Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry: Romance Awareness Challenge
Task - Write about someone casting a spell (or getting a spell cast) to find their soulmate. / (Event) Yule Ball (bonus 5 points)'
Are You Crazy Enough to Do It Challenge
Prompt - 543. (theme) First kiss
Harry stared at Cho as she danced with Cedric. He glared at the couple. She was supposed to be with him. It wasn't fair.
Parvati had already left him to dance with one of the boys from Beauxbatons, but he didn't blame her. He knew he was being a lousy date, but he couldn't help it.
Someone sat down next to him, and he blinked at the sight of Ginny. "What's up?":
"Do you really want to know if you're supposed to be with Cho?"
"I know I'm supposed to be with Cho."
Ginny arched an eyebrow. "Well, there's a surefire way to find out. It's called the soulmate spell. When you do it, a line will form out of your wand and connect to your soulmate's wand."
Harry swallowed. "Is it hard to do?"
"Even first years can do it," Ginny said.
"Why doesn't everyone do it then?"
The professors, and most of the parents, believe one should fall in love the natural way instead of trying to form emotions based on what a spell says. That's why it's not taught in class. All Pure-bloods know about it, and my mum actually taught all of us the incantation and wand movement. She thought we had a right to decide if we wanted to know or not. Bill, Charlie, and Percy haven't done it, but Fred and George have. Ron hasn't decided yet if he wants to do it."
Ginny blushed. "I want to, and I know who I hope is my soulmate, but I haven't had the courage to actually do it yet. I can still show you it, though. And if Cho is your soulmate, your wand will connect to hers."
Harry nodded. "Let's do it."
Ginny took his hand and pulled him out of the Great Hall where couples happily danced. When they were alone, she faced him. "The incantation is Ani-ma-mate. You point your wand downwards and then twist it in a circle counter-clockwise. Then you point the wand at yourself, and then you point it outwards, away from you."
Harry took a step back. He took a deep breath and said, "Ani-ma-mate!" He followed Ginny's directions on wand movement, and he watched as a bright red line formed out of his wand.
He expected it to disappear into the Great Hall, but instead, the line ran right into Ginny's wand, connecting them.
He blinked. "Um..."
Ginny laughed nervously. "That's what I hoped would happen if I ever did the spell, but I still find it unbelievable that my wish came true."
"We're soulmates?" he asked.
"I guess so."
The two of them never went back to the Yule Ball. Instead, they found a non-moving staircase, sat down, and talked. They really got to know each other. Not just as a girl and her brother's best friend, or a boy and his best friend's little sister, but as soulmates who might end up dating some day.
And when the night drew to a close, they walked side-by-side back to the Gryffindor common room. And in front of the smiling Fat Lady, they kissed chastely on the lips. It was quick, but it made their cheeks burn.
They entered and quickly said good night to each other, unable to believe the weird turn the evening took.
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