Fic Recommendation

Fic Recommendation

In case anyone hasn't found it yet, I recommend "Shut and Be a Bud Again" by MinistryMalcontent on SIYE. I admit that I haven't found time to read the latest two chapters (they're nicely long), but the first four were excellent. The author, at least so far, is examining wizarding society and history in the context of a canon-compliant post-DH story. The interactions between H & G are not necessarily fluffy, but they're honest and they feel real without delving into the swamp of irrational angst. I also enjoy the Weasley parents in this story. They're not as inherently antagonistic as they are in MoO, but they're not cushy idealisms, either.

Here's the link.

Dave


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Thanks for the rec; I

Thanks for the rec; I finally got around to reading it.

Any more out there?

I would recommend reading

I would recommend reading Backwards With Purpose.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4101650/1/Backward_With_Purpose

Its an AU redo story.


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Re: fic recommends

Dave beat me to the punch with "Shut and be a Bud Again". I've just recommended it to a couple of friends.

I will add my 2 cents (or is that Knuts ) worth though and add one of my picks--"Protection" by Princess Potter. It's available on both SIYE and and HarryPotterFanfic (sorry, don't have the links handy). It's just about the best HP romantic, suspense thriller I've seen. It certainly has enough plot twists to keep anyone happy and has just won a "Dobby" Award on HPFF.

The only drawback is the long time between updates (not a problem any of us on this site are used to is it? ;) But with 17 lo-o-ong chapters already posted, the story, which starts a bit slow and then really gains speed, seems to be approaching it's climax.

Miri

Re: Protection

By the way, Parakletos, since "Protection" is an intense Harry/Ginny story with a sort of "them against the world" theme, it should be right up your alley.
Miri

seconds all around

I agree re: Protection and Backwards with Purpose. I'm not quite caught up on Protection, and I'm working my way through BwP on ff.net.

Another one that's worth checking out is Antosha's Friends (on SIYE). It's in the very tame category of his works, thankfully. He's writing it as a series of one-shots, each of which has a separate theme, but they do fit together. There are some excellent characterizations here and there, and some quite original treatments of tertiary characters.

Intense? I'll give you "intense"...and also "insane"...

You want to try getting your head around "Phantom Limb":

A young man realizes he's been the victim of a prophecy. He struggles to make sense of his place in an unfamiliar world. Sound familiar? Nothing's familiar to this young man. Nothing except his aunt Arthur.

This is one of those stories where saying almost anything will spoil something. Let me put it this way: by the end of the third chapter, the only character who has been given their precisely-correct canonical name is someone who is a very pleasant surprise.

It features some wonderful dialogue, and some descriptions which defy description. The author has a command of the language which doesn't merely make it walk to heel, it fetches your slippers and pipe without being asked.

I'm pretty keen to start on

I'm pretty keen to start on Phantom Limb, but everyone says that it's something of an adventure to read. Given that, I keep hoping it will be finished so that I can tackle the adventure all at once. My willpower may fade away sooner than that, though.

Some other stories I

Some other stories I recommend:

Beginnings and Endings ( http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/series.php?seriesid=120 )
James is able to raise Harry.

The name is Potter Black! series
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3175092/1/First_day_of_classes
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3673549/1/The_name_is_Potter_Black
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4048395/1/Life_goes_on

Remus convinces Dumbledore to push for a trail for Sirius shortly after Sirius gets sent to Azkaban. Once Sirius recovered from his stay in Azkaban, he won custody of Harry after a legal battle with Dumbledore.

For the cub ( http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3767282/1/For_the_cub )
Remus convinces Dumbledore around Christmas of 1981 to only allow Harry to spend just enough time with the Dursleys to renew the wards. The rest of the time, him and Remus live in an apartment and are friends with the Weasleys.


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By the same author of

By the same author of "Backwards With Purpose" (Deadwoodpecker), my new find is "Here Comes The Sun."

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4464089/1/Here_Comes_the_Sun

All the chapter titles are from Beatles songs (or a variation of it) One chapter is Ginny in the Sky.

The subject matter is very tricky to write about, and she took a risk. It worked.

A few more recommendations

I agree with Here Comes the Sun, it is a really good story so far. It deals with rape and recovery, and I generally dislike any fanfic that has rape as a character driver, but the author is actually a quite good character writer.

I don't agree with Backward with Purpose. I think it was the R/Hr relationship that bothered me, since Ron is 30ish mentally and Hr is like 13 when their relationship starts.

Another couple fics that have a great deal of promise:

Unbreakable Vow on SIYE
Brighter than Sunshine by HGfan1111 on SIYE (I really like Seeking the Silver and Learning to Fly as well)

- A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
Ayn Rand - The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 (pb 93)

I've heard many

I've heard many recommendations for Here Comes the Sun so far. They ranged from casual mentions to singing praises. That being said, I'm going to skip it. I'm sure most of you have seen my thoughts on that topic. And one glance at the next to last chapter on FF.net was enough to cement my decision about skipping it.

Unbreakable Vow, I agree with.

Not much use from me in this thread. All the fics I'd actually recommend are already mentioned, and I'm fresh out of fanfic to read. Besides, last time I tried recommending something... Well, Dave knows how that turned out.

At the moment, I'm trying to decide which fic I could re-read without being disappointed with it.

"I don't agree with Backward

"I don't agree with Backward with Purpose. I think it was the R/Hr relationship that bothered me, since Ron is 30ish mentally and Hr is like 13 when their relationship starts."

That's one thing that disturbs me about these stories where someone sends their mind backwards in time. I think the worst on is Erasing the Future. Its a good story if you ignore the fact that Harry is mentally 20 something and has shared a bed with Ginny several times in the story. The first time is when she is like 5 years old... Now that is just wrong (even more so considering in the future Harry is from, she was his wife).


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Re: you might like this

Melkior and others--you might try taking a look at Kurinoone's work on ff.net. She's got the best Dark!Harry (well sort of dark) story I've seen and given that I normally avoid such stories, that's saying something. I took what I intended to be a brief glance and got sucked into the story.

She took one point in time--rather than see James and Lily killed, Peter/Wormtail kidnaps baby Harry and takes him to Voldemort. The writer does a very good job of showing/exploring the changes in events and many lives that this one act brings about. Pretty good character development, more or less canon relationships and, since she's on her 2nd long sequel--lots to read. She's also a very regular poster--usually every 8-14 days.

Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I quite enjoyed it.

BWP & Recs

I'll post a bit about Backward with Purpose. I really liked pretty much the entire story, except for one element. For those that haven't read it yet, I won't spoil it for you, but here is it in general terms. At some point in the later portions of the story, a new character is introduced. He's actually been around since the first chapter of the story, but you (sort of) get to meet him in the later portions of the story, and he shows up in a big way at the end.

