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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Teddy Lupin and the Needle's Eye, Chapter Ten: The Lost Vision, part 1
Teddy is annoyed with himself for being so obsessed with the Ruthless situation that he can't seem to See much on the murders, especially since he believes she may be brushing him off as a schoolboy. He goes down to breakfast after a vivid but frustrating dream about a tree, and finds Maurice shocked and depressed that his father is planning on keeping shares in the shop anyway, and giving to Wendell when Wendell has come of age. Maurice is convinced he will be saddled with it anyway. As they're talking, Honoria Higgs sits down, and announces that it's time to start her series on the class, and she plans to start with Teddy.

The first segment was posted last August, and features a picture of Honoria by the lovely marycontraria.

Table of Contents and Summary So Far

Teddy avoided Honoria for most of the week, thinking that if he could keep away, she'd forget the mad notion of interviewing him and making up an article about him. Maybe she'd forget the whole series. Unfortunately, on Friday morning, the Charmer came out as always, and on the front page, he saw that she not only intended to do it, but to make it a feature.

He groaned as he read her introduction.

By A Thread

Hogwarts' Smallest Year Comes To An End
Part 1 of 16

Special to the Hogwarts Charmer
from Honoria Higgs
Image by Leith (aka, marycontraria), for the Hogwarts Charmer

We arrived at Hogwarts thinking ourselves like any other year--eleven-year-olds, worried about making friends, about how we would enjoy our classes, about who would be popular and who an outcast. Why would we think otherwise? We had led sheltered lives, and none of us really understood the circumstances under which we had been born.

But we weren't like other years. There were only fifteen of us, barely enough to fill our classes.

Perhaps some of it can be attributed to common sense. The dark days of war are foolish days in which to have children. Some of our classmates may simply have been, shall we say, postponed.

More of it can be explained by circumstances less dark than imagined--half-blood and Muggle-born parents escaped Britain during the course of the fighting, and most chose to remain where they landed. One Muggle-born mother currently residing in Canada, who chose to remain anonymous, said, "Two wars in twenty years over the same subject... I decided not to risk my children on a third." These are whole families, whole lines lost to us, but at least still living, and safe in their new homes. There are, at this moment, people finishing their educations in other lands who might have been our classmates. The British Commonwealth--even the British Empire--may be a quaint curiosity for most people, but the structures and relationships still exist, particularly in the wizarding world, and for ten students (mainly born in the first half of the war) who grew up in India, Israel, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and even the United States, the shape of the old Empire is quite clear.

Neither of these reasons negates the simple and chilling truths of life for pregnant women and infants at the height of Voldemort's reign. Recently released documents from St. Mungo's confirm the forced termination of pregnancies for six Muggle-born witches and one pure-blood whose husband was Muggle-born.
Two other pregnant witches whose fitness was questioned under the regime were found murdered and mutilated. And there is simply no way to know how many died in the course of the fighting who might have otherwise borne or sired children who would have walked the halls of Hogwarts castle with us.

And what of the Muggle-borns? The Hogwarts list was protected by loyal faculty members--Headmaster Severus Snape not least among them--but even so, accidental magic was tracked, and many Muggle-borns, not all in our year, didn't live to attend Hogwarts.

What did all of this mean for us?

We knew our own losses, of course--we were the orphaned and the exiled, and the nightmares of those days had haunted our families--but until we stood together for the first time on the shores of the Hogwarts lake, none of us understood the scale of the destruction, because none of us had given thought to those who were simply not there to feel losses of their own.

We sailed across the lake, under a full moon. Professor Hagrid had one boat. We, the students, were split into four. My own boat contained only three of us--myself, Teddy Lupin, and Maurice Burke. The others contained four students each. From above, we must have looked quite lost in the inky black of the water. All of the dreams and aspirations that fall on each year at Hogwarts were sitting on our small shoulders, and we knew, without saying it, that we didn't have the option of being inconsequential.

Each of us arrived at Hogwarts with a story begun--the sacrifice of war heroes, the return of the exiles, the discovery of newcomers. All of us added to our stories, none of us completed them. In the coming weeks, I will introduce you to the smallest year, and the stories we are only beginning to tell.

