One more awful detention with Snape done, only three left
, Neville thought glumly as he left the dungeon classroom, sore from scrubbing cauldrons three hours straight. He was halfway to the stairs leading up to the Great Hall when a magnificent song burst out behind him. He turned around cautiously, fearing it was Draco Malfoy attempting a cruel joke, but all he saw was an odd looking bird.
It had a round body, with no definite head; instead, its facial features shown upon the upper part of its body. The creature, which was balancing on its two tiny legs, was a bright yellow, with a few orange and pink feathers here and there. Its long tail feathers had a note attached to them
I hope you enjoy this bird’s lovely song.
Slightly confused as to why the bird had found him there and who had sent it, he picked it up and headed back to the Gryffindor common room. The beautiful voice of the strange creature floated along with him as he ascended through the castle.
When he entered the common room, heads everywhere turned his way.
“Wicked bird, Longbottom!”
“Ooh! It’s so pretty!”
“Neville!” came one voice he knew very well.
“Hi, Hermione! Do you like my new pet? I think Gran just sent him, so I haven’t picked out a name yet!” He told the girl in an excited tone, dazed by the continuing song.
“Neville, do you even know what that is?” Without waiting for a reply, Hermione continued, “It’s a fwooper! If you don’t put a silencing charm on it, the song will eventually drive you crazy! SILENCIO!” She silenced he beautiful bird. “I’m sorry, but I had to. The song would have become addicting to you, otherwise.”
Neville looked disappointed, but nodded in acceptance, now remembering something he had read in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
“Maybe it wasn’t Gran that sent it. It was a trick from the Slytherins, mean to drive me crazy.”
“Don’t worry Neville, everything’s fine, and it’s still a really pretty bird,” Hermione pointed out.
“Thanks,” Neville smiled and headed up to his dorm, still wondering what to call his beautiful, and now silent, new pet.