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"Oh look he's back!" Said a voice in a sarcastic tone.
"How many times does that make?" Came another voice who sounded very worried.
"He's waking up you know, we ought to start the explaining."
Harry Potter who had just willingly been hit by a Killing Curse from his mortal enemy Lord Voldemort opened his eyes to see four people looking down at him. One who was almost sneering was dressed in green and silver robes another was wearing red and gold robes and was smiling and the other two had a worried look on their faces. One was in a blue dress and the other in yellow. It didn't take Harry long to realise who these four people were. Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin. The founders of Hogwarts, the very castle Harry was defending. Was being the operative word, at least now he had given his friends a window of opportunity and hope. He knew it was just the snake left and maybe then someone would get Riddle. Perhaps Neville or even Professor McGonagall. He looked back up at the four figures before him and he tried to reach out for his glasses but found they weren't on his face nor were they anywhere else and he could see perfectly. The woman who was Rowena stepped forward and smiled brightly at Harry, her smile reminded him of his own mother's smile and he couldn't help but smile back.
"Young one you have done well. An impossible mission you were set and you saw it through to the end. You really have surpassed everyone's expectations even Salazar's. Though he won't ever admit it, will you Salazar?"
Salazar grunted and rolled his eyes at Harry and then his sneer turned into a small smirk. He nodded at Harry and then stepped forward.
"You know for someone who's a scrawny runt, you do possess quite a few good traits in my book. I can see why the Hat wanted you in my House. Shame that you were put into goody Gryffindor. The Hat was always right young Potter you would have done great things in Slytherin but that's not why we're here."
Harry finally found his voice and said, "So why am I here? I am dead right?" He asked, almost asking for recognition about what he had just did.
Rowena nodded slowly and Harry saw her bright smile had morphed into a sad one and Harry narrowed his eyes slightly.
"Harry this is a total mistake. This was not foreseen, you needn't have died in the Forest tonight. It seems Albus has convinced you that you had to sacrifice yourself and well stay dead for someone to then vanquish Riddle. You were to just have the Killing Curse bounce off you again and it would hit Riddle and that in theory might have given you a chance to either take out the snake or apparate back to Hogwarts Castle."
"So me being here is a mistake?" Harry asked
"Oh no child," Helga Hufflepuff spoke up for the first time, "we pulled you into this realm. Our realm. It's a long story really but Merlin, our mentor, taught us a way to preserve our souls here. Can you guess where we are?"
Harry thought for what seemed like five minutes before he remembered Hermione talking about Merlin taking King Arthur's body to Avalon and then it hit him.
"We're in Avalon?" Harry stated, almost asking and answering at the same time.
Helga nodded and winked at Harry. Rowena again began talking, "You see Harry we brought you here because well after looking at the timelines of your life it seems that they have been manipulated in ways that cannot be fixed or changed. This was done by Albus Dumbledore who I'm saddened to say is Helga's descendant. She didn't take that very well when we found out what he was doing. He has manipulated many people's lives not just your own. But a great deal of people. He is a hypocrite on many counts because you see he is Helga's descendant by right of conquest, the original Heir was a member of the Bones line. He killed the last Bones child's parents and then went forward to blame Riddle and his Death-Eaters. Very sad thing to leave a child parentless."
Harry's thoughts cast back to Susan Bones who had lost everyone in her life and the last time he had seen her she was in a deep depression. He felt extremely sorry for the young woman who had been such a loyal friend to Harry; she had stuck by him during their second year and the matter of the Heir of Slytherin. Then there was the Triwizard Tournament where she had refused outright to wear one of the badges that Malfoy and his gang had made. She was a true Hufflepuff through and through.
"Dumbledore wanted power and he wanted it to quench his thirst of glory. He capitalised on his chance with Grindelwald, he didn't even kill him, and he had him imprisoned in Nurmenguard. Riddle recently killed him in his pursuit of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore also saw his chance with Riddle himself, he knew that through Riddle's ancestry he was the Heir to Salazar's line and the very last of the Slytherin line. Dumbledore had originally planned to take out Riddle but it all escalated with that damned prophecy and when Riddle targeted your family."
