Disclaimer: Harry Potter belongs to J.K. Rowling. I'm just playing in her world.
Harry Potter and the Altered Fate
Harry Potter groaned as he opened his eyes. The light all around him was bright. He covered his eyes and fixed his glasses until he managed to get adjusted to the bright light. He stood up and looked around. He was somewhere familiar but he couldn't quite place a finger on it. Wherever he was, he was alone.
He wondered out loud, "Is this…."
"King's Cross Station. Only a lot nicer," came a feminine voice from behind him.
He spun around to see a woman with dark hair standing a few feet away from him. She didn't look anything special. She was just wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a pair of black boots.
"Who are you? Are we…dead," asked Harry.
"To answer your 2nd question first…yes but no. Kind of. As for the first I am Death, at your service." With that she took a bow.
"Wow…you look different than I expected."
"Let me guess. Skeleton with a giant scythe and a dark foreboding cloak? I gave that up years ago. I only bring it out for costumes parties…or people who deserve to have the stuffing scared out of them," Death replied with a shrug and a smile.
"Oh…that's cool. I get it," replied Harry, "so um….what happens now?"
"Well that depends on you actually. What is the last thing you remember?"
Harry thought about it. The last thing he remembered was he was starting the final task of the triwizard cup. He and Cedric had made it to the cup by working together but when the grabbed hold of it they were taken to a graveyard where Cedric had been killed in a surprise ambush by Peter Pettigrew. Then he had been knocked out. He woke up tied to a gravestone and had unwillingly taken part in the resurrection of Lord Voldemort. After that he was released and made to duel Voldemort. He didn't remember anything after that.
"Did…did Voldemort…he..," Harry stammered.
"He killed you. Yes. As he expected too. However this is not the end for you my friend. There is still more for you to do and this time we're going to do it right. Show that bastard who is boss. He has evaded Death long enough and his penitence is due." She paused for a moment before she placed a smile on her face. "This time around we're going to give you some help though. Someone else who will remember this timeline as well. Someone who lost her parents in the first wizarding war as well. I think you'll know her already but I'll give you two a moment or two alone." With that Death snapped her fingers and there was a bright flash of light.
When Harry managed to clear his vision he saw a familiar face in front him with long red hair. She looked just as confused as he had been.
Susan spun around to see the only other person around her was none other than Harry Potter. She smiled at the familiar face in front of her.
"Harry! Thank goodness! Not that it isn't every girl's dream to be alone with the famous Harry Potter but would you mind filling me in about where we are," she asked with a grin.
"Far as I can tell King's Cross….only cleaner."
Susan looked around for a moment before continuing. "Ok so that answers where no how about why?"
"I can answer that," Death said as she popped in next to Harry, "you see the triwizard tournament was a trap. Well more specifically the triwizard cup was a trap. Harry and Cedric had reached the cup by working together but when the touched the cup they were transported to a graveyard where Cedric was killed by Peter Pettigrew and Harry was forced into a duel with the newly resurrected Voldemort who killed him."
Susan looked shocked. "Is that true," she asked.
Harry nodded. "Susan Bones meet Death. Death, Susan Bones."
Susan looked at Death and then back to Harry. "Wait you mean Death as in…the Death right? Like from the Deathly Hollows?"
Harry shrugged confused. "I don't know about the Deathly Hollows being muggle raised and all but yes it is THE Death."
"Please just Death…or Marion if you prefer. I've always liked the name myself. Anyway Miss Bones you are here because you and Harry share quite a few things in common. You both lost your parents during the first wizarding war and you are both are going to be the only ones to remember this world. There's a few other things but I don't want to ruin the surprise," she said with a wink.
"I still don't really understand what is happening," Harry stated honestly, "or what Susan has to do with it."
"Let me put it simply for you two," Death began, "I'm going to send the two of you back in time to the day you started Hogwarts and you're going to get to do it all again…with a few changes. The big one is that I'm going to tell you all about the Horcruxes that Voldemort is using to keep himself alive as well as the prophecy about you and him." After going through the prophecy between Harry and Lord Voldemort, Death explained Horcruxes, what they were, how to find them and how to destroy them. "You now know how to defeat Voldemort. With that knowledge, go and bring forth a better future for all of mankind and send me Voldemort," she said with a wicked grin. "Now before you go I have one last thing for the two of you. I know you've already done this all and I'm sorry you have to do it again. Remember to talk to each other though. Together you two can make the future better for not just yourselves but for the wizarding world as a whole. Trust in each other and don't forget to love," she said with a sly grin. She snapped her fingers and there was another bright flash of light.
All of a sudden it was a lot noisier. As Harry looked around he found himself in the actual King's Cross station with his cart in front of him and his ticket for the Hogwart's Express in the other. That wasn't all. As Harry looked at his reflection in a nearby train he saw himself. Only he was 11 years old again….