Author has written 3 stories for Harry Potter.
G'day. My name's James, and I'm a twenty-something postgraduate university student. I was born in Melbourne, Australia and raised in Adelaide, where I still live, having recently moved out of home.
I'm currently midway through a PhD in chemical engineering, and am targeting an academic career in the future. I'm also an evangelical Christian and I regularly attend two different churches, as well as being part of a university Christian group and studying part-time at bible college. 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 ever stimulated so many imaginations. It's no accident that there are so many more Harry Potter fan fictions on the web than any other fandom.
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. Most I have since deleted because, frankly, they were garbage. But here I'll go through the ones that remain:
Harry Potter and the Origin of Voldemort's Name was my fan fiction debut as a teenager at school: a crackfic written when I was procrastinating about an assignment and considering the French origin of Voldemort's name ("vol de mort" translates to "flight from death"). I've had a similarly cracky sequel in the works for a long time, which I might finish and post one day.
The Argument is a oneshot I wrote to give 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 (less bad?) writing and I think the topic is interesting.
Twist Of Fate has been my only serious, multi-chaptered fan fiction which made it to the submission stage, and remains my sole work-in-progress. It was stuck on 2 chapters for more than five years until I resurrected it recently; hopefully this time I can get off the ground! The basis of the story is that Harry meets Daphne Greengrass (a Slytherin girl) instead of Malfoy at Madam Malkin’s shop. It will go through all seven years, progressively deviating further from the books as we go along. I do have some thoughts about what will happen later in the story, which is rare for me as I don't usually plan my stories. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
Like I've said, I do a heck of a lot 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, and I’m gradually going through them and removing some of the... erm, average ones. At the same time I'm adding the really good Harry Potter stories I've read over the years to my community, Best Of HP Fan Fiction – which you should totally check out if you want to see some really good Harry Potter fan fiction (whether 500 words or 500,000). In amidst all this I’m still finding new favourites faster than I delete old ones, 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 :)