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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Eleven: Missing Pieces, pt. 2
Eep, I'm starting really late tonight! (Just got home.) Sleep... it's overrated. :)

Teddy's back in London at Harry's for Christmas, and the whole gigantic OBHWF clan has come for dinner, and Teddy is truly enjoying it, but after they leave and Harry's children go to bed for the night, he decides to enlist Harry's help with the Marauder's Map, leaning into his study and saying, "I solemnly swear that I need some help."

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Uncle Harry smiled, looking a little puzzled, and Summoned a chair over from the other side of the room. He Banished several stacks of papers from his desk (they landed neatly on top of a file cabinet) and took the Map, unfolding it onto the newly cleared surface.

"You said you'd learned to use it," he said, then raised his holly wand and started the incantation.

Teddy held up his hand. "No, wait. Look." He raised his father's wand, then smiled sheepishly and said, "Well, maybe you should. Here." He handed Uncle Harry the wand.

Uncle Harry looked at him quizzically, but said nothing except, "I solemnly swear I'm up to no good."

The animals appeared and dragged the Map out, and took their places at the compass points.

"They must have tied it to their wands," Teddy said. "Tap the wolf and say 'Revelo Lupinus.'"

Uncle Harry did it, and saw the wolf jump down from its spot and leave its sole remaining paw print, in Robards' office (Robards was there, in the residential quarters off to one side, walking in a looping path close to the paw print). "What is it?" he asked.

"It finds things they lost. They had a place to hide things in Gryffindor Tower, and I found a lot of things of Sirius's, and your dad's Quidditch book..."

"Does it work for the others?"

"I don't know. I didn't think to try. I only have Dad's wand."

"I don't imagine they'd mind being able to find one another's things," Uncle Harry said thoughtfully, but Teddy could see a kind of hunger in his face as he let the wand hover over the deer. He understood. "Revelo... Potterus?"

The deer looked at him comically, but nothing happened.

"Potter's a real word," Teddy suggested. "Perhaps they used real Latin."

"I'll need to get a dictionary for that one. But I'm willing to bet..." He touched the dog and said, "Revelo Nigellus."

The dog leapt up eagerly, wagging its inky tail, and started to leave prints around the Hogwarts grounds. There were a few more up in the third year dormitory, one near the Whomping Willow--Teddy guessed it was something dropped in the tunnel, quite possibly another loose button--and another near the Gryffindor fireplace.

"This is amazing," Uncle Harry said.

Teddy smiled and handed him the Keys to the Castle. "It's out of date."

"What?"

"All the construction. There are walls in new places, and not in old places. And some of the tunnels have fallen in. And I can't get into it to fix it. There are all sorts of protections." He put the Keys to the Castle down. "This was in their dormitory. It has everything--same incantation." He waited for Uncle Harry to do it, and when the spells appeared, he said, "I don't even understand most of it. But I know that you have to be bonded, and I can't figure out how to be bound to it, because I think they have to do it, and they can't do it, because I don't think they thought they'd be dead."

Uncle Harry was reading the spells, his eyes wide and appreciative. "I'm sure they didn't," he said. "I doubt they thought they'd lose it."

"Well, one of the things I found was a replacement they'd started, but not finished."

"Hmmm. I wonder... That would have been after they lost it, and so would whatever was in the Defense office... I wonder if your dad updated it when he had it again, or if it just kept finding things." Uncle Harry smiled, and Teddy thought he looked very much like his own son for a moment--excited and imaginative. He didn't remember seeing this exact look on his godfather's face before. Uncle Harry tapped the Keys idly, pointing at one spell after another, shaking his head in admiration when the detailed theory appeared. Finally, he looked back at Teddy. "You know, Teddy, I'm not sure it can be updated, if you need to be bound to it. They may have made it so only they could."

"But they could bind more. When you don't use their wands, it says it's an aid to magical mischief makers. They must have meant to give to--" He stopped before saying, "us," as that probably wasn't true, then shrugged and said, "To younger students. Before they left school."

"But Filch took it before they had a chance," Uncle Harry agreed.

"They could have done it. There's a riddle, if you ask the map nicely how to update it."

"Ask it nicely?"

"You know... be polite. Don't tell it. It only insults you if you order it around. Though that's always fun."

Uncle Harry tore his eyes away from the Keys and the Map and said, in disbelief, "You've been deliberately making your father insult you?"

Teddy shrugged.

"You're a strange child on occasion," Uncle Harry said. "What's the riddle?"

"'What binds is bound to the bonded. The bonded may bind more,'" Teddy said. "It's in your dad's handwriting, if you want to see it."

"Perhaps later."

"It's one of Sirius's spells, I think," Teddy said. "But all of them need to pass your father's Identify spell. And it identifies me as Ted Lupin, even when I'm using Dad's wand, so it knows I'm not him."

