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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Thirteen: Revelo Lupinis, pt. 1 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Forest Guard, Chapter Thirteen: Revelo Lupinis, pt. 1
Holidays are over, and Teddy is going back to Hogwarts. Harry, on the last day of the visit, noticed the Map doing something odd, and asked Teddy's permission to keep the Marauder's Map and Remus's wand for a few days, with a promise that he'd owl both back. Meanwhile, Teddy's day with the Apcarnes, during which they saw the Dementor-kissed Sanjiv, was worse than he expected, as Maddie and Daffy are fighting about how much time Maddie is spending at work, as she's been transferred to the Identity division and has become obsessed with curing Sanjiv, to the point of missing a lot of Frankie's visit home.

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James held his chin up bravely, though Teddy could see it was trembling. "I'll write a whole letter to you," he said.

"I'll be waiting for it," Teddy told him, then glanced over James's head and saw a group of familiar faces. "Would you like to meet my friends before we go?"

James's eyes widened, and Teddy led him over to Maurice, Donzo, Bernice, Zachary, Roger, Tinny, Ruthless, and--surprisingly--Corky, who had apparently all been waiting on the platform to gather up the group.

"Frankie's saving a compartment," Corky said, then added, "Dad had business in London, so I got him to add me to the Portkey so I could take the train back."

"That's good," Teddy said. "I'd like you all to meet James Potter. Hogwarts had best watch out when he gets there."

Each of them shook hands with James in turn, exchanging names (James marveled at Corky's accent), then Uncle Harry came over with Granny. Bernice and Maurice seemed a bit awed, but the rest accepted his presence easily. "I think the lot of you best get on the train before James decides to go back with you, and I'm not quite ready to let him, yet." He picked James up and balanced him on one hip. "Watch out for kappas," he advised them, "and mind the school motto about dragons as well."

"We'll be sure to follow your example," Ruthless said smartly.

"See that you do, Scrimgeour." Uncle Harry winked solemnly at her and she laughed.

After they said their goodbyes (all of Teddy's friends dutifully including James, who waved them on, wide-eyed), they boarded the train and found their way to the compartment Frankie had saved. Ken was already there, but he seemed to have broken up with Bernice, as they weren't talking now. Frankie watched this nervously, so Teddy distracted him with the new Muggles and Minions book he'd bought as a Christmas present and forgotten to give Frankie on the day they went to St. Mungo's. This led to a talk about computers, and exactly what they did. According to the book, you could communicate considerably faster than with Floo powder, and with more people, and Tinny and Donzo speculated on exactly how this worked. By the time they'd got close to Hogsmeade, Frankie was in a better mood, though he hadn't wanted to start a game.

"When are we going back to the Forest?" Roger asked. "I read all about Dark Creatures over hols. Someone said there were werewolves in there, but I don't see how there could--" He stopped. "Sorry, Teddy."

"There aren't werewolves in the Forest," Teddy said. "At least not until the end of the month." He considered mentioning that he was aware that this January had two full moons, one of which had been a few days ago, in the interest of telling them that he wasn't too fragile to think about werewolves, but decided it might be overkill. He didn't always keep track of full moons, but he'd noticed the blue moon this month and thought it was interesting.

"I don't think there's anything evil in the Forest," Frankie said suddenly.

"What?" Bernice shook her head, confused. "But you said..."

"I was wrong. I shouldn't have." He shrugged. "We can still go look around, if you want. But I don't think there's anything evil there."

Teddy let this pass on the train, but caught a carriage back to the castle with just Frankie and said, "What made you change your mind?"

"You did. You were right. There's power, but it's not evil." He scratched indifferently at an itch under his arm, then said, "It's more powerful than anything in London. I think Mum's looking in the wrong place. What happened to Sanjiv is too magical for anything in the city. I think the answers are up here, where the magic is still too strong for anything to interfere with it."

Teddy started to question this, but Frankie changed the subject, and started going on about the film they'd seen, and talking about his parents making up on New Year's Day ("Urgh, and I thought the fighting was disturbing..."), and complaining that Carny had already broken two of his Christmas presents, and by the time they reached the school, there wasn't really an opportunity to bring up the Forest again.

