'Dear Padfoot, I hope you're alright. It's starting to get colder here; winter is definitely on the way. In spite of being back at Hogwarts, I feel more alone then ever. I know you, of all people, will understand.

Harry walked up the path leading to Hagrid's cabin, although the deep, pit feeling reminded Harry that Hagrid would not be there. He walked in front of the cabin and looked at the front door with dismay. Harry turned around and spotted the horse like animal that he saw when he got of the train. Harry followed it in to the forest and saw Luna, stroking the front of the thing's snout. Harry also noticed Luna wasn't wearing any shoes.

"Hello Harry Potter" Luna said. Harry looked curiously at her, but shook it off.

"Your feet, aren't they cold?" Harry asked.

Luna nodded "A bit. Unfortunately all my shoes have mysteriously disappeared" Luna leaned in closer and lowered her voice "I suspect the Nargles are behind it." Harry shifted his eyes and looked at the horse thing. It started moving towards the other horse things.

"What are they?" Harry asked curiously

"They're called Thestrals" Luna paused "There quite gentle creatures really, but people tend to avoid them because there a bit…"

"Different" Harry finished her sentence. Luna nodded slightly and walked towards the Thestrals. Harry followed.

"But why can't the others see them?"

"They can only be seen by the people who have seen death" Luna replied

"So you've known some one who's died then?" Harry asked

"My mum" Luna said "She was quite an extraordinary witch. But she did like to experiment…and one day one of her spells went badly wrong. I was nine."

"I'm sorry." Harry said sympathetically,

"Yes it was rather horrible." Luna said calmly "I do feel very sad about it sometimes, but I've got Dad." Luna reached in her bag and pulled out an apple "We both believe you, by the way" Harry looked at her confused. Luna's eyes winded as she explained. "That He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back, and you fought him, and the Ministry and the Profit are conspiring against you and Dumbledore."

"Thanks" Harry said quickly. "It seems that you're about the only ones that do."

"I don't think that's true" Luna said as she rolled the apple to the baby Thestral. The baby Thestral shook its head at the apple and looked up at Luna for some thing else.

"But I suppose that's how he want's you to feel." Luna continued.

"What do you mean?" Harry asked.

"Well, if I was You-Know-Who, I'd want you to feel cut of from everybody else. Because, if it's just you alone, you're not much of a threat." Luna looked up at Harry and smiled and pulled out a piece of raw meat, and rolled it to the baby Thestral. Luna looked at Harry again and smiled once more, Harry smiled back.


Ron, Hermione, Zack, Ginny and Woody sat at the Gryffindor table at the Great Hall, watching Ron and Woody eat a sausage like there was no tomorrow. Ginny, who was used to Ron eating like a pig rolled her eyes at her older brother. Hermione looked at them both disgustingly and shook her head.

"Do you two ever stop eating?"

What, I'm hungry! But Woody on the other hand, it's like he's got a bloody tape worm or something" Ron said with his mouth full.

"Hurtful!" Woody exclaimed

"Dude, you're stomach is like a never ending pit." Zack said and he stole the book that Ron was reading out of his hands. Ron gave him a death stare.

Harry walked in to the Great Hall and walked towards them like the walking dead. They all looked up at him.

"Harry." Hermione smiled. Harry shifted his eyes.

"Can I join you?" He asked awkwardly. Hermione looked at the others. Zack nodded for yes. But all was disrupted when Professor Umbridge's voice was heard out side the Great Hall, yelling at Professor McGonagall.

"Pardon me, Professor, but what exactly are you insinuating?"

"I'm merely requesting that when it comes to my students, you conform to the prescribed disciplinary practices." McGonagall responded. By this time all the students in the Great Hall gathered out side.

"Old lady cat fight!" Zack whispered to Ron and Woody, they both silently laughed.

"So silly of me, but it sounds, as if you're questioning my authority in my own class room" Umbridge took a step up higher from McGonagall to prove her superior. "Minerva"

"Not at all, Deloris" McGonagall said as she took a step to face down on Umbridge. "Merely on your medieval methods"

"I'm sorry, dear" Umbridge snapped. "But to question my practices is to question the Ministry, and by extension, the Minister himself. I am a tolerant woman, but the one thing I will not stand for is disloyalty."

McGonagall took a step down. "Disloyalty."

Umbridge took another step up and stared down McGonagall, then looked at the students in the hall. "Things at Hogwarts are far worse then I feared. Cornelius would want to take immediate action."

"Oh, yeah, this is going to go down well" Zack said sarcasticly.

A/N: Hey guys, I don't know when my next update will be, a family tragidy has happend and I have alot of looknig after to do. It's so unfortunate for it to happen a week before Christmas, but life takes twist and turns and it raley goes smoothly. So, yeah. Hopefully I'll update before Christmas. Please review, as no one reviewd the last chapter...was it really that bad? :) Please review! If it is anytime that I need reviews, it's now, just for a cheer up :) Have a Merry Christmas everyone! :D