Happy Halloween/Samhain! :D
And RIP, Lily and James Potter.
And to cheer everyone up after that and to remember the Marauders as they once were, here are icons of an excerpt from the Halloween 1977 chapter of the Shoebox Project (if you haven't read it, GO READ IT).
Warner Bros. announced that J.K. Rowling will make her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Yep. There is an actual movie coming out that's set in our beloved wizarding world, with Rowling herself writing the script!
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway. - Rowling
And I'd just been looking at my scanned copy of an interview with myself in the Singapore newspaper on the eve of the release of Deathly Hallows Part 2, where I talked about the buzz and shared excitement and anticipation that brought HP fans across the world together before the release of a new book or movie, and how I'd miss it. But now we've got a new movie to look forward to! I can't wait to dress up and go see it with friends and family. ♥
Also, Tumblr has pretty much exploded with the sheer force of the Harry Potter fandom's delight. :D
It's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. RIP Remus, Tonks, Severus, Colin, Fred, and everyone else who died at that battle - and before it: Dumbledore, Mad-Eye, Dobby, Sirius, Cedric, James, Lily, Ted, Hedwig, everyone. ;___; ♥
I'm listening to the heartbreaking Deathly Hallows Part 2 soundtrack now with shivers running down my spine and a lump in my throat. ALL THE FEELS.
*holds her wand up*
[From Tumblr] Ten Ships
Pick ten of your ships without looking at the questions.
1. Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man [Avengers, all canons]
2. Aziraphale and Anthony J Crowley [Good Omens]
3. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black [Harry Potter]
4. Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy [Harry Potter]
5. Michael and Gabriel [… Bible and derived works]
6. Peter Pevensie and Caspian X [The Chronicles of Narnia, movie-verse only for this ship]
7. Lily Evans and James Potter [Harry Potter]
8. Lucifer Morningstar and Mazikeen of the Lilim [Sandman and Lucifer]
9. Bruce Wayne/Batman and Wonder Woman/Diana Prince [Justice League cartoons]
10. Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy [Harry Potter]
It's May 2nd. Aka the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts on May 2nd, 1998.
I cried for everyone who died at the Battle (I know it's a work of fiction. Shut up.), and I think that the movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, did a good job with that. Also, if you don't have the soundtrack you should. Statues and Courtyard Apocalypse are among my favourites because they're so heartbreaking and suit their scenes so perfectly. ;__; Listening to them now and trying not to tear up. I've even had dreams about the Battle with Courtyard Apocalypse playing in the background. >_>
Dammit, now I want to watch the movie again. I COULD, in theory, but I was planning to do some research for a project. Damn.
Picspam time, and perhaps I will watch it this weekend.
"Piertotum Locomotor! Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries! Protect us! I've always wanted to use that spell!"
I laughed through tears at this point in the movie. This scene gets a video link.
*holds her wand up* RIP Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Colin Creevey, Fred Weasley, Severus Snape, and everyone else who fought and died at the Battle of Hogwarts. And RIP, everyone who died before that: Lily and James Potter, Sirius Black, Hedwig, Albus Dumbledore, Dobby, Ted Tonks, Mad-Eye Moody, Cedric Diggory...
Until the very end. Always.
For the Good Omens Exchange 2011, I wrote a long Good Omens/Harry Potter crossover AU fic which the mods titled Slytherin Vaguely Downwards as I could not think of a title. It grew into an utter monster and I went way over the deadline, and at one point I think I even had a nightmare in which the mods were so angry they banned me. XD
God, the story was hard. Crowley was not easy to write for; I'd sit and stare blankly at the Word document for ages, cranking out maybe two words an hour, and then at 3AM when I was about to go to bed I'd suddenly find the words flowing out and type furiously for another few pages until I passed out. I researched the weirdest things, racking up a Google search history of 'food allergies', 'coconut allergies', 'English-Latin online translator', 'old-fashioned cuckoo clock', 'kola nut properties', 'sarsaparilla properties', 'guido reni st michael painting', 'magic marker' and so on, and discovered the lovely resource that is the Harry Potter Wiki along the way, where I looked for Ashwinders and Herbology textbooks and pureblood history and all sorts of other things; when I was writing a battle scene I drew on the spells in my memory at first, since I can recall quite a lot, but eventually had a tab with the Wiki's list of offensive spells open while writing. I also spent ages on Pottermore one afternoon studying and contemplating wand woods and cores, and went around with my nose buried in my copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them for a week. At one point I jumped up and ran to find my copy of Quidditch Through The Ages to doublecheck what sort of wood the handle of a vintage Silver Arrow broom would be made of.
