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.
"Just like a harmless spell can leave you with a sense of accomplishment, the satisfaction one gets from dark magic is equally seductive. "
I really like that line. Also, are your cooking tips accurate? Because that really sounds interesting.
Great writing as usual. It always makes my day when I see writing from L A Moody!
Author's Response: Yes, that little cooking tip will work; just don’t use more than one or two anise seeds or it will totally overpower the flavor of everything. Glad you enjoyed. Dark magic as an addiction certainly seems to fit in with Helena Bonham Carter’s depiction of Bellatrix Lestrange, so I took a page from her book here.
Author's Response: So happy that you enjoyed my take on wizarding humor. It’s a nice contrast to the next chapter which is much darker.
Over the past few weeks, I've read all your stories from the beginning. I'm now starting on Chocolate Frog and felt I had to join Mugglenet just to thank you. These have been a stressful few weeks and knowing I had a world to escape to made a very big difference.
You're a really good writer and I hope you continue making Potter fans happy and exercising your talents!
Author's Response: I'm so happy you followed my convoluted path of stories. I find writing them can be a great stress reliever as well since you have to totally experience that world (see, touch, smell, etc.) in order to make it believable in words. The characters that JKR created are so unbelievably rich that they give rise to all sorts of possibilities whether a writer stays within the constraints of established canon or takes them on a stroll through an Alternate Universe story.
Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know you liked what you read. It really made my day! Hell, it made my whole ruddy week!
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 and
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (Chaptered) story - Quicksilver Quills 2012
Great chapter! I wish updates were more regular though
Author's Response: So do I. This has been ready for some time, but submissions were down for a while, and my stories were stacking up. I’m trying to achieve a monthly updates for "Strangers". I hope to have the next chapter with my betas soon. -N-
Great chapter! I really enjoy your writing. Looking forward to the next!
Author's Response: Thanks. Glad you liked it. -N-
I can't wait for her to find out that she's a Squib! And I really hope one of the kids are magical.
Author's Response: You will be waiting for quite a while. :-D -N-
Author's Response: Thanks -N-
Barty Crouch Jr. and Regulus Black; two boys with different expectations thrust upon them.
This is the story of how their paths cross, merge and then divide, leading towards two different endings; one tragic, one heroic.
"The Death Eaters, I want to join." I stared at him. His blue eyes were steady, his mouth set. He looked resolute. He had thought this over.
And then I got it. I finally got Sirius.
Nominated for Best Dark/Angsty Story in the 2011 Quicksilver Quills and for Best Marauder Era in 2012. Thank you so much!
Very much enjoying, thanks for updating!
Author's Response: Thank you!
What a great description! I excitedly await your next installment.
This is a very realistic portrayal of how Crouch's son could have slipped so far.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! That was what I was going for. The next chapter is with my beta :)
A haunted house that isn’t haunted, a Muggle fortune teller who can’t actually tell fortunes and the legend of the Cursed Green Pearl! What happens when “the nation’s favourite television ghost-hunters” stumble onto something really magical? What (apart from a mysterious chest, a broken red stiletto and a corpse) lies within the topmost room of the Haunted Tower?
It’s time for the Auror Office’s Muggle Interface Team - Brown, Bones and Beadle - to investigate.
This is Northumbrian of Ravenclaw house writing for the 2011 Mysterious May Challenge in the Great Hall - Extra Credit Prompt
This is one of four mystery stories I wrote for the Challenge. Until now I’ve resisted editing this story as to do so will (I believe) mean that it can’t be judged as part of the challenge (editing after the closing date is cheating). I can’t wait any longer.
OK the suspense is very well done. Keep on writing!
Author's Response: Thanks, I hope to submit the final chapter very soon. -N-
“Lord Voldemort has never had a friend, nor do I believe that he has ever wanted one.”
