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      January Bulletin   12/31/2017

      January's bulletin is up! It includes information about recent staff/prefect bumps, the upcoming FROGS, some special awards, and more! You can check it out +here.

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  1. Drabbles

    Title: misled youth (we crashed and now we burn) (M) Author: @dirigibleplums Length / Completed: 152 words / complete Era: Rebuilding Main Characters: Draco Malfoy Genre(s): Angst, Microfiction Summary: Men are defined by the marks of their wars. Draco Malfoy is no different. Reasons for recommending: Plums doesn't pull any punches, and she captures post-war Draco so, so well! This is one of the best drabbles I've ever read.
  2. Tom Riddle/OC

    Title: Carina Author: @dirigibleplums Link(s): M Length / Completed: 6866 words / complete Pairing(s): Tom Riddle/OC Genre(s): Angst, Dark/Horror, Drama, Romance Summary: She was his possession; she was his obsession. / Carina. / This is not a love story.
  3. Katie Bell/Alicia Spinnet

    Title: My First Date(s) Author: @Dojh167 Link(s): HPFT Length / Completed: 2928 words / complete Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort, Romance Summary: Katie Bell is learning that you can’t meet your perfect match on your first try. Not always. Reasons for recommending: I'm in love with this pairing, and Sam does a brilliant job of it - and of showing how deeply, incredibly awkward dating is in general. Seriously, this is a story that literally everyone who should read - it's witty, engaging, and ends on basically the most adorable possible note.
  4. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    But many of us do sympathize and/or identify with that broader societal movement. I have no desire to divorce myself from the overarching demand for justice; I embrace it. Regardless of whether you do separate yourself from it, this is still an innately personal issue that reminds many of us of some of the worst experiences in our lives. When Tasha said: in response to a thread where people have been criticizing him, it's not really a leap to feel like we've been characterized as "jumping on the bandwagon" and "joining the angry mob." That's deeply dismissive and hurtful; there's no other way to put it. Either we're being characterized as rare good apples from a mindless mob of people many of us largely agree with, or we're part of the mindless mob. Neither of those things is okay to say, particularly given the clearly negative connotation with anger as an emotion. Regardless of one's opinion about Depp in particular, we (and others) have the right to be angry about a societal paradigm in which many people (predominantly men) habitually abuse their power to sexually victimize people (predominantly women and LGBTQA+ people in general), intimidate them into silence, and punish those who refuse to comply by sabotaging their careers, their livelihoods, and their social standing. I understand that you didn't make the original bandwagon/angry mob comment, and you may well have chosen other words if you'd said it. However, I think it's really important to keep in mind that when the subject is deeply personal, people will take broad characterizations of their allies personally.
  5. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    I understand that you haven't accused anyone of jumping on a bandwagon. However, as I noted above, Tasha did (in those words), and you explicitly said in your response to my post where I quoted her that "What Tasha said is also a truth." If that's not what you were referring to, then there's been a miscommunication. Regardless, as I said, I think that it's going to be most productive to agree to disagree.
  6. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    Neither your argument nor opinion pieces along the lines of the one that you linked to are new to people in this thread. We aren't arguing from a place of ignorance or a desire to "jump on the bandwagon" - which is still a dismissive and hurtful opinion, not a "truth." We have evaluated this case (and, for many of us, the broader societal movement) on its merits, and after doing so, find arguments along the lines of what you and others have made in this thread to be wholly unconvincing. Part of why I find it unconvincing is that I've seen pretty much every argument you're making used to excuse men I know to be abusive and violent toward women. I think it's going to be most productive right now for us to agree to disagree.
  7. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    @Elena - Tasha said: That characterizes that those of us who feel differently that her as just "jump[ing] on the bandwagon" and "join[ing] the angry mob." That is minimizing, and it is hurtful. Putting a rebuttal in bold doesn't change that. To answer your question: I would agree with you if we were living in a perfect world, but we aren't. A settlement and a withdrawal of allegations happens so, so often in cases where abuse took place that while sticking to the allegations would certainly make things easier for bystanders, it shouldn't be taken to disprove anything any more than people taking years to come forward does. Guilty men rarely face consequences, so I don't take my cues from society or the justice system - I know a number of men who have abused, assaulted, harassed, or otherwise mistreated women (since each instance happened to either me or a close friend, I'm very comfortable saying that each one is guilty), and none of them has faced any significant social or legal consequences for their actions toward us. Either Heard or Depp is a victim here. Both the evidence in the case (which Kevin goes into above) and the statistics regarding false allegations of domestic violence point very strongly toward Heard being the victim. Since there's no neutrality here - allowing someone who is guilty of abuse to remain as an admired public figure is inherently and deeply painful to the victim, and it also gives them a platform to continue to abuse others - I choose to believe the person who both the specific evidence and broader statistics strongly suggest is the real victim. If I were accused of something similarly heinous, I would expect people to believe where the evidence was weighted - since I've never done anything like that, it would presumably be weighted toward me.
  8. The Issue of... Johnny Depp

