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/r/Fanfiction HP Winter Fic Exchange Part 2 of 2

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The /r/Fanfiction Harry Potter Winter Fic Exchange was a delayed Christmas present for 7 Harry Potter fans. Each put their list of preferences in and received a random recipient to receive a drabble based on their preferences. We have split them up into two parts (since the reviewers did take part :P) and will be reviewing them in blocks!

Fandom blind friendly: All require some basic knowledge of Harry Potter.

Reviewed by: Ashes0909


 

A Muggle Life

433 words, complete, @ AO3 by SatuD2

Genre/What to expect: A lovely drabble exploring Ron and Hermione moving into the Muggle world.

Rating: Gen

Pairings: Ron/Hermione

The first drabble takes on the question of what Ron Weasley would be like in the muggle world. Trying to adjust, Hermione is there to lend a helping hand in this sweet and authentic story.  It perfectly captures how uncomfortable Ron would be in a muggle flat and Satu does a wonderful job showing a kind intimacy between the couple, that helps them through this magic-to-muggle transition. A lovely fic all around!


 

The Ball Game

552 words, complete, @AO3 by Robbin_Hoods

Genre/What to expect:  Post-War Hogwarts era. During a Quidditch match, Harry Potter and Oliver Wood go after the snitch in the Forbidden Forest. 

Rating: Gen

Pairings: Harry/Oliver

The second drabble is a tale of two boys struggling to find something to say to one another. Harry and Oliver walk through the forest and are confident with everything but one another. I really liked how Robin_Hoods chose to start this fic, and from the very beginning I was rooting for these two to find a way to bridge the gap from friends to flirting. Great job!


Snowflake Kisses

595 words, complete, @AO3 by 

Genre/What to expect:  Post-War Hogwarts era. Draco is trying to adjust to Hogwarts after Voldemort is defeated.

Rating: T

Pairings: Harry/Draco

The last fic of this set was a gift written for me by amaranthium. They’ve all changed after the war, none moreso than Draco. Harry starts to see it and with this observation, he becomes intrigued. A little dash of mischief from a friend, and Harry and Draco’s relationship transforms in a fitting and festive end. Lovely work!


In summation

These three drabbles are lovely little fics. Each show their couples coming together in different ways. Some, for the first time, while others are adjusting to a new world and having only one another to lean on. All in all, the fics were very well done and a great, quick read. Enjoy!

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/r/Fanfiction HP Winter Fic Exchange Part 1 of 2

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The /r/Fanfiction Harry Potter Winter Fic Exchange was a delayed Christmas present for 7 Harry Potter fans. Each put their list of preferences in and received a random recipient to receive a drabble based on their preferences. We have split them up into two parts (since the reviewers did take part :P) and will be reviewing them in blocks!

Fandom blind friendly: The three drabbles reviewed here all require some basic knowledge of the characters of Harry Potter.

Reviewed by: SatuD2


Three Sheets to the Wind

554 words, complete, @ AO3 by blockedthewriter (lostlikeme)

Genre/What to expect: Humour, the twins giving Ron some much-needed romantic advice!
Rating: Teen and up
Pairings: Ron & Fred & George, Ron/Hermione

The first drabble I’m reviewing is the one that was gifted to me! This is a fic where the twins come across Ron drinking dejectedly in the bar after, what can only be assumed, was a disastrous session in the sack. Poor Ron is morose and drinking his sorrows away. blockedthewriter perfectly captures the twins as they swoop in to save the day, telling jokes to make their brother laugh, saving him from intoxication, and dispensing sage advice.

It’s wonderful, sweet and hilarious. If you want a dose of brotherly hijinks and a dash of good advice mixed in there somewhere, I will highly recommend you take a gander at this delightful oneshot!


A Day in the Life of Watching Ginny Weasley

602 words, complete, @ AO3 by ashes0909

Genre/What to expect: Romance, pining and realisation of denial in one lovely bundle.
Rating: Teen and up
Pairings: Hermione/Ginny

The second drabble is almost painfully sweet. It perfectly encapsulates that awkward teenage crushing, where you notice your amour everywhere you go but you’re totally not watching them, that would be ludicrous, they just happen to be at the edge of your vision at all times. And on the other side of that, the awareness of being watched and of revelling in that attention. And, of course, Luna being the most sensible one present as always.

It all comes together in the closing section. It’s sweet and delightful and warms the cockles of your heart.


Cologne

643 words, complete, @ AO3 by Hermit9

Genre/What to expect: Hurt/comfort, a lovely depiction of a poly relationship, gender fluidity and being trans
Rating: Teen and up
Pairings: Draco/Luna, Luna/Harry (mentioned)

The third drabble is a beautiful little self-contained glimpse into an established relationship. Everything is portrayed so sweetly and respectfully. Draco is the trans character, FTM, and as he sits in front of the mirror and surveys himself you can feel your heart breaking. Luna, nonbinary and wonderful as always, comes home from a date with Harry and gently puts their partner back together again. It’s incredibly sweet.


In summation

These three drabbles are very different, cover vastly different relationships and characters and scenes. They’re all delightful in different ways. I would highly recommend all three of them for your reading pleasure 😀

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The Crafts [Harry Potter]

 

1,271 words, complete @AO3 by Hermit9

Genre/What to expect: Exploration of Malfoy family relationships with some fluff
Rating: G
Pairings: Gen
Suitable for fandom blind readers? Somewhat, although knowledge of the source material would better the experience.

Draco Malfoy and his mother, post-series.

Reviewed by: Concept101


dracomalfoy_wb_f7_dracoandnarcissafacingeachother_still_080615_landDraco Malfoy, in the Harry Potter books, is an antagonist to Harry Potter and a character whose complexity often goes woefully underappreciated.

