-Episodes of Neville's Perspective in Hogwarts during the Second Wizarding War (EDITED)
Neville Longbottom gazed at the passing scenery, feeling the slight rocking of the *Hogwarts Express*. Darkness had fallen onto the landscape hours ago, an indication that they were coming closer to their destination.
"Everything is going to change now, isn't it?" Ginny Weasley mumbled breaking the long silence that hung over them.
"At *Hogwarts*?" Luna Lovegood responded.
"Yeah...at Hogwarts" They were thinking the same thing about their first impression when they first arrived at Hogwarts, it seemed like a place of starting a new chapter, but now the idea has collapsed.
Hogwarts. Everything will be different. The Death Eaters which is a group founded by Voldemort, full of racial pure bloods, had somehow infiltrated the school and positioned Professor Snape, as the new headmaster. Neville could not understand how Professor Snape could betray them like that, how twisted could he really be?
Neville sighed with grief. Betrayal was another word to him, one which wasn't to be found in his dictionary. He couldn't imagine double-crossing any of his friends. He looked at Ginny who was now currently rummaging for her robes to change into as they got closer.
Ginny was of a petite stature and has bright brown eyes, though she was an independent girl who often knew her own mind. He then looked at Luna who was busy reading her father's magazine, The Quibbler. She has straggly, dirty blonde hair and protuberant eyes that gave her a permanently surprised look. She was an extremely quirky girl.
He then thought of Harry Potter, one of the bravest people he knew, and whom he looks up to as an ideal role model.
Before long, he thought about Harry's friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. He still remembers the multiple times when they helped him. No...He could not even think of the idea of being unfaithful to them. They were his friends.
"Neville, quit daydreaming already!" Ginny demanded breaking his train of thought."We're three minutes away from Hogwarts. You should've changed already."
Neville smiled but deep in his guts, he was worried. For the first time he was afraid of going to Hogwarts. Afraid of what will happen and what 'terror' Professor Snape will pursue while he is positioned in the seat of authority.
He followed Ginny's commands and took out his robes. He brushed his fingers gently over the embroidered symbol. He was put into *Gryffindor* for a specific reason. Hastily, he flung it over his current outfit and buttoned it.
"We're here" Ginny declared.
"Yes, at last" Neville echoed.
Neville stepped out of the train with Ginny and Luna companying him. He took a deep breath of cold air that refreshed his lungs. Neville saw the dim outline of Hogwarts and made a silent vow to himself at that very moment.
'No matter what happens, nor what changes, I will fight for my beliefs with my friends next to me'
Friendly chatter and the clattering of the cutlery as students feasted rang throughout the Great Hall. There has not been any abnormality so far. The Sorting Ceremony drifted passing like nothing has happened at all. Neville didn't know what to expect yet. Perhaps every time someone got sorted into Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff, Professor Snape would suddenly banish them from the castle.
Neville chuckled, he should enjoy the feast while he still has the chance, He selected from the wide variety, chocolate pudding while stabbing his fork into it. He gobbled it up as it satisfied his tastebuds.
"Hey Neville, how was the holiday for you?" Seamus Finnigan suddenly said as he stood next to Neville. Seamus was a friend of his, who carried an Irish accent, and had inquired sandy brown hair. He would though always looked like a slob due to the fact his uniform would be countlessly untidy.
Neville looked up at the mention of his name and swallowed the pudding a little bit too quickly, causing him to almost choke but managed a cough. He grabbed the nearest glass of water and drank it until it cleared his throat.
"Sorry, and it has just been quiet" Neville answered."Grand, I have been keeping update with the latest news. Protection, and new measures have been put up around when the Ministry of Magic fell"
Seamus's expression darkened abruptly."You don't reckon, I am amazed that there is this much people that came back even with the change of a new headmaster."
"Didn't you hear the announcement that every young witch and wizard must attend?" Neville said.
"Of course I did" Seamus exasperatedly said. I'm just surprised that they are all still here, they can move abroad to Australia 'till everything blows over."
"I guess" Ginny butted in.
