kerravonsen: parchment with slowly appearing writing: "I solemnly swear I am up to no spoilers" (no-spoilers)
I've read it now!

Spoiler-free reaction: ♥ Albus & Scorpius! ♥

I liked the way that there were a lot of emotional resolutions in this.

I found Ron & Hermione unconvincing, but then I always did. I'm afraid this didn't change my mind. I loved Harry & Ginny, though.

Anything else I have to say is spoilery, so I'll leave it at that. Feel free to discuss in the comments, and I'll just put a note here if the comments become spoilery. (Ooh, I get to use my "no spoilers" icon!)
kerravonsen: Draco Malfoy: Turn back (Draco)
I have a Draco-centric story which has been stalled for ages and ages. And the longer it's stalled, the more daunting it is. I need help to get re-started. I need inspiration, and I need a better insight into Draco's character. Sooooo I'm asking y'all to point me in the direction of:

1. good Draco-related meta (hey [ profile] drinkingcocoa, have you written any Draco meta?)

2. good Draco-centric fic, which is NOT slash (I do NOT read slash, keep it away from me). It might be preferable for it to not be het either, because for popular pairings (such as Draco/Hermione) the author often starts out with the assumption that their readers already agree that the pairing is Meant To Be, which means the author goes to less effort to convince the readers why the characters are behaving that way... and a story like that is less likely to give me good insights into how Draco ticks.

So please give me links, if you have any.
kerravonsen: Severus Snape in black-and-white, looking sorrowful (Snape)
I'd forgotten that the Summer of Severus promptfest was on. I've now just added a whole bunch of prompts there, please check them out.
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
Gah! Why did I not notice this before?
Kingsley Shacklebolt.
Used to hold prisoners.
And Kingsley Shacklebolt is an Auror.
kerravonsen: Draco Malfoy: Turn back (Draco-turn-back)
As you may or may not know, there's a HP fic I have writer's block on, due to having realized that the half-a-dozen chapters I wrote needed to be ripped up and thrown away, and the only thing kept was the prologue. Rather discouraging. But at least I still have a good prologue?

Anyway, this is a changing-history AU where a character goes back in time, not physically, but into their past self. There's a lot of these around in HP fandom for some reason. Anyway, the twist of this one is that it isn't one of the usual suspects (e.g. Harry or Hermione), but Draco Malfoy, going back to just before he starts Hogwarts.

It's been stalled for ages, as I said above. Got to thinking about it again. There's a bit of writing advice I've come across more than once: think of the worst thing that could happen to your protagonist, and then do that.
So I asked myself this question: "From Draco's point of view, what's the worst thing that could happen?"
The answer that immediately came to me was: "get sorted into Gryffindor".


Not possible, surely?

But I really like the idea.

Of course Draco is a coward, we all know that. So he'd never get sorted into Gryffindor. The only idea I have is that maybe the Hat will take the fact that Draco travelled back to change history as evidence of Draco's courage (even though it could also be seen as cowardice, running away from everything as far away as possible). But even if the Hat thought that, Draco would, I expect, argue vehemently against it, and we know that the Hat does allow a person to choose if there's more than one House they are suited for. So I really really can't see that there's a plausible way for Draco to be sorted into Gryffindor.

So I ask y'all, do you have any ideas how to solve this problem?
kerravonsen: Snape: Anti-hero (Snape-anti-hero)

The current prompts seem to be mostly slash, with a little bit of het and hardly any gen. So here I'm begging for more gen prompts -- you don't have to participate in order to leave prompts.
kerravonsen: hand stretching up: "Help!" (Help!)
Help me, oh HP friends! There's a Harry Potter story I'm trying to remember the name/author/location of, and I've already gone through my bookmarks and can't find it.
This is an AU First Year story, one of those Snape-mentors-Harry kind of stories. Also a Manipulative Dumbledore story.

Alas, the only thing I can remember is that, rather than Snape just assuming that Harry is pampered and spoiled before he ever lays eyes on him, Snape is given reason to believe that is so because of the things that Albus keeps on saying before school starts; like Albus has this conversation with Minerva which indicates that Harry is on luxurious holiday etc.
There's also a bit -- though possibly it's from a different story -- where Snape has to be the one to fetch Harry, and Dumbledore is reluctant to let Snape do it, and then tries to manipulate Snape again by mentioning James, in order to make sure that Snape is not sympathetic to Harry when they meet. But Snape gets suspicious of this, so he doesn't fall into that trap.

I fear, alas, that (a) that's not enough information for you folk to find it for me and (b) if I can't find it in my bookmarks, it's probably because it turned out to be a crappy story with a promising beginning.

But still, my curiosity is killing me, I want to find it. Help!

