I've had an account here for almost three years now, but I've never bothered to update my profile. Today I've read through it and, on an impulse, decided to scrape it completely.
I'm a female law student in my early twenties. That much I feel is only sensible to share about myself, since it heavily influences how I judge both reality and fiction.
That being said, I'm using this site for reading Harry Potter fanfiction and Harry Potter fanfiction only. I can only bear crossovers as long as they solely utilise elements of world build from another work of fiction using it as an inspiration to subtly alter the HP universe; and even then it's not always the case.
If I eventually manage to write a piece of fiction I would be happy enough with to want to share it I will also publish it here, but I have no such plans currently. Obviously, I will update my profile when I do.
It always amazes me how one manages not to feel any shame about publishing something without doing as much as reading through it twice. What amazes me even more is the existence of people who are actually willing to waste their time reading a story they hate in order to be able to write an amazingly detailed scathing review. That's probably because I'm the polar opposite: I never favourite or follow a story without commenting, but I only ever bother commenting on a story when I feel it's good enough I owe it to the author to share an opinion. I do realise, at times it unfortunately leads to flawed reviews, even though (or maybe especially?) since I always attempt to point out both positives and negatives of a story at least in my first review of it if not the follow ups.
Recently, I've realised I can bear almost anything in a story as long as the author shows what I feel is sorely missing in the books: theory of magic, explanation of wizarding traditions, law and politics. That is not to say I don't ever read anything that doesn't fit these paremeters. I do. I read fiction of many different kinds and also of differing quality. The only stories I consistently avoid are the ones that include an indecent amount of errors. On that note, English is not my mothertongue even if I have documents proclaiming me bilingual. As such, please feel free to send me a PM if my phrasing is either wrong or simply unnatural. I want feel offended, quite the contrary.
A few of my favourite quotes that I feel relate especially strong to the HP fanfiction (if not always directly):
Starting with Latin proverbs:
Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis.
Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more. Si fueris alibi vivito sicut ibi.
And, in part to offset the former two, but not only for that purpose:
Quidquid latine dictum sit altum videtur.
More recent ones:
I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly put do the day after. (Oscar Wilde)
Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has a wet paint on it and he will have to touch to be sure. (one of Murphy's Technology laws)
The IQ of a mob is the IQ of its most stupid member divided by the number of mobsters.(Terry Pratchett)
I feel tempted to keep going - there seems to be an endless supply of quotes that apply to either an individual HP character or the wizarding community as a whole. Nevertheless, I will resist to spare whoever happens by, most likely to check out my list of favourites rather than read my ramblings, the annoyance of scrolling for five minutes to reach it.