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Another Myth to Live Through

Summary:
The Cullens, an immortal family of vampires, have protected themselves by hiding from the world. That will change forever when magic enters their lives. But what seems at first to be a new opportunity may just cause a new set of troubles. A Twilight / Harry Potter Crossover that takes place post-Breaking Dawn and during the Trio's sixth year.


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12. Chapter 12

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Chapter 12: The Return of Dumbledore's Army

Bella's Point of View

I entered the Common Room Friday morning looking forward to the day. All of my classes had been quite interesting recently, and Professor Lupin had told us that we would be facing a boggart today in Defense Against the Dark Arts. To make the day even better, Dumbledore's Army was meeting afterwards, which would give me a chance to see magic that was far different from what we learned in classes.

I walked over to where the rest of my family was standing, and we walked to the Great Hall together. I saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione already sitting at the table, and led Edward over to them. Nessie went off to sit with her friends, and the rest of the family sat away from the rest of the people at the table. Besides Edward, Nessie, and I, Alice seemed to be the only one who wasn't wary of the humans at the school.

"Is your family ready for the meeting tonight?" Harry asked, looking down the table at Alice, Jasper, Rosalie, and Emmett.

"Of course, they're still a little wary though. The only human they've ever told this much about themselves is me, so they aren't used to doing it." I replied in a low voice.

Harry nodded in understanding.

"Bella, I have something that Professor Black and his friends might be very interested in." Hermione said, "I don't want to their hopes up though, so please don't let them know what it is. I think I can have a rough prototype of it ready by tonight though."

"What is it?" I asked her.

"I discovered a few old spells in my research into magic that could harm vampires. Since the only books on the subject are hundreds of years old, it makes sense that I'd stumble across a few forgotten spells."

As she was speaking, the bell rang, "I don't have time to finish explaining. I have to go to the library to find the last bit of information I need."

Shaking my head as Hermione rushed out, I looked to Edward, who had a slight grin on his face. "I'll tell you during the next class." He told me, walking off to his first class.

Alice danced over to me, and we made our way to Divination. Ever since Alice had made all the predictions during Trelawney's class, she hadn't bothered us, so we used the time to discuss our upcoming Defense Against the Dark Arts class. One of the many advantages of being a vampire, was being able to hold a conversation so quietly that no one ever noticed.

"Professor Lupin said that boggarts become whatever the person's worst fear is," Alice mused, "I'll be rather interested to see what it comes up with for us."

"Why do you say that?"

"I can imagine what most people would be afraid of. I wouldn't be surprised to see it turn into a gigantic spider, or a ghost, or a murderer, or something else of the sort, but can you honestly say that you're afraid of spiders or some human with a gun Bella?"

I thought for a moment, "No, I can't. The only thing that I can think of that I'm really afraid of is the Volturi trying to attack us again, which with recent events involving Voldemort, seems somewhat likely." I added morosely.

"I have to agree. I can't think of anything worse than you, or Edward, or anyone in the family being killed."

"Maybe the boggart will become one of our dead bodies?" I offered.

"But do you really think Professor Lupin would let us face one if it had to potential to become something so disturbing to a person?"

"I'm not sure. Why can't you see what its going to become?"

"I'm not sure. Maybe because it hasn't decided what its going to become for each person, because it doesn't know that people are going to be coming after it. Or maybe it's just because I can't see boggarts for the same reason I can't see Nessie or the wolves."

Nodding in agreement, I took a cursory look at Alice's tea leaves. "Looks like your leaves say that you're going to die. Again. Maybe it's an omen that the Boggart will show you being dead?"

Alice laughed, "Or maybe the leaves are just telling me what I already am."

I joined her in laughing, until Professor Trelawney looked over at the two of us in disapproval. We returned to quiet conversation for the remainder of the period.

After Divination had ended, Harry, Ron, Alice, and I started walking to Defense Against the Dark Arts.

"Have either of you faced a boggart before?" Alice asked.

"Yeah, Lupin made us do it back in third year. I still remember it turning into Snape for Neville." Ron said, smiling at the memory.

"So, can it only turn into living things?" I asked.

"No, it can turn into anything. It turned into the moon for Professor Lupin for example." Harry replied.

I nodded, again, finding myself wondering what it would turn into when I faced it.

We met up with the rest of the Cullen family, and entered the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom.

I sat down next to Edward, and remembering the conversation with Hermione that I'd had this morning asked, "So, did you pick up what she was working on?"

