Chapter 26 : A True Gryffindor
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Harry stayed in the kitchen for most of the day. He had gotten his dad’s old snitch out and watched as it flew around the room. It was a depressing Christmas. Fred, George and Angelina hadn’t emerged from the girl’s bedroom where Katie had taken refuge. Fleur had started to complain that she wanted to get some fresh air then shut up after Bill had told her about Katie. Fleur had then become quiet and contented herself with reading a book. Soon after the Christmas dinner the music that filled the house had started up again which meant that Jenny was on the piano again. Ron and Ginny were playing Wizarding chess in the hall and Hermione was sitting across the table reading Harry’s new Hogwarts, a history.
“Not the best of Christmases is it?” Sirius asked sitting next to Harry. Harry nodded and caught the snitch as it flew past him.
“Not really.” Harry said, “He’s still rather angry and I think he’s torturing a few of his deatheaters.” Sirius looked at Harry gravely.
“I wonder what’s been going on. I’ve been left to baby-sit all of you. None of the Order have turned up since Molly left.” Sirius said. Harry sighed and let the snitch free again. Bill walked in with Fleur and Fleur sat down next to Hermione thoroughly annoyed. She flipped her hair behind her shoulders and turned to Hermione.
“Haf you heard from Vicktor?” Fleur asked Hermione. Harry saw Hermione straighten and looked at Fleur.
“Yes, I have.” Hermione said.
“Iz he ok? I last heard he waz quite zick” Fleur said to Hermione. Hermione seemed slightly startled that Fleur was talking to her. Harry caught the snitch again and put it in his pocket. Bill gave him a smile and got a bottle of Butterbeer. Fleur and Hermione continued to talk and Bill came and sat next to Harry and Sirius.
“You know what’s going on?” He asked Sirius.
“As I just told Harry, I have no idea.” Sirius said.
“I reckon it must be something really big.” Bill said,
“Mr Weezy sir.” Castra said tugging on Bill’s trousers. “A letter for you sir.”
“It must be from April.” Sirius said. Bill took the letter and opened it. He sighed and stood up.
“Fleur, darling, will you be ok on your own?” Bill asked Fleur. Fleur looked up and nodded. “Well, I have to go. I’m wanted elsewhere.” Bill went around to Fleur and gave her a quick kiss and then went to the fireplace.
“This is great.” Harry muttered.
“Don’t worry, Harry.” Sirius said, “Remember that talk I wanted with you at the beginning of the holiday?” Harry nodded, “I thought I should give it to you today but I’ll keep it short.” Harry looked at Sirius curiously. “You look after my daughter or I’ll be forced to withdraw all your privileges.” Sirius said. Harry grinned.
“Is that all?” Harry asked.
“Yeah. I thought I’d keep it short and simple.” Sirius said. “But if you do hurt Jenny then-”
“I know.” Harry said getting the idea. He saw Hermione glance at him.
* * * *
It wasn’t until two days later when anyone at Grimmauld place saw anyone else from the order. Katie was sitting in the kitchen sitting with Angelina and George. Harry was passing his quaffle to Crookshanks and watched as the cat chased it around the kitchen.
“Are you going to talk soon?” Angelina asked Katie gently.
“My cousin was a muggle.” Katie said. “My mum was half muggle.”
“I don’t want to sound rude but who exactly died?” Harry asked looking at the three sitting at the table.
“My parents, my older brother and my cousins.” Katie said, “On Christmas day.”
“That’s the day Harry’s grandparents died.” April said coming through the fireplace. “Harry, I need you to come with me.” She said turning to Harry.
“April, what’s happening?” George asked.
“There was a raid on Voldemort’s house.” April said, “We’ve found some things that we think Harry should see and someone Harry should meet. Where’s Sirius?”
“Upstairs.” Angelina said.
“George, could you please go and get Sirius.” April seemed very aloft and cold. George nodded and ran out of the room. “Katie, Dumbledore will be here soon to discuss some things with you. You are to stay at Grimmauld place for the remainder of the holiday. Neville Longbottom will be arriving soon with that Patils.” April told everyone.
“That Patils?” Angelina asked.
“Yes, we will explain everything when we come back.” April said. Sirius came into the room.
“What’s happened?” Sirius asked.
