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Oct. 6th, 2015 05:10 pm
heidi: (Books by Copperbadge)
Guess what came in the mail today? Huzzah for reading! )
And can someone explain why the red ribbon place marker arrived set to the page with the first illustration of Draco Malfoy?
(Yes, I'll be doing an HP reread, after I finish Carry On and read my first Stephanie Meyers novel (no, I never read Twilight, yes I'm going to read Life and Death to see if I read it differently from friends who read Twi either as research or in appreciation/fannishness).)
heidi: (DH Archive)
We are on the schedule for Comic Con again this year! Who'll be out in San Diego for all the fun?
(I'm officially not allowed to share the date yet, but as of now we are not on the schedule for the end of the day on Sunday, but earlier!)

(And hey, I'm trying the Related Posts feature with this - let's see how it works!)
heidi: (Bothering Snape by PotterPals)
Cover of tomorrow's Sunday Times. Read more... )
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: (DH Archive)
Sixth year running, we're doing a Harry Potter fan panel at Comic Con - this year it's at 4:15 in 6DE (same room as the last few years) and since it's one of the final panels at the Con, I'm strongly considering planning to decamp to a nearby bar for an hour or two afterwards to stave off post-con drop (and because my flight doesn't leave until 9:45).

Who's coming to Comic Con? Who'll still be alert and awake for our HP panel?
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
I got a copy of the Carpet Book on July 16, and I read it on the 17th (it took a while to DL and extract) while YMing with a friend. Some of the bits of that conversation follow:


HT: Can I ship albus/gellert? Please?
SV: I'm sure you won't be the only one.


HT: Regulus was wonderful!
HT: But my god this is slow......
SV: Regulus didn't show up! He was just a story. *sad*
SV: I wanted him to be real.
HT: I know.
HT: But he is, for me.
HT: I want to go back to his story, the one I started back in
2001. Maybe I will....
SV: I mean, I wanted him to be alive.
HT: I know.
HT: Fucking inferi.

SV: My god, Heidi. After this, really and honestly....no more canon.
SV: No more Lupin.
HT: Wow.
SV: No chance of Sirius coming back...
HT: Wibble.
HT: That's why we have imaginations and AU's
SV: Yeah, but it's never really the same.

SV: Nothing new yet cept the epilogue, but don't read it, it
spoils the rest of the book.
HT: I know
HT: Remus gets dead, doesn't he?
SV: That actually isn't mentioned.
HT: Is it presumptive?
SV: Though I would say from some of the references in the
epilogue that he miiiiight be.
HT: Ok, thanks. I can live with that.
HT: Because? Wedding bonding? Is for life only.

HT: You know what I boggle at?
HT: Wizarding Law.
HT: The wizarding world just took it onto themselves to TAKE
the pottersl home and enshrine it
HT: Did anyone pay Harry for the taking?
SV: Well, if it was a rental property it might have been sold
to the gov't.
SV: What boggles me more is how vague the rest of the
government structure is.
HT: I mean, there's a value to the land. Technically
HT: [/real property]

SV: You're going to love ch 33
HT: Coool.
HT: Is regulus snogging barty in it?
SV: Better. Want to know?
HT: Not yet.

HT: Ok, I'm in snape's memories
HT: Oh love.
SV: See, told you that you'd like that
HT: Oh.
HT: Oh I knew it.
SV: HEE
HT: : copies this convo.....
HT: I told you!
HT: 10 hours ago, I said....
SV: You did! JEEZ!
SV: I can't believe you were right.
HT: : loves this book


HT: Sigh. Oh, hey! Naked Harry. Hellooooo daniel
SV: God, that part was boring.
HT: But will look soooo r-rated on screen. Haha.
HT: Fight the Dark Lord in the name of brave Regulus!
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
I got a copy of the Carpet Book on July 16, and I read it on the 17th (it took a while to DL and extract) while YMing with a friend. Some of the bits of that conversation follow:


HT: Can I ship albus/gellert? Please?
SV: I'm sure you won't be the only one.


