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15th-Nov-2018 07:52 am
Title: Invitation, VII
Challenge: Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers 
Word Count: 100


Minerva simply did not believe that the Open Reception of the Potioneers was the rough equivalent of washing one's wounds in a tank of hungry of piranha. Severus decided that she needed to be enlightened, and sent an exceedingly polite note accepting the Potioneers' kind invitation and asking if he could bring a guest.

The response was swift: the Potioneers would be delighted to host Professor Snape's distinguished colleague, Deputy Headmistress McGonagall, whose “renown as a transfiguration expert was exceeded only by her beauty.”

Severus told Minerva about the acceptance, but not the gush. Some things were best kept private.
15th-Nov-2018 07:52 am
Title: Invitation, VII
Challenge: Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers 
Word Count: 100


Minerva simply did not believe that the Open Reception of the Potioneers was the rough equivalent of washing one's wounds in a tank of hungry of piranha. Severus decided that she needed to be enlightened, and sent an exceedingly polite note accepting the Potioneers' kind invitation and asking if he could bring a guest.

The response was swift: the Potioneers would be delighted to host Professor Snape's distinguished colleague, Deputy Headmistress McGonagall, whose “renown as a transfiguration expert was exceeded only by her beauty.”

Severus told Minerva about the acceptance, but not the gush. Some things were best kept private.
14th-Nov-2018 07:51 am
Title: Invitation, VI
Challenge: Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers 
Word Count: 100


“At the very least you should attend their pre-meeting reception,” said Minerva, considering the Potioneers' invitation. “How bad could it be?”

“Surprisingly bad.” Severus shuddered despite himself as he remembered a particularly memorable encounter between Damocles Belby, Araminta Skower, and a random Slughorn protege. “Spiking each other's drinks on the sneak is the very least one might expect.”

Minerva shook her head. “The Transfiguration Society enjoy a similar place at the top of the profession, and I assure you that we'd never sabotage each other at our tea dance.”

“That's because you surrender your wands upon entry.”
13th-Nov-2018 07:48 am
Title: Invitation, V
Challenge: Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers 
Word Count: 100


The invitation was on 100% linen rag paper the color of fresh cream. The text (all in flawless classical Latin) was calligraphed by a master, who'd added a column of illuminated alembics, cauldrons, and famous alchemists to the left. The pigments were all of the quality: ultramarine, vermillion, orpiment and lead white, powdered lake from cochineal and indigo.

It was a true work of art, and if it were not for the snobbishness that all but dripped from the entire production, the invitation to join the likes of Damocles Belby would have been one of the pinnacles of Severus' career.
12th-Nov-2018 07:44 am
Title: Invitation, IV
Challenge: Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers 
Word Count: 100


Fortunately for Gilderoy Lockhart's continued existence, Severus was able to intercept the post owl he'd engaged to contact the Dark Arts Defense League before they offered Severus a role in their holiday panto. Unfortunately for Severus' sanity, the invitation to join the DADL was followed by solicitations from a variety of other organizations, from the Kennel Club to the the Royal Society of Collectible Magical Bric-a-brac (which was, alas, not a joke, as Severus learned after Septima Vector frostily informed him that she was a member).

The best, and worst, was the invitation from the Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers.
11th-Nov-2018 11:48 am - Challenge #768: "Snape and The Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers"
Challenge 768: Snape and The Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers

As it says in the name, this group is a society of potioneers. Incidentally, it was founded by someone named Granger, (much to Slughorn's interest). As a potions master, would Snape have had anything to do with them? Perhaps he became a member? However you see it, this week we discuss Snape and The Most Extraordinary Society of Potioneers.

(Remember: drabble posts now appear on livejournal and insanejournal and dreamwidth.)
8th-Nov-2018 08:18 pm
Because [personal profile] alisanne made me do it. Really she forced me. She's terrible.

Forty )

Tagging some old timers like us: [livejournal.com profile] cruisedirector, [livejournal.com profile] djin7, [livejournal.com profile] dementordelta, [livejournal.com profile] geoviki, [personal profile] lokifan, and [livejournal.com profile] kitty_fic.

Also it's so funny how many of my answers matched [personal profile] alisanne
7th-Nov-2018 04:02 pm - Holiday Sale Coming
On Wednesday November 21st we will be implementing our InsaneJournal Holiday sale that will take place from 9am Eastern Standard Time (GMT -0500) until November 26th at 9am Eastern Standard Time (GMT -0500). These will be some of our best prices ever and we WILL be offering our Insane Userpics option.

Prices will be announced at the start of the sale.

Then, for the rest of November and the entire Month of December we will be selling Permanently Insane accounts for a discounted price of $40 (regular price $50)

This year we have decided to start our sale on the day before Thanksgiving so you can spend your time on Thanksgiving with your families. Please have a safe and happy holiday season.
7th-Nov-2018 07:57 am
Title: Invitation, III
Challenge: Dark Arts Defense League
Word Count: 100


Much to Severus' surprise, Lockhart burst into merry laughter that showed off the dimples Witch Weekly so loved. “What a sense of humor!”

