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Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Taure, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. wordhammer

    wordhammer Dark Lord DLP Supporter

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    Now the underlying tension has reached a boiling point, and Harry has a plan - he'll murder one of the wives and make it look like one of the other ones did the killing, but block the Aurors from trying to help them solve the murder.

    In the end, there can be only one.
     
  2. Download

    Download Groundskeeper ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    Harem wives hunger games?
     
  3. wordhammer

    wordhammer Dark Lord DLP Supporter

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    Showing my age maybe but I was thinking the Highlander or possibly the House on Haunted Hill.
     
  4. Jeram

    Jeram Elder of Zion ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    That's legit a great angle for a story -- a murder mystery in Harry's Harem that seems great from the outside but is actually full of secrets? You should write it.
     
  5. Golden Shadow

    Golden Shadow First Year

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    Of course the only real way is to polyjuice into one of your more sinister wives, hire someone to kill all other wives but one, and then wait for the one you implicated to get caught.

    Planting clues is an essential step.

    Matrimonial bliss shall be had
     
  6. darklordmike

    darklordmike Headmaster

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    I would totally read this. It would be like a sinister game of Clue. If Harry isn't the murderer, one of his wives is. They're all locked in the manor for the investigation of the first death, and the wives keep dropping dead. Inspector Longbottom is on the case, delving into the shocking secrets of the Potter harem.

    My money is on Hermione in the greenhouses with a candlestick. She always was vicious when she didn't get her way.
     
  7. aAlouda

    aAlouda Groundskeeper

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    It was obviously Kreacher, in the end its always the House-Elf who did it.
     
  8. Jeram

    Jeram Elder of Zion ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    Call it The Murder in Harry's Harem:

    Description: When Harry was forced to marry multiple women, he was ecstatic -- a year later, he still seems happy, but then one of his wives is found murdered. Time for Auror <haven't decided who the best one is> to investigate. Everyone's a suspect.
     
  9. BTT

    BTT Viol̀e͜n̛t͝ D̶e͡li͡g҉h̛t҉s̀ ~ Prestige ~

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    Naw. Murder on the Whorient Express.
     
  10. zugrian

    zugrian Third Year

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    The auror has to be Tonks. She could throw the plot in a bunch of different directions:

    A) her good humor & clumsiness give the story some needed levity

    B) Tonks is Harry's confidante and she knows how miserable he is. Even if she suspects he's the killer, she's on his side (especially if he became an auror & works with her, not to mention being Teddy's godfather)

    C) Tonks is Harry's confidante and she occasionally takes his place when he needs a break from a house full of women-- and she just happened to be doing so the night of the murder, meaning Harry's alibi of being with wife C when wife D was killed isn't true but she can't reveal that fact without putting herself in danger and/or throwing all suspicion onto Harry. This could set up all sorts of shenanigans with her morphing ability and potentially polyjuice as well.

    D) she's secretly jealous of the fact that she wasn't one of the women Harry married... which could then lead to her doing any of the following: not trying too hard to solve the murder (perhaps hoping that more of the witches kill each other off);
    framing Harry as the killer out of spite;
    figuring out who did it & then teaming up with the murderess to knock off the other wives and then arresting the real killer, only to swoop in and console Harry the widower
     
  11. Rehio

    Rehio Bad Dragon ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    I'd read every one of those.
     
  12. MonkeyEpoxy

    MonkeyEpoxy Totally Sirius DLP Supporter

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    Tired: The Trace doesn't work while inside of old family homes or inside homes under magical protections (excepting the fidelius charm)

    Wired: The Improper Use of Magic office pops right in to your underage magic pow-wow despite all your charms and arrests your punk ass.
     
  13. Golden Shadow

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    I mean from what I remember, they can detect the usage of magic, not who is responsible for casting it.
    In cases of wizarding families, they just attribute the magic usage to the adults, which is an excuse that doesn't work in muggle homes.
     
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    Yeah, there's a reason that Trace trope is so common. Basically, it's not random fanon, it's just a logical result of how the Trace canonically works. Plus it actually is a nice example of Pureblood privilege that doesn't go into over the top 'Lords and Ladies of the Wizengamot' nonsense. As a bit of bureaucratic fuckery/favoritism, it feels quite realistic in a "banality of evil" kind of way.
     
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    @zugrian I kept thinking you were building up to this with your Tonks who's close to Harry but is charged with solving the case, but you didn't: Tonks was the murderer all along.

    We follow Tonks throughout the story as she collects evidence and accounts, only to find in the end that Tonks is there to ensure the real evidence is buried and someone else framed. The 'investigator was the murderer all along' is a well-used trope in itself. Hell, even video games use it.
     
  16. Silirt

    Silirt Minister of Magic DLP Supporter

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    It makes sense even without pure blood favoritism, the Trace acts on where the spell was cast, so even if a half blood cast something in a magical area, he or she would be fine. If a pure blood liked the look of the London skyline, he'd have to deal with the fact that kids wouldn't be able to cast spells in the flat while no adults are at home to claim credit. The point of the Trace is protecting Secrecy; they don't have any reason to care if it's fair or not.
     
  17. jitenshasan

    jitenshasan Second Year

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    By limiting magic done in the muggle world it also forces incites wizards to live in the wizarding world... thus keeping both worlds better separeted.

    I imagine all magic is more or less monitored, but underage magic is given a "trace" response and forbidden magic is given an "auror intervention" response. I can also imagine accidental magic of children living in heavily populated muggle area given a response more often, thus inciting the parents to live if not in wizarding areas at least in remote ones just to get the ministry off your back.
     
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    Andrela Plot Bunny DLP Supporter

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    Shit fanon: Harry is forced into a marriage contract with someone. Or several someones.

    Twist: Instead the contract prevents Harry from ever marrying anyone. He must be alone until his death.
     
  19. firewhiskeydrunk

    firewhiskeydrunk Squib

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    Voldemort has 7 horcruxes, Harry has 7 wives.
     
  20. Drachna

    Drachna Fourth Year

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    Shit Fanon: Harry discovers Slytherin's portrait in the Chamber of Secrets, and decides to solicit it for regular instruction.

    Twist: Harry is expelled for using an invisiblity cloak to sneak around a girl's bathroom, after setting off spells similar to the protections placed on the Gryffindor girl's dormitories.
     
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