I’m a bit surprised the twins had the patience and concentration to sit with Luna and help her go over the map over and over.
They might not ordinarily have such patience, but Luna’s appeal to their pride should’ve helped. Plus this involves the Weasley twins telling tales of their escapades, which they surely enjoy.
This bit bothered me too, it’s pretty out-of-character for them. I think they’d indulge her going over it once, but not twice or thrice, so it’d be better if @lsusr rewrote this chapter to add some reactions of theirs and some reason they’d accept it, and her managing to figure it out after that one single attempt.
One option might be her figuring out one smaller-ish thing at her first attempt, let’s say, the Chamber of Secrets, making them excited. Then drop the second attempt, moving straight to the third attempt, where the two truly secret areas are revealed, and adding their reaction at this.
Maybe she reminds them of Harry.
I like this idea. Maybe she could even say something in particular that reminds them?
Especially as no character has given a reason to suspect any sort of “perception filter” a la Doctor Who. Incidentally, didn’t Hogwarts often reconfigure itself in HPMOR? Seems odd, then, that Fred/George believe they’ve seen it all.
In parts 1 and 2 Luna is shown as being at the same time a paranoid conspiracy theorist, as well as a skeptic, and someone possessing, for whatever reason, a natural resistance to perception filters, all of these traits combining into making her into someone who questions everything and everyone, even if that questioning tends to look pretty random to everyone else. Therefore, it seems to me pretty reasonable for her to question the truthfulness of the map, as it looks a little bit too convenient, a little bit too easy, for a paranoid who takes to heart the notion the best place to hide is in plain sight, to accept. Those with that inclination tend to think “What better way to hide the top secrets if not by making available carefully curated lesser secrets that will redirect curious folk away from the truly important secrets?”, witness QAnon, and therefore go after the presumed true secrets.
What’s distinctive in this case is that Luna’s paranoia is actually merited, and leads to the actual uncovering of actual deeper secrets behind the shallow, distraction secrets.
Which fits with her canon counterpart. ↩︎
It wouldn’t surprise me if, differently from her canon counterpart, this Luna were able to see thestrals despite never having seen someone die. I’d like to suggest @lsusr to change chapter 1 slightly to refer to her mother as still alive. Those who remember from the books she’s able to see thestrals because she saw her mother die in a magic accident will then wonder. ↩︎