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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Sixteen: The Room of Requirement, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Daedalus Maze, Chapter Sixteen: The Room of Requirement, pt. 2
Neil's impending lunar situation has made Neville decide that that Room of Requirement finally needs to be active again, as Neil will need a place to transform (whether this is really necessary or is Neville coming up with an excuse to put a fire under the project is open to question, but probably doesn't matter ;p). He's included Teddy, since Teddy knows what's going on, but no other students. Sprout, McGonagall, and Dean are also aboard. Dean is also replacing the Barnabas the Barmy mural, which was damaged in the battle, with a mural of Lupin's boggart lesson. He and Teddy talk about portraits.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far




Teddy watched the wall curiously. Rumors of the Room of Requirement had, of course, been common, and students from time to time had tried to re-enter. No one had succeeded.

Professor Longbottom took a few steps to his right, a few to his left, and then came back. Teddy blinked; they were now standing in front of a wooden door, charred black. The metal doorknob had melted and warped. Professor Longbottom tapped it with his wand and it straightened out. "I have to do this every time," he said. "We'll definitely need to get the door repaired." He opened it and led the way inside.

Teddy found himself in a room that looked like most classrooms at Hogwarts--large and high-ceilinged, with multi-paned windows and stone walls, though they were sooty and scarred. Piles of fire debris had been pushed to the wall.

"I Vanished some of it," Professor Longbottom said. "The things that were just caught in here quite unfortunately--I'd guess most of the store room that Crabbe burned. And of course, I got Crabbe out. That was why I decided to come back here in the first place. I actually came to get Crabbe out." He shook his head at his own action. "He was an idiot, but I didn't want to leave him in an inaccessible room to rot. But there wasn't anything left of him after the Fiendfyre."

Teddy looked at the black smears on the wall and imagined that some of them were actually Vincent Crabbe's ashes. It was horribly plausible. He tried to tell himself that if Crabbe hadn't burned up the Room of Requirement, Mum could have gone back in and been safe, but he couldn't conjure any anger, as he couldn't imagine that she would have gone back in, if she'd had an inkling that Dad was in trouble.

"Maybe we should clean up the soot," he suggested. "You know, in case... well, it might still have some of the Fiendfyre nature in it," he finished lamely, but he guessed the adults knew what he really thought was still in it, as they didn't offer any theoretical opposition to the absurdity, and just set to work.

They worked quietly together for an hour, getting the black marks off the wall and bagging the debris. Hannah and Professor Morse showed up partway through and joined without asking questions. Professor McGonagall bound it all together and Banished it into the corridor. "I'll see to it later," she said. It can be buried in the Forest."

Dean Conjured several torches and mounted them on the wall. The room was now bare and clean, and moonlight streamed through the windows. "Was everything in here lost?"

"Most of what was stored," Professor Longbottom said. "I found a few things from our camp, but most of that was Conjured, so it wasn't really here. A lot of magical items that the Room could Summon appeared in other places. Moody's Foe Glass ended up in a root cellar. Most of the things that appear here aren't here when the room is in another incarnation. The books went back to the library when we didn't need them, and so on."

"How much of the spellwork is left?" Professor McGonagall asked.

Professor Longbottom shook his head, looking discouraged. "I don't know."

Hannah looked at him kindly, and said, "I think the framework of the spells probably made it through. Fiendfyre tends to consume magic itself, but..."

"Right," Dean said. "Like a computer. It wiped the data, but the structure is still there."

Teddy, who'd managed to mangle his grandfather's computer several times trying to learn to play an electronic card game, didn't think this sounded hopeful, but the adults seemed to accept it as hopeful (though Teddy had the impression that they didn't entirely understand the comment). "So what do we do?"

