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Ask my OCs anything meme...
I haven't done this for a while, there's lots of new canon, and I even have some new OCs, and I'm bored and don't feel like starting TL:FG just yet.

So, ask any of my original characters anything you want to know, and they'll answer as well as they can.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
You may want to keep us in suspense on this one, but what's up with Sanjiv?

Thanks, and I'm really enjoying TL:FG!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Sanjiv]Well, as it happens, I'm not really available to answer questions just now, but I promise, I wasn't about to let Tonks be the craziest Hufflepuff in our year just by getting pregnant and staying put. That required a bit of extra effort on my part, I can assure you, because that's some high quality crazy to compete with.[/Sanjiv]
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dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: August 12th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will Maurice Burke come to visit Teddy over the holidays?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Maurice]Oh, I... well, I'm sure that Teddy meant it, but they wouldn't really want... I mean, maybe Teddy's Granny wouldn't mind, but really, do you think a Burke would be especially welcome in [i]Harry Potter's[/i] house?[/Maurice]

:Harry picks up his luggage and takes it to the car, explaining that his boys are--temporarily--sharing a room, and Maurice can stay with Teddy in Al's room:
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 12th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Meta-Question for Shifts adult OCs:
Um... what did new canon do to you guys? :(

Question for Vivian Waters:
So, Vivian, have you been involved in Teddy's life at all? Would you introduce him to the Lady in the Forest?

-Olympe Maxime
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Meta-question, answered by Alan]Broke the heart the students think I don't have. But that's the way of the world, isn't it? Still, we got to learn the truth before the end, and we helped a bit, didn't we, Anna?[/Meta]

[Vivian]I really haven't. I saw him once at Nate and Evvie Blondin's wedding in France. I'm not sure he's quite figured out that at least half of the people there were werewolves, though he may have by now. At the time, he was just excited that they were friends of his father's. My face is still a bit alarming (especially since Andromeda got me a magical eye to replace the one Greyback clawed out), even with the mask, so I stayed back a bit. He seemed too happy to trouble with all of it. As to the Lady, I'd quite love to introduce him, though she's never been quite as fond of the boys as she is of the girls, so I'd have to keep my eye on her. Unfortunately, she fell quite deeply asleep, along with the lion and the dragons, when Voldemort came to power. Her pool went entirely dark, and it's only just starting to clear. It's not the best time to bring anyone.[/Vivian]
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ncp From: ncp Date: August 12th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honoria: What are your parents like? Do you have any brothers or sisters? What are your hobbies? Who is your favorite singer?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
My parents are quite busy, and give large amounts of gold--and time, I will add!--to rebuilding after the war. Father talks quite frequently about the absurd waste that it all brought about, and Mother--a Rackharrow of the Tinworth Rackharrows--has done her best to gather up information about the families who have been irretrievably lost, though she's left the Blacks and their ilk to the werecub's grandmother. I have two younger brothers, both of whom are Quidditch-mad (I find it tedious myself). My mother has raised me to enjoy Celestina Warbeck, as well as several wizarding harpists, and I've made a hobby of investigation (my brothers call this "being an irritating busybody," but our old family friend, Miss Skeeter, says I may have the makings of a fine reporter someday).
milaya36 From: milaya36 Date: August 12th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Finally getting around to friending you! Also, a question for Donzo McCormack, who has quickly become my favorite among Teddy's year:

Donzo, why do you think you ended up in Ravenclaw? What interests you most intellectually, and do these interests conflict at all with your lifestyle among the Weird Sisters?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, it's probably my life with the band that got me interested in questions. I think people would be very surprised to see the dressing rooms, which are littered with books, as they like to string references to stories and plays into the songs they write. I didn't know it when I was little, until one day when Dad was reading to me from the Tales of Beedle the Bard, and suddenly summoned his quill and started circling things in Babbity Rabbity. I asked why, and he said he'd thought of a song, and he made it up right on the spot. He said most of their songs do that, so I started reading all of the books, to find out what was in the songs. It's like a little puzzle, isn't it?

