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Hermione’s Bonding Outfit June 24, 2008

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Here’s the outfit Hermione wore for her bonding with Lucius:          


Hermione\'s Robe
Hermione’s Robe



Hermione’s Bonding Gown 


Lucius: A Change in Perspective, Not Personality June 24, 2008

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Sampdoria made an interesting comment on Chapter 17 that ended up inspiring the diarrhea of the mind that follows. Her comment was:

I also like, how odd it seems, that you keep some of Lucius’ old prejudice, like no child of his will have a muggle name. Not because I think he is right, or better than any muggle, but because it keeps in him character (and also that he is smart enough to not let Hermione know). To make him too much out of character will remove some of the fascination of pairing Lucius and Hermione, besides, it is good to have room for improvement:-))

My rambling thoughts:

Lucius will always be Lucius; he’ll always be a product of his upbringing. He will never change to the point where he’d ever be considered an adopted Weasley family member. Lucius will never become “wholesome” (ick!)

And as I believe that no one is all bad — no one is all good, either. Lucius is interesting primarily because he is a complex character with the capability of both bad and good residing in him.

The one-note characters, both bad and good, are far less interesting because they’re so consistent and predictable; they have no depth and there’s never any conflict within them.

Lucius has changed — and that change began before he ever got involved with Hermione. But as I showed in one chapter, Lucius was never a true believer in Voldemort to begin with — he was never a blind follower like Bellatrix. He did what was expected of young men in his family’s social circle, but he was never took a knee-jerk, gung-ho approach to it.

I think the seeds of his break with Voldemort were planted when Voldemort went dormant after failing to kill Harry Potter. We see evidence of the distancing when he tries to unload items that could link him to Voldie just before Draco’s second year. As JK Rowling pointed out in Book Six, he planted the diary with Ginny as a way to embarrass Arthur, rather than with the intention of helping Voldemort, as he had no real knowledge of what the diary really was. When Voldemort returns at the end of Book Four, we see that Lucius is less than delighted at this turn of events as he would have preferred to live for himself and advance his own agenda.

The real change began when he got sent to Azkaban and when Voldemort threatened Draco and Narcissa to get back at him. And it was quite obvious that Lucius had had enough of the Dark Lord and his agenda during the last year of the war, when he and his family were virtual prisoners in their own home.

Lucius had finally realized what really mattered to him; the love of his family. And this is precisely what separates him from those like Voldemort and Bellatrix — he can love, every bit as much and as deeply as any on the “good side”. And this capacity was always there — he didn’t need to remake himself into an Arthur Weasley clone in order to be capable of good and living peacefully within wizarding society.

Lucius had truly changed when he saw that Voldemort’s megalomania was inherently destructive for everyone on both

But as Lucius never was an uncritical blind follower of Voldemort, I don’t see him ever accepting everything without question on the “good” agenda, either. Lucius will remain the complex man he always was. He’ll do what he needs to do to get along in the post-Voldemort world and realize it’s a better world than it would have been under Voldemort. Unlike many on the “good” side, however, he’ll never deny his dark side and he’ll be able to balance it better with his light side. He’ll be Slytherin good, but never the Gryffindor concept of good.

Change is a decision, but it’s an ongoing process, not a matter of flipping a switch. His relationship with Hermione will help that process go more smoothly, but it will be a change of perspective for Lucius, not a change of personality.

That’s it, I’m rambled out. Time to go post another chapter.

Christmas With Lucius and Hermione June 21, 2008

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I thought my readers would like to see a few of the items from under Lucius’ and Hermione’s Christmas tree:

The bonding rings

Hermione’s ‘engagement’ ring and the matching bands she and Lucius will wear after the bonding.

The robe clasp Hermione gave to Lucius

The robe clasp Hermione gave to Lucius

Snake ring

Another ring Lucius gave Hermione
The red and the green on the snake symbolizes Slytherin and Gryffindor together,
while the snake itself symbolizes the giver

More Thoughts in Chapter 16 June 19, 2008

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A couple of reviewers for this chapter were puzzled by the purpose of including a tour of the Salem Institute in the story.