    The vast, vast majority of allegations of domestic violence (and sexual assault) are true. The vast, vast majority of men who are guilty of domestic violence (and sexual assault) do not face jail time for it. There are many documented cases of people who have been abused settling out of court. Many, many people have listened to "his side of things" and have branded Heard a liar. It is true that we don't know what happened between them for a fact. However, all of the things I just listed are facts, and if one's argument regarding Depp relies on ignoring any of them, that's a sign that there's something problematic in one's rationalization of the situation. It's also not fair to characterize people who care deeply about these issues - many of whom care for very personal reasons - as "jump[ing] on the bandwagon and join[ing] the angry mob." Whatever your opinion on Depp is, dismissing the pain, empathy, and passion that many of us approach this issue with as being mindless in nature is incredibly hurtful.
  9. Draco Malfoy

    I agree with this, and I think it's useful to look at real world analogies here. Sending an underage kid to jail for helping people his family knew under extreme duress (threats to his parents' lives) when he wasn't directly responsible for any murders would be really, really harsh. His behavior as a kid was pretty awful, but I don't think any of it was worth jail time.
  10. Challenge Hall of Fame

    Please use this thread to announce the winners of your challenges; you may do so elsewhere as well, but they must be recorded here before you start a new challenge. [b]Challenge Name: [/b] [b]Challenge Creator: [/b] (username) [b]Short Challenge Description: [/b] [b]Fandom(s) Included: [/b] [b]Challenge Winners[/b] First place: [url="url"]Story Title[/url] by author Second place: [url="url"]Story Title[/url] by author Third place: [url="url"]Story Title[/url] by author For example: Congratulations in advance to all our challenge winners!
  11. Students & Teachers in HP

    I mean, we do have proof, though - we see him bully multiple students in Harry's year as their professor. I don't think we need to see proof in other classes to say that his behavior was both bullying and entirely unacceptable. Off the top of my head, he: Mocked a student on his first day at a new school by calling him their "new celebrity" and implying that he's stupid for not having memorized the textbook Called an enthusiastic student an "insufferable know it all" Called a student who struggled with his first potion an "idiot" and then took points away from another student for not noticing the mistake Told a student who was struggling with an assignment that nothing penetrated his "thick skull" and then used his pet to test the potion he was struggling with, explicitly saying that the pet could be poisoned Told another professor in front of an entire class that a student shouldn't be trusted to perform basic spells Mocked a student who had been hexed by saying that he saw no difference when her teeth had gotten so big that they were down to her chin Terrified a student whose parents were permanently incapacitated due to torture to the point that he was that student's biggest fear That goes far beyond "strict" and "no love for Gryffindor," and we saw all of those things directly in canon. We don't need other students that Harry has minimal contact with using one of their few lines to badmouth Snape to identify behavior that we directly observe for what it is: bullying. It's also not like other students were singing Snape's praises - that some of them didn't explicitly badmouth him on the relatively rare occasions that they talked to Harry really doesn't prove anything.
  12. Students & Teachers in HP

