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    February 18th, 2008

    Along The Way

    Along The Way by Elizabeth Culmer

    Summary: Idealism is hard to balance against the rest of life. Oneshot, 6,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Many times, it is difficult to write the Trio as adults; in this piece, I felt Hermione growing up, and it was beautifully done. This is a realistic story that follows her on her journey, not only to adulthood, but through it. I’m not personally the most interested person in the Trio as opposed to other characters, but this captivated me; I felt that the characters in this piece, most of all Hermione, were kept true to themselves while aging just right. The story felt honest (which is an achievement, considering the universe we’re playing in), and the end gives the most excellent feeling.

    Why You Might Not Care: As the author warns, post-DH interviews are disregarded, and this may bother the greatest of canon-sticklers. Also, you may not really care about the trio, at all. Otherwise, this is wonderful, and you should definitely give it a read.

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    February 17th, 2008

    A Ribbon of Black

    A Ribbon of Black by _YourGoodbyes

    Summary:Silly girl, she thinks, an utterly incomplete thought.” Oneshot, 2,547 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic makes me sigh.  At its heart it’s a series of drabbles tied together as a series of memories in a time of profound loss for one, Andromeda Tonks, and by now we all know how much I love well-done drabbles, so this rec should come as no surprise.  This also gives a slightly different version of the Andromeda/Ted situation at the end of their final school year that I have not read before and had never thought of before, but now that I have I’m quite completely in love with the idea.

    Why You Might Not Care: Nitpickers should know that Dolohov’s age might not fit with canon, but that’s only for those hardcore nitpickers (you know who you are).  Other than that, if you like nearly-poetic stories, drabbles, or fics about Andromeda (you know who you are, too), then you’ll like this for sure.

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    February 16th, 2008

    Once Upon a Time, In Winter

    Once Upon a Time, In Winter by CatFoxBird

    Summary: He had to see her, just once more. Oneshot, 1,923 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m not really sure, actually, except that there’s something about it I quite like.  Maybe it’s the mixing of unrequited romance and creepiness that suits Snape’s character, and how — for a little while — his motives and plans for that night are seriously in question, and it feels like the story might move into darkfic territory in a hurry.  Wonderful tension that breaks on the lighter side.

    Why You Might Not Care: I probably would have liked this fic even more if it had moved into darkfic territory, because there is serious potential to dive head-first into some obviously dark themes.  It would have been a different story, though.  And probably a different character.

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    February 15th, 2008

    The Hours

    The Hours by Virginia_Bell

    Summary: It all weighs upon her like the gold of her locket upon her neck and the gold is like twisted iron. She has tried before but she cannot take it off. Oneshot, 1,078 Words.

    Why You Should Care: When I read this, first time, I believe that my mouth was hanging open. This is so good. It’s beautiful, almost like poetry, and yet hints at such darkness and pain. It’s frightening and morbid and I can’t stop re-reading it. The formatting only makes me love it more — in the words of a reviewer, ‘the fractured style reflects her fractured thoughts’. So worth your read.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is about the life of Merope Gaunt, before she reached out and tried to take her fate into her own hands; some might not care. It’s dark and hints at incest; some might not like. Also, it’s quite stylistic, which irks some people but only makes me like the piece more.

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    February 14th, 2008

    Seven Things That Didn’t Happen On Valentine’s Day At Hogwarts, Or Maybe They Did

    Seven Things That Didn’t Happen On Valentine’s Day At Hogwarts, Or Maybe They Did by Pru

    Summary: “At seven thirty-six AM on February fourteenth, the giant squid climbed out of the Hogwarts lake, dragged itself in front of a nondescript part of the castle, and began to sing “Daisy”. Before the encore performance and right after a glorious vibrato finale, the squid dedicated the song to Severus Snape, who had appeared at one of the nondescript windows at twenty minutes ’till eight.” Valentine’s Day over seven years at Hogwarts. Humour/Romance, 25,256 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is so funny — and so Marauder. Of course they would have prank wars on Valentine’s Day. As ridiculous as it gets — trust me, the summary is only the start of things — you never stop believing that it could have happened. It’s equal parts romance and humour, with just a little bit of angst towards the end to keep the saccharine from becoming overwhelming. A perfect fic for today.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some of the formatting is a bit off, but that’s a minor irritation. One of the seven sections runs quite longer than the rest, but it never stops being amusing. Also, this is quite decidedly Remus/Sirius, and though about half of the fic focuses on the actions of all four Marauders, the ship does take over at the end. If you’re not interested, don’t read it, but I highly recommend that you do; I love this fic.

