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I saw Fantastic Beasts again today, and WOW, more surprises - I absolutely LOVED IT.

NON-SPOILERY VERSION: I honestly think it overwhelmed me a bit on Friday - there was so much to take in, so many new characters, so many plot strands, and so many different beasts. This time I felt pretty clear in my head what was going on, after talking it through with friends and reading reviews and meta, and I could just sit back and enjoy it. I really, really enjoyed it, very much indeed. Almost everything that bothered me the first time feels resolved in my mind, I feel enthusiastic about some of the things I disliked, and I LOVEDDDD the things I liked the first time around. Specifics under the cut, with SPOILERS, so please don't read if that's a problem for you. Possible spoilers in the comments too :)

NEWT: I really got so much more from Eddie Redmayne's performance this time. I love the physical quirks he uses for Newt, and the facial expressions, the sparing eye contact, the way he hides behind his fringe, the awkward gait, and the whole way he speaks. After watching the film on Friday I felt that Newt could easily be on the autistic spectrum, and watching it for a second time with that head canon in mind, I feel pretty certain that Eddie is playing him that way, and doing a beautiful job of it. I think I had invested such a lot in the character of Newt after cosplaying him for months, and when he wasn't exactly as I had imagined, it really threw me. But I feel like I 'know' him properly now, and I'm so happy, I'm in love with him all over again. I'm so glad the 'hero' is this fabulous, quirky, earnest, apologetic, driven, focused, socially-challenged, deeply-caring character.

TINA! I really like Tina now! She clicked for me too! I can't remember the exact words, but at one point Graves says something like, "Tina. Always popping up where you're not wanted." And YES! She is! And she always will be, because she cares SO MUCH and she will never, never let injustice pass by. She will always be investigating, usually with that little frown on her face, because it's so important to her, and she's going to put the world to rights. Although I got no chemistry from the actors, I think the way the characters are written, they can work really well together (although I still think friends rather than romance would have been great).

CREDENCE OMG CREDENNNNNCEEEEEE. I just. I have- I- GUH. I could turn into an angst queen for this boy. God, he's SO COMPELLING, the character and the backstory and the way Ezra Miller plays him? My god. I'm gone. I'm trash for him. Amazing. And [ profile] vaysh kindly pointed out the news about a deleted scene which throws light on what happens to Credence, so I feel happier about that.

GRAVES OH YES. Really, everything I said last time and more. His clothes, his physicality, his spell casting, his voice, god, his voice. I'm now more concerned than ever about what the future holds for Graves when he's not Grindelwald, because apparently heaven on earth for me is Grindelwald in Colin Farrell's body, LOL. He and Credence in that alley are an absolute twisted, angsty, fucked up JOY. I was FLAILING with fangirl glee. I would watch those scenes a hundred times. NNNGGGGHH.

THE OBSCURUS oh gosh, it's so PRETTY and CLEVER.  I'm in love with it, it really took my breath away, it's absolutely stunningly executed. I was rapt watching it, and I hardly ever like special effects or things like that, they leave me cold usually.

THE PLOT STRANDS: I stand by my comments that there is too much going on in this film and that the tone is all over the place and that the characters suffer from the amount of EVENTS and THINGS crammed into the one film. Being a person who finds it hard to follow complex plots, and gets easily overloaded with information, I really struggled when watching it the first time. But now I've had time to digest, and have seen it again, I can appreciate much more all of the things that are happening, the breadth of the story that's being told, and the fact that this is a set up for a longer arc.

I feel a real dick that it took me two goes to appreciate what was happening, except that the five people I saw it with today said they were pretty lost, too. I think the film has been highly edited down from what was orginally written, and I think it's suffered. The HP films had the same problem, but of course anyone who had read the books could follow what was happening easily.

THE BEASTS: CGI creatures are never going to be my thing, but I enjoyed them a lot more the second time around, when I didn't feel bombarded with information.

THE HUMOUR: One new criticism I had this time was that some of the humour fell flat, and I'm not sure why. It seemed to be a problem for Eddie Redmayne, which I wasn't expecting, as I've seen him play humour beautifully. Maybe it was because the humour didn't quite fit with the way he played Newt? I'm thinking of the scene where he explains to Tina that the first sign of serious effects from a Murtlap bite was "flames from the anus." Personally, I think that should have been hilarious, but the audience stayed quiet both times I saw it. Then the scene where he woos the Erumpent, complete with noises and arse-wiggling? That was also strangely awkward and only mildly funny. Again, not sure why. I did love little moments like when he said "I'm more of a Chaser," but maybe that was because it was more of an HP in-joke?

