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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
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Nominees for Teen Choice 2017 Announced: Vote Now!
“Captain on the Bridge!” First Look at Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca!
Emma Watson attends, presents at 'The Circle' Paris film premiere
Matthew Lewis Teases Character Details for Season 5 of “Ripper Street”
Emma Watson’s ‘Essential Feminist Bookshelf’
Universal Studios Hollywood's new Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show now open
Experiencing the Magic Again: An Analysis of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ – Part One
Beauty Care with Bonnie Wright

Pottermore News
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Bloomsbury, Pottermore reveal giveaways, social campaign for Harry Potter anniversary
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[community profile] hd_fan_fair: LIST OF PROMPTS OF THE 2017 HARRY/DRACO CAREER FAIR
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Is Jacob the Neville That Should Have Been?

General Fandom News:
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National Library of Scotland Celebrates 20 Years of “Potter”
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Bloomsbury Brings Back Wizarding Wednesdays
Official Companion Books for “Harry Potter: A History of Magic: The Exhibition” Announced
Celebrate 20 Years of “Harry Potter” in Australia!

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AO3 Celebrates 25,000 Fandoms!

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:41 pm
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AO3 has reached 25,000 fandoms! To celebrate, we've put together info about fandom tags and how all tags work:

Fic Rec: The Vampires of London

Jun. 26th, 2017 07:48 pm
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Title: The Vampires of London
Author: consultingdetective
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 72K
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Major character death
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Over one hundred years after the first battle, a series of murders have caught the attention of London's police force and Sherlock Holmes. While most of the city has forgotten the vampire that once walked its streets, the descendants of the Van Helsing, Harker, and Seward families have not.

Reccer's comments: Perfectly timed to coincide with the recent announcement that Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Sue Vertue will be teaming up again to bring Dracula to the BBC, this unites Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a casefic full of classic Gothic horror, secrets, ancient magic, and the past coming back – sometimes quite literally – to bite. The fic delights with twist after earth-shattering twist, simmering Johnlock UST, and John Watson as the baddest BAMF to hit the streets of London since 1897. The OCs are deliciously wicked, and in true ensemble style, secondary characters such as Mycroft, Molly, Moran, Lestrade, and even Sally Donovan all have crucial and prominent parts to play. There is a modicum of gore and major character death, but it’s not a sad ending and I mean, without spoiling… vampires. ;)

Fic Rec: A Real Deal

Jun. 24th, 2017 06:31 pm
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Title: A Real Deal
Author: toyhto
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 10K
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Major character death
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Please be real, he thought and pulled Sherlock closer.

Reccer's comments:  I’m honestly not sure whether I’m more horrified or comforted by the direction this fic went. It takes a huge detour off the beaten path and tries to answer the question: Is it better to have loved and lost, or never to have loved at all… or maybe there is a third option? One that will get under your skin and stick with you.
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Prompts Master Post

Jun. 22nd, 2017 03:10 pm
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"Nostalgia is a seductive liar." - George W. Ball
Surprize! This year’s prompts are landmarks and milestones of their own - at least for some of you! To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’ve chosen a wide selection of prompts from the past 10 years. And we’ve added a few new ones - just for funsies!

Below you will find a large selection of prompts to inspire you to create some truly landmark creations. As not everyone is inspired by the same things, there are myriad choices including quotations, images, and audio/visual pieces. These theme-based prompts are gathered from myriad places, but you need not be familiar with the original source material. Instead, just find something that speaks to you. Any prompt is available for any participant from either team. And they need not be used literally: symbols, metaphors, and other images speak as powerfully and eloquently as literal interpretations.

Everyone - whether artist or writer - must select a prompt to serve as the basis of their creation. You have between now and 11:59PM EST (like Toronto) on Monday, June 26th. Choose thoughtfully, but if you don’t make your selection by 11:59PM on Friday, June 10th, we will have to release the hounds, hunt you down like a fox, and force it out of you. And, trust us, it won’t be too pretty. The hound in question may not be a hot guy in Animagus form. Heck, it may not even be a sweet ol’ werewolf like Moony. 
 In short, please don’t make us come after you. Most importantly, it’s first come first serve, so the sooner you choose your prompt, the sooner you can start creating.

In order to inspire a greater variety of art and story, we have implemented a cap of not more than four participants per prompt. Because there are many prompts to choose from, that number should not be a problem from a statistical standpoint, but it does require that each person select their top five prompts. We promise that we will make every attempt in the world to give you your top choice. If your top choice is unavailable, we will assign you your second choice and so on. Statistically, it is highly unlikely that anyone will find that all five of their choices are taken, but should that happen, we will contact you immediately to work out a solution. And, as we mentioned before, this is first come/first serve, so prompts will be eliminated as we go along. An additional post will appear soon listing prompt closures. 

