Harry Potter: Dark Path
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AN: I'm sorry the poll wasn't posted in my profile after a day or two after I posted the first chapter. I already had enough votes that someone already won the main pairing. I needed the winner for this chapter and one already was on the lead. It was my favorite pairing too. The poll will still be up though. I added a few people too. This will not be a harem story. I just need to know who you want Harry to tap. lol.
I also want to say that even if Harry will be dark in this story, doesn't mean that he's going to be hater all the time. Bad people have someone important to them too you know. I know I said that this fic will only have one main pairing, but it doesn't mean that Harry cant have fun with others. lol. He is dark after all.
And sorry for the delay. I got addicted to Naruto and One Piece fics lately. Sad to say that there weren't a lot of good and original fics.
Now, on with the story.
Chapter 2: Inheritance
Harry stepped out of the floo in the Leaky Cauldron and saw Gellert waiting for him. Gellert didn't change his appearance as no one will be able to recognize him, seeing that Dumbledore looked very ancient compared to him. Harry walked over to him as Gellert waved his wand to remove the soot from Harry's robes. Harry would have done it himself, but didn't want to risk people from seeing him using a wand. They walked out of the room and into the main lounge. The Leaky Cauldron was busy, as usual. Witches and wizards were busy chatting and having breakfast. The pair went straight to the back alley and Gellert proceeded to tap the correct bricks to gain passage to Diagon Alley. When the bricks parted, they continued their trek to Gringotts.
While they were walking, Harry was glancing around at the different stores, but refrained from gawking even if it was his first time in Diagon Alley. He wasn't raised that way. He saw quite a few people walking around with their family, going from store to store. He didn't pay much attention to where they were going, but studied how the people around him was reacting. He was trained by Gellert to always be on alert. Harry didn't notice anyone acting out of the ordinary except for a dirty-looking man wearing ragged clothes looking around suspiciously, carrying a bundle of books. He didn't mind him much attention because he knew the man was just a petty thief.
When they reached Gringotts, Harry saw two goblin guards at the door as they approached it. The guards bowed as they passed them and Harry read the warning poem engraved at the entrance, which he found amusing.
Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn.
So if you seek beneath our floors
A treasure that was never yours,
Thief, you have been warned, beware
Of finding more than treasure there.
There were many goblins walking around the bank and sitting behind every counter; weighing gold, silver, and bronze coin; inspecting different sizes of gems or tending to patrons. There wasn't many people inside the bank and there were a few tellers available. They walked towards an available booth.
"We would like to meet the Potter account manager." Gellert said to the goblin even if the goblin wasn't looking at them. Harry knew that goblins didn't want to waste anytime because time equivalents to gold for them. Every wasted time also equivalents to wasted money. So it was better to get straight to business.
The goblin snapped his fingers and another goblin came quickly. "Take them to Grimjaw." The goblin behind the counter said without looking up from what he was doing.
"Follow me." The other goblin snarled.
The pair followed the pair until they reached a richly decorated door. The goblin knocked thrice and they heard a grumble saying "Enter." from the other side of the door. The goblin opened the door and motioned for the pair to enter. Harry and Gellert walked in and sat down from the chairs in front of the table.
"I would like to claim the Potter fortune." Harry stated as soon as he sat down.
The goblin across from him quirked an eyebrow.
"Very well. You would need to take an inheritance test. If you fail the test, it would be the death of you. Stealing is the most punishable crime in Gringotts Bank. This is the punishment for the people that try to steal the fortune of the Most Ancient and Most Noble houses." Grimjaw explained. Harry nodded.
Grimjaw took out a parchment and a golden dagger from his drawers, and set them down on top of the table.
"You need to drop a few droplets of bloods in the parchment with the dagger. It will determine if you are fit to inherit the Potter Fortune. And if it does, it will show you everything you own." Grimjaw motioned Harry to do what he needed to do.
Harry wasn't fazed about the fact that he will be punished with death if ever there was a chance of him not inheriting it. He knew he was going to get it. Harry then proceeded to cut his palm without even flinching and let his blood drop in the parchment.
