I really want this to happen!
I really want this to happen!
(If you’re interested: my web site | Skyehawke | AO3)
I started writing it on a whim, without reading a lot in the fandom (as is typical for me), and later learned that I’d done all the things HP fanfic writers weren’t supposed to do: make the boys adults (this was just after book 5), set the fic in the US, write lots of OCs, show the boys having sex with OCs before finally getting them together, and so on. But I was new in that fandom and I didn’t know the rules, and all I really wanted to do was write my story. So I posted chapters to my LJ and thought just my friends would read it. Quite a lot of people read it, in the end, and many of them even enjoyed it. Amazingly enough, ten years later, I still get comments on it.
So Happy Birthday, LMH! And may that Harry and Draco live happily ever after. :-)
(Art above is by Sherant, 2004.)
Crossposted to Tumblr (x)
The Ascendio staff did a fantastic job of making sure that every subgroup of the fandom felt welcome, IMO. The programming was well-organized and scheduled in ways that made sense (props to femmequixotic and nqdonne). All of the panels I attended or participated in were fantastic, and having a slash track meant that there was almost a mini slash con inside the larger con.
There was a distinct multi-fannish feel to Ascendio (thanks in large part to noeon, I understand) that I haven't seen at an HP con before. People talked about the Avengers and Sherlock just as freely as HP. Though we were all clearly there because HP is our home fandom, we also celebrated the new fandoms we love and obsess over, and it was SO much fun. It was fascinating to see the shift visually through the costumes people wore. In the past, most of the cosplay tended to be HP-centric, but at this con, people wore costumes from a large variety of fandoms. I'm still amazed by the woman who wore a replica of Princess Dianna's wedding dress!
Cons are always about the people, of course, and this one felt like a reunion in a lot of ways. I roomed with chaeche in the Sherlock suite, which was AMAZINGLY decorated by pennswoods -- I think she took pictures of the room, and I'll link to those when they're posted. I got to be on panels with femmequixotic, bookshop, pir8fancier, noeon, starlitshore, sugareey, and others (I know I'm leaving people out and I'm so sorry!). I got to see friends old and new: drinkingcocoa, geoviki, meri_oddities, goseaward, pinkfinity, lampblack, novembersnow, stormwynd, foxestacado, sassy_cissa, potteresque_ire, jlh, gatewaygirl and and and... shit, there are faces whose LJ names I can't match up and I'm exhausted and will have to edit them in later. So sorry if I left you off!
I've always felt sadness at the end of a con, but this is the first time I've cried when saying goodbye to people. Seriously, there were so many tearful hugs this morning, and the emotion caught me by surprise. I think that everyone felt it, that feeling of it being a sort of end of an era for the HP fandom. Not that it's over or that there won't be other cons -- hello, lubricus is in just a few weeks! But it definitely felt like we're all scattering now, that there may not be another con like this where so many people whose home base is the HP fandom get together and celebrate our collective creativity and geekiness. I know I'll see people at lubricus next month and then at WinCon in October, but there's no "see you next year". And yeah, I'm a little sad about that. *sniffle*
Anyway, I'm HollyStar158, if you want to friend me. :-)
So I've been taking my time going through everything on Pottermore, and I was really curious to see where I'd get sorted. I've always identified as a Ravenclaw, but then a month or so ago I started really questioning that. I realized that I've changed my priorities tremendously in the last few years (99% because of becoming a mom after years of infertility and blah-blah-blah) and I didn't really feel like a Ravenclaw anymore.
( So where did the Sorting Hat put me? )
It's basically Kevin and his friend Scott Mosier going scene by scene through the movie and riffing on everything. They seem to be stoned, which makes it even better. Though they get a lot of canon details wrong (you'll want to correct them a lot, but just go with it) and keep doing this annoying Russell Brand accent when trying to sound British, it's a crazy funny listen.
There is an astonishing amount of slash and adult-oriented content in the podcast, I have to say. Kevin Smith is just cool that way, but I almost lost it in the grocery store listening to this. ( Here are a few spoilers/enticements... )
Anyway, I recommend it! :-D
Everyone is reccing this, but in case you haven't seen it yet, you have to: The entire HP story in comic form. I cried at the end of that too.
