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Just one today, though I'll call it Batch 20 to be consistent - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Just one today, though I'll call it Batch 20 to be consistent
can i ask for Neville finally conjuring his patronus? (I always though of it as a Bear) and maybe add other people doing theirs too, like Susan Bones and the patil twins? for Shalia-reads ghandi

Hmm. I can't actually visualize it as a bear! One too many pieces of fan art, and sometimes, they stick. I started with Susan in it, then realized she wasn't mentioned in book 7, which was when I set it, so she turned into Lavender.
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If there was one thing Parvati hadn't expected while in hiding from dark wizards in a desperate attempt to avoid torture and imprisonment, it was boredom.

By all rights, she thought that she ought to be constantly wound up, on the lookout for anything, her mind over-engaged.

Instead, by the third day of her sojourn in the Room of Requirement, she was ready to go spare for lack of anything to do. Oh, of course, the Room would provide her with books and entertainments, but it didn't take long to discover that when your mind is bored enough with its situation, it can no longer think of things to divert itself. She and Padma had been at one another's throats this morning, simply because an argument had seemed like a good way to kill time. Neville had been less than pleased with them, and now, Padma was over on the other side, building a little card tower to keep herself occupied while Seamus Finnegan looked on, and Parvati was wandering, again at loose ends.

"I could use some spell practice," she said. "Blasting Curse."

An old, rickety table appeared from somewhere, and she blasted it, repaired it, blasted it again.

Yawned.

"Not bad."

She looked up to find Lavender examining the wreckage.

Lavender put the table back together. "Confringo!" It shivered, but remained still. She frowned. "I'm really not good at that one. Could you teach me?"

Grateful for the diversion, she started going over the necessary bits of magic. Somewhere in the middle of it, Neville sat down on her hammock and watched.

Lavender blasted the table.

"Nice work," Neville said. "Both of you."

Parvati smiled. "Thank you."

"Do you both have the Patronus down?" he asked. "I've never been able to get a handle on it."

"I don't have enough happy thoughts in here," Parvati said.

"Well, you won't have them in a battle, either," Neville said. "But you still might need it."

"That's a good point," Lavender said. "How do you Conjure something like that when you've got real Dementors coming after you?"

"I can't really do it in the first place," Neville said.

"Let me try it," Parvati said, and thought of dancing at the Yule Ball, dressed in silks, the candle-light glimmering around her. Harry had been an awful date, but she'd ended up having a marvelous time anyway. She flicked her wand and said, "Expecto Patronum." To her surprise, the Guernsey cow (which looked about as threatening to a Dementor as a blade of grass) appeared with no fuss at all. It looked at her patiently, then faded. "Huh," she said. "I thought it wouldn't come. I wasn't even really feeling the memory."

"Well, maybe once it's done, you just... remember," Lavender suggested.

"Could you do it?" Neville asked.

Lavender shrugged. "I couldn't get the animal, just the little cloud."

Neville grinned. "Well, Parvati, if you're not going anywhere, do you think you could give us a Patronus lesson?"

"I could try..."

"The classroom is yours, Professor."

Parvati bit her lip. She'd been able to help people who had the gist of something before, but she'd never just set out to teach a spell. "Well, you, er... you remember what Harry said, about the good memory? Or the happy thought or something?"

They nodded.

"Well, I reckon... that is, I think it works because it, I don't know, makes you think about something outside the bad things. Does that make sense? So that even in a battle, you have the idea that you're going to come out, and that there's something better, something good in the world."

"Makes sense to me," Neville said.

"So... think of something really good. Something that makes you think the world is good."

"What do you think of?" Lavender asked.

"Just now, the Yule ball. But the first time, I was thinking about when Padma and I had little matching toy brooms, and another time, I was thinking of my baby sister, Priya. She's only four. Bit of a surprise. But... well, that doesn't matter." Parvati brushed it off quickly, not wanting to mention that she'd held baby Priya and it had been the most wonderful thing she'd ever felt. "It's just thinking of something that matters."

Lavender contemplated this for a long time, then said, "I know, I'll think about my first kiss!"

"With Ron? I wouldn't, that didn't go anywhere--"

But it was too late. Lavender managed to Conjure only the thinnest wisp of smoke.

Neville, meanwhile, didn't say anything about what he might be considering. He just tried the incantation several times. He managed a round shield once or twice.

Parvati tried to remember what Harry had said as he tried to teach them. All she could think of was that he'd been unconsciously copying Lupin so well that she'd nearly slipped and called him that. She didn't think that would work for her. She Conjured her cow again and watched it crop invisible grass while Lavender looked on enviously.