I will admit that it was a bit of a side-trip and that it wasn’t really a planned chapter. I mainly went where my typing led me in this one.

But after reading it over again, this chapter does indeed have purpose, though perhaps not obvious from first reading. The point wasn’t primarily to tell us about the Salem Institute, per se, but rather to serve as backdrop to further advance earlier story ideas and goals.

First and foremost, it serves to help further the rehabilitation of Lucius Malfoy in the post-Voldemort world. Despite vowing to adjust to life after Voldemort and to repudiate the beliefs he had as a Death Eater, Lucius cannot overcome overnight the assumptions and beliefs that have been ingrained into him over his lifetime. In addition to determination, he needs repeated exposure to other ideas for it to stick and imprint upon his mind. It’s a process, not a single event.

For much of his life, Lucius, and others like him, lived in their own self-contained bubble of pureblood superiority contained within the bubble of the wizarding world. He’d previously had little reason or inclination to consider other points of view and different ways of doing things. “That’s the way we’ve always done it” could have been the mantra of wizarding pureblood society. Thus, it was invaluable for him to be shown proof that there are other effective ways of ordering a magical society than the one he grew up in

This chapter also continued the spirit of the earlier conversations Hermione had with Lucius about looking to muggle sources for ideas that would provide fresh ways for accomplishing magical ends and solving old problems in the wizarding world. Seeing the proof of it for himself also served to validate Hermione in his eyes and increase his respect for her, in a way that simply taking her words at face value without proof never could have.

Thirdly, I like including little tidbits that add to the complexity of the wizarding world that flesh out the story and/or the characters. To this end, there will be a couple of chapters in the future that will serve primarily as a way to give us more background on Lucius and how he came to be the man he is at the time of the story.

“Bridge” chapters like these also help with the timing of introducing various events along the course of a story that help it to flow better.

Fourth, I am indeed considering the idea of Hermione becoming a professor at Hogwarts some time later in the story, though this isn’t yet certain. In any instance, she will be a proponent of mixing muggle and magical ideas to more effectively deal with various issues in the wizarding world, an approach that will be given a decidedly mixed reception among witches and wizards.

Notes on Chapter 16 June 18, 2008

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Following are explanations and further information about certain elements of this chapter.

First of all, let’s talk about the names of new characters at the Salem Institute. Whenever possible, I prefer using unusual real names for my wizarding characters, rather than making up something fanciful. I’ve run across people with the surnames “Clinkscales” and “Clamp” in the area where I live. They’re real names, but I thought they were sufficiently quirky to be excellent wizarding surnames.

Next, I make reference to a wizard in Chicago named Harry Dresden. For those who aren’t already familiar with this Harry, he is the main character of a wonderful series of books by Jim Butcher known as The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden is a wizard detective who helps the police solve unexplainable cases, usually involving dark magical creatures. The wizarding society Harry Dresden belongs to is set up a bit differently than that of Harry Potter, but I thought it sympathetic enough with Harry Potter’s world to warrant a small cameo crossover mention in this chapter. For those interested in reading about Harry Dresden’s adventures, click here.

The seventh book of the Dresden Files series

Next, I mention the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as the sorting method used by the Salem Institute. This personality typing system, along with an offshoot system, the Keirsey Temperament system, which is based on the four temperament clusters that serve as the hubs to the 16 personality types of the MBTI, are legitimate personality typing systems used by psychologists and career placement counselors, among others.

The four Hogwarts Houses fit neatly into the Keirsey system with Slytherin corresponding to Keirsey’s Artisan (SP) type, Gryffindors are Idealists (NF), REvenclaws are Rationals (NT), and Hufflepuffs are Guardians (NF). The Myers-Briggs system takes the four temperament hubs into even more detail by breaking each temperament down into four subgroups, which helps to explain people who seem to be mis-sorted into their Houses

To take a couple of quizzes that relate personality theory to the sorting system, click here, here, and here. (Please feel free to COMMENT and leave your results from taking any of these tests.)

