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    July 23rd, 2007

    July 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence In Harry Potter Fanfiction

    There are a couple of Harry Potter fanfiction awards sites out there that give much-deserved nods to well written fics — most notably the Hourglass Awards — but due to the sheer size of the Harry Potter fandom, there are large slices of people who have no idea such award sites even exist. I do admit that, considering the size of the Harry Potter fanfiction community, I am surprised there aren’t more award sites out there.

    So, because I feel it fits with the general theme of this website, I am offering my own award for Harry Potter Fanfiction: The Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

    Most fanfiction award sites work using the Nominate then Vote method, with voting either being done by the public at large or by a panel of judges. This award is going to be a little different.

    While this site seeks to rec quality fanfic on a daily basis, I feel an urge to acknowledge those authors and pieces that are of the highest quality and go above and beyond the call of fanfiction to produce stories that I feel should be read by everyone, stories that raise the bar, and stories that say something important. Once a month, I will canvass my recs and pluck from their midst a shining example of fanfiction which I feel deserves extra recognition and give it a little boost in that direction by giving it “a little extra press” so to speak.

    july 2007 gold star award

    The July 2007 Gold Star Award is going to And The Hat Said ‘Gryffindor’ by Ciircee. This is a wonderful 2,941 word story about Rubeus Hagrid and what it means to be brave. Jo has told us the Sorting Hat has never been wrong, and Ciircee proves it by invoking Jo’s words and style perfectly, giving us a piece that fits so neatly into canon and is characterized so accurately that this must be the way it happened.

    It’s not only the stunning portrayal of Hagrid I’d like to award this piece for, but also its marvelous characterization of Dumbledore as well, who is arguably the most difficult of Jo’s characters to reproduce, but Ciircee nails it with clean strokes every time.

    The language is like something straight out of the books, and the carefully constructed theme rings true. It is both heart-warming yet manner-of-fact, and to hear Hagrid talk about his father and the life he has lead as an outcast child is sweet and candid; I have never found the character of Hagrid particularly interesting, but here he is a quiet hero willing to pay the price of doing good and I can’t help but love him. It’s simple yet moving, and the last line of the story manages to sum it up by being both all at once.

    As Hagrid says: “An’ I figured out that being brave is nothing but doing what needs doing even if you’re scared o’ what might happen.”

    posted by afterthree

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