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Chapter 4: Mr. and Mrs Granger, and the Goblins
A/N I think the dates may be mistaken, so I want to clear it up, last chapter ended in May 11th, 1998. As of now I will try to include more dates in the chapters.
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Harry Potter - May 12th, 1998
It has been ten days since the battle of Hogwarts, and the end of the second Wizarding War, many changed have occurred throughout the Wizarding community. Death Eaters are now mostly on the run, while a select few are trying to get the new Ministry to believe that they were under the Imperious curse.
Huge changes have already began throughout the Ministry Kingsley Shackobolt had been named permanent Minister of Magic, Arthur Weasley had been name Head of Magical Law Enforcement (MLE). Percy Weasley is now the Senior Undersecretary to the Minister. Gawain Robards was named Head of Auror Department, and Amelia Bones was named new Head of the Department of Mysteries. Voldemort's reign of terror has begun to be rescinded, and new laws protecting Muggleborns and Muggles alike are being implemented at an amazing pace. Minister Shackobolt has been name best Minister in forty years.
At Hogwarts massive rebuilding and repairs have been far underway and are near completion. The entire Great Hall had to be redone, and the new Headmistress of Hogwarts has had to have meetings in the her new office with all the portraits to research how to reapply the ancient magical wards, and protections around the school. It had truly been an exhausting week for the elderly witch. Professor Filuis Flitwick was named Deputy Headmaster recently, and Professor Sprout had given Minerva her notice to retire in two years time. Lastly she had to find a new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor who would be able to keep up with the advance knowledge her student have already obtained, thanks to the "Trio" as they are now being referred to by many.
Only selected individuals knew of Harry Potters location and until he was ready to reintegrate into society his secret would remain just that. A secret.
"Harry, do you want to go for a walk down to the beach? Hermione is driving me mad with her preparations" Ginny asked Harry as she was walking out the Burrow's door.
Hermione had gotten notice back from Kingsley in regards to her parents, and an international Port Key had been set up and it was to be arriving very shortly in the Burrow's garden. This had been allowed to happen due to Hermione's assistance in the downfall of Voldemort.
"I was just thinking the exact same thing, we can come back in like an hour when her parents are due to arrive, and I need to talk to you about a couple things.. Good things" he quickly added when he saw the look on her face."About us, me and Hogwarts" He chuckled to himself.
When the young couple got to the clearing by the pond that both young couple frequented quite often they sat down and cuddled close together. They sat for a few moments in silence and stared across the pond, taking in the natural beauty of the place, the water was crystal clear, and you could almost see right down to the bottom, trees around them were within full blossom as spring had started awhile ago; the sun was shining down on the pond illuminating the pond slightly to make it look shimmering. And beside Him was the most beautiful girl in the world. 'Nothing like being surrounded by natural beauty' he said to himself. "I've been getting question non-stop from your brothers about us an.."
"WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN ASKING" Ginny glared at him, furious with her brothers again clear disrespect of her privacy "I will be 17 years old in a matter of months, I do not need them interfering with my love life!" She exhaled "If they ask you one more question they will be reintroduced to my bats!"
"Ginny, Ginny.. calm down, they are just curious over protective brothers, they just wanted to ensure my 'intentions' were pure"
"WHAT! I KILL THEM ALL"..."or better yet ill talk to my mum, see how they like interfering, she may be just as bad as herself, but she feels like she has a personal right to my life, she knows they don't!"
"Ok Gin, I will let them know of the threat, beside I just wanted to clear things up, it's been ten days since Tom Riddle died, and you have not talked about your time at Hogwa--"
"And I can assure you that today will not be the day Harry, terrible things happened and the two that caused the most damage are still out their...I just need more time Harry. Please do not be upset. I. I love you, and I will tell you I promise"
"Ok Gin I won't pus-- Wait you said you love me?" Harry's heart skipped two beat when he realized that she said this to him. He was not at a loss for words. Never had he ever been told that before. He of course loved Ginny back, and couldn't imagine life without her, but he was afraid to say it to her first.
Ginny sat there and stared at him, he had a blank look on his face 'why, why, why, why, why, would I go say that, he clearly is not that interested in me. Oh god I ruined this' and with that she jumped up and ran to the burrow as fast as she could.
"Ginny WAIT!" Harry yelled. "come back I AM SORRY!" he tried to yell after her.
The Burrow door flew open, and in came a blur of red hair running past both her and Ron, crying.
"I am going to kill him!" and with that Ron was already out the door with a vengeance to find Harry.
