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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Four: Chosen, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Four: Chosen, pt. 2
Another oops in need of fixing--I had Madame Maxime ask to see Celia after the meeting, and she didn't do so. So, let's forget she mentioned it, shall we? I promise, I'll get to what she wanted to talk about.

Ahem.

That said, James's name has been chosen for the group that will go to Beauxbatons, as has Celia's, and (to my surprise) Scops Malfoy's. Most people are not thrilled about Scops, though James is welcoming, and his fellow Hufflepuff-with-a-DE-name, Abby Carrow, also seems to like him fine. In case you don't want to sift through the scene any time you want to check who's there from Hogwarts, here's the list:

Celia Dean (Gryffindor) sixth year
James Potter (Gryffindor) fourth year
Simon Frobisher (Gryffindor) fifth year
Electa Campbell (Gryffindor) seventh year
Abigail Carrow (Hufflepuff) seventh year
Darcy Lynch (Hufflepuff) sixth year
Scorpius Malfoy (Hufflepuff) third year
Edward Flourish (Ravenclaw) seventh year
Harry Norris (Ravenclaw) seventh year
Lydia Whiting (Ravenclaw) sixth year
Sybil Horowitz (Slytherin) fifth year
Horace Goyle (Slytherin) sixth year

Don't worry. So far, we only know James, Celia, and Scops, though one of Honoria's articles for the Charmer mentioned Darcy Lynch. I know, there are more Gryffindors than other houses, but probably not by as big a margin as there were Gryffindor entries for the poor Goblet to think about. You know half the house was like, "Oo, there's a chance to do something that could kill me under the right circumstances? Sign me up!"

Anyway, Robards--who is acting Headmaster, but still teaches DADA--is off to Durmstrang to observe their selection. When James goes to his DADA class, he finds Harry sitting at the desk.

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James smiled. "Professor Potter! You made it!"

"I did. And I am Professor Potter this time. Just for a year." He added, in a tone that implied he'd managed to pull off a great trick on the Ministry for his own benefit, "I'm taking a sabbatical year. I left Uncle Ron in charge." He waggled his eyebrows, again apparently believing that he'd managed to stick someone else with his unpleasant duties while he got away with a treat.

James shook his head. "I always suspected you were secretly ambitious."

More students came in, and Dad said, "See me after class for minute, James."

James nodded and went to his seat. Dad had come in to teach for a few days every year that he'd been at Hogwarts, so it wasn't entirely odd to treat him like a teacher. Especially considering he was, in James's humble opinion, quite a good one.

"Professor Robards said that he started you with basic curse recognition last week," Dad said. "Can anyone tell me where you left off?"

Hermione Vinton raised her hand, and Dad called on her. She blushed a little, then said, "We were looking at how to tell the difference between a Babbling Curse and, er... too much mead."

"Not always an easy distinction," Dad said. "Though it's generally harmless enough that you can wait until the next morning and see if it's cured itself."

Spots raised his hand. "Professor Potter?"

"Yes?"

"I was wondering--if it's so harmless, why is it called a curse? And some curses are dead useful, like the Reductor."

"That's a good question, Mr. Elbaz," Dad said. "There are quite good uses for the Blasting Curse as well, and defensive uses of a lot of curses. And there are quite a few curses out there that it's hard to argue are more serious than hexes, and even some charms. Does anyone know the answer?"

This discussion took up most of the class, and apparently had taken up time in a lot of journals and books as well, since Dad's first assignment was a three-foot essay on the different interpretations of curses, hexes, and jinxes.

"Should we talk about the Unforgivables?" Jemima Davis asked, then looked down at her desk and rested her hand on her textbook. "I, er... I know they're in this year's book, but if we're not going to talk about them--"

"We're going to talk about them when we reach them," Dad said. "I won't be demonstrating them. But those are an entirely different sort of curse--there's no debate about them to be had for this particular essay."

"Then they can't be used for good?" James asked idly.

Dad blinked, and James understood without being told that Dad had used the Curses in the war. "Er... sometimes they need to be. That doesn't make them any less terrible, or their nature any more debatable."

Class ended, and James went up to the desk. "Sorry I asked about... er..."

