Friends with Benefit
Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter and or any other Charaters, except the ones that I have made up. No money is being made for this story.
A/n I hope you all enjoy this story, I have it mostly written and just have to type the rest.
It had been a very rough day for Harry the day started when he woke up late by Hermione, who had come to find him. She had waited for him to dress, making them late for breakfast, which by the time they got to the Great Hall, they were lucky to get a piece of toast, making them late for potions, losing Gryffindor ten points each.
Harry gave Hermione a look of sympathy and she smiled back making his day a little brighter.
"Mr. Potter, can you tell me what would happen if you added the eye of newt before the oak leaves?" Asked Professor Snape.
"Harry looked at Hermione searching for answers, but she gave him nothing. "I don't know, sir." She said truthfully.
"Wrong answer, Mr. Potter, would you care to try again?" sneered Snape.
"I really don't know." Said Harry trying to keep his temper in check, Hermione who was next to him, put her hand on his leg giving in a gentle squeeze.
"Miss Granger, will you please answer, seeing that Mr. Popular couldn't answer it himself." said Snape making the Slytherins laugh."
"It would make the drinker fall in to a deep sleep for up to four days." She said confidently despite the Slytherins laugh.
"Correct, but five more points from Gryffindor, for Mr. Potter not answering the question." said Snape, challenging Harry to speak.
Harry was about to speak out, but Hermione took a hold of his hand. "It's ok, Harry."
"You should be rewarded, not punished."he said an angry whisper.
"It's ok, I promise." She said squeezing his hand.
"SILENCE."yelled Snape. "Or I shall be forced to take more points from Gryffindor."
Harry glared at Snape and went to work on his potion.
The rest of the class was uneventful except Dean put the eye of newt before the oak leaves, causing him to fall into the promised sleep, costing Gryffindor twenty-five points.
After the class ended, Harry and Hermione left, to go find Ron, because he wasn't taking potions this year, to head for Care of Magical Creatures.
When they did meet up with him, he was star struck.
". . .yeah, so I am taking Luna to Hogsmeade on Saturday." Ron said excitedly.
"Nice mate." said Harry putting a hand on his shoulder.
"Yeah, Im excited for you two." Said Hermione.
"So its true." Said a voice from behind the trio, "Weasley's got a girlfriend." its was Malfoy.
"Shut your trap, Malfoy." Said Hermione.
"Oh, feisty one you have there Potter, god Potter you could do much better that a mudblood." said Malfoy
"If you know what is good for you, ferret boy, you'll keep your mouth shut." Threaten Harry.
"Protective of your whore are you?" sneered Malfoy. Harry was about to tackle him.
"Stupify" shouted Hermione. "You fowl, you jerk. . . "
"Hermione?"said Ron. " Wicked, now lets castrate him."
"You should've let me punch him, Hermione." Said Harry.
"No, you don't need to be in trouble." she said softly.
"Your right. .. . " he started, but was interrupted by Professor McGonagall.
"Mr. Potter, would you care to explain why Mr. Malfoy is unconscious?" she asked.
"Well you see. . ." He started but Hermione jumped in.
"I did it, I stunned him." She said confidently. " He was provoking us and. . "
"He was talking crap about Hermione and Harry, and Harry was about to punch him and she stunned him." explained Ron.
"Is that so, Mr. Weasley? We shall deal with this later." said Professor Mcgonagall. "as for now, Harry, Professor Dumbledore would like to see you in his office, right now, as for the two of you, get to class."
Harry looked at Hermione and she again gave him a smile of reassurance and he and Mcgonagall headed into the castle. Mcgonagall stopped muttered a spell and Malfoy sat up looking bewildered, Hermione looked at Ron and they both laughed.
"Do you know what this is about?" asked Harry.
"Excuse me?" she asked
"This meeting with Dumbledore."
"Im not at all sure, but I do not question the Headmasters ways."
"Ok." he said as they reached the giant statue.
