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05 June 2016 @ 01:40 am
reinvent the wheel just to fall asleep at it  
I don't know how I feel about this whole Cursed Child book.

Like.. I don't want to be a hater for hater's sake - I will love JKR to the end of my days there is basically nothing she can do that would make me change that.. I'm a *hand on heart* fangirl forever. I mean, I'm a 100% HHR shipper from POA onwards and even then I wasn't mad at her. (Okay, I got a little pissed at the Epilogue of Doom but I still forgave her lol). I can handle all the canon ships and deaths because JKR's HP universe is just so incredible and she's a muthafucken master.

I wasn't interested in a Casual Vacancy, only because the synopsis didn't excite me. But still I was happy for her that she was writing what she wanted and whatever. I was looking forward to Fantastic Beasts and then held the glimmer of optimism about an HP continuation one fine day.

Now when I see the book and hear it's about Albus and well.. I'm not even excited for it :( like I queued for every new HP book or pre-ordered and this one I feel so meh about. And it's BECAUSE - I had just assumed any new HP story would be about Teddy Lupin. I mean, I thought it was kinda obvious, he was orphaned, probably has some cool powers etc from his shapeshifter Mum and werewolf dad. I don't really *want* to hear about adult Harry and even his kids.. I suppose that's because I ship Harry and Hermione but... still..I'd even prefer to see a story from the Marauder's era.

Yeah, that's all really. Just needed to get that off mah chest :)

Oh and here's a scene I wrote for an unfinished fic I wrote called Babylon that includes Teddy so I can get that off mah chest too lol. Not sure if it will makes sense as is just the prologue to the story but to me it sort of glimpses at the kind of story we could've had if they'd decided to make Teddy the new Harry.

“You’re not concentrating.  Stop thinking so much.”

Teddy glared up at his godfather and struggled to his feet for the fourth time.  Harry’s vivid eyes danced with light behind his glasses, the corners of his lips tugging. 

Teddy’s knees hurt, his head pounded and his mouth was so dry he was ready to kill for a drink but he stubbornly rose to his feet and drew his wand again.

“How…” he started through clenched teeth as he became eye level with Harry again, “…do I NOT think AND concentrate …at the same time?”

Harry’s smirk turned into a laugh as he strode across the office and over to the window behind his desk.  A second later, a large brown bird approached the glass and Harry waved his wand casually at the pane, the window opening just in time for the owl to swoop in and perch gracefully on the sill.  Harry dipped his dark head close to the bird, murmuring soothing sounds as he swapped a handful of owl treats for the letter it carried.

“Take five and think about it Ted,” Harry said as he folded the letter nimbly, walking to the door.  “I’ve got to go and sort something out.”  He stowed the note in his pocket, looking at Teddy almost sympathetically.  “You need a break.”

Ted shook his head forcefully, his hair now an involuntary and embarrassing shade of pink.

“No, Harry, I don’t… come on just go again once more…”

But Harry was backing out of the door, smiling an irritating, knowing smile. He had aged well – Teddy’s grandmother always commented on how ‘handsome young Harry’ had gotten over the year. Ted didn’t know about that but he did have to put up with girls in his lecture classes giggling like idiots whenever Harry turned up at the college to guest tutor. His godfather grinned at him.  “Have a drink and wait for me.”  His eyes sparkled again.  “I know you want one.” 

He flicked his wand minutely and a plastic cup flew to the water cooler in the corner, filling it and then floating over to hover in front of Teddy’s face.

Teddy waited for him to walk out of the room before angrily snatching at the cup in mid air - spilling most of its contents.  Crumpling it in his fist he threw in at the rubbish bin and missed, then fell into a squashy armchair in the corner.  He scowled at the bin as it jumped up on small feet and trotted over to retrieve the cup with the small arms it had also sprouted.  His frown faltered a little at the sight of the funny little bin and he leant his head back into the chair, rubbing his palms into his tired eyes.

Why couldn’t he get this?  He was excelling at every part of Auror training, but the Occulemency was eluding him.  He knew he was lucky that Harry had agreed to give him some private lessons. As a busy Auror himself, he hardly had time to be tutoring rookies like Ted.  But Harry had started training him on the spot when Teddy had asked for his help two weeks ago.

Now at this, their third session, Teddy still hadn’t made any progress and it was seriously starting to depress him.  He tried to still his mind as Harry taught him, but thoughts seem to stampede in, childish thoughts, or embarrassing thoughts of Victorie, everything he didn’t want Harry, as the person he most looked up to, to know or see.  Sad memories of his childhood and his yearning for his parents kept exploding into his mind and he hated feeling so out of control; that his weaknesses would be so easily exposed.

If he could just remove those feelings and memories, all this would be so much easier.

At that thought he took his hands off his eyes and stared at a dancing reflection on the ceiling in the corner of the room.

The source, a glittering substance inside a large stone basin on Harry’s desk, was catching the late afternoon light streaming in the window, casting a flickering glow up to the walls and roof above it.

