Harry Potter: Neko's Mate @vancemcgill
Albus Dumbledore

Chapter 3
Albus Dumbledore

Author's Note: This chapter begins a little while before the previous chapter ended. Part of the end of the previous chapter will be in this chapter to transition better into the scene.

This story - like my other stories - will begin relatively slow paced. For example, I am currently writing Chapter 22, at the time of updating this chapter, and the story just got into the New Year then. 5 or 6 days pass between Chapter 3 and Chapter 21 - yes, it seems quite ridiculous now that I think of that. However, there is a lot of stuff happening in so little time, and I can't condense it into only a few chapters, unfortunately. Hopefully it won't feel so slow as you read it.

Thanks for all the reviews, follows and favorites so far! I appreciate it all!

Saturday, December 26th, 1992 – Evening

Albus Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was currently making his way through the corridors the Second Floor of the large castle he lorded over - his destination, his own Office. He had just visited the witches' bathroom on the far side of the same floor. Now, usually, Albus Dumbledore would never find himself inside a witches' bathroom. However, he had visited for a reason.

For many years, Albus had used the hundreds of magical paintings and portraits around Hogwarts as a network of communication, security and even spying, so that he could know about anything and everything that was going on around the castle. Aside from the paintings, the ghosts and coats-of-arms were also used in this network.

Earlier, one of the portraits outside the second-floor witches' bathroom – more commonly known as Moaning Myrtle's bathroom – had reported to him, through the network, about a disturbance inside the bathroom. Moaning Myrtle – the bathroom's resident ghost - was making quite the fuss. Over the past couple of months, this had become quite common to the point of being an annoyance. However, unlike in the past when Myrtle would dissolve into crying fits, this time it appeared that she was actually giggling! Now, Myrtle was not a happy ghost. She was a sad, depressed and lonely ghost. So her change in behavior certainly intrigued Albus!

So Albus had visited Moaning Myrtle's bathroom. When he had attempted to interrogate the ghost, she was so overcome by giggling that Albus couldn't get one word from her! So Albus was forced to investigate the matter through other means. A quick, but thorough, investigation uncovered that someone had been secretly brewing Polyjuice Potion over the past couple of months, and had made a successful brew. Additional investigating revealed that the Potion had been used very recently. Possibly as recent as that day! Albus had attempted to discover who had been in the bathroom that day, but Moaning Myrtle was being uncooperative, and further investigation reveled no signs of the identities.

Albus was making his way back to his office, to look at the list of potential suspects – those students who had remained at Hogwarts over Christmas Break. When he arrived in his office, his phoenix Fawkes was making quite the commotion, and a few portraits of former Headmasters and Headmistresses were talking amongst themselves.

"Silence!" Albus barked. "What is the meaning of this commotion?"

"One of those interesting artifacts on that table over there started going mental, Albus!" Dilys Derwent said, pointing from his portrait toward a table.

Albus' eyes followed Dilys' pointing toward a table. The portrait above the table was pointing two fingers on both hands down at the table. Albus walked over to the table and studied the objects. Quick investigation revealed that one of the objects was pulsing a bit brighter than usual.

Albus picked it up and studied it. He knew exactly what that object did. It detected the power of Harry Potter's magical core. Usually the artifact was pulsing very lightly, indicating that the young man's core was at one-fourth of its potential power. Albus was quite okay with the young Potter's magical core being so low. He preferred it that low. He had plans for the young man, and none of those plans required Harry's magical core to be any stronger than it was.

However, the artifact pulsing a bit brighter than usual could only mean one thing: one of the bindings around Harry's magical core, which limited the young man's magical power, had been removed without his knowledge or permission!

Albus growled and turned to the portraits who were looking at him.

"Report!" he barked out. "Harry Potter's last known location!"

"Healer Brine's portrait in the Hospital Wing," one of the portraits said, "reports that Mr. Potter is currently visiting there."

"Is he a visitor or a patient?" Albus asked.

"She says he was... both," the portrait said. "Very mysterious."

Without another word, Albus turned and immediately headed out of his office, and in the direction of the Hospital Wing.

(a few minutes later...)

