Disclaimer: Just the standard disclaimer. I don't own anything except my plot ideas and stuff. The rest is all owned by J.K. Rowling, Warner Brothers, and anybody else that owns the copyrights to Harry Potter. On another note I will only put this in the first chapter. This disclaimer applies for all following chapters.
A/N: Welcome to another of my stories. I had a weird idea the other night at work. What if Harry had went back in time and ended up falling into love with Lily. So I came back home and looked and there were already stories like this. Well here is my rendition of it. I hope you enjoy.
Harry Potter and the Paradox of Time
Chapter 1: A Strange Summer and Irreversible Actions
The summer had been one of the worst but best summers Harry had ever had. On one hand the Dursleys had not said one word to Harry the whole summer and they even went so far as to go away on vacation for two weeks leaving him all alone at Number 4 the entire time. Then again the Dursleys refused to let him eat at meal times and the even put a pad lock on all the things that contained food.
Every time Harry would sneak down for food he would smile as he used the pen knife Sirius had gotten him. The Dursleys were baffled by how Harry got the food but they never said a word to him about, instead choosing to just ignore him.
He had been in touch with his two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all summer as they planned a little how they were going to go about finding and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. They had no clue how to find them and they weren't having much luck on figuring out how to destroy them. Most books that had ever been written about Horcruxes were deemed illegal by International Confederation and had been destroyed years ago.
Harry had to wonder how Voldemort had figured out how to even create them when he was still in school. They had wanted to look through Dumbledore's stuff, but Professor McGonagall had told them that the Headmaster's stuff had to remain in the castle because there were things that the Ministry might "have reason to dispute" as she had put it in here letter. So the trio had decided that even thought they didn't want to that they would at least return to go through Dumbledore's stuff. So for the rest of the summer they just wait around not having much to do.
Harry though was counting down the days till his birthday and the day he would finally be free. It was now 11:59 PM on July 30th and Harry was still awake waiting for the next day to arrive.
Harry looked at his watch counting down the final few seconds till his birthday under his breath, "5…4…3…2…1. Lumos." He said the last under his breath.
His wand flared to life and he was filled with glee. Finally he was free to do whatever he wanted. He would never have to see the Dursleys again if he didn't want to. Harry started to pack intent on leaving as soon as possible.
"Katheti Repario!" The little stuff he had touched in the room flew back to their places and all of Harry's things flew into his trunk his clothes folding and everything else that got all of it to fit. Just as Harry was getting ready to send all his stuff to the Weasley's he heard a multitude of tapping on his window.
Harry looked at the window and there were several owls all at his window. He immediately recognized his own snowy white owl, Hedwig, the Weasley family owl, Errol, and Pig. The last three all looked like official owls that Hogwarts and the Ministry used for official correspondences. Harry had expected the Hogwarts letter, but he wasn't sure where the other two could have come from.
Harry untied all the letters and packages from the owls and let the three official looking owls and Pig away, while he let Errol rest on his bed and Hedwig sit on his shoulder as he opened all his mail.
Harry picked up the first official letter and saw the seal of the Ministry of Magic on the back. Harry groaned and opened the letter.
Ministry of Magic
Department of Magical Law Enforcement
Control of Underage Wizardry
Dear Mr. Potter,
We are writing to inform you that you are now of legal age to practice magic outside of school freely. We would like to remind you though that you live in a heavily Muggle populated area and while we will no longer be able to monitor your magic it is still against Wizarding law to perform magic in front of Muggles that are not aware of magic.
We also would like to inform you that enclosed with this letter is also a Learner's Permit for Apparition. You are limited to performing apparition under the supervision of an Adult that has their Apparition license, but seeing as we are no longer able to monitor your use of magic, you are on the honor system.
Furthermore we would like to wish you a Happy Birthday!
Harry was delighted. It wasn't a letter of expulsion or anything. He folded the letter and put into his trunk. After that he turned to all the packages from his friends. He had received letters from everyone except for Ron and Hermione. They all said the same thing. They wished him a happy birthday and such. Harry thought it was strange that Ron and Hermione were sending him letters seeing as he was going to be heading to Burrow, but he understood when he opened them. Harry had received a book from each.
The one from Hermione was entitled Advanced Defense for the Extremely Skilled. From Ron he wasn't just surprised that he got him a book, but what the book was, A Guide to the Dark Arts. Harry was stunned.
Inside of the book from Ron there was a note.
I didn't think it was wise to give this to you in front of everyone else. So I sent it ahead. I can't wait to see you later today. Talk to you later mate.
Harry chuckled and threw the books into his trunk. He then opened the other unknown letter from one of the official looking owls. The letter was from Gringotts.
