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Crimson Quill

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Strong Female Leads in Fic


Crimson Quill

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Hello everyone!

I decided to put together this blog together to celebrate some of the wonderful female characters that we write here at fft. I asked for some help with this so thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write something for this project. ❤️

 

Lucy and P Weasley in a dream you can touch by @something wicked (written by @FrogFactFriday)

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These two characters came to mind for me, not only because each of them is an amazing woman on her own, but because of their relationship and dynamic together, and the way this fic is about the beautiful support of one woman by another. As P embraces who she really is, her daughter Lucy is with her every step of the way through her transition, sharing in the joys and helping during those moments of fear or uncertainty. The seemingly simple act of applying makeup becomes a gorgeous moment of triumph and connection and love, and Lucy’s unwavering support epitomizes the saying, “Real queens fix each other’s crowns.”

 

 

cho chang and her mother in china doll by @sibilant (written by @FrogFactFriday)

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Another amazing parent-child dynamic that's an example of strong women supporting each other, even if not in a way you'd expect. Cho is a shell of herself after the end of the war, with all that she's been through, and this one-shot alternates between her mother's words to her in the present and the story her mother told to her in the past about Chinese women warriors. Cho's mother is harsh and demanding in her approach, but it's quickly apparent that it comes from a place of love and heartbreak at seeing her daughter so defeated. Cho's mother demands strength because she knows Cho possesses it -- even when Cho does not see it herself. Quotes like "I'm just wondering where my daughter went, because I don't know this broken shell she left behind" hit so hard. But through it all, it becomes apparent that Cho's mother has always believed in her and still does, and with the knowledge of that confidence her mother has in her, and the inspiration of the story of the women warriors, Cho is able to rise up once again.

 

 

eileen (prince) snape in todentanz by @la_topolina (written by @FrogFactFriday)

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I realized it might seem a little odd, selecting a character for this from a fic whose main theme is about her becoming victimized and doesn’t end happily or even hopefully. But Noelle’s characterization of Eileen is beautiful, and it’s because of what Eileen goes through that she came to mind for me for this celebration of wonderful female characters. The truth is, abuse transcends demographics, life experiences, and personality types; and I think it’s important to recognize that it can happen even to women who present as strong, independent, and self-possessed. Eileen is a complex person caught up in a complex dynamic, and what she goes through is proof not of her weakness, but of her strength.

 

 

the narrator in lingering darkness by @grumpy cat (written by @shadowycorner)

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the narrator is many people and has many stories to tell, they are full of dark beauty and heartache and explosive darkness, there is weakness and vulnerability but also immense strength, but what grabs me about it is that there is so much humanity in these poems that i feel are written from a female perspective, a yearning to survive and fight through the trauma and inner turmoil, the ability to turn the ugly of human experience into something transcendentally inspiring, or at least into something that each of us can sometimes relate to

 

 

amelia in a place not far from here by @kuusi pollywog  (written by @shadowycorner)

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 this character is super compelling because of how intriguing and headstrong she is. you get to know Amelie slowly through Abby's masterfully paced narration, and she reveals her heroine layer by layer to reveal her complexity, her emotions and heart. I love Amelia because she is a little different, a little less emotional on the surface, she is guarded but she speaks her mind and isn't afraid to be who she is. She is very relatable but also has this element of uniqueness, the way she fights with herself and other forces around her. I am only delving deeper into the story and feel like there's still a lot of Amelia's secrets I haven't discovered, but I am absolutely enthralled with this girl. 

 

 

molly weasley in 'everything courtney has ever written' by @prideofprewett (written by @shadowycorner)

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I love that we get a character that is a middle aged mother and see her thrive, be strong, be vulnerable, we see her in pain and we see her full of happiness and strength. For me, Courtney's Molly is a wonderful character because it offers a different kind of strong. A female character doesn't have to be completely badass in order to inspire. Molly can be a girly girl, she is in love and she is a mum, and she has problems like a lot of our mothers and grandmothers had and we have or might have, and she shines through it all, and I feel that characters like this should definitely be more appreciated. Courtney explores her character through different lenses, young and older, a mother, a wife, a young woman, dealing with pregnancy, dealing with life, dealing with passion and lust, being happy and being sad, and I just love seeing Molly be celebrated as a character like this. 

 

 

 

audrey greene in irrational by @FrogFactFriday (written by @shadowycorner)

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Audrey is a girl I'm sure a lot of us can relate to. She is chill and quiet, and just wants to live a full life, be kind to others and enjoy the little things without extreme heroics or drama. I bet she'd totally write fanfiction if she was a Muggle and probably be here on the forums with us. Reading about her, any way that Melanie does it, just soothes my soul. She's a hard-worker, she works through her insecurities and strives to be a stronger better person, but also she has a certain grace and quiet strength that I find very compelling. 

