Not everyone had gone home for the holidays. Harry, despite Ron's attempts at persuading him to spend the free time at the Burrow, remained at Hogwarts. Not only to escape the Dursley's but to stay at the first place that actually felt like home to him.

He had been walking about the castle when his scar started to burn. The last time that happened, he was instructed by Hermione to see Dumbledore.

Immediately, he walked to the Headmaster's office, and as usual was greeted with open arms. After talking for a only a few minutes, seemed to make all the difference. But for now, it would have to make more of a difference than ever.

"Do you feel better now, Harry?", asked Dumbledore.

"Yes, Sir", said Harry, realizing the burning had faded.

Dumbledore chuckled. "Excellent! Now Harry, there is something important we need to discuss", he said, as he reached into his pocket.

Suddenly, there was a loud bang on the door. Confused, Harry looked to the Headmaster, who without hesitation, used the Petrificus Totalus on the young Gryffindor, causing him to fall backward, and lay motionless on the floor. With even more stealth, Dumbledore pulled Harry's invisibility cloak from his robes and threw it over the boy so he wouldn't be seen.

The door finally opened to reveal Draco Malfoy, wand in hand, pointed at Dumbledore, also prepared with his wand, just not actually trying to defend himself.

"Expelliarmus!", shouted Draco, sending Dumbledore's wand into his hand, then into his pocket. "I thought I heard voices".

"You must have been mistaken. It was just me. You look shaken, Draco. Are you alright?"

Draco scoffed. "Of course I'm alright! I let Death Eaters into the castle! And soon the Dark Lord will be here!"

Harry wasn't sure he heard quite right. Voldemort?

Dumbledore nodded, and said calmly. "Yes, it's true he has returned. But, how did you do this? If I may ask?"

"With the vanishing cabinet in the Room of Requirement. I mended it!", said Draco slyly.

"Ah, I expect there is a twin?"

"The one from Borgin and Burke's."

"Yes, very clever, Draco."

"Yes, I am clever."

Dumbledore moved closer to him, completely unafraid of the wand pointed at him. "Draco, you don't have to do this. If you are worried about your parents, we can protect them and yourself."

Draco scoffed once more. "It's too late for that! You're at my mercy!"

"No, Draco. It is you who is at my mercy. Come to the right side."

Before anything else could be said, more Death Eaters had invaded the office, including Bellatrix. Her loud shrieking was enough to drive anyone insane. "Hello, Dumbly! Happy to see me?", she asked.

Dumbledore sighed. "No, Bellatrix, not particularly."

She continued to shriek as she shoved her nephew forward. "Do it, Draco!"

But upon more hesitation, it seemed Draco just couldn't bring himself to cast the curse. As he quickly put his wand away, he was shoved aside, by Snape, who emerged from the shadows. "Out of the way", scowled Snape.

"Severus, please", said Dumbledore.

"Avada Kedavra!", yelled Snape. With the simple flick of his wand, Snape had sent the killing curse at Dumbledore, causing the old man to fall down dead.

There was a brief moment of silence, before the Dark Lord's voice came put of nowhere. "Well done, Severus! Now, return my Death Eaters. Our next step shall now commence!"

Snape, Bellatrix (shrieking louder than ever), Draco, and the others left the office to return through the vanishing cabinet to Malfoy Manor.

The spell that was set on Harry had been lifted. He quickly pulled his cloak off of him and ran to Dumbledore's body. "Professor?!", yelled Harry, shaking him, knowing all too well he wouldn't get an answer. Just then, a piece of parchment, the piece of parchment that Dumbledore wanted to show Harry had fallen out of his pocket. He picked it up and read it.

"Voldemort? Back?", said Harry, as he read, all the while hearing that terrible voice in his head over and over. After he finished reading, he stuffed the paper in his pocket and continued to stare at the body before him.

Dumbledore had a mission for him. He always had right from the start. "I have to find the Horcruxes."


AN- One more chapter, and I can finally start act 2! Anyway, let me know what you guys think! :)