Perhaps the most stupid question you can ask any writer is where they get ideas from. Sometimes, it's not getting too few ideas that's the problem, but rather, too many. And sometimes, they overreach themselves. I'm no exception. Therefore, with this in mind, I present to you The Cauldron.

The Cauldron was inspired by a similar concept done by sakurademonalchemist, who has done several 'fanfics' which are actually sample chapters of stories she has worked on, but may not necessarily become full stories. Like her, I am doing something similar, starting with this one for Harry Potter. Like her, I have marked this as a pure Harry Potter fic rather than a crossover, simply because not only will the crossovers be wide-ranging, but there may be sample chapters of pure Harry Potter fics. There are also the archives of the existing chapters of my abandoned crossovers My Summoner Girlfriend and Sympathy for the Devil, which will be deleted soon as of this writing.

One thing I must emphasise here is that I will not be putting any of these stories up for adoption. I am saying this right here, right now, so that I don't get any reviews or PMs asking for that. Part of this is that, archived abandoned fics aside, I have first refusal on turning these into full stories. Please do not ask to adopt these, as refusal will offend. I will get annoyed if people do not read this notice, or else ignore it. I will reiterate it for emphasis: NONE OF THESE STORIES ARE UP FOR ADOPTION. DO NOT ASK ME. IF I BITE YOUR HEAD OFF FOR ASKING, IT'S YOUR OWN FAULT.

Also, if you want to review a particular story, please point this out in your review. In other words, name the story. This goes especial if you want to see a non-abandoned story get published: I want to know which ones tickle your fancy.

Now that that's out of the way, time for my disclaimers. Firstly, because the ratings of these sample chapters are variable, this one is rated M to be safe. Sexual references, violence, and crude language abound, along with possible disturbing themes.

Secondly, there will be annotations, as is usual for my works. Do not gripe to me about them.

Thirdly, there may be spoilers for various franchises, and certainly for Harry Potter. You have been warned.

Finally, the following is a fan-written work. Harry Potter and the various franchises crossed over are the properties of their respective owners. Please support the official release. Otherwise, Snape will render you down for potions ingredients...painfully.

NOTE: For the ease of anyone looking for specific franchises, series, etc crossed over with, here is a brief guide, with each story listed by crossover. Those marked with asterisks have been published as full stories and are currently active. Any not on the list are because I haven't updated yet.

Pure Potterverse stories: On the Delights of Drinking Blood*, Just a Touch of Kleptomania*, On the Side of Angels

Final Fantasy IV: My Summoner Girlfriend

Final Fantasy VII: The New Cetra Heritage: Imago

Highschool DxD: Sympathy for the Devil, Lance and Devil

Hellsing: The Uncertainty Principle*

Batman: Verdant Magic*, Yin and Yang

Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero: Light the Blue Touch Paper and Run Like Hell, Perils of Magical Investigative Journalism*, Ex Umbra in Solem*, Gorgon and Thanatos (original, new version currently published), Res Nullius, Non Ominis Moriar

FEAR: Lux in Tenebris Lucet (original version)

Yu-Gi-Oh!: Shadow Games and Philosopher's Stones, Ignis Aurum Probat*.

Resident Evil: Resident Evil: Basilisk

Silent Hill: Heather Potter and the Legacy of Alessa

Undertale: Underground's Champion (original and revised*)

Homestuck: Ofiuco Amduat and the Goblet of Fire, Kakistocracy*

Doctor Who: Renaissance of the Renegades*

Futurama: Future Imperfect

Final Fantasy VI: Hammer into Anvil

Black Lagoon: Killing Floor, Disquiet*

Sekirei: Rara Avis, Wings of the Forsaken*, Flock Off!*, Green Girl and Her Wizard

One Piece: Mare Nostrum

Fullmetal Alchemist: Truth and Consequences

Final Fantasy VIII: Knight and Sorceress Reborn

X-Men: X-Celsior, One Flew into the Cuckoos' Nest*

Teen Titans: Per Vola Su Nata

John Wick: Men of Focus

Worm: Nec Asper Terrent

Street Fighter: Zen and the Art of Magical Bonding Between Child Soldiers (original and revised*)

Dr Mabuse: Gambler of Magical Britain

RWBY: Under the Light of the Shattered Moon, Neopolitan and the Goblet of Fire*

Girl Genius: Girl Genius' Animagus*

Darkstalkers: Nocturne, Never Tear Us Apart

Borderlands: Spanner in the Works

Cthulhu Mythos: It's the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine