at breakfast except someone put ink in my tea." He was obviously still hacked off about that.
"Thank you," Harry said, genuinely touched by Tim's gesture.
"You're welcome," Tim replied, laughter dancing in his eyes. "Can't have our Seeker unable to see properly, can we?" He clapped Harry on the shoulder. "Best of luck, mate."
Harry walked towards the center of the pitch with the rest of the team. Both teams circled around the crate, taking their starting positions. Madam Hooch, who was refereeing, stood in the center with her broom in hand, glaring at them all.
"Now then, I want a nice clean game, all of you," she said, staring directly at Flint. His face took on an innocent expression.
"Mount your brooms!"
Harry straddled the smooth wooden handle of his Nimbus Two Thousand. Madam Hooch's silver whistle gave a piercing shriek. Fifteen brooms rose up, high, high into the air. They were off!
"And the Quaffle is taken immediately by Angelina Johnson of Gryffindor. What an excellent Chaser that girl is, and rather attractive, too-"
Harry didn't know the boy who was providing the play-by-play action, Lee Jordan, but Flint had warned Harry to pay him no mind. Though he was minded by the stern and impartial Professor McGonagall, Jordan still let his Gryffindor bias show.
"And she's really belting along up there, a neat pass to Alicia Spinnet. She's a great find of Oliver Wood's, last year only a reserve. She passes back to Johnson- no! Intercepted by Slytherin Captain Marcus Flint! He's heading up the pitch, he's flying like an eagle up there. He takes a shot- no, a fake throw and a pass back to Chaser Adrian Pucey. Pucey puts it through the far ring, phooey, ten points to Slytherin."
Cheers rose from the Slytherins and their supporters. Howls and moans of dismay could be heard from the Gryffindors.
"Gryffindor back in possession, and Wood passes up to Chaser Katie Bell. She dives around Flint, she's in the clear, nobody around her- OUCH! She takes a Bludger to the back of the head sent by Beater Ivan Bole. That had to hurt, I hope she's alright. The Quaffle is scooped up by Dezzy Montague of Slytherin, and he passes to Pucey. He goes for the shot, no, he's blocked by a second Bludger sent by George Weasley. Or is it Fred? Nobody can tell these two apart, but nice play by the Gryffindor Beater in any case. Johnson in possession, clear skies ahead. Wow, she's really moving! She takes the shot, she's got it! No! How did he do that? Keeper Miles Bletchley pulls off some sort of miracle and manages to block a perfect shot."
Jordan sounded as dismayed as the rest of the Gryffindors who had all started to cheer in anticipation of the ten points. Slytherin supporters roared in approval.
"Slytherin in possession," Jordan continued. "Chaser Pucey dodges a Bludger, a Weasley, the other Bludger, the other Weasley, and Chaser Bell. Looks like nothing can stop him, and- wait a minute, was that the Snitch?"
A murmur ran through the crowd as Pucey dropped the Quaffle, busy looking over his shoulder at the flash of gold that had zoomed by him.
"Pucey!" howled Flint. "You're not the bloody Seeker! Keep your eyes on the Quaffle, you divvy!"
Harry saw it too; it was definitely the Snitch. His nervousness had vanished the second he'd kicked off, and now excitement filled him as he dove for the Snitch with a great whoop. Gryffindor Seeker Lois Panning had seen it too, and they converged right behind the Snitch. Neck and neck, they hurtled along at tremendous speed. The Chasers all seemed to have forgotten their jobs and hovered in mid-air as they watched the fight for the Snitch.
Harry was faster than Panning. He could see the little round ball, wings fluttering, darting up ahead. He leaned forward a tad more and began to edge away from Panning and her Cleansweep Six.
WHAM! All the Slytherins called foul as a Weasley managed to "accidentally" get in Harry's way. Harry's broom spun off course, and Harry did his best to hold on. Madam Hooch had a harsh word for Weasley, but the Snitch had vanished again.
Bole aimed a Bludger at Panning, determined to hit her.
