by Shanyn Hosier
It’s August 15, officially halfway between Harry Potter’s (and, incidentally, J.K. Rowling’s) birthday on July 30 and September 1, the momentous day each year when the Hogwarts Express rolls out of King’s Cross Station from Platform 9¾. Have you been searching the sky for a sign of an owl, clutching your letter? Hoping against hope that this year, the faculty might make an exception and allow a Muggle adult to matriculate? Or maybe you fantasize about teaching Muggle Studies this year… although, to be honest, I’d much rather be a lowly clerk at Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes.
There’s been a flurry of HP news lately—Universal Studios have expanded their Wizarding World theme park to include Diagon Alley, Rowling has continued her Pottermore website, uploading new story snippets, and a trilogy of movie spinoffs has been announced (based on Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Newt Scamander’s seminal magi-zoological text). Perhaps that’s why I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of readers of my HP fanfics over the summer—we Potterheads are desperate for new installments of our favorite saga.
If you fall into that category, why not check out some fan fiction? It’s not the sea of amateurish crap you might’ve been led to expect, you know. Lots of former fanfic writers have gone on to the big time with their subsequent original work. There’s some really amazing, imaginative, well-written, and yes, even sexy-hot stuff to be found. You could stick with a moderated archive like The Petulant Poetess or Fiction Alley, thereby guaranteeing a higher standard of grammar and canon-worthiness. Or you could throw caution to the wind and hit up FanFiction.net, a wide-open archive where anything goes. Best of all, it’s all free!
And, in case you’re curious, you could check out mine. <blushing>
George & Annie, An Unofficial Biography earned The Petulant Poetess’s “Fandom Classics” award earlier this year for its depiction of the Weasley twins, George and Fred. Its slashy spinoff, Here Be Dragons, tells the story of Charlie Weasley’s life as a dragon keeper at that mysterious Romanian dragon reservation. You can click on either image below to visit the stories at The Petulant Poetess’s archive (registration is free but required).