Someone filled my prompt (!)

Collection: trans_positivity_fiction

Prompt: Trans Witch, Wizard, or Wix

Fandom: Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

Tags: Marauders’ Era, During Canon, First War with Voldemort, Post-First War with Voldemort, Not Epilogue Compliant, Queer Friendly

Summary: Posting for my own accountability to finish a plotbunny. Open to any relationship type (M/M, F/F, Multi, etc.). I haven’t specified characters, but I would like to see minor or background characters, especially someone other than the Trio if the character is a student at Hogwarts.

I haven’t specified Gen as a category, but for those erring towards Mature and Explicit, please avoid cross-generational ships, Teacher/student, and incest. I would ideally like to see something that isn’t torture porn or abusive, and canon can certainly be tweaked to avoid character death, especially if dealing with the Second War.

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Fulfilled by:

From the earth to the fire by  ichor (sbzpruiosnejre)

  • Gen | No Archive Warnings Apply | Complete
  • Ships: Padma Patil & Parvati Patil, Lavender Brown & Parvati Patil
  • Characters: Parvati Patil, Padma Patil, Lavender Brown
  • Tags: Trans Female Character, Minor Canonical Character(s)
  • Summary: A piece exploring Parvati Patil as she begins a new life: at Hogwarts, as a Gryffindor, as a girl.

It’s a really nice oneshot from Parvati’s POV that alternates between the summer before her First Year and just after getting Sorted. It feels nicely low stakes compared to going up against societal limitations or life-or-death stakes. Yes, there’s concern over getting a place in the girls dormitory and an instance of deadnaming, but it feels realistic for a First Year’s perspective. The details with the Patil family, the references to Parvati’s relationship to femininity, the equal weight to her twin bond altering from split Sorting. As I left in my comment, “I can’t leave enough kudos on this fic.”

@ichor responded, “I wanted to bring something that touches on those small moments you get when everybody is trying to be supportive, but ultimately are unable to help the odd slip-up. I didn’t want everything to be alright but I didn’t want Parvati to be weighed down and feeling alone. That kind of loneliness of being the only one who knows how it feels is a whole other thing.”

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Why share here?

1) A story with a trans headcanon + no angst / suffering / death = Scratches a nice itch.

[ETA (Aug 2019): I have a different story that’s going to fill this prompt (featuring genderfluid!Tonks), but I’m leaving this info here.]

2) I, uh, should get back to my fic that prompted this. #Rat Fic on tumblr (under Writing Projects >> Other Writing Projects >> Rats here on WP).

3) Admittedly, my fic has a lot going on other than the trans HC, and the main POV isn’t even the trans character (I suspect some don’t want to read Snape POV, even if it’s a Fix-It). So, I’m debating how best to pull out the trans specific portions into their own fic (Ch 1?) and tweak to Charity’s POV (Ch 2?).

4) The whole process of Charity wanting Snape to help figure out a partial Transmogrification Potion that affects certain areas instead of doing the full kit’n’kaboodle is a direct parallel to how some trans people don’t want the typical MtF/FtM transition arc covered by the media. It’s pure wish fulfillment to just handwave all dysphoria relieving and transition topics away because Magic, so I have some thoughts for realistically not-simple and not-instantaneous but still possible magic.

I just have a lot of Feelings about how fictional magical worlds can include trans people without it being “unrealistic”.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 12)

[After Tumblr’s policy update and importing, cross-posting, and picking back up with blogging regularly here, I fell out of the routine of posting on my fandom tumblr about chapter updates. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 16 Dec 2018.]

Ch 12: Leonids [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy || Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley || Add: [10] Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic; [10] Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: An extra chapter this week. It’s technically not a holiday or anything, but today [16 Dec] would’ve been my grandfather’s birthday (he passed in late Sept of this year).

If anyone hasn’t noticed yet, I’ve taken some inspiration from university courses when writing NEWT level classes and some of the academic details (auditing a course, the length of the assignments, professors having office hours, and such).

