beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)
I was reading [archiveofourown.org profile] LullabyKnell's Harry Potter notfic/meta collection (and wishing someone would actually really WRITE some of these ideas, or expand what she's got, because some of them deserve EPIC fic treatments), and came across this bit of meta on Delphi from the Cursed Child. Fair warning, my knowledge of Cursed Child is entirely fandom osmosis and not much of that. (Let's be real. 95.5% of my HP knowledge comes from fandom osmosis--I've never read the books and I know I saw some of the movies in the theater but can't remember which ones, I'm really only in it for the fanfic.)

Anyway! [archiveofourown.org profile] LullabyKnell was reacting to an apparent trend in CC fanfic to make Delphi not actually Voldemort's kid, because someone polyjuiced into him to have sex with Bellatrix, and whoever that was is really Delphi's father. Delphi notes that:
if Delphi was conceived after Bellatrix’s breakout from Azkaban and born before the Battle of Hogwarts, then that means the biological component from Voldemort would have been from his second body. The resurrected-in-the-graveyard one that we only know to be made of a) MAGIC, b) Tom Riddle Senior, b) Peter Pettigrew, and c) Harry Potter. So is Delphi even biologically the original Tom Riddle Junior’s kid? Wasn’t that body destroyed?
Zie then goes on to speculate as to what would happen if, somewhere along the line, Harry and co. figured this out and realized that she was biologically his daughter?

My thoughts turned in a different direction.

The bones of that resurrection potion of Voldemort's came from his despised Muggle father.  And blood is made in bones, so while Harry's blood was a necessary part of the potion and no doubt provided a symbolic link, Voldemort's actual blood, once he'd been alive again for a while, all came from his bones ... which came from his father.  He is no longer a halfblood; on a biological level, he is now a muggle-born.  He has no blood connection with the Gaunts, and hence Salazar Slytherin, any longer.  (If he had realized the implications, he would have found a different way.)  There are some parts of him that come from Pettigrew, but they were mostly fuel and scaffolding.  The genetic bits came from Tom Riddle, Sr.

So he and Bellatrix have a kid.  Except that what neither of them realize is that, biologically, Bellatrix and Tom Riddle Sr have a kid.  (Really, Voldemort should consider himself fortunate that dear Bella never figured it out.  There is not much that could break Bella's loyalty to him, but causing her to bear a half-blood bastard would do it.)

But this is Bella and Voldie, here.  Not really parent-of-the-year material, and anyway, while Voldemort wanted an heir to show off, he doesn't care about them until they get old enough to get molded into what he wants.  Bella, meanwhile, even if she wanted to be a mother to the kid, is in a bit of a delicate spot with her husband, who is slightly less devoted to Voldie than she is.  So the kid gets dumped with a house elf for a nanny, while Bella and Voldemort are off fighting.  There'll be plenty of time later, right, once they've killed all those dirty mudbloods and blood traitors.

So, in the aftermath of the battle, there's a lot of mopping up to do--death eaters to chase down, DE strongholds to clear out, people to put on trial, etc.  The Trio pitch in, but Shacklebolt gives them the assignments least likely to lead to violence.  (He knows they can fight.  But he also knows they're kids and, now that the prophecy is over, they shouldn't have to.)  So that's how they're the ones clearing a DE safehouse when they come across a toddler and a house elf.

The house elf knows its master and mistress are dead, and its loyalties are free.  The house elf isn't a Black elf, so he has no loyalty to Bella that isn't compelled by its binding to her, and Voldemort's never had a house to have house elves for.  The elf's true masters were killed by Death Eaters, so he is perfectly willing--ecstatic, even!--to hand over his charge to Harry Potter, thank him for freeing him, and go off to see if he can find any relatives of his true masters.  Before he goes, he tells them everything he knows.

Harry and Ron, hearing that this kid's parents are Bellatrix Black and Voldemort himself, get grossed out.  Hermione, who knows a bit more about genetics and inheritance than the boys, gets a weird look on her face and starts doing tests.  (She has quite a strong interest in genetics and inheritance.  She has a whole lovely lecture pointing out just how WRONG and STUPID the whole pureblood notion of inheritance and blood purity is, to be used in response to a slur about mudbloods, which she's never gotten to actually use because what's the point in lecturing someone who won't understand how WRONG they are even after you tell them?)

