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The Last Phoenix.
(Important Note: This is a fan-fiction story based on the Harry Potter Novels 1 to 7. All rights are own by J. K. Rowling and Warner Bros. I do not intend to make any money out of it either; this is just for personal and public authentication.)
Chapter One: The Departure
It was a chilly night at privet drive. Harry was wide awake form the terrible dream again. Seeing Dumbledore being murdered by Snape had being troubling him night’s sleep. Most of the night he would lie awake thinking of the future possibilities of the huge task that the headmaster had led before him. It seemed utterly impossible that now Dumbledore had gone he could do it all by alone. Yes, alone he had thought about the conversation he had with his best friends and then decided that he would do this task alone and not to put them in more danger. Because, if a great wizard like Dumbledore can be murdered and with the Leader of the Order of the Phoenix gone the whole wizarding world could be in danger more than ever. He had been lying on his bed thinking about all the possibilities and one more thought that he could not bear to think that was: no more Hogwarts. It gave immense pain to his heart telling himself that however difficult it may be he must not enter Hogwarts because it would put all the students and teachers at immense danger at once.
He had just explained his aunt and uncle 9th time that they have to leave the house for their own safety. Aunt Petunia seemed more concerned about him since he had arrived but of course didn’t express her kindness, on the other hand Dudley had also changed, and he would stay at one place staring at the stars or carpet with his blank eyes, and was more frightened when addressed. Harry had saved his life from dementors and he had been acting strangely since. Whereas of Uncle Vernon was as typical as ever. He had been whining around Harry about why would they leave this house? And the conversation they both had made harry feel sicker and exhausting. But, he has to convince them to move out before the Death Eaters attack them and torture till death. He could not explain more further than that.
But after a long wait and 10th time he couldn’t control it ….
“…..Why do want to make it more worst day after day I try to tell you” Harry said,
“Because, I don’t see any reason I could to abandon my house. You are just jealous and you want us gone so that you could hide here for rest of your life”
“And why would u think that?”
“I…… don’t ………. YES, when last year that old man said that there is some kind of protection keeping you safe here form the dark forces, from that day on I was thinking that a day will come when you and your red hair lot would come here to stay”
This was too much. Harry didn’t mind the Dursleys cursing the people he knew but this time Uncle Vernon seemed to cross some sort of line. This caused the temper Harry was holding days ago to burst and he stood up direct face to face to uncle Vernon.
His mind was debating on saying the exact thoughts or to stay polite but this time neither of them made sense, and then he spoke,
“Fine, I was only trying to keep you and your family safe, out of the danger that ‘we lot’ are facing. But do you even have a clue why all these mysterious accidents are happening all around the city?. Do you even want to know who did it? I think you don’t, you still want to think all is safe if we all stay under this roof no matter what happens. Coz IT IS NOT. I’ve been trying to convince you for your own safety and you are babbling of stealing this house for what? And you would surely remember that the magic that protects me form Voldemort would end the night I turn 17 don’t you? Now I am done about convincing you. I am just here to tell you that two of our best aurors are coming here to take you to a safer place, and if you don’t like it then stay here and…………..”
Even though he didn’t like the Dursleys he couldn’t say the word. It was awkward moment among them. It was so silent that they could hear a pin drop on the floor. Then Harry turned his face around and started to go upstairs when Dudley spoke..
“These … these aaaaurors can they protect us from Debentors?”
Harry took a deep breath to keep his voice calm and said,
“Yes, they can they are Aurors, it’s their job to catch the Death Eaters and …”
Suddenly, Aunt Petunia gasped…
All of them turned to see her reaction and she suddenly blushed.
Harry could not help but notice that she was the only member in the room that understood what truly DEATH EATER really means.
Then suddenly Dudley spoke and all jumped .
“I am going with them !!”
And there was huge commotion between him and his father…
“Are you out of your mind how … how … how can you trust them? Didn’t I tell you those people are dangerous and we do not keep contact with them.”
“But if we are in danger and Debentors attack what will you do then?”
“I….I…. I will. …”
Suddenly, it seemed like that Dudley had caught Uncle Vernon in a tricky question. And he looked to Petunia for help and she was just expressing her feelings of what Dudley had said a moment ago…
“Fine then we will go with your lot ….” and then he went in his room banging and crashing everything that came in his way.
Harry then faced Dudley who was shocked of the question he had just asked and Harry could tell the horror he was imagining by the look of his face itself. Aunt Petunia on other hand was very nervous and seemed quite uncomfortable. Harry then realized that there is nothing he can do and went
upstairs to his room.
