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I've started on a vaguely Arthurian/British mythology Harry Potter story based in large part off [livejournal.com profile] swythyv's (the older newspaper hattery especially) and Red Hen's theories, with a good dollop of Whitehound thrown in, as well as my own speculations.

Unfortunately, as plot and I are not the best friends, I seem to be bogged down in world building (as well as figuring out what my POV character's and Bad Company's glasses of water are). Here's what I have of the Wizarding World (sans Harry filter and wand-waving foolishness) so far:



Post owls are descended from Blodeuwedd. I think this comes straight out of Whitehound.

Bran Bendigeidfran's head is in the Inner Chamber of the secret basement of the Tower of London. He's asleep; his waking is a harbinger of Arthur's return.

The Ravens are super-seers who live in the Outer Chamber of the Tower of London's secret basement. Their visions have completely taken over their minds. They babble whatever they see, sort of like the Cylon hybrids. It may or may not mean anything most of the time, but every once in a while one of them says something useful. They are fundamentally unstuck in time. Ravens live longer than Muggles, but not as long as regular wizards. They are attended by acolytes who ensure their survival and record what they say. If the Ravens ever leave the Tower or all of them die off with no replacements, Britain will fall.

The eldest Raven at the time of Goblet of Fire is Prince John Windsor/Saxe-Coburg Gotha. He didn't have epilepsy, he had visions, and they didn't kill him, he was removed from Muggle custody, and memory spells were cast on everyone who knew him. His visions were coming so fast and thick by age 13 he had to be moved to the Tower. He has generally accurate visions of the unintervened upon future; the Alchemists suspect this is because the visions took him at such a young age - "boys have dreams where men have regrets". At the end of GoF, he is near death.

The Alchemists use prophecy not as a guide to what to do (history shows this is a good way to get dead), but as a way of perceiving patterns that can be predictive. Prophecy helps fill in the puzzle pieces.

Gwyn ap Nudd is the local psychopomp. Annwn is the local afterlife.

Human bodies and minds are temporal and spatial. Too much simultaneous travel (floo, apparition, etc.) will unbalance the mind. The Alchemists generally blame this for at least part of why adults among the wanded are all slightly unhinged and lacking in common sense.

A metaphor: Voldemort had the potential to be Saruman, but his own ambitions and fears corrupted him before he could become that powerful. He was a Sharkey equivalent in the Marauders era (his first rise), but is headed in the direction of being no more than Wormtongue after his "resurrection". Still, a powerful tool for Bad Company (Sauron?) creating chaos.

Creating Horcruces, ripping the soul, impairs executive function and self-control, as the self giving those directions is no longer whole. Spending too much time as a mind/self out of body, being an unnatural state for a human, also impairs frontal lobe function. Voldemort is literally not all there for the duration of his life after Godric's Hollow.

Alchemists are all pan-animagi. They can shift form to any animal they choose, although they have affinities for certain ones.

The Tri-Wizard Tournament, when it was founded, was originally to choose who studied the Deeper Arts (they eventually became Alchemists). The Goblet of Fire was a pre-screening tool for both magical ability and merit (service mindedness, skepticism, "sheep dog"ness). Although this has been diluted and the Alchemists now largely choose their own new members without the benefit of the Goblet and Tournament, they pay attention to those Chosen to compete when the wanded bother to hold the Tournament.

Cedric was the most promising of the latest batch, on the recruitment list even before the Goblet spat out his name, but Harry could also have been a candidate if Dumbledore hadn't already gotten his hooks in him.

Dumbledore was originally a candidate, but during their work together Flamel perceived a corruption in his service-mindedness - control-freakery and empathy failure - and washed him out of the program before he learned there was a program. The Alchemists regard him as undereducated, overpowered, arrogant, and malign, although the jury is out on if he is bad or mad.

Tom Riddle was never a candidate, as his madness was strongly evident prior to his Sorting and not remediated before his NEWTs.

Snape is still a candidate, but his attachment to Lily and first Dumbledore then Riddle disqualified him for the time being. An Alchemist will heal him of Nagini's bite after the Trio leaves the Shrieking Shack and finally recruit him. The "war" being over will end his detrimental attachments; he had already mentally and emotionally disavowed both his "masters" before Dumbledore's death, but he also needs to finish his perceived obligation to Lily before he can be receptive to Alchemical training.

"Grail" is derived from graal, the old Low German for stone. A grail is a successful Philosopher's Stone.

"Secret" originally meant "kept apart"; "mystery" is "knowledge not everybody is allowed to have". The Chamber of Secrets (not Mysteries) contains/contained Hogwarts' repository of items needing to be kept apart from everyday life. The moveable ones were removed for safekeeping once Riddle breached the Chamber. He never found the hidden entrance to the Upper half of the Chamber behind Salazar's statue, which still houses Hogwarts' cornerstone, the well/spring/fountain source of the lake (and its guardian nymph/lady), and Caledonia's necromanteion.

Like the Tower, Forbidden Forest, and Carlisle, Hogwarts is a Place of Power, but that power can only be fully wielded by a fully vested Headmaster. There hasn't been one since the early Renaissance (George Ripley, 1490-1527). Vesting requires a significant personal blood sacrifice upon the the Cornerstone with a stone knife. Ripley's successor had not been initiated into that Mystery yet, declined in honor of his mentor, allowed Headmaster Pro Tem to become a tradition, and eventually the knowledge was lost. The Alchemists allowed this, as the wanded are generally idiots and became more so as time went on. An Alchemist may initiate and vest Snape during his tenure as head in DH, allowing the Castle to defend itself against the Death Eaters.

Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw were Merlin's best students, barring Nimue. The Founders were in a quadrilateral Alchemical marriage, allowing them greater power than Merlin could have achieved (his own alchemical marriage to Nimue failed). Slytherin and Gryffindor were the physical architects of the castle, and Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff imbued it with its mind and personality, including the ability to learn and replicate.

Hogwarts does not recognize "right" and "wrong", cannot read intent, and accidental harm is a natural consequence of teaching young wizards. Hogwarts does distinguish between "mine" (as defined as having been Sorted by the Hat or being a hob [the proper name for the species known as House Elf]), "invited", and "outsider". Only a directive from the Full Headmaster can declare a previously Sorted person UnSorted and thus an outsider once again. Thus the ability of the Death Eaters to waltz in a do as they please.

High level spellwork looks rather like that holographic GUI thing Hollywood passes off as computer programming.

Memory spells on the Royal Household (see: Prince John) are a dodgy thing, because the Monarch is married to the land as part of the coronation ceremony (not the part they put on TV). Like the PM, the Monarch is aware of the Wizarding World and receives regular reports from the MoM. However, due to the Monarch's connection to the nation's animus locus, They are also aware of and kept updated by the Alchemists. The connection with the animus locus is a two-way street, mutual influence, although the animus locus is slower to both change and enact change as it works in geologic time. Monarchy is best kept hereditary as compatibility with the animus locus tends to be inherited, with notable exceptions. Incompatible monarchs tend to have something that looks like bad luck, along with chronically bad relations with the populace (see: John Lackland, Charles I & II, Edward VIII). Landed lords also used to be married to their fiefs, but the practice was on and off, depending on how well invaders integrated, until it was ended completely with the Statute of Secrecy in the 1600's.

F1 and F2 hybrids are the most magically powerful. Thus, Riddle, Dumbledore, and Harry.
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