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Happy Birthday MNFF!!

by Rosie @ 11/14/12 16:41  
Today, the 14th November 2012 marks the eighth birthday of Mugglenet Fanfiction!

Created in 2004, our site quickly became a highly popular source for quality writing and we're so glad to still be here all these years later!

Thank you for sticking with us and help yourself to a virtual slice of cake!

Stories We Love

by Rosie @ 11/07/12 11:12  
Hello everyone!

We have over 9800 stories here on our archives that have been collected over the past eight years, and we want to know your favourites!

We're looking for the best quotes from fanfiction and the stories that they come from.

To start us off, we're looking for the most romantic lines in our catalogue of tales! Is there one quote that makes your heart melt, that you can't help but go back to over and over?

Please help us out and post your favourite romance quotes, and their fic titles and authors, in the comments below!

The 2012 Quicksilver Quills - Results!

by coolh5000 @ 10/03/12 22:40  

Hello everyone!

As you may be aware, every year MNFF host the Quicksilver Quill awards which aim to celebrate the best writing that the site has to offer. For several months, users nominate their favourite stores and teams of dedicated judges discuss the stories and vote for the winners. I am please to announce that the 2012 awards have come to a close and the winners are ready to be announced.

All winners will receive a personalised version of this banner, sent to them either by forum PM or email over the next few days. If you head to the beta forums you can also view the list of winners in the community awards which include categories such as Best Reviewer and Best Beta.

The winners for the 2012 awards are as follows:

General
One-Shot - Reveries & Butterflies by lucca4

This is an absolutely beautiful story, with an interesting and unusual viewpoint. Neville is also well-written here, with a good mix of good old Neville and grown-up Healer Longbottom. Stunningly original and heartrending.

AND - Maps by the opaleye

So stylish. I could happily drown in this prose. The story was beautifully written and really sensual, too. I loved the brief snippets of all four couples. They just flowed together so well, that I was sorry to see it end. As someone who doesn't think Neville became an overnight star after his bravery (he was so diffident in the books and that doesn't vanish overnight), I think this story captures him perfectly.

Chaptered - The Unbreakable Curse by Karaley Dargen

The author wove a very good mystery that kept me guessing (and I read a lot of mysteries). What brought the story to life was the characterisation, in fact, as well as the wonderful mystery plot. I also liked the setting of the story and the amount of research Kara must have done to make this believable; the mention of the heliographs, describing the way the curse-breakers worked; it all added to the sense of story. This is such a well-plotted fic, showing great characterisation of both canon characters and OCs, amazing world-building and rather sensational smut.

Dark/Angsty
One-Shot - Hangman by littlebird

The characterisation of Ron is truly exceptional in this fic. This period of time, when the trio is searching for Horcruxes, is a very difficult time for the three of them, but yet, we never really see Ron’s conflicts, especially before he leaves. The author has managed to characterise Ron perfectly, all while in first person. Instead of being told what Ron is feeling, it is incorporated into the narrative, so the reader is never getting the information just thrown at them. The reader really feels as if they are Ron in this story.

Chaptered - Inner Demons by lucca4

This story is so beautifully written. This story manages to draw emotion from the reader without it feeling forced. The characterisation of Draco and Katie and the way that their relationship develops over the two chapters is so well-paced. The tone of desperation and lust is always there, whether it be simmering below or bursting to the surface. The story is intense. The pain that Katie and Draco feel is so well done. It also ends on a hopeful note, which makes it all the more powerful, because otherwise the dark and angst would be too much.

Humour
One-Shot - 'i' Before 'e' by Equinox Chick

The characters in this story were rich and real, and the panel loved the unique take on the Percy/Audrey dynamics. And Percy Weasley? Funny and in-character? You really must see this.

Chaptered - Much Ado About Nothing by Argelfraster

This story charmed the judging panel with its clever mesh of Potterverse and Shakespeare, but without taking away from the power of either. It takes a brow-raising pairing in the form of Filch/Pince and really makes an audience believe in them and want them to be happy, all while sporting snappy, witty dialogue. It was the clear winner.

Alternate Universe
Quiet In Our Town by the opaleye

Julia, we’re giving you this award only on the condition that you write more! I’m not sure any of us thought we’d be saying we needed more zombie apocalypse but we absolutely do! It's original and fresh, and it's everything AU should be. It was a really brilliant piece of writing. Writing in reverse worked perfectly and I think gave the story even more impact than if we'd seen it in chronological order. When I first heard of the zombies in HP idea floating around I could only picture something slightly ridiculous And yet this worked. It worked really well. It was serious and moving and believable. Wow.

Original Character
Henry Tstosie from Alexandra Quick and the Stars Above by Inverarity

Though not a major character in the story for which he was written, Henry has the feel of a character who is a rich, fully-realised human being and leaves readers wanting to know more about what stories he has to tell. His life has meaning and scope outside of the realm of the story and the main character. Also, the art of portraying an antagonist who is on the side of good is a difficult one, but Inverarity succeeded with flying colours in the form of Henry Tstosie.