The paper was plucked from his hand, and Victoire sat down beside him to read. "Is she really going to do this?"

Teddy nodded morosely. "Unless we can avoid her."

Victoire wrinkled her nose. "Honestly, Teddy, it's a perfectly good idea."

"I think there's actual news out there."

"Well, I want to see what she writes about you. Is she going to interview you?"

"Yes, I am," Honoria said eagerly, leaning over so that her long brown hair fell like a curtain between Teddy and Victoire. "He's up first. Do you have anything you want to add about the family?"

"Not really," Victoire said. "The handy thing about our family is that you can just look them up in the library."

Honoria laughed lightly. "Well, I was hoping for something a bit more, but Teddy can cover it. We can meet after Potions. I know you're not doing anything, because I already checked."

"Honoria, do you have to start with me?"

She blinked owlishly, then said, "Of course I have to start with you. Who else is always in front of everything we do?"

"That's not true!"

She didn't bother answering this, and Teddy watched her sit down at the Hufflepuff table and ask Tinny something. Tinny looked at Teddy in a confused way, and shrugged some kind of affirmation. Honoria moved on to Roger.

Teddy turned away, hoping she wasn't asking about him, but supposing that she probably was. He waited for Tinny after breakfast, since she was in Potions with him anyway, and said, "What on Earth...?"

"She wanted to know if I agreed with her that you set the tone for the year," Tinny said.

"You didn't, did you?"

"Was I not supposed to? I'll tell the others. But I think she's already talked to Roger and Laura and Joe, and I saw her heading over to Ravenclaw."

Teddy winced.

"Sorry," Tinny said. She changed the subject. "I had a letter from Frankie yesterday. Your cat book is ready to go to print, as soon as you and James approve the drawings."

"I get to approve drawings?"

"I guess you wouldn't always, but it's Frankie. He's not going to shut you out of your own book." She looked at him slyly. "Are you going to tell Honoria about the book?"

"It's our secret," Teddy said. "You, me, James, and Frankie. And Bill Weasley, since he opened Jim Wolf's Gringotts account."

"And Victoire. And your Uncle Harry, and anyone who's ever heard the stories, and--"

"I guess. But no one public."

"Aren't you excited?"

Teddy considered this. He'd almost forgotten about Martian's Mistake, but thinking of approving drawings and seeing it in print... he did feel a glimmer of excitement. He nodded.

"Well, don't go bouncing off walls," Tinny said, and rolled her eyes. "Really, Teddy, Frankie's been working hard on it."

"I guess I've just been caught up in all of this business with the Needle's Eye."

"Which is exactly what the raving lunatic wants," Tinny said. "Why are you giving it to him?"

"That's a good point."


They reached the Potions dungeon, and went inside to set up their cauldrons together, and Connie Deverell joined them a minute later. She had a fresh pot of Honking Daffodils for her project.

"What in the world do they do?" Tinny asked. "I've never heard of anything."

"Nothing I can see when they're dried," Connie said. "But I was thinking that the fresh ones might have some sort of... alarm properties? I have to find out. Janey gave me a whole protocol to try."

Teddy made a note to get fresh versions of all of his own ingredients before long, but today, made use of the dried versions. Today, he was testing mallowsweet leaves against the flowers, to see if there were any differences in properties. Sooner or later, he'd need to brew something and try it. By the time he was done pressing petals into a fine powder, he was lightheaded, and thought he might have breathed some in, as he was trying to make sense of the pattern of fire shadows on the dungeon ceiling by the time he left.

And he nearly forgot about Honoria.

She came burbling into the dungeon just as class ended, and yanked him by the sleeve. "Come on, then," she said. "Let's find out who you think you are."
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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2010 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)

And the fun begins!

Hey Fern,
Oh, I'm so excited to see what views that Honoria has of Mr. Teddy Lupin! :D This is a good reprieve from all the horrific death we've seen as of late and I'm squirming with excitement to have a little light-heartedness before we are plunged back into Fudges murder and such. I do love mystery but this paper business is just wonderful.

