as it says in the title
"Did you hear that someone managed to break the curse on the fourth vault, apparently the founder's vault, over the holidays... the goblins say that the curse breaker involved did not wish to be named...?" Hermione said as they clambered into the cart.
"Bill, tried it once...apparently the door spoke some ancient langue but wouldn't open" said Ron
"Apparently that happens whenever someone tries," said Hermione, "someone translated it once...it says 'I know you hate lying but you don't have to do it every time'...it's strange isn't it?"
"Hermione...are you well? You got a fact wrong...its dying not lying" said Harry in a joking voice
"lying dying...whatever...I'd like to go and see it..." said Hermione eagerly, then checked herself, "at least from the outside"
Harry frowned; he had been suspicious now he was certain, Hermione was not in control of her brain.
"I'll ask the goblin, being famous may be a curse but it does have the occasionally have its uses," they came to a stop outside the Weasly's account, once the vault was open Harry engaged the goblin's attention
"Your name is Smaskhan?"
The goblin nodded
"I wish to visit vault number four..."
"Fame will not get you there Mr Potter"
"you heard our conversation...I was merely distracting the headmaster, I think he is in control my friends...the vault of the four founders was opened by me...Griphook said this would be proof enough," Harry handed a small coin to the goblin in a handshake
The goblin nodded faintly
"Ron, Hermione...are you two alright?"
"Yes, it is just...well" Ron mumbled
"Someone or something has put a very large amount of money into the Weasly's account" said Hermione in a matter of fact tone
Harry raised his eyebrows and then said "congratulations Ron"
"What did the goblin say?...by the way, I did know you spoke goblin" said Hermione
"Neither did I...must be like parseltounge...he says he will take us there"
Hermione smiled and they all returned to the cart and a short cart ride later they landed on the ancient vault doorstep.
"This place is amazing," Harry heard Hermione say, "These statues closely resemble those that adorn the Hogwarts corridors...I wonder what that inscription says"
Harry turned to look, it was very simple 'use you earthly powers' that was simple enough Harry winked and the door slid open, Ron and Hermione jumped at the noise
"Harry you could have told us you asked him to open it...I almost jumped out of my skin" said Hermione
"Let's go in then"
They entered and the door clanged shut, darkness fell. Harry rolled his eyes and re lit the torches he then turned to his friends then frowned they looked startled and scared, Ron caught sight of Harry and pushed Hermione behind him
"Who are you?" he shouted, "where are we? What do you want with us?"
"Ron, calm down..."
"Not until I know I am safe, who are you?"
"My name is Harry Potter...school friend"
"We aren't meant to be meeting you until tomorrow morning...what have you done with Harry?...what was the first chocolate frog card you ever got?"
"If you are Harry then why on earth did you bring us here in the middle of the night?"
"Its not the middle of the night...Dumbledore possessed you...he wanted to know what I had done over the holidays..."
"He what? He wouldn't" said Hermione
"He would trust me, a certain dark lord who decided to change side"
Ron interrupted the dialogue, "you guys...I'm not following this conversation"
"Oh Ron...Harry was just telling me who Dumbledore used to be..." Hermione replied
"Right I'll leave the thinking to the clever people...who did Dumbledore used to be?" asked Ron
"Only Octavious Grindlewald" groaned Hermione
"I'll take your word for it...so Harry what did you do over the holidays?" asked Ron turning to Harry once more, Harry shifted position thinking about what to tell them
"Before I do...may I place an anti legmins charm on you? It will work until you know occulemncy...it can only be broken by a wizard stronger than the caster..."
"But Harry...that will mean that Dumbledore will still be able to control us..." said Hermione logically
"Hermione...please trust me...I'll explain later..." Harry said almost begging.
It seemed to take an age for Hermione to consider before she agreed when she did so did Ron.
"Very well, now I may tell you the tale of my wanderings...on my sixteenth birthday something strange happened...very strange, I was sent back in time by death..." Harry looked at Hermione to see how she was taking this, "to the time of the four founders..."
"Harry..." Hermione said in a disbelieving tone
"I have proof Hermione..." Harry ran over to the corner in which the box of weasly wizard wheezes, "If I didn't go back in time how is this in here?"
"Alright...so why you?"
"This is the hard part...I was...umm...my parents well..."
"Spit it out" said Ron impatiently
"Well...I'm part angel, part demon, part elf and part vampire-"
"Harry," said Hermione soothingly, "demons and angels don't exist and the only type of elf that exists is the house elf..."
"I can prove it Hermione...true form, I came into my inheritance on my birthday," Harry reluctantly allowed his true form to show...Hermione shrieked at the sight of Harry's long white wings and other assorted oddities
"Alright then how on earth did you manage to turn out like this? As far as I know Lily and James Potter where human...as well as their parents..."
