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Argh, sorry, I don't mean to spam, but I've been going through this Tumblr account of Pottermore.

Anyway, Draco's wand has been described as:

The wand of Draco Malfoy is 10" precisely, Hawthorn wood and with a unicorn hair core. It was described by Mr. Ollivander as "reasonably springy".


HP!Wandlore spoilers inside )

And now for some math:

Assuming the lengths of a wand are from 9 inches, moving up a quarter of an inch in gradation until it reaches 14 inches, we have 24 potential lengths for a wand.

3 wand cores x 38 woods x 24 lengths = 2,736 wand combinations

The actual wand selection process for Pottermore, however:

insert more spoilers here )
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It's been so difficult to work with the last couple of days. So far I'm queued up at Dreamwidth to import all my entries from this LJ to the Dreamwidth one. I think I'll also be importing my fic journal over there. Grr.

In other news, anybody interested in beta-ing my [livejournal.com profile] hp_zombiefest entry? (PS. Sign up now!) It's 75% done, will be under 4K, gen, involves Harry, Luna, Theodore, Zacharias. I should have it ready by the weekend, maybe sooner--I just want to get it out of the way so I stop distracting myself with it. I'll need help with SpaG, phrasing, possibly structure although I think I'm okay with the way I have it set up right now, and maybe title choices? Mira Grant and Max Brooks are my zombie influences, in case that's important. PM/email me if you're up for it, and I'll be grateful forever! ♥
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Can I just reiterate my absolute adoration for Harry/Luna? I think they're fantastic together. Harry's so fucked up and Luna just gets that, same way that Harry's been able to figure out her quirks and just sort of roll with her oddities. (Doesn't help that the H/G scenes just look so FORCED.)

I've never read any Harry/Luna fics though. Problem is that Luna is such a difficult character to write. Anybody have any recs? I might go through the [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom tags.

PS. I love this movie. It's somehow lighthearted and dark all at once. I forgot how many EMO!Draco scenes existed here--he's always brooding in a corner or something--and UNF, that scene with Narcissa and Bellatrix in Snape's house! And yet at the same time it's like Harry, Hermione and Ron all discovered they've got hormones. Which is like. ABSOLUTELY the worst time to get them, arc-wise, but whatever.

PPS. And Blaise is quite fit. I couldn't be happier with that casting, truth be told.

PPPS. Who are those twin Slytherin girls? They're creeping me the fuck out. ETA: Mystery solved! According to [livejournal.com profile] bitchet, they're the mysterious Carrow twins. They look like they were cast for the movie specifically, and they even have Harry Potter wiki pages.
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So watching the HP movies start to finish beginning with the Christopher Columbus (was that actually his name?) ones yesterday (Side Note: I am so annoyed all over again at the way SS/PS ended--the Slytherins had won the House Cup and were CELEBRATING, the banners ALL OVER THE GREAT HALL, and then their ex-Gryffindor Headmaster starts awarding an INSANE AMOUNT OF POINTS TO GRYFFINDORS TO MAKE THEM WIN. Sorry, that is NO WAY to teach an entire school of impressionable young minds ANYTHING, except that yes, no one likes you if you're in Slytherin and no matter what you do the entire year to earn points, you don't get rewarded if three students decide to go on a rule-breaking lark and defeat evil one of seven times--who decided defeating evil was worth those points anyway? When Harry and Ron did the troll in they got what, five points apiece? That's ridiculous, that is.), and I just started wondering:

How does Platform 9 3/4 work?

We know you basically have to run into a wall and you emerge on the other side on a completely different platform, but the one thing that's always been a hallmark of JKR's world was how so many of the things that Harry experienced at the beginning of the story were later explained in greater detail, to show that they were part of the bigger picture and not just a one-time thing.

The Leaky Cauldron was hidden in the same way Grimmauld Place sort of was (I think)--normal people saw both buildings on either side of it, but those who knew what to look for could see it too. The Floo is obviously one of the more common means of transportation, and the Portkeys were useful as plot device as well. Even Dumbledore's Deluminator made its appearance as early as the first chapter, and the Vanishing Cabinets were another form of magical transportation that we saw on two separate occasions.

