by McGonaGirl, Hermi2, Dumbledwarf, Hagrid
After the Hogwart's and Durmstrang tri-school parties, Beauxbatons decided it was their turn to host, but they would do something different. It was cold, so they thought they'd do something that was not only warm, but steamy in a way -- fondue! It's a mixture of cheese and wine, into which cubes of bread are dipped in a common pot. Traditionally at the French school, if a boy drops his bread into the bubbling melted cheese, he must kiss one of the girls sitting around the pot. If a girl drops her bread, the first boy to fish it out for her receives her kiss while the whole crowd applauds.
Hermione, Harry and Ron sat together, even though Harry's friends had been fighting. He had to sit between them on the floor, and was surprised when Ron forced them to get up and sit with a bunch of Beauxbatons students, near Fleur Delacour. He was surprised again when Viktor Krumm, head boy of Durmstrang, placed himself next to Hermione. It was a bit uncomfortable being away from the other Hogwart's students, and he was relieved when Cedric Diggory sat opposite them. However, he was dismayed that he came arm in arm with Cho Chang, with whom he had a an infatuation.
The students had a wonderful time, and got all giggly as the bread was dropped. But with hormones bubbling like the thick melted cheese in the cauldrons, they became giggly and silly with the kissing. As Fleur, who is part Veela, dropped her bread, the men watching her raced to spear it out for her to receive her kiss. Harry noticed that Ron would watch her carefully and seemed poised to pull her bread out of the pot, but froze when the time came. Then he saw Viktor drop his bread and he seemed to turn toward Hermione! He had no time to think this over, because every time Cho dropped her bread, Cedric was there to catch it for her before it even fell back into the cauldron. Harry had to look away, not wanting to witness the kiss; Ron and Hermione stopped fighting long enough to tease him, "Nice chandelier, eh Harry?"
Harry was pretty good at dipping his bread into the cheese, and never dropped it. Hermione and Ron got the same thought at the same time and jostled him, causing him to finally drop his bread! Then Hermione pulled him toward Cho, Ron tripped him and he fell on the unsuspecting girl. Laughing, Cho kissed him anyway ...
Beet red with embarassment, he pulled Ron's bread off his skewer and tossed it in the pot and loudly declared, "He wants to kiss Fleur!" The Veela smiled, not looking bored at all this time, then slid across the floor to plant a kiss on the stammering youth. But Harry missed it; he was distracted by Hermione, who was gripping his arm tightly and looking livid!
In a bowl, toss the cornstarch with the cheese to coat it. Set aside.
In a heavy-bottom saucepan, boil together the garlic, wine, water and lemon juice together, then simmer it till the garlic smell hits you. Fish out garlic, then stir in the cornstarch-coated cheese, a handful at a time. Remove from the heat, then stir in the brandy, stirring and cooking for another few minutes.
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