The sun sat proudly in the sky as the students of Hogwarts poured out onto the sloping lawns. Harry Potter was among them. The battle was over, Lord Voldermort was gone forever and the remains were scattered over the grounds. Broken pillars, crushed trees, trampled earth, and toppled stone walls. Harry picked up a smashed camera, and held back his pain. It had been Colin Creevey's. Ginny Weasley walked up behind him, and laid her head on his shoulder.
"Harry, it is not your fault. McGonagall told them not to fight…" She said softly. Harry shook his head.
"Colin, Dobby, Mad Eye, Tonks, Professor Lupin …" he looked at his girlfriend. "Fred." Ginny's eyes filled with tears. Fred was her older brother. Harry continued.
"They would not be dead if not for me."
"Harry, they died because of they all cared about you. The whole wizarding world was at stake. Without them, maybe Lord Voldermort would still be here, terrorizing and murdering us all. They saved us in a way…" Ginny looked into his eyes and the two kissed. From Hogsmeade, they heard the distant train whistle belonging to the scarlet Hogwarts Express.
"The train is taking all the students and their families back to London…" Harry whispered. Ginny led him by the hand, smiling.
"You had better come; Mum is bound to be waiting for you." She laughed as he smiled too. He looked back at the destroyed castle, remembering how this had been his home for so long. The adventures… Quidditch, Norbert the dragon, the Sorcerer's Stone, the petrified students, the Chamber of Secrets, the dementors, Sirius Black's escape, the Triwizard tournament, the Department of Mysteries, the rising of Voldermort, the half blood prince, Dumbledore's death, the last battle… Harry felt tears fill his eyes but he held them back as they reached the platform. Everyone started whooping and hollering when he arrived and he beamed. Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley ran up to him. Ron clapped him on the back.
"We thought you weren't going to make it, mate." He said.
"Hurry along, you lot." Hagrid boomed, waving them along. They boarded the scarlet steam engine. Mr. and Mrs. Weasley bustled along the corridor, carrying bags and cages for them.
"Here you are, dears." Mrs. Weasley handed each of them a bag of chicken sandwiches as Mr. Weasley set down the cages with Crookshanks, Pigwidgeon, Trevor, and Ginny's pigmy puff, Arnold.
"Thanks, Mrs. Weasley." Hermione said, sitting down next to Luna and Ginny in the compartment to their left. The guys sat down too and they all rummaged through their sacks. Mr. Weasley acknowledged for Harry to follow him into the hall. Mr. Weasley slid the door closed.
"Harry Potter, I want to thank for everything…without you, our family would not be the same. And I want to let you know…" Mr. Weasley made sure Ginny was not watching.
"Ginny is my only daughter and I would not want anything to happen to her…" Harry gulped. Mr. Weasley went on. "But I also know that she loves you. And I want to let you know, you have my permission to…" Mr. Weasley rubbed his head. "Marry Ginny." He concluded. Harry stared at him.
"Mr. Weasley, I appreciate this, really I do. Ginny and I do love each other… but I don't think we are going to get married just yet." Harry said. Mr. Weasley nodded.
"Never say never, Harry." Mr. Weasley finished, as his wife exited the compartment where Harry's friends all sat.
"Come along, Arthur. I told Mrs. Longbottom we would sit with her." Mrs. Weasley announced. She turned to Harry and kissed him on the cheek.
"Have a good time, love." She smiled as she headed off with her husband. Harry sat down next to Ginny and wrapped his arm around her shoulder.
"Good bye, Hogwarts…" Luna said raising a bottle of butterbeer into the air. "To the next time we meet…" she took a sip as did Neville, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Harry.
"So what are they going to do come September 1st?" Ron asked.
"I heard from Professor Sprout that all the 7th year students are going to be able to go back and we and the sixth years can do courses over the summer to receive any extra tutoring in preparation for next year. All the teachers are going to repair the school during the holiday." Neville explained. Luna looked up at him.
