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Greetings, imaginative anon! What an interesting idea you’ve left in my askbox! I’ve ready written an HP AU, but this would be a bit different. I’ll try not to repeat myself.
Shaw would definitely be the headmaster of Durmstrang, and, as in The Better Men, take talented orphan Erik under his wing. At Durmstrang he’d have a lot more freedom (or so rumor has it) to use, shall we say, unconventional forms of magic. What he teaches Erik makes him powerful, definitely, but it’s Dark Side power, quick and easy, based on pain and anger and fear.
(sob won’t somebody write me Sith!Erik i’ve waited so long)Erik hates Shaw but, as in canon, also acknowledges that everything he is is thanks to Shaw’s teachings.
Erik forms the Brotherhood at Durmstrang under Shaw’s radar. See, the flipside of believing
mutantswizards are better than humansMuggles is believing his classmates have worth and deserve to be protected and treated well. And, unlike at Hogwarts in The Better Men, this Erik would have the power and the clout to take a leadership position. They band together to protect each other from Shaw and from Muggle prejudice, and if their methods are pretty brutal, well, what else have they ever been taught?
Then the Triwizard Tournament happens, of course. And of course Erik is chosen as champion from Durmstrang. (Emma Frost, I’m thinking, as the champion from Beauxbatons.) And Charles Xavier from Hogwarts. Maybe Charles is a second champion, like Harry, only instead of the other Hogwarts champion, it’s Erik who takes pity on him, giving him hints and clues, maybe even helping him train. (The other Hogwarts champion might be Cain Marko? Just to make it clear he’s not going to be a Cedric figure.)
Of course then we’d need a reason for Charles to be a second champion. Therein lies Plot.
But you’d have them training together and Charles trying to lead him away from the dark magic he’s been taught and show him the beauty of his softer emotions and all the Cheriky goodness. ALL OF IT. And they help each other in the maze and maybe they grab the cup together and there’s just a happy ending and the two schools tie.
Or maybe the Plot thickens…
*okay real talk guys I am about to demonstrate a level of fangirl nerdiness hitherto undiscovered by man you will be bewildered*
I don’t know whether to be happy or horrified whilst reading this because what you’ve just described is basically the exact same HP Cherik AU that I’ve had in my head for about three years now??
The thing is tho I never wrote it.
I’ve just been idly doing little bits of worldbuilding here and there off and on
for three fucking years
so please let me tell you about mine okay I can’t not.
Erik = Alberik Magnus Lehnsherr, 7th year, Durmstrang Champ (Patronus eagle, wand thirteen inches, holly and phoenix feather, hard.).
Charles = Charles Francis Brian Galahad Xavier, 6th year, Ravenclaw Prefect (Legilimens Prodigy, Patronus Jobberknoll, wand silver lime and phoenix feather, twelve and three quarter inches, pliable, responsible for penning multiple academic articles on the topic of Legilimency under the alias ‘Professor X’).
Emma = Emmanuelle Séraphine Lafroide, the Beauxbatons’ part-Veela Champ. (Family motto, ‘Pur Sang Froid,’ patronus arctic vixen, wand aspen and veela-hair, ten and a quarter inches, hard.)
Charles’ backstory is:
He’s a Half-blood whose father Brian accidentally blew himself up while working as the Head of the Department of Mysteries, and a big part of the reason why his mother (a Muggle) is so distant with him is because she felt betrayed when she found out her husband was a wizard/had been lying to her, and that extends to her even-more-magical son.
She then married Kurt Macnair, another wizard, who used dubious magical means to court her, (thinking he could use her to get his hands on Brian’s galleons; an endeavour which failed), and bringing with him his resentful Squib son Cain.
By the time Charles finishes school his mother is suffering under multiple clumsily-performed Obliviations by Kurt and spends a great deal of time in St Mungo’s.
Charles meets Raven (5th year, patronus chameleon, wand ebony and dragon heartstring, twelve inches, supple, flies a Comet 180 for Gryffindor) when she is Evacuated to his house, Mould Manor (in Mould-on-the-Wold, Dumbledore’s old stomping ground), during the summer before his second year, eg. 1940.
This was the same year she got her Hogwarts letter, and Charles basically played Hagrid to her, introducing her to the magical world and the idea that her metamorphosing was actually a wonderful thing.
Raven’s real name is Polyxena Black.
She doesn’t know it, buther father Marius was a Squib who had an affair with a married Muggle woman whose husband took one look at ‘his’ colour-changing baby and insisted his wife give her up for adoption.
Which is how Raven came to live in the same orphanage as…
Tom Riddle = the perfect HeadBoy whom all the teachers love, who is a year above Charles and is just finishing up his last year at school when the Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts.
Hankerton Longbottom (5th year Ravenclaw, fledgling Prefect, enthusiastic potioneer, fancies Raven).
Sean Cassidy (5th year Gryffindor, Muggleborn Catholic Irish kid from Dublin with a connection to the famous Weasley family via his Squib great-grand-father).
