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The snake in the lion’s den

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The next day when Harry woke up, he could see that both of his professors had gone to sleep in the adjoining beds, not leaving him alone. He pondered this for a bit, but he couldn´t really come up with a reason for their sudden bout of protectiveness. Instead he turned his mind to the choice he had to make today, on whether he should agree to giving the soul piece a body of its own.


Harry retreated into his mind, this was something he had learned to do while living with the Dursleys, in this state he couldn´t feel the pain in his body. He entered his mindscape and started looking around, if this piece of soul was really in his head, then maybe he could find it in here.

Harrys mindscape was built up like a fortress, he hid all his memories in the pictures, paintings and books all around the big castle. He wondered briefly what Snape would say if he found out that he had faked the occlumency lessons the previous year, ´best he not find out I think´ he thought to himself with a little laugh. He wandered around for a bit before he remembered that he actually had a dungeon in the castle which he had never explored, maybe he could find something down there. So, he went on his way to the dungeon and started searching, he didn´t have to search for long though. In the middle of the dungeon, inside a cell he found a little black box.

 

Harry looked at the box for a long time, before he reached out with his magic and tentatively touched it to the top of the box. He was immediately overwhelmed with strong feelings of love and protectiveness directed at himself, so he pushed his magic a bit more, and enveloped the whole box with it.


“Hello, my dear boy” whispered around him once his magic made full contact with the box, and he startled back, he knew this voice. This voice had been in his dreams, soothing his terrified thoughts when the Dursleys had been especially vicious with him in his childhood. This voice had very possibly saved his sanity on more than one occasion during his upbringing.


“Hello” he answered and hoped that maybe he could find out what the voice was.


“Oh, Harry! I´ve waited for so long to speak with you like this, I hoped you would find me down here one day, thank you for coming. Do you know who I am? I have so much to apologize for to you. I had no idea that I could care so deeply for you, for anyone really. I hope that you can forgive me one day, and that you will let me care for you as best I can from in here.” Harry looked at the box while it was speaking, amazed at the sincerity and love he could feel from it. In that moment he knew that he would give the goblins the answer they wanted from him.


“I know who you are Tom, and you don´t need to wait for some far away day, I forgive you for everything. After all these years of hearing you voice in my dreams, helping me through my childhood, I find that I care as much for you, as I can feel that you do for me.” He whispered the last part shyly and felt how the box was first shocked, and then so very pleased and content, Harry really thought he might cry from joy. “I have to go back out now, but I will be back to see you soon!” he said quickly. Before he could decide to just stay in here with these amazing feelings forever, he withdrew his magic before he headed up into his castle proper, and then back out of his mind.

 

When Harry opened his eyes to the infirmary for the second time that morning, he was met with the very concerned gaze of both his professors. “I found the soul piece in my mind, I talked to him, we should call the goblins in,” he said quickly, before they could get a chance at questioning him. Snape went over to the office door and knocked on it, a few moments later, Healer Longaxe came through the door, with both Griphook and King Ragnarok. They all conjured chairs around Harry’s bed, and looked at him expectantly.

 

“I´ve decided to go with the option that you presented yesterday and give the soul piece a body. I found the piece in my mind and talked with him. He has been affected as you thought he might, and actually loves me very dearly it seems. He even apologized and asked if I would let him continue to care for me from his place within my mind, he does not know of your idea. I didn´t want to give him hope if it couldn’t be done.” Harry could feel himself ramble, but he didn’t care, he really wanted to just do this as quickly as possible.

The king clapped his hands together and rose from his chair “Excellent! Then there are a few things we need to do first, Griphook, could you go fetch the needed parchments?”


“Of course, my king. I will be right back,” and with that Griphook bowed out of the room.

 

A little while later.

 

Harry sat at the edge of his bed, with a desk in front of him. On the other side of the desk sat the king with a dagger in one hand and a parchment in the other.

 

“First, we need to do an inheritance test on you, so that we know about everything before you go into the ritual room to get cleansed of it all. So, if you could slice your palm with this knife,” he handed over the knife, “and then place your hand, palm down on this parchment, and hold until the tingling feeling stops.”


