Harry & Fleur
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Vertex - Harry Potter and Broken Wands
Chapter 11 - Auror saint
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Chapter 11 Auror saint
The room filled with noises made from people rummaging for papers and chair being pushed back. Harry stood up and made for the door together with Fleur and Remus they were among the first to get out and decided to sit down on the bench to wait for Dumbledore.
"So how did it go?" Harry asked Remus, he thought it went very good but he wanted to hear what Remus had to say about it.
"It went very well for our cause" Remus said and then added in a slightly concerned voice "you shouldn't have teased Fudge like that"
"He did it to himself" Harry exclaimed angrily.
"Harry I told you before I knew your parents very well especially your father. James would have done the same thing, and Sirius would have laughed his head off afterwards" Remus said dreamily but then seemed to snap back to reality "It was not a good thing to show up in Hogwarts robes or to suggest that Fudge knows the Malfoys"
"Why not" Harry asked irritably.
"He is the minister of magic" Fleur reminded him.
"So" Harry asked.
"It is not a good thing if the minister hates you" Fleur told him. "He can cause trouble"
Remus nodded slightly in agreement with Fleur and Harry didn't argue. Most people had left courtroom eight by now some had nodded politely to Harry others had ignored them. Umbridge left followed by her guard she ignored them completely. A few moments later the door swung open again and a livid Fudge left he too ignored them completely. Finally the door swung open one last time and Madam Bones left together with Dumbledore.
"Ah, Mr Potter" Madam Bones said as she saw him and then added "I apologize for Fudge behaviour, it was quite unworthy the minister"
"No harm done" Harry replied and then added "thanks to you"
"Well if there is any thing the ministry can do" Madam Bones asked.
"I don't think there…" Harry said thinking fast, the ministry could do a lot of things and somehow he thought of Arthur Weasley "You could give Arthur Weasley a window"
Dumbledore chuckled slightly in surprise behind Madam Bones back.
"Arthur Weasley?" Madam Bones asked raising an eyebrow.
"Yeah, he has always been nice to me, and his office is really tiny as it is" Harry explained.
Madam Bones smiled "Yes, I think we can manage it"
"But don't tell him I had anything to do with it" Harry said "Tell him that it was about time instead or something" He didn't want Mr Weasley to know that he had been able to get him a window after just a few hours at the ministry when Mr Weasley had worked there for ages.
"Very well" Madam Bones said and eyed him curiously.
"Lets get something to eat" Dumbledore said "are they still serving asparagus across the street?"
They took the elevators up to the entrance hall. Harry gathered that it was a wizard restaurant across the street called "Three dragons" that served, according to Dumbledore, excellent asparagus.
"I think we better apparate" Dumbledore said when they stood next to the fountain "Remus, why don't you go first" Remus nodded and with a crack disappeared.
"Madam Bones?" Dumbledore asked and she too disappeared with another crack.
"Ready?" Dumbledore asked Fleur and Harry they nodded.
"DISAPPARATE" Harry heard Dumbledore said firmly. He felt weightless again and he lost his ability too see. After a fraction of a second he could see again. He saw a large room full of Wizards and Witches sitting at round tables eating lunch.
"APPARATE" Dumbledore said firmly and a loud "CRACK" followed. He was standing he realised next to Fleur and Dumbledore just inside the door of the restaurant.
"Professor Dumbledore" Exclaimed a waiter happily and walked over to them. Harry now noticed that Remus and Madam Bones were standing a few feet away from them.
"Thomas how nice to see you" Dumbledore replied merrily.
"It's great to see you too. We have some excellent asparagus today, picked this very morning" Thomas said happily and started to look over at Harry and Fleur curiously.
"This is Fleur Delacour, Harry Potter, Remus Lupin and you already know Madam Bones" Dumbledore introduced them "This is Thomas Flamel"
They all shook hands and was guided to a table in the back of the room were they could talk undisturbed. Harry let Fleur decide what to order since he couldn't make up his mind and because he really had no idea what the different things on the menu were.
"So how can you apparate other people" Fleur asked Dumbledore as they ate.
