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A/N I do not own Harry Potter or any of the Harry Potter universe, there are a few characters of my own creation and the story . I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head. This has not been beta’d any mistakes are unintentional. There are to be going about 45 chapters. This story is AU from about 2/3 way through deathly hallows. Most events in dh pre epilogue will take place. However they may be in a different order to the book. In this fic Colin Creevey and Nymphadora Lupin/Tonks did not die in the battle of Hogwarts, all other characters who die in the book die in the this fic . 15 Chapters have been written once they are upload updates will be very slow.
I'm 11 but you already know that, I won't even bother with my name as whether I like it or not our whole world already knows who I am or rather who my dad is.
As long as I can remember my life and my family have been different, people treat us as if we are special and we always get a lot of attention. For a long time I thought we got the attention because of my mum's Metamorphmagus abilities , my aunt's position as director Department of Magical Law Enforcement or my other aunt's position in the Quidditch world. However, when I learnt that my whole extended family including my godparents are heroes from a war that brought about peace in our world and of course my birth I thought that must be part of it.
Even so I didn't really understand why people treated me and family the way they do when other war heroes are left in peace. But that all changed 2 Years ago when I turned 9 and the whole story of my existence was explained and boy you couldn't make it up if you tried.
I've always known my dad Harry Potter was important (My family never let us forget it!) but I never really got why people are so interested in us, after all my life and my family are the norm to me.
My Dad died before he even knew if I existed but mum's made sure I know he wanted me so much. I only hope I can make him proud although I know I'll never do anything as world changing as he did but my mum says that's a very good thing.
Even with a family as big and welcoming as mine, growing up without dad is hard:
1. Everybody seems to know more about him than I do.
2. Everyone compares me to him or my grandparents saying how alike I am to him or my grandparents.
3. People expect me to be extraordinary but apart from my morphing abilities, I'm average, unlike my half sister.
4. Despite how good my family are I will always feel like I'm missing out on something.
I wish my Dad, grandparents and uncle were still here but I'm glad my Dad gave me the family I've got. I'm not sure I'd be able to handle the expectations of everyone if they were just on me. I will never fully understand the sacrifices the fallen from the war against Voldemort made nor will I know how my dad felt about his destiny.
The one thing I know for certain is love is powerful and should never be underestimated. My mum and my aunts have made it very clear to everybody including us that love comes in many forms and each on its own is powerful.
My mum says those who love us never truly leave us I hope she's right because I'm going to need all the help I can get if I'm going to live up to my name.
I love my weird and wonderful family and I wouldn't change but boy is it complicated a lot of people don't get how it works and I can't blame them. I don't get it half the time! All I know is that my mum and my aunts have tried very hard from the beginning to make sure we are surrounded by love and have as normal up bring as possible given the circumstances. Unfortunately this means we still get chores (despite the army of house elves we have between us) and grounded. Sometimes I think we get given a harder time because we're his children and expected to live up to his name some day.
Apparently when dad younger he lived with his aunt and uncle who spoilt his cousin and apparently it turned him into a monster. Once he even grew a snout and tail! According to uncle Hagrid it suited him very well. Auntie Hermione says it's very important we learn to treat all people and creatures with respect it's something my father was famous for. Despite our name and the way people treat us outside the family we know that who our father is makes us no better than anyone else. My mum's always said the only way to deal with who we are is to be ourselves and be the best versions of us we can be. Our dad wouldn't ask any more than that of us.
I was 9 when our family decided we needed to know about our history and how we came to be born. They said we needed to know before we heard the rumors at Hogwarts and if we were ever going to explore Diagon Alley on our own we needed to understand the press's comments and questions so we could avoid getting ourselves or our family any more media attention.
How we came to be is not something talked about much in the family it's something that most of the family came to terms with a long time ago (except maybe uncle Ron). The losses of love ones during the war means that the specific events are not talked about by the family except on Remembrance Day (May 2nd). If we have questions we tend to ask our godparents but also being who we are means you often catch snippets of our history from strangers but I learnt very soon after I started paying attention to outsiders that I should always check with my mum or aunts anything I overhear. One time I overheard an elderly witch say that my mum made up who my father was coz she was ashamed of whom my real father was. I tried to run away it was 3 hours before uncle George found me huddled up in his store room at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in Hogsmead, I've never seen my mum or my aunts so worried.
Since I started at Hogwarts a lot of people tell me I'm lucky that my dad is Harry Potter and I think they're right but they've got the wrong reasons it's not the power, money or fame that makes me lucky but the family he left me with.
I've decided to write down the story of my life and my family so that people understand where I come from and why my life is the way it is.
They always say to me that everybody thought my father would unite the wizarding world but they didn't know the half of it...
A/N I do not own Harry Potter or any of the harry potter universe, there are a few characters of my own creation and the plot. As I said in my first posting my aim is to update once a month, however I will update more frequently when I can A/N
The awful Truth
After Voldemort’s declaration that harry must surrender to himself to Voldemort within 3 hours harry rushes to Dumbledore’s office (it will always be Dumbledore’s office to him regardless of how many headmasters and Headmistress use this office after him). Having witnessed Snape’s death at the hands of Nagini just minutes after Voldemort’s request 20 minutes gone Harry’s eyes desperately wonder round the slightly altered and sparser office which Snape had been inhabiting for the last 10 months looking for the elusive pensive. The first thing he notices almost all of the portraits are empty clearly enthralled by the battle going on throughout the castle. Then he saw it still hidden in the corner the pensive was calling to him as it had the first time all those years ago. He approaches the precious bowl cautiously not out of uncertainty as he had that first time but out of fear. For a Gryffindor fear was an emotion harry didn’t like to acknowledge very often but stood alone in the office clutching the memories of a man whose death you have just witness, a man who loathed and despised him harry could help being apprehensive about what he was about to witness. What could be so important Snape would waste his last few minutes on earth on Harry. Plucking up his courage Harry places the vials of slivery liquid into the basin, touches the surface, and disappears into the memories. Nobody looking into the still office at that moment would know that the lives of so many close to Harry Potter were about to be shaken to their core.
10 minutes later Harry emerges from the pensive deep in thought, as much as what he’s just learn makes a lot sense and explains almost everything unexplained about he’s life so far. The only thoughts going round Harry’s head was ‘I’m a Horcrux, I’m his 7th Horcrux, I’ve got to die, if only I’d known this hours ago I could have saved so many lives’. He didn’t know how long had passed since he heard Voldemort’s message he checks his watch there’s just over 2 and a quarter hours left to sort out his life and ensure this terror can be ended for good with his death ... we will not die in vain.
Harry world had just collapsed, all of his hope the future he’s been clinging onto for the last year had disappeared in a few minutes; a life with Ginny surrounded by children and family, his wedding, a live without fear where he could watch he’s godson grow or he’s future as an Auror poof gone replaced by the certainty of death. When Dumbledore revealed the prophecy to him just under 2 years he was shocked, angry and devastated but once he had time to process it all it gave him a reason to fight and a sense of power knowing that he could bring Voldemort’s regime to an end. Now Harry realised he never really had any power that belonged to Tom Riddle, however now by choosing death he had a power over the situation that Voldemort could not comprehend.
As distressing as the idea of dying was harry couldn’t help but feel his whole life to this point had been preparing him for the unthinkable sacrifice he would have to make this night. He couldn’t imagine allowing the horror of Voldemort’s regime to continue and for once he had a way to end the madness and keep he’s friends and love ones safe. All Harry could hope was that Sirius and his parents would be proud of how he had chosen to live his life. Harry started to reflect on his life and despite all the bad that had happened to him since the age of 1 he had something that made him feel lucky and feel pity for Tom Riddle he had experienced pure love from his parents, The Weasley’s, Remus, Tonks, Dumbledore in his own way, Hermione and of course Ginny. I need to write letters to them, bloody hell I need to write a will Harry’s thoughts drifted to his memories of the summer after Sirius death when he discovered Sirius had made him the heir of The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black. He had been surprised at the time but now he was the holder of two titles noble houses and two seats on the Wizengamot even if he hadn’t had a chance used them. His mind wanders back to a conversation with Hermione two summers ago...
“Honestly Harry I know Professors Binns is dull but REALLY for someone who is the sole heir for at least 1 now 2 Noble Houses, I would have thought you might have paid at least a little attention to the information about Traditions, Rites and systems that we’ve been told over the last 5 years!” says an exasperated Hermione sighing she proceeds to launch into one of her lectures.
An hour and half later a dumbstruck Harry is still trying to get he’s head round this new information cursing Dumbledore for assuming that his muggle upbringing would be for the best. Even when he joined the wizarding world people just seemed to assume that he had sufficient knowledge to get by they seem to forget he’s essentially a muggle-born with pureblood responsibility. Unfortunately Hermione’s latest lecture had reiterated to him just how little he knew and how much he need to learn especially around the intricacies of having a title or two.
“So let me get this straight Hermione, at the moment Dumbledore has control of the Potter house as my magical guardian until I’m 17 and an adult in the magical world but because I was 15 and therefore considered to be legally capable when Sirius died I automatically became Lord Black.” Hermione nods “Why can’t I claim the title Lord Potter then?” Hermione sighs
“Harry you could but you would have to declare Dumbledore unfit to be your magical guardian and I don’t need to tell you the political consequences for the war against Voldemort would be unthinkable if the Boy-who-lived openly challenged Dumbledore’s abilities. I know you’ve lost some of your respect for Dumbledore this summer, Harry but do you really want start a revolt against him in the Wizengamot he’d probably lose the Chief Warlock position and Merlin knows who the Wizengamot would choose instead ” .
Harry’s mouth gaped open he had leant long ago not to underestimate the breadth and depth of Hermione’s encyclopaedic knowledge of almost everything but would always marvel at her ability to read between the lines and look at the repercussions of actions. There were still a few things Harry wanted to make sure he understood.
“ Just so I’m clear Hermione, to ensure the protection of both my houses I will need to have at least one child in order to ensure that the noble houses of Black and Potter do not end up under the control of the houses of Malfoy’s or Lestrange’s, why couldn’t Sirius be related to the Longbottom’s!.”
At this, both Hermione and Harry burst in laugher, a rare occurrence in recent weeks. After a little while harry recomposed himself, he really needed to talk though this with someone and who better than his female best friend, this really wasn’t a conversation he wanted to have with Ron. Ron would just think it was funny or turn it into a way to legitimately compare potential Mrs Potters ‘qualities and given that Harry had noticed over the last couple of weeks just how HOT Ron’s little sister was harry was sure that conversation would lead to dangerous territory that he didn’t have energy for right now.
Suddenly after a few minutes of silence Harry started speaking again much to the surprise of a delighted Hermione as in the weeks since Sirius’s death nobody had got more than a couple of sentences at a time out of him.
“It’s not that I mind the idea of a child in fact in my future I can’t think of anything better than having my own family but I can’t have imagine having one before I leave Hogwarts and Merlin knows the amount of trouble I attract I’ll be lucky to make it though Hogwarts in one piece.” Harry continued suddenly his face lit up
“What about if I adopted you as my sister Hermione couldn’t I arrange for you inherit my titles and seats?” At this Hermione smiled affectionately at Harry while shaking her head “Harry don’t you remember what I said about non-blood inheritors? The lost look on Harry’s face told Hermione everything she needed to know.
“Right, “ Hermione reverts to lecture mode “In wizarding society a non-blood inheritor such as an adopted child or sibling or a godchild can only ever inherit 1 title as purebloods were scared that this would dilute their power and purity by allowing those of inferior breeding to take over. As a result, they also prohibited more than one non-blood inheritor receiving a title in one individual’s will. After all, all the pure blood families are related eventually so it keeps the power in the hands of a select few. As we’ve already established you have two titles so even if you adopted me you would still need a blood relative for the second title.”
Harry slumped in defeat but Hermione continued
“I know you don’t want to hear this Harry, but it’s important you realise wizarding Britain especially the purebloods are also very backward compared the muggle society regarding the role of women in politics. Although not unheard of women rarely hold positions of power in wizarding politics. The women who are there are either muggle-borns, have the permission of their Head of house or are acting as guardian for a head of house like Neville’s Grandmother. If you are a female heir to a title you can easily be forced into a marriage bond by a more dominate house.” Harry sighed, “So really I need to have at least 1 son or godson”.
“Yes Harry, one of the reasons purebloods look down Weasley’s is the fact they have so many children despite already having a son and heir. Purebloods normally stop having children once they have an heir and maybe spare as any more children would not be able to live of the family fortune and all but the highest jobs in society are seen as unseemly for somebody of pureblood. Haven’t you noticed how many Slytherins end up working in the ministry?”
If you consider the prophecy combined with responsibility apparently inherent with being a lord the amount of responsibility being put on Harry’s shoulders was enough to give him one heck of a headache.
Suddenly Harry is broken out of his circling thoughts by two more urgent ones he raises his wand he sends he’s patrons off to Ron, Neville, Colin ,Remus, Tonks, Hermione and lastly Ginny asking them to join him in the headmasters office as soon as possible.
While waiting for his friends to arrive Harry open a draw on the pulls out a QuickScribe Quill and the first of many parchments he will write in the next 2 hours while contemplating the enormity of what he was about to tell and ask of those heading his way.
A/N I do not own Harry Potter or any of the Harry potter universe, there are a few characters of my own creation and of course the plot. A/N
Suddenly the door opens with a bang causing Harry to jumped to attention from the armchair he’d nestled himself into, scattering the numerous parchments he’d acquired in the last 10 minutes across the office floor. Wand tightly gripped in his hand facing the sole entry point he was ready to fight. Even knowing his fate he wanted to die on his terms by Volemort’s hand.
In front of him stood a bloodied, battered and bedraggled collection of wizards and witches all familiar faces to Harry but he couldn’t relax yet. Almost silently, he performed Petrificus Totalus on each of the seven witches and wizards in front of him it didn’t surprise Harry that the three at the front of the group were Neville, Colin and Ginny. Still in combat mode, Harry emotionlessly stated that he would ask them each a question only they would know. He started with Ron and work his way through to Remus when each person’s identity was confirmed he asked Remus, Tonks, Ginny and Hermione to wait in the anteroom.
Colin, Neville and Ron looked at Harry expectantly.
“Hi guys sorry to pull up here but I need something doing before I hand myself over to Voldemort ...”
At this all three young men in front of him interrupted loudly asking him what the hell he was thinking Harry didn’t have time for this so casted a Silencing Charm at them and continued.
“Voldemort is using items to prevent death and Hermione, Ron and myself have destroyed all but two” at the last remark Ron looked confused but was still unable to speak so had to let it go. “The last thing that needs to be destroyed before I face Voldemort is his snake Nagini. I was wondering if you three could hunt her down and kill her before the deadline, unfortunately several things have come up which only I can do that are going to take up the time I have left . I trust you three with my life I know it’s a lot to ask but would you be able to this for me.”
The three young men in front of Harry nodded. “Ok Ron do you have or know where the Basilisk Fangs are?” Ron nodded and pulled two from his pocket Harry indicated Ron to hand the spare to Colin.
On instinct Harry suddenly spun on the spot pick the Sorting Hat off of a nearby shelf and handed it to Neville telling him to think of killing the snake suddenly the sword of Godric Gryffindor appeared in a shocked Neville’s hands seeing this Harry smiled.
“See Neville I always knew you were a true Gryffindor Dumbledore once said to me ONLY a true Gryffindor could pull that sword from the Sorting Hat” at this Neville seemed to grow and radiate the same confidence Harry had seen when entering the Room of Requirement earlier that evening.
“Right I need to deal with other things the sword and the fangs are the only way to kill the snake please be very careful Nagini is deadly and I could not stand it if any of you got killed doing something at the direct request of me.”
With that Harry hugged each of the young men in front of him asked them to stay safe, thanked them for their support and asked them show the others waiting outside in. The three men exited the office abet Ron hesitantly.
Harry looked at his watch as a group of four entered the room and saw an hour and 30 minutes left. Looking at the faces of those now in front of him he could see the apprehensiveness, uncertainty, fear and in Ginny’s case a little bit (or maybe a lot) of anger. Rather than focus on that he knew he needed to push on and unfortunately that meant pissing off Ginny more for the next ten minutes or so. He looked at Ginny in the eye and casted Petrificus Totalus at Ginny for the second time in 15 minutes hoping that she could see the love in his gaze. Tonks, Remus and Hermione eyed Harry curiously but did not comment. Harry looked at the prone figure of Ginny and spoke for the first time since the foursome re-entered the office.
“Sorry Ginny but I need to speak to these 3” motioning to Tonks, Remus and Hermione “privately before we talk forgive me but I didn’t want you to be outside alone and this way I get to spend a little more precious time in your presence.” He then asked Tonks to conjure a bed for Ginny to lay on and proceeded levitate Ginny onto the bed.
Then Harry cast a Muffliato charm over the small group around him and proceeded to tell them his undeniably fate. Shortly after starting his tale the three people around him were in tears and Harry was only just mastering his own emotions but he knew he couldn’t afford to lose control yet.
Ginny was watching from the corner of the room still seething at Harry for his actions towards her since his abrupt arrival in the castle after months of her waiting for sight or sound of him. Her heart had leapt at the sight of him but had shattered all over again at his dismissal in the room of requirement. Now she didn’t know what to think but one thing she was certain of based on the expressions of those across the room, was that when Harry finally did speak to her it was not going to be the happy reunion she had been imagining for the last 9 months.
Across the room Harry was starting on the more difficult part of the discussion “... obviously I wanted to tell you 3 before it happen as you’re the closest thing I’ve got to family. Hermione I choose not to tell Ron coz I honestly didn’t think I could handle his reaction he’d make it about he and that’s not what I need right now. I also I think he will react very badly to something I need to say in a bit and I needed somebody out with Neville and Colin who definitely knew how to destroy a Horcrux.” Hermione relaxed slightly as she was not comfortable with Ron’s exclusion after what they had been through the last few months but she knew Harry would not do anything without good reason
Hesitantly Harry began “one of the reasons I bought you here looking at Tonks and Remus was to ask for your agreement to name Teddy the receiver of the Lord Potter title on my death obviously that will mean Tonks acting on his behalf until he reaches majority due to the anti werewolf legislation currently in operation.” Tonks and Remus look slightly taken back that their 3 month old son will become a lord in a few hours but they gave their support. “This brings me to another other problem Hermione do you remember our chat by the lake at The Burrow in the summer of our 5th year?” Hermione’s eyes widen and mouth dropped open Harry could have sworn he heard her uncharacteristically say bloody hell under her breath. Tonks and Remus looked on confused waiting for one of the two to enlighten them.
