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Severus Snape/Minerva McGonagall: Threshold

January 3, 2010 Leave a comment

“Threshold” is a Harry Potter ficlet featuring Minerva McGonagall and Severus Snape. The author is Kelly Chambliss.

This story deals with a certain Hogmanay routine that the characters develop over the years.

I have more than a soft spot for Minerva/Severus fics and this one is highly satisfying. You can feel the intimacy between the professors; it’s easy to see they understand each other. It takes Kelly only a few paragraphs to convey all we need to know about Severus and Minerva’s relationship, while keeping them strictly in character.

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Alice Longbottom, Marlene McKinnon, Various HP Characters: The Tick-Tick-Ticking of Your Heart

December 23, 2009 2 comments

“The Tick-Tick-Ticking of Your Heart” is a Harry Potter fanfic. The author is Fly to Dawn.

This two-part fic is set in 1979; everything happens in the course of a night. We see several characters in action, such as Alice Longbottom, Marlene McKinnon, Andromeda and Ted Tonks, Minerva McGonagall, Sybill Trelawney, Hestia Jones, Emmeline Vance, Alastor Moody, Sirius Black and James Potter.

I hope this cast has made you interested. If it hasn’t, I assume you’re hesitating due to the amount of minor characters and name-onlys. Don’t let this stop you though; the author puts all of them to *very* good use. Yes, many of them are treated as OCs, since the books show us little or nothing about them, but fear not: this isn’t a Mary Sue/Gary Stu festival. Much on the contrary: what we have is a fascinating group of believable human beings.

Do you want to read some drama? You’ll find it in this story. Are you up for some duels? The fic has them too. Do you like to feel as if you’re watching the scenes in person? The ficwriter has seen to it that you’ll be there with the characters, thanks to the detailed descriptions. As you can see, this is that rare kind of story that has something for nearly every reader.

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Poppy Pomfrey, Minerva McGonagall: Bedside Manners

December 18, 2009 Leave a comment

“Bedside Manners” is a Harry Potter fanfic featuring Poppy Pomfrey and Minerva McGonagall. Luna Lovegood and Pomona Sprout are also seen in the story. The author’s name will be posted as soon as it’s revealed.

In this story we learn about Pomfrey’s very special technique to get her patients to behave themselves properly.

I loved Poppy’s portrayal in this fic. The character is so likeable! I also loved her interactions with Minerva, whom the author put to good use as well. Luna’s cameo appearance was adorable, and the allusions to Neville made me quite happy.

Although Snape is never seen, he ends up playing an important role in this story, as the author skilfully mentions him several times in order to show us more about Pomfrey’s and McGonagall’s state of mind.

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Minerva McGonagall/Rita Skeeter: Truth Beyond

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

“Truth Beyond” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Minerva McGonagall and Rita Skeeter. It’s been written by Kelly Chambliss.

This fic reveals a hidden world inside the Wizarding World; we get to know it through the eyes of both Minerva and Rita.

It’s a most enthralling story. It reads much like an invitation to a secret club, and of course, once you get in you can’t stop until you’ve fully explored every single bit of it.

The characterisations are entirely convincing. You’ll never have a doubt you’re reading a story about McGonagall and Skeeter.

There are a few OFCs (original female characters) in this fic. Fortunately, they aren’t there to overshadow the canonical ladies, but rather to serve the plot’s purposes, as it should always be. More power to Kelly for that.

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Minerva McGonagall/Rolanda Hooch: At Arm’s Length

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

“At Arm’s Length” is a Harry Potter femmeslash fanfic featuring Madam Hooch and Minerva McGonagall. The author is miss_morland.

This story is set during Snape’s year as Headmaster of Hogwarts. Hooch is disgusted over the school’s situation, but she finds some peace as she spends the Christmas in McGonagall’s company.

It’s a very well-written story. I’ve never cared too much for Madam Hooch, but with this fic the author almost turned me into a fan of hers, for her portrayal made her quite likeable. The erotic moments are great and the author cleverly took advantage of such scenes to keep Minerva in character.

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Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape: The Scot and the Snake

December 12, 2009 2 comments

“The Scot and the Snake” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Severus Snape and Minerva McGonagall. Albus Dumbledore is seen in the fic’s first section as well. The story has been written by joanwilder aka RaeWhit.

