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Eoin Armati

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Eoin was still not very pleased to once again be back at Hogwarts. The break just seemed to feel shorter and shorter every single year and he never felt as though he had enough time to be back with his family again. And he hated it. He hated being away from his normal life, the life his siblings were leading instead of him. Eoin would honestly give anything to just go back to how things were before he learned he was a wizard and could do magic before he learned that any of this nonsense was actually real. Unfortunately, he had yet to find a way to permanently turn back time, so he was simply stuck in this life he hated and the school he still felt no fondness for.

One of the best ways of passing the time was tutoring, however. Though he might hate performing magic, the theory side of things was still something he was interested in. Once again he found himself waiting on Weston to arrive, a couple of textbooks sat next to him on the ground as he sat crossed-legged under a tree near the edge of the water. He had thought that getting outside would be nice, a change from being stuck in the library or the common room. Now all he needed was the arrival of the other boy and they could get started.

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There were a lot of things Weston hadn't missed about Hogwarts while on break — the trick stairs, the endless essays, and yes, the tutoring sessions. But he had missed hanging out with Eoin, so he wasn't going to complain too much about the early session they'd scheduled this week. He also knew objectively that it was a good idea to get a session in before classes started. There was a lot he'd forgotten over the break. It wasn't even his fault. If adults really wanted kids to keep up with their studies over the break, they would make underage magic legal.

Weston was also looking forward to this week's tutoring session because he and Eoin had agreed to meet outside. Normally, Weston preferred being indoors, but he wasn't going to pass up a chance to be near the lake, not when he was so close to catching sight of the man-eating eel. He figured he could keep an eye on the lake while they studied. So when he found that Eoin was practically sitting at the water's edge, Weston grinned. "Hi Eoin!" he chirped as he sat down, angling himself towards the lake. "What are we going over today?" He spotted the textbooks and made a face. "Can we do some spells?" Weston knew he didn't really need the spell practice, but maybe he could delay the theory stuff just a bit.
 

Eoin Armati

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He ended up not having to wait for long until his classmate arrived, glancing up from where he had been staring out at the water to offer the other boy a small smile as he sat himself down. While Eoin wouldn't really say he and Weston were friends (they never actually hung out outside these tutoring sessions), he certainly didn't mind the other boy's company so much. Even if sometimes trying to tutor him could end up taking much longer than Eoin would have liked.

"Weston," he greeted in a casual manner as he shifted his sitting position slightly, moving a couple of his textbooks a little closer to him. He had opened his mouth to respond to the question, but Weston was already following up with another one and Eoin frowned slightly. That might be a problem seeing as he had left his own wand in his trunk were it was most likely going to stay for the majority of the year. "Depends on what spell you wanted to practice. I don't have my wand on me."
 

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Weston's grin grew even wider when Eoin smiled back. The other boy was always so serious that sometimes even Weston had doubts that they were actually friends. Which was ridiculous. Because who wouldn't want to be his friend? Plus, they lived together and hung out every week during their tutoring sessions, which automatically made them friends in Weston's mind. Still, he considered the small smile to be progress.

At Eoin's question, Weston froze as he had clearly not thought this far ahead. "Uh... everything?" Going through every spell they had ever learned would certainly delay things. But he also knew it would be a waste of time. And besides, spell practice would be difficult if Eoin didn't have his wand with him. Speaking of which... "Why don't you have your wand with you?" he asked, baffled. In their classes, Eoin always seemed prepared. It was strange that he'd forgotten his wand.
 

Eoin Armati

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'Everything' was a rather broad scope when it came to magic and Eoin just sighed ever so slightly. It would have been useful if Weston had a specific spell he needed help with or at least a subject they could focus on. This was not going to be as easy as he imagined it would be. Then again, he shouldn't have been expecting it to be easy considering that Weston was not really the best when it came to retaining information. Not like Eoin was, anyway. But he supposed that was why Weston was the one who needed the tutoring.

"Because I do not plan on doing any magic," he responded easily without even thinking about it. There was no point in carrying his wand around with him for absolutely no reason when he never had any plans of using it. Even in situations where a levitation charm or unlocking spell could come in useful, he'd still rather solve the problem the muggle way. "Anyhow," moving on from why he didn't have his wand, "Was there a spell you wanted to practice the most? You can still attempt it and I can offer pointers."
 

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Weston frowned in confusion. "Like, ever?" Even if Weston didn't have any specific plans to use magic that day, he always carried his wand with him during the school year. Who knew when he needed a light or a summoning charm? Magic made things easier. And it was just what wizards did. They carried wands. Even his mum, who lived in the muggle world and almost never used magic, still carried her wand around.