I have been ever so pleased that we have had a lot of Teddy and Uncle Harry time.... those have to be my favorite parts.

Hmm.. I had some thoughts on the most recent posts but I do believe they have gotten tangled and lost no thanks to those pesky wrackspurts. Dang, maybe next time then.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: And the fun begins!

Her views of Teddy may well surprise Teddy, but I don't think they'd surprise readers. ;p
amamama From: amamama Date: July 1st, 2010 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)
*grin* Ahh, Teddy... Being lightheaded when being interviewed by Honoria might give her just the result she wants, but will you agree? I look forward to reading the next part, for sure.

And I love the idea of Honking Daffs possibly being used ofr alarm purposes. Actually, just the idea of Honking Daffs is awesome.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit, I just like the assignment. Here are random things, make it work. Project Potions!
willowbough From: willowbough Date: July 1st, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honoria's series is off to a rousing start--how intriguing that Teddy hasn't thought of himself as someone who sets the tone for his year, even though he's spearheaded so many of their adventures. Some of Remus and Harry's self-deprecation showing through, perhaps? Looking forward to the interview!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've written the interview tomorrow, and Teddy does a very Harry thing in it--so Harry that I thought about taking it out until I remembered that Harry has had a big hand in raising this kid, so it's not unusual.
gloryforever From: gloryforever Date: July 1st, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
As long as Honoria is not thinking of using a Quick-Quote quill, I'm looking forward to reading that!
hungrytiger11 From: hungrytiger11 Date: July 1st, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Getting high before being interviewed. Always a good idea.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, it's a wonder half of them didn't stumble out of those poorly ventilated dungeons half-lit most of the time, just from the fumes.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't help imagining Honoria still making a reference to Victoire, something about how Victoire is striking, outgoing, a natural leader never prone to holding back her opinion, whose mother was from France but chose to brave Britain in its darkest days for love - but that even Victoire, when questioned about her family's personal experience of those painful days, shutters down and refers the questioner to the public records already available and walks away, not ready to share those private pains (probably followed with references to Weasley family deaths [including the Prewett uncles], her father being permanently scarred and nearly killed by Greyback in one of the war's opening battles, her parents wedding being interrupted by news of the ministry's fall and how certain guests quietly left in the ensuing uproar, having prepared for months to go into hiding and continue the fight . . . . OK, probably too long for an opening about Teddy).

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her articles (or just summaries of them, whichever way you want to take it).

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honoria will want to keep it focused, but yes, I could see her chomping at the bit to interview Victoire for some other made up reason.
etain_antrim From: etain_antrim Date: July 1st, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fun, fun, fun! I'm glad to have Honoria's stories as a diversion.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, Tinny's right--the lunatic wants people to think of the murders and nothing else. We shouldn't indulge him.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
But I really am thinking of the murders and nothing else! (I came up with a theory so obvious it about beat me in the head with a board today... while I was at work...)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2010 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
That's potentially dangerous... ;p
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: July 2nd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh hooray. :) I'm not going to have a Teddy drawing done for you as soon as tomorrow, but I will start working on them. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2010 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Cool--they can survive without pictures, but gosh, that one makes it look so good. ;p
alkari From: alkari Date: July 2nd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
"He's up first. Do you have anything you want to add about the family?"

"Not really," Victoire said. "The handy thing about our family is that you can just look them up in the library."

Score one for Victoire! Nice riposte - pity Honoria has a hide thicker than three layers of chainmail ...
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2010 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

eh? but i thought....

Honoria was a good guy? not like rita at all?

so why the score one for victoire?

although i admit that was a great line

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2010 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: eh? but i thought....

She's turned into a good ally of Teddy's, and her heart is in the right place for the most part now, but she's still nosy and pushy and intrusive.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 13th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
"She wanted to know if I agreed with her that you set the tone for the year," Tinny said.

"You didn't, did you?"

"Was I not supposed to? I'll tell the others."

I love this, Teddy DEFINITELY sets the tone for the Smallest Year, whether he realises/likes it or not.

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