The news of Dumbledore's death, along with the rumors that Voldemort was back seemed to torment everybody in the wizarding world.
The funeral was to be held the next day, and anybody was allowed to attend. Not all of the parents let their children back to the school, out of fear that more rogue Death Eaters might be in the loose, no matter how much the other Professors insisted the castle was safe.
Dumbledore's body was set nicely in an incredibly decorated coffin. The last group to see their former Headmaster, were like the others; crying as they stood around and feared yet prepared for the future.
Harry remained silent as he held Ginny close, as she rested her head on his shoulder, unable to stop himself from enjoying the undeniable flowery scent that seemed to be coming from her hair.
Looking at his friends, he realized just how much they meant to him at that moment. Fred and George, who were always the ones to break the silence with a joke, didn't seem to have the heart to be insensitive.
Next to the twins was Neville. He told Harry, for the first time in his life, he argued with his Gran to let him come back to the school. Harry took it into consideration how much Neville had changed, since the day they started the year. Before Harry could automatically shake hands with Neville, he restrained himself when he saw Luna move next to Neville, and rest her head on his shoulder as he comforted her.
Ron was conflicted; he tried to appear as though he was mourning the body when really he was nonchalantly staring at Viktor, who was comforting Hermione. Ron was still confused about why it bothered him that Hermione hadn't talked to him over the break, and now here she was with a jock jerk.
Harry, knowing now was the time he should say what he had been planning to say. "I can't come to Hogwarts next year." He was immediately met with gasps.
"What?", asked Ron, finally taking his attention away from Viktor and Hermione.
"Well, Dumbledore said I have to defeat You Know Who. And I don't know where to start, or how long it will take. All I know is, I can't stay here."
Hermione stepped forward. "Harry, you obviously haven't thought this through. Ron and I are going with you."
"We're behind you one hundred percent", said Ron.
"But don't you realize how awful I would feel if another person, if any one of you died because of me?", asked Harry.
"Horrible, I expect", piped up George.
Harry felt a hand rest on his shoulder. He turned and saw Ginny smiling a teary smile at him. "Harry, we can't let you face-", she paused. "Voldemort, alone."
"Ron, you have to remember, Dumbledore was right. Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself", said Hermione, exasperatingly.
Harry sighed. "Ron, Hermione, you can come with me. But Ginny, I need you here so I know you're safe. And so you can help protect the castle."
"Okay. But the school can be in trouble another day", said Ginny, staring at the body. "I just can't believe he's gone."
Just then, Argus Filch approached the teens, carrying a very old chest, and looking very unsatisfied. "I found this is the Headmaster's office, not that I was prying, but uh, it is for you", he said, handing the chest roughly to Harry.
Opening the chest, Harry pulled out a piece of paper. "It's Dumbledore's will", he said, taking out the objects and handing them to the person they were meant to go to. "Ron, he's left the Deluminator to you, and he's left the Tales of Beedle the Bard to you, Hermione."
"And what did he leave for you, Harry?", asked Neville, as he let go of Luna, who moved over to Ron to tell him how to use the magical object.
As Harry pulled out what was there, he was greatly disappointed. "A pair of old socks?! What use will this be?!", he yelled, only to be met with uncertain looks.
After another few minutes of saying goodbye, Harry, Ron, and Hermione slowly made their way to the Gryffindor common room so they could pack the necessities.
They didn't know where or how to start looking for the Horcruxes, but as long as they stayed together, for now, that would have to be enough.
End of Act 1.
AN- Let me know what you think! What do you suspect will happen? I can't wait to get started on Act 2!
Also, some of the main characters who didn't have a song in this act will have a song in the next one.