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The time has finally come. We, in the Magical Archives, have decided it is time to relive the pages of the Half-Blood Prince. Over the next few months we will be discussing the sixth installment in the series. Rediscovering the magic of learning to apparate, the twins expanding their business, and one of the hardest goodbyes we didn’t want to say. Take a seat, we’re about to begin!


Harry and Dumbledore approached the back door of the Burrow, which was surrounded by the familiar litter of old Wellington boots and rusty cauldrons; Harry could hear the soft clucking of sleepy chickens coming from the distant shed. ~Chapter 5~

Chapter 5: An Excess of Phlegm
Arriving with Harry early to the Burrow, Dumbledore hurried off to meet with Rufus Scrimgeour. Urgent matters to discuss, of course. Molly told Harry about Arthur's promotion, heading the Office for the Detection and Confiscation of Counterfeit Defensive Spells and Protective Objects. It wasn’t long before Hermione and Ron discovered that Harry had arrived. Nor before Ginny came into the room irritated by her. Oh, would you look at that, owls bringing O.W.L's!


A teenage boy with a pale, pointed face and white-blond hair appeared from behind the rack, wearing a handsome set of dark green robes that glittered with pins around the hem and the edges of the sleeves.~Chapter 6~


Chapter 6: Draco's Detour
Harry remained at the Burrow for a few weeks. Remus come with unfortunate news, they’d found the body of Igor Karkaroff, more dementor attacks and Mr. Fortescue and Mr. Ollivander are both missing. Letters and book lists soon arrived, bringing news Harry had made Quidditch Captain! In their visit to Diagon Alley, the trio went to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. It wasn’t long before they saw Draco hurrying up the street and decided it wise to follow the Slytherin.


Questions to consider:
-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?
-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?
-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?
-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?
-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?


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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
I don't really know, maybe she couldn't face his ability to know what people were thinking about. She probably wanted to be alone and not have to talk about her feelings.

-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
I don't think I would like to know if I was in mortal peril from a clock. If I didn't already know about it I think I'd rather be happy not knowing.

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
Possibly, but I can see this from both sides. From their point of view Fleur would have appeared very suddenly into their family and Ginny in particular would have a sense of pretectiveness over her brother.

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?
Honestly I think I'd be closer to Hermione in this. I don't mean to boast or anything with this but I had a similar attitude to Hermione when it came to school and my actual exam results were in that kind of line.

-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?
Did he go into hiding? Did he go willingly? Was he taken suddenly? I would have lots of questions and I don't think I would assume anything.

-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?
I wouldn't have said no to a Pygmy Puff, they look kinda cute, but I think I'd be more interested in the interesting prank items.

-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?
If I had a way of doing so undetected, absolutely. Caution would be needed.

-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?
My first thought was candlesticks or something like that but this is Malfoy so maybe not
 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?

I think she left so fast for two reasons. One, she didn't want to have to answer any awkward questions. Two because she did not want to appear weak to Dumbledore since she was entrusted to guard the school.

-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!

I do not. I already worry so much about everyone and everything, it wouldprobably give me anxiety attacks every day!

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?

I think they were acting like typical teenage girls. it is very hard to know that someone has an edge over you in the look department at that age and Fleur didn't even have to try.

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?

from looking back at my grades, I was so a Hermione. I never would accept or expect anything less of myself, lol.

-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?

My first thought would have leapt to the Death Eaters must have taken him and I would worry if he was still alive.

-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?

Definitely the Pygmy Puffs. Spell check quills of course and maybe some of their defensive line items.

-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?

I would not have. Though I would have told the members of the Order that he was in there.

-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?

My first thought was maybe an item like the two-way mirrors. Something for communication.

 

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-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?

I think it depends on the class, because some of the classes just don't interest me. History has never been something I enjoy so I would probably get something like an Acceptable in that, but most others I would likely get outstandings. I am a very good student and I love to learn.
 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
She was probably discussing her relationship with Remus to Molly. She needed someone like a female to hear her problems. Dumbledore wasn't the reason for her leaving. He brought Harry to the Weasley house. Once Harry was there, Tonks could not chat privately.

-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy! Yes, I would want a clock like the Weasley. I would know if any of my family members needed help with the way things are in the world.

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
Yes, they were being mean girls.

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic? I think my O.W.L. results would be in the middle, not to high but not low either. I would say E and a sprinkle of O.

