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Batch 19 - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Batch 19
Before tomorrows, which is about Neville's Patronus... what's the last time it's mentioned that he can't do one? I think it's fifth year just before the DA is broken up, but I'm not sure if it's ever mentioned again whether or not he does it, only that its shape is never specified.

maybe during a talk of lily and james engagement? and lily asking sirius what he plans to do with his future? for Mrs. longbottom52

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"What's he planning, really?" Lily asked.

Sirius shrugged. "No idea. I just know that I was informed that it's my best man-ly duty to keep you busy for an afternoon while he sets it up."

"I don't believe you."

"I swear, it's true. I'm not entirely sure James has the slightest idea what he's doing, or didn't when I left. I think he was going to play it by ear."

"It best not be a surprise party," Lily said. "He did that for my birthday last year, and I--"

"--showed up out of the shower," Sirius said, and waggled his eyebrows. "Trust me, I remember. I think the whole Order does."

"So, you can see my concern."

"Is it our fault you didn't dry yourself off magically before coming downstairs?"

"I rather like letting my hair and skin dry on their own."

Sirius grinned. "Well, he's not going to do that to you again. He's your fiancé. I don't think he particularly liked having you ogled."

"Good."

"Really, I think it's just something like a nice supper, or a dance, or some hare-brained romantic thing. He wants to get it right this year."

Lily rolled her eyes and sat down across Sirius's cluttered kitchen table. "He really doesn't need to make such a fuss."

"He likes making a fuss over you. Gives his life meaning, I think." Sirius struck an exaggeratedly thoughtful pose.

"I think we have quite enough meaning, at present, with a war against evil and whatnot."

"I think this is what we fight evil for. So we can have nice little surprises for people we love. I think that's the opposite of evil. So it's all part of meaning."

"You've been talking to Dumbledore. Love is the opposite of evil, is it? Explain Severus."

"There is no explanation for Snivelly, and let's leave him out of it."

Lily nodded. "I know. I'm still a bit bitter. After sticking up for him for years, he ends up on the other side. I saw him in Diagon Alley, and he practically spat at me."

"Sheer spite," Sirius said, bored. "On a lighter note, what shall I get you as a wedding present? It has to be spectacular, the best wedding present of all. Just to say that I'm really glad you're marrying James."

"Just keep James alive, will you? That's all the wedding present I ask for."

"Done, fair lady, but I'd have done that, anyway. I was thinking more of crockery of some sort."

"Crockery?"

"Or flatware. Stemware."

Lily feigned a yawn. "You were not."

He laughed. "True. I'll leave that to your more boring friends. I know... strolling musicians every night for the first year you're married."

"Oh, that'll be inconspicuous."

"Just a little violinist?"

"How very Fiddler on the Roof."

"What?"

"Never mind." Lily smiled. "Really, Sirius, you've already put a lot of work into that cottage, and you're watching out for both of us--if you hadn't warned us about the Curse Line, we'd have been in real trouble when we raided that country house to pull Dedalus out. Even as it was, Alice Longbottom nearly got caught at the masquerade."

"Again, something I'd do with or without a wedding. I know... something slinky to wear."

"I'll thank you to stay out of that particular part of my marriage, Sirius."

"Oh, I miss all the fun."

"Yes, you do in this case. Because, ew." She rolled her eyes. "You know what you could do right now?"

"What?"

"Tell me about after the war. What will you be doing? What will we all be doing, when Voldemort is nothing but a nasty memory."

"Ah, I predict that you and James will have a dozen babies and outgrow that cottage. Remus will finally find some nice girl and settle down. Peter will become the world's most famous potion brewer. Dumbledore will found a wizarding colony on the moon."

"I like it. And you?"

"I shall run off to London and make my fortune as a blue jeans model. Put up a billboard across from Number Twelve, just to annoy my parents. I'll have wild groupies following me around, asking me to show them my nether regions fitted just so."

"Oh, God, Sirius."

"You don't like it?"

"It sounds frighteningly plausible, but what do you really mean to do?"

"I don't know, honestly. Blacks, as a rule, don't work for a living--that's for lesser mortals--but old Uncle Alphard's gold isn't going to last forever, and besides, I'm rather looking forward to actually earning my keep. Perhaps an Auror. Do you think I could make it in?"

"I'd be glad to have you there."

"Mmm. Or maybe I could teach at Hogwarts."

"What in heaven's name would you teach? Your best subject is McGonagall's, and she's not going anywhere."

"I'd never displace the fair McGonagall," Sirius vowed. "That's a good point. I could sit on the Wizengamot. I'll bet Dumbledore would nominate me. Or I'll become Minister of Magic. Or I'll sing on the Wireless."