"That is wonderful! I don't know what I would do without you for a year." Luna kissed him. Ginny and Hermione giggled and Neville blushed. Ginny smiled up at Harry.
"Isn't that great?" Ginny asked him. Harry remained silent.
"Harry, are you alright?" Hermione asked.
"I can't go back to Hogwarts. I promised Remus and Tonks that I would take care of Teddy." He said. Everyone looked sadly at their half eaten sandwiches.
"Where is Teddy now?" Luna mumbled.
"At Tonks' mother's house. He was there during the battle." Harry answered.
"Poor Andromeda…. She lost her husband, her daughter, and … her sister." Ginny said. Harry looked her.
"Not even Andromeda could mourn the loss of Bellatrix Lestrange." Ron said. Luna and Neville nodded. The compartment sat in quiet as the train rumbled along the tracks.
After a couple hours, the Hogwarts Express pulled into Platform Nine and Three Quarters. The six friends exited the train, carrying all their belongings. Ginny and Ron loaded their pets and bags onto a trolley. They all turned to say goodbye to each other. Neville kissed his girlfriend and went to find his grandmother. Luna bid them all farewell as her plump father waved excessively from afar. Hermione was staying at the Burrow over the summer, and Harry was going to Grimmlaud Place. Hermione and Ron left Ginny and Harry alone. Ginny set her hand on Harry's face and kissed him.
"Hurry back to me…" she whispered. " I'll send letters by Pig." Harry nodded.
The Weasleys hugged Harry goodbye. Hermione slipped Harry a piece of paper.
"Look at it when you are alone." She murmured. Harry nodded, kissing her on the cheek and giving Ron a high five. Harry grabbed his knapsack, flung it over his shoulder and disapperated.
A moment later, he was standing in a luscious green yard filled with wildflowers. Andromeda certainly had a green thumb, or a good wand hand. He trotted up the cobblestone path to a small cottage, surrounded by shady weeping willows. He knocked firmly on the front door and he heard a bustle from inside. A beautiful dark haired woman, with deep blue eyes and her glasses on her nose, opened the door. The wind blew her deep violet robes. A smile came over her well-worn face.
"Harry, what a marvelous surprise! Do come in." Andromeda Tonks escorted him into her home. Not even a year ago, he had fled to the safety of this home to escape Lord Voldermort. It was different than he remembered. The sitting room was dimly lit, the shelves stuffed full of books, a fire burning merrily in the hearth and the chairs each adorned with an afghan and decorative pillows. A teapot began magically pouring scalding hot tea into teacups and scones soared through the air on a plate to the serving tray.
"Please sit, Harry dear." Andromeda sat delicately on a rose patterned stool.
"Thank you." He replied. He sat opposite her at the tea table and graciously accepted her offer of sugar.
"Mrs. Tonks, I came to talk to you about Teddy." Harry said. Andromeda nodded.
"I figured you would. Remus and Nymphadora were sure they wanted you to be the godfather. I think they picked a wonderful person." Andromeda's eyes crinkled as she beamed. Harry blushed.
"I know I want to honor their wishes so I came to do what I could for him. I have your cousin's house set up, a room for him, and if you thought it would be ok, I want to be the best parent I can." Harry explained. Andromeda set her cup down and looked at Harry admirably.
"Harry… you are barely eighteen." She began. "I know that Remus and Dora would want you to finish your schooling, get married, and have children of your own. And I was wondering if… during that time, I could raise Teddy…" she said humbly. Harry seemed puzzled.
"You see, Teddy is my only family left. He reminds me so much of his mother, and as his godfather, I am asking you, please, let me take care of my grandson." Tears filled her eyes at the mentioning of Tonks. Harry nodded.
"Mrs. Tonks, I firmly believe that the best place for Teddy… is to be with you. And when it comes time for Teddy to need another guardian, I will be there to help." Harry said and Andromeda lit up.
