The Great MNFF Tumblr Challenge!
by the opaleye @ 11/08/13 20:05
As the MuggleNet Fanfiction presence on Social Media grows, so does our need for fun and interesting content! Our Tumblr page recently passed another follower milestone, and to celebrate we will be running a competition to produce new content that will encourage more Tumblr users to check out all the wonderful fanfiction that our site has to offer.
If you are a Tumblr user already, you will be familiar with all the beautiful graphics and art that is produced over there. Your challenge is simple: create content based on a particular fic. We’ve already had several users create graphics and art for various fics so check out these examples:
A Palisade of Persuasion
Going Against Salazar’s Grain
But don’t feel the need to stop at gif sets and edits. Any kind of art or creative content will be welcome. If you like making fanvideos then pick a fic and bring it to life! If you want to cosplay a scene from a fic and send in the photos then that’s great too! Be creative and, most of all, have fun.
The only stipulation is that your creations are based on a fic from MuggleNet Fanfiction and that somewhere in your Tumblr post you credit the fic and link back.
Having an excerpt from the fic will help, too, but it’s not necessary. If you click on the examples above, you’ll see what we mean.
Who can enter?
Anyone as long as you are following at least one of MuggleNet’s or MuggleNet Fanfiction’s social media sites. This could be tumblr, facebook, twitter, instagram, you name it! If you aren’t following us on social media, you must be a member of MuggleNet Fanfiction itself.
What’s in it for me?
Well, apart from creating content for our site, there will be a few perks for taking part.
An overall winner will be chosen by a team of MuggleNet Fanfiction moderators. The winner will be featured on the main MuggleNet site as well as our various social media sites, and receive an official WB Deathly Hallows Key Ring!
Any exceptional creations will be featured on the main MuggleNet site as well as our various social media sites.
For MNFF Beta Board users only:
All entries will receive 5 participation points with an extra 2 points for each additional piece of content. Please keep track of what you have entered by linking to them in this post
using the following form.
Link to entry:
(Please link to each entry you submit. This could be the direct link to the MNFF tumblr or your personal tumblr blog. If you have explicit or profane content on your personal tumblr blog that is not family friendly then please link to the MNFF tumblr instead. This means you might have to wait until it is reblogged by MNFF.)
How to Submit
1. If you have a Tumblr account and wish to post your creations yourself,
then that is fine. Just be sure to tag your post with ‘mugglenet’ and ‘mugglenet fanfiction’.
Then submit a link to your post on the MuggleNet FanFiction Tumblr Submissions page here.
2. If you do not wish to post your creation to your personal tumblr
, then submit your post on the MuggleNet Fanfiction Tumblr submissions page here
3. If you do not have a Tumblr account,
then please email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line ‘Tumblr Challenge Submission’. Please include whatever name you want us to credit you with.
+You must be a member of MuggleNet Fanfiction OR following one of the Mugglenet or MuggleNet Fanfiction social media sites.
+You must base your creations on a fanfiction story that is posted on MuggleNet Fanfiction.
+You must credit and link to said fanfiction.
+No sexually explicit or violent imagery, please!
+If you are posting your creation yourself, tag your submissions with ‘mugglenet’ and ‘mugglenet fanfiction’.
This challenge will run from now until December 7th, 11:59pm GMT.
Quicksilver Quill Awards 2013
by the opaleye @ 09/30/13 17:47
As you know the QSQs are about awarding the best writing MNFF authors have had to offer that year. Nominations are received across twelve categories and separated in one-shot and chaptered stories. This year, due to a few joint winners, we have 27 winners in total across the 12 categories.
Like in previous years, winners of the awards will also receive a personalised banner, created by one of MNFF's finest bannermakers and chosen through a special competition. This year's winning banner was created by the very talented minnabird and you can view a sneak peak by clicking here
(you might want to wait until after you've checked the winners though as it might spoil one category for you! Banners will be sent out to winners in the next few days.