Here, have a bit of fandom nostalgia.
EDIT: OMG THIS!!! IS SO GODDAMN BRILLIANT!! Watch now!!! It totally cheered me up! :-D
X-posted to hp_centraltx
But man, the vast majority of what I read was so, so amazing, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I haven't gone on a fanfic binge like that in a long time. It made me fall in love with my OTP all over again. \0/
So here are my favorites of the fest, in the order they were posted. All hit my favorite fic buttons in one way or another, through amazing plot, fantastic characterization, incredibly engaging storytelling, fantastically hot sex, and so on. If you haven't read these already and suspect that you and I share the same taste in H/D fic, you will love them!
1. I Await a Protector by megyal
2. Packing the Flat by marguerite_26
3. Excuses, Excuses by leela_cat
4. The Waters Know Their Own by musamihi
5. Love Is... by melusinahp
6. The Page Eleven Wars by fireflavored
7. Burns Out Another's Burning by lomonaaeren
8. The Unexpected Windfall by mindabbles
9. Harry Potter and the Case of the Befeathered Ninja by grey_hunter
10. When Hippogriffs and Pygmy Puffs Collide by oldenuf2nb
11. Conquering the Dark by noeon
12. On the Couch by frayach
13. The Decoy Dilemma by dysonrules
Edit: 14. As Souls From Bodies Steal by femmequixotic
And obviously, the one I wrote isn't on this list, though I completely adore it and am very proud of it. ;-) Any guesses as to which was mine? No one has yet guessed it on the poll...
I wrote Five Times Draco Malfoy Got Sacked (And One Time He Didn't). :-)
But I would only go if a bunch of people I know (read: slashers) are going too. Registration opens in about a week, and it's limited to 475 people. I'll probably go ahead and register anyway, because it's cheap ($90). The rooms are cheap too. Actually, the whole thing looks fairly reasonable, comparatively speaking. (I may even try to organize that Slashers' Common Room...)
I guess this is a sort of informal poll to see who is thinking about registering. Who's in?
Please feel free to pass this on to others who might be interested, even if you aren't!
Wow. It feels like it's been a lot longer than 3 years in a lot of ways. Three years ago today, I was home in Austin, having canceled my trip to go to Sectus in London after finding out I was pregnant (after 6 years of trying and a successful IVF cycle, woot. Incidentally, got the call that I was pregnant while at a Remus Lupins concert with some fellow HP fans. How's that for a fan's life?). I went to a local release party and had a blast, then went home to read the book alone. I posted my thoughts chapter-by-chapter as I went, which is really fun to go back and read now.
So obviously my life has changed a lot since that night 3 years ago!
One of the best things about going to Infinitus was that it really reignited my love for this fandom! And it got me writing again, which is fantastic.
*loves you all*
( This was my sixth Harry Potter con, and I can't help but wonder if it will be my last. )
Overall, I had fun. I'm just not sure it's how I will have my fandom fun in the future. I'd love to hear others' perspectives on Infinitus!
Oh, and I now have a fannish FB, for those who are so inclined. You can find it via my email address, emmagrant01 at gmail. :-)
WOW. I mean seriously, wow! It's been two years since I last read it, and I had forgotten just how amazing it is, how she ties everything up so well, how awesome all the little Harry/Draco moments are, how cool the new magic is, how gorgeous the ending is with Harry uniting the Deathly Hallows and being the only true master of them, and how amazing the whole Harry-is-a-secret-horcrux-but-oh-wait-
And now I'm really excited to see the film version, I have to say. I'm SO glad there will be two films, because that means we'll (hopefully) get to see so much more of the story than usual.
I was rewatching some of the films this weekend (they were on the Disney Channel for "Wiz-tober") and was struck by how different Harris's Dumbledore was from Gambon's Dumbledore, and how much more I like Gambon's version. As the books went on it became more clear that Dumbledore was a far more complex character than the early books made him seem, with more undertones of buried darkness than the young Harry saw. Gambon's characterization of him really highlighted that. Probably not a popular fandom opinion, but there you go. ;-)
( In general, I liked it, though I left the theater feeling a bit disappointed. )