Author has written 5 stories for Harry Potter.
Name: Paul M.
Age: Old enough it no longer matters
Sex: Yes, please! :)
Home: Is where the heart is. And, at the moment, that's now in Perth, Western Australia (After recently moving from Canberra)
Best side for pics: Backside.
This is my owl, Brutus, stooping - Fear Him!
This is Brutus, gliding along
Alrighty! So, who is this bloke who tends to write epics for stories? Well, I'm a public relations professional - with a degree in it, an' everyfing!
I'm married to a wonderful lady who sells drugs for a living - *whack* - sorry, I meant she's a pharmacist. Same thing - *whack* - Ouch! Who occasionally resorts to spousal abuse - *WHACK* - Owww! Okay!
I'm married to a wonderful lady who I'm utterly besotted with, is the light of my life and my reason for being. There; better? - *kiss* - Whew!
I'm an avid reader - some would even say I'm a biblio-holic. I normally don't have more than two books I'm concurrently reading. However, the nature of fan fiction (where an author will normally update a chapter at a time) has blown that right out the window.
Whenever my muse has decided to go on vacation I'm left reading the works of others. However, my skill as an editor keeps wanting to jump in and 'auto-correct' as I'm reading. It's often quite annoying.
With the Harry Potter universe, I enjoy a good 'ship', except where Hermione ends up with Ron and Harry ends up with Ginny. I mean - seriously? Lazy shit Ron with driven Hermione? No way. I can see them falling in lust, but there's no possible combination where Ron and Hermione could work. And, as for Harry and Ginny, talk about an oedipal complex. Harry will be with Ginny because she looks like his mother? NOT going to happen.
I think JKR's first thought of topping Ron in her fifth book - I think - was actually a sound one. I think I would have cheered reading that with the thought, "Finally!' I could also easily see Neville being the third character in the horcrux hunt; and him marrying Hermione. There was just so much depth to Neville that remained unexplored. Ron, however, was so two-bloody-dimensional - shallow - I expected him to blow away like a sheet of parchment. No, I'd have had Ron blasted through the Veil of Death; not Sirius. Hell, I might even write that myself.
As for Harry, I could have seen him developing a relationship with any number of girls. They included, Hannah (who stuck up for him in CoS and in the DA), Susan, and Luna (definitely). All three were also members of the DA, with Luna joining them as part of the 'Ministry Seven'. In canon, Susan's aunt died in an attack on her home, then - probably - the soon-to-be Minister Bones.
Of course, we don't see a lot of interaction of Harry with others; but, we really don't know what happened in that 19 years, do we? Except for marriages and kids being born.
So, ships I like: Harry with anyone but Ginny. Hermione with anyone but Ron (and bigotted pure-bloods like Malfoy).
Now for Dumbledore. The man I love to hate. The master manipulator. People may think I'm being unfairly harsh - and I received a number of 'hate' reviews for making Dumbles look like a bad guy in 'Four Heirs' - but, am I?
Take these two quotes of Dumbledore directly from the books:
Order of the Phoenix, Ch 37, to Harry: "Five years ago you arrived at Hogwarts, Harry, safe and whole, as I had planned and intended. Well - not quite whole. You had suffered. I knew you would when I left you on your aunt and uncle's doorstep. I knew I was condemning you to ten dark and difficult years."
Half-Blood Prince, Ch 3, to the Dursleys: "He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands.
"The magic I evoked fifteen years ago means that Harry has powerful protection while he can still call this house 'home.' However miserable he has been here, however unwelcome, however badly treated, you have at least, grudgingly, allowed him houseroom."
That is definitely not the actions of a person who really cared for Harry. That is the actions of a man who was setting a poor boy up to be abused, and stay being abused. And it was child abuse. The books might not have covered physical abuse; but they certainly covered verbal, emotional and psychological abuse. Abuse is abuse; whether it's physical, verbal, emotional or psychological.
And Dumbledore knew, by his own words, it would happen, and was happening. In other words, Dumbledore was an accessory to the crime of child abuse both before and during the fact. Argue with me all you like on that point; but, you cannot argue with direct quotes and what they clearly demonstrate. And, no; I do not believe I'm taking them out of context - go read the relevant sections for yourself.
Then there's Dumbledore's continuing to allow Snape - and, later, Umbridge - to abuse students. There's that word, again - abuse. Right from 'Day Two' in first year, Severus Snape was engaged in abuse; with his primary target being Harry Potter. In pretty much his first direct interaction with the boy, he abused him. Dumbledore was fully aware of Snape's behaviour towards Harry, and should have been all over him for it like baby shit on blanket. Snape even did it in Dumbledore's presence.
Once should have seen him firmly reprimanded; the second should have seen him fired. That Dumbledore allowed it to continue beyond the first couple of weeks made him an accessory before, during and after the fact.
Of course, Umbridge shouldn't have lasted beyond the first time she handed someone detention - and, that's only if you ignore the disparaging comments she made about 'half-breeds' and other blood bigotry issues.
And don't get me started on Snape, himself.
So I have no problem reading other ships, Dumbledore being everything from simply a misguided idiot to outright evil, or Snape being everything from a self-centred narcissist to outright evil.
Anyway, I hope you like my stories. As per usual; if you don't like them, don't read them. If you send me an abusive PM or so-called 'review', I want you to picture a 51 year old white male sitting at his computer with a big grin on his face flipping you off. That's my only response. However, I might also post your comments - in bold - at the start of the next latest chapter of my latest story to hold you up for ridicule. After all, the greater majority of such reviews are always posted as 'Guest' reviews. Why? Because they're too much the coward to actually use their real accounts to post such rubbish.