: Joss Whedon created Buffy
. JK Rowling created Harry
. I created this.
Dawn looked at the veritable mountain of cauldrons that needed scrubbing and groaned. It really wasn’t fair. She hadn’t done anything to deserve this. Ok, maybe she had, but it hadn’t been bad enough to deserve all this. It wasn’t out of line to suggest that Professor Snape really needed to look into clothes that made him look less like an overgrown bat. No freaking wonder Harry had been convinced he was evil for so long.
“Having fun, Summers?”
Dawn jumped about a mile, smacking her head on the shelf above the sink in the process. A snicker told her the audience had found that hilarious.
“Jesus, Malfoy, would you wear a bell? What are you doing here anyway? Lurk much?”
“Enjoying your misery, Summers. Well, that and supervising. Professor Slughorn needed to be present for the pruning of the Venemous Tantacula. If you’d paid attention at all in his class, you’d know-“
“That the clippings are valuable potions ingredients. I’m aware, Ferretface.”
Malfoy glared. He wasn’t sure if it had been Granger, Weasel, or Potter who had told her about that incident, but he was going to find out and get even with them if it was the last thing he did. Saving his life in no way gave them license to tell new students all his most embarrassing moments from the previous seven years.
“Mind your attitude, Summers. I may be repeating a year, but I’m still a prefect. Gryffindor house doesn’t need any more points docked today, does it?”
Dawn tossed her head dismissively.
“That’s ok, I got them all back in Arithmancy and History of Magic.”
“History...no one ever gets points in History of Magic!” Draco protested.
“I did. Professor Binns was interested to know that the information he’d previously been given on Angelus was highly inaccurate. I got twenty points for being able to give a summation of his whereabouts and doings from the time he was sired up until the present.”
Draco was furious, but he had no comeback. Professor Binns hadn’t awarded house points in living memory. He hated to admit that there was a certain justice to it, given how Dawn had lost all those points in Potions in the first place. But it had been funny to bait her into doing it…
Dawn took advantage of Malfoy’s silence to get on with her scrubbing. Unlike most Hogwarts students, she was well accustomed to doing chores without magic. She’d only just gotten a wand at the beginning of the school year, so doing things the magic way was far more novel than not. Even if it was massively unfair that she had to be doing this in the first place.
Whose idea had it been to hang the late Headmaster Severus Snape’s portrait in the Potions classroom? And since when could portraits give detention and take house points anyway?