pica_scribit: (Grindelwald Won)
I'm sure you've all heard about it by now. The cry goes up. New canon is coming. As a writer of fanfic with an extensive personal canon of her own, such announcements hold the excitement and terror of a tornado siren. "Get in the house, Dorothy, Toto (Remus, Sirius)! There's a cyclone coming!" And then you wait, clinging to your OTP and trying to assure them and yourself that it's going to be OK. After, you come out and check your stories to see what damage has been done, what precious ideas have been ripped loose from canon. Maybe you do some repair work. Maybe you give a weary sigh and slap an "AU" label on a story. Or maybe you're one of the lucky ones who weathers the storm with all your stories intact. Maybe the storm leaves you something new that you can use to build from. Or maybe you're like me, and you just stay in the basement and pretend nothing ever happened.

Somewhat ironically, JKR herself says it best, with relation to the upcoming movie: "Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt."

(Yes, I know it's not my world and that my feelings about it are selfish and possessive. I'm not saying JKR should stop doing All Things Potterverse, and never mention it again. I'm just exorcising my personal feelings in the face of canon that appears to be perpetually open when I would find it much more convenient closed.)
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - JP/LE PP HP - Secret Keeper)
Today would be the 30th anniversary of the deaths of Lily and James Potter. That is all.


Oct. 21st, 2011 02:08 pm
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - RL/SB - F***ing Serious?)
It just this moment occurred to me that I am currently the same age as Remus and Sirius would have been in Prisoner of Azkaban. It's easy to forget, since the actors who played them in the films were so much older. But I am not that old. Why are they so young and tragic all the time? *snuggles her puppies*


Oct. 14th, 2011 11:48 pm
pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - MWPP - Conspiracy)
I get so intimidated by writing action sequences or scenes with lots of logistical issues. Emotional scenes and dialogue? No problem! But the other stuff is like pulling teeth. Maybe I really can still do this, though. I discovered a small canon issue involving the location of the Slytherin dormitories halfway through writing the chapter that completely changed the outcome and almost got James and Sirius expelled. Sorry, boys. I'm having some fond feelings for Peter at the moment, as he is being rather endearing in a pathetic kind of way.

The good news is that I have a first draft of ACOC 2.12. At almost 6400 words, it's shaping up to be one of the longest chapters in ACOC so far, but I just looked at my notes and realised there's one or two details I forgot to include. Can't believe I'm at 61,000 words and I'm only up to October of 1972. Can't believe how tired I am right now. Whatever else happens (unless I drop dead between now and then, knock on wood), there will definitely be a new chapter posted by the end of this month.

Ta so much for your patience.

ETA: The really laughable thing is that, unlike Harry, no one is out to get these kids, and yet there is still so much going on that I'm having a hard time keeping track of it all. Sometimes I worry that I will run out of plot and the series will become repetitive. Other times, I worry that every single one of the Years is going to be as long and complicated as OotP, and I will be about a hundred years old by the time I finish.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Movie 7 - Joss Whedon)
OK, so I've had a couple of people ask me if I was planning to write a more thorough review of the new Deathly Hallows movie. I wasn't going to, mostly because I'm lazy that way and because the details start to fade for me after a couple of days. But I'm going to try my best to remember my thoughts during the movie.

First off, I have to say that I have a sort of complex and troubled relationship with the HP films. I know they are trying to strike a balance between big-budget-actiontastic-fun-for-kids and faithfulness-to-the-complex-nature-of-the-source-material, and my personal feeling is that they don't always hit that balance very well. The first movie drew me into the series in the first place, and the third movie made me a Remus/Sirius 'shipper, so I can't bring myself to discount them entirely. Mostly, I just regard them as pretty pictures to go along with the books. I'll try not to whine too much in this review.

Myriad spoilers follow... )
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Movie 7 - Joss Whedon)
Went to see Deathly Hallows, part 1 at the Pacific Science Center IMAX tonight with the [livejournal.com profile] seattlewizardry/MRHP bunch. Good times were had by all while waiting in line. It's nice not to necessarily feel like the biggest geek in the room for once. Lots of people in fun costumes. I wore my wizard robes (thank you again [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang) and my purple top hat, modified with a silver ribbon and black feathers by [livejournal.com profile] mizufae, so it invited fewer Johnny Depp comments than usual. Anyway, the movie....

