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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ask my OCs anything
Okay, yes, I dropped the ball on the holiday challenges and therefore don't deserve any creative prompts. But I'm bored and the writing isn't coming. So... brief answers from the OCs to whatever you want to ask them?
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

to mister priest

*sorry I forgot his name*
how much do you see a religious community in hogwarts after the recent war? was it bigger or smaller than before the war?

what caused your revelation you believed in a higher power? to the religion you practice (it was christianity or judaism i forgot)


(to fern, so no more hardy boys-potter 2nd generation style? is it over then?)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: to mister priest

(no, not over; I'm just suffering a generalized burn-out on everything, and this is, if nothing else, meant to kick-start it!)

(It's Father Alderman, and he's Catholic)

I don't think the war changed a great deal in the religious outlook in the wizarding community, which is reflective of Britain as a whole. If Britain turns more religious, so will Hogwarts. If not, it won't. In this way, the wizarding world is just a microcosm. Immediately after the war, as is usual, there was an uptick, as people found their way through church doors for the comforting rituals of grief. Beyond that, I didn't see a great difference.

For myself, I think I always believed in some sort of higher power. When I was a child it was Greyback. He ran ran my world and gave me the laws. But when Lupin came and... how to put it? Woke me up? When I realized that there was another way to be, that I had a soul and a purpose... For me, God naturally followed. Mileage has varied for the others.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)

To Fiona and the girls

how are you doing after the War? has the situation improved if so how?
did the girls managed to go to Hogwarts, what do you girls want to do after you graduate? (did you met anyone nice ;) )

*and fiona hope you don't mind getting this question, how old are you? in the summer of the quidditch cup? when you met mr. erm... Foote).
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: To Fiona and the girls

[Fiona]How nice of you to ask after us! We remained in Brazil, and made a life here. I married not long after Sirius returned to England--I was working for a charming German gentleman, and we came to see one another as more than employer and employee. We married a few months later, and I had a third child! This, of course, meant that we had roots in Brazil now, and all three children went to school here. Kirsty loves the rain forest quite deeply, and went on through school to study it, and its magical creatures. She married a lovely man who she works with. Elspeth plays Quidditch on the national team, and my youngest daughter, Addy... well, she's a wild child, but loving. She spends a lot of time at the beach. Her father dotes on her.

I was about four years ahead of Sirius and Remus in school. I remember them strutting around with James Potter and the other boys. We older girls thought they were terribly adorable. (That summer... let's see, I was thirty-eight.)

Edited at 2010-04-19 02:10 am (UTC)
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: April 19th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
To Maddy. What do you consider to be your best trait and what is a character flaw you wish you could fix?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
My best character trait? I'd say I'm quite patient and tolerant of any sort of nonsense for a very long time. This serves me well in friendships, and certainly it has as a mother. It's hard to rattle me in any real way.

My worst... is probably the same thing. I don't like to be rattled, and I let things pass by without making me outraged when I really ought to be. There is a point where you have to say "No, I will not accept this," and I tend not to noticed having passed it until it's far behind me.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)

to Daffy

how is it being a parent? did your daughter give you trouble?
has your daughter gone to hogwarts?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: to Daffy

I love being a parent. It's a grand adventure, and they actually think I'm quite important, at least for a little while. My daughter Carny--she's a good girl. She just missed the birthday cut-off, so with a 2 September birthday, she'll always be one of the eldest in her year. She begged me to change her birthday so she could go to school while her brother was still there, but I'm just as glad that proved impossible, as she'd have been caught in the bloody Quarantine if she had. So, as soon as Frankie finished up his seventh year, we got Carny ready for her first.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)

from the Irish!

silas or silas uncle.

what kind of magic culture is there in Ireland? the one not taugh at hogwarts? how is it different than the magic taught at hogwarts? does it do more things?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: from the Irish!

[Uncle Ronan]Ireland has a rich magical tradition of its own, but I wouldn't say it's unrepresented at Hogwarts. Hogwarts has served as an Irish school no matter who was invading whom at what particular time. Just as Durmstrang served most of Eastern Europe and Beauxbatons served France, Spain, Monaco, and most the countries in that region, so Hogwarts served England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. It was regional more than political, though, by overwhelming numbers of course, it is now under the control of the UK. All of which is to say that Irish wizardry has always been represented.

