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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.

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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! 😉

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. 😉

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.

Ginny Weasley/Pansy Parkinson: Maiden Voyage

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment

“Maiden Voyage” is a Harry Potter ficlet starring Ginny Weasley and Pansy parkinson. The author is tania_sings.

In this fic, Ginny feels the inconvenient effects of the Patented Daydreams, much to her embarrassment—and to Pansy’s amusement, it seems.

A nice quick read if you want some humourous femmeslash. It’s also a painless introduction to the Pansy/Ginny ship, in case you aren’t used to seeing these characters in such a context.

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.

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.

Read this Snape/McGonagall fanfic.

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.

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.

Severus Snape/Pomona Sprout: Trapped

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

“Trapped” is a Harry Potter drabble starring Severus Snape and Pomona Sprout. The author is Celandine Brandybuck.

I’m not overly fond of drabbles, but this one is quite amusing. Celandine successfully gets her message across in a few words, as she manages to put both Snape and Professor Sprout to good use. In the end, I was left wanting to read a bit more on this involuntary (on Snape’s side) pairing.

Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood: Virgin State of Mind

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

“Virgin State of Mind” is a Harry Potter femmeslash fanfic starring Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood. It’s been written by purelush.

If you don’t like reading about virgin!Hermione, you may want to avoid this fanfic, but know you’d miss a quite cool story. I’m not overly fond of virgin!Hermione myself, and yet I had lots of fun with this fic.

The only downside to it is the way the author explains Hermione’s sexual orientation. The character realises she’s a lesbian, but she does so too quickly and in an excessively simple manner. A few additional sentences might have fixed the problem and made the whole oh-Hermione-is-really-a-lesbian issue much more realistic.

If you couldn’t care less for character development and just want to know about the fanfic’s hot parts, be happy: this story won’t disappoint you at all. 😉 Luna and Hermione’s scenes are delightful.

This fanfic is also very funny. Luna’s explanations and announcements are all didactic, as if she was a teacher (and in a way, she certainly is). Didactic moments often make a story look awkward or plain boring, but the author doesn’t fall into this trap. In fact, she successfully uses Luna’s “lessons” to enhance the fic’s fun atmosphere.

Read this Harry Potter femmeslash fanfic about Hermione and Luna.

Hermione Granger/James Potter II: Detour

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

“Detour” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Hermione Granger and Harry’s son, James. The author is jtav. The fic is officially rated R, but it’s NC-17 in my book.

In this story, James Apparates in the wrong place … or maybe in the right place, depending on your view. 😉

My interest in Harry Potter fanfiction about the next generation is quite scarce. Nevertheless, this story contains scenes which are too hot to be ignored. Hermione’s reaction to the situation is intriguing, because it leaves you wondering what’s going on her mind. If she had reacted in a negative manner, this would look like a moralist fic, which isn’t the case. (Not that moralist fanfics are necessarily bad, mind you.)

If you like reading about voyeurism and masturbation, don’t miss this fic.

Read this Harry Potter fanfic about Hermione and James II.

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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