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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13. The Secret Castle-Part Thirteen

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Madam Hooch, the Hogwarts Flying Instructor, strode forward. "I want all of you to say 'Up!' when you pick up your broomsticks. I'm sure that all of you will be able to fly by the lesson's end. Now....go!". Harry lifted high in the air. "Potter, it seems you're a wizard after all", Draco Malfoy sneered. He also was in the air. As they flew past the North Tower of Hogwarts, Neville struggled to fly. "Sorry, I'm...not...flying...". He gripped his broom with his small hands; he then headed downward, and felt relieved that the class was almost over. "Neville, you need to fly if you want to pass my class". Neville, who preferred herbology to other of the classes, sighed. "I'm not good at flying, Madam Hooch, really I am". Hermoine smiled at him. "Relax, Neville. Then say 'Up!'". He nodded. He took a long, deep, breath, then shouted: "UP!". Neville started to fly. He grabbed onto his broomstick with his right hand, then he knew he was a wizard after all.

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The next class was indeed Herbology. Neville smiled, as Professor Sprout gazed at the wizards. "Good afternoon. Today we'll be discussing the different kinds of herbs. Some are more dangerous than others. Now turn to page 5 of Grade 1 of Magical Herbology which is a book I wrote a decade ago". Hermoine, who read all of the books on every subject at Hogwarts, grabbed her witches' quill pen in her right hand, and wrote..."Some of the ancient herbs are centuries old like the Green Mandrake; some are the dark roots which are only found in the Forbidden Forest; some are near the Whomping Willow tree, which is as old as Hogwarts itself...". Draco raised his left hand. "I heard that the dark roots in the trees in the Forbidden Forest are full of old magic, and there's a forcefield around it so that no wizard or witch, and warlocks, can remove them", he asked Professor Sprout. "That's correct, Draco. You can't go inside The Forbidden Forest, unless you do magic that's beyond your years". Draco grinned. "Father was used to making sure I succeeded as a wizard", he said. Harry rolled his eyes, as Pansy Parkinson gazed at Draco, and smiled.

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