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    October 11th, 2007


    Quiet by Te

    Summary: The house at Grimmauld Place is usually empty when he arrives these days, housing nothing more than its own carefully applied protective magics, and portraits shocked dumb with the fact that the Black name is no more. Oneshot, 2,549 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is quite a fascinating — and I think largely accurate — character study on Remus just after OotP.  In places it almost verges in on stream-of-consciousness, though it never goes so far as to abandon format and sense.  At times his thoughts are colourful and vaguely poetic, while other moments are clearer and more analytically self-aware; the mix is revealing.  This piece is coated thinly with defeat, and with age.  Remus is weighty beyond his relatively young years, like something light and sweet spoiled by too long in the heat.

    Why You Might Not Care: Snape is almost entirely out of character, and his presence is forced and awkward.  I understand what Te was trying to do with the conversation at the end of this fic, but I think Moody or Tonks or even Dumbledore could have produced the same results without having to have sacrificed Snape at the alter of OOC.  This author has a very firm grip on Remus, but merely a passing understanding of Snape, and the last half of this story suffers for it.  Everything internal in this fic is excellent — everything external feels sadly contrived.

    posted by afterthree

    3 Responses to “Quiet”

    1. AML Says:
      October 11th, 2007 at 10:24 am

      Good story.

      Here’s a fun detail. This story is dated 2003. Between then and now, lots of character development occurred, right? Character development that Te didn’t have. But check out this:

      “Perhaps he could pull Shacklebolt aside somewhere in the midst of grooming the man to be the next Minister.”

      Based on this, the pocket Te puts Shaklebolt into is nothing less than prescience.

      I didn’t see this coming when it arrived in DH. I guess Shaklebolt as Minister was unbovious to me!

      Thanks for the rec!

    3. Sister-poo Says:
      October 11th, 2007 at 11:27 am

      I think the portrayal of Snape in that story just killed a little part of me inside.

    5. afterthree Says:
      October 12th, 2007 at 8:22 am

      I warned you, didn’t I? Right up there, I totally warned you.