|Harry Potter and the Strength to Fight
Author: NightFlight PM
COMPLETE! Post OoTP. Harry went into hiding to train and Hogwarts receives a challenge from Durmstrang. Harry revolts against the Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic, and Voldemort. Chapter 23 is the turning point in the story.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Adventure - Harry P. & Ginny W. - Chapters: 40 - Words: 224,332 - Reviews: 1,107 - Favs: 1,167 - Follows: 302 - Updated: 06-14-05 - Published: 12-23-04 - Status: Complete - id: 2186839
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A/N: Thank you to all those that have been reviewing. This is the last chapter. Thanks to my betas Rivenn and IamSiriusgrl for their input.
Disclaimer: I wish I could be as good as JK Rowling but I'm not. This is her stuff and not to mention the influence that this story took from various fanfics.
Harry woke up the next evening to lots of noise and one notable voice. It was Madame Pomfrey trying to get the people near the Hospital Wing to be quiet so her patients could rest in peace. By the time Harry opened his eyes, he saw Ginny and Kayla talking to one another sitting to his right and Hermione, Neville, and Luna sitting to his left reading various books or in Luna's case an upside down issue of the Quibbler.
Harry sleepily said "How's everyone?"
Everybody around him dropped what they were doing and immediately pulled him into varying hugs with Ginny almost on top of him to Neville patting his shoulders. Harry was gasping for breathes and when everybody realized what was going on, they jumped off of him and muttered apologies. Harry asked how everyone was doing again.
Ginny was the first to answer him and yelled "What do you think you were doing last night? Don't ever scare us like that again!" She later softened up and gave him a kiss on his forehead in fear of hurting him more like when they just hugged him.
Harry took Ginny's hand while Kayla chimed happily "You did it Harry. You beat Voldemort and everything seems to be finally good again."
"How do you know that he's really gone?" Hermione voiced with some doubt.
Harry let the information of his duel and everything that has happened prior to the duel with Hermione, Luna, and Neville set into him. Voldemort's body was destroyed by Harry's explosion hexes during the duel but when he burned the body, which was to ensure that nobody tries to resurrect him again. He let out a wide smile that ran all the way to his eyes and the group started to fill each other in or more particularly Harry in on what has been going on.
Once Voldemort was defeated the recovery and healing had started almost immediately after Harry's duel. All classes were cancelled for the next three days to observe the three days of celebration set out across Britain for all the wizards and witches to mourn those that died in this and the last war, to honor the heroes and heroines who defended the light both living and dead, and to celebrate Voldemort's death, the Death Eater's demise and the new found freedom from fear.
As this was going on, Madame Pomfrey interrupted the group to take a look at her favorite patient under the careful watch of the two strike elves and two goblins standing at the corners of Harry's bed whose job was to protect Harry. The two happily talked to each other though Madame Pomfrey was not happy that the noise level started to rise again outside of the Hospital Wing. In the end, several privacy charms were used that was set there by Dumbledore and Pomfrey.
Dumbledore came to check on Harry and the two talked civilly to each other as Harry filled Dumbledore about the duel and how Voldemort got him to be separated from everybody else. The two of them knew that their relationship will never be anything like it was prior to Harry's fifth year and would have to live with it. Harry was relieved that he no longer was a weapon so Dumbledore was more than likely going to stay out of Harry's path much like most of the other students at Hogwarts.
Kayla's mom came to visit and take part in the celebration as she was given legal access to travel to and from Britain now without fear from the Ministry of Magic. By the end of the three days, Harry was awarded the Order of Merlin first class, and Ginny and Kayla were awarded the Order of Merlin second class for their parts in the final battle and what they did to help the light with emphasis on their performance as members of the Alliance.
The Weasleys came to apologize to Harry after the ceremony for the presentation of the Order of Merlin awards. Harry performed the same mind tricks that he did on Hermione, Luna, and Neville to check if they were truthful and found in their favor. He told them that he wasn't sure how things were going to turn out between their relationships to one another but he was going to make an effort for Ginny. Ginny was grateful to Harry for his effort in getting back on better terms with her family but mostly happy because her family was starting to become what it was before the war started. The notable exception in all of this was Ron who stood by his family silently. Everyone present knew that Harry and Ron were probably going to have as little contact with each other as possible and probably on see each other during functions that included Ginny.
