heidi: (Bothering Snape by PotterPals)
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It's on their Twitter account right now and it's a little early for April Fool's Day, so we assume it's true.

Hypable has a more extensive piece on it.
In a new interview conducted by Emma Watson, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling drops a bombshell: She regrets putting Ron and Hermione together.


The shocking revelation came in the new issue of Wonderland which Watson is a guest editor of this month. The comments were obtained by The Sunday Times.

Rowling says that she should have put Hermione and Harry together in the Harry Potter series instead of Hermione and Ron.

“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she says. “That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”

“I know, I’m sorry,” she continued, “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”

Watson didn’t seem shocked by these comments and agreed with her. “It think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”

Rowling also says that Ron and Hermione would have needed “relationship counseling.”


IN OTHER WORDS I JUST CANNOT EVEN.
PLEASE, DISCUSS.
heidi: (Nimbus)
For posting to tumblr tomorrow, and I was looking for photos or ANYTHING from <lj user=flourish>'s Snape panel at Nimbus, and I found this:


It's hard to believe it, but eight months from now, Nimbus 2003 will be fandom history.

When the dust settles, what part will you have played?

We really need your help...

Are you convinced that your ship is true love... or do you think all ships should sink?

Are you in love with poor ickle misunderstood Draco Malfoy... or do you think he's a nasty little bugger?

Can you remember the Dark Ages of Harry Potter fandom... or are you an baby newbie?

Do you think Snape is a vampire? Do you think he's hot? Do you think he's just *greasy*?

We are looking for a Few Good Fans to talk to Other Fans at Nimbus about different aspects of the Harry Potter series. Just talk, in a moderated roundtable panel-sort-of-discussion. No academic credentials necessary. No strings attached. No catches you can't live with.

Who can sit on one of these panels? You can!

You don't have to run a website or write fanfic or run a marathon or do anything besides be a fan of the Harry Potter series. Hey... you can even be a lurker! We'd love to meet you!

The only requirement in order to be considered for this fun and historic happening is to be a registered attendee at Nimbus.

So if you began to go on one of your famous rants when you read one of the hot-button questions about... we're looking for you!

Yes, you! And you!

And you too!

The Nimbus Programming Committee would like *you* to serve on one of the following moderated fandom culture forum-style panels:

--Resolved: Can Draco Malfoy Be Redeemed?
--Once Upon a Time-Turner: The History of Harry Potter Fandom
--Slytherins, Smoke, and Shadows: The Secret Life of Severus Snape in Fanon

You will be required to do the following, if chosen to present on one of these teams:

a) Register for Nimbus. You must be registered for Nimbus on or before Wednesday, January 15, 2003, in order to participate.

b) Prepare a 500-1000 word "opening statement" on your chosen topic, with examples from accepted Harry Potter canon sources. ("Canon" for our purposes will be defined at a later date.)

c) Be willing to make a positive contribution to Nimbus!

Or... if you have another idea, you may...

Propose another topic as a panel, paper, or other presentation!


You know, those panels could all exist at Ascendio, too - content obviously updated, but the same titles could definitely fly. I am laughing hysterically at the reference to "the dark ages of the Harry Potter fandom" - especially when anyone who was a newbie in 2003 is a serious oldbie by now. And the dark ages meant 1999 - maybe 2000 when WB was sending C&D letters to kids who were using Harry Potter character names in domain names. 

And wow, Wednesday, January 15 2003 (my birthday! I was so young!) turned out to be the day that we found out the title of Book Five, which is really weird to look back at. Not only did we plan 99.9% of Nimbus without knowing the content of Book Five (hence the Marauders theme, intro panel, etc.) we actually did all the initial planning without knowing the release date, or the title!

Weird, ironic and neat.

And if you have any photos from any Snapey moments at Nimbus, please zap them over to me or share the urls so we can add them to the picspam tomorrow. We have stuff from every other con, but digital cameras weren't very widespread in 2003... Ancient times, that.
heidi: (Nimbus)
For posting to tumblr tomorrow, and I was looking for photos or ANYTHING from <user name=flourish>'s Snape panel at Nimbus, and I found this:


It's hard to believe it, but eight months from now, Nimbus 2003 will be fandom history.

