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Ask Shifts-verse, Teddy-verse or James-verse characters anything - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask Shifts-verse, Teddy-verse or James-verse characters anything
Yes, I'm bored. I feel like I just did this, but I looked back through the LJ calendar, and apparently, it's been a few months.

So, you know the drill. Ask a character a question, he or she will answer it.
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From: severely_lupine Date: August 3rd, 2011 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, that last fic got me thinking...

Daniel, how did you find out about wizards, why Lupin was at your school that year, and what was your reaction to it all? Also, what was your part in helping during that last year of the war?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2011 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I won't say I'd put together everything. Who could? It's a madly complicated system. But one night at Smeltings, I saw Mr. Lewis go into the woods beyond the car park. I'd found something interesting--I don't even remember what it was--so I followed. There'd been a bit of rain, and I could see his footprints well enough. Up until they disappeared between two trees, just beyond where he could have been seen from the school. I couldn't think of a rational explanation, so I was fairly open to irrational ones as they presented themselves. Justin was my neighbor, and of course, odd stories had got around from time to time. I saw owls flying into Finch Hall, which seemed strange. And once, when I couldn't sleep, I went out to the barns to curry Balius, and I thought I saw someone flying on a broom. Mind, I didn't credit it as such until later. I thought it was just a strange shadow. But all of that is to say that I had a sense of something being a lot odder than it seemed.

Then I saw Justin's place burning. I rode in, because I could see people deliberately doing it. I heard Justin's horse in the barn. I went. He pulled a wand and did a spell--it wasn't hard to figure out from there.

My role in the war? There were Muggle-borns who weren't as prominent as members of Dumbledore's army. I helped them fit in at Smeltings under the identities Dora Lupin cooked up for them--got them caught up to their year, covered for them if they said odd things, and so on. Also, I tutored Dudley in science, but that was a lost cause.
From: severely_lupine Date: August 3rd, 2011 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Can I ask a follow-up? So, when you saw Lupin again for the first time after the incident at Justin's, what did you say to him?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I recall, it was something brilliant along the line of, "You're young!"
From: severely_lupine Date: August 4th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha! I like that.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, let's just say, I'm among the few who wasn't entirely surprised by the revelation that it was a fake. Actually, one of the three people, counting them.

Really, a Ravenclaw and a Hufflepuff coming up with a scheme that tricky and brilliant (if I do say so myself)? Oh, all right, after supper one evening, when Scops and I were eavesdropping on Mum and Dad worrying about it, I just said, "You ought to pretend to do it, just to see what happens," and they came up with the rest, but personally, I think that makes it my idea.

Anyway, I knew they weren't in love, because I've read Scops's journal (he cursed me into St. Mungo's over that), and I knew he was feeling quite conflicted because he'd spent so much time complaining about pure-bloods who would only marry pure-bloods, but he was actually in love with a pure-blood Slytherin girl (he didn't say who she was, but I will have it out of him), so I was in on the joke at any rate.

As to the parents? They were reasonably polite to each other for the rest of the evening. No storming off, no yelling. Hermione actually seemed to have a bit of a laugh at herself, and came over to have a drink with Mum and Dad. They had a civilized conversation, and even laughed a little, but nothing further came of it.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2011 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)


Do you have anything to do with your biological parents still? (I'm assuming they're still alive since the story doesn't mention their death)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Celia

My father came to see me sixth year--that's a story in itself, and Fern might want to tell it--and they seemed at least a little bit sorry for turning me out. They were a little panicked at the time, and weren't prepared to deal with it. I told him that I was happy with Mum Viv, he said that he was glad of that, and asked if there was anything they could do. I thought about it for a while, and said that, if they really wanted to help me stay happy and avoid a great drama, he could go back to wherever they were. I promised I'd stop being angry at them.

