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All the Times Harry was a Stupid (and brave) Gryffindor- Part II

Hullo Potterheads!!

I’m sorry I haven’t posted for so long, I haven’t been able to think of anything at all. Writer’s block 😦 On top of that, I recently discovered that I had to complete a project and submit it within a week. You might want to read my previous post again, if you’ve forgotten what it was about.

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As promised, I’m back with the continuation of the post upto Harry’s seventh year! Here we go-

Fourth Year at Hogwarts

This time, Harry didn’t even achieve a quiet summer. It was all smooth sailing till the World Cup. When the Death Eater demonstration started, Harry Ron and Hermione lost Fred George and Ginny. So much for sticking together. Of course, Harry loses his wand later, only to be found in Winky’s innocent hands. How irresponsible of Harry, really.

As if this much drama wasn’t enough for the year, somehow Mr. Potter manages to get himself into a magically binding contract for the infamously fatal Triwizard Tournament. This isn’t his fault at all, though, which we learn in the end, after Harry faces death thrice, and watches Cedric Diggory die.

Fifth year at Hogwarts

Again, Harry tries (and fails) to achieve a quiet summer. He tries his best to stay out of trouble, and who can blame him if his inner Gryffindor forces him to save everyone in peril? Well, this summer starts off with a quiet and uneventful meeting with three Dementors, which requires Harry, a 15 year old, to cast the Patronus Charm, which is quite difficult for even grown wizards to conjure.

But there’s more trouble at Hogwarts. The Ministry has decided to interfere, and this is definitely not something good. Dolores Jane Umbridge, a vicious pink Ministry toad, has been appointed the DADA professor. Harry soon learns exactly how evil she can get underneath that sickening sweetness. She uses Blood Quills, an illegal item, to torture her students with in detention. Harry, unable to keep his righteous mouth shut, lands himself in detention almost all the time.

That’s not it, either. Mr. Riddle hasn’t come into the picture yet. All throughout the year, Harry’s been having visions, which he believes to be real. They even save Mr. Weasley’s life. All’s good till now, but it seems that Riddle’s realised something. Professor Dumbledore tries to get Snape to teach Harry Occlumency, but it doesn’t work, of course. Harry’s mind absolutely refuses to go blank, and Harry absolutely refuses to practice. This results in something horrible, as Voldemort discovers their connection and manages to plant a false vision in Harry’s head, luring him to a certain death. Not having learnt Occlumency, Harry believes it to be true and against Hermione’s wishes, rushes to the Ministry to save Sirius from Voldemort’s wrath in the Department of Mysteries, along with a considerable amount of the Dumbledore’s Army. Just as they are about to lose, the Order of the Phoenix. In the duels that follow, Sirius loses his life to Bellatrix and falls through the Veil. Poor, poor Harry (*sob*).

Sixth Year at Hogwarts

Harry spends a wonderful time with the Weasleys after Dumbledore picks him up from Number Four, Privet Drive. The end of his summer is punctuated by a visit to Horace Slughorn. So far, so good.

Hogwarts, as usual, is far more dangerous than it’s supposed to be. Especially with evil forces like Voldemort at work. Draco Malfoy will stop at nothing to get what he wants, and Harry tries his best to get in his way. The stupidest thing Harry’s ever done to date, is using Sectumsempra on Draco. I mean, seriously? Chosen One or not, no one was going to forgive murder so easily. Thank Merlin for the timely interruption of Severus Snape (even though his Potions book and spells did the damage in the first place).

Throughout the year, Harry had been getting special lessons from the Headmaster to learn more about Voldemort’s past. There’s nothing wrong with that. Knowledge is power. At the end of the year, Harry decides to go with Dumbledore to get one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes from a lake in the middle of an island. After getting past the various dangers set up by the Dark Lord, they reach a stone basin with an emerald green potion in it. Dumbledore, thankfully, insists on drinking the potion. After retrieving the locket, Harry manages to Apparate himself and Dumbledore back to Hogsmeade, where more danger awaits.

Draco Malfoy has finally finished his job. Death Eaters have flooded the castle, with one purpose: kill Dumbledore. At the top of the Astronomy Tower, Harry lies Petrified, while Dumbledore eagerly awaits his death. After Snape casts the Killing Curse, Harry runs after him, trying to kill him too. How smart, putting yourself in danger, showing yourself to hundreds of Death Eaters who want nothing more than to capture you for the Dark Lord.

Seventh Year at Hogwarts

This is it. The culmination of the past 7 years. The danger of all those years combined and more.

The Order rescues Harry from the Dursleys (for the last time), and arranges for them to leave. The Seven Potters all fly to different safehouses with Voldemort and his Death Eaters on their trail. For the first time, Harry puts others in extreme danger, albeit reluctantly. Almost all of them reach home in one piece except George, who loses an ear and Alastor Moody who loses his life.

Then comes the bright spot in everyone’s lives: Bill and Fleur’s wedding. Everyone is happy and merry, until Kingsley’s Patronus, a lynx, warns them that the Ministry has fallen and the Death Eaters are coming to get them. The mood changes abruptly, and the Golden Trio apparate to a life of constant danger and hiding (even more dangerous than before).

They run around doing Gryffindor things like dueling Death Eaters, stealing from Gringotts, escaping on dragonback and almost being Nagini’s dinner. Not only that, they also manage to get themselves captured by some measly Snatchers. In Malfoy Manor, Hermione, who is usually the brains of the Trio, gives in to her Gryffindor bravery, leading to continued torture by none other than Bellatrix Lestrange. Oh, Hermione.

At Hogwarts, just as the Battle of Hogwarts begins, Harry decides to surrender himself to Voldemort, making the sacrifices his loved ones’ have made, in vain. When he turns out to be alive, even after the Killing Curse and several Crucios, the real battle begins. Neville beheads Nagini, and Mrs. Weasley gets rid of Bellatrix.

In the duel between Harry and Lord Voldemort, after a long discussion, which includes a lot of accusations, they both cast their respective spells and Harry wins (*phew*). At last the danger is over. For the next 19 years, at least.

Harry has always been a magnet for trouble, but the fact that he faces every obstacle that comes his way with courage is what makes him a hero. His inner Gryffindor is amazing and all of us Potterheads love him for it.

That’s it for today! I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you liked it or have a suggestion, please comment!



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