Chapter 1 : Foreword and The Fall of Voldemort
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This work is an entirely separate work from my first story Harry Potter Year 8: Malfoy Manor. It’s starting point is exactly the same, in headmistress McGonagall’s office after the Battle of Hogwarts. From there it moves in an entirely different direction.
The concept of Potter Hall is based on the work of Bardic Magic’s works Changing Life, Seeking Love, Keeping Hope, and sequel Have No Fear. I will not duplicate his work, his stories are extremely well written. Therefore I will assume that you have read them and understand the concept and story of Potter Hall, and of the “Golden Four’s” extra magical abilities
But in case you have not read them or do not have access to them, I will explain Potter Hall in my own words. Potter Hall is the ancestral home of the Potters, a pure-blood magical family. Extant information on the hall dates back to Harry Potter’s great grandfather, though clearly much of it is much older than that. Generations of Potters have laid down layers of magic on the estate to evolve into “wards” that protect the Hall from all intrusion, magical or otherwise.
I have always wondered about the Potter Home in Godric’s Hollow, for clearly that was not the ancestral home of the Potters, nor would it be likely that that was the home of Harry Potter’s grandparents, Fleamont and Euphemia Potter. There was always this element missing from J. K. Rowing’s Harry Potter series. Bardic Magic has filled in some of these holes to my satisfaction, but in doing so has opened up new questions.
Why did not James and Lily Potter live in Potter Hall themselves? Surely and truly there would have been room for them. Bardic Magic suggests that they may have moved so that the Dark Lord would not know where they were located. The fly in this ointment is that the wards of Potter Hall ought to have been strong enough to keep Voldemort out, therefore I think it is likely that they wanted to escape life in the Hall, and that maybe the Hall was not conducive to their work as Aurors against the Dark Lord, and this arrangement would leave them with the safe house of Potter Hall to escape to as a safe house if necessary. Still with the immense assets of Potter Hall, it would seem to me to be the better base from which to fight the Dark Lord.
Some Records show that Harry Potter was born in Godric’s Hollow but it is not known to this researcher if Potter Hall is in the region of Godric’s Hollow or not. It certainly is the ancestral home of Godric Gryffindor and Ignotus Peverell, and so also of the Peverell family, but these wizarding families undoubtedly had their estates well outside of the city, but would still be using it as their mailing address as it were, that is where they went to church, where they shopped, and where they banked.
In either event I should posit that Harry’s grandparents were still alive and living in the Hall at the time of the death of James and Lilly Potter. If this were the case why did Harry not go to live with them? It may be that they were under the same pressures as everyone else in the wizarding world, and it was thought better to remove Harry from that until it was time for him to enter Hogwarts. Or perhaps his grandparents were killed, perhaps by Voldemort around the same time, which seems to me to be the most likely scenario.
It may have been that Potter Hall was raided about the same time as the attack on the Potter cottage in Godric’s Hollow, but this is a notion that I have discarded in as much as the Potter Hall house elves would have told him so. So we will have to ask these elves when we see them what the household was like in those days.
Supporting evidence that his grandparents were alive at the time of James and Lily’s deaths is the fact that Harry only inherited the vault of James and Lily Potter when Hagrid brought him to Diagon Alley for the first time. The vault of his grandparents only became available to him when he inherited Potter Hall.
We will leave this speculation to unfold in due course and turn now to the “extra-magical” powers developed by the “Golden Four”. Bardic Magic had Harry, Ron, Ginny and Teddy taking a variety of “Kung-Fu” like methods with magical sansei where they learned to develop their Chi and to use wordless and wand-less forms of magic. Together with the strong magic found in Potter Hall makes for some very strong magic indeed.
The final presumption that I will make in this volume, is that you have read my previous volume Harry Potter Year 8: Malfoy Manor. While this story line depends on it not at all, we will assume for the sake of this volume that Malfoy Manor did in fact evolve as I have described in the previous work. That is a large addition to the wealth of Draco Malfoy did accrue to Draco after the death of his parents when he entered into his full inheritance.
