Trials and Tribulations
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Chapter 20 – Trials and Tribulations
The days flew by and the Manor was now complete. A contingent of house elves was seen going back and forth moving the rest of Harry and Scott's belongings into it. Dobby, Winky, and Kreacher made is a special task to make sure that everything was put into place by their instruction. The following day, Harry and Scott moved into their new home. Most of the items in his vaults were used to decorate the place. His paintings were around the Manor in a way that made the place look glorious to view. Harry had hired Molly Weasley to come and help with the preparation of their house warming party.
Harry and his guests enjoyed a sumptuous meal prepared by Molly and Winky. Kreacher and Dobby had the five former students that were servants walking around toting trays of hors d'oeuvres. Harry walked over to Daphne Greengrass and pulled her to the side.
"How would you like to work for me full time and get a better salary than you do now?" he asked kindly. "I know from looking into your mind that you are the lesser of the evils. You only went along with the plan because you were coerced into it. You were more or less brainwashed into thinking that this is what was supposed to happen. I will never allow you to leave this area, but you can have a comfortable life here by working for me provided that you keep your nose clean and you work for what I am willing to offer you."
"You would actually do that for me?" asked a shocked Daphne. "After everything that was done to you, you would show me that type of compassion?"
"You are an intelligent young lady and we can make sure that your life is comfortable as we can make it provided that you cooperate with us and never try a silly stunt like this again," said Harry as Scott listened nearby. "We also wanted to ask you something on a more personal note, but we are offering you this position first. You have the rest of the night to think about this and let us know what you think."
"Where will I stay if I am working for you?" she asked with interest showing on her face. "Am I going to be staying here or in the castle? Also what will my duties be?"
"You will be living here in the Manor," said Harry. "You will have a nice room, more money for your work, and better conditions than you have now. For work, you will be working around here to make sure that we have what we need. You have a brilliant mind. From time to time, we may ask you to do some research for us on a certain topic. At other times, we may ask you to help me brew potions. You will be given free time to come and go to Hogsmeade where you can buy yourself things that you will need with the money we will pay you with. Your work load will be much lighter than it is now."
"I accept," she said quickly. "I want your offer. I will never let you down or disappoint you again. I will abide by all of your rules and make you proud of me. I promise to do a good job."
"Then go upstairs to the third floor," said Scott coming to her. "Your name will be on the door. That is your bedroom and I have already asked Winky to bring your belongings to that room. Harry provided some robes for you that have his house crests on it. Put them on, and then report to the front door to greet and escort our guests around. The other four will continue to serve our guests. Make sure that you be polite and respectful to each and every person here."
"I promise," swore Daphne in excitement. "Thank you both for this opportunity to atone for my mistakes. I won't let you down. I will be back in a few minutes."
With that, a house elf took the tray from Daphne and she hurried up the stairs. Scott raised his eyebrow at Harry in a questioning manner.
"She is being one hundred percent truthful," said Harry. "Her thoughts told me that this is a reprieve that she is looking for. She is totally grateful for what we are doing for her at this moment and she will not let us down. From time to time I can still tell that the other four are plotting and trying to figure out how to get out of their predicament."
"Maybe they will calm down and behave if they see the reward we gave to Daphne," assured Scott smiling warmly at his beloved. "I assume you are going to ask her to be the surrogate mother for our children?"
"I am," replied Harry with a smile as he greeted Minerva. "She will contribute in making sure we produce beautiful children. She has a brilliant mind, good looks, and has the attributes that make her a good person. She made a terrible mistake and she knows it. So rather than punish her for life like the other four, I am going to make sure she knows that hard work and dedication will go a long way with us."
Scott smiled at Harry as the two made their way around and chatted here and there with the other guests. Daphne came back down a few minutes later in the pale green robes that had Harry's family crests embroidered in gold on the sleeves. She smiled at Harry and Scott and took her place near the doors and talked with all of their guests as they entered or left. The other four looked stunned at the privileges that she was getting.