Harry flinched at the sound of that stupid prophecy. Just a few rhyming words from a fake so-called Seer had cost him Sirius and caused him and his friends to get hurt badly. Voldemort possessing him to Hermione being cursed and ended up having to drink ten potions a day for a month. He felt a sudden burst of anger and sadness at the memory of his best friend being cursed by purple fire.
"Your family is directly descended from the Gryffindor line and if Riddle was to kill you then he would become the Heir of Gryffindor. So Dumbledore allowed your family's death, a true sad night that was for all of us, but again he was forced to change his plan when he was told that you had survived the attack and Riddle had been all but destroyed. So the positions reversed you then truly became the Heir of Slytherin."
Harry's eyes widened in surprise. He WAS the Heir all this time. He was told by Dumbledore that the only reason he could talk to snakes was because of Voldemort's powers but it was bigger than that, he was the true Heir of Slytherin.
"So what about the whole Chamber of Secrets and my whole second year? I was suspected as the Heir and I denied it all that time but in true fact I was the Heir of Slytherin?!" He said, his voice rising very quickly in disbelief. He had convinced Hermione and Ron that he wasn't the Heir but in actual fact he had lied to them. 'My own best friends and he lied to them. Betrayed their trust and friendship by lying to them.'
"Harry, do not believe for one second that you lied to anyone. We did not figure this out until after your second year and by then the situation had resolved itself and it was too late for us to intervene. It is regrettable yes who would want to be the descendant to the moodiest prat this side of the afterlife?" Godric said bursting into laughter. Tears flowed from his eyes as he kept laughing for another minute before getting a glare from Rowena which shut him up almost immediately.
"As much as Godric does joke around," Rowena went on to say, "he is right. You did not betray Hermione."
Harry found it strange that she had only mentioned Hermione but did not act on it as she continued.
"Anyway he set up a very complex plan which revolved around you. He was to send to your relatives and they would treat you with anything but love and a caring attitude so that would make you seem weak and that would allow him to gain your trust with his so-called kindness. He had forced the Weasley family to befriend you, specifically he had paid Molly Prewitt off with money in the Potter Vault on a monthly basis to have her youngest son Ronald befriend you and he would gain your trust by telling you what to expect at Hogwarts as well you would have brought up ignorant of your true heritage and that would allow Ronald to worm his way in and befriend you. He was also given money for this again out of your family's Vault."
Harry's nostrils flared and anger erupted with an explosion. He found that he couldn't say anything, he felt too sick to say anything. His own brother in everything but blood. Sirius had said once that he was reminded of the friendship he had with James when he saw Harry and Ron but it was all a lie! It was for money! Harry closed his eyes and he rubbed them while waving his hand for Rowena to continue.
"Right well the youngest child Ginevra was brought up on stories of you, The Boy-Who-Lived and through a number of methods involving compulsion charms and potions she became obsessed with that moniker. Molly brought her up and convinced the young girl that she would be the one for you and that you would marry her. Never was going to happen I'll tell you that Harry. But she was the innocent in this. We had originally planned for the two of you to be soul-bound but Dumbledore's meddling had ended any hope for that. It's nice that you found a relationship with her but you see you were poisoned. How you may ask, well we don't know how. It could have been through a potion in food or a drink or it could have been a compulsion charm, which would have to be very strong since people know you can throw off the Imperious. Do not hold anything against Ginevra she is a total innocent and what happened in her first year at Hogwarts had only exacerbated her so-called feelings. Another innocent Dumbledore tried to corrupt was Hermione Granger. An extremely intelligent girl who had the traits of a Ravenclaw but somehow found herself in Gryffindor? I don't think so. The Hat was corrupted by Dumbledore and had her placed in that House for one sole reason. She was to be the voice of reason in your life but I, myself, was not having any of it. I had her mind blockaded and made her extremely resistant to any and all compulsion charms and potions. She then was insulted by Weasley which brought back bad memories of her past to the front of her mind; as a result a troll almost killed her if it wasn't for you. The Weasley boy being there was a hindrance in our plan because well... it was that single point in time that you and Hermione were able to bond. She is your soul mate Harry. Ron was not supposed to go with you but for some reason he did. You see we cannot always get everything right. But anyway in the grand scheme of Dumbledore's you were to fall at Riddle's wand in your fourth year and that would allow Riddle to gain the Gryffindor line and regain the Slytherin line. He was of course ignorant of this and believed that he still possessed these powers, though to some degree he did. But Dumbledore would step in and he would avenge you as it would and by defeating Riddle he would vanquish yet another Dark Lord and also gain Gryffindor and Slytherin. That would have made Albus Dumbledore a very powerful human."
