Chapters: 14 Words: 74947 Characters: Harry, Albus, James (II), Lily (II), OC Genre(s): Mystery, Action/Adventure Era: Next Generation Pairings: Harry/Ginny
Status: Completed First Published: 2009.05.09 Last Published Chapter: 2009.07.26 Last Updated: 2009.07.26 Favorite Story Of:15 users
Advisory: Mild Language, Mild Violence
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The pressures of being Harry Potter’s eldest son were beginning to tell and several public clashes with his father hardly helped. Now, James returns from his summer trip ready to begin his Seventh Year at Hogwarts. Feeling he has changed for the better, James is prepared to face up to the consequences of his actions, even if he isn’t quite as prepared for the problems from his father’s past that will affect his own future.
“Sometimes, mate, you can out-weird Trelawny; you know that?”
Harry and Ron enjoy a rare day off to do some early Christmas shopping and begin with an early lunch in the Leaky Cauldron. Harry confides his two main worries: Ginny, who is close to giving birth to their first child and his fear of being thrown out of the Auror training program.
“You really didn’t know? Someone must have put him up to it and I assumed it was you.”
James arrives back to an empty home after a spending the entire summer holiday away and he has a little time to think before his family arrive back. He returns with a new determination for the year ahead.
James arrives early for his first lesson with Mr Ausa, but finds Jenny hay have already anticipated their subject. Once they can understand each other, the Montis Monk reveals he actually wishes to teach him a little about time travel.
“Unless your Grandmother pops in for a triple Firewhiskey, we should be okay.”
James learns of a rumour that something significant happened at the school during the holidays and that it somehow concerned himself. Returning later that evening, he overhears Neville and the Headmaster discussing him.
“Um, we drove off the bridge and into the canal again, Professor.”
Bode’s new greenhouse is finished after a week of feverish activity. James feels a little exploited by Aberforth’s latest money making scheme. He later attends his favourite lesson after which Jenny asks for help with selecting a present for Harry but James suggests whom she should be asking. James and Albus clash.
“Could I tempt you with, say, ten minutes, or so? What’s the worst that could happen?”
James is sent back in time a few minutes. He is supposed to return immediately to Ausa, but instead follows two strangers down to the dungeons where Albus is waiting for them. Ginny arrives at the school with a Professor Nadel.
"He’s always gets a bit emotional when he looks at this stuff. He knew all of them personally."
James speaks with Professor Nadel as he looks at the Hogwarts Memorial. Nadel confides his concerns to James. Ausa and James assess the problems with the present timeline and finally resolve to fix things. James is shocked to discover his relationship with Jenny is more different than he thought.
“Well, I was honestly expecting the, ‘I was named after Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape’ speech. Why don’t you recite it now for the Professor? It’d probably numb his pain!”
Nachus escorts James safely back to the present day. James is overjoyed to find Lily safe and well, but Aberforth tells him Harry has fallen suddenly ill. The hunt for Professor Rector begins, but Albus and Nadel are also missing. The sealed Second Floor is opened.
James and Jenny meet the mysterious People in their new home. Jenny makes a good first impression but James does not. Nachus explains a few things to James but refuses to let James read the messages Ausa left for him. Harry finally catches up with James but it turns out he himself is only avoiding Nadel. Harry sets out some of the career choices open to James, but it seems Professor McGonagall has already decided.