Newbie, onstage: Um, shouldn't I bow towards Edinburgh or something?
Isn't that where She lives?
Offstage voice: No, no. Just get on with it.
Newbie (clearing throat nervously): I'm so thankful that J. K. Rowling
lets us use her characters without sending out phalanxes of
battle-hardened lawyers to protect...
Offstage: No, no, no! Be positive!
Newbie: Positive. Right. (Takes deep, calming breath.) My gratitude
goes out to J. K. Rowling for allowing us to play in her world and
write stories about her characters.
Newbie: Er. Oh! Many heart-felt thanks to NightZephyr for expert beta
reading of my novice steps into the world of Harry Potter fan fiction.
(Don't blame her for these Author's Notes, by the way.)
Offstage: Ahem. The story?
Newbie (blushing): This story begins near the end of what should have
been Harry Potter's seventh year at Hogwarts. Harry and his friends Ron
Weasley and Hermione Granger have destroyed the remaining Horcruxes.
Ginny Weasley has recently joined them, to Harry's consternation and
delight, and the four now are developing ways to defeat Voldemort.
Offstage: Good, that should do it.
Newbie: This story is complete in ten chapters, unless I get tempted to
do more rewriting...
Offstage: (Sighs and closes the stage curtains, muffling further
babbling by Newbie.)
More Author's Notes, Added After Writing Fleeing Hogwarts:
While Aftermath was written and
posted first, Fleeing
should now be considered Part I and Aftermath
be considered Part II of the same overall story. Please read Fleeing Hogwarts
Chapter One: Curse
Harry Potter always Apparated
the same place just out of sight of the small cottage near Godric's
Hollow. He, Ron Weasley, Hermione
Granger, and now Ginny Weasley all stayed
there when they were not searching for methods
to defeat Voldemort.
Were the woods around their hideout just a bit too quiet for late
spring? Shouldn't there be bird and insect noises at this time of
day? Harry wished he had his invisibility cloak but Ron and Hermione
it today. Cautiously Harry stepped behind a large tree, wand ready, and
peeked at their hideout. As expected, from the outside it appeared to
be an abandoned cottage in sad disrepair just out of sight of the
his parents' house. Then he noticed that the door was not quite
and a hinge appeared to be broken. A
chill fell over
Harry. Ginny was supposed to be there! Had Death Eaters found their
Was Ginny hurt or in danger? Had he almost walked into a trap?
Harry had to check where the others were. He focused a mental
command to his
WHERE'S GINNY? A ghostly outline of Britain
appeared in the air above
his watch, with a pointer to an unfamiliar part of the country.
The hairs at the back of his neck stood on end. He thought COORDINATES?
at the watch, and Apparation
coordinates for Ginny appeared. They were unfamiliar too.
WHERE'S EVERYONE? This time the other locations shown were
and expected. Ron and Hermione were at Hogwarts and Fred and George
were at Diagon Alley. The glowing map
faded, although if he chose
he could bring it back with a thought.
Harry jumped in surprise as his watch began vibrating strongly.
SHOW MESSAGE. The words began forming in mid-air above the
GINNY: THEY CAUGHT ME. TOM'S HERE. THE OTHERS KNOW. APPARATE 30
METERS EAST OF ME. THIS IS OUR CHANCE TO GET HIM.
There was only one thing to do. He concentrated a moment on where
and then Apparated, ready to fight his way to her.
* * *
The dark-cloaked figure turned to where the two had been placed on
near each other, petrified and unable to speak.
"Harry Potter, you were a fool to come looking for her after my
Eaters captured her. But I counted on you being that sort of fool."
filled his voice. "You would still be no match for me even with your
little witch and your Hogwarts friends helping you."
The red-eyed, inhuman face looked at Harry and then at Ginny. "It is
time to end this. I want you to watch her and hear the sounds of her
death." His smile was mirthless, cold, hungry.
"It will take some time, and there will be nothing you can do to stop
Then it will be your turn."
Voldemort's wand pointed to Ginny. "Terminare Petrificum
Ginny gasped, finally able to take a deep breath. She looked at
their eyes met.
A thin, tight shriek of agony began, the
sound that Harry had ever heard. And he could not reach her, touch her,
take her away.
* * *
The Weasleys were waiting with quiet,
anxiety. Molly was crying again, and Arthur held her close, giving what
comfort that he could as his own tears flowed unheeded. All that they
told by Fred and George was that
Ginny had been critically injured and that they should come to Saint Mungo's Hospital as quickly as possible.
