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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Eleven: Missing Pieces, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Eleven: Missing Pieces, pt. 1
Teddy, having had a decent breakthrough in his Transfiguration class and doing quite well in Charms, is in a pretty good place scholastically when he leaves to go back to Uncle Harry's for Christmas. He's still struggling with the Marauder's Map, less because it's minor points of being out of date are important, but because he's realized that fixing it is something that's limited to the Marauders, who can't very well do it. He's just gotten back to King's Cross, and James Potter--apparently a born Seeker--is sent to find him in the crowd, and finds him like a little Teddy-seeking missile, knocking him over. Harry helps him up and tells him that everyone is waiting.

I'm putting Harry in Grimmauld Place because, well, it is his house, and I love Grimmauld Place, but I'm not going to so Grimmauld it up that it can't be pulled out with a search and replace if JKR josses me.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Teddy thought there was quite a crowd at the station--along with Uncle Harry and James, Granny had come (he hugged her this time without worrying that anyone would see), and Hermione with Rosie, and Marie Weasley tagging along (her hair back to its normal wild red), and George, carrying a cooing little redheaded bundle who he introduced, to Teddy and several Muggle passers-by, as his son Fred. They had to take two taxis back to Grimmauld Place, and both were full.

This was nothing compared to the house itself, where all of Aunt Ginny's brothers' families were hanging about. Uncle Harry had hired two free elves to help, but they were apparently under strict instructions to take their orders from poor old Kreacher, who was pointing arthriticly at various cloaks that needed to be picked up, and directing the decorating that Victoire, Fleur, and Aimee were doing. Teddy made a point of going to say hello to him, as Uncle Harry had always insisted (even when Kreacher was in one of his foul moods), and got a distracted "Happy Christmas" in return.

"Where should I put my cat's things?" he asked.

"Cat? The shapeshifter has a cat?" Kreacher looked at him helplessly, then said, "Mr. Lupin is sharing Master James's room."

James made a great crowing sound, then swept Checkmate's basket (where she was still in her enchanted sleep) into his arms and announced "Teddy's home!" to the various people in the parlor, then ran upstairs, carrying the basket and repeating, "Teddy's home, Teddy's home, Teddy's home!" Doors began to open, and cousins started to drift downstairs.

"He's missed you," Aunt Ginny said, coming up from the kitchen with Lily balanced on one hip. She kissed Teddy and gave him a one-armed hug. "I think he's entirely forgotten that you don't live here when you're not at school. You're in all of his stories now. You'd be amazed at the number of dragons the pair of you have fought over the past few months. It's usually to rescue Al, but I think you may have seized a treasure or two in the process."

"Oh, well, that's always good."

A warm arm came around his shoulder and then Granny was leading him into the parlor. "James isn't the only one to miss you," she said. "That old house is so big and empty with just Bludger and me in it!"

Teddy submitted to a solid cuddling until she ran out of it--Granny occasionally had cuddling moods, but they passed quickly--then told her all about his friends and his classes and his teachers, trying to think of things he'd left out of letters. If he accidentally repeated himself, she didn't seem to mind. By the time he'd finished, Percy's son Gideon had wandered in and was listening with great interest, and Victoire had curled up in the chair across from him, holding baby Muriel's basket in her lap, her face avid with curiosity. James thundered back in as well, Al in tow, and asked if Hagrid had shown Teddy any good monsters yet.

"Er, well, not since the kappa, really, and that wasn't Hagrid's..."


Fleur, who had finished hanging holly boughs around the fireplace, gave them a shrewd look and said, "Weasleys and Potters, we ought to 'elp Aunt Ginny set ze table, no? Let Teddy and his grandmere say 'ello."

The children griped for a minute, but left good-naturedly, as soon as Teddy promised to play with all of them later.

"Thank you, Fleur," Granny said.

Fleur nodded and left, closing the door.

Granny smiled and hugged him again, then let him go. "I'm sorry. I know you're big for this, but I'm so happy to have you back!"

"I missed you," Teddy told her. "I'm, er... sorry I stole the wands. But they work. Both of them."

She sighed heavily. "I was disappointed in you when I saw that you'd taken them, but I suppose I pushed you at Ollivander's. I want to go back and talk to Berit and old Mr. Ollivander about it, though--I'd like an expert opinion. I thought we could go after Christmas Day."

