A/N: here's the end *Agi bursts into tears*. Well, pull yourself together, Agi, you've still got to reply some reviews…
First of all, thanks for wishing me 'May the Force be with you!' :)
Now I'm only answering a few reviews, since this is the last chapter. Please, those, whose reviews aren't answered here, don't be mad at me!
ruffled owl: no, I haven't seen Chicago, but I drew an art for Jenna Mae's Miss Hogwarts fic based on the poster of Chicago. If you're interested, you can find it in the Draco section of ArtisticAlley or in the art gallery of checkmated.
Altec: I believe that Desideria only had a bad feeling about Harry's wish, but didn't actually know what would happen.
Melee: I've really run out of bad guys, sorry. No sequel. But I promise to write a totally new story over the summer, I just need to read OotP before it :)
X-Tow-Naga: sorry, but Abu just doesn't fit into this chapter… he can't be there in a chapel, can he?
Punky Poet: I might draw a Harry with Angel pic some day. I named Dee Dee Dursley after Dee Dee from Dexter's Lab ;) Short stories? Hm… someone suggested to write one about Snape… dunno, I might do so, if I feel like and have a bit of time. I'm not sure, but I promise to write a long fic and come out with it in autumn.
C-chan: irony is definitely fun! :D I started learning English at the age of 10, I only learned it in the school till the age of 18. Then I started reading Star Wars books, fics and HP fics in English, and that was what 'refined' my English knowledge. Did your family welcome Norbert? ;) Who/what is Carboardia?
PheonixFire: an outtake on Snape? Hm… what should that be? Beryl giving birth and him being the nervous-but-happy-daddy? I might consider it…
ArgiCallista: well, Cho saved Harry, but the one who'd deserve Order of Merlin would be Draco (he saved the world by killing Norb, after all). However, I just can't imagine Draco as the holder of the Order of Merlin… it doesn't suit him, IMHO.
Indigo Ziona: turning you into a Draco fan? LOL. I promise to continue writing!
thecrazygirl: I have various perverse ideas for fics (LOL, not *that* perverse), but I'm not sure whether I'll write them or not. I mean I'll write a fic, but I'm not sure whether I'll use any of those ideas for it, or I'll have new ones after reading OotP.
phoenix_kiss02: you are awaiting the release of OotP because then I might write a new fic? You know… I found this funny and touching at once :) You can get rid of the horrid gut feeling, because I didn't intend to write about Norb's tomb in a foreboding way. I rather intended that line to refer to the permanency of this situation: he'll stay dead to the end of times and never ever return. And since this fic will never have a sequel, you don't have to worry about him returning. I'll write other HP fics with Voldie, but those will have absolutely nothing to do with Norbert and his tomb. It just seems that my readers know me to hide evil things everywhere… but I swear that this time there was nothing hidden in there.
Colibi: read the 'what happens to the characters' at the end (totally wacky), that tells you a lot (or not?) Well, any child of Draco and Gabie's will be blond, of course.
Wood's secret lover: I don't know whether I like Liu more than Cho… yeah, perhaps I do. Please, don't cry… you'll have OotP soon, so chin up! And I'll be back in autumn with a new fic, I promise!
Lioness-07863: plans for the future: I'll read OotP and make up a totally new story, that is of course H/G. Actually I wrote one chapter of a fic last summer that I never continued. I might continue that one, or I might use another idea that involves a bit of H/Hr but ends up as H/G, but I might think of something totally different from these two. Time (and OotP) will tell.
xaebhal: what could I write about in a Dan's second year fic? I think this series is so 'emptied' that I could no more make anything out of it. I've run out of evil guys, too, and without a cool evil guy the story would suck. I might write a short outtake of TGEEF about Severus and his baby, and other outtakes of the trilogy (if I can think of any), but apart from that I'm done with this series. Don't worry, I'll come out with a new long fic in autumn.
Red Ridding Hood: of course I'll mail you when I start uploading a new fic… I just have write one before that! :D No, for the time being I'm not planning to learn Spanish, I'd like to learn Russian over the summer.
TigerLily: never read The Once and Future King. Or is it a movie? A book? No idea at all. I've seen Excalibur, and another movie called The mists of Avalon. But I didn't take the idea from there. In fact I had already reached writing chapter 29 when I realised that the situation of Harry/Norb resembled a bit Arthur/Mordred (that's why I made Norbert mention it in chapter 29). So it wasn't intentional, perhaps it was subconscious, dunno.
