Friday, April 18, 2014

my activity looks like nessie 

alichay:

kneesntoews:

ooh yes that’s good, Narcissus and some likeminded former Death Eaters (or Slytherins forced into it by necessity) fleeing the country and going underground - which, whelp, maybe they provide information during book 7 you know with the radio programme Fred+George et ell do and then the post-series realisation they were being helped by a MALFOY after all they slagged them off)

oh yes definitely, Ron would definitely just see it as him protecting her, whereas she can see it for what it is - his inability to cope with someone different seeing her and his own biases. (oooh that would be super interesting, especially if a few of them catch on to the shifting tide and start seeking Draco out tentatively, and then they get to meet Ginny and its a revelation) 

I KNOW RIGHT? Luna wears a super floofy cape she wears around her shoulders and droops over the back of her chair so they can hold hands under it while pretending to have their arms around her. Luna likes leaning on his shoulder and Draco has a moment of confusion because people don’t do easy affection with him, not even Harry, because he’s too conscious of their place for that. she always knows when to back off, though, and he finds himself quite liking his time with her. (Harry helping him into his robes and adjusting his collar and complimenting him, smoothing his hands down Draco’s front) 

I definitely think that when it came to House unity, the Ravenclaws would be the first to gravitate towards Slytherin. I think they’re probably actually quite compatible, as you say, and I also think Ravenclaw get a bit of a bad reputation as being stuffy and the like, too. So potentially Luna’s friends would be more open to Draco

ooh yes I like it! perhaps they even help with the war effort in Europe and elsewhere (I always thought book seven was a bit UK-specific) but omg yes I love the idea of people being horrified by the fact that old hardcore Death Eater Slytherins helped them win the war

AAAAAH SLYTHERINS SEEKING HARRY AND DRACO OUT ld;gjd;fkgdfg a bit pre-emptive at this stage but I’ve been thinking about a Slytherin DA and Harry starting it up to help practice Defence with idk Hermione and Ginny or something and then getting not only a lot of interest from other houses but also Slytherin itself? (I’m still thinking about Umbridge and Draco - but tbh I think a lot of the shit Draco does is because he feels like Slytherin’s voice isn’t being heard in the school, that it’s an opportunity to give Slytherin some power - this could maybe be something he and Harry fall out about again)

eeeeeeeeeeeee yes. I think Harry would want to be open and physically intimate in front of people, but Draco’d stop him and be scared - Harry can sometimes snatch a quick touch or kiss or glance when Draco’s not on the ball enough to notice, but then Draco gets all reticent and upset with him afterwards. oooh and I bet the affection Luna shows Draco would bring out the Slytherin possessive side of Harry, too (!!!!!! omfg and Draco blushing aaaah Draco blushing)

yeah, I feel like the Ravenclaws would be quite accepting and pragmatic? especially with Luna already carving the way. whereas the Hufflepuffs are probably more likely to team up with Gryffindor, especially given that Slytherin historically gives Hufflepuff such a rough time?

oooh, yes, the war in Europe would be super interesting to explore and their role in it. Doesn’t Krum get involved in the war effort? Maybe they go and try to find Drumstrang students (with the school being somewhere in Norway or Sweden) given the strong Deal Eater ties there and work towards setting up a more cohesive and inclusive resistance outside of the Order and the UK. If the Order etc won’t let them in then the old Death Eaters will damn well do it themselves, with Harry (and Draco) as their focal point rather than Dumbledore as it is in the UK with the Order. 

maaaaybe Draco’s involvement with Umbridge is because (depending on when he runs away - if it’s the summer after fifth year) his Father has started getting on at him about his role in the revival, and Draco’s scared of what he thinks Lucius wants him to do, and the Umbridge thing is a way of throwing his Dad off without having to be too involved in the more obviously Death Eater activity. and the realisation of the full extent of what he helped Umbridge do is one of the things that finally drives him to run away because he realises he can’t just do some things and be okay? so he and Harry are on sort-of off terms (this does though make his friendship with Luna harder to develop hm) 

Harry wants to be open and intimate and show Draco off, effectively, and Draco wants that privately and the thought makes his stomach all fluttery, but it also scares him and he finds himself pulling away and he hates it but he can’t help it. Luna is very affectionate to make up for it (setting off aother round of Ron wailing at Ginny about him being a cheating scumbag!!!! who rolls her eyes and walks away) with both of them, but especially Draco, since Harry has other friends where Draco doesn’t really. and yes, possessive, jealous Harry (blushing Draco, Draco blushes a lot when Harry’s being nice because he’s not used to it and Harry always gets all crinkly eyed smiling when he does it and that makes Draco blush more

