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Title: Crucio (The Test of Loyalty Remix)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew
Rating: G
Word Count: 1950
Summary: They are each tested in their own way.
Original Story: Loyalty by [ profile] framlingem
Notes: Written for Remix Redux 11.

Crucio (The Test of Loyalty Remix) )
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Title: What Dreams May Come (The BWV 140 Remix)
Fandom: Harry Potter/Fairy Tales
Characters: Snape, Hermione, Harry, Draco
Rating: T
Word Count: ~2000
Summary: Sleep is a luxury that you don't miss until it's gone.
Original Work: The Death of Each Day's Life by [ profile] sophia_sol
Notes: The title is, of course, from Hamlet's famous speech in Act III, Scn. 1. The funky remix subtitle is better known as Bach's Wachet auf, or, Sleepers Wake.
The idea for this whole thing came from reading through [personal profile] sophia_sol's journal and seeing that a) she, like me, started this whole fandom thing in the SS/HG corner of Harry Potter fandom and b) she had some very interesting ideas about fairy tales in the Harry Potter universe.

What Dreams May Come (The BWV 140 Remix) )
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Title: A Quiet Interlude (The Standing on a Precipice Remix)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Lily, Sirius
Rating: G
Word Count: ~1900
Summary: There were some questions Lily wasn't willing to face, even as an adult.
Original Work: Here Is No Place by [ profile] schmevil
Notes: Many many thanks to my betas, [ profile] sherylyn and [ profile] inkvoices

A Quiet Interlude (The Standing on a Precipice Remix) )
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Title: The Avalon Clause
Author: [personal profile] velvetmouse
Recipient: [ profile] indiana_j
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Hermione Granger-centric, cameos by Severus Snape, Harry Potter and Gabrielle Delacour
Rating: G
Word Count: 2281
Warnings: none (how odd!)
Summary: Hermione Granger, now the Minister of Magic, races against the clock to save as many people as she can before the end. But she's only one witch and time's running out.
Notes: Written for the 2011 [ profile] apocalyptothon. Many thanks to Rilla and Sherry for the beta and reassuring me that people wouldn't be totally lost reading this!

The Avalon Clause )
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Title: Beyond the Sunset (The Instilling Hope Remix)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Sirius, Lily
Rating: G
Word Count: 601
Summary: When one doubts, the other believes.
Original Story: Not to Yield by [ profile] such_heights.
Written for Remix Madness 2011

Beyond the Sunset (The Instilling Hope Remix) )
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Title: Quiet, Blessed Quiet
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: all four founders (mostly Helga, can be read as H/S and R/G if you wish)
Word Count: 605
Rating: G
Notes: erm, this was supposed to be more of a Helga/Sal friendship piece, but Helga just kind of took charge....
Written for [ profile] lady_sarai's 2010 [ profile] fandom_stocking
Quiet, Blessed Quiet )
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Title: Memento Mori
Author: [personal profile] velvetmouse
Recipient: [ profile] r_becca for the 2010 [ profile] springtime_gen exchange.
Character(s): Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter & Others
Rating: PG
Warnings: Very AU, bordering on crack!fic; the mental gymnastics required to deal with time travel cause-and-effect paradoxes; off-screen character death
Wordcount: 10,616
Summary: Voldemort is dead, and everyone can finally get on with their lives.  Years later, the Dark Lord's personal effects are found, and it seems that he recorded more than anyone guessed.  A tale of change, memory and immortality found in the written word.
Author's Notes: Consider this an alternate time-stream from what we know happened in canon; the reasons for the differences will be explained, but not until the end.
Betas: The always amazing S.

Memento Mori )
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Written for [ profile] tosca1390 in the "Keeping Secrets" exchange on [ profile] takingitinturns.

Title: Echoes of the Past
Author: [personal profile] velvetmouse
Pairing: Harry/Ginny
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2665
Summary: Help shows up when you least expect it.
Author's Notes: Just a little snippet of a (possible) missing moment from GoF :) I think I definitely hit on your request for secret rooms and hideouts, and there's a dash of banter thrown in for good measure.
Many many thanks to my beta, Sherry, who wrangles my drivel into something coherent.