Harry did as he was told, and waited for the tingling to stop, once it did, he lifted his hand and watched as the blood spread out on the parchment and turned black before it started forming words:

 

Inheritance Test:

 

Name: Hadrian Perseus Black

Adoptive name: Harry James Potter

Birth: 31. July 1980

Father: Sirius Orion Black (Compromised)

Mother: Amelia Susan Bones (Compromised)

Father (Blood Adoption): James Fleamont Potter (Deceased)

Mother (Blood Adoption): Lily Marie Evans (Deceased)

 

Godfather: Remus John Lupin

Godmother: Andromeda Tonks

Adoptive Godfather: Sirius Orion Black

Adoptive Godmother: Alice Longbottom

 

Magical guardian: Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (1981- )

 

Titles:

Lord of the Most Noble and Most Ancient House of Black (Paternal )
Lord Slytherin (Paternal)

Lord Peverell (Paternal and Blood Adoption)

Heir Rozier (Maternal)

Lord of the Most Noble and Most Ancient House of Potter (Blood Adoption)

Lord Gryffindor (Blood Adoption)

Lord Evans (Blood Adoption)

 

Black:

 

Vaults:

#324: 4,045,967 galleons, 43 sickles, 2 knuts

#562: 407,981 galleons, 87 sickles, 39 knuts

 

Heirloom Vault:

#972: Wands, tomes, robes etc.
Total Value: 2,723,612 galleons, 56 sickles, 55 knuts

 

Property:

12 Grimmauld Place (London)
Black castle (Spain)
Ace Vineyard (Italy)

Black Manor (Scotland)

 

Business Investments:

Borgin and Burkes: 49%

Daily Prophet: 20%

Hogs Head Inn: 20%

Twilfitt and Tattings: 12%

 

 

Slytherin:

 

Vaults:

 

Heirloom Vault:

#13: total value: Wands, tomes, books, portraits, etc.

(Only accessible by Heir or Lord)

 

Property:

Slytherin Ancestral Manor (England)

Hogwarts (Scotland, shared with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw)

 

 

Peverell:

 

Vaults:

 

Heirloom Vault:

#5: Familial Possessions

(Only accessible by Heir or Lord)

 

Property:

Peverell Castle (Scotland)

 

 

Rozier:

 

Vaults:

#4365: 27,124,323 galleons, 43 sickles, 22 knuts

#3212: 342,141,785 galleons, 56 sickles, 34 knuts

 

 

Heirloom Vault:

#435: Wands, books, robes etc.

Total value: 23,453,67 galleons, 346 sickles 3 knuts

 

Property:

Rozier house (England)

 

 

 

Potter:

 

Vaults:

#2705: 37,098,123 galleons, 57 sickles, 47 knuts

#193: 344,467 galleons, 3 sickles, 12 knuts

#23: 67,506,349 galleons, 68 sickles, 5 knuts

 

Heirloom Vault:

#213 total value: 4,007,462 galleons, 43 sickles, 21 knuts

 

Trust vault:

#527: 42,024 galleons, 4 sickles, 2 knuts

 

Property:

Potter Manor (Wales)

Potter Cottage (Godric’s Hollow)

Lilly pad (London)

Potter isle (Australia)

Ivy House (Italy)

The Penthouse (California, rented out)

The Burrow (England, rented out)

 

Business Investments:

Daily Prophet: 64%

The Quibbler: 49%

Quality Quidditch Supplies: 38%

Flourish and Blotts: 22%

The Elfin way: 13%

 

 

 

Gryffindor:

 

Vaults:

 

Heirloom Vault:

#112: total value: 324,013,012 galleons, 1sicle, 6 knuts

 

Property:

Gryffindor Castle (England)
Hogwarts (Scotland, shared with Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw)

 

Evans:

 

Vaults:

#3245: 582,488 galleons, 44 sickles, 8 knuts

#2475: 22,354,61 galleons, 69 sickles, 34 knuts

 

Heirloom Vault:

#983: Wands, weapons, books etc.

Total value: 54,385,621 galleons, 44 sickles, 5 knuts

 

 

Magic:

 

Magical core: Blocked - 80% (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Creature inheritance: partially broken Block (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Wandless Magic: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Dark Magic: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Light Magic: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Natural Occlumency: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Natural Legilimency: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Natural Animagus: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Metamorphmagus: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Parselmouth

Language Affinity: all languages (creature)

 

Other:

Parental bond: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Godfather bond: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Godmother bond: Blocked (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Marriage Contract between Harry James Potter and Ginevra Molly Weasley - (Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore and Molly Ginevra Weasley - 1981)

Horcrux (Skull - Tom Marvolo Riddle - 1981)

 

Compulsions:

To Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore (By Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

For Light Magic (By Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Against Dark Magic (By Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

Against Tom Marvolo Riddle (By Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

To Molly Weasley (By Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

To Ginevra Weasley (By Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore - 1981)

 

Harry stared at parchment for a long time, he couldn’t believe what he was reading, ´ Sirius was his dad? His parents weren’t dead? How could this have happened? And what was this creature inheritance? ´ He had so many questions, but he couldn’t get his mind in order enough to ask any of them.