"Potter doesn't seem to know how to fly straight and nearly kills the Gryffindor Beater-"
"It could happen to anyone, I'm sure. No penalty shot, as there was no foul, and Gryffindor is in possession."
It was as Harry dodged a Bludger that had been rocketing towards his head that it happened. His broom gave a sudden, frightening lurch. For a split second, he was convinced that he was going to fall, and his short life passed before his eyes. He gripped the handle tightly with both his hands and knees. He'd never felt anything like that.
It happened again. Harry was scared now, it was as though the broom were a wild horse that was trying to buck him off. But Nimbus Two Thousands did not suddenly decide to buck their riders off. Something was seriously wrong. He tried to turn. He had to get a time-out called and figure out what was wrong with his broom.
He couldn't turn. Harry was near panicking now. The broom was completely out of his control. He wasn't able to turn. He wasn't able to steer. He couldn't direct the broom at all. It was zigzagging through the air, every so often making a violent swishing movement that nearly threw him off.
Jordan was continuing on as though nothing were wrong. "Slytherin in possession. Flint has the Quaffle, no Pucey, no Montague, no Pucey, these three are playing fast and furious. Looks like a Hawkshead Attack Formation to me, with Montague on the point. Flint tries to be a Beater and uses his face to whack a Bludger. Hope it didn't hurt him too much. But Montague puts the Quaffle away, oh no."
The Slytherins were cheering. They'd been making lots of excellent shots, and despite Wood's abilities as Keeper, had taken the lead. Nobody seemed to have noticed that Harry was in trouble. His broom was gradually carrying him higher and higher, away from the game, jerking and twitching as it went.
"What's Harry doing?" Tim asked as he peered through his binoculars.
"Has he lost control?" Millie said, instantly worried.
"He can't have," Draco said, puzzled. "He's a great flyer."
"Then what's wrong?" Pansy demanded.
Blaise shrieked as Harry's broom began rolling over and over to the side, with Harry just barely holding on. Then it bucked again and Harry was swung right off! He was holding on with only one hand!
"Did something happen to it when Weasley blocked him?" Jenna asked intently.
"No third year Gryffindor could cast Dark magic powerful enough to mess with a Nimbus Two Thousand," Tim disagreed. Then something occurred to him and he raised his binoculars. "I don't believe it," he said, his voice carrying his shock.
"What?" Millie asked, still looking up at Harry.
"Professor Snape is casting a jinx."
"What?" Pansy demanded, ripping the binoculars from his hands, nearly ripping Tim's nose off as well. "Where?"
"Ow, straight ahead," Tim replied, holding his nose.
"Well, I don't have Professor Snape, but I can see Professor Quirrell muttering something."
"Quirrell!" Blaise exclaimed. "What's going on here?"
"One of them must be casting the counter-jinx," Tim said, his voice sounding very odd. He was still cradling his nose.
"But which is which?" Millie asked, frustration clear in her voice.
"Which witch is which?" quipped Jenna.
"This is no time for jokes, Jenna!" Blaise half-shouted at her. "Harry's about to fall off!"
Flint had directed the other Chasers and the Beaters to fly a pattern below Harry, while he himself, the most experienced Chaser, tried to get close enough to snag his Seeker off the possessed broomstick. Each time he tried to dart at Harry, the broom kept rising higher, still Flint did not give up.
While the Slytherins were busy, the Gryffindor Chasers blitzed Bletchley with shots. He did his best to block, but was quickly being worn down, and Gryffindor's score began to catch up. Then Bletchley missed another shot, and the score was tied at sixty points.
"I'll take care of it," Goyle said, getting to his feet. "Move out of my way!" he bellowed, shoving anyone who dallied too long. Within seconds he was out of sight below the stands.
Goyle lumbered towards the section of the stands where the teachers were sitting. While the others would fret about details, Goyle had heard all he needed to. Either Snape or Quirrell was jinxing Harry's broom, and that meant they both had to be interrupted. He'd leave the figuring out of it all to those who were quicker of thought than he. If there was a man of action, his name was Gregory Goyle.