"You can't carry a tune, Sirius... best go back to the modeling."

Sirius laughed, and continued to spin fantasies of a future that would never come.






I remember in one of your previous challenge calls you did one of Harry and Ron breaking in Umbridge's office to arrest her.... it looked promising so.. can i ask for a continuation of it? for M&A=luv

Actually, that one had them at her cottage. Hope that's okay!
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Harry tensed under the Invisibility Cloak, and glanced over toward the corner where Ron was standing, Disillusioned. There was no way to send a signal.

They'd left the door ajar.

The light footsteps they'd heard a moment ago stopped just outside the cottage. "Who's there?" Umbridge called from outside.

Ron and Harry remained silent.

"Come out!" she yelled. "Come out, or I'll... I'll burn the whole place! With Fiendfyre! Don't think I won't."

While Harry didn't doubt that she could do the spell, something told him that she wouldn't. She might destroy someone else's property, but she wouldn't destroy her own. After all, she'd carried all her creepy little kitten plates into her fugitive life with her, as well as her puffy furniture and her photograph of her mother.

He held his ground.

The door squeaked slowly open, and a squat shadow fell across the room. Umbridge raised her wand. "Ardesco!"

The air was suddenly filled with dancing pink glitter, a blizzard of brightness. It gathered on the fussy doilies, edging them, and on the lower rims of the kitten plates. It landed on the ottoman and sprinkled the floor.

And it landed on a man-shape in the corner where Ron was standing, and coated the surface of the Invisibility Cloak.

Umbridge charged through the pink storm, wand raised at Ron. "Avada--"

"Expelliarmus!" Harry called, casting the Cloak aside.

Umbridge's wand flew to him, and she screamed at the top of her voice. "No!!!"

Ron broke the Disillusionment Charm, and grabbed Umbridge by her outstretched arms. "Dolores Umbridge, you're under arrest."

"You can't do this! You naughty boy! I'll... I'll..."

"Give us detention?" Ron asked. "Give me a break."

Umbridge turned savagely and dug her teeth into Ron's arm.

Harry saw the bleeding start, and tackled her away from him, pulling her arms behind her back this time, and dragging her away. He bound her wrists.

"You can't!" she screamed again. "You... you..."

"Had a look at your office at the Ministry a couple of years ago," Harry said. "Nice eye."

"You stole it, you thief."

"I stole it?"

"You did, you... you troublemaker. You and your... mobs."

"Keep talking," Ron said. "This will all be good for the Wizengamot."

"I think I'll just remind them of those pamphlets she had out," Harry said.

"We knew what was good for the wizarding world!" Umbridge said. "Just because you managed to undermine it--everyone knew we were right! Everyone! They just wouldn't admit it."

"Death Eaters turned out to be small subset of 'everyone,'" Harry said. "Come on, you're about ready for a nice, long holiday in the North Sea."

"You'd have thanked us for it later! You--all of you--it was for... the Greater Good!"

"Wrong dark wizard," Ron said. "Not that it matters."

"We knew what was best," Umbridge pouted.

"You're mad, if you think Voldemort was best for anyone."

"It was temporary! Just long enough to get things in order after people like you had been in charge too long! We had to act while we had an opening! We had to--"

Harry rolled his eyes. "So far, I haven't used a tongue-tying curse on anyone," he said. "But I may make an exception today."

"You can't! I... I..."

Harry looked at Ron over Umbridge's head. They didn't do the tongue-tying curse.

Umbridge raved all the way to Azkaban.

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alkari From: alkari Date: December 22nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
In her own way, your Umbridge is as raving mad as Bellatrix.

Lily and Sirius was fun. Sirius laughed, and continued to spin fantasies of a future that would never come. *sigh and sob*.



fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Umbridge is one scary person.
From: severely_lupine Date: December 22nd, 2009 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
After sticking up for him for years, he ends up on the other side. I saw him in Diagon Alley, and he practically spat at me.

So, how much do you think they knew about Snape? On the one hand, it would be surprising if they were totally oblivious about his activities, especially given Lily's past investment in his life. On the other hand, in GoF, Sirius seems genuinely surprised at the idea of Snape as a Death Eater, as if he'd never considered it before, and if anyone would be first to accuse Snape of being a Death Eater, you'd think it'd be him.
alkari From: alkari Date: December 22nd, 2009 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
It seems one of those internal inconsistencies from JKR, although Sirius' exact words in GOF were that: "As far as I know, Snape was never even accused of being a Death Eater - not that that means much. Plenty of them were never caught. And Snape's certainly clever and cunning enough to keep himself out of trouble."