My problem with the story is this character. The character's purpose, to me, seemed only to intentionally add complexity to the plotline, and provide the means for a sequel/companion story, but without - for me - actually enhancing the quality of the plotline. At the very end of BwP when this character is more fully revealed, all it really left me doing was scratching my head and wondering to myself "Why?" That said, I liked the story overall and more than enough to ignore the bit that bothered me. Here Comes the Sun, as others have mentioned, is also good.

I have difficulty adding my own, unique recs to this thread because since I've hung out (mostly silently) around this group for a while I know mots of you have either already read or wrote-yourself lots of the fics I enjoy. I'll put a rec out there, though, regardless of that. Arabella's Not As a Last Resort is a short little R/Hr piece written ages ago, and has Ron written the way I enjoy most - rough, but essentially good hearted and quite loyal to his friends.

Here is your link: http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=816&chapno=1

Even though the character is

Even though that character is introduced in the dialog in the middle of Backwards With Purpose, you don't actually meet them until the last few chapters.


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I don't remember any

I don't remember any restriction on fic recs (I did not look very hard) so here are a couple of non-H/G fics. If they are not allowed, delete this post :)

The Power of the Press
Status: Completed on Wednesday 12th March 2008 6:41am
Rating: Mature - Roughly equivalent to an R rating in the US or a 18 rating in the UK.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Year: Year 4 and beyond
Word Count: 222,991
Chapters: 9
Summary:

Albus had plans for Harry, so does Sirius. Two Marauders and the son of a third pull the greatest hoax ever on the wizarding world. A love story that spans the world, magic journals and pranks. Harry says no and rocks British Wizarding Society to it's foundations. Harry/Hermione, AU, No DH, No HBP. No Calories, Batteries not included.

URL: http://bobmin.fanficauthors.net/The_Power_of_the_Press/index.php

It's Harry/Hermione, starting with GoF. Bobmin's other works are quite interesting as well. Since this is rated Mature, it might require registration to the site, I'm not sure.

Living with Danger
Status: Completed on Wednesday 1st February 2006 11:13pm
Rating: Teens - Roughly equivalent to a PG13 rating in the US or a 12 or 12A rating in the UK.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Year: Pre-Hogwarts AU
Word Count: 202,540
Chapters: 50
Summary: First in the Danger series. What if Harry Potter had not just father figures, but mother figures as well? What if he had siblings? And what about Hermione Granger, or Draco Malfoy? Would they have been different with a different family? What if Sirius Black had a girlfriend named Aletha, his fellow Beater and constant verbal sparring partner? And what if Remus Lupin, one gray March day about five months after his world fell apart, met a woman named Danger who knew things that would change his life forever? Features Weasleys and Luna Lovegood in later chapters.

URL: http://whydoyouneedtoknow.fanficauthors.net/Living_with_Danger/index.php

I'm not sure if this series needs an introduction, but there you go :) There are several OCs that become very important as the series goes on, but they don't steal the screentime from the canon characters. Very fun series, and quite long and enjoyable. Last one in the series is being updated pretty constantly.

And for a final recommendation, Abraxan's Refiner's Fire. Most of you SHOULD know of this one, so I won't bother posting links. It can be found on ff.net and FFA, and probably SIYE and other places as well.

Chris

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The more people I meet, the more I like my cat

I think you can recommend

I think you can recommend any pairing as long as you note that it isn't canon. That way, those who want to avoid them can do so easily.

'I think you can recommend

'I think you can recommend any pairing as long as you note that it isn't canon. That way, those who want to avoid them can do so easily.'

Any pairing? Really? That has me wondering if the site is also for any pairing as well.

Nope. Canon pairings

Nope. Canon pairings only.

Or as the FAQ says:

Metafic does not require any shipping in posted stories. When used, romantic relationships must match those in canon. They should either match canon during the story’s timeframe (i.e. Harry and Cho during part of OotP), or they should ultimately match JKR’s established permanent relationships. For the site’s purposes, “canon” refers only to material contained in the seven novels; the information revealed in JKR’s interviews, articles, and other sources need not be considered canon. The site admins reserve the right to change this policy.

ok ....

.... I'll learn to read.

I had stuff at Wizard Tales in the early days there but removed it when it became open to any pairing.

Actually, as parings go,

Actually, as parings go, it's quite simple for me. H/G. Anything else, I couldn't care less about it.

(But a phrase like that one would look a bit strange in the official rules/FAQ :) )

Actually, as parings go, it's quite simple for me. H/G

same here but it you had wrote

My Gaff My Rules, that would have sufficed ;)

'By the way, Parakletos,

'By the way, Parakletos, since "Protection" is an intense Harry/Ginny story with a sort of "them against the world" theme, it should be right up your alley.'

You're probably right, as i have read it :)

Another Recommendation

I ran across this story a few months ago.

The Natural Animagus
Summary: Harry is sent to the Dursleys, but due to a natural proclivity for cat animagus transformations, goes to live with the kneazles at Mrs. Figg's a few weeks before he is 2 years old. He spends years as a kneazle, before his association with Ginny Weasley.
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4183350/1/The_Natural_Animagus

The story is fairly well written, but I really like what the author has done in creating the Kneazle social/pack/society structure as well as the more developed wizarding world that the author has created. The story moves quickly, and it has a very original Harry and the relationship with Ginny starts out in a very original manner as well.

-Jonathan

- A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
Ayn Rand - The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 (pb 93)

"The story is fairly well

"The story is fairly well written"

Except for the fact that the author has misspelled the name of the first chapter lol

What, you've never been to

What, you've never been to 'Surry'?

I hear it's 'lovly' there this time of year.

Take

Take Control
http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=11709
"It's the summer before Harry's 6th year, and Harry is wracked with grief. But what happens when Harry makes a vow to himself to take control of his life? Harry's life takes a sharp turn when he gets an unexpected visitor one night who helps him on his way."

Excellent little story, its an AU that diverges from canon just after OotP. I suggest it to anyone. Well written overall. Only slight problem is in the beginning I believe the author lacks a beta in the early chapters. But later on they seem to gain one later on.

'What, you've never been to

'What, you've never been to 'Surry'?'

To be fair to the author I did read on. Some good ideas but it does read like a summary of a story rather than the finished article.

So original but needs work.

Agreed. Good and fun ideas,

Agreed. Good and fun ideas, but I just couldn't get into the story. I'll still keep my eye on it just to see where it goes.