We also assume that he did not want to continue living in the Manor since Pansy Parkinson did not want to live there, and because family life in the Manor was cold and rigid, and not at all family like as Pansy would have wanted and expected.
In this scenario, Hermione Granger is hired by Draco to head the Draco Institute of Advanced Magical Studies, and the Museum Malfoy, which is a witchcraft and wizardry museum open to both Muggles and to Magical folk. The museum occupies Malfoy Manor and while open to the public, the muggles tend to think of it as a farce, a good afternoon of looking at whimsical exhibits, while the Witches and Wizards know better, yet are still attracted to museum because of the excellence of its exhibits, and for a look at how the notorious Malfoys lived.
Meanwhile on the grounds behind the Manor has sprung up the Draco Institute (for that is all that it says on the sign by the road) and which in fact is bigger than many large high schools. Here Hermione presides of a staff of over 30 professional historians and archeologists, and an additional staff of over 100 support personnel. This is as Draco intended, to be the class of the world institution in magical studies.
As for Draco himself, he did indeed marry Pansy Parkinson and it is thought that they went to live on one of the Parkinson’s estates.
An Incomplete Genealogy
Of the families living in the Godric’s Hollow area are the Potters, the Peverells, the Gryffindors, and the Dumbledors, although the Dumbledors did not have family roots in this area. It is also possible that the Gaunts were from this area.
We will start with the Peverell Family.
SALAZAR SLYTHERN - Family unknown, the Peverells are descended from.
PEVERELL — Antecedents Unknown
Antiochs Peverell - owner of the Eldar Wand
Cadmus Peverell - owner of the Resurrection Stone + (?) Gaunt (?)
Ignotus Peverell - owner of the Invisibility Cloak + (unknown)
Iolanthe Peverell (daughter) + Hardwin (Potter-?) Of Linchcombe
Henry Potter + (?) Miss Fleamont
Fleamont Potter + Euphemia (?)
James Potter + Lily Evans
Harry Potter + Ginny Weasley
GAUNT (antecedents unknown)
Marvolo Gaunt + unknown
Morfin Gaunt never married
Merope Gaunt + Tom Riddle (muggle)
Tom Marvolo Riddle = Lord Voldemort
From this genealogy we see Hardwin Potter of Linchcombe, but it is not certain if this refers to a town or to Hardwin’s father, Linfred of Stinchcombe. It is Linfred who was an herbalist whose remedies earned him the name of Potterer, and which was shortened to ‘Potter.’ It is he who earned or started the family fortune.
It is thought that either Linfred or Hardwin erected Potter Hall.
The Fall of Voldemort
Harry Potter recounted the adventure in the forest to Ron and Hermione, and he spoke to the portrait of Dumbledore in his tower office, concluding, “I am putting the Elder Wand back where it belongs. It can stay there, and if I die a natural death like Ignotus, its power will be broken, won’t it?”
And Dumbledore nodded. [JK Rowling: Harry Potter, The Deathly Hallows]
Then as Harry stood up and turned, he found that McGonagall and Kingsley Shacklebolt were both standing behind him listening to all that was going on. Harry blushed, for surely this was now to be McGonagall’s office and he felt like he was intruding on her space and time. He made to leave, but McGonagall said, “Please sit down, I want to speak with the three of you.”
Then Professor McGonagall then said, “You have done wonderfully well this year. Since you were on assignment for Dumbledore, the three of you will be counted as having been in class. The three of you will take your NEWTS before myself and Professor Flitwick. There will be no problem there. So now what are you going to do? You wanted to be an Aurors if I recall correctly. Is this still the case?”
Harry and Ron said that it was, but Hermione demurred saying that she was not sure yet.
The Kingsley spoke, “I will not be running an Aurors class this year. I still do not know who I can trust and who I cannot trust. But I will arrange for you to take classes with a martial arts instructor that I know, we can harden you up, teach you to fight, and more importantly teach you to use your inner strengths, to use magic that you never knew you had. Come around to my office in the Ministry, say in a week, make it Monday at ten o’clock, and I will get you started, and now get out of here.”
