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 I don't really post much here anymore, but you can read some of my thoughts about writing for the HP Darkarts fest on Tumblr. I'll post again if I blog more about it. :)
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 Like many readers, some of my preferred ships in the Harry Potter books (Harry/Luna and Ginny/Neville, but that's a story for another time) didn't pan out. Like many readers, I amused (and continue to amuse) myself with fanfic, written and read.
 
I've also come to conceptualize Harry's journey in different ways from when I started, informed--yes--by some of Rowling's later interviews. There was one when she was asked how she got the idea for the series, and she said she'd been riding on a train when the idea popped into her mind--boy who doesn't know he's a wizard goes to wizard school. To her, this begged the obvious follow-up question; why doesn't he know he's a wizard? Couldn't his parents have filled him in on this detail? Well, his parents were dead.
 
And so right away, from the onset of the series, we have the thematic importance of mortality; even in the first book starring eleven-year-olds, we see death in the background and in the Forbidden Forest. As for Harry, the absence of his parents is important to his character--the Mirror of Erised scene shows his desire to meet his immediate and extended family, beyond the Dursleys who raised him. While his greatest wish has changed by the end of the book, as the stakes raise for him and the world, his original hopes remain the same. By the end of the series, we're able to see Harry raising a family of his own; becoming part of the Weasley clan is a proxy for him to achieve this, and while it still doesn't perfectly fit with the way I see the characters, I can tell why it makes sense.
 
I followed along with Pottermore, not for the minigames--surprise, surprise! ;) But because I'd rather have seen more of Rowling's backstory details. I assumed it was taking the place of the print encyclopedia she'd been toying with for some time, and I was interested in the tidbits of the magical world that didn't make it into the books. (But that were there all along! I recognize that when compiling a long, coherent page, some amount of editorializing has to be done from "tidbit piles." In a few cases, maybe making up more facts than the unseen backstory would be suitable, to organize a single topic. But it was impossible to tell how much of the Pottermore backstory was being made up new on the spot...which should maybe have been even more of a red flag than it already was?) In one or two cases, I drew on the Pottermore details to flesh out specific characters in a story; more often, I'd just use surnames that had been mentioned as wizardly, to spare me the trouble of making up something completely new for OCs.
 
Other fans chose to disregard the Pottermore backstory. As was, and remains, their prerogative! Given that I too still write pairings and scenarios that are AU from the books, it would be wholly hypocritical of me to insist on compliance with even more "canon." Nevertheless, while I've enjoyed the artistry of some of these deliberately-Pottermore-noncompliant pieces, in general they're not my scene. There's often a vibe of "how dare Rowling not do justice to the love and lust lives of my favorite characters, the books are so hung up on eleven-year-olds who want families. Bo-ring." Well. It's almost as if the world of fanfiction didn't wholly fall into the scope of the series' viewpoint character. News at eleven.
 
As for Ron and Hermione, they were the couple that I could see. I, who have demonstrated weaknesses time and again in reading between the lines, in picking up on subtle social cues, on knowing or caring about romance at all--I could see it coming, and it came. I had no dog in the fight; I didn't see enough of myself in Hermione to project onto her, and indeed, I would never get invested in a romantic subplot because of my romantic goals (I'm not sure I have any, but then that's another story too).
 
So to the interview. We'll have to wait for the full article to get context, I assume. But if the Ron/Hermione ship was more motivated by Rowling's desires than literary reasons? Then that's a point in favor of Rowling's desires, and a point against Literature per se. (I'm keeping score. I'm not a fan of Literature with a Large L, but it has a lot of fans rooting for it.) I have little interest in the opinions of the movie actors, in and of themselves, never mind their directors, so that's out.
 
We don't have any specific context on Harry/Hermione, minus some (clickbaiting?) headlines, so I'll have to wait for that. For now, I'll echo the sentiment that Harry and Hermione's friendship was a great thing to read in and of its own right, without any romantic entanglements. And that's not about Being Edgy or Political or Making Important Statements about Women Succeeding in Their Own Right, sans their Relationships with Protagonists; it's about friendships being great in their own right. Among, you know. Eleven-year-olds. Viewpoint character scope; it matters, a lot.

(Edit: forgot to mention, I'm not upset at the thought that Ron and Hermione might want counseling; not because anything strikes me as unhealthy about their relationship, in and of itself, but the amount of stresses they've gone through from ages eleven through eighteen is rather substantial. I feel like "well go see a counselor" has been bandied about, at least in real life, for much less.)
 
So, the upshot is a reminder that between Rowling's post-series pronouncements, and my gut, my gut wins out. Not your gut. Not the actors' gut or anyone associated with secondary canon. Not your favorite critic's gut, not some pretentious or disingenuous post-Gutist philosopher.
 
My gut.
 
