Chapter 2: Surprise Visitors

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"Oh, that reminds me, there was an article in this morning's Daily Prophet saying that all educational decrees made last year have been rescinded! "Hermione told them, "It says a ministry inquiry has been requested by Hogwarts board of governors wanting an investigation into how the decrees were placed into effect in the first place."

"Yeah, Dad said Fudge is getting a lot of criticism, especially now that everyone knows you were telling the truth about Volâ Volâ Voldemort." Ron said. Harry smiled that Ron was finally trying to say Voldemort's name.

"I wouldn't be surprised if the public calls for a new minister of magic. If he had listened in the beginning then maybe" Hermione trailed off.

"Maybe Sirius wouldn't have died." Harry finished, and when he saw Hermione's horrified expression he continued, "But maybe now we'll be able to get someone who will do good for the magic community, not just for himself. Besides, I'm not sure it wouldn't have happened anyway. Voldemort enjoys killing those that I love." Harry said looking down.

"Oi, Harry, with Umbridge gone you'll be able to play Quidditch again!" Ron yelled out unexpectedly.

"Ron!" Hermione scolded, "Don't you ever think about anything other than Quidditch?" as she shook her head, but she was thankful for the change of subject.

"What about Ginny? Won't she want to stay on as seeker, she was pretty good." Harry said bummed, he loved Quidditch but he wouldn't take the spot from Ginny.

"No, Ginny wants to try for chaser; she said so at the end of last year. So you can take your spot back and Ginny can stay on the team!" Hermione joined in, it was so like Harry to worry about other before himself.

"Excellent!" Harry said feeling happy for the first time in a long time. "Wow, it's great to see you guys!" He couldn't believe how great his day was turning out; the Dursleys gone for a day and his friends coming to visit.

"Harry, Ron, Hermione, lunch is ready!" Lupin yelled up the stairs. The trio went downstairs to see a table full of food.

"Wow, this look great," Harry said, "Dudley is still on his diet and I don't get anything good to eat."

"Well, I love cooking and I don't get to cook for such a large crowd very often." Mrs. Figg said as they all sat down and began to eat.

"Arabella this food is fantastic. "Lupin said as they ate, stuffing themselves with the food.

"Yeah, you should open a restaurant!" Ron said, "I thought my mum was a good cook, but this is fantastic!" Mrs. Figg blushed and looked down at her plate.

"Well I used to be a cook before I moved here to" she paused, "to retire."

"You mean before you moved here to watch over me and keep an eye on the muggles." Harry said as Lupin and Mrs. Figg looked stunned. "I figured it out as soon as I found out you were a squib" Harry told her with a smile. "I'm sorry you had to give up job." Harry told her thinking that here was another person whose life was messed up thanks to Voldemort.

"Now Harry, I was only a cook in a very bad muggle diner, nothing special. I had fun watching you grow up, especially since your powers surfaced. It was fun to watch your magic grow." Mrs. Figg said.

"So how had the summer been treating you Harry? Are you doing alright?" Lupin asked as lunch ended.

"Yeah, I'll be alright, it will just take time." Harry told him, "how are you doing, he was your friend too."

"It's tough Harry, some days are harder than others, but I'll be fine. We'll get through this together Harry," Remus said giving him a hug, "We're the only Marauder's left to carry on the tradition!" Remus was the only real Marauder left, but Harry made him feel that James was close by.

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