ETA: Found it. It was "Petunia's Boys" and I'm not going to give the link because it was, indeed, crap.
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
Sting's "If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free" came up on my randomplay, and I thought. In lots of SSHG fanfic, Severus does realize this principle, but he confuses "set them free" with "toss them out the airplane (with or without a parachute)".

As we all know, he is his own worst enemy.
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
* The protections on the Stone were laughably easy to overcome if three First Years could do so. No matter how brilliant Hermione was, if the protections had required spells which were, say, Seventh Year spells, the Trio could not have bested them.
* That the only real protection was the last one, the Mirror.

Fans have produced a number of hypotheses to explain this:

1. That Dumbledore deliberately set it up that way because he wanted Harry to go after the Stone, because he wanted to train Harry to be a Hero without actually training him to be a Hero.
2. As above, but Dumbledore wanted to train Harry to be a martyr, not a Hero, because of the Prophecy.

The problem with these two is, I doubt very much that Dumbledore would have taken his staff into his confidence about why he wanted the protections to be so flimsy.
"Oh, Pomona, I think you should use plants that you've taught to your first years..."
"Why, Headmaster?"
"Oh, no reason, really."

Um, yeah.
Though if Dumbledore had taken Minerva into his confidence, that would explain why Minerva ignored Harry; he was supposed to go after it himself. But, really, it makes more sense that Minerva's reaction to Harry's "help, you've got to get the Headmaster!" was genuine, because she doesn't seem to be that good an actor, and she'd already got it into her head -- from the dragon incident -- that Harry was a liar and/or a prankster like his father.

3. That Dumbledore was incompetent/senile.
4. The Doylist explanation: this is kids fantasy, therefore the adults all have to be incompetent and the kids have to save the day. (I loathe Doylist explanations.)

It occurred to me today that perhaps there's another explanation when one considers this: there were really two impassable protections: the Mirror, and Fluffy. Well, Fluffy wasn't really impassable, but very close to it, because it required specific knowledge that Hagrid knew, rather than general knowledge that any First Year might know. Though one could argue that Fluffy wasn't really meant to be impassable either, considering how bad Hagrid is at keeping secrets.


5. It was always intended to be a trap for Voldemort's minion. The protections in the middle were never meant to be protections, just delays, so that the Headmaster would have time to come back and catch the culprit.
kerravonsen: Draco Malfoy: Turn back (Draco-turn-back)
Had a thought as I was getting dressed (as one does). In my Draco-time-travel-AU (which, when I get back to it, I am going to have to throw away everything but the prologue) I originally had both Draco and Harry sorted into Slytherin; Draco wanted to go into Ravenclaw, but the Hat also considered Gryffindor (due to the circumstances of Draco travelling back in time).

Anyway, it occurred to me... what if Harry were in Slytherin, Draco was in Gryffindor... and Ron was in Slytherin? That would certainly put the cat among the pigeons! But I'm not sure if I dare.

Here's my reasoning, though:
* Harry could be in Slytherin, that's canon.
* Draco, yes, he's a coward, but in travelling back in time he did something brave, and the Sorting Hat could point out that bravery isn't not being afraid, but going ahead and doing something even when you are afraid. (This could be very interesting character development for Draco)
* Ron is lazy, yes, but he also wants to prove himself different from his brothers. He also might want to be in Slytherin because Harry is - though that might be a problem too, since Ron will be jealous of Harry's fame. On the other hand, if Ron is in the same House, he might be able to see that Harry doesn't like his fame. Also, getting Ron out of Gryffindor when Draco is in Gryffindor would remove a source of friction which Draco doesn't need. (Draco is going to have enough trouble as it is)

So... what do y'all think? Stupid idea?
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
It just occurred to me to wonder... why do the Hogwarts Houses have passwords to keep people out? (*) It is yet another thing which divides the Houses and prevents them from getting to know each other. Why should one have to barricade oneself inside a tower when Hogwarts is supposed to be the safest place in Britain? Surely one wouldn't need protection from within the castle?

No wonder the poor Sorting Hat had to keep singing about unity - none of the staff of Hogwarts bothered to lift a finger to facilitate it. Almost complete segregation was the rule. The only times people from different Houses are allowed to interact are when they are competing against each other, (a) in class and (b) Quidditch. Yes, it is possible for classes to be set up so that cooperation rather than competition is the norm, but in practice, even when students are working in teams, they are always split along House lines.

I mean, I'd already noticed that the mealtime segregation wasn't helping, but the passwords on the House entrances is yet another enforcement of isolation - even if one had friends in other houses, one isn't allowed to bring them into one's common room. Or at least, strongly discouraged from doing so. This means that two opportunities for socializing (meals, and relaxation time) have been completely cut off. For no good reason. Yes, I don't think "tradition" is a good reason. And I'm wondering how that tradition started, and when.

