The Secret Castle A Harry Potter novel

Harry Potter is attending his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry when he hears about a mysterious secret door that leads to the Slytherin dorm rooms where Lord Voldemort used to practice dark magic in secret, in the cold dungeons.


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16. The Secret Castle-Part Sixteen

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Hagrid was with Fang in his cabin.

Harry, Hermoine, and Ron ate cakes, as they patted the animal. "How're you all doing at Hogwarts?", Hagrid asked them. "Lockhart doesn't know how to be a Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. We don't believe all of the stories about his fights with werewolves and elves, for instant. And he believes in his own books", Hermoine answered. "That's because Professor Dumbledore won't give Professor Snape the job", Hagrid said. The giant made some English tea, and poured several cups with his huge hands. "Snape is always in a bad mood", Ron said. He looked at the tables and chairs; he saw several Hippogriffs near The Forbidden Forest where centaurs lived. "Draco Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle, are my only enemies", Harry told them. He sipped his tea eagerly. "I have to return to the castle tomorrow to oversee the gardens", Hagrid told the young wizards. After they finished drinking, the giant served cauldron cakes on plates. They ate some of the cakes, as Hagrid smiled. "We have to go back to the Gryffindor dormitory", Hermoine said. "I thought you might", he smiled. "Good-bye, Hagrid", Harry and Ron said together. "'Bye, Hagrid", Hermoine added. And they opened the front door, and ran towards the old castle.

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Peeves the Hogwarts poltergeist, sang a song. "Potter, you're late; is it fate? Potter is scared of You-Know-Who? He is...", Harry shouted: "BE QUIET, PEEVES!". Argus Filch, the caretaker, walked towards him. "Ten points off Gryffindor House for being out of the castle's grounds-". Harry glared at him. "We were visiting Hagrid. I don't think you care about wizard's rights...", he said. And he stormed off towards the Fat Lady's picture. "Password", she said. "Tower", Harry told her. The door opened, and he headed towards his bed where Hedwig was waiting  for him. "Here's some cauldron cakes for dinner". The snowy coloured owl hooted, and ate two of the cakes, before she fell asleep with its owner, Harry Potter.

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The next day, October 31, was Halloween. Harry put on his glasses. He saw a letter from Uncle Vernon. "Here's five pounds for clothes", he said. Harry, who was used to having family members giving him less Muggle money than at Hogwarts, sighed. "What's that, Harry?", Ron asked. "Human money thanks to my Uncle. He and Aunt Petunia give the rest to Dudley", he answered. Ron stared at the notes. "Strange markings", he said. They saw Lee Jordan gasped at the money. "I was looking forward to Halloween", he said. He was wearing Gryffindor robes, and black boots on his feet. Percy Weasley, who was the head prefect, told the wizards off. "No running in the halls; no spells that has curses to be used on other wizards...". Harry stared at the Fat Lady's framed picture. "Wizard's brew", he said. He, Ron, and Lee walked out of the Gryffindor dormitory, and walked to along the stone steps that led to the Feasting Hall, where a Halloween party was just getting started. Hermoine smiled at them. "Happy Halloween Harry, Ron. I love holiday", she said. She was wearing the same Gryffindor robes, and black boots on her feet. "Well, look at Potter. He's still with the Weasleys", Draco Malfoy said coldly. He was wearing the green colours of Slytherin house; Crabbe and Goyle grinned evilly, as if they were planning to harm Harry Potter by the end of the night. Pansy Parkinson strode forward. "Hermoine, why are you with Ron Weasley, and Harry Potter? You should be with better wizards", she asked her. "They're my friends, Pansy. Besides, if you're with Draco Malfoy all of the time, then you'll be serving You-Know-Who", she asked her. The first year Slytherin witch grinned, as she spoke to Draco in secret. Draco laughed, then he walked over to Harry Potter. "Times running out, Potter, before you will know which friends need you by the end of the year", he said. He saw Professor Snape was watching them from his seat that was near the Slytherin dormitory to the fear back of the Feasting Hall. Professor Dumbledore, who was sitting in his usual majestic looking seat at the front, spoke in a commanding voice. "It is Halloween. The most important time for all wizards, witches, and warlocks. As human muggles are trick r' treating in America, (and around the World), getting candies, and playing tricks on everyone, at Hogwarts we're going to do the same here. But there's not going to be an Death Curses, (they're illegal for wizards in years one and two); they're curses that Lord Voldemort used when he was a student here a long time ago. In short, all wizards must pass their tests by the end of term on December 1. Now, let's eat and drink. That is all", he said. Harry felt his scar pulse at the mention of the Dark Wizard's name. "Are you alright, Harry?", Hermoine asked concernedly. "Yes, Professor Dumbledore said Lord Voldemort's name, and I had a pain in my forehead. It comes and goes. Look, let's spend Halloween together with Ron, okay". Hermoine smiled. "Fine. But if you need me to get some potion to get rid of the pain, I can produce a Anti-Pain herb drink for you to try". Harry hugged her. "Thank you, Hermoine. I'm sure you can help me out if you'd like. Thank you", he said. And, as the rest of the Gryffindor House, the rest of Halloween was free from trouble.

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