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    December 23rd, 2007

    Ghosts

    Ghosts by Andromeda

    Summary: After he husband dies, Andromeda takes a last walk through the Nobel and Most Ancient House of Black, finding nothing but dust and nostalgia and a few unburied ghosts. Oneshot, 1,687 Words.

    Why You Should Care: No matter how much Andromeda does not regret abandoning the Black family name, there’s something about the connection of the family we are born into that can’t be forgotten. This is a sad piece about remembering where you came from just because you have to, and about the power our family has over us even after they’re gone. The structure of this piece drew me right in; the hand off of dialogue to narrative — from past to present — and back again is expertly handled, and it adds so much to an already excellent piece. The fragile connection between the last remaining Blacks at the end is especially lovely.

    Why You Might Not Care: Heck if I know.

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    December 22nd, 2007

    Almost

    Almost by AuroraWest

    Summary: George returns to 93 Diagon Alley for the first time since the Battle of Hogwarts. Oneshot, 1,471 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Yes, yes: it’s another post DH George fic.  I’m reccing this specifically because I think the author does a very good job with George’s character in a way most other ‘George mourns the loss of Fred’ fics don’t, which is by way of saying that some of the twin’s delightful sense of humour manages to shine through his sadness.  At its core it’s quite sad, but there are moments where George is still George, despite having lost Fred, and that’s a hard thing to find in this kind of fic.  In retrospect, this is probably the most accurate portrayal of George I’ve read: life goes on, whether we want it to or not and whether we think it is or not, and sometimes the only way you can tell is the cracking of an inappropriate joke or the reality of dirty underwear.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sometimes it’s a little too much in George’s head, if you know what I mean.  Some of what we are told about what’s going on in George’s mind isn’t necessary, and I think those sections could have been cut, either to make a tighter story overall or to spend more time on the character study here that makes this fic unique.

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    December 19th, 2007

    Lacuna

    Lacuna by Andromeda311

    Summary: After Azkaban, Sirius steals a puzzle and starts trying to put himself back together. It’s harder than he expected. Oneshot, 1,377 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Writing Sirius freshly out of Azkaban is no easy task, but trust Andromeda311 to get it right. The metaphor she draws to putting together a puzzle of a familiar picture is keenly affecting, and the immense feeling of personal desolation and emptiness is portrayed without purple prose or sentiment. The message that sometimes leaving behind torture is harder than being tortured is indeed a wise one. A sensitive and brilliant character study.

    Why You Might Not Care: Can’t think of a single reason. Don’t you hate it when I say that?

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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.

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    December 17th, 2007

    All Our Tomorrows

    All Our Tomorrows by Sandrine

    Summary: Glimpses of Rose, over the years: she doesn’t know it yet, but it was always going to happen like this. Oneshot, 4,697 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s amazing how quickly ships can arise in a fandom after what amounts to a glorified list of names.  The last chapter of Deathly Hallows has spawned more pairings (both plausible and outlandish) than any other single chapter, and because we don’t know anything about these characters other than their parentage, it’s much easier to allow for “anything goes”.  Scorpius/Rose has become a nice outlet for the closet (and not-so-closet) Draco/Hermione shippers, and this, at least, I don’t find that unbelievable.  Life has a way of working out just this way sometimes.  The interaction between Rose and Draco is particularly on-model, I think.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s a largely generic xxx/yyy ship fic with a few moments of character commentary, and while the writing is of good quality, it won’t blow your mind.  It pokes and prods at a family’s private stereotypes, but probably not nearly as much as it should.

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    December 15th, 2007

    The Birthday Boy

    The Birthday Boy by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: On his seventeenth birthday, Teddy Lupin is forced to face a message from beyond the grave, and a cake with his face on it. It was enough to make anyone hide at the bottom of the garden. Oneshot, 4,482 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another Lady Bracknell fic. Really, I probably should stop reccing her at some point, but she just has this impossible plethora of fantastic stories and I can’t help myself. This is mostly about Teddy, and a little about Harry, and a lot about the similarities between the two, which is just as JKR intended. Harry knows more about what it’s like to be Teddy than perhaps Teddy realizes, and it’s easy to see why these two characters would connect without trying. Lovely.

    Why You Might Not Care: Another Lady Bracknell fic. So, while I can’t really think of a good reason, it’s possible y’all are just sick of being pointed at the same person. Ah well.

    Note: So late today do to chaos of the “my internet isn’t working” fashion. In the end, I walked to a friend’s house and used his internet for fear of missing a day (horrors!). Let’s just say, this is not a good day for this to have happened…. *sigh*

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    December 14th, 2007

    To Dwell In Dreams

    To Dwell In Dreams by Snorkackcatcher

    Summary: There is a danger in dwelling on past mistakes. Drabble, 1,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: These two men are not so different, really; both chased power and chose the wrong ally, and both paid in someone else’s blood. For all its redeeming qualities, love can be a hard, merciless master, and broken hearts often stay that way long after they should have healed. This is a melancholy piece where Albus Dumbledore struggles to heed his own advice, and it has been written without fanfare and with a mindful nod to subtlety. This is a prime example of the adege “show, don’t tell”.

