A/N Hey so I am adopting this story from DriftWood1965. The first 12 or so chapters are ehrs. I will be updating fairly often during the break (seeing as she finished so many chapters already heehee) but soon, the updates might slow (HINTHINT I have exams in mid-January) but don't get discouraged!
It had been a month since the final battle, the funerals for those who had died defending Hogwarts had been held, and a memorial was to be dedicated later in the summer to commemorate the occasion.
It was pretty late in the evening and Harry Potter was sitting on the loveseat next to Ginny, Hermione sitting in Ron's lap on the chair, when the flames in the fireplace became green and a familiar face appeared. All four young adults looked over and saw it was the Minister of Magic Kingsley Shacklebolt.
"Harry, Ron are you there?" Shacklebolt asked
"Kingsley? Working late tonight?" Harry asked
With a chuckle Kingsley responded "This isn't even close to the time I normally go home. Good thing I don't have a wife or I would be dead already. Fortunately things are starting to calm down and soon I should be able to get out of here more often. But my working hours isn't why I flooed, Can Ron and you come to my office tomorrow afternoon?"
"Anything wrong?" Harry wanted to know.
"No Harry, just want to ask a few questions"
"This isn't an interview is it?" Harry asked. He has steadily refused any and all requests for interviews.
"Of course not Harry, you know me better than that." Kingsley replied then continued with a grin "but if you ever want to offer your support for the Minister of Magic, I wouldn't refuse. Skeeter is after me again. "
"Minister" Hermione spoke up, "the next time, you see Rita, just say Hermione would like you to stop bugging me and emphasize the word bugging, and I have a feeling she might ease up a little"
Kingsley head turned in the fire and looked Hermione, "Is there something I should know in that statement? And what is this Minister business, it's Kingsley when we are not in public. "
"Not at this time Min- Kingsley, but do let me know if she continues to be a problem, I have a little influence with Rita."
"Now Harry" the floating head rotated back to look at Harry "Can you and Ron make it?"
Harry turned to Ron who shrugged and then Harry said "We have nothing planned, so sure, what time do you have in mind?"
"How about 2?" Kingsley asked
"We'll be there."
"Excellent!" and with a pop Kingsley's head was gone.
"What was that all about?" Ron wondered.
"Isn't it obvious?" Hermione asked
"Well no, at least not to us" Harry said
"Well you will have to wait until tomorrow then" Hermione said with a grin. "But I don't think you will be disappointed."
At 1:50 the next day, Harry and Ron flooed into the Ministry and they made their way over to the security desk. The wizard there was reading the daily prophet and without looking up he asked "What do you need?"
"Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley to see the Minister please" Harry stated.
"Ha-Harry Potter, yes, yes the Minister left specific instructions to not worry about your wands and send you up directly, do you know how to get to his office?"
"Yes we do, thanks." Harry replied
Harry and Ron made their way to the lift and proceed to the Minister's office. As soon as they got to the out offices the secretary immediately came to her feet, and said "The Minister said to show you right in as soon as you showed up." and she hurried over to the Minister's door, opened it and Ron and Harry went inside.
The minister was seated behind his desk and in a chair in front of him was Hogwart's headmistress Minerva McGonagall.
"Come in gentlemen and have a seat" Kingsley said to them. "Harry I asked them not to check your wand downstairs, because I wasn't sure if you were still in possession of the Elder Wand and figured you didn't want it public knowledge." He held up his hand when Harry started to speak
"Actually I do not want to know, temptation is a horrible thing but just so you know the order will be standing one at the ministry for you. Now I presume you are wondering why I asked you here today."
"We have been trying to figure it out" said Ron, "Mione- I mean Hermione" Ron's face turning slightly pink "said it was obvious, but she wouldn't tell us what she thought it was."
"Hermione is an extremely clever witch Ron" McGonagall said and with a small smile "and it seems from what I have heard, you have come to realize how special she is."
"um..yeah she is and I have." and the pink in his face rose to a darker red.
"Yeah well, gentleman on to why I asked you here" Kingsley stated, "I understand from Minerva, that you two want to be Aurors. As you know normally that requires several NEWTs but nobody in the Wizarding world would ever say you are not qualified to be Aurors after this past year. I am prepared to offer both of you entry into the next Auror training program that starts in August. "
Harry and Ron were stunned, they had expected to go back to Hogwarts to finish that year and take their NEWTs and hoped they qualified.
McGonagall turned to see Harry's expression and said "Though it looks like it wasn't needed, I did promise to do everything in my power to help you become an Auror."
Harry was about to answer, but he then thoughts about the last year, the time since the final battle, and his life in general and he knew what he must do. "Sir I am honored and it was what I wanted to do when I left Hogwarts but…."