Anyway, in general, I am just delighted, that I feel whole-heartedly positive about the film and the prospect of the whole series. Thank goodness I 'needed' to see it twice (had promised a group of friends we'd see it together this weekend), because I don't think I would have chosen to go back a second time after seeing it the first. So glad I did, though.

If you've read this far, thanks for bearing with my wild mood swings about the film. I felt pretty shitty to be so critical in my last post, but I did very much want to discuss the film, so I appreciate everyone who talked it over with me, and I'd love to hear if you have any more thoughts. ♥
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Thank you so much to everyone for making my birthday full of amazing surprises! You are all quite incredibly kind and thoughtful. I was at work during the day but when I got home there were so many wondrous things and messages waiting for me. !!!! I had the best time. You certainly know how to spoil a bird.

Click for an embarrassment of riches )
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This is one of my all-time favourite H/D fics ever. A conversation about the art on the [ profile] hd_fan_fair banners (you can see the beautiful original here on [ profile] isinuyasha's LJ) made me realise that some of my newer friends might not have read this glorious story, and I need to do all I can to rectify this terrible possibility!

Author: [ profile] saras_girl
Title: All Life is Yours to Miss
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Ron/Hermione [past Draco/OMC and past Draco/Pansy implied]
Summary: Professor Malfoy's world is contained, controlled, and as solitary as he can make it, but when an act of petty revenge goes horribly awry, he and his trusty six-legged friend are thrown into Hogwarts life at the deep end and must learn to live, love and let go.
Rating: R
Word Count: 115,000
Warning(s): Nothing serious. Flangst, original characters, lots and lots of talking.

I just reread All Life is Yours to Miss this week and it hasn't lost a bit of its genius. It took me right back to Hogwarts as if I was discovering it for the first time. It's deliciously Draco-centric, but Harry is also present on every line just by the wonderful, warm, vivid way that [ profile] saras_girl evokes his character. Draco breaks my heart a little in this fic, he has so little self-worth and finds it so hard to open up and let any intimacy or joy into his life. But Harry mends it a thousand times over. He's so stubborn and determined and alive and loving and smart and honest and HARRY, even when an accident occurs and he is unable to move or communicate. It's the most wonderful thing to watch Draco slowly blossom and make connections within the castle, and then when Harry starts to recover, the relationship between them is funny and moving and frustrating and amazing and sizzles with UST.

The supporting characters are just brilliant. Madam Pomfrey, Hagrid and McGonagall are a delight, as are the pissed-off house-elves who start to serve up things like raw turnip sandwiches due to their unhappiness with Draco. And as usual with [ profile] saras_girl's writing, there's a great cast of original characters too, including the unforgettable Stanley, the oversized mint beetle who is Draco's pet, and stole my heart completely in this story.

I know it's long, but it's super, super worth it. I can't recommend it enough.

There is another reason I wanted to rec this today, and this is because the fic has just tipped over 100,000 hits on AO3. WOW! \o/ I think this deserves much celebration, not just for this fic, but for our wonderful, vibrant fandom, that still has so many passionate readers. ♥  If you've already read All Life is Yours to Miss, I'd love you to comment and tell me what your favourite part was (I think mine might be the exchange You can't argue with the Sorting Hat!/ I can argue with anything.) And if you've yet to read it, you have a massive treat in store, I promise.
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Prompting is OPEN at [ profile] hp_crossgenfest \o/ \o/ \o/

And there are already some terrifyingly hot prompts. *whimper* I could honestly devote the rest of the year to reading and writing them. Please go and add more... and don't forget to choose which one is your favourite while you're there. ♥

come join [ profile] hp_crossgenfest!

Art by [ profile] thilia, Banner by [ profile] capitu
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First of all, THREE of my prompts at [ profile] hp_kinkfest have been claimed (one for fic AND art *flail*), and one at [ profile] dracotops_harry, and I'm so bloody excited! I don't know who you are but I love you a lot already. Are you OK, mystery creators? Do you need anything while you're busy with that? I mean, can I get you a glass of water or a back rub or anything? No? OK. I'll just sit here very quietly in the corner. Waiting. WAITING AND FLAILING.

