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Personal canon meme - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Personal canon meme
Snagged from mctabby

1. Take your OTP
2. List your personal canon for those characters. So the stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with the books, but in your head is irrefutably what would have happened.

Since I've written a lot on my OTP already, I'll follow mctabby's variation of just listing personal canon in general.

  1. Mrs. Black committed suicide. This is the story I can't seem to get the form for, but it's what's alluded to in "Azaleas" and mentioned briefly in Shifts--Sirius found her with her ceremonial dagger on her lap in "Azaleas," and she had, in fact, used it to bleed herself in a dark spell that binds her to the house.

  2. Tonks is conventionally religious. She doesn't go to church every week or anything, but she believes, in a perfectly content sort of way, and is untroubled by questions of how God lets there be evil, or any of the usual things that bother people. I think I just like this because it would mess with people to think of the little punk-y girl being in choir as a child.

  3. On that theme, Rowena Ravenclaw was a nun. It would make sense given the Founders' era and her love for learning; the convent was a place a girl could do that, and since it was, by definition, pre-Hogwarts, it might have been the only place she could, especially if she was Muggle-born. She was taught by a wizard monk who refused to use magic (except in teaching her) because he thought it would tempt him to sloth.

  4. Hufflepuff was the oldest founder, and Gryffindor was the youngest. She was his tutor. Gryffindor made friends with Slytherin, a foreign boy a bit older than he was who people feared, as, as a child, he'd been brought with the Norman invasion and was considered a major source of their power, and Ravenclaw was a famed teacher by this time, and Gryffindor decided it would be easier if they were all in one place.

  5. Gryffindor was a half-blood. I just like this, no reason. The sword was an heirloom from his father, who was a Muggle noble.

  6. The Order of Merlin was once more than an honorary title. It dates back to the time of the actual Merlin, and was once a secret society rather like the Order of the Phoenix. It still operates, unbeknownst to the ministry--the head of the real Order of Merlin speaks directly to the Queen and advises her on magical affairs, just as Merlin advised Arthur. This, of course, doesn't do much good as the politics have changed a bit, but hey, it's there.

  7. The Potters lost a lot of the family in the Grindelwald War. This explains the intense hatred for the dark arts that James apparently displayed--he was raised on it.

  8. Lily was an Auror; James had no job other than the Order. James has family money and is used to it; Lily is middle class (probably) and would see work as simply something that she was supposed to do, regardless of financial circumstances.

  9. Neville and Harry had a shared first birthday party, and Neville has pictures. But he doesn't bother showing Harry, because he thinks Harry wouldn't be interested. Tonks was there as a small child, but only remembers it vaguely and doesn't realize that it was Neville and Harry.

I guess that's enough!
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maidenjedi From: maidenjedi Date: January 29th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like your Order of Merlin idea. That could be a lot of fun, too, if applied in various monarchial circumstances (Elizabeth I getting advice, for instance, or Victoria).
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: January 29th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the first birthday party idea... it is really cute.
sugarannie From: sugarannie Date: January 29th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, these are all interesting ideas!
Especially the ones about the founders are intriguing... Rowena as a nun? Fascinating concept.
And I now hope that someone will draw the photos from the shared birthday party:)
shiiki From: shiiki Date: January 29th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I like your ideas on the Founders. It's cool that you've given them so much thought!
miseri From: miseri Date: January 29th, 2007 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh ... I once came up with a different take on the Founders:

Gryffindor was old, wise, and cowardly: the brains behind the operation, while the others provided the backbone. So a lot of everything about Hogwarts was his idea. Being a bit of a weak-willed coward, though, it was not until he teamed up with the others that he could do anything about his dreams. Also, he was fascinated by tales of courage, and reasoned that, as this was the one thing he could not teach, it would be best if he chose those students who already knew all about it.

Ravenclaw was drawn along similar lines: hardworking and persevering, but not too bright. She found teaching difficult, so she wanted students who were smart enough to see through her confusion to whatever point she was trying to make, and curious enough to investigate for themselves when she could not explain something to them.

Slytherin was a noble, honour-bound knight-errant who had spent all his life wandering the world doing good but now had nothing to show for it. He was dissatisfied with his life, and when asked what he wanted in his students, he very thoughtlessly just asked that they have the wit to achieve tangible success. (Gryffindor's sword was actually a present from Slytherin.)

Hufflepuff was the ambitious, manipulative one. She wanted students who would be blindly loyal to her and tirelessly hardworking, with the idea that she could turn them into minions for world domination or somesuch. She was also muggle-born, which, coupled with her nature, led Slytherin to suspect that she had not actually been born with magic, but had bargained with infernal powers for it. (This later grew into a suspicion of all muggle-borns.)

Hufflepuff had already gained Ravenclaw's loyalty by the time Slytherin decided to take a stand against her, and Gryffindor was too afraid of her to go against her. This left Slytherin alone against the other three, and he eventually just left. In his absence, Gryffindor and Ravenclaw conferred in secret about what to do about Hufflepuff's ambitions, and ended up by saddling Hufflepuff with the Fat Friar as a kind of moral compass for her students, to prevent them from turning to evil.
ncp From: ncp Date: January 29th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is why I don't write fic... I could never in a million years come up with anything this brilliant.
verdenia From: verdenia Date: February 1st, 2007 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. That is a great way of inside-outing the whole Founders' shtick.

*is impressed*
olympe_maxime From: olympe_maxime Date: January 29th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh, the last one! The last one! Will you write it? Because it's an awesome idea...

marissa_214 From: marissa_214 Date: January 29th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, I love all these! I would love to see some of this stuff about the founders written up.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 29th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course, the problem with fanfic ideas when the author is still writing is, sometimes, your idea gets blown out of the water. I had a nice, detailed idea on how Mrs. LeStrange (whose first name and maiden name we didn't have in book 5) was really Snape's older sister. I'd worked out a nice, little sibling rivalry for them when, bam! she turned out to be Sirius' cousin and Narcissa's older sister.

Oh, well. Her attitude towards Draco was at least more or less what I thought her attitude towards a younger brother would be.

I was also reading a fanfic the other day that was fairly good, it just flew in the face of some ideas I have about Petunia. I kept thinking, "No, that's wrong."

Er, I should mention, I see Petunia's one, definite virtue as that she will fight to keep Harry safe under her roof so long as the protection lasts and that she'll stand up to Vernon to do this. That far, I think there's canon to back me. I also think, if push came to shove, she'd fight Vernon tooth and nail for Harry's safety. That last part is definitely me. She's given in to Vernon on a number of things (staying on a rock in the middle of the ocean rather than answer a letter), and I don't know that this is the one line she wouldn't cross.

verdenia From: verdenia Date: February 1st, 2007 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Aww. I Love the first birthday idea!

It makes me sad to think that Neville would believe Harry uninterested, though. ;S

7 & 8 make a lot of sense, and I enjoy the other ideas, too. ;P
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