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Paternal Instincts by Tasha9315

Format: Novel
Chapters: 2
Word Count: 1,706
Status: WIP

Rating: 15+
Warnings: Mild violence

Genres: Drama, General, AU
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Lupin, James, Sirius, Draco

First Published: 08/24/2017
Last Chapter: 09/30/2017
Last Updated: 09/30/2017

AU: James survived and Harry Potter still became the Boy Who Lived through Lily's sacrifice. James Potter, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin (The Marauders) raise Harry from the start. What are the changes that would occur? Harry has a friendlier relationship with Draco Malfoy but is bestfriends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. No pairings yet. No added bashing for any character.

Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived
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 I know I just started a story about James being alive, but this one is quite different from the other one. I had to write both ideas. I have already mentioned in my previous story that I would write a second one.

I wanted to wait to finish the other one first, but I started this chapter on a whim and here it is. This one is James and the Marauders raising Harry from the start.

Why is it James, and not Lily? Because this way, Harry is still The Boy Who Lived and I can use the same plot conflicts. I might write Lily survives stories in future, but I still have to come up with the plot as Harry would no longer be the Boy Who Lived.

The Potters lived in hiding from Voldermort in a Godric's Hollow home. On Halloween night, James Potter returned to his Godric's Hollow home and got the shock of his life. He saw the dark mark above his house and he immediately knew Voldermort had attacked his family. He trembled and felt as if a knife was piercing his stomach as he ran inside his house. He was already distraught as he made his way upstairs. He entered his room to find his wife Lily's lifeless body on the floor. Near her body, his son Harry was crying at the sight of his mother's dead body. He had a lightning shaped cut on his forehead. James fainted at the sight of his wife and son.

Nearly an hour later, Sirius Black arrived at the Potter's Godric's Hollow home. He entered and made his way upstairs, calling out to James and Lily. He entered the bedroom to find Lily's lifeless body, James' unconscious body and Harry crying at the sight of his parents. He could tell Lily was dead from her open eyes and stiff body. Sirius felt an uncomfortable jolt in his stomach and felt tears threatening to burst out from his eyes. He picked Harry up and comforted him before making his way to James with Harry in his arm.

"James!, wake up," said Sirius with a shaky voice as he lightly shook James with his free arm.

James woke up and was confused at first. Once he recalled what had happened, he became hysterical and began wailing uncontrollably. Since Harry had stopped crying, Sirius put Harry back in his crib and went over to comfort James. He put both his arms around James.

"It's all, my fault," James kept saying as he sobbed.

"James, it's not your fault," said Sirius who was tearing up too. It was usually James who comforted him when he was upset over something, mainly his family. It was hardly the other way around.

Albus Dumbledore arrived at the Potter's Godric's Hollow home. He entered the room and was stunned by what he saw, but quickly recovered. Dumbledore paced the room, looking somber. He walked over to Lily and closed her eyes before walking over to Harry's crib and picking him up. He examined Harry's scar thoughtfully before putting him down.

"Professor, look at what that sneaky wormrat did," said Sirius hotly.

James was still crying and blaming himself absent-mindedly, oblivious to his surroundings.

"Were you not their Secret Keeper, Sirius?" asked Dumbledore.

"No, we switched to that scum, Peter last week. I thought it would be obvious if I was their Secret Keeper, so I convinced James and Lily to switch to Peter," said Sirius ruefully.

Dumbledore pointed his wand at James as cast a spell on him that made him faint.

"I had to make him unconscious. He is not in state to function. We need to get James and Harry to St. Mungo's. We'll discuss things further there," said Dumbledore calmly.

Dumbledore always had a talent for keeping himself calm and composed in any situation.

"We can't apparate from inside the house. Let's get James and Harry outside the house," said Dumbledore.

"What about Lily?" asked Sirius.

"She will receive her due respect, but unfortunately we cannot remove her body before Aurors show up," said Dumbledore.

Dumbledore levitated an unconscious James outside, while Sirius carried Harry. Dumbledore and Sirius apparated to St. Mungo's with James and Harry.

James woke up in one of the wardrooms at St. Mungo's. He began to get hysterical again, but was calmed down with a calming draught. He was finally calm enough to have a conversation.

"Is Harry alright? I remember seeing a cut on his forehead," James asked shakily.

"Harry's just fine," said Sirius, putting Harry on the bed next to James.

15 month old Harry had a bandage on his forehead.

"Da da," said Harry, holding his arms out to James.

James picked him up and held him.

"Harry, daddy's so sorry he wasn't there to protect you," said James regretfully.