"Ginny, Ginny! wait" Hermione called after her as she ran to the room they were sharing, the door was locked but with a quick Alohomora the door was unlocked and she say Ginny on her bed crying. "Ginny what is wrong, what did Harry do? He is my best friend and I was stuck in a tent with him for a year I know full well he can be the world's second largest prat behind Ron" With the last comment Ginny gave a small chuckle.
"It wasn't Harry, it was me... I-I told him that I lov-loved him... I rushed it, you should have seen the look on his face, he looked like he was trying to find somewhere to hide"
"Ginny you probably just shocked him is all, I know for a fact he loves you. He watched you every night on that map, just try to go talk to him, I promise this has been a misunderstanding"
"HARRY" Ron cried out looking for Harry. He had been looking for him for the past five minutes until he finally caught him sitting down by the pond with his knees pulled up to his chest. "Harry what did you do to my sister, she ran into the house crying" demanded an angry Ron
"I screwed up Ron"
"I well aware of that, since my little sister is balling her eyes out, now tell me what happened unless you want to get cursed" with that Harry looked up at his best friend and saw his wand in his hand, but then looked back down to his knees.
"She told me she loved me mate, she said it so clear, and then I froze, I was so happy she loved me, cause I Love her so much to, but no one has ever told me that they love me before, and I just - I just got confused...I hope she can forgive me"
"Your parents must have---" and Ron just realized what he had said.
"Ronald Bilius Weasley!" screamed Hermione "You insensitive GIT!"
"It's ok Hermione, it was an accident it happe--" that was all Harry could get out before being attacked by a blur of red.
"I am so sorry I ran off like that Harry, I just got so scared, I Love you so much"
After a quick snogging session Harry and Ginny sat down, with Hermione and Ron, and awaited the arrival of her parents.
"So the Hogwarts Memorial is this Thursday. We are all required to go" Ron said. "They want us to say a few words, my dad was telling me earlier"
"Well that should be fun" said Harry sarcastically.
"HERMIONE!!" screamed Mrs. Weasley
"They must be here! hurry everyone!" and Hermione was off and running towards the clearing where the Port Key was scheduled to land in two minutes. Arthur and Molly, with Ron, Harry and Ginny were all around Hermione as she began to freak out. "I haven't talked to them in over a year, what if they hate me for sending them away, oh what have I done"
"Hermione don't worry so much they are your parents and believe me my children have some world class stupid things before and I still love them all"
Just as she finished saying that the port key glowed and threw out Mr. and Mrs. Granger. "HERMIONE JEAN GRANGER! I could kill you!" Her mother screamed as she ran over to hug her daughters with her husband right behind her. Everyone was quite as they watched the emotional situation unfold."We could have helped you, hidden you away. I just wished you had trusted us enough"
"Mum! I am so sorry, but as much as it hurt me so much to lie, I just had to protect you, you are two of the most important people in my life, and I would never forgive myself if anything happened to you two, and even given the choice I couldn't ever have run away. This whole war was about terrible dark wizards trying to kill people like me, a magical person born with muggle parents." Hermione sobbed "and if I asked you to leave would you have?"
"I suppose you are correct, we wouldn't have left. Hermione I have never been more proud of you" Mr. Weasley said "but I use to be in the military, I fought in Korea, I could have protected us"
"What is a Korea?" asked Ron
"Think it's a food" answered Ginny
"Oh ok thanks" replied Ron
"Dad these people would've killed you before you could get your gun, they are rally dangerous."
The Grangers, Harry, and the Weasleys spent the next two hours catching up with what happened when they were away, by this time it was already 3:30 in the afternoon. When the Grangers asked if they could go see their house.
"Well Ron, Harry, and Hermione along with Ginny have not yet been out into the public, the protections are around our home are the best available, our oldest son Bill worked for years within Egyptian tombs and have developed the best 'wards' possible. So even if the Death Eaters knew where they were, they cannot be touched" Arthur explained that is was not safe for them to go out of the grounds. "But I feel that if Molly and myself come along we can all feel safe"
Everyone grabbed their respective partners, Harry with Ginny, Arthur with Molly, Hermione with Mrs Grangers, and Ron with Mr Granger and they aparated away. "Ron, Harry after your Gringotts appointment we are going to get your Apparition license" said Arthur as they walked over to the Grangers residents.
"Oh...." was all Mrs Granger could say, the house that they had owned for over twenty years was cordoned off with police tape, and you could clearly see the structural damage done to the house. All the windows were shattered, the door was hanging off its hinges, and clear char marks that looked similar to excessive spell damage; the roof was partly caved in. The house was uninhabitable, it looked as if the house was attacked more than once and it happened at least a couple months ago. "Hermione....who did this?"