"It's a whole different sort of security," Uncle Harry told him. "At least that's my guess. I'd think that they originally bound it to their wands--to open it to their own view, add enchantments and so on--but the further they got, the more they were able to tie it into the spellwork they'd already done. They relied on the fact that the Marauder's Map never lies."

"Can we get around it?" Teddy bit his lip. "I don't think it should be out of date. And... and I sort of want to be bound to it."

Uncle Harry stared at the Keys again, then cleared both pieces of parchment and looked at Teddy. "I'm not sure how yet. But if I can't find a way to think around four teenage boys, it's quite possible that I oughtn't be head of the Auror Division. Do you mind if I hold it while you're here? I'll give it back before you go to school."

"No secret blank parchments and pretending not to pass it on?"

"I'm not passing it on anymore. It's passed on. All of the choices are yours, and you chose to come to me." He sighed. "As your godfather, I have to be an authority figure, and not give you this dangerous item--you know. That's why your dad kept it when he was my teacher and gave it back when he wasn't anymore. That's why I shouldn't know when you give it to James. But for this? We're working together. This isn't about me being your godfather. This is about both of us being their sons. We'll figure it out. You've already got quite a long way. I'll take the next part."

Teddy felt himself smiling so widely that his face ached. "There's one other thing," he said.

"What?"

"Could you Summon something for me?"

"What?"

"Sirius's pictures in my suitcase."

Uncle Harry, curious, picked up his own wand again and said, "Accio Sirius's pictures in Teddy's suitcase."

Teddy heard the wooden box thump around a corner, then it came zooming through the study door. Uncle Harry caught it neatly and handed it to him. Teddy opened it and pulled out the stack of pictures of the Black brothers. "It was hidden in the wall, jammed back there. The Keys were behind it."

Uncle Harry took the pictures and looked through them, his face growing sad. "They seem so close. They could be James and Al."

"I want to give some of them to Granny--she's writing a book about them!--but I can't exactly explain that I found them with the Marauder's Map and snuck them out of the wall of the third year dormitory."

"Oh, that's simple enough," he said, still looking at the photos with a strange, choked expression. "We'll tell her you found them behind a loose baseboard. We just won't specify exactly where. If she happens to assume you found it during your visit here, so be it."

"Would you like any of them before I give them to her?"

"Yes, thank you." He pulled out four from the stack, most of them showing Sirius grinning, teasing Regulus (who seemed not to be too damaged by it, as he was giggling happily), even kissing his brother's cheek in one. He was careful not to take ones that were unique--there were other pictures of them doing the same sorts of things to give to Granny--but he seemed quite delighted to have them. He tucked three of them into the frames around the glass squares in his book case. The last, in which Sirius was making finger bunny-ears behind Regulus's head and Regulus was pretending to pummel him, Uncle Harry propped up beside a picture of James and Al, who were, in fact, doing almost exactly the same thing. Both sets of brothers looked very happy.

"I wonder if brothers are always like that," Teddy said.

Uncle Harry sighed. "I don't know, Teddy." He shook his head sharply. "Come on," he said, "let's see if we can find a Latin dictionary around here. See if my dad conveniently dropped a letter explaining what to do if they're not available."

They scoured the study for a Latin dictionary, and tried Summoning one from elsewhere, but finally had to give up. Apparently, no one had thought it necessary to get one. Teddy decided to get Granny to go to Diagon Alley before Christmas. He knew what he meant to give Uncle Harry this year.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 24th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
This was worth waiting up for.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you think so!
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 24th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
This has got to be my favourite part so far. The bond between Harry and Teddy in being the only two living Marauder descendents - it's a thing of beauty here. I ached for Harry when he chose the pictures of Sirius. That longing for his parents and Sirius is still evident after all the years, and I think it's terribly sweet.

I forgot to mention this last chapter, but that book Andromeda's writing? I would love to see it actually written. :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll probably have some excerpts in here. :)

Harry loves so completely and strongly--I'm sure that he'll always miss them, and will be glad to see them... in many, many years' time.
1voice From: 1voice Date: August 24th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww, that piece about brothers was adorable. I would wager the same could be said for sisters? Unfortunately. I don't have any brothers, just three sisters.

I am still very intrigued by Andromeda's Black family history. That's something I wish JKR would write. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Like Harry and Teddy, I'm an only child, so I don't have a clue. :)
alphabet26 From: alphabet26 Date: August 24th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
But if I can't find a way to think around four teenage boys, it's quite possible that I oughtn't be head of the Auror Division.

Hee, Harry!

What a great chapter!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 24th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww. Just what I needed. I really like Harry and Teddy's relationship.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I like it, too. In general, I find I like adult Harry and all of his relationships. Even if he sucks at name-bestowing. ;p
singingtopsy From: singingtopsy Date: August 24th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, I was getting rather choked up--and that never happens--towards the end of this, especially after Teddy's wistful "I wonder if brothers are always like that" comment and Harry's reaction. Neither of them will ever know. Well done *sniffles*.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I was going to have them actually discuss it, but I think they both understand that without saying it.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: August 24th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
"I wonder if brothers are always like that," Teddy said.

Uncle Harry sighed. "I don't know, Teddy."

This makes me all teary! Poor Harry and Teddy, growing up sibling-less. (I can somewhat relate, being an only child myself.) I like the idea of the two sons working together to solve the mystery of the Marauder's Map.

He Banished several stacks of papers from his desk (they landed neatly on top of a file cabinet,

I think that comma is meant to be a ")" instead. :~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm an only child as well, but at least it's just because my mother never had any more (my father did, but I don't know him or them, so they don't count). It's not that she died and couldn't.

I'll get the punctuation gaffe; thanks!
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: August 24th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC) (Link)
It's so sad to think that all four wouldn't be around to help, it probably never crossed their minds what paths they would take in their lives after school. *sigh*

But the interaction between Teddy and Harry is lovely, they have that unique bond not only as Godfather and Godson but as the only living decendents of two of the Marauder's.

I'd like to toss in my desire to hear a little from Andromeda's book as well.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, James, Albus, and Lily are all descendants, but Teddy and Harry are the only children. Sigh. What a waste.

And no, it undoubtedly never occurred to them for a second that they wouldn't be able to just zap in the next person. (Though there's a flaw in their spell-work, actually, that would have given them trouble even if they were alive, unless they fixed it.)
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 24th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)


Definitely worth the wait. I thought this would be a particularly fun installment, and it is. Harry and Teddy have such an appealing relationship--and each understands the other's longing for his parents so well, even though both are now surrounded by loving friends and family.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
There's just no real replacement for actual parents.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 24th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
My head hurts. I mean, I'm pretty sure I understand, but my head hurts from it.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Uh-oh. That sounds like I'm not being very clear! Hmm. Hopefully it's just something that will come out in a later section.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 24th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I have nothing ot add to what everyone else said, but this was probably my favorite section so far. My favorite part was Harry's explanation about why he was helping Teddy with the map - that this was something they were doing as the Marauders' sons.

I can't believe the pace you're keeping up on this, but of course I'm not complaining!
-Cara
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel good about the pace, like I'm really accomplishing something.

that this was something they were doing as the Marauders' sons.

There is that level where, despite the age difference and Harry's status as one of Teddy's designated adults, they are on completely equal footing.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!
rotae From: rotae Date: August 24th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Can I just say, by the way, that I LOVE that you, like I, have figured out that they stay in the same dormitory for seven years, and that going by 7's, Harry and the Maraurders were both on the top floor during their years, and it would now be the third years? LOL. Just another random thing I picked up on, and noticed that you had too :D

Details make the masterpiece!! :D LOL. *huggles*

Peace,
Rotae
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I went through to make sure Harry didn't move down a floor every year, and once I did that, what else could it be? Of course, now we know James was twenty, not twenty-one, when Harry was born, but oh, well. I sat down and did a chart to figure out which floor Teddy would be on, where Victoire would end up (third floor), and of course, James ends up in Teddy's room, being seven years younger. I don't think anyone in the younger generation ends up in the top room until baby Fred (since Harry's 28 here, and that divides by seven). I guess that means that Muriel will have Hermione's old room.
hobbitguy1420 From: hobbitguy1420 Date: August 24th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Deciphering the map

I'm not sure if Harry'd do this (the map is a very private thing) but there's one source he can go to if he really gets stumped by the map - the "cleverest witch his age." Wouldn't surprise me if Hermione could come up with something. Of course, I'd wager gargoyles to galleons Harry won't go to her. A, he's not big on asking for help, and B, this is a family matter.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Deciphering the map

Also, it's Teddy's now--it's passed on--and Teddy didn't invite her in.
sharonaf From: sharonaf Date: August 24th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting thought I had while reading--is there anything, in terms of etiquette or psychology, wrong with using a dead wizard's wand? I can see that even if there was, using one's own father's wouldn't be so bad, and with Teddy not even remembering his father, I can't imagine he'd be bothered by it.
Would Harry be uncomfortable using Remus's wand? I know that after my grandmother's death, I was given a lovely new coat she'd gotten for herself, and I still (over four years later) haven't convinced myself to wear it. (The fact that her powder-compact was still in the pocket might have to do with this...)
And wands seem to be such personal items... I half-expected Harry to either ask Teddy to do the incantations or at least hesitate before trying them himself.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 24th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a good point. I didn't want to belabor it, but I'll bet Harry's very uncomfortable with the idea of using Remus's wand. I don't think he'd tell Teddy as much, but I'll try and get it across better to the reader.
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