[A/N: This be the last one. I have nothing to say but thank you and even that doesn't express how much fun I've had writing this for you!]
19 Years Later
"Are we going to get here early every year, mum? It doesn't make us get on the train any faster."
My oldest son, Sirius, was starting his third year this year and if he wasn't starting to act more and more like my godfather every day then I was losing my mind. His sister—his twin sister, Madelyne Mira, was much quieter and much more reserved. Considering her genetics, we could only assume that somewhere in the Evans family people weren't so talkative.
"We will get here whenever your father and I decide you should be here," I told him as we waited on the platform for the others to arrive. "Besides, we had to make sure Scorpius got on the train."
Scorpius was 11-years-old and the spitting image of Draco in looks and personality.
"Even if we missed the train you'd have just taken us to Hogwarts yourself. You do work there and all," Sirius said.
"If you don't stop your mouthing off your Hogsmeade slip might magically disappear," Draco said.
Sirius sighed and rolled his eyes. Madelyne next to him merely let out a giggle.
"It is always packed here," Harry said arriving with Ginny and their three kids.
"Complain, complain, complain," Ginny said. "Every year. I think he forgets there are like a thousand kids that go to Hogwarts every year."
"Clearly," I said.
"It's okay uncle Harry, I don't like the train station either," Sirius said.
"Well, at least you're not scared like some people," James, Harry's oldest said, nudging his younger brother, Albus.
"Shut up, James. I'm not scared," Albus said.
Scorpius scoffed. "I bet you are. You'll end up in Hufflepuff with the rest of the cowards."
"You've got such nice things to say about your cousin," Ron said coming over ad messing up Scorpius' hair. "I could feel the love from the other side of the platform."
"Hi, Uncle Ron," Scorpius said fixing his hair.
"You two excited for your first year of Hogwarts?" Hermione asked.
"Too excited," Scorpius said confidently.
"I'm pretty nervous actually," Albus said.
"Me too actually," Rose said. Rose was Ron and Hermione's daughter. She looked like a Weasley, but talked like Hermione.
"I wonder what house I'll get sorted into," Albus said.
"Probably Slytherin," James teased, high-fiving Sirius as he said it. I wondered if I was that unfunny when I was 13.
Scorpius scoffed. "He should be so lucky."
"Fine—then I'll be in Gryffindor just to spite you," Albus said.
"Oh, and Rose," Ron said placing a hand on his daughter's shoulder, "if you're not put in Gryffindor, you'll be disowned. But no pressure."
Hermione whacked him upside the head.
"Mummy, can I go to Hogwarts?" Harry's youngest child, Lily, asked.
"Not for two more years," Ginny told her.
"Aww . . . Oh, well, Hugo," Lily said sadly to her cousin. Ron and Hermione's son.
"Mummy! Mummy! Mummy!" I heard a little girl crying out.
I looked to see a small red headed girl running towards me. It was my youngest daughter, Marni, who was only four.
"Hello there, sweetheart," I said as she jumped up into my arms.
"Mummy! Uncle Sirius taught me a new word!" she said.
"Did he? What was it?" I asked. Marni had stayed the night with Sirius and Veronica so she Draco and I could give Scorpius special attention before his first day at Hogwarts.
"SHIT!" she shouted.
Rose gasped as if she were offended. Scorpius, James, and Albus all laughed. Hugo and Lily snickered.
"Don't worry, my cousin has already been properly scolded," Tonks said popping up with Remus.
"You know cannot trust that man with young children," Remus said.
"I should know better," I said. "Anyway where is Annie-Lynn?"
"Mira and Teddy are driving her," Tonks said. "Mira insisted."
"That was a bad idea. She's a terrible driver," I said.
"Yes. They're in the parking lot," Tonks said. "Should be in soon."
Mira and Teddy had both graduated from Hogwarts by now and had been inseparable their entire lives. Tonks and Remus' daughter, Andromeda Lynnette—Annie-Lynn as she liked to be called, was 13 and kind of a card. She was eccentric and smart and clumsy. The only person who seemed to be able to calm her down was Madelyne.
"You are the single worst driver I have ever seen!" I could already hear Annie-Lynn shouting.
"I'm not that bad," Mira said.
"Yes you are. They should throw you in Azkaban. That's how bad you are," Annie-Lynn said. She came up and hugged Remus. "Don't ever make me ride in the car with that horrible woman again."
"You're a horrible woman," Mira said.
"Your face is a horrible woman," Annie-Lynn said.
"Oi, stop talking about my sister," Scorpius hissed.
"Oh, quiet down you," Madelyne said taking hold of Annie-Lynn's hand and pulling her into a hug.
"Yeah, Scorpius, tone it down a bit. Save the Slytherin for the sorting," Mira said high-fiving her little brother.
