Title: SB – Untitled 055 4/?
Pairing: Harry/Hermione. Mentions of Harry/Ginny and Hermione/Ron
Warnings: Time Travel (Re-do), violence, child abuse, manipulative but not evil Dumbledore, Character Death, Bad Ginny, Bad Ron, Romance/Het, Post TDH, EWE, Alternate Universe, AU 3rd Year, Good Severus, Mentor, Mentor Severus, Powerful Harry, Violence.
Disclaimer: Nope, doesn’t belong to me. I only play with them a bit.
Summary: The war had been over for several years, and Harry’s life did not turn out the way he expected it. He ended leaving England and travelling the world. That’s where death found him, but he was the Master of the Hollows and second chances were a given. He would not waste them.
They discussed it for a while, and finally agreed on his third year. The summer after his second year would give him time to work on a few things, like the Horcruxes. At least those that were already made and available. He would no longer be one, Nagini did not become one until the next summer, and Ravenclaw’s tiara was at Hogwarts. That one he could easily obtain during term. Harry would need an excuse to ‘discover’ the Room of Requirement, but he was sure Dobby would tell him, or one of the other house-elves would if he asked the right question. They all agreed it was going to be very difficult for him to behave like a twelve, and later thirteen years old, but he should try. He was back with a mission, but it did not mean he should not enjoy his second time back. There had been things he wanted to do that he never did. This was the chance to do them.
Even if Harry was not quite able to pretend to be a child, there was always the option to attribute any changes in personality to the events in the Chamber of Secrets, and the fact that the Sorting Hat wanted to place him in Slytherin. Harry could tell them he grew up a bit –or a lot- at facing death for the second year in a row. Or he could simply let everyone draw their own conclusions. He did have enough of a Slytherin in him to pull that off if he was of a mind to.
Lily thought that argument could actually work quite well with what they wanted to do, which was to avoid some -if not most- of the Headmaster’s manipulations. A distrustful child was not what Dumbledore wanted, or needed for his plans to work. Neither of those present were completely sure they could be totally avoided, but some certainly could.
The first thing to do, was to establish that Harry did not trust the old wizard any longer. For that, his childhood experiences and what had happened at school provided a perfect background. Harry had been too naïve and too trusting then. He wanted so much to fit in, and to finally belong somewhere at the time. So he ignored the warning signs. He had seen them, he was not that stupid… or perhaps he had been. Things might have been better for him if had paid attention to them.
Other children in his situation –abused- would have been wary, and become suspicious of the adults. He had been to a degree, but for some reason he had trusted Dumbledore blindly. Harry was told repeatedly Hogwarts was the safest place in the Wizarding world except for Gringotts, and yet, it had not been the case for him. After hearing this James suggested he checked himself for any kind of Loyalty or Compulsion Charms. His father did not think the old coot would sink that low, but it was better to be cautious. Everyone agreed.
Now with an older mind, Harry could see clearly all of the Headmaster’s manipulations. He could use that to his advantage in creating the right personality. He knew more, was also much more powerful since his adult magic would be getting mixed with his younger self’s. Hermione suggested he played his cards as if he had been holding back, which he had actually done the first time around. The Dursley brought him up that way.
Harry had never been allowed to do better than Dudley, even when the young wizard could have been top of his class. He once made the mistake of ignoring his aunt’s and uncle’s orders, and had been punished severely. He never forgot his ‘place’ after that. Not even at Hogwarts, where he just tried to keep his grades, and abilities, barely above Ron’s. Except in Defence Against the Dark Arts. Ron got jealous when he did better than him but he was expected to do well in Defence Against the Dark Arts, so he did.
To explain why he was not holding back any longer, he simply could tell them he believed, after all that happened to him, that he needed to be prepared in case his life was in danger again. There had not been any adult available to help him the previous times. He only himself to get out of any of the situations he encountered at school. This would guilt trip more than a few people, but it was the right thing to do to get them off their collective arses and start doing things, not just expect Harry to save them all.
Harry’s new attitude would certainly clash with Dumbledore’s plans, but that was what they wanted anyway. Although the manipulative old coot might try to get him back in line, Harry was not the boy he had been then, and it would be a cold day in hell for him to fall into the Headmaster’s trap again. It was important to disrupt as many of those plans as he could, especially those regarding Severus Snape as a spy. It would not be easy to befriend the Professor, but all spirits agreed it was possible, and he should try it.
Harry was to break his friendship with Ron. It was very important that he did so. At that point in time it was him who was holding the trio together. If he took Ron out of the equation then, he could save Hermione from him. Unfortunately Ginny was already obsessed with him since he rescued her from the Chamber of Secrets, but he might find a way to dissuade her. At the very least he could try to ignore her, and pay close attention to what he ate and drank. Or in the worst of cases, he could collect the Life Debt she owed him. This was too drastic, so he would leave it as a last resort.
The young wizard was of two minds about the Weasleys. They, as a whole, provided support and a semblance of family for him. He was truly grateful for it, and he was reluctant to loose it. Harry truly loved most of them. He knew that even if he did not continue being friends with Ron, the twins would still remain true to him. This was in part because they were members of the quidditch team, and he had more contact with them that he would have had if he did not play. The same as Mister and Missus Weasley, both of them genuinely cared about him. In his time line even after the Ginny debacle, Molly came to him. She asked him to understand her position, and to forgive her. She loved her daughter, and would defend her as any mother would. But she could also see that what Ginny did to him was wrong, and realized that it was not his fault, none of it was.
