Red Hen Publications — So, What’s New Here?
So, What’s New Here?

Well, as of right now, the entire site is new. And I’m sorry, but if you had links to any of the specific essays or other pages, you may find you need to recreate them, because the names of a lot of the pages have changed in the rebuild.

And, to be sure, this page is still where you’ll find the record of what has been most recently added.

There has been a full rebuild. And another redesign. Last time I had to do that great swaths of the code had been depreciated and quite a bit of the site no longer worked properly. This time it was just the Spry assets which the menus depended upon. But that still meant figuring out new ways to do everything.

Consequently, things are not where you left them. You've probably discovered that already.

You’ll also find that quite a few of the older items and the strictly personal collections are no longer online. I doubt anyone will miss them.

This is probably not the final version of the site. It is likely to all get redone again, at least enough to get some of the pages to the point of being readible on something other than a bona fide computer. It isn’t there yet, so if you are trying to access it on a smartphone, it’s probably not going to be a fun experience. But for the present I’m at least hoping that I'll still be able to update and maintain the site in event of a forced computer replacement.

The Various Collections to be found on the Site are:

Publications banner
Most Recently Uploaded Project Date
Birds of a Feather: Voyage #3 by WolfWillow Nov 17, 2021
Oh George, Poor George: a play in 1 Act by Charlotte Glover Feb 2, 2022
A Tale of Three Brothers by Charlotte Glover Feb 2, 2022
Yet Another Snape Meets the Dursleys Story by Rabbit Feb 2, 2022
Reformatting of dropdown menues for the Potterfic Collection Oct 26, 2022
Further reformatting of Publication Collection’s dropdown Menus Nov 4, 2022
Graphics banner
Most Recently Uploaded Graphics Date
Ah, Fandom: Hoggy-Warty Xmas 2019 Jan 14, 2020
Ah, Fandom: A Report on “Unity” moved to this collection Sept 25, 2020
Ah, Fandom: Unposted Publication Graphics: Original illustrations
from ‘The Best Revenge’, First Edition
Nov 26, 2020
Ah, Fandom: Hoggy-Warty Xmas 2020 Nov 26, 2020
Ah, Fandom: Hoggy-Warty Xmas 2021 Feb 2, 2022
Ah, Fandom: Redesigned menu dropdowns for A Potterverse Tarot Nov 4, 2022
Commentary banner
Most Recently Modified Essays Date
Potter People Collection: Incorporation of the Potter Sujects article ‘Concerning Parseltongue’ into the article on Salazar Slytherin Nov 3, 2022
Potter Subjects Collection: Combination of the articles; ‘Estimating Wizarding Population’ and ‘The Rise of the Mudbloods’ into a new one entitled ‘Wizarding Britain, by the Numbers’ Nov 3, 2022
Potter Subjects Collection: Combination of the articles; ‘Hogwarts & Muggles’ and ‘On Hufflepuff (& Ravenclaw)’ into a new one entitled ‘A Hogwarts Eduction’ Nov 3, 2022
Potter Subjects Collection: Combination of the articles; ‘Attempting Necromancy’ and ‘Sittin’ in a Tree…’ Nov 17, 2022
Potter People Collection: Article ‘Dark Arts & Dark Marks’ moved into the Concerning Tom Marvolo Riddle subcollection. Reconfiguration of menu dropdowns. Nov 20, 2022
Potter People Collection: Additions to the article ‘Double-OO Sevie’ Nov 25, 2022

With Regards to the Potterverse Collection:

We are totally off the clock.

And off the map as well.

Rowling’s version of the story is officially complete. (Pay no mind to the woman behind the curtain who is attempting to retcon the series online, and gleefully butchering canon in a slew of film spin-offs.)

I say Rowling’s version, because by this time it ought to be obvious that the Harry Potter phenomenon has grown to encompass any number of rival versions that Rowling’s may have served as a starting point for, but has had little or no direct input upon. Fandom is like that. It’s taken Potter fandom longer to reach this point than your typical media-based fandom would have, but it has definitely reached it.

For example; after first spending a good year and a half drafting out ever more intricate methods by which Professor Snape might have managed to survive being bitten by Nagini, it is now largely accepted that — should a fanfic author need him to show up in the course of his or her story — then, of course, he survived. And one is now less fascinated by how he did so, than in what happens next.

And, as for what Rowling has to say about who ended up paired off together; it is to laugh! That, dear reader, has devolved into a mere suggestion.

Nor is any of it likely to stop on a dime any time soon. Potter fandom is still chugging along.

The last major General Update to the Collection was whenever I last had to do another rebuild of the site. Currently that was at the end of 2021.

There probably isn’t going to be another one any time soon. Not a general one. There will probably be additions and updates to the individual essays. But the whole collection probably won’t get a full go-through until the next time the site needs a rebuild.

Which isn't to say that I won’t get thoroughly dissatisfied with the state of the site and dive headfirst into another rebuild in something much less than another decade. But I'm making no promises.

At any rate, with the closing of the official canon, most of my game was finished. I was primarily a theorist. We no longer have a free hand to try to figure out what is going to happen in this series.

We still have a reasonably broad scope for trying to figure out what already has happened. As anticipated, there were a lot of loose ends dangling in the breeze at the end of the final volume of the official Harry Potter series.

We also have as wide a scope as we ever did to try to extrapolate what may have happened in the past, or what could have happened. Or how it might have happend if something had happened a little differently.

As a theorist, I was primarily concerned with attempting to sort out the patterns which appeared to be embedded in the text, as we were given it, with a view toward getting either a broader, or a more focused picture than what was immediately evident upon a casual reading (or through the eyes of Harry Potter). Most of the theories which I built in pursuit of this goal have either been exploded, or confirmed, or partially confirmed, or have been shown to have been irrelevant to the story as Rowling chose to tell it.

This does not necessarily mean that I am finished with the Potterverse. Only that any theories which I might continue to explore will probably have even less to do with those areas with which JK Rowling has concerned herself.

And it certainly does not mean that I have abandoned producing publication projects of Potter-based fanfic. Publication projects are what this site is all about. And there will undoubtedly be more Potter-themed graphics added as well. Those collections are definitely still active.

In the meantime, however, it seemed appropriate to reorganize the material in view of the fact that there will almost certainly be no further professionally published novels concerning the life and times of Harry Potter.

JK Rowling claims to have learned to never say never, so it is unknown whether we may or may not eventually get additional novels from her set in the Potterverse.

But it would be a bad idea to count on it..