Hey Potterheads, Let’s Talk About the Quidditch World Cup

Ms. J.K. Rowling has been busy of late. With the film Fantastical Beasts and Where To Find Them  becoming a reality, and the Harry Potter theme park an attraction for Potterheads of all ages, it seems that the Harry Potter fandom has plenty to be excited about.

But wait, there’s more.

Ms. Rowling has penned a bit of “gossip” about the Boy Who Lived and his two closest friends visiting the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. Fans of the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows should be sure to read this one. You can find the ficlet here.

Perhaps Rowling’s return to the famous trio indicates a longer work is in the cards.

We can only hope.

Always,

The Collectress

 

Sir Patrick Stewart for Minister of Magic

I’ve made no secret of my love of Stephen Colbert, and so when Stephen “My Spirit Animal” Colbert had Sir Patrick Stewart as a guest recently, my reaction was something like this:

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Can I just take a moment? Just a quick fangirl moment to say that Sir Patrick Stewart has mastered the acting biz? No, seriously, think about it. Who amongst today’s actors can corner the market on sci-fi (Captain Picard, yo), superheroes (Professor X!), AND Shakespearean drama? Continue reading

Fanfic Wednesday: Then Comes a Mist and a Weeping Rain

Title:Then Comes a Mist and a Weeping Rain         Author: Faith Wood

Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter                               Word Count: 21,139

The Premise

Author’s Summary: 

It always rains for Draco Malfoy. Metaphorically. And literally. Ever since he had accidentally Conjured a cloud. A cloud that’s ever so cross.

My Thoughts

Drarry was the first slash ship I ever shipped, and this was way before shipping referred to anything other than FedEx or heavy freighters. Every once in a while, I circle back to it, because it’s comfortable and familiar, like a favorite pair of jeans.

Faith Wood takes a common metaphor–the raincloud that follows around gloomy folks–and makes it literal for Draco. This is post-war eighth-year Hogwarts, (aka a EWE fic), and Draco is suffering from an intense amount of guilt. So when he conjures a cloud in Charms class, it sticks around as his own personal emotional barometer. The more upset Draco is, the more the cloud rains on him. Enter Harry Potter, who is determined to make the cloud disappear by brightening Draco’s mood. (literally and figuratively)

I stumbled across this fic after a particularly horrendous day (I felt like I had my own personal stormcloud over my head, like Draco) and this story made it better.

Read if you’re a Drarry fan or you need some magical fluff.

Shipfully yours,

The Collectress

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Fanfic Wednesday: Definitions of Romance

 

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Title: Definitions of Romance                  Author: Elizabeth Culmer

Pairings: Harry Potter x Hermione Grnger       Word Count: 2148

The Premise

Author’s Summary: Everyone said they were the least romantic couple in the world. A love story: HarryHermione.

My Thoughts

I’ve never really shipped Harry x Hermione…but good writing is good writing. I read this one a few years ago, and I remember really appreciating the structure of the piece–so much so that I went back through hundreds (if not thousands) of HP fanfics to find it. It’s framed and structured very similarly to one of my favorite short stories “The Year of Silence,” and I appreciate the more literary approach. A great deal of fanfiction is written in a casual style (which after 2 degrees in literature, is a welcome relief), but the author of “Definitions of Romance” elevates her piece with simple, crisp sentences that shows the story instead of telling it.

I love the simplicity of this story, and the practicality of both Harry and Hermione when they plan their wedding. (Having just been a bridesmaid for a ridiculous extravaganza of a wedding, let me tell  you that simpler is better.) And I think that it suits Hermione’s personality well.

Read for the beautiful style and the fluffiness.

Shipfully yours,

The Collectress

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Fanfic Wednesday: To Leave This World

Title: To Leave This World

Author: kitcat234          Word Count: 53876

Pairing: Hermione Granger x George Weasley

Warnings: Rated T for Mentions of Suicide

The Premise

Author’s Summary: As a 1st year healer in the Spell Damage ward, Hermione already has a lot on her hands, but when a new patient checks himself in with an unusual problem, she seems to have met her greatest challenge. Will she be the one to heal him when nothing else has?

My Thoughts

Omg, the Collectress has boarded a new ship??

Um, no, not really. I’ve secretly shipped GeorgexHermione for years, but as the Romione and the Harmony shippers seem to be firmly in charge of the fanfic world, I’ve let my ship anchor in a safe harbor. But, after J.K. Rowling’s announcement this week that Hermione should not have ended up with Ron Weasley, I couldn’t help myself. I sailed my ship, and proudly!

I read this fic a few years ago, and it’s stood out amongst the hundreds (more likely, thousands) of fics that I’ve read since. I like the atypical pairing of George and Hermione, and I really appreciated that the author chose to write this in a post-DH wizarding world. One of the biggest tearjerker moments in the book was, for me, the moment that Fred died. I often wondered how George coped with the world-without-Fred, and kitcat234 wrote that story for me. Now, I will admit, that at first I had trouble accepting George and Hermione’s relationship because she was his healer, but eventually I came to assume that Healer/patient relationships may not be frowned upon in the wizarding world (frankly, I can’t picture Hermione breaking the rules!).

This fic is fluffy and sweet in all the right ways. The best part? When George begins pranking again.

My Recommendation

Read this if you like post-war HP fics, if you love Hermione, or if you want to try one of the less popular Harry Potter ships. George’s humor and Hermione’s seriousness are a great mix. :)

Shipfully yours,

The Collectress

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