    I think that the point you make re: the Malfoys is a good one, @SnapeLove. It would've been very easy for Snape to justify cutting off his relationship with the Malfoys even if Voldemort did come back - they did betray him, after all - and he certainly didn't seem to cultivate the same kind of relationship with other Death Eaters' kids that he did with Draco. Similarly, he didn't need to bully small children to the extent that he did to make himself believable as a spy. I guess that at the end of the day, I don't think it's possible for a human being to act completely independently of how they feel. Snape was a relatively complex character, but deep down, I think his character in the books can be pretty easily explained by him being a bigot and also obsessed with his childhood best friend, whose murder he was directly responsible for. He was an effective double agent, but I don't think he was playing three-dimensional chess. I would argue, though, that not every reader put in Snape's shoes would behave that way. I think a lot of people wouldn't.
  13. Omg so this is so interesting! I look at the Slytherin/Hufflepuff divide re: loyalty as being one of scale - I think that Slytherins are often loyal to individuals while Hufflepuffs are often loyal to communities/broader groups. I'm not sure whether I think Crabbe and Goyle fall into the latter category, but I do think that a very strong argument can be made that Draco does. That's never really explored, though - which on one hand I get, but on the other hand, I feel like she's kind of doing a little retconning when she talks up Slytherin now.
  14. Students & Teachers in HP

    ^ I'm inclined to agree with that. I feel like there's sometimes a tendency to see Snape as an unfailingly deliberate person, and it's not an interpretation that I tend to buy. He fell in with Voldemort in the first place for a reason, and it's clear to me that his helping Dumbledore was as much about revenge as true reformation, and I feel like he can be working to take down Voldemort and genuinely favor Slytherins (esp before they start getting murdery) and genuinely dislike Harry.
  15. F.R.O.G.S. Nomination Rules

