- Good chapter. I especially liked Harry and the youngsters and Dumbledore loosing his cool with Aurthur. Thanks for writing. W.
Author's responseThanks, Wolfric.
While Harry and the younglings are not a major plot point, they will help tie four or five threads together.
Dumbledore: You've probably noticed he's getting more rash and less in control of himself as time goes on. That particular climax will come in late April/early May.
Thanks for reading.
- Dumbles finally showing his true colours. Good to see Arthur showing his inner strenght. Hope Harry has a contingency plan for looking after Amelia from attack. Like Harry's ability with the kids...should start on his own. Even starting to worry about poor old Rita. Hope Arabella has some success with her memories. Another good chapter. Cheers
BTW just went over 600 A4 pages in Word.
Author's responseHeya Zamia.
Dumbledore is losing it and as time goes on, it's getting worse. While he did't mean to spout off, he also doesn't realize he has.
Arthur: I've always thought of Arthur as a dad I'd have loved to have.
Harry's contingency plan will show in early May.
Kids 1: Kyle and Sarah represent the future of the Jedi presence. While not a major plot point,they will help tie things together.
Kids 2: Not just yet. Harry still doesn't know if he will survive the coming show-down. Any begetting will be up to Hermione.
Rita: is as safe as she can be, given that her body guard want's to disassemble her and rebuild her backwards.
Arabella will have some successes, but it will take some time. It may take even longer than I have left in this story, but there will be definite signs of improvement, most especially her memories of her children and grandchildren. To her that's the most important thing.
600 A4 pages: I didn't know that. I was rather surprised to see I capped a quarter million words, though.
Until next time...
- Another enjoyable chapter. The manipulations of Dumbles are all starting to pile up on his grave (or at least future one).
Always a good thing when I get an email saying this story has updated!
Author's responseHeya Warhawk.
Glad you're enjoying the show. Dumbley is burying himself in his own stupidity. By the end of this, he's gonna lose everything that makes him special. What better revenge is that? This is the reason I don't just kill off those who've screwed Harry over. It's much more fun to make them suffer.
Thanks for your kind words.
(#) Wonderbee31 2010-11-24Got to say, it's almost sad to see such a consumate player like Albus continuing to lose his cool like he has been, almost, but was grateful to see Arthur standing up for himslef like he did, as well as seeing Minerva get her back up for once, rather than her usual brushing things off.
Author's responseHeya Wonderbee!
IMO, Dumbledore has overused his rep. He's basing far too many things on a few (educated?) guesses, and very little information. Unfortunately, like most despots, he's decided his way is the only way and won't see any other. As time goes on, he's going to get even more irrational.
Arthur: I've always seen him a sold and dependable man...if a bit eccentric.
Minerva: Once the compulsions Dumbledore placed on her began to fade, she understood what had been done to her, and she was ready to kill. That's why I had Harry convince her to slowly but subtly take over the school and sideline Albie entirely.
When it come's time for that confrontation, she'll have the entire school well in hand and the board of governors (Headed by Augusta, and with seventy percent being controlled by the voting bloc she , Andi, Amelia and Carolyn have, firmly on her side. He's the headmaster, only as long as the Board consents. (See CoS)
Until next time...
- Also a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from us down under.
Author's responseThanks, Zamia.
It seems strange with FireLemming gone, but my little and I made a go if it. Rather than bake a turkey, we just had Cornish Game Hens and a couple of sides. Less to clean up!
