Harry and Hermione work together to create a surge based around the events of their first year at Hogwarts. Will their experiment to use the Calamity to restore Ron's memories prove sucessful?
Brilliant Hogwarts Corridor
"I've just heard from Constance. Considering the sorts of Foundables she and the rest of the SOS Task Force are seeing, I'd say our first experiment was a success. We were able to combine our memories of our first year at Hogwarts to create one unified surge."
"Yes, and I'm confident our second experiment will prove it. You saw it yourself during the last surge, Harry. Every time we returned a Foundable, Ron was suddenly able to recall a related memory. That can't be a coincidence. The Calamity must be the key to restoring Ron's memories."
"I remember that you took the blame for the whole thing, even though it was my fault you were hiding out in the toilets to begin with. And that it was the first time I saw you as a friend. I can't believe I forgot..."
"Is this a joke? Of course not! Though I have been feeding on your lunches... Why did I just admit that? Hold on... you put Veritaserum in my coffee, didn't you? Is that how you plan to expose The Unforgivable's mole? To make everyone drink Truth Potion without their knowledge?"
"I'm sorry to subject you to this, Harry, but I had to be certain. I'm honestly loath to use Veritaserum without proper authorisation, but I didn't see any alternative. We don't know who in the Ministry we can trust and our culprit would surely sabotage any by-the-books attempt to sleuth out their identity. We have to find this informant if we want to get the better of The Unforgivable. Given our circumstances, using Veritaserum on everyone and then replacing their memories of being questioned with something more innocuous is the only quick, viable option. It pains me to break the rules... but I have no choice."
"Now I remember! We were on the Hogwarts Express. You pulled a Dumbledore on your first go. The look on your face when you saw his picture move was bloody brilliant... Though not nearly as good as the one you're making now."
"What? No, absolutely not! Why do you ask? Is it because you suspect I'm the mole? Is it because I sometimes sneak into your office, sit in your chair, and pretend I'm a Senior Minister? Because I promise I'm not spying on you! I just really admire you and want to be like you, is all... You probably think I'm a fraud now. Or worse, a total stalker. I'm so sorry, Hermione! I have no idea what's come over me. It's like I'm under a Babbling Curse..."
"No, Constance, I'm sorry. I did suspect you might be the mole. That's why I put Veritaserum in your tea when you weren't looking. I'm not proud of it, but I had to be certain. After all, you had access to all the leaked intelligence and some of your comments did raise red flags... I hope you understand."
"I wish I could lie and say I do and that I'm not upset. But seeing as that's physically impossible for me now, I'll just say that I'm hurt that you'd think I was capable of such betrayal. I thought we were better friends than that..."
"Mathilda, I was hoping I could talk to you about the incident in Cape Town. As I'm sure you've heard, when we arrived at the location of the black market auction, it was completely deserted. The numerous poachers that had been spotted there just hours prior were nowhere to be found. Someone must have warned them we were coming. You wouldn't happen to have any idea who that might have been, would you?"
"No, but I wish I did so I could give them a good wallop! Bloody poachers create nothing but headaches and paperwork for us at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. And there's nothing I hate more than paperwork. Except, perhaps, my partner's mother. Did I just say that out loud? Please don't tell anyone! Aisha wants nothing more than for the two of us to get along, and if she found out I can't stand her mother, she'd be devastated."
"Theoretically, yes. Though it will take time before he's completely back to himself. I wish we could simply force The Unforgivable to release them, but, well... I haven't even been able to uncover the identity of their mole yet. I haven't exhausted my list of possible suspects yet, so I still have hope this will work. But we may want to start considering our next course of action should it not."
"Perhaps, though I'm more concerned that they've realised I'm using Veritaserum to attempt to expose their informant. I've heard plenty of confessions - including a few that I wish I hadn't - but no one's implicated themself so far."
"No, someone close to us has definitely been leaking our plans to The Unforgivable. The only question is - have I yet to 'interview' the culprit? Or have they managed to resist the Veritaserum's effects? Well, I suppose we'll find out which is true soon enough, won't we?"
"Unfortunately not everyone has such scholarly intentions. The Unforgivable have made it abundantly clear that they intend to use the Calamity for their Dark purposes. You wouldn't happen to know anything about them, would you?"
"Only that they're all you and Harry talk about any more. Even outside of work, it's "The Unforgivable this" or "The Unforgivable that". I admire your devotion to your work, but you two need to seriously consider finding yourselves a hobby."
"Enough to question how we made it through the year in one piece. Battling a mountain troll? Sneaking past a giant three-headed dog? Making an enemy of Voldemort, who I'm told is one of the most dangerous Dark wizards of all time? I'm gobsmacked."
"No, but they have noticed you acting oddly around them. Current theories as to why include Polyjuice Potion, a rotten Cauldron Cake, a strange case of Dragon Pox, and that you've "finally snapped under the stress.""
"Isn't that obvious? You're clearly a better conversationalist and listener than I gave you credit for! Want to take a quick lunch? I had a dream last night involving a giant Niffler that I'd love to get your thoughts on..."
"I do, but first I want to apologise to you again. I was so frustrated with The Unforgivable always being one step ahead and so engrossed in rooting out the mole that I started looking at you as a suspect rather than a friend. I don't regret doing what's necessary to expose The Unforgivable, but I do regret hurting you in the process. You've always devoted yourself to combatting the Calamity and The Unforgivable. I shouldn't have distrusted you."
"I'm sorry too. I took your suspicion personally, rather than recognising that you were just being diligent. There's just one thing I don't understand. Why didn't you modify my memories like you did the others'? Aren't I a liability that way?"
"They've followed through on all their other threats so far, so we can't afford to simply ignore it. But we also can't simply let them continue to endanger the world. Blast it, they love putting us in these no-win situations, don't they?"
"Yes, they certainly do. Almost as much as they love to rig these twisted games of theirs so that the moment we sit down to play, we've already lost. This time, however, will be different. This time, I'll be setting the rules."
"Don't be ridiculous, I'm no mole. I'm one of The Unforgivable's most respected members. What am I saying...? You...! You put Truth Potion in my tea, didn't you? But how? I never took my eyes off my cup!"
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