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CHAPTER 18 - ALIVE
THE DAILY PROPHET
YOU-KNOW-WHO IS VANQUISHED
In a surprising and incredible turn of events, the Ministry of Magic has held a press conference today to pass on the triumphant news this morning. Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour spoke to the community regarding the remarkable event.
'Witches and Wizards of magical Britain and the magical world,' the Minister said. 'It is my honour and privilege to inform you that He Who Must Not Be Named, otherwise known as the Dark Lord [You-Know-Who] has been vanquished on Sunday morning of last week.
'The reason it has taken this Ministry so long to announce this, is that our Department of Magical Law Enforcement has been hard at work, rounding up [You-Know-Who's] remaining supporters. The war is over. We at the Ministry have done what was promised and brought peace to the Magical World once more.'
Much speculation has been made as to the events that transpired that brought upon You-Know-Who's destruction. According to sources, it was one Severus Snape, Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and also a now confirmed Death Eater spy, who had recovered the body of the fallen Dark Lord. When he was questioned about whether he was the one who destroyed You-Know-Who, he confirmed that he did not. Though he refused further questioning on the subject.
For reports of the likely connection to the bright light that was present at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on the potential day in question go to pg. 4
Speculation on the involvement of Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter on pg. 14
HARRY POTTER, BOY-WHO-LIVED, CHOSEN ONE, SAVIOUR
In an interview today with one Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he has confirmed that it was Harry Potter who Vanquished the Dark Lord.
'Harry Potter is, in fact, the man who brought upon the destruction of the Dark Lord [You-Know-Who],' Dumbledore said when questioned if he had anything to do with the Dark Lord's destruction. 'It was his plan, his ingenuity and his power that won the day in the end. He approached me quite late into the process. I was a mere watcher.'
When questioned if Harry Potter had accomplished this task alone, the Headmaster said no. He provided us with a list of those who helped him, other than himself:
Auror Nymphadora Tonks.
Matron of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Poppy Pomfrey.
Seventh year student, Katie Bell.
Sixth year students, Susan Bones, Daphne Greengrass, Neville Longbottom, Hannah Abbott, Ronald Weasley, Tracey Davis, Sue Li and Hermione Granger.
Fifth year students, Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood.
None of these people have been made available for interview, nor has Harry Potter himself. There is very little information known on how Harry Potter accomplished the impossible but this paper strives to find out the full truth.
For speculation on how Harry Potter vanquished You-Know-Who go to pg. 7
For information on the people who aided Harry Potter in this task go to pg. 13
HARRY POTTER – ON THE BRINK OF DEATH?
Eyewitness reports from various students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have claimed to have seen Harry Potter himself in an unconscious or near death state in the hospital wing at the illustrious school. According to the many claims, the Boy-Who-Lived had not been seen since the speculated time of You-Know-Who's death.
Since then many have witnessed a closed off bed in the hospital wing that has been kept rather quiet by the matron, Madam Poppy Pomfrey. Curiosity has gotten the better of many and it has been confirmed that it is in fact an unconscious Harry Potter who resides in the secretive hospital bed.
Many have speculated as to the reason this has been covered up at all. It is likely possible that our saviour is at risk of losing his life, or else, never waking up from his comatose state. This paper demands answers from the Headmaster and the school as to the state of our hero.
It seems likely that the current state Harry Potter is in is due to the conflict between himself and You-Know-Who. Perhaps it was in a battle where Harry was victorious, but suffered serious life threatening damage.
To remind our readers, it has been one month to the day that You-Know-Who was supposed to have been vanquished. Speculating medical professionals agree that while it is possible that he can still come out of this healthy, it is far more likely there is little hope that our hero returns to us.
For first account interviews with student witnesses go to pg. 7
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BEST FRIEND OF HARRY POTTER – HERMIONE GRANGER
Written by : Rita Skeeter
It was a warm spring day that this reporter met with long time best friend, and speculated girlfriend of Harry Potter, Miss Hermione Granger. She arrived at the Three Broomsticks flanked by two others who had been reported to have been involved in saving the magical world, Ronald Weasley, also reported to be a best friend of Mr. Potter, and Susan Bones.
'First thing I want to say is Harry is not dead,' a frustrated Hermione Granger said. 'He is very much alive and has already woken up a few times, but is still very weak. The method he used to destroy [You-Know-Who] was strenuous on his magic, body and soul.'
When questioned on the method of how he accomplished this feat, this is what she had to say.
'His scar was the key. There was a connection with it and [You-Know-Who]. He used it to finish him. Think of it as firing a killing curse through his scar to hit [You-Know-Who] on the other side of the connection. Though Harry would never use that kind of magic, it may give you an idea of why he is in such a weakened state right now.'
I had asked the three what role they had in the whole process and Miss Bones answered.
'We were his support. He did the work, took the strain and we provided him with our own power and then kept him alive afterward. Hannah [Abbot] did anyway, with Professor Dumbledore and Madam Pomfrey healing him. I want to make it clear that if Hannah hadn't done what she had, Harry would not be alive right now. He was -'
It was clearly an emotional experience for the group. None of them were able to describe the state Harry Potter was in without dissolving into tears. Ron Weasley managed a short account.
