I like HP and all, but why is it that Gryffindor HAS to win the house cup...ALL THE TIME!? Just 'cause Harry's in it?! PESHAW! Harry gets away with too much and so I feel it is neccessary to write an alternate ending to this oh so tragic cliche of "harry must always win"-theme. :)
And so Harry returned to the Great Hall for the end of the year feast. It had been decorated in Slytherin colors of Green and Silver. Slytherin had the most house points and therefore won the house cup. The only ones happy about this were the Slytherins, including Professor Snape, who had a subtle but noticable smirk on his face.
Then, Dumbledore stood up and began to speak "Another year has ended and it seems Slytherin has won the house cup. The final scores stand at (however many points each house has). However, recent events must be taken into consideration. To Ron Weasley, for playing an excellent game of chess, 50 points. To Hermione, for the loguc she would have used had her scene not been cut, 50 points. To Harry Potter, for being a courageous little boy, 60 points. And to Neville Longbottom, for standing up to his friends, which takes more courage than standing up to one's enemies, 10 points."
"That means we win! YAY!" Hermione said as she quickly added up the totals in her head. Snape's smirk transformed into a sneer.
But before anyone could celebrate, Dumbledore spoke once more, "Just one moment. I'm not finished. Other events must be taken into consideration. For sneaking into the locked room on the 3rd floor corridor, minus 10 points...for each time, giving a total of minus 20. For going into the restricted section of the library, minus 10 points. For using magic against a classmate, minus 5 points. I think that should about cover everything. I am sorry, but saving the world from a madman does not excuse breaking the rules. We cannot condone such behavior, lest kids get the idea that it's ok to go around not paying heed to any rules. Why, that would be anarchy. And it would give people the idea that the Famous Harry Potter is exempt from the same rules as everyone else. And we can't have that, now can we?"
The hearts of all the Gryffindors dropped heavily in their chests. They had tasted the richness of victory for a single precious moment and now tasted the bitterness of losing...twice.Snape's sneer flickered ever so momentariously into a leering grin. (Thanks to Stride for the Italicized line :)
"So it seems that, after the new tallies. Slytherin is still the winner. Though it should be noted that Gryffindor is now in second place, instead of last. That should make you guys feel a little better, eh?"
(Optional addition to this ending, just for closure and stuff):
And so the Great Feast began with dampened spirits. The Gryffindors, the Ravenclaws, and the Hufflepuffs were not pleased with the results. None of them had wanted Slytherin to win, but win they did. As the Gryffindors, who had the least desire to celebrate and eat than anyone, tried to enjoy themselves, Harry could not help but notice Snape glaring at him. He had seen Snape sneering before as Gryffindors' new points were being added. But when their points were taken away, As he continued to stare at the young Potter, his lips curled up slowly. Harry couldn't believe his eyes, Snape was actually smling. Harry found that he had suddenly lost his appetite.