Helena Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two
My name is Helena Potter, and I'm a witch.
For ten years, I didn't know about this, but when I turned eleven, I received my Hogwarts letter and learned the truth about my past. I was the Girl Who Lived as Lord Voldemort seemed to vanished after trying and failing to kill me when I barely a year old. I learned that my so-called relatives had known and tried to force the magic out of me and they failed miserably. I went to Hogwarts the following term, and felt at home for the first time. I gained three great friends, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Cedric Diggory, and some of the teachers became my friend as well. At the end of the year, I faced Lord Voldemort again and barely escaped with my life and Cedric's and all four of us were rewarded as we were heroes.
During my second year at Hogwarts, I learnt more about my past and powers and about Lord Voldemort while rescuing my best friend, Cedric Diggory from some form of Lord Voldemort's sixteen-year-old self after he was possessed by Voldemort. Cedric took a while before he ever forgave himself for what had happened. However, I cheered him up by promising to tell the Dursleys he was my personal bodyguard with permission to use magic if they tried anything on me.
During my third year, I was nearly killed by Dementors until Remus Lupin, a friend of my parents, helped me become strong enough to defeat them. Sirius Black, my secret godfather had also broken out of Azkaban. He'd been wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit and a betrayal done by another, Peter Pettigrew. I hadn't known about this until my friends and I had discovered the truth. Pettigrew had escaped and Sirius had had to run, but he always said he was safe in his letters and assured me he was happy with the fact that I knew he was innocent and cared about him. Still, when I worried about Sirius, I'd hold Snuffles, the stuffed dog he'd given me, closer at night so I'd feel better and not afraid.
During my fourth year, everything changed again, this time for the worst. I was forced to compete in the Triwizard Tournament alongside two rival schools and Cedric, who I secretly loved. I nearly got killed several times and then during the Third Task, Cedric and I were taken and Voldemort had returned. Cedric had been forced to watch me be tortured and then fight and nearly be killed by Lord Voldemort. Ever since then, I was more on guard as I didn't know when or where I might be attacked.
During my fifth year, the Ministry refused to believe mine and Cedric's word and forced an evil cow of a woman, Dolores Umbridge, to teach us, become High Inquisitor and headmistress, and she even used a Blood Quill on me during detention. Life at Hogwarts was practically a sheer misery until we students started up our secret Defense group called Dumbledore's Army. When the year ended after a battle at the Ministry, Fudge had been forced to accept the truth, Sirius was freed, I finally learned why Voldemort had wanted me dead in the first place and that one of us would kill the other in the end, Cedric took a job as part of Hogwarts security team, and the Wizarding and Muggle World were now on their guard.
During my sixth year, my world came crashing down. After finding out about Voldemort's past and the reason for his immortality—the seven Horcruxes—Professor Dumbledore and I had gone off to destroy one only to find it was a fake and when we came back, Malfoy revealed his plan to murder him, but Professor Snape, a man I had trusted, had beaten him to the punch and had murdered Professor Dumbledore first. Voldemort's battle had begun after they'd attacked Hogwarts. We four decided not to return to Hogwarts and instead go after the remaining Horcruxes and then end the battle forever. Cedric and I had also had a private wedding ceremony and were married.
During what would've been my seventh and final year, we four had not returned to Hogwarts and had been on the run searching for the Horcruxes and trying to destroy them while constantly on our guard. Voldemort had taken over the Ministry, I'd found out some things about Professor Dumbledore, we'd found out about the Deathly Hallows and someone had been watching us and sent us the silver doe Patronus, and now we'd been captured by Death Eaters and were being held prisoner at Malfoy Manor. Bellaxtrix hadn't finished with me.
I braced myself for Bellaxtrix's attack as she aimed her wand at me. "The Dark Lord will be so pleased when he finds out I have vanquished you, Potter!"
"YOU SHALL NOT HARM HELENA POTTER!" shouted a familiar voice.
Bellatrix was blasted away from me and to my amazement, I saw a very familiar face. "Dobby?" I said, shocked. I'd never been happier to see that elf in my life before. "How did you—?"
"Dobby does not have time to explain," he said. "Helena Potter must come quickly so she and her friends can be saved!"
"Okay, I'm coming." I tried to stand and collapsed when an unbearable pain shot through my leg, courtesy of Bellatrix's spell work. "Ow! Dobby, my leg! Can you…?"
