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    April 25th, 2008

    Stacked Against

    Stacked Against by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: At Bill and Fleur’s wedding, Ron seeks advice from the two people he knows who have faced the obstacles he thinks are in front of him, and finds that Gryffindors are nothing if not lucky in love. Oneshot, 3,889.

    Why You Should Care: Lady Bracknell takes her well-used pen — so deft at spinning Remus/Tonks — and creates a Ron/Hermione fic that is just as wonderful.  Charmingly canon characterisations paired with canny heart-to-heart discussion, plus just enough of the Remus/Tonks interaction we expect from Lady Bracknell to be the icing on the cake.  Should prove sigh-worthy for Ron/Hermione shippers and Remus/Tonks shippers alike.

    Why You Might Not Care: Written the spring before Deathly Hallows was released, and takes place at Bill and Fleur’s wedding, which in this incarnation is not crashed by Death Eaters.  Not that that’s anything close to a good enough reason.

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    April 23rd, 2008

    The Willingness to Be Duplicitous

    The Willingness to Be Duplicitous by R Grayjoy

    Note: This link currently points to a locked post in the Friends Only community Erotic Elves.   If anyone knows of an unlocked copy of this fic, please let me know so I can change the link.  It is against C&C policy to link to locked posts, and this was done so in error.

    Summary: Those who practice duplicity always suspect it in others. Oneshot, 1,200.

    Why You Should Care: This is a spin on the Founders and their breaking that I have never read before — one that intrigues me and starts to poke into my own personal canon and seed. This Rowena is as interesting a character as Salazar, if not more so, and I long to know more about the how and the why of this story.

    Why You Might Not Care: The reveal has been shrouded by a flash het sex fic that is somewhat explicit and probably NWS, but it’s all over pretty quickly, and my monitor didn’t steam over once. Not the best NC17 scene ever written by any stretch of the imagination, but since it’s not really the point (and indeed might have even distracted) it can be excused.

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    April 22nd, 2008

    Only In Ravenclaw

    Only in Ravenclaw by Apostrophet

    Summary: Friendships and fun in the Ravenclaw common room. Oneshot, 1,381.

    Why You Should Care: A fluffy little gen feature on what it might be like in the Ravenclaw common room.  Practically purposeless, but kind of neat nonetheless.  I especially love the idea of Luna deep in conversation about sex with a portrait of Yoda.  These Ravenclaws seem both similar and different than the other houses we’ve seen, which — I think — is exactly right.

    Why You Might Not Care: Pointless, other than to shed some light on the general common room feel of being a Ravenclaw.  Technically also Cho/Roger, but it’s by no means the centre of the fic.

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    April 21st, 2008

    Tumble

    Tumble by FireworkFiasco

    Summary: “There isn’t time to dream, to pretend, so she busies herself with plotting and planning and doesn’t think about caresses by the lake or how green his eyes really were.” Oneshot, 1,340.

    Why You Should Care: I’m not generally fond of Ginny-centric fics, and I think it’s because I find her character as created by Jo somewhat elusive — you think you’ve got her nailed, only to read it over and find out no, no that’s not quite right.  I can’t say that this fic will suit everyone’s vision of Ginny, but it suits mine quite nicely; what’s more, it’s been carefully and deliberately designed in four verses, each with its own theme, and the entire four part oneshot stretches itself across the expanse of Ginny’s character in Deathly Hallows.  Her transformation from child to adult is as borderless as the changing of the seasons.

    Why You Might Not Care: For whatever reason, there are some people who so detest Ginny as a character overall that they probably wouldn’t enjoy anything that featured her.

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    April 20th, 2008

    Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: The Ministry Disapproved Edition (The Liability Remix)

    Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: The Ministry Disapproved Edition (The Liability Remix) by SullenSiren (Original by Xylodemon)

    Summary: From the desk of Percival Ignatius Weasley, concerning the twins’ latest product line. Oneshot, 3,000.

    Why You Should Care: Originally written in 2006 for the Omniocular Non-Fiction Challenge, and recently remixed for Remix Redux 2006. The original was absolute fun, and the new additions in the voice of Percy compliment the original content wonderfully. Catalogue comes complete with images, pricing, order form, and sparling text! Really fantastic multi-media comedic exercise that fits well in JKR’s universe.

    Why You Might Not Care: The original was written before DH, and the remix — even though it was written post DH — has complied with that original, so suspend your canon complaints.

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    April 19th, 2008

    The Measure of a Man

    The Measure of a Man by Gilpin25

    Summary: “I’m sixteen years old and I’m in love with a girl who thinks I’m an arrogant, bullying toerag, and I don’t know how to change her mind as everything I do just makes it worse.” James Potter, who usually has all the answers, has none for this… Oneshot, 7,690.