HT: Regulus was wonderful!
HT: But my god this is slow......
SV: Regulus didn't show up! He was just a story. *sad*
SV: I wanted him to be real.
HT: I know.
HT: But he is, for me.
HT: I want to go back to his story, the one I started back in
2001. Maybe I will....
SV: I mean, I wanted him to be alive.
HT: I know.
HT: Fucking inferi.

SV: My god, Heidi. After this, really and honestly....no more canon.
SV: No more Lupin.
HT: Wow.
SV: No chance of Sirius coming back...
HT: Wibble.
HT: That's why we have imaginations and AU's
SV: Yeah, but it's never really the same.

SV: Nothing new yet cept the epilogue, but don't read it, it
spoils the rest of the book.
HT: I know
HT: Remus gets dead, doesn't he?
SV: That actually isn't mentioned.
HT: Is it presumptive?
SV: Though I would say from some of the references in the
epilogue that he miiiiight be.
HT: Ok, thanks. I can live with that.
HT: Because? Wedding bonding? Is for life only.

HT: You know what I boggle at?
HT: Wizarding Law.
HT: The wizarding world just took it onto themselves to TAKE
the pottersl home and enshrine it
HT: Did anyone pay Harry for the taking?
SV: Well, if it was a rental property it might have been sold
to the gov't.
SV: What boggles me more is how vague the rest of the
government structure is.
HT: I mean, there's a value to the land. Technically
HT: [/real property]

SV: You're going to love ch 33
HT: Coool.
HT: Is regulus snogging barty in it?
SV: Better. Want to know?
HT: Not yet.

HT: Ok, I'm in snape's memories
HT: Oh love.
SV: See, told you that you'd like that
HT: Oh.
HT: Oh I knew it.
SV: HEE
HT: : copies this convo.....
HT: I told you!
HT: 10 hours ago, I said....
SV: You did! JEEZ!
SV: I can't believe you were right.
HT: : loves this book


HT: Sigh. Oh, hey! Naked Harry. Hellooooo daniel
SV: God, that part was boring.
HT: But will look soooo r-rated on screen. Haha.
HT: Fight the Dark Lord in the name of brave Regulus!
heidi: (LastKiss)
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.

From today's 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court.
The Supreme Court is not likely to rule before the November election, fwiw.

ETA and in a total coincidence, the Whomping Willows' Luna/Ginny song & vid went live today on YouTube (it's their counterpart to their "Draco & Harry Secretly Want to Make Out (that clip is from their Infinitus performance, btw, and they'll be back for Ascendio)).
heidi: (LastKiss)
Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.

From today's 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court.
The Supreme Court is not likely to rule before the November election, fwiw.

ETA and in a total coincidence, the Whomping Willows' Luna/Ginny song & vid went live today on YouTube (it's their counterpart to their "Draco & Harry Secretly Want to Make Out (that clip is from their Infinitus performance, btw, and they'll be back for Ascendio)).
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: (No Actual Spoilers)
A photo of the panel with special guest Jason Isaacs )

So back on June 18, I looked at the schedule for Thursday at Comic Con and saw that Jason Isaacs' new show, Awake. We'd found out the week before that our Harry Potter fan panel was going to be that day, and the confluence of dates was too good to pass up, so I emailed Melissa Anelli of Leaky, and my longtime co-panelist, to ask this: ANY way to get him in the room for ours? Melissa asked around and...

Two weeks later, Evanna Lynch went with Jason on a short PR tour in Europe and she mentioned it and his reaction was, basically, yes I would like to do this! So at the London premiere, when I got to talk to him for a few moments, I said, "See you at Comic Con!" and he said, "Oh, are you involved with that?" I replied that I was the moderator and he said he really hoped to do it and would try to work the schedule out and we shook hands on it and I spent two weeks hoping....

