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Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-04-22 11:24am

I really probably shouldn't be started a fourth fanfic when I have three in-progress, but I posted this idea in the Fantasy forum, and then realized that I really would like to write it as a story. So, here we are. If you've read the other thread, you know where this is going. If not... spoilers. :wink:

This is my first Harry Potter story set in the film-verse. I much prefer the books overall, but the film-verse fits better for my purposes continuity-wise, and I treat writing in it as a challenge. I will be incorporating some ideas from the books, when they suite me and do not contradict film continuity.

Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter, James Bond, or anything originating therein. This story is not for profit, and no money is being made off of it. No infringement of anyone's rights is intended.

Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

July 15th., 2009.

10 Downing Street, London.

A swirl of green flames filled the fireplace, then subsided, and the new Minister for Magic, along with his portly and now somewhat shabby-looking predecessor, vanished into the flames.

The Prime Minister dropped down to sit on the edge of his desk, his shoulders sagging in a mix of relief and immense anxiety. Relief that his bizarre visitors had departed, and anxiety-no, panic might have been a better word-over what they had just informed him of.

The collapse of the Millennium Bridge had been playing on every news channel all day, wild speculation flying as to how many had died and what could have caused the disaster. Only he, at least in the non-magical world, now knew the truth, and part of him, a large part, rather wished he didn't: that the bridge had been destroyed, not be an accident or structural failure, but by an act of terrorism, by the followers of a dark wizard styling himself as Lord Voldemort. Moreover, his visitors had informed him, this dark wizard had apparently returned from the dead, and was perpetrating a wave of terror across the country that was responsible for a number of unsolved murders.

He'd know about magic, of course, ever since that man, Cornelius Fudge, had dropped in on his first night in office. His visits had become more frequent, and his news more disturbing, over the last few years, but this... he hadn't been prepared for this.

And the worst part of it was that their was nothing that he could do about it. No one else knew, and it wasn't as if he could bloody tell anyone, even if he wanted to. So what could he do? Sit here, go through the motions of an investigation, of comforting the victims and their families, pretending he didn't know what had happened, while he waited for the wizards to clean up their mess?

No.

He was surprised by the force of the thought, the palpable feeling of revulsion at the thought of simply sitting here and doing nothing. He had been elected to serve his country, for God's sake, and these atrocities were his responsibility, even if only he knew it.

This could not pass.

But what could he do? Go to Parliament? To the press? He'd be laughed out of office and into an asylum before the week was out. But to just sit here and do nothing, waiting for the Minister for Magic to come and tell him that everything was alright now, like he was a bloody child... Or worse, he thought with a sudden chill, for this... this terrorist Voldemort and his lunatic Death Eaters to come bursting into his office, or his home... it was intolerable. He paced back and forth, mind running in increasingly agitated circles... then stopped as a sudden thought occurred to him.

Yes. It would be dangerous, both to his political future and quite possibly to his physical safety, but at least she knew how to be discrete. It was in her job description, after all. Yes, he thought, calming down now that he had an idea of what to do. She would be able to advise him, if he could only convince her of the absurd truth.

A plan began to form, as he picked up his phone and dialled a number only a few people in the world knew.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby Zaune » 2017-04-22 04:19pm

If this is supposed to be Tony Blair it's a somewhat more flattering portrayal than I'd be inclined towards, but nevertheless you have my attention.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby Crazedwraith » 2017-04-22 04:33pm

If the film's setting is current with it's release date then it'd be summer 2007. End of Blair/start Of Brown.

Not bad for an intro but we did already know the premise from the other thread. I'll be interested to see M/Bond's reactions when the PM does try to tell them what their mission is.

EtA: Of course if the PMs are the real ones. In the book it was John Major and Maggie Thatcher was the one who tried to throw Fudge out of a window. :lol:
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Postby Zaune » 2017-04-22 05:59pm

That would be in character for her...
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-04-22 10:25pm

Zaune wrote:If this is supposed to be Tony Blair it's a somewhat more flattering portrayal than I'd be inclined towards, but nevertheless you have my attention.


From what I found through a quick search on Google while writing this chapter, Gordon Brown was PM from 2007 to 2010, and Half-Blood Prince was released in 2009. Although if you set the time period of the Potter films from when the first was released (2001), going forward one year for each film, it would take place in 2007, and it would be very early in Brown's tenure (he came in in June, and I set the story in July).

I kept it vague as to the identity of the PM, as in the book, and you could probably fudge the numbers a little given Harry Potter and James Bond are alternate universes, but by the historical timeline, Gordon Brown's your man.

Edit: As to throwing the Minister for Magic out a window, if that was Margaret Thatcher, it also means that Fudge mistook her for a man. :lol:
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby drakensis » 2017-04-23 04:41am

Well this is Fudge.