Mira had grown up to be in Slytherin. The twins had been put into Gryffidor. Scorpius was definitely going to be a Slytherin as well.
"Guys! You won't believe what I just saw!" James said. "Teddy was totally snogging our cousin Victorie."
"Ewe," Mira and Annie-Lynn said in unison.
"Your lack of tact never ceases to amaze my dear," Ginny said.
"Well, look who I've found!"
Chase was Kaitlin and George's son. He was fourth year now, Gryffindor like his parents. His little sister, Hallie, was a second year.
"Where's your mum and dad, Chase?" Draco asked.
"Probably trying to detatch Hallie from her dungbombs," Chase said.
"Or supplying her with them," Remus said.
"Wouldn't doubt it. If I had a galleon for every item I've confiscated from that girl I could buy a damn Firebolt," I said.
"Mummy said 'damn'!" Marni said.
"That's some Grade A parenting there," Draco said taking Marni from me.
The whistle for the train blew.
"Eep! Time to go!" I said pecking Scorpius on the cheek. "I'll see you soon. Mind your manners on the train."
"Send Neville and Bree my love," Ginny said.
"Mum, they're my teachers! I can't send them my love," James said.
Neville had taken over as herbology professor and Bree was now teaching defense against the dark arts starting this year. They'd also been happily married for about 9 years.
We got all the children onto the train, leaving all of us standing there.
"Guess it's just you and me now, baby girl," Draco said to Marni.
"When can I go to Hogwarts?" Marni asked.
"Hmm . . . In seven years," I said.
"That's so far away," she groaned.
"Not too far," I said.
"Besides, that means you get to spend seven more years with daddy and mummy!" Draco said tossing her up in the air. She cheered excitedly.
"Then I can go to Hogwarts?" she asked.
"Yep," Draco said.
"And speaking of going to Hogwarts, we had actually better get going soon," Remus said.
"Of course, headmaster," I said.
McGonagall had retired at the end of last year and Remus had taken on the challenge of being headmaster, and I'd taken on his challenge of being head of Gryffindor house and now deputy headmistress.
I was about to get a whole lot busier.
"Ah, there you are. Did I miss everyone else?" Teddy asked finally showing up.
"Yeah. And James told us all about your run in with Victorie," Mira said.
"Oh, how I'd love to give that kid a whack upside the head," Teddy said.
"Join the club," Ginny said.
"I saw the Scamander boys get on the train," Mira said.
"Oh, do you suppose Luna is here?" Ginny asked.
"No, I saw her leave actually. Seemed a bit rushed," Teddy said.
"Can never keep track of that girl these days," Hermione said.
"Well this has been fun and all, but I've got to get to work," I said. "Those doxy bites don't treat themselves. Come on, Ted."
"Alright, but I'm driving. You're a terrible driver," Teddy said following her out.
"I'll see you at school, Hannah," Remus said.
"Yeah and I'll see you boys back at the office at one o'clock and not a minute later," Tonks said.
Tonks was now head of the auror office and worked closely with Hermione who ran the department of defense. She ranked just below Kingsley who was Minister of Magic. Draco was on the school board, just as his father had been. Harry and Ron had become aurors.
"Are you going to spend the day with me, Marni?" Ginny asked.
Marni nodded and skipped over to Ginny. Ginny was a sports writer for the Daily Prophet. Had been for about 13 years, after she retired from her position as captain of the greatest female Quidditch team in the league, the Hollyhead Harpies.
I walked out of the station and into the parking lot. I stared up at the sun and placed my hand on the back of my neck. I could still feel my scar there.
"Remembering the old days?" Harry asked walking up next to me.
"Oh, yeah. I really do miss fearing for my life," I said rolling my eyes. "My scar hasn't hurt in 19 years. I rather do enjoy it."
"Likewise," Harry said.
It'd been 19 years since Voldemort was defeated. I'd accomplished everything I'd wanted to when I was young, and I was no longer trapped in a world where Harry and I were the only family that we had. If anything, we had too much family now.
"Hey, are you guys just gonna stand there? We all have things to do today," Hermione said.
"Yeah, we're coming," Harry said.
"Have fun at work, bro," I said.
"Don't let Al and Scorpius kill each other," Harry said.
"You and Draco didn't kill each other. They should be fine," I said.
"Yes, but remember sixth year—the whole sectumsempra incident," Harry said.
"Well, shit," I said remembering. I was going to have to keep an eye on them.
It had been 19 years since the hell had ended and new era in my life had begun. A peaceful where I was never looking over my shoulder. One where I could just be with my family and friends and be happy.
It was a new era, where all was well.
[Chapter title credit to Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls for the song "End of an Era"]