HPfGU #51899

TBAY: All these kids with Inv. cloaks

RE: TBAY: All these kids with Inv. cloaks

"Oooh, pop tarts!"

Cindy, Melody and Elkins turned to see Risti framed in the doorway of the Safe House's kitchen, her broom in one hand, floating a shiny new canon behind her.

"I--" Elkins began, but Risti seemed utterly distracted by the strawberry pop tart she was snarfing down with the single-minded concentration of the truly famished.

"Mwhorry," mumbled Risti, her mouth filled with crumbs. She swallowed. "I suppose I should introduce myself again. Risti's the name, and while it's been awhile, I think I have met all of you at least once around the bay."

"I should say so!" exclaimed Elkins. "As if I'm ever likely to forget the stern yet loyal First Mate Risti, who reprimanded me for speaking disrespectfully to Captain Veronica of the Imperio'd!Arthur Trimaran and then actually put me off the ship when I—"

The others were all staring blankly at her.

"Oh." Elkins blinked. "Oh, blast," she sighed. "That's right. I never actually posted that one, did I? I came down with bronchitis, and by the time that I'd recovered, the thread was hopelessly ancient. Oh, well." She smiled apologetically at Risti. "Never mind then. Perhaps we'd best just pretend it never happened. As indeed, I guess that it, er, well, didn't. Really."

"Err...yes, all right," said Risti, now looking quite confused.

"What's that canon you've got there?" asked Cindy.

"Well, you did say earlier that you didn't think real Moody had a cloak, right?" asked Risti, with an apologetic smile.

"I seem to recall saying that," Cindy said slowly.

"Mmmm-hmmmm." Risti bent down and lit her canon with a barely suppressed air of triumph.

GOF, Veritserum, p591, Canadian Hardcover

...Dumbledore closed the trunk, placed a second key in the second lock, and opened the trunk again. The spellbooks had vanished; this time it contained an assortment of broken Sneakoscopes, some parchment and quills, and what looked like a silvery Invisibility Cloak.

"Risti's right," said Elkins, nodding. "There is just no way that Barty would have had the time to get that Cloak back in the trunk. He was wearing an Invisibility Cloak during the Third Task. He used it to skulk about taking out the other champions, trying to leave a clear field for Harry. And then he was right there on the scene when Harry reappeared. I can't really imagine that he would have gone back to his office while Harry was in the Graveyard, can you? Gone back to his office, put his Invisibility Cloak back in his trunk, maybe had a nice cup of tea, and then bolted back down to the maze? It wouldn't make any sense at all."

"So he must have had two Cloaks!" cried Cindy. "The one that he actually used, which was probably his father's, the same one that he'd spent all that time being forced to wear while he was a captive, and Real!Moody's, which he left in the trunk."

"Or vice versa," agreed Risti, smiling. "He used Moody's Cloak and left his father's hidden safely away in the trunk."

"The latter would make more sense, I think," said Elkins. "Invisibility Cloaks might well be distinguishable from each other. After finding Harry's Invisibility Cloak at the foot of the willow in PoA, Snape makes it clear that he knows that it's Harry's. He doesn't suspect that it's Sirius Black's, for example. That could be just because Snape's no dolt, or it could be because Dumbledore's been filling him in, but it's also possible that he recognized the thing as having once belonged to James. At any rate, if anyone had ever noticed that "Moody" had Crouch's Invisibility Cloak, that would have been a giveaway. So he probably used Moody's, and kept his father's hidden away in the trunk with all of the other things that he couldn't afford ever to allow anyone to see. Like, er, well, like Moody himself, for example."

"But where did he put the Invisibility Cloak that he was wearing during the Third Task?" asked Melody. "What ever happened to it?"

There was a long silence. At length, Elkins coughed, a cough that sounded suspiciously like ::coughflintcough::. Cindy glared at her and elbowed her hard in the ribs.

"Not fair play," she hissed. "Even worse than that 'narrative invisibility' nonsense."

"Oh, all right," sighed Elkins. "So how's this? He put it in exactly the same place that he put the Marauder's Map! Ow!" she complained, as Cindy elbowed her again. "Geez! What was that for?"

"Anyway," said Melody. "It still supports the idea that one of James' parents might have been in the DMLE, because we're still looking at a situation in which only Law Enforcement people ever seem to own Invisibility Cloaks. It's not just money or prestige. The Malfoys don't seem to have one."

"Not necessarily." Risti smiled. "Remember what Cindy said? I believe she said something along the lines that no sane parent up and gives something like an Invisibility Cloak to a teenage boy. Think about it. If you were Lucius, and had a son like Draco, would you even mention that an invisibility cloak existed in your house?"

Melody chuckled. "I see your point."

"Oh, I think he might," said Elkins.

They all looked at her.

"Well, he's willing to take his son in with him to Knockturn Alley, isn't he? He's willing to have Draco trailing along with him while he itemizes all the nasty items he's arranging to sell to Mr. Borgin. He's willing even to let Draco know where he keeps his secret stash of Dark items:

'Father's got some very valuable Dark Arts stuff. But luckily, we've got our own secret chamber under the drawing-room floor -'

"So I think that if Lucius owned an Invisibility Cloak," Elkins concluded. "Draco likely would know about it. Of course," she shrugged. "That doesn't mean it would necessarily ever have come up in the books. And I'm certain that Lucius would never allow Draco to take such an item to school with him. But he likely would still know about it, if his father owned one."

"So we've proven...nothing, in other words," sighed Cindy.

"Nope. Not a thing. Except that people in the DMLE do seem often to have Invisibility Cloaks, while other people...err...well, might or might not have them. Still." Elkins shrugged again. "The coffee's good."


Elkins, always glad to see Risti around and about

Posted February 09, 2003 at 12:31 am
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