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AN: Everyone should note that I'm changing certain dates and times for the births of certain Marvel and Harry Potter characters. This is because there is no definite timeline for Marvel beyond "after this" and "before this". Therefore, I am creating my own timeline.
October 31st, 1981, Godric's Hollow
"James! Hurry up or we'll be late for the meeting!" yelled Lily Potter.
"Coming!" was the answering yell. Lily sighed in exasperation and smiled down at her twin children who were playing in their room.
Lily and James had never been so happy as when their twin boys had been born. Twins were rare among wand wizards and the fact that they were both magically powerful despite Lily being Muggleborn was a big slap in the face for those "I'm better than you" Purebloods. Lily couldn't help but be smug that she had given birth to twins while the so-called Purebloods could barely have one due to inbreeding. To top it off, both were powerful for their age. That just goes to show that blood had nothing to do with magical power.
Harry was the eldest and had black hair that was a shade darker than both James and Nathan's but had her bright emerald eyes. He also had his father's face shape and a gleam of intelligence in his eyes. Sometimes, Lily would swear he actually understood what was happening around him and suspected he had an eidetic memory. From what little she had read about it, babies with eidetic memory learned faster since they never forgot anything and so learned from their mistakes faster than other children. That certainly fit with Harry's rapid growth.
Nathan on the other hand looked like a clone of his father with both his black hair and hazel eyes. However, he had her face shape which was a little bit rounder than Harry's. Nathan was the more adventurous of the two and was eternally getting into trouble as he tried to touch everything. Harry wasn't much better since he was eternally trying to push the boundaries of where he could go. They promised to cause many headaches in the future.
The sound of a baby's protests brought Lily back to reality and she saw a sight that made her almost squeal at the cuteness of it.
Harry was currently trying to build a tower of some sort out of some children Legos and Nathan was helping. Nathan seemed to be making the base of the tower while Harry just kept adding more blocks to the top to make it go higher. Harry was protesting because he was no longer tall enough to make it go higher and so had to abandon his hopes of making it high enough to reach the ceiling.
Lily chuckled at Harry's cute face of annoyance. Out of the twins, it was obvious that Harry was the smarter one despite Lily not wanting to take sides. Harry had already spoken his first word at 4 months. The fact that his first word was "Mommy" had nothing to do with her favoritism at all. To add humor to the situation, Nathan spoke his first word 2 months before their first birthday and his first word was "Fly". That had convinced James that Nathan was born to be a Quidditch player and had promptly taken every chance to let him fly on his toy broomstick, much to Lily's terror.
Harry, on the other hand, seemed to be born to be a Ravenclaw. He always seemed to analyze everything he looked at and his green eyes looked at you as if looking into your soul. Sirius had called it "creepy" how he looked at you but Lily simply laughed and said it was because Harry knew he was lying when he said he was late for his birthday because he was stopping a Death Eater raid. In reality, he had been trying to crawl his way out of bed from a particularly clingy one-night-stand.
Lily turned to look down the hallway toward the master bedroom and therefore missed Harry levitating a Lego block onto the top of the tower to Nathan's cheers of delight. Harry giggled at his success and Nathan smiled toothily.
James walked out of their room and entered the twins' room with a smile as he took in the sight of his sons playing. It was sights like this that reminded him of why he fought against Voldemort so fiercely. It was so his sons wouldn't have to grow up afraid to leave the house because some madman would kill them due to some stupid prophecy.
The day their children were born was the happiest of their lives. However, the day after was currently ranked as the worst. Dumbledore came to them and explained that their children were possible subjects for a prophecy about one of them being destined to defeat Voldemort. They had fought and screamed and pleaded but nothing they could do could make Dumbledore take it back. Thankfully, Dumbledore had given them a chance to protect their children in the form of the Fidelius Charm.
The Fidelius is a complex bit of magic created by Merlin himself. It literally imbues a secret within a person's soul and unless that person willingly and under no duress reveals that secret, no one can discover or even attack the location or secret being kept. The magic was so powerful that even if Voldemort knew the general area where the house was located and unleashed Fiendfyre on the village, the house would be untouched.
Due to Sirius's persuasion, they had made Peter into their Secret Keeper. They agreed that it would be the ultimate "made-you-look" due to no one even suspecting Peter of being the Secret Keeper. Everyone would automatically assume it was Sirius, therefore leaving Peter in the clear.
James looked at his wife and gave her his famous Potter grin. "Well, Mrs. Potter, don't you look simply ravishing today?"