Dad waved it off. "It's a perfectly good question. Not one I care to go into in great detail, but quite fair." He smiled. "Class aside, I'd have told you I'd be here, but I honestly just got approval at six o'clock this morning. I knew I'd have you in my first class. Warn Al and Lily if you see them before I do."

"All right. What did you want to see me about?"

"I need a reason?"

"For seeing me before I head off to Transfiguration?"

"True." He opened his briefcase and pulled out a copy of the Prophet. "Your mum has an article on the Harpies game last week. She thought you'd like it. And Nana Weasley told me that you've terrified her by putting your name in the Goblet. Uncle George said he'll give you any wheezes you think will be useful--though I don't think you'll be able to use any if you're chosen, unless you Summon them. Which, for various reasons, I'm sure they'll have devised rules to prevent." He shrugged. "Uncle Bill will send you gold from your account for your trip, as Beauxbatons has several excursions a year, and Aunt Fleur says you must take Gabrielle's Potions class. Uncle Ron and Aunt Hermione promised to have your back, should you need them, and Uncle Percy wanted to know if you'll need anything from the French Ministry, as he has good connections there."

James blinked. "What... nothing from Uncle Charlie?"

"He wanted to send you his favorite dragon, but I didn't think Beauxbatons would allow it."

"Thanks, Dad." James glanced out into the corridor, where the movement of the students was starting to thin. "I should go. But... did anyone tell you about the picture of Cedric Diggory?"

Dad nodded. "The picture of a Hufflepuff Seeker's arm, at any rate. I'd guess someone just wrote his name on the picture and dropped it in, and the rest is our imagination."

"Is Mr. Diggory all right?"

"No." Dad took a deep breath. "You should get to your next class. We can talk later."

"All right." James headed for the door, then stopped and grinned. "This is great. I can call Teddy to teach me the Patronus Charm, and ask you anything I want, too."

The first wave of Dad's next class--the third year Ravenclaws--was starting to arrive, so James left for Transfiguration.

He had a bit of free time next, and decided, instead of writing a letter, to use the Gryffindor Floo to call Teddy at work. He'd never done so before, and wasn't sure how Teddy would take it, but he seemed perfectly fine with it.

"I'm in the middle of writing up an experiment," he said. "It's so dull I almost brought in Sir Ryan Brown and Jason Clay just to liven up the report."

"That's no way to preserve a secret identity," James said. He looked up curiously from Teddy's office Floo, but couldn't see much of the office, which seemed to be under an Obscuring Charm. "D'you mind if I come see you for a weekend?" he asked, and explained what he needed.

Teddy frowned. "There's no way to teach the Patronus Charm in a weekend, James. Last year, I was planning to fly in once a week and pretend to be visiting Roger. That's still what I'm planning to do for Al."

"Could you teach me the beginning, and then teach me how to teach myself the rest?"

Teddy thought about it. "We could try." He smiled. "Why don't you come for your birthday? We'll make a fuss before you head for France."

James agreed to this, and was going to settle into a bit of a conversation when something crashed in Teddy's office.

"Bloody Time Turners!" Teddy exclaimed. "I was trying to fix that cabinet. It's pointless." He shook his head and rolled his eyes. "I best get to it. Last time, I got stuck in about a hundred thirty second loops. I'll tell Victoire you're coming the weekend of your birthday. Mira will be glad to see her Uncle James again. She's missed you."

"She has?"

"Yes, she was talking to me about it at length last night." The Time Turner cabinet broke again, and Teddy made a rude gesture toward some unseen corner of his office, then said goodbye.

James pulled his head out of the fireplace and rocked back onto his heels. He was no longer alone in the Common Room. Celia had come in at some point in the conversation, and was sitting on one of the sofas with a letter in her hand. She kept making faces at it, so James asked, "What's that?"

"From Madame Maxime!" Celia said, waving it at him.

"What did she say? Is she anti-werewolf or something? Because she's half-giant, you know, and--"

Celia wrinkled her nose. "Not her." She sighed. "Here, have a look."

James took the letter. It was written in quite a beautiful hand, with dark ink on pale lavender paper with the Beauxbatons crest embossed on the top.

