Over the next few months all the students noticed that professor Potter was gaining weight. No one was game enough to say anything to him, they didn't want to sound rude by saying he was getting fat. It only took a couple of students to see another student removing certain books from the library before the rumours started going around Hogwarts that professor Potter, a man was pregnant and from what everyone was finding out he wasn't the first man to get pregnant.
So Harry and Severus spoke with Minerva, Hermione and Draco, they decided it was time which meant all the newspapers and magazines would be at Hogsmeade hoping to get an interview from any of the teachers but more so from Harry or Severus.
Harry was standing in his classroom as his first years stepped in, 'Before we get to our lesson of changing a button into quill there is something I would like to say. There are rumours going around as to why I have gained weight and it seems some students did not want to ask if I was getting fat,' Harry smiled at every student, 'So to answer this rumour that is going around, yes, I am pregnant, seven months,' Harry waited until the excited talk eased before he saw a hand up, 'Yes, Bridget?'
'Does that mean you're leaving professor?'
'No, I am not leaving for good. I will be staying with my child for a while after he or she is born, but I will be returning to teaching. Professor Snape and I have already hired a nanny who will be watching the child during the day while we are inside the castle,' Harry chuckled as all the kids cheered, 'Now how about we get on with today's lesson?'
Severus went through the same announcement in his classes and the one thing all the students asked, was professor Potter leaving. Severus knew he now had a good relationship with the students but he still had his old reputation to overcome and Harry was the hero of the war so he understood why the students didn't want Harry to leave.
The first weekend after all the students knew professor Potter was pregnant, every staff member was questioned when they went to Hogsmeade to supervise the students. Naturally no one spoke, but it did not stop the questions. All Minerva said was that her two teachers, Harry and Severus, are extremely happy and they had released a statement but no one was giving interviews.
Hermione and Draco had finally explained that they were a couple now, but since they do have to put their past lives behind them, they were going to take this new relationship slow. Harry and Severus couldn't be happier for them and the four had become quite close now they were all at Hogwarts together.
'Once she's born they will not stop hoping to get a picture of her, so I had an idea about that.'
'Baby's change so quickly, I saw that with Teddy. So what if we get Luna's dad to release a couple of pictures of her the day after she is born? By the time she's out with Hannah no one would recognise our child as the one she has with her.'
'Yes, that is an idea, the moment she is born it will be known and we can expect owls everyday asking for pictures. Alright, why don't you speak with luna about this?'
'Even though I would love to keep her safe behind these walls forever, she can't live like that, no child should. All children need to experience life, even just going to a park.'
'I know why you think that Harry and I admit I am the same. You and I both were connected to him, we saw atrocities, we saw suffering and we saw death. But we both know she has to have a normal life, as normal as possible. We cannot hide her away or put protection charms around her, she has to live.'
Harry sighed but then grinned as he felt a push, 'She agrees with us.'
Severus laughed then placed his hand over Harry's stomach, 'She's very active, have you been eating anything you're not supposed to?'
Harry scowled, 'No, okay, I do eat a lot of ice-cream, but nothing spicy or hot.'
'Yes, ice-cream with potato chips dipped into it and merlin help me, sausage dipped in ice-cream.'
Harry chuckled, 'Poppy said all these weird craving are normal. Normally I wouldn't eat anything dipped in ice-cream but it's just what my body wants, or maybe it's her, she might end up with a strange appetite.'
'Yes, maybe she will. Tell me the truth, if she turns out to be a he, you won't be disappointed, will you?'
'No, of course not and the name we have picked out if she does turn out to be a boy is perfect. You know, I wonder what my parents would think about this.'
'First they would believe your mind was scrambled by Voldemort for loving me, your father, I would say he would hex me then lock you up until you were in your right mind.'
'Oh,' Harry grimaced, 'I'm not sure if she agrees or doesn't agree, either way she didn't like that. I think she's going to be a quidditch player, she never stops lately, very active.'
'Maybe she will play quidditch, but having both her father's as teachers, she will learn what she needs first.'
Harry chuckled, 'Going to pull out professor Snape whenever she wants to fly?'
'Not always, as long as she does her work. I can see you two ganging up on me though, or you'll just sneak her out and head down to the quidditch pitch.'
