Just so everyone knows, we do not own Harry Potter or any of the other characters. We just own the plot and our OC. (who you meet in chapter 4!) Thanks for reading/reviewing! ************************************************************ The month and a half that Harry spent at Grimmauld Place seemed to go by quicker than he imagined. Although he spent most of his time thinking about Sirius, he also finished up his homework, (with much pestering by Hermione) and played some Quidditch with Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny. Soon, though, it was time for the trio and Ginny to go back to Hogwarts. The day that they left was busy, and everyone was utterly confused. Hermione was double, and triple checking her things, Ron kept loosing his prefect's badge, among other things, and Ginny and Harry somehow missplaced their brooms. When everyone found what they needed, and became less confused, Remus, Tonks, Moody, Kingsley, Mr. and Mrs.Weasley, Bill, Fred, and George escorted Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny to Kings Cross station. "Come on! You'll miss the train!" Mrs. Weasley yelled as everyone got to Kings Cross. "Let's go! Ron stop walking, and start running! Fred, George, what are you doing? No, don't answer that. Hermione dear, you have everything, so stop worring. Here we are. Come on everyone, through the barrier." Mr. and Mrs.Weasley went through the barrier with Ginny, Bill, Fred, and George went through with Ron, Tonks and Kingsley went through with Hermione, and finally, Remus, and Tonks went through with Harry. When Harry was through the barrier, he smiled. Seeing that scarlet steam engine again made him feel happy. He was going back to Hogwarts, away from his thoughts. He would be so busy this year that he wouldn't be able to think of Sirius. "Come on, Harry. Let's get your stuff on the train." Harry turned around and saw Lupin levitating his things from the trolloy onto the train. During the time that Remus was at Grimmauld Place, Harry had rarely spoken to him. He realized that Lupin must be feeling the same way as himself, and just wanted to be left alone. "Thanks, Professor. I can take it from here." Harry said taking his levitating luggage away from Lupin. "Remus, Harry. Or Moony, if you perfer." He said grinning. Harry grinned back, one of his few real ones all summer. "Thanks, Remus. So, I guess I'll see you around?" Harry said uneasily as the train whistle started to blow. "Two right you will, Harry. Good luck at school. Be careful." Remus said pulling Harry into a fatherly embrace. "I will." He waved at Lupin as he got on the train just as it was starting to move. Harry started walking down the asile looking for Ron, Hermione, or any of his friends. Finally, at the back of the train, he found Ron, Hermione, and Ginny leaving their compartment for the prefect meeting. "Harry! We were wondering where you got to. Just put your stuff in there, we'll be back soon." Ginny said smiling at him. Harry felt his knees become a little weak at Ginny's smile. Shaking off the weird feeling, Harry walked into the now empty compartment and put his things away. He ploped himself down on the seat by the window and stared out at the passing scenery. Looking at the scenery, Harry's thoughts traveled back to Sirius and the Deptartment of Mysteries disaster. He pressed his forehead against the window to try and stop thinking about it, but the memories just came forward stronger. They came rushing forward, flooding his memory like water rushing along a river bend. First, Ron getting attacked by the brain, then, Hermione almost dying, then seeing Sirius falling through the veil, and finally, watching Dumbledore fighting with Voldemort. "Look who it is, Scar-Head. No mudblood or weasels to keep you company?" Harry grinted his teeth together, hard, as he turned around to find Draco Malfoy and his two large croonies standing at the enertance to the compartment. "Better then you. I pity you Malfoy, having two big gorillas as your only friends." Harry remarked smirking. Malfoy laughed and sneered at Harry. "Better watch your back Potter, you'll never know who'll be behind it." He raised his eyebrows at him, and walked away with his croonies to another compartment. Harry continued glaring at the door confused. 'What did Malfoy mean?' He thought, 'Another spy of Voldemort's in the school? Again?' "What's wrong Harry?" Hermione said, as Ron, and Ginny followed her into the compartment, looking at Harry confused. "Malfoy." "Oh." " So, anyone fancy a game of Exploding Snap or Wizard's Chess?" Ron asked rubbing his hands together and sitting down in the seat across from Harry. "I'll play Wizard's Chess with you, Ron." Harry said. While Ron got out his chess set and started to set up the pieces Harry asked "How was the prefect meeting?" "Same as normal." Hermione answered without looking up from behind her new book, "So You Want To Be A Healer". "Oh, Harry you might find this interesting. Cho's the new Head Girl." "What a surprise." He muttered rolling his eyes. Harry quite frankly didn't care if Cho became Headmistress, he just didn't want to talk about her anymore. He found it rather diffucult to concentrate on the chess game, and kept looking over at Ginny; who was staring out the window with a blank expression on her face. 'She's so pretty when she's thinking. Wait, where did that come from? Ginny, pretty, what's wrong with me?' "Harry, Harry, HARRY!" Ron started snapping his fingers in front of Harry's face to try and get his attention. "Stop doing that! What Ron?" "Your move." "Sorry." He said sheepishly. Harry looked one more time at Ginny before quickly loosing the game to Ron. After loosing about four more games to him, Hermione decided it was time for them to change into their robes. After getting changed, they felt the train come to a hault at the Hogsmeade station. The four Gryffindors hurried out of the train to get a carriage. "Look at those first years. Where we really even that tiny?" Ron asked as they walked past an excited group of first years who were gaping at Harry. "Guess so." Harry mumbled, annoyed that they were staring at him like he was a god. "Come on Harry, just ignore them." Ginny said taking his arm and leading him into the empty carraige that Hermione and Ron had found. Harry helped Ginny into the carriage, earning a thankful smile, before getting in himself. When he went in and had closed the carriage door, Harry saw that Neville and Luna were sitting next to Ron on the seat across from him, Ginny, and Hermione. "Hiya, Harry." Neville said, smiling from ear to ear. "Hello, Neville. How's your nose?" Ever since the Department of Mysteries, Neville, Luna, and Ginny had became some of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's closest, and most trusted friends. "Alright, Gran wasn't too happy about my wand though. But, she ended up getting over it. I got a new one by the way." Reaching into his robes, Neville pulled out a brand new, shiny wand. "Eight inches, oak, with the hair of a centaur." He said, smiling proudly. "That's a nice wand, Neville. It'll do you good." Ron said smiling. "Thanks. Harry are you doing the DA this year?" Neville asked, hope plastered on his face. "I got an O on my O.W.L.s because of the DA. I would really like to do it again." "I, don't, know, Neville. I haven't really thought about it." Just as Harry finished speaking, the spark in Neville's eyes vanished, and was replaced with sorrow. "Oh, okay Harry. Let me know when you change your mind." Neville nodded sadly before looking out the carriage window. "We're here!" Neville flung the door open and jumped out onto the soil. Luna, Ginny, Hermione, and Ron followed after until Harry was the only one left in the carriage. When Harry jumped out, what he saw was the thing he always wanted, and he had come to it: home.
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