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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.

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.

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.

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.

Click here to read this HP fic starring Minerva McGonagall and Madam Hooch.

Hermione Granger/Pansy Parkinson: Coming Events Cast Their Shadow Before

December 14, 2009 2 comments

“Coming Events Cast Their Shadow Before” is a Harry Potter femslash fanfics featuring Hermione and Pansy. The author remains anonymous for the time being; as soon his/her name is revealed, this post will be updated.

Updated on January 8th, 2009: Much to my delight, it turns out the story’s been written by Ayla Pascal, whose fics I can never cease to recommend. Not even when I have no idea she’s their author!

This story follows Hermione’s love (?) story with Ron across the years, plus something else.

The fic’s style resembles that of fairy tales, which makes for a quite pleasing experience. The characterisations are totally realistic, giving you the feeling that you’re reading a true story, rather than a fictional piece. And the ending is just so … well, I’ll save the thought to myself, as I don’t want to post spoilers here. 😉

Click here to read this femmeslash fic about Hermione Granger and Pansy Parkinson.

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.

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. 🙂

Read this femmeslash fanfic starring Hermione Granger/Minerva McGonagall.

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