My favourite comments )
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I love this. \o/ Looking forward to finding some time to participate tomorrow.

Originally posted by [ profile] vaysh at Fandom Writers Appreciation Day: August 21, 2015
Fanfiction Writers Appreciation Day

From tumblr and [ profile] lbilover:
The point of this day is simple: on August 21th, writers and readers alike would go on AO3 (or any fanfiction website really [like: LiveJournal]), on Tumblr, and leave a comment on their favourite fics and/or send their authors a message about their works.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve already or never commented. It doesn’t matter if the author doesn’t know about this post. It doesn’t matter if the author already knows how much you love their work.

Just let writers know you love the fics they write for you, simple as that!

And well, don’t forget to keep leaving a kudos and a comment in the future, and make writers happy!

I'm going to try and spread a little love tomorrow. Maybe some of you will, too. ♥

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I'm SO happy about my assignment I could cry. Honestly. *hugs self* *hugs everyone* *sniffles incoherently*

The [ profile] hd_erised mods are goddesses. How can they match all those disparate people up and somehow make it all WORK?

I really really hope everyone is feeling good about their match. If you're feeling worried, I don't know if it helps, but last year I was pretty intimidated and unsure about writing for the super-fabulous tryslora, but it turned out to be a great experience.

Good luck, everyone!

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By Alekina

I-- I don't know what this is. How-- I-- ? There used to be words, and sentences, and things, and now there's just THIS ART.

It's the hand. Harry's hand, and Draco's wand, and OMG THE TROUSERS, but the HAND, NGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH, I just-- OH GOD WHYYYY, I USED TO HAVE A LIFE AND NOW THIS.

I was good and resisted posting it here full size so that you can all go to tumblr and worship the artist in person. But really I want to wallpaper my house with it. Or just my retinas. I could have it surgically implanted on my retinas, yes?

It has been quite a while since anything got me right in the feels like this, like I'm just FIZZING with H/D and my entire body is just a ball of SLASHY FANGIRL ECSTASY, and it just won't stop.

Draco's arse. It's some form of Dark magic. But the hand, though. *whimper*
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The BA degree project of Kincso Nagy.

I'm just.... WHOA. The cut out covers are so stark and bold. I love their simplicity but they are also so cunning in their design. I'd REALLY like to see them in real life - I want to run my fingers over the cut out and poke my fingers in the holes.

Then... they glow in the DARK? *thunk* I'm in love with these books before I've even seen the inside. Look at the effect on the endpapers! OMG! It's like an erotic experience just from paper.

The illustrations are super nice, also, with beautiful textures, and I adore the way that they incorporate pop ups and moving parts.

I WANT THESE BOOKS! So much. ♥ I wonder if she'll auction them, or keep them forever so she can take them out and stroke them possessively and a little bit creepily every morning, like I would do.
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Well, it was my birthday last week, and I had the most amazing time. Me and Mr Birds and the boys had a really super family day planned, and that all went well and I'll tell you about it in a bit. And I had a great time later, seeing my friend and going out to the cinema, and that was fabulous, too.

But, the thing that really floored me was the ~~FANDOM LOVE~~. OMG, you chaps really know how to make a person feel special. The internet connection where we were was a bit crappy, but I kept getting bursts of it and then just DYING with laughter or hotness or just perfectness at the things that were happening on LJ. [ profile] catplusfox just said it was like I was buried in fandom love, and, wow, it's a great thing to be, that's all I am saying.

I have to share all the brilliant things with you. I honestly feel like the luckiest bird ever. Take a deep breath, because it's all too good and too much fun.

An embarrassment of riches )

I was going to also talk about RL stuff that happened that day, but it got too long, so I'll do birthday part 2 very soon.
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I didn't get mine yet, but, looking at my flist, they are starting to go out RIGHT NOW!

OMG, I am literally quivering with excitement. I can't wait to see who I get; I just want to get down in their sign up and roll around in it.


Oh, this is just too thrilling. I am refreshing my email like an idiot. Have you got yours? Are you waiting? Are you excited? PLEASE come and squee and snivel with me.