Harry and Draco being sought out by other Slytherins particularly, who’re uncomfortable with what their House and their parents or friends are talking about, but who can finally see two people who aren’t going to turn them away automatically and who they can identify with more, and because Draco speaks to one of  them about his struggles reconciling his family with wanting to leave and abandon them and those are feelings the others can recognise. I think one of the thinks driving Slytherins away is probably the THEY’RE EVIL mentality, and many - espcially bearing in mind Hogwarts students are kids - can’t identify or understand that because its hard to look at people you love and who have raised you and fed you and looked after you and just walk away like that. It’s automatically more complicated for Slytherins because the other Houses, to an extent, have the luxury of in turn being able to dehumanise Death Eaters in ways Slytherins can’t 

pittsburghpengwins:

that damn NFL hockey always cutting into shows about weed.

pittsburghpengwins:

that damn NFL hockey always cutting into shows about weed.

kneesntoews asked: tumblr why are you do inherently useless for responding to things re: realising the basilisk, idk if Harry would work it out himself given he might be a little resistant to finding out about Slytherin, but I suppose he - or Draco, maybe - might come across the idea in the common room or something? like, elder students discussing it between themselves, and then with the parseltongue he's been hearing in the walls = leap of logic?

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

oooh I like the idea that a basilisk might be obvious to the Slytherin students and Harry works it out by overhearing them

and re: your other ask, I do think Hermione would be what made it hit home for Draco, and especially the fact that it’s happening to people he knows and sort of likes - maybe Lucius/Voldemort even engineers the attack on Hermione because of the burgeoning friendship between them as much as because she’s working things out

yes I think it would be a combination of very real fear of the consequences of speaking out - both from other Slytherins, and because their parents have instilled a fear in them they don’t totally understand but which they’ve bought into because parents are trying to protect their children, and that generation - like, Harry’s generation for sure their parents school days were a literal battleground of ideology and developing fascism and occasional real violence. And the ever lingering threat of what would happen if you weren’t on Voldy’s side you couldn’t be neutral, as far as Slytherin parents from that era were concerned. And then compounded by the rest of the Houses - and the staff - being totally unwilling to help even innocent Slytherin’s, why should they do anything to help when the danger was stacked against them 

(I always imagined Slytherin as being a very political house, much more so than the others, and a lot more internally dangerous for all they are also very good at protecting their own. Because they’re good at protecting their own - it depends what their own means. Its not explicit anymore, but you have to be a lot more careful of yourself and what you say out of necessity. I imagine elder Slytherin’s helping first years navigate the political tensions and the ways to behave to be safe and explaining nuances that aren’t necessarily as apparent in other Houses)

yes Draco meeting people who aren’t pureblood for the first time, through his friends but also just by being in Hogwarts. he likes one of his teachers, perhaps, and then finds out their half, or his lab partner in Potions whose super competent and quite civil to him is a Muggle born and it just - he had this mental image of what non-pure bloods were and its not this and he’s so confused and scared and conflicted because he can’t quite make the two pictures he has in his head line up anymore. The re-humanisation process, I suppose

oooh I like the idea that a lot of Slytherins were on Voldemort’s side because they were too scared not to be, not because they were inherently evil, and because places like the Order wouldn’t have taken them - they’d have assumed them evil/cowardly/Voldemort’s spy

and YES re: politics in Slytherin house. I imagine it all gets quite complicated, because you’d have the pureblood Slytherins and the old family Slytherins who’d know each other beforehand, but also you’d have half-blood and Muggleborn Slytherins - and although most Slytherins are dead against them fundamentally, if e.g. a pureblood Hufflepuff spat on a Muggleborn Slytherin, they’d be up in arms. it’s all quite complicated, but the general thought is that Slytherin house looks out for its own, and within Slytherin although there is some systematic bullying of e.g. Muggleborns, the Slytherin Muggleborns learn to band together and fight back - so it’s almost - I don’t want to say affectionate, but it isn’t ever as vicious? idk if that makes sense

and yes, Draco going through the rehumanisation process. I don’t think he gets the chance to do this in the books because he seems to stick with the pureblood Slytherins, but a) Harry isn’t pureblood and b) I think his friendship with Harry would introduce him to others who aren’t too

they weren’t really on Voldermort’s side, but they couldn’t be seen as not being, if that makes sense? So there was a lot of turning a blind eye, or actively allowing things to happen, or going along with things because the alternative was like, dying. And because the alternative wouldn’t have taken them, so they would have literally been on their own, and that’s something that’s never really been lost. 

