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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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6. Divination and Revelations

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Chapter 6: Divination and Revelations

Bella's Point of View

I entered the Common Room on Tuesday morning, looking forward to the day. McGonagall had asked us to choose electives last night, and told us that we'd begin school on our full schedule today. We had to take Charms, so we all had to choose two electives. Alice and I had both decided to take Divination, purely for the comedic value of the class. Edward and Jasper choose Arithmancy. Rosalie and Emmett decided on Care of Magical Creatures. I wouldn't have expected that to be Rose's first choice, but she seemed to be looking forward to it.

All of us had chosen Muggle Studies as our second elective because Esme was teaching it. Though I was also interested in learning about the way Wizards thought of non-magical people.

Nessie came over, and said that she was going to breakfast early and walked out with Catie. I was glad, though somewhat surprised that Nessie had been able to find a good friend that was in her class. Nessie was far beyond most of the fourth year students when it came to intelligence and maturity, let alone the first years.

I met up with Edward, Alice, Hermione, Harry, and Ron and we went down to the Great Hall for breakfast. When I told Hermione that Alice and I had Divination first period, she began encouraging us to transfer out of the class as fast as possible. She'd had bad experiences with the teacher apparently.

Breakfast was the same as it usually was, we sat and talked while Hermione, Harry, and Ron ate. The fact that we never ate seemed to bother Harry and Ron less now. They hadn't asked about it for the past few days.

"What's the teacher for Divination like?" Alice asked.

"Professor Trelawney? She's a complete fraud," Ron replied, "She wears all sorts of weird jewelry and uses incense to look good, and all she ever does is say vague things so her 'predictions' can't be wrong. She's also predicted Harry's death at least a hundred times now."

Harry and Ron continued talking about how big a fraud Telawney was, and Hermione kept encouraging us to drop the class and to take something else, but Alice and I decided to stick with our decision.

Breakfast ended, and Harry, Ron, Alice and I made our way to the Divination classroom. It was located at the top of the North Tower of the castle, so the trip took a while. When we reached the top of the staircase there was a small crowd gathered, waiting for Professor Trelawney to let them in. As we approached, a trapdoor opened above us, and a ladder came down. The other students began climbing up it, and we followed suit.

The room was quite unlike any of the other calssrooms at Hogwarts. It was dark, and a heavy smell of perfume permeated the air. There weren't any desks either. Instead, bean bag chairs were spread around the floor. Everybody sat down in what I assumed were their regular seats, and Alice and I took the two open chairs.

Professor Trelawney was standing at the front of the room, and even after hearing Ron's description I wasn't prepared for her. She had eyeglasses as thick as a Coke bottle, and wore gigantic, gaudy earrings. Her clothes were no better, she wore a cloak covered in shining sequins.

"Ah." She said, "I see that my prediction of gaining new students this year was correct."

A few of the girls from Gryffindor whose names I didn't know seemed quite impressed by this, but no one else seemed to care much.

Professor Trelawney seemed irked by the lack of response, but continued with the class, "As you remember, we began working on reading tea leaves last class. Please meet up with your partner, and continue divining the future with your inner sight."

After making the announcement, she approached us, "Because you are the only ones without partners, you will be working together. In your book is a table of what each sign you will see in the tea leaves means. Do not fret if at first you have difficulties seeing what the leaves are saying to you. The inner eye is difficult to use, and some do not have it at all."

She handed us a bag of tea leaves, two teacups, and some water, and walked off.

"Harry, Ron, and Hermione were right," I whispered to Alice, "She is a horrible fraud."

"Exactly as I expected." Alice agreed. With a mischievous look on her face, she added, "But imagine the fun I could have."

I laughed lightly, and we began preparing our tea leaves to be read. After about fifteen minutes, they were ready, and Alice and I were looking through our books trying to figure out what the leaves meant.

After nearly twenty minutes of pouring through our books Alice said, "I give up, I can't make heads or tails of your cup." She closed her eyes for a minute, "But I can say that nothing unusual is going to happen any time soon, except for Emmett considering trying out for the Quidditch team."

"I have no idea what your leaves mean either. I guess that not seeing anything is a good thing?"

We spent the next few minutes discussing the absurdity of reading tea leaves before professor Trelawney came over to us.

"And what did you see in your leaves?" She asked me.

"Neither of us saw anything, and judging by the fact that all of the results from the book are bad omens, that's a good thing, right?"