When the dust settles, what part will you have played?

We really need your help...

Are you convinced that your ship is true love... or do you think all ships should sink?

Are you in love with poor ickle misunderstood Draco Malfoy... or do you think he's a nasty little bugger?

Can you remember the Dark Ages of Harry Potter fandom... or are you an baby newbie?

Do you think Snape is a vampire? Do you think he's hot? Do you think he's just *greasy*?

We are looking for a Few Good Fans to talk to Other Fans at Nimbus about different aspects of the Harry Potter series. Just talk, in a moderated roundtable panel-sort-of-discussion. No academic credentials necessary. No strings attached. No catches you can't live with.

Who can sit on one of these panels? You can!

You don't have to run a website or write fanfic or run a marathon or do anything besides be a fan of the Harry Potter series. Hey... you can even be a lurker! We'd love to meet you!

The only requirement in order to be considered for this fun and historic happening is to be a registered attendee at Nimbus.

So if you began to go on one of your famous rants when you read one of the hot-button questions about... we're looking for you!

Yes, you! And you!

And you too!

The Nimbus Programming Committee would like *you* to serve on one of the following moderated fandom culture forum-style panels:

--Resolved: Can Draco Malfoy Be Redeemed?
--Once Upon a Time-Turner: The History of Harry Potter Fandom
--Slytherins, Smoke, and Shadows: The Secret Life of Severus Snape in Fanon

You will be required to do the following, if chosen to present on one of these teams:

a) Register for Nimbus. You must be registered for Nimbus on or before Wednesday, January 15, 2003, in order to participate.

b) Prepare a 500-1000 word "opening statement" on your chosen topic, with examples from accepted Harry Potter canon sources. ("Canon" for our purposes will be defined at a later date.)

c) Be willing to make a positive contribution to Nimbus!

Or... if you have another idea, you may...

Propose another topic as a panel, paper, or other presentation!


You know, those panels could all exist at Ascendio, too - content obviously updated, but the same titles could definitely fly. I am laughing hysterically at the reference to "the dark ages of the Harry Potter fandom" - especially when anyone who was a newbie in 2003 is a serious oldbie by now. And the dark ages meant 1999 - maybe 2000 when WB was sending C&D letters to kids who were using Harry Potter character names in domain names. 

And wow, Wednesday, January 15 2003 (my birthday! I was so young!) turned out to be the day that we found out the title of Book Five, which is really weird to look back at. Not only did we plan 99.9% of Nimbus without knowing the content of Book Five (hence the Marauders theme, intro panel, etc.) we actually did all the initial planning without knowing the release date, or the title!

Weird, ironic and neat.

And if you have any photos from any Snapey moments at Nimbus, please zap them over to me or share the urls so we can add them to the picspam tomorrow. We have stuff from every other con, but digital cameras weren't very widespread in 2003... Ancient times, that.
heidi: (prey)
When JKR said in a Radio City Music Hall reading/event that Dumbledore was gay.

On twitter today, a friend of mine asked about how society had changed since then, and I started thinking about how fandom had changed since then - or actually, since 2000/2001.

I found an essay by Tinderblast (different pseud now, but I won't link to it unless she says it's ok) written in 2000 or 2001 about slash and the HP fandom - you can read it here. It says, in response to the flames many slash writers were receiving:

All right, then, let's take a look at the most oft-cited justifications of the flames, and see what they say.
...
2. Slash pairings are out of character.

When you think about it, no fanfic is completely in character, simply because the fic writers aren't writing the characters as the author originally planned - so what J.K. Rowling was thinking when she wrote the books isn't really an issue until she tells us straight out about the leanings of the characters. And how many POVs are the books told from? One. Harry's point of view. Not having seen the inside of most of the characters' thoughts, we can't say for sure which ones are homosexual, which ones are het, and which ones are bi. Okay, sure, having seen the Yule Ball, we can say that the majority of the characters, if not all, are heterosexual. But that doesn't eliminate the possibility of their being bisexual. In fact, Harry might be bisexual, too - people don't always realize they have homosexual leanings the moment their hormones start working.

