You wouldn't believe how many times I caught myself looking for a familiar face that wasn't there today. Draco's gone. Pansy. Many others. A lot of them are children of Da's associates, but not all.
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are gone too.
Gone isn't really the right word. They just... didn't come back after last year.
Neither did Professor Snape, of course. I wasn't expecting him to come back, I know what he did. But that doesn't mean it's not odd to look up to the High Table and see Professor Slughorn sitting in Professor Snape's old chair.
Slytherin is in chaos. Slughorn just isn't Snape, he can't or won't control the younger ones. The inner circle of the House is gone so we're not even governing ourselves. The entire hierarchy is destroyed.
The other Houses don't trust us. I'm not saying they don't have some valid reasons, but it still makes for an awkward meal.
Do I really want to do this for another year? Mum said I didn't have to, but Da... He wants me here, just in case something happens. I'm supposed to be his "little spy". I don't know what I'm supposed to see or hear. The only thing I have to tell him today is that Remus Lupin is back teaching. I'm not sure what use the information would be, but I'll pass it along like a good daughter.