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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 18: Wolf Moon, pt. 3 - The Phantom Librarian
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Teddy Lupin and the Hunter's Moon, Chapter 18: Wolf Moon, pt. 3
Mathilde demonstrates her ability to get through protections by getting three werewolves onto the Hogwarts grounds, where they transform in the Forbidden Forest. She also has something else up her sleeve, as they can move in sudden magical bursts, even transformed. Lee and George keep them away from the Great Hall, but they managed to crash some windows, and, while two are caught downstairs, one gets away and goes after Teddy, who's rushed out into the thick of things. Teddy is able to hold it off with both of his wands until Lee and George get there. Ginny blows up at him, and Lee explains that it's because she was thinking of Tonks, who she tried to stop from going out where she was killed. Lee has just taken him back to Gryffindor Tower.

Mathilde's not the only one doing new magic. To see better, Teddy tried to morph his eyes to work like owl eyes, and something unexpected happened, which improved his vision exponentially, but now he's having a little trouble relaxing the morph completely.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

The whole of Gryffindor House was in the Common Room, most of the older students with their wands raised, the younger ones, including Kirk Scrimgeour, craning to get a look. Professor Longbottom was going around, organizing them.

"Teddy!" he said. He looked at Teddy's still-morphed eyes, then appeared to decide not ask. "Ginny sent her Patronus. Something about a Streaming Spell?"

"Streaming Spell?" Teddy asked stupidly.

"It allows them to convert to a faster moving form, and reform somewhere else. They shouldn't be able to use it transformed, but--"

"They did," Teddy said. "But we've got all of them that were here. Unless more can Apparate, even after they're transformed."

This was apparently no more comforting to Gryffindor Tower as a whole than not knowing anything had been. Professor Longbottom swore under his breath, then looked abashed. "Staying in here where I belong is a lot harder than going out there."

"Where's my sister?" Kirk asked, elbowing his way up. "She was in the Great Hall listening to Donzo, and--"

"I think everyone's all right. They'd have locked down the Great Hall."

There was a flash of light--Mina Moran screamed--and a glowing lynx dropped from the ceiling. Kingsley's voice said, "All clear, Professor Longbottom. All safe. Three werewolves captured. Continuing patrols. Heads of House to the Great Hall."

Professor Longbottom looked around for a seventh year, and found a girl named Mavis Liu. He put her in charge, and rushed out. The students started to crowd Teddy, asking about the werewolves and his eyes (a first year named Potter Goldman asked if he'd done that to scare the wolves off), but Mavis cut them off self-importantly. "Teddy," she said, "has had a busy evening, and you should all let him be."

Pompous as she was about it, Teddy was grateful. He trudged up the stairs to his room and lay down on his bed. Checkmate jumped up onto his chest and put her wet nose on the base of his chin. He scratched between her shoulder blades, and she started to purr.

"I cocked it up," he told her. She gave him an understanding look, then crawled further up and curled herself on his neck, giving him a faceful of her flank hair. She continued to purr contentedly.

He tried to sleep, hoping he could get back to Tirza's ship and thank Holt, and let Tirza yell at him for being stupid, as he'd been such a pain to her about it, but sleep wouldn't come at all, let alone dreams. It wasn't late enough, and his eyes hurt. Looking into Checkmate's fur, he could individual hairs, and tiny skin flakes stuck in them. Each stood out like a large snowflake. He'd never noticed before, but she had a few pale orange hairs scattered in the white part of her coat. He couldn't see any fleas, and hoped he hadn't picked any up from the werewolf to pass on to her.

For what seemed a long while, he didn't think about anything. He just examined Checkmate's coat with his new eyes and let the world go on around him. Checkmate decided she'd given him enough of a cuddle--at least before he gave her supper--and jumped down with no fanfare, though her back leg thumped against his throat hard enough to bring him up from numbness, rubbing at it. He went to his desk (the smooth writing surface now looked cracked and splintered, though it felt no different than it had before) and looked for a mirror. He found one in the drawer beside The Lost Treasure, and drew both out.

