(Note: I made an addendum to the previous chapter yesterday. You may want to go back to read it; it's over three hundred words extra. Anyway, on another note, everything that happened in the Half-Blood Prince between the last two Quidditch matches with Gryffindor has happened in here, but with two notable differences: Ginny is still with Dean, and Ron has been able to maintain his relationship with Lavender [Believe me, I myself am not fond of either pairing, but they did seem to be the most suitable ones to have when given this scenario]. Besides that, everything else has literally gone "by the book.")
The rest of the year went by remarkably well, until the night when Dumbledore summoned Harry to find one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
After finding the locket on that hostile island, Harry Apparated with his Headmaster back to Hogsmeade. There, they encountered Madam Rosmerta outside The Three Broomsticks. Harry was about to ask Madam Rosmerta to look after Dumbledore while he ran up to the Castle. Madam Rosmerta stopped him and started to warn him. He was confused by the warning until she pointed something out to him. It was then that Harry saw it- The Dark Mark itself was directly over Hogwarts! It was hovering in the sky above the Astronomy Tower.
Harry felt a rush of panic surging through every vein in his body. He needed to get up there and make sure everyone was safe. Fortunately for him, Madam Rosmerta agreed to let Harry and Dumbledore borrow two of her broomsticks.
The student and the Headmaster hastily made their way to the Astronomy Tower. Once there, Dumbledore gave Harry explicit instructions to hide under his Invisibility Cloak and to find Professor Snape. Harry only managed to get on his Invisibility Cloak before they were interrupted by Draco Malfoy.
Harry felt himself become paralyzed and saw Dumbledore's wand fly out of his hand almost simultaneously. After a moment, he was able to conclude that Dumbledore had nonverbally used Stupefy on him and Malfoy had shouted "Expelliarmus" to disarm Dumbledore.
Harry could not move anything, so he was forced to simply lean against the wall and listen to a most peculiar conversation between his Headmaster and his school nemesis.
The conversation explained a lot to Harry, and he had received more than one revelation from it. Not long after the conversation began, they were interrupted yet again by a small group of Death Eaters. Shortly afterwards, Professor Snape came through the door to the tower. Snape slowly approached Dumbledore, wand in hand.
Dumbledore could only mutter "Severus… please…"
Snape raised his wand and shouted "Avada Kedavra!"
Dumbledore was hit by a bolt of green light. He went almost flying backwards and fell over the battlements.
Harry was still paralyzed; he could do nothing but stare in complete hatred as the Death Eaters and Malfoy departed from the Astronomy Tower. Just before the last one left, the Stupefy spell had worn off. Harry threw off his cloak, picked up his wand, pointed it at the last Death Eater, and shouted " Petrificus Totalus!"
Immediately, the Death Eater collapsed. Harry quickly passed over him and ran down the stairs as fast as he could go.
Downstairs, a battle was raging on. Harry found several of his teachers, fellow students, and members of the Order of the Phoenix engaged in battle with other Death Eaters. Harry launched a spell at every Death Eater that came into his sight.
He met up with Ron and asked him frantically "Where's Hermione? Where's Hermione? Where the hell is Hermione?"
"Harry, calm down," Ron shook his best friend, trying to get him to calm down "She's fine; she and Luna just took Professor Flitwick to the Hospital Wing."
"What about Jimmy?" Harry was still freaking out.
"He's with them," Ron assured him.
Upon knowing that his lover and his son were safe, Harry changed his directives. He ran after Snape and the other Death Eaters as fast as he could go.
He eventually caught up with Snape outside the castle. Harry launched spell after spell at him, only to have each and every one of them neutralized by Snape.
Harry even tried to use some of the Half-Blood Prince's spells on Snape. It was then that Snape revealed that HE was the Half-Blood Prince. Shortly after revealing this information, Snape, Malfoy, and the other Death Eaters disappeared from the Hogwarts grounds.
After the damage done to the castle was repaired, Professor McGonagall was instated as Headmistress of Hogwarts and Dumbledore's funeral was held.
Once all of this was accomplished, Harry began making plans for the near future with Hermione and Ron. They had decided that they would not return to Hogwarts, but instead they would go into hiding and find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them. And Harry vowed that as long as he drew breath, he would protect his best friend, his lover, his son, and everyone else he loved with his life.
Note: I'm sorry that this chapter was also short; I promise that the next chapter will be much more eventful. You see, right now, I'm trying to balance my CATS fanfic "Hidden Truths of the Hidden Path" and this one. I'm going to try to finish that one first, and then all my focus will be directed towards this fanfic. I would like to say thank you to all of you who have stayed with me all this time! All of you mean something to me!