Harry chuckled, 'Probably, I do miss flying though, especially when I'm watching Gryffindor play, and win.'
Severus scowled, 'You mean win against Slytherin?'
Harry chuckled again, 'Well, yeah, but at least their playing fair now Sev, not like they did when I played against them. Anyway, do you want to rub my back, it's killing me.'
'You need to sit down more during your classes, how many times have I told you that.'
'I know and I do with the older students, it's just the first and second years, I like to walk around and help if they need it.'
'I know, you just can't help yourself. So come on, let's get into the bedroom so I can massage your tired aching body.'
'You make me sound old,' Harry groaned as Severus helped him to his feet, 'I feel old.'
'Not old, pregnant.' Severus kept his arm around Harry as they headed to the bedroom. But Severus knew the moment he started to rub Harry's lower back he would be sound asleep, just like the last few times.
Over the next couple of months Harry realised he did need to sit during all his classes and it was becoming difficult to concentrate because he wasn't sleeping properly. He finally had to tell Minerva that he would stop classes starting the following week. She decided against hiring another teacher and was going to take Harry's classes herself since he was only going to stay home for six month.
Harry was watching his second year students trying to turn their animal into a goblet when a sharp pain doubled him over.
'Professor, are you okay?'
Harry groaned loudly, 'Um, I'm about to have a baby. David, can you to tell professor Snape please, Amelia, go tell professor McGonagall, the rest of you head down to the great hall until your next class.'
'Do you want some help professor?'
'That's sweet Sally but I'm good, I'll just slowly make my way to the hospital, off you go,' Harry followed all his students out but by the time he took a few steps Severus was running towards him, 'I'm fine.'
'Let's just get you there so Poppy can decide if you're fine.'
Harry and Severus made their way slowly up to the hospital wing where Poppy, Minerva, Hermione and Draco were waiting. Poppy just pointed to the bed with the curtains then she, Harry and Severus disappeared behind it.
'Do you think Harry and Severus are right, that it's a girl?' Draco asked.
'I don't know, they have been saying she since they found out. I wonder how long this will take?' Hermione stared at the curtains then started to bite her lip.
'We heard professor Potter was having the baby,' Neville said as he ran through the doors with his other friends right behind him.
'He is, we just have to wait, I suggest everyone conjure a seat,' Minerva smiled at all her older students before her eyes went back to the curtains.
It was an hour later that Poppy removed the curtains, 'Come meet our children,' Severus smiled.
'Twins,' Hermione gasps.
'Yes, twins, so meet Lily Luna Snape Potter and Evan Neville Snape Potter,' Harry said wearily.
'Lily Evans,' Minerva smiled.
'His middle name is Neville?' Neville asked but everyone heard how surprised he sounded.
'You're one of my best friends Neville. Professor Granger and professor McGonagall are their godmother's, professor Malfoy is godfather since professor Snape is he's godfather. But look at them, they had very dark red hair.'
Harry and Severus who each held one of their children kept staring down at Lily and Evan, everyone else watched the two men as they watched their children. But after a lot of congratulations, Harry and Severus did allow everyone a quick hold before they were left alone. But now staring at their children Harry and Severus were curious to know what Lily and James Potter would think.
'We do not mind in the slightest Harry, all we ever wanted was for you to be happy and if that is with my childhood friend, then that is who you are meant to be with.'
'We're happy that you finally have the life you want and the person you want to be with.'
Harry and Severus gaped as the stared at the misty visions of Lily Potter, James Potter and Sirius Black. Lily, James and Sirius smiled as they stared down at Harry and Severus. The three moved until they hovered over the children before they vanished. Harry and Severus both sat there with their mouths hanging open at what they saw when they looked down at Lily and Evan. They saw a glow over their tiny chests, it got brighter and brighter until it slowly faded. Neither men knew what just happened or why, and even though they had no idea how they knew this, they did know it was very good magic. Somehow Lily Potter, James Potter and Sirius Black had blessed their children so they would be protected against the evils of the world.
Even though Harry had almost been forced to live a life with someone he didn't want or love he now had exactly what he wanted, a family. So it was time for the Snape Potter family to begin their lives together.