I'll admit that the first

I'll admit that the first chapters are rough. The author is writing for the first time, and she makes some very blatant mistakes, however, it does improve the further I get into it. And when I see improvement and someone trying, i am generally impressed and stick with it despite any of my usual pet peeves appearing.

- A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
Ayn Rand - The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 (pb 93)

Just delightful

I'm enthralled by "Vires, Veneratio, Diligo" on SIYE (http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=128042) which is a rewrite of the same author's earlier one-shot "In You I Trust" (http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127862) which was written for the First Week Challenge back in February.

Because every now and again, something that isn't supposed to happen... does. Every now and again it turns out that Fate is paying attention. And sometimes, just sometimes, She even listens. There are times, after all, when Fate just owes you one, and wishes do come true.

It's a redo fic with an interesting twist which I won't spoil you on. What I can say is that I liked the one-shot and the expanded version is even better. What's really quite exciting is that it's tagged "Part I" which hopefully means there's going to be loads more of it!

Backward yet Forward

Alianne, or DeadWoodpecker now I suppose, did some very interesting things with BWP. I'm not about to claim it's prefect in prose or plot, but on the whole, I thought it was very well done.

The setting prior to BWP was that a few no-name authors did some 'redo' fic efforts, and then MaxFic nailed the first substantial redo fic with Power of Time or some such. This then spawned many knock-offs, but the common theme was not to delve into the deep issues that such fics necessarily *should* carry with them. In one sense, MaxFic was the defining fic for a year or two.

Then, along came Viridian, and his NoFP work. Regardless of how you may feel about the fic, you can't help but admire how he really got into those issues that the realm of redo fics had glossed over or given very weak attention. This is not to slight those prior authors, but merely an acknowledgement that before Viridian, no one looked into those dark corners that a key character that does the time travel must by needs feel. NoFP began posting about a year after MaxFic's work was complete; the two-year estimate is the time for Viridian's popularity to surge and imitations to begin.

So MaxFic was, I would argue, the first seminal work in the field. It spawned many knockoffs. Viridian, a couple of years later, became a new seminal work. It, too, spawned a fleet of imitators, which is the highest form of praise in some senses. I don't know what Viridian read before working on NoFP, so I'm not going to say it's a knockoff of MaxFic's work, but we do stand on the shoulders of what came before us. Though both of these approaches -- with very different qualities in writing and detail -- I would define as seminal, I felt they were the same story told if different in tone, nitty gritty detail, and psyche. The Weasleys still loved Harry. Harry was well received where he went. Little changes, controlled changes, minimizing risk.

A few works cropped up by various people that explored 'options' other than carefully planned changes, or what if Harry came back and decided to not affiliate with the Weasleys, etc. But none of these were particularly broad of scope, etc.

BWP I would argue is seminal in a new way -- no, Harry is not universally adored. In fact, he's feared. No, the Weasleys do not adore him. No, the prophecy is not the same. And the changes roll on, with twists and turns in many places.

Was it an example of perfect mechanics? No. Did some of the characters do things that were beyond my moral compass? Yes. Did some of the plot changes irritate me for being somewhat illogical? Yes.

But those minor details do not detract from how BWP changed the spectrum of thinking about redo fics. The many knockoffs of BWP already running rampant on FFnet are testament to how it changed things and captured the imagination with new dimensions.

It wasn't perfect, no, but then nothing is. I was more than willing to read the fic despite the things I had issue with simply because from start to end, it changed a great many things. I would argue that BWP is the third defining story in the redo genre, and the author deserves full credit for standing on the shoulders of those that came before -- and coming out with something new.

(Note, I admit I avoid FFnet as much as possible -- so I could have missed other major works in this space that changed things other than MaxFic, Viridian, or Deadwoodpecker. However, if you know of such, I'd like a pointer and short summary if you'd please post it here.)

Well, I would say this story

Well, I would say this story is a redo fic in the sense that a canon character's mind goes backwards in time to correct his past mistakes but the person in who has done the time traveling isn't someone who went to school with Harry. It's Snape. After he died, he gets sent back to his worst memory so he can change the event that caused his life to more or less go done the tubes. In the new timeline he created, he never called Lily a mudblood. I won't say anymore of the story but the changes Snape has made are causing an interesting butterfly effect. Anyways, its called The Moment It Began.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3735743/1

The author (Sindie) has written 107 chapters and said a few chapters ago they are planning about 50 more...


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NotACat wrote: I'm
NotACat wrote:

I'm enthralled by "Vires, Veneratio, Diligo" on SIYE (http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=128042) which is a rewrite of the same author's earlier one-shot "In You I Trust" (http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127862) which was written for the First Week Challenge back in February.

Because every now and again, something that isn't supposed to happen... does. Every now and again it turns out that Fate is paying attention. And sometimes, just sometimes, She even listens. There are times, after all, when Fate just owes you one, and wishes do come true.

It's a redo fic with an interesting twist which I won't spoil you on. What I can say is that I liked the one-shot and the expanded version is even better. What's really quite exciting is that it's tagged "Part I" which hopefully means there's going to be loads more of it!

I've got someone enthralled! Woohoo!

Seriously - thanks for the compliments, man. I've put what I at least think is a different spin on the whole 'redo-fic'. Or I've tried to, at least. We'll see how it goes.

As for the 'Part I' - yes. It's the first in a series.

Soul Nexus This often

Soul Nexus

This often reminds me of the older HP fics from back when Gryffindortower.net was still around. Half the time though I am expecting Harry ending up on the Common Room floor.

http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=126872
By JadeSeraph
So far its excellent, another start of third year and redo the world.
"The events following Harry Potter's second year didn't quite turn out as well as they should have. Ginny Weasley, in fact, was not all right, and she pushed away everyone and everything that was important to her in her guilt and depression. But then, someone she never expected walks into her head (quite literally) and changes her life forever. A HarryGinny Epic."
PG-13 - Alternate Universe - Drama - Warnings: None - Words: 213646

You may notice some similarities between this an MoO but they are only skin deep.

Apart from many of the

Apart from many of the stories alread mentioned, I generally like anything done by iluvfanfics.
He's on SIYE: http://siye.co.uk/siye/viewuser.php?uid=6257
and Simply Undeniable: http://www.simplyundeniable.com/viewuser.php?uid=5616

They're rarely fluffy and borderline intense. The mechanics aren't perfect, but he does a very good job exploring the characters.
Prodigal Daughter is ongoing and tends to get updated in bunches . . . it's been a while however.
Need was a fantastic little fic post-COS, but he utilizes an extremely annoying and cliched (with a twist) plot device that made the whole thing a difficult read . . .
IMO, his best work is Stoicism . . . and the Breakdown Of. It's a post-HBP fic that I think is one of the best pieces that seems to capture the tension that H/G felt about their relationship in the midst of the war. Something about the way he writes it (even if some parts are a bit cheesy) makes you really feel their heartache.
His oneshots (one AU, one post-HBP and two post-DH) and the two-part GW's Particular Brand of Therapy are also worthwhile reads.

