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September 1, 2017 - nineteen years later.

Since some of my friends are still reading the books, I'm putting the rest of this under a cut. 

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Looking forward to hearing/reading what everyone thinks! And don't feel you have to limit yourselves to those questions - or even answer them at all.

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Spoilers for both Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer under the cut.

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In short, I love both series, even if they have various flaws, and even if there are some things I think one series did a little better. But as similar as they are, they are, in the end, quite different - and I don't think it's fair to criticize one against the other.

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For Deathly Hallows. And I can't really think of anything to say. :/

I guess I can ask a few questions! 

1. If you've been re-reading (or have re-read recently enough to remember), what are your impressions now versus then? 

2. Did you have any fan theories that came true, OR that were the exact opposite of what happened?

3. Did you write or read any fics that were eerily close to DH?

4. Anything else?

I am eventually going to do a Buffy/HP caption crossover. Or another one, I should say. Maybe over the weekend. :) And I will get to those drabbles eventually.
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Since DW butchered my earlier post, I'm trying to re-post. (Take three. Sigh. I'm so sorry, guys.)

Not 100% sure why I'm being nostalgic - I've grown up, after all. I'm not the slightly naive 22 year old girl I was ten years ago. But I also think part of growing up is realizing some things will always stay with you. Besides, adulthood sucks sometimes, and one needs a retreat to simpler times.

So even if I feel I should be talking about properly adult things instead of squeeing over a book series I used to really love, screw it, my LJ/DW's going to be nostalgic today. :P

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Apparently I have the day to myself, so I may concoct a few drabbles or... something later.

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I said I was going to do more Harry Potter nostalgia. Well, the fact that this post is Harry Potter related is nostalgic, I suppose, but mostly it's just your everyday putting characters from other media into Hogwarts Houses. :P

Here is my assessment. Feel free to add your own input. I tried to do this humorously, as opposed to doing it as Srs Bsns, although there's also analysis to it. 

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Again, let me know who you would Sort, and where. Also, feel free to request any other fictional Sortings!

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 Crack theories I wrote right before the seventh Harry Potter book came out!

And so commences a lot of nostalgia in the next couple of days. :P

(Obviously there are still spoilers for all books. Also, my current commentary will be in italics.)

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The Weasleys (Prewetts?) are descended from Godric Gryffindor.
Why it almost works: The  Weasleys are as Gryffindor as it gets, from the good points to the bad, and they are fiercly pro-muggle, which certainly could've stemmed from something, right? Plus, that could also very well make the Blacks descendants, and wouldn't the irony of that be delicious? (Plus, it would work with my Sirius = desendant of Ayla and Jondalar crack fics I never wrote...) Finally, Ginny would've therefore technically been saved by the sword of her ancestor, another thing that would be cool. Not to mention the red hair - now, obviously, red hair isn't rare in Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales or anywhere else, Godric could've been from at that time (he could've been a Dane, and red hair is not uncommon in Denmark, from what I understand), not to mention the fact that a red hair gene carrying down so long would be hard, but it's still another tidbit. Um... not really, I listed about 87 reasons why that wasn't significant, but sure. Okay. :P
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: It just seems very, very far-fetched. Plus, I like Ron for being normal, and being a descendant would take away from that. Though conversely, it'd be nice for him to have something to be proud of, because I don't get the impression he feels proud of much. You can deny being a Chess pro or good at Quidditch, but you can't deny being the descendant of Godric Gryffindor. 
But again, it's just something that I feel is far-fetched.

Willy Widdershins was a cover up.
Why it almost works: Umbridge noted that he eavesdropped on the trio and the to-be DA in OoTP, and that was why he got away with hexing the toilets. But isn't it rather convenient that around the time there were "rumors" that Voldemort was back, a random wizard hexed muggle bathrooms?
We know Umbridge was willing to send Dementors after Harry. Why wouldn't she do more to make the MoM look good, to prove that any wizard could cause mayhem?
It's also possible that Lucius Malfoy bribed Willy Widdershins to take those actions. It would definitely bring attention away from the Death Eaters, no?
 Think of the general population reaction - "oh, it was some bloke with too much time on his hands, that other incident may have been too."
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: That plot died, so unless it comes back to haunt someone in a significant way, we won't need to know whether or not that's true. Also, if anything, it was probably a plot that was supposed to serve as a red herring - make the reader wonder if it was connected to Voldemort, when it really wasn't. And it was too a way for the DA to get caught.
Andromeda Tonks  knows something about Regulus that could be useful to finding out he is RAB.
Why it almost works: Harry is going to have to find out about the connection somehow. It is very possible that Andromeda Tonks knows something important - she may even know that Regulus destroyed the Horcruxes. She's also been alluded to, but never introduced, which seems strange.
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: At this point, introducing a whole new character and making her the key to a huge discovery for Harry would be pushing it. Why would it even occur to Harry to ask her, anyway? He'll more likely find out about RAB by Kreacher, Remus (who would  probably know his best friend's brother's  first and last initials), Tonks (as in, younger Auror Tonks) and/or by simple looking around. 

He DID find out through Kreacher!

The "other trio" will accompany Harry on the Horcrux Hunt, whether it takes place at Hogwarts or beyond. Took me a minute to realize I meant Luna, Neville and Ginny. Also LOL at  "The Horcrux Hunt."
Why it almost works: If it hadn't been for them, the DoM scene may have turned out quite differently. Luna, Neville and Ginny are extremely useful. And why give them plots if they won't be used again? They all have traits, too, that would be useful - Luna's tendency to accept things that are hard to accept could be an asset, for one. And they'll need Luna and Neville's gentle composures.
Why it still doesn't work as a whole: It's less that it doesn't work - it's more that it'd have to be done carefully, because in the end, it needs to be the trio. I'm not convinced it won't work, but I am convinced that it'll be less the other trio joining, and more that they help out as a seperate group, or that in the final battle, Ron and Hermione are present in helping directly but not the rest. They did lead La Resistance, though! (Luna, Neville and Ginny, that is.)

