Disclaimer: I don't own Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings. Also, the beginning of this sequence is taken, for the most part, directly out of the Order of the Phoenix, a bit of pain, I know, but to get the full effect here…
A/N: THE LAST CHAPTER! OMG!
Epilogue: Moving On
"THE ONE WHO HAS THE POWER TO VANQUISH THE DARK LORD APPROACHES…BORN TO THOSE WHO THRICE DEFIED HIM, BORN AS THE SEVENTH MONTH DIES…AND THE DARK LORD WILL MARK HIM AS HIS EQUAL, BUT HE WILL HAVE POWER THE DARK LORD KNOWS NOT… AND EITHER MUST DIE AT THE HAND OF THE OTHER FOR THE NEITHER CAN LIVE WHILE THE OTHER SURVIVES…THE ONE WHO HAS THE POWER TO VANQUISH THE DARK LORD WILL BE BORN AS THE SEVENTH MONTH DIES…"
Harry sat frozen in Dumbledore's office, having been transported there by Portkey and where he was told that the Fellowship had left for home, in order to avoid the Ministry and to get Merry to a healer, probably Elrond. He had lost his temper with Dumbledore; starting to blame him for Sirius's death, and now Dumbledore had taken out the Pensieve to show him a very important memory about Harry's very shadowy past.
"Professor Dumbledore?" Harry said very quietly, "It…did that mean…What did that mean?"
"It meant," said Dumbledore, "that the person who has the only chance of conquering Lord Voldemort for good was born at the end of July, nearly sixteen years ago. This boy would be born to parents who had already defied Voldemort three times."
Something stirred in Harry's memory. A voice spoke in his head, a warm, sad, familiar voice: My heart longs to tell you. It is a secret that had wrongly been denied to you… "She knew," he whispered.
"I beg your pardon Harry?" asked Dumbledore.
"A friend of mine…she knew about the prophecy…but she wouldn't tell me…"
Dumbledore leaned in closer. "I think it is time for you to tell me something you should have told me a long time ago."
Harry felt slightly annoyed. So he shouldn't have kept things from Dumbledore? All the same, he drew a deep breath, and told Dumbledore the whole story about Hermione's invention, and how they had traveled to Middle Earth, and about all their adventures there. He told him about Galadriel and her knowledge of the prophecy, his relationship with Aragorn, how he had almost stayed, but then decided he needed to come back. He explained how, on returning, they had made sure that the portal stayed hidden, so Umbridge wouldn't find it, and how they never breathed a word of it again. Then he leaned back wearily and waited for what Dumbledore would say.
"That is an amazing story Harry," he said finally.
"It's the truth sir."
"I never questioned your honesty. I would not have anyway, but had I not seen what I saw tonight…you have made some very strong friends Harry, and I hope you will not forget them."
"Of course I won't!" cried Harry furiously.
"All the same, Miss Granger was very wise to suggest you keep this secret. Tell no one else about it. The consequences could be quite great. And now, to return to the prophecy…"
All in all, thought Harry as he walked through the grounds on Sunday morning, his talk with Dumbledore and the events at the Department of Mysteries and Middle Earth had changed his view of the world rather drastically. He now knew who he was, in a way. According to the prophecy, he was the only person with a true chance of defeating Voldemort. And he wasn't sure he was up for the job.
The death of Sirius, who had been like a father/brother to him, might have been less painful in the wake of what had happened afterwards, but the memory of Aragorn fighting desperately at Voldemort's powerful magic and being almost killed haunted him almost equally to the memory of his mother's death that dementors forced him to hear. He had never truly cared about an adult like that before, nor did he really feel that any adult (apart from his parents) had ever really felt the same way too.
Harry found a place hidden by bushes by the lake and sat down in it where he wouldn't be seen. He gazed out at the beautiful scenery: the lake, the mountains, the forest…Legolas, who had always had an appreciation for nature, would've loved this place, he realized with a jolt. So would Sam. He would've liked to have explored the greenhouses. And Merry and Pippin, it was too bad they hadn't been there when Fred and George made their great escape from Hogwarts…
As the tears began to form in his eyes when he pictured all this, another thought suddenly entered his head. If Merry and Pippin had seen him like this, they would've shaken him and yelled, "Get a grip!" Boromir had once advised Frodo not to carry the weight of the dead, along with everything else on his mind. Aragorn had promised to be there for him if he needed him. Legolas had once advised him about moving on in death, because they could not stop to mourn, really, with the fate of the world at stake. It was a bittersweet moment. Harry was afraid to move on, afraid that, in a way, he was losing Sirius all over again, but he knew it was necessary. And he began to see that no matter what happened, he would always have one of his friends by his side. It made him feel stronger, more up to the challenge of defeating Voldemort. He clenched his wand and looked back at Hogwarts, where Ron, Hermione, and Ginny were.
I'm ready, he thought.
A/N: What did you think? Hope this wasn't too sappy. I struggle with sappy moments. Coming up next: sequel!
I'd like to take a moment now to personally thank all of you. All of you silent readers, and all my reviewers! I'd like to congratulate Raggedygal and Lauren546 for giving me the idea for the winning song in Chapter 30, the Barney song! And also a congratulations goes out to Jousting Elf with A Saber for finding the line from National Treasure in Chapter 31!
Also thanks go out to…
Genvessel for being my first and continuous reviewer throughout the story, Kaladelia Undomiel and Eclipse for helping me improve my writing from the start (there would've been A LOT more movie lines in here if it hadn't been for them), them and Brandy Lebeau and Lisa Riddle who were particularly critical reviewers and ready to point out where I went wrong. LilyFan78 and Brownie/Melody for being quite supportive for my sappy moments! Angeles for your weird and wacky reviews that made me laugh and feel loved at the same time, Tom Riddle Charlie, Mischievous Puck, and Catwraith for constantly reviewing, Infallallthingsaremadesplendid, LillyandJamesforever, Goddess Bless, Harrypfan001 TEACHER LADY, prongs-gurl202113, Jeniva, tubbles14, ALL OF YOU! Until next time…
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