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Summary: Harry is struck with the killing curse and wakes up the day of the last task. This story will be the Order of The Phoenix if Voldemort was weaker and Harry a bit wiser.
Disclaimer: JKR owns her work and her ideas. I am grateful that she allows us, writers, to play in her world. I use many direct quotes in the first few chapters to slow myself down and to contrast when my version truly changes events. (You can skim those sections but I am keeping them in place because of the minor changes that I slip in which will end up tipping the scales ;)
Chapter 1: Easier and Faster Than Falling Asleep
Dumbledore's betrayal was almost nothing. Of course there had been a bigger plan: Harry had simply been too foolish to see it, he realized that now. He had never questioned his own assumption that Dumbledore wanted him alive. Now he saw that his life span had always been determined by how long it took to eliminate all the Horcruxes. Dumbledore had passed the job of destroying them to him, and obediently he had continued to chip away at the bonds tying not only Voldemort, but himself, to life! How neat, how elegant, not to waste any more lives, but to give the dangerous task to the boy who had already been marked for slaughter, and whose death would not be a calamity, but another blow against Voldemort.
And Dumbledore had known that Harry would not duck out, that he would keep going to the end, even though it was his end, because he had taken trouble to get to know him, hadn't he? Dumbledore knew, as Voldemort knew, that Harry would not let anyone else die for him now that he had discovered it was in his power to stop it. The images of Fred, Lupin, and Tonks lying dead in the Great Hall forced their way back into his mind's eye, and for a moment he could hardly breathe. Death was impatient…
James was exactly the same height as Harry. He was wearing the clothes in which he had died, and his hair was untidy and ruffled, and his glasses were a little lopsided, like Mr. Weasley's.
Sirius was tall and handsome, and younger by far than Harry had seen him in life. He loped with an easy grace, his hands in his pockets and a grin on his face.
Lily's smile was widest of all. She pushed her long hair back as she drew closer to him, and her green eyes, so like his, searched his face hungrily, as though she would never be able to look at him enough.
"You've been so brave."
He could not speak. His eyes feasted on her, and he thought that he would like to stand and look at her forever, and that would be enough.
"You are nearly there," said James. "Very close. We are... so proud of you."
"Does it hurt?" The childish question had fallen from Harry's lips before he could stop it.
"Dying? Not at all," said Sirius. "Quicker and easier than falling asleep."
..."Harry Potter," he said very softly. His voice might have been part of the spitting fire. "The Boy Who Lived."
Voldemort had raised his wand. His head was still tilted to one side, like a curious child, wondering what would happen if he proceeded. Harry looked back into the red eyes, and wanted it to happen now, quickly, while he could still stand, before he lost control, before he betrayed fear.
He saw the mouth move and a flash of green light, and everything was gone. (JKR Deathly Hallows).
Harry woke with a start, his scar hurting so badly he rolled out of bed screaming. Death really shouldn't hurt this much. That or Sirius was git for lying to him.
When the pain subsided he untangled himself from his covers and staggered to his feet.
Something was wrong. No, scratch that, a lot of things were wrong. He was in Gryffindor Tower, and apparently, he had just woken up. He found his glasses on the nightstand. The rest of the beds were empty. Was he shorter? Harry went to the bathroom and the sight of himself in the mirror frightened him and it wasn't because his scar was oozing blood, it was because the face in the mirror was three years younger than it should have been.
And he was short.
Harry frowned and grabbed a towel wetting it in the sink to wash the blood away. What kind of whacko dream was this? Washing the wound hurt but the cold water also soothed the aching in his forehead.
"Harry?" a voice called from the hall.
"In here!" Harry shouted back. He kept his gaze on the mirror, he watched the scar close up and magically heal over into the faintest of white lines. The lightning bolt was still visible but only if you were looking hard for it. This dream just kept getting weirder and weirder.
"Mr. Potter?" It was Professor McGonagall.
Harry left the bloody towel in the sink and went out to her.
"You need to get dressed, Mr. Potter," she said when she saw him.
Harry blinked at her, "Why?"
"Potter, the champions are congregating in the chamber off the Hall after breakfast," she said.
Harry frowned, "Excuse me?"
"The champions' families are invited to watch the final task, you know. This is simply a chance for you to greet them."