Dobby snapped his fingers and then the pain in my leg was gone.
"Dobby cannot fully heal Helena Potter's wound, but he can take away the pain for now," said Dobby, as he handed me the spare wand that'd been taken from me.
"We'll worry about it later. Thanks," I said, as I got up. "Help Griphook and then let's go find the others."
Dobby did just as I told him before we then ran down to the prison cell and blasted the door open to find no only Cedric, Ron, and Hermione, but Dean, Ollivander and Luna, all bound.
"Dobby, can you Apparate them out of here?" I asked.
"No, there is powerful magic here. But Dobby can undo their bonds." Dobby snapped his fingers and their bonds were undone and then everyone got up as Dobby returned their wands. Cedric and Ron helped Olivander to walk as he was badly injured, but Dean and Luna and Hermione were able to walk fine.
We attacked anyone who got in our way until Bellatrix appeared and grabbed Hermione, holding a knife to her throat. "How dare you attack the sister of your mistress, you filthy little monkey?" she shrieked, at Dobby.
"Dobby has no masters or mistresses!" he yelled. "Dobby is a free elf and he shall help Helena Potter!"
"Silence, you traitor! All of you, drop your wands or we'll see just how dirty her blood really is!" said Bellatrix.
Dobby quickly raised his hand again before we could react and blasted Bellatrix again as we went on and ran into Pettigrew, who had his wand raised at us. "Do not move!" he said. "Stay where you are!"
I stepped forward and glared at me. "What're you going to do now, Wormtail? Kill me?" I demanded. "Are you going to kill the woman who spared your life four years ago? Are you going to turn on the one whom you owe a life-debt to? You owe me, Wormtail!"
Pettigrew hesitated and then his silver hand turned on him and then he was dead. I felt neither pity for him or grief as we ran. We also saw Greyback was lying underneath some rubble from the destroyed room, he was dead as well. We were nearing our exit when a voice said, "No, don't go out that way!"
We turned to see Draco Malfoy behind us. "Don't go that way. They're waiting for you and it's booby-trapped." He pointed to another exit. "Go out that way. It'll take you outside and then you can Apparate out of here."
"You're helping us?" said Hermione, shocked.
"As a matter of fact I am, Granger."
"Why are you doing this?" asked Ron. "Why should we trust you?"
"You don't have a choice, Weasel-Bee," he said. But his tone was not mocking nor was it jeering. "I may not be one of you, but I'm not one of his, not willingly. I don't want anything to do with him. I never did. But no one can know that or my parents will be killed. Disarm me, Stun me and then get out of here. Do it!"
"Thank you," I said, grateful. "Expelliarmus! Stupefy!"
He was Disarmed, Stunned and then we Apparated to Shell Cottage, Bill and Fleur's home by the sea.
To say that Bill and Fleur were shocked to see us, injured, freezing and weak was a bit of an understatement. And they weren't the only ones at Shell Cottage, the rest of Ron's family were there too along with Sirius. But questions were put off while those injured were being taken care of until Bill cornered me.
"Helena, what the devil's going on? You all turn up after months with no word looking half-dead and—"
"We messed up," I interrupted. "Ron, Hermione and Cedric and I were on our mission from Professor Dumbledore, the one I can't tell you about. We forgot about the Taboo and one of us let slip his name. Bellatrix captured us and tortured me with the Cruciatus Curse before Dobby showed up and helped us. Is this place safe?"
"Yes, it's safe," said Bill. "The house is under the Fidelius Charm and Dad's the Secret-Keeper."
"Good, I—oh, crap!" I tried to stand up, but ending up collapsing as Dobby's spell had worn off and my leg was now painful again.
Bill was at my side in an instant. "What's wrong with your leg? Why didn't you say you were injured?"
"Bellatrix hit it with a Stinging Hex. Dobby numbed up the pain, but the spell's worn off," I murmured. "Forgot about it, sorry."
"I shall fix it," said Fleur. She took me into another room where she rolled up my pant leg. My leg had a deep, red wound from the Stinging Hex which was quite painful. Fleur applied a cream and a bandage to my leg.
"There," she said. "Your leg will be better by morning. Keep the bandage on until then."
"Thanks," I said. "If there's anything I can do, name it."
