Promise Me

By: D. Torres (

Chapter 1: The Breakup

Harry Potter had never dreaded anything more in his life. He would much rather face off against Lord Voldermort without his wand than have to tell his lady love what was on his mind. He was in a daze as he made his way to the Gryffindor common room. Somehow managing to climb the staircase, he wound up in front of the portrait of the fat lady. After giving her the correct password he entered the common room.

"Hello Harry." Hermione Granger said to him.

She had just finished reading the latest update to Hogwarts, A History. Ron Weasley was sitting off to the side with his girlfriend Lavender Brown. The two had just recently begun dating, much to Hermione's joy. Ron and Hermione had attempted to date but were just too incompatible. They decided to just be friends, much to Harry's delight. The three of them had been such good friends for so long he didn't want any animosity between Ron and Hermione. However, after his talk with Ginny, he was sure that neither Ron, Ginny nor Hermione would likely be speaking with him ever again.

After relating this fear to Professor Dumbledore, the Headmaster made arrangements for Harry to be transferred immediately to another room.

"Hello Hermione, Ron, Lavender." Harry said.

"Has anyone seen Ginny?" Harry asked.

"Yeah mate, she should be here any moment." Ron told him. "She said she had to go get something for you, it being your anniversary and all."

Harry suddenly felt very ill. In his daze he had managed to completely forgot that it was their anniversary.

"I've got to.. got to go get changed." Harry told his friends. Harry darted up the stairs so fast he didn't hear a voice call his name. He opened his door and checked the room to see who was there. Dobby the house elf had just finished packing all of Harry's personal effects.

"Harry Potter, sir. Dobby has packed all your things sir." The house elf informed him.

Harry quickly thanked Dobby and asked him to move them to his new room in a little while. When Dobby left Harry placed a locking spell on the door to bar entrance and then a silencing spell on the entire room. Harry then removed his glasses carefully and placed them on his stripped four-poster bed. He climbed onto the windowsill and began crying. He didn't think he could go through with telling Ginny what he had to.

It was their anniversary.

"Harry." Dumbledore said, as he appeared in the room.

"Professor, how.."

"That is a question for another time. While I am not a mind reader Dobby came to me and told me you were looking very distressed. I take it you are having doubts?" The Headmaster inquired.

"I've had my doubts about telling her since you told me I had to. Isn't there some other way?"

"I'm afraid there isn't." Dumbledore told him.

"It's our anniversary today sir." Harry said in a pleading tone. "How am I supposed to break her heart today." He yelled at the man.

"I realize that you might be having doubts, but it is for the best. You have to tell her, for her own sake Harry." Dumbledore then departed as quickly as he came.

Harry just cried, wishing that he could just die instead of having to tell Ginny what was on his mind.

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"Harry, Harry what's wrong?" Ginny asked looking at her boyfriend. The couple was currently cuddling in the astronomy tower under a blanket.

"Ginny, I have to tell you something. Something that will change the way you feel about me. maybe forever." Harry told her not looking at her as a tear fell from his eye.

Harry Potter then stood up and walked away from Ginny. The smaller red haired girl sat with a worried look on her face.

"What is it Harry? What do you have to tell me?" she asked.

Harry could feel a tear welling in his right eye. "I. I.."

Ginny wasn't sure what was coming. They'd said I love you hundreds of times and meant it every time. This time however Ginny was frightened. Harry was afraid of something. And his fear was spreading to Ginny.

"I cheated on you." Harry finally spat out.

"What?" Ginny said in utter disbelief.

"When Dumbledore sent me on that special assignment. I worked with a rather.. enchanting young woman. I don't recall what happened, much less her name.." Harry said pausing briefly.

"You slept with another woman." Ginny said in disbelief. Tears now forming in her eyes.

Harry didn't answer. He just looked away.

"You had sex with another woman, after everything that has happened between us?. After you promised me your heart, and I gave you mine. You did this to me?" Ginny screamed.

Harry couldn't bring himself to look at Ginny.

"Tell me one thing Harry. Did you mean it all those times you said you loved me?" Ginny asked.

"Yes." He said, barely looking at her.

"That just makes this even more insulting. You went on that mission a month ago. So for one month you've been walking around with feeling guilty but not showing it. No you wait until our anniversary to come clean. After we just.. Do you have any idea how I feel right now?" Ginny spat.

"More than you'll ever know." Harry responded.

Ginny just screamed and stomped out of the Astronomy tower.

"I hope you're happy now sir." Harry replied and then departed for his new room.

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By morning the whole school was aware that Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley were no longer a couple. Harry sat at the end of the Gryffindor table by himself. As he predicted, all of his Gryffindor friends had abandoned him. Dumbledore sat at the staff table gazing at the poor boy. He had done the honorable thing, the only thing that the Headmaster could ask him to do, and it had cost Harry everything and everyone he held dear.

After Harry managed to swallow some food, he quickly excused himself from the Gryffindor table. All eyes were upon him as he made his way to the door. Draco Malfoy chose this moment to taunt Harry as he walked by.

"Don't worry Potty, I'll take good care of her for you." He mumbled in a low voice. Harry didn't even turn around. He just grabbed Draco's robes, dragged the blonde Slytherin with him, and threw the young man through the hall doors. The staff was in an uproar as were the students. The student body was divided on how they felt about this.

The Slytherins were appalled and rushed to their prefect's side. The other three houses were trying to decide whether to cheer Harry on or remain quiet so as not to incur Professor Snape's wrath. In the end they remained silent, until they exited the hall.

"Headmaster, Potter has gone too far this time." Snape said. "Young Malfoy could be."

"You are well aware of what is transpiring with Harry Potter right now Severus." Dumbledore said not looking at the Potions master. "If you cannot control the students in your house I will have to find someone who can. Do we have an understanding Professor?" Dumbledore asked him.

"Of course Headmaster. I apologize for speaking out of place." A beaten down Snape replied.

"Remember Severus, I am well aware of the events that have transpired between yourself and James Potter. If you cannot behave like a professional I will have to remove you." With that Dumbledore excused himself from the table. Minerva McGonagall stood and followed him.

"Albus, while I agree that Draco Malfoy must have provoked Potter we cannot let this incident go unpunished." Minerva informed him.

"I will leave Harry's punishment in your capable hands Minerva. I only ask that since you also know of what Harry was required to do last night that you are lenient with him.

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Harry was in Dumbledore's office with Fawkes the Phoenix when the Headmaster arrived. Harry had a look of disdain for the Headmaster.

"Sir if you tell me one more time how sorry you are for this situation I will have to hurt you." Harry boldly informed his Headmaster.


"I did everything you asked of me with one exception." Harry said, but did not comment on what it was. "I don't think there is any doubt in Draco Malfoy's mind anymore that Ginny and I are finished." Harry stated to Dumbledore.

"No, I don't believe there is." Dumbledore replied.

"I hope you also realize that if anything ever happens to her sir," Harry said now on his feet giving the Headmaster a glare that could wipe out an army, "should any harm ever come to Ginny, and I mean any harm sir, I will personally see to it that you rue the day you ever came up with this plan." Harry then stormed out of the Headmaster's office.

Dumbledore just watched as the enraged Harry Potter departed his office.