Disclaimer: I don't own HP and the Cursed Child.
All were gathered in the Great Hall ready to read the last book. Umbridge was thoroughly disappointed but was pleased that no one would ever remember this or at least until the events have had happened so until then she would try to bring order to this world.
Amelia asked, "Is it okay if I read first?"
She got nods and began reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year.
"Hey," Justin yelled. "It's same as last book's ending. Why is it starting there again?"
"Maybe it's of Al and Rose's adventures" An excited George said.
Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione let out a groan. Just what was missing.
The morning of the first of September was crisp as an apple, and as the little family bobbed across the rumbling road toward the great sooty station, the fumes of car exhausts and the breath of pedestrians sparkled like cobwebs in the cold air. Two large cages tattled on top of the laden trolleys the parents were pushing; the owls inside them hooted indignantly, and the redheaded girl trailed fearfully behind her brothers, clutching her father's arm. "It won't be long, and you'll be going too," Harry told her.
"Two years," sniffed Lily. "I want to go now!"
The commuters stared curiously at the owls as the family wove its way toward the barrier between platforms nine and ten, Albus's voice drifted back to Harry over the surrounding clamour; his sons had resumed the argument they had started in the car.
"I won't! I won't be a Slytherin!"
"Oh! Come on. We aren't that bad." Blaise muttered.
"James, give it a rest!" said Ginny.
"I only said he might be," said James, grinning at his younger brother. "There's nothing wrong with that. He might be in Slytherin."
But James caught his mother's eye and fell silent. While Albus was close to Harry and Lily to Teddy, James was close to his mother. Having grown up with six brothers Ginny knew boys and their temperaments and was aware that behind his smug, confident façade he was just a thirteen year old boy. Unlike Albus he rarely sulked and thus didn’t get along with him a fact which constantly worried Harry but Ginny knew James cared for Albus maybe not as much as an elder brother should care for his younger brother but he certainly did. Him teasing Albus was only a way to looses up the younger boy.
The five Potters approached the barrier. With a slightly cocky look over his shoulder at his younger brother, James took the trolley from his mother and broke into a run. A moment later, he had vanished.
"You'll write to me, won't you?" Albus asked his parents immediately, capitalizing on the momentary absence of his brother.
"Every day, of you want us to," said Ginny.
"Not every day," said Albus quickly, "James says most people only get letters from home about once a month."
"We wrote to James three times a week last year," said Ginny.
"And you don't want to believe everything he tells you about Hogwarts," Harry put in. "He likes a laugh, your brother."
Side by side, they pushed the second trolley forward, gathering speed. As they reached the barrier, Albus winced, but no collision came. Instead, the family emerged onto platform nine and three-quarters, which was obscured by thick white steam that was from the pouring scarlet Hogwarts Express. Indistinct figures were swarming through the mist, into which James had already disappeared no doubt off to find his childhood best friend Alice Longbottom.
Harry and Neville smiled at each other.
"Where are they?" asked Albus anxiously, peering at the hazy forms they passed as they made their way down the platform.
"We'll find them," said Ginny reassuringly.
But the vapour was dense, and it was difficult to make out anybody's faces. Detached from their owners, voices sounded unnaturally loud, Harry thought he head Percy discoursing loudly on broomstick regulations, and was quite glad of the excuse not to stop and say hello. . . .
"I think that's them, Al," said Ginny suddenly.
A group of four people emerged from the mist, standing alongside the very last carriage. Their faces only came into focus when Harry, Ginny, Lily, and Albus had drawn right up to them.
"Uncle Ron. Uncle Ron!"
"Hey this wasn't there eariler." Mandy said.
She wasn't the only one who was surprised at this.
Ron turned towards them as Lily went barrelling up to him. He picked her up into his arms.
Ron chuckling said, "If it isn't my favourite Potter."
"I am deeply offended mate." Harry grinning told Ron.
"Have you got my trick?" Lily asked.
Ron said, "Are you aware of the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes–certified nose-stealing breath?"
