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    January 24th, 2008

    With A Little Bit Of Luck

    With A Little Bit Of Luck by LongSunday

    Summary: Diagon Alley was the first fatality of the second war. Drabble, 248 Words.

    Why You Should Care: No writer can truly encapsulate war – not even J K Rowling, but LongSunday comes pretty close. She uses Diagon Alley, the HP fan’s image of magical heaven, as something of a symbol of loss of innocence and somehow it so works, maybe because she allows it play to out in our head. And she makes these horrible, tangible links to Muggle society and suddenly the war in Harry Potter comes alive in a way that character studies of war-traumatised Harrys never manage. Suddenly, it’s not a fairytale. In this fic, the Potterverse really does exist.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is miles too short. The author really needs to have made this a real one-shot, not a drabble: she’s got a real concept and she hasn’t allowed herself to explore it. Even so, what she has written is quite shockingly emotive.

    posted by winglessflight

    One Response to “With A Little Bit Of Luck”

    1. Yuan Says:
      January 24th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

      The last line about Harry was what really made this such a brilliant fic. However, I disagree with you about making this longer – if this was any longer, I felt that it would have dragged. This fic had the ability to make you feel like someone punched you in the gut, due to its brevity and swiftness of words.

      It is one thing that I don’t like about Jo’s books is that they really are too bright for a war. The seventh book might briefly give you a glimpse, but for a war, it really shows nothing. She may describe the Cruciatus Curse all she wants, but all it achieves is a kind of emotional detachment, if you know what I mean.

      Very good rec! Thank you very much. =]