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Hello to you, the avid readers of fanfiction. I myself have been a reader of fanfiction for about seven years, and have only just started to write my own stories in the past few years. I hope you enjoy them.
I will mostly write Harry Potter and Pokemon fanfictions, though I will do others should inspiration strike. (And a Jurassic Park story is currently demanding to be written!)
Fanfiction Pet Peeves
Okay, after seeing this on many an author's profile I thought I'd add such a thing to my own.
Really the only thing that I find massively annoying are those I term "morons". These are the kinds of reviewers who will wait until chapter 10 of a story (or later) to complain about a reoccurring theme in the story that has been present ever since the first few chapters. Usually this complaint is about the pairing of the story (which is usually in the summary of the story) or about the fact that the story contains character bashing (or what they perceive as character bashing).
I always make it clear early on in my stories what the pairing will be (if it has been decided upon) or if there is any level of "bashing" of a character, usually within the story itself or in the form of an author's note.
You can probably guess, then, how annoying it is to get a review for Chapter 18 of my story "Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor" that does nothing more than complain about the character bashing in the story, even though it was made abundantly clear in the summary, numerous Author's Notes and nearly every preceding chapter that Dumbledore, Snape, Ron, Hermione and the Order were not going to be shown in a good light. I mean, I really don't know how much clearer it could have been but the fact that this person waited until Chapter 18 to complain says a lot about them.
Usually they hide away in the form of an unsigned guest review and this one was no exception. There are some people, however, who do exactly the same thing while having a profile.
I don't get the mentality of these people who bypass the summary, character listings, the first few chapters and several authors notes and still complain. Even using the phrase "Don't like, don't read" doesn't get them off your back. Okay, so it is used too much by people with bad spelling, but in its correct usage it is pretty clear - if you don't like the pairing of this story then don't read it. If you think the sun shines because Dumbledore wants it to then can't stand to see it any other way then don't read a story with such a plot line.
I, for one, cannot stand slash fiction. I don't mind of there are gay characters or whatever, but most slash fiction in the Harry Potter community consists of Harry/Draco, Harry/Snape or Harry/Voldemort - to me these are highly unbelievable pairings, therefore if the summary of a story states that the story contains this kind of thing, I don't read it. I know I won't like it, therefore I don't read it. It really is that simple, but some idiots just don't seem to get it.
It has been stated by JK Rowling that Hogwarts has a capacity for around 1000 students.
However, Harry's year group is believed to constist of 42 students: five boys and girls to each house and two extras randomly placed into one of the four. If the same can be said for the years above Harry at least, Hogwarts only has around 294 students during Harry's first year (give or take). That's leaves at least 706 empty spaces in Hogwarts. Although young wizards are free to be educated at home by their parents, or go abroad to schools like Durmstrang to be taught, that alone cannot count for such a loss, and it much be contibuted to Voldemort.
To put it another way, the 1000 potential holding capacity, divided by seven years means that there should be around 142-143 students per year; that's a loss of one hundred students from Harry's school year group alone.
Looking at that result, there should be 35/36 students per house per year; in Harry's year, there seem to be confirmed ten students in Gryffindor.
This also means that there should be 17/18 boys and 17/18 girls in each house per year. In Harry's year, his house has five boys: Harry, Ron, Neville, Dean and Seamus, and, apparently, five girls: Hermione, Lavender, Parvati, and two unnamed girls who are apparently there, but are never named in the books or the films (though one of the Harry Potter games names one of the two Fay Dunbar)
This dramatic decline in the student population is backed up by the books, as when viewing Snape's pensieve memory in Order of the Phoenix, Harry notes around 150 students sitting in the Great Hall doing their Charms OWL exam.
This points to a population loss of more than two thirds, not only through deaths, but also due to people simply not having children.
Scary how long the effects of a war can be felt and seen, isn't it?
My favourite pairing has to be Harry and Hermione. Throughout the first five books, Hermione seems to be Harry's rock; she's the one to come up with solutions to his problems, she stands by him all the time, does far more for their adventures than Ron ever did, and seems to be the only character to go to great lengths to make sure that Harry is not tortured, maimed, killed or driven to insanity. Sure Harry is a little dense towards her, but hey, he's a teenage boy with an emotionally-repressed childhood; you work it out.
A couple of reviews I got for "Damn Wizards" call into question the belief that Hermione lives in worship of authority figures. These reviews suggested that Hermione is actually manipulative and on occasion ruthless in her actions. While I can agree that Hermione can and will manipulate a situation to her advantage, I wouldn't necessarily call her ruthless, and she doesn't necessarily drag Harry into her coercion. More often than not, Harry's the guy who says "This needs to happen" and then Hermione is the one to say "All right then, how about we do it like this?"
If you look at it, Hermione is perhaps the biggest driving force behind Harry, often being the one to force him to take a pro-active stance on things. In Chamber of Secrets its finding out what Malfoy knows. In Goblet of Fire its training for the tournament. In Order of the Phoenix its countering the Ministry and Umbridge's control over Hogwarts.
Then Half-Blood Prince happens, and that whole dynamic of their relationship appears to have mostly disappeared, apart from the occasional prompting to get the memory from Slughorn. She is not interested in Harry's legitimate concerns about Draco. She snipes and belittles him over a graffiti-covered potions textbook (which in and of itself raises questions about Harry, who suddenly appears to have forgotten everything he's learnt about the magical world in previous years if he's so willing to use this book) and she spends her time pining over Ron. So much of Hermione's character is either dropped or turned sour in order to make way for Ginny (this is also done to James, Sirius and Remus in order to convince us that Snape isn't all that bad) and that's why the Harry/Ginny relationship doesn't work to me.
"Behind every great man is a great woman" I believe is the quote. And for the first five books, the great woman behind the great man that is Harry was Hermione. Too bad JKR decided to fight against Hermione's character and force them to become one big happy Weasley family rather than let Harry and Hermione's relationship evolve in the way that so many of us for so long thought that it would.
I also like the Harry/Luna pairing. She was exactly the right person for him to talk to at the end of Order of the Phoenix, she has a kind of loyalty to Harry not seen from anyone except Hermione, and Harry genuinely does like having her around. It's always a fun pairing to read and, to me at least, it makes more sense than Harry/Ginny ever did.
Hermione and Luna are both like kindred spirits to Harry. Whilst both of their upbringings were not as loveless as Harry's, they certainly were as lonely. All three exhibit the results of their upbringing in how they behave; Hermione through her studies, Luna through her dream-like persona and Harry by not wanting to bring attention to himself.