"But it would be hard wouldn't it? The wizarding community is completely different to the *Muggle's*. You can't just pack your wand and except not to questioned by Muggle security as you leave the country. It would cause a whole bunch of problems. Long distance transportation is a bit troublesome for our society too. That doesn't mean no one has left though. It's just difficult and the percentages are high that you would be caught"
"True." Seamus said agreeing with every word.
"Dean isn't here." Neville pointed out, "I suspect he had to go into hiding due to his blood status. All loads to rubbish if you ask me. All the Muggle-borns have vanished. Only Half-blood and Pure-blood are allowed now."
"I hope Dean is going well out there..." Seamus said worriedly.
"As well as he can be" Ginny added sighing.
"Besides being forced upon here, there is another reason why we must not leave" Neville said.
"What?" Ginny asked with curiosity.
"Hogwarts needs all the help it can get until this war is won."
"I 'spect you're right."
At the exact moment, the pudding and dessert disappeared into thin air leaving the silver platters vacant. Silence fell amongst the students altogether. Everybody looked up to the head table where Professor Snape,himself had risen from the headmaster's seat. Neville stared at him with annoyance. He should be not on that chair, not after what he did to this school.
"I have some announcements to make" he stated slowly.
A slight shiver rippled through the Great Hall as people gazed up to the bat-like figure that stood before them. You see he was a tall, thin man with pale skin, with a large hooked nose, and midnight hair so with his black cape he really did resemble a bat.
No one dared to make a single sound.
"Great changes have been made and are in place of order since I am now appointed headmaster." Snape continued,
"I would like you to welcome Professor Carrow who will teach the Dark Arts, as Defense Against the Arts are no longer available"
Mutterings started to arouse from the students. Neville glanced at Ginny and Seamus in alarm. Ginny had her mouth wide open while Seamus nearly fell off his chair. The Dark Arts?
They were going to bring in the Dark Arts as a class and to top it off they were making a Death Eater teach it? Neville did not know how to process his thoughts correctly.
"Silence!" Professor Snape's voice rang out sharply."I would also like to introduce Professor Carrow's sister, Professor Carrow, who will be taking Muggle Studies as a compulsory subject"
This time, Neville felt like he needed a long trip to the bathroom to get rid of the nausea he was feeling. He could already picture the chaos and the derailing of this school! He saw Professor McGonagall with an expression that she had eaten something extremely sour, then seeing Professor Sprout's head bowed down almost as low as the plate in front of her.
"-your loyalty lies with this school and it's staff" Snape ended."Now get some rest and you shall resume your training tomorrow"
There was a hustle as a sea of black steaming out the Great Hall. Whispers and comments spread like wildfire on what Professor Snape had just reported.
"What do you think about the whole thing?" Seamus inquired.
"I think Hogwarts needs our help more than before" Neville responded
It was late in the night but Neville found himself not being able to get a wink of sleep. He could hear Seamus's soft snores, and the faint patter of the rain outside. Neville looked at the two empty beds that usually Harry and Ron occupied in. He wondered where and what Hermione and them could be possibly be doing at this time.
They told no one.
He imagined it was something to defeat You-Know-Who, something that could bring the war to it's final end. Neville fully believed in Harry. His eyes flickered over to the next bed that belonged to Dean Thomas. He hoped Dean was okay...and alive. With a shaking sigh Neville finally rested his eyes, mind still swarming with worry.
"You gotta be joking!"
"What is it Neville?" Ginny asked.
"Look at my timetable!" Neville yelped, with his hand frozen, clutching a piece of toast with his other free hand. He thrusted his timetable into Ginny's hands in disgust.
"It is torture!" He muttered.
"You have it tough today, don't you?" Ginny said as her eyes swept the given paper.
"You have a double period of the Dark Arts followed by Muggle Studies. Hey, at least you have Charms and double Herbology afterwards" She said trying to be positive.
"Why do we have to learn the Dark Arts anyway?" Neville moaned.
"Because the messed up school curriculum said so" Ginny said impatiently, "Face it, there is no point in complaining. I can't say I'm pleased with this either but we need to endure it for now"
"But being the first to be in that particular class?" Neville continued, "What is this misfortune!"
"It isn't surprising, You are a seventh year" Ginny said.