Fifteen Years Later
The Alliance of Magic became a public entity that included Wizarding nations across the world along with several magical groups. The building was opened up for public access and transformed from a military facility to a public facility with a public hospital system; many commercial stores were allowed to open up in the Sanctuary and were centered on a local division of Gringotts. The commercial section of the Sanctuary was where many of the bedrooms used to be. The Assembly room was expanded to accommodate the new members and a public viewing and listening area was added so people can watch the Alliance meetings while they were in progress.
Every group that was allowed into the Alliance had one vote on matters that came before the General Assembly. The General Assembly met for four months out of the year and voted on all issues while they were in session or on special high priority matters that a special meeting would be called for like aggression between Alliance members or threats by non-Alliance members. The Council of Members which consisted of one goblin, one house elf, one centaur, one Patriot, and as an honor to Harry, one member of the Potter family, were permanent members that had the power as a group to decide all matters when the General Assembly was not in session or veto policies that were passed. They were joined by a rotation of six other members elected to the Council for one year terms that represented the rest of the members of the Alliance in the Council of Members. Of the six representatives, they had one vote each, no veto power, and two must be a wizard or witch to represent the wizarding countries, and two must come from other magical groups like the Werewolves. A president was voted on by the General Assembly who has no voting powers, elected to four year terms, presides over the General Assembly and Council of Members, and acts as the Head of State for the Alliance of Magic. Harry was continually elected as the President and when Harry and Ginny were married, a year after Ginny graduated from Hogwarts, she became the voting member of the Potter family in the Council of Members.
The Alliance had members from around the world and became a politically powerful entity that pushes causes like equality for magical beings and protection for orphans and children. The Alliance hasn't had to declare war on anybody but the threat was real if they had to.
Harry and Ginny had four children, two boys and two girls. The oldest child named James was going to enter his first year at Hogwarts. The next child is Lily, who is followed by Sirius, then Emily. The Potters were inseparable and much to Ginny's pleasure, Harry and the Weasleys became closer almost like a family except for Ron. Harry and Ron only met for family occasions but their relationship was improving. Ron married Hermione, Neville married Luna, and Remus married Tonks. All of the couples had kids about the same age as Harry's children and either had a child already in Hogwarts with was Remus and Tonks' case or will have one that will be going to Hogwarts next year with Lily.
Severus Snape was still the potions master at Hogwarts but Dumbledore stepped down and McGonagall became the Headmistress. Snape was not too happy because nobody would hire him if he quit due to his reputation with most of the Hogwarts Alumni. He was under tight scrutiny from McGonagall and the Deputy Headmistress now, which meant that he could no longer terrorize the non-Slytherin population. Kayla moved to England and shortly after she graduated, she became the Defense Against Dark Arts teacher and is currently the Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts. Draco Malfoy and his friends who tried to become Death Eaters and start a revolt against Harry were all in Azkaban. Their revolt lasted only fifteen minutes because they chose the wrong time and place to attack Harry and ended up in the middle of a secret meeting where Harry was inspecting the strike elves and goblins for battle readiness. The Alliance kept a close watch on Azkaban to ensure that another breakout was not going to happen and have been successful so far.
Many magical communities with emphasis on house elves, goblins, and centaurs have received a great deal of equality. Magical creatures can be seen shopping in Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley next to wizards and witches. There have been minor acts of discrimination and prejudice but those who committed these acts were shunned by those who witness it happen or worse when word gets out, shop owners who were prejudice went out of business because most of their patrons would stop shopping there.
The Patriots became the military arm of the Alliance and its group was mixed with all magical creatures. They also guarded the Tomb of Magic with a changing of the guards every hour. Many magical beings continue to come to see the changing of the guards. All in all, under Harry's leadership the world was now at peace, equality was being achieved, and protection and help were given to the defenseless and needy.
Challenge: Here is my personal challenge for those who want this story to continue. It is the 'STF Challenge' and the only guideline is that the story continues on where the last chapter left off and stays true to what happened in the Epilogue.