The New Headmistress
Summery: Hogwarts got a new Headmistress. You never going to believe, who it is.
Spoilers: HP to Book 5 and BtVS to Season 7
Beta-ed: Jenn my new heroine.
The New Headmistress
It was a new school year for Harry and his friends. It would be his sixth year. The Hogwarts
Express arrived at Hogwarts station. He was getting of the train with his two best friends, Ron
and Hermione. As usual Hagrid was waiting at the station for the first-years. Harry and his
friends received a quick 'hello' from Hagrid before he guided the first-years into Hogwarts by
boats, by crossing the lake.
Harry, Ron, Hermione and a few other of their friends walked to the carriages and got into one
of them. The carriages were pulled by invisible Thestrals, who could only be viewed by those
who have seen death . Harry had seen them for the first time at the beginning of last term, after
seeing Cedric die at the hand of Voldemort. And at the end of that term, he had watched his
godfather, Sirius, die.
The ride to the castle was short and Harry was still in a glum mood about Sirius' death. They
entered the Great Hall and Harry looked at the teacher's table expecting to see Dumbledore
sitting at his usual seat, but he wasn't there. Instead of Dumbledore, a petite blonde women sat
in his seat, having a conversation with Flitwick, the Charms Professor. Harry looked across
the table from one side to the other and didn't see hide nor tail of the Professor. While he
didn't find Dumbledore he did see another new face; a tall young woman with long brown hair.
Snape was glaring daggers at her.
"Okay, is it me, or did Dumbledore turn himself into a woman?"
Harry heard Ron make a comment about Dumbledore's absence. It seemed Harry wasn't the
only one who had noticed the missing Headmaster.
"Don't be silly, Ron." Hermione frowned at Ron before turning to the teacher's table. But
deep down she, thought that it wouldn't be such a farfetched idea. Dumbledore was a nutter,
after all. But she shook the thought out of her head. "I'm wondering what she is doing into the
"Maybe she is the new Headmistress." Ron said. "Maybe Dumbledore got sacked."
Harry looked horrified. Hermione saw it and reacted.
"Don't be daft, Ron." Hermione scowled at Ron. "Fudge wouldn't dare sack Dumbledore
now, especially after last year. But still, what is she doing in Dumbledore's seat?" The last
sentence wasn't addressed to anybody specific. She only spoke the thought out loud.
Harry didn't have an answer for Hermione's question and tried to redirect their attention.
"There is another new face at the teacher's table and I think she is the new DADA Professor,
because Snape is glaring daggers at her."
They turned their attention to the other new face. There were shocked expressions on both
Ron and Hermione's faces when they turned back to Harry.
"She doesn't look any older than 25." Hermione stated.
"But she looks better than Umbridge." Ron was on the verge of drooling. Hermione huffed.
Ron turned to her. "What?"
Hermione pointedly ignored Ron and walked toward the Gryffindor table, closely followed by
Ron. Harry was standing and looking at the woman that was sitting in the Headmaster's seat.
She looked for at him for a moment and smiled before she turned back to talk with one of the
Professors. Harry smiled back. He liked her smile, but he still wished Dumbledore was here.
Harry followed his friends to their table and saw that they had started a heated argument while
he was looking at the blonde. Harry shook his head. They quieted down when Professor
McGonagall entered the Great Hall with the first-years and the Sorting started.
The Sorting Ceremony went without any problems and after the Ceremony McGonagall
walked to her seat next to the blonde. She didn't sit down. She asked for quiet and received it.
The hall went still under her watchful eyes.
"Students, as you can see, we have new faces at the teacher's table and one missing. Professor
Dumbledore has taken a year off to put his full attention toward the threat of You-Know-Who."
Disappointed voices and noises could be heard through out the Great Hall with the exception
of the Slytherin table. McGonagall called them quickly to order. "Because of Professor
Dumbledore's absence, he has appointed a new Headmistress for this year." She pointed at the
blonde next to her. "Professor Buffy Summers."
Professor McGonagall sat down and Buffy stood up. There was a quiet silence. Buffy smiled.
"Tough room. Can't blame you after your last," Buffy made air quotes with her finger, "
'headmistress' was such a hag."
This got her a few laughs, even from the teacher's table. Buffy picked up a few parchments
from the table.
"She made a few bogus laws last year." Buffy ripped the parchment apart. "Dumbledore made
sure that," she crumpled them and threw them in a wastebasket at the entrance door fifty feet
away, "they were thrown out in the trash."
There was a little shock before the applaud and cheers started. After a moment Buffy raised
her arms to quiet the students down.
