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On the Ethics of Shipping (Harry Potter)

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling!! Today is Harry Potter’s 32nd Birthday and J.K. Rowling’s 47th!!!

And yesterday was Professor Neville Longbottom’s 32nd Birthday, so Happy [Belated]¬†Birthday to him, as well!!! ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā

Shipping in the Harry Potter fandom to me¬†seems to be¬†just amazingly complicated. For¬†instance:¬†Sure, I ship Severus/Lily but would cry for WEEKS if Harry Potter ceased to exist! Wouldn’t anybody? And also: How are you supposed to ship Dramione if this means Scorpius would not be born? (And: Is partial shipping even possible? Like, by definition, can I ship Remus/Sirius SOMETIMES¬†instead of¬†ALL THE TIME?? Because I love Tonks, I really do…) But¬†I seem to always be able to find a way around this; my real shipping ethics don’t¬†come into play until Harry Potter himself comes up.

In general, I consider myself a Fairly Strong Shipper of Harry/Ginny. I mean, it’s near impossible to imagine them not together; it would be simply Not Right. However, I absolutely despise most Harry/Ginny fanfiction. I mean, I would rather read Hermione/Ron fanfiction than Harry/Ginny, and I HATE Ron. ESPECIALLY with Hermione.*

[*This goes back to me hating Ron’s personality, I think. He’s really mean and obnoxious and insensitive and just plain immature¬†for most of the time. Specifically towards Hermione. And I know what you’re saying, that¬†young boys express their feelings for girls by making fun of them, but you know what? I could make that same argument for Draco, who is less mean and obnoxious and insensitive and immature towards Hermione and instead just likes picking on her. So if that was true, wouldn’t it be Draco who liked Hermione? Exactly.]

The main reason I dislike most Harry/Ginny fanfiction¬†is probably because Ginny is a very hard character to write. I would know. I’ve tried. Her personality is less simple and defined than Harry’s, always the Determined Hero, or Hermione’s, the Bookworm, or even Voldemort’s, the Heartless Bad Guy. Instead, she’s¬†something of a¬†mix between several archetypes. She’s a bit of a Tomboy, but she’s also Independent and a¬†Fiercely¬†Loyal Friend. She is Sporty and has had LOADS of Boyfriends. So all in all, she’s pretty confusing. This makes it exceptionally hard for people who are not J.K. Rowling to write her completely In Character; the only really great Ginnys¬†I have read are written by Dramione authors, who mostly focus on the Fiercely Loyal Friend part of her character.

That being said, I much prefer to read Harry/Hermione fanfiction, although I do not ship Harmony in canon¬†AT ALL. I have no idea why this is. I guess I might like the fluffiness that is usually present in these stories? This shipping is certainly much different from my OTPs¬†(TTPs?), Draco/Hermione and Artemis/Holly, as¬†the fics¬†are¬†pretty much Pure Fluff without any Sarcastic Humor¬†and Sharp Wit. And so in that way, it may be me Looking For Something Different. But it also might be just because it’s so interesting to think about how Harry and Hermione’s friendship could have, under different circumstances, developed into Something More. So I really have no clue about the reasons behind my unorthodox attraction to Harry/Hermione fanfiction. But I do know that reading it is far more enjoyable than reading Harry/Ginny fanfiction.

Happy birthday again to Harry, J.K. Rowling, and Neville!!

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Happy Birthday, J.K. Rowling!

The Stories we love best do live in us forever. So if you come back by film or by page, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

-J.K. Rowling at the HP&HBP Part II London Premier

Forty-seven years ago, a genius was born in Gloucestershire, England. Her name was Joann Rowling, and she would grow up to be one of the most inspiring, fantastic, and ¬†imaginative writers to date. As a girl, Joanne constantly wrote stories, primarily for her younger sister Dianne’s enjoyment. She studied at Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree. Later, as a post-grad, she moved to London where eventually she would start writing what would become her Great Masterpiece: The¬†Harry Potter saga.

