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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Five: Teacher's Pet, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Five: Teacher's Pet, pt. 2
I can't believe I'm still on schedule!

Anyway, Teddy started classes, discovering that his mother's former boss teaches his father's former class (and is very awkward), he gets along shockingly well with two Slytherin boys and finds Potions easy so far, Hagrid can use a wand legally but still can't bake, the Marauder's Map is out of date, and a Hufflepuff girl is pretending to need more help than she actually does in Herbology.

Since I accidentally gave one of Bill and Fleur's daughters a male name (Hilaire), that daughter is now Aimee.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Teddy got two owls back on Wednesday morning--Granny (who reminded him to use his own wand, but had thankfully opted against sending a Howler) and Victoire, who told him that Fleur had finally put Marie's hair to rights and Aimee was teaching Artie the fine art of long distance spitting. For a brief moment, Teddy wished to be at Shell Cottage, swinging on the rope above the cliff and listening to Victoire go on about how, in France, all ropes were made of silk and no one ever fell from them. He shook it off. He'd known a letter from Uncle Harry might be a day or two more--he was busy, and Teddy guessed that he was thinking really carefully about what to say, and possibly asking Ron and Hermione what they thought. Teddy decided to wait until he'd at least got a response to his first letter before asking him about the Marauder's Map, though he supposed he'd have to think of an indirect way to talk about that.

After breakfast, Teddy had Charms for the first time. Flitwick examined each student's wand holding skills (he complained that Teddy didn't seem to wield his wand with any conviction), then worked with them on the simple Lumos spell, apparently to get a sense of how they connected to their magic. Laura Chapman was the first to master it completely, and she spent the rest of class entranced with the glowing wand. Tinny managed a huge flare of light which diminished to a pinpoint in only a few minutes. Roger Young, one of the Muggle-borns, was only able to get a brief fizzle, and Joe Palmer only got a shower of sparks, so Teddy didn't feel quite as bad about his own fully lackluster charm, though Flitwick seemed deeply disappointed by it.

His other two classes during the day (Astronomy was after dark) were with the Ravenclaws, the first classes he would take with them. Transfiguration turned out to be a disaster, as he couldn't begin to make the slightest change in the toothpick he was meant to make a needle. At least the new Transfiguration teacher had neither taught nor taken classes with either of his parents, or his godfather, and didn't seem to have any particular expectations of him. In History of Magic, Binns, it turned out, had no expectations of any student as he droned along about introductory history of the school and wizarding Britain, apparently annoyed that he'd been asked to come up with a curriculum that addressed more than the goblin wars he'd studied extensively in life.

He was just going through a recitation of the Founders' attributes when Geoffrey Phillips' hand went up.

Binns went on speaking.

"Excuse me," Geoffrey said importantly. "I have a question."

Binns stopped lecturing and looked at him, mildly surprised. "Yes?"

"So this stupid blood business that Slytherin liked in the middle ages is what you people had a war about in the bloody nineteen-nineties?"

"Yes," Binns said, delighted that Geoffrey had grasped this point. "Quite right. What was your question?"

"You do know the rest of the world has moved on a bit since then, don't you?"

Binns seemed not to understand.

To Teddy's surprise, it was Donzo McCormack--now looking more like a normal student, his hair cut shorter and his specs on (Teddy thought he might be trying for an acting role as "Hogwarts student, Donald M. Duke")--who said, "Has it? Things were a bit of a mess out there as well..."

"Oh, what do you know?"

"Just what I read," Donzo said, seeming surprised. "I've read things about Rwanda and Serbia..."

"Aberrations," Geoffrey said loftily, in a tone that made Teddy wonder if he knew what the word actually meant, or was just using it to show off knowing that it existed. "Of course, you don't mind all of this. You're a pure-blood, aren't you? It would have worked out for you either way."

"Put a sock in it, will you?" Lizzie Richardson said. "You're making all of us look bad."

"He's only using some odd thugs to make it sound like he and the rest of the pure-bloods are no worse than we are."

"A lot of pure-bloods died to stop Voldemort!" Connie Deverill said.

"Yeah? Good bloody riddance. I hope they're enjoying a barbecue with Hitler and the Tsar." Geoffrey gave a nasty sort of smile.

"Enough!" Binns declared, looking more distraught than Teddy had ever imagined Moaning Myrtle. "This is not the material we are studying."

"'Course it isn't," Geoffrey muttered under his breath.

Teddy thought of his grandmother, who had lost everything, of Fred Weasley, of Uncle Harry's father, of Molly Weasley's brothers, and most of all, of the two photographs on Granny's wall--the Black brothers, the last of their line, the end of a great House, dying to bring down Voldemort. It was probably a good thing his wand wasn't working particularly well (or that he hadn't quite got the hang of it after only a few days, he supposed), as Binns didn't notice Geoffrey scratching a rash under his ear, but certainly would have noticed the spiny tentacles Teddy had meant to give him.

