Chapter Twenty

At the graveyard, a very badly injured Voldemort was stranded; most of the death eaters that were present had been stunned, and without his arms, Voldemort could not do anything. He just hoped that someone woke up before anyone else found them.

Ten minutes later several of the Death Eaters started to wake up, and upon seeing their Master gravely injured, quickly attempted to heal him. There wasn't anything they could do about his arms, but they were able to at least heal his other wounds and stop the bleeding.

"Where is Potter?" asked Voldemort.

It as obvious that none of them wanted to tell Voldemort what really happened but knew that they would have to. Reluctantly, Nott approached and knelt before him.

"We are sorry, Master; there were three others with Potter when he arrived. We didn't know they were here and they were able to collapse the wards."

"You owe your lives to Harry Potter. If he had not incapacitated me, you would be dead were you kneel," sneered Voldemort.

"However, I do have a long memory, I suggest you sort this out quickly."

"Yes, my Lord," replied Nott as he backed away.

"We need to leave as soon as possible. I am certain that Dumbledore will send some people here to investigate, and we don't want anyone else to know the truth," Voldemort told them.

"Nott, I want you to find Snape and bring him before me, I am very annoyed that he wasn't here today, and I want to know why."

"Yes, my Lord," Nott replied before disappearing.

The other Death Eaters removed any evidence that anything had happened at the graveyard before leaving.

The office was full of people: Professor's Dumbledore, McGonagall, Snape and Flitwick, Auror's Tonks and Shacklebolt, Sirius Black, the Weasley's minus Ron, Fleur Delacour, who was still recovering from the Cruciatus, and the members of the New Marauders.

Once everyone had settled down Harry proceeded to tell them what had happened at the graveyard, and about the battle with Voldemort. He even showed the memory of the whole thing so they could see the events as they happened; they were all amazed to see the duel with Voldemort.

Once they had seen the memories they all had questions for Harry, and they all proceeded to ask them at the same time.

After attempting to get everyone to quiet down, Harry caused a loud crack to ring out in the office, finally they all stopped talking. Harry looked at them all and said "I am happy to answer questions but can we please do them one at time?"

"Sorry, Harry, yes that would be better," said Professor Dumbledore.

"I will warn you that I may not answer some of the questions. I also need everyone to promise that nothing that is revealed here will ever be spoken outside of those present now," Harry said.

When everyone agreed to what Harry asked he sat down.

"Let me start by saying that I am very impressed at how you handled the whole situation. There are many fully qualified wizards who would not have stood a chance against Voldemort. Yet you were holding your own against him and made it look easy," stated Dumbledore.

Professor Snape spoke next, "Potter I can tell you now that Voldemort is not going to be happy about what you have done. The fact that you severed both of his arms will make it almost impossible for him to do anything about it. You know that his revenge is going to be nasty don't you?"

"Yes, Professor, but we also know that he is going to need the best Potion's Master available to help him," replied Harry. "A man who will be trusted even more if he were able to repair the damage."

Professor Snape nodded at Harry acknowledging the compliment from him. "I am curious as to why you didn't kill him however?"

"Mainly because we don't know why he didn't die last time. I suspected that whatever he did is still in effect, so it would be pointless. At least now we know that he is back and well be able to keep track on him."

"I am curious about a couple of things, why do you have two wands and where did the second one appear from?" asked Professor Dumbledore.

"Ginny and I invented wrist holders to keep our wand on us at all times," started Harry.

"How can that work they are too long to be stored on the wrist, the Auror's have been working on a way to do that for years," asked Tonks.

"We realized that would be a problem; Ginny was the one that came up with the solution. Basically the holder shrinks the wand when it retracts it and returns it to normal size when it releases it."

"Wow, that is brilliant, you don't know how useful that would be for the Auror's," said Tonks.

"We would like to keep it a secret at the moment, as it would also benefit the Death Eaters; however I am happy to supply some of the holders to members of the Order."

"As to the second wand, I always carry two wands at all times just in case anything happens to my main wand," replied Harry.

"Thank you, Harry, I do have one more question. During your duel with Voldemort, you started casting with the second wand while the first was connected to Voldemort's; when did you learn to do that?" asked Dumbledore.

"I'm sorry, Professor, I am not ready to share that information at the moment," replied Harry.

"Harry, what did you mean when you told Nott that you were not surprised he was involved?" asked Professor McGonagall.

Harry looked over at Professor Snape before answering; he gave a quick nod to say it was okay.

