Get It Right
Challenge issued by "Reptilia28"
*Harry is killed at 17 during a fight with Voldemort. He's sent to his Death's office (explained later) and finds out that this isn't the first time that this has happened.
*Harry's Death (who can have a human name) is mad at his arrival. Apparently, people dying before their time is a black mark on the various Deaths' records, and Harry is getting perilously close to getting this particular one fired.
*When Harry asks what was supposed to have happened, Death goes off on a rant saying how he was supposed to have killed Voldemort, found his soul mate ("Some Granger girl...") and lived to be a centennial age. But since Harry keeps getting into life-threatening situations for one reason or another, he keeps dying before that happens. Harry is surprised about the soul mate part.
*Death gives Harry a paper to sign that allows him to retain his memories (the previous times, he wasn't given this option for some reason). Harry is deposited to a previous time of the writer's choosing.
*Eventually, Harry gets it right. He kills Voldemort, gets the girl, and lives to a ripe old age of whatever. And Death doesn't get fired.
*Harry had to have died at least three times before this one.
*The memory keeping contract must be included.
*Death must refer to Hermione as "some Granger girl" when Harry's soul mate turns up in his rant.
*Obviously, must be H/Hr.
*Dumbledore's manipulations can be a factor in Harry's premature demises.
To Quote the Legendary Barney Stinson(How I Met Your Mother) CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
They say that before you die a person relives their entire life in a matter of second, a recall of every smile, tear and hug but of course no one knew if this was 100% true because of the obvious reasons. However in Harry Potter's case he did know if it was true or no; It wasn't.
Harry awoke sitting on a office chair in a long corridor, he couldn't see how far down it went and to be honest he didn't want to know, he couldn't contemplate the endless corridor any longer as a door opened in front of him, standing up he hesitantly walked through the door and into an office which reminded him of the Goblins 'Weird' he thought, sitting down in front of the desk he waited for someone to walk in, a few minutes later he heard the door open, a young woman wearing a suit walked past him and sat down at the desk, she was holding a file, Harry went to speak but she held her hand up, after closing the file she began to laugh when she finally looked up to see him.
"Excuse me but what's funny and where am I?" Harry asked after the woman nearly fell off her chair laughing. The woman regained her composure before sitting down again, this time when she looked at Harry her face was emotionless.
"You'll have to excuse me I was just reminded of something, answer me something Harry... ARE YOU BLOODY KIDDING ME!" She yelled at him, Harry was taken back in shock
"What...What do you mean?" He asked stumped at the woman's outburst.
"You Harry Potter are rapidly becoming the thorn in my side, it's not every day I meet the same person twice in my line of work but with you it's six times! SIX TIMES! How can one person get themselves killed six times?" She replied exasperated, Harry went into shock 'I've died six times?'
"Listen I'm really confused could you explain what is going on please?" Harry asked as the woman ranted to herself, the woman sighed and stood up to sit on the desk in front of Harry.
"Ok, first and foremost I am your personal angel of death, people who know me called me Meredith, you are in my office for the sixth time after being killed once again, I have sent you back five times before to see if you could make it work but each time something else kills you along the way, I'll start at the beginning, your life was never meant to be this way Harry, firstly that prophecy that was made is a fake, it was made as a desperate bid to get a job. Your life was meant to be simple, after stopping the resurrection of mouldy shorts you were meant to enjoy a happy and simple life, get good grades live your life with your soul bond, some girl named granger, have a career and live a normal and happy life, but instead you have let your life be manipulated as if it were some elaborate game of chess!" She finished, Harry was busy absorbing the information he had just received, Meredith continued in her explanations.
"Like I said this is the sixth time I have seen you know and it must be said I'm on the verge of losing this gig here it doesn't say much when the same person is constantly coming back to me without living out their life as they should have, I mean the first time you died it was accidental the cerebus should have never been placed in the school, the second time you couldn't help I mean nothing can survive the direct stare of the basilisk, but then after that it was like you were being purposefully reckless, here's a free life lesson Harry, don't antagonise a werewolf! That was not a pretty sight, then the fourth time well as much as it pains me to say this Harry but you can't out fly a dragon no matter how talented a flyer you are, and the fifth time well that was just grieving for your godfather as he was killed, no one could stop you before your went through the veil. Then there was this time round, facing Voldemort head on without even drawing your wand, admirable but stupid, brave but completely and utterly moronic." Out of all of this information there was one thing that Harry had to ask.
"Did you say that I have a soul bond with Hermione?" He asked, Meredith grinned.
"Honestly tell a bloke how he dies six times and all he can think about is the girl, in answer to your question, yes and no, yes you do have a soul bond with Hermione but no because you never did anything about it, although Hermione didn't either, tell me something Harry when you saw Hermione after she had been petrified how did that feel?" she asked, Harry thought back to the moment seeing Hermione lay there motionless as solid as rock only one word could describe that feeling.