"Ummm..." Weston glanced around, momentarily distracted by Eoin's question. Transfiguration had been tough last year, and if there were any spells he needed to work on, it was those. But it wasn't like they had a tea kettle out here. "Statua. Or animare. Or any of the Transfiguration ones," he said. If anyone could figure out how to practice those spells out here by the lake, it was Eoin. Maybe the other boy could conjure a kettle or a chipmunk out of thin air to practice on. Or he could — wait, Eoin hadn't brought his wand. "Why don't you want to do magic?" Weston asked, unable to drop the subject, if only because he was now intensely curious. Plus the less time they spent studying, the better.
 

Eoin Armati

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Eoin just sighed, "Not if I can help it, no." No one was actually going to understand why he didn't want to use magic. Most people he happened to share that information with just thought he was a weirdo. Not to mention that information just opened to door for Purists and those who thought he didn't belong in the magical world to come forward and start insulting him. Even if he was inclined to agree with them about where he actually belonged.

At least he was making some progress with Weston and what subject he actually wanted to try and focus on instead of just 'magic' in general. Transfiguration spells, however, usually needed something to actually transfigure to practice on, which he didn't really have in his possession out here by the lake. "Right," he hummed, looking around him for a moment to see if there was anything around them they could use for practice. But then Weston was speaking again and Eoin's eyes found the other boy from behind his glasses. Once again he sighed. "I just... don't like doing it. I don't want to learn it. I don't even want to be at Hogwarts."
 

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Eoin's answer was not clearing anything up. "But... why?" Weston asked, unable to comprehend how someone could dislike doing magic. "It's not like doing magic hurts you." Getting hit by magic could hurt, but not doing it. For a second, Weston wondered if Eoin was bad at magic before realizing that didn't make any sense. He was probably the smartest person in their year. There was a reason he was tutoring Weston, after all.

He vaguely remembered Eoin not being thrilled to be at Hogwarts the first night, back when they had been first years. But that was two years ago, and Weston was shocked to hear that Eoin still felt that way. "But... but... Hogwarts is great. We go to school in a castle. We have feasts and giant parties and there are magical creatures everywhere and we even get to pick our own classes." He'd grown up listening to his mum's stories about Hogwarts and counting down the days until he got to attend. The school had lived up to his wildest expectations. How could Eoin not want to be here? Weston glanced around, looking for more reasons to list. "We even have a forest with centaurs and a lake with a man-eating eel," he said, gesturing out towards the water. "How many schools can say that?"
 

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As he suspected, Weston didn't seem to understand where he was coming from and Eoin just sighed. "For a large variety of reasons I'd rather not go into," it was a rather long list of reasons as to why he didn't like doing magic and wanted absolutely nothing to do with it if he could help it. The moment he was actually out of Hogwarts he really wouldn't be surprised if he stored his wand away and simply never touched it again. Then he could live the nice and normal life he wanted for himself away from all these weird magical things.

In his opinion, no, Hogwarts was not very great. Actually, it was rather the opposite. It also pulls me away from my family for most of the year, I hate parties, don't really care about feasts and you also get to pick your classes at a muggle school." So he didn't really think any of those points pained Hogwarts in a better light in the slightest. And when Weston brought up the Forbidden forest with creatures in there that could kill them as a good thing, Eoin did have his arguments ready. But what he said about the eel instead grabbed his attention and he blinked. "The eel is not man-eating. There is no such thing as a man-eating eel."
 

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"Okay, but what are the reasons?" he asked, wondering why Eoin was so hesitant to explain his dislike for magic. Weston started to get some sense of those reasons, however, as Eoin kept talking. He had to admit that the family point was reasonable though the others left him even more confused. "You don't like parties or feasts?" he asked, now truly baffled. It was as if Eoin had said he disliked fun. How could one dislike magical decorations and endless plates of delicious food? "Yeah, but in muggle school, you have to be older to pick your classes." At least he was pretty sure that was how it worked. Every time he'd complained about doing maths at home, his parents had told him to be grateful he could stop once he attended Hogwarts since muggle students had to continue taking the subject until they were 16.

Now it was Weston's turn to blink at Eoin. "Yeah there is. Haven't you heard about the eel? It's really big, bigger than regular eels, and it lives in the middle of the lake. That's why you're not supposed to swim out far, cause it sometimes eats people." He had assumed that everyone knew about the eel. People were always talking about it, and some kids had even claimed that they'd seen it. But maybe Eoin had spent so much time studying that he'd completely missed out on the eel rumors.
 

