"--It's already been decided," he responded, cutting Harry off.
"I don't understand. The disease is a Muggle issue. Wouldn't it be safer for me to stay on castle grounds?" Harry protested, taking off his glasses and pinching the bridge of his nose.
"I think we've past the point of safety when it comes to you Harry," Dumbledore took a step down from the Pensieve.
"I think we've past the point of safety when it comes to you Harry," Dumbledore took a step down from the Pensieve. "But I'd rather you take your chances with a plague in the Muggle world than the possibility of having to face Voldemort if he returns."
Harry's mind went racing. Leaving Hogwarts? In the middle of the term?? There were so many things he still needed to do.
It was the middle of Quidditch season and despite Umbridge forcing him out, he hadn't lost hope of being able to return soon as Seeker.
Also, Dumbledore's Army was finally making real progress. His sudden dismissal would leave the secret organization in disarray.
And O.W.L. examinations were just around the corner.
And O.W.L. examinations were just around the corner. If Harry didn't take his tests, would he have to repeat form five? The idea of spending an extra year in Defense Against the Dark Arts with Umbridge nearly made his scar hurt.
Harry jogged a few steps to keep up with Dumbledore. "If Voldemort wants to hunt me down, he'll do it regardless if I'm with the Dursleys or I'm here!"
"That's not the point! If the Muggle world goes into lock down and all forms of transportation are shut down, it'll be difficult to bring you back to Hogwarts.
"But if you're already there, we can easily summon you back." Dumbledore halted mid-step and turned to face Harry. "It's only temporary. When things settle down, you can come back. For now, it's best you stay with your family."
Dumbledore attempted a reassuring smile, but the gesture only made Harry's stomach tighten further.
Dumbledore attempted a reassuring smile, but the gesture only made Harry's stomach tighten further. The way his eyes softened and brows narrowed looked too sympathetic, as if nothing Harry could say would change the headmaster's mind.
Harry sighed, "Can I at least stay with Sirius? He's family."
"You know the answer to that Harry."
Great, all he had to look forward to was being under the same roof as Dudley. And with England's quarantine measures, the two of them might be stuck at home for a while.