Harry Potter and the Power of Emotions


Story Summary:
Harry wakes up around midnight. A few moments later he finds that Fred and George have apparated into his room.

Chapter 04

Chapter Summary:
Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny need to get their new Hogwarts things in Diagon Alley.

Chapter 4: A visit to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes

Harry started to read in the book about metamorphmagi, which turned out to be an interesting read. He learned why they could change their appearance, why there were so few of them. What kind of changes a metamorphmagi could make in his appearance, changing haircolour, eyecolour etc., but also growing hair. This reminded him of something he once had done at the Dursleys. Could he also be a metamorphmagus, just like Tonks? He had grown his hair back, when Aunt Petunia had given him that terrible haircut.

He went down and found Tonks sitting down at the kitchen table.

"Hi, Tonks," he said.

"Wotcher, Harry!" replied Tonks.

"I have a question to ask you," began Harry. "How did you found out that you were a metamorphmagi?"

"Why do you want to know?" asked Tonks.

Harry told her all about Aunt Petunia and his hair growing back overnight.

"Maybe you are, Harry. But I don't think so. Otherwise, you would have been able to change also these last couple of years, in which you knew you were a wizard. I changed all the time when I was at Hogwarts. I left the same year you joined Hogwarts, you know. But I would say there is definitely a bit of metamorphmagus blood in you, Harry. It comes in gradations, I think."

The book lists arrived two weeks before start of term. There were a few new books: The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 6) by Miranda Goshawk, Advanced Transfiguration by Emeric Switch and Potion Making for the Advanced by Arsenius Jigger.

There was also a note with Harry's letter saying that he had become the new Quidditch Captain for Gryffindor, since he was now unbanned from playing Quidditch.

"Wow, Harry, that's really wicked," said Ron. Fred and George apparated in front of him.

"And who's Quidditch Captain this year?" asked Fred.

"I am," said Harry in a small voice.

"Good one, Harry!" George and Fred said together, "Let's go find Mom, maybe she'll throw another dinner party with fancy food."

It was time to go to Diagon Alley. Harry knew that Ron and Ginny were the only two Weasleys left at Hogwarts and that the Weasleys would now maybe have some more money than before. He repeated this to himself over and over again, to ease his guilt in now owning two vaults with lots of money in them.

They arrived at Diagon Alley by Floo powder and went straight to Gringotts. In Gringotts he had the Goblins make the two vaults into one, thinking that would make he feel less guilty. And for a little while, he did. He and the Weasleys went in one of the Gringotts carts. They first went by Harry's own vault. He took some gold, silver and bronze from it and went back to the Weasleys. When they came to the Weasleys' vault he saw a slightly bigger pile of money than he had seen the times before, but he still felt guilty.

On his request they went down to vault seven hundred and eleven, his second vault, the one that used to belong to Sirius, and found it equally stacked like his own with heaps of Gold Galleons, mountains of Silver Sickles and a large pile of Bronze Knuts. He again took some of the money from the vault.

Harry had first thought that this would be a high security vault, because the vault he had visited with Hagrid in his first year was only two vaults away. But it wasn't; it was just a normal one, like his own, his other one. He just couldn't believe it still that he had two vaults. Luckily not for long.

When they got out all of them split up. They first went to visit Fred and George. Their shop was really great, and loads of weird stuff was sold.

"Our newest product," said George.

"Hair-Vanishing Soap," explained Fred,

"When you bathe with it, all your hair just washes away. We've tried it. But don't tell Mom. A simple hair-growing spell, like the one Bletchley used on Alicia before our last match, will grow it back."

Harry laughed but didn't buy the soap. He did buy some Skiving Snackboxes, though.

"I've got sixth year Potions to look forward to," Harry said to remind Fred and George to the ominous cloud hanging over him. "Snape will hate this as much as I do, that's the only thing that's going to be good about it." Fred and George laughed and went to help another costumer.

After that Harry, Ron, and Hermione first went to Flourish and Blotts to buy their new books. Finally, they went to Madam Malkin's, where Harry and Ron were fitted with new robes. They both had grown over the summer, so Ron looked now overly silly in his robes that were now much too short. Ron was finally be able to afford new ones and found it strange what Madam Malkin did; he had never been there.

They ate an ice-cream at Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour, where they met Neville Longbottom.

"Look, my gran got me a brand new wand. It's ten inches, redwood with a single unicorn hair," Neville said with a glowing face. "I thought my gran would be mad, because I broke my dad's old wand, but she was so proud that I thought of those Death Eaters last summer that she forgot to be mad."

"It is said that the wand chooses the wizard," said Harry, remembering Ollivander's words when he bought his wand, "and also that you will never get such good results with other people's wands. So you probably gonna do lots better this year." Neville turned pink.

"How many O.W.L.s did you get?" asked Ron.

"About five. I got an A in Potions, isn't that a surprise? I got an O in Herbology of course," said Neville.

"You never guess what Harry got for Potions," Ron blurted out. "He got an O!"

"Wow! And Snape was harassing you more than me," cried Neville. "I'm glad I don't have to take Potions anymore."

They went back to the Headquarters by Floo powder. They unpacked their stuff and put it in their trunks. Hermione did not do so; she went to read in her new Transfiguration book. She wanted to know it by heart in time for school to start.

Now that September first was approaching rapidly, Ron was found more and more buffing up his Prefect badge. Ron still said that he didn't like being a Prefect. But Harry knew this was only outer appearance, Ron liked being a Prefect, although it could be quite straining together with him being the Gryffindor Keeper. Lupin was also to be found packing for Hogwarts. He seemed to be more cautious this time round. He didn't like to be under Snape's supervision. But he was the only one there able to make the Wolfsbane Potion he so badly needed the week prior to full moon.

Harry now thought of something. The mirror. The two-way mirror Sirius had gave him. He now owned the second piece also. He gave it to Mrs. Weasley. She had always been like a mother to him, the only mother he had known.

The night before the left for school, Harry took Hermione and Ron aside and finally dared tell them that he knew what the Prophecy had said. That it had been to Dumbledore the Prophecy had been made by Sybill Trelawney sixteen years ago. He told them that he was the only one that had a chance in defeating Voldemort, and that he must either kill or be killed. Their reactions were like he predicted. Hermione and Ron both looked terrified. They now heard that their best friend was again in mortal danger, as he had been since he first rejoined the magical world.