The teachers seemed to take the return from holidays as a sign to add more and more work, so Teddy found less time to lounge around the Hufflepuff table during the first week, and the subject of Frankie's new views on the Forest faded further away. Teddy managed to ascertain that Frankie was entertaining the notion of the Forest as a magnet for lost souls these days, as Frankie was rarely seen now without a library book on the subject of either magical places or the nature of identity, but Frankie just shrugged and said it was nothing to worry about, just something interesting to think about. Teddy wasn't sure he believed him.

He was thinking about this on Friday night when he came back to his dormitory, Checkmate running excitedly around his feet. He'd tried to bring it up with Ruthless, but her notion that he should just let Frankie get the craziness out of his system didn't sit all that well with him. He opened the door, and Checkmate ran inside, then stopped with a hiss.

A large post owl was tapping at Teddy's window, a letter and a box tied to its leg.

Teddy let it in; Checkmate took a swipe at it, then hid under the bed when it swooped at her.

"Hey!" Teddy grabbed it from the air and set it down on his work table, untying the package and taking the letter. "You're not meant to attack pets," he told it.

It looked balefully at Checkmate, who had, of course, started it.

"I'll talk to her later," Teddy muttered, and gave the owl some cat treats and a sip of water. It ate with studied nonchalance, then flew out the window into the night.

Teddy opened the box first. It contained Dad's wand, the Keys to the Castle, and the Marauder's Map. Teddy ran his hands over them, not really doing anything with them, just glad to have them back, then picked up the letter. It was addressed to him in Uncle Harry's handwriting.

Dear Teddy,
Sometimes, the most obvious things don't happen to strike us at the right moment. Do you remember when I said that I wished Sirius or your dad had thought to bind me to the Map? Apparently, one of them did. I assume it was Lupin, as Sirius never had the Map to himself again, and your dad had it for months. He probably thought I'd found all of the interesting new things it did years ago, but they made a mistake with the spellwork. I know--we spent so much time admiring it, I think we both forgot that they weren't much older than you are, and sometimes didn't think things through entirely.

I realized that I must have been bound to it when I tried the
Revelo Figularis spell, because it picked up things I know belong to me. As those things were left deliberately, I've removed the marks from the Map--I created a spell to do that, and added it to the Keys. I realize that most of the finding spells were Wormtail's, but oddly, I chose to add it to my father's list instead. Because I share my father's family name and was bound to the Map, it picked up my lost things as well. I have bound you to the Map--I had Victoire there to double-check my French pronunciation, under the guise of a day at the Auror Division--so, since you also share your father's name, you should be able to find anything you've happened to lose now using the same spell. If James passes the Map on to little Fred Weasley--who is also part of its lineage; the twins rescued it and gave it to me--then they'll need a new spell, but we'll worry about that when the time comes.

The reason I never knew about this before, though, is that the Marauders used two different sorts of spells. The first spell bound the Map to their wands. That goes for most of the early magic. I can't say for sure, but I think they must have originally just had it sense people moving around, and find their things for them. But then Dad created the Identity Spell, and they started to wind all of the security around it, and it must have been after that that it occurred to them that they might want to pass it along. That spell is bound entirely to identity, and wasn't fooled by simply using one of their wands--in fact, since it identified the "wrong" person holding one of their wands, it blanked itself. (I would suggest that this means Ollivander is right, and it is your mother's wand which has chosen you.) So you must use your own wand within the Map once you've been bound, but the Map can't be opened to use without one of their wands. I doubt this was deliberate, as it doesn't seem likely that any of them meant to hand a wand to a younger student (or even to us), and I don't think they ever realized it. Your dad and Sirius probably thought I was using the Map to find my things and tweaking it to do new things all along.

It is, at any rate, fully yours now, and you should be able to find your way around it; just remember to use your own wand when you try to do any new spells. I've left the updating for you, because I know it was your idea first. I'm very glad you asked for my help, both because I'm glad you feel comfortable doing so, and because this was actually quite fun.

Use it well.

I love you (I know, you're wincing and making sure no one is looking over your shoulder),
Uncle Harry

Curiously, Teddy picked up the Map, then both of his parents' wands. He trained Dad's on parchment and said, "I solemnly swear..." and the Marauders' totems appeared, bringing the map out to the corners.

Then Teddy picked up Mum's wand--his own wand--and said, "Reficio."