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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby Stewart M » 2017-04-23 09:16am

Didn't see the original idea thread.

Watched anyway.
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Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-04-23 02:11pm

drakensis wrote:Well this is Fudge.


Maybe some racist Wizard version of "all those people look alike", applied to Muggles?
"Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes" When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy." - Lincoln.

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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby Iroscato » 2017-04-23 06:36pm

Good start so far, it's a neat premise.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-04-23 06:54pm

Iroscato wrote:Good start so far, it's a neat premise.


Thank you. I hope subsequent chapters live up to initial expectations.

One thing I'm looking forward to with this set-up is a chance to explore the points of view of some characters who were fairly peripheral in the Potter canon, and give them a bit more time in the spotlight. As well as, of course, the Wizarding World from the Muggle government/intelligence perspective.
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Postby Eternal_Freedom » 2017-04-23 06:59pm

If you like, I'm happy to serve as a beta reader the same as with your Death Squadron in ST story.
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Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-04-23 07:05pm

Eternal_Freedom wrote:If you like, I'm happy to serve as a beta reader the same as with your Death Squadron in ST story.


Thank you very much. Its much appreciated.

I'm hoping to have chapter two wrapped up today or tomorrow (barring unexpected crises or computer malfunction), and will send it on to you then.

Apologies for not having updated the ST vs SW story yet, by the way. I ended up losing my draft of the next chapter repeatedly due to computer problems, and it left me frustrated. And, strangely, I find trying to rewrite a chapter I've already half-done harder than writing a new one from scratch. But I'm still working on it.
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Send it over when you're ready, I can beta it tomorrow easily. And yeah, I know exactly what you mean about re-writing chapters. It's a real bitch.
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Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-04-27 01:33am

Here we go.

Much thanks to Eternal_Freedom, for his assistant with editing this chapter.


July 17th., 2009.

London Bridge.

Commander James Bond strode briskly along the sidewalk toward London bridge, his mind running over the phone call he had received ten minutes ago.

He stepped out of the shower, not bothering to wrap a towel around himself, as he crossed the room and picked up the phone, casting a discrete eye toward the bedroom where...what was her name? Ah, Dominique. Where Dominque was currently getting dressed.

"Bond."

"London Bridge, South Side, fifteen minutes. Don't be late."


That was all. There was an undercurrent of tension he had rarely heard in M's voice, however, which made him just a little more cautious than usual as he approached their meeting place.

He studied the opposite side of the street. A shop, a cafe, a rather pretty young woman with her child in tow, a young couple holding hands...

He shifted his gaze to the corner, then smirked as he saw a nondescript grey car slow at the crosswalk. He knew that beneath the mundane exterior, it was equipped with bulletproof glass and some of the best counter-surveillance measures that money could buy. He let his gaze drift over it without any visible sign of recognition, then crossed the street at a casual stroll and turned on the corner. The car slowed to a stop as it pulled up to the curve, and the back door opened. Bond stepped inside, closing the door behind him, and turned to the man sitting beside him.

He was seldom taken by surprise, but he paused for a moment as he took in the familiar features of the man sitting next to him. It was a conscious effort not to straighten his posture slightly as he extended a hand.

"Mr. Prime Minister."

"Mr. Bond."

Of course. M must have told him.

"I'm glad to see you were punctual, Mr. Bond."

"Ma'am." He nodded to the short, stern woman sitting on the opposite side of the Prime Minister. The lined face and short-cropped grey hair were the same, as was the immaculate suite, but he saw a flicker of uncertainty in her expression. M was worried. And that meant trouble.

It always did, when they needed him.

The car pulled away from the curve, and Bond took a moment to study the driver. He was a tall, dignified black man of middle age, bald and dressed as impeccably as M, but he carried himself with an alert readiness Bond recognized, eyes constantly sweeping back and forth over the streets around them. Bond didn't recognize him as one of M's usual lackeys, but he pegged the man as ex-military.

They drove through what Bond recognized as a shopping district a little outside of the busiest areas of London. He remained silent, studying the people and stores they drove past. The Prime Minister, after his initial introduction, said nothing.

M broke the silence as they passed a storefront on some street Bond didn't recognize.

"Tell me, Mr. Bond: What do you see?"

He looked more closely, but he saw only shoppers. Pedestrians. Cars. A Bobby on the corner.

"Nothing unusual," he admitted after a moment.

"Of course not," M replied, to his surprise. She turned to the driver. "Mr. Shacklebolt."

"There's a pub, right between those two buildings on your left."

"I don't see a-" Bond blinked. "Pub."

Sure enough, their was a dingy little pub, with a sign above the door reading "The Leaky Cauldron."

