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Amanda Smythe is being possessed by Alex's daughter.We all know there's something weird going on with Amanda. My theory? She's been possessed (or something) by Alex's daughter. Could be Matthias, not Alex, but I don't think so. Matthias's line, after all, leads to the Gaunt family and eventually to everybody's favorite Dark Lord. Alex turned away from his father's teachings for his love (Muggleborn, maybe?). He had two children, a daughter and a son, but Salazar cursed the family so one of them (and all but one of every succeeding generation) would die young. The girl, her brother, and her boyfriend/fiance note were in the cave note , but there was a trap. They were all going to drown, but the girl got herself and her boyfriend/fiance to safety, so only her brother died. Eventually, the castle-in-the-sky thing happened. Somehow note , Alex can possess Ezra Smythe, and his unnamed daughter who was in the cave for a while note used her one chance to possess (or something) Amanda, Ezra's daughter note . Draco has something to do with Possessing!Amanda's boyfriend note , so she's in love with him, but she's going to die (?)note soon, not long before he does (or not).
Draco Black is not actually going to die. Since chapter 3 of Facing Danger, we've assumed Luna's vision was true, especially after what Margaret Ravenclaw said. But...
Harry is not the Heir of Gryffindor.Yeah, I know, we're so used to seeing this in fanfic that it's practically become a Fandom Specific Plot, but there's evidence suggesting there's more to it. A reread of the first book caused me to notice a few things. A prophecy refers to Remus as "the lion-hearted wolf" just before referring to Aletha, recently confirmed as an Heir of Ravenclaw, as "the eagle-hearted truth" (her name is derived from from Greek αληθεια (aletheia) meaning "truth"). Harry is never connected to Gryffindor in such a fashion. Additionally, Danger, Remus' beloved, is also called "Beloved of the Heir" by the Gryffindors during her visit to the Founders' Hogwarts. The Hufflepuffs already called her "Savior of the Savior", referring to her role in rescuing Harry, but "beloved"? And then thereís that prophecy Luna gave Harry about their hideout at Hogwarts. "Remember, by the place of your fatherís servant, to thank those who gave your mother her gifts." This would imply that while Danger was gifted with the gift of control over fire, the gift was merely unlocked in Remus. Remus is noted in "Living with Danger" as never being sunburned despite being rather pale, and the first chapter of "Dealing with Danger" establishes that Remus prefers his tea to be served while very hot, suggesting he never gets burned that way either. The prophecy at the end of "Living without Danger" that refers to "the lion's son, with whom you dwell" who "calls eagle's daughter sister yet/their blood is nothing like" could apply to Harry, but remember who the "you" is in Danger's prophecies. While Remus has been eliminating himself from the pool of candidates at least partly due to the fact that he and Danger always receive the year's prophecy together, this means that the prophecy refers to someone living with Danger rather than someone living with Danger and Remus. Remus definitely seems to think of Aletha (recently confirmed to be a blood Heir of Ravenclaw) as his sister, by extension of thinking of Sirius as his brother. "Living Without Danger" establishes that one of the makers of the Marauders' Map was an Heir - it could just as easily be Remus as James. It also serves as an in-universe explanation for why Fenrir Greyback was sent to attack Remus - a side effect of Dangerverse lycanthropy is that those afflicted with it can't have children - Voldemort, an Heir of Slytherin, thus would have been trying to eliminate the Gryffindor line before it could produce an Heir who might one day stand against him. Finally, it's only after the blood-bond with Remus that Harry shows the easy and confident Gryffindor control over fire. During the graveyard scene, he did put out the fire under Voldemort's cauldron and burn the ropes off himself, but that appeared to be the product of desperate need and was not easily repeatable. Despite the in-universe explanation (that the powers of a Gryffindor Heir are sealed early in life), whenever James has appeared in a Dangerverse AU, he has almost never demonstrated control over fire. Be Careful stands out as an exception, but then, that story also involves a few hundred years of alternate history which include Remus being an Heir of Slytherin, so it's not necessarily the best guideline. In True Colors, not only does Remus have power over fire, he is able to pass it down the line to Ray... In "Dealing With Danger", Harry is able to draw the Sword of Gryffindor from the Sorting Hat, but we know from canon that Neville would be just as capable when the need was sufficient. And there's one last bit to this theory: during the original fight with Salazar Slytherin, it's revealed that it wasn't Godric Gryffindor who finished Sal off, or either of his children - but one of Gryffindor's students. Also, Anne reveals in "Of Alex and Anne" that the next Heir of Gryffindor will be named Nadia. Connect this to the original prophecy given to Danger: "When they who saved the savior twine/The freshest blood with foundersí line/Then has the age of hope begun/And peace comes to the man who won." "Nadia" is derived from "Nadezhda," which means "hope" in Russian, Bulgarian and Macedonian. This could mean that whatever prevents lycanthropes from having children will be broken before the conclusion of "Surpassing Danger", and Danger will finally conceive. In addition, there is this line of prophecy: "When they who saved the savior twine/The freshest blood with foundersí line". In Anne's works, especially Be Careful, purebloodedness is dying out and stagnating (c.f. the proposed marriage laws in BC). Ginny is a pureblood, which is hardly 'freshest blood'. Danger, however, is a muggleborn in a family which clearly has lots of latent magic: Hermione is a very powerful witch too. It seems more likely that the Grangers are those with 'freshest blood'.