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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 6: The Most Haunted Dwelling, pt. 2 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 6: The Most Haunted Dwelling, pt. 2
Harry, at school to participate in Aurors' guard duty, is keeping his promise to teach Teddy the Patronus spell for third year. Of course, he doesn't have an office, unlike Lupin... but he was able to pay off the debts on the Shrieking Shack, and that's where he's taken Teddy. Teddy sees it as the home he would have grown up in, and is exploring it eagerly. In the room that would have been his, he reaches for a wardrobe, and something inside it snarls.

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Teddy heard the harsh thump of Uncle Harry running up the stairs, but it was too late, he could see it was too late--the huge gray werewolf was already out of the wardrobe, white foam dripping from its jaws, its eyes obscenely intelligent. It was growling. The claws at the end of its forepaws were razor sharp...

The door burst open and it looked up, then there was a great pop and the wolf disappeared, replaced by a tall, black-cloaked figure, its face hidden deep in a hood, its white, scabbed hand dangling beside its knee. The air around him rattled.

Uncle Harry cried "Riddikulus!" and the creepy, shroud-like robe suddenly turned into a bright pink hoop skirt with a thin shawl over its head. A lacy parasol appeared in one hand, and, from under the shawl, a pair of gigantic lips, painted red, made smacking noises.

Teddy laughed.

The creature blew into bits.

Uncle Harry raised an eyebrow. "Well, I wasn't actually planning to start with a boggart in the wardrobe, but I'll take it as a good sign."

Teddy shivered. "Try not to die at the end of it all, all right?"

Uncle Harry reached down to help him up, then put a hand on the back of his neck. "Come on downstairs."

"Should we have saved the boggart?" Teddy asked, following Uncle Harry down the stairs. "I saw in Dad's memories that he used a boggart for you."

"He saved a memory of my lessons for you?"

"You were mostly talking about Quidditch. He was really happy to be teaching you. He remembered reading to you." Teddy shrugged. "And you used to read to me, so it's all working so far, right?"

"Right." They reached the bottom of the stairs, and Uncle Harry led him into the kitchen, which was at the back of the house and had a door that led out to the back garden. This room hadn't been entirely destroyed--unless Voldemort had decided to do a bit of decorating while he was here--and it contained a single table and four chairs. The wallpaper was stained, but not ripped. Uncle Harry had banished the floor dust into a pile in the corner. The wooden counter was splintered and stained. A broken plate was in the sink at the base of a tent of cobwebs, and a mug full of rusty chopping knives sat on the stove. Uncle Harry looked around with vague interest, then turned back to Teddy. "A boggart wouldn't be much use in teaching you. Mine turns into a Dementor, because that's what I'm afraid of, and that happens to be something you can use a Patronus against. Your boggart is a werewolf. The Patronus doesn't have any effect on it. I'll teach you the way I taught the D.A.--but remember, it's a lot different when there's something coming after you."

Teddy bit his lip. "Why should my boggart be a werewolf? It was my mum's Patronus! And it was... well... Dad."

"If you weren't afraid of werewolves, you'd be crazy. And your dad would be the first to tell you that, so don't go there."


"Trust me, Teddy, you would have been raised with a fear of werewolves. It would have been self-preservation." He sighed and sat down at the table. "Boggarts aren't just what they seem to be. My fear of Dementors is a fear of fear. A werewolf--aside from your obvious connections, of course--is about the dark side of things. A fear of what secrets there might be out there."

Teddy thought that might be reaching a bit. He sat down across from Uncle Harry. "So... Patronuses. How do they work?"

It didn't seem to be what Uncle Harry was expecting him to ask, but he recovered quickly. "Well, they're a projection of your good feelings, and they serve as a shield against Dementors and a few forms of Dark magic. That's the primary function. But we've discovered that they have other uses. Dumbledore discovered it, actually. The Patronus is distinct to the wizard who Conjures it because it contains a part of that person's essence. And because of that, it can serve as an emissary--er, a messenger." He winced. "This was easier when I just had a lot of people asking me what the incantation is and what they have to think about."

