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AN: I am reposting this thanks to some good advice. As most writers on here are amateurs, myself included, you need to remember this when reviewing. I also have a piece of advice: If you don't like a story, don't read it. It is not necessary to flame someone if you don't like what they have to write.
Harry Potter sat on a bar stool in the infamous Hogs Head Tavern. The rough crowd around him could care less that he was the Boy-Who-Lived and treated him indifferently. Harry was good with this because of the events that had recently transpired at the school. You see, this was the first Hogsmeade weekend since his name had come out of the Goblet of Fire and he just wanted to be left alone. All week long, Harry had been given crap at Hogwarts as no one believed him when he said he didn't put his name in the Goblet to compete in the Tri Wizard Tournament. When I say no one, I mean absolutely everybody at the school including the teachers, students, and the visiting students. Harry had even been abandoned by his two closest friends. Ron and Hermione didn't believe him and had even gone so far as to start talking behind his back. The names they were calling him had even brought tears to his eyes at the time but he was way past that now. After several days of enduring all the torment, Harry had reached his breaking point and so that's why he was sitting in this particular establishment. He wouldn't have to deal with the people from Hogwarts.
Harry sat thinking about all that had happened in the last few days. None of the professors believed him and he received constant glares from most of them, even his own head of house and the Headmaster. The other Champions didn't believe him and were treating him like dirt. His best friends and the rest of his house were shunning him and talking about him. . Harry could have cared less about the rest of the school as he really didn't know them but they were still an annoyance. Harry felt he would just weather the storm and it would eventually die down until something else happened. His own godfather, Sirius Black, and uncle, Remus Lupin didn't believe him either. Harry had finally reached the point where he could care less about their opinions and decided to break all ties to them. All he had to do now was figure out how.
Harry was not stupid or the mediocre student everyone saw and he could easily outstrip Hermione in knowledge. It was an act he put on thanks to his wonderful relatives who punished him when he was successful. Many nights, he would use his invisibility cloak to sneak into the library and read all night. Harry had already learned most of the seventh year spells and could cast them with ease. He was not one to limit his studies and was proficient in many different fields. One of the subjects he studied closely was the art of healing. He had learned how to do diagnostic scans on himself and discovered quite a few things. He found that his magical core had numerous blocks on it. Some were for power while others blocked abilities. Now he knew it wasn't uncommon for a young witch or wizard to have blocks on their magical core, but they were usually removed when they turned eleven. Harry had discovered that his blocks had been renewed every year since he arrived at Hogwarts. The magical signatures on the blocks were a cause for concern as they were performed by his parents, Dumbledore, McGonagall, Sirius, Remus and Madam Pomfrey. His parents he could understand as they weren't around to remove them. The others casting them were just uncalled for. When he first learned this, all he could think was 'why had they done that to me?'
He found there were also potions in his system which stunted his growth and kept his body from developing naturally. He hated this as he was always the shortest one in his class. The only thing he could figure out was that Professor Snape was the one who brewed them. He still hadn't figured out completely how they were being given to him.
Harry sat in the Hogs Head thinking about all the betrayals and trying to figure a way out of this mess. He sat there seething at everything he had been put through when the bartender approached him. Harry noticed he looked somewhat similar to the headmaster but really didn't make the connection.
Aberforth said "Lord Potter, are you ready for another butterbeer?"
Harry looked at him and said "What did you call me?"
"Lord Potter, surely you know you are the heir to the House of Potter?"
"I've no idea what you're talking about."
"Well I see my brother is doing a bang up job preparing you for the future. Did your godfather not tell you about your family?"
"Well, I see we need to talk. Your parents were friends of mine and the least I can do for their son is to help you out. Would you be willing to go in my office so we could talk?"
"Why not, everyone else has screwed me over, you can't do any worse."
Aberforth frowned at this and said "Hang on." He turned around and said "Jeannie, could you come watch the bar for a bit? I need to have a talk with this young man."
"Yes sir, I'll be right there."
