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    March 30th, 2008

    Father and Son

    Father and Son by IsabelA113

    Summary: “He’s a man, a living breathing wizard. He has a family, a wife and a son. Who are you to take him away from them?” Ron learns what the difference between him and Malfoy really is. Onshot, 2,225 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Arthur is one of the quiet heroes of the Harry Potter series, I think, and this fic is a good example why. This is a keenly focused study of Arthur and his beliefs about the war, his family’s position in it, and the Malfoys. This piece is specific and tailored for the purpose of showing what kind of man Arthur Weasley is: a very, very good one.

    Why You Might Not Care: Very few reasons exist. The characterisations are accurate and the theme is resonant. You know the message already, but it’s good to have someone like Arthur remind us that it’s true, every once in a while, when we forget.

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    March 26th, 2008

    The F Words

    The F Words by Antoshevu

    Summary: “Remus and Tonks’s was the worst.  Not that the others hadn’t been dreadful—Colin’s, which was just unreal, Dennis pale and unblinking by the grave with their Muggle parents; Mrs. Weasley wailing at Fred’s, gathering her remaining children to her expansive bosom so that all that Harry could see was a forest of red hair and blotchy faces. And one bright, brown eye, locked on his.” 20,900 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are a lot of stories about what happens after the battle in Deathly Hallows, from lots of different perspectives and angles.  This is another, one that follows Harry through the days after, then the weeks after, then even the months after.  It’s actually a series of six fics, though for me they are more chapters of the same than they are stand-alone stories.  Well written, with much thought given to the loose ends left to tie.

    Why You Might Not Care: The Dursley’s chapter is a bit far reaching, I think, but overall it’s quite well characterised.  I think people who try to write Harry are at a supreme disadvantage, because he’s the character we know the best from the series.  Out of JKR’s hands, he never seems quite right to me; this does come as close as anything, though.  There’s lots of Harry/Ginny, some Ron/Hermione, and some Luna/Dean for those with ship preferences.

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    March 24th, 2008

    Minding the Baby

    Minding the Baby by Rhetor

    Summary: Andromeda is left alone with Teddy, or so she thinks. Oneshot, 3,437 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a heartfelt fic that follows the cycle of grief of Andromeda Tonks, from almost the moment she learns of the death of her daughter. This touches on several faucets of the after, including Andromeda’s interaction with Teddy, with Harry, and with Narcissa and her family. Andromeda is thoughtfully characterised, and this piece’s strongest moments are mostly in the first section — there is a very real, very life-like portrayal of fresh grief.

    Why You Might Not Care: This isn’t the best characterisation I’ve ever seen of Narcissa, not by a long shot. It’s tolerable, and I understand the author’s desire to give Andromeda the chance to turn away from the people who turned away from her. Having said that, the interaction with the Malfoy’s at the funeral reads, for me, as fairly contrived and is the weak link in an otherwise very strong chain.

    Thanks To: Rebecca, who sent this rec in to me.

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    March 23rd, 2008

    A Life in a Box

    A Life in a Box by RedSioda

    Summary: “Daddy, this is the best story in the whole world.” Oneshot, 4,116 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is really, really lovely.  It’s the story of the importance of family history and of knowing where you come from and being proud of it at the same time you create your own life and your own history.  This is a beautiful piece about the Longbottoms, and about the things we pass on that come to be so much more than just things.  It is about family tradition, and about hanging on to and letting go of the past, and about the importance of story-telling.  And, at the centre of all that, RedSioda has very thoughtfully created the middle-aged character of Neville and his growing family on the basis of JKR’s spoken canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is a Neville/Hannah (though the ship is by no means the centre of this fic) and might make some staunch Neville/Luna shippers unhappy for that reason.

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    March 20th, 2008

    Cleaning

    Cleaning by GM_Weasley

    Summary: Kreacher is cleaning. Cleaning, and following the Blood Traitor’s spawn, walking along poor Mistress’ hall with her unnatural hair as if she owns the place, a disgrace to the noble name of Black. Drabble, 750 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic has fluff and PG-rated sexuality and humour, and it’s all cute and light and I really do like it. But moreover, this fic is Kreacher-centric. And Kreacher is awesome. And this Kreacher is awesome, all the conflicting emotions and allegiances, and yet he’s just an elf. This author is a genius, I tells you, she’s a bloody genius. Wow. Just, just, wow.