Crookshanks is Regulus.
Why it almost works: It definitely doesn't; the only place it belongs is in a badfic at the pit of voles. (Unless the author can write it very well.) But it's an amusing theory to cross your mind. I want crackfic now.

ETA: After writing this, I'm not sure "crack theories" is the right term, but they're still not ones I think are remotely canon.

Maybe "would be cool if this happened" theories? Although Regulus being Crookshanks was definitely a crack theory.


What were some of your old theories? (Both crack theories and serious ones?)

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(Harry Potter rant ahead.)

Red hair happens. Lots of people have had, currently have, and will have red hair.

So why does everyone compare Ginny to Lily on basis of that?
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Since some of you are in a re-reading mood, I thought I'd link to a few friends' re-reads. I won't include ones I think I've already posted.

[personal profile] lindalupos 

Prisoner of Azkaban:   With werewolf feels. 

Goblet of Fire: With discussion about the Three Year Summer.

Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Apparently the new version of FB doesn't have Harry and Ron's doodles anymore! :(

[ profile] shiiki 

PS/SS Chapter 7: Sorting Hogwarts out. 

PS/SS Chapters 8 & 9:
Neville is love and Snape is a douche. 

[personal profile] glitter_n_gore 

Meta: Is Remus bisexual?



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"Okay, guys. Gary's Grill at seven?"

Gryffindor: Let's do a different place. I heard people in charge of that one publicly endorsed something terrible.

Slytherin: Some of us live closer to Mark's Steakhouse. Let's go there.

Ravenclaw: We should either go later or earlier if we want to avoid a long wait.

Hufflepuff: I'll be there!
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[personal profile] lindalupos asked: What are your thoughts on Dumbledore, and on Mr and Mrs Weasley, now you're rereading the series as an adult?

Hm... I'm not sure that much has changed in reading it while I'm older, per se, but here is what I've come away with in re-reading.

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Okay, so this time, a question dimity_blue actually asked: What do you think about them (the books) being limited to Harry's POV?

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dimity_blue  [personal profile] rogueslayer452 asked me what I thought of the Deathly Hallows epilogue. A contentious topic if there ever were one.


(ETA:  I apologize for naming the wrong person.)

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Over the years, something I've seen more and more of is this: "She may be famous, but in reality, JK Rowling isn't a very good writer."

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I'm just about out of thoughts! What do you guys think? Is JKR an overrated good writer, is she a good middle grade writer (but a sub par writer when you're older), or is she bloody brilliant and everyone who thinks otherwise has the emotional range of a teaspoon?
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a new Harry Potter movie, is coming out soon. Here is a poll. Public so everyone can chime in.

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Okay, this entry is cursed. Every single time I try and post anything, my internet cuts out, and it keeps not saving.

So, keeping it REALLY simple this time. This is a survey now, and because a million questions could be asked, I'll keep it to a few. Feel free to add your own thoughts! I've also made this public so others can jump in.

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So no HUGE spoilers (except what I've spoiled tagged), but there is some commentary. (And there may be spoilers in the comments.) This is actually more positive than the brief review I gave the first few scenes.

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Overall consensus: It's different than most Harry Potter works, and gets off to a bumpy start, but I enjoyed it.
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- Going to get The Cursed Child at some point. I'm more curious than excited; it's like I'm going to see a friend I haven't seen in a long time, but while part of me is excited, I've been following her on social media and some things I've seen make me a little wary. But I don't want to be, because my friend and I went through so much together.

Also, let's face it,  part of me would've preferred The Scottish Book. (For those of you who don't remember or weren't in fandom at the time, "The Scottish Book" - not its actual title - was bascally going to be an encyclopedia of Harry Potter info. Kind of like The Simillarion. I think. I have a depressiing pet theory that the Lexicon lawsuit in 2009 killed those plans, and Pottermore is pretty much what TSB was going to be.)

The good news is, unless she kills off one of the trio (which I can't imagne), I don't have anyone I'm attached to this time around. So my heart shouldn't be too broken. Unless I get attached to one of the Next Gen, and they're killed off? (NONE of this is spoilery, btw. Just pure speculation on my part.)

- Someone on an anon comm I follow asked what happened to filking. I have no idea, but I miss them. I also miss fanvids. I honestly think those were killed largely by YouTube taking them off, and similar sites following suit. Which I don't get, because I actually found some of my favorite songs through fanvids. So if anything, I always saw it as cheap advertising, not a copyright infringement. Oh well. In any case, I miss them, and I don't get soundtracks. (They're called something else. Fanlists? Something like that. I mean no offense if you love them, I'm just very old school.)

Filking... honestly, probably just one of those things that changed with a new generation of fandom. I sometimes think we expect the internet to be permanent when really, it's no more permanent than RL. We used to have a roller rink in town, but c. 2000, it wasn't all that useful anymore. Trends come and go.

(I still filk, although I went years without filking. I seem to have gone retro in that respect.)

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Someone posts about Harry Potter on the internet. An entertainment site. Livejournal. Facebook. fandomsecrets. Wherever.

Behold, the comments you're most likely to see.

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Inspired by Mad Rock: What if you mixed and mashed fandom quotes?

Here is my Star Wars one.

As always, to make it work some quotes will be truncated and/or taken out of context. It's all in fun, people. :) I've also given some context, even for ones that may be more obvious to some fans since we all have different levels of obsession. (However, this won't make sense unless you've seen/read both Buffy and Harry Potter.)

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That's about all I have time/energy for! This took two days. But I will post more of these.

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