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  2. Pixileanin

    Happy anniversary to me :)

    Happy anniversary, Mel! You've been a great friend through the years, and the best character relationship therapist anyone could ever asked for!
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  4. MuggleMaybe

    Happy anniversary to me :)

    Happy anniversary to you!!!
  5. Noelle Zingarella

    You Matter, Thanks for Writing

    Good for you for finding something to manage your triggers. I salute you! I wanted to leave a comment because I too came back to fanfiction to manage my triggers. I have PTSD and my triggers and symptoms have been particularly difficult to manage in RL lately. In January I had the idea that if I wrote out some of the emotions in a fictional setting, it might help me more than journaling or music did. And it has. And reading others lovely work has really helped too. I guess that's a long way of saying, I totally agree with you. Thanks for posting this.
  6. Today marks the tenth anniversary of my joining the Harry Potter fanfiction world. On 10 February 2009, I made an account at the old HPFF and loaded chapter 1 of my first fanfic story into the queue. I remember it quite well – I went through a few user names (mostly from Tolkien) before I found one that hadn’t been claimed yet, and while I had the chapter all organised, with a name and everything, I realised quite early on in the posting process that I didn’t have a title for the story it came from. Now, those of you who have known me for a while may know that I don’t have a very high opinion of my ability to name stories, so the one I came up with was very off-the-cuff and not my best ever effort. How to tame a Marauder. I wrote the story because I’d been reading Marauder era fics and couldn’t find one that fit my (admittedly strict) criteria. I wanted one that fit canon. I wanted one that had my interpretation of the canon characters, and – for example – didn’t portray Lily as either a goody-two-shoes or a screaming harpy, but rather a nuanced character with more than one dimension. Equally, there had to be more to Sirius than being an extroverted man-whore, right? I wanted one that didn’t give OCs old fashioned names in a nod to canon, but then conveniently shortened them to ones that were modern and trendy. I wanted one that was actually set in the 1970s and not imposing 1990s or 2000s values, lexicon and behaviours on people from that era. (Lily calling people “dude” or people wandering around with mobile phones were far more common in fanfic than I would like.) I wanted one with an OC to match with Sirius who wasn’t a blonde bombshell, the most popular girl in school, or Lily’s best friend (or a combination of the three). Or, alternatively, a Slytherin. I didn’t want Frank and Alice Longbottom to be in the same year as the Marauders because I was quietly convinced they were some years older (fully qualified Aurors with some experience when James and Lily were 21, plus having a child, meant either they were superhuman or the timelines didn’t add up). I didn’t like the tendency to include ALL names from the Order of the Phoenix, particularly in that year, just because they were the only names we had. (Marlene McKinnon and Dorcas Meadowes, I’m looking at you.) I didn’t like the stories that put Mary Macdonald as Lily’s best friend, because she wouldn’t refer to Mary by her full name when talking to Snape if they were that close. And I figured James would have too much pride to ask Lily out every second day, especially if she kept saying no. See? Told you I was picky. Now, I’m sure stories that meet all these criteria exist in their thousands, but I wasn’t patient enough to look on all the various sites for one and, quite frankly, while there were some great fics out there, they weren’t what I wanted to read. So, I figured I’d write it instead. HTM was never supposed to be the success it was. I just posted a story that I wanted to read, and then discovered that a bunch of other people seemed to want to read it too. These days it’s just seen as one of those older stories that some people still rave about, but when I was posting it it was, unexpectedly, huge. I realise that makes me sound a bit conceited but it was averaging I think about 10K hits per month, and one chapter was so popular there were 90 reviews up before 12 hours had passed. Someone who didn’t like the way I ended it threatened to kill me if I ever went to their town. (Fortunately said town was on another continent from me, but still, it bothered me a bit.) The whole thing was a tad overwhelming, and to an introvert like me, somewhat challenging. Of course, once I’d written that story, there was pressure, both internal and external, to write others. And fanfic can be pretty addictive once you get started, you know. Having to go through the queue at HPFF (and only one chapter at a time) meant I created an alter ego author page and posted other stories on that. I quite liked the freedom of doing that, because I had a bit of a name as HTM’s author and wanted to see how my other stories stacked up without that branding behind them. Luckily the response was pretty positive so I thought maybe I had this fanfic malarkey figured out. Then, an unexpected pregnancy and a subsequent lack of spare time (babies are hard work, y’all) meant I withdrew from the HPFF community. There were some things going on behind the scenes at that point that I wasn’t comfortable with and it started to feel toxic, so I just quietly faded away. The extra time it gave me was fantastic, but I did miss it a bit – not the toxicity that had begun to pervade the site, but the friendships. I still checked in every now and then and tried to keep on top of reviews (people still seemed to like HTM), but it had disappeared from my life to a fair extent. Fast forward a few years, and I was randomly looking at my Twitter account (which had remained active) when I saw that Holly and some others had started up a new site. All the fun and none of the bullying, they said, though perhaps not in those words. I may not have realised that the HPFF forums had disappeared at that point, but I did see the merit in setting up new ones. Plus, Holly and I had always got along (even if I didn’t know her real name back then) so that was reason enough to swing by and sign up. I’m still not as active as I would like to be, but I’m getting there. I’m not posting as often as I would like to, but again I’m getting there. And, I am actively trying to get back into the swing of things. My current WIP, which covers Neville’s seventh year, is about 70% written, but not quite finished enough for me to be confident on scene order (I write in scenes and then place them in the overall narrative, rather than in a linear way), but I’m doing my best. And, I have every intention of catching up on the last, um, probably two years of review responses. So yeah. I’m standing up to recognise my tenth fanfiction birthday, and to acknowledge HTM as my starting point. I just hope there are many more novels to come.
  7. Noelle Zingarella

    A Lock of Love

    Oh my goodness, a recommendation and Gilderoy Lockhart? Thank you! Y'all are the best! <blushes>
  8. MuggleMaybe

    A Lock of Love

    oh my gosh, all the props for this blog post it is perfect. (I'm sure Gilderoy would agree ) I'm so glad Mr. Lockhart recognized our wonderful staff! Is this eligible for the FROGS?
  9. galadriel

    A Lock of Love

    omg y'all those letters are hilarious, I love them. how can I resist being called "lovely and celestial" hahaha. kudos to whoever came up with those coffee puns as well, they're so good!! y'all are amazing, prefects, thank you for the letter and the rec. i'm absolutely going to hoard everything on my profile.
  10. sunshine_locks

    A Lock of Love

    thank you for the recommendation! it was really exciting to see this! :^)
  11. Sleepingbagonthesofa

    A Lock of Love

    My darling Prefects, I would be honoured to join all of you and Gilderoy on our quest to free the world of spinach puffs and... what was it again? Food? You are all wonderful and this was beautiful. Thank you so much for my letter and my graphic
  12. Chemical_Pixie

    A Lock of Love

    Prefects, you are all soooooo wonderful. So much to you! Gilderoy, take your time with that poetry. I'm in no rush...
  13. abhorsen.

    A Lock of Love

    I love this so much. Thank you, prefects!
  14. Ineke

    A Lock of Love

    I literally died laughing (esp at the coffee puns in Taylor's one. Oh my god). This is absolutely brilliant! Thanks so much You guys rock! That graphic is going straight into my about me
  15. ShadowRose

    A Lock of Love

    ya know, i've never been a big gilderoy lockhart fan, but damn, after all those coffee puns, i think i may be in love seriously prefects, y'all rock. thanks for putting this together and making me almost spit out my coffee, lol.
  16. PaulaTheProkaryote

    A Lock of Love

    OMG this was hilarious. Prefects, you guys are legit the best.
  17. scooterbug8515

