The Hogwarts Games

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Winner of the Crossover Competition! *_* I decided to combine two of my favourite fandoms - Harry Potter and Hunger Games to come up with - The Hogwarts Games! I've tried to pick up the story of Harry Potter from where JKR left it, so the main characters are the new generation of Potters and Weasleys. It's set in Hogwarts and I've incorporated the concept of the Games in here. I've really worked hard on this, so I hope you like it :)

Credits for the lovely cover - MoonAvis

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18. Chapter Eighteen

They registered the cries as soon as they heard them. Painful shrieks piercing the air, shrill voices calling for help. Someone was in trouble.

There was a moment of confusion among the three between hearing the screams and reacting. It was a moment when they had looked at each other quizzically. Were they supposed to help? Or were they supposed to let whoever was clearly in so much pain die?

Of course not.

James swore loudly as he slung the backpack on his shoulders again and the three of them ran towards the direction of the screams. They had to be such heroes. Albus couldn’t understand himself why they were doing this. Why were they so intent on helping just about everybody they came across, even though they were not obliged to? But then he knew. It was only humanity. Something those Gamemakers were incapable of comprehending.

It was happening only a few meters away. The trio stopped dead in their tracks when they saw it. A hippogriff. It looked wild and extremely furious, striking at two tributes with its deadly sharp talons while they scrambled about in desperation. Albus looked at the other two. They couldn’t just go right over and stop the hippogriff from attacking. The beast would only end up killing them too.

“Okay, Rose, what’s your plan?” James said, knowing that if Rose didn’t have a plan, nobody in the whole wide world did.

“I do have something,” she admitted, looking a bit pale, “but it’s mad. It won't necessarily work. We’d have to be crazy to do something like it.”

The three of them considered this for a second and decided they were crazy after all. They hadn’t come all the way up here to leave the two poor tributes to die without even trying to help. That wasn’t like them.

“Spit it out.”

“Okay listen,” she said urgently. The plan was mad, yes, but Albus had a feeling they could do it with the right timing. Rose looked like she had no faith in it and James was just happy to be doing something. Albus exhaled. This was their best gamble.     

Wands at the ready, the three of them parted ways. Rose and James ran towards the back of the hippogriff ever so stealthily so that it wouldn’t notice their movements while Albus, who had been trusted with the biggest task, walked right ahead into the beast’s range of vision. Up close, he saw it had been attacking Scorpius and Ace, both of who were lying on the ground, looking like they were already half-dead. When Albus had approached, the beast looked up and caught his eye. Now.

Rose had said she wanted Albus to do exactly what he had done with the hippogriff during his skills test and that is what he did. He bowed politely, maintaining steady eye contact and waited for the hippogriff to make a move. He was confident it would work. It had worked once before. The hippogriff studied him with its big orange eyes and bowed readily.

Albus looked at Rose and nodded. She passed him some of the meat they had in their kit and he waved it in front of the beast’s nose. It looked pleased and ate it up. In fact, it even allowed Albus to stroke it. Albus felt curious. Why had it been so easy to gain its trust for him but not for the other two now lying half-conscious on the ground?

“Wow,” said Rose. “I know you said you had done it well in the test but that was really impressive.” She looked skeptically at the hippogriff which was now contentedly chewing at its food and motioned for Albus to lead it away from the two other tributes. He did it with ease, because all it took was another show of meat and the beast followed him like a puppy.

“Looks like they haven’t been feeding you properly,” Albus scratched its feathers fondly. It was hard to believe this was the same brute that had almost killed Scorpius and Ace just a few minutes ago. But then it clicked all of a sudden. This was the same hippogriff he had faced on the day of the test. That was why it had trusted Albus so readily and not anybody else. Albus smiled to himself, knowing that it wasn’t a coincidence. Hagrid must have had something to do with getting a creature that he was familiar with inside the arena.

“How bad do you think the wounds are?” James asked. He and Rose were both kneeling beside the two others. Scorpius was moaning and complaining but Ace looked like he had passed out. Both of them had deep gashes that were spilling blood. They needed to be bandaged. Rose looked in the backpack and found some of it in a kit that was especially made for medical supplies. She neatly tied up Scorpius’ wounds while James followed her example and did the same for Ace.

As soon as Scorpius had been taken care of, he sprang to his feet. “I’m leaving,” he said awkwardly and limped away on his potentially broken foot. Rose muttered something about ungrateful baboons as he disappeared from sight. Albus wondered how long he would last with those wounds and that bad leg. A few days maybe. But without food and with the possibility of enemies springing up from any corner anytime, just a few hours if he was lucky.

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