- Ah, another great chapter! Hmmmm, I wonder what would have happened if there had been a collaboration between the Marauders, Peeves and Dobby? It seems that that the one with Dobby, Peeves and Harry is making life interesting at Hogwarts! I loved seeing how Prof. McGonagall's gimlet eye saw the resemblance between Dobby and Sirius! And if Dobby teachers the next generation of Marauders...... she might look back on the Marauders and the twins as the "good old days"! I can't say I have any sympathy for Draco, paticularly if his "indisposition" has kept him from going after anyone lately. Hopefuly Dumbles' interference with the necessity for medical treatment of students will come back to haunt him! It's a pity that they had to cover Draco this time, but hopefully he'll get his very soon! (muahahahah) As for the necessary treatment.....well I'm sure that Draco will never forget it! It was also nice seeing Arthur give Dumbles a very public spanking! The image of "the Great Albus Dumbledore" took another hit and I wonder how many of the witnesses have children and Hogwarts and/or lost family, etc in the first war? They might start wondering how safe anyone has been with Dumbles' "leadership" and his acting as though Arthur shouldn't have provided a safe base for his family and friends with the DE's around. Dumbles's confirmation that yes, he did mess with peoples' minds and no, he saw nothing wrong in doing so was icing on the cake! Will the Dept. of Mysteries and any reputable mind healers start getting emergency calls for checkups? It was also nice to see the byplay between Arthur and Amelia, and Harry and Carolyn....chuckle. I loved those wards at the Burrow! The DE sign was priceless.... but given how well some DE's can read it wouldn't have mattered anyway. I also liked seeing the confrontation between Dumbles and McGonagall! Are her hands constantly itching for her claymore? Dumbles might find himself facing a mob with pitchforks and torches very soon! Trust Dumbles to get a bug zapper for Rita! It's a pity Snape won't meet any lethal wards as a bat! He really gives bats such a bad name too! So Dumbles intends to try and use the old "Harry is a dark lord" line? Given Rita's article he'll look like either the village idiot and/or a dark lord wannabe himself! Will Dumbles plan to replace Amelia with Parkinson get out through Snape and the DE's or through Harry's spies in the castle? Either way could be the last straw for dear old Dumbles....... As for Pansy, I'd say that neither her biological father nor her stepfather really gives a rat's elbow about her. It doesn't suprise me that her mother met a fatal accident either! Nice bunch, the DE inclined purebloods! Was it a case of which parent offed the other first? Harry's traing aids should make classes even more interesting, and I'd bet that Moody would love them! As for Harry and Hermione's latest "interlude" you know Voldy's got to be feeling the pain......such a pity! I liked seeing how Mrs. Figg was able to connect with Judith and Carolyn. I hope she also makes friends with the children! I think that she and Harry both will benefit from their interactions with kids.....and Harry's talk with Kyle about safety was well put! And as for Valentine's Day.....well Hermione kept her promise; no dwarves anywhere! I thought the flying elves were a great replacement! On the other hand Hermione best watch out, Harry does have a devious mind and might think of something in return! As always the next chapter will be waited for in great anticipation! :)
Author's responseHello, Teresa.
Minerva and the gimlet eye.(Sounds like a cheap detective novel): She's been teaching for far too long to miss something like that. I've been raising my daughter since her mother died, fifteen years ago, and she still tries to pull one over on me and I keep telling her: "Birdy, I've already tried everything you're trying now."
The Marauders, Peeves and Dobby? That does not even bear thinking about. Imagine poor Minerva trying to control the school with them all?
As for Dobby teaching the next generation...alas, that is a story for another time.
Draco: With anyone else, it would be clear warning to 'back off', but as we've seen so many times before, in canon and fanon, Draco just doesn't learn! You're right though, He'll remember that particular 'treatment' for the rest of his life.
Dumbledore's interference: was borne of his obsessive need to keep Harry under his control. Draco'
s humiliation will indeed bring that into play, but it will also begin Dumbley's downfall. Remember, the story is scheduled to end in late June, and it's already February.
~~They might start wondering how safe anyone has been with Dumbles' "leadership" and his acting as though Arthur shouldn't have provided a safe base for his family and friends with the DE's around.~~
And that is exactly the idea I wanted to get across, both with the very public argument and the later article. Dumbledore is treating everything as secondary to his own requirements. The people who witnessed his bluster, will no longer look upon him as the 'epitome of the light', and with Rita's article, that opinion will spread.
