The Auror Department is instating a K9 Crup Unit, and Harry is the first to sign up. Turns out the professional trainer is Draco Malfoy, and he has to live with Harry as part of the Crup training programme.
K9 UNIT I MEAN COME ON!
“As soon as he reached them he dropped to his knees, getting his jeans soggy in the mud, and the puppies all lost their composure. They yipped, squirmed and leapt excitedly up into Potter’s waiting arms. His warm, full laugh echoed out into the crisp morning air. Draco opened his mouth to tell him off for not waiting for permission, but the sight of the puppies happily wiggling their way through Potter’s arms to lick any part of him they could reach made warmth spread through his stomach.”
BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD. PUPPIES MAN PUPPIES.
““…and that is why, to this day, they remain the number one choice for trainable companions of wizards and witches,” Malfoy finished, sounding every bit as proud and haughty as he had at school.
Harry nodded, not wanting to draw attention to the fact that he hadn’t listened to most of what Malfoy had said”
Same Harry. When there’s a puppy, all attention goes to puppy. It’s a rule.
Okay tbh this review will only be of me screaming about how much I love puppies, but if puppies haven’t convinced you yet, you’re weird and cruel. This is an absolute masterpiece, Harry is super hot and totally got the hots for Draco and it’s super cute and fluffy. And there are puppies.
There was talk about Harry’s childhood with the Dursleys, which is always something I love, praise kink (HNG), Draco has like a million and one jumpers and Harry and Draco’s banter. Just. Love it.
Title: Everyone Needs a Phil Rating: Teen Summary: sweetmm prompted fic where you see friends/family perspective on Phil. (With Dan’s thrown in there, too.) Read on: AO3
“I wouldn’t know how to have a crisis without you, you know that?” Dan asks. “It would turn into an actual crisis.”
It’s almost daybreak and they’re sat on the kitchen floor. Dan’s got a mug of hot chocolate in his hands and Phil has a smear of cocoa powder across his cheek. Dan’s voice is raw and Phil’s is gentle and soon he’ll let Phil hold him but not quite just yet.
“So?” says Draco impatiently. “They locked you in a cupboard for ten years.”
“I’m pretty sure you tried to do that at some point too,” points out Harry, clapping his hand over Draco’s which is still around his arm, which means that he’s just dragging Draco towards the Dursleys with him.
Super sweet little fic where especially protective!Draco and protective!Ron should be addressed! They’re even “working” together a bit Ö
Title: Unrelated Conversations of a Domestic Nature Rating: PG-13 Summary: Five unremarkable conversations that take place in the daily lives of Dan and Phil.
“What if I got a personal trainer?” Dan asks.
He’s sprawled out on the couch in a t-shirt and boxers, laptop on his stomach and legs over Phil’s lap. Phil’s laptop is across his shins, the discomfort of the metal surface offset by how pleasantly warming it is to his skin.
Phil gives him the saddest sad-Voldemort pout. “Don’t.”
How can you have a happy Christmas when you’re stuck in St Mungo’s?
Oh this was just adorable! It’s fluff and even better it’s CHRISTMAS FLUFF! God I love Christmas, and the boys are both lovely and sweet and so in character and - I loved it very much. A very lovely, fluffy christmas hurt/comfort (mostly comfort, we’re talking 10% hurt and 90% comfort) fic which will warm your heart and make you all happy and fluffy inside! Merry Christmas everyone! And Happy Holidays to those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas.
Finally summer is over and it’s time to pretend to be domestic by inviting myself to my supermom/supernurse/superhuman friend Michelle’s house to sip tea and whine while she cans tomatoes and I take some home.
Background: If you’ve read my other blog post, I recently came back from Korea. I studied there for a summer program for a month. I noticed some blaring dissimilarities between the international K-Pop community, and the domestic K-Pop community.
Example: Popularity of groups, Reception of groups, and fan base target ages.
So I decided to talk about this after I saw all the comments and dislikes on Crayon Pop’s “Bar Bar Bar”. It wasn’t until I actually started actively LOOKING at why people disliked it did I decide to post this.
So let’s get started!
1. K-Pop fans are mostly elementary/middle school kids
I went to Inkigayo around the same time EXO was promoting “wolf” and I noticed that the majority, if not all the girls, were extremely young. Mostly middle school kids, but I saw a couple of elementary school kids too.
In fact the oldest people attending there was us, the people from University.
When I went to see the JYP, YG, and SM headquarters, it was the exact same thing. I don’t see people my age ever going there, or hanging around there. They were almost all fan girls from school.
^ Taken outside JYP ent under the Dunkin Donuts. I believe it was the weekend.
