I've been writing stories for my own enjoyment for years and only within the past few have I started reading fanfiction. Of course, once I began reading it, my head began swimming in different plot bunnies that I would love to explore as a writer.
I do not claim to be an amazing writer and I know that I will not quit my day job as my writing skills are nowhere near some of the authors of note, even on this site. But as I've always done, I write for my own enjoyment, and perhaps some people may enjoy my take on some popular fanfiction tropes that I am wanting to explore. I will attempt to give credit where it is due, especially for some of the authors who have inspired some of my story ideas, but I beg forgiveness for any that I may forget.
I have many different story ideas summarized on my computer, but I'm finally digging in and focusing on one to finish and publish. As an American, I obviously view English grammar and vocabulary with an American tint, though I will attempt to use the British versions of words, but I cannot guarantee that I will not slip up now and then.
I have to thank J.K.Rowling for creating such a lush and expansive universe of characters, themes, and plots. As many have said before, she's created this amazing beach and has graciously allowed us to build our own sandcastles on the beach with her sand.
Who Am I? I'm an American who travels around the country for work. I tend to live out of hotel rooms for over half of the year and I try to write when I get the chance, though I can give anyone a run for their money if it comes to winning the race for Procrastinator of the Year.
My Take On Canon: I generally view the books as canon over the movies when something differs, such as Dobby providing the gillyweed rather than Neville. However, I still view the movies as canon and may occasionally use an event in the movies over what happens in the books depending on the needs of my plot. The Cursed Child will be ignored in my universe.
My Views on Fanfiction Characters/Plotlines/Tropes/Etc.:
Dumbledore - an amazing character that can be good, good but manipulative, neutral and manipulative, evil and manipulative. There are just so many places you can take this character. He can be a grandfather figure helping Harry to defeat evil, or he can be a Dark Lord, manipulating everyone in order to rule over every for the greater good. I used to despise the evil Dumbledore role when I first started reading fanfiction, but as time progressed, I began seeing more and more how he could easily fit into that role and how interresting that role could be portrayed.
Ron Weasley - Easy character to bash, perhaps too easy. He can be used either as a good friend to Harry, or a jealous, vindictive git that turns on Harry at the toss of the hat.
Powerful Harry - I like this trope as long as it's done correctly. A story with a superman Harry that can fly, is indestructible, has every super power known to man...that is just boring and will have me exiting the story for something else. The prophesy says that Harry will have a power that Voldemort knows not. I can see Harry as being the next Dumbledore in terms of power, but there has to be an actual reason for the power. Also, even though he is powerful, there needs to be a learning curve. Gaining additional power and then being able to instantly master it is boring and lazy writing.
Animagus Harry - I'm fine with it as long as it has something to do with the story. I've read many stories where he spends time becoming an animagus and the story spends a lot of capital on that plotline only for it to be insignificant at the end and having nothing to do with the story afterwards.
Lemon/Lime scenes - Sure, I enjoy a good lemon/lime scene as long as it's not too gratuitous or over the top and as long as it's part of the story and not the main focus of the story.
Currency Conversion - 1:10 1 Galleon = 10 Pounds, 10 Dollars (1:1 conversion ratio between pounds and dollars to make things simple). A 1:5 currency conversion just seems too cheap and I don't want Ollivander to starve.