Lily rolled her eyes but was inwardly happy at his compliment. "Please, these bulky wizard robes are so unflattering. Years wearing them and I still miss good old Muggle pants."
James smirked. "Maybe but you totally manage to make wearing robes look hot."
Lily chuckled and gave James a gently kiss. "Such a charmer. I hope our sons don't take after you when it comes to your history with women."
James just grinned. "Hey, I got the best woman in the end so that has to mean something. Plus, Potters always fall for red-heads."
Lily smirked. "Then we should probably set up a contract for one of the boys to marry Molly's daughter, don't you think? First female Weasley in generations and a red-head to boot."
James grimaced. "I don't think I could stomach the idea of being related to Molly. Don't get me wrong, she's a good person but she's sometimes... overbearing."
Lily huffed. "Tell me about it. One more 'helpful tip' about how to raise my children and I'll strangle her."
James chuckled and pulled Lily into a gentle hug. "Plus I would never force either of them to marry someone they don't love. No matter what, I'll let them choose who to love and marry. After all... isn't our right to choose and live our lives the way we want the reason we're fighting?"
Lily smiled softly as she looked down on her children. "That's true and I wouldn't want it any other way."
James smiled as he turned to the twins who were now in the fun process of tearing down their built tower. Nathan was tossing the blocks all over the place while Harry was carefully separating them into individual blocks. Just then, the sound of people apparating was heard and James looked out the window to see his three oldest friends standing outside. James grinned and walked out of the twins' room and into the foyer. He opened the door with a grin.
"Padfoot!... Did you pee before coming over? I don't want a repeat of your last visit."
Remus almost fell down laughing at the memory while Peter just chuckled nervously. On their last visit a week ago, Sirius had needed to go to the bathroom badly but it had been occupied by Lily at the time. Thinking that Lily would never know, he had transformed into a dog and gone outside to pee in a bush. Unfortunately, Harry and Nathan had seen him and sold him out the moment Lily appeared by saying "Doggie pee!" in unison. Needless to say, Lily had not been happy. Especially since that bush had been her favorite rose bush.
Sirius scowled as James and the others laughed and gave them a mock glare. "It's not my fault! I was close to exploding and your wife wouldn't get out of the bathroom! Plus, it was your kids that sold me out!"
That just caused them to laugh harder as they entered and walked into the twins' room where Lily was watching the twins continue to play. Harry and Nathan saw them enter and Harry giggled before pointing at Sirius. "Doggie pee!"
At that, James fell down on the floor laughing and Remus was only holding himself up by holding onto Peter while Sirius turned red from embarrassment. Even Lily was chuckling at his humiliation. No one noticed Peter looking around nervously and chuckling weakly.
Eventually, Peter cleared his throat and spoke quietly. "Shouldn't you guys get going? The Order meeting's in five minutes."
James and the others slowly stopped laughing while Lily started to fuss over the twins. James smiled lovingly at the sight of his children before nodding his agreement with Peter's statement. "You're right. We should get going." He walked up to the twins and kissed each on the top of the head before sighing. "It's not fair. It's Halloween and they should be out there trick-or-treating with the other children. Not only can they not due to Voldemort but now we have to attend that emergency Order meeting."
Peter shuffled before forcing a smile. "Don't worry, I'll watch over them. Nothing will happen to them on my watch."
James smiled at his friend. "I know. Thanks, Peter."
Lily said her goodbyes to the twins before the group moved out of the room and into the living room where everyone except Peter Flooed to Hogwarts where the meeting was going to take place.
Peter watched them go with nervousness and let out a breath he didn't know he was holding when the fire turned back to its normal orange color. He quickly placed a ward to keep anyone from flooing in so that they wouldn't appear in an inopportune moment. Peter then turned and went up the stairs to the twins room to make sure they were still there before calling his Master. The moment he entered the room, Peter gaped as he took in the sight before him.
Nathan was clapping his hands and giggling as Harry had blocks floating around him. They seemed to be creating several shapes such as a pyramid, a giant block and others. Nothing too complicated but the fact that he was doing it using pure magic was incredible.
Peter almost fainted when Nathan tried to copy his brother and levitated a single block only to lose concentration and it fell to the floor. Harry giggled and then allowed all the blocks to drop on the floor which caused Nathan to cheer in babyish joy.
Peter could only stand there with his mouth agape at the sight and only came back to himself ten minutes later. 'There's no doubt. That one must truly be the child of prophecy. Who else could have the power to match the Dark Lord?' thought Peter fearfully.
