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Strangers at Drakeshaugh by Northumbrian

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Summary:
The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours.

Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?

Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2011
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Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Ratings: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 369]
Category: Ron/Hermione AND Harry/Ginny
Characters: None
Canon Compliance: None
Warnings: Mild Profanity
Challenge:
Serie: None
Chapters: 32 Completed?: No
Wordcount: 147788 Viewcount: 140065
Published on: 02/17/11 Updated On: 05/23/17



Story Notes:
This is another story in my sporadic "Potter family" series and, as it's set in 2009 it's the most modern of my stories. This particular story is something of an experiment, so please let me know what you think.

Alwinton and Harbottle (and Harbottle Castle and the River Coquet) are real places in Coquetdale in the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland. The house called Drakeshaugh (pronounced Drakes-hoff) exists only in my imagination, but Harbottle Lough, Drakestone Burn and the Drake Stone itself are real.

Haugh is an old English word meaning meadow, or hollow (or sometimes hidden place) and is a common place name in Northern England and Scotland. For some unknown (to me at least) reason, Northumbrians use neither the English word lake nor the Scottish word loch, instead following the Irish tradition and calling large bodies of water loughs (locally pronounced loff). Confusingly, a “burn” in Northern England and Scotland, is a stream. Coquet (if you’re interested) is pronounced koh-kett.

This is a part of the UK I am familiar with (as should be obvious from my nom de plume), nevertheless, any resemblance between my Original Characters and the residents of Coquetdale is purely coincidental. The canon characters, of course, belong to JKR and I’m simply playing with them.

Finally, apologies to local footballing legend Jackie Charlton for the bad joke.


1. The Drop Off by Northumbrian [Reviews - 4] (2986 words)

2. The Pick Up by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (3108 words)

If the unexpected arrival of a new pupil caused a stir at the school gates, What will happen when the new boy is collected?

3. Misty Morning by Northumbrian [Reviews - 2] (3081 words)

4. Sunny Afternoon by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (3044 words)
Jacqui visits Drakeshaugh.
5. Tea and Biscuits by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (3284 words)
...and stays for tea.
6. School Gates by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (3721 words)

7. Wet Afternoon by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (3670 words)

8. Work and Play by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4908 words)

9. Interlude: Thirty by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (3552 words)

10. Conversations and Invitations by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (3924 words)

11. A Confusion of Weasleys by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4281 words)

12. Baking Buns and a Barmy Blonde by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4605 words)

13. A Breakdown, a Bike and a Barmy Blonde Again by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4878 words)

14. Interlude: Three Families by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4727 words)

15. Arrivals by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4512 words)

16. Nosh and Natter by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (5251 words)

17. Fireworks by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (5320 words)

18. First Quarter by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (4879 words)

19. Waxing Gibbous by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4147 words)

20. Interlude: Bad Moon on the Rise by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (6957 words)

21. Tragedy by Northumbrian [Reviews - 2] (4833 words)

22. Hunter's Moon Waxing by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (4732 words)

23. Stranger at Drakeshaugh by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4567 words)

24. Uninvited Visitors by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (5201 words)

25. Interlude: Muggle Interface Team by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (6597 words)

26. Waning Gibbous by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (5260 words)

27. Lintzgarth by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (5149 words)

28. Five by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (5360 words)

29. Code Black by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (6006 words)

30. Close to Home by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4575 words)

31. Blackberry Week by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (4388 words)

32. Interlude: Last Rites? by Northumbrian [Reviews - 2] (6285 words)