His eyes had returned to their normal size, but were still perfectly round, with wide pupils surrounded by red. They weren't owl eyes. They were hawk's eyes.

He blinked them.

Had he accidentally actually Transfigured them into the shape of his Patronus animal's? He hadn't done accidental magic for a long time, but he remembered the sense of snapping up in the Owlery, the feeling of having done something entirely new. He scrambled for Professor McGonagall's letter, with its list of books. He thought the library might be his first stop after classes tomorrow. He had a feeling that it would be locked down tonight, and a quick glance at the Marauder's Map showed only Madam Pince and Filch, together in her workroom. Teddy chose not to consider this too carefully.

There was a knock at his door.

He opened it to find Aunt Ginny, looking miserable. "I'm sorry I was short tempered with you," she said. "I know you meant well, and were worried about James."

"I was stupid, and made the trouble worse because you had to leave the main battle."

She shrugged and nodded. "You did a lot good first. It evens out."

"Lee told me what you might have been thinking about. About... Mum."

"Yes." She took a deep breath, then shook herself. "Do you need help with that morph? Madam Pomfrey is in the Great Hall."

"Was anyone bitten?"

"No, but there are some glass cuts, and Kingsley took a nasty claw gash when the one got by him."

"That won't make him a...?"

"No. Only bites. But it will scar." She led him down the stairs. "That's quite a morph, by the way. Your mum did pig's noses and dog's ears--just to make us laugh--but I don't think they actually worked like them."

They talked awkwardly as they went down to the Great Hall. Teddy loved Aunt Ginny, but he'd never been as close to her as he was to Uncle Harry or the children. He'd hated her for a little while after Uncle Harry had married her (and gone away), and it dawned on him that his screaming at Uncle Harry not to leave the first few times he'd visited afterward must have made her not like him very well either, at first. They'd got past it, but didn't really have a convenient place to put one another.

They reached the Great Hall, and James ran up to Teddy, then stopped to marvel at the hawk's eyes, which he declared quite better than the old ones. Lily was frightened of them, though, so Teddy decided to see Madam Pomfrey as quickly as he could. She was just finishing up with Kingsley--Story and Laurel were both looking at him with deep admiration--and signaled for Teddy to come up next.

"Hmm," she said, frowning at them in her wandlight. "You know this isn't normal Metamorphosing."

"I'd got that far."

"All right. It's still simple Transfiguration. I'll just do the counter-spell, but I recommend that you speak to Professor Gardner about learning it yourself. With your natural Shapeshifting ability, I'm not sure how safe you'll be once human Transfiguration properly begins."

"Oh, they just hurt a bit..."

She gave him a doleful warning look, and he didn't argue. A moment later, he felt the same sort of popping sensation in his head, and his vision returned to normal as he felt a great deal of pressure suddenly disappear. She moved on to a seventh year who had a healing paste on his face, saying that it was time to remove it.


He looked around as he slid off the table where Madam Pomfrey had examined him. Ruthless was waiting for him, and quite abruptly came to him and put her arms around him, which she hadn't done since they'd broken up. He moved to kiss her, but she moved away, shaking her head.

"They said a werewolf caught you."

"I'm all right." He bit his lip. "I saw you on the Marauder's Map. You were running at the door."

"Er... yeah. That. Fleur Weasley Banished us back. I spent half an hour bound to Victoire and James, back with the babies, as she said she couldn't trust us any further."

"I'm surprised James didn't try to escape."

"Oh, he did." She sighed and sat down. "Victoire threatened to hex him if he didn't stop squirming."

"Your brother was worried about you," Teddy said.

"I know. I went up and told him I was all right. He's not half-bad for a complete waste of oxygen, you know. But don't tell him I said that. Is this really over?"

"We didn't get Greyback."


Professor Sprout clapped her hands smartly. "Hogwarts students, you will now return to your dormitories, unless you have family here. If you have family and choose to remain with them, notify your Heads of House, who will be taking your classmates back."

