pica_scribit: (Gryffindor - RL/SB - Marauder's Map)
Title: On the Cusp of Slytherin
Word Count: 6600
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Minerva McGonagall/Tom Riddle
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Tom Riddle | Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Moaning Myrtle, Galatea Merrythought, Armando Dippet, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Teen Pregnancy, Chamber of Secrets, Accidental Incest, Secret Identity, Pureblood Culture, POV First Person, Unplanned Pregnancy, Emotional Manipulation, Riddle at Hogwarts Era, Minor Violence, Podfic, Podfic Available, Podfic Length: 30-45 Minutes
Summary: 1942-43: A Gryffindor girl learns the hard way why Slytherin boys are best left alone, especially if that boy is named Tom Riddle. Edited July 2014.

This fic grew out of a pre-Deathly Hallows fan theory that McGonagall would turn out to be a secret villain (balancing Snape's secret hero), based on circumstantial evidence found mainly in Chamber of Secrets, and the birthdate originally given for her which would have made her a year older than Tom Riddle.

Excerpt:
If you were to ask someone from each of the Hogwarts Houses what it means to be a Gryffindor, you would probably come up with four different answers. Gryffindors themselves will harp on proudly about bravery in the face of terrible odds, and great feats of heroism. Ravenclaws, on the other hand, will point to their history books and happily tell you about dozens of historical Gryffindors who were anything but heroic. A more naturally-cautious Hufflepuff might tell you that Gryffindors have a tendency to dive into dangerous situations without thinking, or stick their noses into things that do not concern them. And Slytherins? Everyone knows what they think: that Gryffindors are all hot air and arrogance, and that a person usually has to die to be proclaimed a hero.

Which do I think is right? They all are, to some extent. Some Gryffindors are more one thing than the other, and for some of us, it depends upon the day of the week, or which way the wind is blowing. One thing upon which all the Houses can usually agree is that, if a person is doing something for shock value, nine times out of ten, that person is a Gryffindor.

Crack art

Oct. 21st, 2007 02:36 am
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - AD/GG)
This wonderful little piece of crack art was done a while back by my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang. It is made of giggles. Mostly because you know it's true.

pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - McGonagall is Evil!)
I wrote this humorous drabble for the Itch-Quidd drabbling session in the park at the end of Sectus. The prompt was "Allergies". I thought I would share in case anyone found it amusing.

Allergies )
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - McGonagall is Evil!)
I guess it's about time I had another look at my pre-Deathly Hallows theories, and found out how many I got right. Shall we see how I did?

Many DH SPOILERS follow.... )

Hmmm...looks like I got quite a lot wrong, but at the same time, did not do too badly either. Go me!
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Wizards Dressed as Muggles)
Thursday
I left [livejournal.com profile] chiv in York at 12:30, and headed down to London by train. During the two hour train journey, I managed to add about four fairly mediocre pages to The Power of Two.

Arrived at King's Cross, put on my purple velvet top hat and went to meet [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang over by platform 9 3/4. We came can to the hotel, which is pretty much right across the street from King's Cross, and did the big international gift exchange. I now have some lovely, brightly coloured bits of fabric from China, which I will use for something shiny at some point. We then braved the mysteries of the Underground to take her art over to the exhibition hall at the University of Winchester, then I went to meet [livejournal.com profile] sermoa at the Chalk Farm station.

We walked through Camden market, and then went for dinner at a little Portuguese restaurant. We discussed many of the theories that had come up over the course of [livejournal.com profile] deathly_cntdwn, and what it will be like to read Deathly Hallows at last and what fandom will be like after. We walked back to Camden Centre and got our picture taken together.

I signed in for registration and came into the hall about halfway through a very silly play which caused many giggles, though I missed about half the lines and all of the plot. It culminated with Harry killing Voldemort with a table lamp and then offing himself with it because he no longer had a destiny.

