Albus - 3
Albus hadn't been to the pool party. He might be doing his best to embrace certain aspects of the future, but he had to draw a line somewhere. Swimmkmg costumes seemed a fairly good place to do so.
He was walking back to his rooms when the birds arrived. Just a couple of them, but they seemed quite intent on causing him harm. Luckily, Albus was quick with his wand, dodging out of the way and firing off various defensive and offensive spells. It took him a moment to find what worked, but then one bird was gone and he was left with its rather upset partner.
An idea suddenly occurring, Albus hesitated. He needed it closer, although that may prove challenging... Still, he certainty had plenty of Gryffindor nerve when it was needed. Albus held still, waiting in the middle of the corridor as the remaining creature swooped around and back towards him.
It came screaming closer. Closer, closer. The young professor held out to the last minute before raising his wand. The spell that erupted - a giant golden cage made from strings of light - spread through the air like a cross between a firework and a spiders Web. The force of it sent Albus backwards, the back of his head hitting the opposite wall with a crack that made his teeth rattle.
Stars exploding in front of his eyes, it was a moment before Albus recovered enough to see that it had worked. The bird was trapped, furious but unharmed, its wings beating against the crackling bars. Dropping his wand with a faint sky, Albus stared at it for a long moment, refusing to acknowledge the wave if nausea which was rising in his throat.
It sounded like there were more of them. Ignoring the way the floor was spinning slightly, the auburn haired wizard turned and sprinted back the way he had come, following the spund of wings.