of Their Own Fortune
I: Page of Swords
up,” muttered Malcolm O’Bannon. Across
the table, seventh-year student Roderick Haviland
glanced up at his friend, then at the mirror over the Slytherin
House common room fireplace. The
mirror showed a blond fourth-year, Draco Malfoy,
who had turned away from his crowd of friends (or “toadies-in-training”,
as Malcolm sometimes described them) to approach the two older students.
of the first lessons most Slytherin House students
learned was “always watch your back”.
Somewhere around third year, Haviland and
O’Bannon had discovered enough common interests to form a partnership, which
had later become a friendship. Now,
four years later, the two of them still made it a point to always sit where
each could look over the other’s shoulder.
grimaced and briefly crossed his eyes; when he turned toward Malfoy,
however, his expression was one of polite attention.
couple of the second years said they’d seen you loitering outside the
Prefects’ Bathroom this afternoon. Then
they saw Ashanti Myers come out, and the two of you walked off down the
corridor together. Don’t you
have any standards for choosing your friends, Haviland?
I mean, I can see why you might want to hang around with Summerlee
– she’s not bad looking, and at least she’s in Ravenclaw
– but, c’mon, Myers is a Gryffindor!”
stared at him steadily for several moments.
“You really are thick, aren’t you, Malfoy?”
he drawled finally. Malfoy’s
jaw hardened, but Haviland continued.
“I’d have thought someone in your family would have taught you some
concept of strategy. If you want
to know what the other side is up to, what better way to find out than to
buddy up to them?”
of the older students were nodding appreciatively.
“Think about it, Malfoy.
How d’you think we managed to get the Weasley
terrors caught by Filch a couple months ago?
Myers dropped a comment about their plans in conversation.
We tipped the old man off, and he nabbed them a floor away.”
There were grins on many faces around the room – getting Fred and
George Weasley caught had been something of a
that how the Gryffindors got wind of our plot to bespell
the Quaffles at the last Gryffindor game last
year?” Malfoy sneered.
I mean, let’s face it, it was a stupid
idea to begin with. Madam Hooch
would have noticed straight off -- she checks everything right before she
carries it onto the pitch.”
could’ve figured out a way to make it work,” Malfoy
yeah, like that brilliant stunt you lot pulled with the fake dementors?”
“Besides, tipping off the Gryffindors
meant that Oliver Wood and the Weasleys had to
risk getting caught sneaking out after dark to make sure we weren’t messing
with the equipment. And we
didn’t have to lift so much as a finger.”
time there was a definite round of chuckles from the rest of the students.
aren’t the only times we ‘leaked’ information to the Gryffindors.
You have to give out a little info to get some back,” Haviland
remarked dryly. “See, there are
perfectly good reasons why I hang around with Ashanti Myers.”
He turned back to his work. “Oh,
and for your information, Malfoy, Leanora
Summerlee isn’t just ‘not bad looking’,
she’s drop-dead gorgeous.” He
shrugged. “‘Course, I suppose
you’re a bit too young to appreciate the distinction just yet.”
was some scattered clapping, and most of the students turned back to whatever
they had been doing before Malfoy had asked his
stayed where he was; his eyes traveled to the deck of Tarot Cards stacked at Haviland’s
left elbow. “You don’t really
believe in that tripe, do you?”
laid his pen down. “Doesn’t
matter what I believe. A lot of
other folks believe in Divination, and that’s what counts.
You know, so-called ‘Spiritual Advisors’ can make a fortune if they
foretell the future for the right people.”
snorted, but made no move to leave. Haviland
glanced at O’Bannon, then reached over and picked up the deck.
I can do a simple three-card reading.
Let’s see what happens.”
a moment, Malfoy’s eyes flicked from the deck to
Haviland’s face; then he glanced at O’Bannon.
Taking the hint, the other student closed his Arithmancy
book and rose, wandering across the room to settle into a chair where he could
watch but not hear the conversation. After
glancing around the room to make sure no one was watching, Malfoy
accepted the deck. “Nobody
finds out about this, Haviland,” Malfoy
said in a low voice.
unless they hear it from you,” Haviland agreed
easily. As Malfoy
shuffled the cards, Haviland cleared a space on
the table. A few moments later Malfoy
passed the deck back and seated himself across the table from Haviland.
older student turned the first card over and laid it on the table.
“This is the past,” he told Malfoy.
The card revealed a dragon surrounded by five-sided pentagrams within
of Coins -- very positive card. Suggests
money, influence, security, family, inheritances.”
