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I'm not fussed that Rowling's got opinions about her own universe, but didn't she once call Harry/Hermione shippers delusional? Protesting too much, I suppose she was. Oh, well, it's not as though her opinion has any bearing on book canon, right? (And we can "fix" the parts of it we don't like with fan fic, yes?) *loves fandom*

Here's more love of a fuzzier kind:

Albus & Minerva Embracing in the Night

Albus/Merva 4evah!


Feb. 3rd, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
You know, it's nice to see a big-selling, published newbie author go through and make the same newbie writer mistakes and have the same regrets as the rest of mortals.

Tons of us have plotted out our fic with particular goals in mind and screw ourselves over when we refuse to let go of a cherished idea when the voice of the characters change on us.

The better writers are able to subtly adjust things via the plot, whilst the less adept push on towards the end, somewhat heavy-handed in our attempts to make our vision work.

I really don't mind the fact that she's replaying things in her head and sharing. It doesn't change canon for me, but it does show that she's grown and is a bit more flexible in looking at her own work and world that she constructed.

As for whether Harry would be the more logical pairing? Well, I suppose one could make it work. He was academically/intellectually adept at the things that actually interested or held significance for him. He was also socially adept enough to know that outshining Ron in everything would be bad, while letting Hermione do a large portion of the heavy lifting made her feel special and needed - let's face it, Harry was starved for companionship. Harry also spent all that time alone with Hermione during 4th Year and the camping trip from hell during Year 7. It could be done.

Personally, I've always been more of a Harry/Luna type - they were really connecting in OotP. :P Let's see - Ron/Lavender, Neville/Ginny... Let's go for broke and say Draco/Hermione!

Feb. 3rd, 2014 06:44 pm (UTC)
I've always liked Harry/Luna and Ron/Lavender. I think Lavender could have been a particularly interesting character as she matured (she's a bit much in the early books but it's teenage hormones combined with jealousy over Hermione's grades I expect, also H herself isn't exactly that likeable).

Neville/Ginny makes sense particularly given the 7th book and how they are the student leadership at the castle.

And Draco/Hermione could be good as well. Isn't he always the one battling for top grades spot with her? And he could also mature and lose a bit of his superiority complex. Plus you have the muggleborn-pureblood union of modern day (Andromeda/Ted being the wrong generation) and they BOTH have ambition to do great things. They could be the smart mixed blood couple that goes on to be a wonderful example and actually IMPROVE a lot of the problems still extant in the world. Many of the characters are physically and emotionally exhausted by the end of the war and understandably just want life as normal back. But life as normal led to the current situation. I think Hermione has the zeal to push things forward and change the current situation for the better. Plus you get some redeeming aspects of the Slytherins. (Was always ticked about how JK handled their mysterious and sudden disappearance from the Final Battle. There are much better reasons than "oh they're all death eaters or cowards.")

Can you tell I'm procrastinating something? Putting WAY too much thought into this right now... LOL.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Jumping in to say that yes, a mature Lavender would work well for Ron, and just what is this epic you've got brewing?
Feb. 4th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
Don't feel bad. I procrastinate over writing all the time. If it weren't for some really grand folk (like Iuls) in fandom talking me into actually committing my ideas to actual writing and posting, I'd never have done more than lurked, LOL!

To me, Ron was with Lavender because he wanted to be 'normal'. Both he and his family were fully involved in the war. At this point, the poor guy just wanted to be a popular jock with a pretty girl on his arm that admired him for him. Lavender gave him all of that and more - allowing him to virtually put his head in the sand until he was poisoned. She gave him the needed confidence in himself.

Neville took Ginny to the Yule Ball - so there is the opening for that pair, along with the events of Year 7.

As for Slytherin House at the end - that scene was a mirror and response to the Leaving Feast in Year 1 where Dumbledore stole the House Cup from them. I've always felt that the Hogwarts wards broke when Minerva tossed them out on their ear. The DE's didn't actually breach the castle until after that occurred.

See - told you I have thoughts on everything! *grins* I'd love to see where you are headed with yours.

Feb. 3rd, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
She was a newbie, I agree, and it's interesting to see her reviewing her own work—but that's true for me precisely because I'm a pairing whore and not invested in any one ship.

I'm a Luna/Harry fan, too; I think they made much more of a connection in canon than Harry/Ginny, but I like the idea of extra-canon Luna going off and having adventures and meeting Rolf. I like Ginny/Neville, too, for the same connection-related reason as Luna/Harry.

Nothing you say could possibly induce me to accept Hermione/Draco (but I'd find a way to write it if I received it as a prompt—if I were taking prompts, of course). :P


Edited at 2014-02-03 11:32 pm (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
I only posit Hermione/Draco as viable because I know a RL Hermione/Draco and they are fantastic together. Remind me to tell you the story some time.
Feb. 4th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
If you ever get around to telling the story could you send me a note? Sounds fascinating and I love stories of real life couples and how they got together/ work together/ work things out.
Feb. 4th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
Will do! :D