Astronomy was a more satisfactory class, taken with the Hufflepuffs. Teddy shared a star chart with Roger Young, who turned out to have spent most of his first eleven years in and out of Muggle museums and promised to take Teddy to a something called a "planetarium" if he came to visit over holidays. Roger was also fascinated by birds of all sorts, and wondered if Teddy could introduce him to Hagrid, who he thought might know of some interesting magical ones.

He got back late to his dormitory, which seemed larger and emptier than it had before his crowded day. Checkmate, who'd been left to her own devices, required a great deal of attention, so sleep wasn't really possible. He got out several of her new toys and set them rolling by the wand instructions on the packages (he was pleased that even his weak wand and three-day-old magic experience seemed to be enough to set off their pre-packaged charms), and sat on his bed to watch her bouncing happily around, leaping several feet into the air, and bounding from one side of the room to the other before she finally leaped onto the bed and curled up, purring, under his left knee. Teddy scratched between her ears then, trying not to disturb her too much, hooked his book bag over and pulled out his homework. The Marauder's Map slid off the top of pile of books.

He looked at it curiously, and unfolded it for the third time. Instead of telling it that he was up to no good, he tapped it with his wand and said, "Reparo."

Nothing happened, which was hardly surprising, as this spell wasn't meant for anyone under third year.

He tapped his wand on it absently. "Come on," he said. "Tell me how to fix you." Then, without knowing why he added it, he hesitantly said, "I'm Teddy Lupin," and repeated, "Tell me how to fix you."

Ink appeared on the parchment, not drawing the castle this time, not placing dots where people began. Instead, writing began to scroll across the map.

Mr. Wormtail greets Mr. Lupin, and wonders what's taking him so long.

Teddy blinked. Another line, in another hand, appeared.

Mr. Prongs wonders how Mr. Lupin got to be quite so slow, with a name like that.


Mr. Padfoot wishes to express his amazement to Mr. Moony that such a person as Mr. Lupin is here to ask such a question.

Teddy blinked. There was only one left. He wasn't sure, given the tone, that he wanted it, but he had no idea how to stop it now that it was started. His father's hand appeared.

Mr. Moony is astonished that young Mr. Lupin hasn't been given the wherewithal to answer his own question, and certainly hopes he has better ways to ask, as he will certainly have been raised with better manners.

Teddy frowned, looking at the pseudo-formality of the statements. He shrugged and pointed his wand at it again.

"Mr. Teddy Remus Lupin requests the honor of learning the secrets of updating the Marauder's Map, so he might find his way around the school without running into new walls."

The four sentences disappeared, and the map went blank. Teddy was about to put it away when "Prongs"'s handwriting appeared again, in the middle of the parchment.

What binds is bound to the bonded. The bonded may bind more.

Teddy stared at this for a long time, then muttered, "Thank you, Mr. Potter. That clears it all up."

The line disappeared, and the map was blank again. Teddy stowed it back in his bag, and settled in to do his Transfiguration homework, thinking longingly of his mother's wand, which worked so well for him that it had nearly killed him with flying rocks, but knowing that, one way or another, Granny would find out. And besides, she might be right. Surrounded by ghosts and inscrutable messages from long-dead teenage boys, he was beginning to think it was time to move on.
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alkari From: alkari Date: August 6th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! I like this - the idea that MWPP left instructions for updating the Map. And that the instructions were suitably cruptic.

LOL at Remus's response about the manners, and Teddy's 'revised' wording of the question.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, he picks up the rules pretty quickly--don't order the Marauders around unless you want to get insulted, but if you ask nicely, they'll... tell you riddles instead!
From: sleepingfingers Date: August 6th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Surrounded by ghosts and inscrutable messages from long-dead teenage boys, he was beginning to think it was time to move on.

I like that line very much, although I do wonder whether Teddy will actually do so.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 6th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
That was an outstanding line at the end, Fern. Great job once again.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: August 6th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
ARGH, it's not fair that he should have to use the crap wand. I want him to talk to Neville about wand trouble! Neville would let him test the others in a secure way....
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Neville will definitely talk to someone about Teddy's wand before the end.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 6th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I found the point you raised with Geoffrey Phillips very interesting - that prejudice can work both ways, and Muggle-borns could indeed be quite hostile to pure-bloods in return. And that prejudice against a whole group of people based on a small sample is a nasty thing whichever way it runs. That point really rang out through your History of Magic lesson.

Interesting note to end, on that map. What binds is bound to the bonded. The bonded may bind more. Nice mystery to think about!
From: ethnotechno Date: August 6th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
This is definitely a great plotline. I have always wondered how Muggleborns would react to ending up in Hogwarts. Not all of them would be so accepting of magic (and its associated history and other knowledge) like Hermione was.

