I also realise that to this point I have rec'ed all the entries I've seen and that that's not quite the point of rec'ing, although I do find all of these quite worth the rec for the reasons I mention. Since this came out of the desire to spread some Minerva Attention to other sites of fandom--there's quite a following for her on tumblr and a few entries were reblogged--I have been happy to link to everything. (Unfortunately the tumblr lot aren't really commenters, alas, as it's quite a different platform.)
I suppose you can see which ones are meaty enough to count as recs, kellychambliss?
It's Minerva McGonagall's birthday. My friend hosts a Minerva Festival over on Livejournal with fic and art starting on Minerva's birthday.
The first story went up today. It's brilliant!
*Connect the Stars. Gen. Battle of Hogwarts; Minerva's history with Hogwarts. Fantastic characterisation, great pacing, short but hard-hitting.
Read it. Leave a comment. Feel free to say I sent you. ;D
Another excellent Minerva story went up today. Longer, this time, but incredibly brilliant; so many fantastic lines, spot-on characterisations, and a great look at Severus Snape's death.
*The Case of the Living Portrait.
10.5k words. Laugh-out-loud funny and also able to stir up a number of strong emotions. The sort of friendships many of us want. Books. Mystery. Minerva McGonagall, Spinster Detective.
I'm also 99.9999% sure it's written by one of my dear HP friends.
Go! Read it! Comment! Feel free to say I sent you!
Title: What Do You Think?
Prompt #69: Minerva gets new dress robes
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva, Severus, Madam Malkin
Summary/Description: See prompt.
Artist's Notes: Many Thanks to our lovely Mod for a consistently wonderful Fest! :D
Amazing Minerva art as part of Minerva_Fest on Livejournal. Go take a look! Leave a quick comment, feel free to say I--Kiwi--sent you. ;D We always appreciate more comments over at Minerva_Fest!
Title: * Minerva's First Owl
Prompt #56: Minerva's father teaches her and her brothers about God, religion, heaven, etc -- and the understanding that magic is a gift- not a devil given power/ doing sin by doing magic. How McGonagall balance out her religious faith with her magical heritage.
Word Count: 2,579
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva McGonagall, Robert McGonagall, Malcolm McGonagall, Robert McGonagall Jr
Summary: Minerva's father's reaction, as she receives her Hogwarts letter.
Author's Notes: Reverend McGonagall's opinions do not necessarily reflect the author's.
Another brilliant entry for Minerva_Fest on Livejournal. Pre-Hogwarts Minerva is very much well on her way to growing into the woman we know in canon. Touching story of the McGoangall family. I loved the combination of theology and magic as part of Minerva's Pottermore history.
Well worth a read! Please feel free to head over; read, comment, and drop a line saying Kiwi sent you. (; We love having more outside participation!
Title: Owl and Cat
Prompt #45:Minerva has a secret flame, one whom no one would suspect. Who is this person? Did they meet when they were both young or later in her life?
Word Count: 3238
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/OMC
Summary: Young Minerva is a Gryffindor and doesn't always stick strictly to the rules.
Warnings: slight AU in that I really thought Minerva was older than she apparently is
Author's Notes: I took inspiration from The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Information on the Belfast Blitz may be found on Wikipedia (and the various sites linked to in and after the Wikipedia entry). I am also deeply indebted to the website www.whoohoo.co.uk for the Scottish and Irish dialects. See endnotes for translations of some of the more cryptic (for American readers) phrases. I am extremely grateful to my betas, US and G_B. Any mistakes left are mine alone. And as always, thanks to my personal cheerleader S. K.
Very interesting story. Bit on the heartbreaking side but well worth a read. Great view of the first magical war.
Title: Friends and Lovers
"someone will remember us
even in another time" -- Sappho
Word Count: 1150
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva/Rolanda/Wilhelmina; Poppy
Summary: The battle is looming, Minerva is needed. She is also exhausted. Fortunately, she has friends and lovers.
Author's Notes: Not much to say, saw the prompt and this came out.