I do think Slytherin muggle born students live this strange tight rope in which they are definitely outsiders and there’s a lot of hatred there, but they’re also strangely protected because they’re also so alienated from the rest of the school Slytherin’s band together much closer. and I definitely think before book 5 they were also challenging pure blood notions of superiority, because Slytherin became a lot safer without Voldy around, but then when he came back all those old fears about not being able to be seen as dessenting came back to the forefront. 

which actually, I just thought, Slytherin Harry is therefore less about “converting” Slytherins but about giving already dissenting Slytherin’s a space in which to question themselves, since the Order. etc wouldn’t have let them and so what could they do? Staying in Slytherin’s circle was the only protection they got since they’d find none from outside if they did leave. 

alichay:

kneesntoews:

oh jesus twist the knife, why don’t you. Especially if its because they realise she’s still in contact with Draco after he runs away, however formally, and it comes to life she was killed because she takes a stand and tells them she isn’t trying to convert him back to the cause. So this is also Draco’s fault for changing sides, which would make his anger/anxiety over Harry putting their Thing out in the open even worse 

Luna’s conversation with Harry is end of book five, but I suppose it could be moved around depending on when Draco runs away, and therefore when Narcissa is killed, and could be a case of helping Draco come to terms with death and guilt and also about how doing things you love because you love them and helping him come to terms with Harry choosing to be out with him despite the dangers, because it’s worth it to him (especially if Draco has niggling self worth problems about whether he’s worth the risk, if he assumed he never would be) 

Ron gets so angry at her over the boys she’s dating in Book 6, so I assume it would just get worse if they have suspicions about Draco, especially if they blame him for driving Ginny away as they can’t see past their own noses to see that they were doing it anyway 

(Luna and Draco going to the Slug Club Christmas Ball together rather than her and Harry (or as a trio, because Harry and Draco want to go together but Draco’s nervous about drawing more attention to themselves), and even though it’s obviously fraught with more significance, Draco quite enjoys himself and is a little startled by how little people actually touch him because she links arms with him and they dance and keeps introducing him even when her friends shy away from him

maybe Narcissa continues the Malfoy belief that you have to do something for someone you owe, and she sees Harry protecting Draco as making her in Harry’s debt, so she starts to spy for him? apart from lol that’s totally lifted out of another fic /unwitting plagiarism (OR maybe Narcissa does survive but it’s only by her and a bunch of other uncertain Slytherins - who have ties to Voldemort but want to break them - getting themselves out of the country - they get criticised for this because cowardly Slytherins running away, but surely it’s better than them fighting on Voldemort’s side)

I also think Ron’s prejudices (which do stem from his protectiveness) would get even worse if the person she was seeing was supposedly a Slytherin (ooh thought - what if she ends up dating another one of the Slytherin boys she gets to know through Harry and Draco?)

OH MY GODDDD I AM SLAUGHTERED BY THIS ESPECIALLY NOT WANTING TO DRAW ATTENTION SGDJDSKGfdg (Harry helping him into his robes beforehand and telling him he looks lovely) (I wonder whether the Ravenclaws would be better about being friends with Slytherins? I feel like Ravenclaw wit and Slytherin cunning might befriend one another quite readily)

ooh yes that’s good, Narcissus and some likeminded former Death Eaters (or Slytherins forced into it by necessity) fleeing the country and going underground - which, whelp, maybe they provide information during book 7 you know with the radio programme Fred+George et ell do and then the post-series realisation they were being helped by a MALFOY after all they slagged them off)

oh yes definitely, Ron would definitely just see it as him protecting her, whereas she can see it for what it is - his inability to cope with someone different seeing her and his own biases. (oooh that would be super interesting, especially if a few of them catch on to the shifting tide and start seeking Draco out tentatively, and then they get to meet Ginny and its a revelation) 

I KNOW RIGHT? Luna wears a super floofy cape she wears around her shoulders and droops over the back of her chair so they can hold hands under it while pretending to have their arms around her. Luna likes leaning on his shoulder and Draco has a moment of confusion because people don’t do easy affection with him, not even Harry, because he’s too conscious of their place for that. she always knows when to back off, though, and he finds himself quite liking his time with her. (Harry helping him into his robes and adjusting his collar and complimenting him, smoothing his hands down Draco’s front) 

I definitely think that when it came to House unity, the Ravenclaws would be the first to gravitate towards Slytherin. I think they’re probably actually quite compatible, as you say, and I also think Ravenclaw get a bit of a bad reputation as being stuffy and the like, too. So potentially Luna’s friends would be more open to Draco

kneesntoews asked: tumblr why are you do inherently useless for responding to things re: realising the basilisk, idk if Harry would work it out himself given he might be a little resistant to finding out about Slytherin, but I suppose he - or Draco, maybe - might come across the idea in the common room or something? like, elder students discussing it between themselves, and then with the parseltongue he's been hearing in the walls = leap of logic?

