Fandom: Harry Potter
Main Pairing: Holly Potter/Hector Granger
Side Pairing: Ron Weasley/Sally Smith
Warnings: alternate universe; female!Harry Potter (Holly Potter); male!Hermione Granger (Hector Granger); and het
Prompts: (Dialogue) "That's the last time I let you talk me into anything."; (Emotion) Disgust; (Word) Connection; (Word) Disarm; and (Word) Farm

Summary: It's fifth year with O.W.L.s around the corner, and Hector Granger can't focus. His mind kept wondering to his best friend, Holly Potter.


Tales of Harmony
11. We'll Make It Through

Hector Granger frowned as he exited the History of Magic classroom. He had ignored Professor Binns as the ghost rambled on about some goblin rebellion or another. Instead, he spent the class reading from a potions book he checked out of the library a week ago. It was a history of potions book with information about various potioneers. There was a few potioneers that caught Hector's attention.

One such was potioneer was Hector Dagworth-Granger. While he hadn't invented any potions himself, he was considered an accomplished potioneers. He founded the Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers. An area of research Dagworth-Granger specialized in was love potions. He believed there was no such potion or elixir that could create real feelings.

What hardly caught Hector's attention was the name of this potioneer. It was the fact that Hector shared a lot of his name with this potioneer, their first name and one of their last names. According to the biography, Dagworth-Granger was a half-blood wizard – born to a pureblood witch and a muggle-born wizard.

Was it possible Hector was related to Dagworth-Granger?

It was something Hector would need to look into.

"'Tor, are you alright?" asked Holly Potter as she caught up to her friend.

Hector looked over at her. Holly was an attractive witch with long, curly dark hair and emerald eyes. Her hair was pulled back in a twisting bun, and she wore a pair of silver framed glasses. She was a little short, at five foot three inches, and she had a slim build. From what he understood, Holly had the perfect build to be a successful Seeker.

"I'm fine," he replied, absentmindedly. Honestly, he wasn't sure what he was feeling about this new information.

Holly frowned, her green eyes narrowing a little as she looked at Hector. "Do you want to borrow my notes?" she asked, holding up a piece of parchment.

Glancing down at her, Hector offered her a small smile as he took the offered piece of parchment. "Thanks," he muttered, feeling his cheek warm.

She smiled. "No problem," she whispered. "Just give that back." With a wink, she walked off down the hallway.

A fond smile formed on Hector's lips as he watched Holly throw an arm around Sally Smith's waist. Sally was one of Holly's roommates and her closest female friend. She was tall, towering over at six foot one inch, with dark skin, dark hair, and hazel eyes. Holly and Sally were close friends. Back in their first year, Sally was a loner while Holly was determined to make one close female friend and the other girls in their dorm had paired up – Lavender with Parvati, and Fay with Sophie.

With classes done for the day, Hector headed towards the library. He needed to copy Holly's notes and review the textbook before he could start his research into Hector Dagworth-Granger.

"Wait up, mate!" called Ron Weasley as he sprinted down the hallway to catch up to his best friend.

Hector slowed his footsteps, refusing to stop completely.

"I knew I'd find you here," Ron said a little breathless as he approached Hector's side. "You and the library."

Rolling his eyes, Hector offered his friend a smile. "Where else would I be?" he asked, teasing edge in his tone.

Ron returned the smile. "Glued to Holly's side," he said, wiggling his eyebrows.

Uncertain how to respond, Hector sighed as he turned his gaze to the hallway. His crush on Holly was obvious to everyone – but Holly. It was the worse kept secret in Gryffindor. "She's off with Sally," he muttered.

Ron's eyes turned goo-goo at the mention of Sally.

Hector smirked. That was the second worse kept secret in Gryffindor.

Their conversation was briefly halted when they entered the library. Madam Pince glared at the pair from behind her desk as they headed to a corner. In the corner, they claimed a small table.

Hector sat down, pulling out his History of Magic textbook, parchment, a quill, and a black inkwell along side Holly's notes.

Ron collapsed into an empty chair, dropping his bag onto the table. He leaned back, making no motion to grab anything out of his bag.

"How do I tell Sally?" he asked, his voice low.

Hector glanced up, looking at his best friend. He didn't know that answer to that question. He was still looking for away to tell Holly how he felt, and he had had a crush on her for four years – since their first year. "Use your words?" he suggested.