Is Platform 9 3/4 a version of the Vanishing Cabinets or is it its own kind of magic? It doesn't seem to be like the Cabinets in that it doesn't exactly pop up in another place altogether--when Harry and Ron took the Ford Anglia to go to Hogwarts, somehow they managed to pick up from King's Cross and onto the Hogwarts Express tracks and caught it in no time. So... how does this magic work? Does it lead to a different location in the same area, like underground, maybe, where wizards can go?

More importantly, is this magic only applicable to Platform 9 3/4? Where else did we see this in HP? What other ways could wizards use it? Getting into the Ministry of Magic involved a variety of clever ways that wizards could cross over from the Muggle world into the magical, but do any of those include whatever was used for Platform 9 3/4?

Also, is that the only way anyone could access the Hogwarts Express? Gotta admit, it's easy enough to believe that Muggles could very easily ignore it when a boy runs straight into the wall and seemingly disappears, but. Can you imagine September 1? How many students at Hogwarts must be at King's Cross that day doing the same thing within a concentrated period of time and not be noticed?

I don't know. What do you think?
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  • [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang is plugging along, but I think I'm officially blocked. I know what comes next, but not really how to write it. It could be because I spent the last couple of days in San Francisco and have had very little sleep and just need to step away for a bit, but. I don't know. It also doesn't feel like I'm at the halfway point of the story yet? Which could be a problem.

    June 19:


    14594 / 25000 words. 58% done!

  • Pottermore

    I have tickets to an evening showing of Deathly Hallows part 2. I'm mildly interested in what JKR has to say about the houses as per the Pottermore announcement. I would be disappointed if she ~ruined~ what's canon in my head by saying things about some characters that I didn't have in mind, but at the same time, the characters I like are minor enough that I don't think she's going to screw them up further. And the one time she touched a minor character, it was Blaise Zabini and I kind of loved what she did with him. It's not quite "In JKR I trust" but it'll do.

  • NHL Schedule

    Lots of bullet point stuff here. Kind of disappointed we won't be going to the Wild on a Saturday, even more disappointed that the home-and-home opener is against Dallas as opposed to the Wings, when the Hawks/Wings have traditionally opened the season in at least the last three years.

    St Louis on December 3 will be on a Saturday, though, as will Nashville (twice, even: January 21 and March 31) and the last game of the season in Detroit, April 7 (also Caroline's birthday!) so doing two out of four possible road trips will be pretty good.

    Not related to the schedule, but NHL-centric: WHOA FLYERS. WHOA.
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I wrote How I Married Your Mother for [livejournal.com profile] hp_canon_fest and the reveals went up yesterday so I can now post it in my writing journal and link you to it because I'm a shameless pimper like that. (Although if for some reason this is the third time you saw this post today then I apologize--I don't expect much crossover between this journal, [livejournal.com profile] creativeslumber, and [livejournal.com profile] draco_asteria. :|

The prompt I signed up for was: "Asteria is a criminal mastermind, Draco is her reluctant sidekick. The crime in question could be the heist of the century or something as simple as stealing an apple. Means, motivation, success up to the author."

[livejournal.com profile] carlyinrome and [livejournal.com profile] todaythesamesky helped cut out stuff and kept track of my tenses/POV, basically rock star beta work, so ♥♥♥ your way, ladies. :)

Read it (if you want) here, plskthx.

Beneath this cut you'll find writing-related musings, more for my benefit than yours )
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So I don't really follow any news about the movies AT ALL, just kind of figured anything big enough might make it to my flist one way or another, but that's the problem with being interested in things that very few people on the flist are interested in.

Like Astoria Greengrass. Who has apparently been cast as early as... what, June of last year?

Cut for the spoiler-averse )
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So the April Fools' fest is up, and I managed to submit something just in time. For posterity's sake, I'm linking to it from here. (Is it ironic to anyone else that I can barely write femmeslash, but struggle in drawing slash?)

Title: Do You Believe in Snorkacks?
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Luna/Hermione
Rating: PG13
Medium: Colored markers
Summary: "You'll need to be very, very quiet, or else the crumple-horned snorkacks will take more than your shoes."
Additional Notes: Drawn for [livejournal.com profile] hpsauce at [livejournal.com profile] hp_april_fools over at IJ. Started out completely different (and much more detailed) in my head but lack of art materials, proper scanning tools, Photoshop skills, and actual artistic ability produced this instead. LOL. Whatever. There are skirts involved, and ties, too, so I am happy.


