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A Slant-Told Tale is a novel-in-progress by Squibstress about the life of Minerva McGonagall.

The title is taken from an Emily Dickinson poem:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

A Slant-Told Tale won third place for "Best Drama/Angst Work-in-Progress" in the Fall/Winter 2012 HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards, and two 2016 Quicksilver Quill Awards from MuggleNet. It was a featured story for July 2013 at The Petulant Poetess archive and was a featured story in its 10th-anniversary celebration.

Summary

Eighteen-year-old Minerva McGonagall is forced into an arranged marriage with the scion of the pure-blood Macnair family. The steps she takes to ensure her safety and that of her son, Malcolm, in the face of poverty and the apparent madness of her husband's family have far-reaching consequences.

Canon characters

Original characters

  • Malcolm Macnair (Minerva McGonagall's son)
  • Gerald Macnair (Minerva McGonagall's husband; brother of Walden Macnair)
  • Kenneth Macnair (Gerald Macnair's father)
  • Elgar (McGonagall family house-elf)
  • Glenna McGonagall (Minerva McGonagall's mother)
  • Magnus McGonagall (Minerva McGonagall's father)
  • Heloise Macnair (Gerald Macnair's mother)
  • Stirling (Macnair family house-elf)
  • Bridie McLeod (midwife)
  • Reginald Crabtree (potioneer and proprietor of the Crabtree Apothecary)
  • Maisie (Macnair family house-elf)
  • Marguerite Bonaccord (Minerva McGonagall's pupil; descendant of Pierre Bonaccord; later an opera singer)
  • Two officers of the Maréchaussées Magiques
  • Petrus Berquier (father of Henri and Roland Berquier)
  • Celestine Berquier (wife of Petrus Berquier)
  • Henri Berquier (Minerva McGonagall's pupil)
  • Roland Berquier (brother of Henri Berquier; playmate of Malcolm Macnair)
  • Bilby (Hogwarts house-elf; personal elf to Albus Dumbledore)
  • Annabel Nott (Slytherin, 1956-1963; Malcolm Macnair's girlfriend; aunt of Theodore Nott)
  • Eliane Géroux (Astronomy student; Malcolm Macnair's girlfriend)

Story chapters

  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
  8. Chapter 8
  9. Chapter 9
  10. Chapter 10
  11. Chapter 11
  12. Chapter 12
  13. Chapter 13
  14. Chapter 14
  15. Chapter 15
  16. Chapter 16
  17. Chapter 17
  18. Chapter 18
  19. Chapter 19
  20. Chapter 20
  21. Chapter 21
  22. Chapter 22
  23. Chapter 23
  24. Chapter 24
  25. Chapter 25
  26. Chapter 26
  27. Chapter 27
  28. Chapter 28
  29. Chapter 29
  30. Chapter 30
  31. Chapter 31
  32. Chapter 32
  33. Chapter 33
  34. Chapter 34
  35. Chapter 35
  36. Chapter 36
  37. Chapter 37
  38. Chapter 38
  39. Chapter 39
  40. Chapter 40
  41. Chapter 41
  42. Chapter 42
  43. Chapter 43

Related media

Magical marriage contract for Minerva McGonagall and Gerald Macnair

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