She seemed skeptical, and peered into my cup. She gave a small gasp, and a horrified look came upon her face. "Why dear, you have the Grim."

The girls who were impressed by her earlier predictions seemed horrified at this, but everyone else seemed unfazed.

Trelawney peered into Alice's cup, and said in a shocked voice, "You have the Grim as well. Never have I been so unfortunate as to see the Grim twice in one year, let alone twice in one day."

"What exactly is 'the Grim?'" Alice asked.

Professor Trelawney's voice took on a very serious tone, "The Grim is the worst omen that exists. It is an omen of imminent death."

The majority of the class remained unperturbed, and based what I had heard of Professor Trelawney, I was unconcerned as well. She spent a few more minutes saying how sorry she felt for us, and then assigned an eight inch essay on tea leaf reading.

The class ended, and Harry and Ron came over to us, laughing.

"Trelawney is getting greedy this year I guess," Ron said, "Predicting two deaths in the same class. Normally she sticks to one."

"And she went for two in the same family. That must be a new record, even for her. But don't worry about it," Harry added reassuringly, "She saw the Grim in my cup every few classes a few years back, and I'm still here."

Alice and I laughed with Harry and Ron as we made our way to Defense Against the Dark Arts. We met up with Hermione, Edward, and the rest of my family along the way. Alice and I told them about our experience in Divination, and they found it hysterical that Professor Trelawney would predict the death of two people who were already, technically, dead. Though they couldn't say that around Harry and Ron.

We entered the classroom and sat down. Professor Lupin didn't look very well, but he was still in his usual good mood.

"Good morning class, today we will be working on projecting shields. These are very handy during duels, because they allow you to save some energy that you would have used by dodging. The incantation for the spell is 'Protego." Partner up, and take turns casting sheild charms while the other casts disarming spells at you."

I partnered up with Edward, and after a few minutes of practice, we were both able to conjure visible shields. Edward went first, and created a shield. I fired a disarming spell at it, and my spell dissipated against the shield. I fired a few more spells, and broke through the shield, causing Edward's wand to go flying.

Edward retrieved his wand, and I created a shield in front of myself. Edward began launching spells at it, but they kept hitting the shield, seeming to have no effect. After about fifty spells, my shield was not even visibly weakened. Professor Lupin noticed that something was amiss, and came over.

"Is there some sort of problem over here?" He asked.

"No," Edward replied, "I just can't seem to break through Bella's shield. I've sent fifty spells at it with no effect."

Lupin seemed puzzled. He looked at me and said, "May I?"

I nodded, and Lupin began firing spells at my shield, but he had about as much luck as Edward, none.

I opened my mind to Edward while Lupin was attacking my shield. I wonder why my shield is so strong? I thought at him.

Edward gave a small shrug. After a few more minutes of Lupin attacking my shield, a look of comprehension seemed to come over Edward's face.

What is it? I thought.

Edward gave me a look as if trying to say, 'be patient,' and asked Professor Lupin, "May I try again?"

"Go ahead. Though I don't think you'll be able to do anything. I've never seen anything like this."

Lupin stepped out of the way, and Edward fired a spell at my shield. It went through the shield, hit me, and my wand went shield didn't disappear until my wand left my hand.

Professor Lupin seemed stunned, but recovered himself and said, "Impressive work all around. Fifty points to Gryffindor for the most impressive shield spell I've ever seen, and twenty-five points to Gryffindor for breaking through said shield. Everybody continue working on your shields."

I walked over to Edward, "That was strange."

"Yes, but I think I know what was happening. Your shield spell may have been affected by your ability to shield your mind. You weren't letting anyone in to your mind, so no one could break through the shield, but when you let me in, I was able to break the shield with one spell."

I was surprised that my vampire ability would affect my magic, but Edward's theory made sense, "Let's test it." I said.

I walked away from Edward, and cast a shield spell. I opened my mind to him. Okay, cast the spell and see if it goes through.

Edward cast the spell at me, and sure enough the spell went through the shield and hit me.

I retrieved my wand, and cast another spell. I closed my mind to Edward, and he began firing spells at me. Again, the spells hit my shield and dissipated. Edward stopped casting spells, and I walked over to him.

"Well, it looks like we've figured it out." I said, "I wonder how your power will affect your magic?"