In the early ’90’s Jo moved to Portugal to teach English as a Second Language. In 1992, she got married, and a year later she gave birth to her daughter, Jessica. ¬†Shortly thereafter, her marriage ended, and she, along with Jessica, moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. It was there, that the first volume of the¬†Harry Potter¬†series was eventually completed.¬†Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone¬†was first published in June 1997 (US: September ’98), under the now-famous (and slightly pointless¬Ļ) pseudonym: J.K. Rowling.

It is worth noting, ¬†that despite rumours that Rowling completed¬†the Philosopher’s Stone in cafes because she was unable to rent a flat with heating, she herself has stated (repeatedly) that although she did have¬†heat in her flat (Edinburgh during the winter…) she liked writing in cafes, because going for walks was the only way Baby Jessica would fall asleep. Also, she didn’t use napkins for writing, she used actual paper.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets¬†was published the next year, in July 1998. It stayed on the UK ADULT BESTSELLER LISTS for over ¬†a month after its publication. When it was published in the US, on 2nd June, 1999, it sold incredibly well. ¬†When¬†The Prisoner of Azkaban came out on July (and September in the US) of 1999, the Boy Wizard as well as Rowling herself were garnering world-wide acclaim and press attention. Meanwhile,¬†The Philosopher’s Stone topped bestseller’s charts in the UK, and all three¬†Potter books occupied the Top Three spots in several US Bestseller’s Lists.

The Fourth Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published in the UK, the US and Australia on August 8th, 2000. It reached a record 1 million copies printed in the UK, and about 3.8 million copies printed in the US.  The Goblet of Fire also set records with the sale figures within the first week of publication.

It was three years before she would release the fifth book:¬†Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It became the fastest-selling book in history¬≤, as well as the longest in the series, with a page-count of 766 pages.In my personal opinion, this is also the saddest and darkest book in the series. ¬†In July 2005, Rowling’s sixth book,¬†Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince¬†was released. It set record-breaking sales. It also gave us Ronmione shippers hope, while breaking our Harmony shipper’s spirit. It unleashed a very confusing period that still isn’t over. For the most part. Actually I’m pretty okay with how things ended up. Anyways, moving on…

The last and Most Awaited Book Ever (okay, probably not EVER…):¬†Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows¬†came out¬†¬†was published in the UK, USA and other English-speaking countries on 21st July 2007. The book is the fastest selling book in the UK and USA, with 8.3 million selling in the first 24 hours and 11.5 million in the first ten days. THOSE, in case you were wondering for some reason, are INCREDIBLE FIGURES. They are MIND-BLOWING.

Thanks to J.K. Rowling¬†millions of kids that never read (like, ever!) actually started reading… a lot! Thanks to this woman’s never-ending creativity millions of people have been able to get into this ongoing journey/experience of pure unadulterated Amazing-ness. Her works have allowed us to¬†connect with people around us; I’ve made friends based on our mutual LOVE for J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter and Hogwarts and LITERALLY EVERYTHING (including weird ships…), After my mom, my dad, and my sister read the books we were able to discuss them in-depth and get to understand how we each feel about different things, and how we react to certain things. We even got to emotionally bond over stuff like ships. LAST TIME I CHECKED MY MOM WAS A DIE-HARD HARMONY SHIPPER.

So, I just want to take a little time (and space) to thank Her Majesty The Queen of Pure Awesome J.K. Rowling for creating this universe that has literally been like a home to so many of us.

‚ô•‚ô•Thanks, Jo! Happy Birthday!!!‚ô•‚ô•

¬ĻThe main point of having a pseudonym is to remain anonymous. In this case, Jo’s publishers believed she would have a greater male audience if she didn’t reveal her gender. ¬†Geesh. LONG LIVE THE QUEEN!

²Apparently the current Fastest Selling Paperback is Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Twilight Porn. (Did I mention I hate Twilight?)♦

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Ufgh. Fantasy Languages.

I’m finally getting around to reading Inheritance, the fourth and final book in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle.

(I guess some of my reluctance comes from knowing that there probably won’t be much Eragon/Arya-ness [there never was, but that’s besides the point], neither will there be much Eragon-making-a-fool-out-of-himself-in-front-of-Arya-ness because, you know, he’s sort of more mature now that he has to focus on defeating Galbatorix.

