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I swear, HP bunnies must be able to apparate because they keep ending up in other fandoms' bunny pens and crossbreeding. :P Finished this late last night and held on to it till I gave it a once-over at lunch today.

Let's see if anyone figures this crossover out before the last line gives it away.

Self-executing wills were rare.

They were time-consuming and difficult to compose (every condition had to be precisely and explicitly spelled out with careful attention to detail), magically draining (in addition to embedding the individual’s magical signature in the document, sufficient magic had to be stored to execute the will in future), and outrageously expensive to have witnessed and stored (both services offered solely by Gringott’s at the discretion of individual account managers).

On the other hand, self-executing wills were, quite literally, uncontestable and unbreakable, both in practice and by law. Their execution could not even be delayed; it began quite promptly within forty-eight hours of death (determined by the will itself). For those concerned about the prompt and accurate execution of their final wishes - guardianship of children, for instance - they provided true peace of mind.

James and Lily Potter were well aware of the danger in which they - and their friends, including their son’s godfather - lived. Before Harry was a month old, their joint self-executing will had been filed in absolute secrecy. They and the goblin witnesses were the only ones aware of its existence, let alone the conditions laid out within it.

That same group, with the addition of his godfather, were also the only ones aware that Harry had a godmother who was neither a friend from Hogwarts nor a relative. Instead, she was a free-spirited young single mother, met and befriended by Lily during a post-NEWTs trip to the Stonehenge Free Festival. Most people had assumed that the two lovely redheads were sisters and, by the end of the festival, they had proclaimed themselves “sisters in spirit”. They’d kept up a steady if somewhat irregular correspondence and had met up at the Festival again every year thereafter.

If anything were to happen to herself and James, Lily knew that her friend would be a wonderful guardian for Harry. She wasn’t part of the wizarding world but Lily was certain that she would greet its revelation with fascination rather than the fear and repulsion displayed by Lily’s own sister. Any accidental magic would almost certainly be praised, cherished, and kept well-concealed from any authorities. Also, although her friend occasionally visited the United Kingdom during her world travels, she was an American and spent most of her time in her home country. Harry would be safe - from the Death Eaters and from the meddling of both the Ministry and the Order - there.

Perhaps the other woman was a bit flighty (though James had been forced to admit that Sirius, his choice for godfather, wasn’t exactly a model of level-headed practicality either) but she was raising an intelligent, loving, open-minded son who was surprisingly mature for his age. Lily had faith that, if it became necessary, her friend would do an equally good job of raising Harry.

Besides, having a big brother like Blair should more than make up for any of Naomi Sandburg’s maternal shortcomings.

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