Bond turned back to M, slightly embarrassed that he could have missed something so obvious.

M's expression was very serious and, he thought, more than a little annoyed.

"What you are witnessing, Mr. Bond, is one particular aspect of the single greatest lapse in British Intelligence history." Her tone was definitely disgruntled, but considering her words, he couldn't find much humour in her discomfiture.

"Quantum?" he asked, tensing as a flicker of cold rage ran through him. The mysterious global syndicate had been lying low since that day in the Bolivian desert, but he knew that he had probably only scratched the surface of their operations.

I wouldn't mind another crack at them.

But M shook her head shortly.

"Would that we were so lucky. This is nothing so... mundane, I'm afraid."

The PM broke in, his expression very serious.

"What if I were to tell you, Mr. Bond, that beneath the ordinary, every day London we know, their exists a secret world, populated by people not completely unlike you or I, except for the fact that they are possessed of abilities that most men might describe as...supernatural."

Bond let a grin slide onto his face. It died when he saw the deadly seriousness of M's expression.

"You're serious."

M gave him a very cold look, and the Prime Minister grimaced, his expression precisely as though he were sucking on a particularly sour lemon.

"Perhaps a demonstration, Mr. Shacklebolt," M said.

Bond turned his attention to the driver once more, tensing imperceptibly as the man reached into the jacket of his suite and withdrew a long, slender piece of wood. He held the stick-no, wand, Bond thought bemusedly-over his outstretched hand. He waved it, and Bond stared as a packet of papers appeared out of nothing, dropping neatly bundled into Mr. Shacklebolt's hand.

"That's a neat trick, Mr. Shacklebolt," Bond said. His evaluation of the threat Mr. Shacklebolt represented had just gone off the scale, however, and beneath his façade, he was rapidly reconsidering his options. Shacklebolt was in an awkward position, presuming he had to actually point the...wand at his target. If he was fast, he could reach over and disarm the man while putting him in a choke hold, or snapping his neck.

"That is a form of transfiguration, conjuring something out of nothing," Shacklebolt explained. "It is only one of many things magic can be used for."

"So when did Her Majesty's government start employing wizards?" Bond asked.

M and the Prime Minister traded glances.

"We don't," the Prime Minister said reluctantly. "Mr. Shacklebolt here was assigned to me by an organization describing itself as the 'Ministry of Magic," which considers itself the government of Britain's magical population."

Bond raised one eyebrow. That was unexpected. Experimental abilities, a product of advanced genetic manipulation or cybernetics, he might have accepted. An entire society though, living in secret within Britain-

"Understand, Mr. Bond, that the demonstration I just provided was, according to my peoples' laws, highly illegal," Mr. Shacklebolt said calmly. "If my superiors were to find out, I would, at the least, lose my position and face a rather hefty fine. You and M would have your memories erased."

Bond shifted uneasily in his seat. He hadn't thought anything would still unsettle him like this, but the idea that someone could just erase his memories... the professional in him was horrified at the security implications.

I wonder what it would be like to forget..., a small voice whispered. He ignored it. If he wanted to forget, he could get bloody drunk. Which sounded increasingly like a wonderful idea, once this conversation was finished.

"M and I," he inquired instead, focusing in on the obvious omission. "But not the Prime Minister?"

"No, Mr. Bond. Under the provisions of the International Statute of Secrecy, Muggle-excuse me, that's non-magical-heads of state or government may be made aware of events in the Wizarding World, for the purposes of maintaining secrecy and security, at the discretion of the local Wizarding government."

"Her Majesty" Bond asked at once, glancing at M.

"I believe that Her Majesty is aware of the broad outlines of the situation" M replied.

Bond frowned, considering the implications of that.

"You say the wizards normally handle their own affairs" he told the Prime Minister. "Am I to take it that that is no longer the case?"

The Prime Minister grimaced again.

"Two days ago, Mr. Bond, I was informed by my... counterpart in the "Ministry of Magic" that a group of Wizarding terrorists were again operating in Britain."

"Again?"

"Apparently, they were highly active during the Eighties and Nineties, but were believed to have disappeared following the death of their leader, a man styling himself as "Lord Voldemort." M's tone made it clear what she thought of that title. "Unfortunately, not only is this Lord Voldemort still alive, but he has renewed his campaign against the Wizarding and Muggle populations alike. Last week, he perpetrated an attack which resulted in the deaths of thirty one of Her Majesty's subjects."

Bond checked his mental timeline and put the pieces together.

"The Millennium Bridge."

"Yes. Unfortunately, it would be inadvisable to expose the existence of magic to the general populace, even were it practical to do so" M replied. Bond snorted faintly. "Inadvisable" was certainly an understatement. Suddenly reveal something that called everyone's beliefs into question, especially in this sort of situation, and people would panic.

