Chapter 1: An Unexpected Visitor
As he exited Kings Cross station with his Aunt and Uncle Harry was confronted with the prospect of spending another summer with his relatives. Harry was despised by his relatives for being a wizard. He had ended up living with them when his parents had been murdered by Lord Voldemort who was perhaps the most powerful dark wizard to walk the face of earth. He was believed to be dead for around thirteen years after he had attacked Harry after killing his parents which had somehow broken his power. And now he had returned...Harry had seen him gain a new body using his blood barely a month ago.
Harry loaded his trunk and Hedwig's cage into the car as his Uncle began shouting at him to hurry up and after taking the back seat with Aunt Petunia (Dudely and uncle Vernon were in the front) he returned to his musings.
The prospect of spending the summer with the Dursley's with nothing but his recent memories for company was something Harry had been dreading for the past few days. At Hogwarts, his school, he had at least had some nights of restful sleep by drinking dreamless sleep potion given to him by Madam Pomfrey. After the incident at the graveyard Harry had been unable to sleep the first few nights and had woken shivering and sweating after visiting the graveyard again and again in his dreams. At last he had been allowed to take a dreamless sleep potion every other night so that he could get some sleep and also try to come to terms with his memories. He had made some progress but that had been because he had been surrounded by his friends for company who had supported him. He knew from experience that the Dursley's would not take kindly to being woken up from their sleep by his nightmares.
He did not know how he would manage. Sensing at least a part of his concern, Mrs. Weasly who had spent many days after the third task with Harry, had invited him to spend all of his summer at the Burrow, the Weasley's house but Dumbledore had insisted that Harry return to his relatives for at least a part if not all of his summer. He remembered his friends actions at the station as they had tried to comfort him.
"We'll get you out of there mate, as fast as we can", Ron had said.
"Yeah", the twins chorused, "if the muggles give you any trouble write to us, we will be taking our apparition tests this summer.."
"..and will turn seventeen in a few weeks .."
"..and we can always come over to give your relatives.."
"..a few well deserved pranks.", they finished alternating one after the other. This earned them a disapproving glare from Mrs. Weasley who was standing nearby "You will do no such thing", she said sternly and then turning to him she said "Harry dear, if they give you any trouble you can owl Ron and we will get you out of there after informing Dumbledore".
Hermoine had agreed whole-heartedly with her , " if you have any problems you can owl Ron or me or You can give me a call, you have my number don't you?" and them without waiting for a reply she had flung herself on him giving him a tight hug and covering his face with her bushy hair. After nearly crushing him to death she had released him and had added while leaving "take care and don't do anything stupid like blowing up your Aunt ".
As he was thinking the car pulled up near Privet Drive and Uncle Vernon got out. Seeing Harry still sitting lost in his thoughts he was enraged. Barely keeping his temper in control as he thought of the neighbours and what they would say if they saw him shouting at the boy and worse yet if the boy showed some of his unnaturalness he flung open the door on Harry's side of the car and brought his face within inches of Harry's.
Harry who had now begun to pay attention saw his Uncle but after facing Voldemort he was not in the least bit intimidated. However, he was nervous seeing that if things got out of hand he would have to use magic to save himself from harm and he was not at all sure that the ministry (meaning Fudge) would listen to any reason he gave. So, when his Uncle started speaking in low threatening tones of what he would do if Harry continued to show signs of his unnaturalness like he was doing now Harry did not protest but mumbled an apology and got out . Lugging his trunk out of the car he started dragging it across the drive towards the front door.
His Uncle who was a bit surprised at his lack of reaction stood near the car staring dumbly at harry and then quickly shook himself and came to the front door where Harry was just beginning to pull his trunk over the threshold. "Now look here boy", he said, "I will not tolerate your behaving like this and...and running off when I am speaking. You will stand and listen. Now this summer you will make our food and trim the lawn in return for our generosity in letting you live here. You will stay in your room at all times and will come down only when called and to do your chores. You will dust the House on weekends and water the plants every day and do anything else that your aunt wants .All your stuff will be locked in the cupboard and you will stay away from Dudely. Do you understand, boy?"
Harry thought that it would be good that he would be ignored and if he wanted to go out he could always use his invisibility cloak as his relatives rarely called him expect for doing his chores and preparing the meals. As for his stuff, he could pick the lock of the cupboard at night and get what he wanted and store it in the loose floorboard in his room. As such he was not being deprived of anything special and so was about to agree when a familiar voice interrupted him," he will do no such thing." He looked up to see Professor Lupin standing in the doorway to the sitting room looking on with amusement at their shocked expressions.
Harry looked from Lupin to Uncle Vernon so fast that his neck cricked. Uncle Vernon's face went white on seeing a wizard in his house which was quickly replaced by red as he started shouting "NOW LOOK HERE MISTER, THIS IS MY HOUSE AND I WILL NOT HAVE YOU..."
