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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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    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 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 15th, 2008

    Dreaming Through The Twilight

    Dreaming Through The Twilight by msmoocow

    Summary: Ariana; like a beautiful melody. Oneshot, 1,855 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic is like a fragmented dream, slightly mad and slightly scary, and reflects the character it centres on to perfection. The true beauty of this is that the author uses exactly the right amount of narrative, so that the prose feels spare and poetic, but the reader always understands. The choice and placing of words is always impeccable, and the idiosyncracies of the characters are skillfully woven into the prose.

    Why You Might Not Care: We don’t know a lot about Ariana because there isn’t a lot to know, and if you don’t want to read this author’s speculation on what the shadow we hear of in canon may actually have been like, steer clear.

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    January 8th, 2008

    World Without End

    World Without End by Kitestringer

    Summary: Albus has no need for Legilimency to know this, to know what Remus and Sirius were to each other. He’d might as well be looking in a long-ago mirror. Drabble, 645 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s so patently obvious when she points it out, and yet you feel like she’s slapped you in the face. Ever word of this drips with dreadful, raw emotion. Every bit of Albus’ pain is laid bare, reflected in Remus’ loss, and you start to understand just what must happen when good people are deceived by their own hearts. This piece rips you to shreds. Beautiful, but terrible.

    Why You Might Not Care: Major angst. Major angst. Beware.

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    January 4th, 2008

    Terminal

    Terminal by Narcissa

    Summary: “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” Drabble, 751 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s so much amazing, beautiful imagery in this fic I’m not even sure where to begin. The author brings the senses alive without you even realize she’s doing it, and suddenly there’s this new character I’d never considered before in Rabastan Lestrange. It’s as much true as it is well-written, like a precisely sculpted piece of fine art. Read it at least twice, just so you can fully appreciate it. So wonderfully internal, yet almost entirely external. Haunting.

    Why You Might Not Care: Oh gosh, do I really have to put something here?

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    January 3rd, 2008

    Teacup and Saucer

    Teacup and Saucer by FalseEeyelashes

    Summary: She slips; he breathes. Drabble, 421 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is the only way to write Bellatrix. Crazy and half-minded and beautiful. I love it. Best line in a fic ever: “Azkaban tasted like mothballs – how trivial.”

    Why You Might Not Care: No reason.

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    December 27th, 2007

    Get There From Here

    Get There From Here by La Onza

    Summary: From parents who had attended Hogwarts in their day, such a brief, vague, yet unambiguous letter advising the school not to expect their child in September – that was a poser. Oneshot, 1,046 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Firstly, the idea of little!Remus writing to McGonagall and asking not to go to Hogwarts is adorable. Secondly, because the characterisation of McGonagall is spot-on: La Onza really shows her humanity, without casting doubt on what we see in the books. And finally because this fic has the wondrous ability to capture each character’s register without any effort and I love that.

    Why You Might Not Care: The ending of this fic kills me. The last line, after a fic that is fabulous, sucks. It’s cliched and overly romantic and ugh. I hate it. But otherwise there’s not much here to offend.

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    December 18th, 2007

    Angels and Ministers of Grace

    Angels and Ministers of Grace by Lesyeuxverts

    Summary: “The angels come with Potter on his last visit, approaching the bed with due fear and skittish tremors. Granger and Weasley, yes – Lovegood, Longbottom, Finnegan, Weasley, Weasley, Weasley, it reads like the roll call of Snape’s nightmare classes.” Oneshot, 3,290 Words.

    Why You Should Care: After reading Deathly Hallows, I anticipated a great influx of AU fic wherein Snape either didn’t die or was somehow brought back to life, and was more than a little surprised when it never came. This is, in fact, the very first fic along these lines I have found, and I’m pleased to see it was well done. This author uses description and narrative to great effect, and the paragraphs fit together like stanzas though it never crosses the line from prose into poetry. Snape is remarkably well characterised and, though we see Harry through his lens, I would say Harry is also very well done. It’s AU through and through, but it’s the sort of AU that’s been so carefully crafted that it doesn’t offend. Beautiful, poignant, and circumspect, this fic will delight all five of your senses.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s AU, obviously, and despite quality some people just don’t go for that sort of thing. I offer that the only leap of faith you must take is that Snape did not die, and everything after that is entirely within bounds.

    posted by afterthree
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    December 13th, 2007

    Fraternity

    Fraternity by Lyras

    Summary: Aberforth Dumbledore is very different from his brother. Oneshot.