Marauder
One-Shot - Vendetta by lucca4

Vendetta was effing amazing, so chillingly violent and showing the very much darker side to Bellatrix's character. It’s such an impressive insight into Bellatrix; she is made understandable, almost, by her past, but you can still see the insanity building in her. The writing is gorgeous, too, with lovely imagery throughout. As an example of skill in writing, Vendetta takes it. Bellatrix is not a character that I can give my sympathy to, but Ariana made her seem real. I am completely in love with the style and flow of this story. It works so well and makes the story itself and the plot very strong.

Chaptered - Defiance by Gmariam

The plotting was fantastic, and I just think all the characters were really well-rounded and beautifully characterised, particularly James and Lily. I couldn't forget Defiance. The plot was so jaw-droppingly amazing. The characterisation in this fic is outstanding and I loved the twists and turns in the plot. The prose was full of tension and a darkness that was so apt for the plot. It was extremely brilliant and well-thought out.

Post-Hogwarts
One-Shot - The Latecomer by halfaslug

This story had me laughing one minute and nearly crying the next - I genuinely don’t think any piece of writing has made me go through emotions so fast before. The characterization is so...perfect. I love the little portraits of grief, and I love Fred and George's trademark silliness. It was a marvelous way to bring closure. I was truly blown away by this, it is so well-written. In addition, despite being quite humorous, it still deals with the subject matter sensitively. Even though I've read tons of fics about this period before, this one still kept me interested and I still evoked strong emotions in me which is a testament to just how good the writing is.

AND - Steel Hearts by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor

This was a wonderfully written story focusing on two characters we don’t hear about that often. The perspectives of one person just few years younger than Harry and one just a few older were interesting, different experiences of the war than we saw in canon. Romilda Vane is not a likable person in the books, but Jess shows how her actions towards Harry were just the result of, well, being a teenager, and that actually she's a nice person. The characters have complex, sometimes conflicting, motivations for continuing to meet with each other. It feels very…human. Their characterization isn’t sacrificed to bang on about the themes of the story. It’s just a brilliant story!

Chaptered - Uncommon Friends by Gmariam

I liked this forging of an unlikely friendship, and the ways Draco and Neville been there for each other over the years. They're both well-characterized, and Gina made it work very well. This fic also tugged at my heartstrings. It showed not only their friendship, but what Draco and Neville made of their lives after Hogwarts, and I liked the details of their lives, from Neville's studies to Draco trying to cut out his Dark Mark and the subsequent drug addiction to their wives and families. Gina does a wonderful job in creating circumstances under which Draco and Neville might conceivably be friendly. Her evolution of that friendship shows us how people really can change.

Next Generation
One-Shot - Today Is Victory Day by Maple_and_PheonixFeather

It's a touching and powerful story, which is about more than characterising Next Generation characters in a believable way and with an interesting plot, but tapping into something deeper than that. It’s also a very universal fic in that Maple captures something which is so relatable to real life. It's elegantly written, and Lily's characterisation is so well done, without seeming overbearing, something that's so easy to do in the first person, as well as the present tense. Her internal monologue gives such a strong impression of a very clever, thoughtful teenager, without that seeming unrealistic.

Chaptered - Stars or Carousels by Equinox Chick

As a Next-Gen story, it is exemplary of what this category can offer. Nothing is typical about it. James isn't the usual James-The-Marauder-Reincarnated; he has some of Harry's hesitancy and doubt. Dominique isn't a carbon copy of her mother, either - she's more down-to-earth, and she has some of the same doubts that James does.The canon details are firm and it feels very much a part of the Potterverse. The way the author unfurled Dominique and James's relationship - from the humorous opening scene to the heartbreaking last section - was perfect. The structure is so beautiful, slipping backwards and forwards in time very easily, and never feeling over-worked or complicated. The central image of the stars or carousels is so powerful, and memorable long, long afterwards.

Poetry
Enterprising Young Men by Equinox Chick

Reading this poem is like taking a walk through the twins' life. It is by far the greatest tribute to the twins that I’ve had the good fortune to experience. It’s also a wonderful example of prose poetry, equipped with a particular rhythm that carries me like a tide. Enterprising Young Men has stayed with me ever since I read it for the first time. I remember being in awe of it then and I still am. It still hits me in the gut each time I read those final two lines, and that is the mark of a truly powerful poem - when you can read it over and over and still feel like it’s the first time.

Canon Romance
One-Shot - Another Horcrux Down by WeasleyMom

Every emotion, every word, every moment was just so perfect. It had a great feel to it without being overbearing, and it really allowed the reader to get into the mood of being down in the Chamber. The language is beautiful, I loved the characterisation of both Ron and Hermione, and Lori built up the tension so beautifully in such a short story. Ron's sense of humor, Hermione's deep-down insecurity, the whole scene with the Horcrux, their interactions, everything is just pitch-perfect.

Chaptered - Raindrops by Gmariam

The characterisation of James and Lily was wonderful. They have that canon feel to them, but there is so much more that Gina added to make them fuller and more alive. The author also presents what is probably the most prolific type of story in the fandom - a seventh year Lily/James fic - in a way that is fresh and solid enough that it reads as if this were the only way it could've happened.