"Harry, thank you. You have no idea how much this means to me!" She embraced him. A tiny little boy with vibrant blue hair came crawling in. Andromeda laughed.
"Oh Teddy, you are a clever boy." She scooped him up. Harry smiled as Teddy clung to his grandmother's shoulders, cooing and grinning.
"Teddy, this is Harry, your godfather." Andromeda said, introducing the pair.
"Teddy, I look forward to getting to know you." Harry said, opening his knapsack and pulling out a photograph. It was of Sirius, James, and Remus, all laughing and smiling.
"I want you to have this, of my dad, your dad, and the best godfather ever. I just hope I can live up to all of them." Harry handed the infant the picture. Teddy giggled at the image and Andromeda dried her tears.
"If you don't mind, there is someone waiting for me back home." Harry said. Andromeda grinned.
"That Ginny Weasley is a lucky girl." She said, leading him to the door. He looked up at her and she smirked.
"Thank you Harry, for everything." Andromeda said. Harry nodded and was gone.
Moments later, Harry felt a sense of ease come to him as he arrived at the Burrow, the Weasley family home. It towered in all directions and it was the most wonderful place in the world to Harry. Before he could make it up to the kitchen door, it was flung open and Ginny flew into his arms.
"You're back! Oh my gosh!" she kissed him.
"I'm back forever…" he smiled and the two stood in the garden, kissing.
The seventh years returned to Hogwarts the following September and managed to pass the year without a single disruption from the outside world. Mr. and Mrs. Weasley stood proudly as Ginny, Harry, Hermione, and Ron received their honorary awards and certificates of achievement. Harry and Ginny had grown so close over the last year and Harry knew Ginny was the woman for him. He proposed to her down by the lake graduation day and to no one's surprise, she accepted. Their wedding was beautiful and was put on with no worries. But it was the bride they had to worry about.
Ginny stood in her bedroom, staring into the mirror, dressed in her beautiful silk robes. Hermione helped her pin her hair up as Fleur, Luna, and Mrs. Weasley adjusted her jewelry. She glanced nervously out the window to the garden, lit with beautiful luminaries and strung with steamers and such. Guests filed in, carrying various packages. Hermione sighed in happiness at the sight of Ginny fully dressed.
"Oh, you look so lovely." Hermione said in awe. Ginny said nothing. Fleur and Mrs. Weasley looked at each other curiously.
"What I am doing this for?" Ginny asked all of the sudden.
"Ginny, you just have cold feet. You are going to be fine." Her mother said, handing her daughter the bouquet of flowers. Ginny shook her head.
"I am eighteen! I should not be getting married. I am not going to." She rushed out of her room and into the lavatory down the hall, slamming the door behind her. They all winced. Ron, George, and Charlie all ran up the stairs, dressed to the nines, worried expressions across their faces.
"Everything alright?" Ron asked. Fleur and Luna shooed them away as Hermione hurried down the hallway. Just as she reached the door, Ginny emerged with tear stained cheeks.
"Are you okay?" Hermione asked and Ginny nodded.
"I don't know what came over me…" Ginny said softly, her embarrassment was evident. Hermione hugged her.
"It's your wedding…" Hermione laughed.
"But Hermione, I am marrying Harry Potter! I have had a crush on him since I was 10 years old! I just…." Ginny paused and Hermione hugged her compassionately.
"Ginny, it is going to be fine. Harry loves you more than anything and I know you feel the same way." Hermione reassured her. Ginny looked at Hermione, noticeably calmer.
"Oh you know that, do you?" Ginny laughed. Hermione smiled. Someone down the hall cleared their throat. The girls looked up and there was Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, grinning ear to ear.
"It's time." Mr. Weasley extended his arm to his daughter and Hermione headed to get in her place.
"Hermione, I am so nervous." Ginny hissed in her friend's ear.
