Summary: Elaine Carrick is an apprentice to a magical art restorer. When she is given her first assignment without supervision, things go further awry than she could have guessed: the portrait is stolen right from under her nose. None of the other paintings were touched, and the thief was in and out in a matter of seconds.
Who could possibly have got past both Elaine and the locking spells on the studio undetected?
This story was written for Prompt 1 in the Mysterious May challenge, and it won first place in that category! It was also nominated for two QSQs in 2012 (Best General story and Best OC).
When a lavish engagement party ends in tragedy, Teddy Lupin takes on the case, despite its personal ties. What begins as a search for the killer soon turns into something much more, and Teddy is startled to witness the personas of the people he thought he knew melt away in light of the crime.
It doesnâ€™t take long for him to realise that nothing is what it seems to be.
Nominated for a 2011 QSQ - Best General Fiction and Best Same Sex Pairing Story
Nominated for a 2012 QSQ - Best Same Sex Pairing Story.
This is lucca4 of Gryffindor writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 2.
Arthur Aesalon is a retired yet quick-witted private detective who has an unusually fussy preference for taking on complex murder cases. Known for his years' of experience, he wasn't surprised when the famous Alexander Nott invited him to investigate his daughter's death and the theft of the Cordalis Jewels.
Rounding up the suspects, there's a bizarre cousin, a friendly housekeeper, a heartless mother, a self-centred father, an arrogant sister and a mysterious brother. Yet, as the story unfolds, lies and deceit are revealed and a tragic tale is disclosed. Everyone finds out that things don't always seem the way they are and people are usually not what they appeared to be...
This is princessbipolar of Ravenclaw writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt 3- The Private Detective.
Summary: Ten years after her mother's death, Luna Lovegood decides to ask her father what her mother was brewing. Unsatisfied with his reply, she turns to one of his employees, Lavender Brown, and asks for help to investigate the truth.
Lavender is unsure this is a wise course of action, but like Luna, she doesn't quite believe Xenophilius' version of events.
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry in the Mysterious May Great Hall Challenge - prompt Extra Credit.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. That shouldn't surprise anyone.
Thank you so much, Gina (Gmariam) for beta'ing this tale and whipping Luna into shape. You are zechadly amazing!
Thank you, Natalie, for suggesting Xanthe's maiden name.
Summary: "It's really rather tooth and claw. Most things want to bite or sting or kill you," Gloria Greengrass tells Winston Flint, as they walk through the woods together after Lucius and Narcissa Malfoyâ€™s wedding.
Shortly afterwards Gloria is found murdered. As the Auror Fabian Prewett begins to question the suspects, he finds himself asking who would want to kill a fifteen-year-old girl?
This is welshdevondragon of Gryffindor writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt number two
Due to the current MNFF glitch, I have changed the rating to 3rd-5th years BUT this is a 6th-7th years story, and therefore should be read as such.
Summary: As Head Girl, Lily Evans is used to the odd things that happen at Hogwarts. Very little fazes her – especially when it comes to the Head Boy and his gang. But when she discovers there’s a new girl at Hogwarts, who has entranced all her friends, she’s determined, along with James, to find out the identity of the mystery witch.
After all, since when has Hogwarts accepted American Exchange Students?
And just why has Peter stopped eating sausages?
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling and if I was I wouldn’t admit it and put my name to this piece of silliness.
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt # 1.
I also dedicate this to all those of you who love a good MWPP cliche.
Thanks Nat-a-tat (hestiajones) for the beta job especially in the last chapter.
Summary: It is the summer of 1935 and Grindelwald is growing in power and influence. Sides have been drawn and every witch and wizard must choose where their loyalties lie. A young pure-blood witch is found murdered in her home. Auror Aurelius Nott is tasked with finding her murderer, but nothing about this murder is simple. Loyalties will be tested and the truth is darker than Aurelius ever imagined.
This is eternalangel of Ravenclaw writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt #2.
Summary: She was the Zeitgeist Girl – the face of the Spirit of the Age. Beautiful, talented and engaged to one of the most famous men in the wizarding world. Astoria Greengrass had it all – except now she was dead.
Oliver Wood, ex Quidditch professional, is the detective in charge. Tough and experienced, he can break the most hardened criminal, but how will he manage to prise information from the Malfoys?
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt #2.
This is also Carole of a house in London writing a mystery especially for Kara, a visitor to this fair land, because it's her birthday (and not because she's the judge).
Thank you Natalie (hestiajones) for beta'ing this story.
Disclaimer: I am not JK Rowling. She would probably come up with something far more original.
