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Chapter One

By the end of the train ride to Hogwarts, James Potter already had close friends. Sirius Black was obviously a boy after James's own heart, loving pranks, and hating Slytherins in general. Remus Lupin was the second, a quiet boy with the looks of a fair-minded and hard-working student about him. But James knew that although Remus was definitely a fair-minded boy, he was a prankster at heart.

Luke Evans seemed to James to be the most intriguing of the three. He laughed and joked with the others, and he also seemed eager to pull pranks on the Slytherins, but he had an air of mystery about him, and an under- current of sadness. James felt like he was hiding something, but Luke answered all questions readily.

All four boys clambered into the boats and made off towards the castle, eagerly and nervously awaiting the sorting. James's first view of the castle was breathtaking. It seemed to be both formidable and welcoming at the same time. James climbed out of the boat, and he and his new friends walked to their new school, and to the upcoming sorting.

James didn't need to have worried, they were all admitted into Gryffindor, plus three other first year boys, Peter Pettigrew, Jonathon Spiggins, and Mark Jameron.

By the end of the first week, everyone knew each other much better. James didn't bother much with the girls, but he was on good terms with all of the Gryffindor boys. He also knew two Slytherin boys, Lucius Malfoy and Severus Snape.

Snape and Malfoy were extremely prejudiced against muggle-borns, and since they were both in Slytherin they were both prime targets for practical jokes. James and his friends didn't know much magic yet, so Snape and Malfoy fell victim to the more common muggle pranks, including whoopee cushions, short-sheeting, and numerous other amusing pranks. James found them amusing, anyway, even in the Slytherins and the teachers didn't, and with the aid of his invisibility cloak, James was rarely caught.

As the year progressed, James came to be closer friends with Sirius, Remus, and Luke. Jonathon and Mark became very good friends themselves, and Peter switched from group to group. The Marauders, as James, Sirius, Remus, and Luke came to call themselves, took pity on Peter, and were friendly towards him. And so, the first year passed, and James found himself yet again boarding the Hogwarts Express.

Over the summer James had been thinking about a great many things, namely, Remus Lupin. Remus was undoubtedly a good friend, and a nice guy, but there was something strange about him. He disappeared every so often, either away sick, or away visiting his mother or grandmother. He also seemed to attend lots of Aunts' funerals, but the teachers didn't seem to get annoyed or suspicious. Instead, they showed sympathy.

James didn't actually solve this puzzle until his third year at Hogwarts. When he did solve it, he told Sirius, Luke, and Peter. James never quite knew why he told Peter the secret, but it seemed a good idea at the time. James found out in Defence Against the Dark Arts.

James was extremely bored in DADA, and Remus was away again. The teacher was droning on and on about werewolves, but the subject just didn't interest James. He heard the words, "…every full moon…" and then something just clicked. Remus disappeared every month, every full moon! James was amazed at the simplicity of it. Remus was a werewolf!

James was against all forms of prejudice, and being anti-werewolf was a classic example of a prejudice, so he wasn't at all put off by this information. Instead, he thought about all of the possibilities. They could all become Animagis! They could accompany Remus in his werewolf form as animals, and they would have so much fun! James resolved then and there to find out as much as he could about werewolves and Animagi, and the teacher was astounded at how much attention James paid to the rest of that lesson. He even took notes!

1 Chapter Two

Lily Evans's parents died soon after she got her letter of admittance into Hogwarts. It took a lot of convincing from the school and the ministry before Lily was convinced that she really was a witch. Lily had never dreamed that she was anything of the sort, and that was why it came as such a shock.

A ministry official had just Disapparated, and Lily's parents were finally convinced that she was really magic.

"Oh my God! I'm a witch! I'm magic! Oh Mum, Dad, isn't it amazing!" Lily said.

"I can't believe it, Lily! I never knew witches existed, but that man…"

"He just disappeared!" Lily's father continued from her Mum. "I think that proves that magic does exist! And our daughter is going to become a witch! I think she should go, dear," He added to his wife at the end.

"Yes, well, we'll certainly give it a try! That is, if you want to, Lily."

