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1.) Draco is not an INTJ. I am an INTJ. So Draco is not an INTJ.
2.) Draco is not an introvert. Period.
3.) And Dumbledore and McGonagall are not extroverts.
4.) Actually, the only ones I do agree with are Ginny, Luna, and Neville.

Other thoughts on HP and writing )
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- I'm debating whether or not to try for [community profile] hp_holidaygen again. Since the sign-ups are running till the 16th, I think I'll wait to see what I get for [community profile] smutty_claus.

PS/SS, Chapters 9-14 )
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"Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat bigoted. Not as bigoted as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at muggleborns and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).

And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that bigotry isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.

Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should do stop ASAP”.
- lurknomoar on Tumblr, with revisions by dannylaceyjo

I pretty much agree with this? I think Ron and the Weasleys are a good example of how far a lot of the bigoted attitudes present in the Wizarding World go and how hard they are to escape. Going back to that buzzfeed link I posted, the British Wizarding World is very insular and tightly-controlled and that allows them to push a toxic agenda. Hogwarts was one of the few places untouched by that agenda thanks to the efforts of the staff and Dumbledore. But Hogwarts was likely the exception to the rule given the state of the Ministry, the Daily Prophet, and wizarding society in general.

Shipping Meme: Day 08 )
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+ I signed up for [profile] crack_broom to rec some more Draco/Asteria, probably around October. I have tons of fic and art for that pairing. Mostly old but still.

I was thinking of signing up for Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny also but I have a total of one fic for both :\

And that's all I have to post about so let's have a meme!

30 days of shipping meme )
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[profile] akissinacrisis is writing R/Hr fic. Yes. This is not a test. Go here and track.

I know the HP fandom has been kind of dead so I will forgive you for not shouting this from your LJs - but flisters, when you find good R/Hr fic, it is your duty to share that. Hell, if I had the time I would create a [community profile] quibbler_report for "popular" (in 2005) pairings such as R/Hr and H/G because it is so hard to find that these days.

On that note, if you're an R/Hr fan and you're not following HalfASlug you should be.

Other fics I've read and enjoyed recently:

Act Two and its sequel Final Act His father was dead.

Before he was so caught up in the melodrama that was his own headspace that he didn't give thought to what had actually happened. So long ago he had shut off the part of his head that cared about the man that he had forgotten, where the memories of his childhood were stored. In the eye of the storm he couldn't possibly have seen the whole picture. Now it was like looking back at a different person, someone Draco felt sorry for.

But the person was him.

Pieces: A Story Cycle Teddy Lupin's hatred for his parents is like a hot, hard ball that always lives in the pit of his stomach, sometimes bigger and sometimes smaller, but never not there. He hasn't always hated them; when he was little and didn't know any better, he'd even loved them, thought of them as heroes, believed every good thing anyone had ever told him about Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin. But then he'd learned that his parents had chosen their deaths, their deaths over his life, because his mother had only had him five days before and shouldn't have been anywhere but in bed, but she went off to fight instead of choosing to be a mother. They hadn't been ordered to the battle, they hadn't been needed, they hadn't made a difference. They'd just died. They'd died and broken Granna into all those little pieces, and they'd left him behind to be an orphan for the rest of his life.

If you know of any good HP fics but especially fics with H/G, R/Hr, or D/A please tell me. Also, any fics with Harry's generation as parents.

+ I'm working on an HP writing project of sorts and I'm looking for a few good betas to help out. If you would be interested, let me know and I'll PM you.

General real life. )

Mental Health Stuff )

EDIT: Also have to mention All the Ways to Wound my Heart which is complete. It's R/Hr and H/G with past H/Hr.
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Fandom's emphasis on Draco's cowardice never quite sat right with me. Sometimes it was obvious because in some instances it was overblown. Draco does show physical courage in the books. Quidditch is a dangerous sport and it would not be unreasonable to be afraid of it but Draco clearly isn't. He's excited to play and even Harry grudgingly admits he's a good at flying. Draco's also more than willing to get into duels even despite losing almost all of them. He shows no fear about starting or engaging in petty acts of violence even when really it would be common sense at this point.