"Right." Professor Longbottom smiled at Hannah, then took on an attitude of great efficiency. "All right, first things first. Some of this is going to be fairly complex, but let's get the little things done first. Teddy, would you take on the door? If you can't get the knob fixed, just Summon the knob from my office door. I'll replace that later. Dean, check the security spells. Hannah and Cho, try Charming the walls for self-Summoning; I'm sure that's what whoever built the room used for the initial spells." He looked around. "Professor McGonagall, would you mind trying the same thing with self-Conjuring? I don't know what part of the room was originally Charmed for it; things always just appeared."

"I'll have a look," she said, and began without questions.

"Headmistress, if you wouldn't mind, I think I'll need your help getting it to... er... read what we need."

"I'm not sure how much help I'll be with that," the Headmistress said. "I don't know anything about Legilmancy."

"I don't either, but I don't think that's really how it does it. I think it has something to do with--God, this sounds hokey, but life energies. There's some kind of magical life going on here. We need to find it and see if we can't wake it up. I'd ask Poppy, but she has quite enough to do just now."

Teddy felt the blood rise up in his face, thinking of the seven students downstairs, and he turned sharply and headed for the door. He and Uncle Harry had learned quite a few construction spells when they'd been trying to repair the Shrieking Shack, and he put them to work for the first time since he'd lost the house (well, perhaps "burned it down and then blasted it into oblivion" would have been a more accurate description). The wood in the door was damaged, but more by heat than by the magical properties of fiendfyre, and he was able to coax it back into shape, as long as he worked slowly. The doorknob, on the other hand, had obviously been in direct contact with the flames. Teddy could get it to straighten out, but then it would twist and warp again. One spell actually made it go red hot and start to drip. Teddy, who was sitting cross-legged on the floor, barely got his knee out of the way in time to avoid a burn.

"Are you all right?" Professor Longbottom asked, cooling the metal and Levitating it back up to the main part of the doorknob.

"Yeah. It missed me."

"You've done a good job on the wood."

"That's pretty simple."

"Maybe you could teach me the spell sometime."

Teddy shrugged, not really believing that Professor Longbottom didn't know it already. It was in an introductory book on magical construction. "Have you found the, er... life?"

"I think so." He put a hand on Teddy's shoulder. "Here, put your hand on the floor."

Teddy looked at the doorknob.

"Let it be," Professor Longbottom said. "We'll just replace it."

Slowly, Teddy lowered his hand to the floor. Across the room, the Headmistress was lying on her stomach on the floor, tracing something with her fingertips. "What am I looking for?" he asked.

"You'll know. Try closing your eyes. It's faint. It's easy to be distracted."

Teddy closed his eyes and spread his hand out on the stone, opening his fingers as far as they would go. At first, he felt only stone, slightly warm from his own touch. He frowned. "I don't--" But he stopped, because he did feel something. It wasn't a pulse or a breath, or anything he'd associate with life, but there was something, a kind of sub rosa vibration in the floor. He smiled, delighted. "Is it in the walls, too?"

Professor Longbottom nodded. "Yes. It's deep down. But it's still alive, Teddy."

"Is it really alive? Or just something like it?"

"What's the difference?"

"Does it grow?"

"I don't know. But I sort of suspect that all the time before, it was feeding on its own magic, so I think... yes."

Teddy touched the wall, feeling for the low buzz. It was there. "Maybe if it it meets a nice cupboard, there could be more Rooms of Requirement someday."

Professor Longbottom laughed and ruffled Teddy's hair lightly. "You're not half-bad, Lupin."

"Is this how you always sense things that have been Charmed or...?" Teddy shrugged.

"There are other ways. You'll learn them over the next two years. Most basic charms don't leave a trace quite like this, but the ones that are really personal? Yes. I think they all leave a little trace of life in them." Professor Longbottom nodded at the door. "Go ahead and Summon the knob from my office. Can you get it installed without any help?"

Teddy thought about a crooked book shelf he and Uncle Harry had made, but thought he'd managed to learn something since. "I think so," he said.

"Good. Because I think this may take a while."

