Alright then. This post was supposed to segue in nicely after the previous post on authorial intent
, but the response to that was rather disappointing. So, instead of allowing myself to be derailed, I'll just plow on through (although, if you suddenly feel the burning need to go back and comment on that post, feel free).
So, then, as for the topic of this post, it is the actions and attitudes of that small subset of the fandom known as the Harmonians in the Harry Potter fandom.
Now, as for how this has anything to do with authorial intent, the Harmonians, as opposed to the Harry Potter/Hermione Granger shippers at large, insisted, and, to a large extent, still do, that the Harry/Hermione (henceforth abbreviated to H/Hr) ship is right and is/should/has-to-be canon, despite the fact that with last year's release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (HBP) and the author confirming that the canonical pairings are Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley and Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger (henceforth abbreviated to H/G and R/Hr, or OBHWF).
As for the attitudes and actions of the Harmonians over the past year-and-change, I shall point you towards angua9
(both of which focus on the attitudes and motivations) and The Harry Potter Cornfield
for the actions taken by the Harmonians, which were so extensive in the months after the release of HBP that an entire community was created explicitly for documenting their actions, as Fandom_Wank, the primary means of mocking those that take fandoms too far, was being drowned in posts regarding the Harmonians.
As the above links point out (which miss_celestine
's essay summates nicely) the actions taken by the Harmonians in the months following the release of HBP show a rather impressive form of denial, especially when it comes to authorial intent. So, what do you think are the reasons behind that denial and how might you explain how those reasons came about and are rationalized by those that hold them? I've personally heard theories from various parties suggesting everything from holdover Victorian attitudes to overidentification to simply thoroughly convincing and committing themselves.
So, any thoughts?
Please note that actions taken by specific Harmonians such as Caina, and by similar shippers such as the extremist WolfStar people, will be discussed in future posts. For the moment, this post is in regard to the actions and attitudes of the Harmonians as a group unit.
EDIT: As their seems to be some confusion as to the purpose of this post, I shall clarify: THIS IS NOT A REFUTATION OR PUTDOWN OF THE HARRY/HERMIONE SHIP, OR THOSE THAT THAT BELIEVE IN THAT PAIRING, OR A DEBATE OR RENEWAL OF THE SHIPPING WARS; IT IS NOT ASKING YOU TO EXPLAIN THE REASONINGS BEHIND YOUR SHIP. IT IS INTENDED TO BE AN ANALYSIS OF THOSE REAL WORLD BEHAVIORS EXHIBITED BY A "SMALL", I.E. NOT
THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF H/Hr SHIPPERS, A SMALL SUBSET OF THAT POPULATION WHICH HAVE BEEN DEEMED EXCESSIVE IN THEIR BEHAVIORS AND ACTIONS.
Now that that's out of the way, I would like to also add that I'm not here to insult, or to put down, or make myself feel superior. All I want is to know WHY. So let me also add this: if you are a member, self-identified or otherwise, of the Harmonians that has discovered this post, please, explain your reasonings behind your actions; this is an open and neutral forum where I am taking an active role in preventing a flame war.
Especially note that the usual rules for discussions apply; as this is the first post that has a real possibility of a flamewar, I will be keeping a very
close eye on what is being said.
Alright, now that that's out of the way, here's my usual request to spread the news about this post, especially since I doubt that any of the newsletters will post about it.