Sunday, 2 February 2014

JKR Talks to Emma Watson About Romance Endgames

How's that for a non-inflamatory headline? 
You may have seen the piece in Hypable about today's Sunday Times headline that “JK admits Hermione should have wed Harry.” The article goes on to say: 
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” she says. “That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”
“I know, I’m sorry,” she continued, “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”
We hope not, too.

FictionAlley has long been a site that hosts fics of all shapes, sizes and ships. It's what we were founded to do way back 2001, and we have never refused to post a fic because of the characters or ships included in the story.

We've also hosted ship squee threads and ship debate threads in FictionAlley Park's SCUSA and VENOM forums; if you're H/Hr and want to talk about the news, you can join the thread here, and if you prefer R/Hr, you can re-start that thread by posting here.
Innumerable other ships, from Ron/Harry, Harry/Ron/Hermione and so many more can be found in SCUSA.  Ship debates don't go in those threads; visit  V.E.N.O.M. for "Vehement, Exuberant & Neverending Opinions, Monographed". 
There've been a lot of reactions from all corners of the fandom - and among people who are Harry Potter fans but didn't participate in the fandom in the past. Some of those reactions draw on hurt feelings and stigmas from seven, ten, thirteen years ago, and some of those hurt feelings were caused by posts made on this site. In retrospect, some of us may look back on things we said with regret, with vindication, with insight from what we've learned and experienced since.

Back in 2003, right before OotP came out, Heidi wrote this:
We're all about to jump into this brand new era, pretty much in tandem with each other. And no matter what our shipping preferences are, who our favorite - and least favorite - characters may be ...
It's going to be exciting, isn't it?

Fandom is forever; people who hadn't thought about Harry Potter specifics in years were on FB and tumblr and Twitter and FA and MN and TLC last night to talk about it, to revisit fics they loved, and some people are considering writing fics they didn't finish, or only thought about, after HBP or DH, but chose not to continue with because of shipping or character issues. If that's what comes out of these comments by JKR and Emma Watson - more stories, more art, more discussion, more fandom - then we will all be able to enjoy even more magic, for years to come.

FictionAlley will always be here, wherever the fandom is, to host your stories, discussions, thoughts, art, squee and flail. Share your thoughts, share your stories, and let's all enjoy how Creativity Is Magic!


Monday, 30 December 2013

Celebration of Harry Potter in January, 2014

On January 24, 25 and 26, Universal Orlando is hosting its second Celebration of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure - and if fans are lucky, they'll be able to see the London side of Diagon Alley in Universal Studios, too! Universal recently announced that James Phelps (Fred), Oliver Phelps (George) and Evanna Lynch (Luna) will be appearing at a Q&A with fans - who will also learn more about Pottermore, enjoy a wand dueling demonstration, learn about the visual look and feel of the filmed Potterverse and check out costumes and props from the Harry Potter Exhibition. Some will even get Sorted by the Sorting Hat as well.
On January 23 at about 10:30 AM (Eastern US Standard Time); those who've signed up in advance will be able to view a webcast with more information about the Diagon Alley expansion. Will you be watching? If you can't, we'll be sharing the news in FictionAlley Park as soon as we can.
HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s13) © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.
 Heidi from FictionAlley will be attending all three days of the Celebration of Harry Potter; if you're coming too, let us know so we can say hi!. While tickets to the private event in the WWoHP on Saturday night and reserved seats at the Q&As and demonstrations have been sold out for months, nonreserved seats are available to anyone with a Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure theme park ticket on Saturday or Sunday (Jan. 24/25).
ETA: Matthew Lewis (Neville) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley (also Brian Williams from Doctor Who)) were just announced as attending the Celebration of Harry Potter as well!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Fantastic News and Where to Squee About It

It's hard to type through the SQUEE we're feeling at the news that J.K. Rowling is partnering with WB to write a series of films based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the series she wrote for Comic Relief UK back in 2001.

