Harry Potter Month House Cup

HP month badge2016As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! If you’d like to join in, feel free! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, or take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and we’d love to have you share your love for HP!

So, if you’re here, I’m hoping you’re interested in taking part in the Harry Potter Month House Cup! This post & Micheline’s matching one, are pretty much Harry Potter month central! Here’s where you can find the linky to everyone’s posts, as well as claim your house points.

To take part in the house cup is really really simple:

  1. Leave a comment below with which House you’d like to be in.
  2. Have fun doing any of the tasks below!
  3. Come back here, or to Micheline’s post, as often as you like and leave a comment with any points you’ve earned
  4. Once a week Micheline and I’ll be taking turns to recap the points so far, and on the 3rd of August we’ll declare the House Cup Winners
  5. Enjoy, and maybe win a prize 😉

What if I want want to change House?

If you decide you’d like to change House, you can do that any time before you’ve earned points (otherwise it becomes too confusing to keep totals right!)

Rules are boring – just tell me how to earn the points!

Read a Harry Potter fanfiction: 1 point per chapter (let us know which in the comments!)
Leave a comment on any Harry Potter month post: 2 points
Waching a HP documentary: 3 points
Complete a Pottermore chapter (let us know which!): 4 points
Write HP fanfiction: 5 points per chapter
Watch one of the films: 5 points
Reading one of the Hogwarts Library/Companion books: 6 points
Post as part of Harry Potter month: 10 points
Take part in HP Moment of the Week: 10 points
Make a Harry Potter craft/recipe: 15 points
Host a giveaway: 15 points
Read one of the books: 20 points

** Tasks can be combined (within reason!) E.g.  If you write a fanfiction chapter (3 points) and then post about it (10 points), you can combine to get 13 points overall (but you can’t post four times about the same fanfiction chapter and claim the points four times!) **

How do I update my points?

Just leave a comment below with your name, house and any points you’ve earned since you last commented.  Something like this would do perfectly:

Faith (Slytherin)
5 Comments = 10 points
1 Post = 10 points

If you’d rather skip the maths, feel free! Just let us know which tasks you completed and we’ll do our best to add everything up correctly.

Is there a prize?

One participant will win a book of their choice (up to £10) from The Book Depository (assuming you’re in one of the countries they deliver to) OR a £10 Amazon.co.uk gift card – your choice.  For every house point you earn, you’ll get one entry into the prize draw.  You can sign up for the cup until the 24th of July, and you’ve got until midnight BST on the 2nd of August to comment with your points for them to count.

Participants

Slytherin:
Faith

Gryffindor:
Micheline

Ravenclaw:

Hufflepuff:

If you want to add your HP month posts to the linky, please feel free 🙂 Please make sure you’re linking directly to a post though, to make it easy for people to keep track of what they’ve commented on already!

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My favourite Harry Potter fanon ships: Trio era

HP month badge2016As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! If you’d like to join in, feel free! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, or take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and we’d love to have you share your love for HP!

I’ve made no seccret of the fact I am a huge fanfiction fan, and a huge fanon shipper (sorry, canon fans), but I don’t often mention specifically which pairings I really love.  I don’t tend to discuss these with my friends and family offline, mostly for fear of judgement but if I can’t share with my fellow HP month fanatics, what hope is there right?! So, after hesitating too much last year, this Harry Potter month I’m finally sharing my shipping obsessions!  This first post is all about my favourite pairings from the trio era, since they’re the ones I’m most likely to read/write, but expect to also see a post on my favourite Marauder era pairings, because I do have a few I love there too!  For each one, I’ve shared the Fiction Alley ship name, just for fun and a little discussion on why I love that pairing.

Absolute Favourites

Draco/Hermione

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Leather & Libraries

Okay, first of all, am I the only one who thinks that FictionAlley nautical name is kinda sexy?! This and the pairing below are my absolute favourites, and I tend to go through phases of loving more than the other and then switching back, but if I really had to pick an OTP (One True Pairing) it’d probably be this one. Maybe.