What was this? Was he fourteen again? This dream was rapidly becoming too realistic to be just a dream. Was this the afterlife? Some cosmic game so he would have to live through Cedric dying again? If that was the case reliving Sirius's death would have been worse. Or was this some sort of soul time travel? Was such a thing even possible?
"Come, Mr. Potter or you'll be late, you have missed breakfast as it is."
Harry threw on his robes and joined his Head of House in the common room, mutely following behind. As they walked the halls Harry admired their intact, non-ruble quality.
They came into a room before the Great Hall and it was like walking into his own memory.
Cedric and his parents were just inside the door. Viktor Krum was over in a corner, conversing with his dark-haired mother and father in rapid Bulgarian. He had inherited his father's hooked nose. On the other side of the room, Fleur was jabbering away in French to her mother. Fleur's little sister, Gabrielle, was holding her mother's hand.
She waved at Harry, who waved back. Then he saw Mrs. Weasley and Bill standing in front of the fireplace, beaming at him.
"Surprise!" Mrs. Weasley said excitedly as he smiled broadly and walked over to them.
"Thought we'd come and watch you. Harry!" She bent down and kissed him on the cheek.
"You all right?" said Bill, grinning at Harry and shaking his hand. "Charlie wanted to come, but he couldn't get time off. He said you were incredible against the Horntail."
Fleur Delacour, Harry noticed, was eyeing Bill with great interest over her mother's shoulder. Harry could tell she had no objection whatsoever to long hair or earrings with fangs on them.
Harry was at lost as to what to say. Cedric was alive. Was Fred?
"It's great being back here," said Bill, looking around the chamber (Violet, the Fat Lady's friend, winked at him from her frame). "Haven't seen this place for five years.
Is that picture of the mad knight still around? Sir Cadogan?"
"And the Fat Lady?" said Bill.
"She was here in my time," said Mrs. Weasley. "She gave me such a telling off one night when I got back to the dormitory at four in the morning -"
"What were you doing out of your dormitory at four in the morning?" said Bill, surveying his mother with amazement.
Mrs. Weasley grinned, her eyes twinkling.
"Your father and I had been for a nighttime stroll," she said. "He got caught by Apollyon Pringle - he was the caretaker in those days - your father's still got the marks."
"Fancy giving us a tour, Harry?" said Bill.
"Yeah, sure," said Harry, and they made their way back toward the door into the Great Hall. As they passed Amos Diggory, he looked around.
"There you are, are you?" he said, looking Harry up and down.
"Bet you're not feeling quite as full of yourself now Cedric's caught you up on points, are you?"
"What?" said Harry.
"Ignore him," said Cedric in a low voice to Harry, frowning after his father. "He's been angry ever since Rita Skeeter's article about the Triwizard Tournament - you know, when she made out you were the only Hogwarts champion."
"Didn't bother to correct her, though, did he?" said Amos Diggory, loudly enough for Harry to hear as he started to walk out of the door with Mrs. Weasley and Bill. "Still, you'll show him, Ced. Beaten him once before, haven't you?"
"Rita Skeeter goes out of her way to cause trouble, Amos!" Mrs. Weasley said angrily. "I would have thought you'd know that, working at the Ministry!"
Mr. Diggory looked as though he was going to say something angry, but his wife laid a hand on his arm, and he merely shrugged and turned away.
Harry had a very enjoyable morning walking over the sunny grounds with Bill and Mrs. Weasley, showing them the Beauxbatons carriage and the Durmstrang ship. Mrs. Weasley was intrigued by the Whomping Willow, which had been planted after she had left school, and reminisced at length about the gamekeeper before Hagrid, a man called Ogg.
Harry walked through this dream. Smiling, chatting, treating it like he was from the same timeline as this memory, that there was nothing bad happening in this dream. Like he hadn't just died and woken up nearly four years in the past the day the Dark Lord came back to power. Like Albus Dumbledore hadn't set him up to die.
They returned to the castle for lunch.
"Mum - Bill!" said Ron, looking stunned, as he joined the Gryffindor table. "What're you doing here?"
"Come to watch Harry in the last task!" said Mrs. Weasley brightly. "I must say, it makes a lovely change, not having to cook. How was your exam?"
"Oh . . . okay," said Ron. "Couldn't remember all the goblin rebels' names, so I invented a few. It's all right," he said, helping himself to a Cornish pasty, while Mrs. Weasley looked stern, "they're all called stuff like Bodrod the Bearded and Urg the Unclean; it wasn't hard."