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

oooh I like the idea that a basilisk might be obvious to the Slytherin students and Harry works it out by overhearing them

and re: your other ask, I do think Hermione would be what made it hit home for Draco, and especially the fact that it’s happening to people he knows and sort of likes - maybe Lucius/Voldemort even engineers the attack on Hermione because of the burgeoning friendship between them as much as because she’s working things out

it might be something that’s at least a bit of a folklore for Slytherins (a little like the diadem for Ravenclaw, almost) a part of their heritage and history, but because they’re so isolated from the rest of the school its become one of those insular things. and maybe even students who don’t have a pedigree of Slytherin family don’t know about it, but to Slytherin families its sort of obvious? it might even be an intellectual discussion between seventh years or something, the various Monsters of Slytherin house, but that the trio in the books would never have had access to but which Harry may well overhear in this case. And with him knowing about the talking-to-snakes things earlier… AND if Hermione is still petrified then theoretically she may have left him the “pipes” note, or something. 

Hermione definitely makes it hit home, because he sort of likes her in the sense he can appreciate her intelligence and she isn’t terrible to him together, she has a greater ability to tolerate people (possible because as its heavily implied she’d been bullied in school, she’s probably used to it to some degree) and she’s so close to him and its a calculated hit and then Ginny goes missing, who he doesn’t know, but - it’s. It’s frightening, a little, so he answers Harry’s questions because Harry already knows, is just trying to confirm, its not … really 

and then he follows because he’s suddenly hit by “her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever” but Harry and its spur of the moment 

I think it’s actually probably obvious to the whole of Slytherin house that the monster is a basilisk, but they’re not about to go tell anyone important because everyone hates Slytherin and nobody will believe them - in fact they’ll probably just accuse the first Slytherin who brings it up. but yes, I think Hermione does manage to leave him the pipes note.

I think for Draco it’s a bit of a learning curve because he starts to see that these are real people with real lives and that their blood types and friendship groups don’t actually matter - that although he’s spent his whole life thinking that they’re inferior, when they’re put in front of him and made real to him via Harry he starts to see that they’re not and yes, especially the bit about her skeleton, that someone could actually die from this - but at this moment in time he’s not really grown up enough to accept this fully

(I’ve dropped a bit more in the earlier post but I’m pretty sure he and Draco aren’t talking when the attack on Ginny happens, and he runs off with the sort of half-intention of stopping Harry but then ends up getting dragged along)

yes that’s probable actually(I remember the first time I read the books being like “… GIANT. SNAKE. SLYTHERIN. WHY IS THIS SO HARD?”)) and Slytherin’s are a) scared of being accused, b) scared of other Slytherin’s realising they’ve told, or c) been told by parents to keep out of it, either because they were themselves Death Eater or knew of the perils of crossing them from the previous generation when I imagine Slytherin was quite a dangerous place to be during Voldy’s power, especially if you weren’t explicitly in with him

yes exposure to them as real people - possible before he even knows their blood status - changes it for Draco in a way an 11 year old can’t conceptualise but can feel. Just this movie reel of people he knows - Hermione, but that Ravenclaw in his DADA class or the Hufflepuff third year who lent him a spare quill when he dropped his bag first week - and then flashing to “skeleton” and he can’t - even think about it but it makes him feel sort of sick 

omg I love the idea that their parents tell them to keep out of it - I also think there’d be an element of spite for a lot of them, who’ve put up with being soundly hated by everyone for years and fuck it, why should Slytherins do anything to help Hufflepuffs when a Hufflepuff Prefect wouldn’t piss on a Slytherin first year if they were on fire

Hogwarts would be the first time Draco met anyone who wasn’t a pureblood I imagine, and although to start off with he’d be quite Slytherin-secluded I imagine he’d meet new people through Hermione and Ginny and then later Luna, oh god he’d be so confused and conflicted sdjkl;f;fgfdgkl

yes I think it would be a combination of very real fear of the consequences of speaking out - both from other Slytherins, and because their parents have instilled a fear in them they don’t totally understand but which they’ve bought into because parents are trying to protect their children, and that generation - like, Harry’s generation for sure their parents school days were a literal battleground of ideology and developing fascism and occasional real violence. And the ever lingering threat of what would happen if you weren’t on Voldy’s side you couldn’t be neutral, as far as Slytherin parents from that era were concerned. And then compounded by the rest of the Houses - and the staff - being totally unwilling to help even innocent Slytherin’s, why should they do anything to help when the danger was stacked against them 

(I always imagined Slytherin as being a very political house, much more so than the others, and a lot more internally dangerous for all they are also very good at protecting their own. Because they’re good at protecting their own - it depends what their own means. Its not explicit anymore, but you have to be a lot more careful of yourself and what you say out of necessity. I imagine elder Slytherin’s helping first years navigate the political tensions and the ways to behave to be safe and explaining nuances that aren’t necessarily as apparent in other Houses)

yes Draco meeting people who aren’t pureblood for the first time, through his friends but also just by being in Hogwarts. he likes one of his teachers, perhaps, and then finds out their half, or his lab partner in Potions whose super competent and quite civil to him is a Muggle born and it just - he had this mental image of what non-pure bloods were and its not this and he’s so confused and scared and conflicted because he can’t quite make the two pictures he has in his head line up anymore. The re-humanisation process, I suppose

alichay:

kneesntoews:

