A/N: Well... This is the end of this... Bigger note at bottom
31st October, 2002
Hunting Harry: One Year Later...
It has been one year since our world was saved. One year since the Boy-Who-Lived lived once again. And for a long time we here at Hunting Harry have been chasing down the Chosen One for an interview. And almost five on, we've got it at last.
It took us forty-three owls (not that we're counting) to get Harry Potter here, but at last he is. He comes in, looking wary, and with much trepidation he sits down and accepts the offered butterbeer.
Wearing muggle jeans and a t-shirt under his dark grey robes, he is tall, "but not as tall as (best friend) Ron (Weasley)," he tells us later on. Harry is polite and charming from the moment he walks in, but also unbeknownly intimidating, and even without knowing he is the man that saved the world, he seems to be a person that not many would like to cross. Harry is quiet to begin with, but it doesn't take us long to get him talking despite the talk of his closed-off nature.
He looks shocked when we begin with asking him about his charity work; his glasses almost slip off his nose and eyebrows shoot up into his hair (which, girls, is as hopelessly messy as it seems in the photos). It's quite obvious that he was expecting us to question him on the downfall of the Dark Lord or his much publicised personal life.
"It's called Choices," he tells us enthusiastically."It's a foundation of sorts, and in basics, what I'm trying to do is raise the awareness that, despite the war being over, the repercussions are still going to remain for a very long time. And, regardless of what some people have been thinking the last couple of months, I'm not trying to make money of it.
"I think that the grief of what has happened to people from" Potter uses his name carelessly, looking slightly annoyed at the shudders of the people in the room, "reign is bad enough by itself that people shouldn't have to worry about the Healer's bill every time they get a check-up on the old war injury, or if it is possible to afford to send the kids to Hogwarts since the parents aren't able to work anymore after the Death Eater attacks, and even just giving people the support that they need to know that they're not going through this alone."
Harry's smiling and making motions with his hands, quite clearly passionate about his work. He seems wiser than his twenty-two years, and far more mature than his rumoured behaviour from earlier this year.
"Everyone's got to grow up sometime," he informs us as he shrugs his shoulders at this comment. "I just did it quicker than most. But that's always been the way with me anyway."
"And all that stuff earlier in the year was rubbish anyway," he tells us as we ask him about this behaviour, and surprisingly he is not as closed about his personal life as many people have said he would be. "No drinking myself into oblivion every night or hanging around with muggle drug lords, no."
He tells us this with a laugh and a grin, seeming amazingly bright and happy, laughing at himself and not even slightly standoffish as we here at Hunting Harry had expected him to be.
"We need all the help we can get," Harry tells us about his work. "If everyone who could just gave a few galleons to us, it would make so many people's lives so much better without much effort on anyone's behalf.
"The plan is that it's not just going to be for people who have suffered through the war, just a benefit system in general. If it's in my ability to make people's lives a bit easier, for any reason, that's what we'll do."
We then move on to the part which, with a scornful smile and shake of his head, Potter lets us know he has been expecting ever since he walked into the Daily Prophet head office.
"My personal life," he sighs, stretching back on his chair. "What do you want to know? I s'pose I can tell you a bit to get people off my back."
"No, (Best Friend and wife of Ron Weasley) Hermione's not pregnant, as far as I know anyway," he chortles to our question. "I still see them at least every couple of days. They've been married, oh, six, seven months now, and they're going good, again, as far as I know anyway. They're both still working at the Ministry. After they got married, I ended up moving out of the flat the three of us were sharing. It was my wedding present to them, I guess. A rather expensive present.
"I moved in with Ginny (Weasley)," he admits after a moment of prompting, clearly not overly comfortable with talking about his girlfriend in public, which is unsurprising after the rumours that plagued Ms Weasley after the shock revelation of her relationship with Mr Potter at her brother's wedding.
"Fiancée," he corrects us in a rather guilty tone when he is asked about his girlfriend, again sounding as though he'd rather not talk about it publically, yet forcing back a smile at the mention of her name. We quickly question when this development happened.
"When I asked her or when she said yes?" He nervously half laughs. "I first asked her ages ago, but that was in the middle of a fight, so I don't think she even got around to answering. It was her twenty-first birthday in August; we've been engaged since then.
"No date yet, but it's all Mrs Weasley asks me whenever I see her. It makes it half tempting just to elope. We're not going to though," he adds quickly, as though reassuring his future mother-in-law through this article. This is when we get the nerve to bring up the topic which we know Harry is going to get at least slightly worked up over.
