for enemies

Apr. 7th, 2017 01:53 pm
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
... you know what, upon reflection, I don't understand Harry's punishment over the Sectumsempra incident either. It makes about as much sense as Sirius and co.'s punishment for the werewolf incident-- in reverse. What, just because Malfoy didn't finish saying 'Cruciatus', even though a review of the incident should prove he was the first one to draw his wand and fire a curse, Harry is the only one punished? Just because Malfoy was the only one who needed the hospital wing, and his Head of House was the one who found them? Not saying Harry shouldn't be punished for his idiocy in using the spell; just that it's yet another severely unbalanced consequence that seems utterly unlikely to help Harry learn how to react to danger and responsibility like a normal human being.

(Oh wait ... *cough* Dumbledore. Continually grooming Harry to increase his feelings of isolation and self-justification in service of his eventual martyrdom at the hands of Voldemort ...)

Oh, and also: one student attempts to kill and torture another, his opponent slashes him bloodily across the chest, and detentions are the only punishment handed out? And no one else objects? Fucking seriously? I guess they really mustn't ever report student injuries and punishments in any official way, or else... I'm reminded of a Hagrid quote I also tripped across recently. "It's always been a bit of a risk sending a kid to Hogwarts hasn't it? You expect accidents, don't you, with hundreds of underage wizards all locked up together."

Not that JKR seems to have cared what she was implying about the alienness of wizarding culture with all of this, beyond cleaving to conventional tropes in isolating her hero ...

I'm not really sure how much of this will make sense for Harry to realize in [community profile] backagainharry, but continuing to reinforce the beneficial effects of thinking things through is going to be a must.
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
First, just to get it out of the way: I'm going to keep crossposting to LJ for awhile, despite the annoying new TOS, but I did go ahead and set my journal for Adult warnings and un-check the 'participate in rankings' box so as to avoid the most blatant of the new potential issues. Mostly, I'm amused that they did this the very day before my pre-paid account was to expire, and added six months to the time I can expect to avoid seeing ads there.

Nonetheless, if you're reading this from LJ, and have a DW, and I'm not already friends with you there, let me know, would you? Would probably be prudent to consolidate my 'circle'.

Anyway, with that out of the way: two more things that've really bothered me as I continue to reread HBP. First: how the hell can anyone reread the scene with Dumbledore 'asking' Harry to get Slughorn's memory and not realize he's the very definition of a manipulative son-of-a-bitch? Good intentioned, I usually grant; but still. That is not something you do to an impressionable teenager that you don't view as a means to an end more than a human being who deserves to chart his own fully informed course in life.

And secondly... regarding the Felix Felicis. And I quote: "I dunno... I was sort of saving it..." // "...vague and unformulated plans that involved Ginny splitting up with Dean..." WTF, Harry? Is this or is this not the child who just lost his godfather in a life-or-death battle that a little Lucky potion might have potentially helped with? I'd have been saving that stuff too, good job there, but for the potential next fight of my life with my nemesis, not for romantic daydreams! If you ask me, that's a far more persuasive argument for the Weasley-potioning-theorists than most of the ones that actually show up in fic! *sigh*
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
In my review of HBP for [community profile] backagainharry, I tripped over an interesting quote. After Remus lets Harry down about his not so subtle questions regarding the possible identity of the Half Blood Prince, he tells him to check the publish date on his used potions book. Harry does, and discovers "it was nearly fifty years old. neither his father, nor his father's friends, had been at Hogwarts fifty years ago."

How does it not occur to him that he once had his hands on another book, one which dated to Hogwarts in roughly the same timespan? That he knows the identity of a half blood (having just learned that information from Dumbledore!) who went to Hogwarts in exactly that time frame, and demonstrably thought rather highly of himself and the heritage he'd discovered?

If it had been me, I would. And where might things go from there? Obviously, we the readers would know Harry was wrong, that it was Snape using his pureblood mother's hand-me-down book who'd marked it all up. But what kind of an entertaining fic could you build out of Harry assuming it was Voldemort's book and, after debating whether to reject it, deciding to use it to learn more about his destined enemy? He'd be a lot more wary about the scribbled spells, for one thing (*cough* Sectumsempra); but what else might he learn and misattribute from the notes within its pages, and how else might that disarray the canon plot?

*thinky expression*
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
So the baby's bronchial ailment? Yeah, every single one of the rest of us came down sick a few days later, and I'm still getting over it. Writing, not happening. I'll try to get something out soon, though.