Kingsley and Professor McGonagall both asked at the same time "But what Harry?"
"I know it would not and could not work" Harry said, "I can't walk down the street without being asked for autographs or having my picture taken, how can I trail a suspect or do what is necessary to be a good Auror with that distraction, nor could you truthfully say I would not be treated differently because of my name rather than my abilities? Would the senior Aurors be able to work with Harry Potter, even though I would want only to be Harry?"
"but you could use glamour charms, and I am sure the senior Aur-" began Shacklebolt, but then the logic of what Harry was saying struck him and once again realized Harry was sacrificing his dreams for what he knew to be the better good. A bit of sadness struck him, but then he thought about what he and Minerva were speaking of a little earlier, and a small smile broke out, "maybe that was a better choice" he thought.
"You're right Harry, I see your logic and wished it was otherwise but you are right" Kingsley said, "what about you Ron?"
"er…well I think I would have the same problem as Harry, though not to the same degree, I mean I'm on a chocolate frog card" Ron replied, remembering the day he had first seen his face on the card. It had been the best day of his life, well that day and the day he and Hermione first.. hmm.. not the time for those thoughts.
"In that case maybe I can interest both of you in a different position. I am starting a new organization call the Auror reserves, which is an idea grown from your Dumbledore's Army group at Hogwarts. I envision an organization of talented and dedicated individuals who are called to supplement the Aurors if a desperate need arises. "Kingsley said. "I have in mind that the Defense against the Dark Arts instructor at Hogwarts should be in charge of it, since he or she would have the best knowledge of the abilities of those who are recruited. That is what Minerva and I were discussing before you came in."
Harry was about to agree, but then remembering Hermione's admonishments about him jumping into things to quickly without thinking it through and said "Minister, thank you I think that might be a great opportunity, can I have time to think it over?"
Ron hastily spoke "yea me too"
"No problem gentleman, the organization is still only a thought in my head, but if you two do commit to it, I am sure it would happen pretty quickly"
Minerva spoke up at that time "Does this mean that I can expect the two of you back at Hogwarts this year?"
"Hogwarts has been my home since I first arrived Professor, I could use a year there to settle back into my life." Harry said
"Well if I'm not going to be an Auror, why do I need NEWTs maybe I should just go help George in the store and…." Harry made a little cough that sounded a lot like "mione" and Ron quickly continued, "but you know another year at Hogwarts could be exactly what I need. "
Kingsley stood up and offered his hand to Harry and Ron, "Gentleman think of my offer on the Auror reserves and let me know. "
Harry and Ron left the Minister's office and headed back to Atrium, more people were there now and eyes were following him and Harry could hear the all too familiar "…it's Harry Potter", "..Autograph". He and Ron hurried over to a fireplace and threw in the Floo powder and with a "The Burrow" they found themselves back in the Weasley's home with two young witches sitting waiting for them to get back.
"Well when do you start?" Hermione asked
"What do you mean Hermione?" Harry replied
"Well he offered you Auror positions didn't he?" She responded.
"How did you know he was going to do that?" Ron asked.
"As I said yesterday, it was obvious. If he needed information about something in the past year he would have asked all of us wouldn't he?" Hermione grinned. "But with only asking the two of you and knowing that both of you were wanting to be Aurors he of course was offering you Auror positions. So when do you start?"
"Well you are right, he did offer it, but we both said no" Harry replied
The grin on Hermione's face disappeared, "WHAT? But Harry it's what you always wanted to do, why would you turn it down?"
Harry actually smiled as he said "think about it Hermione, it would never work would it? I can't blend in with a crowd to follow a suspect, I can't expect to be treated like everyone else though that is exactly what I want. No matter what I will always be Harry Potter."
Ginny came over to Harry and put her arms around him, "nope, you are not always Harry Potter" she said.
Harry looked in those beautiful chocolate brown eyes "What do you mean?" he asked
"You just happen to be Ginny Weasley's boyfriend" she said with smile, then pushing him into the chair she jumped into his lap and start kissing him.
"hm…em… ok guys get a room" Ron finally said
Ginny looked over at her older brother and said "Sure, shall we go to my room or yours?"
"That's not what I meant…." Ron started and his face started turned red.
Ginny laughed and that laugh made Harry feel like everything would be alright. He had wanted to be an Auror, but more than that he wanted to be Ginny Weasley's boyfriend. As long as she was with him, everything was perfect.
A/N Ince again, all credit goes to DriftWood1965 who did a superb job. You'll probably notice when I start my updates heehee. Like it? Hate it? Click that little box, and magically I will know! The more you review, the faster I will update. I know I'm evil. Holding chapters hostage for reviews. I'm incorrigible. (and I know big words!)