After a few seconds, the blood started to move around the parchment and formed words. It read:
Lord Harry James Potter, Most Ancient and Most Noble House of Potter
Father: James Potter (Deceased)
Mother: Lily Potter nee Evans (Deceased)
- Potter Vault Number 589
- 25% ownership with the Daily Prophet
- 20% ownership of Nimbus Company
- Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley
Harry nodded after he read what was written in the parchment. He already knew that he would inherit the Potter vault, but he didn't knew that his family owned the rest of what the parchment contained.
'So Harry has some control of the Daily Prophet. That is good to know. We can control the information the people of the Wizarding world has to know about Harry.' Gellert thought to himself.
"Lord Potter." Grimjaw stated as he pulled out a ornate-looking box from his drawer and slid it towards Harry.
Harry opened the box and saw a gold signet ring with the Potter insignia engraved in a round blue diamond. Harry slid the ring on his right thumb. He felt a prick where he slid his ring and saw that the ring flashed white a little. Gellert already told him that most, if not all, the signet rings for the old houses will do that to confirm the identity of the wearer. If the wrong person wore the ring and the person wasn't part of the family, it will cause for the person to die instantly.
"Lord Potter, your ring will act as a portkey to your ancestral home. I believe that it was sealed of over 10 years ago, when your parents went into hiding. You just need to say 'Home' while putting a bit of magic where your ring is located." Grimjaw said.
"Can you explain the contents of the Inheritance part to me?" Harry asked while not showing any emotion to the goblin. Gellert told him that showing any emotion in front of a goblin will be a show of weakness.
The goblin grumbled incoherently before clearing his throat.
"It stated in the parchment that you now own the Potter Vault Number 589, so you own everything inside of the vault. Normally, you will not get full inheritance and will only be able to access a trust vault for spending money. But since you are the last of your line, you will be able to access all of it.
You also own 25% of the Daily Prophet. So the Potter Vault receives a monthly deposit from the Daily Prophet. The same applies for the Nimbus Company. Diagon and Knockturn Alley belongs to the Potter family for generations and every rent of the establishments there also goes to the Potter Vault. This is the reason why you are the richest wizard in the Wizarding world in Britain." Gimjaw finished.
Harry was shocked to learn that he was the richest wizard in Britain, but his face didn't show it. He simply nodded.
"I wish to visit my vault to acquire some spending money and to check the contents of the vault." Harry stated.
"Very well." The goblin answered and pushed a button on top of his table. He also took out a small brown dragon-hide money bag, with Gringotts emblem on it, and handed it to Harry. "That money bag will be able to hold upto 10,000 galleons. Compliments of Gringotts." Grimjaw said and gave a smile, but it looked more like a predatory grin instead because of the goblins sharp tooth.
Harry nodded to the goblin as he and Gellert followed the other goblin who came in to escort them to the Potter vault.
They walked for a few minutes until they reached the entrance of the cave where the vaults were located. The goblin escorting them whistled and a cart came hurtling in the tracks and stopped in front of them. The three of them stepped in the not-so-safe looking cart and hurtled towards Vault 589 in neck-breaking speeds. Harry actually enjoyed the ride quite a bit, but Gellert wasn't much of a fan.
They stopped in front of the Potter vault and they all stepped out of the cart. Harry noticed that the Potter vault was the only one in a long stretch of hallway, and he saw that the other side had vaults with only a few feet apart from each other. Harry was asked, or barked, by the goblin to put his hand where his ring was located against the door. Harry did so and noticed that the ring flashed again along with the door as they door quickly slid open. Harry saw that the vault was very wide because of all the currency it contained. He then understood that it was the reason why there was only one vault in that hallway. It was to contain the vast wealth of the Potters. The Potter vault needed the space.
He entered and saw quite a few jewels displayed in a glass container. There were different kind of jewels that looked quite exquisite and very, very expensive. There were also an assorted golden cups with the Potter symbol and what-not displayed along the wall. He then noticed that there was a small round table with a log book just beside the door of the vault. He picked it up and scanned it. He saw the updated amount of money he had. It said on a side note that there was a minimal amount of Sickles and Knuts because it had been converted to Galleons to minimize the space consumed by it. Harry thought that it made sense because there were 17 Sickles in a Galleon, and 29 Knuts in a Sickle, meaning there are 493 Knuts to a Galleon. So it was better to convert the Sickles and Knuts to Galleons to lessen the space.
