Author has written 14 stories for Harry Potter.
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I am a middle-aged, married, professional woman with grown-up children. I was late to Harry Potter in time (I only started to read them when HBP came out).
I’ve always been a fan of fantasy, in particular, magic and dragons. I also love Terry Pratchett's Discworld – a superb parody of fantasy (although ultimately self-defeating as it is also superb fantasy in its own right).
Like you all, I’ve read the HP books many times and always have questions or issues or see something new. I might suddenly look at a character anew or really notice one properly for the first time. Reading some of your fanfiction often makes me look at a character in a new light. This is, as we all know, partly because, as children’s fiction, much is sketched rather than detailed, but also because the books are Harry-centric. As told from his narrative point of view, JKR has engaged us in some interesting narrative misdirection.
I am constantly amazed by the quality of some of the stories on this site. I have read some stories of astonishing quality and creativity.
I read most types of story (if they're well written) but I don't like character-bashing or heavy sarcasm - both are immature. JKR gave us multi-faceted characters, if you look properly. All have their light and shade.
I don’t read stories with teachers paired with students at all, or sexual squicks. That said, I once said I loathe mpreg, but then wrote one for a crack!fic challenge. Oh well.
Snape – just too good a character, a tragic anti-hero. Challenging to define; interesting to work around. Misdirected by JKR and, in my view, hopelessly addled by the screen protrayal (yes, we love Alan Rickman very deeply, but his Snape is noble, rather refined and not really like book Snape who is thin, average height, hook-nosed, greasy and with a quick and foul temper and who shrieks and bellows). I try to keep them separate in my head. It’s also a trick to reading other people’s stories – do you hear Rickman or Book!Snape? It’s revealing I think how an actor’s mesmeric interpretation has shaped the readership’s understanding and perception of a character but I always squeak with happiness when an author chooses to write Book!Snape.
Never mistake me for a 'Snapologist'. As much I enjoy his character, I am not of the camp which believes that each and every one of Snape's actions can be explained away by his role as a spy - they can't and that doesn't stand up to any form of proper scrutiny. He was a bitter man and a bully, but we are also shown that he was also terribly damaged and emotionally inarticulate which undoubtedly led to his character flaws. That is where he is interesting as a character and why he is so very tragic.
Lupin – another interesting character. Would have loved more of him in the books. His relationship with Tonks never really rang true although that may well be because there just wasn’t enough detail. I suspect it was cobbled together so he could have a son and be killed off instead of Arthur.
I don’t accept the view in some stories and by some reviewers that he’s weak – I think he’s exceptionally strong not to have given in to his appalling condition in the teeth of the prejudice he faced from wizarding society. How much easier would it have been to give in and become a monster like Greyback and save himself the pain of contained transformations? He didn’t. A lot of stories show him being afraid of Snape. Not at all sure where that comes from – not canon, that’s for sure. In PoA, he clearly has the measure of Snape and does not back down from him.
He is loyal. Dumbledore trusted Snape and Lupin believed in Snape right up to when it was no longer tenable. I loved the scene before Snape killed Dumbledore when Lupin tries to stop Harry carrying on the vendetta that both Sirius and Snape have for so many years in the most ridiculously childish way.
Snape or Lupin? Some people find Snape a superior personality to Lupin because Lupin didn’t stop his friends bullying Snape when he was a teenager. It’s a view I simply cannot agree with, especially as Snape was clearly accomplished with dark curses, creating appalling ones at the same age, became a death eater and was prepared to sacrifice a baby’s life for what he wanted. I cannot see why people say that Snape should be allowed to atone for those immoral acts, but then say Lupin is not allowed to atone for his acts of omission which were on a far lesser scale.
That said, I love stories that have these two characters interacting (antagonistic, friendship or more, I don’t mind provided they’re well written).
They have more in common than not.
Luna Lovegood: just a really appealing character.
Fred & George: partially because I have twins and you have no idea!! Although F&G could be a cruel (as could Ron – a large family dynamic thing, I think), I was always impressed by the notice they took of Harry and Hermione and that there was more than the usual kindness and support. I loved their outlandish humour, their sheer talent, and utter reckless disregard for authority. I was horrified by the death of Fred of all the characters (completely on a personal level, obviously).
Bill & Charlie Weasley: a curse breaker and a dragon tamer – why, or why, were we not ever treated to their school years and training? Head boy (Bill) and prefect/Seeker (Charlie) then go on to impossibly magical vocations and yet they are completely minor players. This needs to be inspected!
Kreacher: (no, really) – he was so odious and foul that he made me laugh when I first read about him, then realising what a shocker he was when he effectively led Sirius to his death (with or without Sirius being awful – that’s really not the point!) and then his almost redemption with RAB’s locket and fighting against LV in the Battle of Hogwarts – a complete study in shades of grey.
The only character I’ve truly hated was and is Umbridge. I take umbrage with Umbridge (I’m sure that’s been said before). A true monster because she is completely believable. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. That said, she is one of literature's great villains.
Thank you for reading and, if I’ve put you in my favourites, thank you for writing.
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