Harry Potter and the Day it All Changed

Harry mentally sighed, not only was Sirius dead, but now Dumbledore, Hedwig and Mad-eye were too, and it was all his damn fault. 'Merlin, why me? It could have been any of them! It could've been Remus or Tonks or Hermione or one of the Weasleys or worse Fleur. That would've been horrible, she's engaged to Bill.

If she had died not only would Bill hate me for life, along with the rest of his family, but she would never have gotten to enjoy actually being loved for her and not her looks! Plus she doesn't know me well enough to want to go anywhere near death for me! None of them do!'

He ran his sweaty hands through his tussled hair, and released another long exasperated sigh. 'This is so wrong. I should just leave, at least then they'll all be safe...maybe I will. But what would they all think? Probably think I was an ungrateful freak like everyone else; finally realize the truth. I should probably leave a note at the very least to thank them and apologize for missing the wedding. Yeah, that's what I'll do, then I'll hunt down the horcruxes myself and after that I'll go to battle Voldemort, and try to die with honour. At least then no one else will get hurt.'

That thought in mind Harry quietly got up and dressed, thankful that he hadn't yet unpacked his rucksack, and slipped out of the room leaving Ron peacefully asleep. He was even quieter getting to the kitchen.

Most people, okay nobody but him and the Dursleys, didn't know that Harry could walk around anywhere in complete silence. You were more likely to here the pin drop compared to Harry. This was technically the Dursleys doing because when he had to get up at 5:30am to make breakfast, waking the rest of the...family...up was a rather poor decision if you didn't like being broken later.

Once in the kitchen Harry quickly found a piece of scrap parchment and a quill and began to scrawl his final note to this wonderful group of people who had affected his life so much. He wrote:

Dear Mr & Mrs Weasley, Ron, Hermione, Gred and Feorge, Remus, Tonks, Ginny, Hagrid, Bill, and of course last but never least Fleur;

If you are reading this I have already left the Burrow to find the horcruxes; ask Ron and Hermione; thus I am on my way to kill Voldemort. I apologize for leaving after all the effort you all went through to get me here, thank-you once again for that, but I refuse to let anyone else get hurt for me. Especially you lot.

Fleur and Bill I'm so, so terribly sorry to miss your wedding but my present to you both is underneath my bed upstairs in Ron's room. I hope you like it and have a euphorically, glorious future together; you both deserve it and so much more.

Now to the darker details that this letter entails, there's something I didn't tell even Ron and Hermione about the horcruxes, I am one. That's right guys. From the end of fifth year I knew, if I'm going to defeat Voldemort; I will die. It's unavoidable. I pray that you'll forgive me for not telling you sooner but Dumbledore told me not to. Now you, Ron and Hermione, may understand why I didn't want you to come with me to find the horcruxes. I didn't want you to have to watch me die.

Please forgive me for leaving, and live full and happy lives together. Bill marry Fleur and treat her right or else I'll come haunt you from the dead. That goes for Ron to when he realizes he's in love with Hermione, and Neville when he realizes he loves Ginny. As for Gred and Feorge, all the best with the shop. You better keep people laughing cause these days we need it. Tonks and Remus, thank-you so much to everything, love your child everyday, love each other and remember you're both so special and not anywhere near a monster. (*Cough* Remus *Cough*) Mr. & Mrs. Weasley I don't think I can ever thank you two enough. Please make up with Percy though you lot. Honestly he's only misguided, and he needs his family now to show him what's wrong. (Plus with me gone he'll be more willing to speak with you.) Hagrid keep all the Hogwarts creatures in line for me, oh, and please get up the courage to ask Madame Maxime out already.

Finally when I die you will all find my last will and testament, that's right I already have a will done up too, inside the vaults of Gringotts. Last I checked it's with Griphook. Send my regards to all our Hogwarts friends, especially Professor McGonagall. She's helped me far more than you or she may ever realize. Tell her I said to kick Snivillus in the crotch for me and get back to her rightful duties as the best Headmistress in Hogwarts history. (Dumbledore was the best Headmaster though so it still works.)

~Best regards always until my ending,

Love Harry James Potter; Lord of Gryffindor, Heir of Potter and Black, and of course, The-Boy-Who-Lived.

Harry set the letter into a worn envelope and scrawled To The Weasleys, The Lupins, , Hagrid, Prof. McGonagall and last but never least . With one last glance around the Burrow's kitchen he set the letter on the table, walked to the door opened it and left behind a houseful of people who would be in an uproar in the next couple hours.

When Ron awoke the next morning to find Harry not in the room he immediately went to his mother to ask where he was. "Hey mum?" he called out. "What is it Ron?" she responded. "Where's Harry?" she looked highly confused, "What do you mean 'Where's Harry?' isn't he with you?" Ron shook his head 'no' when they heard a shriek from the table coming from Fleur.

