Draco Veritas

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Fanfiction
Title: Draco Veritas
Author(s): Cassandra Claire
Date(s): 24 August 2001 - 04 August 2006
Length: 17 chapters; 537,821 words
Genre: action/adventure, het romance
Fandom: Harry Potter
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Contents

Draco Veritas is the last novel in Cassandra Claire's The Draco Trilogy.

It has sixteen chapters plus an epilogue; chapters 13 through 16 and the epilogue were all split into two parts each.

Author's summary: "The sequel to Draco Sinister, featuring winter at Hogwarts, snogging, Quidditch, mysterious things and Rhysenn Malfoy."[1]

Background

Plot Summary

Outtakes & Alternate Scenes

In Which Draco Realizes Why He Is So Fond of Green Umbrellas

Clare and Rhysenn co-wrote an alternate version of a scene from DV Chapter One, published as In Which Draco Realizes Why He Is So Fond of Green Umbrellas. It may have been a December 2001 Christmas cookie.[2] Its FictionAlley summary was as follows:

"This fic is in honor of Tom Felton turning fourteen. One year closer to being a legal sex symbol. Go Tom! It's a bit of fluff that takes off from the "Is there somebody else?" scene in DV1 at the Sleazy Weasel."[3]

The story diverges from the events of Draco Veritas to become Draco/Harry slash.

A Very DV Xmas

Written for Christmas 2004 and updated with a new cookie for Christmas 2005. They are still available online.

  • "The Malfoy/Finnegan Correspondence"
  • "Christmas Shopping"
  • "Malfoys in the Garden"
  • "Disobedience"
  • "Voldemort's New Career"
  • "Two Letters: One False, One True"
  • DV15 cookie

Works Inspired by DV

Fanfiction

Fan Art

Reviews

That was a loooong read. 2 weeks before I finish it. I must say the book doesn't deserve to be written that long. There was too many unnecessary scenes. But that did not make me read it less. I love the books. If you think the Potter books got darker towards the ending, think again, this book is probably 25x darker than that. In here comes a very complicated lives of our beloved teenage wizards. There was killing or should I say decapitating, jealousy, betrayal and lots and lost of drama. But there is also an equal amount of comedy, sarcasm, mystry, thrill, adventure and love. This is very Cassandra Clare, I was so surprised to have read the story of a boy and his pet Falcon, and I mean the exact same story (if you have read the Immortal Instruments) from Jace's childhood with Valentine. [...] I did not really agree with the ending, she seems to ran out of ideas, for such a long book I was expecting more on the ending, but I think I can let go of that, after all I have read so many adventures. A book that I wish has never ended until they are with families, and career... [4]
The final installment to the famous "Draco Trilogy" by Cassandra Claire and she couldn't have finished it more beautifully than she had. Featuring a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, witty and ascerbic wit with dialogues delivered and the tying up of all loose ends--including who really ends up with whom. [...]

The story opens with Draco and The Golden Trio return for their last year in Hogwarts wherein Ron’s been made Head Boy and Hermione as Head Girl. [...] Draco and Harry were both made Quidditch Captains (no surprises there) but insists on keeping up appearances of hating each other which irritates Hermione to no end (since she's the one who has to mend their bruises for both boys refuse to drop by the infirmary) and piques Blaise Zabini’s curiosity. Blaise happens to be Draco's new girlfriend, much to Ginny's intense (and badly hidden) jealousy. [...]

Still in the romance department, Harry doesn’t want to spend time alone with Hermione nor wants to talk about what happened last summer. This leads to Harry being confronted by Draco and the two ending up in The Sleazy Weasel (a Wizards’ Strip Club, deftly hidden behind The Three Broomsticks, complete with a veela bartender. Unfortunately, Harry ends up drunk as a lord, with Hermione finding out where he has been. [...]

The one great thing about being on your senior year at Hogwarts is The Seventh Year Pub Crawl, wherein, you guessed it, seventh years are allowed in Hogsmeade Village for most of the night while the rest of the lower years stay in the castle for the Yule Ball. Seamus summons his courage to invite Ginny as his date, to which she surprisingly agrees. [...] Draco decides to stay at the castle and "oversee" the Yule Ball--all handsomely dressed up, may I add--and ends up kissing and then talking to Ginny outside by the rose bushes. [...] It seems that it's not only Ginny who's having secret rendezvous, but her brother Ron as well. Unfortunately, Malcolm Braddock caught Ron and his mysterious girlfriend in bed. [...]

It seems that Lucius and Voldemort are not yet done toying with Draco's life. We find out about this when Snape made Draco drink a Soporus Potion (to make a person remember his most recent dreams) during a Potions lesson. Draco saw his father and Voldemort talking about him and the Terminus Est sword (or the Weapon of Death as referred to by the Dark Lord). Over time he, along with Hermione, found out about The Four Worthy Objects: the Mirror, the Dagger, the Cup, and the Scabbard. They uncovered Voldemort's plan of using these for a spell which could be anything than good. They then needed to steal the Cup from the unplottable Stonehenge Museum (which then involved Draco creating a "distraction" indeed, a couple of burly security trolls, a very furious Ginny, a sputteringly mad Ron and a scruffed-up Seamus).

