Harry Potter and the Secret Treasures – Chapter 98: Defending Buckbeak

Chapter 98: Defending Buckbeak

Looking at Hagrids pitiful look, Evan sighed.

He didnt know much about politics, but he knew exactly what he had to do. He could not keep watching while Buckbeak was going to be beheaded. Hagrid would certainly collapse.

Listen, Hagrid! said Evan. You cant give up. You need to prepare your speech for the defence. Harry, Ron, and Hermione can prove that Buckbeak is innocent. I can help you advertise it in the newspaper.

Evan is right; I definitely have read a case of a Griffins attack on a Hippogriff. Hermione mused. In that case, the hippogriff had nothing to do with it. We can find something useful if we go back on the matter and make a good research.

Yes, we will help, too. Harry and Ron hurriedly followed.

Although everyone said so, the work eventually fell on just Evan and Hermione.

After holding on for some time, Harry and Ron seemed to have completely forgotten about that matter.

However, they were not to blame. First of all, Harry has been very busy recently.

In late November, Ravenclaw defeated the Hufflepuff team which breathed life into Woods carcass. After all, Gryffindor still had the chance to compete even though they could not afford more losses.

He then asked the players to train day and night. Evan saw Harry several times training in the cold and biting snow of December.

Fortunately, since the last incident, no Dementors were seen on the campus. The lessons they had been given last time and the anger of Dumbledore seemed to have completely confined them to their posts at the school entrance.

In addition to busy Quidditch training, Harry needed to learn the Patronus Charm from Professor Lupin.

He must be able to release the complete patronus as soon as possible to ensure that no more accidents would occur in the next match.

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As for Ron, his status has become more and more abnormal recently.

He hardly communicated with most people and was not close to neither Evan nor Hermione. When Harry was training, he wandered around the castle alone.

In order to protect Scabbers from Crookshanks, he put it in his shirts pocket wherever he went.

On several occasions, they were beyond the scope of the Tracing Potion so Evan couldnt figure out where they went.

But he didnt have the mind to think about Ron and Peter Pettigrew. He and Hermione spent almost all their time in the library and could not care about anything else.

Let Peter Pettigrew be for a few days. In twenty days, it will be Christmas. At that time, the castle will have the fewest number of people in it, so Evan will be able to draw out Sirius black and solve this whole dilemma.

Now whats more urgent is to think of ways to save Buckbeak. He and Hermione found a lot of information and files in the library referring to the famous case cited above. He prepared the defense arguments for Buckbeak. The titles of these dossiers were: Summary of the Magical Animal Cases, Handbook of Hippogriff Psychology, The Poultry of Hippogriffs, and A study on Griffins Barbarism. Each of them was very thick

Evan, you should look at this! Hermione put a dusty volume in front of Evan and whispered, This is a case of a Manticore in 1926. It killed a human being, but was eventually acquitted.

That was because everyone was scared and no one dared to approach it. Evan frowned and looked at the small number of words on the file.

Yeah, youre right, said Hermione disappointedly and threw the thick volume aside.

Evan picked up the file and continued to read it. The following was a brief introduction to the magical creature: the Manticore.

The Manticore is an incredibly dangerous animal with a human head, a lions body, and a scorpions tail. It is very rare and it is reputed to croon softly to its victims as it devours them.

According to reliable documents, the Manticore skin repels almost all known spells. Anyone stung by its tail will die immediately.

This horrible creature was created by wizards and goblins. They were used to guard properties or important forbidden places and were once all the rage. However, since the Ban on Experimental Breeding decree was enacted, the numbers of Manticores had been gradually reduced.

In recent decades, it has even disappeared.

Evan put the dossier aside. From the text above, the danger level of the Hippogriff is nothing compared to that of the Manticore.

If Buckbeak had half the power of the Manticore, they wouldnt have to sit there and worry about it.

In the following two weeks, in addition to assisting Hermione in perfecting the defense speech, Evan also wrote several articles defending Buckbeak.

He intended to put pressure on Lucius Malfoy and the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures through public opinion, but things were not as smooth as originally envisaged.

The Daily Prophet refused to publish these articles written by Evan. They considered that the matter didnt have much importance. The whole incident was at best a minor event at Hogwarts that couldnt arouse peoples interest to read it.

Although Evan eventually published these articles in the Hogwarts Magic News, their effect was limited.

Mr. Barnabas Cuffe, the editor-in-chief of The Daily Prophet, was right. Most readers did not care about the life and death of a Hippogriff, and the young Wizards already knew about the matter.

In contrast, they were more interested in Blacks connection to the Dementors.

Evan was not completely without supporters. Colin, Ginny, and Luna all expressed their support for his point of view. Luna even persuaded her father to publish those articles written by Evan in The Quibbler instead of the original headline about the Crumple-Horned Snorkacks.

However, that didnt make much difference. The current prints of The Quibbler were not selling even as much as the Hogwarts Magic News.

As time passed, it was getting closer to Christmas, but Evan and Hermione were not making much progress.

Although they wrote a full ten parchments of defenses, Evan was very skeptical about the effect that it could have apart from being drowsiness-inducing and lethargic.

Not to mention whether those officials who deal with the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures would adopt that defense. It was doubtful that Hagrid could write down all these things. With his ability, it might be difficult for him to read the arguments in conjunction. The whole thing was strenuous.