"Her thoughts were moving incredibly quickly, but I got the idea." Edward replied, "She has found a few spells that she hopes to modify that will enable non-magical people to use basic magic. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but I'm sure she will explain in full after the meeting tonight."

I started grinning, "Can you imagine Jake, or even better, Seth, being able to do magic?"

Edward chuckled, "Only too well."

At that, Professor Lupin entered the room, walking past the large cabinet to the right of hid desk, "Good morning class, how are you all today?"

Being beyond the age of chorusing a reply, the majority of the class just muttered responses.

Lupin seemed to find the response acceptable and continued, "As you know, you will all be facing a boggart today. Hopefully you are all up to snuff on the Riddikulus spell. In any case, when I call your name, please come to the front of the class, and be quick about it. The faster the boggart has to adapt to new people, the easier it will be to handle."

"Let's go in reverse alphabetical order today... Mister Weasly, you're first."

Ron groaned, and walked slowly to the front of the room.

"Okay Ron. On three I will open up the cabinet, and the boggart will come out. Use the spell as quickly as you can. One, two, three."

Professor Lupin ripped the door of the cabinet open, and a gigantic spider came surging out of it. Ron seemed to be frozen for a moment, but quickly pointed his wand at it and said ,"Riddikulus."

When he did, the spider's leg's disappeared, and it began to flop helplessly on the floor.

"Good," said Professor Lupin, "Zacahrias Smith, you're next."

This continued until Professor Lupin reached the letter C, though oddly, he skipped Harry. By that time, we had seen the boggart become a second giant spider, a Dementor, and oddly,a set of potted plants that came alive if you got too close.

Apparently, Professor Lupin ad decided to mix up the order for us, because the next name that he called was "Edward Cullen."

Edward approached the front of the room as the previous student was retreating. The boggart turned to Edward, and after a brief second, I saw Edward standing in front of two dead bodies. It took me a moment to realize that one of the bodies was mine, the other was Renesmee's.

Edward's face immediately fell into a look of absolute devastation. It pained me to watch him, imaginng, what he must have been going through. After about ten seconds of standing perfectly still, he seemed to remember where he was and what was going on.

He pointed his wand at the bodies and said, "Riddikulus." But there was no strength behind the words, and nothing happened.

He tried again, and again nothing happened. After two more tries, Professor Lupin stepped in between Edward and the boggart, and it transformed into a white orb surrounded by what looked like fog. I assumed that it was the moon.

He shoved it back into the cabinet and said, "I think that is enough for today, class is dismissed."

Edward began walking back to the table he and I had been sitting at. His face was completely blank.

"Edward, it wasn't real. I'm right here, and Nessie is fine too."

"Bella. I went through the pain of losing you once, and you know what I was driven to do. I just re-experienced it, except that this time, I actually got to see your body, lifeless. The addition of Renesmee just made it worse. Despite the fact that I knew that it could not be true, the wounds that it opened are very deep. I will not lose you again It would destroy me." He added strongly.

By this time, the rest of the class had filed out. Professor Lupin walked over to us, "Edward, Bella. If you would like, I can have you excused from the rest of your classes for today. I didn't think that the boggart would produce something so disturbing for you. It generally manifests itself as a foolish sort of phobia." He admitted.

Edward shook his head, "Thank you Professor, but that will not be necessarry. I too, did not expect the boggart to become something so terrible, or I would have prepared myself for it."

Professor Lupin nodded, and I led Edward out into the hallway.

"Are you sure you're alright?" I asked.

"Yes. I just pray that I will never have to view that scene again. We should be getting to our next class."

Edward and I walked to the Charms classroom, and made it through the door just as the bell began to ring.

About ten minutes after class had started, Edward muttered, "Word spreads far too quickly in this castle."

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Half of the student body within range of my ability to hear is already trying to figure out why my worst fear is to see you and Nessie dead."

"Well, they know that Nessie is supposed to be your sister, and that I'm supposed to be your girlfriend," I smiled lightly at the thought, "Doesn't that explain it?"

"In some ways, yes, mostly they are wondering why I would fear for your lives at all. Most children and young adults don't think of that sort of thing at all unless it is staring them in the face. Though, a few seem to be wondering why I am so close to Nessie."

"Well, rumors can't hurt us. It's not like they'll figure anything out because of the boggart."

"I can only hope that you're correct."

