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The locals in a sleepy corner of the Cheviot Hills are surprised to discover that they have new neighbours. Who are the strangers at Drakeshaugh?
Categories: Drama, Fluff, General
Characters: Albus Severus Potter, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, James Sirius Potter, Lily Luna Potter, Original Character
Genres: Drama, Fluff, Friendship, General, Mystery/suspense, Romance
Warnings: None
Challenges:
Series: Northumbrian's Tales
Chapters: 18
Word count: 69594 - Hits: 11760
Complete?: No - Published: 07/14/2011 - Last Updated: 03/28/2015
Story Notes:

Introduction (and Author Notes)


This story is set in 2009 and is, therefore the most "modern" of my stories. This particular story is something of an experiment, so please let me know what you think.


Alwinton and Harbottle (and Harbottle Castle and the River Coquet) are real places in Coquetdale in the Cheviot Hills, Northumberland. The house called Drakeshaugh (pronounced Drakes-hoff) exists only in my imagination, but Harbottle Lough, Drakestone Burn and the Drake Stone itself are real.


Haugh is an old English word meaning meadow, or hollow (or sometimes hidden place) and is a common place name in Northern England and Scotland. For some unknown (to me at least) reason, Northumbrians use neither the English word lake nor the Scottish word loch, instead following the Irish tradition and calling large bodies of water loughs (locally pronounced loff). Confusingly, a “burn” in Northern England and Scotland, is a stream. Coquet (if you’re interested) is pronounced koh-kett.


This is a part of the UK I am familiar with (as should be obvious from my nom de plume), nevertheless, any resemblance between my Original Characters and the residents of Coquetdale is purely coincidental. The canon characters, of course, belong to JKR and I’m simply playing with them.


Finally, apologies to local footballing legend Jackie Charlton for the bad joke.

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2. The Pick Up by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (2918 words)

3. Misty Morning by Northumbrian [Reviews - 2] star star star star star (2921 words)

4. Sunny Afternoon by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (2903 words)

5. Tea and Biscuits by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star half star (3085 words)

6. School Gates by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (3440 words)

7. Wet Afternoon by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (3437 words)

8. Work and Play by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (4634 words)

9. Interlude: Thirty by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (3409 words)

10. Conversations and Invitations by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (3707 words)

11. A Confusion of Weasleys by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (4117 words)

12. Baking Buns and a Barmy Blonde by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (4324 words)

13. A Breakdown, a Bike and a Barmy Blonde Again by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4563 words)

14. Interlude: Three Families by Northumbrian [Reviews - 2] star star star star star (4409 words)

15. Arrivals by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4370 words)

16. Nosh and Natter by Northumbrian [Reviews - 0] (4951 words)

17. Fireworks by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] (5005 words)

18. First Quarter by Northumbrian [Reviews - 1] star star star star star (4603 words)