Yes, she's writing films set in the Wizarding World circa 1920, in New York and elsewhere, and here's what the lady herself had to say:

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
We think the first film says it best:
We at FA have been fans of Fantastic Beasts since it was first published, and if you want to check out some classic fanworks, follow these links:
ArtisticAlley
Fanfic on all four houses
Discussions in FictionAlley Park

We don't have release date (or even casting) information yet, but we feel like we've had far too much Pepper-Up Potion as we contemplate not just the film (and the tie-in novel, and the merchandise, and the gifs!) but also the inspiration that it will be for fanworks of all types.

Always, Harry Potter.

Always.  

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Scheduled Downtime and DragonCon

FictionAlley will be down for about an hour starting at midnight Eastern time on August 28, because we need to replace a failing drive. This will impact all fics, reviews, boards and other content, but we'll be back soon!
Remember, FictionAlley's hosting fees are about $200 per month, and we need your support to cover those costs. Learn how to donate to FictionAlley here!

If you're going to be at DragonCon this weekend, join us at the Velocity Bar at the Marriott on Saturday night from 9 PM on for chocolate nachos and fannish conversation. Follow FA's Heidi on Twitter to get exact info about where we'll be - and we hope to see you at the YA track, with Natalia Tena or Lev Grossman, and of course on Sunday night at the Yule Ball, featuring the Blibbering Humdingers!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Coming to Comic-Con?


Hello, San Diego!
If you're coming to Comic Con, the Harry Potter fandom has some terrific plans!
The annual Harry Potter Fandom Panel (Still Magic!) takes place on Sunday, July 21 at 4:15 PM in Room 6DE at the Convention Center. Sixteen years after we first went to Hogwarts, fans are still discussing, creating and gathering online and in person to share their love for J. K. Rowling's stories, and for the fandom! Look back, ahead, and into the Mirror of Erised with forever HP fans, including moderator Heidi Tandy (FictionAlley.org), Joey Richter and Brian Rosenthal (Team StarKid/A Very Potter Senior Year), Mark Oshiro (MarkDoesStuff.com), Harrison Homel (International Quidditch Association), Leslie Combemale (ArtInsights), Alex Carpenter (The Remus Lupins), and Lauren Bird (HP Alliance). Comic-Con badges are required for admission to this panel.

FictionAlley's Heidi Tandy is also on a panel on fanfiction with others who've contributed essays to SmartPop Books' FIC!, which is coming out this fall. Fanfiction has recently moved into the spotlight, with fic authors getting impressive book deals and Amazon announcing Kindle Worlds. But there's a lot more to the story than Fifty Shades of Grey. Panelists Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christina Lauren (tby789 and LolaShoes, Beautiful Bastard), Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires, Weather Wardens), V. Arrow (aimmyarrowshigh, The Panem Companion), and Heidi Tandy (heidi8, Organization for Transformative Works) discuss how fan writing-from missing scenes to remixes and crossovers-and other fanworks re-imagine the boundaries of everything from sexuality and gender to character and authorship. They'll discuss the way fan culture is challenging today's entertainment and publishing industry norms, and consider the value a noncommercial creative space can bring to emerging and even professional writers and artists. Moderated by Anne Jamison (Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World). It's on Friday from 2 - 3 PM in Room 29A; badges are required for this panel, too.
If you're interested in fanfic, please join our friends at the OTW for A Meet-Up Of Our Own. Join Team OTW, MarkDoesStuff and a flock of fandomers, authors and readers who use and enjoy the AO3. There'll be pitchers of margaritas & sodas, as well as snacks like chips and salsa.

We're hosting activities including a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity. You'll also have plenty of chances to meet fellow fans, learn about OTW members' Comic Con panels and share - and get - your own Comic Con tips. And yes, we'll have prizes and giveaways, too!

We'll be at the Tequila Bar at the Marriot Marquis & Marina adjacent to the Convention Center from 8 PM until after 9:30, so we'll overlap with the end of Preview Night. To join us at A Meet-Up Of Our Own, no Comic Con badge (or Preview Night registration) is required; we're just asking for $5 donations. Anonymous donors have underwritten much of the cost of the event, so any surplus will be donated to OTW.