Malfoy nodded, and Haviland
noticed the sides of his mouth twitching into a smile.
card is the present,” Haviland continued, and
laid the Seven of Wands, represented by a red dragon circled by a ring of
blazing torches, on the table. “This
represents a position of advantage. It
shows you’re in a superior position, although you may find yourself facing a
time of challenge and conflict. However,
with your superior position and some perseverance, you should prevail.”
nodded again, and this time he eyed Haviland
card represents the future,” Haviland said.
The card bore a single silver dragon and a large sword.
“The Queen of Swords!
It can stand for a strong, possessive woman, someone who will fight on
your behalf. It can also stand
for a manipulative woman, or an uninvolved parent.
Malfoy’s face took on a discontented
flipped over the next card. “Let’s
thought you said you were only going to read three cards,” Malfoy
trying to qualify the last one,” Haviland
answered. He laid the Knight of
Coins in a reversed position next to the Queen.
Someone who tells you half-truths or gives vague
information to trick you. This
card warns you to beware of lies and deceits.”
mother would never --” Malfoy began.
said it was your mother?” Haviland asked.
“It could be a woman you haven’t met yet.
This card does represent the future, after all.”
He turned over the next card and laid it on top of the other cards on
the table. A black dragon, coiled
around a single large chalice, represented the King of Cups; the card was
upside down. “King of Cups
reversed,” Haviland murmured.
“Definitely want to watch for someone lying or plotting to use you.
Someone, probably male, who seems very charming and tries to talk you
into a bad or dangerous project.”
shrugged. “My father deals with
that sort of things all the time. That’s
what happens when you’re an influential man.”
He smirked. “Not
something your family would understand, is it?”
offered him a sardonic half-smile. “Don’t
say that where my mother can hear you.”
your father disappeared several years ago, didn’t he?” Malfoy
paused, then shrugged.
His father had vanished when his son had been three years old.
One set of rumors claimed that the man had disappeared to get away from
his wife, who was known for being an aggressive businesswoman.
Another rumor hinted that Haviland’s
father had, like many other people, run afoul of Lord Voldemort and been
murdered. And an even darker,
more softly whispered rumor suggested that Haviland,
Sr. had been recruited by Voldemort, and had fled justice when the Dark Lord
fell. Neither Roderick Haviland
nor his mother had ever heard or discovered what had become of his father.
sat watching Haviland’s reaction.
Finally he said, “Listen, Haviland, let
me give you a little piece of information.
You know that big flap at the end of the Triwizard Tournament?
When Cedric Diggory came back dead?”
of hard to miss that one,” Haviland remarked.
father sent me word -- there’s something big connected to it.
Everything’s going to change soon.
Now might be a really good time to start thinking about what you really
want in life -- and who your friends really are.”
Malfoy laughed and stood up.
“Think of that as being my way of giving you hints about your
grimaced behind Malfoy’s back.
As he gathered up the cards, O’Bannon returned to the table.
“So, was His Highness happy with his reading?”
of it, anyway.” Haviland
slid the cards back into their silk pouch and reached for a quill and
the quill into an inkwell, Haviland remarked, “I
promised no one would hear it from me.”
He began to note the cards' positions and his interpretations.
“But I can’t be held responsible if you just happen to be able to
read upside down.” He glanced
up at O’Bannon and grinned.
II: Knight of Cups
that the last of them?” Ashanti
Myers held the cage door closed and glanced over her shoulder.
A niffler’s black nose poked between the
bars and snuffled her hand. Ashanti
scratched the niffler between the eyes.
the lot,” Hagrid answered cheerfully.
“Goin’ to good
homes, all of ‘em.
Miners an’ the like.”
Gryffindor prefect nodded. “We’re
all leaving Hogwarts together.” She
paused. “It’s going to seem
strange not to be back here next year.”
Ashanti was the only one of the three who had taken Care of Magical
Creatures; Leanora was more comfortable with
thinking and theory courses, and Haviland, Ashanti
suspected, just really hated getting his hands dirty.
“An’ I’ll miss seein’ you here,
too. But I’m sure you’ll do
well enough. You an’ yer
friends got any plans fer after?”
reckon Lee will end up with a job in Potions, either at the Ministry or in
research. Professor Snape’s
writing her a letter of recommendation, I think.”
Ashanti grimaced; like Haviland, she
wouldn’t have wanted to leave Hogwarts feeling she owed that man anything.