Neither Remus nor Tonks had had much of an upbringing in pureblood traditions Remus because of his werewolf status and Tonks because of her mother’s expulsion from the house of Black when she married Tonks’s father. Although both of their thoughts were heading in the right direction.
While not moving his eyes from Hermione Harry start to speak again “Since the end of my 5th year I have been Lord Black and since I came of age I am now Lord Potter too although I have not acted on it due to the situation of the last year I am now Lord Potter-Black. However due to the discriminatory laws still prevalent in the wizarding world I can only give Teddy the rights to 1 title and 1 Wizengamot seat meaning I need a blood heir if I don’t want the house of Black to end up under the control of Malfoy’s or Lestrange’s.” Comprehension dawned on Remus and Tonks’s faces but they stay silent wondering where this emotionally draining conversation was going next.
“Firstly before I do anything major apart from to ask about Teddy one of the reasons I asked you here Tonks was to ask you and Hermione to support myself and Ginny while I tell her my fate. I love her more than life itself and it’s knowing that my death will allow her to live and love in peace that’s keeping me going at the moment. It’s her that’s giving me the strength to sacrifice myself right now and I’m not sure what her reaction will do to me ironically it’s my love for her that is the biggest threat to achieving peace right now, she is the only person who could get close to talking me out of this now”. Both Tonks and Hermione could feel the pain and fear radiating off the young man and both silently vowed to themselves to do whatever they could to ease the burden of Harry in any way they could.
“Hermione this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to ask anyone but based on what you told me two summers ago would you possibly be willing to have my child?” Hermione was shell-shocked she had been expecting something like this since the conversation started in this direction but thinking it a possibility and being directly asked were two very different things.
Tonks and Remus moved away slightly feeling they were intruding on something incredibly personal regardless of the answer.
Meanwhile Hermione mind was going a mile a minute; could she do this for Harry? Did she want to do this for Harry? What would it mean for her future? What would happen if she said no? Why wasn’t Harry asking Ginny? No wonder Harry didn’t want Ron here. Merlin if she said yes what would that mean for her and Ron? Was she willing to risk that for Harry? Could she handle having ‘Harry Potter’s’ child? It’s bound to be a nightmare regardless of the war’s outcome. If she said yes would she and Harry have to sleep together could she do that to herself, Ginny or Ron? Does she love Harry enough to sacrifice so much more for him?
Finally, she organised her thoughts and narrowed the thoughts into two questions.
“Harry, why aren’t you asking Ginny first? Surely given your love for each other she would be a better choice.”
Harry replied instantly like he was expecting the question “I’m asking you first because you are the closest thing I have to a sister, you have been with me through thick and thin from the beginning. at this point after all the time in the tent you know me better than anyone, I trust you, you’ve always been loyal to me regardless of what anyone else has said about me and I know that you would be able to raise my child with the belief I would wish them to have. I would have given you a title if I could but there is no way given the time-frame and the ministry we currently have, if you agreed to this providing we win you would have a powerful position of influence for the future where you could use that brain to transform our society.”
Harry pauses as if uncertain whether he should say what on the tip of his tongue but he’s Gryffindor bravery seems to power through.
“I intend to ask Ginny as well although she has no reason to say yes; after all I’ve put her through. Even if she did, I’d still ask you, I need to do this to protect my house and you are one of the few people who I trust enough to ask. Although I am doing this because of circumstances, I want any children that may emerge from this awful situation to have as normal and as good childhood and life as possible and I know you would try to give them that to the best of your ability. You are one of the strongest witches I know and I that if this was successful the burden I would be giving you, Ginny and possibility a child is a heavy and one, which is truly unfair, but you could handle it. “
Hermione considered this for a second and concluded that given the circumstances asking both of them was a very sensible idea chance of pregnancy even with magic aren’t 100% certainties.
Putting her concerns about Ron aside, she decided she had to at least try. She needed to do this for her best friend, as she was not sure she could live with herself if she didn’t. If nothing else if it work she would always have a part of Harry. Yes, she might be giving up a lot but Harry was giving up sooo much more. She loved Harry maybe not in the same way she loved Ron but her love for Harry was just as strong Harry was her Brother in all but blood, her best friend and he brought out the best part of her. There may not be the passion of romantic love but in some ways the love she felt for Harry was stronger she knew it would never break her and it gave her strength and comfort always. Still the idea of having a child with and for Harry was odd. She thought Harry would always be in her life just not like that. She had until a few minutes ago had this image in her mind of an older version herself and Ron and Ginny and Harry standing on platform 9 and ¾’s waving off a gaggle of red, brown and black haired children as they boarded the Hogwarts Express. Regardless of her decision, she now knew that that image would only ever occur in her mind.
Tonks and Remus had been bystanders in this part of conversation so far but felt as if they are intruding on an intimate moment between the two young people in front of them both of whom they considered family. Although shocked and sadden by the nature and necessity of Harry’s request they couldn’t help but respect the two. Both Harry and Hermione had always done what was right their family, friends and unfortunately for them the wizarding world at large even if it was at the detriment of themselves. Deciding they should give the two some space they back away for the pair into an uninhabited corner of the office.
Meanwhile Ginny still frozen on the bed was watching the scene unfold was great interest trying to piece together what on earth was happening on the other side of the room. Watching Harry even this battered and world-weary version of him in front of her now was making her heart jump out of her chest she wondered how she had managed all these months without his presence she never wanted to let him go ever again. Even if he didn’t want to be with her anymore she knew at that moment she would always need to be a part of his life even if it was from the sidelines. She saw the look of horror appear on Hermione’s face and imagined it was mirrored on the faces of Remus and Tonks whose backs were facing her. Harry continued talking with that serious look on his face that she had seen enough times before to know even in the context of this war she should be very worried, she could see as always he was trying to mask his emotions but it was taking a lot of effort. Suddenly he looked directly at Hermione with was that nervousness?
Suddenly Tonks and Remus moved away from her love and her best friend they went to the opposite side of room, raised their wands in a movement which looked like another a Muffliato charm and entered into work appeared to be an argument at furious speed. Ginny turned her attention back to Harry and Hermione Tears were now streaming down Hermione’s face, Hermione open her mouth to respond to an unnoticed question. Then a slight nod of head Harry closed the space between himself and Hermione taking her hand in his and hugging Hermione lightly. At this Ginny could not help the jealousy that rose up inside she wanted to rip them apart and hex them both to oblivion it was a good job for them she was frozen in place. She tried to rationalised what she was seeing but struggled they only thing that was keeping her in one piece was the knowledge that neither Harry nor Hermione would ever be that cruel but then she started to wonder if they even remembered she was in the room.
Harry barely noticed Tonks and Remus’s departure from the small group his eyes were firmly fixed on the young women in front of him, he could hardly believe that she hadn’t run away or slapped him yet. This was the biggest thing he’d ever asked of anyone and he hated that Voldemort had yet again dictated his actions and caused him the once again to drag his friends into the shit that his life had tended to be. He’s feeling were not help by the years neglect and abuse at the hands of Dursley’s who had instilled in him from as long as he could remember that he wasn’t worth a minute of anyone’s time and here was someone he loved considering giving him a lot more. After a minute of silence and by the look on Hermione’s face deep compilation. Hermione quietly but confidently said “Harry I love you like a brother, I hate that this is happening to you and this isn’t how I imagined having a family but I would be honoured to have your child”. Hearing this Harry couldn’t believe his ears Hermione had agreed he stood a chance of protecting his name and insuring a legacy. He didn’t know how to express his gratitude to the amazing women in front of him he tentatively grasped for her hand. Harry wasn’t often one to initiate physical contact courtesy again of life at the Dursley’s but he couldn’t think of how to show Hermione how much this meant to him but he soon realised holding her hand wasn’t enough he cautiously entered into a hug. Taken back by Harry’s actions but liking them Hermione happily returned the hug then a thought hit her that she just couldn’t keep in “Harry we’re going to have to sleep together, aren’t we?”.
Now before Harry had asked Hermione to carry his child he had thought through thoroughly just what that request would entail including the conception and as much as Harry did not want to die a virgin he didn’t want to force his friend into something that she deserved it to be something special not something rushed out of necessity. Over the last year he had imagined his first time 100s of times, it had always been Ginny with him, and he wasn’t sure he was ready to give that up. So Harry had been trying to think of a way round the problem he had a few ideas but he wasn’t sure if they’d work.
“I don’t know Hermione but I need to talk to Ginny first either way.”
They parted and Harry looked for Tonks he knew Ginny would need her for the conversation they were about to start and time was ticking away quickly 15 minutes had passed since the quartet entered the room. He noticed that Tonks and Remus had moved to the side and looked like they had just finished an argument Tonks looked determined and Remus looked unhappily resigned. As Harry and Hermione approached Remus waved his wand removing the invisible barriers between the two couples.
Before Harry or Hermione could say a word Tonks spoke “Harry I want to offer to carry a child for you” Harry and Hermione’s mouths hit the floor , Harry couldn’t believe what he was hearing and all he could was stare dumbfounded at the couple in front of him. “I know this is a shock and you would never ask me out of respect for Remus but this is something I feel I need to offer you. Since I met you all those summers ago I have been astounded by your ability to handle what life has thrown at you the fact that you are still such a loving, selfless young man is frankly astounding. I want to do this for you because I know the more chances you have for an heir the better for our whole future and myself and Remus” she shoots a look at her slightly uncomfortable husband a look almost daring him to contradict “would happily raise our child with the love and security we wish we could have given you and hope we provide for Teddy”
“Nymphadora” earning a glare from the witch in question “I can’t let you...” Harry begins only Remus interrupts before he can finish.
”Harry I love you like a son and I wish more than anything I could have saved you from the hard life you’ve had but alas my furry little problem has kept me at arm’s length for too much of your life., I’m Proud of you and I know your parents and Sirius would be too. I trust you with my life and I can’t think of anyone better to be my son’s godfather if though you won’t be around. Tonks and I have been briefly talking over what you’ve just told us and although I’m not thrilled with what my wife is suggesting because it’s so soon after Teddy as well as the obvious reasons please hear us out. I’m supporting Nymph in this offer not just because it’s the right thing to do, as it will give the future you plan on sacrificing yourself for, a chance but because this is for once something we can do this for you for once. Also because of mine and Tonks’s marriage if necessary we can hide the child’s true paternity from most of the wizarding world if needed” pausing for breath Remus continued,
“Harry I know you well enough to know you are noble enough to still refuse but there is another more selfish reason for the offer, Nymph wants another child and although teddy’s fine I don’t want to chance having another child with the risk of them inheriting it too. As much as I love teddy he wasn’t planned and I would never deliberately take the risk to have a child. By doing this for you it would solve that issue and I promise you I would love any child of yours as my own.” Remus stated sincerely.
Resigned Harry decides it’s their decision to make and he should accept their offer but he double checks with Hermione non-verbally before agreeing as this now affects her too. At Hermione’s slight nod and smile he accepts the Lupin’s offer providing a way can be found to impregnate Tonks that doesn’t involve intercourse as he refuses to sleep with his father figures wife, the Lupin’s accept this condition and Remus looks noticeably relived.
Just as Harry is about to suggest they go and talk to Ginny Hermione’s eyes light up like when she knows an answer in class at the look Remus is compelled to ask “what is it Hermione?” an excited Hermione answers energetically “a turkey baster”. At the utterly bemused look of the three around she proceeds to explain the muggle home conception method but she suggests that it would be better to use a needleless syringe. This gives Remus an idea and he suggest a number of spells that could improve the success rate of the method.
Remus asks if they can do this method to Tonks right away as he wants to check the post break plan with the rest of the order and he knows he isn’t required for the conversation with Ginny. Remus also requests that he is the one to inseminate Harry’s sperm. Harry happily agrees to both suggestions and Hermione transfigures a syringe, two pots and a screen divider. Tonks smirked while asking harry if he needed any more materials or assistance causing both himself and Hermione to blush furiously Harry unable to meet anyone’s eyes. While Remus looking on chuckled at his wife’s antics.
Hermione, Tonks and Remus quickly headed to the far side of the room and cast several muting charms in Harry’s direction and proceeded to became instantaneously engrossed in a very engaging conversation between the 3 of them in order to give Harry some privacy to perform the required act. Completely forgetting about the fifth very confused person in the room who currently had a very good view of a screen...
A/N I do not own Harry Potter or any of the harry potter universe, there are a few characters of my own creation and the plot. As I said in my first posting my aim is to update once a month, however I will update more frequently when I can A/N
Actions of love
Ginny was confused not being able to hear what was going on she had no idea why Hermione had transfigured a syringe, two pots and a screen divider. Was Harry ill? Was that why they had a private conversation? After all Tonks an Auror and Hermione the brightest which of their generation would probably be able to heal anything between them and of course she’d be excluded because Harry was unaware she’d secretly been taking healing lessons from Madam Pomfrey. She started learning from the matron into to deal with the aftermath of some of the Carrow’s more inventive punishments for insubordination. She’d become quite an expert on handling curse damage especially after Christmas by which time most of the DA had been banned from the hospital ward by the Carrow siblings. Ginny wished she could say something as annoyed as she was at Harry the idea of him suffering was unpalatable.
Meanwhile Harry couldn’t believe he was in this situation this was not something most people had to deal with 9 months after coming of age. harry was certain nobody would believe in the middle of the battle for the future of the wizarding world he be filling small plastic pots with this best friend, the closest thing to a father he had left and his wife were only a few feet away. Harry knew as uncomfortable as this situation was for all involved it was the only way he could protect the future of his family and possibly even the wizarding world. The long-term outcome of this battle would be forged by the political reactions and results in response to the war and its causes and he needed to ensure that his two influential houses were firmly in the light to help guide the wizarding world’s development. If not the sacrifice he and many others were making may be in vain. He needed to do everything in his power to ensure Ginny had a chance at a life in peace. Ginny was his reason for all of this, he just hoped she would understand his actions. Harry hated the thought that that wonderful kiss on his birthday may be have been the last time he ever got to kiss the beautiful young women who was his ex-girlfriend ... Ginny. Harry got trapped in a carousel of thoughts about the auburn-haired goddess. Just as he was about to leave the safety of the screened area havening completed his task horror struck him Ginny was in the office had Hermione moved her after he entered the screened area? He tried asking Hermione from behind the screen if she moved Ginny but no answer, Harry concluded that he would just have to brave the other side of the screen tentatively he moved forward ...
Ginny watched as Harry moved forward he emerged from the screen and immediately looked in her direction holding her glaze for a millisecond before he blushed in a way that would make any Weasley proud and then he proceeded to look anywhere except her finally focusing on something she couldn’t see.
Harry decided he didn’t have time to worry about Ginny right this minute the sooner he gave the pots to Hermione and Tonks the sooner he could talk to Ginny properly. As he approached the trio Hermione flicked her wand granting him access to the groups’ conversation. “Harry we were just talking about how to best perform the insemination” at this Hermione blushed but Harry couldn’t resist joking with her further “Hermione is there a subject you haven’t read a book on?” this earned him a slap on the shoulder from the witch in question. Tonks shared the spells she thought would increase the chances of conception Hermione nodded in agreement and having received a pot and syringe from Harry the Lupin’s disappeared to the screened area. Before Hermione could say anything Harry dashed away and Hermione noticed his direction and saw Ginny her thoughts were in overdrive her eyes widened at the realisation of what the young witch had just witnessed. Harry transfigured a wooden panel around Ginny’s bed knowing that he’d pay for that at least 20 minutes. He reluctantly went back to Hermione “so Hermione how do you want to do this?” Hermione blushed while quietly replying “Harry I’m sorry I’m going to need your help”
“Oh ok” Harry wasn’t sure what was a suitable reply.
Meanwhile Hermione had transfigured herself a bed and a screen and was beginning to lower her trousers Harry turned away to give her some privacy and prepared the syringe.
Ginny was fuming she was surround by silence and all she could see was that blasted screen. What was going on the other side of the screen and why didn’t Harry want her to see what could be worse than Harry’s accidental display earlier.
Harry exited the screened area feeling slightly flustered to see Tonks and Remus looking straight at him with eyebrows raised, glints in their eyes and smirks on their faces. “Cut it out guys, you know I didn’t have a choice I needed to give it the best chance of working” state an obviously annoyed Harry but Tonks couldn’t resist a little for teasing “sure Harry it must have been sooooooooo horrible being up close and personal with a beautiful witch!”. Harry growled but Remus interrupted “look Harry I really need to go find out the new strategy, I’m sorry I can’t be with you through this I hope the talk with Ginny goes ok, remember I love you, there’s nothing you could do to make me disappointed in you and I’m proud of who you’ve become.” Harry hugs Remus realising this may be the last time he’ll see him he whispers “thank you for everything moony, I wouldn’t have made it this far without you.”
Harry releases Remus as Hermione appears from behind the screen they catch each other’s eyes blush and look away which causes both Lupin’s to chuckle. Deciding Tonks and Remus need some privacy to say good-bye Hermione and Harry headed over the wooden blind that concealed Ginny with two flicks of her wand Hermione banished the screen and removed all but Petrificus Totalus from Ginny.
Suddenly the screen vanished and Ginny could hear the noises in the room instead of the incessant buzzing she’d endured for the last 30 minutes. “They’d better have a very good reason for this or I’m going to hex them all to oblivion” Ginny though mutinously. Right in front of her were the anxious faces of Harry and Hermione behind them she could see Remus giving Tonks a rather passionate kiss. The Lupin's broke apart Remus said good luck to everyone and left quickly.
Tonks joined the group and sat at the end of the bed. Hermione swiftly started speaking “Ginny I know you’re annoyed but believe me there’s a really good reason Harry jinxed you. I know you can’t respond but please can you hold off hexing us when we release you and let Harry explain as Harry’d rather do this with you able to respond.” Just to be safe Tonks removed Ginny’s wand from the young girls cloak pocket. Harry the proceeded to released Ginny and she sat up motioned for Hermione and Harry to sit they complied sitting either side of her as Harry sat down she slapped him hard across the face then looked innocently at Hermione “you didn’t ask me not to hurt him!” “Ok Ginny but if you try to hurt him again I will petrify you” started Hermione without a hint of humour. Ginny was surprised Hermione was being so protective of Harry she wondered what had happened since they went on the run.