The clock rang 10 o'clock and Peter took a deep breath before walking out of the room and into the hallway. Sure that neither of the children could see him, Peter rolled up his left sleeve, revealing his Dark Mark. After a moment of hesitation, Peter pressed it with his wand, causing him to hiss in pain as it burned black as he called his Master.
There was a moment of silence before a crack of apparition was heard outside of the house. Peter fearfully walked down the stairs and out of the house where Voldemort stood waiting for Peter to come and tell him the secret. They couldn't risk Peter telling him beforehand in case Dumbledore sensed a change in the wards showing they were broken. Peter whimpered at the sight of his Master but gathered what little courage he had and stood before him.
Voldemort's eyes glowed red as he looked down in contempt at the wreck of a man before him. "Well? Tell me the secret, Wormtail!"
Peter a.k.a. Wormtail hesitated before speaking. "The Potters live in Godric's Hollow."
Voldemort's eyes glowed in unholy glee as he could finally see the Potter's home in all its soon to be destroyed glory. He stretched out his magical senses and felt the Potter twins in the second floor. His eyes widened momentarily as he felt the children's auras. One was quite powerful and promised to birth a wizard of Dumbledore's strength when he was fully grown. However, the other sent chills down even Voldemort's spine.
The other's magical aura was far stronger and if he continued to grow normally, the child would far surpass even Voldemort himself. Voldemort felt a wave of fury pass through him at the very thought. He was the Heir of Slytherin! How could some half-blood bastard son of a mudblood whore be able to surpass him?! There was no doubt now. The one of prophecy was one of the twins.
Peter was whimpering at the feel of his master's aura and could barely speak. "C-Can.. can I go now, master? Surely my job is done?"
Voldemort turned to Wormtail with a disdainful sneer but nodded. "Go then, Wormtail. You have no business here anymore."
Peter didn't think twice before apparating out of there. Voldemort sneered at the man's cowardice. The man was supposed to be a Gryffindor, the house of the brave and noble! Yet in one night he showed himself to be a coward and betrayed his closest friends. So much for the house of lions!
Voldemort made a mental note to kill Wormtail at the soonest opportunity. He had no use for a man like that no matter how useful his animagus form was. A man like that would betray him the moment he thought he was losing and he couldn't risk it. The only reason he didn't kill him now was because doing so would instantly alert Dumbledore to what was going on and he was too close to screw it all up due to his eagerness to kill. No, patience was key for now and once the one of prophecy was dead, then he could kill to his leisure since his immortality was assured. Never would he enter Death's realm.
Voldemort couldn't help the shiver that went up his spine at the thought of Death as he walked up the stairs. In his youth, he had met Death herself once. Foolishly thinking he could best her as the Sorcerer Supreme had and assure his immortality. She had smacked him around as if he was a child. Worse still were the words she had imbued into his brain.
"You are not the one who will become my Master. You are nothing more than a child running from what is inevitable. In the end, everything and everyone enters my realm."
Since then, he had feverishly tried to prove her wrong by becoming immortal and therefore, never entering her realm. He thought his horcruxes would work up until he heard the prophecy. Since then, he had stepped up the attacks on anyone connected to the Order of the Phoenix in the hopes of killing everyone who could possibly birth the prophecy child. However, he had failed and both the Longbottom boy and the Potter twins had been born. However, tonight he would correct that mistake personally.
Voldemort entered the room only to stand a bit shocked at the sight of the eldest levitating a block onto the top of the 5 foot tower while the youngest was trying to stop it from falling. Both babies let out cries of frustration when it fell in Voldemort's direction. Both babies fell silent at the sight of the strange man that made them uneasy.
Voldemort used his magical senses and confirmed that the eldest child, the one with emerald eyes, was the more powerful of the two. It wasn't strange that Dumbledore hadn't noticed. Despite all his knowledge, the ability to see a baby's potential was not one he used since it was considered dark magic. In order to see a baby's potential, one had to literally send one's magical aura into a baby's core to measure the potential inside. However, there was a risk of influencing the baby's core with one's aura when one did this and so it was considered dark magic due to the risks. There was also a chance of giving the baby a unique trait you held if you stayed inside the baby's core for too long. However, Voldemort neither cared nor worried about future ramifications since he planned to kill them both tonight.
Unknown to him, his aura had left a special trait within the youngest's core.
Voldemort took out his wand and pointed it at the eldest first, since he was the bigger threat. Voldemort momentarily wondered if he should start the ritual to create another Horcrux but dismissed the idea. He had nothing to place the Horcrux inside and he wouldn't give anything that belonged to the Potters the honor of housing an anchor for his soul.