Two other good pairings are Harry/Susan and Harry/Daphne. Neither are things you might think of looking at the books, given how Susan appears only in books 1, 5 and 6, and Daphne is barely mentioned in book 5, but here on Fanfiction there are plenty of well-written, believable stories centring around these pairing; Susan as a loyal Hufflepuff with a good knowledge and understanding of how the Ministry works and about the pure-blood elitism; and Daphne is always a good partner of a disillusioned/bad boy Harry.
In the canon of the books, the Hufflepuffs always seemed to be amongst the first to think badly of Harry, an ally from that house is something that Harry could have done with. And the idea of Harry having a Slytherin ally is always an appealing one (unless the ally is Draco; that usually ends up annoying me).
I will read Harry/Ginny so long as it is written well, but it is not my preferred choice. The pairing in the books does promote the old saying "if you want someone to like you, just be yourself" Harry certainly barely notices Ginny until around the middle of fifth year, which is when he, as well as we the readers, get a few glimpses of her real personality. However, Ginny receives little development as a character; she's revealed to be a bit of a troublemaker, like the twins, which is nice, but she's also shown to be more than a bit mean, which kind of leaves a bit of a bad taste.
Worse than that, though, is when she uttered one line at the end of Half-Blood Prince:
"I knew you wouldn't be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort." (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30, page 603 (Bloomsbury hardback edition)
Clearly this girl doesn't know Harry at all.
Perhaps worse still is the next thing she says:
"Maybe that's why I like you so much."
What the hell it that?
Pretty solid evidence that she is in love with the hero-image rather than the person beneath, I'd say. Okay, she might have been saying that to protect her feelings somehow, but sheesh! Insensitive or what?
When Slughorn introduced it, I thought that Amortentia would have some major impact on the plot, like Liquid Luck eventually did, and like Polyjuice already had. So when Harry gets this "chest monster" thing, I was suspecting that perhaps Ginny, or someone wanting him to fall for Ginny, was giving him some of the potion. I thought that there was going to be a big "betrayal" storyline, instead Amortentia was reduced to being a mere plot-device to get Ron poisoned. Don't get me wrong, it worked as that plot-device, but suddenly there was the realisation of "Huh. So that's how JKR describes being in love?" Of course there can be jealousy, but a raging monster?
The problem with some Harry/Ginny fics is that sometimes they portray Ginny as Hermione with a tough-girl attitude. It's not always a bad thing, but when the story states something along the lines of Harry found Ginny to be just as smart as Hermione usually gets me thinking well why doesn't this author make this a Harry/Hermione story then? i don't mean to, it just happens. As I said, sometimes it works, other times it seems like the girl says exactly what Hermione would say in the situation, but the name says this girl is Ginny.
Also, I'm not a fan of Ginny befriends Harry earlier and thus everything is so much better stories. Don't ask me to justify it, I just don't like them.
I hate the Ron/Hermione pairing. It doesn't work, I'm sorry, I have recently read the first three books for the first time in years. Of the three, Ron and Hermione get on best in book 2. In book 1, Ron's a prat to Hermione. In book 2 there's a few hints of a possible relationship. Book 3 on the other hand swings things about all over the place, one minute they're the best of friends, and then they hate each other. Only in book 2 can I honestly say that there is maybe an attraction between the two, and then only minimal. After book 3, the whole Ron/Hermione thing was pretty much dropped for the most part, the Yule Ball being the only real hint. Then it came back in book 6 and felt really forced.
Ron: good guy, bad guy, I don't mind either way. I like a bit of Ron bashing as much as anyone who likes Ron bashing, but if the story has a good, loyal Ron, I'm happy to read that too; he just never really did anything to make up for fourth year and seventh year. And I cannot for the life of see why Rowling dumped him on Hermione.
Molly: Don't get me wrong, I think its great that Harry found the long-desired mother figure in her, and, let's face it, "Not my daughter, you bitch." is and always will be one of the most brilliant moments in the series. I guess that I always thought that Bellatrix was a kill for Hermione (as the female lead and Harry's staunchest ally) or Neville (for his own, obvious reasons) or Tonks (again for obvious reasons), or Ginny (because she doesn't really do anything... ever) but I can totally see why JK Rowling went the way she did.
I don't have a problem with Molly being Harry's mother figure, I think the problem is that she's the only mother figure, not only to Harry but in the series in general.
As far as father figures go, Harry's had Arthur, Sirius and Remus. To a certain extend Hagrid can be considered an uncle, and Dumbledore, despite everything, is kind-of the closest thing Harry has ever known to having a grandfather.
Molly is the only mother figure. McGonagall is kind of, though maybe more of a grandmother type, but there were only two points in the series where Harry really, desperately needed her support (you and I both know exactly when these are) but she lets him down completely. Granted she stood up for him against Umbridge during careers counselling, but she ignores him completely about the Philosopher's stone, and when he gets detention when baited by Umbridge, she tells him to keep his head down.
The key problem with McGonagall is her inability to think for herself. I cannot think of a moment where this was made clearer than when the newly selected champions, their headmasters and a few others were talking in the small room off of the Great Hall. To give her her due, McGonagall clearly is on Harry's side in this matter, but there is something that she says in this scene that is actually quite shocking -
"Dumbledore, you know perfectly well you did not make a mistake!" said Professor McGonagall angrily. "Really, what nonsense! Harry could not have crossed the line himself, and as Professor Dumbledore believes that he did not persuade an older student to do it for him, I'm sure that should be good enough for everybody else!"
Really? That's your take on the situation, Minerva? Dumbledore thinks something, so the headmasters of two other schools, two high ranking Ministry officials, two other Professors and three Champions must therefore be entirely satisfied that the truth of the matter has been settled? Dumbledore thinks it, therefore it must be true. Well, if that is the case, why wasn't this argument used on every other student and teacher in the castle, the entire Ministry and the Daily Prophet. I mean, that would have cleared everything right up now, wouldn't it? (sarcasm)
Anyway, another mother figure for Harry would not have gone amiss. I don't care what people say; neither Fleur nor Tonks became mother figures (if they had, reading stories where Harry is paired with one (or both) of them would not nearly be as fun!)
Dumbledore: This guy has a lot to answer for. I know that a lot of people adore Dumbledore but there is no escaping the fact that, like it or not, Harry was Dumbledore's weapon against Voldemort, and that's all there is too it. Dumbledore's goal from teh get-go was to turn Harry into a martyr and have him walk in front of Voldemort's wand. That was his sole plan.
