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Peter Pettigrew: The easiest decision of your life

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“The easiest decision of your life” is a Harry Potter drabble starring Peter Pettigrew. The author is Ayla Pascal.

This very believable character study, written in second person, captures Peter’s essence perfectly. It’s a great example of accurate characterisation achieved in a few words. So I recommend that you click here and read this HP drabble now.

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Draco Malfoy: The Department of Department Regulation

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“The Department of Department Regulation” is a HP fanfic starring Draco Malfoy. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

In this story, Draco gets a job in a little-known department at the Ministry of Magic and is given the opportunity to investigate a case for which he cares very much.

This fic is evidence that a good mystery doesn’t have to be novel-length. Don’t get me wrong: I love novel-length mysteries, I really do. But who said that short stories don’t have a place in the mystery genre? Here Ayla conveys all the information the readers need to know while still keeping the fic concise.

Although the plot deals with serious topics, this gripping story isn’t dramatic. In fact, it even contains some amusing passages. Draco is in character, which means that his less politically correct side shows at some parts. He’s definitely not portrayed as a villain, but the author hasn’t made the mistake of turning him into an angel either.

Click here to read this Harry Potter fic featuring Draco Malfoy.

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.

Hermione Granger: Mudblood Act

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“Mudblood Act” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Hermione Granger. The author is Ayla Pascal.

In this dystopian story, Voldemort has won the war and life becomes really hard for Mudbloods. The fic shows us this new, darker world through Hermione’s eyes.

I wouldn’t say this is a perfect story. The ending doesn’t give the readers a sense of completion. Besides, the fic contains the tired, unconvincing cliché “he raped me but I couldn’t help an orgasm.” With that being said, I urge you to read this fic if you are looking for a well-written, thoroughly believeable dystopia. The world, the laws, the society described by the author are all fascinating–in a sad, twisted way. The more you read about it, the more you want to know.

The characterisations are all perfect. And I’m glad that Narcissa wasn’t depicted as a villain, but as a rather sympathetic and almost friendly character instead–well, as sympathetic and friendly as the circumstances allowed her to be.

Read this HP dystopian fic featuring Hermione Granger.

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.

Harry Potter Fic: Elvis Presley’s Magic

May 7, 2010 2 comments

Elvis Presley’s Magic is a Harry Potter fanfic written by sibyllevance.

This G-rated short story deals with a famous Muggle who isn’t really a Muggle.

The author says: “I had a bit too much fun with this.” As a reader, I can say I had a lot of fun with the fic too. It’s short, but sibyllevance does a good job in conveying all we need to know about the character’s life as a wizard in a few paragraphs. It hardly looks like a first fic, much less one written for a 30-minute challenge.

Read this Harry Potter fanfic starring an unusual character.

Updated on July 26th, 2010: Here’s an alternative link to Elvis Presley’s Magic. Many thanks to Sibylle for letting me know about it!

Narcissa Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy: Torn Lace

January 19, 2010 Leave a comment

“Torn Lace” is a Harry Potter fanfic featuring Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy. It’s been written by lar-laughs.

In this story, Narcissa expects an apology from Lucius while she prepares herself for Draco’s third birthday party.

Despite the ship, I’d say this is really a gen fic. Romance is certainly not the focus here—and the fic is much better off without it. Lucius’ characterisation is spot-on, Draco’s first words are priceless (despite their intrinsic cruelty) and Narcissa’s tribulations and feelings are well written, making it hard not to sympathise with her.

Read this HP fic starring Narcissa and Lucius.

Luna Lovegood: Dear Mother

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

“Dear Mother” is a Harry Potter ficlet starring Luna Lovegood. The author is rosehiptea.

In this fic, Luna writes a letter about her upcoming wedding to Rolf Scamander. The letter’s recipient? Her mother.

The author managed to write a sentimental yet saccharine-free ficlet. Luna’s characterisation is perfect. Her marriage to that name-only bloke is one the things I hate the most about interview!canon, but I decided to brush this issue aside this time. Although I still hate the idea, in this particular story it works.