He went away.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Celia

Thanks Fern. Feel free to write it (hint hint)

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
(older) Scorpius: You seem to have had quite an interest in politics as a teen. What are your political leanings these days, how do they compare to when you were younger, and what sort of conversations do you have with your father these days?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually respect Dad a lot for being upfront with me, and I do my best to express that as often as I can--though not by agreeing with him when I don't, which is rather foolish.

After my brief (and now embarrassing) foray into the world of Muggle-born superiority, my political role has been as something of a guard-dragon against them. I've spent a lot of time in front of the Wizengamot trying to argue for the actual, smart reforms--paying attention to Muggle science at Hogwarts, becoming more involved as citizens (rather than as wizards) in what's happening in the country around us, and, most practically, in the movement to help Muggle-borns and their families adjust to things long before their Hogwarts letters come--but I also watch for the lunatics, and cross them whenever I can.

In Muggle politics, I'm afraid that I'm no terribly good at picking a party and sticking to it. One year, I'll find that I agree deeply with Labour, then the next, the Tories will make a trenchant point about something. I don't think I'll be asked to take up a party job any time soon!
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 3rd, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

To (who else?) James (age 12 or so)

Do you tease Lily the way you tease Al? Why or why not? Do you have a girlfriend?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: To (who else?) James (age 12 or so)

I tease Lily the way I tease Lily. There's no way she would have been Sorted into Slytherin, so that never would have worked--she's as Gryffindor as I am, and everyone knows it. It only worked with Al because Lily and I could devil him into doing something tricky to get out from between us. With Lily, the best course is always trying to trick her into doing something silly on a dare. But I don't do it often. Lily learned the concept of "payback" rather early.

Girlfriend? Er, no. Everyone thinks I like Celia Dean, but I don't, not that way! She's just good fun, and maybe a bit pretty, and...

But I don't like her that way!
a_blue_jay From: a_blue_jay Date: August 4th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: To (who else?) James (age 12 or so)

Of course not, James. Of course you don't like her that way. :P
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to figure out a way to make this a ask-Fern-what-she-thought-of-the-last-movie question ("Daniel, did you ever see a film that made you think of your year hiding Muggleborns? What did you think of it?" etc) but I think I'll go with -

So, what was it like suddenly having terrified, slightly singed sheep showing up at the house? Did you realize they were Justin's or did you have to wait for him to show up?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 3rd, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Mother screamed when the first one showed up, but I saw the tag from Finch Hall and realized what had to be happening. I expanded the kitchen to make room for whatever else he was going to send.

By the time poor old Mandrake arrived--looked like Justin had magically subdued him, so I had to break that spell--I knew I had to go. I sent my Patronus to Susan and Hannah, and the three of us met outside the gate. The Death Eaters were still there, but I could see a great wall between Finch Hall and the neighbors' place, so I guessed Justin got far enough away to take a Patronus. I sent it. It never occurred to me that he'd got away with the Muggle neighbor.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Daniel (or Cho) can you tell us about how you met?


Victorie (at any age but preferably post-marriage) - how do you handle Teddy's fits of 'moping' / guilt about things beyond his control?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Cho]Daniel swears that we met during the last year of the war, and I believe him--I think--since I was running myself ragged smuggling Potions ingredients out of the apothecary where I was working. I might not have registered meeting a dancing hippogriff in a top hot on my way in and out of the safe houses, let alone a fourteen year old boy with his nose in a book. I did, at one point, have to get some dittany to Justin, so it must have been then. Daniel says we talked. For my actual memories, I met him a few years after the war, when I went to check the Charm-work on the Levinsons' place (it got a bit magically singed, and we repaired it). Daniel was there talking about his first year at uni. He asked me what I kept in my phials. And the rest is history.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)


What have you been doing since you left Hogwarts? What job did you take? (Did you take a job?). What's become of your pro-Muggleborn-movement? (And what would you tell someone who accused you of being a "terrorist" or something alike?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 4th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Geoffrey

I took a post in the Muggle Liaison office for a few years, but they sacked me when they found out I'd been telling Muggle-borns not to go to Hogwarts--to just get their wands and some books and start practicing. After eighteen underage magic arrests, I was shown the door. I argued the cases in front of the Wizengamot, since the law is ridiculous, but ridiculous laws were not considered a defense. Since they were acting on my say-so, I got the fines. I couldn't pay them, so I ended up in Azkaban for a year. Got to talk to a few of the people we fought that night, too. I think I got them convinced that they were being counterproductive by following Cresswell. It gave me time to finish up my book, and the book gave me enough money to travel a bit. There are interesting people in the world.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 4th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Geoffrey

Wow. That's the most normal Geoffrey has ever sounded since we've met him.