Non-Canon Romance
One-ShotLove is Like a Wrong Turn on a Cold Night by lucca4

This story was just breathtaking, packed with intense emotion and with so many twists and turns that each one was a fresh blow. In so few words, Ariana has created complex, 3D characters who really work in the situations they're put into, particularly how their self-loathing kept them from really being happy together. There’s something very much unconventional about the story that makes it impossible to stop reading.

ChapteredWhere We Started From by Equinox Chick


There were so many little touches in Carole’s characterisation that made everything fit so well into canon. Ginny was both the girl we know from the books and a character who has matured and changed because of the conflicts of her sixth year, and Dean was very much a likeable character. This, therefore, is a perfect example of a non-canon romance story. The relationship works without breaking canon characterisation. It picks up the characters from the books with the backstory they share and builds something from there. Also, the deviation from canon feels natural, rather than forced, and that's what makes this story a winner.



Same Sex Pairing
One-Shot - Truth or Dare by Equinox Chick

Carole did an amazing job of taking two disliked characters from the books and turning them into, perhaps not loveable, but endearing characters. Both Cormac and Zach are very well portrayed here. They are completely in character from what we saw in the books, but they have still matured to where this story takes place. The way that these two people who never interacted in the books and are two of the most despised characters in the series bounce off each other and relate to each other is fantastic. The truth or dare motif was never too much, too forced, but ran through the story smoothly, making it more coherent.

Chaptered - Shadows Deep by Equinox Chick

What amazed me was the style of writing. There was the correct formalness of the era, but the intense moments were so intimate and well-written. This story was a mastery of twisted logic and devious games. Their relationship was so interesting and used as a springboard for the plot so well; it kept me hooked all the way through. The plot in it is good and highly believable, the characters in it are rich (both canon and OC), the world-building is terrific for a shorter piece, and nothing felt anachronistic. It just felt so heavily like it was canon.

Audiofictions Returns!

by Roxy Black @ 06/04/12 0:11  

The Magic Lives Beyond The Books


Hello everyone! We are really pleased to announce the return of our fantastic audiobook podcast - Audiofictions!


All 150+ previous episodes can be found in one place, either through the Audiofictions iTunes feed, their libsyn page or via internet archive.


We're really excited to see this fantastic service return and we're in a much more stable service this time so we're here to stay!


Don't forget to subscribe for your latest episode featuring fantastic stories from around MuggleNet Fanfiction!


You can also connect to Audiofictions on Facebook or Twitter


Keep an eye out for their homepage here on MNFF soon, but in the meantime you can visit them at their forum on our beta boards - The Black Lake!


Let us know what you think about the podcast in the comments below!

Quicksilver Quill Awards

by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor @ 06/02/12 20:28  

Hello, and welcome to the seventh annual Quicksilver Quill awards!

Since 2006, the Quicksilver Quills have celebrated the best writing MNFF has to offer, last year giving 22 awards across twelve categories. Each year stories are nominated by our members and then judging panels made up of some of MNFF’s finest readers and writers assess each nomination and decide upon the winners.

This year, in addition to the writing awards, we are adding an exciting new element -- the Forum Quicksilver Quills! You will find more information about these and how they will be run in the Forum Awards sub-forum. You must be a member of the beta forums to be eligible to participate in the Forum Awards.

This year there will once again be twelve categories. In each category there may be one or two winners, and winners may be separated into one-shots and chaptered.




Categories

Best General Story
Best Dark/Angsty Story
Best Humor Story
Best Canon Romance Story
Best Non-Canon Romance Story
Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Best Alternate Universe Story
Best Poetry
Best Marauders' Era Story
Best Post-Hogwarts Story
Best Next Generation Story
Best Original Character

Nomination threads open today and will close on the 23rd July, at which point judging will begin. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination either via the forums or as a comment on the archives. We are looking to find the absolute best stories from the last twelve months. They should be well-written, have engaging plots and characters, and be a good representation of the category they are nominated in (though they don’t necessarily have to have been submitted to the corresponding archive category). In short, they should be the stories that make you go WOW.

The rules are similar to previous years but please refresh yourself with them anyway to make sure you nominate the right stories in the right categories.

Rules

+ Only stories written (or in the case of chaptered fics updated) since the 1st June 2011 are eligible to be nominated.
+ Stories do not have to be in the corresponding archive category to be nominated. For example, a story may be in a romance category but if you think it is particularly funny, it can be nominated in humor.
+ An author or story can win more than one award in the same year. We reserve the right to place a cap on the number of awards given to any one author/story at a later date.
+ An author is eligible to win in a category they have been either winner or runner up in before.
+ Winning stories from previous years may not be nominated again in any category, though with the twelve month rule, we do not expect this to be an issue.
+ Please use the form below and ensure you provide a working link. Nominations that do not follow the correct format will be removed. Try to consolidate your nominations as much as possible.
+ Do not second nominations -- seconding clutters up threads and gives an unrealistic indication of how many stories have been nominated. Having more than one nomination does not increase a story’s chances of winning.
+ Any author can be nominated, including moderators.
+ The judging committees reserve the right not to present an award in any categories where they do not feel the standard of nominations is high enough.

