Battle for Secrecy Part 2

The long-awaited Grim Fawley shows up as if on cue. Will he be willing and able to end the Calamity and reunite with his beloved wife? Or will outside forces get in the way?

Battle for Secrecy Part 2

Intro

Harry

Grim Fawley! I can't believe we've finally found you... or, to be more accurate, that you found us. Where did you come from? Where have you been all these years?


Grim

Close to Penelope, watching and waiting. You see, I knew the Ministry would be after me once I saw the havoc the Foundables Spell had caused. So I fled, Apparating anywhere and everywhere I thought I'd be safe.


My desire to disappear became so strong that I must've unconsciously modified the spell. Because the next thing I knew, I had become, for all intents and purposes, an invisible spectator. I could observe the world around me, but no one could see or hear me, nor could I interact with anyone or anything.


Hermione

Interesting, it's almost as if you were under the ‘protection’ of a Confoundable. So what changed? Why did you suddenly appear before us just now?


Grim

I imagine it's because I'm through with hiding. Now that I know Nel is safe, I'm ready to put an end to this mess and accept responsibility for what I've done.


Brilliant Nagini

Grim

I should be relieved that Gareth Greengrass is dead. He was a snake who stole Nel from us to cover up his crimes and used my grief to his advantage. I should be happy that he got what he deserved... but I'm not.


If anything, I'm just sad. A part of me even feels bad for him.


Hermione

Gareth was a selfish wizard who did some truly reprehensible things. But he did them to save his daughter because he felt it was his only option, just as you only cast the Foundables Spell because you thought it was the only way to save Penelope. It's only natural - admirable, even, given all the pain that he's caused you - that you feel some sympathy for him.


Grim

I can't say I regret casting the Foundables Spell because it ultimately brought Nel back to me. I doubt Gareth regrets his actions either for a similar reason. But I'm still sad things turned out the way they did.


Hermione

Me too. But there's no sense dwelling on the past. Better you accept responsibility, face the consequences of your actions, and focus on making amends.


Brilliant Young Ron Weasley

Ron

The fuzziness in my head... Hermione, it's gone!


Hermione

But that means... Ron, have your memories have completely returned?


Ron

It seems like it, but there's really no way to know for sure. So I hope you'll be patient with me if I happen to forget anything important like oh, I don't know, our anniversary.


Hermione

Oh Ron, you really are a dolt... but I wouldn't have it any other way.


Kreacher Quest

Hermione

I wondered how you always seemed to be aware of what was going on, Grim. You were silently and invisibly keeping watch on The Unforgivable the entire time you were missing, weren't you?


Grim

I tried reaching out as soon as I discovered I could use the Calamity to communicate, but my abilities were limited. Even when I could get my messages through, I had to be careful. I couldn't risk The Unforgivable hurting Nel.


Harry

I can't imagine how frustrating it must have been to watch The Unforgivable continue to evade us, but to be unable to do anything about it...


Grim

It wasn't easy, but it'll all be worth it once I can hold Nel in my arms again.


Constance

I'm sorry, Grim, but I can't let you two reunite... Stupefy!


Kreacher Mysterious Note

First Piece

Harry

Constance?! What are you doing here? How did you escape your holding cell?


Constance

Let's just say that not everyone in the Ministry thinks blending the wizarding and non-magical worlds is such a bad or naive idea.


Hermione

Why did you stun Grim? Why stop him from reuniting with Penelope? Haven't you caused the couple enough suffering?


Constance

Gareth had a theory that the Calamity would end if Grim ‘obtained’ what he cast the Foundables Spell to find: Penelope. Now, there's no guarantee that's actually the case. But, if it is, the spell will wear off once Grim comes into contact with Penelope. I can't let that happen.


The Calamity is a great way to introduce and disseminate magic to Muggles. It'll take some modification and manipulation, sure, but imagine what would happen if the Calamity could respond to the thoughts and desires of the non-magical community like it does the wizarding one.


Fifth Piece

Hermione

Don't do this, Constance. Witches and wizards already abuse the Calamity. If people who never even knew magic existed were suddenly given access to it, it would be chaos. Innocent people would get hurt. Do you really want that?


Constance

No, of course not... But I've come so far... And if it helps more than it hurts...


Hermione

Can't you see how dangerous that sort of talk is? Sacrificing the well-being and happiness of some for the benefit of others... How does that make you any different from your grandfather or the wizarding supremacists you claim to hate? You may not share their anti-Muggle or hegemonic beliefs, but you're still prioritising lives.


Constance

I... I hadn't thought of it like that...


Hermione

Who gets to decide who deserves help and who gets cast aside anyway? You? Look at Grim, Constance. Are his dreams really less valid than the ones you plan to fulfill? Are you really prepared to steal the love of his life and his happiness away from him?


Tenth Piece

Harry

Why don't you put your wand down, Constance? We can talk as long as you want, but let's let Grim and Penelope have the reunion they deserve.


Constance

I can't do that...


Harry

Constance, no!


Constance

Rennervate! There you go, Grim. You should be able to move again. I'm sorry for stunning you and everything I've put you and Penelope through. Go on, reunite with your wife and end the Calamity. I won't stop you.


Grim

Thank you, Constance. Now if you don't mind, I owe my wife an apology for taking so long to find her.


Basilisk Fangs

Grim

Before you sentence me to a lifetime in Azkaban, I hope you'll let me reunite and spend some time with Nel. I've got so much I want to tell her, including an explanation for everything that's happened. 


Harry

Who said anything about going away for life?


Grim

Well, I did create untold amounts of chaos, violate the International Statute of Secrecy several times over, and put innocent people at risk... Not to mention the... ‘unprofessional’ names I called you.


Harry

I'm not going to lie, you messed up. But you were desperate and felt that the world had turned its back on Penelope. Gareth Greengrass took advantage of that and manipulated you into casting the Foundables Spell. Then Constance and the The Unforgivable threatened you into keeping it going.


I'm not saying you deserve to get off scot-free. You're going to have to stand trial and will likely see some time in Azkaban. But I promise I'll do everything I can to help you get back to your wife and children quickly.


Fred Weasley

Ron

Harry, I don't know how to thank you for working so hard to restore my memories. I finally feel whole again.


Harry

Of course, Ron. It was actually fun getting to relive some of our old Hogwarts memories.


Ron

Yeah... Though there are some memories... some losses... I'd have rather forgotten.\t


Harry

I understand. But as painful as those memories are, they're part of you. They make you who you are... my best friend.


Ron

That's the soppiest nonsense I've ever heard. But I appreciate it. Thanks, Harry.


The Very End

Hermione

It seems Gareth's theory about the Foundables Spell ‘completing’ when Grim came into contact with Penelope was spot on. The Calamity hasn't totally subsided, but the magic does appear to be waning. I anticipate the spell will wear off completely in a few weeks. How's Penelope doing?


Harry

Well! Fortunately for Grim, her memories were intact. According to Penelope, Gareth Greengrass just couldn't bring himself to erase them. The Wizengamot also agreed to grant Grim a stay for his hearing so he and Penelope could reunite with their kids and get the family settled down.


Hermione

That's great news! It wasn't easy to make Constance see how dangerous her ideas were, but if we hadn't convinced her to surrender, Grim and Penelope would have never reunited and the Calamity would still be raging.


Harry

When the Calamity first broke out, did you ever think we'd go through all this? Fighting difficult battles against past enemies, duelling a shadowy cabal, surviving more than a few close calls... But we managed to made it through in one piece, didn't we?


Hermione

Thanks in large part to our volunteers. If it weren't for their diligence and hard work, we never could have protected the International Statute of Secrecy. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and respect.