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The Hard Life by killthatrat

 
Rating: MatureStory Reviews: 813
 
Chapters: 55
Words: 190855
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Sirius, Voldemort, Fred, Ginny
Genre(s): Horror/Dark, Romance, Angst
Era: Hogwarts
Pairings: Harry/Ginny, Arthur/Molly, Bill/Fleur, Remus/Tonks, Ron/Hermione
Status: Completed
First Published: 2007.03.02
Last Published Chapter: 2010.02.19
Last Updated: 2010.02.19
Favorite Story Of: 280 users
 
Advisory: Mild Language, Strong Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Sensitive Topic/Issue/Theme

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Life isnt meant to be hard, but try telling this to 16 year old Harry Potter, who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Follow Harry as he deals with his violent family, his true family, and every hardship that Voldemort can throw at him, and more. (NB: this is an alternate universe, where Sirius Black did survive the Ministry scandal)

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Ch. # Chapter Title Word Count Reviews Read
1 Chapter 1 Number 4 Privit Drive

“DON’T TAKE THAT TONE WITH ME BOY OR YOU WON’T LIVE TO REGRET IT!”

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2 Chapter 2 Weasley Dilemma

“SWEET MOTHER OF MERLIN THAT’S AMAZING! I CAN ACTUALLY HEAR YOU! HEY! HEY HARRY IM ON A FELEPHONE!”

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3 Chapter 3 Egg Fight!


“Boys!” Cried Mrs Weasly. “What are you doing!?”

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4 Chapter 4 The Proposal

“I know.” He said simply, as he turned to face his Godfather with a small smile. “But since were on the subject of questions, where do babies come from?”

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5 Chapter 5 A Place to call Home

“You know one day I’ll be getting a tattoo like yours.”

Sirius let out his dog like laugh before replying. “The day I let you get a tattoo is the day Voldemort hands out candy and dresses up at Halloween.”

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6 Chapter 6 An Overactive Imagination

“You’d be like heaven to touch, I wanna hold you so much”

“Who is that?” Ginny asked.

“You’re just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you!”

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7 Chapter 7 A Mutual Understanding

“Jene sais pas anglais?” She replied.

“Sorry?”

“Jene sais pas anglais, parlez-vous francais?” She replied hopefully.

“You don’t speak English do you.” Harry asked, already knowing the answer.

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8 Chapter 8 Cooking for an Army


“MUM!” George yelled. “HE HIT ME!”

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9 Chapter 9 Vernon's Curse

“Don’t ‘hello’ me in that tone. You’re back early. I have half a mind to kick you out right now.” He said loudly.

“That would be nice.” Harry muttered underneath his breath.

“What was that boy?” his Uncle demanded.

“I didn’t say anything.” He replied tonelessly.

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10 Chapter 10: Boredom Takes Over

“YOU DESERVED EVERY THING YOU GOT!”

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11 Chapter 11 A Way Out

“Mitre 10 will be putting us out of business in a week!” He heard his Uncle ranting. “No body will want to buy drills from us with this raucous going on!”

What a shame, Harry thought as a smile lit up his face at his Uncles misfortune.

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12 Chapter 12 An Escape Gone Wrong


“Petunia he’s getting away!” He yelled again, sounding even more like a mad man!

He opened the front door, his wife and son following curiously. They followed him into the front yard where he jumped into his new work car and pulled out of the driveway.

“HE’S GOING BACK TO THOSE FREAKS!” He yelled out to his wife from the front window before driving away, his face turning bright red.

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13 Chapter 13 Adrenaline


“16 year old Harry Potter, restrained passenger in T-bone collision. Unknown blood type, BP 110/75, IV fluids administered on route...

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14 Chapter 14 Uncle Vernon

He stood still as he observed his Uncle’s beaten appearance. He looked much the same as himself, but Harry noticed a large white patch running down the center of his Uncle’s chest, just poking out from under his hospital gown. He was sleeping softly, a large mask sitting over his mouth and nose, which regularly fogged up as he breathed in and out.

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15 Chapter 15 Jumping to Conclusions

“Ahhh all these Muggles.” He said rubbing his hands together. “Shame most of them are sick though.” He added as an after thought. “Well I’ll best go find the others, we won’t be long.”

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16 Chapter 16 St Mathis

“Yes. So, are you keeping up with your study?”

Harry laughed loudly. “Trust you to be worrying about homework when we don’t have any!”

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17 Chapter 17 The Beast Inside

Suddenly they were inches apart, he could almost count every freckle in the light that shone from the house behind them. He could almost feel her breath upon his face as his mind cloud over.

