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Coping by ScoRose4eva

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Format: Novel
Chapters: 6
Word Count: 14,702
Status: WIP

Rating: Mature
Warnings: Strong Language, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme, Contains Spoilers

Genres: Romance, Angst, AU
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Andromeda, Neville, Luna, Fred, George, Ginny, Teddy
Pairings: Harry/Hermione, Ron/Luna, Other Pairing

First Published: 10/09/2012
Last Chapter: 06/16/2013
Last Updated: 06/16/2013

Summary:
Another story about the Trio after the war, Harry begins to struggle as normalcy returns, The Weasleys are smothered in grief over Percy's death and can't help him. Only one person can even try to help, what will happen after the war to the famous Trio?

 

Harry/Hermione fic.... Percy died not Fred


Chapter 4: Chapter 4
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Journeying to Gringotts under the invisibility cloak was a surge of déjà vu Harry wasn’t sure he was ready for. Hermione had asked him to write a letter allowing her full access to his vault and documents and asked for a meeting with his account manager. During which Harry would reveal himself and he could talk to the goblin about his account. He knew that the secrecy was so he wouldn’t be discovered and hounded by the public, he had released one statement to the press asking for some time to heal and grieve after the war until the New Year so he had a few months left of peace but the general public often had other ideas. He  also knew that this was the first time he was going into Gringotts after the break in – for which he had paid the goblins compensation for the damage – he knew that the goblins would be hostile towards himself and Hermione.


 

 


 

The moment of truth was upon them when Hermione walked to the Head Goblins desk and requested to see Harry’s account manager. “I’m sorry young Miss but the account in question is obviously not yours therefore you may not speak to the account manager regarding that account” The Head Goblin was dismissive in his tone he didn’t even look up at who was talking but kept his head in the large book in front of him. Hermione wasn’t going to give up though “Excuse me Sir; I have a letter from the account holder here along with his key. He sealed the letter with his blood ensuring that I did not force him to write this letter, or steal the key” She tossed the letter on top of the book which caused the Goblin to look up. “Oh Miss Granger, I didn’t realise it was you, welcome back to Gringotts. I’ll take a look at this letter now shall I? The goblin opened the seal and read the rather short but informative letter and left his desk. He soon returned with another Goblin. “Miss Granger I have the account manager here for you, if there is nothing else I can do for you I shall leave you in peace” The Head Goblin said as he took his seat behind the desk and began writing.


 

 


 

“Miss Granger, if you would come with me please and we can discuss the account.” The younger Goblin started walking towards the right side of the marble room towards what Hermione assumed were the offices. The Goblin led her through many twists and turns before they came upon a wooden door with the strangest keyhole. Before she could even ask why the keyhole was shaped so differently, the Goblin placed a fingernail into the lock and rotated it. A smile broke out on the Goblins face as he noticed Hermione watching, “Every lock is different as is the DNA of every goblin. As we place our nail in the lock the charm extracts a small piece and analyses it. Only select people are registered on the charm and only they will be able to unlock the door”


 

“Its ingenious, but I do see some flaws”


 

“You mean what’s stopping someone from cutting off our finger and opening the door? Well there is also another spell on there but I am not at liberty to reveal what that is”


 

Hermione waited behind the goblin as her opened the door; she felt Harry brush past her and waited ten seconds before following.


 

“You must think me incredibly rude, I never asked your name” Hermione said as soon as the door was closed.


 

“My name Miss Granger is Roddink”


 

“Well call me Hermione, Roddink you are probably wondering why the account holder did not come the this meeting”


 

“Hermione, I can tell that Mr Potter is actually in this room, there is no need to hide Mr Potter” As Harry revealed himself Hermione asked “How did you know that, another charm?”


 

“Precisely, there’s a charm that tells me exactly how many people were walking”


 

“Well I suppose I’m glad there wasn’t anything lethal there for people who were invisible” Harry said smirking at Hermione.


 

“Actually Mr Potter there is but let’s not get into that now, how about we talk about why your here”


 

“Well as I am now of age and able to set foot in public without having to watch my back, I thought I’d see what assets I have and discuss any issues there may be with the account, or should I say accounts I have”


 

“I take it by accounts you mean” The Goblin clicked his fingers and five binders popped into existence on the table “The Potter, Black, Dumbledore, Lupin and the Orphans of The War (OTW) accounts”


 

“Exactly” Harry said a little shocked


 

“Well not exactly Harry, I was only aware of three, Potter, Black and OTW. I didn’t know you had the other two accounts” Hermione said and little confused


 

“Ah well Hermione, upon reading the will of Remus Lupin the other account was transferred into Harry’s name. The Dumbledore account has an assortment of items and artefacts that Albus himself asked us to bequeath to you upon his death, the ministry did not and will not know of this vault as they do not know about many accounts you hold Mr Potter”


 

“Call me Harry and did you just say many accounts?” Harry asked stunned


 

“Yes I did but first I think you need to read this letter, Harry” Roddink passed him the letter; he noticed the familiar green writing on the front.


