Harry Potter and the Power of Love
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I own nothing of Harry Potter. All content is owned by JK Rowling, and I'm simply playing in her sandbox! All I own are my Original Characters, if there are any!
Summary: After Dumbledore's death, Harry breaks up with Ginny. He keeps having dreams about a certain dead professor and all that Harry finds out is that Ginny is important to him and to the war! This is an Alternate Universe, seventh year fic. Obviously, the Deathly Hallows are ignored!
**********Please Note This is My First Fanfiction! Reviews & Constructive Criticism Are Highly Appreciated!**********
Author's Note: I'd like to begin this note by apologizing to the people that have been waiting eagerly for this chapter. Real life caught up with me, I fell behind and I got a horrible case of writer's block. It's not that I don't want to continue this story, believe me I do. I've got a huge outline to cover and have barely made a dent into it so far. However, I'm just too distracted to get much of this written out easily. Making the outline was surprising the easy part. From there, making it into chapter form is taking a long time. This chapter was actually attempted to be written out 3 times over the last several months. Unfortunately for us all, I was unable to write it at those times. The good news is that I've got several chapters lined up and ready to go so there should be some fairly steady updates for a while now.
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Chapter Four: Reactions
The sun rose, enveloping the inhabitants of Number 12, Grimmauld Place in a reddish, golden glow. In the master suite, two newlyweds slumbered on oblivious to the going-ons in the rest of the house. In his own bedroom, Ron Weasley woke up slowly, taking his time to remember what was going on. As he blinked blearily, he suddenly remembered that he hadn't seen his little sister or his best friend since early the previous day. He got up suddenly, wanting to make sure that they were alright.
The house was still mostly silent as he thumped his way over to the girls' room. He knocked and when there was no answer, he turned the knob. As the door opened, he heard a loud shriek before it closed suddenly. He stood there, perplexed until a few minutes later the door opened to admit it's only occupant: Hermione Granger.
"RONALD BILLIUS WEASLEY!" She screamed at him. "WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING? OPENING MY DOOR WHILE I'M CHANGING! HOW DARE YOU? Got a good view?" Her tone changed to a slightly teasing one.
Ron started blushing and murmured an unintelligible response.
"What was that Ron?"
"I said, not really no. Sorry about that Hermione. I did knock but you didn't respond. To tell you the truth, I'm worried about Harry and Ginny. She wasn't in there was she?"
"Ginny? No. She wasn't. I was hoping that you would know more. We should go downstairs. I'm sure your mother might have a better idea."
Ron and Hermione walked down the stairs, holding hands, and stealing kisses every few steps. As the reached the basement, they heard Mrs. Weasley humming softly as she made breakfast.
"Good Morning, Mum" Ron called out.
"Ron! Hermione! Good Morning to you both! You're up early." She pulled them both into bone-crushing hugs.
"Mrs. Weasley," Hermione began, "We were wondering if you had seen Harry or Ginny?"
"I saw them last night dears. They are upstairs, asleep."
Ron dashed up the stairs, taking them by two. Hermione followed behind him, at a more sedate pace. They ran together along the third floor corridor, seeing all the empty rooms till they reached the end of the corridor where the Master Suite was.
"He didn't." Ron growled.
"Ron, they are dating and you did say that you were okay with it." Hermione tried to calm him down.
"I said I was ok with them DATING not SLEEPING TOGETHER!" Ron reached out and tried to turn the knob. The door refused to cooperate, however. In his anger, Ron kicked the door. As his foot made contact with the wood, there was a loud thud and Ron landed on the floor, out cold.
Hermione decided to take a more logical approach. She cast "Alohomora" at the door repeatedly. Nothing happened, it simply absorbed the energy. In confusion, she tried several other unlocking spells each with the same result. In desperation, she finally cast, "Reducto!" at the door. Needless to say it didn't like that very much and she too landed on the floor, out cold.
Ron awoke several minutes later and he wasn't happy at all. He shook Hermione till she too woke up and together they contemplated the locked door. While they were contemplating it, they suddenly saw the door glow red, then brown, and then settle on gold before fading away. The knob then turned and the door opened admitting both Harry & Ginny Potter who were holding hands.