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18 Chapter 18 Remembering

“Awww Sirius I’ve done something stupid. Something,” he paused before going on. “Something really stupid...........Aren’t you going to ask me what it was?”

“Do I ever have to?” Sirius replied comically.

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19 Chapter 19 SELF CONTROL!


Ron peered at him, looking slightly worried. “You alright mate?”

“I’m fighting with myself,” he said sharply “And loosing,” he added darkly as an after thought.

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20 Chapter 20 Voldemort's Plans

Furthur delays at Gringotts bank
Witches and Wizards alike are being asked to 'please be patient' as...

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21 Chapter 21 Birthday Celebrations

“And in that case, I’m sorry I called you a jackass.”

Harry looked down at her in shock.

“You called me a jackass?”

“Yeah,” Ginny admitted guiltily. “More than once.”

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22 Chapter 22 Return of the Half-Blood Prince

“Do you want to die…Harry?” they snarled. “Cedric sure didn’t.”

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23 Chapter 23 A Sticky Situation

“Harry’s missing,” he blurted out.

“What?” Tonks said in dismay, her bright purple hair seemed to be wilting at this news.

“He-he’s gone, I can’t find him anywhere!” Sirius continued, beginning to babble out of his nervousness.

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24 Chapter 24 The Riddle House

“Don’t bother fighting Harry. You know you can’t win.”

Harry looked back up at him, glaring as he was released from the Death Eaters hold.

“Since when,” he said coldly, finding his voice. “Do you tell me what I know?”

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25 Chapter 25 Waiting

“No body goes into the field until I’m so happy I’m Mary freakin’ Poppins!”

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26 Chapter 26 Making Contact

“I don’t think you understand Potter. I could kill you right here.”

“You could,” Harry agreed. “But you won’t.”

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27 Chapter 27 Proof of Life

“Oh Ronald dear, you’re awake!”

“Obviously,” he muttered as he took the chair next to Hermione who gave him a small smile.

“Well sit down dear, I’ll get you something to eat.”

“I’m already sitting mum,” he muttered through a soft yawn.

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28 Chapter 28 Traitors and Farters

Suddenly the silence was broken by the sound of a large fart that seemed to echo throughout The Burrow. Every body looked straight towards George, who had turned bright red from trying to hold in his laughter. Shaking with silent laughter his raised his head uncertainly, looking around at the many eyes peering at him.

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29 Chapter 29 The Tip-Off

“Mr Black, if Harry could hear you right now, what would you say to him?”

Sirius let out a breath he didn’t realize he was holding, pausing before he answered the question with the first honest thing that came to mind.

“I’d tell him to get his arse back home before I ground him.”

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30 Chapter 30 Rescues and Running Part I

"Why are you two snogging on camera?"

Ginny leaned over, peering at the picture she had already seen. "Because we can."

"Aww, poor Ronnikins!" the twins said in unison. "Jealous?"

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31 Chapter 31 Rescues and Running Part II

"Last chance Potter. Tell me about the prophecy."

"Why? What are you going to do to me, huh?"

"I will make you wish, that you’d never been born," Voldemort said lowly, only the people closest would be able to hear him.

"Sometimes, I think it’s too late for that," Harry answered, his voice equally low.

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32 Chapter 32 Remembering Harry

"I bet Death eaters don’t have this much fun," Harry said with a final laugh, leaning over to kiss Ginny’s cheek. She looked back up at him mischievously, her embarrassment fading now that it was just the two of them.

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33 Chapter 33 Caught?

Malfoy turned on the spot, still keeping his wand on Harry. "Father! I’ve got him!"

Malfoy turned back to Harry, still struggling for breath on the ground.

"Come on, get up!" he hissed, bending down and grabbing Harry’s hand, pulling him roughly to his feet.

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34 Chapter 34 They're not going to let him go

"They’re not going to let him go," he said lowly, referring to Harry. "Are they?"

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35 Chapter 35 Burnt Hopes

"The rest of you," Voldemort continued. " Let Greyback do the honors, but I want Potter alive. Make sure he doesn’t kill the boy."

"Yes, my Lord," the Death Eaters murmured obediently.

"Good," Voldemort replied. "Get to it then."

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36 Chapter 36 Truth and Lies

"Hello, Harry," a harsh voice said. "Welcome back."

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37 Chapter 37 Percy's Guilt

“What do you want from me?” Percy asked, as anger began coursing through his veins. “Just tell me what you want.” 

“We want you to bring him to us,” Bellatrix replied without skipping a beat. “Or at the very least, bring us to him.” 

"You want Harry."