I can’t remember if its in the book, but that “things have a funny way of coming back to you, even when you least expect it,” and that conversation she has about death with Harry and the veil and her Mother. she’d let Draco pick it open himself while gently inserting a little bit of something different for him to consider (also, if she gets kidnapped by Lucius still, that she’s still kind to him when she’s rescued) But yes god chosen families and choosing who you can have loyalty to and oh no my weakness 

oh totally they think they’re a Thing and so there’s a lot of that “he’s exploiting you!” thing but that’s disguising what’s also just a lot of semi slut shaming and having sex with the enemy and Ginny is so angry, like. her reaction to the Dean thing only so much worse because, you dickshits, Draco is literally homeless who do you think has the power etc etc. and then yes, Harry’s stumbling explanation and Draco is terrified but also the butterflies because Harry’s declaring it and he didn’t think that would happen oh god. 

yeah, waiting for Harry and sort-of doesn’t mind him but maybe one day she comes from Harry? and Draco says he doesn’t know where Harry is or how long he’ll be and Luna’s all “oh, I know, I just came from there but I wondered where you were,” and Draco is quietly floored by this while she sits their vaguely humming with her foot brushing against his ankle under the tiny library desks

oh man YES, definitely, I’d forgotten the thing with her mother - this I think would be quite powerful if I decided to kill Narcissa off - although I do like the idea of her surviving, her getting caught in the crossfire would kill Draco. I’m not sure how the kidnapping thing would pan out because six and seven need a lot of rewriting I think but oh god she so would forgive him but Draco wouldn’t be able to forgive himself

YES re: slutshaming Ginny, if part of their teasing was as much about how many men Ginny had and the idea of shagging a Slytherin = easy virtue. and Draco would totally think they’d be keeping it casual and under wraps (because this is how he’s done things previously) and then be floored by Harry bringing it up - but also sort of angry, not for making it public but because it’s something, now it’s public, that can be exploited to hurt Harry

aaaaaaaahhhhhhh yes omfg I love this so much 

oh jesus twist the knife, why don’t you. Especially if its because they realise she’s still in contact with Draco after he runs away, however formally, and it comes to life she was killed because she takes a stand and tells them she isn’t trying to convert him back to the cause. So this is also Draco’s fault for changing sides, which would make his anger/anxiety over Harry putting their Thing out in the open even worse 

Luna’s conversation with Harry is end of book five, but I suppose it could be moved around depending on when Draco runs away, and therefore when Narcissa is killed, and could be a case of helping Draco come to terms with death and guilt and also about how doing things you love because you love them and helping him come to terms with Harry choosing to be out with him despite the dangers, because it’s worth it to him (especially if Draco has niggling self worth problems about whether he’s worth the risk, if he assumed he never would be) 

Ron gets so angry at her over the boys she’s dating in Book 6, so I assume it would just get worse if they have suspicions about Draco, especially if they blame him for driving Ginny away as they can’t see past their own noses to see that they were doing it anyway 

(Luna and Draco going to the Slug Club Christmas Ball together rather than her and Harry (or as a trio, because Harry and Draco want to go together but Draco’s nervous about drawing more attention to themselves), and even though it’s obviously fraught with more significance, Draco quite enjoys himself and is a little startled by how little people actually touch him because she links arms with him and they dance and keeps introducing him even when her friends shy away from him

kneesntoews asked: tumblr why are you do inherently useless for responding to things re: realising the basilisk, idk if Harry would work it out himself given he might be a little resistant to finding out about Slytherin, but I suppose he - or Draco, maybe - might come across the idea in the common room or something? like, elder students discussing it between themselves, and then with the parseltongue he's been hearing in the walls = leap of logic?

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

oooh I like the idea that a basilisk might be obvious to the Slytherin students and Harry works it out by overhearing them

and re: your other ask, I do think Hermione would be what made it hit home for Draco, and especially the fact that it’s happening to people he knows and sort of likes - maybe Lucius/Voldemort even engineers the attack on Hermione because of the burgeoning friendship between them as much as because she’s working things out

it might be something that’s at least a bit of a folklore for Slytherins (a little like the diadem for Ravenclaw, almost) a part of their heritage and history, but because they’re so isolated from the rest of the school its become one of those insular things. and maybe even students who don’t have a pedigree of Slytherin family don’t know about it, but to Slytherin families its sort of obvious? it might even be an intellectual discussion between seventh years or something, the various Monsters of Slytherin house, but that the trio in the books would never have had access to but which Harry may well overhear in this case. And with him knowing about the talking-to-snakes things earlier… AND if Hermione is still petrified then theoretically she may have left him the “pipes” note, or something. 