The lines faded, and Teddy had a moment of wild fear that he would be rejected again, but then they came back strongly and began to rearrange themselves, adding walls here and there, subtracting walls in other places. Dumbledore's tomb appeared on the lake shore, and an extension ran out behind Hagrid's hut, where he'd expanded the paddock over the years. Around the edge, a new border seemed to have appeared. It was purely decorative, and Teddy couldn't imagine why it had been included in an updating spell. It was mainly swirls of black ink, broken at regular intervals. A tiny bird of some sort fluttered in the top left corner, and a second stag, about the size of Teddy's fingernail, looked up at it from the bottom right.

He shook his head and pointed the wand at the wolf. "Revelo Lupinis."

The wolf leapt first to Robards' office, leaving its mark in the living quarters again, then jumped to Gryffindor Tower. It left a paw print where Teddy's bed was, and Teddy looked under it. The fourth-year Charms book he'd taken from the library to figure out how to remove the stone in the Common Room was lying forlornly beside Checkmate, a curl of dust blown up against its pages.

Teddy went back to the Map. It had found something he'd left in the Hufflepuff Common Room, probably during a game, and...

He froze.

The wolf had jumped to the top of the castle, on the north side, and dropped to the ground far below, leaving a solid footprint at the base of the wall.

Under the north battlements, a place Teddy had assiduously avoided since coming here.

Find what's yours, Teddy. Find what was always meant for you.

"Dad," he whispered.
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marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: August 29th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Still sad about Sanjiv... sniff... poor Maddie and Daffy, losing two very close friends so close together... sniff...

Is Teddy going to find the ring or is it something else?

Really enjoying reading this. Stayed up late waiting for it. So if I fall asleep in front of my class it's all your fault ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Beg forgiveness. :) Glad you're still enjoying!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Keep wanting to make more intelligent comments than "Whoa!" but that does seem to summarize how I feel. Nicely done.

Got a little lost. Is the bird Fred Weasley?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
No, the bird's Teddy (he doesn't know why yet) and the little deer is Harry. There's room in the "decorative border" for several more people to be bound. :)
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: August 29th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow. Yay. That's all I can say, really - just wow and yay. Good job.

Small edit thing: you have Ken in the group meeting James at the station, and looking awed at Harry's presence, and then already waiting for them in the compartment when they arrive moments later. I think it's Zach who's missing?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oops, you're right. Zach will be with the group at the station.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 29th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Intresting how you have the theme of identity running through this story. There is the obvious issue of Teddy finding out who he is, the identity spells on the map, Maddie (and now Frankie) searching for Sanjiv's identity, and I suppose the entire Forest Guard searching for a kind of generational identity, trying to mark out a spot for themselves in a post-heroic age.

It goes without saying that I adore the last line - of course the most important thing Teddy would need to find would be something Remus had left for him rather than one of Remus's own school things. I also love that the map's voice switched to that of adult Remus. Besides that, I noticed Harry's homage to Professor Dumbeldore's passing of the invisibility cloak with his "use it well."

I'm glad that Teddy is finally starting to think of Dora's wand as "his" too!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I think I've finally stumbled onto my theme. :)

HA! I forgot all about Dumbledore's "Use it well." I kind of like it working in context like this!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: August 29th, 2007 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Ingenious explanation on how the Map works, and how intriguing that Lupin tied Harry to it. I wonder if he did it just before he resigned his position at Hogwarts at the end of PoA. So now Teddy's adventures with the Map can truly begin, with everything updated. I'm on tenterhooks waiting to learn what he'll find under the north battlements, although i have some suspicions of what it could be.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd guess he did it right before he returned the Map and was mildly surprised that Harry didn't say, "Wow, the Marauder's Map is doing different things now!"
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: August 29th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome chapter. I might even be able to come back with some meaninful praise when I re-read in the morning ;-)

Minor nitpick, if I may. In chapter 9 (Part 1), Teddy uses Revelo Lupinus to find his father's things - yet he says the incantation as Revelo Lupinis in this segment. Is this an oversight on your part or should I have paid more attention in Latin class in high school?

Personally, I like Lupinus better, even if I have no rationale to back that up.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember! I changed it back and forth three times while I was writing this. I need to check my Latin translation site again.
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sciathan_file From: sciathan_file Date: August 29th, 2007 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Half of me was hoping that Teddy would get some time with the Resurrection Stone...although that would be a bit cruel (bit more powerful than Harry's jaunt with the Mirror of Erised, too).