Fred, George, and Ginny came to sit next to them too, and Harry was having such a good time he felt almost as though he were back at the Burrow…
"Hello, Hermione," said Mrs. Weasley, much more stiffly than usual.
"Hello," said Hermione, her smile faltering at the cold expression on Mrs. Weasley's face.
Harry looked between them, then said, "Mrs. Weasley, you didn't believe that rubbish Rita Skeeter wrote in Witch Weekly, did you? Because Hermione's not my girlfriend."
"Oh!" said Mrs. Weasley "No - of course I didn't!"
But she became considerably warmer toward Hermione after that.
Harry, Bill, and Mrs. Weasley whiled away the afternoon with a long walk around the castle, and then returned to the Great Hall for the evening feast. Ludo Bagman and Cornelius Fudge had joined the staff table now. Bagman looked quite cheerful, but Cornelius Fudge, who was sitting next to Madame Maxime, looked stern and was not talking.
Madame Maxime was concentrating on her plate, and Harry thought her eyes looked red.
Hagrid kept glancing along the table at her, There were more courses than usual, but Harry, who was starting to feel really nervous now, didn't eat much. As the enchanted ceiling overhead began to fade from blue to a dusky purple, Dumbledore rose to his feet at the staff table, and silence fell.
"Ladies and gentlemen, in five minutes' time, I will be asking you to make your way down to the Quidditch field for the third and final task of the Triwizard Tournament. Will the champions please follow Mr. Bagman down to the stadium now."
Harry got up. The Gryffindors all along the table were applauding him; the Weasleys and Hermione all wished him good luck, and he headed off out of the Great Hall with Cedric, Fleur, and Viktor.
"Feeling all right. Harry?" Bagman asked as they went down the stone steps onto the grounds. "Confident?"
"I think we are all going to die," Harry said tonelessly. After all, this dream was fast approaching nightmare like quality. He hoped he would wake up soon.
Bagman laughed, thinking Harry was joking.
They walked onto the Quidditch field, which was now completely unrecognizable. A twenty-foot-high hedge ran all the way around the edge of it. There was a gap right in front of them: the entrance to the vast maze. The passage beyond it looked dark and creepy.
Five minutes later, the stands had begun to fill; the air was full of excited voices and the rumbling of feet as the hundreds of students filed into their seats. The sky was a deep, clear blue now, and the first stars were starting to appear. Hagrid, Professor Moody, Professor McGonagall, and Professor Flitwick came walking into the stadium and approached Bagman and the champions. They were wearing large, red, luminous stars on their hats, all except Hagrid, who had his on the back of his moleskin vest.
"We are going to be patrolling the outside of the maze," said Professor McGonagall to the champions. "If you get into difficulty, and wish to be rescued, send red sparks into the air, and one of us will come and get you, do you understand?"
The champions nodded.
Harry didn't nod he just willed himself awake. It didn't work.
"Off you go, then-" said Bagman brightly to the four patrollers.
"Good luck. Harry," Hagrid whispered, and the four of them walked away in different directions, to station themselves around the maze. Bagman now pointed his wand at his throat, muttered, "Sonorus," and his magically magnified voice echoed into the stands.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the third and final task of the Triwizard Tournament is about to begin! Let me remind you how the points currently stand! Tied in first place, with eighty-five points each - Mr. Cedric Diggory and Mr. Harry Potter, both of Hogwarts School!" The cheers and applause sent birds from the Forbidden Forest fluttering into the darkening sky. "In second place, with eighty points - Mr. Viktor Krum, of Durmstrang Institute!" More applause. "And in third place - Miss Fleur Delacour, of Beauxbatons Academy!"
Harry could just make out Mrs. Weasley, Bill, Ron, and Hermione applauding Fleur politely, halfway up the stands. He waved up at them, and they waved back, beaming at him.
"So ... on my whistle, Harry and Cedric!" said Bagman. "Three - two - one -"
And it all happened as it had before. Harry didn't talk as much but in the end, it was just him and Cedric standing before the cup.
"You should take it," Cedric said.
Harry shrugged, "It's a trap."
Cedric frowned, "What do you mean, it's a trap?"
"Whoever takes that cup is going to die."
Cedric glared at Harry, "That isn't funny."
