|How It Should Have Been
Author: aliceinwonderland2000 PM
What would Harry Potter's life have been like if his parents never died? If Sirius never went to Azkaban? What if everything had been how it should have? R&R, Full Summary Inside, Slightly AURated: Fiction T - English - Family/Humor - Harry P. - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,944 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 08-02-11 - Published: 07-29-11 - id: 7232053
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Hello again second chapter, here we come!
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Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter, or any creation of JK Rowling.
Three Years Later
A tiny boy with messy black hair and emerald eyes soared past the kitchen window, chased by a man with identical messy black hair but hazel eyes. Lily Potter sighed happily as she drank her tea inside, watching the boys play flying games. Harry was a natural on a broom, even she had to admit it, and James seemed like all the weight in the world was lifted from his shoulders when he was flying.
"Honey, I'm home!" A voice yelled happily from the front door, and Lily turned to see her husband's best friend, Sirius Black, letting himself in and going straight to the fridge. She rolled her eyes. Some things never change.
"Are you not going to give me a welcome-home kiss?" He winked at her, turning from the fridge just for a moment. She groaned and flicked her wand at him, and he managed to block the hex just in time with a shield charm.
"Temper temper Lils, that wasn't very friendly" he grinned the signature Sirius Black Charming Grin at her, and she glared at him over her mug of tea, "You know you love me" he said, unfazed. He left the room to go and play with the TV, which he loved, having never encountered one before he met Lily.
Just then, James and Harry came running into the kitchen. Harry raced straight over to Lily, shouting "MUMMY!"
"Ooof!" Lily grinned as he jumped onto her lap "Have you been having fun with Daddy?" Harry nodded enthusiastically
"We've been playing mini games of Quidditch" James smiled, kissing his wife on the forehead and ruffling his son's hair "Harry's a natural, I'm telling you. I doubt I was half as good as he is at his age"
"You hear that Harry? You're already beating your Daddy" Lily said to her delighted son, who laughed happily and said "I know"
"Everyone's against me!" James pouted.
"That's 'cause you suck, Prongs" Sirius said, leaning casually against the doorframe
"UNCLE SIRI!" Harry yelled, jumping out of his mother's lap and bounding over to his Godfather
"HIYA PRONGSLET!" Sirius yelled back, picking up his Godson and swinging him round "I swear, you look more and more like your father every day, you poor kid"
James glowered at his best friend, and went over to the fridge
"No fair!" He moaned "Padfoot's eaten all the good food!"
"That can't be true" Lily said "He was only there about a minute" she looked in the fridge, and gasped "I stand corrected. Merlin Sirius, that's got to be some sort of record. How much can you consume per swallow?" she asked with mock interest.
"You know, Harry, I think your Mummy is far too sarcastic for her own good" Sirius winked at Harry
"What's sarcastic?" Harry asked, and James and Sirius replied together:
"Your mother" at which Lily took her turn to glower, while the boys sniggered.
"Alright, smarties. Who wants to go to the beach?"
"MEE!" all three boys thrust their hands in the air, and Lily laughed
"Okay, go and get your swimming things and towels then"
"Thanks Prongsette!" Sirius danced over to Lily and kissed her on the cheek "I love the beach! Especially with Harry" and he clambered off to his bedroom, which the Potters had put aside for him, knowing how often he would be over.
"I'm just going to get Remus" Lily called up to the boys, and all three of them wooped and cheered.
She apparated over to Remus' apartment and found him lying on the sofa, looking dejected
"What's up, Remus?" she asked kindly, pointing her wand behind her back at Remus' wardrobe in the other room. She knew in a mood like this, he would try and separate himself from the others, but she didn't approve, so she'd already packed a bag for him to take, by magic, before he even answered
"The book shop found out" he sighed "about my…furry little problem"
"Ah, that damn rabbit. I bet it wreaked havoc in the bookstore, all the things to nibble" Lily grinned, and saw Remus suppress a laugh
"I'm getting sick of this, they all find out, and then they sack me, and tell me loads of horrible things about werewolves. Maybe I should just run away, separate myself from society" Lily rolled her eyes "I'm serious, Lils!"
