Ares was sitting on the Hogwarts Express with his best friends. It was the start of their fourth year and Ares was planning on finding a way to bring his father back by the end of the year so they could take down Dumbledore and his father and step mother could reunite. Ares considered Raven Mallow his step mom and Gemini his brother even though his father and Raven hadn’t been married when Dumbledore had kidnapped her. Moony, Sirius, Regulus, Raven and Gemini had been living at Riddle Manor after Ares had found them in the Forbidden Forest though he had punished Moony for harming Claw. Ares had gone to the Qudditch World Cup and spent time with each of his future wives at their respective homes. He had also taken up the Naga Lordship. The last murder he planned on committing in his life was Dumbledore’s.
“What do you think is going to happen this year Ares?” Hermione asked.
“I’m going to resurrect my father by the end of fourth year and we’ll take down Dumbledore. That has been my plan ever since father was killed by Dumbledore after I beat Weasel in that duel. Dumbledore may have thought father died but he didn’t. He has Horcruxes with him that keep his soul anchored to this plane. As long as they aren’t destroyed he can’t die.”
“That’s smart,” Draco said.
“No that’s stupid,” Ares said. “Horcruxes are the most dangerous dark magic one can commit because you have to murder innocents, children, in order to split your soul. Father split his soul seven times.”
“Are you sure you’re allowed to tell us this?” Indigo asked worried. “Won’t the Dark Lord torture you for telling us his secret of immortality?”
“My father is not the man that Dumbledore and the light portray him to be. He’d never harm his own son. I will be reuniting all the shattered pieces of his soul into his body so he can be whole again during the process of bringing him back to life.”
The journey to Hogwarts passed swiftly and before they knew it they had entered a carriage and were on their way to Hogwarts for the welcoming feast. The new first years followed Hagrid down to the boats for the traditional sail across the lake where they’d be met by Professor McGonagall. It was raining when they arrived and Ares thanked his lucky stars that he wasn’t a first year anymore though he was anxious to get inside and cast a drying charm on himself.
Finally they arrived at the doors to Hogwarts. Ares and his friends made their way over to the Ravenclaw table and sat down while waiting for the welcoming feast to begin. All the upper years finally took their seats and began chatting while they waited for the first years and the sorting to begin. The doors opened to reveal a group of scared first years led by Proffesor McGonagall who was carrying a scroll. She led the students up between the Gryffindor and Hufflepuff tables and made the students stand in a line in front of the staff table. “When I call your name please come to sit on the tool and go to your house table after you are sorted.”
The sorting took place. Hufflepuff got six, Ravenclaw four, Gryffindor five, and Slytherin three. “Eighteen students this year. They seem to getting smaller and smaller,” Ares said. “Probably due to the first war.”
It was then that Ares noticed a new person at the staff table. Dumbledore stood up. “Welcome back to Hogwarts for second years and up and welcome to our new first years. This year Quidditch will be canceled,” there was outrage at this and Dumbledore fired off firecrackers to get silence once again, “and will instead be replaced with the Triwizard Tournament. Mr. Filch please bring in the Goblet of Fire,” Dumbledore said to Filch. Filch went into a side room and came back with a covered object and dragged it to the center of the room in front of the staff table facing the students. Dumbledore flicked his wand and the curtains slid shut on the windows and the candles dimmed. He waved his wand at the cover and it flew off to reveal an ancient silver goblet with blue burning fire.
“This is the Goblet of Fire. And the man next to me is Ludo Bagman, head of the International Magical Games Department at the Ministry of Magic as well as one of the judges for the Triwizard Tournament. Mr. Bagman will explain the rules of the tournament.”
The man next to him stood up. “Thank you Albus. My name is Ludo Bagman and I am head of the International Magical Games Department and will be one of four judges on the tournament. The Triwizard Tournament has been around for centuries until it was banned in 1792 due to the rising death toll. It is a competition between three schools and each school will choose a champion to compete in the tournament for the glory of 100 galleons and the Triwizard Cup! This year Hogwarts will be host to the schools of Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. The Triwizard Tournament is traditionally three events but this year it will be nine. Because of the dangers of the Triwizard Tournament students will have to be seventeen or older to compete. If you are interested in submitting your name for the Tournament then on a piece of parchment write your name, school, and the year you are in and put it into the cup. On Halloween we will draw the champions. The Cup will be in the Entrance Hall for all students interested in submitting their names. I warn you that these tasks will be dangerous and if you are chosen you cannot back out so think wisely if you wish to join.”
Dumbledore grinned internally. He would enter Harry Potter into the tournament so that when Voldemort was resurrected he could kill them both and gain more support and loyal followers of the light. Nobody ever needed to know that he was really darker than Grindelwald or Voldemort. Yes the tournament couldn’t come at a more important time.