The thing she's most worried about is that the baby might be Harry's, genetically.  That possibility would be the hardest to deal with, because of the personal implications.  But it is quickly ruled out.

A Pettigrew connection might be the best-case scenario, and it's easy to find his body, get a sample, and compare it.  That, too, is ruled out.

Hermione and Ron go back to the graveyard where Cedric was murdered without Harry.  Someone needs to watch little Delly, after all.  They get what they need.  It's a match.  Delly is, biologically, the daughter of the muggle Tom Rilddle, Sr, and thus the half-sister of Voldemort.

It's almost a good thing there are so many war orphans; Delly Riddle is very easy to slip in among them.  The story they give is completely true.  It's just missing a few details.  Delly Riddle, they say, is a muggleborn whose parents were killed by Death Eaters.  Delly Riddle, they say, was found by a witch and given over to a house elf to raise and keep safe.  That witch, they say, died in the war.  Delly Riddle, they say, has no living muggle relatives, so now she needs a new wizarding foster or adoptive family.

No eyebrows are raised.  It's a believable story, and more than they know about a couple of other very young war orphans.

(The irony is, a few years later, that one of those other war orphans with a mysterious past gets fingered as a possible Heir of Voldemort.  Nobody quite knows how the rumor starts, but once it does, people get hysterical.  The Trio watch with helpless fury, seeing what it does to that poor kid.  They do their best to dispel the rumors, frustrated that they can't prove how they know.  After all, they can't say "We know Melody Legato isn't Voldemort's kid because Delly Riddle is.")

beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)
I imagine you all have heard by now that Jo Rowling has been releasing stuff about American wizarding history over on Pottermore, and that it shows a lack of interest in anything but the pablum white-washed Pro-US Hollywoodized stuff, with bonus appropriation of Native American culture/mythology for a does of the exotic.

NK Jemison has a short post about it.

Native Appropriations does a more in-depth look at it, which I appreciate.

Now, Rowling has never been very culturally sensitive, shall we say, but when she was mostly just layering Beauxbatons and Fleru with every French stereotype she could muster, well, it's not like the French are an oppressed minority.  And the general lack of diversity at Hogwarts and other problematic issues was bad, but at least they were tangential to the core of the story.  This is, well, the appropriative caricatures are pretty central to the pieces she's releasing now.

As a palate-cleanser, here's A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction.  Would've been more appropriate to link to a crash course in Native American Science Fiction, but I couldn't find one.  I found general Native American book lists, and lists of speculative fiction by authors of color, and SF/F stories "with Native American flavor" (?!?) but the best I could find was Wikipedia's list of Native American Speculative Fiction Authors of Note.  And the University of Arizona recently published an anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, of which some of the authors are native American.

beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)

So I was reading a Harry Potter fic, and something occurred to me which never had before.  And it’s a question about mail.  Because the wizarding world is the opposite of the muggle world, in that they have instantaneous physical transportation (floo, apparition, portkey) but not instantaneous text-based communication (letters carried by owl).

What happens if an owl is bringing you a letter from London and you are, say, in Scotland, at Hogwarts, and the owl is almost there, and then you floo/apparate/portkey somewhere else.  Say, London.

Does the owl know and turn around mid-flight?  Would the owl then become very bad-tempered from the extra distance you made them fly?
beatrice_otter: Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Cho Chang (Girls of Potter)
Dances, Dulcimers and Marginalia Dragons (7027 words) by Gehayi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Helga Hufflepuff/Rowena Ravenclaw
Characters: Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Pre-Hogwarts, Epistolary, Deaf Character, Male Character of Color, Female Jewish Character, Magical Art, magical music, Magical Dance, Sign Language, Centaurs, Witches, Wizards, POV Female Character, POV Multiple, Education, Magical Artifacts, Past Tense
Summary:

Helga knew, even before Hogwarts was founded, that teaching "the rest" was important.


