AN: Blanket disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter, Gossip Girl, or any hereinafter mentioned hotels, locations, people, things, etc etc.
I got the idea to blend Gossip Girl and Harry Potter while catching up on Gossip Girl one evening. I'm only on season 2 so please no spoilers! As such I will not be giving spoilers either – as this is an alternate universe where Harry Potter characters crossover and an original story line I can pretty much assure there won't be spoilers – however, because I am up to season 2 there may be ideas in my head that are semi-canon in the show and therefore I give you fair warning; but there is only hints a cannon plot from Gossip Girl that I weave into my story here, but the plot I liter in was formed in season 1 so as long as you've seen that much it's nothing major.
Thank you in advance for your readership and comments. Less than three - Horus
Chapter 1: A Muggle Vacation
Summertime is approaching the students of Hogwarts. Spotted: James Potter saying a scandalous goodbye to this week's newest fling; if daddy only knew what his precious first born was really like.
Harry waited at the train station for the Hogwarts Express to arrive. As soon as the Express arrived it would officially be summertime and Harry had a surprise for his children. His two youngest bounded off the train, Al officially a graduate of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
"I've got a surprise for you."
"What is it?" Lily asked.
"We're going on holiday!"
"A proper holiday?" Al asked. "Where we actually get to go someplace that isn't the Burrow or London?"
"Yes, a proper holiday. Kids, we're going Muggle clothes shopping, because we are going to America!"
"Yes! Your mother and James are getting the car and luggage. Let's go!"
You would be surprised how much effort it takes to pack up three teenagers, two adults, two cats and an owl – the owl brought purely so the family could keep up with the goings on of work and their extended family. And let's not get into the queue at customs. But eventually, through the almost 9 hour flight, the arguing and sleeping the plane touched down in JFK and summer began.
"This hotel is amazing!" Lily exclaimed as they rode the elevator to the top.
"This is our Muggle summer so be sure to blend in!" Harry said.
"Duh." Al rolled his eyes.
"Of course that won't be hard with the screech owl in our suite." Lily rolled her eyes.
"Honestly dad. You act like we've never taken Muggle Studies." James added.
"That's because you didn't take Muggle Studies." Ginny said, "Now since dad is the only Muggle raised of us, listen to everything he says."
The elevator dinged open to the luxurious 25th floor.
"We have the penthouse. Don't lose your keys."
If the floor to ceiling windows weren't enough to win over this group of travelers the rooftop terrace might have. The light colors opened the rooms up. Every piece of furniture in the suite made a statement of high class and function. The bedrooms were decorated in a soft wood, with the most luscious blue carpets and most comfortable beds.
"Our house seems pitiful doesn't it?" Al said.
"Hey mum and dad's house is lovely. Better than my flat." James said with a sigh.
"You could get a better place with your inheritance." Harry rolled his eyes.
"There's a piano! I won't get rusty after all." Lily said, running for the black grand.
"I could. But then I'd have to get a job." James huffed.
"Top N.E.W.T.'s and he doesn't feel like getting a job." Ginny muttered.
"He doesn't really need one with the inheritance. Though I was hoping he would want to be an Auror." Harry admitted.
"I'll get a job eventually. Right now I just like having fun." James said, inspecting every inch of the suite.
"You know dad, you could always cut him off. No more inheritance for James." Al smirked; to which James threw a throw pillow at his head.
"Dad this suite is amazing." Lily said, playing a tune her Aunt Hermione had taught her.
"It ought to be; the price of it." Ginny said as she began organizing the luggage.
"Oh Ginevra." Harry smirked.
Ginny gave him a silencing look, "Don't call me Ginevra!"
Harry laughed as Ginny threatened to hex him.
"Hey! Muggle summer. No wands." Harry laughed.
"Oh god. They're in lovey-dovey mode." James flopped onto the couch.
"I'm starving." Al said, joining his brother.
"I want to go exploring!" Lily said as she stopped playing and looked out the window at the tiny dots below.
"We can explore first thing tomorrow. We'll have some dinner, sleep early and tomorrow summer waits. Oh and before I forget, I got us all mobiles in case we get lost."
"Mobiles?" Lily looked at the device her father was handing out to each.
"Yes. They're mobile telephones. I've programmed everyone's numbers into everyone else's phones. It's quite simple, when you want to call someone just find their number and hit 'call'. If we'll all be exploring alone I want to make sure we can stay in contact. And since it's our Muggle summer we should do as the Muggles do."