When Ginny and Harry had arrived earlier at Saint Mungo's,
it was obvious from Harry's appearance that he needed healing, but he
had not allowed anyone
to touch him until the healers had focused all their attention on
then could they persuade him to leave her side, insisting that they
do their best work while he was there. Then he numbly allowed an
healer to perform what spells were possible while he sat in the waiting
the Weasleys began arriving.
Ron and Hermione emerged from a healers ward, fiercely insisting on
the rest of the Weasley family. The
healers who had
been working on the couple had given up and let them go, after making
promise to return when they finally had been given news about Ginny.
Hermione could not yet bring themselves to say anything about what had
other than they were certain that Voldemort
finally been obliterated. They had seen him die.
Finally Molly stood up and faced her family, hands on hips, fear and
chasing each other over her face. "All right, you lot! It is time for
answers! Harry! Would you tell us what happened to Ginny?" Not giving
Harry a chance to reply, she rounded on the twins and pointed in anger
"Fred! George! You know more about this than you have been telling us.
Ginny disappeared you just told us 'It's all right, Mum. It's okay.
now. We just can't tell you where she is.' Ron! Hermione! You, too! You
disappear from Hogwarts WITHOUT A WORD of
and don't leave a way for us to contact you. And now..." Her voice
She gestured helplessly toward the door to the ward where Ginny was.
turned to Arthur and he held her while she cried.
Arthur glared at them all. "You had better start talking. NOW! Fred.
George. You two first. You were the ones
us here to start with."
"Harry sent us a message that he had brought Ginny here."
"Said she was badly hurt and we all should be here."
"So we called you all."
"How bad is she, Harry?"
Harry shook his head. "I don't know. Voldemort
used a curse on Ginny that I've never heard of. He was aiming to kill
then me. We stopped his curse and threw it back on him. That killed
him, I know
that." Ron and Hermione nodded in agreement.
"But Ginny's hurt really bad. Internal injuries," Harry continued
miserably. "There's a bunch of healers
with her. They wouldn't let me stay with her any longer. Said
I was in the way."
"You BOTH were fighting VOLDEMORT?" Arthur was livid. "How
did that happen? How did Ginny get involved? And why did she leave
"Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Ginny was almost
kidnaped at Hogwarts. Several children of
Death Eaters went
after her. So she flew her broomstick to where we were." Harry
Ron and Hermione.
"Wait a minute. How did Ginny find you, Harry? Fred and George said
were in hiding where no one could find you." Arthur was looking
suspiciously at the twins. "You two. Spill
now! Were THEY your test group for our communicators?" Arthur tapped
The twins looked very uncomfortable and nodded.
"Harry, Ron and Hermione were going off to fight Voldemort."
"To find a way to defeat him."
"With no way to communicate or anything."
"We couldn't stop them."
"They asked us for a way to communicate with each other. It gave us
idea for the talking watches."
"So we gave them early versions. So we could keep an eye on them."
"Ginny used her watch's direction finder to find Harry."
Arthur held up his hand. "Wait a minute, boys. You gave the kids
samples of the voice communication devices that you were developing for
Order of the Phoenix?"
George shook his head. "Not exactly. We
developing the communicators before we realized that the Order could
We wanted to sell them after the war."
"We made six prototypes without voice. Fred and I had two, they had
three, and we gave Ginny one because she was so worried about Harry...
and Ron and Hermione too, of course."
"So that's why you wear a watch on each wrist?" Arthur asked. "One of each kind. Not because one might break,
you implied." He snorted.
Harry spoke up. "The watches saved our lives several times. We could
track where each of us was. We could send messages to each other. They
let us Apparate to each other."
"Theirs don't transmit talk, Dad." Fred resumed. "But they do
"And the receiving watch vibrates when it gets a message. No sound
"That's an advantage when you need to sneak... um, send a message
"Ginny sent us a message after she was kidnapped by Death Eaters.
That's why we could
call the Aurors in The Order so early. They passed the news to the rest
of the Aurors."
"And that's why the Aurors
could catch all those Death Eaters. It's the first time the Order or
the Aurors had the location of Voldemort's
Harry spoke up again. "And that's how I knew Ginny had been caught
Death Eaters. When I Apparated
her, we had to fight Voldemort. He
her as bait to catch me." Harry carefully avoided mentioning that he
had been trapped when he reached Ginny. Molly and Arthur were angry
it was, and he didn't want them to know yet how close Ginny and he had
A sound at the door caught their attention. Someone was coming out
ward where Ginny was.
"We will continue this later." Arthur said. "There is still a lot you all need to answer for."