    Why You Might Not Care: Shh, I’m wowing.

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    March 19th, 2008

    Twenty Random Facts About Lily and James

    Twenty Random Facts About Lily and James by Thistlerose

    Summary: Lily, James, and a popular LJ meme. Oneshot, 1,500 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is made up of the pieces that make a two people, and especially the pieces that make them work so well together.  Wonderful, brief glimpses into two lives cut short, and beautifully poignant without being indulgent.

    Why You Might Not Care: Surprise!  It’s another list fic!  There’s also some non-essential but ridiculously blatant Remus/Sirius that definitely didn’t have to be there, but that’s Remus/Sirius for you.

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    March 16th, 2008

    Eighteen

    Eighteen by Seer_of_Spots

    Summary: Eighteen. The world is your library and you have all the time to read, yet it all seems so much dimmer – as if that library is filled completely with appliance manuals and endless Arithmancy equations.  Lying on a blanket with your unrequited love and a Salty Dog, you think. And sometimes your thoughts just don’t make you happy. Oneshot, 1,130 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A great example of how a well done second person POV combined with just the right subject matter can really give a certain type of character piece a little extra stylistic punch.  There is some really simple, excellent language in this one, and some great evocotive imagery.  Remus’ bitterness at his lot in life is just strong enough to tint the piece, but not so strong it drives this into heavy angst.

    Why You Might Not Care: Unrequited Remus/Lily, for those who roll their eyes at that pairing.

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    March 15th, 2008

    Mentoring

    Mentoring by Juniperus

    Summary: A psychological study of Severus Snape in three acts. Oneshot, 3,046 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a fascinating and in-depth character study of Snape at three pivotal times in his life. The language is incredibly thick and nearly entirely a descriptive exercise that occasionally wanders and slips and digresses and distracts, as the mind is inevitably wont to do. In places it might have even been stream of consciousness (except not quite). It is both canon to the core and not, and dances on the edge of indulgence without ever really becoming so. It is a high-level psychological exploration dressed in prose.

    Why You Might Not Care: The language is so thick as to be sometimes confusing and even distracting, though in a way that never seems purple. Read this slowly, and read it twice.

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    March 14th, 2008

    September When It Comes

    September When It Comes by SundanceKid

    Summary: Seven years at King’s Cross for Teddy Lupin. Oneshot, 4,577 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It just feels so right. Teddy grows up just like any boy might, and my heart was full of love for him by the end. Appearances by others felt very well characterised and realistic, notably Andromeda and Harry, and… it’s just such a good read. You know that full feeling in your chest that’s equal parts triumph and ache? Yeah. SundanceKid’s got that down to a tee.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t really care about the Next Generation, you won’t read this fic, and that’s fine. (Otherwise… go.)

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    March 12th, 2008

    Spark

    Spark by Jane St. Clair

    Summary: “It’s London, miles from home and dripping down rain through this sticky bit of a night.” Molly Weasley, on a mission for the Order. Drabble, 860 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Wow. This is just incredibly chilling, partly because it’s Molly for heaven-sake, and partly because it’s war and that’s just the way war works sometimes.  Jane writes this so perfectly, and the notion that Molly’s done this many, many times before is thick.  Gutsy.

    Why You Might Not Care: You might not agree that this fits with canon — it might offend your moral sensibilities.  I think it’s about right.

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    March 11th, 2008

    Group Therapy

    Group Therapy by Calliope08

    Summary: An unlikely pair finds consolation at the funeral for James and Lily Potter. Oneshot, 1,140 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s hard to find a good Potter’s funeral fic, but Calliope’s spare, fond style fits the bill perfectly. It’s the combination of the profound and the just plain mundane – this fic is very honest; the conflicting thoughts of the characters perfectly in keeping with the tone of the whole piece. Both Remus and Petunia are very humanly characterised – enjoyable and thoughtful.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s another Potter’s funeral fic, albeit a very good one. Also, too short, in my opinion: I’d’ve liked to have seen a little more from Petunia. But you can’t have everything.

