Author's notes: Hey eveyone. I'm here with chapter two.

Thanks as always to my beta Kaz and to my one reviewer Gin!

Chapter Two: A new Dark Lord.

Two weeks Previously

Harry Potter's heart thundered in his chest, as he waited for his request to be met and for Voldemort to show himself at Hogwarts.

Harry knew his nemesis wouldn't be able to resist the temptation of taking the castle he was obsessed with, or having to chance to finally end the war by killing Harry.

It was almost a year to the day since the traitorous Snape had murdered Albus Dumbledore and gone into hiding.

Since then, Harry- along with Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Neville and Luna- had managed to find and destroy all but one of Voldemort's horcruxes.

The first had been Slytherin's locket, that Ron had remembered seeing in Grimmauld Place.

After questioning the house-elf Kreacher, Harry and his friends had discovered that it was Sirius' younger brother Regulus Black who had stolen the horcrux and taken it back to his family home.

The six friends had turned Grimmauld Place upside down, searching from top to bottom for Slytherin's locket. It was only upon remembering that Harry had caught Mundungus Fletcher stealing from the house of Harry's late godfather, that they had any clue to the horcruxes whereabouts.

With help from Arthur Weasley, Harry had been granted access to Azkaban and was allowed to question 'Dung'. The thief informed Harry that the locket had been sold to the bartender of the Hog's head.

Returning to Hogsmeade, Harry was shocked to discover the bartender was in fact Albus Dumbledore's younger brother Aberforth.

Aberforth happily turned over the horcrux when Harry explained what it really was and everyone was delighted to find that Regulus Black has succeeded in destroying it.

The next horcrux - Hufflepuff's cup- was surprisingly easy to locate. The owner of the Knockturn Alley shop, Caractacus Burke had found the cup and then sold it onto Hufflepuff descendant Tabitha Smith- who happened to be the mother of Hogwarts student Zacharias Smith-. Mrs. Smith took a little persuading to hand over the family heirloom, but eventually her son had shown loyalty to both Dumbledore and Harry and had told his mother to let Harry have the cup.

Harry and friends then had the difficult task of destroying the horcrux. However, Bill Weasley's curse breaking knowledge had been indispensable and the horcrux had been destroyed.

The final horcrux to be found before killing Nagini and confronting Voldemort was believed to be something of Godric Gryffindor's or Rowena Ravenclaw's. Harry ruled out the artefact once belonging to Gryffindor, as Dumbledore had assured him that both relics of Godric's had always been safely within his possession. Therefore, Hermione began researching heirlooms of Ravenclaw's and had discovered that the Hogwarts founder had once owned a magical tiara engraved with her initials and the symbol of an eagle.

After more fruitless research as to where the horcrux could be, Harry remembered seeing a tiara in the Room of Requirement when he had been hiding The Half-blood Prince's potions book the previous year.

The guess was correct and the hidden tiara turned out to be that of Rowena Ravenclaw's and the missing horcrux. Again, the help of Bill was priceless and the oldest Weasley child managed to break all the curses surrounding the horcrux before Harry destroyed it.

Finally, with five of the six horcruxes destroyed, Harry joined with The Order of the Phoenix- who's new leader was Madeye Moody- to formulate their next step of action.

It was decided that the Order would gather in Hogwarts and then Harry would somehow get a message to Voldemort, luring him to the castle.

The plan was for Voldemort and his Death Eaters to come to raid Hogwarts, hoping to over take it and kill Harry.

However, the Order, Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna and Ginny would be waiting for them.

It was then hoped that Hermione and Ron- who had been researching how to kill Nagini- would dispose of the snake as the others dealt with the Death Eaters and then Harry could confront Voldemort.

The plan worked perfectly, Voldemort couldn't resist the lure of coming to the castle and would soon be on his way with the Death Eaters.

Plunging Hogwarts into darkness with Fred and George Weasley's Instant Darkness Powder, The Order waited for Voldemort and the Death Eater's arrival.

When they arrived, the castle was illuminated as curses were thrown left, right and centre.

Neville Longbottom exacted some much needed revenge on Bellatrix Lestrange, by killing her with the use of a Venomous Tentacula plant.

The Order battled well, taking out most of the Death Eaters, until Lucius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy and Fenrir Greyback had shown up. The werewolf then savaged many members of the 'good side', brutally killing Luna Lovegood and Bill Weasley. Greyback was only stopped in his rampage when Remus Lupin confronted the monster who had bitten him as a child.

