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Introduction to Hermione’s Choice June 2, 2008

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I’ve been a reader of fan fiction since my high school years in the 1970s, when I read some of the earliest Star Trek fan fiction. More lately, I’ve written a fair amount of it, in the genres of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and based on the movie, The Patriot. I’ve always been attracted to “bad boys” in fiction and. to some extent, in real life, so all the fan fiction I’ve ever written has been about them. I’ve never been inspired by the good, “hero”, Dudley Do-Right types. Give me a multi-faceted, complex “bad guy” every time!

In my 22 Deep Space Nine stories, the deeply conflicted Cardassian Gul Dukat, who was masterfully played by the accomplished character actor, Marc Alaimo, was the inspiration and linchpin of my stories.

I first discovered Jason Isaacs, who is now my favorite actor, when I saw the movie, The Patriot. His sexy, but sinister and malevolent charater, Colonel William Tavington, inspired me to write fan fiction based on this movie, which are now housed a the Tavington Fan Fiction site under the pen name, “Tracy”. At some time in the future, I may move these stories over to Fan Fiction Net.

If not for Jason Isaacs being cast to play Lucius Malfoy in Chamber of Secrets, I probably never would have discovered the Harry Potter world, as I’d not been curious about it until I heard Jason was cast to play Lucius. I went to the movie, just to see Jason in it, not really expecting to get much else out of it.

I was pleasantly surprised to find myself interested in the story as well as being quite pleased with Jason’s portrayal of Lucius Malfoy, a character similar in many ways to that of William Tavington. After the movie was over, I went straight to a bookstore and bought the four Harry Potter books then available.

After reading those books, I naturally wanted to write a Potter fan fiction story with Lucius as a main character. Over the next few years as the remaining books were released, my desire to write a Lucius-centric fiction increased, and though I toyed with several possible storylines, none inspired me enough to start typing. I eventually decided I wanted to write a Lucius/Hermione story, especially after hearing the 1976 Heart song, “Magic Man“:

Cold late night so long ago
When I was not so strong you know
A pretty man came to me
Never seen eyes so blue
I could not run away
It seemed we’d seen each other in a dream
It seemed like he knew me
He looked right through me
“Come on home, girl” he said with a smile
“You don’t have to love me yet
Let’s get high awhile
But try to understand
Try to understand
Try try try to understand
I’m a magic man.”

Winter nights we sang in tune
Played inside the months of moon
Never think of never
Let this spell last forever
Summer over passed to fall
Tried to realized it all
Mama says she’s a worried
Growing up in a hurry

“Come on home, girl” mama cried on the phone
“Too soon to lose my baby yet my girl should be at home!”
“But try to understand, try to understand
Try try try to understand
He’s a magic man, mama
He’s a magic man”

“Come on home, girl” he said with a smile
“I cast my spell of love on you a woman from a child!
But try to understand, try to understand
I’m a magic man!”

The first thing to do was to think of plausible circumstances for them to get together and without either being totally out of character. Though I see no need to stick strictly to canon in every detail, I also don’t want want the characters to depart so much from canon as to be unrecognizable.

But I also recognized that the Harry Potter books were told mainly from Harry’s point of view, which, of course, is only a limited facet of the entire truth. Thus, how Lucius and Hermione appear from Harry’s point of view is limited at best.

Lucius is from an old pureblood family raised to believe in the rightness of blood purity and his superiority over muggles and muggleborns. Hermione is, of course, a muggleborn with a decidedly idealistic bent. Because I didn’t want to write a story involving either rape or a forced marriage, I had to think of a different way for them to willingly get together.

Eventually, I came up with a scientific, rational approach to improving the wizarding population and gene pool. This issue has been explored in the Marriage Challenge fics, but I wanted to do something different, as I think this angle has been adequately explored. Because both Lucius and Hermione are more rational than emotional, I felt this approach would work. Indeed, I could see both of them as Ravenclaws had circumstances been different.

So, after much discussion of my original story germ with another fan fiction author, I took the plunge and began “Hermione’s Choice”. This blog is a companion to the story and will include entries about details in individual chapters, photos that illustrate various details in the story, and anything else that comes to mind which would be of related interest to the story.

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