The fanfic starts with an argument between Snape and McGonagall, witnessed by Dumbledore, who tries to tame the teachers. Then we have a second scene.

I’m not overly fond of this bickering-followed-by-sex scheme that so many people out there find “hot” (I usually find it ridiculous). Nonetheless, I have to admit this story is witty and engaging enough to make me appreciate the usage of that cliché. Of course, the fact that my friend thamy made me fall for the pairing McGonagall/Snape only adds to my good-will. 😉

The inclusion of feline!McGonagall in the fic makes its sexy parts even sexier. The author plays skilfully with Minerva’s animagus powers. Pity the story isn’t longer.

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Hagrid, McGonagall, Dumbledore, Snape: This Christmas

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

“This Christmas” is a Harry Potter fanfic featuring Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. The author is strav.

The fic is divided into four sections, each of them dealing solely with one of the aforementioned characters. I found Minerva’s part to be the weakest of all, mainly because it’s too vague. The author might argue this was intentional. However, McGonagall has never been a particularly sentimental character; her rather dramatic portrayal in this fic makes her look a bit OOC, which is why I believe a deeper explanation on her feelings was necessary.

Hagrid’s section is O.K. It could be better. It lacks something. More emotion, perhaps.

By now you must be wondering why I’m recommending this fic anyway.

Remember, this story has four sections. The first half may not be as good as it could have been, but the second one is engaging enough to win a reader’s heart. I won’t tell you much about it; I’ll let you see for yourselves. All I’ll say is that Albus’ section is lovely and amusing, and that the author saved the best for last by making Severus’ section the final one.

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Minerva McGonagall, Rubeus Hagrid: Friendship and Memories

December 8, 2009 2 comments

“Friendship and Memories” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Minerva McGonagall and Rubeus Hagrid. It’s been written by LisaT.

This is the first gen fic I recommend here, which is too weird if we consider that gen fic is what I love the most as both a writer and reader. This blog and the Harry Potter fandom—especially when it comes to fanfiction—are taking me to unexpected directions … Anyway, I had decided a few days ago that my first gen fic recommendation here would have to be about either Neville or Minerva. In the end, our powerful Headmistress won the battle. ^^

In this fic Minerva doesn’t look like her usually strong self—at first sight at least. The story is set during the time she had to spent in St. Mungos after having been cowardly attacked while trying to defend Hagrid in OotP. Therefore, the Minerva we see here is a physically weakened woman. Her mental strength is there though, as expected.

Yet, this fic also let us see her softer side, thanks to her interactions with an adorable, perfectly in-character Hagrid. In fact, these interactions are the story’s strongest point, as the author handled them skilfully. Lisa did a great job because she managed to build a touching atmosphere without making Minerva look silly or overly dramatic. And did I mention how adorable Hagrid is in this fanfic? 😉

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Minerva McGonagall/Hermione Granger: Yes, Professor

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

“Yes, Professor” is a Harry Potter femmeslash, PWP fanfic written by Aisha. It features the pairing Minerva McGonagall/Hermione Granger.

This isn’t a brilliant fanfic, nor is it particularly original. Plus, it deals with a (former) teacher/(former) student relationship of an erotic nature, a theme many readers object to. To tell you the truth, I myself used to strongly object to such stories … before I joined the Harry Potter fandom anyway. I still do object to teacher/student erotic relationships in my primary fandom, Saint Seiya, and my objections would probably apply to many other fandoms as well. But this is a Harry Potter fan blog after all. And I do tolerate that controversial topic in HP fanfiction, as long as it doesn’t make me feel disturbed.

As I see it, this Hermione/McGonagall fanfic isn’t disturbing at all. We just get to see the characters engage in a sensual roleplay. There’s not much background info on their relationship and it really doesn’t matter much in this case.

Minerva and Hermione’s sudden love confessions seem somewhat awkward amidst the story; their words look unnatural. You can almost sense the characters thinking something like “oh, we have to say we love each other so the readers won’t think we’re just two dirty witches.”

Luckily, these quick distractions don’t really spoil the fun. This fanfic is a nice read, especially for those into dominant!McGonagall. 🙂

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Minerva McGonagall/Augusta Longbottom: A Toast to Lord Voldemort

December 2, 2009 3 comments

“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.

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