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"Uh, pretty much definitely," Emma says tiredly.

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"I'm pretty sure there isn't going to be a rule against having a Patronus in the Hufflepuff dorm, and if there is, it is stupid and I will go to Madam Pomfrey about it."

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"Very stupid," Emma agrees. "I don't think they'd care though. A Patronus has to be easier than all that potion, right?"

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"Yeah. And if they're worried about the chimaera wand I can send a little one and it'll fit better in the room anyway."

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"And it's not as glowy, right?"

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"Yeah. Well, because it's smaller, it's not actually any less bright."

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"Still. If they both help and one is less total glowy, I as housemate think that one is better. If only the large one helps, well. That wins, of course."

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"Yeah. But I'll talk to Hermione first thing, I'll find her at dinner."

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"Thanks guys."

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"You're welcome."

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The journey's not that long; they're pulling into the station shortly thereafter.

Hagrid is waiting for the students, as usual; waiting with him is Professor Reed, which is not usual. She is standing towards the edge of the platform, fiddling idly with a parchment and quill she has with her, but still very clearly waiting for something.
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Miranda has no strong expectation that she's the one being waited for. She sticks with her friends.

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Professor Reed does not seem particularly bothered by the presence of Miranda's friends, but she is apparently the one being waited on. "Miss Swan? A minute, please."

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Miranda pauses. "Yes, Professor?"

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Tamara falls into step with them. This isn't private, precisely. And in some ways the opposite.

"The Headmistress would, for a variety of reasons," including no small number of owls from parents, Ministry Officials, or both, "like to begin arranging for your visits to the Ministry. I'll be escorting you. I thought perhaps we could set up a time for a Ministry excursion, before you get too busy with schoolwork?"

And so the owl senders can be placated as quickly as possible with a date, however far off. There's that too.
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"Uh, sure. This weekend?"

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"Certainly. Saturday, then? I can come by the Ravenclaw common room around nine."

So it's not a Ministry workday. They're the ones complaining. Tamara has no sympathy. If she doesn't get spend the day with her son, they don't get to have the day off.
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"Sure. Am I just going to the Ministry the first time or do they think they can get me Dementor-hunting right away?"

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"Unfortunately, your guess is as good as mine. But mine would be that they'll try to learn it, before they send you adventuring. Just... in case."

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"Yeah, that's fair."

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Task completed, Professor Reed drifts back into the crowd with the other students. Her work is done here; she'll hang around long enough that it wasn't so terribly obvious what she was doing here, for the sake of Miranda's privacy, but then she is going right back home to cuddle with her son before school starts up again tomorrow.

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Alli blinks after her as she goes. "That was weird," she announces. "I mean, she couldn't even wait till we got back to school?"

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"I guess not? I don't really mind."

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Emma sighs. "I bet people from the meeting were being annoying." People including Emma's parents, but oh well. "But you wanted to be more useful, right? This sounds useful."

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"Yeah, it does, I'm glad."

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