"I'm sure that you'll all have questions about who I am and what my qualifications are." Buffy
smiled. "I'm sure that Professor Dumbledore hiring me should be proof enough of my
competence but I heard he had some bad luck with hiring people the last few years, especially
for the Defence Against the Dark Arts position." The students laughed and Buffy smiled at
them. "But I'm sure if he had not the upmost trust and confidence in my ability to run
Hogwarts in his absence , he would have appointed Minerva as this years headmistress."
Buffy turned to Professor MacGonagall with a smile, and the Professor smiled back. It seemed
that Professor MacGonagall didn't mind that Buffy was the new Headmistress. Buffy turned
back to the students.
"For now, you only have to know that I'm here to make sure that you all have a place to learn
and grow. That you are safe here from Voldemort." Throughout the Great Hall sounds of
distress were heard with matching faces. "And if he dares to show his face around here, I'll just
kick his snaky little ass and skin him alive, then feed the rest of him to one of Hagrid's pet
monsters in the Forbidden Forest."
The Great Hall went silent. Nobody spoke. Buffy kept smiling and continued her speech as if
she hadn't said the Dark Lord's name.
"Speaking of the Forbidden Forest. Just to mention it, to the first-years it is forbidden just like
the name says. But for fifth-years and above I'm organizing a few tours of the Forbidden
Forest for anyone who is interested."
"What about the centaurs? They don't want any humans in 'their' forest." Ron interrupted
Buffy without thinking. He tried to make himself smaller before Buffy could notice him, but it
was too late.
"Good question, Mr. Weasley."
'She knows Ron's name, that means she might know about the Order and even be a member of
the Order. She has to be. She just told us that she is going to kick Voldemort's ass.' Harry's
further thoughts were interrupted as Buffy continued.
"I had a little chat with them." Buffy winked at Ron. "We came to the understanding that the
Forbidden Forest is a part of Hogwarts. We came to the compromise that the students would
stay out of their part of Forbidden Forest." Buffy looked around the hall. "There are some very
wonderful magical creatures in the Forest and it is a pity that you couldn't meet them just
because of a few bad apples."
"Oh blimey. She is a nutter, just like Hagrid." Ron mumbled under his breath.
Hermione agreed with him, but even though Harry concurred, he glared at Ron for calling
Hagrid a nutter.
Buffy continued her speech. "Anybody who wants to go into the Forbidden Forest needs
written permission from their parents or guardians." Buffy turned to Harry. "Mr. Potter, I
already have permission for you, so there is no need to ask your guardians." Harry stared,
shocked, at Buffy. "I've been told that you have been in the Forbidden Forest a few times. It is
almost a second home to you."
Harry mumbled, "a better home than at the Dursley's," under his breath. Buffy gave him a
"Now, on to some other matters; the Houses and some changes." Buffy frowned a little. "I'm
not that fond of the way that the school is separated into four parts. It spreads unnecessary
animosity, in my opinion. That's why I'm planning changes that might lessen this hostility. First
thing I did was change the lesson schedule you'll receive tomorrow. It will be different from
previous years. You'll have classes with only a few students of your own House and the rest
will be students from the other Houses."
A ripple of noise spread across the tables. Buffy waited to let it die out.
"There will be no changing your schedules." Buffy's voice was stern, matching her eyes. "The
schedules are made by your House Heads in such a way that you'll have most classes with at
least a few of your friends. If, for some reason, you aren't in any of your friends's classes, I'm
willing to listen to your requests and make a few exceptions, but if I find out that you want to
switch classes just to avoid somebody, I'll be more inclined to make sure you get them in all of
There was no doubt among the students that Buffy meant it. Buffy surveyed the hall, her gaze
travelling evenly across the massed students.
"I'm going to make a few more changes, some you will like and some you will hate. All of this
has Professor Dumbledore's approval, before you ask." Buffy turned to the Slytherin table. "It
has been brought to my attention that, under Umbridge's regime last year, the Slytherin
Prefects and their friends unjustly took House points away from the other Houses on countless
Buffy looked straight at Draco, who didn't seem to feel comfortable under her stare.
"As punishment for that I'll award Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff each a hundred
It took a moment for the realisation to hit the three Houses before they went into cheers and
applauds. The Slytherins protested as loudly as they could, but they were drowned out by the
other three Houses. Buffy kept her eyes on the Slytherin Table. Her arm raised up to the other
Tables and she slowly lowered her arm down. It had the desired effect. The Great Hall went
silent again. Buffy could hear some muttering from the Slytherin table, but the sound didn't
raise above a low buzz . Buffy continued.
