Essences of Lily Revised

Chapter 25 Room of Knowledge

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Summary: What is 'The power he knows not' and how did Harry get it? How did Harry survive the killing curse and what does Sirius Black have to do with it? Who is the voice Harry is hearing in his head?

Chapter 25 Room of Knowledge

By the time Harry made it back to the Gryffindor Common room it was shortly before curfew.

"Just where have you been all day?" Hermione asked with her hands on her hips. "I've been looking for you. Don't you know that the weekend is a perfect time to catch up on any incomplete homework and get further ahead in our studies?"

What she was really upset at was that Harry had disappeared and had taken his trunk with him. Without it, she couldn't go to chamber 8 and spend even more time studying and learning more about magic.

Harry however, was still not in the mood to talk about a lot of things.

"Hermione, I'm sorry if you lost some time for studying, but something came up that I just had to take care of, and no, I can't tell you what it was. Let's just say that now the girls can use the bathroom on the second floor again and not be bothered. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm tired, I'm hungry, I'm upset and I really don't want to talk about it. All I want to do right now is go upstairs and go to bed!"

Hermione was taken back by how 'short' Harry had been with her and his attitude in general. In her mind, she was thinking 'What could be more important then studying and homework?'

"Well I guess that means no time in the chamber then," Neville whispered to Hermione. "I guess we better get back to Hufflepuff before curfew. Goodnight Hermione." With that, Neville took Susan and returned to their own common room.

After Neville and Susan had left, Hermione sat down next to Ron and asked, "I wonder what has him all worked up? Ron, do have any idea?"

Ron looked up at her with an almost blank stare. He wasn't really paying any attention to his copy of 'Quidditch through the Ages' that was laying in his lap. He was thinking back to his own experience at the bank where he and Percy had been singled out from the rest of his family as being the least worthy to be called 'Gryffindor'.

"I wouldn't know for sure, but I bet it had something to do with what he found out about his heritage at Gringotts. Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll be off to bed too." With that Ron stood up and went up to his room.

Entering the first years boy's dormitory shortly after Harry, Ron decided to try to talk to Harry.

"Harry? Ya got a moment?" Ron asked.

"Sure Ron, what do you want?" Harry answered coldly. He was still upset at the action he had to take, and fed up with Ron's attitude regarding him as the Heir of Slytherin.

Ron sat down on his bed with his eyes looking down at the floor, holding his hands together like he didn't know what else to do with them.

"I… I just wanted to say that I've been thick headed and I'm sorry for what I said and did while I was at Gringotts. I'm starting to see..." Ron took a deep breath, and Harry realized just how difficult this was for Ron to say out loud.

"I'm starting to see just how far I am from what a true Gryffindor should be."

"I had no idea just how close the founders were when they established the school, and what it really meant to be Gryffindor, or Slytherin. I'm sorry."

Ron was still looking at his feet while he was making his apology. That make it a little hard to hear, but Harry could make out what he was trying to say.

"Thanks Ron, I know what it's like when you are faced with a difficult chose and have to change the way you look at things. I know it's not always pleasant to have to change and grow up, but no one said life would be easy. Are you going to be okay?"

"Ya, I think so." Ron replied. "I still have a lot of those learning disks things to go through. It really isn't very pleasant to see just how petty and jealous I had become, but I think I'll make it. Maybe not all at once, but eventually."

"Good for you Ron, I'm proud of you. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get some rest."

With that, Harry closed his curtains around his bed, charmed them so he would not be disturbed, and slipped into a restless nights sleep.

He visited with Durendal and his 'Ma' at Potter in the Mind trying to understand the old views of honor and morality. He asked questions about the duties of a Knight and Paladin. What would happen if he killed an innocent person? Would he be able to kill any person – even Voldemort?

Harry woke up Sunday morning with just as many or more questions as he had the night before.

Not feeling ready or able to do his regular training, Harry went down to the Quidditch fields to fly around for a while. Flying always helped him relax, and he felt the tension of the past few days wash over him.

After a few minutes in the air, a sudden flash of flame next to him made Harry jump before he looked and saw that Fawkes had appeared next to him.

'What troubles you young one? I can sense you are upset over something.'

"Fawkes! Are you trying to make me fall off my broom?" Harry yelled as he got his broom under control.

Fawkes sounded like he was laughing as he sang some notes that lighten Harry's heart.

'I am sorry young one. I did not mean to scare or frighten you. You looked like you could use a... what do you call it? A listening ear?'

"Sorry Fawkes. I've just had a lot on my mind these last few days. You probable already knew I'm now also the Heir of Slytherin by conquest?"

Fawkes just nodded his head.

"Well along with that, I learned that Salazar left a guardian here to 'protect' school."

Harry didn't know how else to tell Fawkes about the great snake, so he just came out and said it.

"It was a thousand year old basilisk Fawkes." Harry stated solemnly.

'Yes, I know of Master Slytherin's pet. Tell me young one, does he still live?'

Harry was surprised by Fawkes' comment.

"No Fawkes, he does not. He felt remorse for being used by Tom Riddle almost 50 years ago and his part in the muggle-born witch Myrtle's death. He felt that for honor to be satisfied, and for any hope of forgiveness in the next life, He would have to forfeit his own. As his new master, it fell upon me to carry out the deed."

"I did get Myrtle to talk to him before the end, and she offered the basilisk her forgiveness for his part in her death. Now that Myrtle has found closure as to how she died, she has also now crossed over."

Fawkes flew up into the sky, singing a joyful tune and doing loop-the-loops above Harry in the air.

'You have done several great things young one whether you know it or not.'

"You'll excuse me if I don't feel like celebrating." Harry said sadly.

'Please do not treat yourself too harshly young one. You have aided in the crossover of the young maiden, and in so doing you have made it possible for the great king of snakes to seek redemption as he moves on to the next great adventure in the best possible way. You have seen to it the great king of snakes can not be used for ill again and all here at Hogwarts, both adult and child are that much safer.'

'I was not bonded to the Headmaster or Hogwarts when the former heir of Slytherin released the basilisk on the students, but I did hear my former bonded talk and think much about the problem that a basilisk such as that would present to him and the wizarding community at large.'

'I knew of Salazar's chamber under the school, but was unable to do anything regarding the king of snakes while he slept.'

