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Ask my OCs anything. - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask my OCs anything.
Bored now. Ask away (OCs only; no canons.) I'll leave it open for two hours.

Okay, actually left it for three, but that's it. :)
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From: severely_lupine Date: May 4th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, since I rather like your new Stray OCs, I'll ask Mrs. Brodie (at the point in the story we're at now): What do you really think of Mr. Lupin and Mr. Foote, and what do you think of what your girls think of them?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they're going to end up costing me dearly, is what I think. The girls haven't any notion of what sort of troubles can come of hosting their sort, and I suppose that's better, as they can just deal with them as men, and not as harbingers, but I'm an adult, thank you, and I'm responsible for any troubles I let into their world.

That said, it's good to have a pair of handsome men dropping by. It's been a long time since a man's been on the island. I've no wish for any sort of inappropriateness, but there's something about a man's voice in the air that makes a woman feel safer somehow. And I must admit that Mr. Foote, in particular, shall we say, has provided an interesting dream or two.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 4th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Daniel, I'd love to hear more about your role in the wizarding war and the aftermath. How did you learn about the fate of the Lupins?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I was in close contact that whole year, helping the Muggle-borns we smuggled into Smeltings. On the night of the battle, Dennis Creevey got a Patronus from his brother. Colin had got onto the grounds by then, and the battle was going on, and he said that Greyback was chasing him, and he thought Lupin might be dead. I didn't hear much after that. The Patronus was mostly to tell Dennis to keep up his studies and be strong and brave... brotherly business. I was more concerned with Lupin. Dennis was utterly mad at that point, wanting to go, but he couldn't Apparate and he didn't have his wand, so he couldn't do anything. I bundled him up and took him to the Garveys' place. We had an owl from Maddie Apcarne at around nine the next morning, telling us everything. I hadn't slept. Dennis started screaming, but...

Well, I wasn't really there for Dennis that morning. I'm glad Garvey was.
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allie_andromeda From: allie_andromeda Date: May 4th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Valeska, have you introduced any other Veela traditions besides the dancing in your lovely home to your granddaughters?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
An odd question. What would you have me teach them? How to treat human men?

Well, I imagine they learned something of how to--how to say it?--how to approach those men whom they desired, but that is less a tradition of the Veela than an instinct of a beautiful woman. And they are beautiful, are they not?

I suppose I taught them to appreciate and believe in their own beauty.
shiiki From: shiiki Date: May 4th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
There goes my hope to ask Kingsley what he thought about Sirius's Christmas present. :P

I'd like to ask any of the Smeltings teachers what it was like during the war.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Levinson: It brought back memories, shall we say. Very unpleasant ones.

Garvey: I wished more than once that I was like the other Muggles around me. It was a bad time, of course. One "tragedy" after another. They were all congratulating one another about their stiff upper lips and how they greeted each new tragedy with tea, which I'll say is a perfectly healthy response in many ways, but I knew what was happening behind the lightning strikes and mine collapses. I knew there was someone targeting us. A cup of tea didn't help. Much.
arcaneblades From: arcaneblades Date: May 4th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Donzo, what's been your greatest adventure in your animagus form?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Important adventures were thin on the ground when Teddy and I were both young and carefree enough to have them. No Death Eaters, and it was before Geoffrey's nonsense really got going.

Teddy and I got in the habit of just slipping out of the tour group during summers. The summer after sixth year, we were at the Cape, and we wandered into a party that a pack of Muggles were having before they went back to uni. There was, er... a bit of alcohol flowing, and they decided that the hawk that kept circling around was their spirit guide, and they caught him (Teddy and I had been partaking a little ourselves, and he wasn't very quick-witted). They put him in a big cage and were asking him questions and trying to divine answers from him. So I had to get them to switch their allegiance to their raccoon totem, then be docile enough not to go into a cage. I thought they'd get bored, or end up passed out we could undo the cage, but the idiots got in their truck and drove. Needless to say, it didn't go well, and there was a policeman, and he arrested them, and Teddy and I both ended up at some animal welfare shelter, and we had to break out as animals, because the bloody cameras were on us the whole time!
From: itsjulia Date: May 4th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Alderman, can you explain how Christianity and the magical world fit together? Are there fewer magical Christians than muggle? Does your church have more magical folk than most? I'm assuming you have more werewolves than most...

I hope I'm on time! I never catch these!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
There's really no conflict between the Church and the magical world--the witchcraft that the Bible inveighs against (quite deservedly) is calling on dark forces to accomplish magical ends. Witches and wizards don't call on any dark forces. There was a time when it was debated as to whether or not people could have such powers without calling on demons, but that was fueled by the less educated who came into contact with it. Once the Statute of Secrecy was in effect, only clergy who heard Confession had any notion of the reality of magic, and they understood what the meaning of the text was.

