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  1. Yesterday
  2. The Broadway Musical Song Challenge! Welcome to the results blog post for the second challenge I've hosted here on HPFT The premise of this challenge was rather straightforward -- incorporate a song from a Broadway musical into a fic, whether that be in true songfic form or moreso as inspiration for the fic overall. I received 9 fantastic entries and so judging was actually quite difficult! Naturally, I made a spreadsheet, and here's how things worked. Judging Category Breakdown: Overall Quality - 20% Execution/Integration of Song - 30% Creativity/Originality - 15% Spelling/Grammar - 10% Challenge Requirements Met - 25% With that out of the way, here's the list of all of the entries! Please go read them all, because they are all phenomenal! No One Mourns the Wicked (M) by @Chelts-rhj Satisfied by @ShadowRose The Point of No Return by @Chelts-rhj Hearth by @LunaStellaCat Lead Existence by @crestwood Helpless by @800 words of heaven reasons to want you by @crestwood 1989-1990 by @Lacey Black Paper Faces by @nott theodore Here are a quick reminder of the prizes: : Award graphic, three (3) reviews on any stories of your choice, link in my signature for 3 months : Award graphic, four (4) reviews on any stories of your choice, favorite story, link in my signature for 3 months : Award graphic, five (5) reviews on any stories of your choice, favorite story, favorite author, link in my signature for 3 months And finally, it is time! The winners are...... In third place, Paper Faces by @nott theodore! In second place, Lead Existence by @crestwood! In first place, Satisfied by @ShadowRose! I had so much fun hosting this challenge and was so impressed by everyone's entries!! Thank you all for taking the time to write such fun and varied things and entering! Winners, please rehost and credit @galadriel @HPFT for your award graphics if you'd like to use them, and PM me with the stories you'd like me to review
  3. crestwood

    The Broadway Musical Song Challenge Results

    Thank you for hosting this challenge, I had so much fun with it! And congratulations Taylor and Sian!
  4. ShadowRose

    The Broadway Musical Song Challenge Results

    ahh madi thank you!! i'm so honored and all of these stories were truly incredible. congrats to joey and sian as well!!
  5. 800 words of heaven

    The Broadway Musical Song Challenge Results

    Such a fun challenge! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write a Jily again! Congratulations to all the winners
  6. Last week
  7. I’ve decided that I want to start using this thing as a dumping ground of all the stuff I’m currently into every so often as a way of cataloging my ever-shifting obsessions. I suppose I should separate this into various sections, for clarity’s sake. And so, I’ll start with: Music At the moment, I’m on a quest to assemble every single rock song that I enjoy into a single playlist. As you can imagine, I’ve been busy. The playlist just passed the fifteen hour mark, but more importantly, I’ve been revisiting a lot of really cool albums in the process. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins is an album that I’d heard all of five times in full before a couple weeks ago. I’ve since tripled that number. It seems there would be too many elements at work here to fully come together, but that pushing and pulling at the conventions of mid-90s alternative is what left this album in the public consciousness so long after similar stuff has all but faded away. (suggested tracks - Galapogos, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans) The Execution Of All Things by Rilo Kiley has been one of my favorite albums for some years now, but I’ve recently found it reentering my life like an old friend. Rilo Kiley is one of the bands that I always have trouble recommending because I’m not altogether sure what sort of music they make or who sounds much like them. This album is their best because it rises and falls with Jenny Lewis, one of the finest voices in music, I know that. It is at once joyous and deeply morose. I can’t imagine a time before these songs were lodged in my memory. (suggested tracks - My Slumbering Heart, A Better Son/Daughter, With Arms Outstretched) Brick Body Kids Still Daydream by Open Mike Eagle is an album rich enough in allusion and subtext that I will most likely dedicate a chapter to it in my eventual book of essays. (I’m working on it!) Mike is many things--a comic lover, a rapper, a poet, a Chicagoan. He made a concept album that functions as a love letter to the Robert Taylor Homes public housing project. You’ll be won over by his personality very quickly and you’ll never run out of fun new things to unearth about this monument to a place many would not mourn. (suggested tracks - Happy Wasteland Day, (How Could Anybody) Feel at Home, My Auntie’s Building) Podcasts The Infinite Now is a podcast by Richard Penner, under the alias Timescanner. It’s a multimedia project that skews heavily toward sci-fi. I could attempt to sell you, but I could never word it better than the man himself - “The Infinite Now celebrates wonder. The Infinite Now explores the past and the future. The Infinite Now tells stories at every scale, from quantum foam to human frailties to the love lives of dark matter galaxies.” My favorite episode is only a little over five minutes long, so it’s perfect for introductions and very much pulls you into this strange world right away. (suggested episode - Time Loop Awareness Day, rated T) That’s all for now, but I’ll be back another day to share some more random stuff from my life. Thanks for reading!
  8. Earlier
  9. RoRoWeasley

