And After That...

Chapter One

Harry placed the Elder Wand in the top draw of the Headmaster's desk, turned and walked out of the office. Ron and Hermione followed, running to keep up with him. Harry ignored all students who congratulated him as they passed and strode in the direction of Gryffindor Tower.

When they reached the Common Room, Ron and Hermione cornered Harry and made him sit down. "Harry, relax mate. It's all over. We've won!" said Ron trying to reassure Harry and work out what was on his mind.

"I know it's over and that we've won but there's still something niggling. So many people died tonight. Fred, Lupin, Tonks. It's going to take such a long time to get used to. The last seven years of my life have all revolved around Voldemort and trying to stop him from killing me. Even my scar feels empty. I hadn't realised before but there was always a slight pain there, even before he came back. I suppose I'd just grown up with it so it felt normal." Harry was trying to get up and stride around the room but the others were pushing him back down and telling him to relax.

They heard a noise behind them and turned to see who had walked through the hole in the wall where the portrait of the Fat Lady used to be. Ginny, Neville and Luna climbed through and walked over to them. Ginny sat on the arm of the chair that Harry was in and Neville and Luna sat on the sofa, holding hands.

"Are you alright?" Ginny asked with a concerned look on her face. Harry nodded and sat back in the chair, feeling more relaxed now that there was more than just Ron and Hermione there.

"So, you two are, well, together then?" said Ron, with a gesture towards Neville and Luna.

"Yes. Actually we've both wanted it for a while but haven't had the confidence to say so. It's a huge relief really." replied Luna with a smile on her face, "And I knew it would happen with you two as well. I could see it in your eyes when we met."

Hermione shifted her weight so that she was leaning more towards Ron and rested her head on his shoulder. They were all getting tired but knew sleep wouldn't come soon.

They all got up at the same time, as if they had mutually decided it was the best thing to do, and walked out towards the Great Hall. "What did you do with the Elder Wand Harry?" Ginny asked him, grabbing hold of his hand and kissing him on the cheek.

"I put it where it came from and where it belongs. Both Dumbledore and I thought it was best if it was left in his old desk because then it can't be won off me. If I die of natural causes it will lose its power." He returned her kiss and started walking down the marble staircase. The others followed and were met with a huge applause as they entered the Great Hall. Everyone in there, even those grieving had turned towards the doors and were clapping and cheering. All of the Death Eaters had either fled or were sat in chains along the left hand side of the Hall. Ron and Ginny ran to the rest of the Weasleys and were greeted with hugs and kisses from everyone. Harry, Hermione, Neville and Luna followed and were soon embraced in a giant hug which was soon joined by many others in the Hall. Harry finally felt relaxed and happy enough to celebrate with his fellow students, his teachers and the remaining members of the Order.