Hermione definitely makes it hit home, because he sort of likes her in the sense he can appreciate her intelligence and she isn’t terrible to him together, she has a greater ability to tolerate people (possible because as its heavily implied she’d been bullied in school, she’s probably used to it to some degree) and she’s so close to him and its a calculated hit and then Ginny goes missing, who he doesn’t know, but - it’s. It’s frightening, a little, so he answers Harry’s questions because Harry already knows, is just trying to confirm, its not … really 

and then he follows because he’s suddenly hit by “her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever” but Harry and its spur of the moment 

I think it’s actually probably obvious to the whole of Slytherin house that the monster is a basilisk, but they’re not about to go tell anyone important because everyone hates Slytherin and nobody will believe them - in fact they’ll probably just accuse the first Slytherin who brings it up. but yes, I think Hermione does manage to leave him the pipes note.

I think for Draco it’s a bit of a learning curve because he starts to see that these are real people with real lives and that their blood types and friendship groups don’t actually matter - that although he’s spent his whole life thinking that they’re inferior, when they’re put in front of him and made real to him via Harry he starts to see that they’re not and yes, especially the bit about her skeleton, that someone could actually die from this - but at this moment in time he’s not really grown up enough to accept this fully

(I’ve dropped a bit more in the earlier post but I’m pretty sure he and Draco aren’t talking when the attack on Ginny happens, and he runs off with the sort of half-intention of stopping Harry but then ends up getting dragged along)

yes that’s probable actually(I remember the first time I read the books being like “… GIANT. SNAKE. SLYTHERIN. WHY IS THIS SO HARD?”)) and Slytherin’s are a) scared of being accused, b) scared of other Slytherin’s realising they’ve told, or c) been told by parents to keep out of it, either because they were themselves Death Eater or knew of the perils of crossing them from the previous generation when I imagine Slytherin was quite a dangerous place to be during Voldy’s power, especially if you weren’t explicitly in with him

yes exposure to them as real people - possible before he even knows their blood status - changes it for Draco in a way an 11 year old can’t conceptualise but can feel. Just this movie reel of people he knows - Hermione, but that Ravenclaw in his DADA class or the Hufflepuff third year who lent him a spare quill when he dropped his bag first week - and then flashing to “skeleton” and he can’t - even think about it but it makes him feel sort of sick 

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alichay:

kneesntoews:

she’s also quite good at making people challenge the way they think without it necessarily feeling like its a challenge. Which might be good for Draco, like, he has all these people shouting at him about what he should think and how he should think and then there’s Luna, whose very quiet and just says things innocuously that Draco finds himself returnign to because he isn’t demanding something of him

it takes a lot of work, not least because first they have to get Ginny and her brother reconciled, like. they don’t seem especially close anyway, but this probably drives them further apart. when Draco runs away Ginny takes him in and he spends a lot of time taking refuge and huddling in Ginny’s room, which gets them a lot of flack, but eventually it leads them to Ron, as they all become more tolerant of each other.

yesss it’s such an alien concept like she approaches him a couple of times and Draco automatically supplies with “Harry’s in _____” and she just says “I know,” and sits down next to him anyway. and its an even weirder realisation than the Ginny one, that she will defend him and stick up for him even when he does bad stuff she disagrees with. Because Luna isn’t even that much of a friend to Harry, which means - she’s here because she wants to spend time with Draco and she doesn’t even have the “saved her life” tie thing she’s just chosen him oh god 

yes definitely re: the quiet approach and Draco, the others just want him to wake up and realise how wrong his father is but she helps him pick it apart and then Harry’s there as a stable base to ground himself off - but also Harry and Hermione and Ginny and Luna and Crabbe and Goyle and Pansy, a whole bunch of people who have him in common and his wellbeing and who he can make his family - also Narcissa would still care about him and need to be integrated in this somehow I think

omg I bet Ron and his brothers think he and Ginny are an item, or Ginny’s just hero-worshipping Draco for having saved her and he’s exploiting this power over her, and then Harry - by the sort of book six equivalent - has to awkwardly explain that um, no, he and Draco are sort of A Thing, bright red and not meeting Draco’s eye (who is equally horrified but also full of butterflies)

I think to begin with he assumes that Luna’s waiting for Harry to show up because it’s a well-known fact that Harry gravitates to Draco, but then it becomes apparent that she sometimes favours him and his company over Harry. OH GOD “SHE’S JUST CHOSEN HIM” OH GOD OHGOGHSI:IGJSDHGJKSdgklfd /falls on floor dies