He finally reached the section roped off for staff members and guests of the school. He peered up through the slats. There was Quirrell, muttering away just as Pansy had said. He drew his wand.
"Incendio," he whispered, sending a small jet of flames onto his teacher's robes. He moved on, looking for Snape. Quirrell's robe would catch; he was confident in his own skill.
"Incendio," he whispered again, lighting Snape aflame as well. Then, sure that it would be enough, he turned and ran as fast as he could. He might be a little slow, but he was no fool to stick around.
"Quirrell, you're on fire!" someone shouted. Hagrid tackled him, smothering the flames with his own body.
"Severus too!" cried a female voice. Hands slapped at him, trying to extinguish the flames.
"Aquamenti!" Professor Flitwick cried, drenching the Potions Master from head to toe.
Up in the sky, Harry's broom stopped shaking. He grabbed on with his other hand, clinging desperately, praying that it wouldn't throw him off. It stayed calm. He swung himself back and forth and managed to hook a leg over the handle. With a heave and a grunt, he pulled himself back up to the top and hugged his broom, breathing heavily.
"And Potter is ok!" Lee Jordan announced to the whole stadium. "Though I can barely see him, it appears that Harry Potter has managed to regain control of his broom. Whatever problem that wonderful Nimbus Two Thousand had with a sneaky Slytherin riding it has apparently been solved."
"Jordan!" snapped Professor McGonagall.
"And the score is tied at sixty points each. Come on girls! You can do it!"
The Slytherin Chasers dived at the Gryffindors in a perfect attack formation. Bell shrieked as Flint came lunging in, howling an insane warcry. He snatched the Quaffle from her and charged towards Wood, looking for all the world like a madman.
THWACK! came a hideous sound, as Bole and Derrick perfectly executed a Bludger Backbeat, sending the iron ball rocketing with insane momentum towards Wood.
Wood's eyes got wide, big as saucers. His face paled, becoming as white as the sheets in the Hospital Wing. His own Beaters were out of position. He swallowed visibly and tightened his grip, his knuckles whitening. He spun around and knocked the Quaffle away with the tail of his broom, then a half-second later, took the full brunt of the Bludger flush on his back. He cried out in pain and momentarily lost control, but he held on. Wood righted himself with effort, but drifted around like a drunk, clearly hurt.
Pucey scooped up the loose Quaffle and sent it soaring past a disabled Wood to score. Johnson gained possession, but was cut off by Flint, still howling his warcry, who stole it from her.
It was turning into a rout. Bole and Derrick had clearly incapacitated Wood, and without a Keeper, Gryffindor's chances were sunk. One of the Chasers might guard the rings, but she would not have Wood's experience. The two remaining Chasers could never beat three, not with the way Flint had gone insane.
Harry took it all in, watching as Bole targeted Panning yet again, and she barely avoided being creamed by the Bludger. They'd pretty much forgotten about Flint's instructions to nail her only when she got near the Snitch. If the Seeker was injured, their team couldn't win.
The stands began to murmur, the Gryffindor supporters clearly disgruntled with how the team was getting their collective clocks cleaned by the Slytherins. Many of them turned to leave, not wanting to see the end of it. Slytherin was a hundred points up, one sixty to sixty.
Well, time to go to work, thought Harry as he looked about for the Snitch. Good grief, it was toying with Panning, hovering all near and around her, but Bole and Derrick were making it impossible to grab. Harry leaned forward and zoomed towards it.
Sensing danger, the Snitch tried to flee, but Harry had too much speed. Then, as he sped by, employing a tactic he wouldn't have expected from the honest-to-a-fault Gryffindor, Panning knocked her broom into his! Harry lurched forwards, came near to losing his grip again, and he instantly headed for the ground.
