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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Ten: The Journal of Lily Luna Potter, 30 Oct-20 Nov, pt 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Ten: The Journal of Lily Luna Potter, 30 Oct-20 Nov, pt 1
Things came to a head in France when the Sirens there for the first task got loose, causing a bad accident when the fence collapsed under the weight of students trying to reach the siren song. In the wake of that, Dani Villanueva reveals that she saw Denis Laurent tamper with the Goblet--he admits that he removed Celia's name, feeling that she wouldn't be able to compete due to her lycanthropy. The Goblet recognized the tampering, and had not gone out, so Hogwarts was able to get a second champion, to replace the injured Horace Goyle. To no one's surprise, it picks Celia. Things get better over the next couple of weeks. James has more or less forgotten that he asked Al and Lily to help find out about Amos Diggory, but the day before the first task, he gets a package in the mail--duplicated pages from Lily's diary: "Clues: The Crimefighting Journal of Lily Luna Potter."

Excuse the Comic Sans... it's the only web-universal font that looks remotely like handwriting.

Table of Contents So Far

Clues: The Crimefighting Journal of Lily Luna Potter

30 October 2019
My brother James and the others left this morning, going on the special train as I understand it. I wish I could have seen it, but no one was allowed in. Maybe they thought someone would try to stow away and sneak into the tournament, which would be an excellent plan, if you think about it. The Goblet couldn't tell, could it?

James told us to find out about Mr. Diggory, since they're saying he made an avalanche and had a Bludger hit someone, and put a picture of Cedric into the Goblet, and quite possibly flies around in the middle of the night on a broomstick, cackling and making people break out in warts. What? That seems to be the only thing missing, as far as I can see. Oh, maybe he could poison people's chickens as well. I remember chicken poisoning being a favorite of evil wizards.

Anyway, Al and I got invited to tea with Dad in his office, since Cho Morse was visiting, and she wanted to say hello. (Also, because she used to be Dad's girlfriend at Hogwarts, and if they were all alone together, someone somewhere would tell a newspaper, and suddenly Dad would be cheating on Mum and Cho would be cheating on Mr. Morse, and it would be quite a mess for everyone. So Al and I were invited, and I must say, if either of them means to have an affair, they cover it very well with a lot of talk about their spouses. Mr. Morse is in Indonesia now, helping people after a tsunami. Cho showed us pictures.)

All of which is to say that it seemed like a very good time to ask about Mr. Diggory and Cedric, since Cho was also Cedric's girlfriend. It might have been hard to bring up if it hadn't already been out there, but it turns out, she'd visited to wish everyone good luck in Cedric's name, so they were talking about it anyway, and Al just asked her flatly, "Do you think Mr. Diggory put the picture in the Goblet?"

Dad got his Dad-look at this--you know the one. Or maybe you don't. I don't really have a face for you, diary, so maybe you don't know the Dad-look. It starts out with a little raise of his eyebrows, then he squooshes them together and looks out over the top of his specs. This particular Dad-look (and there are others, but this is the one we see most) means that he reckons we're up to something, and he hasn't decided whether or not to just let us go about our business just yet. Luckily, while he's deciding, he gives us the benefit of the doubt, and lets us go on with whatever we have in mind, just sitting up really straight and watching us carefully while he thinks about it. Usually, you can tell when he decides to let you keep going, because he relaxes and looks at something else. There's only one time I saw him decide not to let us keep going. That was when James was a first year, and over Christmas, was trying to get Teddy to talk about Ruth Scrimgeour, who'd broken up with him again (that was the last time before Teddy decided that he loved Victoire instead). That time, Dad watched and watched, then finally said, "James, it's none of your business, so stop."

He never says that when it's my business James is prodding into.

Anyway, after Al asked that, Cho said that she didn't think so. She said that she'd spent a lot of time with Mr. and Mrs. Diggory after Cedric died. "I was a bit of a mess, as you recall," she told Dad. And she said that she helped him put together an album, and that he never would have given up any of his pictures, least of all to burn one in the Goblet.

