Legend of Potter
Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter or Character/Events leading up to HBP.
A/N: I know it's been a long time but it's finally here! Legend of Potter takes off almost right where Hero Reborn leaves off. LoP starts at the end of the summer that saw Harry Potter defeat Tom Marvolo Riddle once and for all. While it isn't necessary to read HR before this story it is recommended, so that you will fully understand the changes Harry will be undergoing through out the story. Also, if Draco Malfoy, in later chapters, seems out of character, it's because he is supposed to be! A lot can happen in two years time. Also, I'd like to thank H.Sanders for helping me pre-read and edit this FanFic! Enjoy!
Prologue: Events of the Last Year
Harry sat with Ginny in the garden of the Burrow, watching the sunrise, both holding each other. "I will miss you!" said Ginny. She hugged him tight. There were only a few more days before she would leave for Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, for her 7th and final year of magical study.
"I know," Harry said coolly. He had been spending most of his time at the Weasley's house even though he had taken to living at 12 Grimauld Place, the former headquarters for the Order of the Phoenix and once home of the pureblood family, the Blacks. The home had actually belonged to his godfather, Sirius Black, who was also the best friend to Harry's father James. The events that took place that day 17 years prior had sent them all reeling into a spiral none of them could escape. Harry's parents died that night, and Sirius had been imprisoned the next day, for their murder. He had been framed of course, tricked by another friend, Peter Pettigrew. Pettigrew, for the next 17 years had served the Dark Lord who had killed Harry's parents, but had never stopped hating himself for his cowardly actions. He set things right by helping Harry defeat Voldemort, once and for all, just a few months prior. Sirius had died saving Harry, barely more than 2 years prior, killed by his cousin Bellatrix Lestrange. She, of course, was still at large. Harry took a deep breathe. After spending so much time with his beloved Ginny, he had grown accustomed to their time together and didn't want it to end any time soon. In fact, he didn't want it to end at all, and would miss her desperately.
"What do you mean, 'you know'?" asked Ginny, teasing him.
"I know you'll miss me, Gin," said Harry playfully, trying to mask his own pain. Things were going to be much more boring without Ginerva Weasley to keep him company, especially with Hermione and Ron busy with their careers and finally taking the time to explore their own relationship with each other. Harry was quite surprised it didn't happen much sooner, but then again he wasn't. That was just the type of relationship his two best mates had had since that fateful day on the Hogwarts Express, when Ron was trying to turn his pet rat Scabbers (unknown to them to actually be Peter Pettigrew) yellow. He failed, miserably, and Hermione then proceeded to show him up by using a simple spell to fix Harry's damaged glasses. Harry had decided against becoming an Auror due to the Ministry of Magic's continuously long list of mistakes, they seemed so keen on making. Also, he had done far more in Defending the world against the dark arts than most Aurors by the time he was 12 years old, having defeated Voldemort twice and slaying a Basilisk, by himself. Professional Quidditch was out of the question. The press would have a hay day was soon as they got wind of that one. He was the youngest seeker in all of Hogwarts for over a century and easily flew circles around the likes of Charlie Weasley, Cho Chang, and perhaps even Bulgarian Quidditch Star, Viktor Krum, although that had yet to be decided. In truth, he was sick of fighting, sick of being famous, and most of all sick of being Harry Potter. He been called many things since the time he defeated Voldemort at only a year old; The Boy Who Lived, The Chosen One, and The Hero of the Phoenix. Some even went as far as to call him the Hero Who Triumphed.
"And what about you?" asked Ginny, trying to get Harry to admit that he would miss her verbally.
"I guess I'll be missing your mom's cooking since there really isn't any reason for to stay here with you, Ron and Hermione gone all the time," said Harry sarcastically.
"What! I'll be going away for a year and all you can think about is food!" Ginny said with fake astonishment.
"Well, I guess I'd miss you too," said Harry teased.
"Alright, I'll miss you, very much!"
Ginny gave him a big hug. "Thank you Harry."
"Don't thank me yet…" Harry told her.
"Why?" Ginny asked with a scared look on her face.
