Fifteen Years Later
The final day of the year dawned to find Harry sitting in the Headmistress' office. He looked across at Minerva and asked, "How does it feel to know you are about to leave Hogwarts for some much deserved rest and relaxation.?"
McGonagall quirked a wry grin at Harry as an aged voice said from behind him, "She feels the same way I did fifteen years ago. She is ready to pass on the reins, but is hesitant to do so for fear that you are not ready for the responsibility."
Harry turned around and smiled, "Hello, Albus. It has been at least a year."
Albus nodded as he sat down, "Yes, it has."
McGonagall chuckled, "You were close in your analysis of my feelings, Albus, but not quite. I have no doubts about Harry taking over as Headmaster. My doubts are about the school's ability to stand him once he is in charge."
Harry laughed, "Come now, Minerva. I have matured a great deal since the pranks of mine and Neville's first few years as Professors. I have children of my own now."
Albus interrupted with the customary twinkle present in his eye, "Your children are another matter entirely. The combination of a Potter's inability to obey rules and the Weasley temper was a dangerous one at best."
Harry snorted, "You have no idea. I can't even control those two all the time, and I can Apparate anywhere in the castle." Albus and Minerva both laughed at Harry. Harry gave them both a dirty look before asking, "Are you staying for the feast, Albus?"
Albus nodded in affirmation, "I had planned on it. Its not everyday that you witness the Boy-Who-Lived ascending to the Headmaster position at Hogwarts."
Harry wrinkled his nose, "Very funny. I can be abused anywhere. I'm leaving. I'll see you both this evening."
Harry walked down the stairs to find Severus Snape walking up the corridor towards him. Snape called out, "I need a word with you, Harry."
Harry sighed, "What did they do this time?"
Snape grimaced, "They have raided the Potions lab and left graffiti on the walls again."
Harry asked, "Are you sure it was them?"
Snape almost laughed before adopting a stern expression, "They left the message, 'Heirs of Gryffindor rule.' I hardly think there can be any doubt."
Harry shook his head, "That's Gregory and Hannah alright. I will speak with them, and they will report to you for detention at your next convenience, Severus."
Severus waved his hand at this, "Just make them clean it off without magic. That should be enough of a lesson."
Harry chuckled, "Very well." Harry headed down the corridor back to the quarters that he shared with Ginny and the children while they were at Hogwarts. Since Ginny had taken over the Charms job after Flitwick had retired, the family had spent most of their time at the castle. As he rounded a corner, a camera flashed in his face. Harry swore violently, "Damn it, Colin. If you don't stop doing that, I'm going to bind you with a Disapparation Jinx and then Portkey you to Siberia."
Colin bubble enthusiastically, "Its for the Daily Prophet article, Harry. They want a huge article on you taking over as Headmaster. I have been assigned to it."
Harry groaned, "I hate publicity. Just don't blind me with that bloody camera, again."
Colin smiled good naturedly as Harry continued down the corridor. He walked into his quarters to find Ginny, Neville, Hermione, Luna, and Ron sitiin in the living area. Harry greeted them all and then asked, "So, how are things at the zoo, Ron?"
Ron grinned, "Pretty good. We're working on getting some of Hagrid's thestrals into the zoo."
The group sat around talking until the children came bouncing in. Harry called to both of them sternly, "Gregory James Potter, Hannah Michelle Potter, get over here. I understand that you trashed Professor Snape's lab again."
Gregory replied, "We didn't trash it. We made it better."
Harry's daughter piped up, "Yeah, much better."
Harry continued in a stern voice, "Be that as it may, the two of you will have your so called improvements cleaned up before tonight or you will not be attending the feast."
Both children said forlornly, "Yes, Dad."
Harry said as they started to turn away, "No magic."
The two of them grumbled but handed over their practice wands and slunk away. That evening, Hogwarts saw one of the largest celebrations it had ever had. Minerva gave a speech announcing her resignation and the appointment of Harry Potter as the new Headmaster. Minister of Magic Dawlish put in an appearance and congratulated Harry. He also gave a short speech, and then everyone tucked in to the delicious food. Throughout the ages, Hogwarts had rarely housed such a festive atmosphere. It was a time of peace and the world's savior, Harry Potter leaned back in his chair to enjoy his surroundings. Then, he said softly to himself, "It's good to be home."
A/N: I know this is really short, but it was just intended to be a glimpse of the future to set up some other short stories. For those of you who are reading What If Harry Had Said, you can expect the third chapter on Prisoner of Azkaban in a week or so. My apologies for not updating it more frequently, but it does take a while to go through the books and pick out things to change. This is the end of Spirit of Time, and now I will take a much needed break, with the above exception. Harry and Ginny's wedding short story will be a one shot, but it should be fairly long. I hope to have it done within four or five weeks, but I can't make any promises. Thanks goes out to all my readers and reviewers. These two novels have been a wild ride, and I have enjoyed reading your comments throughout both of them.