Perhaps they learned that Justin was not dead, or perhaps the students had enough trust in Dumbledore in this matter.

On the second day of Halloween, everyone was not in a good mood during the meal; guessing who the culprit was, a big thing happened. But rumors about the Chamber of Secrets began circulating at Hogwarts after some students began to digest the writing on the walls last night.

Even in Sherlock’s class, some students asked him about the legend of Slytherin’s Chamber of Secrets.

“This kind of thing should not be asked in our classroom. If you are really interested in it, you can ask Professor Binns from the History of Magic class. He has been teaching here for hundreds of years and must know more about it than myself.” Sherlock tapped on the blackboard and shifted the topic back to the class.

“But if you are interested, you can learn about it privately. But given we’re in class, we have to continue to study how to get a high score in this year’s exam.”

“The three dangerous elements of werewolves should be memorized. At the same time, in the past two years, the question has always been accustomed to asking what kind of spell to use to get rid of the werewolf’s chase.”

The incident of the attack and the opening of the Chamber of Secrets did not change Sherlock’s life at Hogwarts much, but the time he spent in the library was longer. He knew that the plot had deviated from its original trajectory, but he had no way to correct it.

All he can do now is to improve his magic level as fast as possible, at least before the end of this semester, to reach the strength of the original Sherlock.

Hermione asked Professor Binns about the rumors about the Chamber of Secrets in the second-grade history of magic class. But Professor Binns doesn’t believe that the legend is true. He told the students it was just a made-up story, but they didn’t think so.

Because Justin was attacked yesterday, and the person who attacked him publicly announced on the wall that the Chamber of Secrets had been opened. Justin is the first warning for the students in the castle who are not qualified to study magic.

After the class, Harry and the others met up with each other.

“The heir must come from Slytherin, but who do you think it is?”

Ron asked a question and answered immediately, “It must be Draco! After seeing Justin being attacked, he looks happy, and his family has always believed in the pure-blood ideology. It is very likely that he is the heir of Slytherin.”

Hermione was also thinking about this possibility. What Ron said makes sense. Judging from the current few clues and their bias, Draco was indeed the biggest suspect. But Harry didn’t listen to Ron’s guess at this time.

His eyes were lost, and all he could think about was the scene of Justin talking to Professor Forrest in front of him when he went to make up his homework after the last class before Halloween.

Ron and Hermione looked at each other and noticed something was wrong with Harry.

“What are you thinking about Harry?” Hermione asked suspiciously, “Do you know any other clues that we don’t know?”

Harry opened his mouth, hesitating to say something. But he was afraid that this would ruin Sherlock’s reputation. He didn’t think that Professor Forrest would be the person involved in this incident.

Thinking about it, he thought it was a coincidence that he wished Justin a happy Halloween at that time, but this incident happened the next day.

Ron saw Harry’s hesitation and said, “What do you have to hide from us? We helped you hide that strange voice you heard before.”

Harry knew that he shouldn’t hide it from Ron and Hermione, so he said what he was thinking.

After listening, Ron’s eyes widened.

“What? Are you suspecting that Professor Forrest is the real culprit behind this? You are crazy!”

Hermione also looked at Harry strangely, “It’s just a coincidence, Harry. Why do you think he’s related? Professor Forrest just said Justin the way people usually do it. Maybe there are other professors in other classes as well that bless him. We can’t use this as evidence, and we can’t doubt him because of that itself.”

Ron continued, “What’s more, Professor Forrest is a half-blood.”

Harry and Hermione’s eyes turned to him. Even if they didn’t need to speak, they could see that they were asking questions with their eyes about how Ron knew about it.

“I heard from George.” Ron explained.

“Not long after school started, George and Fred seemed to be taken away by Professor Forrest. They wrote something to Charlie to ask about Professor Forrest at Hogwarts before. At the time, I wanted to know if he was a trustworthy person.”

“Although Charlie and the professor are not in the same class or the same house. He had a very good reputation in the school. It is said that the love letters he receives every year can fill a whole cauldron.”

Ron looked envious, and Hermione urged impatiently, “We don’t want to hear how many love letters Professor Forrest received. Even though he is still very popular among the students now.”

“Charlie said that Professor Forrest is a half-blood, which is something almost everyone knows. His mother is a wizard and seems to have died when he was very young, and his father is a Duke in the Muggle world.”

Hermione and Harry looked at each other. They had lived in Muggle society for a long time, so they knew what a Duke in England meant.

“Professor Forrest is a son of a Duke?”

“But none of the dukes inherit the title has the surname Forrest?”

They didn’t think about this much. After all, no matter how powerful a Muggle Duke was, it wouldn’t have anything to do with wizards. However, the information that Professor Forrest is a half-blood basically ruled out the possibility that he was the culprit.

Harry scratched his head and said, “I didn’t doubt Professor Forrest. I just feel that it was a bit too coincidental.”

Ron and Hermione didn’t think that was the case. Compared to Professor Forrest, Draco was more suspicious. They continued to discuss their guesses and planned on knowing whether or not Draco was the heir. Hermione came up with something, but they ruled it out as it didn’t make sense.

 

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Published On: March 16, 2024

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