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Chapter 21 – The Wedding
Time heals all wounds. The days went by and Harry began to focus more. With the help of his friends, he was back on his feet in no time. He dove into his work with a fierceness that made many wonder when he slept. However, Scott told them that he was in bed no later than eleven each evening and was sound asleep shortly after. So therefore, he was getting plenty of sleep.
The days flew and before anyone knew it, the end of the year had come. Harry had made progress with some of the laws that he wanted to incorporate with the Wizengamot. Werewolves that were workers of the light were given permission to have vaults, homes, and jobs. House elves were given the protection with regards to their safety and well being. Any elf that was abused was automatically taken from their wizard and the wizard in question was fined heavily for the abuse that was given. Goblins were mingling with the wizards and witches more and more and were given the rights to assist in decisions made for the betterment of the Wizarding World.
Harry prided himself on his hard work as did the others that helped him. Mutants and wizards were already starting to work hand in hand to better the world. Harry had taken it upon himself to speak to the Royal Family concerning the affairs of both Wizards and Muggles. Things may be hectic in the world between the different factions, but in the British Isles, communication was flowing freely between those that needed to know and those that had say in what became of the different factions.
Harry's hard work paid off so well that the Queen made him a Knight of her realm. Harry blushed whenever someone made fun of him for it. However, he took his jobs seriously. He went back and forth between all three factions and made sure that all of them were represented with fairness and equality.
Harry was sitting in the Great Hall on the day that everything came to a head in the school. It was time to award the House Cup to the winning house. The points were tallied up and Minerva was standing there with a smile upon her face.
"We have the honor of announcing this year's winner of the house cup," she called to the crowd. "As you know, Ravenclaw won the Quidditch Cup. However the race between Gryffindor and Slytherin has finally been interrupted. This year, the House Cup is being awarded to Hufflepuff. Their hard work and dedication has finally paid off. Congratulations to the Badgers on their win."
With that, Minerva turned and handed the House Cup to a blushing Pomona Sprout. Severus, Filius, Remus, and Harry all stood and shook her hand in support. This was the first time in a very long time that a house other than Gryffindor or Slytherin won the cup. The students were delighted by this and they let it be known that hey were happy that they won.
"Professor Potter and the staff were talking," said Minerva when she was able to get their attention again. "We have decided on a new way of working this. Instead of the House Cup sitting in your dorm for a year, we have decided that each student will get a miniature version of it for their person to take home with them"
She waved her wand, and a smaller version of the House Cup appeared in front of each Hufflepuff student. They all applauded at this. Indeed it was an honor to be awarded for their hard work. To be able to bring a piece of the award home as a prize was appreciated by many. This was especially true for those seventh years who would not be returning in September.
"We have also decided that we are going to adopt a muggle approach to our runner ups," said Minerva. "Therefore, in second place earning a red ribbon is Gryffindor House. In third place earning a white ribbon is Ravenclaw House. In fourth place earning a green ribbon for honorable mention is Slytherin House."
With a flick of Harry's hand, a ribbon in the appropriate color appeared in front of the students. He sat their smiling as he waited. They were not done with the students. He knew what was coming up.
"We have decided to start awarding one student each year from each house for services done for the school and merit," stated Minerva with excitement tingeing her voice. "This year, the staff and I are awarding Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Draco Malfoy, and Susan Bones each an award for their hard work in assisting other students, good grades, and their efforts to better the school. However, one student really stood out to us and we are going to add a fifth one to this list this year. This student has gone above and beyond the call of duty by helping to defend the school, assisting others in subjects that he is strong in as well as improving his grades by almost fifty percent."
"We are of course talking about Neville Longbottom," said Harry standing up while Severus started handing the students their awards. "He has even managed to lose most of his fear of Professor Snape."
"Thanks for that," protected Neville while he turned red in the face. "It isn't my fault that the man can scare the devil himself."
"He should get an award for that alone," stated an anonymous student in the crowd causing the rest of the students to break out in laughter.
"Thank you Mr. Longbottom," said Severus smoothly. "I do like to know that I am successful in keeping you all afraid of me long enough to get your work done. I am glad that at least one of you appreciates my hard work."
