Yo! How's my peeps in the hood? What's crackin' lately?
Yeah. . . I will never do that again.
Anyway, I hope you like this. It's the longest, it think.
The next week went by very quickly. Harry, Ron and Hermione got their O.W.L.s grades ("Wow! Hermione got 10 just like you Lily!" James had exclaimed.) They had gotten all their new books (Remus had gone into another room and brought in a huge trunk that held all of his, Sirius, James and Lily's old books and robes from school.)
In that week Harry and the others some times forgot that Lily and James were his parents, they had all become as close as the Golden trio. Finally it was September 1st and they were in front of the Hogwarts Express.
"Come on, lets go!" exclaimed Hermione, walking into the train, the rest followed. They decided to sit in the compartment at the very end of the hall, more privacy they figured. They knew that Dumbledore was going to explain everything about the time travelers at the feast, until then it would be best not to let anyone know - if they could help it.
After sitting down and getting settled Hermione and Ron stood back up and walked off to the prefect's carriage leaving Harry, Ginny, James, Lily, Sirius and Remus alone.
Sirius leaned back and sighed. "I can't wait to see the faces on everyone when Dumbledore introduces us," he said, "Have you ever heard the expression, 'looks like you've seen a ghost?' Well, that is going to fit perfectly in this situation."
"You have a sick sense of humor, Black," said Lily raising an eyebrow.
"Come on, like you aren't wondering as well!" exclaimed James. "No on has seen us for years."
"I guess, it is going to be strange, though," she admitted.
"Strange is why you're hanging out with these losers," drawled a familiar voice from the door. Draco Malfoy was standing there with his arms crossed. "Potter and the girl Weasel."
Harry sighed and turned to Draco. "What do you want Malfoy?"
"Just like I said, wondering why a cutie like her," Malfoy pointed to Lily, "is hanging out with your bunch."
Harry just stared at him for a moment and said, "Wait, are you hitting on her?"
"What's it to you, Potter. You have Wesley, right?" sneered Malfoy.
Harry started to laugh. "I wouldn't be doing that if I were you," he said.
"And why not?" snapped Malfoy.
"Well one: she's muggle-born. I have no problem with that, but you do." started off Harry. "And two: I really don't want you hitting on my mum, I really don't want to see a shrink," he finished.
"What in the bloody hell are you talking about Potter?" Malfoy snapped again.
"First look at her eyes, then look over to your right," said Harry.
Malfoy looked over to Lily and noticed that she had the same green eyes as Harry, then turned to the right and saw James giving him a killer look. "What the hell!" exclaimed Malfoy, "Who is that!"
"James Potter, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin," said Harry, "And the girl you were hitting on is Lily Evans, now I suggest you leave. I don't want to be responsible for what James does to you."
Malfoy, who had turned even paler that usual, took one last look at Lily then to the other three then almost ran out of the compartment.
"Who was that?" asked Lily.
"Draco Malfoy, Slytherin. We've been enemies since the first day of school," answered Harry sitting back down with a sigh. "And I find what just happened very disturbing."
"So do I!" exclaimed Lily and James, they turned to each other and blushed.
"Great, a blushy moment between my parents," said Harry dryly, "I don't know what's more disturbing now."
The rest of the train ride was better than the first ten minutes, when Hermione and Ron came back they told them all about Malfoy. Ron's eye started to twitch. Harry and Ginny went to Slughorn's compartment for a while, the Slug Club they called it.
Finally they all walked off the train, Hermione and Ron going off to get the first years, and the others got into the carriages. When they got into the Great Hall they sat at the Gryffindor table, some people next to them noticed the similarities between James and Harry, but everyone else was too wrapped up in meeting their friends again to notice.
Professor Dumbledore stood up and cleared his throat; the room was quiet almost immediately. "Welcome back all, we hope this will be a wonderful year for everyone," he began in his booming voice. "We have some announcements before we start our feast. First off we will be having very some special students joining us for the time being," Harry and the others took a deep breath, this was it, "About a week ago they turned up, they had been working on a potion in their own time-" some whispers started at this, many people gave Dumbledore confused looks but he continued, "They added the wrong thing and were sent here, into the future for them."