    A Lock of Love

    Welcome to this month's love-filled Prefect blog, co-authored by the man who knows (self)-love best, Gilderoy Lockhart! We've got some great love story and Gilderoy-featuring story recommendations we'd like to share from members and also from us! Gilderoy was also kind enough to write some love letters for the staff for his contribution besides providing us with his usual charm and witty banter. His personal assistant also magicked up some personalized photographs of GIlderoy for each staff member! @galadriel @Sleepingbagonthesofa @ShadowRose @toomanycurls @LadyL8 @PaulaTheProkaryote @Chemical_Pixie @Veritaserum27 @abhorsen. @Unwritten Curse @TidalDragon @Alopex @Ineke Dear Lady Galadriel, Hello my darling creative writing Professor! I do hope later you can teach me some of your skills in crafting such beautiful writing. You have been working so hard lately, especially with having to train our dear students to capture all of those magical creatures last month! (Perhaps my latest quest didn’t turn out as it should have, my sincerest apologies.) I trust I could learn some new wandwork techniques from your capable hands, and everso look forward to it. Shall we rendezvous later this week in the Staff Lounge to discuss the newest writing techniques or the latest editorial in Witch Weekly? I’ll be awaiting your owl for our meeting time, oh lovely and celestial Nim! Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Paula, While I am not sure exactly what a prokaryote is, I do not doubt you are an expert in whatever this field is that I assume is related to Herbology. As you probably know, I am an expert in the field of Charms -- I haven’t won Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award five times in a row for nothing! Perhaps we can combine forces to tackle the media and the publishing office over a nice, candlelit meal in my office next week. I am also ever so keen to expand my knowledge in the hopes it will help me during a future encounter, so I do not doubt your lessons in Herbology would do me extremely well. I await your response by owl! Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Abby, I hear you like poetry, so I’d like to present you with one I’ve written myself. I am, after all, a literary icon, author of multiple best-sellers, and as I hear you are the fabulous new member of the publishing office, it is only fitting that we make our acquaintance early. After all, who would be better than yourself to appreciate such greatness; beautiful poetry for a beautiful soul. Please accept this lovely poem as a token of my gratitude for publishing my next best-seller: There once was a man from Nantucket My dear personal assistant tells me this is not the type of poem you will be looking for. I shall get back to you shortly! Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Beth, I wish to ask how you can dare have been departed from me for the time that you were, but how can I ask such a question when you have been matching exceeding beauty with immeasurable brains. It is impossible to not love an academic and you my love are indeed an academic, a woman after my own heart. I hope that we can be reunited soon and you can share with me all that you have learned upon which I can write a book about you, the woman of equal looks and brains. Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Branwen, Does the Headmistress wish to see me for my bad behavior in accidentally releasing all of those magical creatures around the school grounds? I’m sure I’ll learn my lesson this time. I know you did a lot of hard work in wrangling those beasts and I only wish to fully appreciate your skills in managing such an enormous task. Shall I conjure thee a comfortable chair and a large mug of tea to lessen the strain of your duties? I must say that many a witch has enjoyed a shoulder massage at my hands, and I will gladly provide you with my services, dearest Branwen, whenever you like. Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Gina, I see no one more worthy of myself than the “Queen of Gryffindor” and as such, I could not help myself from reaching out to you. For the spirit of such a fierce lioness as yourself could only be matched with someone with such accolades as myself. I trust two daring souls such as ourselves could find ourselves quite the unforgettable adventure! I’ll be awaiting your response owl so we can leave with haste! Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Monseuir Kevin, It is with my sincerest regret that such a long period of time has elapsed since my last visit -- surely you understand what a busy man I am, battling banshees and disposing of doxies. To make it up to you, I'm leaving you a signed copy of my autobiography, Magical Me, and several autographed photographs. If you scatter them about your dwelling, it may feel like I've never left at all. It has come to my attention, however, that you have been performing great feats to match my own lately -- crafting FROG category posts and organizing collaborations for the ages... Perhaps we should meet over tea sometime soon and you can elaborate on your adventures. It is vital that nobody knows of our meeting, however. Uh -- you see -- if my masses of fans were to hear of our meeting, they may attempt to intrude upon our conversations. Contact me to let me know what time of day works best for you! Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Holly, How lucky for is it that happenstance has brought us together once again? What a duo the pair of us make -- with my extraordinary abilities and perfect hair and your renowned cartography skills, we could spend long hours mapping out the jungles of South America together. You know, I once conquered a particularly nasty band of werewolves hiding out in the Amazon Rainforest... it's a stunning vacation spot, if not for all the bugs and man-eating critters running amok (they don't faze me, of course). Alas, I must be taking my leave rather soon. This world isn't going to protect itself, after all. Don't feel put out, though, for I shall be leaving you with an autograph photograph of myself and a signed copy of Wandering Wayward Werewolves of Brazil as inspiration for that map. Until next we meet, my dear! Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Ineke, How can I compare thee to anything but the force of nature that you are? I know our communication has been spotty as of late, but it only makes the heart grow fonder. Your superb senior management of the publishing office leads me to hope for a private meeting with you to discuss a possible arrangement concerning my latest work. Perhaps you’d enjoy a box of Chocolate Caramel Cauldrons to sweeten the deal as I know those are your favorite! Your publishing record is astounding, and I look forward to our future correspondence regarding Me, Myself, and I...and you. Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Lotte, It cannot be expressed how my heart has longed to hear from you in the past winter months. I am told that you have recently moved. Would you dare move again? If so I would love for you to move closer to me so that I can more readily read you the more romantic passages of my book extolling to all how beautiful and wonderful you are. You are simply a divine and sweet honey badger, both powerful and kind. Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Rose, A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but Headmistress shall not be beat! I see you have an infant who needs no help from me in being heard or seen. Would you care to be whisked away for a relaxing spa weekend with me? You are most deserving of this wonderful chance to spend hours listening to my while away the time regaling you with tales of my accomplishments! I await your owl accepting this once-in-a-lifetime holiday with yours truly. Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Taylor, Words cannot espresso how much you mean to me! You’ve been a busy media manager this month, but you’ve still found time to mocha me crazy! In fact, I’m just going to say it. I like you a latte. We were meant to bean. I’ve got the coffeels for you. Such a brewtiful and amazing soul such as yourself deserves nothing but the best, and as the five time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile, I think we should give this our best shot! Shall we meet in the staff lounge this week to espresso our feelings? I eagerly await your response owl! Love, Gilderoy Lockhart Dear Lady Deni, I hear you don’t like spinach puffs, so in your honor I shall go on a quest to have them removed from this Earth. After all, it is no concern of yours if people have food. You are a beautiful and busy lion, with media to manage, muggles to liaison with, and levers to pull (but best be careful not to pull the wrong one). Perhaps after I have eradicated all of the spinach puffs, we could collaborate on my next bestseller-author and inspiration for Stamping Out Spinach Puffs. I look forward to your correspondence. Love, Gildeory Lockhart We asked, and you delivered on some of your favorite ~love~ stories or stories that feature Gilderoy (the man himself!) or both! Without further ado, here are the stories to give you the feel-good romance vibes for this month How I Saved the Wizarding World with Hair Potions, by Gilderoy Lockhart by @Stella Blue Orange Cardamom by @ShadowRose Of Bookshelves and Baby Carriers by @poppunkpadfoot Amortentia by @greisful Eyes as Brown as an Enstatite Gem by @MadiMalfoy Rush of Blood by @nott theodore Chai Series by @800 words of heaven How Long? by @crestwood Golden Girl by @Finefrenzy__ The Anne Clarke Chronicle by @MrsDarcy Moonlight by @Noelle Zingarella The Woes of Mr Weatherby by @Bunbury Shards of a Badger's Heart by @Hufflepuffbookworm1990 The Taste of Cherry by @scooterbug8515 Capture Me by @sunshine_locks Meddling Aphrodite by @greisful That's All by @beyond the rain Seasons of Love by @galadriel Disarming Charm by @scooterbug8515 ____________________ Credits post contributors + recs: Madi, Sarah, Carrie, Rumpels, Emma, Gilderoy Lockhart graphics: Rumpels Story Recs: @starbuck, @PaulaTheProkaryote, @MegGonagall, @Chemical_Pixie
  18. Rumpels, you couldn't have said it any better! While I may not particularly enjoy [redacted controversies], I still enjoy this world and being able to play around in it. Whether or not I choose to actually use any of the new "canon" content JKR continues to release along with the FB franchise is totally up to me. [Controversies] aside, I am quite happy that JKR is continuing her expansion of this world because it means I can integrate more things into my own fics knowing that it is now canon information. Or, I can choose to NOT include the new info--it's up to all of us as authors with our own personal discretion. The original books have already been written, and they're not changing. Our original worldview of HP is still perfectly intact and viable. Let people enjoy these new materials [CC, FB] and information how they want to and don't hate on them for it. If you don't like the new content, then don't read/write about it. It's your life and your interests -- just keep on doing you and let others, including JKR, do the same.
  19. MuggleMaybe