As to what he would not have he could not say as Lupin waved his wand and uncle Vernon's voice stopped. It was sometime before he realised that and when he did he tried to shout even louder but no sound came out. He then charged towards Lupin but was immobilised. Seeing that Uncle Vernon was temporarily silenced Lupin turned to Harry."Harry, how are you?"
Harry was at a loss of words of words on seeing Lupin, he somehow stammered,"..fine.., Professor", and then as another thought struck him he took out his wand and asked ," what did you say to the dementor when he came looking for Sirius on the train in the third year?"
Lupin smiled at this and answered, " None of us is hiding Sirius Black under our cloaks. Go".
Harry dropped his wand arm and let out a breath he did not realise he had been holding. He had a right to be suspicious; after all he had spent nine months in the company of the person he had thought to be Alastor Moody only to find out that he was an impostor and a death eater.
His aunt and Dudely had made their way to the house, on seeing Lupin they stopped and then when they saw Uncle Vernon on the ground they panicked and Aunt Petunia Started screaming. Before she could say anything Lupin silenced her and said" He is fine. Let us Move to the sitting room, shall we?" and then taking Harry by one arm he flicked his wand and uncle Vernon and Harry's trunk moved to the sitting room. Uncle Vernon's face was still red and his eyes were moving frantically. Lupin then lifted the spells from him and Aunt Petunia."Now let us have a talk like nice people without trying to attack each other," he said gesturing towards the sofa.
"Harry, introduce us please", he said with a mischievous glint in his eyes. Harry caught on quickly, "Professor these our my Aunt and Uncle and my cousin Dudely and this", he said indicating Lupin," is Professor Lupin. He taught in my school during my third year and he is also a werewolf". Harry was now trying hard not to smile as he saw the expressions on the faces of his relatives as the colour drained from them.
"Now that we have got that out of the way let us make some things clear. Harry will be staying here for some time during the summer. You are to treat him well. He will not do any chores, though he may make the food if he likes", Lupin now looked towards Harry. Harry nodded wondering how Lupin knew that he liked cooking, but then remembered telling him during their many Patronus lessons in his third Year. As he brought his thoughts back to the present he saw that Lupin was still talking, "... and he will keep all his things in his room. And if I find out you are mistreating him, and believe me i will find out if you do, I will pay another visit. Is this clear?"
Uncle Vernon tried to open his mouth to retort but nothing came out so he simply nodded. "Well then Harry, let us go to your room." Lupin said as he levitated Harry's luggage before him. Harry led the way to his room he burst out laughing."That was... fantastic. The expressions on their faces when I told them about you were priceless." He said between bouts of laughter."Thank you, professor."
Lupin smiled."Harry I have not been your professor for more than a year now, surely you can call me Remus. As for the thanks you should thank Sirius, it was his idea, he convinced Dumbledore to let me come here for today to talk to your relatives."
"Pro..er.. Remus," Harry asked as another thought struck him, "why didn't I get into trouble when you used magic today? In my second year I got a warning when Dobby used magic."
"That would be because Dumbledore informed the ministry's improper use of magic office that I would be here today. I made him believe that your relatives might take some...persuasion. He was not happy by my coming here but he agreed after Sirius threatened to come here himself."
Harry felt a rush of gratitude for Sirius rise up inside him.
"Anyway I have some work to do. I should leave. Keep in touch Harry and owl us if you have any problems."
Harry watched as Lupin spun on his feet and disapperated with a crack. He stood looking at the spot wher he had vanished for some time and was woken up from his thoughts by an indignant hoot from Hedwig. He made his way to her cage and opened the door. She nipped him affectionately and went out for her evening hunt.
Harry then turned to his room, it was just as he had left it an year ago. He was feeling hungry so instead of unpacking he made his way downstairs where he met his Aunt who put a plate of food in front of him without saying a word. It was better than wha he usually ate, in fact, it was what they were eating themselves. Harry made a mental note to thank Sirius in his next letter and started eating. He finished quickly and was starting to make his way upstairs when he was stopped by his Uncle's voice.
"Boy, you will help your aunt to make breakfast tomorrow and will help your Aunt to make the other meals otherwise you won't get to eat. Understand?"
Harry nodded. His uncle was trying to get some hold over him but even with all his bluster Harry could see that he was shaken by today's visit. This was going to be a good summer for Harry. Now if only something could be done about Voldemort. Harry pushed such thoughts out of his mind and concentrated on new ways to terrorize Dudely. As he went to sleep he that he could sleep without nightmares... As his thoughts returned to Lupin's visit he smiled and after changing crashed on his bed. He was asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.