Hedwig had just arrived with the letter from Hestia and Dedalus who were to escort the Dursley’s away from house to a safer place. It said that Prof. Moody will come personally to take him to a safer place.
Meanwhile, downstairs Harry could hear all the noise caused by the Dursley’s, Uncle Vernon’s was yelling and stomping his foot every time he walked across the hall. Harry fell on the bed staring at the ceiling wondering what exactly he would feel while saying goodbye the family that made his childhood miserable to live. He thought about Hocruxes and how will he find them?. Drifting to his thoughts he felt asleep. When he woke up it was almost evening, and his stomach grumbled in protest that it was ignored since morning. Stretching himself he stood up and went downstairs for some food.
When he was walking through the stairs he could see that all the Dursley’s were gathered in the hall with their luggage packed on the floor wearing their best dresses to show how “cultured” they are in front of the Aurors. Harry didn’t care about that anymore; he went to the fridge to see if there is anything to eat.
Harry could understand the voice without even seeing the person… he turned slowly and said “What is it now?”
“Don’t talk to your uncle like that..” Petunia screamed,
Perhaps you should tell that to him too, Harry said to himself,
“When are these people coming?”
“I don’t know..” he said and again went towards the fridge.
“What do you mean by that?”
Harry smiled, he always loved to keep them in dark about the arrivals be it Dumbledore or Weasleys …..
“They said they should be here by evening, perhaps they are on their way.”
“Or they could be in trouble….” Vernon said with a little smirk..
He sensed the dark humor in his voice..
Harry opened his mouth to reply then he heard a knock on the door..
Suddenly all three of them jumped off the floor. All of them looked at each other like having a mute conversation about choosing the person to open the door. Dudley walked forward, and suddenly Aunt Petunia grabbed his hand and whispered in low voice “How do we know they are not DEATH EATERS?”
Harry had to do tremendous effort to hide his laughter behind his cough.
“Do you think that Death Eaters would knock the door before killing you?”
Harry was surprised that it was Dudley who spoke, and the other two could not find a reason to argue with it. So, Dudley went to open the door.
“There’s no one out here..”
Harry froze all of a sudden and ran past his uncle and aunt shutting the door fiercely. There were sweat beads forming on his forehead, that alarmed his cousin and he whispered “Are they here?”
“I m not sure…”
“Dudley Come here..” uncle Vernon said as quietly as possible.
Once all of them were on the same place, the door knocked again, this time more fiercely than earlier. Now all of them were frightened. Dudley said to Harry “Why don’t you do something?”
“Like you did that with Debentors..”
His wand ! it striked to his mind and he went running upstairs unpacking his bag where he kept it as he was warned by Mad-Eye Moody, Mr. & Mrs. Weasley, Lupin and even form Ron & Hermione that he shouldn’t use magic when he is in the house. Frowning at himself he finally found his wand. Then he reconsidered the facts that happened just now, Dudley was right Death Eaters wouldn’t knock before entering, then who would? He sat on the floor wondering that if he is so secured under this roof (In which even Lord Voldemort can’t enter) the only way to attack him would be take him out of his house. Harry suddenly froze and it struck to him like a bolt. It was a trap to lure him out of the house so they can attack him. Harry knew that if he used any kind of magic or even apparated it would be just what Voldemort would want. It would take only seconds before Ministry Owl to reach here. He then stuck his wand again into his trunk and watched at it desperately. He felt lost and alone without his friends Ron & Hermione, he needed someone who could understand how he was feeling now. He wanted to leave this house as soon as possible and he wanted it to do alone and unnoticed by anyone (Remember he wanted to hunt all the hocruxes alone). But, he also didn’t want to do something stupid that would end him up in the Ministry of Magic. Exhausted with thoughts he finally stood up and stuck his wand into his pocket. Then he went quietly towards the Dursleys who seemed to be in fear by seeing the look on Harry’s face.
Uncle Vernon grunted as quiet as possible “Where is your ‘thing’ boy?, Do something, use it on them like you did on Marge.”
“It is of no use. I can’t do magic outside school till I am 17.”
“I don’t care boy if it is illegal or not just do it or I will blast them with my gun I swear.”
“Yes, do that and they will blast your heads one by one.” Harry snarled
“Stop both of you..” Aunt Petunia said listening keenly towards the door.
There were two more knocks.
“There are people outside Petunia what on earth are you thinking.”
By that time she was close to the door hearing like her life was depending on it. Few moments went by and then suddenly
Afterwards, she opened the door very slightly enough to peek outside and after some moments closed quietly.
“There is no one knocking….” Petunia said finally, and she went towards them. Now all three of them were looking at her very suspiciously.
“Petunia dear….. Are you all right?” Vernon suddenly sound concerned.
“Yes, there is no one outside the door.”
“Then what about the..”
Knock ………… knock……knock
All three of them froze expect Petunia.
“How would you possibly explain that then?” Dudley said.
“I think it is …..”
And she suddenly signaled Harry to come near. Harry was shocked, what is happening? What would his aunt know about what is outside that he didn’t?
Harry went near her and then she whispered in his ear.
“I think it is Mobiliarbus Charm”
Out of thousand things he expected to hear, this was none of them. He looked at her aunt and he could see the look on her face which was in between exasperation and guilt. Listening this Harry quietly crawled towards the door and listened ….
Sure someone was banging and then suddenly he opened the door very slightly and he saw a piece of wood lying on the right in front of him.
He closed the door and walked quietly towards the three and nodded at her aunt but didn’t tell anyone else. This much suspense was too much to handle for Vernon he was firstly very upset that his wife had chosen Harry to tell instead of him and secondly he didn’t even know if there was someone standing there or not.
“Enough, will anyone tell me what on earth is happening here?”
“Yes, and what did you whispered to Harry? What is really outside?” Dudley spoke.
“It is …..”
They all jumped as the telephone rang and it made all of them uncomfortable as they again started to look at each other for whom to answer it. But this time Vernon sprang on the phone as all this suspense was enough for his brain and he needed answers. The three watched as he answered the phone.
“Who are you, and how did you know this number?”
“No, he is not here……………….. ” He turned his head towards Harry.
“How … how could you know this?”
Then, he turned towards the trio and said to Harry, “It’s for you..”
Harry was surprised, but instead he answered
“Harry ……….oh. He is there. So glad to hear your voice” said a young chirpy voice.
“Hermione! Wow What …”
‘Let me speak to him..’ suddenly a grumpy voice came from the other side it was only seconds when Moody answered the phone, “Listen kid, I know you are hearing knocking on the door but listen to me there is no one out there. It is a trap to get you out of your house.”
“Yes, I know….”
“I’m not finished yet boy. Listen whoever these people are they are not alone. There is a gang of Death Eaters out there, and as per I am informed they are now captured by Aurors and taken to Azkaban..”
“What? … GANG why? …. and only for knocking the door?”
“Yes and it would be good enough to take you safely from this place as soon as possible. Now listen to me, I assume that you have packed your trunk? ”
“Yes I am ready”
“Good. So here is the plan once we get a signal from Kingsley we will come to take you. Till then stay there and don’t get out of the house.”
The phone line was disconnected. What is happening right now? How come only knocking on the door can send you to Azkaban? And how did they ever going to take harry out of this house? Harry was full of questions, and so were the Dursleys.
“What is it boy?” Vernon asked without showing any attempt to hide his anger and frustration.
“The Death Eaters are gone..”
“Well that’s good news and …”
“The Aurors are coming to get me out of here.”
“What about us?”
Harry had completely forgotten about asking whether if they were any arrangements for the Dursleys. He still didn’t knew what happened to Hestia and Dedalus. Perhaps what uncle Vernon said was indeed true and something terrible must have happened to them.
Out of nowhere Professor Moody apparated just in front of Harry.
And then all of a sudden one by one people start to appear in the house.
Fred, George, Ron, Hermione, Lupin, Tonks & Mr. Weasly all came one after another. It would seem to any outsider that they were having a little party inside. There was cry of joy as all of them saw Harry there were embraces and hugs all over him. Harry was really pleased all of them to see, yet it was awkward that it was in front of the Dursleys, they were sitting without uttering a word, perhaps it was the first time that harry was getting all the attention and they were ignored like that they even don’t exist.
“What are you still doing here?” Moody asked Vernon.
This was probably the worst night ever for Vernon first of all he really didn’t knew what was happening, secondly a visitor drops in his house and asks him what he is doing? Harry could see his uncle boiling from temper but somehow the appearance of Mad Eye seemed to give his uncle an impression that he wasn’t the guy any one messes with.
Harry answered on behalf of them.
“Um… Hestia and Dedalus were going to pick them up..”
“Oh… this makes it more complicated..” Mr. Weasley
“Please, will someone tell me what is happening?” Harry pleaded.
“Oh, where to start form..” Hermione said.
“Not now, we will tell him when we are safe”
“Oh yes as if we are in danger now.” Fred.
“Wait…… I think I can hear something outside.” Ron said.
After some time the door bell rang. Moody’s magical eye rolled and was fixed on the door. All the Dursleys were extremely terrified after seeing this.
“For god’s sake, Kingsley” Moody said, stomping his leg across the hallway.
“You had to ring the bell didn’t you?” Moody growled while opening the door.
“They are called manners Alestor.”
“Whatever, tell me news.”
“Yes, first of all…. What are they still doing here?” Kingsley asked Moody pointing at the three Dursleys sitting on the couch, with luggage packed at their foot. Dudley was sweating in his bowtie, Petunia was pouting the way Fred and George were handling the silverware and Vernon just needed a reason to take out all his anger.
“We don’t have time for that. First things first what do we do now?” Moody said,
“And what are all of you doing here?” Kingsley asked Moody said pointing at the rest of the lot. The reaction was like anyone had just hit the mute button. Everyone was looking at another with eyes speaking “you first”.
Moody grabbed this opportunity and asked Kingsley “I think we are in middle of danger Kingsley, so why don’t you tell me what news you got and in return I will tell you how did they got here” his one eye swirling over the seven of them.
“I suggest we should sit down. This night looks like it is going to go on forever” Kingsley said and Moody obeyed for he was a person whom Mad-Eye believed would not waste time on action when real danger is hovering over. So as he said everybody took places. Lupin, Ron and Mr. Weasley sat on the stairs, Fred & George sat took the chairs form the kitchen and sat in front of Prof. Moody, whereas Harry, Tonks and Hermione sat on the other couch. It looked like a small conference hall. Kingsley started the conversation “Okay Harry you certainly have questions..”
“Yes, this evening the front door knocked a couple of times and why there was no one outside. Secondly after that Hermione called and she said she knew about the knocking and she also knew about me peeking outside. How is that possible?”
“Look Harry I understand you know that you-know-who has planted hunters for you looking around your house right?” Lupin said
“So we were monitoring whether something suspicious activity is going on around your house or not from Mrs. Figg’s house across your neighborhood. As today was the day you and they (he pointed at Dursley’s) were going to leave this house. As you know you are not only protected by your mother’s magic but the Ministry has added some security too. Thanks to Dumbledore, according to his instructions the Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour made sure that only muggles should enter and leave throughout this house and not a single wizard. That is because you are under tremendous threat. So, returning to the point, this evening we saw some movement in front of your house and we waited for the signs if they were Death Eaters. But as it was found later by Kingsley; they were the not just Death Heaters, some of them were ‘Hunters’, or as they wish to call themselves. One of it and I think now know the person who did the ‘Mobiliarbus Charm’ on a thick wood lying around and banged the door”
“ I know it”
“Yes, and that’s when we all sprang onto action. You see, you’re under seventeen and any magic that happens around you even if you didn’t do it you would be traced easily. But when the Death Eater’s magic penetrated the barrier. Ministry was immediately on action and that’s what the Death Eaters exactly wanted. The Ministry would expel you from Hogwarts considering it your last chance and the Death Eaters would wait for you to come out of the protection barrier. We suddenly got onto action and contacted at The Burrow. Bill and Charlie were there, I asked Bill to fetch Kingsley and Mad-Eye at once. Then I sent Charlie to stop Hestia and Dedalus to halt at a safer distance from your home.”
“Why would you do that?”
“Don’t you get it Harry as soon as Kingsley got the message he went at Ministry to convince that they would check if there were intruder outside your house.”
“That wasn’t easy though, I had to remind them the Dementors incident and how it turned out on the Ministry itself and without Harry’s fault.” Kingsley said.
“But that doesn’t explain why would Hestia and Dedalus…” Harry began but
Lupin intercepted him.
“If Hestia and Dedalus arrived at that particular moment the Ministry would have believed that it was them who were intruders.”
“What? They are Aurors right?” Hermione shrieked.
“Hermione, we are living in a terrible environment right now. You don’t know who is who even he is an Auror or a Doorkeeper. The Ministry is losing its grip over its members. Half of the Ministry is infiltrated by Voldemort. So the proof of Hestia and Dedalus appearing at the wrong place at the wrong time would turn them as the most likely suspects. So, Kingsley and the rest of Aurors came at where the Hunters were hidden. And they struggled a bit but they almost captured all of them.”
“Yes, I know Mad-eye mentioned some GANG.”
“But I have a question. If Ministry believed that Harry did magic why didn’t they send an owl or worse come here to arrest him.” Ron said.
