At that moment, Wentworth noticed Ilona standing at the bedroom door and asked in surprise, “Professor Ilona, why are you here?”

Upon seeing this scene, Ilona cleared her throat, entered the room deliberately, cast a deliberate glance around Wentworth’s bedroom, and stated, “Oh, I’m just here out of concern for your safety, to make sure everything is alright.”

Wentworth, grateful for her concern, thanked her for her thoughtfulness.

Ilona waved her hand casually and inquired curiously, “So, what are the two of you up to?”

Without concealing anything, Wentworth recounted to Ilona the information Cedric had just shared.

Meanwhile, Cedric, unable to contain his urgency, took advantage of their conversation and went to Wentworth’s bedroom, saying, “I’m going to see Headmaster Dumbledore!”

While Wentworth wanted to detain him, he wasn’t sure how to express it.

He simply watched Cedric’s departure, deeply worried about his friend.

With Cedric gone and only Ilona and Wentworth left in the room, Ilona asked casually, “Wentworth, now that you’re aware of what’s happening, who do you think will emerge victorious in this Alliance war? What’s your perspective?”

Although Ilona’s question seemed unexpected, Wentworth pondered it for a moment, then shook his head and replied, “I don’t believe there will be a clear victor in this war. Such a conflict is detrimental to all parties involved at this time, and it might ultimately benefit others.”

Ilona was taken aback by Wentworth’s answer and quickly inquired, “Oh? Is there a particular reason for your perspective?”

Wentworth, still contemplating whether he should reveal the forthcoming return of Voldemort next year, eventually decided to share this information.

He was concerned that it could alter the course of events and pose greater risks.

But on second thought, there was no record of the Alliance and the British Magic War in the original book.

It seemed that the timeline had already deviated.

With this in mind, Wentworth cautiously glanced outside, confirming no one was eavesdropping, and then confided in Ilona, “Professor Ilona, you might find it hard to believe what I’m about to say, but there’s a significant likelihood that it will come true. Next year, Voldemort may make a comeback.”

After hearing Wentworth’s words, Ilona adopted a thoughtful expression and remained silent for a while.

“Professor Ilona, do you not believe me?” Wentworth asked, concerned.

Surprisingly, Ilona nodded emphatically and responded with meaning, “I believe you. Why wouldn’t I? You’re referred to as a future seer by our Professor Trelawney. I think I understand what you mean.”

Now, Wentworth felt reassured.

Ilona knew exactly what he meant: Voldemort’s return next year had been foreseen. Who would be the first to face Voldemort upon his return, Dumbledore or the British Ministry of Magic? It definitely wouldn’t be the Alliance lurking in the shadows.

Regardless of who emerged victorious, they would undoubtedly endure significant suffering.

That would be the ideal opportunity for the Alliance to rise to power.

It was a brilliant strategy—let the snipe and clam fight, then seize the prize.

A clever move to exploit the chaos.

Cursing Abernathy for jeopardizing their young master’s plans, Ilona grew increasingly anxious, eager to rush to London and put a stop to Abernathy’s actions.

Just as Ilona contemplated her departure from Hogwarts to head to London, Cedric returned with a troubled expression.

Seeing his friend return in this state, Wentworth immediately inquired, “Cedric, what happened? Did Dumbledore reject your request? What did he say?”

Cedric slowly shook his head in response, his eyes brimming with tears. “I didn’t even get to see the Headmaster! Professor McGonagall informed me that Headmaster Dumbledore had left Hogwarts for something.”

Witnessing Cedric like this, once cheerful and sunny, now weighed down with sorrow, Wentworth couldn’t help but feel a pang of sadness.

He understood that, if not for Wentworth still being at Hogwarts and with Lorna present, Cedric would have returned to his family by now, tears flowing freely.

Without stopping Cedric, who had decided to go to London, Wentworth voiced his thoughts, “Cedric, I won’t stop you from going to London; it’s your decision. But I hope you’ll take this with you.”

With that said, Wentworth retrieved a simple and elegant pendant from his pocket. It was the symbol of the Deathly Hallows.

Wentworth handed the pendant to Cedric and continued, “Cedric, in case things get really dire, infuse this pendant with your magic. It will provide you with protection.”

Wentworth’s reasoning was that, should Cedric find himself in extreme danger and activate the pendant, his family’s elder generation would undoubtedly come to his aid.

Although they couldn’t prevent the war, they could ensure Cedric’s safety with their strength.

Seeing Wentworth entrust him with the pendant, Cedric was deeply moved to the verge of tears.

He nodded vigorously, accepting the pendant and expressing his heartfelt gratitude.

Subsequently, Ilona took Cedric and departed Hogwarts Castle.

As they neared the edge of Hogwarts, where no one else was present, Ilona asked suddenly, “Cedric, do you know who I am?”

Cedric appeared surprised, unsure of Ilona’s motive for asking.

Without changing her expression, Ilona remarked, “Actually, I’m also a member of the Alliance .”

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Published On: December 1, 2023

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