"So Hermione, you were never one for flying at school how did you like the ride on the dragon?" Lee asked.
Ron laughed, "She wanted to keep it for a pet."
"Oh, I did not." Hermione said, "I was only concerned if he could make it on his own because he couldn't see and had been locked up in the cavern for so long. Anyway the ride was terrifying and I think I cried the whole way."
"Well what about you Ron, Harry you guys love flying how was it?" Lee asked.
"I was pretty much swearing at the top of my lungs just waiting to get thrown off." Ron said.
"Well first I was afraid it would roll or something and we'd get thrown off." Harry said, "But after a while when that didn't happen I started worrying about when it would stop flying. Where would we be and what would it like for dinner, three highly editable humans right there within reach. Lucky for us in came in for a landing over a lake and we just dropped off into the water then swam the other way."
"Amazing, then did you go straight to Hogwarts and began the battle?" Lee asked.
"Sort of," Harry said, "we went to Hogsmead and set off the Caterwauling Charm, and Aberforth helped us out. We needed to get into Hogwarts to destroy the Horcrux. In Professor Dumbledore's will he left me the Sword of Godric Gryffindor. Now he can't give it to me as it is the property of Hogwarts, and he didn't give it to me he was letting me know how to destroy the Horcrux. In my second year when I killed the Basilisk I used the sword. Since the venom didn't destroy the sword it bonded with it. One of the few things that can destroy a Horcrux is basilisk venom."
"I thought the death eaters removed the sword after Ginny, Luna and Neville tried to steal it." Lee stated.
"They did but Professor Snape was on our side and he gave them a replica." Harry smiled, "The real one was hidden in the Headmasters office."
"Well that was exciting." Lee said, "Another question then. This one's for Ginny, what is it like dating the Boy Who Lived?"
Percy grinned he knew what was coming. Ginny said, "I don't know, I don't date him. I date Harry. And Harry is not who you try to set him up to be. He is a nice and considerate person who is always worried about other people. Everyone tries to pin these titles and ideas on him and that just isn't who he is. Harry saved my life when I was eleven, and I had a crush on him for years because of that. But after a while I realized that his bravery is a bi-product of his caring about other people. He's not a knight in shining armor; he's just a guy who sets aside his own fear to do the right thing."
"What of the rest of you," Lee asked, "Neville, Luna, Ron and Hermione what's it like being Harry's closest friends."
"He always manages to get caught up in the weirdest stuff." Ron said, "Like the Tri-Wizard tournament. Who would think that a death eater would attack and imprison Auror Moody and take his place teaching DADA? Only to put Harry's name in the Goblet so that Voldemort could try to kill him. But that wasn't until fourth year before that there was the Troll, the stone, a basilisk, and then an animagus death eater posing as my pet rat."
"I've always been amazed he wanted to be my friend." Neville said, "I'm nothing special and for a long time I could hardly do any magic. But Harry taught me when we were in the DA. He really took time and showed me and now I've got a lot more confidence and can do what needs to be done. I don't know if I've ever helped him but he's helped me a lot."
"Neville you've always been more than you thought you were." Harry said.
"Harry is very nice." Luna said when it was her turn, "This group, the five of them are like brothers and sisters to me. I can't imagine my life without them in it. I would do anything for them and I know if I ever needed anything they will be there for me."
"Well said Luna." Hermione said, "Being friends with Harry has been the most exciting ride. With Harry around you will not be board. Every year we would wonder if we would have quiet year at Hogwarts, we never did. But I wouldn't trade it for anything. I have the best friends anyone could ask for; I have learned so much from them. I can't wait to see what the rest of our lives will be like. But whatever happens we will be together through it. One important lesson that Harry taught me is the value in life is in the friends and family you hold dear, even if it's not the family you were born to."
"Anyone else?" Lee asked.
"I do." It wa Dean Thomas
"Ok Dean Thomas is next, go ahead Dean."
"In the past there were times when I envied you Harry." Dean said, "You would have everyone's attention, especially the girls. But you didn't want it, and that I could never understand it. This last year I spent on the run. Knowing people are out to kill you really puts you under stress. It was the first time I understood what it was like to be you. You've been under that kind of stress since you were eleven years old maybe even younger. I understand now why you never wanted attention. I didn't want anyone to look at me or even think about me. I was afraid they would go after my family and friends to get to me. I will never be jealous of you again. You've been through more in eighteen years than most people will in their entire life time. Thank you for everything you did."
"Thank you Dean," Lee said, "I think a lot of us better understand Harry now. Next question, if you destroyed his body when you were a baby how did he get a body back?"
"You remember at the end of the Tri-Wizard tournament…" The questions went on for several hours and Harry was starting to get tired of it all.
Finally Lee said, "I don't think we have any more questions from the reporters. Is there anything else you would like to say Harry?"
"Yes, I would like to thank the Professors, the DA, the Order, the Centaurs, the Hogwarts House elves and Grawp, Hagrid's brother, the people of Hogsmead, the former students and everyone else who fought in the battle. I have additional thank you for Neville, Luna and Ginny. Thanks for taking over the DA in our absence and keeping the resistance alive. Lee thank you and your friends for Potterwatch. You have all been an inspiration to me and to the magical world."
"Thank you for those kind words Harry." Lee said, "On behave of the Wizarding World I thank you and your friends for getting rid of this force of evil. I know you have sacrificed a lot; I hope people will give you the peace you desire. Minister any last words."
"I just want to remind everyone who should have been in their seventh year at Hogwarts last year to please contact Minerva McGonagall if they would like to attend this year." Kingsley said, "Anyone who missed their OWLs or Newts can come to the Testing department at the Ministry if you don't want to return. Contact Minerva if you have questions. And if anyone wants to work for the Ministry please apply, we have several openings. And for those at Hogwarts if you have any interest in joining the Aurors we have an Auror teaching DADA this year and a few trainees will still be finishing school so you could also talk to them."
"Auror trainees will be at Hogwarts?" Lee asked.
"Well only two." Kingsley answered, "Harry Potter and Ron Weasley have both signed up for the Aurors and their first assignment is to finish school."
"Harry and Ron are Auror's? I feel safer already." Lee said.
Harry interrupted, "I know a lot of people thought that Alastor Moody was paranoid. But he had it right. We all need to keep a watch out for Dark Wizards and Witches. Aurors can only catch those they know about. If we can stop someone before they get as dangerous as Tom was it will be much better for us all. Personally I don't want another child to have to go through what I did."
In unison the rest of the room yelled, "Constant Vigilance!"
Harry chuckled with Lee as he signed off, "Well that's it for this edition of Potterwatch be safe and be vigilant. Good night."
Lee waved his wand and said, "All clear. That was fantastic Harry."
"You all stay here Minerva and I will escort the reporters out." Kingsley said.
"Don't let Rita give you the slip." Harry said, "And if she gives you any trouble just tell her to quit 'bugging' you. And emphasize the word bugging."
"Do I want to know what you're talking about?" Kingsley asked.
"I'll fill you in later." Harry laughed.