- My Hoggywarty Recs:
- Haven't a - || PG-13, 3.9k, Minerva/Severus || Minerva decides to liven up the party a bit. || That she does! This piece is guaranteed to give anyone a sense of humour a good laugh. Drinking, games (though not specifically 'drinking games', anything can be made into one with these Hoggywartians), banter, innuendos, double entendres galore, and glorious characterisations of all involved and the party itself. Well worth a read!
- How Snape Didn’t Steal Christmas || PG, 2.4k, Minerva/Severus at a squint || Snape isn't keen on Christmas. Especially not the Hogwarts variety. No, really. || I’m sure it’s pretty obvious at this point that I have quite the fondness for bigger casts, the winter, winter holidays, and parties; that makes Christmas party fic some of my favourite (or party fic in general). This one is lovely! I loved the foreground of Snape’s thoughts as well as the background ships and activities. It was great fun to be in Severus’ point of view for this one, as he spent the party much the way I often do: in a chair well placed for observation. The ending is particularly lovely.
- Leaf by Leaf || General, 2.5k, Aberforth/Irma || Irma Pince sets out to recover a long-overdue book and ends up falling in love at a sensible pace. || This is a little gem of a story. I don’t catch nearly enough literary references as I should—I doubt I ever will—but this tale from a romance-novel-loving librarian is wondrous even with the references I’ve missed. I saw something like “prickly warmth” in one of the comments, which perfectly sums it up, while it also has that spattering of darkness that reminds us of its setting in time. This is a story for anyone who loves books, stubborn characters dedicated to their jobs and hobbies, clever lines, spot-on characterisation, unconventional dates, unfolding romance, and fantastic writing. Go Irma!
- Humbug || PG-13, 7.5k, Severus and walk-ons || Severus Snape has found the perfect Christmas gift for Minerva. He just has to deliver it. || I tried to have a firm talk with myself about not rec’ing everything, but story is such a wonderful Christmas Story that I couldn’t help it. It’s Christmas, has a wonderful cast, great lines, and is meta in a brilliant fashion. Well worth the read! You may even pick up a few baking tips. This fic could almost be a joke: How is Snape like Scrooge? Only, the punch line is this fic—and it’s hard-hitting in a glorious and rich way, like any good Christmas pudding. Read it!
- Reflections in Liquid || G, art, Minerva and Albus and Horace and Severus || A fanart for purplefluffycat’s 2010 fic Reflections in Liquid. || This is just beautifully-done fanart produced for a fabulous fic. I love the concept of ‘art inspiring art’ and this is that idea at its finest, with Harry Potter at the heart of this chain reaction from canon to glorious fandom words to brilliant fandom art. These characters and their winter toasting are brilliant; go check it out!
- Hopeless || PG, 9.4k, Millicent Bulstrode and Pomona Sprout and Neville Longbottom and Pansy Parkinson and OCs || Millicent Bulstrode is hopeless. And that's not always a bad thing. || There’s no way I could not rec this fic. First of all, selfishly, there aren’t ever going to be many tales about girls who are a bit hopeless and likely gay and interested in plants and in a school with greenhouses and plant lessons and with a bit of a crush on the plant teacher. As one of those girls, it’s not something I ever expect to read—and here I got to read it. The hopeless teacher crush and the lessons one learns from both it and the teacher, the difficult times one must get through in school (whether a magical war or more personal teenage stuff), the growth of one’s point of view and understanding. This is a glorious story that is so very worth reading—for the writing of it, the characters and characterisation, for the story. Read it!
- The Incomplete Art of Cartography || G, 2.1k, Minerva and Horace and Remus and Hogwarts || Three places that are not on the Marauders' Map. || I adore this story. It characterises the bipedal characters listed, certainly, but I love the way their thoughts end up characterising the entity of Hogwarts itself; they draw our attention to the character traits of Hogwarts that make it the place—and character—we know and love. Also, the inclusion of feminism and gender? Especially with Minerva involved? Uhm fuck yes.
- A Gift for Irma || T, 1.5k, Pomona and Minerva and Irma || Irma has had a rough year and Pomona wants to make her something special for Christmas. Set an unspecified time pre-Trio (but not by much). || I love these little moments. They never tend to be important enough for plot-driven novels, which I understand, and yet they’re often my favourite things to read. Pomona, Minerva, and Irma are all dears here, in their own ways. Plus, we get to see Minerva in what I (the graduate of an agricultural high school and applied science university) would call a highly flattering—or at least attractive—outfit.
