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Note: To avoid confusion, I will write down Jamie, Charles, Hermione and Harry's age here:

Jamie: 18
Charles: 12
Harry and Hermione: 25

Chapter 12: Jamie and Charles's Reward

Hermione's mouth dropped open at his words. She stared at Harry for quite a while. He looked sincere and serious. Hermione was just about to answer when.....


Harry and Hermione looked at the direction of the voice and saw Ron. Harry quickly put the box out of Ron's view.

"There you are, I have been looking all over the house for you." said Ron. "Anyway, I want to inform you that there's a whole stack of paperwork waiting for you in your study and there are three cases waiting for you tomorrow."

"I only stopped working for one day and my work is already piling up like that?" asked Harry in shock.

Ron nodded.

Harry groaned in frustration and said, "Okay, okay, I will do the paperwork later."

"Right, see you two later." said Ron and left.

Harry buried his face in his hands. "It's always work, work, work......"

Hermione looked at him in pity and put her arm around his shoulders. Harry leaned on her tiredly.

"Harry, I don't think I should be saying this right now but I want to consider about your proposal." she said quietly and slowly.

"What?" Harry stared at her. "Why?"

"Harry, listen to me." said Hermione quickly. "It's not that I don't love you. I love you deeply. But it's your work that makes me think twice about your proposal."

Harry blinked. "My....work?"

Hermione nodded seriously. "You saw it. You leave it alone for just one day and it's already piling up. If I married you, I might as well be a widow. You will probably be working 24 hours a day, leaving me alone at home. And being an Auror is a very risky job, I will be worrying about you every day. What if you died and leave me?"

Hermione's eyes looked teary. "I don't want you to die."

Harry looked into her eyes for a moment before he sighed and pulled her gently into his arms.

"So please, let me consider." whispered Hermione.

"No, you don't need to consider." said Harry.

Hermione looked up at him curiously. Harry just stared back.

England, a month later.

"Jamie, I'm hungry." said Charles as the boys walked back to the Hogwarts castle.

"Don't worry, Charles, I will steal food from some rich brats later on." said Jamie, put his arm around his best friend's shoulder.

"I miss Hermy." said Charles quietly.

"It's Hermione, not Hermy." corrected Jamie. "She may miss you too but I bet she won't miss me. She hates me."


"Jamie, look!" said Charles, pointing at the sky. Jamie looked up and saw a white owl (Hedwig) flying to their direction, with a letter in her beak.

Jamie stretched out his arm and Hedwig landed on it. Charles took out the letter and Hedwig flew off.

Charles looked at the envelope. "It's from Mr Potter."

"He's not going to sue us for trying to con him, is he?" asked Jamie.

Charles opened the envelope and took out the letter. He unfolded the letter and read:

Dear Jamie and Charles,

I can't thank you enough for bringing Hermione back to me. You even heal her wounds, restoring her beautiful skin. Yet you want no reward. I have told Hermione about you not taking the money, and she has forgiven you.....

"Great!" said Jamie happily.

"Wait, there's more...." said Charles.

....But I still think you deserved the reward. Since you won't accept it as a reward, then I shall order you to keep the money. (ATTENTION: THIS IS AN ORDER FROM AN AUROR, NOT AN OFFER). Use it for good.

Charles quickly looked into the envelope and took out a cheque for ten million Galleons. And an invitation card. The boys' jaws dropped. Charles quickly returned to the letter.

However, I request that you save some for decent suits, for Hermione and I are inviting you to our wedding in Paris. Details are in the card. See you at the wedding and be punctual.

Harry James Potter

Charles opened the card and read the details.

This is a special invitation from




for the wedding of


Date: 4th June 2004

Venue: H.M.S Marie Antoinette, Poop deck, Dieppe Port, Paris, France

Time: 10am

Jamie and Charles stared at the cards and the cheque for a moment.

"I still don't....." started Jamie.

"Oh come on, Jamie, you heard Mr Potter, it's an order." said Charles. "And besides, he has already given you the money, you can't give it back."


"Take it, Jamie, it's yours. You can use it for restoring Hogwarts, that's a good thing." said Charles.

Jamie looked at his friend and then at the castle. "Yeah.... I could use it on Hogwarts! Come on, Charles! Let's buy some clothes and go to the Ministry, we have some work to do!"

Happily, they turned around and ran towards Hogsmeade.