Eoin Armati

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"I just said I would rather not get into it," he responded rather shortly as Weston tried to press him for more information on his apparant hate for magic and the magical world. The other boy wouldn't understand no matter how much Eoin tried to tell him about it, so it just wasn't worth the bother as far as he was concerned. "Perhaps, but at least at Muggle school I would actually enjoy the classes and wouldn't mind continuing them for longer," unlike with Hogwarts where he had ended up dropping most of his classes because he got absolutely no joy from performing magic, brewing potions or dealing with any more screaming plants.

Eoin just blinked back, "Yes, I know about the eel. I've even seen it. But it's not man-eating, that's ridiculous." Honestly, what kind of stupid rumours were going around this school? "It's just a normal eel, it probably has a normal diet as well of smaller fish, snails and worms and whatever else it can find in the lake."
 

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Weston flinched as Eoin's tone sharpened. "Okay, sorry, you were just being vague," he said. He was still kind of confused, but he decided to drop it now that it was clear Eoin was annoyed. Weston didn't understand Eoin's aversion to the Hogwarts classes either, but he suspected it was tied up to the whole disliking magic issue. "What about History of Magic? I thought you liked that one." Eoin was so good at the class that he had to like it. Weston couldn't see how anyone could do that well without having an interest in the material.

When Eoin mentioned he'd seen the eel, Weston's mouth fell open, and he leaned forward. His excitement was short lived, however. "You must've seen a different eel. The man-eating one is supposed to be really big. Like, really big," he said, gesturing wildly with his hands. "It's definitely not normal. It's probably magical. Did you know someone once died in the lake? I bet they got attacked by the eel." The death of a student in the lake was one of the creepier legends at Hogwarts, and he had no doubt it was linked to the mysterious creature. "Hey, do you think there's more than one man-eating eel in the lake?" he mused, looking out over the water. "It's got to have a family." That made sense to Weston. The eel couldn't have materialized out of nowhere.
 

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Eoin sighed, "Yeah, there was a reason for that." He was being vague because he didn't want to talk about it, he would have thought that was obvious. Apparently not. Maybe he should walk around with a sign telling people that he'd rather not have that conversation if he could help it. And then Weston asked about History of Magic and Eoin shrugged, "Finding something interesting and actually enjoy it are two different things." Sure, he found the subject matter interesting to learn and study about, but that didn't really mean he enjoyed learning about it.

"No, trust me, I have seen the only eel in the lake and it is most certainly not man-eating. There is no such thing as a man-eating eel." That was clearly just some stupid rumour someone was spreading. Probably one of the older students who thought it would trick some gullible first year and make them scared of the lake or some such nonsense. "And the student that died had nothing to do with the eel. I heard he just got his foot trapped and drowned or something."
 

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Weston wasn't sure he understood the difference. If you found something interesting, wouldn't you automatically enjoy learning more about it? He was tempted to ask, but the conversation turned to much more exciting matters. "Yeah, but how do you know? What if you just saw a normal eel?" Weston assumed that if Eoin had seen the eel, he would be much more enthused than he was now. He shook his head, unsure if Eoin had understood him. "Regular eels might not eat people, but this is a special eel. It's supposed to be really big and it could be magical. It has to eat something big to keep up its size." And people were the logical answer. There was nothing else that big that ventured into the lake, aside from the mermaids. Maybe the eel also ate merpeople?

He was surprised to hear that Eoin knew about the student who died. "Are you sure they weren't attacked by the eel?" Weston asked with a frown. "Maybe that's what trapped him!" Everything was starting to fit together. The drowning, the large eel sightings, all those warnings not to venture too deep into the lake — it all made sense when one considered the possibility that there was a magical, man-eating creature lurking in the waters.
 

Eoin Armati

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Was Weston really this stupid? Or was he having to work at it? He had been sorted into Ravenclaw, so you did have to think he did have at least some intelligence, but at the moment, he was failing to show any. Eoin really didn't know why the other boy was so convinced that there was some mythical man-eating eel in the lake. Whoever was telling people this story needed a punch in the face. "I have been studying the lake extensively for the past two years in my free time and I assure you that there is only one giant eel in the lake and it is most certainly not man-eating." He was quite sure if there was some man-eating giant eel then he would have seen it by now. Or been eaten by it from how much time he had spent in the water.

Eoin rolled his eyes again, "Yes I'm sure. I asked a Professor about it in my first year. They just got their foot trapped between some rocks or something. The eel had nothing to do with it. If the eel was responsible, do you really think it would still be allowed to live in the lake after murdering a student?" He did have some concerns about how Hogwarts seemed to handle student safety with their Forbidden forest and other dangers, but he would hope the school wasn't that stupid.
 

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