Sirius' Potion Mistake

Birthday Planning

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Chapter 11: Birthday Planning

The next morning, Harry was still asleep. James, Lily, Sirius, and Remus however, were awake and plotting (At 5 a.m.).

"Well Mr. Padfoot. How do you suppose we do this?" James asked

"Mr. Prongs. You know very well that I can't go out in public."

"I understand that Mr. Padfoot, but how DO you propose we spend this glorious day?"

"Mr. Moony would like to add that if Mr. Prongs and Mr. Padfoot are planning a surprise, then they would do well to know that Prongs Jr. does not care too much for surprises."

"Do you guys always refer to yourselves in third person?" Lily asked.

"Only when we're plotting Mrs. Prongs." Sirius said

"Do you have to call me Mrs. Prongs?"

The Marauders looked at each other.

"We could give you a Marauder name, but in able to do that, you'd have to pull a prank on the Slytherins." Sirius told her.

"Remember that time in 7th year when Severus, Narcissa, and Malfoy were walking to the Astronomy tower and all of a sudden their hair started to glow in the dark?" She asked them.

"Yeah. Moony pulled it." James told her

"No I didn't. I thought Padfoot played it."

"Don't look at me. I thought Prongs did it."

"No. And Wormtail wouldn't have been able to. He was in the Hospital Wing. Wait. Are you saying that was YOU?" James asked his wife.

"Well, me and the girls, but yeah. I'm guilty."

The Marauders starred at her.

"Do you realize that what you did was bloody brilliant?" Sirius asked.

"Well, I was getting sick and tired of always being called a Mudblood, and I just lost it. You do realize that I agreed to go out with James AFTER it happened?"

"Oh yeah. I thought you just caved in" James said.

"I thought it was because you wanted him to leave you alone, so one date was all it would take." Remus said.

"Are we going to sit here and talk about the past, or are we going to plan my son's birthday party."

"Oh. Right. Hmmm." Sirius said deep in thought.

"He already has the best broom on the market." Remus stated.

"I think to Harry, the best present is what he already received." Sirius said looking at the Potters.

"Us?" Lily asked.

"He's not used to getting a lot."

"What are you guys talking about?" a voice asked from the bedroom.

The adults turned and saw Harry standing in the doorframe.

"Happy Birthday Harry." They greeted him.


"Aren't you still tired?" Lily asked her son.

"Not really Mum. I'm used to getting up this early."

"It's 5:15 in the morning. During Summer. On your birthday." James said

"It's against the teenage code to be up at that time." Sirius added.

"You're up." Harry pointed out

"But I'm not a teenager. I'm an adult." Sirius pointed out.

"Even though sometimes he acts like he's four." Lily said.

"I do not." Sirius pouted like a four-year-old.

"My point exactly." Lily told her son while pointing at Sirius.

Harry laughed at the way his mother teased his godfather.

"So what are we going to do today?" Harry asked.

The adults looked at each other.

"Why don't you decide?" James told him.

"Me?" Harry asked for a clarification that he did not just dream that.

The adults nodded.

"Hmm. Well, I would like to go out, but what about you guys and Sirius?" Harry asked his parents.

"I can change all of our looks." James said.

"He's the only person who was better than me in Transfiguration." Lily informed Harry.

"Well then, how about we…" just then he was cut off by four owls that came swooping in.

"What the…" Sirius said before he was cut off by a glare from Lily.

Harry grabbed the letters and parcels as two of the owls flew away. The other two he recognized to belong to Ron and himself.

Harry read the first letter and announced that his was his list of supplies for the new school year. Another letter was from Hagrid wishing him a happy birthday and hoping that "those muggles" haven't been treating him too badly. Hagrid had given him some dragon-hide gloves and told him that they would be useful. Harry didn't want to think about what Hagrid was planning.

"Dumbledore must not have told him about Lily and James." Remus said out loud.

The other two letters he read out loud so that the adults could hear what his two best friends had to say to him.

Dear Harry,

I'm glad you're summer's getting better. You must be thrilled to be spending time with them. It's too bad that you can't say more about what happened. I hope everyone's alright. Even if Snuffles WAS good at making potions, he'd still fail Professor Snape's class. You know how much Professor Snape hates him. Let's just hope Snuffles didn't blow anything up. Oh. And I made Prefect. Anyways, Happy Birthday.


P.S. I hope you like your present. I'll expect you to read Hogwarts, a History this year. If you don't, then that will be next year's birthday gift.

Harry grinned at Hermione's threat before he opened her parcel. It was, naturally, a book. However, this book had instructions on how to do fancy Quidditch moves.

"Ok. I am now convinced Hermione's a replica of your mother." Sirius said out loud.

"I threatened you with Hogwarts, a History more times than Lily has." Remus told him.

"At least I got James to read it." Lily said proudly.

"How did you manage to do that?" Remus asked her.

"In order to get a second date with her, I had to read it." James admitted.

Everyone laughed as Harry opened his last letter.


Lucky you. Spending time with your godfather and ex-Professor. I bet they're helping you with your homework. No one's helping me. Percy has been spending all of his time at the ministry. Would you believe that they don't believe You-Know-Who is back? They don't. Percy is even agreeing with them. Snape's essay on Polyjuice Potion is not that easy. If Hermione was here, she'd be saying "how could it be hard? We made it our second year." Please. I think it's more like SHE made it. We just drank it. I don't think I should mention how it tasted in case Snape gets suspicious. What did you do? Anyways, I just wrote to wish you a Happy Birthday. I can't wait to hear what you have to say.


P.S. I forgot to tell you. I made Prefect. I think you should have though.

Harry opened Ron's parcel and noticed that it was a photo album of his time at Hogwarts.

Colin took most of the pictures from second year to last year. Ron had written

"Both of your friends are Prefects? Ouch." Sirius said.

"Why do you say that?" Lily asked

"Because he'll never be able to get away with anything."

"If my memory serves me correctly, I was Head Boy and Moony here was a Prefect." James told him.

"Good point."

"I decided what I want to do today." Harry said.

"What's that?" Remus asked.

"Hey Dad? Think you can change all of our appearances? We can go to Diagon Alley and get my school stuff."

"No problem"


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