"What is it dear?" asked. Fleur who had tears flowing freely down her face, held up the letter, which had her tear drops on it. "It's from 'Arry! 'E is, 'e is g-gone!" she managed to splutter through her torrent of tears. nearly lost it, "WHAT! Harry's not –I mean he can't be...gone...Arthur!" was there as fast as possible. "What is it Molly, dear?" she held up the letter that she still had yet to read, "Harry's gone!"

Arthur immediately got serious, "Are you sure? He's not just somewhere else for a couple days? He isn–" Hermione and Tonks had just walked into the kitchen Hermione asked, "Who's gone somewhere else for a couple days?" When they saw Molly Weasley, and Fleur with tears going down there faces, actually Fleur was crying into her arms on the table, they knew something was up. "Is something wrong with Bill?" Tonks asked.

Bill called from behind them, "No, should there be something wrong with me?" That's when he saw Fleur and immediately ran over to comfort her. Fred and George came in with Ginny to see what all the commotion was about; Remus and Hagrid one their tales. "What the" "bloody hell is" "everyone" "yelling" "about?" Fred and George asked in their special way. Molly sent them an annoyed look briefly through her watering eyes.

Fleur finally managed to choke out, "It's 'Arry, 'e iz gone!" everyone froze before a collaborative cry of "WHAT?" roared through the room. Fleur pointed to the letter in Molly's hand. "Zat is zee l-letter 'e left b-before 'e 'e left."Molly looked. A terrified expression on her face, at the letter in her hand and sighed. "Let's all go into the living room and start reading this, shall we?" there was a slow nod from everyone as they all found seats in the other room. cleared her throat and began to read:

Dear Mr & Mrs Weasley, Ron, Hermione, Gred and Feorge, Remus, Tonks, Ginny, Hagrid, Bill, and of course last but never least Fleur; "Hey! Is he trying to hit on my fiancée?" Bill said aloud. The twins sniggered, even Fleur chuckled lightly. It was a little suspicious how he put her name.

If you are reading this I have already left the Burrow to find the horcruxes; ask Ron and Hermione; Everyone stared at Ron and Hermione at that moment. The pair sighed and explained how the horcruxes worked and such. looked furious and the rest of them horrified.

exploded "RONALD WEASLEY! You were going to go gallivanting off like a hooligan and leave the rest of us here to worry while you took on the Dark Lord? And if that weren't bad enough,"she turned to Hermione.

"I thought you knew better than to try foolishness like that Hermione!"Hermione flushed. "Well I couldn't just let Harry go alone and neither could Ron!" Arthur sighed "Let's have this argument later, okay? We need to read this letter." begrudgingly continued.

thus I am on my way to kill Voldemort. There was a collective flinch. I apologize for leaving after all the effort you all went through to get me here, thank-you once again for that, but I refuse to let anyone else get hurt for me. Especially you lot.

A very loud groan emitted from the group. Remus sighed, "Always the noble one, eh Harry? Just like James." there was a nod of agreement. "But why did he have to leave just because he thought that he was burdening us? He wasn't at all!" Tonks pointed out. "Yeah, but he thought he was, and he thinks we would actually go to that much effort just for him?" Ron muttered only for Fleur to slap him across the face.

"Merde, you idiot! Of course we would do zat juste to 'elp 'Arry! And you 'ave zee nerve to say you are 'iz friend?" Fleur was half yelling at him. Ron put his hands up in surrender, "Okay, okay. Sorry. He just seems a little full of himself that's all." this time it was Hermione who slapped him.

"RON! You really are a moron, you know that! Harry is anything but full of himself! He left because he doesn't want us hurt! And he's saved all of us here at least once even indirectly!" Ron was suddenly silent, thus Molly continued.

Fleur and Bill I'm so, so terribly sorry to miss your wedding but my present to you both is underneath my bed upstairs in Ron's room. I hope you like it and have a euphorically, glorious future together; you both deserve it and so much more. Fleur was in tears again, and Bill was close to as they listened to his words for them. "Zat iz why 'Arry is so special! 'E doesn't care what zee others zink of 'im or do to 'im, but 'e always puts on a smile for everyone elze juste so zey can be 'appy!" she sobbed.

Now to the darker details that this letter entails, there's something I didn't tell even Ron and Hermione about the horcruxes, I am one. That certainly sobered everyone up. "Wait" "what does" "he mean" "he's a" "horcrux?" "How is" "that even" "possible?" Fred and George asked confused when only silence followed Molly continued.