    Why You Might Not Care: We don’t garner much from this we didn’t already know, I suppose, but sometimes it’s worthwhile just to walk the path and take note of it. This is a brief and quiet walk through familiar territory. Not really remarkable, except in its execution.

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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 12th, 2007

    Nothing But Fighting

    Nothing But Fighting by Bratanimus

    Summary: “Merlin, why hadn’t James told him how much fun fighting Lily was?” Oneshot, 4,128 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s hard to write action. I mean, it’s really, really hard to write action. And while Bratanimus doesn’t go so far as to sweep you up blow-by-blow as perhaps I might secretly wish, she does make the attempt to deal with Wizard Dueling as a fighting style unique to the wizard, and — in tandem with her always spot-on character portraits — gives us a quick little commentary on our favorite Marauders under fire. Particularly featured are Sirius and Remus, and what a delightful contrast they are to each other too; we see in these quick exchanges and Remus’ inner dialogue how Remus might have lived so long and why Sirius might have died that night at the Ministry. As always, Bratanimus is a treat to read.

    Why You Might Not Care: There could have been a little more action and a little less inner dialogue from Remus, I think. More than anything else, I think Bratanimus meant this to be a bit of a Remus/Lily interlude (which it is) and so we spend a little too much time in Remus’ head. Internal dialogue and character work is the safe place for fanfiction authors, and who can blame us since writing action is (as previously mentioned) a son-of-a-bitch, but Bratanimus has the chops and I really think we could have had just as much character work done more subtly if she had featured the action sequence a little more strongly. She glozes over the meatiest part of the duel in a mere paragraph of past-tense description, right where I longed for a physical climax. I really wanted to be in Remus’ shoes in this one the whole way through, not just told about Remus’ shoes.

    Thanks To: Alice Lay (Tassee1) for this rec.

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    December 11th, 2007

    So You Want To Go To Hogwarts?

    So You Want To Go To Hogwarts? by Hijja

    Summary: So you want to go to Hogwarts? You’ve heard all about magic, the wizarding world, fantastic beasts, wondrous sports and adventure? Well, let me introduce you to the things that don’t make it into the advertisement brochure…. Oneshot, 2,962 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a very frank and cynical look at what it could realistically mean to be a Muggleborn at Hogwarts.  Hijja approaches to concept honestly, her nameless protagonist considering in retrospect what it was like to be taken from one world and thrown into another.  Brilliant characterisation and extrapolation, and the observations about Dumbledore at the end are particularly powerful and lend themselves very, very well with the Machiavellian Headmaster JKR constructed with the addition of Deathly Hallows.  A story about young people lured by magic and used as front-line cannon fodder.  Extremely clever.

    Why You Might Not Care: This isn’t really about a character, specifically.  It’s more about a concept and a set of like experiences shared by Muggleborns.  It’s more commentary than plot, and while it seems this topic would naturally lean toward parody, Hijja keeps a firm hand on her subject matter and — while it occasional finds the humourous — it never once sidesteps into mockery.

    Thanks To: Lisa Hubbler, who sent me this rec quite a while ago.

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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 9th, 2007

    Where We Start From

    Where We Start From by Allie_Meril

    Summary: The war ends for everyone. Oneshot, 1,200 Words.

    Guest Rec’d By: Kali (thirty2flavors)

    Why You Should Care: What I might like most about this is the characters that allie_meril uses; there are lots of “Sirius when the Potters die” fics and “Remus when the Potters die” fics, but there are few that cover this range of characters and with such stunning brevity. The addition of OCs in this piece is a brilliant one — we see the war as it affected other people, those not on the front-lines of the Order, and it’s a refreshing view of the First War that is rarely seen. The writing itself is concise and eloquent, and the allusions to poetry that start off each section aren’t so bad, either. The scene at the Burrow is, I think, particularly brilliant.

    Why You Might Not Care: This doesn’t deal too heavily with the first characters that might spring to mind: there’s no Remus, no Peter, only the barest sign of Snape and most of the Order, and in their place are a handful of names we’ve never met. At first read I found the OCs were a little name-heavy — referring to other OCs that are never met — but if you can keep track of them it’s well worth it.

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    December 7th, 2007

    Lonely Let the Flowers Grow

    Lonely Let the Flowers Grow by PumpkinPasty

    Summary: “Longbottom,” Professor Sprout says wearily, “there is a time for fighting, and there is a time for waiting to fight. Right now is not the former.” Oneshot, 2,408 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s the calm before the storm, and sometimes waiting on the edge of disaster is more difficult a thing than being right in the thick of it. There’s an anxious, helpless suspense in waiting for the wave to break: you can see it coming, in the distance, closer now than it was before, but still far enough off that to brace yourself for it is a waste of energy. This fic captures some of that sentiment well, focusing on the three other major characters involved in the war who are waiting to be called upon and probably all wish they could be out helping Harry along with Ron and Hermione just so they don’t feel so helpless. The characterisation of Neville and Luna are particularly well done, and this author manages to capture Luna’s voice without making it feel forced or overly prophetic. I think this is meant to be a Neville/Luna, and there’s a little ship service right at the end, but I think the fic holds up very well as a general piece.