"First of all you have to be so far out of your mind" Dumbledore joked "that you easily can imagine other peoples as a part of your body"
"Oh, and then you just apparate as usual?" Fleur assumed.
"Yes" Dumbledore said "Amazing what they do to this asparagus" Harry couldn't taste what was so amazing about the asparagus; it was rather good but certainly not amazing.
"So you got your OWLs back?" Madam Bones asked.
"Yes, they were okay, with some luck I can become an auror" Harry said rather proudly.
Madam Bones looked at him for a moment sizing him up "I think that would suit you well, especially as you already knew how to conjure a patronus and fight the imperius"
"How did you know about the imperius?" Harry asked surprised.
"We had to investigate the death of Cedirk Diggory and in doing so we found records of every student that could withstand the imperius curse" Madam Bones explained.
"Oh" Harry replied.
"You never told me you could throw of the curse" Fleur asked mildly surprised.
"Sorry" Harry apologized.
"No, I didn't tell you either" Fleur said with a guilty smile "I can throw it off too"
"That's great" Harry exclaimed.
They talked happily about every thing not serious while they ate, when they were done Madam Bones told them that she really needed to get back to the Ministry. She charged their lunch on the ministry and left.
"I better get working too" Remus said and pulled out several rolls of parchment. Harry looked questionably at him he was not sure if he was allowed to ask.
"Remus is the one responsible for the excellent background search of Dolores Umbridge" Dumbledore explained.
"Yes, and I need to prove that the laws Dolores Umbridge created regarding werewolf is another error of judgment. But it should not be any problem, not since she called Hagrid a 'Filthy Half-Breed'" Remus explained.
"We'll leave you too it, I promised to introduce Harry here to Nymphadora Tonks" Dumbledore said with twinkling eyes.
"Oh, the Metamorphmagus?" Remus asked innocently.
"The very same, we'll se you later" Dumbledore said and got up. Harry and Fleur said goodbye to Remus and followed Dumbledore over to the entrée.
"Ready?" Dumbledore asked.
"Yes" Harry and Fleur chorused.
For the third time this day Harry felt the sensation of apperating, and for the second time he fell towards the statue in the entrance hall of the ministry of magic. When he had landed safely, they took an elevator up to level two.
"Level Two, Department of Magical Law Enforcement, including the Improper Use of Magic Office, Auror Headquarters and Wizengamot Administration Services" Said the elevator voice as the door opened a few aeroplanes fluttered out of the elevator along them. Dumbledore led them along the corridor that Harry had walked a year ago with Mr Weasley; they turned a corner and entered a huge hall through a pair of heavy oak doors. The hall was filled with cubicles. On the closest cubicle hang a sign that said 'Auror Headquarters'. The mood in the hall was very stressed. Harry could hear several witches and wizards shouting at each other at the top of their voices and messages were zooming around almost as if it was snowing. There were loads of parchments littering the floor, and even some quills here and there.
"Are you sure that a tour would be a good idea today?" Harry asked Dumbledore nervously.
"Yes, I do. If you choose this as your profession you have the right to know what it is like" Dumbledore stated firmly and walked in among the cubicles. Once people saw Dumbledore they became quit, it was almost as if Dumbledore was some kind of auror saint. Dumbledore stopped in front of a desk with a violently green haired witch, she sat with her head bent over a piece off parchment writing. She did not notice Dumbledore at once when they got there but she seemed to notice that someone had stopped in front off her desk and looked up.
"Dumbledore" Tonks exclaimed happily and stood up and in the process knocking her chair over. Tonks spun around quickly to pick up her chair and in the process bumping her lower back into her desk, which shook so violently that her ink well tumbled over and drenched her parchment in ink.
"Not again!" Tonks wailed and seemed close to a nervous breakdown. Dumbledore draw his wand and waved at the drenched parchment. At first noting happened but then the ink on the parchment started to pour back in the ink well and when all ink was back in the ink bottle it stood up again, as if it was a movie played backwards.
"That was a tempus spell" Said Fleur with wide open eyes.
"Thanks a million Professor Dumbledore" Tonks exclaimed happily.
"Oh don't thank me it's my fault you knocked it over in the first place" Dumbledore said with a smile. "I'm here today to ask you if you can guide Harry Potter and Fleur Delacour through the department."