There's a lot of other events and panels for fanfic and fandom fans at Comic Con, including "When Grrls Fall In Love" on Saturday afternoon, TheOneRing.net's preview of The Desolation of Smaug, a Twilight fanfic panel, and a sneak preview of Catching Fire, the next Hunger Games film.

Let us know if you'll be at SDCC, or come and say hi to Heidi at any of her panels - she'll have vintage FictionAlley temporary tattoos for anyone who asks!

Saturday, 31 March 2012

WB Studio Tour Grand Opening

Bonnie Wright signing autographs on the red carpet of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour


FictionAlley is live and onsite at the grand opening of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. #ff @fictionalley for live tweets and pictures beginning now, 3 pm on Saturday, 31 March 2012.

More pictures from the red carpet:

Evanna Lynch

Helen McCrory

Rupert Grint

George Harris

Thursday, 29 March 2012

WB Studio Tour Press Junket

Be sure to #ff @fictionalley for live updates of today's WB Studio Tour press conference in London (29 March 2012) beginning at 2 pm GMT.

Update: Here are some pictures from the event:

Hogwarts model

Wand display at Ollivanders

Evanna Lynch and Warwick Davis at the press conference

Tom Felton and Rupert Grint at the press conference

David Yates and David Heyman at the press conference

The main doors of Hogwarts with press conference participants

And check out FictionAlley on Twitter (@fictionalley) for more pictures!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Ascendio's Quill Track

If you're a fan of YA, general book geekery or an aspiring writer (original or fanfiction!), Ascendio has the programming track for you! The Quill Track will be an entire track of programming (both formal and informal!) dedicated to all things books and writing.

Best of all, the Quill Track is 100% included in your Ascendio registration!

Ascendio is the eighth event put on by HPEF, a nonprofit organized by Harry Potter fans to put on amazing, educational and fun events for fans, academics, writers, authors, Quidditch players, debaters, and anyone who loves discussing - or has been inspired by - the Harry Potter series of books and films. HPEF also hosted events like Nimbus - 2003, Azkatraz and Infinitus 2010, and the event is set to take place in Orlando, Florida from July 12 - 15, 2012. Click here for the website.

Currently, several authors, all bonafide Harry Potter fans, are confirmed for the Ascendio Quill Track, including Lev Grossman, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth and Aimee Carter.

We will also have not one, but THREE literary agents who will be in attendance: Carlie Webber of the Jane Rotrosen Agency, Lindsay Ribar of the Sanford J. Greenburger Associates agency, and Joanna Volpe, Vice President of the Nancy Coffey Literary Agency. Carlie, Lindsay and Joanna will all be hosting pitch sessions, as well as leading discussions on the publishing industry and writing.

Here are some of the great things you can look forward to as part of the Ascendio Quill Track:
  • "Book club" readings/signings/discussions with YA authors, such as Beth Revis, Veronica Roth & Aimee Carter
  • Panel discussions on hot topics in publishing, including commercial publishing vs. self-publishing, LGBTQ in YA, how to get an agent, and more
  • Practical presentations by successful fans-turned-published authors on how to go from fanfic to pro writing, as well as how-tos on self-publishing ebooks
  • Workshops on writing (fanfic and original) and critiquing
  • The opportunity to give a one page pitch & receive feedback from a real live literary agent!
Of course, Ascendio is still all about Harry Potter, but we realize that many fans -- including many of us on staff! -- love books in general, and have been inspired by Harry Potter and fandom to move on to our own original writing. Hence, the Quill Track was born, by Harry Potter fans, for Harry Potter fans... who also love books and writing! You can expect most, if not all, topics on the Quill Track to relate to Harry Potter, though some will also discuss other titles in YA, middle grade and adult contemporary canon. All of the authors, agents and presenters on the Quill Track are Harry Potter fans, and many of them either wrote Harry Potter fanfic or have actively participated in HP geekery in the past.

