Status: Currently being re-edited. Chapters 1-10 have been re-edited.

A Muggle at Hogwarts

Ch. 28: This is Goodbye

The Astronomy Tower. That was the only thing that ran through my mind as I hurried away from the Room of Requirement. I had to get there before Draco does. However, as I ran through the halls, I remembered that Draco had brought reinforcements with him. Knowing that I stood no chance against a bunch of Death Eaters who had absolutely no mercy, I realized that I couldn’t go straight to the Astronomy Tower. I had to get to the Gryffindor Tower. I had to get reinforcement.

Frustrated, I turned around and back down towards the Gryffindor Tower. Despite the fear that I had about the outcome of the battle, I had to get help. In the book, Hermione and the others had Liquid Luck. However, because of all the alterations that have occurred, they didn’t have it. I could not help but wonder if we could really win.

“Hermione!” I screamed as I came bursting into the Gryffindor Common Room. The students who were still up and hanging out in the room simply looked at me with raised eyebrows. I ignored their stares and called out for Hermione, Ron and Ginny.

It wasn’t long before anyone who had gone off to bed was up and in the room wondering what I was screaming about. Out of the crowd, the Hermione, Ron and Ginny came pushing through.

“Violet, what’s wrong?” Hermione asked as she, Ron and Ginny hurried to me.

“Gather Dumbledore’s Army and the teachers,” I ordered panting. “Death Eaters have entered the castle.”

“What?” Ginny and Ron said in unison. Around us, everyone began to mumble among each other.

“How did—“ began Hermione.

“I don’t have time to explain. We need to act now! We don’t have much time,” I explained. “Send word to the Order as well. I have to get to the Astronomy—“

Just before I could finish, a loud scream was heard from outside the Gryffindor Tower. It was the Fat Lady. A loud bang then followed—as if someone was trying to knock down the door.

“Ginny,” Hermione said as she and Ron pulled out their wands, “grab your broom and take Violet out of here.”

“What?” I exclaimed. “I’m going to fight—“

“You can’t,” Hermione snapped. As she looked away from me and to the door, she said, “Dumbledore’s orders. You’re not supposed to show people what you can do,” she said whispering the last part to me.

“Come on, Violet,” Ginny said as she tugged at my sleeve. I clenched my jaw tightly as I hurried through the crowd and up the stairs to the girls’ dormitory. Behind me, I could hear Ginny order Dean to get the younger students to a safe place. Ron ordered Neville to go send word to the teachers as well as Dumbledore’s Army. Ginny soon joined me upstairs afterwards.

In her room, she raced to her bed and pulled her broom out from beneath her bed. As a loud bam and scream erupted from downstairs, Ginny and I rushed to her window. She quickly jumped onto her broom and told me to get on. Unable to hold onto her because of the book in my hand, I tossed it to the ground and jumped onto the boom.

“Where should we go?” Ginny asked as we flew away from the Gryffindor Tower.

“You have to drop me off near the Astronomy Tower,” I said as I held onto her tightly. “Then go find the Order and get them to come and help.”

“I can’t leave you alone, Violet!” Ginny said. “You have to come with me. You can’t—“

“I can defend myself! Please, don’t argue with me. I know what I’m doing!” I shouted.

“Fine,” Ginny said as she turned and headed towards the Astronomy Tower.

Just as we headed there, though, we heard a low laughter and screams echoing through the hall beside us. I nervously looked through the windows in which we were passing by and saw a large man roaming the halls. Hair seemed to cover his entire face and there was a pleasurable, yet sinister, smirk on his face. A terrified feeling stuck through me as I realized who he was. It was Fenrir Greyback.

Remembering his love for human—especially children—flesh, I ordered Ginny to stop and to there. “We have to go there! Crash through the window or something!” I ordered.

“Are you mad?” she questioned.

“Just do it!” I ordered.

Ginny simply nodded and obeyed. As Ginny turned and flew towards the window, she pulled out her wand and shouted, “Reducto!”

With that, the wall crumbled and Ginny and I flew in through the hole that was created. Once through, I quickly jumped off of Ginny’s broom and hurried after Greyback, who had just got himself a hold of a male student.

“Relashio!” I shouted as I pulled my wand out and pointed it at Greyback. Immediately, but unwillingly, he released the boy he held, who went scurrying off.

Greyback suddenly let out a frustrated howl as he stared at his prey disappearing behind a corner. His eyes then turned to Ginny and me and they were burning with fury.

“That was my snack!” he growled. “You’re going to pay for that!”

