Chapter 2 : Harry's Last Visit
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Harry’s Last Visit
“So, what you’re telling me is all I have to do is go to this Temple of Eternity and steal the heart?” Harry asked. “That doesn’t seem too hard.”
“Yeah, we could do that in about an hour and still have time to spare for a few jokes.” James said.
“That’s because you don’t understand the problems you will face inside.” Salazar said. “And you don’t know about them.”
“Them?” Harry asked. “Who are they?”
“The forsaken, Harry.” Godric told him. “Creatures so terrifying few have the strength to face them.”
“What are these forsaken?” James asked. “I’ve never seen them in all the years I’ve been here.”
“And you won’t see them anywhere else.” Rowena said. “They inhabit the temple and the area around it.”
“What do they do that makes them so difficult?” Lily asked curiously.
“If you lose to these creatures, you will no longer exist.” Godric said. “These creatures don’t fight to defeat an enemy, but devour them.”
“So if we lose we die?” Harry asked. “Wait, how could we die if we’re already dead?”
Salazar shook his head. “You misunderstand.” He said. “These creatures would be most commonly thought of as the spirit world’s dementors. They will take your soul inside them and cause you to cease to exist.”
Harry nodded. “I’ve got a strong patronus so that won’t be a problem.” He said.
“A patronus charm won’t work on them.” Salazar said. “You have to fight them, and destroy them. Anything else will erase you from this world.”
Harry looked worried. “So if anyone loses then we can never be seen again?” He asked.
“That’s right Harry.” Godric said. “This is a most dangerous adventure.”
Harry nodded. “I’ll go alone.” He said. “I won’t risk my parents or Sirius for this.”
“If we don’t go, you don’t go.” Sirius said in a demanding tone. “We’ve taken on worse than creatures that can steal your soul before.”
“Yeah, we’ve fought Snape before he used all that grease.” James said with a grin. “We’re going with you Harry. I’ll take no argument from you about it either.”
“But, I can’t let you all risk yourselves for me.” Harry said softly. “That’s why you’re all dead now.”
“Is that what you think Harry?” Lily asked. “That we all died for protecting you so you are to blame?”
“Its true.” Harry said.
“Its foolish!” Lily exclaimed. “We chose to save you. All three of us. We love you, Harry, and we are willing to put ourselves in jeopardy because of that. Now I know my family was never that good to you so you don’t understand that as we hoped you would, but you have to now. We would all die for you, again and again. It’s not your choice to make! Now, we need to find out what we can so we all survive this so you can do what you feel you have to.”
Harry smiled and hugged Lily. “Thank you Mum.” He said. “I love you too.”
Lily smiled warmly. “That’s the proper response. You are learning.” She said. Then she turned to the founders. “What should we do to prepare?”
“Harry is without a doubt already prepared magically.” Salazar said. “What we ask him to do is to see those he wishes to return to while we explain the rest of the things you three will need to know.”
“What do you mean?” Harry asked.
“What more can we teach you Harry?” Godric asked. “You were the strongest guardian we ever taught. You truly learned everything that we could teach you. You need to see those you left behind, to strengthen your resolve even further.”
“I understand.” Harry said. “I’ll go see them now.” With that said Harry walked out of the room and made his way to the living world while James, Lily, and Sirius stayed behind with the founders.
“What is it you all wanted to teach us?” Lily asked.
“There is nothing to teach.” Salazar said. “If you fight with a brave heart you can defeat the forsaken. I am sure of this. But there is something that we didn’t want Harry to hear.”
“We’re to keep secrets from him?” James asked suspiciously.
“I don’t like that idea.” Sirius told them.
“It is a secret because it will hurt him to chose.” Godric said.
“Chose what? He already wants to return.” James said. “The choice is made.”
“But would it stay that way if Harry knew that you three cannot return with him?” Rowena asked. “We know he would be torn in two by this decision, for he wants to be near you as much as he wants to help his friends. We only asked his choice and hide the pain of the consequences.”