Loving your stuff as always.

Loved the stuff about Daniel and Justin.

I don't suppose your ideas of how to do "Safe" involve hearing about it from the POV of the whole Smeltings gang? Because that would be AWESOME!

Take care and happy writing.

Sara Libby
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 5th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, during a very rough semester at school, I had a friend who SWEARS she told me she was engaged. TWICE. I know about being too tired and stressed to notice the dancing hippogriff in a top hat (you meant top hat, right?).

Of course, I had a sister living in the same area, and we do look quite a bit alike. I wonder if it wasn't the newly engaged friend who wasn't too out of it with engagement euphoria to notice she told the wrong person. TWICE.

One of us had to be pretty badly out of it that year.

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 7th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

To Remus (or maybe Teddy, anybody familiar with the Lupin family)

I remember Maurice mentioning something about the Lupin family marrying a lot of muggleborns. Is it just your mother, Julia (McManus) or does it go further?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 7th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: To Remus (or maybe Teddy, anybody familiar with the Lupin family)

(I'm making the names up as I go here, but this is about how long I'm figuring it!)
All right, here's what I have from Maurice. It's a bit confusing.

  • John Lupin married Julia McManus, a Muggle-born witch.
  • John's father, Richard Lupin, married Betsey Kelley, a Muggle-born witch.
  • Richard's mother, Catherine Waite, married Frederick Lupin, a Muggle-born wizard. Their daughter, Emma, also married a Muggle-born, though the Browns have mainly stayed in the wizarding community since.
  • Catherine's father, George Waite, married Muggle-born witch Margaret Campbell. Her sisters also married Muggle-borns (the social situation was apparently bad at the time, and as half-bloods, they didn't have many options), though those families became the Ketteridges and the Robinses eventually--well-established, at any rate.
  • George's mother, Diantha Lovegood, was the last total pure-blood on Dad's side--she was born in 1803 (my four-greats grandmother) and started the trend in a big way by marrying a Muggle (not a wizard) named Harvey Waite. One of their other sons, Andrew, married a Muggle and disappeared into the Muggle world. Maurice thinks they may be obscurely related to the Grangers in some way, but he's not as good with Muggle genealogy. There are still a handful of Waites around in the wizarding world, though I don't know any of them. The generations don't work quite right for me to be in regular contact with anyone.

Edited at 2011-08-07 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2011 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: To Remus (or maybe Teddy, anybody familiar with the Lupin family)

Thank you so much for this! I think Maurice and I are definitely kindred spirits when it comes to genealogy stuff like this. If you decide to try again and need help, just let me know. I absolutely love this verse that you've created! Kiranwheeler@gmail.com still wondering where Regulus comes into the storyline though. Rigel Black's family tree must look a mess... :)

From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)

And on that topic, Maurice

Any chance you could (convince Fern to) draw up a family tree or two of some of the main characters?

I've done this for my ff, and it is immensely satisfying to join up all the old pure-blood families and see how they link together.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 8th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: And on that topic, Maurice

[Maurice]I think she's sat down a few times and tried to work it out, then got frustrated because they haven't all fit. She tells me there's a thing called ancestry.com, which remembers even better than I do, but she'd be embarrassed if the private tree turned out to not be private and someone caught her using it to create a Lupin family tree... ;p

ETA: She's not the only one doing it. She just found ten more Lupin trees. But they aren't the same as hers.

Edited at 2011-08-08 06:14 am (UTC)
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