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The Secret of Ville-Sauvage, Chapter Ten: The Journal of Lily Luna Potter, 30 Oct-20 Nov, pt 2 - 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 2
Lily's journal. She and Al and Rosie and Hugo have formed the Potter-Weasley Association of Crimefighting (PWAC) to investigate the tournament.

Table of Contents So Far

3 November.
I skipped yesterday because I had homework. From my father. Extra homework.

I didn't mention it on Friday, because I was sure he'd change his mind. After all, if he weren't Dad, he wouldn't know I had a diary, let alone that I was writing in it instead of taking notes in Defense Against the Dark Arts. And he knew I couldn't explain in front of everyone that I was doing something important, and he only gave me extra homework so he wouldn't look like he's playing favorites. He should know that's completely unfair, but when I went to his office, he said that I had to do a whole extra essay! Like I don't have enough extra reading with PWAC.

At least he said it could be about anything I wanted, so I found out about a curse that someone tripped during the Hogwarts tournament in 1827, completely by accident, as there was so much magic flying about for the task. It ended up opening a whole silo behind the greenhouses that was full of tentacula seeds. Too bad they didn't have the task in the girls' bathroom. Maybe they'd have accidentally stumbled on the Chamber of Secrets before Tom Riddle did. Of course, diary, there's a good chance that I wouldn't be writing to you right now if things had happened like that. I should ask Teddy. Teddy always makes up good stories about how things might be everything had been different. He told me one once about how if Helga Hufflepuff hadn't gone out to feed her chickens late one night, then there would have been a drought in Patagonia. Or something really weird like that. There were a lot of steps in between. Teddy has a very strange brain.

So I finished my essay just before lunch, and then I went to the library with Hugo and Rosie. (Did I mention that Hugo's all puffed up because he got the stupid Levitation charm first? He doesn't mind it when people think he's smart if he's doing magic, just if they see him reading about magic. How thick is that?) We got the usual pile of books on the Triwizard, and Madam Pince's apprentice, Carny Apcarne, looked up some older ones for us, too and brought them over. She asked what we were looking for. Rosie actually started to tell her! But I stopped her. Rosie said that was silly, and Miss Apcarne could help us, but since we aren't sure what we're looking for and we're just waiting for things to jump off the page, I personally think that going in and saying "We're looking for such-and-such" would make it too easy to forget to look at anything else.

Al joined us after a meeting of dramatics club. He's happier about it now, since he convinced them that it would be really embarrassing to put on plays about people who are alive, let alone people who are actually at the school and would see the plays. "What about ghosts?" Rosie asked. "Could you put one on about Nick's beheading?"

"Nick was there. He offered it up, and said he'd direct." Al didn't look very pleased about this. I think he wants to do something where he gets to jump around with a sword and pretend to have a Muggle duel.

I told everyone about my essay, and the seed silo under the greenhouses. Everyone had found a few things like that--lots of magic happening at Triwizard sites, not to mention plain old excavation--so we added that to a list of motives, even though we weren't really having a meeting (we're going to meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Maybe there's something that someone doesn't want anyone to accidentally find. Rosie said there had to be better ways to prevent it--"After all, if you know something's there, why not just move it, or shore up the protections?"--but it makes as much sense as anything else.

After that, we talked about what the first task might be. I wonder if James has figured it out yet, since he can see everything they have at Beauxbatons.

4 November
Well, I have no idea whether or not James knows anything, but I'm suspecting not. He's been away a total of five days, and already thinks Al and I are too stupid to remember to check on Mr. Diggory. We got a letter reminding us. Really. Because we never would have remembered it all by ourselves.

PWAC meeting:
Resolved--that we shall keep PWAC discussions at PWAC meetings. There was nothing to talk about at Headquarters, so we just talked about the tournament and the thing in the woods that James and his friends found a couple of years ago, which used to be a cairn for burying people, but which is now going to be a clubhouse. They got a good bit done last year, and they're still working. It's not like I want to be invited to their stupid club. Who wants to meet in an old grave?

5 November
I'll take it one step at a time, here.

The first thing anyone noticed this morning was the hourglasses. Sometime overnight, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff had come by quite a lot of points. People were making guesses about it when we went into the Great Hall. Maybe someone had sneaked out and rescued one of the magical creatures from something in the forest. Maybe this, maybe that.

But when we got in, we saw all the teachers at the high table reading the Daily Prophet, and on the front, we could see a mountain of broken wood.

Professor Longbottom's paper was turned up enough to see the headline, which was "Terror at the Triwizard!"