The log book also contained where and what the various things the vault contained. At the very end of the log book, there was a official looking letter with both red wax seals of Potter and another family on it. He took it out and walked over to where Gellert was standing and checking an ornate-looking golden dagger.
"Gellert," Harry stated and getting the other wizard's attention. "do you know what this is?" Harry handed over the letter.
Gellert looked at the letter and saw the two seals on it. He checked the other red wax seal and recognized it. He knew the family was a not a liability because of their connections and alignment. He smirked at the boy.
"Harry, this is a marriage contract." Gellert said, shocking the boy in front of him but handled himself quickly.
Harry got the letter back from his wayward, very young looking grandfather and opened the letter. The letter said that he was betrothed to Daphne Greengrass. It had the signature of both of their parents and it also stated that they should be married when both of them turned to 16. Harry took the news that he was betrothed calmly. He knew he was going to marry someone someday and that was already taken care of. He only wished that the girl he was going to eventually marry was satisfactory.
Harry then handed the letter back to Gellert for him to check it over and Harry walked in front of a huge stack of Galleons and started dropping money in the money pouch Grimjaw gave him earlier. He stopped putting some Galleons when the bag wouldn't allow any more. There wasn't even a noticeable decrease in the stack as Harry removed 10,000 Galleons from it. After that, Harry and Gellert exited the vault and went back to the surface. They were escorted out of the bank and they walked to the apparition point.
"You want to visit your ancestral home now?" Gellert asked.
"Yes." Harry answered as he lifted his right hand and grabbed Gellert's hand with his left. He sent a bit of magic in his ring and said "Home." With that they disappeared and deposited the both of them in front of a Manor. The pair landed on their feet as an old, small well-dressed house-elf popped in front of them.
"Master Harry has returned." The old house-elf said with a bow. "My name is Randolph, Master Harry. I had been the head elf of the Potter family since before the late Master James was even born." The elf introduced. "Do you want to be escorted around the Manor, Master?"
"Yes." Harry simply answered and began walking, following the old elf.
The Manor was very expansive and kept well maintained by the house-elves employed by the Potter family. Randolph had told him that there were 10 more house-elves apart from him. The Manor had pair of impressive wrought-iron gates. A grand fountain was in a middle of the driveway and had neatly trimmed grass surrounding it. The Manor was two-stories high and with a basement. It had a total of six grandly designed, diamond-paned windows. Two for the top floor, two in the ground floor, and two-short ones for the basement. The Manor was in pure marble which only solidified the Potter's wealth.
The front door was huge and very ornate, painted in white that matched the marble stone completely. When the doors were opened, there was a red carpet with gold trimmings on the side that was rolled at least ten-foot in. There were also two black flags hanging down with the golden-colored Potter crest on it. The drawing room was located at the right side of the corridor which had a long and ornate table in the middle with very comfortable looking chairs. The was a long stretch of diamond-paned windows along one side of the wall, which made the room very bright. There were portraits of the deceased Potters in the other side of the room; and a huge fireplace that was easily seven-foot tall and ten-foot wide under the portraits. Three chandeliers were hanging down above the long table.
Another huge fireplace was located at the front entrance, just below the stair leading to the second floor and basement. The dining room was located at the back of the Manor, which had a pure glass window and a glass door leading outside. The dining table was at least as long as the table in the drawing room and also had three chandeliers hanging down from the ceiling. It was mostly just designed like the drawing room. There was a patio just outside the glass doors of the dining room. The library was also located in the ground floor. There were rows and rows of books, sorted accordingly. The office was also located in the ground floor; which contained the wards room. The Ball room was located in the basement along with the kitchen, wine cellar, and the house-elves quarters, which was quite spacious. There were powder rooms located in every room.
The second floor consisted of the sleeping chambers. The master bedroom, and at least ten guest rooms. Every room had its own bathroom. The master bedroom was the most spacious of them all, obviously. It had a queen-sized, four-poster bed. It had a walk-in closet beside the master bathroom. The master bathroom had a shower that had a nozzle from each side of the shower room, which can easily fit in four people. It also had an indoor Jacuzzi that can also easily fit in ten people. It also had an ornate and spacious bathtub, a toilet, and a two richly decorated sinks, with a mirror above and in front of it.
