I decided I couldn’t ruin that happy queer-headcanon post with my angstfest but while we’re on the subject of Teddy Lupin headcanons I have A Lot of Feelings about Teddy’s relationship with Professor Longbottom.
Because Neville knows all the complicated emotions that come with being raised by your grandmother.
Professor Longbottom telling Teddy that it’s okay to grieve. It’s not ungrateful. He’s allowed to love the family that he has and still miss the on that he lost. Grieving for that loss is important, and to a certain extent you’re never going to stop grieving for it.
Teddy Lupin spending every Mothers Day in the greenhouse, helping Professor Longbottom water the flowers or doing his homework at one of the tables while Professor Longbottom does some experiments or makes notes about certain plants. Teddy Lupin, glad to have a refuge where he won’t have to hear the word ‘mother’ unless he brings it up; a place where he knows that if he does bring it up, no one’s going to react as though his pain is an annoyance or a burden or as if he’s ruining the mood just to be spiteful.
Teddy confiding to Professor Longbottom that some days he just doesn’t feel like he’ll ever be good enough, because he constantly hears about how his mother was this amazing Auror but he is barely going to pass Transfigurations this year. Professor Longbottom telling Teddy that passing one’s classes is important, but Teddy is already good enough, and that no good will come of measuring himself against his parents and trying to become them when he ought to be figuring out who he wants to be.
(Harry reminding Teddy that people tend to romanticize the dead and assuring Teddy that his parents were just as human as he is, and they’d be very proud of the person he was growing into. His grandmother is proud too, even if she doesn’t always show it.)
Professor Longbottom telling Teddy what Neville had so often needed someone to tell him: "It isn’t your job to replace the child your grandmother lost."
Teddy Lupin finds out from a history book during his sixth year that Bellatrix Lestrange, Voldemort’s top general and the woman who murdered his mother, had previously been to Azkaban for Death Eater activity and for torturing Aurors Frank and Alice Longbottom to the point of insanity. Teddy rushes to Professor Longbottom’s office, feeling upset and betrayed and not entirely sure if those feelings were justified, and demands to know why Professor Longbottom never told him. (It’s a horrible sort of bond, but Teddy can’t help but think that it isn’t every day you meet someone you share that kind of bond with.)
Professor Longbottom stares at his student for a very long time, then sighs and admits that he never really knew how to say it, and he’d never really been able to think of any good that would come of it anyway.
Neither of them say anything more on the subject for eighteen months, then Teddy comes into Neville’s office one day and sits down and struggles to speak for about five minutes before saying “I wrote my grandmother about her. My grandmother told me…” And Neville is confused for a moment, because ‘her’ couldn’t possibly be Teddy’s mother. He’d said it like it was some disgusting creature that had crawled out of an outhouse and through a swamp to get to him. “Her,” Teddy repeats, almost spitting. “Don’t make me say her name.” And then Neville realizes. “Oh,” Neville says quietly. Because he doesn’t know what else to say, he says “I met her—if you could call it that—I met her twice.” “Grandma grew up with her,” Teddy says, and Neville can see that he’s shaking, so he gets up and goes over to him. “I don’t know what I wanted, but…” Teddy said quietly, and Neville can’t imagine what Teddy had hoped to get out of talking about her either, but it doesn’t seem helpful to say so just then, and before he’s got a chance to say anything else, he’s got his arms full of a sobbing punk rock Hufflepuff.
Professor Longbottom seeing Andromeda Tonks once or twice a year, at Platform 9-and-3/4 and/or at other Hogwarts events, and thinking that she looks like her sister. Professor Longbottom hating her, just for a second, before taking a deep breath and remembering that she’s just as much of a victim as he is, and he only has to be reminded of Bellatrix Lestrange when he looks at Andromeda for a few minutes—maybe a few hours, if it’s a big Hogwarts even—while Andromeda probably remembers that she looks like Bellatrix Lestrange every time she looks in a mirror. Neville Longbottom, hoping that Teddy never sees a picture of Bellatrix Lestrange and realizes how much she looks like his grandmother.
Professor Longbottom telling Teddy that Teddy’s father was one of Professor Longbottom’s favorite teachers.
Just… I want all of the student/teacher bonding there.
I was wondering (since I saw that you have your rec) if you have any good '8th year' fics, like where Draco is quite quiet maybe and Harry keeps like not pestering him but just wants his attention and to see what's wrong with him.
Yup! Try these:
Beneath Boundless Skies by blamebrampton - PG-13, 30k - The end of one journey is the start of another. No matter how hard it is, nor how long it takes you to make the first step.
Criuption of the Not-So-Innocent by calanthe - NC-17, 17k - If you thought that befriending Draco Malfoy would be easier than defeating the Dark Lord you’d be wrong. Harry Potter has to grow another pair of legs and a forked tail before he can break down the frosty barrier blocking the way into Malfoy’s heart (and his underpants).
Good to Me (And I’d Be So Good to You) by A Wicked Memory/Teddy LaCroix - G, 9k - Everyone returns to Hogwarts after the war, but nothing is quite the same. Harry’s groupies are creepier than ever, Ron and Hermione are snogging all over the place, and the once-proud Draco is shuffling around like a kicked puppy. But that’s okay: Harry’s got a plan.
Hey, Potter by sunseticmonster - R, 16.5k - Harry returns to Hogwarts for his 8th year, determined not to let Malfoy get to him. But when the snarky teasing starts up again, Harry finds that returning the jibes with compliments has a far more interesting outcome.
In Motion by drarryxlover - NC-17, 5.5k - Sex is emotion in motion — Mae West (in which Draco and Harry are supposed to fixing the Room of Requirement together, but that’s not really what their relationship is about)