Al and Hugo and I ran up to Dad, and Rosie saw us and came, too. Dad says that James is okay, that he made fifty points for saving people (and so did Scorpius Malfoy, which made Rosie happy, as he's her best friend). "Your brother did a brave and smart thing," Dad said, and showed us the part of the article that talked about what James and Scops did. "You should be proud. But a lot of students still got hurt."

Everyone's talking about curses again, and I sort of hope it is a curse. I wouldn't want someone to do it on purpose. But in Defense Against the Dark Arts, Luna Comstock asked about that, and Dad said that he thought it would be nice as well, but sometimes, people did very bad things for very bad reasons. "Curses," he said, "are usually all about some particular thing. Anyone who touches a cursed necklace dies, or anyone who reads a particular book starts speaking in rhymes. This business at the Triwizard--it's all over the place."

"Couldn't it just be a bad luck curse?" I asked.

"If it is, it's the worst bad luck curse I've seen, and it's lasted longer than most of them do." Dad sat down on the edge of his desk, the way he sits on the corner of a table at home when he's thinking out loud. "Everything says that the different things that have happened are each caused by themselves. There's no... commonality."

"Except the tournament," Hattie O'Neill said. "They've got that." Her twin brother Herman (he says he likes to be called "He-Man," but no one ever calls him that) agreed, like he always does.

Dad said that the tournament is really complex, and the magic to curse the whole business would be next to impossible, and coincidence was more likely.

Hugo said he couldn't possibly think it was a coincidence.

Dad said that no, he really didn't think so--just that it was more likely than a curse. After that, we went back to deciding when it's a good idea to call an adult instead of figuring things out on our own, which is pretty rich, coming from Harry Potter.

6 November.
PWAC met at Headquarters during lunch. Hugo and I had to carry the food down, since we're youngest. Al brought all the books. Rosie took notes, since she thinks she's the only one who can concentrate on anything. Here they are:

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

Single Item: Motives for disrupting the Triwizard Tournament

  • A curse. Everyone says it isn't, and it probably isn't, but maybe there's something no one's thinking of. Maybe there's a curse on a judge. All present agree that this is unlikely.
  • Protection. The one thing all the books are clear on is that the tournament is terribly dangerous. A lot of people tried to stop it happening for that reason. The avalanche may have been an accident, while the other incidents weren't meant to cause harm--the Sirens just got out of control. This could be someone trying to stop the tournament before the tasks begin, to save the champions. Rose Weasley believes this.
  • Discovery of secrets. Due to numerous instances where task sites have yielded heretofore undiscovered parts of schools, perhaps someone is trying to hide something at Beauxbatons. This makes little sense, as it ought to be easy enough to just move such an item away magically if someone knows it's there. Albus Potter registers cautious support of this.
  • Revenge. It's what everyone thinks who's blaming Amos Diggory, and there are other people who might want revenge as well. Fleur (Delacour) Weasley was treated badly in the last tournament, and there might be many people at Beauxbatons who want to exact revenge on the tournament that humiliated them. Hugo Weasley supports this theory.
  • Political business. Tournaments in the past have featured political grandstanding, according to Lily Potter, and with everyone reading every word about it, it's a good place to make a point. This motive seems unlikely, as there has been no manifesto or claim of responsibility, which would make it rather useless as a political gesture. Public statements are the whole point of such gestures.
  • Bad luck and coincidence. Lily Potter, against the objection of Hugo Weasley, says we should think about this.

At this point, the meeting is interrupted by elves preparing dinner. Resolved: Ask James's dormitory mates if we can meet in the old cairn.

And that was that. I don't really think it's bad luck or coincidence, even though Rosie made it sound that way. I was just thinking about what Dad said about it being more likely than a curse, and if Dad says it's more likely than a curse, and we're talking about curses, then we ought to be talking about bad luck, too. And, even though Rosie didn't put it in the notes, Al completely agrees with me.

Al asked Michael and Bear if we could all go to the cairn, and they said we could. Bear looked confused, as he reckoned we already went there whenever we felt like it. "Isn't it your brother--well, whatever Teddy is--that gave us the wood for fixing it?"

So we're going to meet there. Al and I went out under Dad's cloak--I got to use the Marauder's Map for the first time!--and had a look around. They're building it very nicely. James will like it when he comes back.
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alkari From: alkari Date: October 13th, 2011 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Love the journal, and Lily's voice is great fun. ROFL at her pithy comments about family, such as "Teddy has a very strange brain."