"No you're not, Sirius is currently running round my house, wreaking havoc on everything he finds. And you're coming to join in" she dragged him off the sofa, "we're going to the beach!" she grinned, but he still looked downcast
"I don't have any swim clothes" he muttered, and Lily raised an eyebrow
"Really?" she said, summoning the bag she had packed by magic and pointing out the trunks inside the bag. Remus smiled sheepishly at her
"I live with James Potter and Sirius Black, did you really think that was going to work?"
"I guess not"
"Well, come on then" she said, rolling her eyes, and she grabbed him before he could run away, concentrating on the Cornwall Potter Mansion, and they disapparated.
"JAMES?" Sirius yelled "WILL THERE BE HOT GIRLS?"
"Shut up Padfoot!" James shouted from Harry's room "You're not corrupting Harry yet! We talked about this, not until -" James stopped dead when he walked onto the landing to see his wife, looking pretty angry, and Remus suppressing laughter behind her.
"Not until when, James?" Lily asked dangerously, and James gulped
"Ah…you see…erm…that is…hehe?" James shifted from foot to foot, like a naughty school boy under the gaze of a strict professor
"Well, James? Not until when?" Lily asked again, voice as dangerous and deadly as ever
Harry came pottering out of his bedroom, dressed in a mini wetsuit that Lily had bought him for these regular beach trips
"Daddy in trouble" he giggled, and Remus bent over, shaking with suppressed laughter, whilst James started to sweat.
"Yes, Harry. Daddy is in trouble" Lily hissed "Unless Daddy can explain himself properly" James' eyes widened, as he gulped for a second time and stumbled over his words;
"Well…you see, Lils…well, when Harry goes to Hogwarts"
"HOGWARTS!" Harry yelled, interrupting, and his parents smiled at him for a moment before facing each other again.
"Well, when he goes you-know-where, there are going to be lots of girls. Lots and lots of girls. And they'll all want to be with him, because he's the famous Harry Potter"
"Yes?" Lily didn't look any less angry, and James gulped for a third time
"Well, you see, we just thought that before he goes, he should know, you know…what you should go for in a girl"
"And why would that corrupt him?"
"Erm…have you met Sirius, Lils?"
"No. NONONONONO! SIRIUS BLACK, YOU ARE NOT TEACHING MY SON ABOUT GIRLS!" She screamed, whirling into Sirius' bedroom and stamping her foot in front of him.
"I'll think you'll find I am, Prongsette" Sirius smirked, but his expression faltered a little when he saw the glare on Lily's face.
"No you will not" she hissed, and Sirius took his turn to gulp.
"Well…I'm not being funny Lily, but would you rather have him obsessively stalking one particular girl for the whole of high school and asking her out in a variety of abnormal and embarrassing ways?" he nodded at James, who flipped him the rod, making Sirius smirk again, "or would you like him to cut himself off from all girls because he's 'bad for them'" he continued, raising his eyebrows at Remus.
"Well…no, I don't" She sighed "But I don't want him doing you-know-what with every member of the female population of Hogwarts!"
"I never did it with you, Lily" Sirius winked suggestively.
"Only because James would have ripped your head off if you even tried" she snorted, and James grinned sheepishly.
"Well…fair point. Okay, compromise, I'll teach him about how to see if the girl's a nutter, too ugly" Lily narrowed her eyes at that "or is just into him for his fame. You teach him how to treat girls nicely, Prongs can teach him the best ways of asking a girl out-" James swore at him again "and Moony can teach him how to get out of a relationship, or get out of situations where a girl likes him and he doesn't like her back. Stuff like that, anyway. Is that okay?"
Lily glared at him momentarily, then sighed and muttered "Fine", hating to admit defeat. Sirius grinned and kissed her on the cheek, and she stuck her tongue out at him, "But don't even try to give him tips on getting a girl into his pants"
"I won't try, I promise" he swore, striding over to James "I'll succeed" he muttered in his best friend's ear, who snorted with laughter along with Remus, who could hear because of his super-werewolf senses. Lily, luckily for all three of them, didn't notice, as she was sending the bags downstairs.
