piasharn: (Naraku and his Mask)
Bella in B&W

So... about posting some non-HP fanart... Not yet. Obviously. Although I swear that I am working on some. ¬_¬
piasharn: (8008135 (Penny Arcade))
Save me, Hermione!

I swear, one of these days I'll post some fanart that isn't HP related. Really. ^^;
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
I'm posting my opinions on the whole "Dumbledore is gay" shenanigans that have been going on. I would have written it sooner, but... y'know. Raging wildfires and all that fun stuff going on out here has kind of had me distracted.

As a forewarning, this is a rant. Not against JKR, but rather some of the reactions I've seen among members of the fandom. And in case it wasn't obvious, these are just my opinions. Feel free to disagree and/or think that I am a complete and utter moron. Click here for the rant. )

I'll admit, I'm happy about this announcement. I'd rather have her reveal a character to be gay after the series is done than to have absolutely no gay characters at all. (Or, worse yet, to have an anti-GLBT author.) Would I have been happier if it was revealed within the context of the books? Sure. Could she have made it a bit more clear, so that those who knew what to look for would have realized what Dumbledore was? Perhaps.

However, what's done is done. And it really doesn't seem worth it to get all riled up over a series of books in which I had absolutely no control. So I'm going to take the good and leave the bad.

Besides, it amuses me to no end that the slashers were right... at least about Dumbledore/Grindewald. Hell, that's more than the Harry/Hermione fans can say! ^_- (And the fandom always seemed to take the H/Hr fans a lot more seriously than it did the slash fans.)

Finally, in case you haven't read it, there's a great interview between The Leaky Cauldron and Sean Lund of GLAAD available here that I would recommend.
piasharn: (Utena and Anthy Again)
(Via [livejournal.com profile] aigooshesays and [livejournal.com profile] violet_quill)

Recent interview with J. K. Rowling reveals a new tidbit about Albus Dumbledore: he was gay and in love with Grindewald.

My favorite bit of the interview is when Jo says, "Just imagine the fan fiction now."

My dear, the slashers are way ahead of you.

(I's just realized that I have neither a "SQUEE!" icon nor a GLBT-Pride one. So I went with one with a homoerotic one instead.)


Oct. 19th, 2007 02:04 am
piasharn: (Eve plus Leaf)
Before I moved, I had started working on a series of sketches of various Harry Potter characters. Of how I see the characters, which does not always agree with the versions we see in the movies or book art. I can't remember why I started this project exactly... I know I wanted to have them as a reference for something...

Anyway, the sheets got misplaced whilst moving. (The problem about having a lot of books and papers and art materials is that I couldn't remember what had been placed in each box. Locating them required shuffling through a lot of paper. (I got a crapload of left-over cardstock for free a few years back, which is why I use it so often. It's also why the sheets are not conveniently located in a sketchbook where I might be able to locate them more quickly.) I found them, placed them carefully aside, and promptly forgot where. This is really pathetic when you realize that my apartment is not that large!

Long story short, I finally relocated them and scanned the images in. I've only got the twelve portraits done so far, but I'm planning on drawing all of the main characters and perhaps some of the minor ones as well.

And because it's late (early... whatever), I'm not going to make thumbnails. You can find all of them over at my DeviantArt gallery.
piasharn: (Utena and Anthy Again)

I just realized something very significant about the last Harry Potter book! Of course, since it contains spoilers, I'm putting it behind this link. )

On a somewhat related note, I made it into the [livejournal.com profile] the_eighth_day RPG as Lee Jordan! Whee... I haven't RPGed in ages, and that was in an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons setting, so I'm very excited (and afraid that I'll lower the quality of the setting with my unskilled writing abilities). I'd really recommend reading the bits that have been posted so far; it's a wonderful story.
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
My first piece of post-DH fanart. A quick pencil sketch of one of the happier (if not the happiest) moments in the book. Since it has potential spoilers, the thumbnail is behind the cut )
piasharn: (Delirium)
Just a couple of things that I wanted to make note of.

Harry Potter:

In case you haven't read them yet, there are a couple of good articles in which JKR explains a few things about the new book. This one mentions what Harry, Ron, Hermione, and some of the others do for a living, and this one reveals which character was originally going to die but didn't, and which two characters who were originally meant to live but were killed.

It figures, the deaths that I am most upset about were the ones that were supposed to have lived. *sniffles* Why did they both have to die?

