This is likely going to be a really short chapter that just takes care of some loose ends and all so I hope that you like it and I can't believe that, after two years, I've finally finished this story! Hooray! And a huge, HUGE thank you to everyone who reviewed and favorited this story, you guys are the greatest.
A lot happened in the next fifteen years following the defeat of Voldemort. During the first couple of weeks following the Battle of Malfoy Manor, most of Harry's time was spent avoiding the paparazzi who hailed him and everyone who participated in the battle as a hero. When the truth came out about what happened at the battle, Harry was glad that he wasn't the only one who was honored.
Among those who were honored was his guardian Snape who was rewarded the Order of Merlin First Class for risking his life to spy on Voldemort and the Death Eaters and then participating in the final battle in which Voldemort was killed.
Harry was also glad that Lucius Malfoy was honored for his role in Voldemort's death and he knew that Draco was too even if Malfoy didn't receive an Order of Merlin only because of his prior connections with the Death Eaters. Still, the then Minister of Magic had agreed that Malfoy deserved some sort of recognition because if he hadn't killed Voldemort when he did then they would have likely lost. That was the Minister's way of thinking anyway.
Malfoy was buried next to his wife and the funeral held for them was beautiful even if it was small. Draco had said he didn't want it to be big because there were still those out there who didn't see Malfoy as deserving of any honor because of his connections to the Death Eaters and Voldemort despite his redemption during the Battle of Malfoy Manor. Only those who were close to Malfoy, as well as Harry and all of his and Draco's friends, came to pay their respects. Soon after, Snape gained custody of Draco as per the wills of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy.
All the Death Eaters who survived the Battle of Malfoy Manor—those who weren't caught right away—went into hiding. And, for five years, the Aurors under the leadership of Mad-Eye Moody led a mass search for all remaining Death Eaters. Though it did take them the full five years, all the remaining Death Eaters were captured and sentenced to life in Azkaban with those who had committed serious crimes were sentenced to the Dementor's Kiss.
During the course of the next fifteen years, Professor Dumbledore had decided to retire and Professor McGonagall took over as headmistress of Hogwarts with Snape as Deputy Headmaster. Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco and Neville graduated two years after the battle while Luna and Ginny graduated in the year after them.
Also during those years, Harry married Ginny and, with her, he had three children; he named the first one James Sirius Potter after his father and his godfather, Sirius was thrilled to have the son of his godson named after him. The second one was named Albus Severus Potter after his old mentor and his guardian—whom had become his adopted father soon after the battle—and he was the only one to inherit Harry's—and Lily's—eyes. Harry's last child was the only girl and she was named Lily Luna Potter after Harry's mother and his adopted brother's wife who was a very good friend.
Remus Lupin ended up marrying Tonks, after Sirius kept bothering him in the years after the battle to propose, and they had a son named Ted Lupin after Tonks' father. Thankfully, Remus's werewolf curse had not been passed down to his son.
Draco Malfoy married Luna and had three children with her. The first he named Scorpius Lucius Malfoy while the second two were twins named Lysandar and Lorcan Malfoy. At the moment, Luna was pregnant with a fourth child that Draco had proudly informed Harry was going to be a girl; he was planning on naming her Thalia Narcissa.
Ron and Hermione, as Harry expected, married and they had two children; Rose and Hugo Weasley.
Neville fell in love with Hannah Abbot and married her. They ended up having a daughter they named Alice Augusta after Neville's mother and grandmother.
Sirius was still single but he seemed to not care as he spent quite a bit of his time helping out with the children and teaching them pranks, which often caused him and Snape to get into arguments. During the last fifteen years, though, Sirius and Snape had become friends; that came as a surprise to everyone but Harry was glad that his adopted father and his godfather no longer glared at each other every waking second.
Anyway, Harry and his family were currently living in Prince Manor. Snape had told them that they were welcomed to stay in Prince Manor for as long as they wanted and there was enough room for them. Harry and Ginny agreed at least for the time being.
Today it was exactly fifteen years since the defeat of Voldemort and there was going to be the third Victory Feast in the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Hogwarts decided to have a Victory Feast to celebrate Voldemort's defeat every five years. And it was also decided that someone who was present during the final battle would speak at the feast. Dumbledore had gone first and then Hermione went next and now it was Harry's turn though it had taken a lot of fast talking to get him to agree.
The Victory Feast took place in the Great Hall. Everyone was there. Tables were filled with students, former students, children, professors, former professors, Aurors, former Aurors, Ministry officials and Minister Kingsley Shacklebolt.
