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Fated Miracle
By millie

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Category: Alternate Universe
Characters:Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy, Harry/Ginny, Hermione Granger, James Potter, Lily Potter, Luna Lovegood, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Ron Weasley, Sirius Black
Genres: Action/Adventure, Angst, General, Romance, Tragedy
Warnings: Death, Disturbing Imagery, Mild Language, Mild Sexual Situations
Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 14
Summary: The night of Halloween 1981, something happened that had never even been thought of before. A miracle occurred and the Potters survived an attack from Voldemort who was vanquished. But life is not completely easy after Voldemort is gone and James and Lily have a lot more hurdles to go through. Alternate Universe.
Hitcount: Story Total: 4336; Chapter Total: 675





Author's Notes:
I am so soo deeply sorry for posting a day late. I kind of...forgot? I remembered at night and then I hadn't even edited it yet so that is why it took me so long to post.

Anyways, please follow me on Instagram (Millie15128) and Tumblr (Millie15128)!




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Chapter Three
Aftermath


Marlene squared her shoulders as she watched Dumbledore and Hagrid Disapparate with baby Harry. It was one of the hardest things she had ever done - handing the child of her dead best friends into the hands of someone none of them entirely trusted - but it had to be done. Harry and Lizzie would be safe for the time being while she and Sirius set things right again.

Then they could get the children back and raise them the way James and Lily would have wanted them to. Frank and Remus could be the loving uncles, while Alice would be the doting aunt and godmother who let you get away with everything.

A sizzle of pain went through her when she thought about Peter. She had never been really close to him, none of the girls had, but he was still in the Marauders and had been a constant in her life ever since she, Lily, and Alice befriended the Marauders. It hurt that he betrayed them.

But that hurt was nothing compared to the ache in her chest at the thought of her best friend no longer being alive. Lily would no longer be able to laugh her carefree laugh, smirk when she one-upped the Marauders, or watch Harry grow up the way she had daydreamed.

But their deaths were not in vain, she thought to herself and stiffened her spine with stern resolve. Gripping her wand tightly in her hand, she crept over to James and gazed down at him sadly. He was one of the most mischievous people she had ever seen, but he also had the biggest heart a wizard could have.

The world would be emptier without James Potter in it.

She bent down and siphoned the blood with her wand. He had hit his head against the wall, so she gently straightened him and cleaned his head. There was a big wound there from which blood was still oozing out. Her eyes narrowed when she noticed it, and she cocked her head to the side, thinking how weird it was that blood was still pulsing out when he had already been dead for nearly half an hour.

Her eyes trailed over his entire figure and came to rest on his hand lying on his chest. The Lordship Ring was still there even though it was enchanted to be banished into the Potter Family Account at Gringotts when the Lord of the House died. But that meant. . .

Her eyes focused on his chest. Still, and then. . . movement. James’ chest was moving up and down; the movement was shallow, as if he was on the verge of death, but he was not dead yet.

James was alive.

Snapping out of her euphoria, she hurriedly set to work and started healing him. She healed all the cuts he received because of the wood and brick pieces. Most of them were small, but one was lodged in his ribcage - thankfully, it missed his lung or heart, or he would have definitely been dead - which required delicate effort to take out and close the wound.

The wound on the back of his head was too serious for her capabilities, so she closed it as best as she could and wrapped a bandage around his head to stop the bleeding. She then used her wand to levitate him to the mostly unharmed couch and gently laid him down on it. She stood, gazing at her friend for a moment more, and then she turned away and climbed the stairs, willing her heart to slow down.

Just because James is alive doesn’t mean Lily is, she reminded herself. She sacrificed herself for Harry; there is no way she lived. Every step was another dagger to her heart, but she kept going like she always did. Marlene braced herself against the corridor wall for a second and stepped inside Harry’s nursery.

The nursery that James and Lily had lovingly painted and decorated themselves was destroyed. The wall was blown apart, a giant blackened scorch mark was on the floor, and splinters of wood and bricks were scattered around the room. In the middle of it all lay Lily, dark blood mixing in with the red of her hair and almost invisible if not for the light shining on it. A puddle of blood had seeped from under her hair and spread around her head.

Marlene employed her Occlumency skills and completely shut down the emotional part of her brain. Seeing Lily was harder than seeing James because she didn’t know him like she did his wife. However, she and Lily had been best friends since their first year at Hogwarts, and Marlene had counted on Lily to always be there.

Marlene slowly bent down and sat next to Lily. She stared at her for a few minutes, unable to bring up the courage or effort to do anything else. She raised her hand, seemingly without her brain’s permission, and trailed her fingers over Lily’s cheek. It was still warm, making her let out a stifled sob.

