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Dead tired after seeing Serenity with [livejournal.com profile] insomniac_blu. It's past my bedtime!

Oh, the NyQuil must be kicking in.

I'm about as coherent as I was during the Leaving Feast at TWH on Monday, so this'll be authentic.

First off, lots of people were there before what I thought was the beginning of the brunch. I arrived at 8:30 a.m. after only a few wrong turns on the highway. I managed to find [livejournal.com profile] uguisubari, [livejournal.com profile] violarium, and [livejournal.com profile] wendywoowho, although I sort of lost track of them at different points. It seemed like everyone was looking for everyone else to get their email addresses and such. Lots of last minute photo-ops. Got to look at [livejournal.com profile] uguisubari's art journal. Since she was sitting next to me during various panels, fic readings, and presentations, I watched her sketching some excellent figures. No line out of place. I looked for [livejournal.com profile] didntyoupotter, the first person I met at TWH, but I think she wasn't there.

Two men at the Hufflepuff table were expressing surprise at the gender imbalance of the convention. 80/20, they guessed. I was surprised that there were men there at all, but maybe that's just me....

Some last awards and such were announced by the "Minister of Magic"--Hufflepuff won the House Cup. Vengeance is sweet. Although Hufflepuff ended up with 18,000 odd points, it was through no fault of my own; I don't think I saw any prefects the whole time. In fact, I wasn't too clear on who the prefects were anyway. The head of Gryffindor was acting out as usual, and people kept encouraging him. Actually, he was the only head of house who seemed to get into the spirit of the whole House/Hogwarts reenactment thing.

And there was one last panel: Riddle to Voldemort: A Choice to the Dark
book 6 spoilers )
aethel: (cloud)
On Sunday, instead of running all over Salem and missing half of every panel, I decided to sit in one place and let the programming come to me....

"The Lure of the Dark Side: Explaining Villains Through Fanfiction" presented by Kavita Mudan
more )

"Challenging Morality: Fanfiction as Community Dialectic" presented by Heather Mitchell
more )

"Fanfiction Imagines Snape's Sexual Past: Transgression, Titillation and Triumph" presented by Meghan Mercier
more )

"Don't Send a Boy to Do a Man's Job: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, and Their Unlikely Pairing in Fanfiction" presented by Kay Albright
more )

"Deactivating the Moral Compass: Rowling's Place in a Post-C.S. Lewis World" roundtable
at least read this one )

***


Then I had to go to a friend's wedding, so I missed the rest of Sunday's programming. After I drove back to my parents' house, I was so exhausted I started crying.

"Oh, are you depressed about losing your friend?" asked my mother.

"No, I'm depressed about missing the Hallowe'en Ball!" I sniffled.

But, seriously, I do like my friend.
aethel: (after work I like to go for a ride)
I ought to be sleeping, but instead I'm posting some recollections from The Witching Hour. I took some haphazard notes during the panels and discussions, but in most cases did not distinguish who said what.

Thursday. Welcome Feast.
I posted an incoherent entry after I got home, but I also wrote a note to myself:
H/D 9 p.m.-midnight @Sheraton Ferncroft <--------was fabulous! FABULOUS!

Friday
I went to a panel on "Pureblood Bigotry: A Backlash Against Muggle Persecution? And Does It Matter?", but I didn't take any notes. I do remember thinking that the discussion never quite got to the point, but that's discussion for you. No one said what I was thinking,* so eventually I said it right before the panel ended. Or perhaps it ended because of what I said? Let's just say I won't be starting that career in public speaking any time soon. My heartbeat did not slow down until several minutes later.

Also on Friday:
-The Snape in book 6 roundtable was packed, and there was a moment toward the end where it looked like a fight might break out between the people who thought spoiler ) and everybody else.
-met [livejournal.com profile] uguisubari, who was also attending TWH alone, and we ended up going to listen to the fanfiction readings for a bit.
-heard a fanfic about a Jewish Snape.
-tried not to drool when [livejournal.com profile] iridescent_ink read "Naughty."
-thought about how I hadn't actually read any fanfic in several days. A personal record, methinks?
-talked to a girl on the bus to the inconveniently located Weird Sisters concert and then didn't recognize her when I saw her again two hours later. Clearly, I am entering senility.
-was brutally murdered by a well-timed Ridikkulus.
-saw the opening act, Harry and The Potters, but left before The Weird Sisters.
-witnessed an impromptu Goblet of Fire reenactment, described in more detail here by [livejournal.com profile] dracomalfoy05.

Saturdaycut for length )
To Be Continued...

_________
*Except for a girl wearing a Gryffindor scarf, who said something along the lines of Voldemort having his own agenda and not caring about pureblood prejudice as such. However, she said she thought her interpretation might be fanon, rather than canon. Canon or fanon: That is the question.
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I would like to announce that I drove on the right side of the road today. I am so proud of myself.

Also,
I spoke to a million people today
I took notes during the panel discussions
Otherwise I won't remember anything that happened
I bought a Slytherin scarf
and I'm really going to bed now.
aethel: (Default)
I'm utterly braindead and coming down off a Harry/Draco high, but I'm going to post anyway:

-driving to Salem on 128 in rush hour traffic with construction! Whee!
-Everyone in the universe was trying to park in Salem to watch the Halloween parade there.
-I didn't even know where the filled-up parking was.
-I drove on the wrong side of the road, but miraculously avoided either an accident or a citation.
-Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley in the movies, was in the parade.
-The teenaged girls standing in front of me noticed this surprising fact and started screaming.
-talking to another girl who didn't know anyone going to TWH and subsequently joining forces for the evening.
-seeing a lot of McGonagall hats.
-women dressed in very convincing Draco, Lucius, and Snape costumes.
-Draco, Lucius, and Snape getting sorted into Gryffindor.
-the other girl and I getting sorted into Hufflepuff. (WHAT?!? is what I didn't say, but I overheard other people grumbling about getting sorted into the wrong Houses.)
-lots of energetic, excited fans. It was weird saying "fanfic" to a total stranger and knowing that I would be understood.
-talking to an engineer from San Jose about checkmated.
-seeing faces to go with the names I see on livejournal.
-reminding myself of my conversation with [livejournal.com profile] insomniac_blu, in which I promised I wouldn't grab fanauthors by their ankles and plead, "I want to have your babies!"
-thinking about Voice and how it's easier to see that the writing styles of people you already know reflect their characters than vice versa.
-hearing Saber Shadowkitten say that no straight fifteen-year-old boy would describe kissing a girl as "wet" and leave it at that.

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