She also said that Cedric was a kind boy who loved the Tournament, and wouldn't want any of this to happen. I wonder if she would have married him instead of Mr. Morse if he hadn't died.


31 October
Halloween at Hogwarts is a lot of fun, with pumpkins and feasts and everything else. Al's dramatics club was going to put on a play, but they've only met once, and there wasn't time. Al is glad. They wanted him to play the lead. Which, mostly, I would think was silly, but they wanted to put on a play about Dad and Uncle Ron and Aunt Hermione and the troll. I think Al maybe doesn't want to be in dramatics club if that's what they're going to do. Though I think he'd have made a fine troll, personally.

Since James isn't here, I told the story about the Marauders, and how Granddad Potter looked after Sirius and Lupin. Since I'm named after Nana Potter, I decided to tell about her as well (James always forgets, which even Granddad says he shouldn't). We're not allowed to talk about them dying when we tell it on Halloween, so instead, I told how she told Granddad she'd rather go out with the giant squid. Granddad says she also told him, other times, that she'd rather go out with a hinkypunk in Professor Kettleburn's class, a pickled toad in Potions, and a Boggart they beat once when they sneaked out at night to go to the kitchens, which turned into Filch. I guess they must have all been busy, as we're all here to talk about it.

We asked Dad if he wanted to stay, since he's never here for our stories, but he said he and Teddy were going to Godric's Hollow to put hats on the statue, then waiting for word from the portrait about who is going to be the Hogwarts champion. (He could have got that from Phineas Nigellus here, but I guess Mum is going to Teddy's. They act like they think James has a chance. Which I suppose he might, if one of the tasks is about being bossy and making up silly stories.)


1 November
I'm really glad it turned out not to be James! Someone made blood come out of the Goblet. Mr. Diggory was there. I don't know why, but now everyone says that he's doing all of these things.

Al decided that we ought to investigate more, so he got Rosie over from the Ravenclaw table at lunch, and we found the root cellar where Hugo was reading a big book on the history of the Triwizard Tournament. We don't know why he hides, unless it's because he wears his specs to read, and he thinks they make him look like Uncle Percy. It seemed like as good a place to meet as any, so Al pulled a big barrel out of the corner and we used it as a table, with some little crates as chairs. Rosie took notes, and I will tape them in here.

Meeting One of the Potter-Weasley Association of Crimefighting (PWAC)
In attendance: Albus Severus Potter, Rose Monica Weasley, Lily Luna Potter, Hugo Ronald Weasley

Item One: Is Amos Diggory responsible?
All in attendance, based on the report of Cho Morse (plus the feeling of Hugo Weasley that it's "too easy") agree that it is not likely to be Mr. Diggory, but on Rose Weasley's insistence, we will explore possibilities related to him as well.

Item Two: Why is the Tournament being disrupted? Who doesn't want it?
This was most of the conversation. All PWAC members agree that if we could figure out the motive, we'd know who was doing it. After many suggestions (including revenge, political theater, and other such things), Albus Potter recommends that we each research Triwizard Tournaments of the past--each of us taking a different era--and find things that have happened which might lead to a motive. The assignments are as follows:
  • Albus Potter, 1375-1500, plus 1994-95 tournament and other information as found
  • Rose Weasley, 1500-1625
  • Hugo Weasley, 1625-1750
  • Lily Potter, 1750-1875 (or last games in 1870s)

Item Three: Shall this organization be known as the Potter-Weasley Association of Crimefighting, or the Weasley-Potter Association of Crimefighting?
Hugo and Rose Weasley proposed "Weasley-Potter," as all member of the Association are of Weasley descent. Lily Potter argued that it was begun by Potter siblings. Albus Potter won the argument by suggesting that it is easier to pronounce PWAC than WPAC. Resolved (secretary sole dissenting vote): The Association shall heretofore be known as the Potter-Weasley Association of Crimefighting (PWAC) on all official documentation. It shall meet thrice weekly, in the location to be called Headquarters (the root cellar three doors north of the kitchens).