Judging

As with last year, I will be opening a thread in this forum for members to volunteer to be judges. Judging can be demanding but also fun, and we really value the input of as many members as possible in the judging process. You can find more information on judging in the sign-up thread over on the beta boards. If you don’t have an account on the beta boards, you can sign up for one and follow procedures to be sorted into a house. You can then sign up for judging.


 


Nominations



Most of the nominating will be done on the forums but if you don’t have a forum account then you can nominate stories by posting a comment on this post. All the above rules still apply. To nominate in this way please, use the following form for your post:


Nomination category (this should be award category, not archive category):
Title of story and link:
Author:
Chaptered/One-shot:
Reason for nomination:




Any nominations which do not use the appropriate form will be removed.




Finally…

If you have any questions, please post below!

Now Hiring New Moderators

by mudbloodproud @ 05/24/12 0:10  
Hello! We’re looking for new additions to our mod family, to help the site run smoothly and be an enjoyable and interesting place for all who use it.



We are accepting applications to fill several open moderator positions. Before applying, please be aware that being a moderator at Mugglenet Fan Fiction requires time and dedication, so please only apply if you feel you have to time to contribute.



As a moderator, you would be required to fulfill the following duties:

- Moderate a certain number of stories every month.

- Participate in important decision-making discussions regarding the site.

- Answer any questions Mugglenet Fan Fiction members may have.

- Tend to the Beta Forums.



There are several characteristics we look for in our moderators, such as:

- Leadership

- Motivation to help others

- Courtesy toward others

- Respect



We only hire moderators who display strong reading and writing skills. Applicants should have or should be willing to create an account at the Beta Forums. All applicants must be at least 13 years of age.



Please fill out the following form when applying:





Screenname/Name:

How long have you been part of MNFF?

Stories on MNFF:

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Qualifications: (Beta work, PI accreditation, real life qualifications)

Possible Problems (Anything you see that may hinder your ability to mod. Please be honest)

Why you want to mod:

Names of people who will be recommending you:




You will also be required to include three recommendations. At least one of these recommendations must be from another member of Mugglenet Fan Fiction. Remember that the best recommendations are ones that are objective and highlight both strengths and weaknesses. Many members are willing to give constructive recommendations, including some moderators. Please though, respect the availability of mods and members when asking for recommendations. Recommendations must be received within two weeks of application.





Applications and recommendations should be sent to mnffstaff1@gmail.com. NOT the staff or any of the mods emails. ALL recommendations should be sent directly to this email, not through the applicant. Please be sure that the recommendations are clearly marked, with the subject line reading 'Mod Recommendation for (username).' Once your complete application has been received (including the necessary recommendations), you will receive a confirmation email. Good luck!


New Password Requests

by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor @ 03/26/12 14:42  

As some of you have come to notice, due to the malfunction in our email system, new passwords have not been sent out upon request, keeping many people from accessing their accounts. There are also many who register for the beta boards who can't validate their account because they didn't get the email. We are currently working on the issue, but in the meantime, we have devised a way for passwords to be reset and account validations to be completed.


If you need your password reset or account validated, please comment on this post on the Beta Forums: http://fanfiction.mugglenet.com/forums/showthread.php?69418-Password-Reset-Requests&p=449752#post449752

You do not need to be logged in to comment on this thread or even to have an account over there, so if you've forgotten your password, then you should be okay.

Thank you for your readership and continued use of our site, and we apologise for any inconveniences caused by these malfunctions.

Submission Update

by coolh5000 @ 02/06/12 22:11  
As of today (6th February) the queue is accepting submissions once again. You may once again submit stories. We are expecting there to be somewhat of a spike in submissions as people add the stories they have been working on during the downtime, so please be patient if it takes a few days longer than normal to get to your story. Thanks again for sticking with us!

Submission Problems

by coolh5000 @ 01/25/12 12:06  
EDIT: 5th Feb 2012 - We apologise for the continued problems with story submission and are still doing our best to fix things. We will update here once the queue is functional again. Thank you for sticking with us.



We are currently experiencing problems with submitting stories. We are working on the problem and doing our best to find a solution. In the mean time, if you encounter an error when submitting your story, please wait a few hours and try again. We will update here as and when we know more. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Strike Against Censorship!

by Roxy Black @ 01/18/12 15:30  
Here at MNFF we generally avoid anything political as we believe everyone has the right to free speech and free thought.

Today however, this freedom is being threatened and we must speak out. MNFF is a creative fansite, encouraging members to use existing material to inspire their own content. Under the controls of SOPA and PIPA, we would not be able to offer this service and MNFF would likely be shut down. JK Rowling herself has said she has no problem with fanfiction, but our creative use of trademarks and copyrighted imagery would be in breach of these acts and we would be silenced.


"Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to your school!" yelled Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Andrew Slack of the HPA shared this with us: Today an untold number of people across the world are standing up for a human network that is changing the world for the better. Today, we are showing an old order that the time is over when American people would look the other way as laws like SOPA and PIPA get passed to supposedly "protect" artists. Today, the Internet strikes back to expose the Orwellian language for what it is.
The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) is joining wikipedia, Boing Boing, Reddit, Mozilla, Word Press, Google, and thousands more doing our duty to protect our rights! Check out their web site now...its the same as Wikipedia and thousands of others: The Harry Potter Alliance

Join the largest online protest in history: tell Congress to stop this bill now!

The 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards - Results!

by coolh5000 @ 11/03/11 15:38  
For the past two months, judging committees have been working their way through the Quicksilver Quill nominations, deciding which stories represent the best writing produced by MNFF authors over the past 12 months. I am now pleased to say that all committees have come to a decision, and I can announce the 22 stories that have been given awards this year.



I am also excited to reveal this year's winning banner, designed by the very talented, the opaleye. You can see a preview here:



Click!




The banners have all been edited with the winner's details and I'll be sending them out in the next hour or so. Please let me know if you notice any spelling errors (they'll all be my fault.)



Okay, enough waffling from me. Just a couple more notes - two categories have joint winners, where the judges simply could not choose between them. Not every category has a chaptered and one-shot winner but most do. Judges will be thanked in a separate post. Here is the list of the 2011 QSQ award winners:




Best General Story: Glass Ginny by WeasleyMom



A realistic portrayal of difficult emotions. I was drawn in, even wishing for more at the end. The depth of emotion suppressed and then unleashed in the story was exceptional. The characterisation is excellent and believable –Ginny’s gradual break-down was incredibly moving and it was handled so well. This was an incredibly emotional and wonderful story.



Best Dark/Angsty Story:

- One-shot: What Lies Behind by C_A_Campbell



The story was incredibly well-written. The author definitely brought Theo alive in my eyes. She gave him a backstory, and made him more three dimensional than he appears in the books. This is one of the best uses of second person I've seen. The characterization was beautiful and kept the story moving from the beginning. At the end I found I had tears in my eyes.



- Chaptered: Lacuna Mentis by hestiajones



I just LOVE the mystery here. The entire time I was reading the fic I was attempting to piece things together, reformulating my theories constantly, and it kept me guessing pretty much up to the end, which was just brilliant. This was quite riveting to read. It captured my imagination, and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. The characterisation was excellent - Theo's character is flawed and lonely, confused, depressed and occasionally angry, and he propels the Darkness of the story forward.



Best Humor Story:

- One-Shot:
The Seven Potters by Gmariam



In this fic, Gmariam introduces us to the various aspects of Harry's personality in such a way that can be appreciated both as a character analysis and as a parody of other fan fictions where Harry's characterization is based solely on just one of those aspects of his personality. It is a nice change from the Harry we normally see, as well as being very well written and well structured. It was subtly humorous and unlike anything the panel had ever read. Hilarious and creative, this story is definitely deserving of the Best Humor One Shot QSQ.



- Chaptered: Taking Direction by WeasleyMom



Taking Direction is a fresh and hilarious look at book vs. movie canon. This fic shows the differences between the books and movies in a way that makes the book-loving reader snort with laughter rather than the usual reaction of grumbling and ranting. This piece was laugh-out-loud funny in many places, and quite a few judges find themselves eagerly awaiting updates. It was a creative and original idea and leaves the reader wanting more.



Best Canon Romance Story

- One-Shot:
How To Wait by WeasleyMom



I believe this might be my favourite story nominated. This truly is a powerful story. Weasley Mom managed to write something about this pair that is so often unstated, and that's that they really understand each other despite the fact that they're pretty different. The characters are very in-character, and the situation is so real, such a normal problem for a couple, but it's something that hurts and I feel like that was portrayed so well here. Throughout the books we see a lot of Hermione and Ron fighting, and I feel like this one-shot really solidified the reason of why they stayed together.



- Chaptered: Because You Came by hestiajones



This fic encompasses one of the main things a good canon romance should have: we know how the ending goes, so it's up to the author to make the journey still intriguing and unique. This story definitely did that. The characterisation of Draco is fabulous. He's not the leather trousered fanfic version, but still the rather selfish, snide and petty boy from Hogwarts and yet we can see that he's growing up. Also, as a miscellaneous character piece - I like how even Goyle, a supporting character, was really fleshed-out and true to what we see in the books.



Best Non-Canon Romance Story

- One-Shot:
The Substitute by hestiajones



This piece is written extremely well. The emotion is just so amazing, and the story was fascinating. The plot is fresh, it is creative, and furthermore, it is very well rounded in terms of being well written and believable. The pairing is a bit shocking at first, but it isn't unreasonable, really. It's dealt with well, and the age gap is really reflected in the way they interact.



- Chaptered: In the Ashes by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor



This story is raw and it’s intense. The plot moves and the characterisation is complete and really great. Oliver and Katie are really well characterised by the author, and it all feels very natural. In the Ashes is emotionally involving and has well rounded characters. It is very well written and immediately engaging.