Hermione are Ron left to the Great Hall, Harry would have done so too, but professor McGonagall was holding on to the back of his robe. The door closed behind Ron, and McGonagall said “Harry, have a seat, there is much more that I must tell you.”
Harry sat down and Minerva began, “You, Harry have been more than wonderful, to me, to Dumbledore and to the entire wizarding world. You have already done things that almost any other wizard would have found impossible.
“And while you have come of age last year, and should have been told these things last year, that proved to be impossible, and it seems to me to be all the better for it. But now I must give your more of your family history, for it is a very deep history with roots back into the 1200s at least. Potter is one of the more revered names in Wizardry, though nobody seems to know that any more. And that is probably for the better too.
“You have already received your father’s inheritance, his vault at Gringotts. But that is not the only Potter vault in there. Your grandfather Freemont Potter has a vault in there too, and it is quite a bit larger than your father’s vault.
“Now Fleamont and his wife Euphemia, lived on an estate not far from Godric’s Hollow, and that Harry, is your ancestral estate. Your mother and father lived in a cottage in town, I believe that you have seen it, but Potter Hall is about fourteen kilometers from there. I have only been there once with Dumbledore, but your father grew up there and Sirius lived there ever since the end of the fourth year when he had a falling out with his own family.
“Your grandparents were already old when Euphemia gave birth to James, certainly old enough to be his grandparents rather than his parents, so it is no surprise that you have never met them for they died before you were born. Your mother and father lived in the cottage in Godric’s Hollow because it was convenient to town and made a better headquarters for their work as Aurors. They had magic protection on that house, but you already know how that turned out. In hindsight it would have been much better for them to have stayed at Potter Hall, for the magical wards that protect that property are among the most formidable in all wizardry. James probably found them far too cumbersome while involved in his work.
“Kingsley wants to see you on Monday, so let us say that you and I will apparate out there on Saturday. You as a Potter, will be able to pass the wards, but I will not be able to enter at this time. You will find two house elves there who will show you around and make you comfortable. Once you have learned the bare basics of the wards, you will be able to take Ginny, Hermione and Ron in there too. Or anyone else for that matter.
“I will address one more issue while you are here. Thackery Prince is waiting for you downstairs in the Great Hall. At the moment he is with the Weasleys, for he already knows them, but he has not spoken to them about what I am going to tell you now.
“Thackery is quite elderly, and he is the father of Mrs. Snape that is to say he is Severus’ grandfather. And now, you are his only heir. His daughter Emelda Prince was Severus’ mother, but she has since passed away. And Lily Evans, that is to say your mother, was Severus’ heir. Have I made this complicated enough for you? Well, I will make it simple, you are now heir to several blocks of buildings in Spinner’s End.
Thackery is too old to continue managing them, although Gringotts does most of that for him, but he too has a vault in Gringotts that will soon become yours, but I know that he wants to meet you and talk with you, for he already knows that Severus died in your arms. There is a bond there that is tighter than you know. And Thackery also knew your parents, so you will learn much from him.
“Now run off for now, you can let Hermione and the Weasleys know about your inheritance, but keep it close to you, for you will for sure need the protection of Potter Hall for a while yet to come.”
As he left, Kingsley said to him, “You are now one of the 100 richest wizards in Great Brittan, but do not let that go to your head, keep yourself humble. A man is judged not by how he treats his equals or his betters, but how he treats the lowest of his servants and the poor. You will find in Potter Hall a great library of magic. You and your friends will have to read through most of that on your own because before you are a quarter of the way through those books, you will be the most powerful wizards in this century.”
Harry was dazed by what Professor McGonagall had told him, but even more so by what Minister Shacklebolt had just said. Harry wandered down to the Great Hall, and found Hermione and the Weasleys at the Gryffindor table talking to an old wizard who could have only been Thackery Prince. Harry was not sure that he wanted anymore words today, but he knew that he would have to be polite and attend to the needs of his friends, and Mr. Prince.
