Chapter One: The Trip to Nowhere
Minerva Mcgonagall was a bit confused. She had finished using her Automatic Dictaquill that she used to mass write the new student's letters, and was proofreading them to make sure the addresses matched the ones in her book, when she found an anomaly. Harry Potter was at her cousin Muriel's house in Kansas. Confused as to WHY he would be there, she went to the headmaster.
"Albus, can I talk to you for a minute?" She asked her boss and longtime friend, Albus Dumbledore. He smiled a grandfatherly smile, appropriate considering he was fairly old for a wizard, and motioned her to come into his office.
"What can I do for you Minerva? Is there something odd with the letters this year?" He asked, slightly concerned at her confused expression. He so hated pushing so much of the school's paperwork on his friend, but it was too important to procrastinate on, and he sometimes just didn't have the time because of his three other titles. Thankfully, she had gotten good at doing the paperwork, so for her to come to him like this was a bit concerning to him.
"It's about Harry Potter, Albus. I thought he was still at the Dursely's house, but his school letter says differently…"
Albus then smacked his forehead, as if he remembered something, "I'm so sorry, Minerva, I completely forgot to tell you about that. Apparently the Dursleys couldn't take care of both Harry and their own son at the same time, so they contacted Petunia's aunt Muriel, and thus Harry's great aunt, to take him in. Considering she lived in the States, and your own assessment of the Durselys, I thought it was best. I did mean to tell you, but I was swarmed by ICW paperwork after I got the letter from Mrs. Figg and it slipped my mind until now."
Minerva blinked, and then looked at the letter in her hand again. "Albus, I'll forgive you for that, but I think that you should know something about that situation."
"Oh?" Albus leaned in, sensing that what his deputy was about to say was important.
"Young Harry's great aunt also happens to be my Muggle cousin, Muriel Bagges," Minerva says, a slight smirk on her face, "So I think I should personally deliver this letter. He is family after all."
Albus blinked, and then nodded, slightly shocked at that revelation. "I see… I was going to send Hagrid, but if he's your family, I think he'll understand the situation."
Minerva smiled, "Thank you for that, Albus. I'll go as soon as I can." She then turned and left his office. She was off to write a letter.
Two days later, Minerva went over to the International Magical Travel Office in the Ministry of Magic, took her International Portkey, an old handkerchief, and traveled to the Magical Travel Ports and Offices in The Middle of Nowhere, Kansas. Gathering her bearings, she saw a lanky man come over, dressed in a pristine uniform with not a speck of dust on it. "Welcome to America, Mrs. Mcgonagall. I hope your trip was as pleasant as can be," he said, a kind smile on his friendly face, "I can help you check any luggage you brought with you, and I need to ask you a few security questions. Just a formality, nothing serious."
She smiled and handed the man a medium sized bag filled with small items that she brought with her, along with her magical passport. "Of course, go ahead."
"Alright, first question, what is the reason for your visit today?"
"I am visiting my cousin, as well as giving her nephew his Hogwarts acceptance letter. So visiting family and business."
The man's smile grew a little, "That's great, always good to visit family. In that case, I suppose the next question is if the family is Magical or Non-Magical?"
"Non-magical, with knowledge of the magical world."
"Okay, how long is your visit, and will you need a return portkey for anyone else?"
"At least a day, maybe longer, depending. Due to the nature of the international laws, if the lad accepts the chance to go to Hogwarts, he'll need to get his wand and his textbooks back in England, so I will need that portkey."
"Alright, I think that's everything. Enjoy your stay."
"Thank you for your help." She then took the bag back from him, and walked out of the building, into the wider world of The Middle of Nowhere, Kansas.