By now, everyone was rolling in their seats with mirth. Even Harry had to wipe tears of laughter from his eyes. To see Neville and Severus teasing one another in a friendly manner was a delightful experience.
"We have a special announcement that we would like to give as well," said Hermione standing with Draco, Marie, Bobby, Neville, Luna, and a few others. "We the students have been talking amongst ourselves and we have decided that it is time to start giving the teachers awards for their hard work and dedication to us students as well."
"Each of us went though our houses and we asked each student who we felt deserved an award for going beyond the duty of a mere teacher," said Draco smiling. "The results were pretty much unanimous though there were a few choices to go with."
Luna walked forward and uncovered a pretty bronze cup that had the Hogwart's Crest upon it. She smiled as Neville finished the announcement that the group started.
"We decided that for all of his dedication to not only the school, but to the mutants, muggles, and Ministry, not to mention his defeat of the most evil wizard in history, that we are going to honor Professor Harry Potter with the first ever Teacher of the Year Award," stated Neville proudly. "We have decided that we are going to do this every year from now on. It will show that even though we are in different houses that we can come together and make sound decisions. All four houses have worked hard this year to ensure that the war would come to a conclusion."
Luna walked forward and handed the cup to a very shocked but happy Harry. He was red in the face as he gave his thanks while his fellow staff members clapped enthusiastically for his well deserved award. No one was interested in hearing that he was just doing his job. Everyone felt that he earned this prize and they were not letting him back down.
"I think this will look great sitting under all of my Order of Merlin's," he exclaimed accepting the cup and sitting down. "I appreciate the vote of confidence and we shall continue this as well in the upcoming years."
"What he is failing to mention is that starting next year I will resume my duties as Transfiguration Professor," stated Minerva with a smile. "Lord Potter will take over as Headmaster of the school. He has given us a new and better way of looking at how we are going to teach our subjects. With him also being asked to be the liaison between the Muggle, Mutant, and Wizarding Worlds, he will not have as much time to devote to teaching as he did this year."
"We are also going to be bringing in some of you that are skilled in certain subjects to come in as substitutes to teach for us when we are sick and such," stated Severus. "This will give us an idea of who is ready to take over as Professor should the need arise. We feel that some of us are ready for retirement soon and we could use some of the skill that many of you possess to replace us when that time comes. We are also going to start offering new classes such as Healing and so forth with the new school year."
"Well before we bore them to death," stated Harry to the laughter of the students. "How about we just let them eat? I happen to know that some of them are behind in their packing and they do want to catch the train in time tomorrow. Let's all enjoy our meal."
Harry raised his hands, and the food appeared in the tables. The professors all laughed at him as he went and sat with the students rather than sit at the staff table. The others, taking their cue from him, joined him at the student tables as well. The students pleased with this outcome all started chatting amicably with the professors while they ate.
Soon the students went home. On the morning of the day they were leaving, Harry caught their attention once more.
"If I were all of you, I would be expecting an invitation to be coming in the mail in the next few days," he stated to the students who were looking at him curiously. "Scott and I have decided to have our ceremony on July 20th. It's going to be a nice ceremony and we would be honored if all of you would join us for the completion of our Bondings. I expect that you will all have your guardians approve of you coming here for the day to help us celebrate this. Now unless you all want to be late, I suggest that you all head out to the train so that you can return to your parents or guardians. I know that they are most anxious to see you all."
With that, Harry dismissed the students and sent them on their way. He knew that he had much to do between now and the date of their wedding. He was definantly not wrong on that aspect. There were many important dignitaries that were coming to the wedding as well as those that would be getting the highest of protections that the school could offer. While there were no serious threats out there in the Isles that would harm the school or its inhabitants, it was always best to be cautious.
True to Harry's thoughts, the days were full. Molly was hired to do the wedding while others were set up to make sure that the castle was given a complete overhaul of cleaning and setting up. The colors of red and white were seen displayed everywhere. Roses in the colors of red and white were being sent to the castle from every florist shop in the wizarding world. The elves were busy setting everything up to Molly's directions. Here is where she was in her finest element. The Great Hall was transformed into a place where majesty and royalty would be proud to call it their wedding location.
