Diving Deep Into The Erotic World Of ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Fiction

Hermione Granger, a 19 -year-old seventh year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has retired to the lavish prefect’s bathroom for a relaxing bath. But — uh oh — just as she’s drying off, she hears someone else enter the marbled, gilded washroom. Someone smoldering. Someone romantic. Someone who’s about to rock her world sexually. Severus … Snape?

Allie LeFevere and Lyndsay Rush are aghast at the gues.” I hope this runs … it was Professor Snape, and he was just grabbing something and leaving ,” Rush gasps, giggling. “God,” LeFevere adds,” I feel like this is going to get real aggressive .”

Snape is not just grabbing something and leaving, of course. This is” The Potterotica Podcast ,” and the two cohosts have just begun the first season, in which they read a nine-episode erotic fanfic story aloud. The story:” In the Prefect’s Bathroom” by fanfic writer Mrs. Figg, which takes place after the seventh book. The pairing: Hermione and Snape, sometimes known as” Snermione .”

For those very well known erotic fan fiction, the preceding three paragraphs probably won’t sound bizarre or disturbing; for more straight-laced Potterheads, they might be viscerally shocking. LeFevere, Rush and the third cohost Danny Chapman, who joined the podcast( now on its second season) more recently, fall into the second camp. Casual” Harry Potter” fans, they stumbled into the world of erotic fan fiction not long ago. But rather than being horrified by the vast world of Potter-based erotica, they espoused it — and found the humor in it.

” It’s so fun and so silly, and sometimes it’s sexy, but largely we’re just laughing ,” Rush told HuffPost in a recent phone conversation. They framed” The Potterotica Podcast” as a comedy indicate — and indeed, they spend much of each episode wailing with laugh at the romantic speeches or descriptions of a male lead’s” slender, pale legs” that are” sparsely are covered under black hair .”( Apparently some people don’t find that look to be arousing .)

Much of the comedy comes from juxtaposing these beloved children’s volume characters — none written by J.K. Rowling to be sex symbols, and some written as buffoonish, grotesque or evil — with adult sexual situations and frankly expressed desire.” If it was out of a comedic context, I think it would be very difficult to talk about these characters in a sex route ,” LeFevere told,” but there’s something about layering on satire that makes it more digestible .”

” The Potterotica Podcast” isn’t the first erotica podcast played for giggles — even some erotica and erotic fanfic is itself infused with absurd humor.( Remember A Gronking to Remember ?) Before landing on Potterotica, LeFevere and Rush contemplated a romance fiction podcast. Where does our advise to laugh at overtly sex writing come from? Why might pornographic tales about Harry and Draco, or Hermione and Snape, seem hilarious rather than simply titillating or, alternately, disturbing?

” I almost wonder if it’s because there’s still so much taboo around sex ,” LeFevere floated.” The defenses go down when you can laugh and also maybe talk about a topic that maybe feels uncomfortable .”

Rush agreed, adding that the humorous side to sex isn’t restricted to blowsy erotica.” Recording the podcast and discussing these things in this way feels like it would if I had a glass of wine with my friends and we were talking about sexuality ,” she said.” I don’t know if it’s necessarily that laugh is you masking your vulnerability or if it’s just a tint of vulnerability. You’re looking at this intimate thing in a lighthearted way .”

The hosts ask authors for permission before sharing their work on the podcast, but they have received some pushback for inducing sunlight of Potterotica. When the latter are promoting the podcast on fan communities, LeFevere ventured into a subreddit devoted to Potterotica enthusiasts, and found that the members were less than thrilled by their angle. For some fans, Chapman said,” this isn’t to be laughed at; this is serious business .” For these redditors, LeFevere told,” Us laughing at it and giggling and stimulating gags was very offensive ,” she told.” They were just like , no, this isn’t our jam .”

The line between serious erotica consumer and comedy fan isn’t a bright one, however. Not only do the Potterotica podcasters receive narrative submissions from fanfic writers who want their works to be included in a slapstick display, the three hosts have realized that sexual awakening can be found in unexpected places — like a fanfic about Hermione receiving a” Magic Mike” -esque lap dance from Draco, the plot of a Facebook Live installment the podcast did.” I think that was the hottest one ,” Rush admitted.

As for LeFevere, she’s a fan of another Dramione fic, the one they’re reading in the current season.” I love it because they’re both notorious in their class and were nemeses ,” she told HuffPost.” They bring out a different side of each other in these narratives: Hermione’s more risque and edgy, and we’re starting to see the softer side of Draco .”

A certain gingerness surrounding the ages of the subjects also sneak in. In many fics, the characters are depicted in their adult lives, but others take place during the series timeframe. Some reveal relationships between profs and students — before or after their graduation.” The one that I am shocked by is Snape and Harry ,” told LeFevere.” That’s a really popular one, and I think more than anything the shock is because of the role he played in Harry’s life at the end of the books and movies … He nearly to some degree becomes a mentor, a fatherly figure .”

The cohosts pointed out that, though they try to be very mindful of the ages of the characters, we’re naturally curious about what happened next to fictional people we watched grow up. That includes romance. If anything, there is a desire to there were more explorations of canon relationships, in a Potterotica world packed with Dramione, Snarry and Drarry fics.” In my limited experience , no one’s writing about Hermione and Ron like I hoped they would ,” Rush said.” It sounds very lame and old-school, but I would have loved to consider more of them .”

The accessibility of adult entertainment is proposed by fanfic( or a fanfic podcast) induces it a greeting avenue toward sex exploration, the hosts pointed out.” Something that stimulates this erotic world approachable is that these are characters you feel you know so well and trust ,” explained Rush.” So you feel like, Oh, I could sort of get into this .” As many erotic fanfiction readers have discovered in the past, weaving explicit content into a familiar , nonsexual story allowed them to gradually explore more sexually charged narrations, whereas porn may have seemed too intimidate and romance novels too weighed down by character backstory. Even as they laugh at the Potterotica they read, they find excitement in it.

” This has been a big sexual arouse ,” said LeFevere, who has rarely read romance fictions in the past.” It’s been a fun way to explore our own sexuality, our experiences .”

Though they emphasize that they know many Potter fans have enjoyed erotic fan fiction for years, the podcasters have found much of their listener base is newer to the art sort — a perhaps still-more accessible style for novices to get comfortable with adult entertainment.” The podcast format is also absolutely amazing for it, because as soon as you watch a video, it’s like, uh, that’s porn ,” Chapman joked. Opening up an erotic romance novel in public might seem nearly as embarrassing. On a podcast, though,” You can bring it to life and close your eyes and sort of imagine it without, like, watching porn on a plane .”

Surely anything that encourages more people to get comfortable with their sexuality, without watching porn in public, is a good thing.

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