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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 10: Enemies, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 10: Enemies, pt. 1
Teddy's adolescent romantic hijinks are interrupted by a less-than-love-note from Greyback, and he, Ruthless, and Victoire are sent off to Gryffindor Tower for the day, until Harry decides they're safe. Victoire is disappointed--well, Veela-angry, actually--to find out that Teddy is going out with Ruthless. She throws a dungbomb at him, and later attacks him with another Weasley product, and now is just not speaking to him. Meanwhile, Vivian has gone to France and learned of a new addition to Greyback's pack, a brilliant Beauxbatons student who idolized Greyback and got herself bitten on purpose in order to work for the cause. It is she who's making it possible for the werewolves to travel, despite their lack of magical education, in magical ways, making it further possible for them to be just about anywhere. Vivian's opinion is that she will not be allowed on the occasional terror parties that he'll send out, as those parties risk capture. Harry has told Teddy to bring the Marauder's Map and the Keys to the Castle to their next Patronus lesson.

Chapter 8 of Forest Guard is up at SQ, with only minor fixes (like taking out Madam Rosmerta, since I decided later on that she's a ghost).

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




"Hermione and Ron and I have been looking at Mad-Eye Moody's Foe Glass," Uncle Harry said as they made the laborious trek through the Willow tunnel. "Did I ever tell you about it?"

"That's the mirror that shows your enemies, right? And when you can see their faces, they're almost there?"

"Exactly. Neville found it in a root cellar--no idea how it got there--and gave it to Ron and me for the Auror department. It's mostly a curiosity, really. You can't very well carry it around with you. But it occurred to me that, if we could figure out how the magic worked, I could use it someplace more practical. Hermione's really been the one trying to break it down all year, though I haven't told her exactly what I had in mind. I'm sure she guesses, but the Map's yours." He reached the open space under the trapdoor and pulled himself up, smiling. "So of course, I'm planning to add a few spells to it and haven't even asked."

Teddy grabbed the floor of the Shrieking Shack and hauled himself up into the living room. "You're bound to it, too," he said. "You can use it."

"Well, you're the one who's going to be using it," Uncle Harry said. "I'm just going to work a new little trick into it. The spells on the mirror work for whoever is possessing it, so I think I can only tie them to the bound part of the Map."

"Victoire says that only the map-master should be bound and use Dad's wand. I was going to try and write a spell for that. Do you think I shouldn't?"

"No, it makes sense. I don't know how many ties the Map can take; it may make sense to keep it severely limited." He indicated a chair. "Let's see what we can make of it."

Teddy opened the Map with Dad's wand, bringing up the Marauder's inside view, with their totems at the compass points. The castle spread out, the dots appeared. The first year dormitories all looked like beehives. He got out the Keys to the Castle next and opened it with the Map's incantation--"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good"--and lines of handwriting scrawled across it, too fast to read, swirling down into the parchment, hiding themselves, finally leaving five short lists. The original four were from the Marauders themselves, the initial spells that made the Map work. The fifth, added in the center of the left side of the page, was titled "Potter's Proddings," and really only included the spell that tethered Dad's wand to the Map so far. That had been Teddy's idea for a spell, but it had been done over the summer, so it was Uncle Harry's magical work. Teddy imagined that someday, he'd have his own section, if he could think of any good new tricks.

"What I want it to do," Uncle Harry said, tapping his father's list of spells, which included most of the magic that identified people, "is be able to recognize enemies of the... what did you say Victoire called it? The Map-Master?" He grinned. "I like it. It has a good Marauder-ring to it. Sounds like it ought to be in a pirate novel."

Teddy thought of Tirza's pirates in To the End of the Earth and laughed, but didn't explain himself.

"Anyway," Uncle Harry went on, "I want it to recognize people who are dangerous to you, and not wait for you to go looking for them. I want it to point them out to you the minute you open it, if they're anywhere in striking distance." He went into his briefcase--an item Teddy knew was only a year old because he'd helped James and Al shop for it last year at Christmas, but which was already battered and covered with ink spills and crayon marks--and pulled out a folder full of papers, most covered with Hermione's tiny handwriting. "This is what she got analyzing the spells on the Foe Glass. It's quite complicated." He handed it to Teddy.

