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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Four: Chosen, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Four: Chosen, pt. 1
Okay, I really feel like writing, so I'm going to write, but daily updates a la "Forest Guard" and "Hunter's Moon" probably aren't on the horizon. Unless I feel like it. But I'm kind of into it at the moment, so...

Anyway, the Goblet of Fire is at Hogwarts, choosing which twelve students will go to France for the tournament. Either someone put a photo of Cedric into the goblet or it appeared by ghostly means. Scorpius Malfoy was seen near the goblet close to when it was found, and because of his name, people suspect him of something odd, but the Potters and Weasleys are having none of it, and support him. Finally, choosing day comes. James's name is the fourth to come out of the Goblet.

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James's was the first name to come from Gryffindor (the first three had been Edward Flourish and Lydia Whiting from Ravenclaw, and Sybil Horowitz, a fifth year Slytherin), and the table around him burst into thunderous applause. Lily bounced up from the seat beside him, and hugged him, and Al gave a hearty cheer. Michael and Bear pulled him up from the seat and made him raise his hands in victory.

He extricated himself from their attentions, and went to the antechamber as Darcy Lynch, from Hufflepuff, was called and her table erupted in cheers.

As soon as he passed the door, Professor Longbottom took him by the shoulder and said, "I told you that no one who didn't have permission--"

James shook his head and pulled out the miniature Horntail. "Dad gave me this for luck," he said.

Professor Longbottom shook his head. "Er... all right. Sorry. I thought, er... Well, congratulations."

Darcy Lynch (who turned out to be a very pretty sixth year) came in and got her congratulations as well, as James went to sit down by Sybil, who he knew vaguely as one of the rotating Quidditch commentators.

Abby Carrow, a seventh year Hufflepuff came next, followed by Harry Norris of Ravenclaw. Scorpius Malfoy displaced James as the youngest person in the room a moment later, and Simon Frobisher, a fifth year, was the next from Gryffindor.

"I can't believe it picked me," Scorpius said, leaning over the back of the sofa. "I did it on a lark. Dad's already angry at me for not ask permission..."

Horace Goyle strutted in, looking as though he alone had been chosen, and dropped down on Sybil's other side, putting an arm over her shoulders. Electa Campbell, the quietest girl in Gryffindor--and the best student in the seventh year--came in second to last.

The door remained open. There as an anxious buzzing in the hall outside as the last spot waited to be filled.

"What's keeping it?" Abby asked.

"Maybe it's thinking about things," Scorpius suggested. "Maybe there are so many possible Hogwarts champions that it can't decide which one to take."

Abby and James smiled at him, but the others (including Goyle, which James thought was a bit rich) rebuffed him.

From the Great Hall, there was a satisfied bit of clapping from the crowd, then Robards called out, "Celia Dean."

James stood and clapped, and was still clapping when Celia came in, looking dazed and relieved. She was followed by Robards, Shevchenko, Maxime, Laurent, and, of course, Dani. They all took seats behind a large table that Robards conjured in front of the fireplace.

"Congratulations to our 'ogwarts friends," Madame Maxime said. "We look forward to seeing you at Beauxbatons." Her gaze shifted to Celia, and she frowned, then said, "Professor Robards, I must 'ave a word with you, and with Miss Dean, when we have finished."

Celia's mouth narrowed severely, and her eyebrows came together.

She didn't have an opportunity to respond, though, because Denis Laurent had stood up, and pulled out a box of books. He was disinterested in whatever Madame Maxime might have wanted to talk about.

"Our first group 'as been chosen!" he said, excited. "It's exciting, no?"

There was a general buzz of agreement.

"I 'ave 'ere a gift for each of you," he said. "It is a history of Beauxbatons palace, of the department of Ombre-Alpes in France... yes, we 'ave our own Unplottable department, though you will find that it is in the south of France, and the weather is lovely. You will 'ave no need of the heavy cloaks there." He smiled. "For the Tournament, obviously, I cannot say what you will need, but I will say that for the next two months, as you await your departure, you would be wise to learn anything you believe would be useful to you."