"All right," Teddy said, then dutifully added, "What've you been doing?"

"Oh, this and that. I've been working on a family history. It would serve Auntie Walburga right if I'm the one to do it." She grinned sharply, and in it, Teddy could see the mischievous girl she had once been, though her eyes were deep and sad now. "It started out to just be about Sirius and Regulus, but you can't talk about them without talking about everything that made them. It's kept me busy. Lots of things I didn't know before. I've been talking to Daffy--he works over at Whizz Hard Books--and he thinks it could really be published. Would you like to read it?"


"You're not remotely interested in it, are you?"

"I like stories about Sirius and Regulus," he said, thinking of the pictures that were in his suitcase at the moment, still in their box. He'd need to ask Uncle Harry for a good way to explain them to Granny, but he meant to give them to her. "Do you know why they all spoke French?"

"What a very odd question," Granny said, narrowing her eyes.

"Well, the family motto and all. And I... heard somewhere that they spoke French."

Granny didn't look like she believed him for a moment, but said, "It was an affectation. French was the world language for a long time. Everything sophisticated was in French. So the Blacks spoke French."

"Is that all?"

"I don't know, Teddy. I never thought to ask. We all just learned it." She looked at him with deep curiosity. "Why on Earth is that the first question you've asked?"

"Should there be another one?"

"I thought you might like to know if the Lupins came into it. They don't, not that I've found, but I thought you might ask that before asking about French. There's something you're not telling me, Ted."


"Is it dangerous?"


"Are you sure?"


She raised her eyebrow at him, then shook her head. "All right, then."

Aunt Ginny called everyone to dinner a few minutes later, and Teddy was jostled from Weasley to Weasley, introduced formally to baby Muriel by Bill, who'd just got in from work and ate with Artie on his lap. Molly Weasley, who'd been buried in the kitchen when Teddy arrived, fussed over whether or not he was eating well at Hogwarts, and Arthur asked after the teachers they knew. Percy and Ron joked that Teddy at least knew he'd be a prefect. Hermione turned on her husband in a frustrated way and said, "RON!" but Teddy didn't mind them making jokes about his only-Gryffindor status, and pointed out that it also got him a huge room all to himself.

"I can think of times that'd come in right handy," Charlie said, only to get a glare from Granny. He adopted a pious sort of look and said, "You know, when you're trying to finish your homework in peace, of course."

Victoire, sitting across from Teddy, steered the conversation back to schoolwork, anxious to know what she'd really, really need to learn in the next year to be prepared, then on to the question of friends, with which she was greatly concerned, as she really only played with her sisters, her cousins, "And of course, you," she added, then gave him an awkward, pained sort of look, as if pointing out that Teddy wasn't actually related to anyone here other than Granny was a huge social gaffe that would end her Hogwarts career before it started.

After pudding, he offered to help Aunt Ginny clean up, but she winked and said, "No, thank you, that's why I have five brothers. If you could keep James and Al entertained with something other than the flying dishes, though, I would be very grateful."

So Teddy took the Potter boys upstairs and made up a game for them, in which they were hunting for treasures. James insisted that it should be at Hogwarts, and really ought to involve a kappa, so Teddy put the treasure in the lake, and gave it a whole colony of kappas guarding it. Several of the littler cousins joined in, then, to everyone's delight, Uncle Harry left the sisters-in-law in the drawing room (where they were all having tea with Arthur and Molly, on Ginny's orders, while the original Weasley siblings did the clean-up). He jumped in, Conjuring little golden fish to fly around them, and hiding leprechaun gold in the sofa and chairs for them to sneak past the imaginary kappas. Teddy, as eldest, decided that he ought to help, and so morphed himself into something resembling a tall kappa for them to fight. James promptly declared him a "nice kappa," though, and said he ought to have a piece of treasure as well. Uncle Harry shrugged and grinned.

The Weasley brothers finished up in the kitchen and gathered their families in a big rush of activity, wrapping them in cloaks if they lived in town (Percy's and George's families, who were all quite excited to be taking Muggle buses), shooing them downstairs to the kitchen fireplace if they were Flooing. Once all of the children had left, Molly, Arthur, and Charlie all Apparated back to the Burrow, promising to be back on Christmas Eve, and the house was left to Teddy, Granny, and the Potters, at least until then.