Harry and Scott were going to write their own vows for the ceremony. Both men were seen from time to time sitting down at their desks writing and making corrections to the words that were placed upon their pages.
"Harry can I talk to you," called Molly one day, as she as working on a part of the decorations. "Who is going to be in the wedding party and such? We need to know who is coming for what and what colors they will be wearing. We also need to know who is going to perform the ceremony."
"Ah," said Harry as he and Scott entered the room and sat with her. "Luna, Hermione, Draco, and Severus will stand for me. Remus and Minerva have already consented to give me away. Of course, both girls will be in red. I have jewelry specially made by the goblins for them to wear. Both men will be in black with red trimmings. Each will either be wearing a white rose corsage or have a white rose bouquet to hold for me."
"Jean, Ororo, Marie, and Bobby will stand for me," said Scott with a smile on his face. "Charles and Amelia have already offered to give me away and act as my parental figures for me. My ladies will be in off white while the men are going to be wearing black. All with have a red rose corsage or bouquet."
"That sounds lovely," said Molly writing all of that down. "Who will be performing the ceremony? Also what color will they be wearing?"
"Cornelius and Queen Elizabeth have agreed to perform the ceremony," said Harry to the astonishment of Molly. "We agreed that we would have both of them as they are the highest ranking officials in the British Isles. I was delighted that Her Majesty agreed to help perform the service."
"Is the entire Royal Family coming to the wedding?" asked an astonished Molly. "I will have to get Arthur to get me something really nice to wear for the service. I can't be seen in my old dresses."
"We have already taken care of that," stated Harry with a laugh. "I assume that you are alright with the color lilac? As for the Royal Family, yes the entire family is coming. It's not every day that one such as me gets married in the realm. Even in the muggle world, I'm becoming an icon. It gets rather persistent from time to time."
"One of these days," stated Molly with a laugh. "One of these days, you will get used to the fact that you do things that make you an exceptional person who is very easy to love and admire. You have proven that you are a very special person that has the generosity and love that will see all of us through for the rest of our lives. You are a remarkable young man and the sooner you get it through your head that you ARE special, the easier of a time you will have when it comes to being able to handle the fame and status that you have."
"Did you hear that they want him as the Supreme Mugwump of the ICW?" asked Scott rubbing it in more. "They are not accepting anyone else but him. They said that the work that he has done here in Britain would be beneficial to the rest of the world as well. They are not taking no for an answer."
Molly sat there with a smug look on her face as she finished what she was doing. She knew that there was more to do and she was working hard to make an impression. She was getting paid handsomely to take care of this wedding and she was determined to make the most of it. The Wizengamot and Harry decided to remove two years of her ten year sentence from her time for doing this wedding.
The time seemed to fly. Before they knew it, the date of the wedding had finally arrived. Harry had slept in the castle the night before to start assisting with the dignitaries that were coming to watch the ceremony. The Royal Family arrived and were given special quarters in the castle. Charles and his fellow mutants were there to assist in the protection of the guests. The students and their families that were able to come started to file in. The dorms were opened so that said students and families had a place to sleep for the night.
The Great Hall was magnificent. Molly had gone above and beyond Harry's expectations with the arrangements that were there. Harry and Scott were in separate chambers while they finished getting ready. It wasn't long before the music started and the bride's maids and groom's men were filing together into the Great Hall.
Scott went first to stand before the Queen and Minister for Magic. He bowed his reverence to the Queen before he stood and waited for his beloved to walk through the door. He was wearing a black tuxedo with red trimming on it. There was a white and red rose corsage on his lapel. Even though Voldemort and Harry came up with a spell to help Scott's eyes when he wanted to be normal, he wore his ruby tinted glasses. When he heard the music that was playing for Harry to walk down the isle begin, he looked to the doors and let his mouth fall open. Everyone stood and turned. Harry was wearing a white tuxedo with a red and white rose corsage on his lapel. He held a bouquet of lilies in his hand. With his other hand, he was casting his patronus so that the image of the stag was present. These two things symbolized his mother and father. Hermione meanwhile had an image of a giant grim walking along so that the representation of Sirius was there as well.