At the back of the Manor, it had a half-regulation-sized Quidditch pitch beside a pond and a dense forest at the very end of the Manor. Randolph told them that there was a ward to prevent anything from the forest in coming in the open area.
By the end of the day, Harry was very exhausted. Gellert decided to move in with Harry in his ancestral home. Gellert had called his personal elf, Dolly, to help the Potter elves move both of their belongings. Harry will take the master bedroom and Gellert will take one of the guest rooms.
After eating the small feast the Potter elves cooked, Harry and Gellert retreated to the office.
"Harry, I suggest you check the ward-book." Gellert said. Harry entered the ward room and took the ward-book from it. Only the head of the house can enter the room without suffering severe consequences. He laid it down in the table and opened it. The only people allowed to enter without assistance were Harry and his parents. Gellert was able to enter because he was with Harry at the time.
Gellert assisted Harry to remove the name of his parents from the list and add his to it. Harry did so. He knew that removing his dead parents names from the list was a smart move because there might be a chance that polyjuice can trick the wards. Gellert and Haryy were also very impressed at the wards of the Manor. The wards will instantly incinerate anyone that wasn't in the list that can overpower the wards that kept the unwanted people out. It also had a strong muggle-repellant wards and strong notice-me-not wards to avoid being noticed by muggles.
The pair had retired after Harry deposited the ward-book back.
Harry and Gellert was having breakfast the next day when a house-elf popped in and gave them both their copy of Daily Prophet. The very front page was about Harry's return to the Wizarding world.
Harry Potter Returns to the Wizarding World
by Thomas Camby
We received reports yesterday that Harry Potter returned to the Wizarding
World yesterday. It was said that the then-missing Potter visited
Gringotts Wizarding Bank yesterday for unknown reasons. We, The Daily
Prophet, had asked for an interview with Gringotts, but the only thing
they have said was it was not our business, and they already
told the Ministry about the young Potter's visit to the Ministry of Magic.
It was also reported that Albus Dumbledore heard about the appearance
of the young Potter and called in for an emergency Wizengamot
assembly. The Wizengamot had issued an order to the goblins to
tell them what was the reason of the visit of the nine-years-missing Potter.
The Ministry of Magic only got a report saying that Harry Potter visited Gringotts
yesterday. But then again, the Gringotts spokesperson told them that by doing so,
the Gringotts Wizarding Bank will be breaking the confidentiality of their
clients, and they will not be breaking that anytime soon.
The Daily Prophet asks Mr. Harry Potter to allow us an interview to know
what happened to him during his missing years and if he can remember
anything from the night You-Know-Who attacked his parents house in
Godric's Hollow all those years ago.
Harry put the paper down and continued eating. It was absolutely lucky for him that Gringotts didn't say anything about his inheritance. Gellert had initially thought that the Bank would be sending the Ministry a full copy of the test. Both of them knew nothing about his other inheritances, so it was a win for them. The less people knew, the better. He and Gellert had already made a believable excuse for him to use. Both of them finished eating and went to the office to write the excuse both of them made.
This is Harry James Potter. I have read in the morning paper that you were asking for an interview, but I deeply apologize that I will not be able to grant your request. I can however, tell you where I have been these past nine years. I was raised by my family in my mother's side. Fortunately, my uncle visited hours prior to the attack and took my out to visit his family. He told me that my parents refused to leave to avoid getting recognized. My uncle later learned that both my parents were attacked and decided to keep me hidden for my safety. I am very thankful to him for doing so. He kept up with the event for the recent years and saw that the Wizarding Britain had finally calmed down. He was certain that I will be safe to return in this world.
Please forgive this short explanation, but this is all I can say for now. Rest assured that I am safe where I currently am. Until next time.
As expected, the Daily Prophet printed the letter the very next day and made a fuzz about it, not in a negative way. Dumbledore, however, told the prophet that he needed to take a hold of Harry Potter, but Rita Skeeter asked what he needed to take a hold of Harry for. That immediately shut the old man up, but recovered quickly saying that it was for Harry's safety.