Marlene softly stroked her hair, uncaring about the blood that got on her hands. Lily had always been there for her; the least she could do was sit by Lily for a little while, even though she was already dead.

Perhaps it was because of her overwhelming grief that she didn’t immediately detect the change in Lily’s breathing. Though she definitely noticed when her hand twitched and her eyes fluttered open while she could do nothing but watch in shock. She tried sending signals to her hands and feet to bloody move, but it felt like the world had dropped from underneath her feet, and she couldn’t move at all.

Lily’s eyes were unfocused for the first few moments as she gazed listlessly around the room. Her mouth opened as if she wanted to say something, but a cough emerged instead. Marlene conjured a glass and filled it with water before pressing it to her lips and holding her head carefully.

“Where’s Harry!? Where’s my baby?” she asked desperately as soon as she was done.

Marlene stroked her hair to calm her down. “It’s alright, Harry and Lizzie are both alright,” she said in a soothing tone.

Lily practically deflated with relief. Marlene saw the look of utter happiness and calm that spread across her face. A second later, Marlene wondered if it had been a trick of the light as her body had tensed again, and the same heartbroken expression filled her face.

“Oh Merlin, James,” she said, her hands holding her head as she doubled over.

Marlene rushed to assure her. In her happiness at finding her best friend not dead, she had completely forgotten that Lily probably thought her husband was dead. “James is alive, Lily,”

The confused, hopeful, yet resigned expression on Lily’s face broke Marlene’s heart all over again. “He’s not, Marly. I- I heard him,” a sob escaped her, “I heard h-him scream,”

Marlene grabbed her arms and leaned close. “I’m being serious, Lily. He was gravely injured but I managed to heal him well enough for now. He’s on the sofa downstairs under a Stabilising Charm. It’s the best I could do for him right now,” Marlene refrained from mentioning that he was still in a critical state, and unless Lily hurried up, there was a high chance he wouldn’t make it.

Lily stood up so suddenly that Marlene fell back on her backside before hurrying to stand up as well. She followed the redhead out of the room and downstairs and almost bumped into her when Lily stopped in her tracks at the base of the stairs. Marlene followed her gaze to where James was lying on the sofa.

Marlene gave her a soft push. “Go,” she said softly. Lily didn’t need more encouragement. She practically tore across the room and fell to her knees next to James. She placed her hand on his cheek and stroked his hair softly. When she placed her head on his chest and started sobbing - in relief, Marlene suspected - Marlene had to turn away. It was too much of a private moment between the couple for her to witness. She certainly wouldn’t want someone else watching her if she were in the same situation.

Not that she ever wanted to be in that situation. She had already lost too much, and she didn't even want to think about the thought of believing Sirius to be dead, even if he were alive.

When Lily coughed slightly to get her attention, Marlene turned back to face the room. Standing up now, Lily had one hand in James’ pale one.

“I’m taking him to Potter Manor. The elves will be able to do something for him,” A sliver of amusement crossed her face. “They’re better at healing than some of the Healers at St. Mungo’s,”

Marlene just nodded and crossed the room to hug Lily. Lily seemed to know what she was thinking as she removed her hand from James’ and wrapped both arms around her.

“I thought you were dead,” she whispered against Lily’s dusty shoulder.

The witch tightened her arms in response. “I’m alive, Marlene,”

Things still needed to be explained - from both sides - but for now, the silent comfort and assurance were enough. It was a few minutes later that they finally pulled away. “I’ll see you later,” Marlene said, stepping away.

Lily shot her a confused look. “What? Aren’t you coming?”

“I need to help Sirius,” she replied quietly. “He went after Peter. And that’s not to mention stopping the Ministry before they decide to meddle,”

Lily’s face tightened at the mention of Peter, but she nodded. “Where is Harry?”

Marlene shook her head. “I don’t know. Sirius’ wanted to take him but we agreed on letting Dumbledore take him to a safe place. Sirius was the only one who could have any idea where Peter was and someone needed to take care of your ‘bodies’.”

Lily nodded, even as worry flashed across her face. “I-I’ll contact him after getting James healed.” She shook her head as if just remembering something. “I need to take care of Lizzie too; she’s not even half a year old, she’ll need her mother,”

Marlene watched the Potter couple Disapparate before she left the house. She set a few simple wards around the place - in case the Ministry or the Death Eaters decided to create a memorial (both for different reasons) - and Disapparated to her and Sirius’ flat.

*

Marlene had expected problems to occur because of the Ministry meddling in stuff they had no right to, but she had not expected they would do this. And she had never expected that Dumbledore would agree to it.