“We need you and Harry to come with me.” April said. “Go to Riddle House, Little Hangleton.” April handed Harry a small bag of Floo Powder. “Kingsley will meet you there.” Harry took a handful of Floo powder and threw it into the fire. He spun through the Floo network, keeping his arms close to him, he closed his eyes and couldn’t wait until he was out. Soon he was stepping out of a large ornate fireplace and was met by Kingsley Shacklebolt.
“Harry Potter, My name is Kingsley Shacklebolt, I believe we’ve met before.” Kingsley said formally. Harry nodded.
“Yes we have” They had to pretend that they didn’t know each other. A few moments later Sirius appeared next to Harry and then April apparated next to him.
“Is he still here?” April asked Kingsley.
“Yes, he’s just through here.” Kingsley said. April nodded and told Harry and Sirius to follow him. They went into a small room that had aurors lining the walls.
“Is it Voldemort?” Harry asked April in a hushed whisper. April shook her head.
“No.” April said. Her face looked like it had been carved in stone she looked so serious. Harry noticed Lupin standing by the door with his arms crossed and looking at a shaking figure in the middle of the room. The figure was so familiar to Harry. He was slightly chubby, had thin hair and very watery eyes. He was staring at April and shrieked.
“Peter, I would like you to meet two acquaintances of yours” April said to Wormtail. Harry and Sirius looked at Peter, who was staring at them in horror.
“Harry, Padfoot.” Peter said.
“Don’t call me that.” Sirius said whipping his wand out. April gave him a warning look and Sirius lowered his wand.
“I will be giving the punishment. As we have lost the dementors I’m afraid that there’s only one thing that I can do.” April said coldly.
“Miss. Marsden.” One of the Aurors said uncertainly, April looked at him, “What is Sirius Black doing here?”
“He has been cleared for the death of Mr. Pettigrew here.” April said. “He is innocent. Now-” April went up to Peter. He scrambled to his feet and tried to run away. He seemed terrified of April.
“Please, April, April, please don’t hurt me.” Peter begged. April stared at Peter with a look in her eyes that Harry thought he recognised. She wanted revenge for the death of Harry’s parents.
“You’re not doing this alone.” Lupin said a bit too calmly. Harry seemed to be the only one in the room that understood the connection between Lupin, April, Sirius and Wormtail.
“No one will be killing anyone.” Dumbledore said coming into the room. April, Sirius and Lupin turned to Dumbledore. Harry could vaguely see the old school children in them. They looked younger then they had been just a second ago.
“But he killed-” April started.
“No April. No one deserves death.” Dumbledore said. “Aurors can you please leave this room.” The aurors around the room looked confused.
“Go.” April ordered. They all left the room slowly looking even more confused. Kingsley was the last to leave and he closed the door behind him. Harry looked at the adults slightly confused. He had to admit that all he wanted to do was to curse Wormtail.
“Peter, we cannot kill you because we know you are very close to Voldemort so you have two choices. Come freely or be forced to give up everything you know. Fudge has given every auror a vial of Veritaserum to use if they deem it necessary.” Dumbledore said to Wormtail. April waved her wand and a small bottle of clear liquid appeared in her hand. Lupin and Sirius watched curiously. “What’s your choice?” Dumbledore asked. Wormtail looked at each of his old friends then looked at Harry. Harry felt an intense hatred rising in his body.
“I will never defy the dark lord.” Wormtail shouted. Sirius and April were obviously not pleased with this answer because Wormtail hit the wall as two jets of light hit him. One from the two adults.
“Get up.” April said. Wormtail stood up, “Now, you’ll tell us what we want to know or we will kill you.”
“What would you like to know?” Wormtail asked.
“April!” Dumbledore said annoyed.
“I didn’t kill him and I an the head auror.” April said. “Now, where is Voldemort?” she asked Wormtail.
“I don’t know. He fled moments before you came. I was about to leave when I was caught by you.” Wormtail said looking at April.
“Now, sit down and shut up.” April said. Wormtail sat on the floor with his legs crossed and stayed quiet. Harry stared at April in surprise.
“April, I want you to get your aurors back in here. You are to come with me, I cannot leave you here with Peter.” Dumbledore said. April nodded and went to the door. Fudge came running into the house.
“What has happened?” Fudge asked. He turned to April, “You’re supposed to tell me about these kinds of raids.” April looked at him coldly then turned to Dumbledore.
“Where are we going?” April asked.
“Harry, April come with me.” Dumbledore said. “Mr. Fudge, may I introduce you to Mr. Pettigrew.” Dumbledore said. Fudge looked at Wormtail sitting quietly on the floor. Fudge then looked at Sirius and Lupin.
