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A couple of community members suggested that one reason why people may hesitate to write about characters of color is that they don't have a good handle on those characters' backgrounds, personalities, and experiences, either because the characters are not sufficiently fleshed out in the books, or because the writers don't feel confident writing outside of their own ethnicity/culture due to a lack of familiarity.

In response to that, I'm launching an occasional series of Character Discussions. The idea is to get to know these characters better, to share ideas and speculation, to ask questions, and to spark people's imagination.

I thought we could start off with Blaise Zabini, for no particular reason. :)

The Harry Potter Wiki entry on Blaise contains a good summary of what's known about the character, as well as some speculation based on those facts.

Here are some possible ideas to get the discussion started:

- Where do his ancestors come from? How long has his family been in Britain?
- Why was he sorted into Slytherin?
- What career do you think he went into after Hogwarts and why?
- Do you agree with the Wiki entry, which claims Blaise was arrogant, disdainful, confrontational, contemptuous, disrespectful, and difficult to please romantically?
- What do you think his name reveals about him, if anything?

Feel free to ask your own questions as well, and to make any additional remarks you'd like about Blaise Zabini!
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Despite having been the most popular idea for a Diversity Awareness Month activity, the Prompts of Color comment fest didn't exactly find a resounding echo amongst the community members. Only a couple of people submitted prompts, and only one person completed a fanwork (this spectacular portrait of Padma by [livejournal.com profile] imera, go check it out!). So I'm just curious in finding out what went wrong and if there might be anything we could learn for future events.


[Poll #1987555]


Feel free to leave any comments you might have below. Thank you!
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I've never seen anyone mention her before, but she had a memorable role in the Half-Blood Prince movie. The first fic I've seen that includes her is this one, which was written for the 2013 round of [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus:

Title: Five Ways To Say I Love You
Author: cryptaknight
Pairing: Ron/Luna, Draco/Hermione, Zach/Susan, George/Lavender, Harry/Simone (Treats waitress)
Summary: The lives and stories of five couples intertwine as they navigate the holiday season and prepare for the Ministry's Christmas gala.
Rating: R
Length: ~18,600

From HP Wikia:

This waitress was a female Muggle employee at Treats Café, a café in Surbiton Station in 1996. She flirted with Harry Potter during the summer of 1996 and almost came close to discovering the wizarding world.

She's never named in the movie, but I've added a tag for her (Waitress at Treats) in case anyone cares to include her in future fanworks.
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Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] hp_diversity!!

Posting is officially open.

We're here to celebrate fanfiction, fanart, recs, discussion featuring characters of color from the Harry Potter fandom. From the Patil twins to Cho Chang to Dean Thomas and all other characters of color, this community exists to perpetually increase the volume of diversity in HP fandom.

We welcome all genres including: gen, het, slash, & femmeslash, and anything else you can come up with.

Feel free to post any of your old fanfiction/fanart to start us off!

Affiliate with us!

STARTER RULES:

1. All fanwork must feature at least one main character of color from the Harry Potter fandom.

2. Always use a tag. If you need a tag, let a mod know.

3. All fanwork must have the appropriate header and subject.

4. Please include an appropriate disclaimer for your work.

5. Use lj-cut tags when posting anything longer than 100 words or images greater than 150px by 150px.

6. Pimping for other communities isn't allowed without permission from the community moderators.

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[identity profile] diversity-mod.livejournal.com
Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] hp_diversity!!

Posting is officially open.

We're here to celebrate fanfiction, fanart, recs, discussion featuring characters of color from the Harry Potter fandom. From the Patil twins to Cho Chang to Dean Thomas and all other characters of color, this community exists to perpetually increase the volume of diversity in HP fandom.

We welcome all genres including: gen, het, slash, & femmeslash, and anything else you can come up with.

Feel free to post any of your old fanfiction/fanart to start us off!

Affiliate with us!

STARTER RULES:

1. All fanwork must feature at least one main character of color from the Harry Potter fandom.

2. Always use a tag. If you need a tag, let a mod know.

3. All fanwork must have the appropriate header and subject.

4. Please include an appropriate disclaimer for your work.

5. Use lj-cut tags when posting anything longer than 100 words or images greater than 150px by 150px.

6. Pimping for other communities isn't allowed without permission from the community moderators.

Subject & Header Templates )

-Your mod: [livejournal.com profile] ravenclawbest

PIMP US:




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