Item Four: Shall we discuss findings with appropriate adults?
This was the cause of much debate. Rose Weasley pointed out (quite reasonably) that the adults, particularly Auror/Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Harry Potter and Acting Auror Division head Ronald Weasley, are responsible for the resolution of this issue, and should be kept up to date on any findings by the Association. Lily Potter and Hugo Weasley refused this reasoning and suggested that this is not how such an Association is meant to behave. Albus Potter recommended putting all findings together and turning in a proper report when something substantive is discovered. Statement from Potter: "If we keep going to Dad and Uncle Ron with a different theory every week, they'll start ignoring us. I would. So let's wait until we know for sure that we're onto something, and then tell them, when we have evidence to back it up." After discussion, Rose Weasley agreed that this was the wisest course. Lily Potter and Hugo Weasley will participate under these conditions, but want it on the record that they believe we ought to apprehend the criminal ourselves instead.

Item Five: Shall Albus Potter be the leader of this Association?
Albus Potter declined leadership. No one else was nominated.

Resolved: We will meet again on Tuesday, to compare notes on our studies.

And that was our first meeting.

I am neck-deep in 1772, which was the last time the American colonist wizards were in the tournament from Hogwarts (our champion lived in Boston, if you can believe it). Unless someone is trying to stop the tournament because someone might make a political protest about stamp acts, I don't think I've found anything.

But I'll keep looking.
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mollywheezy From: mollywheezy Date: October 10th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone needs to tell Hugo that glasses are sexy . . . But since he's 11, that can happen much later. ;D

PWAC is adorable!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 10th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think he's actually more concerned that people will think he's like his Ravenclaw sister...
From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 10th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like Albus' reasoning, though I probably wouldn't if I were Harry or Ginny...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 10th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, it does sort of make sense--boy who cried wolf sort of sense, anyway. And since Harry has a pretty good idea what they're up to...
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 10th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

AWW it feel good to know how things are back at hogwarts!

but oh boy, Lina is quite a handful isn't she? (laughs)

and geez lily just because your dad talks to his ex-(can't really be considered Ex girlfriend since him and Cho didn't exactly "dated" at all) doesn't mean there is remotely the possibilities of him cheating.

have some faith in your father.


wait... Al quit the drama club?!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 10th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: AWW it feel good to know how things are back at hogwarts!

Al hasn't quit the drama club yet.

And Lily doesn't believe it. She just knows that the papers will make something of it. She's probably grown up hearing jokes about what all the tabloids have everyone up to.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 10th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: AWW it feel good to know how things are back at hogwarts!


I don't know what to make of that "yet"

I grown fond of the idea of Al doing theater.

here's hoping the drama club doesn't antagonize him to the point of quitting.

I mean, he could always play his uncle Ron!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 10th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: AWW it feel good to know how things are back at hogwarts!

Or the troll.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: AWW it feel good to know how things are back at hogwarts!

nah. with that brain of his? it be a bit degrading.

he could always be the stage manager/ whatever job they have backstage.

that way he's still in the club but not playing the role he obviously doesn't want to play as.

*starnightmuse who can't access her lj right now.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 10th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

while you answer the Al question...

so they only wanted Al in because he looks enough like his dad for the halloween skit?

*i hope not*

if so- ouch.

although I'm getting the impression that Al is trying Way too hard to not be in anything related to his dad (No quidditch, no leadership position (which to be fair- it's not like Harry asked for that either- people just put him there....)

which on one side it's good since it must be weird to look so much like his dad at a younger age.

but at the same time it kind of makes it look like he's ashamed of it, and it's not like their personalities are carbon copy.

(i mean for one thing Al thinks things through a lot more than Harry did (not that Harry didn't thought things through- but he was more impulse/gut instinct) and Harry didn't do crossworth puzzles... etc

so someone should tell Al that it's okay if he likes/does some of the same things his dad did, people who know them both can tell the difference, and those who don''t well... they probably are not worth the time anyway.
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 10th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

anyhow... on the other stuff

I admit I'm impressed.

they might not have gotten far, or done much investigating yet, but they sure organize themselves (then again Rose IS Hermione's daughter... :p some of those brains had to be hereditary :p )

and... I kind of like Lina's voice in here.