    Reasons Why I Write

    Thank you so much for reading and for sharing your thoughts, @Rumpelstiltskin
  10. Rumpelstiltskin

    Reasons Why I Write

    Ahh, that feeling that you're losing your childhood is difficult. College/uni was when I had to set aside writing, too -- the demands of the coursework in tandem with working to pay for said coursework pretty well took up most of my time (and who needs sleep, anyway). I think a lot of what you're saying is very relatable to a lot of people, though of course personal in your own way. It makes a lot of sense to turn to fanfiction when you want to find that escape, as you can mold worlds and people (for cathartic reasons or otherwise). And, of course, you're absolutely right -- the communities that can be built from fandoms are absolutely amazing. While I've written for a large part of my life, it was in fanfiction that I started to learn to hone my writing skills (though am obviously still growing). There was something about the comfort about being able to lean on a pre-established element that made it easier to start experimenting with things I'd otherwise not. Plus, as you've said, continuing that story (the stories that made up our childhoods or adulthoods) and immortalizing fandoms is an added bonus. It takes a lot to share to large groups of people, so thanks so much for sharing! This was a fantastic blog post.
  11. Alwynse

    Take a Wizard to Work Day Challenge | Results

    Congrats to everyone! Thank you for hosting a fun challenge!
  12. adorably cute

    Take a Wizard to Work Day Challenge | Results

    ahhh i'm so excited! this was such a lovely challenge! thank you for hosting susana! congrats to @MadiMalfoy and @Alwynse on placing as well! great job to all the participants on all of the wonderful entries
  13. BLONDEbehaviour

    When Life Gives You Lemons: On Disappearing

    Oh Erica, I am so, so sorry to hear of your dad and the tough time you've had. I can absolutely understand the feeling, yet it's indescribable. And I can understand especially how easy it is to fall off the edge of things like the forums and writing and such, it's something I've been rather bad at the last few years that I am trying to rectify. You will always have support here, whenever you come and go as you need Please know you are always welcome to get in touch with me if you just need someone to yarn to about... anything.
  14. MadiMalfoy

    Take a Wizard to Work Day Challenge | Results

    Susana! Thank you for hosting such a wonderful challenge! Congratulations to @Alwynse and @adorably cute on your placings as well! Both of your entries are fantastic and you'll be getting reviews from me soon Everyone did such a good job with this challenge and deserves all the reviews!
  15. you-make-me-wander

