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The 24th chapter of "The Many Faces of Harry Potter" is done and published!

Blurb for this chapter: The collective meets the Skrewts. Al and Javier get closer. Al helps Hermione with her house elf liberation front, and convinces McGonagall to reinstate the Dueling Club.

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So chapter 2 of book 3 of Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals is out now.

Blurb: Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, is a young and abused Black boy with Asperger's syndrome, & is hated by his guardians, the Dursleys. A little over a week before his birthday, he discovers that he is also a wizard, and the Dursleys knew all along. Not only is he a wizard, but he's also famous in the wizarding world! An AU fanfic. Third book of H.P. & the Trouble With Neurotypicals

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Last night I had a dream where Buffy and Faith were having lesbian sex with one another, and I was experiencing everything from Buffy's eyes. When I woke up, I was pleased by the dream, but confused, as Buffy so hates Faith (understandably) that the odds of that happening for real would be basically nil. Oh well. :-)
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The Many Faces of Harry Potter, Chapter 15: "Halloween" has been released!

Fic blurb: Harry Potter is a wizard, which surprises him. But he's also a Multiple, which surprises everyone.

Chapter blurb: More strange things happen to the collective, as they avoid dementors, madmen with knives, and deal with the problems of puberty.

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Both my Harry Potter fanfic series have updated!

First: Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals has updated! Book 2, Chapter 6: "Riddle Me This"!

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Second: The Many Faces of Harry Potter, chapter 11: "Return of the Return of the Heir"!

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Harry Potter is a wizard, which surprises him. But Harry Potter is also a Multiple, which surprises everyone.

The Many Faces of Harry Potter, chapter 10 is out!

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Posted this to Tumblr earlier, thought it bore repeating here.

I’d be willing to bet that Slytherin’s reputation prior to Voldemort going there was at least okay, that nobody thought that house was any eviler than any of the other houses despite Salazar’s little falling out and subsequent temporary insanity. (Yeah, he raised a basilisk, but he never used it, and he locked it away. I think he changed his mind about it but couldn’t bring himself to kill the basilisk.) So basically, it was just another Hogwarts House.

Then along comes Voldemort, who is a Slytherin, and he is charming and clever. He uses his charm and brains to warp the students of Slytherin so they will bend to his will. He’s like a cancer, turning healthy cells cancerous by proximity. Through seven years of charm, cleverness, and hard work, Voldemort puts the whole house of Slytherin under his thrall.

This process is so potent that even after he leaves, the infection lingers. Just because the largest tumor leaves, doesn’t mean the cancer is cured. It continues to work in his favor, warping the Slytherins for decades to come, so that by the time Harry arrives, the taint of Voldemort has indeed turned it into a bad place. The living ghost of Voldemort haunts Slytherin, and it has been that way so long, it’s gained a reputation for evil. But since most people don’t connect Voldemort to handsome, charming Tom Riddle, it doesn’t occur to most people that Slytherin got that way because of Tom/Voldemort.

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Cool dream

May. 19th, 2014 04:16 pm
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I had a dream last night that I and a bunch of other people, which included Castiel from Supernatural and Fred from Angel, were exploring some weird planet, and got chased by humanoid monsters. We lured the monsters into what we thought was a trap for them, and turned out we trapped ourselves. But the place we'd trapped ourselves was dark and echoey and we used that to our advantage, and managed to get near the door again and escape, but ended up in another building. Where one of the monsters surprised us, but Castiel's quick thinking and reflexes let him kill the monster. Then we escaped out into a barren landscape, and everyone started walking slower because somehow we knew the monsters were dead and we were safe.

Except that we weren't safe. I looked down at the ground, which was made of these pebbles of some kind of sparkly metallic substance. I say pebbles, but they were rough, jagged, and came in sizes varying from "very large grain of sand" all the way up to "half of a snow pea pod." I had one of the mid-sized ones in my hand, looking at it, when it started to "melt" and stick to my skin. I wiped it off in a panic, suddenly knowing what was going on, and warned the others to get to safety; we were surrounded by hundreds of miles of nanites lying in wait to convert people into monsters. I luckily hadn't gotten any into my blood, so I wouldn't be turned, but you can bet we hoofed it out of there.

