I have no idea how, but we all succeeded our exams. Sirius, Remus, Peter and I decided to stay at Hogwarts during the Christmas Holiday to work on the Map. There weren't many students during the holiday, a fiew from each House. We were the only one from Gryffindor, so we had the entire common room for ourselves. The last time Remus was absent because of his werewolve transformation, Sirius, Peter and I worked on a plan. During breakfast, we decided to tell Reums. "Remus, we have to tell you something..." started Sirius. "What have you done?" "We haven't done anything... yet. But we're going to ask professor Mcgonagall to teach us how to transform ourselves into animals, to support you." We thought he was going to be happy with it, but Reums was furious. "Have you lost your mind? Honestly James, you never think twice, do you? Do you have any idea how dangerous that is?" "But how can it be dangerous, Remus? We're only trying to help..." I said. Remus' face turned all red. "When... When I transfrom into a werewolve, I'm not myself anymore. I... I'm able to kill my best friend..." whispered Remus and he left. "And that is exactly why we have to help you." Sirius said resolute; Peter and I nodded. Remus ignored us for the rest of the day, so we had all the time to go to professor Mcgonagall. We decided to visit her after lunch. Sirius, Peter and I first played Exploding Snap. During the game, the cards spontaneously explode. After Exploding Snap, we played chess and then, it was time for lunch. The food was as always delicious. Then, we finally went to Mcgonagall's office. I knocded on the door. "Come in." Professor Mcgonagall said and we entered. "Mister Potter, mister Black and mister Pettigrew. What are you doing here?" "Profesoor, can I ask you something?" I asked; she nodded. "We would like to learn how to transform into animals, to help Remus. He is a werewolve, you see. It's very hard for him and we thought it would be less hard - emtionally - if we can transfrom ourselves into animals as well." Professor Mcgonagall raised her eyebrows. "It is good to hear that you are worried about your friend, mister Potter. But this is not some average magic. Only very powerful are capable to transform themselves into animals." "But you can transform into a cat, can't you? Please professor, teach us." begged Sirius. "Perhaps I should give you a chance. But you must promise me you won't tell anyone, except mister Lupin, ofcourse." "I promise." Sirius, Peter and I said in choir. "You can come every saturday after dinnder to my office." Thank you, professr." Said Peter and we left.
When Remus was drawing the map, James, Peter and I discoverd the castle. Sometimes, James stole food from the kitchen with help of his Cloak. After all, it was an amazing holiday. Remus still had to draw alot. We told him about our extra lessons from professor Mcgonagall. First, he was mad, but then he realised we want to help him. Finally, it was saturday evening. After dinner, James, Peter and I went to Mcgonagall's office. We promised not to tell anyone, but I can tell you what animal we will be transforming. I'll be transformed in a dog, Peter in a rat and James in a deer. As Mcgonagall told us, it was really difficult. This was still going to take a long time. Monday, all the students were back so we had to be extra careful. James wanted to discuss something about the Map. So at night, we went to the Restricted Section. "As you all know, the Map is our secret. I want it to stay a secret forever. To keep it a secret, we might have to use nicknames. What do you think?" asked James. "Not a bad idea, mate." I said. Remus and Peter agreed. After a while, we decided to call ourselves 'The Marauders'. My nickname would be 'Padfoot', James' nickname 'Prongs, Peter's nickname 'Wormtail' and Remus' nickname 'Moony'.