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September 1st, 2006


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09:48 am - Finish-a-thon Results are In!
And of course, I'm going to be writing the fic that came in second last year, and was the frontrunner throughout the voting (though my Dr.Who/Numb3rs crossover came awefully close to a tie):

Fandoms: Harry Potter/CSI
Description: The CSI team are witches/wizards, part of a new branch of the Aurors who are trained in dealing with magical trace elements, spell identification, etc. Now they've been assigned to investigate the scene of the battle in the department of Mysteries, to determine the exact charges against the captured Death Eaters, the culpability of any of the vigilantes who fought them, and to confirm or deny the presence of Sirius Black during the battle and his role in it.
Type: gen, though I reserve the right to hint at 'ships. Avatar fic, of a sort.
Rating: PG

Well, this is going to require some thorough knowledge of the battle in the Dept. of Mysteries (at the end of OotP). I'll do a close read-through, but if anyone knows of a source online, or has done similar research for a fic or essay of their own, I would love to be pointed to it. (I'll be checking hp_essays and the Lexicon anyway.)

I think I know our CSIs well enough to do the transliteration, though.
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From:kalquessa
Date:September 1st, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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How did anybody ever write fic without the internet? I mean seriously, it would be so much work. Maybe that's a good thing though. Perhaps the current glut of horrid fanfic is the result of how easy it is to write, now.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 1st, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps the current glut of horrid fanfic is the result of how easy it is to write, now.

Not because of how easy it is to write, maybe (I mean, I was writing fic before I ever got on the Internet, and the only difference is having to get my brothers to help me do research instead of asking online peeps to help out), but certainly because of the ease with which one can present one's work to an eager and sometimes completely undiscriminating audience.

Heh.
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From:amberdulen
Date:September 1st, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Boy, could the Ministry use some CSI know-how. I seriously think they've messed up every single criminal investigation in the books.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 1st, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's going to be crazy fun coming up with magical equivalents to all their little forensic tools. *facepalm*
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 2nd, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
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Well, there's a canonical spell which would probably be useful in their line of work -- isn't there one which can tell what spells have been cast with a particular wand?

Also, I expect that the Auror-CSIs are good at their work, but Ministerial politics means that either (a) they aren't allowed to investigate or (b) their findings are ignored.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 2nd, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
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Well, there's a canonical spell which would probably be useful in their line of work -- isn't there one which can tell what spells have been cast with a particular wand?

Yes, Prior Incantato. If they've got the wand, they can use that spell to make it reveal what spells it has previously cast, as Crouch did with Harry's wand which was used to cast the Dark Mark. The fun will be coming up with stuff they can use on spell residue and people and so forth to determine the same knowledge from the flip side.

And I agree completely about the Auror-CSIs being strangled by Ministry politics. Grissom will be over the moon that they've got permission to investigate this particular crime--I'm even wondering if he knows someone who works in the Dept. of Mysteries, and has some leverage of his own that way (though Griss isn't usually good at playing politics).
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From:kerravonsen
Date:September 2nd, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
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I'm even wondering if he knows someone who works in the Dept. of Mysteries, and has some leverage of his own that way (though Griss isn't usually good at playing politics).

No, but Catherine is.
However what seems more likely to me is that his friend in the Dept. of Mysteries respects Grissom's expertise and put his own pressure to bear, without Grisssom having to know that.
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 2nd, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
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Hmm. Both extremely good points. *files away for contemplation*
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From:mistraltoes
Date:September 2nd, 2006 08:53 am (UTC)
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I am sooo glad you are finally going to write this one! Let me know if I can be any help. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:September 2nd, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Heh. Well, we'll see how well I do.

I wouldn't mind bouncing some ideas off you, regarding the wizarding-world versions of our CSI people. Basically, I'm trying to keep their personalities and backgrounds from canon intact, but in a way that makes sense in the wizarding world. Sara Sidle, for instance, I've decided is American and Muggle-born, and got called in by her one-time mentor Grissom to work on his team (on this case?) much as she was in the CSI pilot episode.

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