Couldn't put it down

I recently had this one recced to me and seriously, I love it. It's a Book 7 Missing moments Neville story. Like not so much missing moments as Neville's entire year during Deathly hallows. It has some seriously fabulous characterisations, the descriptions are brilliant and the plot line weaves in and out of canon events and original threads almost seamlessly. It's fairly gruesome in parts and rather graphic and I never imagined Seventh year quite so dark but honest truth it could have been this dark and i like to live in a fluffy bunny world.

I was hooked - line and sinker!

It's found here: http://www.themarauders.co.uk/da/

Enfuego wrote: Apart from
Enfuego wrote:

Apart from many of the stories alread mentioned, I generally like anything done by iluvfanfics.
He's on SIYE: http://siye.co.uk/siye/viewuser.php?uid=6257
and Simply Undeniable: http://www.simplyundeniable.com/viewuser.php?uid=5616

They're rarely fluffy and borderline intense. The mechanics aren't perfect, but he does a very good job exploring the characters.
Prodigal Daughter is ongoing and tends to get updated in bunches . . . it's been a while however.
Need was a fantastic little fic post-COS, but he utilizes an extremely annoying and cliched (with a twist) plot device that made the whole thing a difficult read . . .
IMO, his best work is Stoicism . . . and the Breakdown Of. It's a post-HBP fic that I think is one of the best pieces that seems to capture the tension that H/G felt about their relationship in the midst of the war. Something about the way he writes it (even if some parts are a bit cheesy) makes you really feel their heartache.
His oneshots (one AU, one post-HBP and two post-DH) and the two-part GW's Particular Brand of Therapy are also worthwhile reads.

Prodigal Daughter is marred, for me me, by lots of pointless sex. Sex in a story has to earn its place like any other scene. If it doesn't then its basically porn. I'm sure others will disagree.

parakletos wrote: Prodigal
parakletos wrote:

Prodigal Daughter is marred, for me me, by lots of pointless sex. Sex in a story has to earn its place like any other scene. If it doesn't then its basically porn. I'm sure others will disagree.

Nope i'm with you, take out the sex scenes and you have a half-decent story

I'll throw up Elaithin's

I'll throw up Elaithin's other fic which I started and finished yesterday and came into a nasty surprise, cliff hanger!
http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127228
Harry Potter & the Veil of Shadows by elaithin
Moving on, strange dreams, mysterious newcomers, Death Eaters, the Veil of Shadows, and a little bit of life, laughter and love. Join Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione for their last year at Hogwarts - and the first year of the rest of their lives as they learn that just because Voldemort's gone doesn't mean life's going to be easy!
R - Post-DH/AB - Action/Adventure, Drama, Fluff, General, Romance - Warnings: Death, Extreme Language, Sexual Situations, Violence - Words: 187218
Completed: No - Chapters: 22 - Published: 2007.09.08 - Updated: 2008.09.30 - Hits: 39238

I quite love it. Though Harry and Ginny are quite the couple of bunny rabbits in it. Rather adorable...
I do seem to have a habit starting fics that the latest chapter was posted in the last five days and those chapters end in cliffys. Bit annoying actually. But definitely a good call if your going to read it.

I took a look at this one that Kezza recommended and it's

well worth the time it will take reading it. I must confess that when I saw the Author's notes that this was his first writing of any kind ( not sure if he just means fanfic or not) and that it was longer than DH, I was a bit dubious. I just took a quick look at where the story merges back into DH. Just like what happened to Kezza, what started out as a quick look turned into several engrossed hours. I will definitely be going back to read the whole thing when I have time.

If this is his first work, he's polished his skills somewhere for this is a very high caliber effort. And since it's completed, there's no waiting for updates. Also, it's not just Neville but a lot of other minor characters who are brought forward to full fleshed life.

Take a look at "Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness". I think you'll not just enjoy it but be moved by it as well. But, take a look at it when you've got some time for I think it's very easy to get trapped in it.

Soul Nexus
Darkarma wrote:

Soul Nexus

This often reminds me of the older HP fics from back when Gryffindortower.net was still around. Half the time though I am expecting Harry ending up on the Common Room floor.

http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=126872
By JadeSeraph
So far its excellent, another start of third year and redo the world.
"The events following Harry Potter's second year didn't quite turn out as well as they should have. Ginny Weasley, in fact, was not all right, and she pushed away everyone and everything that was important to her in her guilt and depression. But then, someone she never expected walks into her head (quite literally) and changes her life forever. A HarryGinny Epic."
PG-13 - Alternate Universe - Drama - Warnings: None - Words: 213646

You may notice some similarities between this an MoO but they are only skin deep.

I'll post in support of this fic. I was initially drawn to it because of the somewhat different take on the idea of a bond. I stuck with it because I got recruited by the author to beta for the story ;)

Speaking of which, I need to poke him into giving me some kind of an update ;)

Now showing on SIYE

Teatime in the garden

http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=8935

Been a while since I read this and since that date I've been where Harry is in this story and re-reading it really stirred up a lot of stuff in me.

Please read it and think on it.

R

parakletos wrote: Teatime
parakletos wrote:

Teatime in the garden

Still one of my very favorite one-shots. Difficult to read at times, but always worth it. I have some outside perspective on Harry's situation, and this story rings true moreso than almost any others I've read.

More support for "Teatime..."
Sovran wrote:
parakletos wrote:

Teatime in the garden

Still one of my very favorite one-shots. Difficult to read at times, but always worth it. I have some outside perspective on Harry's situation, and this story rings true more so than almost any others I've read.

Yes, I thought about this one the other day--I re-read it about twice a year--but wasn't sure how much interest there would be in it so I didn't post it. I'm glad to see that there is interest. Really I suppose I should have known better.

It is a tough story in some ways (thank goodness this was not the canon outcome!), but it is also very, very moving. I've always rather wished the author had done a small sequel just to see what came next for Harry and Ginny.