I can’t remember if its in the book, but that “things have a funny way of coming back to you, even when you least expect it,” and that conversation she has about death with Harry and the veil and her Mother. she’d let Draco pick it open himself while gently inserting a little bit of something different for him to consider (also, if she gets kidnapped by Lucius still, that she’s still kind to him when she’s rescued) But yes god chosen families and choosing who you can have loyalty to and oh no my weakness 

oh totally they think they’re a Thing and so there’s a lot of that “he’s exploiting you!” thing but that’s disguising what’s also just a lot of semi slut shaming and having sex with the enemy and Ginny is so angry, like. her reaction to the Dean thing only so much worse because, you dickshits, Draco is literally homeless who do you think has the power etc etc. and then yes, Harry’s stumbling explanation and Draco is terrified but also the butterflies because Harry’s declaring it and he didn’t think that would happen oh god. 

yeah, waiting for Harry and sort-of doesn’t mind him but maybe one day she comes from Harry? and Draco says he doesn’t know where Harry is or how long he’ll be and Luna’s all “oh, I know, I just came from there but I wondered where you were,” and Draco is quietly floored by this while she sits their vaguely humming with her foot brushing against his ankle under the tiny library desks

kneesntoews asked: tumblr why are you do inherently useless for responding to things re: realising the basilisk, idk if Harry would work it out himself given he might be a little resistant to finding out about Slytherin, but I suppose he - or Draco, maybe - might come across the idea in the common room or something? like, elder students discussing it between themselves, and then with the parseltongue he's been hearing in the walls = leap of logic?

alichay:

oooh I like the idea that a basilisk might be obvious to the Slytherin students and Harry works it out by overhearing them

and re: your other ask, I do think Hermione would be what made it hit home for Draco, and especially the fact that it’s happening to people he knows and sort of likes - maybe Lucius/Voldemort even engineers the attack on Hermione because of the burgeoning friendship between them as much as because she’s working things out

it might be something that’s at least a bit of a folklore for Slytherins (a little like the diadem for Ravenclaw, almost) a part of their heritage and history, but because they’re so isolated from the rest of the school its become one of those insular things. and maybe even students who don’t have a pedigree of Slytherin family don’t know about it, but to Slytherin families its sort of obvious? it might even be an intellectual discussion between seventh years or something, the various Monsters of Slytherin house, but that the trio in the books would never have had access to but which Harry may well overhear in this case. And with him knowing about the talking-to-snakes things earlier… AND if Hermione is still petrified then theoretically she may have left him the “pipes” note, or something. 

Hermione definitely makes it hit home, because he sort of likes her in the sense he can appreciate her intelligence and she isn’t terrible to him together, she has a greater ability to tolerate people (possible because as its heavily implied she’d been bullied in school, she’s probably used to it to some degree) and she’s so close to him and its a calculated hit and then Ginny goes missing, who he doesn’t know, but - it’s. It’s frightening, a little, so he answers Harry’s questions because Harry already knows, is just trying to confirm, its not … really 

and then he follows because he’s suddenly hit by “her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever” but Harry and its spur of the moment 

kneesntoews asked: happy flailing oh my god this is brilliant :D

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

are you talking about Slytherin!Harry because this is a terrible thing you shouldn’t have started in any way shape or form

 I HAVE ALL THESE TINY SCENES IN MY HEAD BUT FROM SUCH A RANDOM SPREAD OF THINGS IMAGINE SLYTHERIN!HARRY PULLING OUT THE SWORD OF GRYFFINDOR THOAND EVERYONE BEING LIKE WHAT SLYTHERIN!HARRY +

screams cries lies down dies yessssssssss

omg I want to write this so much but it’s so dauntingly huge

maaaaybe it could be a stand-by thing like when you wanted to write but didn’t have anything in particular on your mind? idk 

I think my main problem is how to deal with the fact that I like a lot of the books and I’d want to keep a lot of it very similar? I wouldn’t want to type up the book verbatim but also I’d want the scene to pan out much the same, if you see what I mean. hrrrgh.

I suppose you could write a series of shorts/scenes, ones which are particularly different/similar and striking because of those contrasts? Like him still pulling the sword of Gryffindor out of the damn hat, and maybe idk how they don’t get the same ~special acceptions~ because they’re the bad guys, and how that conception changes something that’s effectively the same action? 

possibly! I think my main problem is I like to do this sort of thing systematically and properly which means isolated scenes probably wouldn’t scratch the itch for me :P

you and your planning :P maybe start with PS? and see how it goes :P either way I am totally willing and excited to listen to you planning it, so :D 

alichay:

kneesntoews:

Luna does it a couple of time with Hermione, from memory, just takes down her bigotry (in a different way to Ron’s) and her various biases, because Hermione could be v cruel to Luna. So definitely good at keeping Harry in check when he gets on his high horse about Draco’s family, and also at being there and letting Draco talk through things and offering a different perspective that at least feels less biased, like she won’t disown him if he expressed affection for Lucius like. 