Her throat was dry and parched with how much she had screamed in the past hour. But nothing she said or did convinced the Ministry or Dumbledore that Sirius was goddamn innocent!

Marlene suppressed a growl; she had to bury her anger and goddamn think. Sirius needed her to be strong right now.

Someone came and stood next to her. “He’s innocent, isn’t he?”

“If you thought for even a second that he’s guilty, then you’re the best friend you think you are, Remus!” she snapped back. Marlene had received a message from Sirius on her dog tag that he had found Peter in Remus’ cottage and would update her soon.

That update never came.

Instead, when she reached Remus’ cottage, she found Peter nowhere in sight, Sirius being dragged away by Aurors, and Remus trying to stop them. Peter must have escaped in all the commotion with no one to watch him; Marlene cursed Sirius in her head, wishing he had been calm enough to cast a Stunning Spell on the rat. Not that she could blame him, she didn’t think she would have been calm and logical had she thought her best friend was dead either.

“What did Peter tell you?”

Remus let out a breath. “He said that James and Lily were- they- well, they were gone and Sirius betrayed us all. I didn’t really believe him at first because Sirius loved James but I guess, Peter had been spreading seeds of doubt in us for ages that I started to believe him a little.”

“Then the Aurors stormed in and took him away.” Marlene didn’t respond; there was nothing she could say. Once again, the Ministry had proven to be idiotic while Dumbledore had proven to be. . . Well, she didn’t know what, just that he had believed Sirius to be guilty and likely told the Aurors where Sirius could be found.

“There was something Peter mentioned that... “

Marlene turned to face him when he didn’t continue. “What did Peter say, Remus?”

“He said that Sirius wasn’t supposed to live,” said Remus, an undefinable emotion in his voice but one that felt like wolf. “Bellatrix was waiting for Sirius at his flat and he wasn’t supposed to live.”

Marlene swallowed. “But Sirius never went to his flat so Bellatrix never found him. Peter severely underestimated Sirius’ devotion to James and Lily,”

Remus didn’t say anything in response.

Marlene frowned at his lack of reaction before remembering. “Ah! I forgot to tell you! James and Lily are alive,”

His neck turned so quickly that a crack echoed around them. “What?

“I was supposed to take care of James’ and Lily’s bodies but when I cleaned the blood, I found out that both of them were in a critical state but neither of them were dead; Sirius was too grief-stricken to check properly. James was unconscious but Lily woke up and Apparated both of them to Potter Manor. They’re with Lizzie right now while Harry is at a safe house.”

All the tension seemed to leak out of Remus’ body, and he would have collapsed to the floor if Marlene hadn’t caught him in time.

“We can feel relieved later, Remus,” she said, pulling him upright. “Right now, Sirius needs us. We need a plan to save him and for that we need to meet up with everyone else.”

“It’s time for a meeting of the Grey Brotherhood.”

*

Marlene found the Potter family in the living room when she and Remus entered Potter Manor. Lizzie was held carefully by Lily, who was sitting on the sofa next to an awake James. Various house-elves were gathered next to them, and most of them were constantly patting James and occasionally Lily as if assuring themselves that both were alive.

“Marlene! Remus!” Lily stood up, passing the fast-asleep Lizzie to Isabella. Remus didn’t respond; he just went straight to her and hugged her tight.

“I’m alive, Remus,” she said quietly, patting his back. Remus broke away from her and wiped his eyes. He turned towards James and knelt to hug him, too. The hug between the two men was longer than the one with Lily. Both women turned away from the scene to give them privacy. Remus and James may not be as close as James and Sirius, but they had been as close as brothers since they were eleven, so such emotion was warranted.

“Where’s Sirius?” asked Lily confusedly. She evidently expected to see him with her, perhaps with news about Peter’s incarceration.

“He was arrested,” she replied quietly.

What?!“ Her shout attracted the attention of the men, who broke their reunion and turned towards them. “What do you mean Sirius was arrested? He hasn’t done anything wrong!”

James shot up from the couch. “What?“ He winced in pain because of his sudden movement, his hand pressing against the wound on his chest, prompting Lily to hurry over and push him down on the sofa again.

Marlene sighed and sat down in one of the armchairs. “Sirius went after Peter and found him with Remus. The Aurors stormed the cottage soon after and took him away, claiming that Barty Crouch himself had ordered Sirius’ arrest. According to Remus, the Aurors were mostly those we determined to be susceptible to bribery. They may have been paid to arrest Sirius.”

James looked furious, causing Lily to place her hand on his shoulder and squeeze, despite the anger on her face. “What bout Dumbledore? Does he know?”