While we're at it, how is Remus and/or Sirius having a long lost girlfriend/wife any more plausible then their having been lovers in the past? We have no evidence pointing either way - they could have sworn themselves to celibacy, for all we know.

Putting the last two paragraphs into two words, prove it.


Well, that's certainly an argument that hasn't been made in the last four years. From 2000 through 2007, though, it wasn't uncommon for people to say that if JKR had intended for there to be gay wizards, she would have said so and since she hadn't, there weren't any.

There were threads like this one on FictionAlley, and two vendors at Nimbus who were shocked SHOCKED at the drawing in the Program of Harry and Draco embracing, so much so that they were harassing our attendees, and were asked to leave the vendor room (yes, we refunded their fees).

So today, there was a story on the news that 53% of all Americans believes that there is nothing morally wrong with being gay, and that's a number that's significantly higher than any from 2000 or 2004 or even 2007. Did Dumbledore make that much of a difference? No, probably not in the wider world - but perhaps in fandom? Is it possible that some Harry Potter fans who thought that there couldn't possibly homosexuality in the wizarding world, who thought that to see that some characters in the books were, or might be, gay or bisexual or transgender was to inherently misread and defile JKR's stories... is it possible that some of them have, since October 19, 2007, changed their minds?
heidi: (prey)
When JKR said in a Radio City Music Hall reading/event that Dumbledore was gay.

On twitter today, a friend of mine asked about how society had changed since then, and I started thinking about how fandom had changed since then - or actually, since 2000/2001.

I found an essay by Tinderblast (different pseud now, but I won't link to it unless she says it's ok) written in 2000 or 2001 about slash and the HP fandom - you can read it here. It says, in response to the flames many slash writers were receiving:

All right, then, let's take a look at the most oft-cited justifications of the flames, and see what they say.
...
2. Slash pairings are out of character.

When you think about it, no fanfic is completely in character, simply because the fic writers aren't writing the characters as the author originally planned - so what J.K. Rowling was thinking when she wrote the books isn't really an issue until she tells us straight out about the leanings of the characters. And how many POVs are the books told from? One. Harry's point of view. Not having seen the inside of most of the characters' thoughts, we can't say for sure which ones are homosexual, which ones are het, and which ones are bi. Okay, sure, having seen the Yule Ball, we can say that the majority of the characters, if not all, are heterosexual. But that doesn't eliminate the possibility of their being bisexual. In fact, Harry might be bisexual, too - people don't always realize they have homosexual leanings the moment their hormones start working.

While we're at it, how is Remus and/or Sirius having a long lost girlfriend/wife any more plausible then their having been lovers in the past? We have no evidence pointing either way - they could have sworn themselves to celibacy, for all we know.

Putting the last two paragraphs into two words, prove it.


Well, that's certainly an argument that hasn't been made in the last four years. From 2000 through 2007, though, it wasn't uncommon for people to say that if JKR had intended for there to be gay wizards, she would have said so and since she hadn't, there weren't any.

There were threads like this one on FictionAlley, and two vendors at Nimbus who were shocked SHOCKED at the drawing in the Program of Harry and Draco embracing, so much so that they were harassing our attendees, and were asked to leave the vendor room (yes, we refunded their fees).

So today, there was a story on the news that 53% of all Americans believes that there is nothing morally wrong with being gay, and that's a number that's significantly higher than any from 2000 or 2004 or even 2007. Did Dumbledore make that much of a difference? No, probably not in the wider world - but perhaps in fandom? Is it possible that some Harry Potter fans who thought that there couldn't possibly homosexuality in the wizarding world, who thought that to see that some characters in the books were, or might be, gay or bisexual or transgender was to inherently misread and defile JKR's stories... is it possible that some of them have, since October 19, 2007, changed their minds?
heidi: (Bothering Snape by PotterPals)
The one that makes you most nostalgic for a fannish moment, creative work, event, person, place, ship or thought. Or your oldest one, or the one that makes you think of Harry Potter - the books, the movies, the fandom.

