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Joined 01-02-17, id: 8627663, Profile Updated: 01-09-17
Author has written 4 stories for Harry Potter.

I'm by no means a professional writer, and I'm not a great reader of fanfic. But my field of research is the history of magic and religion, so I think I have a fairly good understanding of the depth and complexity JK Rowling relies on in the Harry Potter series. Being also an analytical person who likes to understand why and how people behave the way they do, I have formed my own theories as to the likely course of events for some parts of the story which aren't described in detail in the books. My fanfic is simply a way to put those theories into a format and forum where others can enjoy them (hopefully! LOL) and give feedback.

In my opinion, the most persuasive fanfic follows these guiding principles:
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Firstly, the facts must be consistent with facts in the canon. Generally speaking, the licence which an original author has to write in contradictory details does not extend to fanfic writers.

Secondly, the characters must be consistent, in conversation and behaviour, with their presentation in canon.

Thirdly, physical descriptions of objects and people in fanfic must be consistent with their descriptions in canon.

Fourthly, any new characters or storylines introduced in a fill-in story should be consistent with canon and yet not so striking that their absence from later canon is inexplicable.

And lastly, the style of writing should be as close to the original as possible, in order to allow the fanfic reader to forget that the story is not canon.

Following those principles requires a lot of reading, cross-checking different references to events in canon, close attention to detail, and careful writing. The basic concept for the story may come to me in a flash, but the writing can be days or months of careful crafting of the tale - depending on how long it is, of course. A 5000-word story based on a single reference in canon is likely to take me only a few days to craft. A 20,000-30,000 word story based on, say, 10 mentions in canon might take two or three months of reading, writing and cross-checking.

Currently in progress: a 9-chapter account of the events from Harry's rescue from the ruins of the Potter house to his being deposited on the doorstep at Privet Drive.

Next: An account of Voldemort and Bellatrix's relationship.

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Hallowe'en Darkness
A canon-consistent story about the events between Hagrid's arrival at the ruined Potter residence and Harry being placed on the doorstep at Privet Drive. Note: Asterisks at key points denote particular passages where readers should consult the author's notes at the end of the story for explanation about apparent inconsistencies.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 22,234 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Published: 3/23 - Sirius B., Severus S., Albus D., Peter P.
How the Years Have Flown reviews
In piecing together the events for "Hallowe'en Darkness", I imagined a headcanon about Harry's broomstick, and the thought of writing it was irresistible. Here it is. My apologies for choosing to list it as "Pre-Hogwarts" - it has elements of pre- and post- and next generation, so it was very hard to categorise.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,677 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/3 - Harry P., Ginny W., Rubeus H., James S. P. - Complete
Romance out of Ruin
At the end of DH, resistance-leading, mouthy, sword-wielding horcrux-killer Neville has proven his courage and come into his real self. What kind of girl would attract him then? How about one whose courage failed her at the crucial moment, and who was humiliated and scorned for it? This story is a bite-sized look at how Neville and Marietta discover a bond.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,160 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/11 - Neville L., Marietta E. - Complete
Dungbombs and the Parchment reviews
Fred and George Weasley find a blank piece of parchment in Argus Filch's filing cabinet and, with tips and hints from the parchment itself, discover how to access the Marauder's Map.
Harry Potter - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,243 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/9 - George W., Argus F., Fred W.