"Professor McGonagall said she would teach me about my talents," Harry said, "I have to meet with her tomorrow."

"Yeah, she mentioned that," Hermione said. "I could do my own research too. I'm planning on researching Nekos myself as it is. But maybe McGonagall would be better at it."

"I know you want to research it," Harry said, smiling, "So I tell you what. Feel free and... maybe you'll be able to help me in ways Professor McGonagall wouldn't. She isn't a Metamorphmagus, after all."

"True," Hermione said; then she grinned and her tail waved around happily, "I'll help you once I'm out of here."

"Alright," Harry said. "Should be fun. I'm looking forward to it – both McGonagall's help and your own."

Suddenly, they heard Madam Pomfrey speaking loudly enough for them to hear her.

"Headmaster!" Madam Pomfrey said, "I was intending to contact you soon. What can I do for you?"

Harry and Hermione exchanged glances, both thinking the same thing. What was Headmaster Dumbledore doing there uninvited by Madam Pomfrey?

"I heard a rumor that Harry Potter may be one of your patients," Dumbledore said. "One of the rumors was that he is the newest victim of the Heir of Slytherin. So I came here immediately to find out if the rumors were true."

Harry's eyes widened as he looked at Hermione. Who was making rumors like that? Maybe Ron did? He was the only one who knew Harry was visiting.

"I don't know who has been making these rumors, Albus," Madam Pomfrey said. "Mr. Potter came here as a concerned visitor of a patient. The fact that he is a patient was unplanned. He's only been my patient for twenty minutes, and there has been no students coming in or leaving since Mr. Potter became my patient."

"The Hogwarts Rumor Mill is a mysterious thing, Poppy," Albus said, "Why is Mr. Potter your patient, may I ask?"

"I discovered that Mr. Potter's magical core still had all of the bindings that were placed on him as a baby," Madam Pomfrey said, "Probably by his own dearly departed parents. Nobody has cared to remove them since Mr. Potter returned to our world. If I had known, I'd have removed them last year! As it is, I just finished removing one of the bindings not ten minutes ago. His core is now at fifty-percent unbound. I am planning on removing another twenty-five percent next week."

"Is that wise?" Albus asked. "Even at twenty-five percent, it appears that Mr. Potter was above average in his own year-group in magical power. Seventy-five percent may prove to create some unpredictable issues."

"Albus, I know you're well aware," Madam Pomfrey said, "that it is against British law to keep a child's magical core bound at all past their eleventh birthday! Mr. Potter should have visited a Healer in St. Mungo's, before he had even come here to Hogwarts, to have it done. That being said, I'm still debating when Mr. Potter's magical core can be completely unbound. As you said, he is above average even at twenty-five percent. I'm curious to see how he'll perform at fifty-percent!"

"I believe I share your curiosities," Albus said. "May I see your patient?"

"You may see two of them, Albus," Madam Pomfrey said, "As I alluded to earlier, I was planning on contacting you concerning one of my patients. Minerva has already been here to visit her."

The curtains opened, and Professor Dumbledore and Madam Pomfrey came in, and stood at the end of the two beds.

"Greetings, Headmaster," Hermione said; Harry echoed her greeting.

"Miss Granger," Dumbledore said, "This is most unexpected. I am very much looking forward to the tale about how you landed yourself in this predicament. Though if I may, I might be able to figure some of it out on my own. Perhaps a Polyjuice Potion mishap involving a hair of a feline?"

"Yes, sir," Hermione said, in a small voice.

"Am I correct, Poppy," Dumbledore said, "to assume that her condition may be long-lasting or even permanent?"

"Yes, Headmaster," Madam Pomfrey said. "It appears Miss Granger is now a Neko. I will be able to remove the fur from her body, but her other features are likely permanent."

"A magnificent Cat-Girl, you are, Miss Granger," Dumbledore said. "I have met three Nekos in my time on this earth, before yourself, and they all led fruitful lives. I think we can expect the same of you, Miss Granger, if your condition is indeed permanent."

"Thank you, sir," Hermione said.

Dumbledore turned to Harry. "It appears you find yourself a patient of Madam Pomfrey's yet again, Harry."