"The cup is a trap and Professor Moody is a fraud," Harry said. He sighed and reached out to the cup, "But I'm dead already, so what does it matter?"
"Harry-" Cedric started but he was too late to stop Harry or to join him.
As Harry felt the pull on his navel he really hoped he was still dreaming.
Cedric shot red sparks up into the sky and started yelling for help.
It took ten minutes for help to arrive but they were no more help than Cedric had been. False Moody received the dementor's kiss and the real Moody was saved. But no one had the faintest idea as to where Harry Potter had gone.
Harry landed with a thud on the ground. He hated portkeys, what had possessed him to grab the damned cup? He needed to stop treating this like a dream because clearly pain was a real factor here and events could be altered.
For instance, there was no spare.
Harry threw a reducto into the gloom, incinerating a tombstone.
Someone yelped and Riddle's voice yelled, "Subdue him, you fool!"
But Harry had thrown up a shield charm that reflected Wormtail's spell. Harry started throwing hex and charm one after another without a word and without relent.
Screw dying, he wanted to live and he was never going to walk to his death again, Greater Good or no.
Wormtail was a poor duelist.
"Do not run!" Voldemort instructed.
But Wormtail was losing. Three years, three painful, miserable years learning to fight to survive, barely scraping by in school to running for his life, breaking into banks, and being on the most wanted list. Harry was fresh from the battlefield, where as Wormtail- Wormtail was lowlier than the worms that ate the dirt.
Harry fought and with a pop Wormtail apparated away. Leaving someone behind in the grass.
Harry levitated a tombstone and repeatedly smashed it onto Nagini -who had come at him fangs exposed.
"You know," Harry said, wand pointed at the corpse of the last Horcrux, "I don't hate snakes. I just hate Voldemort's snakes, you are all creepy and twisted."
Nagini didn't respond, as she was well and truly dead.
Harry supposed he should go back to the cup, back to Hogwarts. He hesitated, no part of him wanted to go back to Hogwarts, to Dumbledore, to the students or to the media. But he would have to because this wasn't a dream. Somehow dying had brought him back in time. 1995 was not a good year for him.
Harry went to Riddle Senior's tomb and accioed all the bones. Morbid? Absolutely. But Voldemort had needed his father's bones to come back to his body. Harry pointed his wand and the dried bones shattered and disappeared in a gust of wind.
Harry walked out of the cemetery and followed a vaguely familiar path that led further away from the town and Riddle Manor.
After an hour of walking, Harry found the Gaunt Shack or the ruin of it that Dumbledore had shown him in the pensive.
Harry found the ring and transfigured a piece of wood into a porcelain ball just large enough to hold the ring. He scooped up the ring in the makeshift container, transfiguring it shut and pocketing the nullified poisoned ring in his robe pocket, checking he had no holes in that pocket first.
Harry had done a lot of thinking on his walk and did a lot more thinking on his way back to the graveyard.
Number One: If you are given a second chance to live, don't waste it.
Number Two: Snape is more trustworthy than Dumbledore and either McGonagall or Flitwick is more trustworthy than Snape. So he had best pick someone who he is going to tell the whole story to carefully and make sure that Dumbledore doesn't try to get control over Harry again.
Number Three: Horcruxes. His bleeding head pain this morning he was going to wager was the death of that Horcrux, the diary was finished, the ring was his, Nagini was dead which only left the Cup, still in Gringotts, the Diadem, back at Hogwarts, the Locket, still at Grimmauld Place, and of course, Voldemort in his infant alien form.
Number Four: Hedwig, Sirius, Fred, Cedric, Lupin, Nymphadora and countless others were still alive and Harry wanted them to stay that way.
"So who to trust?" Harry asked himself as he stood before the cup lying inertly on the ground. It was dark out but his eyes had long since adjusted to the moonlit night. "Who do I trust?"
It wasn't a voice in his head, it was his gut reaction to having trusted and loved a man who had set him up to die.
"So who do I trust who isn't with Albus Dumbledore?" Harry asked out loud. Not Snape, not McGonagall, not even Sirius.
But the thought had occurred to him already. Filius Flitwick. He wasn't a part of the order but he was a good man, a Dueling Champion, and Head of Ravenclaw House. Harry could use a little wisdom at this point in his life.
Of course, this all could still be a dream. Merlin, let it all be a dream.
"Harry!" Hermione was the first to get to him. She was sobbing. Mrs. Weasley was close behind.
