Mainly, this post is for friends of mine who were in sphogwarts or whose ears I have bent, chatting to them incessantly about my character Paul Graves.
I did some more tweaking of Paul Graves, this morning.
The change I made was to have Paul's father die in 1992. So Paul would still have joined the DE, as a very junior member, in hopes of working his way up the ladder and finding his father. But if he got confirmation by 1992 that his father was dead, he would have no reason to resume DE activities after Voldemort's return. He would have surrendered himself to the authorities as soon as his father was buried.
The question at that point is, what would the Ministry have done with him?
I'd think they would still have put him in Azkaban. In 1992, they'd have no real reason to make use of Paul in any way relating to espionage, because they thought the DE were destroyed and disbanded 11 or 12 years earlier. I'll have to think about what they would logically do and what kind of life and career (if any) Paul would have after or if that became public news.
That would also make things difficult for Seth. The non-Slytherins would distrust him for being a confessed Death-Eater's son, and the Slytherins would probably consider his father a blood-traitor and Seth one as well, for sticking up for him. I suspect it might put a strain on his non-Slytherin friendships. A lot of it would depend on how Seth himself handled the situation. I know Paul would warn him beforehand, so he might not handle it as disastrously as he might otherwise, but it would still be difficult. Seth tends to hold things in