This is a little of everything. Eventually,
it will be H/G and R/H (the only way it should ever be J
), but thatís not the focus of the fic. Not much happens at first, but
the chapters get longer and the story picks up (IMHO).
JK Rowling owns everything. It is all hers, and it rightfully should be,
given her brilliant imagination.
Harry Potter woke up on his 15th
birthday to a dull and dreary day. He was excited however, as he knew
he would soon be hearing from his friends. Sure enough, before he had
even managed to get out of bed, there was a tapping at the window. Harry
jumped up and rushed over to let in a large snowy owl. The owl dropped
a letter on Harryís head and flew to her perch, shaking her feathers violently
and throwing droplets of water everywhere.
"Careful, Hedwig," Harry scolded,
"Youíre ruining my letter!" The thin, pale boy shook off the
letter as he broke the seal, smiling as he recognized his best friendís
untidy script. Pushing his dark, unruly hair out of his eyes, Harry took
off his wet glasses to wipe them before replacing them and anxiously unfolding
Happy Birthday! Iím glad Hedwig was still
here from delivering your last note, because I donít think Pig couldíve
handled carrying your gift.
At this, Harry glanced over at his bed,
where he hadnít noticed a large package Hedwig had dropped. He returned
to the letter before opening it.
I got the idea at the Yule Ball, when
you didnít know any of the Weird Sistersí songs. Anyway, I hope you like
it. Mum and Dad said Dumbledoreíll let you stay with us at the Burrow
for the last week before school starts. I donít know why we have to wait
that long, but Mum wonít hear a word about disobeying Dumbledoreís wishes.
Ginny even got sent to bed without supper when she tried to convince Mum
to let you come now. Better her than me, though. Anyway, I guess Iíll
invite Hermione that week, too. Maybe Iíll have her come a little earlier,
just to help me finish my homework, I mean. Well, Iíll write again to
let you know how weíll get you. See you in three weeks!
Harry smirked as he read, knowing very well
that homework was not why Ron was inviting Hermione over. It was very
obvious to him that Ron Weasley fancied their other best friend, Hermione
Granger, ever since last year, but he would rather kiss a spider than
admit it. Harry himself liked a pretty girl a year ahead of him named
Cho Chang. She played the same position as him, Seeker, on her house Quidditch
team, except Cho was in Ravenclaw. Harry, like Ron and Hermione, and indeed
all the Weasleys, was in Gryffindor. Things had not ended on a positive
note the previous year, though, and thoughts of Cho churned up decidedly
unpleasant memories. Frowning, he pushed the thoughts to the back of his
mind, determined not to let it ruin his birthday.
Turning back to the gift, he ripped off
the paper quickly, and his green eyes soon lit up. It was a wizard radio.
He had seen one at the Weasleyís home. Now he could keep up with all the
news and music of the wizarding world while he was away for the summer.
In the summer, Harry stayed with the Dursleys, his only living relatives.
Petunia Dursley and Harryís late mother were sisters, although Mrs. Dursley
did not like to admit this. For most of his life, Harry had lived with
his Aunt Petunia and his Uncle Vernon, along with their very large and
very ill tempered son, Dudley, who was Harryís age. Despite this, though,
they never did get along. However, since Harry had discovered he was a
wizard four years ago (on his 11th birthday), things were a
little better. Dudley was very scared of being turned into a pig again
(not that he wasnít already one) and stayed out of his way. Harry found
himself relieved that the Dursleys had mostly ignored him that summer
Ė he had spent a lot of time in his room, staring up at the ceiling. He
had found that counting the pinholes in the acoustic tile passed the time
quickly, and helped keep his thoughts straight.
Soon, there was another rap on the window,
and Harryís attention was drawn to three owls he didnít recognize, hovering
outside. Harry quickly let them in, waiting for them to drop their parcels
before they swooped back out. He watched them fly away as he shut the
rain out once again.
The first owl had left behind a note and
a gift (obviously a book) from Hermione. He unwrapped the book first,
and noticed it was an autographed biography of Viktor Krum, who had played
Seeker on Bulgariaís national team in the Quidditch World Cup last year.
Krum and Hermione had become friends last year, even going to the Yule
Ball together. Harry wasnít sure exactly what was going on with her and
Krum now. He knew that Krum had asked her to visit him over the summer,
but he hadnít heard from her since just after theyíd left school.
Happy Birthday, Harry!
Sorry I havenít written but my dad was
called to Iceland for an emergency root canal on one of his wealthy patients,
and he flew us all there for the summer! I hope your summer isnít going
too badly at the Dursleys. I had your present owled to Bulgaria so Viktor
could sign it for you. Do me a favor though, and donít tell Ron what I
got you. I have a feeling he wonít be too pleased. I do hope we can go
to the Burrow soon! Iím looking forward to seeing all the Weasleys, and
you too, of course. Ginny and I had quite a good time last year rooming
together for the World Cup.
I also wanted to let you know that no
news about You-Know-Who has shown up in the Daily Prophet. There are rumors
and speculation of course, but no one has been killed. I do hope thatís
a good sign. You havenít been having any nightmares, have you? If you
have, I hope you thought to tell Dumbledore and Snuffles.
Well, if we donít meet at Ronís, Iíll
see you at Diagon Alley before school.
The other two parcels held a tin of treacle
fudge from Hagrid, the gamekeeper at Hogwarts, and his normal list of
course books for the coming year. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
was the finest wizard school in England, and Harry was starting his fifth
year there. Ronís older brothers Bill, Charlie, and Percy had already
graduated, and his other brothers, twins Fred and George, were entering
their seventh and final year. Little Ginny was a year behind Harry and
his friends. Harry snacked on the treacle fudge (actually pretty good
considering it was from Hagrid, who was notoriously bad at cooking) and
excitedly thought of the day three weeks away when he could go to the
Burrow and practice Quidditch with the Weasley boys.
