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Begging to be saved from writer's block.
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ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: February 17th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Something with the Marauder's mothers,perhaps? It'll be hilarious(ly embarrassing to Sirius) to watch Walburga interact with rest of them. :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 20th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm going to use Dorea Black Potter as James's mother, even though the dates don't entirely make sense, because I can't think of a reason she'd have been mentioned on the tree with a single son except to imply that she's James's mother.

"My son," Walburga Black said, "would hardly be involved in this sort of business if he had been placed in his proper house, away from these sorts of influences." She looked down her nose at Julia.

"Oh, shut it, Walburga," Dorea Potter said. Nelwyn Pettigrew looked between them. Julia guessed she was trying to judge which one of them was more highly placed socially.

"I will not do any such thing!" Walburga said. "The fact that you've married into a family of blood traitors like the Potters says all it needs to say about your judgment."

Dorea rolled her eyes, then looked at Julia with a grin. "She's right, of course. Your Remus is such a trouble-maker. I understand he pressured James into... oh, I can't even say it out loud." She leaned forward and stage whispered, "Studying. I hear he made him do it all evening before a test, and then forced him to sleep before taking it. James was very disturbed by this."

Julia nodded, feigning sympathy. "Yes, I know. He's always been a handful. Sometimes, I've caught him boxing up his belongings from the floor and putting them in a cupboard. Imagine!"

"It's clearly your bad blood showing." Dorea winked.

Nelwyn nudged her chair over and smiled brightly. Her hair was done in long, fussy ringlets, her face painted exquisitely. Julia thought that underneath it all, she probably looked rather like her son Peter, but Julia quite frankly preferred the homely boy to his over-coiffed mother. "Is the Headmaster going to speak to us, or are we waiting for Professor McGonagall?"

"Hmph!" Walburga snorted, making her opinion of Minerva McGonagall clear enough without words that she hardly needed to add, "The notion of my son answering to that self-righteous shrew is abhorrent."

"Really, Walburga," Julia said, "I doubt that Minerva is keeping up a school-girl feud."

Walburga turned to glare at her, but didn't say anything. Julia could count on one hand the number of times her son's friend's mother had spoken to her in four years. And in each of those instances, the word "mudblood" had come up. Julia suspected that only Dorea's presence--she was Walburga's aunt, though they were only a few years apart in age--kept her from using it now. Dorea Potter was no one to annoy. She sat on the Wizengamot and had been known to propose laws with no discernible purpose other than annoying her kin, though of course they were surrounded with high-flown language meant to obscure this fact.

Nelwyn worried at her nails for a moment, charming hangnails away and tweaking their color. "You don't suppose they mean to expel the boys, do you? They haven't even had their O.W.L.s yet!"

"I think we'd have got a more sternly worded letter about that," Julia said. "I think Minerva wants to talk about them over tea. She said that we ought to work on finding better ways to spend their energy. I've thought perhaps they could do some charitable work." She caught herself. "Well, Remus can. I don't know what the lot of you have in mind."

"Hard labor," Dorea said cheerfully. "We could put them to work in a farmer's field."

"I hardly think that's appropriate for our sons," Walburga said. "They are of the Ancient and Most Noble..."

"The Ancient and Most Noble could stand to get some dirt under its nails," Dorea told her. "And if you're not careful, I'll put you out there as well."

Walburga drew her wand. "And how do you see yourself accomplishing that?"

"I am your aunt. Your elder. We both know where the House stands on such things."

Walburga ground her teeth and turned away. Dorea smiled wickedly.

The door to the office opened, and Minerva McGonagall came in, followed by a tea set. She smiled politely. "Ah, Mrs. Potter, Mrs. Lupin, Mrs. Pettigrew. I'm glad you've already made yourselves comfortable. Please have a seat, Bugga. I'm sorry I was late. I had to give Sirius another detention."
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: February 20th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if that boy was ever NOT in detention...

Also, Dorea Potter+ Julia Lupin= LOVE.

Hmm, but if she was Walburga's aunt, that'd make Sirius and James... Sirius would be her great nephew....... So SOME manner of cousin I guess.

God, everyone's related to everyone *head explodes*.

*I wonder if Dorea was a redhead....*
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 20th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
First cousins, once removed. Harry and Sirius would be second cousins. I may have my memory wrong--she could be one more generation removed, making it second/once, and third cousins, but I think Dorea was Walburga's aunt. (Yes, my slow connection means I'm not double-checking at the Lexicon!)
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: February 20th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Luckily I DO have a fast connection! (Well, sort of anyway. Workable, anyway.) And yep, it's her aunt. And despite Dorea's death date, it would work. She'd be 40- that's not REALLY very old, I sort of expected James's parents to be in their fifties, but then again that may not be possible so 40 works. Again the death date is off, but someone else on there apparently had a child when they were 13, so we can excuse JKR's terrible math.

Also, I think Molly and Author were some form of cousin since Lucretia married a Prewett...... but there could be more than one Prewett and these confuse me terribly so... I'm not going to attempt to understand it better.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 20th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC) (Link)

that's hilarious, Fern!
OK, I can't say anymore, I'm giggling too much to be able to type.

~Hermione Stranger~
ada_the_mental From: ada_the_mental Date: February 20th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah!Someone *else* bullying Bugga (how awesome is that nickname,btw?)That's like...justice!
Apart from the dates that don't seem to fit I've always wondered how come Walburga didn't burn Dorea off the family tree for marrying a blood traitor AND sheltering Sirius. But it makes sense with Dorea having such a high status.
I wonder if James was also burnt off...And it always seemed odd that Sirius didn't mention this connection to Harry when he was showing him the tree.

Ewww,Nelwyn....No wonder Peter ended up like that!:p

summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: February 20th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The fact he didn't make the connection makes me wonder if it IS supposed to be Dorea- you'd imagine Sirius would go "And there's your grandmother, Dorea. Your father and I are... some form of cousin, I can't remember anymore."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 20th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
The only thing I can think of is that Sirius is so flamboyantly disgusted with his family that it doesn't occur to him to think that Harry might like to know a bit of his own family history, as he hasn't had any. (Of course, whether or not it's Dorea, it's almost certain that they're cousins somewhere.)

ETA: The minute I saw that nickname for Walburga, I knew I had to drive Mrs. Black to utter distraction with it.

Edited at 2008-02-20 02:59 pm (UTC)
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: February 21st, 2008 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Dorea Potter was no one to annoy. She sat on the Wizengamot and had been known to propose laws with no discernible purpose other than annoying her kin, though of course they were surrounded with high-flown language meant to obscure this fact.

*shrieks with laughter* I love this. I hope James adored her suitably.
alkari From: alkari Date: February 21st, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL. No wonder Sirius adored her and ran away there! And of course, if he ran away to live with relatives, his own parents could hardly make too much of a fuss to get him back, even if he was under-age.

Great little scene, Fern.
From: kobegrace Date: February 21st, 2008 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
betsyisawesome From: betsyisawesome Date: August 2nd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
This was awesome! I loved Dorea so much; I wish there were more fics with her, preferably characterized like this, of course.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 12th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
This was brilliant but ended too quickly. If you ever write more on Dorea Potter, please tweet me a link. @RucchiraM
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