“I don’t think so,” I replied. “STUPEFY!”

With that, Greyback went flying back. Before I could do anything else, though, Ginny grabbed my hand.

“Get to the Astronomy Tower. I can take care of this guy,” Ginny said as looked passed me and to Greyback who was stumbling to his feet.

“All right,” I said as I turned to leave. However, I remembered that someone needed to still contact the Order. I quickly rushed to the hole that Ginny had blasted into the wall. As I held my wand in the air, I prayed that this would work.

“Happy thoughts, happy thoughts,” I whispered as my grip tightened around my wand. I took a deep breath before saying, “Expecto Patronum!”

Suddenly, a large white light shot from wand and flew into the air. I stumbled back a little bit as the blast of light escaped my wand and slowly took the shape of a white horse. As it hovered high above the castle, a pair of wings burst from its back and my patronus lingered in the air.

I gasped as I stepped away from the ledge and stared at the Pegasus. A smile couldn’t help but sneak onto my face.

“Violet!” Ginny shouted—snapping me out of my awe. “H—hurry,” she stuttered. “Get to the tower.”

“Right,” I nodded as I turned and raced down the hall.

As I reached the base of the Astronomy Tower, I could hear someone hurrying up the stairs. As I raced to the base of the staircase, I could see the person’s black cloak fluttering behind them.

“Snape,” I gasped. “No, you can’t—you can’t. Please don’t.”

At that moment, I was torn on whether or not to follow Snape up there. No matter how much I didn’t want it to happen, Dumbledore was going to die this night. He had to die this night. If he doesn’t, things won’t go the way they are supposed to, and then who knows what’s going to happen. But could I possibly stand here and not try to prevent it—even thought I probably shouldn’t?

Before I knew it, I was running up the stairs as quickly as I could. I had to get up there—I had to.

“Avada Kedavra!” I heard as I neared the top of the tower.

“NO!” I couldn’t help but scream as I reached the top of the tower behind all of the Death Eaters. It felt as if everything was moving in slow motion as I fell onto my knees. I watched—eyes filling up with tears—as Dumbledore hover in the air before falling backwards over the battlements. Once he had disappeared out of sight, I looked up at the Death Eaters who surrounded me—Snape, Draco, Lucius, Bellatrix and I was assuming the Carrow siblings, Thorfinn Rowle and Yaxley.

“Well, well, well,” Bellatrix’s voice rang as she stumbled through the crowd of Death Eaters as if she were drunk or something. She cocked her head sideways as she looked down at me gleefully. “Looks like we don’t have to go find her after all, do we Draco?”

Draco didn’t reply. He simply looked away to avoid my eyes.

“Well, let’s go,” Bellatrix grinned as she reached down to grab me.

I didn’t know what overcame me. Maybe it was the rage I felt towards how gleeful the Death Eaters looked. Maybe it was simply because I felt like hitting someone, but that was exactly what I did. As Bellatrix reached out for me, I shoved her hand away before slapping her across the face.

“YOU EVIL, WICKED WOMAN!” I screamed as tears slid down my face.

The other Death Eaters were quick to come at me, but Bellatrix put a hand up to stop them. Slowly, she tossed her wild black hair back and glared at me.

“You little—“ she began as she pulled her wand out.

I didn’t wait to see what she was going to do. The moment that she had reached for her wand, I had already bolted out of the room.

“GET BACK HERE!” Bellatrix ordered as she and the other Death Eaters hurried after me.

As I raced down the stairs, I could hear Bellatrix behind me.

“Crucio!” I heard her scream from behind me. I let out terrified yelp as a bright light came whooshing in front of my face.

I panted as I looked over my shoulder to see Bellatrix hot on my trail. Behind her, Snape followed. Behind him was a terrified Draco, and then his father and finally the other Death Eaters.

“DON’T!” I could hear Bellatrix ordering behind me. “She’s mine!”

I continued to hurry down the stairs, but I knew that if I kept doing this, one of Bellatrix’s spell would hit me eventually. Because of this, I did the craziest thing I could think of. I quickly stopped where I was and hurried over to the railing. As I looked below, I figured that if I were to jump, it would be a thirty feet drop at most. But I didn’t have a choice—Bellatrix and the others were catching up.

I quickly jumped, my eyes glued to the ground that was approaching quickly. Before I hit the ground, I shouted, “Aresto Momentum!”

My fall suddenly slowed, before I gently touched the ground. As I hurried down the corridor before me, I could hear Bellatrix screaming before casting some kind of spell. I crouched down and covered my head as a wall behind me came crumbling down.

