At last, the long awaited, Wizengamot meeting. Dumbledore is sidelined, Amelia gets a new office and Harry gets to play with his lightsaber. Snape receives a package in the mail, Harry discovers...
- Good one! Love to see what Dobby comes up with for Snape.
Author's responseNot so much Dobby as Peeves. After all, he represents the entirety of the past and present student body's mischievous and underhanded natures. I'm certain that in the past fifteen years, he's developed a grudge against Snape.
After all: "If you need something done, go to someone with experience."
- Awwwww......is Voldy suffering from young love? Given teenage stamina he's in for a rough time! It's a pity that the same reaction won't happen to Dumbles, but that relationship will give him a headache as well, just not as directly. I enjoyed seeing how much pain the Wizengamot meeting delivered to Fudge and Dumbles! Harry and company really took thought and care over how to dish out the agony! Add in Dumbles visit to Gringotts and you can just imagine the ulcer expanding; along with that headache. I wonder if Arthur played beater like the twins? His hit would have had them cheering at both quidditch and baseball games. I'm glad that Neville's abilities have been released; he's going to be fantastic once he has his saber. The scene with the new Fidelius was excellent, and I'm glad that Kingsley might finally get the truth about Old Twinkly! Snape might have passed the buck for now, but with Peeves on the job he's in for plenty of aggravation! As always, it was a great chapter, and I've enjoyed seeing how Dobby is taking care of buisness. It's too bad about Fawkes though, I hope that he changes his mind and joins the others at Potter Castle. THanks again! :)
Author's response'Young love' Snicker! I remember being young...once...back in the late Cretaceous, before that comet, and I recall my own...recharge rate. Voldemort is due for a migraine every couple days...or more. Don't worry about poor Dumbley, though, I'm not leaving him out. His own headaches will be coming fast, and from all sides. By the time he''s done, Dumbledore will be jumping at shadows.
Arthur: I can't see him as a beater. he was more likely a keeper. He's long and limber and beaters need to be muscular and compact.
On the other hand, he is a dad. Dad's are very protective of their children...especially their little girls, and a wand just doesn't have the 'immediate threat' of a beater's bat. if you take my meaning.
Remember in chapter one, I had Fred cosh Snape? I figure he had to learn that /somewhere/. Why not from dad?
Neville will be very good at the lightsaber, but he's not going to be an instant expert. Harry will start to teach him and the girls as his lieutenants, before the rest. It's going to take plenty of work, to get them up to speed. I want them at least halfway through Shii-Cho before the other students arrive.
The scene with the new Fidelus just seemed logical, given all I've read in mythology, and it would fit into Dumbledore's canon personality.
Kingsley will learn of the compulsions soon enough, but only after he's undergone the questioning.
My sometimes Beta FireLemming was the one who suggested the pass the buck scenario. She said: "If the king always kills the messenger, find another messenger." It just fell into place from there.
Snape. While Dobby sill be involved, (logistics and sup-port) Peeves will be the primary culprit, and Peeves will be following a carefully guided Program of -pestering. I hate to do this, because as Snape becomes more irritated and irrational, his students are going to suffer. That's why I'm having Minerva discover the compulsions next chapter. She'll keep Snape in hand, while Albie is too busy.
Fawkes: He still has time to change his mind. Perhaps he'll be visited by Yoda or something.
- Good to see Dumbles finally feel some pain. Like it when a good plan comes together and any Eastwood movie is a good movie. Good chapter. Cheers.
Author's responseOoh! Dumbley's pain is only started. BWAHA! BWAHAHA! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Thank you. This is coming together quite nicely, and you're right. Except 'Bridges of Madison County'. Didn't care for that one.
(#) sargentaaron2004 2010-05-29 01:35:18 AMThis is a brilliant story. Much like your other story i liked, can't remember which.
I figured that if i read the Author's comments at the end of every chapter of each story... I could piece together your entire service history.
That goat shit blade was nasty.
Author's responseThank you. If you want to re-check, I have several to look through.
You might, though you'd have 23 years to read through. I only include the parts of my service that are relevant to the story.
Re: Goat shit: It was a popular tactic in quite a few places.
- 1st, wasn't Harry supposed to have mote than 1GF?
2nd, will Tom discover the sith and they're powers?
Author's responseNo, and no.
While there exists a slight possibility of H&Hr, gaining a second wife at the very end, as indicated in chapter two in the conversation between Charlie and Ginny, I haven't made up my mind. The same applies for Susan. Both are possibilities, but I really hadn't intended this to become a harem fic. Luna is already paired. For the foreseeable future, it will be Harmony.
- Yoda to Fawkes: Finished, not yet your destiny is; see the end of lemon drop Dark Lord you will, and then live happy life without him! To young Harry and the others go you must! I can see Yoda tapping the side of Fawkes' nest and giving him the look! :)
Author's responseSnicker! If I use that or anything like that, I'll definitely credit you.
Fawkes has been helping Harry behind the scenes, but I wanted to get him away from Dumbledore, who I believe never deserved a phoenix. On the other hand, I really didn't want a supermagical-phoenix-bonded-Harry-who-cloud-do-nothing-wrong, type story. He's working his tail off, and needs all the help he can get.
I don't know.
