More Than Lucky
Silently they crept from the Gryffindor common room; out through the portrait of the fat lady and down the stairs; then through the corridors and out into the grounds. Of course, they should have been safely tucked into their beds but when did that ever stop them. Hidden securely under the invisibility cloak, which just barely stretched over their three growing bodies, they managed to escape detection as they crossed over to the dark shadow that was Hagrid’s hut.
The knocked quietly on the door, and when there was no reply entered cautiously. There was a slight growl from Fang but at the sound of familiar voices, he soon went back to sleep.
Their task took quite a few hours but filled them with satisfaction when they looked back at a job well done. Then just as quietly they slipped back under the cloak, out of the hut and back into Hogwarts, and to the sleep that was much needed after their exertions.
They woke in the morning tired but happy and walked down to the great chamber for breakfast, broad smiles spread across their faces. As they were about to enter the room, a voice boomed from behind!
“Harry, Ron, Hermione – wait a moment,” Hagrid reached the door obviously out of breath. “This morning I returned to my hut to find the whole place strewn with balloons and banners and all kinds presents. And I thought to myself the only person who knows it’s my birthday today, other then Dumbledore of course, was Harry . . .”
Professor Snape loomed up behind them. “What’s that Hagrid? Are you implying that these three students ventured out at night even though it is against the rules?” Snape sneered
“Excuse me professor, I was talking to Harry here. I know that you would never come out at night even for me. But I thought I’d just tell you that I’m very grateful to whoever did decorate my room and It made me so happy and pleased to know I had such friends . . .” Hagrid’s voice began to break.
Snape butted in again, “Well who else would have gone to such trouble for you Hagrid, I’m afraid I’m going to have to put you all on detention for the next eight we-”
“That won’t be necessary, Professor Snape,” Dumbledore interrupted, “For it was I who went down to Hagrid’s hut last night to leave him my presents and one sent by Olympe Maxime. So you see there really is no need to blame these children. I doubt you want to place me in detention,” Dumbledore chuckled.
Snape turned a very deep shade of red and swept angrily away. Dumbledore smiled at them all knowingly and walked away with Hagrid.
“That was lucky!” Ron looked incredibly pleased.
Harry watched his headmaster leave and realised Dumbledore had once again got them out of trouble, as he saw him casually slip Hagrid two expertly wrapped packages.
Harry beamed, “that was more than lucky!”