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Midnight by the Weasley Watch

by excessivelyperky

Rating: PG

Fandom: Harry Potter

Category: Mystery, Gen

Spoilers: Through GoF. Fifth Year AU.

Disclaimer: Everything belongs to J.K. Rowling, except the emir and Rafi. Her pitch, her Snitch, and her players.

Summary: Ron Weasley makes up his schoolwork, and actually _thinks_ for a change. Snape gets some Christmas presents he doesn't expect. The old game is over, but a new one is just beginning.

Author's Notes: This story has a lot to say about chess. If you are allergic to chess, you'd best wander off (though I think I've managed to keep the games from being too terribly boring). If you are truly expert in chess, have mercy, I'm doing the best I can. The title is a tribute to story about chess (well, sort of) by Fritz Leiber called "Midnight by the Morphy Watch", which itself was a tribute to Paul Morphy, the first American grandmaster.

Chapter Listing:

  1. Setting the Pieces
  2. Opening Moves
  3. Possession of the Board
  4. The Hogwarts Express
  5. Kings Play Chess on Fine-Grained Sand
  6. Progress Across the Board
  7. Preliminary Maneuvers
  8. Pawn Advance
  9. A Warm Reception
  10. Pawn Sweep
  11. The Disorderly Knights
  12. Endgame
  13. Putting Away the Pieces
  14. Preparing for a New Game

Story completed June 15, 2003.

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