trinsy: (doctor/jack)
title: Sometimes It Hurts Instead
fandom: Harry Potter – an AU version wherein everyone has been gender!swapped
character(s): Remi Lupin, Sirena Black
rating: PG
genre: angst, hurt/comfort
words: ~1750
summary: Snippets from Remi Lupin’s life and her complex relationship with Sirena Black
warnings: gender!swapping
notes: So a few months ago, my sister and I spent a pleasant few days casting our ideal female!Marauders over text and email. This was the result (image and post by her, not me). I dare anyone who has seen Karen Gillan and Katie McGrath not to imagine them being fun, fierce, flirty pranksters together. Anyway, a few days ago I suddenly really wanted to write something with flirty and fierce Karen!James and Katie!Sirius. I started typing and … that is not the story I wrote. I’m honestly not even sure how this happened. I don’t even ship Sirius/Remus. But somehow Remi took over my brain and would not shut up until I wrote this.
disclaimer: I don’t own anything associated with Harry Potter. The dialogue in the Shrieking Shack scene is taken directly from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was written by J. K. Rowling, and belongs to her and her publishers. The title comes from Adele’s “Someone Like You”.

When Jamie and Sirena are united, everything is beautiful... )
trinsy: (bovvered)
Day 24: Rant about Steve Kloves something

Trust me, you don’t want me to. Where do I even begin with this man?

Okay, to start: He has a massive crush on Hermione, and it really shows. The bias is just … it’s insane. I mean, giving her Ron’s “If you want to kill Harry you’ll have to kill us too” line in PoA? Crossing the line. Majorly crossing the line.

It’s just like … I think it’s pretty obvious he ships Harmony, and frankly, I don’t care about that for the sake of Ron/Hermione, because as much as I love and ship Ron/Hermione, if Kloves doesn’t, whatever. Like I said before, romance has never been a particularly important component of the HP series for me.

But he killed Harry/Ron. He killed my favorite bromance, and I’m not okay with that. It was my favorite bromance before bromance was even a word and became the “in” thing, and Steve Kloves killed it because he’s in love with Hermione and wanted her to end up with Harry. He turned Ron into this horrible 2D “ahaha-I’m-only-here-for-comic-relief” moronic coward, and I really, really hate him for that.

If the books are about the epicness of any friendship … well, the books are about the power of the bond between all three of them, actually, and how they are strongest and function best when it’s the three of them working together. But if you compare Harry’s falling out with Hermione in PoA with his falling out with Ron in GoF, there’s no question: emotionally, Harry needs Ron far more than he needs Hermione. There are just so many little interactions and unspoken things between them… I know it’s sounding like I’m a Harry/Ron shipper, and that isn’t it. It’s just that their friendship is so epic and beautiful, and it frustrates me that that wasn’t translated onscreen because it wasn’t even translated into the script.

One of my professors pointed out that if Harry Potter had been written by a man, Ron’s character would be a girl and Hermione’s character would be a boy, because Ron is emotional and Hermione is intelligent, and I think that’s true, and interesting both psychologically and culturally, but that’s not why I’m bringing it up. Kloves writes all these scenes about how Harry and Hermione are totally BFFs OMG, but I would argue that in the earlier books especially, Harry and Ron actually have a much stronger and deeper emotional connection than Harry and Hermione. Hermione might be more aware of what’s going on when it comes to romance, but in general – and maybe without even being fully aware of it – Ron has a much better grasp of what Harry’s feeling and what to do about it. There’s this great moment in GoF when they get back from the World Cup, and Harry’s telling them about his scar hurting and stuff, and Ron asks Harry if he wants to play Quidditch, and Hermione starts to tell him off for not being sensitive to Harry’s emotional needs, basically, and then it turns out Harry really wants to play Quidditch because he figures it’ll make him feel better. Ron just gets Harry in a way Hermione simply can’t, and that’s what’s so great about his and Harry’s friendship. And Kloves took that and gave it to Hermione, and that really bothers me.