That time in the Chamber of Secrets, Harry protected Ginevra because she was Ron’s little sister, and it was the right thing to do. He did not do it because he had been madly in love with her. At that point in his life romance did not even cross his mind. Harry never encouraged Ginevra. It was Molly who did with the stories she told her daughter of the-boy-who-lived. She always assured the little girl, when she asked, that she would marry the boy when they both grew up. This was not something she could have known would happen. At the time he left, they had not been able to patch things up completely, but Harry was certain that one day they would have.
With Hermione’s, his parents, and Sirius assistance, Harry wrote an outline of his third and fourth years in an empty journal. He tended to carry at least one among his things. Although he much preferred to use his laptop, and tended to blog quite a bit of what he did during his travels. Harry spelled the journal to work like a day planner, with Hermione’s help, and to warn him ahead of each event so he could be prepared.
Harry also put a Blood Ward on the journal. Only he would be able to open it. To make it even more secure Harry would keep it in his mokeskin backpack. The backpack had been very expensive, but the investment was worth it. No one could take anything out of it unless they had put it in there in the first place, or Harry had keyed them to it. That last was a special feature he Spelled into the bag. He was not really sure why he added it, since he was travelling alone at the time, but he suspected that sooner or later it would come in handy.
Before he went back the group also discussed the possibility that things could get worse, at least for a while. Changing the past was risky business, no matter how they went about it or how careful they were. Some people that survived in his original time line might not in the changed one, and he should expect that to happen as a result of his different decisions and actions.
While he had to disrupt Dumbledore’s plans, and save Snape’s soul, he should not forget that his main concern was still to destroy Voldemort. They all agreed that it could be done at the end of the Third Task in his fourth year at the earliest, but it was not necessarily the easiest time to do it. For that reason, as much as Harry wanted to capture Pettigrew to prove Sirius’ innocence in his third year, he should not. That was the one event he was not allowed to change. The rat was necessary to bring Voldemort back. Also, a free Sirius would prevent him from getting closer to Snape. If he played his cards well, Severus could easily become a mentor, one a bit more stable than Sirius could ever hope to be.
His godfather told the young wizard some things Dumbledore had not allowed the animagus to tell him, and that would be very useful to him. Specially when he wanted to obtain Hufflepuff’s Cup, and Slytherin’s Locket. Harry was Sirius heir through a Blood Heir Ritual. This was a type of adoption used in some pure-blooded families when there were no heirs produced. It had fallen into disuse in most families about a century before the Marauders were born. But the Black library held quite a lot of information about spells and ritual no longer in use, some were not even Dark. Because of the Blood Heir Ritual, his right to the Black fortune and assets could not be contested. It was like he was Sirius son.
Sirius was disowned by his parents when he was sorted into Gryffindor. Yet he had been allowed to keep living at Grimmauld Place number twelve for some time, and to keep the Black last name. When Regulus died Walburga Black was left heir less. With no one she approved of to carry the Black name, Madam Black decided to accept whoever was her first born son’s heir. Sirius was a womaniser since he became interested in the opposite sex, and Madam Black suspected her son had quite a few bastards all over the place.
A womaniser he was, but Sirius had been careful not to leave any pregnant females. He did not want the responsibility of a child then, and to have to get married at wand point -because that was the only way he would have married anyone- to protect the witch’s honour. For this reason Harry was his only heir. His mother was not aware of that, or she might have changed her Last Will and Testament. At the time of Regulus’ death Madam Black was at odds with her nieces, Bellatrix and Narcissa, as well their husbands. She blamed them for her son’s death.
The Black Family Code of Rules allowed for the Headship of the Family to be claimed by a minor, as long as he or she, had already started Hogwarts. The Code was backed by the Rights of Succession Laws that had ruled their world for centuries. The Headship of a Family would automatically grant the minor assuming it adult status. For some reason James could not fathom, the Potters did not allow a minor to become Head of the Family, so Harry had to claim the Black Headship first. Once he had adult status, Harry could claim the Potter Headship. Neither could be revoked once he was accepted by the Family Rings.
As the Head of the Noble House of Black Harry gained access to the vaults allotted to family members. Bellatrix’s personal vault –where the Cup was- was a Black vault. Not only that, but he also gained all the vaults and assets of the LeStrange family through the marriage contract between Bellatrix and Rudolphus. There was a clause in which the family forfeited all their possessions to the Black Family Head should Rudolphus –the head at the moment- end imprisoned in Azkaban, thus dishonouring the Blacks.
Hearing this Harry had cursed long, hard, and in several languages. Dumbledore knew and should have told Harry, but he was aware the boy would not go back to the Dursley if he gained his independence. If that happened getting Harry to go back to Privet Drive number four would require full disclosure of the Prophesy, as well as a loss of control over the boy; something the Headmaster was not willing to allow.
All was finally settled, or as much as was possible since there would be changes depending on what he did once he was back among the living. Hermione and his mother had some last minute observations they believed he should take into consideration. The first time he went back after death, there had not been any changes to his body or his mental state because he returned the same day. But this… jump went further back, and the body he would find there was a scrawny and malnourished one. He should take that into consideration, as it would not be able to do what he was used to. His magic would be the same, but not the body. He would have to train from the start to avoid injuring himself.
Hermione suggested he take the time to make the potions he would need to heal his body from the malnourishment he suffered at the hands of his relatives, perhaps even see a Healer in St. Mungos for better results. He was in time to correct it, and grow taller than his meagre 5’7”. She knew his height was an issue for him. He might not have said much, and tried to ignore it, but it HAD bothered him.
To end the young witch mentioned there was the possibility that some… things from his younger self would remain. Hermione believed he and his younger self would merge, and while the older mind would prevail, so would the younger one’s emotional range. This had made Harry frown; he did not like it. Hermione thought this might actually work to his benefit, since it would be easier to behave like the twelve year old he was supposed to be.