"Im--Im so--so sorry.. This is all my fault" Hermione cried
"No it isn't dear, you know that, because of you we got out of that house, you saved--saved our lives, and--I can't ever thank you enough"
HARRY POTTER - Monday May 18th, 1998
It had been one hell of a week for the old and new inhabitants of the Burrow. As much as Molly Weasley loved having a full house to cook for she was becoming a little overwhelmed with the constant commotion and mess within her home. The Grangers were invited to live with them temporarily while they began their hunt for a new home. The Ministry of Magic had sent out MLE to the Grangers house and they determined that if anyone had entered they would have been cursed on the spot, the Death Eaters believed that Hermione and her friends may have gone into hiding in her childhood home and ensured if they did they would have died.
Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny relaxed all week with Hermione's parents, and were preparing to meet with the Goblins. Since Bill and Fleur both work at Gringotts they have been trying to assist Harry in what the Goblins will expect and what they will want, Bill had been assigned by the Goblins to Harry Potters case. George has since moved out and been trying to repair damages done by Death Eaters to his shop, so he can be Ready for the grand reopening sometime in August.
" 'Arry ou mus' urry, ze golbines no respect 'ardiness" Fleur yelled for Harry, Fleur was trying to get Harry to hurry up because Bill was waiting for them at the Leaky Cauldron.
"Thanks Fleur, we are on our way" Harry said as he Ron, and Hermione hurried down to the fireplace to floo to the Leaky Cauldron. Ginny was staying behind at the request of her father and mother, apparently to have a "talk". The Grangers were out house hunting and Fleur was staying back at the burrow as well.
"Harry! Finally thought you would be late" said Bill, the scar on his face from Fenir Greyback still very evident on his face. Greyback escaped from the Battle of Hogwarts and have not been seen since. "We have to hurry, Diagan Alley is busy today, be cautious and Harry put on your cloak. Ron and Hermione should be fine" Harry quickly threw his invisibility cloak over his head, and the four made their way into the back of the cauldron and went onto their way thru the passage into Diagan Alley. Bill led the group, with Ron and Hermione were taking up the rear, Diagan Alley was indeed really busy, it seemed that since after the war finished people wanted to celebrate consistently. As they made their way through the streets towards Gringotts they could hear quite mummers and whispers until out of the corners of Harry's eye he saw someone he wished he would never have had to see again.
"Hermione Grangers! Hermione Granger! Rita Skeeter, your friend here! Can you please answer a few questions for my readers?" Ask Rita Skeeter "Can you please explain the rumours about why both Harry Potter and your apparent boyfriend Ronald Weasley had to pull your weight the entire time through your hunt to defeat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, as well as during the Battle of Hogwarts?"
"EXCUSE ME?!" Screamed Hermione as Ron went for his wand in an angered rage.
"Ms Skeeter, I have known Hermione Granger since she was fourteen years old, and I as well as all teachers at Hogwarts, and several dozen Death Eaters can attest the absolutely no one pulls Hermione's weight, now get out of our way!" Bill said as he lost his patience, as far as he was concerned he may know more curses and may be an experienced fighter but Hermione was an genius and an expert duelist, and he was so proud of his youngest brother for capturing Hermione's heart.
"Where is your ex-boyfriend Harry Potter!"
"Harry was NEVER her boyfriend" Yelled Ron as he pointed his wand at Rita Skeeter.
"I would suggest you vacate the area before my youngest brother curse you"
"The readers demand to know!"
"FLIPENDO!" screamed an enraged Hermione "How dare you! You Bitch! Harry Potter is my FRIEND! That is it! NOW GET OUT OF MY WAY BEFORE I CURSE YOU AGAIN!"
Rita made an obscene gesture before hurrying away, while Ron, Bill, and Harry all laughed the entire way to the bank. When they got into the foyer of the bank Harry removed his cloak "Hermione that was fantastic! Good for you. It took everything not to do the same to her!" Harry exclaimed to and embarrassed Hermione.
"Mr Harry Potter. Mr William Weasley. Follow me." Chensen, the Goblin said.
"Mr Ron Weasley and Ms Hermione Granger will be accompanying us as well for this meeting" Bill told the goblin
"Harry, just trust me in this meeting, I only have your best interests at heart. Just do not let your emotions cloud what I will be telling you" Whispered Bill as they walked towards a back office Harry had never been to before.
Upon entering the office Chensen was already seated at his end of the desk, with Bill seated beside the goblin, with Harry, Ron, and Hermione seated across from them, another short, fattier looking goblin came in and introduced himself as Runic; one of the directors for the bank. One who looked very angry at the three of the teenagers at the desk.
