Author has written 5 stories for Harry Potter.
G'day. My name's James, and I'm a twenty-something postgraduate university student living in Adelaide, Australia, a small but lovely city that I'm proud to call home. I'm currently doing a PhD in chemical engineering, and am targeting an academic career in the future. I'm also an evangelical Christian with a bible college certificate; in my local church, I regularly lead worship and preach occasionally. Outside of my PhD and church activities, I enjoy reading, watching spectator sports (particularly cricket and Aussie rules football), listening to music, playing computer games online, and of course fan fiction.
Of course, it's probably the fan fiction part that interests you ;) My first and only true love is Harry Potter, which I first read when I was very young and have been a fan ever since. I'm a voracious reader in general (less so these days because I'm so busy!) and some of my other favourites include the Hunger Games, the Inheritance Cycle, Rick Riordan's various mythology-based series, and basically anything by David and Leigh Eddings. But the world J.K. Rowling created in the Harry Potter series is basically unparalleled, even in history - no other story, I think, has stimulated so many imaginations. It's no accident that there are probably more Harry Potter fan fictions on the web than every other fandom combined.
So despite being more of a reader than a writer, I haven't been able to resist trying out writing my own fan fictions a few times over the years. I'd call my success mixed at best: I've deleted more stories than I have kept, but some of what I've posted have gotten decent reviews.
Harry Potter and the Origin of Voldemort's Name: A crackfic written when I was procrastinating about a school assignment and considering the French origin of Voldemort's name ("vol de mort" translates to "flight from death"). Not exactly a high quality story but it's created a few laughs over the years which was the main point.
The Argument: My take on the much debated Salazar Slytherin/Godric Gryffindor rift which resulted in Slytherin leaving the school and effectively set the stage for events a thousand years later. JKR’s Pottermore info probably makes it redundant, but I've kept it around because it's probably some of my better writing, and I think the topic is interesting.
Voldemort and the Horrific Therapy Session: A 'sequel' to Harry Potter and the Origin of Voldemort's Name, meant to be equally wacky, and to set the stage for a potential third story about Voldemort meeting the Grangers... which may or may not take another nine years to write.
Butterbeer, Bollocks and a Ball: Something of a departure from my usual style, this story is a humour-tinged romance with some slightly edgy content. I've long noticed that most Yule Ball fan fictions are fairytale romances where everything goes without a hitch, and I wanted to write a bit of a counterpoint to that. I also make fun of the Daphne Greengrass 'Ice Queen' stereotype (a cliché I confess to using myself in Twist of Fate) by presenting her as a very rough-edged, irreverent sort of character. I've actually received a fair few comments asking if it could be turned into a full-length story chronicling Harry and Daphne's romance. I don't think I'm a good enough romance writer to do that (even this one-shot was difficult enough) so I've decided to place this story up for adoption. If you want to continue this story, let me know and it's all yours as long as you give credit to the original.
Twist of Fate: This story effectively started from the idea of "what if Harry met someone other than Malfoy at Madam Malkin’s shop" and evolved from there, with a couple of long hiatuses and several revisions in between as I slowly learned what it means to plan out a novel. Unfortunately, I've now made the decision to discontinue the story because of plot failings I simply can't fix: to sum up, if you ever try writing a political story with eleven year olds, I wish you luck because you're going to need it. The good news is that I am planning a re-imagined version of the story (see below).
There are some ideas for novel or series length stories that I have long had floating around in my head. However, having learned some hard lessons from Twist of Fate, my intention is not to actually start writing or posting any of them until I have a very solid plan and can commit to regular writing. That won't be until early 2018 at the soonest, when I have completed my studies, but I'm putting my ideas here as a form of motivation for myself.
Tides: The Twist of Fate redux I referred to earlier, which will be a trilogy covering Harry's fifth, sixth and seventh years. It will use many of the same plot elements as Twist of Fate, but with older characters that I can do more with. Daphne will retain a significant role in the story, but might not be Harry's final pairing.
The Third Rebellion: Distinct from most other stories in that it will be a submit-your-own-character (SYOC) fan fiction. SYOCs are always interesting to be a part of, but very rarely are they ever completed (most don't get past the opening few chapters). I've long wanted to try writing one of my own, but only when I can commit to doing it properly. I have a general plot in mind, but much will depend on the characters.
Exile: A series of unknown length, the basic idea here is that Lily escapes with Harry on that Hallowe'en night and flees with her son to Australia. Harry ends up attending the wizarding school in Australia and Voldemort ultimately tracks him down there. I'm very keen on doing this at some point, for obvious reasons: it would be wonderful to imagine what a wizarding Australia would look like. Of course, this would be a massive scale project and I'd probably want to have some experience planning out and writing long stories before I take it on.
My favourite stories:
Like I've said, I do far more reading than writing, which you can tell by the huge amount of favourites I've got. Some of the older ones I admit I’m a bit embarrassed that I once liked, although it would probably take a bit too long to go through them all and remove the dross! If you want to see a collection (albeit incomplete) of my real favourites, check out my community, Best Of HP Fan Fiction – it has something there for everyone, from cracky oneshots to epic series. In amidst all this I’m still finding new favourites faster than I can keep up with them, mainly through other communities. Believe me, if you know where to look there are always really good fan fictions out there that you haven’t read.
I think that about covers everything you might want to know. Before I wrap things up, though, it's worth mentioning that a couple of years back I was in a competition with 24hourstomakeadifference and a few others as to how long we could get our profiles: the record was over 120,000 words each at one point. I've gone back and removed all my old stuff, mainly because I just didn't have the time/motivation to keep going, and because some of the stuff from back when I was 15 was more than a little embarrassing. I do still keep the old stuff in a Word document for sentimentality's sake, so if you really want to have a look, just let me know :)
So that's about it. If you've got any questions/comments or if you're just bored and want to chat to someone, drop me a PM. I always reply!
Have a nice day :)