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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 17: Battening Down, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 17: Battening Down, pt. 2
Okay, now that I've done the deeply important voice post meme, back to what I'm supposed to be doing...

Honoria does an interview with five of the pups rescued by Remus, and it's very effective in fighting Mathilde's charming editorial, but as the full moon approaches, people are starting to realize that siding publicly with the Ministry may put them in the bullseye for attacks by Greyback's pack, and since Mathilde has suggested they can get through Apparition barriers, they don't exactly feel secure. Three days before the full moon, Teddy is in DADA when Harry appears and asks if he can take him out of class.

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Teddy followed Uncle Harry complacently halfway down the corridor before it hit him--Uncle Harry had never pulled him from a class.

He stopped walking. "Granny--!"

Uncle Harry turned, his eyes wide. "No, Teddy, I'd have told you right away. Andromeda's fine. Everyone's fine. It's entirely a different matter." He blew a harsh breath out and ran a hand through his hair. "Sorry. I didn't even think of that. A million other things going through my head. But Andromeda's fine. Incredibly, unbelievably stubborn, but fine." He turned up the stairs, and Teddy followed. "She's insisting on staying at St. Mungo's. We can secure St. Mungo's. It's not that hard to make a fortress of it, and there are former Aurors there who were hurt in the war, but can still help keep guard."

"Guard?" Teddy sighed as they turned a corner and headed for the Headmistress's office. "The full moon."

"Greyback and Dubois have more or less promised an attack. They know we'll defend Hogwarts, and it won't be difficult to guess that we'll defend St. Mungo's and the Ministry, so we think they'll go for soft targets as well. Defense is going to be somewhat complicated. Chrysanthemum." They'd reached the griffin that guarded the door to the Headmistress's office, and it jumped aside. They didn't talk as the rotating staircase carried them up.

The door at the top was open, and Teddy noticed immediately that there were several people inside who weren't normally at Hogwarts. George Weasley stood up as they came in. Beside him, Lee Jordan was lounging in a chair, and Ron was leaning on the wall by the window, looking dour. Fleur was pacing behind Professor Sprout, and a plain-looking youngish man with thinning mousy hair was fiddling nervously with a silver gadget Teddy didn't recognize. Behind him was Kingsley Shacklebolt, the Minister of Magic. There were no other students present.

Professor Sprout waved them inside. "Come in, Mr. Potter. Mr. Lupin." She waited for them to take seats, then said, "Mr. Weasley has hinted at what you've come about. And if it's what he's hinted, I hope you have a very good explanation for yourself, because exposing Hogwarts to more violence is not something I care to do."

"Hogwarts is going to be targeted no matter what we do," Uncle Harry said. "But Greyback and Dubois aren't Voldemort, and the pack is barely trained in magic. Hogwarts can be defended. We're also defending St. Mungo's. But we can't protect every household if Mathilde Dubois has developed ways to get through Apparition borders. They'll anticipate that we'll put our biggest forces here, but they'll split up. We haven't left them a huge group. The children we found near Nurmengard don't think there are more than a handful left. You have a trained Auror here in Professor Robards--"

"Two," Kingsley Shacklebolt said.

Uncle Harry gave him a confused look; this apparently hadn't been in the script. "Kingsley, oughtn't you--"

"My son is here. If people complain about extra hands being spent at Hogwarts, I can always say I'm being protected rather than standing a watch."

"Complain?" Teddy asked.

Kingsley looked at him. "There's a sense that the Auror Division may have more interest in protecting Hogwarts than protecting the country as a whole."

"Their sense is right," Uncle Harry said. "But practically speaking, it's easy to defend a castle. That's what castles were built for, after all. The most surprising thing we could do is not be here. Be out there. At least as Aurors. Hogwarts won't be undefended. The staff is top notch, Kingsley will be here. Ginny will come with the children--"

"The children?"

"Yes," Fleur said. "Zey will be easier to watch if zey are 'ere. I will be 'ere as well."