James and Al rushed up at Teddy, grabbing him by the arms. "You must stay!" James said. "We need you to watch us!"

Al nodded fervently in agreement.

"Well, I'm not really fam..."

A small hand tapped the back of his head in irritation, and he turned to find Aunt Ginny rolling her eyes at him, now back to her usual self, or putting on a good show of it. "We're camped near the conference room," she said. "Really, Teddy."

Ruthless joined Professor Longbottom and the other Gryffindors in the Hall, and a moment later, they were gone. Teddy followed the boys to the Potter family's area, which was staked out beside the Weasley family's. Rose and Hugo ran back and forth between them in excitement.

Throughout the long night, Patronuses flew back and forth. Ron sent one from Azkaban, saying he'd caught a werewolf trying to infect a Muggle near the Leaky Cauldron. Uncle Harry sent two, upon other captures, then a third, frustrated one, when they hadn't got there in time. Greyback had gained back at least one of his losses. Teddy sent his own Patronus to tell Uncle Harry that it was all right, though he supposed that wasn't strictly the sort of emergency they were meant for. Kingsley, who had gone to Azkaban to oversee a quick magical expansion of the lycantrhopic holding areas, sent his lynx to say that it was under control, and given the werewolf activity elsewhere, he thought it was safe for Hogwarts to go onto a less active watch. Some of the guards took the opportunity to sleep, promising to pick up the second shift. Aunt Ginny didn't sleep at all. She just watched. Teddy went to sit beside her, at least for a little while, though he was getting fuzzy-headed from lack of sleep by then. Beside them, Bill and Fleur's children were all sleeping peacefully. Victoire was lying on top of her sleeping bag on her stomach, her pretty hair a tangled mess, snoring loudly.

Teddy himself finally drifted off just as the enchanted ceiling started to get lighter. Deep sleep didn't come, and he fancied himself just a labyrinth turn from the waking world. Voices boomed in and out of his mind. He could feel the motion of a ship beneath him sometimes, but the dream never took shape.

At last, his mind registered the soft voice speaking nearby. He blinked his eyes open to see Uncle Harry, sitting against the wall with Aunt Ginny, his arm around her shoulders. He looked tired and was covered with dirt, but when he saw that Teddy was awake, he spared a weary smile.

"Lee and George told me you did a fantastic job."

"I didn't."

"Well, I heard about that, too. And I have every intention of yelling at you about it when I'm not so tired. It's been a long night, Teddy. And we didn't get Greyback or Mathilde Dubois."

"You should sleep, Harry," Aunt Ginny said.

"I will. I just wanted to"--he yawned--"see you and the the children." He pulled himself up and went to James's camp bed. James was sleeping in his customary manner, on his back, with his arms and legs thrown to either side. Uncle Harry pulled his blanket up and kissed his head, then moved on to Al, who was muttering in his sleep. Al got a few words--he liked being talked to more than James did--then Uncle Harry moved to Lily, who actually got a little hug as he leaned over, because she didn't wake up easily on any amount of prodding. Finally, he came to Teddy, and--much to Teddy's surprise--kissed his head, as he had when he was very small, and put a hand on his shoulder to give it a squeeze. Teddy blinked in confusion, wondering if he was meant to return the kiss, as he was awake.

Unce Harry grinned and shook his head. "Don't worry, Teddy. I just needed to do that. I just..." He sighed. "I needed actually touch all of you. Make sure you're real."

With this odd pronouncement, he Conjured a mattress for himself and went to sleep. Aunt Ginny continued to stay awake, watching, and after a while, Teddy's eyes slid shut again, and he fell into a solid sleep at last.
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kagehikario From: kagehikario Date: November 25th, 2007 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really enjoying seeing Ginny through Teddy's eyes, and the emergence of his animagi skills. A very good chapter! Abrupt, powerful action, and then firm character building. Worth waiting up for!