But I do so love the subtle way you make the ghosts of the past haunt and color everything. <3
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
He's definitely not ready to deal with the Resurrection Stone. He'd totally be the second brother at this point, insisting that they stay.
petitecrivan From: petitecrivan Date: August 29th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, goosebumps (but I'm reading this in a dark dorm room at 1am, so...). Can't wait to see what he finds there. Are the north battlements where Lupin died?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I think so--it's where he was supposed to be fighting.
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: August 29th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad James got to meet all of Teddy's friends--he was quite cute insisting that he would write Teddy a whole letter!

Harry's letter was fascinating; the whole Map storyline has been very enjoyable. I liked that Harry created his own spell and added it to the Keys--seems very fitting. How long will it take Teddy to figure out that the bird represents him, I wonder?

I definitely have my suspicions about what's under the north battlements...I look forward to seeing if I'm right!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder how much the Map will be able to do ten generations down the line, with new people adding cute tricks!
amamama From: amamama Date: August 29th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that ending ... wil Remus' wedding band resurface, or is it something else? I really, really like this story and the search for identity that's going on. Wonder what Frankie meant? I'll just have to wait for your next update - I'm amazed at your writing speed, you've got some serious momentum!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm very stubborn, is all. :)
satakieli From: satakieli Date: August 29th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Ye gods. Chills. This is going to be awfully painful, but I know you'll write it well.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks--and yes, it's going to be painful.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: August 29th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ok, this is the best explanation I've heard of how the map came to be. It makes SO MUCH more sense to imagine that they created it first as a much simpler tool to help them find lost things, etc.--complicated, but not a crazy task for some very smart school kids to work out. And then as they got older and as they played with the map more, they built it out and out. I always had trouble imagining them sitting down from scratch to create such a ridiculously complicated object.

Nitpick that is more of an editorial note. In Harry's letter he says "realize" or "realized quite a few times. Could be just fine to leave in, since it's conversational. But this sentence read a bit oddly to me: I realize that most of the finding spells were Wormtail's, but oddly, I chose to add it to my father's list instead. Is he being sarcastic, like "Funnily enough, I didn't care to add to that murdering bastard's list," or serious, like "I don't know why but I just had to put it with my dad's list"? It doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, you just very very rarely have confusing or unclear sentences in your work!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, he's totally being sarcastic.

I'll take a look at those "realize"s.

I agree that the Map probably accrued its power as it was built--I can see them playing with it and tweaking it, just to see how much they could do. The animals would probably have come later, as it took them three years to get to the Animagus transformation, so the names "Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs" may have been one of the later additions.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: August 29th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm staying up way too late to read this, but it's well worth it! I love Ruthless's smart comment to Harry. She's great!

Harry's letter to Teddy was really interesting, too. We all overlooked the simplest solution: it was already done for them!

Find what's yours, Teddy. Find what was always meant for you.
That sent shivers up my spine (in a good way). Oh, Remus ...

On Frankie and Maddie's theories on Sanjiv - I'm really interested in seeing if the Forest plays a part in Maddie's research. Especially as Maddie's been there to investigate the oak leaves in Shades! Oh, I'd love to see that expanded on now. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Ruthless's smart comment to Harry.

Yeah, I think most people have realized that Harry's a particularly poor choice to offer advice that boils down to "be careful." ;p
dreamer_marie From: dreamer_marie Date: August 29th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope Teddy won't get too near computers, or he might end up scarred for life, with all the smutty fic about his parents that's eveywhere :-)
I'm glad to hear that Harry and Teddy are now bound to the map. Will they bind George, too?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
with all the smutty fic about his parents that's eveywhere :-)

And him, apparently. I think I'm really glad I started writing Teddyfic right away, as when I'm writing a character, I don't read about that character from anyone else, and I therefore only know in a vague, tangential way that Teddy/George exists.
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: August 29th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful! I loved James meeting Teddy's friends. Just great.

Poor Frankie. I hope he does go to see Professor Longbottom.

Absolutely love the map! Grown up Harry kind of rocks. I'm eager to see what was always meant for Teddy, even if I suspect it will be wrenching.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 29th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry, at all ages, rocks. :D

Frankie needs to go see Neville, but he won't.
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