    FROGS Nominations have closed. Voting will open in about five days! Congrats to everyone who was nominated, finalist or not - you should feel so proud of yourselves! - and thank you so, so much to everyone who got nomination(s) in.
  16. F.R.O.G.S. Nomination Rules All nominations must be for content that is on HPFT's archive and has been updated since January 1, 2017. As long as it has been updated on our archive since then, it can be nominated, even if it was posted elsewhere previously, but we would prefer content that was written or substantially revised this year. Nomination threads will close on January 10 at 11:59pm GMT. Voting will start on January 15 at 12:01am GMT and end on January 29 at 11:59pm GMT. You may only make one nomination per category, whether you are making a new nomination or seconding/thirding an existing nomination. Once you make a nomination, you may not change it - all nominations are final. All nominations that have been thirded (i.e., had three people nominate them) will automatically move onto voting. Seconded nominations may move on, if the category doesn't have any nominations that have been thirded or only has one. Please only comment on another nomination in the nomination thread if you are seconding/thirding it. Be polite to all nominees, regardless of your personal feelings about their work. You may not nominate your own work (including creating a second account to do so), nor may you ask or bribe others into nominating your work. Violating this rule will result in your disqualification from all FROGS this year. Previous winners (i.e., members for member-based awards and stories for story-based awards) cannot be nominated for FROGS they've won in the past. They can be nominated for other rewards, though! If you have any questions about the above rules or any of the categories, please feel free to ask them here - the staff will get back to you as soon as possible.
  17. Best Minor HP Character Nominations Do you know of a story or series of stories that explore a minor character in the Harry Potter universe in a particularly thorough or thought-provoking way? Do they make you see that character in a new light? If so, please nominate them! (You can view a list of major characters below the spoiler tag - anyone who isn't included in that but does appear in canon is a minor character.) The minor character does not need to be the POV character in the story or stories - just a main character. In addition, please note that the series does not need a formal designation on the archive to be used - as long as the character is consistent across multiple stories, it's valid. If a character jumps to mind, please nominate them here using the following form. Character Name: Story/Stories/Series Title: Link to Story/Stories/Series: Author: Reason for Nomination: You may also use your nomination to second or third a nomination someone else has already made. All nominated authors that receive three nominations (i.e., are seconded and then thirded) will move on to the voting round. Previous 'Best Minor Character' F.R.O.G.S. winners cannot be nominated for this award. That includes: Antonin Dolohov in Braided by Diogenissa Already through to final voting: Peter Pettigrew in Liar (M) by @Felpata_Lupin Crookshanks in Hermione's Betrayal by @forever_dreaming Anthony Goldstein from First Lit, Last Burning by @MuggleMaybe Roxanne Weasley in Jigsaw (M) by @nott theodore Olive Hornby in Dear Myrtle by @Stella Blue Lysander Scamander from Lightning Love (M) by @toomanycurls
  18. Best Reviewer Nominations Do you know a reviewer who leaves consistently amazing reviews? Maybe they always notice the little details you added in, or inspire you to keep writing. Alternatively, they may give particularly helpful crit that helps you keep improving as a writer. In you can think of a reviewer like that, please nominate them here using the following form: Archive Name: Link to Author's Page: Reason for Nomination: You may also use your nomination to second or third a nomination someone else has already made. All nominated authors that receive three nominations (i.e., are seconded and then thirded) will move on to the voting round. Previous 'Best Reviewer' F.R.O.G.S. winners cannot be nominated for this award. That includes: nott theodore Already through to final voting: @Felpata_Lupin @forever_dreaming @just.a.willow.tree @PaulaTheProkaryote @Rumpelstiltskin @Stella Blue
  19. Best Family/Friendship Nominations Family and friendship matter - romance doesn't have to enter into it at all! If there is particularly strong familial bond or friendship that you appreciate in a story or series, please nominate it below! This relationship can come from any fandom or original fiction, and include canon characters or OCs (or both!). It's totally up to you. Please note that if the series does not need a formal designation on the archive to be used - as long as the character is consistent across multiple stories, it's valid. Please use the form below when casting your nomination: Characters Involved: Archive Name: Story/Series Title(s): Link to story: Reason for nominating: You may also second or third a nomination that's already been given. Any story with three nominations (ie. being seconded and thirded) will automatically continue to the voting round. Already through to final voting: Fred II & Victoire Weasley in Shenanigans, Capers, and Hi-Jinks (M) by Beeezie/@abhorsen. Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil in to the end of time (M) by @clevernotbrilliant Dumbledore family in Prisoner by @Crimson Quill Chloe & her family in red luck by justawillowtree/@just.a.willow.tree Petter Pettigrew and Sirius Black in Secret Keeper by @poppunkpadfoot
  20. Best LGBTQA+ Character Nominations Is there an LGBTQA+ character in a story/series who you think is particularly well-done? The story might be centered around a very fluffy Deamus pairing that makes you squee from the sheer adorableness, or it might be about Ginny Weasley coming to terms with being ace. Maybe Remus is really bi, or James Sirius is trans. If any character comes to mind, please nominate them below! This character can come from any fandom or original fiction, and be a canon character or an OC. It's totally up to you. This character does not need to be the POV character in the story or stories - just a main character. In addition, please note that the series does not need a formal designation on the archive to be used - as long as the character is consistent across multiple stories, it's valid. If you have a character in mind, please nominate them here using the following form. Character Name: Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity: Story/Stories/Series Title: Link to Story/Stories/Series: Author: Reason for Nomination: You may also use your nomination to second or third a nomination someone else has already made. All nominated authors that receive three nominations (i.e., are seconded and then thirded) will move on to the voting round. Already through to final voting: Hannah Abbott in When I Go Out With You (M) by @Dojh167 Albus Severus Potter from And the World Went On by @manno-malfoy Albus Severus Potter in the 'Before the Sun Sets' Series by @toomanycurls Previous 'Best LGBTQA+' F.R.O.G.S. winners cannot be nominated for this award. That includes: A Little Like This by banshee
