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fairandfinn asked:

Do you have any advice for creating fantasy monsters from scratch?

characterandwritinghelp:

There is a lot to consider. Think about:

  • Where do they come from? What is their origin story? Are they a magical species, or a nonmagical creation? Were they brought to life in a lab? Did they evolve from something we might recognize?
  • What is their folklore? If they have been around for a long time, your monsters may be an entrenched part of your world’s folklore and mythology. What are the stories mothers tell their children about these monsters? Are there legends surrounding them?
  • Where do they live? If your monster was going to be featured in a zoo, what would they need to be happy? What is their habitat like?
  • How intelligent are they? How do they communicate? Do they have a language of their own? Do they have a form of government, or do they work on a pack/hivemind mentality? Do they use a spoken language/vocal cues, body language/visual cues, scent marking/smell cues, etc.?
  • What do they eat? How do they get it? Are they hunters, gatherers, foragers, scavengers, etc.?
  • How has the monster species changed and evolved since it was first created/discovered? Are there subspecies within the broader classification of [monster]?
  • Can they be domesticated? Why/why not? What do humans use them for? Can they be kept as pets, companions, hunting aids, guards, etc.?
  • What do they look like? Feathers? Fur? Skin? Scales? Something else? Are there regional/subspecies/other varieties that vary from the “normal” look?
  • How does it behave? Does it act differently around humans than it does around animals or other monsters? Is there a family dynamic? What does courting/mating/etc. look like? For that matter…
  • What about babies? Do they reproduce quickly with lots of offspring per birth, or do they reproduce slowly?
  • How about predators? Are they low on the food chain, or do they rule the roost? How do they fight off/avoid predators?
  • How do they get sick? Are they especially immune or susceptible to certain illnesses? Is there a disease that only these monsters can contract? Can it spread to other species?

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I can’t stop laughing at Harry running the fuck awaythe boy who lived ladies and gentlemen.

….You realize, of course, that Hermione Granger lit a teacher on fire when she was eleven, and kept a person alive in a jar for a year when she was fourteen, and studies dark and forbidden magics for kicks, and is one of the brightest and strongest witches of her era. If she came at me, even wandless, I would aparate to Neptune to get away from her.

Hermione Granger also: 

  • punched Draco Malfoy in the nose for being an idiot 
  • purposefully performed a confundus charm on whatshsface WHILE HE WAS FLYING just so Ron would win (omfg that is so fucking dangerous) 
  • literally pulled a fucking Bourne Identity on her parents and managed to set them up in fucking Australia (jesus christ she literally made it so that she NEVER EXISTED wtf that’s so fucking 007)
  • Convinced the Ministry of Magic to give her an incredibly dangerous and volatile device that allowed her to ALTER TIMELINES COMPLETELY (just because she was so smart, literally, that is the reason, her “potential”) 
  • Has enough basic survival skills and badass magic to literally disappear to the middle of nowhere and flourish AND figure out Voldemort’s plot with Harry 
  • Hermione also figures out not only what Voldemort’s plan is, but generally how to beat it, WAY BEFORE VOLDEMORT EVER DOES. Why? because she is just that much smarter and better at magic than everybody else

in conclusion: Voldemort wishes he could be as awesome as Hermione, that’s why he wants to kill her so bad. 

Can we rehave this series with hermione as the protagonist. 

(Source: fallforwatsonmoved)

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