One final thought, but there's a spoiler for the book, so it's behind the cut. )

Comic Con:

I just got back from the Convention Center where it is held and... Wow! I have a four-day pass, so I didn't do much today except wander around and absorb the atmosphere. I wish I had had enough time to make a cosplay outfit, but there's always next year.

What's really nifty is that it isn't too far from where I live, so I'm able to walk down there and not have to worry about parking. It's not a short walk, mind you, but it spares me the stress of driving around downtown San Diego and trying to find a place to park.

I can't wait for tomorrow... Neil Gaiman will be there!
piasharn: (Luna Lovegood)
Like an adict, I've been twitchy all morning while I wait for the seventh HP book to be delivered. The mail carrier doesn't usually get here until about 12:30, so I knew I'd have a bit of a wait.

In order to keep myself occupied, I've been aimlessly wandering the internet, avoiding sites where I might inadvertantly find spoilers. A minute ago, if occurred to me to check the delivery status on Amazon. After I logged on, I found the following message:

Items not yet shipped:
Delivery estimate: July 28, 2007 - July 31, 2007 1 of: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Sold by: Amazon.com, LLC

Whaa...? Not yet shipped? What do you mean it won't be arriving for another bloody week?

Goddamn it. There's no way I'm going to be able to avoid any and all spoilers for a week. I don't want to buy another copy of the book, and I've been so eagerly awaiting the release, that waiting will be pure torture. I just don't know what to do.

And I refuse on principle to download that blurry, illegal copy.

piasharn: (South Park Self Portrait)
To celebrate my starting a new job on Monday, I went out today and splurged on a new scanner and the Azumanga Daioh anime box set. (Maybe I should have waited until after I got my first paycheck... Nah.) So here's a handful of original sketches and a couple pieces of HP fanart.



Now to find something else to do to distract myself. Otherwise I'll start freaking out about tomorrow. No matter how many times I tell myself - or have other people tell me - that it will be all right, I still worry. It just seems to be in my nature. Probably due to the OCD. There's a reason why it's classified as an anxiety disorder.
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
With the release of the seventh, and final(!), book drawing nigh, I figure that I ought to jot these down now.

Cut for the uninterested. )

Also, here's a discarded theory that I never got around to posting, and was tossed out after I read Half-Blood Prince.

Voldemort's immortality and the Death Eaters. )
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
Via The Leaky Cauldron. There are apparently rumors that Chris Columbus will be returning to direct the sixth and seventh HP movies.

Nooo... Please. Let someone else have a chance. No offense to the guy. He did some nice work on getting the core cast together and supplying the initial sets and whatnot. But his work seemed so... so... Warm and fuzzy? Kiddish? Theme-park like? Something like that.

There's also an article up of an interview with Terry Gilliam, who was a potential candidate to direct the first movie, and how he stated that the first two movies were "shite" and missed the point of the series. This seems to have started a row in the comments about how wrong he is and how Alfonso Cuarón ruined the third movie.

Personally, I still think that the third movie is the best. Yes, I'm biased. PoA is my favorite book in the series. Lupin, who plays a major role in it, is my favorite character. I also adore Cuarón's work.

(And anyone whose describes Lupin as being "like your favorite gay uncle who does smack" earns my undying devotion.)

The HP movie babbling continues. )

I'm curious to see what David Yates will do with OotP. Now that's a messy story to sort through! I'm glad that he's at least given the male leads hair cuts. Although Harry's hair is now a bit too short for my tastes. On the plus side, Luna looks exactly how I imagined her. And he got the creepily girly/frilly look for Umbridge. Tonks' hair is longer than I pictured, and they apparently decided to keep it purple, but I love the outfits they have her in.
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
Right. So DeviantArt stopped being pissy with me right after I posted my last entry. Figures.

Anyhow, here are three new pieces of HP fanart for your viewing enjoyment:

Crookshanks and Pigwidgeon

Fenrir Greyback

Professor Snape
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
For the HP fans, I highly recommend you check out [livejournal.com profile] mneomosyne's artwork. Lovely use of watercolors with a delicate, almost fragile, style. Sadly, I haven't seen any pictures of Remus (yet, as I haven't finished going through her journal), but there is quite a bit of Snape.