Of course, we have our own creatures. You're aware, I'd guess of leprechauns; even Muggles know of them. The Pooka is less known. Selkies have always made their way around the North Sea. And perhaps the earliest source of contention between England and Ireland was when Merlin the Bastard Charmed away our dancing stones and put them down in England. They say that's not true--they try to claim that Stonehenge was there long before Merlin--but our stories recall it.

I'd say on the whole that, if there's a difference, it's simply that, at least now, the Irish are a bit more tolerant of magic. There'll be no screaming of freakishness among the Muggles. Magic is a part of the land and a part of the life. Of course, if you ask me, it's even so among the English. They just make a mighty effort to shunt it off to old superstition. Muggles in Ireland aren't bothered by it, and generally take no notice of it.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)

to Mehadi

~quite a shock that you weren't Parvati or Padma's mom! but Aunts are cool.
(your sister to their dad or sister to their mom? ) *Mehadi is the same age as Lupin??*
do you have children of your own? do you sent or plan to send them to Hogwarts?
speaking of that, what Was your experience at Hogwarts? the slytherin against gryffindor wasn't bad for you, right? you don't seem like a person who deserves taunts you are cool! okay, i'm also curious as to why who think the hat put you in Slytherin and not Ravenclaw. cunningness?

oh and what can you tell us about being a Healer? does it cross in anything with Muggle medicine (I'm sure some of the things muggles make that don't require electricity would come in handy when magic is limited by its rules.)
do they have something like paramedics?


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: to Mehadi

My brother is the twins' father. I'm actually a few years older than Remus. Bellatrix Lestrange shared my dormitory for years, if that tells you anything about my Hogwarts experience. The fact that I was able to fool her into never suspecting that I thought she was a raving a lunatic may also be enough to explain why I was in Slytherin!

I never married or had children of my own. Quite a shame, I always wanted them, but I always seemed to have something else to do.

There really should be more crossover between Muggle and magical medicine than there is. After all, there is more in common than different between us. However, it really doesn't. We've found magical cures for most common Muggle ailments, which work with the native magic of the witch or wizard rather than working against the disease through the body's natural mechanisms. If "paramedics" are what I understand them to be, then, quite unfortunately, we don't--we hope that families and friends will bring the injured or ill to us. Our emergency response needs some work!
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Jane! tell us about yourself

you intrigued me because you seem to be from Slytherin, and went to study in a muggle university. are your parents muggle? what was your family life like before you went to hogwarts? do you have siblings? did you heard about the War with Voldemort?

tell us whatever you want about you! we want to know!

so what did you end it up studying in university? and did you went back to the magical world after that? or stayed in the muggle world?

and how did you do to not being harassed by jealous girls from being friends with one of the potters? because you and I both know girls can get so jealous when it comes to those potter boys

if you hadn't ended in slytherin, which house do you think you would have ended up?

hope to see more of you. you seem like someone worth getting to know.


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Jane! tell us about yourself

(Ha! I seem to have put in two Janes without noticing, both Muggle-born. Jane Hunter is the Slytherin girl who dated Teddy and later went on to Muggle uni and Jane Virgil is Al's girl, also called "Moth." Which one did you mean to ask?)
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)

can I ask two people? Elizabeth is my first but also...

Elizabeth phelan. How are you? how life been treating ya after the war?

i also want to ask Daniel morse since someone brought this up.
Daniel morse, How did you managed to teach at hogwarts? and what did you taught? potions?

also what did you thought about miss cho chang? I hope she was more cheerful with you than her previous boyfriends.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: can I ask two people? Elizabeth is my first but also...

[Elizabeth]Well, I died in the '80s, so I can only speak from the afterlife... and quite honestly, I moved on, joined my dear husband, and didn't look back.