"Recently, during a meeting with Professor Snape. We discovered that Theodore Nott was spying on the Professor. I was able to stun him and we chose to Oblivate him so he would not realize that he had been discovered. I suspect that he was involved in the placement of the Portkey and the attack on Xavier. As you saw from the memories, his father knew what had happened to Xavier and Ginny, so he must have been passing the information to them."

"Thank you, Harry; yes we have confirmed that he was involved in the plot. Thanks to the work of Hermione, Fred, George and Bill, we were able to apprehend those responsible," said Professor Dumbledore.

Professor McGonagall spoke again, "Harry, how long have you been an Animagus?"

Harry wasn't sure if he wanted to answer this, so instead he asked, "Professor, if I answer this, will you require us to register?"

"What do you mean us?" asked McGonagall.

Harry suddenly realized his mistake; however Ginny came to the rescue.

"Professor, did you really think that Harry could become an Animagus without me knowing?" asked Ginny.

She smiled before replying, "Sorry, I should have guessed, and no, I don't believe we need you to register - at the moment."

Harry then went on to explain why they had done it and amazed everyone by announcing that they had multiple forms.

They continued to ask Harry questions. Most of them he was able to answer; a couple he didn't feel comfortable answering as it would give too much away at the moment.

Several hours later, Harry finally told them that he was rather tired after everything that had happened, and bid them all goodnight.

'Ginny, will you stay with me tonight in the study?' asked Harry.

'Of course, Harry; I don't want to be alone tonight either,' replied Ginny.

They made their way up to the study, and went into the main bedroom; they quickly climbed into bed and fell asleep.

Professor Dumbledore arranged a meeting with Minister Fudge to explain what had happened at the end of the Triward Tournament. He had told him of the plots during the year to kidnap Harry, and the ritual that they planned to use to bring back Voldemort.

"Albus, you can't serious expect us to believe a fourteen year old attention seeker?" Fudge said.

"Minister there were three other witnesses who saw Voldemort return," answered Dumbledore.

"Let me guess they are all friends of Potter," replied the Minister.

"It was the four champions, Minister. Are you trying to say that they are all seeking attention?" asked Dumbledore.

"Of course they are, I bet that Potter put them up to it when he conned them into grabbing the cup at the same time. Never in the history of the tournament have all the champions won," replied Fudge.

"You have to be kidding, Minister. You are risking a major international issue if you continue down this line," replied Dumbledore.

"Don't tell me what to do, Dumbledore. I don't have to answer to you. We sent Aurors to the graveyard and found nothing."

"Minister, you are letting Voldemort control the Ministry through your lack of action. We have to warn people that he has returned," Dumbledore said.

"I will not hear another word about this! He-who-must-not-be-named has not returned. This is just an attempt by Harry Potter to get even more fame."

"So you can explain why the Dementors attacked the school then, Minister; I believe that they are still under Ministry control?" said Dumbledore.

"How dare you, Dumbledore, I don't know why the Dementors attacked the school. Maybe it was the poor management at the school that allowed it to happen."

Fudge immediately turned away from Dumbledore and addressed Percy Weasley "Mr. Weasley, please draft a new law stating that anyone found spreading the lies that he-who-must-not-be-named has returned will be fined 1000 galleons."

"Minister, I beg you to see reason; we cannot afford to let Voldemort rise back to power," Dumbledore said.

"Albus, I will warn you only once, he is not back, and if you continue to question me on this I will take action against you," replied Fudge.

"You are making a big mistake, Minister, I just hope that we are able to survive when it all comes crashing down around your head," Dumbledore said, and he streaked out of the ministers office.

"Mr. Weasley, as soon as that law is drafted, please organize an emergency session of the Wizengamot so that they can review the law, we have enough votes to pass it without any challenges. Please ensure that Dumbledore doesnt find out about the meeting," Fudge told him.

"Yes, sir, I will have it done within the hour," replied Percy.

Everyone had gathered in the Great Hall for the funeral of the five people who had been kissed during the Dementor attacked. It was with great sadness that Professor Dumbledore addressed everyone.

"Today we remember the lives of five remarkable; people who were taken from us before their time. We must never forget them and the work that they performed so valiantly. With that in mind, we have created a plaque that will commemorate those selfless actions. It will be placed in the entrance hall for all to see."

"Please join me in standing as we read out the names of those who died."

Dumbledore gave them a moment to stand before proceeding.

"Madam Rolanda Hooch, Hogwarts Flying Instructor; Ruth Jones, a second year from Ravenclaw; Abigial Hart, a first year from Gryffindor; Matthew Getley, a fifth year from Slytherin, and Fred Hornsby, a second year from Hufflepuff."

Professor Dumbledore held a minute of silence after reading the names, then Professor McGonagall made her way to the podium. The normally stern appearance was gone and her face showed the grief that they all felt. Everyone quickly sat down again.

