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cat, rat & dog

James: When I came up with “let’s be animagi” idea I never thought it would be this problematic to be honest.

Lily: You generally never do think in the long run, do you?

James: Nope, not my thing. Sirius has been following the bloody rat for almost a year, this is ridiculous. How can someone not notice that their rat is not a rat for TWELVE YEARS?

Lily: *smiling weakly* I mean to be fair he is a pretty convincing rat James.

*Scabbers bites Ron, James sees Sirius, too*

James: The fucker is trying to get away again GET HIM PADFOOT, COME ON MATE

Lily: Does he have to do this in his animagus form though? They think he’s the grim, they’ll be scared shitless.

James: Doesn’t matter as long as he gets to Wormtail.

Lily: Your child will be traumatised, do you realise that? He’ll think Sirius is death

James: *extremely calmly* He’ll get over it.

Lily: *kind of mad* Our priorities are very different. He’s dragging Ronald, he’s going to hurt h– never mind, he already did. Good god Sirius, he’s going to kill him. Why does he have to be so over the top with everything?

James: Because the sky is blue? What kind of a question is that? It’s like you’ve never met him.

Lily: *eye-roll*

James: This tree was not one of Dumbledore’s brightest ideas.

Lily: *sarcastically* Don’t you say? This child is doing everything in the book to get himself killed. I can’t look, tell me when he gets in.

*5 minutes of jumps and screams and James’ oooh and aaahs Harry and Hermione get in to Shrieking Shack*

James: It’s good Lils, he got in. Now, a new problem: he wants to murder Padfoot.

Lily: What. a. fucking. relief.

James: Evans! Language.

Lily: So you can say it but I can’t?

James: No– that’s not– how? that’s not what I meant. *Sirius disarms Harry and Hermione* Padfoot WHAT? Did you have to disarm them?

Lily: Well, isn’t this lovely? He’s talking like he wants to kill Harry, I’m not blaming him if Sirius ends up dead.

James: “There will be one murder here tonight”? Really? For fucking real Padfoot? I don’t get how I ended up being best friends with the biggest drama queen to ever grace earth.

*Sirius and Harry fight*

Lily: I’m sorry, is he CHOKING MY BABY? SIRIUS ORION BLACK I WILL HAUNT YOU TIL YOU DIE

James: *through his teeth* I’m going to kill him again when he gets here, I won’t care that he’s an old man.

Lily: What is this? Why is he acting like he killed us? What is wrong with him? You know besides the being Sirius Black thing?

James: I mean it’s Sirius so I don’t have an exact idea, just bits and pieces.

*Remus comes to the Shrieking Shack*

Lily: Finally, someone with common sense.

James: The one thing I’m happiest about this mess is that Moony will know that it wasn’t Padfoot who sold us out, at last. The times I wished we have told Moony we were switching the Secret Keeper…

Lily: I know love, I’m happy Harry will get a real family. When he gets his name cleared, Sirius will take him from Petunia’s. Remus and Sirius will raise him like their own, like we would have.

*Remus tells the story of Marauders to Harry, James reaches for Lily as he’s listening, all of this is too much for him, he misses everything: being young and careless, having his friends with him and he absolutely hates being so far away when they are all together even though the reason is miserable. Then Snape comes*

James: Snivellus. He has to ruin everything.

Lily: He probably thinks he is doing something right James.

*James loses it, not because he’s mad at Lily but because he’s afraid that the only chance Sirius gets to clear his name and tell the truth to Harry is being interrupted by Snape*

James: Stop defending him Lily! I’m tired of this childish grudge, this is not a simple matter, he’s going to RUIN IT. Peter is there! PADFOOT HAS WORMTAIL! DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT? DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE MAN WHO KILLED US, THE MAN WHO GOT SIRIUS LOCKED UP IS THERE? Severus only wants to make sure that Moony and Padfoot suffer. 

*Lily is frozen*

James: I– I’m sorry Lils, I shouldn’t have said those, I didn’t mean to blame y–

Lily: *a little offended* No, it’s alright. They are your best friends, I get it.

James: No it’s not alright, I sometimes let my anger for Peter get the best of me. It’s not just that they are my best friends Lily, everyone needs to know exactly what happened that night, that it wasn’t Padfoot, most importantly Harry needs to know.

Lily: Looks like they are going to. Harry, Ron and Hermione knocked Severus out cold. Now pray Harry believes Remus.

James: He will, he’s a smart kid, he will. *chuckles* And Remus can be very persuasive when he wants to, just ask Sirius when we see him. 

Lily: Will do, if I don’t forget in 40 years.

*Peter is revealed, Remus and Sirius are about to kill him, Harry stops them*

Lily: That’s my boy, it’s so scary how he knows exactly what you would have wanted without even knowing you properly, you should be proud.