Kreacher and the two hired elves made fast work of magically cleaning up the chaos while Teddy followed James up to the room they were to share. A camp bed had been set up, which James tried to insist on taking while he gave Teddy his own bed, but Teddy made up a story on the spot about how sleeping in a camp bed was a very great treat, to which he'd been looking forward, and James nodded solemnly and allowed him to take it, as guests ought to have the best things. He changed into his pajamas and climbed under his covers (decorated with a new comic character called Neddy the Kneazle, about a kneazle detective). He smiled at Teddy, his eyelids drooping. "I wish you were always here," he said.

"Well, I'm here now."


Teddy rolled his eyes and kissed James's cheek. James closed his eyes, and, with astonishing speed, dropped off into sleep, snoring lightly.

Teddy opened his suitcase to get his own pajamas, though he wasn't especially tired yet. On top of everything, his father's wand rested beside the Marauder's Map and the Keys to the Castle. He picked them up and looked at them thoughtfully, then tiptoed out of James's room and closed the door.

He passed the parlor, where Granny and Aunt Ginny were talking about some sort of political thing, and went to a small study on the second floor, where Uncle Harry kept his work papers. It was his own little spot, and Teddy guessed he'd be there, recuperating from the crowd. The door was ajar, and, sure enough, Teddy could see the glint of candlelight on Uncle Harry's glasses.

He knocked.

Uncle Harry looked up from a stack of papers and smiled. "Hullo, Ted. Not enough company yet?"

"Could I talk to you? Or are you busy?" Teddy pointed at the papers.

"It can wait. Just paperwork."

"Good," Teddy said, and held out the Map, the Keys, and Dad's wand. "Because I, er... solemnly swear that I need some help."
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 23rd, 2007 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Fern. That's wonderful!
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 23rd, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Fleur, who had finished hanging holly boughs around the fireplace, gave them a shrewed look and said,

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kacates From: kacates Date: August 23rd, 2007 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
"No, thank you, that's why I have five brothers."

Awwww. This made me sad, because I thought, "No, it's six" and I was going to correct you, and then I went, "Ohhh."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I know. I wrote six, then corrected myself. Gulp. I wasn't even a twins fan, but, ah, sigh.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2007 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
"... I, er... solemnly swear that I need some help."

LOL! He's just so charming. :) Makes me wonder what Remus would've been like had he not been bitten.
reihla From: reihla Date: August 23rd, 2007 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
er... sorry. ^me^ Forgot to sign in.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 23rd, 2007 03:58 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm really enjoying this.

Minor side things: Is Andromeda going to get a really wonderful Christmas present photo album from Teddy? Or maybe Harry, who wouldn't have to talk quite so fast to explain it?

And is her family history of the Lupins showing a connection to Arsene Lupin, thereby earning Teddy the nickname "Raptor," which means thief, after all?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Her family history is of the Blacks, so no--she really doesn't know much about the Lupins. She just expected Teddy to ask that at some point... not why Sirius spoke so much French! :)

Harry can definitely help with the photos, saying that they were found around Grimmauld Place or whatnot. (If JKR josses the 12GP address, he still owns it and can find things there.)
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Charlie such an under used Weasley brother. From what we got of him in the books he was always my 'secret' Weasley crush.

"Percy and Ron joked that Teddy at least knew he'd be a prefect"
Percy joked? Amazing. Guess he really did loosen up, which is a good thing.

James is just the cutest little thing, grandpa Potter would be proud and Victoire is starting to grow on me, it's such a cute image of her with the baby basket in her lap.

The converstation between Andromeda and Teddy is cute and so -- real life.

"Good," Teddy said, and held out the Map, the Keys, and Dad's wand. "Because I, er... solemnly swear that I need some help."
I don't know why but that made me smile.

Can't wait to read the talk between Harry and Teddy.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Percy joked? Amazing. Guess he really did loosen up, which is a good thing.

True, though judging by the epilogue, he can still be a stuffy little twerp when he decides to be.

Charlie definitely needed more screen time. :)
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful, wonderful post, Fern. Nothing better than Christmas in Harry Potter. I'm glad you retained Grimmauld Place...it was always a grea location.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I do love old family houses. And Harry's parents' cottage was wrecked and saved as a historical monument, so where else is he going to go?
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Kreacher's cameo appearance was amusing--though I was worried that he was going to call Teddy a name for a minute!