"Mr Potter let me be blunt. You have cause tremendous damages both structural and reputational to Gringotts, you may not know but we goblins operate banks all across the magical world, and your exploits have caused us a great displeasure." stated the Director "Damages alone have cost us over 780,000 galleons, and estimated millions more in reputation, along with cost of obtaining a new dragon for security reasons, and the death of many goblins."
"I can't believe you would torment another drago-" Hermione tried to retort
"Silence, you will talk when I have finished" Hermione looked over to Bill who nodded in agreement with the Goblins "You have two options to choose from. Pay five million Galleons to us over the course of your life. Or surrender all gold in your accounts and we will call it even"
"Harry shouldn't hav--"
"Hermione it is fine, I agree I will surr-"
"As Mr. Potters representative here I would advise him to pay the five Million Galleons over the course of his life" Bill said as he stared intently at Harry trying to get him to follow with his plan.
"Uh but Bil--" Harry started but changed his mind and went with it "I agree I will pay five million galleons to you"
"Excellent..." The goblins said clearly upset. "We have come to a deal, both Ronald Weasley, and Hermione Granger will not be effected at all for this deal, if you sign here the deal will be unbreakable." Harry read the paper over and was rather confused to what it all meant. He passed the document over to Hermione and she read through it at an alarming pace.
"Wait a second, it says that he has a time limit to pay this back...Within thirty days!? How can Harry do this!"
"Hermione, Harry. Trust me, sign the document" Bill urged
Harry took the paper, looked at bill one more time and signed his name and gave it back to the goblins. During Hermione's outburst the goblins looked happy that Harry was going to refuse to sign, but now seemed once again grumpy.
"We appreciate the agreement Mr Potter." stated the Bank Manager Chensen "Mr Weasley will show you to your vaults, he has been given specific access to your files, and whenever you come into this bank He or his wife Mrs. Weasley will accompany you. As you are probably aware we want nothing to do with you are your two little friends. Good day."
"Harry if you could follow me to my office, Ron; Hermione if you could wait-"
"Bill it's ok they can come"
They four made their way to Bill's small office and the back and got down to business.
"Bill how am I to pay for this debt!?"
"Well I thank you for trusting me with your money, and once I show what you actually own then you will understand."
"My vault only has three hundred thousand Galleons how can I pay for this"
"ONLY!! I will never have that mu--OW!" Ron started to say outraged before Hermione kneed him.
"Let them talk Ronald" Hermione scolded
"Anyways as you are clearly unaware you are quite a bit richer then you think. First of all the money in your vault is a trust fund set up by your parents, when you turned 17 you got access to a couple more vaults" Bill said to a shocked Harry "As the last remaining member of a VERY old and wealthy pureblood family the Potter Vault which is yours and yours alone, you have one hundred and seventeen million Galleons" Bill said with a huge smile on his face.
"WHAT!?" both Ron and Harry said, while Hermione looked like she was about to faint.
"Secondly since unfortunately when Sirius Black died, he was also the last remaining member of an even older and wealthier family, and had amassed an even greater fortune, three hundred and ninety seven million Galleons. And before you say anything Professor Dumbledore left all of his gold to you to dole out how you wish, which totals thirty four million galleons. Within the Potter and Black estate you own twelve houses/cottages, and two mansions; one being Grimauld Place the other being the Potter mansion located in Godrics Hollow which only you can find with a key in the Potter Vault. And the Dumbledore estate." Bill once again said "As you can see Harry you are the richest wizard in this branch, and the third richest in Europe."
Harry sat their completely dumbfounded, he could not believe that he could ever own that much. He could imagine what to do with it but give some of it away.
By the end of the day Harry was laying in bed with four new Gringotts keys, and promises from Bill Ron and Hermione to keep their mouth shut. One Key was for Andromeda Tonks and Teddy Tonks which totaled twenty five million Galleons. The second for a trust fund in which he put Molly Weasley and Minerva McGonagall to be in charge of, this fund was to help any and all families that were affected by the war. The third was a split account for Ron and Hermione which had twenty five million Galleons in which Hermione refused to take at first but was finally convinced by Harry and Ron to take the key for all the help they were during the war. The last key was a key for Molly, Arthur and any child, grandchild, or cousin of Molly and Weasley. This account had a total of one hundred million galleons. When Harry asked for this Bill at first went with Hermione and refused to accept it, Harry told him it wasn't just for him so he shouldn't speak for his whole family. Harry planned to tell the Weasleys his plans the next morning.
A/N - Sorry for the long chapter, wanted to get Hermione's parents and Gringotts all done in one chapter. Next chapter is already in the process, most of it will be the Memorial service with a bit of action. Thanks to all the people that review and a special thanks to FoM for the continuous reviews. They are much appreciated!