I really find the trope of “marriage laws” in Harry Potter fan fiction highly improbable. (Yeah I’m looking at you dramione writers) It suggests that somehow Wizarding England exists solely in a vacuum where no other communites of magic exist when that simply isn’t true (did you skip through pretty much all of Goblet of Fire or did you forget about France and Bulgaria?). In the most popular scenarios, where ministry law mandates that pure bloods and muggle borns MUST marry and conceive, absolutely reeks of eugenic undertones that I can not take any of it seriously because it displays a clear lack of understanding of the non-magical themes within the novels (choice, freedom, autonomy etc).
I dislike strongly Marriage Law themed fics, especially when the AU is a post voldemort world in which he was defeated. I feel like it hides behind the guise of being mostly innocuous in the possibilty of it ending well for the two protagonists, by couching the language of abuse and control behind what is supposed to be perceived as a noble act on the part of the governing body.
Half the time the logic is there aren’t enough magic babies being born and fearing the possibilty of magical extinction purebloods must marry and bed muggle borns? Or because tensions post war are so high the ministry is forcing all unwed wizards and witches into marriages that have been predetermined for them? In a world where a jaded psychopath literally waged war against people who did not come from magical blood lines, in other words perpetrated genocide upon mixed wizards, muggle born wizards, and muggles, the next logical act must be to pass a marriage law to help calm everybody down?
I mean, just c’mon.
Fandom: Harry Potter
“Harry slammed his book shut. It wasn’t really a book, because the pages were made of lasers and the words were made of headless women making godless love to dragons made out of motorcycles, but it was still reading.”
Fandom: Harry Potter
“They say that the sound of Voldemort’s orgasm was enough to kill 10,000 puppies.”
J.K. Rowling’s charity giving knocks her off Forbes’ billionaires list
Author of the ‘Harry Potter’ series is no longer in the billionaires’ club — thanks to simply being an incredible person.
In this House, the traits associated with Taurus that will be most emphasized are materialism and loyalty. These Slytherins will be almost blindly loyal to their friends and allies, and they will value wealth and the trappings of wealth over more intangible assets. Determination will also be emphasized. All Slytherins are determined, but the stubborn Taurus Slytherin is unstoppable once they have their mind set on something. A large number of Slytheirns in this sign work for Gringotts after graduating from Hogwarts, for they are very good with money.
Haha, how fun.
Coincidentally, I was sorted into Slytherin for Pottermore, I think it’s because I chose the single black glove during the ceremony.
Once upon a time there was this movie, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it but it’s based on a really popular book series, that movie was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and it featured a then very young Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy.
Now back in 2003, I was just barely getting the hang of my internet sea legs so to speak, and was tentatively exploring topics of interest to me, one of those big influences just happened to be the Harry Potter universe at the time. Also, I was a TEEN GIRL! which meant I had a crush on every boy. (If you don’t get the reference you haven’t been on the internet long enough).
Then one day I decided to look up the name of the actor who played Draco Malfoy in the movies because I found him rather cute at the time, I’m not embarrassed by this. I have this theory that everyone eventually makes it onto the internet by the influence of one thing or another whether it be for the pursuit of fandom (like me) or other possibly more scholarly reasons of which I can name none of right now. (Oh and porn.)
I didn’t know then the can of worms I would be opening when I signed of for Tom Felton’s discussion forum.
Look at all that purple on purple on purple. For a while, this discussion board was my life. I made friends there that I still have now, friends whom I have never met in person but have had hours and hours of interaction with online via instant messenger and this board.
It became my one stop place for Harry Potter related news, and what made this unique to all the other Harry Potter websites is that it was one directly connected to one of the actor’s in the movies. Yes, some of the other young Harry Potter actors had official websites at the time, but not all of them had discussion boards or a big enough fanbase to support it, and yes there was Mugglenet and The Leaky Cauldron, but those were fan run websites. To me they felt exclusive to those who only wanted to talk about the rumors and spoilers about the Harry Potter books and movies.
Plus, Tom Felton was actually a member of the forums. Granted though, he’d made a whopping TWO POSTS before quitting the boards forever, it still felt like there could be a chance he’d see what we wrote and be totally weirded out.
And maybe he did, because one fateful day the link to the Tom Felton discussion boards, something I had memorized by heart led to this:
A haircut so ugly I called Tom Felton “Lightbulb Head” for at least three years to spite him. Oh, and he’d cancelled my beloved forum. Also he’d committed a serious crime of allowing Comic Sans to be used dominantly on his website.
All the memories gone in a series of mouse clicks.
I ended up leaving him some pretty nasty feedback messages regarding the board closure.
There was a shining beacon of hope towards the end though, because the forums were still hosted on a different server and was holding on to the last little bit of hosting it had left. Members were scrambling to get contact info from everyone to stay in touch, and a couple moderators were hard at work starting the new discussion forum.
Thus a new Tom Felton Boards was born, but we didn’t call it that, but we did keep the acronym. We became The Forever Beyond.
Independent of Tom Felton’s cruel handsome man eyes.
The board still exists, but it’s a bit of a dead zone now what with all of the Old TFB members growing up and apart, starting college and families and careers. Every once in a while though, a wild member pops up and posts something to the tune of nostalgia.
Tom Felton is the biggest reason why I became so deeply ingrained in internet culture, followed by my deep love for J.K. Rowling’s book series. The boards were a gateway into an internet culture I could never have dreamed of in a million years. From these boards I found Role Players who took their characterizations very (read: too) seriously, to fan fiction so bad you couldn’t stop reading it even at three in the morning. Fan art to deviant art, to original art by some crazy talented people from the depths of the internet.
I can never hate Tom Felton for what he did to the discussion boards, I really doubt he had anything to do with its closure. I wont lie though, I harbored some resentment over it, but I have since moved on and quietly forgiven the decision of his webmaster to cut ties with the forum members.
And we all just kept living our lives, the end.
Neville’s never gonna be a princess.
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows