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Harry Potter: Fanon Vs Canon


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#1 | Posted: 25 May 2013 20:33 
Just some things that I have noticed that have become so prevalent in fanfiction that I think we sometimes forget they're not canon! Feel free to add more or refute anything I say if I happen to be wrong about any of these:

Ron and Harry never once in canon call Hermione "Mione" or "Herms" but those two nicknames show up all over fanon as if given.

Tempus (telling the time) shows up in many fictions, but is not a canon spell. Same with the potions' magazine "Ars Archema" or sometimes, "Ars Alchemica."

Severus Snape was NOT Draco's godfather in canon. Nor was he depicted as especially friendly with Lucius. If anything, it's not a stretch to believe that canon!Lucius was probably not comfortable associating with the poor, unattractive, half-blooded school teacher nearly seven years his junior.

Any others you guys can think of that we as fanfic writers don't always remember aren't true...?
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#2 | Posted: 26 May 2013 20:40 
It is funny, because often things in canon are forgotten, and fanfiction is remembered. I happen to like sticking to canon on a important things... I can't stand when people have characters call Hermione 'Mione' or 'Mia' or Hermie, etc. I also don't like it when they forget Blaise is a 'light-skinned black man'. I don't mind when they change a few things, like middle names, etc, but I also hate when they change 'dates' around or ages, etc. That's just my personal preference. With that being said, if the story is totally OC, and the writer mentions that, then okay, do what you may.

I have gotten hateful reviews from people before saying I'm not canon in my writing, and I'll agree with them, by pointing out that "Dramione" is never canon, because in canon, Hermione marries Ron.

Hmmm.... food for thought.
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#3 | Posted: 29 May 2013 14:58 
Am I wrong in that Hermione NEVER aged from use of the time turner in third year? She turned it in, and there was never any discussion in the books that she gained any age. I don't remember Marlene McKinnon being described as Minerva's daughter in the books either, and we see that in FF a lot.
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#4 | Posted: 31 May 2013 14:28 
Lucius' cane is in the films, not the books
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#5 | Posted: 15 Jun 2013 16:19 | Edited by: stronghermione 
All good points, the other thing that annoys me (to the point I will consider stopping reading a story) is when they start using GINERVA and ZAMBINI (Zambini particularly is my pet hate). I once was reading some reviews of a story (not mine) where a reviewer pointed out this 'mistake' to the author lol. I would have loved to have received that review (please refer to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7-- "...Zabini, Blaise was made a Slytherin."). Like Thorned, sometimes having 'Lord' Malfoy just fits the story so I use it too. Another thing that has arisen from fanon is the role of Gringotts in the Wizarding World. Some writers have them as a bank/hospital/school/military training area/anything-else-that-fits. In canon, it has only ever been a bank run by bankers who happen to be goblins.
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#6 | Posted: 15 Jun 2013 22:35 
It irks me when writers have Snape referred to as greasy dungeon bat, greasy bat of the dungeons or any permutation thereof. In cannon it simply says that his swooping robes gave him an appearance of a bat, not that anyone ever called him by that moniker. It bothers me even more when an author has Snape referring to himself in that manner. First of all, I can't see him deprecating himself to anyone. He knows how he looks, what he is, and just how far he has come, and there is no way he would ever allow anyone to see his insecurities.

I have to admit that I've always written Lucius and Severus as better friends than they actually are in cannon, but that's because I love those two characters. I like the idea of them having a snarky, sniffy type of friendship. But then, that's why it's fan fiction. We can do what we want with the characters we love.

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#7 | Posted: 18 Jun 2013 01:10 
I think one thing that stands out to me is how often Ginny is written as a grasping, vapid fame-whore who isn't really that well developed as a person or a character. I never really noticed her in the books, but I never felt like she was as shallow as she's written much of the time. It might even be a little pet peeve of mine when I see Ginny written like that- now mind you I don't really care for her as a character but I never though of her as that way.

I think another thing that annoyed me about the movies- every time I watch the 4th movie, Harry's running aroudn the maze like he hasn't got a clue. I specifically recall in the book excessive use of the spell "Point Me" which gave him a direction. I was really sad we didn't have the scene with the sphinx too...
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#8 | Posted: 23 Jun 2013 10:19 
Aurora Sinistra (astronomy) and Septima Vector (arithmancy) are almost universally considered Slytherin witches, when neither's house affiliation is mentioned in canon.
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