As Harry approached the table, Kreacher popped into the scene. “Master Harry, Mistress Minerva has ordered that I take you and your guests,” bowing to all present, “to a suite of rooms in the visitor’s wing of the castle. All has been made ready for you, and refreshments have already been set.” and then speaking to all present, “Will you come this way with me please.”
And so the troop followed Kreacher to a part of the castle where Harry had never been before, after all, it is a very big castle. Kreacher opened a door and there was a comfortable parlor, and with several rooms leading off of it. It looked to Harry like there were eight rooms here.
Kreacher said, “I will leave you now, but if you need anything at all, just call, and I will be here.” Kreacher then disapparated with a small pop.
“My word,” exclaimed Harry, “I am all shook up by what Professor McGonagall has just said to me. It is so overwhelming.”
“Mr. Prince, I believe I owe you my time right now, these other characters can wait until I am more refreshed. What can I say to you? Professor McGonagall explained the situation to me, and so all that I can say to you is thank you, from the very bottom of my heart.”
Harry paused, and Thackery spoke, “Well Harry, I am a friend, your friend, even though we have never met. I knew well your parents and your grandparents, much better, I am told, than you ever did. And that is sad for the Potters are one of the greatest families in wizardry that I know. As you have been told, I suppose, my daughter, Emelda, was the mother to Severus Snape. Mr. Snape was very poor, but also very proud, and while I could have given him a life of leisure, he wanted to earn his living. So I gave him one of my houses as a wedding present. He accepted that and little more. And that was how Severus lived his life too. I knew Severus well, as any grandfather should, and so I knew the anguish of his love for your mother Lily. Of course I could not blame Lily for leaving him what with his attachment to the dark side of wizardry and all, and of course I knew Lily very well too, for while she was born of muggle parents, I saw at once that she was a witch, and would be a very great witch.
“You see, Harry, magic itself is a gift, a pure gift. Magic is pure, and more pure than any pure-blood could possibly be. The Spinner’s End community was an all-wizard community until the beginning of the industrial revolution, when someone, some company or other built a cotton mill along the canal that runs past Spinner’s End. That attracted hundreds of muggles to the area to find work in the mill and its surrounding area. My great-great-grandfather subdivided some of our property into 36 blocks and built sixteen houses on each block. That is to say that he built over 500 houses that are rented out to mostly to muggles.
“I still own those buildings, and I still collect rent on them. I have tried to be a good landlord to my tenants, since after all, I really did not need the money that they paid me in rent. I used that money to keep the buildings in a good state of repair.
“Oh, well, as you can see, I have grown old, and am quite ready to move on. I would therefore be grateful to you for receiving this inheritance, since I can see no one better to have this property than you. Gringotts can run it all for you, but somebody has to own it and hold the deeds in their name. All of the property is a freehold, and has never been held by a member of the royal family. That is one of the advantages of being a wizard, Harry, We have been on the land far longer than the Crown has.
“But Harry, tell me now about Severus. He was not well liked by most students here, and as you know by now, he wanted it that way. But Minerva tells me that you were with him when he died. Please, Harry, tell me what happened.”
Harry too a long drink of pumpkin juice, and then sat up and spoke directly to Thackery. “Well, Mr. Prince, he was in a shack with the Dark Lord, and the Dark Lord was not pleased. He thought that he had the Elder Wand, but it was not working for him as he thought it should. He assumed that Severus won it from Dumbledore when he killed him.
“Yes, Severus killed Dumbledore, but I found out later that it was arranged by Dumbledore himself. Dumbledore was slowly dying from a magical wound. Severus controlled the wound to keep it from spreading quickly, giving Dumbledore about another year to live. The event was staged to assure that Severus remained in the good graces of the Dark Lord who assumed that he was a strong ally. In truth, Severus was always Dumbledore’s man. He played a difficult role walking a thin line with the Dark Lord. He even snitched on me to keep up this pretense. He was a very great man, and nobody could ever know. And that too, takes a great man.
