"It won't be long, and you'll be going too." Harry told his son as the boy clutched onto his father's arm.
"Three years!" James sniffed. "I want to go now!"
Theodore and Harry had sold the Nott family house and its belongings, using the money to found a Wizarding Orphanage, which was run by Andromeda Tonks, who had been robbed of everyone but her grandson. Once married, the two men had thought they wouldn't want children, but as time wore on, Harry found he really wanted to have a real family and they had soon found themselves with three.
In front of them, his other two children were continuing their argument.
"I won't! I won't be in Gryffindor!"
"Lily, give it a rest!" Theodore chided as he adjusted the robes he wore to identify him as an Unspeakable. He had to go to work as soon as he saw their children off and didn't mind the peculiar looks he was getting from the Muggles.
"I only said he might be." Lily said, grinning at her younger brother. "There's nothing wrong with that. He might be in Gryff..."
She stopped talking at the look Harry was giving her and gave a beautiful eye-batting smile before slipping through the barrier.
"You'll write to me, won't you?" Severus asked his parents as soon as Lily had gone.
"Every day, if you want us to." Harry said and Theodore snorted, looking away as if he hadn't.
"Not every day." Severus said quickly. "Lily says most people only get letters from home about once a month."
"We wrote to Lily three times a week last year." Harry told his son. "And you don't want to believe everything she tells you about Hogwarts. She likes a laugh, your sister."
They went through the barrier and eventually met up with Draco with his wife, Astoria, and son, Scorpius, and Gregory with his wife, Rachel, and twin son and daughter, Vincent and Violet. Scorpius grinned at Severus, who smiled back bashfully. It took a little longer for Blaise to arrive, arm around his wife Tracey and holding onto the hand of his daughter, Scarlett, who was about the same age as James, while his son (named Blaise after his father) was lost somewhere in the crowd. They chatted for a little while and then Theodore nudged Harry and nodded his head.
Ronald Weasley, face brutally marred by werewolf scars, stood some distance with Hermione, his wife, and his two children, Ginny and Percy. They were all in conversation with their best friends: One-Eyed Dean and Luna Thomas with their daughter, Misty, who looked almost exactly like her mother, Seamus (he was crudely disfigured and had a twisted worthless arm from the battle) and Fay Finnigan with their five children (Harry didn't know all their names), and Hannah Longbottom alone with her son, Frank, and daughter, Alice, as her husband, Neville, was a teacher at Hogwarts and couldn't see the kids off himself.
"Group just keeps getting bigger." Harry muttered and then patted Severus' shoulder to grab his attention. "Try to avoid any Weasleys or Finnigans if you can. Longbottoms and Misty Thomas should be fine."
Suddenly Lily had returned, looking shocked. "I just saw Liam back there! And he's snogging Blaise!"
Blaise Sr. stiffened, looking alarmed and then took off through the crowd as everyone else laughed (aside from Tracey who was telling him to leave their son alone as she stormed after him).
"I was wondering when he was going to get caught."
Lupin's voice caused Harry to turn around and give his godfather a grin. In the second half of the battle, Sirius had died thanks to Maximilian Nott (Theo had once while drunk claimed this as his father's grandest moment...before Theo disarmed him and tied him up for Azkaban), leaving William Antares Black under the care of his godfather, Remus Lupin, who had rejected Andromeda Tonks' insistence on taking the boy. Remus had eventually married a couple years later to a Ministry Official and together the two wizards were finally establishing rights for werewolves. Lupin would soon be a teacher at Hogwarts again once the paperwork was finished and would be taking his old position of Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor. Harry couldn't be more happy for him.
"Worse things have happened." Draco commented and then led his son away to give him one final pep talk before sending him off.
James and Scarlett were in conversation while the twins argued and Gregory checked his watch again.
Theodore put an arm around Harry and looked down at Lily.
"It's nearly eleven, you'd better get on board." He said.
"Don't forget to give Neville our love!" Harry told her as he and Theo gave her a tandem hug.
"Dad! I can't give a professor love!"
"But you know Neville..."
Lily rolled her eyes. "Outside, yeah, but at school he's Professor Longbottom, isn't he? I can't walk into Herbology and give him love..."
She huffed and turned to go, but threw out, "See you later, Sev. Watch out for the thestrals."
"I thought they were invisible? You said they were invisible!"
Lily just laughed and got onto the train.
"Thestrals are nothing to worry about." Harry told Severus, but Theodore scoffed and turned away. "They're gentle things, there's nothing scary about them. Less scary than Sleipner and Nuckel, I promise. Anyway, you won't be going to school in the carriages, you'll be going in the boats."
Theodore gave Severus a hug (he never said it aloud, but Severus was his favorite of the three children). "See you at Christmas."
"Bye, Sev." Harry embraced his son. "Don't forget Hagrid's invited you to tea next Friday and I'm sure the Headmaster would love to see his namesake, so give him a visit, will you? Don't mess with Peeves. Don't duel anyone till you've learned how. And don't let Lily wind you up."
"What if I'm in Gryffindor?"
It was a whisper and Harry knelt down to look up at his son, so incredibly like Snape in appearance with his curtains of black hair trying to hide his ebony eyes, while Theodore waved to Lily on the train.
"Severus Albus." Harry said quietly. "You were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One was a Gryffindor and he was probably the wisest man I ever knew and every bit a Slytherin. My own parents were Gryffindors and they still loved me and Lily is in Ravenclaw and we still love her."
"But just say..."
"...then Gryffindor House will have gained an excellent student, won't it? It doesn't matter to us, Sev. I'm sure even Severus Snape, who you were named after and who was a Slytherin, would adore you. He was, after all, good friends with a Gryffindor and very brave like one too." Harry gave a small smile before admitting, "The Hat considered me for Gryffindor, but put me in Slytherin. People always said I had a very Gryffindor air about me." He swore he heard Theodore mutter "Still do", but he wasn't sure. "Trust me, Severus. You're my son. You could grow up to be a Dark Wizard and I'd still love you."
This seemed to diminish Severus' doubts and he gave his parents final kisses before jumping aboard the train. Looking around at the staring faces, he asked aloud, "Why are they all staring?"
"Don't let it worry you." Draco said coolly. "It's me. I'm incredibly famous."
They all laughed and the train began to move. Harry walked along it, watching his son's face as it glowed with excitement. He kept smiling and waving and watched as the train slipped away.
It was gone. He lowered his hand as Theodore came up beside him and snaked an arm around him again.
"Is going to be fine." Theodore said, sneaking in a quick kiss.
Harry smiled, a hand going up to touch the scar on his forehead.
"I know he will."
The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.
Translation: "All was well"
So I decided to stick to the book's ending instead of going into more detail. Harry and Theodore married, adopted three kids, and Snape became headmaster of Hogwarts school after McGonagall retired. He was D.A.D.A. Professor before that. Lupin raised William Black and eventually married. The New Gen. Marauders all did survive, married, and had kids, but only Neville actually left unscathed. Everyone else was scarred. And I think that's it... :D Hope you enjoyed this series. I will probably be going back through it and making corrections on all the many mistakes and inconsistencies, but for now I think I'm going to take a break :D
Thank you for reading and I hope you liked it. :P