"You are still at school and adults responsible for you should not forget it!" (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix).
"Adults responsible?" Harry scoffed. "There are no adults responsible for me, I am responsible for me. If my parents had lived they would have been responsible but they didn't and they are not."
"Harry dear, what I meant was the adults in charge—" Mrs. Weasley began.
"There are no adults in charge of me." Harry stated angrily, aware of the looks of shock on everyone's faces. "My relatives never care and they are the only ones who are really entitled to 'be in charge' don't you think?" Harry said sarcastically.
"What are you saying, mate?" Ron asked, completely bewildered.
"What I'm saying is that no one here can tell me what to do because they think they have a right to. Mrs. Weasley, I'm touched that you think of me as a son, but the truth is you are not my mother and we have spent very little time together and as such you have no right to boss me around. When I visit the Burrow I follow your rules because it is your house and that is the polite thing to do. That is what I am doing here. I am following Sirius' rules because it is his house. Not because he is my godfather. What is that supposed to mean to me? I've known the guy for a year and although I am really quite fond of him, that doesn't give him a right to boss me around."
Harry stared impassively into the undeniably hurt faces of Sirius and Molly before continuing, "The way I see it, you really don't have any say over what I do and you don't have a say in what goes on in this house, Mrs. Weasley. When in another person's home it is incredibly rude and, quite frankly, domineering to take over the household because you think you know best."
Molly seemed at a loss for words, but managed to whisper, "I'm just trying to protect you."
Harry's eyes softened and he replied softly, "I know, but you're going about it wrong. I don't care how old I am, I've never been a child. I've taken care of myself since I ended up with the Dursley's. Do you think they cared when I scraped a knee? Do you think they cared I was sad that I was an orphan? Do you think—" Harry broke off his voice cracking. "I've always looked out for myself and I've learned that I can't really depend on adults."
"What do you mean?" Molly asked confused.
"I mean first year Hermione, Ron and I found out about the Philosopher's Stone being hidden in the school and we found out that someone was going to steal it. We went to Professor McGonagall and told her and she told us we didn't know what we were talking about and that the adults were handling it. You know what? She was wrong. Someone did try to steal it and we ended up being the ones involved. And Ron got hurt and I almost got killed because of it. Where were the 'adults responsible' then?
"Second year the teachers kept telling the students that they were handling the situation with the Chamber and that we didn't need to worry. They told us that but they never figured out anything about the Chamber. Hermione found out what was in it and how it was getting around, Ron and I figured out where it was and how to get in. We went to the teachers, but we never got to tell them because that's when Ginny got taken into the Chamber. Even with that, we still went to Lockhart to tell him what we knew only to find him running away. We took him to the Chamber and he ended up attacking us, trying to wipe our memories. Because of that I had to go on alone. Where were the 'adults responsible' then?
"Third year was probably my safest year looking back because it turns out this time no one was actually trying to kill me! A first.
"Fourth year I was forced into a tournament that was designed for of age wizards. The only people that tried to argue against my being in the tournament were Madame Maxime and Karkaroff and that's because they thought I was cheating! No one, none of the adults 'looking out for me' tried to get me out of the tournament nor did they even try really to help me at least survive it. Where were the 'adults responsible' then?"
Everyone stared at Harry in shock. None of them had had any clue that he felt that way, not even Ron and Hermione. Fred and George glanced at each other and vowed to themselves to try and protect Harry as much as they could this year. They had no idea Ron and Hermione were thinking the same thing.
"And you may not realize it Mrs. Weasley but all you're doing right now is hurting me," Harry said to everyone's confusion.
"What do you mean hurting you?" Molly asked in complete shock, her head swimming at everything Harry had already revealed.
"I mean in first year Ron, Hermione and I managed to find out almost everything; which teachers were guarding the stone, where it was, the only thing we had wrong was who was after it. Because I didn't know that I almost got killed.
"Second year I found out what was in the Chamber, how to get there, how the attacks were happening, all of it. What I didn't know was that Ginny had the diary. That Riddle was the heir of Slytherin, that he was Voldemort. That put me in so much danger, I was lucky that he sent the Basilisk after me because I at least knew how to survive against that. Can you imagine if I hadn't known not to look it in the eye? I'd be dead right now.
"When Sirius escaped no one seemed to think I needed to know he was after me. I heard you arguing with Mr. Weasley about how the truth would scare me and I was just a child. Bullshit. I didn't grow up in the Wizarding World, I didn't have any real clue how dangerous Black was, and you know what? I needed to know that he had been sent to prison for giving my parents to Voldemort. You might not think so, but I needed to know that. Just like I needed to know he was my godfather, and nobody told me because they were 'protecting me'.
"Fourth year I didn't have a clue. I didn't know who put me in the tournament, I didn't know really how to get through all those tasks and I didn't know that cup was a portkey. You know how well that turned out. All this horrible stuff happened when I was at least somewhat aware of what was going on. I knew the danger I was in. And now you want to hide that from me. Are you trying to get me killed? If I hadn't known that I was going to be going up against a lackey of Voldemort's first year I would have died. If I hadn't known what a Basilisk could do, I would have died. If Sirius had really been after me and I didn't know what he had supposedly done and he said it I would have been so shocked he would have been able to kill me. I knew Voldemort was going to use the tournament to try to get to me but I still wasn't nearly prepared for him. And you want to keep his new plans from me?
"In case you missed the pattern Voldemort goes after me almost every year. He didn't care when I was one, he didn't care when I was eleven, twelve, or fourteen so why would he suddenly care that I was fifteen? You think he cares that I'm underage? So if my age isn't going to stop him from trying to kill me then why are you trying to use my age to keep me from being able to prepare myself? Whether you tell me every single thing you know he has done or not will not change the fact that he is going to go after me again and because you won't tell me anything I won't be prepared. You're essentially signing my death warrant."
Harry observed the room silently. He could tell that all of them had been shocked at his words and he could also tell that Mrs. Weasley didn't seem to believe him when he said he needed to know what was going on. It frustrated him to know that despite what he had said she was still stubbornly clinging to the belief that she could protect him. He was about to speak again when Sirius spoke up.
"Do you really think that, Harry? I know you have a right to know what is going on even if Dumbledore doesn't seem to think so. But do you really think it is life and death that you know this?" Sirius struggled to understand how Harry could be so sure about this.
"Absolutely." Harry said firmly, "Except for third year Voldemort has tried to do me in every single year that I've been in the Wizarding world. Now that he has a body I find it hard to believe that he's going to stop trying to do me in, in fact now more than ever I need to be prepared for what he has planned. If you can tell me right now that whatever you know has absolutely nothing to do with me I will not ask any questions. Sound fair?"
The Order members did not look Harry in the eye; they all shifted awkwardly in their seats.
"Thought so. Now, who wants to make sure I actually live whatever he's got planned this time?" Harry questioned the room sarcastically.
Sirius spoke up, "There's a prophecy…"