Chapter 35: Worries
After Remus told James that it was about time to tell Harry something, James decided that during the next animagus training session, he would tell Harry then.
During that training session,
"Alright students, today is the day you all have been waiting for." Sirius announced.
"The day Snape gets sacked?" Ron asked
"The other day you have been waiting for." Lily told him.
"Oh. That works to."
"Finally." Hermione said.
"Now just concentrate and remember what we taught you guys." Harry said to his friends
"Ok." They said closing their eyes and concentrated on transforming.
Harry and the older animagus smiled as they saw that it was a success. In the place of Harry's friends stood a bat, an otter, a robin, and two beavers.
"I wonder if you will get extra points on your OWLs for this?" Sirius asked.
"I don't think so." Lily said. "This is only to be used against Voldemort when the time comes."
"That reminds me, Harry, I need to speak with you after your friends leave." James said.
"Alright." Harry said a little nervous.
"Ron's a vampire." The twins teased.
"I am not. At least I don't eat wood."
"Ron's not a vampire." Hermione said, "He's a Natterer's bat."
"Thank you Hermione." Ron said to his girlfriend. "You make a cute otter." He added with a kiss.
"Eww. Ron. Get a room." The twins complained as Ginny and Harry laughed.
"Well, at least we have two birds on the team." Harry said looking at Ginny.
"Alright kids. It's time for bed." Melissa said writing a hall pass for each of them.
"Are you coming Harry?" Ron asked.
"I'll be there in a few minutes."
"You guys go on ahead." James told the others.
"Is everything alright?" Lily asked.
"Yes. I just need to talk to Harry about something."
"Do you need me?" Lily offered.
"You get some rest. Harry and I just need a father-son moment."
"Alright. You know where to find me if you need me."
"I'm glad you wanted to talk to me Dad. There is something I've been meaning to talk to you about." Harry said when he and his father were alone.
"You go on. I might be able to tie in what you want to talk about and what I want to talk about."
"It's about Ginny."
"Yeah. I really like her, but I'm scared if Voldemort found out, he'd find a way to use her against me. Then I won't be able to protect her."
"Didn't he already try that in your second year?"
"That was before I had real feelings for her."
"I see. Well, there is a way to tie in what I was going to tell you with this conversation."
"Very few people know this fact. Even your mother doesn't know all of it. But it also goes with why Voldemort went after us that Halloween night."
"Do you know why Gryffindors and Slytherins hate each other?"
"I think Hermione said something about it starting with Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin. They were rivals at some point."
"Right. Well, the rivalry didn't stop with them. And I'm not talking about the houses."
"What do you mean?"
"I mean that Godric Gryffindor had a daughter. Julia Gryffindor. Now, this might make your head spin, but she married a man by the name of Proteus Potter."
"Yes. Voldemort is an heir of Slytherin. We are heirs of Gryffindor."
James paused so that the new can sink in.
"Oh Merlin." Harry finally said.
"While we're at it, there's more."
"What more can there be?" Harry asked.
"Only a few people know this all the way through: "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches... born to those who have thrice defied him, born as the seventh month dies... and the Dark Lord will mark him as equal, but he will have power the Dark Lord knows not... and either must die at the hand of the other for neither can live while the other survives... the one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord will be born as the seventh month dies..."."
"And that's me?"
"I'm afraid so."
"Who all knows it all the way through?"
"Dumbledore, your mother, me, Sirius, Remus, Sara, Frank, and Alice."
"Yes. The prophesy could have meant either you or Neville. Unfortunately, the spy who overheard the seer didn't catch the part when she said that the Dark Lord will mark him. Voldemort probably automatically assumed that since we were Gryffindor's heir, you would be the one to defeat him."
"So, How do I do that?"
James thought for a while.
"I have an idea. But I'll have to get back to you on that."
"Thanks for telling me Dad. I think I'd rather know ahead of time than when I fight him for the final battle."
Just as Harry was going to leave, he turned around.
"One more thing. Voldemort and I have brother wands. Any spell won't work."
"I considered that when you mentioned it last summer. I have a couple of solutions. I'll tell you those when I tell you my idea."
"Alright. Goodnight Dad."