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Recipient: shadowycat
Author: ???
Title: Fallow Fields
Rating: R
Pairings: Pomona Sprout/Severus Snape, other Hogwarts staff, Cedric Diggory
Word Count: ~20K
Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *[Angst, h/c, first time, oral (both), frottage, plain old fucking]*.
Summary: Series of behind-the-scenes moments between Pomona, Severus & a few others
Author's Notes: There are two birthdates provided for Pomona Sprout in canon, one being 15 May 1931 as well as 15 May 1941. For the purposes of this fic, I chose the latter. I used a mix of book, film and Pottermore canon for this fic, most especially for certain revelations re: Professor McGonagall. Also, I admit this (NSFW!) bit of art might have inspired me just a tad for one scene.... Happy Beholding, shadowycat!

Fallow Fields )

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Recipient: [personal profile] dueltastic
Author/Artist: ???
Title: The Reluctant Phoenix
Rating: Up to NC-17 (although most of the story rates lower)
Pairings: Albus Dumbledore/Minerva McGonagall, Horace Slughorn/Elphias Doge, Albus Dumbledore/Horace Slughorn
Word Count: ~23,600
Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *Cross-gen - teacher/student (Minerva is 18), infidelity in secondary pairing.*.
Summary: Albus thought that he was a non-running member of the human race when it came to romantic relationships. If pushed, he would have said that he was the kind of wizard who preferred wizards. -All that, of course, was before Minerva came along.
Author's/Artist's Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] dueltastic for such open-ended and thought-provoking prompts. I have tried to incorporate elements of your following suggestions into this story: "non-traditional relationships, things people make work in their own ways when it's not obvious how or why it does", "eras and places we see only hints of in canon", "age differences being acknowledged", "blurry definitions" and "fluidity in gender roles and sexual orientation." Many thanks also to [profile] atdelphi for modding [community profile] hp_beholder 2013!

The Reluctant Phoenix )

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Recipient: Miss_Morland
Author/Artist: ???
Title: "Love Is a Battlefield"
Rating: R
Pairings: Dudley/OC, Dudley/Firenze
Word Count: 11,575
Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View):  *[Violence, character death, angst, fluff, drunkeness, some male bs]*.
Summary: Dudley Dursley is not a common man, he has his preferences and his principles, and he lives by the rules, always. The rules, however, are his own.
Author's/Artist's Notes: Dear Miss_Morland, I much doubt that this is what you had in mind, however, I do hope you enjoy at least some bits of it.

Many thanks to T for the dedicated beta and Britpick. If it's still wrong, it's all mine.

Love Is a Battlefield )

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Recipient: [personal profile] lyras
Author/Artist: ???
Title: The Vultures of Love
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Irma Pince/Argus Filch, Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape
Word Count: 13,000
Medium: Fic
Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *Language. Lots of naughty language.*.
Summary: None.
Author's/Artist's Notes: I had one of your prompts all picked out and was about to start in on it, when I got attacked by this idea and it wouldn't let go. I do apologize, and hope this is also to your liking.

The Vultures of Love )

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In approximately 24 hours, posting will begin for the 2013 round of HP Beholder. Two works (or one larger work) will be posted each morning, Pacific Time, with a break on Saturdays for everyone to catch up and show the creators some love.

I look forward to seeing you there!
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All assignments for HP Beholder 2013 have now been sent out! Please check your inboxes (or spam folders) and confirm receipt of your assignment as soon as possible.

Thank you!
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Thank you to everybody who signed up for this year's exchange, or who helped spread the word. We have 54 wonderful authors and artists taking part this year!

The Participants )

(If I've left someone off the list, please let me know!)

Assignments will be going out this weekend. If you missed the sign-up deadline but are still interested in potentially helping out as a pinch-hitter, please email me at beholder.mod at gmail dot com for the fuzzy warm feeling of being appreciated from afar.
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I've had some reports of people having difficulties leaving comments on the sign-up post. If anyone is trying to sign up but can't, they can email their information to me at beholder.mod at gmail dot com and I'll make sure it's included.
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Just a reminder that the sign-up post will be closing at 6:00PM Pacific Time on Thursday, February 7th, so there's still time to get in on the fun!

