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I'm cutting and pasting in a bunch of quotes from the loose_canon board of responses I got to my ideas about Snape and Dark Magic. It's for my own use, and I'll put it behind a cut, but if anyone wants to see it, have at. First and foremost, though, a link to a most excellent essay by [livejournal.com profile] bohemianspirit. If you missed that one, it's worth a look.

And now the excerpts from loose_canon posts: )
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My Snape essay got kinda taken over by this one. Thanks to the denizens of the Yahoo Group loose_canon for the recent discussions that led me to realize I need to get these issues straight before I can do much more with the story. They led me to pose the question there, in what sense is Dark Magic Evil? (Dark chocolate isn't, after all.) And here's what I've come to, for the purposes of my AU.

Dark Magic is unadulterated Evil... )
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A long while back, I found it helpful to set down in writing the way I viewed the character of Rupert Giles to see how I was or was not capturing his essence as I wrote:
Original "My Giles" Post (have to scroll down a bit) -- And a later addendum.

It strikes me now that, in addition to rereading this and doing a couple more for the Willow and Ethan of my Summer of Giles Story, I really need to do one for Snape. The Snape of "In Loco Parentis" is not the same Snape as the ghost in "Lost Boys." Neither are quite the Snape from canon, either.

That's perfectly okay. While fanfiction creates the expectation that your work is going to be highly derivative and based on a common framework, each writer brings his or her own "take" on the characters, puts them in situations quite unlike those we see in canon, and often has to choose among inconsistent clues from different places in that canon. And sometimes, while choosing, has to decide what kind of character he wants to spend time with.

So, that will be my project for the day, after helping out with the church Rummage Sale, getting Wee Hob a shiny new planner to write down his plans for completing merit badges this summer (and inexplicably, he wants me to teach him Latin, which, yeah, I'll do as long as he promises not to be a Dunderhead and actually does some homework) and cleaning up a bit.

But in the meantime, if anyone wants to weigh in on any of these characters, particularly how you see Snape (and Hermione) in "In Loco Parentis", I would love to see what has been coming across for you. I can already tell from a couple of reviews on this last part that I need to be doing a better job of making clear how this Snape is unlike the one in canon, and making the how and why of that plausible for the purposes of this story.

Happy Saturday, all.
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Just a quick post to say that part 2 of "In Loco Parentis" is up here. And to remark in passing how funnily appropriate the title is, given my life situation of late, and using a different meaning for "loco."

Thanks to Everyone who offered hugs and words of support for me and my Wee Hob. He is starting to settle down, though he is still doing goofy things that make no rational sense. He got suspended from school on Wednesday for having a paring knife in his backpack. He didn't threaten anyone or seem to have any plan for its use, but he'd apparently had it the previous day and "accidentally" let it fall out where other kids he knew disliked him would see it. Of course they told. Of course he hadn't taken it out overnight. He wanted to be caught, on some level.

But the three days with his godparents have done him a world of good, and he sees Dr. Wolfe next week. He is starting to talk about things that are bothering him. He said yesterday, "I know in my head it wasn't your fault, but when you stopped coming to visit me, I felt really hurt and angry." He's been carrying that around for about 5 years, since the court took away my visitation rights in the middle of all its other dirty tricks. I've had him back now for 3. And there are other things further back he has cause to be hurt and angry about. I think one of the things making him so irrational here is that he doesn't really Know why he feels the way he does.

But we love him, we are getting him sorted, and things will eventually be okay again. Until the next clever idea his hormone-addled brain comes up with.

But for now, he's asleep, there is fic, and for anyone who cares, my first fanfic, "Summer" is also being posted out on fanfiction dot net. It's in the Buffyverse, and very much a documentary instead of a story. And has more angst than you can shake a stick at. But it has its moments. And it's part of why I had the revelation earlier that I was going down the same blind alley with "In Loco Parentis," and I really didn't have to. I don't need to account for a whole summer's worth of time. I can tell the story I need to tell here much more quickly than that. And maybe write something later in the timeline, well, Later. When I have another story that needs telling with the material.

Yeah I know. Duh. But in my defense, it has been a very long week.
hobgoblinn: (nano onegood)
A short fragment from an earlier night, then last night's take on the same material. Unedited, unbeta'd, read at your own risk, etc. Thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] sunsethill, who asked for it, and others who commented. I think I have a direction for this now.

This is Christmas day at the Potter's, Snape is a ghost, and the story when it's done is meant as a continuation to Lost Boys. Think that's about all you need to know. One thing I'd really like feedback on is how jarring the present/ past shifts are. I'm trying to capture echoes of one in the other, but I'm not sure how well I'm succeeding. May be a bit too echoey.

Also, what would Minerva transfigure Snape's wand into?

All right, back to it.