The thing is, I don’t feel like a lot of people appreciate just how complex Ron really is, and the movies don’t help with that at all because in the movies he’s just so 2D. Worse than that, from the very beginning they took away some of his best qualities. In PS/SS, Hermione is the one who panics when Harry and Ron get trapped in the Devil’s Snare, not Ron, which is what happened in the film. Ron is so incredibly brave throughout the entire series. Yeah, he may not be as awesome at magic as Harry and Hermione, but he’s not a total buffoon, either, and it never stops him from throwing himself head on into a fight if he thinks his friends are in danger. Ron is in Gryffindor for a reason, you know? And by taking all Ron’s awesome qualities and giving them to Hermione, film!Hermione ends up being something distressingly close to a Mary Sue, while Ron ends up being a 2D imbecile.

Anyway, I guess this has been long and ranty enough. Basically, I’ve learned to live with what got cut and what got altered and what got written in. But destroying Ron’s character will never be okay with me.
trinsy: (physics)
Day 22: Your favorite villain

Barty Crouch Jr. I mean, come on, Fake!Moody was the best D.A.D.A. professor ever. In so many ways, BCJ doesn’t even make sense. Like, why is he so effective at teaching the kids? Why is he so nice to Neville? Why does he teach Harry how to block the Imperius Curse? Why didn’t he just make Harry’s bag into a portkey the first week of term? Why does so much of what he does make it seem like he maybe doesn’t even want Voldemort to succeed? Why is he just so plain awesome?

Basically, you can either take all that as due to him being poorly written, or due to him being way more complex than we ever get to fully appreciate since stupid Fudge let the dementor suck out his soul. Either way, the fact remains: Barty Crouch Jr. is badass!

(Hey, you know what would make a great fic? Something where it turns out Barty Crouch Jr. and Regulus Black were co-conspirators in the ‘let’s-steal-Voldy’s-horcruxes-and-bring-him-down-from-the-inside’ thing, and BCJ was going along with the Lestranges’ crazy Longbottom torturing thing because, I don’t know why, but we’d come up with something when we got there (didn't he say they threatened him or something?), but then the combination of Azkaban and being under the Imperius Curse all those years made BCJ go kind of psycho (which actually is pretty much true anyway), so that he didn’t even know what he wanted anymore, and he had all these crazy conflicting desires, which is why half of what he does in GoF seems to be counter-productive to his supposed end goal of killing Harry and resurrecting Voldemort. Oh my god, somebody please write me Barty Crouch Jr./Regulus Black BFF fic right now!)
trinsy: (home)
Day 20: A favorite quote

So difficult! I have many, obviously. The twins, Ron, and Harry all have several great one-liners, of course. Then there’s Dumbledore’s words of wisdom/moments of awesome. McGonagall and Snape are also both extremely quotable. Then there’s all the little moments of wonderful characterization for Sirius and Remus, particularly in the Shrieking Shack scene (“If you made a better rat than a human, it’s not much to boast about, Peter,” for example). But I’m going to go with the line that always stayed with me from Deathly Hallows:

“Does it hurt?”

The childish question had fallen from Harry’s lips before he could stop it.

“Dying? Not at all,” said Sirius. “Quicker and easier than falling asleep.”

“And he will want it to be quick. He wants it over,” said Lupin.

First of all, arguably the most moving, heartbreaking, emotional scene in the whole series. Harry here. Just … Harry.

But also, okay, I guess this does kind of have to do with the characterization thing (characterization is a big thing for me) because, just, I love that it’s Sirius and Remus answering Harry here, not James and Lily. Because even though we know they love Harry and Harry loves them, Sirius and Remus are the ones who ended up being there for him, and they’re the ones Harry trusts. Like, I don’t think James and Lily even could have answered this question for Harry. It had to be Sirius. And actually, if you read this whole scene, you can see that. James and Lily assure Harry they love him, but any concrete question is answered by Sirius and Remus, and I think it’s because Harry knows them. He trusts them. And I just really like that.
trinsy: (hug)
title: Heroes for Ghosts
fandom: Harry Potter
character(s): Remus Lupin
rating: PG
words: ~2400
summary: He tells himself he’s healing because it sounds healthy and well-adjusted and like him, and James has stopped showing up to contradict him.

Hardening, he thinks, is something Sirius would have done.

notes: This is a bit of a different style for me. It’s also a bit weird. The title comes from the Pink Floyd song Wish You Were Here.

Two days after Halloween, Remus comes home from the safe house where he's been transforming for the past year... )
trinsy: (I'm always all right)
Day 14: Moments in the books/movies that made you cry

Books: Sirius’s death. Ron destroying the locket. Dobby’s death. The Resurrection Stone scene.

