Spectacular Image by Green @TDA
September 15th 1997
Harry took a deep breath as he walked into Dumbledore's office, he was there for their third meeting in the space of two weeks. Harry has just started his seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He was on a mission with Dumbledore, a mission to destroy the darkest lord that ever graced the wizarding world, Lord Voldemort. Voldemort is the beast whom is responsible for killing his mum, and is responsible for the attempted murder of his father. He is the reason Harry suffered many years of misery, when he was living at the Dursley's. He is the reason the wizarding world is going through the most darkest of time in history.
"Ah, Harry, I have been waiting for you." Dumbledore said, as Harry entered the room.
"Sorry I'm late Sir, I was finishing my homework." Harry replied. Dumbledore walked down from his office and sat behind his desk, he offered Harry a seat in front of his desk. Harry excepted it with a smile.
"Sherbet Lemon?" Dumbledore offered.
"No thanks, Sir." Harry replied.
"I suppose you are wondering why I asked you here tonight, Harry."
"Yes, Sir." Harry replied.
"Well, Harry, you see the time has come for us to destroy Voldemort's Horcruxes. I have tied up a few loose ends, and Professor McGonagall is happy to take over the school for a few months..." at this Harry interrupted.
"Pardon me Sir" he said. "But, did you say a few months?" Harry asked surprised.
"Indeed I did, Harry. As you know there are seven Horcruxes to destroy, and we have only found six of them so far, what we need to do is go to their locations and devise a plan, so that we can acquire and destroy each one, then replace them with replicas, hoping that he won't suspect a thing. The first one is easy, as you know Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem, is hidden within this very castle, and we shall destroy it before we leave. But the others would be harder to acquire and would take a lot more planing and skill, which is why we shall leave for a couple of months. Now as for the seventh one, I have a couple of ideas as to what and where it is, but I shall do more research before I put my ideas to you. Once we find and destroy all of the Horcruxes, all we then have to do is wait, wait for Voldemort to come looking for you." Dumbledore explained.
"But Sir, what about my family? My dad, Sirius, Remus, Hermione and there's Ron. I would have to leave them behind. I already feel guilty for keeping these meetings from my dad, but when I just disappear like that, he will be crushed. I can't even imagine how hurt he would be. Then there's Hermione, would she forgive me for just abandoning her like that. I doubt she would even want to know me, let alone date me when I come back." Harry ranted, he realised that he had become sweaty and breathless, so he took a few deep breathes to steady himself.
"Harry, I do realize that I am putting you in a difficult position, but this could mean the end of the horror that is terrorizing the wizarding world."
"I know, Sir. I just don't know if I could leave my Dad and Hermione." H arry said.
"Harry, this is important, If we do this we could kill Voldemort and end the terror, I implore you Harry, to reconsider."
"OK, I'll think about it, I'll give you my decision tomorrow." Harry said, he got up and walked out of the room, without so much as a goodbye.
Harry wandered, he wandered the halls of the castle which had been his first real home, it held many memories for him. With the final battle nearing he was becoming increasingly certain that it would take place here, within the very grounds of Hogwarts. The reason he was so certain was, last year, as well as studying magic he also studied Voldemort, or as Harry no knew him as Tom Marvolo Riddle. Harry spent the majority of the year studying the life of Tom and going into his very mind. Harry had now acquired an in depth detailed version of Riddles life, and was certain that Hogwarts, would be the place Voldemort would want to conquer the world, or as Harry is hoping the place he would die. It seemed very fitting to Harry, that Voldemort would choose this place to hide a Horcrux. It was like his own, Voldemort's very first real home, a place were he could stay, feel free and fit in.
Now though, Harry was going to have to make a very difficult decision. Harry knew this had to be done, he knew that he was put on this planet to free it from the evil, that resided in it. Harry also knew that he and only he could kill Voldemort, he always knew that he would have to give up a lot in order to save the world, now though he just didn't know whether he could give it all up. He now had his father back, and then there was Sirius and Remus, they had been there for him just like his Father, they were like uncles to him. Then there was Hermione, they had grown close over the years, and started to date at the end of their fifth year, he never thought that it would make much difference, he did care a lot about Hermione, but thought that at a moments notice he was sure he would be able to leave, but now, he was in love with her, she meant the world to him and he was sure he wanted to spend the rest of his life together.