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    February 13th, 2008

    99 Problems

    99 Problems by Penny-In-The-Sky

    Summary: Ron’s on the couch as Dr Bill dissects his lovelife. Or something like that. Oneshot, 2,624 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because it’s a neat little piece about the advice our older siblings give us, and quite a nice introspective piece for Ron about Hermione right when things are really getting ridiculous in HBP, which is always worth a laugh.  I like the interaction between Ron and Bill in this fic — an interaction we don’t really ever get to see in canon or in fanfic, especially considering Bill is so much older than Ron is.  I also think Ron seems about the right age in this piece, and the Penny-in-the-Sky has a pretty good handle on his character; he’s becoming aware of the situation he’s put himself in, but continues to be a boy about it, which many female fic writers struggle with.

    Why You Might Not Care: Ron-fic, and definitely Ron/Hermione motivated.  If your ship is a different ship, this’ll probably annoy you.

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    February 12th, 2008

    If I’m A Fool For You

    If I’m A Fool For You by Esinde Nayrall

    Summary: On New Year’s Eve, Remus Lupin makes a promise to Sirius Black. Five days later, Remus Lupin makes a promise to himself. If he keeps them both, it will be the hardest thing he’s ever done. Romance, 84, 000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s hard to write Remus/Sirius originally: it’s all been done before, but this fic feels fresh. The author has very clear characterisations of Remus and Sirius and they’re quite out of the norm, and yet they fit perfectly with the adults we know they will grow into. But this fic is more than heartbreaking (which it is, by the way. There’s a whole load of angst. I cried. I never cry at fic.). James and Peter are also really well characterised; these feel like real people and the way they react to different situations is also very real. Not to be missed.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s slash. Lots of slash. Some NC-17 slash. Quite a bit of NC-17 slash, actually. And also, angst that makes you want to die, just to stop it. And a rubbish attempt at using the Black Family Tree. As in, Sirius’ mother is Cassiopeia and his uncle Alphard is dating a guy called Marius. But yes. Read this fic, it’s fabulous.

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    February 11th, 2008

    A Brief History of a Beautiful Friendship

    A Brief History of a Beautiful Friendship by Gingeraled

    Summary: “That’s when you decided you had to keep her close by. She was a Weasley and a Gryffindor, and a half-blood at that (which only really mattered when you were speaking to Grandfather) but she had managed to beat a Malfoy.” Oneshot, 2,489 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A lot of authors have jumped into giving the next generation whatever personality they see fit, but I love Gingeraled’s Scorpius Malfoy. He’s breaking away from his family’s legacy, but is still so… Malfoy. Rose Weasley is good as well. This isn’t a long and well-developed romance, but it does lead up to the point without throwing it at you incongruously. One of the best versions of this pairing that I’ve seen.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s next gen, it’s Scorpius/Rose; you might not be into that kind of thing. It’s fluffy; you might not be into that kind of thing. Also, there’s a little bit of PG-13 talk for about four lines which just… doesn’t seem to fit with the fairly innocent tone of the rest of the piece. However, that’s brief, and not nearly enough to offset the entire fic.

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    February 10th, 2008

    Postponed

    Postponed by Koonelli

    Summary: They hadn’t finished a game of chess in four years because they happened to be friends with the Boy Who Lived. Drabble, 610 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a thoughtful little coda for Ron and Hermione written by the always-readable Koonelli. It takes a few grand themes and presents them upon a chess board in front of a fire. A lovely summing up.

    Why You Might Not Care: No good reason that I can come up with. Let me know if you do.

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    February 9th, 2008

    41 Random Facts About James Potter

    41 Random Facts About James Potter by Xylodemon

    Summary: A few things James thinks you ought to know.  41 is an odd number, but that’s precisely the number of things James was willing to talk about. Oneshot, 2,200 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It says 41 Random Facts and the setup is a listfic, but in actuality, this is more fic than list, and each point segways easily into the next.  This, I feel, is how listfics should really be done: with more emphasis on the word fic than list.  Xylodemon’s take on James is really quite excellent, and the portrait she paints of him is all-ecompassing in only 41 verses.  Very well done, and better than your average listfic.