Then I got to Comic Con and saw at the FOX booth that his signing was set for 5 - 6 PM on Thursday, which was the exact same time as our panel. My understanding is, when he also learned it was the same time, he told them that they had to push it back by half an hour, and they did. So Melissa and I plotted on how to get him into the room - I got everyone settled into the room, and she came in and announced that she'd found a big Harry Potter fan wandering the halls and there he was!

Someone towards the front filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube here, although I hope to have a slightly better quality version from my friend Leslie. I honestly don't remember all of the questions and answers, although I know he said Lucius's favorite ice cream flavour was "elf".

To wrap it up, I asked him about the future of the fandom - and made him cry and be sick! - and he said that one of the things about the series is, it encourages people to:
rise to the challenges that Harry, Ron and Hermione, and, I have to say, Draco and Neville [massive round of applause] do too, we all want to measure to those standards. It doesn't really matter if you pick up the books every year or if you dress like this every year or have a convention every year. What matters is, it's ten years of our lives ... over the decade we have been walked through this moral maze and the changes these characters went through, we went through with them. I think we'll stay in this forever whether we read the books and watch the movies, or not.


The rest of the panel starts here if you want to see what we talked about after. And yes, we hope to do it again next year!

Feel free to link back to this, and if you put it on Tumblr (or elsewhere) please share the links.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
A photo of the panel with special guest Jason Isaacs )

So back on June 18, I looked at the schedule for Thursday at Comic Con and saw that Jason Isaacs' new show, Awake. We'd found out the week before that our Harry Potter fan panel was going to be that day, and the confluence of dates was too good to pass up, so I emailed Melissa Anelli of Leaky, and my longtime co-panelist, to ask this: ANY way to get him in the room for ours? Melissa asked around and...

Two weeks later, Evanna Lynch went with Jason on a short PR tour in Europe and she mentioned it and his reaction was, basically, yes I would like to do this! So at the London premiere, when I got to talk to him for a few moments, I said, "See you at Comic Con!" and he said, "Oh, are you involved with that?" I replied that I was the moderator and he said he really hoped to do it and would try to work the schedule out and we shook hands on it and I spent two weeks hoping....

Then I got to Comic Con and saw at the FOX booth that his signing was set for 5 - 6 PM on Thursday, which was the exact same time as our panel. My understanding is, when he also learned it was the same time, he told them that they had to push it back by half an hour, and they did. So Melissa and I plotted on how to get him into the room - I got everyone settled into the room, and she came in and announced that she'd found a big Harry Potter fan wandering the halls and there he was!

Someone towards the front filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube here, although I hope to have a slightly better quality version from my friend Leslie. I honestly don't remember all of the questions and answers, although I know he said Lucius's favorite ice cream flavour was "elf".

To wrap it up, I asked him about the future of the fandom - and made him cry and be sick! - and he said that one of the things about the series is, it encourages people to:
rise to the challenges that Harry, Ron and Hermione, and, I have to say, Draco and Neville [massive round of applause] do too, we all want to measure to those standards. It doesn't really matter if you pick up the books every year or if you dress like this every year or have a convention every year. What matters is, it's ten years of our lives ... over the decade we have been walked through this moral maze and the changes these characters went through, we went through with them. I think we'll stay in this forever whether we read the books and watch the movies, or not.


The rest of the panel starts here if you want to see what we talked about after. And yes, we hope to do it again next year!

Feel free to link back to this, and if you put it on Tumblr (or elsewhere) please share the links.
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
If you missed the announcements this morning, there's going to be massive amounts of McGonnagal backstory, ebooks, audio books, an interactive story, about 180,000 words of new content by Jo, and more.

But it won't be live for everyone until October, although a million people will be given access on July 31 (I don't know if I'd even be able to access it that day myself; I'll be in Naples, Italy).

More info here and discussions are starting in FictionAlley Park.

I am just asquee that there will be more content, even if it isn't in printed-book form. Like Andrew Sims at Mugglenet, here's hoping for an iPhone and Android app, too!