He knew that she loved him, she had told him so on the day of their first Christmas together, but for some reason he couldn't say it back, he did feel the same way, and she knew that, but he never said it. Something always pulled him back from committing properly, Hermione believed it was down to his poor childhood, but Harry knew that it was down to Voldemort. Harry didn't want to commit to Hermione in case Voldemort killed him, he didn't want Hermione to go though the same pain he went through, the pain of loosing a loved one. But now it was too late, they were in too deep.
Sighing, Harry said the password to the Gryffindor common room, he crawled through the portrait hole and stopped dead. The most beautiful sight he'd ever saw met his eyes. Hermione was curled up into a tight ball, her hair was fanned over the arm of the couch, on which she was sleeping, some of her tight curls had fallen on her beautiful face, which was lit in a warm glow by the dyeing embers of the fire. Clutched in her hands was a small old book, he tilted his head slightly, and read the title Pride and Prejudice, he smiled. It was her favourite book, and she was on her fifth copy, because she had read it that much. He was positive she could recite it word for word. He crept over to her and so as not to wake her, gently prised the book from her hands, but it didn't work, she moved slightly and opened her beautiful deep brown eyes. She looked around confused for a second, until she laid a bleary eye on Harry. Upon seeing who is was that awoke her, she smiled.
"Hey, darling." she smiled sweetly.
"Hi, how long have you been there?" He asked concerned.
"A couple of hours, but I've only been sleeping for a short while." She replied.
She sat up a bit, and lifted the blanket that had been covering her, Harry sat beside her, and let her snuggle into him.
"Comfy?" He asked.
"Yes, thank you." She giggled. So what took you so long?" She asked.
"Nothing really, just Dumbledore talking of his plans on how we kill Voldemort, then I went for a walk".
"OK, well I'm going to bed." She sighed. He knew she was disappointed, that he didn't tell her more, and he also knew she could tell that he was lying.
"Hermione..." he said, as she put her foot on the first step.
"Yes?" She asked, without turning around. He took a deep breath to steady himself and opened his mouth to speak, but no words came out. "Goodnight, Harry." She sighed and began to climb the stairs again.
"I love you..." he blurted out. She stopped dead.
"What?" She asked, as she slowly turned on the step.
"I love you." He repeated.
"You, you love me?" She repeated
"Yes." He replied, despite the situation he couldn't help but smiling, at the shocked expression on her face. Once she had processed what Harry had said, she smiled the biggest smile she had ever seen.
"Oh, my, Merlin. I love you to!" She shouted, she ran down the stairs and dived on top of him. She planted a kiss on his lips and hugged his torso.
"Hermione, I can't breath." Harry gasped.
"Sorry, but I just can't believe it, you said that you love me." She said as she released him.
"You knew I did." He said, with a laugh.
"I know, but I've never heard you say it before, I'm just shocked."
"Well, I always knew that I loved you, I just wouldn't let myself believe it, I wouldn't commit, but now I am committing."
"I love you so much, Harry James Potter."
"I love you to, Hermione Jane Granger." He replied. She smiled the sweet smile, that always melted his heart. He leaned over and gave he a kiss, the kiss was long deep and meaningful. Hermione got up from the couch, and grabbed Harry's hand and led him up the stairs and to the girls dormitories.
"Umm, what about your room mates?" Harry asked nervously.
"There's a little thing called, the silencing charm." She cheekily said.
"Cheeky." He laughed.
"And you could use, your invisibility cloak..." She added, with a wink.
"I'll go and get it, what bed is yours?" He asked.
"The one on the left hand side, right beside the window."
"OK, and what about the stairs?" He inquired.
"Human levitation charm, the incantation, is wingardium leviosa maximum." She smiled, and walked up the stairs, making sure she swung her hips from side to side as she did so. When she reached the top, she turned and winked at Harry, before opening her door and walking in. Smiling Harry turned and went to his room to get his cloak.
A.N Well there you are, the first chapter, what do you think? Review please, and let me know.
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