Then they would get angry.

"So you want me to deal with it."

"Discretely" M replied.

"Let me be frank with you", the Prime Minister said. "You seem like a man who will appreciate it." Bond met his gaze levelly, revealing nothing. "While M recommend you for this assignment, I have some very serious misgivings." M shot a glance at the Prime Minister, but said nothing. "You have a reputation for reckless actions, Mr. Bond. The embassy incident was a serious embarrassment for the government, not to mention your involvement in the deaths of government agents."

"Agents who were involved in treason and espionage against the United Kingdom", M noted sharply.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the point with a nod.

"M assures me that you are the most capable man for this job. Nonetheless, I would be remiss if I did not emphasize that preserving the Statute of Secrecy, and concealing the involvement of the British government in this matter, is of the utmost importance."

"Beyond that" M interjected, "You have carte blanch to accomplish your objective by whatever means you deem necessary. I want this dealt with Bond, quickly and cleanly. I want you to find this Lord Voldemort, and put him in the bloody ground. Deal with the others as you see fit."

"I've arranged for you to meet your contact on the Wizarding side in the Leaky Cauldron in..."-Shacklebolt glanced at his watch-"four minutes. Do you have any further questions that can't wait until then?"

Bond had about a thousand, but none of them were terribly pertinent to the assignment.

"That will suffice, Mr. Shacklebolt." He nodded to the others sitting in the backseat. "Mr. Prime Minister." He opened the door and stepped out, adjusting his suite and tie as the car rolled away from the curb.

"Well then. Let's get started."
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby LaCroix » 2017-04-28 06:38am

Nice one.

Soo, Bond can now see the leaky cauldron.. why? Spellwork by Shack? Or did you change it to a fidelius-like protection?
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Postby Crazedwraith » 2017-04-28 07:07am

Well your PM sounds kind of generic, but I don't know how you could go about making him sound more like Blair or Brown. Bond's reactions to the reveal of magic are low key but of course that's Craig!Bond's thing and you've implied there's a bigger turmoil he's just not showing.

Interesting use of Shacklebolt, it's ambiguous at the moment if he's helping on behalf of the Minsitry or the Order. The 'that was technically illegal' bit sort makes me think the latter. But if he's not actually being picked up by the ministry for doing it he may have support there.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-04-28 01:00pm

LaCroix wrote:Nice one.


Thanks. :D

Soo, Bond can now see the leaky cauldron.. why? Spellwork by Shack? Or did you change it to a fidelius-like protection?


The exact mechanism by which the Cauldron was concealed is, to the best of my knowledge, not explained in book or film. We do know that there are multiple varieties of concealment charm (some specialized to alter the perceptions of Muggles), though a fidelius is so restrictive that I don't think it would be useable for a place of business.

We do know that Muggles can be shown these things in some way- Hermione's parents visit Diagon Ally (presumably through the Cauldron) in book two, and for film, we have have Newt's Muggle friend in Fantastic Beasts walking around inside the MACUSA headquarters, though it might have a different form of concealment.

What I would assume is that a wizard would generally have to reveal it to them, though by what mechanism is open to debate. So in that respect I suppose its like a very heavily-watered-down fidelius- one that conceals only from non-magical people (unless it is specifically revealed to them) rather than from anyone who doesn't know the secret.

Crazedwraith wrote:Well your PM sounds kind of generic, but I don't know how you could go about making him sound more like Blair or Brown. Bond's reactions to the reveal of magic are low key but of course that's Craig!Bond's thing and you've implied there's a bigger turmoil he's just not showing.


Well, if matching it to the actual historical time line, it'd be Brown. I'll try to work on the PM's characterization, to give him a bit more of a distinct personality, but the next few chapters will likely be more from Bond's perspective.

And yes, Bond is... uncomfortable about some aspects of magic, but outwardly playing it cool because making a scene (especially in front of M/the Prime Minister) isn't his style.

Interesting use of Shacklebolt, it's ambiguous at the moment if he's helping on behalf of the Minsitry or the Order. The 'that was technically illegal' bit sort makes me think the latter. But if he's not actually being picked up by the ministry for doing it he may have support there.


I won't say much here, because spoilers, but I will simply say that I have put a lot of thought into why Shacklebolt is doing what he is doing, and what the potential consequences will be, and you will likely get a scene from Shacklebolt's point of view later to explain his motivations.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby LadyTevar » 2017-05-01 06:39pm

I'm very interested in where you go from here.
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Re: Harry Potter and the Prime Minister's Plan.

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-05-02 12:36am

Thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out myself, particularly once we get to a bit more action.
"Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes" When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy." - Lincoln.


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