Harry starts talking, as he knew he was desperately running out of time. 5 minutes later Ginny was clinging to Harry sobbing into his chest, Harry was close to breaking point. Hermione didn’t think Harry could continue so she decided to take over and explain the heir issue. When she finished he explanation Ginny looked at the other three with a hurt expression on her face and then looked Harry in the eye and yelled “you’ve had sex with these two and while I was in the room? What about me I thought you would wait for me like I have you!” Hermione intervened before Harry was hurt by Ginny again and proceeded to explain the method used. Harry felt the need to make it 100% clear “I’m still a virgin Ginny you are the only one I want to do that with and if I have to die a virgin I will”. At this declaration from Harry, Ginny grabbed his face and pulled him into a searing kiss, Harry’s mind stopped working this was even better than he remember. Neither of them seemed to register either of the older witches, both of whom decided the couple some space and moved to 1 of the screen off areas not before casting a Muffliato at the pair and re transfiguring the wooden divider in front of the pair.
Neither Harry nor Ginny noticed any of this they were too engrossed in each other. Harry came up for air knowing what he wanted to say “I love you Ginny, since I first kissed you in the common room, you complete me.” than he went back into the mind-blowing kiss. Ginny broke off the kiss and moved her mouth to his ear and whispered “I love you too Harry James Potter, I want you to make love to me and I want to have your child”. The effect her words had on Harry were immediately noticeable to Ginny, although she could tell he was nervous for some reason. Seeing Harry close up was so much better than from a far even if it made his malnourishment even more apparent. Ginny desperately wanted to reassure Harry that whatever happened now she would not be disappointed. She decided they needed to pause for a minute before taking the next step. She slowly sat up and stopped Harry in his ministrations although not wanting the loose the physical contact she snuggled into Harry’s chest and tentatively began to speak.
Meanwhile Tonks and Hermione were discussing what Ron, Hermione and Harry had been up to while on the run. Tonks couldn’t believe what the trio had achieved. Tonks looked at her watch and as much as it broke her heart, she knew she needed to interrupt Ginny and Harry. “Hermione we need to break up the love birds there’s only 30 minutes left to the deadline”
Nodding Hermione added “Tonks do you have a pepper up potion on you Harry’s going to need it” the pair Tonks with a vial in hand headed to where Harry and Ginny were. Removing the Muffliato Tonks starts “sorry guys time up get decent, Harry I have some pepper-up potion for you.” A dishevelled and conflicted looking Harry appeared and grabbed the potion. Shortly followed by a devastated looking Ginny.
Harry looked at the three women who had given him so much and sighed, “I want to thank you for all you’ve done for me, without you my life would have been much worse. I love you all and I am sorry but I need the next 10 minutes alone you are welcome to stay in the room but please allow me to do what I need to. I also have a request given that you could all be carrying my child please stay out of the battle, yes, I know you can all defend yourself but it’s not worth it, I don’t want any of you hurt and stick together. Whatever happens tonight look after each other I am trusting you all with the most important thing I have, each of you. Hermione I am giving you my cloak I will not put it in the will as the less who know it’s origin the better , Ginny please take the marauders map use it tonight to keep you 3 out of trouble. Please don’t dwell on my death for long, I am doing this so those I care about can live and love freely without fear and I want you all to live and love enough for me too! Love you and remember the ones that love us never really leave us. “ With that Harry hugs Tonks, kisses Hermione on the cheek and kisses Ginny passionately on the lips before moving into a secluded corner and beginning to work on the previously abandoned parchment.
AN/ I do not own harry potter or his world but the plot is from my confused mind.
As Harry moved away from the trio of witches Tonks decides she needs to take charge on her left side of her Ginny is shaking looking like she could collapse at any moment. On her right Hermione looks as if she’s in her own little world while there are tears streaming done her face. Tonks knows harry doesn’t need to see this and the girls on either side need to prepare themselves for the horror to come. there’ll be plenty of time for tears and breakdowns when this is over whatever happens but right now the three of them need to prepare for the new role harry has given them. Tonks decides to take Ginny into her arms and switches into Auror mode asks Hermione to remove all the blinds and screens erected in the office since their arrival. While Hermione was doing that Tonks re-transfigured the bed created for Ginny into a large comfy sofa with more than enough space for the three of them. She then directed the two younger witches to the sofa that now had an uninterrupted view of harry before casting Muffliato on the area around the sofa area.
While the 2 other witches settle themselves on the sofa Tonks glances at harry to see the young man handing a house elf that looks like Kreacher a large bundle of envelopes while giving some instructions before turning back to a pile of blank parchments.
Tonks turns back to the sofa to see Ginny curled into one corner of the sofa with her knees brought up to her chest on the other side of the sofa Hermione sat staring in Harry’s direction. Tonks plonked herself down on the sofa between the two women. She needed to distract her champions and despite not knowing the outcome of their activities, she knew now that the witches on either side of her would now play a big role in her future.
“Hermione did you make sure to do the spell to encourage ovulation as well as the others?”
Hearing her name snapped Hermione out of her trance “erm Tonks did you say something?”
“Yes I asked if you remembered the spells.”
“Oh ... yes Harry did them on me” replied a distracted Hermione her thoughts finally computing the enormity of what she had done and the fact that her first and best friend wouldn’t live much longer.
“What about you Ginny, did you remember the charms?”
Tonks looks directly at the girl to her left Ginny is still clutching her knees shaking and now rocking slightly. Tonks is instantly concerned for the young witch she considers has a younger sister ever since she visited her friend Charlie at the burrow in the summer of 1st year.
The then little girl of nearly three who had a tenacious energy even then, it was easy to fall in love with her. Tonks smiled as she remembered the way the younger Ginny already had all the males of the burrow wrapped around her little finger. After that visit, she didn’t meet Ginny again until the summer of the girls 3 year and instantly she knew they’d get on. Ginny had grown into a beautiful independent and vivacious young woman and was truly the equal of any of her brothers yet looking the girl sat next to her on the couch now it was hard to believe it was the same person.
The young girl was in shock and Tonks couldn’t blame her but she knew that this state wasn’t helping anyone and certainly would not help Harry if he saw. Tonks moved to rub Ginny on the back, Ginny however didn’t react in any way to suggest that she had even noticed. Tonks needed to break into the cocoon Ginny had placed around herself and quickly but it was a two person job, she looked towards Hermione who although in a trance it looked like she was still functioning. Tonks tapped the bushy-hair witch on the shoulder Hermione turned to Tonks “Hermione we need to can Ginny urgently before she hurts herself or harry notices” at this Hermione looked at Ginny for the first time since they sat and nodded in agreement with Tonks.
Tonks stood up and Hermione scooted down the sofa next to Ginny while Tonks moved to sit directly in front of Ginny facing her on the floor.
“Ginny” Hermione whisper gently into her ear while hugging her tightly.
No response, Hermione and Tonks looked at one another stage two, stereo. Tonks gently pulled Ginny’s knees down and together Tonks and Hermione said “GINNY” This time they got a response although still not a verbal one as Ginny moved her head to view both the other witches and the shaking almost stopped. Tonks took this as a sign to begin ” Look Ginny I cannot imagine what you are going through right now, but you need to get it together right now for Harry’s sake, if her notices you like this Voldemort will win. If you don’t calm down you will make it very unlikely you’ll get pregnant and we all know that harry would want you most to have his child. I would give you a calming draft but I don’t have one on me so you are going to have to calm down naturally”.
At this Hermione had an idea and produced a brown paper bag handed it to Ginny telling her to breath into it after a couple minutes Ginny had calmed enough to join a conversation.
Tonks knew some things needed to be dealt with “Ginny, did you and harry do the spells to induce ovulation and the other spells to encourage fertilization? Ginny extracts herself from Hermione slightly and says quietly “no” it broke Tonks heart all over again that this wonderful girl’s first physical relationship had been so pressured, task focused and painful. It was not what girls dreamed of but at least Tonks reasoned it was with someone she loved and who loved her back. “Is it ok if I cast the spells on you?”
Ginny nods and Tonks takes out her wand and swishes her wand in ways Ginny hasn’t seen before causing Ginny’s abdomen to tingle pleasantly a glow slightly pink for 10 seconds.
Tonks puts her wand away and smiles at the two girls on the sofa it takes a lot for friends to survive all those to have yet they are still so close. “Right you guys I think we should agree a few things now before everything goes crazy”
“firstly I promise no matter what happens I’ll be here for you both regardless of any potential children, I have considered you both sisters for a long time and we have and will be going through a lot together in the next few months minimum.”
Ginny and Hermione both learn down and hug Tonks silently confirming Tonks’s sentiments.
“Secondly apart from each other, Harry and Remus I don’t think we should mentioned what’s happened this evening until we know the outcome. If successful, I intend to keep the paternity of my child undisclosed for a while. I also think if this doesn’t work, it’s important for both of your reputations to not tell people about this, as the wizarding world is still backward about sex and children out of wedlock especially for women. I want both of you to have the chance to find true love and happiness in a relationship and your purity is important for some if you want to get married. If successful and we have Harry’s child or children the rules and societies attitude will be different but if not it’s best only the 5 of us know.”
“Finally, I think we need to think we need to think about what we are going to do immediately after the battle I want us to stay as a group as much as possible until we know our child status. This is going to be hard particularly with Ginny because you are not of age and I doubt molly would take kindly to you not spending time with the family when this is over, so I think Hermione you should ask to stay at the burrow until you can retrieve your parents. I will find a reason to visit 3 times a week.
If Voldemort wins we, the three of us will go into hiding with teddy; I know a safe house we could use for a bit. Remus and I have talked and he can’t come with us because his furry little problem draws too much attention and it wouldn’t be safe for us.”
“Ok” said the girls Hermione hesitantly spoke “sorry, Tonks I don’t mean to be rude but do you realise you’re leaking?”
Tonks looks down to see 2 big wet patches on her t-shirt “ thanks Hermione this was meant to stop a month ago teddy’s 3 and ½ month now but I guess I haven’t fed him or expressed for 8 hours now I’ll put in some pads. A few flicks of her wand directed at her chest and you would never guess she was breast-feeding.
“That’s all I had to say have either of you got anything you want to talk about”
Ginny moved into a more comfortable position so she could speak
“I want to be honest with you both when you first told me that you were both going to try and carry Harry’s child I was soooooooooooooooo jealous and angry I wanted to hex you, until harry explained how you did it but I am still jealous at the idea you might have Harry’s child even though I understood why logically, I’ve always thought I would be the only 1 to have Harry’s children. One thing’s for sure as painful as it was , I’m going to be the only one to make love to harry and that’s going to have to be enough. While I wish, the situation was different. Right now I’m glad I have you two to support me, I’m not sure I’ll make it through tonight but I can’t be responsible for Voldemort’s continuation by making harry run. He wouldn’t be who I love if he did anyway.”
Hermione and Tonks comforted Ginny but they knew this was something that couldn’t be fixed by a hug.
Changing the attention of the group Hermione decided to share her feelings and concerns about Ron and how he would take all of this. Ginny grimaced knowing that if this was success and Hermione had Harry’s child she could kiss any relationship with her idiot brother goodbye but she didn’t think that was what Hermione needed to hear. They discussed Ron and his jealousy for a bit and Ginny and Tonks told her she should go for a relationship for Ron if something happened baby-wise she could deal with that when it happened. For the brightest witch of her age Hermione was rubbish at her own love life.
Hermione decided they needed to move on to another topic “hey Ginny what was harry like in bed?” the girls giggled.
Meanwhile harry was oblivious to the discussions on the other side of the room he knew he had minutes left and he needed to formalise his will and write 2 more letters. Letters complete he calls for Kreacher he can’t believe how many letters he’s written it such a small amount of time thank god for magic or her wouldn’t have made it he hands Kreacher all but five of the letters with explicate instructions. The five letters remaining letters get put to one side while he gets on with his will 10 minutes and three Geminio charms later. He was done looking over at the girls on the sofa he smiled Ginny and Hermione were cuddled together and Tonks was sat on the floor facing the pair. It comforted harry to know whatever happened Tonks and Hermione would look after his Ginny. While looking at the girls he quickly performed a Patronus Charm requesting Colin, Neville, Ron and Remus come to the office. As his stag disappeared harry places his wand to his throat casting the Sonorus charm his voice boomed around the castle “Voldemort or should I say Tom I will meet you on the grounds at the lake in 10 minutes and this will end!”
There was a knock at the office door Colin, Neville, Remus and Ron walked in clutching the headless body of a snake. “I guess that answers my first question” harry chuckled and the guys smiled “I need another favour can you four protect Ginny during the rest of the battle I know she will not stay here but I need to know she won’t be used to bait me she’s too important. Tonks and Hermione will also be providing protection but I want them to be a last resort defence so please protect them as well”. “If needed get them out of Hogwarts using a tunnel, Ron, Remus and Hermione know where they are”. “Keep them and yourselves safe no matter what. Thank you for your loyalty and trust.” all the men agreed however only Remus understood the women’s importance.
Harry called the women over although he couldn’t look Ginny in the eye, “Ladies I know I can’t stop you from watching the duel and I’m not going to try” the women looked surprised they were all expecting to be ordered to hide they were all far too aware of Harry’s protective streak. “However these 4 guys WILL be protecting you all but more specifically Ginny. “Tonks , Hermione if 2 of your guard get incapacitated get Ginny out I don’t care what else is going on” harry moved his attention to the whole group Moony you will be covering Tonks, Ron you will cover Hermione and Colin and Neville you will cover Ginny” the group nodded. “If it goes badly get Ginny out of Hogwarts as quickly as you can.” Ginny tired to scowl but she understood this wasn’t just about her anymore. “I could ask for better friends” at this harry hugged each in turn and whispered to Tonks and Remus to hold back. “Alright guys I need a few minutes to compose myself see you in a little while”.
The office emptied and harry called Kreacher and handed him a parchment “please take this to Gringotts” “yes master potter” replied the elderly elf before he disappeared with a pop. Handing 1 parchment and 5 letters to Tonks harry spoke “as soon as the battles over and the danger has passed please give those letters to the addresses” Tonks look at the letters and saw they were addressed to her, Hermione, Ginny, Minerva, Neville and the Weasleys. Harry then handed the remaining parchment that looked identical to the 1 given to Kreacher, explaining, “This is my will there are 3 copies, 1 copy has gone to Gringotts, one is in the draw of the headmasters desk and this is the 3rd”. With that, harry unable to handle any more goodbyes walked out of the office heading to the lake.
AN I do not own harry potter. sorry for the delay. In addition, as I write the content a few more chapters have appeared current estimate is about 50. AN
Chapter 5– Until death do us part
Walking out of the office purposely Harry was overcome by the eerie silence seemed to be bouncing of the walls. Looking around the first place he called home it hurt him that he had brought the battle here. that this battle had caused his home to be disseminated there were broken windows slashed tapestries, chunks of wall missing but the worst by far for Harry were the pools and the intermittent splatters of blood lining the walls and floors. The lower in the castle harry got the worst the devastation got and knowing the number of people who must have been killed or injured for there to be this much damage hurt harry. He wanted to mourn the damage but he knew he didn't have time especially if he wanted this to end without more bloodshed than absolutely necessary. He needed to be strong and end this madness once and for all. Harry speeded up knowing dwelling on the devastation around him or what was coming was not helping.
He was at the main doors of the castle it appeared the whole castle light and dark had exited to witness his battle against Tom Riddle. Suddenly he remembered the snitch that Dumbledore had left him and in a moment of realisation, he understood now was his close he was actively going to his own certain death. This was the moment Dumbledore had left him the snitch for but what help could this small winged gold ball give him now. Harry knew he needed to find out. He tried pulling it apart in his hands but that clearly was working desperately trying to think of anything to open it harry grabbed his wand and whispered Alohomora nothing happened. Although disappointed harry suspected that Dumbledore would not have made it that easy. He didn't have time for this in desperation he tried Parseltongue "open up" nothing. Giving up he raised the snitch to his lips and kissed it for luck although knowing what awaited him he the grounds even that action felt stupid he's luck had finally come to an end, there would be no walking away from this one... Harry's thoughts were broken by a small hiss of a canister, opening his eyes harry saw the now opened snitch but his attention was grabbed by a small smooth oval stone. Months spent in a tent with Hermione and the tales of the beadle and the bard combined with his knowledge of cloak and the elder wand meant that harry had a pretty good idea what the unassuming stone before him was ... Resurrection Stone.
Turning the stone over 3 times a blue shimmer surrounded harry unafraid and if fact slightly excited harry awaited the sprits presence suddenly some blurry shapes started to appear in the mist surrounding harry. Harry was starting to get anxious about time he knew he needed to be with riddle in a moment and he feared if he was late even more innocent people would die needlessly and that would definitely be his fault. Panic rising within him and he decided despite the comfort that would come from speaking to his loved ones he need to face riddle NOW harry gripped the stone and moved forward trying to exit the mist.
Unfortunately every time harry moved forward so did the blue mist and the mist had become opaque. Harry then tried going left, right and backwards but every way he moved the mist followed harry growled his frustration growing didn't the fates get that he was on a tight deadline. It then occurred to him that he was still holding the stone he dropped the stone but the mist didn't disappear harry decided to try running forward to see if that would break the mist but it didn't so he decided to give up and wait for whatever was happening to happen he'd done his best lowering himself on to the floor harry suddenly heard a barking laugh to his left. Harry looked up to see the laughing figure of his late godfather Sirius Black. harry studied Sirius he definitely wasn't alive but he didn't look like a ghost either he's image was more solid somehow harry reached out to touch Sirius but Sirius moved out of reach and looked solemnly at his god son "sorry harry you can't touch us in this state." Us thought harry and he looked around again and noticed a man and women to his right they looked familiar suddenly it clicked they were his mum and dad although he'd seen them come out of Voldemort's wand three years ago. Seeing them this time it affected him more knowing what laid ahead and knowing that this time they were here for him deliberately rather than as an unexpected consequence of Voldemort's actions.
Voldemort's name brought him back to he's current situation and as much as he would like almost nothing more than to take in the images of Sirius and he's parents he knew he had to leave them and face his fate before anyone else got hurt even the idea was unbearable.
"Sorry guys I need you to go so that I meet tom on time I don't want to give him any reason to hurt anyone else I care about." To this comment lily moved towards him "it's ok harry nothing bad will happen to anyone while we visit, time at Hogwarts has frozen for 15 minutes so that you could access our plain." Harry relaxed slightly although not completely.
