Summery: Okay, Harry's a girl in this fic and her name is Charlotte Jayde Potter, her twin brother Evander is mistaken to be the one who survived Avada Kedavra and because of this is abandoned on her Aunt Petunia's doorstep because they don't want her to become jealous of her brothers fame (at least this is what they said to justify leaving her). To get back at her parents and make them regret what they did to her, she pushes herself to be the best she can be and becomes a genius.
A.N.: This one took me a little longer, only because I had a job interview to prepare for - I didn't even get the job after all that effort sigh - by the way, Dumbledore will come off heavily as an idiot, oh, and there's a fair amount of swearing - we also meet Artemis and Butler - Yay!! Oh and some of the reviewers were afraid that I was making the characters too OC - well, people tend to react differently to people their more comfortable around - for example: Severus is still going to be a snarky bastard, The malfoy's will still think their the best thing since the creation of portkeys, Dumbledore will still be revered by the light everywhere and Fudge will still be incompetent (I feel like crying, why did the wonderful Ms. Rowling have to give an idiot like him such a tasty name). Well! That's my rambling done! Thanks all!
Disclaimer: Since I don't particularly feel like being sued, I'll put this in as painful as it is...Unfortunatly, I don't own it.
In Spite Of Betrayal
Much Ado About A Little Red Rock
The first of August at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was bright, sunny and peaceful; to bad it wouldn't stay that way.
"YOU DID WHAT!!?" This demand got several replies;
"Now Charlie, calm down - these things can be changed." From Severus, who could smell disaster coming.
"O-o-oh m-my!" From Quirrel who sounded even more scared than usual, Flitwick fell off his chair;
A "Now see hear young lady," From Professor McGonagall, who looked like she wanted to take the girl by the ear and drag her to her office for a good telling off, Lily (who taught History of Magic) started crying due to her daughters blatant dislike for her and her family, Sinistra and Hooch moved to comfort her while smiling approvingly that someone had finally told the headmaster off, Hagrid tried valiantly to defend the old man, Pince, Pomfrey and Sprout decided they'd just sit back and watch the chaos forming with amusement and tea.
Trelawney was 'seeing bad things in the young girls future'; to which she replied "Oh, go work in a circus you fake!" which left much of the staff smirking discretely, Vector, Kettleburn and Burbage were discussing magical theory deciding ignoring everything was the best course of action, all the while Filch was muttering about ungreatful little maggots, all in all, it was the most exciting staff meeting Hogwarts had seen and it only started two minutes ago.
The second scholar walking the halls of the school for next few years also thought it was quiet amusing as he hid his smirk behind a hot cup of earl gray tea as the white haired girl continued yelling at the headmaster.
"My contract says I get private rooms, unless you want me to pack my bags and go home I advise you remedy this situation."
"Now Miss Potter, surely you're not that adverse to your family?" the headmaster said trying to remedy this situation - unnoticed Quirrel's eyes flashed red for a mere moment but no, everyones attention was on the young pre-teen glaring daggers at the old fool that called her by her parents name - she clicked her fingers once "You've been warned Headmaster, under no circumstances is anyone to call me Charlotte Potter." The mans usually bright robes and hair were pitch black " Congratulations Professor Dumbledore, I'm going to be making your life miserable for the next two weeks. Now are you going to be nice and accede to my demands or am I going to have to make the next two weeks even worse for you?"
"You're things will be moved to a private suite immediately, Miss Jayde."
"Wonderful!" the next thing everyone saw was a bright flash - when they could see again, they saw Charlie with a camera "What!? Come on! How often do you see Dumbledore in black?"
"You're very immature Miss Jayde." McGonagall said disapprovingly
"I'm elevan - I'm expected to be immature and willful, wouldn't want to disappoint anyone now, would I?"
"Just like your damn father." she replied
Charlie gave her a disgusted look - so did Severus "I - am - nothing - like - that - man!!" She said forcefully, glaring at the woman as if she had told her she was going to get six months of detention
"Most people would be honoured to be referred to one of the Potter's."
"Oh yes! Of course - I forgot, I'm supposed to worship them like the rest of you pathetic sheep - they are after all the best thing since the creation of port keys, silly me -
of course, the fact that they deserted me on my magiphobic Aunt and Uncle's doorstep in the middle of the night so close to winter shouldn't even matter" and the young girl continued, Lily started crying again and McGonagall went to try and compose the pre-teen and was stopped by the other scholar
"Mr. Fowl?" she asked the fifteen year old genius.
"Let her rant, it's obviously something she's been holding inside for a long time - besides, I think it's something Professor Potter needs to hear." and so they let her rant.