In an effort to leave his past behind him and to focus on the task ahead, Harry decides to visit his parents' graves, taking Draco with him. Upon coming back to Hogwarts, he apologizes to Hermione due to his behavior for the last few months. [...]

When Ginny decides to make Seamus her new boyfriend (and introduced him to her parents), she finds herself caught in a complicated and not clearly defined love triangle between Draco and Seamus. [...] It is in "Draco Veritas" where we witness the biggest fight Harry, Ron and Hermione ever had. One can't say whether the rift made can be mended. [...]

Finally, the wedding of Sirius Black & Narcissa Malfoy (since Lucius "died" in the last book) is to take place at the Malfoy Manor. The newlywed's plan was to legally adopt Harry as Sirius's son--effectively making Harry and Draco brothers! One could never have imagined that happening. But it was not to be the blissful wedding ceremony that everybody expected it to be. Instead, all the wedding guests were confronted of the truth regarding the real identity of Ron's girlfriend; the Death Eaters make an appearance and took Harry, Draco and Ron with them; Ginny time travels and runs into an 11 y/o Draco; and Ron finds out what makes him so special. Also, as a treat, I get to learn of Rhysenn Malfoy's life story--she who is the daughter of a female demon and a Malfoy ancestor 600 years ago.

The jarring truth of the true father-son relationship of Lucius and Draco is finally revealed. [...]

Christmas morning finds us with Draco as he lies dying in the infirmary. All the same, there was an exchange of gifts that had sentimental value to the two boys: Harry receives the Malfoy Family Code of Conduct while Draco gets The Marauder’s Map.

Meanwhile, the Slytherins had their own rowdy party at Pansy Parkinson's house where she gets drunk due to the many cups of Dementor’s Kiss consumed--deemed to be the most powerful cocktail in wizarding creation. Blaise finds out exactly what her so-called friends were planning for Draco due to his traitorous treatment of them. [...]

On more disconcerting news, Seamus has finally came out of the closet and informed his parents that he's gay--except he's not. I can't any more than that without giving the plot away. But this I tell you, Seamus realizes that if Ginny dies, then he'll die too. After all, it is Ginny's use of Sympathetic Magic which binds their lives together.

Harry decides to go and fulfill his destiny: that of confronting Voldemort for the final battle and defeat him. But things don't go as planned since Hermione insists on finding him; accompanied by Draco who made a promise based on his honor and family name to always take care of Harry. A funny bit was when they were going over their game plan, she finds out that he has a map of wizarding strip clubs instead of a map of wizarding London she originally asked for. Where do they ultimately end up but in The Midnight Club–-a logical extension of the uses of Polyjuice Potion. Try to guess the connection between these two things. Add to the mix a place called The Shrieking Teacup in Diagon Alley.

But in teaming up together to find Harry, will Hermione and Draco instead seek comfort with each other? From such tiny beginnings do doubts grow like seedlings in the heart, putting forth their branches, unfurling their leaves, until even the memory of love is suffocated.

In the end, you'll just have to guess who proposed to whom; whether or not Draco dies, the question of Harry following him to the afterlife, whether Pansy suffers for her part in the plan against Draco, if Victor Krum is truly writing a book and whether his relationship with Fleur Delacour is the real deal, and whether Hermione truly needs to die--but then who'll accept Harry's marriage proposal?

Other than the demise of Voldemort which is secondary to this plot, the question in the minds of the fans of "Draco Trilogy" is whether or not do Draco and Ginny end up together? [...]

And now, I finally have to bid adieu to my most beloved fanfiction ever. I have been a fan since it first came out years and years ago and I do not regret having an alternate, romantic and angsty dimension added to the "Harry Potter series".[5]

References

  1. Schnoogle. Cassandra Claire - Stories. (Archived 22 November 2004 by the Wayback Machine.)
  2. Published at FictionAlley in January 2002 or earlier (archived 28 January 2002); may have previously appeared on a mailing list (accessed 18 April 2013). Written "in honor of" Tom Felton's fourteenth birthday, which was September 22, 2001, and lists "Christmas" as a keyword in the story header.
  3. Schnoogle. Cassandra Claire and Rhysenn - Chapters. (Archived 30 October 2005 by the Wayback Machine.)
  4. PeaceLove&Pat. Draco Veritas by Cassandra Clare, 10 September 2009. Archived copy retrieved 5 April 2013.
  5. purplycookie. Draco Veritas (Draco Trilogy, Book 3), 31 July 2009. Retrieved 27 December 2010. Archived September 20, 2012 at WebCite.
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