"We are so proud of you son, we know what is asked of you is a burden nobody should bare but we wanted you to know we that we will be waiting for you. Your mother and I, while we wish you could have had a long a happy life are glad you will be spending the next one with us." James finished and at that moment harry wanted nothing more than to join them.
Tears welling up Sirius came up and whispered something in Harry's ear. Nodding harry looked to he's parents and back to Sirius but before he could open his mouth lily spoke "we know what you've done to try and ensure the family names harry." harry blushed" and while I am not happy about the idea a grandchild will be born out of wedlock and without a father I know this is not a situation you wanted or choose. I am sorry you had so little experience of true uninhibited love but I know that any of the women you choose could be a wonderful mother to my grandchild." at this James couldn't resist a joke at harry and Sirius expense "padfoot it's clear that you didn't teach him the ways of a marauder properly if that had been you, would have shagged all of them, reactions be dammed!" this earnt James a slap round the back of the head from lily. "Harry I'm happy you have more common sense than your father and James you know what I would've done if his attitude to women had rubbed off on our son." James swallowed hard.
"Mum, dad, Sirius my times running out is there anything I should know before I face tom?" all the adults went back into serious mode.
"Harry use Malfoy's wand Riddle won't be expecting it even if it doesn't work well it won't matter much" Sirius started.
"You are a sign of hope to the wizarding world use your last words to make sure the witnesses to the duel know that you want them to use your sacrifice for good and if you can take tom down with you harry," said James.
"He will underestimate you harry use it and remember love is more powerful than hate, we will be waiting for you son" added lily. With this statement James, Lily and Sirius's images started to dissipate leaving harry alone again in the entry hall. It took a lot of will power not to grab the stone and join them again delay the inevitable some more. Harry picked up the stone and enters the Hogwarts grounds. The chill of the summer breeze hit harry immediately, despite the obvious signs of battle surrounding harry there was nobody in the immediate area although he could see a large number of people a few hundred gathering by the lake. Harry could see the dark lord and his followers moving out of the forbidden forest towards the lake. Harry speed up in the direction of the lake not wanting an opportunity for the two sides to start fighting again until he had confronted riddle. He stopped suddenly a short distance from the lake gathering and reached into his pocket grabbed the stone and threw it as far as he physically could.
Seconds later Voldemort's voice boomed, "The Great Harry Potter has finally decided to grace us with his presence and he I was thinking that his mudblood side had come out and he'd left you all here to die in his name. At least now I get to show you all what happens to those who are stupid enough to stand in my way." Harry let tom's words wash over him they were unimportant he just need to make sure people understood the need for tolerance in the future and that tom understood that his secrets had been discovered. Harry took one last look around noticing Ginny and his friends in the crowd he found the courage to move forward he was doing this for Ginny, for his friends, for their future, for his potential children. Harry's thoughts focused "This reign of terror by tom riddle needs to be ended once and for all and I am the only one who can. I can't knowingly let a child of mine grow up in a world of hate and fear.". "Mr. Potter let's do this the proper way now we can't disappoint our audience now can we? Drawled Riddle. "Is weeee little potter scared of the big bad wizard" cackled Bellatrix.
Harry stepped forward and he and Voldemort began circling "I am not afraid of you Tom." Voldemort was taken aback by this almost flinching at the use of his given name, "yes I know all about you history, you and I aren't so different tom we both orphaned boys living in the muggle world with no knowledge of magic until Hogwarts, we both see Hogwarts as our first real home but I have one thing you'll never understand tom ... LOVE. It's because of love I survived your attack all those years ago, it's because of love you couldn't touch me in my 1st year and it's because of my love for others that I'm standing here now." Harry glances in the direction of Ginny, which doesn't go unnoticed by her or those nearby. " you stupid boy you think your precious love will save you now" Voldemort growled firing off a couple of spells which harry easily dodged " no but I know that love will beat hate that the future of our world is dependent on us embracing love and shunning hate and prejudice. All magical beings are equal I am only alive now because centaurs, goblins and house elves have been willing to risk and sacrifice their lives for me. Many faces in the crowd looked surprised by this admission but stood hooked on the pair's words. "Well isn't that nice a cuddly but you forget magic is might Crucio" the spell hit harry and he crumpled into a heap on the floor writhing in pain.
Voldemort turned to the crowd "look at your hero now not so impressive is he follow me now and I will spare you" " wait tom I'm not dealt with yet" screamed a now upright Harry Potter Voldemort turned his attention back to the boy " right I've had enough fun any last words potter?" "yes notice any different tom or have you done so much damaged to your soul you can't tell I've destroyed your anchors to this world, you are not immortal Tom!" a slight look of horror passed across Voldemort's snake like face before he schooled it to the standard hate filled leer. "You are playing with me boy no one could have done that I'd have felt it." Voldemort raised his wand Harry shouted " love trumps hate" and grabbed both wands in his pockets his own and Malfoy's and milliseconds after Voldemort's Avada Kedavra was performed harry released two Avada Kedavra of his own the green streaks passed each other in the duelling space as the audience looked on in awe filled horror. Half the crowd wondering if the-boy-who-lived could do the impossible and survive twice in a lifetime.
There was a small group of women to the side of the duel who already knew the outcome they clung to one another trying to draw a small amount of comfort from the others presence but Ginny was already collapsing before either spell was cast unable to keep the facade of strength up any longer. None of the women wanted to watch the scene unfolding in front of them but they couldn't not. Time seemed to slow done as the curses reached their targets the those who could see Voldemort's face saw it change quickly from smug satisfaction to fear as he avoided one green streak only to be hit by the other. His followers looked on in horror and shock as there master fell. Those paying attention to harry a second before the dark lord's spell hit would say he almost looked at peace maybe even with a slight smile an image why would be a subject of discussions for decades to come. However, if you had a window into his mind at that moment you would have seen a red head young woman with a baby in her arms...
AN I do not own Harry potter AN
Chapter 6 battle worn
As the two bodies hit the floor a moment of utter stillness descends as both sides try to comprehend what they had just witness. Many contemplating what they were meant to do now as so much of the war had focused on the two lifeless figures on the ground. Could either side end the battle of the century without the main players on both sides? The outcome of the next few hours would determine the future of the muggle and magical worlds for centuries to come. The light side had the advantage that they had fought out of love and a belief in what was right and although Harry potter gave them a focus point for their actions he was not the reason they fought they fought for their lives and their futures. The side of the dark lord fought out of hatred and fear and relied on Voldemort to lead and direct them without him they were a snake without a head, the years between 1981 and 1995 had shown that. It was clear that the audience were waiting for either Harry or the dark lord to stir and tell the surround crowd their apparent death was a feign to trick their opponent. The stretching silence made it seem as if somebody had cast Petrificus Totalus on the area.
The odd silence was broken by a heart breaking scream and sob, which focused everyone's attention on the circle in front of them, where they saw a young ginger-haired girl clinging to the dead body of Harry Potter trying shake then kiss the departed hero as if trying to revive him. The crowd watched a group of six witches and wizards rushed towards the scene wands out the witches immediately trying and failing to remove the girl from the corpse of the boy who died. There was clearly a frantic whispered conversation going on between the groups that the crowd could not hear.
"Ginny" cooed Hermione struggling with her own emotions of seeing her first and best friend lying dead straight ahead of her. But Hermione knew now was not mourn or lose control of her emotions that could wait until there weren't a herd of death eater 10 feet away, when this was totally over. Right now, they needed to get Ginny, Tonks and herself to safety and to keep their promise to Harry to stay out of the battle. Right now, they were too exposed and after Harry, she and Ron were prime targets for death eater revenge.
"Ginny" Hermione tried once again to separate the distraught Ginny from Harry's body this time trying to gain the girls attention by gently rubbing her back but Ginny didn't react at all she was too consumed with grief. Hermione realised they were not going to get Ginny to move away from Harry willingly. Hermione looked to Tonks and Remus for guidance seeing the lost marked on their faces and she guessed her face looked similar.
Remus took charge "Right guys I think we need to get Ginny away from here ASAP before the death eaters start up again we've already lost too many young lives this evening. Colin, Neville, I think we are going to have to carry Ginny, can you manage that?" both young men nodded" do not immobilise her unless necessary in her current state who knows what the long-term effects might be. In addition, we don't want to be the first to draw our wands, right now it's bound to draw a lot of unwanted attention from our marked friends over there. Hermione I want you and Tonks to try to keep Ginny as calm as possible under the circumstances have a hand on your wand in case but only use it in an emergency. Ron you and I are going to take protective stances around the group. We need to get back to the castle ideally the hospital wing but we should contact with the rest of the Weasley's on the way. If we come under attack Neville and Tonks will join Ron and myself and Hermione and Colin will take charge of Ginny." a sombre Remus stated. "Ready ..."
Meanwhile Bellatrix lestrange had used the girls scream and the distraction that had created to check on the dark lord. As she approached, she hoped that this was just another ploy by her lord to lull the light into a force sense of security before coming down hard on the mudblood loving fools. Where were her lords other supporters why weren't they coming to assist their lord. Why were they just standing there! As she reached her lord, she could see this was no trick but she reasoned this was not the first time her lord had survived death. Having that thought, her mind went back to her lord and his chat with the brat during the duel. She remembered that the brat saying he was no longer immortal whether or not that was true she needed to carry on her lords' work and if no other follower was going to step forward she would just have to lead the way and ensure victory to continue to please her lord.
Looking around she knew immediately where she wanted to continue the lords' work and it was personal...
The group had successfully separated Ginny from both her wand and Harry and despite her struggles against Neville and Colin; the small group had almost reached the large group of red heads known as the Weasley's. Hermione looked at the group and saw the looks of utter devastation across their faces she also noticed the absence of one of the twins she wondered where Fred could be but her musings were broken by a sudden flash of light to her right. Hermione turned to the source to see her recent tormenter Bellatrix advancing on their group with an even more crazed look than normal on her face.
"Well, well, well if it isn't my itty bitty niece Nymphadora and her beast of a husband. I thought my dear sister had desecrated the family name enough by marry that bloody mudblood then having you but then you had to mar the noble house of black further by marrying this creature. Well at least now, I have a chance to cleanse the family of all this dirty blood once and for all. After all, we already got your magic stealing father and boy did we have fun with him by the end he was begging for death just like the pitiful muggle he was. It's a shame you didn't bring your spawn along to this party I'll just have to find him later." Drawled Bellatrix. Remus and Tonks sent Neville, Ron and Hermione a look that said keep moving before turning to their deranged aunt.
The volley of spells was fast and deadly no minor charms and hexes were exchanged although you would be forgiven for thinking by the speed and ease that Bellatrix was releasing unforgivables that they were minor household spells. Tonks and Remus were both working hard as a team but even though it was two against one they were struggling to avoid Bellatrix's efforts. Interestingly exhibiting true Slytherin characteristics many of the death eaters around were not engaging in battle but looking for escape routes. Thankfully the order members minus the Weasley's had snapped out of their trances and were rounding up all the death eaters they could.
Hermione looked at Neville, Ginny, Ron and Colin a silent agreement passed between them they would ignore the requests of the elders and Harry to get to safety and help their friends none of them could stand the thought of losing anymore friends tonight. Thankfully, Bellatrix's rant seemed to have broken though Ginny's hysteria and she was no longer fighting her defenders and appeared to have gained control of her emotions for the time being. Although Hermione noticed something in Ginny's eyes that was not there, earlier she couldn't quite place what it was but it unsettled Hermione. Armed with wands in the youngsters headed towards Tonks and Lupin unfortunately their assistance came too late to stop the horror they were about to witness.
"I've had enough games, it time this was over so I can move onto the mudblood and blood traitors over there" screeched Bella while looking at the Weasley's. With that she fired three simultaneous Avada Kedavra straight at Tonks there was no time for Tonks to avoid all three. The youngsters looked on with horror as Tonks considered the poetry of it all. Tonks closed her eyes and waited for the inevitable collision her last thoughts wishing she had more time with teddy and hoping the light would prevail. Suddenly she felt movement in front of her, her eyes shot open to see Remus jump in front of her taking the green curses to save her. The pleasure on Bellatrix face was clear "looks like you trained the dog well, never mind you'll be joining him shortly" Tonks ignored her aunts barbs her attention focused solely on her dead husband she wanted to die and join him she didn't care anymore what else was going on she just wanted to be with her love. Then reason struck she couldn't actively let herself die she couldn't do that to Teddy there was no way she'd choose for him to be an orphan and she couldn't waste Harry's sacrifice.
Meanwhile the group of young witches and wizards had surrounded Tonks with all their wands all trailing Bellatrix. The order members had all been drawn into battles now but they appeared to have the upper hand.
"Oh goody the kiddies have come out to play this will be fun! "Bellatrix said in her fake sweet voice, you could see this rise the hackles of Neville, Ron and Hermione in particular "Didn't you get enough last time mudblood" she drooled looking straight Hermione "at least I'll get to finish you off this time".
With that, the battle began considering she now had five opponents Bellatrix was still holding her own and enjoying it taunting them at every opportunity and it worked as both Ron and Neville lost concentration at particular digs. Watching the battle was like watching an intricate dance and the wand flourishes were quick and bright. If you did not know magic, you might think it was a gymnastic dance display with pyrotechnics rather than a life or death battle.
Suddenly a green flash of light shot past Ginny missing Ginny by a millimetre what scared Hermione was the look on Ginny's face she looked disappointed that it missed. Out of nowhere came a cry of "NOT MY DAUGHER, YOU BITCH!"*. the group parted to allow the irate Molly Weasley access Hermione and Neville helped the despondent Tonks up and moved to join the audience watching the two formidable women do battle to the surprise of many Molly was more than a match in skill for the demented death eater. Only Arthur looked unsurprised by his wife's skill he knew nobody should ever threaten their children, as Molly wrath had no bounds when defending her young.
"Your master and his crazy ideas has already cost me two children, this will stop NOW!" screamed Molly followed by Avada Kedavra Bellatrix didn't believe the matriarch had it in her as the green light slammed into Bellatrix she fell with an uncharacteristic look of shock on her face.
Bellatrix death at the hands of Molly Weasley established a real change in the balance of the battle. With their two main leaders dead and defeated the remaining death eaters could not compete with the side of the light a few of the remaining devoted supporters of lord Voldemort took Bella's defeat as a sign to retreat and escape notably among them Lucius Malfoy, Yaxley and Crabbe senior.
The battle continued for another hour or so by which time the majority of the remaining death eaters were captured or killed. Thankfully Bill battled Greyback for the 2nd time but this time he won striking the werewolf down with a nasty cutting curse followed by strong Expulso spell.
As the battle drew to a close, many of those on the side of the light went into the great hall and began to celebrate. There was no such release for the order or Harry's closes friends there was too much to do.
The captured death eaters were placed in an empty classroom under an order-guard. The dead death eaters were placed and locked in the anteroom along with their lords body wards were set up so only Arthur Weasley, Kingsley Shacklebolt and Minerva McGonagall could gain access. The giants and dark creatures had been contained outside the castle with the assistance of Hagrid and two heavily warded marquees had been erected in the grounds one for minor injuries staffed by cleared st Mungo's and bolstered thanks to Fleur's family connections by staff from St. Raphael's in Paris.
What to do with Harry's body was troubling many of the order members, they didn't want Harry's body defiled or stolen by anyone nor did they want an impromptu shrine to be created. They were also worried about the press reaction to the news of the battle and Harry's death. It was decided Harry needed to be placed away from prying eyes. Hermione suggested Harry be placed in the headmaster's office until they had time to come up with a better plan Kingsley and McGonagall agreed and bill and Charlie were tasked with moving Harry's body.
Ginny insisted despite many protests for the adults on accompanying Harry's body to the office. Once there Ginny refused to leave not wanting Harry to be alone after 30 minutes of trying to persuade Ginny to leave and getting nowhere Hermione was struck by an idea. Hermione went to talk to a few people leaving Ginny with Neville, Bill and Charlie all but Ginny avoiding looking at Harry's slight body for fear that it would break the little remaining strength they possessed.
Hermione returned 10 minutes later with Arthur and Tonks by her side both of whom looking exhausted and devastated in equal measure. Arthur took one look at his daughter and knew that this was going to be heartbreaking and it was going to take all of his little remaining strength to get through this discussion but he knew for the time being he had to be strong for his family, there would be time to mourn today's events later.
Although none of the Weasley, children could ever be described as, spoilt Arthur very rarely said no to his daughter. When Ginny did need disciplining he normally deferred that duty to Molly but that wasn't an option right now. Molly was with George and Percy in her own vigil to their son Fred stuck down by masonry early on in the battle. He was going to have to handle his headstrong daughter in a circumstance every parent prayed their child wouldn't have to handle. He couldn't imagine how he would feel if Molly was taken from him he suspected even at Ginny's age he would have been destroyed as the future he'd imagined would be forever a dream. How was he meant to help his only daughter deal with this? At this moment, Arthur doubted his family would ever recover from this but right now he needed to get Ginny away from Harry's body and into a bath or bed.
Arthur slid next to his daughter, placing a reassuring hand on her shoulder and started tentatively "Ginny, princess I know you don't want Harry to be alone, but you can't stay here tonight ..."
Ginny looked ready to hex him right then and there but he persevered. "The castle isn't secured yet nobody is allowed to be in groups less than three for most of the castle, we don't know if there are death eaters still hiding in the castle... "Ginny interrupted
"I can help with that H-Harry gave me something that can help, if I do that can I stay with him here?" Looking hopefully at her father.
"sorry honey but we need to lock down this office to make sure Harry's safe and I know you would happily stay here but you need to eat and sleep and if you think for one second your mother would allow me to let you stay here alone... . Besides Hermione's had an idea, none of us want Harry to be alone, he spent far too much of his life alone so how would you feel if we brought Fffffred and Remus up here to keep Harry company? Hermione's spoken to your mum and George and they like the idea" at this point Tonks broke in "and I know Remus would want to be Harry". Ginny considered this she still didn't want to leave Harry but she knew if she didn't her mum would drag her, this way she'd be in control and she wouldn't stress mum out further.
"Ok but I'm not leaving until Fred and Remus get here" responded Ginny while still clutching Harry's hand. With that Arthur, Neville, Bill and Charlie exited the office leaving the women to each other's company once again. This time there was no distracting chitchat acting on need Hermione and Tonks place themselves either side of Ginny facing the body of the young man whose child they may or may not be carrying and hugged one another and let the tears finally flow.
