Author has written 12 stories for Harry Potter.
I've been on the Harry Potter bandwagon since about when Goblet of Fire came out. I dabbled in original writing for a while (and still do), but I wasn't inspired to take up fan fiction until I read Less Wrong's excellent Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality and started exploring from there. (Okay, I did a little Star Trek years and years ago, but it was so bad that I don't even want to think about it.)
I find it fascinating how new ideas are developed and propagated through the community, from fleshing out background characters (e.g. a lot of the Slytherins) to inventing whole new branches of magic (e.g. warding). It's neat, if a little strange, how some of these things reach the point where people seem to think they're canon when they're really not, and I'll frequently borrow them for my own stories.
I try to avoid directly contradicting the rules of magic in canon in my writing, although I sometimes will as a starting premise. I also try not to go out of character except as characters are logically influenced by events, although I do enjoy some reinterpretations. I will often add to canon, though, especially things that are widespread in fanon--things like using Arithmancy for spellcrafting, which actually makes more sense than canon.
What I have a real problem with is when things are not very well thought through, sometimes in canon, but especially in fanon. Things like the ever-popular Wizard's Oaths, which would have shortcut so many of Harry's problems; time-travel/do-over fics, which can be good, but are really over-used; and especially super!Harry, which makes everything far too easy, rarely work for me--hence why many of my one-shots and short fics are deconstructions of these tropes.
I also dislike character bashing. Once in a while can be enjoyable, but it gets old quickly. Ron's biggest problem in the books is that he needs to grow up, and you could say the same for Ginny (although her small role in the first four books doesn't help her). As for Dumbledore, while he is clearly manipulative, made some big mistakes, and has a bad habit of withholding information, I don't read him as necessarily evil, just flawed, and I think that makes for a more interesting story, anyway.
Pairings: in my mind, who is in a pairing is a lot less important than that it's well-written (though slash isn't my cup of tea). Harry's a naturally nice guy, so it's easy to match him with a lot of people, and I don't have a stake in any particular one--apologies to shippers on all sides. Ron is tougher to write in a serious relationship (I know from experience), but it's nice to see when it's done well.
I really like Neville and Luna, and it's a shame their potential wasn't realized until the battle at the Department of Mysteries, so it's always good to see that little oversight remedied with both of them given larger parts. In particular, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that my gold standard for writing Luna is Arpad Hrunta's Protection from Nargles and Harry and Luna Against the High Inquisitor, which I highly recommend checking out.
I'm not British, but I write my stories with my computer set to British English, so I apologize for any linguistic mistakes.
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