Teddy Summoned the doorknob as Professor Longbottom went back to whatever he and the Headmistress were doing. While he waited for it, he pressed his hand against he floor again, then reached under the collar of his robes and pulled out Dad's wedding band. He wrapped his hand around it and closed his eyes, and there it was--a soft, almost imperceptible hum in the metal. He'd probably felt it before and paid no attention to it. He thought he'd try the Marauder's Map later.

The doorknob zoomed up the stairs and nearly hit Teddy in the side of the head. He snatched it out of the air and set about the business of making it work again.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

m

the bit about burning it down and blasting it into oblivion is funny, but i think it would be more poignant to just leave it as "losing" the shack. the readers know what happened and i can't see teddy thinking about exactly what happened if he could avoid it. feels a bit forced, like the narrator trying to be funny.
that nitpick aside, neat chapter. most people get pretty ridiculous about this structure of magic stuff, but its well handled, as is teddy's lingering guilt, and is that some new maturity that he's accepting that his mom wouldn't have gone back into the room of requirement? sounds like he's growing up a bit even though he's been acting idiotically a lot of the story.
thanks for answering my questions on the other thread, and this isn't an oc question, more of a teddy-verse one: will kingsley ever step down? he can't be minister forever!~M
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: m

Heh, I'm sure he will, but I doubt I'll pay much attention to it. It's easier to leave Kingsley there than to do a lot of politics while Teddy's stuck at Hogwarts. Maybe Honoria can mention it sometime; she'd be interested.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: July 1st, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meets a nice cupboard... hee. :)

Hm. I suppose the Room of Requirement doesn't come with a root-user mode like the Map? Too bad. ;) Glad they found the life in it, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
If it had a root-user mode, they'd have to figure out who made it in the first place and figure out how to get to it! :) Hopefully, they'll be able to just prod it back to life.
redlily From: redlily Date: July 1st, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this is lovely. It's so nice to see them all working together like that.

"Most of what was stored," Professor Longbottom said. I found a few things from our camp . . . .

is missing a quotation mark, and

and began without questions."

has an unnecessary quotation mark.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops. Well, at least the Law of Conservation of Quotation Marks is in effect. I'll just move one. ;p
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
McGonagall is always a "Yay." :D
purple_ladybug1 From: purple_ladybug1 Date: July 1st, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I love your exploration of the RoR.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bring back Barnabas the Barmy campaign!!!

I think we should have a "Bring back Barnabas the Barmy" campaign!!

Typos:
cooling the ????? of metal : word omitted
and began without questions." : has unnecessary trailing quote
she said. It can be buried in the Forest." : is missing quote before It.

Keep up the good work (Bring back Barnabas!!!)


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Bring back Barnabas the Barmy campaign!!!

I have no idea what that omitted word is. Hmm.

Maybe Dean can paint the boggart in such a way that anyone afraid of ballerinas will see Barnabas. ;p
willowbough From: willowbough Date: July 1st, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
This reminds that there were a number of cool things in canon that deserved to be explored more fully. The Marauders' Map and the Room of Requirement. And it's heartening to see three generations of wizards working together so smoothly to restore something important. Looking forward to the next.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
It was fun to put Neville, Dean, and Hannah in the middle generation instead of either the elder or the younger.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Typo

against ?he floor again, ; 't' omitted
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Typo

Whoops!
malinbe From: malinbe Date: July 1st, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, nice. I love everything about how magic works. Which is funny, because I never cared a damn about how gravity works, for example. But this just fascinates me.

Anyway, I like that Neville went back in to take Crabbe out. But I think I'd take those ashes to Mr. and Mrs. Crabbe instead of burying them in the forest. Though showing up at someone's doorstep with their fifteen years dead son's ashes sounds... not like a nice moment, exactly.
From: spitc1899 Date: July 2nd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, Mr. Crabbe is either dead or in Azkaban. I don't know whether his wife was a Death Eater or not. Then again, if she, like Narcissa, were in Voldemort's camp during the battle, would it really matter if she actually had the dark mark?
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: July 1st, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
The magic is wonderful (reading before I caught a few errors, but I think they were mentioned, so blah, heh.) and I feel like we're getting TEDDY back. Not this cynical 15 year old boy, but... our Teddy :). It's very nice.

