The Ruby Quill

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Name: The Ruby Quill
Date(s): 2004 - present
Archivist: Dream Howler (Karri)
Founder: Dream Howler
Type: fanfiction archive
Fandom: Harry Potter
Screenshot of main page, taken February 3, 2012.
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The Ruby Quill is a Harry Potter fanfiction archive. It is part of the Citadel of the Wolf Network, and is a "brother" site of the multifandom archive World of Slash.

The archive was established in 2004 and remains online as of 2013, though it has been relatively inactive for the past several years. It currently contains 174 stories by 65 authors.[1]


The Ruby Quill was started by in Dream Howler in 2004 as part of the Erotic Dreams Story Archive. Archiving was originally done by hand, then soon switched to eFiction.[2]

Submission Restrictions

The Ruby Quill accepts slash, het, and gen stories, though historically has been predominately slash. Femslash is prohibited, the rules stating:

"[Femslash] may be in the background, a few kisses, etc. However, please no on camera sex scenes. Thank you. This may change if we get someone that actually would be willing to read/edit the story, but for now, no."[3]

Additionally, the archive does not accept drabbles or "snuff", which it describes as "an underworld/black market movie that portrays a violent murder scene." Rapefic is also strongly discouraged, but stories depicting rape are allowed if it is "extremely important to [the] story" and is properly warned for.[3]


All ratings are accepted, but explicit stories are password protected "per J.K. Rowling's 2004 request ... so that children do not have access to them."[1]

The archive has its own rating system that is roughly equivalent to film ratings. It the following abbreviations:[4]

  • CS - "Child Safe themes" (G)
  • PN - "Parents Needed" (PG)
  • PN-13 - "Parents Needed" (PG-13)
  • A - "Adult" (R)
  • A-17 - "No One 17 and Under Admitted" (NC-17)


The archive has over 140 different warnings used for stories. Many warnings do not necessary warn for triggers, but are used to indicate certain genres or tropes.

Each story must also have the correct and relevant warnings/genres attached. If the story contains rape, incest, or angst, dark themes SAY so, either in the warnings or in the authors notes (or both). Deception will not be tolerated. Add appropriate warnings as your fiction progresses as necessary.[3]

Available warnings included Ambiguous Consent, Genderfuck, Mary/Gary Stu, Plot What Plot, Slavery, Song Fiction, Threesome, Veela Fic, and Work In Progress.[5]

Fanfiction Categories

The Ruby Quill organizes archived fanfiction into the following categories:[1]

  • Cross-Overs - Harry Potter and various fandoms. Buffy, Charmed, X-men, etc. Has to have at least one Harry Potter Character in order to be accepted.
  • Dominus Heros - Stories Featuring the Paring of Severus Snape and Harry Potter. Including any time period.
  • Hogwarts - This category is for stories that focus at Hogwarts. This could be teachers relationships, Harry/Gang's relationships, etc.
  • Lupus Vinco - One of the Ruby Quill's favorite pairings, this is for stories where the main paring is Remus Lupin and Severus Snape.
  • Post Hogwarts - This is for stories that take place after Hogwarts. I.E. After the War, After the Mauraders leave school etc.
  • Preteritus Vices - Join us in the Past. This category features the Marauders Era, and any story based in the past.
  • Total Alternate Reality - These stories are a total re-write of the books. I.E. Harry got sorted into Slytherin, etc.
  • Wizarding World - Stories here have no central location or just generally focused on someone that isn't Harry Potter


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Ruby Quill. Main Page. (Accessed 10 November 2013.)
  2. Fan History Wiki. Ruby Quill Archive. Archived 21 March 2009 by the Wayback Machine.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Ruby Quill. Rules. (Accessed 03 February 2012.)
  4. The Ruby Quill. Help. (Accessed 03 February 2012.)
  5. The Ruby Quill. Warnings. (Accessed 03 February 2012.)