"Yes, sir," Harry said. "Though I'm not sure I'm the one at fault this time."

"Perhaps not," Dumbledore said, his eyes twinkling. "May I ask what led to your revelation about Harry's magical core, Poppy?"

"In addition to the bindings on Mr. Potter's magical core," Madam Pomfrey said. "I also discovered that Mr. Potter is a Metamorphmagus!"

"Are you sure of this, Poppy?" Dumbledore asked.

"Mr. Potter, could you tell the Headmaster about what you experienced earlier?" Madam Pomfrey asked.

"Yes, ma'am," Harry said, "Earlier, I was here talking to Hermione about her condition. And I was thinking about how our fellow students will react. There will be several students who will not treat her well because of her new condition."

"I think that is a good assumption, Harry," Dumbledore said, "I will, of course, do my best to make sure the student population behaves around Miss Granger. Please continue."

"Well," Harry said, "Our friend, Ron Weasley – he is prone to starting arguments with Hermione. In the past, he's even insulted her and made fun of her. I felt that – if he does that now, I'll – I'll –"

" – you'll be quite displeased with him," Dumbledore said, "I think that is evident."

"Harry, your hair is turning colors again," Hermione said, then she giggled. "It's pink now!"

Harry blushed.

"I think it goes pink when you're embarrassed," Hermione said, grinning.

"Poppy, did you give Harry Numbing Potions?" Dumbledore asked.

"I did indeed," Madam Pomfrey said. "Mr. Potter should not be experiencing any kind of magic – even his Metamorph talents – until the Potions leave his system. This is quite shocking – amazing, even!"

"Precisely," Dumbledore said, nodding, "You see now why I am rather discouraged about removing those bindings."

"You knew," Harry said. "You knew my magical core was still bound, sir."

"I did, Harry," Dumbledore said. "I also knew that due to the experiences between you and Voldemort -"

Madam Pomfrey gasped slightly at Voldemort's name..

"- that there might have been some side-effects to your magical core because of it," Dumbledore continued. "I intended on releasing your bindings myself in the next couple of years, when you were able to have more control over your magic."

"I want control now, Headmaster!" Harry said. "I want to be able to control my Metamorphmagus talents!"

"Harry, your hands!" Hermione yelped.

Harry looked at his hands and found that his fingernails were black. In fact they almost looked dead.

"You see, sir?" Harry asked, showing Dumbledore his hands, "I want to be able to control this. Professor McGonagall said she'd be able to help me."

"Very well, Harry," Dumbledore said. "We will keep an eye on your magical power over the next week. If myself, Professor McGonagall and Madam Pomfrey feel it is wise, the next quarter of your bindings will be released in the near future."

Harry noticed Madam Pomfrey looked rather disagreeable with the Headmaster. Obviously she thought the next unbinding needed to be done even if Dumbledore decided against it. Harry only nodded.

"Miss Granger," Dumbledore said, "Did Professor McGonagall mention to you anything about the future of your education?"

"She said I wouldn't be expelled," Hermione said. "I might be given some punishments. She said I will likely move to the Private Quarters."

"It would probably be best," Dumbledore said, "For your own privacy."

"Professor McGonagall also said that Harry might move in with me," Hermione said.

"Why did she say that?" Dumbledore asked.

"Harry is my boyfriend, sir," Hermione said.

Dumbledore's eyebrows raised as he looked from Hermione to Harry, then back to Hermione.

"When did this happen?" he asked.

"Not an hour ago," Hermione said.

"Do you think it wise to have a boyfriend so young?" Dumbledore asked. "What would your parents say?"

"If they support me, they'll be happy for me," Hermione said. "I only revealed that information, sir, because of something Madam Pomfrey and Professor McGonagall said. They both agreed that I would be in heat instead of my monthly cycles. Since Harry is my boyfriend, he will likely be affected by it too."

"I believe I can understand what you are implying, Miss Granger," Dumbledore said.

"I certainly agree with Minerva, Albus, "Madam Pomfrey said, "Moving these two to Private Quarters would certainly improve Miss Granger's new predicament."

"Are you sure, Poppy?" Dumbledore said, "Mr. Potter is rather young to experience something like this. It may be more wise to find other means."

