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Title: The Bee Grove (locked to AO3 members)
Author: Random_Nexus
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 14,128
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Discussion of suicide (not H or W)
Verse: ACD books
Author's summary: Watson travels to Kent to attend the funeral of an estranged friend from his past who committed suicide. Certain things transpire to make Watson wonder if his inappropriate love for Holmes could possibly be requited. After drinking a bit too much on the train home, he drafts a letter to Holmes revealing all, but isn't sure he will ever have the courage to potentially ruin everything by giving it to Holmes. Of course, things go terribly awry, and it will take a timely intervention by Mycroft Holmes to set things back on track.

Reccer's comments: This is a beautifully constructed, bittersweet story about lost opportunities, and found ones. Watson takes a short trip to attend the funeral of an old army buddy, and the emotional journey is a much longer, more grueling, and rewarding one as his friend posthumously persuades him to not waste chances. Watson reads his old friend’s heartbreaking suicide note, and is inspired to write a dangerously honest secret letter of his own - that seems to go missing.

Although the reader knows nothing terrible has happened or will happen, the tension and suspense is nonetheless real. In addition, Mycroft plays a delightful role and the relationship between the brothers is so effectively drawn in just a few paragraphs. This story has a beautiful, patient, leisurely style that encourages full immersion in the nuances of emotions, and the satisfying payoff is especially effective in its well-chosen setting. If it’s romance feels you want, this will give you a good buzz (sorry sorry).

Excerpt:

Time passed with terrible slowness and Watson didn’t want to go to his club or any of the places he might have gone on an average day, certain he would miss Holmes’ return should he be gone even a handful of minutes—that’s how these circumstances went, in real life as well as farcical plays and lurid yellow-backed novels, wasn’t it? The protagonist waits and waits until he can wait no more, steps out for but a moment and, lo! The person he was waiting for only then deigns to appear.

“Not on my watch, by heaven,” Watson grumbled under his breath as he stared down onto Baker Street through the sitting room window, the sunset a painter’s dream of colour beyond the rooftops to which Watson could not give due appreciation.
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• J.K. Rowling First Look at "Strike" TV Series.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Emma Watson Wins Awards at Teen Choice Awards 2017.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Support Lumos and have a chance to meet the cast of Fantastic Beasts.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• The Leaky Cauldron posted Theatre News.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle posted Call for pinch hitters.
[livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest opened Claiming for the HP Next Generation Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] books_freckleshas posted Weasley Family Mini Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] snape_potter has posted The Secret Snarry Swap

Fandom Recs:
[dreamwidth.com profile] reccerrecced a Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy fic (M).

Archive News:
[profile] sycophant_hexSycophant Hex is currently up and running
• Fandom Haven Story Archive is moving to AO3

Discussions:
• Elayna wrote "Speakbeasty" Episode 43 MuggleNet

Essay/Meta:
• MuggleNet's New Podcast Reading, Writing, Rowling: Imagination and Fiction in the Age of Harry Potter.
• Richa Venkatraman wrote Celebrating Friendship: Luna Lovegood MuggleNet

Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 59

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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Hugo Awards wins for women of colour, casting news for the Good Omens tv series, and more: https://goo.gl/ehCxxZ

2017 Election Results

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The Fandom Haven Story Archive, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here: https://goo.gl/9KSKtf
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• J.K. Rowling and the stars of the miniseries Strike discussed casting, characters and more in a series of interviews.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
Newsweek and Mugglenet prove Pottermania is forever.
• Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and his brother Anthony Lewis to star in the new web series Nutritiously Nicola.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Lumos
will make a Fantastic Beasts special announcement Monday, August 14.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt # 205 (due on or before August 19): A year ago... I would've never pictures my life as it is now, Rental and Competition.
• @introvert-club posted Wolfstar Prompt # 15.
[livejournal.com profile] snape100 posted the Challeng 704: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Yorkshire Moors
[livejournal.com profile] slythindor100 posted the Week 5 Results Post and the Week 6 prompt of the on-going Harry/Draco LDWS.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest posted the Prompt List 2017 for the upcoming HP Next Generation Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] sirius_black opened Claiming for the 2017 Sirius Black Fest.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_crossgenfest posted the Weekly Roundup #2.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] capitu recced a Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced a Harry Potter/Severus Snape fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] this_bloody_cat a recced Albus Severus Potter/Scorpio Malfoy fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced a Hermione Granger/Severus Snape fic+art collaboration (R).