In the end, you will only be creating a story/artwork based on a single prompt. If you are inspired by multiple prompts, more power to you, but keep in mind that only one will become the basis for voting. (The voting question is, “How well did the author/artists use their prompt?”) Your story or artwork need not totally revolve around your prompt, but it should still be present in some way. All that really matters is that you find your muse and tell your story.

As with the sign-up post, all comments are screened. Why? Because we want you to choose what YOU want, and not be influenced by the things that others are picking. Obviously, you are free to discuss your prompt choices (or the prompts themselves) with your teammates, but do not forget that the choice is yours and yours alone. When you’ve decided upon your top five prompt choices, please copy the information in the text box and respond to this post. You should receive a confirmation from the Mods within twenty-four hours, and may begin creating as soon as you wish. If, for some reason, you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please email the Mods at

Note: If choosing a bonus prompt, please write either "Word", " A/V" or "Pic" then the letter. For example: "Pic X"
Note: If you write what the prompt is (Example: "picture of carrot" or "Justin Beiber quote") it is very helpful.

If you have any questions or concerns, please see a Mod.

Thanks and have fun choosing!

Please Note: This year we have both embedded videos (where you can watch the videos on this page) as well as a handy list of the A/V prompts with links (which take you to the host site - in this case, either Youtube or Vimeo). This link list is for participants who may have a slow internet connection, and/or trouble with the page loading. In this case, it is better to access the A/V prompts list directly as opposed to the link from this Prompts Master Post

Word Prompts

Audio/Visual Prompts

Alternative A/V Links List

Picture Prompts

Closed Prompts: 4, 5, 13, 24, 39, 40, 42, Word E
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Team Reveals!!

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:45 am
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Well, here’s a milestone in your RS Games journey: Team Reveals!!!!!

Below please find your Team assignments. When you have determined what Team you are on, please make your way to your respective Team Communities and get to know your new friends and Teammates. A welcome post is waiting for you!

But first a few words of love, wisdom, and mild warning:

But no matter what Team you are on, you’ll surely have fun, create some great art/fic, pass a few landmarks, and make new friends. You’ll also enjoy some inter-team activities and get a chance to read, view, and comment on some great R/S works.

A quick note about the Team Communities: If the Main Community is the heart of the Games, your Team Community is the soul. It’s a place to make new friends and bond with your teammates, a place to discuss, share, and support one another. There will be games, ice breakers, discussions, and opportunities to share your work. And, in addition to being a fun place to gather, it’s the place where announcements will be made and questions will be asked - so it’s a pretty important place to be. And, this year, since many of you are new to DW, it’s a great place to go for help with DW questions.

The number one rule of the Team Communities is that it is a safe space. Negative comments about gender, gender presentation, sexuality, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, beliefs, nationality, age, political affiliations, health status, fanfic experience, career, education, physical appearance, lifestyle choices, or any other manner/presentation or pretty much anything that might separate people from one another will NOT be tolerated. Please treat your teammates with kindness and compassion, and be respectful of their feelings and opinions. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable, please let a Mod know about the situation. We’re totally here for you!

You should already have received invitations to your Team Communities. If you did not see this in your email inbox, please curse LJ and then, depending on the version of D you are using (the new version or custom/old version), you have two options:

A How-To on Accessing Invitations & Joining Team Communities )


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Thank you so much for another successful round of Holmestice! The mods want to say THANK YOU to all the creators that joined us for this round. You put in a lot of hard work and made some really great fanworks. If you'd like to post to AO3, you may do so at your leisure. If you'd like an AO3 link on your DW entry, just send us an email and we'll add one.

Reveals and the Master List go up on June 27th; until then, please enjoy reading and commenting on all the lovely fanworks. Creators, please do NOT respond to comments (except on AO3, which maintains anonymity) or post your fanwork elsewhere on the Internet until reveals go up in the community.

We'll also publish treats right through until reveals: if there's a prompt out there that intrigues you and you want to whip something up for it, please do! Just send it to, using the regular submission guidelines.

If you'd like to guess at who created what in this round, a list of all the participants is below the cut. Go ahead and take a guess! It's all in good fun.

Read more... )

Go forth and leave love for your fellow Holmestice authors, artists, and podficcers. See you again on the 27th, when we reveal who made what!
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Title: The Case of the Six Marmalades
Recipient: [personal profile] smallhobbit
Verse: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (Whitehead Holmes)
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Rating: G
Warnings: N/A
Summary: Holmes likes both Watson and marmalade. Perhaps even in that order.
Author notes: For [personal profile] smallhobbit, who fishes so many of us out of the soup every round. May she always have precisely as much marmalade as she desires!

Also on AO3: "The Case of the Six Marmalades"

The Case of the Six Marmalades )
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
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Harry Potter exclusive San Diego Comic-Con Funko figures include Luna, Occamy, more.
Professor Everard Actor Sam Beazley Dies Age 101.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
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Pottermore News:
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Editor's Choice Rec:
Art: Before Bed by [personal profile] seraphinavictus (Severus/Harry; NC-17, NSFW)
Summary: Severus and Harry spend a pleasurable evening together after a long day's work.