Complicated wasn't even a start. Teddy looked at the lines of Arithmancy equations and shook his head. "I'm still stuck on Professor Vector's Tension Proofs," he said. "I usually only get ninety percent or so on my Arithmancy homework."

Uncle Harry gave him an odd look. "Only ninety. Yes, you're clearly out of your league in this class. Nearly slow. I'm deeply ashamed. Especially since I never took Arithmancy at all, as it looked a bit too much like work." He grinned. "Don't worry, I don't follow the maths, either. But she boiled it down to some rather simple spells that will work as long as the charmed object is magical enough, and magically owned."

"What do you mean, magically owned?"

"I own my socks," Uncle Harry said, "but there's no special bond to them. If someone else steals my socks, they're not going to rebel. My wand, on the other hand, is allied to me, and the house belongs to me magically, which is why Kreacher had to obey me. Being bound to the Map is magical ownership."

Teddy laughed. "Don't tell James. He'll want to magically own everything."

Uncle Harry looked sheepish. "Too late. I bound him to that quill he uses all the time. Al tried to grab it. It wasn't pretty. So Al insisted that I bind his crayons, and Lily wanted a particular hair ribbon. Anyway... let's get to work."

Together, they bent over the Keys to the Castle. The last spell had been entirely Uncle Harry's magic, but he wanted to make sure Teddy started to contribute, so they came up with a very complicated sort of Charm that worked with Prongs's identity spells and Sirius's security spells, and ultimately even used a few of Dad's display spells. It would be part of opening the Map from then on in.

"So how do we test it?" Teddy asked when neither of them could think of a new way to tweak it.

"Do you have any enemies that are handy?"

"Other than Victoire?"

"What?" Uncle Harry said, losing interest in the Map for a moment.

Teddy shrugged. "She's been a bit keen to curse me since she caught me... well, you know. With Ruthless. I don't know why. It's not like I stopped being her friend or anything. I don't know why she thinks she needs to stop being mine."

"There weren't any... attack birds involved in this, were there?"

"What?"

"Never mind." He turned his attention back to the Marauder's Map. "Close it and re-open it, and we'll see just how badly you've managed to annoy her."

"Mischief managed," Teddy said, and waited for the Map to clear before saying, "I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good." The Map reappeared. Teddy thought the totem animals looked a little irritated at the rush.

As soon as the dots appeared, Teddy could see that the spell had taken effect. A diffuse cloud of reddish ink appeared over the legend, and spread over the Map. It swirled over Slytherin House and paused over the dot labeled "Honoria Higgs," but moved on without leaving a trace, then swung up to Gryffindor Tower, where it moved around the first year dormitory, then followed Victoire's dot down the girls' stairs, through the Common Room, and up the boys' stairs, to where she stood outside Teddy's door. It left a faintly hazy mark around her, then dissipated entirely.

"Watch for Weasley pranks," Uncle Harry said. "I think it's safe to say it works. And that you and Victoire need to have a nice long talk."

Teddy made a face, morphing it exaggeratedly, then cleared the Map. They only had fifteen minutes to work on the Patronus, but he was definitely starting to see a shape now, something winged and powerful. He thought of Dad's hawk, and the one he'd found in Mum's memory last night, and was fairly sure of what it was going to be. He thought he might be able to do it now, but he didn't really want to end the lessons.

Once they'd finished, they went back to the school, and Uncle Harry made him check the Map again before they came up from under the Willow. There was no sign of Greyback, but it did remind Teddy to check his door carefully. He found that Victoire had put a line of Belching Bottle Rockets under his door, set to ignite when he opened it. He fished them out by their tails and left them in a basket at the base of the girls' stairs, then went to bed.
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beceh From: beceh Date: October 25th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
"There weren't any... attack birds involved in this, were there?"

"What?"

Bahahaha. Good chapter, as always.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: October 25th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh Harry as if I couldn't love you more! I swear everytime I he appears he just endears himself to me even more than he already has.

And I must say the idea of using the type of magic used on the Foe-Glass on the Map is pure genius. Never in a million years would I have thought of it -- which is why you're writing and I am not. ;)

"There weren't any... attack birds involved in this, were there?"