"Come on boys, let's go to the beach!" she cried, and the boys all cheered as they sped out of the door, and down the cliff path that led to the beach. Lily walked after them, smiling happily. Everything was so different now, at least to how it had been when Harry was one. They were now allowed whoever they wanted into their house, had no Fidelius charm over their heads, and their son was no longer in danger of death; most of the Death Eaters had been rounded up, and the ones that remained were too scared of what would happen to even try to touch Harry. Peter Pettigrew had been tried in the Ministry of Magic, and sentenced to life in Azkaban, for his betrayal of the Potter family and for working with Lord Voldemort. Lily sighed as she remembered watching him being dragged away; she and James had trusted him, and yet he betrayed them – that much still saddened her to say the least.
But all in all, life was better. They were happy, the Potter family; they had a good life, good friends, and a beautiful little boy. Lily couldn't help but smile every time she even thought of her son.
"Thinking about me?" A voice jerked her out of her daydreams; James was waiting for her at the top of the cliff path
"Nope," She replied, watching her husbands face fall "Thinking about our son" and James perked up a bit
"He's amazing. I can't believe we made something so beautiful" He had a sloppy sort of sentimental smile on his face that Lily loved.
"Please, he was my son. I don't make anything that's not beautiful" Lily winked, and James laughed
"I think you'll find that it's me he looks identical to" he grinned cheekily
"Ah, but he has my eyes, and the eyes are the window to the soul" Lily replied, equally as cheekily
"He must have a really beautiful soul then" James murmured, spinning Lily round and kissing her. He smiled against her lips; he really never would get tired of kissing the girl of his dreams; the girl he had spent seven years trying to win over, making a prat out of himself for and thinking about 24/7. Well, he still did the last two, but he had finally won her over in his seventh year, so at least one was down.
Lily pulled away from him and rolled her eyes.
"Still coming out with the crappy chat up lines?" She smirked at him, and he pouted.
"They're not crappy! They're ingenious!" he said, catching her lips with his before she could argue any further.
"PRONGS! PRONGSETTE!" A voice yelled, interrupting them from their kissing "QUIT DOING NAUGHTY THINGS AND GET WALKING!"
"I hate Sirius." James and Lily said together, and then meandered down to the beach.
A few hours later, the group arrived home, little Harry holding hands with both of his parents, laughing at Uncle Siri turning into Padfoot and chasing his tail.
"Uncle Moony, when I be animal, can I come play with you?" Harry asked, sending puppy-dog eyes to Remus, who blanched and replied,
"I don't think so kiddo, your mother might blow her top" he tried to smile, but it was forced.
"Yeah, you remember when you smashed into a vase on your toy broom Harry?" Sirius asked him with a glint in his eye, and, after a nod from Harry, continued "It'll be worse than that"
Harry gasped, horrified, and said "I don't want to be animal and play with Uncle Moony!" and the adults all laughed as they crossed the threshold into the Potter Mansion, Cornwall.
"LILLY!" Sirius yelled, despite the fact Lily was stood less than three metres away "I'M HUNGRYYYY!"
"Go get some food out of the fridge then, you dumb dog" Lily replied, a mischievous smirk plastered across her face.
"Hey, when I'm not a dumb dog!" Sirius protested, and James added
"Yeah, Padfoot is way cleverer than Sirius!"
"Yeah, that's right! Wait…what?" Sirius turned, confused, on his best friend, who was unashamedly laughing at him. Muttering something about immature stags and their stupid, ugly antlers, he traipsed over to the fridge and proceeded to scoff everything he could down his throat, including two raw eggs.
"That's disgusting" Lily muttered, and Harry grinned up at her, having heard
"That's Uncle Siri" he replied to her, and they shared a laugh between them.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!" James, Lily, Sirius and Remus all yelled as Harry woke up on the morning of the 31st July.
"I'M FIVE!" He screamed back, jumping up and down on his bed "I'M FIVE I'M FIVE I'M FIVE!"
"Yeah, you're a big boy now, aren't you Harry?" Sirius said, picking him up and ruffling his hair affectionately, "Come on, we've got presents for you downstairs!"
