Author's Note: One night, after having read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven", I was in a bit of a gloomy mood, mostly because of the poem, and I came up with this alternative ending. I never actually considered making it the actual ending for this story, I just felt like writing it. Don't yell at me for writing it please. This would take place just after chapter five.

Alternate Ending

Hermione never truly recovered from the loss she suffered at the hands of Draco Malfoy. She would eventually become an Auror in hopes of preventing other people having to go through the loss she went through in losing Harry. One day, she encountered Malfoy on a mission, and Draco Malfoy would become the first, last, and only life Hermione Granger would ever take. However, revenge would not soothe the pain in Hermione's heart, and she spent the rest of her years burying herself in her work, until she could no longer work, at which point she became a recluse. Not even the Weasleys could ever console her, and Hermione Granger died alone, in the truest sense of the word.

"And my soul from out that shadow that lies
floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!"
-Edgar Allan Poe, "The Raven"