Author has written 52 stories for StarTrek: Voyager, Mummy, Star Wars, Batman Beyond, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, CSI, Eureka, Harry Potter, Justice League, NCIS, Tudors, Star Trek: 2009, National Treasure, Merlin, Downton Abbey, and Warehouse 13.
I am a graduate of Kent State University's Library and Information Science program, having completed the program in May 2010. I completed my Bachelor's at Ohio University, with a major in European History and a minor in Classical Civilizations, in early June 2008.
I tend to read a lot of Harry Potter fanfics and, like most everyone, there are tropes that I like and dislike.
Harry Potter Tropes I Like/Dislike
Super!Harry: One of the biggest peeves that a lot of fans had with Harry was his reaction to finding out about the prophecy; many were not impressed with his behavior in book six. He took the "training" offered to him by Dumbledore, but made little effort to try and prepare himself for the task that lay ahead of him. I mean, he has a powerful madman bent on killing him, and he's focusing on Quidditch? WTF? Seriously, I'd have been much more impressed if Harry had harkened back to his actions in Goblet of Fire, seeking to learn as many spells as he could so that he might actually have a prayer of surviving an actual duel with Voldemort. Instead, he spends most of the year sniffing at Ginny Weasley's skirts. Possibly Harry's only behavior that I applauded in Halfblood Prince was his suspicion of Draco Malfoy and his attempts to discover what he was up to. He knew what he saw with Draco and tried to find out what was going on, despite people like Hermione and Ron blowing off his concerns.
As a result of this rather... illogical behavior in canon, I really love a good story where Harry buckles down and focuses on learning as much magic as possible. A Harry Potter that takes the time to focus and learn is much more impressive than a kid who just blindly accepts that a bunch of memories about Tom Riddle's family and childhood will save him.
Harry is the Heir of Merlin/Founders/etc: This is a cliché that's actually gotten a little out of hand. There are some good stories that play with this trope, but a lot of them have gotten ridiculous. Harry finding out that he's the heir of one or more of the Founders or Merlin has practically become a normality in a lot of fics. It'd be nice to see something new and different on this front, and I've actually come to prefer stories that, when they use this trope, point out that, given how inbred Wizarding Britain is, many people are probably descended from the Founders and as such would have an equal claim on anything they left behind. For example, the Smith family is said to descend from Helga Hufflepuff (something Zacharias Smith seems quite proud of), and one of them even had Helga's cup in their possession until Tom Riddle killed her and stole it. So, why is Harry thrown in to be Helga's heir over them?
Harry is insanely rich: Harry has a decently-sized trust fund in Gringotts, it's true, but there's no indication that he has anything beyond that in canon. My guess is that his trust fund comes from his parents and what they had when they died, possibly earning interest over the ten years it sat in Gringotts while Harry was sequestered away at the Dursleys. Much of it probably went toward paying Harry's Hogwarts education, and while he was made a partner in the Weasley twins' joke shop, that wouldn't have made him a millionaire by any means. Then there is also the other part of the trope, that Harry inherits a fortune from Sirius after his death. Given the state of Grimmauld Place, I highly doubt that there is a fortune sitting around somewhere. Plus, if there was, you can bet that men like Lucius Malfoy would have laid claim to every part of it they could. I personally prefer stories that have Harry using his own cleverness to make himself rich. Much more satisfying than just inheriting it.
Manipulative!Dumbledore: Let's get one thing straight -- I love Dumbledore, I do. But I also love ragging on him, because let's face it -- he's a manipulative sonofabitch. He pulled Snape and Harry's strings like a true puppet master. So, I love stories of this trope, with Harry fighting back. However, like so many other clichés, this one's also gone overboard. More and more often, you have Dumbledore in his office, sucking lemon drops while he plots Harry's death "for the greater good", has numerous confrontations with Harry and loses them because of Harry's moral superiority, and never learns from that. Dumbledore is not an idiot. If he loses a confrontation with Harry, then he should adapt from that loss accordingly, not keep playing the same tune over and over again in the vain hope that Harry will go back to kissing the ground he walks on. This is a man who, even if he says that he knows that he shouldn't be trusted with political power, held THREE highly influential positions -- Headmaster of Hogwarts (where he could shape the minds of the Wizarding World's future), Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot (the Wizarding courts), and Supreme Mugwump of what seems to be the magical version of the United Nations. He didn't get there by being a complete moron.
Mrs.Weasley: I have to say, she drives me crazy with her attempts to wrap the younger characters in cotton in book five, but then, I'm not a parent, so I can't say that I wouldn't try to smother my children with a ton of protection if I was in her position. Nonetheless, her portrayal in a lot of fics drives me up the wall. Making her blindly loyal to Dumbledore has gotten out of hand. If anyone so much as says boo in his direction, she's up in arms, screaming at people to shut up and how dare they say such things to him. She gets upset if someone criticizes Dumbledore, simply because he's Dumbledore. So what? He's as human as the rest of them, and it's a person's right to disagree with him. I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more adult behavior from her somewhere.
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