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    This is one of my very very favorite books of all time. I sobbed like a tiny baby when I finished it. If you ever want to talk about it more, Madi, please hit me up!
  20. MadiMalfoy

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak Historical Fiction, Young Adult Fiction | T | 5 stars The book I read over the winter holidays was something that had been sitting on my shelf for a while, so I decided it was finally time to get around to it. The Book Thief takes the much-written about time during World War II and the Holocaust and writes from a different perspective -- that of Death, following the childhood of a young girl forced to live with a "loyal" German couple in Molching, Germany due to her mother's affiliation with the Communists. Zusak cleverly uses Death's perspective of the world as shades of colors to give a unique illustration of each scene, and how the colors seem to fade into grays or sharp splashes of color when there is a sudden development. It's not overly graphic from Death's point of view, as he mostly describes Death as picking up and carrying the souls of the deceased to remain in his care. By using Death to peer into parts of little Liesel Meminger as she travels to Molching to live with Hans and Rosa Hubermann and then grows up as the War rages on, it changes how Nazi Germany is usually depicted in novels like these. Liesel Meminger is a young girl caught in the middle of Nazi Germany and trying to navigate her youth while also being fed the propaganda of the Hitler Youth. Her character is bolstered by the stealing of her first book at her brother's burial, and from there on it gets very interesting, especially as she develops a strong bond with her foster father Hans. As Liesel ages, it becomes clearer to the reader that the Hubermann's aren't as sympathetic to the Nazi cause as they outwardly appear to their neighbors, and as the political situation deteriorates in Germany, they take more and more risks, and Liesel also does the same, albeit it in a different manner and for different purposes. The lessons this book teaches are countless. This book illustrates the power of having the skills to read, to write, and to hold knowledge more than take in propaganda. Love is also much stronger than people like to think it is, and this is shown many times over throughout the novel. Now, I know this has been made into a movie, but I haven't seen it yet. (If anyone has and has an opinion on whether or not I should watch it, please do so!) I highly recommend this book to anyone, even if they typically don't read historical fiction, because this book really made me think quite a lot about my own personal beliefs and how I learned of World War II and the Holocaust and what I can do to prevent something similar happening in the future and also understanding why that was allowed to happen. Go forth and read it!
  21. dreamgazer220