"Other means, Headmaster?" Poppy asked, then shook her head, "Albus, I've been watching these two since I became aware of Miss Granger's condition. They genuinely care for each other. There are no 'other means' when dealing with this. If Miss Granger is a Neko, then Mr. Potter is indeed her mate. Professor McGonagall believes that as well."

Harry looked at Hermione, who grinned as she looked at him. Her tail was waving around joyously.

"Do you see how she reacts to him, Albus?" Madam Pomfrey asked, motioning to Hermione's tail, "Their first session will be chaperoned by myself, – while also giving them as much privacy as they deserve – but I would highly suggest moving them in together into Private Quarters."

Dumbledore sighed. "Perhaps you are right, Poppy. I will take care of this by the time Miss Granger leaves this Wing."

"Sooner, if you could," Madam Pomfrey said. "If only for Mr. Potter's privacy when it comes to exploring his Metamorphmagus talents. Especially if Mr. Potter wishes to keep his newly discovered talents a secret from the student body in general."

"Yeah, I think I would," Harry said.

"Also," Madam Pomfrey said, "there is a slight risk of endangering his dorm-mates if his magic overloads. Not a big one, Mr. Potter. But there is a risk, all the same."

"How long will Harry be in here, Madam Pomfrey?" Dumbledore asked.

"Overnight," Madam Pomfrey said.

"I will work toward having the Private Quarters prepared by breakfast tomorrow," Dumbledore said. "I'm sure you'll treat your patients to breakfast and release Harry afterward. I will meet you here tomorrow, and I will show you to your new residence. Miss Granger may join you when she is released."

"Thank you, sir," Harry said; Hermione echoed his sentiments.

Dumbledore nodded. "By your leave. It seems I am a busy man this evening."

Dumbledore left the enclosed area. Neither student nor nurse spoke until Dumbledore left the Wing.

"Ugh, that man," Madam Pomfrey said, "Other means, indeed!"

"What did he mean by that?" Hermione asked, "'Other means?'"

"I am quite sure he was intending on having a prefect assist you whilst you're in heat," Madam Pomfrey said.

"A Prefect?!" Hermione squeaked, as her ears flattened, "They're... fifteen and sixteen! That... ugh, that has to be illegal!"

"No way will that happen!" Harry growled. "If Hermione has to go through with this, I will be helping her. Nobody else!"

Hermione's ears raised back up, and her tail waved around, as she smiled.

"Calm yourself, Mr. Potter," Madam Pomfrey said,

Harry glanced at his fingernails and saw they were that dead-looking black again.

"Sorry, ma'am," Harry muttered.

"That's quite alright," Madam Pomfrey said, "You're learning a new talent. It is to be expected. Mr. Potter, Miss Granger, I promise you. Nobody will interfere with the two of you when it comes to your time in heat, Miss Granger. I would take this in front of the Wizengamot if that happened. I don't know everything about Nekos, but I will assume that it is unwise for anyone to come in between a Neko and their chosen mate."

"Do I really qualify as Hermione's mate?" Harry asked.

"Yes, Harry," Hermione said, smiling.

"I am quite sure you do, Mr. Potter," Madam Pomfrey said. "We will know for sure the first time Miss Granger is in heat. If you feel attracted to her during that time, as if you feel that nothing will keep you away from her, then you'll know that you're her mate."

"Okay," Harry said.

"Please keep yourself calm, Mr. Potter," Madam Pomfrey said, "I would not want to give you another Numbing Potion. I thought I had already given you enough. But I am quite sure your Metamorph talents would not show themselves if your magic was completely blocked, albeit temporarily."

"So why not give me another one?" Harry asked.

"You might risk overdose," Madam Pomfrey said.

"Oh," Harry said.

"Madam Pomfrey?" Hermione asked. "The Headmaster confirmed that he knew Harry's magical core was still bound. Isn't that illegal?"

"It is a very gray area, Miss Granger," Madam Pomfrey said, "While it is illegal, there are exceptions with powerful magical cores at a young age such as Mr. Potter's predicament. However, saying that, Mr. Potter's core should have been unbound at least fifty-percent long before now. I don't know how I could have missed that."