"I can't imagine you and Harry are getting married in here!" said Ginny Weasley Longbottom excitedly at Hermione's cabin at the ship Marie Antoinette. She had grown into a beautiful lady but today, Hermione was the prettiest one in her wedding gown.

Hermione had her tiara on her head with a long veil attached to it. Her hair was simply pinned up and held by diamond clips. Her gown was a white full-skirted bustier gown, showing off her beautiful shoulders and neck. She had flower-shaped blue crystal earrings and at her feet was a pair of glass slippers.

"Me either." said Katie Bell Wood cheerfully as she helped Hermione to adjust the dress.

Hermione smiled at her reflection in the mirror. She couldn't believe that all this were coming true. A few months ago she was a skinny nobody with no past and no future, and now she was a happy bride, with her memories restored, ready to marry the man she loves and started a new life.

"Hey, you guys better hurry up," said Oliver Wood, looking into the bride's cabin. "The wedding is starting in 3 minutes.... whoa, Hermione, is that you?"

Hermione smiled sweetly at him. All of Harry's friends who followed Oliver looked into the cabin. All of them made wolf whistles.

"Wow, I should have married you in the first place then." flirted Fred Weasley.

"Hey." warned Angelina Johnson Weasley dangerously. "Remember you are my husband."

"Just kidding. Besides, we're no match for the great Harry Potter." said Fred, grinning. "Right, guys?"

The guys nodded and made noises in agreement. "See?"

"I have to admit, Harry is one lucky man." said Neville Longbottom.

"Yeah, to have a pretty girlfriend who is so in love with him." said George Weasley. "Hm, I wonder if Alicia is like that."

"Hey, I'm standing right here." said Alicia Spinnet, sounding slightly hurt.

"I'm joking." said George quickly.

"But seriously, do hurry." said Oliver.

"We will, we will, now go away." said Katie and the guys left. "Isn't this exciting, you are getting married in 5 minutes!"

"Hermione, honey, are you ready...... oh my goodness." said Mrs Granger when she and Mr Granger looked into the room.

"What?" asked Hermione anxiously.

"You looked gorgeous." said Mrs Granger. "Oh I can't believe that I can finally see my little girl in a wedding dress. I thought I will never see it when we lost you but here you are, with my tiara and in a gown. Give me a hug, darling."

Hermione went forward and hugged her mother lovingly.

"Now you two be sure to come back to England more often." said Mr Granger.

"Oh we will, definitely." said Hermione. "In fact, we could visit you and Mom every week."

"We'll see." said Mrs Granger.

"Girls, hurry up. Ceremony's starting in one minute." said Ron, looking into the cabin and was about to leave when he said, "By the way, Hermione." and he whistled and winked at her.

"Oh no, not you too." said Lavender Brown, who was Ron's girlfriend.

Ron grinned and left.

"Hermione, you better say 'I do' in the ceremony or our boyfriends and husbands will dump us for you." said Lavender jokingly.

Hermione smiled.

"Do you mind? Stop fidgeting with your bow." said Ron to Harry beside the podium at the ship's poop deck. They were now standing at the front of the rows of chairs, waiting for Hermione to arrive.

Guests were sitting on the chairs, chatting with enthusiasm. The weather was warm and clear, perfect for a wedding.

"Just wait until you get married." said Harry but his hands left his bow. He looked handsome in his suit and bow. "Man, I'm nervous." He said, ruffling his hair.

"Harry, don't mess up your hair!" said Ron.

"What? Oh never mind, my hair IS messy anyway....."

"Hm, Harry? You are sweating." Ron pointed out slowly.

"I am?" asked Harry and took out his handkerchief and wiped his forehead quickly.

Harry could hear Fred and George giggling madly in their seats at him. He turned to glare at them but they shut up once he turned his head.

"Calm down, Monsieur Potter." said the captain of the ship behind the podium, who was conducting the wedding. "Don't be so nervous."

Harry just about to answer when Tonks, who was playing the music, began to play "The Wedding March". Harry and his guests turned and looked at the end of the aisle, where Hermione and her father were. The female guests were whispering excitedly at the sight of the pretty bride.

As Hermione walked down the aisle with her father, Harry was looking at her lovingly. He could not believe he was marrying Hermione Granger at last. She was so lovely in her dress and she looked like a princess with her tiara on.

When Hermione and her father arrived at the podium, her father placed her hand onto Harry's. "Be good to her, all right?" he asked.

"I will." said Harry, smiling.

