Harry Potter and the Secret Treasures - H.P.S.T Chapter 652: Potent Veritaserum
Evan slipped his right hand and naturally placed it on the wand at his waist.
Then, he saw that Snape had drawn out a small crystal bottle of a completely clear potion.
“Since you know nothing about what happened tonight, do you know what this is?” Snape said, his eyes glittering dangerously again.
“Veritaserum!” said Evan casually.
Of course he knew this stuff. He had seen the formula and finished product of this potion more than once.
“It seems you’re not as ignorant as I thought. Yes, it is Veritaserum … a Truth Potion so powerful that three drops would have you spilling your innermost secrets for the entire class to hear!” said Snape.
“Professor, it is illegal to use this potion!” Hermione couldn’t help but say.
She couldn’t believe Snape had gone so far and threatened them with Veritaserum.
“You’re right, Granger, the use of this potion is controlled by very strict Ministry guidelines. But unless you watch your steps, you might just find that my hand might just… slip” he shook the crystal bottle slightly, “right over your evening pumpkin juice, for example. And then we’ll find out whether you’ve been in my office, or if you know some secret.”
Evan didn’t answer, and his eyes fell on the small bottle of Veritaserum in Snape’s hand. He had too many secrets, if Snape did really slip him a few drops, the consequences would be…
In fact, when she heard Snape’s words, Hermione didn’t feel well either.
Everyone had something in his heart that he didn’t want others to know. Veritaserum was really a terrible potion.
Unlike Legilimency or the Imperius Curse, there was no way to resist the effect of Veritaserum. It was colorless, tasteless, and it was difficult to take any precautions against it. Even powerful wizards such as Dumbledore would be affected by this potion.
“You can’t do this!” said Evan softly.
“Scared, aren’t you?!” Snape showed a sneer on his face. He said softly, “Let me think about what kind of punishment you two should be given, wandering around the castle in the middle of the night and lying to me. One hundred points from Gryffindor, and then you’ll be in detention until the end of the term … every week…”
Before he had finished speaking, there was sudden banging and wailing upstairs.
Snape ran up as fast as he could, and Evan and Hermione looked at one another and followed.
Then they saw Filch and his cat, as well as the Golden Egg, on the staircase leading to the second floor.
Almost instantly, Evan guessed that was Ron’s Golden Egg, and he and Harry must be nearby.
Although he didn’t know what they were doing with the egg at night, only Harry’s Invisibility Cloak could make them invisible.
This was really bad enough. If they couldn’t get it right, there would be two more people in detention.
“What’s going on?” Snape asked.
“It’s Peeves, Professor,” Filch whispered malevolently. “He threw this egg down the stairs.”
Snape climbed up the stairs quickly and stopped beside Filch.
Harry and Ron looked at him nervously, and then at Evan and Hermione at the foot of the stairs, whose clothes were messy and covered with mud. What were they just doing outside the castle?
“Peeves?” said Snape softly, staring at the egg in Filch’s hands. “That’s interesting!”
“Professor, why are they here!” Filch said, pointing to Evan and Hermione.
Mrs. Norris ran to Evan’s side and rubbed him affectionately.
Speaking of which, this cat was really ugly!
In fact, because of Mrs. Norris, Filch’s relationship with Evan was not so bad.
Sometimes, when Evan came out to wander around the castle at midnight, Filch would let him go, but that was all. It was impossible and useless to ask him to plead with Snape for Evan.
“Someone broke into my office. I chased them out and saw them both!” said Snape softly.
“Would it be Peeves?!” said Filch with delight. “This egg was in your office, Professor?”
“Of course not,” Snape snapped. “I heard banging and wailing…”
“It was Peeves who stole the golden egg and threw it down the stairs.” said Filch, rubbing his hands. “If this egg was in your office, then he would…”
“I said it couldn’t be him, Filch!” Snape snapped again. “I seal my office with a spell none but a wizard could break. There’s also strong defensive magic, and the intruder should be hurt!”
Snape glanced at Evan and Hermione, then up the stairs again, straight through Harry and Ron, and then down into the corridor below.
“It wasn’t the two of them who broke into my office, nor was it Peeves,” said Snape. “He must not be far away, I want you to come and help me search for the intruder, Filch.”
“What, Professor?!” Filch said in surprise. He looked yearningly up the stairs, right through Harry and Ron. Harry could see that he was very reluctant to forgo the chance of cornering Peeves.
“Close the gates and search the entire castle!” Snape said coldly.
At the foot of the stairs, Evan was speechless. Snape knew that he and Hermione had not done it.
However, he still took the opportunity to use Legilimency on him, and also threatened him with Veritaserum. He was really a dangerous guy.
“The thing is, Professor!” said Filch plaintively. “I think I still have something else to do. The headmaster will have to listen to me this time. Peeves has been stealing from a student, it might be my chance to get him thrown out of the castle once and for all…”
“Filch, I don’t give a damn about that wretched poltergeist; it’s my office that’s…”
Clunk. Clunk. Clunk!!!
Snape stopped talking abruptly, and everyone looked down at the foot of the stairs.
Through the narrow gap between their heads, Evan saw that Caresius was limping and he had changed back to Moody’s image. He was wearing his old traveling cloak over his nightshirt and leaning on his staff as usual.
This guy was the one who caused everything tonight, and it’s just then that he appeared, late.
If he didn’t break into Snape’s office and stupidly touched the defensive magic, Evan and Hermione would have returned to their bedrooms to sleep now, instead of standing here waiting for Snape to announce a tight punishment.
If he could, Evan really wanted to go over and give Caresius a good beating.
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