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Paternal Instincts by Tasha9315
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.
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.
Chapter 3: Chapter 3
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Almost 10 years later
Harry Potter grew up in loving home, albeit one without a maternal figure or female influence. His Uncle Sirius was carefree and fun-loving, his Uncle Remus was firm but fair and flexible and his dad, James was a balance between both. He was tall, healthy and well-cared for.
Harry came down excitedly on the morning of his eleventh Birthday and entered the living room to be greeted by three cheerful Marauders. There was an assortment of presents in the living room from the Marauders and close family friends.
"Happy Birthday son!" James exclaimed as he hugged Harry.
"Thanks dad," said Harry, hugging his father back.
After James and Harry pulled away, Sirius and Remus took turns hugging and wishing Harry a Happy Birthday.
Harry looked at his pile presents and one package in particular caught his eyes. He knew what the present was. He had begged his father for a Nimbus Two Thousand when he saw it on display at Diagon Alley. So far, he only owned a Comet Two Fifty. He opened the package from James with glee. He stared with awe at the Nimbus Two Thousand, while touching it admiringly. While he was admiring his Nimbus Two Thousand, the Marauders were admiring his antics with his new broom. Harry remembered his manners.
"Thank you so much dad," said Harry, gleefully hugging James.
"I'm glad you like it," said James.
"May I please take it to Hogwarts with me?" Harry asked hopefully.
"Sorry son, but first years aren't allowed to bring brooms," said James.
"I can sneak it in," said Harry cheekily.
"Harry, breaking minor rules for harmless pranks is one thing, but breaking a major rule stated in your acceptance letter would be pushing it a little too far," said James. "At least that's what your grandfather told me when I wanted to sneak my broom into Hogwarts during my first year," he added as an afterthought.
James himself had often pushed it too far when he broke the rules during his schooling days, but he didn't want Harry repeating his mistakes. He had vowed to raise Harry to be a better person than himself.
"I guess I can wait for my second year," said Harry thoughtfully.
"Come on Prongslet, you've got other gifts to unwrap," said Sirius.
Harry saw a cage with a snowy owl.
"Hagrid sent this," said Remus.
Harry had never met Rubeus Hagrid, but he had heard a lot about the kind and lovable half-giant who was the gamekeeper of Hogwarts from the Marauders. He read the note from Hagrid which said that he couldn't wait to meet him at Hogwarts. Harry dug into the rest of his presents, including the ones from Sirius and Remus. He gratefully thanked and hugged Sirius and Remus. James reminded Harry that he would have to send out thank you notes to those who had sent him gifts.
After breakfast, Harry and the Marauders were at Diagon Alley, where they were to spend Harry's Birthday and get Harry's school things. Harry was really excited about getting his first wand and spell books. He was recognized and greeted by witches and wizards that he had never met. Harry had only been to Diagon Alley four times before as James usually preferred shopping at muggle stores, mostly to avoid the unwanted attention Harry got when they shopped in the wizarding world.
James and Harry went to Gringotts while Sirius went off to meet his fiancée, Miranda who urgently needed his assistance to sort out a problem with their wedding planner. They were set to get married during the Christmas holidays. Remus had to quickly meet his publisher for something. Remus was a successful author of fiction books that were quite popular in the wizarding world. He occasionally wrote non-fiction books.
At Gringotts, James and Harry ran into Hagrid.
"Hagrid!" James greeted Hagrid cheerfully.
"James!" Hagrid greeted him just as cheerfully. "It's so good to see yeh," said Hagrid.
"It's so good to see you too Hagrid," said James.
"And this young man must be little Harry," said Hagrid fondly. "Yeh were just a baby the last time I saw yeh."
"It's really nice to meet you Hagrid," said Harry as Hagrid beamed. "And thank you very much for the owl. I love it," Harry added gratefully.
"Oh, it's nothing," said Hagrid as he patted him.
James and Harry were right behind Hagrid in line, so they heard him tell the goblin something about a letter from Dumbledore and a very secret Hogwarts business involving "You-Know-What" in Vault 713. Harry wondered what was in Vault 713. After getting their money from Gringotts, he saw Hagrid carry a small package which he knew was the "You-Know-What". Hagrid quickly but politely bid them goodbye and said that he was in a hurry before hurrying off. Harry thought this was odd.
