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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.

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Hermione Granger/Severus Snape: Some Bind of Wonderful

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

“Some Bind of Wonderful” is a Harry Potter fanfic featuring Hermione Granger and Severus Snape. It’s been written by cathedral carver.

In this AU story, Hermione and Snape are in love with each other, but they just won’t touch. Until the day comes when she must set him free.

This was my first time reading this super popular pairing (in a complete fic anyway; I’d previously read an incomplete, not-ready-for-publication fic draft). I confess I would have liked to see more of their background story; after all, their relationship in canon is far from friendly, but here they’re already “head over heels in love with one another” when we first see them. Not that you should take my complaint too seriously in this particular case, for this fic is a pleasure to read.

I really like the way the author describes Severus and Hermione’s feelings, behaviour and habits. It was a great idea to have Snape’s (excessive, perhaps?) self-restraint work against him, and then also have it be the best thing that could happen to him and Hermione. By the way, I love it that she takes the lead and rescues him. Oh, and don’t let the low rating fool you: this fic contains BDSM! Well-written, cleverly done BDSM.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 😉

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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Alice Longbottom/Amelia Bones: Like Water on the Moon

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

“Like Water on the Moon” is a femmeslash Harry Potter fanfic about Alice Longbottom and Amelia Bones. It’s been written by magnetic pole, who’s already had another Harry Potter fanfic recommended here.

Alastor Moody also plays a prominent (slashy) role in this story, even if only in the girls’ fantasies. Yes, this is mainly a fanfic about dreams, imagination and romantic plans for the future.

Alice hasn’t married Frank yet, hence she still doesn’t carry the Longbottom name (read the comments for more info on the author’s personal canon for Alice). Amelia is her classmate, the two of them are in love and they fantasise about Moody’s private life while they wait for his class to finish.

Give this short story a chance even if you, like me, tend to dislike fluffy fanfiction. It’s so pleasing to the eyes, and it contains so many interesting possibilities (magnetic pole should definitely write a follow-up), that it’ll make you want more.

Read this Harry Potter fanfic about Alice (not yet) Longbottom, Amelia Bones and Alastor Moody.

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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