Apr 04, 2020 11:03 PM
Demon Cam in the Potterverse
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"...why will you need those things?"

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"Because twelve years old is far too young to have to deal with such things, let alone have them become the subject of gossip."

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"Are you at least planning to explain to his family that their kid has this situation going on?"

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Time for the professors to look awkwardly at each other!

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"I'm afraid they would prefer not to be contacted. They . . . disapprove of magic."

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"...then why are they sending him to magic school?"

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"He wants to go, and under our laws they are not allowed to prevent him."

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"Ah-huh. So you're making decisions in loco parentis and not even informing anybody with a direct interest in the matter."

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"There's no-one it would be a good idea to inform. In the absence of any living magical relatives, I am his legal guardian in the magical world until he comes of age."

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"Why hasn't someone adopted him, if his existing family is checked out and you're not even trying to include them and they're legal non-entities and it's so important his guardians be magical?"

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"The situation is complicated. Suffice it to say that he needs to live with his relatives for his own good."

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McGonagall looks less than entirely convinced.

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"He saw the conjurations, you know."

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"And he certainly didn't seem intimidated last year. Perhaps you should tell him."

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"Perhaps when he has learned enough occlumency to prevent less trustworthy parties from finding out."

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"...are you talking about his, uh, headmate, or are other people going around reading minds?"

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"The art of legilimency allows a wizard to read surface thoughts or memories from an undefended mind. Voldemort was adept at it, and some of his followers may know it as well."

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"That's fucked," remarks Cam. "Can non-wizards learn Occlumency?"

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"I have never heard of one making the attempt, but it involves no explicit spell-casting. It's purely a mental discipline. If you want to try, I will be interested in seeing whether it works."

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"There are books of exercises you can try before practicing with a legilimens. The Strong and Quiet Mind is a good introduction, I believe."

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Cam appears one. "Thanks."

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"Alright. What's the next order of business? I assume we want to destroy the other anchors, but possibly not tonight."

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"Just so. I expect them to be heavily protected and that destroying them will take some time. Besides learning occlumency, mister Swan, what are your plans for the future?"

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"...wait a second, are you sure destroying the other anchors will not make the one on Harry's head angry?"

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"Destroying the diary had no apparent effect. When I have located another one and examined it myself it will become clearer whether it's safe to destroy them immediately or if they will need to wait."

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