In Perpetuum [Harry Potter]

COMPLETED: Harry Potter Fanfiction. Hermione is sent back in time to the Marauder's Era. What will happen when she does not have Harry around to provide information and clues about Voldemort? Some Lily/James, Remus/OC.

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3RD YEAR

 

The group of boys sat huddled on the floor of Gryffindor Common Room. They were speaking in carrying whispers that were so carrying that they floated over to where Hermione was sitting at a spindly, little table, on the other side of the room.

The piles of books around her were so high that they created an almost impenetrable wall around her so that only a frizzy mop of brown curls was visible just above them.

Without even glancing upward at the group, she said in rather scathing tones, "The spell that you are looking for is in An Anthology of Eighteenth Century Charms. Remus if you care to cast your mind back several months, that was the book I got you for Christmas."

James, Peter and Sirius all looked up at the auditory intrusion, each of them slightly perturbed that Hermione had been listening in on their conversation from behind her great wall of books.

Remus on the other hand, stood up without a word and snuck off to his dorm. He returned a few minutes later carrying the rather heavy volume.

Heads once again were bowed in concentration, tones considerably more hushed than before.

Despite the epic amount of study Hermione was yet to complete on this evening, she was feeling decidedly generous and spoke once more the boys, in an almost bored tone.

"The spell you want is 'dissendium'."

James peered over the top of Peter's blonde head to bore his own hazel eyes his sister's deep brown ones.

"If you knew the spell, why did you imply that Remus go and get the book?"

Hermione removed several stacks of books from her literary wall so that she was visible to those she was speaking to.

She shrugged her shoulders at them, but said cryptically, "I thought that you might find some other interesting spells in that book. Having said that, I highly recommend that you read Achievement in Charms. After all, you wouldn't want anyone else reading the map, would you?"

"Of course!" said James, clapping his hand to his forehead, "I was reading about a spell that we could use to disguise the different sections."

"Keep your voice down!" said Sirius, "we don't need the others hearing about this. They will be all clamouring for a copy at the rate we're going. Though, we could make a mint off selling copies."

He looked up at Hermione to find that one eyebrow was raised in a disbelieving facial expression. Apparently she was surprised that James had even thumbed the pages, let alone read the contents of his Christmas present.

Sirius shrugged at her, a grin lighting up his face.

Hermione noticed the way in which his silver eyes shone when he did this and the way his checks puffed out slightly in his obvious joy.

She grinned back at him, before getting up out of her seat to go sit next to him.

The map was so very close to being completed and Hermione could see the tension and excitement escalating within the guys, even feeling some of it herself as the finishing touches were being placed on it.

It would only be a little while longer, a couple of weeks at most, and she would be able to hold the functioning map in her hands once more.

Sirius had grabbed her hand and given it a gentle squeeze. She returned the pressure with a brief smile.

It had been five months since Sirius had asked Hermione to Hogsmeade and the relationship was progressing slowly, at best. She wished that Sirius was not so nervous about it all the time, but then she considered the implications of the situation. A pureblood wizard in a relationship with a muggleborn witch - it would not look good to his family and their peers.

She also surmised that Sirius had not received a lot of love and affection from his family, and perhaps he was afraid to express his true emotions. Harry, also having lacked affection in his early life, had had some difficulty adjusting to this. Hermione knew that she would have to just give him some time and space and he would open up soon enough. In the meantime, she would just have to keep her own mounting emotions in check.

Hermione noticed that Sirius and her own relationship was not the only thing progressing slowly.

Remus was still yet to ask Estrella out on a date, however, Hermione had caught him staring at her in class a few times. She could always tell when he was thinking about her because his head would loll to one side and his eyes would become unfocused and pensive.

'They would make a cute couple,' mused Hermione internally as she felt Sirius' thumb running gently over the back of her hand, 'all they need is a push in the right direction.'

However, at this moment, the most important things to her were getting the map finished as soon as possible, and the boy who had permanently attached himself to her arm: Sirius.

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"Hermione?" James' voice seemed to sound of out nowhere.

"Hmmm?" she responded without putting her head up.

"Would you come over here for a minute? We want to show you something."

Hermione put down her textbook and exam study guide for the first time in several hours. She followed her brother's voice over to where he and his friend's were sitting on a burgundy-coloured sofa.

Sirius moved over slightly in his place to make room for her to sit down. She acknowledged his non-verbal invitation and took her place, waiting for further instruction.

James looked around at the small group, making sure he had their full attention before continuing.

"Gentlemen, and lady, I have the extraordinary pleasure of introducing the one, the only, the Ultimate Map of Hogwarts!"

He thrust out the many layers of folded parchment for Hermione to critique, the others having been heavily involved in the makings of the map; therefore, it was not a surprise for them unlike for Hermione who had had only perfunctory input.

Hermione's vision was slightly blurry from having focused her eyes at the book for so long, and she had to take a minute to get her eyes for focus again. However, when she did, she was greeted by none other than the Marauder's map, albeit with a different title.

