Before breaking into the ward, Hermione had considered many possibilities, including some of the worst-case scenarios she could imagine.
However, she never thought that she would witness such a horrifying scene.
As she tried to raise her magic wand in her right hand, she found her whole body going weak, and her right hand became too feeble to hold the wand properly.
Meanwhile, the Vampire seemed to have noticed their presence.
It turned around and approached them step by step. Its ferocious fangs, blood-red eyes, and blood-stained wizard robe were terrifying.
Unlike Hermione, her friend Neville’s expression had changed from fear to anger and, finally, to courage.
He looked at poor Justin Finch-Fletchley lying on the hospital bed and shouted, “You bastard!”
Neville’s voice roared as he rushed forward without hesitation, even forgetting that he was a wizard.
With a raised fist, he tried to strike the Vampire.
However, facing the power of an adult Vampire, Neville’s resistance proved futile.
The Vampire effortlessly slapped him aside.
“Hermione, do something!” Neville screamed before hitting the wall hard, passing out.
Seeing her friend’s brave but futile attempt, Hermione finally snapped back into action. She raised her wand and shouted, “Petrificus Totalus!”
A red light shot out from her wand, freezing the Vampire Trocar in mid-air.
Hermione’s petrification spell succeeded, and she felt a brief moment of relief.
But her body soon gave in to exhaustion, and she collapsed on the floor of the ward.
However, her moment of triumph was short-lived, as the petrification spell only lasted a few seconds on the Vampire.
It suddenly broke, and the uncontrollable Vampire rushed toward her incredibly fast.
Before she could raise her wand again, she felt like a helpless chicken caught by the Vampire.
Her wand was easily knocked aside, and the Vampire’s hideous face came into view.
Hermione closed her eyes in shock, feeling the Vampire’s fangs touching her neck and bracing for her impending doom.
“Whose making a ruckus inside!” Just then, a roar sounded outside the door, and someone was rushing over.
The Vampire released Hermione and turned towards the noise. It was Madam Pomfrey, the Hogwarts Matron.
Madam Pomfrey had just returned after throwing a basin of dirty bandages outside.
She heard the commotion in Justin Finch-Fletchley’s ward and hurried over.
To her astonishment, she witnessed the Vampire Trocar attacking Hermione.
She quickly pulled out her wand and prepared to defend herself and Hermione.
As the Vampire turned to face her, Madam Pomfrey was taken aback and murmured, “Professor Trocar?”
Before she could react, the Vampire Trocar, who was, in fact, a wizard, aimed his wand and growled, “Stupefy!” A powerful red light shot from his wand toward Madam Pomfrey.
To Hermione’s surprise, Madam Pomfrey reacted swiftly, dodging the spell with agility.
She retaliated, sending a red light toward the Vampire. The ward became chaotic, with blood-stained sheets and shattered objects everywhere.
Meanwhile, Hermione tried to wake Neville, who had been knocked out, and urged him to run.
As they escaped from the ward, they hoped that other teachers would pass by and come to help Madam Pomfrey deal with the Vampire.
However, their hope for safety was short-lived.
The Vampire managed to chase them out of the Hospital Wing. Hermione could hear its footsteps getting closer and hear its hoarse voice uttering a curse.
With a desperate plea for help, Hermione and Neville slid quickly to avoid the curse, but they fell heavily to the ground.
The situation seemed dire, and they needed help urgently.
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