TBO
parakletos wrote:

Teatime in the garden

I think this is one of my favorite one shots of all time. I nominated it a while back on that TBO site that came around recently, in the 'Romance' category, but nobody else voted for it :)

Another suggestion--"The Last Song" by Minstrel Knight

This popped up today on SIYE's completed reads box and reminded me of it. It can be found here (sorry, I don't know how to turn this into a active link). http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127755

It is a Harry and Ginny love story, but quite a different one in the romance and other aspects. Especially a very different take on Voldemort. I think quoting part of the summary works best: "The worlds of Harry Potter and King Arthur collide in a fascinating way, facilitated by the Tenth and First Doctors ( Dr. Who )."

I know that on the "bad signs" thread, some of you have posted that mention of King Arthur would put you off a story. To some extent, I agree. Also, while I've enjoyed cross-over stories in other fandoms, I find I don't really enjoy them in HP. Given that, I ignored this one when it started posting on SIYE. However, when I saw that it was completed, I took a look at the reviews and started to get interested.

The SPaG skills are quite good but what really got my attention was a use of first person narrative that was pretty well done. And what cemented my interest was a choice of words and phrases that, for me, gave this story a feeling of an ages old saga that a Bard was re-telling. Like any Saga, it carries a burden of sadness but there is joy and fulfillment too. That the writer manages to weave the three universes together pretty well (yes, there are a couple of glitches, but not too bad ) also was a plus. I read it with enjoyment and found it moving in the end. I recommended it to a couple of friends who are Dr. Who and HP fans and they both enjoyed it as well. I hope some of the readers here will too.

Sovran wrote: parakletos
Sovran wrote:
parakletos wrote:

Teatime in the garden

Still one of my very favorite one-shots.

Same here. Even if it's not the happiest story around, it's still an enjoyable read.

And I liked re-visiting it again.

Time's Avenging

Time's Avenging Angel
http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/series.php?seriesid=162

An interesting story where King Arthur decides to meddle with time and more or less forces Dumbledore to take a back seat. Out of all the Harry's I've read, the pre-Hogwarts one in this story is the one I can relate to the most (having no friends my age near by, despite having a good home life). The Dumbledore in this story is good but he's a control freak and isn't copping well with having King Arthur more or less calling the shots. Year 1 is a good cliffhanger. There's only 4 chapters of year 2 posted so far but from what I've read, I don't see how Dobby is ever going to get back on Harry's good side after what he did...


A fish without a bicycle cannot contemplate his navel.

I really liked year 1 of

I really liked year 1 of this story, but the abrupt change of relationship for Ginny and Harry in year 2 felt wholly unrealistic. Especially since Ginny never spoke aloud about her own doubts and insecurities, I do not see how Dobby, who is not the most perceptive creature, could realize with but a few minor interactions a way that would utterly sever the friendship between H/G.

It is very poor character development and sticks because it is so at odds with the rest of the character development in the story. I think the author simply wanted an excuse to put the diary in Ginny's hands and did not take the time to find a more gradual way to do it.

Many stories that involve an H/G relationship before year 2 end up doing this and it often kills the story for me. Moxterminator's story did the same thing and that entire plot arc ruined the story for me. I hope it doesn't kill this story for me, as I have enjoyed it to this point. But we will see.

- A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
Ayn Rand - The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 (pb 93)

Jonathan_Avery wrote: I
Jonathan_Avery wrote:

I think the author simply wanted an excuse to put the diary in Ginny's hands and did not take the time to find a more gradual way to do it.

Totally agree there. In Fate's Dept, Ginny had the diary but seldom wrote in it. The soul fragment got impatient about leaving the diary and decided to do an all out assault on Ginny's mind at the end of the year prompting Harry to rescue her from the chamber.

I personally like how Sovran did year two in Meaning of One. Ginny had the diary, didn't like it and decided to give it to someone else and the diary became like a hot potato and now its anyone's guess as to who has it.

A similar thing happened in A Tale of Two Destinies by Wendi Jo Harper. Harry and Ginny are given a second chance at life and because of the changes they made in history, the diary went to someone else. They don't know who but have a list of suspects.


A fish without a bicycle cannot contemplate his navel.

Fic recommendation

"After The End" by Arabella and Zsenya over at The Sugar Quill. It is under The Professor's Bookshelf in the Flourish and Blotts Fan Fiction Archive. I'm fairly sure a lot of people here have read it, but it is old enough not to get much notice these days.

This was the first multi-chapter HP fic I read. Again, the story is old, written post-GoF, but really captures the gist of the main characters even without knowing their canon arcs after the fourth book. No Tonks or Kingsley, no Slughorn, Sirius isn't dead because the Department of Mysteries never happened, no Prophesy. I don't remember if any Weasleys died, [Edited to add: Forehead smack! Percy is killed and leaves behind a widowed Penelope and a baby] but Dumbledore IS dead, and Elioise Midgen has a relatively major role. Really believable Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny relationship developments, the latter all the more remarkable because, lets face it, there wasn't much H/G to go on through GoF. The authors didn't bother with The Final Battle (TM) and all. The story is about the difficulties in rebuilding the Wizard world after Voldemort is killed, hence the story title. Warning, the story is loooong. However, the symmetry of the opening and closing scenes is, well I think it is breathtaking.

The Dream Come True

I'd go out on a limb and recommend this one:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1350670/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Dream_Come_Tr...

It has a summary that triggers most of the warnings raised in this thread -- though thankfully not MPreg. I recommend ignoring the summary.

"After a gross miscalculation by the Dark Lord, James Potter is alive and well again, and having the time of his life as he, Sirius, and Harry take Hogwarts by storm! Year 5 AU fic"

It's not perfect in mechanics or the rest, but it's fun in some strange ways. Cautions for those who take a leap and try the story --

1) It's going to directly step into a festering pile of cliches, and then twist them around in strange new ways.
2) Dead people don't stay dead.
3) You need to have a sense of humour that has a large dynamic range.
4) If you can get that far, the High Inquisitor treatment is fairly entertaining.
5) A time turner in the hands of the twins is just a really, really bad idea.

Here's a typical excerpt:

After watching Hermione knock Ron backwards for the sixth time in a row, Harry cautiously approached the pair he’d been avoiding all evening: Luna Lovegood and Tristan, because they were both completely off their rockers.

Luna flailed her wand wildly, chanting, “Expel! Expel!”

“It’s Expelliarmus,” Harry suggested helpfully. Luna flashed him a dreamy smile.

“I know how to disarm people,” she informed him seriously. “But Tristan is being possessed by malignant spirits. I am trying to exorcise him.”

Harry blinked. “Er… sounds good, Luna. Tristan, could you give it a try? Even though you’re too young, and aren’t supposed to even know about the DA…”

Tristan saluted him seriously, and then began jumping up and down in a crazy dance. “Buttered toads and daffodils! Purple monkeys and octopus!” he sang. Harry didn’t bother acting surprised by this; he was too used to the randomness of the Hufflepuff by now.