Resources:
Schedule of Upcoming Events from August 13 through 19 at [livejournal.com profile] potterfests.

Archive News:
• OTW Q&A: Five Things Chien Said. Chien is a member of the Chinese translation team at OTW.

Discussions:
• Victor wrote Love, Not Fear: The Ministry of Magic as an Allegory for Discriminative Politics. (MuggleNet)

Essay/Meta:
• Minal wrote "I almost destroyed the world: In Defense of Albus Potter. (MuggleNet)

General Fandom News:
Register for Potter Pundits Summer School now! at the Hogwarts Professor. Free of charge, one week only, four free talks and a live webinar.
• @centrumlumina posted the AO3 Ship Stats 2017: Overall Top 100, Femslash Top 100 and This Year's Top 100.

Nifty:
[archiveofourown.org profile] dar_vidder created Phantasia: a Harry Potter vid series of 11 fanvids, set to the soundtrack from Disney's Fantasia.

Searches:
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

Community Spotlight:
[livejournal.com profile] sshg_giftfestA Severus Snape/ Hermione Granger Gift Exchange
The SSHG Gift Fest is an anonymous gift exchange that will take place in the holiday season, featuring the pairing Severus Snape/Hermione Granger. This year's sign-ups (authors | artists/crafters) continue until August 24; the fest starts posting December 1.


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Five Things Chien Said

Aug. 13th, 2017 12:38 pm
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

In Five Things, Chien discusses life as an OTW volunteer without wifi, & how her work can be a conversation starter https://goo.gl/zSvj6r


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Joanne K. Rowling:
• J.K. Rowling's “Strike” Coming to BBC One This Month!
• J.K. Rowling Review: “Strike” Episode 1 is the Perfect Adaptation
• J.K. Rowling First clips released of BBC One/HBO 'Strike' mystery TV series
• J.K. Rowling Seven Questions for ‘Strike’ TV Talent

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
Fantastic Beasts' series actor Callum Turner comments on joining saga, for first time
A 'Fantastic' Surprise for LeakyCon 2017!
Meet the Man Behind Theseus Scamander!
Fantastic Beasts' actor Callum Turner briefs on auditioning with Eddie Redmayne, more
Lumos to make special announcement about 'Fantastic Beasts' film series this Monday

Communities:
[personal profile] sirius_black: Prompting is open for 2 more days.
[profile] one_bad_man: Another week of Bad Men
[community profile] hp_nextgen_fest: Prompting ends TODAY!
[profile] sshg_giftfest: THE FEST IS ON!!! TIMELINE, RULES, LINKS TO SIGNUP POSTS, AND OTHER GOOD STUFF

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[community profile] hogwarts365: HOGWARTS365: PROMPT 204 MASTERLIST

Fandom Recs:
[profile] kellychambliss recced one Severus/Sirius art.

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
[community profile] hd_prophet: Wednesday 9th August 2017

Archive News:
OTW: This Week in Fandom, Volume 58
[profile] sycophant_hex: Update... We Should *knock on wood* Be Up and Running Soon!

General Fandom News:
Birthday greetings to Ginevra Weasley!

Have a Laugh:
The Ron-and-Harry-Approved Way of Celebrating National Lazy Day

Nifty:
How the City of Champions Does “Potter”
Hamilton to Host Quidditch Canada National Finals
Wizarding Holidaymakers: How Wizards Do Beach Days

Community Spotlight:
[profile] drarryficfind

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Title: London Incarnate
Author: silverpard
Length: 3368 words
Rating: G
Author's summary: There is London the City, and there is London Incarnate. Sherlock Holmes is important to both.

Reccer's comments below the cut )

Check-in Time

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:39 am
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Depending upon how you figure it, we're about halfway through the creation process, so it is now time for a quick check-in. Why do we do this? Well, in fairness to your teammates (as well as the Mods and the other Team), we need to make sure that everyone is still on-board. Teams must remain even and the best way to accomplish this is to keep in touch with people. Sadly, some people disappear. And while they might have perfectly valid reasons for dropping off the face of the internet, it can wreak a certain kind of havoc for The Games. Therefore, we are asking each participant to check-in.

