Cover by Babbles, who can be found at https://babb1es.tumblr.com/post/625085225587933186/welcome-to-babbles . Thankyou SO much, I love it! I'm sorry it took me this long to put it up!
A retelling of the excanon series through the eyes of a young trans main character, Rhiannon. Rather than at first directly changing canon events I have chosen to instead have characters react to them more realistically, causing some actions that happened in canon to have greater consequences and by this ripple effect gradually altering the story. Because excanon was a war story sanitised for children, it IS going to get dark at times. Sometimes for a few chapters at a time. But I am writing that dark on purpose because excanon didn't do any of it emotional justice, and I am writing a stronger found family & friend circle for my main character, because we can survive all kinds of darkness if we stand together.
Remember: Being trans is not a tragedy. Being disabled is not a tragedy. Being queer is not a tragedy. And even though in the real world we don't get to be heroes, our lives are worth living and we deserve to be able to live them safely and free of abuse. This is not a story for everyone. This is a story for us.
My intent when I started out was to breathe new life into something I've loved for many years, and then as I carried on I realised just how *badly* it's written, how weak the plotting and characters are and how little emotional response there is to what is frankly some pretty horrifying content, so I took it upon myself to write stronger emotional responses and consequences for what excanon content I kept. Remember - this is derivative fiction. Even when it looks identical on the surface, I may well have something quietly plotting away in the background - and if you come into this expecting it to BE like excanon because in places it LOOKS like excanon, I will not be responsible for when your expectations aren't met.
So I made this my own. Initially it stays fairly close to the plotline but diverges after the first few chapters. I shaped Harry from my own experiences and the way I had always related to the character, and gave character to what had previously been nothing but cardboard cutouts. Essentially this is me trying to bring back the magic of the world, the way it should have been. I know this will not appeal to everyone, but I hope queer people like myself, and Jewish folks and people of colour hurt by the racism and antisemitism of the original author, will find some joy in it but most of all disabled people - this one's for us. She said the wizarding world would 'cure' disabilities, and eugenics is not a future I ever want for us. Our lives are worth living and our heroes are worth writing.
I don't like what the original author stands for, I don't like that she took what could have been beautiful and injected so much racism and other bigotry into stories for children. I don't like that she uses her platform to promote people who want me dead. And I am tired of having to tell people all of this and why when you should know it already - so I put my energy into something creative that challenges her canon events instead.
As yet, I have not written in romance, but there are romantic and queerplatonic relationships planned for future content.
A note that many characters have had their names changed because of original content racism.
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