Harry Potter and the Trip Across the Ocean

This is dedicated to my friend who inspired me to put it online! You know who you are ;)

This is my first REAL fanfic! I hope you enjoy!

Harry has to travel across the ocean to America to find something or someone. Takes place during the summer after 5th year and during 6th year, possibly 7th. That also means He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named will be involved!

I have been working on this for almost two years now and it still isn't finished. I am up to chapter 20 something and not even halfway finished. PLEASE be patient with me because I am very busy and do not find much time to write. It also takes a while for me to post chapters because I handwrite them before typing.

**Unfortunately I do not own Harry Potter because the lovely JK Rowling does.**

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1. Mysteries and Mail

Harry Potter sat in his room reading the Marauders Map. Even though Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he attended school and learned magic, was mostly empty for the summer he enjoyed watching the map. He felt that Hogwarts was his real home, but he was forced to live with his snobby cousin, Dudley Dursley, and his aunt and uncle.

Harry's Uncle Vernon hated him, mostly beacuse he was scared of Harry and his "abnormalities". Aunt Petunia just tried to ignore Harry, as did Vernon. Dudley was the reason Harry had no friends because he told everyone Harry was a freak and to stay away from him. But that was before Harry new he was a wizard.

On his 11th birthday Harry found out he was a wizard from a giant named Hagrid. Harry didn't believe Hagrid at first, but he is glad he listened to the big hairy guy! Hogwarts is the best thing that ever happened to Harry. He now has wonderful friends and people who care for him. Ron and Hermione were his two best friends. Hermione Granger is smart ans serious, but could also be funny. She was sweet and Harry thought she was quite pretty. Hermione also lives with muggles, but unlike Harry she is a muggle-born, not a half-blood. Ron Weasley is a pureblood; he is the youngest Weasley brother, right after Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred and George. His sister Ginny is the youngest Weasley and the only girl. Ginny
has had a crush on Harry since his and Ron's first year which kind of disturbs Ron. Ron has nothing to worry about though because Harry likes someone else. Ginny knows Harry doesn't feel the same way.

Thoughts of his friends vanished when Harry saw sudden movement coming from the map. He looked at the name and was shocked to see none other than Draco Malfoy's name floating above the little dot on the map.

Harry watched Draco closely as he made his way to the headmaster's office. Wondering what Draco was doing at school during the summer, Harry saw Albus Dumbledore appear on the map as well. 'I wonder what Malfoy and Dumbledore are doing together', Harry thought suspisciously.

He watched as his headmaster and enemy stood there, facing each other. For some reason the usual tiny speech bubbles on the map didn't appear by the two people whom Harry thought to be conversing. 'Dumbledore probably put a silencing charm on that area', Harry was thinking. 'But why? Does he know about the Marauders Map? Does he know I have it?' Harry continued to watch despite not being able to see what Malfoy and Professor Dumbledore were saying. 

Harry glanced at his clock. It read 5:23 AM. The Dursleys would be up in a few hours, so Harry decided to go to sleep.

"Mischief managed." Harry said, clearing the map and hiding under the loose floorboards under his bed where he hid all his magical items from the Dursleys. As Harry was putting away his wand, Hedwig swooped in through the window and landed on his shoulder. He noticed she had a letter carefully clamped in her beak. 

Harry stroked Hedwig's head as he took the letter. Quietly putting Hedwig back in her cage he closed and locked the barred door then went to his bed, sat, and read the letter. He was expecting it to be from Ron, Hermione, or Sirius, but he was surprised to see it was from Neville Longbottom. Harry read the letter slowly.


Harry,

Happy Birthday! I know I'm a bit early, but I have a good reason! It involves your gift.
I won't tell you what it is or when it should "arrive". I want to keep you in suspense mate! Also look in the envelope. There should be another, smaller letter in it. Hope to see you soon!

Your friend, Neville Longbottom


After reading Neville's letter, Harry reopened the parchment envelope and found a letter from Luna.


Harry,

I have very interesting news. It's too risky to put in a letter. After all, we don't want the wrong people finding it!

Anyway, I can't tell you when, but it will be here soon, your birthday gift I mean.

Happy 16th Harry! 

Luna

P.S. check the envelope tomorrow at noon. Exactly noon!


"Why do I have to wait?" Harry whispered to Hedwig with a shrug of his shoulders before finally settling into bed to sleep. It was now 6:03 and Uncle Vernon would be waking Harry up to make breakfast in about an hour and a half. Harry drifted off to sleep while thinking about his friends and their letters.
 

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