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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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    January 27th, 2008

    Five Ways of Growing Up Between the Wars

    Five Ways of Growing Up Between the Wars by Penknife

    Summary: Five ways Tonks might have met Percy over the years. Oneshot, 2,653 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Written from Tonks’ point of view, Penknife finds the foils and parallels between two characters that couldn’t be more different, yet still share a few underlying similarities. It’s interesting to see the random momentary connecting of two nearly-complete strangers. In addition, Penknife’s high calibre of writing makes this one just that much better– for all her slash-fic, it is Penknife’s gen-fic that affects me the most.

    Why You Might Not Care: Um…? Nope, I’ve got nothing.

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    January 26th, 2008

    Worth Saving

    Worth Saving by Lady Altair

    Summary: He’s just about to leave, to go and fight and maybe not return, when he turns to look, just one more time, at the beautiful mess he’s made of his life. Kingsley Shacklebolt, before the Battle of Hogwarts, wonders: We’re all human, aren’t we? Oneshot, 1,171 Words.

    Why You Should Care: On the top it’s about Kingsley, but what’s really here is that moment when each of us begins to really, truly understand the principles we fight for; when it ceases to be about everyone, everywhere, and starts to be just about you and the people you care about, because that’s what hits us where we live. This is the story of how Kingsley discovers the real reason to fight the war against Voldemort while he’s fighting it all ready. Tightly tied around one theme.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s the obvious way to have written around this theme, and so even though I’ve never read something like this before, I feel at the same time like I’ve read it a thousand times before. This is in no way meant to be a comment on the quality of writing — which is really quite decent all around — just a note that this was the easiest way to have written this. Whether that makes it the best way to have written it is up for debate.

    Thanks To: Jamilla for this rec. Cheers!

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    January 25th, 2008

    Tea With The Dark Lord

    Tea with the Dark Lord by Cranberry_Crash

    Summary: Luna Lovegood is good at telling stories. Oneshot, 1,667 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Luna is already a difficult character to write, but lowering her into the middle of a war and showing the appropriate effects without changing who she is completely — that is a task for only the best of authors. Cranberry_crash does an excellent job, and the supporting characters are executed just as well, coming across powerfully even in cameos of a line or two. This is a delightful read that maintains Luna’s airy quality while giving her the subtle edge that even she would obtain in such times, and ultimately brings you hope and a smile — exactly as Luna would have wanted.

    Why You Might Not Care: The scene for which the piece is named has a surreal quality that makes you wonder if the characters actually would have done this; but then, with a character such as Luna, perhaps such a quality is exactly what it should have. It’s an excellent work, and why are you still reading this rec? You could be absorbing good fic.

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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.

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    January 23rd, 2008

    Scion

    Scion by Phoenix Serapha

    Summary: At sixteen, Sirius is confronted with the true nature of his family on his last night in Grimmauld Place. Oneshot, 4,404 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s quite a lot of fic out there about Sirius running away from home at sixteen, exploring the when and the why. We know he had a miserable home life, though aside from the fact that his family supported Voldemort we don’t really know what kind of miserable it was. Phoenix Serapha writes us a much darker, harsher piece than we’re used to seeing on this subject, and — most unusually — she highlights Sirius’ father Orion as the premier adversary instead of Walburga. We’re used to reading about the formidable Black matriarch, and because of the madcap wailing of her portrait a lot of us have rather assumed she was the master of her house; Orion gets shunted aside, either glozed over completely, or characterised as the weaker half of the Black parental unit. Not here, though, and it’s utterly glorious to read this new twist on an old story as Orion and Sirius face off. It is Sirius’ character that is the most fascinating in this exchange, as much a bullied boy as a mouth-off, and he is driven to leave out of desperation rather than willingly by choice, which makes him feel much more a real person and less an impudent teenager. It’s a sharp contrast to the Sirius we see at school, and to most writers’ versions of him over all. Unique, and probably the most canon telling of this event yet.

    Why You Might Not Care: A few typos that might irk you. A few missing words or mixed up tenses. An author that could really benefit from the use of a few well-placed semi-colons. But none of these should stop you from reading on.

    Thanks To: Amy, who sent me some very lovely recs. Cheers!