A quibble. The line near the end,
"I needed actually touch all of you." seems to be missing something ^_~
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, missed a "to."

Glad you liked it!
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 25th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Interesting Exposition

Really nice chapter segment here - I like the (temporary) resolution of the tension. I take it you've decided to go with three werewolves on Hogwarts grounds, not four, then?

Teddy must have really led into what hawks are like, to know for certain it was their eyes (although I suppose he would be quite familiar with owls). This should be a great way to re-establish overt questioning of Professor McGonagal, seeing as she must have taught his mother and would know how she reacted.

There's a typo in 'lycanthropic' ('lycantRHopic') in the chapter about criss-crossing patronus messages.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Interesting Exposition

Yeah, it was supposed to be three and was three in my notes--not sure why I randomly changed it to four, but it's going back to three.

mrs_norris_mous From: mrs_norris_mous Date: November 25th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, after the last post I wasn't expecting any story this morning.

I really liked the way you introduced the starting of the Animagus story.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually finished faster than I was expecting. It was only 3 a.m. :p
jedi_chick From: jedi_chick Date: November 25th, 2007 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I was gone, so that I didn't have to be caught with those cliffhangers! There's been quite a few in the last few parts. ;~) It's too bad that they didn't catch Greyback or Dubois, but I'm glad that they were able to catch quite a few werewolves.

I loved Teddy's interaction with Lee, George, and the children in earlier parts. Teddy's morph was very cool; it's good that Madam Pomfrey was able to set him right, and that he started thinking about the books McGonagall recommended.

For some reason, the way that both Victoire (with her snoring) and James were sleeping really cracked me up. And "Potter Goldman" also got a giggle out of me.

The end of this section was very sweet. I liked the look at Ginny from Teddy's perspective as well. Hopefully things around Hogwarts will be a little calmer for now, at least until that big showdown in June! ;~)

A couple of missing words:
then appeared to decide not ask. Should it be "decide not to ask"?
he could individual hairs Missing a "see".

Looking forward to whatever comes next!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
And "Potter Goldman" also got a giggle out of me.

Victoire's class is probably overwhelmed with Harrys among the boys, probably with a liberal dose of Rons for flavor, and several other war names. I'd guess there are also several Hermiones. But that would be confusing, and I'm confused enough at having a James, a Lily, a Fred, and a Colin on stage! But I figured it was at least an opportunity to mention the thing, especially if I used a variant. :)
muridae_x From: muridae_x Date: November 25th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the Streaming Spell. That's pretty much a rationalisation of what the Death Eaters and the Order were doing during the fight in the Order of the Phoenix movie, isn't it?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not deliberately, though I realized it when I was starting to have Neville say that it's not supposed to be possible magic. Then I thought about that effect and realized that it probably wouldn't raise any eyebrows, so I made the surprise that they could do it transformed rather than that they could do it at all.
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: November 25th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I love that they all treat Teddy like another one of the family.It's so cute. XDDDD
got_it_bub From: got_it_bub Date: November 25th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you like my Icon. It's very true
From: nell_aria Date: November 25th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, while I'm relieved that Teddy's dream from chapter 1, with the werewolf jumping up from the tower to seize him from the hawk, did not come true in this chapter, I see now that the hawk has a greater significance than a connection to his dad. I love that Teddy is going to develop an animagus form, and I love that it's a hawk - what better way to free him and to help him escape earth-bound predators, heh heh. When Teddy does finally get his opportunity to confront Greyback - as I am sure you intend! - he will have some powerful defences. That is a relief.

And bless you for Harry's kiss. That was so sweet! I loved Teddy's confusion about how to respond, and Harry immediately understanding. I also loved the way you described Harry greeting his sleeping children - they each got a different kind of touch to fit their differing personalities and needs. That was a beautiful image you created there, Fern. Adorable. Thank you.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It figures, of course, that the kid who's not all that much into flying will be able to turn into a bird!