I forgot Dean was muggle born (well, half blood, but basically muggle born) and at first went- errr, WHY is he talking about computers?

Considering this was SORTA a big deal in DH you'd think I'd remember, lol.

Anyway, lovely chapter, it's wonderful the stories getting happy again (ermm, even if, you know, plague has been unleashed and such... still think that stupid quarantine is archaic, but if they could simply have the ingredients OWLED, why, that'd be too easy!)

This story has brought up a point in HP2 I never thought of before btw.

Errrmmm, why didn't they just get some full grown mandrakes shipped in? o_0.

Ooooohhh, the powers of plot holes... Indeed, indeed.

(This was another print-and-read-in-the-car btw :). I seriously have half of this story printed out that way- everywhere I look, there's a page of Teddy! Bag, folders, backpack, schoolwork- HE'S EVERYWHERE! :) .)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Teddy's having a little identity crisis, but at the moment, his hopeful, Tonksian side is ascendant. :)

ETA: And yes, the "too easy" plays into it. Setting up the quarantine to block all useful help keeps Teddy busy for the year in a way that access to what he needs wouldn't. This is why I think the cell phone has ruined contemporary suspense. ;p

Edited at 2008-07-02 03:11 am (UTC)
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: July 1st, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good post, Fern. I always thought it was a shame that centuries of momentos and magical items were lost when the Room went up in flames. Oh yeah and it's too bad what happened to Crabbe too. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Right there with ya. ;p
From: _kneebiter Date: July 2nd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting. I suppose we all have slightly different ideas on just what the Room of Requirement is -- me, I tend to visualise it as whatever you need is just there by convenient happenstance, no Summoning of things away from their proper place needed; but then I also tend to think Dumbledore was having Karkaroff off entirely with his 'chamber pot room' -- but now I'm wondering what would happen if you somehow got the Map and the Room to hitch their structures up or something.

Also, Teddy? That line about the cupboard? Yes it was funny, but please to not be the taunting of the Rule 34. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RuleThirtyFour?from=Main.Rule34.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, the Room did somehow get Moody's foe glass, which oughtn't have even been in the building. But I needed to make up some kind of mechanism so that they'd have something to do!
sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: July 2nd, 2008 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Your explanation of the magic behind the Room of Requirement is fascinating...I hadn't even thought about it having been damaged.

One small thing I noticed - Teddy, who was sittin cross-legged on the floor. Need a g. :)

But awesome as always.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
One small thing I noticed - Teddy, who was sittin cross-legged on the floor. Need a g. :)

Yes. Unless he happens to be at the dock of the bay, which he isn't!
gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: July 2nd, 2008 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure if this is intentional, but I like the fact that several of the people repairing the RoR are former DA members.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Not intentional, but then, I think those are the sort of people who would stick together, so the chances are probably usually pretty good that they'll be in the thick of things!
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: July 2nd, 2008 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
"You've done a good job on the wood."

"That's pretty simple."

"Maybe you could teach me the spell sometime."
.

A line right out of a certain DADA teacher's book. Neville is awesome in several levels, no question about it.

I can't wait to see when Teddy will realize that the "life energy" connection he just made to his ring and the Marauder's Map could also apply to a certain other device in his possession.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2008 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Of all of Remus's actual classroom students, it's probably Neville he made the biggest impression on, with his deliberate confidence in Neville's skills.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2008 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)

typo

cooling the ????? of metal:

you could use "puddle", "splash" or "drop"
anj1290 From: anj1290 Date: July 2nd, 2008 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Great section! Loved the continuity in the throwback to Teddy's work on the Shrieking Shack, and as other people have commented, it's lovely to see three generations working together. The magic "essence" is fascinating as well, though I don't quite understand how it works (my exhaustion, not your explanation :-P)--so all someone magical has to do is concentrate and they can sense the magic? And without an actual spell involved, how can that be harnessed?