"PRESENTS!" Harry screeched, struggling to get out of Sirius' hold, and, when he couldn't, he looked at Sirius with a glare to rival his mother's, and floated out of his arms, landing neatly on the floor next to his mother.
As if by magic.
"Harry Potter, you are a little show off!" Lily cried, "You've been doing that for months now, and you're just showing off in front of your uncles. Just like your father"
"Hey! Wait…no, that's true" James said resignedly, and all the adults chuckled. Harry laughed too; he didn't understand, but he didn't want to feel left out either.
The group proceeded to wander downstairs, and into the sitting room, where a collection of presents was piled up. There were several from Lily and James, a few from Sirius, and a few from Remus, plus some extra ones from friends of the family.
Harry wasted no time in tearing the wrapping paper from the presents and laughing, smiling and applauding the gifts that lay beneath.
From James and Lily, he had received a "My first wizard's chess set", which he could use to learn to play, but without the gratuitous violence associated with real wizards chess. They also bought him a children's book of the tales of the beedle of the bard, a children's wand that didn't actually have any magical power, but allowed the child to channel their magic rather than letting it run loose, and (this part was from Lily, not James, as James hated potions with a passion) a mini cauldron in which he could make simple potions under Lily's supervision.
Sirius gave him a set of easy Gobstones and a new toy broomstick, that was a bit bigger and faster than his last one. Remus, in turn, gave him three stuffed animals; a dog, a stag and a wolf. Harry was delighted, and he turned to his Godfather and said "Look Uncle Siri! It's Padfoot!"
Sirius was highly amused by this, and immediately transformed into Padfoot so he could give his miniature version a sniff and nuzzle it with his nose. Harry giggled and gently hit Padfoot in the face with the toy dog, to which Padfoot blinked, then playfully snapped at Harry's heels, chasing him around the sitting room, with the other three adults laughing their heads off at the antics of the pair. Sometimes James wondered who, really, was younger; Harry or Sirius.
Later on, the group travelled by floo powder over to the Weasley household. Mrs Weasley squealed and hugged them all one by one, complaining to Remus that he looked peaky, and inquiring whether there was a full moon coming up. Remus smiled wryly and confirmed that there was one, to which Molly clucked and demanded that he had a good solid Molly Weasley Meal.
Harry ran outside after his greeting from Mrs Weasley, yelling at the top of his lungs "RON! RON! IT'S MY BIRTHDAY RON!"
Ron stumbled out from behind a tree and exclaimed "Merlin, Harry! You're so loud! Happy Birthday!"
Harry grinned and Ron grinned back. They went to one end of the garden together, where there was a sandpit, and started to make sand castles. Ron screwed up his eyes and began to move bits of sand by magic, which Harry was very impressed by. Screwing up his eyes in the same way, he tried too, but all that happened was his bucket hit him on the head.
Ron laughed, and so did someone else. Turning round, still rubbing his head, Harry saw Ron's little sister, Ginny, who was four.
"Hi Ginny!" he said, bounding over to her and dragging her to the sandpit, head injury forgotten "It's my birthday Ginny!"
"I know, Mummy told me. Happy Birthday Harry" Ginny smiled, and she started to write in the sand with her finger.
Hapy Burfday Harry
"Ginny! You spelt happy wrong!" Ron groaned, writing in front of himself
Happy Burfday Harry
"Ron! Ginny! You spelt Birthday wrong!" Harry exclaimed, and they both flushed, and Harry wrote in front of him
Happy Birthday Harry
Ron nodded, and practiced, but Ginny scowled and rubbed her hand over Harry's writing, turning it back into normal sand.
"I like mine better" she pouted, and Harry laughed.
"You spell bad" Harry giggled, and Ginny scowled again
"Well, look what I can do!" She said, screwing up her eyes with the intention of making a sandcastle using magic. She felt a soft thunk on her forehead, and opened her eyes to see a toy spade had floated up and hit her. She scowled even worse, while Harry and Ron roared with laughter, tears in their eyes.
"Boys are stupid" Ginny muttered, flouncing off towards the house.
Harry and Ron didn't even notice she was gone, but stayed in the sandpit, laughing together.
For me, that was pretty long. Thank you for reading, please leave a review if you have time!