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Harry Potter and the loving childhood by bellalestrange1107
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Chapter 1: Chapter 1
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Just then he heard someone apparate. He ran down to be greeted by a sobbing Hagrid " Hagrid, its all gone. They're gone Hagrid." Sirius cried into Hagrid's shirt. "Harry survived"
"Sirius, I have to take him" Hagrid said looking extremely reluctant to say so.
"Not Harry Hagrid, please not him. I'm all he has now. I'm his godfather" Sirius begged and informed Hagrid.
"Sirius, Dumbledore's orders"
"I want to meet Dumbledore. I have to meet him. Harry's going nowhere" said Sirius still sobbing. Harry had slept in his arms. And so they apparated to Hogsmaede.
Just as they entered the castle, they saw Professor Minerva McGonagall and Ariana Potter running towards them.
"Black is it true?" she asked him afraid of hearing the answer. But didn't get one - she saw it in his eyes. " Sirius" was all Ariana could say. She was paralysed with shock of her brother's and sister-in-law / best friend's death. So close to tears but she said "We have to meet Professor Dumbledore"
They walked up to the Griffin door in silence - except the sound of the occasional sniffing.
"Albus, Mr. Black is........ Excuse me" and with that Minerva ran down the stairs.
" Mr. Black, Ms. Potter I'm so sorry" said Dumbledore in the same voice which he always used.
The lack of remorse in his voice broke Sirius' heart into smaller pieces. It made his blood boil with anger. Not only had Sirius lost his best friend, but the entire wizarding community had lost their bravest fighters. Dumbledore made them fighters and he had no remorse.
"No. I want Harry. I'm his godfather, and he stays with me" Sirius said with finality in his tone.
"Albus, the boy should stay with Sirius" said Minerva. Nobody had noticed that she was back.
"He is not safe in our world" said Albus.
" You cannot send him to the Muggles, Professor. He's my godson too. I'm equally capable. Are you saying he is safe in the Muggle world. Amongst the only muggles who hate the wizarding world. I will not sanction this. He stays with me and Sirius" yelled Ariana as she took Harry into her arms
"Professor Potter, please calm down" said Albus with the same voice. It was beginning to get on Sirius' nerves now.
"No I will not calm down. I have lost my brother, my best friend. I will not lose my godson. That much is clear. He shan't go to the Dursleys." she said her eyes filling up with tears.
"Very well. The boy shall stays with you and Mr.Black" said Professor Dumbledore before she started yelling again.
Sirius and Ariana could not smile but Professor McGonagall could sense their relief.
"We have to leave. I need to see James and Lily" Ariana said the last few words in a choked voice.
"Let's go" said Sirius and he helped her up.
The next morning, at the crack of dawn, Sirius and Ariana woke up on the first step of the staircase and could see Remus next to James. They couldn't bring themselves to leave. Remus just sat there. His face looked swollen and red. They hadn't seen him so long.
As Ariana walked down the stairs, she noticed that Remus didn't even flinch as the silence was broken. She sat next to him and Sirius on the stairs until the aurors came.
They couldn't do much other than sit in silence. Ariana was losing everything she had - her twin brother, Lily, Marlene. But she had Sirius, Remus and Harry. That was when she heard him cry. As she took him in her arms, the crying stopped. Harry felt safe in her arms and this scared Ariana. What if she shared the same fate as James and Lily, what would happen to Harry.
"Ariana" said Sirius calling her for the fourth time " the aurors are calling us. They want to see Harry too"
"I'm coming" she replied.
Godric's Hollow was a quiet place that day but the rest of the wizarding world was rejoicing at the death of Voldemort. They seem to have forgotten that their best protectors were gone, a child was orphaned, a family was broken to achieve this feat.
"Ms. Potter, I'm sorry for your loss. We do not want to interfere at such a time, but we need to take all three of you for questioning" said one of the aurors. Among them was one of their batchmates, Kingsley Shacklebolt.
"Alright" said Ariana. She did not have the strength to say anything else. Kingsley was shocked the see Ariana Potter agree to anything this quickly. She had always found this process of questioning extremely painful for the victim's family. The questioning was fixed for a later date.
The rest of the day went my in planning the funeral and making arrangement for Harry. Ariana was the only DADA teacher to last longer than a year, but she too quit now. Sirius and Ariana decided to move into one of the Potter or Black estates - anywhere except Grimauld Place. So they chose a Black property in the muggle town Nottingham. Since Walburga's death, Sirius, being the only Black, inherited all the property.
It was midday by the time Harry started to cry for his parents. It good a good three quarters of an hour to calm him down.
The funeral was to be held at noon the next day and they were to be buried at the graveyard at Godric's Hollow. They had a Potter graveyard but Lily always wanted to be at Godric's Hollow and James, beside Lily.
There was a quiet funeral the next day. The next few days, the newspapers were filled with obituaries and articles about the Potters but the most important news of all was that Peter Pettigrew had been caught and sentenced to life in Azkaban for the murder of James and Lily Potter and service to the Dark Lord. Many death eaters were captured including Sirius' cousin Bellatrix Lestrange, her husband and brother-in-law.
Sirius, Ariana and Harrry settled in the Nottingham estate. Harry got his own room, filled with toys and cried only now and then for his parents.
The questioning went pretty well, Ariana was in tears by the end of it and Sirius was pretty calm, so was Remus. Remus accepted their offer of staying at Nottingham with them.