Harry seemed to sense danger because he had crawled in front of his brother as if to protect him. Voldemort smiled evilly at the sight.
"You can't protect him boy. Especially since you can't even protect yourself! Avada Kedavra!" yelled out Voldemort gleefully.
A thick beam of green energy leaped eagerly from his wand as it had done many times before. It quickly transversed the distance between him and the eldest Potter child and struck the child on the forehead.
Voldemort smiled but the smile quickly fell when he noticed that the green energy of the Killing Curse hadn't killed the boy. In fact, it seemed as if some kind shield had formed in front of the boy's head and the energy of the Killing Curse was battling against the shield. A thin streak of green energy went around the shield and struck the youngest across his left cheek up to his neck, forming a scar with a shape similar to flames burning up the left side of his face.
The shield seemed to crack and the Killing Curse continued to the child and struck his forehead. Voldemort was ready call victory until he saw the green energy seem to sink into the child's body. There was a beat of silence before a literal wave of Killing Curse energy flew from the eldest and hit Voldemort before he could react, disintegrating his body instantly and leaving nothing but ash and a yew wand in its wake. The wave continued and blasted a hole through the corner of the room where Voldemort had stood, opening the room to the elements.
Voldemort's spirit screamed in pain as it was blasted out of the house and far into the distance. He cursed the Potter boy and swore to have his revenge. However, he was currently bodiless and could do nothing at the moment so getting a body back was his first priority. No doubt one of his faithful servants would come and he would be back before the week was out.
Meanwhile, Harry had passed out from over-exertion and Nathan had stopped crying from the pain of his scar in order to walk over to his twin. He sat in front of Harry with his back to the hole and vainly tried to shake him awake. When he wouldn't wake, Nathan started crying for their parents, somehow knowing his brother was in pain.
Beneath the bangs of Harry's hair, a thin almost invisible lightning bolt scar glowed slightly before returning to normal.
Dumbledore's office, Hogwarts, same time
Lily sighed as she sat in the Order meeting in Dumbledore's office, listening to Mundungus's reports. The man was good at getting information about what was happening in the darker aspects of the world but sometimes she wished the man would learn how to bathe. Some days, the smell was strong enough to turn even Hagrid's stomach.
She wasn't the only one who had similar thoughts. Everyone else present were thinking the same thing. Currently present was Arthur and Molly Weasley, Frank and Alice Longbottom, Moody, Dumbledore, Sirius, Remus, McGonagall, recent addition Amelia Bones and a few others Lily didn't recognize by sight.
Mundungus stopped explaining about the rise in black market dealings being related to Voldemort's need for rarer ingredients and Snape stood up.
Lily had mixed feelings about Severus. He had once been her best friend and part of her missed their friendship terribly. However, she could still feel the hurt of when he called her a mudblood as well as the pain when she discovered he was a Death Eater. Part of her was relieved when she found out he had turned spy for Dumbledore and hoped that meant he had changed for the better. However, she didn't delude herself into thinking he had done it simply because he suddenly grew a conscious. He had done it for her and that made her uncomfortable, especially since she doubted his feelings were purely platonic and she was a married woman. She was willing to regain their friendship but nothing more.
Snape looked around the room and his eyes stayed a moment longer on Lily before he turned to the room at large. "It has been confirmed that the Dark Lord has plans for tonight. I'm not privy to the specifics but he is tending to them personally. That is rare as you no doubt know and he has not allowed anyone, not even his closest followers to know where he is headed to tonight."
Dumbledore frowned in thought at the information. "Do you think it's a raid on an important location or something else?"
Snape frowned. "I think it's something else. There has been no hint of people being ready for a raid or even scouts being sent to scout out locations. This worries me more than if it was just a simple raid."
Sirius glared hatefully at Snape. "I bet you just love those raids, don't you?"
"Gentlemen," interrupted Dumbledore before the argument could start. "This is not the time. Severus, why does it worry you more?"
Snape glared at Sirius one more time before turning to Dumbledore. "Because the last time he did something similar was when he murdered the Prewetts. Him planning something alone is NOT good news for us since it gives us no warning."
James looked afraid for a second before he spoke. "Do you think it has anything to do with my sons?"
Snape wore a neutral look as he answered. "Perhaps, but it shouldn't matter you are protected under the Fidelius, aren't you?"
Sirius smirked before turning to James. "Yea, Voldemort will never find you in Godric's Hollow."