Aberforth led Harry upstairs to his private office and asked him to take a seat.
He said "Okay Lord Potter, tell me what you do know about your family and your parents. So I'll know where to begin."
"Please call me Harry" and he told him all he knew about James and Lily and the Potters. Once Harry was done, Aberforth was shocked at his lack of knowledge. He knew it was up to him to teach Harry about the Potter family.
Harry listened intently and soaked up all the information he was given. When Aberforth had finished, Harry said "So you're telling me that I stand to become the next Lord Potter and I also have several vaults and enough money to take care of myself. You're also saying I can be emancipated since I'm the last Potter and can be out from underneath everyone's thumb?"
"Okay, how would I do this?"
"Go see the Goblins at Gringotts and they should be able to help you with all of it."
"Damn, that means I'll have to wait until summer."
"Why? You could go right now."
"But I'm not allowed to leave Hogsmeade."
Aberforth laughed "Harry, you can floo straight form here and be back in time for dinner. If you can't finish everything today, you can always come back in the morning and go again to finish up."
"But won't I get in trouble?"
"Harry, they will never know. I'll make sure of it."
"Thank you Mr. Dumbledore, one question, why are you helping me?"
"Harry, call me Abe, I already told you, your parents were good to me and I would like to return the favor if only a little late. I also don't think the people surrounding you have your best interests at heart. If I had my guess, my brother is involved somehow."
"Thank you Abe for everything. No one has ever told me any of this and here lately everyone has even turned their backs on me."
"Yes Harry, I've heard, that's one of the reasons I got involved. Tell you what, you go and talk to the Goblins then come back here and we will discuss your options and I will try to teach you the things you will need to know."
Harry said "Okay" and then flooed to Gringotts. He arrived at the counter and said "Hello Sir, I would like to speak to someone about my accounts."
"And you are?"
The Goblin glanced up at him and then said "Yes Sir, I will go get your account manager." He ran back through a large set of doors and returned a few minutes later with an older Goblin.
"Lord Potter, my name is Bearclaw and I am your account manager. How may I help you today?"
"That's just it Master Bearclaw. I didn't know I was a Lord or anything about my family. Until today, all I thought I had was my trust vault so I was told to come see you and that you could help me."
"I find all that hard to believe Lord Potter since we have had correspondence with you over the years. We have received the statements of your accounts which you have approved along with fund transfer requests."
Harry said "Master Bearclaw, I promise I have not seen any statements of my accounts. Is there a way for you to check this?"
"Yes, Lord Potter. We have way. Follow me and we will look into all this and try and help you."
Bearclaw led him to his office and called for the Potter ledgers. There had been numerous withdrawals from the accounts totaling over two million galleons. Harry said,
"The only thing I know I've spent money on over the years was for my school supplies and I guess my tuition was paid also but that sounds way too high."
"Yes it does Lord Potter. I will call in my team and we will do a full audit of the Potter accounts. I will also bring in curse breakers to find the magical signature of those who took money from you. It is unknown to wizards that your magical signature is left on every withdrawal and deposit made with us. We can easily track who has been stealing from you. Now, that will be taken care of and we will let you know the outcome of our investigation and then we will decide what to do about it."
"Thank you, Master Bearclaw. What about all the other stuff like taking control of my family and emancipation?"
Bearclaw laughed "Ah yes, Lordship and emancipation. We were lead to believe you didn't want to have that responsibility yet by your Headmaster and godfather."
"Master Bearclaw, I was raised in the muggle world and was not aware of my status. Therefore, how could I make that decision if I didn't even know the option existed?"
"I see your point Lord Potter, first we will need a drop of your blood for legal reasons to verify your claims and then we will proceed."
Harry took the knife offered him and sliced his palm open. He let the blood pool in his hand as he was instructed and then poured it into a small basin. Bearclaw healed the cut in his hand then started chanting over the basin. A sheet of parchment came out and Bearclaw looked at it with raised eyebrows. He said
"Lord Potter, this parchment does in fact support your claims to the Potter Lordship and gives you the title of Duke of Gryffindor. There is a problem as there are so many blocks on your magical core that any other inheritances are obscured."
