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Fic Recs: September 8, 2022

September 8, 2022

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Fic Recs: September 8, 2022

September 8, 2022
Secrets of Dumbledore characters in action poses - Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowaslski, Victoria Yeates as Bunty Broadacre, Jessica Williams as Eulalie Hicks, Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, Richard Coyle as Aberforth Dumbledore, William Nadylam as Yusuf Kama
Let’s get this out of the way: Fantastic Beasts - The Secrets of Dumbledore is a hot, hot mess of a film. I can’t decide if it’s a game of three-card-monte played on the audience or just a whole heapin’ helpin’ of WTF.
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The preparations and shopping are done, the friends and relations duly toasted (and gotten toasted) and chivvied off into the frigid December night (or not so frigid, if you live in ParadiseTM, as I do), and Mr Squib and I settled down with a cup of eggnog and an improving book.
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Yes, I know it’s only September and most of you haven’t even had your first Pumpkin Spice Latte yet (I’ve already had two, but only because Mr. Squib presented them to me, and far be it from me to hurt his feelings by not drinking them), but Fest Season is nearly upon us, so it’s time for fandom folk to think about what they want to create this year.
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Now that the HogggyWartyXmas reveals for 2020 are up, I can reveal that my contribution was a short-ish Minerva/Severus story, “Within a Forest Dark.”
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This month’s crop of recs comes from a pair of fests focussing on short works, HP_Halloween on LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, and Minvember on Tumblr. In between shopping, decorating, baking, and other holiday deeds, give yourself a few small treats and read these.
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This month, I’m reccing two Minerva-centric series, one older and one new, plus an older stand-alone fic that will give you a much-needed smile in these troubled times.
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Since 1942, BBC Radio 4 has been doing a program called “Desert Island Discs,” in which famous guests are asked to name several music recordings, a book and a luxury item they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island.
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To distract you from the sad news about Notre Dame de Paris, I’m posting links to a series of fanart works I found while rolling around Pinterest.
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Harry Potter canon is a lot like the Judeo-Christian Bibles. No one really agrees what belongs in it, and people will get in the most God-awful fights over it. But, as with the various versions of the Bible, I find I’m not too fussed about any of it.
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First off, I didn’t hate it. I didn’t exactly like it, but I didn’t hate it. It seemed very much an interim story that was just setting up plot points to be explored in the future films.
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The HP Beholder (as in, beauty is in the eye of) Fest on InsaneJournal (mirrored on LiveJournal), for anyone unfamiliar with this fabulous entity, was created to showcase characters not considered “attractive” by the general population and give ’em a little lovin’.
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This very short fic (from 2002) is an atmospheric, bittersweet moment between Albus and Minerva after his hand is cursed. It’s mini-portrait of a relationship from a late point of attack that hints at the difficulties and disappointments that would almost certainly plague any romance between these two characters.