2. What scene did you first put down?
This is a tricky one to answer! I remember really struggling with this remix early on. I printed out a copy of the original story and marked it up, highlighting sections, drawing arrows, scribbling notes, trying to find an entry point where I could insert the end of a crowbar and flip the story into something of my own. I made a lot of false starts while figuring out what I wanted to do with this one.
I finally went with re-envisioning Tom Riddle's lost toad Baldric as Salazar Slytherin's lost son Baldric, and so the first scene I wrote down that survived to the final draft was that section.
Item: A sheet of parchment containing a transcription of a fragment attributed to Baldric, son of Salazar.
[...] was not always thus. I was a small boy who misadventured as any other and I was often lost in those labyrinthine hallways. My father told me once that when I had three summers, I wandered from my nursemaid and in error insinuated myself into a gap in the foundation. All were in a windstorm, for strange creatures grow in the darkness where magic washes away into water under the castle.
My father climbed himself down into the waterways. This was quite out of character, for he was a fastidious man naturally. He feared that the water had carried me away or that the rats had got to me, for they grew to the size of dogs in that place. However, in the deepest chamber he found me. I slept there, as at my mother’s breast. I was safe, enveloped in the embrace of his familiar, the Little King.
3. What's your favorite line of narration?
I'm rather fond of: At the orphanage, he knew every key and every cupboard, and every loose floorboard under which the unimaginative hid their uninteresting secrets.