Simply reply to this post with a fun fact/interesting tidbit, and you're on your way!
Your fun fact/interesting tidbit can be literally anything you wish; we just need something to entertain ourselves as people check-in. However, if you do not reply to this post by 11:59pm EST (like Toronto or NYC) on Thursday, August 17th, we will be forced to escalate matters, taking drastic measures. Well, maybe not that drastic, but it will involve email and maybe even PMs. We will haunt your journals. We will track you down like the time lords Mods we are. Eventually, if our hunting efforts fail and we do not hear from a participant, we will sadly have to consider them a drop. But we most most certainly don't want people to be dropped! We want everyone to stay in the Games! So please check in now, share some fun and positivity, and don't disappear on us!

This Week in Fandom, Volume 58

Aug. 8th, 2017 02:25 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Betsy Rosenblatt & Francesca Coppa on podcasts, Mary Sues vs Gary Stus, and why you need to know your fandom history: https://goo.gl/qnqi66
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• Discussion of new Cormoran Strike TV-Series by Holliday Grainger (Robin Ellacott).

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Happy 30th Birthday to Katie Leung (Cho Chang).

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] dogdaysofsummer has posted prompts for Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7 and Day 8 of the Remus Lupin/Sirius Black Summer Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] draco100 posted Prompt 24: hiking

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle announced that Claiming has now closed. Submissions for the Harry Potter Weather Fest are due August 15.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] draco100 posted the Round-up Post for Prompt 23.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] mywitch recced a Severus Snape gen fic (outsider pov, G).
[livejournal.com profile] capitu recced a Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] gracerene recced a Draco Malfoy/James Sirius Potter fic (NC-17).

Resources:
[livejournal.com profile] hd_prophet: August 7, 2017 edition.

Essay/Meta:
• John Granger made the PDF transcript of his lecture on Choice, Free Will and the Trelawney Prophecy available to everyone.
• Mikaela wrote A Cat's View of Hogwarts. (MuggleNet)

Searches:
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

Community Spotlight:
[livejournal.com profile] remusxsiriustheirloveissocanon
One if not the of the oldest and biggest Wolfstar community on LiveJournal. The comm for fans of the slash pairing of Remus Lupin and Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series was founded in 2003. Posts may include Wolfstar fanfiction, fanart, general comments on the ship, links to webpages or RP journals for either of the two characters, and meta discussions on the pairing.

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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
Social Media Roundup: Happee Birthdae Harry, Neville, Noma, and J.K.!
Weekly Round-up: Bonnie Wright Directs ‘Girl Powered’ Commercials, Warwick Davis in ‘Han Solo’ Movie & More

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
'Fantastic Beasts' 2 casting reveals possible France/Paris Ministry of Magic filming

Prompt Challenges:
&• [community profile] hogwarts365: Prompt 204 - Due on or before 12th August
introvert-club: Prompt 14

Communities:
[community profile] interhouse_fest: PROMPTING IS OPEN!
[community profile] rarepair_shorts: Reminder!
[community profile] hd_erised: ASSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN SENT!

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[community profile] hogwarts365: PROMPT # 203 MASTERLIST
[community profile] hp_crossgenfest: 2017 FEST: WEEKLY ROUNDUP #1

Fandom Recs:
[profile] kellychambliss recced one Severus fic.
[personal profile] toblass recced one Severus art.
[personal profile] themightyflynn recced one Severus art.

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet: Saturday, August 5, 2017
[community profile] sshp_prophet: SS/HP Prophet for July 29 - August 5
[profile] potterfests: Schedule of Upcoming Events in the Harry Potter Fandom from 6 August-- 12 August 2017

Archive News:
OTW: July 2017 Newsletter, Volume 115

Essay/Meta:
The Complicated Sister/Sister Relationships in the “Potter” Series
Is Harry Potter a Schoolboy Novel?

Community Spotlight:
harrypotterconfessions.tumblr.com - Harry Potter Confessions collects confessions from fans around tumblr who have something they'd like to say.

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Title: Nostoi
Author: sanguinity
Length: 20,973 words
Rating: T and up
Author's summary: Holmes wants to see the last European pterodactyl safely home. Watson wants to see Holmes happy again.
Universe: New Russian Holmes (2013) / The Lost World (Doyle)

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Title: The Reality of Waking
Author:: Chancy_Lurking
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson/Mary Watson
Length: 12,459
Rating: Mature
Warnings: drug use (non-consensual), hallucinations, dissociation
Verse:Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: "Sherlock means to stand, but he feels like he’s outside himself, like he exists just slightly above his own body. He looks down and the floor is mud, then cobble stone, then it’s the roof he jumped from, then it’s the carpet in the Watson’s apartment."

(Sherlock gets trapped in a drug-induced fantasy that is scarily close to his real life.)

