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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 17th, 2008

    A Ribbon of Black

    A Ribbon of Black by _YourGoodbyes

    Summary:Silly girl, she thinks, an utterly incomplete thought.” Oneshot, 2,547 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic makes me sigh.  At its heart it’s a series of drabbles tied together as a series of memories in a time of profound loss for one, Andromeda Tonks, and by now we all know how much I love well-done drabbles, so this rec should come as no surprise.  This also gives a slightly different version of the Andromeda/Ted situation at the end of their final school year that I have not read before and had never thought of before, but now that I have I’m quite completely in love with the idea.

    Why You Might Not Care: Nitpickers should know that Dolohov’s age might not fit with canon, but that’s only for those hardcore nitpickers (you know who you are).  Other than that, if you like nearly-poetic stories, drabbles, or fics about Andromeda (you know who you are, too), then you’ll like this for sure.

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    February 16th, 2008

    Once Upon a Time, In Winter

    Once Upon a Time, In Winter by CatFoxBird

    Summary: He had to see her, just once more. Oneshot, 1,923 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m not really sure, actually, except that there’s something about it I quite like.  Maybe it’s the mixing of unrequited romance and creepiness that suits Snape’s character, and how — for a little while — his motives and plans for that night are seriously in question, and it feels like the story might move into darkfic territory in a hurry.  Wonderful tension that breaks on the lighter side.

    Why You Might Not Care: I probably would have liked this fic even more if it had moved into darkfic territory, because there is serious potential to dive head-first into some obviously dark themes.  It would have been a different story, though.  And probably a different character.

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    February 15th, 2008

    The Hours

    The Hours by Virginia_Bell

    Summary: It all weighs upon her like the gold of her locket upon her neck and the gold is like twisted iron. She has tried before but she cannot take it off. Oneshot, 1,078 Words.

    Why You Should Care: When I read this, first time, I believe that my mouth was hanging open. This is so good. It’s beautiful, almost like poetry, and yet hints at such darkness and pain. It’s frightening and morbid and I can’t stop re-reading it. The formatting only makes me love it more — in the words of a reviewer, ‘the fractured style reflects her fractured thoughts’. So worth your read.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is about the life of Merope Gaunt, before she reached out and tried to take her fate into her own hands; some might not care. It’s dark and hints at incest; some might not like. Also, it’s quite stylistic, which irks some people but only makes me like the piece more.

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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 11th, 2008

    A Brief History of a Beautiful Friendship

    A Brief History of a Beautiful Friendship by Gingeraled

    Summary: “That’s when you decided you had to keep her close by. She was a Weasley and a Gryffindor, and a half-blood at that (which only really mattered when you were speaking to Grandfather) but she had managed to beat a Malfoy.” Oneshot, 2,489 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A lot of authors have jumped into giving the next generation whatever personality they see fit, but I love Gingeraled’s Scorpius Malfoy. He’s breaking away from his family’s legacy, but is still so… Malfoy. Rose Weasley is good as well. This isn’t a long and well-developed romance, but it does lead up to the point without throwing it at you incongruously. One of the best versions of this pairing that I’ve seen.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s next gen, it’s Scorpius/Rose; you might not be into that kind of thing. It’s fluffy; you might not be into that kind of thing. Also, there’s a little bit of PG-13 talk for about four lines which just… doesn’t seem to fit with the fairly innocent tone of the rest of the piece. However, that’s brief, and not nearly enough to offset the entire fic.

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    February 9th, 2008

    41 Random Facts About James Potter

    41 Random Facts About James Potter by Xylodemon

    Summary: A few things James thinks you ought to know.  41 is an odd number, but that’s precisely the number of things James was willing to talk about. Oneshot, 2,200 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It says 41 Random Facts and the setup is a listfic, but in actuality, this is more fic than list, and each point segways easily into the next.  This, I feel, is how listfics should really be done: with more emphasis on the word fic than list.  Xylodemon’s take on James is really quite excellent, and the portrait she paints of him is all-ecompassing in only 41 verses.  Very well done, and better than your average listfic.

    Why You Might Not Care: There might be slash connotations dropped in here or there, but by and large they’re either not there at all or almost missable.  Scratching this fic off the list because of that would be an error, in my opinion.

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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 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 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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