Harry Potter

Trump is Voldemort: Pop Culture Iconography in Social Movements

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” ~ Albus Dumbledore It’s no secret that fandom has always been a site of political resistance. Fan activism is a natural byproduct of fandom, whether it is writing “genderfuck” fanfiction, organizing letter-writing campaigns to save a show from cancellation, or creating fan activist organizations. However, at a point in history when fan communities are moving from more //

Harry Potter and the Sacred Text

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

There’s a moment when you realize how deeply embedded the Harry Potter series lies within your soul. That moment when your words cannot express how much the fictional wizarding world – its characters, settings, moods – means to you. It is a moment of reverence, of joy, of love. It is, no doubt, sacred. What if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? This is the question Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile attempt to answer in their podcast Harry Potter and the //

He Who Must Be Named: On First Reading Philosopher’s Stone at Age 29

October 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

A thing perfectly named brings to life a universe around it. It feels as if it has always existed, and this existence bleeds into the imaginary world that surrounds it, which lends it its credibility in turn. Since we are speaking of exchange, consider Gringotts. Gring has the “ching” of a register, gotts the gruffness of goblins, the hard consonants of each syllable are Gringotts pillars, durable and stable, sounds you can trust. Like all the names in Philosopher’s Stone, Gringotts seems //

Fan Artist UpTheHill on Dramione, Erotic Art, and the Magic of Portraits

September 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our second interview, I talked to UpTheHill, an incredibly talented fan artist whose work is lighting up the Harry Potter fandom at upthehillart.tumblr.com. In the following interview, we discussed Dramione, graphic tablets, the magic of portraits, and how we’re all shameless trash. Get To Know Yous Malory Beazley: Something on your Tumblr bio //

Fan Activism: The Harry Potter Alliance

September 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

It’s no secret that fan culture is a gathering place for individuals from diverse walks of life. Fan texts, particularly fanfiction, often house complex and rich concepts about representation: gender, sexuality, race, ability, and identity. Fan writers not only explore these issues through character and narrative, but often write academic theories, current gender debates, and feminist ideology into their fictional stories. These types of fics make contemporary debates about representation //

Flash Fic Festival: The Winning Cursed Child Fanfiction

September 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

On September 1st, we held our very first Flash Fic Festival. Participants had 24 hours to create, write, and edit a ficlet based on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Although the spirit of the challenge was to build community and encourage writers, we promised to award our favourite fic with a beta-edit, a PDF compilation, and a lovely fan art postcard. After much deliberation, we’ve selected By the Emerald Fire’s Light by quilldust as our winning fic! Congratulations to everyone //

Fanfiction Writer firethesound on Slytherin Ambition, Fan Communities, and Drarry

August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

Part of our mission at FAN/FIC Magazine is to highlight amazing fan creators and pull back the curtain on their creative processes. For our very first interview, I talked to one of my absolutely favourite Harry Potter fanfiction writers, firethesound, whose fic All Our Secrets Laid Bare is one of the must-reads in the Drarry fandom. In the following interview, we discussed Slytherin ambition, writing by the seat of your pants, and what’s so compelling about the Draco/Harry pairing. //

Flash Fic Festival: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

August 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

Welcome to the 2016 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Flash Fic Festival! You’ve read the script-book. You’ve seen the play. You’ve debated with Internet friends about what’s canon. Now, it’s time for imagination. With all the different reactions to The Cursed Child, we at FAN/FIC Magazine want to create a community-based challenge to revisit, rewrite, or reclaim the eighth instalment. If you could add or change any scene in the play, what would it be? With the //

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

August 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you haven’t seen or read it yet, whip out your Time-Turner and spool backwards now. The time has come for yet another article reacting to the strange tale that is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I’ve been an avowed Potterhead ever since I received The Philosopher’s Stone as a gift for my thirteenth birthday. As such, I have been nervously anticipating the release of Jack Thorne’s The Cursed //

All Our Secrets Laid Bare by firethesound

August 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

Draco slipped his hand into his pocket and closed his fist around the bottle cap, running the pad of his thumb over the ridged edge. It was foolish and sentimental and utterly unlike him, but Draco thought that he’d keep it as a reminder of the night he decided he was serious about Harry Potter. It’s six years after the Battle of Hogwarts and Draco Malfoy is working as an Auror. But the stigma of his Dark Mark still lingers as he is only trusted with the most menial, low-level Magical Law //