^ Discreetly shot at CUBE cafe. I couldn’t take a pic but these girls in front of us are doing school work with B2ST towels over their shoulders…
When I spoke to our Korean buddies about K-Pop, the majority were shocked we even knew so many groups…and most people out of high school don’t even listen to K-Pop.
On the other hand, when speaking to most international fans, especially netizens, the majority are either in high school or University.
We have to understand that in Korea, K-Pop idols are like the Justin Biebers and One Directions for them. In North America, we view the fans of these groups as adolescents. Immature. It’s the exact same thing in Korea, but with K-Pop groups.
2. Popularity of Groups
Now obviously, some groups are popular all across in both the International and Domestic groups. For example: Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, Wonder Girls etc. The big ones.
Some others though are relatively unknown. Example: Busker Busker.
If you don’t know Busker Busker, you’re pretty out of touch. Busker Busker is by far one of the most popular groups in Korea. Although technically not idols, like I said, K-Pop in terms of age group are targeted towards most of the younger school girl crowd.
People in University of older tend to listen to ballads, or what I like to call in North America, “Hipster Music”. It’s that music with the soft, voice with an acoustic guitar playing in the back. Here’s a good example of one I heard constantly, from SoulStar “Call My Name” as well.
But talking to the international crowd, most people do not know or don’t care for either of these groups.
Some other examples are Roy Kim, and Crayon pop.
Crayon Pop can technically be considered an idol group, but people internationally don’t like them. For reasons I actually don’t know. Along with that, Crayon Pop isn’t that popular among International fans.
But in Korea, Crayon pop is insanely popular. Everybody knows the “Bar Bar Bar” song.
I see some comments on their MV and they have a lot of dislikes for a K-Pop group, as well as a lot of hateful comments. Some like “Did they really beat out EXO?” YES. These girls are really really popular in Korea! The song is catchy, they’re unique and their video is funny, unique, as well as making various pop references that most netizens just wouldn’t understand.
What about unpopularity? Well when I was at Inkigayo, there was a collective silence at certain groups like 2EYES (major wtf) and some other unknown groups which can only be expected.
But are there groups that Korea finds unpopular, but international fans find popular?
The most obvious one that we all know about is Kara. Although Goo Hara is very well known because of her relationship, as well has the DSP break-up controversy. Kara, although is a familiar name, with songs….not so much….
Sadly, Kara isn’t all that popular. Fortunately the Koreans I talked to all know the song “Mister” (Vaguely, most the time), when I asked them if they could remember Kara’s latest single, most drew a very large blank. Soooo I decided to ask middle school kids. Also a giant blank….
But it’s odd because almost all International K-Pop fans know about Kara. I admit that now I kind of forgot most of the lyrics to their songs… I can at least name all their members, and most of their song names. And sure, sometimes I do forget about them.
I wouldn’t say they’re extremely unpopular. But I would say that for a group as senior as they are, they’re popularity is quite low for their age. Compared to the other groups that they’ve debuted with, it’s kind of sad to see them easily forgotten.
Why does it matter?
You’re probably reading this and wondering, “alright, so we have our differences, so why does it matter?” It’s true, why DOES it matter if one group is popular domestically and one group, internationally? Why does it matter what audience K-Pop groups target?
I have to bring up the fact that international fans and domestic fans have clashed over many issues before, especially in the past.
I wanted this blog post to remind you what audience these companies are REALLY aiming these groups at. It’s aimed at Korea. Not international.
Face it, even if YG claims they’re international, going to the states, even if SM claims that, heck even if JYP decides to keep the Wonder Girls promoting in the states, at the end of the day, they care about these groups popularity and sales in KOREA.
“but wait! What about all those International concerts?”
It’s a money making-marketing Idea. Do companies acknowledge that they have a large International fan base? Yes. But most of them don’t even let you join their fan clubs international. They don’t have a separate system for us. They know that the International fan base is an easy money making machine. Think, you can’t really go to their domestic concerts, international fans rack up the views on Youtube, fill concerts that are abroad, and buy merchandise.
They don’t even have to actively advertise anything for us. We just do it.
Because at the end of the day, they’re going to direct what concepts, marketing, and songs towards the Korean population. Not us.
It’s another blaring reminder that even if we have similar tastes in music, is how different our cultures are.
And unfortunately, in the eyes of domestic fan girls, we will never be one of them.
(Even More) Unrelated Conversations of a Domestic Nature
Title: (Even More) Unrelated Conversations of a Domestic Nature Rating: light R Summary: Five (even more) unremarkable conversations in the daily life of Dan and Phil. The first two completely unrelated parts: I / II