To me, Dumbledore had far too much power. I can only assume that his positions of Chief Warlock of the Wizengamot and Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards were purely ceremonial as they clearly provided nothing in the was of useful resources for the war effort. Though there again, those resources might have been there but instead Dumbledore did not bother to make use of them.
Dumbledore was far too used to being listened to without question, this much can be seen first in his constant insistence that Harry trust Snape without providing a reason (this in the face of Snape's entire attitude which positively scream "do not trust this man!"). However a more pronounced example can be found at the end of Goblet of Fire. When the Minister refuses to believe Harry when he says that Voldemort is back, Dumbledore simply insists that he believes Harry and therefore expects Fudge to automatically do so as well. Other than the tattoo on Snape's arm, absolutely no effort is made to provide evidence to Harry's claims and, as the Minister quite rightly pointed out, Harry could easily have gotten the names of those he accused of being Death Eaters from a book. Also, with so little apparently being known about the Dark Mark tattoo, Snape's "evidence" is flimsy at best. That Dumbledore then immediately started throwing out demands that to Fudge sounded both crazy and politically suicidal (like removing the Dementors from Azkaban) only compounded the problem. If fact, reading that scene again it actually comes across as though Snape, McGonagall and especially Dumbledore are trying to intimidate the Minister into their way of thinking when he doesn't immediately agree with every word coming out of Dumbledore's mouth.
This, coupled with how the Order of the Phoenix seems to barely function at all after Dumbledore's death, does not paint a particularly pleasant picture of the man. Others appear so used to him doing their thinking for them that they go to pieces when he is not around, and he is so used to this that when someone comes along who doesn't treat every word out of his mouth as if it were pure gold resulted in very bad consequences for not only himself and Harry but the war effort and the Wizarding World as a whole.
Snape: Just as bad, if not worse than Dumbledore. That he was in love with Harry's mother is not romantic, it doesn't redeem him, and to be honest it's downright creepy. He was supposed to be the spy in Voldemort's ranks, but for some reason we never discover anything that he found out. Just a brief mention of some kind of Death Eater plot foiled by the Order working on information from Snape was all that was needed, but that never happened. The murder of Amelia Bones, Head of the DMLE, or the murder of Order member Emmeline Vance, the collapse of the Brockdale Bridge, the freeing Bellatrix and co. from Azkaban, the plan to lure Harry to the Department of Mysteries... the list goes on: where were Snape's spying skills? And placing the sword of Gryffindor at the bottom of a frozen pond: it's a contender for the crappest idea in the series. There are many Severus Snape fans out there who often cite the chapter "The Prince's Tale" from Deathly Hallows when defending him. Well to them I say this: read Prisoner of Azkaban again, and I mean really read it. I recommend listening to the Audiobook as narrated by Stephen Fry because he brings the characterisation out really well. This book clearly shows more than any other that Snape is not suitable to be a teacher, much less be anywhere near children!
JKR considers Snape to be brave, but not actually a hero. I notice that a lot of fans of Snape don't like that, but I wholeheartedly agree with it. Although we don't see the results of Snape's spying skills (that bit at the beginning of Deathly Hallows was not spy work but a contender to the shittest plan in the series), he did spy, and that takes bravery. He warned Dumbledore about Voldemort being after the Potters, again brave (more on that later though) but where was he heroic? When he saved Harry from falling off of his broom perhaps? Or was he just doing what every single teacher in the stands should have been doing? Was he being heroic when he completely failed to reign in the likes of Draco Malfoy? Was he being heroic when he carved George's ear off with a Sectumsempra in an attempt to save him from a killing curse (something meant to be unblockable by anything other than Priori Incantatem)? Was he being heroic when students under his care were tortured and maimed by the Carrows and the Slytherins? Was he being heroic when he utterly failed to teach Harry Occlumency? Was he being heroic when he failed to just simply keep his mouth shut when around Sirius? When was he heroic? The only time his actions benefited Harry were mostly due to circumstance (giving him the sword and giving him the memories) and the end results of both of those instances were down to luck as Harry nearly drowned when reclaiming the sword (it was only Ron strangely just happening to be there at the time that prevented this occurring) and it was mere luck that Harry was searching for the snake at the exact moment that Snape was attacked by it, otherwise Snape would have died with Harry none-the-wiser.
One thing that nobody who is a Snape fan ever bothers to pay attention to is the fact that after getting his O.W.L results at the beginning of HBP, Harry, although disappointed that he does not meet the requirements to take the N.E.W.T lessons needed to become an Auror, is happy at the idea that he does not have to deal with Snape. Now, if that is the case, one has to wonder just how many other students, in all the years that Snape was potions professor, gave up their dreams of becoming Aurors, Healers or Potioneers simply because they could not stand Snape any longer? Cornelius Fudge is often blamed for the lack of new Aurors, but does the blame solely lay with him? No matter what age you are, everyone out there can agree that if learning something is tortuous (as Harry, Ron and Neville found Potions class to be under Snape's tutelage) then you are immediately not so keen to learn it, (on a personal note, I am reasonably good with computers, but I despised those classes in school because I dreaded being in the same room as the teacher of the subject. Also when I was in Middle School, I was decent at French and found it reasonably interesting. When I went up to High school the teacher I have was a mean old cow and my interest in the subject rapidly dissipated. Opposite to that, my teachers in High School for Maths, Biology, Physics, Geography and Spanish were nice and suddenly my interest in and appreciation for these subjects increased tenfold.) It is the same with Harry, Ron, Neville and a good number of others. They dread potions solely because of the teacher (if you go back and read about Harry's first trip to Diagon Alley, one of the things he is most fascinated by is the apothecary, which sells potions and their ingredients. It is not until he encounters Snape that he comes to dread the subject). Several other teachers in the series are guilty of this too: all the students hated Defence Class until it was taught by Lupin. Those who loathed Divination loathed it because of Trelawney, and those who loathed History of Magic loathed it because of Binns (Harry even states and one point that History could have been interesting had someone else taught it). One of the best ways to learn is to want to learn it, and the best way to stop wanting to learn something is the way in which you are taught.
On a related note, one should ask just how much was the Ministry's early fall to Voldemort due to internal corruption and how much of it was to do with the fact that most of the Aurors would by now have been Slytherins: note that Snape had been teaching potions for ... years and that without Harry and Ron changing their minds the N.E.W.T. level potions class of Harry's sixth year would have consisted of four Slytherins (Malfoy, Nott, Zabini and, possibly Parkinson), four Ravenclaws (Michael Corner and three unknowns), one Hufflepuff (Ernie Macmillan) and one Gryffindor (Hermione). (Do we take this as the norm? Well given Snape's well-established reputation within Hogwarts, probably). Make of those figures what you will, but given how Gryffindors are supposed to be brave and chivalrous, and Hufflepuffs loyal and just, you'd think a few more of them would be taking the necessary subjects to become Aurors.
