The Blond Haired Mage
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Prepare yourself for 'The Blond Haired Mage' Chapter Deux!
"It's still magic even if you know how it's done." ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
Chapter 2: To Be Loved
5th August 1991,
Charring Cross Road, London
Naruto stood outside a decrepit old pub called Leaky Cauldron, which looked like the most uninviting place in London. It was set between a bookshop and a record store. He was quite puzzled that the people around him never seemed to notice the tightly packed pub just across the street.
Chalking this up as another quirk of the adults, he started walking towards the pub, when a large hand on his shoulder stopped him in his tracks.
"What ya here for, li'll one?" questioned a large bearded man who, Naruto mused, must see everyone as 'li'll'.
"An old man told me to come here, and wait for an escort to help me buy my school supplies."
The large man seemed to know who this 'Old Man' was, as he stared at him unblinkingly for a moment or two, before he let out a loud guffaw.
" 'Old man'? No one's called him an old man since that red haired girl left Hogwarts. Are you, by any chance related to her?"
"I... Don't know... I've been an orphan all my life. But I could be. Thanks for telling me..."
"Oh! Where are my manners? My name is Hagrid, Gamekeeper of Hogwarts. Nice to meet you..."
"Naruto ...Naruto Uzumaki"
At this, Hagrid's eyebrows shot up in surprise. "Uzumaki... Don't see one of those anymo'." Hagrid mused softly.
Naruto, though immediately latched onto the hope of seeing one of his family again.
"What do you mean? Are there more Uzumaki? Where do they live? Do you know any of them?" the blond questioned in rapid succession.
Before Hagrid could form any response, a new voice spoke up.
"Don't you know anything about the wizarding world?" Questioned a girl's voice in a chiding tone.
The to-be wizard spun on his heels to see the speaker and found a girl his age, wearing what seemed to be a yellow summer-dress. She had long, bushy brown hair, and brown eyes. At her sides, Naruto realized with a pang of envy, stood two adults, most likely her parents. The male was a blond, and the woman, a ravenette.
The girl continued speaking, in a bossy and know it all voice "The House of the Uzumaki is one of the most noble and ancient line of wizards and witches, having produced many powerful ones. The last reported Uzumaki was Kushina Uzumaki, and she has not been seen in almost 14 years." She finished her explanation with a smirk.
Naruto knew that this would be the start of a beautiful enmity.
Hagrid's gruff voice cut him off from starting any further conversations.
"Now that all of you are here, let us introduce ourselves to each other. I am Hagrid, the Gamekeeper of Hogwarts. I will be your escort for this trip to the alley. Now, since I already know Naruto, so, what is your name lad?" he asked the girl.
The girl gave a polite bow and introduced herself.
"My name is Hermione Granger. I am eleven years old, and will be starting the first term in the first session."
Hagrid smiled, which looked... embarrassingly cute on him, Naruto realised with a blush.
He cleared his throat, ready to introduce himself, when Hermione halted him by putting her hands up in a stopping motion.
"You are Naruto right? Don't worry Naruto, Hagrid already let it slip. Nice to meet you, Naruto" Ah...there was the cocky smirk again. She extended her hand to shake his. Rather unfamiliar with any form of friendly contact, Naruto was rather lost on what to do.
Hermione, thinking he was trying to be cool, retracted her hand with a imperceptible scowl.
Hagrid realized that this might not end well and quickly intervened.
"Ready to go lads?"
When both pre teens replied in affirmative, Hagrid started walking towards the pub.
Almost as an afterthought, he turned and in a sheepish voice said, "I am sorry Mr. And Mrs. Granger but I am afraid you will have to wait here. The people in the ally don't take kindly to muggles; even they are with a wizard. You don't need to worry about the money. The money has already been provided by Hogwarts."
"Sure, we will come back here in hour. That's the most it would take, I believe. Yes? At Hagrid's nod, the father wrapped a hand around Hermione and pulled her into a hug.
"Take care sweetheart... don't stray too far, and buy only the items necessary. Hermione just got out a meek yes, embarrassed that her father was treating her like a small child.
She was nearly twelve years old dammit!
Unnoticed by any around him, Naruto sent a longing look towards the parents. He too wanted that close contact, no matter how embarrassing it may seem to other s, he wanted to feel the protective embrace of his parents. Whoever they be. When they parted, Naruto quickly darted his eyes elsewhere. The old man had promised him that he would be able to make friends in Hogwarts anyway. Then he could give them all the love he had.