When we got to our spaceship, there was someone inside and we were all startled and expecting another monster. And we were partially right, but we were safe - it was just Angel. (Vampire with a soul for anyone who doesn't know.) He let us in and we made our escape.
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My headcanon is Hermione Granger is an Aspie, and she became so emotionally astute out of necessity and observation, and trying to put herself in other people's shoes, because for so much of her school career, it was the only way to survive, and because she hoped it would help get her friends. And when Ron says "no wonder she hasn't got any friends," all the years of peer abuse and scorn she's had to put up with comes to a head because here in Hogwart's she thought she could make a clean start, but then Ron says the thing and she despairs of ever having friends, because she's just so swotty and socially awkward. So Ron and Harry finally befriending her after saving her life, it was like being born again. She was so grateful for them thinking to risk their lives to save hers, that she lied for them to show her gratitude, in the hope they would be friends now.

Although the lie could also have been a response to years of bullying; she may have been afraid that Ron and/or Harry would actively bully her/ostracize her if she didn't take the fall for it. She may have thought that their daring rescue was more to save their own arses than out of any concern for her. She was probably expecting them to be like other bullies and make her life even more miserable than usual if she didn't take the blame. And so them deciding to let her be their friend quite astonished and delighted her. And she could have easily taken a submissive role in the friendship and just gone along with whatever the boys wanted, but she stood up for what she thought was right, in her mind risking losing her new friends to tell them off for their recklessness, etc. Which would have made that first time Ron and Hermione weren't talking to each other because of Crookshanks and Scabbers all the more emotionally difficult to get through. Especially on top of her insane class schedule that year.

I also think Moaning Myrtle has a similar story up to a point, and it was only through lucky circumstances and Harry's kindness that Hermione didn't become the school's second weeping specter.
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Hermione always had a lot of homework even without the time turner, and yet still had time to do extra reading, knit elf hats, etc. And I think I know how she did it. I think she invented (or read about and mastered) a spell to just wave her wand over a parchment and writing would appear on the page, from her brain to the paper via the wand. Then she'd spend some extra time reading it through for errors, making edits here and there, and maybe ended up spending a total of a couple hours doing non-reading homework, giving her plenty of time to do other things. But she was always so irritated with Ron (and occasionally Harry) that she never let them in on that secret. Besides which, it's a complicated spell and while Harry might manage it, Ron would struggle with it and get grumpy about not being able to manage it.

It makes sense for her. She would want to spend as much time as possible getting caught up in her knowledge of the wizarding world, since the school doesn't have a Wizard Studies class for the muggle-borns. So naturally the schoolwork, which comes easy as a breeze to her, takes second fiddle to her studies of the wizarding world, meaning she'll take every shortcut she can without cheating, because as she told Ron about copying/cheating, "how will you learn?"

Though I suspect it was a spell that already existed, and here's why: the Prime Minister's remark about Kingsley, saying, "He's highly efficient, gets through twice the work of the rest of them." So obviously Kingsley knows the same spell.
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I have to say it: Movie #3 was the one where the Harry Potter movies took a nosedive in quality. Like, in the book, Sirius was just this very tired man who had been through 12 years of hell in Azkaban, his voice was ragged from disuse, and the only thing giving him any energy at all was his obsession with finding Peter Pettigrew. This would have made him intense in a very focused but quiet way. But in the movie they portray him as this energetic lunatic who babbles incoherently.

Frankly, they should have cut a lot of stuff from other parts of the movie and focused on this scene, focused on making it as true to the book as possible, because this scene… I’m sorry, but this scene was paced WAY too fast, didn’t have enough information, and had unrealistic responses from characters to boot; there’s just no WAY Harry or the others would have trusted Black if he came off as a keyed-up nutcase, as opposed to the quiet intensity of the book Black. Rowling wrote the scene perfectly, and the movie makers just totally fucked it up. This is, IMHO, at least as bad as the infamous “Dumbledore said calmly”/Dumbledore shouting mistake in #4, if not worse, because if you had never read the book, this scene in the movie [the scene in the shrieking shack] would have confused the fuck out of you. Hell, I read the books and *I* was even confused by this scene in the movie.