"It's all rubbish," he told us automatically, a slight harshness coming into his voice when we bring up the issue of Ms Weasley's alleged promiscuity during the war years. "Ginny gets all that nonsense thrown onto her just because she's with me. She doesn't deserve it, her family doesn't deserve it and I don't deserve the fact that people seem to be looking for the worst in her.
"We were together when we were back at Hogwarts then broke up when I decided to be, as she puts it 'all stupid and noble'," he says this, the scathing tone going slightly from his voice. "We kept it quiet from most people, her family included, but for years and years it has pretty much just been that we were seeing each other, even when we weren't. So when people come out saying things like they were dating her or worse, I know it's not true, obviously she knows it's not true, and everyone who we care about know those things are not true, and they don't need to ask simply because they see us shrug it off whenever it comes up."
"The problem is that it is horrible and it hurts even though there is no truth behind it. I hate the fact that Gin has to deal with public abuse and harassment on almost a daily basis just because of her relationship with me." He says this with what is clearly subdued anger. "It's sad when people need to attack her to hurt me or to split us up or whatever it is they are trying to do."
He chats with us a bit longer, mainly about the chances of the English team in the Quidditch World Cup, where Potter's friend and ex-captain Oliver Wood from Puddlemere United is playing Keeper. He glances at his watch, starting slightly as he sees the time, telling us that this interview was not nearly as horrible as he was anticipating it to be, and he actually has to go.
Yes Mr Potter, you will see us around.
"I'm sure I'll talk to you again sometime," he tells us, slightly begrudgingly yet smiling. "If you are going to be so ridiculous to stalk me anyway."He leaves us with a smile, wave and slight pop of apparation.
A/N: Well… That's it. It's finished. It's weird, I started this six plus months ago, and now it's finished, over.
I feel like I've definitely become a much better writer through this, and I can't help but be proud of my perseverance with writing. I think the next time I write (which is only going to be a bunch of oneshots for a bit), I won't be quite as melodramatic as I was in this…
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has read this, an even bigger thank you to everyone who has ever reviewed. Every review means a whole lot more than the two minutes it takes to submit. I'm just going to single out a bunch of people here:
Carla: a big thanks for all the reviews, and an even bigger one for betaing and encouragement. It's just so good to know that all the stupid little mistakes I make can be picked up and I'm not going to get a bunch of reviews complaining about grammar. I really appreciate the time that you've put in to helping me.
Knightsbridge: for taking the time to leave long, detailed reviews on both sites that make me feel like I'm getting across what I'm trying to. Your reviews are always a highlight when I'm posting a new chapter, and they even make up for the ones that say simply that Ginny is being a slag and Harry is stupid. You see what I'm doing to the characters and why, then leave literate responses and constructive criticism. I really appreciate all the kind words and encouragement you've sent my way.
Eaglesnest: similar reasons to above, getting reviews that are constructive and looking below the surface to see the bigger picture.
Merliedog: again, similar reasons. Your reviews, especially for the earlier chapters just really questioned me on everything I was trying to get out but hadn't yet. Just someone analysing what I was trying to do and pointing out all the strenghths/weaknesses that I did think about when writing, and tried to consider how it would come across to people other than me. Thanks.
Ravenreux, Nymphadora, Weirdgirl, Nutters4Potter, Bellatrix06, Ginny Guerra: just all the great reviews and encouragement. I'm putting all you together just because it's easier than retyping the similar stuff over and over. Seeing people who would review every chapter without fail made me smile!
And, again, to everyone else. I hope people enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it.
Now it's time for…
Okay, well I'm not going to do another multi-chapter fic yet. I have an idea that I really love that at the moment is bearing the overly lame working title of Ginny Weasley and the Deathly Hallows because that's basically what the story is; DH from Ginny's perspective. I'm not going to start writing (or posting at the very least) until December, as I am doing my equivalent of NEWT year that goes until November, so I'm trying to focus on school until at least then… So look for it then?
I'm in the process of doing a bunch of oneshots. A Weasley Tradition is set about twelve years after DH, and is actually going to be a Teddy/Victoire fic with (as usual) and H/G background. It should be up nowish, so read it!
I have an idea for a HBP missing moment, Purple Socks and Raspberry Jam is going to be just a cute little sixth-year Burrow-Christmas thing. It popped into my head about four hours before the new book, but I really love the idea anyway, which I won't go into overly. I also have a vague idea for a oneshot that makes me laugh when I even think about what it's about. H/G centric naturally, but I won't say what it's about other than the working title, which is Naming the Kids.
So yeah, feel free to go read/keep an eye out for this stuff.
And again, thanks everyone!