It fell in deaf ears however. The letter was good enough for the public and Dumbledore lost quite a bit of support from gaining custody of Harry Potter because of his past attempts to take away the Boy-Who-Lived away from his grandmother. He had forced the Wizengamot to give him the custody over Neville Longbottom in the past, but Augusta Longbottom, his grandmother, had a strong support from the light-sided families. Even though Dumbledore was the leader, the other light-sided families didn't knew why he kept taking Neville away. He didn't tell them any of his reason. That was why, over the years, Dumbledore lost some of his hold over people. The people didn't just blindly follow him anymore.
A week later
Marcus Greengrass and his family were eating breakfast when a snowy owl flew through the open window and landed in front of the Greengrass patriarch offering the tied up letter in her leg. Marcus and her wife, Ayanna, looked at each other curiously before he took the letter. The owl flew to a perch nearby and took a drink before going to sleep.
Marcus saw the letter had the seal of the Potter family and immediately knew what it was about. Him and his family practically knew nothing about the Potter boy except at what they have read in the Prophet. Not wasting anymore time , he broke the seal and took the letter out. He read it carefully before settling it down in the table.
"That was from Harry Potter. He wishes to meet with us and his betrothed." Marcus told his patient family. He, Ayanna, and their youngest daughter, Astoria looked at their eldest daughter.
Daphne had already been told about the marriage contract and she accepted it fully. She was a pure-blood and she acted like one, but not overtly like the Malfoys. She knew that the Potters were the richest family and one of the oldest one's too. She was nervous about learning that she was about to meet with her betrothed, but she did not show it as she wasn't raised that way. She just hoped that Harry Potter wasn't as obnoxious as Draco Malfoy. She nodded to her parents and sister. She needed to accept whatever was dealt to her.
Marcus called for their house-elf and told him to take a parchment, a quill, ink, and a seal in his office. He then responded that Harry and his guardian was invited to join them tomorrow for lunch and possibly, dinner. He then sealed the letter and tied it to the snowy owl that delivered the letter to them. It took off as soon as the letter was securely tied up into its leg.
The next day, Harry and Gellert stood in front of the fireplace in the office, dressed in their best. They were about to floo over to the Greengrass Estate at around 11 in the morning. Harry stepped in the floo and said "Greengrass Estate" before he threw the floo powder in. He stepped out graciously out of the floo of the Greengrass'.He moved out of the way to avoid being stumbled over by his companion. He saw that there was a family of four across from him and they looked at him with varying expressions. Five seconds after, Gellert came out the same way as he did and waved his wand on himself and Harry to clear out the soot.
"Welcome to Greengrass Estate." Marcus greeted respectfully at the pair. The paired bowed back a little. "My name is Marcus Greengrass. My wife, Ayanna. And our two daughters, Daphne is the eldest and Astoria is my youngest." Marcus introduced while gesturing politely to every person. Marcus was a tall man. He stood at around 6'2" and had a lean, but athletic build body. He had a black hair reaching his shoulders, brown eyes, and a fair complexion. Ayanna stood at 5'6" and was very gorgeous. He had a very curvy body with a huge bust that perfectly matched her body. She had a blond hair reaching her lower back, light blue eyes and also had a fair complexion. Daphne was a miniature version of her mother, just without the assets that came with age yet. While Astoria had her father's hair and eyes and her mother's beauty.
"Pleased to meet you. I am Harry James Potter and this is my guardian, Gellert." Harry replied, omitting Gellert's last name for now.
Ayanna smiled at the two visitors and put her hands on Daphne's shoulders. "This is our daughter, Daphne. Your betrothed." Ayanna said as she looked at Harry.
Harry being raised properly by Gellert with the pure-blood ways, stepped in front of Daphne and bowed a little. Daphne returned the bow but never taking her eyes off Harry's. She raised her hands and Harry kissed her knuckles politely.
"It's a pleasure to meet you, my lady." Harry said after the required greetings. He was very happy that Daphne looked like her mother, and will surely took after her.
Daphne smiled at her betrothed. She was really happy that her betrothed wasn't someone like Draco Malfoy. Malfoy had practically bragged about his family's superiority right after they were introduced to each other. She just stopped listening to him after his third paragraph of superiority. She was very,very happy that Harry was well-mannered and trained properly in the pure-blood ways based from how he acted thus far. She was also very glad that the chances of Draco sinking his claws into her just disappeared into nothingness. Once a pure-blood woman was betrothed, it can never be revoked unless a person or family wanted to get charged and executed with line theft for trying to break a betrothal. That was one of the most punishable law just under the usage of the Unforgivables.