"Maybe you were Obliviated?" Hermione asked. "Or... Compelled to ignore it?"

"Miss Granger, that is absurd," Madam Pomfrey said, "If it was even possible, who on earth would –?"

Madam Pomfrey paused in her words, as her eyes slowly widened. She then turned and left the enclosed area. Harry and Hermione exchanged glances.

"Do you really think she was Obliviated?" Harry asked. "Or Compelled?"

"She's an experienced nurse, Harry," Hermione said. "She should have noticed the bindings during the very first time you were here. I think she might have been."

"But who would have done that to her?" Harry asked.

"Who knew about your magical core being bound, Harry?" Hermione replied. "Professor Dumbledore."

"You think he did it?" Harry asked.

"I don't know what to think," Hermione said. "But here's a question for you. If it happened to her, could it have happened to us?"

Harry's eyes widened. "It could be possible. But why...?"

"I didn't like how Professor Dumbledore questioned me about being with you," Hermione said. "You heard him. He asked me if I thought it was wise to have a boyfriend at my age. It seemed so... personal. Why would he ask that? Why was it his business? It was like... like he wanted me to break up with you already. Absolutely not."

"Then it appears he wasn't discouraging you toward dating," Harry said, "He wanted you to search for other means of controlling your... heat. I'm not entirely sure he meant Prefects though. What if he meant... someone in our year?"

"He wanted me to break up with you and be with someone else," Hermione said. "Surely he knew that would upset you!"

"What if that is his intention?" Harry asked, frowning; he didn't like to think that about someone he thought was such a great wizard, but there was evidence...

Hermione's ears flattened and she growled. "First Ron. Now Professor Dumbledore. How many more people are going to lose my respect?!"

Before Harry could answer, Madam Pomfrey returned. Both students could tell the nurse was fuming mad.

"That man!" Madam Pomfrey ranted, "I can't believe – I never expected – or suspected –!"

She huffed loudly.

"Are you alright, ma'am?" Hermione asked.

"No, Miss Granger," Madam Pomfrey said, "I am not alright. It appears I have been the victim of Compulsion and Loyalty Draughts. I am quite sure that it was in my intentions to unbind your magical core within the first week you were here, Mr. Potter. It appears I was Compelled to decide that wasn't a very good idea."

"Madam Pomfrey?" Hermione asked, "If you were Compelled, or Obliviated... is it possible Harry and I have had the same done to us?"

"I'm afraid it is a possibility, Miss Granger," Madam Pomfrey said. "I will be giving you both a Flushing Draught tomorrow to discover the answer to that question. I would give it to you now, but you've both ingested Potions that would likely interfere with the Draught."

"What can be done about this?" Hermione asked, "It's criminal behavior!"

"I am pretty sure who is responsible for this, Miss Granger," Madam Pomfrey said. "Unfortunately, proving it will be difficult. Getting any favorable results would be nigh impossible. Most of my suspects are highly influential individuals."

"Most?" Harry asked.

"Of course!" Hermione said, "Maybe there was more than one behind this. Maybe the mastermind didn't want to be connected to the Draughts made! Maybe they had someone else brew them. A Potions Master."

"Professor Snape," Harry said, in realization.

"Mr. Potter, Miss Granger," Madam Pomfrey said, "This is dangerous territory to be treading on. I agree that justice needs to be done, but we must be careful. Especially throwing around speculation and names. You will leave this to me. Understand?"

"Yes, ma'am," Harry and Hermione said, in unison.

"I am having dinner arranged to be brought to you as we speak," Madam Pomfrey said. "Before, during and after dinner, the two of you may talk amongst yourselves, quietly, until it is time for bed. You may only get up from your beds to use the restroom. I better see you in your own beds when I check up on you. Do you understand me?"

"Yes, ma'am," Harry and Hermione repeated in unison.

"What about visitors?" Harry asked.

"We might expect Professors Dumbledore or McGonagall to visit again before the evening is over," Madam Pomfrey said. "But I believe they're finished with their visits. Should I expect any of your friends?"

"Just Ron, I guess," Harry said.

