Regarding Draco's glasses:
The most important responsibility for a celebrity is to set an example and be a rolemodel: Clay Aiken, American Idol contestant ﾗ Google search: cheesy quotes.
And now, this is the sweetest and most glorious day that ever my eyes did see: Donald Cargill, 17th century Scottish Covenanter ﾗ Google search: cheesy quotes.
Vidi Verum: To see the truth.
Regarding the Mary Sueness of the OFC Eliza Cattermole:
I put Eliza through thirteen different Mary Sue Litmus tests, each time getting either a "borderline" or "probably not a Sue" result. I tweaked her characterization numerous times to try and avoid Sueville. She does have some Sue characteristics, particularly her background of having been abandoned by her mother and her father dying in an Apparition accident. Of course any author's goal is to not create a horrific Potter!Sue when doing an Original Female Character (OFC), especially when dealing with a character who has a disability (let's call Squibness a disability here, for lack of a better term). A great essay on disability fanfic can be found here: The Radical Act of Telling in Harry Potter Disability Fanfic. Eliza's Squibness does not go away; she can't overcome it and it doesn't mean anything special or teach her a life lesson. She simply has to learn how to live within the parameters of being a Squib because it's likely she will never learn magic in the traditional sense. While she does go on to Hogwarts to participate in the new Squib instruction curriculum, she does not miraculously become a magical being. I imagine a curriculum for Squibs as focusing a lot on studies such as Runes, Divination, Arithmancy, and History of Magic - more academic than practical studies. Eliza is pretty to Scorpius, but when I picture her in my head, I think of more interesting-looking actresses to compare her to, such as one of my fav actresses Kate Maberly. I mean, take a look at Bella Swan in the travesty book Twilight ﾗ she's a plain-looking girl in her canon, and a bigger Mary Sue we will not find! Eliza has a hard exterior because of her life's circumstances; however, when she's rude, she's often called out on it. Hopefully I was able to show that she has a different side to her, too, because no one likes someone who is irrationally bitchy all of the time (except for Draco and Pansy 3). I wanted to show that she is of normal intelligence and values education, that she has a deep caring about her siblings and the normal desire to be wanted by a potential partner, that she is uncertain about her future, and that she has street savviness. Eliza's aunt and namesake, Mary Elizabeth Cattermole (Deathly Hallows), I've assigned as Muggleborn and is married to Reginald Cattermole, who I am assigning as a generational pure-blood. Eliza's father, Rex Cattermole, Reg's brother, is therefore also a generational pure-blood, as is her mother Frances Cattermole n? Figg. Hence the recessive Squib gene being present in Eliza. We know Squibness runs in the Figg family at least.
Regarding Scorpius's Arithmancy assignments:
All Arithmancy information taken directly and reworked for dialogue purposes by me from The Sorcererﾒs Companion website at . ﾗ consider all the Arithmancy information sourced and notated.
Regarding the Dormiens Ball:
Le Jeu de Ce Soir: French for "Tonight's Game"
Tilden Toots is the award-winning radio personality who hosts Toots, Shoots, and Roots and describes himself as the "wizard with three green thumbs." He is married to Daisy Hookum, author of My Life as a Muggle, which she wrote after giving up magic for one year. Tandy Hookum-Toots is their daughter invented by me. (Harry Potter Lexicon)
Hector Dagworth-Granger was the founder of the Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers and was referenced by Professor Slughorn in Half-Blood Prince when he asked Hermione if she were possibly related. (Harry Potter Lexicon)
Eliza was unable to tell Gawain Robards what Polyjuice potion looks like because Squibs cannot identify potions, presumably by sight or smell. Filch's inability to detect potions is mentioned in Half-Blood Prince.
If you're wondering where Harry, Finlay, and Madeleine Cattermole are, Harry hired Mrs. Figg to babysit!
"Fair is foul and foul is fair." William Shakespeare, from Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 11-12.
