I love the idea that Buckbeak's dual nature (as horse and hawk) is explained away as just the fact that all the eyewitnesses are druggies.
I'm a little confused about Sirius' comments on the articles he reads:
"He knew for certain that the Dark Arts were brewing in Tibet, [how did he know if he's been in Azkaban all these years?] and yet there had been a number of strange occurrences in Albania of all places. [Why not Albania?] It was too consistent [what was?] to simply be a coincidence.
What few concrete facts Sirius was able to glean from the articles were too consistent with what he knew to be a coincidence. Albania couldn’t possibly be a hot spot for affairs, could it? [Still can't understand why.] How often could someone disappear from their hotel room in the middle of the night without any sign of a struggle? And not only were the disappearances unaccounted for, nearly all of the victims were people that Sirius knew were ardently against the Dark Arts. [I just think maybe this should be explained better. I know there's supposed to be a mystery to it, but it'sstill hard to follow.
Otherwise, I love Sirius' verbal tussle with Mme. Wright. Another interesting character And the vigilante justice! Whoa, I'm glad I don't live there!
Ah, yeah: the article. The way I see it, Sirius has been reading all sorts of papers from the past few years, so he's picked up on a few things from other articles. He knows for certain, because, well, he seems like he knows when he's right. I said Albania because that's where Voldemort was rumored to have been hiding as Vapormort for several years.
I can try to make that part a little clearer, but I may leave it as is, seeing as I have a tendency to beat dead horses when I write.
I have to give half of the credit to my beta. I came up with Wright's character, but I can't get her dialogue right so save my life. So Kash (the beta) has done most of it.
I'll take full credit for the druggy allegations though. How could all those cons and loons really be clean, eh? *cheesy grin*
Chapter 17: Moments in Time