Films: In GoF, I always start crying somewhere between Harry’s parents coming out of his wand and fake!Moody pulling Harry out of the arena. If I’m on my period, I cry at the end of OotP when Harry is possessed and then all his friends show up and he remembers himself.

I should note that I’m defining “crying” here as “get a bit teary-eyed/maybe actually have a tear or two roll down my cheeks”. If by “crying” you actually mean “full on genuine crying”, then the only one of these that counts is Sirius’s death. (I was also fourteen, my hormones were severely whacked out, and I had a lot of emotional problems, so I’m not even sure how much of the full on crying actually had to do with Sirius dying (though I still got sad rereading PoA a few months ago just because I kept thinking about how Sirius dies, so it probably had a bit to do with Sirius dying).)
trinsy: (bovvered)
Day 13: Least favorite character(s)

Probably because I haven’t read the books in so long, I can’t really think of any. I mean, I absolutely hate Umbridge, obviously, but as a person. As a character, she’s fantastic. And I find Lavender Brown irritating in HBP, but I like her in all the other books, and look, it’s not her fault romance and HP don’t mix well. And I didn’t like Kreacher, but DH obviously changed that.

The only one I can think of where I felt like I wish this character didn’t exist is Cho Chang, and I can still understand her necessity narratively. But yeah, I guess probably her, because it’s not like Harry couldn’t have dated a less annoying girl. And I’m sure there are others, but I can’t think of them at the moment.
trinsy: (doctor/rose)
Day 11: Character you’re crushing on

I’m not sure why this is in present tense, because I’m not really crushing on any HP characters anymore. But Ron was the second literary character I ever had a crush on (the first was Tom Sawyer), and I was pretty much in love with him from the first time I read SS up until … I’m not sure when. I do still have a huge soft spot for him, though, and I think Hermione is very lucky.

And of course everyone is in love with Sirius, but my thing for Sirius is so different than my thing for Ron. Sirius brings out that horrible and unhealthy “I-want-to-go-rescue-you” thing in me. You know, the thing that makes you want to go hug him and cuddle him and make everything okay.

(I’m not sure what it means that the two characters I had crushes on are also the two characters I most strongly identify with. I mean, no one wants to date themselves, so I don’t really know what’s going on there.)

That said, if these characters actually existed in real life, I would probably be most likely to date one of the Weasley twins or Lee Jordan. I mean, they’re hilarious and slightly depraved and sort of arrogant assholes but deep down total softies, which seems to be what I’m attracted to. (The media (all media) ruins you: it tells you that assholes are actually the biggest, most compassionate softies of us all. In reality, assholes are just assholes. They get pissed off over stupid stuff, don’t care about anyone but themselves, and are very much the guys you don’t want to date. This is how you know the people in HP are definitely fictional characters.)
trinsy: (doctor/jack)
Day 10: Favorite book moment(s)

I was going to pick one from every book and break it down that way, but then I couldn’t think of any for a few of the books, so I’m not doing that. Instead, I’m going to go with moments that stuck out to me when I first read them and have always stayed with me since. (Part of my rationale here is that I haven’t read an HP book since DH came out three years ago, except PoA for school last semester, so if something still sticks out to me after three years, it’s probably a favorite moment (and since PoA ties with GoF as my favorite book, anything from there I already knew was a favorite moment anyway).) I will try to limit myself though. So, in chronological order:

1. The Shrieking Shack scene. I pretty much already said everything I loved about it in Day 2, but yeah, basically it’s one of the most brilliant climaxes/reveals I’ve read in a mystery story (and I’ve read a lot of mysteries). It’s so tense and emotional without going over the top. It’s just so subtle. And just all the stuff with Sirius and Remus and Peter and Snape… I think it’s the moment in the series where you realize that there’s more going on than just Harry and the Trio and Hogwarts and the Dursleys. It’s when you realize that Voldemort’s first defeat came at a price, that it wasn’t all just kittens and rainbows for the whole wizarding world after that. Maybe for a lot of it, but not all of it. And it really humanizes Lily and James because like, of course they would have had friends, of course their deaths would have affected people other than Harry, and the way Sirius, especially, talks about them, you finally feel like they were real and not just these vague dead parents Harry can imagine but never actually knew. Also, Remus is so cold and badass in this scene. So often people paint him as this nice, sensitive guy, but actually Sirius is the emotional one and Remus is just so detached and cold. Like there’s this moment before they finally force Peter to reveal himself, where Sirius has been explaining why he feels responsible for James and Lily’s deaths, and he has this complete breakdown at the end of it, and Remus is just like, “This has gone on too long, strap on a pair, and let’s show them some proof. Hand over the rat, Ron.” Not even like, “Wow, that must have been hard for you, sorry you feel bad.” Just, “Okay, we’ve spent enough time listening to your side, time to move on to the other guy. Have your emotional breakdown later, plzkthx.” And then when they go to kill Peter, Sirius is super emotional and shouty and stuff, and Remus is just all business and like, “Well, you should have seen this coming, bye now.” Like, you get the feeling that Sirius is doing this for some sort of catharsis but Remus is just like, “People who betray their friends deserve to die, therefore we will kill him.” There’s just so much good characterization in this scene, is what I’m saying. (And apparently I didn’t say all I had to say in Day 2…)

2. Harry throwing the Potter Really Stinks button at Ron and telling him he might have a scar now, if he’s lucky. I also talked about this in Day 2. I just feel like that is a defining moment in their friendship. Which actually leads me to…

3. “They’ve got … they’ve got Ron?” Another defining moment in their friendship. Or rather, a defining moment for the reader. Also, to sort of go out of order now, I always love the moment in PoA when it looks like dog!Sirius is running for Harry, and Ron pushes Harry out of the way. And “If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us to!” of course, but for some reason the pushing Harry out of the way thing really gets me. (Surprise, surprise, all my favorite book moments involve Ron or Sirius. They are my favorite characters for a reason.)

4. Okay, there isn’t a specific moment, but Sirius in pretty much all of OotP. I think Jo does a good job of putting enough focus on Sirius that his death really hits you hard (unless you’re my family, apparently), without putting so much focus on him that it’s obvious he’s going to die. And there are so many little moments between him and Harry that are just tragic and heartbreaking when you reread OotP knowing what’s coming. Like, he’s not around for a whole lot of it, but when he is, you just feel his frustration and bitterness and heartbreak. Like I said, I don’t know how Jo was able to create a character with so much depth without giving him much screen time, but she did. Also, his death scene is fantastic. It’s totally impacting, but there’s still so much going on, and then Sirius is just gone. It’s so realistic and horrible and horrifying.

5. Ron coming back in DH and destroying the locket. Um, yeah, huge moment for Ron here. When Harry and Hermione come out of the locket, suddenly everything Ron’s been doing for the last two books makes perfect sense. I always hesitate to say people need each other because I don’t like the implications of that, but Harry and Ron do need each other, and if you didn’t get that over the past six-and-a-half books, you get hit over the head with it here. And the fact that Ron actually has the strength to overcome his issues and stab the locket is beautiful. And I love Harry finally getting enough sense to be like, “Look, it’s always been you and Hermione.” For one moment they aren’t stupid boys, they actually have enough sense to talk about the issue, which is what they should have done in the first place. It’s just … they’re not just scared kids playing at being grown-ups anymore. They are grown-ups.

6. The Resurrection Stone scene. If you didn’t cry during this scene, you are NOT HUMAN! *cough*Mother!*cough* I love Lily, James, Sirius, and Remus back together again. I love that Harry is so vulnerable here. I just love the whole thing. It’s a beautiful scene, and you really do feel like this is it, Harry’s dead, but it’s okay, it feels right. If there was a moment where the series had to deliver, it was this moment, and it did.
trinsy: (doctor/jack)
Day 6: Your favorite character(s)

I will limit myself to two. First and foremost, Ron. I’ve always felt such a deep connection with him from the moment he showed up. “Everyone expects me to do as well as the others, but if I do, it’s no big deal, because they did it first,” really resonated with me the first time I read it, and even though things in my family are a lot different than they were ten years ago, it’s never really stopped resonating with me. I mean, I pretty much am Ron in my group of friends. Like, I’ve always been surrounded by people who are better than I am, and that’s okay for the most part, I’d rather be an Indian than a chief, etc., but sometimes it gets frustrating. And I think they sort of look to me to be the comic relief and their rock (not really in a “I-rely-on-you-to-support-me” way, more in a “I-expect-you-to-be-a-certain-way-you-are-the-constant” way), and sometimes that gets exhausting. So yeah, I’ve always felt really protective of Ron’s character because I identify with him a lot (and I’d get into how much they’ve destroyed his character in the films now, but I’m saving that for Day 24).