Houou: I agree, it'd make a great and funny sitcom! Just hop into your armchair, grab a package of popcorn and enjoy the Snape Wars trilogy ;)
apprenticeofdobby: I'm definitely planning to write a new fic over the summer, but I'm going to leave Tatyana and Anor rest in peace, so no story about them. I might write a Snape-aside to this fic, but even if I write one, it'll be short and funny.
weirdo_without_a_clue: sorry, but this story has no more morbid things in it. But if you want to start shouting 'stop the world I want to get off!', then read the 'what happens to the characters' at the end. It's morbidly stupid :)
Inken: no idea about the twins' names. Maybe it's not twins at all. I'm rather for Snape having a daughter only. I know Liu started to call him daddy too early, but since there wasn't going to be another 10 chapters to make her get used to the thought more slowly, it had to happen this quick. The same stands for Lily/Chris. No time for blooming relationships. I know that people on GTnet or SQnet would have written another 10 chapters just to make these characters get slowly together, but I'm much more of a plot-person and try to avoid slowing things down too much, because that's just boring.
K. C. Hunter: really? Were there fics in which people gave Cho a child and treated it like shit just because Cho's the mother? That's bad. I never thought Liu could be evil just because she's Cho's daughter. In fact Cho wasn't evil at all, just hopelessly in love with Harry…
Romina: that Hogwarts breakfast sounds cool! :D
Laura: I PROMISE that I won't stop writing HP fics! In fact I had an interesting idea for a fic over the weekend while I was studying for my stupid economy-politics exam… I always get great ideas when I should be concentrating on something else! ;)
Wizzabee: I'm going to write a new fic with new ideas (already have some interesting ideas). As for Liu… she isn't unaffected by the wish. Not at all!
Elfangor19: yes, I've seen both the British and the American cover of OotP. But I don't really like any of them. The British is boring (shows only a phoenix), the American is way too dark.
X-Tow-Naga: yes, I think this must have been the longest review for this fic :) And this is going to be a looooong answer, too. So, everyone in hell and heaven knows about Norb's real parentage, but they aren't likely to go off gossiping about it. Voldie did have enough willpower to talk to the living (e.g. Lucius) from hell, but I think that after this third defeat he has lost his enthusiasm, knowing that all hope is lost, and he doesn't feel like talking to the living anymore. Other dead people simply don't have the reason to spill the beans about Harry's secret child. Lucius knows about the parentage, of course, but I believe that as soon as he got into Azkaban (very likely without a trial, because he damn well didn't deserve one) he immediately got kissed by some cute little Dementors and forgot all about Norb and Harry. IMHO a body can't be evil, really. Norbert wasn't part of the Malfoy family by blood, but since the Malfoys raised him as their son, he did belong to the family. Cedric must have been buried by his parents in a cemetery of his parents' choice, but Cho didn't have any relatives who could bury her in a cemetery of their choice. And since Cho loved Quidditch, I thought it'd be a nice, and very sentimental gesture to bury her near the Quidditch pich. Yep, I think it's bad for Liu to see her mum's grave, but hey, this way she can bring flowers every day, no need for a long walk! It is possible that the Sorting Hat had seen that Dan wanted to stay in Slytherin, but it felt like asking him. Remember, Harry had wanted to go into any house BUT Slytherin, and very likely the Hat had seen that, but it had still asked him: "Not Slytherin? Are you sure?" I believe that the Hat is just a chatty little thing, bored to death and happy to talk to people once in a while ;) As for Snape and his teeth: Beryl had told him how much she loved his new teeth, and I think that he keeps his flashy teeth to make his love happy. Or to annoy Gilderoy :D As for the classroom where the mirror and the Parchment Book were stored: it had been a disused classroom that got turned into a bedroom-sort-of-thingie at the end of TGSiHH. After Harry and Ginny graduated, the room got changed back into a classroom, and the double bed had been removed (well, not right after they graduated, because even Minerva and Aberforth had spent their wedding night in that particular room). It is possible that Dan would be able to imagine a second map... dunno. I'll ask him whether he feels up to it ;) Gryffindor has been very diligent throughout the school-year and did everything to get back all those points they had lost. They didn't manage completely, but they got a lot of points. And finally: the soup... rotfl. You're right, it should have poured out of Harry's mouth :D
Okay, enough of me, enjoy! J
Chapter 31 / Epilogue
In the next few days, several articles appeared in the Daily Prophet, The Diagon Alley Journal and The Hogsmeade Times about Severus Snape's impending marriage. Rhea Skeeter seemed to love the topic very much and wrote long, essay-like articles about the 'transvestite' Snape who had suddenly turned out to be one hundred percent heterosexual and was surely no longer interested in wearing vulture hats and female robes with red handbags.
