Poor Harry. You can't help but feel for him, especially when he has
every bit as much right to celebrate his and Ginny's anniversary on
Saturday as Ron and I do. Still, while his attempts to be subtle have
improved over the years, he was trying to trick me, Hermione, Queen of
Subtle Witches, into giving up the chance to spend the night with Ron.
walked back to the Ministry after our lunch together, my mind churning
as I thought of the coming weekend. I'd be spending some meaningful
time with Ron. Very meaningful, if everything went according to plan.
And my sources lead me to believe that it will.
I think I've
been spending too much time with the twins, or at least their
girlfriends, Angelina and Alicia. Apparently the twins always refer to
sex as 'something for the weekend' when they're having 'manly'
discussions with Ron and Harry that their girlfriends shouldn't
interrupt. Wherever that peculiar phrase came from, it has rather
lodged in my mind and I've been anticipating this particular weekend
for some months now.
I can't imagine sometimes why it is that
Harry is so very dense. He knows that I helped his girlfriend research
Contraceptive Charms - when she was fifteen! I think Ginny has
inherited her mother's attitude to sex - and yet it never seems to have
occurred to him that I might have been interested as well.
sure Harry would be shocked if he ever realised that I was probably the
first of the four of us to begin thinking about, well, something for
the weekend. I can pinpoint the moment exactly: Seeing Viktor Krum in
his swimming trunks.
Oh, I never really thought about sleeping
with Viktor, of course. I was fourteen at the time, and I didn't really
know what sex was all about. Hogwarts never had a formal family
planning class either, but it was generally accepted that sometime
during a girl's time there, she would make her way along to either
Madam Pomfrey or - bizarrely - Madam Pince. She could then get some
useful tips and a few potions of the 'just add water' type that made
certain times of the month rather more bearable.
But I digress. It was Viktor who first made me think about what boys - oh, very well, what Ron
- had under his robes. While I certainly never acted on those thoughts
until I was a good deal older, of late it has become more and more
obvious that Ron and I have been building towards a weekend of our own.
Harry, I'm sorry, you're like a brother to me, but I wouldn't give this
up for anyone. I'm nineteen years old and I'm ready to take the next
step with my boyfriend.
And I really don't want you in the next room when I do it.
when I take the next step, that is. Although as I suppose that does
involve Ron and I 'doing it', then I don't want you around when I 'do
Oh, Merlin, so much for being sensible about this. . .
I want to make love to Ron, I want us to do it for the first time on
Saturday evening and I don't want Harry Potter to get in the way.
There, I said it.
But the problem is, I don't want Ron to know
that I know. It's all been something of a game, and Ron's not very good
about discussing this sort of thing. We've never actually put into
words this feeling we have, this readiness. I'm blushing just at the
thought of it. It will all be so much easier when we actually, well, do
There really must be a better way of describing it then that.
it makes sense. It was so much easier to talk about our feelings once
we were both certain we had them. That first kiss unlocked a lot of
discussions that we probably should have had long before then, but it
was perfect, just perfect, and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
now we've reached another point where I can't say what I want, and Ron
won't say what he wants. But he knows, he has to know, and I know that he knows from some of the things that Angelina has said about his discussions with Fred.
would be mortified to know that I know everything that he talks about
with Fred and George. I understand that George tells Alicia everything
that Harry asks about as well, and Alicia in turn tells Ginny. I don't
know if the twins are aware of this arrangement, but I wouldn't be
So long as Harry and Ron don't find out, everything will be fine.
What we really need, of course, is some way of sending Harry and Ginny off for the weekend. Of course, Dobby
has more money than Harry nowadays - even if Dobby is still only on one
Galleon a week - and all of Ginny's money goes on, well, stuff. She
doesn't earn much, and she spends it all immediately.
not saying that I'm much better, of course, but I do try and save a
little each month. Of course, I spend rather a lot on S.P.E.W., but
it's worth every Knut. Regardless of what Harry believes, though, I
don't have very much left over at the end of the month, so I can't
exactly pay for them to spend the evening in Hogsmeade.
what I can work out, though, I think Ginny was rather hoping for
something special on Saturday. I do feel a little bad for disrupting
Harry's plans, but he still has a lot to learn about romance and he
really can't keep leaving things to the last minute anymore. He's been
lucky so far, never more so than on Ginny's last birthday, but his luck
had to run out eventually. Either Harry will think of some way around
this in the next three days or he'll learn a valuable lesson.
way, I'll be blocking the Floo at Ron and Harry's flat on Saturday
night. I don't want anyone calling at an unwelcome moment. And if Ron
is actually thinking what I think - and hope - he's thinking, then any
point after the door shuts could be an unwelcome moment on Wednesday.
would you look at that? I've been back in the office for nearly an
hour, and I've not done a scrap of work. This is all Ron's fault,
obviously. How am I supposed to concentrate when all I can think of is
Oh, I am sorry. I do rather get carried away when I think about Ron. I must concentrate more. I was talking about the weekend, wasn't I?
remember now. I was going to talk about Angelina and Alicia, and how
much help they've been to Ginny and I. They've been with the twins for
years now, and while they don't go into detail about what they've done,
I don't think that they keep many secrets from one another. Ginny and
myself have benefited from their experience many times and it's
wonderful to have such good friends. I don't think Ron always
appreciates his elder brothers - even Percy, sometimes - offering him
advice on his love life, and I know that Harry still feels as though
Molly and Arthur get to hear everything that he and Ginny get up to.