"Good Morning Ron, Hermione." Harry stated.
"You Bastard." Ron began. "How could you even think about sleeping with my sister?" It took Hermione's restraining arm to keep him from flinging himself at Harry.
Ginny replied, "Honestly, Ron, we're married." She turned to smile at Harry who smiled back at her.
"Look, he's fainting!" Harry thought to Ginny. She spun around in time to see Ron collapse on the floor in a dead-out faint.
As one, both Harry and Ginny started laughing uncontrollably and collapsed on the floor in each others arms. After they had both gotten over their laughing fit, Harry waved his hand at Ron and with a gasp he got up.
"All right, Harry, Ginny, that was real funny, but what really happened and why were you sleeping together?" Hermione, ever the peace keeper was holding onto Ron making sure he wouldn't try to attack Harry again.
"It's a bit of a long story," Ginny began, "Why don't we move over to the sitting room on this floor. It would be a little more comfortable. You want to begin this time?" The last was thought to Harry.
"If you wish, my lady." He thought back to her.
"I do, my lord."
Harry began, "You were there when Professor Dumbledore's letter arrived. His phoenix, Fawkes, delivered it and then bonded with me. He has chosen me to be his new companion. At his request, we traveled with him to Potter Manor. There we met the portrait of an ancestor of mine. You might have heard of him, Hermione. His name was Merlin Ambrosius."
She goggled at him before gasping out, "The Merlin Ambrosius?"
"Yes, The Merlin Ambrosius. And he asked us to call him grandfather. He says that he is my grandfather with a great many generations between us."
"Wow! That's incredible. You are the last living heir of Merlin Ambrosius."
"Yep," Harry grinned. "I wonder what her reaction will be to the rest of the story." He thought to Ginny.
"Let me tell it." She thought back and then continued out loud. "After talking to him for some time, we came upon a sitting room. Of course once in the sitting room we began to kiss each other and after a time we pledged ourselves to each other and Fawkes added his magic to the ritual. We became bonded, mind, body, soul, and magic. Grandfather instructed us to maintain physical contact at all times, or we will die. Our bond hasn't solidified yet, we are now two halves of one whole. Till that solidifies and stabilizes we must be together at all times. Grandfather told us that we would have new abilities but we expected them to take longer than they did."
"That's impossible. No one can bond themselves magically. I mean, there are blood bonds, and marriage bonds, but soul bonds are impossible."
Harry sighed, "Hermione, we've been over this. If you won't believe us, maybe Merlin will be able to convince you."
Hermione noticed identical grins on both Harry's and Ginny's faces as they together brought out a portrait.
"I am Merlin Ambrosius. I assure you that everything my grandchildren have told you is perfectly true."
Hermione gasped, "But, why aren't soul bonds referenced in any texts?"
"Have you read every book there is to read?" Merlin laughed, and Fawkes too added his own trill.
"Of course not! Oh, I see."
"Yes, the books are so obscure that most people have never heard of them, let alone read them."
"Mione, we know you've read a lot, but you can't have read everything," Ron said, grinning at her."
They were interrupted by Mrs. Weasley who entered the sitting room carrying a tray with breakfast for all of them.
"Here you go, dears. Eat up, quickly, now." She then left the room, closing the door behind her. She needn't have spoken as Ron had already dived onto the table was gulping everything in sight.
"So that's the whole story, huh?" Hermione asked.
"Yep," said Harry.
"Good because we really need to decide what we are going to do. We have horcruxes to destroy, Voldemort to kill, and neither Headquarters nor Hogwarts are safe right now."
"If Headquarters isn't safe, then why are we all here?" Harry asked.
"Well, it's safe, but ever since Professor Dumbledore's death, the Fidelius charm is no longer active so we could be found out at any time. It's still the safest location right now. However, we do need to move at some point."
"I see." Harry commented, "And why not move the Order to Hogwarts?"
"Without Professor Dumbledore to strengthen the wards around it, Hogwarts is no longer safe for anyone."
"So we're stuck between a rock and a hard place," Ginny added.
Ron looked confused. Hermione leaned over and whispered, "It's a muggle phrase."