"Well hopefully we won't need this mobular phone." Al said.
"Mobile." Harry corrected.
"I think they're neat." Lily said, playing with hers.
"Thank you Lily. Alright, who's hungry?"
Lily walked through the warm summer streets, taking in every sight, from the people to the majestic buildings, to the homeless man begging for change. Lily spun around so much she was dizzy from all the stimuli.
She turned around again and ran into someone. She felt the cold liquid on her arm and a small scream of surprise escaped her.
"I'm so sorry!" She exclaimed.
She realized she had run into a very attractive man whose iced coffee was now dripping down both of them.
"I should have stayed in bed." He said his voice soft but strained.
"I'm so sorry." She repeated, "Please, can I buy you another one. I feel awful."
"It's fine." The boy looked at her for the first time and seemed to be transfixed. "Your accent… it's nice. Where are you from?"
"Oh, thank you. England. Near Ottery St. Catchpole. Well we have a house in London but we only use that a few times a year. I'm sorry, I'm rambling and you still haven't a new drink."
"I like London. It's nice there." The boy said.
"A few times."
"This is my first time in America." Lily said sheepishly.
"How long are you in town?"
"The whole summer."
"I'm Nate by the way. Nate Archibald."
"Lily." She shook his extended hand.
"Tell you what Lily; I'll take you up on that coffee. I've got to meet a friend now but why don't we meet here-ish tomorrow? At eleven?"
"Sure. Yea." Lily was trying not to smile like a fool but she was fairly sure she was failing.
"Awesome. Bye Lily."
Meanwhile, uptown, James Potter was enjoying the sites in his own way.
"Look at all these girls Al! Just waiting for me to ask them out!"
"I don't think they notice you brother."
James gave Al a sideways glance. "I could have any of them."
"Probably." Al admitted.
"In fact Al, excuse me a moment." James got off the bench and headed for a petit girl with shiny brown hair.
"Hello miss, do you have the time?" James asked, using his winning smile.
"You're wearing a watch." She said with a look that said his routine was not working on her.
The girl looked at haughtily at the display screen on her cell phone, "Twelve thirty." She said.
"Thank you. Shall we enjoy each other's company for lunch?"
The girl looked at him as though he couldn't possibly be serious.
"What is your name?" She asked.
"James. And yours? Or should I just call you beautiful?"
"Blair Waldorf." She said this as though her name held significance somehow.
"Well it is a pleasure to meet you." He took her hand and kissed it.
Blair seemed to be suddenly interested in this very cute British boy.
"I'm sorry I've been irritated. Lunch would be nice."
"Excellent. I'm not from here; where's the best place to go?"
Al watched as his brother went off on a date. Looks like he'd be exploring alone.
"Al looked up to see a tall, broad shouldered teen who looked like he'd easily fit in at a cricket game.
"You were with that guy." He indicated James. "Who is he?"
"He's my brother James. Why does it matter?" Al asked, standing up from the lip of the fountain so they could match in height – the New York boy was still slightly taller.
"Forgive me. I'm Chuck Bass." He extended his hand.
"Al." they shook, "So do you know that girl or something?"
"Or something." Chuck said staring after them.
"He goes through girls pretty fast." Al said.
"Does he?" Chuck seemed to find this information fascinating.
"Yea. Anyway, I should go."
"Al, think I could meet your brother sometime?"
"Meet my brother?"
"Blair and I… well, let's just say we know each other. He shouldn't play with fire if he doesn't want to get burned."
"You'll have to do better than cryptic threats if you're to deter James."
Chuck smirked, "Walk with me Al. We have things to discuss."
"So much for a family vacation huh?" Harry said as he and Ginny walked around the park.
"Well, this is nice too." She said, leaning into her husband.
"We've been here not even a full day and look at James." Ginny said, pointing to Blair and James who were entering a restaurant.
"Oh let them have fun."
"Sometimes I worry James has too much fun." Ginny said matter-of-factly.
"He's just enjoying life. Like you used to." He kissed her quickly. "Come on. Let's enjoy this brief freedom from responsibility."
You know summer can't be that easy for this group. Does something dangerous lie in store for the Potters and New York's elite? Or will it really be a fun summer of nonsense and sun? XoXo