After the big "Welcome to Sectus" talk, we were treated to discussion from the wonderful Steve Vander Ark, creator of the HP Lexicon, possibly the best website ever. He's been my hero for a while, and it was so cool to see how awesome, smart and funny he is in person, and to know that yes, there are bigger geeks even than me (if only by a little). The theme of the lecture was "wizarding world logic" vs "Jo logic" vs "fan logic". There was must amusement.

I got to meet Steve after he spoke and shook his hand and had my picture taken with him. Yay! Then, when he got up again for the DH theory panel, I got to ask what he thought about the "McGonagall is evil" theory. He had apparently not even heard of that one. He didn't have an answer; just sat there looking thoughtful for a moment and then said he needed some mental floss and that it would be a really fantastic twist. But I have to say, my question did get the biggest and most diverse reaction from the assembled audience. There was some applause and also some "NOOOOOO!" which was fun.

After the theory panel, I joined a bunch of Remus/Sirius 'shippers who were heading for the pub across the street. We had fun discussing lots of 'ships and fics, and there was one girl who had read and remembered Moony's Tale, saying it was her introduction to the fandom and R/S 'shipping. Yay! I'm all famous. Or something.

Friday
Went to a few talks, some of which I got on with better than others. The "Draco may be a werewolf" one, I didn't get on with so well. I could see where they were coming from with the theory, but .... Well, maybe it's just that Draco as a character doesn't interest me all that much.

I quite enjoyed "Harry Potter and the Queerness of Children's Literature", given by Michael Bronski, who teaches at Dartmouth. I got to ask fun questions about the Oz books and the weirdness of the gender swapping therein.

There was also "Reading Like a Queer? Camp Effects, Slash, and the Goblet of Fire Film", which was lots of fun, but also thought-provoking. We talked about thinks like negotiating with canon (which I do a lot of) and trying to put together an exact definition is "camp". Skyler Hijazi who gave the talk, was a 5' tall Remus Lupin, and quite camp himself, so that sort of made it extra-enjoyable.

I then went to an hour and a half seminar on "Writing Magic (for Muggles)", which was a very informative workshop detailing exactly how JKR gets it right, and what we as writers can do to bring those ideas and methods into our own work. I took lots of notes at this one, and wished it could have gone on for even longer. As I was taking my notes on the new book, I found myself making references to concepts explored in this talk.

In the evening, I came back to the hotel, and managed to have about a two hour nap before heading back to get involved in the "reading party".

Saturday
We queued up for our books about an hour before midnight at Waterstones, and spent an enjoyable hour and 45 minutes throwing around last-minute theories, and using our last chance to do so to the fullest.

After collecting our books, we went back to the convention centre, found relatively comfortable places to sit, and read. And read. And read. I think I must be a slow reader or something. Or maybe I was trying to get as much out of it as possible, and I was trying to take brief notes along the way. It was fun just sitting in a room with a bunch of other fans where the only sounds are turning pages, giggles, sniffles and occasional cries of "What the f***?!"

I went without food, water, sleep or really anything but bathroom breaks from 1:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Seriously. I still had 80 pages to go at that point, but I needed food too badly to care. [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang and I stopped off at McDonalds briefly on the way back to the hotel, and I've just now (11:30 PM) actually finished the book. I have much to say on the subject, but that will go in another post.

Sunday
Went to a couple of talks with Steve Vander Ark early in the day, discussing the new book and where fandom goes from here. Then there was an auction. I didn't buy anything, but I did drive up the prices on a couple of [livejournal.com profile] jin_fenghuang's pieces. Hey, it's for charity. After the closing, we all went over to Regents Park to watch "itchquidd". I took part in a drabble circle, but only had time to write one (which I will post later) before I had to run for my train.

Very tired now.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - McGonagall is Evil!)
I'm doing a close read of HBP Ch 9 tonight, and I have been struck with a new theory involving Gran Longbottom and evil!McGonagall. I just had to share:

McGonagall: "It's high time your grandmother learned to be proud of the grandson she's got, rather than the one she thinks she ought to have." Does Augusta Longbottom know something about the prophecy? If Neville's parents knew anything about why Voldemort was targeting them, they might have told her. Does she wish her grandson was The Chosen One?