"I'm not sure." Edward said, deep in thought, "But I would like some practice with shield charms myself. Would you mind?"

"Not at all."

We spent the rest of the class with Edward creating shields and me breaking them down. He had shown a noticeable improvement by the end of class. Professor Lupin told us that our homework was to work on our shield charms, and dismissed us. Harry and Ron were not taking Muggle Studies, so they went to spend their free period in the Common Room. This gave us Edward and I a chance to talk about what had happened with Hermione, Jasper, Rosalie, Emmett, and Alice. Jasper and Alice seemed particularly interested in how their powers would affect their magic. Hermione seemed more interested by the fact that vampire powers could affect magical powers.

As we were making our way to class, something occurred to me. "Hermione, you said that you were born to Muggle parents. Why are you taking Muggle Studies then?"

"I'm interested in learning about the ways that Wizards think about Muggles. It's nice to have both perspectives."

I agreed with her, and we entered the classroom. I sat down next to Edward and took out the textbook for the course. Esme was sitting behind a desk at the front of the room, and waved to us as we walked in and we waved back. The bell rang and class began. Today's lesson was about the uses of electricity, and how Muggles used it to do things without magic. The class would have been fairly boring if it weren't for all the questions that other students asked.

The class ended, and we said goodbye to Professor Cullen, she had scolded us for calling her Esme. We made our way to lunch and I sat down with Nessie.

"Hi Nessie, how has your day been?"

"It's been good," She said, "Hagrid showed us some cool animal that chases shiny objects, and Snape didn't fail me today."

I still didn't understand Snape's apparent dislike of my family, but I had decided to ignore him.

Nessie turned to the girl next to her, "Oh, Catie. This is my sister, Bella. Bella, this is Catie."

"It's nice to meet you." I said.

"Nice to meet you." Catie replied quietly.

Edward turned from the conversation he had been having with Harry, and said, "I'm Nessie's brother, Edward. Nice to meet you Catie."

Catie seemed rather reluctant to speak with Edward and I, so I told Nessie that I would speak with her later on in the day.

"Don't worry about Catie." Edward said, "From her thoughts, I can tell she's a nice, thoughtful person. She's also mature for her age, just extremely shy. Once she gets to know Nessie better, I'm sure she'll open up to us a bit more."

After Lunch, we went to Potions. Snape spent the class berating my poor potion making skills, but gave me an Acceptable as my grade for the day, so it wasn't a total loss.

After Potions we went to our first Charms class. Professor Flitwick reminded me somewhat of a garden gnome, but he was a good teacher. We spent the class working on Cheering charms. Apparently, Jasper's Cheering charms were some the most effective that Professor Flitwick had ever seen, and Jasper was awarded ten points for Gryffindor.

Jake's History of Magical Races class was fairly routine. He continued talking about vampires, and taught us about how myths about vampires had grown and evolved over the centuries. I could tell that the rest of my family was bored, but the material was new to me, so I was interested.

After class ended, Edward and I walked up to Jacob's desk.

"You seem to be settling into teaching pretty well." I said.

"Yeah, it's more fun than I expected. I'm planning on talking about vampires for another day or two, and then moving on to myths about werewolves."

I laughed, "Hopefully that will work out well."

Edward laughed at one of Jake's thoughts, "I don't think that transforming in the middle of class would help if the students started losing interest."

"Yeah. It would give them something to talk about though. Oh by the way, is it okay if I take Nessie out for a run tomorrow?"

"Just so long as you get back early enough for her to get a good night's sleep, I have no issue with it." Edward said, and I agreed.

We bade Jake goodbye, made our way to the Great Hall for dinner, and met up with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of our family. After the meal, we returned to the Common Room. Ron beat Harry in a game of chess in a record ten minutes.

"Ron, how about a game?" Edward asked.

"Sure thing mate. I won't go easy on you to let you know." Ron replied.

"I was hoping that you wouldn't."

Surprisingly, the match stayed fairly even in the beginning, but soon Edward's ability gave him the upper hand allowing him to checkmate Ron after promoting one of his pawns.

The rest of the House, which had slowly gathered to watch the match, was surprised, but Ron took the loss well, "Your family is too good at chess. Are you sure that you do other things in your spare time?"

Edward assured him that all of us did, in fact, have hobbies in addition to chess, and offered him a rematch at some other time. We then spent the rest of the night sitting on the couch in the Common Room, discussing everything that had happened that day.