Fragments )
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What’s a fic postmortem? It’s a rambling commentary on how a writer went about writing a particular story, identifying and solving problems, what the story was supposed to be about, what the writer learned, or would do differently. I learned to do them from [livejournal.com profile] antennapedia and find them tremendously helpful. Sometimes also an insomnia aid. Here then, is my postmortem for Lost Boys.

Fic Postmortem:  )
hobgoblinn: (klingon house)
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Part 7 - Another Life
Part 8 - A Sudden Illness
Part 9 - Spectres of the Past
Part 10 - The Pensieve
Part 11 - The Headmaster’s Portrait
Part 12 - Choices
Part 13 - Consequences

Title: Lost Boys, 14/14 - Light in the Darkness
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt [livejournal.com profile] emmessann and Wee Hob for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own. Thanks also to everyone who read and commented. The response has been somewhat overwhelming. But as feedback is the only payment a fanfic author can receive, I must say I feel very well-compensated this time around. Thanks, all.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.


Light in the Darkness )

Postmortem: Commentary on the Writing of "Lost Boys"
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Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Part 7 - Another Life
Part 8 - A Sudden Illness
Part 9 - Spectres of the Past
Part 10 - The Pensieve
Part 11 - The Headmaster’s Portrait
Part 12 - Choices

Title: Lost Boys, 13/14 - Consequences
Rating: FRT (PG-13)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt [livejournal.com profile] emmessann and Wee Hob for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

Notes: I will place a small warning here-- some mildly disturbing content in the second half of this chapter. This section took a much darker turn than I was expecting. And I should thank [livejournal.com profile] cmwinters for an entry on her journal, wondering when someone would write a certain pairing suggested by the opening of DH. It certainly colored my rereading of it for this purpose.

Also, I am unsure where I first encountered the phrase “Nimue preserve us.” If someone reading this knows the origin of the phrase, please let me know so I can attribute it properly. It's a wonderful phrase, similar to those invoking the Mother of God, and I sure didn't come up with it myself. But I'll happily use it.

Finally, it's the mark of a really good writer, when people mistake her story for canon. [livejournal.com profile] mistful is one such-- I got her description of a certain person on a train platform confused with a similar scene from DH, and I use it here. If you haven't read her “Coda to an Epilogue,” stop now and go here to read that instead. It's a much better story than this one. Please note that the links in my rec will expire in September of 2008, as the author is going on to professional status and pulling down her fanfic. I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing her the best.
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“Well, Potter,” he said finally, a little unsteadily. “Shall we go see to that cousin of yours, then?”

The irritating boy, now a man, grinned at him, and oddly, it wasn't so irritating anymore. “Yeah. I mean, yes, Sir.”


Consequences )

Part 14 - Light in the Darkness
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Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Part 7 - Another Life
Part 8 - A Sudden Illness
Part 9 - Spectres of the Past
Part 10 - The Pensieve
Part 11 - The Headmaster’s Portrait

Title: Lost Boys, 12/14 - Choices
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt [livejournal.com profile] emmessann and Wee Hob for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

”And what became of those memories, Harry?”


Choices )

Part 13 - Consequences
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Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Part 7 - Another Life
Part 8 - A Sudden Illness
Part 9 - Spectres of the Past
Part 10 - The Pensieve

Title: Lost Boys, 11/14 - The Headmaster’s Portrait
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt [livejournal.com profile] emmessann and Wee Hob for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.


The Headmaster's Portrait )

Part 12 - Choices
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Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Part 7 - Another Life
Part 8 - A Sudden Illness
Part 9 - Spectres of the Past

Title: Lost Boys, 10/14 - The Pensieve
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt [livejournal.com profile] emmessann and Wee Hob for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

The Pensieve )

Part 11 - The Headmaster’s Portrait
hobgoblinn: (Default)
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Part 7 - Another Life
Part 8 - A Sudden Illness

Title: Lost Boys, 9/14 - Spectres of the Past
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt and [livejournal.com profile] emmessann for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own. Also I have been quite remiss in not recognizing the Listening Beta Extraordinaire, Wee Hob (my son, aged 12). He listened patiently while I read all this stuff aloud to him, some sections in multiple versions, and between his comments and questions, and my own hearing some of the really stupid things I was saying, a lot of literary tragedies were averted. Go here to leave him a comment telling him how awesome he is.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

Spectres of the Past )

Part 10 - The Pensieve
hobgoblinn: (crucifix slytherin)
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Part 7 - Another Life

Title: Lost Boys, 8/14 - A Sudden Illness
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt and [livejournal.com profile] emmessann for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own. Also, this section forward owes much to the glimpses of these characters as adults shown in the works of [livejournal.com profile] mistful (Especially “Drop Dead Gorgeous” of all things) and LizBee’s Girl Most Likely. I’m new to the fandom, new enough to be able to trace how I made the shift to seeing these kids as more than my age, and these two authors are a lot responsible. Thanks to them both.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

Summary: Past and present meet in the dungeons of Hogwarts.