“Haviland’s expecting to get a job at
the Ministry in the Magical Law Enforcement Department -- he did really well
in Defense Against the Dark Arts and Charms, and
his Transfiguration grades weren’t bad.
thinking of applying to the Daily Prophet.
I did a few little pieces for them last summer, and the editor seemed
to like them, so I’m hoping for a bottom level position.
Lee’s dad used to work for them, and he said he’d recommend me.”
know you could write.”
not a great writer, but I’m not bad, either.
After second year, I learned enough to keep my papers from coming back
with points off for grammar, so I’ll do all right.”
goin’ to use the Divination class, then?”
shrugged, smiling. “Lee’s the
best at it, and she doesn’t want anything to do with it.
I passed the class, and that was enough.”
years study the Cards, don’t they?” Hagrid
asked. At Ashanti’s nod, he
added, “Would you mind doin’ a reading for me,
blinked. “Are you serious?”
asked if I wasn’t.”
Well, sure.” Ashanti
drew her wand. “I’ll have to Summon
the deck, though.” She sketched
the shape of the wooden box that held her Tarot deck in her dormitory,
murmured the words to the Transport Charm, and a moment later caught the box
as it popped into sight just above her outstretched palm.
She grinned, white teeth against her dark skin; the ambient magic
around Hogwarts made that a tricky spell.
few moments later she was seated at the rough wooden table in Hagrid’s
hut, watching the gamekeeper shuffle the cards carefully with his large, blunt
fingers. Ashanti accepted the cards, cut the deck twice herself, then
began laying the cards in the classic Celtic Cross
shape, reading them aloud as she did so.
first card bore the picture of a man crowned with a laurel wreath and sitting
on a throne. “The
Emperor in the Present position. Someone
in authority. Security,
status, power. Establishing
a project on a firm foundation. Establishing
the Immediate Future position, the Four of Coins.”
This was a gnome-like man surrounded by four Pentagrams.
“Sound judgment. Financial
security. Hard work will
card with eight staffs went into the third position.
“Your Goal is shown by the Eight of Rods, reversed.
Wasted energy delays.
Plans don’t work out. Travel
plans may be canceled, or you may experience difficulty getting somewhere.
Fool, reversed, is in the Distant Past position.
Recklessness, poor judgment.
Someone not as loyal or as committed to a relationship as you are.
Failure to keep things in perspective.”
The card bore the picture of a young man with a bundle tied to a stick.
Immediately following it came a card with a
bearded, crowned man holding a Pentagram.
the Recent Past, the King of Coins, reversed.
Dishonest actions because of greed or materialism.
It can also mean a bully, someone who’s self-indulgent or opinionated
or just superficial.
Four of Rods occupies the Immediate Future position.”
This was a card with a young man and woman placing flowers on four
staffs that seemed to form a bower. “A
well deserved rest. A
She glanced up at him and arched her eyebrows in an unspoken question.
Hagrid flushed, but only shrugged.
She turned back to the reading. “This
card usually means rest and reward after labor, or
a pause after achieving one goal and before beginning another project.
the Querent, the Nine of Rods,
reversed. This suggests you’ve
been caught off guard, or failed to stand up for yourself.
You could also be feeling overwhelmed.
You need to assert yourself in some way.”
The Nine of Rods was represented by a roguish man surrounded by nine
Environment, what’s going on around you, is signified by The Lovers,
reversed.” In the picture, a
man and a woman stood with their arms around each other, apparently being
blessed by an angel. “This can
mean a fear of commitment, troubled relationships, someone refusing to make an
important decision. It could also
mean quarrels and disagreements, or possibly you’re faced with an impossible
Inner Emotions? The
Seven of Swords.” An
unsavory-looking character was carrying five of the seven swords away.
“Diplomacy or evasion may be needed to achieve a goal.
An ability to look at things from a unique point of view or to do the
unexpected will come in handy. You
may be trying to move on while leaving part of your life behind.
Final Outcome: Queen of Swords, reversed.
A manipulative woman who opposes you, often in
who twists facts to her advantage.
A secret enemy.
Someone who may want to force you to do
something.” The picture
of a stern woman with a shining sword and helmet re-enforced Ashanti’s
sat and gazed, first at the reading, then at Hagrid.
“Does any of that mean anything to you?”
gamekeeper nodded slowly. “Some.
The part about the travel, an’ the bit about not
standing up fer m’self.”
you mean that Skeeter article, forget it, Hagrid.
I mean it.” Ashanti frowned to add impact to her words.
