How Did You Discover HPFF?

Ashley Marie

Headmaster
Staff member
Hi, I'm Gilwen aka Gee.
I discovered HPFF in 2007 as iellwen, avid Potterhead looking for more stories. I first read, discovered Dramione and wrote my first fanfic entitled "Closer in Winter". It. Was. Terrible. But a lot of fun to write. Draco was plagued with a schizophrenia-like Dark Soul, Hermione was the only one that saw through his terrible behaviour and saw the pain and fear he was trying to hide, they were both Heads and shared a Dorm, so obviously they got closer (in winter) to each other and no one understood their love but it didn't matter because they had each other. Etc. Not canon at all and cliché, even back then, but as I said, fun to write.
I changed my pen name in 2014 or 2015 and reposted a few things as GailWelin (an anagram), had fun participating in challenges of all kinds, kept writing Dramione ships and discovered my love for the (albeit) horrid McGonagall-Snape pairing (coined Snagall by a fellow HPFFer at the time) in a sci-fi AU short-story.
I think the first review I ever posted was something along the lines of "OMG this was soooo good pls keep writing OMG!"?
HPFF was my second home, a safe place filled with like-minded people and I made a lot of friends here, played Quidditch, loved my Prefect badge, felt good. I'm back because I swore I would come back to the forums if they opened again. It took me a little while (because, life.) but honestly, it's good to be home.
I've been out of the HP fanficition world since the forums closed, so I have a lot of catching up to do :)
Gee,

I'm so glad that you've been able to come back 'home' to the site. We're growing fast, and the goal is to definitely make this a wonderful and exciting place for Harry Potter fans, writers, and readers alike.

Hope to learn more about you soon!
-Ashley
 
I stumbled across fanfiction back in 2001 and I think pretty soon after I originally found fanfiction I found HPFF. Although I was not an official member until about 2008. I spent a lot of time on HPFF back in the day active first as a Slytherin and then switched to the house I still belong to, Hufflepuff. I was a prefect and later a staff member on HPFF and loved every minute of it. HPFF was seriously my second home. I had so many amazing friends here and spent the majority of my free time on the site.
 

Kat Randall

New member
Back in 2010 stumbled across it. OMG, this was the best thing ever! I was very sad that it was down but today I found out the site was live again. You guys have made me very happy. Thanks!
 

Snitchsista

New member
I have been a member of HPFF since 2006, and was named 'Best Podcaster' in 2008 - where I would record and read out other people's stories.

Writing is my life, and I have learned so much just by being on here.

Since 2006, I have written and posted over fifty stories, and now - between writing an original children's book - I am returning once more to write a sequel to a story I penned about ten years ago.

When I heard that this place might be taken down, I cried.

That's how much it means to me.
 

Ronnie Deaver

HPFF Logistical CoFounder
Staff member
I have been a member of HPFF since 2006, and was named 'Best Podcaster' in 2008 - where I would record and read out other people's stories.

Writing is my life, and I have learned so much just by being on here.

Since 2006, I have written and posted over fifty stories, and now - between writing an original children's book - I am returning once more to write a sequel to a story I penned about ten years ago.

When I heard that this place might be taken down, I cried.

That's how much it means to me.
Thank you for sharing your story! It's great to have more members from the old site still with us today.

Do you still make podcasts?

We're so glad to have you here on the new site! - Ronnie
 

Snitchsista

New member
I have been a member of HPFF since 2006, and was named 'Best Podcaster' in 2008 - where I would record and read out other people's stories.

Writing is my life, and I have learned so much just by being on here.

Since 2006, I have written and posted over fifty stories, and now - between writing an original children's book - I am returning once more to write a sequel to a story I penned about ten years ago.

When I heard that this place might be taken down, I cried.

That's how much it means to me.
Thank you for sharing your story! It's great to have more members from the old site still with us today.

Do you still make podcasts?

We're so glad to have you here on the new site! - Ronnie
No worries, oh yeah, I wouldn't leave here for anything :) actually been writing the sequel to something today

I can do, have a microphone I can plug in but the sound quality won't be perfect? I'll try it out and report back? Love to do more podcasts if the opportunity is available.

Ronnie, are you an old member or new?
 

Ronnie Deaver

HPFF Logistical CoFounder
Staff member
I have been a member of HPFF since 2006, and was named 'Best Podcaster' in 2008 - where I would record and read out other people's stories.

Writing is my life, and I have learned so much just by being on here.

Since 2006, I have written and posted over fifty stories, and now - between writing an original children's book - I am returning once more to write a sequel to a story I penned about ten years ago.

When I heard that this place might be taken down, I cried.

That's how much it means to me.


No worries, oh yeah, I wouldn't leave here for anything :) actually been writing the sequel to something today

I can do, have a microphone I can plug in but the sound quality won't be perfect? I'll try it out and report back? Love to do more podcasts if the opportunity is available.

Ronnie, are you an old member or new?
Forgive me for not having introduced myself - I'm a new member, and I'm the co-founder of FanfictionRecommendations.com, the site that took over the operations of HarryPotterFanfiction.com.

I only got involved since the shut down and am really happy we were able to keep this historical site and its 85,000+ stories alive.


@Ashley Marie is our full time staff Community Manager (and a lot of other things because she's a badass) - if you do start podcasting again, keep her in the loop and I'm sure we can find some way to feature them on the forums :).
 

Snitchsista

New member
Forgive me for not having introduced myself - I'm a new member, and I'm the co-founder of FanfictionRecommendations.com, the site that took over the operations of HarryPotterFanfiction.com.

I only got involved since the shut down and am really happy we were able to keep this historical site and its 85,000+ stories alive.


@Ashley Marie is our full time staff Community Manager (and a lot of other things because she's a badass) - if you do start podcasting again, keep her in the loop and I'm sure we can find some way to feature them on the forums :).
Hello Ronnie, don't apologise, good to meet you!

Yes, I am so happy and grateful that you were able to bring it back. When I heard that it had been shut, I actually cried, that's how much it has been, and will continue to be, a part of my life.

I've messaged Ashley right now, and I'll see what she thinks about it.

Rachel
 

Ronnie Deaver

HPFF Logistical CoFounder
Staff member
Hello Ronnie, don't apologise, good to meet you!

Yes, I am so happy and grateful that you were able to bring it back. When I heard that it had been shut, I actually cried, that's how much it has been, and will continue to be, a part of my life.

I've messaged Ashley right now, and I'll see what she thinks about it.

Rachel
Hi Rachel,

It's great to e-meet you :D and thank you so much for the kind words and for sharing the story of your relationship to HPFF. Having resolved the foundational tech issues and reached a steady functional state for the site, we're just now starting to get our bearings regarding the future vision for the efforts of our team.


Having passionate and unapologetic-ally excited community members like you joining these forums and the discussions regarding HPFF's future is essential to our success, so thank you for being here.

I look forward to seeing your posts and stories :D.
 

Snitchsista

New member
Hi Ronnie,

No worries, I love this place, although I was meant to be writing tonight and I've actually just submitted my first chapter of a new story, and I've spent forever on the summary! Oh well, it needs to sound good.

Look forward to yours too, and thanks for the warm welcome!

Rachel
 
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