 

 


 

Dear Harry,


 

            You will no doubt know of the unfortunate fate I have met. I write this letter to you hoping that you succeed in the mission I left you and hope you forgive an old man for not telling you what was going to happen in the end, at least to you. I did not know that you would survive the final curse and I am extremely proud of you for being brave enough to do what this foolish old man wasn’t. This letter is going to be extremely painful for you to hear but I feel I must come clean about some other meddling I have done in your life. You see I a foolish man thought if you had something to dear to you that you would not consider standing in front of Voldemort and let him kill you.


 

 


 

Therefore I saw that the young Miss Weasley had set her sights on you after you rescued her at the end of your second year and I took advantage of that. I slipped you a love potion during your sixth year. I thought that if you saw yourself with Miss Weasley it would remove you from another relationship I knew you would fall into. You see Harry, when you were thirteen and went back in time with Miss Granger you started the road to becoming soul mates. Well I should say Miss Granger started it from the information I’ve been given on that night.  When she put herself between yourself and Sirius she proved that her life didn’t matter and she would do anything to save you. You see I knew all about you being each other’s soul mates, when you met the first time on the train you sent a magical trace to a department in the ministry who instantly sent out the letters. These letters came to me as you are an orphan and Miss Granger is muggleborn. It was then my duty to inform you of the changes. I did not, I hoped that if you didn’t know about the letter then you wouldn’t create a deeper bond and then you would not be able to fulfil the prophecy.


 

 


 

If you didn’t know in the wizarding world soul mates are more than just two people who love each other, the magic within us is shared between the two. In your case Miss Granger will become more powerful and you will become smarter, another power you will have is the power to speak in our minds and feel everything the other feels. These powers will not reveal themselves all at once or at all, if you and Miss Granger do not become a couple.


 

I am truly sorry I did not tell you about this sooner my dear boy. And I truly regret changing your lifes course and using you for my own gain. I hope one day you will forgive me.


 

 


 

Your Friend,


 

Albus Dumbledore


 

 


 

P.S. your letters from the ministry are being sent to Gringotts with this letter.


 

 


 

Harry read the letter a couple of times, trying to grasp what Dumbledore was trying to say. ‘He slipped me a love potion so I would fall in love with Ginny, I’m meant to be in love with Hermione and that he kept it from me so I could die. What else is being kept from me?’ Harry looked up knowing Hermione would want to know what the letter said. He knew that Gringotts was not the right place for the confrontation and shook his head. “Later Hermione.” Was all he said on the matter. “Roddink are there any other letters from Albus that came with this letter?” Harry said hoping that Roddink would give them to him without saying they were for Hermione too. Roddink nodded and handed them to Harry without a word. “Now Harry, you wanted to know what accounts you held I have a comprehensive list here:


 

·         The Potter Account


 

·         The Black Account


 

·         The Dumbledore Account


 

·         The Lupin Account


 

·         The Lestrange Account


 

·         The Pettigrew Account


 

·         The OTW Account


 

·         The Gaunt Account


 

·         The Slytherin Account


 

·         The Gryffindor Account


 

·         The Ravenclaw Account


 

 


 

“Hang on, I have six accounts I didn’t know about” Harry exclaimed passing the note to Hermione.


 

“Correct Harry. These are mostly new additions except for the Gryffindor and Ravenclaw accounts, you see your ancestors are two of the founders of Hogwarts, these accounts are only revealed to the account holder upon their turning of age and as you were unable to be found during the past year, we couldn’t send out a meeting request to inform you of these accounts. The Lestrange, Pettigrew, Gaunt and Slytherin accounts have been added since the war. You see the Lestrange account reverted back to Black account as there was no heir to the fortune upon Bellatrix Lestrange’s death. The Gaunt and Slytherin accounts also reverted to you as you defeated the holder of the accounts, Tom Riddle. The Pettigrew account reverted to you due to the life debt Peter Pettigrew owed you and upon his demise the account automatically reverts to you even though it seems the debt was paid”


 

“I don’t understand the Lupin account though” Hermione said, looking at Harry with worry etched on her face.


 

“Ah that account is held in trust for the moment, I have another letter for you Mr Potter which will inform you of the reasons for the trust account, but I must ask that you read it and come back tomorrow for the rest of the details as I have back to back meetings today, I can clear my schedule for tomorrow as I can see that it will be a long meeting” Roddink stood up and gestured with his hand to the door. Mr Potter an owl will be despatched to you later today with the meeting information”


 

“Thank you Roddink, we shall see you tomorrow”


 

The pair walked out of the office and made their way out of Gringotts and under the invisibility cloak to the Leaky Cauldron.


 

 


 

Once they were inside they called down to Tom for a light lunch (sandwiches for Hermione, dry toast for Harry) as they processed the information they had been given. As they ate Hermione remembered the letter from Dumbledore. “Harry, what was in the letter from Dumbledore?”