'Now you have solved the problem and all are better for it. You must know young one that the great snake was not meant to live a thousand years? At most, they would live three score and ten (A/N 70 Years) before going on to the next great adventure.'

'Come young one, let us fly.' Fawkes invited.

"Ah, Fawkes, what do you think I'm doing on my broom?"

'You are sitting. It is the broom that is flying. You need to fly young one – come, let us fly.'

Harry now understood what Fawkes was talking about. Of his four forms, two were meant to fly; the Hippogriff, and the Bennu. The Bennu was his fire form, a close relative of the phoenix. Harry needed to practice a lot in his Bennu form if he was to get the best use out of it and who better to train him then Fawkes.

Rather then return to the ground and change into his form, Harry thought he would try something different. Pointing his broom straight up into the sky, he accelerated until he was high enough that if anyone watching him from the ground, could not see him. Then, with a mental command, shrank his broom and placed it in his robe. By this time he had completed this task, his upward momentum was exhausted and he started to return to earth.

Remembering everything he had learned about his Bennu, Harry changed during free-fall and felt just what Fawkes meant when he said 'Come – let us fly'.

Harry's Bennu looked a great deal like a Heron you would see in the lakes and woodlands with long spindle legs, a long beak, and two plume feathers on the top of his head.

Harry's back and wings were red, tipped with gold while his breast remained white. His lightning bolt scar was on his forehead between his two plume feathers and of course – his eyes were green.

Harry had not tried any of his animagus forms since he had come to Hogwarts. He didn't realize just how much he missed being in one of his forms.

With a trill and a swoop Harry returned to where Fawkes was waiting for him.

'Yes young one, that is much better. Now come, follow me.'

With that, Fawkes took off with Harry close behind. Harry was unaware of where they were going or how long they had been flying. He was concentrating on keeping up with Fawkes and doing everything he did.

When Fawkes swooped, Harry swooped.

When Fawkes climbed, Harry climbed.

Moreover, when Fawkes 'flame traveled'... Harry 'flame traveled' as well without thinking about it.

After sometime, Fawkes stopped in a tree that was laden with much fruit and started to eat. Harry landed under the tree beneath Fawkes and started to eat the fruit that had fallen to the ground. His long spindle legs did not make for resting in trees very easily.

'You have done well young one,' Fawkes started. 'Had you ever flame traveled before?'

'No,' Harry though. 'I just followed you and it seemed easy. I even knew where you were going and how to get there. It almost seemed ... natural.'

'That is very good young one, you are paying attention to yourself and your surrounding. Now tell me young one, do you know where Hogwarts is?'

Harry stopped eating for a moment and closed his eyes. Thinking of where Hogwarts might be, he got an mental image of Hogwarts. He knew exactly where it was and what it would take to get there.

'Yes!' Harry replied. 'I know exactly where Hogwarts is!'

'Very good, now, do you know where Number 4 Privet Drive is?'

Harry was less then pleased to think about his old home, but he closed his eyes and found that yes, he did know where Number 4 Privet Drive was. And the Ministry of Magic; and Lupin Manor, and any other place he could think of.

Fawkes then had him concentrate on individuals: Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall, Ron, Neville, Remus, Sirius, Susan, Hermione, even Ginny. Harry could find them all.

'That is very good young one. Now you will have to practice this skill so that it does not fall into disuse.'

'We have been away from Hogwarts long enough young one, we must return home now. But we must be careful that you remain unobserved. I would suggest the back side of the broom shed, outside the Gryffindor locker room.' Fawkes rose off the branch and looking over his shoulder looked at Harry and said, 'Race ya!' and disappeared in a flash of flame.

Harry was shocked by Fawkes actions and 'flamed-out' back to Hogwarts as quickly as possible.

Arriving at the broom shed, Harry changed back into his human form, and found Fawkes already there 'laughing' to himself and asking what took Harry so long.

"Very funny Fawkes. I wonder if it is possible to prank a Phoenix? Maybe I'll wait until your burning day and find out."

'You wouldn't dare!' Fawkes thought.

"No, your right, I wouldn't dare. But I wouldn't put anything past those Weasley twins." Harry said with a smirk.

Harry felt quite a bit better after his morning with Fawkes. He was able to put some of his actions into perspective with relation to the whole of Hogwarts and the wizarding world in general and the individuals it affected directly. He still had strong feelings about what he had done, but at least now, his actions weren't holding him down.

He planned to use chamber 7 – the 'Open Space' area to practice all his animagi forms.

It was just before lunch when Fawkes and Harry got back, so he hurried up to the dorm room and got cleaned up, changed, and came downstairs to go to the Great Hall.

Ron and Hermione saw Harry coming back down into the common room and asked if he were heading down to lunch.

"Yes Ron, thanks for asking. I didn't expect you to wait for me though. Who knows, maybe today is the day they run out of food in the kitchen?" Harry joked.

"Na, I talked to Wood, you know, the House quidditch captain and keeper? He said Hogwarts always has plenty of food. I guess you were right after all; the twins were just pulling my leg. Now hurry up, we don't want to miss out on too much now do we?"

Hermione for her part just looked back and forth between the two boys. Shaking her head, she said, "It seems the only things you take seriously are food and quidditch Ron." Then looking back at Harry said, "And where have you been all morning? You do realize you missed breakfast don't you?"

Harry just smiled and said, "Love you too Hermione, now, let's get down to Lunch."

Ron and Harry left out the portal while Hermione just stood in the middle of the common room with a shocked expression on her face.

After lunch, Harry got with the other four students, and took his trunk up to the room of requirements. He apologized to his friends, and told them that he would have his trunk in 'The Room' from 7:00 to 9:00 each night for the rest of the week, so they could come and use it for studies or practice during that times.

As the other four students get ready for study time in chamber eight, Harry excuses himself telling them that he need to write a letter to his godfather and uncle.

"Now are you sure you'll be alright all by yourselves for the next five days in compressed time?" Harry asks with a smirk on his lips. "I wouldn't want you boys and girls doing anything you shouldn't be doing now."

"No Harry, we'll be fine. If Neville gets out of line, I'm sure Susan can take care of him." Hermione replied.

"It's not Neville I'd be worried about if I were you Hermione." Harry shot back.

Hermione blushed as she thought about Ron. Susan and Neville covered their mouths to keep from laughing. Ron, on the other hand missed the whole meaning for several seconds before he too blushed and looking at Harry said, "Oy, What's that about now?"