"Walk? Not bloody likely!" George Bernard Shaw, 19th/20th century Irish writer, from the play Pygmalion, 1912.
Eliza was able to summon the Knight Bus by stealing Demelza Robins's wand. In order to summon the Knight Bus, you simply have to hold a wand out in your hand and be a witch or wizard in need of emergency transportation.
Additional Quotations included at the request of the recipient (and a couple on my whim):
"You can never get enough of what you don't really need" Eric Hoffer, 20th century philosopher.
"Beauty crowds me until I die" Emily Dickinson, 19th/20th century poet, from the poem Part Five: The Single Hound.
"There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line." Oscar Levant, 20th century American pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor.
"It's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit." Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States.
"I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy."
Oscar Wilde, 20th century Irish dramatist.
ﾓThousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.ﾔ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.
"But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography." John Updike, 20th and 21st century American novelist.
Regarding Squibness and pure-bloodedness:
It's my theory, obviously, that a witch or wizard is "pure-blood" if they have two magical parents, presumably of a couple of generations or more. We don't hear anything about a witch or wizard being a two-thirds-blood or a three-eighths-blood. We know of half-bloods, where one parent is magical and one parent is not, and Muggleborns, where the recessive magic gene manifests seemingly spontaneously. So that leaves only pure-blood status for those with two magical parents. There are a lot of theories out there regarding what constitutes a pure-blood, and I can see the merits in arguing that pure-bloods can only be multi-generational, but when I boiled it down, I went with the simple theory that a pure-blood is a child who has two magical parents. From there, I extrapolated that Squibness is akin to a recessive genetic trait, because Squibness in Muggleborns and half-bloods (half-blood meaning a child born of one magical parent and one Muggle parent) would go entirely unnoticed, as the child would merely be thought of as an inherently non-magical being. That they did not exhibit magic would not mean anything if they were half-blooded or Muggleborn.
Miscellaneous: Stuff I Would Have Told You If the Fic Wasn't Already Way Too Long:
You want to know which House Eliza was Sorted into? I'll let you be the judge of that.
Draco never knew about the spell Maurice Wallingscomb placed on his glasses, which caused him to see the world as it really is, rather than as the comfy, problem-free microcosm he was used to. The ambitious Slytherin in him rolled with the punches, though, I think against Wallingscomb's hope, and instead of being driven mad by all the sadness and despair in the world, he attacked what misfortunes he could, one project at a time. But, oddly, he wore the same pair of glasses for his entire life, never changing prescriptions or frames. Go figure.
It's impossible to write a Harry/Draco fic without dealing with Ginny and Astoria. I feel badly that Astoria was the one to pretty much get the shaft, but, you know, marriages break up sometimes, and there will always be hurt and sadness when that happens. In this story, while occasionally bitter and angry, Astoria goes on to remarry and finds a much happier and equitable relationship than the one she had with Draco. She and Draco manage to be amicable for the sake of Scorpius. Scorpius, despite his bravado in the story where he says he can "handle it" if his parents were to divorce, had a really rough time of it emotionally and was estranged from Draco for a period of time, taking wholeheartedly his mother's side (understandably).
Ginny's story was based on the true story of American Kevin Green, in which his pregnant wife Dianna was beaten while sleeping, and when she awoke she insisted that Kevin was her attacker. Kevin was subsequently arrested and convicted of the crime based solely on Dianna's eyewitness testimony. Sixteen years later, DNA recovered from Mrs. Green identified another individual as her attacker. However, Mrs. Green maintained that it was her husband, Kevin, who assaulted her for at least a while following the DNA evidence coming to light. Very interesting case!
The annual swan upping is a real tradition, complete with a royal Swan Marker who monitors all the swans on the River Thames. All information on the swan upping taken from The Official Website of the British Monarchy. It just seemed like such an UN-Harry/Draco thing to do, but something Hermione would find fascinating! I couldn't resist.
~ fic please! (longer = better)
~ plot please!
