Green flames subsided and ash settled onto Harry’s
shoulders. Loosening his death grip on
the tiny bundle in his arms, Harry stepped out of Aberforth’s private fireplace
and slipped into the hallway, keeping his precious cargo tucked close to his
chest, peeking down to make sure nothing had been harmed on the journey. Catching Aberforth’s eye across the pub,
Harry nodded his thanks and snuck out the back door of the Hogshead, taking a somewhat
circuitous, if not scenic, route to Hogwarts.
The quickest path would certainly be one of the many secret passages
into the castle, but a strong desire to avoid McGonagall’s wrath and the prying
eyes of Hogwarts students lead Harry to favor stealth over speed.
Once he had cleared the village, Harry pulled his cloak hood
down, and glanced down, “Alright there Ted?”
The young child looked up at his godfather with wide eyes,
intent on taking in all the new sights and sounds that the Scottish countryside
provided. In the not to far distance,
the students taking advantage of Hogsmeade weekend could be heard shouting and
laughing, exclaiming over their purchases and debating where to go next in the
tiny magical village.
Harry halted, glancing behind, then carefully scanning the
surrounding trees, Harry was fairly comfortable saying they had made it without
attracting any unwanted attention, malicious or otherwise.
After adjusting the strap of Teddy’s nappy bag, Harry
trudged on, breathing in the cool fresh air, while Teddy babbled nonsense and
tried to grab for tree leaves as they passed.
“Not so fast little man, I don’t remember Herbology well
enough to let you get all up close and personal with all that.” Harry paused before continuing, “Y’know Ted, this is an important day.”
Teddy made eye contact with his godfather, attention won,
Harry liked to think it was because he understood what people were saying, but
it was just as likely he merely recognized his own name.
“This is your first time visiting Hogwarts.”
Teddy shifted around in Harry’s arms before settling, as if
he couldn’t contain his enchantment with the school, “That’s right, you’ll love
it when you go here Ted, and I’ll be getting letters from your Gran telling me
you got in trouble pulling a prank.”
The metamorphmagus grinned before laying his head on Harry’s
solid chest, “Just rest up little man, because once Ginny’s around, there’s no
Lifting his now red-topped head, Teddy clapped his chubby
hands together happily.
Harry smiled, “See you do
know what I’m saying. Ron can just
With a content sigh, Harry picked up the pace again, peering
down at Teddy and readjusting his wooly hat securely on his head. Andromeda had made him swear that Teddy wouldn’t catch cold, and Harry was not about to
find out what happened when you crossed Andromeda Tonks.