"This is what happens to those that deserve rewards," stated Severus coming up behind a fuming Pansy and Theo. "I suggest that the two of you separate and get back to work before Lord Emrys decided to punish you for being impertinent. You know what happens if Winky finds out that you are disobeying an order from Harry or Scott."
The threat made the two pale and hurriedly refilled their trays with either food or drink to pass out to the guests. Neither wanted any of the three Potter elves after them for a possible misconceived wrong done to Harry. Their punishments were harsh and long. Pansy still bore the marks from her last lesson with the elf.
The party was a complete success. Severus and Minerva stayed until the last of the guest left and then escorted the four miscreants back to the school. From there, Minerva sent them to their rooms with the ever watchful elves in tow. The night was pleasant for all of those that went to the party. Daphne looked around her new room with delight. The room was beautiful to say the least and she appreciated the thoughtfulness behind what was done. A knock on the door interrupted her thoughts. When she opened the door, Scott and Harry were standing there. She quickly invited them in and backed to a safe spot.
"Do you remember that I said that we had another thing we wanted to talk to you about?" asked Harry smiling at her. "When we told you that we had something else we wanted you to do for us if you were willing?"
"Yes Lord Emrys," she acknowledged. "I remember that you said it was important. If I may, what is it that you need of me? If it's within my power to do so, I shall gladly do it."
"We have spoken with your father about a delicate situation," stated Harry slowly. "Even though you are technically under my jurisdiction and my house, we still went with protocol and spoke with your parents."
"We were wondering if you would consent to being a surrogate mother for us for children," stated Scott. "Once you turn seventeen, we would like for you to have Madam Pomfrey artificially inseminate you so that we can have heirs. We would like for YOU to be the mother of our children."
"This means that you can be the mother of our children on top of your normal duties around the Manor," said Harry with a smile at the look of pride on her face. "You have four more months until you turn seventeen. You are somewhat older than the normal class mates of our year. I think Hermione is the same age. So what do you say? If you need time to think it over, then please tell us and we will give you that time."
"I would be honored," she said softly. "Thank you for giving me this honor. I will be delighted to carry children for you both. How many times will I have to carry children?"
"At least twice," said Harry. "We will want one child of each of our blood. If by chance you give us both the same gender of babies, we may ask you to carry again so that we can have one of the opposite gender. We want at least one son and one daughter."
"I have no problem with that," she said delightedly. "I'm sure that your children will be very beautiful as well as powerful and intelligent."
"OUR children," corrected Scott. "You will play just as an important role in their lives as we will. You will be their mother in all aspects of the word. We will still be teaching and things like that, so between you and the house elves, we will know that our children are being properly taken care of."
"We will have a nursery built down the hall from both of our suites," said Harry. "We have our bedroom on the same floor and it would only be fitting that our children be here on this floor as well. When it all boils down to it, as long as you are doing what's best for the Manor, you can consider yourself to be the Lady of the Manor. There's something in your nature that tells us that you will not let us down. That's why we are here right this moment talking with you. You may never be able to use magic again, but there is no reason that you can't be a well informed individual that will teach our children the CORRECT morals and such."
"I swear upon all that I can, that I will do the best that I can do for the both of you," she exclaimed happily. "I can tell you that Theo and Pansy are still trying to figure out how to kill you and the girl named Marie. They want revenge on you. Pansy said something about getting a muggle gun. I'm not sure what that is, but they are trying to figure out a way of getting one so that they can use it on you."
"Trust me when I tell you that I know all about their plans as does Marvolo and the staff of Hogwarts," assured Harry as he and Scott prepared to leave the room. "I have been getting reports on you from the house elves that you work with. They all are positive and such. For your first assignment, I want you to work with Dobby on getting the first nursery set up. During that, I want you to spend a few hours each day in the greenhouses with Professor Sprout collecting herbs that we will need for the potions lab here in the Manor. The list is on your desk. From there, I will have other things written up for you to do. I will ask for you to help me go over tests and stuff for the lower grades and such."