( Art this way. )
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This above made it to this week's PostSecret blog post. I looked at it and the first thought I had was, "How is this a secret?"

And... I have no further thoughts beyond that.
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If you've been wondering where I've gone these last two weeks, well. I really haven't had much else to say outside of hockey six games left til the end of the season! Upset by Vancouver! Still fourth seed but fighting to keep it! OMGZZZZ I HAVE PLAYOFF TICKETS! so I've stayed away from LJ for a bit. Still reading updates though!

Anyway, I have memes?

For the first one I got tagged by [livejournal.com profile] acidpop25:

Firstly: People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.
Secondly: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.


Twenty Questions )

And this is the more interesting meme (I think, BUT ONLY BECAUSE NO ONE HAS STUMPED ME YET, MWAHAHAHA!): Fuck-Marry-Kill

1. Comment to this and I will give you three people. (Or sets of three, if you like.)
2. Post this meme with your answers.
3. Provide pictures and the names of three people.
4. Label which you would kill, marry, and fuck.

Kim gave me Terry Boot, Brian Kinney, and Barney Stinson. )

Jess gave me Theodore Nott, Terry Boot, and Astoria Greengrass. )

She also gave me Captain Jack Harkness, Ten, and Chuck Bass. )

Then Line gave me Toews, Sharp, and Keith. (Yes, they are Blackhawks players. Shut up.) )
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Oh, god, LOLing so hard.

So Leaky reports that Tom Felton is, indeed, Tweeting. Here, actually.

So his last tweet he posts this picture: El. Oh. El. (Though it looks like it's from that Sectumsempra scene??)

And he tweets things like:

writing songs in my pyjamas!


and

trying to get in to twitter...its my first day...bare with me! i'm deliberating what film to watch...legends of the fall or the notebook?


d;fkajjf;akjfdafsd. Self-existentialism...

In bed watching The Truman show, freaked me out a bit,starting questioning everything!? Early morning tomorrow, night world x


and regular emo stuff:

Who knows what worries tomorrow could bring, so I shall not dwell in the ones I know.. But revel in the ones I dont.....x


LOLing so hard, you guys.

Meanwhile, I picked up the Red Eye today and apparently Emma Watson got accepted to Yale.

I'm sorry, but all I'm getting out of that is Serena van der Woodsen. :\




afkjg;jafdfjkadsf GUYS. I AM SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING BAILING ON AZKATRAZ FOR A BLACKHAWKS CONVENTION. JLF:KJSL"FKA":DLKA":LSDKA":SDLA":SLK
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So reveals for [livejournal.com profile] hpvalensmut went up last night, and I've got [livejournal.com profile] sparkysparky to thank for the lovely Blaise/Terry fic. :D

This is the first fest I've joined in more than a year, and I'm honestly so pleased with the request I received from [livejournal.com profile] mr_mercutio-- there's no better way to dip my toes (HAH, I actually spelled that Toews :\) back into writing than, erm, diving headfirst into what I'm calling my Slytherclaw agenda. This was originally posted here. Feedback would be so much love, please and thank you! ♥

Title: Salvation by Slytherin
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Nothing, really. Plot, probably, and a disappointing lack of darkness.
Summary: All Terry Boot wants to do is author a book and perhaps rewrite history as wizarding society remembers it, but the Slytherins just won't cooperate. When a civil war erupts and Terry's only chance of escape involves working with a poorly-acronymed rebel group and an army of questionable professionals to take down the largest magical empire in the world, is his potential bestseller really worth all the trouble? (Theodore/Blaise, Draco/Terry, shades of Draco/Theodore.)
Disclaimers: If I owned Harry Potter, it wouldn't be about Harry Potter. Made up facts and figures derived from actual facts and figures found in Wikipedia.
Notes: Though the Slytherins were nowhere in the Battle of Hogwarts in the book, JKR has stated in later interviews that they were, so I've taken that for fact. Much thanks and love to [livejournal.com profile] ccharlotte for the beta.