Note: If you have not already done so, please read the updated community information here, which includes general information, the list of eligible characters, additional tips for writing your request, and this year's deadlines.
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Sign-ups for the 6th round of HP Beholder are now open!

Sign-ups will remain open until February 7th, so sharpen your quills and spread the word.
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Those of you who read my journal regularly are no doubt aware that after ten years being an active participant in the Harry Potter fandom, my attentions have turned in a new fannish direction. I still love HP and all the fantastic people I've come to know, but my day to day involvement in the fandom has come to an end.

Over the past half year, I've let go of most of my HP interests, but HP Beholder posed a particular problem. I didn't want to just shut down the Fest - I loved it too much and it had such a phenomenal group of artists and authors participating in it each year - but I could really only think of one person who was still actively involved in the fandom, who had experience running exchanges, and who had the same (perhaps more?) weird enthusiasm for the all-too-often unloved characters who are at the heart of the HP Beholder exchange: Delphi.

I asked her if she might be willing to take over the Beholder reins - and to my very great joy, she said yes.

On January 16th, the official announcement and the updated guidelines for HP Beholder 2013 will be posted, but until then, please welcome Delphi as the new Beholder mod.
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And here we have it, the 55 stories and works of art from this year's [community profile] hp_beholder exchange, now with names attached. Authors and Artist: you're at liberty to post your work wherever you want!

Once again, stories that were too long for a single IJ post were hosted on the HP Beholder Dreamwidth community. If anybody would like a Dreamwidth invite, email me at beholder.mod at gmail and let me know. Art, however, I still hosted on my own website, so Artists: please give me the new links for your art as soon as you re-upload, so that I can update the coding. And Authors: if you'd like me to add a preferred redirect for your stories, just let me know!

There's also a collection on the Archive of Our Own (AO3) for those of you who are interested in adding your hp_beholder fic. You can find the collection here: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/hp_beholder

If you'd like to add your stories to the collection but don't have an AO3 account, let me know and I'll arrange for an account invite.

(note: the AO3 is currently unable to host art, but...someday soon?)

ART )


ART & FIC )


FIC )



STATISTICS )


I'd like to close with a few thanks…first to all the participants and watchers who offered to pinch hit, I'd also like to thank the authors who graciously agreed to behind-the-scenes re-assignments when the usual unavoidable difficulties arose.

And finally, for the fifth year, many thanks to all our wonderful participants (and their betas!) and all the folks who read stories and admired art and left feedback and made recs in their journals and who were so positive and supportive about the uncommon pairings that are at the heart of [community profile] hp_beholder.




As I mentioned in yesterday's post, this year's HP Beholder is being dedicated to Leni Jess, a much-loved member of the HP Beholder community, whose unexpected passing this week has saddened us all. Rest peacefully, Leni.





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Remember that the Artist and Author reveals for HP Beholder 2012 will be posted next Sunday (in other words, our participants are still anonymous!), so take advantage of the coming week to catch up on the 10 artworks and 47 stories that our wonderful, talented participants have contributed this round.

ART )

ART & FIC )

FIC )

And once again: Please do me and your fellow community members a favor and leave a comment to this post with links to any ART or FIC recs you've made recently. No coding necessary: simple links to the posts in which you made the recs will do (and I'll sort out the recs later)

Thanks so much!
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With today's entries - "Tasting Party" (ART, Igor Karkaroff/Viktor Krum, R, NWS) and "Professor C. Binns: A Personal History" (FIC, Cuthbert Binns/Walburga Black, PG.) - we have reached the end of the 2012 HP Beholder exchange posting.

Tomorrow, I'll be posting the (anonymous) Fic and Art Master List, and next Sunday (May 27) will be the Author and Artist Reveals.

Please take advantage of the time before the reveals to catch up on your reading/viewing...and your feedback!
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FIC: " Professor C. Binns: A Personal History" for odogoddess

Recipient: [personal profile] psyfic
Author: ???
Title: Professor C. Binns: A Personal History
Rating: PG
Pairings: Cuthbert Binns/Walburga Black, Walburga Black/Orion Black
Word Count: ~13,300
Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *Strong language (one use), one moment of domestic violence*
Summary:Transcribed from back cover of book:

Professor Cuthbert Binns (living: 1865-1963, haunting: 1963- ) is the leading Magical Historian of his day. He has published widely on topics ranging from, 'The origins of magic in native rock art,' to 'Wizard-Muggle relations through the ages', and was awarded an Order of Merlin (second class) in 1936, when his seminal work, 'A History of the magical world in 100,000 pages' became the best-selling Historical text on record.

