Ginny Weasley nervously peeked round the door to Harry and Ron's room to find them discussing something. Ginny couldn't make out what it was. They were at 12 Grimmauld Place and Harry had arrived only yesterday. She cleared her throat loudly. Harry looked up and smiled when he saw who it was.

"Hey Ginny, what's up?" Ginny bit her lip as she said.

"Um … could I possibly borrow the Marauders map?" she questioned, eyeing them both wearily. Ron raised an eyebrow at her.

"What do you want to borrow it for?"

"Well …" Ginny cleared her throat once again "It's just that I want to try to open it on my own, you know, I don't know the password, but it's just that when we get back to Hogwarts, I was hoping that I could use it" she told them. Harry grinned as he nodded, but Ron shook his head.

"No way is she gonna use the Marauders map!" Harry gave him a questioning stare.


"Because-because we're using it!" he exploded. Harry grinned again as he turned to Ginny, he fished an old piece of parchment out of his pocket and handed it to her.  

"Of course, you could always just ask Moony or Padfoot" he told her. Ginny raised an eyebrow at him.

"Who are Moony and Padfoot?" she asked. Ron sniggered as Harry nudged him sharply in the ribs.

"Never mind, I won't bother" Ginny told her brother calmly as she left the boys' room and made for her own.

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Harry plopped himself down in a seat next to Sirius and Lupin with a wide grin on his face. Lupin looked at him questioningly.

"Ginny's gonna try and open the Marauders map" he told them both as he started sniggering. Sirius stared at him.

"You're kidding! The youngest Weasley is trying to open it?!" Harry nodded.

"I just told her to ask "Padfoot and Moony", but she doesn't know who you guys are" Lupin laughed.

"Well, she'll just have to keep trying to open it on her own. I think she might get a bit of a shock when the map starts insulting her though" he said, looking thoughtful. Sirius shook his head.

"It will only insult if you say something like what Snivellus said" Sirius informed him. Lupin rolled his eyes.

"Alright, well, we'll just have to wait and see how Ginny reacts"

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Ginny sat down on her bed, her legs folded over each other. She stared at the piece of parchment in thought. She'd heard Harry and Ron say something along the lines of "I solemnly swear that….", yet she wasn't sure what to say. She tapped her wand to the piece of parchment and said in an uncertain voice "I solemnly swear that I will always remain loyal to my friends"

She waited for a few moments, before writing started to appear; she stared in shock as she realized that it was from Mssrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs.

Mr. Prongs would like to say that you must be a very kind and trusting person to always remain loyal to your friends.

Mr. Padfoot agrees with Mr. Prongs and would like to add that sadly, that is not the password to the Marauders map, although it was a good guess.

Mr. Moony wonders if the person trying to open the map is a prankster or a goody-goody.

Mr. Wormtail is most curious as to know who now has the Marauders map in their possession.

Ginny stared at the map in wonder. Should she write back? Hesitating, she grabbed a quill and wrote.

I am Ginny, short for Virginia. I am fourteen years old and I live with my mother, father and six brothers. Two of them are pranksters, while I am sort of in the middle between a goody goody and a prankster. I am at 12 Grimmauld Place with Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, my mother, father, three of my brothers, Mad-Eye Moody, Hermione Granger and Harry Potter. 12 Grimmauld Place is the Headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix.

She finished this with a flourish, before adding.

I have red hair and brown eyes and I think that Professor Lupin is really cute. She stared at the extra bit that she'd just written, why had she just written that she thought her old Professor was cute? They'd probably think she was insane! A few minutes passed, before writing appeared again.

Mr. Moony is most curious as to what Remus Lupin teaches.

Mr. Prongs is astonished to hear about a boy called Harry Potter and wonders if he is any relation to a certain James Potter.

Mr. Padfoot would like to know how you came to know of Sirius Black and wonders if you are friends with Harry Potter.

Mr. Wormtail wonders if you know a Miss. Lily Evans.

Ginny dipped her quill into ink and brought the quill down to the parchment before stopping. Was these people really people writing to her or was it a part of the map? She re-read the questions over again. Mr. Moony wanted to know what Remus Lupin taught and Mr. Padfoot wondered how she knew Sirius Black. Harry told her to ask Moony and Padfoot about how to open the map! Hold on! That would mean …

Ginny dropped her quill in shock as realization hit her. Sirius and Lupin were two of the Marauders. She felt sick! She'd told them that she thought that Lupin was cute! Writing appeared again.

Mr. Prongs would like to ask if you are still there and if you are, could you please write back? We're most curious.

With trembling fingers, she wrote back.

I've just realized who two of you are.

Nothing was written for quite a long time, before one word appeared.


Ginny took a deep shuddering breath as she plunged into writing.

I went to Harry Potter; he's the one who is normally in possession of the map. I asked him if I could use the map so I could try and figure out the password on my own. Him and my brother Ron, told me to just ask Moony and Padfoot. It's only just clicked who they really are!

Ginny waited patiently as Mr. Wormtail wrote.

Mr. Wormtail would like to know who you think they are.

Miss Ginny knows that Sirius Black is Padfoot and Remus Lupin is Moony. I can't believe I didn't figure it out before! Professor Lupin is a werewolf, so it would only be fitting for him to be called Moony, god I am such an idiot!

A knock on the door, startled Ginny as she stuffed the piece of parchment in her pocket. It opened to reveal Sirius and Lupin.

"Having fun with the Marauders map?" Sirius asked.

"Yup, I sure am, Padfoot" Sirius nodded, then stared at her.

"Hey, you figured out that I'm Padfoot, well done"

"And you're Moony" she said, turning to Lupin. Lupin nodded and smiled.

"Who are Prongs and Wormtail?" she questioned. Lupin and Sirius glanced at each other, before turning back to each other.

"Well, Prongs was Harry's father, James Potter and Wormtail was Peter Pettigrew" Sirius said. Ginny gaped.

"That would explain why he wanted to know if Harry was any relation to him!" Ginny muttered.

"So, what did you say to the map?" Lupin questioned, looking amused.

"Uh, I sorta said "I solemnly swear that I will always remain loyal to my friends"" Sirius grinned.

"That's quite a good guess, but that isn't it"

"Well, don't tell me, I wanna try and figure it out on my own!" she warned them both. They both nodded.

"We'll leave you to it then" Lupin told her as they both left the room, shutting the door behind them with a SNAP!

Ginny sighed as she pulled out the piece of parchment and wrote.

Miss Ginny apologizes for the slight delay of writing back, but she just had an encounter with Mssrs. Moony and Padfoot.

She grinned as the writing appeared, looking like it was being written in quite a hurry.

Mr. Moony would like to ask what year it is where you are.

It is the year 1997.

Nothing appeared on the parchment for at least a good five minutes and Ginny started to get worried. Raising her wand again, she tapped the map and muttered "I solemnly swear that the Marauders are great pranksters""

Mr. Prongs is greatly amused at how your mind works.

Mr. Padfoot is flattered that Miss Ginny thinks so highly of the Marauders.

Mr. Moony regrets to say that, once again, that is not the password.

Mr. Wormtail would like to say that we Marauders are better than great.

Ginny giggled madly, then jumped when her mother's voice called up the stairs for her to come down and have dinner.

I must go, it's dinner time. Write to you guys later. She wrote hastily.

Mr. Padfoot loves food *drools*

Miss Ginny knows as Mr. Padfoot eats like a dog at the dinner table she wrote before stuffing the Marauders map in her pocket once again and rushing downstairs to eat.

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Ginny sighed sadly as she put the last of her things into her trunk. She'd had fun this summer and now she was going back to Hogwarts. It wasn't that she didn't look forward to going back; it was simply the fact that Harry would have possession of the Marauders map instead of her.

"GINNY! HURRY UP! WE'RE GOING TO BE LATE!" Mrs. Weasley shouted from the bottom of the stairs. Ginny muttered something incoherent under her breath before picking up her trunk.

Why do I get the feeling I'm forgetting something, she thought. Her eyes widened in realization that the Marauders map was under her bed! She dashed to the bed and pulled it out, before laying it on a small table next to her trunk.

"Ginny, are you ready to go?" Ron asked as he poked his head round the door. She nodded as she picked up her trunk.

"I'm ready, I sure am gonna miss staying here. It sort of feels like home" Ron nodded in agreement.

"C'mon sis, let's go" As Ginny took a step forward, she slipped on a sweet wrapper that she'd dropped on the floor the night before and fell backwards. Ron ran forward and held his hand out, but before his hand reached hers, Ginny had gone from falling backwards to completely disappeared. Ron stared at where Ginny had been falling in bewilderment, how had she disappeared? His eyes widened when he saw the Marauders map on the table, glowing bright white, then it slowly died down.  

"PROFESSOR LUPIN! SIRIUS! COME QUICK!" Ron yelled at the top of his lungs. Sirius and Lupin ran up the stairs at full speed and burst into Ginny's room.

"What's happened?" Sirius asked breathlessly.

"The Marauders map just-just swallowed Ginny! It's taken her somewhere!" Ron said, sounding panicky. Sirius looked at him in confusion.

"What are you talking about?" he questioned.

"Well, Ginny slipped and fell backwards, she was holding her trunk and then she just-disappeared! The map glowed white, does that mean anything?" Lupin and Sirius paled considerably.

"Good god" Lupin whispered "She-She's somehow been transported into the past. B-Back to when we were in our fifth year at Hogwarts! Ginny Weasley has somehow managed to travel back in time!"  

DUN DUN DUN! What's going to happen to poor Ginny now? How will she react to being in the past?

To Be Continued …