Buffy was amazed at how much Fawkes could carry. He had picked Lockhart up by his shoulders and then Ron grabbed on to Lockhart followed by Harry, Buffy, and then Ginny. Fawkes had flown the whole group back to the front of the castle where they were instantly greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Remus, the Giles, and Professors McGonagall and Dumbledore. Remus and Rupert were the ones that started helping the children down. Mr. and Mrs. Weasley both embraced Ginny tightly and Mrs. Weasley started checking her over to make sure she was okay. When Buffy and Harry were on the ground Joyce enveloped both of them into a big hug.
“What were you two thinking? You could have been killed.”
“We’re okay. A little dirty, tired, and I’ll probably have nightmares for the next month but we’re fine.” Buffy told her.
Remus and Giles came up to them. Remus hugged Buffy while Rupert hugged Harry.
“What are you guys doing here?” Buffy asked as she and Harry switched places.
“We came to tell you that the decision of your guardianship has been made.” Rupert told them.
“So who are we going to live with?” Harry asked.
“The Ministry decided that I would have guardianship of Buffy and the Giles’s would have guardianship over Harry.”
“Does that mean Harry and I are going to be split up? We didn’t mean to make you worry. Please don’t split us up.” Buffy panicked. Her breathing sped up and her body shook. Harry’s the only family she’s known.
“Buffy, you didn’t let me finish. Calm down, before you make yourself hyperventilate.”
“Here let me. I’m the only one who can get through to her when she’s like this.”
Harry said moving toward his shaking sister. He wrapped his arms around her and hugged her tightly. It was a few minutes before Buffy’s breathing returned to normal and she stopped shaking.
“Are you better now?” Remus asked and Buffy nodded yes. “As I was trying to tell you both we didn’t want you to be split up either so we’re all going to live together.”
“Really?” Both Harry and Buffy asked.
“Yes really.” Joyce said coming up to hug them both.
“Miss Potter, Mr. Potter, and Mr. Weasley, you will accompany me to my office so we may talk about what you did today.” Dumbledore told them. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
Buffy, Harry, and Ron stood before Dumbledore’s desk trying not to squirm at the look he was giving them.
“You three realize, of course, that in the last few hours, you have broken perhaps a dozen school rules.” They nodded. “There is sufficient evidence to expel all three of you.”
“But you won’t right? It wouldn’t be fair to expel the people who kept Hogwarts from closing would it?”
Buffy asked hoping that she had Dumbledore figured out after last year’s event.
“Miss Potter the only thing I can do is see that the three of you receive exactly what you deserve… Special Awards for Services to the School.” All three of them smiled and Buffy hugged Ron and Harry.
“Thank you sir.” The trio said at once.
“Now, Mr. Weasley, if you would, have an owl deliver these release papers to Azkaban. I believe we want our gamekeeper back.”
“Yes sir.” Ron left leaving Buffy and Harry with Dumbledore.
“Harry, Buffy, I want to thank you. You both must have shown me real loyalty because only that would have called Fawkes to you…and second…I sense that you both are troubled by something?”
“Troubled by a few things Professor. When we were down in the chamber I believed I was possessed by the spirit of Godric Gryffindor. How is that possible?”
“Being the wand of Godric Gryffindor, it would seem that he possessed the wand with more than I thought and will definitely have to look more into it. What else is on your mind?”
“Tell him Harry. He needs to know about the parseltongue.”
“It's just, you see, sir, I couldn't help noticing certain things. Certain similarities. Between us and Tom Riddle.”
“What Harry is trying to say is that we can speak Parseltongue like Riddle.”
“Yes, that is because Lord Voldemort can speak Parseltongue. If I’m not mistaken, he transferred some of his own powers to both of you the night he gave you your scars”.
“We have some of Voldemort’s power?” Buffy asked with a shiver.
“Not by his choice I assure you.”
Dumbledore went to sit behind his desk. Harry and Buffy jumped a bit when the door flew open.
“Great, just what we need the Dracula wanna be on the war path again.”
Harry laughed at his sister’s thought.
“Buffy, looks who’s behind him?”
“Dobby. That explains so much now. Don’t say anything. He looks like he’s about to freak.”
Buffy and Harry watched the talk between Malfoy and Dumbledore. They talked for several minutes and Buffy smiled when Dumbledore held up the diary to Malfoy who seemed to squirm a bit. Dobby tugged on Harry’s robe and pointed with his eyes at the diary.
“Malfoy was the one who slipped the diary to Ginny.”
Harry thought to Buffy.
“How do you know?”
“Dobby just told me. He must have done it during the confrontation at the bookstore.”
Both Harry and Buffy noticed that Lucius was now looking at them.
“Let’s just hope…that the Potter twins will always be around to save the day.”
“We will be.” Both Harry and Buffy said. Lucius walked out kicking and tripping Dobby as he went.
“Professor Dumbledore can we have the diary?” Buffy asked. Dumbledore nodded.
“I got an idea Harry. Take off your sock and give it to me. Hurry!”
“What are you doing?”
“Hopefully freeing Dobby. Come on.” PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
Buffy and Harry hurried down the steps and squeezed through the opening that hadn’t finished opening. They saw Lucius and Dobby walking down the corridor.