“AH!” I screamed as I suddenly ran into smack into someone further down the corridor.

“It’s all right, it’s all right,” a warm voice whispered to me.

I gasped as I looked up and met the dark brown eyes of a middle-aged man. He, too, gasped as he looked down upon me, as if he was staring into the eyes of a ghost.

“S—Scarlet?” Remus Lupin managed to stutter.

Before I could say anything, though, Remus grabbed me and pulled the two of us down to the ground just as a green spark of light went flying over our heads.

“Get to the Great Hall,” Remus said to me before he stood and shot a spark out of his wand towards the approaching Rowle.

I followed his order without argue, and raced to the Great Hall. As I closed the doors and turned to look in front of me, I found it completely shocking that the Great Hall was empty, and untouched.

I didn’t wait by the door very long. I looked for a way to get out the Great Hall. The school entrance was filled with members of the Order, as well as teachers, battling to protect the school. There was no way that I would be able to sneak out and help without someone noticing me.

When I heard the doors to the Great Hall opening, I quickly hurried behind one of the house tables and hid.

“Come out, Violet!” Snape ordered—his voice echoing throughout the empty Great Hall.

I immediately jumped to my feet at the sound of his voice. As I approached him, I held my wand up at him.

“What are you doing?” he asked dully.

“You! You killed—“

“You already knew that was going to happen,” Snape snapped. “Do not hold a grudge against me. You know why I had to.”

“Was this really the only way?” I shouted. “You and the great Dumbledore—was this solution the only one you two can come up with?”

“Do you think I really wanted to kill him?” Snape shouted angrily as he quickly walked up to me. I didn’t fight as he snatched my wand from me and stared directly into my eyes. “Three people—all those whom I cared deeply for—have died as a result of me. Two of them I had to kill myself! Do you really think I wanted to do this?”

I didn’t reply.

Snape was satisfied with my silence and turned to leave. As he did, he said, “I’ll tell them you got away.”

“Wouldn’t that—“

“Draco’s mission was to kill Dumbledore,” Snape explained. “You were only the cherry on top. It does not matter if we capture you or not.”

Snape then stopped and turned to me. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a bottle. He looked at me sadly before tossing me the bottle.

“Leave,” Snape ordered. “Get out of here.”

“I want to help—“

“If you really want to help then don’t EVER return!” Snape said cutting me off. “Without you here, things will return to how they were. Now, go before the other Death Eaters get here.”

I looked at Snape with tearful eyes. He wouldn’t turn back to look at me, though.

Slowly, I turned away, and pulled the cork off the bottle and poured the potion out. The violet-blue powder flowed to the ground and piled up before me. As the last grain of dust fell, there was a sudden flash of light before a swirling white portal appeared in front of me.

“Snape—“ I began as I turned around to face him.

“Leave,” he suddenly said, cutting me off.

“I need my wand,” I continued.

Snape turned to look at me and the down to my wand which was still in his hands. Slowly, he reached his hand out and held my wand out to me.

I hurried over to him and took my wand in my hand. I hesitated for a moment before looking down at the empty bottle and then back at my wand. Snape’s eyes widened as I brought my wand up and pressed it against the side of my head. I felt a chill run through my body as I slowly pulled my wand away. Attached to the tip of my wand was a small white, flowing sphere. I sobbed as I quickly placed it into the empty bottle and placed the cork back on it.

I continued to sob as I reached out, took Snape’s hand and placed the bottle in it. I gently folded his long fingers over the glass bottle before taking a step away.

“What is this?” he asked as he looked from his closed hand to me.

“A farewell gift for Draco,” I replied as I turned and paced back to the Universal Portal. Before I stepped into it, I said loud enough for Snape to hear, “Please tell Harry that I said goodbye, and that I’m sorry I couldn’t tell him in person.”

“I will,” Snape said. I heard him inhaling deeply before saying, “Goodbye, Ms. Bell. I hope you well.”

I smiled warmly as I turned to face Snape once again. “Goodbye, Professor Snape.”

Just as I took a step back into the Universal Portal, the doors to the Great Hall opened. Right before everything faded into a blinding white light, I swore I saw a handsome boy with platinum blond hair standing there—his beautiful blue eyes locked onto me as I disappeared.
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Please don't hate me for ending it like this! Look on the bright side: you got to slap Bellatrix Lestrange, and she didn't kill you!!

PS. One short chapter after this. :)