"I have some more bad news for you guys." Buffy smiled guardedly. "As it seems that a lot of
you have a 'dislike' for Muggles and all Muggle related things. And I'm thinking that it mostly
comes from misunderstanding and misinformation. So I have decided that all Slytherins should
take a mandatory extra class of Muggle Studies for at least one year and hope that any
confusions will be cleared up."
The Slytherins were protesting even more loudly than before. The other three House,
especially Gryffindor, were laughing even louder. Buffy picked up her goblet and hit it hard
once on the table. This got her the students attention. The Hufflepuffs were the first to stop
laughing, closely followed by the Ravenclaws. The Gryffindors took awhile, but eventually
they stopped laughing out loud,even though most were still giggling inside. With the
Slytherins, Buffy practically had to stare them into submission.
When the hall was quiet again, with the exception of a few snickers and the rustle of robes as
the students shifted in their seats, Draco stood up indignantly.
"You can't make us take 'that' class." Draco was too disgusted to even say the name.
"Of course I can, Mr. Malfoy." Buffy replied.
Draco was speechless. Buffy took advantage of it.
"You're probably thinking that this is highly unfair." Buffy didn't wait for a reply. "But I think
your behaviour toward a big portion of the student body could also be seen as 'unfair'."
Buffy looked, expressionless, at Draco. She gave him some time to let what she just told him
"There is a little Muggle saying; 'Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time.' In other words,
sit down and stop complaining." Buffy stared harder at Draco.
Draco reacted by abruptly sitting down. This earned him a few laughs. Buffy turned to the
student body again.
"These are the major changes. There are a few smaller changes, but your House Heads will
inform you about those. As you can see, there is another new face at the teacher's table."
Buffy turned and wave toward the brunette young women. "May I introduce to you your new
Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor and my sister, Professor Dawn Summers."
Applause came quickly from the students, with the exception of the Slytherin table. Buffy sat
down and Dawn stood up. She gave the students a small smile and wave.
"Hi. First call me Professor Dawn, so you don't confuse me with my sister and second, let me
shoot down any rumours, before they start, about me getting this job. I didn't get it because
my sister is the Headmistress. I have an extensive knowledge and experience with the Dark
Dawn took a little pause to let the information settle in. She could see the curious stares she
"I have only two small announcement to make. One is that I'm really excited to be here and
teaching you kids how to kick some major ass in the Dark Arts." Dawn almost squealed it out.
A few laughs escaped the students. Hermione huffed.
"She is way too cheerful to be any good."
Ron glared at Hermione, annoyed. "What, isn't she allowed to be cheerful and good at her
Before Ron and Hermione could go into a full blown argument, Dawn continued.
"I'm sure that most of you have heard about the illegal DADA club last year, led by Harry
Potter and his partners in crime." Dawn smiled.
Harry, Ron and Hermione received applause from everyone who had been in the DA,
Dumbledore's Army. The other students, who had heard rumours about the DA, followed their
example and clapped also. Every single fifth year who had been a part of the DA had received
at least an Acceptable, if not higher, on their DADA O.W.L.
Dawn smiled at the trio. "I'm not sure if you are planning to re-form the club, but if you do,
I'll sponsor you."
This got Dawn a few more cheers.
Dawn sat down and Buffy stood up again. "I have one more little announcement to make
before we start the feast. A notice is going to be posted on the board in the Entrance Hall with
a list of people whom I want to speak in private. Date and place of the appointment is next to
the name. There is only one more thing to say. 'Scooby Doo'."
The food appeared on the tables as soon as she finished speaking. Most Students looked
confused at the 'Scooby Doo' part, but the Muggle-borns laughed. Nevertheless, everybody
started eating and talking among themself. The new Headmistress and the new DADA
Professor were the talk of the Feast. After the dinner ended the Prefects brought the first-years
to their dormitories.
Harry went to the Entrance Hall to look at the notice. He had a suspicion that he was on the
list. There were a few students in front of him. He quickly found Ron's, Hermione's and his
name on the list. Neville was also on the list. Luna and Cho were among the names posted
from Ravenclaw. He wondered why the new Headmistress wanted to speak to Cho, but before
he could think of a reason, his eyes wandered over the Slytherin portion of the list. Draco was
on it, as he had half expected, but it was a shock when he saw Snape's name on the list.
'Why would his name be on the list? If she wanted to speak to Snape, she simply could have
ordered him to her office,' he thought, confused. Harry walked away toward Gryffindor Tower
to ask his two best friend what they thought about it.
A honest question. Who of you ever thought about Buffy becoming the new Headmistress of Hogwarts?
I bet nobody thought about it. I bet this story is a first in Buffy/HP crossovers with having Buffy
as the Headmistress.
But I think I made a second first, by making Dawn the new DADA Professor. *grin*