When Harry got to the front of the hall, he went to bow before the Queen when she stopped him.
"You do not need to bow to me," she said with conviction.
Cornelius looked at her with a smile and began the ceremony.
"Ladies and gentlemen," he began. "We are gathered here today to join in celebration the love of Harry James Potter and Scott Anthony Summers."
"We wanted to make this a grand affair, but our two grooms forbid us to go too far," said Elizabeth smiling. "Therefore, even though there is all this glamour, we will ask that the two men give their vows to one another before you, their friends, family, and correspondences from around the world."
"When I arrived in the United States, I was looking for a way to be happy," began Harry looking to Scott and smiling softly. "There was so much going on in my life that I was looking for a way to just make it all stop. I was hurt, confused, tired, and needing that one spark that would tell me that it was all worth while. Into that pain and confusion, you walked in. You took me under your wing and made sure that I was never hurt by anyone again. You taught me that it was ok to hurt and to be confused. You also gave me a reason to fight and to work hard to make sure that our worlds were cleared of those that were so desperate to try and destroy it for their own gains. We fell in love and it's with that love that I'm able to be the man that I have always envisioned myself to be. I have one title that I love more than any of the rest. That title would be your mate, bonded, and beloved. That is one title that I will flaunt, and use for the rest of my life with pride, dignity, and with my head held high. Thank you for making me the happiest man on the planet."
Elizabeth and Cornelius waited for a moment as both collected their emotions. When they were done, they turned to Scott.
"Even with these eyes," said Scott pointing to his glasses. "I could still see the beauty that you had within you. When you smiled that first time in Charles' office, I thought that my breath would never come back to me. You flattered me with your attention and honesty. Your love and fierceness that you have for me and others is what makes you so endearing to me. You never look at who the person is. You will go out of your way to make sure that if someone needs something that they get it. You have made my life whole, complete, and without fear of loss and despair. You have made me want to work all the harder when it comes to living with you for the rest of my life. I am proud to know that out of all of the more deserving people in the world, that you chose me to spend the rest of your life with. I will forever be grateful for all that you have done for me in the past, present, and what you will do for me in the future. If this is what it will be like to love you for all eternity, then I eagerly await that time to come. Thank you for being the highlight and love of my life."
The others in the hall sat there and waited with baited breath. Harry and Scott were two men that were on the brink of losing themselves in the love that they shared. Many people were trying to figure out how to push them all the way in. The beauty and compassion that the two men had for one another was something that others wished they could have for themselves.
"We normally exchange rings at this time to mark each with a symbol of the love that they have, but their rings were given to them a while ago and they refuse to take them off," said Cornelius with a small laugh.
"Therefore," said Elizabeth. "It is with great pride and honor that I announce the new Mr. Harry and Mr. Scott Potter-Emrys. May the love that the two of these men have for one another, be a beacon for others to follow and shine with."
"With that being said," commented Cornelius. "I now pronounce you married. You may kiss your mate."
Scott wrapped Harry in is arms and passionately kissed him. He projected as much love and compassion into the kiss as he could. Harry returned the kiss with a fierceness that matched his compassion. When they broke apart, Harry turned to the crowd.
"We have a small announcement to make," he told them. "Two weeks ago, we went to Madam Pomfrey. We used the magical artificial insemination. Our first born child will be born around April first. We used a surrogate mother who was more than willing to carry children for both Scott and I. We are delighted that so far, everything is going as planned."
"We thank you all for coming here today to witness our ceremony," said Scott. "You have no idea as to how grateful that we are that so many of you care so much about us."
"What did you expect?" asked an acerbic Severus. "When will you two realize that we all love and care about you? You are just as bad as Harry is. Get over it and move on already. Both of you have been putting in so many hours to make sure that muggle, mutant, and wizard are all treated with respect and admiration. You have worked together to end the dangers that threatened our very lives. Just act like a married couple for now and be glad that we all care so much for you."
