Such a marvelous day! Hogwarts had reopened after Voldemort's defeat; the Great Hall was once again filled with chattering children.
Amidst this happy confusion, one man rose from his seat, evoking instant silence. Hermione Granger also stood, her emerald engagement ring ample explanation for her pleased expression and the imminent announcement.
"There is something I wish to say," he intoned, "that I have wanted to say for quite some time." He glanced at Hermione with an interesting smile. "And it is this:
"Fifty bloody points from Slytherin!"
"Thank you." He nodded and swept from the Hall, Hermione at his side.
originally scribed 1/16/07