Title: Strings of Fate
Author: Knife Hand
Feedback: Constructive feedback appreciated, flames unappreciated
Spoilers: Nothing Specific, general for first few books.
Disclaimer: I do not own Hermione, or Luna, or Ginny, or Cho, or... I would buy them all but I am broke.
Summary: Being raised only by his Aunt, Harry comes to Hogwarts not only knowing about the Wizarding World, but with a kind of training no one at the school is expecting.
A/N: Thanks to TheFabulousFriend who informed me that the Quidditch Rules changes came from a video on the Super Carlin Brother's YouTube channel.
Dumbledore, McGonagall, Flitwick, Amelia Bones and Proudfoot all entered the Hospital Wing, all exhausted from the emotional shock resulting from the destruction of the two Horcrux. As they entered hey could see Madam Pomfrey dealing with Justin Finch-Fletchley who was awake and making a fuss.
"Come on." Justin was saying. "I've been fine for the last two days. Let me out of here."
"Mister Finch-Fletchley, you were petrified." Madam Pomfrey replied.
"All better now." Justin replied, waving his hand in front of his face as if that proved his point.
Amelia supressed a smile at the young Hufflepuff's antics. When the Aurors had arrived, and heard about the Mandrake's maturing in the Greenhouses, all the experienced Aurors had broken out their field medical kits and pooled their small vials of Mandrake Essence, providing just enough Essence to have the potion made for to revive Mister Finch-Fletchley, Nearly Headless Nick and the Caretaker's Cat.
"Please." Justin pleaded. "I miss my friends and I can't sleep properly without Diva's lullaby."
"And how exactly do you sleep during Holidays, Mr Finch-Fletchley?" Amelia said, using her 'Auror Voice'. "I presume you do not plan of visiting my Niece every evening during the holidays."
"Um… ahh." Justin began to stammer.
"Mister Finch-Flethley." Madam Pomfrey said, gaining his attention. "Go."
Justin looked between Amelia and Madam Pomfrey for a few seconds before making a break for the door and a dead run. As soon as the door closed Amelia could not help but break out in a quick chuckle, as much at his eagerness to get back to his Apartment as at the dig she had made.
"So, what can I do for you five?" Madam Pomfrey asked.
Helena dropped down onto her bed, emotionally exhausted. It was not just the effect of the death screams but also dealing with her mother's Diadem and all the emotion and old wounds that it brought up. She had one hand over her eyes when Hogwarts spoke to her, causing her to sit up.
"Seriously? Right now?" Helena exclaimed at the ceiling.
After another comment from Hogwarts, Helena stood up and made her way down to Harry's Apartment in Hufflepuff.
"Hey Helena." Susan said as Helena floated into the room. "What's up?"
"I need to speak to Harry." Helena said. "There's something he needs to see."
Harry emerged from his bedroom to see what Helena wanted. The Ghost simply motioned for Harry to follow. She led him up to Room of Requirements up on the Seventh Floor. When the door opened, the Room was very different from the Room of Lost Things or the Room that they used to destroy the Horcrux.
All Harry got to see was a warmly furnished room before a naked female figure slammed into him, giving him a hug that rivalled one of Hermione's.
"Harry!" the naked girl said.
It took Harry a moment to recognise the voice as he was used to hearing inside his head rather than from an external source.
"Hogwarts?!" Harry asked in shock. "How?"
"It's mostly the Room." Hogwarts replied, stepping back. "That and Sister helped destroy something that was… hurting me."
"Umm. Could you get some clothes on please?" Harry asked, looking away.
With a thought a Hogwarts Uniform appeared on her figure, all black with the School Crest rather than the colours and emblem of a particular House, allowing Harry to properly look at her. Hogwarts appeared to be around fifteen and her general appearance reminded him of a dark-haired mix of Hannah and Susan, but her attitude was more like Luna Lovegood on a sugar high. Harry watched in amazement as she ran around giggling, occasionally stumbling or doing handstands.