With a wishful sigh, Ron turned his attention to Hector. "That doesn't work," he said. "I've tried that, and I shout out random things about food or farms."

Hector laughed a little, remembering that last time Ron shouted something liking pie randomly. That was a little over a week ago.

Ron sighed. "Laugh it up," he muttered. "At least I've tried telling Sally how I feel."

The laughter stopped as Hector's eyes narrowed. Ron made a point.

Silence fell between the pair as Hector returned to his notes and Ron got lost in thoughts about Sally.

...

That night at dinner, Hector found his eyes drifting over to Holly. He couldn't stop thinking about her.

"What's on your mind, Heck?" Sally asked, raising an eyebrow at him. There was challenging edge in her tone.

Holly turned to look at him, curiosity in her green eyes.

Hector flushed. "I-I," he stuttered. "I'm thinking about Defense."

Next to him, Ron smirked, mouthing, 'Not so easy, is it?'

Looks of disgust and annoyance crossed Holly's and Sally's faces – along with those around them.

"What about Umbridge?" Ginny Weasley asked, a slight whine in her voice.

"It's the O.W.L.," Sally whispered to Holly.

"Not about Umbridge herself," Hector stated. "I was thinking about O.W.L."

Sally snorted, turning to smile at Holly. "Didn't I tell ya?" she asked.

"It's only October, Heck," whined Lavender Brown. "O.W.L.s aren't until May. We have months."

Hector sighed. It was moments like these he wished the Sorting Hat placed him in Ravenclaw instead of Gryffindor.

"With Umbridge, we're gonna need every single one of those days," Holly said with a sigh. She offered Hector a small smile.

Returning that smile, Hector remembered why he was happy in Gryffindor. He had Holly, Ron, and Sally.

Ron and Sally quickly agreed.

"What should we do?" Sally asked, turning to look at Hector.

"We should form a study group," Ron suggested. "Hector can organized everything."

"Holly would be better," Hector stated. "She has experience."

Holly blushed, ducking her head as everyone turned to look at her.

Others quickly agreed.

"We'll help," Ron promised, sharing a glance with Sally.

"Right, Hector?" Sally added, raising an eyebrow.

"Of course," he agreed, rapidly.

Looking up, Holly looked between her three friends. "I'll think about it," she said.

...

Two days later, Holly sat next to Hector in the library as they discussed plans for their study group. While Holly never officially agreed, she was easily pulled into discussions about it. Holly wanted to start with the basics, like the Stunning Spell or Disarming Charm from first year.

"That's the last time I let you talk me into anything," Holly moaned as she closed her book.

Hector looked up with a frown. "What's wrong?" he asked.

"I'm done," she announced, shaking her head. "I can't do this anymore."

Setting his book aside, Hector turned his attention to Holly. "You can do this," he stated, reaching out to take ahold of her hand. "You're not alone."

Holly's gaze dropped to their hands before she slowly looked up, staring into Hector's brown eyes. She bit her lip as her eyes flickered between his eyes and his lips.

Feeling a surge of courage, Hector leaned forward to press his lips against hers. It was a brief kiss – just a brush of the lips. As he pulled away, his brown eyes were fixated on Holly's, which were wide.

Slowly, a smile formed on her lips and her green eyes sparkled with joy. "Can we do that again?" she asked, nerves in her voice.

"Later," he promised, "after we finish this plans."

A pout formed on Holly's lips.

"If I kiss you now," Hector said, teasing tone in his voice, "then we'll never get this done."

Holly thought over Hector's words before she shrugged, realizing the truth in his words.

He smirked. "The sooner we finish this, the sooner we can start," he said with a wink.

His words succeeded in inspiring Holly. She leaned forward, grabbing a new book and it was quickly opened. Her eyes were scanning page after page.

Smirk still in place, Hector picked up his own book, and he resumed reading. There was more to learn about this Hector Dagworth-Granger. According to most books, the man was a half-blood with a muggle-born father and a pure-blood mother, and he had two children – a son named Marcus and a daughter named Juliet. Hector knew his father had a great-grandfather named Marcus Granger.

The pair quickly got lost in their research.

...

