I started in HP stating that I would never watch or read the story. I was determined that I was not going to become part of the fad. Even though I loved magic and reading, I was determined to not be a part of it. My resolution to not be a part of it sank when a friend of mine had the first movie playing at her house during the week leading up to her wedding. I kept watching as I walked back and forth and finally sat down to watch it. I could not stop watching it, I was hooked. I remember asking the person next to me about Professor Snape (he had just been bothering Harry), I asked, "Is he a good guy or a bad guy?" and the person next to me responded I do not know. It is strange that it took 7 books to get the answer to my question all those years ago.
I got home the following week from her house and found someone who had the first 3 books, and I read them in a day and half. I was out of work due to surgery on my arm, so I plowed right through them. Thankfully, I only had a little over a month to wait for the 4th book, and during that time I found a few other friends who were HP fans. We were nicknamed "The Harry Potter Trio" and it stuck. I kept the name for all of my logins and for the story that I started, "Midnight Velvet", (with my friends) and posted on fanfiction.com and fictionalley.org. Due to all three of us eventually being in school, working, and moving away, the story only was only through 3 chapters. 6 are pretty much done, and it is fully outlined and mostly written thru 23 or 24, I don't remember now. For now, it is on hold.
Somewhere along the way, I wanted to read more HP stuff and I stumbled on HP ff, and the rest they say is history. I have been reading HP fanfiction for over 10 years now. Unfortunately, I never reviewed stories, so I have lost a great deal of ones that I have read over the years. I am currently in process of saving a bunch to my computer so that I have them in the future.
I gave up reading fanfiction for a while during the time that my mother was sick and had died. I stayed away for over a year, but I was drawn back by my favorites that I missed reading all of the time, AnneM's - Arrogance and Ignorance, Zephyr's - Be Careful What You Wish, What a Witch Needs by Petalsoft, most of the stories written by Bambu, St Margarets, (Phoenix Song), LadyOfTheMasque, and many others.
I am so glad to be here and be able to read all of these wonderful stories. I am also very happy that Schuetzi is giving me a chance to be an Admin on this wonderful site!!!!
I am so excited!!!!
HP Likes and Dislikes
Likes: happy endings, open to most ideas
Dislikes: Not a fan of the ending. I don't care for Ron stories. I really don't like to see him really aggressive or with a lot of Ron bashing.
Yes: Hermione mostly, although occasionally I will read Luna or Ginny. My favorite characters with her are Severus, Draco , Lucius. Although I will read most any characters with her, Weasleys are fine for the most part. Multi-parings are fine.
No: Voldemort, any creatures, prefer not Harry or Ron (although I have read some good ones with them in it before).
Favorite HP sites:
Ashwinder, Granger Enchanted, Malfoy Manor, Phoenix Song, The Maple Bookshelf, The Petulant Poetess, When I Kissed The Teacher (and others that are no longer with us)
Favorite HP Authors:
AnneM, Bambu, Blue Artemis, Camillo, jamies_lady, LadyOfTheMasque, lady_rhian, minervasrevenge, Savva, southern_witch_69, St Margarets, Thalassa, Zephyr… And so very many others. It is rare that I read a story that I don't like. Although I tend to stick to the happier ones.
Regular Likes and Dislikes:
Likes: HP, reading, kitties, scrapbooking, genealogy, travel - been to 30 some odd states and less than 10 countries, but more than 5, my iced tea, music - I have over 6000 songs on my iPod as well as over 50 audio books and a ton of podcasts.
Dislikes: Work, coffee, homework ( always putting it off to read ff or do other things), cold weather
Favorite regular Authors:
Agatha Christie, J K Rowling (HP), Jean Johnson (LadyOfTheMasque, Sons of Destiny Series), Lillian Jackson Braun (The Cat Who… series), Mary Higgins Clark.