Harry told them over and over again he was alright.
"What happened?" "What happened?" It was all anyone could ask him once they realized he was, in fact, okay.
"Graveyard, Voldemort, Pettigrew, they both got away," Harry summarized.
"You are an idiot!" Cedric yelled. "You knew it was a trap, why on earth did you grab it?"
Harry looked at Cedric dead on, "Because if one of us had to die I'd rather it be me."
There was only truth on Harry's face and no one who heard his words thought he was joking.
After that between McGonagall and Mrs. Weasley Harry made it back to the castle without interception and was directed to the hospital wing to be checked over by Madame Pomfrey.
Poppy shooed away everyone even the Headmaster.
"Can I stay here until the end of the term?" Harry asked.
Poppy -who was more than accustomed to Harry as her tenant, was taken aback by this question. Never had Harry ever asked to stay longer. She nodded. There was less than a week anyhow and she would be relieved to keep an eye on him.
His next question was more unsettling than the first. "Could you look at my scar, please? It was bleeding this morning?"
She did and what she found scared her. "Possession," she breathed.
"What was that, Madame Pomfrey?" he asked her.
"This- this residue was of another magical lifeforce, like a leach trying to eat its way into, not just your mind but your soul."
"Is it gone?"
"You don't sound surprised."
"Please, just tell me?"
"Yes, it's gone and whatever damage it caused you should be able to heal from now. How did you get it off?" she asked.
"I don't know what you mean," Harry tried.
She didn't bite, she chided "Mr. Potter."
"The killing curse," Harry answered shortly.
"You aimed a killing curse at your scar?" she asked, deeply concerned.
"No, I had a dream Voldemort did it, I woke up in pain with my head bleeding."
Poppy frowned and pulled a vial out of her apron, "Dreamless sleep, drink it and try not to worry about anything."
"I don't want to talk to Dumbledore," Harry blurted out.
"I will see what I can do, but rest Mr. Potter."
He did as he was told, glad for the respite.
Dumbledore maneuvered his way into seeing Harry, Harry glared at Pomfrey who gave him an apologetic look before going to her office.
Harry gave the old wizard with his sparkling eyes one glance before gluing his eyes to his hand. His heart, this man, this pillar in his life that had set him up to fall. Falling. It was Harry's last memory of this man alive, Albus falling off the tower because he made, made Snape kill him.
"Harry, look at me," Albus said gently.
"Leave me alone," Harry said back.
"How did you know the cup was a trap?"
"Because it was the last thing we did for tasks and there had to be some goal, some reason for putting my name in the goblet."
"Logical," Albus said.
Logic? When had logic ever been the major player in Harry's life?
"I went to the graveyard, it looks like there had been a battle there. I found the snake."
"Wormtail got away with Voldemort," Harry said not raising his head.
Harry shook his head, "Only in the way that he's never really been gone."
Albus sighed, "That's good."
"Harry, what's wrong?"
What's wrong is, is that you want me dead, Harry thought. But maybe that wasn't fair. Albus wanted Voldemort dead, Harry was just a means to an end.
"Can you leave, please?" Harry asked. "I'm tired."
"Of course, if you told me everything important I can go."
Harry looked up than making direct eye contact, his mental wards as solid as they had ever been, maybe without a slice of another person's soul attached to his mind he could be good at this mind magic. "You know everything important, Sir."
It was the same tone Harry used with Snape and Albus looked floored.
"Harry, you know I would never cause you harm you?"
Harry's gaze grew angry and distant, "Never directly." Only by your inaction.
"I will let you get rest if you think of anything, tell me."
Harry laid back done with the conversation and turned his back on the old man.
Harry spent his last day at Hogwarts destroying Horcruxes. He went down to the Chamber of Secrets first, with the Ring and stabbed it right through the porcelain container. The ring screamed and the black smoke died. He picked up the stone with a bit of ripped robe and chucked it into the Slytherin statue's maw where the snake had crawled out from.
Harry wrapped the fang in a bit of leather and took his broom back up the passage that he had cleared. Harry went right to the Room of Requirement, found and destroyed diadem.
Harry looked at the pieces of the crown and wrapped them up in a satchel.
How was Harry supposed to get into Gringotts again? Bellatrix Lestrange was still in prison so the first insane way they had done it wouldn't work.