-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?
I would think, he went into hiding to escape the strange occurrence happening in the Wizarding World.

-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy -Puff?
I would definitely want a Pygmy Puff, and pranking stuff.

-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?
Nope, it's his business and he needs privacy.

-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?
It's hard to say since he's not into any objects in particular. I would assume some dark art books.
 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?

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She was probably discussing her relationship with Remus to Molly. She needed someone like a female to hear her problems. Dumbledore wasn't the reason for her leaving. He brought Harry to the Weasley house. Once Harry was there, Tonks could not chat privately.



I think you got that spot on. I'd agree with you on that.

-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!

I'd love a clock like that. I would find it very handy to know where family members are when they are not at home, especially if you are waiting for their return and are wondering when they are likely to be back. I don't use phones, so a clock like this would be super to get that info. It would also stop family members worrying if one of us is later than expected. No need to panic unless it says 'mortal peril'.

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?

Yes and no. On the surface, Fleur does seem every bit as irritating as Ginny and Hermion make her out to be. However, once you take the time to know her, you realise that is not the case. I don't think Fleur gave reason to like her until later on in the series, but that doesn't mean they should have been rude about her.

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?

When I took my Hex O.W.L.s, I received a mixture of Outstanding and Exceed Expectations. When I took my real life GCSEs (O.W.L equivalents), It would have been the equivalent to 1 Outstanding, 6 Exceeds Expectations, 2 Acceptables, and 1 Poor

-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?

I would suspect that he had been killed.

-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?

Definitely a Pygmy Puff and also Pimple Vanishing Cream.

-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?

Not if I was alone - I wouldn't feel safe, and I wouldn't want to be caught. If I was wit the Golden Trio, however, I probably would have allowed myself to be dragged along.

-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?

I don't think I ever really thought about exactly what it could be to be honest. I was just intrigued to find out.

 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
Like Kestral Winter said I don't think she would want to answer any awkward questions.
-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
Yes. At least if someone was late you would know where they were and would not be worrying. I would want to know if I was in mortal peril. I might be able to do something to change it. If someone else was showing up in mortal peril...again there might be something I could do to help.
-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
Yes. They didn't know Fleur. You need to get to know someone first. Even then being judgemental is wrong. Who is to say what you think is right or wrong? You have to take into consideration things like....is the person shy, is the person a loner etc.
-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?
I would be closer to Hermione. It would be a mixture of E's and O's. My worst subjects would be Runes and Divinations. I can't tolerate either subject...so it would be hard to get through it....but I would make sure I studied enough to get a decent result.
-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?
My first thought would be to wonder if he were still alive. If the death eaters had taken him I think there would be signs of a struggle. I would hope that he had just gone into hiding to protect himself.
-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?
I am not sure I would ever go in. I hate prank items with a passion. Maybe something like Bruise-healing paste, shield hats, gloves and cloaks.
-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?
No. It is not my business to see what he is up to. If I were law enforcement and suspected him of doing something illegal...yes I would follow him. Otherwise just leave him alone.
-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?
I never even thought about it. My first guess would have been it was something he wanted for himself. Something that could bring more status to him and his family.
 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
I also think that Fleur really didn't want to have to answer any questions

-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
I definitely would ..as my kids have gotten older the time waiting to hear they made it home safe during a storm can seem like forever ..or days when my son was deployed, times when I couldn't reach my daughter and knew something awful was happening in the area where she was ...just knowing one glance at the clock could set your mind at ease ..or worst case scenario begin to prepare to be wherever you may be needed at the soonest time possible.

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
I think perhaps they were, and maybe they were a bit jealous or intimidated by her

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic? I was never a straight exceeds but I was always in the top percent in most subjects other than some of the accelerated math classes ...they were always a struggle

-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missi
ng without signs of struggle?
I would have been terrified.. he is a very old wandmaker who knew so much about magic..if he was so easily overpowered .. I think as a young student I would have felt very vulnerable

-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?
hmm, that's a tough one ..I really have never liked pranking anyone.

-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? EEESH ...Knockturn Alley is not really my thing...if I thought I needed to to help out ..then I would have to be brave and just do it... but you certainly wouldn't find me just skulking around down there for fun!