befriending the Weasley’s through Ginny could definitely be interesting, especially as she is canonically already a little distant from them, being the youngest and the only girl and all that. Sneaking off to play Quidditch by herself with a stolen broom, telling Ron to get the fuck out of her life, hexing the twins. And perhaps giving Draco an (obviously much less fraught and dividing) example of how you can still love your family and disagree with them. If Ginny’s staunch standing by him leads to her being shunned in school/at home by her brothers and her refusal to back down, even though it clearly hurts her and she loves them. 

also I suddenly really like the idea of Ginny and Luna becoming a sort-of refuge for Draco, Ginny who has a much more nuanced view of people than her brothers and Harry and Hermione, and Luna whose Luna. He finds himself with friends that aren’t because they also want to hang out with Harry and it throws him a little bit, the first time Luna drops down next to him in the grounds to read the Quibbler while he studies. 

iirc Luna does it a few times with everyone, stripping aside their biases quietly and calmly - this’d be a good approach for Draco I feel, who’d be so used to people assuming that his father is evil rather than helping him work through the fact he doesn’t have to actually like or agree with everything his father’s done.

and yeah, the more I think about it the more I think that although in the long term Ginny would be a way of befriending Ron, it’d take a lot of work beforehand - because as you say she is quite distant from her brothers. maybe Draco has to be quite involved with rescuing Ginny (despite this being completely against his perceived character - doing something brave for the sake of a Gryffindor, a Weasley no less, but because he’s trying to stop Harry from going he ends up getting dragged along - oh I like this actually) and then Ginny is much stauncher about defending him to her brothers

and yes, I agree, I think his friendship with Luna would pan out that way - and oh god help Draco friends who want to be friends with him not because of Harry or because his father’s told them to be but because of who he is, DRACOOO /whines into the late afternoon (I also think Ginny and Luna would be invaluable in keeping him safe/sane after he ran away from home)

she’s also quite good at making people challenge the way they think without it necessarily feeling like its a challenge. Which might be good for Draco, like, he has all these people shouting at him about what he should think and how he should think and then there’s Luna, whose very quiet and just says things innocuously that Draco finds himself returnign to because he isn’t demanding something of him

it takes a lot of work, not least because first they have to get Ginny and her brother reconciled, like. they don’t seem especially close anyway, but this probably drives them further apart. when Draco runs away Ginny takes him in and he spends a lot of time taking refuge and huddling in Ginny’s room, which gets them a lot of flack, but eventually it leads them to Ron, as they all become more tolerant of each other.

yesss it’s such an alien concept like she approaches him a couple of times and Draco automatically supplies with “Harry’s in _____” and she just says “I know,” and sits down next to him anyway. and its an even weirder realisation than the Ginny one, that she will defend him and stick up for him even when he does bad stuff she disagrees with. Because Luna isn’t even that much of a friend to Harry, which means - she’s here because she wants to spend time with Draco and she doesn’t even have the “saved her life” tie thing she’s just chosen him oh god 

kneesntoews asked: happy flailing oh my god this is brilliant :D

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

are you talking about Slytherin!Harry because this is a terrible thing you shouldn’t have started in any way shape or form

 I HAVE ALL THESE TINY SCENES IN MY HEAD BUT FROM SUCH A RANDOM SPREAD OF THINGS IMAGINE SLYTHERIN!HARRY PULLING OUT THE SWORD OF GRYFFINDOR THOAND EVERYONE BEING LIKE WHAT SLYTHERIN!HARRY +

screams cries lies down dies yessssssssss

omg I want to write this so much but it’s so dauntingly huge

maaaaybe it could be a stand-by thing like when you wanted to write but didn’t have anything in particular on your mind? idk 

I think my main problem is how to deal with the fact that I like a lot of the books and I’d want to keep a lot of it very similar? I wouldn’t want to type up the book verbatim but also I’d want the scene to pan out much the same, if you see what I mean. hrrrgh.

I suppose you could write a series of shorts/scenes, ones which are particularly different/similar and striking because of those contrasts? Like him still pulling the sword of Gryffindor out of the damn hat, and maybe idk how they don’t get the same ~special acceptions~ because they’re the bad guys, and how that conception changes something that’s effectively the same action? 

kneesntoews asked: happy flailing oh my god this is brilliant :D

alichay:

kneesntoews:

alichay:

are you talking about Slytherin!Harry because this is a terrible thing you shouldn’t have started in any way shape or form

 I HAVE ALL THESE TINY SCENES IN MY HEAD BUT FROM SUCH A RANDOM SPREAD OF THINGS IMAGINE SLYTHERIN!HARRY PULLING OUT THE SWORD OF GRYFFINDOR THOAND EVERYONE BEING LIKE WHAT SLYTHERIN!HARRY +

screams cries lies down dies yessssssssss

omg I want to write this so much but it’s so dauntingly huge

maaaaybe it could be a stand-by thing like when you wanted to write but didn’t have anything in particular on your mind? idk