Snape seemed to realize his problem, because he gently touched his arm to make him look at him. He stared into his eyes and very softly said, “Harry its okay, just take your time. We´re here to answer your questions when you have calmed down.” Harry smiled at his dour professor then.


“I just… How can this be? How come nobody knew? Someone must have missed me, right? My parents for instance, how could Sirius be my godfather, he must have known that his own son disappeared and suddenly the Potters had a son that exact age, right? And my mother, isn’t she still alive too?” He could feel the tears running down his face “Did they not want me?” he asked the last question so quietly that it almost went unheard. Nobody knew exactly what to say to this, so McGonagall just pulled him into her arms and whispered nonsense into his ears.

 

When Harry had calmed back down, they all sat in their chairs to discuss the obviously big problem of one Albus Too-Many-Bloody-Names Dumbledore.

 

“What does it mean that there is a marriage contract with Ginny? I do notwant to be married to her! I don’t even like girls” Harry said when they sat back down and looked the parchment over again.

 

“Well, since he is not your actual head of house, and just a magical guardian, the contract is in fact not legal, so what you could do is challenge it to be judged by Lady Magic.” Griphook replied with an evil gleam in his eyes.

 

“Okay, what do I say?”

 

“Just repeat after me: I Harry James Potter do herby call upon Lady Magic to judge this illegal marriage contract, so mote it be.”

 

Harry repeated the challenge, and was surrounded by a white light, he could feel how the magic went through his mind, and then disappeared. A folder appeared and two pieces of parchment slid out and landed on the desk, everyone in the room struggled not to laugh at what was written there.

 

Magic has judged this marriage contract to be illegal, and invalid.

The punishment for the offending party is as follows:
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore will enter into the already existing marriage between Molly Ginevra Weasley and Arthur Weasley. They will all fall under the stipulations and rules of the afore mentioned invalid contract, and since he is entering into an already established household, Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore will be the submissive to Arthur Weasley in this marriage.

The participants of this new marriage have to comply with the contract within one year of this day.

 

Harry laughed out loud when he finished reading and handed the parchment on to the others and saw that the second parchment was the marriage contract itself.

 

“This is fantastic, a truly well-deserved punishment.” He said as he looked up at the others in the room. “So, what now? Can we remove all the other things he has done to me? The blocks and the compulsions I mean.” He asked.

 

“Yes, we can.” The king answered, “But we will do it later, first you must eat and rest, it will be an exhausting time in the ritual room for you, you must be well rested for it.”

 

So, the healer gave Harry a nutrient potion and a meal and went to her office as the king and Griphook left the room. He ate in silence for a while together with his two professors, when they were almost done, he couldn’t keep himself quiet any longer.


“Why are you guys here? I don’t mean to be rude, but neither of you have really cared so much about me before.” He could see them exchange a look before McGonagall was the one to answer.


“Harry we always cared for you; we just could not do so openly in front of the headmaster. You see, we knew there was something not very healthy about his obsession with you, and the way he tried to get some people close to you to spy on you. We knew that if he figured out that we actually cared, then he could either spell us and find out what we knew or remove us from the school. Then we wouldn’t be able to watch over you and try to help you from the shadows.”


“What do you mean spy on me? Who did he position to spy on me?” Harry didn’t like the sound of this, so he listened intently to her answer.

 

“He tried to get Ronald to spy on you, since he befriended you on the train, like his mother encouraged him to, but he is to loyal to you, he refused. Even when he was offered 50 galleons a month to do so. Then there is Miss Granger, she is being paid with books from the Potter Vaults, but you can actually have them recalled if you want, ask the goblins for it later. She also gets 30 galleons a month. Then there is also Zacharias Smith, he is being paid to spread rumors about you to the other houses, to keep them from befriending you, he gets 30 galleons a month as well. Lastly, we have Miss Weasley, she is being paid 50 galleons a month to try and seduce you, so that the Weasleys can get their hands on your fortune. There may be more, but those are the ones we have found at school at least.”

 

Harry was shocked, he couldn’t believe how someone could do something like this. He felt utterly exhausted by all of this; his head felt like it could explode any minute now. He tried to stifle a yawn, but Snape noticed it an held up his hand, “Its time you slept, I have been given a dreamless sleep potion for you to take, so that your body gets the proper rest that it needs.” He handed over the potion and watched as Harry knocked it back quickly, and grimaced at the taste, before he laid down and surrendered to sleep.