Anyway, I love this pairing because we know both characters are smart, and stories featuring them often use the hatred-to-romance trope which I have a bit of a weakness for. Draco is one of my favourite characters because he’s been given such a crappy deal, but he’s definitely not evil, and it’s fun to read about him being more than just Harry’s enemy.  Plus of course I love Hermione, so stories with this ship focus on two of my absolute favourite characters, so that’s always nice 😉

Draco/Harry

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Guns ‘n’ Handcuffs

Like a lot of fanfiction readers I think, Draco/Harry was the ship that got me hooked on fanfiction in the first place.  The two have always had a lot of strong emotions between them, and again these stories tend to focus on that hatred-to-romance trope I’ve already mentioned I have a weakness for. They’re a great pairing for the idea that there’s a fine line between love and hate, and despite apparently being very different, it seems like the two could have a lot in common: they’re both Quidditch players, both talented wizards, and despite the very different reasons, both have had to put up with constantly having other people’s expectations forced on them.

Warm & fuzzy feelings

Ginny/Draco

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Fire & Ice

The FictionAlley ship name absolutely sums this pairing up for me: an icy Draco Malfoy, a fiery, passionate Ginny… Ginny often seems like she doesn’t care what anyone thinks, and in a lot of respects I wouldn’t be surprised if she threw herself into a relationship just as much for the rebellion as because she wanted to!  On the other hand, I just don’t love them quite as much as Draco/Harry or Draco/Hermione.

Ginny/Blaise

FictionAlley ship name: Flames of Mystery

This is definitely a ship I’ve grown to love through fanfiction, because obviously we know almost nothing about Blaise from canon.  It’s yet again another Gryffindor/Sltherin pairing (my favourite kind of pairing <3), but Blaise is usually written as a bit less serious, a bit more fun, than Draco, and that definitely feels like a better fit for Ginny!

Background pairings

These are pairings that I like, but I don’t love the same way as the others.  I might read a one-shot about them, or a long story with these as a background couple, but I don’t tend to seek them out the same way as the others.

Seamus/Dean

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Kicks & Giggles

There’s just something about this pairing that makes sense to me, that seems like a good fit in my head, although I can’t really explain why except that they just seem to complement each other so well!

Ginny/Pansy

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Enemies Lust Here

Again, we come back to Ginny & rebellion, enemies to lovers, and my favourite Gryffindor/Slytherin pairings.  What can I say, when it comes to fanfiction, I have a type! 😉 Pansy and Ginny written together quite often tends to be an awesome story of two kick-ass women who aren’t afraid to go after what they want, and hang the consequences, which is a lot of fun to read.

Ginny/Hermione

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Minds on Fire

One of the very few trio era ships I enjoy which aren’t cross-Houses!  Two amazingly smart, determined women, I’m not sure how this would ever have been a pairing I could resist!

 

Are you a canon fan all the way or do you enjoy reading fanon ships too?  Which pairings can you just not resist?

The Weekly Recap

Incoming


The Hatching (borrowed)
Trouble (Borrowed)
Magnus Chase (borrowed)
Outcast (borrowed)

Total spend: £0

My Week

This week has been a rather speedy re-introduction to the real world – I did a few shifts at work, some volunteering and spent a few days working on a paper, so it’s been pretty busy!  I didn’t manage to get Golden Son or Blood Rites finished as I hoped, although I did read Outcast, and a few Harry Potter fanfics.  I’ve got another busy week ahead, but I’m hoping (again!) to get Golden Son and Blood Rites finished.  I think I might start The Hatching after that because it sounds awesome (though also scary!).

Finished: Outcast

Currently Reading: Blood Rites, Golden Son, Wild

How was your week?

Book recommendations for HP characters

HP month badge2016As you may have heard, Micheline and I are hosting Harry Potter month throughout the month of July – a celebration of all things Harry Potter! If you’d like to join in, feel free! You can post about pretty much anything Harry Potter related, or take part in the House Cup at any time throughout the month, and we’d love to have you share your love for HP!

It won’t be surprising to any of you that books are a huge part of my life, and obviously I’m Harry Potter obsessed, so I decided that for Harry Potter month it would be fun to think about the books I’d recommend to my favourite Harry Potter characters!  For now I’ve just taken a handful of characters, and just one book for each, but if inspiration strikes maybe I’ll have a few more throughout the month…

Harry Potter

Harry’s been through more than enough difficulty in his life, so I knew I wanted to recommend some great escapist fantasy, nothing too dark or grim because let’s be honest, he’s earned a break right?! David Eddings’ Belgariad series were the books that got me into fantasy, and into reading.  Eddings has awesome characters and world-building, and every time I get sucked into one of his books it feels like returning home to old friends, which I think Harry would appreciate too – while he has plenty of friends now, he spent plenty of years pre-Hogwarts feeling lonely.