Then, quicker than the blink of an eye, Tristan shouted in an almost normal voice, “Expelliarmus!” Harry, taken completely by surprise, watched helplessly as his wand flew into Tristan’s tiny fist.

“The octopus never sleeps,” Tristan informed him gravely, handing him back the holly wand.

I like that story. Its an

I like that story. Its an entertaining story made up with a cliches that were deliberately put together in a humorous and somewhat unpredictable way. My dad and I agree that the author is either from Texas or is a natural comedian. Tristan's randomness, as scary as it may sound, is how I act from time to time (mostly just to bug people :P).


A fish without a bicycle cannot contemplate his navel.

The Prophecy Unknown

Anyone else reading?

Its a healthy start especially the problems being One creates. Its also the only bond fic I've read where Harry (or rather his body) reacts like a teenage boy when he's with a naked Ginny.

Worth Checking out.

http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127111

The Prophecy Unknown

Yes, I've been reading from the start and he has a different take on what brings the H/G bond about. I don't want to do any spoilers but I will say ( as I did in a review ) that it was "creepy, scary and touching all at once". This is also a bond that causes some real physical struggles for the two of them as they learn to deal with it.

It's also quite well written.

BTW Dave, Dragyn ( the writer ) in his A/N for the 2nd chapter, credited you and Melinaleo as his inspirations.

Here's another one to consider.

I've just found a very good story on "Checkmated" called, "A Little More Time" by Jess Pallas found at http://www.checkmated.com/story.php?story=10088&chapter=1

The summary goes, "Was it possible to save two lives without altering history? Was it possible to give them a future twenty years after they supposedly died? Teddy Lupin thought so."

It's well written from the aspect of SPaG as well as plot and character development. It has both drama and humour. Also the writer has, so far, come up with interesting and plausible ways to answer the technical problems of such a plot. The updates are on the slow side but do seem to be regular. I've found myself really enjoying this story.

Mr Intel ....

.... and the redo fic.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4557911/1/Making_it_Right

Not too in depth as befits his still but worth a read. Given the care of other Redo!Harrys this ones a bit lax.

Fic recommendation

Harry Potter and the Unforgiven is an excellent fic. I was sceptical and a little bothered at first, but it gets alot better the further you read. Unfortunately the updates are rather sparse; however, there's already quite a bit written, and I don't feel it's likely to be abandoned.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3220817/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Unforgiven

This isn’t so much a

This isn’t so much a recommendation than something you should keep your eyes out for. I regret not keeping the address because I never found it again but I some how stumbled across the most bizarre and thoroughly thought out cross over I’ve ever experienced. You wouldn’t expect Harry Potter and the Half Life universe to be compatible but this guy was determined. Clearly the square peg, round hole argument can be overcome if you wield a hammer with enough conviction.

Sub-forum

Can I suggest creating a sub-forum where we can have a thread for each fic? It's getting difficult to keep track of all the suggestions and replies, we've got 60 messages so far and I've completely lost my place...

NotACat wrote: Can I
NotACat wrote:

Can I suggest creating a sub-forum where we can have a thread for each fic? It's getting difficult to keep track of all the suggestions and replies, we've got 60 messages so far and I've completely lost my place...

I'd vote no, but I have seen other forums have an update thread where notices of updates to previously rec'd fics are posted.

Meh.

As far as I'm concerned, you can vote on it. I don't really care either way.

Why I ask is...
parakletos wrote:
NotACat wrote:

Can I suggest creating a sub-forum where we can have a thread for each fic? It's getting difficult to keep track of all the suggestions and replies, we've got 60 messages so far and I've completely lost my place...

I'd vote no, but I have seen other forums have an update thread where notices of updates to previously rec'd fics are posted.

Well, if you can persuade people to actually say which story they "really like", I for one would find it much easier to keep track of the multiply-threaded conversations. I was just rather hoping that it might be possible to arrange to keep the discussions for individual stories together and separate from each other.

I wasn't asking to be kept informed here as to when a recommended fic gets updated, that would be unconscionably lazy on my part. Not that the concept is entirely foreign to me (unconscionable laziness, I mean) but it would be unfair to inflict my personal foibles on the rest of you hard-working folks...

No, I was just wanting to split out this 60+ post thread into separate threads so that I could subscribe to those I wanted and not to the rest, thus wielding the power of Drupal for the weal of the general populace.

...

I've gone all whimsical again, haven't I...

NotACat wrote: parakletos
NotACat wrote:
parakletos wrote:
NotACat wrote:

Can I suggest creating a sub-forum where we can have a thread for each fic? It's getting difficult to keep track of all the suggestions and replies, we've got 60 messages so far and I've completely lost my place...

I'd vote no, but I have seen other forums have an update thread where notices of updates to previously rec'd fics are posted.

Well, if you can persuade people to actually say which story they "really like", I for one would find it much easier to keep track of the multiply-threaded conversations. I was just rather hoping that it might be possible to arrange to keep the discussions for individual stories together and separate from each other.

I wasn't asking to be kept informed here as to when a recommended fic gets updated, that would be unconscionably lazy on my part. Not that the concept is entirely foreign to me (unconscionable laziness, I mean) but it would be unfair to inflict my personal foibles on the rest of you hard-working folks...

No, I was just wanting to split out this 60+ post thread into separate threads so that I could subscribe to those I wanted and not to the rest, thus wielding the power of Drupal for the weal of the general populace.

...

I've gone all whimsical again, haven't I...

Well people can always start something in the Stories by other authors thread. ;-)

Cat & Mouse

Just started reading this. Looks good so far.

Cat & Mouse
By alzzu

Summary: The ringing of a doorbell in the middle of the night awakes Harry Potter from both sleep and ignorance: an ex-girlfriend needs his help with what at first seems the most interesting case in his career as an Auror but is soon revealed to be a brutal game of cat and mouse where the stakes are rapidly rising to alarming heights.

It quickly becomes painfully clear to Harry that whether he likes it or not, he’s a part of the game, and he has to end it before someone gets seriously hurt. The only problem is Ginny Weasley, whose presence is very likely to drive him insane before the case is closed. The warnings are for later chapters.

http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=128109&chapter=1

Lilies in Autumn

Familiar territory for parents. Well observed family life.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4436750/1/Lilies_in_Autumn

Time travel gone bad

"Destiny Redefined" by thejealousone at SIYE.