"James, is it true that you switched your Secret Keeper from Sirius to Peter?" asked Dumbledore.

"Yes, and he betrayed us. I thought he was one of my bestfriends," said James dejectedly.

"Professor, I don't understand. Voldermort attacked Harry and Lily, but now he seems gone. Not that I'm complaining, but Harry somehow survived with just a cut," said Sirius.

"I theorize that Lily sacrificed herself for Harry, invoking an ancient protection charm. Hence, when Voldemort cast the killing curse, it backfired on him instead," said Dumbledore.

"So Voldermort's gone for good?" asked Sirius.

"I'm afraid there are ways for him to return since he had gone to great lengths to make himself immortal. But for now, he's gone," said Dumbledore.

"It's my fault. I'm sorry James. I'm the idiot who suggested that we switch to Peter," said Sirius, hanging his head in shame.

"It's not your fault, Sirius. It's that stinking traitor's fault. When I get my hands on him, he'll wish he was never born," James swore.

"I'll get him. I'll kill him and go to Azkaban instead of you. Harry needs you," Sirius vowed.

"Calm yourselves, James and Sirius. Peter will most certainly be caught and punished for his deeds. No need for either one of you to break the law and risk getting thrown in Azkaban," said Dumbledore.

"He can easily escape in his animagus form," said James and Sirius together.

"I beg your pardon," said Dumbledore.

James and Sirius looked at each other. It was confession time.

A/N: This is just the first chapter, so I had to get the attack out of the way. I'm not good at writing the aftermath of a crisis, so I hope this is ok.

Please remember to follow the story with the Follow/Favorite button on top if you're interested in what happens next or if you want to give the story a chance to see where it goes.

This story is basically supposed to be the changes that would have occurred if James survived and raised Harry. The previous story was changes and secrets story where secrets are revealed.

I will reveal where James was that night in a future chapter.

Chapter 2: Three Men and A Baby
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James and Sirius had just recounted to Dumbledore about how they became illegal animagi to keep Remus Lupin, company during the full moon. Dumbledore was stunned. Harry had already fallen asleep in James' arms.

"Well …. While I admire your friendship and intention to keep Remus company during his transformation, it was still very reckless indeed. You boys put yourselves in danger and others could have been harmed too while you roamed Hogsmeade. Not to mention, being an unregistered animagus is illegal," rebuked Dumbledore with a calm tone.

"I'm sorry, professor," said James and Sirius in shame.

"I understand. You boys were still at the age where recklessness and fun were more intriguing than responsibility and consequences," said Dumbledore, understandably.

"I've already sent out an alert to the ministry. Aurors are doing their best to track Peter. I will inform them about Peter being an animagus," said Dumbledore.

2 weeks later

Peter had already been caught. He tried hiding as a rat with the Weasleys, but after seeing the notice on the Daily Prophet about Peter's animagus form, Molly Weasley tactfully trapped him and turned him in. Peter was sentenced to a trial and was thrown into prison, not just for betraying the Potters, but for several terrible deeds that he done as a Death Eater. James, Sirius and Remus did not trust themselves to face Peter out of fear of letting their anger get the better of themselves. They chose to avoid the trial. Luckily for James and Sirius, the only charge they were faced with for being illegal animagi was to pay a heavy fine and register their animagi. This was mostly due to them being tried as juveniles due to them only being 15 at the time they became illegal animagi. The fact that James' son had just vanquished the Dark Lord also helped bring more leniency on their sentence.

Potter Manor

James, Sirius and Remus were in the Potter Manor's living room, discussing Harry.

"I don't know how I'm gonna do it without her," said James dejectedly.

"You're a great father, James. You'll do just fine," said Sirius encouragingly.

"What if I screw up and Harry ends up thinking I'm a completely useless father," said James.

"You won't screw up. You've always put Harry first and that's a sign of being a good father," said Remus just as encouragingly.

"And I'll be there for you whenever you need help with Harry, Prongs. I am Harry's Godfather," said Sirius.

"You can always count on me for help too, James," said Remus courteously.

"Will you both please move in? I would really appreciate it" asked James pleadingly.

Sirius and Remus looked each other before turning back to James.

"Of course, mate," said Sirius, putting a supportive arm on James.

"Count me in too, mate," said Remus who also put a supportive on James.

"Thank you," said James gratefully.

"We'll be 3 men and baby. Although, we're probably the most clueless people raising a baby," said Sirius sniggering.

"We'll get the hang of it," said Remus.

I apologize that this is just a short chapter. I promise the next chapter would be a full length one. There will be flashbacks in future chapters for unanswered questions.