I think the religious distribution of witches and wizards is about the same it is in the general population. Fewer religious witches and wizards in secular Europe than in the U.S., for instance. There are some Protestant groups that haven't entirely got the Biblical injunction right, and I suppose we avoid them, and they us, but there's room for all sorts. There are religions that avoid pork, too, and I doubt a lot of pig farmers join them. That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with pig farmers or the religions, just that they don't mix. I'd guess a Muggle-born born into those sects might have some trouble, but I've never heard of it happening, so I'm not sure. They may just forswear magic. Other adult witches and wizards have done such things, the same way a Muggle might decide to forgo meat and eat only vegetables.

My own parish church may have a few more witches and wizards than are usual, but that's because it's near Valeska's hideaway, and she picked a spot near a half-magical town rather like Godric's Hollow. My "real" mission, to the werewolves, is of course more magically based!

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marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: May 4th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I keep forgetting which are your OCs and which are canons. Okay...

Tinny: what is your take on where all the students in your year have ended up in their lives?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Me? Oh. Wow, I don't think I've spoken much since first year!

I'm very happy, of course, with Frankie. We have a good life, and we continue our role playing club. Every now and then, we can get the others to come, though getting them to play games can get to be a chore sometimes. The publishing company has got very successful, mainly as we publish James and Teddy's books, and we're very comfortable.

Don's life was no surprise to anyone--he just kept doing what he always did. We all loved Kelly. I felt a bit bad for Maurice, but he doesn't put up with pity. I tried to fix him up with someone, but he wasn't interested.

Corky and Honoria... what's to be said? We all just roll our eyes, but we've enjoyed summer trips to Canada. Corky's a very good teacher, and Honoria turns out to be a rather formidable advocate when she's needed.

We Hufflepuffs are delighted that Roger apprenticed to Hagrid. Hagrid always wanted someone who'd love his creatures as much as he did, and Roger fills the bill nicely. He's delirious with his job, and now that Hagrid's getting quite old, he's doing more and more of it. He's also taken over the Care of Magical Creatures classes, much to the relief of the Ministry.

Laura's modeling now, like her mother. She likes it, and it suits her. I don't really understand it, and I feel like a piece of rubbish when I stand beside her, so I don't visit often.

Janey read medicine at Oxford after she got her N.E.W.T.s, and she was practicing in both worlds until she met a Muggle surgeon and married him. She decided to stay there rather than let him into the magical world, and we don't see all that much of her.
From: jme1374 Date: May 4th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Sanjiv, who was Tonks's favorite teacher at Hogwarts and why?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Cheater.

Well, as you asked...

Tonks got along with everyone but old Snape, and that was more Snape's fault than hers. She did try to cheer him up, but had no notable success with it.

She was fond of Flitwick, and of course as a Hufflepuff, we knew Sprout best. She spent some time with Kettleburn, down at the paddocks. Hmm. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm not sure she had a favorite. She liked all of her classes. I think I'll go with McGonagall, just because McGonagall was never all that impressed with her Shapeshifting. If you count Madam Pomfrey as a teacher, though, that's who it would have been. She used to go down to the hospital wing on her own time and help brew potions.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 4th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)

to Mr. alderman

mr. Alderman,
how do you manage to live in Harmony with Christianity and being a wizard (which must be difficult but spiritually warming thing)

how do you fit God into your daily life, and to the fact you can do magic, something that am muggle christian may see as blasphemy. what's your view of God on that aspect of your life, and how do you harmonize that

Thank you

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: to Mr. alderman

Like I told itsjulia, there's really no conflict if the Biblical verses are properly understood. Magic is a God-given gift, like the ability to play a violin or do complex maths in your head. I'm grateful to God for giving me this particular gift, and I think it's my responsibility to Him to use it for the good of the world.

God is like air to me. There's not an effort to put Him into my everyday life; He's just there. And I feel that Christ died to cleanse the Original Sin in each of our lives, that I'm forgiven through Him for the monster I become under the moon. The Church cleansed Greyback from my soul.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't take it.

I considered it, but I was in my seventies, and set in my ways, when Julia came up with it. My life had been devoted to the werewolf missions, and I wanted to continue to show that you didn't have to be consumed by the curse simply because you had it. Vivian resumed her travels with me after the cure--Enrique was gone by then--and she was there to tell people about it. It was surprising to me how few opted for it. More women than men took it, because they always suffered more, but most simply didn't believe it would be permanent. So far, it is... but Vivian doesn't believe it's permanent, either. Every month, she locks herself up and waits.

Oh, and I neglected the second part of your question! I'm sorry, I got caught up in the first. There's a werewolf archbishop, but he was bitten after he'd taken vows. Accommodations were made, and he mainly does administrative work. We talk now and then, but aren't close. I've found a handful through history, but by the time you get to three very small subsets of the population--lycanthropes, people called to the Catholic priesthood, and people I've had occasion to meet--it's not entirely shocking that there aren't a lot of us! In the course of my mission, I've founded a lay order, which has several werewolf leaders, but that's not the same. In other religions, I've run across a few. There's a rabbi in Brooklyn who seems to take the whole business in stride, and an imam in Rabat who's doing something like what I am. I imagine there are more, but I haven't met them.

