Chapter 6 : The Battle Of Hogwarts
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Hermione jerked awake and panted heavily as her heart started pounding rapidly within her chest. She ran her fingers through her hair and looked over at the empty spot beside her. She sighed and pulled her knees to her chest as a twinge of sadness entered her heart. After spending a week with her mate he had gone back to his parents so that he could protect his mother. Hermione shook her head and climbed out of bed. She walked over to her table and stared at the papers strewn across it. She had tried as hard as she could to figure out where the Ravenclaw Diadem would be but she kept coming up blank. Hermione took a deep breath and was about to sit down when she suddenly heard two loud pops signaling the arrival of two witches or wizards. She exited the tent and looked up at the cliff top above her to find Harry and Ron standing above her hidden temporary home. She sighed and walked past the barrier revealing herself to them. Hermione tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and climbed up to stand in front of them. Before she could find the words to say she was suddenly bombarded by two fierce hugs.
"Do you have any bloody idea how worried we've been...Why didn't you tell us what you were up to" Harry questioned and Hermione sighed as she stepped away from the raven haired Gryffindor.
"I'm sorry Harry but I felt it was something I have to do on my own...Now I'm not so sure...I know what the next Horcrux is but I have no bloody idea where it would be" Hermione responded and Harry shook his head as he looked at his best friend. He could tell that she had changed alot over the past four months.
"Well we have an idea on where it is but we'd like you to come with us to get it...We think it's at Hogwarts and it's only right that the whole Golden Trio goes back instead of two out of the three" Harry replied and Hermione felt her heart clench as a wave of sadness swept over her.
"You wouldn't be saying that if you knew who I really was" Hermione stated and Ron chuckled as he shook his head.
"We know Mione...We were there when you got the Hufflepuff goblet out of Bellatrix's vault...We know that you're the daughter of the most powerful dark lord the world has ever known" Ron replied and Hermione sighed with relief as she put her hands into her pockets.
"Guys I don't think he started out evil...I think I'm the reason he turned evil" Hermione responded and Harry became confused as he scratched his forehead.
"How do you figure that" Harry questioned and Hermione crossed her arms as she shivered from the cold.
"Before I found out that I was his daughter I had these dreams about a baby being taken away from this couple...I know now that the baby was me and that the couple was my parents...I think my father became even because I was taken from him and he's spent all these years trying to get me back" Hermione replied and both boys nodded as they looked at each other.
"Well we don't have time to stand around talking about it...We should get to Hogwarts" Harry said and Hermione nodded as she stood between them. She took their hands and they disappariated landing in Hogsmead two seconds later. Less than a minute later they heard an alarm go off.
"Bugger we've tripped an alarm" Hermione whispered as she pulled her friends behind some crates. She panted heavily and looked around for somewhere to hide. A few minutes later she heard a door open. She spun her head around and saw a man that looked like Dumbledore beckon her towards them. Hermione grabbed both boys by the shirt and dragged them over to the buildign. Once they were inside she let them go.
"Merlin Hermione...You haven't changed much" Ron stated and Hermione rolled her eyes as she turned towards the man.
"You're Professor Dumbledore's Brother aren't you" Hermione questioned and than man grunted as he walked over to his window.
"You should be more careful...Could have gotten yourselves killed" The man responded and Hermione crossed her arms as she stared at him.
"Well then tell us how to get to the school and we'll be out of your hair" Hermione retorted and the man grunted once again as he waved his wand at a picture of a young woman. Seconds later it opened to reveal a passageway. Hermione climbed into the passageway and started down it with the boys following her. When they reached the end of the tunnel Hermione pushed open a portrait and they stepped into a room full of students from Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Gryffindor. Before she could fully step away from the door she was pulled into a fierce hug.
"Don't you ever pull a stunt like that again...You've had me worried sick" Ginny stated and Hermione nodded as she returned the hug.
"I'm sorry Gin" Hermione whispered and Ginny wiped her eyes as she pulled away from her best friend.
"You may be the daughter of you-know-who but I don't bloody care...You're my best friend and that will never change" Ginny replied and Hermione nodded as she ran her fingers through her hair.