A disgusted Rose said, "Mum! Dad's doing that lame thing again."
Hermione sighed and muttered, "You say lame, he says glorious, I say — somewhere in between."
Ron told Lily, "Hang on. Let me just munch this . . . air. And now it's just a simple matter of . . . Excuse me if I smell slightly of garlic . . ."
He breathed on her face.
Lily giggling said, "You smell of porridge."
"Ron began chanting, "Bing. Bang. Boing. Young lady, get ready to not being able to smell at all . . ."
He lifts her nose.
Lily asked, "Where's my nose?"
Ron announced, "Ta-da!"
His hand was empty. It was a lame trick.
Everyone enjoyed its lameness.
Laughing Lily said, "You are silly."
"Hi," said Albus, sounding immensely relieved.
Rose, who was already wearing her brand-new Hogwarts robes, beamed at him. Her younger brother Hugo just like Lily was waiting till the day to go to Hogwarts. Though unlike Lily he was a patient soul.
Lily had first tried to go to Hogwarts when she was six and had succeeded in it.
Unfortunately for her Harry and Ginny were for waiting at the train station in Hogsmeade. Teddy had found her and had informed them resulting in Lily not speaking to him till Christmas (longest they had ever went without speaking and that was a feat in itself since Teddy was Lily’s favourite brother).
James, Lily, Remus and Tonks were beaming widely at this.
James had consoled her and talked her out of it and ever since then Lily only resorted to crying whenever they went to drop her brothers at the station.
Everyone was surprised except the Professors at James’ maturity. They were awfully reminded of his namesake who knew when to prank someone and when to be serene.
"Parked all right, then?" Ron asked Harry. "I did. Hermione didn't believe I could pass a Muggle driving test, did you? She thought I'd have to confound the examiner."
"No, I didn't," said Hermione, "I had complete faith in you."
"As a matter of fact, I did Confound him," Ron whispered to Harry, as together they lifted Albus's trunk and owl onto the train. "I only forgot to look in the wing mirror, and let's face it; I can use a Supersensory Charm for that."
Back on the platform, they found the entire Weasley clan gathered.
“This too wasn’t there.” Justin said.
Molly and Arthur couldn’t wait to hear about their family.
“In all of this years it must have grown immensely.” Pansy spoke.
Bill and Fleur with their eldest Victoire (who was born on 2nd anniversary of Second Wizarding War) was a 7th year and youngest Louis were there. Their middle child Dominique had left for Beauxbatons Academy of Magic a week ago.
“Beauxbatons?” Everyone yelled surprised since Weasleys had always attended Hogwarts. Fleur on the other hand was very happy.
Charlie was there with his son Sergei
“How is this possible? I have no intention to get married.” Charlie was shell-shocked while his mother was thankful to hear this. His siblings’ eyebrows were raised at this new information.
(A little boy was abandoned at the Dragon Reserve. He was sleeping among the Dragon eggs when Charlie found him and he stayed with Charlie while they searched for anyone who knew him, but as no one gave affirmative answer the boy was put up for adoption from where Charlie adopted him.)
Hearing this Charlie calmed down.
The Weasleys couldn’t wait to meet their new family member.
who was in the same year as Louis. Percy and his wife Audrey
Penelope didn’t know what to say. Neither did Percy.
(Audrey was a muggle.
Gasps were heard through the Great Hall as everyone knew what an unyielding personality Percy had.
To whom Percy had met after his fall out with his family. She had successfully knocked some sense in him and was the reason why Percy was brave enough to join the Battle of Hogwarts)
“We all like her already.” Arthur said.
with their two daughters Molly II and Lucy (the elder in James’ year while the younger was of Lily’s age and both girls were best friends.),
Harry and Ginny looked at each other in disbelief.
George and Angelina with their children
Now Fred was stunned. George didn’t dare to look at Angelina who unlike him was staring at him shocked. Bill could only smile as he had seen the signs of his second youngest brother’s crush on Angelina but had never said anything because of Fred.