That's right guys. From the end of fifth year I knew, if I'm going to defeat Voldemort; I will die. That did it, all the females in the room were sobbing into the chest of their male companions' chest. In Ginny's case she used Fred and George for support, whilst Hermione used Ron. Meanwhile the men all had tears rolling down their cheeks landing silently on the females' heads. About 15 minutes later they were finally calm enough to continue reading.

It's unavoidable. I pray that you'll forgive me for not telling you sooner but Dumbledore told me not to. This raised yet another unanswered question. Why didn't Dumbledore want any of them to know? Some days the man was to confusing for his, or anyone else's, good.

Now you, Ron and Hermione, may understand why I didn't want you to come with me to find the horcruxes. I didn't want you to have to watch me die. "Oh. My. Merlin, Harry!" Hermione cried into Ron's chest, whilst Ron just looked plain horrified.

"He knew–he knew we wouldn't want to watch s-so he tried to–No! Harry NO! He can't just.."Hermione was all out balling as were the others. Once again, Harry's perseverance and self-sacrificing nature amazed them all. Finally they continued reading.

Please forgive me for leaving, and live full and happy lives together. Bill marry Fleur and treat her right or else I'll come haunt you from the dead. Bill gave a half laugh, half hiccupped through his tears, Fleur gave a weak smile as the tears poured down her face.

That goes for Ron to when he realizes he's in love with Hermione, "WHAT?"Ron yelled horrified causing the rest of the group, minus Hermione, to laugh weakly. Hermione was just red. and Neville when he realizes he loves Ginny. Now it was Ginny who yelped in surprise and flushed, causing another round of weak chuckles.

As for Gred and Feorge, all the best with the shop. You better keep people laughing cause these days we need it. The twins smiled weekly at each other, while Fred chuckled lightly, "Yeah George, we need to get your humour to a higher level than 'holy'." George gave a sad chuckle and a nod.

Tonks and Remus, thank-you so much to everything, love your child everyday, love each other and remember you're both so special and not anywhere near a monster. (*Cough* Remus *Cough*)Tonks playfully whacked Remus' arm, while Remus rolled his eyes and ran a tired hand through his always messy hair.

Mr. & Mrs. Weasley I don't think I can ever thank you two enough. Please make up with Percy though you lot. Honestly he's only misguided, and he needs his family now to show him what's wrong. (Plus with me gone he'll be more willing to speak with you.)The entire room was silent a moment as the Weasleys all shared a look before Bill gave a sad sigh, "Unfortunately, he's probably right. We should try to talk to Perc."

Hagrid keep all the Hogwarts creatures in line for me, oh, and please get up the courage to ask Madame Maxime out already. The half-giant in question went bright red, as the others gave a light laugh. Fleur giggled, "Madame would probableey say yez, Monsieur 'Agrid."

Finally when I die you will all find my last will and testament, that's right I already have a will done up too, inside the vaults of Gringotts. This caused a further stunned silence in the group. "How and when did he have time to do that?" Tonks asked in surprise. Nobody answered because nobody knew.

Last I checked it's with Griphook. Send my regards to all our Hogwarts friends, especially Professor McGonagall. She's helped me far more than you or she may ever realize. More confusion followed, "What the bloody hell is that supposed to mean?" Ron asked in annoyance. The group shrugged, "After we finish reading this I'll flew Minerva and ask her if she knows what he means." Remus said as he received a nod from the rest of the group Molly decided to continue.

Tell her I said to kick Snivillus in the crotch for me All of them couldn't help but break out into laughter at the mental image of Minerva McGonagall, proud witch and animagus, kicking Severus Snape, death eater and traitor of the order as well as a genuine ass hole, in the crotch. The twins high-fived and said 'Amen' to that. Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Remus and Tonks following suite.

and get back to her rightful duties as the best Headmistress in Hogwarts history. (Dumbledore was the best Headmaster though so it still works.) The twins chuckled lightly through their still watering eyes, "We did""teach him""some good""logic""didn't we."

~Best regards always until my ending, This caused more aches in their hearts as they realized they may never get the chance to say good-bye to Harry before he died.

Love Harry James Potter;

Lord Gryffindor, Lord of Potter and Black, and of course,

The-Boy-Who-Lived.

They all looked at each other in horror. They had known the Heir to Gryffindor without even realizing it! And on top of that he was heir to both the Potters and the Blacks? Ron broke the silence with a well anointed "Bloody hell."

Hello people! If any of you are readers of my other story Harry Potter and the End of the Beginning I hope you'll enjoy this story just as much. Now if you're new to reading my, er, 'works' this is actually an experiment I'm trying by doing a story that's more of a 'What if' from the books/movies. Please read, review, alert, whatever floats your boat.

~GGUC