In one test my results were (Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Lucius result!):

Harry Potter Personality Quiz by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz

In the second test, I was:

You are a SLYTHERIN! As a Slytherin and as an NTP, you are ambitious, independent, and driven to achieve excellence. You excel at strategizing and planning to accomplish your goals, and set very high standards for yourself and others. You are confident, intellectual, and can be fiercely competitive. You may not be concerned about harmony or the importance of feelings, and you often challenge authority and can be deeply skeptical. You are sometimes seen as elitist, and can be impatient with others who you consider less competent than yourself. However, you are also flexible, open-minded, and ingenious, and you can be charming company.”

Finally, here is a picture of an actual building from Salem, Massachusetts that I’d thought would make an excellent building for the Salem Institute:

My Weak Attempts at Banner Making June 15, 2008

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I admit, I have no earthly clue on how to use Paint or Photoshop. Nor do I have an artistic eye, as I’m not a particularly visual person. I bumbled around in Paint and managed to come up with a few weak attempts at making a banner. They look pitiful compared to the gorgeous banners I’ve seen on some fan fiction sites, but it’s the best I could do at the present time. But unfortunately, I don’t know anyone to ask who could make something better for me, and I’d feel presumptuous approaching a stranger for such a request, especially as I can’t afford to pay someone to make me one.

So, without further ado, here are my pitiful attempts at banner making. All text in addition to the story title are from the song “Magic Man” by Heart:

Banner 1


banner 4

Sharp Dressed Man June 12, 2008

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While listening to the radio today, ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” came on. As I listened to it, I realized that the words described Lucius perfectly. Read the words and see if you don’t think so, too.

Sharp Dressed Man
–ZZ Top

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don’t know where I am going to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don’t need a reason why.
They come running just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain’t missing a single thing.
And cufflinks, stick pin,
When I step out I’m gonna do you in.
They come running just as fast as they can

‘Cause every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

Top coat, top hat,
I don’t worry ’cause my wallet’s fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
Looking sharp and looking for love.
They come running just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl is crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

Lucius Malfoy

Lucius Malfoy’s American Home June 10, 2008

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Here are a few photos of what I imagine Lucius’ home in Salem, Massachusetts might look like.

Lucius Malfoy\'s American Home 1

This is one possibility

Lucius Malfoy\'s American Home, 2

Here’s another possibility. In real life, this mansion belongs to Oprah Winfrey

Still yet another possibility.

I’d be curious to read which one my readers like best. Feel free to vote in the comment section.

Hermione’s New Clothes June 8, 2008

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As Lucius Malfoy’s consort, Hermione will have more oppotunities to dress more elegantly than she’d previously been accustomed to.  Following are some of the outfits Lucius bought her in Twilfitt and Tatting’s from Chapter 12.

Robe in Gryffindor scarlet

The robe Hermione wore out of Twilfitt and Tatting’s

robe in Slytherin green

And, of course, she needed a nice winter robe in Slytherin green as well.

Short black robe/coat

This short robe can double as a coat when in the muggle world.
It reminded me of the coat Snape normally wore under his robes.

Green hooded robe

A velvet hooded robe to be worn over a gown

Red hooded robe with matching gown

Formal red, hooded robe with matching gown

purple summer gown

A slinky summer gown that will show off Hermione’s figure

Happy Birthday, Lucius! June 6, 2008

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Canon tells us that Lucius Malfoy was born in either 1954 or 1955, but it does not give us an exact birthdate.  Because today is Jason Isaacs’ birthday (Happy birthday, Jason!), I’ve assigned June 6th to be Lucius’ birthday as well.  Jason is 45 today, and in 2008, Lucius would be 54.   So, let’s wish our favorite Death Eater and the man who portrays him a Happy Birthday!

Lucius Mafloy