My dear Miss Dean, Madame Maxime had written, I hope you did not take the expression I must have had on my face last night too badly. Please understand that my thought was in the unpleasantness of explaining the situation to our governors, not at the thought of having you as a guest, which I'm quite sure will be delightful. I know your foster mother well, and M. Nathan Blondin has done a great deal of construction at my personal residence. I am on good terms with Père Alderman as well. All of them assure me that you are a lovely young lady, if a bit high-spirited at times.

But you must understand that Beauxbatons, having so recently been associated with a young woman who went on to serve Fenrir Greyback, has not been eager to receive lycanthropic students. The governors, I'm afraid, tried to argue with the Tournament committee about your participation. They were overruled, of course--the contract with the Goblet is binding, and they
cannot defy it. I fear they plan to notify parents and students of your presence on the grounds. Should they do so, I will remind them that I myself would not be considered trustworthy on such ridiculous grounds, and I flatter myself to think that this will make any parent reconsider immediate distrust. Nevertheless, you may find a less friendly side of Beauxbatons than I would want a visitor to see, and for this, I am sincerely sorry. I will do everything in my power to prevent such a thing.

You know well that arrangements will need to be made, but, on a lighter note, they may prove less cumbersome for you at Beauxbatons than they are at Hogwarts. After all, your Sanctuary is only a handful of miles beyond the palace. The very mountains of your home come to the edge of our grounds!

I have not had a lycanthropic student in the past. Please do tell me of any other needs you may have related to your condition. I will see to it that they are met.

Yours sincerely,
Olympe Maxime
Headmistress, Beauxbatons Academy


James sighed and handed it back. "Well, she'll try."

"Yeah. I guess I've sort of taken Hogwarts for granted. Can't wait to try for a job now." She gave a bitter sort of grimace.

"What do you want to do?"

"Don't know."

"You had Careers advice last year!"

"I said I wanted to be a Healer. I sort of made that up on the spot. I don't really know."

James smirked. "Then you might have bigger problem than lycanthropy when it comes to jobs."

"Yeah, right."

"Well, come on. You could become the first werewolf to win a major international wizarding competition."

"Yeah, right."

"What do you mean? You're certainly better for it than Horace Goyle!"

"I just mean that it's not exactly the sort of thing people would have talked about in the past. I'd put a good bit of gold on me not being the first, if I won."

"So, you will try to win..."

"If they pick me, it will be re-named the Uni-witch Tournament, because I'll leave the others so far behind." Celia grinned, then balled up the letter and tossed it in the fire. James sat with her and watched it burn.
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From: severely_lupine Date: August 31st, 2011 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't help imagining Harry starting class off by casually mentioning that his fourth-year teacher had been a Death Eater plotting to kill him, so he wasn't going to go by the example he'd had. Still, a little awkward about the Unforgivables there. Actually, I think demonstration might be the most effective way to teach at least two of those. And it's not like they actually kill anyone in the short term (aside from AK, of course).

I love the word from Percy. Oh, silly Percy.

I have to wonder how good Teddy will actually be at teaching James the Patronus charm. After all, Remus was considerably older and more experienced when he taught Harry, as was Harry when he taught Teddy. Teddy's still quite young, and not a natural teacher like Remus and Harry. And it is supposed to be a rather difficult charm (I mean, it took Harry quite a while to learn, and James only has a couple months).

Could the reference to time turners possibly have anything to do with how Teddy and James end up retrieving Regulus? Or is that a throwaway line?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2011 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy actually is a natural teacher--that's why people kept asking if he was going to teach, and he had to flatly lie and say he wasn't very good at it. He caught up everyone who was in status during DM. He just didn't want to "replace" Remus. (Or Tonks, which is why he didn't want to become an Auror, either.) The problem with teaching James may be that James is his unofficial little brother, and they're very likely to go off on weird tangents when they should be working.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2011 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
But Harry taught the Patronus charm to the DA and Teddy taught it to all of his friends once Harry had taught it to him, so I'm not doubtful over Teddy's ability to teach it, rather a bit surprised that Harry isn't bursting to teach James himself. Although I like to think that Harry feels there is something inherently Lupinish about teaching the charm and is happy to leave it to Teddy.
I am dying to see what James' patronus is, will it also be a stag or something else completely surprising? (I remember from a previous fic he said his Maurader name was Prongs). And I loved Madame Maxime's letter to Celia, and Celia's perfectly adolescent reaction.