“We can’t go with him?” Lily asked. “That will break his heart.”
“Exactly why we don’t want him to know.” Godric said. “We don’t want to hurt him any more. We feel he’s suffered enough.”
“Why can’t we go with him?” Sirius asked.
“There are many reasons,” Salazar started. “The main one being that none of you can interact with the physical world. Worse, you’d have to find three more of the jewels. Do you three think you could do so without Harry?”
“If that’s the only way we’ll have to.” Lily said in a determined voice. “I can’t let him be hurt by us again.”
Salazar smiled yet again. “Then after you have helped Harry, you need to return here immediately.” He said. “There are a few people you all simply must meet.”
“Ginny, could you help me?” Takeshi asked her quietly.
Ginny smiled slightly. “Of course.” She said as she put her transfiguration book down. “What do you need help with?”
“the Riddikulus spell.” Takeshi replied. “I still can’t do it right, and I have a test tomorrow.”
Ginny nodded. “What is the problem with it?” She asked.
“I don’t know.” Takeshi said and pulled out his wand and pointed it at a vase. “Riddikulus!” The vase did nothing and Takeshi sighed. “See?”
Ginny laughed. “You can’t practice that spell on something like that.” She said. “You need a boggart.”
“How do I get one?” Takeshi asked.
“I’d assume you ask the Professor.” Ginny said. “Come on, I’ll go with you.”
“Thank you Ginny.” Takeshi said as he followed her out of the common room.
Takeshi had taken a liking to Ginny immediately the year before because of how cheerful she was. Takeshi noticed that since Harry died she wasn’t as cheerful anymore, but she was still a good friend. Ginny was always willing to help him with school if he couldn’t find Ryo, who was very busy since he was made a prefect, and she reminded Takeshi of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who he looked up to now as big brothers and sister.
She was also one of the few people who would still talk about Harry, though no one brought him up around her. Remus had told Takeshi that he shouldn’t speak of Harry around Ginny, but Ginny brought up Harry as soon as they got on the train. She would often talk to Takeshi about Harry, though Ryo refused to talk about it as Remus made them promise to do. As they were walking a thought came to Takeshi.
“Ginny, weren’t you a prefect too?” Takeshi asked.
“I was last year.” Ginny answered.
“What happened?” Takeshi asked.
“I needed more time to myself.” Ginny told him. “Being a prefect took too much of my time away so I asked Dumbledore to let me quit.”
“Oh.” Takeshi said with a sad nod. “And now I take up your time too. I’m sorry Ginny. You don’t have to help me.”
Ginny laughed at this. “What kind of friend would I be if I ignored you when you needed help?” She asked. “What would Harry think of me then?”
“Harry would still love you, I think.” Takeshi said. “I’m sure he still does.”
Ginny smiled sadly. “I hope so.” She said.
“How come no wants us to talk to you about Harry?” Takeshi asked.
“Because I almost did some very bad things to myself when Harry died.” Ginny answered. “They are afraid if I remember him too well I’ll do it again.”
“Oh.” Takeshi said. “You won’t, will you?”
“No.” Ginny said, and the sad smile returned to her face. “I plan to make Harry proud of me. That way he’ll be glad he had to wait so long for me to catch up with him again.”
Takeshi smiled. “Okay Ginny.” He said. “I’m glad you’re around. You remind me a lot of him, you know? You’re very much like Harry was.”
“Thank you Takeshi.” Ginny said as they made it to the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. “I hope I can keep that up as time goes on.”
“I’m sure you will.” Takeshi said. “You’re strong, like everyone else. I hope I can be strong like you all are when I’ve grown up.”
Ginny remembered Harry’s words well then. “Just be as strong as you can be. That’s enough for anybody.” She said as she knocked on the classroom door.
“Yeah.” Takeshi said. “You’re right.”
“Hello.” Eileen said with a slight smile as she opened the door. “To what do I owe the pleasure of such company tonight?”
