Due to time constraints, the four briefly talked about their situation with Arthur and his wife, and before they could ask in detail, they hurriedly carried their luggage and boarded the train.

At this time, it was less than two minutes before the departure time. Walking on the aisle of the room, the four of them found that most of the rooms were full, and they didn’t find an empty room until they were almost at the front of the car.

But it can’t be regarded as empty because there is already a person sitting there at this time. It was a strange adult wizard. He was wearing a tattered wizard robe, and there were even a few patches on the robe. He was leaning against the car window and sleeping soundly.

For some reason, although this strange male wizard fell asleep, he gave off a sickly feeling, as if he had no strength at all. Although he looked young, his light brown hair already showed a hint of graying.

“Sit here? It seems that there are not enough seats.”

The room has two rows of seats, which is usually just right for four people. If there are more, sitting is not impossible, but it will be a bit crowded.

“Just squeeze in.” Hermione was the first to go in and sat by the window opposite the sleeping man, followed by Ron, but before he sat down,

Hermione said in a deadpan voice, “Sit across from me! I’m going to discuss magic with Jerry on the way.”

“Well, I don’t want to learn magic before I go to school.” Upon hearing this, Ron immediately sat across from the sleeping man.

Jerry had to sit next to Hermione. Since the wizard is an adult and sleeps against the window, he occupies a relatively large portion. After Ron sat down, there was almost no space there.

So, Harry had to sit next to Jerry. However, it was still a little crowded for them to sit, making Jerry and Hermione stick a little tighter.

Other students who had just gotten into their room already wore their own robes, they hadn’t changed into their robes yet, and it was impossible to wear such clothes in their current situation.

Feeling that his body began to agitate again instinctively, Jerry quickly turned on “Refreshing”, and forcibly controlled his body to calm down. As for Hermione, who was sitting in the innermost seat, she turned her head and looked out of the window with a smug expression on her reddish little face.

Hermione will be thirteen in more than twenty days. Girls usually enter puberty at ten, and boys at twelve. So Hermione, at this time, will naturally have some age thoughts that normal girls should have.

“Can you move for a bit? Or I will go to another room to see if there are any empty seats.” Jerry whispered.

At eleven o’clock in the morning, with the sound of a siren, the Hogwarts Express train started slowly and gradually left the station, heading for the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry again.

“Who do you think is this person? Why is there an adult wizard on the train? I’ve heard from George that no normal passengers except the lady who sells snacks are accepted on this train.” Ron looked curiously at the sleeping man and asked everyone.

“He should be our new Defense Against the Dark Arts class professor this semester.” Jerry retracted his body and replied while trying not to touch Hermione.

“How do you know he’s our Defense Against the Dark Arts professor this semester?” There was a look of surprise on Ron’s face.

He admitted that Jerry was very smart, even beyond his imagination, but he couldn’t tell at a glance that he was the new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.

“It says on his box, Professor R.J. Lupin.” Hermione pointed to the box above the man’s head and explained to Ron.

“That doesn’t prove that he’ll be teaching for the Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson.”

“Ron, do you remember the newspaper you read a few days ago?” Harry reminded him.

Ron suddenly realized, “Is he really going to be our new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor? Can he really teach us like this? Why do I feel that he is not even as good as Professor Quirrell.”

A few days ago, the Daily Prophet officially reported that Gilderoy Lockhart, verified by the Aurors of the Ministry of Magic, was found guilty of multiple crimes and had all his property confiscated and sent to Azkaban, where he was detained for years.

Moreover, the report also pointed out that after Hogwarts learned that Lockhart had been convicted of the crime, he publicly dismissed Lockhart from his position as the professor of the new Defense Against the Dark Arts class.

They started to recruit new wizards from the wizarding world to serve as the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts. Now, a new professor they didn’t know at all appeared on the train.

“A wizard’s ability does not depend on his body, but his magical ability. I think he’s a powerful wizard.” Jerry spoke his mind.

Remus John Lupine, a person in the same class as Harry’s father and Professor Snape, has gone through the First Wizard War and is a core member of the Order of the Phoenix.

In terms of real strength, he may be slightly inferior to Snape, but he is definitely a first-class wizard in the wizarding world. At least much better than those Aurors in the Ministry of Magic.

Unexpectedly, the wizard who would come to teach next year because of him entered Hogwarts a year earlier.

However, it is also understandable that in such a short period of time, it was not so easy for Dumbledore to find a wizard who was willing and capable enough to be the professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts.

You know, there is a legend circulating in the wizarding world. That is, the position of Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts was cursed by the Dark Lord himself.

Although everyone does not believe such nonsense rumors on the surface, some people really believe that it was cursed, knowing each year the Defense Against Dark Arts professor has changed.

Moreover, Lupin seemed to have had a miserable time in the wizarding world because of his status as a werewolf. It seemed reasonable to ask him to come over as a professor in advance at this time.

The train galloped all the way, crossing the Muggle farmlands and towns, gradually entered the dense forest away from human habitation, and finally stopped in front of the Hogsmeade platform when the sky was getting dark.

Same as last year, Hagrid still held the magic lamp and shouted below for the first-year wizards to gather and go to the Black Lake to take the boat to the castle.

Jerry and the others, who are now in the second grade, walked out of Hogsmeade station, sat in a carriage pulled by Thestrals, and arrived at the castle hall ahead of schedule with a large number of wizards from the second to seventh grades.

Because this year, they are no longer new Hogwarts students.

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Published On: June 1, 2023

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