In the Summer before Sixth Year, Harry gets a job as an assistant to a carpenter. Harry is soon called away but not before he completes an unusual apprentice piece. After surviving an examination review, an encounter with an Unspeakable and a hunting trip with Hagrid, Harry's optimism for the new school year is sorely tested by Ron and by something Moody describes as "lethal and completely unsuitable for teaching a young would-be Auror. Right up your street Potter, Eh?"
After she had just thrown her intended date out, Hermione is pleasantly surprised when Harry turns up to take her out to a birthday dinner. Claiming that Ron has forbidden him to return home before dawn, Harry admits that unknown to almost everyone he has finally got himself a job she might approve of and attempts to use an echoing tune from their past to confess something more. Post Hogwarts.