Shacklebolt stood up before walking over to the podium and murmured "sonorous" before he began speaking. "Today, we honor the fifteenth anniversary of the defeat of You-Know-Who also known as Voldemort. Many of you were alive during that time and I know that you do remember what happened. Today, someone who was present during the final battle will speak to you. Please help me welcome Mr. Harry Potter."
Everyone cheered and Harry blushed but got to his feet and made his way to the podium. He turned to face everyone as the cheering died down. "Thanks Kingsley," he said to the Minister of Magic. "Like Kingsley said, today marks the fifteenth anniversary of Voldemort's defeat but I'm not going to talk to you about his defeat since you already know about it." He had made the decision to not talk about the defeat but rather honor those who fell while trying to defeat Voldemort in his speech.
"I want to start off with a moment of silence to honor those who fell in our quest to defeat Voldemort and his followers," Harry said before falling silent and everyone followed suit. After the moment passed, Harry began speaking again.
"I want to first honor and recognize all those who fell to Voldemort during both of the wars though there are far too many to name but I will name those who have made an impact on my life and the lives of many others. Lily and James Potter who defied Voldemort and gave their lives to save mine." He spotted Snape, Sirius and Remus looking down at once.
Harry wiped the tears from his eyes before going on with the list of names he had built up. "Cedric Diggory who was the true Tri-Wizard Champion who was also the newly reborn Voldemort's first victim."
Cho Chang wiping away her tears though she smiled through them.
"Narcissa Malfoy who gave her life to save the life of her son," Harry went on spotting Draco who was holding two of his children and his wife close as tears fell from his eyes. "Finally, Lucius Malfoy who may have been a Death Eater and may have committed crimes during his Death Eater days but who deserves recognition for, though he was dying, he still used the last of his strength to kill Voldemort. And for that, I wish to honor him."
"We lost a lot of people during both wars against Voldemort but it was because of them that we are still here today, that we can raise our children in peace and no longer have to worry about Voldemort. May their sacrifices never be forgotten."
Cheers erupted from the Great Hall as Harry finished his speech and he walked away from the podium before rejoining his family. Lily crawled onto his lap and rested her head against his chest while James was sitting with Ginny who sat to the right of Harry and Albus was with Snape who sat on Harry's left.
"That was a beautiful speech, Harry," Tonks, who sat across from Ginny with Remus at her side, said with a small sad smile.
"It was," Snape said softly, his voice thick with emotion.
Albus looked up at Snape frowning. "Why're you sad?" he asked.
Snape smiled fondly at the little boy he held in his arms. "I'm not sad, Albus," he assured the little boy.
"You miss grandma still, don't you?"
"I will always miss her, Albus."
Harry knew that his adopted father had never stopped loving Lily Evans Potter and would always remember and miss her. He looked at his adopted father. "Do you want to come with us to Godric's Hollow after the feast, Dad?" he asked. "I told them I'd take them to visit their grandparents' graves and today's as good a day as any."
Snape glanced at him before nodded once in reply.
Harry gazed around at everyone laughing and talking with each other in the Great Hall before he smiled and stood up. Ginny looked at him. "Where are you going, Harry?" she asked.
"I think I'm going to go flying for a while," Harry replied. "Maybe visit Hedwig for a bit. I'll meet you in the entrance hall."
Harry made his way out of the Great Hall and the school before, once he was outside, he blurred into his dove form and flew into the sky.
Harry was thankful that Voldemort was gone and he would never have to worry about his scar hurting or losing someone he cared about ever again. Voldemort was gone and Harry had the family he had been denied for most of his life; he had a father, a godfather, an adopted brother, a beautiful wife, three beautiful children and tons of friends.
So much had changed since that day when Harry had transformed into a dove to escape his uncle's abuse. Who knew so much could change just because of a bout of accidental magic. But no matter what, Harry did not regret anything that happened and, as he flew around Hogwarts—his secondary home—Harry found he could not be happier.
a/n what do you think?
Blaze: argh! Believe me, coming up with a way to end this story took forever so I'm just sticking with that. I hope all loose ends are tied up though
Darth: I really liked it and I liked how you ended it with Harry in his dove form
Blaze: well, I figured since it started that way, I may as well end it that way
Blaze: so YAY! FATE'S WINGS, AFTER TWO LONG YEARS, IS FINALLY COMPLETE!
Darth: you don't need to scream
Blaze: sorry but please review and I hope that you enjoyed the ending. Once again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who read, reviewed and put this story on their favorites. I am so glad that you liked it and stuck with me until the end. You guys are the greatest.