He looked around the room for inspiration and it was the room itself that gave him an idea.
"Dobby?" Harry called.
Dobby appeared with his typical greeting.
"Dobby," Harry started, "Do you know how to break into Gringotts?"
Dobby blinked. "What does Harry Potter need?"
"I need the Hufflepuff Cup from Bellatrix Lestrange's vault."
Dobby shuttered but snapped his fingers and the cup appeared in front of them, the sound of metal ringing as it hit the ground.
Harry gaped, "It can't be that easy."
"If Harry Potter, Sir, had asked Dobby to get him money from any vault but his own Dobby couldn't have done it. But this is a Hogwarts object and belongs to the school."
As Dobby was speaking Harry pulled the Basilisk fang and struck the cup. It screamed and the cup was left with a huge dent and black mark on it but it was soulless.
"Harry Potter, Sir, that was Dark Magic," the elf said.
"Yep, and there is one more."
"Where, Sir?" Dobby asked ready for the challenge.
"Grimmauld Place, Slytherin's Locket," Harry said.
Dobby snapped his fingers, but the locket did not appear alone.
A snarling elf came attached to the locket, an elf who was out for blood.
"Wait, Kreacher!" Harry called, "Kreacher wait, we are trying to destroy it like Master Regulus asked you to!"
Kreacher paused in trying to strangle Dobby, and slowly turned to Harry.
"What do you know about Master Regulus?"
"Sirius Black is my godfather and that locket needs to be opened by a Parselmouth and destroyed with something that can destroy the darkest of magic."
Kreacher let go of Dobby, who coughed and gave the other elf a dark look.
Harry motioned for the elf to lay the locket on the floor, which Kreacher did reluctantly.
"Open," Harry hissed.
Harry who was feeling a bit stab happy, stabbed it the moment the gears sprung open.
More screaming black smoke and it was over. The dairy, the snake, the ring, the diadem, the cup, the locket, and himself were all taken care of.
Harry picked up the locket that was mostly undamaged and told it to close. He handed it to Kreacher, "Thank you, Kreacher."
The dirty elf looked at him in awe, "You're welcome, Master Potter." Before popping away.
"Do you need anything else, Harry Potter, Sir?" Dobby asked.
"No, Dobby, thank you."
"Dobby needs to go back to preparing the feast but you can call Dobby whenever you need him."
Harry nodded and Dobby popped out as well.
Walking the halls, Harry tried not to remember what they had been reduced to. But it was hard. Harry found his way to Flitwick's office and knocked on his doorframe.
"Come in," said the man's merry voice. "Oh, Mr. Potter, come right in."
Harry approached his desk, shutting the door behind him. Harry was pleased to see that there were no portraits in Flitwick's office.
"What can I do for you, Mr. Potter? I hope this isn't about homework or tests. You have been excused from such things for the year."
"Professor," Harry started, "I need to talk to someone who isn't a member of the Order of the Phoenix -who I can trust."
Flitwick sat back in his chair, "You mean Dumbledore's order?"
Flitwick frowned, "Why wouldn't you go to Dumbledore himself?"
"Because I am done getting struck with the killing curse by a crazy psychopath."
Flitwick blinked, "Explain."
And Harry did. Starting with the prophecy, and Snape's part, and Quirrell, the Chamber of Secrets, Sirius, Wormtail, the Goblet of Fire, Voldemort coming back, the Horcruxes, Dumbledore's death, the school being overrun by Death Eaters, the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry's death, and Harry waking up the day of the final task and him rehunting the Horcruxes.
Harry must have talked for hours and when he was done, Flitwick summoned him a glass of water. He took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes as Harry drank deeply from the glass.
"Albus is- I can't believe this," Flitwick said finally.
"What am I supposed to do?" Harry asked.
"What are you supposed to do?" Flitwick repeated outrage, "Nothing, nothing you shouldn't have been responsible for any of this. It is us, the adults who should have to do somethin-"
"I am seventeen," Harry interrupted.
Flitwick sighed, "Perhaps, but you are in the body of your fourteen-year-old self."
"A war is coming. I can't sit back and do nothing, I will not wait and let what happened the first time around happen."
"I will not let that happen either. I will be keeping an eye on Mr. Malfoy, Narcissa was one of my favorite students along with your mother. I will not allow either of you to come to ruin. Severus is too close to this."
"But what do I do?" Harry asked again.
