A/N: Well, here is the FINAL chapter. I tried to add more and make it longer, but every time I tried, it just came out wrong. On top of that I apologize for the lack of a battle scene because I couldn't seem to write it, so I had my best friend write a small one. Enjoy!
Chapter Twenty-Four The Road to Closure
Marietta Edgecombe had been sent a note during her afternoon class that the headmaster needed to speak to her. She and a few classmates were selected by the headmaster to help control the more rebellious students. She was delighted at the opportunity. After Dumbledore would eliminate Harry Potter, Dumbledore would run the wizarding world once again and she would be placed in the high ranks of the ministry. She gave the password to the stone gargoyle and knocked on the door wants she reached the top.
"You wish to see me Headmaster," Marietta said.
"Yes, something has come up that I will really appreciate your help with," Dumbledore said.
"Of course Headmaster, I'd be delighted to help," Marietta smiled.
"I was hoping you would say that," Dumbledore said as he pulled out his wand. "Your sacrifice will help the greater good nicely."
Marietta didn't even have time to scream as the stunner hit her. The same scene repeated itself throughout the day with Seamus Finnigan, Dean Thomas, Ernie Macmillan, Zacharias Smith, and Cho Chang. Soon Dumbledore had all the students he needed and secretly took them to the ritual chamber he had prepared.
With a bounce in his step he sealed the room and began the ritual that would give him the power to bring down Harry and Tom.
Fawkes flashed into a meeting of Harry, Tom, Lucius, and Severus. Fawkes gave Harry the message that Dumbledore had taken the children he had using into the chamber to complete the ritual. Harry thanked Fawkes and turned to the others.
"Dumbles is on the move. One week from today we will launch our raid on Hogsmeade. He will be significantly weakened by then so hopefully this won't be a long drawn out fight. Fawkes informed me he has taken Seamus Finnigan, Dean Thomas, Ernie Macmillan, Zacharias Smith, Cho Chang, Marietta Edgecombe, and Pansy to use in the ritual. Fawkes also told me don't feel any remorse for these children's fates. They have been using any means necessary to have the students follow Dumbles new policies."
"We won't alert the Death Eaters until it is time to leave for the village," Tom said. Harry nodded his head as they went back to their meeting.
Dumbledore walked out of the ritual room he made, very pleased with himself. He had performed the ritual as the book instructed. He didn't feel any different, but he figured since he was already so powerful that there wasn't much that could enhance his power anyway. He figured he could test his new powers while he was disposing of the students that gave their life to help with the greater good. After using a series of spells to dispose of the evidence, he felt compelled to use more of his magic.
Dumbledore grinned smugly, 'I must need an outlet for all this new power.'
Harry, Tom, Severus and Lucius stood in the meeting room in front of all the Death Eaters. Even those under Harry's command where in line with the others.
"My faithful followers! One week ago we put into action a plan that would help us put an end to the war on our terms! Dumbledore will fall today and we will reclaim the wizarding world! Some of us won't return here today, but remember that you fought to ensure the wizarding world would thrive once again under our new regimen! Everyone we leave now!"
All the Death Eaters were moved by Tom's speech as they apparated out or took a portkey. Harry was able to catch a glimpse of the charismatic man that had first captivated the wizarding world. The four apparated themselves to the outskirts of Hogsmeade village as the Death Eaters rounded up prisoners. No unnecessary lives would be taken today. They didn't have to wait too long until the remaining members of the Order of the Phoenix decided to show followed by the Aurors.
"Do we just look inconspicuous until Dumbledore shows?" Harry asked.
"That's what I usually do," Tom said. Harry snorted at the response.
The battle started getting fiercer as the time crawled by.
Narcissa had just taken down Mad Eye with the killing curse when she was struck from behind with a severing charm and her head was removed from her body. Bill and Charlie were taking on about twenty aurors while Severus was dueling Kingsley. Harry was looking around trying to see any of his friends, but the battle was paused for a moment by a roar of rage from Tom and everyone looked in his line of sight to see Dumbledore levitating the dead body of Minerva McGonagall.
"She was smart Tom but not smart enough. Did you really think I wouldn't find out about her? That I wouldn't put the pieces together? Who else on the grounds would have had the stamina or strength to kill Percy," Dumbledore laughed.
The battle progressed from there. There were multi colored lights flying everywhere making it just as dangerous to dodge then just shield or take the minor curse. Tom was battling Dumbledore and Harry was happy to see Dumbledore was struggling to keep up with Tom. Harry crept up by the two and with a few choice words, a dome surrounded Tom, Harry, and Dumbledore to keep anyone for interfering. Harry had incorporated a sonorous charm into the making of the dome so that everyone would be able to hear what was going on inside.
"This will be your end Dumbledore," Tom said. "Harry, why don't you tell him what you did."
Harry smiled widely at Dumbledore, "You know that book that Pansy brought you? Well, turns out it was from my vault, and with a little work, we were able to produce a copy and give one to you with a few of the rituals switched around. The main switch is the power enhancing ritual for the power draining ritual. Have you felt the need to use your magic more and it not seeming to come back to you?