This volume, however, is - for the first time - autobiographical in nature. It is thus somewhat experimental in nature, but serves to remind both the author and the reader that we each build the fabric of History, in our own ways, however small.

"Being in love with a person is more difficult than being in love with a book. You can carry a book with you wherever you go, but a person moves around on their own, and one is never sure where they are or where one will see them, next. Also, books get older in a predictable way: if you take good care of them they don't seem very different at all - aside from the odd scratch on the cover or a looseness to the spine - but people can change their thoughts and feelings and opinions, such that what was once written there disappears altogether and is replaced by information of an entirely different sort.

That is why people are so difficult."


Author: C. Binns.
Dictation: Gluey the House elf.
Production: A.P.W.B. Dumbledore, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,
Published, 1964; Revised, 1991.


Author's Notes: Cuthbert, Walburga and Orion belong, of course, to JKR. This tale is also somewhat inspired by 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' by Mark Haddon.

Many thanks to [personal profile] bethbethbeth for once again running this marvellous fest, and to [personal profile] psyfic - whose request included 'friendship' and 'a meeting of the minds' - for giving me the freedom to write this.

Professor C. Binns: A Personal History )


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Greetings, HP Beholder fans,

Here's the links round-up from the fourth week of fic and art posting. Our next posting will be Monday afternoon (NY time), so take advantage of the break to catch up with your reading/viewing …and your feedback!

ART & FIC

  • "Fantastic Beasts and How to Tame Them: a Guide For the Seasoned Auror" (Moody, Kingsley, Draco, Snape, Abraxas. For further pairings information (spoiler) highlight to view: *Moody/Draco, Kingsley/Abraxas, Severus/Lucius, mentioned Moody/Kingsley*. NC-17) for leela_cat on LJ)

    ART

  • "False Reluctance" (Rabastan/Andromeda. NC-17) for gamma_orionis (on LJ)


    FIC

  • "Scapegoat" (Igor Karkaroff/OMC. R.) for carrot/vikingcarrot (on LJ)
  • "Links to build a life" (Arthur/Molly. NC-17) for nimrod_9 ( on LJ)
  • "Bravery and Ambition" (Amycus Carrow/Peter Pettigrew. R.) for venturous (on LJ)
  • "Chosen and Accepted" (Andromeda Tonks/Augusta Longbottom, with references to Andromeda/Ted, Augusta/Frank Snr, Augusta/Minerva. PG.) for woldy (on LJ)
  • "A Hand, Outstretched" (Viktor Krum/Percy Weasley. PG-13) for snapelike (on LJ)
  • "Burrowing" (Arthur Weasley/Molly Weasley. PG) for lyras on LJ)
  • "The Magpie and the Rat" (Peter Pettigrew/Mundungus Fletcher. PG-13) for alwaysasnapefan. ( on LJ)

    ***

    Note: Please do me and your fellow community members a favor and leave a comment to this post with links to any [community profile] hp_beholder ART or FIC recs you've made recently. No coding necessary: simple links to the posts in which you made the recs will do (and I'll sort out the recs later)

    Thanks so much!
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    [personal profile] bethbethbeth
    Greetings, HP Beholder fans,

    Here's the links round-up from the third week of fic and art posting. Our next posting will be Monday afternoon (NY time), so take advantage of the break to catch up with your reading/viewing …and your feedback!