"Nothing Ron just pulling your chain. I'm going to leave Sassy here to help you and make sure you don't get into any trouble now, okay?"

"Okay..." they all replied.

"I come back as quick as I can, but at least you won't miss dinner this evening if I don't get back before."

"Sassy!" Harry called.

"Yes Harry? Is there something you need?"

"No, I just want you to get chamber 8 ready for these four for a five day stay please? Make sure they are studying and not doing anything they shouldn't do okay? Even if you have to stun Ron or Hermione."

Ron and Hermione did not look amused.

"Sure Harry, where will you be?"

"I need to write my godfather and uncle about some of the things that have happened in the last few days. I hope it doesn't take all four hours that they will be in the chamber, but I don't know just how much time it will take me."

"Sure Harry, you can count on me." Sassy responded.

After the others had entered into chamber 8, and the time dilation spell was engaged, Harry entered into chamber 7 where he looked over the open spaces there full of trees and fields. Remembering what Fawkes had said about using his Bennu form, Harry decided to use it today to visit Sirius and Remus. With a thought, Harry changed back to his fire animagus, and 'flamed' to Lupin Manor.

Sirius and Remus had just finished a late lunch when they were interrupted by the arrival of a Bennu.

Remus had seen in this form before, but had never seen him travel by flame. Sirius wasn't aware that Harry was an animagus yet, and so, when he saw the bird appear, he was expecting Fawkes – not this Heron standing in the kitchen.

"Whoa, Remus! Who's this! I didn't know of any other bird that could flame in other than Fawkes!"

Harry took that time to change back into himself, and said, "Well hello to you too Sirius. It's good to see you getting so well adjusted. Have you tried out your dog run yet?"

With that, Sirius fainted.

"Do you really think that was necessary Harry? And when did you learn to arrive like that?" Remus asked.

"Of course it was necessary Uncle Remus. I wouldn't be the son of a marauder and the godson of another one if I didn't. Now as to your second question, Fawkes found me and could tell I had a form that was similar to him. He showed me how to use it."

"Okay. I think it's great you are letting Fawkes help you learn how to use your form. Now, what do you want to do with Sirius?"

"Well, obviously you haven't told him about my forms, so why don't we go down to the runes and ritual room and use the time dilation feature so I can spend some time with the both of you. There have been some things happen in the last few days that I could use both your help with."

"I think that's a great idea. We do have some catching up to do now don't we? Let me revive Sirius and we can get started."

A quick rennervate later and Sirius was back up looking at Remus.

"Boy, I thought I was over my stay at Azkaban, but I thought I just saw a bird flame in here and turn into Harry. Just what did you put in that tea Remus?" Sirius asked as he slowly got up.

"Well I guess that means you are getting better then Uncle Sirius." Harry said as he stepped out from behind Remus.

Sirius sat back down on the floor looking at Harry.

"Harry! What are you doing here? Did Fawkes bring you here? Did you see a stork like bird here just a minute ago?"

"Whoa, slow down Uncle, you're starting to sound like one of my classmates, Hermione, with all those questions. And in one breath too!" Harry laughed. "There have been a few things that have happened over the last few days that I need your advice and help with."

"Oh Harry, to think that you need my help with regards to girls so soon! I didn't even notice girls until I was in my third year! James would be so proud!" Sirius got up and pinched Harry's cheek.

"What? NO! Not that!" Harry blushed. "I doubt I'll ever find someone that would put up with me!" 'Though I wouldn't mind getting to know Miss. Weasley better.'

"No, there are some thing that happened at school and Gringotts that I need to talk to you about."

"Oh. Well what do you need help with then?" Sirius asked.

"Let's go down to the runes and ritual room so I can have a bit more time to talk to you." Harry answered.

"Runes and ritual room? Why would we want to go down there?" Sirius asked.

"Oh come on Sirius, you'll love it." Remus said. "Ty!"

"Yes, Master Lupin what can I do for you today? Ah, Master Harry! Welcome home! Just here for a short visit I take it?"

"Yes Ty, I will need to get back to Hogwarts as soon as I'm through meeting with my uncle and godfather here. Could you get the runes and ritual room set up for five days for all three of us please?"

"Of course Harry. Is there anything else Master Lupin? Master Sirius? Harry?"

"Yes, there is one other thing I would like to talk to you about Hogwarts when we are finished if that's okay with you Ty?" Harry asked.

"Of course Harry. Now, if you will please excuse me, I will get the room set up while you get down there."

Sirius was still a little confused as to why Harry was here, and the flaming stork, and a runes and ritual room, but he followed Remus and Harry trying to get his mind thinking straight. How long was Harry going to spend with him and Remus? What would Professor Dumbledore say? Just what was that bird thing he saw? Was Remus going to ever answer his question regarding what he saw?

Sirius was so wrapped up in his thoughts that he didn't notice them enter the runes and ritual room. It wasn't until Remus activated the runes for the time dilation that he noticed where he was at and saw the wizarding tent in the center of the room.

"Will someone please tell me just what is going on? Why are there two clocks on the wall, and why do we need a wizarding tent when we have the whole manor to ourselves?"

Remus and Harry smiled at each other and then sat down to explain what they were doing in this particular room.

After Sirius understood why they were here, Harry told his godfather and uncle what had happened at Hogwarts.

He told them about his meeting with the portrait of Salazar Slytherin and finding out about the basilisk he had left in the Chamber of Secrets. Also his meeting with Myrtle and how Harry found out about how she had died.

He told them about the basilisk's decision to move on to the next great adventure in hopes of finding some forgiveness for his actions against Myrtle under the directions of Tom Riddle.

How Harry had brought Myrtle and the basilisk together to meet each other and to give the king of snakes an opportunity to apologize to her and ask her forgiveness.

Harry told them about having to strike the death blow on the basilisk, and how he felt because of that.

He told them about Myrtle crossing over after getting closure on just how she died.

He told them how Fawkes found him flying on his broom, and taught him to use his talents as a Bennu.

He showed Sirius all his forms – but he couldn't stay in the Hippocampus form very long as they didn't have a large body of water around.

To say that Sirius was impressed was an understatement!

Four animagi forms! Each representing an element! It was unheard of! It was amazing! It was a problem! How would they decide what Harry's marauder name should be with so many forms?