Anyway, I eagerly await the next installment. Just a tiny note--"I'll see to it later," she said. It can be buried in the Forest." needs another quotation mark.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2008 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, just thinking of a partial theory I put together once for how magic in HP and Buffy could overlap. No real point, except that I find myself trying to use it to try and figure out fixing the RoR.

The part of the theory that touched on this was the way magic seems to respond well to intelligence and the way magical items often take on a pseudo life or intelligence of their own (chess sets as well as horcruxes).

Anyhow, I was thinking that they're currently looking at the RoR as a thing by itself. My guess is that Hogwarts can be seen as a single entity and that the RoR is a part of it, albeit a scarred part. Well, maybe the point isn't to try and deal with the scar tissue in and of itself. Maby the point is to take an holistic view and get the entire organism in on recovery.

Heck, even in Muggle buildings, repairing one, important part in a structure often means taking the rest of the building into account. Supports over here may bear weights over there. The shape of a domed ceiling focuses and carries music played below, and things like that (my all time favorite was finding out that there really was a manmade lake under the Paris Opera House [as shown in Phantom of the Opera] because they could increase or decrease the water level to stabilize the building with some of the ingenius moving set elements they had [which were apparently heavy enough to make it a choice between a manmade, underground lake or a collapsing building]).

On a side note, I'm not sure what should be done with ashes that may or may not contain someone's mortal remains but that undoubtably contain a great deal that can't be his remains. Giving family ashes that may be biting frisbies seems like a sick joke, but burying what may be their son's ashes in a trash heap seems about the same.

Hmm, if you die in the RoR and if someone really requires your ashes, it seems that this point can be ironed out, so I think I'll table the theological issues.
mk_tortie From: mk_tortie Date: July 2nd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
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Edited at 2008-07-02 10:31 pm (UTC)
kt_tonguetied From: kt_tonguetied Date: July 3rd, 2008 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
It would be awesome if the Room of Requirement met a nice magical cupboard. :P
It would be absolutely smashing if a phantasm of Teddy's mum would show up in the RoR while they're working on it, extremely distressed because she doesn't know if Remus is okay...Just my dramatic mind thinking it would be sad and awesome to read.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 7th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Neville's tone of voice

"I Vanished some of it," Professor Longbottom said. "The things that were just caught in here quite unfortunately--I'd guess most of the store room that Crabbe burned. And of course, I got Crabbe out. That was why I decided to come back here in the first place. I actually came to get Crabbe out." He shook his head at his own action. "He was an idiot, but I didn't want to leave him in an inaccessible room to rot. But there wasn't anything left of him after the Fiendfyre."

I'm interested to know HOW Neville says this stuff. "And of course, I got Crabbe out." doesn't make much sense, if there was nothing left of him. I didn't know if this was intentional in his dialog, or if more indicators of his tone of voice and body language might help.

=SideAlong
carlinpaddy From: carlinpaddy Date: July 8th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
The doorknob zoomed up the stairs and nearly hit Teddy in the side of the head.
Hehe, I was picturing this before I was even read it. of course I also pictured it hitting him and knocking him to the floor. That scenerio was more fun. I like how you have him starting to go back to normal, construction work is typically good for that.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
A very affecting segment.

Teddy, you with your constant conviction that nothing you do is hard or esoteric, and you have nothing to teach anyone! in a beginning construction book, indeed...

Small typo-catch:

"I'll see to it later," she said. It can be buried in the Forest."

I'm a little nervous at the idea that the Room of Requirement is alive in a sense. What differentiates this from "Don't trust anything if you can't see where it keeps its brain"?

-satakieli
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