"I will get on it first thing in the morning," assured Daphne as the two men left her room. "Everything will be done. All you have to do is provide me with a list of things and I will get them done as soon as I can. There is a letter on your desk in your study from Madam Bones. She said to tell you when the party was done that it contains a list of when the court dates are of Bellatrix, Lucius, and Dumbledore."
Harry waved his hand in acknowledgement and headed down the hall and the stairs to his study. True to her words, there was the list with the dates and such on the desk. The trials were to start in one week.
Things in the castle went on as normal. Classes were running as smoothly as they could. Each day, saw Daphne working hard around the Manor getting everything on the lists that Harry made for her done. She was delighted that between her and Dobby that the Nursery was completed in a matter of days. Pomona and she worked hard to get all of the herbs that Harry wanted. She even went to Hogsmeade from time to time to go purchase stuff for Harry that was on the list. All in all, she fell into a nice routine around the Manor. Winky was glowing with happiness each time she reported to Harry that Daphne was completing her work with efficiency and a smile on her face.
The trials were upon Harry at last. He met up with Tom and Amelia in the hall near the courtroom. Harry took a deep breath as he waited for the others to start arriving. He entered the courtroom and took his place on the stand while waiting for the other members to gather themselves. Harry smiled as Hermione, Draco, and Neville took their spots. Harry knew that Tom was waiting in the wings for his chance to sit.
"I have a request of the Esteemed Wizengamot," said Harry to his fellow panel members. "As we all know, Lord Voldemort didn't commit most of the acts of Dark Magic that he is accused of. He has even assisted us in the capture of the three criminals who are going to be presented before us today. Therefore, I would like to request that he join Master Goblin Griphook on the stand to sit with as representative for House Slytherin. He is of the blood line after all."
"Permission granted," said Cornelius without hesitation. "We have no reason to fear that he will do anything that will constitute danger to anyone here in the stands. Therefore, there is no reason to deny your request."
Tom walked forward and took his seat next to Griphook. The two co representatives shook hands politely and waited while Harry sat down and had the first prisoner brought in.
"We are here today to try and sentence three of the worst criminals that we know," began Harry. "We are here today to listen to testimony against Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix No Name, and Albus Dumbledore. While the prisoners are being brought in, I would like to mention to Chief Ragnok that Lady Marie Jackson will be claiming the reward for the capture of Bellatrix. She will need it in American currency. Also, Lord Draco Black will be claiming the reward for the capture of Lucius Malfoy. Last but not least, I would like to offer Lord Voldemort the reward that would have gone to me for the capture of Albus Dumbledore for the support and help he gave during the fight."
"We will see to it at once," assured Ragnok while Griphook nodded in agreement. "Thank you for alerting us to the claimants."
"Second, I want to call for a vote of dismissal for the chair of House Malfoy from the panel of judges on the Wizengamot," called Harry. "After today, Lucius Malfoy will be sent to prison for life and the heir of the Malfoy name is no longer a Malfoy."
"I second the motion," said Augusta. "It is about time that we were able to do something like this. Welcome to the Black family Lord Draco. It will be an honor to serve with you in the future."
"All those in favor, please light your wands," called Harry. He had the satisfaction of watching all of the wands light at his declaration. "I would also like to make Draco Black the new voice for House Black on the Wizengamot upon his seventeenth birthday. He will not be acting as proxy, but as the voice for the House seat from now on."
"I second that motion," said Cornelius. "I see no reason to punish Draconis for the sins of his father. We know that he has been training under your Lordship since July of last year. There is no problem with him being a part of your family or sitting permanently on the panel."
"All those in favor, please light your wands," said Harry with a smile. Once more, he had the satisfaction of seeing the majority of the wands light. "As the majority votes in favor, Draco Black, please take your place next to your mother as co spokesperson of House Black."