There was total silence to his declaration. Not to the sentence itself but what it meant.
James and Lily were pale white as they stared at Sirius who himself realized what he had said and turned white as well. Everyone else noticed their reactions and looked confused.
"James, Lily... what's wrong?" asked Dumbledore in confusion.
It was James that spoke. "He said the location of our home... he shouldn't be able to."
Snape sneered. "Why not? Isn't he your Secret Keeper and a rather poor one at that. He just blurted it out like it was nothing."
James shook his head frantically. "No! Our Secret Keeper is Peter! The only way he could say it was if Peter was dead or..."
Lily brokenly finished the sentence. "... or if he betrayed us, therefore breaking the ward."
There was total silence before James and Lily got up and ran toward the fireplace, grabbing a fistful of Floo powder on the way. James yelled his house's address and stepped into the flames only to be forcefully pushed out.
James was paler than ever. "The Floo is blocked. But that can only mean..."
"NOOO!" yelled out Lily in anguish. Without another word, Lily literally flew out of the office and toward the gates in order to apparate, James hot on her heels. Sirius, Remus and Dumbledore were not far behind them with the other Order members farther behind since it took a bit longer to realize what must have happened.
Lily was the first to leave the gates and apparate home with James a second behind her. Dumbledore, Sirius and Remus were only a few seconds behind James and they all appeared in time to hear Lily's cry of anguish.
"HARRY! NATHAN! My babies, no!" yelled out Lily as she took in the sight of a massive hole in the wall leading toward the twins' room. James was so pale he looked whiter than a Hogwarts ghost but quickly ran after Lily as she rushed into the house and up the stairs. Dumbledore quickly took out his wand and started to use spells to see if there was anything around. He quickly received the results and it made him both hopeful and ill.
There were no wizards with dark auras around meaning Voldemort was not present. Another good thing was that his results showed four magical presences inside the house at the moment. Since two were James and Lily that could only mean that the other two were the twins so that meant they were fine. However, the very area was saturated with so much dark magic that the Fidelius Charm had a cascading failure and it would be impossible to create another in this spot. The sheer depth of the betrayal as well as the dark magic used here makes it impossible to set up another. There was also a 'stench' of death in the area similar to when the Killing Curse is cast.
Sirius and Remus were setting up wards against muggles as the other order members arrived and took in the sight of the house with a hole in it in shock.
Meanwhile, Lily had rushed into the twins' room only to see Nathan crying and shaking his brother who was laying still on the floor. Quickly thinking the worst and that her beautiful eldest child was dead Lily broke down crying as she rushed to what she thought was her child's dead body. However, the moment she touched him she felt the warmth in his body and realized he was still alive and sobbed in relief as she gathered Harry into her arms. James had entered and gathered Nathan up in his arms before he turned to Lily with fear in his eyes.
"Harry, is he..."
Lily shook her head but fear grew in her heart as Harry still wouldn't wake. "No, he's fine but he's so weak. Dumbledore! We need you!"
Dumbledore appeared so quickly that for a moment they thought he had apparated. He looked around the room and his eyes landed on a familiar looking wand lying next to a pile of ashes. Having his suspicions confirmed, he looked from one child to the other and spoke. "Let me see them."
Lily allowed Dumbledore to wave his wand over Harry's form first as he checked his health. Dumbledore muttered as he received the results. "His core is extremely weak, probably due to what happened here. There is residual dark magic on his body but it's only due to being near an extremely dark spell when it was cast. The results say that he wasn't touched by one. Here," Dumbledore took out a blue potion from his robes and siphoned a teaspoon amount from it using his wand before gently making the unconscious Harry drink it. It was lucky he had taken to carrying around an emergency supply of potions or Harry would probably have to be hospitalized. "There we go. He should be right as rain after a good night's rest. Now, let me check Nathan."
James then let Dumbledore repeat the procedure on Nathan and watched as Dumbledore's eyebrows shot up and a twinkle entered his eyes. James couldn't help but ask. "What is it, Professor?"
Dumbledore smiled happily. "Nathan's fine, just tired. However, the results say he was touched by a weakened version of an extremely dark spell. If you'd let me check, I can confirm my suspicions."
James reluctantly let Dumbledore take Nathan and watched as Dumbledore looked him over before his eyes landed on Nathan's left cheek. Dumbledore's eyes twinkled brighter than ever as he spoke.
"Lily, James. Nathan has defeated Voldemort!"
James and Lily looked gobsmacked at his declaration and Lily hesitantly spoke. "Are you sure, Professor?"