Some things were done very, very well. Some things I expected were missing entirely. Some things I was glad were missing. My only serious complaint is that a lot of the really poignant moments from the book are missing entirely, and many of those that are present have lost something in translation to the screen, which was rather disappointing. However, Death Eaters that look like glam rock stars make Pica very, very happy. Yum.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - SB - Killed by Drapery)
So here's the thing. I haven't read canon since the release of Deathly Hallows three years ago. I don't know if it's because of the plot and character elements in that book that bothered me, but somehow, I figured I remembered the details of the books well enough to write fanfic, so there was no need to go back and immerse myself in the series again. Damn you, Mark! A couple of weeks ago, I started reading Order of the Phoenix along with his blog, a chapter or two a day. And I had completely forgotten how JKR's writing makes me laugh, cry, rage, giggle nervously, and essentially turn into a quivering, fangirling pile of goo. I just finished reading Ch 37, and I'll probably finish the book tonight, and there's a soggy, crumpled tissue in front of me as I type this. For Harry. For Sirius. For Remus. For Neville. They're not real. These books are works of fiction. All I have to do to bring the characters back is open the first book again. And yet, it kills me every time. That's good writing, folks. That's on a level I don't think I'll ever attain, even if I keep trying all my damn life long. A toast to Her Magnificence J. K. Rowling, the reason I feel like shit right now.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - Get Fuzzy)
I'm planning on getting myself the new Kindle for my birthday this year. I confess, half the reason I want the thing is as a convenient reference tool for writing fanfic. However, I have just discovered what many of you no doubt already know: The HP books are not available on Kindle, and JKR has publically stated that they never will be. WTF?! Now, don't get me wrong. I agree with her that reading books in book format is almost always preferable, but there are a lot of reasons why a digital copy of a book can be far more convenient. Please change your mind, JKR? I'm beginning to doubt whether the Kindle is worth it for me without them.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - Trio - Growing up)
Y'all are probably way ahead of me, but if you haven't already, you should check out the wonderful blog Mark Reads Harry Potter over on Buzznet. I started reading Mark back when he was doing chapter-a-day reviews of the Twilight series after someone told him he had no right to ciritcise it without having read it. His reviews were hilarious, and he ended up hating Twilight even more than he did to start with. I stopped reading around the middle of his reviews of the third book due to not having a reliable internet connection.

Well, it turns out he hadn't read the Harry Potter books either, so he decided for his next challenge he would read the HP series in the same chapter-a-day format. He was dubious at first, but needless to say, he very quickly fell in love with our favourite books. His reviews are hilarious and a real delight to read. Following along with them is almost like reading the books again for the first time, through his eyes. He's just this week started OotP, so there's a huge backlogue of entries which I caught up with over the last few days. I highly reccommend starting at the beginning. This stuff is better than crack.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Wizards Dressed as Muggles)
I've just spent the past hour trying to construct a plausible Hogwarts timetable including all houses, all years and all classes, and as I suspected, this is NOT POSSIBLE. Not unless every teacher has been issued a timeturner. Even putting together a working timetable for all seven years of Gryffindor students was somewhat challenging. I've managed that much (including double class periods with other houses), and I think I'm going to call that good. In my version of things, all NEWT and special subject students take classes together, regardless of house.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - MWPP - 1975)
Think back to where you were and what you were doing three years and four months ago. Doesn't seem like such a long time, does it? That's the same amount of time as the Marauders and Lily had between the day they left Hogwarts and the Halloween night when everything ended for them. Just forty months. They were 21 years old. Kind of blows your mind, doesn't it?

In other news, I started listening to Philosopher's Stone with a coworker at work today. She's never read the books, and I haven't actually read them since Deathly Hallows came out, so it's been an interesting experience. Just listening to the first chapter and realising what was happening to my OTP on that same day broke my heart a little bit.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - MWPP - 1975)
I've just spent the last few hours tearing my hair out trying to sort out the lunar calendar for 1971-72 (eg, does the full moon apply to the wee hours of the morning of a certain date, or late that night?), and a coherent first year class schedule for the wee Marauders. I can guarantee you JKR never put as much blood, sweat and tears into her schedules and timelines! I know this because I spent one of those hours pouring over Philosopher's Stone, and trying to work out Harry's class schedule. The answer is that you can't. The best I can determine is that first years have two hours of classes in the morning, and one hour in the afternoon, with flying lessons later on Thursdays, and Astronomy at midnight on Wednesday (though there's one place where this is definitely contradicted). This seems like a very limited schedule, so they must have heaps of homework for each class. I also took the primary cast (Remus, Sirius, James, Peter, Lily, Snape) and ranked them according to how well I thought they would do in each class, so I know who Remus should get notes off of when he misses days. Anyway, it's done now and I can get on to the actual writing of the next chapter. Of course, I'll have to do it all over again when I get to second year....
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - RL/SB - TAM&P)
I've just looked over my last few entries, and realised that I haven't given you guys an update on what I'm working on in a while. Allow me to remedy this.

