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27 October 2012 @ 02:47 pm
I have a problem. A reccing problem. My problem is that I save the recs in my memories and then I, uh, never post them.

This will be a huuuge rec post so that I can hopefully get on track with posting recs. I have some for this year's minerva_fest but I do like to post them at the end of a fest, whenever I do get around to it successfully.

(This is prompted by the fact that I at last got through everything from the Minfest from two years ago. Failsauce, I have plenty.)

Let's start with hp_friendship since that's from 2012 at least. :B

HP Friendship Fest:
  • A Bit o' Magic | PG-13 | Argus Filch, Mrs Norris | "The Caretaker and his cat have lived together for years, but now one or both of them are reaching their time." | This fic made me cry. The beautiful relationship between Argus and his cat, with some great cameos to boot.

  • And It Could Be Me, And It Could Be Thee | BBFC12/12A | Griselda Marchbanks, Augusta Longbottom, Neville, Harry, Dudley, Minerva, Pomona Sprout, Lily Potter (née Evans), Hermione, Angelina, Charity Burbage, WG Grace, various Longbottoms and connexions, various Marchbanks and Sitwells, and the usual cast | Augusta looks back upon a long friendship, and many surreptitiously-enjoyed cricket seasons, and bugger the pureblood fanatics. | This is just fantastic. The rich history and interactions between the characters...just gorgeous. Such full characters. Well worth a read!

  • Mad Dogs and Scotsmen | Teen | Alastor Moody, Emmeline Vance | "Growing up in the country with old-fashioned grandparents, you slapped a poultice on whatever ailed you and hoped for the best. Dragon pox, a broken arm, being stuck in a trunk for ten months. Either you got well or you didn't, and that was that." Or, the one in which Emmeline chose a bad month to quit smoking. | This feels very life-like with flawed, human, and growing characters. I loved watching Moody's growth and just being around with this Emmeline. Great fic!

  • Cocktail Time | PG-13 | Rita Skeeter, Gilderoy Lockhart | Not many people know this, but Rita Skeeter and Gilderoy Lockhart flatted together for a while after Hogwarts. They stole each other's hair products rampantly. He painted her nails, she transfigured his clothes. She wrote about him, he invited her to parties. It was fabulous, darling. This was Feather's brilliant prompt. And it sums it up, really. But then, things went wrong. | As far as I am concerned, this is absolute canon of how it all went down. Big personalities in a big, powerful story. Laugh-out-loud funny and also heart-breaking and touching. If you haven't read it yet, please do!

  • The Wages of Wagering | PG-13 | McGonagall, Grubbly-Plank, Portrait!Snape, Portrait!Dumbledore, others both living and framed. | Some rivalries survive death, let the bettor beware. | This is an absolutely hilarious fic. If you don't feel worried about dying from laughter, go ahead and read this--and definitely do if you don't mind either way.

  • The Quiet and the Dark | Teen | Remus Lupin, Madam Rosmerta | "People are rarely what they seem," said Rosmerta. "I've learned as much in this job. Which brings us back to what I said earlier: it's very difficult to really know another human being." | This is a tragic tale that fits in quite well with canon. It was touching to watch Rosmerta and Remus growing closer, though; many of the moments are so tender and deep. A great friendship, well worth the read!

  • Raven's Honour | PG | Minerva McGonagall, Rolanda Hooch, Pomona Sprout, OFC, assorted HP-Universe cameos | From the prompt: "In the 1920s, three close friends open a school for girls in the Scottish Highlands. Non-magical AU." | Oh, just go read this one: it's all that is great about fanfic and the mind of a wonderfully original writer. Epistolary. Boarding school. The cast. Humour. Crushes. It's meant to be read and enjoyed.

  • A Working Relationship | G, Mild swearing | Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape | Acting headmistress Minerva McGonagall goes to the shrieking shack to retrieve the body of her predecessor. To her surprise, he is not quite dead. | The shifting views of these characters is great. I enjoyed watching the relationship evolve. Great use of magic-as-a-science, too.

  • The Secret of Black Hall | G | Arabella Figg, Argus Filch, Augusta Longbottom, Albus Dumbledore, Walburga Black, Gellert Grindelwald, (Frank Longbottom in utero). | September 1939. Arabella and Argus are evacuated to the country and are met by the daughter of the house, Gussie Longbottom, but before their journey is over they have become embroiled with spies and enemy agents – and witness the birth of the Order of the Phoenix. | This is an incredibly fun read with a sensible ending. It's got quite the cast there with some great history weaving. Loved it!

  • Rolling Downhill | M, References to physical abuse and rape. | During the events of Deathly Hallows, there's only one person Draco can talk with honestly: Luna Lovegood. | I loved the writing style for this story. It paints quite the picture of pre- and post-war times with these characters, their changing relationships, and others. The grasp on 'evil' in this story is a bit terrifying, but well worth the read. Loved the ending too. Great story, if difficult to read in places.

  • The Peculiar Resilience of the Refugee | PG-13, Reference to sexual abuse | Petunia, Rosmerta | After the war, Petunia takes refuge at the Three Broomsticks. | This story is just beautiful. I loved watching it all unfurl and seeing how the characters evolved from the characters we specifically saw in canon. The writing of Petunia is particularly brilliant in keeping her to her prejudiced, classist, whatever-else-ist self but giving us a better understanding of that. Dudley is fantastic, too. Great story! Give it a read. (:

Looks as though that's actually all I have time for at the moment. Have to get dressed up as a bit of a bluestocking and prepare to be a 'tour guide' through the Haunted Woods walk we're doing behind my congregation this evening as part of the all-ages Halloween Party. I get to get kidnapped for a bit during the tour, or that's the current plan, so I'm excited. I may skip the sensible bluestocking shoes and stick with the sturdy Docs, though...surely an intelligent woman would know enough to go with truly sturdy shoes when facing a Haunted Forest.

Also have to stop feeling so lazy. I'll be working with kidlings this evening; time to bun up my hair.

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
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