    Why You Should Care: One of the most frustrating parts of DH for MWPP era writers was the order in which JKR presented the memories in Snape’s pensieve, suggesting in her cannon that Snape’s Worst Memory happened sometime after the Prank, which has made it difficult to track James’ character from childish, bullying tormentor to Head Boy material. This is the first fic I’ve read that addresses these events as in the order suggested by JKR and doesn’t use the Prank as the linchpin pulled in the growing up of James Potter, and it does an admiral job of tying those loose ends together into one cohesive whole. Creative, original, and very well characterised and executed on all fronts.

    Why You Might Not Care: Tired of Marauder fic yet? Boy are you at the wrong recs site…. 😉

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    April 17th, 2008

    Minutes of Order of the Phoenix Meeting, 28th June 1997

    Minutes of Order of the Phoenix Meeting, 28th June 1997 by GoogleBrat

    Summary: Even in a war, it’s important to follow procedure. Humour, 1,455 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Almost a parody and certainly a comedy, this fic will be especially wonderful to anyone who’s ever taken or read minutes in a professional setting. If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on behind that closed door during top secret Order of the Phoenix meeting, now’s your chance!

    Why You Might Not Care: Mostly pointless fluff, but the funny kind. Mocking minutes more than Harry Potter.

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    April 12th, 2008

    Weakness

    Weakness by Alyx Bradford

    Summary: “This cannot possibly end well.” Oneshot, 6,761 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a great little oneshot fiction about the coming together of the Founders that also lays the breadcrumbs of the inevitable clash between Godric and Salazar.  The characters are wonderfully three-dimensional (well… you don’t really get much out of Helga’s cameo to be fair) and the thematic elements of this fic are tied right into the centre of it.  In addition, the writing is mindful of the era this is set in, and the dialogue fits this period piece quite nicely.

    Why You Might Not Care: It doesn’t win a million points for having an original premis (the Salazar/Rowena/Godric triangle has been done plenty of times before, and I can’t help but wonder why it’s always Rowena in the centre of it — anyone got a Salazar/Helga/Godric fic laying around somewhere?) but the execution is nearly flawless.  Also, warnings for NC17 and NWS material, folks.

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    April 11th, 2008

    The Perfect Glasses

    The Perfect Glasses by Emiime

    Summary: Percy needs glasses. Luckily he’s found the perfect pair. Oneshot, 1,132 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This piece is so adorable and sad. Percy is on his way to becoming the canon character we’re familiar with, yet here, he’s still a little boy who shouldn’t have to deal with being poor. I can see this happening, and it broke my heart a little to read it. On the surface, it seems like a simple story, but the image of what the Weasleys have to go through — all the time — just hurts.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sympathetic Percy, or even the Weasleys in general, may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s alright. However, this is a short, bittersweet piece that is well worth the read.

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    April 10th, 2008

    The Taste of Love

    The Taste of Love by Playground_Love

    Summary: A short glimpse into a young woman who traveled from frivolous flings to a devouring love. She comes to see that love builds upon itself and that spiritual relationships can’t exist without the meaningless ones that came before them. Oneshot, 1,810 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Remus/Tonks from Tonks’ perspective, and it’s neither over-angsty, over-lovesick or over-pashy (if you’re not familiar with the term – I only learned it yesterday – a “pash” was a British sixties term for crushing on a teacher. Or maybe you all know it, and I’m being totally patronising. Hmm.), it’s just beautiful, sweet and a little poignant. Nice Remus, nice Tonks, beautiful imagery (I loved the idea of ‘lips like tin’). Playground_Love is known for a beautiful way with prose, without being too purply. A pleasant read.

    Why You Might Not Care: R-rated due to graphic…kissing. Basically. Also, you might hate Remus/Tonks, or it might just be too plotless for you. But otherwise, enjoy!

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    April 9th, 2008

    Platform Nine and Five-Sixteenths

    Platform Nine and Five-Sixteenths by MTFierce

    Summary: “Exceptionally Brilliant” Oneshot, 1,800 Words.

    Why You Should Care: An “Exceptionally Brilliant”, “Rather Creative” character piece on Luna that occasionally “Needs Direction”.  For people who never quite understood why Luna is in Ravenclaw, I think you’ll find quite some of that answer here.  I love the shifting focus of this piece, the way it free-flow follows thoughts and threads until they connect with other interesting ideas.  The form of this is very true to Luna’s character, I think, and I particularly enjoyed Luna’s thoughts on language and the importance of using the right word to capture the right idea.  This fic wanders and meanders, but in a wonderful Luna-type way.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic wanders and meanders.  The punctuation and sentence composition is sometimes needlessly excessive and occasionally confusing.  Despite containing a lot of variation, the use of sentences that are either unusually choppy or complex inhibits the flow of this piece and sometimes feels distinctly un-Luna.  It also contains not-quite subtle hints of Neville/Ginny and Harry/Luna.