 

“Urm Hermione it’s not a very good letter, by that I mean the information isn’t good. I suppose now is as good as any time for you to read it, just don’t hate me.” Harry handed her the letter and pulled out the letters addressed to him from the other pile Dumbledore had left him.


 

 


 

Dear Mr. Potter,


 

                        This letter details the information concerning your recent meeting of your soul mate. A soul mate is another magical person that is your other half. If you choose to pursue a relationship with this person then your magic will change and meet the same level of power as the other (if their magic is stronger than your magic will change and vice versa) your intellect will increase and meet the same IQ level (Again if their IQ is high your intellect will increase and vice versa). Eventually you will be able to feel the other person’s feelings and hear their thoughts and also hear what they hear. The longer the couple is together the stronger these additional powers become and you will be able to hear them from any distance. There have been many studies conducted into soul mates though the phenomenon is rare there have only been 30 reported cases in the past 100 years.


 

 


 

It seems that the Potter line is particularly adept at finding their soul mate and for the past 4 generations each Potter has found their soul mate. Your ancestors that have done this wonderful feat are (most recently) James Potter (married Lily Evans), Eve Potter (Married Albus Dumbledore) and Harold Potter (married Francine Haughton). Mr Potter you father, Grandmother and Great-Grandfather all married their soul mates I honestly give you all my best wishes that you do too.


 

 


 

Your Soul Mate: Hermione Jean Granger


 

First Meeting: September 1st 1991


 

Location: Hogwarts Train


 

 


 

 


 

I hope to send a few more letters to you concerning your soul mate Mr Potter.


 

 


 

Griselda Johnston


 

Head of the Department of Unexplained Phenomenon’s


 

Human Division


 

Witches and Wizards


 

Soul Mates.


 

 


 

Harry was stunned, not once in his time at Hogwarts did Dumbledore say anything about being related to him. He mused upon all of the times he had spent with Albus Dumbledore and how he had acted around him, surely if there was blood shared that he would have felt it. He was drawn from his musings when Hermione squealed. “Hermione?” Harry asked confused he had never heard Hermione make that noise before. “Harry we are soul mates? Tell me the old man was going senile”


 

Harry smiled at her reaction and pulled out a couple of letters with Hermione’s name on them, “He wasn’t going senile”  Hermione ripped the letters open devouring the contents and Harry decided he might as well read the other two letters.


 

 


 

Dear Mr. Potter,


 

                        This letter details the information concerning your recent advancement in the relationship with your soul mate. Detailed in your previous letter was the known information concerning soul mates if you need the information again please send an owl with the request to the department.


 

 


 

Your Soul Mate: Hermione Jean Granger


 

First Meeting: September 1st 1991


 

Location: Hogwarts Train


 

 


 

First Advancement: One party willing to lay down their life to protect the other.


 

Date: June 9th 1993


 

Location: Hogsmeade – Shrieking Shack


 

 


 

I hope to send a few more letters to you concerning your soul mate Mr Potter.


 

 


 

Griselda Johnston


 

Head of the Department of Unexplained Phenomenon’s


 

Human Division


 

Witches and Wizards


 

Soul Mates.


 

 


 

The final letter read:


 

 


 

Dear Mr. Potter,


 

                        This letter is a confusing one to write Mr Potter as the circumstances are a little strange. The details currently stand below:


 

 


 

Your Soul Mate: Hermione Jean Granger


 

First Meeting: September 1st 1991


 

Location: Hogwarts Train


 

 


 

First Advancement: One party willing to lay down their life to protect the other.


 

Date: June 9th 1993


 

Location: Hogsmeade – Shrieking Shack


 

 


 

Last Encounter: One Party Dies, the other feels the death


 

Date: May 2nd 1998


 

Location: Hogwarts


 

 


 

Second Advancement: One Party returns to life. The other feels the return to life


 

Date May 2nd 1998


 

Location: Hogwarts


 

 


 

It seems Mr Potter that you died and returned to life. You soul mate felt the occurrences strengthening your bond; you may now begin to feel glimpses of your soul mates feeling and thoughts.


 

 


 

I hope to send a few more letters to you concerning your soul mate Mr Potter.


 

 


 

Griselda Johnston


 

Head of the Department of Unexplained Phenomenon’s


 

Human Division


 

Witches and Wizards


 

Soul Mates.


 

 


 

Harry looked up and saw that Hermione was crying. He couldn’t tell if they were angry tears or happy tears. He offered Hermione his letters and they swapped and he read the slightly different content in her letter. As he was reading Hermione’s letters his eyes kept straying the final letter Roddink gave him.


 

 


 

A/N: you may be aware the Dumbledore is not gay in my story. I remembered he was gay as I was writing chapter 7 while listening to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on audio book. This story has no set plot points yet, I’m thinking about it as I go. Therefore the next few chapters may seem a bit slow but its all part of the build-up (or so I’m telling myself). I hope you stick with it the story will move on a bit more soon and so will the return of the Weasley’s, or well some of them.


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