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  2. Reading Challenge 2018

    800 words of heaven I'm curious about your numbering system? Seems like there might be a story there? Also an update! Read: Times Two by Kristen Henderson Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Mcguire The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli The White Queen by Philippa Gregory Currently reading: The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake The List by Siobhan Vivian
  3. just.a.willow.tree

    I have reached the 10k point of a one-shot and the thought of editing this monstrosity makes me want to cry

    1. scooterbug8515

      scooterbug8515

      Try not to think of editing until you are done writing, don't let that idea curb your writing.  You can cry about the editing when are actually faced with it.

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  5. April Fic-Night

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    Fic Night is an opportunity to have your story read live on our HPFT YouTube channel. Featuring praise from our host, and the opportunity for additional Q&A from members, it is a truly unique opportunity for your story to be featured by our community. This month we will also be taking questions from members in advance of the stream at 1:00 AM GMT on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. If you would like to know more about how our FicNights work, Click Here to learn more. You can also check out an archive of our previous stories and streams in the Video Archive section. Don't forget to vote for your favorite fic to be featured this month.... We hope to see you at the LiveStream!!!
  6. bex's brain: the highlights

    It's not all bad. I'm not saying I haven't gotten better at it, it's definitely helped me grow as a person. Some days are better than others and some days are just terrible, but that's normal, right?
  7. bex's brain: the highlights

    That's insane! When I was an extremely anxious child I found myself a lot dizzier. Nowadays being dizzy and totally losing balance happens so rarely. Props to you for putting up with it! Aw, haha, thank you! Honestly with the crosswords I have, I end up getting 60% through it and being like, nope my vocabulary is too limited for this. Also not being able to deal with people is why I never want to work in retail. My family are like 'but it might be good for you' honestly I'm the worst with people so that's possibly the worst idea ever. ^yay for boring lives! I should probably start doing more interesting stuff but I'm just like [looks at bed] nah, I'm good.
  8. Next Gen Teachers

    ^ I am loving ALL of these!!! I love the idea of Padma and Hestia Jones teaching DADA. Personally though, I kind of like the idea of having just one or two canon characters that we know, and the rest being entirely new. If JK wrote a new series based on Albus' experiences in Hogwarts, I'd look forward to meeting new teachers and seeing what they were like. Whilst I'd be here for the nostalgia of having the old teachers there too...it'd wear off eventually. One head canon I always see on tumblr that I LOVE...is Harry teaching. Why JK made Harry want to be an auror I'll never know. Harry's always wanted to be 'just harry' and wanted a job that isn't dangerous. He'd have a name and reputation as an auror, which again, makes no sense to me. Harry would make a BRILLIANT defence teacher. He proved himself in Dumbledore's Army, and I think he'd be great with any kind of student. He'd show them the care and compassion that perhaps the Dursley's (aka his family) didn't...but that his TEACHERS did. I think the only teachers that have ever let him down, are his defence ones (minus remus). He'd take the position to do a better job than the others ever did. At first people would be very much like "omg that's harry potter, tell us about how you killed you know who" I think he'd tell that story once to the first years (not graphic because they're 11/12) and then that'd be it. No more questions, we're gonna learn defence. Eventually ten years later, he'd be remembered as Professor Potter, the teacher who helped me go from a T to an E in just one school year, or Professor Potter - who literally only uses one spell in duelling club (seriously has no one told him that there are others out there??? He should know HE TEACHES DEFENCE FGS) rather than being remembered for his war effort. Also it would be so hilarious to see Harry like, well you know who's gone....so really this will be pretty calm, nothing too dramatic will happen. Then of course it's Hogwarts, and there's students like Harry running around and he's just like [looks off into the distance] Why am i like this? ......the tumblr post sells it better than I do, but you get the picture. I know people will give me 10001 reasons why Harry shouldn't teach, but I really think he should. I don't see him as Headmaster, maybe Head of Gryffindor one day. I just don't see him as the ambitious sort, and being an auror would take great ambition.
  9. Next Gen Teachers

    I kinda think there has been kind of a turnover since the War. Wars are disruptive. I also suspect 30 years of war and rumors of war may have kept some professors in place a little longer/delaying retirement. I also picture Neville being the youngest teacher. I like the idea of Sprout or Flitwick as headmaster, particularly Flitwick. I agree Slughorn would be retired. Ones I've toyed with but never used-- Andromeda Tonks as charms professor and head of Slytherin and possibly even headmistress. In conjunction, I thought of an OC muggle brother in law teaching muggle studies who is a retired muggle school teacher. I still like the idea of a Muggle muggle studies professor and a Slytherin with "good" credentials being in charge. I've thought of including this with Andromeda being the 'new' professor, starting after Teddy's out of school. Simular situation for Cho and her muggle. The ones I'm using-- Audrey Weasley as muggle studies professor. I toyed with making muggle studies a required subject for next gen students and then making Audrey either head of Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff. This evolved by me explaining why Percy is on the platform 19 years latter in spite of Molly and Lucy being the youngest Weasley cousins. I have three Audrey related OC's (her brother and nieces) and it was important that one of those nieces be the same age as Rose/Albus. Binns somehow being replaced as History of Magic teacher. My teacher is a Canadian because one of the effects of having Binns as History of Magic Teacher is nobody in Britian is qualified to teach history of magic. The ones I've read and loved-- Padma Patil as DADA professor and Ravenclaw head. In the front of her classroom, a faded, moth eaten, Gryffindor scarf hangs as silent testament as to why she teaches. Binns being replaced because he wouldn't hold to the Deatheater version of history (not out of bravery, but by being set in his ways) and being exorcised. I love the idea of Professor Clearwater.
  10. beyond the rain

    I'd love to see a couple more entries in my rule of three challenge - remember there's still twelve days left to get an entry in! 

