Ministry Six

Disclaimer: Harry Potter and the Potterverse belongs to J. K. Rowling. I have no claim on any characters , places, etc. Initial few lines borrowed from OOTP but only for this chapter.

Chapter 1

"Silencio!" cried Hermione, and the man's voice was extinguished. He continued to mouth through the hole in his mask, but no sound came out; he was thrust aside by his fellow Death Eater.

"Petrificus Totalus!" shouted Harry, as the second Death Eater raised his wand. His arms and legs snapped together and he fell forward, facedown onto the rug at Harry's feet, stiff as a board and unable to move at all.

"Well done, Ha —"

But the Death Eater Hermione had just struck dumb made a sudden slashing movement with his wand from which flew a streak of what looked like purple flame. It passed right across Hermione's chest.

She gave a tiny "oh!" as though of surprise and then crumpled onto the floor where she lay motionless.


Not her! Please not her!

As he watched his best friend, the girl he had loved secretly for over 3 years fall, something snapped inside Harry Potter.

With a roar he turned towards the Death Eater who had dared to harm her and screamed "REDUCTO!"

The surprised Death Eater never had a chance as the curse slammed into his middle throwing him into a wall where he slid to the ground motionless.

He instantly turned towards Hermione and needles by her side, gathering her to his chest as he repeated her name over and over.

"Please don't leave me Hermione! Please! I can't live without you there beside me! I love you Hermione! Please!" he begged her, his tears dripping into her hair.

I can't live without her. So might as well save her or die trying.

He'd always heard that magic was all about intent. This was when he found out. So he did the only he could. He pulled on his core as deeply as he could and pushed pure, raw magic through his hands to Hermione with only one thought in mind.

Help Hermione.

He kept pushing with everything he had never noticing the blinding golden aura forming and enveloping the two of them. Slowly he watched as the damaged flesh knitted itself back together as he felt the drain. Suddenly there was another presence working in perfect harmony with his own magic to heal Hermione. With complete clarity he realized this was Hermione's own magic responding.

He watched with bated breath as the wound closed over and her eyelids fluttered open.

Hermione raised her head pressing her lips firmly to Harry's, neither noticing the golden aura flare even brighter. Harry, though surprised at first, quickly returned the kiss, pouring all the feelings he had for her into it. As they broke away and the aura dissipated , she cupped his cheek and said softly " I love you too Harry. And don't worry, I'm never leaving you alone."

They were brought back to reality sharply however as a door burst open and three death eaters ran in.

Neville, who Harry had forgotten was still there whipped his wand around covering Harry and Hermione.

He'd watched as death eaters struck down his friends and just like Harry, he'd had enough. They weren't sending tripping hexes and stunners so why should he?

As he brought his wand to bear on the newly arrived death eaters he shouted "Bombarda!" blasting the three apart. Harry quickly recovered from the shock of seeing the mild-mannered Neville Longbottom furiously striking down three death eaters at the same time and stood up pulling Hermione with him.

"Neville! That was awesome!" Harry said.

Neville turned to him with a wry grin. "Well if you can heal someone like that wandlessly like that I've got to do something impressive too, don't I?"

Hermione was flabbergasted. " Neville that could have killed them!"

" Hermione if we just stun them they'll just keep reviving each other. This way they stay down. And besides, I only disarmed them."

Harry snorted but agreed with Neville. " I've stunned several of them myself and you've done too. We can't have them coming back if we want a chance to escape."

Hermione reluctantly agreed to his logic walking over and using the flame curse to cauterize the wounds and then tied them up. " Alright then, cutting, piercing and blasting hexes but they don't need to die. Let's get Ron, Ginny and Luna and get the out of here. And Harry? We'll discuss what happened later ok?" she said, smiling softly at him.

"Are you sure you're okay? You were just cursed horribly." he asked her worriedly.

"I'm feeling perfectly wonderful now thanks to you. Whatever you did was great. Really." she said still smiling.

He smiled back at her, grasping her hand and starting towards the door. "Neville, we''ll go first, you cover us alright?"

