Final House Cup Update

Sadly, Harry Potter Month has come to an end once again *sniffs*. While we’re gutted to see the end of such HP awesomeness, we can at least announce the final House Cup points and winners, which is pretty exciting! So first, a quick recap of the points earned in the final week:

Slytherin 65

Ravenclaw 109

Hufflepuff 274

Gryffindor 274

Where the points came from this week…..

  • 24 posts
  • 88 comments
  • 5 films watched
  • 13 books read
  • 6 Harry Potter inspired crafts
  • 3 years of Lego Harry Potter completed
  • 1 giveaway
  • 2 fan made documentaries watched

The top earner this week was Alex with an incredible 247 points!

Final scores!

In first place, Ravenclaw with 946 points

In second place, Gryffindor with 770 points

In third place, Slytherin with 706 points

In fourth place, Hufflepuff with 549 points

 

So, congratulations to Ravenclaw who win the House Cup!
Thank you all so much for taking part, and we really really hope you’ve enjoyed it – it’s you guys who make Harry Potter month so much fun for Micheline and I to host every year, and we’re already excited about hosting it again next year! (Next year feels so far away, anyone want a bi-annual Harry Potter month?!)
Don’t forget that even if you didn’t win, every house point you earned got you an extra entry into the giveaway, which I’ll be drawing the winner for the tomorrow when I get home from work!

House Cup Update

Another busy week with nearly 700 points earned! I’ve been doing my best to keep up but I’m absolutely floored by all your efforts – you guys are amazing!

Points earned between 23rd & 29th July:

Hufflepuff 0

Gryffindor 111

Slytherin 241

Ravenclaw 346

Current Status:

In first place, Ravenclaw with 837 points

In second place, Slytherin with 641 points

In third place, Gryffindor with 496 points

In fourth place, Hufflepuff with 275 points

Where the points came from this week…..

  • 20 posts
  • 74 comments
  • 8 films watched
  • 2 books read
  • 1 companion book read
  • 1 Harry Potter inspired craft
  • 6 years of Lego Harry Potter completed
  • 2 crafts
  • 2 recipes

The top earner this week was Christina with an amazing 215 points!

There are only three days left so this is the final sprint – will anyone be able to shift their position on the board? Will Ravenclaw be the winners or can anyone take them down?!

My favourite Harry Potter fanon ships: Marauders 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!

A few days ago I shared my favourite trio era HP fanon ships, so today I’m rounding out my favourite ships with my favourite Marauders pairings.  I don’t love any of the Marauders pairings in quite the same way as my trio ships – I’m a trio girl through and through! – but there are still a few I find myself coming back to over and over again!

Absolute Favourites

Severus/Remus

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Wolf and Master

So, sticking with the same theme as most of my favourite trio era ships, probably my favourite marauder era pairing is another enemies turned partners style ship.  They both seem like intelligent, somewhat introverted people that could definitely enjoy an evening in front of the fire with a book each <3

Sirius/Remus

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. WolfStar

This is a HUGELY popular fanon ship, and I have to admit it is one I’m pretty fond of!  The best friends turned lovers story-line is another one I like, though not one I love in the same way as the hate to love/love to hate trope, which is probably why I don’t love this pairing quite as much Severus/Remus.

Warm & fuzzy feelings

Severus/Lily

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Always

Strangely, pretty much all the fanfiction I’ve read and loved of this couple have still been unrequited, rather than the two of them ever getting their happy ending (a fact I hadn’t realised until I started writing this!).  Still, it’s a pairing I can’t help but have warm feelings about <3

Lucius/Remus

FictionAlley ship name: S.S. Twilight

Yet another Gryffindor/Slytherin pairing!  Lucius seems more likely to be a bit more extroverted than Severus, and I think that could complement Remus too – despite his seeming quietness, he was after all best friends with Remus and James, who are both pretty outgoing!

Marauder or trio era? Which marauder couples do you love the most?

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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?

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?