QSQ Winners 2013
- Noble Souls
The insight the author gave into how much of an influence Grindelwald was having on Dumbledore is chilling. It felt philosophical, especially the arguments regarding morals, and the visible influences Grindelwald had on Dumbledore was stunning. The elegance with which this story is written is just breathtaking. All in all, the judges loved the inclusion of the music and how historically accurate it was and how well it fit the story, which really made it stand out as an exceptional fic and a clear winner.
- Pulling the Strings
by Acacia Carter
This story was so well structured, with unfailing logic in every step of the investigation despite the escalation in the plot. The targets and the methodical nature of this story make it so gripping, and the characters just played off one another so well to make this happen. In terms of characterisation, this is the perfect example of what is definitely the most gripping mystery I have ever read, with stellar characterisation of both OCs and canon characters. And despite its incompleteness, it's intricate, amazingly well-honed, and stunning from top to bottom.
by teh tarik
The author told the story of Merope and Tom Riddle so well, with such a brilliant exploration of Merope’s character — her disastrous upbringing, her desperation and just the obvious discomfort she experiences from the start of the story to the end. But what rendered the judges speechless was the exquisite style and the command the author had over her words, so much so that the story was described as “sick and gorgeous” and, above all, unforgettable.
- Other Side of Glass
by teh tarik
There was so much depth in emotion and darkness in this story, to the point that the judges could really feel the grief for Fred from start to finish. The prose was flawless, the characterisation spot-on and loyal to canon, the plot beautifully crafted and the liberties the author took in terms of style and spacing so effective. There were also so brilliant moments that would make most readers want to laugh and ache and cry at some point or another, especially the exploration of the afterlife. This story stayed with our judges long after reading, and we are all now eagerly awaiting the next update!
We were unable to choose a single winner in this category largely because we were faced with two examples of what a good humour story should be. Both these epitomise the truism that you shouldn’t sacrifice characterisation for laughs because despite having read our winners several times each, the judges were still laughing over and over.
Fear and Loathing in Florida (Mostly Loathing)
The humour is balanced just right between bitterness at their plight and helplessness. From the confusion over Doritos (and how well they're described - ha ha), to the humidity in Florida, this is very funny with laugh out loud moments. Its humour isn't brought about by OOCness or absurdly improbable situations, but rather that it IS in-character and the situation is not all that unlikely.
The characterisation and the situation were very plausible and relatable (I mean, who hasn't woken up after a bender wondering where their pants have gone?). This screamed winner partly because it caught the stages of hangover very well, but mainly because this story also proves that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice characterisation for humour.
- One, Two, Three
by Alice Mac
This story takes an AU situation and truly brings out the pain of it. It's got a lyrical quality to it and almost reads like a very long prose poem to explore Hermione and Harry's loss of Ron. I think it did its job beautifully. It showed a journey through the grieving process for them, and it really did feel like a journey. This fic made my heart ache and I finished it feeling very sad. The emotion was so real and so powerful.
Natalie is so good at writing dark stories that draw you in deeper and deeper as the story goes on. It has a gripping plot and is really quite chilling. Unbreakable takes something that has become a trope in recent years (Ron's death) and turns it into an original story. The characterisation of everyone here is so very strong, and so very IC. The plot is incredible, very intricate, and it works on many levels.
- Danny from Footprints in the Sand
by Equinox Chick
Danny is just so realistic, so thoughtfully drawn, that one could bump into him at the grocery store or the gym or on the street and have no doubt about how real he is. Also he comes across as a person in his own right, rather than just in relation to Oliver -- more specifically, the way he perceives the Wizarding world and the way the author uses our knowledge of it and of Oliver Wood is very accomplished. Not only do we get a chance to witness the type of person he is and how he relates to other people, we get to see his humanity.
Melea from Wind's Nocturne
by Acacia Carter
Despite being a non-human character, Melea is extremely well-rounded and maintains an echo of human thoughts and emotions, which fits perfectly because her character is an personification of the forest around her to connect nature to mankind, and her human qualities don't overbear that truth. And as a dryad, the mythology the author constructs around Melea is very thorough and compelling, which is coupled with superb writing.