He almost crashed, but fell off and to his knees. He retched, gagged, and spat up something shiny into his hands. Tiny fluttering wings shot out of the little golden ball, and he wrapped his fingers around it.
"I've caught the Snitch!" he yelled.
The Slytherins and their supporters all let up a tremendous cheer. The whole team began to converge on him.
"Way to go!" Flint shouted in his ear, nearly deafening him. He picked Harry up and swung him around in a circle. Bole and Derrick bruised his shoulders with their slaps of congratulations. Pucey and Montague raised him up in the air.
"Let's hear it for Harry!" Bletchley shouted.
"He didn't catch the bloody thing, he swallowed it!" one of the Weasley twins was bellowing, clearly highly offended.
"Don't you dare call that Potter's Pass!" the other echoed. "That was the biggest mistake I've ever seen on a broom!"
"Bastards!" cried a still loopy Wood. "Miserable, sodding Belgian bastards!"
"The final score, after that completely unintentional um, er, catch by Potter puts Slytherin at three hundred ten, Gryffindor at sixty. Well, there won't be any celebrating in Gryffindor Tower tonight."
Harry managed to get away from the riot that was developing and was pulled aside by Tim, Draco, Crabbe and Goyle. They ducked behind Hagrid's hut.
"Harry, are you okay?" Draco asked instantly.
"I'm fine, just a little scared," he replied, the adrenaline rush beginning to fade away, leaving only weary exhaustion behind.
"Someone was jinxing your broom," Tim told him.
Harry's jaw fell open. "Jinxing my broom? How?"
"Not how, who," Draco corrected.
"It was Snape," Tim said, leaving no room for argument.
"Bollocks," Crabbe snapped. "Quirrell was casting too! I saw him with my own eyes, I did!"
"One of the two was jinxing and the other was counter-jinxing," Goyle explained to Harry. "We don't know which was which, so I set 'em both on fire to break their eye contact."
"So it were you!" came a booming voice. They all cringed and turned to see Hagrid standing there, arms folded, disapproval written clearly across his face.
"Hagrid, listen, please!" Harry begged him.
"Lightin' teachers on fire, what sorta dark business are y'all about? Goyle is it? Well yer comin' up ter the Headmaster's office right now!"
"Hagrid, he was saving my life!" Harry cried. "Did you hear everything? Either Snape or Quirrell was jinxing my broom!"
"Snape must know that I know he tried to get past the three-headed dog on Halloween," Harry said, desperately trying to persuade Hagrid that something funny was going on.
Hagrid's jaw dropped. "How'd you find out about that?" he asked, completely thunderstruck.
"We ran into the dog while running away from Filch one night. Then we saw Snape headed to the third floor on Halloween, and the next day he was limping and I found blood on the floor in the dungeon," Harry answered.
"Well, at least Fluffy's doin' 'is job," Hagrid said, looking pleased.
"Yeah, he's mine. Got him from a Greek chappie I met in the pub las' year. He's here at school to guard-"
"Guard what?" Tim asked, insanely curious.
"Never you mind."
"That package from Gringotts, right Hagrid?" Harry said, looking intently at the large man.
"What're ye doin' talkin' 'bout that, 'Arry?! I told yer, t'were secret Hogwarts business!"
"It wasn't hard to figure out something funny's going on, Hagrid. Between what happened at Gringotts, the dog, the limp, the blood; every one of these things is odd."
"From there we just used a little logic," Draco drawled.
Hagrid's face got dark. "All of yer had better just leave this puzzle alone. Yer meddlin' in things wot are none o' yer concern. Ferget the dog, ferget about the package from Gringotts. That matter's strictly between Professor Dumbledore and Nicholas Flamel."
"Flamel!" Tim said triumphantly.
Hagrid got red in the face. "Out o' here, all of yer! Back to the castle! Now!"
to be continued...
Author notes: For anyone who hasn't read Quidditch Through The Ages, "Potter's Pass" is a reference to "Plumpton's Pass", a seemingly careless swerve that scoops the Snitch up ones' sleeve.