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Head-canon and fugue (variations on TMI) – Draco
  1. Draco makes absolutely certain – and no one can tell him to the contrary – that Potter must be possessed of a sort of inherent ‘Point-Me’ that causes him to be present at every sodding one of the most embarrassing moments of Draco’s life.
  2. He’ll not admit that this was rather a comfort when Scorpius’ owl found him with the news that his son had been sorted Hufflepuff. It was Potter, after all, who pointed out that it was loyalty (to family alone, but they elided that issue) that, having led Draco into evil courses initially, had also kept Draco from killing the Headmaster, and had saved Draco and his parents in the end. Potter had, after all, made much the same point when the Malfoys were tried just after the War: another damned embarrassing moment at which Potter had, of course, been present.
  3. It took years after the news of that Sorting, all the same, for his hearty approbation and encouraging smiles to be altogether real. He has very nearly made himself believe that Scorpius didn’t notice.
  4. The match with Aster – ‘Stella’ to her intimates, just as Daph was always ‘Queenie’ – had been an arranged one that had been transmuted into passion.
  5. He still mourns her.
  6. Even so, even before her loss, Scorpius was the centre of his existence.
  7. Inevitably, Potter had been to hand for yet another shame-making moment, when Draco (who really was and is unobservant when he chose to be, and not least of his own character, motives, and desires) had finally had to confront the stark – indeed, all but starkers – fact that his son and heir was bent as a Quidditch hoop … and involved with Albus Severus Potter, at that.
  8. It was after that revelation that Draco began to consider his own nature.
  9. He is still undissuadably assured that it is a cosmic vengeance upon the Malfoy involvement with evil that, just when he had finally grown into his features and left off being simply pointy, his hair began to recede like an ebbing tide. No matter how much Potter tries to console him by claiming he looks like the Fifth Doctor, he simply loathes it.
  10. Had he wanted any confirmation that the world is full of fools and clotpolls, the persistent popular belief that he resembles rather Lucius than Narcissa should, he confides, establish the fact to all who are attending.
  11. He gave over being afraid of his father quite some time ago. Potter he feels he can now handle. Ron is no threat. He remains, wisely, in abject terror of his mother, his Aunt Andromeda, Hermione, and Minerva. Theo, and indeed Millie, also bear watching, he feels.
  12. Blaise-and-Justin and Dean-and-Seamus made him quite nervous for a longish time for reasons he even now prefers not wholly to confront.
  13. As part of the Grand Malfoy Rehabilitation Project, he embraced conventionality. This he gives as his reason for making one of the tenors in the parish choir, as well as being a churchwarden. It isn’t. He likes music – and not that popular rubbish, he’ll thank you to remember.
  14. He yet allows Pansy to comfort and all but mother him. When he wants actual comfort from those who are not, as family, too close to the issue, he finds it in Luna, Nev, George, and Dudley. Under no circumstances is this to be alluded to, on pain of his furious displeasure.
  15. He has reconciled himself to the complexities of his son’s nature, and of his own. This does not mean that even now he cares to know all – or indeed much – of what Scorpius gets up to with Al. He’s not certain that some of it is in fact anatomically possible.
  16. Of course he’d been forced to work with Potter when a copied Pensieve memory of the two randily incontinent little sods had been half-inched by an aspiring pornographer. It had taken him months to forgive Scorpius for that incident.
  17. He’s very pleased that the Malfoys were not expected to make onerous post-War reparations. He should have hated to have lost the manor; he’d have died before he’d have surrendered the cellars. Particularly the port, and the Yquem.
  18. There are those who think it a form of reparations that he is nowadays rather more centre-left than is Potter on his views. Draco wisely ascribes this less to his own guilt than to Harry’s having become the Colonel Blimp of Aurordom.
  19. From time to time he forgets to call Potter, in public, as ‘Potter’, and a ‘Harry’ slips out. No one has been fooled for years. No one is fool enough to tell Draco that, either.
  20. He and Harry Potter first bonded over Teddy. Well, their shared affection for Teddy and their shared affectionate terror of Andromeda-on-the-Warpath.
  21. He really hadn’t viewed the recovered Pensieve memory of Scorpius and Al. He can’t help wondering what was in it, all the same.
  22. Not that he has any wrongful interest in his son – or indeed in Al, who is a bit too tall, whose eyes are a bit too hazel rather than emerald, and whose hair is not quite black enough. He simply wonders what in the world they’d got up to.
  23. And if it can at all be recreated by him with the right partner.
  24. He very often misses being able to go to Severus and ask his advice. This is not one of those times.
  25. Nevertheless, he wishes he could apologise for their last interactions. Telling a portrait is cathartic, but not sufficient.
  26. He doesn’t really care to hunt or shoot. Angling, however….
  27. Sometimes, he wishes that he’d turned his talents – ones he’d discovered, if rather horribly, in repairing that damned cabinet – to works of hand: being a wandmaker or a magical luthier, say. But some things Simply Aren’t Done. Not by Malfoys.
  28. And after all, what matters is leaving a good name and a good position to Scorpius, repairing the damage Lucius had done.
  29. At the end of the day, name or no name, he is, he knows, and is secretly pleased to know, far more a Black than he is a Malfoy.
  30. Muggles no longer frighten him as being savage yokels seeking to bring down their Wizarding superiors. He is now wary of them for their technology, power, numbers, and greater knowledge of everything save magic itself.
  31. Draco is privately of the opinion that he is, at bottom, a coward. He’s wrong, but there’s no telling him that, although even Ron and Hermione have tried.
  32. He’s a damned sight funnier than he used to be, his wit and gift for mimicry now turned to less cruel uses. It’s really rather nice, he finds, having actual friends.
  33. And he has at last learnt, with a certain humility and awe, something his mother had always insisted privately to him (and that in part explained her merciful insistence that he not be sent to Durmstrang for school): that it is, actually, better to be respected, and even liked, than to be feared. This tuition came at great cost, but it has been worth the pains of acquiring it, and he at once marvels and exults in it daily.

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vaysh From: vaysh Date: September 10th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have time right now to comment properly on these posts, but wanted to let you know that I love reading them. And now I want a fic with Draco angling. :)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 10th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

And you shall doubtless have that fic in due course.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: September 10th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's really rather puzzling

...that while I may disagree with quite a number of the points you make in your headcanons for the various characters (mostly on politics, but then, I'm not British, so that may be excused, perhaps? ^_~), they still make an awful lot of sense. So I'm consistently torn between nodding emphatically in agreement and yet shaking my head in moderate exasperation because I can't help thinking "but X is nothing like that!" -- and enjoying every minute of it. :)

Long comment short, loved it, as usual. I really can't wait for your take on the Sisters Black!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 10th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nor I.

Thank you.
mayfly_78 From: mayfly_78 Date: September 11th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why do I fing your Draco so puzzlingly huggable? Maybe because he is so obviously flawed and human. (And I always enjoyed the sense of humour and wit you give him.)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 11th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, the wit is canon.

The huggability....

I like flawed humanity: I'm a member.
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