Everyone started to whisper at this, Dumbledore raised his hands for silence, it took longer than usual but finally the hall was quiet again. "The four students joining us you will recognize, it might come as a shock to you all but hopefully you will treat them as anyone else. They will be having their memories erased when they are sent back so they can't change the future, but still try not to scare them too much," Dumbledore laughed, "They have been told of their futures and what horrible things have happened to them so you don't have to worry about slipping up," Dumbledore paused, everyone was looking around the hall to see if they could spot them, "And even though they had just started their seventh year in their time they will be taking sixth year classes with their son and friends. It's always nice to have familiar faces in your life, am I right?" Everyone was looking around madly for they new people; some had finally noticed James and the others.
"So without further ado please welcome Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Lily Evans and James Potter." Dumbledore held out his hand to the four teens, everyone gasped and looked over to them. People at the farthest tables, Hufflepuff and Slytherin, were standing up to see them all. The room was silent except for Dumbledore clapping, finally everyone else joined in.
Harry turned to his parents, Lily was so pale that her hair looked like blood and James was trying to look like he wasn't affected by the attention but wasn't doing to well at hiding it. Sirius and Remus looked pretty much the same as James.
"Now, the other announcement is this: our new teachers!" exclaimed Dumbledore after the noise had stopped. "For potions we have the returning Horace Slughorn." Professor Slughorn stood up; he still looked a bit shocked to see Lily Evans again but was trying to mask it. Other than this whispers filled the room, Snape was still at the table, what was he teaching?
"And for our Defense Against the Dark Arts post we have Severus Snape," continued Dumbledore, Snape gave a quick nod. The great hall once again was filled with talking. Everyone knew how long Snape had wanted this job.
"What!" whispered James and Harry, outraged.
"This can't end well," whispered Ron.
"Got that right! I was with Dumbledore when he convinced Slughorn to come here, I though he was going to be the DADA teacher," said Harry.
"Who is he anyway?" asked Ron.
"He's our potions teacher," answered Lily, "Like we said, we had just came from potions."
"Really?" asked Harry, they nodded.
The feast continued, everyone stuffed themselves and everyone talked non-stop. Many of the people sitting next to Harry and the others started asking the 'time travelers' questions; Neville was the first to ask. "W-what year are you all in again?" he asked, his voice shaking.
Lily answered. "We just started our seventh year, but like Dumbledore said we're taking sixth year with Harry. Who are you anyway?" she asked as an after thought.
"I'm Neville Longbottom," he answered.
"Really, is Frank Longbottom your dad?" asked James, Neville nodded. "That's great, we're in the same dorm. I wonder if the girl he's dating now is your mom. Alice?" Neville nodded again, he was getting a little uncomfortable.
"Alice? She and I are best friends!" exclaimed Lily, "We're dorm mates as well, she's the nicest person in the world."
Neville jerked his head up. "Really? You two are friends?"
Lily nodded. "Yes, why, has she not mentioned me?" asked Lily.
Neville looked down at his plate avoiding Lily's eyes. "Lily," said Harry leaning over to her and whispering in her ear, "Don't talk about Neville's parents, they are in St. Mungo's. They were tortured by Voldemort's followers and driven insane."
Lily gasped and turned to Neville, he hadn't heard a word that they had said.
After the feast they all walked up to the Gryffindor common room, Lily and Hermione walked up to the girl dorms and the others went to the boy dorms. They all went to bed within ten minutes of walking in. The room had been enlarged, a bathroom had been added and three more beds were in the room - and still the room was comfortable.
Dean and Seamus had introduced themselves to James and the others, and they did the same. Then after that they all went to bed not even bothering to undress they were so tired.
The next morning on the way to breakfast they ran into Hagrid. "Harry!" he exclaimed bringing him into a bone crushing hug. Then he did the same to Hermione and Ron, he turned to the time traveling quad. "It's so great to see you all again!" he exclaimed.
