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Neville Longbottom/Pomona Sprout: Immortal Beloved

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

“Immortal Beloved” is a Harry Potter drabble featuring Neville and Sprout. The author is ellensmithee.

Months ago I mentioned here that I’m not overly fond of drabbles. This statement was included in a rec for a drabble starring Snape and… Sprout. Talk about nice coincidences! Anyway, if there were more drabbles like “Immortal Beloved” out there, you’d see me flooding this blog with drabble recs. I won’t say more; just go and read this HP fic.

Neville Longbottom, Bellatrix Lestrange: To Break a Good Man

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

“To Break a Good Man” is a Harry Potter dark fic starring Neville and Bellatrix. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

The story is set some years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Bellatrix is alive, and she manages to take Neville as her prisoner… or “pet,” as she once says.

This was my gift at the fanfic exchange The Secret Coconut. Thus, it’s been written with my tastes and requirements in mind. This obviously makes me even more inclined to rec it than I normally would. Besides, Ayla is one of the most talented ficwriters I know; browse this blog and you’ll see how often I rec her fics here.

But do you know what? As biased as this rec may seem, you’ll see that it’s a well-deserved one. The fic’s outstanding quality speaks for itself. It is dark, but not gratuitous nor untasteful. The author successfully puts the readers right there, inside the story; as you read it, you’ll feel just like Neville: there’s no way out, no hope, no future.

The characterisations are excellent. If you like Neville, you’ll agonise with him; if you’re a Bellatrix fan, you’ll love her sadism.

Other characters are mentioned in the course of the story. Chances are you’ll feel truly sorry for Ginny and Hermione. There’s a particularly disturbing passage about Alice. You’ll be left wondering whether that’s just a lie to make Neville feel even worse, or whether it’s possible that his mother has actually done what Bellatrix says she did.

Do yourself a favour: click here right now and go read this brilliant fanfic featuring Bellatrix Lestrange and Neville Longbottom.

Hermione Granger/Neville Longbottom: Surprisingly Well

January 14, 2010 1 comment

“Surprisingly Well” is a lovely Harry Potter fanfic starring Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom. It’s been written by darth_gojira.

What’s this story about? Well, the author wrote it as a response to the prompt fem dom, which really was one my requests at [info]saying_yes_2010.

Now, think about a woman who smiles nonstop while reading a fic. That would be me! 🙂 I love Neville, I love Hermione, I love Neville/Hermione as a ship and fem dom is a major kink of mine. The fic has it all; of course I was more than prone to like it. But what made me really happy was that darth_gojira stuck to the “fem dom” prompt all the time, never deviating from it and always showing it in a positive light.

The author did a good job with the characterisations; both Hermione and Neville are easily recognisable. Besides, I liked the way darth_gojira worked several little details from HP canon into the story, making it all the more believable.

Click here now to read this highly enjoyable HP fic featuring Neville and Hermione. Don’t forget to give the author some well-deserved comment love! 😉

Neville Longbottom: At Peace

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

“At Peace” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Neville Longbottom. It’s been written by angela_snape.

In a few words, the author tells a poignant story about Neville and his loved ones. It’s worth noting that a single sentence is enough for angela_snape to show us that the youngest Longbottom has made some progress, but still retains part of his old traits. This is how a good drabble is supposed to be like.

Click here to read this HP fic about Neville.

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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