Author: Knife Hand
Feedback: Constructive feedback appreciated, flames unappreciated
Spoilers: All Books, except the epilogue.
Disclaimer: I do not own Hermione, or Luna, or Ginny, or Cho, or... I would buy them all but I am broke.
Summary: Everything in Harry Potter's life is not what it seems – inspired by zerohour20xx's Harry Potter the Game: Epic Edition
Ten years. Ten years had passed since the Battle of Hogwarts and the defeat of Voldemort. For the ten years Harry had been, if not happy, at least content. He had married Ginny, worked with Hermione to ensure equal rights for Half-bloods and Muggleborns. Then it had begun again. It had all started with Hermione's death. Then it spread like wildfire, so many dead but with no sign of who was responsible. But now they knew.
"So, are you going to finish it, or are you still a coward and going to let me bleed out?" Harry asked as he lay slumped against the kitchen bench.
"I thought you would like a moment. Perhaps I am wrong." The other man replied.
"Just get on with it." Harry replied. "I can only assume you killed Hermione yourself, Ron."
"Yes." Ron replied. "I got sick of her constant nagging. Ready to die?"
"I've been ready all my life." Harry Replied.
The world faded to black, and then…
Game Result: Betrayed
Combat Completion: 70%
Knowledge Accumulation Completion: 12%
Relationship Completion: 7%
Romance Completion: 5%
Secrets Completion: 2%
Social Completion: 1%
Popularity Completion: 0%
Total Completion: 25%
Independence Rating: 1 (slave to authority)
Achievements Obtained: Serpent Slayer, TriWizard Victor, Defeated Lord Voldemort (3/39 Achievements Attained)
Harry looked at the results that glowed in the darkness. He had seen a screen like that before, when Dudley was playing games on the computer, although the percentages were usually very low and the computer was destroyed shortly afterwards.
New Game? Yes No
Harry thought over the stats he had seen. He had done well on the combat side of things but had performed miserably at everything else, mostly because he had been solely focused on dealing with Voldemort. Oh he was angry, but if his life was nothing but a game, he may as well have some fun with it.
He reached out and pressed the Yes button.
Loading new settings….. Would you like to enable in game assistance? Yes No
Harry thought for a second then smiled and pressed the Yes button.
For the second time the world faded to black.
Harry woke up in the cupboard under the stairs with a headache. He looked down and saw that he was back in his ten year old body, but he noticed something else. He now had a heads-up display. Overlaid on his vision there were indicators for his health, magical level, compass indicator and a targeting reticule. As he stood up, a pop up icon came up on the lower right side of his vision. As soon as he looked at the icon, it expanded to fill his vision.
You will gain experience as you progress through the world through the defeat of enemies, improve social, relationship and popularity levels and learn new spells. This experience will periodically translate into Magus points. These Magus points can be used to upgrade your abilities. You will also find Magus Kits in hidden locations. Upgrades can be accessed through the Magus menu.
Harry thought 'Magus Menu' automatically and a menu system filled his vision. In the bottom there was an indicator showing 0 Magus points. There were four categories in the menu system labelled 'Physical', 'Mental', 'Magical' and 'Social'. After quickly browsing through the menu, he mentally closed the menu.
Harry left the cupboard and slipped out the front door, going for a stroll around the streets, trying to clear his head and process what was happening. One thing was for sure, this time around he would have to keep an eye on Ron, the only question was should he keep him close or keep him at a distance.
Harry walked for a long time before he noticed a marker on his compass indicator slightly off to his left. Following the marker he eventually came to a small park.
"Stop it." A familiar voice called out from across the park.
Harry instinctively broke into a run, leaping across a park bench and approaching the small group. There were two girls bullying a third girl, pushing her between them. Harry, running at full speed, crashed into one of the girls, allowing the third girl to stumble away from the other attacker. Harry noticed that the girl he had tackled had been knocked unconscious. +5 EXP scrolled up Harry's vision. Rolling to his feet Harry turned and faced the other girl, slipping into an approximation of a fighting stance he had once seen in a movie.
"You will want to back off." Harry threatened, and the remaining girl ran.
Harry approached the third girl, holding up his hands in deference.
"It's ok." He said. "Are you alright?"
"Yes." The Girl said. "Thank You. My name is Hermione Granger."
"Hello Hermione, my name is Harry Potter." Harry replied.
"Thank you." Hermione said again, giving him a hug.
Relationship improved: Hermione Granger +1000 relationship points – New status Friend
Social Menu now available
"Let's get you somewhere safe." Harry said.
The next morning Harry sat in his cupboard, trying to get a hang of the two menus he had unlocked. He was exploring the Social Menu. The basic menu had small icons of Hermione and his relatives, each with a little bar underneath. His relative's status bars were red and extended slightly to the left of the middle while Hermione's bar was green and extended further to the right than his relatives did to the left.
Mentally clicking on the Hermione icon it expanded to fill his vision. In the top left hand quadrant was a headshot of Hermione. The relationship bar was underneath the picture going from Arch-Enemy at the far left, through Acquaintance in the middle to Inseparable Friends at the far right, Hermione's bar having moved out of the Acquaintance section and solidly into the Friend category. To the right of the picture was a basic statistics list, Age, Height, Weight, and other personal details. Only the Age, Height, Weight and Home Address details were filled in, the other details like Birth Date and Favourite Food were recorded as "?". The bottom left of the 'screen' was a blank list titled 'Known Abilities and Contacts', while the bottom right was 'Event History' which contained a brief synopsis of the encounter the night before.
The familiar sound of the post coming through the slot in the door interrupted Harry's exploration and he sighed, exited out of the menu system, stood and collected the mail. He fully searched through the mail, extracting the Hogwarts letter and depositing it in his cupboard, before heading into the kitchen to give his uncle the other letters and take over cooking breakfast.
After breakfast, of which Harry only got a small amount, he returned to his cupboard and read his Hogwarts Letter. There was a note included in the letter that said a Professor would be along in three weeks to take Harry to Diagon Alley to get his school supplies. With that in mind, Harry formulated his plan for the next three weeks. Firstly, get into an exercise routine, because based on his previous experience, and the Combat score, there was going to be a lot of fighting no matter what he did, any fitness helped even with magical abilities. The other thing he planned to do… explore everything. Because there is one thing everyone knows about adventure games… there are always hidden items and information that can prove really useful if you go looking for them.