"Sorry." Teddy shrugged. "You're doing it just right. I think I get it. What's the incantation and what do I have to think about?"

"The incantation is Expecto Patronum. Try it." Teddy did; Uncle Harry nodded in approval. "The really important part, though, is to find a happy memory and concentrate on it. The most powerful happy memory you have."

Teddy wondered if it had to be one of his own. The happiest memory he had was one of Dad's, the one where his mother had let him fly a hawk, and the hawk taken all of his troubles away and he felt completely free, just for a moment. Teddy was generally happy, and didn't have any particularly unhappy memories--the unhappiness in his life had happened before he had memories--but nothing really stood out the way that had stood out to Dad. He supposed he'd been quite happy the first time James had recognized him when he came over, and had tripped over his own feet while running up and burbling, "Smy-Teh!" He nodded. "All right."

"You probably won't be able to do it the first time," Uncle Harry warned. "And I sort of hope you don't. I'd love to come up here with you a few more times."

"Well, you could always teach me other things. Or you could tell me all of those things you said you'd tell me when I got older."

"You're thirteen. You're not older yet." He stood up and raised his wand. "Let's try the Patronus. Expecto Patronum." A white stag leapt out of his wand and paced the kitchen. It stopped beside Teddy and dipped its head.

"It's Prongs!"

"It is."

"Do you think mine will be Moony?"

"No idea. Given your boggart, I don't think so, but then, you never know. Only one way to find out."

Teddy lifted his wand, imagined James running down the front hall grinning madly, and said, "Expecto Patronum!"

His wand glowed a little, and a tiny silver cloud escaped it.

"You just need to concentrate," Uncle Harry said. "Try again. You're doing just fine."

They kept at the lesson for an hour, and by the end of it, Teddy could get a large silver cloud each time, but it hadn't taken any shape. He tried other memories--sitting with Granny watching a snowstorm, riding around Diagon Alley on Uncle Harry's shoulders while giant people smiled up at him, playing on the rope swing at Shell Cottage with Victoire and her sisters. Uncle Harry again assured him that he was doing very well, then led him back through the tunnel.

"I could have come back by myself," Teddy said, pulling himself up among the roots.

"Er, no. I don't want to hear the words 'by myself' from you until we catch Greyback. I've extended some protections through the tunnel, but I don't want you getting any ideas. Give me a promise that you will not abuse your house."

Teddy promised. They walked up toward the door, and while they waited for Professor Longbottom to come let them in, Teddy said, "Are you going home?"


"Tell James I'll write him a little story soon. I owe him one."

Uncle Harry smiled. "You were thinking of James?"

"James is cool."

"I happen to fully agree."

The door opened, and Professor Longbottom greeted them both. He sent Teddy upstairs--"You're getting close to curfew"--then the pair of them headed for his office. Teddy rather wished he could go along. Professor Longbottom's office was very comfortable and nice, and had its own weather system to take care of his plants.

But he went up to his room instead, and settled in for his homework. There wasn't much of it, and this early in the year, it wasn't very hard. When he'd finished, he started to change into his pajamas, but when he pulled his robe off, something thudded to the floor. He leaned over and found the old paperback from his parents' bedroom. The text on the faded back cover told him that it was the story of Tirza Malone, who'd started out as a detective tracking a gentlewizard jewel thief, but of course she'd ended up in love with him, but then his past had caught up with him, and they'd taken him down to prison in Australia at the end of the second book. Now she'd had to commandeer a pirate crew to get her down to help him. Teddy wondered why she didn't just Apparate a little bit at a time until she got there, but he guessed that wouldn't make much of a story. Mum had put a little bit of paper in toward the beginning. Curiously, Teddy opened to it.

relentlessly toward the Cape of Good Hope.

Tirza stood on the deck, her fiery curls tugged gently by the slipstream, caressing her scalp like Holt's gentle fingers. She imagined the ship as their marriage bed, gently creaking...