"It is going to be okay." She replied, hugging Ginny.
The music began as everyone headed to their place. Harry stood at the north end of the lawn, beaming widely as Fleur, Luna, and Hermione took their spots next to him as Ginny proceeded up the aisle. Her deep red hair glistened in the summer sunlight and Ginny blushed as reporters from the Daily Prophet took photographs and notes on her attire. Ron swelled with pride as his sister approached the altar. The wedding began and Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley became man and wife.
After the ceremony, Ron walked up to Harry and pulled him aside.
"Be good to her, okay?" Ron requested.
"You think I wouldn't?" Harry asked shocked.
"I know you will, mate. It's just she is my little sister." He looked over at Ginny, who was saying goodbye to Neville's grandmother, Augusta. Harry understood.
"I know." Harry and Ron shook hands.
"I asked Hermione to marry me…" Ron mumbled, his ears turning red. Harry was awestruck.
"You did?!" Harry asked. Ron nodded.
"And she said yes…" Ron's ears went scarlet.
"Oh Ron, congrats!" Harry embraced his pal. Hermione walked up behind Ron, a glass of mead in her hand and a broad smile across her face. Ginny came up behind her husband and slid under his arm.
"You heard?" Ginny asked, smiling at Hermione and her brother.
"I did, and I hope Hermione can deal with him." Harry laughed.
"I can." Hermione and Ron kissed; Ginny giggled. Harry raised his butterbeer.
"To us. To all the hardships and to the blessings." Harry toasted and the friends clinked glasses.
Hermione and Ron were married the following month and moved into a house in Ottery St. Catchpole, the same neighborhood as the Burrow. Ginny and Harry moved to Grimmlaud Place, redecorated and finally with the help of Luna, Neville, Bill, Fleur, Hermione, Ron, the couple was able to remove Mrs. Black's portrait. (Harry left Sirius' room as a tribute to the Marauders.)
Five years after they were married, the Potters had their first son James Sirius, three years later Albus Severus, and last but not least, Lily Nymphadora when Albus was two.Hermione and Ron had two children as well: Rose Ginerva, who was born around the same time as Albus, and Hugo Fredrick, who was a year younger than Lily.Fleur and Bill had a single daughter, Victorie, and was Teddy's girlfriend. (They got married when Ginny and Harry had their twentieth wedding anniversary.) Both Fleur and Bill continued working for Gringotts.Charlie took over the joke shop co-owner position with George, and eventually Ron. He never married but was loved by each and every one of his nieces and nephews.George, thought missing his brother tremendously, married his long time friend Angelina Johnson. They had no children, but were hopelessly in love with one another. He continued working for Weasley Wizards Wheezes. Percy married Penelope Clearwater, and they had two children, Percy Jr. and Penny. Percy and Penelope worked at the ministry as assitants to the Minister.
So the Potters and Weasleys were busy raising their magical children, with much assistance from Gram and Granddad Weasley who were more than elated to have such wonderful new family. Harry went on to work at the Ministry of Magic, working his way up to Minister of Magic by the first year Lily went to Hogwarts.Ginny, while trying to raise her three children, worked as head of the Misuse of Magic Department at the Ministry when Lily, James and Albus were away at Hogwarts.
Ron became the third co-owner of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes with George and Charlie, much to the dismay of his wife, who was constantly find trick wands and puking pastilles laying around her house, most likely to the doing of Hugo. Hermione worked at the Ministry as well, working in the record keeping as Head Historian.
Teddy Lupin became an Auror in honor of his mother and frequently visited Grimmlaud Place; his godfather became his closest friend.
The Potters, Weasleys, and even a Lupin or two, made up one of the most memorable wizarding families, and was always growing and changing. One particular summer, numerous changes took place in the Potter/Weasley family. Lily Potter was graduating Hogwarts, and was bringing a boy home for the summer holiday. Not just any boy though, the son of Draco Malfoy