Minerva McGonagall/Augusta Longbottom: A Toast to Lord Voldemort

“A Toast to Lord Voldemort” is a femslash Harry Potter fanfic written by magnetic_pole, rated PG. The main characters are Neville Longbottom, his grandmother Augusta and now retired professor Minerva McGonagall.

Neville finds out his gran and his former Transfiguration teacher took advantage of the new, more flexible times to do something they’d ever wanted to do. The story shows how he reacts to the news. It also reveals Minerva and Augusta’s common past, plus their feelings and thoughts on various topics, such as society and politics.

Why do I recommend this story? Before I go on, let me tell you that this was the very first Harry Potter fanfic I ever read. After finishing all the books a few weeks ago, I started collecting and saving links to fanfics. Several hours ago I stumbled upon IJ community hp_beholder, fell in love with its concept and finally found this fanfic over there. I decided then that it had to be “my first one,” because I love Neville and McGonagall dearly, have a soft spot for Augusta, am a femmeslash supporter and the reviews left by the fic’s readers caused me a much favourable impression. So I returned to the community about one hour ago, read the whole fanfic, enjoyed it immensely … and here I am, writing this fanfic recommendation.

The characterisations in this story are just about perfect, as well as the dialogues and the overall atmosphere. This fanfic will make you laugh and will give you a warm feeling too. Speaking of feelings, it must be noted that the author is skilled enough to write about love without making her story look unrealistic, annoying or plain cloying. Moreover, this isn’t just about the so-called romantic love; it’s about family too. In fact, this aspect is quite relevant to the story.

Minerva and Augusta are their usual flinty selves. They’re a lovely–in a rather weird, tough manner–couple. Their dialogues make you think about how things might have been and how they can actually be now that the two of them got to do what they had always wanted. Despite some rather sad memories and frustrations, they don’t sound sour at all. Augusta Longbottom is rarely seen in the books, so it’s great that magnetic_pole let her shine. McGonagall is wonderfully in character, and I read each of her lines eagerly, never getting disppointed in the process.

Neville is shy, awkward, loving and understanding. He’s clever enough to see exactly how he’s supposed to behave if he doesn’t want to get into trouble with his all-mighty gran. The fact that he isn’t presented as a “macho” or something like that makes him all the more adorable. Fortunately, the author didn’t try to distort the character’s personality to make him fit into the “normal” behavioural standards for young men–a mistake I’m afraid many writers would have made if they were in magnetic_pole‘s place. At least, this is what many ficwriters outside the Harry Potter fandom tend to do to sweet male characters like Neville: they follow a sexist path that destroys most or all of the positive things about the guys they portray. I’m truly grateful to magnetic_pole, for she portrayed Neville as he is, and never sounded as if she had to apologise for this. She doesn’t have to, anyway.

In conclusion, I’m happy that this was my very first experience as a Harry Potter fanfiction reader–and recommender. Then again, that should be obvious enough by now. *smiles*

Click here to read “A Toast to Lord Voldemort,” a femslash Harry Potter fanfic.

  1. December 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    “A Toast to Lord Voldemort” is an exceptional fic by a very talented writer. My only thoughts are that you might have stressed more how funny this story is! Also, that it is not explicit as some people either don’t pay attention to ratings and some writers don’t rate their fics appropriately.
    There is a lot of extraneous info here about you, your character preferences and then the archive before we get to the story. I do feel that your character and genre preferences should be noted as it seems like they will strongly flavor what you rec but they are written about extensively elsewhere. Perhaps if that was condensed or mentioned at the back end of the review.

    • December 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

      My only thoughts are that you might have stressed more how funny this story is!

      I agree. I’ve only made a brief comment about it and archived it under the “humour” genre, but I forgot to mention that several passages made me laugh out loud.

      Also, that it is not explicit as some people either don’t pay attention to ratings and some writers don’t rate their fics appropriately.

      I’ve archived it under the “PG” category and I’ve never made any comments that might lead the readers to believe this is an adults-only story. That’s enough.

      There is a lot of extraneous info here about you, your character preferences and then the archive before we get to the story.

      I don’t deem any of these pieces of info to be “extraneous.” This is a personal fan blog, not an official source of HP info. Thus, there’s no reason why I should follow anyone else’s writing guidelines. Take the time to compare this post to any of the other entries on this blog and you’ll see this one is quite atypical anyway; it’s longer and more detailed than the others, mainly because it was the very first one, hence being very important and special for me.

      I do feel that your character and genre preferences should be noted as it seems like they will strongly flavor what you rec but they are written about extensively elsewhere.

      I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about here. But just in case you’re referring to the “Plug Your HP Fics” page, where I do write about my preferences, you should keep in mind that page was created several days after this post. Besides, not everyone who reads that page will have previously read every single post on this blog.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  1. December 6, 2009 at 10:11 pm

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