Having told their piece their daughter, the couple marched out of the pub.
Hagrid too, turned and walked towards the backroom. He took out an umbrella from...somewhere and tapped the wall with its metal end.
To Naruto's and secretly, Hermione's immense amazement, the bricks started twisting and shifting to make passage for them to the Diagon alley.
The party of three, consisting of two children and the adult went through the bustling cobblestoned streets. It was the liveliest place they had ever seen. Even Hermione had not seen a more beautifully busy place. Thousands of magical items were on display for the purchasers and the people were milling about in equal bluster.
Naruto checked the list he had been given by the gamekeeper.
First-year students will require:
Three Sets of Plain Work Robes (Black)
One Plain Pointed Hat (Black) for day wear
One Pair of Protective Gloves (dragon hide or similar)
One Winter Cloak (Black, silver fastenings)
Please note that all student's clothes should carry name-tags at all times.
-The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1) by Miranda Goshawk
-A History of Magic by Bathilda Bagshot
-Magical Theory by Adalbert Waffling
-A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration by Emeric Switch
-One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi by Phyllida Spore
-Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger
-Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
-The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble
-1 Cauldron (pewter, standard size 2)
-1 set of glass or crystal phials
-1 set of brass scales
-Students may also bring an Owl OR a Cat OR a Toad.
PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT FIRST YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED THEIR OWN BROOMSTICKS.
Naruto scoffed at the last remark. They did not need to worry about him bringing any broomsticks.
For now, that is.
The blond was almost giddy imagining how his life was going to be at Hogwarts. Oh, he was going to do all those things that he had read magicians do in the fairy tales. He was brought out of his musings by the giant gamekeeper's rough voice.
"Alright, we are finally here. Get in, lads, two wands coming right up!" Hagrid hollered, stepping in the shop. Naruto mentally smiled a true smile at how the man was trying to friendly to both of them. That or he was just that cheerful.
They had stopped in front of a shop. The shop was narrow and shabby, with peeling gold letters over the door of the shop. They read: Ollivanders: Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C.
By the stars that had metaphorically in Hermione's eyes, she seemed to know about it. He decided to not question her on it, they were entering the shop anyway.
The fact that she made him look like a five year old toddler had nothing to do with it. Squaring his shoulders, he entered the shop. If it could be called such, it looked more of a warehouse to him.
The shop's display consisted of a solitary wand lying on a faded purple cushion in the dusty window. The shop was tiny, empty except for a single, spindly chair in the corner. Thousands of narrow boxes containing wands were piled right up to the ceiling of the tiny shop, and the whole place had a thin layer of dust about it
"Welcome to Ollivanders shop. How may I help you?"
Hagrid took over. "The two children here are going to be starting their first session in September. Thus, they will be needing wands. Hogwarts will pay for them."
"Sure, it will be my pleasure to serve the newest generation, as me my family has done for generations before"
Hagrid looked at the two of them. "I have some business to take care of. Stay in the shop.
Looking at Hermione critically for a minute, he muttered something to himself and walked to the back of his shop. When he finally came out, he was carrying a box.
He opened the box, and took out a wand.
"This, my dear, is a 10¾" long wand, made of Vinewood, with a dragon heartstring core."
"Hold it for me."
When she did so, sparks flew out of the wand. Judging by 's face, it was the desirable outcome.
"Naruto, I had spotted a bookstore two shops away. I will meet you there!" Not waiting for a response, Hermione happily skipped away.
"Great! Now, ", he said gesturing towards Naruto "time for you to get your wand."
"Can I choose my wand myself?"
"No. The wand chooses the wizard. That much has always been clear to those of us who have studied wandlore... These connections are complex. An initial attraction, and then a mutual quest for experience, the wand learning from the wizard, the wizard from the wand."
Naruto nodded. Truth to be told, he understood nothing.
The proud wand maker appraised the boy critically, same as he had done with Hermione.
But unlike with Hermione, he frowned.
"Curious one, you are..."
".. Mister Naruto."
The old wand maker went to the back of his shack again. Curious about how the shop looked Naruto decided to take a little peek. He spied the old man on the ladder, ruffling through a few boxes. When he found what Naruto assumed to be the required wand, he took it out and stepped down from the ladder. He set the wand on the table and opened it.
Inside was a spiral wand.
Naruto was handed the wand, and asked to wave.
The cupboard opposite to him was emptied of its possessions.
Ollivander's frown lines deepened.
He took out a box, this time from a side shelf that Naruto could easily see.
"Here, try this" said the wand maker as he handed him a brown coloured wand. Naruto took it. As soon as he did, a gentle breeze blew inside the closed shop.
Ollivander's eyes narrowed, and then widened considerably.
"11 inches long, Holly wood and Thestral tail hair core. This wand is the closest that I have seen to the elder wand. It has been sitting here, for so long, made by my grandfather. I am happy that it has finally found a master. Now," he said, ducking down to look Naruto straight in the eye "I will be expecting great things from the scion of the house of the Uzumaki. I hope this wand helps you in reaching those heights."
Naruto looked shocked."How did you know I am an Uzumaki?"
The wand maker's eyes twinkled in mirth. "You, without your blond hair, would be a carbon copy of the girl who saved me. Kushina Uzumaki. I may not be able to tell you much, but I am sure Albus would be more than happy to."
The blond's eyes glistened with unshed tears. "Thank you, Mr. Ollivander..."
The old man waved him off."No need. Now, off you go... The girl should not roam around Diagon alley. This place can be a wretched hive of thievery and other villainy."
Naruto nodded and quickly ran out of the shop.
Ollivander just chuckled. "If his father is who I suspect, I really shouldn't be surprised with the speed."
(Book shop, Diagon Alley.)
Flourish and Blotts Bookseller
This was the name of the bookshop. It was filled with shelves, teeming with books of all sizes , shapes, and bindings.
Hermione was currently reading a book "Magical me" By Gilderoy Lockhart in reading area. It listed his life, and of various adventures he had been through during his time as a wizard. She was always excited to read anything pertaining to the wizarding world.
When she was in school, she was constantly made fun of for being a bucktooth and being "freaky".
'They don't even know how right they were.' She mused. That was one of her reasons to go to Hogwarts. So she could be with people with powers like herself.
The tingling of bells announced her companion's arrival.
Naruto... She didn't know what to think of the boy. Did he just up and decide that he wanted to be a wizard? From what she could tell, he did not know anything about the wizarding world.
So was this just some game to him? Seeing him casually walk to her, hands in his pockets, she decided that yes, it was. The same casual demeanour he had shown when they were in front of the Leaky Cauldron. Acting as if he was her better. And that thought just made her boil.
She pointedly ignored the fact that it was she. In fact, who had lectured him as if lecturing a child.
"There you are...Come on, I got my wand. Let's get back to Ollivaders. Hagrid must be coming.
Hermione caught him eyeing the book and quickly pulled it back. "Fine. Let's go."
Hermione quickly took the lead, while our blond hero trailed behind. Naruto had sensed he bad mood, and knew better than to challenge her at a time like this.
"Why are you so angry?"... Naruto questioned tactfully.
In his defence, he never had to deal with these types of situations. Ever.
In his humble opinion, when you had no problems, you should smile, and when you had problems, you smile even wider.
Hermione tuned back, incredulous that he would ask such a question.
To come to the sight of really, innocently curious blue orbs.
"Nothing, just worried about which house I will be given to."
Naruto, if possible, was even more confused.
"Do you really not know anything about the wizarding world?"
The blond just shrugged.
"Urgh... Hogwarts is organised into four houses. Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. These are all named after the founders of Hogwarts, Dividing them into houses help Hogwarts in maintaining a better quality of teaching, discipline and raise the competitive spirit in the students."
"I am not sure about this, but some journals had noted that Hogwarts had a points system for the houses. Breaking the rule will result in points getting deducted, and doing something worthy of appreciation results in your house gaining point. The accumulated points are compared at the end of the year, and the House who has the most points wins."
"That is a nice system" Naruto commented. "But why are you so tense about it?"
"Because, the houses are assigned according to our character traits. But I want to join Gryffindor... and I am afraid that I'll be put in some other house. Besides, most of the powerful light mages come from Gryffindor."
"That's a bias if I ever heard one."
"Then there is the fact that Gryffindor is the most impartial of all the houses."
Naruto scrunched up his face in a thinking pose.
Hermione absently noted that he looked very innocent (and cute) in that of pose.
"Are you sure about this. I mean this looks like a thing that would be spoken by each student about his house."
"There were many people, having the same opinion."
Naruto shrugged. "Whatever then. " The rest of the walk was continued in silence, well relative silence.
It was extremely difficult to attain silence in a market filled with shoppers.
They arrived at Ollivander's to see Hagrid already waiting there.
"You have got your lists right?" Hagrid asked.
The two nodded. Hagrid beckoned them to follow. And they shopped in the alley for the rest of the items.
Finally, came the turn to choose their animal companions. Hermione chose a brown barn-owl.
Naruto chose a toad.
"But why would you take a toad? Owls' can help in carrying your letters and other such task. Toads are just a hindrance!" Hermione asked?, confused.
"It's just that I like toads. That and he will be able to stay with me all the time."
Hagrid smiled down at his charges. "Now since that is done, let's get out of the alley. You two now know one of the ways to come here. If you need anything related to magic, you can always come here."
With that, they departed the magical market.
Outside the leaky cauldron
They exited the pub to see Hermione's parents waiting patiently on the sidewalk.
"Here, take your tickets. Be there at the station on time, the train does not wait." Hagrid said. Then the giant turned to Naruto and handed him a letter. "Naruto, Professor Dumbledore asked me to give you this. Read this somewhere safe. Goodbye."
His part done, Hagrid left.
London Train Station
Hermione's parents had graciously offered him a ride back to the orphanage. Naruto though, remembering his luck with such things, politely (at least according to him) declined them.
He didn't want to sour his own relationship, however antagonistic it may be, with an year mate sour if some accident were to happen.
Still though they were persistent and eventually, he had to oblige. He had still not forgotten the stink eye Hermione had given him.
For the first time he had seen what having a family was like. He had thoroughly enjoyed the short ride. He was determined to form bonds like the, and protect them, no matter what.
So caught up, was he in all this, that he didn't even read the ticket.
This led to his current predicament. He could not, try as he might, find platform no.9 and three quarters. He had tried everything. Talking to the people standing in the queue and asking the help desk. Hell, he had even asked the police. They had all laughed it off, thinking he was playing a prank. Well the police guy did seem angry, but he had forced a smile and not-so subtly told him to bother someone else.
Now, here he was, standing near the board sign of platform 9, alone in a crowded station, with an orange seated on his head. Coupled with his sun kissed blond hair and odd luggage, he made for a peculiar sight.
"What do you think 'kichi? Did they make some sort of mistake in printing the ticket?" the blond questioned his toad.
The toad, unsurprisingly did not answer.
Sighing, Naruto was just going to go back home, when he noticed something. Something peculiar. A black cat staring at him. And as soon as he noticed her, she skittered away.
'Weird.' Whatever Naruto expected, cats taking interest in him was not one of them.
Lost in thought, he did not notice a black haired youth walking towards him with a large trolley until it was too late. Bam- the two bodies collided.
The black haired boy slowly stood up, dusting off his shirt.
Naruto had far more experienced in being tackled, however and hence was able to keep his balance. Now that he saw the boy more clearly, he could see the distinct lightning shaped scar on his forehead. He was carrying a big luggage trolley (much like Naruto's own). On the trolley, was also a white owl.
He offered the boy a hand, which the raven haired boy quickly took. That was when he saw it. The boy had the same ticket as him, and the ticket was lying on the ground.
He picked it up and gave it to the boy.
"I am really sorry. I was not paying attention to where I was going" the boy started apologetically.
Naruto offered a small smile. "That's no problem. Actually, can you tell me where platform 9 and three quarters is?"
The other boy shook his head. "I am sorry; I don't know how to find it myself"
"I'm Naruto Uzumaki" Naruto offered
"Let's find the platform together then." Harry nodded with a smile and started walking with Naruto.
After 10 minutes of futile searching, Naruto just had enough and leaned on one of the pillars of the station. To his horror, he started sinking into it. Scared of dying in such a-strange- way, he tried to call out to Harry, who had left to bring something to drink..But no words came out of his mouth.
Then, he was enveloped in darkness. But instead of dying in a pillar, like he had initially thought, he was ejected unceremoniously on the other side.
He promptly landed on his bum.
'Stupid intangible pillars... stupid magic...'
Blinking his eyes, he saw...a train...
A steam driven train!
Around him, throngs of people were flitting about. Students, parents of the students coming to see their children off and officials.
No one looked at him with disdain, and were doing extraordinary feats like levitating books while reading them openly.
These people were chaotic, and special in their own ways.
A ghost of a smile passed over his features.
These people were like him. Here, he was not an outcast. He was one of them.
The sense of belonging warmed his young heart.
A shrill whistle stopped his line of thoughts.
"All the students, get on board, the train will be departing in ten minutes.
The students started hurrying along, parents giving their wards hugs, and other things to make them believe they belonged.