This was how the Weasley's and Neville found them 10 minutes later tears still stream done their faces in an almost silent vigil for a boy who never really lived, for a brother who's time was cruelly cut short and a future husband who was never allowed fulfil his potential.
It loathed the observers to disrupt the private moment between the three women in front of them but it was almost 3 am and they all desperately sleep. Leaving his brothers and Neville with the bodies Ron moved forward slowly as he reached Harry he quietly cleared his throat aware that everyone was still in battle mode and that loud noises and sudden movements would lead to pain. Ron moved next to Hermione and whispered in her ear she turned to see their audience and nodded her acknowledgement to the crowd. Hermione then caught Ginny and Tonks attention and the trio proceeded to have a whispered conversation inaudible to the rest in the room. All three young women then stood Tonks was first to move drawing Harry's eyes to a close before she moved away next was Hermione who whispered something in Harry's ear then sought out the comfort of Ron. Finally Ginny prepared to leave her love still grasping his hand she moved to his head then she released his hand to stroke his hair before leaning in for one last kiss Ginny then turned to her family she hesitated a little turned back to Harry's body whispered "I love you Harry, always". Everybody in the room was well aware of what she said and Bill and Charlie looked a little shocked. Ginny took one last look at Harry before running into her father's arms.
The Weasley boys took this as a sign that it was ok to start moving Fred and Remus into the office. Once both bodies had been laid down each brother said goodnight to Fred until only Molly and George were left the approached together. At the same time, Tonks was saying goodbye and goodnight to Remus Ginny remained wielded to Arthur's chest unable to handle any more grief. The group moved out of the office while bill created some high level wards.
Now all the urgent issues had been handled the Weasley's, with Neville, Hermione and Tonks headed to the Gryffindor tower where two dorms had been put aside for them. Everything else could wait until morning. Unbeknownst to the group the rest of the order and the army geared up to a night of security rotation.
*From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Chapter 7 HOME
Despite the trauma of the night before most of the inhabitants were so exhausted that as soon as their heads it the pillows most were fast asleep. Molly had decided the sleeping arrangements so in one dorm it was herself & Arthur, Bill & Fleur, Tonks, Ginny and Hermione. In the other were the remaining Weasley boys plus Neville.
Tonks was the first awake in her dorm after only 4 hours sleep, it was just before 8am , her first urge was to shower she was still in her clothes from yesterday not having the energy to change last night. She headed to the showers trying not to wake any of her dorm mates. When she got to the showers Tonks undressed but kept her wand in with her it was not stable enough to presume she wouldn't need to defend herself. Stepping under the showerhead Tonks enjoyed the feeling of the hot spray coursing over her body it relaxed her tense muscles unfortunately the water could do nothing to relax her mind.
The deaths of harry and especially her love Remus hit her hard. Soon her tears were mingling with the water spray she felt her legs give way and water still running she slid down the shower and pulled her legs tight to her chest she picked up her wand performed a silencing charm around her she allowed her emotions free reign wailing and sobbing for her lost and her son's lost. Tonks stayed in the shower letting her emotions run out for over an hour.
Finally she reached a point where she physically could not cry anymore and looked at her now-prune like body and decided it was time to exit shower. Now sporting her mousey brown hair and grey eyes, grabbing a towel she dried herself when she reached her chest she realised she was still leaking milk, she picked up her watch 9am, 18 hours since she had left teddy at that moment she knew exactly what she needed to do next ... go to her infant son. Teddy was the only bit of Remus she had left and right now, she needed him in her arms.
Tonks Scourgifed her robes there would be time to pick up clean clothes when she got to her mum's but the sooner she reached her son the better. Walking back into the dorm to get her boots and check she hadn't left anything. As Tonks reached down for her shoes she caught a movement at the edge of her visual field but no sound all too aware the battle ended less than 8 hours ago she was immediately on guard looking round she soon noticed the source of the movement but it took her brain a few moments to clock why there was no sound. There in the corner of the room was Hermione clearly in the grips of a nightmare. Tonks strode across the room to Hermione's bedside first Tonks expanded the silencing charm to include her them she started to talk soothingly to the unconscious girl this seemed to calm the girl so Tonks moved back to her bed. Looking at both Ginny and Hermione in their sleep Tonks was reminded how young they really were. Taking a closer look at Ginny, Tonks realised the redheaded girl was actually awake she walked over to her bed and casted a Muffliato charm over her and the bed.
"Ginny I know you're awake stop pretending to be asleep I'm not going anywhere so lets not waste both our times" in defeat Ginny opened her eyes
"I was hoping if I kept my eyes shut I could pretend yesterday didn't happen and harry was still here"
"Ginny I know this sounds corny but harry is still here, he's here in every live he touched he just isn't alive any longer." Ginny got angry at this " Nymphadora you can't seriously tell me you believe that you've lost the love of your life too. What you've just said doesn't fill the gap I have in my soul and I doubt it's helping you either, in fact I can see it's not "Ginny pointed out Tonks's chosen appearance. "So please don't patronise me!"
"Fine! I'm devastated I know exactly how you're feeling Ginny and I'm not sure how I'll be able to go on from this ... but I know I have to if not for me for Teddy. I know that Remus didn't give his life for mine so that I come mope and mourn for the rest of my life. I know Remus would want me to live and make the most of his sacrifice for our child and myself. I may not feel like living without Remus today, tomorrow or next month but one day I will live life and I'll do it for Remus knowing he would want me to. Ginny it was obvious from what harry said last night he wanted you to do the same. He wanted you to find happiness, love and peace it's what he died for. You may not feel like it now but you will be happy again and until then your family, Hermione and I will be there to get each other through this."
Ginny didn't look convinced.
With this Tonks admitted defeat for now knowing emotions were high and she or Ginny might say something they'd regret though grief. Tonks got up and went in search of McGonagall to see if there was any way to get out of the castle to get back to Teddy she also wanted to find out if and how she could get back to Hogwarts with teddy.
The residents of the dorms began to awake one by one all knowing that today was the first day in a new free world and wishing that harry, Fred and Remus could experience it. Gradually the dorms inhabitants headed to the showers to wash away the dirt and grime of yesterday. Slowly but surely the two dorms inhabitants made their way down to the common room. George didn't really seem aware of his surrounding and was mindlessly following Percy around who seemed to have decided it was this duty to escort his younger brother. As Hermione enter the room she took in the faces of her surrogate family Arthur seemed to be holding Molly up the normally gregarious mother hen was understandable sombre. However Hermione noticed Molly was constantly doing sweeps of the room with her eyes as if scared to let her children leave her sight. Hermione almost didn't George hidden in the corner he was not the boy she'd grown up with he was a shell. she couldn't begin to imagine what life would be like for him one half of a whole never to be complete again.
Next her attention was drawn to Charlie who was comforting Ginny despite the tragedy of the circumstances the imaged warmed her such brotherly affection was something she'd only experience from Harry and even then it was rare. This thought alone sent tears down her cheeks , for a long time even before the prophecy she'd considered it a high possibility that Harry wouldn't make it through the war but that didn't make it any easier. All of Harry's life just seemed so unfair he was such a wonderful human being despite everything life put him through but the pressure, the pain it never stopped for him. Suddenly Hermione felt a set of arms encircle due to the events of the past 9 months she flinched and struggled before she heard "sorry Hermione I wasn't thinking I just saw you crying and wanted to comfort you, sorry" said an earnest and bashful Neville. "It's ok Neville I'm just a bit jumpy it's nothing personal".
Hermione found a space as bill and Fleur entered the room they were just awaiting Ron.
Hermione was finally was rested enough to pay proper attention to her surroundings and she was surprised the Gryffindor common room looked almost untouched by the battle forever curious she decided to ask Colin why this was his answer was the DA had decided that key fighters in the battle needed somewhere comfortable and safe to sleep so spent some time repairing the common room and 6 dorms. Hermione was grateful even if it made her slightly uncomfortable.
Finally Ron appeared seemingly unaware of the fact everyone had been waiting 10 minutes for him. The group silently exited the common room and headed to the great hall for some much needed food. As soon as the group left the common room, the horrifying extent of the damage to the castle became clear.
Meanwhile Tonks had located McGonagall and Kingsley deep in discussion at the top table in the great hall neither one looked like they'd had any sleep. She approached the pair purposely, "sorry to interrupt you both but I'm guessing if I want to leave the castle it's one of you two I need to talk to.".
Both gave weary smiles that didn't reach the eyes and nod "right I also want to come back in three hours time with teddy to start sorting out stuff for Remus but I know what's decided about Harry's body is likely to affect my plans."
Kingsley proceeded explain the exit method and handed Tonks a pencil "this is a high security port key set to 13:40 if you miss this you will have to wait until 18:00 hours as the castle and its current residents are on restricted access due to the high alert status in place since the ministry was restored. As your an Auror and a trusted one of the light you have clearance to return but for the majority of the castles current inhabitants once they leave they will not be able to return until the immediate situation has stabilised. we will be making some announcements at 3pm this afternoon in here, I'd like you to me here Nym, and please get yourself checked over by a healer in the next few hours I don't want a minor curse to become a major problem in a couple of days." As Kinsley finished Tonks took her leave and headed in the direction of her son.
Arriving at her heavily warded childhood home Tonks noticed the curtains of the front room twitch briefly indicating that the wards had done their job and notified her mum of her arrival. Knowing that not much information concerning the events of last night would have made it out of the castle walls. She opted for the well used safety protocol adopted since the escalation of the war following Dumbledore's death. Tonks pulled her wand seconds later a faint silver spectre of wolf appeared and dashed towards the house. Seconds later a silver fox appeared. What was your naughty hair as a child? What was your father's favourite muggle tail? And where do I want to go on holiday? Tonks raised her wand again this time the wolf was even fainter and the Auror struggled to keep her composure at the sound of her mother's voice.
She slowly followed the path of her Patronus towards the house. Her mum opened the door causing the fragile facade she'd constructed since her breakdown in the shower to crumble. She barely made it across the threshold before she collapsed into her mother's arms.
"He's gone mum, he's really gone" Mrs. Tonks was confused why did her daughter sound upset about Voldemort's demise trying to understand she asked "Voldemort?" "Yes, but I meant R-r-remus" Andromeda gasped . Although when her daughter had first told her and her husband about her love for the werewolf they were slightly disappointed at the hard path Nymphadora chosen for herself but as they got to know Remus Lupin they knew he was perfect for their daughter and clearly devoted to their daughter. Yes the age difference was a little worrying, yes the wizarding worlds reaction to werewolves and now by extension their daughter was concerning.
Yes their opinion of Remus lowered when he ran away at the news of pregnancy but Remus had become family who Andromeda cared about deeply and she hated he idea that her daughter had lost the love of her life. Worst still that her precious grandson would grow up not knowing his father.
Tonks finally regained composure and extricated herself from her mother's grasp "mum, I need to see and hold Teddy, where is he?" "he's in the playpen in the living room, I placed him under protection charms when the ward alarms sounded" Tonks rushed to her son waving her wand she plucked him the 3 month old out of the playpen and clucked the child to her chest like she thought he would vanish. The instant Teddy was in his mother's hold he started making sucking motions this action alone was enough to bring Tonks out of her trance and she immediately set about feeding her son.
Watching her daughter and grandson from the doorframe the tragedy of the last few months for her family hit and tears streamed down her face. Pulling herself together she knew she needed to be strong for her daughter right now. "Nym shall we go and sit in the living room? You can tell me what happened."
Still nursing Teddy Tonks launched into an explanation of the events of the battle leaving out she was potentially carrying the child of Harry Potter.
An hour and many tears later Tonks had updated her mum the major parts of the night before including Harry's death, the role of her aunt in Remus's death and her aunts final downfall at the hands of molly Weasley. She also told her mother her concerns about Ginny Weasley. Over the years Andromeda had come to hear a lot about the young people her daughter had often had to protect she knew how important they all were to her daughter, Tonks had often commented that Harry and his friends were some of the few people to fully accept her not for abilities but for who she was.
Like many of those waking up to the news on the wireless this morning her mind wondered to the boy, because lets face it that was all he was, who had sacrificed himself to bring peace to this world.
Harry Potter who from the age of one never really lived Tonks had told her about those awful muggle he was sent to live with by Dumbledore how he was treated worst than most house elves. Yet this boy who was barely old enough to wield a wand had not only beaten the darkest of their age but had willingly given his life for a world that had often vilified him. Like many, that morning she vowed to herself that the Potters sacrifice would not be wasted.
Andromeda turned to face her daughter.
"I don't know how to do this," indicating to teddy "on my own" this unusual display of vulnerability from her daughter was almost enough to set off Andromeda again but she knew that would help no one.
"darling you won't be on your own, I'll be here all the way. You've been doing such a great job so far and I know it's going to me harder without Remus but I have no doubt you will raise teddy brilliantly and he will always know how much he's daddy loved him and how brave he was".
"I'm not convinced but thanks mum, could you check me over for injuries I didn't bother the healers at Hogwarts there were so many seriously injured I didn't want them to waste time on me"
This was one of the times Andromeda was glad she'd taken healing classes at St Mungo's until she got pregnant with Nymphadora.
Placing teddy in a mosses basket Tonks stood up and removed her clothing standing in front of her mum in her underwear. A few cuts and bruises were obvious but before Andromeda started healing, she needed full diagnostics picking up her wand and drew it over Tonks. A few healing spells later and Tonks headed to her room to change.
Reappearing half an hour later looking sort of refreshed Tonks headed to check on teddy to find her Mother had made brunch she looked at her watch somehow it was 12.45 already.
"Mum I'm going back to Hogwarts at 1.40, to find out what's happening now and talk to Kingsley and Weasleys about what the plan is for Harry as I know Remus would want to be with him. Mum can you come with me? I want teddy near but my attention is going to be needed on other things."
Breakfast was understandably sombre none of the Weasley's were hungry they were just going through the motions. Despite the limited amount of food any of them had consumed none were really eating. Ginny and George were the worst seemingly staring at nothing if you did know better you might guess they had received a Dementors kiss. By 11am the group was growing restless Arthur had moved to discuss matters with Minerva and Kingsley. The family sat awaiting his return, Molly started fusing over her brood with slightly less energy than normal but the family knew better than to argue last night had confirmed what the Weasley offspring had known for decades Molly Weasley was a formidable witch who was not to be messed with.
Arthur returned to the group informing them there would be a compulsory meeting of all the castles current inhabitants in 3 and a half hours. Next was the bit he was dreading conveying to his ensemble family "Kingsley and Minerva have said they can not and will not open the headmasters office until at least 2pm ..." Ginny , George and Molly made to interrupt but Arthur put his hand up and continued " I argued our case I know we don't like the idea of the boys being without us but they are still with each other . we are needed us a trusted family of the light to help ensure the structural stability of the castle right now. We all know and have seen the extensive damage both physical and magical done to the castle and the castle needs to be stabilised and the wounded evacuated before decisions are made about the dead. We are some of the very few who are trusted implicitly and as much as I would rather be with our boys but I know they would both want us to make sure the wizarding world becomes the world they fought for. We all need to get checked over by healers before we start we'll do more harm than good if we are physically or magically exhausted."
At 13.41pm Tonks, Andromeda and teddy arrived in a deserted classroom on the 6th floor Tonks pocketed the portkey and led her family out of the classroom towards the great hall. Tonks heard her mother gasped several times during the trip Tonks had become desensitised to the devastation.
On their journey, Tonks noticed order members dotted around doing basic magical repairs on the castle.
On reaching the great hall Tonks could see the Weasley's taking a food break to one side and directed her mother and teddy to join them. She paused to see Teddy's presence brighten up the group particularly Molly who seem to regain some of her sparkle in the presence of the infant. Ignoring the circumstances of this meeting it would be a wonderful sight and it was easy to see why Molly Weasley ended up with 7 children.
Tonks re-engaged with the situation at hand and headed towards the staff table.
"Right King what do you need me to do? Oh also as I'm sure you've seen I've brought teddy and mum back with me I hope that's ok I just really need Teddy near me right now and I knew I wouldn't be able to handle him and helping out."
"nym glad you made the 1st portkey it means we can start working out what to do with the bodies and memorials. I didn't want to open up the office until you were back as I didn't think we'd be able to protect the bodies." Kingsley stood and went over to Arthur. Moments later the Weasley's stood and went to the head table. Following Kingsley the group went to an empty classroom near the heads office. Once the room had been secured Kingsley began.
"Right I know you all want to be with Fred, Remus and Harry. But I want us to discuss what you want to do as you were Harry's family and you know everyone is going to be making demands on the ministry about Harry's resting place and memorial. Unfortunately I know he will not be left in peace in death and as those closest to him, especially Ron and Hermione, the spotlight will be on you. In an hour I will be announcing that I have been made interim minister of magic my first act was to appoint Minerva McGonagall headmistress of Hogwarts. I need you guys to decide when you want to bury Harry , Remus and Fred. I know you may choose to bury Fred elsewhere but it is likely if you want Remus with harry there will be little choice as to where because of Harry's hero status but the least I can ensure is that it happens when you want."
Also for your information so you don't have to attend the 3pm meeting if you wish not to I am asking all current inhabitants to leave by 9am on Monday 4th may. Speaking to Arthur earlier he's suggested he bill and fleur go to the burrow tomorrow to set it up for you all." After a short discussion it was decided that Thursday may 7th would be the date.
With that, they left to be reunited with their love ones in the headmistress's office. Where the group minus Kingsley stayed for the rest of the day.
Chapter 8 beginning a new reality
Yet again Tonks was the first up although this time it was courtesy of her infant son. Teddy had been restless all night not settling for very long at all, Teddy had not been like this since about a month old. It was almost as if the boy sensed something was missing, although Tonks knew it was more likely that he was feeling that atmosphere around him. Regardless of the reason, she knew her son would be testy all day thanks to his lack of sleep, today was going to be a very long day.
Giving up on trying to settle him for any longer Tonks got up picked up Teddy and headed down to the Gryffindor common room as it had been decided that the group including Tonks and her family would reside in Gryffindor until they left the castle at 9 pm this evening. The first meeting was scheduled for 9.30 to discuss what to do with the death eaters and Voldemort's bodies followed by a discussion of what was going to happen to harry. Following this there would be an order meeting to discuss what they need to do to ensure that the stability in wizarding world would be restored in light followed by a late lunch.