“That because the Ministry hasn’t been fully infiltrated yet. There are some people who are still here to protect you. Who are still in the Order that Dumbledore created. And about the why the ministry didn’t arrive to catch Harry? We had to deal the worse situation instead.”
“Worse !” Fred & George exclaimed.
Then there was awkward silence.. “Well then tell us about it..” Ron urged
“Ron, you were not supposed to be here.” Mr. Weasley said.
“So do they” Ron said pointing at the twins.
“Hey we didn’t invited you” Fred barked.
“By the way I would like to know why Kingsley was surprised that you (he pointed out Ron-Hermione-Fred-George-Tonks) are here.” Harry asked, as he probably guessed what the “worst situation” would be and was pretty sure that he didn’t want to hear about it.
“Yes about that I am glad you asked that.” Lupin spoke “When I saw the door being knocked by wood. I saw it open once by him (he pointed at Dudley) and then I saw someone peeking slightly at the door (Aunt Petunia unnecessarily adjusted herself on the couch) and then the next time I saw your face (he said pointing at Harry) I was worried that you would do exactly what ‘Hunters’ wanted. We wanted to warn you but we also didn’t want to attract attention of Death Eaters. Then Arthur said that Ron once contacted Harry with “Fellytone” or something. So I contacted to burrow again and there and I saw Tonks and Hermione sitting at the fireplace. I asked Hermione if she knew to use the ..”
“Telephone” Hermione inserted impatiently
“Yes, sorry!. And then she said that she needed a number or something to contact you. It was just when she came downstairs with the number Mad-Eye arrived while Kingsley left for the Ministry. So as per I was told : Tonks arrived after Hermione and Mad-Eye, saying she was persistent, and Fred, George and Ron were probably listening through their extendable ears. After that there was a party at Mrs. Figg’s house.” Lupin stopped.
“We came here to help!” Fred exclaimed
“No, you came here because you were bored” Ron replied, “If Hermione didn’t ask me about the number you wouldn’t be here.”
“Now look who is talking” George said,
“Professor Moody said that he was waiting for Kingsley’s signal and then after a few minutes you all were here. What exactly was the signal?”
“Now Kingsley would you tell what you got?” Moody said
“Oh Yes, we captured them, the ‘Death Eaters’ and the ‘Hunters’ and asked them what were they doing here?”
“And what they said?”
“They said they were here to kill Harry.” Kingsley said.
The whole room went silent like if someone had just dropped a mute bomb.
“Well after that we all were shocked and then without even deciding of taking to wizgenmot, do you know what Rufus (Minister of Magic) did, he sent them directly to Azkaban.”
“Why?” Harry said
“Harry, these people were trying to attack you not just you anyone who would come to protect you. How can you possibly think that they should deserve a better place than Azkaban? Even if they get hearing among the court what would be the verdict? And not to mention one of them got so angry to be caught that he killed two muggles right in front of us yelling that now no one could stop us.”
Hermione clasped her mouth with her hands, everyone was shocked.
“You were right this is worse” Harry said
“Yes, now I was there with the Aurors right in front of your house. I was one of the people who monitored the protection charms around here. So with help of Henry and David and with the permission of Rufus we cleared all the protection charm that was safeguarding the house.”
The Dursleys and Harry made a slight movement to adjust themselves.
“That’s when I gave Mad Eye the signal, and I think that’s when all of you apparated in this house”
“Then why didn’t the Ministry came directly if apparition is highly traceable? ” Harry asked.
“Because as I said they had worse situation to handle. Harry for the first time in my history all the death eaters are eager to go Azkaban. This is not the only incident you are facing here. Death Eaters and Hunters are doing almost any dangerous thing that makes you to get Azkaban. I must tell you I haven’t seen Ministry been this busy in my entire career. And for your information Tonks, Arthur, Mad-Eye and myself work in Ministry. We are unofficially in charge of the protection of you and them (he said pointing towards the Dursley’s)”
“But it means you don’t have protection around here anymore?” Harry asked.
“No we cleared the protection for Mad-Eye, Arthur and Remus to apparate in your house. After that I signaled Hestia and Dedalus to be in your lawn. Then I camouflaged your house. I cleared the protection to make it more secure than earlier.”
“And what do you exactly mean by that.” Suddenly it looked like Vernon had something to talk about.
“I mean that this address doesn’t exist at all. This house is completely safe. If someone tries to find it they wouldn’t know that if this is the exact house they have been looking for.”
“Wow” Fred & George exclaimed
“How did you do that?” Ron asked.