Anyway, Dad was a Ravenclaw, too, so that probably helped (Mum was a Hufflepuff, and she keeps things running smoothly on tour). He gave me a toy Ravenclaw door-knocker when I was little to ask me questions backstage while they were performing, and I'd always try to solve them. It took up a lot of time, and was quite fun, as any time I got the answer, it would give me a sweet.

I also traveled a lot with the band, and saw a lot of things which I've discovered it's smarter not to talk about, but when Phillips started going on about how grand the Muggle world was while we were killing one another, I remembered lots of things I've seen that weren't especially wonderful. Dad got me books about those as well, and they weren't at all fun.
silly_dan From: silly_dan Date: August 12th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a Canadian muggle, I have to ask Corin what the Canadian wizard school is like, and why it's in Nunavut of all places.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was in Nunavut before Nunavut was, actually--lots of remote islands in the bay that no sane person wants to go to, aren't there? And wizards grabbed one for a school in the 1800s. At first, they didn't even need to hide it much, and I guess some people sort of stumbled on it from time to time, though they didn't recognize it, since it's mostly underground. You get to it through some old explorers' shacks, or buildings that look like them, anyway. Muggles who wandered in might find some canned food or whatever--that's just polite, that they find something--but wizards know that the globe is enchanted. You spin it, and the floor sinks down like an elevator, and you end up in a big wooden hall that's kept magically warm. There are a lot of leafy things in there. There aren't houses like there are here, just dormitories, and you can switch around when you start making friends.

They have a Quidditch field up on the ice, but half the time, it's too cold for broomsticks, and the students just get out their skates and play hockey instead. There's been talk of moving the whole business someplace more hospitable, but you know wizards... "But my grandmother went there and played hockey on the Quidditch field! How could I move it somewhere else?" So, there it stays, and probably will until parents figure out that they can send their children to the other Canadian schools just as easily, now that the Floo network is worked out. Some of them are even day schools.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 12th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Professor Garner, did you have Minerva McGonagall or Albus Dumbledore as your Transfigurations professor? Can you tell us a story about your time as a student in a Transfigurations class?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm one of the fortunate group who had both--Professor Dumbledore taught me until my fourth year, then Professor McGonagall took over. I remember when McGonagall first came--we were all expecting someone like Dumbledore, who spent a lot of time joking and being quite friendly, though he expected a lot. We knew that McGonagall had been one of his favorite students--he said, "I, of course, have no favorite students, but if I did, your incoming teacher would certainly rank near the top of that list"--and we just thought she'd be like the ones he spent time laughing with in class. Instead, she turned out to be very strict and demanding. At first, we didn't like her much, and I'm afraid I deviled her particularly. One day, I charmed her chair to run away from her every time she tried to sit down. We all got a good laugh until, every time I tried to pick up my quill, it turned into a live bird that squawked at the top of its lungs. I had to respect her for that, and after that, we got along quite splendidly. It ended up being my favorite class!
cheddartrek From: cheddartrek Date: August 12th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
[General Question aimed at the Cubs] What was your general reaction to hearing about the death of Remus Lupin? On a second note, how did you react to the birth of his son?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
[Alderman]: Well, our first thought was "Bloody Greyback," but it turned out not to have been him, but some bloke called Dolohov, who someone else had already killed. We collectively hoped it was in some particularly nasty way, though, since then, I've repented of it. (Blondin hasn't, and still thinks we should break into Azkaban and teach Greyback a lesson someday, just on principle; I think Evvie has that under control these days, though.)

Other than anger, of course we were hurt, and I should probably add, scared. He and Dora were going to try to help us get our feet on the ground (though the last time I saw him, he commented that the idea of him helping someone else get their feet on the ground was a little mad, as he'd lost everything he owned... though he was so giddy and happy with Dora, who was about seven months along and looking brilliant, that I couldn't see where he minded it much). Without them, what would we do? We'd have to find our own way.

