And Dumbledore finds himself pregnant. Understanding how badly society might react to him being an unwed father (I headcanon that the Wizarding community is much more liberal in its attitudes toward the LGBTQ community and doesn’t care asbout gender really) and afraid of what Gellert might do (accepting now what he is capable of), Albus breaks his heart once again and resolves to give the baby up. Cue the birth of Theseus and Newt (I headcanon that they are twins)
Heartbroken, but believing it to be necessary, (and we all know what Dumbledore is capable of if he believes it is necessary), he gives them up to one of his cousins and her husband who were unable to conceive. Thus they grow up none the wiser as Newt and Theseus Scamander with Dumbledore watching over them from afar. Cue the events of the movie and through circumstances that I can’t quite figure out, Grindelgraves figures this out during the subway battle. And thus Newt is abducted
Theseus is subsequently abducted as well (you can’t tell me that Grindelwald doesn’t have his plants in the British Ministry) and both brothers stashed in Nurmengard which is where the real Graves is also being held. Cue bonding between the brothers and Graves with Theseus introducing the two (as he and Graves write to each other in canon). Meanwhile Albus is out of his mind with worry when a familiar (dreaded) owl shows up. Grindelwald is not happy. At all.
He was content to let Albus hide away at Hogwarts until Grindelwald had established his new world order (and Albus had no choice but to accept him again). But now? Now, Grindelwald has issued an ultimatum. He wants to see their sons again? He surrenders himself to Grindelwald. Meanwhile, the Scamander brothers and Graves are planning their breakout with Newt and Graves slowly but surely falling in love. And on the outside, the Goldstein sisters and Jacob are planning their own rescue.
I am also planning an OT3 for this as I am partial to Newt/Graves/Tina as well as Gramander, Tina/Newt, and Tina/Graves.
First of all, I’m sorry it took me so long to reply to this! A combination of the internet cutting out at my house and a few nights when I simply collapsed when I got home kind of cut off my inspiration and willingness to write; I finally feel recovered enough to give this lovely prompt the attention that it deserves! Actually, it looks rather familiar – I think I saw something like this over at the prompt meme.
Honestly, I’m enjoying this scenario immensely. It has – everything that I like, and then some – forbidden romance! Long-lost children! Unknowing parents! Moral flexibility! And I too love the idea that Newt and Theseus are twins; it opens up any number of intriguing possibilities and fantastic scenarios. Do you think they would finish each others’ sentences? I think that they would, and sometimes switch identities and pretend to be one another – for fun, or to avoid a meeting that they’d rather not attend, or something similar.
And Grindlewald. How could Grindlewald find out? I think – Newt, possibly. If it’s the subway battle – Newt is on his knees, screaming in pain, staring up at Grindlewald through large, pain- and fear-filled eyes – his eyes. Blue. Blue-green eyes beneath a fringe of auburn hair. Those damn eyes – Grindlewald has seen those eyes before. He has seen that expression on that face before, he saw it that day – that last day. That last day, when he faced down three Dumbledores, and one of them died. She died, and he saw the heartbreak on the one face he loved more then anything else in the world, he saw the fear and, he saw the revulsion on the face of the other, and –
He knows that expression.
He knows those eyes.
And this youth – Newton Scamander – is obviously close kin to the Dumbledores. Either Albus’ son (impossible, Grindlewald thinks, impossible, he would know - ) or, more likely, Aberforth’s. And either way – either way, if this is Albus’ nephew, this is leverage. Perhaps the best leverage in the entire damn world – this is the one thing, the one thing that can bring Albus Dumbledore of the multiple middle names to the bargaining table. The one thing that can make him kneel. (And, quietly, perhaps Grindlewald refuses to let it happen again. The last time a Dumbledore died (was it at his hand? Was it? They’ll never know) it broke Albus. He can’t let that happen again).
So Grindlewald kidnaps Newt, and takes him back to Numengard. A few drops of Veritaserum, and Newt muzzily confesses that yes, he knew he and his twin were adopted, but no, he doesn’t know who their birth parents are – the Scamanders are their real parents, and anyway, they blood-adopted them. It isn’t good enough for Grindlewald, it isn’t good enough – he needs to know. Because Newt is probably Aberforth’s but if he isn’t, if he isn’t – then he needs to know the fucking name of the bastard (or bitch) that Albus spawned with. Er. Purely to use as future leverage, and not because he’s jealous or anything
Grindlewald, at this time period, probably has more access to Dark Lore and Artifacts then anyone else in the world. It’s probably child’s play to find one that can give him the names he’s looking for – Newt’s hand, held above a cauldron, a few drops of blood, and he has it. He has the names of Newt’s blood-kin.
Theseus Scamander shows up first – Newt’s brother, and the current head of the British DMLE. And then, his parents.
Albus Dumbledore. And Gellert Grindlewald.
And Grindlewald feels a hot surge of violent possession and vicious triumph swell in his chest as he looks as the dazed, confused face of the youth who is his son. His.
Theseus is next – Grindlewald probably broke into the Ministry of Magic for fun, and even a war hero like the older Scamander can be taken by surprise. There’s really only one room in the fortress set up for long-term use – the spartan, but habitable chambers where one Percival Graves is also currently being kept.
Graves is probably totally confused when his captor drags two almost-identical men in. He recognizes the eldest – that’s Theseus Scamander, his British counterpart, and the younger one is his – brother? They’re definitely blood kin. Is Grindlewald going to try the same ruse he’s currently pulling in America in England now? He doesn’t know –
And then he does, because Grindlewald unceremoniously ennervates the two men, slams them in a full body-bind, and tells them exactly what is going on. That he’s their blood-father. That Albus Dumbledore in their other parent. That they are his sons – and there is far too much glee in his triumphant smirk. He’s just going to get their other parent now, and they are going to stay here until he does…
This is, perhaps, Gellert Grindlewald’s greatest mistake.
Because Newt – Newt has everything he really, truly loves on the line right now. His brother. His case (Grindlewald promptly shoved all three of them inside, locked it from the outside, and stashed it beneath a table. It’ll keep his youngest happy, and it’s really a very effective way of storing his three most precious captives as well as keeping numerous potentially useful beasts alive). And – as Newt gets to know Graves, the real Percival Graves – someone he cares for romantically. He’s scared and confused and disgusted that that man is somehow related to him, but – but he has everything he really, truly cares about with him. And he will not let this Dark Lord hurt them.
…I have the mental image of Graves and Theseus putting Newt through an abbreviated version of Auror Boot Camp, and Graves is – relatively surprised at how little they really need to teach Newt. Newt’s always had the knowledge (being related to Theseus, who probably ensured that his little brother could take care of himself) and his experience interacting with and saving magical creatures probably helped hone them – he just lacks a reason to really apply those skills. Well, he does now.