DISCLAIMER: I own only the plot. The characters are all owned by JKRowling. The song "Nature Boy" was written by Eden Ahbez and is taken from the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack album.

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There was a boy
A very strange
Enchanted boy
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Harry Potter the Great had defeated the powerful Lord Voldemort. But at what price? True, Harry had escaped the battle with his life. But that depends entirely on what you define "life" as. He was living an breathing but everything else he held dear to him had gone.

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They say he wandered
Very far, very far
Over land and sea
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After it was all over, Harry travelled the globe, hunting down any supporters of Voldemort who still remained. They were brought to justice and Harry became the world-authority on dark witches and wizards. Really, though, he had no choice. With Dumbledore dead, who else was to learn and understand everything about the Dark Side.

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A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he
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Despite his vast knowledge, riches and status within the wizarding world, Harry's depression was driving him mad. All his confidence was gone and in his eyes you could see his tragic loss haunting him. By the age of seventeen he'd lost his parents, his mentor, his best friend and his lover. He'd saved the world but, as far as he was concerned, there was no world left.

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And then one day
One magic day
He passed my way
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One day, I met him in York. It was the anniversary of Ron's death and Harry had come to be with Mr and Mrs Weasley. I recognised him from my own days at Hogwarts. I went over and reminded him of who I was. He remembered me and we got talking.

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And while we spoke
Of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me
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At first we just mulled over our schooldays. The fun we all had in Gryffindor. I wanted to broach another subject though. I knew it would be painful and I tried to avoid it but she had to be mentioned. Hermione. I knew she believed she was dying to save him when all the while he was perfectly safe. Just another of Voldemort's tricks. A sad smile crossed his face and he looked at me. It was the look of a man who'd been deeply in love. A man who was still in love even though his heart was breaking. And he just said one thing to me before going back to Albert and Molly:

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"The greatest thing
You'll ever learn
Is just to love and
Be loved in return"
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