Besides, he can't really ask for too much advice from Ginny's brothers,
Angelina plays Quidditch for the Kenmare Kestrels
these days, so I'm never entirely sure if she's around or not. Ron very
kindly gave me a complete Quidditch season planner for my birthday last
week, though, and it even shows when a team is supposed to be training.
Happily, Angelina wasn't with the team that evening, so I popped my
head into the fireplace and called the flat that she and Alicia are
sharing with Katie Bell. Happily, Angelina and Alicia were both there.
Angelina said, grinning widely. Angelina is a lot happier these days.
Becoming a professional Quidditch player has vindicated all the hard
work she put into the game at Hogwarts. Alicia waved in greeting. She's
working for the Daily Prophet nowadays as a reporter. She's
teamed up with Colin Creevey and they've managed several front-page
stories as writer and photographer. I was very lucky to catch both the
girls at home.
"What can we do for you?" Angelina asked. Alicia already had a quill in her hand, ready to take notes.
there any advice that you can give me for Saturday night?" I said. We'd
had this discussion at least twice before, but the girls are always
very understanding about it.
"Relax, be ready to laugh -"
"- Not at him, though -"
"- and don't forget that it's all about how much you love each other. That's the important thing."
feel better instantly. They're right, of course they're right. On that
horrible day after my fourth year when Mum sat me down for The Talk,
the one thing I feel happy remembering is her stressing that love
should come before sex. I feel really terrible saying it, but when I
look at someone like Pansy Parkinson who got pregnant in her final year
only for Goyle to turn out to be a Death Eater. . . Well, I don't think
that there was much love in their relationship.
But with Ron,
I know I love him. I know he loves me, too. Not just because he says he
does, but also all the countless things he does that show it. He's
spent so much time learning about house-elves and Muggles and
everything he thinks he needs to be able to be with me and even though
I tell him over and over that he doesn't need to do these things, he
And that's just one reason I love him.
that's why on Saturday I'll be wearing something very definitely
Muggle-made and designed purely to show him how much I love him and how
much I want to do for him.
Back to the matter at hand, though.
"It's actually another problem I wanted advice on," I said, drawing myself back to the conversation.
"Another one?" Angelina asked in mock horror. Alicia laughed, and dipped her quill in an inkpot.
"It's Harry and Ginny. It's their anniversary tomorrow," I said. "Harry's trying to convince Ron to give up the flat on Saturday."
"And you'd rather he didn't?" Alicia asked, looking up from the parchment with a wicked grin on her face.
I didn't reply, just gave her a look. She laughed, and shook her head.
get the idea," she said. "I remember what I was like in your position.
I nearly hexed Fred one day when he suggested we all go out on the
evening that George and I. . . "
She tailed off, and coloured slightly as Angelina sniggered.
"I feel bad for them," I said. "Ginny deserves something special and Harry, well. . ."
was my turn to tail off, but the girls nodded understandingly. Harry,
for all his wonderful points, is a bit lacking in romance. He really
doesn't have a clue how to make a girl feel special. We've tried
dropping some hints, but it's going to take a really big shock to make
him get the message, I think. Only Ginny can really give him that jolt,
and she's been very patient so far.
I admit that I have an
ulterior motive in that I want them far, far away from the flat on
Saturday, but I can free two house-elves with one speech, can't I?
tossed a few ideas around, but nothing really fit the event. Although
Ginny enjoys Quidditch, I don't think free tickets to Angelina's match
on Saturday would be quite the thing. A meal at a fancy restaurant was
really out of the question as neither Ginny nor Harry has two Sickles
to rub together, as I've already mentioned. For the same reason, we
couldn't exactly arrange for them to spend the night at a hotel
Eventually, Alicia threw her quill down in frustration.
is this anniversary so important, anyway?" she said, scraping a hand
back through her long, glossy hair. "They come and go, you know? It's
Harry who should be trying to work out what to do, not us!"
"I imagine he is," Angelina said. "But we owe Ginny."
I think Saturday night was special for a reason," I said quietly. I
didn't know for certain, but Ron and Harry tend to think along the same
lines, even though I'm certain they'd not discussed this at all.
Alicia's eyes widened as she caught my meaning, and Angelina covered her mouth with her hand as she got it too.
"You think that Harry and Ginny. . ."
"Ron and he really do do everything together, don't they?"
I laughed. I hadn't thought of that, but it is true.
"Someone will need to tell Harry that he's got to do something special," Alicia said, firmly.
would be mortified if I said anything," I said. "He's very private
about things like this. He'd probably give up any plans of going
further with Ginny for the next year."
"Just imagine how happy
that'd make her brothers," Angelina said, wryly. "I know that Charlie
and Percy in particular aren't looking forward to the day that Ginny
gives them proof that she's not a little girl anymore."
if Percy and Charlie won't help, Ron's dead set against giving up the
flat and Bill's away in Egypt at the moment, there's only one thing for
it," Alicia said, smiling wickedly.
"I know," I said. "It will certainly make the evening memorable. Now, who's going to be the one to tell Fred and George?"