"That's what we need to ask," Uncle Harry said. There are several families that are particularly targeted, and we'd like them to be safe while we watch the softer targets."

Professor Sprout shook her head. "Harry, this is... surely if the most targeted families are here, we ought to have an Auror presence."

"You have an Auror presence," Kingsley said. "Just an unannounced one. And the presence of many veterans of a more subtle war."

"Meanwhile," George said, "I've worked more on the spell we used for the Hogsmeade weekend in October, so that people can call for help immediately if they need it. Anyone who wants it can come to the shop and get it free of charge. They'll be able to call the Aurors. But the Aurors wouldn't be able to Apparate immediately out of Hogwarts--they'll need to be outside."

Sprout considered this for a very long time, then said, "How many are you talking about?"

"My family," Harry said. "Ron and Hermione's children--Ron will be out with the Aurors and Hermione will be watching St. Mungo's with Bill. Bill and Fleur's children. George, Sophie, and little Freddie. Lee and Verity. And Dennis and his family."

"Angelina and Colin," the man Teddy didn't know said. "She's still weak from having him, but I'm bloody well going to be out there prowling about. I still think it's that perverse bastard who twisted my brother's neck."

"We'll set up a watch," Uncle Harry said, not arguing. Lee and George, you'll be in the Owlery. Teddy, you'll stay with them all night."

"What? I'm to be babysat? There are other people he's more interested in by now, I'll bet he's even got a problem with Honoria, I'll--"

"Teddy. I'm asking for your trust."

Teddy fell silent, but felt mutinous. Uncle Harry went on with his proposal to turn the Great Hall into a large campground for the families. The doors would be barricaded, and adults would be on hand an on watch the whole time, in case Mathilde's spell was strong enough to Apparate directly there, though he found it unlikely. Meanwhile, other adults would be keeping watch--Lee and George in the Owlery (while babysitting Teddy), Kingsley patrolling the corridors with Professors Robards and Longbottom, the rest of the staff in their well-known crisis pattern. "You managed to keep me alive for six years here," he finished. "I trust you and Professor Flitwick and Professor Slughorn with my children."

Professor Sprout seemed to surrender. "All right. I don't like it, but I see your point. We'll defend Hogwarts. And anyone you put here."

"Good," Uncle Harry said. "I'd like to take George and Lee up to the Owlery--Teddy as well--to set up the best"--he paused--"viewpoint."

"Very well." Sprout shook her head. "This had best be the end of it, though."

Uncle Harry signaled to Lee and George, and they walked out ahead. Now that the meeting was over, they were reminiscing fondly about other trips to this office and punishments they'd received with the first Fred, George's brother. Uncle Harry purposely stayed a few steps behind them, and when they turned to head up the stairs to the Owlery, he drew Teddy aside.

"First of all," he said, "Greyback may have acquired new targets, but he hasn't been sending any of them love notes. He doesn't feel any of them are owed to him. You aren't in the same category as the others."

"But--"

Uncle Harry held up his hand. "And you're not going to the Owlery for extra protection."

Teddy had been so busy forming arguments in his mind that he almost didn't register this, and didn't know what to say when he did, other than, "What?"

"I don't want you in this fight, if there is one," Uncle Harry said. "And you will stay in the Owlery. I don't want to hear anything about you rushing off, no matter how much you think you need to."

"But--"

This time, Uncle Harry just stopped him with a look. "But if it were just about protecting you, I'd pull you out of school and send you to visit your cousin Draco in New Zealand. Or I'd send you on your own to Hawaii. Or Siberia. Viktor Krum has a Quidditch training camp there, and frankly, it's quite tempting to suddenly decide you ought to be a Quidditch star. Instead, I'm sending you to the Owlery with George Weasley, who once gave me something that's very helpful in keeping an eye on Hogwarts."

Understanding started to dawn. "They know about..."

