An American Witch at Hogwarts

This takes place during the age of the Mauraders. Hope you guys like it.


*Spoiler Alert*Note: This is not completely accurate. Unfortunately, Bellatrix Lestrange didn't attend Hogwarts at the same time as the Marauders. It's my bad, and I hope you guys will forgive me for that.

Chapter 3

Hitting Trees and Stupidity

A couple weeks passed. Severus became my near constant companion, not even blinking when a professor called on me to preform some advanced spell. When I wasn't with Sev and he could get away from James and Sirius, Remus and I studied in the library. James had taunted him about his "girlfriend" for a while, but stopped when Sirius threatened to hex him, for whatever reason.

Towards the end of September, Remus grew nervous about the approaching full moon. He became pale and withdrew from company. Sev pestered me about it, but I never told Remus's secret.


The day of the full moon arrived all too soon. Remus missed class and Sev resumed his interegation of me. I had finally had enough.

"Severus, I am never going to tell you. Haven't you ever heard the phrase 'curiousity killed the cat'?"

Sirius cut in before Sev could answer. "You know, Snivellus, if you want to know Remus's secret, all you've got to do is take a long stick and push a knot on the trunk of the Whomping Willow tonight.

Severus glared at him. "I might just do that, Black."

I ran from both of them, going to the one person who could stop the madness, as much as I hated to admit it.


"You've got to stop him!" I screamed at James.

It was after dinner and, suprisingly, the common room was empty.

"What are you talking about?" James asked, not looking up from his roll of parchment. "How do you spell Andromeda?"

"A-N-D-R-O-M-E-D-A. Sirius told Sev to poke at the Whomping Willow tonight, to find out about Remus. He's going to be killed!"

James stood suddenly, towering over me. "Why didn't you try to talk some sense into him? If you're so close to Snape?" he growled, heading for the portrait hole.

"What do you think I've been doing all afternoon? I looked for you for a period, but when you were nowhere to be found, I tried to talk Sev out of it." I was running to keep up with James.

We exited the castle through a side door. Dusk was already falling and I pulled out my wand. Lumos , I thought, lighting up the tip of my wand. James didn't bother, heading in the direction of the Whomping Willow, which might do Sev in before Remus could. Without warning, James took off at a run. I struggled to keep close behind him.

I reached the Whomping Willow in time to see James tackle Severu and a large black dog slink into a hole underneath the tree.


"WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?" I demanded of Sirius the next morning at breakfast.

Both James and Severus had spent the night in the hospital wing with minor injuries from their escapade. Remus hadn't shown up, but I didn't expect him to. Several feet away, Peter snored.

"Can't you save it?" Sirius snapped, pouring more coffee in his mug. "I'm going to get it from James as soon as he's out of the hospital. Dumbledore's already given me the speech, then, worse yet, he set McGonagall on me! I don't need to hear it from you, too!

"Sirius Black, he could have been killed! If the tree hadn't done him in, Remus would have. Then he would have Severus's death on his hands!"

He looked like he was going to be sick. "I hadn't thought about that."

I glanced at the enchanted ceiling and asked, "Why? Why me?"

"Are you alright?" There was real concern in his voice.

"I'm fine, but I need to go. I'm supposed to meet Sev so we can review Slughorn's essay together."

Sirius groaned. "I forgot to do it! What am I going to do?"

I sighed, sure I had lost my mind. "Meet me in the library right after lunch. I'll help you do it."

"Really?"

"Yeah. I don't know why, but I'll help you."

I turned to walk away, but Sirius grabbed my hand. "Thank you," he said, kissing the back of it gently.

I pulled my hand free and walked away quickly, headed towards the hospital wing. I rubbed my hand on my robes, but I could still feel his lips touching my skin.

"No," I scolded mysefl. "Sirius Black is a jerk and under no circumstances will you consider dating that jerk."

"Do you talk to yourself often?" someone asked quietly.

I spun around and faced Dumbledore. "Sadly, it seems to happen increasingly lately."

"I find that it helps me to make a difficult decision or to reason out a problem."

"I mostly scold myself," I admitted.

He laughed. "I was going to the hospital wing to check on Mr. Potter and Mr. Snape. Would you like to accompany me?"

"I was headed that way, sir," I said.

We walked in silence for a while before Dumbledore spoke. "You've managed to make quite the impression on the staff, Ms. Conant."

"It's bizzare, sir. I haven't done anything worthy of note, and yet they are amazed by my so-called 'skills'."

"I think that you underestimate yourself. No other person could have become an Animagus at fourteen, before sitting both the OWLs and NEWTs. Very few can hex Peeves, nonverbally, then shrug off praise and say that he got in their way."

I blushed. As soon as I was certain I could speak, I asked, "Professor, out of all the exchange student applications I'm sure you recieved, why pick me?"

"Because your was the only one that was real, the only one with soul."

I blushed agin as we entered the hospital wing. As soon as I spotted them, I rushed over to where Sev and James were. I wasn't sure who looked more upset, James or Severus. Dumbledore smiled knowingly and went to talk to Madame Pomfrey.

"Oh, Severus, how could oyu have been so stupid? You know that Sirius doesn't like you and yet you listened to him!"

"How could you have gone to Potter?" he demanded in return.

"He was the only one with a chance of stopping the madness. What did you expect me to do? Just sit by and watch you die?"

"You didn't have to go to Potter," he mumbled.

"Mr. Potter, you're free to go. Mr. Snape, please stay for a while longer so I can discuss your punishment with you," Dumbledore said. "Ms. Conant, you don't want to be late for Transfiguration."

"You're right, professor. I'll see you in Charms, Sev, if you don't make it."

"'Kay," he muttered.

James and I left the hospital wing together. We walked down the deserted corridor in silence for a while. When we reached the third floor, Peeves stopped in front of us. When he noticed me, though, he let out a pig-like squeal and shot off, in the opposite direction.

"That was interesting," James said. "What did you do to him?"

"Hexed him, my first day."

He laughed. "Listen, there's a trip to Hogsmeade coming up. If Severus is in detention on Saturday, and something tells me he will be, would you like to go with me?"

I started. "What? I thought you had been trying to get Lily to go out with you."

"Oh, no. Not as a date. Sirius would have my head. No, as a friend."

"Sure, why not? You can't be as bad as everyone says, plus you saved Sev, even though he was an idiot."

We walked for a while, an awkward silence hanging over us.

"So, Saturday?" he asked as we stopped in front of McGonagall's classroom.

"Yeah. Sure."

"I'll see you later," he said, smiling. "Don't tell Sirius."

I shook my head and went into the classroom.

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