Second, Sirius, more so as I’ve got older. As with Ron, I’ve always felt a connection with him, from “Where is he, Sirius?” onward, though when I first read the books I didn’t really understand it. But as I’ve grown up, and things have happened to me, I’ve sort of come to realize…. Basically, Sirius is the Tenth Doctor (oddly, I always picture David Tennant as my Remus). I don’t think I can explain it any better than that. He wants to happy, he wants to be okay, but more than that, he wants his old, good life back – he wants James back – and he knows that’s never going to happen for him, he knows, but voids don’t go away just because you know they can’t be filled. (As much as I love the “He didn’t want to go at all!” line, I actually think Harry’s wrong there. Yes, Sirius wanted freedom and vindication, but I think Sirius not being able to separate Harry from James in his mind shows that what Sirius ultimately wanted was James back, and that was obviously never going to happen. He was never going to be at peace.) I just … I don’t know how Jo was able to create a character that is so deep and human and real despite the fact that we actually don’t see him that much, but she did. I know everyone loves Sirius for a whole variety of reasons, but that’s my reason. Outwardly devil-may-care, inwardly falling apart. I love that. I love how tragic he is.
trinsy: (don't be so daft)
[I’m doing two in one day because I have internet really sporadically, so I figure I should post while I can.]

Day 3: What house would you be in?

I have a really hard time with this. Obviously not Gryffindor, because I’m not super brave. I’m just not. I mean, I don’t have a problem standing up to my friends or people who are mistreating me, but I think Gryffindors are also about standing up for what’s right and stuff, and honestly, I’m not like that. I’d like to be, but I’m not. And I wouldn’t be in Hufflepuff because I’m not hardworking (although I like to think that I am loyal). I think I could probably talk my way into Ravenclaw, because I am smart (not to sound totally arrogant), and I do value intelligence and knowledge in people. But school isn’t the end all, be all for me, so I’m not sure I would really fit in with the Ravenclaws.

Basically, I can’t fight this nagging suspicion that I would be in Slytherin. Because I can be cunning, and I’m definitely shrewd, and when it comes to fighting and stuff, well … I have this saying that stupidity is often mistaken for bravery. Going to get reinforcements is practical, you know? I’m not power-hungry or evil, but I do think I have a lot of Slytherin qualities (I actually think the whole “I-don’t-put-up-with-crap-from-people” thing is a huge Slytherin quality), and I kind of think I’d end up there.
trinsy: (I can see that)
Day 2: Your favourite book

So I kind of have two. I pretty much always tell people it’s Prisoner of Azkaban, which it is, really, and come on, pretty much everyone’s favorite book is PoA. I think it’s one of the best written ones, for one thing. I mean, all the HP books are funny and engaging, but PoA is always funny and engaging, even when things are happening you don’t particularly care about, like the whole Buckbeak subplot. And the climax is completely brilliant. I mean, it’s five chapters long, and it’s completely intense, but afterward you realize that two-and-a-half of those chapters are just people standing around having a conversation. No one is in any real danger, no one is shouting or screaming (I would get into the whole “this is why the third movie sucks” thing now, but I’m saving that for Day 27), it’s just people standing around going, “Okay, here’s what happened,” and yet you’re on the edge of your seat the whole time. Even more brilliantly, you don’t realize until your fifth (or fifteenth) reread that this is an incredibly dark, intense, and suspenseful book that has no villain. This is the only book where no one is trying to kill Harry – everyone just thinks someone is. It’s is a stand-alone suspense thriller with no villain. That’s pretty masterful storytelling. (You could argue that no one is trying to kill Harry in HBP either, which is pretty much true, but I don’t think that works in the brilliant way it does in PoA because I think you sort of realize that the first time you read it; in many ways HBP is a lot less a stand-alone story, and a lot more a very long prologue to DH.)

