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Never Alone, Book III


Chapter Forty – Potter Manor


"HE-WHO-MUST-NOT-BE-NAMED RETURNS
Rita Skeeter

The Ministry of Magic has been under the constant patrol of the Auror department since the recent break-in of Death Eaters, loyal supporters of You-Know-Who himself.

Sources report that Harry Potter and a two groups of fighters met within the Ministry where a fight ensued, leading to the Deaths of four Death Eaters, Lucius Malfoy, Rodolphus Lestrange, Marcus Yaxley, and Sierra McNabber, and Defense Association member Ginevra Weasley.

When asked about the battle, Harry Potter, flat-out refusing to give a full interview, had only one thing to say, "Ginny Weasley died fighting bravely. Her sacrifice should be remembered for what it was, a brave, honourable, courageous thing to do, and should be a light to others to do what is right and fight for what they believe in, and what is right."

Shortly following the battle, Ministry officials encountered alleged mass-murderer Sirius Black who escaped from Azkaban two years before. When Aurors attempted to take him into custody, he was defended by roughly twenty full grown witches and wizards who testified of his innocence. Submitting to a Veritaserum test on top of a Legillimency test, Sirius Black revealed that the man he was supposed to have killed, Peter Pettigrew, faked his own death and transformed himself into a rat using the magical powers known as Animagusy. We at the Daily Prophet have been asked to remind you that unregistered Animagusy is illegal and an imprisonable offense.

Ex-fugitive Albus Dumbledore was also present at the battle and has been recently reinstated as Hogwarts headmaster. Headmistress and High Inquisitor Dolores Jane Umbridge has been suspended pending a hearing and, if convicted for crimes of cruel and inhumane treatment of students, could face up to twelve years in Azkaban.

Following this incident, Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge has submitted his resignation. He says that, if he hadn't "the wizarding people would be screaming for it" anyhow, and that it was, perhaps, the wisest move of his career. Rufus Scrimgeour has been selected as the next Minister and will be sworn in Monday.

For details surrounding funeral services for those lost in the battle, see page fourteen."

Harry lowered the Prophet into his lap, taking a deep breath as he look at the girls resting their heads on each of his sides.

He was home now, not just at Hogwarts, but at the Potter Manor. Pansy lay on his left side, his arm wrapped lovingly around her waist as her head rested delicately on his shoulder. Her breaths were deep and calm, her body getting the first real sleep since the long and draining battle.

Libra rested, one arm sleepily wrapped around his waist and the other behind his neck as she slept, her face mashed slightly against his chest.

Now, Harry thought, with his family quite literally at his sides, was perhaps the best moment, best feeling he'd ever had.

His friends, it was true, were off at their own homes, enjoying their summer vacation as much as they could with the looming funeral and possibly grim return to Hogwarts.

Harry sighed as he closed his eyes as saw Ginny's face, looking at him peacefully as she stood in front of the Veil and, once again, stepped through, whispering her soft goodbyes as she gently faded away...

THE END


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