James: Following the end of Deathly Hallows, so many people seemed to start to hate James and I for one cannot see why. You only have to look at his actions the night Voldemort turned up at his door to know that he is one of the most selfless characters in the series. The case against him is extremely biased if you look at Snape's memories alone. We see, what, three memories where James and/or Sirius are mean to him (I don't count the incident on the train as both James and Snape were as bad as each other in that instance). Across seven years, how many of their unpleasant encounters were begun by Snape? We don't know because we only see things from Snape's point of view and anyone who might have said otherwise are, rather conveniently, dead by this point.
James hated Snape at school because Snape was heavily into the Dark Arts. Why do people hate James for that? At a time when the whole country was gripped in a civil war against those who use the Dark Arts, how is hating anyone who goes around reading about and even practicing the Dark Arts irrational? How is it illogical to hate someone who hangs around with soon-to be Death Eaters Avery and Mulciber (the latter of whom tried to do dark magic on fellow student Mary Macdonald, which Snape acutally considered to be just a laugh and says so to Lily when she brings it up)? James' loathing of Snape is well founded. (I do find it ironic that many of those who think that James bullied Snape just because he was different also think that Draco is just misunderstood. Yeah, Draco, the one who actually does bully people for being different.) Judging from what happened with Mary Macdonald, and the fact that Snape considered it to be just a laugh demonstrates to me that he was a bully himself. He even actively called Muggleborns "Mudbloods" (It wasn't just Lily that one time).
With regards to character development, one key thing that I particularly loathed about the series as a whole is that books three, four and about 90% of book five have themes surrounding Harry finding parental figures in the form of Sirius, to a lesser extent Remus and to an even lesser extent Dumbledore, and being guided through life by them, learning lessons that the Dursley's never taught him. The last ten percent of book five and almost the entirety of book seven are about destroying the reputations of all three of those men AND Harry's actual father, all in an effort to try and convince us that Snape is just misunderstood.
What annoys me most about this is the sheer number of Snape fans who despise James because of how he acted towards Snape in school. They completely gloss over the fact that James actually was a hero. It was he (along with Lily) who defied Voldemort three times. It was he who fought against the Death Eaters. It was he who tried to take on Voldemort so that Lily and Harry, his loved ones, had a marginally larger chance of escape. Everyone goes on about how Lily gave her life for Harry, but James did it too. James wanted to give them a chance, his motives were self-less, as opposed to Snape's which were selfish (don't forget, it is clearly stated in "The Prince's Tale" that Snape only wanted Lily safe, not those she loved and cared for. He does ask Dumbledore to "hide them all", but only after it is made clear what Dumbledore thinks of him for his selfish request).
Draco: Quite why JKR decided to let this little bastard live is beyond me. The little tosser was asking for a "Reducto" right between the eyes from the first moment we meet him right up until the end. Hermione's greatest moment in Prisoner of Azkaban was giving this prat a clout and it's a shame Harry and Ron pulled her away instead of lending her a hand. Many of Dumbledore's actions in Half-Blood Prince were aimed at bringing Draco "back to the light" (can one come back to the light when they were never there?) but ultimately it was not worth it as the little bastard never did anything to redeem himself. I remember when reading Harry hit him with "Sectumsempra" in Half Blood Prince I thought "Ha! Got the bastard... no, wait... nope, here comes Snape to save the him and... yep... Harry in detention for the rest of the year, fan-bloody-tastic." Harry got the bastard, and he was punished for it. Suddenly the wizarding world being a bunch of cowards waiting for someone else to take care of their problems makes sense.
There are actually quite a lot of similarities between Snape, Draco and Barty Crouch Jr. All the torturing and killing was fine with them until the tables were turned. Crouch Jr was caught and begged his dad and screamed for his mum when he was caught torturing the Longbottoms. Draco took great pleasure in the idea that the likes of Hermione would be hunted down like animals, then when his father failed Draco was made to step up or risk his family. Suddenly things weren't funny any more now that it was happening to him. Snape gleefully took what little of the prophecy he heard straight to Voldemort, probably happily imagining what reward Voldemort would grant him. Then Voldemort went for Lily. I see no way that Snape would have said anything at all had Voldemort gone after the Longbottoms.
Sirius: I love the character, but what purpose did he really serve that wasn't filled in another way? Father figure was already taken by several characters, and proof that the Ministry is made up of incapable morons was already well established with Hagrid in the Chamber of Secrets and then by Buckbeak in Prisoner of Azkaban. He gave Harry a bit of hope for all of half an hour, and then that was it. Harry and Sirius spend very little time together, and I've got to wonder if Harry was really upset about Sirius' death, or if it was more about what Sirius represented; a link to his parents. I mean really, how much time does Harry spend with Sirius? An hour or so of blind panic at the end of PoA, a couple of secret meetings in Hogsmeade and a fireplace chat in GoF, and a couple of weeks of summer and Christmas in OotP. That's it. Harry did not have time to get to know Sirius, or really learn anything about him, the sadness he feels must be about what Sirius represented and the guilt Harry felt about how he died. In honesty, without the extra information given by JKR, we learn about as much about Sirius as we do Mad-Eye and Kingsley, and although they are important they are not really key to the overall plot. At least Remus and Tonks were given some kind of story arc throughout the series.
The Order of the Phoenix: Pretty much compromised from the start. They seem just as bad as the Aurors for responding rather than acting. They were given five tasks throughout the series:
1) Protect Harry whilst he's at Privet Drive: failed.
2) Protect the Prophecy: failed (granted Voldemort never heard it, but his Death Eaters still got to it. Also suffered one imprisonment, one death and one near death that would have been a death had it not been for Harry).
3) Protect Hogwarts whilst Harry and Dumbledore went to find the locket: succeeded (though the Death Eaters still got in, and the Order failed to capture/kill any of them)
4) Protect Hogwarts during Voldemort's invasion: succeeded (though most of the castle was destroyed, and many of the staff, order, and older students are killed; would have been clueless without Harry raising alarm)
5) Protect the world from Dark Wizards: kind-of, sort-of did (though most seemed to hide until Harry raised the alarm about Hogwarts being attacked)
Not exactly a gleaming record.
