Minerva convinces Albus not to leave Harry at the Dursley’s and instead she raises him at Hogwarts
It wasn’t until couple of days after Minerva’s birthday before Albus and she could
start their research about who Lily’s parents were. Truth be told, Minerva was
actually quite nervous for some reason. Deep down she knew that if Lily’s family was
still alive that they might want to take Harry away from her and Albus and raise him
Albus and her were walking around Muggle London towards the house that Lily grew up in,
hoping that someone would know something that would be able to help track down
her parents. Minerva suddenly crashed into Albus and nearly fell to the ground at the
impact. As Albus reached out and steadied her he said, “Here we are, this is the
house where Lily grew up in. Are you sure you want to go ahead and do this?”
Minerva looked outraged at the thought of not continuing on with her search… she
wanted Harry to have closure when he was older, unlike Albus and her. Glaring at
Albus she said in a slightly annoyed tone “Do you even have to ask that?”
They reached the front door and rang the bell and after a few minutes an
elderly gentleman answered the door. “Hello, my name is Albus Dumbledore and we
just want to ask you a quick question if you don’t mind.”
The man glared at them suspiciously but obviously didn’t detect anything wrong with
them as he drawled out “Yes…”
“You see, Minerva and I,” Albus said, gesturing to Minerva, “started to raise her God-
child a few years back and have just recently discovered that his mother was
adopted by the Evans who used to live here. We’re trying to track down any
information that could help locate her birth parents and were wondering if you might
know anything about it or anyone who might be able to help. We realise that
it’s a long shot but we thought we might as well ask.”
At once the gentleman relaxed and shook his head “I’m terribly sorry but I’m afraid I
don’t know anything about that or have any idea where to start. I bought the house
just last year after the previous owner had passed away. I’m afraid I don’t really
know anyone who lives around here. I do wish you luck though in your search. I
know the pain of loosing a family member; I lost my brother during World War II.
Once again I’m sorry and good luck.”
Minerva and Albus looked glum at this news. “That’s alright we realised it was a long
shot but thank you for your time anyway.” At this they headed back to where they
arrived and Apparated back to Hogsmeade.
As they arrived in Hogsmeade they flooed back to Albus’s office from The Three
Broomsticks. Minerva stepped out of the floo and collapsed onto a chair while tears
started to stream down her face. Albus stepped out after her and gently took her into
his arms and started to stroke her hair until she calmed down.
“Min, it will be alright. We’ll find out the truth soon. How do I know that? Because I
just realised that there’s a spell that will revel someone’s family history.”
At this Minerva perked up, “Really? I haven’t heard of it. What is it?” She said in a
rush that made Albus smile at her eagerness.
“It’s Reperio Familia, it means ‘find family’. We can do it as soon as you want to.”
Minerva jumped up and grabbed his hand pulling him out of his office, “We’re doing
it now. I can’t stand the thought of Harry not knowing who his family is.”
They managed to track Harry down in the Infirmary with Poppy. He was quite happy
helping her apply a bandage to an injured first year. When he saw them he
abandoned his job and ran to them and hugged the two of them tightly. Harry was
bouncing up and down as he told them what he had been up to while they were away.
It turned out Poppy had started to teach him how to play exploding snap but they
had to stop as someone had come in after tripping down the stairs and needed to be
healed. That was when the two of them had arrived.
Minerva smiled gently and took Harry’s hand and led them down to her quarters.
“Harry,” Minerva said quite seriously, “Albus needs to cast a quick spell on you so we
can find something out. I promise you it won’t hurt one tiny bit. Do you trust me?”
Harry nodded enthusiastically. “Of course I trust you Aunt Mina!” He admonished her
in a way only someone so young could.
“Alright then Harry just stand still and this will be over in a few minutes,” Albus said
calmly before pointing his wand at Harry and saying “Reperio Familia”.
As the three of them stood and watched the family tree appear, they were shocked. Albus and Minerva the most amazed of all for there, above Lily’s name, was their names. They were Harry’s Grandparents and neither of them could be happier at the
prospect of what it meant.
Looking at the paper Harry said, “Granny? Grandpa?” and launched himself into their
arms. That was when he realised that he wouldn’t be abandoned. From then on in
they lived happily together as a true family. Albus and Minerva started up their
relationship again and named Poppy, Harry’s godmother. Everyone was happy at the
news apart from Severus who was confused beyond belief as he had started to grow
closer to Harry of the past few months and didn’t know how to take the news that
Harry had a true family now.
TBC in the yet unwritten, unnamed story
Thanks to Kya Yamiko over at FF.Net for the spell used in this chapter
I'm glad you guys enjoyed the story! Also a major thanks to workaholic1231 for doing a wonderful beta job with this story huggles