"Well as long as you don't call me 'Zoo Keeper' I think I'll be happy." Harry said on that point. "You don't have to give me a name yet, I mean, I haven't really even done my first prank!"

"No but you will need a name before you do your first prank, so we better come up with something before you head home today." Sirius said.

They all laughed at the thought of someone doing the upkeep for those different animals.

Getting back to how Harry was feeling about having to kill the basilisk, Sirius couldn't see what the problem was.


"Sirius, I think you're missing the point here." Remus said wisely, "This wasn't some wild animal seeking to hunt and kill anyone and everyone he found: This was a guardian who was misused and show signs of true remorse for having killed an innocent person."

"Think about how you would have felt if you had to put down a faithful watchdog, let's say a Cerberus, after many years of service? How would you feel then?"

"Ya, but that's different." Sirius said, "The Cerberus is the greatest of all dogs and deserves a place of respect among all animals. It's not like the basilisk was the greatest of all... Oh, ya, he is the greatest of all snakes... Oh, ah, well... I'm sorry Harry, I just wasn't thinking right. I can see how that would have been real rough for you there."

Sirius hung his head down hoping he hadn't hurt his godson's feeling too much.

"That's okay Uncle Sirius. I've had a little bit of time to come to grips with my actions. It took Fawkes quite a while to make me see the good that came out of this situation: Myrtle forgiving the basilisk, finding closure with her death and crossing over; The basilisk being about to apologize to Myrtle and making peace with himself over that incident; being able to go on to the next great adventure with a clear conscience, and of course, relieving the world of a thousand year old basilisk." Harry said. This time it sounded like he almost believed himself.

For the rest of the time Harry, Sirius and Remus spent time getting to know one another better by telling about themselves and the life that had lived up to this point.

Sirius was starting to feel like a real godfather too. One of the first things he wanted to do was visit the Dursleys and 'repay' the kindness they showed Harry. Then, visit the Headmaster and do the same thing to him for allowing Harry to be treated that way.

After a lot of talking from Harry and Remus, Sirius was made to admit that things had been resolved in the end, and Harry had things under control at Hogwarts.

Harry loved hearing about Sirius' youth, and the adventures he had with his father and mother, and with the Marauders.

Harry and the others had to come out of the runes and rituals room a little early so Harry could get back to school before the others came out of chamber 8.

"Thanks Uncle Remus, Uncle Sirius. This is just what I needed. I'll see if I can find time to come home more often since it really doesn't take that much time to get here now. I've really enjoyed myself with both of you, and especially you, Uncle Sirius. You've given me the chance to get to know my parents better, and also given me some great ideas for pranks when I get back to school."

"Ah yes, the pranks! Now of course before you do any pranks in the name of the marauders, you must first, of course, be a marauder." Sirius said with a hint of a smile on his face.

"Mr. Padfoot feels it is time in reestablish the Marauders at Hogwarts." Sirius said.

"Mr. Moony concurs with Mr. Padfoot and would ask said Mr. Padfoot by what name this new member should be known by?" Remus replied.

Harry was grinning at Sirius' and Remus' antics as they started to refer to themselves by their marauders name. At the same time however, he was getting worried about what name they would chose for him.

"Mr. Moony brings up a very good point. Mr. Padfoot was thinking along the lines of calling our new member something like 'Sea horse', or 'Fish tail', or 'Heron', or 'Stork', or 'Fireball', or 'Hippo', or 'Griff', or 'Goat head' or even 'Lions Head'.

Harry was shaking his head hoping Moony had something better.

"Hum, Mr. Moony hadn't considered some of those possibilities. However, instead of causing permanent trauma to our new member, Mr. Moony would respectfully propose to Mr. Padfoot something more along the lines of 'Menagerie' or perhaps 'Keeper' as he does appear to be a one person zoo."

"Keeper... Mr. Padfoot concurs with Mr. Moony. Our young apprentice does indeed seem to be one. A Keeper Mr. Padfoot means."

(A/N This refers back to the 'Zoo Keeper' comment made earlier, not the Quidditch position 'Keeper', though that may throw some people off as to who the new marauder is. Sirius' joke is about the term 'He's (or She's) a keeper' meaning a person has such great personal traits that you would be a fool to ignore them [.com]. I know it's a lame name, but with the size of my writers block, it's the best I can come up with now.)

Both Remus and Harry moaned at the lame joke Sirius was trying to tell.

"Mr. Moony is pleased that Mr. Padfoot agrees with the name for the new marauder and likewise concurs with this decision.."

"Apprentice, step forward." Sirius called out.

Harry stepped forward in front of Remus and Sirius.

"Do you accept the name of 'Keeper' as your new marauder name, and will you do, to the best of your ability, uphold, maintain, and support the ideals of the marauders has been set forth by their past efforts and adventures?" Sirius asked.

Harry kept a straight face and said, "Yes."

This time it was Remus that addressed Harry. "Raise your right hand and repeat the Marauder's Oath."

Harry raised his right hand, and after thinking about all the stories he had heard the last four and a half days said, "I solemnly swear I am up to no good."

"Yes! He was paying attention," Sirius said under his breath. Then getting more 'serious' turned back to Harry and said, "Mr. Padfoot would like to be the first to the first to welcome Mr. Keeper into the Marauders. May you live long, love well, prank hard, and never get caught."

"Mr. Moony would also like to welcome Mr. Keeper into the Marauders. May your pranks be well planed and your name unblemished until your mischief is managed."

"Mr. Keeper would like to thank Misters Moony and Padfoot for allowing me this great honor. Mr. Keeper promises to do his best to see that the legend of the Marauders is never forgotten."

Harry couldn't keep a straight face any more and busted up laughing. Remus and Sirius followed right behind him.

"It's been a long time since I've done that." Sirius said with a tear in his eye. "I feel ten, fifteen years younger. It's almost as if Azkaban never happened." He looked at Harry with mist filled eyes. After a few moments, he hugged Harry as tightly as he could.

"Thank you Harry for everything. For getting me out of that hell-hole, for bringing me back to one of my best friends again, for letting me feel like that life's worth living, for letting me be a godfather to you when you're already more mature then me, and for letting me remember how it feels to be a Marauder. You may look like James, except for your eyes, but you heart, head, and soul are that of Lilly, and I could pay no higher complement to anyone then that."