    Take a Wizard to Work Day Challenge | Results

    Alright, guys. Here are the results for the Take a Wizard to Work Day Challenge! It was my first time hosting a challenge, so I'd like to thank all that participated for making this such a cool experience. I'm definitely repeating it! Here are all the entries in order of submission: Department of Human Misery (M) by @Alwynse Another Day at the Clinic by @800 words of heaven Attack on the Death Eaters (M) - Chapter 8 by @StarFeather Lionfish Spines and Dusty Bottles by @MadiMalfoy The St. Mungo's Rehab Clinic by @adorably cute Without further ado, here are THE WINNERS: In THIRD PLACE Lionfish Spines and Dusty Bottles by MadiMalfoy Madi, your prizes are 3 reviews in stories of your choosing, 1 award graphic and 1 picspam for the prized story In SECOND PLACE Department of Human Misery by Alwynse Aubrey, your prizes are 5 reviews in stories of your choosing, 1 award graphic and 1 picspam for the prized story In FIRST PLACE The St. Mungo's Rehab Clinic by adorably cute Sarah, your prizes are 8 reviews in stories of your choosing, 1 award graphic and 1 picspam for the prized story Winners, congratulations Please PM me with the stories you'd like reviewed and claiming the picspam (if you prefer, it can be for another of your stories instead of the one you submitted for this challenge). To all of you, thank you so much for being a part of this challenge. I had a blast reading all of your stories! I hope I'll see you in my next one
  16. RoRoWeasley

    Reasons Why I Write

    I owe my love of writing and fanfiction to Harry Potter. When I was sixteen, the Harry Potter films finished. It was 2011, the year I left high school, and I walked out of the cinema after seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in floods of tears because my childhood was officially over. No more books. No more films (heh, so I thought!). It was all gone. I was actually on holiday at the time, and I remember sitting on my hotel bed that night and scouring the internet for anything Harry Potter to comfort me. I stumbled upon Mugglenet and their Fanfiction page and my life changed forever... Cliché I know, but it is the honest truth. Fanfiction has saved me in more ways than I could ever explain. I began by simply reading. Reading any stories I could find, absolutely blown away at how much there was and how much I'd been missing out on!! It was insanely fun, trawling through many stories, figuring out what I liked and didn't like, learning all the jargon (for a newbie, there was A LOT to sift through), and wondering how I could join in. Throughout that summer, most of my spare time was spent on fanfiction websites, not just Mugglenet. I didn't find AO3 until very very recently (2018), so my main go-to ended up being Fanfiction.Net. Flash forward a year and I found the courage to start writing. I was taking A-Level English (above GSCEs but before University) and other subjects which involved writing a lot of essays and I would spend free periods in the library at a computer or a laptop. Guess where I picked up my procrastination habit? Yep, fanfiction writing. Instead of essay writing, I began figuring out potential plots, making a character notes, and even beginning to write chapters. My writing itself wasn't limited to the Harry Potter fandom, but my discovery of my passion for writing and fanfiction absolutely is. Other fandoms I have written for since: Primeval, Thunderbirds, Supernatural and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In 2014 I started University, taking BSc Geology. By this time, I had eighteen stories posted on my FF.Net author page, including two 40,000+ novellas. Like a naive teenager, I assumed I could carry on with my fanfiction writing as an outlet while I was studying for my degree. Heh, was I wrong... University sapped every single creative ounce out of my being. It hurt. A lot. Things got worse at the beginning of my second year of university as I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and put on medication. I had such a severe spiral I dropped out a university for a year to look after myself as I was very unwell. Even during my time away from university, my love of fanfiction completely dwindled. Depression has the habit of sucking out all of your interest for things you previously loved, leaving you fatigued and feeling pretty damn sh*t. Probably like a dementor, though copious amounts of chocolate sadly cannot cure depression. I think what reignited my love for fanfics was rereading some of my own stories back and actually being able to admire my ability - I was proud and wanted that feeling back! So I started from the beginning, reading, and reading until the courage to write returned. And I've never looked back. Honestly, my writing is the most amazing and useful outlet when I have my bad days. Fandoms mean community and I feel like I am socializing when talking to other fans on social media. That and so many fans can be incredibly supportive if you ever need to rant about things. Two of the most powerful fandoms I am currently in: Supernatural and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I don't write much Supernatural fiction BUT the fans are just incredible. And don't get me started on Cursed Child, the Harry Potter theatre production; this fandom gives me a reason to smile every. single. day. I don't necessarily have plans to become an actual author of original fiction, but I do know that I will carry my love of fanfiction throughout my life and through to the other side of the veil. Fanfiction is the best thing to ever happen to me ?
  17. MalfoysAngel