Sorry, but this chapter’s short enough it’s not really worth trimming out an excerpt. At the time of posting, it was a second chapter in one week, though.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 11)

[After Tumblr’s policy update and importing, cross-posting, and picking back up with blogging regularly here, I fell out of the routine of posting on my fandom tumblr about chapter updates. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 11 Dec 2018.]

Ch 11: Ashwinder [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy || Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley || Add: [10] Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic; [10] Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: My beta is a good irl friend of mine, so I already knew she wasn’t exactly comfortable with snakes. I initially put a trigger warning on this in my version shared with her, and just in case, someone has made it this far who is equally uncomfortable or ophidiophobic: There’s going to be a brief comparison to a choking / strangling feeling when Ouroboros as the ashwinder is around Harry’s throat, but No One Gets Hurt.

Excerpt:

A polite incline of the head and the Slytherin opened the lesson, “Have you been practicing with the acorns?”

Harry shrugged and shifted in the chair, pushing at his already rolled up sleeves without thinking. He finally pulled the jar out of his bag and set it on the table without looking at Malfoy. There’d been no change in the level of acorns with the jar, and the only trees within the Room were the ones created the week before. Harry slowly looked up at Malfoy as he tsked softly, and the blond casually pointed at the tree he’d created previously. Green eyes followed the line across the room, and he inhaled quickly as he watched a bubbling in the center of the tree devolve into a charred hole clean through to the other side. Malfoy lowered his hand and motioned to the jar, “Now you’ll have to make more targets.”

Harry’s jaw clenched slightly, but he didn’t say anything as he calmly reached forward and unscrewed the lid of the jar. He stood and carried it away from the table, enough so that they wouldn’t be in danger of another Whomping Willow sprawling across their stuff, and set an acorn down on the floor. He concentrated on a small tree growing and said, “Prifio”, confidently. It was a much slower process than accidentally setting the willow loose last time, but after a few deep breaths, a respectable tree about five feet high was sitting on the floor. Malfoy stood from his chair and walked around the tree slowly before pausing opposite from Harry and nodding his approval. He then waved his hand at it and stated clearly, “Creisioni.”

The tree burst into flames that licked up the limbs quickly and only left a pile of ashes behind.

End NotesEar on center of forehead (death). Ethel on back of left hand (family). Gyfu over the mouth (gift).

I’ve used Black Quill here, but it seems like a common fanon tweak of sorts to refer to Umbridge’s quill as the Blood Quill because it uses the writer’s blood as ink. I’m aware this is a relatively small detail, but I debated calling something a Blood Quill for a bit. So, just to be clear, in case I bring that back from the plot graveyard.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 10)

[This was around the time that Tumblr’s policy update was announced, and in the process of importing, cross-posting, and picking back up with blogging regularly here, I fell out of the routine of posting on my fandom tumblr about chapter updates. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 4 Dec 2018.]

Ch 10: Choices [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy || Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley || Add: [10] Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic; [10] Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn

Ch Summary: Added to Ships: Lucius Malfoy / Narcissa Black Malfoy / Severus Snape. Added to Tags: Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Slow Burn.

A/N: Lucius / Narcissa / Severus is a component from “Oath Breaker”, and I’ve got to admit that I’ve grown a bit fond of this ship after reading the original series. So far, the few details are similar in this fic, but I’m hoping to get to some different stuff over the winter break.

Despite calling “The Dark Universe” a Muggle text, I am not basing it on an actual book. It’s more to support a headcanon of mine that Astronomy isn’t stuck in the 1600s in the Wizarding world and seems outdated to Muggles (sometimes a reoccurring fan element, but afaik, not supported in canon). I can totally see careful vetting of Muggle-borns and those raised by Muggles for being included in Muggle space programs and such.

