In the early years of Hogwarts, before Quiddich became the prime-time of flying, before brooms were standardized and patented by companies, all students were expected to have a rudimentary knowledge of flying and broomcraft. Every student had to craft their own broom as a requirement to graduate. By second year, students would venture as a class into the Forbidden Forest to collect the broom wood. It was up to the individual to choose the core in their own time.
Southerners preferred unicorn-based cores, Easterners preferred anything of hair. Vikings preferred dragon-based cores.
From years 2 to 7, students would take on their personal project of completing their broom. Some crafted brooms early and flew daily. Other never flew at all. There were even those who waited until the months before graduation.
Dragons filled the forest in those days. Nadder spines and Zippleback teeth littered the forest floor. Gronkles left rock-like hunks of skin in tree bark and the occasional Nightmare whisker could be found hanging from a branch after some low flying. Still, the risk of running into, and fighting, these dragons was always a danger.
Naturally, Astrid Hofferson faced off a Nadder, collected a spine, and completed her broom in the early months of her third year.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock finished his broom at the very end of his fourth year, nearly a year after every other Berkian had completed their brooms. No one knows what dragon Hiccup encountered, or if he even encountered one at all.
All they know is that his broom-core was midnight blue in color, and that Hiccup's broom was the fastest broom Hogwarts had ever seen.
Thoughts? Additions? Continuations?
The pictures I dropped in there can be found in my gallery. They have even MORE explanations on them.
Clearly, today was the day I caught up on Pottermore.
I put this on the Tumbles too.
I loved how Astrid is a Hufflepuff (which is what I hope I'd be too) and not a Gryffindor -- she has passion but that it's driven through almost obsessive loyalty to her people then just aimless fire: she'd make a great Gryffindor, but she's the ultimate Hufflepuff.
And Hiccup as a Slytherin?....I get it, I really do - he certainly is cunning and inventive, that's him. Yes, he's brave and persevering, but he's gung-ho in a different sense....he's much too independent to be a Puff', and while he's smart, he doesn't necessarily love or chase knowledge for knowledge's sake...he's genuinely smart and crafty, and not just in the nerdy book-smart kind of way.
, I don't want to gush, but this is the kind of depth that separates you from so many others....because it would be all too easy to just place Astrid and Hiccup as Gryffindors, and do everything as we'd expect...and it would be okay, but that extra mile you go is something that people rarely do =3.
(Camicazi as a Gryffindor? Yes, she's got the kind of fire to be there, and Alivia as well)
Honestly, I think Hiccup could do well in both Gryffendor or Ravenclaw as well (He's reckless, he studies, he invents, he's witty… all that good stuff) but Slytherin is strong in him also and I think it would serve as a great storyline prompt.
You're right in that Hiccup go do well in, well, any house with a certain direction...I just feel it expresses as sort of creativity in avoid putting him straight into Gryffindor and instead thinking through where he actually deserves to be.
Not that it's a bad thing - never feel bad about having high writing standards: it's fine to try and enjoy a story anyway for what it's worth, and not nitpick the hell out of it, even if it's too teenage (whether in concept or execution)...but you can argue that it's not so much nitpicking so much as plain good/bad-writing and you only learn to distinguish the two through hard-training.
I'm not sure if they'd really fit through...I mean, obviously things would change to make such four-way crossover...and you have to question why, say, someone like Rapunzel who lives in a happier world then Hiccup's would even get involved.
ugh, I don't know....with the right creativity, anything is possible, even if the concept seems shallow -- we've both gone into lengths about trying to appreciate the canon and not trading depth just to see disparate characters that you like from different media joining together. Still, as before....ehh, sometimes you shouldn't make a fuss and try and *let* yourself enjoy the story, or any media, for what it's worth - I wouldn't see that as turning off your brain, but just trying to have a good time...it doesn't mean you can't have high standards .
Very often, I'll watch something that, thinking on it, is pretty stupid and illogical...but it's just fun to see, as long as I don't think about it too hard - in that regard, maybe there *is* some intelligence there or...
Nevermind, this is too long >_<.