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malinbe From: malinbe Date: May 4th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Maurice, did you ever outed yourself, or was it an "everyone suspects it anyway" sort of thing? And how did people- your friends and family- react?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I never needed to out myself to anyone but Donzo, as it was no one else's business. I don't think any of the others were confused about it for long--by the time we were twenty-five, even Teddy Lupin had stopped trying to introduce me to pretty girls (though I'll admit that one girl Teddy introduced me to, a witch from the German Ministry who was working with the Department of Mysteries for a year, was quite lovely enough to make me question deeply held beliefs about myself--it's a pity I didn't actually like her as well as finding her confusing). The Weasley girls (by then, a Lupin, a Shacklebolt, and a Young) all treated me like I was an especially interesting species of tragic hero, Marie Shacklebolt in particular holding Kelly obscurely responsible for my own loneliness until I told her to drop the damned subject. Teddy never stopped being uncomfortable with it, I think because it was so completely alien to him to not be attracted to every woman on the planet. Corky screwed up his nerve once and asked if I'd ever fancied him, and when I assured him I hadn't, he was fine. Honoria was very matter-of-fact about it, and that's how I ended up being friends with her. Ruthless didn't care one way or another. She'd asked me out not long before Teddy's wedding, and I think she considered the whole thing a personal rejection for a while.
lollapulizer From: lollapulizer Date: May 4th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Daniel, what was your relationship like with Dudley during the last year of the war?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
He was quicker to forget than I was to forgive, I'm afraid. Never once apologized for being a git to me for three years at Smeltings, though to be fair, he'd mostly let up by the end of my second year, and in my third year, he actually defended me from Piers Polkiss, so maybe he thought we were friends already. As the year went on, I got talking to him, and realized he was sorry, but just hadn't the faintest notion how to express that. No one had ever taught him to apologize. I took him at face value after that, and he turned out to be all right. His parents, on the other hand, continued to be pills. Petunia helped keep the hideout clean, but beyond that, she was just sour all the time. Vernon was useless. By the time the year ended, I was actually astounded that Dudley was as decent as he was. Must have been Harry's influence.
bazile03 From: bazile03 Date: May 4th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
If I'm not too late, since we moved, I'm not quite sure about the time zones.
To any/all of the Smeltings teachers, what were your first impressions of Dudley?

Thank you.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Levinson: I think we can all agree that our first view of Dudley was that he was a spoiled bully without many brain cells to rub together. Even after the last year, Garvey's only revised that notion slightly.

As I had him in class, I started to see that he had occasional flashes of very sharp insight. His papers showed that he noticed things in his assigned readings that even I had missed. He was fanatically devoted to his favorite television programs, and, curious as I was about these strange little bursts of intelligence, I designed an assignment in which the boys could use their popular culture knowledge and compared it to the history they were studying. Dudley's knowledge of the details was encyclopedic, and when I quizzed the boys in class, he was able to produce that knowledge on request. I never thought he was a genius, but I did start to see someone of value buried in that monstrous body. So when I saw him trying to lose weight, I decided it was a time I could start to channel him, and bring that hidden boy out.
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: May 4th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Would Healer Mehadi Patil count as your OC? If so, what does she remember most vividly of her meeting with Dudley Dursley?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Terror. Absolute, abject terror. I'd treated Muggles before, who knew nothing at all about magic, who were less frightened than Dudley was. Someone had filled that boy's head with utter rubbish about us, which was worse than no information at all.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 4th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Rachel Disraeli

McGonagall had a classmate (mentioned in "Of a Sort" named Rachel Disraeli, whom I'd like to address. Was she descended from Prime Minister Disraeli? I know that during his political career, opponents often called him a wizard and accused him of using black magic in politics. Was he really magical? What was it like being Jewish at Hogwarts?

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 4th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Rachel Disraeli

Obviously, it's not easy to keep kosher, and I didn't try. Beyond that, the thirties and forties weren't an easy time to be Jewish anywhere at all in Europe. Hogwarts wasn't bad, but it wasn't good, either. There were plenty of people who were fans of what was going on on the Continent--at least until '39, after which they stopped admitting it--and thought protests about the nasty business of antisemitism was just a distraction from what he was 'really' accomplishing.

On the whole, of course, Hogwarts is a product of Christian culture, and the entire academic schedule is worked out around Christmas and Easter. That meant that in order to join my family for most festivals, I had to get special permission to leave school, which also caused some conflict with classmates, who thought I was getting extra time off. By third year, I just fasted privately on Yom Kippur, and had a handful of apples to dip in honey on Rosh Hoshana. Fourth year, I decided to invite my friends to a seder I would lead at Passover. This actually turned out to be something of a hit in Ravenclaw, and it helped a lot in getting along, though I felt like I'd turned into a Jewish encyclopedia instead of a classmate!
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