"Harry!" Uncle Vernon shouted.
Harry rushed down the stairs, his heart smacking madly against his ribs.
His trunk bounced down the stairs behind him and Hedwigís cage swung wildly
at his side. The Weasleys were early; he had wanted to be waiting for
them when they arrived. He hadnít mentioned that they were coming to the
Dursleys at all.
Harry jumped down the last few steps, landing
with a thump in the foyer as his trunk crashed behind him. Mr. Weasley
was standing in the front door, Percy at his side. Although they were
politely asking after the Dursley family, Uncle Vernon did not respond,
instead standing frozen with his jaw working frantically.
"Hullo, Mr. Weasley," Harry said
calmly, catching his breath. He was relieved to see that Mr. Weasley was
wearing an old pair of jeans, and Percy, of course, knew quite well how
to dress like a Muggle. At least it was one less thing heíd have to hear
about from his uncle next summer.
"Harry, there you are!" Mr. Weasley
said amiably, reaching over to take Harryís trunk. "Iíll just bring
this to the car," he continued, seemingly quite pleased to be saying
such a Muggle thing.
Dudley, drawn to the voices in the foyer,
waddled in from the kitchen, a large doughnut in his hand. Mrs. Dursley
had taken him off his diet as soon as he lost the first five pounds, which
he quickly regained with no effort whatsoever. When he saw the red haired
men in the doorway, Dudley gave a frightened squeak, turning on his heel
and sprinting up the stairs to his room as fast as his fat legs could
"Was that your son? Pleasant chap,"
Percy said, attempting to continue the one-sided conversation.
"GetÖ.get awayÖ" Vernon sputtered,
staring in horror at his front walk. Mr. Weasley, having placed Harryís
trunk in the impossibly small boot of the car, was starting a conversation
of his own with the postman.
"Hullo, there," he said, nodding
politely to the man. "Do you deliver letters? Whereís that one from?
Majorca! Goodness, thatís certainly a long way for you to travelÖ"
"Iím ready to go now," Harry said
quickly, pushing past his uncle to the car. He assumed Mr. Weasley had
borrowed it from the Ministry, seeing as his old car was roaming wild
in the forbidden forest. "Bye," he called behind him to Uncle
Vernon, not expecting and not getting any response.
Harry shoved Hedwigís cage in the back seat
of the car as he heard Percy bid the Dursleys farewell. Percy then dragged
his father from the postman, who was looking at the wizard as if he were
an escaped lunatic. Harry settled back into his seat, closing his eyes
and taking a deep breath as the car pulled away.
Having fallen asleep during the long drive,
Harry woke up to find himself outside the Burrow. He rubbed the sleep
from his eyes, and happily made his way up to the rickety home, cheerfully
jumping over the roaming chickens and a stray garden gnome that was sneaking
to the back of the house.
"Harry, youíre here!" Ronís freckled
face glowed excitedly as he ran out of the Burrow to greet his friend.
While Harry had grown a bit over the last two months, Ron had grown even
more and was now at least a head taller than him.
"Ron! How are you?" Harry smiled
widely, thrilled to be back at the Burrow. He followed his best friend
inside and they walked up the steps to Ronís room, dragging Harryís trunk
and Hedwigís cage behind them. As they reached the third landing, a door
opened and a familiar face emerged.
"Harry, you made it!" Hermione
Granger stepped out of Ginnyís room, her face glowing with pleasure. She
had also grown over the summer, looking more like a teenager and less
like a little girl. Her brown hair had lost some of its bushiness, and
the new smile she had given herself last year now beamed at Harry. "Iíve
been here two weeks already. Ron and I already finished all our homework,
and I even beat him at chess once!"
Harry had a funny feeling Ron had let
Hermione win and a quick glance at Ron confirmed this in his mind. Ronís
face had turned crimson, matching the bright red hair that was common
with all the Weasleys. He was about to make a comment when someone interrupted.
"Hi Harry, how are you?" Ronís
little sister Ginny had just come out of the room and was blushing slightly
as she looked down at her feet. Harry was used to this, as Ginny had a
crush on him since they had first met. She glanced up briefly, and Harryís
stomach lurched unexpectedly. Ginny had grown a bit, and looked different
than he remembered. Her curly red hair was tied back revealing a face
that looked somehow older. Like the rest of them, she had also gotten
taller and looked like, well, a girl, not a child. Harry blushed slightly
as this thought went through his head, but he quickly shook it away and
smiled at Ginny.
"Iím fine, Ginny," he answered
casually. Ron, still trying not to look at Hermione, mumbled something
about going upstairs. Harry and Hermione followed on up to Ronís room,
dropping off Harryís trunk and letting Hedwig out of her cage. The owl
zoomed out of Ronís window, squawking indignantly as she stretched her
"Harry," Hermione began excitedly,
"I didnít want to say anything in front of Ginny, but did you read
the Daily Prophet today?" Hermione rushed the words out in one breath
as if she had them bottled in for ages. Harry grabbed the paper clutched
in her fist, and the color drained from his face.
"Several eyewitnesses have claimed
to see the Dark Lord appear in Africa. Unbelievable as it may seem, these
wizards swear that You-Know-Who was seen fighting with a large black dog.
Both He Who Must Not Be Named and the dog disappeared into a cloud of
smoke before officials from the African Ministry of Magic could arrive.
A spokesperson denies the villagersí story noting that if You-Know-Who
were back, he would surely find something more important to occupy his
time than attacking dogs."
Harry stopped reading aloud and stared at
his friends, his eyes wide. "Voldemort has Sirius!"