Fandom Recs:
[personal profile] mywitch recced one Hermione/Severus fic.
[personal profile] capitu recced four multi-ship (slash and femmeslash) fics.

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Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.
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Title: Charlotte Holmes in the 22nd Century
Recipient: [personal profile] language_escapes
Verse: Charlotte Holmes (Cavallaro); Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Characters: Charlotte Holmes, Beth Lestrade, OCs
Rating: G/Teen (some violence)
Genre: AU/Fusion; Gen
Assumes general knowledge of the Cavallaro books to date, particularly including the genealogical charts in The Last of August, but avoids specific spoilers; extrapolates from there.
One hundred forty-seven years. Too long, I thought, and not nearly long enough. “I don’t imagine you’ve woken me just to chat about our respective ancestors. And the Yard has always had trouble with really creative criminals. Still—”

“We had hardly any criminals, period, for over fifty years,” Lestrade interjected. “Then about three months ago, things changed."

Introductory Notes:
I have taken liberties with both canons in developing the following narrative, for which I hope both the creators and the current readership will forgive me. [I have not, as a certain person dared me suggested, crossed over All The Things. But this is most definitely that person's fault.]

Also on AO3: "Charlotte Holmes in the 22nd Century"

Charlotte Holmes in the 22nd Century )

Podfic for Gardnerhill: On the Mend

Jun. 20th, 2017 09:39 am
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Title: Podfic of On the Mend, by Gardnerhill
Recipient: Gardnerhill
Podfic Reader: [redacted]
Verse: ACD Canon
Characters/Pairings: Holmes/Watson
Rating: Not rated
Length: 6,841 words, approx 38 minutes
Summary: Some things are more painful to confront than a mere scratch of a bullet graze.

Podficcer's Notes: Gardnerhill requested a podfic of their own work. I like challenges and trying new things so here I am. Or rather, here you go, Gardnerhill. Please blame stops, stutters, or other mistakes on my enthusiasm to tackle something new. It was a delight to read this and I enjoyed making it for you. I hope you (and others) enjoy.

I tried for multiple days to get this to stream on google drive and I'm not sure what the problem is. Unfortunately, it looks like you will be forced to download, apologies for that.

On the Mend
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Title: But the Cover was Blue!
Recipient: [personal profile] trickybonmot
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Rating: PG13
Warnings: none
Summary: It's the things you're not looking for, that you always find in a bookstore.

Also on AO3: "But the Cover was Blue!"

But the Cover was Blue! )

Fic Rec: Venezuela

Jun. 19th, 2017 10:01 pm
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Title: Venezuela
Author: Fillyjonk
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 1,312
Rating: Not Rated (I'd say suitable for general audiences or teen)
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: I imagine the purloined kidney of Sherlock Holmes: iced, in a rusting cooler, dangling from a long stick slung over the bare shoulders of two native men, transported through the Amazon rain forest to the hidey-hole of a drug runner. Demoted. Destined to filter less rarified blood.

Reccer's comments: This underappreciated little gem is a beautifully executed slice-of-life. Sherlock is immersed in his work. John is, in turn, frustrated, amused and bemused. The story unfolds largely through dialogue, John's words intruding on Sherlock's thoughts (often mid-thought) and vice versa. There is a comfortable, quiet domesticity to their interactions, and it's easy to imagine many a day in Baker Street passing by in exactly this fashion.

"Between Mary and the clinic and your ridiculous pollen obsession, I sometimes think I'd do well to... disappear. Go where no one knows me or Mary. Start fresh. I could do it, you know. I've got money. Pack a bag and go to Venezuela. British Columbia. Tahiti."

He stops talking. He seems to be done.

"If you go to Tahiti," I say, "Would you visit Samuel Wheaton and ask him to respond to my texts? He's assisting at the Harrison Smith Botanical Gardens. A murder investigation hinges on it."

There are no sweeping statements of love or devotion to be found here, just a slow, understated affection that permeates each and every spoken (and unspoken) word.

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Title: A Game Played By Two
Recipient: [personal profile] trobadora
Verse: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/Moriarty
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Summary: Holmes tries to learn all he can about the dark figure organising crime from the shadows. He isn’t aware that he is being watched with interest.

Also on AO3: "A Game Played by Two"

A Game Played by Two )
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Title: Unmarked
Recipient: yeomanrand and shinychimera
Author: [readacted]
Verse: BBC
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock/John/Mary
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Summary: A Johnlockary soulmate AU with reichenfeels and rampant fix-it tendencies.
Word Count: 2800
Notes: Dear Requesters, I kicked around a few ideas and ended up just going with your direct prompt. I hope I did it justice! I’ve never done Johnlockary or soulmates before, so it was a fun excuse to stretch my boundaries a bit.

Unmarked )


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