"Ok Harry you take the lead...Frankly I'm tired of making all the decisions" Hermione stated and Harry chuckled as he stepped past his best friend.
"OK we have to look for the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw and we don't have alot of time to do it...Does anybody have any idea how it could be found" Harry questioned and Luna stepped fowards with a smile on her face.
"The lady of Ravenclaw could help" Luna responded and Harry nodded as he turned towards Hermione.
"Ok you go alert McGonagal and tell her to get ready...I'll find out how to find the Diadem...When I find out how I'll come get you" Harry replied and Hermione nodded as she turned towards the other students.
"All right you lot follow me" Hermione called out and she exited the room with the others. They had almost made it to the third floor when the halls began to swarm with students. She knew then that Harry had brought attention to himself. She shook her head and continued towards her destination. Less than a minute later she was pulled into an abandoned classroom. Hermione whirled around and sighed with relief when she saw Draco.
"Sorry love I didn't mean to scare you...What are you doing here" Draco whispered and Hermione closed her eyes and she nuzzled his neck.
"The Horcrux that I've been looking for is here...Harry is trying to find out where it is...Draco I think the time has come" Hermione whispered back as she pulled away and looked into his eyes.
"I know...Promise me you'll be careful" Draco whispered and Hermione nodded as she nuzzled his neck once again.
"I promise" Hermione whispered back and Draco lifted her face to his. He held her in his arms and captured her lips in a deep passionate kiss. When the kiss finally ended they were breathless.
"When this is all over I'll never leave your side again" Draco whispered and Hermione nodded as she fought the tears that threatened to fall from her eyes. She hurried out of the classroom and continued walking towards the Entrance hall. Less than a minute later she found herself running into McGonagal.
"Sweet Merlin I've been looking for you everywhere...Harry said for you to meet him at the Room of Requirement" Mcgonagal stated and Hermione took off running towards the fifth floor unaware of the fact that Draco was silently following her. When she finally reached her destination she saw Harry standing there with Ron.
"Are you sure it's in here" Hermione questioned and Harry nodded as he spotted Draco hidden in the shadows a few paces away.
"Yes it's in there" Harry replied and Hermione nodded as she closed her eyes. She focused on what she wanted and the door revealed itself. She yanked it open and ran inside with the boys following her. Once inside she looked around franticly. A few minutes later she spotted the object in question. Hermione ran over to it as fast as she could and grasped it in her hands. Less than a seconds later the diadem began glowing and vibrating in her hand. When the glowing faded she found herself staring at her father. She noticed that he looked like he was in his twenties.
"Be safe please" The younger voldemort whispered and Hermione nodded as she watched her father fade away. The next thing she knew she could hear footsteps coming towards her. She whirled around and saw Crabbe and Goyle coming towards them. She gripped the Diadem and her whole body began trembling as a surge of rage made her blood boil.
"If you think you're getting out of here alive your sadly mistaken" Goyle stated and Hermione flared her nostrils as her eyes began to darken. She was about to respond when she suddenly spotted Draco walk up behind the two oafs with his wand held out.
"I'd watch what I say to her if I were you...I'm not as forgiving as she is" Draco drawled angrily causing the two oafs to turn towards him.
"What are you playing at Malfoy...She's a mudblood" Crabbe responded and Draco sneered as he pressed his wand into the oaf's neck.
"No she's not...She's the dark lords daughter" Draco snarled and Goyle sneered as he turned back towards Hermione.
"He's lying I say we kill her right now" Goyle retorted and he waved his wand emiting a cursed flame from the tip. Hermione screamed and darted out of the way as her heart started pounding rapidly within her chest.
"We have to get out of here now...That's Fiendfyre" Hermione called out and she ran towards Draco as fast as she could. The minute she was within reach he grabbed her hand and began running with her. Before long the entire room of requirement was engulfed in flames. Hermione spotted a broomstick and grabbed it. She then jumped onto it pulling Draco on in front of her. They kicked off into the air and saw Harry and Ron flying towards the door. Draco urged the broom at top speed and they emerged from the room seconds later.
"Go join the others...I'm going to find my mother" Draco stated and Hermione kissed his cheek before jumping off the broom. She landed beside her best friends and the three of them took off running.