    Why You Might Not Care: There might be slash connotations dropped in here or there, but by and large they’re either not there at all or almost missable.  Scratching this fic off the list because of that would be an error, in my opinion.

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    February 8th, 2008

    Slaughter Dew

    Slaughter Dew by Andromeda311

    Summary: “The first time it happens, he is fourteen. Sitting at the Gryffindor table, Peter thinks of murder.” Peter and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Oneshot, 1,507 Words.

    Why You Should Care: When I read this fic, it gave me chills. While I’m nearly certain it’s not the canon reason for Peter’s betrayal, it’s so well done that I was left with shivers and the question what if? It’s a realistic portrayal of the disorder, and Peter’s gradual shift in loyalty, with his constant justification, is both sad and haunting.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is dark, and more than a little creepy; it’s even harder to take when you think of the people who really deal with this in their everyday lives. Don’t read it if you can’t handle it.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Angst Fic — Third Place

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    February 7th, 2008

    Severance

    Severance by Anna Fugazzi

    Summary: George is left behind. Oneshot, 2,654 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s fantastic use of repetition here that’s used to bind the subject matter, linking from section to section unobtrusively. It touches on the oft missed, mundane day-to-day of having lost someone that lingers long after the initial grieving is finished. George wants to move on, but can’t — partly because he is himself unable to let go, and partially because his family is having just as much difficulty letting go. They feed each others hurt, and it reflects back and forth to be a constant reminder of what they’ve lost, making it very difficult for anyone to really move on. Beautifully, simply written; it has an almost drabble quality.

    Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps you’ve had your fill of stories that deal with Weasleys Dealing With the Loss of Fred. Or perhaps not. I tend to think not.

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    February 6th, 2008

    Don’t Blink

    Don’t Blink by Sugar Fey

    Summary: “When Luna was younger, her father told her to keep her eyes open.” Drabble, 668 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I feel this really gets across the sense of uselessness, of anxiety, and of tension that must have been what it was like to be at Hogwarts during Deathly Hallows, and Sugar Fey wraps it up nice and tightly with a chilling, precise ending that links right in with canon and Luna’s character beautifully.  It somehow manages to retain the feel of being stylized, even though it’s not really at all.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s Luna, but that doesn’t usually turn people off.  This one’s short and sweet, so it won’t take you much time to check it out.  There is a sort of preamble at the beginning that doesn’t really fit with the story, but I’m not sure it’s actually a part of a story.  I think it just might be a preamble.  To be fair, it’s unclear what the purpose of it is.

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    February 5th, 2008

    Aftermath

    Aftermath by Georgie

    Summary: The rain is like the aftermath. Drabble, 100 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Every schoolchild learns about pathetic falacy and the use of weather and changing seasons to show emotion. Here the author uses weather as more, as a symbol of something nearly tangible that Ginny holds onto in her fight back to normality. Like all great drabbles, it says so much with so little. Exquisite.

    Why You Might Not Care: Don’t like drabbles, don’t like Ginny, don’t like weather.

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    February 4th, 2008

    Transfigurations

    Transfigurations by Inkvoices

    Summary: Hogwarts reopens in September as usual, but it hasn’t yet been fully repaired following the battle in May. The lower levels are flooded, so the Ministry helpfully arranges alternative accommodation for Slytherin students. As the ‘temporary’ solution starts to become a more permanent one, the Slytherins and their new Head of House try fighting back. General, 11,900 Words.

    Why You Should Care: One of the most irritating aspects of Deathly Hallows was the blanket condemnation of every student in Slytherin during the Battle of Hogwarts, and this piece follows the reversed prejudice that remains in the Wizarding World after the fall of the Dark Lord. Pansy Parkinson is kept both sympathetic and in character, which is a remarkable accomplishment, and the piece gives a wizarding perspective to injustice, bureaucracies, and second chances. Very nicely done.

    Why You Might Not Care: Honestly, I can’t picture McGonagall behaving the way she does, but her complacency is a very minor irritation. The words and structure are not beautiful or moving, but it is the story and the meaning beneath that give it quality.

