At the Sign of the Quill and Apple

At the Sign of the Quill and Apple

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Was she going to slap you because you never in any way made him gay in the actual books, taking zero risks/doing absolutely nothing for gay characters in literature, and only announcing your “authorial intent” afterwards for a cheap shot at looking like an ~ally~


Gay people are just normal people. We are not told about any of the Hogwarts professors love lives, other than Snape, and it would be completely out of character for Dumbledore to walk around telling everyone about his sexuality.

Did you want her to make him dress in glittery platform boots, a crop top, and decorate his office in rainbow flags to make it more obvious for you? Would that be enough of a stereotype to appease you people? Or what? Please tell me. I’d like to know how you think a gay character is supposed to be portrayed.

And did you miss the Grindelwald chapters in the ‘actual books’? Or was that also not obvious enough for you? Did Dumbledore need to whisper “always” wistfully in order for you to connect that he had romantic feelings for Grindelwald? Maybe you are American and need them to gaze longingly into each others eyes with awkward close ups of their fingers almost grazing each other that Hollywood thinks means ‘true love’. 

It didn’t fit into his relationship to Harry to ever say “I’m gay”, and so it was not stated explicitly (you might have noticed the book was told from Harry Potter’s perspective).

The point is though, that he is a homosexual, well respected, powerful, and very loved wizard- and his sexuality doesn’t matter because no one else thinks it matters. a.k.a. no one cares that he loves men, and that is wonderful. 


Yeah, the only way she could’ve showed Dumbledore was gay was by having him look like a stereotype or tell Harry, “I’m gay.”

She had an easy, perfect opportunity in DH to reveal that Dumbledore was gay with Rita Skeeter’s book. She chose not to. It would’ve added to the story and gave an extra layer to his relationship with Grindelwald. She chose to leave it out.

And let’s not forget that it’s not like she was otherwise killing it with queer representation. 100% of all the couples in the books are M/F. Maybe she secretly thinks some of them are queer but it’s not like we’d know because she hasn’t talked about it.

Of course, she’s had additional opportunity to on Pottermore but she hasn’t seemed to have done it there. She did, however, write a bio for Remus Lupin where she made it 100% clear that he was very very not queer.

We can’t pat someone on the back for representation that doesn’t exist. We can’t settle for after the fact reveals that one character is queer. We must demand and expect better.

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Picascribit Harry Potter Fanfic Primer!


Here’s a quick guide to pica-scribit's awesome fanfic.

Let’s just start off by saying that by default you should check out A Conspiracy of Cartographers. It’s her magnum opus and it’s surprisingly unique in terms of being 7 novel length fics about all 7 years the Marauders spend at Hogwarts. 

She currently has finished Year 1 and is just over halfway done with Year 2. It’s pretty amazing the level of thought and detail she’s put into this. One day it will be legendary.

She describes it as such:

The story of a werewolf’s bite that sealed the fate of four boys and of the Wizarding world. Being a chronicle of the Hogwarts years of Mssrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs, from their earliest origins, to the halcyon days of their friendship, to the passionate romance two of them shared.

Wolfstar fic recs:

1. A Cure for Nightmares1976-78: There’s a mysterious new boy at St Godric’s boarding school, and Sirius can’t stop thinking about him, but the secret Remus is keeping might break Sirius’s heart. Rated E. 36180 Words.
Essentially her biggest hit. It’s not my favorite but it is very good.

2. TransFigured1971-77: Remus has a secret: he’s not a werewolf. Rated E. 25179 Words.
Very popular story where Remus is a trans man. It’s pretty great.

3. Just Sex:  1979:
Remus looked away. The truth was that he did want to bed Sirius. The knowledge that Sirius was willing and eager to have him made his palms sweat and his heart race. That did not make it a good idea. “I don’t want to be one of your conquests, Padfoot. And I don’t want to lose you as a friend.”
Sirius’s voice softened. “You wouldn’t, Moony. That would never happen.”
"You don’t know that."
Sirius touched his arm, forcing Remus to meet his eyes. “You’ve been one of my best mates for eight years, Moony,” he said gently. “We’ve been through so much together. We care about each other. Nothing’s going to wreck that. It’s just sex. It doesn’t have to change anything.”
Just sex. It was easy for Sirius to say that. But it would never be “just sex” for Remus. Not with Sirius. Rated E. 6106 Words.
This is *really* good porn.

4. Highland Fling2004: The summer before college, Sirius goes backpacking through Scotland in order to escape his family’s expectations. In a small village in the Highlands, an unexpected flirtation turns his whole world upside down. Alternately, the story of how Scotland loves Remus and wants him to be happy. Rated E. 35059 Words.
One of my favorite things she’s written.

5. My Dearest Moony1996: Sirius’s last words to Remus, found in a letter rolled up with his will. Rated G. 582 Words.
Short and painful. If you just want something quick to make you hurt.

Other Harry Potter fics:

1. A Night Off From the War1980: The war rages on. Lily and her friends need a break, and James has always been a little curious…. Rated E. 3296 Words.
Really excellent porn with a James/Lily/Remus/Sirius four-way. 

2. The Diary of Regulus Black1971-79: All that Regulus Black ever wanted was to do the right thing and have someone be proud of him. His parents. His brother. His best friend. The man he loved. Twenty-seven entries from Regulus’s diary, dating from his childhood to his death. Rated M. 4857 Words.
Completely one of the best things she’s ever written that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. And even aside from that she actually WROTE OUT the diary pages. That alone makes it impressive work.

4. The Power of Two: 1997-98: Could a clever joke shop invention be the key to defeating the most powerful Dark wizard in over a century? The proprietors of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes mean to find out. An AU diverging from canon after the end of Order of the Phoenix. Planned and partially written before the release of HBP and DH. Rated T. 34569 Words.
THIS IS SERIOUSLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS SHE’S EVER DONE. And it’s hard to believe she largely wrote it nearly a decade ago. It’s in some ways a better ending to the Harry Potter series than the one we got. Some definite improvements occur.

5. Backstage: What do the Potterverse characters get up to when they’re not “acting” in canon or fanfic? Come visit Remus Lupin’s dressing room, sing karaoke with Voldemort and the giant squid, and debate canon vs fanon with Remus and Sirius. Rated T. 8307 Words.
This is not necessarily the best thing she’s done (though I like it a lot.) But I think it’s worth a read just for the final chapter and the podfic is great. There’s a karaoke section and she actually had the guts to sing!

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When I was doing my first movie, the only thing I knew is that I wanted a female editor. Because I just felt a female editor would be more nurturing. To the movie and to me. They wouldn’t try to be winning their way just to win their way, all right? They wouldn’t be trying to shove their agenda or win their battles with me. They would be nurturing me through this process.

Quentin Tarantino, “The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing”

Film editing is one of those positions that women take because they can’t get hired as directors. Kind of like how women in the comics industry end up as colorists because noone wants them as the headline artist.

How many great directors have partnered consistently with female editors? A lot of them. Scorsese is a great example. Thelma Schoonmaker has edited every single one of his films since 1980, starting with Raging Bull. She is instrumental to his success. But is she a household name like Scorsese is? Of course not.

Imagine a world where she directed her own films, and what those films could have been like. I’m not saying all film editors wish they were directors or anything. But it’s no coincidence that the position most open to female moviemakers is the most unsung, and that’s part of why there are so few female directors today.

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