“We were hoping you had a boggart that Takeshi could practice on for tomorrow.” Ginny said. “He’s a little nervous about the test.”
“Certainly.” Eileen said as she let them into the room. “Its in the wardrobe at the back of the classroom. Do you want any help?”
“I think I can manage to help him out.” Ginny said. “I learned the spell well enough.”
“Okay then.” Eileen said. “I’ll be in my office if you two need me. Let me know when you leave so I can lock up the room again.”
“Okay.” Ginny said before leading Takeshi to the back of the class. “Okay, let’s see you try the spell again. I didn’t watch you as carefully as I should have.”
“Okay.” Takeshi said. Ginny stood back and waved her wand at the wardrobe door to open it. “Go ahead Takeshi.”
Ginny gasped as she saw what was in front of Takeshi. Kei was sitting hunched by the wardrobe much as Harry was before he died. “Run Takeshi!” Kei said as strictly as he could. “Run!”
“Ridiculous!” Takeshi said quickly.
Ginny nodded as she watched and heard him then pointed her wand at the boggart. “Riddikulus!” She said quickly and pushed the boggart into the box while laughing as the boggart transformed into a dancing bunny. Then she closed the door. “Would you like me to help you now?”
“Yes please.” Takeshi said as he wiped the tears from his eyes.
“Okay.” Ginny said and sat him down at one of the tables and took the other seat. “You’re saying the spell wrong when you face the boggart. Its not ridiculous, its Riddikulus. Also, you have to remember that what the boggart shows you isn’t real. You know Kei isn’t hurt. You saw him just last weekend. Don’t let it scare you. Okay?”
“Okay.” Takeshi said. “Riddikulus.”
Ginny smiled. “That’s right.” She said. “Ready to try again?”
“Yeah.” Takeshi said with a nod. Ginny opened the wardrobe again and again Kei appeared before Takeshi and screaming for him to run. Takeshi closed his eyes and aimed his wand. “Riddikulus!”
They both watched as the boggart began dancing hysterically and looked to be very much like a cartoon character. When Ginny and Takeshi laughed the boggart looked confused and Ginny again forced it into the wardrobe.
“I think you’ve got it Takeshi.” Ginny said with a smile. “Just do that tomorrow and you’ll have no problem passing your test.”
“Thank you Ginny.” Takeshi said. “I appreciate your help.”
“Its no trouble.” Ginny said. “That’s what friends are for.
Ron had just finished his training session for the day when he saw Kei and Rena waiting for him outside the training room. He waved at them as he walked over.
“Long day?” Rena asked with a smile. “You seem a bit slow in the training room.”
“I just haven’t been feeling well.” Ron replied.
“I see.” Rena said. “You should deal with that. No good to work yourself sick.”
“I’ll be fine.” Ron said. “What’s up with you two? Its not normal for you to wait on me.”
“We figured you might like to take a break for a while.” Kei said. “We are friends you know.”
“I haven’t forgotten.” Ron said. “But its not as easy for me as it was for you. The auror academy is hell to go through, even with all of the training and help Harry gave. They expect us to know a lot of things Harry never talked about.”
“Oh, the laws, rules, and what not?” Rena asked.
“Exactly.” Ron said.
“We never went through any of that till the week before we went to see the founders.” Kei said. “The most boring week of our life.”
“I believe it.” Ron said.
“Are you managing to stay awake at least?” Rena asked with a grin.
“Every day.” Ron said. “It’s a challenge, but I do it.”
“Good.” Kei said. “It will be good to have an auror like you around Ron.”
“Thanks.” Ron said. “But right now I just wish I could shake the feeling that we’re being watched.”
“What do you mean?” Rena asked.
“I just have this odd feeling.” Ron said. “I’ve had it for a few minutes now. But there’s no one here. I’m always the last to leave.”
Rena nodded. “Maybe its just your nerves.” She said with a glance at Kei. “But how about it Ron? Want to hang out with your auror buddies or are you too good for us now.”