"Do I want to know why Malfoy just risked his neck to save you" Ron questioned and Hermione rolled her eyes as she shook her head.
"Not now Ron" Hermione responded as they continued running through the halls. Ten minutes later they arrived at the Great Hall. Hermione threw the doors open and saw every abled student gathered in the huge room. She stepped inside and suddenly felt the ground tremble. She gasped and looked over at Harry just in time to see him fall to the ground holding his head.
"He's here...It's started" Harry replied and as if on cue the windows of the great hall blasted open and Deatheaters surged into the room. Hermione pulled out her wand and deflected a curse that was thrown at her. Before she knew it all she could see were flashes of red and green. Everything around her seemed to move in slow motion and she couldn't help but feel fear creep up in her bones. She was unaware of how much time had passed when suddenly she heard a scream.
"HERMIONE BEHIND YOU" Ginny screamed and Hermione whirled around to find Greyback behind her. She sneered and began throwing every hex she could think of at the man. A few minutes later she was pushed aside and Draco standing there.
"You need to go find your father...Potter has gone to meet him...They're in the dark forest" Draco whispered and Hermione nodded as she took off running as fast as she could. When she reached her destinaton she saw her best friend and her father facing each other. She felt her breath catch in her throat as her heart started pounding rapidly within her chest. Hermione became frozen in place and watched as a stream of green hit Harry in the chest knocking him to the ground. She then looked towards her father and watched as he slumped to the ground. A heartbroken scream erupted from her lips and she ran towards him as fast as her feet could carry her. When she reached him she fell to her knees and pulled her into his arms.
"What happened" Hermione whispered and Voldemort closed his eyes as his hand rested on her cheek.
"What was meant to happen...I obliterated the last part of my soul...Now that all of the Horcruxes are destroyed my soul is impartial...I can't live with it in pieces" Voldemort whispered and Hermione closed her eyes as the tears fell from her eyes.
"What are you going to do" Hermione questioned as her voice trembled. Voldemort wiped her tears with his thumb.
"I'm going to let Potter do what he couldn't do last time" Voldemort whispered weakly and Hermione felt her heart skip a beat as her whole body trembled. She knew without him having to tell her that he was going to let Harry kill him.
"I don't understand" Hermione cried and Voldemort closed his eyes as a wave of sadness crushed him.
"Take his body back to the school...Now...Tell the deatheaters to come to me" Voldemort whispered and Hermione closed her eyes as she lowered him to the ground. She hurried over to Harry and grabbed his arms as she disappariated. Two seconds later they landed at the base of the steps leading to the school where the battle was currently taking place.
"IF YOU AREN'T A STUDENT AT THE SCHOOL AND YOU ARE NOT A TEACHER GET THE BLOODY FUCK OUT OF HERE BEFORE I KILL YOU MYSELF" Hermione screamed and the deatheaters immediately disappariated. Hermione closed her eyes and fell to her knees beside Harry. A few minutes later she felt him grab her hand. Her eyes flew open and she found a pair of emerald green eyes gazing back at her.
"Don't cry Hermione" Harry whispered and Hermione gasped as she pulled him into a bone crushing hug.
"I thought we'd lost you" Hermione cried and Harry returned the hug as several people gathered around him.
"I'm right here...I'm not going anywhere" Harry replied and Hermione wiped her eyes as she pulled away.
"Harry he'll be here soon...He's going to let you kill him" Hermione whispered and Harry nodded as he rose to his feet.
"Go into the Great Hall and take the others with you" Harry ordered and Hermione nodded as she rose to her feet. She took a deep breath and began hearding everyone into the building. Once inside the Great Hall she shut the doors and wrapped her arms around herself. Several minutes later she felt a pair of strong gentle arms go around her waist. She turned around and saw Draco standing behind her. Hermione closed her eyes and buried her face into his chest as she completely broke down. She knew that after that night she'd never see or speak to her father again. She clutched Draco's shirt and gasped as her shoulders wracked with sobs.
"It's ok love...I've got you...I'll never let you go" Draco whispered as he held his mate and lover in his arms knowing that she was distraught. He wished he could erase her pain but knew that only time would heal her shattered heart.