In the meanwhile, I've realized something rather alarming re: the Harry at the Dursleys mess, prompted by the Scamander movie and a rewatch of all the HP films, that's a little harder to refute than many past 'Dumbledore is malignant, not misguided' ideas I've come across. I really don't think JKR always thinks the implications of the story threads she puts out there through ....

Contains Spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them... )
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter.
Time Travel AU; branches off from Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

(3800 words, this chapter. Sorry it's so late; hope it's not a let-down!)

On LJ: ( Chapter 19: An Unexpected Sighting ) | Story Index
On DW: ( Chapter 19: An Unexpected Sighting ) | Story Index
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG, Harry Potter x Dresden Files; 1800 words. Harry Dresden + Severus Snape.

"Oh. Uh, wow." Dresden reached up to smooth a hand over his mouth. "I don't know how to tell you this, but that's not how potions work in this world, at all."

That Subtle Science and Exact Art

(Linked @ [livejournal.com profile] wishlist_fic and AO3; written for [livejournal.com profile] xiorlanth)
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG; Harry Potter x Grimm, 1200 words. For Day 12. Rosalee Calvert + Severus Snape.

The bell rang over the door of the spice shop while Rosalee was in the middle of mixing in the last ingredient for a fiddly special-order Zaubertrank.

Supply, Demand, and Zauberer

(Linked @ [livejournal.com profile] wishlist_fic and AO3; written for [livejournal.com profile] treppie)
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter. Time Travel AU; branches off from Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

( Chapter 18: Additional Complications ) | Story Index

(3500 words, this chapter; calling it done before going on my trip!)
jedibuttercup: (lilah morgan)
PG-13; gen; Angel/HP; 900 words. Challenge fic, from August 29.

Here was another whose soul yet burned: who hadn't checked his passion at the door.

Double Twisted Fast With Wire )

(x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] twistedshorts and at AO3)
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter. Time Travel AU; branches off from Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

( Chapter 17: Gathering Momentum ) | Story Index

(4000 words, this chapter: more unintended consequences.)
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter. Time Travel AU; branches off from Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

( Chapter 16: Fresh Perspectives ) | Story Index

(For the finishathon. 4400 words, this chapter.)
jedibuttercup: (men in black)
PG; Harry Potter/MIB III crossover, 200 words. I have no excuse. *facepalm*

His entire image is crafted on leaving no lasting memory with anyone he 'encounters'.

Neuralysis for Naturals )

(x-posted at AO3)
jedibuttercup: (pryce)
PG; Angel/Harry Potter. 1500 words, for [livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter; 5th in Polaris Wyndham-Price series.

Wesley took a sharp breath. "Best we retrieve her and leave as soon as possible; otherwise, she might begin to develop ideas."

Come Full Circle and Start Anew )

(x-posted at AO3)
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter. Time Travel AU; branches off from Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

( Chapter 15: Progress Report ) | Story Index

(Finally, after a year and a half; apologies!)
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter. Time Travel AU; spoilers for Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

( Chapter 14: Sharing the Load ) | Story Index
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter. Time Travel AU; spoilers for Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

( Chapter 13: Aurors in the Castle ) | Story Index
jedibuttercup: (daniel)
Another entry from ye anciente Five Things meme. For [livejournal.com profile] thady, who prompted it, and [livejournal.com profile] kerravonsen, who asked for distractions.

SG-1/Various; 3000 words; late and post-series settings.
"Do you always greet new people with a kiss?" he couldn't help but ask.

Four Times Daniel Jackson Was Kissed Unexpectedly, And One Time He Made The First Move )
~
jedibuttercup: (pryce)
PG-13; Angel/Harry Potter. 2300 words, for [livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter; 4th in Polaris Wyndham-Price series.

Wesley was not sure what he would become here, the new person emerging from the shed skin of the life he'd left behind in Los Angeles-- but he was beginning to look forward to the discovery.

Making (Re-)Connections )
jedibuttercup: (harry potter)
PG-13; Harry Potter. Harry makes a different choice in King's Cross, and is given the double-edged gift of a second chance.

Time Travel AU; spoilers for Deathly Hallows. No pairings.

( Back Again, Harry? - Chapter 12: Responsibility to Act )

Or: Story Index Here
jedibuttercup: (lindsey)
PG-13, Angel/Harry Potter; 850 words. (For August 17; challenge response).

The money was never any part of the reason Lindsey had taken the job.

Equitable Exchange )

(x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] twistedshorts)

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