What if Sirius was never sent to Azkaban? What if Harry Potter grew up in a nice loving home?
What if Draco Malfoy was a good guy?... What if James and Lily Potter never died? (ok so it's a lot of what ifs, but this story will answer them all!)
Last Time on What If?
'Hey Lily, you ok?' Hestia asked, startling Lily a bit, as she had been lost in thought.
'No. No I'm not ok. I have this feeling that something bad is about to happen. The only thing I can think of is Dumbledore and Voldemort. I just have this bad feeling that the peace we have lived in over the last 5 years is about to change, and quite dramatically.'
The other women did not know what to say, the truth was, they had felt exactly the same for some time now. But what was about to happen?
The New Hogwarts
(Over at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry…)
'Hey Bill, Bill!' Charlie Weasley shouted as he ran down one of the long corridors in Hogwarts castle.
Bill Weasley turned around when he heard someone shouting his name 'what's up bro?' he asked, grinning at Charlie.
'I made the team Bill! I'm Gryffindor's newest seeker!' Charlie shouted, clearly excited.
'I heard Charlie, congrats little bro!'
The brothers made their way down to the great hall where everyone was getting seated for lunch. There were 4 tables in this great hall; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw tables for the students and a table at the top of the hall for the teachers, which included; Professor McGonagall the Headmistress, the muggle studies and transfiguration teacher; Professor Lupin the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher and head of Gryffindor house; Professor Sprout the Herbology teacher and head of Hufflepuff House; Professor Slughorn the potions teacher and Head of Ravenclaw house, Professor Trewlaney the teacher of Divination and last (but most certainly not least) Professor Hagrid, the Care of Magical Creatures teacher and of course gamekeeper and keeper of the keys for Hogwarts.
There was no house for Slytherins; there kind were no longer wanted at the school, and the parents who were thought to have been involved in the dark arts were not invited to send their children to Hogwarts. Sad for these children, as Hogwarts was an amazing place, but no one in the magical community wanted another war.
Every student that crossed Hogwarts' doors was amazed, the castle slightly smaller than the old one; but this did not matter as it was every bit as magical. The teachers treated every student with respect, no house was left out and best of all there was no animosity between houses, as the Gryffindors, Ravenclaws and Hufflepuffs all got along with each other. The only time the houses did not get along was when it came to quidditch and house points; and even then it was friendly competitiveness.
Bill and Charlie made their way into the great hall and sat down to lunch with Percy and Tonks (who is in Gryffindor in my story!)
'Did anybody see the Daily Prophet this morning?' Percy asked the others.
'Afraid not Perce, I slept in and was running late' Charlie replied 'and those two were probably too busy snogging the face off each other!'
Charlie and Percy looked over to where Tonks and Bill were sitting close together, whispering and holding hands.
'Eurgh, it's enough to put you off your food!' Charlie exclaimed.
Bill gave a quick, hard kick to Charlie's shin. 'Shut up'.
Charlie winced, and scowled at Bill.
'So, what was so interesting in the Prophet Perce?' Charlie asked, still scowling at Bill.
'Dumbledore's been sighted again, this time nearer the castle. You don't think he's somehow managed to find out where the schools located do you?'
'Of course not Percy, don't be silly, this place has got the best protection spells on it, and no outsider will ever find it!' Bill said.
'I know, I feel stupid for asking, but you never know. Stranger things have happened – Dumbledore was supposed to be a good guy and he turned out to be rotten to the core.'
'Just try not to worry too much Percy, we are most definitely safe here ok.' Tonks told Percy, soothingly.
'I'll see you guys later; I've got a potions test to study for. Mum won't be happy if she gets word from Slughorn that I'm failing'.
Everyone said bye, and Percy also left, he had Care of Magical Creatures with Hagrid; they were going into the forest (which, at this new castle, was not forbidden) to see if they could see any Unicorns.
At the end of lunch Tonks headed to potions while Bill headed to the owlery – he was going to send a letter to his parents, voicing his brother's worries. He had muggle studies; once he explained to McGonagall why he was late, she would probably be fine but still maybe take a few points from him though.
'Dear Mum and Dad
I hope you are all ok, Hogwarts is great, the most amazing place I've ever seen! I do miss everyone though; please give my love to everyone in the house.
The reason I'm writing is because Percy is reading stories in the Prophet about Dumbledore being spotted, near Hogwarts. Is there no way this can be stopped? The Prophet is obviously lying – I'm worried Perce won't want to stay here if he continues to believe that the castle is in danger!
Any advice much appreciated! See you at Christmas!