"I assume they suspect, but I haven't told them you have it, or any of the new things you've discovered. But they know about the Map, and they used it--along with Fred--for years before they gave it to me. They've kept it secret."

Teddy felt dizzy and pleased--far from being treated like more of a child than the others, Uncle Harry was actually inviting him to help, as if he were Ron or George or Bill or Professor Longbottom. He was looking Teddy straight in the eye, man to man. And he was giving Teddy a chance to do something. Teddy nodded vigorously. "They can use it. I'll help them. I'll show them... are you really asking me to take a watch?"

"Yes." His face was pale and a little green. "I don't want to. I don't want you near this. But you are near it. And I need your help."
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: November 21st, 2007 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow - you do tension really, really well. I'm a bit freaked out now, since of course we have no defense against Apparators as well :).

Part of me would really like to see a Teddy/Draco visit. There probably wouldn't be enough awkward in the world to cover it, but it would be interesting.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
A part of me wants to, but this story is way over-crowded, so I'm steering clear of it.
From: kobegrace Date: November 21st, 2007 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh. It's showtime, innit? (Or, at least, nearly just)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
At least time for act 2.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2007 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
"Lee and Fred..."

i don't know if that gaffe was intentional or not, but still: awww


I sometimes wonder how the original HP series would have played out if there was a trusting/awesome adult like your Harry around. Well, at least its good to see that he learned something from his childhood.

Real good chapter, I can't wait to see what comes of it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, not intentional. Fixed. :)

There definitely are some people out there who actually manage to learn from bad decisions other people made in their childhoods. I can see Harry being one of those people.
bends From: bends Date: November 21st, 2007 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I can always say I'm being protected rather than standing a watch."


should that be protective insted of protected?

I always love it when hp children come to Teddy's world as adults
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)
should that be protective insted of protected?

No--Kingsley's got some political problems with people thinking they're paying more attention to Hogwarts than to the whole country. You can hear people grumbling that it's just because his kid is there, and if anyone else gets hurt while the Aurors are at Hogwarts... and so on. But Kingsley isn't technically an Auror anymore, so if he goes in as the Minister, directed to be protected there in the fortress like a good world leader... well, who's going to know better if he starts using his training to stand a watch?
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From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2007 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
"We'll set up a watch," Uncle Harry said, not arguing. Lee and George, you'll be in the Owlery. Teddy, you'll stay with them all night."

There's a missing opening quote mark before 'Lee'.

This chapter is certainly tense, and gets in a whole lot of exposition while staying so.

I can see Lee and George making a night of guard duty almost fun, while completely staying on their toes. It'll be interesting to see if they know any tricks with the map that Teddy and Harry never found out.

Is Teddy going to tell his friends where he's going to be, because if not I can see Victoire and Ruthless getting quite concerned (as the two in Gryffindor Tower).

Better go to work!
Alex
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2007 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I forgot to say, on the psychology Harry has learned from personal experience - I noticed how he took Teddy into the meeting to hear what everyone else is doing too, rather than just telling him his part, so that Teddy doesn't feel like secrets are being kept from him or that he's being so manipulated.
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: November 21st, 2007 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I have given up on comments that make sense.

SQEEEEE!!!!

You can just feel the tension!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
amamama From: amamama Date: November 21st, 2007 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Have I said it before? LOL Seriusly - the way Harry uses his own rotten experiences to know what to say to Teddy and how to handle him, is just perfect. Now there's a chance that he listens to Harry and stays put - something he wouldn't do if he'd been ordered around. Just like Harry. :) I love this relationship, and Harry is just an awesome grownup. Quite a few people could learn from what he does - don't repeat what you experienced as a child, don't send the abuse on to the next generation - make a conscious choice and learn from your own experience, be the grownup you longed for (then the next generation can be the copycat).

