some additional information regarding Xavier which other reviewers have
Why Indonesia and South East Asia?
I chose to set Xavier's hiding place in Asia, because this was as far removed
from UK as culturally and geographically possible. It was either Asia, Africa
or South America. However, I chose Asia partly mainly because it is one of the
most populous, culturally diverse place on Earth, and there are enough
Westerners here both as short and long term tourists and expats for the Malfoys
to blend in, but fluid enough for them not to be recognised.
I'm thinking the Malfoys put Xavier into Singapore/Malaysia/Thailand's
international and local schools for his muggle primary school education. In
Singapore's local schools, English is taught as a first language, and
expatriates do send their children to attend local system schools. However, to
maintain fluidity, Hermione moves Xavier around a lot, so ironically, he has an
anti-bias, prejudice-free education which his father did not have. Makes for
great Head Boy material, doesn't it? BTW, Xavier got sorted into Slytherin -
and it ended on the cutting room floor because Hermione's speech got a bit too
detailed of their time in Asia, and how revealing their marriage in Xavier's
third year might cause trouble for him in Slytherin.
"Sekolar Sihir di Indonesia" was a bit of a online Bahasa Indonesia
translation of Magic School. Fortunately, I know some smattering of the
grammar, but sometimes the vocab eludes me.
I did have a minor question about Xavier: Under whose
name did he attend Hogwarts? Draco's? I suppose that
would be the assumption, but I wasn't sure, since it
seemed as if no one at the party knew him as Pansy and
Xavier was sent an owl under the name Xavier Malfoy, but Draco and Hermione
approach Headmaster Snape to enrol their son as Xavier Corsandos (although
Xavier was Xavier Malfoy in primary school. Death Eaters do not make a habit of
checking out for illegitimate wizarding children throughout Asia. heh.) The
choice of the surname was twofold. First it gave some explanation for Xavier's
obvious South East Asian background. Corsandos sounds relatively Filipino to
pass for his living in various countries in the region. Xavier entered
Slytherin, but because he did not reveal his background much, many assumed that
he was a half-blood, with a witch mother and a muggle father (like Voldemort).
Obviously Corsandos is not a common wizarding name. In addition, with his false
name, many assumed that he grew up with his Filipino father, travelling in the
SEAsian countries. The other reason for Corsandos is the Slytherin-hidden
meaning to the name. Corsandos is an anagram for "Draco's son". I
suspect that Slytherins enjoy these types of word games. Voldemort uses an
anagram to hide his "true" name in Tom Marvolo Riddle.
Xavier reclaimed his status as the new Malfoy heir after the announcement.
It wasn't until reading the final story that I wished I saw
Xavier - how he looks like, who's personality he takes after and
all that. The story could be flushed out in detail rather than a
telling of what happened, but it's fine the way it is!
I purposely left Xavier's detail ambiguous because I felt that I wanted to
focus on Draco and Hermione. Xavier will steal the limelight because he's a new
character, and I did not want too many speculations about him to drag the
story. I wanted to keep the story being a short story, and not multi-chaptered.
However, that is not to say I've not develop the character in my mind. It was
most fortunate that Xavier Malfoy did not have his father's trademark
blonde-hair-grey-eyes features. He takes after his father's handsome features,
but with his mother's colouring. Therefore, he could easily pass off as an
Eurasian with his straight dark brown hair and chocolately warm eyes.
My Xavier Malfoy looks like Mr. Tobey McGuire. (Yes of the Spiderman fame; but
I'm thinking more of the Tobey McGuire in Cider House Rules) Yummy, no? *wink* (I know Mr. Mcguire has
blue eyes, but that's Mr. Mcguire. Xavier, on the other hand, has dark brown
eyes, and more of a tan, having spent his childhood in Asia.)
another question: when Draco & Hermione say living in UK in
polyjuice, who are they referring to - the Malfoys, the Potters
Xavier did not take polyjuice. He didn't have to. But Hermione and Pansy had to
take a great deal of polyjuice each time they were in UK in public. Naturally
in the comfort of their bedrooms, they switched back - their husbands would not
want it in any other way. heh.
It was later that the husbands realised that they could relieve their wives by
taking the Polyjuice, but Draco's trademark smirk and Harry's natural (happy)
charisma made taking the polyjuice less effective than their wives who were better
actors, and were less focussed on in public.