Some articles of hers still dealt with the reborn Voldemort topic, emphasising that Albus Dumbledore was to be blamed for everything – had he been more careful, had he paid better attention to the students he let into his school, no one would have been harmed and Miss Chang would still be among the living. Harry felt utterly relieved that no journalists got to know about Norbert's real parentage and hoped that it would never come to light. He thought that Rhea Skeeter's articles were simply ridiculous and once asked the headmaster what he thought about them.
"Oh, I do not care for anything what the Skeeters write as long as they don't get a Pulitzer… but I think that is something we do not have to worry about," Dumbledore winked at him. "I know that they have it in for me, but it really does not annoy me at all."
"Excuse me, Albus, but why do they have it in for you? Hermione and I have been wondering this ever since that article about the Halloween events came out."
"Oh," the old wizard grinned, "you know, Harry, the Skeeters have held a grudge against me for over a century."
"Over a century?"
"Yes… I happened to be courting Rita's grandmother – Rhea's great-grandmother – but left her for… um… the goat."
"The goat?" Harry stifled a chuckle.
"Yeah… Amelia the goat was much, much prettier than Rebecca… since I left Becky, she decided to marry Roland Skeeter, but, as I heard, their marriage was a catastrophe. So, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have hated me ever since."
Harry shook his head in disbelief. "I would never have thought that one goat could ruin so many lives, Albus."
"Well, in most cases we have no idea about the consequences of our acts, do we, Harry?"
"No, we don't," the young Charms professor replied. One night, twelve years earlier came to his mind: the night of his third wish. 'My third wish: make all my descendants be magic!' he had told the goldfish. 'Are you sure?' the fish had asked. 'Do you really want all your descendants to be magic?'
Back then he had had no idea why Desideria the goldfish had demurred. Had she been some kind of a Seer? Had she seen that one of Harry's progeny would turn evil – as evil as one could turn? Or had she only had a hunch that something bad would happen if she fulfilled that wish the way Harry had said it?
Harry did not know.
Since Minerva, Aberforth and their great-granddaughter Julie decided to spend most of their summer holiday abroad, even visiting Snow White the yeti in the Himalayas, Angel the baby unicorn had no one to care for her, so Harry and Ginny decided to 'adopt' her – and not just for the summer, but as long as Angel wanted to stay with them.
The Potter children were delighted to have the cute foal around the house, especially little Lea. Lea was also very happy about having Liu as her new elder sister. The triplets and Lily had also befriended their new sibling, but Daniel was the happiest about having her in the family. He was no more in love with her, and was relieved to get to know that Liu wasn't in love with him either, but he knew that they'd become very, very close friends.
Daniel had been taken aback when he had got to know that Cho had died – he had long been unconscious in the chamber when that happened. He decided to be as good a brother to Liu as possible. He had never been a model brother to Lily and had been teasing her all the time, but he was resolute to be nicer to his new sister. He didn't know whether the wishing well had been working or whether it had just been a ruse, but from a certain point of view his wish had been granted: from now on Liu would be around him, always.
Daniel had also decided to give up playing Quidditch from the next school year on. He felt that it'd be simply unfair if an Imaginer were playing Seeker for Slytherin while the other team Seekers had no powers rivalling his. When he had announced his decision to the family, Harry had told him that he was very proud of his son's fairness. For one fleeting moment Daniel had felt tempted to say 'that's what a true Gryffindor would do, isn't it, dad?', but he had thought better of it. His family didn't need to know that the Sorting Hat had wanted to place him into Gryffindor, did they? Neither did Gilda need to know that he had only chosen to stay in Slytherin in order to stay with her.
For the first time in his life, young Potter was truly in love. Now he could make a difference between a crush and love, and he knew that he was in love with little, unattractive, but witty and always-ready-for-a-good-fight Miss Lockhart. Though it was way too early to even consider the topic, he wondered what his father would say if he got related to Gilderoy Lockhart some time… heh, that would be fun for sure!
* * * * *
On 2nd July, a very sunny summer day, the little chapel of Hogsmeade felt pleasantly cool compared to the almost unbearable hotness outside.
Harry had never thought that he'd have an opportunity to witness a wedding here, let alone the weddings of Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy.
Judging by Snape's looks, he wasn't downright delighted about 'Potter' being present, but one of the brides – Gabrielle Delacour - had invited the Potter couple.
Fleur and her husband Bill were also present – the latter getting rather sour glances from Draco. Harry couldn't hide his grin when he realised what Malfoy's sour glances meant: Draco wasn't taken with the idea of being related to the Weasleys through this marriage, but what could he do? Gabie was Fleur's sister, Fleur was wife to a Weasley, and since Harry was husband to another Weasley, Draco and Harry also got related.