The longest chapters/short stories I've ever written thus far have been maybe 9 pages in a Word document; this one was 28, if I recall correctly, and went up to 29 after I added some end notes. I went, "Hallelujah!" out loud when I finished it, though I did enjoy writing it. Mostly. Slipping in references to the Discworld series and other random references like William McGonagall was definitely fun, as were the footnotes.
steadfast and sunflower_mynah are my awesome beta-reading team who also provided lots of encouragement - the Dr Filius quip and footnote were entirely Jen's idea - and eidolon_bird and kleine_teekanne were also there to hold my hand and listen and cheer me on when I moaned about how big it was growing and how difficult Crowley was being. _silverfox and seablue_eyes were also encouraging. Thank you so much, all of you. ♥
There are actually a few scenes I had in my head that I had no time to write/didn't quite fit into the story arc. However, I may write and post them as Extras/Deleted Scenes if I can.
And it turned out that sidesinger, my recipient, was actually assigned my request as well! She wrote me an absolutely FABULOUS Good Omens/Harry Potter crossover called Hogwarts According To Adam and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Hers had lots of awesome Discworld references too - clearly we both love the Librarian - and even had references to the Shoebox Project! She even had photos of actual handwritten notes from Crowley to Aziraphale that made me squee out loud. *flail* And there were tons of moments that made me laugh out loud, and it was amazing. And we basically exchanged GO/HP crossover fics, which is just awesome. 8D
MSN conversation with nevermore_1106. XD She's auto-cucumber, I'm SavioBriion.
SavioBriion says: (PM 11:57:20)
I was thinking of the pairing and found myself thinking Dumbledore/Gandalf instead of Grindelwald
SavioBriion says: (PM 11:57:37)
auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:14)
auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:16)
auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:21)
that would be the best crack ever XD
SavioBriion says: (PM 11:59:26)
auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:40)
Gandalf would totally get him into hobbit pipeweed
SavioBriion says: (PM 11:59:44)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:00:11)
and Dumbledore would probably introduce him to, I dunno, Ogden's finest Firewhiskey or something
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:00:24)
Rosmerta's oak-matured mead
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:00:32)
though they probably have better mead in Middle-Earth
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:00:34)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:00:59)
and they could sit there and share their respective sob stories about getting short angsty twits to do impossible things which really ought to have been left to someone bigger and more powerful, but that's life for you..
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:01:06)
and sherbet lemons, of course!
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:01:09)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:01:37)
and we finally discover exactly -how- Shelob and Aragog are related...
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:01:44)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:02:00)
oh dear god
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:02:57)
and lol... what with Dumbledore being gay, and Sir Ian McKellen also being gay, I just imagine them discussing robe designs or embroidery or something XD
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:03:07)
*SO DED FOREVER*
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:22)
the respective merits of runes and elvish in gold embroidered writing on velvet?
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:03:24)
Gandalf the White will become Gandalf the Flamboyantly Purple
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:39)
LOL ow I just banged my teeth on my teacup from laughing
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:43)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:49)
that's amazing XDDDDD
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:04:02)
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:04:20)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:04:34)
no, no! it was utter brilliance. and I'm not in any pain XDDD
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:04:51)
can I post this on LJ?
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:04:58)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:08)
oh God, Gandalf the Flamboyantly Purple.
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:12)
I'm still giggling.
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:06:16)
me too XD
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:22)
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:31)
that was really good.
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:06:50)
I just thought of it because in HBP Dumbledore's wearing a flamboyantly cut suit of deep purple
SavioBriion says: (AM 12:06:58)
in the memory
auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:07:07)
I know, I remembered! ^^
Dear Someone, we are so bad. XD
On October 31st 1981, Lily and James Potter gave their lives for their son Harry. Their love and sacrifice (especially Lily's) enabled him to survive the Killing Curse even as a baby, kept him safe from Voldemort and lesser evils for many years and gave him the strength to keep fighting as he grew.