And, I'll maybe be re-blogging some Ron and Hermione stuff to Tumblr too.
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(A lot of this might show up in comments to replies, I thought I'd put the whole long ramble here in case people specifically cared about the thought process behind the fic.)

It's Reveals Time at HP Friendship, which means I get to take credit for "Before Peace"! (Also on Ao3 and FFN.) This is a fic centered on the Ravenclaws in Dumbledore's Army during the year of book seven. As a self-declared (and other tests-declared) Ravenclaw, and a big fan of anything that explores the Hogwarts resistance, this was the perfect prompt for me.
 
 
 
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Three Harry Potter fanworks here, on which I was partially-to-totally involved!

Firstly...The Lee Jordan Show (13 words) by eosrose, Laliandra, croissantkatie, vassalady, jelazakazone, primeideal, kalakirya, thriceandonce, silly_cleo, citrusjava
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lee Jordan, Ginny Weasley, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Podfic, Community: pod-together, Audio Format: MP3, Audio Format: Streaming, Audio Format: M4B, Podfic Length: 30-45 Minutes, Radio
Summary: Welcome to the Lee Jordan show on the Wizarding Wireless Network, the best show for news, interviews, sports coverage, and entertainment on air! Tune in now!
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It's a forty-minute podfic from Lee Jordan's show--he's one of my favorites, so it was a pleasure to get to write the song lyrics that appear as between-segment transitions. :) The music turned out really well!

First Drafts of the Quick-Quotes Quill (1136 words) by primeideal, magicranberries
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fabian Prewett, Gideon Prewett
Additional Tags: Documentation, First Order, Podfic, Community: pod-together, Audio Format: MP3, Audio Format: Streaming, Humor, Magical Artifacts, Audio Format: M4B
Summary: Fred and George weren't the only pair of inventors in their family. They weren't even the first to experiment in wartime.
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I like "documentation" fic, imagining the actual contents of some famous--or in this case, infamous--fictional documents. So it was very cool to find something like that which worked for the podfic format, too!

And finally, The Fic That Ate My Brain. Written for the "Summer of Slaves" fest at HP Owned...

Ingenious Virtue (1169 words) by primeideal
Chapters: 2/27
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Percy Weasley/Oliver Wood
Characters: Percy Weasley, Oliver Wood, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Minor character ensemble
Additional Tags: Gladiators, Alternate Universe - Gladiators, Alternate Universe - Slavery
Summary:

Consigned from the life of a slave to fighting in vicious bloodsports, Percy Weasley has no idea what lies in wait. Everything from a surprising family reunion to a mysterious old book brings a change from the normal routines of slavery, but perhaps it's Oliver Wood who has the most to teach him about life, death, and everything in between.

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I wasn't immediately into the premise of slavery-themed fic (and actually still don't get most of the subgenre, but that's another story). However, when I tried to imagine how a gladiatorial plot would work out with some of the characters I'm into....well it ate my brain. It'll update weekly on Ao3 and FFN, for a total of, um, 45k words. (Original link is here.)

Also, the Wikipedia research on this was addictive.

So, there's that. If I find time, because I'm procrastinating, I might write up some other random stuff or link to other stuff I've done offsite in the coming days, from lurking other journals I guess there's an interest in more fannish blogging? But my fannish interests change so quickly (I've really fallen hard for all continuities of "Battle Royale," of all things, which I don't think this journal has properly appreciated yet) that I'm not sure there's any kind of an audience, heh.
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"In this class," says Longbottom, distantly, thinking back to old cauldrons, "you won't find much call for wand-waving. But, that said, you don't know how or if a straightforward incantation might aid you. Think of Lumos. It's just about your first charm to cast. Or, shall I put it, my first."

That was what scholars didn't think so much about. That fight, staring down Nagini, burning in Hogwarts' old Sorting Hat and finding Godric Gryffindor's sword, looking at Harry's body--was how dark it all was. A silly occasion for a war fought by young warriors, and still a day worth honoring.
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Here for Day 1 of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge: "post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created." (Yuletide reveals coming soon, hopefully, and I'll plug those as well in time!) But for the moment, I'm collating my fanfictions set during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and explaining what I think the Hogwarts students were getting up to that year. Most of these are consistent with each other, and I'll mention which of them aren't.

I'm far from the only one who's wanted to know just what the heck Dumbledore's Army was up to, and in general I try to balance the final staggering casualty counts (possibly a mathematical error on Rowling's part) with the hopeful themes the series reflects overall. These are mostly gen pieces, focused on friendship, and hopefully with a little bit of humor here and there.

Ao3 makes use of an archive warning system; some of these feature canon-typical violence, but there is no sexual content. The Golden Generation and Within A Morning Star feature character death warnings, and I've chosen not to warn for Waiting on the World to Change. No archive warnings apply for the other two.