  11. Ask a Validator

    You're totally free to summarize the first chapter at the start of your chapter.
  12. Next Gen Teachers

    @Margaret & @facingthenorthwind, I agree with you both on the account of Slughorn being retired 19 years later, even more so considering my fic is based in Albus' sixth year. I don't know why, but I've always assumed that Sprout was a logical choice for Headmistress, especially as her moving up would open the Herbology position for Neville. Plus, I just love her character so much, she's such a caring person and can envision her in the role. With Flitwick I can see him sticking around and being deputy. I like both your suggestions. I think I've settled on Hestia Jones as DADA professor and Head of Hufflepuff, while Theodore Nott will take up the mantle as potions professor and Slytherin HoH. Like I said, I don't see Cursed Child as canon to the Harry Potter Universe. Penelope Clearwater for Transfiguration. From memory she was an possible love interest of Percy's, which could only mean that she was extremely talented and hard working. I can't imagine he would stoop to 'fraternize' with anyone he deemed as unintelligent.
  13. dirigibleplums

    jc it is boiling and i have like no summer clothes

    1. beyond the rain

      beyond the rain

      I'm in the exact same position as you rn #heatwaveprobs 

    2. just.a.willow.tree

      just.a.willow.tree

      Meanwhile we're freezing over here. My fingers are so cold I can barely type ;____;

  14. Next Gen Teachers

    I think Slughorn would be at the very least retired, possibly dead? It's never really clear what the average lifespan is. I'd like to subscribe to @Margaret's newsletter, super keen for all those ideas!!! Also, Sprout as headmistress never occurred to me but could I possibly borrow it for my own fic set in not-really-next-gen? It's sooo good. Obviously you are allowed to say no though. I am fond of Harry Potter the teacher he did so well with the DA! Perhaps Bathsheba Babbling as head of Hufflepuff? I could also see the DADA teacher being someone who fought in the Battle of Hogwarts; perhaps even transfiguration, as well, if you want to cut down on the number of entirely new characters you have? Like Penelope Clearwater, perhaps.
  15. facingthenorthwind

    the way my list of fics to write grows and grows and I never actually....cross anything off...is a little terrifying.

    1. victoria_anne

      victoria_anne

      Welcome to being a writer :P 

  16. Next Gen Teachers

    It strikes me as unlikely that Slughorn would still be around, given that he originally retired around 1981. That said, I did keep him for my characters' first year, so as to introduce new characters gradually. I do think the odds are, though, that he would have retired. Flitwick, I think, would still be around. As Hogwarts teachers seem to range in age from early 20s to over 100, you would expect at least a few of Harry's teachers to be around 20 years later. Love the idea of Sprout as Headmistress. I never thought of that. I think it's likely a lot of the new teachers would be people we have never met. Most of the new teachers who arrived while Harry was at Hogwarts were people he hadn't met before, so it is very likely the same would be true for those who started teaching after he left. I do, however, think it quite possible the DADA teacher would be an ex-Auror or member of the Order of the Phoenix, so possibly Dawlish, Robards, Hesia Jones...
  17. Ask a Validator

    I have a story on HPFF that I've never posted anywhere else because it's from a competition that was done in pairs. My partner wrote the first chapter and I wrote the second. With the site shutting down, I'd like to move it to HPFT, but it doesn't make complete sense without the other part and the author is no longer active in the fandom to bring the story over. Could I include a short summary paragraph or two about what their story covered in an author's note at the beginning of mine, to at least give readers some context? Thanks in advance.
  18. Next Gen Teachers

    Hey all, This is actually my first post on these forums so I didn't really know where to post this. I figured here would be good with so many fellow Potterheads to impart their knowledge. I'm currently working on some back ground info and world building of the Next Gen. Obviously JK Rowling as already set some amazing ground work but Next Gen leaves so much open to interpretation. I was wondering if anyone has any idea who (canon or not), would be teaching at Hogwarts by the time James and Albus are at school. This what I have/think so far: Rowling has stated that Professor McGonagall was retired by this time Neville Longbottom taught Herbology. I can also see him being Head of Gryffindor With Neville teaching Herbology, I can see Prof Sprout moving up to be Headmistress Questions I have: Do you reckon that Flitwick and Slughorn would still be round? If not, who would replace them in their teaching posts and as Heads of House? And with Sprout being Headmistress, who can you see being Head of Hufflepuff? Who do you see teaching DA and Transfiguration? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Ps. I'd like to note that I don't really consider Cursed Child as canon as I find it contradicts so much of what Rowling said to be true in the HP Books
  19. GinnyPotter242

    I have to come up with an idea for a movie pitch and I have absolutely 0 clue what I should do

    1. facingthenorthwind

      facingthenorthwind

      https://www.plot-generator.org.uk/story-ideas/ ?

      I know they end up being nonsense, but they might spark something?

  20. forever_dreaming

    Has anyone else ever run into the problem where all they have for a fic is a sort of vague premise and some lines they’d like to include, but they don’t know how to tie it together into a cohesive plot? 

    1. facingthenorthwind

      facingthenorthwind

      ALL THE TIME. if you want i'm happy to see if I can help? I mean, I know the fact that I run into this problem all the time isn't exactly uhh a ringing endorsement, but I'm happy to give it a shot!

    2. forever_dreaming

      forever_dreaming

      @facingthenorthwind I would loveeee your help! Totally going to hit up your PMs at some point :) 

  21. A Study in Eep

    SAM. I loved this a lot <33 I am excited to be a consistent 'eeeper', but disappointed to see I have only used (any variation of) 'eeep' 4 times. I need to step up my game!
  22. Pixileanin

    So excited to be reading all of the Fic Feud entries! Go teams!

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