    The Greatest Ships to Ever Sink | April 9th, 2019

    How did Drapple get 5 hats but Dramione only got 4!?!? ? This was epic! (even if I didn't know some of the fandoms) Thanks Y'all I needed this kind of entertainment today
  18. Slytherinchica08

    The Greatest Ships to Ever Sink | April 9th, 2019

    Another dramione lover showing up to shout her support of her otp! Amazing blog entry I had a lot of fun reading it. And the graphics were a fun addition.
  19. Lacey Black

    The Greatest Ships to Ever Sink | April 9th, 2019

    This was probably the best thing I’ve read all day! ?????? #TeamProDramione!
  20. Rumpelstiltskin

    The Greatest Ships to Ever Sink | April 9th, 2019

    APRIL 8TH, 2019 | THE GREATEST SHIPS TO EVER SINK Welcome to another installment of the Prefects' biweekly blog series! This time, we're looking at some of those ships that people love to, well, love, but also to sink. Read on to see how we rated some classics and some new ones from fandoms outside of Harry Potter! Let us know what other ships you think are great to sink! Ship Name: Bellamort Characters Involved: Bellatrix Lestrange x Lord Voldemort Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: With Bellatrix's fangirl-like tendencies for one Dark Lord, it could be foreseen from the beginning that this ship was a bad idea. Sure, at first Voldemort loved the hero-worship and never-ending amounts of praise, but after a while, Bellatrix's obsessive ways was beginning to wear him out. While the saying might be, "Behind every evil, twisted, sadistic man-like entity is an equally evil, twisted, sadistic woman," the toxic fumes billowing from the relationship were, in fact, flammable. And Bellatrix, like any strong female character would do, lit the match to sink the ship, herself. Nobody denies Bellatrix Lestrange. Not even the Dark Lord. Ship Name: Doctorfez Characters Involved: The Eleventh Doctor x his Fez Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: People said it couldn't be done, but those people simply weren't working hard enough at imagining it. The Doctor has a special relationship that is unique to each of his companions, and the one with his fez is special like no other. A fez is a particularly difficult hat to care for, but the Doctor ensures it is always well-loved by throwing it through time portals and wearing it in the most inopportune times. Though his human companions may dislike his love affair with the fez, he doesn't let that sway him from his love, and the fez could only hope to say the same if it could talk. This love is one that is limited to the Eleventh Doctor's time, but all broken hearts can be mended quite readily, and he doesn't forget his dear old fez even in the future, often looking back on their time together with fondness. Ship Name: Emmalatte (TGWDLM - Team Starkid) Characters Involved: Emma x latte Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: This ship looked promising as the show was being promoted before its YouTube release, with Emma, the barista, making coffee for multiple other characters in the show. Alas, it was not meant to last what with her coworkers sabotaging her and the latte's relationship by poisoning it! Getting her usual cup of coffee just isn't the same when it's been poisoned with alien goo that infects people and makes them turn into musical monsters. Nevertheless, Emma still loves her lil' latte hottie, and the latte still lovers her lil' cute barista! Perhaps after the musical invasion is over, they can spend some quality time together outside of Hatchetfield! Ship Name: Drapple Characters Involved: Draco Malfoy x Apple Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: Like with any ship, Drapple isn't without it's share of controversies, but this ship was hot and heavy from the get go. But for a ship so steamy and might I say tantalizing, where did it go wrong? Now the main issue for Drapple, is are they truly compatible with one another? One half of this iconic pair is literally a fruit. Now, besides the stigma on cross-species relationships, think of the conflicting lifespans of each individual involved. Must Draco live out his life, and watch his partner wither away in just a short period of time. Or what if he gets hungry, and mistakenly eats his one true love. So while this ship is a ship meant for the ages, it is inevitable for it to avoid the iceberg. And would Draco really move over to make room on that door for his beloved apple? Ship Name: Javerus Characters Involved: James Potter x Severus Snape Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: While opposites attract, hate and love are two sides of the same coin, and we love those love/hate relationships, these two hotheads are capable of burning down even the strongest of steel-lined cruisers. Whether it's jealousy, pranking gone awry (very awry), show-boating, or just plain being an ass, the pair is sure to set this ship ablaze at some point, which is why we've dubbed this vessel the S.S. Powderkeg! Besides, it won't take long for James and Severus to realize that they're both still hopelessly in love with Lily Evans, anyway. Hate-turned-love is one of those timeless cliches, but this particular ship will by lying along the ocean floor for a long, long time. Ship Name: Quirrellmort (AVPM - Team Starkid) Characters Involved: Quirrell x Voldemort Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: All these two wanted to be was best friends attached at the back! They're different as can be, but they know they work well together. Quirrell loves to read books and plotting flowers in his garden, while Voldemort loves snakes and plotting to kill. They spend their evenings tossing and turning because they can't agree on who has to sleep on their tummy. Quirrell feels like its a comedy being bound to Voldemort; Voldy is happy as a squirrel being bound with Mr. Quirrell. And they can agree on at least one thing: they'll lead him to the slaughter and they'll murder Harry Potter! Ship Name: Numberlores Characters Involved: Number Five x Dolores Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: Some people may not think this ship has a leg stand on, but it’s your typical boy-meets-mannequin-and-falls-in-love affair. Dolores may come off as fake to some people, but just look at that smile! A little on the quiet side with a penchant for sequins, she makes the perfect companion for Number Five, young or old (or somewhere in between). He may not be on the top of anyone else’s list, but he will always be #1 on hers. This love has the capacity to outlast the apocalypse (as long as plastic really isn’t biodegradable). Ship Name: Dramione Characters Involved: Draco Malfoy x Hermione Granger Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: This is a ship that everyone loves to hate or loves to love! Some people just can't see it between the pureblood supremacist and the muggleborn lioness. Others enjoy them because they are the top two students in their year, so who can resist all the opportunity for that antagonistic, academic banter. Furthermore, the heavy use of classic tropes like Head Boy/Head Girl (especially during the supposed Eighth Year), Marriage Laws, Ministryfics, and Veela!Draco. The opportunities are boundless with this couple and perhaps that's why people love to ship it and to sink it. Enemies-to-Lovers with Draco and Hermione is the barest of dips into the murky depths this ship brings. The real question is, do you dare enter these waters with voracious, angsty writers lurking underneath the surface? Ship Name: Legriel (PrinceGuard) Characters Involved: Legolas Greenleaf x Tauriel Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: It's an adorable tale -- the Prince of the Woodland Realm (Mirkwood) and the Captain of the Elven Guard of the Woodland Realm (Mirkwood), a Sindarin elf and a Wood-elf, beating all odds (and defying King Thranduil's annotated dislike for the ship) and becoming a Middle Earth power couple! The pairing is built on a level of badassery that could have probably conquered any foes, but there are some inherent flaws in the ship designs that don't bode well long-term. While Legolas' interest in her was made clear during the Hobbit movies, it's pretty clear that Tauriel had a love interest of her own -- Kíli, the Dwarf. After the Tauriel x Kíli ship was tragically destroyed (and destroyed all of us with it), it's pretty clear through Tauriel and Thranduil's conversation that Tauriel is going to have a difficult time loving ever again. With the devastating loss of her only love, the romance between she and Legolas just doesn't click. Building a ship on a broken foundation was never a good idea, and it promptly sunk once it left port. Even if it hadn't, Thranduil was waiting on the sidelines to sink that ship himself. Talk about a #dramaship. Ship Name: Dumbridge (AVPS - Team Starkid) Characters Involved: Albus Dumbledore x Umbridge Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: Dumbledore's gaydar just wasn't on the mark with dear ol' Umbridge. Dumbledore treated her to the standard staff welcome body shot down at the Three Broomsticks, thinking he'd found a new romance after Grindelwald left him. This pairing seems okay at first, until the text bombardment begins happening and Dumbledore decides to run and hide from his problems instead of facing them head on. Umbridge finally decides enough is enough and holds an entire song and dance routine letting him know how she feels about the situation! So don't you tell her to go, cause she knows what's up and that he ain't nothin! This ship burned too bright to last, but it was fun while it happened! Ship Name: Lovelawney Characters Involved: Xenophilius Lovegood x Sybill Trelawney Ship Rating (out of 5 ) : How the Ship Sunk: This ship is absolutely written in the stars! Hang tight, though, as these characters are sure to get a little wacky. With long, prose-ridden conversations and declarations of love that could make Shakespeare quake, this pairing is almost certain to have a blossoming romance, however strange it may be. This wacky ship will sail smoothly, at first, but it will be the little things that ultimately sink it. Sybill's constant forethought and searching for clues as to what the future will hold (which will always be disaster and death, according to 'the signs') will begin to weigh on Xenophilius. Likewise, Xenophilius' obsession with Blibbering Humdingerps, Wrackspurts, and other creatures that don't exist will begin to creep upon Sybill's every nerve. A crack here, a splinter there, and soon the whole hull will be riddled with holes until the ship's keel floods with waters and sinks the whole dang thing. ------------------------------- credits: contributions: Rumpels, Madi, Kyle, Chelts graphics: Rumpels post draft: Madi
  21. aelaia