After lunch, McGonagall and Shacklebolt had requested that Ron and Hermione share with a small group including the elder Weasley's and Tonks the activities of the trio over the last year. Interestingly Hermione had requested that all the Weasley's including Ginny be present surprisingly Hermione also requested Neville be included. Despite Molly's protests and Minerva's concerns, Hermione's requests were agreed to eventually.
Nothing was due to happen for another 3 hours and Tonks wasn't ready for breakfast so opted to sit in an armchair facing the long extinguished fire within the red and gold room. Since first arriving in the Gryffindor tower the former Hufflepuff had not really had an opportunity to take in her surroundings. Even when she was dating Charlie Weasley in 6th year, she'd never entered the inner sanctum of Gryffindor they much preferred to spend their time astronomy tower away from the prying eyes and ears of 3 of Charlie's brothers.
What surprised Tonks as she took in the room around her was how similar the room was to the common room of her former house yes the colours and paintings were different but it had that same homely feel that she associated with her house common room. Suddenly Tonks heard a stair creak behind her still on high alert she whipped her wand to face the source of the noise. The identity of the surprised her slightly there on the stairs was a very tired looking Charlie Weasley Tonks felt her muscles relax as Charlie gave her a slight smile "Hey Dora" Charlie said as he plonked himself on a sofa opposite.
"How come you're up and about so early C?"
"Couldn't sleep anymore, I feel like I've let my family down all these years I've been chasing after dragons while my family have been at the centre of this war fighting. My baby sister who isn't even old enough to legally use magic has done more to fight and protect my family than I have. Ron, the twins and Ginny have been fighting these bastards for years. IT'S NOT RIGHT!"
Unfortunately, the raising of Charlie's voice scared the now cranky Teddy.
"Thanks C" Tonks sarcastically as she set about comforting Teddy.
"Sorry, I forget you have him, it seems so grown up."
Tonks chuckled "We are grownups Charlie we can't all run off to Romania to chase dragons"
"I just can't imagine having a kid, I don't think I'll ever feel ready for the responsibility of a child but at least having 6 ... sorry 5 siblings means there won't be too much pressure to provide grandchildren and don't get me wrong I like kids but I definitely like handing them back at the end of the day."
"Well, Teddy here wasn't exactly planned, the idea of having kids terrified Remus he didn't want a child to live with the stigma of a werewolf for a father. He worked on the deluded idea that he could always leave me if people persecuted us for his condition if it meant I could have a 'normal' life but he couldn't do that to a child not really. Although when he found out I was pregnant with munchkin here he did do a runner but Harry talked some sense into him, thank Merlin. That boy was wise beyond his years" Tonks's thoughts drifted off in the direction of Harry.
Looking down at Teddy she was hit by a wave of sadness, her son had lost his father and godfather in one night. Who would be a male role model now ..." although I would have waited a bit longer to have this one " indicating to the babe in her arms "I wouldn't change it for the world now, as exhausting as he is , the moment I held him for the first time I felt something click. Anyway enough about me and this one, how have you been and what next for the amazing Charlie Weasley?"
"Well ... I'm not sure I feel like I've missed so much right now and I think mum and dad could do with me around for a bit, I want do my bit I feel like I haven't pulled my weight in this battle and now my family needs me and I can help, so I will. I spoke to the reserve yesterday and they've permitted me to have 6 months leave under the circumstances. After that I think I'll probably ..."
Whatever Charlie was about to say was cut off by a wail emanating from Tonks arms.
Shouting over her son "C can you hold him for me while I go sort out his changing kit?" nodding his assent Tonks handed him a wriggling Teddy and disappeared up the dorm stairs.
Charlie was currently holding the infant as if it was an incendiary device due to go off any second.
He mentally scolded himself he'd helped out with Ron and Ginny when they were little it wasn't that difficult, it was a baby not a baby dragon. Deciding he should man up he brought Teddy closer to his body, at this his nose involuntary scrunching at the smell coming from the boys' nappy.
"What's Nym been feeding you buddy; smell that strong can't just come from milk." He looked down at the wailing infant to see his hair had turned a brilliant shade a Weasley red "does that me you like me little one?"
When Tonks reappeared, she found big butch dragon hunting Charlie Weasley deep in conversation with her infant son, she couldn't help thinking despite his protests he would make a good father if he ever chose to have a child, it must be the Weasley genes.
"And then your mum and I ..." said Charlie
"Oi, Charlie I think it's a bit early to be corrupting my son just yet!"
"We were just having a man to man chat weren't we Teddy"
"Well chat over" stated Tonks as she took Teddy from Charlie "time from a new nappy"
Tonks placed Teddy on the changing mat she'd set up and proceeded to change him. Charlie looked on wondering if Tonks would be changing their child now if he hadn't decided to chase dragons over his relationship with her. He shook those thoughts from his head her husband had just died, they were in the aftermath of the war of a generation and he didn't really want a family life anyway dragons would always be his number one priority and nobody especially Tonks deserved to be second to a dragon. He decided these thoughts were a result of trauma he'd seen in the last few days.
Tonks had finished sorting Teddy out and the pair joined Charlie on the sofa the 3 sat in comfortable silence for about 20 minutes before Teddy was off again.
"Merlin! That kid's got some lung on him Nym."
"Tell me about it," said a smiling but already weary Tonks.
"Um C do you think you could look the other way for a bit this one's hungry"
"Why Nym it's nothing I haven't seen before, "said a winking Charlie this earned him a light slap on the back of the head.
"Well if you insist" with that Charlie looked away.
Tonks set about feeding her son after about a minute the crying stopped.
"Charlie you can look back now there's not much to see and knowing Teddy he'll be there a little while"
Charlie turned to see Tonks with her shirt a little open and her son suckling at her breast.
"That's one lucky kid" earning him another slap.
20 minutes later they heard the stairs creak again this time it was Charlie who stood and took the defensive stance.
This time it was Hermione and his sister descended the stairs Charlie was consumed in this thoughts when did his gangly little sister become this beautiful young women in front of him.
It made Charlie realise just how much he'd missed being in Romania. He didn't really know anything about his youngest siblings anymore having only received 1 line updates about his siblings from mum every couple of months. Now it was obvious how much he had missed.
The last time he spent any real with Ron or Ginny was during the tri-wizard tournament and clearly, a lot had changed, they'd grown up. The last couple of days had made him realise he really knew nothing about the depth of his family's connection to Harry Potter. Yes, he knew Harry visited and was friends with Ron but it was clear his parents and sibling truly considered him family.
While the whole wizarding world was mourning the passing of harry potter 'the-boy-who-lived', his family was mourning harry potter the son, brother and friend. Charlie could shake the feeling that Ginny's relationship with harry was more than that of friend or sibling before he had anytime to process this he thoughts were interrupted.
"Earth to Charlie, anyone home?" Ginny said while waving straight in front of this face.
"Huh ... oh sorry I was lost in my thoughts" replied a dazed Charlie.
Ginny and Hermione took seats either side of Tonks.
"Morning girls" chirped Tonks
"How long have you lot been down here this morning?" asked Hermione
"About 90 minutes Mr. Lupin here decided last night was not for sleeping."
Ever since Tonks arrived back in the castle both Ginny and Hermione had gravitated towards Tonks they shared knowledge and an experience that few would understand the openness that created provided comfort for all 3 women.
From the moment Ginny, set eyes on Teddy she had become enthralled the infant the only thing or person that wasn't Harry that seemed to get her attention. Teddy clearly enjoyed the attention Ginny lavished on him in the last 24 hours if his hair colour was anything to go by.
"Tonks can I hold him?" Hermione asked so quietly it was almost lost.
Since Tonks had brought Teddy to the castle although Hermione sat with them she seemed to actively avoid any contact with Teddy. Tonks suspected Hermione was scared of the baby so hadn't mentioned it .she appreciated that for someone like Hermione who was an only child and liked to rely on books an unpredictable infant was incredibly unnerving.
Tonks reasoned if Hermione was going to have a child Teddy would be a good test run.
"Of course you can, I warn you Teddy is cranky this morning"
"Ok" replied a nervous looking Hermione.
Tonks passed Teddy to Hermione saying, "While my little tyke is in safe hands, I'm going to grab a shower and get ready for the day." Tonks proceeded to leave in the direction of the showers.
The great hall was much quieter than the day before as worried parents had retrieved most of the students. With breakfast over it was time for the first of many meetings all of which Hermione was dreading for the pain and sorrow they knew these meetings would inevitably bring but more selfishly for the attention these meeting would bring to her and Ron.
Over the last 7 years, yes, Hermione had gained attention for being the brightest witch of her generation and one of Harry Potter's best friends but being Harry's friend had always given her someone to hide behind she wasn't a coward but she never wanted the kind of attention Harry received. Since his death Hermione had noticed the increased pressure and intrusion, she and Ron seemed to be subjected to. Almost as soon as the battle had ended people had be putting them on a pedestal as leaders of the light by virtue of being Harry's companions. While she could see the befit for herself in the long term if she wanted to change the wizarding world right now her and Ron just wanted some time to mourn and process the horrors of the last year.
The rational side of her brain knew that wasn't going to happen the wizarding world was lost after the events of the last few days and if the light side weren't careful, the chaos would just facilitate the rise of a new dark. The wizarding world needed hope and direction. Ron and herself had had a couple of conversations over the last 48 hours and had decided they needed to do whatever they could to ensure the sacrifices of the last year were not in vain, they owed it to Harry and themselves.
Harry she still hadn't allowed he heart to process he was gone whenever a door opened for a split second she expected to see him to find the last two days were a nightmare that she would wake up from but it didn't happen. She wasn't sure what Harry's death would mean for her future. How would her and Ron's friendship, relationship or whatever it was survive without harry he was always the one to sort them out, reunite them after arguments without Harry could they even make friendship work?
Yes, she was attracted to Ron, she my even love him and as little as 3 days ago she had images of marrying him and having his children. Now it was possible her first child would be Harry's , she knew deep down that Ron would not be able to live with that even if love making was not involved, it would be too much of a kick to he's pride to know harry got there first on some level. She was not sure she could inflict that feeling on Ron nor Ron's jealous on a child while he would never be violent she could easily imagine living in the shadow of his dead best friend and that friend's child would make Ron resent harry and the child. Part of her hoped she was not carrying Harry's child as that would mean she live the life she'd planned out. That made her feel very guilty, as she knew from the age of 15, Harry had found out that a future might not be a long-term reality for him.
When she'd agreed to try and carry harry child she agreed without fully thinking it though a very unnerving thing for somebody as analytical as Hermione. Although Harry and her had a purely brother sister relationship by now it hadn't always been quite that clear cut when she was younger there was a little while when she fancied Harry but she never acted on it because she also fancied Ron and she didn't want to lead either on or muck up their friendship. She knew they needed each other, they were a team and there was already so much pressure on Harry, potential relationships could leave harry alone to face whatever burden was coming . Over the years, they had settled comfortably into a sibling relationship but one thing Hermione knew was that she and Harry loved each other even if it no long had any promise of romance.
Now she was without Harry who was always her source of reassurance and security and she was potentially carrying his child that terrified her. She wasn't good enough, knowledgeable enough or old enough to raise a child what an earth had they, had she been thinking. Could she really do this, she wasn't sure she saw Tonks and Ginny with Teddy and she didn't think she had the mothering instinct in her, yes holding Teddy this morning hadn't been as bad as she thought but could she do it full time she just didn't know.
Harry had chosen her and trusted her with this and if the fates decided that a baby was on the cards she would dealt with it like every challenge she had up until now head on!
They had reached the empty charms classroom that had been designated the meeting place for most of the days meetings. It had been chosen in preference to the heads office due to both its size and the fact the office still contained Remus, Fred and Harry bodies, information that it had been decided would be restricted to the headmistress, the minter and the love ones affected.
Kingsley had made it clear to both Hermione and Ron that their presence would be required all day at all meetings Hermione suspected that this also applied to the elder Weasley and Tonks.
Soon the room began to fill the Weasley's minus Ginny and George entered followed by Tonks, the surviving Hogwarts staff who were not under suspicion of supporting the dark lord and then a couple of order members Hermione recognised but couldn't name lastly Kingsley entered casting charm after charm over the room and its inhabitants.
"Thank you for agreeing to meet with me today, I apologise for taking you away from your mourning, your celebrating and your families. Before I start you will have seen me cast several charms over the room what I am about to say and our decisions are strictly confidential if you do not feel inclined towards confidentially please leave now." No one moved. I have asked each of you hear personally because I value and trust your opinions and I believe that your expertise and knowledge will be required in the coming days, weeks and months. Before I begin the business of the meeting I just wanted update everyone on known information. It is with greatest regret that to inform you 130 people are known to have perished in the battle 58 on the side of light including 6 order member and 3 DA members including Harry Potter" there was a sob at Harry's name by a number of those in the room. 21 students were killed in addition the DA members. However Voldemort and 71 of his followers also died. Currently 68 death eaters and dark lord sympathisers are being held in magic proof rooms at a secure location awaiting transfer to Azkaban when order has been restored.
The ministry is currently in disarray and as soon as we have finished here, I will be starting the clean up there. Those of you who work for the ministry in this room can expect to hear from me in the next couple of days as I need to build a strong team around me to straighten out the mess the death eaters have created. We have an amazing opportunity to rectify the inequalities and bigotry in our world and I want us to make the most of it."
"This is the first meeting of many for most of us and it is to address what to do with the bodies of Voldemort and his followers" many shivered at the use of Voldemort's name. Discussions broke out around the room each person having very strong opinions most people seemed to be of the opinion that they had committed so many atrocities between them that their bodies should be burned and left unmarked many were worried that Voldemort wasn't really dead and he or one of his followers may use his corpse to revive him. After listening for a few minutes Hermione decided enough was enough.
"Minister may make some suggestions?" Hermione's voice rose above the masses effectively silencing the surrounding conversations Shacklebolt nodded. "The best way to ensure Voldemort is gone and his body can't be use by others is to use a known method of dark magic purging and although these methods are rare we have 3 options available to us in the castle at present. The most appropriate I believe would be to place his body in the room of requirement and casting the Fiendfyre Curse. It has already been used once in the room in the last 3 days and the room seemed to contain it. That method would leave nothing that could be used by his followers. Dumbledore's wand that Voldemort used in the final duel should be returned to Dumbledore's tomb. As for the bodies of the dead death eaters I think you should treat them like the dead on the side of light." Anguished cries broke out at this but the minister motioned for Hermione to continue."I am not suggesting we have memorial to them or bury them with the fatalities from the light side merely that we should allow their family members retrieve their bodies so that they can give their kin whatever burial they wish. Obviously, the family member would have to prove they weren't a carrier of the dark mark and did not partake in murder, rape or torture. Dumbledore believed in not judging a family by one individuals actions and I fear we risk creating a new threat if we are too heavy handed in retribution we need to be building a strong cohesive society not a reversal version of discrimination. For the death eater bodies unclaimed after 3 weeks I believe should organise a well recorded mass grave at Azkaban prison."
"I know what Miss Granger is suggesting is unorthodox and may upset people but I think she is right we need to prove to those who are uncertain what this new equilibrium stands for that we are just and better beings than those we have conquered." McGonagall added her support.
"I agree, thank you Hermione for your wise suggestion and I think this is the approach the ministry needs to take for long term stability of our society, it will set the tone for the future." The minister stated and although there many unconvinced looks, nobody challenged the new minister.
" thank you everyone, Bowman and Shaw can you organise the separation of the death eaters bodies from Voldemort's, Mitchell , Smith, Ward and Richards can you secure and guard Voldemort's body I with a select few will meet you before lunch to deal with it, Jones and Frasier can you sort out the logistics on the family pick-ups. Singh can you inform the media and ask them to spread information across their networks. For those attending the next meeting we will now take a 10-minute break.
Tonks look at her watch thanks to Hermione this meeting had been surprisingly short. She headed towards McGonagall "would I be able to use a school house elf during the break, I want to fetch Teddy" "yes of course, call for assistance," replied McGonagall. Tonks did just that she was surprised when 2 elves appeared in front of her one looked very familiar. "You called mistress Lupin the two elves stated in sync. Please bring my son to me, he's with my mother Andromeda Tonks, please inform her I will keep Teddy for the duration of the next meeting." "As you wish mistress" and with a pop they disappeared, a few minutes later they returned with infant and his changing bag. "Do you require anything else mistress?" "No thanks" said Tonks retrieving Teddy and the bag with that the elves bowed and disappeared.
Tonks sat herself and Teddy down in-between molly and Hermione the room's occupants had shrunk by about 50% in the last few minutes the Weasley's including George and Ginny, Tonks and Hermione made up over half the group.
In a softer tone than in the previous meeting, Kingsley spoke "Right, it appears we are all here."
Over the next 2 and half hours, the group discussed burial and memorial arrangements.
It was decided that Fred would be buried in Ottery St. Catchpole. Surprising many people it was decided during this meeting that Harry Potter and Remus Lupin would be buried in the graveyard in Godric's hollow with Harry's parents.
At the outset Kingsley had suggested that at the outset of the meeting had argued that harry should either be buried next to Dumbledore at Hogwarts or in a personal memorial, those who knew harry well knew he would hate being the centre of attention. McGonagall was concerned that Hogwarts could not handle the volume of visitors who would want to pay without disrupting the school schedule. Again, it was Hermione's logic that had won out. Godric's was already a focal point for memorial to the wizarding world, Harry would have wanted to be near his parents and the village was containable if needed on security grounds. Much against Kingsley's judgement and wishes, it was agreed that Harry and Remus would have a small secret burial on Wednesday 6th may in the evening then there would be a public memorial service on the 7th at Hogwarts for all the victims of the war. The service would be followed by a press conference on the 8th where Harry's burial would be announced as well as a brief description of Harry, Ron and Hermione's activities in the last year. Until the funerals, the bodies of Harry, Fred and Remus would be stored in a secure room in Hogwarts.
Kingsley decided that now was the time to sort out tom riddles body as it had been long enough for the order members to carry out his earlier directions and he was concerned that the longer has left tom's body in one piece the more likely they were to enter into a battle with some of his deluded followers.
Decisions about the future would have to wait until later.