Excerpt:

“Extramarital arrangements aren’t synonymous with affairs. Arranged marriages were as much about political and business partnerships as producing an heir, so those other arrangements were often the person a Llwydnos would’ve married for love. If you’re willing to wade through the copious legal paperwork involved, it’s actually not illegal to marry a second person, providing both spouses consent to the change in their blood bond.”

[…] “Your mother didn’t mind?”, Harry couldn’t quite keep the disbelief out of his question. Narcissa Malfoy very much seemed like the type of witch who would mind being told her husband was marrying someone. Malfoy made a noncommittal noise, “She connected with my godfather over brewing potions and helping each other through my infancy. I’ve heard I was quite the screamer, and it was the ability to blow up a few cauldrons that kept them sane while Father was busy with work. Mother’s connections to the dragon parts trade definitely didn’t get overlooked with how hard those ingredients can be to come by. I wouldn’t say they love each other romantically, but they’re as important to each other as my father is to them.”

End Notes: There’s a slight canon divergence away from Harry / Ginny. Honestly, I haven’t gotten to a point where I’ve worked out some of the background ships for the future material, though I am fond of Ginny / Luna. It’ll probably get mentioned at some point, but that’s future-me’s problem for now.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 9)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 27 Nov 2018.]

Ch 9: Wyvern [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background); [9] Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic

Ch Summary: Added to Tags – Creature Inheritance, Creature Draco Malfoy, Creature Fic.

A/N: Hanukkah will begin this upcoming Sun [2 Dec], but I didn’t want to wait until the next chapter to wish any Jewish readers: Hanukkah sameach, Chag urim sameach, or Happy Hanukkah!

Excerpt from a different take on the ‘Harry finds out about crossbreeds and that the Malfoy line is part wyvern’ scene from the original fic:

Harry took another step forward and fought through his wariness to kneel down next to what clearly looked like robes. […] A lump shifted and moved around for a moment before something poked its head out.

Harry frowned and stared at it, suspicious with how familiar that shade of silver the eye was. He nudged the clothing and saw the tell-tale crisp white button down shirt, black trousers, green and silver tie, and Slytherin jumper. He flipped open the flap of the satiny soft fabric of the bag next to the shoes and stared at the small silver stitches, D.L.M., before turning back to the thing. It was about as small as a grass snake with pearlescent white scales, but it had two arms and a set of gossamer thin wings. He cleared his throat and glanced around to make sure that no one else was there before whispering, “Malfoy? Is that – Is that you?”

End Notes: Crossbreeds and the wyvern Malfoy line are elements from “Oath Breaker”. Right now, I’m looking at Draco having a yearly mandatory shed [early Oct to line up with the Draconids because I’m just in an Astronomy Mood] and stress induced partial shedding (not literally year round, but possible at any point). Why mention this now? I don’t want to leave out a scene where Harry and Draco have to deal with the shedding, but I don’t have it planned out for Part One (other than some later partial stuff).

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 8)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 22 Nov 2018.]

Ch 8: Growth [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background)

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: To US readers: Enjoy Thanksgiving. I have no clue what’s going on in the sports area, but my family’s gonna be watching the dog show and recovering from the turkey.

To everyone else: Enjoy an extra chapter this week.

Excerpt from the lesson on growing trees that’s been adapted from the original inspiring fic:

Malfoy twisted the lid off the jar and pulled an acorn from inside. He set it on the table and continued with his explanation, “Unless the caster chooses to specify within their incantation, Brythonic has an openness, a flexibility if you will. This spell is the word ‘grow’, but it isn’t limited to what we’re doing. It will take focused concentration to get what you’re saying to line up with your desired result.”

Harry nodded as Malfoy held his hand out, palm facing towards the acorn, and said quietly yet clearly, “Prifio.”