Alex Summers (5th year Gryffindor, pureblood, lives on Stoatshead Hill in Devon, conflicted about the Dark Arts because his older brother Gabriel ran off to become a Dark Wizard and so feels like he has to shield his little brother Scott, 1st year Gryffindor, from the same fate).
Armando Jordan, aka ‘Darwin’ (to avoid confusion with current-Hogwarts Headmaster Armando Dippet, Gryffindor 5th, halfblood, was Petrified by the Basilisk in their third year — the same year that their room-mate Rubeus got framed and expelled — for going out with Slytherin girl Angelica Shacklebolt, aka ‘Angel’).
The idea is:
Charles meets Erik in 1938, while Charles is on holiday in the Black Forest area of Germany.
(Kurt is interested in Grindelwald’s ideology and takes his new step-son along to hear one of his speeches in Heidelberg, where Erik lives with his mother Edie.)
Erik has no idea he is a wizard until Charles tells him, thus leading to the obvious 'I thought I was alone / You're not alone..' lines from XFC when kid!Charles and kid!Erik meet.
(Possibly there is some peril involved, possibly Hitler Youth bullies are bothering Erik and Charles steps in to save him using his already-impressively-developed Legilimency).
And basically they have this wonderful dream-like summer in which they feel an instant connection and enjoy getting to know the first wizard either of them has ever met (since Charles’ remembers very little of his father).
In other words: they’re the Lily and Severus of the piece, only this time they are separated by the second world war and part ways expecting never to see each other again.
Erik gets his letter from Durmstrang which, when he does a bit of digging, makes him realise that his absent father must have been a wizard (because how else would his name be down?)
And the actual story-proper starts in the year 1945, when the Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts and Charles is astonished when he recognises his
first love childhood sweetheartfriend among the Durmstrang students — Erik, meanwhile, having grown up into a total BAMF, who is world-famous for winning the Annual Broom Race of Sweden at the astonishingly-young age of sixteen, and is now playing Beater for the Heidelberg Harriers
(Charles does follow Quidditch but he knew Erik as Erik Lehnsherr: Muggleborn, so never made the connection between his Erik and Alberik Eisenhardt, who took his wizard father’s surname once he’d found out who his father was.)
Aaaand I basically had this idea that I’d swap out Schmidt with Grindelwald, in Erik’s backstory (make Schmidt the Snape to Grindelwald’s Voldemort, he’s still the Headmaster of Durmstrang, but he’s a puppet), so that Erik is really out to kill Grindelwald.
(Because, obviously, Edie has been murdered between the first and second times he and Charles meet, a victim of what Muggles thought was a fire-bombing: actually Grindelwald attacking a Muggle city with Fiendfyre — I thought maybe Dresden or Warsaw.)
Erik isn’t coming to Hogwarts for the Tournament: he has bigger things on his mind. He’s coming to meet Dumbledore, and find out why this apparently-great wizard is hiding away in Britain when millions of people are dying and everyone says he could end it.
He has no idea that Dumbledore is now the beloved mentor of his
first love childhood sweetheartfriend, Charles Xavier.
SO OF COURSE Charles is trying to get Erik to stay at Hogwarts and not go haring off after Grindelwald (because anyone in mainland Europe at that moment in time, wizard or Muggle, is in danger of their lives).
And obviously he manages to work his sweet magic and convinces him to stay, which Erik demonstrates by putting his name into the Goblet of Fire…
And to show sollidarity (‘I’m with Erik’), Charles puts his own name into the Goblet as well…
because obviously he won’t be picked as Champion, right??
AND THE TASKS OMG RIGHT THE TASKS:
You’ve got the underwater one where obviously, Erik transfigures himself into a part-shark and something goes horribly wrong so that Charles ends up having to pull him out of the water before he drowns.
OH! Did I mention: Charles is the thing Erik would miss most, (the Task-setters get someone else to drink Polyjuice Potion to ‘impersonate’ Charles so he can be a hostage AND a champion), so when they both breach the surface of the lake, way outside the set time, Erik is still allowed points since technically he did return with his hostage.
But before that you’ve got the Yule Ball and Charles and Erik
skinny-dippingfiguring out the Egg Clue in the Prefects Bathroom together and taking midnight flights together off of Ravenclaw Tower (which is how they find out about the Dragons; by almost flying into them) and discovering each others’ Patronuses together and Charles taking Erik into a happy memory of his mother using Legilimency/his Pensieve (aka Cerebro).
(Would you believe it, I even thought of a way of incorporating Dragneto into this shit:
HANK IS TERRIFIED OF ERIK,
HANK’S BOGGART TURNS INTO ERIK,
CHARLES TELLS HANK TO THINK OF THE SPANGLY BLUE DRESS AND FISHNET TIGHTS RAVEN WORE TO THE YULE BALL
HANK DOES, AND THE BOGGART!ERIK IS FORCED INTO THAT SPANGLY BLUE DRESS AND THOSE FISHNETS.)