"The Harry Potter?" Tonks said in mock surprise and started to goggle at his scar "The-boy-who-lived?" Harry knew she was teasing him.
"Yes, Harry, Fleur this is Nymphadora Tonks" Dumbledore said merrily.
"Oh, mind if I call you Nymphadora?" Harry asked innocently and then added "you can call me Harry" Harry knew Tonks hated to be called Nymphadora almost as much as he hated to be called the-boy-who-lived.
"Yeah, you can call me Fleur, Nymphadora" Fleur said also very innocently.
"Well you seem to be getting along fine" Dumbledore said "We'll meet down in courtroom eight at two?"
"That will be fine" Harry and Fleur chorused.
"I trust you'll see that they make it there safe" Dumbledore asked Tonks in a commanding tone of voice.
"Yes of course Professor Dumbledore" Tonks replied and Dumbledore left.
"Are you an auror Nymphadora?" Harry asked innocently.
"Yes I am Mr Potter" Tonks replied curtly.
"And please call me Tonks it's shorter" Tonks replied sweetly.
They had a very enjoyable tour of the aurors' headquarter every one managed at least a quick hello even though they very busy. Harry and Fleur teased Tonks about her name and Tonks in her turn teased them. A lot of cubicles were empty since most of the aurors were on missions or on guard duty among them was Kingsley. When they had finished their tour, Harry decided that they should go and visit Mr Weasley briefly. They walked away from the aurors headquarter towards the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts office.
Harry knocked on the door and after a few moments, the door swung open. Harry was met by a faint breeze and a beaming Mr Weasley.
"Oh Harry, it's great to see you" Mr Weasley said happily "You too Tonks"
"Mr Weasley I don't know if you met Fleur Delacour" Harry said politely.
"No, I don't believe I have" Mr Weasley said and shook Fleur's hand "Hello Miss Delacour"
"Nice to meet you Mr Weasley" Fleur said courteously.
"Step inside, step inside" Mr Weasley said happily "We just got a window installed, after 15 year in this office they seemed that today was the day to install a window. Said we had it coming" That was fast Harry thought.
"That's great" Tonks said and Harry noticed that the faint breeze he had felt was from the window.
"I didn't know you could open them" Harry asked a bit surprised.
"Well most of them you can't but this is the new kind" Mr Weasley explained happily "Wonder if Perkins will believe me when I tell him"
"So, Harry how is the trial going?" Mr Weasley asked curiously.
"Great Umbridge called Hagrid a filthy Half-Breed" Harry said with a grin.
"She sad that?" Mr Weasley replied happily.
"Yeah" Fleur said and then lowered her voice "but that's nothing to what Harry did to Fudge"
"Really Harry?" Mr Weasley asked "You will have to tell us all about it later"
They had fun in Mr Weasley's office he told them a very funny story about an old witch that had bought a muggle telephone and charmed it to talk back to her since she didn't have any muggle friends to call. All too soon in Harry's opinion was it time to go back down to courtroom eight. Harry and Fleur said good-bye to Tonks and Mr Weasley and entered courtroom eight. The first thing Harry noticed as he enter the room was that the chair Umbridge had sit in was gone, the second was that even more witches and wizards then before was inside the room. Harry found Remus holding their old seats for them and walked over to him with Fleur.
"Hi" Harry said.
"Oh, hello Harry, Fleur. You better take your seat or some one might steal them" Remus said.
"How come there are so much people here" Fleur asked Remus.
"Werewolves most of them, some of them are here to testify others are here as moral support" Remus explained. Harry was shocked, he had never before even considered the fact that there were female werewolves and much less girls in Fleur's age. He recognized a girl that had been a Ravenclaw fife or six years above him. Apparently, werewolves were much more common then most peoples believed.
"Order" Fudge barked after a few moments, the room fell silent.
"Potter" Fudge said angrily "You are not supposed to be here, you are not a witness"
"Minister" Remus said carefully.
"Yes what is it Lupin" Fudge asked irritably.
"Mr Potter is here as my moral support" Remus said softly, he wondered how Remus would explain Fleur's presence, but Fudge didn't seem to mind Fleur's presence. Probably because of her veela charm Harry thought.