“They call him Auror for a reason Weasley.” Mad-eye Grunted. “If your little Chitchat is over could we get back on how to get out of here.”
“What? Oh yes I forgot I think Hestia and Dedalus are in your lawn waiting for them (Dursleys) to leave. And I think we should leave too.”
“What took you so long to come in here if you were just outside the house?”
“Don’t you think that using Mrs. Figg’s fireplace didn’t wake up the floo network?”
It looked like all of them (expect the Dursley’s) just hit their faces at a wall.
“I told you that the protection I made around this house is that it would look like we are inside in Mrs. Figg’s house not at Harry’s. So I apparated into Mrs.Figg’s house. I watched if the floo network was still working. I had to destroy the fireplace, so no one can use the floo network ever. After that in order to avoid more suspicion I walked and rang the bell.”
“Wait, that means to any outsider this house would look like Mrs. Figgs house and Mrs. Figg’s house as Number 4, Privet Drive.” Hermione interrupted.
“Yes, I know I shouldn’t have used the camaflous charm. But I thought that it could keep us safe for a while.” Kingsley said,
“You can camaflous entire house?” Tonks screeched
“I’am not the only person here…” kingsley said eying towards Mad-Eye
“Wait a minute, Then how are we getting out of here?” Fred & George asked.
“This is very complicated look: Why do you think the Death Eaters are willingly telling that they want to murder Harry? Why did the Death Eaters attack the very day when Mad Eye was going to take Harry away from this home before his mother’s protection ended? The most probable answer would be: the more threat to Harry the faster we would like to move him out of this place. So Harry would fall easily in their trap. They just want to get him out of this protection as soon as possible and as Harry get’s out; it would be very easy to attack him.” Kingsley explained.
“Then we must go then. The sooner we leave it would be better.” Hermione said and stood up.
“No, not until we get the signal” Moody grunted, all of them could sense impatience in his voice.
Mad-Eye stood up pacing backwards and forwards glancing from the window. Then he went towards Lupin and whispered something in his ears. Afterwards they both turned to the Dursleys and said.
“We think that it is safer outside to leave now, and Harry you should also pick up your trunk and be ready. As I doubt we will be too leaving soon."
“Don’t worry we will get it.” Fred said and Ron went up to help him.
It was an awkward moment for Harry to say goodbye to the family who didn’t treat him like he was one of them. Vernon and Dudley simply shook his hand and said good bye. While petunia looked like she was going to say something but she couldn’t express it in words. But the way she looked at him, Harry understood that she was definitely looking into his eyes. Then she looked away and without uttering a word parted with the rest of her family. Meanwhile Ron and Fred dragged Harry’s trunk through the staircase in the living room.
“Harry there has been quite changes in the plan” Kingsley started to talk as the Dursley’s were loading their suitcases in their car.
“Yes, and thanks to you” Mr. Weasley spoke, pointing towards his children.
“Look as I said we came here to help” George responded,
“But if someone could control themselves just a little bit, the situation here would have been easier than complicated” Lupin said while slightly glancing towards Tonks.
“Wait, now don’t you put this on me!” Tonks screamed,
“Enough, we had our chitchat before and we are not doing that again.” Moody barked and then turned towards Harry “Look Potter, Death Eaters are going to attack as soon as we step out of the house. So, Bill created a Portkey on half a mile distance away from here. It is inside a telephone booth. We will protect you to get you there safely as early as possible.”
“So, I am going with the Dursley’s?”
“No, Bill said he would come to take you there” Mr. Weasley answered.
“Wait until you see it” Mr. Weasley said mischievously
When Fred and Ron were back with Harry’s suitcase they could hear George and Mr. Weasley talking about traveling in cars. Harry saw Fred and Ron loading his luggage in Uncle Vernon’s car.
“Thanks for the help, but that is not my suitcase” Uncle Vernon said suppressing his anger.
“We know that.” Ron said and loaded Harry’s trunk on top of other suitcases. Vernon made an unsatisfying noise and slammed the door shut.
“Why did you put my trunk in their car” Harry asked Mad-Eye
“Believe me boy, we have much to protect than a stack of clothes and bunch of books” Moody explained “and by the way Hestia and Dedalus do have to visit the burrow after securing them to a safe place and then they can bring your luggage with them. More secure than ever.” Fred returned with Harry’s invisible coat and Ron with Hedwig’s cage. She was still shrieking continuously.
“You better leave her with them, you know for safety” Fred suggested
“No, I really don’t see if she would like it” Harry said
“Yeah, I see that” Ron said glancing at the car through the window.
