Disclaimer: The Harry Potter universe is owned by JK Rowling. I do not claim ownership, or do this for any monetary gain, and fully understand she can shut me down any time she pleases.
Author's Note: This is my first fanfiction. Do not read this if you are a fan of Ron, Ginny, Dumbledore, Snape, Remus, Draco or Molly. I failed English (the subject where you write poem appreciation and analysis classics) in High School so my grammar and spelling is appalling. So do not read this if you get annoyed with incorrect Grammar and spelling.
This chapter has now been beta by Amsev. Thank you.
Harry woke up in St Mungo's. His first thought was how do I get out of here?
"Excuse me, nurse."
"Yes, Mr. Potter."
"When can I get out of here?"
"You have to wait for the Healer to come to give you the all clear,"
"When will that be?"
"I don't know the healer's schedule." the nurse replied impatiently as she had a lot to do.
"Could you guess?" Harry asked.
"Sometime this morning. Please be patient or do I have to strap you down?."
"I will be good."
"I am busy. So see you later, Mr. Potter."
Harry sat back down in defeat. This was suppose to be just a simple medical check up for a work-related injury. He was an Auror, getting hurt was something that came with the job. Apart from that, life was good. He had his dream job, he loved his wife, Ginny, and they were trying for a baby. His wife and his best friend/sister in law, Hermione Weasley, were competing to see who could get pregnant first. As Harry was lost in thought, the Healer finally arrived.
"Good Morning Mr. Potter, I am Healer Grant. How are you feeling this morning?"
"Great. When can I get out of here, I really don't like hospitals or infirmaries, no offence intended?"
"Let's see how you are doing."
Healer Grant started waving his wand over Harry.
"Well the physical injuries you sustained are healing nicely but we have uncovered some curses and charms that maybe difficult to remove. The longer you leave them the harder it is to remove."
"Just do it and get it over and done with," said Harry.
The Healer started removing charms from Harry and made him drink some awful potions. Harry did not know whether it was the charms or the potions but he started puking and having the worst case of the runs in his life. It was a very unpleasant night for Harry.
The next morning, Harry woke up more alert and awake than he felt before but extremely hungry and thirsty.
"Nurse, can I get breakfast and something to drink, please?"
The nurse fetched Harry's breakfast and a jug of water. Both food and water were completely gone when Healer Grant came in.
"How are you feeling, Mr. Potter?" asked the Healer.
"Better than I felt in a long time after I ate and drank this morning."
"We have to talk. You may have noticed that your wife, Ginny, has not been in to see you. The reason is simple. We did not allow her to see you after we found that you have been dosed with love potions keyed into her."
"How long had she been dosing me?"
"Quite a few years now. Since you were about 16 years old judging by the damage it has caused to your body."
"Do you mind keeping her away for a while so that I can sort out my feelings for her?"
"I would actually recommend that, Mr. Potter."
"Is there any thing else?"
"Are there any other surprises up your sleeve?"
"Actually, I do. I was going to wait until you dealt with the love potion issue before telling you that we also found loyalty charms as well. These loyalty charms were keyed to Dumbledore, the Weasleys and Professor Snape."
"Do you know who put them on and when?"
"Dumbledore had placed the loyalty charm on you to himself before you even came to Hogwarts. You must have been 5 or 6 years old at the time."
"The stupid bugger! He knew how I was treated and did nothing. Pardon my language."
"How about the others?"
"The loyalty charm for the Weasleys were done by Molly Weasley. She must have been working with Dumbledore as the charm is very obscure, and it was the same as the one that Dumbledore used on you. While Dumbledore did the loyalty charm to Snape around his death."
"I am going to kill Molly next time I see her."
"I think you should cool down before you meet these people. You don't want to do anything rash. You are an officer of the law after all."
"By the way, how come it was only discovered now? I have been in hospitals and infirmaries plenty of times."
"We used a new charm for detecting spells, and it must be the first time the charm has been used on you. After we discovered the obscure loyalty charm, we did a deep scan for potions and found the modified love potion."