"Madam Rolanda Hooch has been a valued colleague and friend for many years. Even when she was a student herself, she loved to fly. It wasnt surprising that when the Flying Instructor position became available that she applied. Her greatest pleasure came from watching first years, that had never flown before, lift into the air. It wasnt always easy and she had her share of student visits to the infirmary, but she never gave up on anyone."

"It was with that same sense of purpose that she helped rescue those students that terrible day, only to fall victim to the same fate. When the Dementors overran the arena and kissed her. We must never forget the sacrifice that Madam Hooch made."

When McGonagall had finished speaking Karen Smyth approached the podium.

"Ruth and I have been friends since we were very young. She was full of life and so happy when we finally received our Hogwarts letters. Since arriving at Hogwarts, she never once cared about which house someone was in; she made many friends and I know each and every one of us will miss her," she said with tears running down her face.

"Ruth would want to be remembered for breaking down the house barriers, and her remarkable ability to love everyone," said Karen as she started to sob.

Professor McGonagall helped Karen back to her seat after she had finished, the realization of her loss had finally hit home as she spoke.

Abigail Hart and Fred Hornsby were remembered also; their friends had conveyed similar memories of them.

Blaise Zabini was the last student to approach the podium, "Matthew was a remarkable friend. When he first came to Hogwarts he desperately wanted to play Quidditch and in his second year got the opportunity. For the last three years, Matthew played every game and continued to work hard; he was constantly at the top of his classes. Despite what you all may think, there are some of us who realize the value of friends, and that house affiliations are superficial. Matthew was one of those. He often crossed the forbidden line and made friends where he would."

"I will never forget my friend who stood up to be counted when it matter the most. He saved several people lives including my own before the Dementors finally got to him. We should all remember his sacrifice," Blaise said.

As with the other speeches, the hall erupted into applause.

Professor Dumbledore once again approached the platform.

"As we have seen today, these remarkable people were valued friends and colleagues. Each of them have made a contribution to our lives that will never be forgotten."

"We all need to realize that the Dementors dont care about age, or status, when they attack; it is significant that no house was left untouched after this attack."

"Some believe that Lord Voldemorts quest to rid the world of those he classes as Blood Traitors or unclean is justified; they need to look back upon this day and realize that three of those who died where from pureblood families."

"We cannot allow Lord Voldemort to dictate our beliefs. Are you all aware that Voldemort himself is actually a half-blood?" continued Dumbledore as he surveyed the hall. He wasn't surprise to see a number of people look shocked at the news.

"I will leave you all to consider that as you think back on what has happened," Dumbledore said. He departed from the platform and attended to the family members that were present, so they could take the coffins away for burial.

Everyone else waited respectfully until the coffins had been removed, then exited the Great Hall in an orderly fashion.

Three days after Harry and Voldemort had duelled, Nott finally made contact with Snape. He had waited because of all the attention at the school after the attacks.

"Snape," Nott said as he approached.

"What do you want, Nott? I cannot stay long."

"Our Lord has returned and requires your presence," replied Nott.

"Why didn't he summon me then?" asked Snape who already knew he couldn't.

"He dispatched me to get you; maybe he didn't want to waste his time summoning you."

"Well, then take me to him; I cannot be away much longer, otherwise Professor Dumbledore will notice," replied Snape.

Nott handed Snape a Portkey which took him directly to the room that Voldemort was recovering in. Thankfully, Snape was already aware of the injuries to Voldemort so was able to control his response at the sight that greeted him.

"Ah, Severus, my old friend," said Voldemort when Snape appeared.

"My Lord, it is good to see you once again" said Snape.

"I am surprised I didn't see you sooner," said Voldemort with a hint of accusation in his voice.

"I couldn't get away, Master; it would have blown my cover as your spy to leave so quickly after your return. I have waited these three days trying to find a way. Once Nott made contact, it was easy to get away for a short time," said Snape.

"Well done, Severus. You are right, of course; if you had come earlier and blown your cover, then you would have been less useful to me. What do you have to report of the activities since my return?" Voldemort asked.

"Potter told Dumbledore of your return," replied Snape.

"And what has he done about this," asked Voldemort.

"He has alerted Fudge who, I am pleased to report, doesn't believe a word of it, and believes that Potter is just seeking attention," replied Snape.

"Thank you, my friends, that is wonderful news. I am curious to find out how Potter was able to beat me once again, and why the blood protection wasn't cancelled when they used his blood." Voldemort said.

"I am unable to answer that, Master. I was not aware of what happened at the graveyard, and Potter did not mention anything about the blood protection," replied Snape.