"Sugar Quill." said Mcgonagall as the statue jumped aside. When Harry entered the office he saw Professor Dumbledore, Tonks, Moody, Lupin and Sirius.
"Sirius? What are you doing here?" Asked Harry.
"We think we have a way to kill Voldemort." Said Sirius.
Really?" asked Harry surprised.
"A couple of years ago, this book found its way in to my possession," started Dumbledore. "I had Tonks analyze it and she found a spell capable of killing Voldemort." Dumbledore handed the book over to Harry.
"Potter Family Book of Spells?" asked Harry
"Yeah," Said Dumbledore. "It was found after your parents were killed, I never really thought about it till the start of this year when Tonks saw it on the book shelf."
"I looked over it, analyzed, practically memorized it, and I found this spell. .. ." Started Tonks, " If you turn to page three-hundred and ninety-four, that is the page the spell is on."
Harry turned to the page and the title of the spell was called The Spell of Infinity. " The spell of infinity is used to kill anything that has caused pain to a member of the Potter Family, It takes one Potter and his or her's lover, then a incantation must be said together aime reem kiln ormit metaphi followed by the Potter must say 'cause us no more harm' and the one who has caused the pain shall parish from the earth into the fiery pits of perdition." Harry Read out loud. "Ok, but the whole lover thing confuses me."
"Well to put it in shout you have to sleep with someone who will say this spell with you." said Remus in a rush.
"Excuse me?" asked Harry
"You have to shag a girl and get her to say the spell with you." Said Moody bluntly.
"What!" said Harry, turning red.
"You heard me." Said Moody.
"So let me get this strait, I have to sleep with someone in order to save the wizarding world?" said Harry getting angry.
"Calm down Harry. " said Sirius gently.
"God I hate this." Harry Said into his hands.
"What is wrong Harry?" asked Dumbledore.
"I don't want to have sex just to save the world, I want to be married when I do it for the first time
and I want to be in love with the girl." Said Harry.
"Well if you want to get married, that could be arranged." Said Dumbledore.
"That's not the point." Said Harry, falling on to a chair and putting his head into his hands.
"Well what is then." asked Tonks.
"Who will marry me in order to save the world? Nobody, they would all ch...." Harry said , but was interrupted.
"What about Hermione?" asked Sirius.
"Yeah, the way she is always there for you, she'd do it." Said Remus comfortingly.
"I can't do that." Harry said quietly.
"Why not?" asked Tonks.
"Because. . ." He started and lifted his head from his hands. "Because she is my best friend and she deserves to be happy with the one she loves."
"What makes you think she won't be happy with you?" Tonks asked.
"I don't know." he whispered.
Tonks stood up and kneeled in front of Harry, "She would be happy, I've seen the way you two look at each other, this would work."
"How can you be so sure." He retorted. "How will you know she won't be hurt or something."
"Faith, Harry." She said. "I have faith, Sirius, Remus, Dumbledore, even Mad-eye, has faith in the two of you, so will the rest of the wizarding world."
"How do you know she will say yes?" Harry asked.
"Because she loves you, Harry."
Harry sat there contemplating Tonk's speech, he smiled at the thought of Hermione Granger as Hermione Potter, his wife.
"Alright, but everything will be on our terms." Everybody smiled at Harry. Harry looked up at the ceiling and sighed.
"Oh God, I do love her." he said.
"Realizations suck, don't they Harry." Teased Sirius.
"Oh shut up. Do I get to go to Hogsmeade to get her a ring." he asked. " If I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it right."
"We already have one, if you want to use it." said Sirius pulling out a ring, it was a simple golden band with a diamond on it. "It was your mother's engagement ring."
Harry took it and looked at it. "Well, that makes things easier." Everybody laughed
"That's our Harry." said Remus.
"Go get her Harry." said Dumbledore with his mysterious twinkle in his eyes.
Harry headed out of the door, his confidence draining as he headed to the Great Hall for lunch.