Sirius and Harry just stood there for several minutes just feeling the love that one felt for the other. This was his family. This was what it meant to be loved. This was home.

"I love you too Sirius." was all he could say.

"Harry, it's time. You really need to be heading back to Hogwarts." Remus said quietly.

Nodding his head and sniffing, Harry broke his hug with Sirius and thanked Remus.

"Thanks Remus. Ya know I love you too don't ya?" asked Harry.

"Ya, I know." Remus said giving Harry a quick hug. "Now go on, get out of here. I want to hear from Min that the Marauders have returned to Hogwarts."

"I'll be sure that she notices what's going on when it happens." Harry said with a smile. "Well, I best be getting back before I'm missed." With that, Harry turned into the Bennu and fire-traveled back to Hogwarts.

Harry arrived back to his trunk in the living quarters in chamber 5 just as Sassy was bringing Ron, Hermione, Susan, and Neville out of chamber 8.

"I guess my letter took a little longer to get through then I thought it would." Harry lied. "What all did you accomplish while I was gone?"

Hermione answered for the group. "Of course we got all our homework done and all the reading for the upcoming week, but some of us took a little more prompting then others." As she looked in Ron's direction giving him a death glare.

Ron, for his part, did lower his head and looked properly chastened at Hermione's comments.

"At least Ron did better at his studies after he got through playing Sassy a few games of Wizards Chess with him if he did his homework." Hermione continued. "I never knew a house-elf could be so good at that game."

Harry looked over to Sassy who had just finished bringing some butterbeer out for the children to drink. He saw a big smile on her as she held her head up high at the acknowledgment from Hermione.

Ron, for his part said, "Who knew a house-elf could get so lucky five games in a row?"

Harry and the others laughed, as they got ready to head to the Great Hall for Dinner.

Later that evening, when everyone had gone to bed. Harry returned to his trunk and called for Ty.

"You wished to see me Master Harry?" Ty asked.

"It's just Harry Ty if you please, and yes I did want to talk to you." Harry was mentally kicking himself for not asking Ty sooner.

"While you were cleaning Hogwarts, you mentioned finding some 'hidden' rooms that looked like they might have belonged to the Founders?"

"Why, yes Master Harry we did. You already found the opening to Master Slytherin's chamber. We did not go any further then the opening on that chamber. However, both Master Gryffindor and Mistress Ravenclaw both had chambers that looked like they were used for living in and studying. Mistress Hufflepuff did not have a chamber as such, but we found a foundation of a greenhouse and living quarters behind Hogwarts where there was a different magical feel then the area around it."

Harry was excited to hear that each of the other founders also had rooms or some place where the new heirs could study or work.

"Ty, could you please show me where Lady Ravenclaw's chamber is at? I've been trying to study the tome Raven gave to me, and haven't had much luck. I'll also ask the other heirs if they would like to know where their founder's room or greenhouse are located. If they do, you can show it to them, or in Susan's case, rebuild her greenhouse."

The thought of rebuilding the Hufflepuff greenhouse had Ty very excited. It was about all he could do to not jump up and down at the thought of such a historic project.

"Yes Master Harry, please follow me so I can show you where Mistress Ravenclaw's chamber is located!"

Harry and Ty exited his trunk in the Room of Requirements. Harry shrank the trunk and took it with him.

Ty lead him down the hallway in the direction of the library. Just prior to the library, Harry saw, for the first time, a dark corridor with pictures of students studying on each side.

"Why didn't I see this before Ty?" Harry asked.

One of the students in the picture raised her head from the book she was reading and answered, "The Hall of Knowledge only makes it's self know when the rightful heir seeks after it. Seek, and ye shall find." With that the student went back to reading her book.

Harry looked at Ty and said "Well, I guess that answers that question."

Entering the hallway, Harry noticed pictures and painting of every side. Each depicting a teaching situation or key moment when some great discovery was made. 'I'll have to come back to these to look at them more closely later' Harry thought. He could sense 'Ma' was also very excited to come back to view and talk to some of the painting they saw.

At the end of the hallway was an ornate door with no door knob or handle.

'How am I to get in a room with no handle?' Harry thought. "Ty, do you know how to get into this room?" Harry ask.

"For house-elves, we just 'slide' into a room. But, if you want to have the room recognize you, you must enter it the normal way. I'm sorry Master Harry; I do not know any other way to get into the room."

"That's okay Ty, you've done great to show me this much. I think I can take it from here. I'll let you know when I talk to the other heirs to see if they want to have their greenhouse rebuilt, or where Gryffindor's chamber is at, thanks." With that, Ty went back to Lupin Manor.

Harry stood there for several minutes thinking about this door and something that the girl in the picture had said.

'What did she mean by 'Seek and ye shall find'? That sounds so familiar.'

'I think she was referring to one of the early teachings of Christ in the New Testament.' 'Ma' replied. 'It's been many years since I've been to Sunday school, but in what was from a passage called 'The Sermon on the Mount' Christ told those who followed him to 'Ask, and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.' (St. Matthew 7:7 KJV).

'Well, the 'Ask and it shall be given you' sounds like the Room of Requirements. The little girl said that you had to seek for this hallway to find it. So I wonder...' Harry stepped up to the door and gentle knocked on it.

Somewhat to his surprise, the door opened silently.

Cautiously, Harry entered to room. He found that it had been cleaned and polished. There seemed to be row after row of books, tomes and scrolls along both walls. They seemed to go on forever, but at the same time, everything you needed was right at hand. There was a large desk in the center of the room with a large, padded chair behind it. Harry could see off to one side another doorway where he knew would lead to the 'living area' of this chamber.

Harry was startled out of his thoughts when he heard a voice behind him say "Ah young one, welcome to the Room of Knowledge. I have been waiting for you to come here since Hogwarts told me my heir had returned."

Harry turned quickly, getting in a fighting stance, with his wand in his hand in an instant. He froze when he saw a life-size portrait of a lovely woman dressed in flowing blue robes and bright green eyes looking at him where the door use to be.

The lady in the portrait raised an eyebrow when she saw Harry's reaction. "Are you sure you are my heir and not one of Godric's? You seem as jumpy as Godric was after pulling a prank on Salazar knowing that Sal was going to get him back."