"Severus, I have another matter that I need you to deal with," Voldemort told him.

"Anything, Master," replied Snape.

"I need a potion that can re-grow my arms," replied Voldemort.

"I will see what I can do, Master, it will take a number of days to brew a potion," explained Snape.

"Thank you, Severus I will be expecting you soon," Voldemort said as he dismissed him.

Snape quickly returned to Hogwarts and explained what he had learned, and what Voldemort had requested.

"Professor, we cannot risk Voldemort discovering your true allegiance, therefore we have to make the potion," said Harry.

"I agree, Severus, we have a huge advantage at the moment and need to make use of it," added Dumbledore.

"I agree, I already know which potion to use. It will take several weeks brew and over a month for the arms to fully grow back," replied Snape.

At breakfast, a few days after the return of Voldemort, Hedwig flew in with a copy of the Prophet. Harry could tell already that he wasn't going to like what he saw.

Minister denies rumours of of the return of he-who-must-not-be-named
by Rita Skeeter

This morning, Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, held a press conference to answer the rumours that he-who-must-not-be-named had returned. During the conference he accused Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore of lying and for seeking attention.

"It saddens me to report that Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore have decided to report that he-who-must-not-be-named has returned. They, however, have not offered any evidence that this is true, we all know that Harry Potter is always seeking fame since returning to the Wizarding World. Unfortunately, Albus Dumbledore seems to have been fooled by Harry Potter and is blindly accepting what he is telling him.

It does bring into question, the education of our young people when the headmaster would allow such lies to be spread by a student. The Ministry will be reviewing the actions of the headmaster before the new school term starts in September."

In related news, the Ministry has also announced that anyone found spreading the lies that he-who-must-not-be-named has returned will be fined 1000 galleons.

French Ministry of Magic breaks ties
by Rita Skeeter

It has come to our attention that the actions of Minister Cornelius Fudge, relating to the events that followed the end of the Triward Tournament, have caused the French Ministry of Magic to break all ties.

When questioned about his actions, Minister Fudge responded, "Just like Harry Potter, Ms Delacour is bitter about having to share first place with the other champions. The prize money from the Triward Tournament was shared between each of them and therefore is seeking additional compensation. It is the belief of this office that Harry Potter himself has put her up to this action to embarrass the English Ministry."

When French Minister Christina Albanel asked Fudge to explain his comments, he refused to back down, and further more accused the French Minister of attempting to undermine his authority.

Harry looked from the paper to his friends. They had all seen the memories of the events in the graveyard; they knew that Harry was telling the truth. However, at the moment, it appeared that there was nothing that could be done.

"Well, at least we know the truth," said Harry.

"But without the backing of the Ministry what can we do?" asked Hermione.

"We can continue to train as we have, Hermione. Voldemort is not going to remain hidden for ever; when he does come out of hiding, we are going to need to be ready. And we can be certain that he isn't going to rest until he has killed me; not after the events in the graveyard."

"But what about the fines," asked Neville?

"We will just have to be very careful who we talk to. If it comes down to it, then I will pay them for each of you but whatever happens we are not going to stop telling people to be ready," said Harry.

They continued to eat their breakfast while they discussed what they would do and who they could trust.

Two weeks later, Professor Snape completed the potion that Voldemort needed. After several discussions with Harry, they had decided to add some extra ingredients that would make the whole process much more painful and take longer to work.

He Apparated back to the hideout to administer the potion.

"Master, I am sorry it took so long; the formula is was more complex than I realized," Snape said as he entered.

"Severus, I was starting to doubt you would return," Voldemort hissed.

"Master, I have never broken my word to you," Snape answered.

"That is true, well let's get on with this."

"Master, the potion will basically re-grow your arms. It will be very painful and take at least two months to complete," Snape told him.

"Just get on with it, Severus. I don't care about the pain, but I do need the use of my arms," replied Voldemort who was starting to get annoyed.

"Yes, Master."

Snape administered the potion and explained that he would need to take more each week until his arms had completely re-grown. There was enough potion available to complete the process. Snape advised him that he would return each week to check the progress and determined if anything else needed to be done.

Voldemort thanked Snape for his assistance and then dismissed him.

The next day while in intense pain, Voldemort summoned Nott and Macnair.

"You called, Master," they said as they entered the room and knelt before him.

"Yes, I want you both to organize an attack on the Hogwarts Express using Dementors. Potter and his friends will pay for what they have done. The train will not be as well defended and we will be able to do a lot of damage before help arrives," Voldemort told them.

"Yes, Master," they replied before quickly leaving the room.