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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Ten: Reparo, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Ten: Reparo, pt. 1
Teddy's search for Marauder artifacts hits paydirt when he searches their old dormitory and finds, in a hiding spot between the inner and out walls of Gryffindor Tower, an apparently blank scroll. Realizing that they probably wouldn't have hidden a blank scroll, he points Remus's wand at it and said, "I solemnly swear..." The words "THE KEYS TO THE CASTLE" appear.

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The words remained on the page for a long time, then sank back into the parchment. Writing began to scroll across it, in different hands, some on top of one another, in crazy, cock-eyed angles. It looked like a tangle of graffiti on a wall for a moment, then the mad jumble started to organize itself, different hands gathering together, all of the notes turning upright, sailing to the corners of the scroll, forming somewhat neater lists. There weren't enough words to account for everything Teddy had seen flash by, and he guessed that all of it was layered inside.

He shook his head, trying to remind himself that the boys who had made this had only been a few years older than he was.

The top left corner was in his father's hand, and it was labeled "Moony's Charms." The list beneath it was mostly Latin incantations having to do with appearance and detection. Teddy wasn't altogether sure what any of them would do precisely, but if he had to guess, he was looking at the charms that made the map appear and disappear... and updated it. He would need to look up the Latin to find out for certain, but it felt right.

In the upper right corner, "Prongs's Charms" were almost entirely in English, and Teddy realized with a start that James Potter must have actually invented most of them. They were simple and to the point--"Identify," "True Name," "Conjure mark"--but Teddy couldn't begin to understand the magic that had to have gone into making them work. He marveled at this, looking at the Map itself, and feeling slow and stupid in comparison. James Potter's spells, still working, found and identified everyone on the Hogwarts grounds. How could it find and name people born long after the original spell-caster died? But there he was himself, a dot on the fifth floor of Gryffindor Tower, labeled "Ted Lupin." Not Edward or Theodore, not even Teddy, which he always used, but Ted, just as it was on his birth scroll. And there were all of the other students, spread out through the school, some of the them the children of children who hadn't been born yet when the Map was new. (Teddy supposed he qualified for this as well--Mum would have only been a baby, no bigger than Hugo and Lily--but he guessed the Map would think of him as his father's son, as much as maps could think.)

The lower left corner was taken up by "Padfoot's Protections," mostly in French for some reason. Teddy barely spoke enough to get the essence of them (and most of that, he picked up from the Latin Granny'd had him study carefully at home), but he guessed that he was looking at the spells that were responsible for the impenetrable walls that had gone up around the Map. He wondered if Sirius Black had picked up some of the security spells at Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place, and cheerfully re-applied them here. The final list was "Wormtail's Secrets." It was in a mix of languages, including what Teddy thought were ancient runes, and the few that he could decipher seemed to be about finding things... apparently, it had been Wormtail's spell that found their lost items. Teddy wasn't entirely sure how he felt about that.

Tentatively, he touched the spell that he thought would update the Map. In the center of the parchment, between the lists, his father's handwriting scrawled out a complicated sort of spell with a Latin incantation--Reficio--along with some theory that Teddy didn't understand, and an absolute condition (this had been inserted in Sirius's hand) that the person using the spell must "Pass 'Identify.'" In large, block letters beneath it, it said, "PURVEYORS' USE ONLY."

Teddy's heart sank--the Map did identify him... as "Ted Lupin." Distinctly not one of the Purveyors of Magical Mischief, no matter whose wand he was using.

"Oh, come on, Dad," he said. "Give me a hint."

He hadn't really expected a response and didn't get one.

Ten minutes later, the portrait hole opened and the Gryffindors poured through it, jubilant at their first win of the Quidditch season. An elated older boy swept into Teddy's dormitory and grabbed him, saying he didn't care who was at the match, everyone was to be at the party.

