Harry Potter and the Secret Treasures – Chapter 123: Hard Time

Chapter 123: Hard Time

For the first time, Harry knew that Black actually used to be his fathers best friend back when he was alive.

Before now, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Mr. Weasley, Cornelius Fudge none of them had ever mentioned the fact that Harrys parents had died because their best friend had betrayed them.

Harry felt most angry thinking that his parents probably did not believe until they died that it was actually their best friend who betrayed them.

He tried to imagine their feeling. If Evan, Ron or Hermione ever sold him out to Voldemort, that would be the saddest way to die.

He felt distressed and broken, and wondered if his father felt the same before he died.

He spent the rest of the afternoon in his empty bedroom. He found the photo album Hagrid had given him two years ago, which was full of wizard pictures of his mother and father. He sat down on his bed, drew the hangings around him, and started turning the pages, searching, until

He stopped on a picture of his parents wedding day. There was his father waving up at him, beaming, the untidy black hair Harry had inherited standing up in all directions. There was his mother, alight with happiness, arm in arm with his dad. And there that must be him. Their best man Harry had never given him a thought before.

If he hadnt known it was the same person, he would never have guessed it was Black in this old photograph. His face wasnt sunken and waxy, but handsome, full of laughter.

Harry couldnt help but wonder if he had been already working for Voldemort when this picture had been taken? Was he already planning the deaths of the two people next to him? Did he realize he was facing twelve years in Azkaban, twelve years that would make him unrecognizable?

But those Dementors didnt affect him. Harry tried to carve the handsome smile on the photo in his mind.

Immediately afterwards, he flipped the page. He saw a photo of his fathers graduation. Four people appeared on it.

In addition to his father, a young Professor Lupin, and Black who still had that smile on his face, there was a small, fat, cowardly-looking boy hiding behind them. He looked a little like Neville Longbottom.

He should be Peter Pettigrew, the wizard who had been killed by Black.

Professor Lupin told him that after his fathers death, only Peter Pettigrew went after Black everywhere. He wanted to avenge his parents, but he was no opponent of Sirius. He paid the price with his life. After killing Harrys parents, he followed by Killing peter.

Filthy, stinkin turncoat! Harry clenched his fist.

A hatred such as he had never known before was coursing through Harry like poison. He could see Black laughing at him through the darkness, as though somebody had pasted the picture from the album over his eyes.

He watched, as though somebody was playing him a piece of film, Sirius Black blasting Peter Pettigrew into a thousand pieces. He could hear a low, excited mutter. It has happened, My Lord the Potters have made me their Secret-Keeper and then came another voice, laughing shrilly!

It was when the Dementors drew near, when he first heard that voice, Voldemorts laughter!

Harry knew what he wanted to do. He wanted to find Sirius Black. He wanted to avenge Peter Pettigrew and his parents.

Although Professor Lupin repeatedly warned him not to look for Black, and he promised him not to; but when he thought of Blacks impunity, the idea of sitting there doing nothing almost made him sick.

Harry secretly made his decision at that moment. But then, he suddenly heard a loud noise coming from outside the Great Hall.

In a few moments, people ran in pale.

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They were all students who had just returned from Hogsmeade. They went in one by one, with their faces devoid of the usual Joy that accompanies returning from there. The expression on their faces made it clear that something terrible had happened.

Harry felt his heart in his throat. Could this be that Sirius Black had appeared in Hogsmeade?!

He saw Neville panting in front of him with a flustered face, a slanting big scarf around his neck, a few bags of Honeydukes candies in his hand, and even his cloak which he had not found time to take off. Harry hurriedly held him by the shoulders.

What happened? Harry asked eagerly.

It was a werewolf! Neville gasped, trembling and saying, There was a werewolf in Hogsmeade, and it attacked Evan and Hermione.

What?! Harrys heart sunk to his stomach. Evan and Hermione faced a werewolf? He could not imagine what happened next.

How are they? Harry looked into Nevilles eyes. Did anything happen to them?

I dont know, Harry! Neville was almost out of breath. I was in the hall just now and saw the professors running with both of them to the school hospital. Hermione kept crying, but she looked fine. But Evan was unconscious in Hagrids arms. His robe was stained with blood.

Hearing Nevilles words, Harry felt cold all over his body.

He didnt have time to think about Black anymore. He should go to the schools Hospital to check on Evan.

Although Evan is very powerful, it is impossible for an underage wizard to defeat a werewolf. I hope his injuries arent too bad.

As soon as Harry stood up, he saw Hagrids huge figure bursting into the Great Hall.

Hagrids face was full of tears. Ever since he received the letter from the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures, telling him Buckbeak might be executed, Evan never saw Hagrid be so sad.

He shouted his name and tried to reach him to ask about Evan and Hermione. But in vain, the entire Hall was so messy. Everyone was talking loudly about the werewolf attack in Hogsmeade.

Hagrid stormed to the Professors table and talked to Dumbledore who quickly got up and walked down. Everyone looked at him and hoped that he would have a few words that explain the current situation.