Neville nodded and the three of them started off. Luckily they found all the other three in the very next room and breathed a sigh of relief. Luna looked fine and Ginny was sporting a twisted ankle. They were trying to support Ron between who looked slightly punch drunk. "Hey Harry! You know we saw Uranus? Get it? Uranus? Ha ha.. ", he said

"We were in a room with planets. I think he got hit in the head with one .", Luna said helpfully.

Hermione sighed. "We'll have to leave it till we get back to Hogwarts. I'll fix Ginny's ankle. Episkey. ", she said pointing her wand at the redheads ankle.

'I wonder if Harry can fix him like he did me? ' Hermione thought.." I don't think so Hermione. I don't know how I did it. I dont want to risk messing him up more. Ron should be fine for now though." Harry said absently, still looking at the boy in question.

Hermione turned to Harry, eyes wide.

'Harry? Can you hear me?' she thought at him.

"Yes of course. Why wouldn't I?" he asked her as he turned towards her, confused, to see the four other still sane members of his group staring at him open-mouthed.

' Maybe because I didn't say it out loud?' she asked mentally.

'Oh. Well this is new. Guess we have one more thing to discuss later love.' he said grinning.

Hermione shook her head, smiling at him. "Only you Harry Potter. Alright people we'll explain later. For now let's just get out of here." she said out loud.

They just nodded and started moving, with Harry and Hermione out front, Luna supporting Ron in the middle, and Neville and Ginny bringing up the rear. They crossed the threshold into the next room only to find two Death Eaters who turned turned raising their wands but failed to do anything but scream as their wand arms were ripped off with twin cries if "Diffindo!" from Harry and Hermione.

Hermione quickly cauterized their wounds again with the flame curse and tied then up Ginny stared her in shock "Hermione! Harry!What did you do!" . "What? They would do worse to us first chance they get. I'm just making sure they can't stop us again." Hermione said.

Ginny nodded accepting the brunette's explanation. They moved ahead into the revolving room and through it headed toward s the lifts hoping to get out without being spotted. Just as they reached the lifts the saw the doors burst open letting half a dozen members of the Order if the Phoenix out .

"Oh Thank God you people finally got here! Wait why on earth did you bring Sirius to the Ministry? He's a fugitive remember? " said Hermione with a sigh. Harry meanwhile had rushed forward to hug his godfather.

" Hermione, Harry was in in trouble! How could i not come?" Sirius asked her incredulously. "No Sirius she's right! It's too dangerous. We have to get ourselves and you out now! Please leave the fighting to the others." Harry begged him.

"She's right Black. You shouldn't be here. Get them out of here. Safely. We'll handle this." Moody said gruffly.

"But.." Sirius started to argue. Hermione cut him off angrily. "Sirius this is what you did last time with Wormtail. Think before you act will you! Harry needs you more right now. Now come quietly or I swear I'll stun you and drag you out of here!"

Everyone stared warily at the angry witch for a second before they were interrupted by Bellatrix and Lucius Malfoy running towards them, flinging curses.

"GO NOW!" Moody roared before he turned to engage Bellatrix with Tonks, conjuring a wall to interrupt a green spell.

Sirius hastily erected a shield before picking Ron up slinging him over his shoulder freeing Luna.

Harry was torn between helping the Order and getting his friends to safety before Hermione gently coaxed him.

'Harry, they're aurors. Its their job. They'll manage. We have to get everyone else out first.'

He sighed but turned and ran after Hermione who was waiting at the elevator. 'This time Hermione but next time we face them I'm taking them down. One way or another.'

She sighed , knowing he wouldn't change his mind. Truth be told she felt much the same as him and decided to tell him as much.

'I feel the same Harry. We'll talk about all of this once we're safe alright?'

Harry nodded and smiled slightly, stepping out of the door and leading the way across the atrium before coming to an abrupt stop, a chill running down his spine.

"He's here."

A/N: Well that's the first chapter. This is my first fic so any kind of help would be really appreciated. Criticism, too so far as it is constructive enough. Chapter two in a few days time.