"Don't let him in," Hermione said. "Even if he asks for Harry. I don't want to talk to him."

"Me either," Harry said, "Not tonight."

"Very well," Madam Pomfrey said.

She turned and left the enclosed area again.

"Flushing Draughts," Harry said. "What are those?"

"If either of us have been Obliviated," Hermione said, "It is possible that any lost memories will come back to us. Any Compulsions currently on us will be removed, as will other harmful potion effects."

"I really hope nothing like that happened," Harry said. "However... I have an odd feeling it might have."

"Me too, Harry," Hermione said. "Whatever we discover, we'll help each other through it. No matter what, I'm not breaking up with you."

"Nothing, or nobody, will split us up," Harry said. "I'm very happy being your mate."

Hermione smiled widely as her tail waved around happily.

"Hmm," Harry said, "I wonder if I should ask Madam Pomfrey to give you a bowl of milk."

Hermione glared at Harry, but there was absolutely no heat in her eyes. Her ears weren't down either, and Harry could already tell they did that when she was angry. So obviously she wasn't angry. So when Harry grinned, he wasn't surprised when Hermione dissolved into giggles.

Meanwhile, Albus Dumbledore was sitting in his comfortable leather chair at his magnificent oak desk, in his extravagantly decorated office. Unlike a certain Neko, Albus was not giggling. He was not a very happy man.

He could not believe Poppy Pomfrey had discovered Harry Potter's bindings around his magical core. The Compulsion Draughts he had given her since Harry became a student had stopped her from discovering this information. Had he forgotten to give her the latest dose? Of course, Poppy had not discovered it on her own. Minerva McGonagall had something to do with it. As did Harry Potter, and possibly Hermione Granger.

Albus could have probably Obliviated or Compelled Poppy to forget it again, but the damage had been done. First, there was the fact that a portion of the bindings had already been removed. Albus could not replace them back on Harry's core. Doing so could make Harry a Squib, and that would not work at all in Albus' plans for the boy.

Second, four people knew about the bindings now. Albus could not Compel all of them, unfortunately. Hermione Granger was now a Neko, a Cat-Girl. Nekos, like werewolves and other magical creatures, were nigh-on immune to mind control and Obliviations. Granger's current compulsions, placed prior to her transformation, were already slowly crumbling! Albus had tried to influence Granger to decide that her new romantic relationship with Harry was not a good idea. When Granger reacted badly, Albus had suggested other means of assisting Granger with her... future sexual needs. But his suggestion had been shot down! Perhaps he should have made his suggestion more clear. Hermione had other friends whom could assist her. Such as Ron Weasley, for example. Anyone besides Harry Potter!

Unfortunately for Albus, he knew he could not deny truth in front of his face. Harry Potter was the mate of Hermione Granger. It was nearly impossible to break up a Neko from their mate. Both Neko and mate would do everything to defend their relationship with their mate. Before today, Albus had been making plans to manipulate Harry Potter's love life to serve his own needs, and the needs of one of his alliances. He had also been making additional plans for Hermione Granger's love life, so it wouldn't interfere with his plans for Harry Potter. And now those plans seemed to have crumbled.

Albus had also known that Harry Potter was a Metamorphmagus. He had discovered that several years ago during some troubling times with the boy. Of course, he had taken care of such things. But he had hoped that Harry would never discover his talents due to the bindings around his magical core. He knew that if Harry discovered his talents, he would use them. Alas, Harry had indeed discovered what he was. He was eager to learn about his talents. Albus wondered if, perhaps, he could still use Harry's talents in his plans. Perhaps they would be of some assistance in the long run.

In order to ensure that he remained in Harry's favor, Albus knew he would have to allow the boy a few privileges, even if it meant it worked against some of Albus' plans. Harry and Granger would be granted their request to move into Private Quarters together, and he would allow their relationship to continue. Albus would also not interfere in Harry's desire to learn his Metamorphmagus talents. Unfortunately, Albus would also have to allow another quarter of Harry's magical core to become unbound, if only so Poppy Pomfrey would agree to keep the final quarter bound for the immediate future.

Albus would make these sacrifices. If only because they were merely minor road blocks on the path to the Greater Good.

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