“Lily Evans,” said Dumbledore gravely, “has gone back in time.”
“WHAT?” screeched the tree boys just as McGonagall returned with Remus.
“What is going on?” asked Remus.
“We,” stated Sirius, glaring at Snape, “have been ratted out.”
Dumbledore chuckled. “Indeed you have.”
“How… Do we get Lily back from time?” asked Snape hyperventilating.
“Mitigande,” said Dumbledore.
Severus felt warmth spread through his body and his worries melt away.
“I do apologize, but I have inconveniently run out of my supply of Calming Draught. I’ll have to brew some more.”
“Why can’t Slughorn do it?” asked James.
“I’d rather do it myself. It helps the time pass, brewing potions,” said Dumbledore. “Lily will be stuck in time for a while. There are a few ways to retrieve Lily from time safely.”
McGonagall looked at James sternly. “Two hundred points from Gryffindor from Potter, Black, and Lupin for being involved in this mess and for not coming to one of your professors immediately. Twenty-five points from Slytherin for not coming to a professor.”
“Should’ve made an Unbreakable Vow,” muttered James. He received two sharp glares from McGonagall and Snape. He withered under their glares.
“One way to bring Lily back is with a Tempus Mutante,” said Dumbledore.
“A Tempus Mutante?” asked Sirius.
Severus sighed. “Your ignorance is beyond belief, Black. A Tempus Mutante can change time.”
“Sort of like a Time Turner?” asked Remus.
“Not at all. A Tempus Mutante has a dial. You-” said Snape.
“But a Time Turner has a dial as well,” said James.
Snape glared at James once again. “I wasn’t finished, Potter. You turn the dial and you see what went on in the year of your choice.”
“Ten points to Slytherin,” said Dumbledore, impressed.
“Are they Ministry-owned?” asked James.
“No,” said Dumbledore, “they are very rare magical artifacts. I can acquire one, not easily, mind yourselves, but I can.”
“Another way to bring Ms. Evans back home from time is to take a Time Potion,” said Dumbledore.
“A Time Po-” started Sirius.
“A Time Potion is a potion that will take you back in time depending on the amount of monthly elements you add to it,” replied Snape.
“Another ten points to Slytherin,” said Dumbledore.
“Monthly elements?” asked Remus.
“Look it up in your Potions textbook!” said Snape angrily.
“Why can’t we just use a Time Turner?” asked James.
There was a squeal of laughter in the corridor and a bang.
“Excuse me,” said McGonagall scurrying out of the office.
“We mustn’t use a Time Turner because you can’t let anyone from the past see you.”
“But Lily-” said James.
“Is in the past. We do not know where in the past nor do we know whom she is with. We do not know where we would land, nor do we know if anyone would see us.”
James looked down sheepishly.
“I expect you have all learned your lessons,” said Dumbledore.
“Yes, sir,” said the four boys.
James, Sirius, and Remus left.
“I think we shall use a Tempus Mutante,” said Dumbledore, pulling out a piece of parchment.
“Thank you, Professor,” said Snape.