Interesting and cute little mostly-dialogue fic with a natural threesome (that doesn't need explaining--huzzah) and some wonderful female-driven friendship/relationships. Some of the time before the battle, caring for the key soldiers.
Title: * Exotic Matter -- Part 1
Prompt #71:Adult Hermione is asked to write the biographical entry on Minerva McGonagall for The Dictionary of Wizarding Biography. Her research takes her in some interesting and maybe even surprising directions.
Word Count: ~17,000
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva/Severus, Hermione/Ron, possibly background Minerva/Rufus, plus other characters you'll recognize
Summary: When Hermione is asked to update the National Dictionary of Wizarding Biography, she discovers some surprising things about her favourite professor.
Warnings: Abuse of theoretical physics; wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff; possible background infidelity; mention of child death
Author's Notes: Suffice it to say that this story was not what I set out to write. For one thing, it's as much about Hermione as Minerva. But one sentence led to another, and before I could mutter Peskipiksi Pesternomi, the plot pixies got totally out of hand. It will be clear to anyone with a passing familiarity with physics, medicine, or library science that I'm largely making this up as I go along. My sincerest apologies for the amount of disbelief I'm asking you to suspend.
The settings and characters of Harry Potter belong to J. K. Rowling and her peeps. The quote from Physical Review comes from Friedman et al., "Cauchy problems in space times with closed timelike curves", © 1990 The American Physical Society.
Thanks to the mod and the Headmistress for their patience, and to kellychambliss for the fun prompt.
Thanks to mmadfan for the beta. Need I say that any errors—grammatical, philosophical, or scientific—are completely mine? I am also indebted to the authors of String Theory for Dummies.
Holy shit, read this story. The most brilliant explanation of the Time-Turner that has ever existed. Spot-on characterisation, drop-dead plotting, excellent pacing, fantastic lines, fabulous writing, and an end like a punch to the stomach. One of the best I've read. Read it!
Title: Off Season 1980
Prompt #7: "I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming?" (Maya Angelou)
Rating: R (NWS)
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva/Poppy
Summary/Description: A visit to the seashore, Sept. 5th 1980
GO LOOK AT THIS NOW PLEASE. If you love Minerva McGonagall and femslash, this piece is for you. Deputy Headmistress Minerva McGonagall and Madam Poppy Pomfrey enjoy a quiet moment by the water; we, the voyeurs, have the pleasure of seeing it. How? Goodness if we know, but who are we to complain? Beautifully-rendered piece of quiet eroticism and female sexuality. The Old Lady Smut Brigade delivers again! Stunning. Simply stunning.
More later, I'm sure.
Title: Twenty-Four Hours after Hiroshima
Prompt #40: "The cat on the wall outside was showing no sign of sleepiness. It was sitting as still as a statue, its eyes fixed unblinkingly on the far corner of Privet Drive. ... In fact, it was nearly midnight before the cat moved at all." How did Minerva really pass that day after Voldemort's first defeat by 'The Boy Who Lived'? Didn't she leave Privet Drive all day? I'm looking forward to any story that tells us about Minerva on this particular day.
Word Count: 8358
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Elphinstone Urquart, Marlene McKinnon/Arabella Figg, Petunia Dursley/Vernon Dursley, James Potter/Lily Evans
Summary: Minerva is awakened in the middle of the night to news that’s almost apocalyptical. This is an account of the subsequent twenty-four hours.
Author's Notes: Thank you to my beta w-r. All errors are my own. I think I wanted this to be more than it is, but I’m still hoping it satisfies the prompter.
Another brilliant Minerva tale. If you've ever wondered about Minerva's 24 hours following the news of the Potters' death, this truly feels like it. We see an hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute of Minerva's discovery and her time spent with the Dursleys; we see her friendships and her doubts, her fears and the hope she's afraid to feel on the eve of a new, potentially war-free time. Her depiction of the Dursleys is frustrating, maddening, and so sadly true to canon. Well worth the read. Drop by and leave a comment right beneath mine! We love to see new comments.
[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]