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Title: To Live in Azkaban
Summary: In their will, James and Lily Potter stated that under no circumstances was their son, Harry Potter, to be removed from his Godfather's care. Now with Sirius Black being in Azkaban, Albus Dumbledore has a problem. Will be really have to allow Harry Potter, the savior of the Wizarding World, to live in Azkaban with a convicted murderer? And what will the rest of the community think when they hear the new?
Main Characters: Harry and Sirius
Pairings: None or at least at this time there will be none.
Chapter 1: The Will of the Deceased
For Albus Dumbledore tonight, October 31, 1981, was the worst night of his entire life. Voldemort had finally gotten the Potters. Dumbledore blamed himself and himself only. He should have tried harder to convince the Potters to allow him to be there Secret Keeper. If he had been appointed Secret Keeper than Lily and James Potter would still be alive. He had only agreed to their choice to use Sirius because he trusted him. Sirius Black had seemed like a loyal, loving friend. Him and James had instantly become friends in their first year, despite their different backgrounds. Sirius turned his back on his family. He's been sorted into Gryffindor and became friends with people that his family would have deemed unworthy. He'd refused to use any dark magic and quickly gained to trust and respect of most of the school.
He's fooled them all. Tonight Sirius had shown his true loyalty and it did not lay with Lily and James Potter. It lay with the Dark Lord; someone that nobody would have ever thought Sirius Black would ever turn to.
Tears formed in Dumbledore's eyes as he thought of the two people that had died tonight. They had been like children to him and now he feared what he would be forced to do. When he had tried to drop young Harry off at his aunt and uncle's house, he and Professor McGonagall had encountered a problem. As soon as Dumbledore had placed Harry on the Dursleys' doorstep, he had come flying back into Dumbledore's arms. No matter how many times he tried to leave Harry, he received the same result. Finally giving up, Dumbledore and McGonagall made their way back to Hogwarts, where they found the will of James and Lily Potter sitting upon his desk.
If you are reading this than I, Lily Potter and I, James Potter are dead. We hoped that this will would not be needed, but we wrote it and placed a time delaying charm upon it incase something happened to the two of us. We hope that if the spy gave Voldemort our location that only the two of us have died and that our son, Harry James Potter, is alive and in the care of his godfather, Sirius Black. Under no circumstances is Harry to be taken from Sirius' care. If anyone tries to place him in anyone else's care, then he will be taken back to Albus. After three days since our deaths, if Harry is not in Sirius' care he will magically be transported to wherever Sirius may be. After that he can only be removed from Sirius with Sirius's permission. Our only other wish is that Harry inherits all our belongings and our bank accounts.
Signed October 1981
Witnessed by: Sirius O. Black and Remus J. Lupin.
"Well that certainly explains our problem." Dumbledore said to McGonagall after they had both finished reading the will. "Now we must find a way to break this spell. Lily and James wouldn't want Harry in Sirius's care if they had known what he has done."
"But what are we to do?" McGonagall asked.
"We start researching. Our time is short. We must break this spell before our time is up. We can not, under any circumstance, allow Harry to grow up with the man that is responsible for his parent's deaths." Dumbledore said, as he rocked Harry in an attempt to get the boy to fall asleep.
Harry is seemed, had other plans. The boy refused to go to sleep. He screeched and screech, often calling out for his 'ma' or 'da.' Dumbledore felt the deepest sympathy for the boy. No child should have to grow up without his parents. Finally conjuring up a small picture of Lily and James, Dumbledore placed it in the transfigured crib nest to the screaming baby. Shortly after, little Harry fell asleep, the picture encircled in Harry's arms.
After and hour of researching with no luck, Albus heard a voice calling him from the fireplace. Turning, he came face to face with a tired, pained, Remus Lupin.
"Albus, we just got word that something has happened in downtown muggle London. It was Sirius. He blew up a muggle street killing twelve muggles and Peter Pettigrew. You're needed at the Ministry to tell them that Sirius was James' Secret Keeper." Lupin reported. His voice had shown disgusted and shock when he said Sirius' name and then it had changed to sadness when he mentioned the names of his now deceased friends.
"Thank you, Remus and I am sorry that you were the one that had to tell me the news. Why don't you go home and get some rest. I will personally call upon you when we get some news."
"He was laughing, Albus. He killed Peter and twelve muggles and he laughed. How could he laugh? Peter and James were our friends! How could he kill them? How could he kill the only family I ever had?" Remus questioned painfully before he vanished from the fire to ponder if Sirius had ever in fact cared for any other them.
"Minister, the fact that Sirius was the Secret Keeper to the Potters in not the only problem. I received the Potters' will in my office last night. It states clearly that Harry is to live with Sirius." Albus started.
"You know that that is impossible, Albus. Sirius in on his way to Azkaban and that is where he shall stay. I'm sorry that we can not respect Lily and James Potter's wishes, but Azkaban is no place to raise a child. I'm sorry, Albus, but the child is going to have to be raised by someone else. Maybe a family like the Weasleys would take him in." Minister Fudge suggested.
"I understand what you are saying, but this was no ordinary will. Lily and James Potter used an old spell on their will. It stated clearly that they want their child to be raised by Sirius Black." Dumbledore answered before handing over the will for Fudge to read.
Once done, Fudge looked up at Dumbledore, his eyes clearly displaying shock and disbelief.
"But there is no way Albus. No way. Harry Potter, the savior of the Wizarding World, The-Boy-Who-Lived, live in Azkaban? What do we do? What do we do?" Fudge asked.
"The only thing that we can do, Minister. We send Harry to live with Godfather." Dumbledore said hating that he would have to do such a thing to poor, little Harry.
"I'll make the arrangements then. It's seems that Sirius Black is going to be in a more comfortable room than all the other Azkaban prisoners. There is no need to Harry to be subjected to the dementors and since Sirius is going to be his guardian, Sirius will have a private room without dementors." Fudge announced as he shook his head in defeat. A child in Azkaban. Such a thing was just unheard of!
A/n: well that is chapter 1. I know that this chapter is short and not very good, but I promise that the following chapters will be much better. Please review and let me know what you thought.