Sequel to Reading Sorcerer's Stone at Hogwarts (see inside for more info) Now that they've finished first year, Harry, Hermione, and Ron along with some other friends, family members, and Professor...
Harry Potter woke up, and for a fleeting moment he was confused as to why he was in his bed in the boy's dormitories in Gryffindor Tower. Then he remembered the previous day's activities and the reading of the book detailing his first year at Hogwarts.
Earlier the previous day, Harry had received a message from Professor Dumbledore, instructing him to come to the Room of Requirement and ask for a 'Place to read in peace'. Little did Harry know that his least liked teacher – and toad – Dolares Umbridge had found five books that told the story of all five of his years at Hogwarts. He also didn't know that these books were to be read aloud, but only to his close friends and some of the staff. This didn't stop him from being completely embarrassed by some of his thoughts that the book described though, the only good thing was that so far the books hadn't given either Umbridge or Cornelius Fudge – the incompetent Minister of Magic – any just cause to have him arrested. Yet.
He walked downstairs and half expected to see the Common Room full of people before he once again remembered that it was the first full day of the Easter holidays, and that it was rather early. Sighing, Harry walked down to the Great Hall, hoping that maybe breakfast was being served and that he could eat in peace before the Weasley brothers came down and inhaled all the food. When he entered the Hall, he actually found almost everyone sitting down, talking amongst themselves.
At the Gryffindor table he saw Fred and George laughing with Ginny as she was telling them some joke or something. Neville was talking with Luna, who was sitting across from him about Nargles or some other creature. Hermione was sitting next to Luna and was in the middle of a serious discussion with Remus, who was next to Neville. Up at the Staff table, Professor Flitwick was sitting on the end, enjoying the silence it seemed, and next to him sat Professors McGonagall and Sprout who both looked grave. Next to Professor McGonagall sat Professor Snape, sneering slightly as he took in the hall's occupants. And in the middle next to Snape sat Albus Dumbledore, looking around much like Snape, though he was smiling peacefully and his blue eyes were twinkling. On Dumbledore's other side sat Amelia Bones, who like Flitwick, was enjoying the quiet. Next to her sat the third oldest Weasley brother, Percy, who was looking quite satisfied with himself as he talked to Corneilius Fudge, the Minister of Magic. And finally, at the end of the table, sat the teacher Harry hated the most, Dolares Umbridge.
As he scanned the Hall, Harry wondered where Hagrid and Ron were, though he had the feeling that Ron might still be fast asleep upstairs, that didn't explain Hagrid's absence. Harry walked over and sat down next to Hermione.
"Good Morning Harry!" She said, giving him a smile.
"Morning," he said, smiling back at her. "Ron not down yet?"
"Am now," a sleepy voice said from behind and Harry turned around to see Ron standing, still rubbing sleep from his eyes. "What's for breakfast?"
"See for yourself," Harry said, loading his plate with waffles and sausages. Ron sat down next to him and started piling food on his plate as well before digging in. "So what's on today's schedule?" Harry asked in general.
"Once Hagrid comes back and everyone has finished their breakfast," Remus said, glancing over at Ron. "We'll go back to the Room of Requirement and continue reading."
"Oh." Harry said. "Will Si- I mean Snuffles be there?" He asked hopefully but Remus shook his head.
"Not today. Perhaps tomorrow when we read about your third year. After all, that was when you met him yes?" Remus said casually so that those from the Ministry wouldn't know what or who he was talking about.
Harry nodded, feeling slightly disappointed. While he didn't want Sirius to hear about his life with the Dursley's, he did want him to be there to hear about his adventures at school. Sighing softly, Harry bent over his plate and began to eat, not really paying attention to what was going on around him.
That's why, twenty minutes later when the Great Hall doors burst open, he was one of the people that jumped in their seats and turned quickly to see who it was. Much to Harry's relief, it was only Hagrid, but he also had two people following behind him, both with vibrant red hair and smiles on their faces that Harry would recognize anywhere.
"Mr. and Mrs. Weasley!" He said at the same time that Ron said "Mum and Dad!"
"What are you doing here?" They said together, then started to laugh.
Mrs. Weasley smiled at the two boys. "Professor Dumbledore called us here to read a certain book with you lot."
"Indeed I did," Dumbledore said, his voice breaking through all the chatter and creating silence immediately. "And now that we are all present and fed," he glanced at Ron who had a slightly dazed look on his face, "Why don't we proceed to the reading room where we can begin the second book?"
The sound of benches scraping and feet moving echoed through the hall as the large group proceeded to the seventh floor, where they found the door waiting for them. Fred and George were the first ones in and the held the door open for everyone else, making exaggerated bows whenever someone walked inside.
As Harry entered, he noticed that the Room had changed. There was still the main table, where he knew the staff and Ministry members would sit, but there were more couches this time, and no chairs whatsoever. Quickly the group sat down, arranging themselves into groups of two.
Mr. and Mrs. Weasley sat in one couch, Fred and George on another, Neville and Luna, Hermione and Remus, and Ron was stretched out on a couch by himself, so Harry went and sat next to Ginny.
"Do you mind?" He asked her.
"Not at all," she answered, both of them lightly blushing.
Up at the table there were ten chairs and the remaining adults sat themselves in the same order as they had in the Great Hall, although Hagrid sat next to Professor Flitwick at the end of the table.
"Are we ready to begin?" Dumbledore asked once everyone was situated. Receiving nods and affirmatives, he continued. "This book is entitled "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."
Both Harry and Ginny blanched at the title, and Hermione and Ron sent them frightened looks.
"If no one has any objections, I will start to read," Dumbledore said and since there were none, he opened the book and began to read. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
Remus frowned slightly. Chamber of Secrets? That was simply an old myth…wasn't it?