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16 April 2013 @ 04:58 pm
This is one of the posts I was mentioning when I said there would be a non-personal post or two from me soon. I’ve had “Finish reading Hoggywarty ‘12” on my To Do List for far too long, and right beneath it was “Rec Hoggywarty ‘12”. Here I am to do just that.

    My Hoggywarty Recs:

    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:

  • 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 [personal profile] 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.

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.]
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our little life is rounded with a sleep: Hobbs/Raydor standing next to eachotherdefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recs! I've been craving some Hooch/McGonagall lately. :D
Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || Hey I'm Reading.cranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ah Kittyhawk, an old favourite of mine. I can't blame your craving. Not one bit. Also, this is supposed to be quite wonderful; it includes Rolanda shyly going after Aurora, apparently. I haven't read it yet since it's new from this year's crop of Beholder fics, but I've heard great things from highly reputable sources. I'm sure it's worth a read if it helps at all with at least half of your craving.
our little life is rounded with a sleep: Hobbs/Raydor standing next to eachotherdefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've bookmarked it for later on.

Is there anyone actively writing Kittyhawk at the moment?
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Catnip || Entwined in light.cranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
I can't think of anyone who actively writes only Kittyhawk, but it's an OLSB (Old Lady Smut Brigade) pairing that does come up often enough that I wouldn't consider it rare within the OLSB (though outside that, in general fandom, totally).

Have you ever read much of Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank? Because she's another of the butcher women frequently paired with Minerva. Those stories, often written by authors who have also written Kittyhawk, do tend to be excellent.
our little life is rounded with a sleep: A/R Faith smilesdefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
I have read a little bit of fic featuring W G-P. I like reading fics where she's paired with McG, or McG is paired with Hooch. Do you have any recs? I'd be happy to read them. :)
Kiwi Crocus: Women || Two in a field.cranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
I am crafting a rec post now. (:

Well, actually, I'm munching on no-chick chick'n fingers because I haven't eaten all day, but in a moment I will be back to making up a list of people's tags and some stories and the like.

I may be an absentee member of the OLSB for the moment, but of course I'm down to help however I can, hah.
our little life is rounded with a sleep: Hobbs cell phonedefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! You are just the sweetest! :D I so appreciate you taking the time to do that. :)

Edited at 2013-04-16 09:57 pm (UTC)
Kiwi Crocus: EA || Mrs. Fisher || Is that so?cranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
Not a problem; I quite like it. Thank you for the opportunity to share my Old-Lady Potterheadness.

And, uh, I suppose there's my stuff too (I didn't include it), but I'm not at all confident in that and I'm still going through all my fandom writing either again or for the first time. So I'd stick with the others. (:
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
A Feather in One's Cap is utterly brilliant (and hot), although it also involves Rita Skeeter (a very well-written Rita).

You know kellychambliss, but here's her tag for Kittyhawk and here's her tag for Minerva/Wilhelmina. lash_larue's tag for Minerva/Wilhelmina is here.

Air Heart is a great Kittyhawk story from magnetic_pole. Here is the Harry Potter tag for miss_morland; many of those will be great femslash, and the very first one is Kittyhawk.

This is tetleythesecond's Minerva McGonagall tag; everything there will be golden. Equally, this is therealsnape's Minerva tag; she is a hoot and a half and has great stories with incomparable humour.

That's from my personal flist (there are others who have written Minerva/Rolanda or /Wilhelmina, but I checked the pages of those I know write quite a bit). I don't know if any of it is flocked, so if some of it is, I'm sorry!

This is the Minerva tag for the fest dysfuncentine, so the stories won't necessarily be happy, but many are superb.

hoggywartyxmas, obviously what I've rec'd here haha, is well worth checking out--the masterlists are in the tags and I know there are some prior years that likely have what you're looking for.

This is the Minerva tag for hp_beholder, which is a brilliant fest, and many of those stories will be top-notch. The very first one, I believe, is a Kittyhawk story (though I haven't read it yet).