I'm guessing that in usual years, the Muggleborns get well-distributed in the Houses, and their wizard-born friends help them break in. In this particular year, with a disproportionately large Muggleborn population, I think it would be a problem, and you seem to be covering that extremely well!
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
The parts of their minds in the map are eternally young and don't really comprehend mortality, imho. So, yes... it would definitely be hard to get the point across.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
What is Geoffrey's problem? At first, I thought he was having new-kid jitters that he dealt with by despising everything that was strange rather than admit it was frightening. Now, I just want to tell him to get a life. Actually, I just wanted to say, "So, it's OK to hate people because of a group you think they belong to so long as nobody does it to you?"

I liked the "spitting at a distance." That's what older siblings are for.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
What is Geoffrey's problem?

He's just agitating for the Revolution, man. And yes, he badly needs to get a life. So did Tom Riddle. They're about 360 degrees away from each other.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 6th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh- I love what you're doing with the map. I always thought that it was underutilized in canon - its ability to respond to Snape hinted that it could be more than just a really cool plot device, but JKR never followed up on it.

I'm going to take a stab at James's riddle - the marauders are "the bonded," and the enchantments (what binds) are somehow specific to them. The marauders can in turn "bind" more people to the secrets of the map, but only if those who wish to use it prove themselves worthy.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I know, that map!... It's brilliant. It seems to have a kind of magic related to the Sorting Hat's, where people long gone have actually imbued it with their personalities, but rather than giving it one of its own, it just carries all four of them, as if the Hat had the Founders arguing over each student.

Your stab is pretty close.
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lacontessamala From: lacontessamala Date: August 6th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't wait to see what kind of magic Teddy will come up with when he uses his father's wand--not to mention his mother's wand. That had a weird overtone to it, made me think it was going to be something crazy if he tried to use it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I think if he puts as much energy behind his spells as he's needed to with the crap wand, he'll blow a hole in something!
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 6th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting, a discussion on blood and racism. I'm curious where this will lead.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure where it will lead in this particular story, but if I do future Teddy stories, I have a feeling it will end up feeling like a Riddle-at-Hogwarts fic.
trinaweena From: trinaweena Date: August 6th, 2007 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really loving this fic! I love what you're doing with the map, i too have always thought there was a lot of potential with the map that was underused in the books. Love the fic, and although I'm sad that you've put Stray on hold (I was getting into that), I'm loving this fic!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Stray is just too depressing with all of them dead. Safe will be better, since I'm going into it with my eyes open and not being hopeful anymore.
daisan From: daisan Date: August 6th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so loving that you're on schedule. I'm checking my LJ nightly for your updates!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm kind of enjoying being on schedule myself.
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: August 6th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful update, just before bedtime so I have something to dream about tonight!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to oblige!
cleindori From: cleindori Date: August 6th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Loving the daily updates! :)

Teddy interacting with the Map-Marauders made me all squishy. Especially Padfoot's line. I <3 the Marauder's Map -- even if I can't see where it keeps its brain!

Also, Geoffrey certainly is a loudmouthed opinionated little git, isn't he? Great that you've decided to make a point of showing that not all muggleborn students would be equally willing to jump right into the magical community --history, baggage and all-- with both feet.

Heehee, long-distance spitting. I believe all children should learn about that fine art at a young age.

Keep up the great storytelling (please ;) )!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I <3 the Marauder's Map -- even if I can't see where it keeps its brain!

Most lovable piece of parchment on the planet.

Great that you've decided to make a point of showing that not all muggleborn students would be equally willing to jump right into the magical community --history, baggage and all-- with both feet.

Also, that some of them are loud-mouthed, prejudiced, annoying gits. ;p
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: August 6th, 2007 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I just want to add to the map love - the map is amazing. Long live the map!!

Also, I really like where you seem to be going with the younger Weasley girls - Victoire at nine can be rather prissy and self-important, but Marie and Aimee sound like fun. :)
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: August 6th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh! And. As a first-time kitten owner (my house is currently being ruled by a couple of three and a half month old furry things), I have been quite enjoying your exquisitely accurate descriptions of Checkmate's day to day routines. :p
aimeesworld From: aimeesworld Date: August 6th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Long time lurker on your fics, think I've commented a couple of times before. I just wanted to say that you're doing a fantastic job with Teddy's story, he's a great character and I'm excited to find out what's going to happen to him.

(Also, one of the Weasley-Delacour girls has my name! Exciting.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 6th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
(Also, one of the Weasley-Delacour girls has my name! Exciting.)

At least until JKR decides to write the encyclopedia and names them all!

I'm enjoying writing Teddy. It's refreshingly normal.
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