The next morning Harry asked the nurse if he could send an owl to someone:
I think you need to come to the hospital immediately. My doctor discovered some curses placed on me that might have been placed on you, too.
When the Healer came around again, Harry was looking angry and determined.
"I think my best friend might have also been charmed and potioned like me. She should be coming in sometime today; her name is Hermione Weasley. Could you make sure she is tested and treated if necessary?"
"I will be on the outlook for her, and I will tell the other staff to do the same."
"Can you keep those criminals away from me, and how long can I stay here?"
"We can keep them away from you stating medical reasons. But you can only stay in the hospital for a week."
"Thank you very much. I will take as much time away from them as I can get, even if it means I have to stay is a hospital. It is preferable to the alternative."
Later that day, the Healer came around again.
"Your friend is here. You can go see her if you want," the Healer said before leaving.
Harry rushed to the third floor and went looking for Hermione.
Hermione was vomiting her guts out, and she looked like a mess. Harry rushed to hug her after she finished puking.
"It is going to be alright," Harry said as he held her and provided what little comfort he could by rubbing her back. After spend a while hugging, Hermione had to rush to the bathroom again. She came back in exhausted and collapsed onto her bed and was soon asleep. Harry then went back into his room.
He was looking at his life with a new perception. He was not liking what he was seeing. It was a set up from the beginning. Dumbledore was manipulated every part of his life and was still doing so with the help of Molly Freaking Weasley. He realised he hated Ron and Ginny; even if they did not know what was going on, they did take advantage of it. They should have known something was wrong and did nothing to investigate the situation even though they were so-call friends at the time.
The First thing he did was write to his boss saying he wanted a change in partners at work, as he could not work with Ron ever again as he did not trust him. He also asked for a leave of absence to deal with some personal issues. Approval would not be a problem. Harry went to bed trying to plan what to do.
Harry woke up to a nurse shaking him.
"We need your help. Your friend is destroying the place, and we need your help to calm her down."
As soon as he got close to Hermione's room, he could hear yelling, screaming and things being broken. Hermione was in a rage. She was throwing things around the room screaming.
"I will kill Ronald Bilius Weasley. When I get my hands on him he will wish he was not alive!"
Hermione threw a cup at a nurse who was about to use her wand.
"If he tries to touch me again, I will rip off his dick and shove it in his mouth!"
Harry saw Healer Grant in the corner of the room trying to calm her down.
"I guess you told her?" Harry said quietly to Healer Grant.
The laughter of the Healer only made Hermione more madder.
Harry immediately tried to calm Hermione down by hugging her. She started crying on Harry's shoulder.
"It is going to be okay. I will be right here with you."
"I feel so used and unclean."
For the remainder of the week, Harry and Hermione spent a lot time together. They talked about what they were feeling and planned what they were going to do. They both agreed their marriages were a sham and it was over. Since they did not want to expose their hand, each wrote a letter to their respective partners, saying they needed space. Once they left the hospital, they both stayed at the Leaky Cauldron rather than go home. Harry had Kreacher pack and collect all their things from both houses. They went to see a lawyer the next day to get divorces.
"Good Morning, I am Mr. Slater. How can I help you today?"
"My name is Harry Potter and she is Hermione Weasley. We want to divorce our respective partners."
"May I ask what type of marriage you had and what were your vows?"
"Just your standard wedding with the usual vows."
"So I assume you both said death do us part." Mr. Slater asked.
"Well, there is nothing I can do for you."
"What do you mean?"
"The marriage will last until death."
"But we were both duped with love potion, so our free will were compromised."
"It does not matter as long as you said the words death do us part. It is final and unbreakable. That is why most magical marriages never say those words," the lawyer stated.
"So it is common practice in the magical world, not to say those words."
"Correct. You should have also had tests for charms and potions before your marriage ceremony."
"Why did not anyone tell us this?"
"It was told as part of Introduction to Wizard Society before Dumbledore scrapped the subject."
"Can we sue them for damages?"
"No, as you are considered a partner, they can forgive the debt or crime on your behalf."
"Does that include the love potions given to us?"
"As your partners they can give the people who love potion you and you can't do a thing."
