History Recap / HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFireC25TheEggAndTheEye

4th Apr '17 2:40:56 PM JohnPrestwick
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Harry decides to go to investigate the egg in a prefect bathroom at night, so he is less likely to be disturbed. He ventures out in one of his many forbidden night-time wanderings, with the Cloak and Marauder's Map to help stay hidden. He enters the magnificent bathroom, which has a swimming-pool sized bath and a plethora of taps with various magical properties. He fills it and prepares to take the bath. He's then rather taken aback to find that Moaning Myrtle has come into the room. She insists she wasn't looking while he undressed.

Harry opens the egg underwater and dives beneath it. Instead of screaming, this time he hears singing. It's a choir of eerie voices singing, saying that they "cannot sing above the ground". They say that "We've taken what you'll sorely miss" and that he will have an hour to retake it or it will be gone and "won't come back". Harry realises that the song is the voice of merpeople who live below the Hogwarts lake, and Moaning Myrtle says this is correct. Harry is left wondering how he's supposed to breathe if he has to go down to the bottom of the lake, given that he can hardly even swim.

He heads back to his dormitory. While checking the Marauder's Map, he is surprised to "Bartemius Crouch" in Snape's office. It seems unbelievable. If Mr Crouch is apparently ill, why is he sneaking into Hogwarts in the middle of the night? He decides to investigate. On the way down some stairs, he trips over a vanishing step and the Map and egg go flying out of his hands. The egg is knocked open and wails loudly. Filch and Snape arrive to investigate. Filch thinks that Peeves stole the egg. Snape says that someone has broken into his office, and that Peeves could not have broken in to the office.

Moody joins them to ask what's going on. Harry realises with horror that Moody can see through the Cloak. Snape is reluctant to reveal that someone has broken into his office, and reveals that Moody himself has done the same thing. Moody spots the Map and picks it up before Snape can have a look at it. [[Recap/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkabanC14SnapesGrudge Snape already knows Harry owns a suspicious-looking piece of parchment]] so he then guesses Harry must be out of bed. Moody chides Snape for being so quick to blame Harry. Filch and Snape depart, leaving the egg and Map with Moody.

It turns out Moody is deliberately helping Harry escape. He then chats to Harry in private and investigates the Map. He asks Harry if he saw who broke into Snape's office and Harry says it was Mr Crouch. Moody checks the map and says he can't see Crouch on there. Moody is unsure why Crouch would want to break into Snape's office, though he notes that Crouch has long been obsessed with catching Dark Wizards. He and Harry both note that there have been a string of suspicious events lately, ever since the Quidditch World Cup. He asks Harry if he can borrow the map. Concluding that he truly owes Moody a favour, Harry reluctantly agrees. As they part ways, Moody suggests to Harry that he should consider becoming an Auror.
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