- Adrian Radley from Stolen Magic
There is a lot to love about Adrian's character. The way he struggles with morality and his beliefs while everyone around him doesn't always agree with him, and the way this affects him socially, emotionally, and intellectually was amazingly done. He has a very believable mixture of naivety and yet thoughtfulness, as he struggles to understand what is going on which is real for most people his age, but particularly poignant for a boy in his circumstances. Finally, his inner strength to do what he thinks is right by standing with his family at the cost of several friendships really sells his Hufflepuff sorting, as well as a candid view of the 'other side' of the war.
- Love and Order
Marauder era stories need more than a romance at their centre, they need to acknowledge the times and the war that was being fought around them. Love and Order does this brilliantly, giving us a cracking plot and well-thought out characters. Sometimes you just have a gut feeling about a story being great. For me that story is Love and Order. I do think gmariam has done something here that is a step above the typical ME romance fic. The cast of the story is extensive, from Order members to Marauders to Death Eaters to the Ministry, and yet I never felt any of them were underdeveloped in any way. Gina took her time in building chemistry between Frank and Alice while never forgetting the era the story is set in.
- You Can Write The Book
by teh tarik
I thought the author did a beautiful job giving life to a character barely mentioned in the books. We see the world Dennis inhabits, but also his struggle to inhabit it without Colin. The imagery and characterization in this story is lovely - I just kept thinking 'wow' at the writing. The telling of Colin’s life through the pictures he took was unique and sad and beautiful. This, I think, is the perfect PH fic in that it really shows someone’s grieving, but at the same time, shows him celebrating Colin’s life, and that is what made this story so special.
This was a really excellent story, well-written with great characterisation. The author did a stunning job of fleshing out Dennis Creevy post-Hogwarts. This story is incredibly well-written and very chilling. Although the pairing isn't necessarily an original rare-pair, the execution of it, the drawing in of other characters and the events of the story made this very original.
- Laid to Rest
As a Post-Hogwarts story, this, to me, had everything. The story is dark, intense and intriguing. The author writes dark characters well, and flawed characters very well. The characterisation was excellent and even the most minor of characters were well-fleshed out and believably portrayed. The story did a great job of portraying the Post-Hogwarts world through minor characters and the whole story was impeccably written. The plot was certainly intriguing and the judges can’t wait to see how it ends!
Nineteen Days Later
This story is so poignant and I found myself really believing in these events just after the war and getting drawn into the emotions. The plot really worked as well. For a story that only covered a few hours, a lot was happening and I think it was a great interpretation of the Post-Hogwarts world, particularly in the immediate aftermath of the battle. The emotions were so well written and the story moved fluidly between angst and happiness. It was great to see the stories of so many characters that we know and love continued past the books and follow the author’s interpretation of how their lives continued was the battle was over.
- The Last Casualty
This story absolutely charmed us. It is a fantastic exploration of what it could mean to be in the next generation, really getting into the psyche of Teddy but also of the people surrounding him. Teddy and Victoire together make a microcosm of the world they grow up in, and the feeling of loss lingers, yet hope and recovery are also there. It has great pacing, it is well-structured, and the characterisation shines.
- Uncovered by Death
by Equinox Chick
This story manages to construct a Next Gen world that feels as real as a continuation of canon. This is about Draco's son finding a footing in a world full of people his father resented, a world in which his family's dark history is still freshly remembered. The mystery in it is so compelling and the suspense is tightly held.
