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    June 5th, 2007

    The Summer of the Phoenix

    The Summer of the Phoenix by JolieBlack

    Summary: “We’ve set up Headquarters somewhere undetectable. It’s taken a while…” Here’s the story of the rebuilding of the Order, bridging the gap between GoF and OotP from Sirius’s point of view – all canon. Novel Length, Complete, 69,369 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a simply fantastic story of the summer between Harry’s fourth and fifth year and everything that happened prior to Harry getting to Grimmauld Place. Focusing on Sirius, it fills in all the gaps. The characters are all spot-on, and Sirius especially rings true as we watch him fall into the resigned depression of being useless. This story intricately creates the relationships already established by the time we get to them in OotP, including Sirius and Molly, Sirius and Kreatcher, and Sirius and Remus. There’s even a few hints of Remus and Tonks. It’s also 100% canon and fits it like a glove. Except for the fact that it’s written from Sirius’ perspective, in places it’s almost like reading JKR. A splendid read.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s long, though it doesn’t really feel that way reading it. It’s the kind of character development that runs through the plot and character interaction; there’s not a lot of deep delving into the character’s minds and thoughts. The plot may seem a little lackluster, but the action of the piece is secondary; the plot is Sirius’ failing usefulness and his realization of it. It’s primarily about taking Sirius from the man who leaves Harry in the hospital wing in GoF to the man Harry meets at the beginning of OotP.

    posted by afterthree

    One Response to “The Summer of the Phoenix”

    1. paddymay Says:
      May 2nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

      Loved this story! It’s especially heartbreaking if you read 1970s-era fics like I do; I’m so used to seeing Sirius as carefree and well-liked. To go from that to the lonely, moody man that people were way too wary of breaks my heart. Beautifully done characterization.