"they were adopted, my father was a vampiric elf...and my mother was an angelic demon...when I returned to this time I decided to go travelling...I met a vampire who took me to the home of the vampires...I met Rishah there"
"Who?" asked Hermione, Ron seemed to be leaving the questions to Hermione
"My pet serpent"
"WHAT??" yelled a shocked Ron
"My pet serpent...I also have a phoenix and Hedwig of course..."
"So do you have a familiar?" asked Hermione
"Yep...all three of them are my familiars..."
"But Harry a wizard can only have one familiar" said Hermione
"Have you ever heard anybody call me normal?" asked Harry
Hermione shook her head
"Merlin," exclaimed Ron, "look how late it is, Harry do you want to come to Grimwald place?"
"Are you sure I won't end up dead? I mean you two didn't recognise me..." Harry turn to the neglected goblin behind him, "Smaskhan, do you mind if we apparate out of here?"
"The wards are not kind to apparaters"
"We will be well; I am keyed to the wards, ready for a quick trip to Grimwald place? Smaskhan, could you please leave...here is compensation for any custom you may have lost in the time you have spent in here...thank you"
The goblin backed out and closed the door, Harry grabbed Ron and Hermione's arms and apparated.
"Give us a warning Harry...honestly...we could have been splinched" exclaimed Hermione loudly in the middle of the street, causing a couple of passing people to stare
"Subtle Hermione" whispered Harry as they walked towards number thirteen, once inside they were confronted by a very angry Mrs Weasly, Harry found himself face to face with the dangerous end of her wand
"Ronald, what sort of hour do you call this? And who is this? How did you get past the wards?" the last question was obviously addressed to Harry who turned to his two friends
"I told you no one would recognise me, if I die you guys are so dead if I die...Mrs Weasly, I'm a family friend...Harry James Potter..."
Mrs Weasly's eyes narrowed
"Just because you have a scar you forehead it doesn't mean you are Harry Potter..."
"Dumbledore told me my prophecy...after Sirius died"
"Harry wouldn't of got over that loss so quickly"
"I had to...I've been training since my birthday"
"Where did you go?"
"Travelling...do you trust me yet?"
"I'd feel happier if Dumbledore questioned you"
"Welcome back Harry, sorry I did believe you..."
There was a loud crash in the hall and Mrs Black started screaming, everyone ran out to the hall to see who it was, unsurprisingly it was Tonks, it took about five minutes for order to be returned, by this time Harry had 'accidentally' turned the portrait into a very ugly gargoyle
"Who did that?" asked Mrs Weasly
"I didn't see anybody do it," said Hermione, "but Tonks does have her wand stitched, Harry?"
"No, I have no stick of wood stitched into my arm"
"Must be one of Fred and George's tricks...Tonks are you alright?"
"Well we followed Ron and Hermione just as Dumbledore told us to, they met with this man, who proved to them he was Harry Potter, they went to gringotts immediately, they haven't come out yet"
"We slipped passed you, goblins helped us of course" said Harry with a wink
"Tonks we need a quick word...back in a moment" Harry apparated taking Tonks with him.
"What the..." Tonks looked very confused
"Shh, I know you can tell I am a metamorphmagus...don't tell Dumbledore"
"Because..." came a voice from over Harry's shoulder, "Dumbledore's real name is Octavious Grindlewald"
"Who are you?"
"I would ask the same question if I didn't know already, Nymphadora Tonks..."
"Where are we?"
"This is nowhere" said Harry, "how come you are here?"
Death looked a little affronted, "every time you come here I am immediately summoned here..."
"Oh...sorry I didn't realise...why didn't you tell me about Dumbledore?"
"Because it had to be the e...your friends"
Tonks butted in, "wait who are you?"
"I didn't know you had a problem with the ladies..."
"I don't want her to scream"
"I can understand that...Tonks this is my friend...Death"
"Right...as in dead death?"
"Yes...Tonks we had better go back to Grimwald Place...just don't tell anyone"
"Alright...death, can you tell me how I will die?"
"You would like to know?"
"I can't tell you how but I can tell you that you will out live Tom Riddle and Octavious Grindlewald"
"Thank you...that is all I wished really to know"
Tonks and Harry returned to Grimwald place
"Harry you are not going anywhere until I am absolutely certain you have been eating properly, come to the kitchen, you too Ron, Hermione perhaps you could call your family down and we can all eat supper.
Five minutes later found Harry being introduced to Martha Granger, Hermione's sister, she was tall and red haired, though her hair was less frizzy than Hermione's, Ron couldn't take his eyes off her, Harry caught her staring at Ron too, Harry could see a possible flourishing romance. Harry was elbowed in the ribs and turned around to see a pair of grins
"We were wondering if..."
"You could use you fame..."
"To find people to run the joke shop..."
"Just while we are at school..."
"We can't find anybody responsible..."
Harry sighed "I'll try, but I won't promise anything"
That night Harry sent an owl to the elves requesting responsible pranksters to help in a joke shop.
The next morning Harry woke to find three elves standing in his room.