-Dumbledore, HBP, ch 13
Dumbledore was rarely wrong, only once did Lord Voldemort desire a friend. It started out as only a game, but became so much more…
This is the story of how the teenaged Tom Riddle met a unique individual and slipped from cold indifference, to affection, to friendship, to romance. Discover how even Voldemort’s cold and callow heart was once broken beyond repair. This is for anyone curious about how an imperfect love warped and twisted a corrupt young man into the Dark Lord.
Very well written and developed. Incredibly good characterization and believable storyline. Keep it up!
Author's Response: Thank you so much! Your reviews totally made my day! :)
I owe you another review for all the chapters I just read! They were great.
What a cliffhanger! Great job explaining his thoughts. I am curious what Lydia will do next - would love to see her perspective!
Author's Response: It's interesting that you bring up seeing Lydia's perspective as it was sometng I had been considering doing for the previous chapter. After consulting with Maple, the scene was cut to keep everything in Tom's perspective and to keep Lydia a bit more mysterious.
That being said, Tom is also curious about Lydia's perspective, particularly in discovering exactly what Charlotte told Lydia. He also has every intention of finding out by any means necessary.
Thanks for your review,
I love this story!
Author's Response: And I love your reviews! :)
That was fascinating!
I love Tom's surprise at Lydia's non-conformity. I really wish they could be together in the end...
They seem to right for each other.
Author's Response: Thanks! I really enjoyed writing that part, particularly since neither of them bothered to check that they were referring to the same secret passage. Both of them are just so confident that they know about the only one. ;)
Great chapter. Keep writing!
I particularly liked his manipulation in the Dippet interview
Author's Response: Thank you! :)
Great job! What is your update schedule? I always enjoy your chapters.
I do feel that the plot is a little slow, where is this going?
Thanks so much!
Author's Response: I'm glad you're enjoying it so far! I realize that the action is a bit slow going, but it should pick up the pace over the next few chapters. I think I may have drawn certain parts out longer than I would have with other characters because I find it so hard to portray Tom Riddle falling in love in a way that anyone will find reasonable. I mean, if anyone were to read the last few chapters without having read the previous ones, they'd probably find him quite out of character.
As for where this is all heading... I've tried to write this from Tom's perspective after his relationship with Lydia has been destroyed beyond repair. Anything that shows up in the story would be an event that he would one day consider significant when trying to analyze how he fell prey to the weakness of love and whether there was ever a chance of things working out for our star-crossed pair. At least, that's the big picture of where this is heading: how love turned Tom into the Dark Lord.
If you were asking where this is heading short-term... I'm kind of playing those cards close to the chest right now. All I'll say is that some of the many warnings will apply in the next few chapters (I want to say within three, but haven't figured out for sure where the chapter breaks will occur.)
As for my update schedule... I don't exactly have one. I try to keep a bit ahead of where I'm posting in case I have to go back a chapter or two to add a detail which will later be important. The following chapter has already been sent to a beta and the next one or two (depending on whether they get merged) are also drafted. I expect that once we get through the next chapter the plot should start picking up the pace again.
Thank you for reviewing so faithfully,
I don't get why there aren't more reviews - it's well written, well thought out and addresses a major gap in canon.
So I thought another review on this chapter might help.
Author's Response: Thank you, it's very much appreciated! :)
Fascinating! I suppose this explains his trust of Severus.
Author's Response: I think it does to some extent, although you'd think Voldemort would be more careful knowing that Lydia can effectively hide her thoughts from him. I guess I like the idea that the person Tom trusts most is the one who can decieve him, which I suppose is why it's called 'trust'.
In the draft of the epilogue, Voldemort surprises some of his followers for showing more interest in the 'Half-Blood Prince' than in several pure-bloods recruits. I think it would be difficult for him not to see elements of both himself and Lydia in Severus, which would go a long way to explaining his favourtism of Severus.
I also find it strange to think that if Lydia and Tom's story were to end differently, Severus would have been Voldemort's nephew. And now the very AU thought of young Severus and Uncle Dark Lord is making me think ridiculous thoughts... :S
Author's Response: Thanks! :)