The outer shell of the acorn cracked and a dark shadow burst from within instead of the tender green plant Harry had been expecting. It was growing at an unnatural pace with dark shadows twisting the small tree skyward and wrapping around the bark in thick layers. The tree finally shuddered to a halt, branches ending in sharp spindly points, when it was about six feet high and at least three feet wide. Harry stared down at the thick roots and was slightly surprised to see that they were an interlocking mat meant to stabilize the tree more so than a seeker of nourishment. Granted, he didn’t have much experience with trees that weren’t in the ground. Malfoy took a deep breath and flicked his wand to raise the tree and lower it onto the floor to the right of the table. He set another acorn on the table and motioned to Harry, “We’ll use trees at about that size for targets, but just start with something small.”

End Notes: I’m not saying the hyperbolic death estimates associated with The Burning Times should be fact in a magical universe, but a part of me is rather disappointed at writing something that impacted the Wizarding world enough for them to pass an International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy off as Wendelin the Weird and her Flame-Freezing Charm fetish (she allowed herself to be caught 47 times, so I think that qualifies as a fetish).

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 7)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 20 Nov 2018.]

Ch 7: Maintenance [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra, [7] Ron Weasley

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity; [7] Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background)

Ch Summary: Added to Characters: Ron Weasley. Added to Tags: Ron Weasley/Lavender Brown (background).

Another chapter where it’s rather short and not really worth trimming enough to try to create an excerpt, but good news – there will be an extra chapter this week.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 6)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 13 Nov 2018.]

Ch 6: Brythonic [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity

Ch Summary: No updates to characters, ships, or tags.

A/N: My bad for missing out on mentioning Diwali (last Wed) for those who celebrate it. I was admittedly multi-tasking between finalizing Ch 5 and last minute prep for voting when I posted.

First lesson that gets into Brythonic, but the chapter’s short enough that an excerpt would almost share the entire thing.

End NotesBoudica is known in Welsh as Buddug.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 5)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 6 Nov 2018.]

Ch 5: Draconis [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s), [5] Aurora Sinistra

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures; [5] Astronomy, Forced Proximity

Ch Summary: Added to Characters: Aurora Sinistra. Added to Tags: Astronomy, Forced Proximity.

A/N: My heart is absurdly fond of connecting hand drafting and Astronomy, hence the talk of cross-hatching and the like. Amplificos, and there’s just a lot of space feels lately.

Excerpt featuring my heart-canon connecting hand drafting and Astronomy:

“I wasn’t prepared to get this far”, Harry dug into his bag and pulled out a pencil and a lone red pen, his left hand holding the flap out of his way. Professor Sinistra inclined her head slightly, and Harry got the distinct impression that she was used to wearing glasses some of the time and would’ve been staring over the rims sternly like McGonagall was able to. She swished her wand and stated calmly, “Subluceo.”

A faint glimmer spread throughout the tube of ink within the pen, and Harry shook his head at the new glow-in-the-dark shade of neon pink. There’d be no doubt that he would be able to read that shade in the darkness of the Tower, and he spared a glance for the faint glimmer attached to the graphite tip of his pencil. It looked to be a pastel blue, and he wondered briefly if he’d still be able to erase with it. Professor Sinistra nodded to him before making minute adjustments to the angle of the telescope, “We’ve started the term by working through seasonal constellations with the Ptolemaic method. Given your present situation, I think it’d be fitting to focus on one of the homework constellations, a particular circumpolar one.”

Draco sighed but didn’t expand on the sound of exasperation when Professor Sinistra glanced at him. He turned away from Harry and her to pull out a surprisingly large book and reorganize his work station. Harry took a step forward to his temporary station and dropped his bag on the stone floor. He set about clipping some spare parchment into place instead of looking at the few students who had made their way to the top of the stairs and were watching him settle in to join their class for the night. An equally large book appeared in the air beside Harry’s elbow, and he took it with a small nod to Professor Sinistra. She cleared her throat, “Start with an in-scale tracing of the constellation, and label each star with the scientific and traditional name when indicated in the text”, she demonstrated how to move the extension, “Tuck the amplifico in the slot in front of the eyepiece, and move onto noting star companions and deep sky objects. A dotted line should be used to connect a location with a simple sketch when appropriate for deep sky objects. Please start with the most well-known three: the Cat’s Eye Nebula, Spindle Galaxy, and the Tadpole Galaxy.”