"Empty" he whispered, Meredith squeezed his shoulder, and smiled.
"Exactly you were both naturally trusting of each other and you are both completely and utterly loyal to one and other, Hermione felt it too back in your first year when you were about to go into the final room, she never finished her sentence, more important things, she was going to say love but she couldn't bring herself to say it. I suppose it didn't get any easier after that what with what the Weasley's started doing in your second year." Harry looked up at her and Meredith sighed.
"Harry since your second year the Weasley's minus the twins, Arthur and Bill and Charlie have been dosing you with potions, Love potions, loyalty potions and notice me not potions" Harry was on his feet
"THEY DID WHAT!" He yelled
"Yeah and I'm sorry but Dumbledore was the manipulator behind the whole thing, oh your really not going to like this next bit, since your parents death Dumbledore has been stealing from your parents accounts because you never claimed the inheritance which was left to you, all your saw was the trust fund which Dumbledore knew he couldn't get if he tried, but as you never heard your parents will he was able to siphon large amounts of your money for both himself and the Weasley's"
Harry was a mixture of angry and shocked, those people were like family to him and they repay him by stealing from him? What the hell sort of relationship was that? Harry needed to fix them.
"Please, I can't let them get away with this I need to go back I need to put things right" Harry pleaded, Meredith sighed.
"It's not in my hands anymore Harry, I'm sorry but I can't authorise you to return if you want to return then you are going to have to face a trial to see if you are worthy enough to be allowed to return" she explained, Harry never wasted a thought
"I'll do it I don't care what the trial is I'll do whatever it takes" He replied hastily, Meredith nodded and pressed a button on her desk, Harry saw the room go black before he found himself in a spotlight
"Harry James Potter you have been brought before the trials of fate to be tested to determine your worthiness, Do you accept this test?" A voice Harry could identify or locate the source from replied, Harry shook his head and replied.
"Very well, your trial is simple, all you have to do is answer a question and based upon your answer I will determine your fate, the question is as follows, do you return seeking revenge or retribution?" Harry pondered the thought for a moment
"Neither, I seek only to put things right, my life was never in my control and I was forced to live a life of persecution and judgement, I have never been given the opportunity to live my life how I see it, so in answer to your question I seek only to be given the chance to live my own life" Harry replied confidently, there was silence before a reply came
"you have been found worthy, you shall be granted your request"
With that Harry felt the room change again as he found himself sitting in Meredith's office, she smiled at him
"Well done, now we can put things straight, I'm going to send you back 16 years, to the night before your parents were killed, however as a gesture of good will I am going to prevent their deaths from happening, this will set in course a new chain of events, however I must warn you Harry, although I am sending you back with all the knowledge and memories you have most of it will become redundant as we are going to be altering history"
"I don't care, if my parents are alive then I won't have to live a life in hell I can live my life with my mum and dad" Harry said grinning, Meredith sighed and smiled.
"Very well now I will say this to you, destiny will come into play and you will find that your meeting with your soul bond will happen a lot earlier than what you anticipated, however the soul bond will not be enforced until you both accept that you are in love with each other and then seal that love with a kiss, the minute that happens Hermione will be given all the memories of your life so far so that she can help you in your future." Meredith explained Harry nodded till trying to process the fact that he was going to have his parents back.
"One last thing Harry, you will find that one way or another Dumbledore will try and manipulate your life, he will try and bring the Twi-Wizard tournament back and he will try and enter you into the tournament" She explained Harry paled, he didn't want to go through that again
"Is there anything I can do to prevent that from happening?" He asked
"As it happens there is, if you find yourself named as a champion you must do the following things immediately, you must swear an oath that you did not place your name in the goblet with your hand firmly touching the goblet, the magic from the Goblet will recognise your truth and will withdraw you from the competition" Meredith explained, Harry nodded 'Brilliant' he thought.
"Now it is nearly time for me to send you back however I have some three pieces of advice for you, when you get to Hogwarts kill the basilisk straight away the crow of a rooster is fatal to them, after that have the goblins harvest the corpse as it is very rare, secondly, Hermione does love you and over time she will accept that and allow herself to feel that love but you must be patient with her and you must let her get there on her own accord"
Harry nodded, "and the third piece?" he asked Meredith smiled
"Enjoy your life"
With that the room vanished and Harry found himself in total blackness.
When Harry was able to see again he couldn't help but notice he was a lot shorter than what he was, also standing up really took a lot of effort. He stopped thinking dead when he saw a red headed woman enter the room, it was his mother.
"Hello there my little darling" She said as she picked him up Harry tried to reply but found all he could do was blow raspberries. 'oh the joys of young life'
Harry couldn't believe his luck, he had the chance to live his life the way he wanted to and with a family who love him.
And this time he was going to get it right.
AN: I've been wanting to take a crack at the challenge since I first came across it and now I get the chance to.
Let me know what you think and ill update with a new chapter soon!