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I've liked Lily's voice since she first started conversing with James in my head (I also have a very strange brain, I think...) so I wanted to have some time spent exclusively in it. It's not as tiring as writing in Phineas's journals, but direct voice is always a little daunting!
malinbe From: malinbe Date: October 13th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
This could be someone trying to stop the tournament before the tasks begin, to save the champions.

Now, that sounds a lot like a certain dead house elf trying to stop a twelve year old from going to Hogwarts...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe that's why Rose favors that theory...
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 13th, 2011 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

YAY! Al didn't quit the drama club

*exhales in relief*

so wait he doesn't want to do ANY of the re-enacments of the 1991-1998 period.

i understand not wanting to play his dad, but isn't that a bit much?
(I mean I understand his reasoning as to why not but... *confused*)

what exactly would he like to perform then? I mean he must have had some idea of what he wanted to do when he signed up for the club....

(is lina being accurate and he wants to play a muggle fencing heroe- or she was being sarcastic as always?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: YAY! Al didn't quit the drama club

Not really--it's not about not playing his dad. It's about the exquisite embarrassment of playing someone who's actually going to see you playing them, trying to portray events that they know well... it's all just very awkward.

He probably just wants to do normal plays--the wizarding version of Old Lace and Arsenic or maybe a dumb musical or a comedy of errors.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
No matter that harry has his kids as students, he still gives then a lot of homework.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Especially when he catches them not listening, and especially when they think they can beg it down... and especially when he can give an assignment that boils down to "write an essay about what you're doing so I have some notion what you're up to."
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 13th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

interesting theories...

the theories that they all came up are very thought provoking.

I dont believe much on the "revenge from within beauxbaton because of last tournament" (unless it involves eloide....

curse.... maybe.

revenge too.... I mean yeah, dobby wanted to prevent harry to come to hogwarts- but i doubt someone who want to "protect" people would kill/put so many lives in danger...

can't wait to see more of the guessing
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 13th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

well what else were they expecting...

I find it puzzling how noth Al and Lina are perplexed at Harry giving them homework-

i mean they should know that Harry really disliked preferencial treatment...

starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: October 13th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

oh!! hahahahaha

at HUGO being the first one to get the "wingardium Leviosa" spell right...

hahaha OH the irony!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: oh!! hahahahaha

Not 'specially ironic... he is Hermione's son!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 13th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Always interesting to get an outsider's perspective on the main event. And Lily is developing quite an individual voice--I'd say she leans more towards outspoken Weasley (or Evans) than stoic Potter.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

stoic, really?

you must be talking about James Potter the first,
because I wouldn't exactly called Rush-into-action spent, his fith year TALKING-LIKE-THIS-SO OFTEN-Mr. Harry Potter- stoic ;p

cleindori From: cleindori Date: October 13th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of COURSE Hugo is the first in the year to master Levitation! Hah. :)

And for a girl who's pretty insightful about the people close to her (Harry sits on a table/desk corner when he's thinking out loud, Teddy has a very strange brain), Lily seems pretty thick herself about understanding why her dad wouldn't want to give her a break on that extra homework for not paying attention.

Loving this glimpse of life back at Hogwarts!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Funny how insight fails when it affects one's free time. ;p (And of course, it doesn't occur to her that Harry has just strategically maneuvered her into writing a long essay about just what it is everyone was meeting about.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

what's with girls and their obsession with diaries and taking them everywhere? and being so snarky about it?

no woder Harry gave lily homework.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know. I tried keeping a diary a couple of times, but wound up spinning stories in it. When you're lying to your diary, it sort of defeats the purpose. So I never got the actual practice.
oliversgal07 From: oliversgal07 Date: October 13th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Little random thing

The link for expanding the post says part 1 and this is part 2. Don't know if it really matters just thought I would let you know.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Little random thing

Got it, thanks. That's what comes of copy-pasting headers. ;p
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: October 13th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm greatly enjoying Lily's rendition of events and her asides on what she sees, thinks, and learns.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I like hearing from Lily, too. She's sort of refreshingly uncerebral.
sidealong From: sidealong Date: October 13th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
"After that, we went back to deciding when it's a good idea to call an adult instead of figuring things out on our own, which is pretty rich, coming from Harry Potter."

Love Lily's commentary, and getting to know her personality more!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, in some ways, Lily has Harry's number.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lily! pay attention to your dad, he came to hogwarts, like to teach you!

christine brigg

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but HOMEWORK! HOMEWORK!!!! ;p
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow- the history of the tournament anecdotes lily found sound really interesting

-Alex wells
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 14th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
They all found ones like it. I'll have them give reports soon.
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