Harry's mind was bubbling with thoughts. Ron was a traitor. Ginny was poisoned to believe she was in love with Harry but with every thought that passed through Harry's mind one thing had remained constant. Hermione was his soul mate. His true best friend. They were supposed to be in love and he had missed his chance with her because of Ron. Yet another major problem in Harry Potter's life. Ronald Weasley.
"Harry," Salazar stepped up, "we have decided that in order to get this right the first time round we're sending you back in time. Back to a point just before everyone was sorted. Your mission, as it would be, is to make sure that everything goes right the way we have decided it to be. It leads to the next Golden Age which was supposed to be heralded by the two most powerful magical beings in the history of all living things..."
"Me and Hermione." Harry interrupted. He smiled at the thought of going back and doing everything right. He could see everyone again. Remus, Tonks, even Moody and there was the single person who Harry was loved next to his friends, Sirius Black.
"Now we can send you back just before Professor McGonagall makes her speech about the Houses. Now I'm going to give advice, rile up the Weasley boy. Now as I take it Draco Malfoy offered his hand to you then yes?"
Harry nodded and sneered at the thought of his nemesis in Hogwarts. The insults he had thrown at Harry and Hermione was very memorable.
"Take his hand Harry. It will guarantee you a measure of protection, which is exactly what you and Hermione will want and need. Plus he does know you are a half-blood I think I can find a way in his mind to turn down that prejudice about blood status."
Harry beamed at the opportunity, he didn't want to admit it but there was a measure of respect for Draco Malfoy, he did stand by what he believed in, even if it was drilled into him by his father.
Rowena took Harry's hand and began once again with a sad look on her face. "Harry what I'm about to do is unlock every power you were able to have. It's too long to go into now but you can have a list made from the Goblins. I'm getting rid of any blocks that were put onto you, most of them were magical and there was one on your knowledge actually. This will undoubtedly get you into either Ravenclaw or Slytherin. This will throw Dumbledore's plans out of the window, and this will give you a few months at best to do something about the problems you have already faced. Sirius Black for one but I would recommend you hold the Horcrux problem till your third year. That actually was the year you were in the least amount of trouble. That will get you time to prepare for the battle in Little Hangleton. Be wary of Dumbledore, he can easily adapt to any disruption. He is very smart and do not on any count underestimate him. It will be anyone's undoing to do that. Right there we go. You remind in ways of Helena you know. She was a good soul; do have a chat with her Harry."
From there returned the bright smile Harry was liked, it made him feel warm inside. She then kissed on the forehead and stepped back from Harry. Godric shook his hand and allowed him the right to Gryffindor's sword. Helga walked up and gave him a warm embrace and told him to look after Susan Bones. She had the potential of being a great friend to Harry. Salazar hissed something in Parseltongue and saluted Harry. Harry hissed back about his heritage and this caused Salazar to hit the ground back before getting up and hitting Harry over the head. Harry heard words in Rowena's voice and then the world went black and Harry saw nothing but bright blue light which rippled out and he found himself walking up the stone stairs and in view was Professor Minerva McGonagall.
Author Note: What did you guys think? Typically I like these kind of stories. This story will contain minor Ron bashing (He's a good bloke) but major Dumbledore+Molly Bashing but no Ginny bashing! Also story will be H/Hr. Thanks for reading. Have a nice day :)