Fred II and Roxanne (Fred was also in Molly and James’ year while Roxy was best friends with Hugo).
“You named him after me?”
“Why would you think otherwise?”
“Do I have some Prophetess blood in me?" Panst asked.
Anthony shot Pansy a dry look. She dutifully ignored it.
Teddy had come to say goodbye to his cousins before he left for Uagadou where he taught Self-Transfiguration.
“A Professor?” Remus beamed with pride.
“Self-Transfiguration! He has taken after his BAMF mum.” Tonks gleefully said.
“And in a school as brilliant as Uagadou.” Lily gushed happily.
James and Sirius were too busy betting on what will be Teddy’s animagi form.
Teddy originally wanted to teach at Hogwarts but he and Victoire had been dating since Teddy’s last year so him teaching while she was a student would have made a permanent blotch on both of their records so he had chosen Uagadou.
‘A sensible young man’. Bill immediately approved of Teddy.
Harry saw his cousin Dudley with his daughter Mei and wife Cho Chang.
“Cho what were you thinking?”
“Is she planning on climbing Potter’s family tree?”
“Enough!” Professors yelled.
Mei a 2nd year was younger than James and older than Albus was a Ravenclaw.
Lucy, Lily, Roxy and Hugo were having an animated discussion about which House they would be sorted into when they finally went to Hogwarts.
"If you're not in Gryffindor, we'll disinherit you," said Ron, "but no pressure."
The four of them laughed, but Albus and Rose looked solemn.
"He doesn't mean it," said Hermione and Ginny, but Ron was no longer paying attention. Catching Harry's eye, he nodded covertly to a point some fifty yards away. The steam had thinned for a moment, and three people stood in sharp relief against the shifting mist.
"Look who it is."
Draco Malfoy was standing there with his wife Astoria Malfoy née Greengrass
"NOOO" Screamed Daphne. She turned to glare at Draco and said in an ice cold voice, "You aren't getting near my sister. No matter what happens. I won't let you"
She was cut short because Astoria pulled her back on bench. The 4th year looked calm as always. She said to Daphne, "Don't worry over something which hasn't even happened."
"Daphne do you really think I'll let someone make me do something which I didn't want."
"No Tori. But that is not" Daphne began knowing her sister had nerves made up of iron.
"Then don't fret over it and let's see what happens."
Daphne grudgingly sat down but not before glaring at Draco.
and son Scorpius, a dark coat buttoned up to his throat. His hair was receding somewhat, which emphasized the pointed chin. The new boy resembled Draco as much as Albus resembled Harry. Lily looked exactly like her paternal grandmother except she had Ginny’s eyes and Harry’s horrible eyesight. James loved that he didn’t resemble his father a lot. It made easier for him to blend in and avoid being recognised as a Potter. Albus envied him for that.
Harry didn’t know what to say to this.
Draco caught sight of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Ginny staring at him, nodded curtly, and turned away again.
"So that's little Scorpius," said Ron under his breath. "Make sure you beat him in every test, Rosie. Thank God you inherited your mother's brains."
"Ron, for heaven's sake," said Hermione, half stern, half amused. "Don't try to turn them against each other before they've even started school!"
"You're right, sorry," said Ron, but unable to help himself, he added, "Don't get too friendly with him, though, Rosie. Granddad Weasley would never forgive you if you married a pureblood."
Molly and Fred were about to make a run stopped when they saw James come back Lorcan in tow. The parents groaned except George at the sight of the Quartet planning another mischief and they hadn’t boarded the train yet. They were the pranksters in the young generation where Molly knew all the rules, Fred found the loopholes in them, James came up with most of the plans and Lorcan his parents’ son got them out of the trouble.
James, Sirius and the twins were elated to hear this.
“So no use of naming her after you Mum if she is participating with such exuberance.” Charlie said to dumbfounded Molly and Percy.
“Who would name their child Lorcan?”