Reccer's comments: I’m having a hard time describing this lovely and haunting re-imagining of S4, because it’s so exquisitely constructed with its twisty reveals and lyrical prose style, that too much plot summary feels like a blunt instrument.

But in short: Sherlock is abducted and drugged, kept in a dream world for a month - and then John and Mary help him sort out what is real and what is not, and what real-world action he has to take. Sherlock is still stoned, dissociating, and vulnerable; Eurus is still manipulative and terrifying - and yet so many other things are so beautifully altered, finally fitting into place as a story about family, both biological and chosen. For all of her monstrously selfish motives, Eurus is ultimately a figure of pity here in her loneliness, and Sherlock breaks through all that in a more believable, ringing-true way than he did on the show, IMO. The author isn’t too worried about spoilers in tagging it Happy Ending, for which I’m glad. It’s a polyamorous Johnlockary happy ending, with Sherlock feeling content and fulfilled at last in the embrace of his found family, and that does my heart so very good.
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• J.K. Rowling is back to the world's highest paid author, thanks for Cursed Child.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge) dies at age 91.
• J.K. Rowling and HP actors mourn the loss of Robert Hardy.
• Jessicab (Mugglenet) about the death of Robert Hardy.
• Raise Your Wands for Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy), former Minister of Magic.
• Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) started filming new movie 'Whaling'.
• Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) sparks debate among Star Trek fans.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
• Full original London cast will bring Cursed Child to Broadway beginning April 2018.
• Original Cursed Child cast coming to Broadway. (MuggleNet)
• Cursed Child New York cast and ticket announcements.
• Cursed Child Broadway cast reacts to joining New York shows.
• #LondonIsOpen Campaign supported by many of the West End's shows, including Cursed Child.
• Jack Thorne (writer) to re-write Star Wars: Episode IX.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] slythindor100 announced the Week 4 Results of the on-going H/D Last Drabble Writer Standing Challenge.

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] interhouse_fest is looking for a third mod! The fest will be happening this year.
[livejournal.com profile] one_bad_man posted the Weekly Sign-up Post for reccing fan creations about the two bad men, Lucius Malfoy and Severus Snape. (At time of posting, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are still open.)
[livejournal.com profile] hd_erised announced the List of Participants of the 2017 H/D Erised Fest.
[livejournal.com profile] hd_erised posted Pinch-hitter Sign-ups.
• The [insanejournal.com profile] bbto_challenge announced the 11th edition of Bring Back the Porn. (all fandoms)

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] snape_potter posted the Harry's Birthday Challenge Masterlist.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] madeleone recced a Hermione Granger/Severus Snape fic (PG).
[livejournal.com profile] germankitty recced a Severus Snape gen series (G).
[livejournal.com profile] evening12 recced a Millicent Bulstrode/Pansy Parkinson fic (NC-17).

Archive News:
• OTW: This Week in Fandom, Volume #57. (fandom-wide)

Discussions:
[livejournal.com profile] dicta_contrion posted On Happy Endings.
[livejournal.com profile] casmicheals posted a discussion post on whether Hermione would be a 'good' or 'bad guy' in regards to H/D. (fic advice, Drarry only)

Essay/Meta:
• John Granger wrote Rune Magic in Fantastic Beasts? I wish.
• John Granger lectured on Is Harry Potter One Story or Seven Different Adventures. (video)
• Alexa Paoletta and Aniela Schaefer wrote For the Love of Luna.

General Fandom News:
• Lori Morimoto offers a Fan Studies for Fans lecture course on Patreon, starts September 1. (free preview audio)
Quantum Harry, the Podcast is now available for free subscription on iTunes and youtube.

Searches:
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

Community Spotlight:
[community profile] femslashficletsweekly femslash prompts for ficlet inspiration
A weekly challenge prompt community based on the now-defunct [community profile] femslash100 comm. Every Thursday, a prompt will be posted which writers can use as inspiration for a femslash ficlet. Femslash is defined as a relationship between two or more characters/people who self-identify as women. Ficlet should have a length from 100 to 1000 words. There are coloured hearts as rewards.

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Description: The 2017 edition of our annual femslash exchange in the spirit of [community profile] femslash12. Details are available here.

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26 July – 10 August: Nominations (Currently Running)
13 – 23 August: Sign-Ups
26 August: Assignments Out
7 October: Fanworks Due
13 October: Archive Goes Live
21 October: Reveals

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