And I'm sure you know minerva_fest? Pretty much everything you find there will be absolutely brill, and much to your specific liking.

Have you tried watching any of the more OLSB communities? Many don't update often these days, sadly, but they have great collections of work. hms_kittyhawk, hp_oldladysb, hphooch, minerva_magic, quinquatrus.

That's all I can think of for now. Happy browsing and reading!
our little life is rounded with a sleep: Hobbs cell phonedefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this! What a fabulous list indeed! This will keep me gladly occupied for a very long time. *hugs* :)
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Rolanda || Quidditch from above.cranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
Not a problem. Hope you enjoy them. (:

(Psst come and write for us some time psst.)
our little life is rounded with a sleep: Hobbs/Raydor standing next to eachotherdefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I could never hope to do those pairings justice! The writing I've encountered in the OLSB is downright intimidating because it is so unbelievably fabulous! Plus, it's been so many years since I read the HP books, I feel like I need to reread them all before even hoping to write fanfic. Perhaps some day though. :)
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Winter branch.cranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 10:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's admittedly intimidating as fuck. But thankfully all the writers are really wonderful and human, so even for people like me there's a place. (: Plus, I'm sure you have some fabulous writing! One of these days I'll finish watching BSG so I can read it...

I'm slowly re-reading the HP books, too, so you wouldn't be alone in that. I've actually only read the sixth and seventh books once each, which is terrible, so I really need to fix that and perhaps it'll improve my HP writing.

Anyway, I know that jumping in that first time is the hardest, so if at any point you feel like doing it, link me! I'll be ready to comment. (:
our little life is rounded with a sleep: A/R defyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you have some fabulous writing! One of these days I'll finish watching BSG so I can read it...

Oh, thank you. :) I write Adama/Roslin so if you find yourself shipping them, my journal is the place for you! :P I am also writing Hobbs/Raydor from the Major Crimes fandom, a small non-canon pairing but tons of fun. :D

Anyway, I know that jumping in that first time is the hardest, so if at any point you feel like doing it, link me! I'll be ready to comment. (:

Thanks hon. :D xo
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Irma || Slytherincranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I already know I ship Adama/Roslin (and some other stuff) but I haven't watched it all play out yet. :P

I always wanted to watch The Closer and then Major Crimes, but I only got so far into The Closer before I got impatient... is it bad to watch The Closer only from when Mary joined the cast, and then go on to Major Crimes? Would I miss too much to understand what was going on?
our little life is rounded with a sleep: Raydor/Hobbs in electronicsdefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
I only started MC from season five, when Mary joined. I don't think you'll miss much to be honest. :) Major Crimes season two starts in 7 weeks, so now would be a good time to get caught up on season one. :)

Adama/Roslin are luuuurve hehee.
Kiwi Crocus: Hair || Floral hair.cranky__crocus on April 16th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
7 weeks to watch 3 seasons of The Closer and a season of Major Crimes?

I can do my best. (:
our little life is rounded with a sleepdefyingnormalcy on April 16th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Weeee! :)
lash_laruelash_larue on April 17th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
There is no better guide to Old Lady Smut than Kiwi.

Put yourself in her hands with confidence.

our little life is rounded with a sleep: Hobbs/Raydor standing next to eachotherdefyingnormalcy on April 17th, 2013 01:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm already loving her recs. :)
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Pomona || Herbology wand.cranky__crocus on April 17th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
You're not a true OLSBer until Lash suggests you get with another one of our ranks.

That said, welcome to the club! We have badges.
our little life is rounded with a sleep: Hobbs cell phonedefyingnormalcy on April 17th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
Kiwi Crocus: HP || SS Hops || Flower.cranky__crocus on April 17th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
Well, I can think of a few, but for my generation I'm not so bad a guide. (;

Now now, I'm not looking to get handsy, sexagenarian or no! :P
lash_laruelash_larue on April 17th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)

You know you are... ;)

Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Hot chocolate.cranky__crocus on April 17th, 2013 01:49 am (UTC)
A sexagenarian? Why yes, yes indeed. (;