"And to think I have to do the Dark Arts as my N.E.W.T.!" Neville ramble on "Well at least I will know I'll get a 'T' for one subject, and be proud of it."
Neville looked down at his breakfast, but by now he had lost his appetite. Instead, he grabbed a glass and poured himself some water.
"Hey Neville! What's with all the gloomy faces?" A voice spoke up as it was Seamus smiling over him. Seamus was accompanied by his other two friends, Lavender Brown, and Parvati Patil.
"We got the Dark Arts as the first class!" Neville said glumly.
"Blimey! You can't be serious!" Seamus exclaimed.
"You guys probably already heard the news then, I'm already guessing" Lavender Brown said, her face sullen. Lavender had brown eyes, and dirty blonde hair but yet had the trait of being sometimes reacting in extreme measures.
"What do you think they will make us do?" Parvati Patil asked, worried written all over her face. You see she was quite an opposite of Lavender as she had both brown hair, and skin, and usually wore her hair in a plait,but despite that she is very loyal to her friends.
"I have no clue" Neville said nervously taking a long drink of water calming his nerves down. "But I know for sure it isn't creating flowers in thin air" He half heartedly joked.
"What happens if we learn the forbidden curses?" Seamus asked.
"Whatever it is we have each other" Lavender added.
"Of course" Neville replied
"What classes do you have Ginny?" Parvati queried.
"Not sure" Ginny said "Professor McGonagall still needs to check it"
"Oh yeah you're a sixth year, I bet you though, the Muggle Studies will be loads of rubbish on how they are horrible." Parvati said
"Do they really think that they could convince us of that?" Seamus said in disbelief, "What a waste of time"
"I don't know what they hope to achieve" Neville said
"Doesn't matter, it is compulsory" Seamus continued "But I find it unfair how we only have less than one year to learn all this rubbish before we are put into one of the most important examinations of our lives! Is Snape seriously making the seventh year go into N.E.W.T. after what is suppose to be seven years of learning, into one?"
Seamus glared up at the head table.
"You summed it all up Seamus" Lavender replied.
"We should get to our first class" Parvati disclosed "It's almost time" Neville got up slowly,still crestfallen.
"Good luck guys!" Ginny shouted behind them as they left.
"We'll need it" Seamus muttered under his breath.
Neville entered the dark classroom with caution. He could feel the nausea coming again. The room was dimly lit and the windows were covered by maroon curtains with only tiny streams of light peeking through.
He slipped into a seat next to Seamus, and took out his textbook hoping for a theory lesson rather than a practical one."Well, what an interesting class I have here" A voice boomed at the end of the classroom.
Everyone turned around, as Neville's eyes fell upon an hulk like figure. The figure marched up to the front of the class with an leering expression.
"Well I hope you guys are up for the Dark Arts today" Professor Carrow shouted to the entire class.
"The Dark Arts is a great tool that the Dark Lord wants you to learn-"
It was there that Neville decided he cannot be further bothered listening to the false praise of the Dark Arts. It was certainly a waste of not only his but everyone's time. He started to dwell on his thoughts on Dumbledore's Army or in short *The D.A.*
They didn't have a leader but wasn't the sole purpose of it was to learn the defensive spells against the Dark Arts when now no one could teach them? What perfect time would it be if he could restart it? It would give people including himself hope.
He reflected the brilliant times he had two years ago in a different situation. If they could unite against Umbridge they could definitely be able to do the same against the Carrows, but he knew he needed assistance. He knew Luna and Ginny would be on board with it from the very beginning.
A sudden nudge awoke him back to the same gloomy classroom once again. He saw Professor Carrow sneering down upon him with an evil glint in his eyes.
"I take it you are Neville Longbottom?" He sneered
"Y-Y-Yes" Neville stammered.
Neville mentally kicked himself for stammering at such a time like this! He shouldn't be afraid! "I see you are already off daydreaming in my class" Professor Carrow smirked. Neville stared up at him, his mind blank for any responses.
"Get up" Carrow ordered him.
But Neville remained in his seat.
"GET UP!" Carrow yelled dragging Neville up with an steely force.
He waved his wand and floated Neville in the front of class. Neville looked around seeing the pity on the Gryffindor's expressions while glee shone on the Slytherins.