Dumbledore nodded. "Yes, my scans show that Voldemort was here and cast the Killing curse yet he is nowhere here now and the twins are fine, showing it must have backfired on him. The proof is the fact that his wand is right there. He would never have left it otherwise."
James and Lily took a step back as they notice the wand on the ground for the first time.
Dumbledore continued. "The final proof is this." Dumbledore showed them the flame-like scar that went from Nathan's left cheek near his mouth all the way to his neck behind his left ear. "The prophecy says he will mark him his equal and Nathan has a scar that my scans say was touched by a dark spell. Harry has a scar as well but it has no traces of dark magic inside it. Therefore, I could only conclude that Nathan took the spell head-on and Harry's scar was simply a result of being nearby at the time."
During his explanation, the other Order members had entered the room and were surprised at his declaration. Suddenly, a voice near the back said. "The Dark Lord is dead! Nathan is the Boy-Who-Lived!"
As the Order members cheered, James took back Nathan and Lily continued fussing over Harry who slept on unaware. Lily laid a kiss on Harry's head and smiled down at him.
"Don't worry, honey. Everything's okay now. I love you and I promise you'll never have to go through pain like this again."
Baby Harry just yawned and cuddled closer to his mother's bosom.
January 5th 1982, Godric's Hollow
"Is there no other way?" asked a distraught James as he watched Lily as she hugged a confused and sleepy Nathan closer to her. Beside her, James was carrying a sleeping Harry and looked equally distraught.
Dumbledore looked grave as he shook his head. "I'm sorry, James, but no. The Fidelius cannot be cast again due to what happened that night. Only the Bonds of Blood ward can work."
After what happened Halloween night, James and Lily had thought that the bad times were over. Peter had been quickly captured by Sirius and Remus before being quickly tried and sent to Azkaban. It was lucky Remus had been there because Sirius had been itching to kill him personally but Remus stopped him.
James had quickly and easily repaired the hole in the twins' room and Lily and Dumbledore had set about to cleanse the dark magic in the air. However, it proved impossible to dispel without simply sending it to another person's house. Unwilling to let another innocent person be affected by the dark magic in the air they had instead caused the dark magic to transfer itself into the ground where the natural magic of the Earth would purify it over ten years. However, this had the unintended side effect of completely destroying the Fidelius around the property and preventing another from being set up. Other wards could be put up but anything stronger than simple muggle-repelling and basic protection failed.
At first, this seemed like a reasonable consequence considering Voldemort was gone. However, they were soon bombarded by letters from all across Britain thanking Nathan for destroying the Dark Lord. They had been forced to set up a ward that diverted the mail to a room set up for it. It was a good thing they had because soon after they started receiving mail from former Death Eaters filled curses intended to kill little Nathan. It was lucky that mail-redirections wards are so basic as to be almost undetectable by anything but the most intensive of detection spells.
However, the worst news was when they heard the Longbottoms were attacked by the Lestranges and Barty Crouch Jr. That destroyed any semblance of safety they had and since then Lily started a downward spiral in regards to her sanity. The combination of being betrayed by Peter plus the almost daily attempts on Nathan's life by supposed 'Imperiused' Death eaters was slowly eating away at her mind. James had been helpless as he watched his once brilliant wife fall into a seeming madness and paranoia to the point that she no longer slept, keeping herself awake with Pepper-ups and coffee. She would constantly watching over Nathan, afraid that if she left him for even a second, he would be taken from her. It didn't help that her paranoia actually managed to stop a few of the more clever attempts on Nathan's life.
However, when she noticed how she seemed to favor Nathan over Harry, she fell further into depression, thinking herself a horrible mother and became even worse. The fact that Harry had become more withdrawn in the three months since that night made her think it was because he thought she loved him less than Nathan. The thought that her eldest thought that of her made her better for a time until the next attempt on Nathan's life and the cycle would begin once more. This was slowly degrading on her sanity to the point that she was now an almost gibbering wreck.
They also couldn't move to another house for various reasons. Despite being an Ancient and Noble House, the Potters had never been extremely wealthy like the Malfoys or the Blacks. They had a tendency to only have one child, plus the habit of joining the Aurors which, while noble, didn't pay very much and had a short life expectancy, didn't allow for much accumulation of money. In spite of this, the Potters had used most of what they had in the war against Voldemort until after the death of James's parents, they basically only had what they made from their jobs.