From the book:
Lily and James Potter lost their lives.
Their son, Harry, remains the only wizard ever to have survived the Killing Curse.
This house, invisible to Muggles, has been left
in its ruined state as a monument to the Potters
and as a reminder of the violence
that tore apart their family.
Thirty years. RIP, James and Lily Potter.
It's September 19th! Aka the birthday of Hermione Jean Granger, inspiration for bookworms everywhere and the brightest witch of her age. <3
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HERMIONE!
I cannot even begin to express how much I love Hermione Granger. She is such an important character to me. When others made fun of me for always having my nose in a book and for actually enjoying some lessons and often wanting to answer the teachers' questions (though I would like to point out that I'm not nearly as obsessed as she is - I would be happy if exams were cancelled! - and did learn to calm down and let others answer questions too), she was an inspiration. She's such a strong, caring, intelligent, beautiful and brave character and a loyal friend; Harry wouldn't have gotten far without her. She doesn't sit around waiting to be rescued like some damsel in distress; in fact, she gets the others out of scrapes. I don't think she's ever worried too much about things like makeup or fashion throughout the books the way Lavender and Parvati do, though she does have her front teeth shrunk to a normal size when they're hexed to look like a beaver's, she's well-groomed and she turns up looking gorgeous at the Yule Ball. She's sensible. And do I even need to talk about how awesome it was when she punched Malfoy? 8D Or when she set the birds on Ron?
(Also, one of my pet peeves in HP fanfiction is when Hermione returns from the summer holidays with a makeover, i.e. her hair is miraculously now sleek and curly instead of bushy, and she wears light skilfully applied makeup and sexy fashionable clothes, and attracts Draco Malfoy or goes back in time to attract young Sirius Black or whoever. I HATE it. As far as I'm concerned she needs none of that to be attractive. An international Quidditch star found her attractive just the way she was. And it strikes me as OOC.)
Yet she's human; JK Rowling herself has said, "Underneath Hermione's snottiness there is a lot of insecurity and a great fear of failure." We remember her boggart in Prisoner of Azkaban; still, she isn't crippled by her insecurities but works to ensure her fears don't come true. And she sacrifices so much for the war - reading it in the book was bad enough, but watching her Obliviate her parents in the Deathly Hallows movie made me tear up, and oh gods, the torture scene at Malfoy Manor - and there's no way Harry would have won without her. And in the end she has an excellent job, is married to the man she loves, and has two children. <3
My brother thinks he's making fun of me when he compares me to her, pointing out my love for books and my frizzy hair and protruding front teeth (at one point he said Emma Watson was 'too hot for the character' and said even I would be a better choice), but I just grin when he does because I choose to take it as a compliment. To me, she's a wonderful role model for girls, if a bit uptight about rules and studying; I'm nowhere near as uptight about rules or concerned about study schedules or whatever, and tend to put more effort into subjects I like and neglect those I dislike. >_> I have been called a walking encyclopedia or dictionary by friends, though. XD
Hermione taught me about the value of intelligence, loyalty, bravery, determination, strength, erudition, compassion, wit, being yourself, logic, calm in the face of danger, love and so much more. I admire her so much.
Happy Birthday to one of the greatest witches the wizarding world has ever known! Hermione Granger, we raise our goblets to you!
And I shall end with some of her classic little gems:
"Ron," said Hermione in a dignified voice,"you are the most insensitive wart I have ever had the misfortune to meet."
"Because that's what Hermione does. When in doubt, go to the library."
"Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have."
"I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed - or worse, expelled."
So after a fairly long dry spell (with the occasional burst of inspiration that allowed me to get Triangle finished and kept me poking periodically at a sort of prequel for _silverfox involving Gabriel and Bast at the Festival of Bubastis; it involved loads of research but is mostly done and I'm trying to figure out how to wrap it up), my creative juices are beginning to flow again. :D
I haven't really roleplayed that much since the drama early this year, aside from an occasional thread here and there (and rarely involving Gabriel), but now I really want to roleplay again (especially with Gabriel) and am trying to poke some enthusiasm into the few RP partners I have. XD Plus I'm also working on my long-abandoned fanfic100 project for Gabriel; I'd left a mostly-written rough Chapter 2 alone for so long but it's co-operating now, as are the other characters, and I hope to have it up by the end of this month at least.
