- The Wizengamot meeting would have been interesting . . . did Harry denounce Dumbledore? did dumbledore misstep? Guess we'll find out later. . . .
Author's responseThe session of the Wizengamot was the opening session of the year, purely ceremonial for pomp and circumstance, and the seating of new memebers. I envisioned something not terribly unlike the annual seating in Britain's House of Lords.
Then I attempted to write it. Watching the real thing was interesting for about 20 minutes, then deathly dull. Writing it was hellish. I tried 5 times, and couldn't keep my own interest up. Let it suffice to say that Harry and Neville took their seats, were recongnized as Lord Black, Potter, and Longbottom respectively and then did several suduku puzzles each while mindless speechifying was in progress. No confrontation with Dumbles other than the one outside the chamber.
- Now that was quite interesting. Harry & Hermione's first night together definitely "rang true" for all they've both been through and what they feel for each other.
I found the bits with Dphne interesting as she learns the reality behind her plans has the potential for being even better than the plans.
I rather suspect Neville is going to become a most excellent and valuable ally, as the Twins will continue to be.
The reactions of Ron & Ginny when Harry & Hermione return to Hogwarts should be "colorful", at the very least. I suspect Fred & George will supply much help in preparing for that.
I can't feel any sympathy for Dumbles, he made his choices and now has to face teh consequences of his actions. He seems surprised that he'd ever be called to account; IMHO his ego's as large as Tom's. Speaking of Tommy-boy, I think he's making a classic mistake of underestimating the opposition, a reluctance to kill is not the same as an inability to kill. Actually, letting Ron Ginny live while seeing Harry, Hermione, and Daphne together and happy is far more punishing.
I can just see the entrance at the arrival feast when the door bangs open and Harry walks in, one of his wives on each arm, and introduces "My wives, Hermione, Lady Potter, and Daphne, Lady Black" and then asks for new accomodations suitable for the three of them. With or without Albus' consent, I can see Hogwarts providing such.
Author's response- The fics that have Hermione (or what ever fem in question) as eager to shed her virginity as a horny teen aged boy all seem to be written by horny teenaged boys... There may be women like that, but I've never met any.
- Daphne seems to be more welcoming to the modification of self than I would be, but thats the way she is in my head...
- Neville is good people, who tends to get abused in canon, even in the last book where he is the least whiney of the cast and arguably the real hero of that book. The Twins are fun.
- Both Dumbles and Tommy are underestimating Harry (especially when it becomes apparent next couple of chapters that he shared magic isn't only effecting Daphne) It's funny you meantioned Ron and Hermione and Daphne and punishing...
- The arrival is quite a bit like you are imagining... Though a bit more confrontational...
- snicker I can well imagine lots of potential for confrontation (I was looking at the simplest approach - I daresay it won't be near that simple), esp. with Ron (most likely) and then Ginny. I really wouldn't rule out a confrontation with Tonks, either. Of course, confrontations with Dumbles and Snape are, practically, a given (I do hope Snape has a rotten time of it).
Author's responseThere will be several confrontations, Dumbles and the new trio, Snape and the new trio, Ron and Hermione, Harry and Ginny, Molly and the Trio.
If I can work it out, Molly and Anne Granger...
You can count on Snape not enjoying life.
- chuckle The -really- nasty confrontation would be Andrew Granger and Ron. Molly and the Trio is going to be, I'd venture a guess, -very- hazardous to Molly's elf-image and opinion of herself, as well as having the potential to be physically hazardous. It would be interesting to compare the reactions of McGonagall and Snape to the Trio.
I rather suspect that if/when Ron tries anything, he's going to be lucky to end up alive, for some values of "alive" (not necessarily sentient, though). I get the impression that Harry & Hermione have been taking steps to hone their abilities while Ron's spent the summer raging.
Author's responseOh, you've given me such an interesting idea concerning young Mr. Weasley... I must think on it to see if it would be in character...
Ron is going to be unhappy for the forseeable future. Ginny to, but mostly Ron.
- Oh, one other thing, the musing of Tom Riddle bring up something I've wondered about. We know that he and Harry had very similar childhoods and that Harry appears, even in canon, to have been manipulated by Dumbles. I've started wondering if Tom had also been manipulated by Dumbles to become his "weapon" against Grindelwald, saving him from going against an old acquaintance, and when that failed and Dumbles had to take care of Grindelwald, he ended up needing a new weapon against a very angry Tom Riddle/LV.
Author's responseThat's pretty much where I'm going with it. It's too late to redeem Tom, but its never too late to bitchslap Dumbles.
- I'd seen that and figured that, since Hermione had seen it, there'd likely be something said/done about it. If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that the combined magics from the two marriages is going to be a might much for the bindings to handle and once they're gone, whoever put them there (my culprit is Dumbledore - feel fee to bitchslap the meddling idiot all you want) is going to find themselves right surprised when they disappear. I do wonder if a similar binding is part of Neville's problems? If so, I can see potential there for a very powerful ally (or allies) for the New Trio.
Oh, I'm also looking forward to Draco vs. the New Trio; it should be something of a "turkey shoot".
Author's responseHermione has it on her list of things to talk about just as soon as their life settles down a little bit... It has been a rough 3 weeks after all...
Good guess on Nev btw...
- Excellent chapter! Hmmmmm..... I wonder if those portions are a darker, shorter version of that bonding contract. Ron and Ginny's reactions seem like a twisted pararell to Daphne's growing awareness of Harry and Hermione. That link within the three of them might begin with a sense of understanding and connection but it could have other effects as well. By the by, were there any media witnesses to Harry's confrontation with Dumbles? Not Skeeter, but a reporter capable of honestly telling the truth of that little meeting? After all, it couldn't do Dumbles' rep any good to be known as the " Pimp of Hogwarts ". Anyway, thanks for writing a very interesting story, and I look forward to the confrontations, and hope that Harry, his wives, and both sets of in laws get assorted chances to dish out payback. Why, I can see the in laws bonding over the stomping of dear Ron in paticular. On the whole, Ron might be better off dealing with the fathers in law then the mothers in law..... but not by much.
Author's responseThe new link with Daphne is having other effects indeed. Harry's magic is affecting her, Daphne's is affecting him...
In fact here was a reported at the confrontation... also one who didn't need to be there.
I haven't scripted it yet, but I'm planning a meeting between Andy Granger and Young master Weasley... The meeting I'm desperately trying to bring about is Molly and Anne...
(#) PerfesserN 2007-10-27 05:56:08 AMExcellent chapter, as usual! As I understand the marriage contract, Harry's magic and persona is affecting Daphne, and to a lesser degree vice-versa. I would like to think that Daphne's Slytherin side will give Harry the edge he needs to well and truly bitch-slap Dumbledore along with a few Weasels.
Draco Malfoy will be about as annoying as a pimple on a mosquitoes butt.
Author's responseYes to both points on the Contract. In addition, Daphne's magic has affected Harry in ways no one has realized, but Daphne has commented on...
How's that for cryptic?
Draco is not going to be a major player, true, but he IS going to be very unhappy.