Redo the whole series as a TV series I say. Not a miniseries, not more movies, a friggin TV series. And by all that is holy, do NOT cast Michael Gambon as Dumbledore again! That casting decision doesn’t win the #1 position for Worst Casting Decision of the Series only because they changed Tom the innkeeper from this pleasant, normal-looking man to some kind of Quasimodo-esque monstrosity.
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"We Are Not Death Eaters," Harry Potter fanfiction by Fayanora.

Not all Slytherins are Death Eaters. Most aren't, in fact. And many Slytherins are just as brave as Griffindors. Our narrator, one such Slytherin, relates a tale of being in a group of anti-Voldemort Slytherins, explaining why there were no Slytherins in Dumbledore's Army, and where they were during the final Battle of Hogwarts.

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Being on Tumblr so much has changed how I view the world. I used to watch Stargate Atlantis without much trouble. Now I watch it and I'm like, "Wait, so Taylah is the only person of color in her entire village? How does THAT work?" And of course, "Gee, look at all these white people in a foreign galaxy. Where are the people of color? Oh there's one, the sole survivor after his culture was wiped out by the Wraith. Hmmm... coincidence? I think not." I have noticed that the humans from Earth have more diversity in their group than the entire Pegasus galaxy combined so far.

I will give them this much recognition: there is pretty good diversity in the team from Earth, with blacks, Asians, and other races among the scientists and military. And as far as I can tell so far, very few POCs in the Atlantis team die. Still, while they were good about diversity in the group from Earth, they sucked horribly on diversity among the humans of Pegasus.

The original Stargate series was MUCH better about race issues, since there were brown Egyptians, and the people of Chulac were mostly black. There were also Asian characters, and one of the Gould "gods" looked African. And they did have an India Indian gould, but they made the mistake of using a Hindu deity for that, and naturally the Hindus were PISSED. Hell, I'm not a Hindu and *I* was pissed off by that as well. (As a pagan, I don't really like how all the Goulds pretend to be pagan gods, and the closest they got to a Gould pretending to be a Christian god was one that pretended to be Satan. But being such a small minority as 'neo-pagan,' I just sigh and keep watching.)

Granted, they DID kind of sneakily do Christianity in the guise of the religion of Origin (and the Ori beings), and while technically that was still a polytheism, it looked quite a bit like Christianity, especially Catholocism. Especially inasmuch as the Ori insisted on such utter devotion that all unbelievers had to be converted or destroyed. Sneaky way of covering the major modern Abrahamic religions, I give them kudos for that. After all, if you're gonna piss on all those other religions, might as well piss on everyone while you're at it. Honestly, the only religion they gave any kind of good treatment to in that series was they had some things somewhat like Buddhism, which was done well and respectfully.

Adding: Okay, so there were some people of color in the village that Athar protects, so there's that. Still...
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I recently saw the "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" movie again. Ye gods, I must have blocked that piece of shit from my memory. I remembered the third movie being a confusing piece of shit that made me want to drop a ton of books on Guillermo del Toro for bringing that abominable abortion into our world for. But the fifth movie... gods, it makes the third movie look like a masterpiece by comparison! I gave HP3 five stars on IMDB. I gave HP5 only two. I only gave it two because the lady who played Umbridge did a good job. If not for that, it would have gotten one. Hell, if I could give it negative stars, I would. I have seen better adaptations of "White Fang." (Something about that book inspires people to keep making shitty movie adaptations of it. Excellent book, possibly my favorite of all time, but there will never be a good movie adaptation of it.)

I think I'm going to block that movie out again. I mean, all the Harry Potter movies except the first two are horrible and make me want to drop a ton of books on the directors, but 3 and 5 are the worst. I think Rita Skeeter has an excellent quote that applies to the HP movies 3 and later: "And that's just the tip of the dung heap!"