Robards stood up. "You will be expected to attend your regular classes until it's time to leave," he said. "But each of you may take lessons in any other class you are interested in, whether it is in your year or not, and you may contact one person from the outside to spend a weekend teaching you a skill you would like to learn. This person may come to Hogwarts, or you may--with your parents' permission--spend a weekend off the grounds. You aren't obliged to do this, but I've found that most of us know someone who has a skill we particularly covet--this is the time to acquire those skills. You may, of course, also ask any Hogwarts professor to teach you spells or potions in his or her area of expertise. I particularly recommend this to the younger members of our contingent"--he looked at James and Scorpius--"as I assure you, you do not have the necessary acquired skills yet... but you would not have been chosen if you didn't have the potential to master them." He looked at the others and smiled. "I think the Goblet has done a fine job. I know all of you from your classes, and would be proud to have this school represented by any one of you. And with that, I will ask Madame Maxime to tell you what to expect at Beauxbatons."

Madame Maxime didn't stand. She didn't need to--even sitting, she was quite as tall as the men. She smiled. "I do highly recommend that you read Monsieur Laurent's history. Beauxbatons is deeply steeped in its traditions. But we hope that we shall also be welcoming to you. Do any of you speak French?" A few hands went up, other than James and Celia's. Madame Maxime counted them. "This is very good. I hope the others will practice, as we hope that everyone will be able to make new friends among our students, but translators will be available for all tournament rules, and your Headmasters accompany you--rather than merely arriving for the tasks--to see to your required education. For those of you who are comfortable with French, you are also more than welcome to attend Beauxbatons classes. I believe you will enjoy Magizoology, with Professor Girard. Our magizoological gardens are quite extensive. We also have five gardens, which you will see when you arrive, and our Herbologist, Clement Mathis, will be happy to teach you about the plants."

"With that," Laurent said, "it is time for us to move on to the far reaches of the north at Durmstrang... at least I think it's the far reaches of the north, eh, Vlad?"

Shevchenko gave him a rather mysterious smile.

The judges left together, and after a few minutes--which felt a little anticlimatic to James--the chosen twelve gave each other awkward goodbyes, and people went back to their dormitories. James walked up to Gryffindor with Electa, Simon, and Celia, all of them talking about what they were going to try and learn over the next two months. They all agreed, based on previous tournaments, that they'd be spending a lot of time with Hagrid and Roger, learning every magical creature they could. Electa wanted to contact an apothecary she knew to learn quick-healing potions. Simon was going to work on human Transfiguration. Celia thought that Madame Maxime's information about the gardens was a hint, and wanted to spend her free time in the greenhouses.

"What about you, Potter?" Simon asked. "Are you going to call your pet Pooka?"

James rolled his eyes. It wasn't supposed to be widely known that he'd tamed the Pooka to rescue Bear two years ago, but everyone seemed to have found out. "I don't think they'd let me bring him," he said. "And the Irish Ministry was a bit shirty when I asked if I could visit."

This got a laugh, and they didn't press, but James knew exactly which spell he meant to pick up from the outside. He planned to send an owl to Teddy as soon he could write a letter. Which would have been a much less cumbersome process if he'd just learned the Patronus last year.

Of course, the great difficulty, which they all agreed was deeply unfair, was that their acting Headmaster was also the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and he was about to disappear for a week to observe the selection at Durmstrang.

The crowded common room gave them a standing ovation when they climbed through the portrait hole, and preparations went by the wayside as a party, quickly arranged by Marie Weasley, swept over them.

James was up late that night, but still had trouble falling asleep. He put Dad's miniature Horntail on his bedside table, and watched it flapping its wings. Michael and Spots didn't seem too upset about not being chosen. "At least it's one of us," Spots said, "though I can't see why that little Malfoy third year..." He stopped at James's raised eyebrow. "Well, at least you're going."

