A Proper Family

What if Peter Pettigrew hadn't escaped? What if, in Harry's third year, Sirius was found innocent? This is the story of what would happen if, starting in his third year, Harry Potter was raised by his godfather.

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5. Life in Godric's Hollow

Summer on Dragon Street was better than any holiday Harry had ever experienced. Remus and Sirius were always happy to see him, always involving him in conversation, and always filling him up with delicious meals. However, the most drastic difference from his summers at the Dursleys was Harry's connection to the wizarding world.

Remus and Sirius always kept Harry up to date on what was going on in Wizarding Britain. Remus received the Daily Prophet each morning, and often called out little bits of news to inform a sleepy Harry and Sirius. "Rita Skeeter's written another nasty article about me," Remus said loftily one early Tuesday. "I wonder if she'll ever get sick of writing lies about werewolves." he pondered. Harry snorted into his cereal as Sirius responded, "Don't worry Remus, I'm sure someday she'll move on to writing about what a massive pain you are even when you're in human form."

Harry found himself wandering the streets of Godric's Hollow, admiring the shops and the homes and the people themselves. He became very fond of sitting on a bench outside the church, flipping through his spell books and people watching.

On most days Sirius accompanied Harry, due to the fact that Sirius was not working. These outings were often very enjoyable for Harry because Sirius shared many stories about Harry's parents. Harry liked hearing these stories, but after he did hear them his heart felt heavier.

Remus on the other hand, the most responsible out of the three, was usually out job searching. He came home late most nights, weary and frustrated.

Months passed and the end of the summer drew nearer. Harry, who usually was thrilled for his summer at Privet Drive to end, was rather disappointed that he would soon be leaving Godric's Hollow. More importantly, Harry was upset that he would be leaving Sirius and Remus.

However, there was one last shining ray of hope that would make his summer cheerful. Ron and Hermione would be coming to stay at Dragon Street during the week leading up to the Quidditch World Cup. Then, the three of them would be rejoining the rest of the Weasleys at the Burrow, and they would all attend the cup together. It had been much easier to keep in touch with his friends this summer, as Hedwig was free to fly in and out of the window however she pleased.

The morning of Ron and Hermione's arrival saw Harry practically jumping with excitement. Remus and Sirius busied about the house, tidying up papers and books, cleaning up the new furniture. Harry spent most of the morning in his room, nervously rearranging the camp bed that Ron would be using. Hermione would be staying in the small room downstairs, and Remus would move to another camp bed on Sirius's bedroom floor.

Then, at around noon, Harry heard Sirius shouting for him. "Harry!" Ron and Hermione have just arrived through floopowder!" Harry raced to the door, gave his room one last sweeping look. Bounding down the steps two at a time, Harry felt slightly nauseous. He didn't know why he was so nervous. He had stayed with Ron and Hermione before, and he shared a room with Ron every night back at Hogwarts. Harry supposed it was because he had never in his life had a house to share with his friends.

Harry reached the bottom of the staircase, jumped over the last step, and hurried down the hall into the living room. He took a deep breath, and opened the door.

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