    Why You Should Care: I have nothing to say. It’s rich and deep, it’s multifaceted and poignant, it’s beautifully characterised. Words are not enough. Man, you have to read this fic.

    Why You Might Not Care: What did I just say? Unbelievably fantastic.

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    December 10th, 2007

    Faded Laughter

    Faded Laughter by Mary Borsellino

    Summary: Ginny finds a portrait in the attic. Oneshot, 1,386 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic almost brought tears to my eyes. The premise is that Ginny finds an old portrait of Sirius in the attic, and the way it’s told is so sweet and quintessential. Young!Sirius is so filled with energy and passion, and this is contrasted by the almost lethargic Ginny that we meet: so young and yet so old. And there are these fabulous moments, like when Ginny thinks that she could be infatuated by Sirius’ charm, or when Sirius refers to the Weasleys as ‘spawn’. Particular kudos for using Ginny and not Harry, the more obvious choice. It’s nice to see her with some true emotion and sensitivity.

    Why You Might Not Care: A little too short to give as much impact. Plus Mary Borsellino falls into the old trap of just having to include a moment of Remus/Sirius. But it’s nicely handled and actually adds somewhat to the fic.

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    December 6th, 2007

    Sometimes

    Sometimes by MidnightBlue88

    Summary: “Sometimes he reaches for two plates at dinner.” Drabble, 137 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s the sad, sweet reality of this fic that makes it beautiful — the little honesties of life after war. The author pays a great attention to detail, so that in very few words a whole world is built for George, a world without Fred, and we see him struggling to face what no one else will mention. It’s the rebuilding of a character and it’s heartbreaking.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic is too short and too unoriginal. I think it’s beautiful and of all the Fredless!George fics it’s the best I’ve read, but there’s no new idea here — it’s just the recycled one really well done. And it needs another hundred words or so, just to come to a conclusion. Even so, it’s adorable — George is like a baby deer finding his feet again.

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    December 2nd, 2007

    Thirteen

    Thirteen by Minnow

    Summary: Remus is with Sirius, but obsessed with young girls. AU, 9,135 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Jesus, this fic is horrifying. Minnow doesn’t use euphemisms, Minnow doesn’t sugar-coat, she doesn’t try to justify or prettify — Remus in this fic is a paedophile, no more or less. It’s terrifying the amount of realism, the dark cruelties of the character. The writing, the psychological depth that the author went into… it’s chillingly fantastic. It’s cold, it’s impersonal, it’s character-driven, it’s tightly woven structurally …it’s incredible. Unbelievable. Read it.

    Why You Might Not Care: Thirteen is easily one of the best fics I have ever read, but it’s hard to escape the fact that it’s flagrantly anti-canon and yes, it’s about a paedophile. But if you can possibly, even partially, get over those facts, you will not regret reading this fic. It’s fabulous.

    Warnings: This fic is rated NC-17 and contains sexual situations between adults and minors, including non-con and dubious-con. There’s also slash. But it’s pretty inconsequential.

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    November 30th, 2007

    Five Dead Women

    Five Dead Women by Snegurochka

    Summary: Five vignettes, seemingly unrelated and featuring diverse Potterverse women, explore the link between these women that will answer the question: why are five of them dead? 6,400 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s something beautiful about a fic that draws subtle links that are canon, but never before apparent. Snegurochka’s style is haunting and tense, the fic is laden with symbolism and suspense. It’s been cleverly crafted, you can see the amount of premeditation and effort in the structure and the reader really appreciates the writer’s work.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s symbolic and beautiful. but tends to get carried away in itself – this fic could do with an edit and a good cut. But it’s worth it, trust me.

