Dragons speak Parseltongue too, you know

Harry befriends the dragon in the first task, and this makes all the difference. Watch as Harry rebels against the ministry, forms a bond with a dragon the likes of which hasn't been seen in centuries, and goes up against Voldemort! And he might just fall in love along the way... some Dumbles bashing, temporarily bad Ron, and Harry/Hermione/Luna for the pairing!



15. Dancing Dilemmas

After drying off from their bath, the three friends walked down to the Great Hall for lunch, deep in discussion over what to do about Harry's 'breathing problem'. As they were walking, Harry suddenly did a face palm. "Oh no."

"What is it?" Hermione asked.

"I can't swim!"

"Well that's easy enough to fix." Luna said happily. "We'll teach you! We can use the Prefect's Bathroom for lessons."

"Why didn't you tell us that wh

ile we were in the bathroom?" Hermione asked in exasperation. "We could have started practicing then!"

"Sorry, Mione, Luna, I only just thought of it." Harry grinned sheepishly.

"It's perfectly alright." Luna said serenely.

Hermione sighed in mock annoyance before grinning right back at him. "Okay, but make sure it doesn't happen again."

"Yes, sir!" Harry saluted her before hightailing it to the Great Hall.

"Why, you!" Hermione gave chase.

Luna tilted her head as she looked after her strange friends. After a moment, her lips twitched and she joined in on the chase.

After eating lunch at the Ravenclaw table, Harry and Hermione bid Luna goodbye and headed off to Transfiguration class, where they were in for a bit of a surprise.

It was the end of the class period, and the bell was due to ring any minute when McGonagall cleared her throat for their attention. "I have an announcement for you all. Due to the Triwizard Tournament being held at Hogwarts this year, there will be a Yule Ball as well. The Yule Ball is a traditional part of the Tournament and shall be held on Christmas Day, starting at 8:00 and ending at midnight. Your dress robes are to be worn, as it is a formal event. It will be open to students 4th year and above, but you may ask a younger student if you wish. Now, this is an opportunity for us all to, er, let our hair down." She said as Lavender Brown giggled.

McGonagall's gaze honed in on her. "However, this is not to be seen as an excuse to lower our behavioral standards. I expect each and every one of you to behave in a manner that will do the school proud. I will be extremely displeased if I hear of anyone doing otherwise."

The bell rang and excited chatter rose up as people packed away their supplies and gossiped about the ball. Just as Harry and Hermione were getting up to leave, McGonagall spoke again. "Mr. Potter- a word, please."

"I'll wait outside." Hermione whispered as she left the room.

Harry turned to his teacher. "Yes Professor?"

"Potter, it's traditional for the Champions and their partners-"

"Partners?" Harry interrupted.

"Yes, dance partners." McGonagall said while looking at him suspiciously, as if she thought he was messing with her. After ascertaining that he wasn't, she continued. "As I was saying, it's a traditional part of the ball for the champions and their partners to open the ball."

"Open the ball- you mean dancing?" Harry said incredulously. "Professor, I don't dance!"

"Well, Mr. Potter, I recommend that you learn." She said sharply before her eyes softened minutely. "Relax, Potter, there will be dance lessons held on alternating Thursday and Tuesday evenings for the next month or so until the ball. You'll have plenty of time to learn."

"Thanks?" Harry said, though it came out as more of a question than a statement. He bade the Professor farewell and exited the classroom only to come across Hermione.

"What was that all about?" She asked him, noticing his distressed state.

Harry sighed. "I'll tell you and Luna at dinner."

During dinner, Harry told the girls what McGonagall had told him about the dance. "... So basically, I'm required to go with a date and open the ball when I don't even know how to dance!"

"Harry, why don't you take Luna?" Hermione suggested thoughtfully. Harry and Luna started. "I mean, it's open to fourth-year and above, so this way we can all go."

"Erm... Okay," Harry said uncertainly as he turned to Luna. "Luna, will you go to the dance with me? As– as friends, I mean." He stammered.

"i'd love to." Luna smiled at him as she blushed slightly.

"Thanks guys-you're lifesavers!"

Hermione rolled her eyes and stuck her nose in the air, as if she were pretending to be a snob. "In exchange for my brilliant idea, you, Mr. Potter, owe me a dance." She said in her most posh voice. They all started snickering, and that was that.

After dinner was finished, the new and improved golden trio made their way to the library, only to find it full… of girls. There were girls giggling at almost every table, and it didn't take long to see why. There, in the middle of the Hogwarts library, was Viktor Krum, sitting alone and pouring over a pile of books that was on par with Hermione's while she was researching the first task.

"Oh, for goodness' sake!" Hermione said in frustration a few minutes later, when they had failed to find any tables that were devoid of the strange creatures known as 'fangirls' that were masquerading as humans. "They've taken over the entire library!"

"It's okay, Hermione, we can come back later when it's not so crowded and-" Harry tried to placate her, but was interrupted.

"No, this is a library, we have as much a right to be here as anyone else." Hermione said firmly as she marched up to the only table with any space…

… Which just happened to be the one that Viktor Krum was sitting at. A hush fell over the room as Hermione walked up to the world famous Quidditch star. "Excuse me." She said simply. Krum looked up, mild surprise showing in his expression. Either no one had had the guts to talk to him, or he wasn't expecting someone that wasn't a bundle of nerves. Either way, Harry supposed it didn't really matter. He snapped out of his musings and back into reality when Hermione continued to speak. "May we sit here? For some odd reason, the rest of the library seems to be occupied." She stated dryly, her voice dripping with sarcasm.

Krum snorted in amusement at her dry humor. "Go ahead. I do not mind having company vhen I study. I only ask that you do not 'giggle' at me. There seems to be an epidemic."

"I doubt that will be a problem." Hermione said with a smile and as she sat down, Harry and Luna following suit. The trio could practically feel the envious glares coming at them from all sides. "I'm Hermione Granger, by the way, and that's Luna Lovegood, and that's-"

"Harry Potter. I know vho you are. You are a Seeker as well, yes?"

Harry lit up and Hermione and Luna rolled their eyes at each other as the two got into an avid Quidditch discussion. Well, at least they did until Hermione spotted the titles of some of the books that Viktor was reading. "Oh, you've read 'Hogwarts A History' and 'Advanced Arithmancy: Practical Uses and Theory'?"

"Ooh, and 'Drummer's Call' by A. N. Tares?" Luna piped in excitedly, and the debate turned towards intellectual matters. Harry surprised himself by being able to keep up with, and even participate as they discussed different authors, theories, and spells. It seems that all that extra time in the library had paid off after all.

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