With that proclamation, the reception started. Dances were danced and fun was had by everyone. The house elves of Hogwarts were dressed smartly in little robes of red or white. They carried trays of food and drink around for everyone to sample.
The night wore on and the party lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Harry and Scott had forgone a honeymoon in favor of just getting some quiet time before the new school year came.
Around the country and world, people slept easier knowing that the threat of danger was over and that the times were changing for the better. When they would stop and lift a glass in silent salute, they would say Harry's name with reverence for his hard work. The Heir of Merlin was appreciated by all those that knew him.
Time flew. Harry and Scott had two children. They had a son who they names James Sirius Potter. Two years later, they had a little girl that they names Lily Jean Potter. Daphne was doing a brilliant job of raising the children. She was seen from time to time working along side Harry or Scott while they worked on making the world better. She made a valuable member of the research team when it came to looking for things that would improve the relations between the three factions of the world.
Years flew. Teachers came and went in the school. Harry was the Headmaster and watched out over all of them. Dark Wizards and Witches came and went, but Harry was able to be there each and every time to thwart them.
Slytherin Bastille became a new school at one point. Those students that were interested in pushing the limits of magic went there after they graduated from Hogwarts, Beauxbaton, or Durmstrang. Tom didn't look at their blood statue. He taught them all.
Decades came and went. Harry and Scott's children went to school and became proficient in their various fields. Lily took after Scott and had the X gene while James was a miniature version of Harry much to the annoyance of Severus. Despite that James was Severus' godchild, James was still a Potter and Severus made sure he knew more than how to be a trickster.
The group had their first loss almost twenty years later when Minerva went to sleep on night. At close to 125 years old, she was tired. She moved in with Harry and Scott when she retired so that she could still be close to the children she thought of as grandkids. She went to sleep that night and didn't wake up the following morning. She was buried on the grounds of Hogwarts with one of the highest honors that could be bestowed upon her.
Bellatrix tried to escape the muggle prison and was killed in the process. Even a witch as insane as she was couldn't prevent multiple bullets from tearing through her even if she did still have her magic. She stayed in jail for a total of twenty years before her daring escape.
Lucius never made it through the first fifty years of his sentence. He worked as a slave in the goblin mines until the day he died. He was made to relive his actions every second of the day while he was forced to shovel rock and soil. Upon his death, the goblins could hear the last words as "Purebloods rank supreme".
Though Daphne was rehabilitated, the other four were not. They managed to kill one of the house elves and attempt to escape. They never made it far when they sprung a trap that was unknown to them and was portkeyed to the area where Aragog's family lived. Suffice to say, they were never seen again. Harry shook his head sadly when he was informed that what was left of them was found.
Throughout time, those that were meant to die did. Severus passed away when he was around two hundred years old. Voldemort died peacefully in Slytherin Bastille when he was hitting his three hundredth birthday.
Harry watched as people like Hermione became Minister for Magic. Draco became one of the youngest Unspeakables in history. Luna married Neville and they opened up a chain of Nurseries around the globe.
Harry's major loss was when Scott died. They lived and worked together for just over ninety years. Due to the X gene, Scott lived to be just over one hundred years old. He and Harry were delighted by the many grandchildren and great grandchildren that they had.
Harry retired to his Manor on the grounds not long after Scott died. He knew he would live longer than most as his magic was the most powerful of all. Much was done behind the scenes by Harry to improve the ways of the world. He worked tirelessly for all three factions of living human. Around his five hundredth birthday, Harry was sitting in his room when he saw all of his loved ones standing there in front of him. Lily, James, Scott, Sirius, and the others were smiling at and waiting for him. As they opened their arms, Harry smiled and stepped into their embrace.
It was with a smile on his face that his great, great grandson found him. They buried him next to Scott and his parents. Harry's journals were found. The last entry was days before he died.
I will never forget the day that I stepped onto American soil and my heart was captured by one wearing Ruby Tinted Glasses. I am soon to be with you my love, my life, my everything.
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