-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin? I don't think I would have been able to guess what exactly he was talking about but I would have had an awful gut feeling about it
 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
She was emotionally in pain and knew Dumbledore would take notice she wanted to get away before he could ask questions or show concern.
-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
Fore warned is fore armed perhaps if the potters had had one the could have survived
-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
Most definitely, catty, petty and jealous
-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?
Closer to Hermione then Harry or Ron most definitely
-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?
I pray he is alive and unharmed and we need to find and free him
-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?
-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley?
Yes
Why?
Because he is sneaky and untrustworthy His father is a Death Eater and he parrots his Parents belief system
-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?
If he is asking for it to be kept safe I would question why he isn't taking it with him to his home where it would be safe, so is it something to deadly to handle, or to unstable, or to large to move, it would have to be one of the 3 and that would narrow down what was in the shop where I would go browser around quietly and unobtrusively while checking out what was in the shop making note of any thing that might fit the description
 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
I think that she was having a private chat about Remus with Molly and their arrival ruined it. She might have also felt embarrassed about what they were discussing.

-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
Definitely . My boyfriend goes camping a lot and it would be nice to know if he was safe the whole time because he isn't able to get a hold of me.

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
Not really. She seemed to complain a lot and take over things. I think she got better the longer she was with Bill, but she didn't fit in at first.

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?
Probably in the middle. I would do well with most subjects, but not all.

-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?
He might have run away, but I would doubt that since he had nothing to worry about from Voldemort (that he knew of). I would assume then that he had been so overwhelmed by whoever had come to take him that he hadn't even bothered to fight them.

-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?
I would love a nice, quick pimple vanisher 😩

-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?
No. It wouldn't matter what he was doing and it was too dangerous during that time to be wandering off.

-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?
I would have no idea, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been something good.
 

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-Why do you think Tonks was in such a rush to leave upon Dumbledore's arrival?
So she wouldn't give herself away about being in love with Remus. Dumbledore tends to see more than one would wish at times. A girl has to have her secrets you know.

-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
ABSOLUTELY YES! The closest I've got is an app that tells me where each family member is (as long as they have their phone on them), so I don't worry if they are where I know they should be.

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
Yes and no. Fleur comes across as stuck up when you first meet her. But later you realize it's a defensive mechanism and that she's really nice. But yes, I can understand why they were over her at first.

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?
I'm definitely a Hermione... as long as I like the class. But I'm a Harry (bordering on a Ron) if I think the class is boring or a waste of my time and effort.

-What would your first thought have been if Remus told you Mr. Ollivander was missing without signs of struggle?
I'd think that he was a wise old man who knew better than to fight back when he was taken because they would have killed him on the spot... but I would also assume that he was now dead.

-What type of items would you be interested in at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? Perhaps a Pygmy Puff?
Peruvian IDP (for defensive uses only/no pranks). a Puff would be sweet but not sure if my cat would appreciate it. Nothing else in the shop really interests me as I don't like pranks.

-Would you have followed Malfoy into Knockturn Alley? Why?
Not alone. But with a large crowd of peasants with torches and pitchforks... sure, why not.

-As Draco spoke of keeping that one safe, what type of object would you thought he was discussing with Mr. Borgin?
Knowsing that little rat, probably enslaved house elves to be tortured when he gets home.


 

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-Do you think you'd want a clock like the Weasley’s? Knowing if you’re in mortal peril could come in handy!
I would love to have a clock like that. It is a very handy way to know how everyone is doing and whether they require my assistance. I think that it is better to know than not to know.

-Do you think Ginny and Hermione were being overly judgmental of Fleur?
Yes, I think that they were probably jealous of her beauty, and also Fleur had been chosen to be a Champion of Beauxbatons, so she was not exactly a dumb, blonde bimbo. I think that in a way, they were exhibiting a sort of racist dislike of a foreigner, making fun of her French accent, and the way that she did things differently. In my opinion, it did not shed good light on Hermione and Ginny that they behaved like this. Then again, it is good to show that neither of those characters are perfect. Obviously, they must have some flaws, and this was a striking example of their personal shortcomings.

-What would your O.W.L results be? Are you a Hermione with "eleven outstandings", or are you a Harry with a D in History of Magic?

Based on how I ended my final exams at secondary school, I would have been a Hermione as I got A's in all my subjects.



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A teenage boy with a pale, pointed face and white-blond hair appeared from behind the rack, wearing a handsome set of dark green robes that glittered with pins around the hem and the edges of the sleeves.~Chapter 6~

 

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