Also, PoA introduces the Marauders and gives a lot of the backstory of Harry’s parents, and I really love that. “Where is he, Sirius?” kills me every single time I read it. There are so many subtleties and nuances in Remus and Sirius’s interactions that you don’t pick up the first time through, as well as both their interactions with Snape. In fact, I would argue that PoA isn’t even about Harry at all: it’s about Sirius, Remus, Peter, and Snape – everything they’ve been through and everything they’ve lost. That’s what’s really going on in the Shrieking Shack conversation. Sirius is like, “Here’s what really happened,” and Remus is like, “Wow, that makes so much sense, and I kind of feel better now,” and Snape is like, “I refuse to listen to your explanation because maybe if I blame you for Lily’s death, I’ll feel less guilty for making Voldemort aware of her existence in the first place,” (and you don’t even get that that’s what’s going on with Snape until after you read DH) and Peter’s like, “This totally sucks, there is no possible positive outcome of this situation for me,” and Sirius is like, “This would be so much easier if these kids weren’t here,” and Remus is like, “Yeah, but since they are, I guess we should maybe tell them what’s going on,” and Sirius is like, “Fine, but I’m still going to kill Peter,” and Remus is like, “Well of course, me too, no wait, I guess we should honor Harry’s wishes, he is James’s son and all,” and Sirius is like, “Yeah, okay.” And meanwhile Harry, whose point of view we’re seeing all this from, is about twenty steps behind and mostly stuck on, “So wait, Scabbers betrayed my parents?” and Ron is all, “I am totally traumatized that the pet rat I slept in the same bed with is actually a person,” and Hermione is all, “Since no one is actually trying to kill Harry, I really hope we don’t get expelled.” And you, the reader, have no idea that this is what’s actually going on until you’ve read the entire series and reread PoA at least three times.

Which is all to say that PoA is just a really well written book, and I think that’s why people love it so much.

Having said all that, I think if I were really honest, Goblet of Fire is probably my favorite book. I think if GoF had been written over two years instead of one, there wouldn’t even be a question, because I think it probably suffered a lot for having to be written so quickly. There is just so much to love about GoF. Everyone always talks about how this is the book where you realize it’s not just a kid series anymore, which is true, but I don’t think it’s just because Voldemort comes back and someone dies. I think it’s easy to forget ten years later, but before GoF, the HP universe was actually pretty narrow. So much world-building and world-expanding happens in this book. We’re introduced to international wizard sports, international wizard politics, and international wizard education. It’s this huge wake-up call that there’s a wizard world beyond Hogwarts, and that there’s more at stake here than just Hogwarts. Harry is truly fighting for the world.

I’m always fascinated by relationships and character dynamics, and GoF really explores that, especially among the Trio. A lot of stuff that happens in DH really wouldn’t make sense without everything that happens in GoF. I think I’ve talked here before about how Harry and Ron’s relationship has always been the most important aspect of the books for me, and in GoF you really see how much Harry needs Ron. The chapters where they’re fighting are just awful, but they also explain so much about the tensions in their relationship. “You might even have a scar now, if you’re lucky. That’s what you want, isn’t it?” basically sums up the problems in their relationship, and why there’s this underlying resentment between them: they both feel like the other has everything they’re missing. I think without that fight, Ron walking out in DH wouldn’t make as much sense. But then Ron is also “what Harry would miss most”, and Harry’s utter panic when he finds out they’ve got Ron, especially when you remember how much he fell apart when they were fighting, shows you how much Harry can’t do this without Ron. Hermione too, of course, I don’t want to downplay that, but especially Ron.

There’s so much else to love about this book. Fake!Moody, who is without doubt the most awesome DADA professor in the whole series. All the stupid high school “does she like me?” drama that is so realistic, and another way Jo shows she’s such a master storyteller. The Triwizard Tournament and everything that goes with it. Jo’s brilliant little “Take that!” at gossip journalists with Rita Skeeter. And of course, the resurrection of Voldemort. I honestly think that if Jo had had more time to write it, GoF would be the best book of the series, no contest, and that is why it is my favorite.
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Uh, so I don't really post enough here, and there's a 30 Days of Harry Potter thing going around, and I like Harry Potter, so I figured I'd do it. So yeah.

meme )

Day 1: Discuss how you got into Harry Potter

I first heard about it just before I turned eleven, the summer of 2000, when GoF was coming out. It was a big deal, and there were all these newspaper articles about the release parties and stuff, and I didn't really understand it. My sister, who was fourteen at the time, decided she wanted to read it, and she did, and she told me I should do the same, but I wasn't a big reader so I didn't. And then my other sister and my mom read them, and they were like, "Yeah, you'll like it," so I read the first couple chapters of SS, but I couldn't really get into it and I just got really frustrated because I couldn't pronounce a lot of the words (such as 'Privet' and 'Diagon'), and finally I got to the part about Percy being a prefect and I read it as 'perfect', and that made me so confused and frustrated that I threw down the book in disgust.

