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Chapter 5: Dumbledore

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Chapter 5: Dumbledore

Saturday, August 5th, 1989

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Dumbledore woke up late. In less than a month he would miss these days that he could sleep in. It wasn't long though that he knew today was not going to be a good day. The item he had to monitor the wards on Harry Potter's home was destroyed along with the shelf it was on and the only way for that to happen would be for the wards to have fallen. He immediately transformed his robes into a suit, went to the fireplace and flooed to Mrs. Figg's house and went to #4 Privet Drive.

The house was still standing and was obviously not under attack so he couldn't figure out a reason why the wards would've fallen. He went up and knocked on the door and was about to use magic to unlock the door when one of the neighbors came up to him.

"They're not here." said the woman.

"I beg your pardon." said Dumbledore.

"The Dursley's." she said.

"Do you know when they will be returning?" asked Dumbledore.

"They won't be. A couple of days ago they were arrested for abusing their nephew." she said.

'Abuse.' thought Dumbledore. "Do you know what happened to their nephew?" asked Dumbledore.

"A woman took him with her. I think she was some kind of investigator." said the woman.

"Thank you for your time." said Dumbledore returning to Mrs. Figg's house. He asked her if she had known anything about Harry being abused by the Dursley's and she said that she had never seen anything wrong. Albus left back to Hogwarts cursing himself that he hadn't taken a more active role in making sure that Harry was cared for properly.

When he got back to his office he found that in the wreckage of his shelf that some of his trinkets had survived including one that tracked where Harry was. It was still damaged a bit because while it told him that Harry was in Diagon Alley it didn't give him his exact location.

'What would Harry be doing in Diagon Alley?' wondered Dumbledore.

The only way to get the answers to the questions he had would be to find Harry so he changed his robes back to normal and had Fawkes flame him to Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley

It had been a while since Dumbledore was even close to Harry's age, but he was sure of the places that he should look. Harry wasn't in Quality Quidditch Supplies or Zonko's Joke Shop. It didn't occur to Dumbledore that at nine and having lived with the Dursley's that Harry wouldn't already know about these things or that he really didn't know what Harry would look like now.

Since he missed breakfast he decided to stop by Florean Fortescue's for some lunch and something sweet when he noticed a really thin boy being fussed over by Florean himself. If he didn't know any better he would think he was seeing a young James Potter again, granted a thinner more sickly James Potter, but still.

Dumbledore walked up to the table and said,

"Harry Potter?"

Harry looked up startled and seeing the strange looking old man got out of his seat and ran over and clung to the woman at the table with him and a little girl.

"Ah, Madame Bones, I apologize I didn't see you there. And this must be little Susan. It's been a while since I've seen you. You're growing to be a beautiful young lady." said Dumbledore.

"It's good to see you, Professor. What brings you into the alley today?" asked Amelia.

"I actually have been looking for Mr. Potter this morning as I just found out about what happened with his relatives. One of the neighbors mentioned Harry being taken by a woman. Was that you?" asked Dumbledore.

"Yes, but I'm more interested in how you came to find out. It's not a Wizengamot or Hogwarts matter so how did you know that Harry needed to be looked for?" asked Amelia.

"As Mr. Potter's Magical Guardian I had a tracker on him and the wards that were on the Dursley's home."

Amelia was starting to get really pissed off now.

"Try and remember who you are talking to, Professor. I know the law. Harry Potter as a Muggle raised Wizard wouldn't have a Magical Guardian until he is enrolled in school. Also tracking a minor when you are not the parent or guardian is against the law as is putting wards on a Muggle home." said Amelia.

"I believe you are right about the guardianship and the tracking charm, but I had permission from Minister Bagnold to put the wards up as they were based on the sacrifice Lily gave to protect her son." said Dumbledore.

"Professor, as you can see Harry is in no state to bring up past events right now. I have been granted guardianship of him and I will see you in my off on Monday for a discussion. If that is acceptable I'll see you on Monday, if not then I promise you'll not see Harry again until he starts Hogwarts in two years." said Amelia.

"Your terms are acceptable, Madam Bones. I'll see you on Monday. Harry, Susan, enjoy the rest of your weekend." said Dumbledore before calling Fawkes and flaming away.

'Show off.' thought Amelia while Harry and Susan and some other spectators looked amazed.

Dumbledore's Office

Dumbledore returned to his office and began to think on things.

'Should I have listened to Minerva when she told me about the Dursley's?'

'Should he have checked on Harry himself instead of setting the task to Mrs. Figg?'

The main thought that came to his mind was a big one to him since he worked around children all the time.

'Am I responsible for the abuse that happened to Harry Potter?'

In the end he decided that he wasn't responsible, but he was partly to blame. His meeting with Madam Bones wasn't until Monday, but he started going through ideas of what he could do to help Harry. He could never take what happened away, but he could try his best to make it up to him for his part in what happened. He owed Harry that much.

Author's Note: Small chapter, but I wanted to get this out there about Dumbledore. Please review, favorite and follow and thank you to all who have already done so.

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