This is a collection of unrelated oneshot revealing around Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. Harry/Hermione.
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
Warnings: alternate universe; het; and not Zacharias Smith friendly
Prompt: (Setting) The Leaky Cauldron
Summary: On holiday in London, Harry and Hermione dropped by The Leaky Caldron for breakfast where they ran into an old friend.
Tales of Harmony
Opening The Daily Prophet, Hermione Granger scowled by the headline and the accompanying photograph. Zacharias Smith stood arm and arm with Horace Slughorn, both of them grinning as they waved between shared smug looks. The headline across the top of the photograph read "The Passing of the Baton, From One Potions Master to the Next: Zacharias Smith is the New Potions Professor at Hogwarts."
While it was childish, Hermione still held a grudge against Smith, stemming from their Hogwarts years. In their fifth year, Smith pushed for the "real story" of the Third Task, despite believing the lies of The Daily Prophet. Others backed Smith, declaring they had a right to know the truth. During the meetings of Dumbledore's Army, Smith was openly critical of Harry's teaching methods and his lessons plans, declaring most of the spell work to be beneath him since they already learned it.
The following year, he continued to feel entitled to the "real story" of the Department of Mysteries. Even worse, Smith abandoned the members of Dumbledore's Army during his seventh year by aligning himself with Alecto and Amycus Carrow, interested in protecting himself and the good name of his family. In the that Battle of Hogwarts, Smith was among the first to flee, even pushing first years out of his way in his haste to leave.
Worst of all, Smith sold his "heroic story" of the Battle of Hogwarts to the media for several galleons. He stole stories from other people, including Neville Longbottom and Dean Thomas.
As far as Hermione was considered, the best thing Smith ever did was be in the right place at the right time when Ginny Weasley used her Bat-Bogey Hex on him in front of Professor Slughorn in their sixth year.
Sighing, Hermione focused her attention on the other articles, like the one about the upcoming wedding between Luna Lovegood and Rolf Scamander next week. In fact, the wedding was the entire reason Hermione was back in Britain. If it wasn't for the wedding, she would still be in Sydney, Australia, with her parents.
"Anything good?" Harry Potter asked, taking a seat next to her.
"Not really," Hermione answered, shaking her head. "Hogwarts has a new Potions professor."
"Who?" he asked, reaching out and stealing a piece of toast off of her plate.
"Zacharias Smith," she answered, trying to keep the loathing out of her tone. For some reason, Hermione couldn't find it in her to move on from the past.
Taking a bite of the toast, Harry frowned, as if he was trying to place the name.
"He was in a Hufflepuff in our year," Hermione explained, fighting a fond smile. It would seem that he had troubling remembering all of their old classmates.
It took a moment before Harry said, "The obnoxious coward?"
Hermione nodded, recalling the nickname Rita Skeeter bestowed upon Smith in her own articles about the Battle of Hogwarts.
"Mornin', Harry," greeted Hannah Longbottom as she approached the pair with a smile.
"Hannah," he smiled. "How's Neville?"
"He's good," Hannah answered, placing a glass of water in front of Harry. "He retired from the Aurors last year, and he's studying to get his Mastery in Herbology."
"He always loved plants," commented Hermione, folding the newspaper. She sat it aside.
"Pomona is excited," Hannah continued to say. "She's talking about retiring in a few years, leaving Neville to teach her classes."
Hermione frowned at the mention of Pomona Sprout retiring. When she retired, Hogwarts would be in need of a new Head of Hufflepuff, and there was currently one other Hufflepuff alumnus on staff – a certain new Potions professor. At the thought, Hermione glared at the folded newspaper.
"You saw the news?" Hannah asked, raising an eyebrow.
"Yes," Hermione replied, looking up her old classmate.
"Pomona and Minerva are talking about hiring Susan as the Defense professor next year," she said with a shrug.
"Is she leaving the Aurors?" Harry asked.
Hannah nodded, explaining, "Her and Justin want to start a family." She smiled at the couple, "Harry, what can I get you?"
"Toast," Hermione answered, shooting a smile at her boyfriend.
"With oatmeal, strawberries, and scrambled eggs," added Harry.
"Coming right up," Hannah promised as she shot the order off of the cook. "So, how long are you staying?" she asked, turning back to her old classmates.
"A week and a half," Hermione answered, taking a sip of her tea. "We came for Luna's wedding, and we figured it would be a good time to visit."
"Are you staying here the entire time?" Hannah asked, glancing around the interior of The Leaky Cauldron.
"Until Wednesday," Harry replied, stealing another piece of toast off of Hermione's plate.
Hermione playful rolled her eyes at his actions. "Ron and Lavender get back from the Bahamas," she added.
"I thought they got married two years ago," Hannah commented with a frown.
"It's their baby-moon," Hermione explained, putting into a piece of sausage. "Their first kid is due in March."
Hannah nodded, making note of a baby-moon. She would have to convince Neville to take one before their first child. It sounded like a good excuse for a vacation.
"Until then, let me know if you need anything," Hannah promised with a smile.
"When did you start working here?" Hermione asked, glancing around the place. A lot had changed since their Hogwarts years.
"Five years ago, December," Hannah answered, leaning against the bar. "Tom wanted to retire, and I decided to buy the place."
Hermione's eyes widened. She didn't know Hannah owned the place.
"Since I didn't like the pub feel," she explained, "I changed it to a restaurant. I wanted a place that brought more than drinkers." Motioning to the back, "The first thing I did was remove the entrance." She wrinkled her nose at the thought.
Glancing behind her, Harry and Hermione nodded in agreement. On their first visit, the brick wall turning into an archway to reveal Diagon Alley had been amazing. In the years following, it was a pain trying to remember the correct combination of bricks to tap. In place of the brick wall was a long sliding accordion door, pulled off to the side, allowing a full view of Diagon Alley and easy access between The Leaky Cauldron and the alley.
Hannah smiled. "Parvati Patil helped me design it," she said with pride.
A second later a floating plate arrived behind Hannah. Turning around, she took hold of the plate and she brought it over to Harry before placing it down on the counter.
This was written for Can You Make It to the End Challenge from Harry Potter Fanfiction Challenges Forum.
Round Two: Write about your OTP (Harry/Hermione) in each of the following settings. – (Setting) The Leaky Caldron