Chapter One: The First Day

An eleven year old boy with messy, jet black hair was snoring loudly in his bed. As he snored he had no idea that someone else had crept into his room. It was a tall man with long hair and grey eyes. The boy continued to sleep oblivious to the grin on the man's face.

'WAKEY-WAKEY, MINI-PRONGS!' the man bellowed.

The boy shot up, startled, and looked around to see the man grinning.

'Uncle Padfoot! Why do you have to be so loud? You scared the crap out of me!' said the boy.

The man called Uncle Padfoot chuckled and said, 'Harry, being loud is fun! So, come on, get a wriggle on, or you'll miss breakfast or worse, the train!'

Harry yawned.

'You were too excited to sleep last night, weren't you?' said Uncle Padfoot.

'Yeah, but I think I fell asleep around four am,' replied Harry.

'I was the same before my first day, Harry. I couldn't wait to get to Hogwarts. So, hurry up, it's eight forty-five, get dressed, before the twins and Mini-Padfoot eat all the food.'

'Right-o, Sirius,' said Harry, using his godfather's real name and getting out of bed to use the en suite bathroom.

'Is your trunk packed, Harry?' Sirius called from his bedroom.

'Yeah, I did it yesterday afternoon!' Harry called back as he wiped his face.

'All right, I'll take it downstairs for you. What about your carry-on bag?' replied Sirius.

'Yeah, my shirt, tie and cloak are in there – as well as my contacts!' said Harry as he put on the trousers and t-shirt he had picked out the night before.

Once he was dressed, Harry left the bathroom and followed his godfather down the stairs and went to the kitchen.

As he walked in, a woman's voice said, 'Good morning, sweetheart.'

'Good morning, Mum. Morning, Dad,' said Harry, as he sat down to the right of a younger boy who looked a lot like him, and said, 'Morning, Charlus, Dorea.'

Charlus and Dorea were Harry's younger brother and sister and were twins.

'Morning, Bro,' they said together.

Harry's mother put a large plate full of food in front of him as Sirius came back in and said, 'I've put Harry's trunk in the car, James, Lily,' before he sat down and began to eat his own breakfast.

'Thanks, Sirius,' said James as he ate his breakfast.

It was then that the fireplace made a whooshing noise and Lily went to investigate. When she came back into the kitchen, she was followed by a balding man with red hair and a boy the same age as Harry – also with red hair.

'Good morning, everyone!' said the boy cheerfully as he sat down next to Harry and bumped knuckles with him.

'Good morning, Ron!' said the vast majority of the table, except James and Sirius, who said, 'Alright, Mini-Padfoot?'

Ron grinned at James and Sirius who grinned back at Harry's best friend since they were four years old.

'Yeah, I'm fine. Ginny's a bit upset though, but I told her that I would write when I got to school. Is everyone here?' said Ron.

'No, we're waiting for Harry's other two uncles to arrive,' said Lily, smiling, as she put a plate of food in front of Ron.

'Thank you, Lily,' said Ron smiling at her, as his dad left with a cheery wave and a smile, eating the bacon sandwich Lily had forced upon him.

Another whooshing from the fireplace and Lily said, 'That'll be them now.'

Sure enough two men walked into the kitchen. One sat down next to Sirius and the other sat next to James, as Lily put plates of food in front of both of them before taking her own seat next to James.

'Morning, Uncle Remus! Morning, Uncle Sev!' said Harry.

'Good morning, Harry – everyone,' said Uncle Sev as Uncle Remus said,

'What he said.'

'So, are you looking forward to it, you two?' asked Sev.

'Yeah, I can't wait to start Hogwarts!' said Harry.

'What he said,' said Ron.

'Of course, you know what the best part of the whole experience is, don't you?' asked James.

Harry and Ron shook their heads.

'The first train ride to Hogwarts. It'll be there that you'll meet your best friends, your wife and your rivals,' said James.

'Rivals, maybe, wife, I'm not sure about that, but I've already got my best friend, Dad,' said Harry.

James smirked and said, 'Just wait and see, Harry.'

Sev smiled and remembered the first train ride to Hogwarts, and everyone could tell that he was thinking about that day.

'You want to tell it again, don't you, Severus?' said Remus chuckling.

'Am I that obvious?' said Severus.

'Yes,' said James, Sirius, Remus and Lily.

'Let's hear it, Professor,' said Ron, who never got tired of hearing the story, and neither did Harry, who nodded along with him.

'You don't have to call me "Professor", Ron – not yet,' said Severus.

'Me either,' said Remus.

'All right, then, if you say so,' said Ron grinning at them.

Severus then took the opportunity to begin his tale.

'I was running along the train to find Lily. She was my first and only friend and I wanted to sit with her. I had already changed into my Hogwarts robes and I found her in a compartment with two boys, who were ignoring her.

'I was excited and I tried to cheer up Lily, who was sad because of her sister being a cow to her. I told her that she'd better be in Slytherin, then the two boys who hadn't so much as looked at us, turned around. The first one said, "Slytherin? Who wants to be in Slytherin? I think I'd leave, wouldn't you?" he asked the other boy. The other boy said, "My whole family have been in Slytherin". The first boy replied with, "Blimey and I thought you seemed all right!" The second boy grinned and said, "Maybe I'll break the tradition. Where are you heading, if you've got the choice?"'

James filled in his part and then lifted an invisible sword and said, '"Gryffindor, where dwell the brave at heart!" Like my dad".'