And here is some love for the dear [ profile] hd_erised mods who spent all week fretting over getting us all the perfect match, and are sending ALL those assignments out, one by one  ♥ ♥ ♥
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I'm spending a happy hour going through the fab fics and graphics at the love fest , and trying to write a Luna thing for it, but I just wanted to tell you all that I spent two and a half hours this afternoon studying the anatomy of Mr. Thomas Hiddleston at the Donmar Theatre, and I am fully prepared to answer any and all questions you may have on the subject of his body acting. I was in the front row of the circle and there was naked flesh and a shower scene and all sorts.

I know, I am very soft-hearted. It was a tough job, but I did it all for you.
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Sometimes a line gets stuck in my head. It's not usually anything deep or meaningful, although occasionally it might be. At the moment, some of my best ones are:

"He's sarcastic, and haughty, and REFUSES to wear a shirt." from [ profile] dustmouth's Keep Your Shirt On

"The Saviour of the bloody wizarding world does not. Wear. Pants." from [ profile] dysonrules Wayward Owls and Pub Hunts.   

Ok, there's a bit of a theme going on there...

Here's a corker from one of my FAVOURITE FICS which everyone should read, but hardly anyone ever does. It just makes me cackle.

"Greg," repeated Draco. "Big man, quiet—"

"Former minion," added Harry, which earned him an elbow in the ribs.

from [ profile] omi_ohmy's The Redemption of Gregory Goyle.

Here's a beautiful one:

his flaws were the salt that brought out the flavour from [ profile] who_la_hoop's The Rabbit and the God

Then the last one, which is not quite right, as I've forgotten where it's from, but it was a dialogue between Draco and Pansy, and went something like.

"Then I saw Weasley."

"Which one?"

"Our King."

Ahahahaha. Point me to that one if you know it, please. from Pursuing Potter by [ profile] hereticalvision

Do lines from fics take up residence in your head? Which are your favourites, at the moment? Just short, but perfect, or funny, things that have stayed with you.
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...and tumblr and twitter are exploding :DDD

Fantastic beasts )

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I think I am in love with Leigh Lahav. Her videos are so funny, clever and cute, and she makes being a fangirl look COOL instead of sad and desperate.

Fangirls go back to school video )
This made me laugh this week:

Marauders dream cast )
J and I have been watching the Hitchhikers' TV series and now I REALLY REALLY NEED MORE FORD / ARTHUR SLASH. I am not proud. I'm begging you, flist. Omi wrote me this wonderful thing but it just made me want moooooore.
Capitu is hosting this interesting rec list. Yay, for reminders of much-loved stories, and finding new authors and fics:

Self-pimping rec list )


Did you see the first Level Two episode? What did you think? My crushing on artists is reaching new, preposterous heights, because there is more than one of my favourite artists working on this project TOGETHER, and my heart just can't take it. Look at this:

Uninhibited squeeing )

Finally, I am impatient for [ profile] hp_drizzle and [ profile] hp_silencio to start posting!! New fests woohoo!

How was your fandom week?
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The subject line is the only thing I can think of to accurately describe my feelings on reading the A/N for the fic I am about to rec. Yes, I did flail. [ profile] omi_ohmy has the incriminating evidence via email. :DDD I keep going back to check it ACTUALLY DOES SAY MY NAME on it, but, as of 9 pm this evening, it does. (I may take a screenshot just in case SG has a change of heart. You think I am kidding.) Anyway. I've finished breathing into a paper bag, just about. :D

This Summer and other recs... )
Hope you are all having the best week possible.
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Dear [ profile] capitu,

I have always thought that the little corner of fandom with your name on it was a glorious place, but this month, after reading about how you had completed your 1000th rec at your journal [ profile] my_drarry_recs, and then seeing your wonderful post about writing comments, I was overwhelmed with [ profile] capitu love. :DDD

On speaking to some other people, it transpires we ALL FELT THE SAME, and so it was decided that we needed an excuse to show you some appreciation and celebrate your wonderfulness.

So here it is! It's a party for you! Please indulge us, as it made us very happy to plan this for you. Some people have made you presents, and I'm hoping they will be along soon to leave them here in comments, and I think possibly some people might be posting on their own journals, too. (maybe they would leave a link here so we can all enjoy?) We kept it secret until now to make it more exciting, but if anyone at all feels like leaving [ profile] capitu a message here, a gif or a drabble or sketch or anything at all, please please do so.

Hoorah! Let the party begin ♥ ♥ ♥


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