This is a really wonderful fic.  I've read other Founders-fic, but I love the way [archiveofourown.org profile] Gehayi makes them come to life and explores their world, and the details of Helga's first students.  I only wish it were longer!

Remix Recs

Apr. 23rd, 2012 08:43 am
beatrice_otter: DS9 wormhole (DS9)
The main Remix just went live, and here are some recs.

First off, the story written for me is awesome, you should all read it.  What You Know (The Devil in the Details Remix) is a Deep Space 9 story about the whole Sisko family dealing with the knowledge of what the Prophets did to ensure that Benjamin Sisko was born.  A very haunting look at the things the show didn't consider which takes my story and amps it to the next level.

Buffy
One Who Lights the Darkness (The Bedtime Story Remix) When you're the slayer, what do you do when there's a monster under your bed?  Remix of 5 Scoobies Who Didn't Curse The Darkness And On Who Lit A Candle.  I love the different reactions to monsters and beds. On its own, it is a great remix. It's also a great remix concept, taking the whole Scoobies-at-night idea and giving it a twist.

Avengers
The Captain and the Man of Iron, a Saga by Thor Odinsson, beta by Loki Laufeyjarson (Steve Rogers Must Die: the In Tony Stark’s Arms Mix) The title says it all.

Buffy/Doctor Who
Watching the Watchers (the Oncoming Storm Remix) Ethan Rayne and the 9th Doctor.  A storm, a Doctor, and a judicious application of chaos.

Harry Potter
About Her (Candlelight Mix) .  Luna had always taken a shine to fantastic things, and Cho definitely counts as one of the most fantastic.  I love the way the author writes an adult Luna, it's just pitch-perfect.

Stargate SG-1
The First Rule of Anthropology (The Missed Chances Remix).  Nine years after Daniel leaves the SGC, the Stargate goes public.

Star Trek
Second Star to the Right (The Chartered Remix) Spock was drowning and Nyota didn't know how to save him.

X-Men movieverse
Homeschooling for Mutants (a Midnight's Child Remix).  Magneto sets Pyro a reading assignment. Unlike past literature assignments, it turns out to be relevant to his interests.  I love the way the author shows us the power of literature, and why all these people are doing what they do.
beatrice_otter: Me in red--face not shown (Default)
Title: Strangers in Airports
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: #093—mistaken identity
Fandom: BtVS/Criminal Minds

Strangers in Airports )


Title: Crossing Timelines?
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Challenge: #093—mistaken identity
Fandom: BtVS/Torchwood

Crossing Timelines )


Title: Who watches the watchers?
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: #093—mistaken identity
Fandom: BtVS/Highlander

Who Watches the Watchers )


Title: A Visitor from Valhalla
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: #093—mistaken identity
Fandom: BtVS/Stargate: SG-1

A Visitor from Valhalla )


Title: Wrong Redhead
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: #093—mistaken identity
Fandom: BtVS/Harry Potter

Wrong Redhead )


Title: Just Another Politician
Rating: G
Word Count: 100
Challenge: #093—mistaken identity
Fandom: BtVS/Star Trek Enterprise

Just Another Politician )
beatrice_otter: BSG's Six with red Cylon eyes (Six)
Everybody needs to go through the remix stories and leave lots of feedback--there are still some stories (including mine!) that don't have any, and the one that was written for me which is really cool only has my comment and it deserves more than that.

Anyway, here are the second half of my recs from [livejournal.com profile] remixredux08:

On the Care And Feeding Of Time Lords (La Gherardini Overdrive Remix). Rose and Romana, post season 2. Wrong Universe, wrong Time Lord. Like Rose Tyler’s gonna let that stop her…

Cruciatus (the fire and blood remix). Bellatrix Black, and Cruciatus: a love story. It ends, as it began, with the Cruciatus.

The Grass is Always Greener (the Known Temptations Remix). Stargate SG-1. All the characters, but not really "team fic." No reality is perfect.  No matter what it may look like on the outside.

Things Kept (Caliban Bass n' Drums Remix). Doctor Who, post-series 3. Harriet Jones has always had her reasons, and always had her pride.

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