In November, I got laid off. Since that time, I've had a lot of free time on my hands, and I have been using it to do a major canon-edit of my completed works. The edit is still ongoing, but I've marked which stories have fixed on my webpage. I only have a few of the longer ones left to do. Some of the stories only contain minor canon and typographical corrections, but That Awful Boy got a major reworking, to the point that I decided to leave the original version up as well, for comparison.

Of course, not everything I've written can be brought into line with completed canon. I started writing the year after OotP came out, after all, and most of my stories set after that on the HP timeline are going to remain AU. But then, I've become rather fond of my AU, and I have rather a lot of beefs especially with Deathly Hallows, which cause me to rant and rave and generally foam at the mouth, so I'm very selective of what I include from that book. Anyway....

I have several stories that I have beginnings and/or lots of notes for, but only one incomplete story that is well underway posted on my webpage. That, of course, is The Tropical Adventures of Moony and Padfoot, which is about two chapters from finished. My plan is to finish my canon-edit with that story, and when I get to that point, to finish it off. After that, I can think about starting some of the fun new stories that have been swimming around in my brain for ages now.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Thanks for reading, everyone! And remember, if you catch any typos, Britpicks, or canon errors in any fo my fic, I really, really want to know about them! Thanks!
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)
God knows why I am doing this since my free time has become very limited of late, but I've been skimming through the books looking at everything Dumbledore said and did. Here are some quotes I found that now (for me at least, and perhaps for some of you as well) have another layer of meaning added to them since the release of DH and certain subsequent revelations.

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that." (PS:12)

"[H]umans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things which are worst for them." (PS:17)

"The truth [...] is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution." (PS:17)

"It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." (PS:17)

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." (CoS:18)

"The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed..." (PoA:22)

"You think the dead we have loved ever truly leave us?" (PoA:22)

"My own brother, Aberforth, was prosecuted for practicing inappropriate charms on a goat. It was all over the papers, but did Aberforth hide? No, he did not! He held his head high and went about his business as usual! Of course, I'm not entirely sure he can read, so that may not have been bravery..." (GoF:24)
Note: The first time I read this quotation of course I found it really funny. But now that I know the reasons behind Aberforth's lack of education, it seems sort of heartless of Dumbledore to be making a joke at his brother's expense about it.

"Curiosity is not a sin [...] But we should exercise caution with our curiosity..." (GoF:30)

"[Frank and Alice Longbottom] were tortured for information about Voldemort's whereabouts after he lost his powers, as you heard."
"So they're dead?" said Harry quietly.
"No," said Dumbledore, his voice full of a bitterness Harry had never heard there before. "They are insane." (GoF:30)

"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery." (GoF:35)

"If I thought I could help you [...] by putting you into an enchanted sleep, and allowing you to postpone the moment when you would have to think about what has happened tonight, I would do it. But I know better. Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it." (GoF:36)

"No spell can reawaken the dead," said Dumbledore heavily. (GoF:36)

"You place too much importance, and you always have done, on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognise that it matters not what someone was born, but what they grow to be!" (GoF:36)

"Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy..." (GoF:37)

Sleepy now; will find more tomorrow....
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Slytherin - Get Fuzzy)
Yay for Beedle the Bard being written.

Boo for it not having a general release anytime soon (though I think it will one day).

Boo for trouble at the Lexicon. They've shut down their commenting.

Boo for f***ing work today.

Today loses. Even though I spent most of the work day listening to the Philosopher's Stone audiobook.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - MWPP - 1975)
Let's talk about Enid Pettigrew. "Er...who?" you may well ask. One of the new "extras" you can find on JKR's website is a sheet of notes mainly concerning teachers and subjects during Harry's third year. Enid's name is written on that paper no less than *three* times. Once on its own, once on a list of DADA Professors (right after Remus Lupin) and once as a potential Divination Professor (Sibyl Trelawney's name is *not* mentioned).

The first question is obviously "What is her relationship to Peter Pettigrew?" I hope Jo will answer this at some point. The most likely candidate is the mother we heard mentioned in PoA. We don't know of any sisters, though there's nothing to rule them out. She could be an aunt or a cousin as well. Or -- Ooh! -- or she could be his *wife*. That would have rocked my socks.