"Yes Master Bearclaw, I've found quite a few on me and haven't discovered a way to remove them yet. If it is even possible."
Bearclaw looked down the list and said "Yes they are showing up on here. There are quite a few magical signatures linked to them along with some potions and the brewer's signatures. Hmm, let's see, Potter, Dumbledore, McGonagall, Black, Lupin, and Pomfrey. There are also Compulsion charms with the signatures of Molly Weasley, Ron Weasley, Percy Weasley, Ginerva Weasley, Hermione Granger, along with the others. There are also potions with the signatures of Snape, Pomfrey, and Molly Weasley."
Harry turned pale and said "I figured they weren't my friends recently but this is just too much. Basically, everyone I thought of as either friends or family has screwed me over. What am I going to do?"
"Well Lord Potter."
"Call me Harry please."
"Okay Harry, and drop the master part, your parents were two of the only wizards I respected. I considered them to be friends and will do what I can to help you. (He smirked) And that will be quite a bit. First, let's get all these blocks and potions removed from you then we will start over again."
Harry followed Bearclaw to a stone chamber. He turned and said "Harry, this is a ritual chamber that we will use to remove the blocks and everything else. The only human curse breaker we have on hand at the moment is William Weasley. We also have several Goblin curse breakers present. You can choose who will do the ritual."
"Bearclaw, I don't know William but if he is anything like his family, I don't want anything to do with him and do not trust him. I would prefer a Goblin to do this. You have been straight with me so far and as such I trust you."
"Very well Harry, now this is going to be painful but I think it will be worth it in the long run. This will give you access to all the abilities and your full magical power."
"Okay, let's do this."
Harry had been instructed to lay on a stone slab in the middle of the room as an old Goblin had came in the room and started chanting. As the ritual was performed, Harry did his best not to scream out but just couldn't help it as the pain became unbearable. When Harry awoke, Bearclaw took him back up to his office and did the blood ritual again.
When the parchment formed, Bearclaw started reading it and said "Well the blocks and everything else are gone. You are clean. You have some abilities which were blocked and you will need to learn how to control them. If I'm not mistaken, once you put on your family rings, you will gain the magical knowledge of your ancestors. You won't gain any more magical power but the knowledge should give you the ability to better control your magic and your abilities. We should do that at once and emancipate you."
"I actually feel better than I have in a long time. Thank You for that. Bearclaw, you said rings?"
"Yes Harry, rings as in more than one. Even though Godric Gryffindor was a Potter, when he took the name of Gryffindor, he gave up his rights to the Potter name. In essence, he formed his own line. His brother was named Lord Potter. It took several generations but eventually a daughter of House Gryffindor fell in love with a son of House Potter. They had a son which resulted in rejoining of the lines. The result is that you are heir to both Gryffindor and Potter. For some reason, the rings were kept separate but as you are the last of both lines, we will combine them."
Bearclaw summoned a box which contained the rings. When Harry opened the box, he saw two rings made of white gold. One had a white stone with a golden Gryffin inlaid on it. The other had a ruby with a silver Gryffin on it. Bearclaw instructed him to put them on one at a time on the same finger. Harry did this and the rings combined. He ended up with a ring of white gold with a ruby stone. Upon the stone was a silver Gryffin with a golden mane. Harry had felt the surge of magic both times he put a ring on. He had gained their magical knowledge along with their knowledge of laws and society.
Harry said "This is so cool, let's do the emancipation and can we keep it quiet for now."
"Harry, no one will know of our dealings today. You are one of our most important customers at this point and everyone else can go jump. Also as soon as I confirmed your identity, my oath to your family as your account manger took effect. I can't betray you ever. You also just gained two seats on the Wizengamot. The seats will activate whenever you decide to claim them."