[Daniel]I didn't teach at Hogwarts. Cho was a Hogwarts teacher for a year--she taught Potions. I was her husband, so they gave me the Charms to see and enter the school, and I lived there with her. I was hardly qualified to teach in a magical school! And as to Cho, we are very happy together.
beceh From: beceh Date: April 19th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Ruthless, what did you do today?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
What, the diary of Ruth Scrimgeour, April 19, 2010?

Hmm. Not a lot. I've been spending a good bit of time with Teddy Lupin this year, but he got this book from his gran on Saturday, for his birthday, and he's more or less a wash. Quidditch is over for the year, so no practice. I'm going to go out and hit a Red Cap or two, maybe. But before that, I have Potions. Not entirely my favorite subject, and Slughorn doesn't like me much, but I do all right in it.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 19th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Ruthless - how did you spend your 40th birthday?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, my birthday's always the day before the Hogwarts term starts, and it was Rufus's first year. I thought they'd forget about it, but James never forgets. He gave me half-moon wire-framed glasses and a cane. The boys decked up the house in black streamers, and Teddy came down to see if I needed any help from the Department of Mysteries as I aged and the memories started to fade. I reminded him that he had about eight more months of his own age starting with a three. Victoire came down and beat him around the head about it a little, then the children came and we all had a party. Cake and mulled mead and a stew from Ginny. The children gave me real presents (Finny made a wand holster and Rufus gave me new stationery to write to him at Hogwarts). Later, James gave me a necklace set with tigereye, which has cloaking properties.
From: maxzook Date: April 19th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

A question for Celia Dean

Has anyone ever introduced you to Remus Lupin's portrait? How did you get along?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A question for Celia Dean

Sure--we all met the portrait. Mum-Viv loves it a lot, so she was eager to introduce me.

I don't know how well I'd get along with the real Remus Lupin, who, as I understand it, expended altogether too much emotional energy on the great angst of lycanthropy. The portrait, though, is quite charming. I particularly like the younger one that appears when he goes into Harry Potter's portrait. He'd have definitely been a flirt-target had we been in school together. I appreciate wryness.

But I imagine you're talking about how we get on with one another. Even as a portrait, he's a little shocked at me from time to time. He may not be as full of angst as he was alive, but he's still not keen on me making jokes about being a werewolf. I got quite a sincere lecture from him when James told him I'd got detention for scaring a little Hufflepuff by growling at him. Seems he thinks it might not be good for lycanthropes in general for me to, as he put it, "use it as a threat, even in jest."

Edited at 2010-04-19 07:08 pm (UTC)
vesta_aurelia From: vesta_aurelia Date: April 19th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
note to Fern: In Gens Lupina, you had Orion create a new "Black Family: tapestry. Have you thought about re-purposing that idea for Gens Teddy? :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 19th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wouldn't surprise me if Teddy did it himself, actually.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 20th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
For Jane Hunter, since she got left out of the previous Jane-question: where are you going for college, and what's your major? Has anyone ever figured out (or come dangerously close to figuring out) that you're a witch?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 20th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I went to Cambridge, and I read chemistry. I got rather frustrated cleaning up the laboratory once and did it magically--only to have someone who'd left two minutes before return unexpectedly. That took some quick thinking. But it was the only time I really came close to being discovered.
From: severely_lupine Date: April 20th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, these are very amusing. (Does this mean there's no chance you'll go back and revisit some of the holiday challenges later?)

And because I can't pass these up (and do let me know if I'm repeating one already covered)... For Alderman:

Did you ever marry? (Can your type of priest marry?) If yes, details? If no, did you ever want to?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 20th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy Rome frowns on priestly marriage. It's not something I particularly desired, or I'd have gone into a different line of work, I think! However, I travel so often with Vivian that I actually had a mad bout of jealousy when she finally married, I must admit.

It was a proscription that bothered me once, but which I learned the sense of later. It removed me from the roles of the world, the everyday, in a way that's just not possible otherwise. I can't even imagine being able to do the work I've done if I were responsible to a wife and family. And it's not because I think such a role beneath me. I value it immensely... to the point where I believe that, were I a husband and father, my responsibility to those roles would rise above all others, and rightly so.
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