"You needn't repay us. I'm just glad you are all safe," she said, as she hugged me.
There was a knock on the door and Sirius came in. "Fleur, mind if I have a word with my goddaughter?"
Fleur nodded and left the room.
"Helena, what happened?" asked Sirius.
I told him everything, from the time we left his house up until this point and when I finished, he looked furious and shocked and grateful. "I'm going to wring her neck if I ever see her again," he said. "Are you okay, Helena?"
"No. I was so scared, Sirius," I confessed, as tears stung my eyes. "I thought she was going to kill me and then everyone else would be killed too, if Dobby hadn't shown up—"
"Shh, shh, shh," he said, as he held me close and stroked my hair. "It's alright. You're safe now, you all are. It's okay."
"Sirius, my hands won't stop shaking," I said.
"Here," he pressed a potion into my hands and helped me drink it. Instantly, I stopped shaking and felt better. He rubbed my shoulder. "You had a bit of shock and after-effects of the curses she used on you. But it's over now. You're safe, you all are."
"But my mission—"
"Your mission can wait a few days," he interrupted. "All of you need to recover. Go see your friends and husband and get some sleep, alright?"
"Alright." I hugged him tight before going to see the others were in bed. Ron, Cedric, and Hermione were in one room with three beds. One was for Cedric and myself and the other two were for Ron and Hermione. "Guys, how are you doing?"
"Griphook and Olivander are pretty badly hurt, Luna's got a splitting headache, and Dean's got a split lip, our wrists are sore from the ropes, but other than we're fine," said Hermione. "Bill says everyone that's hurt will be healed up within a day or two."
"Thank heavens," I said, sighing. "I think we should stay here for a few days, get our strength back up and resupply."
"I second that," said Ron. He got settled down and fell asleep, as did Hermione. Then Cedric and I turned to each other.
Before I could react, Cedric kissed me soundly before holding me tight.
"I love you so much. I'm glad you're alright," he whispered. "When they took you away, I was afraid I'd never see you again."
"I love you too," I said, as I kissed him again.
"I could hear Bellatrix yelling, but I couldn't hear you."
"I wasn't screaming. You know me, stubborn to the end."
He smiled softly, but it didn't reach his eyes. "I wish I could've stopped her. It hurt me, knowing you were up there being tortured and I couldn't stop it."
"Shh, we did what we could. We're safe now, that's all that matters." We remained in each other's arms for a while longer. "Ced?"
"Bellatrix thought we'd been in her vault. She thought that's where we got the sword. Cedric, what if the cup's in there?"
He paused for a moment. "There's a very good chance you're right. Griphook might know, but we'll have to wait until morning to ask him. Let's get some sleep."
I was too tired to argue and just nodded. Cedric and I curled up and had our arms around each other as we fell into a peaceful sleep.
When morning came and I woke up, Cedric, Ron and Hermione were gone. The door opened and then Dobby came in with a tray of food which he placed on my bed.
"Dobby's brought breakfast for Helena Potter," he said.
"Hi, Dobby. Where's everyone else?"
"They woke up early and Fleur asked for their help with a house problem and wanted Helena Potter to sleep as she looked exhausted," said Dobby. "Dobby volunteered to make breakfast and bring some to Helena Potter."
"Want to share it with me?" I asked.
Dobby's eyes lit up and he smiled and nodded. "Yes, Dobby would like that very much, Helena Potter."
He got on the bed and sat beside me. I reached out and pulled Dobby into a one-armed hug, which he returned as tears glistened in his huge green eyes. "Thank you, Dobby, thank you for everything. I owe you big time."
Dobby hugged me back. "Dobby is glad Helena Potter and friends are safe. Dobby needs no reward."
"Whatever you say, Dobby," I said, smiling. "So, how did you know we were in trouble in the first place?"
"Aberforth Dumbledore was watching through a mirror and told Dobby to help. Dobby has been working for him ever since He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named took over Hogwarts. But Aberforth needn't have asked. Dobby would willingly help Helena Potter no matter what."
"I appreciate it, thanks. And tell that to Aberforth as well, will you?"
"Dobby will. But Dobby will stay until Helena Potter returns to her mission of trying to destroying You-Know-Who. Aberforth said Dobby could stay as long as Dobby felt was necessary."
"Okay, then. Well, let's eat before the food gets cold."