This pissed off Hermione to the extreme. She went in to obsessive research mode and found out that pureblood had more rights than halfbloods and Muggleborns, not to mention mixed races, werewolves, vampires, goblins, centaurs, house elves and any other sentient magical creature. Hermione soon found out that Dumbledore had been using his positions as an educator and politician to lead magical society to a more pureblood, elitist society. Voldemort, a.k.a. Tom Riddle, was the result of his manipulations. What he said and what he did were two different things.
Harry contacted Neville Longbottom, who was more familiar with the political scene. He and Hermione were able to meet with Neville.
"How have you been, Neville?"
"Good, how have the two of you been?"
"Good until we found out we have been drugged with love potion and charmed silly by people we thought loved us."
"That is horrible!" Neville said.
"The reason why we came to you is that we found out about all those discriminatory laws and were working out what can be done to change those laws."
"There is not much I can do to help you."
"Draco has be spreading his money round, and the pureblood rights were protected."
"I thought you had him stripped of all his money. You assured me that he would be bankrupt by the time you finished."
"I tried to strip all the assets of the Death Eaters but they gave me a choice: strip them of the money or a non-existent Auror force."
"You should have strip the funds off the death eaters and used the funds to pay for Aurors."
"I got a lot pressure to go with the Auror force."
"You bowed to pressure. Are you reverting to back to the scared little boy."
"That was uncalled for."
"You were own only thinking about yourself and your short term goals, doing what was easy and not what is right."
Harry realised when he calmed down that it was not really Neville's fault, as he was put into a corner he was not savvy enough to get out of. What he did blame Neville for was not making his own move on the opposition in meantime, such as put the removal of pureblood rights or compensating victims to Ministry funding legislation. That would easily have bankrupted Malfoy and all the former Death Eaters.
Harry and Hermione headed straight to the newspaper to try to get their story out. They met with the editor of the Daily Prophet to discuss their situation.
"Thank you for meeting us. Mr. White," Harry said in greeting. Knowing how these meetings worked, Hermione nodded her head in greeting. It was a sign of how backwards the wizarding community was, where the males were expected to negotiate while the females provided support.
"A pleasure to meet to meet two of the heroes of the Second Wizard war. What can I help you with today?"
"We wish to have a letter we wrote printed in your newspaper." Hermione handed over a letter she wrote that she and Harry had signed.
"What is the letter about and why now?"
"It is a letter proclaiming the need to promote the rights of the non-pureblood magical population. We took this drastic action when we discovered how little has changed since the war."
"I wish I could help you but the owners of the newspaper would not be happy about it, and I will also get the Ministry breathing down my neck if I printed such a provocative letter. If it was a few years ago or 2 years ago I will have jumped at a chance to print a statement from you. But the Ministry has stabilised, and they would not want someone disturbing the balance that has been achieved."
It was basically a refusal from the editor, so Harry and Hermione said their farewells and left.
Harry and Hermione considered one of them going into politics to try to promote change but found that there were new laws preventing non-purebloods from entering politics. Harry then uses his law enforcement contacts to meet the underground organisation that supported the fringe and discriminated-upon members of magical society. It quickly becomes apparent that they had missed their chance to change the magical world for the better after the fall of Voldemort.
Their activities were attracting the attention of the Pureblood Supremacists that were in charge of Magical Society, and soon an arrest warrant was issued for the detainment of the pair for "questioning". Knowing that they were too late to do anything in this time, they created a bold plan. Harry, Hermione and some of the Outcast organisation were going to break into Department of Mystery to steal all their books and materials on time travelling. The raid was a great success, as supporters of Harry within the Ministry helped Harry achieve his goal.
It took Harry and Hermione 6 months to workout a ritual to send their memories back to when they first entered the magical world. During that time, Harry and Hermione had gotten close especially with the authorities constantly on their tail. Their last week before the ritual was spent on working out the best investment strategy to implement when they went back in time, since to promote change you need power and money is power. The ritual was a complete success, as they felt their minds being pulled from their bodies like a Portkey travelling back in time.