(*) Yes, I know there are Plot Reasons. I am looking at this from a Watsonian perspective, not a Doyleist one.
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
I was listening to my randomplay this morning, and was inspired with an awesome SSHG prompt. A completely new one. So maybe there's hope of participating in the [ profile] sshg_promptfest after all, if I can come up with four more(*). The really difficult ones are the art ones, since I want to make art prompts that I myself would want to do, which means something more emotional/symbolic than representational. Wish me luck?

In other news, I have a horrible sore throat. (sigh)

(*) Note that it isn't a requirement of the fest to provide prompts, it's just that I find it less fun if I don't, because I want to inspire as well as be inspired.
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor, silhuette of autumn leaf: "All things die." (all-things-die)
Well, it looks as if I'm in trouble, since the organizer of the [ profile] sshg_promptfest sent me a note saying that she would not accept any prompts that someone else had seen, which means that every single one of the prompts I was asking about in my previous post have been disqualified.

So I have nothing at all.

I think I'm going to cry.
And there's no point in participating in the fest either, so I won't be.

ETA: Please don't get cross at the organizer, the rules were clear, I'd just forgotten about that bit. I had clearly violated the rules by making a PUBLIC post with my prompts in it. There's nothing to be done, it was my own stupid fault.

And, hey, maybe it's not a bad time to take a bit of a break.
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
SSHG Prompt Fest

Though I'm not really sure why I'm posting this, since I'm certain that any of my followers who would be interested in this... already know about it.
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
This morning:

Me: My friends keep me sane.
AM: You keep them sane too.

Coming back, I looked at my lawn. The only things that are alive there are dandelions and thistles. 8-(
and some Harry Potter )
kerravonsen: "Seriousness is not a Virtue" (seriousness-not-a-virtue)
...but if it was, it would be for [ profile] teaoli.

Title: Sticking With Amphibians
Type: Art
Creator: kerravonsen
Beta(s): none
Rating: G
(Highlight to View) Warning(s): Pipecleaner stick figures..
(Highlight to View) Prompt: #68 Stick figure Snape and Hermione + #50 Frogs.
Note: I just couldn't resist.
Summary: The adventure with the frogs.

image behind the cut. Shade your eyes. )
kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
Pondering... Aunt Marge.

In canon - especially Movie canon - Aunt Marge drinks too much.

Suggestions as to why? For those of you who have read my WIP that I was posting a bit of last year, yes, it's in the context of that. So I'm wondering if there are some good and interesting character motivations which would enable one to make Aunt Marge not as much of a drunk as she is in canon, while remaining plausible and true to what we know.
kerravonsen: (Hermione-bored)
So, Harry Potter folks out there...

1) I think it would be difficult-but-possible for Hermione to interview/talk to every House Elf in England. But would she be able to do so to every House Elf in the Wizarding World?

2) Has anyone done a linguistic analysis of House Elf grammar?
kerravonsen: a woman and a man's hand, barely touching (SSHG)
If you've read enough Severus Snape/Hermione Granger fanfic(*), I'm sure you've seen it. That moment when Hermione suddenly becomes aware of Severus as A MAN. He's standing near her, and she notices for the first time, his scent: sandalwood. Some stories add the scent of "herbs" and/or "potion ingredients". Some stories even add an undertone of something which is "purely masculine".

I even have examples )
Sandalwood. Really? )
kerravonsen: plate covered with Tribbles: "Do not feed the Plot Tribbles!" (Plot Tribbles no feeding)
In this post [ profile] drinkingcocoa said (amongst other things): He [Harry] defeated Voldemort with his own "twin cores" wand plus his greater power because he had all the power of an intact soul and Voldemort had only a fraction of his own left.

I quote this because it set me thinking. Or possibly my subconcious thinking... Voldemort had only a fraction of his own soul left.

Before his first fall, Tom Riddle was, by all accounts, charming, charismatic, clever - an inspiring leader. But on his return, with only a fraction of his soul left, he was none of these. Indeed, it's likely that he was already deteriorating and going mad before he attacked the Potters. If one thinks about it, the fragment of Tom Riddle in the diary was cleverer and more charming than the Voldemort that Pettigrew resurrected.

What if you were a Death Eater who really believed and admired Tom Riddle? Possibly even loved him? What if you noticed your beloved Lord's deterioration? What if you decided to do something about it?

What if Bellatrix LeStrange decided to put the fragments of Tom Riddle's soul back together again? A Bellatrix who never went to Azkaban, who never went insane? What would happen then?

There. I leave you with this plot-bunny, and wish you well.

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