"What?"


I'm sure if you asked Hermione she'd tell you exactly what happened -- which might be a bit different than Ron's version. Oh priceless.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure if you asked Hermione she'd tell you exactly what happened -- which might be a bit different than Ron's version.

It could certainly include some creative editing. ;p
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 25th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely love the Marauder's Map, so I really liked that in this section, Harry and Teddy were dedicated to improving the Marauder's Map. It's very convenient that not only will Teddy be able to spot enemies like Greyback, but he'll be able to tell when upset part-Veelas have left him little "gifts". ;~)

Harry's inquiry about the attack birds was priceless. I'm sure the other adults will get a good laugh out of Teddy's predicament with Victoire!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure the other adults will get a good laugh out of Teddy's predicament with Victoire!

I'm sure the adults in general are amused by the concept of Teddy's love life. Of course, if Bill finds out that Victoire is pulling Veela attitude, he may forbid her to start going out with anyone until she's finished her N.E.W.T.s...
tree_and_leaf From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 25th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Your Harry really has turned out well!

I liked Teddy's angst over 'not being good at arithmancy', too - very true of a certain kind of kid.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
very true of a certain kind of kid.

I know a lot of that sort. I ignored my grades on homework--I ignored my homework in general--but believe me, on tests, anything less than a ninety would be cause for great angst. But I know a lot of kids who seem to believe they won't be allowed into college if they're carrying less than an A+ average with perfect SAT scores.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 25th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
What a treat this has been! I've been away for a week, and so I've had an absolutely glorious morning, reading up on Tedddy's saga. Lovely story, I love the Harry/Teddy bonding that's going on, and their comments about arithmancy had me snort my tea. *rolls eyes* Greyback's letter was positively disgusting, and this French witch/werewolf is rather disturbing. The hawk is getting closer, and we've got to the snogging. And a jealous Victoire. Well done, I so look forward to see what happens next.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to what happens next, too, as I'm... gulp... temporarily out of outline!
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 25th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Uncle Harry looked sheepish. "Too late. I bound him to that quill he uses all the time. Al tried to grab it. It wasn't pretty. So Al insisted that I bind his crayons, and Lily wanted a particular hair ribbon. Anyway... let's get to work."

Ha! You have to do a one shot about this particular occasion. I'd love to see more of Harry being a dad.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I may. I can just hear Ginny. "And you... DID IT? HARRY!"
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: October 25th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy laughed. "Don't tell James. He'll want to magically own everything."

Uncle Harry looked sheepish. "Too late. I bound him to that quill he uses all the time. Al tried to grab it. It wasn't pretty. So Al insisted that I bind his crayons, and Lily wanted a particular hair ribbon. Anyway... let's get to work."


LOLOLOLOLOL! Oh, Lord, I'm dealing with this now with my kids...well, the "she's touching my stuff" part, not the magical binding part (more's the pity).

Great chapter. I continue to love Harry and Teddy's interaction, and this upcoming "talk" with Victoire (is that pronounced "victory"? btw? do you know? I've always wondered.) should be interesting. Very well done. :)
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: October 25th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's something along the lines of "victooAAAr" or "victwAAAr". Not sure how to spell it.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 25th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Excellent chapter.

Can't wait to see Teddy & Victoire talk.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Teddy may put it off for a while, because when it comes to this, I think he's Remus-levels of gutless wonder. ;p
From: melissa_renee Date: October 25th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cute. I like how Harry is good-hearted but occasionally clumsy with his parenting (I don't think Ginny would agree to magically bind her children's possessions to them, particularly considering the consequences). I also liked it that Harry caught on to why Victoire is angry with Teddy, though I think she is a little young for attacking canaries.

Good job,

Melissa
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
though I think she is a little young for attacking canaries.

Oh, yeah, but I think Harry's completely thrown on ages, given Teddy snogging at thirteen. "Was I that far behind? Am I weird? What's happening here?" (:hopeless face:)

ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: October 25th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want the Marauders Map! I want it, I want it, I want it!
Pity it wasn't used more in the books, though. Missed opportunity for comic relief (with the Marauders insulting and such.)