Ron laughed. “I guess I could use a little time to relax.” He said. “Fred and George have started saying I’m turning into Percy.”
Rena threw an arm around his shoulders and began leading him out. “We can’t have that now, can we?” She said. “Percy is a bit to stiff for my liking.”
“Mine too.” Kei said. “I prefer to have you be the same person you always were. Besides, not even Harry devoted his life to being an auror.”
“You’re right.” Ron said with a nod. “Let’s go have some fun.”
“Good.” Rena said. “We’ll just have to meet up with Jen and Hermione where ever they managed to get off to.”
Hermione stood next to Jen uncomfortably. “Why are we here?” She asked.
“Because all work and no play has never helped anyone.” Jen said.
“But I’ve got loads of homework.” Hermione countered.
“That you finished in the three hours you were in the medical library.” Jen said with a half smile. “You need to relax Hermione. No good to become a nurse at the cost of having a life. We’re going out tonight.”
“I really can’t.” Hermione said. “I’m supposed to help Ron.”
“He is currently being kidnapped by Kei and Rena for the same reason.” Jen said with a laugh. “So no worries there.”
“But why-“ Hermione started.
“Just come on.” Jen said as she dragged Hermione behind her.
Harry observed the large crowd of his friends and smiled. He’d seen them all often enough, but rarely were so many of them together. Seeing this he stayed close and watched them for a while. He laughed when Ron did, smiled when Hermione talked in her usual know-it-all voice, and could only shake his head at Rena comments.
“So Ron, do you have that feeling of being watched often?” Rena asked a bit too curiously.
“Not really.” Ron said. “Sometimes I’ll be finished after everyone else and alone like I was today. Then I’ll feel it. Its not scary though. I feel safe when I feel those eyes on me.”
“How about you Hermione?” Jen asked with a raised eyebrow. “Do you ever feel like you’re being watched?”
“No, but like Ron said I do feel really safe at times.” Hermione said. “Like when I’m heading to school alone sometimes I’ll get this feeling that nothing will hurt me. Its like I’m invincible.”
Kei nodded. “Its good to feel that way sometimes.” He said. “But you don’t feel like you two will be hurt do you? We can check it out if that’s the case.” He added, and Harry noticed his tone was a bit too helpful.
Harry understood immediately what was going on. His three newest friends had figured out what happened the day before. Harry was again amazed at how quick they were. He decided then that they would be well till he returned and made his way to Hogwarts.
No one really knew how a spirit traveled in the living world, not even Harry. He didn’t walk and he knew it wasn’t apparition. He just thought of a place and he was there. It didn’t even take the few seconds that apparition did. He did always enjoy it though. Especially when he stumbled upon more people that he cared about.
He laughed as he saw Takeshi asleep on the couch of the Gryffindor common room with Ryo doing homework on the floor in front of him. Occasionally Ryo would look up from his work to take a look at Takeshi before returning. Harry laughed as he realized that Ryo was just keeping an eye on Takeshi like he always did. Then he made his way to the seventh year girls dorm.
Harry wouldn’t lie to himself, or anyone else, and say he didn’t feel uncomfortable doing this, but most times it was the only way for him to see Ginny. Even as a ghost he was as respectful as he could be. He’d look first at the floor and slowly move his eyes up so as to give him a chance at realizing that any girl was changing and leave till they were finished.
Harry walked in as he did every time, but heard the sounds of sleeping and a quill scratching quickly over parchment and looked up to see Ginny writing in a book. He smiled as soon as he laid eyes on her. He always did that too. He walked over slowly and sat down by her on the bed. Harry couldn’t help but grin as another thing he grew accustomed to happened as he did. Ginny raised her head to look around curiously.
“I see you can still feel when I’m around.” Harry said softly.
Ginny laughed quietly and shook her head before returning to her parchment. Harry became curious and looked at what she was writing and was shocked to see it was a letter to him.