Diagon Ally Branch
Dear Mr. Potter,
We are writing to inform you that the contents of your current vault along with the contents of the Black and Dumbledore family vaults have been transferred to the Potter family vault per the final wishes of Albus Dumbledore and Sirius Black.
We would also like to inform you that you are now able to access the Potter family vault. All you need to do is request to see your family vault and a goblin will escort you down to it.
On a final note, enclosed is a letter that was requested be delivered to you if certain conditions were ever met in the will that your parents left behind. We at Gringotts would like to wish you a Happy Birthday and we look forward to your continued business.
Potter Account Manager
Harry stared at amazement at the small envelope that had come out with the letter from Gringotts. He started to open the letter while holding back the tears. He opened the letter but there wasn't much there.
We are sorry for this, but it has to be done.
James and Lily Potter
Harry didn't have time to be confused. He felt a tug behind navel like he did with a portkey and he felt his hair get pulled as he realized the handle from his trunk had gotten caught in his hair as he leaned against it reading his letters, and then he felt a horrible pressing sensation and he blacked out.
Harry awoke to find himself in an almost familiar room and a red head bent over him asking him if he was okay. At first he thought that it was Ginny Weasley, but as his vision cleared he saw of vaguely familiar emerald green eyes staring down at him.
The girl seeing that he was awake asked, "Are you ok?"
"I think so. How long have I been out?" Harry asked in a groggy voice.
"Well it has been about three hours sense you and your trunk appeared in here and you have been out since you arrived. How did you get here by the way? From the way you arrived it looked like a portkey but I don't really like the things myself so I'm not sure." She asked.
Harry looked around the room while she told him this and he started when he recognized the room and the view outside. He was still in Number 4 Privet Drive but the bedroom had changed. There was another trunk and the bed looked a little nicer, and all of Dudley's old things were gone.
Harry sat there dumbfounded as the girl waited for her answer. "Well?" She said a little impatient.
"From what I can tell I was here except it looked different. This is Number 4 Privet Drive is it not?" Harry asked.
"Impossible, I have lived her for two years and I have never seen you here before." The girl said irritated.
Harry took out his wand and muttered "Tempus."
Smoke came out of his wand and formed.
July 31, 1977
Harry looked dumbstruck. The year should have been 1997.
"What's with that look? The date and time are fine." She said confused by how he reacted.
"Yes, it may be, but where I'm from it is 1997 not 1977." Harry said slipping back into his thoughts.
"That's impossible. The only way to time travel is a time turner and the max they could ever do was a few hours." She said disbelievingly
"I know. Let me think this out real quick." The words weren't even out of his mouth when the girl whipped out here wand and pointed it at his heart.
"Who are you? Are you a Deatheater or something?" She demanded in a hostile tone.
"No. I'm not a Deatheater. Why would I be?" Harry told here eyeing her wand wearily.
"Then who are you and how did you get here?" She demanded.
"My name is Harry P…" Harry stopped. "Just Harry for now and you already guessed it, I got here by portkey. If you don't believe me look at this." Harry said digging out a copy of the Daily Prophet that he had kept.
She looked at it and was dumbfounded. "Well I'm not sure how you got here but it appears you are telling the truth. I'm Lily Evans by the way. You might want to be quiet though my sister and her husband will be getting back any moment and they won't be happy if they find you here." She told him lowering here wand.
Harry looked shocked again this was his mother, a younger version but still his mother.
"What?" Lily asked seeing the shocked look on Harry's face.
"Nothing," Harry replied quickly.
"Do you have anywhere to go?" Lily asked.
"No. Where would I go? I'm not even born yet and I wouldn't even have my vault yet. Damn. What am I going to do?" Harry said.
"You could always stay here. You seem to be a fully qualified wizard and I'm sure you could probably hide from my sister if you wanted." Lily offered.
Harry was tempted. He would love a chance to catch up with his mother. He had never been able to meet her after all. After a little more thought on it, he answered, "Sure, I would love to."
"Well make your self at home. I'm sure you can do that. By the way have we met before? You remind me of someone I know of school, but your eyes are different. I can't quite place them though, but they also look familiar." Lily asked curiously.
Harry cursed under his breath remember just how much like his father people told him he looked. "No I don't think we ever have. But, I need to figure out how to get back. I'm needed where I'm from very badly. I can't stay." Harry said
"What you don't know? Whenever you travel back in time, at least with a time turner, it is impossible to go back forward in time because you have changed time just by appearing there. You just have to wait it out." Lily told him in a tone that Harry never thought he would hear from anybody except Hermione.
"Maybe Dumbledore would know how. He is around isn't he?" Harry said still desperate to get home.
"Of course Dumbledore is still around. It is the only reason Hogwarts is still around. Voldemort would have taken it a long time ago if he wasn't. But still not even Dumbledore can bend the rules of time." Lily said annoyed he had doubted her original answer.
"Damn. What am I going to do now then? I can't just wait around here. I really to need to get home." Harry said to himself as he started to panic.
"You can't go 'home', Harry, but look at it this way. You can try and prevent whatever you need to get back to from ever happening then the problem is solved. That is about all you can do for now. If you want to try and wait twenty years go ahead but it is likely that with you coming back that whatever it is that is so important won't happen or you might not even be able to stop it or whatever you have to do." Lily told him.
Harry thought about for a moment. "I guess, but what can I do? Wait I don't have to go back to Hogwarts then. But, I'll need to talk to Albus Dumbledore. He will know what to do." Harry said resigning to his new fate.
"What did you mean about if Dumbledore was still around earlier? Voldemort is too afraid to try and kill him. It is about the only reason he hasn't tried to take Hogwarts yet." Lily asked him remembering his earlier comment.
"Ehh… I don't think I should be telling you this, but the time I'm from Dumbledore had been murdered on the castle grounds by one of his own staff. After that the wizarding world fell into a depression and Voldemort started attacking everywhere even the Muggles freely. He died at the end of my sixth year. Then as things start getting worse I receive this letter from my p… I mean a friend and the next thing I know I'm here." Harry told her.
"That is bad. If we lost Dumbledore I don't know what would happen to us. He is the only hope we have with Ministry being so incompetent and all." She said.
Harry laughed. "I guess some things just never change."
"What's that mean?" Lily asked.
"The Ministry. In the future it never changes. It is actually all their fault we were in the predicament we were in the first place. If they had only listened to me and Dumbledore we would have been ready, but no they said we were lying and then all that crap happened. The stupid bastards will never learn I swear." Harry said.
Lily laughed. "So why don't you tell me about yourself."
Harry started to tell her his story leaving out vital parts about his life like who his parents were certain details that he knew about Voldemort's fall and resurrection, and anything else that might give away himself. It felt weird to talk about himself in the third person, but he knew he had to do it. He also left out most of his child hood because that would have been a dead give away to who might be.
When he had finished telling his life story, Harry had heard the familiar voice of his aunt yell for Lily to come down for dinner. She left telling him that she would try and knick some food for him, but he waved her off and told her not to worry he could fend for himself if he had too.
About a half-hour later Lily can back up having smuggled up some bread for him to snack on. He ate gratefully realizing how hungry he really was at the moment.
After finishing his meager meal, Lily started telling him stuff about her childhood. Her parents had died two years ago and since then she had been living with her "horrible" sister, Petunia, and her then fiancé, now husband. They hated here because she was a witch, but they had still taken care of her. She also went on a rant about "that James Potter." Harry just smiled getting to hear about his dad a little, and when she had asked him why he was smiling he refused to answer her till she stopped.
When they finished talking they decided to get some sleep so Harry conjurored a cot and draped his invisibility cloak over it and disillusioned him self and lied down and fell asleep with a smile on his face for the first time in a long time.
When Harry awoke the next day it was already light outside and Lily was gone. He got up and as he was about to sneak down the hall to the bathroom Lily walked in with a plate of food.
"Here you go, Harry. I got you some food. My sister went out to do some shopping and Vernon is at work so it is safe for you walk around, Petunia should be back in a few hours. Why don't you eat then you can go take a shower." She told him with a smile.
Harry accepted and sat down on her bed and ate his meal quickly hungry from the lack of food the last day. Lily just sat in a chair reading what looked like the seventh year charms text.
Harry finished and walked down the hall to the bathroom. He took a quick shower and he heard someone come up the steps. He figured it was just Lily and finished getting dressed. When he finished he heard a piercing scream that could only be from Lily. He grabbed his wand and rushed for Lily's room.
When he stepped into the doorway, he couldn't believe what he saw.
There was a figure in a silk dark robe and a head of messy black hair. The figure had his back to him. He then saw his mother lying like a board on her bed. The figure was bending over her starting to rip her top off. The world seemed to stand still and Harry had what he could only describe as an out of body experience. He watched his body in slow motion raise his wand.
It then shouted "AVADA KEDAVRA!"
The figure whirled around just as the giant green bean hit him. Harry then felt himself plummet back into his body and he fell down crying. His only thought, What have I done?
A/N: Well there is the first chapter. Who do you think the figure was? I have never written a cliffhanger chapter before so this is my first one. I got most of the next chapter ready to be written so I'll work on it when I can. I hope you liked it. R&R