Screenshots behind the cut )
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
If you missed the announcements this morning, there's going to be massive amounts of McGonnagal backstory, ebooks, audio books, an interactive story, about 180,000 words of new content by Jo, and more.

But it won't be live for everyone until October, although a million people will be given access on July 31 (I don't know if I'd even be able to access it that day myself; I'll be in Naples, Italy).

More info here and discussions are starting in FictionAlley Park.

I am just asquee that there will be more content, even if it isn't in printed-book form. Like Andrew Sims at Mugglenet, here's hoping for an iPhone and Android app, too!

Screenshots behind the cut )
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
This is a fanvid, a fan-made trailer, a love letter, a compendium, a wish and a hope.

There are spoilers for all eight Harry Potter films (including clips from the June 16, 2011 trailer). It's set to DJ Earworm's mashup of the top 25 US hits of 2010, and the songs are listed below, behind a cut.

I don't know about you, but I couldn't watch the final trailer without bursting into tears, both for the content and for the sheer fact of it. It's the *last* Harry Potter film, and no matter what's on Pottermore, no matter what panels I go to at LeakyCon or Ascendio 2012, the fact remains that the books and films that have impacted almost every day of my life since the summer of 2000 when I joined HPfGU are coming to a close. I've loved them, and I'll miss them - but I won't miss the fandom, because it is and will always be, and it will always be a part of me (no matter how many fandoms the friends I made in HP have scattered to).

All the friends I've made, all the friends I haven't met yet - we will always love the books and the films and the fan-created content, and introducing newbies to one or the other whenever we can.

LONG LIVE MAGIC and ACCIO JULY 15!

Watch the vid )

You can also go to it on YouTube at this link.

Coming soon to MegaUpload in ipod form; downloadable avil avi is here.

Song list behind this cut )
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
This is a fanvid, a fan-made trailer, a love letter, a compendium, a wish and a hope.

There are spoilers for all eight Harry Potter films (including clips from the June 16, 2011 trailer). It's set to DJ Earworm's mashup of the top 25 US hits of 2010, and the songs are listed below, behind a cut.

I don't know about you, but I couldn't watch the final trailer without bursting into tears, both for the content and for the sheer fact of it. It's the *last* Harry Potter film, and no matter what's on Pottermore, no matter what panels I go to at LeakyCon or Ascendio 2012, the fact remains that the books and films that have impacted almost every day of my life since the summer of 2000 when I joined HPfGU are coming to a close. I've loved them, and I'll miss them - but I won't miss the fandom, because it is and will always be, and it will always be a part of me (no matter how many fandoms the friends I made in HP have scattered to).

All the friends I've made, all the friends I haven't met yet - we will always love the books and the films and the fan-created content, and introducing newbies to one or the other whenever we can.

LONG LIVE MAGIC and ACCIO JULY 15!

Watch the vid )

You can also go to it on YouTube at this link.

Coming soon to MegaUpload in ipod form; downloadable avil avi is here.

Song list behind this cut )
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
The final Harry Potter trailer is now up here.

I just....

Watch, then answer (spoilers in poll results):

[Poll #1752868]

ETA at 9:50 - nobody's guessed mine yet, and I'm shaking at reading your answers.

I found my upload of the first trailer for Philosopher's Stone, from the spring of 2001 but I can't c&p the link on my iPad. I tweeted it at https://twitter.com/travelingheidi/status/81501737210478592

Awwww, so ickle!

Man, we had no fucking idea, did we? (And clearly, neither did Chris Columbus.)
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
The final Harry Potter trailer is now up here.

I just....

Watch, then answer (spoilers in poll results):

[Poll #1752868]

ETA at 9:50 - nobody's guessed mine yet, and I'm shaking at reading your answers.

I found my upload of the first trailer for Philosopher's Stone, from the spring of 2001 but I can't c&p the link on my iPad. I tweeted it at https://twitter.com/travelingheidi/status/81501737210478592

Awwww, so ickle!

Man, we had no fucking idea, did we? (And clearly, neither did Chris Columbus.)

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