Remus and Marlene exchanged looks; he gestured at her, causing her to shoot him a glare. “Dumbledore endorsed it, apparently. When I arrived, they were about to Apparate, so I shouted at them that Dumbledore wouldn’t approve of it - we might not trust him but his reputation comes in handy sometimes - but they said Dumbledore knows and agreed with the arrest and even told them where Sirius would most likely be.”

James tried to stand up again, but Lily pushed him down. “Let me go, Lily! I need to free Sirius!”

She glared at him. “First of all, I am not doing anything, it will be all of us who free Sirius. Secondly, we need a plan before we go rushing off. I know you’re used to rushing in and saving the day, love, but Sirius will need more than you throwing your weight around as Lord Potter.”

James paused suddenly. “Wait. Even the fact that Sirius is Heir Black didn’t stop them?”

Remus shook his head. “No. Sirius threatened to bring down the wrath of House Black on them for what they were doing but they seemed unafraid.”

James frowned. “There has to be a reason for that. They didn’t mention anything else at all?”

Remus stared hard at the table in front of him, a thoughtful look on his face. “Not that I remember, no. They did mention something about that not being a problem.”

Lily bit her lip. “We’ll have to think about that later. We need to free Sirius first before finding out why he was imprisoned in the first place.”

“Without a trial,” added James.

Marlene pushed away all the thoughts and used Occlumency to bring her brain to the calm, logical state she was known for. She shut down the fact that it was Sirius they were talking about and imagined it as just another mission. “We need to call a Brotherhood meeting. Only the Trusted members, not all of them.”

James nodded. “Of course, I’ll do it.” He pulled out the dog tag and channelled some magic into it. “I solemnly swear to protect,” he murmured, and the dog tag glowed slightly for a second. “Prongs to Hunter, Talon, Feather, Canis, Euro.”

The dog tag glowed again and didn’t dim this time. Slowly, voices started issuing from the dog tag.

“Hunter speaking,” Frank.

“Canis and Euro here, Prongs,” Fabian and Gideon

“Talon here,” Alice.

“Prongs, this is Feather,” Andromeda.

James glanced up at them before looking down at the dog tag. “Emergency meeting in thirty minutes. Everyone to meet in PM Basement.”

“Roger, Prongs,”

“Be right there,”

“Protection complete,” murmured James; The glow subsided from the dog tag.

Now they just had to wait for the members.

*

Thirty minutes later, the meeting room of the Brotherhood in the basement of Potter Manor was crowded with various witches and wizards. Everyone gathered at a big table in the corner of the room. James was sitting at the head with Lily on his left and Remus and Marlene on his right. Frank had chosen to stand against the wall with Fabian and Gideon while Alice sat next to Lily with Andromeda on her other side.

“What’s the matter?” entreated Alice once everyone had settled. It had to be something important for James to have called them out of hiding.

It took an hour and several loud interruptions before James and Lily conveyed the whole story to everyone. They were naturally outraged on Sirius’s behalf and concerned for James and Harry’s wellbeing.

“Harry’s fine,” said Marlene. “He was hit by the Killing Curse but Sirius healed the cut and Dumbledore examined him; he’s been sent to a safe location by Dumbledore but we don’t know where that is.”

“Our plan is to get Harry back after we free Sirius,” added Lily, unable to disguise the worry in her voice.

“How are we going to do that?” cut in Andromeda. “The Ministry is known for refusing to listening to reason and Dumbledore seems to have abandoned Sirius.”

Marlene smirked. “That’s why we are not going to use Dumbledore or the Ministry for this,” Everyone turned towards her with questioning looks. “We’re going to use the Wizengamot.”

A silence fell around everyone as they thought it over.

“That’s a good idea,” said Gideon, impressed. “We need the Wizengamot to hold a trial for Sirius, I presume?” Marlene nodded. From what they learnt, the Ministry had not taken in Sirius as a suspect but as a criminal, which meant it was unlikely he got a proper trial.

“We don’t have Peter so we don’t have any evidence,” mused Fabian. “But we do have witnesses in James and Lily.”

Remus sat up. “Wait a second. You said Dumbledore left after Sirius did, right?” he asked, turning to Marlene, who nodded slowly. “That means he doesn’t know James and Lily did not die.”

Marlene’s brow furrowed. “And if Dumbledore contacted the Aurors with Sirius’ likely location, then Dumbledore might also contact the Prophet; after all, it’s not everyday a wizard survives the Killing Curse,”

“That can prove better for us,” said Andromeda. “If no one knows that we have fool proof witnesses, then no one - mainly the Dark faction in the Wizengamot - can plan against them,”

Left unsaid was that the Dark faction would try everything in their arsenal to keep Sirius locked up. As long as Sirius was incarcerated, no one was the Heir of the House of Black, and Lucius Malfoy would undoubtedly benefit from that. Since he was the leader of the Dark, the other families would surely support him.

