Summary: Amid the desolation of Diagon Alley, a tiny ray of hope lay buried. Nothing more than a tidbit amid the sweeping despair of Deathly Hallows, yet it would not let go of my imagination. Had I found the casually inserted pivotal clue that would rise like Nicolas Flamel from the pages of the first book? Or had I stumbled upon another Mark Evans: nothing but filler detail in the opening pages of The Order of the Phoenix, JKR having overlooked that he bore the same last name as Harry’s mother?
So I waited for my little gem to bear fruit, to become one of those climactic surprises we should have seen coming, but somehow overlooked. Only it never came to pass. The death count mounted to a staggering high, the epic moments came and went, Snape’s back story was finally revealed, and still nothing.
So it has lain, bereft and unwanted, among the detritus of a Diagon Alley the Death Eaters had turned into a bully’s playground. But in the intervening years, this rough diamond has become the inspiration for this story, spreading its tentacles into new and intriguing territories.
Although Harry mentions Chocolate Frog as the title of Mad-Eye Moody’s autobiography at the end of my previous tale, The Dark Phoenix, this version of the story goes beyond that. Nonetheless, the sections representing Moody’s memoirs are clearly labeled.
This story begins with events recounted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and continues beyond the end of the series. I have attempted to conform to canon as much as possible, elaborating only where the circumstances are vague or passed over. It is an interpretation of the events that happened behind the scenes, so to speak.
This is a great story. You indeed found a nice gap in canon that allows for this very creative set of vignettes. And oh, this idea of the people in the chocolate frog cards to be actual real passageways they can use for communication once they died, marvellous. It fits very well with the Hogwarts headmasters' portraits canon
Author's Response: So glad you're liking the story so far. I consider myself extremely lucky that the gapping hole wasn't spotted by an obsessive reader before I could put it to good use. I felt certain until the very end of DH that JKR was going to have Moody pull 'a Gandalf'', if you know what I mean. More amusing coincidences to come...
Beautiful chapter. And great eye for detail in having Victoria Station for the souls, since Kings Cross was where they met. I wonder what Mad Eye is up to.
Author's Response: So happy you liked this chapter. I was so afraid people would find it too sad, even though we already know most of what happened. With the next chapter, we go into unchartered waters …(gulp)