Harry immediately stood up straight and put away his wand.

Bowing his head slightly he said, "Please forgive me my Lady, I meant you no disrespect or harm. I have had to be careful of my surroundings since I was a young child. My name is Harry James Potter, son of James Harold Potter, and Lily Potter nee Evens. They were both sorted into Gryffindor, which is where I am currently housed."

"Ah yes, Sir Toppum's apprentice. I'm sure he hasn't had that much fun in sorting a student in a very long time. As you may have surmised, I am Lady Rowena Ravenclaw. I remember when your mother was here. It is a shame she was not sorted into my house as she should have been, but according to Sir Toppum, she had already had some bad experiences with some older students who where in my house while getting her supplies in Diagon Alley." The Lady in the portrait sighed and shook her head in disappointment. "To think that some people would let their prejudices and bigotry prevent an heir from being sorted into their proper house. But then..." she looked down at Harry with a smile on her face and love in her eyes, "If she had not been sorted into Gryffindor, she would probable have never met or dated your father, and then, you would not be here. What can I do for you young heir? Do you have the items I gave my young house-elf all those years ago?"

Harry was stunned at the beauty and grace of the lady in the portrait. She radiated love and wisdom that he felt drawn to like a moth to a flame.

Coming out of his stupor when he realized he had been asked a question. Harry blushed and lowered his head again. "Forgive me Lady Ravenclaw. I have come to see if I could find a way to open and study the journal I received from Raven, and to learn of the coronet of power and knowledge." Harry then took out his trunk and restored it to full size. Opening the trunk up, he took out the journal and placed it in left hand while summoning the Ravenclaw's staff to his right.

Lady Ravenclaw look surprised and impressed with Harry's display of magic, but she was also confused.

"But I gave those items to Elijah. Who is this Raven you mentioned?"

"Forgive me, my lady, allow me to explain." Harry then told her of the gathering of house-elves and how when he call for all the house-elves from Ravenclaw, only one appeared and how he said it had been so long since he had spoken to anyone, he could not remember his name and asked to be called 'Raven'.

Harry told her how Raven had impressed the other house-elves, and how, after he had accomplished his task, had asked to be released so he could enter the next great adventure as a free elf, and there meet his mistress again and as a free elf pledge to her again his life and service as a friend of his own free will and choice.

At the end of the tale, Lady Ravenclaw had tears in her eyes when she realized that there had not been another worthy heir that had called for the birthright items for nearly nine hundred years. She was amazed at the faithfulness of Raven to see the completion of his duty.

It took some time for her to compose herself after the story.

"I pray I can be found worthy of such love and devotion as shown here. Please excuse me for a few moments." With that, she stepped out of the portrait.

Harry wasn't sure what he should do. After a few minutes, he walked over to the desk and placed the journal and the staff on it. Walking back to his trunk, he brought out the portrait of Salazar Slytherin and restored it to full size.

'Ah, young heir, you have found Rowena's chamber I see.' Sal said while looking around. He looked disappointed when he saw her portrait was empty. What could have happen? He wondered.

'Yes, I did. But how did you know about it? I thought all the founders chambers were a secret from one another?' Harry replied.

Suddenly Harry heard a gasp from Lady Ravenclaw's portrait.

"Sal, is that really you?" Lady Ravenclaw asked.

"Yes Roe, it's me. It has been to long."

Harry was surprised the Salazar wasn't speaking in Parseltongue. "Ah, did I miss something?" He asked. "Why don't you speak normally to me? Why will you only respond to me in parseltongue?

Sal looked at Harry and said 'Because as the heir of Slytherin you should know the true tongue. It is your duty!'

"Oh Sal, quit hissing at the boy and speak normally. I know the only real reason you do it is to piss Godric off because he can't learn or understand it." Lady Ravenclaw said.

Harry looked up at her portrait and asked 'Do you understand parseltongue?'

'Well of course I do. How could I be married to Sal for ninety four years and not understand it.' came her reply.

"Now stop this foolishness and place his portrait up here on the wall if you would please Harry?" Lady Ravenclaw said switching back to English.

"Yes milady, as you wish milady." Harry said with a smirk on his lips.

"Oh hush you," the portrait said. "And when you're in here it's Rowena, or Aunt Roe is that understood?"

"Yes Aunt Roe, thank you. Now before I place Sal up on the wall and you two reacquaint yourselves, what can I do with the journal while you're away?"

"Now he's starting to sound like the Potter side of the family." Sal said under his breath.

Rowena looked impatiently at Sal and then Harry. "The Journal can only be opened and read here by one who is deemed worthy. The other book and items you see around here must also remain in this room where they are held in stasis or they will revert to their actual age and turn to powder."

"Thank you milady." Harry said with a smirk, then quickly took Sal's portrait and placed it on the wall next to Rowena's.

"You'll probable want to stay here now won't you Sal?" Harry asked.

"Well, maybe he does have some of your brain after all Roe. Yes, Harry if it wouldn't too much to ask. I've only not seen her for what? Nearly nine hundred years!" came the sarcastic reply. "Now be a good Ravenclaw and go and study."

Rowena was rolling her eyes and had her hands on her hips looking somewhat disappointed. "Now Sal, there's no reason to use that tone of voice with Harry. I can make you wait another nine hundred year if I have to."

"You wouldn't!" Sal blinked.

"I might! Now apologize to Harry before I change my mind."

"Young heir, please forgive me for my outburst. It was uncalled for." Sal said sincerely and with a bit of pleading in his voice.

Harry almost laughed at the scene before him now. The great Salazar Slytherin, put in his place by Rowena Ravenclaw. He knew women in general had a certain 'sway' over men, but he still didn't understand it fully... yet.

'One day you'll understand Harry.' He heard 'Ma' say as if remembering something special. 'It was the same way with your father.'

Without further delay, Harry placed the portrait of Salazar Slytherin next to Rowena Ravenclaw's on the wall.

"Thank you Harry. Now if you'll excuse us, we have a few things we need to catch up on. Please feel free to read in the journal and any of the other articles you find in my chamber. I'm not sure how long this will take. It may be some time." Rowena said kindly.

"Oh come on wench! He's a big boy, I'm sure he'll find something to do." Salazar said impatiently.

Rowena looked at Salazar with at cold stare. Before she could say anything, however, Harry spoke. "If its extra time you're looking for, I have a chamber in my trunk that can provide five days worth of time over the next four hours."