They filled out the paperwork and Harry was emancipated. Bearclaw said he would file it with the ministry when they were fully prepared to disclose Harry's status. Bearclaw also said that by him filing with Gringotts, it was just as effective. Harry had a big grin and asked for a bag of galleons so he would have some spending money and was also given a Gringotts' credit card with no limit.
Bearclaw said "Harry, we need to figure out a way for me to get in touch with you. It's obvious you're not getting your mail so we need another way. Do you have a house elf?"
"No, I don't but I know one, maybe I can ask him. DOBBY"
Dobby popped in and said "Harry Potter Sir called Dobby?"
"Yes Dobby, would you like to come work for me?"
"Harry Potter Sir, Dobby would love to but I cannot. The Headmaster bonded me to the school so I couldn't help Harry Potter anymore."
Bearclaw said "He bonded you to him or to the castle?"
"To the school."
"Excellent, Harry you can bond with him. You are an heir of Hogwarts."
"Great! Dobby, how do we do this?"
"Just place you hand on my head and say you claim me as you elf."
"I, Lord Harry James Potter-Gryffindor, claim Dobby as my personal house elf."
A flash of magic occurred and they were bonded. Dobby turned to Harry and hugged him. He said "Dobby is so happy to be bonded to the great Harry Potter. Dobby really happy that the nasty darkness has been taken away from Master Harry."
Bearclaw said "Yes that was next, we removed the cursed scar during the ritual. While the scar will still show, the dark spot that was attached to your magic is completely gone."
"What was it?"
"We think it was a horcrux but we can deal with that another day. Just know that it is gone. Now Harry, was there anything else we needed to do today?"
"There are a few more things I need help with but I'm out of time for today. Will you be available tomorrow?"
"Harry, I am always available for you."
"Thank you, I will have Dobby bring me back tomorrow. How about 10am?"
"I will be waiting. Dobby, you may bring him straight to my office and bypass the lobby."
"Thank you, we will see you in the morning."
Dobby popped Harry back to school just in time for dinner so he could make an appearance. Harry hurriedly ate then left for the grounds. He wandered around for a couple of hours with Dobby keeping watch over him. Harry finally went to the dorm where he was met by most of his house. They were calling him names and had decided throw him out of Gryffindor House for his cheating. Neville Longbottom was the only person in the entire house to stand up for Harry and was dangerously close to being thrown out as well. Harry gave him a barely noticeable shake of his head telling him to back down. Ron came up to Harry and ripped the Gryffindor crest off his robes and said "Get out of here, you aren't welcome anymore."
Harry said "I'll just get my things then."
Ron smirked and said "No, we took anything of value and threw the rest out."
Harry was in a rage now and was about to explode. He had lost his firebolt, his photo album of his parents, the Marauders map and his Dad's invisibility cloak. They were the only things that really meant anything to him. On his way out the portrait, he turned and said "I won't forget this ever. Oh and Angelina, good luck with the team. You will never have me and my firebolt to bail you out ever again."
Angelina and the rest of the team paled at this but Ron said "Who needs you, you glory hog."
Harry just turned and left. Dobby met him in the hall and led him to another room. "Where are we going Dobby?"
"We go where Lady Hogwarts is telling us."
"Yes Master, she being telling me where to take you to be safe."
Dobby led Harry in front of a portrait and told him to raise his ring hand and say open. Harry did this and the portrait swung open to reveal a lavish common room with a portrait of Godric Gryffindor over the fireplace. He greeted him and asked Harry to sit down for a talk which he did after staring for a few minutes.
Godric said "Since you look so much like me, I'm assuming you are my heir. Well, the eyes say you must be Rowena's too. Well anyway, you know me so just who are you?"
"I'm Harry Potter sir."
"Ah.. I knew you were one of mine. Now, Lady Hogwarts has informed us of all that has been going on. She knew of your blocks and that they are now removed. She also told us you were my heir. This is what has linked you to Lady Hogwarts and we will teach you how to talk to her."
"Yes Harry, my brothers and sisters will be helping teach you."
"Who are your brothers and sisters?"