Despite this fact, they hadn't regretted it until they heard the prophecy. By that time, the only house the Potters had to their name had been the summer home in Godric's Hollow, the other having been destroyed by Voldemort in his search for them. Voldemort had gone one step further by cursing the lands they owned so to further lower the income they earned and to prevent them from using the lands as safe houses in the future. It would take decades for any of the lands to become habitable by an living being.
Now, with no alternative house and no money to buy another house, the Potters had no choice but to continue to use the one they were currently living in. The fact that they were living in a house that ahd already been broken into only made things worse on Lily's mind. Sirius couldn't help them because despite being a Black, he had been cast out of the House. While not disowned which meant he was still heir, this meant he was unable to access Black funds until his father died and he became Lord Black. Considering Sirius's father showed no signs of ill health, they couldn't wait on the one in a million chance of him dying within the next few days.
They also couldn't live with Remus do to his situation. As cruel as it sounded, the idea of them living in the same house as werewolf during the full moon would only make Lily more paranoid. The idea of Lily someday cracking and killing Remus to protect her children was not as far-fetched as before. The other day she had almost flayed Molly alive because Lily was convinced the food she had cooked for the twins was poisoned.
Dumbledore also couldn't help them. Despite his many titles, he had very little monetary or land wealth. His family having sold it during his childhood to care for his sick little sister. The Longbottoms had been the only other friends they had that could have helped them but Frank's mother had had to sell most of her properties to gain the capital to get them the best treatment and because she was simply too old to manage them. She was also almost as paranoid as Lily and would not allow them to live under the same roof as her last living relative.
All this led to a very tense environment that was bad for everyone, including the children. Dumbledore had promised to look up a way to protect them from threats so that Lily could relax and get better and they had finally found one the other day. However, there was a catch.
"But..." James looked conflicted as he rocked a sleeping Harry while watching his almost deranged wife coo over Nathan with almost frightening devotion. "... what will happen to Harry? I refuse to abandon my child to the wolves. I'd rather live my life in fear than give him up for adoption or worse, leave him unprotected and away from us, thinking we didn't want him."
Dumbledore looked understanding but looked from a deranged Lily to James. "Perhaps you could. But what about Lily?"
It was a low blow but no less truthful for being it. James felt like crying as he saw his once brilliant wife be reduced to this. He HAD to give her some peace but at the same time, he had to make sure Harry was going to be safe. "So we just sacrifice Harry?! No. I won't let Harry be tossed aside!"
Dumbledore raised his hands in defense. "I know but there is no other choice. The Bonds of Blood ward only protects a maximum of three magical people related by blood at any time. The only exceptions are if a child is conceived and born within the ward while it was already up. It is old enough that the cursed lands won't forbid it from being set up but powerful enough that no one could break it except the original caster. But don't worry, we won't give up Harry for adoption and he'll be safe. I'm going to set up another Bonds of Blood ward around your sister Petunia's house and we can leave him there. The ward can cover either three magicals or one magical and four muggles so he will be safe there. It has to be Harry since his brother is the main focus of the attacks and if we try to put Nathan there Lily would only become worse. Nathan is the cause for her condition and the best Mind Healers assured me that assurances that Nathan's safe plus the fact that the ward won't allow any other person to enter will slowly bring her back to normal."
James looked slightly relieved at the information but had to ask one thing. "Will we be able to visit him? I mean, once Lily gets better."
Dumbledore shook his head sadly. "No, I'm sorry. The ward is constantly adapting so it could cover all threats and if you visited, it would register you as blood and try to cover in its protection as well. The conflicting wards would cause both to fail, making the point moot. It also keeps any magical beings other than those protected or related by blood to those protected from coming near the place of residence. Not even magical owls would be able to get to him as long as he was within a thousand yards of the house. This means NO wizard can visit either of you. You will be cut off and alone unless you visited others and that will be good for Lily."
James looked slightly unsettled. "Petunia? Are you sure? Lily always said that Petunia didn't like her and I'm afraid she might take it out on Harry."
Dumbledore's response was cut off as Lily stopped cooing and looked up at James and Dumbledore with red eyes and an almost crazed expression. "Is Harry okay? He's very quiet."
James gave her a consoling hug. "He's fine. We're... gonna make sure he's safe and no one is going to hurt him. But... that means we won't be able to see him for a while. Is that okay?"
Lily looked uncomprehendingly at James before speaking. "But Harry is fine. No one wants to hurt him... only my baby Nathan. Is Nathan going to be okay?"