"Of course! How could I have forgotten! That wonderful chamber with the time dilation spell." Sal said mentally hitting himself in the forehead.

"Because you were thinking with the wrong 'head' as usual." came Rowena's short reply.

Harry didn't understand exactly what she meant by that, but had to smile again when he saw how red Sal's face went when she said it.

Rowena came over into Sal's portrait, and Harry took them down to chamber eight in his trunk where Sassy has set up the usual wizarding tent. Harry placed the portrait in it and went to leave. "I can't be in here when the time dilation spell is started, so I will have one of my house-elves start it after I leave. Is there anything you need in the meantime?" Harry asked sincerely.

"No Harry, Sal's portrait has everything we need. We'll see you in five days then. And thank you again for giving us this extra time together." Rowena said graciously, but at the same time Harry could tell she also wanted to start spending some time with her husband.

Harry exited the chamber and called Sassy to activate the spell. He then went up to study Rowena's journal.

To say the journal was fascinating would be a vast understatement. In it, Harry found the history of the four founders. Where they came from, how they got together, and how exactly they built Hogwarts.

It gave a depiction of their daily life in the early days of the school, along with the classes, lessons, spells, charms, and potions that were taught.

It also talked about the relationship between the staff and the coronet, but it made very little sense to him. How could they be one in the same? Even if they were, how did you get one to become the other?

There were many prophecies made by Lady Ravenclaw. Most had already been fulfilled. Some Harry didn't understand, others things he read in there he just didn't want to know about.

Then there was the story of why Salazar left Hogwarts.

Sal was not hateful or fearful of muggle-born magic users. He was fearful FOR them. He was afraid they would be treated has HE had been when his parents found out HE could do magic. Yes, Salazar Slytherin was a muggle-born!

Late in his life, Sal had gone out to try to find those who were muggle-born so he could bring them back to Hogwarts to be taught and train. There had been many rumors of the muggle-born witches and wizards being rounded up and killed by both the 'pure-blood' wizards and muggle community due to the prejudices and superstitions of the day.

In one of the villages he was visiting a very bad fight broke out in which many of the muggles and few of the muggle-born children died.

Salazar himself was killed by a 'pure-blood' while he was making sure some of the muggle-born were port-keyed to Hogwarts safely. However, due to the number of villagers and muggle-born killed; the writers of history twisted the story to make it appear that he Salazar will against the muggle-born.

If only Draco or Voldemort could read that part of the journal.

It was very late now and Harry had to get back to the Common Room before curfew. He called Sassy to him and told her to go and tell Aunt Roe and Uncle Sal that they could use the chamber for the full eight hours today (ten days compressed time) and four hours tomorrow (five days compressed time) since he had to go to class. He explained that if they asked why they couldn't use the chamber for the full eight hours both days, remind Sal, (or tell Aunt Roe) about the time he had committed to the other students from 7:00 to 9:00 every evening.

Harry also asked Sassy if she would be able to bring Sal's portrait back here to the Room of Knowledge when they were finished with their use of the chamber.

Sassy indicated that it wouldn't be any problem bring the portrait back to this room since she was bound to not only the House of Potter, but also the House of Ravenclaw and Slytherin.

Harry then wrote some notes to the heirs of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff telling them of his (Ty's) discovery, and asking them if they would like Ty to show (or re-build in the case of Hufflepuff) their own private chambers. He gave these notes to Sassy to give to Hedwig. He was sure she would love the exercise.

Harry then quickly headed for the Gryffindor Common Room.

The next day went very well for Harry. Well, as well as could be expected. Professor Snape still hated him with a passion and tried to sabotage his potion and Professor Quirrell just made him feel cold and paranoid. It didn't help matters much that Durendal was constantly telling Harry just how dark Professor Quirrell was, and that something about the man was making it hard to maintain the shield around the 'Tom Riddle' portion of his core.

After bidding Ron, Hermione, Neville and Susan good evening, Hermione asked why Harry wasn't coming back to the Common Room immediately. Harry made the mistake of telling them that he had 'something to checkout by the library'. As soon as he said that he knew it was a mistake.

"I'd love to go the library too Harry. There might even be a new book to read once we get there." Hermione said.

"Ah, no Hermione, that's alright. I'm not going TO the library. I'm going to checkout something CLOSE TO the library. There's a big difference." Harry hoped he had dissuaded her from coming with him. Instead, she seemed to be more insistent in coming with him.

"Well then you can walk me to the library and show me what's so interesting by the library."

"It's really not something I'm ready to show anyone right now. And to be quite honest, it is something rather personal."

"What are you trying to hide from us Harry?" Ron asked with a hint of jealousy in his voice.

Harry just looked at Ron over his glasses. Ron got the message that he still needed to work on his Gryffindor character traits.

"Oh, sorry, never mind." Ron said quietly.

"Now I'm sorry but I really must be on my way." With that, Harry started running down the hallway towards the library. He ignored Hermione's calls to wait for her, that she was coming too.

Harry was so upset that he didn't even remember that all he had to do was 'slide' to the Hallway of Knowledge. But even if he did remember, that was one of many things he did not want people to know about.

Turning the corner just in front of Hermione, Harry thought very hard on finding the Hallway of Knowledge. Immediately before him he saw the portrait on the wall separate for him as he entered. Looking back, Harry could see out, but he could see Hermione looking around trying to find where he had gone to. Finally, she appeared to go into the library to look for him, or maybe find a good book to read.

Continuing down the hallway, Harry finally came to the large, ornate door. Taking a moment to gather his thoughts, he paused, and then, knocked on the door.

The door immediately opened for him, and Harry proceeded into the room. He walked all the way to the desk and chair and sat down before he looked up on the wall to find Aunt Roe and Uncle Sal sitting down to a late evening tea.

"Thank you again Harry for the use of your time dilation chamber, and for the extra ten days. I didn't know I had so much catching up to do with my husband." Rowena said with a pleasant smile on her face. Sal for his part just looked very interested in the cup of tea that was before him now.

"Ah, yes. Thanks son." was all Sal would say before going back to his tea.

"You're more then welcome. I'm sure if you would like, I could arrange it so both of you could be in the wizarding tent when my friends and I go there to study and train." Harry offered.