We'll see how I feel about HP6. I don't remember anything about that one, either.
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One thing that my Lyriaverse has in common with the Potterverse is dimensional expansion, IE "bigger on the inside" magical tech. And it occurred to me, from a line in HP5 about there not being enough beds in Hogsmeade to accommodate all the people staying for Dumbledore's funeral, that it was kind of odd that there should be such a shortage. I mean, with the right magic, an inn the size of a small shack on the outside could conceivably hold, say, 50 rooms.

So an idea came to mind for the Lyriaverse, of inns that are only 2 or 3 stories tall, and less than a city block in size, but which have hundreds of rooms inside.

Granted, there are still limits, and the larger something is inside, the more problematic getting out in an emergency becomes. Things like Lyria's fortress are quite rare, Lyria being the only known mortal to know how to make a Fae style Knowe, so once a building was expanded on the inside, that would be that; it would not be able to expand any more or less, unlike Lyria's fortress.

Plus, I imagine it would take a very well educated and highly skilled mage to make such a dimensionally-expanded area. So far, the only building in Lyriaverse canon to have such expansion (aside from Lyria's fortress) is one of the Way Stations - takes up a whole city block on the outside, is at least three times bigger on the inside to accomodate all the hundreds of permanent portals to various locations.

So I guess that explains the shortage, if the same kind of thing is true in the Potterverse. But I still like the idea of one of the wealthier inn owners making an inn much bigger on the inside. Even if it was simply taking an inn with rooms only a square foot or two in floor surface area and expanding their insides to be, say, 10, 15, or more square feet in floor area.

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Update: I've decided that there are limitations regarding dimensional expansion, for people who don't know how to make a Fae style Knowe. So I decided the best option would be to first build a building that has lots of small rooms, each with their own door, then each room expanded.

As Brooke pointed out, there could be issues if the spell fails. Unlikely, because the laws would recognize the danger and there'd be multiple backups of the spell, an emergency ejection spell, an emergency portal in case that fails, and spells to reinforce the building in case of emergency. (And anti-fire spells.) I figure if the king takes the safety of his people strongly enough, they can do some really powerful stuff. After all, there IS a small town on the edge of the supercontinent of Taanshibaar, that is almost continually battered by hurricanes and mega-hurricanes called hypercanes. This town, called Port Insanity, is made entirely of wood but almost never has to be rebuilt because the buildings can withstand winds up to 600 MPH. (Its people are all mages; they need to be to cast spells to keep them from being blown away by the winds of the storms, and to keep debris like leaves and wood slivers from injuring or even killing them.)
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Izumi Curtis: Powerful alchemist, fought bears in the frozen wastes of the north with nothing but a dagger, raided a frozen wasteland’s enormous mountain fortress full of murderous bastards for food for a whole month and never got caught, single-handedly took on a powerful Amestrian military HQ and nearly leveled it, and scared the badass main character and his brother shitless. All this while missing a bunch of internal organs and occasionally puking blood.

Izumi Curtis: Badass feminist housewife.

I especially love how she and her husband just casually flung knives around at each other while they were working in the butcher shop as if they did it all the time.

Centaurs

Oct. 11th, 2013 06:23 pm
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A friend of mine just pointed out that there are no female centaurs in the canon novels.

I was like, “There have to be female centaurs, even if they don’t show up in the series.”

Then we were like “What if female centaurs are like female hyenas, having pseudo-penises that look just like penises? So some of the centaurs in the books WERE females, and Harry just saw cock and assumed they were all male.”

Oh gods. Firenze was a very pretty centaur. What if “he” was actually a she, and centaurs are so secretive that even Dumbledore didn’t know because none of the centaurs told him?

Oh wow… imagine giving birth to a centaur foal through a pseudo-penis! o_o
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Seeking to avoid being seen by his fellow students, Harry roamed around Hogsmeade in his invisibility cloak. At one point, he had to get past a single girl in his way. He walked slowly and carefully past her, but she turned around and said, "Harry? What are you doing here? And why are you walking so quietly?"

"W-what?" he stammered. "How can you see me? I'm under the invisibility cloak!"

"I'm BLIND, you prat! The way you walk is like a fingerprint to me. You didn't think I'd be able to HEAR you?"

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