“We need someone trustworthy on the Wizengamot to call an emergency meeting and schedule a trial,”

“I wish House seats had enough power to schedule a trial,” lamented Frank. “We can call an emergency but we’ll need someone high up in the DMLE to hold a trial,”

“What about Amelia Bones?” suggested Andromeda. “We were at Hogwarts together and while we didn’t interact, Ted always speaks highly of her.”

James nodded slowly. “She’s known to be fair and just; we can assume she doesn’t know about the fact that Sirius was most likely not given a trial.”

“Who’ll approach her?” asked Lily, looking around at everyone. “It can’t be James or me, Remus doesn’t hold any political power, and I doubt she would listen to Fabian or Gideon after what they did to the Auror department.

“It wasn’t on purpose!” protested Fabian, though his eyes glinted with amusement, which implied that, yes, it was on purpose.

“And she might not hear me out,” said Andromeda tightly. “Given my association with the House of Black,”

“She’s known to be fair and impartial so she will most likely listen to you,” defended Alice. “But we can’t take any chances.”

“That leaves Alice or me,” said Frank quietly. “She knows us from the Auror department, so she will listen to us and, more importantly, believe us,”

“With that logic, she should never have believed that Sirius, who was an Auror under her, would be capable of what he is accused of,” muttered Remus, quiet enough that only James heard him.

“Let’s go with Frank. He’s Lord Longbottom as well so that gives him more authority.”

Nods of assent and approval echoed around the room.

“Now, we need to discuss the finer details of this rough plan,” sighed James. “Nothing should go wrong which means we need to pay attention to every little thing.”

*

YOU-KNOW-WHO MURDERED THE POTTERS
SON HAILED AS THE BOY WHO LIVED
SIRIUS BLACK DEATH EATER. SENT TO AZKABAN FOR ACCOMPLICE IN POTTERS DEATHS


In a surprising move of events last night, You-Know-Who attacked the Potters, murdering the parents and leaving behind the two baby Potters as Harry Potter defeated the Dark Lord. No one knows how he was defeated, but it seems that, for the first time, a wizard has survived the Killing Curse, leaving behind only a lightning bolt scar on the toddler’s forehead. Harry Potter was transported to a safe location till his time at Hogwarts.

It turns out that James Potter’s best friend, Sirius Black, has been hiding his true colours until now. He was the Secret-Keeper for the Potters and betrayed their positions to You-Know-Who. The Potters were murdered in young Harry’s nursery, dying to protect their son and daughter. Our brave Aurors have arrested Sirius Black before he could harm the Boy Who Lived or the Potters’ loyal friends.

Albus Dumbledore was heard saying: “This is a very sorrowful tragedy, indeed. James and Lily were some of my best pupils and their children are no doubt going to be an amazing wizard and witch when they grow up. I have seen to the safety of the Potter children, as their parents would have no doubt wanted me to do, and sent the children to a safe location. In the events of James’ and Lily’s deaths, there is no one to care for them so I have taken the role of their magical guardian myself. I look forward to when they will rejoin the magical world.”

Bartemius Crouch was quoted as saying: “We are not going to accommodate Death Eaters anymore and it’s about time they pay for their crimes. Lord and Lady Potter would surely be glad that we have put a dangerous criminal where he belongs for life.”

Minister Bagnold was unavailable for comment, but her secretary was heard saying that the Minister was upset at the innocent loss of life. It was a mystery how Harry Potter had managed to kill You-Know-Who, but she was glad the two children were safe.

We are very glad that a one-year-old wizard was able to save us! Thanks to the Boy Who Lived, our world is free of terror once more. We wish Harry and Elisabeth Potter best wishes for their time in the Muggle world and look forward to when they rejoin us. We at the Daily Prophet also send our condolences to their friends and express our regrets that the young couple were so ruthlessly killed for no apparent reason.


The morning Prophet confirmed what the Brotherhood had predicted. Dumbledore had probably told the Aurors that James and Lily were dead, having seen their ‘bodies’ himself.

The news leaking made no change to their plans, except instead of James occupying the Potter seat in the Wizengamot, he would attend as a witness only with Lily. Remus, Marlene, and Alice were to wait outside for them and to stage a distraction in case something went wrong - the Wizengamot ruled Sirius to be guilty, as absurd as the thought was - so that Sirius could escape in the confusion.

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