Their World in my Hands

My choices can change the lives of the ones I love, the ones I hate and the ones I don't know. I am a witch, an undetectable. It's all new to me, I could lead us to greatness or to devastation and I'm not ready for the power, but I have to be. Everyone's relying on me, I have their world in my hands and I cannot let them down...


36. Bowtruckles

The rest of the day flew by quickly. By the time it was sixth period, care of magical creatures, I was so tired that I tripped over every second rock on the path to Hagrid's hut.

As Albus and I reached out destination, we noticed that we were being joined by Hufflepuff in this class. I found a spot near the back of the group and waited.

Hagrid came out of his hut to greet us. "Hello class... My owl class... Today we will be um... Studying the movements of Bowtruckles, open up your books to page 27 and read the passage."

I found a nice sunny patch of grass and pulled out 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. Albus sat across from me as I opened the book.

The Bowtruckle is immensely difficult to spot, being a hand-sized, insect eating, tree dweller with long sharp fingers (two on each hand), brown eyes, and a general appearance of a flat-faced little stickman made of bark and twigs, which serves well as camouflage in its natural habitat.

The Bowtruckle can be found in western England, southern Germany, and certain Scandinavian forests. A Bowtruckle serves as a tree guardian for its home tree, which is usually a tree whose wood makes wands (such as Wiggentree). The twig-like fingers are well adapted for digging out wood lice in trees, and can also be used as a weapon against a foe when aimed at the eyes. It is generally a peaceful creature, but will become violent if anything threatens its tree, or even to itself. To take leaves or wood from a Bowtruckle's tree, one would have to offer it wood lice or fairy eggs as a distraction.

"Alrigh' everyone... Here is a box filled with wood lice... I want you to um... Go over to the trees on the outskirt' of the forrest and um... Try and attract a Bowtruckle... Then put it in one of these boxes and sketch it... Best if you work in groups o' four"

Surprisingly, Albus and I were joined by Rose, the one is thought I lost, the one I thought I could trust to get me through the upcoming weeks of trouble and despair, the one that despite all that has happened will never leave my side.

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