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    December 28th, 2007

    The Sleeper Awakes

    The Sleeper Awakes by SnorkackCatcher

    Summary: “It’s been coming on for a while,” said Percy, “but I had to find a way out and it’s not so easy at the Ministry, they’re imprisoning traitors all the time.” The journey of Percy Weasley. Oneshot, 10,429 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Everyone has their breaking point: whether it’s the point at which we realize we’re wrong and turn back or the point we give up all pretense and make a grab at power is, in the end, up to the individual. There is a wonderfully sculpted set of contrasts in this fic in Percy Weasley and Doloris Umbridge. Where Umbridge throws herself heart and soul into the new Ministry line, Percy is more uncomfortable, and ultimate makes the same choice as the rest of his family. It’s delightful to see realization creep up on him slowly until a damn breaks and it all just makes sense, and then it’s just as lovely to see him fight the way Percy fights best– with a pen and a list of regulations. A very well written and carefully thought out telling of Percy’s missing story in Deathly Hallows.

    Why You Might Not Care: It may seem a little slow in parts, but I think it was meant to be, if that makes any sense. For Percy to have come to this realization suddenly and without the long, slow plod down to the feet of the devil himself, it wouldn’t have had the weight and the realism it ultimately did. Be patient with it, and be as frustrated as Percy is — you’ll find it satisfying, at the end.

    posted by afterthree

    2 Responses to “The Sleeper Awakes”

    1. Anna Says:
      December 29th, 2007 at 4:23 am

      Great recommendation! I discovered this fic myself a few days ago and it’s excellent. I think it’s true what you say, it wouldn’t have been convinicing if Percy had come to this realization suddenly. After all, it took him several years to get away from his family and become the loyal minstry bureaucrat in the first place. That doesn’t just go away from one day to the other. And one doesn’t easily admit to oneself that one was wrong about something important, either.

      I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I enjoy this site. You do such great work here. All your recs are very high quality and I always find great things to read here.

    3. shiiki Says:
      December 30th, 2007 at 1:26 am

      This is indeed a wonderful rec.

      And I’ve found many of your recs here to be real quality stuff. Thank you for taking the time to search and bring us these lovely stories!