The Quill Track is still a part of Formal Programming at Ascendio -- we just decided to give all writing/publishing programming a special name so it’s easy to find on the program and at the con! What does this mean? The Quill Track needs you! You can submit a programming proposal for the Quill Track about any of the above topics, or anything you come up with -- if it has to do with writing (original or fanfiction!), publishing or books other than Harry Potter (such as The Hunger Games, Divergent), you can propose it for the Quill Track!

Check out the bios and additional information on our website!

Sorry about the gap in fic announcements...

We tried to set up the RSS feed to post to the front page and it didn't work as it was supposed to. We're going to collate the postings from the last three weeks and do an update, and then plan to post a weekly update going forward, from February on.
If anyone is interested in helping with the postings, please email us at heidi@fictionalley.org - and thanks in advnace!

Friday, 30 December 2011

New fics on December 31, 2011


[TDA] Lost Innocence by coppertop1 (Chapters: 9)
Tracey Davis is fourteen, and about to learn some hard life lessons.
 
[AT] From Opposite Sides by BreeLee91 (Chapters: 7)
Ted was a Muggle-born. Andromeda was a pure-blood from one of the greatest Wizarding families in history. Until she married him. We know them as the parents of Nymphadora Tonks. This is their story. And just wait until you find out who’s telling it!
[Rid] Harry Potter and the Tales of The Bard by Professor McGuire (Chapters: 2)
What happens when the "Harry Potter" characters meet an insane fan fiction author with a slight obsession with The Bard? This cliched bit of nonsense! Part one of The Calypso Adventure.
[Sch] They Shook Hands : Post-Canon Revision : Year One by Dethryl (Chapters: 3)
After swearing I was done tinkering with the first entry in the series, the Muse struck me. Essentially the same story, but with a more solid introduction to the new characters. Names changed to protect the innocent. Less canon text. More Snape!
 

New fics on December 30, 2011


[TDA] Lost Innocence by coppertop1 (Chapters: 7)
Tracey Davis is fourteen, and about to learn some hard life lessons.
[AT] ASP & SM by Professor McGuire (Chapters: 1)
Scorpius tilted his head, looking at Albus like he was a difficult Arithmancy problem. “Well, let’s think,” he said, fingering a lock of his blond hair thoughtfully. “With names like “Albus” and “Potter,” everyone probably already figures you for a Gryffindor.” He shook his head slowly. “Not me, though.” “Oh?” Albus said nervously. “What do you think?”
[Sch] Alexandra Quick and the Stars Above by Inverarity (Chapters: 1)
Alexandra Quick has discovered the dark secret at the heart of the Confederation, survived a visit to the Lands Beyond, and been given seven years to live. Now she's determined to cheat her fate and see justice done. Standing in her way is a vengeful conspiracy and secrets even she is not prepared for. She'll need the help of her friends and loved ones, but even that may not be enough against the power of the Stars Above. This is book four of the Alexandra Quick series. For more information, see the Quickipedia. View cover art and other images.
[AT] Playing With Firewhiskey by sojealously (Chapters: 5)
One year after the War is over, George still hasn't gotten over Fred's death. Ron swears George needs a distraction to get away from "last year." Then, George meets Kaitlyn Thompson. Kaitlyn is loyal - to a fault. After all, that's what made her a great Hufflepuff. Her older brother (who has problems of his own, mind you) swears she needs to get out more, and break up with her awful boyfriend. Kaitlyn disagrees. Then, she meets George Weasley.
[Sch] Rose Weasley and the Callamitus Clause by Alissie (Chapters: 10)
Rose Weasley's To-Do List: -> Find out what enchantment is on family heirloom -> Protect two foreign friends -> Avoid Dark wizard who wants to kill aforementioned foreign friends -> Expose aforementioned Dark wizard -> Study for finals -> Don't get too close -> Try not to die -> Tea with Hagrid on Friday When history repeats itself, will Hogwarts be prepared?