    ART

  • "Seduction" (Moaning Myrtle/Severus Snape. PG-13) for xylodemon on LJ)
  • "Safe in Your Arms" (Severus Snape/Minerva McGonagall. PG-13) for schemingreader on LJ)

    FIC

  • "Choosing the Wizard" (Garrick Ollivander/Rubeus Hagrid. PG.) for synn on LJ)
  • "Courtship of a Common Man" (Viktor Krum/Percy Weasley. R.) for coffee_n_cocoa on LJ)
  • "A Magical Moment in the Life of Petunia Dursley, Née Evans" (Petunia/Snape, Petunia/Vernon, Petunia/Lily (of sorts). R.) for pauraque on LJ)
  • "Tale as Old as Time" (Gregory Goyle/Padma Patil . R.) for myownmuggle on LJ)
  • "Avarice, Regret and a Spoonful of Courage" (Albus Dumbledore/Horace Slughorn. NC-17) for purplefluffycat on LJ)
  • "Behind the Masks" (Gregory Goyle/Marietta Edgecombe, mention of past Greg/Pansy Parkinson. R/NC-17) for anguis_1 on LJ)
  • "An Affinity for Dangerous Creatures" (Silvanus Kettleburn/Millicent Bulstrode, Severus Snape. R.) for atdelphi on LJ)
  • "A Fire in the Deep" (Grey Lady/Bloody Baron . PG-13) for sealcat on LJ)

    ***

    Note: Please do me and your fellow community members a favor and leave a comment to this post with links to any [community profile] hp_beholder ART or FIC recs you've made recently. No coding necessary: simple links to the posts in which you made the recs will do (and I'll sort out the recs later)

    Thanks so much!
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    Recipient: synn
    Author: ???
    Title: Choosing the Wizard
    Rating: PG
    Pairings: Garrick Ollivander/Rubeus Hagrid
    Word Count: 14,390
    Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *[None]*.
    Summary: Garrick Ollivander is a lost soul after everyone leaves Muriel’s house to go fight in the Battle of Hogwarts. How will he fit back into a world where he feels responsible for handing Voldemort the ultimate deadly weapon?
    Author's Notes: Beta’d by my dear friend B, who is, I am sure, regretting her rash offer to beta this story, since she got it over a weekend when both of her boys were sick. Thank you, my dear, you went above and beyond the call. Any remaining mistakes are my own bloody fault.
    I hope this fic is to your liking synn, though I profusely apologize for the lack of pr0n. The two main characters had a long, plotty story to tell and by the time they were done, I ran out of both time and room (see the ridiculous word count). It is a bit angsty, though I don’t think it’s excessively so, but I think you will like the ending. :-)

    Choosing the Wizard )


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    The entire story can now be found in a single section here on AO3



    Recipient: [personal profile] leela_cat
    Author & Artist: ???
    Title: Fantastic Beasts and How to Tame Them: a Guide For the Seasoned Auror
    Rating: NC-17
    Main Characters: Moody, Kingsley, Draco, Snape, Abraxas. For further pairings information (spoiler) highlight to view: *Moody/Draco, Kingsley/Abraxas, Severus/Lucius, mentioned Moody/Kingsley*
    Word Count: 78,800
    Medium: Pastels on Ingres
    Warnings/Content Information (Highlight to View): *Minor character death - and you have to trust me on this one!*.
    Summary: The summer holiday is approaching and Alastor Moody has a plan: he is going to investigate a cold case he has never forgotten. He is joined on his quest by a bored Minister for Magic, a Snape who will rather be in Azkaban and a Death Eater who can't sleep at night. Together they attempt to solve the case that has haunted Moody for a decade. Together they face immense dangers as they land on the Unplottable Isle of Drear. To solve the case, the group of determined wizards must learn to cooperate, solving the riddle of the mysterious disappearances. Moody, however, finds more than just the answer to that. Much more.
    Author's/Artist's Notes: For [personal profile] leela_cat who wanted plot, dialogue and inventive uses of magic. Dear Leela, I hope you enjoy this romantic suspense drama; I think I managed to fulfil at least a few of your wishes on the way. I have enjoyed many of your stories, so it was a great pleasure to write and draw something for you. Thanks to my wonderful and helpful beta, G, for her never-wavering support. Without her, I could't have accomplished this. Also thanks to [personal profile] bethbethbeth for patience, encouragement and a bit of hand-holding. Thanks, Beth, you are great! <3 The full text of the 1542 Witchcraft Act can be found here.

    Fantastic Beasts and How to Tame Them: a Guide For the Seasoned Auror )

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