The second and more interesting questions is, "How would the presence of another Pettigrew have affected the plot of the series?" Let's assume for the purpose of this question that Enid is Peter's mother, and that she was intended to be the Trio's Divination Professor from third year on. First, we would have had a dynamic between Remus and Enid (and probably Snape and Enid) that Harry would not at first have understood. Second, we would have had Harry wanting to ask her something plottish after learning that Peter Pettigrew was a friend of his parents. Thirdly, there was the possibility that Peter might have revealed himself to his mother, and she might have helped him somehow.

If Enid had been Divination Professor, did that mean that she was the one who made the prophecy about Harry? That would have added another layer of intrigue to the whole "last generation" plot.

If she had been the DADA Professor in Harry's fourth year instead, does that mean that Barty Crouch Jr was masquerading as her? Or as someone else at the school? Harry would have spent the whole year suspecting her of being evil (because of her possible relationship to Peter), and she would have disliked Harry for saying that her son (if he's that) is a traitor and murderer rather than a dead hero.

What amused me: When I write Peter, I write Divination as his best subject. Perhaps it runs in the family?

Edit: I was just re-listening to the Philosopher's Stone audiobook today, and I noticed that Neville mentiones his "Great-Auntie Enid". Hmmm....
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)
I am having a thought, and this is it: We spent the Harry Potter series finding parallels between Harry and Snape and Voldemort. But what about Dumbledore and Snape?

To start with, both are Half-Bloods (if the speculation in DH about Dumbledore's mother was true) who come from difficult family backgrounds. Both fell in love and lost that love at a young age. Both were indirectly responsible for the death of a loved one.

It's no wonder Dumbledore trusted Snape. Perhaps he saw in Snape what might have become of him if he had allowed himself to be consumed by guilt and bitterness. I've heard a few people mention how troubling it is to have Dumbledore touted as a gay role model when he ended up being one of the few characters to spend the majority of his life alone (so far as we know), but how much more isolated was Snape? He ended up far more cut off, reviled, misunderstood and morally grey than Dumbledore, in spite of their respective sexualities.

I am suddenly finding the fact that Harry proved his forgiveness of these two men by naming his son for both of them rather fitting.

If anyone has any other parallels or contrasts to add to this, I would love to hear them.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - RL/SB - HG 'ships)
Apparently even David Thewlis, who plays Remus Lupin in the movies, thought that his character was the gay one:

O.K. but what about the revelation that Albus Dumbledore is gay? Thewlis concedes that threw him for a loop, but not for the reasons you might think. "The funny thing when Alfonso Cuaron directed "The Prisoner of Azkaban, the first film that I appear in, he had the idea that Lupin was gay and he described my character like a 'gay junkie'.

I have a lot of complaints about that movie, but it did make me a Remus/Sirius 'shipper. If Cuaron intended all that subtext, then I think I can forgive him for a lot else.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)
Now that I've had a chance to catch my breath, here are my much calmer thoughts on Jo's most recent revelation:

I think this is awesome. And I completely understand why she couldn't be explicit about it in the books or in interviews before the series was completed. After all, these books are/were an industry and the bottom line is that a lot of people's paychecks rode on how well the series did. Being controversial for the sake of being controversial is not good business.

If Jo had made this announcement before now, it would have been a Statement, and it would have taken focus off of what the stories are meant to be about. These books are about Harry and his journey. Dumbledore's sexual preferences are not a part of that, nor should they be. Harry, bless him, is a rather unobservant and self-involved teenager who probably never guessed or knew that his hero was a gay man until long after the fact.

The thing that I really love about this is the statement Jo is indirectly making by it: The greatest and most powerful and respected wizard of the 20th century was a gay man. Just because Harry didn't know it doesn't mean no one knew it, especially after Rita Skeeter's "biography". And NO ONE CARED about that. It was not mentioned as a significant part of the controversy surrounding Dumbledore's character.

I also love the implication of what the relationship between Dumbledore and Grindelwald must have been like. Two teenage boys and one intensely passionate summer, cut short by the double heartbreak of Ariana's death and Grindelwald's abandonment, followed by how long it took for Dumbledore to at last reluctantly confront the man he had loved. I *really* want to know about that final confrontation now, even more than I did before.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)
This is the best news I've heard since House told Wilson he loved him and Jack kissed Ianto. I *hoped* Jo would make an announcement like this as soon as all the books were published, but of course I really wanted it to be about Remus and Sirius. Damn her for saying Lily and James supported Remus, but bless her for confirming that the greatest wizard of the age was gay as gay can be! I want a transcript of everything she said now.

J. K. Rowling at Carnegie Hall Reveals Dumbledore is Gay )

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