And since this is Charles’ sixth year he’s learning how to Apparate for the first time (alongside such Durmstrang students as Azazel Wagner, who’s a total show-off about how good he is at doing it) so I imagined Erik teaching him to do it by Side-Along Apparition which means them holding on tight to each other and gazing deeply into each others’ eyes so Charles can read Erik’s mind and see how it’s done.
AND MEANWHILE, Charles’ arch-nemesis Riddle is sneaking around causing trouble for Charles as punishment for getting chosen as Hogwarts Champion over him (when he’s not trying to get some mysterious information out of the Ravenclaw Ghost the Grey Lady, that is).
This is if he hasn’t been chosen as a second Hogwarts Champion (at first I thought he might’ve been: but I reckon the Goblet only choses the worthy, and so Riddle wouldn’t measure up, even htough he is powerful).
And it would basically be this whole plot of Charles slowly realising he’s gay and in love with Erik whilst simultaneously unravelling the mystery of Dumbledore’s past and why he’s so reluctant to go after Grindelwald … and it would end with Charles and Erik being portkeyed out of the maze (if I got into why this post would be even fucking longer) straight to Nurmengard where Erik tries (and fails) to duel Grindelwald but they are saved at the last minute by Dumbledore showing up (again because of plotty reasons) CUE EPIC DEATHSTICK DUEL OF CANON and end-fic with Grindelwald defeated, WW2 ending, DD returning to Hogwarts and Charles asking Erik if he’s doing anything over the summer…
BUT SERIOUSLY YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE AMOUNT OF SHIT I KNOW ABOUT THIS STUPID FANFIC I HAVE NEVER EVEN WRITTEN.
ALL THESE STUPID FUCKING INCONSEQUENTIAL DETAILS.
I KNOW WHO ALL THE STUDENTS ARE, YEARS 1-7, I KNOW WHO CHARLES’ RAVENCLAW ROOM-MATES ARE (WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR ABOUT IDENTICAL TWINS, ZOTICUS AND ZOSIMUS LOVEGOOD??)
I KNOW WHO ALL THE DURMSTRANGERS AND BEAUXBATONS STUDENTS ARE.
I KNOW WHAT BOOKS ERIK HAS ON HIS BOOKSHELF IN HIS LITTLE CABIN INSIDE THE DURMSTRANG GALLEON
I’VE INVENTED MY OWN TEACHERS TO FILL IN THE GAPS IN CANON
(LIKE PROFESSOR KIRKLAND DIGGORY, OF MUGGLE STUDIES, WHO PLAYS HOST TO THE PEVENSEY CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS. BECAUSE PETER PEVENSEY IS THE FIFTH GRYFFINDOR BOY AFTER ALEX, SEAN, ARMANDO AND HAGRID).
I KNOW WHAT ALL THE TEACHERS’ INDIVIDUAL PATRONUSES AND WANDS ARE AND WHAT THEIR LESSONS ARE LIKE.
AND I KNOW THAT CHARLES MAYBE HAS A CANTANKEROUS PART-KNEAZLE TABBY CAT CALLED LOGAN WHOSE ARCH-ENEMY IS SABRETOOTH, THE PET JARVEY OF OGG, CURRENT-GROUNDSKEEPER OF HOGWARTS (WITH APPRENTICE HAGRID).
AND I KNOW THERE’S A HOUSE-ELF SOMEWHERE CALLED 'CRAWLER' WHO APPARATES AND DISAPPARATES SUDDENLY ALL THE TIME.
AND MAYBE THERE WAS THAT ONE TIME CHARLES TRIED TO BEFRIEND ABERFORTH DUMBLEDORE BY BONDING WITH HIM OVER HIS DEAD LITTLE SISTER AND ABERFORTH WAS SO ENRAGED HE TRIED TO TURN CHARLES INTO A GOAT ONLY IT DIDN’T WORK PROPERLY SO CHARLES HAD TO GO AROUND SNOWY HOGSMEADE WITH GOAT-LEGS FOR A DAY??
YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND
I KNOW SO MUCH ABOUT THIS STUPID AU GUYS.
OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE GOT TO WRITE THIS OKAY BEFORE YOUR BRAIN EXPLODES.
Like seriously this would be the most EPIC FIC and I would read it so hard and comment on every chapter and can I just say that you are so many million times better at the HP research stuff than I am? You’ve figured out all this stuff about the wizarding world in the 1940s and I screwed up on how many prefects there are per house.
And yes I see what you did there with the Pevensies and the goat legs and EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS AMAZING SO PLEASE WRITE IT.
ERIK NO: an autobiography by charles francis xavier
Losing him was blue like I’ve never known,
missing him was dark grey all alone, but loving him was red.
True story my therapist told me it is 100% natural and healthy to have attachments to fictional characters, especially strong hero types because they may have flaws but in the end they always save the day and some people just need that constant positive force in their life.
You don’t understand how perfect this is.
marvel edition- inspired by (x)
The only couple needed in Brave.
They love each other so much.
I will never not reblog this