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Batch 15: Canon Era (6)
I have really got to start doing more than two at a time! But I'm stuck on the next one on my list. Maybe I'll skip that one and come back.

Can I have another Deathly Hollows missing moment? Specifically, the Order of the Phoenix Meeting where they plan the 7 Potters strategy... how did Ginny take her subordinate role? I've always thought it wasn't really her style. for Anon
"I am bloody well not just going to sit here!" Ginny announced.

"Yes, you bloody well are," Bill said, even before Mum could look shocked at the language.

Tonks held up a hand and smiled kindly at Ginny. "I understand," she said. "I do. But you're underage--"

"I can still--"

"I know. But you have the Trace on you. You'd bring the entire Ministry down on us the second you tried to hex someone. The Polyjuice itself would set it off in that neighborhood."

Ginny sat down and mumbled, "Stupid thing. I can't do anything, then."

Beside her, Lupin sighed. "Even without that, I think this can go wrong in a hundred ways."

"And what can't?" George asked. "We thought about Flooing him from Mrs. Figg's place, but they're watching the Floos."

"Besides," Dung said, "they'd be on Arabella like vultures if he disappeared from her place, and she can't defend herself!"

"We've already seen to Arabella's safety," Remus said. "She's staying a family called Dunstable, in the States. Dora met them last year." He looked around, apparenlty noticing a few blank expressions. "Tonks," he corrected himself.

Ginny shook her head to clear it. Tonks had always been Tonks. The idea that she'd be called "Dora" was quite strange. Then again, she reminded herself--she and Lupin were married now, had been for a week. It would be like Harry calling Ginny herself "Weasley" while they kissed.

"The Trace is on Harry, too," Moody said, "so Apparating is impossible. And they'd notice a Floo connection to a Muggle house so fast you wouldn't have time to call a destination."

"Still," Lupin said, "I wonder if a large operation like this is the best plan. I'd think one person, one disguise..."

"And his family?" Mum asked. "I can't say I'm fond of them, but Harry'd never forgive himself if something happened."

"There's nothing saying that they have to leave at the same time. If we take Harry away first, before he's of age, then it's still his home. The Death Eaters won't be watching because of Lily's protection. I bring Harry here--well, someone does--then head right back for Privet Drive and get the Dursleys off on their charming holiday. Which, by the way, I'd like to make sure everything is prepared for?"

"Of course it is," Dad said. "Though I wish we could send them abroad."

Kingsley shook his head. "I discussed it with Dursley. He's not going to go, as he put it, 'live amongst foreigners.'"

"Particularly magical ones?" Ginny guessed.

"You have the measure of it. Though he did imply that, were we to purchase a holiday home in Majorca for him, he might be persuaded to stay there."

Fleur raised her hand tentatively--Ginny hated it when she did that, like she was asking permission to go to the loo--and said, "I realize it is expensive, but if we could persuade..."

"Two problems," Lupin said. "Aside from the gold, I mean. The first is that I suspect someone may be watching the Dursleys. It's not unknown that Lily had a sister, after all. The second, and more basic problem, is that I want to keep my eyes on Vernon Dursley himself. I don't trust him any more than he trusts us. If he starts to feel comfortable in Majorca, he'll get it into his head to come back, take on his job, and head right into a Death Eater trap--and he'll bring Dudley and Petunia along with him."

A frustrated scowl spread from face to face around the table.

Hermione tapped a quill on the table, then said, "To get back to Harry, I can't think of a better way to get him out safely than what Mundungus suggested. Everything else is blocked."

"One person going in..." Lupin tried again, but no one seemed inclined to listen. He sighed. "Fine. Thirteen of us will invade Privet Drive. Safe as can be. Mad-Eye?"

Moody brought out a map, and the real planning began.

Ron and Hermione kiss (or almost kiss) at some point before THE kiss in DH. for Anon
The Hogwarts Express was much more subdued than usual after Dumbledore's funeral. There were fewer people on it, for one thing; many students had just been snatched out of school by their parents. For another, the ones who were left were hardly in a mood for hijinks. The witch who ran the trolley was offering her wares for free, in remembrance of Dumbledore's love of sweets, but no one seemed to be hungry.

Ron had expected Harry to want to start planning their next step as soon as they got on board, as he got the three of them a compartment together, with no other company. Instead, he'd lapsed into thoughtful silence, occasionally glancing at a picture of Ginny that he had in his wallet. (Ron hadn't talked to Ginny about the apparent break-up yet, and had a feeling that he was going to be very, very angry with Harry once he did... but that conversation could be put off.) After an hour, he'd muttered something that implied he was headed for the toilets, leaving Ron and Hermione alone in the compartment. Ron stood up and went to the window, watching the south part of Scotland go by, or perhaps the north of England. There was a sign marking the border, but it was easy to miss. The land all just seemed to roll together and--

He felt a warm hand on his shoulder, then he was turned around, and Hermione was suddenly his entire world--she'd pressed her lips to his, pulled him close, let the slight motion of the train rock them as his arms found their way around her waist, his hands slipping up under the cushion of her hair.