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    January 22nd, 2008

    The Fourth

    The Fourth by Twinsuns

    Summary: They say that no spell can bring the dead back into the world of living, yet there is a loophole in that law… A look into a moment that spanned a lifetime. Oneshot, 1,082 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is my favourite type of fic, one where someone’s found a line in canon and a thought sparked and a thread woven and suddenly a shadow becomes a character. Ghosts in Harry Potter are important in JKR’s depiction of the understanding of death, and this fic is beautifully subtle in its depiction of death as an unknown, but more, in man’s emotion towards it. Twinsuns shows death through Nearly Headless Nick’s last moments, and through the executioner who ‘beheads’ him (“you’re my fourth–this week”). Thoughtful and mature.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic is surprisingly adult, not that there is anything more than G involved, but by the very delicate nature — nothing emotive or passionate — by which it is handled. Some might find it dull, I find it exquisite.

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    January 21st, 2008

    Descent

    Descent by Insanguinare

    Summary: “She found herself flexing her fingers around her wand, willing herself to keep the promise she’d just made and trying to remember when she’d decided to break her most important one.” It takes Bellatrix eight years to go mad. Oneshot, 6,527 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The backstory of Bellatrix intrigues me, quite frankly, and while my own personal canon will probably always include at its core the depth and twists of DeepDownSlytherin’s A Keen Observer, there is something here that delights me also. This Bellatrix has an inherent and unbridled lust for dark magic, much the same as Tom Riddle did when he was growing up. The two are not so much foils as parallels in this piece, and the interesting twist on the Cruciatus curse — while most probably not at all canon — makes for quite a lovely bit of final punctuation.

    Why You Might Not Care: The ages of the Blacks have been muddled for those whose canon must include the ages on the Black Family Tree, but I tend not to care too much about that. The scene in which Sirius makes his grand exit is perhaps a touch too long; the focus begins to shift from Bellatrix to Sirius, and parts of what is supposed to be an intense conversation sounds a little too much like exposition. It is still quite strong overall, however.

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    January 20th, 2008

    As We Destroy, So Do We Build

    As We Destroy, So Do We Build by Montlake

    Summary: She is sixteen when she falls in love with the wrong boy and she’s sixteen years too young to understand why it all feels so right. Oneshot, 1,266 Words.

    Guest Rec’d By: Tash (PirateSmile)

    Why You Should Care: The simplicity of not only Ted and Andromeda’s romance, but of Andy’s own evolution as an independent person, is really beautiful to see unfold. It’s not overly detailed, and the snapshots of her life over four years are very sparse, but, again, the simplicity of it allows it all to just flow naturally.

    Why You Might Not Care: Like I said, it’s not overly detailed, and it would be nice to have more moments.

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    January 19th, 2008

    Up All Night

    Up All Night by Gilpin and Mrs. Tater

    Summary: The night before Harry’s hearing in OotP and, for Remus and Tonks, it really was asking for trouble to go out like this. Risky and unprofessional. In fact, anything might happen… Romantic Comedy, 51,093 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because I love stories like this, that take a brief and completely perfunctory exchange and give it a backstory and a different sort of weight. Now, every time I read the beginning of Chapter Seven of OotP, I’m going to remember this story and smile. The characters are well constructed, and the dialogue is spot on in every scene. Remus and Tonks shine as real people tripping their way across the muddled waters of any friendship-turned-romance, and the bit characters — Sirius in particular — have not underperformed, either. It’s also a great example of a well done co-authored story: the authors have melded their styles and ideas so well that it really only seems like one of them wrote it. And, you know, because I think it’s been a little while since I’ve recced a Remus/Tonks, and that just won’t do.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus/Tonks, for those who prefer Remus shipped with someone else. Some might say it’s a tad anti-climactic (and they’re not necessarily wrong) what with the addition of the last chapter, which stretches out the ending a bit more than was perhaps necessary, but for me it’s a minor quibble.

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    January 18th, 2008

    Sixteen Ways to Tell the Weasley Twins Apart

    Sixteen Ways to Tell the Weasley Twins Apart by KaydeeFalls

    Summary: How do you tell Fred and George apart? Drabble Collection, 1,353 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A list-fic on the surface, but actually quite an excellent set of themed drabbles underneath.  They’re all on point, but each one could stand alone as a separate piece, and this list-fic doesn’t fall into the list-fic trap of mediocrity.  Each drabble is interesting, and the last one especially is an eye-opener — left purposely vague so we’re left with a very unsteady understanding about George’s future without his twin (leaving aside the canon details JKR has offered up since in interviews, of course).  Often entertaining and often thought-provoking.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, list-fics of all sorts and shapes and sizes seem to be the meme style that’s out to consume Livejournal.  At some point, even the really, really good ones are going to seem stale because of format.  I’d like to think we’re not quite there yet.

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