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    April 6th, 2008

    All Those Empty Spaces

    All Those Empty Spaces by JackieJLH

    Summary: She never noticed all the empty spaces in her life until they started to fill up with memories. Oneshot, 2,202 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an absolutely fantastic character piece on Petunia that sketches her character as well as her thoughts on many other characters, which is often just as revealing.  The language is just completely amazing, and the whole thing reads like a drabble in the way that every word has been carefully crafted to fit with all the other words — nothing is out of place or extraneous.  Petunia is in a place where there is nothing for her to do but think, and while her thoughts stray far and wide there is a thematic cohesion to them that makes me sigh.

    Why You Might Not Care: I often run out of witty things to say here when I have nothing of value to say here.  I was tempted to just leave it blank….

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    April 5th, 2008

    Curiousity

    Curiousity by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus has always been curious about Lily Evans, but kept his distance. Now, he wants to do nothing of the sort. Oneshot, 2,183 Words.

    Why You Should Care: No one makes me love the Remus/Lily pairing as much as Lady Bracknell does. Even though the idea of Lily cheating on James makes me all sad inside, I love this despite that. Somehow Lady Bracknell manages to make this infidelity the right choice for the characters and the situation, like a necessary aside rather than a moral detour. Neither of them regret it, and somehow neither do I. It’s cathartic for them, I think; it wouldn’t have been worse to continue to let their feelings be unfelt forever.

    Why You Might Not Care: If James/Lily infidelity makes you weep, maybe steer clear. It’s rated R for sex, but it all seems fairly worksafe to me.

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    April 4th, 2008

    When September Comes Again

    When September Comes Again by AuntBijou

    Summary: Life comes full circle for everyone, even Muggles.  Oneshot, 1,222 Words.

    Why You Should Care: These sorts of genfics are always fantastic.  It includes exactly zero canon characters, yet is completely canon, and it just warms your heart right up.  Original characters and ideas written like this are why I love fanfiction as much as I do.  It’s lovely to see that someone else thinks about those Muggles that live their lives so close to the magical world that they must be at least a little aware of it, even though they’ll never be a part of it.

    Why You Might Not Care: I can’t think of a single reason.

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    March 31st, 2008

    Nothing a Good Imperius Wouldn’t Solve

    Nothing a Good Imperius Wouldn’t Solve by Afterthree

    Summary: “Snape has nearly gotten used to dealing with the darkness creeping sullenly through the back of his head.” The tempting of Severus Snape. Oneshot, 1,562 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Anything I put here will look pretty arrogant, eh? Rec’d in a couple of other places and the winner of an Hourglass Award, so I think it’s above board to put it up here.

    Why You Might Not Care: Have shamelessly rec’d my own work, and you may all boo and hiss at your leisure.

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

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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 28th, 2008

    All The Pretty Horses

    All The Pretty Horses by RedShoesOn

    Summary: Perhaps she’s created this place in her mind, the way they used to say she made up Wrackspurts and Nargles. Angst/Oneshot, 2,284 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Darkly mad Luna works so much better than I want it to. This is not how the story ends, but yet nothing about it makes me wrinkle my nose in disbelief; instead, I hear ‘please, no’ echoing in my head. It’s just so well done; a little frightening, but a perfect example of skillfully executed angsty darkfic.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, it’s clearly AU, as we know that Luna lives to marry Rolf Scamander and have lovely little babies with dreadful names. But if you can stomach alternate endings, and dark and twisted ones at that, this beautifully crafted piece is worth your time. It will tug at your heartstrings.

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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 22nd, 2008

    Sirius Black, Super Genius

    Sirius Black, Super Genius by Mistful

    Summary: “A few weeks later with Valentine’s Day drawing inexorably nearer, it began to dawn on Remus that this did not appear to be one of the daydreams Sirius toyed with and then forgot about, like the time he wanted Dumbledore and McGonagall to get married and have superchildren.”  Humour, 8,953 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I have no solid understanding of the precise agreed-upon meaning of the term “crackfic”, but if I had to describe what the word means to me, I would probably use this fic as Exhibit A.  And B.  Also C through Z.  This is one of those fics that zig-zags so violently across the line between comedy and parody that it becomes its own beast.  It’s completely over the top while still somehow managing to have a solid foundation under all that crack; this one doesn’t just bring the clichés, it practically invents new ones.  I can’t decide if Mistful is a genius or completely Sirius-Black insane.  Probably both.

    Why You Might Not Care: I suppose it all depends on what you define as crackfic and whether or not you like crackfic.  I put forth only that in reading this I managed on several occasions to force hot tea through my nose in an attempt not to choke on my own laughter.

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