bimo: (Mug_collectors)

Re-watching Highlander while simultaneaously re-reading the latter books of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series made me wonder about potential house affiliations and sorting dilemmas :)

Easy Cases:
Duncan MacLeod: Gryffindor
Richie Ryan: Hufflepuff
Amanda: Gryffindor

(Slightly) More Ambivalent:
Tessa Noel: Ravendor/Gryffinclaw, depending on form
Joe Dawson: Gryffinclaw
Fitz: Huffledor
Methos: Ravendoryn or Ravendor, depending on company and millenium
bimo: (Coop)

Some of you already know that I spent the last couple of weeks recovering from knee surgery (ruptured meniscus, long story, don’t ask ;)). So far, the knee has been healing nicely, just as it ought to, and I’m glad to report that with each day I am feeling more and more like my usual self again.

Probably the weirdest after-effect: I never would have thought that I would be so fucking happy about being able to empty the dishwasher on my own again.

Also, my fannish mojo is coming back. Even though I’m not quite sure what to contribute at the moment, I’m quite happy to read along and enjoy what others are posting! :)

A good deal of my own fannish thoughts are still circling around OuaT 's Jekyll and Hyde plot, by the way. Representations of duality, repression, denial and most of all how Sam Witwer’s Hyde in “Strange Case” struck me as so much more straightforward and in tune with himself and his surroundings than his counterpart Jekyll could ever be.

There is this one brief moment when the newly-created Hyde is seeing himself in the mirror for the very first time shortly before entering the ballroom, that is full of self-realisation, recognition and amazement. I just love the way in which, throughout the following scenes, the particular combination of setting and writing plus various acting and directing choices, is transforming Hyde from villain into romantic anti-hero, without sacrificing one bit of the character’s inherent ruthlessness.

Well done, show! But now, if you could only please devote as much care and attention to your major story arcs as you are paying attention to the details… ;)

As for the afore mentioned Harry Potter rec:

More or less on a whim, Cavendish and I rewatched the first three Harry Potter movies (all of them have aged suprisingly well, though the Alfonso Cuarón one still rules), which led to me searching the AO3 for a bit of HP fanfic. And look what I have found thanks to the archive’s advanced filtering options and a little bit of beginner’s luck:

The Nicest Word There Is…  by Droupy48
Summary: A story about the kids who felt safe in the library.
Word count: 2161
Rating: G
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger

A beautifully written, quiet character piece providing great insights into each character. However, on a more abstract and serious level, this story is as much a story about young McGonagall, Lupin and Hermione Granger as it is a story about the different faces of discrimination and the power of reading.


bimo: (Cornelius_Fudge)
I'm just sporting the brand new Robert Hardy/Cornelius Fudge icon I created in honour of one of my favourite HP characters *g*

Unless your name is [livejournal.com profile] selenak or [livejournal.com profile] cavendish, who already know about this rather unusual preference, you might ask: "What, a Fudge fangirl?". And I'll say "Yes!".

As a bureaucrat and Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fugde adds an interesting layer to Rowling's Wizarding World. Not only is his conflict with Dumbledore an important part of the books' narrative dynamic. A character like Fudge allows the reader to view the rise of Voldemort from an entirely different perspective than that of the Hogwarts heroes. While his motives are only partly guided by concern for the Wizarding World's wellbeing, the maintainance of general peace, order and stability, he doubts Dumbledore's infallability long before others do.

Of course, he's described as selfish, self-important, insecure, somewhat paranoid and unfortunately does not always make the best of choices. But's that's exactly what turns him into such an intriguing character. He's fun to read, and thanks to the wonderful Robert Hardy also great fun to watch.

He's a good reminder that dramaturgical as well as real life conflicts are more than mere black and white issues, but the result of people just being people with diverging fears, passions, opinions, strenghts and flaws.

So, go, Fugde, go!

(While I'll probably go back to bed, since I'm suffering from a nasty cold and my head feels like it's ben stuffed with cotton wool)
bimo: (Christian_Sean_guilty)
Of all the fictional characters I love and adore, I think Julian Bashir put it best: The thirtiest birthday marks the end of youth and the begin of the slow march into middle age.


And so I woke up this morning, fully prepared to greet this very special day with the appropriate amount of grumpiness, and now that:

--  my Dad got up early (which is quite an achievement for him!) and prepared a wonderfully delicious breakfast with croissants, rolls, fresh fruits, cheese and the most exquisite ham

--  checking my f-list I found that I had not only got my very own fanfic writer's appreciation week entry from [livejournal.com profile] cavendish, but also that the amazing [livejournal.com profile] fernwithy had accidentally posted a Remus Lupin birthday story on the very day I'm celebrating my own (according to J.K.R. Remus' b-day is on March, 10th, so this one worked only because of the different time zones)

-- Oh, and I also got the most delightful virtual birthday card from [livejournal.com profile] eretria


So much for trying to be grumpy and depressed *g*

Guys, you are great :-)
bimo: (DRD_beware)
...but I found this one just too cute *g*

Your Harry Potter Wedding by shimmerbaby
Username:
Soon to be:Mrs Neville Longbottom
How he proposed:He wrote it with his blood on a wall.
Maid of honour:Luna
Objections:Lucius Malfoy stormed in declaring his undying love for you.
The outcome:He died from too many "sleeping" activities. *wink*
Created with the ORIGINAL MemeGen!
bimo: (DRD_beware)
This morning, my friendly neighbourhood conservative newspaper Rheinische Post cited a short passage from Cardinal Ratzinger's approving reply to Bavarian publicist Gabriele Kuby, who had recently accused the Harry Potter books not only of undermining Christian values but also of seriously damaging children's ability to make a clear distinction between Good and Evil.

While Kuby's arguments will appear untenable to any unbiased reader (most folks will probably dismiss them as "just the usual fundamentalist propaganda"), they leave me with a feeling of uneasiness, since I pretty much agree with the theory that the true reason for right-wing charges against Harry Potter is not the propagation of fairy tale magic, but the fact that the books seem to encourage individualism and independent thinking rather than blind obedience and conformity.

As a professed individualist, I'm worried.

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