“No one cares about the giant part of your family background.
At least, no one important cares.”
shrugged. “Aye, I’ve heard
that from enough folks, I reckon.” He
gestured back at the cards. “Some
o’ the rest of this fits, too, but I can’t tell you about some of it.”
all right,” Ashanti assured him. “It
doesn’t have to make sense to me, just to you.”
She gathered the cards back up, careful to keep them in the order in
which she had laid them into the reading.
She glanced at her watch. “I
need to go up to the castle. I
promised Lee I’d meet her at the library.
She’s finishing her last report.”
Ashanti laughed. “I
think we’re going to have to pry her fingers off the doorknob of the library
when we leave tomorrow.”
student, that one. You
make sure she doesn’t spend all her time workin’,
worry -- we’re going to make sure she doesn’t do a bit of studying for at
least the first week after we get home.”
Ashanti grinned. She
wrapped the deck in its silk cloth and slid it back into the box.
if’n I don’t see you before you leave, take
care o’ yerself,” Hagrid
said, rising to his feet as she stood up.
“An’ if you ever get back to this area, stop in, all right?”
He opened the door for her and offered his hand.
huge fist swallowed up her dark hand. “I
will. Thanks for everything, Hagrid.
Take care of yourself.” She
gave him a wave and set off up the hill.
III: Page of Wands
You dropped this!” Ashanti
stooped to pick a piece of parchment off the floor and held it out to the
dark-haired, bespectacled boy who had turned to eye her warily.
Down the corridor, two other Gryffindor students, Hermione Granger and
Ron Weasley, had stopped to wait.
Potter’s expression turned from wariness to weariness as Ashanti watched.
“Thanks,” he said finally, accepting the parchment.
Are you all right?” Ashanti
knew of Potter and his friends – everyone in the school did – but she
didn’t know him well personally. He
was three years behind her, and the only relationship she tended to have with
younger students was that of prefect, which meant
she wasn’t exactly warm and friendly much of the time.
I’m fine, thanks,” Potter responded carefully.
watched him for a moment before letting go of the parchment.
Take care of yourself over the summer, Potter.”
blinked, nodded, and turned away to join his friends.
Ashanti watched them go, then went off in
search of Leanora Summerlee,
who as usual was settled at a table in the Hogwarts Library.
I need you to do a Tarot reading for someone,” Ashanti told her, sliding
into a chair across the table.
looked up from her Transfiguration notes, frowning.
looked puzzled. “Harry Potter
asked for a reading?”
I’m asking. I ran into Potter
on my way here, and he just looks.... all in.
He says he’s all right, but of course he’s not going to tell me his
problems. There’s a way to do a
reading for someone who’s not present, isn’t there?
Don’t you use a signifier card?”
but there’s a question of privacy here -- I mean, what if he doesn’t want
a reading done?”
paused to think. “Look at it
this way. I’m one of the
Gryffindor Prefects, which means Potter is my responsibility.”
the next, what, day and a half? Once
we get off the Hogwarts Express, none of this is really going to be our
business any more.”
still a day and a half,” Ashanti remarked.
“I’m planning to leave here having done the best job I can for all
the students of Gryffindor House. That
includes Harry Potter. C’mon,
Lee, I need some help here.”
other girl laughed. “You’re
starting to sound like Roddy.”
assumed an expression of mock anger. “Hey,
there’s no need to be insulting about this.”
shook her head, but reached into her bag and drew out a silk pouch.
A moment later she was shuffling the cards.
Her long, delicate fingers separated the deck into two parts, riffled
them together, and shuffled some more. Finally
she stopped and began thumbing through the deck without changing the order of
the cards. She drew out card
bearing the picture of a young human with a thick wand in his hand and a cat
sitting contentedly just behind him. “Page
of Wands,” she explained, beginning to shuffle the cards again.
“It generally stands for action, good news, a young person who is
courageous and energetic.”
like Potter,” Ashanti remarked. “Especially
considering his background.”
nodded absently and began to turn the cards over and lay them on and around
the signifier card, beginning with a grieving, dark-haired woman sitting
beside four chalices; the cat face behind her was weeping.
Four of Cups reversed represents the Present.
It means that someone is coming out of a rut, or has renewed
relationships, or is seeing the end of a period of discontent.
the Immediate Future position, the Ten of Cups reversed.
This means the Querent is entering a period
of disharmony and conflict.” The
card bore the likeness of a robed man with ten filled chalices; several cats
were nestled contentedly against him.