90/100? Oh, yes, he's pathetic at Arithmancy!

"There weren't any... attack birds involved in this, were there?"

"What?"

LOL! Maybe it should "attacking" birds though?
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: October 25th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
No! Attack Birds is perfect! Heeeee.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: October 25th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA, hilarious reference to the attack birds. And I loved:
Uncle Harry gave him an odd look. "Only ninety. Yes, you're clearly out of your league in this class. Nearly slow. I'm deeply ashamed. Especially since I never took Arithmancy at all, as it looked a bit too much like work." He grinned. "Don't worry, I don't follow the maths, either."

I just can't express how much I love your adult Harry (though I do keep trying). One thing I loved about Harry in the books was his dry sense of humor, sort of sharp and dark compared to Ron's broader jokes. You have aged that wit up perfectly; it's amazing.

For some reason when Teddy said "Victoire suggested..." it read a bit wrong to me, like maybe despite Teddy being a very mature 13-year-old, it wasn't quite the right phrasing for a kid? Maybe "Victoire had an idea for the map: only the map-master should be bound and use Dad's wand."
Eh, maybe not. I'm crazy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right. That's off.
From: kobegrace Date: October 25th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I bound him to that quill he uses all the time. Al tried to grab it. It wasn't pretty. So Al insisted that I bind his crayons, and Lily wanted a particular hair ribbon. Anyway... let's get to work." -- This would make a particularly wicked ficlet. ;)

• Missing word: I don't know why she thinks she needs to stop being mine.

• Also: It swirled over Slytherin House and paused over the dot labeled "Honoria Higgs," but moved on... -- shouldn't the comma be outside the quotation mark, since this the quote doesn't represent speech?

• Awesome chapter. And OMG, Harry is so hot here -- it's like, who's hotter: uncle!Harry or professor!Neville? (Sigh... the decisions we must make...)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was always taught that the comma always goes inside quote marks. I learned in an article not long ago that that's a British/American punctuation difference, so I put it on the same plane as spelling differences.
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willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 25th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fun chapter! So Harry finally caught on about jealous females, though it's just as well that Victoire doesn't know about those attack birds. On the other hand, she might not be as in touch with the reason for her feelings as Hermione was.

I always enjoy the Marauder's Map's appearances, and it's a boon for Teddy that the Map can adapt to new circumstances even though its creators are forever fifteen.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the other hand, she might not be as in touch with the reason for her feelings as Hermione was.
I think she knows she's got a crush, but her complete fury? That's totally because Teddy's obviously doing something wrong, you know, and has taken sides in her hex war with Ruthless, and it's not fair! Totally not because he oughtn't be snogging anyone else.
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: October 25th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
If someone else steals my socks, they're not going to rebel.

♥ ♥ ♥
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know the twins charmed their sock ownership, just to watch sock rebellions... ;p
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: October 25th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic section. I adore Uncle Harry. He's just so great.

Victoire scorned is pretty great, too. I'll be looking forward to see how else she tries to get Teddy back.

Annnd I'm looking forward to seeing the Map in action finding baddies. I lurve the Map.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 25th, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there's just not enough revenge to be had for cheating on your... well, um... friend who knows about your map. Totally unacceptable behavior!
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: October 25th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful Harry/Teddy stuff. Definitely liked all the little nods to the past. Hermione trying to figure out some magical device, Harry's response to Teddy's Arthimacy grades, and the reference to attack birds. Would really love to see Ron explain his romantic experience to Teddy. That would be a fun story. Remember, Ron Weasley doesn't bow before a hypogryph. The hypogryph bows before Ron Weasley. ;) Wish I could take credit for that line...

I like the idea about being able to add more spells and powers to the Map. It really almost becomes a living creature.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 26th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It really almost becomes a living creature.
Which makes an interesting question about sentience, doesn't it? How much input from different "programmers" makes it into a real thing of its own? When could it think on its own? It's a C3P0 sort of device, really...
From: violet_grainger Date: October 26th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
"There weren't any... attack birds involved in this, were there?"

That made my dad.

I really want to see Teddy make a patronus, i cant' wait to see what it will be.
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