So then my mom got me the audiobooks (because back then my mom and I walked together for about 75 minutes a day, and listened to audiobooks while we did), and I got completely hooked and flew through them. But then there was this three-year gap before OotP came out, and I sort of forgot about it. I wasn't even in that big a rush to get OotP when it came out, but about a month after it was released, my grandma was in a bookstore and an employee suggested she get it for her grandkids, I guess? I don't know, but she brought it home for me, and I pretty much did nothing but read for three days (I'm a slow reader, okay? And it's a long book!). I actually sobbed uncontrollably when Sirius died, and then it was horrible because no one I knew had read it, so I kept bugging my family to read it, and then they did and were like, "Wait, why did you cry? It wasn't that big a deal!" because apparently everyone in my family has a heart of stone. But I digress.

So even after that, I wasn't really that into it, but my sister went to college that year, and one of her friends was really into it, and they pointed me to Mugglenet, and that's how I discovered fanfiction, and then I started writing fanfiction, and it all sort of snowballed from there. So yes.
trinsy: (physics)
  • Do you think J.K. Rowling planned from the beginning for Scabbers to be Pettigrew? I mean, I know she had the whole thing really well planned out, but it's just so out of the blue. Like, Scabbers is chilling boringly for two whole books, and then all of a sudden he's actually the man who betrayed Harry's family? It's amazing how invisible she kept it, that's all I'm saying.
  • I'm pretty sure my prof ships Sirius/Remus. If it were possible to love him more than I already did, I would.
  • Prof (who is French and has the thickest French accent ever): "Sirius is my DAWG!" *gangster hands*
    Oh my god!
  • Hey, kids, don't drink a whole bottle of water right before a two-hour class, okay?
  • Seriously, don't.
  • My prof claims that someone at the University of Connecticut constructed a working time machine. Is that true? He said it only moves time a fraction of a second, so I'm confused about how they'd prove that it works. But, I mean, my prof is brilliant, so I believe him. Kind of.
trinsy: (don't be so daft)
Okay, everyone. Pop quiz!

1.) You are a convicted (but innocent) murderer who successfully broke out of prison, and have been on the run for the better part of a year. You broke out to track down the man who framed you, which you now have done. Your godson, who thinks you're responsible for his parents' deaths (because the man who is responsible framed you), has come after you before you've had a chance to kill the traitor, and since the traitor is currently in the form of your godson's best friend's pet rat, your godson doesn't even realize the real traitor exists. You:

a.) calmly and explicitly explain to your godson what's going on.
b.) emotionally but still explicitly explain to your godson what's going on.
c.) speak as cryptically as possible so that your godson thinks you want to kill him.

2.) Your old school friend has turned up in time to stop your godson killing you, and the two of you are now trying to convince your godson that you didn't betray his parents and are in fact a good person. An old school rival gets mentioned in passing. You:

a.) ignore it. You have bigger things to deal with right now.
b.) ignore it, but remind yourself to ask your friend about it later, after you've been cleared and things have been sorted out.
c.) demand to know why the rival was brought up, and go on about how he deserved to almost get killed by the potentially deadly prank you played on him back at school.

3.) Your godson has convinced you NOT to kill the man who framed you, but instead to turn him over to the authorities. You and your friend are exceptionally talented wizards, but the traitor could still turn into a rat and escape. You:

a.) conjure a magical holding cell and send for the authorities.
b.) conjure a magical movable holding cell and take the traitor to the authorities.
c.) chain the traitor to a boy with a broken leg and your werewolf friend, and head for the nearest patch of moonlight.

4.) You have the power to turn into a dog at will, and are currently in canine form. Evil creatures that have the power and the permission to suck out your soul through your mouth are heading toward you. You:

a.) try to run away as a dog.
b.) stay where you are as a dog.
c.) stay where you are and turn back into a human to make it easier for the creatures to suck out your soul.