Dumbledore pale and his wand started to shake.
"Your control over the wizarding world ends today. You may have found out Minerva, but you have not found out about everyone in our ranks, including the current minister, Arthur Weasley. Everyone will know of the crimes you have committed against the wizarding world for the 'greater good'."
While Harry was talking to Dumbledore, Tom was lining up for his final shot. Harry smiled once again at Dumbledore and said good bye. Dumbledore only had time to look at Tom before he crumpled to the ground from the Avada Kedavra. Massive cheers rang out from the death eaters as they portkeyed away with a few prisoners, the wounded, and their fallen friends.
Everyone arrived and was greeted by Arthur. Arthur was told the news of Narcissa, but he would grieve later. Right now, he was heading to the Ministry of Magic to announce the new regimen of the wizarding world now that Dumbledore was out of the way. All of Dumbledore's followers would be given the option to turn away from Dumbledore's ideals or to be considered enemies of the ministry and be sentenced to Azkaban.
Harry found Draco being checked out by the healers. Once Draco had been cleared, they headed back to their rooms to change before Tom had his meeting. Soon they found themselves once again in the meeting room.
"We have done well today! We have ended the reign of Dumbledore and reclaimed the wizarding world! I would also like to thank Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy, Blaise Zabini, Nymphadora Tonks, and Min..Minerva McGonagall for fighting until their last breaths. They will be hailed as heroes of the wizarding world from this day forth. Even the eight unidentified death eaters will have a place of honor. Freedom came with a price, but we will never forget what these people have done for us," Tom said. "Please, go spend time with your families. We will meet in a couple of days."
Harry, Draco, and a banged up Hermione went searching for Seth. They found him setting in his room staring blankly at the wall.
"Seth, are you alright?" Hermione asked.
"Yeah, I'm…I'm okay. Slowly getting used to the idea that he isn't going to walk into the door with a goofy grin on his face talking about what he got up to."
As soon as Seth started crying, Harry and Hermione was on either side of him whispering soft words of comfort. Harry turned towards Draco.
"Can you go get his dad please?" Draco nodded as he hurried out of the room. Soon he returned with Rodolphus who wrapped his arms around his son. He nodded his head towards the other two signaling he could handle this from here. They walked out of the room and wandered down the hallway.
"Well, it seems we need a little bit of good news," Hermione said. Taking a death breath she stopped Harry and Draco, "I'm pregnant."
Harry laughed as he picked up Hermione and twirled her around and Draco gave her a hug.
"Have you told Sev?" Harry asked.
"Yes, we just found out and then Tom summoned everyone for the battle. I figured we would tell everyone in a few days."
"I'm surprised Sev let you go to the battle knowing you were pregnant," Draco said.
"Well, he didn't have much time to try and talk me out of it," Hermione said.
Hermione went to find Severus as Harry told Draco he would meet him in their room. Harry found Tom in his office. Tom didn't even acknowledge Harry's presence as he sat in the chair across from his desk.
"You know part of me wishes Dumbledore would have killed me too, just so that I could be with her," Tom said still not looking at Harry.
Harry got up and walked around the desk and pulled his honorary father into a hug. "I know you will miss her and that you still love her, but you have to remember that there are people who need you here too."
Tom hugged his 'son'. This is why he was still needed. He couldn't leave him behind just yet.
Harry soon left Tom to deal with his grief in private. He returned to his room and after he had changed, he crawled into bed with Draco who was already asleep. His dreams consisted of happier times with those he had lost.
Over the next few months, the wizarding world had changed drastically. All the skeletons in Dumbledore's closet came out. Due to not knowing how many people Dumbledore obliviated or manipulated in other ways, St. Mungo's offered free scans to any person who walked in their doors. The sheer numbers who Dumbledore had messed with were astronomical. With the manipulations undone, and the new power of the government, the British wizarding world finally moved ahead and caught up and surpassed the other magical communities of the world.
There were a few people who tried to rebel but they were dealt with swiftly. Others saw the good that Tom Riddle, no longer going by Voldemort, and Arthur Weasley were doing and welcomed the changes.
Harry and Draco were bonded in a small ceremony surrounded by their friends and family at the beginning of summer. There was much happiness that day, but everyone raised a glass to toast the ones that had given had paid the ultimate price for the wizarding world. By the end of the year, Hermione and Severus had welcomed a new addition to their family. Xara Snape was doted on by everyone including her godfathers, Harry and Draco, and honorary grandfather Tom.
Harry smiled as he and Draco sat on the couch as Hermione and Tom played with little Xara. He thanked the Merlin that he had made the choice to side with Tom.
I would like to thank all my reviewers and people who have followed this story since I started it. This was my first fanfiction I ever wrote (well, started anyways) and it was dedicated to my fellow potteraddict Matt. He lost his life along with three other of my friends in a car crash and this story is dedicated in memory of him (I also made him the DADA instructor). Once again thanks for reading!