But he didnt. Dumbledore just whispered a few words to Percy while he passed by his side. He then followed Hagrid and hurriedly left the Great Hall. It looked like he was heading towards the schools hospital.

Silence! When Dumbledore and Hagrid left, Percy shouted at once. As Head Boy of the student body, I can assure everyones safety. Please believe me; no monster can enter the castle.

No one listened to him, and the chaos continued.

Everyone suddenly noticed that there was not a teacher in the Great Hall tonight and the Headmaster had just followed Hagrid. Professor sprout went back home early to take care of some familial problems. Professors McGonagall, Flitwick, Snape and Lupin all werent there. It was as if they had agreed on this in advance. They all disappeared.

Without teachers maintaining order, the noisy arguments in the Great Hall were louder than ever. Percy could do nothing to control the scene.

However, a few minutes after that, something happened. It immediately calmed them down, and everyone was silent.

Chapter end

Chapter 31 Infinite Loop
Chapter 32 Out of Control Bludger
Chapter 33 The House Elf
Chapter 34 The House Elves’ Light
Chapter 35 The Second Attack
Chapter 36 Polyjuice Potion
Chapter 37 Duelling Club
Chapter 38 The Unexpected Duel
Chapter 39 Rift
Chapter 40 The Unforgivable Curse
Chapter 41 Rumors
Chapter 42 Christmas Presents
Chapter 43 To Slthyerin’s Common Room
Chapter 44 Beating up Malfoy
Chapter 45 The Third Attack
Chapter 46 Tom Riddle’s Diary
Chapter 47 First Contact
Chapter 48 Second Contact
Chapter 49 Fifty Years Ago
Chapter 50 Hagrid and Aragog
Chapter 51 The New Plan
Chapter 52 Slytherin’s Heir
Chapter 53 The Crazy Basilisk
Chapter 54 The Chamber of Secrets
Chapter 55 The Truth
Chapter 56 Ivan and Harry vs Tom Riddle
Chapter 57 Hogwarts a Thousand Years Ago
Chapter 58 The Founder’s Dispute
Chapter 59 The Founders Secret Treasures
Chapter 60 The Keys
Chapter 61 Lockhart’s Final Day
Chapter 62 Headmaster’s Lively Office
Chapter 63 Special Award for Services to the School
Chapter 64 Dumbledore’s Test
Chapter 65 End of the Year
Chapter 66 Busy Summer
Chapter 67 Animagus
Chapter 68 A Stray Dog
Chapter 69 Knight Bus
Chapter 70 Sirius Black
Chapter 71 Giving the Cat a Name
Chapter 72 Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron
Chapter 73 Crookshanks and Scabbers
Chapter 74 The night before School
Chapter 75 First Encounter with Dementors
Chapter 76 Ivan’s Patronus
Chapter 77 Opening Banque
Chapter 78 Quiet and Warm
Chapter 79 Omen of Death
Chapter 80 - Blood Omen
Chapter 81 - Omens of Despair
Chapter 82 - The Beginning of Fear
Chapter 83 - Second Contact with Stray Dogs
Chapter 84 - Lupin’s Remorse
Chapter 85 - Hermione’s Worries
Chapter 86: Lupin’s Memory
Chapter 87: Peter’s Memory
Chapter 88: Evolving Conspiracy
Chapter 89: Identifying and Killing Werewolves
Chapter 90: 1st Quidditch Opponent
Chapter 91: Strange thoughts
Chapter 92: Dementors’ Feast
Chapter 93: The Young Wizards’ Patronuses
Chapter 94: Filch’s Office
Chapter 95: Scabbers’ Death
Chapter 96: The Imperius Curse Reappears
Chapter 97: Hagrid and Buckbeak
Chapter 98: Defending Buckbeak
Chapter 99: Marauder’s Map
Chapter 100: I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good
Chapter 101: Snape’s Jealousy
Chapter 102: The Marauder’s Map Controversy
Chapter 103: The Secret Behind the Marauder’s Map
Chapter 104: Legendary Magical Items
Chapter 105: Hidden Truth
Chapter 106: Cho Chang
Chapter 107: Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop
Chapter 108: Contact with the Stray Dog
Chapter 109: Lonely Avenger
Chapter 110: Evan and Black’s Deal
Chapter 111: Identity Exposure
Chapter 112: Better Be Honest
Chapter 113: Convincing Hermione
Chapter 114: Lucius’ Christmas Gift
Chapter 115: Darkness Falls
Chapter 116: Fenrir Greyback
Chapter 117: Evan’s Fear
Chapter 118: Battle with the Werewolf
Chapter 119: Hermione’s Decision
Chapter 120: Werewolf vs. Dog
Chapter 121: Lucius’ Plot
Chapter 122: Werewolf Riot
Chapter 123: Hard Time
Chapter 124: Anomalous Slytherin
Chapter 125: Tears of the Werewolf
Chapter 126: Covered Conspiracy
Chapter 127: I Believe in Him
Chapter 128: Warmth of Trust
Chapter 129: Bravery
Chapter 130: Not the Usual Ron
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