~ in their 20's or 30's
~ angst! angst! with a happ(ier)/content ending and some UST!
~ fighting/quarreling, bickering!
~ get-together fic!
~ Draco chasing after Harry
~ stubborn!Harry; scared/nervous!Harry; witty!Harry (and Draco!)
~ not too much mention of the War
~ cunning!Draco; suave!Draco; filthy rich!Draco; musically talented!Draco
~ utilisation of other characters (Neville, Luna, Teddy, etc.)
~ mpreg; OOCness; OC's done poorly/have too much of the story focus on them
~ pet-names; excessive fluffiness
~ creature!fic; bonding!fic; crack!fic; non-magical world!fic; period!fic (ie: pirates/Victorian era, etc.)
~ scat; watersports; bloodplay; BDSM; cross-dressing; feminine!boys
~ smoking!Harry; goth!Harry; prostitute!Draco; whiny!Draco; slut!anyone
~ Draco being instantly good buddies with Ron/Hermione and vice versa with Harry and the Malfoy's/Pansy/etc. Maybe a build up over time to tolerance but I can't picture a big dinner with everyone invited and getting along!
~ too much Ginny; clueless!Ron; excessively meddling!Hermione
~ abuse; drug use
Preferred rating or range: Whatever best fits the story! I have no limit!
(of course for inspiration only and any/all of them don't have to be included!)
~ glasses (Harry's or Draco having/having to get glasses)
~ drinking tea with a pinky-finger extended
~ "Fair is foul and foul is fair."
~ "ﾓThere is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.ﾔ
~ double entendre
~ simple-minded (Draco, in reference to Harry)
~ "Yes, Siree!"
~ meddling Weasley twins
~ "Holy cheese and crackers, Batman!" "Who's Batman and why do these cheese and crackers have holes in them?"(or something akin to that)
~ "The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love."
~ "Being normal isnﾒt one of my strengths.ﾔ
~ "You should not confuse your career with your life, Harry.ﾔ
~ "If at first you donﾒt succeed, redefine success.ﾔ
~ ﾓYou can never get enough of what you donﾒt really need.ﾔ
~ ﾓThose are my principles. If you donﾒt like them I have others.ﾔ
~ "Draco, it's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit.ﾔ
~ use of the Waddiwasi spell
~ "Beauty crowds me until I die."
~ "It's time to take a bath!"
~ headline: "Fire Whiskey-crazed _ Faces Execution!"
~ "Please don't squeeze the _"
~ headline: "Giant Cornish Pixies Invade Russia!"
~ Seamus finds a pot of gold
Hm. A few ideas but nothing that must absolutely be used!
~ in the style of Taming of the Shrew (Draco in the Petruchio role and Harry in the Katherina role. If not familiar with TotS, you probably know 10 Things I Hate About You (Julia Stiles as Katerina and Heath Ledger as Patrick), which is based off this play.)
~ Draco always gets everything that he wants... except for Harry. He tries everything under the sun to woo Harry to no avail and it isn't until he loses everything that he understands what it is that Harry wants.
~ To Draco, Harry is the 'one who got away' (either they were too young when they had their first/only encounter, or Harry broke it off, etc.)
~ in the style of Pygmalion (or, if you're not familiar with this play... My Fair Lady or She's All That). Someone (Blaise? Hermione?) bets Draco that he can't: fix Harry's tarnished image/turn Harry into a cool-sexy man/tear Harry away from his job/get a date with Harry/can establish a long-term relationship with commitment-phobic Harry/insert other scenario, and Draco accepts. Fails. But ultimately wins in the end.
If there's questions:
~ Anon comment?
~ Thank-you very much! I feel that I'm being too picky on the details yet too vague on the setting at the same time, if such a thing is even possible! I'm honestly not hard to please! Thank-you, thank-you to anyone who picks this! ?
[edited to clarify! and add some prompts~ and then to edit because I can't type ;_;]