Alexandra Quick returns to Charmbridge Academy for eighth grade, angry and in denial. Unwilling to accept the events of the previous year, she is determined to fix what went wrong, no matter what the cost. When her obsession leads her to a fateful choice, it is not only her own life that hangs in the balance, for she will uncover the secret of the Deathly Regiment!
This is the third book in the Alexandra Quick series.
I just reread this chapter and wonder about a possible plot hole.
When she comes back and is interviewed by Diana Grimm, she tells her she went in the Lands Beyond, but does not reveal she met and treated with the Moste Terrible Power. Either DG knows that one cannot simply come back without Death's permission, in which case she knows Alex didn't tell the whole truth, or DG and the Confederation don't know, in which case they'll be worried about Alex having unchecked powers. If they leave Alex alone, they may still send some people to check out, who, unlike Alex, won't be able to get out.
In fact, since Death gets visits on thestrals very, very rarely (it used to be more frequent, i.e., every 50 years or so, i.e. very rarely at best), the Confederation likely doesn't know too much about this, either.
Do you plan on dealing with this in Book 4? Will there be more visits to Death?
Author's Response: No comment about whether there will be more visits to Death, but Diana Grimm will play a significant role in Book Four, and some of your questions may be answered. ;)
Rereading this chapter, I wonder whether the ghosts of little children singing ring around a rosy are really past victims of the Deathly Regiment.
Thanks, Inverarity, for the intriguing answer. How about the ring around a rosy kids? Am I correct to posit they are the victims of the Deathly Regiment? Or are they only accidentally hanging out in the Lands Beyond?
Author's Response: Sorry, you'll have to wait longer for an answer to that. ;)
Excellent chapter. Yes, I can see how you have changed your writing style a bit. The Lands Below lasted several chapters, elapsing over several days, while here, it took only part of a single night. I can see that she will now have to hide this obol, until she finds herself in deathly danger and uses it (conjures it), perhaps in a different book, in self defence, or even better, in defence of someone else or of several people.
Oh, and I wonder, does that mean that Darla had already been in the Lands Beyond, and was hoping to save her sister by sending Alexandra to her death?
The suspense is palpable. Not only does Alex finally et to talk to Valeria about time turners, but Valeria has to go back and fix something?
Alex is up to something stupid ... and will get into lots of trouble in the process. Will Valeria stop her before anyone else discovers the time turner? It just occurs to me that Max's jibai-equivalent could get hold of her before she does anything that silly. After all, the jibai comes from the Land Beyond, so represents the soul of one who did move on yonder.
Riveting. But why doesn't she try to summon that house elf who lives with the Generous Ones? He is free, and free to listen to her, just like Dobby was free to listen to Harry Potter.
I have another question. In the Potterverse, time turners only allow you to go back in time, but we have never seen them bring one back to the future. If Alex tries to go back several months, how does she return to the present? Surely she must fail or this will become a significant problem, right?!
Valeria! What a surprise. Will she get to talk to her in private? Or will she only discover that her youthful resolve can't guarantee success?
BTW, in GoF, portkeys seem to transport many people as effortlessly as few people, so why would the fare be higher?
Alex is growing up, I half expected her to right away open the door to the lower basement. So she first wants to find the ghost and question him?
This is developing wickedly fast. Great story.
this is getting dangerous. I noticed she summoned spirits, in the plural. Are other visitors coming, too?
What an intense chapter. And now, ladies and gentlemen, Inverarity has finally told us what
(one of) Alexandra's mission(s) is: she will have to defy the kind of unbreakable vow forcing her to sacrifice herself seven years on.
But pray, tell, how will you be able to wrap up such a story with only another two more chapters?
And I wonder, is Death the universal power of magical death, or simply a massive power on formerly Indian territory?
Ah, a warm an fuzzy chapter for the winter holidays at home, a chapter that will enable us in future chapters to find out more about Alexandra's past, and a little cliffhanger to boot?! Marvellous.
Oh my, oh my, now that Alex has opened up to Anna she was betrayed? But Abraham knew what to expect and was faster none the less ... powerful. I wonder whether we will see in this book what Abraham meant about the Thorn Circle not needing to remain a secret anymore.
Ah, congratulations to you and your readers, the long awaited volume three has arrived!
the Cat-In-The-Box Failsafe Principle that apparently had nothing to do with either cats or boxes
Was Schroedinger a magical theorist?
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.
Will Dumbledore speak again from the cards? How will they feel knowing he can be around everywhere?
Author's Response: I can tell you this much: Dumbledore will think long and hard before he interferes. Like many others, he recognizes that he needs to let go of the past and move on. Harry himself will see the similarity to the portraits that hang in the Headmaster's/Headmistress's office.
Author's Response: Thanks from the bottom of my heart! Am submitting the next installment today, hope you’ll keep reading.
His eyes strained against the gloom as Dumbledore’s face seemed to purse its lips sadly in the collector card Ron left behind. Or had that been a figment of his overwrought imagination as well?