So many fun details in this chapter! Leave it to the Weasley boys to figure out the perks to Teddy being the only Gryffindor. ;~) Andromeda writing the family history is cool (especially her comment about it serving Walburga right), and I loved the stories that Teddy was making up for the younger kids. And Teddy's last line was perfect! :~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure Kreacher sometimes slips a little bit, falls into a habit of calling people by their "category," but I'm equally sure that Harry has learned to accept that this isn't really done with malice.
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I, er... solemnly swear that I need some help.

I'm going to get behind everyone else in saying, what a great line! I love all the families' interacting. Wonderful,

Also great is Kreacher: The shapeshifter has a cat? In character both for books 5-6 and now 7. Just great. I hope 12GP doesn't get Jossed b/c it's a wonderful location in canon, and you write it really well.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Writing crowd scenes is hard for me--just keeping track of everyone--and Teddy's sociability is proving a fun challenge, so I'm glad all these people interacting is working out!

Ah, Kreacher. I love Kreacher.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Lovely installment, warm and cozy, though I felt some renewed sadness for Andromeda, who lost so much in such a short time and will probably be reliving her best and worst experiences as she writes her book. Very eager to see how Teddy and Harry will work together on deciphering the Map--I imagine Harry will be fascinated by the new discoveries that Teddy has made. He himself only scratched the surface of the Map.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope it will be some enjoyable quality time for them.
From: lianna_blanca Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! TEDDY ASKED FOR HELP! Thank heaven that Harry's self-reliant-ness was NOT passed on - this is going to be good! *snuggles up in her blanket (it's cold down here) to wait*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I know, it's a whole revolution in thinking... ask someone for help! Who'd'a thunk it? ;p
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Loved it!

And poor Charlie, there will come a time when he will regret that comment made in jest...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Icon <3

Glad you liked it!
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 23rd, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, finally! Though I suppose Harry won't know a whole lot more about how to fix it than Teddy does. They don't exactly teach magical mapmaking at Hogwarts, and most of the spells listed are ones that the Marauders made up, aren't they? Hopefully they'll get it all worked out, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, they can play with it together, anyway, and Harry can do magic over the holidays, which Teddy's a bit stuck on.

But Teddy's gotten further with the map than Harry ever did already, just by virtue of Remus's wand. So Harry has a problem to solve... yay!
prettyfoot From: prettyfoot Date: August 23rd, 2007 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Adorable! Seeing the whole Weasley clan together is just so cute!

A quick question though... Do you think you will ever finish Stray? I know after DH, it's probably sort of a downer to write, but I was just wondering...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I really don't think so. It was thematically off-base, with the idea that there was a contrast between Remus, who was looking to the future, and Sirius, who was doomed because he couldn't get his head out of the past. Oops. Guess it didn't matter, really. Also, it's a bummer.

After this, I'm going to do Safe (a TDH parallel novel with alternating Remus/Tonks viewpoints--and yes, I'm going to follow them beyond the Veil), but I don't have long term plans after it.
cleindori From: cleindori Date: August 23rd, 2007 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)

('s like a squee and a giggle, y'know)

Wonderful chapterlet. Happy family Christmas hols...hooray! And James is so cute with his Teddy-worship. Love Teddy and Andromeda's interactions, too.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I think one major difference between Harry and Teddy is that for Harry, Hogwarts is home. For Teddy, home is home.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: August 23rd, 2007 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, excellent. I love that Teddy will ask an appropriate person for help. I know why JKR had to have Harry always keep everything to himself for the plot, but boy, did it get annoying sometimes! I am really enjoying this and feel so cozy inside looking forward to more christmas-at-home stuff. It's certainly lovely to see the contrast of this war orphan, so carefully loved, compared to Harry.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 23rd, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
"carefully loved"--a pretty good description. It's definitely a very conscious decision on the part of the Weasley/Potter clan to love Teddy so much that he never feels lacking in that department (except when he has the odd morbid memory that there are two people who ought to be there loving him just as well, but nothing can help that), but it seems perfectly real for all that. Ginny's certainly doing her best to Molly him.
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