Read this short fic about Luna Lovegood.

Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood: The Attack of the Wrackspurts

January 2, 2010 Leave a comment

“The Attack of the Wrackspurts” is a Harry Potter gen fic starring Ginny and Luna. The author’s name is yet to be revealed and will be posted here as soon as I find it out.

This story shows the beginning of the friendship between Ginny and Luna through the former’s eyes. It’s set during their first year at Hogwarts.

I have to admit I didn’t fall in love with this fic at first sight/read. I had to reread some passages to finally realise that yes, this is well worth a rec. Both Luna and Ginny are in character—as well as Molly Weasley, seen in a cameo. It was very clever of the author to connect Luna’s beliefs to Ginny’s issues with Tom Riddle; as you’ll see, the fic’s title makes a lot of sense.

Read this fic starring Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood.

Alice Longbottom: Futile

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

“Futile” is a Harry Potter ficlet starring Alice Longbottom. The fic’s author is Kehlen Crow.

In this story, we see some glimpses of Alice’s chaotic thoughts and sensations.

The fic is credible; it makes you feel as if you’re inside Alice’s mind while she struggles to find some sense in the world around her. The author cleverly uses Neville’s visits to his mother as a device to show us the passage of time.

Click here to read this short fic about Alice Longbottom.

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.

Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange: Silene Noctiflora

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

“Silene Noctiflora” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Narcissa (not yet Malfoy) and Bellatrix (not yet Lestrange). It’s been written by Diabólica.

This story is told from eight-year-old Narcissa Black’s POV. She finds herself helping Bellatrix put a questionable plan into practice.

Most dark fics out there are mere exercises in exhibitionism (“Should it be dark? Then I’ll have this male character rape her, vomit on her, pee on her and everyone will sympathyse with him and think this fic is super dark, and I’ll look like a fanfiction superstar!”). Not this one; it’s a genuinely dark story. Yes, it does contain violence—hence the rating—but the author clearly didn’t write it just because she could. Most importantly: unlike many dark fic writers, Diabólica does *not* try to induce us readers to view the characers’ twisted actions as somewhat justifiable. Their misdeeds are what they are.

The fic is very well-written. I love little Narcissa’s voice. The plot and the characters are entirely believable; except for the magic, this could be a real story about real people and their real cruelty.

Click here now to read this dark fic about Narcissa and Bellatrix.

Molly Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy: Right Where it Hurts

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

“Right Where it Hurts” is a Harry Potter ficlet starring Molly Weasley and Narcissa Malfoy. The author is lar_laughs.

In this story, Molly goes to a party hosted at the Malfoy Manor, only to find herself embarrassed.

I’m reccing this fic because it’s so easy to relate to Molly’s feelings. When I saw how Narcissa found a way to prolong Molly’s torture, I couldn’t help but think: “Urgh! Oh, no!”

Read this HP ficlet about (poor) Molly and (evil) Narcissa.

Argus Filch: Leporiphobia

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

“Leporiphobia” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Argus Filch (and many, many bunnies :P). The fic’s author is Ayla Pascal, aka curia_regis.

In this story, we find out that Filch is very afraid of rabbits. Much to his distress, Hogwarts receives a huge crowd of leporine visitors.

If you aren’t into crack!fic you may skip this one, although I think you shouldn’t. Not if you don’t want to miss a hilarious story. The whole idea is so creative! And the bunnies, of course, are so cute!

*Vane gets bit by one of the rabbits*

You’ll have to read this HP fanfic featuring Argus Filch if you’re curious about the actual meaning of the previous line. 😉

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.

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.

Click here now to read this excellent Harry Potter fanfic.

Ron Weasley: Father of the Bride

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

“Father of the Bride” is a Harry Potter ficlet starring Ron Weasley. We also see his daughter Rose in this story. The fic’s author is greenschist.

The plot isn’t original: Ron is jealous and frustrated because Rose is going to marry Scorpius Malfoy. Yet the author managed to do a good job.