The Golden Generation (3000 words) A Dumbledore's Army piece, with on short sections following various DA members (at Hogwarts, defected, or on the run) throughout the year. This was written for Round 4 of the Fanfiction Idol contest on HFPC (Fanfiction.Net). FFN link.

Within A Morning Star (15000 words) "They were fifteen, for a moment..." Follows three pairs of fifth year friends during the year, in each case a minor canon and an OC. Gryffindors Demelza Robins and Siofra Heffernan, Slytherins Asteria Greengrass and Chrysanthemum Jewkes, and Hufflepuff Derek Marchand and Ravenclaw Orrel Trask have their friendships formed, and/or changed, and/or tested, as more things change and stay the same at Hogwarts. (Yes, I spell Asteria with an e, flower names are a thing. And Derek shows up very briefly at the Christmas party in Book 3 as an ickle firstie.) This was written for the HP Friendship fest on Dreamwidth and Livejournal. FFN link.

Up In Flames (900 words) Part of a Quidditch-themed collection of stories. This one focuses on Demelza and the Gryffindor Quidditch team after Ginny's departure from Hogwarts. These were inspired by the "Talk About Categories" challenge on HPFC. FFN link.

Now, I have two different headcanons when it comes to what one of my favorite characters was doing that year. So this next rec is for a fic that contradicts one of my other fics set around the same time, but everything mentioned so far should be consistent with either of those, taken separately. The points of overlap revolve around, um, mostly what the Quidditch teams were up to that year. What can I say. I really like sports.

Waiting on the World to Change (47000 words) "Officially, I'm a halfblood. Officially, I'm Scottish. Officially, I didn't accidentally wind up here from three years in the future. The official story is wrong. Seriously, my dad hasn't been to Scotland since Hogwarts." The war didn't go quite as planned for Oliver Wood, but 2000 nevertheless finds him successful in the new world. But once he's thrown three years back in time, he struggles to keep out of the way of his younger self, a quest that eventually leads him to Hogwarts. Where he referees a bunch of Quidditch matches. Written for the minor characters' Time-traveller fic challenge on HPFC. FFN link.

And finally, here's a romance that should be just about technically canon-compliant (although not really compliant with my other fics, and I can't say I really ship this pairing...but this was an amazing prompt!)

The Samhain Tiend (11,000 words). As Neville and Luna try to survive their classes and lead Dumbledore's Army, Neville finds himself wanting to learn her secrets...or at least grow closer to her. This goes from the beginning of term up to winter break. FFN link.
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I just participated in the 2012 Harry Potter Interhouse Fest on LiveJournal. This was prompt 73:

Characters: Heidi Bell, Katie Macavoy

Female bonding over being two women in the British and Irish League. Despite the presence of an all-female team (which neither of them play for), professional Quidditch is still very much a man's world. Friendly competition and kickass women!

 

So, my reactions to this were, in no particular order:

-“Quidditch gen? Awesome! I want to write for this!”

-“To what extent is Quidditch a man's world? How do we know?”

-“Who the **** is Heidi Macavoy?”

 

Well, I eventually did write for the prompt. But not before trying to dive into what we can learn about the world of professional Quidditch, and a bunch more we can guess and wonder.

Read more... )
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I won a poetry prize for a comment I left at [community profile] poetree  a while back. [personal profile] alee_grrl  blended my love of Harry Potter and Wicked to create this lovely poem. Although it's not in any set form, I liked the repetition of rhyming words (bound/found/ground//abounded/surrounded) that knit the poem together. Thanks again! :)
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So, bad news is I dropped on Queer Big Bang. Writing in rhymed quatrains just wasn't going to get to 10k. When the source fandom is less than 8k.

Good news is that I am here to plug the HP_Friendship fest! Without QBB I'm much more confident in committing to that one, and like the prompt I claimed. I think I might be doing some very short scenes at a time, so hopefully that all works out. Plus, one of my prompts has been claimed, which is nice.

I really, really love gen fic so am very glad to see something other than pairing-centric stuff. Glad this fest came along. :D


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Not really sure what I'm using this journal for but hey, I can has fic, you can has advertising?

Um. Fly Away will be a series of nine short one-shots, all set on or around the Hogwarts Quidditch pitch, and spanning more or less one century. This will also be pretty much what the "Undisclosed Characters" Ao3 tag was designed for, heh. :p Titles are from a challenge on HPFC (Fanfiction.Net), and three of the nine will be entries to that challenge.

Updates Saturdays, either one chapter or (as in the initial posting) two short ones of less than 1k each.

On Ao3

On FFN

Next up: working on [community profile] queer_bigbang  for Asexy April, and perhaps the [community profile] hp_friendship fest as well! :)
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