Malfoy, however, wasn't the only groom having problems with his future relations – so was Severus Snape. He kept glaring at the smugly grinning Neville Longbottom, who would become his brother-in-law.
There weren't many guests present – except for Harry, Ginny, Bill, Albus Dumbledore, Neville and his wife Mary Sue, there were only the parents of Beryl Bradley and the Delacour sisters, plus the mothers of the grooms: Narcissa Malfoy (looking much healthier than a month ago) and Snape's mother who was crying all the way through the ceremony.
Gabrielle wore an elegant, long white gown that sparkled as though it had been woven of diamonds, and she also had some sort of a diadem glittering on her golden locks. The other bride, Beryl Bradley, wore a much simpler, cream-coloured, loose-fitting dress that more or less concealed her six-months-pregnant belly.
Old Mrs. Snape had not only been crying all along, but also muttering about knitting beautiful jumpers for her grandchild, and Harry had no idea why the Potions Master made a wry face at this and commented 'Just don't knit lilac ones if it's a boy, mum'.
Harry couldn't help grimacing when he imagined his son or daughter-to-be-born, Snape's child and Draco's future children playing together while their parents kept trimming each other's bushes and exchanging hexes over the garden-fence.
When he had told Ron that he would not only have to put up with Draco as a neighbour in the future, but also with Snape, Ron had nearly laughed his head off and complained about serious pains in his midriff afterwards.
"Honestly, I feel sorry for you, mate," he had told Harry, still chuckling. "You could somehow get along with Malfoy, but with Snape…!?!"
"Well," Harry had shrugged. "Snape's not as bad as he looks, really. He saved my life in the chamber, exactly the same way I saved his at Stonehenge. We are quits, so he might stop hating me… and even if he's nasty, his fiancée is really nice and she'll surely make up for good ol' Sev's meanness."
"Really, is it true that he's marrying the caretaker who is a woman but has been disguised as a man?"
"Weird!" Ron had shaken his head. "She seems such a nice person… even pretty. What could she see in Snape?"
"The same as Millicent sees in Dudley or Aberforth sees in McGonagall."
"Cupid is sometimes really, really stupid," Ron had said, and Harry couldn't help but agree. Cupid must have been either stupid or must have had a very strange sense of humour…
Now, as he watched the two couples exchange rings and kisses and heard Vicar Diggle pronounce them husbands and wives, Harry took Ginny's hand and she sent him a brilliant smile. Harry hadn't seen her smile like this for a long, long time… ever since before she had lost their baby at Christmas. But now she was the old Ginny again – the old Ginny who could produce the brightest smiles ever. His heart wanted to skip out of his chest whenever he saw that smile, or even if it didn't jump out of his chest, it wanted to burst with happiness.
He remembered the 25th December, when he had stood here, praying: 'Just let Ginny get all right, okay? Let her get out of her depression, let her heal… that's all.'
And Ginny had healed.
'Hey, Old Boy,' Harry lifted his head, as if trying to look beyond the chapel's ceiling, 'I suppose I owe you an apology. I've been rather… rude to you recently… not that you haven't made me go through a lot, but in the end everything got settled, and… perhaps you helped in it. I don't know, but… I'd like to believe in it. So... thanks.'
The two newly wedded couples headed for the door of the chapel in tow with the guests. Snape's mum was still crying and Neville Longbottom was still challengingly grinning at his new brother-in-law, but Severus no longer seemed to notice. All his attention belonged to Beryl Snape who was beaming at him.
Just before the two couples stepped outside (Snape and Beryl in front, Draco and Gabie behind them), Albus Dumbledore pointed his wand towards the exit and said Avis!
A flock of white doves shot out of his wand and took off towards the dazzlingly bright sun.
As Snape and his wife exited the chapel, they thought at first that they had been blinded by the sudden change from the relative darkness of the chapel into bright sunshine, but seconds later they realised that it wasn't the sunshine that blinded them but the flashing of cameras.
"Hey, hey, hey, what's going on here?" Snape growled at the dozen journalists who had gathered around the small building.
Rhea Skeeter elbowed her way to the front, holding out a magical microphone to the Potions Master: "At last we found you, Professor! Let me congratulate you in the name of all of my colleagues!"
More cameras flashed.
"But… why?" Severus knitted his eyebrows. "I didn't think that my wedding was that much of an important event for the press."
"Who was talking about the wedding?" Rhea waved. "We've come to congratulate you on winning Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award!"
A/N: Zenon Lee said that Rowling would tell us what happens to the characters after book seven, and I also should do so. Okay, Zenon Lee, you wanted it… beware!