Harry saw his aunt, uncle and cousin leaving in uncle Vernon’s car. Where Dedalus was seated in front and Hestia was at backseat with Petunia and Dudley. The Dursley’s were all pale white as if they had seen a ghost. Vernon almost jumped when Dedalus asked him to drive. Harry saw them past the road and some part of him felt if it was this easy to leave this house he could have done it very earlier. Mad-Eye arrived from behind and spoke something at Kingsley’s ears. Kingsley nodded spoke “We need to make teams Fred you will go with..”
“Me” George exclaimed
“Ronald will come with me” Arthur said
“I will take Tonks with me” Lupin said,
“Well in that case Hermione you..” Mr. Weasley said, glancing towards Kingsley and Mad-Eye Moody.
“I will go with Kingsley” Hermione interjected slightly blushing.
“OK then it is all settled then” Mad-Eye said, “Don’t worry I will be keeping an extra Eye on you Harry” swirling his magical eye.
“Well, any last words before the departure?” Fred whispered in Harry’s ear, he had his mischievous smile on his face. Harry understood what he meant and ignored him.
Sky had changed into pitch black, it seemed that night had arrived too much sooner than expected; Moody was constantly checking his watch and glancing towards the road.
Sky was getting darker and darker; Harry looked at it as if it was hiding something mysterious beneath it. Moody said “Bill will be here at any moment”
“Now Harry listen to me very carefully” Kingsley said handing over his invisibility cloak. “You have your wand with you right?”
Harry nodded, and then he saw Kingsley checking his watch.
“The portkey will activate at 6:30 that means you have half-an-hour to go towards the telephone booth. Now the tricky part is you should not do any kind of magic that would put you in danger. We all are here for your safety. I hope you understand it.” Harry shook his head while his mind was full of guilt.
On the other side Mad-Eye, Arthur and Lupin were having a discussion with the other seven: “Look I know that you two (Ron, Hermione) had your fair share of adventures with Harry” Lupin said, “This one is the most dangerous of them all. I need all of you to take care of yourselves no matter in what condition you are.”
“Yeah, but I am still not clear how is harry going to travel and how are we suppose to go to the burrow” Fred asked,
“First thing we are not going with Harry” Arthur said, “We all are going to Mrs. Figg’s house”
“What ?” Ron,
“Then who is going with Harry?” Hermione,
“We made teams to guard Mrs.Figg?” Fred and George said.
All of them spoke at once.
“Look this was nowhere in the plan, we had to do advancements to get you safe and it now fits very well.” Mad-Eye said, and everyone went quiet “Obviously Death Eaters will be coming and now they will come in numbers you wouldn’t imagine. You have to make sure that when they come they really should believe that they are really hunting down Potter.”
“So, they would think that we are defending Harry while on other side we would be guarding Figg’s house. And what about Mrs. Figg? What if anything happens to her? She wouldn’t be able to perform magic even if she would be in danger.” Ronald asked.
“She isn’t in the house anymore” Arthur Said, “Kingsley told her to leave the place when he destroyed the fireplace.”
“Don’t worry she is safe.” Lupin answered looking at their concerned faces.
“Where?” Hermione asked
“It is better you don’t know.”Arthur answered.
“Then what are we supposed to do now?” George asked,
“We must Wait…” Lupin answered.
On the other side Kingsley was done explaining Harry about the plan. At first he was shocked but after that he realized that there was no other choice other than that. Kingsley went inside and tapped on Mad-Eye’s shoulder they chatted a little and then Mad-Eye left the room.
“Wait where is he going?” Ron asked Kingsley.
“And Harry agreed! On what terms did you explained this to him?” Hermione asked.
“On the contrary we didn’t. See if he knows that all of your lives including us are in danger because of him, he would obviously disagree.” Arthur said.
“So what Harry is thinking is that we are guarding him in groups as he goes to the portkey.” Lupin said
“Can anyone explain me all over again; all of this jibber-jabber is too much to understand.” Tonks said looking confused.
“Yeah me too” Ronald said.
“Here is what going to happen.” Kingsley said “Bill is taking Harry to the portkey and I can’t tell you how Fred there is not much time. While Bill and Harry are going towards the portkey Mad-Eye will keep watch on them. And when they are about to go Arthur, Tonks and myself will walk in Mrs. Figg’s house. While you four will apparate directly inside. Do you get it.” All of them nodded, “In case you didn’t notice Death Eaters are hovering around Mrs. Figg’s house since the Dursley’s left.” Fred, George, Ron, Hermione and Tonks gasped.