We ended up sharing a pleasant meal together before we went downstairs and Cedric pulled me into a kiss.
Later that afternoon, we four talked with Griphook in private.
"Mr. Griphook, how're your legs?" asked Hermione.
"Painful, but mending," he grunted. "I owe you my thanks. I was surprised that wand-carriers would choose to save a goblin."
"You helped us first," said Ron.
"Griphook, not that I'm ungrateful, but why did you lie to Bellatrix for us?" I asked.
"I was asked to by your husband," said Griphook. "I know you two are married, as I recognize those wedding bands. They were made by my second cousin who always shows me his work and I distinctly remember the day Mr. Diggory came and bought them."
"Well, thank you for doing that for us," said Cedric. "Griphook, do you know what's in Bellatrix Lestrange's vault?"
"Yes. All the goblins know what's in every single vault."
"I know it's asking a lot, but we wouldn't ask if it wasn't important. Can you tell us what's in the vault? We have to know," said Hermione.
"Because you've helped me, I shall do the same. In that vault is no money or other worldly treasures, but something far greater. The fake sword of Godric Gryffindor which holds no value lies within there. But the treasure is cup of Helga Hufflepuff."
Ron and Hermione's eyes widened.
"Thank you, you've been a huge help," said Cedric.
"Could you help us break into her vault? We need that cup. It's not for personal gain, it's for something else, something important," I said. "Something Professor Dumbledore asked us to do."
Griphook narrowed his eyes. "If I agree, will you give me the true sword of Gryffindor after the job is done?"
"Yes," said Cedric, before we could speak. "We'll leave you to rest and recover now, Griphook. Excuse us."
When we were in another room enchanted to prevent eavesdroppers, Ron said, "Are you out of your stinking mind? You're going to give him the sword? It doesn't belong to him! It belongs to us, to Helena!"
"Ron, if you'll stop shouting at me for one second, I could explain to you that I lied to Griphook," said Cedric.
"You lied?" said Hermione.
"Of course I lied! I'm not giving it to him," said Cedric. "Bill's worked with goblins for years. He's told me everything about them. Goblins are tricksters and greedy. We can't trust him to keep his word. We need him."
"So, we're using him?" said Hermione. "That's wrong."
"Have you got any better ideas?" I asked. "None of us like this, and I hate using people, but we don't have a choice right now. The Horcrux is in Bellatrix's vault and in order to break into the vault, we need that goblin. He'll turn on us before we turn on him, mark my words."
We stayed at Shell Cottage for a few days to recover our strength and resupply our food and water.
By some miracle, we still had all of our things resting in one of Hermione's enchanted bags, safe and sound. Dobby stayed with us as he wanted to make sure we were alright and firmly insisted he would stay until we four left on our mission. He helped take care of those who'd injured, did odd jobs around the house, kept us entertained and was greatly favored by Hedwig and Crookshooks and Luna.
Olivander, Dean, and Luna recovered quickly. Luna and Olivander got on perfectly and were best friends before long. Dean was able to send a Patronus to his worried mother and sisters telling him he was safe and alright. Ron and Hermione seemed to be closer and Cedric and Sirius were not letting me out of their sight for long. A week later, there was a knock on the door.
"Who is it?" asked Sirius.
"It is I, Remus John Lupin, also known as Moony come with news!"
Bill opened the door and Lupin came in looking happier and excited than I'd seen him in years. He held out a photograph of Tonks, him, and a baby.
"It's a boy!" said Lupin. "We're calling him Teddy Lupin, after Dora's father!"
"Tonks had the baby?" said Hermione, as everyone gave their congratulations.
"What does he look like?" asked Ron.
"Dora says he looks like me, but he's got her hair that's changing color every five minutes," said Lupin, smiling. "Helena, will you be Teddy's godmother? Dora's asked for you personally and quite frankly, I can't think of anyone else for the job."
"Me?" I said, shocked. "I mean, yes. Yes, I'd love to!"
"Wonderful!" said Lupin. "I'll go and tell Dora the news!"
He ran out through the door.
Then next day, after saying good-bye and promising to be careful, we headed out again, this time to Gringotts where we would take the cup of Hufflepuff. Olivander, Luna, and Dean were staying with Bill and Fleur until the time came for them to be at the final battle which would take place before much longer.
We four had a job to do and we were going to succeed in it no matter what.