When Mr Granger left to sit with his wife, Harry held Hermione's hand gently before turning to the captain.

"We are here to witness the marriage of Mr Harry James Potter and Miss Hermione Charlotte Granger," said the captain in his best English. "If there's anyone who thinks that this couple should not be wed, speak up now."

"Oh just get on with it already!" called Fred and the guests laughed and made noises in agreement.

"All right, all right!" said the captain and cleared his throat. "Mr Harry James Potter, are you willing to take Miss Hermione Charlotte Granger as your lawful wed wife, and love her as long as you both shall live?"

"I do."

"And Miss Hermione Charlotte Granger, are you willing to take Mr Harry James Potter as your lawful wed husband, and love him as long as you both shall live?"

"I do."

Mrs Granger blinked and wiped her tears onto her handkerchief, so did some of the female guests.

"I don't understand why women like to cry on weddings." Oliver muttered.

"You will understand when our daughter gets married." said Katie, wiping her own tears.

Ron looked into his pockets for the wedding rings and took out a small box. Fred and George, on the other hand, got two big boxes ready in their hands.

"You may exchange the rings."

Ron opened the box, revealing two identical sliver wedding bands. He presented them to Harry and Hermione with flourish and the couple took them. Harry gave a charming smile to Hermione before he slipped the ring easily through her finger. Hermione smiled back and put the ring through Harry's.

"I hereby declared the both of you as man and wife." said the captain and paused. "You may kiss the bride."

Harry grinned happily and leaned forward to kiss his newly wed wife. The guests stood up and applauded for the couple. Harry's male friends let out a 'whoop' and yelled words like, "You go, Harry!"

Harry walked Hermione down the aisle arm in arm, ducking the shower of coloured rice threw by the Weasley twins.

At the wedding reception (which took place at the dinning reception room at the main deck of the ship), a large space was in the middle of the room, letting couples to dance.

Hermione was chatting with Katie when she spotted Jamie and Charles standing at the side of the wall, looking rather awkward in their positions but handsome in their clean suits.

"Excuse me." she said quickly to Katie and went over to the boys. "Jamie! Charles!"

Jamie blinked at her while Charles said nervously, "Um hi. You looked very pretty today."

"Thanks." said Hermione happily. "I'm so glad that you two could come."

"Um yeah." said Charles.

"What did you two do with the money?" asked Hermione slowly.

Charles and Jamie looked at each other.

"Well, Jamie bought over Hogwarts and now it is in renovation. If we are lucky, we might able to open it again in September to accept new students." said Charles.

"Really? That's wonderful! I'm going to get Harry over...... wait here, you two!" said Hermione and ran off.

She came back a minute later with Harry behind her. "Harry, look who's here!"

Harry smiled. "Hello."

"Harry, guess what? They have bought over Hogwarts with your money and soon it will be back to normal again! Isn't it wonderful?" said Hermione excitedly.

"Really? That's great!" said Harry. "Wait until I tell the others. Who are you hiring as teachers?"

"Well, Jamie could be the Potions master, he's brilliant with potions." said Charles excitedly.

"Yes, I could see that." said Harry, looking at Hermione's skin. "And the rest?"

Charles shrugged. "I don't know. Haven't got them yet."

"What about you?" asked Hermione.

"Me? I'm too young. I will be starting first year with the rest of the new students in September."

"That's nice, you get a chance to study then." said Hermione and turned to Jamie. "Jamie?"

"Huh, what?" asked Jamie, as if he was surprised that Hermione would want to talk to him.

Hermione smiled. "Thank you. For everything you do for me and the school."

Jamie blushed slightly. "You're welcome."

Harry looked at Jamie. "So you are considered as the new Headmaster of Hogwarts then?"

Jamie continued to blush. "Sort of." he mumbled.

"I have recommendations for your Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and Charms instructor positions, are you interested?"

Jamie grinned. "Of course. In fact, if they are decent, smart and capable enough, I will let them be in charge of Hogwarts instead. Who are they?"

Harry grinned back.

"Um, hey! Hey! Attention please!" called Ron in the microphone at front of the space. "Thank you, now I would like to ask our newly wed couple here to sing a song."

The guests applauded. Harry's mouth dropped open. "What?"

"Come on, Harry, be a sport. I have chosen the song for you." said Ron.

Harry frowned slightly before Hermione squeezed his hand gently. "Come on, Harry. Let's go." she whispered.