When Draco sat in his spot, Harry had the guards bring in the first prisoner. It was Bellatrix. She looked ragged and tired. Harry knew this was from having her magical core collapsed. She was placed in the chair and the chains wrapped around her. She looked at Harry and then hung her head.
"You are here today for multiple reasons," said Harry. "You never served all of your time for what you have done to the Longbottoms. Therefore, you still have to pay for that crime. There is also no doubt that in your life of serving the dark, that you have used the Unforgivable Curses on an almost daily basis. You are also wanted for the murder of Sirius Black. Were it not for the fact that Draco and I both have some of the Black family blood in us, then the line would have ended as it is a line that is patriarchal in nature. No woman can ever have the title of Head of House. Therefore, you are being charged with attempted lineage murder. As there is no longer an heir with the name Black, you are automatically found guilty of this crime. Neither Draco nor I are a descendant of Sirius. Therefore the name technically ended with Sirius as he didn't have any children."
"My nephew has taken the name Black," snapped Bellatrix speaking for the first time. "The magic should have transferred the Head of House spot to him thus robbing you of your place. You have no right to that spot."
"SILENCE!" said Tom speaking for the first time. "Lord Emrys is correct in his rationalization. Neither he nor Draco was born of the name Black. Both have surnames of a different family. Therefore, you have ended the line of the Black family from passing from father to son as it should have. While they may be of the Black family tree, neither is the son of Sirius Black, who was the last Lord of the House."
"I second the motion," said Amelia Bones. "The crime stated is in fact a correct one. You have ended the name of Black in the official sense. Just because Draco has changed his name to Black doesn't mean that the Head of House status should revert to him. It will stay with Lord Emrys as he inherited the title. All those in favor of a guilty sentence, please light your wands."
Every wand on the panel lit at this proclamation. Harry and Voldemort made a compelling argument. No one could dispute the logic behind their words and actions.
"There is no reason to doubt that you are in fact guilty of murder," stated Harry in a cold voice. "You are the one that murdered Sirius Black. There is the Head of the Auror Department as well as other Aurors and Order Members who watched you commit the murder. My own memories have been passed through this panel and were witnessed by all. We are only doing this as it is protocol. All those in favor of a guilty verdict please light your wands."
Once more, every wand in the panel lit. It was common knowledge to all that she had killed her cousin in cold blood. Pureblood code stated that a family member didn't do that to other family members.
"In retrospect," continued Harry. "You have already been found guilty for the crimes that you committed against the Longbottom family. I am now going to pass judgment on you. From now until the day you die, you will spend your life in a cell within a muggle prison. You will be watched daily by undercover wizards and witches that work at the prison to ensure that you serve your sentence politely. You will work every day as a slave in the prison cleaning it from top to bottom. You will never be able to use your magical core again. Upon your death, you will be buried upon Azkaban Island without a marker to announce where you lay. This is only the punishments that we mortals can give. I can promise you that your punishment will be even worse upon your death. Guards, take her away."
Shocked to her core, Bellatrix was hauled to her feet and she was taken from the room screaming at the top of her lungs about the injustice of it all. Harry sat back and took a deep breath. He knew that the others would understand that he was emotional for the criminals just as he would be if it were a friend in this predicament. Voldemort reached over and gave his arm a comforting squeeze. Harry smiled at the older wizard before he motioned for the next criminal to be brought in. Lucius was dragged into the room and placed upon the chair.
"Lucius Malfoy," stated Harry coldly looking at the man. "You placed a hit out on your former wife and child. You lied to the courts about being in the service of Lord Voldemort. You set a dangerous item in the cauldron of Ginny Weasley that caused the basilisk from the Chamber of Secrets to attack the students of Hogwarts. You have robbed people, embezzled funds, and tricked, coerced, and threatened people to get to the top. You have bribed many ministry personnel members with gold to get laws passed that you wanted. You have tried to kill me on more than one occasion."
"If I ever get the chance to do it again, I will succeed the next time," sneered Lucius.
Before anyone could say anything, Voldemort had his wand out and was using powerful Stinging Hexes on the blonde. Everyone let him do it. No one was going to stop him.