Its useless, Hermione! looking at Hermione sitting across from him, Evan sighed heavily.

Hermione was still struggling with the boring files. She was often the last to leave the Common room at night. She was the first to go to the library the following morning. She was burdened with heavy school work, Rons intangible pressure, and the preparation for Buckbeaks defense argument. Those things were superimposed on one another, which had caused her to have dark shadows under her eyes like Lupin.

What did you say?! Hermione raised her head from the data.

Our thinking seems to be wrong. Whatever the reason, Buckbeak really hurt Draco Malfoy, didnt he? Evan said slowly. We cant defend Buckbeaks innocence, as long as Lucius Malfoy focuses on this fact, Hagrids hope of winning is rather minimal.

Then what shall we do? nothing? Like Harry and Ron?! Hermione looked annoyed. We just watch Buckbeak being beheaded and wait for Hagrid to collapse!

No, I mean, we should change our thinking. Evans eyes fell upon a Newt Scamanders book entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the authors experience gave him Great inspiration.

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Chapter 31 Infinite Loop
Chapter 32 Out of Control Bludger
Chapter 33 The House Elf
Chapter 34 The House Elves’ Light
Chapter 35 The Second Attack
Chapter 36 Polyjuice Potion
Chapter 37 Duelling Club
Chapter 38 The Unexpected Duel
Chapter 39 Rift
Chapter 40 The Unforgivable Curse
Chapter 41 Rumors
Chapter 42 Christmas Presents
Chapter 43 To Slthyerin’s Common Room
Chapter 44 Beating up Malfoy
Chapter 45 The Third Attack
Chapter 46 Tom Riddle’s Diary
Chapter 47 First Contact
Chapter 48 Second Contact
Chapter 49 Fifty Years Ago
Chapter 50 Hagrid and Aragog
Chapter 51 The New Plan
Chapter 52 Slytherin’s Heir
Chapter 53 The Crazy Basilisk
Chapter 54 The Chamber of Secrets
Chapter 55 The Truth
Chapter 56 Ivan and Harry vs Tom Riddle
Chapter 57 Hogwarts a Thousand Years Ago
Chapter 58 The Founder’s Dispute
Chapter 59 The Founders Secret Treasures
Chapter 60 The Keys
Chapter 61 Lockhart’s Final Day
Chapter 62 Headmaster’s Lively Office
Chapter 63 Special Award for Services to the School
Chapter 64 Dumbledore’s Test
Chapter 65 End of the Year
Chapter 66 Busy Summer
Chapter 67 Animagus
Chapter 68 A Stray Dog
Chapter 69 Knight Bus
Chapter 70 Sirius Black
Chapter 71 Giving the Cat a Name
Chapter 72 Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron
Chapter 73 Crookshanks and Scabbers
Chapter 74 The night before School
Chapter 75 First Encounter with Dementors
Chapter 76 Ivan’s Patronus
Chapter 77 Opening Banque
Chapter 78 Quiet and Warm
Chapter 79 Omen of Death
Chapter 80 - Blood Omen
Chapter 81 - Omens of Despair
Chapter 82 - The Beginning of Fear
Chapter 83 - Second Contact with Stray Dogs
Chapter 84 - Lupin’s Remorse
Chapter 85 - Hermione’s Worries
Chapter 86: Lupin’s Memory
Chapter 87: Peter’s Memory
Chapter 88: Evolving Conspiracy
Chapter 89: Identifying and Killing Werewolves
Chapter 90: 1st Quidditch Opponent
Chapter 91: Strange thoughts
Chapter 92: Dementors’ Feast
Chapter 93: The Young Wizards’ Patronuses
Chapter 94: Filch’s Office
Chapter 95: Scabbers’ Death
Chapter 96: The Imperius Curse Reappears
Chapter 97: Hagrid and Buckbeak
Chapter 98: Defending Buckbeak
Chapter 99: Marauder’s Map
Chapter 100: I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good
Chapter 101: Snape’s Jealousy
Chapter 102: The Marauder’s Map Controversy
Chapter 103: The Secret Behind the Marauder’s Map
Chapter 104: Legendary Magical Items
Chapter 105: Hidden Truth
Chapter 106: Cho Chang
Chapter 107: Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop
Chapter 108: Contact with the Stray Dog
Chapter 109: Lonely Avenger
Chapter 110: Evan and Black’s Deal
Chapter 111: Identity Exposure
Chapter 112: Better Be Honest
Chapter 113: Convincing Hermione
Chapter 114: Lucius’ Christmas Gift
Chapter 115: Darkness Falls
Chapter 116: Fenrir Greyback
Chapter 117: Evan’s Fear
Chapter 118: Battle with the Werewolf
Chapter 119: Hermione’s Decision
Chapter 120: Werewolf vs. Dog
Chapter 121: Lucius’ Plot
Chapter 122: Werewolf Riot
Chapter 123: Hard Time
Chapter 124: Anomalous Slytherin
Chapter 125: Tears of the Werewolf
Chapter 126: Covered Conspiracy
Chapter 127: I Believe in Him
Chapter 128: Warmth of Trust
Chapter 129: Bravery
Chapter 130: Not the Usual Ron
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