The problem is that it's become SO popular and SO prevalent that I can't escape this skewed form of the characters I love (character, really, it's just Hiccup I'm here for). Meaning if I'm looking for some nice HTTYD art I end up finding a million Big Four things instead. I see Hiccup acting like a traditional shy maiden around Jack Frost more times than I can count. He's constantly taking up the 'woman' role (seemingly because he's technically younger than Jack??) - I mean, good God, enough is enough. Unless Hiccup canonically dies sometime before the next movie comes out he's soon going to be bigger and older than Jack.
Ugh, haha, sorry for the explosive mini-rant. I try really hard to ignore it all but if it's brought up then I'm just reminded of how much silent, mental anguish I go through any time I'm on the internet. Unavoidable hazard, I'm afraid.
It's just a popular fanon interpretation is all...I can understand how that would frustrate you, especially since how much you hold true to realism and canon, and you don't have much interest in those other fandoms (though for me, I remember going on a ridiculous Tangled fanfiction spree when the movie came out).
*shrug, what can you do? If nothing else, remember that you give people something different - when fans want a break from seeing (a skewed) Hiccup and Merida paired together, and want something with more depth, they can turn to you...and you have 3000 reviews for show for it . Memes are made to have fun with, and if you don't like or get the joke, I can get why it would be *so* annoying but....ahh, it's nothing worth getting too upset about .
It was interesting at first, I love creative opportunities; I could easily mix and match situations where any of them would meet or put them in AUs. Fun and innocent and completely crack. Then it became somewhat annoying in the past months when the novelty wore off and the persistence and growth of it slowly filled my inbox. Now I honestly can't get away. It's all over my dash on tumblr, filling in my inbox for HTTYD groups I follow--it's not just pictures, it's analyses, fics, discussions… like I said, it's a full on fandom now.
It's like… say you love swimming and you go to this one special pool for laps. You've always gone there, it's always been a nice stress relief at the end of the day. You could always count on this pool. But now, every time you go to the pool, it's filled--filled--with fat old people and kids who pee in the water. You can't do your laps , it turns your stomach sour, it's not the stress relief you know and love any more…
hat's what's become of my hobby now. I'm not alone in feeling this either. So yes, it definitely IS worth something getting upset about. The 'shrug and laugh it off phase' ended a long long time ago.
It's like watching a meteor, thinking it'll be a cool, interesting speculation to watch as it flies by you, and then having it suddenly change course and level your safe haven.
I do love analogies.
But like I said, I'm pretty stellar at ignoring it. It doesn't stop it from chipping away at my mood when it gets shoved in my face thirty times a day.
doooooooooo ittt! it's perfect!
I'm curious; how much characterization to you take from the book series?
That last part - WOW. I can really see it happening! It fits so well! What a pity that this tradition didn't survive to this day
I really like this little backstory. And all the houses fit the people so well! I couldn't picture Camicazi in any other place I guess Alivia would be happy there as well?
I'm glad you like this little tale! Personally, I think HIccup could be great in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw as well, but to put him in Slytherin, I needed to add a little spunky tale behind it.
And yes, Alivia would TOTALLY be Gryffindor.
Or Hufflepuff, for that matter, because that girl is a loyal Bog to the bone.
I hadn't mentioned the twins, but they're all in Gryffindor. With the same way only 'chiefs' have Nightmares in the HTTYD books, only chiefs go into Gryffindor... which is why there was talk of Snotlout being destined to be chief instead of Hiccup back at Berk.
(even though Snotlout wished he was in Hufflepuff some days... for Astrid )
In my mind, these "personalized" brooms have a lot more spunk than standard brooms. Plus, there's the whole business of how Hiccup got that Night Fury scale
Besides, I'm saving the "flying a dragon in a quiddich game" for Hitchups
Also, Hiccup finding the room of requirement is a must
I think it would be cool if Hiccup left some graffiti in one of the passages and Harry finds it centuries later.
Though I will be nitpicky and say I think you mean 1100 CE/AD, not BC, since the Iron Age is a little early for dem Romans