Queen of Swords reversed shows the appearance or influence of someone who will
betray or lie or deceive the Querent.”
A regal, older woman leaned upon a sword, flanked by a black panther.
“Usually this card represents a woman.”
next card carried the picture of a robed, cloaked woman floating a circle at
the end of her scepter, while a very plump cat crouched on the floor.
“In the distant past is the Ace of Coins, which stands for an
inheritance or a windfall or a new business venture.
Usually this means money or material wealth, but can also mean anything
of importance or value to the Querent.
the recent past is the Five of Swords. The
Querent has recently experienced a sneak attack or
some other form of hostility. It
can also stand for a period of loneliness and uncertainty.”
A man wearing a leopard-hide cloak, surrounded by four swords and
leaning on a fifth, represented the Five of Swords.
Two leopards sat behind him. On
the next card, a bearded man carried six scepters; three shadowy cats peered
around the hem of his robes.
the future, the Querent can expect victory and
success or good news of some sort, shown here by the Six of Wands.
However, I wouldn’t call this the happy ending, since the card in the
Destiny position is the reversed Queen of Swords.
But the Querent will experience some
Querent card is the Empress reversed.”
A richly dressed woman, a snow leopard crouched at her feet, wrapped
her cloak around her. “Given
that the Querent is male, this suggests some kind
of missed or ignored opportunities, a feeling of despair, stagnation, or
next card was the picture of contentment -- three cats and a woman sat
on or near a comfortably stuffed chair, reading a book by lamplight.
The “coin” was actually held in a stand similar to the ones used to
hold a globe. Unfortunately, the
card was upside down in its position. “For
the Environment, we have the Page of Coins reversed.
This means rebellion against good advice, or a need to investigate
something before making decisions. It
can also mean a poor choice, or an established bureaucracy that’s holding
feelings: the Four of Coins reversed. He’s
concerned about security, either his own or someone else’s.
Or he’s holding onto something that should be let go.”
Leanora had turned over a card with a
picture of a woman clutching four circles, each bearing a star in the center.
A cat crouched facing her, tail lashing.
outcome.” She laid the
last card, showing a man riding a huge bobcat and bearing a scepter, in the
position under the Four of Coins. “The
Knight of Wands. Creative
Involvement in new projects.
This card represents travelers and sportsmen.”
going to become a world-renowned Quidditch player,” Ashanti remarked.
It’s interesting that his signifier card is the Page of Wands, and
here we have the Knight of Wands, which can also mean a grown man who is
energetic and creative. Maybe
this is what Harry Potter will become as an adult.”
IV: Eight of Wands
last meal in the Great Hall before we leave Hogwarts for good!
O’Bannon! Get a picture
of this!” Haviland
struck a pose, one fist on his hip; he sported a goblet in his other hand.
O’Bannon aimed the camera, Ashanti walked up behind him.
“Oh, yes, absolutely -- shoot him, O’Bannon,” she drawled, and
I get one with all three of you?”
trio exchanged glances. Leanora
smiled, Ashanti rolled her eyes. “Oh,
why not? It’s not
exactly a secret. What are they
going to do, kick us off our House tables?”
put the goblet on a table. “All
right, I’m in the middle, ladies on either side....”
Leanora stepped up to his right, Ashanti to
his left, and Haviland dropped an arm over each of
their shoulders. “There!
Perfect. Here we are -- Haviland’s
harem.” The flash went off
before either young woman could react.
the roll of film was later developed, it revealed, among other scenes, a photo
of Roderick Haviland smirking and raising a goblet
in the Great Hall; a Gryffindor, a Slytherin, and
a Ravenclaw posing with arms around each other and
grins on their faces; and, finally, a sputtering but laughing young man being
drenched from two sides by identical streams of water.)
three of them had, as usual, gotten a compartment on the train to themselves.
Unlike most of the years they had ridden the train home, however, they
were silent for a long time after pulling out of the Hogsmeade
Last Feast,” Ashanti remarked finally.
“Dumbledore doesn’t sugar-coat anything, does he?
Poor Cedric.... Remember
that reading you did for Potter, Lee? He’s
supposedly going to face a time of turmoil and uncertainty?
Looks like we’re all going to share that one.”
did a reading for Harry Potter?” Haviland asked.
not exactly. I did a reading
about him,” Leanora explained.