More importantly, the population of Magical Britain is slowly beginning to see just how they have been led around by the nose. By the time I'm done, they'll be questioning everything, until it can be confirmed. It may not be convenient, but it will result in a better government.
The DoM will get the requests, and the ministry people will be first in the queue.
"Arthur!" Amelia said. "There are six dead death Eaters on your property."
"But the signs are right there!"
"Yes! Inside the wards!"
Dumbly/McGonagall: Absolutely! It's only Harry's request that's keeping her from going medieval on his arse!
Torches and pitchforks: May.
Actually, a bug-zapper is a very effective device. Since Dumbledore rads the muggle newspapers, (GoF) he would also read the adverts.
The lethality of the wards, were Dumbledore's bluff. Tactically, if you had a shape-shifting spy, it would make little sense to prevent that spy from reentering your defenses. Since he didn't want her to know of Snape's form, he lied. (It would also explain how he missed the Marauders attaining their animal shapes in the first place and that Pettigrew was in the castle for nearly eight years after he was supposed to have died.)
I took the bat from canon, which I thought was pretty stupid. (He made a Snape shaped hole in the wall) Somebody was watching Loony Toons!
Dark lord: He started the process back in September, but it never caught on. Now, he's going to try to blackmail the prophet into parroting his words or reveal their knowledge of Rita's animagery. It wouldn't help, though. He's burned too many bridges, and Harry's built even more.
Assassination attempt: Basically, yes. Since Dumbley wants the Deez to carry out his plan, Snape will have to bring the idea to Tom, who also want's her gone. as for final straw, also yes. Amelia isn't too forgiving of people who try to kill her.
Rat's elbow: aim a little farther south. I can see Snape as seeing it as a sexual conquest, and as for Parkinson, it would be well in character of the bigoted purebloods to have an adulterous wife to be killed, which is hypocritical in the extreme, given the number of men with mistresses.
Moody would have an orgasm if he saw them. "Potter! I want a hundred of these things for the Auror Academy!"
Interlude: Aah! Young love!
Mrs. Figg is an important character, as she was a moral foundation for Harry. He couldn't have picked up any moral guidelines from the Dursleys, as they had none themselves, and so he had to look elsewhere. Arabella is a victim of Dumbledore's depredations as anybody. Really, her only real fault with minding Harry was she couldn't allow him to enjoy their visits, or the Dursleys, under Dumbledore's control, would stop the visits. Dumbledore would take that out on her, and as I mentioned, since she' was already thought dead, it wouldn't be a problem for him to make it so.
With her newly formed relationship with Judith, she will learn some gentle exercises, study yoga, Tai Chi and the force, and became healthier and better able to help out.
Kyle: While in the castle he is perfectly safe, but children's habits form at a young age.
Hermione. Naah! All she has to do is take him to bed. Of course, he could tie her down and...
Thanks for you lovely review.
- Can't feel sorry for Draco. People like him usually meet a very messy end when they are imprisoned.(child rapist & killer is the lowest and even murderers and rapists will kill them) Still, they needed him left alone to allow more time to bring down the one who allows such transgressions to take place.
Dobby will have to be careful about the dark side. Still passion, yet serenity and emotion, yet peace.
Dumbles really pushed it there. With his compulsions and ignoring the Potter will, he basically is trying to take over England. His rant to Arthur just reinforced that. I wonder if the Weasley's will get some money from the Dumbledore estate when this is all over due to the compulsion spells.
There is a saying that applies to ole Dumbles:
They always warn about falling into darkness, but what they rarely warn about is the evil that men do while blinded by the light.
At least Rita is happy at the constant trouncing of Dumbledore and the the Death Eaters, since she write her stories without repurcussions.
Amelia does have a sense of humor with the joke she played on Arthur.
Those articles written have really hurt Dumbles quite a bit and are quite humorous.
Dumbledore's reaction in trying to get rid of Rita was amusing and informative. The lie he perpetuated to keep Snape's animagus form a secret was in character.
