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Why do s it that no one who writes Harry Potter can resist the urge to make Draco Malfoy powerful? Even the ones who resist the urge to make him heroic have to give him power over one of the true heroes. People, he was very powerful for much of the series. You don't need to level Harry to write good Draco. The opposite, in fact.
selfindulgentbitch: (HP)
Vid Title: Hoping Machine
Vidder:Eunice
Fandom:Harry Potter
Summary:"To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever." JKR (Sorcerer's Stone)
Reccer's Comments:Some of my best loved vids took me several listens before I really latched on. The song was written by Woody Guthrie and is sung by Jay Farrar. I think giving it a few listens before watching the vid can help if you're not familiar with it. But, again like my most favorite vids, the song just seems to be written for the images Eunice chose. The phrase "let your plans come out of mistakes, These are the plans and nothing can tear down, Made out of things that have already been torn down" is everything that is tragic and uplifting about Harry Potter, both the character and the story.
selfindulgentbitch: lanning (Default)
Vid Title: Shake It Out
Vidder: ntertanedangel
Fandom: Harry Potter
Summary: A tribute/character study of Harry James Potter: The Boy Who Lived
Reccer's Comments: I love Harry and the vidder clearly does, too. After watching it, I wouldn't have believed the song wasn't written for Harry's story which is usually true of my favorite vids. It communicates the inescapable devil inside of him, the tragedy of his struggle and his mistakes, but with a soaring sound and images that make it clear he won't give up.

xposted to http://vidrecs.dreamwidth.org/
selfindulgentbitch: (HP)
These are great stripped down posters for each of the books. Poignant and I wouldn't mind having them in my writing space.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/116690319/the-harry-potter-collection-11x17-size
selfindulgentbitch: (HP)
The theme of "all this has happened before, all this will happen again" in fic that sees Slytherins as victims has some truth to it. The pureblood mania is hardly new, but if the Malfoys have lost their fortune and influence and if a family with a name as English as Parkinson have left the country, there has been a change like any before. The Malfoys have been the English Wizarding world's "winners" for a very long time. The shift from the old guard to whatever comes next is the beginning of a new age.

And I wish we had a list of post-war fics by date they were written. As I'm reading and rereading, it makes such as huge difference whether the author knew what JKR did for the war. It doesn't affect the quality of the story because early stories can be great, but JKR went a route I didn't expect. It was very personal, Harry and Voldemort, but it was also very impersonal. The Ministry, the use of official government channels and offices to oppress, left no one untouched. The aftermath of these two facets - well, I love when I read fic that faces both and sees just how fractured these people must be and their faith in anything outside of themselves is a gift that has to be earned. I wouldn't want to be the next Head of Hogwarts to be sure.

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Jan. 12th, 2013 01:41 pm
selfindulgentbitch: lanning (Default)
Hmm, I think this is working out to one post a year....

Harry Potter "You Are Not Alone in This" by Hanna

She also did the Marchin' On vid that I believe the whole world has seen. The title explains it all: Harry isn't alone in this. Pretty song and touching vid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4nOZ2PsrnE


Harry Potter "Hoping Machine" by Eunice
I watched this vid several times, thinking I didn't like it. The song didn't seem to work for me, but I'd put it in my top 5 now. The song is too upbeat to be passionately melancholy and too downbeat to pick me up. In a way, that's HP all over. No matter how bad it is, it's never a wallow in sorrow. But listen to the lyrics and let their great suitability for the HP verse take over. Eunice also did some of my all time favorite vids for China Beach, Mother Mary. http://fan-eunice.com/
selfindulgentbitch: lanning (Default)
Experiencing an HP resurgence and a renewed interest in vids, I've been listening/watching

http://www.youtube.com/user/MissRJLupin#p/u/12/ovZzYW3VbGs

repeatedly. It's James/Lily and Remus/Sirius in their late teens early twenties using shots from other films the actors have done (recasting James/Lily) and it's just as bitter and sweet as their story calls for.

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