His brother Lysander the same age as the younger quartet came up to them alongside their parents Luna Lovegood
and Theodore Nott Jr.
The said boy chocked. Everyone was again stunned.
“In first chapter we are getting more shocks than earlier books. What is going to happen next? Dean wondered.
Seamus only patted him.
The couple had met in muggle London few years after war where Theo had gone for a business meeting and had met Luna who worked as a painter. Or so was the story they told everyone.
Luna and Theo’s friends glared thinking each had trapped their friend in marriage. Luna decided not bother herself over something which hadn’t happened yet.
‘How could I give my sons such name?’ Theo wondered.
Harry checked the battered old watch that had once been Fabian Prewett's.
"It's nearly eleven; you'd better get on board."
"Don't forget to give Neville our love!" Ginny told James as she hugged him.
"Mum! I can't give a professor love!"
"But you know Neville-"
James rolled his eyes.
"Outside, yeah, but at school he's Professor Longbottom, isn't he? I can't walk into Herbology and give him love. . . ."
Shaking his head at his mother's foolishness, he vented his feelings by aiming a kick at Albus.
"See you later, Al. Watch out for the thestrals."
"I thought they were invisible? You said they were invisible!" but James merely laughed, permitted his mother to kiss him, gave his father a fleeting hug, promise Lily and Teddy to write them each week and also to send the former treats from Hogsmeade. Then he leapt onto the rapidly filling train. They saw him wave, then sprint away up the corridor with his friends. The Professors were getting hell this year since the elder quartet as 3rd year students would get to visit Hogsmeade.
"Thestrals are nothing to worry about," Harry told Albus. "They're gentle things, there's nothing scare about them. Anyway, you won't be going up to school in the carriages, you'll be going in the boats."
Ginny kissed Albus good-bye. "See you at Christmas."
"Bye, Al," said Harry as his son hugged him. "Don't forget Hagrid's invited you to tea next Friday. Don't mess with Peeves. Don't duel anyone till you're learned how. And don't let your cousins wind you up."
"What if I'm in Slytherin?"
The whisper was for his father alone, and Harry knew that only the moment of departure could have forced Albus to reveal how great and sincere that fear was. Harry crouched down so that Albus's face was slightly above his own. Alone of Harry's three children, Albus had inherited Lily's eyes.
"Albus Severus," Harry said quietly, so that nobody but Ginny could hear, and she was tactful enough to pretend to be waving to Rose, who was now on the train, "you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew."
"But just say-"
"-then Slytherin House will have gained an excellent student, won't it? It doesn't matter to us, Al. But if it matter to you, you'll be able to choose Gryffindor over Slytherin. The Sorting Hat takes your choice into account."
"It did for me," said Harry.
He had never told any of his children that before, and he saw the wonder in Albus's face when he said it. But how the doors were slamming all along the scarlet train, and the blurred outlines of parents swarming forward for final kisses, last-minute reminders, Albus jumped into the carriage and Ginny closed the door behind him. Students were hanging from the windows nearest them. A great number of faces, both on the train and off, seemed to be turned toward Harry.
"Why are they all staring?" demanded Albus as he and Rose craned around to look at the other students.
"Don't let it worry you," said Ron. "It's me, I'm extremely famous."
Albus, Rose, Hugo, and Lily laughed. The train began to more, and Harry walked alongside it, watching his son's thin face, already ablaze with excitement. Harry kept smiling and waving, even though it was like a little bereavement, watching his son glide away from him. . . .
The last trace of steam evaporated in the autumn air. The train rounded a corner. Harry's hand was still raised in farewell.
"He'll be alright," murmured Ginny.
As Harry looked at her, he lowered his hand absentmindedly and touched the lightning scar on his forehead.
"I know he will."
The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.
“Why do I get a feeling it won’t be well any longer?” Zacharias Smith asked.
I haven't watched the play so I imagined the characters like this. In next chapter I'll post rest of the characters. You all are free to give suggestions.