"I'll introduce you later but you would know them as Rowena, Salazar, and Helga."
Harry just sat there with his mouth hanging open.
"Harry, close your mouth before something flies in it. Now, you will have a growth spurt over night that will probably be painful so we want you to take some potions we have here. You Harry are also a metamorph as Rowena and I were. We will teach you how to control your ability so no one will see the changes in you. We will help you keep your secrets. Since you are my heir we will be giving you practical lessons to go along with the knowledge you have already gained."
They worked for several hours and Harry learned to control his metamorph ability. He found that even though he had the knowledge, the help with the practical part of the ability was a big help. They also told him they would do the same for all his other abilities. Helga finally sent Harry to bed after taking his potions. He called Dobby.
"Yes Master Harry?"
"Dobby, I need you to do a couple things for me. First, go get all my things back from those that took them and then wake me up in the morning for breakfast."
"Master Harry, I has already took everything back and it is your room waiting for you. I will be getting you up for breakfast, sir."
"Thank you Dobby, you're the greatest."
Dobby woke Harry around eight and he got up and took his shower. He noticed he had grown and filled out quite a bit when he stepped in front of the mirror. He had put on about six inches and about fifty pounds. He was no longer the scrawny kid he had been all his life and looked quite good if he said so himself. He showered and thought back to what he had been taught last night and shrunk his features down to his old self. He got dressed and went down to the Great Hall for breakfast. When he approached the Gryffindor table, he was pushed away. The same thing happened at all the other house tables so he just turned and walked out of the hall. He called to Dobby and they went and had breakfast at Diagon Alley. Once done, Dobby took him back to Bearclaw's office.
"Good morning Harry, are you ready to continue?"
"Yes, I think so. Are there any other surprises today Bearclaw?"
He laughed "Yes I'm afraid so."
"Well let's get it over with."
"Okay, the audit is moving along well and we will have some answers for you in a few days. There is one thing that has developed as we started. It seems the taking of your titles had activated an old betrothal contract with the House of Davis. The notice was sent out to them last night but don't worry. We put a confidentiality charm on it that will not allow anyone to know about it but the parties involved. They will not even be able to speak of it except to me, you and between themselves without losing their magic. I think the Davis House has a daughter in your year at Hogwarts."
"Yeah they do."
"Well, you seem to be taking this well."
"Abe told me it was a possibility if I took my titles."
"Well the good news is this; you must approach her and make the first gesture. I'm sure her parents have informed her. If she rejects you, you are in the clear and the contract would fail on their end. In short, it would be very costly for them. This contract is very different from the others I've seen but at least it left a way out although it would be expensive."
"Okay, so I need to go and try and speak to her, what else?"
"That's pretty much it for the betrothal contract. Now, I am going to give you a list of your properties and we need to read your parents will soon to see if there is anything we missed. Do you have anymore questions?"
"Yeah, I've got one. I was entered into the Tri Wizard Tournament against my will. I did not place my name in the goblet and do not want to compete. Is there anything I can do?"
"What were you told?"
"I was told that by my name coming out of the goblet that I had been entered into a binding magical contract and I had to compete I even gave a magical oath that I had nothing to do with it which was ignored."
"Well Harry, if your name came out of the goblet, it does create a binding magical contract. However, we made the thing so we know how it works. First off, you were an underage wizard at the time and therefore could not compete by their rules. Secondly, if your hand did not place your name in the goblet, I'm talking about magical signatures here; you do not have to compete. If you refuse, whoever placed your name in the goblet would pay the price of the contract. Thirdly, you swore a binding oath that you didn't do it. I would say you don't have to compete. Let whoever put your name in pay the price just for the betrayal."
"Thank you Bearclaw. You have been a great help to me and I really appreciate the time you have taken to help me. No one else really has except Abe."
"It was my pleasure Harry, if that's all, I will contact you in a few days and tell you the results of the audit"
With their business complete, Harry had Dobby take him to the Hogs Head where he could thank Abe for all his help.