Bothering Snape was, for me, one of the first examples of animated fannish creativity that I saw, and possibly that there was in the HP fandom. Has anyone in HP fandom not seen it? If you haven't, it's here. It's not quite as catchy as The Mysterious Ticking Noise, which fans around the world do while waiting at premieres, or in the line at Universal for The Forbidden Journey, but it was original and ridiculous and I will always love it.

If I hadn't chosen this one, I would've used my "When Will I See You Again?" which mashes up the icons from most of the cons I've attended, with some Terminus thrown in because I wished I could've been there but my husband had had surgery that week, so I just read all the posts and looked northward with a bit of a green eye.

Oh, and did you see FictionAlley flash on the screen on the CBS Evening News last night? When I was 13 and 14, we had to watch the news nightly for my Debate class, and take specific notes and were quizzed on things large and small every Friday. Now, to have the site on the program that I watched conscientiously is bizarre and neat. (SQUEE for Jaida being interviewed for it about the Shoebox Project, too! Slash on the nightly news? O_O)
heidi: (Bothering Snape by PotterPals)
The one that makes you most nostalgic for a fannish moment, creative work, event, person, place, ship or thought. Or your oldest one, or the one that makes you think of Harry Potter - the books, the movies, the fandom.

Bothering Snape was, for me, one of the first examples of animated fannish creativity that I saw, and possibly that there was in the HP fandom. Has anyone in HP fandom not seen it? If you haven't, it's here. It's not quite as catchy as The Mysterious Ticking Noise, which fans around the world do while waiting at premieres, or in the line at Universal for The Forbidden Journey, but it was original and ridiculous and I will always love it.

If I hadn't chosen this one, I would've used my "When Will I See You Again?" which mashes up the icons from most of the cons I've attended, with some Terminus thrown in because I wished I could've been there but my husband had had surgery that week, so I just read all the posts and looked northward with a bit of a green eye.

Oh, and did you see FictionAlley flash on the screen on the CBS Evening News last night? When I was 13 and 14, we had to watch the news nightly for my Debate class, and take specific notes and were quizzed on things large and small every Friday. Now, to have the site on the program that I watched conscientiously is bizarre and neat. (SQUEE for Jaida being interviewed for it about the Shoebox Project, too! Slash on the nightly news? O_O)
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
It's not the first time they've written about the HP fandom, or HP slash, but it is the first time they've put "fanfic" in quotes as if it's not a real "thing".

And I wanted to discuss the the Potterwars situation (which was going on just as I came info fandom), which I've been trying to write about for a long time because it happened when fandom was extremely small compared to how it grew as the films were announced and GoF: The Book was released.

It was a significant moment for many of us who were fandom newbies - inspiration for us to tell the corporation no, we aren't going to mark all our fics with gay characters as R-rated - but the perspectives encapsulated in the article were very, very limited. There is an interesting oral history of the HP fandom, but this NY Times article isn't it.

If you want to read the article, it's here.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
It's not the first time they've written about the HP fandom, or HP slash, but it is the first time they've put "fanfic" in quotes as if it's not a real "thing".

And I wanted to discuss the the Potterwars situation (which was going on just as I came info fandom), which I've been trying to write about for a long time because it happened when fandom was extremely small compared to how it grew as the films were announced and GoF: The Book was released.

It was a significant moment for many of us who were fandom newbies - inspiration for us to tell the corporation no, we aren't going to mark all our fics with gay characters as R-rated - but the perspectives encapsulated in the article were very, very limited. There is an interesting oral history of the HP fandom, but this NY Times article isn't it.

If you want to read the article, it's here.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
It's not the first time they've written about the HP fandom, or HP slash, but it is the first time they've put "fanfic" in quotes as if it's not a real "thing".