She broke away, looking pale and disturbed.

He shook his head. "What was that?"

"We had to," she said. "You know we had to."

"Well... it didn't think it was meant to be a chore we had to get out of the way. I was sort of looking forward to it."

She smiled ruefully. "So was I. And I knew I couldn't wait until the war is over." She sat down on the floor, leaning her back against the seat, and patted the spot beside her.

Ron sat there, and took her offered hand. "What do you mean, until the war is over? I thought... well, you and I... this year, since I broke up with Lavendar--"

"I know. You're not crazy. I felt it. But..." She bit her lip. "Ron... Harry."

A little panic bird started fluttering in Ron's stomach. "What about him? You don't mean...?"

"Yes," she said. "I mean, we have to think about him."

Ron let go of her hand. "I don't really want to think about Harry while we snog."

Her eyebrows drew together and her lips thinned, making her look strangely like McGonagall. She crossed her arms over her chest. "Ron, I'm not talking about you and me. Or you and Harry, or me and Harry. I'm talking about the three of us."

Ron felt his face go hot. "Er... I don't, er, fancy... er..."

"Ew!" She wrinkled her nose. "Really, Ron, that's just disturbing. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about what we have to do together. As the three of us--not as the two of us and Harry."


"Really, you've grown into the most infuriating man." She smiled faintly. "Not that I ought to be surprised by that."

Ron sighed. "So, what now? We decide we ought to break up, too?"

"Well, since we weren't technically quite together, I don't know if that's possible." She shrugged. "I don't know. I think I just mean that we need to put this off. You and me. At least until it's over. I think that's really why Harry broke up with Ginny, too."

"Right, because Ginny's dead useless in a fight."

"Harry thinks it's to keep her safe," Hermione said, ignoring that. "I'd wager that's what he's told her, and he almost certainly believes it."

"But you don't."

"No, I don't. I've taken Arithmancy for four years. What we're doing, the three of us--it's a magical enterprise. Four is about hard work and stability, and we'll need that later. But three... three fates, three furies. Past, present, future. Maiden, mother, crone--a lot of ancient magical power is bound up around threes. Not two and one. And not four. We need to be three to get this done."

"So that's what Arithmancy does."

"Among other things. It's a way to evaluate spells--spells that add up differently will have different sorts of effects. At least that's the theory, I'm not sure I'd go with it, personally. I think a lot of that is after-the-fact explanation rather than real research. It's--"

"But you do believe this 'three' business."

"Yes. If for no other reason than that Voldemort is using Arithmancy, too. Seven. Countered by three."

Ron felt cold and far away, but he did understand. He hadn't taken Arithmancy, but threes and sevens... those were things everyone knew. He took her hand again. "And you think if you and I... that Harry would..." He bit his lip. "That he'd be jealous?"

"Not jealous--just left out. Separate."


"Could I have another kiss?" Hermione asked, looking up hopefully. "Before we... don't kiss."

Ron smiled. "You can have two," he said. "After all, that will be three all together, and we all know how magical that is." He winked.

But they didn't get the last two kisses, because the door opened, and Harry sat down across from them, looking at them vaguely.

Hermione let go of Ron's hand, and moved over to the window, forming the apex of a silent triangle.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
"Triangle" is *perfect*. Perfect in every way. I'm fond of the other one as well, but "Triangle" is my new Favorite Thing Ever.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
reannanshaw From: reannanshaw Date: January 16th, 2012 08:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, cute how Lupin called her Dora and everyone was confused.

Who said that paragraph about Harry and the Dursleys not needing to leave at the same time? With everyone talking, it doesn't seem clear.

LOL, Ron's reactions in that second one were priceless.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I've just got to come up with some reason why I always have him call her Dora, but to Harry, he always calls her Tonks, except once, when he's really excited (which tells me--in my totally unbiased perception, of course--that he generally calls her that when they're alone).
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: January 16th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
BRILLIANT re Hermione and Ron. Damn, you're good.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I love to fill in minor plot holes. ;p
beceh From: beceh Date: January 16th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Loved them both, but, gollygoshdarnit, that last one just makes SENSE!!! I always did wonder why it took them that long to hook up - they seemed so close at the end of HBP. This explanation makes a lot of sense.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Well--I figured it would probably require some explanation.

