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Hogwarts, 1100 A.D.

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 5, 2013, 3:23 PM

No one expected the house Hiccup Horrendous Haddock was sorted into.

He was from a Viking Clan after all. Viking's were honest, loyal, proud, brave, united, and loud, of course. They could swing hard and swig harder. Vikings were Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs and to be sorted into any other house proved you lacked True Vikings Spirit.

Vikings didn't go into Ravenclaw. That was a place for Greeks and scholars and those pompous Englishmen.

Vikings certainly didn't go into Slytherin. A Roman would be more suited for such a place of backward dealings, craftiness and lies.

Hiccup could handle the shock of his classmates (a Horrendous Haddock? In Slytherin? How could he ever expect to take over as chief?) and he could handle his father's disappointment in those short-worded letters. Hiccup was always a bit of a loner and the Slytherin lifestyle catered to that just fine. Everyone in Slytherin minded their own business more or less, and most dealings with each other were for business purposes or for personal benefit. That he could work with. Even kids of other houses were easy to avoid given all the secret passages he'd discovered in his free-time explorations.

No, Hiccup's greatest problem was... his Head of House.

Before Hiccup came along, Alvin the Treacherous had a good, loyal hold on his house. The Slytherin students feared and obeyed him. They maintained a barrier, that aura of seclusion, which separated the Sytherins from the rest of Hogwarts to the point where they were known collectively as Outcasts.

Then Hiccup was sorted into his house and began to slowly undo everything Alvin had spent years, as a student and staff, working for. Hiccup introduces inter-house unity one student at a time to the Slytherin students. First he made friends with that Ravenclaw, Fishlegs. Then he made friends with that Gryffindor, Camicazi.

Now all he needed was to finally worm his way into the heart of that popular Hufflepuff, Astrid Hofferson, and her entire following would be mingling with Slytherins.

Puffs Only by AvannaK

No, Alvin the Treacherous certainly did not like Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third. He didn't like having all his years of careful crafting and planning at Hogwarts being undone. After all, he couldn't take over the school without his house of Outcasts behind him.

So Alvin spends his time trying to get Hiccup expelled and, realizing this, Hiccup turns and tries to get Alvin fired. It's a constant, subtle battle between the two that lasts Hiccup through his years at Hogwarts.

Good thing ol' Headmaster Wrinkly is there to maintain the peace. ;)

Ending This by AvannaK


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?

So here is a basic layout of why I chose Hiccup for Slytherin. It's because I had a whole little backstory for it. The story is much bigger than I've let on so if you have any questions feel free to ask. :)

The pictures I dropped in there can be found in my gallery. They have even MORE explanations on them. :nod:

Clearly, today was the day I caught up on Pottermore.

I put this on the Tumbles too.
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Rowena-Arum Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet! If this was a fanfic, I would totally read it.
AvannaK Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: Haha, great to know!
MythologyNut01 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
More, please. I loved reading every minute of it. Excellent job, you have terrific writing skills :D
AvannaK Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: And this wasn't even properly written! It was a story pitch. :lol: Thanks!
Shiek927 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Hehe, this seems pretty funny and interesting - It makes me think of super-old picture I saw of the main characters in Harry Potter outfits :p.

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.

:XD:, 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)
AvannaK Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha - YES! Thank you! :hug: Not only for your gushing, but also for acknowledging the thought that went into this. I don't know if you've seen The Big Four around here, or, even worse, the Big Four in Hogwarts, because let me tell you… it makes me cry. :sniff: It's like they want to put the four of them in separate houses even when they don't fit well in there--even more, it's a terrible representation of their characters and the houses. As an old potterhead it just makes me cringe a lot.

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. :nod:
Shiek927 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I honestly have no idea what the "Big Four" even *are* >_<.

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.
AvannaK Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pray that you never find out… it's basically taking Hiccup, Rapunzel, Jack Frost, and Merida - the four recent animated protagonists of the last few years - and throwing them together in AUs… but their characters are essentially lost in it. It's just taking their designs and squishing them together and spamming the rest of us who actually LIKED their original characters with it. It's become highly irritating. D:
Shiek927 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Hehe, that sounds simplistic enough...and maybe with the right execution, that could actually turn out pretty good, but I'm not surprised you don't like it - your standards are too high to enjoy something something so, for lack of a better term, 'teenage' :p.

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 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 >_<.
AvannaK Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, believe me, Big Four was something I could have had a lot of fun with. Even when I'm asked specific questions about my opinion on how something with them would work out, and I get to merge them together into some world for a hot second - it's all totally doable. With the right execution, yes it could be nice. Unfortunately, the 'right execution' was done and gone months ago; it's grown and changed into this new portrayal of the characters so that they fit better together and I'm just… I'm done.

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. :shrug:
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