"I know, Lavender!" she said suddenly. "Remember when Professor Trelawney told you you'd be a fabulous Seer, and then you saw yourself in the crystal and--"

"--oh, right, and there were all the hearts and things!" Lavender cast the spell again, smiling, and this time, Parvati thought she could see a shadowy, lurking shape. A bunny, she was willing to guess.

"Getting better," Neville said encouragingly. "Let's see..." He sighed. "I can't think of anything."

Parvati thought about it, then shook her head. "I don't know you nearly well enough, Neville. Let's rectify that. I thought we'd be friends at school."

"We are friends."

"Oh!" Lavender said suddenly. "How about when you won the house cup for us first year, because Dumbledore said you were bravest of all?"

Neville smiled in wonder. "You know... I'd actually forgotten." He tried the spell, and something huge hovered in the shadow this time. "And there's Sprout, telling me I'd make a great Herbologist. And..." He went to the wall and said, "WINDOW."

The room provided a rather fake looking window.

Neville ground his teeth, then said. "There is a world out there. And things are growing, no matter what the bloody Death Eaters do to stop it."

"All right," Parvati said dubiously.

Neville turned fiercely, waved his wand, and said, "Expecto Patronum!"

The white light was blinding in the small room, and everyone turned to look as it resolved itself into a huge creature with a flowing silvery mane.

The lion loped back to Neville.

He smiled at it, and it disappeared.
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eranim From: eranim Date: December 23rd, 2009 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh lord, this is dear.
darkeyedwolf From: darkeyedwolf Date: December 23rd, 2009 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, this is PERFECT.
i_autumnheart From: i_autumnheart Date: December 23rd, 2009 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
:adores Neville:

I also love the insight into Pavarti and Lavender here: their interactions are great.
From: severely_lupine Date: December 23rd, 2009 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, a lion, how appropriate.

And may I say, this is one example of what's so great about your writing. Because a fic with the setup 'the DA is hiding from Death Eaters in the RoR and getting so bored' could have gone very different in another author's hands.
under_crisis From: under_crisis Date: December 31st, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol. and i agree. i can't recall how many fics i've read having the same premise but a different ending *waggles eyebrows*

it shouldn't surprise me that of all the gryffindors we knew neville had to get the lion patronus, but... i guess it goes along with the surprise at him being the ringleader of the hogwarts rebellion. and the snake thing.
alkari From: alkari Date: December 23rd, 2009 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
A lion for Neville - perfect!
tearoha From: tearoha Date: December 23rd, 2009 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful Neville fic. I love the dynamics here. Thanks!
malinbe From: malinbe Date: December 23rd, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
*wipes little tear*

Beautiful.
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: December 23rd, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neville has always been a "true Gryffindor"
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: December 23rd, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haven't commented in a long while but I've been trying to catch up but this is so lovely and made me all warm and fuzzy that I had to let you know! Lots of love to this!
snuggle_muggle From: snuggle_muggle Date: December 23rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just lovely. I really enjoyed this one. I like them all, but when I get teary-eyed, I know I have to respond.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 23rd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
"There is a world out there. And things are growing, no matter what the bloody Death Eaters do to stop it."
I absolutely love that this is Neville's happy thought. (I'm another big plant lover.)

~Hermione Stranger~
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: December 23rd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perfection. Neville needed a lion patronus. It suits him. It's funny how as the more I read Harry Potter, the more the secondary characters took primacy in my heart . . . and Neville? He's number one.
golden_d From: golden_d Date: December 23rd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, Neville. <333
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: December 23rd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that you gave Neville such a fierce patronus.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 25th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Neville!love

oh wow. that was great!
i like the feeling of every-day commonness among the dark days

I love how you made Parvati want to teach (and the mention of the baby sister, so adorable).

but why a cow? is is because of Hinduism? the sacred cow tradition?

and mmm.. bit of a cannon nitpick... Luna is the one with a bunny patronus.
(then again rowling gets makes it really confusing to understand, first she says not too people have the same patronus and then it turns out both lilly and snape have a doe patronus)

but nevermind.

and it made me feel rather bad for neville that he couldn't think something happy.
but good to know he could find a happy thought once he had a little friendly push.

i like the lion Patronus. i can see how it would fit neville

the reason why i agreed with this one friend that nevlle patronus was a bear was probably because of neville character development.

at the beginning, neville was like a baby bear, cute and clumsy and gettig into trouble but as he grew to his full potential he because an amazing, strong and fierce oponent, much like a grown bear

but the lion suits him too

happy holidays, thanks ferwithy

shalia-reads-gahndi

gypsy_thief From: gypsy_thief Date: December 26th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really marvelous. A bit like the Incredible Hulk, you don't want to get Neville angry.
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