Rowling once said that his lack of "moral courage" was his failing and this is consistent with what we see in the books. He delights in the status he is given by his background and his family's wealth and lords that over other people. He is all about maintaining the status quo that has served him and his family well and goes to no trouble to question the prejudices he was raised with or the society around him. Why would he? The world was created to favor people like him, he was raised to believe he was entitled to a certain station in life by the circumstance of his birth, and these ideas are repeated by his family and friends. He is unwilling to kill Dumbledore and reluctant to turn over the trio or fight them when they meet again in the RoR but after everything that just seems more like his conscience is finally awaking after a long slumber than any sort of her courage.

His arguably bravest act in the books - pulling Goyle to safety in the RoR and making certain he was safe before taking Harry's hand - is more an example of physical courage than moral courage. Unless someone is completely morally bankrupt, it's easy to care about your friends and family. And Goyle is his friend even if their relationship isn't exactly comparable to the one Harry shares with Hermione and Ron. Goyle and Crabbe had always helped Draco and been loyal to him and when the time came, he tried to repay that loyalty.

So Draco is not a truly brave person. In some ways he's the inverse of Neville Longbottom who is something of a coward in the earlier books when faced with physical danger but, pushed forward by his innate moral courage, becomes a truly brave person. And fandom recognizes this so what is my issue?

Sometimes, I get the feeling there's this idea that cowardice is his one flaw. That he's this Greek Tragedy in Harry Potter that he could be so great and do so many great things but oh, his one great flaw!

And that's not my take on him.

My take on Draco is that he's above average at best. That while his actions may make him a foil for Harry, Draco the person is more Ron's foil. He's the Everyman, Bad Guy version. He's not particularly ugly nor is he amazingly handsome. He's tall, blonde, tends to be thin, with pointed features and gray eyes. This could be a sign of his aristocratic breeding or he could look like a washed-out ferret, depends on how you feel. He's clever but he's not especially diligent. He doesn't create new spells like Snape, teach himself complicated potions like Hermione, study some unknown are of magical theory like Luna and her cryptids. It's not even clear how well he does in school, we only know of him receiving three O.W.L's and that's less than Harry and Ron. Maybe he received more but maybe he didn't. And when it comes to magic, he does well when he's instructed but again it's not like he's becoming an Animagus at 15 without instruction or casting the Patronus charm at 13. He manages to copy some of the spells Hermione does and makes his own adjustments and he fixed the Vanishing Cabinet so he has skills. They're just not particularly remarkable. He's clever but no genius. As for Quidditch skills? Well, he's no Charlie Weasley. The Slytherin team wins some and loses some with him as Seeker.

The only thing that makes him stand out is being the sole heir to one of the wealthiest pureblood families in Wizarding Britain as well as heir to the "purest" and most renowned/notorious. Nothing he does makes him special.

Sort of makes sense why he is so eager to keep the status quo, hmm?

And being an (above) average guy thrown in to the extraordinary circumstances that was the Wizarding War and the events preceding it, he reacts in an average way. He caves. He doesn't want to. He wants to be fearless and perform great feats and win duels and distinguish himself as either one of Voldemort's most loyal or by openly defying the Dark Lord but he doesn't. It would means his death and the death of his family. Instead he keeps his head down and goes along with it, however reluctantly.

That's what most people would do. Look at real life examples, look at the Milgram Experiment. Most people will go with the flow. It's the ones that don't - the Andromedas, the Nevilles, the Rons - that are out-of-the-ordinary here.
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Title: Court This Disaster (4/24)
Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Asteria Greengrass
Characters: Asteria, Draco
Ratings: NC-17
Word Count: 3,817
Author's Notes: Concrit/suggestions/corrections/questions will be gratefully accepted! And, of course, JKR owns everything.

What are we doing? )
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Title: Court This Disaster (3/24)
Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Asteria Greengrass
Characters: Asteria, Draco, Daphne, Pansy, Padma and some OCs
Ratings: Surprisingly PG-13
Word Count: 3,835
Author's Notes: Concrit/suggestions/corrections/questions will be gratefully accepted! And, of course, JKR owns everything.

I saw you leave with Draco Malfoy. )


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