Harry opened the text – Advanced Stargazing: A Student’s Introduction to Amplificos – and wished that Pureblood families didn’t like astronomical names so much when he moved the bookmark out of the way. Of course Professor Sinistra had picked the constellation Draco, and it was clear everyone else had picked up on this when she listed out the most well-known deep sky objects. Harry ignored the curious glances sent his way and was relieved when Professor Sinistra’s clear voice announced that the Wain was in position for 11 o’clock. He picked up the pencil and started sketching out the position of the brightest star in his view, Eltanin, or according to the faint glow of the text, Gamma Draconis. He glanced at the small protractor and decided to use the in-scale circles for star size when he was done with the rough sketch. That pen was going to come in handy after all for going back over the final placement.

End Notes: Source for using Wain instead of Big Dipper.

Darkling: Ophiuchus (Ch 4)

[Cross posted from my fandom tumblr where I started sharing some excerpts as I uploaded each chapter. Backdated to align with when the chapter was uploaded – 30 Oct 2018.]

Ch 4: Nyd [ao3]

Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Narcissa Black Malfoy

Add: [3] Hermione Granger, [4] Original Non-Human Character(s)

Ship(s): Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy & Harry Potter, Hermione Granger & Harry Potter & Ron Weasley

Tags: Dark Magic, Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe – Dark, Dark Harry Potter, Accidental Marriage, Accidental Bonding, Blood Magic, Parseltongue Magic, Dark Culture & Customs

Add: [3] Runes, Study of Ancient Runes (HP), Runic Magic; [4] Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures

Ch Summary: Added to Characters: Original Non-Human Character(s). Added to Tags: Knights of Walpurgis, Mythical Beings & Creatures.

A/N: I hope readers have a Happy Hallowe’en, Samhain, Nos Galan Gaeaf, etc.

Excerpt featuring the original non-human character, Ouroboros:

A small white platter appeared, and it curled around the edge looking like a hyper realistic decoration. Its small body shook as it twisted and heaved, objects falling from its mouth – a small shower of wheat with their bristly heads and soft protected kernels. The snake spoke quietly, “I am Ouroboros. I saw the first harvest, and I shall hold witness to the last. The Tawch and the Helion were once one magical group, caring for the shrines of the Ancients and helping those without magic. Push the seasons forward, pull the harvest from the ground, give your blood, take the blood of the animals. Until Nyd – a famine.

Harry watched silently as the snake swished its tail to hide the wheat from view, “The Ancients wanted willing blood, and the Helion refused to listen. They started turning their backs on the ponds, wells, sacred groves, and left the forests. The Tawch were not happy, but they listened and gave First Sacrifice to the earth. She was the willing blood that stopped the famine, but the Helion never forgave”, the snake paused to let deep red drops of blood fall from its mouth onto the porcelain and stirred a few heads of wheat into the bright mess with its tail, “Helion forgot the Ancients, forgot the magic in blood. They separate themselves from Darkness and call the shadows betrayal. The Tawch listen to blood, and try to remember in their own way.

The small snake turned its gaze to Harry, and he couldn’t help but nod at the story. While it was sparse in details, there was an intensity and importance to what had been revealed. He swallowed nervously as the snake slid off the platter and meandered closer. Its body twisted ever so slightly and a few blossoms fell from its mouth, small white whirls, before it tasted the air above his left arm, “Remember basil’s lesson, Seeker. She will help you find dignity and courage when facing death.

End Notes: Nyd quote comes from Naudiz wiki page. Source for basil associations.