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.
I loved the memorial gallery. Beautiful chapter.
Author's Response: Glad you approve. I so wanted the victory celebration to have a more somber side, Otherwise, it felt too much as if they were dancing on the graves of others.
wow! I don't think I've ever read a fic that treated Sybil with so much insight and dignity. Good chapter.
Author's Response: So glad I was able to portray Sybill in a new way. I’ve always felt there was more to this character than just comic relief. Certainly, in retrospect, it’s clear that Dumbledore realizes she will be targeted by the Death Eaters and offers her a position at the school to keep her safe. Just look at how he defended her removal from school grounds after Umbridge’s performance review; he didn’t interfere in any of the toad woman’s other staff reductions. In light of what we ultimately learn of Umbridge’s true allegiances, I can’t help but think that she had ulterior motives all along. Consider that while the other Death Eaters were trying to find a way to retrieve the prophecy from the Department of Mysteries, Umbridge had a Plan B to procure the source of the prophecy instead. Perhaps she was deluded enough to hope that Sybill could provide her dark master with even more prophercies. Removing her from the protection of Hogwarts castle would’ve been the first step in torturing her for information.
Oh this is so cute- imagine Ron and Hermione actually spying on them- I didn't see this coming at all!!!
Author's Response: Glad you enjoyed! I couldn’t resist having Ron “double-cross” Harry while at the same time managing to surprise Hermione. Growing up amid the twins’ pranks, he can’t always be as hapless as others see him.
Little teddy is so dearly adorable!
Author's Response: So relieved you like Teddy! Small children are so difficult to write without making them seem unrealistically precocious. Notice that Victoire has stage presence but no dialog at this point.
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
Oh finally. James clearly does not understand the concept of the statute of secrecy. :P
Author's Response: Thanks for the review. Of course he doesn't, because he's not even five. Of course it will still be giving him problems in sixteen years time. -N-
I didn't get an update alert, but thanks for updating anyhow. I don't know how you manage so many characters and make them so distinct. Well done.
Author's Response: Thanks. This chapter was something of a logisticalnightmare, but the fact that I have their backgrounds plotted helps. -N-
This is brilliant. Updates urgently required.
Author's Response: Thanks. I hope to submit the next chapter very soon. -N-
Oh dear, I think Ginny just slipped there. Sweden, one hour? I don't know how long the flight takes but Jacqui will have an idea, and she will know about waiting for luggages and immigration queues...
Glad you updated.
Author's Response: From where they are (The Drake Stone is real, although Drakeshaugh is not) it would take almost an hour to reach the nearest Airport (Newcastle). More soon, but you’ll see more H&P first (plus some other stuff0. -N-
Henry and James are so adorable- it will break my heart if Henry doesn't get a Hogwarts letter. But you did say they have wizarding ancestors... Also, Teddy is missing from Potter family action- he is supposed to be close to them, right? James or Albus or Lily could mention him once or twice at least.
Author's Response: Hi
How many people are still close to the friends they made at age five? But this story will end long before James gets his letter (see Owl Post for that). In fact it will end before Christmas. Teddy is at Hogwarts, but he has not featured in many of my stories, and I need to remedy that omission.-N-
I think Neville's daughter is called Alice, according to JKR's family trees.
Author's Response: Not so far as I know.
Alice was Neville's mum, and while I've seen a lot of fics where Neville has a daughter named Alice it isn't, so far as I know, canon. In fact, I think JKR has been silent on whether or not Neville and Hannah had any children.-N-
Finally! I had to go and read the last chapter to remember what was going on- but well done! I love how you depict the "muggles mingling with wizards getting subtle hints" without overdoing it. Er, update soon?
Author's Response: Thanks. Yes this one took some time. I had a lot of problems with this chapter, all of my own making. I’m simply glad it’s finally done. I’m hoping to get another chapter completed before the end of the year. -N-
Summary: Ron is on his way to ask Hermione a question. He thinks that Hermione knows everything, but will she be able to answer this question?
I love Ron reading Hermione's thoughts.
Author's Response: Thanks, Ron isn't a complete idiot (honest). :-) -N-
When the magical world meets the Muggle world, who do the Auror Office call on?
Nominated for: Best Post-Hogwarts (One-Shot) story – Quicksilver Quills 2011
Which is the story where Bobbie meets the trio? Have you written it?
Author's Response: Thanks for the review.
The meeting takes place in what will be the sequel to Hunters and Prey (currently called End of an Era). I have written bits of the story, including the meeting, but you won't see it until I've finished Hunters and Prey, sorry.-N-
Summary: Several years after the final battle, Dudley Dursley is struggling to come to terms with his past and the things he has done wrong. His life is turned upside down when he meets a charming young witch and is drawn into a path that leads him back into his cousin's world.
Lovely end. And I liked Stella.
Oh not Rita Skeeter again! That woman!
Brilliant writing, by the way. Please update soon.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Rita Skeeter is a lot of fun to play with, and I can promise she'll cause lots of trouble... I am just about to submit the next chapter. Cheers :)
Is this the end? It's beautiful- although, really, I would have loved to see Vernon's face.
WHAT DID DUDLEY JUST TELL HER? And if he still wants to go to dinner with Parvati why is he pretending he can't remember? NO, WAIT- WHAT DID HE TELL RITA? IS HE COMPLETELY STUPID?
And I didn't get updates for your story again. Why why why? It was just lucky I noticed it on the recent list. :(
This...this is no place to live us hanging off. And I don't even know if I;'ll get an alert!!!
Author's Response: Haha I'm sorry about the cliffie! And about you not getting update alerts. I don't know what that's about... As for Dudley's interview with Rita, well, I thought it would be funny to show how far awry good intentions can go if you're that misinformed. Dudley may have changed but he'll never exactly be the brightest bulb, and that's sort of what's fun about him, he's so flawed. Anyway, I really enjoyed your outraged reactions (I know I'm evil) so thanks for that, and thanks for reviewing. Cheers!
Hmm, looking back, asking if Dudley was completely stupid was rather rhetorical, no? And I didn't get an alert for your response to my review. I don't know what;'s wrong, this happens with no other story.
Author's Response: Would you like me to PM you when I update just in case? I can't guarantee I'll remember but there are only two chapters left, I should be able to do that...
I got an alert for this comment, but yes please, I'd like a PM. Thanks.