The rest of the holidays went quickly enough - the staff learned never to anger the young pre-teen as she made good on hr promise to the Headmaster with enumurable pranks - magical, muggle and most often not an odd combination of the two, snopping photo's of her handiwork - whether it was for blackmail purposes or for some form of album or scrapbook they didn't know, nor were they going to risk finding out - though it turned out she wouldn't risk pranking in the Library or Hospital Wing - angering Pince and Pomfrey wasn't a good idea. Half of the staff seemed to have adopted her in some weird way - also in the short time she and Artemis had known each other they had become like siblings - Artemis looked after Charlie, while Butler looked after the both of them (and somehow she still managed to get herself into the Hospital Wing three times) sending any photo's taken to Mr. and Mrs. Fowl to enjoy - they always did want him to be more social.
It was on the first of September that another staff meeting took place and it was at this meeting that an important issue came up and Dumbledore became a permanent fixture on Charlie's revenge prank list, after all being this much of an idiot must be illeagal.
"My collegues, we're going to have something rather precious hidden in the school this year - It will be our jobs to guard it for it is my belief that Lord Voldemort is persuing it to gain his corporeal body back, the item all of you will be providing enchantments to protect is the Philosopher's Sto-"
"YOU IDIOT!" Charlie shouted "WHAT DRUGS WE'RE YOU TAKING WHEN YOU DECIDED THIS! DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD KILL FOR THAT LITTLE RED ROCK!!"
"I assure you Miss. Jayde - the stone will be perfectly safe with everyone here protecting it."
"YOU OBLIVIOUS FOOL! I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE BLOODY ROCK!" Charlie continued shouting
"Charlie, calm down and tell him rationally what he's missing, he will be more amicable to fixing the problem." Artemis advised
"Yes, calm is good." she said, taking a few deep breaths - when she started talking again, her tone was still hostle but she was no longer shouting "Like I said, do you know how many people will kill for that little red rock - what you don't comprehend is that they wont care whether or not who they kill is student or teacher that get in their way - you're a bloody Headmaster for heavens sake and you didn't once think of your students - add the fact that you haven't had a solid Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher since 1951; which incase you're wondering, leaves 78 of the student population unable to protect themselves due to the difference in teaching methods, oh and by the way, out of that 75 only 17 would have the intellegence to run away - you can't protect them from the monsters that will come to this school looking for the one thing that will help them on their self-absorbed quest for greatness; one slip and the whole world knows; one slip and the worst of society will come running - do you get it now? It doesn't matter if the rock is safe - the mansters will still come and they'll hurt everyone in their way." The teachers mouths were wide with horror at her speech.
"We'll just have to work harder on the protections for it then." Dumbledore mused
"YOU SENILE IDIOT! INCOMPETANT FOOL! WHO EVER SAID YOU WERE A INTELLEGENT MAN SHOULD BE SHOT! REPEATEDLY! BLASTED MORON - HOW THE HELL DID YOU FOOL PEOPLE INTO THINKING YOU WERE THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!? IT SEEMS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO BE LEADER OF THE LIGHT IS DEFEAT A DARK LORD OR TWO - BETWEEN FUDGE AND THIS IGNORANT BASTARD, WE'RE SCREWED!! FUCK IT! I'M MOVING TO CALIFORNIA!"
Artemis stood up to stop her from leaving "Now Charlie - you don't mean that, come have some tea, it'll calm you down."
"You went out of your way to sound as patronising as possible, didn't you?"
"It worked didn't it?"
"You've been spending a lot of time with Severus, haven't you young lady." Poppy said sternly
"You think so Auntie Poppy?"
In the end, they hadn't gotten through to Dumbledore, dispite all arguements, he remained stubbornly oblivious and Charlie was just about ready to start screaming again, that and wak him over the head with something to see whether or not he could get any stupider and that was the subject of Charlie and Artemis' latest debate in her common rooms.
"Book knowledge yes - any application of said intellegence to real life situations, absolutely not."
"Wow Artemis, you just explained the typical Ravenclaw, and I think you're giving him to much credit."
"Hufflepuff then?" knowing perfectly well what she was going to say to that.
"No way, Hufflepuffs are loyal, hardworking, clean and tidy creature, all of which I'll bet my library of books he doesn't possess. I'm really starting to hate that man."
Artemis nodded in agreement "Will we do anything about the Philsopher's Stone incident?" having a suspicion that she was going to answer the affirmative, after all she was nothing if not indecipherable.
"Already done, we don't need to worry about the little red rock, just the people who come looking for it, speaking of; Quirrel?"
"You caught that, did you?" the older boy smirked
"Of course. It's a clever disguise - coming from behind the scenes, he's the last person anyone would suspect."
"Yes and as a teacher appearing to be helping protect it - so are you going to tell me what you did about our little red rock?"
"Maybe." Charlie answered evasively
"Which means no."
"No, it means maybe, tell me Arte - where's the best place to hide something?"
he raised an eyebrow delicately "Why, in plain sight, of course."
"Of course." she replied cheekily winking.