Best Same-Sex Pairing Story: It Takes Two To Tango by lucca4



I thought this was a very realistic approach to how two girls who are best friends realise that they are attracted to each other. The problems in their relationship were dealt with very well. The "tango" metaphor was also beautifully written. The author chose missing moments in canon to explore a relationship of sorts between Parvati and Lavender, and made it quite realistic at that too. The author had spot-on characterization of both Lavender and Parvati.



And: Monochrome by Equinox Chick



Carole made an often overused Marauder Era pairing believable with stellar characterisation, solid plot and poetic style. There was so much emotion packed into this piece and you could really feel the sexual tension. She also added a gut-wrenching plot twist that left readers gasping. It has all the awkwardness of two boys who lust/love each other but can't truly act on due to society pressure. The complexity of the teenage 'love triangles' added quite a lot of depth to the story.



Best Alternate Universe Story

- One-Shot:
Going Against Salazar’s Grain by hestiajones



I think this fic is amazing and despite its short length, there is a lot in there. It left me quite in awe. One, the writing is impeccable, and two, the way in which the premise is explored really makes sense. Natalie peels back Albus’s traits slowly and carefully until we finally get to see his Sorting. AU is notorious for its poor characterisation and yet this fic proves it is possible to explore an AU premise and keep the character in a recognisable state. I just think this is so wonderfully done.



- Chaptered: Halfway to Infinity by Eponine



The world building is amazing, and the characters are real and relatable to me. Lottie is a great main character in that I want to root for her, but I shake my head at her behaviour quite often. I really connected with the characters even though Lottie isn't always a very likeable person. She is flawed and human. I love that. The plot was very clever and obviously planned out in so much detail. I loved all the twists and turns, and sudden cliff-hangers. Halfway to Infinity is a really excellent example of how good Alternate Universe can be.



Best Poetry: The Lady Hufflepuff by minnabird



This poem both retains the influence of the poem which it mirrors, yet works in its own right. The rhyme and rhythm is effortless, the story epic and tragic. It's a brilliant ode to Hufflepuff house as well as a clever, beautiful piece of writing.



And: The Lost Weeks by the opaleye



This poem is an amazing work of art. The language and imagery are gorgeous, the story beautiful and emotional. The challenging sestina form flows wonderfully and leaves the reader with the feeling of having read something both difficult yet simple, deep and moving.



Best Marauders' Era Story:

- One-Shot:
Whatever Happened to Saturday Night by Simply Being



I love the fast pace of it all, the drunkenness of it and how the Marauders are portrayed. This fic is so unique and manages in under a thousand words to capture so many emotions. Saturday Night is a great tribute to the end of the Hogwarts era, the time when the Marauders were the kings of their world. This fic is so different from any other ME fic I've read. It captures the spirit of the Marauders so well and makes you feel off balance just like the characters would in a time that is so uncertain. The tone makes so much sense considering the age of the Marauders.



The Marauder judging committee would also like to give a special mention to Doubt by lucca4. They had a tough time picking between the two, and really wanted this fic to be given recognition for its unique structure and excellent characterisation.



- Chaptered: Juggling by Equinox Chick



This is a beautifully written story and it manages to fit so well with canon. Carole has done a lovely job with the group dynamic as usual. It's a brilliant story both in terms of plot and the characters. The Marauders are spot on, and it's also interesting to see their dynamic from a different perspective. Dita is a wonderful character, really different from your typical Marauder OC. I liked how the tone of the piece changes throughout as the characters and the world around them changes, first starting off childlike and gradually getting darker. Carole wrote a believable and loveable OC and almost made me wish that James had run away with Dita. As a diehard James/Lily fan, that's the best compliment I could give.



Best Post-Hogwarts Story

- One-Shot:
All the Time in the World by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor



I really love how this story was built. Everything tied up wonderfully, and I loved the ending as well. It’s very realistic. The characterisation is perfect. I could see the Harry from the books in this adult version, and his character was very well developed by the author. The emotion of this fic was very real, and I found it completely heart-breaking. I thought it was well-paced and was completely drawn in from beginning to end.



- Chaptered: In the Ashes by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor



The characterisation in this fic is very good and really makes the story. The dynamic between the pair of them feels real. There are various elements to this fic that give it a nice feel of balance: at times it is heartwrenching and yet at others it's very lighthearted and amusing; there's romance but also the intrigues and backstabbing of the world of professional quidditch. It's a story with a little bit of everything, but it doesn't feel fragmented for that. The world building is excellent and though this may seem like a romance fic at times, it definitely has a place in the Post-Hogwarts category.



Best Next Generation Story:

- One-Shot:
The Bookshop Owner's Gift by h_vic



This is a very refreshing take on Rose/Scorpius. As the nominator said, this pairing has almost become a cliché yet Hannah has avoided that and written something completely original. The Bookshop Owner's gift was just magical and the characterisation was excellent. It was almost as much about the romance between books and readers as that between Rose and Scorpius. That said, the romance aspect of it was very masterfully woven in. It was quite realistic, and also very sweet.