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    November 28th, 2007

    Genesis

    Genesis by Andromeda311

    Summary: The last eight days of Regulus Black’s life. Dark, psychological, vaguely religious. Somewhere in the back of his mind, he whispers that his brother would be proud of him. 1,765 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s a novel called Lolita – I’m sure you’ve all read it – which is described as the author’s love letter to the English language. This fic is Andromeda311’s love letter to the English language. This fic is beautiful, animated, exquisite, with this fabulous phraseology like terror-red miasma and the swooping wings of Azrael. A lot of love wrote this fic, and a lot of thought. Read for the sheer pleasure of words.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s not a lot in this fic past the raw emotion and the incredible use of structuring and language, and if you feel like something plot-heavy and interesting then stay well away. But seriously. This fic is unbelievable.

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    November 24th, 2007

    Night Comes Early

    Night Comes Early by Laura Walker

    Summary: Winter came, and with it came the dark. Oneshot, 1,782 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I have unending respect for writers who can take lesser-known characters and make them real, and so fics like this just make me glow inside. Laura Walker takes the character of Moody, who saw it happen, lived through it, faced every demon — twice — and she tells us his story, using this wonderful metaphor of the turning seasons. It’s evocative, and ties in with everything we know about the character in canon; the delicacies of his psyche, sometimes even the sentimentalities, actually seem to fall into place with the exterior we know. Tightly, concisely written and very thoughtful.

    Why You Might Not Care: Why do I have unending respect for writers of lesser-known characters? Because they tend to be few and far between. If you’re looking for something mainstream, or something fluffy, look further.

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    November 22nd, 2007

    Wallflower

    Wallflower by DrArchie

    Summary: It takes Ginny three weeks to speak to Harry again after the Battle of Hogwarts. Oneshot, 1,384 Words.

    Why You Should Care: After the war, Ginny and Harry’s reunion can’t have been easy – emotions flying everywhere like house-elves on Butterbeer, and this fic really captures that. It’s gently humourous, but there’s a lot of truth in here about what it must have been like for Ginny after the second war, how she might’ve coped, and it’s wonderfully human – showing the ridiculousness of desperation. Although it’s light-hearted, this fic moved something within me.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s Harry/Ginny, it’s post-war and it’s both angsty and funny. If any of those put you off, maybe skip this one.

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    November 18th, 2007

    Bouquets

    Bouquets by ShootingStar

    Summary: She still has the dried rose bouquets he sent her, you know. Back when he pursued her eagerly, happily, when he fed her corny pickup lines and tickled her at every opportunity. She never did throw the flowers out. She doesn’t know why. Oneshot, 1,258 Words.

    Why You Should Care: ShootingStar really strikes a nerve here. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, she says, and I found myself with unexpected tears in my eyes. It’s Lily/James as it probably did happen; it’s not cliched, it’s realistic. Cleverly structured, using moments and memories, this is Lily’s maturity as she realizes just what she missed. And by including a moment of sweetness at the end, the author avoids this being pure angst and gives a message of hope.

    Why You Might Not Care: Because you’re heartless. This is adorable in a tear-jerking kind of way.

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    November 10th, 2007

    Gum Wrappers

    Gum Wrappers by Imari

    Summary: Neville knew something was not quite right with him. Other wizards his age awaited racing brooms. He awaited his mother’s gum wrappers. One-shot, 4,124 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Written for the Scrivenshaft Challenge at the Unknowable Room, this fic is a masterpiece of character depiction. Imari says that she’s trying to bring Neville into a new light, and it’s entirely successful — this is clumsy, awkward, canon!Neville, but in a situation that brings out the best in him. Only one of the haikus in this piece was given by the prompt and it astounds me every time I read it (because it’s well worth rereading) that the writers beautiful style allows the poetry and the prose almost to meld. Heart-wrenching and soul-nourishing.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s Neville and Alice, and if you don’t care, you don’t care. Also, it does occasionally stray into being just a little too ponderous, but not often.

    Awards: Scrivenshaft Challenge, ‘Poetry to Prose’ – Most Original

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