“So they are probably waiting for us, but they don’t know that they are monitoring the wrong house.” Hermione asked,
“No, they don’t know and it is upto us to keep their attention hooked towards us. They might attack the moment we enter. So I advise you to keep your wands ready. Mad-Eye will use Disillusionment Charm on himself and will tail Harry. Hermione, Ron, Fred, George and Remus will directly apparate inside the house. While Arthur, Tonks and I will apparate directly in front of the house.” Kingsley stopped.
“Once we enter the house we will go in teams as we previously discussed.” Arthur said and all of them nodded.
“And what happens after that is the most crucial part. Once the Death Eaters attack we will no matter what fight in groups is that understood.” Kingsley said, “No matter what happens we will stay close to our partners and make sure there is no harm done” He said glancing towards Fred and George. They both nodded in unison. “When Harry is safe Mad-Eye will fire red sparks in the sky as a signal, and on seeing that you must grab your partner and at once apparate at the burrow is that clear.” Everyone nodded.
Meanwhile Mad-Eye was explaining to Harry “Potter, while Bill is taking you to the portkey I can’t completely assure you that you could be attacked, although rest of us will do whatever we could to avoid that situation. But, going through your reputation and history I would advise you to focus on your own protection than caring about the others.”
Harry opened his mouth to protest but Mad-Eye denied and continued “May be I am not the right person who can put that down in more decent words, but you must understand that we all are here for you to get you safely out of here. So, bottom-line is that the faster you fulfill your journey the lesser will be the consequences, No pressure! ” Mad-Eye added with a wink and a smile which instead of relaxing, terrified Harry.
“But, I still don’t get it how will Bill take me out of here”
“In a car.”
“What?” Harry didn’t realised how could Bill and Harry possibly go unnoticed traveling in a car.
Probably Moody understood his dilemma and replied “You will be going in Arthur’s Car.”
“Oh.” Then it struck him not only did Mr. Weasley’s car fly through the skies it would also disappear herself making it perfect to fool anyone on the road. But the problem was if Bill was to arrive in an invisible car how was Harry was going to spot it.
“There he is” Mad-Eye said glancing towards the road, and then he saw his magical eye swirling and focusing on an exact point of the road. “Quick, Potter put on your cloak.” Harry pulled out his invisibility cloak and got under it. Now he understood why Mad-Eye was with him not only his magic eye could see Harry through his invisibility cloak but also he could exactly spot Mr. Weasley’s invisible car.
“You ready now!” he asked Harry checking that if he is fully covered under the cloak and then said “Go to the fence, turn to your left and then head towards the street lamp and after that cross the road very carefully” emphasizing the last two words.
He gulped and slowly went towards the fence, once he was close towards it he opened it very slightly for only him to pass, and then he turned towards left as Mad-Eye told him.
After crossing some distance he felt a strange feeling going through his entire body like he just went through an invisible barrier, then he looked back at the house and he was petrified! It didn’t look like Number 4 Privet Drive at all; he thought he was looking at Mrs. Figg’s house. Then he blinked his eyes couple of times but the vision didn’t change at all. That must be the camoflous charm Kingsley did, he thought.
Then he remembered what he had to do and walked towards the street lamp. He looked across both sides and saw nothing, and then he slowly began to cross the road. It was almost night and yet there were no rush of vehicles, nor there were people wandering around the streets. His heart was thumping very hard beneath his chest as he was halfway across the road. He was very cautious with every step and then THUD ! He banged to something.
A hoarse voice asked from nowhere “Harry is it you?” Harry was amazed to hear Bill’s voice so close yet so indistinct. He replied “Yes it is me.”
Then he heard a small click and then he saw the car’s door opened slightly, it was very dark where he could barely see the insights of the car. He opened the door only necessary to allow himself inside the car.
“It is going to be okay Harry” Bill said, sensing his feelings “We will get you safely out of here.” Harry nodded but still was very concerned about his friends, and the danger he put them in. “It is safe here Harry no one can see you in this car. So, probably you can take off the cloak now.”
Harry forgot that he was still wearing the cloak so he removed it and stuffed in his pocket.
He looked at Mrs. Figg’s house and then at Number 4, Privet drive. Now even though he had spent his childhood in this area, he couldn’t tell which house he just leaved.
Bill started the engine of the car; miraculously he couldn’t even hear engine’s humming which this car did a lot. He gazed towards Bill to ask about that. But he saw that his eyes were fixed on the road and before he could even utter a word they leaved Number 4, Privet Drive without a single sound.
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