Echoes of the Past )
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Written for the prompt "Somehow... whether in the Afterlife or via a portrait, etc... Snape and Dumbledore talking about Neville after the Final Battle, when Snape learns more about Neville's bravery."


"So what do we think of the new professors?"

It was a traditional question, one asked by Headmaster Everard Litcomb every year after the first staff meeting. As the oldest surviving portrait, it was his right and privilege to begin the discussion.

"Hmph," sniffed Headmistress Charity Appleblossom. "Too young by far. In my day - "

"In your day witches and wizards were required to serve ten year apprenticeships before anyone would even consider letting them teach anything," Headmaster Phineas Black interrupted wearily. "As we've told you every year, Charity, times have changed. We can't judge today's staff by our own."

"Well I for one am delighted to see Miss Patil and Mr. Longbottom joining the staff," Headmaster Albus Dumbledore proclaimed. "They were both fine students and - " He was interrupted by an indignant snort that came from his left.

"Do you have something to add, Headmaster Snape?" Headmaster Litcomb asked pointedly. Few of the Headmasters believed Snape deserved his place on the wall along side them, but Hogwarts's magic refused to let his painting be removed, and so he remained.

"Patil might have been a passable student, but Longbottom always was and every will be an incompetent idiot. How he got sorted into Gryffindor and not Hufflepuff I'll never understand."

"He survived seven years in the same castle with you," Black pointed out over the indignant squawks of the former Hufflepuffs. "That certainly shows a certain amount of courage."

"Bah. Cowardice, you mean. Never once did I see him stand up for himself," Snape retorted.

"I'd hardly call defying Tom to his face and killing Nagini an act of cowardice, Severus," Dumbledore chided gently.

"He - what?"

"Did you truly never know? He was the one - not Harry - who slew the snake that killed you."

"Drew Gryffindor's own sword, to do it too!" crowed Headmaster Dexter Fortescue.

Snape opened his mouth and snapped it shut again. "Hmmh," he finally said. "Perhaps the boy isn't useless after all."
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Written for the prompt "Remus/Tonks early in their aquaintance, prior to the whole, 'too old, too poor' stuff. Just hangin' at Grimmauld Place."


"Oh I don't know, Padfoot, I think it gives me a distinguished air."

"Distinguished is not the word I would have chosen, Moony. Tell him, Dora."

Tonks looked up from her magazine at the sound of her cousin's voice. When Moody had told her he had some people he wanted her to meet earlier in the summer, being reintroduced to her supposedly mass-murdering cousin was not what she had expected. But after all the shouting and explanations had finished, she was thrilled to reconnect with Sirius. She had vague memories of him visiting when she was younger, always having time or a sweet for her.

"Tell who what, Siri?"

"Tell this idiot," he gestured to Remus who had followed him into the room, "that the - the - thing - on his upper lip cannot be considered a mustache and certainly doesn't make him look distinguished!"

Tonks giggled and unabashedly studied Remus, who colored slightly under her frank gaze. "I think it's kind of cute," she replied.

"Bah!" Sirius exclaimed, throwing his hands up in the air. "Betrayed! Betrayed by my own kin, I tell you!" he cried, and threw himself in an armchair in a way that would have made his mother scream like a banshee.

"Thank you, Tonks. I always knew you had better taste than the mutt," Remus replied politely as sat down next to her in a far more controlled manner.

"Hey, now! I'm not sure that can be considered a compliment!" she complained with a sparkle in her eyes.

"True. It doesn't take much to achieve that, does it?"

"Oi! You don't have to talk about me like I'm not here you know!" Sirius pouted.

"Oh go chase your tail, Siri!" Tonks admonished. Practically before she finished speaking, she found herself being mercilessly attacked by a very wet dog's tongue while Remus slid to the floor in helpless laughter.
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Written for the prompt "McGonagall, Sprout, and Hooch on tea break in the teachers' lounge, complaining about: a. Dumbledore; b. students; c. another teacher."


Pomona Sprout collapsed into a chair with an un-graceful thump.

"Remind me again why I ever thought becoming a teacher would be a good idea?"

"Because the alternative was to marry whatshisname and you had too much sense to do that?" a voice above her replied. Pomona opened her eyes to find a cup of tea levitating in front of her.