Takes the "Bad things happen to Wizards who meddle with time" quote from Hermione to a whole new level. In most of the re-do stories that doesn't really happen. In this one it all turns to crap. Not really an uplifting story, but one I think is interesting. Sort of like peeling layers off an onion. All you get is another layer.

http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127665

Chatmandu wrote: "Destiny
Chatmandu wrote:

"Destiny Redefined" by thejealousone at SIYE.

Takes the "Bad things happen to Wizards who meddle with time" quote from Hermione to a whole new level. In most of the re-do stories that doesn't really happen. In this one it all turns to crap. Not really an uplifting story, but one I think is interesting. Sort of like peeling layers off an onion. All you get is another layer.

http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127665

Not one for H&G fans though ....

If it's not for H/G fans,

If it's not for H/G fans, how'd it end up on SIYE?

BTW the link to ff.net with that lovebird author ... I heart you for that rec, parakletos!

Kezzabear wrote: If it's
Kezzabear wrote:

If it's not for H/G fans, how'd it end up on SIYE?

BTW the link to ff.net with that lovebird author ... I heart you for that rec, parakletos!

Its not a strong H&G story and I think only barely makes the criteria for posting - my opinion of course.

Destiny Redefined
Kezzabear wrote:

If it's not for H/G fans, how'd it end up on SIYE?

It's the sequel to "In the Words of Ginevra Molly Potter" which is essentially a retelling of canon from Ginny's POV.

I haven't been able to read it (DR) past the point where I (and Harry) discovered the consequences of his meddling, and met that certain other person (is that properly spoiler-free?). Can someone reassure me that it would be worth trying again, or is it really that far from the SIYE guidelines?

(I'm not confident that the guidelines will always give me my happy ending ever since "They Could Have Been Muggles" which was unspeakably sad and really should have come with a BYOT warning, so now I like to check first if I possibly can)

Satires of fan fiction

"The Trio and Ginny Read Fanfiction" http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=127390

Hardly a paragon of superb prose, or as clever as Ken's "A Slow Boat to Shipper's Hell," or as biting as Josh's "Anti-cliche" but a quick and funny read. A short excerpt about fanon:

Hermione moved on to Ginny, who absentmindedly reached for a cookie and took a bite, not breaking her gaze at the laptop screen. She chewed thoughtfully for a moment, then said, “This is good…You’re a much better cook than most people think, Hermione.”
Hermione’s eyebrows shot up. “Huh?”
Ginny suddenly realised what she had said and blushed. “Sorry, that did sound bad, didn’t it? I’m just reading some fanfiction and everyone seems to automatically assume that since you’re so smart, you’re an awful cook.”
Hermione crossed her arms and plopped down into the armchair. “Why?”
Ginny shrugged. “I don’t know. It’s just one of the common false beliefs of fanfiction writers… You know, kind of like the general opinion that Ron’s never lost a game of chess.”
“Really?” Ron said, his ears perking up.
“Checkmate,” Harry said casually, and Ron spun around.
“WHAT?!”
Harry began to laugh. “Just kidding…”
Ron scowled. “That’s not funny!”

Here there be spoilers.....
NotACat wrote:
Kezzabear wrote:

If it's not for H/G fans, how'd it end up on SIYE?

It's the sequel to "In the Words of Ginevra Molly Potter" which is essentially a retelling of canon from Ginny's POV.

I haven't been able to read it (DR) past the point where I (and Harry) discovered the consequences of his meddling, and met that certain other person (is that properly spoiler-free?). Can someone reassure me that it would be worth trying again, or is it really that far from the SIYE guidelines?

(I'm not confident that the guidelines will always give me my happy ending ever since "They Could Have Been Muggles" which was unspeakably sad and really should have come with a BYOT warning, so now I like to check first if I possibly can)

I must admit I gave up fairly quickly as Ginny didn't appear to be of importance. Yes, she is there in the 'cannon' compliant stuff around the 'go-back' part but in said go-back she dies. The fact that the author admits that she's sailing close to the wind on the guidelines says it all.

And Melindaleo's latest

And Melindaleo's latest won't be posted in SIYE because she didn't make H/G the main focus couple ... it is a crazy old world ...

Melindaleo's latest

She has another story in the works? Cool!

I wrote a short outtake to the epilogue of her "The Seventh Horcrux." SIYE didn't accept it because the outtake was Ron centric, despite it being a short scene from an H/G story. It is up at Checkmated, where ALL Ron/Hermione stories are welcome. :-)

Paradoxical
Kezzabear wrote:

And Melindaleo's latest won't be posted in SIYE because she didn't make H/G the main focus couple ... it is a crazy old world ...

Actually, if you think about it, the canonical stories by JKR herself would fail on that test if applied strictly.

My famously-favourite AU, the Dangerverse, is fairly canonical when it comes to relationships: Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione with some OCs for peripheral character pairings. However the author has not even tried to post it at SIYE because Harry and Ginny do not become a "couple" until Hogwarts Year Five—even earlier than in canon—which is only in the fourth and final part which is still in progress.

A bit off topic re: H/G
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Actually, if you think about it, the canonical stories by JKR herself would fail on that test if applied strictly.

I'm smiling 'cause you are right. I got jumped all over on a forum at the Sugar Quill for suggesting Ginny might not play any role in the final book (didn't know the title yet). The character Ginny Weasley is never important to the plot of Harry Potter. But she becomes crucial to the character Harry Potter. Hence all the fanfic about them, just back-dating when she becomes crucial to him.
Hell, I was a R/Hr shipper since CoS. Harry? Didn't have a clue. Then, on a second read through of the "Lucky You" scene from OoTP I went "nuh uh!" and started to smile.

Not quite that bad

SIYE's restrictions aren't quite that harsh. Harry and/or Ginny should be the main character (even if the story is told from another PoV), and in the end they should be together. Beyond that, as long as you don't write your story with the intention of attacking the intention of the 'ship, you should be fine. SSHenry's "SS Potter" series focused on Ginny's modified view of canon. She dated Micheal and Dean (a bit), and she didn't get together with Harry until his sixth year. That's all fine. I'm sure Dangerverse would be acceptable on the same basis. The author would just have to reassure the admins that the story was heading for H/G.

Melinda's story is different because Ron is the main character and, though h/g are present and together, the focus is on him and his relationship with Hermione (at least as I understand what she's said).

NotACat wrote: Kezzabear
NotACat wrote:
Kezzabear wrote:

And Melindaleo's latest won't be posted in SIYE because she didn't make H/G the main focus couple ... it is a crazy old world ...

Actually, if you think about it, the canonical stories by JKR herself would fail on that test if applied strictly.

