Friday, August 8th, 2003 06:05 pm
Summary: Trapped in a world where he can be neither seen nor heard, Sirius Black struggles to communicate to his friends that he may not be as dead as they think he is... and that something dreadful lurks beyond the veil.

Dedicated to the SBRL list and the noble cause of denial.

01: The Other Side
02: Through the Looking Glass
03: A Glimmer of Hope
04: Communication
05: A Lack of Open Hostility
06: Forbidden Magic
07: The Space Between
08: Orpheus
09: Regardless of Warnings
10: Consequences

Despite my protestations at the time, I did consider a sequel to this. It never really got anywhere, and the publication of book 6 has put the final nail in its coffin, as I have no real desire to rewrite the canon. So I just thought I might mention a few points about it, for the curious.

1. Funnily enough, nobody picked up on something crucial: if Sirius lost his Animagus transformation as a result of travelling through the mirror world, wouldn't Remus lose the werewolf curse? The answer is yes, he would. ^_^

2. The silver book did not pass into their hands through Voldemort's influence, but from something completely outside it: a spirit or remnant of the witch who wrote it. Oddly, the mythology I'd come up with for this is very similar to Horcruxes (I guess I was basing it on Tom Riddle's book) in that she had put something of herself into the book before attempting the crossing into the mirror world. Why did she want Remus to enter and bring Sirius out? Because she, and her lover, were not wholly lost, and his entry and departure, using her spells, gave them a way out.

3. Unfortunately, it gave some other things a way out, too. Spirits, ghosts, whispers of the past... Remus had picked up a connection to them, hence the dreams and visions, which are not prophetic, but flashes of the past.

4. Wherein lies the key to defeating Voldemort. Unfortunately I can't tell you what that was: I had only the haziest beginnings of the idea at the time, and reading book 6 has changed my speculations on it. It involved a little time travel, however, and Harry and Hermione visiting the 16-year-old Marauders in the past. :)

And that, as they say, is all she wrote.