 

 

 

silver in for gold by @frogballet (written by @shadowycorner)

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Silver has a super cool super power and obviously that affects most of her life, but she does her best to deal with it and not abuse it (unless the situation calls for it lol) and she works super hard to achieve her dreams and cares about people and she's smart and also she has a code that no man gets left (drunk) behind and i think to me she's strong because she deals with a lot of shit in her mind but can overcome it and still face the world with a smile, or a smirk

 

 

alice longobottom in lugulare by @Aphoride (written by @shadowycorner)

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ok so lugulare only has two chapters so please join me in a petition to support Laura in writing more, but already Alice's sections in both chapters will blow your mind. this lady is competent, she is a detective Auror, she faces a lot of grisly grim crimes and handles it well, she is clever and intelligent, super perceptive, and it's a joy to see a woman be so successful and dedicated to her profession as Alice is

 

 

narcissa black in you should see me in a crown by @grumpy cat (written by @Felpata_Lupin)

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Narcissa Black-Malfoy is probably one of the most intriguing characters in the Potterverse, and the portrayal that Kris gives of her in her stories is absolutely stunning. Kris gives so much depth to her character, gifting us of this wonderful image of a woman who is strong and clever, determined to give her everything to save her family from sinking and destroying itself, prisoner in some ways of appearances and expectations, but also with a fiery, rebellious and passionate side. She's so real and multifaceted and... alive, and Kris just makes her shine with her beautiful, poetic writing.

 

 

amelia fortescue in a place not far from here by @kuusi pollywog  (written by @Felpata_Lupin)

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Honestly, the entirety of Abby's AP is a big shout out to women and the care and attention she gives to all her women characters, highlighting their strength but also their weaknesses, bringing light to the very real issues women have to face in our society, is commendable and inspiring. But I have a special soft spot for Amelia, maybe because APNFFH was the first story of Abby's I stumbled into and fell in love with. Amelia is far from perfect, she's stubborn and reckless, sometimes making mistakes and choices that can be questionable and hurt the feelings of the people close to her. But she's also an incredibly strong person who's suffered through a lot of abuse and heartbreak and who's trying her best to do what is right and protect those she loves at the same time. A wonderfully complex character that you can't help but root for and follow along her adventurous ride.

 

cedrella black in hardened hearts (say unimaginable things) by @prideofprewett (written by @Felpata_Lupin)

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Courtney has taken an almost unknown character like Cedrella Black-Weasley and made a masterpiece out of her. And what makes it even more of a feat is the attention she put to details and historical accuracy. Cedrella is a strong and witty woman, smart and sarcastic, volitive and proud, conflicted between her family expectations and her own heart's desires. The contrast between the way she's been raised – the propriety and aristocratic manner – and her rebellious side and liberal ideas only add to her depth and complexity and Courtney does a wonderful job in highlighting that.

 

 

mingzhu in the brightest pearl by @sibilant (written by @kuusi pollywog )

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The enriching, heartwarming tale is full of vibrant characters and descriptions, multifaceted challenges against societal norms, and eloquent moments that lead to unconditional love. Shreya creates a curious and empathetic protagonist in Mingzhu, a gifted story teller and a witch who is determined to go to all lengths in order to cure her dying father from dragon pox. That is, until, she comes across a jiaoren named Cho, who defies not only Mingzhu’s expectations of these allegedly joyful mermaids but also her own willingness to do whatever it takes to save to save her beloved father. You see, when a jiaoren cries, their tears transform into pearls, and if they give their pearls to a human, they can leave the sea whenever they want, but they become a slave to that human. And suddenly, Shreya’s tale becomes a story about freedom for two female beings, a witch and a jiaoren, and whether love can be enough to achieve liberation.

 

 

isabella fernandez caraballo in Isabella by @TreacleTart (written by @kuusi pollywog )

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In this highly imaginative fic, Isabella Fernandez Caraballo is a bright girl of thirteen who has just discovered that she is a witch—and that she comes from a renowned magical lineage on her father’s side. Kaitlin expands the Potter universe through her gorgeous descriptions of Oaxaca and of Mexico’s magical world. The level of care and cultural knowledge is apparent in this story as Kaitlin uses Isabella’s wonder to draw the reader into this immaculate world building, leaving the reader very reminiscent about when they first discovered Diagon Alley or even Hogwarts. Isabella is a captivating young protagonist who is going through one of life’s major transitions, living away from home for the first time, but at the most fantastical level. I am eagerly awaiting the next update for this incredible and adventurous story!