    Why You Might Not Care: I wish the thematic elements of this fic were a little tighter and a little more focused. I think the author meant it to be a simple story about how Neville, Luna and Ginny decided to start up the DA again, but the strongest sections are the ones that focus more on the helpless attempt to find something — anything — to do while they wait. This author has real talent, and I think she would have done a more thematic piece very well.

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    December 5th, 2007

    The Hidden Room

    The Hidden Room by Dilly

    Summary: Percy used to tell them stories about The Burrow. Oneshot, 1,495 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because it’s lovely, sweet, and themeful, that’s why. Aside from brilliant characterisations of Percy (who is making the not-quite-so-easy transition back into his family) and Ron (who is still fresh from fighting a war), there’s also an acknowledgement of The Burrow itself as a character. Through Percy, Dilly weaves a rich and colourful mythology for The Burrow and the Weasleys, breathing a whole new life into the concept of home and family. Between the personification of The Burrow, the subtleties in Percy’s character, the unsensationalised dealing with Fred’s death, and the overall high standard of writing, this is a completely unique oneshot you shouldn’t miss.

    Why You Might Not Care: I just said you shouldn’t miss it. *points*

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    December 4th, 2007

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You by EverBlue3

    Summary: “I guess, given the significance of all you represent, I expected you to be heavier.” Sirius’s initial thoughts following Harry’s birth. Oneshot, 1,657 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s such a truth, artless and open, about this fic. Harry’s birth, even before he Lived, was such a momentous occasion — the tortured passions of war projected in something innocent and fragile — and in Sirius’ mind here we see the thoughts and feelings of the time. It’s sweet and sad and all the fears and worries coming pouring out to this child: not in an exaggerated way, but with true depth of character. We see everything Sirius hides and we see everything Sirius can’t bring himself to think, let alone say. And yet behind it all is the echo, the shadow, the style with that arrogance and that teenage playfulness that we all know and love. There’s so much being said, and yet there’s still a real, definable character in there. EverBlue3 lets us truly understand how it must have felt to hold the child, to feel its pulse and know its importance.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not really sure. It’s sweet and sad and a little bit funny, and I reckon there’s something here for most people.

    Apologies: Again, this is late, I’m sorry. Let me explain: if I don’t have time to post the rec the night before I email myself the link and the story summary and write them at school. Occasionally I have an issue at school (such as, today, the computer rooms were all closed for software trials) and I have to do it when I get home. I don’t abandon you, I swear!

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    December 3rd, 2007

    The Boy Who Lived

    The Boy Who Lived by PigWithHair

    Summary: Set many years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry is asked to reflect. Oneshot, 4,962 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If it’s a difficult thing for a fanfiction writer to track back a character and write them significantly younger than they are in the source material, then it’s probably even more difficult to extrapolate them far forward in time into old age. Old people aren’t the easiest characters for fanfic writers to wrap their heads around (probably because most of us are under 30 and still quite young ourselves), and in a lot of cases we end up with a character that doesn’t feel old enough. This fic ages Harry and Ginny (and Ron as well) very nicely and very realistically: they are cranky, crotchety, temperamental and nostalgic. They move like seniors, they talk like seniors, and they sound like seniors. Their interaction with the younger generation captures that certain “when I was your age we walked to school in waist deep snow uphill both ways” without leaning too heavily on cliches or abandoning JKR’s original character. This is a character piece on Harry as he reflects on a life lived and the things and the people we take for granted. Superbly good.

    Why You Might Not Care: Ginny might be a touch too cranky for some people, but old age makes grumps of us all. Harry’s perfect.

    Awards: December 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

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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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    December 1st, 2007

    Two Lights Above the Sea

    Two Lights Above the Sea by V.M. Bell

    Summary: Narcissa Black’s wedding day is filled with doubt. Oneshot, 1,540 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Lucius Malfoy has picked his side in the war, and Narcissa Black calculates the risk of becoming a widow too soon after she becomes a wife.  She is tempted — and reasonably so — to abandon the life and love she has chosen with Lucius in favour of something safer, something not so precariously balanced on the edge of a knife.  Bell does fairly well getting into Narcissa’s head in this time and place, and of honouring her character and the relationship between Narcissa and Lucius, and when she does so with a poetic twist of phrase is where this fic really shines.

    Why You Might Not Care: The dialogue between Narcissa and Lucius is a little flat, to be honest.  I would have preferred a little more of the character we see in the narrative injected into the dialogue for a little more “show, don’t tell”, but what’s there does do the job.  There are also a couple of places where the sentence structure could have been made less awkward with the use of some higher level punctuation.  Over all, I get the sense that the author of this fic is pushing at her limits a little bit, but trying to be better at something you love should never be considered a bad thing.

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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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