"We are learning the Cruciatus Curse today" Professor Carrow said "For example, this is a punishment for students who disobey orders. The Cruciatus Curse is one that causes extreme agony and torture. I shall demonstrate before you!"
Professor Carrow's black coal eyes fell on Neville. Neville could only dimly register that he was about to become a guinea-pig before he felt the overwhelming pain. He was smashed against the floor as imaginary searing hot knives cut and slashed at his flesh with no mercy.
It felt like he was tossed in a blazing inferno. Neville could feel something like a blunt rustic axe sawing away at all his body parts. His mind was about to explode and deteriorate, but suddenly... it as gone.
Neville rolled over onto his back. He could still hear the ringing of his screams vibrating in the still air. Tears started to form in his eyes as he thought about how his parents was forcefully put though this curse. How they bravely fought the Death Eaters who tortured them to the edge of insanity and it was this thought that cleared his mind and gave him the strength to stand up again.
He wiped away his tears and faced the Death Eater. He will not be put down like it. "Oh tough are we?" The Death Eater taunted, "tough like your parents? but I am not here to make you as stupid like them.I'm here to teach you and your peers the fine art of the Dark Arts.
Professor Carrow leered down at the classroom and smirked with delight.
"Slytherins, partner up with the Gryffindors. We don't want friends torturing friends do we?" He laughed "Slytherins, take your pick and perform your best Cruciatus Curse on your enemies."
Neville looked around and already seeing his friends down...squirming feverish with their tortured screams pouring throughout the room, He turned around to face his assigned partner, Crabbe. He gave Neville a smile but before he knew it a fresh wave of pain flooded him as he experienced this nightmare once again.
"Luna, Luna! Over here" Ginny whispered trying to catch her attention while not attracting others. Luna turned around quizzically, hurriedly spotting Neville and Ginny while walking over to their hiding spot behind a statue.
"Are you guys all set? Met me back here at 3pm okay? That's in one hour" Neville hushed.
"We have to do this fast and efficiently"
Ginny and Luna nodded and ran off to their separate location. Neville slipped off to the Great Hall. After the horrendous class, Neville formulated a plan. He asked Ginny and Luna to help and they agreed with enthusiasm.
Neville took out his wand and started to cast brilliant colored streams onto the wall.
"What are you doing?" A voice said
Neville spinned around seeing that a young short boy was leaning against the wall with his arms crossed together.
"What are you doing?" The boy repeated again.
"Wh-Who are you" Neville asked nervously
"Luke Webb, third year" He said grinning mischievously
"Why are you here?"
"I should ask you the same thing but I'll answer if you answer me first" Luke said as he smiled.
"Rebelling" Neville said truthfully followed with a sigh.
He had already thought to the conclusion he would be caught red handed and be whipped by the Carrows so he might as well say the truth.
"Don't worry I'm not here to dob you in or whatever" Luke reassured as Neville let a huge breath out not even knowing he was holding his breath in the first place.
"I'm here to join"
Neville glanced at his graffiti."I don't know, nothing is exactly planned out yet"
"Don't worry, I can wait"
The next morning was to be found with people crowded around different areas of the castle. There were mutterings and whispers about the colored graffiti imprinted onto the walls. Rumors flew around the whole castle at the speed of light but Neville knew...
He walked past the Great Hall, smiling with glee.
"Good job Neville!"Ginny whispered excitedly "We did it!"
"We did, didn't we?" Luna smiled
Neville grinned wider in response and glanced at the brightly lit message proclaiming hope. Hope for all students of Hogwarts.
Here are some terms in case some of you viewers didn't understand!
*Hogwarts Express* is the name of the train that makes a run between London, King's Cross Station Platform 9¾ and Hogsmeade Station.
*Gryffindor* A house out of Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherins. Each year a group of a certain house shares the same Dormitory and classes. The houses compete throughout the school year, by earning and losing points for various activities
*Muggle* the term given to a witch or wizard who is born to two non-magical parents.
*The D.A.* A secret organization initiated by Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley to teach their fellow Hogwarts students proper Defense Against the Dark Arts
*Hogwarts* Is a British wizarding boarding school teaching the magical arts, located in Scotland inside Hogwarts Castle