emmagrant01: (Draco - in ur fic)
[livejournal.com profile] kerryblaze suggested a while back that those of us who've moved away from the HP fandom in recent years spend a weekend sometime diving back in and posting HP-related content on LJ just like we used to. She wants to make it happen sometime this fall, and she's looking for people who might want to help here.

I really want this to happen!
emmagrant01: (woman)
LMH cover

Ten years ago yesterday, I started posting my first ever Harry/Draco fic, Left My Heart.
(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)


Jul. 15th, 2012 09:45 pm
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So, Ascendio was fantastic, and I'm really feeling nostalgic tonight. It's the end of an era, you know? If you've ever been to one of the HPEF cons, you know that it was a really unique kind of con. The cons were large and included people from across the Harry Potter fandom, and were fan-run. There are lots of small fan-run cons and big industry-run cons, but I'm not aware of any other large cons that were so focused on the fans of a single fandom and the things they create.

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 [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic and [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] chaeche in the Sherlock suite, which was AMAZINGLY decorated by [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic, [livejournal.com profile] bookshop, [livejournal.com profile] pir8fancier, [livejournal.com profile] noeon, [livejournal.com profile] starlitshore, [livejournal.com profile] sugareey, and others (I know I'm leaving people out and I'm so sorry!). I got to see friends old and new: [livejournal.com profile] drinkingcocoa, [livejournal.com profile] geoviki, [livejournal.com profile] meri_oddities, [livejournal.com profile] goseaward, [livejournal.com profile] pinkfinity, [livejournal.com profile] lampblack, [livejournal.com profile] novembersnow, [livejournal.com profile] stormwynd, [livejournal.com profile] foxestacado, [livejournal.com profile] sassy_cissa, [livejournal.com profile] potteresque_ire, [livejournal.com profile] jlh, [livejournal.com profile] 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, [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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*
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I registered on the 4th day way back, and I registered twice, with two different email addresses. Not because I'm selfish or anything, but because I was afraid one of them wouldn't come through and I'd need a backup just in case. And that's kind of what happened. A few days ago I finally got a welcome letter for the second account I registered, and still haven't heard a thing from the first!

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? )


Aug. 8th, 2011 09:56 pm
emmagrant01: (Ron smoking)
In case any of you HP fans out there missed it, Kevin Smith's Smodcast did an episode devoted to Deathly Hallows Part 2 (it's episode 180 here), and OMG -- it's freaking hilarious!

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
emmagrant01: (cinnamon!)
Hagrid: the ultimate bear and a size queen's wet dream. Discuss. :-D

Bonus points to anyone who remembers what this icon references...
emmagrant01: (horcrux)
I am SO not ready for the last film. I'm just not. I'm watching the extended versions being played on ABC Family here in the US, and I feel gutted right now. It's a really similar feeling to what I felt almost exactly 4 years ago. I knew then that the last film was a long way away, and it gave me something to cling to. I can't believe this is going to be it. *sniffles*

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

emmagrant01: (Default)
Okay, any central Texas peeps out there want to make a plan for the midnight showing of the last HP movie? I just checked Alamo Drafthouse, and they're SOLD OUT. Tickets went on sale on Monday, and they're already gone. DUDE. Clearly, we need a plan.

Who's in?

X-posted to [livejournal.com profile] hp_centraltx
emmagrant01: (Draco stare)
These were my ten eleven twelve, argh THIRTEEN favorites of the [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays fest. I read (or started to read, anyway) every fic posted this year. There were several that were just not my cuppa, so I hit the back button -- y'all know how it goes. They weren't written for me, of course, and I'm sure their recipients loved them. :-)

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 [livejournal.com profile] megyal

2. Packing the Flat by [livejournal.com profile] marguerite_26

3. Excuses, Excuses by [livejournal.com profile] leela_cat

4. The Waters Know Their Own by [livejournal.com profile] musamihi

5. Love Is... by [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp

6. The Page Eleven Wars by [livejournal.com profile] fireflavored

7. Burns Out Another's Burning by [livejournal.com profile] lomonaaeren

8. The Unexpected Windfall by [livejournal.com profile] mindabbles

9. Harry Potter and the Case of the Befeathered Ninja by [livejournal.com profile] grey_hunter

10. When Hippogriffs and Pygmy Puffs Collide by [livejournal.com profile] oldenuf2nb

11. Conquering the Dark by [livejournal.com profile] noeon

12. On the Couch by [livejournal.com profile] frayach

13. The Decoy Dilemma by [livejournal.com profile] dysonrules

Edit: 14. As Souls From Bodies Steal by [livejournal.com profile] 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). :-)
emmagrant01: (Lubricus)

See [livejournal.com profile] lubricus2011 for more info. :-D
emmagrant01: (Harry's fucked)
I realize this is coming really late, but I just saw HP7A for the third time today, and wanted to take a moment to write down some thoughts.

First of all, I really... )
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Is anyone thinking of going to Aeternitas in New Hampshire next spring? I'm really intrigued by the idea of a small con that fills an entire hotel, heh -- no Muggles! And it's even in a place that has a chance of being cool enough that you could run around in house robes and not risk heat stroke!

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!
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[livejournal.com profile] midnitemaraud_r and others on my flist have noted that today is the 3rd anniversary of the release of the last Harry Potter book.

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*
emmagrant01: (Default)
So, Infinitus is over. I'm hanging out in my hotel room in Orlando. BG is watching "Bob the Builder" on his little DVD player, hopefully about to be lulled to sleep by talking construction equipment. I've had some time to reflect on the last few days; aided by a morning of explaining the concept of slash to BG's nanny (who came along to hang out with him by the hotel pool while I did con stuff), and I'm going to try to write something coherent about it here.

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. :-)
emmagrant01: (DD gay)
I have zero time to read these days, so I decided to listen to the audio version of HP&DH in my car on my commute. It took a month, and I just finished.

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-Voldie-has-Harry's-blood-so-Harry-doesn't-really-die-when-Voldie-kills-him stuff was. I even loved a lot of the bits that pissed me off two years ago, much to my surprise. I even found the epilogue oddly endearing. Endearing. How weird is that?

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. ;-)
emmagrant01: (Draco - in ur fic)
After nearly 6 weeks, I finally managed to go see HBP on Friday afternoon. I was one of three people in the theater, LOL. I think I just made it under the wire!

In general, I liked it, though I left the theater feeling a bit disappointed. )


Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:04 pm
emmagrant01: (Harry/Draco in bed)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ausmac (over on IJ). This was fun!

Make your own newspaper clipping here. :-D

Dirty Harry

Apr. 4th, 2007 09:32 am
emmagrant01: (embarrassed)
I'm sure this was posted a few weeks back when it first appeared, but it was new to me. ;-)

From the March 16 issue of Entertainment Weekly: Coed Naked Quidditch! )


Mar. 28th, 2007 12:44 pm
emmagrant01: (Harry's fucked)
I'm sure everyone has seen this by now, but I want to post about it for my own records.

Deathly Hallows cover! )

OMG. It's really coming, isn't it? *bites nails*

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