I know its only been a few days since my last letter, and that you can’t really see it, but I wanted to write to you again. I’m still doing well of course. All those hard times from before your funeral have been going through my mind again. I can’t help but cry when I think of how disappointed you would have been with me if I had managed to do it.
But don’t worry Harry, I won’t kill myself. I promise. I’m going to make you proud of me like your parents and Sirius are proud of you. Its hard sometimes though Harry. I keep expecting you to show up at school and ask me how its going like Ron, Hermione, Kei, Jen, and Rena do so often now.
I’m writing today because I wanted to ask you a question. If you could come back to us, would you? Would you leave your parents and Sirius behind just for us? I know its selfish, but there are times I want you to say yes. I know you didn’t have much time with them at all, but you didn’t really have much time with us either, and we all need you. Even Fred and George, if you can believe that.
None of us have really been the same since you died. Ron doesn’t joke around as much anymore, and no one really sees him. He’s devoted his life to becoming as good of an auror as you were. He keeps saying we won’t have to lose another friend if he can just remember what you taught and keep on trying to be as strong as he can. It makes me happy to hear him say it that way though. It reminds me of what you always said. Just be as strong as you can be and that’s enough.
I’m trying to do that too. Me and Brianna are learning from Ryo and Takeshi how to fight muggle style so we can be stronger. We both still meditate too. Brianna says if we keep on like we are by the time we get to the auror’s academy we’ll be strong enough to fight the teachers and take over the school and then teach the aurors like you taught us. She says it’s the most Slytherin thing to do.
Ryo and Takeshi have changed a lot too. They worry more and more each day about Kei and the others. Kei promised to come see them every other day just to prove that he was okay. It doesn’t seem to help them much though, as the day he doesn’t come they seem like a nervous wreck.
Hermione seems the most stable of us all. She studies like she always did, but she never seems to stop and just talk to people like she did before. She’s very busy as well. Since everything you had was handed over to Remus, he decided to fund her hospital and she’s been ordering things and setting it up on the weekends and studying through the week. I’ve only seen her twice since I returned to school.
Mum, Dad, Tonks, and Remus seem to do the best, although Remus is the only one who can actually say your name without tearing up. Tonks is doing a lot better than she was, but she still can’t hear your name without crying. But she hasn’t been on a drunk in months.
Fred and George miss you too. They haven’t created any new jokes since you died. Instead, they work on a lot of defense items for Kei, Jen, and Rena. They say if you just had the right items you wouldn’t have died.
I just think we all blame ourselves a bit. We all wish we could have done more. Maybe then, if we’d just each done a little more, you’d still be here. That’s what I think. But I’ve gone on long enough about us. I hope you are doing well and that you are enjoying your time with your Mum and Dad, as well as Sirius. We all miss you and we all love you as well. I love you, Harry. Goodbye.
Harry fought back tears as he read the letter. He never knew it was that bad for them. Then he thought about Ginny’s question. Would he give up his parents and Sirius to return to his friends? He shook his head. I don’t have to think about that. He thought to himself. Salazar and Godric would have told me if that was the case.
Then Harry had a thought. He didn’t want everyone upset because of him anymore. He went to his room at the manor, found that it hadn’t been touched and that there was still a quill and a some parchment on the desk. He was grateful for this and just hoped it was enough. He quickly scrawled a few notes, using the knowledge Salazar had given him to use only his hand in the physical world, for his friends and sealed them. The last note written was to Dobby before he projected his voice.
“Dobby!” Harry called. When the house elf appeared looking very cheerful Harry dropped the note for Dobby in front of the elf and it landed in his small hands. Harry smiled as Dobby opened the note and went back to see his parents and the Founders. He knew he had little time to act and he wanted a chance to rest before his next adventure began.
A/N: Boy, did I screw up this deadline! I really tried to write this fast, but work and forgetting important bits of storyline are a bit troublesome at times. I'll write the next chapter as fast as possible, I promise.
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