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Hermione posted that Amycus has been taking a creepy interest in her and she's now, according to Dennis, absent without amulet.

We also know from Hermione's post that Amycus (or someone/thing else) drew pictures of a sleeping Terry on the wall in reddish brown ink. Hermione doesn't want to think too closely about what that ink might be; I'll go out on a limb and guess that it's blood. [ profile] alt_player tells us that "The pictures play into it because of the ink used," so if it's not blood it's something else of significance.

Assuming it's blood, whose blood is it? Pigeon blood? Or is it Terry's? Amycus's most recent post tells us that Terry's "been really lethargic and pale lately." It also tells us that the new clothes come from Alecto, who recently had a dream in which she was on "her knees on a hill in a storm. hands covered with blood."

Amycus also made a reference yesterday to 731 which looks to be a reference to human experimentation.

So, here I go with crackpot theory #1 (more to follow in comments, surely):
We know from [ profile] alt_lucius that research on the process of Magical Tranference is underway:
Even now, specialists in the Department of Mysteries are working to discover how it is that Muggles are able to steal magic from its rightful heirs and implant it into the capabilities of their issue. It is essential work, to discover the linkage between Mudbloods and Squibs, and to determine how that transfer is accomplished.

We also know, again from Lucius, that Professor (Alecto) Carrow teaches Muggle Studies and is familiar with the history of torture.

And we know, from all over the place, that Professor (Amycus) Carrow is the Transfiguration teacher. Transfiguration, we may recall from canon, involves the changing of one thing in to another thing. At its advanced levels, it can involve Animagery. One or both Carrows (probably Amycus) recently changed Terry in to a dog.

Putting it all together, the crackpot theory for which you've presumably been waiting is that the Carrows are conducting their own research on Magical Transference, possibly in an unauthorized fashion, using Terry and (probably) now Hermione as subjects. One wonders if the creepy blood-pictures of Terry and his recent lethargy are the result of attempting to transfer magic out of a Muggleborn wizard. Oh dear.

Now with rampant music-related speculation! )
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My first thought on reading [ profile] alt_boot's post is: house elves are set free when they receive clothes from their owners; it's a pity it doesn't work that way for Terry. Next thought: what if it does work that way in some terrible ironic sense? What if the clothes are going to kill him? Or nearly so.

This morning [ profile] alt_amycus's second post reads differently to me, not only in light of Terry's report on the "soiree" but also in retrospect of our conversation with Amycus' player yesterday:

tidbit's getting quite the sense of self-esteem!

So, tidbit, to celebrate, Alecto and I are holding a little soiree tomorrow night. I've got a surprise for you that will, I hope, drive you mad.

Be sure to wear your new clothes, too.

In other news, the pigeons are driving me crazy. The twittering's been worse than ever. Ha. When they see me coming, the birds all try and hide. But I'm onto them.

So, this morning, with a bit of hindsight and in the cold aftermath of a strangely anti-climactic soiree, I think Amycus has been practicing on the pigeons for a formula he has now applied to Terry's new clothes. The pigeons didn't like it very much. Amycus hopes it will "drive [Terry] mad". I hope Terry catches on and finds a way to get help before too much harm is done by his lovely new jumper, soft corduroy trousers and new boots.


Nov. 13th, 2008 11:48 pm
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Okay. [ profile] alt_amycus needs his own discussion: two posts in an evening. And, omg, I'm terrified for [ profile] alt_terry!

What do you suppose Amycus's "new regimen" lists mean?

    4L x 3D
    results marginal


    4L x 2D
    2 pair trousers
    5 CC but scattered.

I thought the first one was some sort of list of punishments in code, but "2 pair trousers" doesn't seem to fit. Perhaps he's trying experimental pigeon extermination strategies? But again, "2 pair trousers"? Am I making this harder than it needs to be?
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So where do we think Professor McNair has been when he's been skipping out on his office hours? I guess that since he's been seen at meals and has not been missing from lessons, he hasn't been transfigured into that dog by one of the Carrows -- that would have been an amusing turn of events.

Other ideas?


Sep. 18th, 2008 10:34 am
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Draco refers to "Defence" class in a recent comment to [ profile] alt_sally_ann. I've been idly wondering whether "Defence Against the Dark Arts" would even be a subject in this AU's Hogwarts. I wonder what sort of Defence they are teaching?

I also wonder what other courses are required? We've had mention of a few: Astronomy (ETA: Sinistra), Charms (ETA: Acton), History of Magic (Binns, presumably), Potions (Slughorn), and Transfiguration (Carrow). Right? Who teaches Charms? Do we know? And Astronomy?

Do they take Care of Magical Creatures? And if not, what has replaced it?

Also. It would seem that they've only recently abolished "Muggle Studies" if Professor Quirrell (!) is still embroiled in an appeals process to keep his pension. I take this as a hint that the Lord Protector is still consolidating power. (I'm surprised that Muggle Studies wasn't eliminated ten or eleven years ago, in other words.)

    ETA: 1. I forgot Herbology (Sprout): Hannah mentions the class and the twins did their detention with Sprout.

    2. Neville says to Hannah that Professor McNair is Gryffindor Head of House, but that they won't have his class until third year. Hannah replies by mentioning that Hufflepuff and Gryffindor first years are scheduled for double DADA together. So "Defence" has a title that still creates the acronym DADA.

    3. Am I crazy or did one of the characters mention Lockhart at some point? I can't find it. Is he teaching? [ETA: Yes, Harry did (see comments): Defense Against the Dark Arts (Lockhart)]

    4. Percy mentions that he is taking Ancient Runes (perhaps with McNair?)

    5. McGonagall notes that Vector is head of Ravenclaw House. Pansy and Sally Anne sort out for us that Vector teaches Arithmancy.


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