"You destroyed all the Horcruxes?"
Harry brought out the remains of Ravenclaw's Diadem and the cup, "All of them."
"May I?" Flitwick asked reaching out for it.
"I am not sure if it is safe to touch but I know it doesn't have a horcrux in it anymore. But you can keep it."
Flitwick nodded and pulled open a drawer and slipped the cup and the diadem into by pulling on cloth it was resting on. "I will think on what to tell Minerva, Pomona, and Poppy when the time is right but let me ask you this, Harry, what more can be done at this moment? You've destroyed all that anchors him to this world and you have destroyed the remains of Riddle's father."
"I don't know," Harry said, "But we have to do something, we have to find Wormtail and Voldemort."
Flitwick sighed, "And with a tracker on your wand and the prohibition of underaged magic how do you plan to start? Live in the woods for the rest of your life? On the run? Do you even know where to start looking for him?"
Harry looked out the window, "I can't, it can't all be for nothing, I can't let them all die again."
"You prevented the Dark Lord from coming back into his full power. You destroyed the Horcruxes in one week, that is more than anyone else could have done. And you wouldn't have been able to do that if you hadn't already lived it. So this is what we are going to do. You are going back to the Dursleys for one more summer, you are going to study, you are going to come back to school and work for your own future for whatever it is you want to do. And if Voldemort ever gets close to you again he'll be in for a fight." Flitwick took a breath, "I am going to reach out to my contacts in the ministry. You and I are going to exchange letters over the summer so I know you are safe and mentally dealing with- with all that has happened. I am going to do everything I can to help you and stop him."
"But for now you want me to go home and be a good little boy," Harry said, too tired to put force behind the words.
"Do you want to tell everyone you time traveled? because that comes with its own set of problems."
"No," Harry said shortly. "But I can tell my friends right?"
"Of course, honestly this is the sort of story that even if you tell it no one is going to want to believe it."
"You can't tell Dumbledore," Harry ordered but it came out as a sort of question.
Flitwick's nostrils flared, "No, no, I don't believe I will be telling Albus much of anything, his intentions were good, his actions are inexcusable."
Harry nodded and stood, "Thanks for listening to me, Professor Flitwick."
"It was my honor, Mr. Potter, feel free contact me about anything, even it seems insignificant or you need someone to talk to about personal matters. You can come to me with anything."
"Thank you," Harry said again before leaving, shutting the door softly behind him.
Harry trudged up the steps to Gryffindor Tower.
Harry turned to the voice. "Luna?" he asked.
Merlin, but he was tired, he had slept all week but still, he was wary.
"Yes, it's Luna. You look older," she told him. She stood on the steps above him, her white hair glowing, her luggage in her hands.
"I feel ancient," Harry tried to joke, but his voice was dull.
"Feel younger soon," she said with a smile before going on her way.
Harry was smiling the faintest bit as he reached Gryffindor Tower. Everyone was gone. He found his luggage packed at the foot of his bed, Ron or Hermione must have done. He moved slowly as he made his way to Hogsmeade. What did it matter if the train left without him? He had been worse off than that before.
Ron and Hermione cornered him on the train, questioning him. Yet after telling the whole story to Flitwick, Harry was drained. "Wormtail was there and I started throwing spells and I killed Voldemort's snake and Wormtail ran away with Voldemort," he said tonelessly.
"Oh," Hermione said, sitting back in her seat, "Well are you okay? Why did you spend a week in the hospital wing? Why didn't we get to see you?"
"Something happened to my scar," Harry pulled back his bangs. "It was bleeding."
"Mate, you can barely see it now," Ron said.
"I know," Harry said.
"What happened to it? What did Madame Pomfrey say?" Hermione pressed.
They didn't talk much after that. Harry felt bad about not telling them, but he didn't have the words to tell them how he was, how he was feeling. He didn't know himself. He had no explanation for being alive and as he drifted to sleep on the Hogwarts Express he couldn't help thinking that falling asleep was far easier than walking to one's death.
Maybe he should punch Sirius next time he saw him. His parents shouldn't have been proud of him, they should have been outraged that he had thrown his life away.
AN: So I wanted to try my luck writing Luna and Harry. Sorry the intro was a bit slow. Let me know what you thought? I post stories so I can read your reactions. If you have critics or questions or problems pm me, please? Thank you for reading!