"Of course I do! Let me go and tell Petunia!" Lily had severe doubts that Petunia would be excited for her, but she had to tell her anyway. Lily turned to go up the stairs, but at that precise moment there was a knock at the door. Before either of Lily's parents had a chance to open it, it burst open. There was a robe man standing there, and as soon as she saw him, Lily's blood froze.

"So, another mudblood chosen to become a witch! Well, if you know what's good for you, you'll stay away from Hogwarts!" Lily's father opened his mouth to order the stranger out, but the man waved a stick (probably a wand, Lily thought), and her Father's mouth stopped moving. It was more magic.

"Lily Evans, if you become a witch, you will severely regret it for the rest of your life. Let today be a lesson for you. If you disregard my warning, the same will happen to everyone you hold dear!" Lily was terrified now. What was going on? Who was this man? And why couldn't her father talk. Lily subconsciously felt Petunia come down beside her, but was too busy staring at the man to notice.

"Look upon the wrath of Lord Voldemort!" Suddenly, there was a flash of green light, and when it cleared, Lily's parents were lying lifeless on the floor, and Voldemort had gone. Lily ran to her parents, and then subsided onto the floor, crying. They were both dead.

The Ministry of Magic officials arrived soon after that, but Lily couldn't register them. Her parents were dead! And it was her fault! The Ministry officials couldn't get her to stop crying, so eventually, they gave her a sleeping draught, and lay her on the couch. There would be time for talk when Lily woke up.

The Ministry heard the whole story from Lily when she woke up. They immediately decided that Dumbledore was the person to deal with this job, and called him in at once. Professor Dumbledore sorted it out, as he usually did everything. He spoke to Lily, and put a spell on her to contain her grief. It would slowly wear off, allowing her to take more and more of the pain of her parents' deaths as life went on. Dumbledore suggested that the safest place for Lily to be now was at Hogwarts. His idea was that she go disguised. When Lily heard of the plan, she grudgingly agreed. She would be, to all purposes, a boy. She would become Luke Evans.

That was how Lily came to be James's, Sirius's, and Remus's friend in her third year at Hogwarts. They didn't know she was a girl, and she certainly didn't plan to tell them. The later anyone found out, the better. She would reveal who she was when she knew she had enough magic to protect herself, but until then, no-one would find out her secret.

Lily woke up the morning before James realised what Remus was. First, she performed the charms that made her body look like a boy's, and then the voice-deepening charm. When she had finished, she looked like Luke. The charms should last for 48 hours after she put them on, but Lily made sure to put them on every morning, just in case something happened and she forgot to put them on one day. Then she clambered out of bed, and changed into her robes. Because she wasn't in her own body, she didn't feel at all self-conscious about doing this if front of the boys.

Whenever Lily showered, she undid the charms, because otherwise she didn't feel properly clean. It meant that she had to make sure that she locked the bathroom door whenever she was in there, and also that she knew what she really looked like, under all the charms. If she didn't, she might have wondered if she was becoming a boy.

Lily knew she wasn't, though. Although Sirius went through girlfriends like toilet paper, and both James and Remus had had at least two, Lily never had any. Sometimes, girls asked her out, but she always refused blankly. It might not be helping her disguise, but there was absolutely no way that she would go on a date with a girl.

Later on that day, James was telling her, Sirius, and Peter about Remus. Lily wasn't too shocked, after all, it did make sense. What worried her was James's plan for them to become Animagi. Lily knew that to turn into an animal you had to be in your original form, and that meant revealing who she was to the boys. Lily knew she could trust them, except maybe Peter, but she didn't want to make them uncomfortable in front of her, not if she could help it.

"Let's do it! Let's become Animagus." James was saying.

"Um… James? I can't." Lily said.

"Of course you can, Luke! It'll take a bit of practice, but we'll all learn how eventually."

"No, James, that wasn't what I meant. I… my family has this… allergy, I guess. None of us have ever been able to become Animagi, and it runs in the blood." That was a lie, made up on the spur of the moment, but James seemed to accept it. He didn't say anything about it to her again that week.