Dec 04, 2020 5:48 PM
Demon Cam in the Potterverse
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"That's certainly higher than I would have guessed. Is that for your world, or this one?"

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"That is for around this point in the past of my world. It's similar-looking enough that I'd be surprised if malaria played a much smaller role in your history than mine."

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For just a moment, Dumbledore looks very old and very tired.

"Does your history also include people who saw the problems with the world, and set out to fix them no matter who else might object, and ended as terrible warnings for the next generation?"

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"...that sort of depends on how generous you are with the term 'problems with the world'. Look, Muggles will not be able to detect my spaceship. I'll keep it under cloud cover and it's proof against all of this era's other technology. The thing they will notice about mosquitoes is... not much. There will suddenly be a lot more of them, but not of a kind that bothers humans or livestock, because only female mosquitoes do that, so only entomologists will notice. The entomologists admittedly might notice but what they will be able to report is that for awhile they caught far more males than females of specific mosquito species, and then those species went extinct. Even if some jerk decides to deliberately release currently captive mosquitoes to reseed the population those ones won't have malaria."

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"Dozens of witches and wizards every year think they have a brilliant idea that will help muggles in a way they won't notice. The only reason wizardkind has stayed hidden as long as it has is because carrying out those ideas is forbidden."

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"About that, uh, cameras are about to get a lot more ubiquitous and their storage of images a lot less local. If your fundamental goal here is 'don't be noticed' then even if you don't see any ethical problems with memory-charming people for receiving the occasional leaks you must have, you have an issue coming up way bigger than some confused entomologists."

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"That is concerning. I have noticed the pace of Muggle technology, but the ability to transmit an image long distance before anyone can get to the camera would be . . . difficult to adapt to."

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"I can imagine! Look, I'd be happy to have an entire argument about whether it is feasible for the mass use of unethical charms to keep wizardkind concealed and in total unaccountable control of their every interaction with Muggles. And whether this is desirable. Later. After I eradicate malaria."

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"I am aware that I cannot stop you. I simply want to ensure that you are prepared to handle the consequences of your actions."

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"You going to tell everyone it was me, have them throw me in Geneva Convention Violation: The Island?"

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Dumbledore looks deeply uncomfortable.

 

 

"No."

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"Oh good, that would get ugly. Will I be turned out on the street with only my ability to conjure arbitrary material objects allowing me to be housed? Will my necklace be confiscated and me memory-charmed, leaving me very confused about my last several weeks of notes, which will turn up on any attempt I make to re-conjure my complete works however forgetful I might find myself?"

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"I did say I couldn't stop you. But if you do get caught, I will not be able to help you, either."

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"Well, last time I tried anything like this I got murdered and that hasn't stopped me either."

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"What will you do if an innocent wizard is accused of your actions?"

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"I wouldn't necessarily hear about it, if they pin it on somebody local to Africa, I haven't noticed strong international lines of communication among wizards, but supposing I did I suppose I could make some backup arrangements and show up to confess before scarpering, Jean Valjean style."

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Somber nod.

"I do hope it goes smoothly."

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"I hope so too! Are there any other cautions you wish to issue before I'm off?"

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"Only that if you are caught, I would prefer you not mention that I knew anything about it. Alas, politics."

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"Understood. I imagine that should go for Harry too lest he be under some obligation to report me to the secret police."

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Nod. "It is my sincere hope that he can have a normal childhood from now on." He doesn't sound particularly hopeful.

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"I don't really know what's up with his in-loco-parental situation but sure, normal secret wizard childhood, sounds good."

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"As normal as a secret wizard childhood while being extremely famous can be, anyway."

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"Maybe with no scar he can convince intrusive strangers that he's merely an uncanny lookalike."

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This gets a chuckle. "Knowing the Hogwarts rumor mill, I expect to hear someone at breakfast tomorrow confidently asserting he's been triplets all along."

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