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    March 8th, 2008

    Bound

    Bound by Alchemine

    Summary: Young Alastor’s temper leads to trouble on his first night at Hogwarts. Oneshot, 2,300 Words.

    Why You Should Care: For its interesting take on a young Alastor Moody, mostly, and because Alchemine does such an excellent job showing us an awful lot about young Moody while resisting the temptation to tell us too much.  She paints a portrait, and we make the transformation from her young Moody to the older Moody JKR gives us.  It’s also interesting to see the ways wizards handled Muggle-borns in earlier decades, and the idea that there were perhaps a few who were taken to the school against their will is intriguing.

    Why You Might Not Care: The only reason I can think of is that it’s focused on Alastor Moody, which isn’t much of reason.

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    March 7th, 2008

    Charmbreaker

    Charmbreaker by Orange_Crushed

    Summary: They smile and tell him that he’s grown, as if this were a real reunion; which is funny because he feels that he’s been shrinking, and that he won’t stop until he has reduced himself to nothingness, like a star. Oneshot, 6,571 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because everyone has said it at least once — “All Marauder stories are the same these days.” Well, not this one. Using the idea that Remus was made to leave Hogwarts after the Prank, Orange_Crushed spins a wonderful alternate reality. You really feel the wasted years slip by as Remus submerges himself into another life, not so much the Muggle world, but a strange balance as he carves his own niche. This story progresses wonderfully, and the events are such that I wouldn’t mind seeing them fleshing out into a chaptered fic. All of the supporting characters just feel right, and Remus himself is lovely. Lastly, and I hate to say it, things almost turn out better this way, for everyone involved; there is so much potential in the ending (and I love the phrasing in the final lines, so wonderful).

    Why You Might Not Care: AU is just simply not some people’s cup of tea, and I can respect that — however, I do recommend that you look past your preferences and give it a try. It really is a jewel of a piece. Also, I think Remus/Sirius is implied here, but anything that alludes to it can be taken as a close friendship. It’s very slight.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best AU Fic — First Place

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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 2nd, 2008

    One For Sorrow

    One For Sorrow by Lilith Morgana

    Summary: Eileen sings to her baby in Azkaban. Oneshot, 5,504 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is my favorite sort of fic, you know; the kind that takes the mere mention of a character or a fact of someone’s past and uses it as the smallest keystone to create something new and incredibly rich that slides right up against canon. The writing is top-notch, and the character work herein is just phenomenal. Lilith Morgana creates a very thoughtful character study in Eileen Prince, and a likewise thoughtful family history for Snape.

    Why You Might Not Care: Snape’s here, but only just. This is Eileen’s story, so if stories about bit characters make you yawn this probably isn’t for you. But it’s really very wonderful, and I wish you’d read it anyway.

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    February 25th, 2008

    Valedictory

    Valedictory by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: It is the night before the Fidelius Charm is performed, and Lily cannot shake the feeling that this will be the last time she ever sees Sirius Black. Oneshot, 2,091 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This piece broke my heart when I first read it. You might think, alright, the last time James and Lily will ever see Sirius — okay, not that original, moving on. But no, Thirty2Flavors dives right in and presents the scene with such raw emotion that I can guarantee that you have never seen it like this before. I rarely cry at fanfiction, but tears were streaming down my face by the end of this one. Lovely, and heartbreaking, and so real. Thirty2Flavors, once again, has set my personal canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sharp, piercing angst. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, like I said, you might have already imagined or read about this scene — but really, it’s so worth reading, even if you think you’ve seen it all before. (Maybe you’re tired of reading Thirty2Flavor’s fics, too, but I have no sympathy for you there, because you’d have to be mad not to love her work.)

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass, Best Oneshot — Second Place.

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    February 24th, 2008

    Tea Time

    Tea Time by NovemberSnow

    Summary: “Never knew werewolves were such fiends for tea.” Drabble Collection, 10 x 100 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Ten beautifully interconnected 100 word drabbles about Remus, done just the way I like ’em: perfectly. The thread that strings these moments together is thin but strong, and while each of these drabbles could stand along perfectly well, together they are even better. Fine work from a fine fic author.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus/Sirius ahoy, mates. All G-rated, mind, but definitely there nonetheless.

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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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