It was a sign of how far gone she was that she barely worried over Harry's safety where once he was her unofficial favorite. "Yes, Nathan will be safe. So... you're okay with sending him to Petunia... your sister?"
Lily just nodded and turned back to watch over Nathan with almost crazed devotion.
Dumbledore forced a smile and turned to James. "I'm sure Lily's sister would not be so petty as to hurt Harry out of jealousy of Lily. She has a son his age as well and I'm sure she'll treat him just like she treats her own son. Either way, I will research ways to expand the ward so that Harry can return to live with you."
James looked conflicted but eventually nodded.
Dumbledore nodded and stood up. "We should do it as soon as possible. We'll do it tonight. I'll take Harry to his aunt's and then come back to cast the ward here."
At that, James glared at Dumbledore. "Can't you wait a few days so we can say goodbye to our son? Lily will never forgive me if I don't allow her to say goodbye to Harry."
Dumbledore sighed and looked his age. "I'm sorry but no. We can't risk someone getting wind of our plans and stopping us before it can be implemented. The ward also has to be put up tonight so it can draw on the power of the New Year before it disappears. It's still January so some residual power will be around to make it stronger."
James looked defeated at the news and turned to Lily. "Lily-flower? Don't you want to say goodbye to Harry?"
Lily looked up and her eyes cleared for a second before she placed a kiss on Harry's sleeping head. "Goodbye, Harry. Mommy's going to be a good mommy and protect Nathan. I'll see you later."
James realized that was the best he could hope for and he gave Harry over to Dumbledore. Dumbledore said goodbye and walked out of the house before apparating.
James felt as if he had shattered his own heart ad he watched his eldest disappear. He looked to Lily and only hoped this was a good decision.
Privet Drive, Surrey
Dumbledore appeared with a silent pop! in front of Number 4. Dumbledore looked around t make sure there weren't any witnesses before walking over to the porch of Number 4.
Dumbledore conjured another blanket and a wicker basket and placed the still sleeping Harry inside. Dumbledore hesitated for a moment before taking out his wand and starting to cast spells over Harry.
The first was a basic warming charm to keep Harry warm in the cold January night. The second was an advanced protection spell that would automatically protect Harry from any harm by transporting him to Hogwarts, specifically his office, if anyone with ill intent approached. Both would only last till morning but by then Petunia would have found him.
Dumbledore hesitated once more before steeling his heart for the second part. He cast a rare and almost unknown spell that would disintegrate the twin bond between Harry and Nathan over time. By the time morning came, it would have completely disappeared. Dumbledore did this for two reasons, one was to save both any heartache from feeling each other's presence but being unable to communicate or even understand what they were feeling. The second reason was far colder. He couldn't risk Nathan using the twin bond to draw power from Harry. Nathan was powerful enough as it was. If he called on Harry's power as well, even unconsciously, he may be too powerful to control if he went down Tom's path. The prophecy did say that he would kill, something Dumbledore was completely against. It wouldn't take much to say Nathan would rise to take Voldemort's place. It was a chance Dumbledore wasn;t willing to take.
The last spell Dumbledore cast was a memory suppression charm. It didn't erase memories but rather made them fuzzy and hard to remember. It only worked for the last 24 hours but it was enough for Dumbledore's plans. He would think that his parents abandoned him and make it that much harder when he returned for him to reconnect with his parents. Then Dumbledore would come in as the understanding grandfather and he would be able to make sure Harry took his place watching over the wizarding world. He's mold him into a copy of him that would forgive.
Dumbledore nodded his head at a job well done. Dumbledore then cast a mail redirection ward before starting to cast the Bonds of Blood ward.
Despite what he said, owls would still be able to find Harry if they tried hard enough. The mail-redirection ward made sure Harry wasn't influenced by any other magical until it came time for him to go to Hogwarts. It wouldn't due for someone else to put ideas in Harry's head and possible turn him down a path Dumbledore hadn't chosen. It was for the Greater Good, after all.
Dumbledore then took a pre-written letter explaining the circumstances to the Dursleys and left it in Harry's blanket and putting a Sticking Charm on it so it wouldn't fly off. It would be undone the moment a muggle touched it.
His job done, Dumbledore gave Harry a sad smile before disappearing with a pop!.
Harry slept on, unaware of what the future had in store for the true Chosen One.
AN: Here's the new chapter 1!
I rewrote it so you I hope it's better than the original.
The women in the harem are: Jean Grey, Wanda Maximoff, Emma Frost, Elizabeth Braddock (Psylocke), Selene Gallio, and Ayesha (female double of the Warlock).
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