Harry might not like Rita, but he is protecting her.
Dumbledore is making a mistake as is Voldie. Ameila might be Minister, but it is three other women who are causing most of Dumbledore's & Voldemort's headaches: Agusta Longbottom, Carolyn Chapman, & Andromeda Tonks. Even IF Dumbells and Voldie succeeded in killing Ameila, those three would just choose someone who is not aligned with either one. Speaking of which, the Queen should be asking to meet the three of them very soon. Amelia might be the Minsiter of Magic, but those three are the lawmakers.
As to Pansy Parkison, unless she's a Death Eater, she will wind up with both the Snape and Parkison money. I can't feel sorry for Snape for having two insane master due to all the evil he has done.
If Stokes is Force Sensitive, he'd be the House Elf equivalent of Bao-Dur. Even if he wan't, he still seems to be. At least the training remotes are going to be comming into play. Stokes might actually come to the conclusion that they need more than that and start building practice droids such as the the one in Jedi Academy with the yellow lightsaber.
At least the Harry's Jedi have the right attitude about combat and war: It is a good thing that War is such a terrible thing, lest we come to love it.
I feel sorry for Arabella. Dumbles took away her memory of her grandchildren and has fed lies that Arabella is dead, meaning that her children don't know she is still alive. At least she gained a new friend in Mrs. Granger. I hope that she gets her memories back either by the Unspeakables or Maybe Lavender Brown could repair her mind.
Kyle and Sarah are standard kids. At least Harry is leaving them with their parents.
Hermione's prank on Harry could have some repurcussions on her, such as a bed filled with Cool Whip.
I don't know too much about blackberries, but considering how insanely tough mullberry tress are that seems reasonable.
Author's responseDraco: Basically, yeah. I wonder how he'd have turned out if he'd been spanked as a child...and didn't have two psychotic blood purists as parents!)
It's interesting you should mention that particular crime, as it will play a definite role in the downfall of Draco Malfoy and Albus Toodamnmanynames Dumbledore.
I don't think Dobby will have too much trouble ther5e. His dark side relates directly to the Malfoy family, and he will play a decisive part in their downfall.
Technically, Dumbledore had already taken over Britain. It's just that his final push was derailed, and once those threads were exposed, it's easy to unravel the whole tapestry.
I like your quote. There's another one that also applies. "Very few people can see the truth in their mirror." Dumbledore has become so convinced of his own self-assumed 'lightness', that anyone who disagrees with him, is automatically dark.
Rita is under Harry's protection (through Minuard) but she still has to be careful. Her last encounter with the Deez should have driven that lesson home.
Amelia: All work and no play... She has to have a sense of humor, or her day to day dealings with the corruption of Fudge's government would have driven her 'round the twist.
Articles: I love zinging Dumbledore. Call it a revenge from my own childhood.
Dumbledore's lies: Precisely.
Although Harry despises Rita, she is a valuable asset in his war. and so, yes, he's going to protect her as far as he can.
Dumbledore and Voldemort share several traits, the biggest of them are: Their overblown egos, their innate refusal to see their own faults, and a desire to create and rule their own individual utopias.
The queen is pretty much behind the scenes. She cannot allow herself to be scene as interfering, or there would be war with the muggles. Both Dumbledore and Voldemort would see to that. Remember when she sent the note to Harry? "What has been done has been done for the good of France, and under my hand...Richelieu" Basically she gave him permission to anything necessary to protect the realm.
All the other muggle/wizard conflicts in this story, have been initiated by Voldy.
In the event of Amelia's death, Connie is ready to take her place. Though Dumbledore would try to position his puppet, as you've said, Augusta Andromeda and Carolyn control the majority of the Wizengamot, and just now, Dumbledore's name is pretty close to mud.
Pansy: She's a little bitch in capon, but unlike her betrothed, Draco, she didn't show any overt signs of being a Death Eater. If she survives, I'm sure Harry will work something out with the goblins.