Also not that great with plans. Seven Potters. Really? The fact that so few of the Order were killed in that little fiasco seriously reduced how dangerous the Death Eaters seemed in my opinion.
Occlumency has got to be one of the biggest discrepancies within the series, for three reasons:
1) You need to control your emotions. Really? So then why can Harry, who had to hide his emotions regularly at Privet Drive not do it, but Draco "Wait until my father hears about this" Malfoy can?
2) Harry was able to learn how to fight off mind control so well that he could throw off Voldemort's Imperius Curse, and yet he struggles to block attempts to read his mind? That does not make sense to me.
3) Learning it does not seem good for your mental disposition. The two characters who have been able to do it for a long time have major flaws in their character: Dumbledore keeps everything to himself for as long as possible (and we all know how that worked out), and rather than control his emotions (like you're supposed to) Snape simply kept everything bottled up and unleashed it upon his students, which isn't healthy.
The Deathly Hallows
The three items known as the Deathly Hallows were a strange last-minute addition to make to the series, even if they do serve essential functions in the end. Those functions, however, were not necessarily what they first appear to be.
The most obvious is the Invisibility Cloak. That this one was already Harry's was an obvious attempt to make the three items tie in with previous events in the books, and was therefore the most used.
The Resurrection Stone, however, was Dumbledore's insurance policy on his plan for Harry. Yes, it is nice that Harry gets to see his family before walking off to his "death" but the circumstances surrounding Harry's being able to see them gives an entirely different angle to the event. That the Golden Snitch, which contained the stone, was only to "Open at the Close" proves that giving Harry the stone was in fact Dumbledore's final guilt trip on Harry. Obviously with the Wizarding World being as fickle as it was, Dumbledore needed a final way to coerce Harry into walking to his death, seeing his deceased family was a clever way to do it, but also ultimately a cruel and despicable thing to do to Harry (not that Dumbledore ever really cared for Harry's well-being anyway).
The Elder Wand, on the other hand, and the hugely convoluted sub-plot that went with it was actually a rather strange thing to throw into the mix. The power that Harry supposedly has was meant to be love, which he would use to end Voldemort. So why did Harry require a mystical all-powerful wand with fickle loyalties in order to do the job? That its power was "accidentally" transferred to Harry seems more to be an attempt to make up for the fact that, after fourth year, Harry's power and skill seems to wane considerably. Throughout HBP and DH, there is one thing missing: the kid who drove off one hundred dementors with one patronus, and made Voldemort's wand submit to his in the cemetery. Where was that guy? I can't find him.
Harry Potter and Sexual Discrimination.
Lately I have observed that some authors of Harry Potter Fanfictions like to spin a tale of woe surrounding the women of the magical world, having them have to face the struggle in a male-dominated world. I find that this occurs particularly frequently when describing the back-story of Amelia Bones. However, does this have any basis within the Harry Potter Canon? Well from what I can tell, no. Research on the Harry Potter Wikia (frankly a virtual paradise of background information for any Harry Potter fanfic author) reveals that there does not seem to be much in the way of sexual discrimination within the Wizarding World. One thing I have seen crop up in far too many fanfictions is the idea that there has never been a female Minister for Magic. The books themselves prove this to be an incorrect statement, as in Order of the Phoenix, we learn of Millicent Bagnold, who was the Minister before Cornelius Fudge. Reading of the background information, we find that she took the post in the middle of the first war with Voldemort. She was still in charge of it when Voldemort fell in 1981, and she must have been doing a semi-decent job somewhere along the line as she remained in power for another nine years, retiring in 1990, one year before Harry comes to Hogwarts. Interestingly she was in the top job was Sirius Black was wrongfully imprisoned (a crime all too frequently seen being lumped solely upon Fudge).
Clumping together what we are told in the books and what we learn from background information (such as Pottermore and JKR's official site) we know the names on only fourteen Minister's for Magic for Britain (fifteen if you count Thicknesse, which I don't). Of these fourteen, four most certainly were witches. I've already mentioned Millicent Bagnold, so let's look into the other three. Artemisia Lufkin was Minister between 1798 and 1811 and was the first female Minister (note that she beat Thatcher by almost two centuries!). She must have been good at her job as she stayed in power for thirteen years. For this she is one of the most notable people to have been sorted into Hufflepuff. Ottaline Gambol is a significant witch, not because she was a Minister for Magic, but because she was the person who suggested, and made happen the controversial idea of using a muggle means of transport, the steam train, to take the students of Hogwarts to and from their school. So there you go. The Hogwarts Express was the work of a woman! Evangeline Orpington is not so well known. She held the top job "somewhere between 1819 and 1980" and was, according to Mr. Ollivander at any rate, one of the most accomplished Ministers ever. (Accomplished at what, exactly, is not embellished upon).
Lets look to the Ministry itself. Mnemone Radford was the first official Obliviator for the Ministry. Madame Edgecombe (mother of Marietta) was mentioned to work for the Floo Network Authority. She must have been a high ranking employee as she was a key player in helping Umbridge monitoring the Hogwarts floo network. Griselda Marchbanks was the Governor of the Wizarding Examinations Authority (and a member of the Wizengamot). Mafalda Hopkirke worked for the ImproperUse of Magic Office. Amelia Bones is (or was) the head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (and a member of the Wizengamot). Other female DMLE employees of note include Aurors Nymphadora Tonks and Alice Longbottom, both heroes of the wars against Voldemort.
Hogwarts was founded by four people, two of them witches; Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw. When Harry attends Hogwarts, two of the Heads of House (the highest ranking positions below Deputy Head) are held by women: Pomona Sprout and Minierva McGonagall, both of whom are highly respected in each of their fields. And McGonagall is the Deputy Head as well. In fact during Harry's time at Hogwarts, there are a total of 24 confirmed teachers at Hogwarts (counting Dumbledore, Grubbly-Plank and the line of Defence Teachers, as well as Umbridge and the two Carrows, even if what they did can't really be classified as "teaching"). Of those 24, 11 are female (Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, Sybill Trelawney, Rolanda Hooch, Aurora Sinistra, Charity Burbage, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, Bathsheba Babbling, Septima Vector, Dolores Umbridge and Alecto Carrow).
There have also been a fair number of past and present Headmistresses of Hogwarts, including Minerva McGonagall, Dilys Derwent, Phyllida Spore, Eoessa Sakndenberg, Rowena Ravenclaw and Pomona Sprout (obviously) and Dolores Umbridge (sort of). This may not seem like many given Hogwarts; thousand year history, but not that many heads of school are named. Also don't forget that Olympe Maxime made Headmistress of Beauxbatons.