My famously-favourite AU, the Dangerverse, is fairly canonical when it comes to relationships: Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione with some OCs for peripheral character pairings. However the author has not even tried to post it at SIYE because Harry and Ginny do not become a "couple" until Hogwarts Year Five—even earlier than in canon—which is only in the fourth and final part which is still in progress.

I've seen stories on SIYE where Harry and Ginny didn't become a couple until about that time. The Beginings and Endings series for one. According to a friend of mine who I haven't seen in months, any story where you are planing to have Harry and Ginny as a couple will be excepted, even if its not until half way threw the story or something like that.


A fish without a bicycle cannot contemplate his navel.

I think - and hope - you

I think - and hope - you mean any story where you are planing to have Harry and Ginny as a couple will be accepted.

I can see why a story where H/G weren't the main character would not be eligible. I was just wondering why a story that H/G fans wouldn't like - as indicated about this Destiny one would go up there and one where H/G is present/important would not be able to?

Oh well, I give up pretending to understand archives sometimes!

SIYE

I find SIYE a bit strange at times. I had one of my stories (A History of Magic) intially rejected, however it was reconsidered and submitted. The comment I got that was although Harry and Ginny where the main couple and married, that the focus of the piece was Ginny and Lily Luna and Harry was not actually present in the fic at all (even if he was mentioned several times). Yety I have had no problems getting Hogwarts Rebellion up there, which Harry and Ginny are techinically broken up and Harry will not be in the piece until the last two chapters of a 20 chapter fiction.

So their requirements do baffle me a fair bit.

Fic Reccomendation

In the past year of reading Fan Fiction I hadn't really found anything worthy to read by a new-comer. That is untill I found this story written by HarryGinny4eva

Love and Forgiveness
http://www.harrypotterfanfiction.com/viewstory.php?psid=245279

I have never been a big fan of the Draco Hermione getting together "Thing". Which , this is one of those, but this writer has something going for her. She can write and she is really good at it. You find yourself getting lost in the chapter, which they are quite long. And continuing on to the next without batting an eye. (Kinda like when you read War and Peace, I couldn't put that down either.)

Rating: Mature
Story Reviews: 117
Chapters: 27
Characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Lucius, Narcissa, Draco, Ginny, Blaise (M), OC, OtherCanon
Genre(s): Humor, Romance
Era: Post-Hogwarts
Pairings: Draco/Hermione, Harry/Ginny, Ron/OC, Other Pairing

Status: Completed
First Published: 2008.04.05
Last Published Chapter: 2008.10.04
Last Updated: 2008.10.04

Favorite Story Of: 148 users

Warnings: Strong Language, Strong Violence, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Substance Use or Abuse, Contains Spoilers

After the war and university, Hermione is living in New York City ready to begin her life as a teacher who hopes to teach young wizards and witches how to not repeat the horrors of her childhood before The Fall. Draco fled his life of misery, cowardice and fear to begin anew with his best friend, Blaise. Can time, distance, and patience lead to forgiveness and even, perhaps, love? A HGDM romance. Spoilers.

Very AU and very unique. Beyond a doubt believeable.

General Fiction

Few general fan fictions seem to be recommended so I thought I would rec this one. It really is a breath of fresh air despite being written ages ago. It's a one shot, an Arthur fic and one of my all time favorites. Its one of those slow, pleasant, feel-good stories but has a very satisfying portrayal of Arthur.

Story: A Breath of Fresh Air
Summary: "When this Weasley boy gamely stuck out his hand to shake, Perkins directed his attention to Amelia. 'I don't need a trainee,' he stated flatly." Arthur Weasley's first day at the Ministry.
Link: http://www.checkmated.com/story.php?story=8704

Something different but good

Title: Harry Potter and the Transfer Student
Summary: A little experiment brought on by a bet with one of my readers. A new Transfer Student comes to Hogwarts, and her life in the school is anything but easy.
URL: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4686581/1/

Got this in my email today. I had a little time so I sat down to read it. I think it is one of the best and most original fics I've read in a long time. It will definitely push its way into my top-10 list (I really need to make that list. :-)

It's set in Harry's 5th year and is from the PoV of the female transfer student, so she's not a canon character. While the story does have a little romance between them, it's minimal. The reason you'd want to read this is for a good plot and good character development -- both well thought out and consistent. At 80Kw, it's the size of decent book. It's well worth the time to read, or at least I think so. :-)

Kevin

Catching up to "The Natural Animagus"

I've just caught up with this story that was mentioned on this thread some time ago (postings no 24 to 30, back in Sept.)

I had read the first few chapters then, but had forgotten to keep checking it until 2 days ago. I found myself thoroughly caught up in the story. The writing of the early chapters is indeed a bit rough as was mentioned in those earlier postings. However, the writing since then is steadily improving ( and the spelling of "Surrey" has been corrected, at least in the body of Chapter 1 ;-) and I find the plot to be inventive and very entertaining. It certainly is one that I find to be that increasingly rare thing in HP fanfic--unique. At least, I've never seen these plot twists (yes, there's more than one twist from canon) before in my own reading.

A nice thing about it too, is that the fairly long chapters are pretty frequently up-dated--the last few have been approximately every 2 weeks.

Here's the link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4183350/1/The_Natural_Animagus

That Terrifying Momentum

Aragorn mentioned this fic on the Phantom Limb thread. I tried the first chapter, "exchange student" stories aren't my cup of tea, and became hooked. The author, Caleb Nova, can definitely turn a phrase and some of his views on the canon characters are refreshing. A snip from the second chapter regarding Hermione trying to approach Harry:

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For a moment, Hermione wondered whether she should bother him, but it didn’t look like he was brooding – he seemed to be in more of a contemplative mood. Most people wouldn’t draw much of a distinction between the two, but with Harry the subtleties of self-pity were very involved.

That Scott Kharan appears to be a carefree potty mouth in the middle of an ever so prim and staid British boarding school is too much. But then, I have a really warped sense of humor anyway.

In addition the Simplyundeniable site, the story is also found at -
http://www.phoenixsong.net/fanfiction/story/5769/

Anyone else

Anyone else read In The House of the Quick and the Hungry by Laura Laurent? I think it's a great story and look into not only the Weasleys, but how Ginny sees everyone in her life.

I also like The Best Ship Of All by Fionnabhair which is a look at Ginny and Hermione's relationship; an often overlooked, underdeveloped and rather cliched relationship in traditonal fanfiction.

I second the recommendation of Friends by Antosha!

Reign O'er Me

cts posted an update on SIYE. Chapter 37. I thought it was a completed story!

Yeah, I saw that update,

Yeah, I saw that update, too. But it's only as far as his personal site has gone - and I'd thought the story abandoned.