Four Broken Boys

Chapter 17

James had been planning this prank since the Christmas holidays. It was his perfect idea of fun and he knew it would confuse everyone in Griffyndor Tower. That night, before they went to bed, James gathered them all on the floor.

"What is this, circle time?" Asked Sirius.

"It's my prank!" James said excitedly.

At that word they all sat up a little straighter, eyes bright.

"So, I've got magic twenty-four hour super glue-" James started.

"And you want to stick all of the furniture of Griffyndoor Tower to the ceiling?" Remus interrupted.

James's mouth gaped open and close like a fish.

"It was obvious, really." Remus added.

"Wait a second, how are we going to get the furniture on the ceiling?" Sirius asked, seeing a flaw in the plan.

"Levitation charm?" Peter suggested.

"We can't, not with furniture that heavy and a ceiling that high." Remus said logically.

"Your 'amazing plan' has a few serious flaws James."

"How-how the hell did you all just know what I was thinking?!" He exclaimed.

"I'm a legilimence." Remus said matter-of-factly.

"Me too." Joined in Sirius.

"And me." Peter chipped in.

"You guys are weird." James said through narrowed eyes, getting into bed.

He turned the lights off and Peter broke the silence.

"What's a legilimence?"

For the rest of the month they were practising levitation charms on heavy objects. Well, heavier than feathers. They levitated books, bags, plates, chairs and even themselves (although that ended quite badly after Remus accidentally dropped Peter and James purposely dropped Sirius for when he bruised his arse) They seemed to be improving, although Sirius was the best by far. By the time it was almost the end of February, they'd all perfected the levitation charm and were now planning their prank.

By the end of February they were ready. That night they waited until everyone had gone to sleep then sneaked down the stairwell. James had his glue bottle in his hand, wand at the ready. He levitated a chair and got slightly distracted, letting it fall to the floor with a clang. They all winced at the sound ringing through the air.

"Why did you do that?!" Sirius hissed.

"I'm sorry!" James held up his hands in self-defense.

Remus rolled his eyes as he carefully took forgotten books and cups off the tables. He levitated one and turned it so the legs were facing the ceiling. He then gestured for James to put the glue onto the bottom of the legs. He sent it up until it had stuck to the ceiling. Smirking in satisfaction, Remus stuck the books and cups to the table as well, sticking them exactly how they'd been left. He thought he'd done a good job of it when James hit Sirius over the head with a chair.

"Oi!" He shouted a tad too loud.

"It was an accident!" James whispered while smirking.

"Little git." Muttered Sirius.

Their bickering made Peter lose his concentration and the vase that was hovering in mid-air fell and shattered against another table. They all winced, watching the shattered remains of the vase.

"I'm so sorry I-I lost concentration!" Peter whispered hurriedly.

"It's ok, anyway, it was their fault, they were having a petty argument." Remus pointed to James and Sirius.

"How do we repair the vase?"

"There's a spell for it...I just can't quite remember..." Remus trailed off for a few seconds. "Aha! Reparo."

The glass shards flew together and fused, completing the floral base again. Peter uttered a thanks and got back to levitating. It felt like hours, trying to get everything perfectly on the ceiling. For a while there was a long debate about what they should do about the fireplace. Sirius suggested they dig it out the ground and stick it to the ceiling as well. The rest just rolled their eyes affectionately (or, in Remus' case, out of experation) In the end they just moved a particularly grumpy portrait in front of the extinguished fire. Finally, after hours of work they crawled back into bed and were fast asleep, eager for the morning to come.

The whole of Griffyndoor Tower awoke to a somewhat pleasant surprise. It was almost like they'd stepped into a parallel world.

Everything in the common room was on the ceiling, even the forgotten books and cups. Even the portraits (in quite a bad mood) were upside down. Some younger years looked round in awe at this amazing change in their common room. Some seventh years just ignored it and kept on walking, they'd been at Hogwarts long enough to get used to all stuff that happens there.

As James, Sirius, Remus and Peter came out of their dorm they feigned surprise. Remus thought Sirius was overdoing it enough to get them found out. He uttered a few "Ohs!" And "Merlin's beard!" And also an "Oh my gosh!" The others just hissed at him to keep his cool.

"This is actually a very good bit of magic." Lily said, coming down the stairwell.

"Oh yes it is Evans." James smirked.

"I wasn't talking to you!" She yelled furiously.

Remus thought she had quite a short temper. Apparently her friends thought so too.

"Calm down Lily, he was only agreeing with you." Said Mary in her soft voice.

"Yes but the way he said it!" Lily protested.

"Come on Lily, he didn't do anything wrong." Marlene rolled her eyes.

"Yes but-but Potter! He's trying to annoy me! It's Potter Marlene!" Lily spluttered as her friends led her away.

"She loves me really." James said.

Remus snorted.

News of the Gryffindor common room traveled fast. By lunchtime everyone had heard about it and it was the latest subject of conversation. Although, no one knew who did it. The first years were just in awe at this new, wondrous Hogwarts.

The glue that James had only lasted a few hours, that was the last part of their plan. During dinner they went back up to Griffyndoor Tower without anyone noticing. They then waited for the hours on the glue to run our and let everything fall to the floor. It took quite a few reparo charms but they managed to return everything to its rightful place.

"Why did we have to miss dinner?" Peter groaned.

"Because it's part of my master plan!" James replied.

"But how will we eat?" Remus asked.

"Let's go to the kitchens!" Sirius exclaimed.

"Where!" Remus said, annoyed.

"I...I...I don't know." Sirius failed to find an answer.

"Come on guys! This is for our prank! One of many!" James tried to cheer them up, even though he was hungry too.

They all sighed. "You're plan has many flaws James" They said.

When the Gryffindors returned to their common room there was some confusion among them. Some were confused as to if everything was really on the ceiling in the first place. The first years wondered if this kind of thing always happens at Hogwarts when the seventh years just walked past, unfazed.

Peter was really starting to regret not going down to dinner and getting some food. His stomach rumbled loudly as they got ready for bed.

"I'm so hungry." Sirius moaned.

"I wish I got food." Peter said, more to himself than the others.

"Come on guys!" James said, bringing them out of their mood. "It was worth it! Did you see the look on their faces?"

"You plan had it's flaws James, but it was funny seeing Aurora's face of shock." Remus smiled.

"You know, if we keep on pranking like this, we should have a name!" James said excitedly.

Sirius jumped off his bed into a stance with a wild grin. "The Hogwarts pranksters!" He exclaimed.

Peter looked at him, lips tugging into a grin "That's so bad." He said in disbelief.

"No no no," James waved his arms about extravagantly. "Hogwarts mystery!"

"Why would you even consider that?" Remus sighed.

"Hogwarts bad boys!"

"Kids of Hogwarts!"

"Hogwarts huggers!"

"Arrogant prats?" Remus suggested.

"Maybe don't have the name Hogwarts in it." Peter suggested

Remus muttered something to himself while James scratched his head thoughtfully.

"The Fearsome Foursome!" Sirius shouted triumphantly to groans of exasperation.

They sat in silence for a while, buried deep in their own weird (and not so wonderful) thoughts.

"Aha!" Remus shouted suddenly, making them all jump. "The Marauders!"

"The what?" They all said, bewildered.

"To maraud, it means to cause trouble."

"We cause trouble!" James said excitedly.

"Congratulations Sherlock." Remus replied dryly.

"It sounds cool." Peter agreed.

"That will be it then!" Sirius grinned. " We are The Marauders!"