A red-gold glow burst suddenly across the enchanted sky above them as an edge of dazzling sun appeared over the sill of the nearest window. The light hit both of their faces at the same time, so that Voldemort's wand was suddenly a flaming blur. Harry heard the high voice shriek as he two yelled his best hope to the heavens, pointing Draco's wand.

"Avada Kedavra!


The bang was like a cannon blast, and the golden flames that erupted between them, at the dead center of the circle they had been treading, marked the point where the spells collided.

The flash of golden light filled the Great Hall, and when it cleared Voldemort lay dead, and Harry Potter was nowhere to be found.

Harry landed hard on the ground, and cursed.

"Bloody hell, what was that?"

Looking around, Harry grew confused. He was standing on the grounds of Hogwarts at dawn, but there were no signs of battle. No corpses, no rubble, no blasted craters, no arrows, or clubs. It was as if the battle had not taken place.

Harry decided that something strange was going on, so he kept Draco's wand in his hand, with the Elder Wand in his other.

No new information was forthcoming from the surrounding landscape. If he didn't know better, he'd say everyone was asleep. This was completely ridiculous as no one was able to sleep during the battle with Voldemort's forces.

Moving cautiously, Harry began approaching the castle. Still, there was no evidence of battle, and Harry started to get concerned. Finally, as he approached the doors of the castle, something happened.

The doors opened slightly. Harry immediately ducked down, and aimed both wands at the door, he had no idea what was going on, but he wasn't going to be caught flat footed.

Then Harry saw himself remove his invisibility cloak from himself. Harry nearly gasped aloud. The other version of him moved down towards the lake. Harry, in shock decided to follow him.

Keeping as out of sight as possible, Harry followed his doppelganger to the lake, where the doppelganger sat and began tossing rocks into the water dejectedly.

Harry took his time to truly study the clone he was watching. The clone looked about a year younger than him, and was acting more emotional than Harry ever allowed himself to be. His double continued to throw rocks, but it seemed now to be more in anger than due to depression.

Incredibly confused, Harry tried to figure out what was going on. One moment he was dueling Voldemort, indeed he was sure he had killed the Dark Lord, the next he was watching a clone of himself outside a suspiciously undamaged Hogwarts.

Harry started when his clone began moving back towards Hogwarts. Harry quickly pulled out his own invisibility cloak, and found a surprise. Inside the cloak, he found the resurrection stone. It was still linked to the Slytherin Ring, and Harry stared at it in confusion. Deciding to think about the second Hallow later, Harry put it in his pocket, and put of his cloak.

Quickly he hurried after his clone. Unfortunately for him, the clone closed the castle doors before he got to them. Cursing under his breath, Harry moved to the side and began to wait.

He wasn't sure what was going on, but at the moment no one was trying to kill him, and he didn't seem to be in any immediate danger, so he might as well wait under his cloak until something happened to explain what was going on.

A few hours later, Harry was beginning to get restless. Finally however, the doors opened. What came out however, was not what he had been expecting (not that he had too many expectations, but even so). A flood of chattering students spilled out of the school and began walking towards Hogsmead.

Harry was even more confused that he only recognized a few of the students. He spotted his clone, and Malfoy, still flanked by Crabb and Goyle, but few of the other students were recognizable.

"What the hell?" Harry muttered. He quickly realized that he was out of his depth, but he wasn't sure what to do. Make a snap decision, Harry decided to follow his clone at a distance, and see what was going on.

The group of students gradually thinned as they spread out, giving Harry a chance to get a bit closer to his clone and his three friends. The boys were discussing the prank items they wanted to get at Zonkos. This confused Harry quite a bit, never having been a prankster himself, despite the urging of the Weasley twins.

He followed the group to the joke shop, but didn't enter, preferring to stay out in the open where he could observe more.

Harry began to notice differences between the Hogsmead he had just left yesterday, and the one he was in now. For one, everyone was far too casual, even with Voldemort dead; the behaviors shouldn't have changed in a single night. Further more, there was no Death Eater propaganda lying around. Even with magic, the posters of Harry's face with 'Undesirable #1' printed on it couldn't have disappeared that quickly.

As the clone and his friends were still in Zonkos, Harry chose to wander around a bit, see if he could figure out what had changed. Spotting a copy of the Daily Prophet, Harry snatched it up and pulled it under his cloak.

When he saw the headline he choked.

You-Know-Who kills Minister's sister!

Minister Bagnold vows to keep fighting!

Harry stared at the page shocked. What the hell was going on? Then he checked the date. Saturday April 15th, as he thought, 1975! Harry felt faint. Quickly doing the math in his head, he realized that his parents were still in school. The 'clone' of himself he had been following had been his father!

Harry felt black curling at the edge of his sight as he absorbed the shock. He shivered. Something was not right. That was when the screaming started.