There just aren't enough ways out there to say how much I <3 Harry.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: November 25th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
V. nice. Am dizzy (need food and sleep) and may have missed something but I think this sentence needs a new word or a change:
She shrugged and nodded. "You did a lot good first. It evens out."
"a lot OF good" or "a lot right"...?

I loved the description of that half-sleep state, where voices do indeed boom in and out. And I like seeing a few more glimpses of Ginny, who was so badly built-out in canon and deserves a bit more! I like that you don't make Teddy's relationship with her an automatically easy one; it's natural that he'd have resented her "taking" Harry away...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I wouldn't have thought of "a lot right," though it fits. I was just missing the "of."

Psychologically, I'm sure Teddy would have thought of his Uncle Harry and his Granny as his parental figures as a small boy, and the "divorce" that happened would have had the same sort of trauma as a regular divorce. Ginny's a nice, attentive step-parental-figure, but she is outside the core of Teddy's nuclear family.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 25th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


A great, suspense-filled chapter all around.

Although I imagine that conspiracy theorists and other horrible people (AKA Rita) are going to be convinced from now on that Kingsley got bitten. He's going to need to make some public appearances under the light of the full moon!

Can't wait for your next segment.

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Terrific!

Good point about Kingsley needing to make a few moonlit appearances over the coming months!
rdprice29 From: rdprice29 Date: November 25th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Madam Pince and Filch, together in her workroom Blech. That thought's not any more appetizing now than in HBP, lol.

I love the awkwardness between Teddy and Ginny. It's so realistic, just like all of your characterizations. And having Teddy realize it was due to his not wanting to share Harry when he was too young to understand (not that Teddy probably has put his finger on the exact reason yet, no matter how mature he is for his age) is quality as well.

Kingsly should hopefully gain some political points for being injured in protecting Hogwarts, and maybe it'll help towards eventual reforms in not treating all werewolves as automatic criminals. Too bad they didn't get Greyback though, although I'm not too sorry as it means your wonderful story would be over already! ;P

Great job. I love the progression and the aftermath was wonderfully done.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wasn't initially planning on things being awkward with Teddy and Ginny, but I realized I haven't really had scenes where it's just the two of them interacting, and when they started, it just... turned out awkward.
willowbough From: willowbough Date: November 25th, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's always great to wake up to another installment. The aftermath of the battle--with its mixture of relief and lingering tension--was as well-done as the battle itself. Teddy and Ginny's affectionate but awkward interaction, James and Al's insistence that Teddy is an honorary Potter, Victoire snoring (thank goodness she's got at least one trait that's not aesthetically perfect)--all fine touches.

Werewolves armed with Streaming Spells are alarming to contemplate. And just who did Greyback manage to reclaim? I look forward to finding out.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Werewolves armed with Streaming Spells are alarming to contemplate.

Well... I just had to give some reason why this many high-powered wizards might have enough of a problem with them that one could actually get through to have a thirteen year old deal with him.
demonoflight From: demonoflight Date: November 25th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that Victoire snores. =D

And Harry's kiss made me wibbly.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought Victoire needed something totally non-ethereal. ;)
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: November 25th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
So will Ginny and Teddy have a chance to talk about Ginny's trying to stop Tonks from leaving safety? It might be a nice way for the two of them to develop their relationship a bit more. Loved Harry's need to touch his wife and all his kids -- it rang so true.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe. I don't know if Teddy will bring it up. I meant him to, but he didn't cooperate.
From: kobegrace Date: November 25th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
The end of this chapterlet is utterly precious. And your take on Teddy-Ginny's dynamic is most interesting. Awesome job, of course -- then again, I've learned not to expect anything less than subtle brilliance from you. :) ^_^
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm glad Teddy's relationship with Ginny turned out not to be quite as idyllic as his relationship with Harry. It's good for him to have to work at something sometimes.
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: November 25th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent post, Fern. I really enjoyed the interaction between Teddy and Ginny and it was nice seeing Harry interacting with his children.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 25th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Dad!Harry is fun.
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