Teddy winced, but kept reading, as he noticed the word "Fire!" set off by itself on the next page. The reminiscence finally ended after nearly three-quarters of a page, but then it turned into quite a good sea battle, between Tirza and her pirates, who all worked spells by themselves, and a strange bunch of hit-wizards who multiplied their spells like an army. Tirza finally got her ship away by maneuvering it up a river on the African coast, which the hit-wizards were unable to navigate. She waited for them to leave, but just as she was about to continue her search, a young Muggle boy from a village nearby came running for help.

He read two more chapters--Checkmate curling up on his lap and trying to bat it away from him--during which Tirza started to feel unfaithful to the missing Holt, because the handsome pirate lieutenant Brock was such a great comfort to her. The author seemed to favor this over the real plot, which was about an escaped nundu that was destroying villages, and Tirza had to figure out how to kill it without attracting the attention of the local authorities... quite a trick, since that particular beast had never been caught by fewer than a hundred trained wizards, but as the cover said Tirza had other things to do in the book, Teddy guessed she would figure out a way. He hoped she wouldn't decide she was in love with it and try to tame it or some such silliness.

His eyelids were drooping by the time he finished chapter three, so he stashed it on his end table, very glad that he had no roommates to see him reading an Enchanted Encounters novel. He didn't move Mum's bookmark; he just folded over the corner of his own page. He put out his lamp and went to sleep, and wasn't surprised to find himself on Tirza's ship. Of course, instead of just reminding him vaguely of Ruthless, Tirza had become Ruthless, right down to the tawny, slightly upturned eyes. Teddy was himself, but Brock had hired him as a cabin boy, and he kept telling Ruthless that she shouldn't go off after Holt, as it was very dangerous. She waved her Beater's bat at him. "Do you think I can't rescue him? Do you think I'm some weak little girl?"

"No!" Teddy protested. "I think you're very strong."

"Then maybe you'd just rather I was rescuing you!" Then her fingers had grabbed his shirt, and she was kissing him, and it was like the wind and the sea, and everything else the book said (literally; she tasted like saltwater). He woke up before dawn, lit his lamp again, and continued to read.
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From: ethnotechno Date: October 13th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. :)
willowbough From: willowbough Date: October 13th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
lit is lamp again, and continued to read.

Missing an "h" in "his," I think.

Nice to see the guess about the boggart confirmed, although Harry's reasoning about why a boggart wouldn't be that useful in teaching Teddy about the Patronus Charm makes sense.

Grinned like a fool over Teddy reading Dora's romance novel. But then silly as it is, it's a way to stay in touch with his mother or understand a new facet of her. And the heroine's morphing into Ruthless during his dreams . . . should make the next time he meets the actual Ruthless interesting indeed!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Got the "h," thanks.

And hey, if Dora's watching, maybe she'll get to finish her book! Goofy romance novels... I guess everyone needs a vice, and they don't have Harry Potter in the Potterverse. :p
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: October 13th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
eeeeeeeeee! Teddy!

oh, and I think there's a letter missing?
He woke up before dawn, lit is lamp again, and continued to read.
Shouldn't that be lit HIS lamp again?

I love how Harry is in this -- he's not a theorist, still! Bet Hermione would love to settle down for a good coze with Teddy about how it all works, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah--Harry could explain how it's done, and Hermione could explain why it's done that way, though she has trouble doing it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
We're seeing more of Ruthless, aren't we? :) And I love it.

Small typo that I caught:
"a pair of gigantic lip, painted red, made smacking noises"

I believe an s should be included?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Picked up the "s"... sheesh, missing a bunch of those things today.

If I'm going to work in their "experimenting" in this year instead of next, I guess I'd best get Ruthless on stage more!
kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: October 13th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Bwahaha! Enter: Puberty.

Deeply amused, and I loved the lesson. Aaw, James ^_^
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I like teacher-student scenes. It's always a fun relationship.

Bwahaha! Enter: Puberty.

Oh, yes. Cue the brass band.
marikenobi From: marikenobi Date: October 13th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I love dreams!!