The Order of the Phoenix, too, was a recruiter of women, including Lily Potter, Alice Longbottom, Minerva McGonagall, Nymphadora Tonks, Molly Weasley, Arabella Figg, Emmeline Vance, Dorcas Meadowes, Hestia Jones, Marlene McKinnon, Fleur Delacour and Hermione Granger (near enough).
Dumbledore's Army had many female students, including Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, Parvati Patil, Padma Patil, Lavender Brown, Susan Bones, Hannah Abbott, Angelina Johnson, Alicia Spinnet, Katie Bell and Marietta Edgecombe (with others such as Leanne joining in the final year).
At Hogwarts, girls are treated equally, with one boy prefect and pone girl prefect being chosen for each house, and a Head Boy and Head Girl in seventh year. In Quidditch only Slytherin seems to keep the girls out (though one of the films had one in goal, I think). Gryffindor and Ravenclaw were even captained by females, Angelina Johnson and Cho Chang respectively.
There's even an all-female Quidditch Team called The Holyhead Harpies.
When it comes to villains, the females aren't exactly lacking either. Alright, there's not so many of them named, but the ones that are make their mark on the series: Pansy Parkinson (sort-of), Alecto Carrow, Bellatrix Lestrange and Dolores Umbridge. Need I say more?
All in all, I'd say women do very well in the Wizarding World. They are certainly well represented within the Wizarding Society, and they were certainly attaining equal footing long before their Muggle counterparts were.
I love the pokemon franchise, there are just two things that I hate:
That Ash has never won a league (what the hell was that at the end of the Sinnoh League? Epic performances from Heracross, Sceptile and Pikachu, admittedly, but Swellow, Torkoal and Gible were there just to take the hit)
And that after all this time, and despite all these advancements in game technology, we still cannot teach our Pokemon more than four moves. What the hell?
So, in my pokemon stories, you will find the pokemon using at least six moves. Seems only fair to me. Also, Junichi Masuda, a game director and composer for Grame Freak stated that while developing Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire versions, Game Freak considered changing the number of Pokémon the player can have and the number of moves a Pokémon can learn; however, the idea was later scrapped.
The Anime Rewrite
So this is my big Pokemon-based project. Basically its a rewrite of the anime with the aim to have Ash actually learn from his mistakes and develop and grow over time, as well as interact with rivals old and new a lot more and actually earn his Gym Badges in battle rather than through other means like he did throughout most of Kanto. I'm also including an actual story arc for Misty so that she can be seen to make some proper progress as she attempts to because a great Water Type specialist.
Below I am including a mini biography for any main or reoccurring character and their pokemon in order to allow readers to keep up with them all.
Badges Obtained: 2 - Boulder Badge, Cascade Badge
Pokemon On Hand:
Pikachu: Type: Electric. Gender: Male. Attacks: Thunderbolt, Quick Attack, Slam, Swift, Double Team.
Nidoran > Nidorino: Type: Poison. Gender: Male. Attacks: Horn Attack, Double Kick, Pin Missile, Focus Energy, Bide.
Mankey: Type: Fighting. Gender: Male. Attacks: Low Kick, Karate Chop, Fury Swipes, Seismic Toss, Leer.
Caterpie > Metapod > Butterfree: Type: Bug/Flying. Gender: Male. Attacks: Confusion, Stun Spore, String Shot, Sleep Powder, Whirlwind, Tackle.
Pidgeotto: Type: Normal/Flying. Gender: Female. Attacks: Gust, Quick Attack, Sand Attack, Double-Edge, Whirlwind.
Krabby: Type: Water. Gender: Male. Attacks: Bubble, Vicegrip, Harden, Stomp.
Pokemon at Oak's Lab:
Pokemon On Hand:
Staryu: Type: Water. Gender: ?. Attacks: Water Gun, Tackle, Swift, Harden.
Poliwag: Type: Water. Gender: Male. Attacks: Water Gun, Bubble, Double Slap.
Goldeen: Type: Water. Gender: Female. Attacks: Horn Attack, Supersonic, Water Gun.
Pokemon at Cerulean Gym:
Magikarp > Gyarados: Type: Water/Flying. Gender: Male. Attacks: Tackle, Dragon Rage, Bite.
Pokemon on Hand:
Onix: Type: Rock/Ground. Gender: Male. Attacks: Slam, Bind, Dig, Rock Slide.
Graveler: Type: Rock/Ground. Gender: Male. Attacks: Rock Throw, Mega Punch, Body Slam, Defence Curl.
Kabuto: Type: Rock/Water. Gender: Male. Attacks: Scratch, Absorb, Harden, Water Gun.
Omanyte: Type: Rock/Water. Gender: Female. Attacks: Water Gun, Withdraw, Take Down.
Zubat: Type: Poison/Flying. Gender: Male. Attacks: Supersonic, Whirlwind, Leech Life, Bite, Wing Attack.
Badges Obtained: 2 - Boulder Badge, Cascade Badge
Pokemon On Hand:
Bulbasaur: Type: Grass/Poison. Gender: Female. Attacks: Tackle, Vine Whip, Leech Seed, Poison Powder
Nidoran > Nidorina: Type: Poison. Gender: Female. Attacks: Scratch, Double Kick, Poison Sting, Take Down
Butterfree: Type: Bug/Flying. Gender: Female. Attacks: Tackle, String Shot, Sleep Powder
Clefairy: Type: Normal. Gender: Female. Attacks: Metronome
Badges Obtained: 2 - Boulder Badge, Cascade Badge
Pokemon On Hand:
Squirtle > Wartortle: Type: Water. Gender: Male. Attacks: Water Gun, Bite, Withdraw, Mega Punch
Spearow > Fearow: Type: Normal/Flying. Gender: Male. Attacks: Drill Peck, Double Team, Fury Attack, Agility
Rattata > Raticate: Type: Normal. Gender: Male. Attacks: Quick Attack, Hyper Fang, Dig
Abra > Kadabara: Type: Psychic. Gender: Male. Attacks: Confusion, Psybeam, Thunder Wave, Reflect
Badges Obtained: 2 - Boulder Badge, Cascade Badge
Pokemon On Hand:
Charmander: Type: Fire. Gender: Male. Attacks: Ember, Scratch, Rage
Pikachu: Type: Electric. Gender: Male. Attacks: Thunder Shock, Thunder Wave
Beedrill: Type: Bug/Poison. Gender: Male. Attacks: Poison Sting, Fury Attack, Focus Energy
Poliwag: Type: Water. Gender: Male. Attacks: Water Gun, Body Slam
Wrackspurt Intervention - This was my first published fanfiction story and I have to say I'm rather proud of it. Basically Harry wants to stop Hermione from marrying Ron and puts his hopes in Luna to pull it off. Complete
Hogwarts Ruins - This story is still a work in progress, but basically Hogwarts Castle was abandoned after the Battle of Hogwarts, during which Harry was bitten by a Werewolf. Years later, Neville, Luna and others go back to survey they area. Will follow some of the plot of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Abandoned
Harry Potter: The Forgotten Brother - My first big story, still a work in progress. I know the whole Wrong BWL thing has been done many times before, but hopefully this one is different enough to stand out a little. Complete.