Plus I've spent the last few months in the Harry Potter fandom, reading loads and loads of fabulous fanfic, and although I haven't written for that fandom in over a year (I think my last HP fic was posted as a New Year's gift in 2010) I'm hoping to try again. And the go_exchange is coming up; I couldn't participate last year due to A Levels but I will definitely join this year. I haven't written GO fic in a while too, so hopefully I can remedy that.
Also, I am really not an artist - I'm okay with crafts but I suck at drawing - but it doesn't stop me from having fun, so here are a couple of quick little doodles I did last night. This is steadfast's Archangel Michael, aka angelofawesome, during a training session. DeviantArt link here. The Roman-style armour was just me being lazy because I decided it was easier than, you know, trying to get the armour the angels wear in my head, which is a lot more elaborate, graceful and pretty, and very like the Elves' armour in the LotR movies. However, the skirt is so FOOFY and girly, I was so tempted to add a plaid pattern and knee socks and pigtails. XD
And this is her Michael and my Gabriel. I imagine the raspberry as following another crack at Gabriel being known in angelology as "the only female archangel". DeviantArt link here.
Michael's shoulders should be broader, I'm afraid. :/ I don't draw often; I can actually produce a decent still life of random household objects but that's boring, but I'm not very good at reproducing what's in my mind. Still, it's fun. :D
Off to poke some more at my FF100 chapter.
1. List 10 or more fandoms you like;
2. Your f-list will guess your favourite characters in each.
1. Harry Potter (4) - Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
2. Tolkien (6, only because it's been more than six years since I read The Silmarillion and cannot remember one of Feanor's sons I liked) - Aragorn,
3. The Sandman comics (5) - Death, Morpheus, Delirium,
4. Discworld (10) - Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, DEATH, Susan Sto Helit, the Death of Rats, Rob Anybody Feegle, Tiffany Aching, and the Librarian.
5. Good Omens (4) - Aziraphale and Crowley,
6. The Chronicles of Narnia (5) - Edmund Pevensie,
7. The Lucifer comics (5) - Mazikeen,
8. The Dresden Files (4) - Michael Carpenter, Harry Dresden, Bob the Skull,
9. Disney (like the font isn't a clue XD) (4)- Simba,
10. Supernatural (3) - Gabriel,
Your result for The Sorting Hat: A Comprehensive Harry Potter Personality Assessment [Test/Quiz]...
38% Ravenclaw, 44% Hufflepuff, 45% Slytherin and 68% Gryffindor!
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Gryffindor's cardinal traits are bravery, pride, stubbornness and impulsiveness. Most people in the house of Gryffindor will be extraverted. (Remember, introversion is different than being shy: you can be a shy extrovert.) Gryffindors gain energy and life by being around people, grain strength from friends and enjoy working with those close to them. However, they are also emotionally volatile and can experience a wide range of feelings in a short amount of time, from unbridled happiness to deep depression to unrestrained rage. They are less emotionally stable than some of the other houses (such as Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff); Gryffindors are also impulsive. They're also generally good-hearted and trusting, and for the most part like people at first sight unless they are given a reason not to. Gryffindors are Prideful, bad at taking criticism and easily get into conflicts with others—this is the main trait that would bring their overall level of agreeableness from high to average.
A Gryffindor's prideful nature coupled with their sense of justice and stubborn behavior causes them to be extremely set in their ways. They have a difficult time backing down from a fight or admitting that they are wrong. It's also very hard for them to get over a bad first impression or change their opinion on someone.
On one hand, GO GO GRYFFINDOR! I'm happy with that result (and Pottermore damn well better put me in Gryffindor) because I love the ideals Gryffindor stands for and I always did feel it fit me (although I'm not very extraverted; the Myers-Briggs test has me as an INFP if I recall correctly). However, if I couldn't get Gryffindor, I always felt Ravenclaw would be the next choice. Not Slytherin. D: I don't think I'm cunning.
Ah well. Except for the 'extrovert' part (and the criticism pat; I generally accept concrit), this does fit me. :D