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. This dream isn't exactly one of the heavily-laden-with-symbols dreams I usually do! ;p
viatrix03 From: viatrix03 Date: October 13th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
"You're thirteen. You're not older yet." Even as Uncle Harry's inner monologue reminds him how vigorously his thirteen-year-old self would have disagreed :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, yes. I most of inner thirteen year olds would be disgusted by the stuff that comes out of our mouths as adults.
From: kobegrace Date: October 13th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Bloody hell, I can't wait to find out what happens next -- in all aspects of the story, sure, but mostly with Teddy and Ruthless. This is his first real crush-crush, is it not? And it'll be interesting to see how Ruthless deals when she first realises she's being fancied.

{Sigh...} Oh, to be thirteen again! Then again, maybe not; when I was thirteen, I dyed my black hair red and blond, considered myself cool because I smoked, and saw Liam and Noel Gallagher as invincible gods. I can only hope that Teddy won't ever be so silly!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I skipped about every third day of school when I was thirteen. What a stupid age that is.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
And that's when Teddy discovered girls.. lol

I love this bit:

Uncle Harry smiled. "You were thinking of James?"

"James is cool."

"I happen to fully agree."

It's also moving in a calm way when Teddy doesn't move his mom's bookmark.

Hmmm.. Teddy seems to very much want his relationship with Harry to parallel Harry's relationship with Remus. I wonder if this will become a problem?
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
From Amber, btw, sothenwefell on SQ. (Oops.)
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jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: October 13th, 2007 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like the thought Harry has put into his Riddikulus charm over the years--what a great way to defeat a Boggart Dementor.

The explanations that Harry gives are well-thought out, even if he was surprised by Teddy's question and line of thinking.

And Dora's book inspiring Teddy's dream is quite an excellent way of introducing Teddy to the idea of Ruthless as a romantic interest. Now, however, I'm quite curious why that particular section was bookmarked, and how it came to be left behind. ;~)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's just where she stopped reading one night when someone decided to distract her. Unfortunately, it didn't quite hit the end table dead on and ended up on the floor, and they didn't see it when they were busily destroying the house the next day before the goblins could repossess it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 13th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)


Ahhhh, Puberty. I'm 14 I know what he's thinking. Although I don't think It's the same because I actually got my belly button peirced but i was forced to take it out. and let it heal when i was 13. I don't think my 13ness is the same as Teddy. ;)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Puberty_

Ha, glad it works for someone close to the same age, even if it's not quite the same.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 13th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
So will we get to see Teddy's patronus after a nice 'patronus kiss' from Ruthless? *sniggers* Very nice, as always - and Harry's ridiculing of the dementor was just brill.

Ah - reading until falling asleep and then dreaming the story is definitely something I remember. It made me become rather picky about which books I read. ;)

Thanks, Fern!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
It made me become rather picky about which books I read. ;)

Ugh, yes. I love Stephen King's It, but what a very bad book to read before falling asleep!
shiiki From: shiiki Date: October 13th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Professor Longbottom's office was very comfortable and nice, and had its own weather system to take care of his plants.

It's the little details like this that make me just fall in love with your writing. I'd love to visit Neville's office too!

Harry is so very Harry! He's such an action person. I half expected Hermione to pop up with one of her lengthy textbook definitions/explanations. :P

Another great part, Fern, thanks!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Harry is so very Harry!

:pets Harry:

:ducks fly-by Bat Bogey Curse:

Harry's smart, but definitely not an academic by nature. He doesn't ever wonder what makes magic work, or ask deep by irrelevant questions about it.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's got too much sense for that

He's also got Uncle Harry to knock him upside the head if he goes there.

Oops, I'll catch that missing "a."
demonoflight From: demonoflight Date: October 13th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Harry's way of dealing with the Dementor-boggart was brilliant. Oh, god, a bright pink hoop skirt and gigantic lips... Harry sure knows how to make fear funny.

The first memory Teddy tried, the one with little James happily going "Smy-Teh!", was just adorable. And this bit:

Uncle Harry smiled. "You were thinking of James?"

"James is cool."

"I happen to fully agree."

Made me go "awwwwwwwwwwww". James really IS cool! And I suppose he's about... seven at this point? Seven is a cool age.

Speaking of age, I think it's Puberty Time for Teddy!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 13th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I got James's age wrong in FG. He'd have to be seven years younger than Teddy, since he's a second year in the epilogue, so he's six this year.
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