Teddy frowned and sat up straighter, peering over at the desk.  He knew what the basin was, they had learnt about them in training.  It was a Pensieve, for the observation of memories gathered as a substance, and often used by Aurors to check a witness’s story.  But the way Harry had used it confused him.

Each time before they began their training, Harry would raise his wand to his temple, gently drawing out a long silvery strand of memory and placing it gently into the Pensieve.  He’d repeat this a number of times until the basin was full.  Teddy had been tempted to ask him what was in the memories that he didn’t want seen – but Harry always seemed so solemn and almost… sad when he did it that Teddy always kept quiet.

But, he was so close to Harry.  Teddy couldn’t imagine what secrets Harry might want to keep from him; they’d talked all night at times, Harry telling Teddy every detail of his years at Hogwarts, his life before that, the final battle.  He knew and admired his godfather more than anyone, and truthfully, it hurt him that Harry felt he needed to hide anything from him.

A thrilling nerve began to assault his stomach.

He stood and strolled slowly to the basin, staring at the contents.  The grey mist – like substance swirled lazily and without really thinking, Teddy took his wand out and prodded it gently. 

Instantly the mist cleared and he was looking down on a forest. In the middle of a clearing sat a large tent, with someone small sitting outside it, wrapped in a dark blanket.

Fascinated, he leaned further forward. The picture was almost three dimensional, even clearer than a muggle television.   He peered closely at the figure to try and make them out… they were small, with a lot of long curly hair, and vaguely familiar, almost like…

The next thing he knew, the tip of Ted’s nose had turned icy cold as it touched the substance. He let out a shout then he was falling, tipping head over heels into a black abyss.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Current Music: all my friends by snakehips
Avid Beader: h/hr reject realityavidbeader on June 4th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
Interesting snippet!

I am totally with you on this. I didn't really forgive Rowling until she admitted her mistakes in putting Hermione with Ron instead of Harry in the Wonderland interview with Emma Watson, and even then, it's not like I'm back in the full fandom. I stick to my H/Hr corners. Definitely no interest in any book or stage play that deals with anything post-epilogue and I'm not all that fussed about pre-canon era, either.

I'll just keep shipping H/Hr and reading/writing fic and enjoying it when I see/hear support for H/Hr in the real world from the casual fans who maybe saw some of the movies once and assumed Harry and Hermione were endgame.
Scarlett: hhr jkr on smackgolden_scarlett on June 5th, 2016 10:10 am (UTC)
Oh good - I'm glad I'm not the only one, I was thinking maybe I was being petty and that ANY new HP is good HP but.. especially now that JKR has admitted the series should've finished HHR then.. it seems like that story is best left untouched.

I think your plan of reading HHR fic staying in our lane sounds like a good one...I'm gonna do the same.. :)
Avid Beader: h/hr proudavidbeader on June 6th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it generally works unless I see some chatter here or there. Rowling's not doing herself any favors lately what with her slapdash attempts to fit her magical world into real history and spirituality and trying to convince everyone that Hermione could have been black in canon after the casting of a black for the stage play. Then I get irked.
Scarlettgolden_scarlett on June 6th, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
yeah that was.. it surprised me that it irked me a little too. Like I definitely think we need more diversity across all stories but I was already confused by the story and then changing Hermione's ethnicity took it to another level - mainly because it actually diminishes the experience of growing up black in England in the 90's, unless they write that story in too which seems to be even more confusion. She had to grow up with Mudblood discrimination, I don't get how they can just overlook the impact from her muggle life of being a minority there too? Seemed more like a stunt than anything to me which did seem slapdash ia.
Avid Beaderavidbeader on June 6th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
Slapdash, indeed.

And I just realized I left the word "actress" out near the end of my previous post. Sigh.
There's no anecdote for ironykudosirony on June 6th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
I am excited just because I WANT MORE. JK has even said she regrets having RHr so maybe they'll be divorced and it'll be HHr forever!

I definitely think Teddy would be awesome. I also think you should continue this. I yearn for the days of good HP fic. I'm hoping there will be a resurgence.
Scarlettgolden_scarlett on June 6th, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
Okay yeah I would be down if she wrote in the divorce from the Weasleys hee hee I would be there for that! Even some UST between H & H would be satisfying :)

Yes I'm so keen for Teddy fic, and agree - if it causes a resurgence of good HP Fic well then I'm there for that too :)
marenkpmarenkp on June 16th, 2016 11:55 pm (UTC)
No joke, I was totally re-reading Babylon on FF.net today and I thought I'd slip over to livejournal to see what's going in LJ world, and whuuuuuuuuut?!? I love this snippet. And I love Babylon and Babylon's sister. Is there anymore?

And I'm pretty meh about Cursed Child too. Good luck to everyone involved with it and all, I'm just not that interested. It's possible my devotion to H/Hr is dampening my enthusiasm, though.
Scarlettgolden_scarlett on June 23rd, 2016 11:13 am (UTC)
Haha same - everything is HHR tinted for me too so my enthusiasm is guarded too :)

Oh thanks - yes I have quite a few scenes of both Babylon stories...I think about piecing them together some times...I love that you were re reading it! Thank you - I might have to have another look at it!

Thanks for the comment x