From an entitled brat, to a teenager angry with the world around him, to an individual conflicted in his beliefs, to someone who learned to trust in his conscience and remakes himself as an individual, Draco Malfoy’s many portrayals through the Harry Potter story is one of the best done redemption arcs I have ever seen.

And it is the latter of those portrayals that Hermit9 manages to nail so well in this one-shot beginning to her Crafts’verse series.

The far wall was stacked with crates and rigid translucent, muggle-made, plastic tubs. Strips of parchments with his mother’s beautiful calligraphy labelled everything.

As soon as you start the story, two things will be obvious to you.

Draco’s lukewarm dislike of muggles, a viewpoint ingrained into him since childhood that he is trying to shake off, is one of them. The other is his love for his mother Narcissa. It is delightfully subtle how Hermit9 portrays Draco’s admiration for her. Every thought he has of her or something related to her speaks of a gentle tone, almost as if you can close your eyes and imagine Draco smiling softly as he thinks of her.

It had started, of course, because of Potter.

This one line tells you more than enough about the relations between the childhood nemeses. Despite the passing nature of Harry’s presence on page, his influence on the events of the story is felt throughout in the form of Narcissa’s new favourite pastime.

Astoria Malfoy as Draco’s wife was done very well by the author. Her dialogue flowed well, and her words about the passing nature of flowers as a gift are a highlight of the story. After reading the story, if I ever had to describe her in two words, it would be ‘nonchalantly wise’.

Yet another character making a brief appearance was Hermione Granger, an unlikely ally to Draco in his quest to satiate his mother’s curiosities. The way she talked about Narcissa having been defined by those around her for her entire life spoke subtly of her having been through a similar experience in her past.

(I wanted more of this Hermione Granger, and apparently the author did too because she is writing a sequel revolving around the relationship between Draco and Hermione. But that is a discussion for another day)

‘The Crafts’ is a story not defined by plot, but by its succinctly written characters, who despite being on the page for mere lines, make their influence felt throughout. It is a story of relationships. It is a story of a broken past and a hopeful future. It is a story about rebuilding.

But at the root of it all, it’s a story about a mother and her son.

One worth reading.

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Cute!
Also I was thrilled to see you included the signification for the flowers as a note. I was curious about it and it shows you researched the combination beforehand ^-^

I adore the scene where Astoria explains the meaning of giving flowers to Draco. There was something just so homey, so idyllic about that scene, I really, really loved it. Like a little snippet into their relationship.

A few grammatical issues with the dialogue section, but overshadowed by how lovely Draco and his mother’s relationship is. Him going out of his way to make her happy, it’s just lovely. He really, really does love his mother, and I enjoyed seeing their lives post-war and seeing how they amuse themselves and put themselves back together. Also, loving that it’s Hermione who helps Draco buy the flowers. I bet Ron grumbled about that!

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Harry Potter and the Game

 

290k words, complete @FF.net by Concept101

Genre/What to expect: Action/Adventure with a big dash of Detective Harry
Rating: T
Suitable for fandom blind readers? Somewhat. I believe rudimentary knowledge of the source material is necessary.

With his life turned into a Game, Harry now has to raise a Phoenix, uncover the Founders’ darkest secrets, deal with political manipulations and live through Hogwarts in this story full of heart, humor, and spectacle. And the occasional swear word.

Reviewed by: Tafferling



hpWhen I found Concept’s
Gamer  version of Harry’s already extraordinary life, it had been years since I’d last had any exposure to the Potter and Co. Which is great, because I’m experiencing a wonderful blend of Was this canon? Nope, it wasn’t? But why, it’s great!

Concept is, in effect, retelling the original novels, but he’s putting so much spin on it, that the whole thing derails quickly and you’re left guessing on what he’ll turn over next. To start off, the first book passes relatively easily. Canon is clearly used as a template. The plot is simple. But that’s okay, because at this point we (and Harry) are still getting to know the mysterious power he’s gained, and the Game itself has got to get comfortable too. It’s a bit of a courting phase, really.

Already though you’ll get a taste of where this is headed. Concept begins to stretch his world building muscles, introduces additional details to the already rich magic system of the Potter-verse, and gives Harry his first “sidequests”, which eventually result in full-fledged plot lines through the second book.

And that is when things get real wild all of the mentioned.

Harry isn’t just the Boy who lived anymore in this story. He’s a detective, a part-time vigilante, and a snarky little ass. He purposefully deals with what life throws at him, all the while bothered by an increasingly self-aware and ornery Game. The quest texts for some of the tasks bestowed on Harry are totally worth every word read on their own.

But Harry and his game aren’t the only stars in this epic.

Concept has a great handle on side characters. His Luna makes me wish he’d write a series dedicated to her (because I’d read the shit out of that). He gives Harry an amazing little sidekick by the name of Hedwig (but not what you might think), who I very much adore. And even while Harry is the focal character, it’s obvious that he’s just one tooth in the cog that amounts to Hogwarts. Dumbledore, McConagall, and Snape do a lot more than carry their weight and are given time to shine.

Any more gushing about it would spoil things, because a lot of what makes this story stand out is what Concept does different… and I’d rather you read and find out. It’s worth it.

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As always, this was brilliant! I’m continually amazed by the number of twists you manage to slip in without making them strange or confusing. I await the next chapter with bated breath 🙂

I’d like to take a moment to thank you for this story.

It has been a phenomenal read, your use of the Basilisk and the chamber have been outstanding. Not many stories have dared to go outside the beaten path like yours, and it’s quite refreshing to read something so original (not to mention a gamer-like story that’s actually good for a change).