Harry Potter and the Secret Treasures - H.P.S.T Chapter 668: Krum and Trouble
In this strange calm, time went on.
After dinner on Friday night, Evan, Harry, Ron and Hermione left the castle to visit Hagrid.
Hagrid had planned to invite them to have dinner at his place, but the four agreed that it would be best not to take risks easily to try Hagrid’s pies, so they changed the agreement to go to him for tea and dessert after dinner.
Since his identity as a half-giant had been revealed, Hagrid no longer went to the Great Hall to eat with the others. Because there were always students who pointed at him impolitely, which made him feel uncomfortable.
More importantly, Madame Maxime sometimes went there, and Hagrid did not want to meet her, let alone sit with her for dinner.
Although his relationship with Madame Maxime fell into a freezing point, Hagrid took care of Beauxbatons Abraxans. He was keeping the horses well provided with their preferred drink of single-malt whiskey, and the fumes wafting from the trough in the corner of their paddock was enough to make the students who came close to it light-headed.
“I hope Hagrid won’t want us to eat the pie he made!” said Harry. “I saw him get a piece of purple meat a few days ago.”
“Purple meat? What animal is it?”
“I don’t know, but I want to ask Hagrid about the Niffler. Maybe we can use it to find treasures,” said Ron excitedly. “I know that many people in the past buried their treasures underground. We … Blimey, what’s Professor Moody doing by the lake?”
Following his gaze, Evan saw Moody standing next to the lake near the Forbidden Forest, as though observing something.
Not surprisingly, he should be investigating the situation in the lake. His magical eye could see through the water.
The next week was the start of the second task, and Barty Crouch Jr. must be planning his plot.
“Maybe a walk…” said Hermione uncertainly.
“What a weirdo, he goes for a walk without even having dinner!”
The four looked for a moment at Moody, who was standing by the lake, and continued to head for Hagrid’s cabin.
They just took a few steps and stopped again. This time it was the gloomy Krum who called them to a halt.
Krum came out of the castle and seemed to have something to say to them.
“Evan Mason, could I haff a vord?” Krum said briefly, with a serious look.
“Okay, no problem!” Evan looked at him strangely, slightly surprised.
Seeing Krum’s face, Hermione secretly pulled Evan, but eventually did not say anything.
From Hermione’s gaze, Evan could see her concern and worry.
He suddenly remembered what Hermione had told him some time ago. He knew that what Krum was going to say was probably related to Hermione.
He patted Hermione on the shoulder to reassure her. Now that he was Hermione’s boyfriend, it was up to him to solve the problem and make Krum stop pestering her. Otherwise, she wouldn’t dare go to the library alone to read at night.
Although Evan was not worried that Hermione and Krum would spark off, the trouble really needed to be solved as soon as possible.
He followed Krum to the direction of the Forbidden Forest, passing by Hagrid’s cabin and the illuminated Beauxbatons carriage.
Krum did not want to be overheard, and distanced himself from Harry, Ron, and Hermione behind him.
“Strange, what does Krum have to say to Evan?” Harry looked at the backs of the two people until they disappeared from sight, completely covered by the bushes, and slowly said, “Krum looks a little unhappy…”
“He invited me to visit him over the summer holidays the other day!” said Hermione. “I am not sure if it’s related to this matter.”
“What?” Ron looked at Hermione in surprise.
“At the library on Wednesday night, he invited me, and to be honest, I was very surprised. He suddenly said those words to me…” Hermione’s face turned slightly red, she paused, and quickly added,” but I refused on the spot!”
“Hermione, Krum invited you to be his guest?!” Ron said in surprise. “And you refused?!”
“Yeah, what should I do else?” Hermione frowned at Ron.
“If it were me, I would not refuse Krum’s invitation. Think about it. It’s a dream for many people to visit Krum’s house for the summer holidays. He’s a famous international Quidditch player,” said Ron simply. “You should accept, Hermione, and ask him, while you’re at it, if you can take friends with you, so that you can take us there.”
“I just think of him as an ordinary friend, nothing more. Besides, Evan would like that I would have more contact with him. However, he seems to blame Evan for my refusal…”
“Krum is definitely angry!” Ron interrupted Hermione. “Just being a guest… you came to my house last year!”
“That’s not the same, Ron!” said Harry, grasping the crux of the matter, “Hermione should indeed reject Krum, she’s Evan’s girlfriend. How can she visit someone else’s house during the summer vacation?”
Ron still looked puzzled, and Harry thought for a moment, probably thinking about what to say to make Ron understand.
“Ron, Krum is Evan’s… rival; he also likes Hermione!”
Hearing Harry’s words so bluntly, Hermione blushed as if she were on fire and could almost feel the heat coming out of her.
Ron also understood what Krum meant by inviting Hermione to visit him. He didn’t continue to comment.
Indeed, Hermione was now Evan’s girlfriend.
Ron suddenly remembered the scene when they came back to announce the event that night after the Yule Ball.
Perhaps because he was too familiar with it, he had been ignoring this fact.
Krum obviously liked Hermione and did not just invite her to play chess.
Ron looked strangely at Hermione, whose face was flushed, as though he had just met her.
At the same time, Harry’s thoughts were equally complex, and Krum’s actions suddenly touched his heartstrings.
He couldn’t help but think, if Cho Chang was his girlfriend, what would he do if he encountered such a thing?!
Unfortunately, Cho’s boyfriend now was Cedric Diggory. They’ve already confirmed their relationship, haven’t they?!
Harry was not Krum, and he would not go to Cedric…
Just as he was about to say something, there was an abnormal movement in the bushes behind Hermione.
Harry had some experience with things hidden in the forest. He instinctively grabbed Hermione by the arm and pulled her over…
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