Severus then said, 'I made a small, disparaging noise and James said, "Got a problem with that?" and I said, "No, if you would rather be brawny than brainy".'

'Then I said, Where are you hoping to go, seeing as you're neither,' said Sirius, 'then Lily took Severus out of the compartment calling him by his name, and I said, "See ya, Snivellus!"'

'Anyway,' said Severus, continuing, 'we never laid eyes on each other until the Sorting. Sirius was Sorted into Gryffindor and you could've heard a pin drop in the Great Hall as he gave a little fist pump before taking his seat at the Gryffindor table. Then Lily was sorted into Gryffindor too. Followed by Remus and followed by James. I had a few minutes to choose between family tradition, or my only ever friend. I chose Lily and asked the hat to put me into Gryffindor too, and it did. I sat next to Lily at the Gryffindor table while James and Sirius looked shocked, but did not say anything.

'When we were all back in the Common Room, James and Sirius went up to the dormitory to choose their beds and to start planning their pranks. This left Lily, Remus and I, on the couch by the fire.'

Remus then spoke this time and said, 'I noticed that Severus was reluctant to go to bed and so I asked why. He and Lily told me, so I suggested that I try to talk to James and Sirius. I went upstairs and found them scribbling ideas on parchment to prank the Slytherins. I told them that as we were going to be sharing a room for seven years that we should all try to get along. James and Sirius agreed and so I went downstairs and told Severus. He and Lily came up to the dorm with me and we all sat on the floor and talked for a bit and slowly got to know one another and made friends. Severus was wary at first, but James and Sirius promised that they would not prank him and even invited him, Lily and me to join them.

'Lily, at first, didn't feel comfortable playing practical jokes on people, but soon came around. I came up with things and so did Severus. The five of us became the Marauders and we never looked back. In second year, we challenged ourselves to become Animagi. In third year, we went to Hogsmeade to check out the village, and the Three Broomsticks, where Sirius would chat up Madam Rosmerta. In fourth year, James, after being crazy about Lily for four years, finally asked her out and she said yes. In fifth year, Lily and I were made Prefects much to James and Sirius' distaste and we completed our Animagus transformations. I become a wolf, Sirius – a dog, Severus – a fox, and James and Lily become a stag and a doe respectively,' finished Remus.

'I finally snapped and left my parent's house,' said Sirius, 'I was sick of all their crap about blood purity. I was sick of them always criticising my choices, namely my friends, and later on; my electives. I took Muggle Studies to piss off my dear old mum and it worked. Then when I got my O.W.L. results, I received Outstanding grades in everything, including Muggle Studies. My mum went ape-shit and so did I, we had a massive row and I left. She tried to persuade my father to formally disown me, but he never did. I, meanwhile, came here to Potter Manor to live until I was of age and my Uncle Alphard left me some gold to get my own place,' finished Sirius.

There was applause for Sirius before Remus continued.

'Also in fifth year, we made a start on the Marauder's Map. Severus began secretly seeing your aunt. It had to be kept a secret because she was a Slytherin and was two years older than him. She chose Severus over her family and she never looked back. We also gave ourselves our nicknames. I became known as Moony, Sirius became Padfoot, James became Prongs, Lily became Green Eyes, and Severus became the Half-blood Prince.

'In sixth year, we finished the Marauder's Map. A map that showed the entire castle and who was in it and where they were at all times, whether they were disguised or not and never lies. Then at Christmas, Severus told us who he was seeing and he had decided that he was going to leave home at the end of the year. We were shocked, but we got over it, James invited Severus to come and live here with him, Sirius, and his parents. Severus accepted.

'In seventh year, we deliberately got the map confiscated by Filch in the hope that some young pranksters would nick it and figure out how to use it. We took our N.E.W.T's, and passed. James asked Lily to marry him, she said yes, and they got married about ten weeks after school ended. Then James, Sirius, and I entered Auror training at the Ministry, while Severus and Lily began their Masteries in Potions, which they got after two years hard work and studying. Then Harry came along the year before the three of us finished our Auror training. Then just over a year later, Charlus and Dorea were born. Severus became the new Potions Master at Hogwarts and proposed to your aunt. After my Auror training was over, I applied to Hogwarts to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts and was successful,' finished Remus.

'I dropped my old surname of Snape and became Severus Prince and married your aunt the following Christmas and we were blessed with the girls two years later,' said Severus.

As always the story end was met with applause by Harry, Ron, Charlus and Dorea.

Once the applause died down, Lily said, 'Come on, we've reminisced long enough, we need to get to King's Cross.'

Everyone finished their breakfasts, before Remus and Severus Flooed to Hogwarts. Sirius put Ron's trunk in the boot next to Harry's as the rest of them all piled into Sirius' car.

The car was a big, black Mercedes Benz. She had had a few charms put on her to accommodate so many people, and for more speed. Sirius loved his car more than almost anything. He always refused to lend it to anyone – even Lily, who could drive a muggle car, unless she gave him the look he has never been able to resist and he would cave.

Sirius got in the driver's side as James sat in the passenger side. Lily got in the back with Harry, Ron, Charlus and Dorea. This was a little uncomfortable for Ron as he was next to Dorea. This was because she had a crush on him. She had even told Ron that one day he was going to marry her. Ron, however, told Harry, in secret, that he didn't think he could ever like Dorea like that as she looked far too much like his sister, Ginny.

Sirius started the car and they were off to King's Cross Station.