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Ginny Weasley: A High Price

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

“A High Price” is a Harry Potter fanfic starring Ginny Weasley. It’s been written by Ayla Pascal.

This story deals with the lengths Ginny goes to obtain something that is very important to her.

This story doesn’t fit into canon, but do you know what? This mature, dark-ish portrayal of Ginny is totally convincing. The author makes the readers believe that yes, Ginny might have acted the way she does in this fic if Harry Potter wasn’t a book series for children.

Click here to read this HP fic about Ginny Weasley.

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.

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.

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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