James Potter and the Marauders

James, Sirius, Remus and Peter are attending their second year at Hogwarts -witchcraft and wizardry. Find out what will happen this year.


4. The Shrieking Shack

Remus' p.o.v.:

We worked for an hour on that essay. When we were finished, it was time for lunch. I was really hungry! Luckily, there was a lot of food, like always. "Are you sure you want to go to the Shrieking Shack?" I asked them; I wanted to make them scared. "Well, you suggested it, so we're not coming back on the request." said Peter. "You are absolutely sure that there aren't any ghosts, right?" asked Sirius. I know that he is a little bit scared of ghosts - except the Hogwarts ghosts - but I want to make James scared too. "I never saw a ghost there, but I don't go there that often..." I said. "Remus, I thought you said there weren't any ghosts!' Said James paniced - this was what I was waiting for. "I'm not sure... It could be..." "You know what? You can go without me. I'm staying in the castle!" said Peter resolute. This was really too funny, I couldn't help it anymore so I just started to laugh. "What's so funny about this?" asked Peter annoyed. "Wait a minute... You're just fobbing us off, aren't you?" said James. I just nodded because I couldn't stop laughing. To my surprise, they weren't mad with me. James and Sirius even grimaced at eachother. I stopped laughing. "What's the matter?" I asked suspicious. "We brought you on the wrong path." James and Sirius said at the same time. "No, you didn't." "Yes, we did." "Okay, maybe a litlle bit." I finally admitted; we all started to laugh. When we were about to leave, Lily passed. Sirius, Peter and I whistled. Ofcourse Lily ignored us but James blushed - so the boys and I did a handshake.

Sirius' p.o.v.:

The next lesson was History of Magic teached by professor Binns - he is a ghost. James and I brought a pillow with us. Since the teacher falls asleep during his own lesson; he never notices it when we're sleeping too. We had History of Magic together with Slytherin. Professor Binns was talking about 'Medieval Assembly of European Wizards'. During his explanation, Binns fell asleep so James and I layed our head on our pillow and slept too. Two hours later, the lesson was finished and Remus woke us up. We were free for the rest of the day. Since it was quiet warm, we put out our jersey and layed us under a tree outside. "Why don't we go to the Shrieking Shack now already?" asked Peter. "Shht!" "Sorry..." whispered Peter. "Because they'll notice us immediately." I replied. "Not if we use James' Cloak." Remus, James and I sighed. "Yes, they will. Remus said the entrance of the Shrieking Shack is under the Womping Willow, and there, we will have to split if you don't want to be attacked by the Womping Willow." explained James. "Oh, I see." said Peter. "How you're going to try to make Lily love you?" I asked James; he blushed immediately. "I've got a plan." "What plan?" "That doesn't mean I'm going to tell you." Said James smiling. "You really think it will work anyway?" asked Remus. "Don't worry, it will." Strange he doesn't tell us, but I won't force him. We talked for the rest of the afternoon. After dinner, we went to the common room and played chess. We also went to bed after the last person in the common room, but we didn't sleep - even though it looked like we did. An hour and a half later - when everybody was asleep - we woke up.

In the common room, we discussed how we were going to the Shrieking Shack. We put on James' Cloak and went outside. In the corridor on the first floor, we passed professor Mcgonagall. We held our breath in, but luckily, she didn't notice us. Twenty minutes later, we arrived at the Womping Willow. We checked one more time to see if anybody was there, and then, James took the Cloak. We carefully came closer to the Womping Willow and split ourselves up. I jumped over a bench, while James had to dive. Remus got hit, but stood up immediately. Peter got hit too, but he grabbed the branch. Ten minutes later, we entered the Shrieking Shack. It was very dark and dirty. There was 1 staircase, but not as big as in the castle. The room we entered was not so big, the floor was grey and dirty. There was a wardrobe and a mirror. Like Remus said, it looked haunted, but it isn't. There were also a fiew planks half slack of the floor: the perfect way to hide a book! Before we hid the book, we took a look in it. Like James said, there were 7 secret passage. Ofcourse we want to explore them, but not tonight. First, we have to get back without being catched. Half an hour later, we hid the book and went back. This time, nobody crossed our way. Twenty minutes later, we were sleeping, because, in 2 hours it'll be morning.

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