Augusta Longbottom considers Charms a "soft option". We learn that she failed her own Charms OWL. And McGonagall knows this. McGonagall started teaching in 1956 (according to the information she gives Umbridge in OotP). If Neville's father was the same age as the Marauders (and if he was already an Auror at the time he was tortured, he cannot have been younger), then he was born in about 1958. Augusta had to have sat her OWLs before McGonagall started teaching to have a child by that time. If McGonagall knows her results, it can only be because they went to school together, and were close enough personally and in age to compare marks. THEREFORE: Augusta Longbottom was at school with Voldemort. Also, new theory: Augusta and Minerva are somehow related. These two strict old Gryffindor ladies (in their green robes) are very close in age and treat Neville almost identically, right down to the fact that they are now both apparently proud of him. Sisters? But surely Neville would know.... If McGonagall is evil, and if she is somehow related to Neville, she might have convinced Voldemort to go after Harry instead. How do you like *that* for a theory? And I get all that from McGonagall saying that Neville's Gran failed her Charms OWL.
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - McGonagall is Evil!)
Title: Gryffindor on the Cusp of Slytherin
Rating: PG-13
Status: Complete (~6900 words)
Genre: Drama, AU
Characters: Lina McLaggen, Tom Riddle, Walburga Black, unnamed elderly witch (OC), Jovis McLaggen (OC), Albus Dumbledore, Myrtle Jorkins, Armando Dippet, Galatea Merrythought, Claudia Zeller (OC), Miss Bones (OC)
Pairings: Tom/Lina
Timeline: 1942-1943
Summary: A Gryffindor girl learns why Slytherin boys are better left alone.
A/N: If you think Lina is an OC, think again. This story serves in part to demonstrate my theory that a certain well-known Potterverse character is not all she seems. Also, it was a hell of a lot of fun to write.

Busy, busy

Mar. 26th, 2007 07:47 pm
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - McGonagall is Evil!)
I know I haven't posted in a while, but life has been pretty busy. In the past month or so, I had to move from Ohio to Louisiana and then back again, I've been trying to keep up with the chapter-a-day reading of the HP books over on [livejournal.com profile] deathly_cntdwn, which takes up about two hours a day after work, and my boyfriend [livejournal.com profile] chiv is visiting this month as well, so free time is at premium.

I do want to be writing, though. I've got all kinds of thoughts chasing one another around inside my head, including a story of McGonagall's school days, explaining exactly who she is and what her intentions are. I only have a few paragraphs of that at the moment, but here's a taste:


If you were to ask each of the Hogwarts houses what it means to be a Gryffindor, you'd probably end up with four different answers. The Gryffindors themselves will harp on proudly about bravery in the face of the odds. Ravenclaws might even agree with them, opening up their history books and pointing out all the great historical Gryffindors who have Saved the Day at one time or another. The more naturally-cautious Hufflepuffs will probably tell you that Gryffindors have a tendency to dive into dangerous situations headfirst, and stick their noses into things that don't concern them. "Curiosity killed the cat," they might even add. And the Slytherins? Well, everyone knows what they say; that Gryffindors are all hot air and arrogance.

more icons

Feb. 27th, 2007 11:37 pm
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - MWPP - 1975)
I love making icons. Especially when there are new images and theories to obsess over. Enjoy!


For my newest community, [livejournal.com profile] hp_adult. So much more than just Dan Radcliffe's bum!


from the recently-released image of the Marauders in OotP.


Another image from OotP, of young emo!Snape.


Supporting the theory that McGonagall is evil and possibly Voldemort's sister. Or that I am on crack....
pica_scribit: Pica Pica (Gryffindor - McGonagall is Evil!)
I have been well and truly seduced by the "McGonagall is evil" theory. If you're not familiar, go read the essay by [livejournal.com profile] goldenmoonrose. Now, I don't necessarily agree with her on all the points she makes, but I think there is some very compelling evidence that she might be correct.

Anyway, today I had a new thought... )

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