After a long time, everyone drifted off to sleep, but it seemed like morning came almost immediately. James's first class on Monday mornings was Defense Against the Dark Arts. He knew Robards wouldn't be there, and he wasn't entirely surprised to see who was there in his place.

Dad looked up from behind the desk, where he was happily going over a lesson plan, and grinned.
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From: severely_lupine Date: August 29th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You're spoiling us with these frequent updates. I'll try not to get used to it. ;)

Aw, you can't blame Neville for assuming Harry wouldn't give permission.

Haha, a Hufflepuff named Carrow. I kinda pity her.

Yay Scorpius! How can Draco already be mad at him for not asking permission if he didn't know about it? Did Scorpius tell him before the draw but after he'd entered his name?

"Maybe there are so many possible Hogwarts that it can't decide which one to take." -- Um, is a kid who goes to Hogwarts now just called a Hogwart?

Yay Celia! All that worrying for nothing, eh? Well, not quite nothing, I suppose, but still. The Goblet knew she was worth choosing.

It seems like the two visiting schools would have a significant advantage over the home school, since they get all that prep time, whereas the home champion would not. Unless the home Headmaster has told all of their students that those interested in submitting themselves should prepare.

Teacher Harry fills me with a sort of glee. I think because he seems to take such enjoyment from it himself.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Um, is a kid who goes to Hogwarts now just called a Hogwart?

Oops. Not that I don't like the theory of being a Hogwart, but I just re-worked that sentence and forgot the word "champions"!

It may be new. Or newly stated--they may have assumed that students were doing so before. Or it might be meant to balance the fact that the host school's students know where everything at their school is, and how to get hold of it... what if the Durmstrang champion had needed to steal gillyweed? ;p

The Hufflepuff Carrow's Sorting was mentioned in... I want to say Daedalus Maze. I went back through a couple of those sortings for names and thought it would be amusing if three different Death Eater families were represented. Just because times change. :D
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scops wasn't on my original list, but I like him, too, and didn't really have anything special for him to do at Hogwarts, so...
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Very interested in what's going on with Cedric's picture.

Yay for Harry getting the teaching position! Although I wonder if there will be some awkwardness related to James having his dad as a teacher. I remember having my own dad as my teacher in CM2 (that's the last year of primary school – I don't know the equivalent in the US or UK), and there was some awkwardness regarding how I should call him in class and a definite inclination of some of my schoolmates to treat me as the "teacher's pet" and such (a totally unfounded accusation, of course).

The name "Ombre-Alpes" sounds a bit strange to me; "ombre" in the singular doesn't really fit with "Alpes" in the plural. Maybe you could try "Alpes-Ombreuses", but I can't say I like it much either as it doesn't have a really nice ring to the ear. Another possibility is "Alpes-Sombres" or "Alpes-Obscures", but that gives kind of a gloomy feeling ("Dark Alps"). I'm trying to think of other possibilities with the idea of "shadow" that I imagine you had in mind, but I'm drawing a blank. Sorry – maybe later!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh. I figured "Ombre-Alpes" seemed to fit with "Haute-Alpes," but I'll take your word for it. I looked for a translation of "shadowed," but one didn't come up, so I figured it might not be a used form.

There'll be more chances for awkwardness with Al and Lily through the year, but yeah... family teaching. My mom's sister substituted in her French class, and they both apparently still have trauma over it, as I've heard the story from both of them.
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willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 29th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I remember from a ficlet of yours that James and Celia are picked, it's intriguing to hear that Scorpius goes as well. And hooray for Teacher!Harry getting a chance to do what he wants for a year instead of just a day.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't planned on Scops going! But once I had him put his name in, it seemed to fit, if just for the contingent.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

From starnightmuse- Such an enjoysble little chapter and- HARRY!

The champion selection was appropiately tense. Kind of sad that none of the weasleys made it into the tournament. Or the next gen marauders, but oh well....
Feel really good that celia was not discriminated against by the goblet-although i'm getting that impression from madam maxime, and i hope i'm wrong.

