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Upcoming Buffy/HP crossover - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Upcoming Buffy/HP crossover
Well, I'm going to be doing another crossover for ithurtsmybrain. This time, apocalypsos isn't requiring a romance between the crossed characters, so I was happy to grab Faith from BtVS and Remus from HP. It's going to take place after the end of BtVS, which is necessarily about ten years after the Voldemort war (Buffy et al are Harry's age, after all), and I'll posit that Remus lives through it and is working in a more repsonsible position that he might have gotten before. The TV guide blurb (I haven't written word 1 yet) is:

When Remus goes to investigate a company claiming to have a cure for lycanthropy, he meets the Slayer Faith, who has been sent to try and rescue a lycanthropic friend who was last seen there.

I haven't decided where to set it, though. It's going to be pretty limited on the canon characters--Remus and Faith, later joined by Oz--so there's no place it specifically needs to be in order to have certain characters around. So, since my decision-making skills are feeling fuzzy, I thought I'd put it up for a poll.

Where should I set my Buffy/HP crossover, featuring Remus, Oz, and Faith?

The Black Forest. Hey, it's got lots of creepy lycanthropy lore and magical history. So what if you don't have the first clue what it's like there? What's research for?
4(8.0%)
The ruins of Sunnydale. The Hellmouth may be sealed, but it can still mumble, right?
2(4.0%)
Obscure part of magical Britain. What on earth would Remus be doing elsewhere? And again, with the research.
18(36.0%)
Boston. Hey, you know it and Faith knows it, so why not?
20(40.0%)
Western New York. 'Cause random settings are always amusing.
6(12.0%)


(Did my own answer so I could see the poll quickly, not necessarily because I have any opinion.)
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chienar From: chienar Date: May 17th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
you -know- where I picked... I mean really, where would the LAST place you expect to find them be?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 17th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could totally see Faith scarfing down fried zucchini at the Charcoal Corral.
swatkat24 From: swatkat24 Date: May 17th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really have no suggestion to make, except for Eeee! Faith!

Swatkat
gehayi From: gehayi Date: May 17th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fellow New Englander here. I picked Boston, of course. It's old, and New England has strange legends, and Faith's from South Boston, and you're from Boston...and it just makes sense.
leeflower From: leeflower Date: May 17th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also voted Boston... I'd like to see the Fern take on wizarding Boston.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 17th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I have to admit, since I put the poll up, I've been leaning more toward Boston (it would be a nice change of pace to not be running around wondering if I've got British stuff right), but I did do a take on wizarding Boston for Dumbledore's Grid, if you'd like to read it.
leeflower From: leeflower Date: May 18th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
very good stuff-- and that's actually saying something from me, because I don't touch HP fanfiction unless I have reason to believe it's quite good.

I liked how carefully you considered the differences between American and British culture so that it didn't just feel like "Hogwarts in Boston." I also appreciated the decidedly 'Boston' flare you gave it, not only in the details but in the characters. Being from DC, I could certainly sympathize with the "that's a tourist thing" mentality.

The only place I got mildly lost was in the references to the Magic Maze. I know they walked through one as sort of their version of the brick wall, and I got that it was a hate group, but I didn't get the connection between the two. Is the maze at the other end of Sork-Av the sort of 'nocturne alley' area, or did I just miss something in a huge way about all that?

Oh, also: his description of Umbridge was priceless. In general I thought you wove it in to the existing storyline quite well.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 18th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that does seem out of place? It actually came out of a conversation about the American wizarding community in general, and the "Magic Maze" is less an actual place than a state of mind, a bunch of small towns (mostly in the south) where people have kind of isolationist, magic-only communities. Becky has the usual northeastern urban attitude toward this.
leeflower From: leeflower Date: May 18th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
aaaah ok that makes sense. I must have just missed it.
From: hobviously Date: May 17th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bostonbostonbostonnnnn!
penny_pixie From: penny_pixie Date: May 17th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok I picked the Black Forest.

Here's why:
Faith is a funny, funny bitch. Oz...see comment about Faith. Think of all the snarky comments they'd make while navigating the terrain of the Black Forest. Think of the way Oz and Faith react to things that Giles says, I can see them reacting similarly to Remus. Also the culture clash would be cool. A silly idea, but I like it.

:-)
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mistralcat From: mistralcat Date: May 17th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I voted for Western New York. My husband grew up on a farm near Alexander, his mother is still a minister in Attica, and I think it would be hilarious to see Faith, Oz, and Remus (these three characters especially) deal with the attitudes of some of the people around there. Plus, lots of cows always brings the funny.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not only do you write Shifts, but also BTVS and ATS crossovers?

Good Lord! Are you sure you're quite human? you must have some despicable habits to make up for your phenomenal writing ability! I've tried to review faithfully (heh- faith) over at Sugar Quill as Sadie Hyde, and have printed out the story (about 400 one sided single spaced pages) in a special Big Brown Binder with "Shifts by Fernwithy" written in Gold Ink. I'd love to read anything you write- Been out of work for a few months now and have L O T S of time. As for your poll, please NOT Boston! The bars close way too early and the T is the most inane public transport ever developed. Allegedly they designed the routes based on the old cow pastures... Hmmm.. Chinatown up there is pretty awesome though, I must admit. I look forward to reading about Remus and Faith. I feel like he'd be rubbing the bridge of his nose in frustration so often he'd get down to the cartilage in no time. I just found this here LJ and will be checking regularly. Thanks again for so many hours of enjoyment from reading your wonderful work.
This is where I would insert some cool foreign language sign off to show off how chic I am. I've got nothing. I like this one - Ta-Ra!

Sadie Hyde
phiremangston From: phiremangston Date: May 18th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)

*squees*

You are so my hero. Again. I really wanted to write that pairing, but I don't know enough about Faith to do so. Can't wait to read it!
From: nothing_gold Date: May 18th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I nearly died of happiness when I saw this post. I am a BtVS crossover whore, and I love that you're writing one. And Oz! You can never get enough Oz. I voted Boston by the way, because I loved what you did with your Dumbledore's Grid fic.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: May 18th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, crossovers! :-) It's so hard to find good HP-Buffy crossover fic.

I voted for Boston, but would be equally happy w/Western New York, and the Black Forest would work pretty well, too. I think Crater Sunnydale would be too depressing, plus supposed cures for lycanthropy require people to work them out, and there's no one on the Hellmouth to do so. As for obscurely magical Britain, what on earth would Faith be doing there?
emirall From: emirall Date: May 19th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
"As for obscurely magical Britain, what on earth would Faith be doing there?"

As Faith is sent after Oz, you should actually be wondering what Oz is doing there.

*shrugs* I think all places could work. (Well, the exception would be the Hellmouth, since I really can't see that as a good setting for this story.)
amelia_eve From: amelia_eve Date: May 21st, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I long to read this - may I friend you?
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