18 February 2016

kerravonsen: Draco Malfoy: Turn back (Draco-turn-back)
As you may or may not know, there's a HP fic I have writer's block on, due to having realized that the half-a-dozen chapters I wrote needed to be ripped up and thrown away, and the only thing kept was the prologue. Rather discouraging. But at least I still have a good prologue?

Anyway, this is a changing-history AU where a character goes back in time, not physically, but into their past self. There's a lot of these around in HP fandom for some reason. Anyway, the twist of this one is that it isn't one of the usual suspects (e.g. Harry or Hermione), but Draco Malfoy, going back to just before he starts Hogwarts.

It's been stalled for ages, as I said above. Got to thinking about it again. There's a bit of writing advice I've come across more than once: think of the worst thing that could happen to your protagonist, and then do that.
So I asked myself this question: "From Draco's point of view, what's the worst thing that could happen?"
The answer that immediately came to me was: "get sorted into Gryffindor".

What?

Not possible, surely?

But I really like the idea.

Of course Draco is a coward, we all know that. So he'd never get sorted into Gryffindor. The only idea I have is that maybe the Hat will take the fact that Draco travelled back to change history as evidence of Draco's courage (even though it could also be seen as cowardice, running away from everything as far away as possible). But even if the Hat thought that, Draco would, I expect, argue vehemently against it, and we know that the Hat does allow a person to choose if there's more than one House they are suited for. So I really really can't see that there's a plausible way for Draco to be sorted into Gryffindor.

So I ask y'all, do you have any ideas how to solve this problem?

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