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Nov. 27th, 2007 | 12:50 am
posted by: oddsbobs in motorbikeslash

Breathing life into a dead community?  Why not.  It's late, I'm tired, and I was recently reminded of this comm.

There are a few things on my mind.  

First:  What do you all think of DH?  Specifically, where Sirius's bike was (with Hagrid) and how it ended up (completely crashed, then possibly rebuilt by Mr. Weasley).   I'm glad JKR mentioned the bike was Sirius's, but it seemed almost to disregard Sirius entirely.  If I were Harry, learning that the recently totalled bike was my recently deceased godfather's might spark a bit of a reaction at least.

Second:  What do you think Sirius named the bike?  I ask this because I'm (potentially) writing a fic with it, and I'm not sure what to call her.  I have no doubts that the bike's a she.  I just (perhaps) need a name.

Speaking of writing a fic, I'll be ignoring DH for it.  It'll involve some Remus/Harry bonding time that was so tragically ignored in the books.

To make everyone happy, I have a rec as well.

Motorcycle Memories by

topaz_eyes.  100 words, PG.

 

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mysid

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from: mysid
date: Nov. 27th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
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I agree: Harry could have shown a spark more interest in the bike at some point. We know from Chapter Two of PS/SS that Harry has some subconcious happy memories of the bike:

He rolled on his back and tried to remember the dream he had been having. It had been a good one. There had been a flying motorcycle in it. He had a funny feeling he'd had the same dream before.

I doubt very much that it was the one and only trip he'd taken on the bike with Hagrid that left such a deep impression on him--although that's what we were meant to believe until we read PoA--so when Harry was an infant, he must have associated the bike with his beloved godfather.

However, the night that Harry re-encounters the motorcycle is a highly stressful one for Harry, so it's understandable that he cares little about the bike. When he first learns he is to be riding on it with Hagrid, he's more concerned with the safety of his friends who are about to risk their lives on his behalf. Later, when he learns that the bike was totalled, he's more concerned with those who have died or are still missing. People (and owl) vs. motorcycle--no contest.

As for the name of the bike, I've always believed that the motorcycle is a Vincent Black Shadow, so I'm inclined to have him refer to it as "The Shadow," or "My Shadow." Not original ideas; I steal from CLS'sBlack Shadow.

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Bobsie

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from: oddsbobs
date: Nov. 27th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
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I agree... the bike must have made a lasting subconscious impression in infant Harry because of his godfather. I don't think it would have been the bike ride with Hagrid, since his infant mind was probably too busy processing the traumatic events of earlier that night. Yes, People > motorcycle any day. There is a moment later in the books, however. During the wedding preperations and when Mrs. Weasley is trying to keep the trio apart by assigning them chores, he has to go to the broom shed. Mr. Weasley stops him and mentions that the pieces of the bike are in there and he's rebuilding it. Perhaps that would have been an appropriate time for some Sirius thoughts? Of course, he could now be associating the motorcycle with the Seven Potters escapade. As for names, I've heard "The Shadow" used before, as well as "The Black Bitch" (or various deviations of that). I think I'll go with the Shadow name. Of course, that name always reminds me of 'What evil lurks in the heart of man? Only the Shadow knows.' I'm a dork. :D

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mysid

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from: mysid
date: Nov. 28th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
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You're quite right: Harry should have shown an interest in the motorcycle once it was at the Weasleys'. I can only guess it's because he doesn't really associate it with Sirius. He knows that it belonged to Sirius at one time, but it's not part of his memories (his conscious memories) of Sirius.

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Bobsie

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from: oddsbobs
date: Nov. 27th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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sorry about that last comment... LJ ate my paragraphs.

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