The rest of class went routinely, and Professor Flitwick announced that we would be tested during the next class. We walked with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of our family to lunch. Edward assured everyone that he was fine, and that he had just been taken off guard by the boggart, which put everyone at ease.

Lunch passed without incident, as did Potions. Both Esme and Jacob had heard about our Defense Against the Dark Arts class, and asked Edward if he was alright, but other than that, Muggle Studies and History of Magical Races also passed normally.

Hermione rushed off to the library immediately after our last class, to finish whatever she had been working on in the morning.

During dinner, Harry explained his plan for the Dumbledore's Army meeting.

"As you know, Hermione has been doing research, but she hasn't been able to find any spells specifically designed for, what we'll be facing," He said, being careful about letting our secret out accidentally, "But she did find out that most spells do work, with the exception of of the stunning spell, so I'll probably have people work on dueling without the stunning spell. Unless, we get so many new members that we need to do a basic refresher course."

"It will be good for us to work on dueling. Right now, we're more effective without wands than with them. If we can combine our speed and reflexes with magic, we should be much more formidable opponents." Jasper said.

Harry nodded, "After the meeting, I'll make sure Ginny, Luna, and Neville stay behind, so we can explain to them the full situation, and about your family."

"If you feel that you can trust them, then we have no problem telling them about ourselves." Edward said, despite the apparent hesitance of Jasper, Emmett, and Rosalie.

"What spells can you use for dueling other than the stunning spell or dark magic?" I asked.

"There's the disarming spell of course, but I doubt that it will be enough. We're probably going to have to resort to odd tactics, like conjuring ropes to tie opponents down."

"It sounds like you only wish to incapacitate your enemies. Don't you think that you may need to use more force?" Jasper asked, in his element discussing battle tactics.

"I want to avoid it if at all possible," Harry admitted, "But I know that it is a likely possibility. There are some basic spells that could inflict some damage, like the Incendio charm."

"Plus, the stunning spell will still work on most of them," Ron pointed out, "Unless Voldemort is forming some sort of army or something."

"We've been through that before. I pray that he doesn't attempt it." Edward said.

"You'll have to fill us in on that after the meeting. There's so much that we need to learn before he attacks. But now, we should get going."

Harry stood up, as did Ron. The rest of us followed suit. Nessie noticed from down the table that we were leaving, and got up to join us as well. We then walked as a group to the Room of Requirement.

When we reached the hallway, Ron said, "Hermione is probably already here. She said that she would meet us here after she put the finishing touches on what she was working on, which knowing her probably didn't take too long."

We paced across the hallway three times to make the door appear, and when we opened it, Hermione was sitting in one of the chairs in the corner waiting for us.

"Oh, hi. I just got here, and wanted to rest a for minute before setting up." She told us.

"Don't worry. I'm probably just going to ask them to do some simple dueling, just to gauge their experience." Harry told her.

"Okay then. Do you know when Professor Black is going to come?" Hermione asked me, "I want to show him what I've spent the last few days working on before the meeting."

"I told him to get here a bit early, so he should be here soon. As long as it doesn't interfere with his sleep, he's pretty prompt." I said, laughing lightly.

We sat around and talked for a few minutes until the door opened and Jake stepped in, followed by professor Lupin.

"Hey guys," He said, "What's up?"

Hermione stood up excitedly, "Professor Black, I have something for you that I think you and your friends might be very interested in. I just need you to test it first."

"Just call me Jake, or Jacob. Professor Black makes me feel all old and official. Now what did you say about wanting me to test something?"

Hermione produced what looked like a wand from her book bag. "Take this. All I want you to do is hold it in front of you, and say 'Lumos,' very clearly."

Jake took the wand, looking slightly perplexed, and said, "Okay, sure. Lumos."

The end of the wand suddenly light up like a flashlight.

"I thought you said that you weren't magical Jake?" Harry asked.

"I'm... not. I don't think." He replied, looking shocked.

"Very clever," Edward said, cupping his hand around his chin, grinning.

"How did you manage to do that Hermione?" Ron asked, seemingly in awe.

"Well, I was looking through all of the old spell books from the Restricted Section of the library, and I came across an older version of the Priori Incantatem spell. It did the same basic thing, in a different way. One, instead of showing the last spells cast, in order, it would show if any spell that the caster requested had been cast by that wand in the past twenty-four hours. And, instead of showing that spell like Priori Incantatem does, it would recast the spell. Obviously, this could be dangerous, so once Priori Incantatem was invented, the older spell fell out of use.