Marvellous, O storyteller par excellence! I just love this way to start the day. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
don't send the abuse on to the next generation

Yup, that's about the sum of it, and the theme is going to get play later on as Teddy realizes it.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: November 21st, 2007 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, for a moment Harry almost reminded me a bit of Dumbledore, asking him to help in a discreet manner and dropping hints. And having him stay.

(Though I'm really worried for him. I know you're not evil enough to make him a Werewolf or something, but I can't help but be on the edge of my seat anyway. Or bed, as I'm typing this during a bout of not being able to sleep.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Playing politics may eat him alive, no matter what Greyback does!
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: November 21st, 2007 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
So exciting!!!!

I seriously need to take my laptop on my trip to keep up with this :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Have a good trip.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 21st, 2007 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Aaaaah, awesome.

Ahem.

I just can't express enough how awesome your Adult Harry is. I always say it, but....yeah. I love love love that he learned from the mistakes adults made in handling his teenage years, and knows that the best thing to do is give responsibility in an appropriate way, not hide facts and then force responsibility without proper preparation. Hurrah!!

(I wonder how I'll be with kids. I always promised myself (as I think we all have) that I won't forget what it was like to be a child and a teenager...)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think if he had a choice, he wouldn't give Teddy any responsibilities at all, of course. He wasn't bullshitting about wanting to send him off to train for Quidditch instead. ;p
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: November 21st, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, after Teddy's exploits in 1st year (not to mention Harry's own inclinations while at school, no matter how used to his inner hypocrite he's gotten), I'm sure Harry realizes that this plan is a much better way to keep Teddy safe, as he'd be sure to sneak out, most likely into even more danger, otherwise.

Great suspense building. Should be an interesting night.

Great job!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm sure he realizes it, though protective!Harry is not thrilled with practical!Harry at the moment. And I'm sure that memories of telling Tonks to stay in the Room of Requirement are dancing through his head, even they haven't filtered into Teddy's consciousness.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: November 21st, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brrr! A fine demonstration of escalating tension. As others have noted, Harry's tactics in handling Teddy in this prickly situation are masterful, even though Harry himself feels queasy about letting his godson anywhere near the impending attack. I can hardly wait for the next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I plan to have some fun with George and Lee. :)
megan29 From: megan29 Date: November 21st, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hehe, Teddy gets to be in the best company in the castle. George and Lee for a whole night of reminiscing about their Hogwarts days? Can't beat that!

But I hope you're not going to short-shrift poor Ginny again - wasn't book 7 enough? :-) Harry mentions her and Fleur, but then goes on to assign tasks only to the men (and Hermione, yeah, 'cause she's always been an honorary guy). Perhaps for once Ginny could do more than bake cookies? *crosses fingers*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, most of the people who are in the school and at St. Mungo's (Bill's doing exactly the same thing Fleur is, just elsewhere; so is Hermione, who's not an Auror after all) are there because Harry's not putting Aurors on the case, per se, but is decidedly seeing to it that the fortresses are guarded by competent fighters. They have more people than they're likely to need, actually, but hey, why take chances. Even when werewolves lose a fight, they can do vast damage before they go down unless they're kept entirely off.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: November 21st, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
And the pace quickens...

I love that Harry is going to allow Teddy to help, albeit from a (hopefully) safe place. Echoing several other comments, it's rare and wonderful that he's learned from his own experiences now that the shoe is on the other foot. What a marvelous godfather!

One small typo. I think you're missing *are* from:

There other people he's more interested in by now.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry did turn out nicely. :) I'll grab that "are."
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 21st, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow.

I hate the fact that you'll only have Teddy's POV, although a night with Lee and George is likely to be the best of all, but I'd love to hear the others as well. Seeing Ginny in a fight? Totally worth it.

Will Hermione and her kids be there too, as Ron's a target?

Lee knew about it too, you're right, I'd forgotten that F&G would have shared it with him.

Well done!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 21st, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will Hermione and her kids be there too, as Ron's a target?
Her kids will be there; she's going to be helping with guard duty at the St. Mungo's fortress.
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