Since her father is a death Eater, that might cause her a few problems.
Snape: I have no mercy whatsoever for Snape. In canon he's an utter bastard toward Harry and his friends. Dumbledore's justification that he must act as he has in order to remain a spy for the light is pure bullshit. A spy does not bring attention to himself and Snape has done nothing but. He is an evil, vindictive, small minded coward who was instrumental in the murder of Harry's parents...because James picked on him as a teenager!
Actually, in canon, he is more like the typical abused child, amoral and self-serving, whereas Harry is anything but.
Stokes: He's mildly force sensitive, but like Han Solo,(who's force talent is his ability to understand any language) his connection to the force allows only a few things. Still, he's an exceptional mechanic and artificer. If Harry needs it, he can make it.
Training droids: Not for this story. Understand the academy is basically a few years it the future, and this story is coming to a close in June.
~~At least the Harry's Jedi have the right attitude about combat and war: It is a good thing that War is such a terrible thing, lest we come to love it.~~
Arabella: Like any intensive treatment, her recovery will take time. While the Mind Healers will begin the process, it's actually going to be my last OC who does the most. Arabella won't have all of her memories returned by the time this is over, but she will be well along the road to recovery. Lavender will play a small part, but her primary concern will be the Longbottoms.
Kyle and Sarah: I both agree and disagree with the Jedi's policy of sequestering the children as soon as they are identified. The new code requires that they have no emotional attachment, but I believe that was a knee-jerk reaction to the devastation of the last Sith wars. Like the Vulcan's, they have divorced their emotions, an like the Vulcan's they suffer terribly for it's loss.
On the other hand, having the children immersed in the force training and exposed only to force users nearly from birth, tends to produce more capable soldiers with loyalty only to the Jedi council and the ability to sacrifice others for the greater good.(Sound familiar?).
He might...He loves her too much to do anything really mean, but he might find a way...
Unfortunately this story does not include overt smut, and so, any references will be slight, innuendo or discussions afterward.
Blackberry/mulberry: It's not so much as tough, but that they're covered with thorns. Imagine concertina wire, on a smaller, but more vicious scale. There are actually prisons that use blackberry bushes(clumps?) as the natural equivalent of barbed wire.
thanks for the wonderful review.
- -laughs hilariously- Oh, that's a fun chapter. Before I get down to specifics, I did notice one glaring typo, "...for smoothing important." should be "...for something important."
I agree that what's been done to Draco was earned, though on the edge of excessive (loved the interactions between Minerva and Dobby and, then, Hermione and Dobby). I can, though, understand why he had to be moved for medical reasons and applaud Minerva's efforts to, for now, protect him from his errors. On the other hand, I can appreciate his view of his condition since one of my meds for Type II diabetes has a side-effect along those lines (though not as far as what was done to him). It's unlikely, but we can hope that this experience will teach him to be a bit more cautious.
I loved the confrontation between Albus and Arthur and I wonder how long it'll take Albus to realize just how much he's let slip in such a public setting, with many listening ears, and just how much that knowledge getting into circulation is going to further set him back in his attempts to achieve his definition of Utopia (not that I suspect most would agree with him, many would likely consider it a dsytopia instead). I thoroughly enjoyed the way Arthur took him down argument by argument and laid his real nature bare for all present to see, and tell others about. That Albus considers knowing the truth and acting on it to be "dark" says way more about him than about the situation. I was amused by the location of Arthur's warning signs; I'm sure anyone who gets that far will appreciate them. Having gone berry picking in Scouts, I can appreciate just where the wards are sending folk "the first time"; it's going to be a painful lesson and anyone fool enough to try again deserves what they get. Also, I loved Amelia's sly sense of humor, there; methinks she's definitely a good friend to have on your side (gotta wonder how Harry would've grown up with her as his guardian, methinks he'd be smart, careful, and have a hidden streak of humor that'd catch people by surprise when it "bit" them).