"Um . . . " started James.
"I know it's not the same for to four of you, you probably just saw me before the potion mess up, but I haven't see the four of you in 16 years!" said Hagrid interrupting. "I haven't had to chase any group from the Forbidden forest as often as you three, other than these three and the Weasley twins." Harry and the others smiled at this. "Well, I better be going. See you all it class."
After Hagrid was gone Harry turned to Ron and Hermione. "Neither of you are taking Care of Magical Creatures either, right?" They nodded. "Great, Hagrid is going to be so sad."
They finished walking to the Great Hall and started breakfast, after they were done McGonagall handed out the class schedules, which were much more complicated than last year.
"So Potter, Harry I mean, I was wondering why you haven't applied to continue Potions. I thought it was your ambitions to become a Auror," said McGonagall.
"I didn't get a 'Outstanding'," answered Harry.
"Yes, but Professor Slughorn is perfectly happy in taking students with 'Exceeds Expectations'. Do you wish to continue?" she asked again.
"Yes, but I don't have any of the ingredients or anything-" started Harry.
"Professor Slughorn will be able to lend you some," said McGonagall. "And Potter, twenty hopefuls have already signed up for the Quidditch try-outs."
After a few minutes everything was settled out with their classes. An hour later after their free period, besides Hermione, Lily and Remus who were taking Ancient Runes, left the common room to go to Defense Against the Dark Arts. They met up with the three outside the classroom.
Snape opened the door after a few minutes and let them in. The seven friends tried to sit as close as possible. Harry was in between Ron and James and Sirius was sitting on the other side of James. Remus was sitting next to Neville, and beside him Lily and Hermione were talking about the homework they got for Ancient Runes.
Snape gave a long speech about the Dark Arts in such a way that it creeped many of the students out. Then he asked, "What is the advantage of a nonverbal spell?" Hermione's was the first one up, along with Remus and Lily's. "Very well - Miss Granger?"
"Your adversary has no warning about what kind of magic you're about to perform," she said, "which gives you a split-second advantage."
"An answered copied almost word for word from The Standard book of spells, Grade Six," said Snape. "But yes, not all wizards can do this. It is a question of concentration and mind power which some-" he turned to Harry, "-lack."
"Now, divide into pairs, try to jinx your partner in complete silence," said Snape. Ron and Harry paired up while James and Sirius, Remus and Neville and Lily and Hermione did as well.
Ron was trying but was purple faced and Harry was still waiting. Snape walked over to Ron. "Pathetic, Weasley," he said. "Here - let me show you-"
Snape turned his wand to Harry so quickly the nonverbal spell was forgotten and Harry yelled a shield charm, "Protego!"
Snape was thrown back and hit his desk. The whole class was now watching, Sirius and James did a high five at this.
"Do you not remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"There is no need to call me/him sir, Professor," said both Harry and James at the same time. The words had left their mouths before they knew what they were thinking. Several people gasped, including Hermione and Lily. Behind Snape, however, Ron, Dean, Seamus and Sirius were grinning like madmen, Remus wasn't sure what to do.
"Detention, Saturday night, my office - both of you," snapped Snape. "I do not take cheek from anyone, Potters . . . not even 'the Chosen one.'" he said quoting what the newspapers were saying about him.
When Snape started to turn around James said, "Really Snivellus, from what I remember you take cheek from everyone, including me."
Snape turned back around as people started laughing at the name. "That was then, Potter, and ten points from Gryffindor."
"That was brilliant, the both of you!" exclaimed Ron as they were walking away from the classroom.
"You shouldn't have done it," said Hermione.
"What made you?" asked Lily.
"He tried to jinx me, in case you didn't notice!" fumed Harry. "I had enough of that during those Occlumency lessons!"
"Occlumency lessons?" echoed James and Lily.
"Yeah, and did you hear him go on about the Dark Arts? He loves them!" exclaimed Harry.
"Well," said Hermione, "I thought he sounded a bit like you."
"What are you talking about!" exclaimed Sirius, "He isn't like that slime ball."
