14. Professor Moody's first lesson
As the class took their seats, Moody began. He told them what he used to do and told them that he was only there because of Dumbledore. He agreed with a pratical approach and this caused Hermione to become unnerved. No true defense against the dark arts teacher had said such a thing to them. She did agree that they should know how to use them but was worried that if Professor Moody was as mad as they said it could be very dramatic.
He yelled at them and lectured them about the unforgivable curses. Hermione shook her head and couldn't believe he was talking about this. He reached into a glass jar and pulled out a spider. He was using an unforgivable curse on it. A lot of the class laughed but Hermione sat with a sullen face. All she could think was that this was completely inappropriate. Moody approached Neville and asked him for another curse. He gave the curse his parents were tortured with "STOP it cant you see its bothering him STOP IT!" yelled Hermione. Moody went up to her desk and asked her for the final of the three curses she couldn't give it to him. He spoke with an angry tone " Avada kedavra". the spiders body went limp on her book as she looked away. " Only one person is know to have survived it and he is sitting in this room." The rest of the lesson went by uneventfully but as they left Hermione had a lot to say as did Ron. Ron celebrated him whilst Hermione scolded him. They reached Neville as they walked down the stairs. Moody appeared behind them and took Neville off for a chat. Hermione saw the look in Neville's eyes in the class room and the look plastered all over his face now. Something wasn't right. Something about that lesson had hurt him right to the core of his being. Hermione could sense it.
They went to the Great hall later and watched as people placed their names into the goblet of fire. everyone who did so got clapped. Cedric Diggory came bounding in and placed his name in. Ron wanted to do it you could tell. Fred and George came running in being clapped. "Well lads, we've done it cooked it up just this morning" "Its not going to work" sang Hermione at them. They went either side of her and George asked "Oh yer and whys that Granger" Fred looked dreamily at hermiones long bushy hair with a sparkle his twin had never seen before. Of course George noticed it but said nothing. That could wait till later. "You see this" Hermione pointed to a small line of floating smoke. "This is an age line. Dumbledore drew it himself" "So" asked Fred who couldn't help but notice how smart Hermione was and how good she was looking today. He secretly smiled at her. "So" hermione said as she snapped her book shut "a genius like Dumbledore couldn't possibly be fooled by a dodge as patheticly dim witted as a ageing potion" "Ahh but thats why its so brilliant"said Fred "because its so dim witted" finished George as they chuckled to themselves they got up and stood on the bench. "Ready Fred" "Ready George" "Bottoms up" they both said and they drank their potion in one quick shot. They jumped into the circle and were clapped "YESSS" they added their names and suddenly blue flames erupted from the goblet. The twins were pushed back and when they sat up they had long white beards and white hair. They began to scrap on the floor and a crowd formed around they shouting "Fight fight fight fight". Hermione sat back down and looked in disgust. If only she had known that Fred did it mainly for her attention, not that he would admit that to anyone. They noise subsided as Viktor Krum came into the hall. He approached the goblet of fire with Igor Karkaroff close behind him. As he placed his name into the goblet he looked at Hermione and held her gaze. She smiled at him. He was even more handsome up close than she expected.