Meh. I always feel nervous when I’m about to finish a series, that’s all. I think that the difference with Inheritance is that the last book came out when I was in sixth grade. I think. And that’s about four years ago. So naturally, my tastes in books have changed slightly. And it’s not as if I’ve reread the books. I guess I’m worried thay it might not live up to my expectations or have the same appeal to me as it did when I was eleven.)

But in any case, I am JUST NOW realizing that I have No Freaking Clue how the hell to pronounce ANY of the Elven and… Dwarf… ish… (Dwarfish? Dwar-fish? D-war-fish?? : P) ANY of the Elven and Dwarfish words. Like, I didn’t even realize that I was totally mispronouncing them in my head when I was younger because I was such a stuck up Know-It-All. But now when I actually look at the spellings and try to sound them out, I realize that I am utterly hopeless.

For instance: “onr” means “your” (“ono” means “you”). “S√©” means “may” as in “May I have that cookie?” And “sverdar sitja h’vass” means “swords stay sharp”, I believe in that order. So that means that “S√© onr sverdar sitja h’vass” means “May your swords stay sharp.” This, of course, is fine. I get that it’s a simple sentence structure just like English and I can even recognize common words like “s√©”; what I don’t get is how you’re supposed to pronounce things like “onr” and “h’vass”!!

I suppose that’s not even a great example. Like. “Naina hvitr un b√∂llr” means “Make round white light.” It obviously has to do with magic of some sort. But “nayy-na hib… hhhivv…? Hiv-it-aarrr… un WHAT?? Boooooo….. booooooooo…. MEH.”

Please note, I also have this issue with Tolkein’s fantasy language, too, so it’s clearly no fault of Mr. Paolini’s, merely of my own tongue and its incapability to make weird noises such as “√∂llr” and “nr” and “hv”.

Guliä waíse medh ono. Luck be with you. Sé ono waíse ilia. May you be happy.

~Ellen

BTW, I used to think (until today) that Shur’tugal, as in Dragon Rider, had the g and the t switched. So, like, Shur’gutal. Ufgh. So embarrassing.

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Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian Out Now!!

The eighth and final Artemis Fowl installment, Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian, is now out!!! ūüėĄ

Artemis Fowl is a series by Eoin Colfer which follows the adventures of a young genius as he discovers the fairy world. Colfer’s fairies, however, are vastly different than any others you’ve read about-they are a race of high-tech individuals quite literally living underground. You will fall in love with this series’ diverse cast and will be pulled into a world of adventure you’ll never forget.

I really loved this series, and I hope you will, too. Please go out and support your local Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million (or any other bookstore near you) by buying your copy today! (Or maybe even the entire series, like I did!!) : ) Happy Reading!‚ô¶

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Hi, I’m Ellen.

Hi, I’m Ellen, “theresonatinglight”, and obviously, I’m new. To this blog, but also to WordPress. D: I like emoticons. I am sorry (for you) if you don’t. I also really love books, so that’s probably what you’ll catch me writing about most of the time. That, and my little sister. For various reasons.

See, I have a smart phone and a computer hogging eleven year old little sister, so it’s either blog from my phone or get into a horrible feud with Lily that will last for the rest of our lives. (Side note: My name is Ellen, not Petunia, and my little sister is NOT a witch. : P) Needless to say, I am currently typing away on my DROID RAZR’s way-too-small keypad and praying that I’m hitting the right keys and thus not making a fool out of myself… Yeah. And also getting closer and closer to going over my data usage for the month.

Right now, I would like to defend my presence on this blog. Although I have never watched so much as five seconds of Dr. Who or Bones or Sherlock (though I DID read all of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, including that odd bit about Mormons and Utah in A Study in Scarlet) or really any other television show, and I am nowhere near being a true feminist, I do love Harry Potter and numerous other books and also ranting, so yeah. My point is that though I am vastly different than theadorkabletimelord, I hope you will still like me.

I write in the same way that I talk most of the times, which is a habit I am trying to break, sort of, and so in the meantime, I am sorry if my writing style offends you. In addition, my transitions between thoughts are kind of nonexistent. As you probably know by now. .___. But that’s me, WARTS AND ALL. : )

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

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