- Chaptered: High by Equinox Chick



Carole certainly weaves an excellent story that fits into canon, her characterizations are wonderful and her plot lines intriguing. Carole does a really excellent job of characterizing these characters. We hardly know them from canon, apart from who their parents are, but they seem like really logical extrapolations of what those characters' children would be like. The way she has weaved multiple character arcs and plotlines is brilliant - there is so much in this fic and it is written so vividly that it feels real.



Best Original Character: Dita from Juggling by Equinox Chick



Though we never even learn her last name, Dita is such a rich and fulfilled character. So much of her feelings and passions and ways of thinking are artfully woven into a relatively short story. As a Muggle, she adds an interesting view to the world of magic, and her relationship with James provides a fascinating contrast between Lily and Snape's friendship. This character also adds a different-than-usual take on what had changed the James Potter from Snape’s Worst Memory to the man who Lily fell in love with and married.

Now Hiring Moderators

by mudbloodproud @ 10/30/11 17:59  
As the queue grows larger, the number of staff members must grow as well! We're looking for new additions to our mod family!



For the next three weeks, we will receive any and all applications to fill several open moderator positions. Before applying, please be aware that being a moderator at Mugglenet Fan Fiction requires time and dedication. Please do not apply if you do not feel that you are able to handle the job.



As a moderator, you would be required to fulfill the following duties:


- Moderate a certain number of stories every week.

- Participate in important decision-making discussions regarding the site.

- Participate in periodic moderator meetings via AOL Instant Messenger.

- Answer any questions Mugglenet Fan Fiction members may have.

- Tend to the Beta Forums. .



There are several characteristics we look for in our moderators, such as: .


- Leadership.

- Motivation to help others.

- Courtesy toward others.

- Respect.



We also only hire moderators who display strong reading and writing skills. All applicants must have an AOL Instant Messenger screenname as well as a Livejournal as these are the two tools moderators use to communicate to one other. Applicants should also have or should be willing to create an account at the Beta Forums. All applicants must be at least 13 years of age. .




Please fill out the following form when applying:




Screenname/Name:

How long have you been part of MNFF?

Stories on MNFF:

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Qualifications: (Beta work, PI accreditation, real life qualifications)

Possible Problems: (Anything you see that may hinder your ability to mod. Please be honest) .

Why you want to mod: .

Names of people who will be recommending you:




You will also be required to include three recommendations. At least one of these recommendations must be from another member of Mugglenet Fan Fiction. Remember that the best recommendations are ones that are objective and highlight both strengths and weaknesses. Many members are willing to give constructive recommendations, including some moderators. Please though, respect the availability of mods and members when asking for recommendations.






Applications and recommendations should be sent to mnffstaff1@gmail.com. NOT the staff or any of the mods emails. ALL recommendations should be sent directly to this email, not through the applicant. Please be sure that the recommendations are clearly marked, with the subject line reading 'Mod Recommendation for (username).' Once your complete application has been received (including the necessary recommendations), you will receive a confirmation email. Applications will be open until November 20th. Good luck!



Site Issues Resolved

by Roxy Black @ 09/14/11 10:02  
After several hours without the forums today, we think we've finally got our issues resolved and the site is now back up and running again.

Unfortunately we were not able to restore those chapters that were in the queue so we would now invite those authors to resubmit. If you have any issues, please let us know.

Thank you all for your patience.

Site Issues

by Roxy Black @ 09/10/11 18:05  
Over the last couple of days the archives have been experiencing a few problems that have resulted in us being forced to close the queue again for the time being.

Any chapters that were in the queue have unfortunately been deleted, however we will hopefully be able to restore them when we reopen. Please bear with us while we investigate these issues.

We'll post again when the queue reopens, for now please enjoy the stories that are already up on the site. The beta forums are also open for writing help, challenges, discussions and games.

New Look

by Roxy Black @ 08/07/11 10:48  
As many of you may have noticed, Mugglenet Fanfiction has transfigured itself into a new layout over the last few days. Our troublesome adverts have now been hard-coded into the skins which should hopefully make them more comfortable and less disruptive to your pages. We apologise again for having to include them but this is out of our control.

With the advent of the new design, however, we have been able to bring back a few old friends. We now have a selection of 10 skins for you to pick and choose from, allowing you to show some house loyalty (or disloyalty) and enjoy some beautiful artwork that was designed by MNFF members in the past. Simply select your chosen design from the information box on the right and enjoy!

Please make sure you change your skin preferences within your Account Info page. If your account is still set to an old skin, you may find the design you are currently using disappears after certain tasks.

As ever, if you spot any glitches or errors, please report them over on the Beta Forums.

Quicksilver Quills 2011

by coolh5000 @ 07/02/11 17:16  
Nominations opened today for the 2011 Quicksilver Quill Awards - MNFF's annual award ceremony, created to recognise the best writing that MNFF has produced in the last twelve months.