"I was able to combine that spell with a modified version of an eavesdropping spell. The eavesdropping spell listens to the person who is holding the wand. If it hears an incantation, it activates the Priori Incantatem spell to cause the wand to cast the spell, effectively allowing anyone to do magic.

"There are a number of limitations. The most obvious one is that this can only be used for fairly basic spells, and some charms. Advanced things like Memory Modifying Charms or Transfiguration are impossible. The next largest limitation is that the power of the spell is unchangeable, and much weaker than that of the average adult's would be. This is because the person wielding the wand isn't really casting the magic themself, but activating a spell which triggers another to be cast. Meaning they can't put more or less power behind a spell."

"Hermione, that's amazing." Harry said.

"I don't know how you did it, but thanks a lot." Jake told her.

"I also wrote down a list of incantations that I've put into that wand, and what the spells do," She said, handing Jake a piece of parchment. "I tried to be as clear as possible, but if you have any questions about them, just let me know."

"This is really awesome." Jake said, "Any chance that you can get three more, for Embry, Seth, and Leah?" He asked.

"I could only find one spare wand, and even that was a surprise. I'll have to send an order out to Ollivanders for three more. It's probably not the way he's used to conducting business, but business is business, so I doubt that he'll say no."

"Hmm... What's this 'full body bind' do Hermione?" Jake asked.

"Exactly what it says, the victim's feet and hands snap together, and they become completely paralyzed until someone lifts the spell."

Jake's eyes lit up, "Excellent, I'll have to use this on Seth next time he won't stop talking."

Jake spent the next ten minutes asking Hermione about some of the spells that he could use the wand to do, and alternating between devising schemes for pranking his friends, and marvelling at what magic could do.

People began arriving for the meeting, as did Professor Lupin, so Jake went to sit with him to watch the meeting.

Once it seemed like people were done arriving, Harry stepped to the front of the room to address the group, which seemed to be about sixty people ranging from third to seventh years. All of them came from Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff. Slytherin was conspicuously absent.

"Last year, meetings were held here because of a terrible, Ministry appointed Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor who refused to teach us anything that would be worthwhile in a fight. We did this because we knew that someday, we might need to defend ourselves from Voldemort. That day is coming soon. Despite our current Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor's great ability for teaching, it is always good to practice self defense, and so we will continue to hold meetings of the Dumbledore's Army this year.

"In order to get a feel for how much practice we'll need to do on dueling basics, I want to spend today doing just that dueling. Find yourself a partner who is preferably in your year, and find yourself a clear space. The only rules are that no stunners, or potentially dangerous spells are used."

Edward immediately walked over to me. "We might as well get in some practice as well. Even if it is only practice at human speeds."

We found ourselves an open spot, and waited for Harry to tell us to begin. As soon as he gave the signal, the room was filled with flying spells and shouted incantations. The third year students seemed to rely mainly on Disarming spells, while the older students were far more creative. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw one student douse another in water to weigh down his robes, making him an easier target to hit.

Edward and I sent Disarming spells back and forth at each other, working mainly on dodging and casting simultaneously. Harry was walking around to each pair, looking at their skills and offering suggestions. When he got to us, he nodded and continued on to the next pair.

After about half an hour of continued dueling, Edward said to me, "Do you remember the strange way your shield spell worked in Defense Against the Dark Arts earlier this year?"

"Yes, why?"

"I have an idea I want to test."

Edward called Emmett over, and said, "Do me a favor. Go stand over by Bella, and when I tell you to, try to cast a Disarming spell through her shield at me."

"Sure," Emmett said.

"Okay Bella, cast a shield spell." Edward instructed.

After I did so, Edward said, "Okay, Emmett, cast the spell."

Emmett immediately cast the spell at Edward, but it hit my shield and dissipated.

"Okay, now Bella, extend your mental shield around Emmett."

"Okay, done." I said.

"Try again now Emmett."

Emmett fired another spell, and this time, it went right through the shield and hit Edward square in the chest, sending his wand flying. My shield spell remained completely intact.

"Exactly as I thought," Edward said, retrieving his wand, "Thank you for the help Emmett."

"Anytime bro," Emmett replied, as he returned to his duel with Jasper.

After a few more minutes, Harry called everyone to stop duelling.

