The fourth week of the HP Friendship Fest has already begun, but you can find the weekly round-up of fics from the third week over on the Fest site.
Last week’s fics had two that I particularly enjoyed: “Sybill Trelawney and the Unexpected Gift” and “Before Peace”. (“Sybill Trelawney and the Unexpected Gift” was written in response to a prompt that I left.)
I have added “Before Peace” to my recommendations page, and I plan to add a few more fics from the Fest, as well.
As I’ve mentioned before, the Fest is quite eclectic, and there’s something for just about anyone’s tastes, I think, so check out the fics. They’re perfect for short late-summer reads.
Draco’s Heart, which is a companion story to A Long Vernal Season, is going up over at An Archive of Our Own now. The story hangs its hat on Draco and his relationship with Ginny, but we see what a lot of the characters from A Long Vernal Season are up to — Harry, Ron, Luna, Gareth, Hermione, Arthur Weasley, and even Severus and Poppy make separate appearances. It’s a fast-moving story, and rather fun, I think.
Draco finds that a new life comes with his second chance. Not DH-compliant. Set in spring 1999.
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Arthur Weasley, Ron Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, and others.
If you’re looking for something a bit different to read this week, I highly recommend “Before Peace,” an entry in the HP Friendship Fest. As soon as the Fest folk have done the “reveal,” I’ll add a note to this post with the author’s name.
“Before Peace” is a beautifully written, thoughtful piece. In a way, it’s a character study, and as such, it shows us characters who are in an extreme environment and who show their true mettle. It’s a very Ravenclaw fic, focussed on Ravenclaw characters, clever, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. I am really looking forward to learning who the author is.
Here is the blurb from the LJ entry for the fic:
Prompt/Prompt Author: He talks about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising like it’s more magical than Hogwarts, and she listens because she wants to believe they’ll make it out of this alive. / liliths_requiem
Title: Before Peace
Characters: Padma, Anthony, Luna, Terry, Michael
Warnings: Canon violence*
Word Count: 4,900
Summary: “In this century…the poet is often the committed revolutionary intoxicated with the struggle for freedom.” A ghazal, and a story, from deep within the halls of Hogwarts.
*Note: the canon violence is oblique rather than explicit.
I will likely rec a few other fics from the Friendship Fest eventually, but I wanted to be sure to rec this one while it was fresh and before I could forget.
This one is a triple drabble for Hagrid. It takes place the evening of the same day as the previous drabble.
Characters: Rubeus Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore
Hagrid washed the four mugs in the basin Minerva had given him, setting them to dry on his makeshift counter. It wasn’t yet dark, but he thought he’d draw his new gingham curtains and go to bed. Continue reading
I submitted a few prompts for the HP Friendship Fest, and one of them was selected by an author. The result was posted today over on the HP Friendship LJ community: “Sybill Trelawney and the Unexpected Gift.”
Here’s the prompt for it:
After being sacked, Sybill turns to drink again. Minerva intervenes. Can be either a hopeful fic or more ambiguous.
And here’s the author’s summary:
Sybill Trelawney learns to live with her Inner Eye, cooking sherry, and Minerva McGonagall, in that order.
The author made very good use of the prompt, and did an excellent job of weaving canon scenes seamlessly into the fic. I thought it was a really touching look at Sybill, and also at Minerva.
I look forward to the reveal and learning who the author was.