"Then how come... never mind." Ron replied.
"So it seems our first priority is to find a new safe location, at least for ourselves while we are searching for the Horcruxes. As it is, the Order needs a new home too." Harry said after thinking it through.
"Yes, though the Order has been looking for a secure location, they have been so far unable to find it." Hermione replied.
"Professor McGonagall is currently head of the Order. But, here's the strange part. She's not acting like it all. She hasn't assumed complete command and when I asked her, she said it was temporary. She is waiting for the next leader to announce himself. Three guesses who that is?" Ginny thought to Harry with a grin.
He grinned back, "I guess that would be me. Professor Dumbledore was planning for me to continue his work. If he left me with the Order, it would only make life easier for us."
Hermione looked affronted that she couldn't hear their conversation. "What are you two grinning at?" She asked.
"Harry just realized that Professor Dumbledore meant for him to lead the Order." Ginny told them.
Hermione gasped, "Of course! That's why Harry was the one that he told everything to. It explains Professor McGonagall's strange behavior as well."
Ron frowned. He obviously was having trouble understanding. He opened his mouth to ask a question and then closed it again, as it finally made sense to him.
With their meal finished, the four friends decided that they needed to relax and good game of chess seemed to be just the right thing. Of course, Ron being the chess master that he was, it was decided that he would play Harry, Ginny, and Hermione all at once to see if he could juggle three different games simultaneously. He was confident that he could but the other three were cautiously optimistic, hoping that this would finally be the first time that they had ever beaten him, even if it was cheating a little bit.
Surprising no one, Harry was the first to be defeated. He wasn't really giving it all of his attention as he was very distracted. This of course led to Ginny's defeat and then both of them sat beside Hermione, trying to silently encourage her to win. Ron's victory against both of them fuelled his pride and he became sure that he would win his final game against Hermione. Of course, he wasn't expecting distractions.
Hermione's bare foot rubbed up and down his own leg.
"You ready to concede Ron?" Harry asked him, sure that Hermione would be able to beat him while he was distracted.
"You wish," Ron replied.
"Checkmate!" Yelled Hermione.
"WHAT! How? But..." Ron sputtered.
Ginny grinned at Hermione and laughed while Ron's face went from red, to purple, to white, to red again! Her laughter was contagious and soon all four teens were rolling on the floor laughing. Unfortunately for them, the moment was ended by Mrs. Weasley entering the room with a bald eagle carrying a letter.
"Harry dear. It's for you. The silly bird wouldn't let me remove it for you." Mrs Weasley said.
"Thanks, Mrs. Weasley," Harry replied and removed the letter from the eagle who proceeded to immediately fly out of the window.
Harry opened the letter and read it out loud.
"Gringotts International Bank
Branch of Diagon Alley
Office of the Bank Chairman
Dear Mr. Potter,
Your ascension to the age of majority has created quite a stir within our Bank. There are many matters to attend to that should have been dealt with a long time ago. Today, you are finally at an age where we can discuss your true state of affairs. There is much that I need to speak with you about and it is of very high importance. Your inheritance from your parents, Mr. Black, and Mr. Dumbledore must be settled. There is also the rather unsettling matter of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Recently, we have received some information that concerns both us and you. There is also the matter of your recent wedding.
For a client of your stature, we do not schedule appointments. I would like to request your presence, along with your wife's for a meeting at my office in the London Branch sometime this afternoon. I trust this letter finds you in the best of health and I look forward to finally meeting the two of you.
Gornuk C. Bralad
Chairman, Gringotts International Bank"
Harry looked at his watch and then at Ginny, "Well, I guess we have an appointment."
"We'll try to be back for dinner." Ginny said to Hermione while nodding to Fawkes.
"Here we go!" Trilled Fawkes excitedly and the three of them disappeared in a flash of flame.
Thanks to My Amazing Beta LXMB
Author's Ending Note: Thanks to all of you wonderful readers out there. I have almost 900 hits total on this story! 300of those being readers who read through to the third chapter. Thanks for reading! To my reviewers, thank you! I'm amazed at the number and quality of them. You guys are great!!!
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