 

 

andromeda black tonks in beneath this mortal earth by @Frogsquill (written by @kuusi pollywog )

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Andromeda is one of my favorite Harry Potter characters to read about in fan fic. Standing up against society’s prejudices is one bold thing, but standing up to your family, who can be your whole world, is something else entirely, which is what Andromeda did when she married Ted Tonks and rebuilt her life as a homemaker and parent. This story is not about Andromeda’s old life as a Black daughter or her new life as Mrs. Tonks. This is a story about how Andromeda has lost it all—everything that she built for herself after her family of origin disowned her. Her husband and daughter are dead, casualties of war, and Andromeda survives them both, completely adrift. In this magical realism retelling of Demeter and Persephone, Hawksquill draws on a mother’s love for her child, a trope that has withstood the test of time again and again, and gives us a glimpse into what comes next. Andromeda must learn to live with her constant longing for Dora, and she must figure out a way to ascend her grief and once again learn how to live.

 

 

lavender brown in  jasmine and tea leaves series by @Crimson Quill (written by @kuusi pollywog )

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This endearing series delves into the relationship between Parvati Patil and Lavender Brown, two minor Gryffindor characters in the Potter series… but characters with untapped potential that Abbi creatively explores. It seems that, almost all too often, Lavender Brown is considered a ditzy and girly counterpart to Hermione Granger’s stunning intelligence and perseverance—and Lavender is thought of less than for it. Abbi rapidly deconstructs this common assumption and builds a more profound depth around a female character who is known for her femininity and girlishness. Lavender’s true Gryffindor nature is evident throughout the series, even when she is at her lowest. Coming of age is never easy, but to do so by surviving a devastating war intensifies the challenges of learning to love and let go. Abbi’s interpretation of Lavender is intriguing as the character goes through the nuances of grief.

 

 

molly weasley in your are a minute of quiet (in a loud, loud, loud world) (written by @prideofprewett)

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Surprise, surprise, not me here about to gush about a version of Molly Weasley. But yes, it is me, and yes, I am. I am actually in love with shadowycorner’s version of Molly Prewett in you are a minute of quiet (in a loud, loud world). Like seriously. Arthur Weasley is such a lucky lad and he doesn’t even know it yet. We only catch a glimpse of Molly in the story so far, but what we do see is a fierce, free spirited young woman with a passion for dragon chasing. But there’s also an undercurrent of softness and a sadness to her that makes her absolutely beautiful. The way Eli describes her here: “She had full cheeks blossoming with joy and mischief,” just really struck me. She’s beautiful, but there’s a fire in her that is also likewise attractive. Oops yeah, can you tell I’m totally in love with her? Molly as adventurous and wanderlusty is fantastic, but we also sense there’s a bit of doubt sprinkled in her mind regarding those feelings. I think all of these character choices make a lot of sense, given whom her children end up being and how she is as a bit of an anxious Mum. There’s so much potential with this story and in exploring the nuances of Molly’s character before she becomes the canon woman we know and love.

 

 

female characters from luna lovegood and the forgotten circle by @Frogsquill (written by @prideofprewett)

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I’m also here here to talk broad strokes about all the flipping amazing female characters that exist in Hawksquill’s Luna Lovegood and the Forgotten Circle! If you haven’t read this one yet, you are truly missing out on the joys of what makes us females fantastic! You get a truly diverse cast of ladies at the center of this blood magic school that Luna discovers and...I mean, there is so much time and effort that was taken in creating each of these characters that I think the story overall deserves recognition for featuring so many fabulous ladies in general. Luna leads a ladies magic group from a very young age, which is absolutely fabulous! She is a quiet yet firm leader, who still has canon characteristics, but you can tell there are some differences too. Which makes this story all the more intriguing. Just do yourself a favor, read this, and bask in all the lady energy. 

 

 

katherine abbott in a spectrum of beasts by @livingfree (written by @prideofprewett)

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Ok, so this totally sweet, baby angel friend that also deserves a shout out in this list of lovely ladies is Katherine Abbott. Kat is an OC that livingfree created in her heartwarming story: A Spectrum of Beasts. Kat just gets Newt Scammander in a way that is beautifully platonic. Her patience, her loyalty and tenacity in trying to reach him emotionally just make me beam every time I read about her. She bolsters Newt in spite of his insecurities and uncertainties and quite frankly, I see why Kat is ultimate friend goals. We all need a friend like Kat. I can’t wait to see how Leslie develops her further!

