Wentworth, Cedric, and Professor Dumbledore exited the tunnel one by one, revealing a dilapidated shack before them.
Not far from the shack, a figure stood with his back to them, scrutinizing the building’s exterior.
Professor Dumbledore called out to the figure, prompting him to slowly turn around, revealing a man with a nostalgic gaze.
“Headmaster, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you were already here,” Lupin apologized.
Lupin’s eyes scanned the shack, his expression filled with emotion. “It’s been a long time. Seeing this familiar sight always reminds me of the old days and the old people.”
Sadness briefly flickered in Lupin’s eyes.
Professor Dumbledore responded empathetically, “Some people and some things are gone forever. We have to keep looking forward, don’t we?”
Professor Dumbledore then introduced Wentworth and Cedric to Lupin.
Lupin first greeted Cedric, extending his hand and saying, “Hello, my name is Lupin, and I used to be a student at Hogwarts.”
Cedric hesitated for a moment but eventually shook Lupin’s hand. “Hello, Professor. I’m Cedric, a second-year student at Hogwarts.”
Lupin withdrew his hand and suggested, “Don’t call me a professor; I’m not a Hogwarts professor. Just call me by my name.”
Cedric insisted, “How can we do that? Let’s call you ‘teacher.'”
Seeing Cedric’s determination, Lupin relented with a smile.
Lupin then turned his attention to Wentworth, who had been observing him intently.
Lupin greeted him, extending his hand and saying, “Hello!”
Wentworth, who had been quietly studying Lupin’s appearance, shook his hand with both hands, expressing his sincerity. “Hello, Mr. Lupin. My name is Wentworth, and I’m a first-year student at Hogwarts.”
Professor Dumbledore had been observing silently and now stepped forward.
He reminded them, “You’ll be here on weekends to learn magic from Lupin. Afterward, return to Hogwarts through the secret passage. You are not permitted to venture anywhere else.”
With Professor Dumbledore’s departure, Lupin took a few steps, leaned against the shack’s wall, and asked with a smile, “Headmaster mentioned that you are all exceptional among your peers and that the magic taught at Hogwarts is no longer sufficient for your needs. Can you show me the spells you’ve learned?”
Cedric volunteered to go first, demonstrating the spells he had mastered.
Lupin interrupted him midway, requesting that Cedric perform one spell on him.
Afterward, Cedric showcased all the spells he knew. Lupin complimented, “It seems that Headmaster evaluation of you was understated. When I was your age, I doubt I had your level of skill. You know, I used to be a Hogwarts prefect!”
Lupin then shifted his attention to Wentworth.
Wentworth stepped forward without hesitation, brandishing his wand at a broken piece of wood.
But before he could cast a spell, Lupin suggested, “Challenge me. Let me see your magic.”
Wentworth obeyed, aiming his wand at Lupin and saying, “Ferula!”
Lupin appeared momentarily surprised but had already been prepared.
He quickly countered Wentworth’s spell. Afterward, Lupin commented in astonishment, “This spell used to be quite popular among students when I was at Hogwarts. I thought it had faded away over the years. I never expected it to endure.”
Cedric clarified that Wentworth hadn’t shared where he learned the spell.
Wentworth offered to teach it to Cedric, but Lupin added a note of caution, “This spell, while not very harmful, is incredibly insulting. Remember, it’s best not to use it on your classmates.”
Wentworth and Cedric exchanged awkward smiles in response.
Lupin encouraged them to demonstrate more magic.
Wentworth revealed a few spells he had mastered but opted not to share one particular spell, as it bore the semblance of dark magic.
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