Welcome to the story archive of TSIK! Then Shall I Know is a Sirius/Hermione pairing story in the world of Harry Potter. It takes place in an Alternate Reality (more commonly referred to as Alternate Universe) storyline. The facts are canon-compliant through Order of the Phoenix, but diverge before the beginning of book six. It should be noted that it was started (45 chapters' worth) before Deathly Hallows, and as such, certain things such as Lily's birthday and other details (such as the magical age of majority being 17 rather than 18) that weren't divulged until that book will differ from canon. I would characterize the story as humor, romance, drama, and 'character study' because of how in depth it looks at many of the characters.
While waiting to travel by floo to #12 Grimmauld Place for Christmas, Hermione Granger is tempted to explore the Headmaster’s Office. What she finds there sends her twenty years back in time. The device can work in reverse—with a catch. She must spend nearly four months in the Marauder’s time before she can be sent home! During this time her sense of duty and her heart are sorely tested as she seeks to keep her future intact in the face of a deep love that develops between herself and Sirius Black. Once she is brought home, Hermione has a whole new set of challenges as she must adjust to life in her own time as well as help prepare Harry and their friends for the final confrontation with Voldemort.
Strong characterizations, lengthy plot arcs, and heaping doses of humor, drama, and adventure can all be found in this story. The author intends to fully flesh out both the past and present timelines, as well as include a description of the battle with Lord Voldemort.
Some Author's Notes
Attention: This introduction contains spoilers for book six. The story DOES NOT. If you have not read book six, you may proceed with the story without reading further, as it will make sense to you without these explanations.
This is NOT a ‘Time Turner’ piece. I don’t have anything against such stories, but I sought to have a more unique method of travel here, and I think you’ll like it a lot! So, if you have a horror of ‘Time Turner Goes Wrong, Romance Ensues!’ stories, you can relax and enjoy the read.
Each section, chapter, and the story itself has a quote, lyric, or poem. I have made a special attempt to make them appropriate to the upcoming content of the chapter—a little hint as to what may happen, you might say.
The world of Half-Blood Prince and TSIK is the same, but the events differ, sometimes greatly. The most notable of these changes is that no one died, no one became a murderer, and no one betrayed the Order of the Phoenix. As much as I would have liked to retain book six canon, the emotional changes that would have been required would have changed the tone of the story too much. Instead, I kept some things and altered others. Some things that may be too obscure to understand in the story that readers may want explained:
--Severus Snape was shifted to be the the DADA professor in Seventh Year, instead of Sixth, moving Slughorn’s addition to the faculty to Seventh Year as well --Bill Weasley was the DADA professor in Sixth Year, ending when he was attacked by Fenrir --I’ve given the 21st of December as Sirius Black’s birthday. The star he’s named for is particularly bright that day, and given that the author hasn’t told us when his birthday really is—and this particular choice fits the storyline importantly—I hope that no one minds. --The years of attendance at Hogwarts for quite a few of the adults in the books were never given, so I have placed those that appear in my story as I saw fit. If they are revealed at a later date, I apologize for any discrepancy. --Rowling has told us that Lily and James began dating during their Seventh Year at Hogwarts. I’ve chosen to move this back to the end of Sixth Year, as the story centers around Sirius and Hermione, not James and Lily --In an interview before writing Deathly Hallows, JKR listed Hermione's middle name as 'Jane.' --Lily's birthday comes at a different date in Deathly Hallows, however, as it's a major plot point here, it will just have to differ, as that chapter was written before Deathly Hallows --The method of time travel is not explained until the latter half of this story. This may bother some people—if it does, I will explain it here (highlight to read):
Dumbledore has an item in his office with a transitory nature. This item will grant someone their heart’s desire—but only on a solstice. The method differs depending on the desire and what the person is thinking about at the time—by which I mean, it changes itself to make the experience as realistic as possible. No genie-popping here! The catch is that the person cannot consciously know what is happening. You cannot walk up to this item on the 21st of December and tell it what you want… I named it ‘Desideria,' deriving from the root word of desire in Latin, which is 'desiderare,' meaning to long or wish for; also contributing to the name is the Latin word for dreams--which is 'desiderium.'
Layout by lilbreck, header made by selene2 with a surprise (and sexy) appearance of Hugh Jackman as Young Sirius.