 

Ron Weasley

Ron’s been surrounded by magic all his life, so I didn’t want to go for fantasy – I feel like he’d scoff at all the things Muggles got wrong! He also doesn’t share his father’s obsession with all things muggle though, so I feel like he could get bored with straight contemporary.  It’s also easy to forget that he’s something of a tactical genius.  So for all those reasons, I’ve picked a sci-fi with some truly epic battles, conquests and political rivalries – Red Rising! This is one of my favourite books ever – it’s got plenty of action, a little bit of romance, and I feel like Ron would enjoy trying to devise tactics throughout the books.

 

Hermione Granger

Hermione’s brain is pretty much always running on overdrive, and while that doesn’t often seem to bother here, I think escaping into a great fantasy and giving her mind a bit of a break now and again wouldn’t hurt.  I feel like she would’t be able to put up with a main character who wasn’t also super smart, but I’m pretty sure she and Celaena would be friends if they met in real life.  Throne of Glass has some amazing characters I think she could love, and the addictive plot and pacing would get her hooked and keep her mind off the real world for a little while.

 

Ginny Weasley

While she might have been surrounded by boys growing up, and while she might be able to kickass on the Quidditch pitch, I think Ginny would equally love an opportunity to embrace her feminine side, so I wanted to recommend an addictive romance.  I feel like she wouldn’t mind a little steaminess either 😉 I wanted to stick to fantasy, and she’d definitely need a strong female character, so A Court of Thorns & Roses seems like a good choice.

 

Draco Malfoy

Like Ron, I don’t think anything too contemporary would work, because he’d scoff at the strangeness of Muggles! I think what Draco needs above else is some humour – he’s had some pretty dark and serious stuff of his own to deal with and I think some lighthearted distraction would be great for him.  Prince of Fools is an unexpectedly funny fantasy book that I absolutely loved and would definitely want to recommend to Draco. I feel like Draco couldn’t put up with a goody two-shoes type hero, but we also don’t want to just have evil villains.  What he needs is shades of grey characters, and I think Jalan is a good start – he’s a spoilt rich prince who’s used to doing what he wants without a thought for others but he’s not evil – and neither’s Draco.

Which books would you want to recommend to Harry Potter characters?

House Cup Update

HP month badgeIn the week since Micheline last totalled up our House Cup points, over 500 points were earned, which seems pretty impressive – more than double our first week!

Points earned between 8th & 15th July:

Hufflepuff 55

Gryffindor 127

Ravenclaw 201

Slytherin 208

Current Status:

In first place, Ravenclaw with 333 points

In second place, Slytherin with 251 points

In third place, Gryffindor with 156 points

In fourth place, Hufflepuff with 87 points

Where the points came from this week…..

  • 25 posts
  • 92 comments
  • 57 fanfiction chapters read
  • 5 films watched
  • 3 books read
  • 1 Harry Potter inspired craft

The top earner this week was Christina (99 points) closely followed by Micheline (93 points)

We’re also adding in an extra way for you to earn points: Harry Potter lego games! For each year you finish, you can claim 10 points!

We’re halfway through the month, so there’s still plenty of time for things to change!  Will Ravenclaw take the title or will someone else catch up?

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Harry Potter MotW: Favourite Ginny Moment

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[This post is a response to Harry Potter Moment of the Week and part of Harry Potter Month!]

The theme of this week’s Harry Potter Moment of the Week is ‘favourite Ginny moment’

While I love Ginny’s fierceness, her determination and her generally kick-ass nature, one of my favourite Ginny moments is actually nothing to do with any of those qualities.  It’s a funny, companionable moment with Harry, Ron & Hermione (perhaps even more surprising considering I’m not a hugeHarry/Ginny fan.  It does come from my favourite Harry Potter book so maybe that helps a little!

“You’d think people had better things to gossip about,” said Ginny as she sat on the common room floor, leaning against Harry’s legs and reading the Daily Prophet. “Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it’s true you’ve got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest.”
Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.
What did you tell her?”
I told her it’s a Hungarian Horntail,” said Ginny, turning a page of the newspaper idly. “Much more macho.”
Thanks,” said Harry, grinning. “And what did you tell her Ron’s got?”
A Pygmy Puff, but I didn’t say where.”

– Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

 

What’s your favourite Ginny moment?