As Wentworth whispered by Prefect Green’s side, Professor Dumbledore, McGonagall, and the others closely examined the parchment handed over by Professor Sprout.
After reading the contents, Professor McGonagall took the lead, expressing her annoyance.
“This is utter nonsense! Who allowed them to propose this? I’ll put an end to it immediately!”
However, Professor Dumbledore intervened, halting Professor McGonagall as she turned to leave.
After a moment of silence, Professor Dumbledore questioned, “What does Professor Snape think about this?”
“Here I am.” Professor Snape stepped forward from behind the others in a composed manner.
“Professor Snape, did you instruct the Slytherin students to propose this proposal?” Professor McGonagall inquired, her anger apparent.
Meanwhile, Professor Snape’s eyes locked onto Professor Dumbledore’s, his words bearing deeper meaning.
“Professor Dumbledore, isn’t this a splendid opportunity?”
Professor Dumbledore didn’t verbally object to Professor Snape’s words but instead entered into a thoughtful silence once more.
Only Professor Dumbledore and Professor Snape comprehended the significance; this was an excellent chance to gauge Wentworth’s spell prowess.
Yesterday, Professor Snape had mistakenly attributed a unique potion-handling technique to Wentworth, assuming it to be his.
This prompted Professor Snape to remind Professor Dumbledore that Wentworth’s training under the Alliance faction had already commenced, even before he arrived at Hogwarts.
If the Alliance faction had undertaken to instruct Wentworth in potion handling, they had yet to similarly teach him in spell casting.
Being under Professor Dumbledore’s supervision all this while, Wentworth couldn’t have lacked the means to protect himself.
This event provided a perfect opportunity to assess Wentworth’s magical abilities.
Understanding Professor Snape’s intent, Professor Dumbledore, and to some extent, Professor McGonagall, nodded in understanding.
Though Professor Sprout seemed unsure, she wisely refrained from questioning it.
Ultimately, Professor Dumbledore suggested, “Let’s ask the students what they think.”
Taking the parchment, Professor Dumbledore moved through the gathering of Slytherin and Hufflepuff students, posing the question.
“Slytherin has presented this parchment. What are your thoughts, Hufflepuff mates?”
Prefect Green exchanged a glance with Wentworth at the end of his gaze and received his nod.
Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape, and others present noticed this subtle interaction, hinting at Wentworth’s influence.
“Headmaster Professor Dumbledore, we Hufflepuffs are willing to accept. While Hufflepuff is known for its friendly nature, we won’t shy away from helping our Slytherin counterparts learn about magic,” Prefect Green confidently declared.
However, Waring, hearing Prefect Green’s words, scoffed and quickly retorted, “Teach us? What could you possibly teach?”
“I won’t allow you to belittle yourself like that!” Prefect Green snapped back sternly.
Professor Dumbledore chuckled upon hearing this as if reminiscing about something.
He then addressed Professor Flitwick, the head of Ravenclaw, nearby, “Filius, can you guess what this parchment reminds me of?”
Professor Flitwick smiled in response, “Professor Dumbledore if I’m not mistaken, it’s reminiscent of the Dueling Club.”
Professor Dumbledore nodded, “Exactly, the Dueling Club! It’s been a while since we’ve had one. It might be a good opportunity to reinstate it. However, it must be supervised by our professors.”
Professor Dumbledore’s words triggered a burst of cheers from the students, not just from Slytherin and Hufflepuff but also from Gryffindor and Ravenclaw in the vicinity.
The Dueling Club held a special appeal for Gryffindor students, while Ravenclaw students admired their head of the house, who had been a duel champion in his youth.
Professor Dumbledore surveyed the jubilant students and spoke kindly.
“Youth is wonderful! However, rules must be established. As for the referees, for the sake of impartiality, I propose Professor McGonagall, the Head of Gryffindor, Professor Flitwick, the Head of Ravenclaw, and our Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, Professor Ilona, preside together.”
The three Professors faced Professor Dumbledore’s request and readily agreed.
“Are there any other suggestions?” Professor Dumbledore inquired.
Though his question seemed casual, Prefect Green stood up and voiced his proposal, “Absolutely. As Slytherin proposed the duel, Hufflepuff has a few suggestions to make.”
Professor Dumbledore looked at Wentworth behind Prefect Green, signaling his approval.
“Of course, your suggestions are welcome,” Professor Dumbledore affirmed.
Prefect Green continued without hesitation.
“Firstly, Hufflepuff hopes that the Professors will inspect the duelists from both sides before the duel starts to ensure no one uses Luck Potion or Polyjuice Potion.”
Professor Snape’s face turned sour upon hearing this, while Prefect Waring blushed and retorted, “Prefect Green! Are you implying Slytherin’s unfairness?”
Unperturbed, Prefect Green responded without wavering, “I’m simply advocating fairness.”
Professor Dumbledore nodded and agreed, “Mr. Green’s proposal seems reasonable.”
Professor Dumbledore then looked at Prefect Waring, who grudgingly agreed, “No problem, Slytherin agrees.”
Prefect Green pressed on.
“Secondly, Hufflepuff suggests that both sides determine the duel order in advance and submit it to Professor Ilona before the duel begins. This list must not be altered.”
Before Professor Dumbledore could respond, Waring quickly consented, “No problem, Slytherin agrees! We’ll start with our fifth years.”
Satisfied with Waring’s response, Prefect Green continued.
“Lastly, Prefect Waring, as fifth-year prefects of Slytherin and Hufflepuff, we hold an esteemed position. I propose that if one of our academies loses, the respective Prefect voluntarily resigns from their position. Are you up for the challenge?”
Upon hearing this proposal, Prefect Waring hesitated briefly before smirking.
“Prefect Green, it seems you’re ready to step down as Prefect. If you’re so eager to resign, I’ll help you out. Count me in!”
Prefect Green seemed relieved by Prefect Waring’s response.
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