( Salvation by Slytherin-- this way, please! )
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Ahahahahahahaaaaaaaa look. Writing. I forgot to post it here, whoops, but god, it's been a while. :| The last fic I wrote was, what, 2007? It wasn't even for Harry Potter. I have failed so much in fandom. D:

Title: Never the Straight and Narrow
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, Draco/Pansy
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~1000
Summary: The problem with Slytherins was that they never did anything in a straightforward manner.
Additional Notes: Muchos gracias to [livejournal.com profile] ccharlotte for the beta. Written for the [livejournal.com profile] hp_unfaithful's Fabulous No-Pressure Laissez-Faire Challenge. Prompt: "Why didn't you just ask her to marry you instead?"

( If they wanted to win a Quidditch game, they had to take out the other team's Seeker. )


Concrit would be so welcome, as I am rusty. ♥

PS. Is there, like, an LJ comm for Slytherin-based fics? Because I know one for Ravenclaws, but there are no Ravenclaws in this fic. :|
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I haven't done this in a long, long time (if I've even done it at all. I don't think I have?) but I've been following [livejournal.com profile] hpvalensmut this year, and here are a couple of recs for you folks:

Title: The Mending of Things
Author: Anon
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Hermione/Luna
Word Count: 5467
Summary: When Hermione seeks Luna's help for someone else, she gets more than she bargained for.
Review. )

Title: The Last Act of Desperation
Author: Anon
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Word Count: ~5,200
Summary: It is five hours until the end of the world, and Draco has decided to go in search of Harry Potter.
Review. )

Title: A Series of Peculiar Mondays
Author: Anon
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Teddy/Draco, Harry/Draco
Word Count: 7500
Summary: In which Teddy Lupin works harder than he ever has in his life.
Review. )

*crowing*

Oct. 19th, 2007 09:59 pm
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OH MY GOD
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS.
LOOKS LIKE JO'S GONNA WIN THE PRIZE
IF THERE EVER WAS AN AWESOME AUTHOR SHE WOULD QUALIFY
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS

OH MY GOD THIS IS ACTUAL
OUR OWN ESTABLISHED CANON HOMOSEXUAL
FINALLY I CAN FORGIVE HER FOR THE LAST TWO BOOKS' DISASTER-UAL
OH MY GOD
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS!




[livejournal.com profile] thethirdbar, so. You're gonna have to ship yourself? :|
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What the flying fuck, fandom. Did you get the number on that thing?

I'm nearly afraid to check my flist.

hey fandom

Jul. 15th, 2007 12:12 pm
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So, did you hear? Apparently they have THE LAST SEVEN PAGES OF DEATHLY HALLOWS photographed and on Flickr like, right now. (Oh hey. Seven pages. Seven again. :P)

You can click that link if you want, the photos are too small for you to read anything spoilery now (unless you're really, really, REALLY weird with spoilers), but as soon as you click on any of those photos individually and start reading then I've no responsibility over that.

It's the epilogue-type thing that JKR mentioned. Looks real enough, I think, but yeah, I don't really want to read it right now. :| Spoilers really do spoil me, in the end. :| But oh, the curiosity! :\ (On the upside, I'm pretty sure someone here can verify the authenticity of these photos. :P)

ETA: I was going to post something about how the first link above no longer works, so hurrah for all and temptation's no longer present, but just as SOON as I saw that...

These links showed up. :|
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I'm reserving final judgment for OotP after I've read each book, seen their adaptations (except for the Philosopher's Stone, which I'd done reading by the time I got the idea), and then read HBP as well, in time for Deathly Hallows, to get a gist of what was alright in OotP and what bothered me about it, because initial feelings are basically, I can't wrap my head around the logic behind turning the longest book of them all into the shortest film.

But enough of that. I've been reading flist reviews, plenty of which have squeed and woed over certain scenes and stuff, but.

Here's the time for canon speculation: Has no one else noticed... )

Oh, and while we're at it. If there's any more doubt that Harry's the last Horcrux, let me point you to Chamber of Secrets (bold mine):

"[sic] Unless I'm much mistaken, he transferred some of his own powers to you the night he gave you that scar. Not something he intended to do, I'm sure..."

"Voldemort put a bit of himself in me?" Harry said, thunderstruck.

"It certainly seems so."


From Chamber of Secrets, chapter 18, page 333 in the Scholastic paperback edition


You really can't get any more blunt than that, can you?

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