The life of a professor in Hogwarts is quite a workload.

Seventh-grade classes and homework took up almost all of Sherlock’s time, from waking up at 7:00 in the morning until 11:00 in the evening without necessarily taking a break. At the same time, he must study every day and try to make himself reach the original Sherlock’s knowledge level as soon as possible.

After all, only by improving his knowledge can people and other students perform better and stick to him.

On Saturday of the first week of school.

In the morning, Sherlock had no homework to check. He took a break from the complicated knowledge of magic and had a moment of leisure in his office.

He was holding a book of legends and stories that was well-known in the wizarding world, like ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’ he had borrowed from the library. He had just read ‘The Warlock’s Hairy Heart’ and found it to be an interesting read.

Suddenly, there was a knock on the door outside the office. Sherlock closed the book and put it in his desk drawer before speaking.

“Come in.”

The person who pushed in the door was not the student Sherlock had guessed, but the head of Gryffindor’s house, Professor McGonagall.

“Do you have time, Sherlock? Every Saturday, the teachers who are free are going to Hogsmeade for a drink.”

Sherlock wanted to refuse, but Professor McGonagall hadn’t finished speaking, “Slughorn is with us today. You haven’t seen each other since your mother’s funeral.”

Hearing the name Slughorn, Sherlock was stunned for a moment. This name was unfamiliar to him, but he vaguely feels that this person seems to have appeared in the original book.

Seeing Sherlock’s expression, Professor McGonagall explained, “You may have forgotten him, but when Slughorn was head of Slytherin house at Hogwarts, your mother was his favorite protégé.”

“When you were born, your mother and your father planned to ask him to be your godfather, and he was very happy about it. Both of your parents had a good relationship until your mother attended her funeral when you were three years old.”

“After that, he went into seclusion. No one knows where he lives. He heard that you came to Hogwarts as a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor not long ago, and he made a special trip to Hogsmeade to see you.” Professor McGonagall’s expression was serious.

“I think you should meet him, Sherlock. He seems to have something important to tell you about your parents.”

Sherlock hesitated. At first, he didn’t want to participate in this activity; it wasn’t because he was afraid of exposing himself, as he had already clearly understood the risk of going down this path during the week at Hogwarts.

There are three and a half professors in this castle who are familiar with Sherlock. There is Professor McGonagall and Dumbledore, there is also Professor Flitwick, the head of the original Sherlock’s house back then, and the other half is Snape.

The reason why Snape is considered half is because Sherlock didn’t know exactly what Snape’s attitude towards him was. According to the original Sherlock book, Snape has always been eager for the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor position, so it is normal for him to be a little bit hostile against every Dark Arts professor.

But when Sherlock met him in the castle, he did not show those kinds of disgust and hostility feelings. On the contrary, Sherlock even saw a trace of guilt in his eyes.

That kind of feeling is strange. Sometimes, Sherlock wonders if something is wrong with him. How could he see guilt in the eyes of someone like Snape? Because of that, Snape could only count as half.

Even the three and a half professors who were familiar with him in the castle didn’t know the original Sherlock’s true thoughts. In his school days, the original Sherlock was like a paranoid and vigilant animal, protecting himself from everything around him. Except for his admiration for Dumbledore, no one knew what he was thinking.

He wanted to take a long rest today and didn’t want to spend energy on socializing. It’s just that after Professor McGonagall mentioned Slughorn and said that he wanted to see that he was related to the original Sherlock’s mother, he felt that he should go.

The original Sherlock’s biggest secret came from his mother. Even if it was the unexplainable crescent-shaped mark on his arm, Sherlock had a hunch that it had something to do with her.

If he wants to find out about these things, he has to deal with these people. After he had an idea in his mind, Sherlock nodded to Professor McGonagall.

“I’ll be there.”

Hearing that, he agreed. Professor McGonagall showed a relieved expression on her face.

“At 10 o’clock in the morning, in the Three Broomstick Inn in Hogsmeade. Filius, Hagrid, and I will be there. We will meet you later.”

Professor McGonagall left the office. Sherlock looked at the time. It was already 9 am; there was only one hour left before the meeting. He took out a few books that he had borrowed from the library and planned to use this one hour to return the books.

Due to Sherlock’s exam-oriented study plan for the senior grade this semester, the library was full before the end of the semester. The students who came here to study are almost all studying the OWL-related materials for the Defense Against the Dark Arts class.

Because last year’s defense class professor was Quirrell, everyone’s grades were not good, and Sherlock deliberately made the questions a little hard. This caused some frustration among all the students who took the test.

Students who place more importance on grades are willing to stay in the library the whole day and understand all the questions that will be asked later.

The atmosphere at Hogwarts has improved significantly, so Sherlock was pleased after returning the book.

He left Hogwarts and wandered around the Black Lake before going to Hogsmeade. He heard that there was a giant squid in the lake, so he wanted to try his luck to see if he could see it.

In the end, Sherlock came to take a look at it, but the squid did not appear.

When he was disappointed and about to go to Hogsmeade, a sudden commotion from the Quidditch pitch caught his attention.

The Gryffindor’s and Slytherin’s teams gathered as if they were arguing over something.


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Published On: March 12, 2024

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