Chapter 9 - Letters
Recovering from the emotional barrage of hearing the full-unabridged details of Harry, Hermione and Ron's adventures over the last year. The Weasley's, Neville, Tonks, McGonagall and Shacklebolt left the headmistress's office in the direction of dinner and the great hall in deep contemplation how was it possible that these 3 young people who had yet to graduate Hogwarts had managed to not only stay hidden from the world but also infiltrate some of the most secure institutions in the wizarding world. If it weren't for reports from the ministry and the evidence clear to see at bank Kingsley would be inclined to believe many of the details he had just heard were exaggerated but the evidence showed clearly this was not the case. These young people were remarkable. What was even more remarkable to Kingsley was that Harry Potter a young man who had every reason to despise the wizarding world for how he had been treated had sacrificed is own short life to release the wizarding world from the darkness. Although he was certain the Harry's death and achievements would be mourned and celebrated by the wizarding world much like his parents Kingsley couldn't help but feel that the wizarding world would never truly appreciate the remarkable potential the young man gave up for the world.
After a quick snack Kingsley grabbed the ministry officials he trusted including one Arthur Weasley and headed to the ministry to start rebuilding the government and restoring order the 1st step would be to draw together a plan for the future and plan how to clean out the ministry off tom riddle followers and extremists. Having listen to Ron and Hermione's recount of their last year Kingsley vowed they would be invited to be involved in this process but right now they needed space and time to recover. If there was one thing all the adults in the room agreed on while hearing the trio's tale, it was that no young people should ever have the burdens placed on them that this generation had. While the trio had handled the pressures of seeing and experiencing horrors that most seasoned aurors would struggle with, he would try and ensure Ron and Hermione were protected from the expectations of the wizarding world following their achievements. Unfortunately he knew it would be impossible to shield them entirely but their involvement in politics would if he had any say in it be on their own terms.
The minister had requested Tonks presence in the strategic meeting but she had declined stating she didn't wish to leave her son and he would not be conducive to successful discussions. Kingsley could have forced he as her superior but he didn't wish to set that precedent yet and even as minister he knew Tonks well enough as a friend to know he didn't want to cross her right now.
The group arrived at the ministry and set off for a secured meeting room Kingsley had promised Arthur that he would be back with his family by midnight. That was one of many promises he intended to keep.
Hermione placed herself between Tonks and Ron at one of the long tables in the great hall. The hall itself was growing slowly emptier each meal at this point the hall had about a quarter of those present at breakfast. Hermione theorized this was due to the 9am deadline to exit the school. Clearly in the time she had been retelling her adventures of the last year many had decided to head home.
Thinking back to the meeting she had recently left Hermione felt emotionally drained yet again she knew it had to be done that the minister needed to know the story but she hated that she was the one to tell it, it was Harry's story she and Ron were just hitchhikers on the way. Now due to Harry's death it had become her and Ron's story to share and given that Ron disappeared for a while parts of the story were now her's and her's alone. Prior to the meeting Ron had asked her to take the lead in the retelling suggesting she would do the story justice and be more capable to answer questions. Hermione was not surprised Ron wanted to take a back seat it was typical Ron plus she suspected that he was hoping Hermione could protect him from his families wrath as certain details were revealed. She agreed to take the lead as long as he fill in the bits when required like the lake incident and how he found them again she also requested that he tell the events of Malfoy manor.
Re-telling the story had taken a lot out of her and now all she wanted to do was curl up and hide but that wasn't an option. That was why she'd placed herself between Tonks and Ron she knew they would leave her alone or at least not discuss the hot topic, between them they knew more about what was going through her head right now than anyone else alive. Tomorrow at 8.30 am she would be accompanying the Weasleys back to the burrow at Arthur and molly's insistence. Although she felt like she was intruding on the family Arthur had made it clear they viewed her as a 2nd daughter and molly would just worry if she was anywhere else. This reminded Hermione of her own parents' absence a wave of sadness hit her all she wanted was a reassuring hug from her mum and dad. Arthur and molly were great but it just wasn't the same. This got her in a spiral would she be able to locate them? Could the memory charms be reversed without damaging them? And then would they forgive her? If they didn't forgive her would she be alone? Earlier in a break between meetings she had cornered Kingsley and explained the predicament she was in with regard to her parents Kingsley was very understanding and offered ministry help. However that nothing could happen regarding her parents recovery for at least two and half weeks as magical Britain is under international lock down by the ICW for 2 weeks to assist political stability it is also to support the capture of escaped death. The muggle authorities were put on high alert but were given alternate reasoning.
The situation meant that Hermione needed to accept the Weasleys offer, Tonks said if the burrow got too much Hermione was welcome at her place.
She was brought out of her haze by a movement in front of her while her battle instinct led her to grab her wand but her brain kicked in before she fire d of a spell. Hermione looked up to see Neville and Luna seating themselves opposite her and Ron she was relived she knew of any of the castles remaining inhabitants they were the most likely to leave her and Ron alone for now, Neville was still coming to terms with the idea that he could have been the-boy-who-lived and well Luna was Luna.
Looking down the table Hermione saw Charlie opposite Tonks, an angry looking Ginny next to Tonks then the remaining Weasley's and McGonagall at the end talking with a tired looking molly.
Food appeared on the table in front of them and despite the relative starvation she had injured recently and how good the food smelled Hermione really didn't feel like eating. It was just all to much for a while, she wasn't sure how long, she just sat there staring into space trying for once in her life to think of nothing. Suddenly she felt a hand on her shoulder which made her tense and grip her wand simultaneously she turned to the source and was surprised to see Ron who would normally be well engrossed in his meal by now to notice his surroundings she look at his plate and noticed he'd already consumed serving 1, unfortunately that was no indicator of how long she'd zoned out for given both Ron's eating habits and his fear of engaging in emotional conversations. She briefly looked around at the tables' occupants seeing most about a quarter way through their plates either eating leisurely in silence or partaking in small solemn conversations. She turned back to Ron he had really grown this year as stupid as it seemed it was the fact that he had chosen to check on her after his 1st serving rather than his 6th confirmed it.
Ron gestured to her plate and the food 'do you want me to sort you a place Mionie? You need to eat you know.' She was about to protest when another voice joined in 'He's right you know after the events of last 72 hours we all need to eat properly, do you need me to go into a full mother rant Hermione, I could use the practice' Tonks finished slightly jovially Charlie who had previously been engaged in a conversation with the young auror chuckled. Shooting a glare at Tonks she was surprised to see her send back a look that said 'you won't win this, so stop fighting us'. Hermione nodded to Ron who began eagerly filling her plate, once returned to her she began spearing food aware of at least 4 sets of eyes on her.
A light pop behind her stopped her pitiful attempts to eat.
'Kreacher comes to tell mistress, that master teddy has woken may Winky bring him?'
Tonks taken back by the elf's address and politeness took a few seconds to comprehend the question 'thank Kreacher please bring Teddy.'
With a pop the elf was gone only to reappear moments later with Winky holding teddy Tonks retrieved her son from the small elf's arms and began fusing over him. Surprisingly Kreacher turned to Hermione and said, "Can Kreacher and Winky bes of anymore assistance, miss?"
Taken aback that Kreacher was talking to her it took Hermione a few seconds to formulate a response "no thank you Kreacher " her mind started whirring about the elf's attention to her brain coming up with multiple reasons for it and questions as result unfortunately her contemplation was cut short by Ron drawing her back into the dinner convocation.
40 minutes later the remains of various chocolate deserts vanished from the table Minerva began to rise from the table knowing that the brief respite of a meal could no longer hold off the barge of decisions and orders required of her as headmistress.
A pop and an envelope appearing in front of her halted her action. Looking down the table she noticed a number of the tables other inhabitants had similar envelops Nymphadora Lupin, Hermione granger, molly Weasley, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley and surprisingly Fleur Delacour-Weasley. It didn't take much to establish the author, one Harry James Potter. Oddly there did not appear to be a letter for the youngest Mr Weasley, which was bound to cause fireworks Minerva thought to herself.
Minerva felt privileged, depressed and anxious at the thought that she was one of the chosen few she worried about what her letter contained, things were beginning to reorganize after the last few days and she couldn't shake the feeling that this letter was likely to contain a shock.
As predicted the fireworks of jealousy sparked in Ronald Weasley and unfortunately it seemed Mr longbottom and miss granger were targets of Weasley's rage while the rest of the table watched the unfolding sceptical with varying degrees of disgust, worry, anger, sadness and intrigue.
"WHY DO YOU GET A LETTER AND NOT ME! I WAS HIS BEST MATE TOO … I SAVED HIM FROM THAT LAKE, I SHARED A DORM WITH HIM FOR 6 YEARS… mione maybe he got confused in rush and that letter" young mister Weasley gestured to the letter tightly gripped in miss grangers hand before he could grab it, Hermione stood and began to walk away. However young mister Weasley did not look like he was going to give up that easily jumping up he went to grab miss granger before any of the adults could reprimand him a powerful and dangerous tone interceded "Ron if you touch Hermione or HER letter, I will take you down and it won't be pretty, I've learnt a lot this year courtesy of the Carrows and you really don't scare me." Whether his intention or not Mr Longbottom's words gave miss granger the distraction she needed to exit the hall. Watching miss granger Minerva noticed the nod to Nymphadora and miss Weasley and looking into miss grangers face as she passed by she could see the tears forming.
All this with the avoidable sound of minister Weasley's berating Mr longbottom in the background.
"NO, I WILL NOT CALM DOWN, YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL ME HOW I SHOULD TREAT HERMIONE AND WHERE THE BLOODY HELL DID YOU GET THE BALLS AND STUPIDITY TO THINK YOU COULD THREATEN ME YOUR NOT MUCH BETTER THAN A SQUIB" Minerva could here the intake of breath once again Minerva was glad Neville longbottom was not somebody to act rashly. "Ron I know you're angry but it's not Hermione's fault you did not get a letter I'm sure harry had a reason and it was not a reflection of your friendship." "THAT'S EASY FOR YOU TO SAY, YOU'VE GOT A LETTER!" "Yes Ron I have but I didn't ask or expect one, now if you'll excuse me' with that Neville longbottom left the hall while Ron stared on while Charlie Weasley went over to his brother's side.
Drama over for the time being Minerva heads towards her temporary office to read Harry's letter.
Settling in a recently transfigured armchair Minerva opened her letter with some degree of trepidation. The first thing she noticed is it had clearly been done with a charmed quill as it was not mister potter's trademark scrawl she was surprised at how long the message appeared to be.
Dear professor McGonagall (if unavailable Kingsley Shacklebolt, professor Flitwick, professor sprout, medi-witch Pomfrey or professor Slughorn, in that order)
If you are reading this then I have died as I expected, this letter is scheduled to arrive 36 hours after my death it was written or as soon as is safe after this. Professor I know this letter is unexpected but I guess my death was too. This letter is one of several I have written in a short amount of time, I hope it makes sense, if not ask Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Lupin, Hermione granger or Ginny Wesley for more information or assistance. Firstly I apologise for bringing the battle between tom and me to Hogwarts but I had no choice the only way this would end for good was if I acquired and destroyed certain objects some of which were left in the castle.I am hoping despite my death the light has won this battle and that my death has helped achieved this. I have not really processed that I am going to die yet but I don't really have enough time to think about it. You might be wondering why I am so sure I will, firstly there was a prophecy about myself and tom riddle (Voldemort)
"The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches ... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies ... and the Dark Lord will mark him as equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not ... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives ... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies ..."*
I was the chosen one I have known this for a couple of years but it was only this evening ago I discovered that I would definitely have to die for this to end.
Anyway that is not the purpose of this letter firstly Severus Snape was on the Orders side and the side of the light – it was a shock to me too but before he died tonight Snape managed to pass on to me some memories that I am sure have not been tampered with. I know this is hard to believe but he killed Dumbledore on Dumbledore own orders –Dumbledore was dying of a curse anyway. Throughout my time in the wizarding world Snape has, despite his hatred of me, saved my life several times. He deserves to be treated as a hero of this war as he died attempting to stop Voldemort. The evidence of his actions and loyalty is contained within the pensive in the headmasters office please take Hermione, Arthur Weasley and Kingsley Shacklebolt with you when viewing the memories when viewed please give them to Hermione.
The second reason for this letter is I have just written my will but given the uncertain outcome of the war I wanted to make sure this was noted as I'm sure you are aware I am the heir of 2 noble and ancient houses and I discovered a year or so ago that meant money.
Hogwarts was my first real home and I care about the school a lot. Therefore I have left a trust with 100,000 galleons in it for Hogwarts I have named professor McGonagall, professor Flitwick, professor sprout, medi witch Pomfrey and Hermione granger it's trustees no money can be spent without 4 trustees agreement the fund can have up 7 trustees but appointments must be agreed by all existing trustees unless there are less than 3 trustees alive. I would like a suitable trustee from Slytherin house to be appointed as soon as possible
The only limit of the trust is it must not be used to further discrimination on a status issues. I have seen what house divisions have done to this school and I think it would be good if some money could be used to support inter-house bonding maybe a common room open to students from all houses.
Due to complications that I can't go into in this letter it is likely that my will execution will be delayed by a few weeks or months and it will hopefully become clear why this is the case.
Finally I have tasked kreacher back to the house of black he knows his orders and his mistress and master. Also I hope you don't mind I have bonded the house elf Winky to the house of Potter with specific orders following Dobby's death.
Lord Harry James Potter-Black
In the great hall McGonagall's departure broke the stillness caused by the shock of Ron's outburst. Ron still standing was red enough that it would not have looked out of place had smoke been coming out of Ron's ears. The tables remaining inhabitants were all contemplating what this should do next and whether they should acknowledge what they had just witness.
Charlie decided Ron need space to vent and forcefully dragged Ron away from curios eyes and ears out of the hall.
At this the hall and the table was a buzz with chatter Ginny was unaware of the change in volume in the hall she was transfixed by the envelop in front of her. She was fighting an internal battle part of wanted to rip the envelop in to tiny shreds and set it on fire, how dare harry do this to her he should be alive here with her not a letter. Another part of Ginny wanted to ignore the letter and pretend that this was all a horrid nightmare but it was the part that wanted to read the letter that won. She opened the letter and immediately tears started forming.
Tonks called Winky and handed teddy to her requesting he be put down for night and contact her if he awoke. She look around the table and noticed that Ginny had opened her letter she moved closer on the bench to her and tired to comfort Ginny as best she could while Ginny read. Knowing that all these letters were highly personal she avoided looking at the content when Ginny's shakes subsided she returned her attention to her own letter deciding that the sooner she opened it the better.
Dear Remus and Nymphadora (yes I used your name and there's nothing you can do about it!)
I've written bits for both of you
First moony thank you for being in my life giving me my first real connection to my parents. You made my life so much better by being in especially teaching me to do the patronus charm that's saved my life too many times. I know you agreed but thank you again for allowing Nymphadora to potentially carry my child I know it wasn't easy and I'm not sure I would be so noble if the roles were reversed. Despite our argument last year I know that you will be a wonderful father or father-figure to my child/children please help make sure they get the childhood I never had and that they know their family, heritage and ways of the marauders. I have left you, Nymphadora and teddy a large chunk of money use it and please but something for your self don't make yourself suffer because of your fury little problem you are a good man Remus john Lupin. I will never forget you and I love you.
Now Nymphadora (yes I will keep doing it so there!) I know you've been reading of Moony's shoulder but I have some specific things to say to you.
Firstly thank you for potentially carrying my child your offer was very unexpected and I am very grateful. I think metamorph genes will fit very nicely in the potter line my god can you image the amount mischief that a child of that parentage could create (Tonks/Remus I'm sorry in advance for the challenge but who better than the last marauder to raise it). Even if this doesn't end up in you pregnant thank you for going this far Tonks sitting here watching you with Ginny and mione (don't tell her I called her that) I can see how much you're supporting already and I know whatever happens the next few years are going to be hard and I'm glad they've got cool older sister looking out for them.
Related and I know it doesn't need saying but can you keep an eye on Hermione and gin for me I don't want them to suffer because of me they mean too much to me and I think you are the best person I know to look out for them.
Finally the boring stuff and I guess it's for both of you.
Nymphadora I have set teddy up as the head of the house of black with you acting as his proxy until he reaches majority at the moment that sets up the potter seat up for take over. Hopefully one of the pregnancies is successful then my biological heir is set to inherit the potter title and seat. Regardless of who the child mother is I have stipulated that Hermione will be proxy for that child (I think she's the only one who would actually enjoy the Wizengamot). If there is more than 1 child from our attempts I have stipulated to the goblins that you, gin and Hermione with advice from Kingsley and author will decide inheritances when the eldest biological child is 6 months old.
I think that the will is likely to be problematic due to the unknown nature of the inheritors but I have got agreement from the goblins that the reading will be held 3 months after my death so the pregnancy status can be established I have also requested that any information about heirs is kept confidential to those named in the will until all inheritors can be confirmed i.e. when the baby is born. This means there maybe political challenges but there was nothing I could do. I have however requested that teddy's status as a black be acknowledge with immediate effect so his name as of 5 minutes ago is Teddy Remus Lupin-black.
This is for both of you but I'm sure you've both read everything anyway as I don't know why I bothered. Thank you for making me teddy's godfather it breaks my heart that I will not be there to see him grow but with you two as parents I'm sure he's is going to be amazing. I have bequeathed a section of my fortune to you as a family please use it and it life to the full.
Tonks was drawn abruptly from her letter by an angry shout it took her a few seconds to establish the speaker.
"Non, Bill, 'arry wrote this letter to me personally for a reason and right now you can not reed it, I must respect 'arry's wishes on this, do not push me bill ou vous ne verrez pas notre lit pendant quelques semaines et vous ne sentirez pas mon amour pour encore plus longtemps!' Tonks's french wasn't great but that didn't sound good. With that fleur made her excuses to Molly and she left the table with a subdued bill trailing behind.
Molly addressed the remaining Weasleys 'my letter is addressed to all the Weasley family therefore when your father returns i will call everyone together so we can read it until then i am going to have a lie-down.'
Meanwhile one Hermione granger had hidden herself away in a recently repaired stairwell in the Gryffindor tower, it suddenly stuck her that this was the same staircase harry had comforted her in the year before, the same staircase she had directed birds at Ron's head.
Ron … even now he had to make the situation worst, she understood it was jealousy and sense of inferiority that drove his latest hurtful rant but it wasn't her fault he didn't get a letter and to assume he was more worthy of a letter than she was infuriating. She was shocked at Ron's selfishness not only towards her but his family. They all had lost a son and a friend yet it was Ron throwing tantrum. Yes ideally harry would have written but really who could blame him for not having Ron's ego at the forefront of his mind during the last 2 hours of his life.