The Girl In Madam Malkin's
by the opaleye
This poem is beautiful, emotional and painfully sad. Everything about this poem's language and structure works toward its theme of brokenness and grief - I love the stuttering, choked feel of the line breaks. Everything about this poem is subtle and that subtlety adds a richness simply because the message isn't forced on the reader. It's honestly one of the most heart-wrenching poems I've ever read. The language was simple but effective
The Absent Guests
I loved the simplicity of this one, because it let the emotions come alive. I just thought it was so sweet, and the language worked so well to draw Petunia's little orderly world. This was such a lovely, startling and compassionate portrayal of Petunia. I love the voice of this poem, especially the tiny bits of humor with which the narrator presents Petunia's otherwise quite sad situation.It has a very striking opening, but it was the ending lines of this poem that really made it for me, that captured Petunia's voice so beautifully. It had a particularly good use of repetition.
by Equinox Chick
Blackberries is a beautiful portrayal of George and Angelina coming together after a long time, but it's so much more than that. It's George figuring out how to live without Fred, all the while trying to ignore his love for a woman he still believes was Fred's girl. The two struggles are happening together at the same time, and therein lies the originality of this fic. The characterization was flawless; Carole did a wonderful job of showing George's serious side, and of capturing Angelina's personality over the course of a handful of flashbacks. The structure is fabulous, with the call of the Quidditch match ratcheting the drama up throughout the fic and breaking up the memories until it climaxes with her injury. This structure was a brilliant decision.
- Love and Order
Love and Order is brilliant in the way it so beautifully fleshes out two near-OC characters, surrounds them with great supporting characters and an incredibly suspenseful, gripping plot, and develops of their relationship...it perfectly accomplishes this interwoven plot, characterization, and romance, all of which are basically invented by the author. Gina has essentially created Frank and Alice from nothing, given them unique personalities and challenging jobs, got them both into the Order and pulled them into a gripping plot placed in the middle (or beginning, rather) of the first war. The magic in this fic is really impressive, much of it created or tweaked by the author. The emotions are real, and we get to know Frank and Alice as they learn more about one another and are placed in extremely dangerous situations. This is actually a fantastic Marauder Era story, because it really makes the world come alive, but it's also a great canon romance of a tragic and very very relevant couple.
Seven Simple Years
It's hard to fathom what an amazing accomplishment this series of missing moments is. The scope is really something. To start with, the characterization is magnificent. Ron and Hermione's thoughts, feelings, and actions are completely convincing at every age they are shown at, from when they're first-years till they're would-be seventh-years. It's not easy to capture the 14 year old Ron, but the author does so well with this that it feels like canon. In every chapter, they, and their thoughts and feelings and situations, seem so real. I think that the depictions of Ron and Hermione's complicated, ever-changing feelings and thoughts towards each other were the fic's greatest strength; they were really spot on.
- Heart's Desire
When a story grips you like this one, it’s hard to forget. It has everything we want in a fic - from fleshing out older characters, to creating vivid worlds, relationships, and personalities for them. There is something truly magical about the storytelling, here. It’s a bit old-fashioned, and truly enchanting.
- A Palisade of Persuasion
by Equinox Chick
This fic is stunning. Daphne and Lee have such a palpable chemistry. And while the romance is central and integral to this fic, Carole has fleshed it out with so many wonderful and vibrant peripheral characters that add so much colour and life to the narrative, too.
Same Sex Pairing
- Footprints in the Sand
by Equinox Chick
Danny was a brilliant and realistic character, and the depth of his characterisation as an OC was simply amazing. His interactions with Oliver seem so natural and believable, and it was a refreshing change to see Danny be content with his sexuality, even if the way others feel about it is more complex. Danny’s voice was written with remarkable clarity, while Oliver’s more vulnerable side came out in this story beautifully, and their romance was written in an honest and unsentimental manner that really made the story shine.
This was such an ambitious and memorable story that hit many high points in terms of plot and characterisation. The author’s presentation of Remus/Sirius as a pairing was done so beautifully, and in an AU situation at that. Its divergence from canon also means the relationships between the Marauders could be examined more closely, and the author carried this out so well. What was great about this fic was that while being an incredibly gripping, suspenseful story, the pairing was always at the forefront, and there was something so thrilling about reading romance interweaved with action.
The Terrible Two-Shot Halloween Challenge
by the opaleye @ 09/20/13 21:54
For many of us summer has been and gone, and we are now at the mercy of autumn and the coming winter. The days are growing shorter, the evenings cooler, and it is almost time to welcome that “night of all nights”, as Poe once wrote, Halloween.