A Sudden Illness )

Part 9 - Spectres of the Past
hobgoblinn: (saving throw vs detention)
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2

Title: Lost Boys, 7/14 - Another Life
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt and [livejournal.com profile] emmessann for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

Summary: Past and present meet in the dungeons of Hogwarts.


Another Life )

Part 8 - A Sudden Illness
hobgoblinn: (ravenclaws library)
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder
Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1

Title: Lost Boys, 6/14 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt and [livejournal.com profile] emmessann for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own. Also, I have to admit the use of the word “filthy” for “dirty” look below is a usage I had never seen before reading some of [livejournal.com profile] mistful’s work. I’ll owe her a little more later, but for now, thanks to her for that.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

Summary: Past and present meet in the dungeons of Hogwarts. This part set 4-5 years after the epilogue to Deathly Hallows.

Conversations with the Dead, Part 2 )

Part 7 - Another Life
hobgoblinn: (reverse order)
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention
Part 4 - An Intruder


Title: Lost Boys, 5/14 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover, [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt and [livejournal.com profile] emmessann for fantastic beta work. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

Summary: Past and present meet in the dungeons of Hogwarts. This part set 4-5 years after the epilogue to Deathly Hallows.

Conversations with the Dead, Part 1 )

Part 6 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 2
hobgoblinn: (unforgivable)
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost
Part 3 - Detention


Title: Lost Boys, 4/14 - An Intruder
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going. From this point forward, written, unbeknownst to me, for the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh ficathon “ghost snape” prompt. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] elphaba_of_oz for suggesting I apply, and the mods for accepting a late claim and letting me post the lion’s portion of the fic here.
Feedback: Makes me write more. Or feel guilty for not writing more. Flames make me toasty.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover for fantastic beta work. And now also to [livejournal.com profile] rainkatt and [livejournal.com profile] emmessann who have also donated their time quite graciously. Remaining mistakes are, of course, my own.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else. David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.

Summary: Past and present meet in the dungeons of Hogwarts. Set after the epilogue to Deathly Hallows. This section-- a few years after the last one.


An Intruder )

Part 5 - Conversations with the Dead, Part 1

Quick Poll

Oct. 11th, 2007 05:11 pm
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I was surprised to get the following comment on "Lost Boys" today from someone who saw it on [livejournal.com profile] snapenews:

Do you know about the Snape after DH fest? The community is here:

http://community.livejournal.com/snape_after_dh/

Your story would fit one of the prompts for the fest, "ghost snape." It's not too late to claim that prompt and post your story as part of the fest. Posting starts on October 15 and ends at the end of the month.

Lots of fans want more Snape.


I checked with the mods of the comm, and they graciously agreed I could post my story as part of their ficathon, even though part of it had already been posted, but only if I agreed not to post anything else until October 15th, when their posting period begins. And also if I could assure them it would be complete by Nov 1st, which I think will be no problem.

I had already said here, before finding out about this, that I would be updating every Friday or Saturday until it was completely posted, which would mean posting the next bits on the 12th or 13th.

So, I ask friends, and anyone else cruising by who cares to participate, what should I do?

[Poll #1069816]
hobgoblinn: (Default)
In honor of the fact that I finished the story today (it'll still need to have some polishing done and for my betas to comment on the second half) I'm going to go ahead and post part 3 tonight as well. So, here goes. Previous parts are here:
Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Part 2 - Little Boy Lost

Title: Lost Boys, 3/14 - Detention
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going.
Feedback: Um, yeah. Did I not mention that? Anything up to and including flames is perfectly fine.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover and [livejournal.com profile] clavally for comments on early versions of this section, and to [livejournal.com profile] sniggs for a fascinating extended discussion that helped me quite a lot.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else.

David Dursley, however, is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.


Summary: Past and present are about to meet in the dungeons of Hogwarts. Set not long after the epilogue to Deathly Hallows.

Detention )

Part 4 - An Intruder
hobgoblinn: (Default)
Title: Lost Boys, 2/14 - Little Boy Lost
Rating: FRT (PG)
Distribution: Sure. Let me know where it’s going.

Summary: Past and present are about to meet in the dungeons of Hogwarts. Set not long after the epilogue to Deathly Hallows.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover and [livejournal.com profile] clavally for comments on early versions of this section, and to [livejournal.com profile] sniggs for a fascinating extended discussion that helped me quite a lot.

DISCLAIMER: The characters are the property of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic Books, and whoever else may have a hold on them. I own nothing in the Potterverse, or anywhere else, for that matter. Strictly for entertainment, and no profit is being made. Please sue somebody else.

The boy introduced here, though-- he is mine. Please ask before you borrow him.


Prologue - Two Dads
Part 1 - Visions of the Afterlife
Little Boy Lost )


Part 3 - Detention

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