The Usual Suspects
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Chapter 7: The Usual Suspects
Buffy sighed as she took the black powder and lifted her arm, before dropping it back to her side.
She had to speak with Remus and Sirius, but she had no clue what to tell them. How was she supposed to tell them that someone had put Harry's name in the Goblet, most probably with the intentions of hurting him? How was she supposed to tell them that she had failed to look after him in the short month she had been left alone with him?
She almost jumped as someone knocked on her office door, followed by a quiet, familiar voice. “Can I come in?”
“Sure, Harry.” She placed the black powder back inside its bowl and pushed it away from the fireplace. “What's up?”
She winced as she realised what she had said, but Harry didn't seem to care.
“I just needed somewhere to go...”
Concern filled her features as she walked over to him and motioned to a seat beside her on the couch. “You know you can always come and talk to me, right? And not that I'm complaining, you know I love your company, but I thought you'd want to be with your friends right now.”
She figured she had said something wrong again when he slumped back in his seat with a huff. “They don't want to talk to me. They don't even believe me. What great friends they turned out to be.”
“They don't believe that you didn't put your name in?” At his nod she hummed, “I don't know how they could think anything else, you told them you didn't want anything to do with the tournament before it even started.”
“Yeah, but they think I was just lying about it, that I found a way to get my name in the Goblet.”
“I wouldn't worry about it, Harry. They'll come around once they realise you didn't want this.” She said with an encouraging smile.
“Hm, I dunno. Ron seemed pretty angry at me.” He looked around the room, just then noticing the pot of black powder that she had been holding on to earlier. “You were about to go somewhere and I interrupted, didn't I?”
“I was going to speak with Remus and Sirius, but it can wait. I just thought that they should know about what happened.”
He nodded along, “Can I come with you? I'd like to see them.”
Standing from the couch she paced in front of him as she weighed out her options. “You know you're not supposed to leave the castle for anything other than the Hogsmeade visits... But I suppose you could if we're quick, and we just keep this between us.”
He nodded enthusiastically, jumping to his feet and following her over to the fireplace.
He nodded again as he took a handful of the powder and stepped inside. “Thirteen Grimmauld Place.”
In a flash of green Harry disappeared and Buffy copied his movements until the pair of them emerged from the dusty fireplace in Grimmauld Place.
“Hey! Anyone home?” She yelled out after seeing that the living room was still and empty.
Moments later, just as the pair had settled down on the couch, Remus and Sirius came into the room, looking surprised to see the both of them again. After they said their hellos the group sat down to talk.
“So how's the tournament coming? You know who the champions are yet?” Sirius asked excitedly.
Buffy and Harry shared a look before turning back to Sirius. “Actually that's why we came. We wanted to let you know...”
“What is it?”
Harry sighed, “Someone put my name in the Goblet of Fire and I was chosen as a champion. I have to go through with it now.”
Buffy winced at the shocked looks on their faces.
“What? But that's not right. I thought you had to be over seventeen to enter?” Remus asked thoughtfully, a frown on his face.
“You do, but the rules say that all the champions selected must take part. I have no choice now.”
“Someone obviously wanted you in the tournament for something...” Sirius replied quickly, “Maybe to distract you, or worse, to hurt you.”
Buffy nodded sadly, “That's actually what I had been thinking. But I don't see who would want to do that. There's no one at the school that would want to hurt Harry.”
“You don't have any new teachers?”
“Apart from Buffy, no.” Harry answered, he too had wondered over who had put his name in the Goblet.
Buffy almost groaned at the look on Sirius' face. She knew exactly what he was going to say before he had even opened his mouth. She mentally cringed as his words came out.
“It was probably Snape.”
She let out a sigh as she saw Harry slowly nodding in agreement. “You know just because something bad has happened doesn't mean that Severus had anything to do with it.”
“But why wouldn't he? He's a death eater.” Sirius snapped back.
She shook her head, “He's not a death eater.”
“Oh but you would say that, now that you're BFF's again. Do you honestly believe that he wouldn't turn right back to You Know Who if he got the chance?”
“Ugh, we've been over this a million times before, Sirius. Yes he might have been a death eater but he's not now, it may have escaped your notice but people change.”
“Not him. He'll still always be the same old Snivelus. I really don't know why you insist on being friends with him.” Sirius shot back with a look of disgust.
Buffy growled in frustration, “You know I never realised how hypocritical you were before. How can you really judge me for being friends with him after all the crap you went through with your own family? They didn't want you associating with all of us Gryffindors but you did anyway, how is that any different from what I'm doing?”
Sirius was stunned into silence for a moment but quickly found his answering argument. "It's different because he's evil! He worked for Voldemort! How can you just ignore that?"
"It's in the past! He's not a death eater anymore!"
"So you say..."
An awkward silence filled the room as the pair huffed and glared at each other.
With wide eyes Harry looked from one to the other and cleared his throat, “You're all completely forgetting that Hogwarts has guests, I don't think we should automatically rule them out.”
Remus nodded, thankful that Harry had broken the silence. “Right, Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. The Durmstrang Institute is, of course, well known for their fondness of the Dark Arts.”
Finally Sirius came out of his 'staring into space' moment and nodded along with his friend. “But that doesn't answer why they would want to involve Harry in the tournament. If anything, they should be trying to stop Harry from taking part so that they have a greater chance of winning.”
“What about their headmaster, Karkaroff?” Remus asked, looking to Buffy who was slumped in her seat, her arms crossed over her chest.
“I haven't really spoken to him but he seems like an alright kinda guy, I can't see him doing anything like that.”
Sirius scoffed, “You have a horrible sense of character. He's a death eater, or at least he was. He only escaped a sentence in Azkaban because he told on all the other death eaters.”
Buffy glared at him from across the room, mumbling under her breath. “Gee, everyone's a death eater to you.”
“Well unfortunately it's the truth. And if there's anyone out to harm Harry it's bound to be a former death eater that hasn't really given up on his old ways. Like Karkaroff and Snape.”
“You don't know what you're talking about.”
Remus sighed as the two of them glared at each other again, not liking how agitated they were getting. They had enough problems on their own without the two of them trying to strangle each other. Feeling sorry for Harry, who was sitting in between them looking nervous, he spoke his own thoughts. “I don't think we're going to get any answers by sitting here arguing about it. We can all agree that someone done this to get to Harry, yes?”
The others all nodded and he continued on. “We need to keep an eye on the situation. Harry, Buffy, keep watch for anyone acting suspicious around the castle and keep us updated.”
“Sure.” Buffy nodded as she stood, her words ground out as if she were afraid of her thoughts escaping on their own. “Come on, Harry, let's get back to school.”
She stepped over to Remus and hugged him before walking into the fireplace, completely ignoring Sirius. In a flash of green she was gone.
Harry rolled his eyes at her behaviour before hugging Remus and his godfather goodbye and following after his teacher.