Harry and Ginny will have this baby (a boy) and live happily ever after. Since they'll be using extra-durable condoms in the future, they won't have any more children. Honeydukes will be profitable, and Ginny will have a lot of fun running it. Harry will continue teaching Charms till he's old enough to retire, and he will have a lot of opportunities to bicker with his two wonderful neighbours as long as he lives (bushes and flowers barely left in their gardens, and the walls of their houses singed and dented from mutual curses).
McGonagall will finally get pregnant just to annoy Aberforth and their child will be called Amelia. *does the name ring a bell?*
Draco and Gabie will have a daughter and a son. Snape and Beryl have a daughter. In thirty years the Potter's baby boy will marry Draco's daughter and Draco's son will marry Snape's daughter. This will even more bring the Potters, Malfoys and Snapes together *now the reader is running off, shouting 'AgiVega's gone maaaaaad!'*
Daniel will be the greatest Imaginer ever and will of course marry Gilda who will be working at the Ministry as the new Minister's (Sirius Black's) advisor. Dan and Gil will have a horde of kids – some of them will take after grandpa Gilderoy, to Harry's utter horror.
Lily will marry Chris Wood and they'll move to Peru to start a llama-farm. *don't ask*
David will marry Circe Diggory and produce a whole bunch of wizard-Dursleys – to Petunia and Vernon's even grater horror. The house at 4. Privet Drive will be filled with bangs of Filibuster's Fireworks whenever (great)grandma Petunia is taking care of her (great)grandchildren. Vernon will freak out and move out of the house, into his office at Grunnings.
Albus will retire in a couple of years and the new headmistress of Hogwarts will be Hermione, who will make 'Hogwarts, a History' a compulsory book for all Hogwarts students (resulting in several Hogwarts students fleeing from the school and rather choosing to continue their studies at Durmstrang where Viktor Krum is still the headmaster and has finally found himself a girl and forgotten about Hermione).
Percy will never become Minister of Magic and will continue to be as sour as he always used to be. However, his son Lancelot will have enough of him and start a life far away from 'annoying, fussing dad': he'll become a top scientist in charm-development in the U.S.A.
Liu will continue running her mum's McRice restaurants and will finally marry Kevin Weasley (who would have thought?).
Valentine will manage to forget about her love towards Snape, however, she'll realise that while she was in love with Snape, she fell in love with Potions as well, so she'll be a Potions teacher at Beauxbatons *Madame Maxime screams and flees*.
Viviane will be a journalist and will prove that not all journalists are bad… some are even worse. Rhea Skeeter will turn green with envy seeing that Viv can outdo her in this respect.
Voldemort will rot in hell and curse the day he was born (either as Tom Riddle or as Norbert Devilsmoor).
Trelawney will one day predict her own death and… it'll come true!!!
Gilderoy will write several new books on fashion-tips, and will have some facial surgeries done to conceal his wrinkles. He'll also continue being envious of Severus, especially now that Sev's won Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award.
Mrs Figg will die in a heart attack when her cat named Vader turns to the Dark Side.
Lucius will spend most of his time kissing Dementors.
Rupert – to Ron's greatest dismay – will decide to become an actor and play in Muggle movies.
Narcissa will buy the Three Broomsticks from Rosmerta who will move to London with her new husband, Minister Black.
As for the others… I'm tired of making up more 'visions of the future' for them. (Hope you're satisfied, Zenon Lee or at least think that I've gone crazy and immediately need a straight-jacket and a padded cell in St. Mungo's :)
Well, anyway, I hope you liked this little (my, did I say 'little'?????) series, I loved writing it and loved reading all your wonderful reviews.
I'd like to thank everyone who has ever given feedback for this trilogy, and since I can't type down the names of everyone who ever reviewed (there must be around 1500 different people), I'm only going to mention the names of those few VERY LOYAL readers who were already writing reviews for TGSiHH back in 2001 and kept writing to the end of TGEEF:
Alexander Phoenix, AmandaPanda, apple-pie, goldenstar555, jennaration, Kit Cloudkicker, Mage, Myr Halcyon, Nefertiri, Rab, Red Ridding Hood, Toby Haine, X-Tow-Naga, Zenon Lee.
Also special thanks to Inigma, I think she knows why :)
Certainly I'm grateful to everyone whose name hasn't been mentioned, I'm thankful to all of you for your comments that made me laugh, made me blush, also gave me inspiration.
I hope to start posting a new HP fic in autumn (already have some wacky ideas for it - beware, 'cause I'll be back to annoy you with the worst cliffies ever!), so check back on my author site in September/October. Until then, have a nice summer, have a lot of fun reading OotP, bye, love ya all! :)