The party lasted until dinner time, and Teddy put all thoughts of the Map out of his head. A seventh-year girl who was the team's new captain, Chandi Patil, had got a holiday-in-a-box from Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes for her birthday, and she turned the Common Room into a dance club for three hours, complete with wandering fireworks and a band (the band was strictly an illusion, and played popular music straight from recordings Teddy had heard on Wizarding Wireless, but it was a good bit of magic nonetheless). Food was nicked from the kitchens, though it didn't seem right to call it "nicking" when Winky brought it herself and was asked to dance by Elliott March, who the girls all seemed to think very good-looking. Teddy asked Ruthless to dance, but she said she only danced alone (and when he saw her, he could see why, as she looked a bit dangerous to be close to), so instead, he danced with one of her dormitory mates and then with Chandi herself, who had decided to celebrate the victory by dancing with every boy in Gryffindor. Somehow, Teddy ended up morphing for the amusement of the rest of his House, each of them in turn saying, "Oh, can you do my face, Teddy?" He was a little tired of it by the end, but he still felt warm and good when they all went down to dinner together, and happily re-did his hair in scarlet and gold for the occasion.

Professor Longbottom came by the table, telling them with deep sincerity that they should comport themselves with dignity and good sportsmanship, though this was largely drowned out by the lion roaring from his hat. "Chandi gets it now," one of the older boys told Teddy as Longbottom, indeed, put it on Chandi's head. "Longbottom got it from some friend when he became Head of House, and now the captain always wears it after the first win."

The lion roared; the Gryffindors cheered it.

During pudding, Frankie came by, breaking his yellow and black rule in honor of the occasion by wearing a Gryffindor rosette. "Good game," he said. "Kind of thought you'd be there."

"I think I might go to the next one," Teddy said. "I don't usually like Quidditch but--"

"Right, it's not about Quidditch." Frankie smiled. "We're all meeting in the library tomorrow to... study." He flashed a piece of parchment that said, "Slipping outside." "We'll be there around eleven."

Teddy nodded, and Frankie ceremoniously gave him back to the Gryffindors.

The next morning, Gryffindor Tower was given to furious work, as no one had touched an assignment all day Saturday. The roaring hat was given back to Professor Longbottom, as it was distracting everyone. Teddy got up as early as he could and finished all but his Potions homework for Slughorn, then went to the library an hour before he was supposed to meet Frankie. He went to the desk and asked Madam Pince for dictionaries in French and Latin, and if she happened to know of any spells which would identify a language so he could translate it properly. To his surprise, she got him the books without comment, though she said there was no truly reliable spell for language identification. "If you've a sample of the text you mean to translate," she offered, "I'm familiar with several myself."

He smiled uncertainly, never having heard of Madam Pince being generous, but said, "I'll have a go at the French and Latin first."

Her mouth grew tight and sour again, and she waved him off with no further comment.

Teddy started with his father's spells in Latin, but most of the ones he needed referred him to other spells, including James Potter's complex English ones and several of the protective ones from Sirius. There was no chance of him understanding Potter's, so he tried translating Sirius's spells--Je lie ceci, "I bind this"--seemed to be the one that was most often in his way; it was definitely the spell that kept anyone other than the Marauders from changing the map. But "Prongs's" riddle had suggested that they could also "bind more"--that new people could be added. Teddy wondered briefly if they'd always meant to pass it to their sons, but he guessed they really meant to give it to another group of students after they left school. He doubted any of them were exactly thinking about sons who wouldn't be born for years. They hadn't been anyone's fathers then, he reminded himself. They were just like him--students at Hogwarts.

Really smart students at Hogwarts.

He ground his teeth and tried to translate backwards, to find the spell that would bind him in, but he got lost in a nest of security spells that he couldn't make kettles or cauldrons of. Frustrated, he cleared the scroll and put it into his bag. He pulled out his Potions book. It caught on something solid, and before he recognized it, his ink bottle was tumbling out. It crashed to the marble floor and shattered.

"Tergeo," someone said, and Teddy looked up to see Frankie, who was pointing his wand at the spreading pool of ink. It disappeared. He shifted focus to the bottle and said, "Reparo." The shards flew back together, and Frankie gave a delighted grin. "Just learned that one," he said. "I've been practicing. Do you have anything else that's broken?"