Putting Ron to the back of her mind Hermione focused her attention on the letter in her grip. She loved the feel of paper and parchment it had always offered her comfort and reassurance but this time Hermione only felt loneliness.
Collecting her courage she tore open the letter and began to read …
As you know I am writing many letters at the moment but this along with Ginny's is definitely the hardest. You know what I've been through more than anyone, mostly coz you were there too. You have always been there for me. You have been my one constant since the age of 11, I consider you to be the sister I never had. You are smartest, most caring and capable person I have ever met and you have given me the strength to keep going at many points since we meet but I know without your unconditional love and support I think we would not be near the end of the war right now. I feel like I have never really been given a chance to live (guess the prophecy was right about that) but the best moments of my life have been spent with you, Ron, Ginny, the weasleys, Sirius and Remus, But you and Ginny the most. You were the first to show me what true friendship and unconditional love were. You were the 1st person to treat me, as 'just harry' not harry potter or the boy who lived or the delinquent freak, thank you.
Now the end is near for me the thing that scares me the most is that this war will not end with my death. Please I beg you Hermione keep yourself and Ginny safe I need the knowledge that you are living and well. There is a family home of the potters on the continent don't be hero's if you need it go to the goblins they will give you its details go there and hide.
I want to thank you for agree to trying to have my child. I know it was a lot to ask and I still can't understand why you agreed but I am grateful. I never thought I would see you the way I did tonight thank you for allowing me to see you so venerable, you are a beautiful witch Hermione inside and out and don't let anyone ever let you believe otherwise. Please don't ever apologize for who you are, you deserve someone who loves you like I love gin. I have to say you are a very good kisser :op .
You will be a wonderful mother and regardless of whether you have my child you will be a big part of my child and godchild's life I have assigned you as the proxy title and seat holder for the house of potter until the heir reaches the age of majority. I have also assigned you a trustee of a fund I have created for Hogwarts. I am sorry I have bound the house elf Winky to the house potter please make sure she's happy. Make sure dobby and his sacrifice is acknowledged and remembered.
Can I ask another favor can you as far as possible make sure the truth of my life and actions is recorded? Obviously for the safety of the wizarding world some things need not be mentioned. I don't want the world or my child to worship me or think I'm faultless you know better than most I'm human I've made many mistakes. Talking of mistakes could you make sure someone checks on the Dursleys they are family after all.
I have written to Ron within the Weasley letter. I hope that our actions do not cause you two a problem. I want to see you both happy whether as couple or as friends.
I love you more than anything. Thank you for being part of my life.
Hermione heard tentative foot shuffling and looked up to see one sheepish looking Neville longbottom, it was clear to her at less physically this year Neville had really come into his own he was no longer the boy who lost his toad.
'Hermione, it's cold and dark out here why don't we got to the common room Ron's not there I think Charlie took him to the Quidditch pitch.'
At 23.37 a mentally and physically Arthur Weasley landed in Hogwarts looking for his wife.
At 15 minutes past midnight all the Weasley and Hermione were sitting in the Gryffindor, common room waiting for the Weasley patriarch to begin.
Gone was the normal sparkle normally associated with Arthur by those closest to him.
"I know its let but Harry's letter arrived earlier this evening and this is the earliest we could get the whole family together, yes Hermione that includes you' Arthur said looking at the slightly uncomfortable non-redhead teenage witch.
"I know some of you got your own letters and they are yours and private and I won't ask the content' looking at the woman in the room ' and I expect everyone in the family to respect that privacy' focusing his attention on bill, Ron and Percy and getting a look of submission from the older two while Ron look remained somewhat defiant 'right, your mother and I have decided the fairest thing to do is to read the letter aloud, I am hoping Charlie might be willing.' Charlie looked surprised at the request but agreed.
Arthur passed Charlie the letter and he began
I hope you are safe and the war is over for good. You have provided me with shelter and true family since 11. All of you have shown me what it means to be a true family and thank you so much for allowing me to be part of that. I would not have survived the wizarding world without you. There is nothing you could have done to prevent my death ask Ron or Hermione to explain the prophecy if they haven't already. I am knowingly going to my death but I am going knowing I am loved and have a family and that means everything.
I know that it will take a while but please don't dwell on grief for me my life was given so you can live so please don't waste it being sad. Please help the rebuilding of our world your values and strength is what the world needs. If the war isn't over give those death eaters your best.
Molly and Arthur – you have become the closest thing to parents I have ever known and I love you. Arthur I have asked my elf to get you a few useful books on muggle politics and technology.' Kreacher popped in with 10 tomes, which he placed next to Arthur.
' Bill and fleur – the coolest older brother I could ever and the hottest sister. Thank you for your help at shell cottage and I have spoken to Gringotts and their shouldn't be and fallout for you. Fleur I hope you have already read the letter I sent but I have asked the goblins to assign you to dealing with the potter and blacks accounts, sorry.
Charlie... I don't know you well but I know you are a good man you're your family our proud of you but … you should spend more time with them nothing is more important than family.
Percy … I hope you've really come to your senses you've been missed. Don't look down on your family if you do you don't deserve them. Rules are great but they are not always right sometimes they need to be broken, just ask Hermione. Success is great but not if you have no one to share it with.
George and Fred – thank you for rescuing me in the summer of first year, thank you for standing by me and defending me to others, thank you for the map, thank you for making me laugh and smile. You have been the best investment I ever made you used the tri-wizard winnings well … sorry molly it was me that enabled them to drop out of school. As you gave me a 33.% share in the business I'd like 15% to go to Ron give him a job if he wants it. I want another 15% to go to Ginny she really is the craftiest Weasley and finally 3% to teddy Lupin-black … a Marauder's son should always be involved in pranking.
Tonks can explain my godson's name and the above is also started in my will but the will won't be read for three months due to certain complications.
Ron you're my best mate and my brother I love you –stop being so insecure you are great and if you try you can achieve as much as any of your brothers. You never after this you'll probably get a chocolate frog card. Finally pull your finger out and stop waiting for Hermione to make a more'
Ron and Hermione flushed while the ensemble weasleys chuckled.
"Lastly but certainly not least Ginny … I love you but you already know that. ' despite Ginny's reaction to harry death the elder members of the Weasley family particularly Percy and Charlie looked surprised harry returned their sisters feelings 'Please read the letter I sent you gin don't let your anger win. I will always love you and I'm so sorry I had to go if there had been any way I could have stayed with you I would have. Thank you for showing me love and the 6 weeks we dated were the best of my life.'
Molly, Arthur, bill, Percy and Charlie all looked towards Ginny who was crying heavily and now blushing Hermione went over to her and began comforting her molly snapped and hurried over to mother her youngest child sweeping her and Hermione up in a tight hug.
'Why didn't you tell us how serious you to were gin?' bill ask gently but Ginny didn't answer Hermione looked at Bill and mouthed later.
Charlie finished the letter and with heavy hearts the Weasley's headed for bed. Aware that tomorrow they would be heading back to the burrow.
*Harry potter and the order of the phoenix
Chapter 10 The other side
After a week containing far too many funerals as well as the memorial service the Weasleys were exhausted. Arthur and Percy had been working 17-hour days apart from the day of Harry, Remus and Fred's funerals. Nobody knew what to do with their emotions so the normal bustle of burrow was replaced by an eerie silence.
Life in the recently repaired burrow was difficult for everyone but Hermione found it particularly difficult on the one hand she felt like a stranger trespassing on another families grief and at the same time watching the family dynamics was a constant painful reminder of her own parents and her predicament.
To further complicate matters on the day of the official memorial service Ron had asked Hermione out. Despite her concerns regarding the timing and her future she accepted knowing that this was likely to be Ron's sole attempt. She had liked Ron so long she wanted and needed to know what a relationship with him was like. Unfortunately living with your new boyfriend's family while they are mourning is not a comfortable no matter how much Ron's parents insisted she was part of the family, her relationship with Ron also changed her status in the family making her feel like more of an outsider.
Her relationship with Ron so far wasn't what she she'd imagined it would be for all those year but in none of her daydreams had Harry or Fred died. After that meal in the hall and Harry's message Hermione had hoped Ron had become more considerate and aware of others needs but it didn't seem to apply to her. His current behaviour kept reminding her of 4th year Ron and that was not a good thing. Hermione was hoping that when things calmed down and began to return to normal the Ron's approach to their relationship would improve.
They were still fighting a lot but now Ron ended most arguments by instating a kiss. Kissing was all they seemed to do previously when Ron had been dating lavender Hermione had assumed that the majority of the snogging she stumbled upon was the result of lavender's action and clingy persona but now she wasn't so sure. Ron also seemed to see their newly defined relationship as ownership and a free pass to explore her body without her permission in the first week she had already slapped him away about 5 times when his exploration went too far. Victor had been nothing like this and she was already finding her self feeling rushed and pressured into things she didn't feel ready for and she wasn't sure what to do she didn't want to set Ron off on a rant but she wasn't sure how much longer she could allow his actions to progress.
Ron seemed to enjoy skin contact with her particularly her chest but she found his heavy touch increasing painful.
Even worse she was beginning to reminisce back to the night of the battle and Harry's touch and kisses she knew she wasn't attracted to harry like that but it was the best experience she'd had with a boy so far and that depressed her. She had tried asking Ginny for advise and information as she had dated several boys including harry to get some kind of comparison to see whether what she was feeling emotionally and physically was normal or not. However it was difficult because Ron was Ginny's brother and Ginny was currently a shadow of her normal self since returning to the burrow everybody was and it was completely understandable but Ginny more so she'd put up walls and was keeping an air of detachment with everyone.
One silver lining for Hermione to the current despair was due to the high number of funeral and memorials Hermione had seen Tonks a lot and Tonks always made an effort to check in with Ginny and Hermione but funerals and memorials were not the place for the kind of discussions Hermione wanted and needed.
Both Winky and Kreacher had been to see if Ginny or Hermione needed their services, which they didn't, but Hermione suggested that the elves might start preparing potter mansion.
A week later things had calmed down and settled into a routine of sorts Hermione was getting restless though and although her and Ron's relationship had calmed down she still did not feel comfortable with the it. Now they no longer had funerals to go to Hermione had not left the burrow and with the current atmosphere, Ginny as a room-mate and Ron not wanting to do anything other than kiss she was feeling increasingly trapped. Thankfully Ron had taken Harry's advice and asked George for job the shop wasn't open yet but Ron and George had spent 3 days cleaning up the number the death eaters had done on it. When they'd completed the clean up they planned to start the restocking process.
Tonks had come to the burrow for the 1st time post battle on Sunday 17th of May at the request of molly. The morning before Tonks arrived the prophet carrier the ministry announcement that all of the DA and all of the order would receive the order of Merlin of course the order and DA weren't not identified it just referred to the individuals as the leaders of the resistance. Harry, Colin and Snape (still controversial despite the press campaign showing him as a hero since the end of the battle) would be awarded 1st class posthumously. Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna, Ginny and McGonagall would get second class orders with the remaining getting 3rd class. Hermione was impress Kingsley had managed to get Dobby and bane 3rd class honours and they were 1st non-humans to receive the honour.
Tonks brought teddy and he was an ideal distraction for both Ginny and molly after a full Weasley Sunday lunch the boys and Ginny and Fleur decided to play 3 on 3 Quidditch while Percy, Arthur, molly, Tonks, Hermione and Teddy watched.
Tonks could feel the change in atmosphere change in the burrow in was no longer the light-hearted place of welcome that it had been even during the war. The weight of Fred and Harry's deaths were almost visible in the atmosphere everyone looked like they were putting a brave face on it except Ginny Tonks had seen the young redhead several times since they had left Hogwarts and each time she was a little more withdrawn it looked like Ginny had given up and was just going through the motions. Tonks understood she would be the same if it weren't for teddy but what worried Tonks was that nobody really seemed to have tried to help Ginny handle what had happened, the poor girl had never really had to deal with death before and to loose the man you love in such a public way only an hour after making love with them for the time. Ginny and harry hadn't had a chance to properly explore or develop their relationship and now all Ginny had were dreams that would never be reality. Tonks decided to leave Ginny for today and try to visit the burrow when most of the boys were at work.
Settling herself and Teddy on a knoll overlooking the burrows meadow come Quidditch pitch Tonks noticed Hermione was uncharacteristically fidgety. Remembering Harry's words she knew what she need to do.
"Wotcher, Hermione how's this week been?"
Hermione paused 'erm ok I guess considering' Tonks didn't look convinced she wasn't an auror for nowt.
'Molly can you keep an eye on master Lupin-black here while I stretch my legs and work off lunch a bit' Tonks asked
'Of course dearie I'd love to' looking at molly's reaction it was clear how she'd ended up with 7 kids, she loved babies and children you could see her eyes light up at the prospect.
'Hermione, feel like keeping me company?'
With a nod Hermione got up and joined Tonks. After wondering for a bit Tonks started 'so miss granger how are you really? Coz what you said earlier was mainly bullshit'
'Erm its been better I'm worried about Ginny, I feel like I'm intruding, I miss my parents, I'm bored, I don't know what to do and Ron and mine relationship I don't understand'
'Breath there girly, that's better at less that's closer to the truth. Do you remember what I said to you in that office a few weeks ago? And have repeated it nearly every time I've seen you since. I'm here for you and Ginny for the long haul regardless of what happens, as it is you need to keep me company on the Wizengamot.' Tonks chuckled but noticed Hermione looked nervous.
'Granger what's wrong?
'Nothing' said Hermione a little too quickly.
'Don't believe you, try again'
'Erm Tonks you know I'm an only child and my parents are half way round the world and well asking molly would be weird and Ginny is in her own little world… it's a very personal but …'
30 minutes of frank conversation later Hermione felt better and Tonks felt close to the young witch.
'Thanks Tonks, I feel better and it's just good to get another perspective.'
'Ah, its nothing, I enjoy chatting with you I didn't really have any female friends at school to gossip with, you know Hermione I'd be really happy of you came to stay with me for a while, it might help with Ron and it would give me a reason to visit here more often which would help with Ginny. We could tell the Weasley's it's because I need help with the munchkin.'
'I think I might if that's ok I just really need some space, to get my head straight,
but you're telling molly she scares me I've never really got past an incident when I was 17 and she found me in a state of undress in Charlie's bed'.
They unlikely pair spent a little longer chatting about this and that before heading back to the group. ' Just before reaching the group, Tonks stopped.
'What's the matter ' said a concerned Hermione.
' Oh, I just had a thought when are you due your next monthly, Hermione?'
'Today's the 17th so' she does mental maths on her fingers ' ohhhhhh 3 days ago… do think I might be …'
With a smirk Tonks replied 'yes Hermione I do it would explain your sensitivity to touch and your lack of patience … ouch and the violent outbursts. Although by the sounds of it young master Weasley is heavy handed which doesn't help and I don't won't to test that experience'.
'Lets go tell molly your moving in with me.'
Molly's protests were short lived when Hermione explained it was to help Tonks with Teddy.
Ron was less understanding he couldn't understand why this girlfriend was voluntarily moving away from him. His voice echoed around the burrow 'why don't I have a say in this I'm your boyfriend shouldn't you check with me first' the other inhabitants cringed for Ron but the lack of sound suggested a very strong silencing charm.
30 minutes letter a dishevelled Hermione appeared in the kitchen 'Molly is ok if I come back for lunch on Tuesday and dinner on Friday?' 'Of course dear you can come whenever you don't need to ask.'
While Hermione packed and told Ron Tonks admired the meadow and watched the remaining brothers and Ginny much around on their brooms. Remembering the summers of her school years spent watching bill and Charlie show off.
She noticed Fleur Delacour-Weasley approaching her, she didn't know much about the Francophone witch other than her being married to bill, working for Gringotts, being an order member, tri wizard competitor and finally her being French.
''Ello Nymphadora' Tonks held her normal retort to her given name.
'How are you doing?'
'Well considering everything, what about yourself, are you back at Gringotts yet?
'I am also okay considering, harry was a good friend and oui, I am back at work, 'hat iz why I have come over actually, you may remember I also received a letter from harry…' Tonks signalled for quiet a flick of her wand and a moment later a Muffliato charm securely in place 'you can never be too careful.
'Oui, as I was saying Harry sent me a letter … he's told me everything including what you 'ermione and Ginevra have offered to do for him' Tonks stayed quiet waiting for Fleur's reaction 'I am bounded by the goblins not to say anything and I weel keep this from bill as long as required, harry as asked me to make sure all of you and teddy are looked after and comfortable financially until hees will is read. He also wishes for me to deal with the red tape that is likely to come given his status and the complicated situation. When I first I was trés surprised especially by your involvement but I feel now dzis is best for everyone. My sister-in-law need help with tiz whatever the outcome and I can see you are already supporting them; if you eeva need someone to talk to I am here. I know we do not really know each other well but I would like to be there for you and I feel that we weel be spending a lot of time sorting out Harry's wishes as teddy will but part of them regardless of baby or not. I also do not think either Ginny or Hermione understand how big these iz going to be when it comes out.
'Thank you fleur, I'd like that I don't have many female friends and I can't share this anyway, although it was agreed with harry and Remus beforehand that if I end up pregnant the child will acknowledged as being Remus's for as long as possible, for security reason as much as anything but also harry potter's child or not the wizarding world is not ready for the 'married women having another man's child openly story', it would end any chance I have as being taken seriously I'd be branded a whore forever. If I am pregnant I want the child to know exactly whom their father was as harry would definitely a father to be proud of but I doubt many people would ever understand my decision. If Remus hadn't of loved Harry so much there is no way he would have agreed … how do you think the weasleys will take this?'
'That iz one ting I am very worried about, they are a very traditional family and Ginny iz their little girl they will not handle this well at all. It has taken this war for molly not to think I'm a harlot and there was on baby out of wedlock. I hope for Ginny's sake that she izn't pregnant and I thin wee should set up a plan for if she is. I think they will come round eventually but they all have rot tempers and they action before thinking so there first reaction will not be preety. They loved harry so it will be ok in the end but it will be orrible to start with. I also think Hermione will need protecting the family all seem adamant that she will end up with Ron but there is no way Ron could handle raising another man's child especially Harry's. I don't think she and Ron will last anyway.'
'Me neither and I'm pretty sure she's pregnant but we are going to wait till next week to run the spell, she's moving in with me today and I'm guessing she's going to stay and by the sound of it Ron wasn't very impressed.
'I tink I heard that'.
'Better go and see if Hermione's ready to go, thanks Fleur.'