"What's 'You-Know-What' in Vault 713, dad?" asked Harry.
"No idea," James shrugged. But even James thought Hagrid was acting strangely when he had the package with him.
James left Harry at Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions to get his uniform while he got something at the shop next door. Madam Malkin stood Harry on a stool next to a pale, blonde boy with a pointed face and began fitting him. Harry and the boy recognized each other. They had met three times before; once during Sirius' mom's funeral, once during the previous Quidditch World Cup Finals and once at a social event where Lucius Malfoy invited James and Harry to one of his parties. James had politely declined the invitation. Despite having seen him three times, Harry had never spoken to Draco Malfoy. He had overheard the Marauders say that Lucius Malfoy was one Voldemort's Death Eaters who came back to the light side and claimed to have been bewitched.
"You're … Harry Potter aren't you?" asked Draco with interest. Madam Malkin perked up with interest too but chose to remain quiet.
"Yes, you're … sorry I never got your first name," said Harry.
"Draco. Draco Malfoy," said Draco pompously as he held out his hand. Harry curtly shook it.
"Do you own a broom, Potter?" asked Draco.
"My dad just got me a Nimbus Two Thousand," said Harry.
"Cool! I was planning on getting father to get me one after this. It's annoying that first years aren't allowed to bring their own broom, don't you think?" asked Draco.
"I know. It's a stupid rule," Harry agreed.
"I think I'll get father to agree to let me smuggle mine in somehow," said Draco.
"I tried to get to get my father to let me sneak mine in, but he says it would be pushing it too far to break such a major rule," Harry shrugged. Draco and Harry sniggered.
"Fathers. They're great but it's annoying when they enforce rules," said Draco knowingly. "My father says it's a crime if I'm not chosen to play for my house"
"My dad's hoping I'll play for my house too," said Harry.
"Do you know which house you'll be in yet?" asked Draco.
"I'm hoping to be in Gryffindor like my parents and most of my father's family," said Harry.
"I guess most people prefer to be sorted into the house their family was in. I know I'll be in Slytherin. All my family has been in Slytherin," said Draco. "You might want to consider Slytherin too though."
"Why?" asked Harry.
"That's the house that usually doesn't have any muggle-borns. You and I come from ancient wizarding families. You don't want to be mixing with that sort. They weren't brought up to know our ways. I don't think Hogwarts should let their kind in, do you?" asked Draco.
Harry felt a surge of anger but controlled it.
"My mum's muggle-born," said Harry indignantly.
"That's alright. At least your dad's pureblood," said Draco, clearly missing Harry's tone and oblivious that he had touched a nerve.
Harry didn't know what to make of this boy. Talking to him about Quiditch was nice but his attitude towards muggle-borns was appalling.
"You're done Mr. Malfoy," said Madam Malkin.
James came in just as Draco hoped down from the footstool.
"Good day Mr. Potter," Draco said politely.
James looked a little taken back.
"Good day, umm … Draco Malfoy right?"
"That's right" said Draco proudly. "I'll see you at Hogwarts, Harry"
"See you at Hogwarts" replied Harry as Draco smiled and exited the shop.
James and Harry looked at each other, stunned.
"You're done too, dear," said Madam Malkin to Harry before father or son could say anything.
"Your Uncle Sirius and Uncle Remus will be meeting us at Olivander's. We'll get your books first," said James.
James and Harry exited Madam Malkins after paying her and went to the bookstore next door.
=to be continued=
Author's note: Hagrid's quote about "You know what in Vault 713 and Draco talking about smuggling his broom in were taken/rephrased from Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley) of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Please review, so that I know if I'm going in the right direction or if my writing is any good.
Harry was mostly turned off by Draco Malfoy in the original because Draco reminded him of Dudley and Harry had been bullied. I really think that Harry would have been more tolerant of Draco's shortcomings if he wasn't bullied. They do have quite a bit in common like with their interest in Quiditch.
I will reveal more information in future chapters. So for those wondering things like where Harry went to school and what James and Sirius did for a living, these will be revealed in time.