When we heard about Teddy, we had a huge party. My mum and stepfather got us wine from the nearest village, and Valeska taught us all to dance like Veela. It was like all of us suddenly had a baby.
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 12th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another one, while I'm thinking about it.

Teddy, how much do you interact with your Black family relations? Do you ever talk to Mrs. Black's portrait?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've talked to the portrait and been screeched at by it, though Aunt Ginny finally managed to fit it with a Muting Matte. Now and then, my great aunt Narcissa Malfoy will come over, and Granny sits with her, not talking, until they each finish a cup of tea. Then she leaves, and Granny shuts herself away for an hour. I met Draco once when I was very small, and for some reason, he asked if he might babysit for me sometime. Granny was less than receptive to the idea, which I'm glad about, as I didn't like him. I spend more time with dead Blacks, though, so I don't hate the lot of them. Granny started putting together a history, and of course we live in old Uncle Alphard's house, so we're always stumbling across one Black or another. I like them, actually, in the oddest way.
miseri From: miseri Date: August 12th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm interested in knowing, from Mrs Tonks (Ted Tonks's mum), about life after Ted's coming-of-age. I get the impression that she travelled quite a bit, but how/when did that start, what happened, where did she go, how did Ted being a wizard help or hinder it, etc..

(It seems I have a weakness for the parents of muggle-borns. I started reading the Harry Potter books only after seeing the second movie and deciding that I wanted to know more about the Doctors Granger. I was sorely disappointed to find that their part in the books was hardly any bigger than the bare glimpse of them we got in the movie. If there's any good fan-fiction out there about the Finch-Fletchley parents, I would probably just gobble it up.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 12th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
(I'll bet there's a rage of Creevey fics out there somewhere, though I haven't seen any yet--been too busy writing to read much. Could be worth a look.)

[Mrs. Tonks]Oh, my Ted... he couldn't do anything halfway, could he? Not only did he come of age and take on a career, but within a month of that, he was married, and within a year, Andromeda was expecting a child! Can you imagine? Of course, he was barely starting out and hadn't had his full apprenticeship, and poor Andromeda had been cut off from everything she'd ever known. The two of them could hardly have made a decent living on their own, but I certainly didn't mind them moving in with me. I was very excited about the baby.

As it turned out, Ted being a wizard and getting some financial help to attend a boarding school was a great boon to us. I'd been working two jobs to keep us in our flat and be there for Ted, but when he was away most of the year at school, I was able to get a much better job, which expected more hours of me, and quite a lot of traveling, which I'd always wanted to do. Can you imagine an old battle-ax like me selling cosmetics? But I turned up very good at it, and they promoted me, and I ended up responsible for selling franchises to overseas businesswomen. When Ted and Andromeda were young and newly married, I made a point of taking business trips as often as I could, and eventually, I started to maintain a flat across town. Ted was embarrassed at this, I think, as he was still living in my house, but I told him that a house was meant for a young family, and a world-traveling businesswoman could get by on a little flat. He said he wanted me back there for my protection, but I'm sure he was only feeling guilty. After all, what would dark wizards want with me?
in_a_tizzy From: in_a_tizzy Date: August 12th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've a question for Honoria: Do you come from a Slytherin line? Higgs isn't a pureblood name I recognize? *braces for icy glare*

When I hit "leave a comment" I had a half dozen other quesitons and now my mind is totally blank.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
:gives icy glare:

My family has been in Slytherin for generations, and my father served as the Slytherin House Seeker for four years before he left school and Draco Malfoy took over.

darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 13th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
My question is for Teddy. Is Kreacher still hanging around 12 Grimmauld Place?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm not really one of Fern's OCs, but I answered up-thread, so...

Kreacher is still with Uncle Harry, and he's at 12 Grimmauld Place unless that woman who decided I'd be happier without parents tells us otherwise.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 13th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Question for Daniel: Now that Mira's no longer in the picture, did you ever find 'Mr Lewis' again, and learn of his death? And if so, what did you think?

Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I did find Mr. Lewis again--and not all that long after I lost him!--though he really didn't think it would be good to have me around and he made Mrs. Levinson get me out. Mr. Levinson told me when he died (Mrs. Lupin's mother--and yes, I found out Mr. Lewis's real name--told the Levinsons), and I felt like something was taken away from me, something I didn't even know I had. Have you ever felt like that?

And for what I thought? I thought he was very brave, and I would have liked to know him more as himself.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 13th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
What are all of Lupin's cub friends up to nowadays?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
[Evvie]Well, I've been appointed the pack's social secretary, mainly because, as my husband puts it, I can't stop minding anyone else's business, but for heaven's sake, we've been a pack since we were nearly infants; we all mind one another's business.

Alderman started studying Catholicism, because of Father Montgomery, as soon as he learned enough French to do it, and he converted and had his first confession not long after the war ended. It must have been interesting for the priest listening, but he wasn't turned away, and the next thing we knew, he was taking orders, and these days, he's Pere Alderman, thank you very much, and Rome has dedicated him especially to minister to werewolves, if you can believe it.

Nate Blondin and I got married. Of course, we have no children--I can't (I'm told that Lupin got a bit mixed up on which side of the equation made it rare for werewolves to have children)--but we do what we can to help. I managed to convince a Paris fashion designer that I'm just a temperamental model who has a superstition about the full moon; she was madly in love with my look, so she worked around my schedule. I'm not Kate Moss, but I make a decent living. Nate's had a harder time of it, but he hires himself out as a handywizard, and does quite a lot of work around people's homes.

Vivian still wants to join wizarding society, as she thinks it's what Dora and Lupin would want of her, but she's having no luck at all. There's no way she can hide her scars, and the magical eye doesn't help. Hermione Granger has taken her on as a personal crusade, so I imagine something will get done eventually. Hamilton has written a novel that none of us like very well about a pack of werewolves who go around killing people. It sold a lot of copies. Nate smacked Hamilton on the head with one of them, and I'm afraid I didn't exactly scold him for doing it.
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bazile03 From: bazile03 Date: August 13th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
2 questions, because I'm not sure if one of them counts. Since technically Dudley isn't one of your outside characters, but JKR had him as a two dimensional figure up until the moment he walked out the door, and you made him real in Shifts. When Harry asked Dudley at the beginning of DH if the dementors blew a new personality into him, my first thought was "don't be stupid Harry. It was Remus working at Smeltings", and my second was "cool, Fernwithy's stories are fitting right in." Dunno if it's sad or not that I think your fanfics are canon.
So, Dudley, have you and Harry seen other since you and your parents went into hiding?
And, if since Dudley isn't an outside character
To the Smeltings teachers: What sort of role did you play, if any, in Voldie War II?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 13th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
[Dudley]Well, if Teddy can answer, I reckon I can. He's no more hers than I am. So, yeah, I saw Harry again. Went to his wedding, and we see each other regular, actually. Turns out he's not half bad, though I can only take the rest of that lot in small doses. I'd actually just bought a house the year Teddy Lupin turned five, and Harry brought him over to meet me and have a swim, and we got laughing over the fool things we did to one another growing up. Oh, all right, mostly the fool things I did, but Harry was generous.


Miriam: Should we say? Isn't Fern planning on writing that?
Joe: Well, as Alan and Daniel have already said a bit, I don't imagine it's a great secret...
Alan: True, there's no Bloomsbury security going on here.
Anna: Oh, stop dithering, the lot of you. Raymond and Dora Lewis showed up one Saturday for bridge, like they'd never left, but looking very squirrelly. As soon as they were inside, she got a wand out of her purse, waved it around a lot, then promptly lost forty years from her age, and Raymond popped off his beard and his white hair, and put his glasses in his pocket. They had our attention. They told us their names, and said they needed help. This Voldemort didn't put much weight on Muggle transportation systems, and paid little attention to them. Dora and Remus needed us to set up a bit of an underground system to sneak out Muggle-borns and their families. You wouldn't believe how very many copies of us went on quite exotic trips that year, and none of us losing even a day of work. Quite amazing, really.
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