Summary: Alexander Jameson has spent his last two years at the Cairo Auror office riding a desk. When a case finally comes along that the Head feels he is suited for, he jumps at the chance to take it. Now he must solve a murder, figure out the significance of the murdered man’s missing ring, and keep the only witness to the death safe. But those things turn out to be much more difficult than he expected when they are combined with the added task of safe-guarding his heart.
This is hogwartsbookworm of Hufflepuff writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall, Prompt #2.
The title is a rewording of a quote from Shakespeare's Merchant of Vencie.
Summary: For as long as anyone can remember, Wizards have hid themselves. But enough is enough, it is time to reveal the truth. After all, Wizards are safer now. They don't have a single Wizard trying to wipe out all Mudbloods and Muggles anymore, right? Wrong. Aaron Magnus, Head of the Hit Wizard Department, knows that there is another dark wizard on the loose and he is willing to do anything to catch him. It is time for a revelation.
Summary: A woman of society, Astoria Malfoy nee Greengrass, has been brutally murdered - is it the money, revenge, or mindless rage? Any of those motives would automatically result in suspecting her husband.
Chief Investigator of Manslaughter Squad, Auror Potter is personally in charge of the investigation, but it is Ginevra Weasley, a rookie Auror of Morality Guard, who brings in the man Potter is looking for – Draco Malfoy. (Character death is for the murders, nothing really tragic will happen to the main characters and 'professors' rating is for violence in the epilogue, nothing more sinister.)
Albus Potter had what some would call a fascinating job -- working for the Magical Law Enforcement's intelligence department. But when suspicious activity caused the Ministry to think the infamous Knights of Walpurgis were up to something, their leading expert was called into action.
In disguise and out of his mind, Albus embarked on an impossible task, but when things started turning for the worse, why were his only thoughts about the one person he would hurt along the way?
This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next-Generation Story AND Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Summary: Jonathan Towerborne may not be the best Auror, or even the most liked… but he gets the job done. Now, after years working for the Ministry, he finds himself the prime suspect of a crime he didn’t commit. Confused and on the run, Towerborne must now search for answers to the who’s and why’s of the mystery behind his framing. Answers that may lead him to the highest places within the Ministry itself.
Summary: Everything is going great for sixth year Ginny Weasley. She has new friends, a long awaited boyfriend, and classes are tolerable. Everything wonderful comes crashing down when she witnesses something that was never suppose to be seen. Now the wrong person is being blamed. Will Ginny confess what she knows and endanger her friends or will she let the wrong person go to blame?
Professors rating is strictly because of chapter 10.
Chapter fourteen is validated and waiting for you to read!
Summary: In September 1991, Karis McLaggan receives a commission to paint the portrait of the powerful Tiberius Crouch. As the painting develops, so does their relationship.
But does Tiberius really understand Karis' intent?
This is Equinox Chick of Hufflepuff and this is my entry for the Lofty Learning Challenge: The Science of Portraiture.
NB - The purpose of this challenge was to write a monologue so the conversation is all from Karis' point of view.
Many thanks to Colores/Fresca for beta'ing this and making very helpful suggestions.
Summary: Ben and his three friends, Danny, Mia and Johnny have planned to go trick or treating for Halloween. Ben has been looking forward to it for weeks. Then, on the night in question, Ben's older brother, Jake, ruins everything. He suggests that they spend the night in a haunted castle that he insists exists upon the moor. But things are not what they appear. Never judge a book by its cover; never judge a castle by its walls.
Summary: Nominated for the 2009 QSQ award for Best Male OC.
Harry's life is quiet now. He has a loving wife, a beautiful son, a career along side his best friend, and everything else he could ever want and never imagine having. But now, his career as an Auror will lead both him and Ron halfway around the world to investigate a mysterious school known only as the Skat-Hatokha Academy of Magic.
But from the beginning, something seems off. No one in the wizarding world has heard of this school, the board of directors can contact you, but you can't contact them, and the accepted students have all been in some trouble with the law and take their right to remain silent very seriously. Not to mention Lucius Malfoy's near obsessive interest in this case and his close involvement with the Ministry.
But as more time passes, the more the case begins to take on a life of its own, and not just for Harry.
Summary: When a magical disease strikes, the pureblooded families are the only ones infected and the only ones who can save them are muggleborns. Will the purebloods change their minds about their extremist views or are they stupid enough to let their precious pureblood legacy disappear forever?
After Devlin Whitehorn's uncommon murder shocks the Wizarding World, Ron Weasley is thrown onto the unusual case alongside a mysterious Magic Private Investigator.
But like all killers, the Russian Riddle doesn't intend to be caught.
Summary: Someone has been murdered. The blame is being spread across the MLE squad and the prime suspect is one of their most prized officers. But who was really the culprit?