"Oh bless you, Rolanda," she replied and grasped the tea cup, letting the warmth soak into her aching hands. "On days like this I wonder if becoming Mrs. George Whitterby might not have been the safer choice."

"What happened?" Minerva asked, looking up from the pile of parchment she was grading.

"Miss Jessie Laband happened. I love that girl dearly, but Hufflepuff or not, I will be thrilled when she no longer has to take Herbology."

Minerva raised her eyebrows. "That bad?"

Pomona closed her eyes and shuddered at the memory of chasing down three dozen leaping toadstools. "That bad. The girl is as bad at Herbology as Longbottom is good."

"Don't let Severus hear you say that," Rolanda comment with a chuckle. "I've already been treated to three rants this week about the incompetence of Longbottom and the idiocy of Potter."

"That man," Minerva spat, "wouldn't acknowledge talent in a Gryffindor if his life depended on it."

Whatever Pomona might have replied was cut off by the wall calendar chiming loudly.

"Oh what now?" Rolanda groaned and went to check the calendar. "Merlin save us," she swore. "Albus has called another staff meeting. That's the fifth one in the last two weeks!"

She and Pomona turned to the Deputy Headmistress.

Minerva held up her hands in frustration. "Don't look at me, ladies. I'm finding out about these when you are." She gathered her papers with a sigh. "I suppose we should be off and find out what nonsense Albus is inflicting on us this time."

"Fine," Pomona replied, heaving herself to her feet. "But I give you fair warning now, Minerva - if he tries to make us do any more of those 'team building' exercises, I shall walk out the door and lock myself in greenhouse two until the spring!"
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Title: Thrice Defied
Author: [personal profile] velvetmouse
Recipient: [ profile] vegablack62 for the 2009 [ profile] hp_holidaygen exchange
Rating: PG for mild language and violence
Character(s): Frank and Alice Longbottom
Warnings: none
Summary: Frank and Alice Longbottom's defiance of the Dark Lord might not have been as flamboyant as the Potters', but it was no less profound.
Author's Notes: Thanks, as always, to my beta, Sherry. And thank you to my recipient for giving me an excuse to give some more screen time to these often-neglected characters! I hope you enjoy it.
Thrice Defied )
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Title: Reflections
Gift for: [ profile] firstyearagain in the 2009 [ profile] founders_gifts exchange
Author: [personal profile] velvetmouse
Characters/Pairing: Helga, Rowena
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Genres: genfic
Author's Notes: Many thank, as always, to my beta Sherry, who saves the world, one comma at a time.
Summary: Two women. An enchanted mirror. What could possibly go wrong?

Reflections )
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Lupin, McGonagall
Written for [ profile] tree_and_leaf 's 2009 [ profile] fandom_stocking

It was the quiet time between Christmas and New Years, the few students remaining in the castle were firmly ensconced in their common rooms and the entire staff had breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Remus had taken his marking to the staffroom, needing to get work done but no longer able to stand the confines of his rooms. He got halfway through his stack before the sound of the door opening made him blink and look up.

"Diligent as ever, I see," a familiar Scottish brogue commented, and Remus turned to smile at his former Head of House.

"How are you finding your first term of teaching?" she asked, taking the seat next to him.

"Quite well, Professor," he responded with a smile.

McGonagall made a tsk-ing sound. "Nah, Remus, we're colleague now. You must call me Minerva."

"I'll try, Pr-Minerva."

"There you go, lad. But I do understand," she said conspiratorially, "it took me over a decade before I could call Albus by his name. So tell me about your term," she requested in a more normal tone.

Remus smiled and complied, basking in the sense of warmth and belonging.
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Harry, Hermione, others mentioned
Written for [ profile] infiniteviking 's 2009 [ profile] fandom_stocking

Harry bit his lip to keep from laughing and fought valiantly to keep the corners of his mouth from twitching, but he was unable to keep his bright green eyes from dancing madly.

"Harry James Potter, stop that this instant and help us out of this mess!"

The reprimand would have been more effective if the speaker hadn't been bent into a position that a contortionist would have been proud of, and each limb hadn't been a different color. Not being tangled up with a large portion of the residents of Gryffindor tower might have also helped.