“Yes, I was hidden in the same room with Severus and Voldemort, although I was under my Father’s invisibility cloak. Voldemort assumed that the wand answered to Severus, and in order to win the allegiance of the wand, Voldemort had to kill Snape. He cut a slash with his wand, and then turned his snake, Nagini, on him, and she attacked him with her fangs. And then they left to continue the war.
“I rushed in with Ron and Hermione, I tried to stanch the wounds, but it was impossible, I held him in my arms and cried, and Severus too was crying. He told me to ‘take it’ that is to say a strand of his memory. I took it in a beaker that we had conjured, and then held him until he expired. At that moment I knew, and I loved him like the father that I had lost. I wish that I knew him better all of the years that I was at school, but as you have said, that was not to be.
“I rushed back into the castle. Voldemort had called a time out in the battle, and recalled all of his people. He was waiting for me to come to him, but I went up to the headmaster’s office, took out the Pensive, and poured Severus’ memory into it. I saw how he loved Lily. I saw his anguish when she was killed. He did not want to perform the task Dumbledore commanded of him, but in the end he did it anyway. He argued about me with Dumbledore. Dumbledore told Severus that I had to give myself up to Voldemort. That I had one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes in me, and it had to perish before he could be killed.
“With heavy heart I left the castle, passing a few friends, I told Neville Longbottom that he had to kill the snake. That the snake would be the last horcrux. I put my father’s invisibility cloak over me and made my way out of the castle to the forest. Now Dumbledore had given me a snitch, the first snitch that I caught as a seeker for the Gryffindor team in my first year. It was inscribed ‘I open at the end.’ I never knew what that meant, and I could never open it. But now walking to my end, I remembered the snitch, and it opened for me. Inside was a stone. The resurrection stone. I turned it three times, my parents appeared to me, as did Sirius and Lupin. The encouraged me, they gave me strength where I had none. I followed some Death Eaters right to Voldemort’s encampment. I hid in the bushes, I removed my cloak and folded it up. I put it and my wand inside of my robes, and then stepped out of the forest into Voldemort’s clearing. I stood there in front of him and he stood up to face me. After some small talk, he aimed his wand at me and yelled ‘Avada Kedavra!’
“The spell hit me and I fell. Apparently he did too. In my void I saw light, I saw Dumbledore, we spoke, and then I played dead. They took me for dead. Voldemort played with me hitting me with the Cruciatus curse. He tossed me up and down, but I remained limp. Professors Lupin and Moody saw to it that I would be able to withstand the Cruciatus curse. Withstanding the death curse was quite another thing altogether, but this is the second time that his curse failed to kill me, and he did not know it yet.
“Hagrid was his captive at this time, and he made Hagrid lift me up and carry me back to the castle. We came inside of the walls, and Voldemort yelled ‘Harry Potter is dead.’ You could have heard a pin drop, but none did. There was screaming and disorder. Hagrid put me down on the ground at Voldemort’s feet. While he was distracted, I slipped my cloak over me, and moved to a safer place.
“The battle continued for a while and from hiding I cast protective spells around my friends. Voldemort was aware of the spells but did not know where they were coming from. Nagini the snake moved in to attack some of the staff and students, Neville Longbottom comes out with the sword of Gryffindor, and slices off the head of Nagini. Now all of Voldemort’s Horcruxes are gone. He is fighting with Professors McGonagall, Flitwick, and Slughorn, three against one, and I cast a protective spell between them. I remove the cloak to reveal that Harry Potter is alive! And I yell, ‘He is mine!’ We circle around each other. I tell him he killed the wrong man and that the wand never belonged to Severus, that it was Draco who disarmed Dumbledore. He said he could deal with Draco later. But I told him that he was still too late, that I had disarmed Draco, and that the wand would now answer to me. He cast the Avada Kedavra spell, while at the same time I cast the Expelliarmus spell. The spells collided, his wand was expelled, and I caught it, and his death spell rebounded from me for the third and last time, because now he had no horcrux. And so Tom Riddle is dead.”
Thackery Prince came and sat next to me. He held my head against his chest, and we sat there with all of the Weasleys and Hermione looking on.
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