It reminds me very much of that time at 11, when you would talk nonestop in letter, with thoughts all over the place and little personal insight/jokes here and there....

looking forward to read more of this!
reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: October 10th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's nice to see that Harry's aware of things like that (with the tea). The message at my church this week actually covered how it's not a good idea for a married person to be alone with someone of the opposite sex like that (even one that's not a former boyfriend/girlfriend), for many reasons, including that it can encourage unfounded rumors. (The pastor happened to mention how talking about and showing pictures of your spouse/family is also a good idea, to stave off any temptation that might creep in.) It's a sad fact of life, really, but I think Harry is displaying very good judgment here.

I love the description of Harry's Dad-look and his reaction to Al's question.

It's cute, these little glimpses into how James seems sort of fascinated by Ruth even as a young boy. I wonder when it is he realizes he actually wants her for himself.

LOL @ the troll play. Poor Al. And cute snarky Lily.

So funny how they're not just forgetting to tell the adults or claiming they wouldn't understand, but that they had a logical discussion about it. I suppose that must be Rosie's influence. It seems a very Ravenclaw way to get into trouble.
malinbe From: malinbe Date: October 11th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
They're so cute, I love them!
beceh From: beceh Date: October 11th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
"Unless someone is trying to stop the tournament because someone might make a political protest about stamp acts, I don't think I've found anything."


This is great.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Can't help thinking of the SOS brigade from a certain Japanese series . . . .

I Like their way of looking at it reasonably. Also, I hadn't thought of the obvious bit Cho had. I am too much a product of a culture where phots are easily and frequently reproduced. Of course, Cedric's dad wouldn't want to part with any, especially not in a fire.

Must reread and see what details there were about the picture. The Creeveys just became suspects (well, the surviving brother) but I can't think why this would make sense for anyone in their family.

I came up with a complicated theory once about how the UK and US wizards never formally admitted they were part of different countries (there are some hints in the books the wizarding world has slightly different maps). Basically, the US wizards tended to be Tories or to see the revolution as a war against Muggle authority (things became more complicated later, especially as foriegn wizards with no UK ties moved in and as more US leaning wizards were born [Muggleborn or just more US-identifying]).

But I mostly did it because I couldn't find any good writer's guides to the British legal system (even on Amazon UK) the way I could to the US system, and I needed the Ministry to get hit in the nose with Muggle law in a story.

But, OK, 1772. That works.

Waiting for what comes next.


It was all just an excuse to squeeze
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dang, thought I deleted that last bit. It goes with the part about legal systems, "It was all just an excuse to squeeze in US legal codes," etc. (some good case law cited, too, I thought).

willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 11th, 2011 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
The Potter kids do seem to have a tendency to form clubs among themselves. The PWAC seems to be tackling the subject of the Tournament with commendable efficiency, despite lacking a leader. I can sort of see Al not wanting to be seen to emulate his father--or even James--too much.
oliversgal07 From: oliversgal07 Date: October 11th, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh little bits of History

I loved that little throw away comment about the American colonist, it makes the world so realistic. The rich history as well as the mapping to muggle politics at the time is interesting.

Anyway, Lily is awesome! She is so adorable and her comments are really on par with what Ginny I think sounded like before her diary.

Poor Hugo, I think he wants to be more like his cousins who are seen as quidditch first and scholarly second. Plus, with a sister like Rose, his reading habits would be commented on by everyone. I guess as long as he's reading that's all that matters and he will come out of the root cellar eventually.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 11th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

i think your journal ate my post

maybe you can find it again?

it's one where i gave you some websites that change handwritten stuff to a font so you can use that.

cleindori From: cleindori Date: October 11th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. Lily's comments on being invited to tea with Harry and Cho were priceless. Also loved the summary in Rose's notes of their discussion about telling adults. Poor Hugo, hiding in the cellar to read (because, of course, only Ravenclaws enjoy learning? was his mum mis-sorted, then?) -- silly boy. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 12th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
lily luna is sure talkative
and it looks like their research is well made, and on equal parts- an improvement on the detective work on the previous generation - where hermione did most of the library work.

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