Since then, I've come to think of that era, Post-GoF, as something like the Golden Age of Fanfic, a time when authors could let their imaginations run wild, when a hundred different fics would have a hundred different stories, because there were so many possibilities--so many secrets not yet revealed in canon, so many things about the world we didn't yet know--so much magic still to be discovered. I have written loads of fanfictions over the years, but never one of those, never my very own fifth year, my very own "classic"-style story--the kind of story that made me fall in love with fanfiction to begin with--and I have always, always longed to do so.
Finally, five years later, I've begun Harry Potter and the Pewter Owl, a novel-length which I am attempting to write as though it were written back then. So any knowledge of canon--from the last three books, from JKR's website, from various interviews--that we've recieved since the release of OotP, doesn't exist in this world--a prospect that I for one, find exciting and liberating. I hope you will give The Pewter Owl a chance, and let me know what you think of it. If you were reading fanfics back then, I hope that, by the time it's finished, if I've done my job, it might bring you a teensy bit of nostalgia--that it might recall a simpler time in the world of Harry Potter--while remaining something new, something different, at the same time.
I hope you enjoy it--it's still very much a work in progress:
Title: Harry Potter and the Pewter Owl
Summary: After the events of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a mysterious object comes into Harry's possession. Where did it come from, and what is its purpose? Are there more like it? Why is Harry seeing fireflies? And what does it all have to do with Ginny?