"Oh no Harry, we wouldn't want to deprive you and your friends from your privacy." Rowena said blushing lightly.

"Privacy? I don't think that would be much of a problem. We just go there so we can finish our homework, read the next week's assignments or related material, and exercise our magical core by dueling or casting spells at the practice targets. You may not have known this, but most of the children born in the last forty years have had a block placed on their magical core if their power rating was over a certain level. I am using this time to help the others get their core up to where it should be.

"At 'night' the girls go to one room and us boys go to another room. If you would like we could even give you two your own room so you wouldn't be distracted by us. I don't know if I want to tell the others about you yet, but I'm sure there would be a time where either one or both of you could help us in our studies."

Even with all the time Harry had spent in chamber eight, his hormones had not yet fully kicked in, and hopefully wouldn't for another year or two (unless Sirius had anything to say about that). So, he really didn't understand what Rowena and Sal were talking about.

Salazar was furious that someone would do that to children without their knowledge or their parent's permission. He stood up quickly from the table with his wand drawn ready for a fight.


"Ah, Uncle Sal, you don't have to yell. I took care of it. Well, my parents and I." Harry said trying to calm Salazar down.

He then told both Sal and Rowena about his birth and what the Ministry with Professor Dumbledore had done and how is parents had prevented the block to be place on him. Both Sal and Rowena were not pleased with what the Headmaster had done.

Harry needed to quickly change the subject if he wanted to get back to the Gryffindor Common Room before curfew.

"Aunt Roe? The main reason I came down here tonight was to ask you about some of the things you wrote in your journal, and to see if you knew anything about a room where you can think of what you need and it will appear?"

"Ah yes! That is my other special requirements chamber. I believe the house-elves call it the Coming-and-Going room because it seems to come and go as you need it. Is that the room you are talking about Harry?"

"Yes! Exactly! My friends and I call it The Room of Requirements since it seems to give you anything you require. Could you tell me a little more about that room please? Does it have any limitation?"

"Oh my yes, it has its limitations Harry. It cannot create life or bring things back to life. Its only limitation is that the thoughts or imagination of the person who is projecting their thoughts, or who is in control of the room. They must be able to think clearly enough, and with as much detail as possible so that the room understands what is wanted.

"Of course, the longer the room has been around, the more familiar it is with what is wanted and it can remember from past experience and make modifications to meet the current user's needs."

"The items can be created by either conjuring it, or transfiguring an item from one thing to another. Hogwarts herself power the room and so has a very large, but not limitless supply of energy.

"If the user of the room requests a book, and the room can't find it in its local storage, it can copy the book or scroll from my library here. Every book, tome, scroll or note that has ever entered or as been produced within the walls of Hogwarts has been copied and stored in this library."

"It is one of the things Hogwarts does for me and the only way I have prevented myself from becoming bored with my existence over the many centuries that I have been awake. I find myself living through the lives and experience of all the students that have come through these halls. Some, like your mother, bring me great joy with their wonder and excitement of being here. Others, like Tom Riddle, make me sad for the bitterness and waste of humanity I feel from them."

"Overall though, it has been a very rewarding existence."

"Aunt Roe? Just how many volumes do you have here in your library?" Harry asked.

"I would venture to guess there may be more volumes of text then even the Great library in Alexandria."

Harry could almost feel him 'Ma' giddiness over wanting to go through entire library.

Harry was thinking of the information he could find out about his parents and friends – or even his enemies within the confines of this library.

Rowena continued, "Of course when the book is created in the Coming-and-going room it is not permanent and will disappear as soon as the user either leaves the room, or tries to remove the book from the room, the energy used to create the book or artifact being returned back to Hogwarts to user again."

"How about the part in your journal where you say your staff and coronet are the same thing? When Raven gave it to me, he said the staff was a 'key' to the coronet. Which one is correct?"

"Well, both are Harry. You have to learn how to use the staff before you can use the coronet. The coronet contains all my knowledge and power, and even though your mind and core are better developed than almost at Hogwarts, it would still be best if you were allowed to mature a bit more before telling you the secret of the staff. Please be patient."

Harry knew he wouldn't get any further with Aunt Roe on that subject so he moved on.

"Uncle Sal? Do you have a room like this in your chamber as well?"

"Yes young heir, I do. It is the perfect place to study potions and the more powerful spell that have been created with parseltongue." Salazar replied.

"Oh! Of course, you've been down to Sal's chamber Harry. Did he shown you is 'little' pet down there?" Rowena asked innocently. She could not see Sal was trying to stop her from asking the question.

Harry lowered his head and answered, "Yes. I met the great basilisk. He still felt bad about his part in being used by Tom Riddle in killing one of your Ravenclaw, Moaning Myrtle, almost fifty years ago, and as such, asked me to send it on to the next great adventure as honor would demand." Harry felt better about the situation, but it was still a sore point for him. Between Harry and Salazar, they told Rowena what had transpired just a few days ago, though to Harry and Salazar it felt like several months had passed since they had both been in the time dilation chamber.

"Oh, I'm sorry Harry I didn't mean to bring it up to make you feel bad. I was aware that Myrtle had not returned to the girl's bathroom on the second floor since you took her down into the Chamber of Secrets, but I did not know the reason why. I can only see what happens within the wards of Hogwarts. Not down in Sal's 'play room' as we use to call it."

Harry recovered and asked the one last question that had been plaguing him that night.

"Aunt Roe? How do you communicate with Hogwarts?"

End of Chapter 25.


One again I would like to apologize for taking six months to put this out. Thank you for your understanding.

I know Harry has communicated with Hogwarts before, like when he was arriving on the boats with the rest of the first years and Harry felt the 'identification ward' acknowledge him as Ravenclaw's heir. He asked 'the ward' to not let the Headmaster know who the heir was, and it obeyed.

There was also the time in the Headmaster's office when Harry 'asked Hogwarts' to cut him off from the wards of the school that tell him what was going on in the school and it did.

The question Harry is asking is more along the lines of 'How can 'she' (Hogwarts) talk back to Harry?'

I will try to keep working on the next chapter since I'm already sitting in front of the computer.

The next chapter should have a little bit of Quidditch, Winter Break with Remus and Sirius, Returning to Ollivander's to pickup his staff, Dealing with Draco's ego, some more animagi and a Prank on the school. I hope you stay tune.


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