The two werewolves battled until they were both reaching death and it looked as though Greyback was about to finish off Lupin for good. However, in an act of true Gryffindor bravery and defiance to his master, Peter Pettigrew stepped in the way. Pettigrew sacrificed his own life, using his silver hand to kill Greyback and save his fellow Marauder.

The victory was short lived however, as Draco Malfoy heartlessly murdered Arthur and Molly Weasley in front of Ron and Ginny.

The youngest Weasley children broke down and the sight of their parents' death, until rage over took them.

Together, Ginny and Ron cast a powerful combination of the Bat-Bogey Hex and a Blasting Charm that killed Lucius as Draco escaped.

Then, as the war was ending and most of the Death Eaters finally lay defeated, Ron and Ginny rushed to Harry and Hermione's side.

The four friends gathered around, ready to kill Nagini and then take on Voldemort.

"If… if for… some reason one of us doesn't make it… I… I want you all to know how much I love you," Harry stuttered, tears filling his green eyes as he embraced Ron, Hermione and Ginny in turn. "Ginny, you're my love and my world; I couldn't be doing this without you. Ron and Hermione, you're no longer my best friends; you're my family."

The sentiments were returned, as again the group hugged.

"Hermione, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to say this; but I love you," confessed Ron.

All now freely crying, the two couple's headed off to find Nagini.

The Snake was located in the Chamber of Secrets and with a spell, she had devised herself, Hermione destroyed the final horcrux.

As Nagini's lifeless body burst into blue flames, Voldemort appeared in the chamber.

"Well Potter, the moment has come at last. Are you ready to join your dead family and friends?" sneered Voldemort, his cold high voice ringing out around the chamber.

Harry stepped forwards, Ron, Hermione and Ginny standing just behind him ready to jump in if he so wished.

Without hesitation, Harry drew his wand. Thinking of all those loved ones he'd lost and turning to see his friend's tear streaked faces looking at him, Harry cast his spell.

"Expecto Patronum," he yelled, thinking of his dead parents and how Lily had sacrificed her life to save him. Thinking of Cedric Diggory, who had been an innocent by-stander in the war. Remembering Sirius; his godfather who had given him so much but had got nothing in return apart from a wasted life. Thinking of Dumbledore; his mentor and the greatest wizard who had ever lived. Remembering Arthur and Molly Weasley; who had been like parents to him. Thinking of Luna Lovegood; a loyal friend right until the very end. Thinking of Ron; his best friend for almost eight years, the person who had become a brother to him. Always loyal, always there. Thinking of Hermione; the smartest witch he'd ever known. His other best friend and perfect counter part to Ron. And finally, Ginny; his girlfriend, his love. The witch who filled his heart with joy. The witch he wanted to marry when this was all over.

Streaking from Harry's wand came a silver Phoenix, the fire of it's tail made up of metallic tones; it's song filling the chamber with love and hope.

The Phoenix descended upon Voldemort, bearing down upon him.

And Voldemort screamed out in pain. Pain as he was faced with visions of love, friendship, loyalty and compassion. Visions he'd never known himself and couldn't understand.

In a final burst of brilliant white light, that filled the whole chamber, the Phoenix exploded and with it destroyed Voldemort.

Harry fell to the ground, as Ginny, Ron and Hermione rushed to him.

He couldn't believe Voldemort was gone, the war was finally over. The wizarding world was now at peace.

"Avada Kedavra," a sinister whisper said, sending a jet of green light straight at Harry.

His body flew up into the air, before hitting the ground with a lifeless thud.

Ginny screamed and rushed to Harry's dead body. Hermione stood rooted to the spot in shock and fear, as tears silently cascaded down her face. Ron leapt up in anger, rage and disbelief.

"Noooooooo! He can't be dead. This is just some sick trick, this isn't real," he insisted.

Then slowly a figure revealed himself from the shadows. A figure draped in black robes and a sneering smile. A figure Ron, Hermione and Ginny all recognized and hated;

Severus Snape.

"Now the war has ended," he informed.

What followed no one had expected. With the death of both Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, Snape crowned himself the new Dark Lord.

He was joined by his right hand man and they person who had been keeping him in hiding and had allowed him access to Hogwarts that very night; Draco Malfoy.

On Snape's command, Malfoy and the other remaining Death Eaters captured the surviving members of the Order. They were taken to the Slytherin dungeon - which had been magically transformed into a prison- and held there.

Snape took control of Hogwarts, using it as his base of operations as he planned to take over the Ministry of Magic and then the wizarding world.