  21. Best Major HP Character Nominations Do you know of a story or series of stories that masterfully portrays a character from the Harry Potter series we all feel like we know? They may add depth to the character in ways we've never thought about, or (alternatively) be impossible to discern from how the character has been portrayed in the past. If so, please nominate them below! (You can view a list of major characters below the spoiler tag.) The major character does not need to be the POV character in the story or stories - just a main character. In addition, please note that the series does not need a formal designation on the archive to be used - as long as the character is consistent across multiple stories, it's valid. If a character jumps to mind, please nominate them here using the following form. Character Name: Story/Stories/Series Title: Link to Story/Stories/Series: Author: Reason for Nomination: You may also use your nomination to second or third a nomination someone else has already made. All nominated authors that receive three nominations (i.e., are seconded and then thirded) will move on to the voting round. Previous 'Best Major Character' F.R.O.G.S. winners cannot be nominated for this award. That includes: Lily Evans in In Fields Of Poppies by sunshinedaisieswindmills Already through to final voting: Albus Severus Potter from And the World Goes On by @manno-malfoy Hermione Granger from After Life (M) by @MegGonagall Lily Luna Potter from Icarus (M) by @Stella Blue Petunia Evans/Dursley from Beyond Repair by @MuggleMaybe
  22. Best Original Character Nominations Is there an original character in a story/series that is particularly well done? You might be impressed with the author's thoroughness and imagination, or maybe now that OC has worked their way into your headcanon. If an OC jumps to mind, please nominate them below! Unlike with major/minor character nominations, this OC can come from any fanfiction, not just Harry Potter. The original character does not need to be the POV character in the story or stories - just a main character. In addition, please note that the series does not need a formal designation on the archive to be used - as long as the character is consistent across multiple stories, it's valid. If you have a character in mind, please nominate them here using the following form. Character Name: Story/Stories/Series Title: Link to Story/Stories/Series: Author: Reason for Nomination: You may also use your nomination to second or third a nomination someone else has already made. All nominated authors that receive three nominations (i.e., are seconded and then thirded) will move on to the voting round. Previous 'Best Original Character' F.R.O.G.S. winners cannot be nominated for this award. That includes: Finn Blishwick in The Harder They Fall by victoria_anne Already through to final voting: Brendon Greengrass from Sidenote: Greengrass dys/function by @abhorsen./Beeezie Dahlia Darzi from When Dahlias Bloom (M) by @dirigibleplums Hero Blishwick from Hero (M) by @victoria_anne Piper Stone from House of Stone (M) by @WindingArrow Roxi Zarooni from Love, Not War (M) by @RoxiMalfoy
  23. Best Depiction of a Mental Illness/Disability Do you know of a character in a story/series for whom mental illness or disability is explored in a particularly noteworthy way? You may appreciate how the author depicts the struggles the character faces as a result of the illness or disability, or the way the author humanizes them. It may even have taught you something you didn't know - or made you feel less alone. <3 If anyone jumps to mind, please nominate them below! This character can come from any fandom or original fiction, and be a canon character or an OC. It's totally up to you. This character does not need to be the POV character in the story or stories - just a main character. In addition, please note that the series does not need a formal designation on the archive to be used - as long as the character is consistent across multiple stories, it's valid. If you have a character in mind, please nominate them here using the following form. Character Name: Mental Illness/Disability: Story/Stories/Series Title: Link to Story/Stories/Series: Author: Reason for Nomination: You may also use your nomination to second or third a nomination someone else has already made. All nominated authors that receive three nominations (i.e., are seconded and then thirded) will move on to the voting round. Previous 'Best Mental Illness' F.R.O.G.S. winners cannot be nominated for this award. That includes: Haunting Shadows by dreamgazer220
  24. Most Versatile Author Nominations Is there an author who stands out as always pushing themselves? This author may explore many different perspectives, pairings, or themes. They may stand out in their eagerness to intersperse difficult subjects with pure fluff - or they may excel with a wide variety of fandoms/eras! Do they dabble in novels, poetry, and everything in between? If an author jumps to mind, please nominate them here using the following form. Archive Name: Link to Author's Page: Reason for Nomination: You may also use your nomination to second or third a nomination someone else has already made. All nominated authors that receive three nominations (i.e., are seconded and then thirded) will move on to the voting round. Previous 'Most Versatile Author' F.R.O.G.S. winners cannot be nominated for this award. That includes: TreacleTart Already through to final voting: @abhorsen./Beeezie @BlackPixie @melian @nott theodore @PaulaTheProkaryote @pookha
  25. Make sure to get your FROGS nominations in by tonight and your apps for staff/prefect in by tomorrow, if you haven't already! <3

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