I don’t like Ron, and although he’s supposed to be a mostly comical character, I don’t find him funny in the books, except for a few moments. However, this fanfic is amusing indeed and yes, it’s thanks to Ron, since the story is told from his POV. Kudos to greenschist for having made this otherwise annoying character nearly likeable.

Read this fanfic about Ron Weasley.

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.

Click here to read this fanfic about Minerva McGonagall and Madam Pomfrey.

Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange: Won’t Realise I’m Gone

December 16, 2009 Leave a comment

“Won’t Realise I’m Gone” is a Harry Potter fanfic about the sisters Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange. The author will be given credit here as soon as his/her name is revealed.

This family drama shows Narcissa’s continuous visits to Bellatrix, who’s imprisoned at Azkaban and gets worse and worse as the months go by.

The author did a great job on this fic, because s/he kept Bellatrix strictly in character—which means, among other things, that she’s still a cruel Muggle hater—and yet managed to build an essentially humane story.

Although one might argue that a person like Bellatix doesn’t deserve to be cared for, it’s hard not to relate to Narcissa’s feelings towards her sister. That’s where the strength of this fic lies: it’s a beautiful tale about sisterly love in spite of the fact it deals with villains.

Click here to read this fanfic featuring Bellatrix and Narcissa.

Severus Snape: Hansel and Gretel

December 13, 2009 Leave a comment

“Hansel and Gretel” is a Harry Potter ficlet starring Severus Snape. The author is Janus, who’s also written previously recommended Parody Denied.

The story shows how Snape, still a child in a Muggle school, reacts to a famous fairy tale.

That may look like a quite ordinary plot, but the way Janus plays with it makes the fic charming and funny. As you read it, you’ll realise that if you were in Snape’s place, chances are you’d behave in a similar fashion.

Read this ficlet about Severus Snape’s childhood.

Dolores Umbridge: Purity

December 12, 2009 Leave a comment

“Purity” is a Harry Potter fanfic on Dolores Umbridge. The author is Ayla Pascal, aka curia_regis.

I told you I’d be back with more Umbridge fanfiction recommendations! 😉 Incidentally, my previous HP fic rec on this character dealt with an one-shot written by Ayla too.

This story explains why Dolores Umbridge hates half-breeds such as centaurs. Believe it or not, the author manages to portray Umbridge as a human being, rather than a heartless villain. You certainly won’t become an Umbridge supporter after reading this fic, but you may surprise yourself sympathising with her somehow. Lucius Malfoy’s fans will like his cameo appearance, as it enriches the plot.

Click here to read this HP fanfic featuring Dolores Umbridge.

Death Eaters, Voldemort: Parody Denied

December 10, 2009 1 comment

“Parody Denied” is a fanfic featuring Bellatrix and Rodolphus Lestrange, Lucius Malfoy, Severus Snape and Voldemort. It’s been written by Janus.

In this ficlet, Bellatrix offers Voldemort a suggestion during a Death Eater party.

I’m not sure about the author’s intentions, i. e., I can’t tell whether this was meant to be a comedy or something else. All I can say is that I found the fic amusing. The third paragraph is priceless!

Read this Harry Potter fanfic starring Voldemort and a few Death Eaters.

Dolores Umbridge: Meddlesome Human

December 9, 2009 1 comment

“Meddlesome Human” is a Harry Potter gen fic about Dolores Umbridge. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

Umbridge is probably the most hated character in the Harry Potter universe. However, this doesn’t mean one shouldn’t read fanfics about her. To be honest, although I hate her myself, I also find her a fascinating character; thus you can expect me to recommend more Umbridge fanfiction in the future.

This is Ayla Pascal’s take on what the centaurs may have done to Umbridge in OotP. It’s very well-written. As you read the fic, you feel that the characters’ thoughts and sensations are all real. The author’s ideas are truly convincing; they could be canonical indeed, for they do make sense.

Click here now to read this fanfic starring Dolores Umbridge and the centaurs.

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.

Read this Harry Potter fanfic about Hagrid, McGonagall, Dumbledore and Snape.

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? 😉

Click here to read this Harry Potter fanfic about McGonagall and Hagrid.

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