"I have stated on more than one occasion that NO ONE will threaten my relative," snarled Tom as he put his wand away. "Let it be known that when you are done serving your time for your first sentence, you will serve a second one with me. I can promise you that it WON'T be pleasant."
"We are not even going to go through the charade of humiliating you by asking for a vote," said Harry. "Not only is it a waste of our time, but it will not change the outcome. My memories as well as those of Scion Longbottom and Hermione Granger will show that you have done all that was said and more. Dobby Potter has also shown his memories to all of the top members of the panel of your attack upon my person. So rather than drag this out, I am going to just give you your sentence."
"The laws still protect me," said Lucius. "I don't care who you are or think you are. You have to give me a fair trial."
"We are," said Harry with a grin. "All those in favor of a guilty verdict, please light your wands. I only ask this so that he can't get off on a technicality."
Every wand lit in a unanimous vote of guilty. Harry gave a smug look back to Lucius who was angry enough to explode.
"There you have it," said Harry. "That was quick and to the point. You have been found guilty by the entire panel of the Wizengamot. Now where was I? Oh yes. I was about to pass your sentences. For the charges of fraud and embezzlement, I sentence you to fifty years of jail time with the Goblins of Gringotts. Upon completion of that sentence, you will serve your next one for the attempted murder of me. You will serve fifty years in the service of Lord Voldemort Slytherin. If by some chance that you survive those two sentences, you will serve another fifty years in Azkaban for putting a hit of murder out on Narcissa and Draco Black. From there, you will serve fifty years with my house making reparations for the ill treatment of Dobby Potter and the rest of the house elves that served in Malfoy Manor."
"You can't do that," said Lucius quickly. "That's not fair. You should just send me to Azkaban and give me the right amount of time that I am supposed to serve. You can't do that to me. I'm a pureblood wizard. I have rights."
"You WERE a pureblood wizard," said Draco. "When you were placed in that collar and those pretty bracelets, you were stripped of all of your magic. You can no longer carry a wand. All of your titles and prestige have been stripped from you."
"You will never be a pureblood wizard again," stated Hermione. "The laws state that as one of the offended parties, Lord Emrys has the right to give you this punishment. The Goblins of Gringotts are part of Lord Emrys' family. Therefore, he has the right to let you serve time with them for the monetary aspect of your crimes. As for what you did to Narcissa and Draco, he was within the rights of the law to sentence you to fifty years in Azkaban. I have been helping him draft the laws that state that anyone that hurts a magical being whether they are human, elf, goblin, centaur, or talking spider, gets sentenced to fifty years in prison for the offense."
"You are just lucky that you are not serving fifty years for both Narcissa AND Draco," said Neville piping up. "Plus we all know that Malfoy Manor has close to a dozen elves. So you are lucky you didn't get fifty years for each elf. Were I you, I would just shut up before he changes his mind."
"Guards," said Amelia Bones. "Take him and place him in a cell until Lords Ragnok and Griphook are ready to leave. From there, have him ready to be turned over to Gringotts."
The guards nodded as they led a furious Lucius out of the room. Harry sat back and smiled with pride at the three teens that were sitting on the panels. He noticed that others were also smiling with pride at them three of them. Augusta was actually hugging her grandson who was very red in the face. After a few moments, Harry called for silence and nodded to the guard to bring in the last of the prisoners for the day. Albus was brought in and placed in the chair. He looked angrily at Harry while the chains snaked up around him.
"There are dangerous people and then there are people that are a danger to themselves," said Harry with precision and wisdom. "You are a master manipulator that enjoyed playing with people's lives. You did it to Gellert Grindelwald. In the end, you killed him to get him out of your way. The man was your soul bonded and you murdered him for YOUR greater good."
Albus looked at Harry with a smirk on his face. He went to speak, and Voldemort hit him with a Silencing Spell. Harry nodded his head in thanks and continued with his dialect.
