Title: Harry Potter And The Muggle Librarian
Disclaimer: Buffy characters created by Joss Whedon, Harry Potter characters created by J.K. Rowling
Spoilers: All of Buffy, Harry Potter through OOTP.
Summary: Six years after Chosen and OOTP, Dawn takes a job as the Hogwarts librarian where Harry is the DADA teacher.
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Dawn suddenly found herself in a round room surrounded by portraits. In the middle of the room there was a desk with a red bird on it that she recognized as a phoenix. On several drawers there were unusual silver instruments that she wasn’t familiar with.
Suddenly an old man with long gray hair and colorful robes entered through the door at the opposite end of the room. The man looked at her for a few moments as if he was looking though her.
“Ahhh, Miss Summers I presume” the man finally said as he looked her in the eyes “I have heard a lot about you. About four years ago there was a great battle here against the dark wizard Voldemort, during the battle much of the library was destroyed.”
“If much of the library was destroyed, what happened to the volumes that were there?” Dawn asked.
“Before the battle reached the library, most of the collection was transported to safety.” Dumbledore responded. “After the battle the Watcher’s Council helped us rebuild, but Miss Rosenberg got carried away with her computer system that none of us knew how to use so we have had difficulty finding many books in the library since then. I understand that you are quite capable of using the current book cataloging system and that knowledge combined with your ability translating ancient languages should make you most invaluable to us.”
“I hope I can meet your expectations, and hmm where should I put my bags?” Dawn asked the wizard whom she found to be peculiar but kind while pointing at her bags still sitting by the fireplace.
“Your bags will soon be moved to your quarters which will be located by one of our four houses here at Hogwarts, but first you must be sorted.” Dumbledore replied. “Hogwarts was founded by the four top wizards and witches of the time, Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin. Each of the founders created a house that takes those students that best typifies the qualities important to them. Gryffindor took those who were the most brave, Ravenclaw those with the sharpest mind, Hufflepuff the most loyal, and Slytherin the ones with the most ambition. They enchanted Gryffindor’s hat so it can see inside the student’s head and determine which house they belong too. Here is that hat.” He said as he grabbed it from his desk and put it on her head.
“Hmmm interesting,” the hat said as dawn had a shocked expression on her face. “Lots of ancient power here, very unusual. You would do well in any house, you have lots of bravery, a mind as sharp as any, plenty of loyalty to your friends, and ambition to separate yourself from your sister. Now, where should you be placed? I think it should be in GRYFFINDOR!” the hat screamed.
Dawn took the hat off of her head and handed it back to Dumbledore. Dawn’s bags suddenly disappeared. She then noticed that the portraits that she saw earlier were moving. “Those portraits, they are moving?” she asked.
“Yes, they are.” Dumbledore replied. “Portraits and photographs in the Wizarding World move, portraits actually get to interact with the outside world. Most of the portraits in this office are of past headmasters of Hogwarts, they report to me and they are able to go between any portrait of themselves that exist. That reminds me, PHINEAS!” Dumbledore shouted as he looked at a portrait of an old, grumpy looking wizard.
Moments later, the man in the portrait came to attention and said “Alright Albus I’m here. What do you want this time?”
“By any chance has Harry left the house yet?” Dumbledore asked the portrait.
“Yes, I believe he apparated to Hogsmeade about 20 minutes ago. Is that it for today?” asked the portrait.
“Yes, that will do Phineas” Dumbledore replied. He then returned his attention to Dawn and said “I was just checking in on another one of our new staff members. His life has been filled with tragedy and he seems to have responded by isolating himself from others. His house belonged to his godfather until his death and Phineas there in the portrait was an old relative of his so a portrait was left there.
Dumbledore glanced down at the strangest pocket watch Dawn had ever seen and said “Aha, the staff meeting is about to begin.”
Dawn heard a noise by the door so she looked over and saw a young man wearing black robes. His hair was a mess like Xander’s often was and he wore glasses. Dawn noticed something else about him, a very cute scar that looked like a lightning bolt on his forehead.
“Miss Summers,” Dumbledore said, “I’d like you to meet Mr. Harry Potter.”