    The Happier Holidays Challenge Results

    Oh wow, second place! What a pleasant surprise -- especially with those fantastic entries. Ineke, I have to say, this challenge was so much fun to write for, so thank you for hosting it! Congratulations to the other winners as well
  22. MuggleMaybe

    To Our Magical Magizoologists

    I was terribly tired when I wrote this and made the horrible mistake of not shouting out @TreacleTartfor her help in putting it together. I'm soooooo sorry dear!
  23. Hi everyone! In this (and my very first ever) blog, I'm going to announce the results of the Happier Holidays Challenge! This challenge got far more entries than I thought I would get, so first of all I would like to thank everyone for their interest and entries in this challenge. It truly meant the world to me! This challenge was a challenge where characters who loated a certain holiday, ended up feeling better about the whole concept later on (even though they did not need to love it as it was). Because of this (and the sheer excellence of all the stories), I'd all recommend you to read all the entries, for some heartwarming stuff and just good feelings overall! The entries were as followed: Tis The Season by @TreacleTart yitached yakum v'yiga'el by @facingthenorthwind Bake My Wish Come True by @ShadowRose Starlit Nights by @dreamgazer220 Anything Is Possible by @Pixileanin A Very Snapely Christmas by @juls The Woes of Mr Weatherby by @Bunbury All entries were, as said, absolutely excellent, and it was very hard to pick, but I've made my decision, so without furder ado, here is the top 3: In third place yitached yakum v'yiga'el by @facingthenorthwind - a heartwarming story about Chanukah during Deathly Hallows, which explores the holiday during the wartime and how it can make everyone feel better even in dark times. Congratulations! Please let me know on which two stories you want a review in addition to the one I'll be leaving on this later on! In second place Starlit Nights by @dreamgazer220 - a heartbreaking story about Neville's daughter and the entire reason of why Christmas is so hard on her. Aside from that, there is a lot of stuff that literally made me melt and feel so good, so please do check this out! Congratulations! Please let me know on which four stories you want a review on in addition to the one I'll be leaving on this later on! And in first place Bake My Wish Come True by @ShadowRose - a Muggle Christmas Bakery Jily AU which literally made me cry (for a plethora of reasons) while reading it - a feat not easily managed. This story is great, has excellent characterisation and completely tugs at your heart! Congratulations! Please let me know on which six stories you want a review on in addition to the one I'll be leaving on this later on! I want to thank all of the participants again - all the promised reviews will be coming as soon as possible (also depending a bit on my still-flaky internet ). It was a true pleasure to read all of your stories! I hope you will all join in with another challenge again! x Ineke
  24. ShadowRose

    To Our Magical Magizoologists

    i don't like being sad reacted it doesn't mesh well with my constant need for approval but seriously, this shoutout and these awards were so sweet - thank you Renee and Kris! and thank you to all of you who left me such wonderful reviews during the event
  25. adorably cute

    To Our Magical Magizoologists

    Many thanks to all of the wonderful staffers for creating an amazing review game to prepare us for FROGs season! A special thanks to @abhorsen., @galadriel, and @ShadowRose for their efforts in the menagerie, particularly with dealing with all of Ravendor/Gryffinclaw's many guesses and (especially reluctantly on Taylor's end) dealing with all of our sad reacts until we finally made it
  26. galadriel

    To Our Magical Magizoologists

    oh gosh, this is so nice. thank you all so much for this shout-out and the wonderful reviews.
  27. abhorsen.

    To Our Magical Magizoologists

    This is so sweet, Renee - thank you!!
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