    The Riddikulus Ship Challenge WINNERS

    Omg @Niffler this is the most amazing thing ? young Arthur and Lucius!
  22. crestwood

    The Ensemble Challenge Results

    Thank you for writing for it! I had a lot of fun with your story ? @lovegood27
  23. lovegood27

    The Ensemble Challenge Results

    I see I’m a bit late, but thank you for hosting this challeng! It gave me something new to tackle and I really enjoyed writing my entry for it Congrats to @Chemical_Pixie and @BookDinosaur as well
  24. facingthenorthwind

    Tagging In, Tapping Out

    Sending you lots of hugs, Emily! I don't know that I have any information to help you, but I believe in your ability to do it.
  25. Slytherinchica08

    Tagging In, Tapping Out

    I get you 100%! My new chapter seven (which you just read) took me literally years to write. It wasn't that I didn't know what I wanted to happen in this chapter because I very much did I just couldn't get he words to flow. Sometimes I would rewatch the sixth, seventh, and eighth movies to get me into the groove or at least get back into the character. As for real life, I'm sorry that it's been an absolute drag. I really hope things pick up on the job front for you and hopefully you find a new even better place to live.
  26. Noelle Zingarella

    Tagging In, Tapping Out

    I'm so sorry to hear that you're having such a rough time! I'm sending you positive vibes too. I think that moving is one of the most stressful things in the world (not to mention all the other difficulties you mentioned). I hope that after you are settled in a new place some of the smoke will clear.
  27. crestwood

    The Ensemble Challenge Results

    @BookDinosaur @Chemical_Pixie Thank you both for your entries, they really made hosting this challenge so much fun
  28. Chemical_Pixie

    The Ensemble Challenge Results

    What a great challenge, Joey! Ensemble fic writing was very challenging. Having to juggle all of the characters, the plot, and the baked breakfast foods had me breaking out into a bit of a sweat. But it was sooooo worth it because I got to learn a lot. Thanks for hosting! And congrats to @BookDinosaur and @lovegood27 for placing!
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