"In 1945, you started to do the same thing to a promising young man that graced the halls of Hogwarts," continued Harry sadly. "You started to strip away his humanity because he was stronger than you both in spirit and magic. In the end, this young man started turning to the Dark so that he could escape your machinations. You tried it again with my parents and they ended up dying because of you. From there, you tried it with me. You have stolen from me, placed me in an abusive home where I was almost killed. You tried to maneuver my whole life so that I could kill Lord Voldemort. From there, you were going to kill me and make it seem like I was a Dark Wizard that was set on terrorizing the Wizarding World. You were going to make it seem like I was a bad person and you were the hero."
"Why would he do something like that?" asked Tiberius Ogden. "What was he after and what was the prize upon completion?"
"He was in possession of one of my belongings and he was using it to siphon off the magic of powerful witches and wizards that were a threat to his position," said Harry. "Each of you has seen the memories of the conversations between Albus and Tom. You have seen the memories that I have provided of the upkeep that I got. You have all seen the bank statements that I provided, that showed how much he was stealing from me."
Everyone on the panel was listening very intently to Harry's words. Each knew he was telling the truth as they had in fact, watched the memories. They knew that everything that Harry stated was true.
"Sometimes in life, we have to ask ourselves if it's too much," continued Harry. "We know that Dumbledore framed Sirius. We know that he has done much to harm Gellert, Tom, and myself. We also know that he is nothing more than a common criminal. So we must ask ourselves and important question. What type of punishment do we give to someone that is as dangerous as Albus Dumbledore? Do we risk him getting out of prison? Should we take that chance? I'm unable to decide on his fate though he has done the most damage to me. I think someone else should pass judgment on him for his crimes."
"There is magic and then there are those that are too weak to use it," ventured Voldemort. "I am living proof of that. There is nothing wrong with not wanting to pass judgment. My suggestion would be to either have him kissed by a Dementor, or sent through the Veil of Death."
"I will ask for all members of the voting party to decide which of these fates you wish to give to Albus Dumbledore," said Amelia Bones taking over for a crying Harry. "Either of those two punishments would work to make sure that this man can never harm another living soul. Please light red for the Veil and blue for the Dementor's Kiss."
The panel members thought about it for a few moments before wands started lighting. The majority decided to send him through the Veil of Death.
"Albus Dumbledore," said Amelia. "You are sentenced with a trip through the Veil of Death in the Department of Mysteries. Your sentence will be carried out immediately. With that being said, this session of the Wizengamot is now closed. Members are dismissed. Aurors please escort Dumbledore to the Veil and push him through."
The day came to a close. Harry and the Hogwarts staff and students headed home. Harry stayed in his room for two days and cried. He knew that Albus was dead. He could feel the magic when it occurred. Even in the face of his enemy, Harry still felt compassion. Lucius and Bellatrix were not dead. They would die of old age or illness.
Albus was pushed through the Veil and as he died, Harry felt it. It was horrible in feeling. Scott and Hermione rushed Harry home with the aid of Amelia, Draco, and the rest.
Daphne knew that Harry was having a hard time of things. She made sure that everything was waiting for Harry and that he was comfortable. Dobby, Winky, and Kreacher were all working with her to make sure that Harry knew that he was respected even though he broke down. Scott never left his side. He made sure that Harry ate, slept, and kept up with his duties.
Minerva took over his classes for a few days to ensure that Harry would be able to focus and make sure that no one got hurt during the lessons. The four Heads of House, banned together to ensure that the students knew to be on their best behavior or else.
The terrible four got together to plot another attempt on Harry's life. However, they were not counting on the Dark Lord hearing them and deciding to act on Harry's behalf. Voldemort took the four out of the castle and brought them to the Slytherin Bastille where they were placed in the dungeons until work could be assigned for them. They were not seen again.
AUTHOR'S NOTE – I will stop right here. The next chapter is the last one. I have to marry the two men together as well as give the epilog and such. Thank you all for sticking with me and reading my work.