I would like to pimp the artist who did this piece as well. (More watercolor work with a wonderful use of color. Not many people could give Remus mauve hair and have it look right.) Alas, her LJ is gone, and I neglected to bookmark her DA account. If anyone has the link, I shall be forever grateful.

In other news, it has been over two weeks since I have seen the sun. Hence the current mood. Nothing but dreary grey overcast skies and dim light that has been robbed of its nurishing energy as it filters through the omnipresent clouds.


Jul. 30th, 2005 01:58 pm
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
Our story begins with a Harry Potter fan who, having just finished Book Six, was quite distraught over the Big Death at the end. Still, life must go on, so our brave reader continued on with his/her life and decided to make breakfast. However, a surprise awaited when the toast popped up.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, he has not really left us. And now the piece of toasted bread bearing his image is up for auction on eBay.

Clicky clicky!

(Spoilers for HBP. Obviously. Although I probably already gave away his identity anyway. Besides, it's been all over, and I think everyone knew he was going to kick the bucket eventually.)
piasharn: (withered hand)
This is just my first HBP post. I'm going to cover the basics of what I thought, liked, disliked, etcetera. I know that I will have another entry or two. There is a certain relationship that develops in this volume that I know I'm going to write about. (If you've finished the book, I'm sure you can guess which one it is.)

Spoilers. Duh. )

On a final note, the fact that the word "slut" is used in a children's book amuses me to no end for some reason. Wait until the religious right picks up on that one! *cackles evilly*

(I love you, Jo!)
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
I'm not going to post my thoughts on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yet, because I'm still digesting everything.

Goddamn, I learned a lot in this volume.

And goddamn, JKR made me cry. Again.

I just finished the book, and, like an addict finally given a fix, I'm still riding the high. I can't give you an unclouded response right now. As such, I'm not going to say anything else unit I can examine it with a sober mind.
piasharn: (Default)
To prepare myself whenever a new Harry Potter book draws close to publication, I reread the entire series from start to finish. There are two reasons I do this. The first and most obvious is to refresh my memory on what has happened and what questions we are left with at the end. The second is to look for clues, hints, and little tidbits that I may have missed the first time around.

By going from one book to the next without stopping, this also allows me to get a clearer picture of the characters' (particularly Harry's) states of mind. Doing this meant that I was not nearly as annoyed at Harry's temper in OotP as many fans. We had four years to digest the stress of the Triwizard Tournament, the death of Cedric, and the resurrection of Voldemort in between books four and five. Harry only had a month, and I think many people forgot this fact. They forgot that Harry had been under considerable stress his entire fourth year, and were thus unprepared for the anger and frustration that he expressed in OotP.

But I digress. This essay isn't about Harry or his emotions. It's about some rather interesting things surrounding a certain Professor Remus J. Lupin that, in light of Snape's explanations of Occlumency/Legilimency, have made me come to suspect that my favorite lycanthrope may be more than what he appears.

Continue with the essay. )

All in all, we can't be sure until the 16th. Will Harry's Occlumency lessons continue? And since Umbridge has been kicked out and Dumbledore's reputation restored, will Snape be his professor in this subject, or will it be handed over to Remus. (If he is an Occlumens/Legilimens, that is.) Part of me wants this to be so, merely so that I can have more Remus to read about, although I think Harry deserves a good teacher for a change. (Not that Snape lacks the abilities or the intelligence. But he's such an ass.)
piasharn: (partial faces)
With the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince drawing nigh, I thought it might be a good idea to jot down some of my hopes and theories on the next installment of the series. Besides, I don't think I've written anything fangirlish lately, and I rather miss it.

Here we go... )

I think that's it. If I think of anything else, I'll try and post it soon. (Along with those Remus essays I mentioned.)


Mar. 10th, 2005 05:56 pm
piasharn: (Harry and Hedwig)
Yes, I am alive. I shall post a more in-depth entry detailing what the hell I've been doing later.


However, I have a brand new computer. (A Dell Dimension 3000, to be specific.) I would have gotten a Mac, because Macs kick ass, but those suckers are expensive. When I am a successful RT(R)* I shall certainly purchase one. At the moment, I am a poor college student.

Besides, Dell gave me free shipping and a free flat screen monitor. How cool is that?

On a completely unrelated note: Happy Birthday, Remus John Lupin!

I knew he was a Pisces.

* Registered Technologist (Radiography)

July 2012

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