"Yes, when you were telling us what it's like to face Voldemort. You said it wasn't just memorizing spells, you said it was just your brains and guts - well, wasn't that what he was saying?" asked Hermione.
After another break they went to double potions with the Slytherins. Slughorn told them to come in, before he or Ron sat down they told them they needed a book and scales He handed the two of them books and everything else they would need.
"Now then, I have prepared a few potions for you to look at," said Slughorn, "These are the kind of thing you ought to be able to make after your N.E.W.T.s. Can anyone tell me what this one is?" he indicated to the cauldron nearest the Slytherin table.
Hermione and Lily raised their hands at the same time. "Lily Evans of course, thought you'd know. You were the best when I taught you!" exclaimed Slughorn.
Lily blushed and answered, "It's Veritaserum, a odorless, colorless potion that forces you to tell the truth."
"Very good!" he said happily, "Now, what about this one?"
This time Hermione's hand was up in the air faster, Slughorn called on her.
"It's Polyjuice Potion, sir," she said.
Hermione then answered the next potion, the most powerful love potion in the world.
"May I ask your name, dear?" said Slughorn.
"Hermione Granger, sir."
"Granger? Granger? Can you possibly be related to Hector Dagworth-Granger, who founded the Most Extraordinary Society of Potionners?"
"No, I don't think so. I'm muggle-born, you see."
Slughorn looked from Harry to Hermione, they were sitting next to each other.
"Oho! 'One of my best friends is muggle-born, and she's the best in our year!' I'm assuming this is the very friend of whom you spoke of, Harry," said Slughorn.
"Then take a well-earned twenty points for Gryffindor, Miss Granger," said Slughorn, "It seems as if you and Miss Evans have much in common, both well skilled in Potions."
Then Slughorn told the class about Felix Felicis, it makes you lucky. Then they set them off to make the Draught of the Living Dead. Harry tried the best he could, but his and Ron's didn't really measure up. Hermione's wasn't even up to par. Lily, however, got a standing ovation.
"I see you are still the best in this time!" he exclaimed, and Lily blushed. He looked at Harry's potion and sighed. "It looks as if you didn't inherit you mother's talent." Lily blushed again.
"Yes, he was too busy inheriting my good looks and Quidditch skills!" said James.
"Must you have that big of a head, Potter?" said Lily crossing her arms over her chest.
James put on a fake hurt expression, "Why Evans, I'm extremely hurt that you'd say that."
"I only speak the truth, Potter," said Lily
Sirius stepped in between Lily and James, "Now, now, let's not fight in front of the kids!" he said with a touch of sarcasm.
"Oh please Black, can't you be serious for two seconds?" asked Lily.
"Oh Evans, can't you see, I am Sirius!" he joked, everyone in the room laughed.
"You know, that isn't as funny the millionth time you say that," said Lily turning back to Slughorn.
Slughorn looked to Lily and then to James. "I suppose the October Hogsmeade visit hasn't happened yet."
Lily was about to reply but Sirius beat her to it, "You mean the one when Lily and James are finally going to get together? No it hasn't yet but when it does happen I'm sure the 'I told you that you and Potter would make the perfect couple's are going to be in the thousands!"
Everyone burst out laughing.
"Yes, it was the talk of the school for weeks," said Slughorn. "I think Lily was close to hexing me when I said that to her."
"So you're saying that they aren't together yet?" asked Malfoy, Slughorn nodded. "Better watch it Potter, you might not exist."
Harry turned to Malfoy. "Well at least I'm not the one who hit on a girl who would be more that double your age on the train," he said pointing to Lily. "By the way, that still creeps me out." Malfoy turned pink while the classroom, including the other Slytherins, burst out laughing.
"Any way, here you are Lily, a bottle of Felix Felicis, as promised," said Slughorn handing her a small vile of it, "And you are all dismissed."
I hope you liked it! Yes, it does follow the 6th book a lot, but not completely. I'm just focusing on the time traveling - not the memories Dumbledore takes Harry in. Sorry!
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