'He was completely covered in blood. It's like all his skin was broken open - it was terrifying. Then once they healed everything they could we all wondered if he would ever wake up. But then he did right then. Think he wanted to tell us he'd be okay.'
For the full interview go to pg. 3.
The Great Hall was full of the sounds of cutlery scraping against plates and the voices of almost every student in the school. All but one.
Everyone was sitting at their own houses for the end of year feast, though that hadn't been the norm for a while. There was one large group of students that usually sat together regardless of house. They now sat separately, as was custom for the last night of the year, thinking of the same boy, who was currently, unbeknownst to them, walking to the Great Hall from the hospital wing.
As the students were finishing up their meals and the desserts appeared on the tables, the Headmaster stood at the dais. He waited patiently for the final sounds of chatter to die down before speaking into the silence.
'Another year at Hogwarts, another year wiser for us all, and another year of friendships forged,' the Headmaster began. 'First order of business, I will get right to it, I would like to reward the winners of the house cup. In first place, Slytherin, with five hundred points.'
The Slytherin table hesitated for a moment at the abrupt announcement and break in the usual order Dumbledore would announce the houses but then broke out into loud applause when they realized they were first. The other houses looked confused.
'Also in first place, Ravenclaw, with five hundred points,' Dumbledore said loudly over the cheering.
The Slytherin applause died down as the Ravenclaw table gave a more confused celebration.
'Additionally, in first place,' Dumbledore continued, 'Hufflepuff, with five hundred points.'
Laughter joined the cheering from the Hufflepuff's.
'Finally, the suspense truly is palpable, in first place, Gryffindor, with five hundred points.'
The entire Gryffindor table added their cheering to the mix. When Dumbledore waved his hand and the banners changed to a mix of all four houses the tables celebrated anew. None of the students noticed someone slip inside as they cheered.
'This year has been a historic one for us all,' Dumbledore continued. 'Thanks to the efforts of members of each and every house, the war that has been plaguing this country is over. Voldemort is dead, and it could not have been achieved without the togetherness that these students have displayed.'
He paused again as applause and cheering rang out through the hall.
'Though one student in particular has yet to receive our appreciation as a school in person. He has been, as you no doubt have heard, in a state of recovery for some time now.'
A somber silence overtook the Hall and Dumbledore let it hang for a moment. Many students looked up at the Headmaster weepy eyed and sad.
'It is therefore, my greatest pleasure to welcome Mr Harry Potter back to us,' Dumbledore's hand extended to the back of the Hall where every head turned quickly. He was standing in front of the entrance to the, the same as ever but for the white bandage he was using as an eye patch, nodding to Dumbledore in appreciation. 'Welcome back, Harry.'
The crowd erupted into cheering applause. A handful of bodies broke off from the benches and rushed toward him. Luna Lovegood was closest and jumped at full speed into his arms, sending him staggering back a step as she wrapped arms and legs around him. Susan was next, followed by Sue, wrapping him in a hug but backing away eventually for the others who were waiting. Daphne and Tracey moved as one and kissed him double on the lips, bringing a burst of 'wooooo's' from the cheers.
Katie did the same, bringing the crowd to incredulous laughter from around them. Ginny gave him a crushing hug, whispering something in his ear that made him blush. Then Ron and Neville were giving him one armed hugs and moving aside to reveal Hermione. She was crying hard so Harry moved to her and wrapped her in his arms, squeezing tightly. She just sobbed, limp in his arms murmuring that she missed him.
There was one more person that was standing back away from the group, watching him with a look that was full of pride and love. Harry walked up to her, a happy smile on his face.
'I wouldn't be standing here right now if it weren't for you,' Harry said, wrapping her in a hug.
'I know,' Hannah said happily. 'I guess you were right when you picked me, weren't you.'
The roars began anew, all the students now being aware that it was Hannah's efforts that kept Harry alive.
'I believe you promised me something if I survived,' Harry said to the witch loudly over the applause.
Hannah Abbott shook her head in disbelief but the smile that split her face belied any actual annoyance.
'Can't it wait until there's less people watching?' she asked him, eyeing six witches in particular nervously.
'No I don't think so,' Harry said, resting his forehead on hers. 'I have been thinking about it quite a lot while I've been sleeping, you know.'
The blush that spread on her shy face made Harry want to pounce on her, but that wasn't the promise.
'Fine,' she said, placing her hands on his chest, 'but this is only a one-time thing.'
'We'll see,' Harry said quietly as her face moved closer to his.
'We will,' she confirmed, capturing his lips.
The 'wooooo's' that joined the applause this time were louder and longer than the last. Which made sense seeing as this kiss was far longer and deeper than the others.
Through the din and Harry's singular purpose of pouring every ounce of love and appreciation he had for this girl there was one voice that broke through. An angry boy of some sort whose loud exclamation was agreed upon unanimously among the male students in the hall.
'He may have killed You-Know-Who, but Harry Potter is an enemy to all men.'
Harry privately agreed, as Hannah Abbott moaned into his mouth. He wasn't worried in the slightest though. He's outlived far worse than a school full of angry boys.