There are twelve categories in this year's awards, honouring the main categories on the archive. In order to nominate your favourite stories from the past year, you will need to create a forum account and be sorted. Once you are in your house, simply visit this link in order to read the rules and nominate.



Nominations are open until the 15th August, so you have plenty of time to make your mind up!

Mysterious May

by Karaley Dargen @ 05/09/11 15:09  
There is a new challenge for oneshots as well as chaptered stories in the Great Hall!

We're trying to blow the Mystery category up, but also get mystery stories into all the other categories on the archives.

There are four prompts, including a co-authored story, plus the extra credit.

Anyone can participate in the challenge, but you need to have an account on the MuggleNet Fan Fiction Beta Forums and need to get sorted. All this works very quickly and easily, and then you can jump right in.

For any questions, you can email me through the archives, or send me a message on the forums.

I really hope to see some fresh faces in there this month! The challenge will remain open until the 13th of June.

Addition to Email Problems Post

by Kim @ 03/04/11 10:54  
There have been a few changes to mod categories since the staff page was last updated. Please contact the following mods for information about your story:

History: theblacksister
Mystery: Karaley Dargen
Poetry: luinrina
Post-Hogwarts: Viv
Next-Gen: solemnlyswear_x
MWPP: mudbloodproud
Ron/Hermione: Karaley Dargen
Harry/Ginny: Viv
Ron/Hermione & Harry/Ginny: Colores
Other Pairings: luinrina
Harry/Hermione: solemnlyswear_x
Hermione/Draco: NikkiSue
Harry/OC: luinrina
Ron/OC: mudbloodproud
Hermione/OC: Phoenix5225 (phoenixmnff@gmail.com)
James/Lily: Colores
Severus/Lily: theblacksister
Draco/Ginny: theblacksister
Remus/Tonks: Phoenix5225 (phoenixmnff@gmail.com)
SSP: mugglemathdork/mgle_teacher
AU: mugglemathdork/mgle_teacher

For those categories that do not have a specified moderator (General, D/A, Humor) please email me directly at phoenixmnff@gmail.com and we will track down the mod who worked with your story.

We realize the huge inconvenience this places on everyone, and we appreciate your patience as we get this bug worked out. Thank you!

Email Problems

by NikkiSue @ 03/03/11 19:46  
I wanted to keep all authors in the loop regarding a problem the mods are having when sending emails after a rejection or validation.

We have discovered that although we are filling out the email forms and submitting them to the authors, they are not all making it to their destination. In order to attempt to fix the problem, we are - beginning tomorrow March 4th - going to be keeping track of rejection letters we send out. This way if an email does not make it to an author, we can pull up the document with what we had stated in the message and communicate it to those questioning our rejections.

As far as validated chapters, all I can recommend is to keep an eye on your account and watch from there.

Please remember to contact the moderator in charge of each category when you have issues with rejections. The names and categories are listed on the staff page to your left.

We thank you in advance for your continued patience and welcome any questions in the space below.

Admin

by mudbloodproud @ 12/10/10 17:13  
As the queue grows larger, the number of staff members must grow as well! We're looking for new additions to our mod family!



For the next two weeks, we will receive any and all applications to fill several open moderator positions. Before applying, please be aware that being a moderator at Mugglenet Fan Fiction requires a lot of time and a lot of dedication. Please do not apply if you do not feel that you are able to handle the job.



As a moderator, you would be required to fulfill the following duties:

- Moderate a certain number of stories every week.

- Participate in important decision-making discussions regarding the site.

- Participate in periodic moderator meetings via AOL Instant Messenger.

- Answer any questions Mugglenet Fan Fiction members may have.

- Tend to the Beta Forums.



There are several characteristics we look for in our moderators, such as:

- Leadership

- Motivation to help others

- Courtesy toward others

- Respect



We also only hire moderators who display strong reading and writing skills. All applicants must have an AOL Instant Messenger screenname as well as a Livejournal as these are the two tools moderators use to communicate to one other. Applicants should also have or should be willing to create an account at the Beta Forums. All applicants must be at least 13 years of age.



Please fill out the following form when applying:




Screenname/Name:

How long have you been part of MNFF?

Stories on MNFF:

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Qualifications:
(Beta work, PI accreditation, real life qualifications)

Possible Problems: (Anything you see that may hinder your ability to mod. Please be honest)

Why you want to mod:

Names of people who will be recommending you:




You will also be required to include three recommendations. At least one of these recommendations must be from another member of Mugglenet Fan Fiction. Remember that the best recommendations are ones that are objective and highlight both strengths and weaknesses. Many members are willing to give constructive recommendations, including some moderators. Please though, respect the availability of mods and members when asking for recommendations.





Applications and recommendations should be sent to mnffstaff2@hotmail.com, NOT the staff email. ALL recommendations should be sent directly to this email, not through the applicant. Please be sure that the recommendations are clearly marked, with the subject line reading 'Mod Recommendation for (username).' Once your complete application has been received (including the necessary recommendations), you will receive a confirmation email. Applications will be open until December 25th. Good luck!