“I wasn't joking, Gilderoy, so - “

“Our annual Comedy Panto for Charity is the highlight of the London season,” said Lockhart, pulling out a small girdle book and scribbling notes. “You'll be a perfect Mother Goose for this year's edition, I'll owl the Honorable Secretary right away!”

“Mother Goose?”

“You'll scarcely need makeup for the nose honking scene!” Lockhart cried, oblivious to how close he was to being turned into a lethifold.
6th-Nov-2018 01:21 pm


I live in the only red district in NYC and for the first time in ages, we've had a Dem candidate for State Senate and a viable Dem candidate for congress. They are still a long shot, but the voting poll was fuller than I have ever seen it since I became a citizen in 94. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
6th-Nov-2018 07:25 am
Title: Invitation, II
Challenge: Dark Arts Defense League
Word Count: 100


“A club.” Severus stopped walking. “Which one would that be, Gilderoy? White's? The Vicissitude? The Drones, perhaps?”

“The Drones? Oh no, this is far more exclusive!” Lockhart burbled, and what sort of adult male could honestly be said to “burble”? “The Dark Arts Defense League, of course!”

“The Dark Arts Defense League.” Severus waited until the urge to quote a Muggle humorist about club membership had passed. “A group of - “

“Amateurs devoted to defending our community against Dark Magic!” Lockhart exclaimed.

“I was about to say 'gormless dilettantes' but defer to your wisdom.”
5th-Nov-2018 07:41 am
Title: Invitation, I
Challenge: Dark Arts Defense League
Word Count: 100


“Severus! What a splendid morning!” Gilderoy Lockhart, bright and scrubbed and oh so elegant in his custom-tailored robes, hurried up to join Severus on his morning constitutional. “Do you have a moment?”

Severus repressed an urge to turn him into an occasional table – it would be a shame to spoil such a lovely day – and continued to walk. “If you wish me to 'assist' in another class or dueling demonstration, I will have to decline - “

“Good heavens, no!” Lockhart flashed a glittering smile. “I'm here to invite you to join a most exclusive club.”
4th-Nov-2018 02:08 pm - Challenge #767: "Snape and The Dark Force Defense League"
Challenge 767: Snape and The Dark Force Defense League

This group (which may or may not be affiliated with the Ministry) includes Gilderoy Lockhart, who is an honorary member. Would Snape have anything to do with them, or would he avoid them? However you see it, this week we discuss Snape and The Dark Force Defense League.

(Remember: drabble posts now appear on livejournal and insanejournal and dreamwidth.)
2nd-Nov-2018 08:39 pm - St. Margaret's Academy
Rule #1 - Keep your fangs and claws to yourself: no snacking on the student body.
Rule #2 - No magic in the hallways.
Rule #3 - A full moon is no excuse for not having made your homework.

The '18-'19 academic year has begun. At St. Margaret's Academy, there's no such thing as normal.
Open since 2013, St. Margaret's Academy is looking for great RPers and fresh faces. We're a fun and laid back group, so enrol your progeny today!
3rd-Nov-2018 01:37 pm - REMEMBER WHEN....yeah, I miss that
Every so often I come around to LJ, go through birthday notifs, etc, glance about. There's still folks here - some hardcore cross-posters (i see you, ladies) who did not abandon LJ or DW for tumblr/twit, etc.

Reading all these user names on the birthday lists are giving me a million feels.

I miss you all.

I miss the conversations, moments and interactions that we had, even the heated, ridiculous ones

I miss the art and the fic and the participation we all entered into to make this a living, breathing place

I miss knowing how you are all doing in your lives; the good, the bad and the ugly

I miss seeing many of you IRL regularly at cons, though I am lucky to have some RL fen friends locally. Some of you became like family to me.

I miss you. I hope you are all well, or coping well when life hits you hard, as the case may be - life has a way of kicking your ass, I know.

I hope you have the opportunity and the inspiration to still be creative and responsive and happy in a fan environment, somewhere, with like-minded, awesome individuals.

I miss you. ♥

This entry was originally posted at Dreamwidth here. Comment here, there, or the other place, it's all good.
2nd-Nov-2018 07:30 am
Title: There's Something About the Snape House....V
Challenge: Magical reversal
Word Count: 100


1991

Severus apparated into his foyer, robes immaculate, expression schooled to stillness. The Ministry reversal agent was waiting on the stoop.

“What precisely is the problem? I was at Hogwarts, not in residence, and - “

“It's not you,” said the agent. He pointed at a crudely chalked caricature of a Muggle witch on the sidewalk. “It's that.”

“The neighborhood children - “

The caricature smiled as tiny purple unicorns danced across the pavement. Severus raised an eyebrow. “ - seem to include at least one who should be at Hogwarts.”

“Good heavens,” said the agent.
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