"Because…" Harry took a deep breath to build up his confidence, "Because, I haven't asked you to marry me yet."
"WHAT?" Ginny yelled her expression was filled with shock and awe as she stepped back. Harry reached into his pocket and pulled out a ring box. He opened it to reveal a gold ring with a large diamond in the center, with three rubies and three emeralds surrounding the diamond. She was speechless, the ring was beautiful, and she just received the best news from the one person she loved most in the world. Harry Potter wished to have her hand in marriage!
"Gin..." Harry asked worriedly. She was snapped back to reality, not quite remembering who she was or what she needed to do. "Ginny?"
"Oh…" Ginny said, slowly the realization of what had happened crept up on her. She needed to answer him, "Harry…Yes! Yes, yes, yes!" She giggled, so overcome with happiness she nearly knocked him down when she threw herself onto him, giving him a giant hug and kissing his face repeatedly. "I love you Harry Potter!"
"I love you too, Ginerva Weasley!" usually she'd hate it if he used her full name like that, but due to the fact that she was going to get married soon, she really didn't care.
"I… I have to tell everyone! Mum!" Ginny shouted with excitement.
"They already know…" said Harry before she ran into the house, "They've been waiting for me to ask you for the last week and a half."
"What!" Ginny said her face once again filled with surprise, she hit him playfully, "What took you so long!" Harry blushed as he put the ring on her finger. She then ran inside to tell everyone but to her surprise, everyone was sitting in the kitchen smiling. Mrs. Weasley was beaming at her and Hermione was staring admiringly at the ring Harry had given Ginny. Fred and George gave a thumbs up to Harry as he walked in, and even Ron had a smile on his face.
"Good job mate!" said Ron.
"I do say Harry, if you'd have waited another day…"said Fred
"We'd have beaten Ron!" said George.
"Now we're out…"
"And 100 chocolate frogs!" they said in unison.
"Not to mention…" said Fred.
"We now have to…" George added.
"Give Ron free merchandise…"
"For a whole year!"
"Err… Sorry…" said Harry somewhat embarrassed.
"You took bets on how long it would take him to ask me!" said Ginny.
"Not just us! Bill, Charlie and Dad all placed bets too!" said Ron defensively. Hermione looked down at her breakfast not saying anything.
"Hermione, you knew didn't you," Ginny accused her brother's girlfriend.
Hermione didn't look up, "I lost a week ago, so I talked Harry into asking you this morning so Ron could win…" Ron looked shocked and pleased all at the same time.
"That's cheating Hermione!" said Fred, "Completely Unfair!"
"Clever, but unfair!" complimented George, "I do reckon we've rubbed off on her a bit!"
"Yes I say we have!" agreed Fred.
"I was hoping he'd have asked yesterday," said Mr. Weasley, Ginny rolled her eyes.
"D-did everyone make a bet," asked Harry.
"Yes, even me," said Mrs. Weasley, "I thought Harry was going to ask the moment Arthur and I gave him permission to ask you."
Both Harry and Ginny were shocked at this bit of news. Even Hermione and Mrs. Weasley seemed to be on the wager; next they'd be telling them that Percy had also placed a bet.
"Yeah, well for a while we were all nervous Percy was going to win because you were so nervous that I didn't seem you were going to ask her until she was about to leave. He said you'd propose at Platform 9 ¾." Ron told them. At this point Ginny and Harry looked at each other in disbelief.
"Who else was in on this 'little wager'?" asked Ginny.
"Only everyone!" said Fred.
"Tonks, Lupin, Hagrid, Magonical, Neville, Luna…" started George.
"And just about everyone else we know," interrupted Hermione. "Even Draco, though he said if Harry had any class he'd have done it on the first Hogsmead visit."
"He's still a prat," Ginny said, Harry nodded in agreement.
"Lighten up, at least no one bet that you wouldn't ask!" Tonks said just walking into the room. She had fluorescent green hair. Remus Lupin walked in behind her, kissed her on the cheek and turned to Harry and Ginny, "You must admit it is a bit funny." They both smiled; in fact they did find it amusing.
