Harry Potter and the Secret Treasures - H.P.S.T Chapter 670: The Approaching Battle
Ron and Hermione stood beside Mr. Crouch and the woods became darker.
They had to take out their wands and two faint beams flickered in the dark.
“How could Mr. Crouch suddenly go so mad?” said Hermione nervously. “This is really abnormal. Percy clearly said that he was very sick, recuperating at home and unable to work. He looks now as though he had been subjected to some cruel torture.”
“Maybe Percy did it!” Ron joked, his voice trembling. “He might think that if he killed Mr. Crouch, he would be made head of the Department of International Magical Cooperation.”
Hermione gave him a hard look. “This is very serious because he just mentioned the Dark Lord!”
There was a silence, perhaps because of the name, and the cold wind became more biting.
Even Mr. Crouch stopped and the darkness in the woods grew deeper.
“We should call Evan over. He and Krum are not far away!” Hermione said suddenly.
“You don’t want to go, do you?” said Ron hesitantly, looking around cautiously. “Don’t leave me here alone!”
“I have a bad hunch. When I was in the first year, I had detention with Harry in the Forbidden Forest. Hagrid told us …” said Hermione, suddenly raising her wand very fast. “If anyone gets in trouble in the woods, send up red sparks!”
Her voice just fell and a bright beam of light rose from the end of her wand and slowly rose to the sky.
With a plop, Hermione just sent the spark and fell down…
“Hermione, don’t … don’t joke with me!” Ron shuddered, hearing something behind him.
He hurriedly turned around and saw…
Evan followed Krum to a quiet stretch of ground a short way from the Beauxbatons horses’ paddock.
Even though Evan thought there was not much to talk about with him, something still needed to be made clear.
Krum stopped in the shade of the trees and turned to face Evan.
He glared at Evan who realized that he was really tall.
“I vant to know,” said Krum, with a calm face. “Vot there is between you and Hermy-own-ninny?”
“I think you should have noticed by now, she’s my girlfriend,” said Evan softly, “And, her name is Hermione, not Hermy-own-ninny!”
Krum’s face flushed at Evan’s words.
“I will make Hermy-own-ninny like me,” he said stiffly, his face becoming gloomier.
“Obviously, you’re free to try. But I hope you’d better stay away from Hermione and leave her alone,” said Evan quietly, looking at Krum. “What you did in the library made her have no way to read quietly, and it was very rude.”
Seeing Krum’s angry look, Evan suddenly felt uninterested. Talking about this topic with Krum was actually not meaningful at all. In fact, it was really boring. It was better to go to Hagrid to listen to the recent situation of the Blast-Ended Skrewts.
Not surprisingly, Krum became angrier when he heard Evan.
He kept saying that Evan had no right to stop him or stop Hermione from visiting him at his house.
“In the Quidditch Vorld Cup, I fell in lof with Hermy-own-ninny the first time I saw her,” said Krum, waving his arms vigorously, trying to make Evan understand, “She is the girl I vas destined to wait for. If you don’t gife up, I vill fight with you. In Durmstrang, only the strongest haf the right to choose.”
“This habit is not good, you’d better get rid of it!” said Evan, “At Hogwarts, we stress freedom, not brute force! That’s all I have to say. I think you know Hermione won’t like you. Otherwise you wouldn’t have come to me. I won’t give in to such a thing. Hermione is my girl…”
Just then, a red spark suddenly rose not far away, very eye-catching.
Evan looked up. It was the edge of the Forbidden Forest. He remembered that Harry, Ron and Hermione were waiting for them.
Was there anything wrong? Evan suddenly had a bad feeling.
Immediately, the picture of Moody standing alone by the lake appeared in front of him.
Damn, Batty Crouch Jr. He didn’t do it, did he?!
Bold as it might be, it was possible. He would not be found by Dumbledore as long as he kept the Portkey nearby.
Voldemort couldn’t wait any longer. Taking advantage of this opportunity to take Harry away, he didn’t have to wait for the task.
“Damn!” Thinking of this, Evan rushed to the edge of the Forbidden Forest.
“Stop, Evan Mason,” Krum shouted. “I haf not finished yet!”
Evan didn’t take care of him at all, and there was no time to waste here with this guy.
Watching Evan’s back, Krum looked sad. He had just seen the red spark in the sky and knew that something had happened.
But today’s conversation ended fruitlessly, and he didn’t get the result he wanted. If he let Evan leave like this …
He’d rather fight Evan than let it end like that. Krum knew that Hermione would be sick of him if Evan went back to talk about it.
He hesitated, took out his wand and pointed it at Evan, and wanted to keep him here…
The red light flashed and quickly dissipated.
His magic had failed. Before Krum could figure out what was going on, he saw a red magic light thick as an arm flying towards him.
With a bang, he flew backwards and fell heavily into the bushes.
Evan passed through the trees and quickly ran to the edge of the Forbidden Forest. Because it was very close, he arrived soon.
The end of his wand glowed with light, illuminating the open space and dispelling the darkness around him.
Evan saw Ron and Hermione lying on the ground in the Forest, and Harry was not there…
Was he late? His heart sank hard. Then he noticed Mr. Crouch beside Ron.
“It’s all my fault … my fault!” Crouch murmured.
He was curling up on the edge of a big oak, and his meticulous face was distorted, as though he was very afraid…
Barty Crouch was here, not dead!
Evan had a little idea of what was going on. He came at the right time.
He swung his wand down and relaxed his stiff body.
Barty Crouch Jr. must be nearby. If he wanted a battle, then he would have it!
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