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Chapter Two: Heroes
The following day, everyone was in Professor Carlen's class early, sitting down quietly, and waiting for the bell to ring. That was a first.
Harry grinned as he looked around. "I take it by your perfect behavior that you are eager for what I have to say today."
There were a few nods around the room.
"I'm glad, because I have a lot to tell you about today, and I cannot take another half day off at the Ministry, so this class is all the time we have." Harry looked around. "Alright then, I need all of you to pull out parchment, quills, and ink. Professor Carlen wants you to all take notes on this."
The students rushed to do what they were told. While they did that, Harry waved his wand, and a magical projector appeared, followed by a screen.
"Okay, guys," Harry said once everyone was ready. "Today, we will be discussing some of the heroes of the Second War. Can any of you name one?"
Every hand was in the air.
"Did I mention you are not allowed to name me?" Harry said. Teddy's hand was the only hand that remained in the air. Harry smiled at his godson. "Teddy has a bit of an advantage over you. Being my godson, he had heard this speech many times before. Go ahead and put your hand down, Teddy."
Teddy put his hand down.
"I have a few slides here of people who were heroes in the war. I will put their picture up, and then tell you a little about them. You will all be required to take notes on each person."
"There will be a quiz on this, class." Professor Carlen said. There were a few moans at this comment but Harry tapped his wand against the projector, and the first picture appeared.
"Who can tell me who this is? If you like Chocolate Frogs, I can guarantee you probably have his card."
"That's Albus Dumbledore!" a student answered brightly.
"Correct." Harry said. "Now, I could go on for hours about the different ways that he is a hero, but the reason I will mention is that he got the Order of the Phoenix up and running within months of Voldemort's return to power. The point of the Order was to try to get one step ahead of Voldemort, and figure out his moves before he made them. Every member of the Order of the Phoenix is a hero, although I won't mention all of them. If you want to find out more, you can go to the library. There are a few books on the Order. If you want titles, I have a few copies of a list of the books which you can get after class."
Harry tapped the projector again to show the next picture. "This woman," Harry said. "Is Molly Weasley. She is a hero at least to me for the reason that she attacked Bellatrix Lestrange, who was a Death Eater for those of you who didn't know that. She went against Bellatrix to save my wife and her daughter, Ginny Weasley, who was battling her. Now this next slide-" Harry said, tapping the projector, "Holds five people in it. They are Hermione Weasley, although she was Hermione Granger at the time, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, who is now Ginny Potter, Luna Lovegood, and Neville Longbottom."
"As in Professor Longbottom?" a student asked.
"The very same. I'll be talking about him in a moment." Harry said. "Now, these five people all went with me when I was in my fifth year to the Ministry of Magic, where I thought Voldemort was torturing my godfather. They ended up helping me hold off a band of Death Eaters. They each fought at least one Death Eater. Now, along with this, Professor Longbottom is on the list of heroes because in the Battle of Hogwarts, Professor Longbottom ended up standing up against Voldemort himself."
There were gasps and mummers of shock all around the room. Harry had a feeling Neville's Herbology class with these students wouldn't have much to do with Herbology that day.
"Believe me, it shocked all of us when he did it." Harry said. "He was the last person, besides a Slytherin, that I would expect to stand up against Voldemort."
There were a few muttered agreements around the room.
Harry talked about many different people, like Alastor Moody, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Bill Weasley, Charlie Weasley, Ted Tonks, Andromeda Tonks, Sirius Black, Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, and Severus Snape.
"I am only going to say one quick thing about these last two people and why they are heroes to me." Harry said as he hit the projector.
"This is Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks, who later became Nymphadora Lupin." Harry glanced at Teddy, and saw him looking down at his desk. It killed Harry to see the look on Teddy's face at the mention of his parents, but he felt that Remus and Tonks were two of the biggest heroes of the war.
"As you can guess, Remus and Nymphadora Lupin are related to Teddy. In fact, they are his parents." Harry took a deep breath. "Remus Lupin was my Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in my Third Year. He taught me more Defense Against the Dark Arts stuff than all my other professors in that subject combined did. After he quit the position, he continued to be there for me. That was one of the reasons I considered him to be a great wizard. His wife, Nymphadora was a great witch. She was an Auror, and so you can all believe she knew her stuff when it came to Defense Against the Dark Arts. She gave birth to Teddy a few months before the Battle of Hogwarts. Even with the young son they had, they went to war. They went, not because they didn't want Teddy, but because they wanted Teddy to grow up safe and in a threat-free world. Unfortunately, they died."
The room was silent for a minute, and Harry made the projector and screen disappear. He blinked away the tears that he had held back as he talked about those who had died in the Second Battle. He had personally known everyone he mentioned.
"Thank you, Mr. Potter." Professor Carlen said after a few moments of silence had passed "Everyone, let's thank Mr. Potter for coming in and talking with us these past two days."
A round of applause went up from the students, and Harry thanked them. "Thank you, Professor Carlen and Professor McGonagall, for allowing me to come speak these past two days."
Harry smiled at Teddy one last time, and then left the classroom. He walked to Hogsmead, and then apparated to the Ministry of Magic.
Herbology was the class that all the first-year Gryffindor had before lunch.
"Alright, class." Professor Neville Longbottom started. "Today's lesson is on-" Neville stopped, and everyone turned to see what he was looking at. It was Robbie Burns, with his hand high in the air.
"Professor, is it true that you stood up against You-Know-Who in the Battle of Hogwarts? That's what Harry Potter told us."
"Ah...yes, Harry was visiting the first year classes recently." Neville said.
"So is it true?" another student asked.
"Yes, it is true." Neville said.
The entire class started talking excitedly
"What was it like?"
"Did he try to curse you?"
"Did his Death Eaters do anything to you?"
"Hold on class, this isn't a war class, it is Herbology. We are supposed to study plants."
"Please sir, can't we talk about the war and what it was like to stand up to Voldemort?"
"Please?" other students asked, until everyone, including Teddy Lupin was pleading.
Neville look at all the students. "This is a very important lesson."
"Please, professor?" Robbie said. "Can we please spend today talking about it?"
"No, Mr. Burns." Neville said.
"What if we did the assignment tonight? We'll all come back down here after dinner and have the Herbology lesson?"
Neville knew if he was going to have a productive class, it would have to be after dinner. If he didn't talk about the war, they would complain during the entire lesson. If he suggested students talking with him about the war after dinner, the class would be so excited about it they wouldn't focus in any classes.
Neville looked around the room at all the pleading faces, and sighed. "Alright." he said. "Put all your materials away. But I expect all of you here tonight. If one person misses the class, then the entire class will have detention tomorrow evening, since all of you are taking away from the lesson. Hurry up now, put your things away."
"Hey, you're Teddy Lupin, aren't you?"
Teddy turned around and saw a sixth year Gryffindor standing behind him. "Yes."
"You're the son of those to people who died in the Battle of Hogwarts? Remus and...um..."
"Nymphadora, yeah those were my parents."
"That's really cool." the sixth year said. "I mean, it's not cool they died, but it is cool that you can talk about having two war heroes for parents. Mine are alive, but their life story is so boring."
Teddy smiled a little. "Thanks."
"No problem. I thought you should know, that I think you are really lucky."
Teddy nodded, and the sixth year left. He smiled as he went back to his lunch. He had always been sad about his parents death, but the sixth year had given him a new prospective. He wasn't Teddy Lupin, the orphan raised by his grandmother. He was Teddy Lupin, the son of war heroes
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