- The Gifts || PG, 10.5k, Filius and Luna and Severus || An unaccountable gift opens Filius’ eyes and he decides to give a gift of his own. || This whole story is wonderfully-written and –crafted, but there’s one conversation in it that I’ve just been dying to read. Tune in for some Serious Talk about Dumbledore—and see how he responds. Filius is a brave and brilliant soldier here; Luna is clever and compassionate. Quite the perfect combination, really, and with their sights set on Severus. Excellent!
- A Year to Forget || PG?, 9.5k, Rosmerta/OFC || Rosmerta is under Imperius and her partner is finding it difficult to deal with her behaviour. || This can be a difficult story to read but is very well worth it. It’s uncomfortable in knowing that in this case we all hope the OFC sticks it out—because we understand the reason behind Rosmerta’s behaviour and how/when it will end—but these changes are not rare in other circumstances, either, without the ‘cure’ that we know Rosmerta and her partner will experience. We can root for them here because we know; otherwise we would be looking at it much the way other characters in this story are and it would be terribly difficult and uncomfortable, which is how it mostly is for these situations. We can be glad in this one that it is not and that, as one might imagine, the ending is strong and good but still requires the time for healing. This story touches on dark waters that run deep and dangerous.
- Fantastic Beings || PG at most || 6159 || Rubeus Hagrid, Newton Artemis Fido Scamander || Rubeus Hagrid, sent down from Hogwarts at age 14, had no prospects. That is, until his idol came to call. || I loved this story. We get a great, gen view of young Rubeus (with his love of creatures and growing skill), a fantastic take on Scamander, and ecology and conservation in a HP story! It’s got some science, scenes that can mend and break your heart, and great characterisation. Well worth the read.
- How Scrimgeour Got His Limp || PG || ~6350 || Filius, Pomona, Irma, Minerva and Rufus. || The title kind of says it all || Have you ever wanted to read a dangerous Minerva, a sweet-Slytherin Irma, a heroic Filius, and a Pomona that grows and sprouts right before your reading eyes? Then read this tale—and do it as a dark comedy/with black humour for a brilliant read-through.
- Small Hope || PG-13 || 2125 || Flitwick, Hooch, McGonagall, Sinistra, special guest appearance by Dobby || Old friends meet during trying times and discover that hope sometimes springs from unexpected sources. || Read this story for every word that Minerva McGonagall says. Especially those bits at the bottom; yes, mind the bits and the bottom. Best parts, except for the bits at the top and middle.
- Four Christmases || PG-13 (for language and a brief sexual reference) || 7056 || Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape || Minerva attempts to teach Severus Occlumency and perhaps something more. || Now I know I often write Minerva into these friendly coven tales, but this here is the Minerva I wish I could write: three-dimensional, dark enough to fit a past JKR really did skim over, devilish and clever and quite the slithering sort herself, acknowledging her mistakes (even present ones) without always being able to fix them, and still set on teaching the difficult teachable moments. A brilliant story with two incredible main characters.
- The Imperative Mood || G || 1200 || Rolanda Hooch and Minerva McGonagall || Minerva is always able to offer some words of wisdom. Some are the kind of words that can shape a career--or a life. || This is simply pure gold; 1200 perfect words of excellent characterisation (both POV character and the character watched like a hawk), sneaky femslash, and the most brilliant humour around. Read it! Absolutely do!
- A Casual Death || R || 1880 || Charity Burbage, Severus Snape, the Malfoys, Voldemort, assorted Death Eaters || The last minutes of Charity Burbage's life. || Terribly depressing, which is just what the last minutes of Charity Burbage’s life call for. Every paragraph is brilliant. I love the way the Narcissa and Severus backstories were handled in the last turns of Charity’s life. Realistic and so very sad.
- The Thing About Travelling || PG-13 || ~ 7,900 || Minerva McGonagall/(Adult) Hermione Granger || Minerva McGonagall goes on a journey. || alksjdflakjsdf. Impeccably in-character Minerva, a grown-up Hermione to die for (or at least to travel for), a great moment of canoeing, drool-worthy backstory, subtle politics, ecology and conservation (!!!), the tropics, pachyderm, humour, a roof terrace, and a smile-inducing ending. This is just the sort of story that makes a person want to up and travel—and to find the Minervas and Hermiones of the world.
I rec’d ‘Always’ and 'A Year To Forget' before (though I am including the latter in the list because it was already here before I made a post just for it). Here are my other (many) recs. I realise that each rec might hold more power if I limited myself, but I’ll admit I’m not one who does that with my hobbies, and I’m not one to limit my expressions of enjoyment when I appreciate something (or perhaps you may have noticed that in my comments). With that in mind, here are my recs:
There we go. It was a fantastic fest, as always, and I loved reading all the stories. I still haven't read a good number from '11, so let's see if I get to those before the next decade...
[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]