"Helena, what's going on?" Harry asked.
"Most people who know of it call this room the Room of Requirement, but it would be more accurate to call it the Heart of Hogwarts." Helena explained. "When Hogwarts has a good enough connection with an individual then, after enough time, she can start to manifest. At first only here in the Room but eventually she can move out into the rest of the Castle. Under Mother and the other Founders, she looked in her mid-twenties and actually taught a class."
"Then why does she look like a teenager?" Harry asked. "And why now?"
"Her appearance is partly because she is connected to you, and partly due to a thousand years of children and teens living in the Castle. In my Mother's day, half the students were adults who never got the chance to learn earlier. As to why now, it takes time for the connection to grow to a point where she could manifest, and the process was being inhibited by a dark artefact." Helena clarified. "It will most likely be another two years at least before she can manifest outside this room."
"Come play, Harry!" Hogwarts called, pulling on his arm. "Don't spend all the time with Sister."
"Alright." Harry said laughing as he let himself be pulled along. "Though it's going to be weird calling a person Hogwarts."
"Call me Gwen. Mother Rowena and Mummy Helga used to call me that. Daddy Godric and Father Salazar often just called me 'Dear' or daughter." Hogwarts, Gwen, said.
"Ok. Gwen it is." Harry replied.
"The Aurors and I will be leaving shortly as the threat has been neutralised." Amelia announced to the collection of Staff in Dumbledore's office. "All of the confiscated contraband will be destroyed. No charges will be pressed against students this time."
It was a few days after the destruction of the Horcruxes and the Staff at the meeting consisted of Professor Dumbledore, of course; the four Heads of House; Hagrid and Madam Pomfrey, who had been confirming the full health of the victims. Helena was also unobtrusively positioned in the corner of the room.
"Hagrid, given the light of new evidence provided, in particular by Lady Helena, the ban on you using Magic has been lifted and you record has been expunged. The Department of Magical Education will send a representative in six months to test you for OWL and NEWT level testing." Amelia announced.
Hagrid looked both happy that the Magic ban had been lifted but concerned at the testing announcement.
"Don't worry, Hagrid." Dumbledore said with a smile. "I'm sure you will do fine. I know a number of Professors will be willing to tutor you. I will do so myself."
"Thank ya, Professor." Hagrid replied. "Ya too, Ma'm Bones."
"It's Justice, Hagrid." Amelia replied. "However, I do have some less pleasant news. Due to the amount of Illegal material we found, I am going to have to insist on a DMLE presence at Hogwarts from now on."
She held up he hand to forestall the angry retorts that the Professors were about to make.
"I understand your concerns, but this is about the safety of the students. My niece included." Amelia continued. "The presence will be minimal. Five Patrollers, one Dispatcher, commanded by an Auror. The Patrollers and the Dispatcher will be on a two year rotation and the Auror Commander will be a six month Deployment. This was the condition to prevent any charges being laid, which would have seen a large number of students in Azkaban for at least a few months, some for several years."
"Headmaster." Snape said. "I believe that, while this may be disruptive to begin with, in the long term this could be quite beneficial for the School. There has been a trend amongst some segments of the student body, in particular some of my Slytherins, that they are above the Law or the political influence of their parents should translate directly to how they are treated here at Hogwarts."
"A little dose of reality, is that it Severus?" Professor Sprout asked.
"Precisely." Snape replied.
"The antechamber just off the main entrance." Helena supplied. "You use it as a spare storage room, but it was the guardroom for the original Hogwarts Militia. It has a Watch Commander's study, small kitchen and bunk room for ten behind a concealed door. It also has a secure Floo connection."
"That would be ideal." Amelia noted. "The Patrollers, Dispatcher and an interim Auror Commander will be arriving within the week."
"Very well." Dumbledore said. "We will accommodate them as best we can and hope we don't get in each other's way."