“Mr. Malfoy, I wanted to return this to you. I thought you might want it back after you accidently dropped it in Ginny’s cauldron at the bookstore. You must have been looking for it everywhere.” Buffy said handing him the book and giving him her most charming smile.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about Miss Potter but I will gladly take this wretched book off your hands and make sure it’s disposed of properly.”
Lucuis was trying to act just as innocent as Buffy. Buffy kept the sweet innocent smile on her face as he handed the diary to Dobby to carry. As he turned to walk away Harry told Dobby to open it.
“Master has given Dobby a sock.” Malfoy turned around so quickly Buffy was shocked he hadn’t hurt himself.
“What? I didn’t give…” His sentence died off upon seeing the sock.
“That looks like a sock to me. Harry, what do you think? Is that a sock?”
“Looks like one to me too. Looks like Dobby is free now.”
Malfoy glared at the two who smiled back gleefully as Harry showed Malfoy his missing right sock.
“Oh too bad old chap. Better luck next time.” Buffy said with such a smile.
“You two lost me my servant!”
“Is that what we did?” Buffy asked Harry.
“It would seem so.”
Malfoy had had enough of their sarcasm and wit and pulled his wand out from his walking stick and started charging at the two. Neither Buffy nor Harry moved and just watched as Dobby stepped in front of them.
“You shall not harm Potter Twins!”
Dobby lifted his arm and using his elf magic sent Lucius flying across the hall where he landed in a stun heap.
“I bet that felt good, didn’t it Dobby?” Buffy asked and was given her answer upon seeing the satisfied and determined look on Dobby’s face.
“Your parents were meddlesome fools too.” Before Malfoy could continue with his rant Harry interrupted.
“The only fool in this room is you. Especially if you don’t leave before Dobby decides to exact some revenge for all the beatings you put him through.”
Dobby raised his hand again as if he were going to snap his fingers. Malfoy not wanting to suffer any of the Elf’s wrath left quickly.
“ Potter Twins freed Dobby! How can Dobby ever repay them?”
“Just promise us something.”
“Never try to save our lives again.” Harry said with a smile that Buffy shared. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
At dinner that night Harry, Ron, and Buffy sat at the Gryffindor table. The Weasley’s, the Giles’s, and Remus were sitting at the staff table. Dinner was on the table and everyone was talking either about what had happened or about their summer plans waiting to be able to eat. Harry and Ron were sitting on one side of the table beside each other and Buffy was sitting across from them next to Neville and Fred. Fred was teasing Buffy about going off without her knights.
“Buffy!” Neville nudges her and points. “It’s Hermione.”
All three turned and saw her standing there. When their eyes met Hermione began running down the side the boys were on. Buffy watched as Harry hugged her and then Ron stumbled over his words before finally welcoming her with a hand shake. Hermione then turned toward Buffy who put up one finger before disappear underneath the table. She reappears on the other side where Harry helps her up. She and Hermione hugged.
“I’m so glad you are all right. I missed having you around.” Buffy told her.
“I’m glad you all are all right too. I can’t believe you solved it.”
“We had loads of help from you.” Harry said. We couldn’t have done it without you.”
At that Hermione smiled thankfully at her friends. Professor Dumbledore tapped on his glass to get everyone’s attention. Buffy quickly moved and went under the table and this time was helped up by Fred.
“Let me help Fair Maiden.”
“Thank you kind sir.”
“Before we begin our feast, let's give a round of applause to Professor Sprout and Madame Pomfrey, whose Mandrake Juice has been successfully administered to all those who had been petrified.” Everyone clapped. “Also, in the wake of recent events, as a school treat, all exams have been cancelled.”
Everybody cheered wildly except for Hermione who looked put out about not having exams.
“It’s not that bad Hermione. You probably wouldn’t have been ready for them anyway. Since you spent the last few months petrified.” Buffy said trying to cheer her friend up.
Just as they were about to start eating the doors to the Great hall opened. Everyone watched as Hagrid entered.
“Sorry I'm late. The owl that delivered my release papers got all lost and confused. Some ruddy bird named Errol.”
Buffy laughed at Ron’s look. Hagrid began walking down the aisle and stopped in front of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Buffy.
“And I just want to say... that if it wasn't fer' you Harry, Buffy, Ron, and you Hermione of course…I would still be you know where. So I just like to say thanks.”
“Well Hagrid Hogwarts just wasn’t the same without you. We all would have missed you.” Buffy said giving him one of her 1000 watt smiles as she stood up.
All the Gryffindors had agreed. Hagrid reached over and lifted Buffy up hugging her. He held her in one arm as Harry came up and hugged him. Dumbledore began to clap followed by McGonagall and others.
“Three cheers for Hagrid!” Buffy yelled out loudly.
All the Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs, and even a few Slytherin joined in on the cheer. Students began to get up and crowd around them. Hagrid sat Buffy down not wanting to risk dropping her. PTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPTPT
The time to leave Hogwarts was upon the students once again. Harry and Buffy were at the train station. The Giles’s and Remus had gone ahead, wanting to get the house ready for Buffy and Harry’s arrival. Buffy looked around as students loaded onto the train.
“You’re thinking the same thing I am aren’t you?”
Harry asked noticing his sister’s look.
“That this time around I feel good about leaving here.”
Harry nodded. “We’ve really do have a home to go home to.”
“Yes we do. Come on, I think this is going to be the best summer yet.”
Harry and Buffy got on the train and found the compartment Ron and Hermione were in. They settled down for the journey home.