- I quite enjoyed this chapter, I read it several times before I was ready to comment. I thought the switched Fidelus was a very nice touch and another come down for Albus (I suspect his still near the top of this particular roller coaster and has a wild ride ahead of him). The scene with Kingsley was nicely handled with facts and logic overcoming the compulsions; I have to wonder if the dissonance set up by the conflict between the two might end up sending Kingsley to a mind healer where the compulsions would be found out. That would be a nice spot of justice and just add to the case being built against Albus. I thought the long scene in the Wizengamot chambers was a delight as Albus was eased to the sidelines and forced to stay there as Harry and his allies "ran the table" and pushed through everything they wanted. I wonder how the wizarding world would take it if Harry was to announce that his 'sword' was a technomagic artifact, known by the muggles solely by stories, that needed a powerful magical to wield? I can't see him doing that until after Tom and Albus are fully and totally defeated, but it'd be a nice touch.
It looks like Potter Castle as a training center is coming together and I love how Harry's getting a legion of elves at his side; he'll definitely need the help once things get up and running. Sic'ing Peeves on Dumbles and Snape was a very nice touch and I suspect both are not going to be appreciative of the "honor". As for Fawkes, I rather imagine that he's doing a bit of unobtrusive sabotage behind Dumbles' back, making certain that he can't regain the control he craves.
It's good to see Harry & Hermione sointerested in each other, it'll make for a very strong bonding As you said, that it gives Tom a right nasty headache, even if they don't know it, is pure gravy.
As for Albus and the goblins, I think he's carelessly ticked them off enough times that they're enjoying this immensely. Oh, I recognized most of those orphans names; something of a sf enthusiast, are you? For grins, I'd've slipped Tony Rogers into that list and see who made the connection (he's the protagonist of "Armageddon 2319, the seminal "Buck Rogers" novel - first name was changed for the comics).
1983 takes me back a long way in memory. I was spending my days that years buried in Northrop's Pico Rivera facility and helping design the B-2.
Author's responseHeya Cat, nice to hear from you. I'm glad you enjoyed.
Albus. Would the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, ever have considered that someone could do an end-run around him? He's too convinced of his own omniscience.
'Sides, whatever makes him crazy is OK by me! The more, the merrier, in fact!
He has much 'fun' coming!
(Insert evil chuckle here!)
Kingsley: Not exactly. Remember when Amelia ordered a top-down investigation? Well Aurors are part of the Ministry. When it comes out that he's under compulsion(s) they will be traced. I see magical signatures as being like fingerprints or retina images. There are some close, but none are truly the same.
His standard excuse of: "It was for the greater good!" is going to hold no water, and THAT, will be a large part of his undoing.
To paraphrase: "He's writing checks he can't cash."
The scene in the Wizengamot, was actually pivotal to the whole show. I'm glad you liked it.
Albus: Nothing is going to hack him off like being forced into the peanut gallery. Albie just adores being the star of the show, the mighty yet, beneficial guide to the wizarding world, and being marginalized like that going to hit him hard, not to mention his impending humiliation at the hands of the goblins.
~I wonder how the wizarding world would take it if Harry was to announce that his 'sword' was a technomagic artifact, known by the muggles solely by stories, that needed a powerful magical to wield? I can't see him doing that until after Tom and Albus are fully and totally defeated, but it'd be a nice touch.~
That's a really good idea. While declaring what lightsabers actually are, would for the time being, be, counterproductive, once this is over, it'll be a different story. Since Bones knows the purebloods are going to suffer the majority of the casualties, the mugglebornes and half-bloods will be able to appreciate the muggle side of things.
Perhaps I'll include it, or something like it, in the aftermath chapter.
Potter Castle. Yeah, having his training facilities completely ready for use is going to be imperative. They will begin training the day after they arrive. Time is moving on and moving quickly.
Not only are the elves there to get and keep things running, but each and every one of them is loyal to him. He saved them all rom lingering madness and death. ('Member Kreacher?)
They will also play a critical role.
Fawkes, is just now, preparing for the next great adventure, but I had a suggestion From FireLemming to keep him around, so I'm thinking on it.
I don't want Fawkes bonded to Harry. But I really don't want to give up such a valuable and inventive source of Albus-torture. Between him, Dobby and Peeves, by the time this is over, Albie is gonna be jumping at shadows.
H/Hr: I often write smut-fics, but here while they are frequently intimate, I wanted their relationship to grow normally.
As for Voldy, didn't Dumbledore tell Harry the power was love? Snicker! (Sings Huey Lewes.)
Orphans: Yawp, I've loved Science fiction (Or alternately Speculative Fiction), that show particularly, since I was a kid. I had quite a few names to choose from. Three of those names; Latimer, Gaetano and Boma, are from one episode, 'The Galileo Seven', with Thomas Leighton & John Daily being two of the actors names. None had first names so I gave them and Changed Latimer from he to she to provide a more even M/F ratio.
Jackson Roykirk Lenore Karidian and Molly O'Brien are mentioned in other episodes in the franchise.
Ain't it amazing how much of our daily lives have been directly affected by that one show?
I've never read Armageddon 2319, so I never knew his name was 'Tony'. I'll have to look it up, just to see how much Buck Rogers has changed from his inception. How about Steve Rogers? Grin
The thing about Albus and the goblins is that he doesn't even consider that he's torquing them off. While Graswold is the head of the whole shebang, like most purebloods, Dumbley sees him as a semi-intelligent animal who can handle their gold. (What kind of stupid idea was that? Giving control over your entire financial base to those who despise you? Hasn't anyone in the WW ever heard of Sun-Tzu?)
B-2! Gawd! Assuming you're not blowing smoke, that must have been real headache to design. I do have to say though, it's one of the ugliest airplanes I've ever seen.
Until next week...