The first few weeks after the battle of Hogwarts, the funerals were held for everyone that died. Harry being Harry, went to every one, but his friends were with him like they always were. The hardest were the ones for Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin and Tonks Lupin. Even though Harry only met Andromeda Tonks once and that meeting didn't go well, they both knew they had to put any differences aside for the sake of Teddy Lupin. He was going to need both of them growing up since he lost not only his parents, but his grandfather as well. Molly Weasley was taking the loss of one of her children extremely hard, Arthur Weasley did everything he could to help his wife through this time even though he was having a hard time himself. George, of course was a mess, being twin to Fred and everyone tried to help him.
When the funerals were finished, Harry stayed at the Burrow and relaxed for the first time in years, not just his body, but his mind and heart as well. He had started thinking about what he was going to do now. The first thing he was going to do was to buy his own place. As he sat there thinking about it, about his first home, he’s thoughts drifted to the house in Godric’s Hollow. Apart from the roof around his baby bedroom, the rest of the house looked okay.
When Harry had been at the Burrow for two months he made his decision and stepped out of the house and went down to the shed where Mr. Weasley kept all his muggle stuff.
‘Mr. Weasley, have you got a minute?’
‘Anytime Harry, what can I do for you?’
‘Well,’ Harry sat down at one of the benches, ‘I’ve been thinking a lot lately, about getting my own place. You know I love staying here, but I really need to get my life in order and the first thing is my own home.’
‘Yes, a natural thing to do and something I knew you would want eventually.’
‘At first I thought of buying a place, as you know I can afford it. But lately, well, something else occurred to me and I wondered if I could do it.’
‘You’re parent’s home,’ Arthur gave Harry a kindly smile.
‘Yeah, it’s not really in bad shape, mainly the roof. I don’t know anything about my parents and I really want to start getting to know them and what better place than in their home, my home.’
‘I know that house was left to give people hope, but the war is over, Voldemort is dead. Now from what I know about this is you do own it, so really it is your decision on what you would like to do. I think if you were going to pull it down and have another house built, then people might say something. But fixing that house up, everyone would understand why you would want to. Since it does just need repairing, it’s something you could do yourself, would you want to or get someone else to fix it?’
‘I want to, maybe have Hermione give me a hand, she’s good at all those type of spells.’
‘Yes, she’s very clever. Now let me ask you something Harry, how will you be going inside there the first time? It is the place he murdered your parents and tried to kill you, well the first time.’
‘I know it will be hard, especially since I did hear everything that went on that night. The one thing that I think will help is, because I was so young, I don’t have any memories of what happened. But having to do something hard or difficult never stopped me and I don’t want it to this time. It might be the only way for me to really get to know what their life was like.’
‘Yes, it probably would because there is things inside that house that will show you what their everyday life was like. You’ll probably find letters, photos, all types of things that will give you the start of knowing your parents.’
‘Yeah, there is, Dumbledore told me that the house was sealed right after he got their bodies out, but nothing was touched. How will Mrs. Weasley take it when I mention that I’m moving out?’
‘She knows you will Harry even if she will miss you. She has finally realised that all her children, that includes you and Hermione, you’re all adults now and will want to have your own place eventually. I can tell you one thing she will do though and that’s make you promise to come for dinner at least a few times a week, she loves to cook for all of you.’
Harry grinned, ‘That I could do, I would miss Mrs. Weasley’s wonderful cooking. That’s one thing I will have to learn, is how to cook. But like with everything, we’ve got the time now to do all those things we wanted to.’
‘Yes we do Harry, that’s why I love being down here in the shed. It’s one of my greatest passions, pulling all this muggle stuff apart, finding out how it works. I would still love to find out how aeroplanes stay up though.’
‘I don’t know much about planes, but I do know part of it is to do with the engines. You know what Mr. Weasley, I’ll get you some books on planes next time I’m in London. You might not ever get a chance to work on one, but it will give you a lot of information. I did want to ask you though, when do you think you’ll be going back to work?’
‘I got a letter from Kingsley, he thinks another month and they should have most of his main supporters out of the ministry. But he also wanted to give us time, because of Fred. So I’m having Percy work with me for a while, until he can decide what he wants to do now since he can’t have his old job back. But like all of us, we do have time to work out exactly what we want to do.’
‘Yeah, we do. Anyway, I’ll leave you to it and go talk to Hermione and Ron. Thanks Mr. Weasley, I still like getting advice from you.’
‘Anytime Harry,’ Arthur smiled then watched Harry leave his shed. After hearing what Harry went through and what he was willing to do, he still couldn’t believe how well Harry was coping. Arthur hoped that what he saw and heard was real and Harry wasn’t hiding the fact that he was having a hard time. Everyone would realise why if he was, so even if Harry left here, Arthur was going to have Ron and Hermione keep an eye on him, just to make sure.