"Very well" said Fudge and sighted "Those who believe that Dolores Umbridge is guilty of misusing her position at the ministry raise your hand" Most of the wizards and witches in the Wizengamot raised a hand and Harry could here Remus take a breath of relief.
"Very well" Said Fudge who had been one of those that didn't raise his hand "Dolores Umbridge is herby considered guilty of misusing her position in the ministry of magic at several occasions. Whether or whether not to press charges against Dolores Umbridge will be determined at a later date"
"Afternoon 23rd of August. Law regulation regarding the werewolf laws 1205, 1206 and 1207" Fudge said and Percy scribbled it down eagerly.
The process of law regulation was boring Harry found after a few minutes and started to play hangman with Fleur. It was much easier to figure out the words that Fleur set up and much harder to come up with words that she wouldn't figure out then when he played with Ron. He realized that he no only felt closer to fleur he was closer, his mind worked much more like Fleur's. He had to bite his hand not to start snigger when he realised Fleur's word was 'Umbrage'.
They stopped playing after a while when Remus was asked to make his speech. Remus held a long speech about how hard it was to find a job because the employer was forced to be a legitimated to handle werewolves even if they was no where near work at full moon. And that many werewolves had to get jobs in the muggle world instead and finally that some werewolves felt betrayed by the wizarding world and was tempted to join Voldemort. A murmur of whispers broke up when Remus sat down again. Harry thought he had argued his case very well. He looked up at Fudge and saw that he was behaving much better against Remus then he had against Harry, Madam Bones seemed to think so too because she was now whispering with Fudge. Madam Bones called several witnesses who told pretty much the same thing that they had had good jobs and but that they had been forced to quit when the laws that Umbridge proposed went through. After what seemed like several hours, the Wizengamot was ready to make their decision.
"Those in favour for the removal of the werewolf laws 1205, 1206 and 1207" Fudge asked and to Harry's surprise Fudge raised his hand. Almost every wizard and witch raised their right hand, and the werewolves in the room applauded. Harry and Fleur joined them and Remus looked very proud. A few moments later Madam Bones dismissed them and they left the room. Harry, Remus and Fleur once more waited out side for Dumbledore. Several werewolves demanded that Remus should have a glass with them over at the three dragons and it was agreed that all werewolves would celebrate there. A few moments later Madam Bones and Dumbledore exited Courtroom 8.
"Thanks for the Window" Harry said when Madam Bones caught his eye.
"Arthur should have had a window a long time ago, he has earned it many times over" Madam Bones replied.
"Well thanks anyway" Harry said.
"If there is anything else just ask" Madam Bones said.
"Thanks" Replied Harry.
"Hopefully I will se you as an auror apprentice, in a few years. It's been nice to meet you Fleur. Dumbledore I expect to see you soon" Madam Bones said and walked away.
"Remus and the rest of the werewolves are going to celebrate" Harry told Dumbledore hopefully, he had no greater urge to get back to Grimmauld place yet.
"I'm sorry Harry, but I am afraid you will have to skip that" Harry wanted to argue but he didn't dare since he was in public and couldn't let anything about the order slip.
"Right see you later Remus" Harry said grumpily.
"See you later" Remus replied and walked off with his werewolf friends. He felt Fleur grab his hand and he felt some of his worries disappear. It always felt very nice to have skin contact with Fleur; he sighted and felt the last bit of anger fade. They walked in silence back to the elevators took them up to the atrium and walked over to the fountain. Dumbledore apparated them back to the entrée of Grimmauld and they walked down to the kitchens.
"Oh... How good to see that your back" Mrs Weasley said as they entered. Harry saw that Ron, Hermione and Ginny were helping with dinner. He blushed when he saw Ginny he couldn't help it, he somehow couldn't get rid of the image of her naked. When Mrs Weasley's words reached Ron, Hermione and Ginny's ears, they turned over and looked expectantly at them.
"The laws were lifted" Dumbledore said.
Arthur finally got a window, Hurray!
Next chapter "Defence against the dark arts" is the last chapter before Hogwarts.
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