Alright, I'm writing a Harry Potter Fanfiction - I know, but I am! The first chapter of course, is a setup, and also an explanation of why the alternate universe will be acceptable. Now, beyond that, most if not all the normal rules of writing apply to FF as well, so... As my main character (Fleur Delacour) is sitting in a meeting of the Order, I have her flashing back to: 1. The death of her father when she was three years old. (flashback starts by seeing Bill Weasley-her canon husband, for those of you non-HP fans-and thinking about the bad timing in meeting him, because the Order has given her the opportunity to get back at people who killed her father). 2. The night she tried to visit Harry P. in the infirmary after Voldemort resurrected (sets the stage for how she got involved, and also introduces a slightly AU Ron). 3. Her own headmistress and Fleur discussing Fleur coming back to teach in a couple years, maybe even taking a T.A/assitant lecturer position this year, which Fleur of course turned down (This is important because it is how I get around her being 18 years old and teaching). These three flashbacks set the stage for the major conflict of the story introduced in the first chapter - why Fleur Delacour will teach at Hogwarts in the fall, specifically, to keep an eye on Harry, and to oppose Dolores Umbridge (a Pureblood bigot, for the HP-nonfans). So - too many flashbacks? I know it can mainly be in the writing, but I am also interested in your first reaction thoughts. The first flashback is just a few lines long. The second is probably a page to a page and a half worth, and the third is probably a few lines again. I guess what I'm worried about, is the main scene feeling like it's bogging down while the background is there, but I don't want to do an "info-dump" either. Thought? Opinions? Darts?