Astoria was also introduced to Harry and was similarly greeted the same way, except for the ending remark. After the greeting were done, Daphne and Astoria then had been asked by Ayanna to escort Harry around the Estate for a tour while they wait for lunch to get served. The three adults proceeded in the drawing room to get more acquainted.
"It's a pleasure to meet both of you." Gellert said as he sat down in one of the plush chairs. His blue orbs gazing at the husband and wife as they sat across from him, making them flinch slightly.
Marcus and Ayanna didn't feel that intimidated when they first met. They didn't even feel that intimidated in the presence of the most deadliest Death Eaters who were sent to them from time to time in the past for fund collections. They weren't Death Eaters, but the were aligned with the dark families. It didn't affect them much during the war because not a lot of people knew that they were a dark family and even lesser that they were as rich as the Malfoys. Only the inner circle of Voldemort knew they were dark family, and the Greengrasses were one of the families who knew the members of the inner circle. They weren't affected much because no dark family will rat out another willingly. It also helped that the dark families who knew valuable information was a member of the Wizengamot. Marcus was a member of the Wizengamot and was suspected, but he was never questioned due to no evidence of affiliation or even a little mention of their name at all.
Even if he was aligned secretly with the dark families, he never approved some of the things that Voldemort and his henchmen did. He knew next to nothing about Voldemort, and he knew that Voldemort wasn't the Dark Lord's real name. It was just easier to pay than to get tangled up in a mess. The support was also a plus and they wouldn't worry about getting raided and attacked too.
They approved of the marriage contract with the Potters when both of their children were just born. Lily Potter approached them about the contract then and she somehow managed to convince her husband, James, about the contact. The Greengrass family was eager to merger the family because of the Potter family's reputation even if they stayed neutral bordering to light-side during the war.
"Yes. Likewise." Marcus answered calmly even if he was really unnerved by the young-looking man. "I'm sorry, I didn't get your full name." Marcus said trying to diffuse the tension. How wrong he was.
"It's Gellert. Gellert Grindelwald." Gellert answered with a smile. His smile grew bigger when the two Greengrass eyes bugged out.
Marcus and Ayanna both remembered a rough picture of Grindelwald when he was young. And if their memory served them right, he looked the same as the picture taken when he was in his late twenty's. Both of them now were more scared than ever before. Here was a man thought to be long dead or forgotten and just showed up in their house with their daughter's betrothed.
"Relax. I'm not here to hurt you. I'm just here to help my great grandson get acquainted with his betrothed." Gellert said with his smile never leaving his face.
"B-But how are you related to Harry Potter?" Marcus asked after calming his nerves for a while.
"Oh. His mom was my granddaughter. She was adopted, you see. A muggle family took her in when my son and his wife died in the muggle world. I found her quite awhile back before that mess with Voldemort. She contacted me and asked me to look after Harry when something happened to her." Gellert answered. 'They don't have to know about the prophecy and everything connected to it, yet.'
The pair was dumbfounded at what they were hearing. Here was the one and probably the best of the Dark Lords looking after his great grandson.
"Are you still," Marcus paused, unsure on how to continue. "active?" He finished, hoping that it wouldn't offend the man.
"Very much so. I'm sorry, but I couldn't indulge my secrets for now. I know that you follow the rule, but I couldn't indulge all my secrets. I'm sure you understand." Gellert replied. He had been actively recruiting for years ever since the last dark Lord died. He just kept a very low profile.
The Greengrasses nodded in understanding, but they were still very wary of the man. They were both relieved that Gellert Grindelwald was quite fond of Harry Potter. They knew that when the time comes, they will support Grindelwald and Harry Potter as their families were already connected. Family First was the first rule to follow after all before betraying your comrades.
And that's done. I received a lot of love for the first chapter. I hope this one do too. If there were any inconsistencies or whatsoever, then lemme know so I can fix it. I went back and forth in some parts to equalize and connect it. I might have missed some stuff.
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