If you answered mostly a's and b's, congratulations! You are a sensible person. If you answered mostly c's, you are probably Sirius Black.
trinsy: (are you my mummy?)
  • We're watching clips from Star Wars and Harry Potter. If it weren't at night and the homework weren't so stupid, this would be the best class EVER.
  • Also, the Star Wars movie we're watching is Phantom Menace, and the special effects are hilariously awful. [Random Fact: Phantom Menace came out the same year as Prisoner of Azkaban, the book we are reading in this class. Also, I was ten then.]
  • Prof: "Let's not talk about what happens to Hedwig in the last book."
    Class: *sympathetic groan of sorrow*
  • My next computer is definitely going to be named Remus. And my iPad (I'm waiting a year for them to work out all the kinks, but I'm totally going to have an iPad) is going to be named Spock. Because Spock and Remus would totally get along. Just saying.
  • People, if you haven't finished the Harry Potter series by now, you deserve to be spoiled. Seriously, it's been three years. You should have been on that by now.
  • Every time my prof brings up Sirius, I want to cry. You'd think I'd be over it by now (holy crap! it's been almost seven years), but apparently not. This also happens every time Fred turns up in the book. (I haven't read a Harry Potter book since I read Deathly Hallows when it first came out. This is what college does to you.)
  • My prof just assaulted me and Edmund, demanding to know how I feel about Snape and his story arc. Awkward yet awesome.
  • Prof: "I won't talk about what happens to Fred and George in the end."
    Class: *moan of sorrow* D:
  • My prof wants us to walk around campus saying, "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good." I love him.
  • There are people in this class who have never read PoA. How do these people exist?
trinsy: (bovvered)
Look, Professor of my Fantasy Lit class,

If I think your questions about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - a book that is not only my favorite in the Harry Potter series, but also one of my Top 5 Favorite Books of All Time, and is probably my second most reread book, outstripped only by The Horse and His Boy (which I once read over a dozen times in a year) - if I think your questions about it are too hard, THEY ARE TOO HARD!

- Collect as much information as you can on hippogriffs and write a summary of their representation in classic literature.
- What is the importance of names of people in Harry Potter. What do they signify? Make a list of names and meanings.
- Make a list of all the magical objects/creature(s) found and what they do.

To clarify: this is a lower division, general education course. These questions are in lieu of the daily quizzes this kind of course usually has to ensure students are reading. A quiz would not require outside research! Even fifteen-year-old me would be pissed off by these questions, and fifteen-year-old me lived and breathed Harry Potter.

Thank god for mugglenet and the lexicon (and thank god fifteen-year-old me was a Harry Potter nerd so that I know about mugglenet and the lexicon), that's all I'm saying.
trinsy: (home)
title: BH
fandom: Harry Potter
character(s): Ron, appearances by several others, including the next gen kids
rating: G-ish?
words: ~2700
summary: before Harry, before Hermione, before Hogwarts... Ron reflects on families lost and families formed.
notes: I don't really know what this is. It's not really a plot as much as Ron reflects rather angstily on his life, but I don't know. It is what it is, I suppose. I am worried I might have made Ron too introspective, but given that he's near forty at this point, I don't think it's too much of a stretch.

There are things Harry and Hermione don't understand. )
trinsy: (bovvered)
Dear "James",

I am not going to go to graduate school for literature. In fact, I am probably not going to go to graduate school at all. I am therefore not interested in simulating it in the "microcosm" of your undergraduate course.

Also, I still don't want to call you by your first name. It's weird.

Please look into this,


In other news, I successfully solidified my standing as a total nerd in my Medieval class today by accidentally showing that yes, I get passionate about gender issues, but if you really want to get me excited, tie our reading back to Harry Potter. Apparently this will cause me to grin at you for five minutes like a very, very creepy moron. Er, sorry about that, classmates.

Also, I'm pretty sure my Women Writers professor is like, "WTF, what happened to you?" at me, because last semester I was super quiet in her class and when I did speak I was a total moron (I was, I never had a clue what was going on, I winged [wung?] that whole class), and now I'm all passionate and all, "Mr. Rochester is a jerk, and Jane needs to either go for it or get over it, and I don't feel bad for people with that much self-loathing, so there." I mean, I think she likes it, but I'm pretty sure she also thinks I must have changed dramatically over the summer. Which I didn't, really. I just actually care about her class now, that's all.
trinsy: (grin)
Words cannot express how happy I am that The Tales of Beedle the Bard is being published for the public!!!

That is all.

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