 

 

victorie weasley in shenanigans universe by @abhorsen plague doctor. (written by @prideofprewett)

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Victoire Weasley in abhorsen’s shenanigans universe is amazing, alright? Like the majority of Weasleys she has a big personality. But Brawnen does a lot of special things with her throughout the course of this story that have you laughing with her, loving her, and rooting for everything to turn out alright for her. I think I was saying “I love Vic for x, y, and/or z,” in almost every single one of my reviews. She’s a delight to read, plain and simple! 

 

 

cho chang in china doll by @sibilant (written by @prideofprewett)

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Cho Chang in China Doll is so multi-faceted! Talk about taking a hugely underdeveloped character from the series and giving her layers. I think stories that deal with students in the aftermath of the Wizarding War are so important. That was a huge trauma for them and Shreya shows Cho’s recovery in such a poignant, meaningful way. We also see her character through the relationship she has with her mother and stories from her childhood that also shaped the individual she was pre-war and post-war. It is an emotionally heavy piece, but in the end, there is this hopeful note that Cho will not be tied down. She will rise again.  

 

 

augusta longbottom in dance a roundelay by @la_topolina (written by @prideofprewett)

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I think I am recognizing la_topolina’s Augusta Longbottom for purely selfish reasons. I want Noelle to write more stories about her LOL. She appears as a leading lady in dance a roundelay, which is a fantastic series of poems that range from heart wrenching to swoon worthy. And then we get an older version of Augusta, the one we see in canon, in infelix ego. Noelle takes a character who is formidable and unyielding, and gives her an arc to bond further with her grandson, Neville. It’s a great story. And Augusta had me cackling, feeling frustrated, and then feeling all the lovely grandmotherly feels. I love when a writer shows growth and range in a character and Noelle does that with Augusta Longbottom in these stories.

 

audrey greene in irrational by @FrogFactFriday (written by @prideofprewett)

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I’m almost certain someone is going to mention RonGirlsFriday’s, Audrey Greene, in this list. So I’ll just very briefly say, she’s lovely and absolutely the perfect sort of gal for Percy. But also, I see so much growth in Audrey’s big story, Irrational that is done in such a gradual and realistic way. We also love a classy lady, finding her way professionally and within her relationship with Percy. She’s lovely. Just lovely. In all the ways.

 

 

abby winchester in complicated and complex by @down-in-flames (written by @Crimson Quill)

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abby is a really amazing strong female lead because she was able to stand tall even when it was difficult and people wanted to tear her down in school. she was able to move forward into a healthier social situation for herself which is really impressive and even though her character was young that she had the makings of an fierce independent young female, just a wonderful spirit. Her levels of awesomeness increased in the second story, Complex when she entered the world field. She really entered a heavily male environment in the Auror departmenet which proves challenging but Abby time and again rises so those challenges to make her voice heard where possible and sometimes just follow her own instincts when needed to push for positive breakthroughs in her cases.    

 

courtney blishwick in how to find the missing by @victoria_anne (written by @Crimson Quill)

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courtney blishwick is wonderful character because she's just so spunky. she isn't someone that takes life sitting down, she is lively and ready to make things happen for herself and others that she cares about. she has such a strong moral compass and strong sense of family ties too. she is eager to track down the truth and do the right thing. she is one of those people who is so positive, bouncy wannabe detective who the perfectly crafted lead for this mystery story. I love her and can't wait to see where she does next in her adventure. 

 

 

so there was the list of female characters that have inspired us here at fft! this list represents a wide range of female characters with different qualities, personalities and quirks. I think this list proves that there is no one way to be defined as a 'strong' female character but many.  This list is by no means endless either and there are lots of other amazing female characters still left on our archives to explore. I encourage people reading this to drop their own recommendations if anyone pops into your mind that has not been mentioned here! 

thank you again so much to everyone who put characters forward for their inclusion and bringing my little project to life! congratulations to everyone who got a mention on this blog and everyone please keep writing these wonderful and impressive women. we need them! ❤️

 

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This is the most amazing blog post 😍 and I wasn't expecting such kind words on one of my characters, so an extra big thank you, @Crimson Quill 🥺❤️ We are so blessed by so many amazing, strong and beautiful female characters on our archives!

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abhorsen plague doctor.

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this is amazing - thank you so much to everyone who contributed and to abby for an incredible idea + pulling it all together! :stitch-2:

also, @prideofprewett 😭 😭 💖 💖

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FrogFactFriday

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You love to see it! Thank you, Abbi, for this wonderful idea and for organizing and compiling it.

And thank you @shadowycorner and @prideofprewett for the Audrey love. 😭💗💗💗

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Wow, I loved reading all of these!! Thank you to all contributors, and especially @Crimson Quill, for having such an awesome idea 💖 I definitely have some new fics to check out 🥰 

And another big thank you to @shadowycorner for recognizing Silver. She would very much appreciate it and laud it over James. 

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