Scott and Lydia Hogwarts AU for pepperspotterybarn
∟ Scott McCall has had a relatively uneventful few years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Aside from a few near-fatal games of Exploding Snap and disagreements with Professor Slughorn over the treatment of werewolves in wizarding society, Scott has barely made a mark on Hogwarts at all.
Lydia Martin, on the other hand, has taken the school by storm. Coming from another unimportant, moderately wealthy wizarding family (unlike Scott, who’s a half-blood) rumors have been flying about her since she set foot on the Hogwarts Express. After breaking up with her Quidditch captain boyfriend beginning of her fifth year, it soon became common knowledge that she is the smartest witch to attend their school since Hermione Granger. She was the first student Slughorn invited to attend his re-reinstated Slug Club, though she steadfastly refused to join.
Scott honestly doesn’t think Lydia’s said two words to him in their entire scholarly career, so one can’t blame him for being uncomfortable when paired with her in Potions for the first time, during their sixth year. He’s a good student, but as soon as he has to reach over Lydia Martin for ingredients, he finds himself unable to string a sentence together. Lydia does most of the work for their potion, and guilty, Scott offers to do the final stirring. Which he, of course, messes up. As Scott berates himself, Lydia simply fixes the potion. She turns to look at him, and Scott, expecting a verbal beating, recoils. Instead, Lydia tells him “You can do so much better than this.” Confused, Scott says nothing. “Look at this, you made the perfect antidote to the potion, which is almost 10 times harder than the actual potion. If you could just apply yourself somehow…” Lydia trails off before looking at Scott with a slightly mischievous look in her eyes, “You know, I could always tutor you. Meet me in the Slytherin common room, tonight, at 10. I expect you’ll figure out how to get in.” And with one last twirl of her strawberry-blonde hair, Lydia turns in the potion to Slughorn and marches out of the room, leaving Scott to stare at her retreating back.