The first official meeting of the study group was on a rainy day in late October. The composted of fourteen people – all twelve of the fifth years, Ginny, the Creevey brothers, the Weasley twins, Angelina Johnson, Alicia Spinnet, and half of the sixth years, including Katie Bell. Everyone in the group was Gryffindor. That first meeting took place in their common room. They claimed a large space off to one side.

Holly had everyone working on the Stunning Spell before moving onto the Disarming Charm. She was starting with the basics before moving onto more advance spellwork, including the Pratonus Charm. Holly had only told a few people about that part of her plans, and Hector was excited. He loved seeing Holly with Prongs. She wore a soft smile and there was a longing look in her green eyes.

When the first meeting wrapped up, Hector pulled Holly over to a couch in front of the fireplace. He wrapped an arm around her shoulder and pulled her close. Holly quickly curled into his side, resting her head on his arm.

The pair were joined by Ron and Sally. Ron eyed them with a long of looking before turning his gaze to Sally while Sally smiled and she took the seat next to her best friend.


Count: ~1,600


This was written for

Can You Make It Until the End Challenge
Round Nine: (Dialogue) "That's the last time I let you talk me into anything." (One of five.)

Character Boot Camp: Favorite Character
41. Farm

Character Boot Camp: Favorite House
03. Disarm

Climb to the Top of Mount Potter
Prompt: (Emotion) Disgust

Disney Character Challenge/Competition
The Blue Fairy: Write about someone helping another.

Pairing Boot Camp: One True Pairing (OTP)
43. Succeed


Notes

–Title derived from "Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne.

–Hector was a character from Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare. Since canon!Hermione was named after a Shakespeare character, I felt it was fitting to name my male!Hermione after another Shakespeare character.


Character

Hector Granger (b. September 19, 1979) was a muggle-born wizard, and the first child of Robert and Jennifer Granger. She had a younger sister, Cordelia, who was a muggle like their parents. During his time at Hogwarts (1991 through 1998), he was Sorted into Gryffindor, where he shared a dorm with - Addams, Seamus Finnigan, Neville Longbottom, Dean Thomas, and Ron Weasley. He was an outstanding student, noted for his high grades and strong magical abilities. His favorite classes were Ancient Runes and Transfiguration. His wand was ten and three-quarter inches, vine wood with dragon heartstrings.

Holly Potter (b. July 31, 1980) was a half-blood witch, and the only child of James and Lily Potter. Known as the Girl-Who-Lived, she was famous for surviving the Killing Curse and defeating the Dark Lord Voldemort. Following the murder of her parents, she was raised by her muggle relatives. While attending Hogwarts (1991 through 1998), Holly was Sorted into Gryffindor, where she shared a dorm with Lavender Brown, Fay Dunbar, Parvati Patil, Sophie Roper, and Sally Smith. She was an above average student, known for her high marks in Defense Against the Dark Arts and her skills in dueling. Her wand was eleven inches, holly with phoenix feather.

Sally Smith (b. January 27, 1980) was a half-blood witch, and the eldest child of Myghal and Zodwa Smith. She had two younger brothers, Andrew and Richard. Her parents were secretive about their pasts, unwilling to share Zodwa's maiden name or the names of her family members while Myghal won't talk about his employment prior to the Department of International Relations. During her time at Hogwarts (1991 through 1998), Sally was Sorted into Gryffindor, where she shared a dorm room with Lavender Brown, Fay Dunbar, Parvati Patil, Holly Potter, and Sophie Roper. She was an average student with notably high marks in Ancient Runes and Charms. Her wand was twelve and one-quarter inches, dogwood with unicorn hair. She is a semi-canon character, appearing on the student list in Harry Potter and Me and on Pottermore.

Ron Weasley (b. March 1, 1980) was a pure-blood witch, and the sixth child of Arthur and Molly Weasley. He had six older brothers – Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, and George – and a younger sister, Ginny. While attending Hogwarts (1991 through 1998), he was Sorted into Gryffindor, where he shared a dorm with - Addams, Seamus Finnigan, Hector Granger, Neville Longbottom, Dean Thomas, and Ron Weasley. He was an average student, known for his skills in chest and dueling. His wand was fourteen inches, willow with unicorn hair.


Face Claims
Hector Jonathan Granger: Sebastian Stan
Holly Jennifer Potter: Alexandra Daddario
Sally Elizabeth Smith: Nafessa Williams
Ronald "Ron" Bilius Weasley: Rupert Grint