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Hoggywartyxmas Rec List

hoggywartyxmas has, sad as it is, come to a close again yet again. It has been a wonder to participate--and such fun! I enjoyed all the entries immensely. It was quite difficult, but I got my rec list down to the five I'll post here plus the one I already posted (my fantastic gift!!!). As usual, though, my real rec is to go read/look through the whole fest!

Title: Past the Port
Author: anonymous
Rating: PG
Word Count: 5500
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva McGonagall, Horace Slughorn, Rubeus Hagrid. Various pairings mentioned, but nothing explicit.

Two things of which Minerva was very fond were propriety and Scotch. It was so rare these days, she reflected, that Scotch got a look-in.

A story about the trials of life, the joy of experience, and the importance of friendship – in which Horace soul-searches, Hagrid blushes, and Minerva surprises them both.

Warnings: Tipsy professors?
Disclaimer: These are JKR’s characters.

Author's Notes: Happy Hoggywarty, imagemiss_morland! I’ve tried to include a few of your different prompts, here: ‘McGonagall/older woman,’ ‘Someone spends Christmas alone, against their will,’ and ‘The Little Match Girl’. I hope you like the result. Big thanks also to imagetherealsnape and the Hogwarts Staff for throwing another fantastic party :-)

Oh my goodness, read this story. Amazing friendship between three long-term, upstanding friends who know each other well and yet come to know each other better through this evening that we have the privilege of witnessing. As voyeurs, we get to become secret keepers with the three of them; boy, are the secrets worth knowing. Animals and immortality; budding romance; romances of old; family history; femslash. There are so many killer lines in this story and such brilliant characterisation that it is just like watching the characters themselves. Watching them get drunk and spill the good stuff! Absolutely read this one.

Title: A Christmas Fairytale With Sex and Goats
Author: Anonymous
Rating: R
Word Count: 13,500
Characters and/or Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore, and a herd of goats.
Summary: In years to come, 1984 would be remembered as the Christmas with all that snow.
Warnings: None.
Disclaimer: I am not JKR, and I do not own Potter. For which everyone is likely very glad.
Author's Notes: So here it is, Merry Christmas, everybody's having fun... Dear recipient, I muddled up several of your prompts in a blender and added gratuitous amounts of both sex and goats. I hope you enjoy anyway.

This is a brilliant story. Fantastic characterisation for two unconventional, unabashedly strong-willed characters faced with the surprise of emotions. Albus is the conniving old bastard we know him to be. Read to find out how Minerva and Aberforth deal with him, and deal with each other. Well and truly worth the read: one-liners that will knock you dead with laughter, some real steam, plenty of snow to cool you down, and the cutest scene of affection I've seen in quite a while. I'm glad this story was as long as it was; I enjoyed every moment of it!

Title: Seen and Unseen
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3,000
Characters and/or Pairings: Sybill Trelawney, Minerva McGonagall, Stan Shunpike, Mundungus Fletcher, Rita Skeeter and Harry Potter
Summary: When an article about her is published in Witch Weekly, Sybill Trelawney faces some uncomfortable truths, but also makes a couple of delightful discoveries.
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: All characters are the property of JK Rowling, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Author's Notes: Dear Fluffyllama, I very much hope you enjoy this!

This story is fucking hilarious. Oh my goodness. We get Sybill writing in her diary (so in-character and hilarious), a character witness from Stan (ditto), a letter from Potter (heart-warming and filled with great advice), and some surprise material with Minerva McGonagall. Each character is written just-so, including from first person POV (impressive!). It furthermore contains a taste of one of my favourite femslash pairings seamlessly slipped in; the way it was done made me squee. Absolutely worth reading!

Title: Look Not at the Things
Author: Anonymous
Recipient:[personal profile]dueltastic
Rating: R
Word Count: 10,600
Characters: Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore
Summary: "To see or not to see" -- that is the question facing Severus Snape when he comes to teach at Hogwarts.
Warnings: voyeurism
Disclaimer: JKR and her lawyers may rest easy. I claim no ownership of her Potterbooks, her characters, or her billions of pieces of merchandise. Or her billions of galleons, either.
Author's Notes: at end

I was forced to leave a three-comment-long review on this story. That generally means I absolutely couldn't tear myself away from a piece and that it is utterly wonderful. Indeed, this one is. We see Severus, young and at his grumpiest and most bitter, with a renewed and new-found curiosity for his old spinster teacher-turned-colleague. This story is hot, hilarious, and hedonistic in the most wonderful of ways. All characters involved are perfectly characterised and ever so sharp. One does not wish for the story to end, and yet it does so at the perfect time. Truly a glorious tale, yet again, from a Mystery Author friend.

Title: A Midwinter Night's Revel
Author: Anonymous
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 500
Characters and Pairings: Aberforth Dumbledore, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Pomona Sprout (Aberforth/Minerva, and some drunken comradely shenanigans between Filius and Pomona)
Summary: A phenomenon of weather strikes during a meeting of the heads of house, and all four (along with Aberforth) are snowed in overnight at the Hog's Head.
Warnings: Poetry
Disclaimer: All characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and associates. I have merely borrowed them for some light literary torture.
Author's Notes: Happy holidays, Kelly! Thank you for the excellent prompts. I hope a little verse is welcome, or at the very least forgivable.

Oh my goodness, READ THIS POEM! It is incredibly well-done and also hilarious. It stars some of my very favourite characters and one of my favourite settings: Hogsmeade. It contains drunken debauchery and sexy shenanigans, all while keeping true to every character involved. In 500 words we see a brilliantly-characterised, sharp, witty, descriptive portrayal of a staff meeting gone awry due to the weather. It's perfect. Read it. Read it.

That's all for now. Trying to quickly get through a few things before sleep. (: Thank goodness for an easy Friday tomorrow!

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]

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