Your challenge, dear writers, is to embrace the ghouls, the fear, and the dark beyond, with a two-shot, using our prompts below.
Sometimes one chapter is not enough to fully develop character and plot, and committing to something more than a few chapters can be daunting to say the least. The art of the two-shot is to build your world, flesh out your characters, develop your plot, perfect your pacing, and bring everything to a final and satisfying conclusion.
All fics must be comprised of two chapters - no more, no less.
All fics must be between 4000 and 15,000 words, total. This means you could have one chapter of only 1500 words, and the second chapter of 2500 words.
All fics must be in the queue by October 31st, 11:59pm GMT.
You MUST be a Sorted member of the Beta Forums to enter. Please click here for more information.
Let the terror begin!
Ferocious Beasts and How to Avoid Them
“But see, amid the mimic rout,
A crawling shape intrude!
A blood-red thing that writhes from out
The scenic solitude!
It writhes! -it writhes! -with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food,
And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.”
-from The Conqueror Worm by Edgar Allan Poe
With all the Newt Scamander hype, why not crack out some creatures? And what better time to do that than on the spookiest night of the year?
While doing something reckless and stupid on Halloween, your character(s) will encounter a fearsome magical creature. They will have to use their remaining wits and NO MAGIC to get themselves out of an extremely sticky, and possibly bloody, situation. Only time will tell whether they make it out alive.
The Masque of the Red Death
“There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre,
something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited
-from The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
Nothing embraces debauched mystery like a masquerade ball. For this prompt, we are once more taking inspiration from the most macabre of story-tellers, Edgar Allen Poe. Your two-shot must take place at a masquerade ball and during the course of the ball there is a death (or more than one) under suspicious circumstances.
This is your chance to embrace the bacchanal, the intrigue, and the grotesque.
What A Tangled Web We Weave
“And where should a man bring his sweet to woo
But here, where such hundreds were lovers too?
Where lie the dead lips that thirst to kiss,
The empty hands that their fellows miss,
Where the maid and her lover, from sere to green,
Sleep bed by bed, with the worm between?
For it’s turn of the year and All Souls’ night,
When the dead can hear and the dead have sight.”
-from All Souls by Edith Wharton
Who thought meeting in a graveyard on All Hallows Eve could be so romantic? But one half of this couple is not who they say they are, and the other isn’t telling the whole truth either. Will their inauspicious romance end just as grimly as it began? Or can they overcome the spectres of the past?
At least one of your main characters must be canon.
Edit: The forums are back up and running.
The Epistolary Birthday Challenge - TTB Biweekly Drabble Challenge
by @ 09/18/13 10:44
Check out our latest drabble challenge in The Three Broomsticks over on the Beta Forums!
Ah, September, scene of lovely children rushing to Platform nine-and-three-quarters, tripping over owls in cages in their haste to get onto the train. What more fitting subject could there be for a September Challenge?
Well, actually there's this one. Every year a certain birthday gets lost in the excitement of the new year at Hogwarts. I'm talking about Hermione. Dagnabbit, we NEVER see her birthday celebrated in the books. We see Harry's frequently, and Ron's (mind you he's whacked out on Love Potion, but still ...) so let us all get our typing fingers flexed and write some birthday love for Hermione.
This should be in the form of a letter (or several), with someone sending Hermione birthday wishes. It can be anyone, and I mean anyone. Don't let the fact of Voldemort's death put you off his declaration beyond the grave that he loves her. Obviously, your writer might have other things he/she wishes to say, so don't restrict it to 'Happy Birthday, Mione!' because that would be boring.
This competition will close on September 24th at 10pm BST.
You must be a member of the Beta Forums to enter. Click here
to go to the challenge thread.
by the opaleye @ 09/02/13 20:04
Previously, most poetry challenges on the beta boards have been exclusive to members of our small but lively group, Poetry, Anyone?
However, all poetry challenges will now be open to ALL Sorted members of the Beta Boards. So head on over to our forums, get yourself Sorted and start poeting! This month's challenge, All Aboard The Hogwarts Express,
explores the journeys we take while reading the books.
