The Shrieking Shack is an abandoned house in Hogsmeade that is believed to be haunted. Few dare to enter the house, even the ghosts of Hogwarts, for fear of the terrible creature that is rumored to live inside. In reality, the terrible monster was Professor Remus John Lupin in werewolf form.
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Ernie was always curious, especially about the Shrieking Shack. For years he had tried to get someone to go visit it with him. You see, he was scared of it, only to the extent of venturing to it alone. With someone else? He had no qualms about it. It'd been a miracle that he had managed to convince Parker to come with him and, when they were standing outside, he could only blink in slightly amazement. "It's a lot bigger up close than I thought..."
Truth be told, Parker had been and probably always will be afraid of the Shrieking Shack. Had it not been for Ernie, Parker would have never came here. He had heard enough stories to keep him away for a lifetime, but of course since he had a crush on Ernie he would do anything with him. As they were standing there in front of the shack, staring up at it, Parker was hesitant to go inside and was standing behind Ernie. "Y-Yeah... It is a lot bigger..."
Ernie turned behind him and moved out of the way, standing beside Parker rather than in front of him. "It's not as big as it could be, though," he pointed out, an optimistic tone settling in his voice, "Besides, I heard that the inside leads back to Hogwarts so if we want to we can always try and find that."
"I guess so yeah..." Parker said as he looked up at the building fully for the first time. He didn't know what Ernie was on about, the shack seemed to tower over the two of them. But maybe it was Parker's mind playing tricks on him. "If that's what you want to do inside then I'm down, but I'm sticking by your side. I don't want to end up lost in there..."
Ernie nodded, smiling a little at Parker as he slung his arm around the other's shoulder. "And why would I leave you all alone? Chances are if you got lost then I'd get lost and that wouldn't be good, right?"
Parker laughed nervously, but he did see what Ernie was saying. Ernie'd never leave his side, so if Parker got lost then Ernie would be too. "Well in that case, you better not steer us wrong otherwise we might not get back to Hogwarts."
Ernie flashed Parker a quizzical look, "I thought you had the better map reading skills? My plan was to bring you along so you could read this map I was given by one of the older guys in Gryffindor." From his pocket Ernie produced a crumpled paper with various diagrams on, presumably depicting the various levels within the shack. After giving it a once over, Ernie handed it to Parker with a cheeky smile.
Parker was visibly nervous after finding out he would be leading them through the shack. Sure he was skilled in reading maps and following diagrams, but it still didn't take away the pressure it quickly made him feel. "You didn't tell me I'd be doing the navigating..." Parker said nervously, the stereotypical gulp and bob of the Adam's apple chiming in. After a quick glance at the map and diagram on the paper he was just handed, Parker grew even more worried. "Ernie, this map looks like it was drawn by a five year old..."
"I thought it was a given," Ernie replied, "I mean, after all I did get us lost on our first day of Hogwarts together." His mind momentarily flashed to the day, just shuddering at how lost he had made them. Ernie glanced over at the map and blinked a few times, cheeks going red in embarrassment that he hadn't checked the map before. "Oh... it kinda does, doesn't it?..."
Ernie's reference to their first day at Hogwarts made Parker laugh, it was a day he'd never forget. Not necessarily for the best of reasons, but also not for the worst of reasons. Now onto the matter at hand, the map. It was truly tragic but Parker knew how much Ernie wanted to explore the Shrieking Shack. "Don't worry, we'll figure it out." He said optimistically, even though he wasn't believing what he was selling. "What if we don't even use a map?... Do you think we'd be able to find our way around?"
Ernie smiled at Parker's optimism, sure that the two of them together could navigate the building. "Uh, wouldn't that be risky?" He asked, concerned that by not following the map, no matter how messy it was, was just dooming themselves to being lost, "It's still better than no map, right?"
Parker shrugged, finding it a little funny how when faced with a situation such as this their roles changed and Ernie became the more cautious one of the two. With the map in hand, Parker gave it one more glance before nodding. "I guess we could give it a shot, this map may be garbage but at least its something to work with."