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sam_storyteller ([personal profile] sam_storyteller) wrote2005-07-15 02:40 pm
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The Report; PG-13, Gen.

Summary: Hermione ends up in the worst possible place for a witch.
Warnings: Discussion of mental illness and institutionalisation.

Also available at AO3.


"Doctor, may I?"

"Of course. I hear you have a case to present."

"Discuss, really. I was hoping you had a minute."

"Do you mind if I eat?"

"Not at all. I have all the looks like a breakdown but I can't tell."

"Child of professional parents, highly driven, academically successful...they see these all the time down at the new University hospitals."

"Tragic burnout."

"Too much study too soon. Not enough time to explore life..."

"Says the psychiatrist with two doctorates."

"Yes well, it took me long enough to get them."

"As for the You're right. High-status boarding school for gifted children. She's pretty lucid about a lot of it. Won't give me names, of course. Think she's telling me the tru -- "


"Sorry. Do you think she's telling me what happened in reality, or do you think that's part of the fantasy too?"

"She's well-spoken, well-read, isn't she?"

"Magnificently so. She's an exceptional conversationalist. Especially when it comes to history."

"Has she been diagnosed as schizophrenic?"



"She doesn't fit the typical pattern. Really, of anything I've come across. I'd even say she's lying but she's obviously not sociopathic, I can see quite a depth of emotion in her. She really believes these things. We've run all sorts of tests, that's why I'm here. It doesn't read like a psychotic break."

"They found her in the woods, didn't they?"

"Raving about a battle with an evil sorcerer."

"A battle that's coming?"

"No, one she's already had."

"Post-traumatic stress disorder, then. A rape? Abuse?"

"No physical evidence of it. When she talks about it, she's obviously quite depressed, but everything's very clear. Her story rarely changes. She names off ten or twelve people she says she saw killed."

"Including the sorcerer?"

"Oh yes, she says he died too. According to her, the others died trying to kill him."

"She won't give her name."


"Any other details?"

"She's mentioned her parents, says they're dentists."

"Reckon she's about eighteen?"

"Little older maybe. I'd say twenty."

"Beautiful girl."

"She's very..."



"Hmm. Keep working with her. Be a shame to keep a girl like this locked up."

"Well, she doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. I'd appreciate you looking in on a session."

"Absolutely. Let me know the next time you speak with her. Out of curiousity, did she give a name for the sorcerer?"

"She's named them all. Voldemort was the sorcerer."

"Vole-de-mort. Rat of death. How intriguing."

"She also calls him Tom Riddle sometimes."

"A riddle indeed."


[identity profile] 2005-12-21 06:12 am (UTC)(link)
An interesting take on things, but I will nitpick for a second, if you don't mind.

'Vol' does not mean rat. It can mean theft, or flight, but not rat.

(I've long held the opinion that the translation Rowling had in mind was 'Flight from death' - appropirate, given the extreme measures Voldemort's taken to achieve immortality.)

[identity profile] 2005-12-22 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah bugger, I fixed it in the other version. *goes back to add an E*

I think Rowling has actually stated that she meant "flight from death", yes. *nods*

[identity profile] 2009-02-16 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
i had the vol-de-mort discussion a bit ago with another friend, a HP geek, who i do A Level french with...

We're under the collective that it's flight of death... not from... Not that I don't trust JKR's french or anything... but meh...

(Anonymous) 2006-03-27 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, the way it's spelled does denote a rat. Well, small rodent, not really a rat. A vole.

[identity profile] 2007-08-19 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, interesting! I am enjoying your fics very much. Minor spelling nitpick:
"Has she been diagnosed as schitzophrenic?"

It's spelled 'schizophrenic', without the t. Trust me, I'm a doctor - well, a medical student ;-)

[identity profile] 2007-08-20 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Ah! Thanks, I'll add that to my edits file. That's one of those words I always muck up, like "restaurant" :D