The whole history and learned skills talk by the judges now has me very,very excited! And definitely looking forward to finally visiting beauxbatons.

Getting the sneak peak of harry as DADA teacher also filled me up with absolute glee!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: From starnightmuse- Such an enjoysble little chapter and- HARRY!

Celia may have some issues with Beauxbatons as an institution, not necessarily with Madame Maxime. But just on a practical level, they may be trying to figure out how to handle her.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Starnightmuse- also little thing on....

Maybe it was just the way i read it, alnd i probably imagined the tone wrong....
But when neville confronted james jr about entering the tournament he seemed uncharacteristically, as far as a him as a professor goes, forceful.

But his apology was more him, and maybe it was all in my head.

Woudn't surpise me thought if hermione put him up to it to make sure her kids didn't entered
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Starnightmuse- also little thing on....

I think Neville was just so sure that James wouldn't have gotten permission that he's angry that he was ignored. (He's a parent now. I'm sure parent issues are suddenly of deep importance to him.)
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: August 29th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I can't have James being a typical annoying big brother, I'm happy with Dad!Harry, particularly because your Harry is so much truer to canon than movie!Harry. I never see an older Dan Radcliffe when I read your fics, but rather an older version of the GrandPré illustration.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see a Dan-ish figure, but with--I don't know, nutty thought--black hair and green eyes. I guess he had a reaction to the contacts, but couldn't they dye his hair and mess it up a little?
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nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: August 29th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
A touch of beta here 'Dad's already angry at me for not asking permission...'

Also, Madame Maxime asked to speak with Roberds and Celia when they were finished, but nothing more is said about it and Celia appears to leave the room with James. Did she speak to Madame Maxime and we not see it?

I'm enjoying this greatly...but then you know I'm a rabid fan!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aaack! I meant her to have a little conversation with them about her lycanthropic arrangements at Beauxbatons, and I completely forgot! I'll add a paragraph.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: August 29th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yaaay, Harry!

I'm terribly excited about spending time at Beauxbatons! I do hope the French won't be too hard on Celia...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to getting there myself. (So much that I totally rushed and forgot to put in the conversation with Madame Maxime.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great to see that you do feel like writing right now - it's so lovely to come home from work and find a chapterlet waiting for me! Especially when I'm just re-reading GoF. ;)

~Hermione Stranger~
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! It's good to feel like writing.
cleindori From: cleindori Date: August 30th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
...and the Hogwarts contingent emerges! And some interesting ideas about the potential champions' suggested preparations.

Heh, the Pooka. Excellent. :)

Teacher Harry! Yay! (Not that I'm entirely surprised to see him there in Robards' place, either, of course. Just excited.)

You're spoiling us with frequent updates!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved teacher!Harry in OotP. I was so sorry she didn't let him do that!
daksian From: daksian Date: August 30th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I was kind of hoping that Scorpius would make it in!

Sounds like a good set up, and a good group (well, except Horace Goyle). It's nice to see a different experience than Harry's: a lot more supportive from classmates and fellow potential champions.

And a teaching stint by Harry Potter is always welcome. I can't wait to see what you do! (Somehow I doubt he'll be showing off Unforgivable Curses a la fake Moody)

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was thinking that Scorpius, as a third year, wouldn't be picked, then it occurred to me that the Cup might just be trying to put together a representative group to be ambassadors of the school as well as potential champions.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 30th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Good chapter and question

The plot is comming along great, and seeing harry potter teach DADA should be interesting....
Question i forgot to ask in previous post.....
That whole judges past, present future oath bind ritual-spell..... Was there evidence of that in the book, or you imagined that as what the judges always did while the future champions/ potential champions waited somewhere else?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 30th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Good chapter and question

Closest thing to evidence in the book is that the flames are already in the cup when Dumbledore opens the casket, and go out when it chooses the last champion, so I figured it had to get lit at some point. The books don't say how the Durmstrang and Beauxbatons bunches were chosen. I just needed a device there. :D
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