@sire, we are sorry to awaken you@ the eldest of them spoke in a whisper
@it matters not...can you speak the English tongue? @
They all nodded
"Then you must speak in English, come with me"
They all bowed
"And I prithee thee do not bow to me...I have told no one of my position amongst the elves, I would request that you told my hands" once all had obliged Harry apparated to Fred and George's room
"Hello you two..."
"Bloody hell Harry...who are they?"
"People who wanted to help you in your shop...meet Folgen, Ruhe and Saila"
"How did they get in?"
"That I don't think you need to know"
"Right...maybe we should go to the shop?"
Five minutes later they were standing outside the shop in Diagon Alley; the elves were all fascinated by the shops as Harry had been on his first visit to Diagon alley
"So how long will these people work for?"
"Term time...I think"
"Yes, we will work here, would we be allowed to invent something while we are here?"
Fred and George seemed to consider, then nodded "send anything you invent to us and we can test in on the first years before sending it back..."
"Harry we'll stay here and teach these people the ropes"
Harry nodded "I had better return before Mrs Weasly catches me"
Harry winced as he saw Ruhe stop Folgen from bowing
Harry, Ron and Hermione found themselves a comfortable compartment on the train on September the first they were blessed with an eventless journey...the most humorous was when Malfoy came into their compartment turned pale and walked out, leaving them confused until Harry realised that when angry he positively leaked magic which even the bravest wizard wouldn't fight against
"Harry, did you know we can take wandless magic lessons this term" said Ron excitedly
"Except that..." Hermione butted in, "it isn't really wandless magic...we have to have our first wand stitched into our arms...is it painful Harry?"
"I wouldn't know"
"But I haven't seen you use your wand this week"
"I don't need it for most spells...you'll have to remind me when we are at school to use my wand"
Five hours later they had gained the relative safety of the great hall, Harry sat down and looked around, at the teachers table he could see snape talking to Polik, he could see that Ayre and Ayran were tormenting Madame Sprout.
Most noise stopped as the first years filed into the great hall, then the hat began to sing
(I know this is awful...but I made it up all by my self)
"Welcome to you all
Who enter ere in this hall.
The sorting must be done
Before all ye elders may fill your tum
So let me tell you the tale
Which will suggest a house for your sale.
Rowena was a raven wise
She saw fair all that happened affront her eyes
Helga did also justice teach
And saw the power that was held in each
Godric was brave of heart
And never from ones loved would depart
Slytherin was a slippery friend
Full of cunning to his end
To find our whose trait fits yours
Try me on afore I bores"
The hall erupted into cheers although Harry did think that it had to be the worst sorting hat song he had ever heard. Dumbledore stood up to speak
"hello to you all and welcome back to Hogwarts, welcome to you all in these sad times...new laws have caused several changes to the running of this school, all students are to be returned to their houses by seven o' clock, no one is to be outside the school building unless at a lesson, this has unfortunately meant that the Quidditch cup will have to cancelled, I tried to persuade the minister this was not necessary but he has insisted, I am not one of the founders unfortunately, as to the new professors our new defence against the dark arts Professor will be Polik, we have also restarted muggle defense these identical twins are going to teach this subject, they are Ayre and Ayran..."
Ayre stood up and ahemed, everyone looked at him worriedly
"I wish to say something, I have been requested by Polik and my brother that we are not to be called Professor as our names are our first names as in our cultures we only have one name..."
"Thank you Ayran"
"Ayre...I wish you a bon appetite...Mr Potter, I wish to talk to you immediately"
The old man walked out of the hall
"I'd better go, I suppose..." Harry grabbed himself a few of the chicken drumsticks and walked out of the door, then apparated to the headmaster's gargoyle and waited for the headmaster to arrive.
"Mr Potter, may I request to know how you came here so fast?" asked the elderly man
"No, you may not,"
"Do you not trust me?
"Why would I wish to trust someone who possesses my friends just to find out what I did over the holidays?"
"How did you know about that?"
"The small matter that they almost attacked me once you were cut off, not to mention that Hermione got a fact wrong...Hermione would never do that"
"Cant you forgive an old man for wondering what had happened to you?"
"A manipulative old man, Octavious"
"You know about that? Who told you?"
"Why should I tell you?"
"You are right of course...you have no reason to trust me...Mr Potter, I am as cunning as the house I was placed in I will find out"
"I wouldn't old man...it will be the death of you...I wonder what Fawkes would do if he thought you were returning to your old ways..."
Harry watched the colour drain from Dumbledore's face
"Are you sure you are in the correct house?" asked the headmaster, "Slytherin would suit you far better..."
"I am well enough placed at this moment in time...good evening headmaster, do not wear your self out with cunning plots to secure in your mind what happened to me over the holidays, you have a fellow dark lord to deal with...looking forward to a good Quidditch season aren't you?" Harry walked away from the headmaster and back to the Gryffindor common room
(End of chapter nine)