It sounds as though Sirius was trying to be fairly objective here, and was referring to formal accusations being made against Snape, via the MOM or wherever, rather than mere suspicions. His remark is made in the context of people who'd been proved to be DE's, some of whom were in Azkaban. And of course, with his own family background he would appreciate that a person could be interested in the Dark Arts and / or agree with many of Voldemort's ideas, without actually being a committed DE.

But as you say, there are several fairly glaring inconsistencies between GOF and DH. You'd certainly assume Lily's knowledge of Snape would have been put to Order use, or at least discussed with James and Sirius. And there's the fact that Dumbledore clearly knew Snape was a DE - see his greeting in DH when Snape pleads for Lily to be protected - and yet didn't apparently tell the other Order members.

Given the time between books, I am wondering whether some of these cross references and their implications were simply missed by JKR (or her editor).
cambryn From: cambryn Date: December 22nd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
and DH. You'd certainly assume Lily's knowledge of Snape would have been put to Order use, or at least discussed with James and Sirius. And there's the fact that Dumbledore clearly knew Snape was a DE - see his greeting in DH when Snape pleads for Lily to be protected - and yet didn't apparently tell the other Order members.
Lily knew that he had his leanings- but I don't think there was a way for her to know he was a Death Eater, really... I think, even if she knew he was, that she perhaps wouldn't have told James and Sirius, out of protection for him. and probably shame and embarrassment.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always forget that comment of Sirius's.

I'd think that, at the very least, they'd have suspected, and Lily, after being treated badly by someone she thought of as a friend, might not be inclined to be generous in her interpretation of those comments.
From: severely_lupine Date: December 22nd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's an odd comment because it doesn't seem to jive with what logic would seem to dictate, nor with what we know of the way Sirius feels about Snape.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's also in the same conversation that has Snape naming the Lestranges as people Snape hung with in school, so I think JKR tends to forget about it, too.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 22nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
And there's the fact that Dumbledore clearly knew Snape was a DE - see his greeting in DH when Snape pleads for Lily to be protected - and yet didn't apparently tell the other Order members.

I think Dumbledore mught have been thinking ahead about turning Snape into his double agent- and he knew they had leaks inside the Order, telling them about Snape could have been a really bad move.
alkari From: alkari Date: December 22nd, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem with this is that the DE greeting occurred before there was any sort of possible 'trigger' for turning Snape. Snape had obviously requested the meeting and Dumbledore clearly didn't know why Snape wanted to see him; the Secret Keeper business was in the future, and if it had worked, the Potters would have been protected and there would have been no 'hook' for DD to use against Snape and turn him.
From: severely_lupine Date: December 22nd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, I think this is probably a canon problem. There seem to be several of those, unfortunately.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 22nd, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Sirius might still believe that Voldemort wouldn't take half-bloods into his service, however willing they were- quite possibly he thinks Voldemort wouldn't have blind support from people like Bellatrix, Lucius and other purists if he did.
From: severely_lupine Date: December 22nd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see your point, and I suppose that's plausible. Though it still seems like of all the people to not accuse Snape of being a Death Eater, Sirius would be the least likely candidate.
sreya From: sreya Date: December 22nd, 2009 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
They didn't do the tongue-tying curse. Umbridge raved all the way to Azkaban.

Wow. How very mature of Harry and Ron. I'm not sure I would have been able to put up with her rantings for very long!
cambryn From: cambryn Date: December 22nd, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh- well also that means that there is just more for them to testify about later. :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well... nothing says they didn't put one of those buzzing spells on, so they wouldn't have to listen...
coffee_n_cocoa From: coffee_n_cocoa Date: December 22nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Re: Neville's Patronus. OotP mentions all Neville can produce is a lot of silver mist; but afterward there's no word in canon of whether or not he ever succeeded, much less what shape it might have taken. JKR hasn't said anything in her interviews, either.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 22nd, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm sure he got it eventually, but I just wanted to make sure there wasn't any specific comment to fit it to.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved the first one - made me laugh so much. Even with the sad undertones. It's not even the last sentence so much, but Lily's "Just keep James alive, will you? That's all the wedding present I ask for." that gets me.

~Hermione Stranger~
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 22nd, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Umbridge being taken to Azkaban makes me cheer. It makes me so happy.

It best not be a surprise party," Lily said. "He did that for my birthday last year, and I--"

"--showed up out of the shower," Sirius said, and waggled his eyebrows. "Trust me, I remember. I think the whole Order does."


Poor Lily! Surprise parties are no good.
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: December 23rd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good, the both of them!

Umbridge is creepy and yet- the glitter everywhere? Smart and girly. Both things she is. She always did now exactly what she was doing. It was just what she was doing was evil.

Sirius and Lily talking together like this is so happy and so sad. I love the mention of the surprise party and of Severus. Gives a sense of history between the two and between them and the world at large.
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