"I don't mean to criticise, but really it is extraordinary magic, but you couldn't think up of a more catchy name then 'Supreme Map of Hogwarts'?"

"Have you got any better ideas?" said Remus from his position on the other side of Sirius.

"Well, yes," said Hermione matter-of-factly, "I do have some other ideas."

She began to list a few off the top of her head.

"Nope"

"Nope"

"Nope"

"Prowler's Plot?"

"Nope"

"Marauder's Map?"

This was followed by a full five seconds of silence as the boys looked at one another.

"That could work," said Remus slowly.

"It is kind of catchy," conceded Sirius, but I like the idea of being Marauders. It sounds mysterious.

"All those in favour?" said James with a humongous smile on his face.

Each person raised a hand without hesitation.

James waved his wand over the parchment several times, muttering unintelligible words under his breath as he worked. The words were erased and it was replaced with its rightful title.

"There we are: The Marauder's Map,"

The burgundy ink shone as though it were freshly applied and still wet, despite having been manipulated by magic and involving no fluid at all.

"What do you think?" questioned James, looking expectantly at his sister.

Hermione held the parchment in her hands as though it were made of the most fragile gold leaf.

"It's beautiful."

She opened up the fold and watched the small dots move around from place to place. Many, less well known areas of the castle were crudely drawn, but it was resplendent all the same.

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"Miss Potter, you have spoken about the horcruxs and what the various horcruxs are. What I ask of you now is the location of the horcruxs. Firstly, where is the ring Horcrux?"

"In the Gaunt shack" she replied without hesitation, looking Dumbledore directly in the eye as she spoke.

"And Slytherin's Locket?"

"It was created, as you know, by Tom Riddle killing a muggle tramp when he was on a seaside holiday with the orphanage. It was hidden in a cave near there. I am afraid that I don't know the exact location, Harry was never explicit. That will require some extra research."

"Fair enough. The diary?"

"That too is in doubt. Harry came across that in Moaning Myrtle's bathroom after Ginny Weasley had tried to destroy it. Before that it was in the possession of Lucius Malfoy. Perhaps it is in his possession at the moment. If you could, it would be well worth checking the Malfoy vaults for it."

"And lastly..."

"Hufflepuff's cup. That is most likely in the vaults of Lestrange or Black."

"Thank you Miss Potter."

Silence descended upon the room as Dumbledore absorbed all the information that Hermione had provided.

He dismissed her soon after that, deciding that he had gathered enough information for the evening. This was now how it was with Dumbledore. All business and strictly giving information.

Hermione headed back to the Gryffindor Common Room where she found Estrella in a position that was reminiscent of Remus of their first day at Hogwarts in First year. She was sitting on the armchair closest to the fireplace staring into the, now, smouldering coals. At the sound of Hermione's tentative footsteps she looked up.

"Oh, Hermione, it's you."

"Why are you here on your own? Are the others in bed?"

"Yes." A one word answer. Usually Estrella was far more chatty.

"Are you okay?" Hermione probed, ordering what could bring about such a swift change in her friend.

"Yes," said Estrella in a small voice.

"Is it something you need to talk about?" said Hermione as gently as possible.

"You don't have to sit here and listen to my moaning. It would never happen anyway. It is wishful thinking on my part."

Hermione was deeply perplexed by this statement and wanted to find out more. Not just to assuage her own curiosity, but she was also reminded of a rainy night when on the run with Ron and Hermione. Ron had been wearing the Horcrux and all his thoughts and feelings had imploded with the force of a cartoon canon. She could not let the same thing happen to her friend, even if there was no locket involved.

"Please, Estrella."

"Fine. It's about Remus."

Hermione's breath hitched in her throat. What could be about Remus? If it was what she thought it was...

"Well...don't tell anyone (Hermione nodded her head in earnest), but I think I like him. Like, really like him."

Hermione's heart soared at this while also being relieved that Estrella had not figured out her beau's lycanthropy. She thought it was very sweet that they both had feelings for one another, but neither of them was any wiser to the fact that their feelings were reciprocated.

"That's great," said Hermione, smiling brightly. "What are you going to do about it?"

"What do you mean 'what am I going to do about it'?" Estrella was aghast.

"Aren't you going to ask him out on a date?"

"Hermione! Don't go talking rubbish. He wouldn't look twice at me."

"I wouldn't be so sure."

"What would make you say that? What do you know that I don't?"

Hermione mimicked the action of locking her lips and throwing away the key.

"Well, to be honest, I don't know anything for sure, but you can't sit here and never do anything about it. You're a Gryffindor, be brave and take a chance."

"Oh come on, you do know something. You hang around with them more than you do with us."

"Just ask him," implored Hermione, resisting the urge to grab her by the shoulders and shake her, "trust me," she added to Estrella's disbelieving expression.

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