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38 Chapter 38 Ginny's Words

“You think he’s dead,” Sirius stated, his voice toneless. “Don’t you.”
“Until we have proof, there is no reas-”
“But that’s what your saying isn’t it? You think they killed him.”

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39 Chapter 39 Untitled

“You saw me,” Harry said quietly, still looking at the ground. Snape’s head jerked up, looking at him with piercing eyes.

“In the forest,” Harry clarified as he looked up at him. “You saw me.”

“No, I didn’t,” Snape replied firmly, looking him in the eye.

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40 Chapter 40 Remembering James and Lily

“I think it’s time,” Sirius replied firmly, still not looking at his friend. “That I do some serious drinking.”

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41 Chapter 41 Veritaserum, Cigars and Whisky

“Severus,” he began. “The Veritaserum.”

Harry’s head snapped up at these words, dread flooding his body as he looked at Voldemort in shock.

“I thought this may get your attention,” he said simply.

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42 Chapter 42 Taking Charge

“What are you going to do about the new demand?” he asked. “Obviously, we cannot release the high-security prisoners from Azkaban in exchange for Potters life.”

“Obviously,” Corey replied, avoiding the question.

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43 Chapter 43 Snape's Betrayal

Ignoring this, Snape continued, stepping forward, his wand still pointed threateningly at Hugh. “Go to Edward Proctor, tell him you know where Harry Potter is.”

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44 Chapter 44 Getting it Right

“Expelliarmus!” Snape cried as Tonks felt her wand being pulled from her tight grip before she could defend herself. He dropped it to the ground and it lay there taunting her; her only chance of escape lying at the foot of Dumbledore's murderer.

“Don’t be an idiot,” he continued nastily. “You wouldn’t last a minute against me.”

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45 Chapter 45 St Mungos

“I told him about the prophecy,” Harry muttered to Sirius, knowing that he had to tell someone eventually.

“What?” Sirius said softly, the shock evident as he placed his hand under Harry’s chin and lifted his head towards him. “What did you say?”

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46 Chapter 46 Relief

“Potter’s not in this condition because the Death Eaters were bored,” Mad Eye began. “They wanted information, and we need to know exactly what he’s told them.”

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47 Chapter 47 Talking

“I look like hell,” Harry muttered under his breath.

 

Sirius squeezed his hand. “If it weren’t for him, you’d be a whole lot worse.”

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48 Chapter 48 Coming Home

“Are you sure you won’t stay?” Sirius asked again, hoping to Merlin that Harry would listen to reason. “You can barely stand.”

Harry raised his eyebrows. “I can stand just fine.”

“You were barely able to change your clothes!”

“Only because you wouldn’t quit trying to help,” Harry retorted lightly.

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49 Chapter 49 Discord Among Us

“You’re supposed to be my father!” Harry said in anger, knowing that his words would hurt Sirius. “You’re supposed to be on my side!”

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50 Chapter 50 Coming Clean


“Harry?” Sirius said in concern as he quickly looked up. “What’s wrong?”

“Tell me it’s not true!” Harry demanded as he entered the room, his voice catching in his throat as he continued. “Sirius, please, tell me it’s not true!”

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51 Chapter 51 Discovering Regulus

He slowly pulled a wadded up handkerchief out of his dressing gown pocket. “We’re not even sure if this is it,” he muttered as he cautiously placed it on the bed, unfolded the thin material to reveal what it hid.

Harry gasped loudly, hardly believing what he saw. He froze for a moment, hardly hearing as Hermione said something, only concerned with the ornately carved S on the large silver locket. “Where did you find this?”

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52 Chapter 52 Remembering The Full Story

Harry almost felt sickened as he saw the subheading. “Just another victim?” he said scathingly. “They’re calling him a victim?”

“Yes,” Mrs Weasley replied tersely as she stood up, taking her empty teacup to the sink. “Apparently Malfoy’s representation defended him very well. He managed to convince the Wizengamont that he was coerced into doing what he did, that his life was at stake just as much as yours.”

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53 Chapter 53 Confessions and Heroics

“Harry, run!” Sirius yelled as he pushed him towards the staircase.

 

“No!” Harry cried as he realised what Sirius was doing. Finally able to move, Harry raised his wand and made to follow him. “Sirius, don’t!”

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54 Chapter 54 Untitled

“Ginny,” he began nervously. “I just-”

“It’s okay,” she interrupted before he went on, turning her head up to look at him. “You don’t have to talk about it if you don’t want to.”

Harry looked at her appreciatively, glad she wasn’t pressing him. “Thanks.”

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55 Chapter 55 Reconcile

“Voldemort’s only just getting started.” What he had done was unimaginable, but Voldemort was far from finished with Harry.

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