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Ask Teddy OCs anything - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Ask Teddy OCs anything
Eh, screw it. My brain is non-functional and needs a jumpstart. Twenty questions for my OCs from the Teddy stories (I'll take the first twenty and answer in character).
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Can your Teddy count?

[Maddie]Well, we all do rotations in everything--it's sort of like being a Healer. But I've spent the most time in Universe, of course. I did three years in Mind, not long after the war, and I really wanted my stint in Identity, no matter how badly that turned out. I tried Beauty for a few months, but I had the same problem as everyone else... after a while, the urge to study Beauty devolves into, "Oo, pretty."

(And, as much as I'd like to claim Teddy is my OC, alas, he's JKR's.)

Edited at 2010-08-13 04:38 am (UTC)
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 13th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless, how ya doing?

I presume you've met Ginny Potter and Hermione Weasley. Which one would you say you're more like?

Ever play Quidditch with Ginny?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. I wouldn't say I'm much like Hermione Weasley--I don't hate books, but they aren't the first thing I turn to. I might be a bit like Ginny Potter, if I had to pick one of them. I've never played Quidditch with her, though I'd like to. I've played it with her brother George, though. He did some training with me the before I tried out for Beater.

I'm all right. I will be, anyway.
From: severely_lupine Date: August 13th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC) (Link)
To any of Teddy's children:

Care to share a time when someone had accused you of being too much like one of your parents or grandparents (or other relatives)?

(Does that count as being from Teddy stories?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
[Orry]Well, my brother Sirius calls me "Uncle Percy" every time I try to get him to straighten up and fly right, but everyone else just thinks I'm like Mum. Other than that? Sirius has some of Dad's talents, but he's not at all alike in personality. Mira looks like my great-grandmother, Julia, but who knows what she was like? I guess the twins remind everyone of Uncle George and his brother Fred, but I think that's just because they're, well, twins. Ray has a bit of Grannydora in him, judging by the painting.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Ruthless

Ruth,

Why do you feel the need to keep Teddy at arms length when you are perfectly willing to find intimacy with a raging psychopath?

Also what are your feelings about Teddy's crush on Weasley?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ruthless

Well, I didn't know Sam was a raging psychopath when I... how did you so delicately put it? Found intimacy with him. And, er, finding it was part of keeping Teddy at an arm's length. I thought it'd be easier, you see, if I had a whole life built up by the time he got out of school. All of that potential would have passed. It'd be... well, you get the idea, don't you? Even Sam was all about Teddy, which is sort of pathetic, which was exactly what I wanted to avoid.

I think Teddy's feelings for Weasley are a little beyond a crush. That's why I broke up with him. A crush, I could have lived with.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Andrew Stephens, do you feel at your young age that you are ready for the position of potions master at Hogwarts? What sort of training/work have you been doing in the few years between graduating and taking the post?

-Maraudercat
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I worked at an apothecary in Leeds from the time I finished school until the job came open. The school is largely looking for someone who has done well on Potions NEWTs, and shown in practical terms that he understands the subject. These days, they also look for the ability to teach--it wasn't always so. As it happens, I'm a fairly decent teacher, somewhat to my surprise.

There weren't a lot of applicants. It seems that witches and wizards who went through Hogwarts during... well, we'll leave it at "certain years," since the teacher involved was a war hero... didn't have a particularly positive view of the subject, so most of the people who did apply were of a younger set.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Donzo]As we haven't let go of him since it happened--metaphorically, anyway--I'm not sure he'll note where ours stop and yours start, but of course. He can use all the hugs we can find for him.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Father Alderman:

I believe you have spoken previously about the occasional problems reconciling particular parts of scripture with the wizarding world.

To swing the other way, what are your experiences with wizarding atheists? Given that a near-universal belief of atheists in the Muggle world is the disbelief in the 'supernatural' how do they reconcile their own 'supernatural' magical powers?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's quite simple. For the same reason as religious witches and wizards don't stumble over the anti-witchcraft scriptures--they clearly refer to calling on other powers to achieve magic--the atheists aren't stumped by it. Most of them believe in accepting what is, and since they clearly see that they have these powers, the powers are attributed as non-supernatural. Some study rather intensively to understand the scientific underpinning of magical talent. But as there is no calling on higher powers involved, they're more or less sanguine about that aspect of it.
amamama From: amamama Date: August 13th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Wendell-ten-years-from-now, how are you doing? How did Cresswell's murderous rampage shape what you did with the shop?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm all right. I recently married Wanda Senspedig--she was a friend of Neil Overby's, but it was never more than that--and we're expecting a child. We may choose to permanently annoy Maurice by naming said child after him.