Quicksilver Quill Awards 2013
by the opaleye @ 06/23/13 3:35
Hello, and welcome to the eighth annual
Quicksilver Quill awards!
Since 2006, the Quicksilver
Quills have celebrated the best writing MNFF has to offer, last year
giving 23 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, we will also once again be hosting 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.
In the writing awards 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.
Best General Story
Best Dark/Angsty Story
Best Canon Romance Story
Best Non-Canon Romance
Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Best Alternate Universe
Best Marauders' Era Story
Best Next Generation Story
Nominations are open now 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.
rules are similar to previous years but please refresh yourself with
them anyway to make sure you nominate the right stories in the right
stories written (or in the case of chaptered fics updated) since the
1st June 2012 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
+ Each person may only nominate three stories per category.
+ 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,
+ 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 is done by our members and your can find more information and sign up to judge 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.
Most of the nominating will be done on the forums
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:
Reason for nomination:
Any nominations which do not use the appropriate
form will be removed.
/> If you have any questions, please post below!
MNFF goes Social and Convention-al
by Roxy Black @ 05/30/13 21:15
It's a busy time here at Mugglenet Fanfiction as we prepare for a summer full of fun and festivities.
First things first you might notice a couple of differences here on our archives. Our wonderful podcast AudioFictions has been added to our navigation bar so you always know where to find your latest podcast episode. You'll also find a new Social Media block on the right hand side of your page where you can find links to our facebook, twitter and tumblr pages as well as our RSS feed to keep you up to date with the latest fictions.
In even more exciting news our aforementioned podcast will be hosting a panel at LeakyCon this month! LupinPatronus and TheGreatOm will be heading to Portland to represent us so make sure you check them out if you're heading that way too! If you haven't bought a registration yet but would like to, check out This Link or look out for the Leaky ads around the page!
Last but not least congratulations to Jess/ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor who won the Harry Potter wand in our milestone celebrations.
As I said we've got lots in store for you all this Summer so make sure you're checking back here and on our social media sites for updates on challenges, classes and those all important QuickSilver Quill awards!
by Rosie @ 03/27/13 2:00
Voting is now OPEN for the winner of the Milestone Celebration competition.
Please read the seven stories within the category and cast your vote, either on facebook or on our beta boards.
Voting is open until April 10th so get reading!
by Rosie @ 03/04/13 17:59
Today is a momentous occasion here on MuggleNet Fan Fiction. We've hit the 10,000 fictions mark.
From all of the staff here on the site, we'd just like to thank every single author who has submitted their work to make our archive such an amazing source of fiction for fans of Harry Potter.
We've been around for eight years now and in that time we've developed a fantastic community of writers that warm our hearts and sparks our collective imagination on a daily basis.
We hope to see many more fabulous fictions coming our way in future years, but for now, there's 10,000 stories to read on this archive and I think that calls for a celebration!
We are giving away a 'Harry Potter' wand from the WB Studio Tour in London to one lucky member of our archives. All you have to do is submit a one-shot fiction to our 'Milestone Celebrations' category in competition submissions.
Your one-shot must describe a celebration within the Potter world. They can be celebrating anything you'd like, but your fiction must include a party and be over 1200 words.
The deadline for this competition will be two weeks from today, the 18th March at 5pm GMT/Midday EST.
Please note that the deadline has been extended until Sunday 24th March at Midday EST
We'll then be asking our readers to vote for their favourite fiction and the story that receives the most votes will win the coveted prize!
If you have any questions, ask them in the comments of this post!
Thank you for all your hard work over the last eight years! Good luck with the competition, and make sure you check out as many as possible of the 10000 stories now available here to you on MNFF
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One-Shot - Love 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.
Chaptered - Where 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.
by Roxy Black @ 06/04/12 0:11
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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.
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 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.
+ 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.
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.
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by mudbloodproud @ 05/24/12 0:10
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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.
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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!
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.
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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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.