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    March 5th, 2008

    The Age of Not Believing

    The Age of Not Believing by Laura Smith

    Summary: Worst of all you doubt yourself. Drabble, 974 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What’s really interesting about this fic is not necessarily the story or the characters, but the echoing of sentiment after the release of Deathly Hollows on one particular set of events that really surprised the fanbase by not turning out the way we thought it would.  And — while the characters are written well enough and it plays as appropriately as any valid “missing moment” — I think the real value of this fic is how it addresses our presumptions about the poetic license of life and how we come to expect that certain things should come of certain things, then are surprised by real life when events don’t always turn out the way they do in books.  I’m not sure this sort of depth was the author’s chosen intent, but some things resonate whether you plan on it or not.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some undertones of Neville/Luna.  Some of Luna’s lines are clunkier than they should be, though they all come from the right place.

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    March 3rd, 2008

    Fighting To Explain From In-Between

    Fighting To Explain From In-Between by Inkvoices

    Summary: Dennis wishes he was more like Colin, then maybe he wouldn’t be in this in-between place. Oneshot, 1,766 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Colin and Dennis Creevey are rarely written about in this fandom, and it’s lovely to see a piece that considers their situation during the Second War. Dennis, in particular, is very interesting in this piece, and the limbo between the Muggle and wizarding worlds in which he finds himself is especially intriguing. This piece is sad, but ultimately has an ending which, while not exactly happy, is definitely hopeful. Great characterisation for two fairly obscure characters, excellent flow, and an all-over worthwhile read (as most of Inkvoices’ fic tends to be).

    Why You Might Not Care: I wish I’d seen Dogma, because this was written for an Omniocular challenge in which a TV show or film is incorporated into a fic (Inkvoices chose Dogma), and I can’t really fully understand how this ties in with a film I haven’t seen. Those of you who have seen it are better equipped to judge what sort of job she did at the challenge; as Harry Potter fic alone, though, this is wonderful. No criticism.

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    March 1st, 2008

    Eight Little Deaths

    Eight Little Deaths by Ms Spell

    Summary: “La petite Mort, the French say.” Drabbles, 521 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Drabbles done the way drabbles are best; precisely short and wrapped from top to bottom in theme.  Ms Spell knows very well how to wield this weapon and she tells the story of Remus and Tonks from start to finish.

    Why You Might Not Care: Very short drabbles ahead.  Also Remus/Tonks as a heads up for all you rabid Remus/Sirius shippers out there.

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    February 27th, 2008

    Draco Malfoy, Ruler of the Universe

    Draco Malfoy, Ruler of the Universe by Mistful

    Summary: “Draco tilted his head. At this angle, you could almost see Dumbledore’s will to live draining away.”  Draco Malfoy gets what’s coming to him. Parody, 8,865 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Manically funny and delightfully backward.  The characters are pushed far enough that it’s wonderful parody, but not too far that it’s absurd.  Sure to delight readers of Trio-Era fiction the most, and Draco lovers and haters in equal parts.  He’s the star in this one… and Mistful goes to great lengths to make fun of that, too.

    Why You Might Not Care: I suppose there might be one or two people out there who don’t like parody, which is really quite a shame.  Just think about all that wonderful laughter those people are missing out on!

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    February 23rd, 2008

    Reflections

    Reflections by Quizzical

    Summary: “She looked back to the mirror. Arthur’s long limbs entwined around her soft round body. It wasn’t the image that people would think of as ‘sexy’ but she thought they were beautiful.” Oneshot, 3,041 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a delicious peek into the quiet, middle-aged love of Arthur and Molly Weasley, as well as an encouraging story about the softer, forever sort of love the right marriage can create.  It’s touching and sweet and reflective and well-aged, just like Arthur and Molly.

    Why You Might Not Care: I suppose this is rated NC-17, and for anyone who squicks at the notion of Trio-Era Arthur/Molly sex, this probably won’t work for you.  The sex is in the same vein as the subtext of the story, and it is a touch romanticised, which usually makes me laugh and roll my eyes, but in this story with this couple from Molly’s point-of-view, it works pretty well.

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    February 22nd, 2008

    Bar Maid

    Bar Maid by Snegurochka Lee

    Summary: Five conversations at a bar. Five women who didn’t take the bar maid’s advice. Five lives Rosmerta never changed. Oneshot, 7,195 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because Snegurochka Lee wins at genfic. Rosmerta, a secondary character, is completely fleshed out as a strong and dimensional and edgy woman, weathered by time and the difficulties of her world. Some of the main characters from canon are shown waltzing in and out of the background for a change, which is interesting to see; it’s an excellent selection of cast, and you’ve got to love the way Rosmerta relates to each of them. This portrait of Rosmerta and her place in society comes across splendidly. My general reaction at the end was “Rosmerta kicks ass,” and I would consider that a job well done in a character piece. Additionally, as in Five Woman Who Hate Fleur Delacour, Snegurochka Lee’s genfic has another message lurking beneath, and this time, it’s about the people you might see all around you if you dared to take a second look. Absolutely wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps you’re not into genfic or secondary characters — but really, this is brilliant, from one of the best authors of character pieces I’ve seen in this fandom. If you don’t read it, you’re missing out.

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    February 20th, 2008

    That Other Fellow

    That Other Fellow by Sciathan_File

    Summary: “Moreover, now every time he so much as saw that portrait move an eyebrow, he thought it only presaged some new doom.” Oneshot, 3,532 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Not that anyone really needs a reason to read something by Sciathan File except that it was written by Sciathan File, but if you insist…. It’s a stunningly good fic on the minor-est of minor characters, the nameless Other Minister, highlighting his, and by extension the rest of the Muggle world’s, experience in the war they know nothing about. This is one of those stories where I feel JKR’s intent seeping in through every word, and in places Sciathan File echos her style perfectly, too.

    Why You Might Not Care: This tune is played through the eyes of the Muggle Prime Minister, whose HP fan club consists of a motley-looking elderly gentleman eating crisps and wearing a lapel pin. But take heart– gen-ficcers will love this, too.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Gen (tied)

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    February 19th, 2008

    Letters from the Exile

    Letters from the Exile by MsSpell

    Summary: The correspondence surreptitiously exchanged between Tonks and Lupin with the help of the Order members, during the year he worked as a spy among the werewolves. Oneshot, 3,017 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I hate Remus/Tonks. For no real reason. But I love this fic. It’s perfect; romantic, honest and fresh. The characterisation is startlingly good: none of the letters in this epistolary fic are signed, and yet there is no difficulty in distiguishing character — both Remus and Tonks have such strong styles and characters. Remus’ cutting nature makes this a little sad, while Tonks’ bluntness makes it a little bit funny and, frankly, it feels like how Remus/Tonks may have actually happened, as opposed to the disjointedness that is canon. The awkward end scene is suitably cute and then entire sense is far less forced than canon. A rare gem.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sometimes Tonks is irritating. Like, very. And this fic feels a litte rambling in places. But nothing so bad as to deter one from reading.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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