Xine
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2011 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they're trading off--Lupin taught Harry, Harry taught Teddy, Teddy's teaching James and Al and Lily, and James will teach Teddy's kids.

James is convinced that he should be Prongs because he's James Potter. I'm not at all sure he's right.
From: severely_lupine Date: August 31st, 2011 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a good point.

Playing with what people's patronuses are is always fun. And it's interesting to see what different authors ideas of them are. (I'd like to know what JKR's word is on Remus's patronus. I invented a whole backstory for my fic wherein his patronus is a roadrunner. Completely random, but it amused me. But I'd like to know what it's meant to be from JKR's head, as well as what Tonks's original patronus was.)
malinbe From: malinbe Date: August 31st, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Harry had to learn the Patronus while battling a boggart-turned-Dementor and hearing his mother's cries before dying. Neither the DA members nor Teddy or James had to deal with that while trying to do the Charm. Not to mention that they have a lot more happy memories than Harry had at age thirteen. It makes sense that it would be easier when they don't have to deal with all those things.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that's probably an important distinction. I may be misremembering, but I think Harry said something of the sort to the DA.

That said, Lupin did tell him that it's immensely complex.

My thought on it is that, with all the use of Patronuses in the war, kids know a lot more about them, and it's one of those spells now that everyone really wants to learn. (Kind of the way some sports evolve after a particularly brilliant champion pulls off a spectacular move. When I was little triple jumps in figure-skating were terribly rare. Now they're required!)
From: severely_lupine Date: August 31st, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost wonder if Lupin overstated the difficulty so Harry wouldn't feel bad if he didn't learn it or if it took him a while. I don't know, that doesn't feel right, but maybe if Lupin was overly sensitive about not wanting to scare Harry off when he only just met him (again).
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
The free time was after Transfiguration. I forgot about them not having any free time before sixth year. Oh, well. We'll say he wasn't hungry and skipped part of lunch. ;p
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 31st, 2011 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Starnightmuse- so Harry's class.....

Well for one james jr is going to get quite a bit more help his dad did when he did it....
Nice mention of charlie and how he seems to always be missed in conversations....

Also laughed really loud at a girl namesaked hermione being the first to answer the question... Albeit less confidently than the original.....
And oh boy... The unforgivable curses..... What an awkard subject to bring up in harry potters class.
(in your mind did harry got into any trouble with the law over that? They are unforgivable after all even though i dont like imagening harry in azkaban....


Does james jr has ever has a fleshed out class with mcgonagall? Or he has a different transfiguration teacher now?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Starnightmuse- so Harry's class.....

McG's been retired for quite a long time. She only showed up in Teddy's 5th year because, by coincidence, she was there having her portrait painted when the Quarantine fell. The Transfiguration teacher is a man named Gardner.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: August 31st, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
as Beauxbatons has several excursions a year

Ooooh, you have loads of FUN STUFF in mind, don't you?

It must have been so weird for Harry when Hermione's hand went up in the air so immediatedly!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, you have loads of FUN STUFF in mind, don't you?

Don't know what I'm going to do with it, but when I looked up La Rosey and found out that they did all sorts of fun stuff on weekends, I had to add that to Beauxbatons.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: September 1st, 2011 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
*looks up the school*

*sighs*

*wishes she was a teenager again*

*remembers there is money involved on these things*

*sighs*

I had heard about it, but I had never looked it up before. Gosh, they really do fun stuff. Theatre trips to London! *sighs again*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 1st, 2011 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I know, right? Oh, to be rich and young with parents who want to ship you off to Switzerland.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 31st, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
While it would be fun if James followed in his father's footsteps and was selected as a champion, I think I'm rooting for Celia just because the dramatic potential is so rich.

Nice to see that glimpse of Teddy and hear that James would be having Patronus lessons soon. Between Teddy and Professor Potter, Remus Lupin's teaching legacy lives on.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 31st, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, the original plan was someone other than Celia, but I'm kind of thinking she makes the most sense dramatically, too.
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