The shop... There are changes, but they're more subtle than you might think. We still sell cursed objects and old spell books, and I still get visits from Aurors whenever someone misuses an artifact, but I'm not interested in Dark magic as such. There are a lot more things that are just interesting curios. I've also got an entirely new section of the business--when Maurice was in charge, instead of squirreling away the genealogical information for later use, he started selling the trees Borgin kept. So we have a rather large family history section!
arcaneblades From: arcaneblades Date: August 13th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless, what was it that drew you to Sam Cresswell in the first place? Can you tell us how that whole situation got started?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sam was quite charming at first. He took an interest in me, and took me out. He made a point of doing "grown-up" things, as he said he remembered feeling like he didn't belong in the adult world yet when he left school. After a couple of dates--I think it was the third one--he started talking about how we really ought to have a more adult relationship. The change happened kind of subtly, as I was quite eager to prove my adult-ness, and so I let him talk me into thinking I was being childish with any hesitation, and one thing led to another.

But at the beginning, you have to understand, this seemed very exciting and glamorous. I was going with a man, rather than a boy. He wasn't Teddy. He was interested in me. He thought I was a woman rather than a girl. It all seemed to make perfect sense at the time, though looking back, knowing what I know, I can see all the points where he played me like a damned fiddle.
demonoflight From: demonoflight Date: August 13th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey Wendell, since when have you been so interested in the shop?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always loved the shop. Maurice thought I was mad. But I was close to our cousin Veradisia, and she always showed me her finds and told me everything they did. I wanted to hear about her travels, and I always looked at the things she'd showed me when Borgin put them out in the shop. It was just what I did. I never understood why Maurice hated it so much. He didn't, when we first got back to England. He spent a lot of time there while Mum and Dad were working. But one day, he just decided it was the worst thing in the world, and only wanted to get rid of it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey Ravenclaws...

Hey Ravenclaws of Teddy's year, how was DADA that time Draco visited? I've been thinking it must have been interesting.

Thanks,
~Karen (really excited to get to ask a question!)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hey Ravenclaws...

[Geoffrey]Oh, yes, fascinating. I just love it when supposedly reformed criminals tell me how I ought to live my life.

All right, how it went:

Malfoy came in to tell us about our potential to be Dark wizards. He said Ravenclaws were prone to it because we were more interested in ideas than morality (never mind that morality is an idea). He said McCormack was as likely as not to try a Dark spell just to see if the theory worked, and Franklin be right there assisting him because he always had to see how things came out. Lizzie Richardson was meant to be susceptible to shortcuts in finding answers, and Connie Deverill was apparenlty too committed to "being right," whatever that means.

I told him that we were all rather safe from this sort of prattle, because we knew where the trouble came from. I explained that I was trying to excise those elements of wizarding culture that led to the troubles he'd participated in. He said I was too tied to ideology, and, if you can believe it, told Potter that he wanted to stay after class to discuss that.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

to father Alderman...

has anyone from the second war generation *potter, weasleys, Finnigan,etc)

ever come to you to talk? or get to know you view on things? *belief in God, an afterlife,etc.

~A
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: to father Alderman...

I actually talked to Ginny and Luna quite a lot as, had Greyback not come along, I'd have been in their year. They argued about whether I'd have been a Gryffindor or a Ravenclaw, and once, when we'd had a few pints of mead, sneaked me up to the Headmistress's office in mid-summer (this was right after they'd finished their seventh year, and we'd actually been celebrating that at the Hog's Head) and had me try on the Sorting Hat. It was bemused by a Sorting Request for a boy of eighteen who was not planning to start Hogwarts, but it spoke to me a little. It didn't give me a House, though.

On the spiritual matters, they didn't really consult me. I've found it to be the case that people older than myself and younger than myself are more comfortable with such things than people my own age. Seamus was the only Catholic among them, as far as I know, and he had his own priest in Ireland.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
To younger Gryffindors and Ravenclaws ... any legends about the beginning of the hex war and which side started it?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Marie]I tried, I tried. I made up a whole story about how Victoire felt that the Shacklebolts had seized power in the Ministry that ought to have been held by a Weasley, but as everyone knew better, it never caught on. Most of them understood it as a game.

On the other hand, some of the latter participants hexed one another in embarrassing ways, despite Story and Victoire having rules about that, and those got honestly personal. After a while, they stop caring why it started, don't they?
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure. I imagine Ruth's brothers are going to spend some time discussing vengeance options with her, because that seems like what brothers would do to try and help her through this, talk out violent retribution. But that seems a bit grim to ask about.

Instead, Honoria, how does this effect your articles? I mean, one moment, you were doing light, fluff pieces and thinking you had a handle on where everyone was going to go after school. Then, everything changed. The Maurice you wrote about . . . is not quite the same Maurice you've got now.

Ellen
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm just glad I did Maurice's article when I did. It was always meant to be happy, and I'm glad that his parents saw it and everyone was able to tease him about it a little.

The others? I have no plans to change the style. I'll certainly write a new piece about the murders, and they'll likely come up in the other interviews, but these are still meant as "get to know you" pieces, and that's what they'll be.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

to teddy...

when you were growing up... who did you lived with? Andromeda or the Weasley family?

who was your primary caretaker? harry or Andromeda?

and did you knew Victoire since you were very little or once you were older?

~dotytonks
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: to teddy...

Teddy's not an OC, like I said in the first answer. JKR told everyone he grew up with Andromeda. In my stories, Harry spent the first few years with them. And of course he always knew Victoire.
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