The rest of the year went on with next to nothing happening. Until that is, Harry had comeback from visiting Ginny on her second Hogsmead visit.
He came through the fireplace and walked towards the kitchen of the Burrow.
"I can't ask Harry!" said a voice that sounded like Percy's, "He's done enough and I'd be no better than Scrimgeour!"
"Yes, but he'll also be able to get you the support you need," said Mr. Weasley, "Even Rufus' most loyal supporters would be hard pressed to oppose you with 'The Hero of the Phoenix' supporting you…"
"'Arry! 'Ow are you doing!" shouted Fleur. She gave him a big hug and kissed him on both cheeks. The conversation in the next room grew silent.
"How much did you hear Harry?" asked Percy, a bit embarrassed, leaning heavily on his cane.
"Just that there is something you don't want to ask me," said Harry.
"The truth is Harry, that father is going to make a motion to remove Scrimgore from office and I am thinking about running for the office. However, he is working on discrediting us despite the fact of everything that has happened. He's abused his power long enough, but father is afraid we can't get the support we need."
"Well, I'd love to help in anyway," offered Harry.
"No Harry, you've done enough for our family, I need to do this one thing on my own," said Percy. It was amazing how he changed over the years. At one time he'd have done anything to get to the top and now he was one of the most confident, self-assured men Harry knew, he was definitely a lot different from his days at Hogwarts when he was a Prefect and later Head Boy. "Now if you excuse me, I have work to attend to, I'll be back for Christmas, tell mum I send her my best!" Percy then apparated, he probably back to the ministry. Who'd have thought, Percy Weasley, Minister of Magic…? 'Everyone' Harry thought to himself, 'because that is exactly the type of person Percy always was.'
Ginny's graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry did not come soon enough for Harry as it came closer and closer to the date of their wedding, which would take place a week later.
When the day finally came Harry could barely contain his excitement. He and Ginny were getting married at the Burrow. They kept the wedding a complete secret from the rest of the wizarding world, until the day of the ceremony. The night before the ceremony, Harry owled Rita Skeeter, the reporter from the Daily Prophet who reported everything Harry did in his life, which since the days of Voldemort wasn't much. But this was his wedding and it was nice to see such happiness on the front page of the Daily Prophet.
Harry's dress robes were white, with red trimming and golden buttons. The groomsmen, who consisted of Ron, Lupin, Neville Longbottom and (unbelievably) Draco Malfoy, wore plain white ones. Dobby, the house elf was the ring bearer and wore the strangest arrangement of clothes that didn't quite match. At least he was wearing only white, red and gold like the rest of the wedding party.
Ginny's gown was white, with red and gold trimmings had a long train, and a veil with white gloves. She was also wearing the same tiara Fleur had worn at her wedding to Bill. The Bridesmaids were Hermione, Tonks, Luna Lovegood, and (despite Ginny's protests) Fleur.
The wedding was a beautiful ceremony; Mrs. Weasley spent much of the ceremony crying, while Mr. Weasley didn't look like he could have been any prouder of the couple. Headmistress Magonical was also looking very proud and was beaming at the young couple. Hagrid was crying almost as much Mrs. Weasley. Grawp tried his best to try and comfort Hagrid, but Madam Maxime stopped him from accidentally pummeling Hagrid into the ground. Rita Skeeter was writing down every detail of the ceremony, not missing a thing, though she was genuinely happy for Harry and Ginny. Mad-Eye Moody was also in attendance, his magic eye spinning wildly as if he was expecting an attack. Of course each of the Weasley brothers were there; Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred and George, none of which had any protests to Harry marrying their little sister, despite all of them losing that bet to Ron. Everyone could see the love that easily flowed through Harry and Ginny, and all were happy that day except of course Gabrielle, Fleur's little sister, who had been quite taken with Harry since the Tri-Wizard Tournament, just over four years prior.
The reception didn't disappoint either and Hermione blushed when she caught the bouquet and stole a quick glance at Ron, only Ginny and Harry noticed. All was as it should be. The Boy Who Lived finally had a family of his own, people who loved him, and it was the happiest he'd ever been in his life, all was as it should be.