June 22nd, 2004

fangirl, _schools4303

Maul/Draco snippet: "Pureblood"

Shagging. Slash.

Characters: Draco Malfoy, of Hogwarts. Maul the Sith Apprentice, of Star Wars.
Situation: Sidious is entering alliance or at least mutual-help-when-convenient discussions with Voldemort. While the bosses are busy, Draco Malfoy has been told off to entertain the Sith Apprentice.
Ownership: Lucas owns Maul. Rowling owns Draco. Both of them would be appalled.
Author: azurelunatic, with mad props to othercat and Dawn for being there (at different times) to release the bunnies.

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Work Joke

Y'know the "This call may be monitored for quality control" disclaimer?

Well. That means that any moment, we the phone survey people may have our calls listened to and taped by someone in the back room with a rule book, who sees how we're doing and whether or not we're handling talking to someone random well at all.

One of the monitors is a complete rules lawyer. If it even smacks of something that we're not supposed to be doing, if she doesn't think it's completely professional, or if you're not reading the words that are on the screen exactly (or if you are reading the words on the screen and she thinks you shouldn't be) -- she marks you down for it. Everybody's had a rules lawyer supervisor like this from time to time, I'm sure.

Now, our scores are like so: a star, for outstanding, a plus, for above average, a check, for acceptable, a minus, for not up to standard, and an exclamation mark (called a "bang") for absolutely dreadful.

I've figured out what the Rules Lawyer Monitor's theme song is.

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Wizarding Education: speculation

ataniell93 ranted about Dumbledore's pity hires, and how he could surely get the cream of Britain's wizarding population to choose from when it comes to teachers, instead of picking bottom-of-the-barrel choices like Trelawney, Snape, and Hagrid. But I submit to you: what if that was the best he could get?

My thought started out with Dumbledore, and how his supporters think he's the best thing since floating broomsticks, and how his anti-supporters think he's a barmy old nutter or worse. Anybody who's Anybody in wizarding society pays careful respect to Dumbledore unless they're one of the open opposition, but look who the people closest to him seem to be, judging by the members of the Order: the Weasleys, fugitives from the law, werewolves, Death Eater double agents, and Mundungus Fletcher. Does that look like the majority of the wizarding population actually puts their trust in Dumbledore? Um, no. I'd guess that the majority of the wizarding population is right where Az-the-Elder and I would be: hunkered down in the Wizarding equivalent of Switzerland, ready to come out after all the fighting's over and get on with our lives. (garnetdagger would pack me off there in an instant, and she'd pull a Need with a sword, only without the stab-through-heart bit. (Erm, for those who don't follow Lackey, she'd transfer her spirit into an already-magical sword and soul-bond with a lucky user.) )

Then I started thinking about the size of Hogwarts. It looks like there are relatively few students there. Like, perhaps 30 to a year in a House. There are seven years at Hogwarts, and four houses. That's 840 students, approximately. Now figure in another eleven years of wizarding kids that aren't at Hogwarts yet at the same rate, not counting the inevitable post-war baby boom that's going to be hitting Hogwarts when Ginny gets there. At eleven times 120, that's 1320 wizarding kids who'll be going through Hogwarts who have already been born, at the current rate. So. 2160 wizarding children under the age of majority in Wizarding Britan.

Now. What's a typical wizard family size? We've got the Malfoys, and I am guessing that Draco is an only child. Harry's an only child, and I think Hermione may be as well. We've got a couple sets of siblings around, and then we've got the Weasley clan. Is it safe to guess that wizarding family sizes may be, on average, around the same as Muggle family sizes? The average Muggle family hereabouts has around 2 kids for a 2 parent household. So double the number of kids about, and you've got their parents and probably some of the wizards of family-raising age who haven't had children to make up for the Weasleys. 4320 wizards. Double that again if you want to think about the usual wizard lifespan being longer than a Muggle lifespan... 8640.

9,000 people is a very small number. According to Ireland's census, a town of 1,500 is the dividing line between town and rural. If there were a wizarding population of only this size, there could only be maybe ten very small wizarding communities, discounting all the rest of the scattered wizards.

No, there have to be more wizards than that, and that means more children. The wizarding children have to be going somewhere else to learn their craft. My thought on the matter is this: the vast majority of the Traditional Old Blood are looking at this Wizarding Academy and saying "Pfa! Academy? I apprenticed, my father apprenticed, his father apprenticed, and if it was good enough for them, it's good enough for you, and stop whingeing about this Hogwarts letter. Hogwarts? Hogwash, I say!"

That's where the brains that have got to be in wizarding society are going. The Hogwarts students are quite probably the progressive, the rich, the Muggleborn, and the pretensious. Snape's peers are supervising their work and their journeymen, and the journeymen are bossing the apprentices around. Any kid too young to apprentice is probably still being chased after by the homemaker parent and/or nurse.

Hogwarts is an Ancient and Noble House, but it hasn't been around for any 2,000 years. Another five hundred years from now, more wizard-born wizards may go there, but for now, it's still experimental, and the Slytherin Problem (put all the ambitious ones in one house, and a few rotten ones can throw the whole barrel into suspicion) is proving out the "I told you so"s of the grans who won't hear of anything other than apprenticing the kids.
fangirl, _schools4303

Good morning, world!

So I was up far too late last night working on things -- first I had the Potter/Sith Academy crossover (no knowledge of SA required, just that's where the characterization comes from), and then I had my very disorganized thoughts on why Hogwarts being the sole British wizarding academy and bottom-of-the-barrel teachers could happen.

Remember, Harry is not a reliable narrator as much as the Daily Prophet isn't. Harry tells the truth to the reader about what he sees or thinks he sees, but the Potterverse is complex and tricksy enough that it really requires an adult/experienced perspective who's familiar with wizarding society as well as humsn nature to have a chance at understanding what's going on. Harry sees nearly everything, but comes to erroneous conclusions often. Perfectly reasonable ones to have come to, but erroneous nonetheless.
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It's good to be queen...

Life is good. Despite the insanity that is work, the way I barely get to spend time with the Little Fayoumis, and my lack of time with Darkside, life is good.

I'm happier writing all the time and getting paid to do something I don't even consider real work than I seem to be doing anything else. I'm almost in a financial position to move out on my own when the time to separate templeravenmoon comes.

It's coming. It's been in the works for a while, but it's closer now, and it won't destroy me.
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Hooray! Darkside!

Called Darkside. The birthday boy was indeed availible to be tormented. We chatted for at least an hour. I miss him. Several buffer errors. Bad jokes. D&D bad jokes.

I miss him so very much.
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Yet another giddy Lunatic

Imagine a Lunatic. Now imagine the high that follows a glowing (with good things, not radiation) review at work. Compound it with that smug feeling that a twice as large as usual paycheck will bring. Add Darkside next, and the glow he brings to me, and then some random man on the phone telling me I rock.