James: I am Lils, you know I am. However, I want him dead, just not killed by Moony and Padfoot. Everytime I look at Harry, I want him dead more and more.

Lily: That’s not who you are James, you’ve never been a man like that. I know you hate him and I know you are angry but the James Potter I know never would have let someone he loved once suffer like that.

James: *barely talking* I honestly don’t know what I want anymore

Lily: Think about it like this, if he’s dead they can’t prove Sirius’ innocence, alright?

James: *half smiles* Sure love. Lils didn’t Severus say Moony didn’t take his potion tonight? *apparently scared* It’s full moon.

*Remus’ transformation starts, Sirius tries to help him, forgetting about Peter. Peter takes advantage of the situation to disappear*

James: NO WORMTAIL NO! *whispers* He got away, he got away again, no. 

*Harry follows Sirius and Remus thinking he can help them, Remus runs away, dementors are all around*

Lily: No, no, not like this come on Harry, come on baby you can do it. Come on.

James: It’s impossible Lily, there are too many of them.

Lily: They are dying James, *barely whispering* not like this.

*James is just staring blankly at the bodies of his son and best friend, he’s lost then the stag patronus emerges*

Lily: James is that you?

James: Of course not. How can it be me?

Lily: It looks exactly like your patronus.

James: *amused* That’s because it’s my patronus, but I am not the one conjuring it, it’s Harry.

Lily: What do you mean “it’s Harry”? It’s impossible he’s lying over there.

James: I don’t know but that’s Harry, that I know. His patronus is me Lils. How is that even possible?

Lily: With this child, I’m starting to think everything is possible. I don’t mean to rain on your parade but how are they going to save Sirius now that Peter is gone?

James: I don’t have the faintest idea, I just hope they do.

Lily: Me, too, for Harry’s sake.

If anyone out there is wondering whether they should buy the newest Skulduggery book, I’m here to tell you that you totally should. Some highlights:

  • I was sceptical about bringing in Omen Darkly as a new protagonist, especially as this second series will evidently revolve around him, but I already love him
  • He’s the younger brother of “the Chosen One” and, yes, I’m pretty sure this is a blatant Harry Potter reference. 
  • His best friend is a gender-fluid student called Never, and talks (briefly) about pronouns. This is treated as normal and Never is never judged or bullied for it.
  • In fact, Never is highlighted as being far too cool for Omen really
  • Still plenty of Skulduggery/Valkyrie moments and, my goodness, you will not regret this book if you’re here for the Skulduggery/Valkyrie.
  • Valkyrie facing up to what she dealt with what she did in the previous series in a way that isn’t simply glossed over for plot sake
  • “I’ve always had trouble hating people because they’re different from me. It’s a black thing; you wouldn’t understand.”
  • The American President is so obviously referencing Trump, I can barely believe it
  • One of the subplots is a man fighting to get his husband back and I can’t say anything more on that without spoiling it
  • Also another subplot with a man whose wife has been kidnapped, which I can’t spoil for other reasons
  • Some guy ? in a plague doctor’s mask ? 
  • Scapegrace, Thrasher, and Clarabelle are referenced as now running a pub; Clarabelle is being a terrible bartender, and Thrasher is surprisingly good at accounting. (Also I still headcanon Thrasher as possibly trans, but that’s for another day) 
  • More of Skulduggery’s background comes up, including an ex
  • We still don’t know what Saracen’s power is though
  • Chapter 33. That’s all I’m going to say

In short: If you’re hesitant about the new series, don’t be. It still feels like Skulduggery Pleasant and I already can’t wait for the next one. 

something flickered in black’s shadowed eyes

i know what that something is

the realization of just what kind of friends harry’s got

and sirius black remembering he used to have friends like that once too

sirius being instantly more gentle to his godson’s best friend

let me just lie down for a while i’m fine

I understand that there’s plenty to criticize about HP and plenty of fun changes to canon to explore, but when it comes to people going “it doesn’t make sense that Harry would do this thing” it just gets me like…  Did you write seven extensive novels about this kid?  He does weird stuff.  JKR knows what weird stuff her Harry would do.  And it’s awesome to explore an alternate Harry who would’ve responded differently to his circumstances, but I think it’s safe to say this one acted like himself all the way through.  Right up to naming his child Albus Severus and becoming an auror.

(I’m sorry can you tell I’m hung up on this)

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Harry Potter Re-Read
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter One - The Worst Birthday

‘I know what day it is,’ Dudley repeated, coming right up to him.
'Well done,’ said Harry. 'So you’ve finally learned the days of the week.’
'Today’s your birthday,’ sneered Dudley. 'How come you haven’t got any cards? Haven’t you even got friends at that freak place?’ [pg. 12]