Reinforcements - Just a little one-shot into what went through the minds of those who came to Hogwarts aid during the final part of the Battle of Hogwarts. Complete
Hijacking the Kangaroo Court - Basically Harry stands up for himself during his trial before fifth year. Complete
The Father of the Bride's Speech - Just a look at Hermione's Father's views on Ronald Weasley. Adapted from a Rowan Atkinson sketch. Complete
Girl Talk. - Believe it or not, I like the character of Lavender, so here she is, steering Hermione away from "Won-Won" and into the arms of another. Definitely one for H/Hr fans and not Ron lovers. Complete.
Harry's Had Enough - During OotP, the world's attitude towards Harry finally gets to be too much for him. Complete, sequel up.
How Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Should have Ended. - I'm a H/Hr fan, and eventually most H/Hr fans will write something like this. Enjoy. Complete
Harry Potter and the Twelve Days of Christmas - A festive tale for the holiday season. Harry has to prove to Hermione's dad that he he loves her. Complete
Head Boy and Girl - A short one-shot looking at Harry and Hermione as Hogwarts' Head Boy and Girl Complete.
Damn Wizards - Harry is the Muggle PM, and has an axe to grind with the Wizarding World. Someone needs to force the Wizards to stand up and take responsibility, not just obliviate all the Muggles who saw. Sequel to Harry's Had Enough. Complete.
You Owe Me - Harry gets mad at Fudge at the end of Goblet of Fire. See how things work out. Complete.
Why Time Magic Should Be Left Alone - In a war torn future, Harry, Hermione and Luna make plans to send themselves back in time to put things right. But what happens when they overshoot their mark? And I mean REALLY overshoot it. In Progress.
Harry Potter and the Court of Magical Brethren - Harry is in new lands, meeting new peoples and experiencing new magic. He is about to embark upon an adventure the likes of which no human ever sees. On Hiatus
A Darkened World - Hermione left with Ron on that fateful night in the tent. Twenty or so years later, their daughter Rose has joined a ICW task force who carry out raids within the Voldemort-controlled Europe. But when a mission in England goes very wrong, Rose finds herself separated from the rest of her group and alone. She discovers just what happened to Harry Potter. He is alive but has lost the will to fight. Can she re-ignite that spark, or is the supposed Chosen One doomed to continue drowning in the world of despair that his Horcrux-addled mind has created for him? Complete.
Auror Potter and the Creepy Case of Jack O'Lantern - A Halloween story in which wizards are paying the price for messing with nature. It is up to Harry Potter, the divorced head of the Aurors to solve this mystery before the creatures infect the whole world with their dangerous spores. In Progres.
Logic - At the Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix, Harry has a question about the Fidelius Charm to ask Dumbledore. Unfortunately he is looking at the situation logically and, as Hermione explained in their first year, logic is a lacking trait for many a wizard and witch. Complete.
Bad Christmas Jokes - Six year old Lily Luna Potter doesn't quite understand the lyrics of two very well known Christmas songs. Groan-worthy humour ensues! Complete.
Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor - My next large story. After the events of fourth year and the fallout from the Ministry, Dumbledore decides to change his story, but he fails to tell Harry about them. At his trail, Harry realises that he has been stitched up and decides that two can play at that game. With the Minister convinced that he has a new poster boy for his Ministry, and with a new set of adults to help him, Albus Dumbledore had better watch out, because Harry Potter is playing a very Slytherin game, one that will set not only Hogwarts but the entire wizarding world on its head! In Progress.
A Potter From Another World - The grand finale to his fifth year breaks Harry's will and he is no longer in any condition to fight. Now knowing the full contents of the Prophecy, the Ministry and the Order conspire to get themselves a "new" Harry by stealing one from another dimension. This "new" Harry is cruel, calculating, mistrustful, pissed at being summoned and wants to know how to bring his army to him. Rather than look after the Harry they had, they chose to seek out a new one. But can they live with the consequences of this choice? In Progress.
Ash v Tobias: Redone - Title just about says it all, because, let's face it, that was the most unfair battle Ash has ever been in. In my version, Ash's pokemon are awesome (as they should be) First in what I hope will become a series. Complete
Sinnoh League Final Battle - Again, the title pretty much says it all. After claiming victory in the previous round, Harry faces his final opponent in the Sinnoh League Tournament. Features a vastly improved Torterra (whom the writers of the series seemed to hate), a bit of redemption from Donphan, and new fighting skills from three of Ash's least used pokemon ever. Sequel to Ash v Tobias: Redone. Complete.
Pokemon Johto Adventure - Based off of the games, follow Gold and Crystal through the Johto region, where they encounter the many wild pokemon there, do battle with the thief Silver, wage war against the evil organisation Team Rocket, battle for Gym Badges and try and earn the respect of two mysterious and powerful trainers known as Red and Leaf. On Hiatus.
Tricks of the Trade, Rewritten - A fun little story which looks at the Johto series episode Tricks of the Trade and explores the question of what if Ash traded twenty nine of his Tauros away? Complete.
Pokemon Rewrite - Indigo League - A rewrite of the entire anime, starting from the point where it began. Ash actually learns his lessons, Gary is seen more often, the trainers who chose Bulbasaur and Charmander turn up from time to time, new pokemon are captured and others evolve. And most importantly - Ash has to actually win his gym badges if he wants them. In Progress
- To be written some time in the future.
The Battle for Little Whinging - After the D.A. is discovered, Fudge and Umbridge successfully get Harry thrown out of Hogwarts. Back in Little Whinging, Harry and the surviving muggles have to hold off the dark armies that Voldemort sends there.
The Herbology Assignment - Professor Sprout gives her sixth year students a simple project to do: go into the Forest, find a seed and grow it. Simple enough, right? Then why does Harry's plant look like a human embryo?