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    February 2nd, 2008

    Map of the Problematique

    Map of the Problematique by SullenSiren

    Summary: “He’s going to make it a RULE.” Before they went their separate ways, Moony, Padfoot, Prongs, and Wormtail shared a flat. The flat had rules. This is how it went. Drama, 15,406 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I feel like I haven’t rec’d a good, general Marauder fic for ages, so here we go: this is an absolutely smashing fic about the Marauders in their few years between Hogwarts and the fall of Voldemort, as accompanied and illuminated by a list of rules on taped-together pieces of parchment. It’s quite an underhanded tragedy, how the war and their work for the Order and Dumbledore slowly tears these four boys apart. We see them when times are still good and when they are as tightly bound together as brothers; then we see them slip away from each other and watch each of them fall by the wayside. The huge gaps of time missed near the end of this fic and the silence it brings with it is just as poignant as the moments SullenSiren does show.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s blatant Remus/Sirius, and it deserves at least an R rating, and maybe an NC-17, for it, so be warned: those who do not like slash will wrinkle their nose. That’s really about it, though.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Popular Choice — Best Multi-Chaptered Fic; 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Angst (tied)

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    February 1st, 2008

    Five Times Fred and George Got Away With It

    Five Times Fred and George Got Away With It by Attilatehbun

    Summary: “For once, this is more than a joke, this is something that needs doing. Not that jokes don’t need doing, because they certainly do, now more than ever.” Oneshot, 1,065 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Fred and George are wonderful in this fic. Watching them grow up — and yet not at the same time — is perfect. These moments which Attilatehbun has chosen are very real and leave you agreeing that yes, they would have happened. Chararacterisation is spot on, excellent blend of humor and gravity, lovely ending.

    Why You Might Not Care: Honestly, I wish that the author had chosen a different title; list-fics are starting to grate on the nerves of the fandom in general — the organisation of this piece isn’t so much a list as it is separate scenes, but the title can’t tell you that. Beyond that, though, it’s definitely one of my personal favourites.

    Thanks To: Redonthefly, for reccing this in her journal.

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    January 30th, 2008

    The Story of the Mantle and the Silver Tree

    The Story of the Mantle and the Silver Tree by Trowizilla

    Summary: “In the youth of the world, Bedaal the Singer strode between mountains, and his singing wove the languages of men and elves, centaurs and goblins, pixies and nixies, the hissing tongue of dragons and the ululation of the weres” Drabble, 839 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an example of world-building at its finest in fandom.  It’s a wizarding creation story, a myth of mortality and the Veil, and the tone of it feels very much in the oral tradition, as a story passed down through generations of wizards to their small children and then to their small children.  Really, really neat.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is definitely Beedle the Bard territory.  It’s one of those little stories that is less about Harry Potter and more about the culture and mythos of the Harry Potter universe.  These sorts of things I find incredibly interesting, but you might not.

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    January 29th, 2008

    I Miss You

    I Miss You by Pantz

    Summary: She was supposed to be his forever. Oneshot, 3,263 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Totally anti-canon, written pre-HBP, but this fic is beautiful, sweet and bitter, and heartbreaking in a simple, practiced way. Percy is depicted with maturity and delicacy, and Penelope, who nearly falls into the trap of becoming a cliche, seems to gain a life of her own. Somehow the tragedy played out in this fic gets me every time.

    Why You Might Not Care: …two Percy!fics in a row? Also, HBP and DH smashed the canon of this one.

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    January 28th, 2008

    On Becoming A Woman

    On Becoming a Woman by Anne-Cara Apple

    Summary: “Everything suddenly seemed much clearer now.” Oneshot, 6,198 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Narcissa Malfoy is not Bellatrix, the headstrong and daring one, or Andromeda, the rebel — she is the sister who grew up into a very specific role, and the four spotlighted moments that Anne-Cara Apple shows us illustrate this perfectly. Everything about this rings just right — it’s not overstated, her interactions with Sirius and Andromeda are particularly spot on, and you truly feel as though you’re watching her grow up and accept her place in life. When you read this, you’re not only reading about Narcissa, but the tradition and pretension of pureblood society, and it’s the way the two are interwoven that makes this wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: If it bothers you when names don’t match up with the Black Family Tree, you might not like the first section very much, but there was a time when authors had to make up the names of various parents, and I suppose she could have done a lot worse than “Flavia.” Other than that, no complaints. This is beautiful.

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