“What has been going on? Pettigrew’s alive?” Fudge asked in surprise. “Aurors, arrest him.”
“I would be careful, he is an animagi” Dumbledore said. The aurors gathered around Wormtail and April and Harry followed Dumbledore out of the room. Lupin and Sirius also decided to follow. They walked down a dark looking hall.
“I have had a look around the house and I have found something that is very important and could help Harry defeat Voldemort.” Dumbledore said. They turned into a windowless room and Dumbledore said something and the room lit up brightly. Harry looked around the room. It was the room he had been in when he had a dream a while ago that revealed Voldemort was the heir of Slytherin.
“I know this room.” Harry said. “I had a dream about this room.” He said. April went up to a wall. The walls were covered in bits of parchment with hundreds of names and lines all over them. She looked up and read the name at the top.
“Helga Hufflepuff.” She read. “What is this?” She asked turning to Dumbledore.
“On each of these walls is a certain family timeline. On that wall, Helga Hufflepuff, that one there.” Dumbledore said pointing to the opposite wall, “That is Rowena Ravenclaw.” Lupin and Sirius looked at the wall and sure enough her name was at the top. “Both these timelines died out in the last century. But the other two. Salazaar Slytherin and Godric Gryffindor, their blood still lasts. That wall there is Slytherin.” Dumbledore pointed to a wall. Harry saw a green line running down the wall to the name Tom Riddle.
“That’s Voldemort’s old name.” April said.
“Yes, he’s the heir of Slytherin, what concerns Tom is the heir of Gryffindor. If you will, please look at this wall.” Dumbledore got out his wand and with it traced along several lines and names. Lupin, Sirius and April watched intently but Harry was scanning the names along the bottom. Dumbledore stopped when he came to a name Harry read as his own name.
“Wait a minute.” Sirius said. Harry just stared. “Harry is the heir of Gryffindor?” Harry noticed the timeline going through the Potter family line.
“Harry do you remember when I said that only a true Gryffindor would pull Godric’s sword out of the hat?” Dumbledore asked as Harry stared at his name. Next to his name was the name EMMA POTTER with a line that led to his parents. “It seems that you could pull it out of the hat because you are a Gryffindor.”
“Who’s Emma Potter?” Harry asked pointing to the name. Dumbleodre frowned.
“These are magical parchments. As soon as a new member of each family is conceived they know what the person will be called and their gender and the names are added automatically.” Dumbledore said, “Emma Potter would have been your younger sister.”
“Sister?” Harry heard Lupin whisper to Sirius.
“Harry’s mum was pregnant when she died.” April told Sirius and Lupin.
“Excuse me?” Sirius said. Harry felt an anger rising in him as he had felt when April had told him he would have had a sibling. Harry tightened his grip around the wand he couldn’t use outside of school.
“But, what has me curious is that there is no death date under the name.” Dumbledore said.
“She was never born.” April said.
“Yes, she was. If you look there is a birth date but no death date” Dumbledore said. April kneeled down to get a better look and her eyes widened.
“You’re right.” April said. “If you’ll excuse me.” April disapparated and Harry turned to look at Dumbledore.
“What does that mean?” Harry asked Dumbledore.
“I don’t know Harry.” Dumbledore told him. “Sirius, could you please take Harry back to Grimmauld place.” Sirius nodded but looked slightly confused. Soon Harry was back at Grimmauld place. It was very quiet and felt like a funeral home. Harry looked around and found Jenny scribbling on a piece of parchment and Hermione sitting with Shoner and Castra. Hermione seemed to be talking about something that involved a lot of hand gestures and what surprised Hermione was that the house elves were listening.
“You know what to do?” Hermione whispered. The house elves nodded. “Ok, I’ll see you in a few hours.” The house elves both disappeared and Hermione looked quite pleased with herself.
“What was that about? You haven’t freed them have you?” Harry asked.
“No, just something I’m working on.” Hermione said. She looked at Harry then sighed. “I’m going to go and see how Pavarti and Padma are doing. Their Parents were killed the same time as Katie’s.” Hermione said leaving the room. Harry watched her leave confused then looked at Jenny for an explanation.
“I have no idea what she’s doing.” Jenny said.
A.N:- ok i need some help. Do you guys want Harry's sister alive or dead? i really dont know and it can go either way and my story will be fine with or without Emma Potter.....It's up to you, my readers, tell me what you think
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