Wilderness - When they are six years old, deadly situations cause both Harry and Hermione to apparate to the same place: a forest on the mountainside, where they grow up.
Dark Jealousy - What happens when the taunting of Riddle's Locket proves too much for Ron? This will be a dark story.
Darkened Heart - Harry finds that Hermione died after the battle of the department of mysteries. He ends up shutting himself off from everyone, until Hermione's parents and sister extend a hand of comapassion. Together they struggle to heal, as Dumbledore's manipulations begin to unravel.
Old Harry - After a different Battle of Hogwarts, Harry leaves. Years later a young reporter thinks she has found him, but will he talk to her?
Notes from the Future - In a war-torn future, Harry sends a book through time to his younger self. When that younger self gets the book, he uses the notes inside to change the world for the better.
Magical Menagerie - Luna is concerned for magical creatures of the world whose populations are slowly declining. She turns to Harry for an answer.
The Gardener and the Librarian - A look at Harry and Hermione who did not go to Hogwarts.
Harry and Hermione vs Sexual Inadequacy - Not really sure where I'll go with this, but basically Harry and Hermione discover a potion to improve peoples sex lives and begin to sell it to muggles. I have no idea if this one will ever see the light of day.
The Biggest Betrayal - Harry suffers one of the worst betrayals in the world, and is now out for revenge.
Harry the Puppet - When Scrimgeour finds out about the prophecy, he has the Unspeakables take Harry and turn him into a weapon. When this is discovered, the ministry must fight off both Dumbledore and Voldemort as all attempt to control Harry the Puppet. Through it all, Hermione struggles to find a way to bring Harry back.
When Harry Hijacks the World - After the war, Harry takes control of the Wizengamot and the Ministry before declaring war on the Death Eaters, with capital punishment on the menu.
Harry Potter and the Dark Force Defence League - In a war-torn future where Harry has lost everything, he joins with the remains of the Dark Force Defence League who send him back in time. His mission? To become his own teacher and change the world for the better.
The Boy-Who-Draws - A story in which Harry is not the BWL, but with a twist: he really isn't the BWL. Quiet and unknown, Harry spends his free time drawing pictures in a special book. When his name comes out of the Goblet of Fire, Dumbledore instructs Hermione to befriend him. The consequences are ones that no one thought possible.
Harry Potter and the Muggleborn Liberation Front - Order of the Pheoenix clearly shows us that Lily had friends at school. What happened to them? Well in this story they find a young Harry and take him away from the Dursleys. What happens when an intelligent and skillful Harry Potter turns up at Hogwarts?
All on his Own - What happens when all of Harry's friends abandon him during fourth year? What happens when there are no sudden friendships with Daphne/Susan/Luna/Ginny/random Mary-Sue to help guide him? How does Harry Potter cope as he navigates the trecherous path that is his fourth year at Hogwarts all on his lonesome?
Terrible Times at Grunnings - At the beginning of the second book, the combined actions of Dobby and the Ministry merge together to cost Vernon Dursley a large business deal with a the very wealthy owner of a world renowned building firm. Who cares, it's just the Dursleys, right? Wrong! Grunnings Drills is actually a large company which employes many people, from factory workers and delivery men, to sales representatives, to administrative staff, cafeteria workers and cleaning staff. And Vernon Dursley, the Director of Sales, has just gone and lost them a massive contract. As a result, Grunnings is sinking fast, with shares in the company crashing in value and the company's existing clients starting to look elsewhere. Uncertainty is now in the air. With the company rapidly losing money and failing to secure new contracts, job safety is no longer guaranteed. He may have expressed it in the wrong way, but is it any wonder that Vernon's pissed of with the Potter freak?
Potter's Army - Ron and Hermione did not believe Harry when he told them his suspicions about Draco Malfoy in sixth year. But just because they didn't, does that automatically mean that no one else would have? He reconvenes the DA, minus a few members, and they agree with him - Draco Malfoy is up to no good, and after teh events of fifth year, no one is prepared to place their faith in the teachers again. The Room of Requirements quickly becomes a base of operations, with the students spending every free moment they can training, researching and inventing. Their ranks grow, and so do their resources. Harry comes to realise what a farce Dumbledore's "Special Lessons" are and stops going. If Dumbledore won't protect the students, then they'll do it themselves!
Unnamed Deathly Hallows Alteration - An alternate story to the second half Deathly Hallows. Picks up in the Godric's Hollow Graveyard. Nagini in disguise as Bathilda Bagshot wasn't the only one watching the graveyard that night. Its the Christmas holidays after all, and the Potters, Dumbledores and Bagshot herself cannot have been the only people living in Godric's Hollow. There were graves marked with the name "Abbott" after all. As Harry begins to fall for the trap, help arrives in the form of a group of D.A. members, as well as a few unexpected faces. With new allies on their side, and more voices of reason to help Hermione get Harry to focus in the task at hand, they renew their search with vigor. Voldemort really does not understand just how many enemies he has made.
A Trip to Pal Park - Title says it all really. Ash, Brock and Dawn arrive at Pal Park in Sinnoh, meeting May and Misty there. They then embark on a pokemon catching spree.
Orre Mission - Ash heads off to the Orre region to investigate the Shadow Pokemon.
Jurassic Park 4 - It has been years since anyone has visited Isla Sorna or any of the surrounding islands. But when a group of young adults, looking for one last adventure before their final year at university decide to exlpore the islands, suddenly writing all those essays seem rather pointless. Expect Tyrannosaurs, Spinosaurs, Raptors and a bunch of new faces as they struggle to stay alive long enough to find a way off the islands.
Jurassic Park Europe - There is an island in the Azores where no one goes out of fear of the things that are said to lurk there. Given that this island was once purchased by the now defunct InGen as the loctation of the planned Jurassic Park Europe, some question if this is a coincidence. When an odd looking crocodile is washed up on a beach after a storm, a team of scientists is put together to go in and investigate the island and sort out what is going on once and for all!
Jurassic Park - New Dawn - When InGen went bust, they had to sell off the island in the Azores that they purchased for Jurassic Park Europe as well as the island near Guam that was the intended home of Jurassic Park Japan. With both the U.N. and the Costa Rican government looking patience with footing the bill of preserving Isla Sorna and its Dinosaurs, a European Company might just have the answer, especially when a Japanese business proposes a joint venture! Can these two companies succeed where InGen so spectacularly failed? Can the technologies of the 2010's avoid the same pitfalls that so easily brought that of the late 1980's to its knees? And what, after all this time, remains of the Dinosaurs of Isla Sorna? Are they all still surviving?