"Okay, it looks like most of us at least have the basics of duelling down, which is good. That's all I wanted to do this week. Next week, I hope we can work on some spells that might come in handy in a duel. Once we learn those, then we can focus on real duelling tactics."

The group made noises of affirmation, and began to disperse. A number of them went up to Harry and thanked him for keeping the group going. Edward and I hung back with the rest of our family, waiting for everyone to leave. I noticed that a Ravenclaw with bleach blonde hair, and two Gryffindors, including Ron's sister doing the same.

Once everyone else had left, we walked over to Harry, and took seats around the table in the corner of the room that Jake and professor Lupin were sitting in.

Ron's sister cut right to the chase, "So Harry, why did you want to talk to us after the meeting?"

"First, I think introductions are in order. Bella, Edward, Nessie, Alice, Jasper, Emmet, Rosalie; Luna, Ginny, and Neville." He said, pointing each one of us out as he said our name.

After the obligatory 'nice to meet you's,' Harry dove straight into the problem.

"The reason I wanted to talk to you, is that we've found something out that is going to make the fight against Voldemort much more difficult. If he hasn't already, he is going to become a vampire, and soon."

"What? How?" Ginny asked.

"Do you remember what Professor Black was teaching us about the Volturi at the beginning of the year? It wasn't a myth, and Voldemort is teaming up with them. I guess that he thinks becoming a vampire will get him the immortality that he wants."

"How are we going to be able to fight against him then, if vampires are immortal?" Neville asked.

"Luckily, we have some people," Harry gestured towards us, "On our side, who know everything there is to know about vampires, which should allow us to prepare for fighting him."

"I thought vampires were reclusive creatures. How have you been able to study them so closely without endangering yourselves?" Luna asked in a far off sounding voice.

"Because," Edward answered for us, "We are vampires."

Immediately, Neville sunk backwards slightly into the chair he was sitting, Ginny stood up, seeming to be bracing herself, and Luna's already abnormally large eyes seemed to widen.

"That does explain your pale skin." Luna commented.

"Harry, you knew this? Why do you trust them? You know that vampires are dark creatures." Ginny said.

"If you'll let us explain, it might help you understand." Edward told her.

Ginny seemed as if she were about to respond, but didn't, instead she sat back down.

"Thank you," Edward said. "The most important thing you should know about us is that we aren't like other vampires, we don't drink human blood. We're 'vegetarians' if you will. We only prey on animals for what we need..."

We spent the next forty-five minutes recounting all the basic facts about vampires, such as the reflexes, speed, strength, and abilities, as well as telling about our personal histories. Harry and Ron listened as intently as Ginny, Neville, and Luna, because they hadn't heard the story in full, before either.

Once we had finished explaining, we were peppered with questions.

"So you faced the Volturi before?" Neville asked.

"Yes, even though it didn't actually come to a fight." I admitted.

"Do you think we have a chance against Voldemort if they attack with him?" Ginny added.

"With Bella's ability to render their two most effective weapons useless, I think we'll have a very good chance. The Volturi is unaccustomed to fighting a fair fight." Edward said.

"But we still don't know when Voldemort is going to attack, or even if the Volturi will be with him." Luna said, staring at the ceiling. "All we can do is make sure we're ready for anything that may happen."

"Exactly," Harry said, "I wanted you all to know, since you were all with me at the Department of Mysteries last year, and because you deserve to know what we're up against. But still, we're preparing for something that might not come for a year or more, so I don't think there is any need to tell the rest of the DA about Voldemort. Plus, I don't think the Cullens would appreciate their secret being outed."

"No, we wouldn't." Edward agreed.

"Neither would the Pack." Jake chimed in.

"I don't blame you guys." Neville said, "I'm still a bit scared that I've been sleeping in the same dorm as three vampires. Even though you don't really sleep."

"I'm glad that you're all taking this much better than Ron and I did." Harry said.

"Harry, we trusted you enough to follow you to the Department of Mysteries, how can we not trust people that you're willing to trust too?" Luna asked.

"Thanks Luna. It's getting late, so we should probably be getting back to our Common Rooms. I don't want to think about what Filch might do if he caught us out."

"I could escort you to your Common Room." Jake offered. "Filch can't yell at you with me there."

"And I can walk with Luna." Professor Lupin said.

"Thanks, that would be great." Harry said.

With that, we bade Luna and Professor Lupin goodbye, and walked to the Common Room with Jake, Harry, Ginny, and Neville.