And I wanted to discuss the the Potterwars situation (which was going on just as I came info fandom), which I've been trying to write about for a long time because it happened when fandom was extremely small compared to how it grew as the films were announced and GoF: The Book was released.

It was a significant moment for many of us who were fandom newbies - inspiration for us to tell the corporation no, we aren't going to mark all our fics with gay characters as R-rated - but the perspectives encapsulated in the article were very, very limited. There is an interesting oral history of the HP fandom, but this NY Times article isn't it.

If you want to read the article, it's here.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
I'm putting together a fanvid showcase that will be part of Informal Programming at LeakyCon in July in Orlando; I've got a solid collection of Harry Potter fanvids (although I have only just started asking the vidders for permission) but I know there must be some that are beyond my radar screen - too new, or too old. If you have one or know of one that's particularly creative, insightful, well-made, extremely funny or otherwise notable, please comment or email me. Feel free to direct friends to this post, and please, newsletters, spread the word.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
I'm putting together a fanvid showcase that will be part of Informal Programming at LeakyCon in July in Orlando; I've got a solid collection of Harry Potter fanvids (although I have only just started asking the vidders for permission) but I know there must be some that are beyond my radar screen - too new, or too old. If you have one or know of one that's particularly creative, insightful, well-made, extremely funny or otherwise notable, please comment or email me. Feel free to direct friends to this post, and please, newsletters, spread the word.
heidi: (fandom)
If this is true, I'm so excited for him! Mike Ausiello from EW just tweeted that Darren Criss, who adorably played Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical & A Very Potter Sequel has been cast on Glee, and may be playing Kurt's boyfriend-to-be! If you haven't seen the musicals, they were a fan project by a bunch of students at and recent grads of UMich, and this summer, Darren was also on the panel I put together for Comic Ckn (which I unfortunately wasn't able to be at, but Melissa modded in my stead) and a clip from one of the songs is here.
heidi: (fandom)
If this is true, I'm so excited for him! Mike Ausiello from EW just tweeted that Darren Criss, who adorably played Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical & A Very Potter Sequel has been cast on Glee, and may be playing Kurt's boyfriend-to-be! If you haven't seen the musicals, they were a fan project by a bunch of students at and recent grads of UMich, and this summer, Darren was also on the panel I put together for Comic Ckn (which I unfortunately wasn't able to be at, but Melissa modded in my stead) and a clip from one of the songs is here.
heidi: (Default)
I'm on a plane now, about halfway between New York City and Miami, a few thousand feet in the air, glancing out the window in hopes of seeing a man on a flying motorcycle...

And it's June 6, and in book-chronology, today is ten years to the day from the moment Harry learned that, to paraphrase Into The Woods, rodents can be vile and 'madmen' can be good - and so can the werewolves who care so intensely about them.

It's coming on midnight UK time now, as I write this, but I won't be able to post for another hour, once we've landed.

So I wanted to take this moment to thank everyone who made yesterday's POA IMAX NYC overwhelming and spectacular! Of course, Melissa, my TLC cohort who helped coordinate and co-organize, Megan and Kristin and BK who kept the inspiration going, and everyone who helped us at the theater: Amy and Amy, who flanked me at the table, Gwen and Carrie and Anna and Victoria who handled directional and distributional activities, Ali and Scott who rescued me, Liss and Lisa and Jori who helped with crowd movement, and, Cheryl, without whom none of us would've been there, in a sort of roundabout way. And I know I'm forgetting people, as I don't have any photos to remind me right now.

Kudos to the American Booksellers for Free Expression (link coming soon) who sold tonnes of shirts and buttons to support free speech and the right of everyone to read & write what they choose, including and especially Harry Potter books!

And of course, thanks to all of you who came to the show - who were so patient in line, and who cheered and shrieked and laughed and swooned through the film. What a wonder to see this show with all of you!

A few of you asked if we'd do it again for Goblet of Fire - when we have a release date, we'll talk.

We'd love to collect the pictures everyone took - if you could send them to poaimax@the-leaky-cauldron.org we'd really appreciate it (and under 100kb per photo is most appreciated).
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