Harry gave in to Hermione and Ron and they went to their best friend, who handed them two microphones.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, let's give a round of applause to our newly wed for the song 'At the Beginning'!" said Ron.

The guests applauded loudly, Fred and George were whistling as the music came from nowhere.

Hermione smiled slightly, held on to Harry's hand and sang:

We were strangers, starting out on a journey
Never dreaming, what we'd have to go through
Now here we are, I'm suddenly standing
At the beginning with you

Harry looked at her tenderly before he started:

No one told me I was going to find you
Unexpected, what you did to my heart
When I lost hope, you were there to remind me
This is the start

Harry and Hermione:
And life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road, now and forever, wonderful journey
I'll be there when the world stops turning
I'll be there when the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

We were strangers, on a crazy adventure

Never dreaming, how our dreams would come true

Harry and Hermione:
Now here we stand, unafraid of the future
At the beginning with you

And life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road, now and forever, wonderful journey
I'll be there when the world stops turning
I'll be there when the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

Knew there was somebody, somewhere
A new love in the dark
Now I know my dream will live on
I've been waiting so long
Nothing's gonna tear us apart

And life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing
Life is a road, now and forever, wonderful journey
I'll be there when the world stops turning
I'll be there when the storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

Life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing

Starting out on a journey

Harry and Hermione:
Life is a road that I wanna keep going
Love is a river, I wanna keep flowing

In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you


The music ended and the guests applauded again, Harry gave a light kiss on Hermione's cheek. "Nice singing."

"You are not bad either." said Hermione, smiling.

The next morning, in Harry's residence, Ron was up and was outside Harry's bedroom door.

He knocked. "Harry? Time to wake up."


"Harry? Hermione?"


"Must be too tired to wake up." he muttered and knocked harder. "Harry, open the door, I'm sorry but the wedding is over and it's time for work again! There are cases waiting you for today!"

No response.

"Harry!" called Ron, practically banging on the door. "If you don't open up, I'm going to come in!"

Still no sound from inside.

"That's it, I'm coming in to wake you and Hermione up, you two better dress decently!" said Ron and put his hand on the doorknob, pulling out his wand from his shirt pocket with his another hand.

He turned the doorknob and surprising, it was unlocked.

Ron blinked. "Great, Harry, how could you not lock the door on your wedding night?"

He put the wand back in his pocket and flung open the door. "Harry, Hermione, wake up!"

The room was empty, it looked as if no one had slept in there last night.

"What the....." started Ron as he looked around. "Sophie!"

Sophie came into the room. "Oui, Monsieur?"

"Where's Mr and Mrs Potter?" asked Ron.

"I don't know." said Sophie truthfully.

"Where the bloody hell are they...." said Ron when he spotted some stuff lying on the pillow. His eyes widened when he realized what they were.

Harry's Auror badge and a letter.

Ron picked them up, stared at the badge and read the letter:

Dear Ron,

I have decided to quit my job and started a new life with Hermione. You, Hermione and I will be together again someday.

See you around,


Ron sighed. "Harry, you sneak." he mumbled but he was grinning.

"What is it about, Monsieur?" asked Sophie.

Ron passed the letter to her and stuffed Harry's badge into his pocket.

Sophie read it and went crying at once.

"What are you crying for?" asked Ron in bewilderment.

"They are gone!" said Sophie, wiping her tears off from a handkerchief. "This is so romantic! It's a perfect ending!"

Then she ran out of the room, to do what, Ron wasn't sure. He looked outside the window and admired the beautiful sunrise.

"No, it's a perfect beginning." he said and silently bade goodbye to his two friends.

On the poop deck of HMS Marie Antoinette (which had been clear from yesterday's event), Hermione tossed her coat aside (since the day was getting warmer), revealing her lovely white dress.

Harry had his white shirt and black trousers on. He bow at his wife and offered her his hand, as if he was inviting her to dance. Hermione smiled and took it, placing her right hand on his shoulder while her husband put his right on her slender waist, pulling her close.

They danced merrily to celebrate their freedom and after a minute, they gazed into each other's eyes before they kissed passionately.

Harry broke the kiss and he grinned before carrying Hermione up his arms, swinging her round and round happily. Hermione laughed as he did. Her laughter was bright, just like the morning sun..... and their future.

The End

This is the ending, guys. If you still want to read more of my H/Hr fics, stay tuned for my next fic "Hermione's Secret Diary" (R-rated), inspired by the movie "The City of Glass". See ya!