Chapter 28 // The Bludger
The quidditch match came faster than I expected, and even though I loved quidditch, I hated the fact that I couldn’t spend my Saturday in the library. I hadn’t had the chance to talk to Kettleburn either. It felt like this whole week had been a waste of time.
As the players walked out onto the pitch, a roar of noise greeted them, and I roared with them. Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff seemed anxious to see Slytherin beaten, but the Slytherins in the crowd made their boos and hisses heard, too. I didn’t know many players, but I recognized Harry Potter as Gryffindors seeker.
‘He’s the youngest player in a hundred years,’ Jason yelled in my ears, ‘His father was a legend and he’s walking in his footsteps.’
Madam Hooch sounded her whistle and with a roar from the crowd to speed them upward, the fourteen players rose toward the leaden sky. It was only when he flew by our tribune that I recognized Slytherins seeker: Draco Malfoy.
It didn’t take long to notice that something was wrong. One of the Bludgers seemed to have a serious crush on Harry, because it did everything in its power to hit him. I saw someone give the Bludger a powerful whack in the direction of one of the Slytherins, but the Bludger changed direction in mid-air and shot straight for Harry again.
‘Somethings wrong,’ I pointed toward the Bludger, but no one else seemed to notice, as Slytherin scored.
‘Slytherin lead, sixty points to zero,’ I heard someone comment. Meanwhile the mad Bludger was doing all it could to knock Harry out of the air. The two Gryffindor Beaters were flying close to him on either side, trying to keep the round, jet black ball away.
Suddenly, Madam Hooch’s whistle rang out and everyone dived for the ground. The Gryffindor team huddled together. The rain was falling more heavily now. On Madam Hooch’s whistle, they kicked hard into the air again. I looked at Harry as he looped and swooped, spiralled, zigzagged and rolled. He passed Draco, made some kind of twirl to dodge the Bludger and turning with a dirty look on his face.
I let out a shriek as the Bludger hit him, smashed into his elbow and he slid sideways on his broom, one knee still crooked over it. The Bludger came back, Harry swerved out of the way and dived towards Draco.
The crowd yelled as he let go of his broom and headed straight for the ground. With a splattering thud, he hit the mud and rolled of his broom. Suddenly Madam Hooch whistled, and I could just make out the little golden ball in Harry’s hand. The Gryffindors on the stands started pushing and elbowing anyone who got in their way as they did their best to reach the field. I couldn’t see what was happening, but I could hear the screams and gasps as me and Luna made our way down the stands.
‘Let’s go,’ Luna said. We walked back to the castle in silence, like most of the other Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs. Gryffindor might’ve won the game, but what happened on the field today was just too weird.
‘The Bludger was fixed,’ Cho rampaged as she caught up with us, ‘poor boy. Professor Lockhart made a little mistake while trying to mend his bones, but instead he removed them. I guess it can happen to anyone.’
‘I think only Lockhart can make that happen,’ I said darkly, but luckily, Cho didn’t seem to hear me.
‘Did you see him dance? Ha, stupid Potter,’ a laugh stopped me in my tracks and I turned around, seeing Draco walking behind us. He was alone, so I assumed he was talking to me.
‘Shut up, Draco,’ I hissed, ‘Someone messed with the Bludger. He could’ve been killed.’
‘Like I care,’ he snickered, ‘in fact, he might just get what’s coming to him.’
‘Come on, Katherine,’ Cho took my arm and pulled me away, ‘he’s not worth it.’
‘Yeah, run,’ he laughed, ‘too bad the Slytherin Heir doesn’t attack Blood Traitors. I bet the monster would have a serious bone to pick with that fat ass of yours.’
The effect of three different curses hitting someone at the same time was very interesting. I would’ve studied it if I had the time but seeing that a teacher could pass by any moment, I decided to run.
‘Wait,’ I said, ‘We can’t just leave him there.’
‘Are you kidding?’ Cho asked, but Luna nodded and held up her wand.
‘Vermillious,’ she said and red sparks sprang from the tip of her wand, marking the place where Draco was lying. ‘Let’s go!’
We didn’t stop running until we reached the Ravenclaw common room.
‘That’s the first time I ever cursed someone!’ Cho exclaimed as we entered and took a seat on the divan, ‘I’m so excited and scared at the same time! What if he tells?’
‘He won’t,’ I said, ‘if he does, he’ll have to admit that he couldn’t take on a girl.’
That night, we sat with Cho, who seemed to be a sweet girl, even though she was a year older than we were. She didn’t bring up the Chamber of Secrets, which I was grateful for.
‘I heard they’re starting a Duelling Club!’ she suddenly said, ‘I heard professor Lockhart talking about it.’
‘Really? That’s cool! Do you want to go, Luna?’ she shrugged, but I knew she was interested. I could see the twinkle in her eyes.
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