And, I must say, Cheerleader!Snape is both mesmerizing and disturbing. I wonder if they have mini-robes.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: January 17th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I also love the final "triangle" at the end of the second, plus the whole reasoning makes sense in a totally JKR sort-of-way. Liked the first, too. I can never, ever, get enough Remus and Dora.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Me, either. Sigh. Alas, there's only so much to go around.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, seems like, if Harry had left knowing he would not be returning, that would break the protection. If they they tried to trick Harry out - give him some reason for a short term exodus that was the actually the real deal - that should have kept it going.

Storywise, as part of the theme was Harry becoming an adult, I'm not sure that that wouldn't have been a step backwards, though it would have made good, strategic sense.

Then again, there were a few things it seems like they could have done that would have made better strategic sense. Of course, the only reason I could think of for Harry to go back to the Dursleys (other than having a good goodbye scene with Dudley) was so that the Order would have to come up with a clever plan to get him out so that Snape could tip off Voldemort what the clever plan was so that Snape could cement his position with Voldemort - which means Dumbledore was losing it or he came up with a plan that nearly got Harry killed.

Well, I'm sure slow, painful death messes with your brain. Also, he may have had another plan that just didn't quite come together.

As for Ron and Hermione, I liked Hermione's reasoning. Oddly, it made me think arithmancy must play a part in Potions - Slughorn was the teacher Tom went to with his questions - but I'm not sure how that would work with students in advanced Potions not being required to study it.

Right, overthinking it again. Let me keep it simple. I liked both of these.

starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: January 17th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)

definitely agree with you

to me it's obviously another of Rowling characters need to not be able to figure out solution so plot works, much like the two way mirror would have stopped the whole ministry thing in ootp.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I expect the thinking was, "I want to start the seventh Potter book with the first Harry chapter being called 'The Seven Harrys.' We therefore need seven Harrys. How can we make that the necessary plot point?" ;p
starnightmuse From: starnightmuse Date: January 17th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC) (Link)

I like the ron and hermione one

the whole (since 3 is a magic number i{ll give you 3 kisses, was very cute.

and you definitely stuck with canon with hermione taking the initiative. :p

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I like the ron and hermione one

Plus, Ron is at liberty to totally misconstrue it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 17th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

arithmecy really?

i didn't knew the number four meant that. where did you found that info?

and i dont know, hermione and ron might not have been open for someone like ginny to be on board, but im sure if one of the adults knew about the horcruxes, they might have taken him or her onboard

- Alex wells
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: arithmecy really?

Well, on the last point, we know they wouldn't--one offered, and was not brought in on the subject.

(On the Arithmancy, I just found a random Arithmancy site for that!)

Edited at 2012-01-17 06:22 am (UTC)
From: severely_lupine Date: January 17th, 2012 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: arithmecy really?

Well, Remus didn't actually know about the Horcruxes, and maybe Harry didn't think he was allowed to share the secret with anyone else. Besides, Harry knew perfectly well that Remus had better places to be. I do wonder, though, if Sirius had still been around, what might have happened. Actually, that's an interesting thought, what Sirius might have been doing that year, had he lived. I wonder.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 17th, 2012 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: arithmecy really?

But that goes back to why there were three--Dumbledore, had he lived... would he have gone with them? I don't think he would have. The number would have been wrong.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: arithmecy really?

Well, of course, if they'd found ten more people to go with them, they would have been an unlucky thirteen and would have had to recruit a Hobbit to go with them. But, Hobbits, despite being small and cute, age slower than humans, so the Hobbit who joined them would have been old enough to be Harry's father, which would make the last book Hobbit Pater and the Deathly Hallows.

I suppose it would have the great advantage of taking the Death Eaters completely by surprise.

And the meeting with the dragon might have been a whole lot more interesting, too, though I'm not sure how I feel about Harry finding out his cloak is really a ring Horcrux that used to belong to a guy named Sauron . . . .

From: (Anonymous) Date: January 18th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: arithmecy really?

Just realized, it should probably be Hobbit Pater and the Dirty (Baker's) Dozen.

From: ladashinista Date: January 18th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)

"Ron felt his face go hot. "Er... I don't, er, fancy... er..."

I love this line! Thank you, Fern, for including this and having Ron and Hermione deal with it do perfectly in character. After unfortunately stumbling across some horrible stories that are variations on that theme, this line made me laugh out loud :)
mirandabeth From: mirandabeth Date: March 19th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seven. Countered by three.

So neat. I had chills too.

And trust Hermione to make a decision in such a logical way. As others said, it's pretty believable that after the end of HBP, when the two of them seem so close, it would have been a deliberate choice that kept them from getting together any earlier than they did.
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