He unconsciously gripped his bag harder. For inside it, was his parent's reminder. A reminder that he was loved. There was a chance...
His mind went back to the letter Hagrid had given him.
Having packed all things, Naruto was having a hard time containing his childish glee at finally leaving the thrice damned orphanage.
Then he remembered about the package given to him by Hagrid.
He trotted over to his nag and opened the letter.
'DEAR Naruto Uzumaki.
If you have this letter, I must assume that you have bought the school supplies and bonded with a future classmate, Ms. Granger.
This letter is to be read privately. Use your little trick if you must. This is a secret that should remain one until you enter Hogwarts.
The secret I refer to is your lineage. You, Mr. Uzumaki are the sole son of Late Minato Namikaze and Late Kushina Uzumaki. Minato was the last of the Namikaze clan, belonging to the Japanese Magic Society, and your mother, Kushina, belonged to The House of Uzumaki, an early off shoot of the now disgraced House of Black. The clan were renowned worldwide to produce the best spell casters. Your parents, too, were one of the most powerful wizards ever known. Kushina was an Auror in the ministry of magic before she fell in love with your father, and subsequently vacated her position to live with her husband in Japan. Just after she left, the first wizarding world war started. Ministry did not want outside interference, hence was never told of what was happening here. All her relatives were wiped out during the course of war. Her husband then became the Head of Magic Council in Japan.
They died under, as of yet, unknown circumstances while on their visit to London. There was no record of a child being born; hence you lived in relative obscurity through the years.
The Uzumaki, being one of the oldest and, at one time, powerful family had accumulated a wealth unmatched by any other. As the last Uzumaki scion, all of this belongs to you. You will be given the key to Gringotts when you come to Hogwarts. It will be your decision to tell the Japanese of your existence. Some of this may change the way you view life, but you will at least know you were loved.
I am enclosing a picture to the same effect.
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore,
From the letter, a photo fell to the ground.
Naruto crouched, and almost reverent picked it up, turning to see it clearly, he let the tears flow.
In the photo was a beautiful redhead, cradling a small baby, tuft of blond hair sticking out from the blue towel he was wrapped in. On her side was a blond man, his smile small but true, mirrored on the woman's face.
Written below were two words. Two words which made his heart wrench, made him think about the possibilities of what could have been, had those two been there, every step of his life.
'Our Naruto', with a heart placed nearby,
Just thinking about it made him smile.
Finally the train's whistle rang again.
In the corner of his eye, he spotted Harry getting into the train. For a second he thought about getting into his new friend's coach.
But he didn't want to intrude. What if he wanted some privacy?
He decided that it would be better if he let their friendship progress slowly.
Course of action decided, he went in to the coach nearest to him.
And began his journey towards Hogwarts.
This fic will stay true to canon (for some part) till the OoP. After that, the things may change drastically.
Also, I have not read any pure HP fanfics (except for the one where he is raised by goblins). So I don't know what I am doing counts as cliché or not. Please tell me if it does (I've heard that there's some kind of Ron bashing one..)... I want to make this story recognised as one and the only kind. That's why I removed Dumbledore from the Diagon alley scene..
1.) I read about Hermione's initial personality in the wikia, hope it confirms.
I don't want this fic to be about puppy love. A sees B... Wow he's hot Starts liking.. He's such a good person with no trait that annoys me. Blah Blah Blah..
No... Just no... It will be gradual, and may sometimes even seem impossible. But once he's in love, he will go to hell and back if she so wishes.
2.) I won't be adding Naruto to the trio.
3.) Naruto having a toad: I could've given him a friggin' dragon if I liked but there is a solid reason for the tiny toad.
Naruto's character is conflicted. He is different, but wants to blend in with the rest. I liked the idea that he was attuned to snakes but took toads.
That, and, toads are his summons in anime and will play a similar role here. (Naruto has a toad. Voldemort has nagini), and... the toad will always be with him..He will not be alone again.
4.)Albus signatures himself as 'Old Man'..This is his way of telling Naruto that this isn't the headmaster speaking. It's the man from the night who the boy affectionately named Old man.
5.) Naruto will not be OOC... Maybe a little but not much. If he can endure the hate of an entire village and come out strong, no orphan kiddies have the balls to make him change. He can be more calculating though..
6.) I will tell of his parent's demise at an appropriate time. It will be an awesome chap.(Actually it was going to be the first chap)
You can PM me for any q.s
If you think there was anything that irked you, please do tell.