Ashanti pulled the parchment out of her baggage, and the three poured
over it. “Look,” Ashanti
said. “The Queen of Swords,
reversed -- that showed up in your reading, but it also showed up --” here
she rummaged around in her bags for another piece of paper “-- in this
reading that I did for Hagrid.”
She laid the paper next to the parchment.
Haviland’s gaze was darting between the
you should say that,” he said finally.
“I did a read for Draco Malfoy.
Yes, I know,” he added, gesturing with one hand while the two girls
regarded him with startled faces, “but he was being less annoying than
usual, and I was kind of curious. But
the strange thing is that the Queen of Swords reversed came up in that
is she?” Ashanti mused. “Or
who is she going to be?”
McGonagall’s going to make life difficult for all three of them next
year,” Haviland suggested.
it’s not the same woman at all,” Leanora
added. “The Queen of Swords
reversed could be a situation in which someone is suffering or emotionally
bogged down. The person will need
help from others to get out of that situation.”
She turned to watch the scenery going by outside the compartment
window. “But either way, it
sounds as though all three will have to deal with trouble, possibly lies and
manipulation, and none of them will escape unscathed.”
wonder,” Haviland murmured a few moments later,
“if the rest of us will facing those things right
along with them. That was a
pretty gloomy speech Dumbledore made last night.
It’s true then --Voldemort has come back.
Malfoy said so, too, or at least hinted at
rummaged around in his baggage for a quill and ink.
Ashanti’s notes of Hagrid’s reading, he jotted
down the names and positions of the five cards he had drawn for Malfoy
two days before. Ashanti and Leanora
studied the spread thoughtfully.
what do you think it really means?” Ashanti asked finally.
people usually hear what they want to hear, but....” Haviland
shrugged. “Knowing what I do
about Malfoy, I’d say the Ten of Coins really
does represent his family, wealth, power, what have
you. He’s grown up in a rich
and powerful family, and the family has had been rich and powerful for a long
time. The Seven of Wands does
suggest an advantage, of starting something from a position of strength.”
He paused. “The
Queen of Swords? I’m
betting that’s Malfoy’s mother, and the Knight
of Cups reversed is his father. Lucius
Malfoy’s got a reputation as a smooth, clever
man who manipulates situations and people and usually comes out on top.”
He frowned thoughtfully at the final card.
“But the King of Cups reversed.... I’m not sure if that’s Malfoy,
Senior, or someone else. This
card could be reinforcing the idea that Lucius Malfoy’s
a scheming deceiver, or it could represent someone else altogether -- maybe
someone who’s a friend of Malfoy’s, or someone
he’s working with.... or it could go all the way to....”
suggested Ashanti. “Malfoy,
Senior was thought to be a supporter of his, wasn’t he?”
Draco was dropping innuendoes like size twelve
boots,” Haviland remarked.
wish I could believe Professor Dumbledore was wrong,” Leanora
said. “But the cards in all
three readings represented trials and difficulties.”
snorted. “Don’t they always?
Don’t most readings point to some kind of problem?
C’mon, Lee, I know you’re smarter than Trelawney.
No matter how difficult everything gets, we’re going to see it
through together. If people
couldn’t separate us in school, in spite of being in different houses,
we’re not going to let them separate us now.”
right.” Ashanti rolled up the
parchment and slipped it back into one of her bags.
“We’re going to keep right on watching out for each other.
finally smiled back. “All
Haviland said heartily, “who wants to place bets
on which of us gets a job first?” With
that, the conversation turned to other matters.
Author’s Note: Everything
recognizable here from the Harry Potter books (including Harry Potter, Rubeus
Hagrid, Draco Malfoy,
the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and its various rooms and
Houses) belong to author J.K.Rowling.
They have been borrowed without permission for the purposes of this
story, and no money has been made from their use.
thanks to my beta-reader, Zsenya, for catching all those embarrassing little
mistakes before they became public. Behind every good author is a great
title of this story is a paraphrase of a quote from Sir Richard Steele:
“Every man is the maker of his own fortune.”
I don’t think he was talking about Tarot cards, but the quote fit the
in “Fortunes Favor the Bold”, the readings in this story are
actual Tarot Card readings done for each of the characters, and not cards
chosen for dramatic value. For
those interested in books on the Tarot, one of my favorite works is Tarot
Plain and Simple, by Anthony Louis, with artword by Robin
Wood. I like her card
illustrations, although I wish some of the male and female figures would cover
up a few things. Mr. Louis covers
the Tarot deck card by card, discussing the meanings of both upright and
reversed cards. It’s an
excellent book for beginners.