"But Hermione," Harry replied with feigned innocence, "you're the one who wanted to play twister. How was I to know that the wizarding version actually turned your hands and feet the colors of the dots?"

Hermione sighed as best she could from under Fred's armpit. "Just find the box and see if there are any instructions for how to undo the enchantment on the board, please?"
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Remus, Narcissa
Written for [ profile] gate_ship 's 2009 [ profile] fandom_stocking

It was a game they played, whenever they met in public. She would be snippy and haughty, he would be coolly polite, and both pairs of eyes would dance at the absurdity of it all.

It was a game they had been playing ever since they met at Hogwarts. She had been a disgruntled third year, sick of trying to live up to the reputations of her older sisters. He had been a lost little firstie. Together they had found a common purpose in evading Filch and Mrs. Norris.

It was a game they played, a game to which only they knew the rules. She had come up with the unspoken signals, the double entendres, the subtle clues they used to convey the real meaning of their conversations. He had come up with a way to keep score, them against the world. Neither was sure who was winning at this point.

It was a game they would continue to play until justice was done and the oppressors found themselves in Azkaban, laws were changed, and equality was more than a nice idea. She, one of the most innovative healers to appear in the last century, was trapped in a loveless political marriage, condemned to prescribing nothing more potent than afternoon tea. He, who had the potential to be a dueling champion and had a true gift of teaching, was sentenced to menial labor for the crime of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as a child.

It was a game they played and that game kept them both sane.
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters: Harry, Draco
Words: 100 (a proper drabble!)
Written for [ profile] nomdeploom 's 2009 [ profile] fandom_stocking

Green eyes met grey from across the room, each tinged with weary understanding.

Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy might have long time rivals, bitter enemies and on opposite sides of nearly every issue under the sun.

But there was one thing that they found they could always agree upon - girls went mad when the words "formal dance" were mentioned.

Harry crossed his eyes at Draco, and Draco rolled his in agreement. Then they each turned back to their respective girlfriends and continued nodding in all the right places, as the ladies went on and on about the upcoming event.
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Written for [ profile] bk03 in the Summer 2009 [ profile] clever_claws exchange.

Title: Of Quidditch and Dungeons and Dragons
Rating: PG
Spoilers/Warnings: AU of GoF
Characters/Ships: Harry/Lisa Turpin
Genre: Friendship/Pre-Romance
Summary: What if Hermione wasn't the only one to believe Harry when he said he didn't enter his name into the Goblet? What if some of the members of Ravenclaw applied their intellect and actually thought about the situation?
Length: 3603 words

Of Quidditch and Dungeons and Dragons )
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Title: Hook and Bait
Author: [personal profile] velvetmouse, written for the July 2009 [ profile] hbpchallenge
Characters and pairings: Slughorn, Snape
Rating and warnings, if any: G, just a bit of AU goodness
Prompt, if any: none, really. just an odd little "what if" scenario that popped into my head
Summary: What if someone gently pushed Snape in another direction?

Hook and Bait )
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Title: From Darkness, Light
Author/Artist: [personal profile] velvetmouse
Gift For: [ profile] sullensiren in the 2009 [ profile] weasley_fest
Rating: PG-13 for swearing, potential pre-slash and growing up too fast
Featured Character or Pairing(s): Bill/Remus friendship (pre-slash if you squint), Ginny
Summary: Hiding something from a Curse-Breaker is never a good idea. Hiding something from a Curse-Breaker when it involves a cursed object is just plain dumb. Hiding something from a Curse-Breaker when it involves a cursed object AND his own sister is a really, really bad idea. This is the story of what might have been when Bill Weasley learned what happened to his sister in her first year at Hogwarts.
Warnings: Progressively more AU of PoA; swearing (Bill's language goes to sh*t when he gets angry); pre-slash if you want to read it that way
Word Count: 10,212
Disclaimer: Not mine. Just playing with them, I'll put them back when I'm done. Promise.
Author's notes: Many thanks to [ profile] sherylyn, who patiently corrects my woefully inconsistent spelling and capitalization, and otherwise makes my stories better than they were before.

From Darkness, Light )


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