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Hermione Granger/Harry Potter: Life

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“Life” is a HP fanfic starring Harry Potter and Hermione Granger. The author is Ayla Pascal.

This story deals with Harry’s decision to leave the wizarding world–his wife Hermione follows him–and the consequences of their moving to a Muggle village.

This is my favourite type of shippy fic: it falls midway between gen and het (you can replace “het” by “femmeslash” or “slash” and my statement will remain true, but given the pairing it’s obvious that this is a het fic). The story shows us how the characters are affected both as a couple and as individuals. Although Harry and Hermione’s relationship isn’t the happiest of all, you can rest assured that the author doesn’t indulge in melodramatic scenes nor over-the-top dialogues. Oh, and I love how the ending does justice to Hermione’s cleverness!

Click here to read this fic featuring Harry and Hermione.

Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter: Necromancy, Necrophilia, and Nargles

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“Necromancy, Necrophilia, and Nargles” is an HP fic featuring Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

In this story, an empoverished Draco agrees to help Harry in an unusual project. Soon Malfoy finds out that he is going to need help as well.

Not-a-shipper alert: Considering the popularity of the pairing Draco/Harry (or Harry/Draco, I don’t care), I think a fair warning is in order here. I’m not a Drarry shipper. If you’re looking for the kind of review which reinforces the idea that these characters are cute/hot/perfect together, I’m sorry but you won’t find it here. And no, this fic hasn’t “converted me.” Ships aren’t a religion!

Now, onto the actual review:

This fic made me laugh out loud! There’s so much irony and wit in it. The dialogues are a delight to read.

The worldbuilding has been carefully done. I must highlight the potion brewing process, for it feels quite realistic.

Harry is by far the least interesting character in this fic. If he disappeared, I wouldn’t miss him at all. On the other hand, Draco is incredibly likeable here. It’s hard not to care and cheer for him–and this is saying something, as Draco belongs to my “least favourite HP characters” list. Pansy is amazing as well; I love her scenes with Draco. There are still other characters whose names I won’t mention because I want to avoid spoilers, but I can tell you that I loved their participation in this story!

Click here to read this amusing HP fic starring Draco and Harry.

Harry Potter/Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley: Quixotic

December 26, 2009 Leave a comment

“Quixotic” is a fanfic starring Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood and Ginny Weasley. It’s been written by artemis_sparks.

In this story, Ginny breaks up with Harry and he finds comfort in his friendship—which eventually grows into something else—with Luna.

First of all, I want to thank Ayla Pascal for suggesting that I read this fic. Apparently Ayla has mind-reading powers: I was determined to have my next rec be a Harry/Luna fic, so her message reached me in a most appropriate moment; besides, she guessed exactly the kind of story I’d like to read, and trust me, this is something many people would get totally wrong even after reading about my preferences.

The author did a great job with the characterisations. Harry is his usual selfish, annoying and whiny self; Luna is, well, entirely Luna-esque; Ginny is in character too.

By the way, one thing I must praise artemis_sparks for is the way she dealt with Ginny, both as an individual and as Harry’s love interest. I don’t loathe the ship Harry/Ginny, I just find it utterly lame; while I dislike Harry, I certainly don’t hate Ginny. Yet, this is for the most part a Harry/Luna fic. So it would have been too easy for the writer to engage in some sort of Ginny bashing, and develop the plot so as to lead the readers to believe Luna is the only worthy woman in the world. As I read the fic, I grew more an more concerned, fearing that at any instant the author would fall into such traps. Fortunately, it never happened.

I loved the interactions between Luna and Harry. She helps him see old things with fresh eyes, in a way that is very much hers. I also liked the scenes with baby Teddy. Normally, I’m not too interested in small children, but Teddy’s presence in this fic is important. His reactions to the grown-ups’ actions and the way they behave towards him add a lot to the story.

The ending wasn’t the one I expected and this is precisely one of the strongest points in this fic. I’m going to post spoilers about it below. If you dislike spoilers, you can quit reading this review now and click here to read a very good Harry/Luna (and Ginny) fanfic.

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Hedwig, Harry Potter: Nest

December 25, 2009 Leave a comment

“Nest” is a Harry Potter fanfic written by Lovealwayshopes.

This ficlet is written from Hedwig’s POV. She worries about Harry’s condition as a boy who has no actual home.

I really, really wanted to read a fic featuring Hedwig as its main character. When I found this one, I knew I’d have to recommend it. The protective, maternal Hedwig we see in it is believable and her concerns about Harry do make sense, given his situation.

Even if the idea of an owl-who-can-think doesn’t appeal to you, try and give this story a chance. It’s very short, so it won’t take much of your time. 😉

Click here to read this Harry Potter fanfic starring Hedwig.

Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter/Ron Weasley: An Old-Fashioned Christmas

December 11, 2009 Leave a comment

“An Old-Fashioned Christmas” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Arthur Weasley. Harry and Ron also play key roles. The fic author is asnowyowl.

In this story, Arthur devises a plan to make his family happy during the Christmas celebrations. However, he’s up for a shock.

There’s one sentece in this fic that made me laugh out loud; it’s the moment when Arthur finds out the family’s secret. In fact, you can view this story as a comedy, if you wish. Nevertheless, despite some amusing elements, I think of it as a touching family drama.

I felt truly sorry for Arthur, even though the author didn’t get to explore his feelings over his discovery in depth. That’s the fic’s main quality: the sadness is merely suggested, but you know it is there.

Click here to read this fanfic featuring Arthur Weasley.

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