"Sorry, no." Teddy looked around. "There's a crack in the window, though." He pointed at one of the narrow panes.

Frankie looked at this with great delight and repaired it with a flick of his wand and a firmly pronounced incantation. "They must not have noticed it yet," he said, then sat down beside Teddy. "We're going to have a jaunt out in the forest before curfew," he said. "We're allowed outside then..."

"Not in the Forest."

"It's such a shame that it's so easy to take a wrong turn." Frankie grinned. "Come on. The others are waiting over by the creature shelves."
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petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 19th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that Luna gave Neville his hat! *pats own lion hat lovingly* That's a great tradition they have.

Hee, Ruthless dancing. I imagine it's something like Fred and Angelina at the Yule Ball?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I imagine it's something like Fred and Angelina at the Yule Ball?

Except possibly with malice aforethought in some cases... ;p
nekkyo_chan From: nekkyo_chan Date: August 19th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is all so interesting. I love the way the spells are in all different languages; for some reason Sirius doing his spells in French amuses me greatly.
Should I recognize the lion hat? I feel like I should.
hymnia From: hymnia Date: August 20th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Luna made it to wear to the Gryffindor vs. Slytherin match in OotP.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 20th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)


Another compulsively readable installment! I'm still fascinated by the way the map and its supplement shows the complementary strengths of all the Marauders, even Wormtail. The differences in language each used was also intriguing--especially Sirius's use of French. But then, that makes sense in light of his family motto being "Toujours Pur." Awesome that James actually invented spells--book canobn gives Harry's father a little less than his due, in my opinion, when he and Sirius were arguably the best of their year.

Love the little detail about Luna giving Neville her lion hat.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Oddly, despite Remus's death, the short-shrifting of James is the thing I'm most irritated with about DH. Remus's death grieves me deeply, but the brush off of James... that irked. A lot. Not so much in the "Rowling screwed up" way as in the "I think she doesn't really know what goes on in fandom way," because I have the impression that she thinks it's perfectly obvious that James was a good guy and very smart and brilliant, and she just needed to shore up Snape's back story and maybe poke a few holes so we don't see James as practically perfect in every way.
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ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: August 20th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
James, Remus, Sirius and Peter have impressed me more than they already have. It's quite an accomplishment with what they did with that map. All those layers of magic. James inventing his own spells is truely impressive and foils him with Snape. They all were brilliant. To think their entire generation was basically wiped out due to war. It really magnifies what happened Voldemort took away those gifted minds with his quest -- *shakes head* It's sad. *has a moment of silence*

The hat's a nice touch, shows the friendship between the hextet. There are just somethings you go through that you can't help become friends with those around you.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hell, I'd even grieve Voldemort's completely wasted mind, even though he did it to himself. He stole himself from history as well as everyone else.
prettyfoot From: prettyfoot Date: August 20th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved that Luna's hat made a little cameo. Adorable.

I've never really given any thought to the complexity of the Map, but this story has really made me realize that the Marauders were really smarter than they are given credit for. I'm glad that Teddy gets to know his father a little, even if it is posthumous.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Too little and too late, but if it's all he gets, I'll give it to him. No one should have to lead a Remus-less life.
1voice From: 1voice Date: August 20th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, Ruthless reminds me so much of myself it's not even funny. Last time I tried to dance, I ran into a television. I am sure Ruthless's dancing would have similiar results (though, maybe not a television, probably a cauldron or something?).

Yeah for amazingly smart Marauders! Obviously they were quite talented, even Peter. I guess they never gave him much credit, though he did manage to kill all those Muggles...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
maybe not a television, probably a cauldron or something?

Or a third year boy...
matril From: matril Date: August 20th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I actually get to read the post on the day it's posted, before I've gone to bed! ;) I really like what you're doing with the Marauders Map; it's a great way for Teddy to connect with his father's past, with a little less danger of him going the way of Harry and the Mirror of Erised. It's also a nice way to give a mystery for him to be working out, much the same as all the mysteries Harry was faced with, but without the mortal peril. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I think at this point, Teddy's almost playing a game with the Marauders, which is a lot healthier than just staring at them like (if James will excuse it) a deer in the headlights. He's finding the living past instead of wishing for the dead past.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 20th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's exploration of the map is really captivating. I just love how you've come up with a working system for the whole thing! It just emphasises the brilliance of the Marauders so well.

I loved the breakdown of the spells into who came up with what. And how all the little details fit Remus, James, Sirius, and Peter's personalities.

I loved the appearance of Luna's hat! Great tradition!

I hope you don't mind a few tiny nitpicks:

then the made jumble started to organize itself,

'the mad jumble'?

And: Latin incantations having to do with appearance and and detection. (Double 'and' in the sentence.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Definitely need the nitpicks; I'll catch those, as spellcheck wouldn't!
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 20th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Luna's legacy!

Love it!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Gotta represent for Luna. She rocks.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I just had a thought - didn't Harry leave a certain stone in the forest at the end of TDH? A stone that might be particularly tempting to Teddy?

I hope Teddy confides in Ruth and Frankie soon - part of the reason the marauders' were capable of complex magic like the map is because they worked together.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's not going to find out about the Resurrection Stone per se, because he's in no way ready to handle that level of temptation, but it is about to come into play obliquely, and hopefully Harry will decide that it needs a little more protection than "I dropped it somewhere, I'm not sure where." Of course, this is the same guy who decided to break the power of the Elder Wand by dying a natural death, then proceeded to become an Auror, facing dark wizards every day, so, erm, yeah.

Teddy will eventually share the Map, but I realized while I was writing this that neither Frankie nor Ruthless will be the first person in his generation with whom he'll share it.
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kacates From: kacates Date: August 20th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Madame Pince...grrr. As a librarian myself, just once I'd like to see her, you know, actually be helpful to students. As she kind of is, here.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, he asked her a legitimate reference question, and she answered it, and even offered to help with the more complex part of it.

And yes, as a librarian... eep. That is a woman who should have stayed in tech services, carefully cataloging things and never, ever dealing with the public.
gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: August 20th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
In the upper right corner, "Prongs's Charms" were almost entirely in English, and Teddy realized with a start that James Potter must have actually invented most of them.

I like this nod to James' reported intelligence. I think all the Snape love has obliterated the fact that James was a pretty incredible guy, the one who actually earned Lily's love in the end -- I wish we had more positive canon on him to go on.

The lower left corner was taken up by "Padfoot's Protections," mostly in French for some reason.

Dare I hope Victoire will contribute to the translation come Christmas? Probably won't need it by then, I suppose.

You posted early tonight, you must be rolling (or is it just that it's the weekend?).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
It's just that it's the weekend and I was bored. :)

And yes, give us more James! Give us the James Lily loved! The little bit with the colored smoke for Harry was great, but not nearly enough, given the fact that we've only seen him directly through Snape's whiny eyes.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 20th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice start to what promises to be another great chapter! I have to agree with all of the "for want of James" talk. He must have been pretty awesome, Sirius too (even though they knew/flaunted it in school). I mean he was popular right?

Hmm, if Ted succeeds in "binding" himself to the map, i wonder what his Marauder nickname will be...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
i wonder what his Marauder nickname will be...

Oddly, that's the thing that's really holding me up. They all got named for their animals. I know what Teddy would be if he were an Animagus--a hawk, don't ask me why I think that, I have no idea where it came from--but he's not yet (if he ever learns it) and has no reason to think it.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 20th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
The inner workings of the Marauders Map is fascinating. Keep up the good work, Fern.

Love Luna's hat!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Luna rules at accessorizing. :)
trinaweena From: trinaweena Date: August 20th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I love what you've done with the map and MWPP. I really like how you don't focus on just how smart James and Sirius were, but how smart they all were and how they all contributed to make the map!

I'd love to see what you would do with writing a Marauder Era fic!

Loving the fic, keep up the phenomenal work!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 20th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I've done a little Marauder era fic--"Gone," "The Circle," "Marauders of the Round Table," a few others--but not much for some reason. I do love the boys, though.
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