The confrontation in Albus' office was amusing and I wonder how he'll react if/when he sees that second article (if the elves took his copy of the Prophet as part of the trash, he may not know of it until way too late and it's brought to his attention). The prompt warning to Rita was well handled (she can get better "scoops" without going near Hogwarts and he can't place thos bug zappers everywhere). The bandiage with Carolyn was a nice touch as was the flying bar of soap (wonder if it was thrown or just had a potent banishing spell put on it).
I do like the way Arabella is being brought into the community and helped even as she helps them; it's one thing Albus can't fight because he doesn't understand that kind of mutual respect and dealing. The new "training aids" are going to make life "interesting" for those being trained and I suspect those who've seen the original Star Wars movie will recognize them quick enough. Hermione's attempts to get info out of Harry were amusing and I love the "sweet nothings" he used; I'm certain Tommy-boy appreciated just how successful Harry was.
ALbus' schemes to remove Amelia and replace her with someone he thinks he can control should just about seal his fate when they fail, as Tom's efforts have failed, and Albus stands fully exposed for what he is; it's not going to be pretty but it will be effective.
The Valentine's Day party was fun and I loved how Hermione got around Harry's prohibition, though I've no doubt that he'll find a way to make it up to her; the only question is whether it'll be public or private.
Author's responseHey a Cat!
Typo: Are you certain it's not 'Smoothing important?' (I'll fix it.)
Draco: I dunno, I thought it didn't go nearly far enough. Still he will remember the 'treatment' for the rest of his life.
That sucks, having type II.
~~It's unlikely, but we can hope that this experience will teach him to be a bit more cautious.~~
Unfortunately as Canon has shown us, /Draco never learns/. He's been protected for so long he thinks he's invulnerable.
The confrontation: That conversation took seven figurative months to come out. Arthur has been stewing for that long. As fr remembering, he won't. Having been challenged like he was, for the first time in a long time, Dumbledore completely lost his situational awareness. That's going to cost him. By the time he understands something is terribly wrong, it'll be far too late. that combined with the nasty little sequence of events set up for late April/early May.
Utopias: The only real differences between Dumbledore's utopia and Voldemort's, is the ruler, and to a lesser extent the methods.
We have a blackberry bush that I've been trying to kill for eight years. Ooh rah!
Also, I loved Amelia's sly sense of humor, there; methinks she's definitely a good friend to have on your side (gotta wonder how Harry would've grown up with her as his guardian, methinks he'd be smart, careful, and have a hidden streak of humor that'd catch people by surprise when it "bit" them).
I find my self in complete agreement with both of your points.
I hadn't intended for him to read it at all, so we'll go with your idea.
My primary concern was Rita's potential attraction to the bug-Zappers. I read a story I think on Portkey where she found herself entranced to one on the Weasley's property with the usual result.
Whoever wrote that...thank you.
She threw it. He was being an asshole and she reacted as most women would. (Ladies, I'm not being a pig. You know it's true!)
Arabella. Remotes/Star Wars/ Tommy-boy: Arabella is one of the unsung heroes, I believe she provided Harry his basic instruction in morality. God knows he never got that instruction in Durzkaban! She has much to offer and with her new-found ability to touch the force, she will want to help in any way she can. I can easily see her in the SW 'verse, as a creche mother.
Training aids: Absolutely. and you're right, those who've seen the movies will recognize them. When Moody sees them he's gonna want a hundred!
Tommy: I wonder how evil Tommy would have been, had he ever just gotten laid! there's a story, called 'Luna's Dark Lord Elimination System, or something like that that deals with that aspect of dark lords. If they got laid occasionally, they would be happy and happy people do not make for good dark lords.
Albie plots: Basically, yeah. It's going to come just after a major setback for 'Mister Twinkles', and when the last survivor is interrogated, a lot of things are going to come out into the open.
Valentine's Day/payback: I have something cute written to cover that, and it'll be mostly private.
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