Never Alone

Ruby-7-1200x915Summary: When the Dursley household is destroyed during the summer, Harry is sent to leave with Severus Snape. He must learn what it means to trust an adult and other people to survive the summer. When Draco Malfoy joins them after his own mother’s death, Harry and him begin to create an unbreakable bond. This is slightly changed when Draco has temporary amnesia after a Death Eater attack. Harry shares all of the information about the Horcruxes with his new found family and even learns the price of self-sacrifice.

Status: Good

Opinion: The story premise was good and well-written, but the story itself was not very memorable. The relationship grew slowly enough to make them realistic, but there were not many moments where the characters were conflicted about anything, which made for a bland story. Ron’s reaction to Harry being friends with Draco and Snape was irrational and sudden, as was his reintroduction to the story. The Horcrux hunting seemed much less dramatic in this story as well, though the added information about Tom Riddle was interesting. There were a several major character deaths that happened that didn’t seem to affect the story all that much as well, which felt anti-climatic with their build-ups.

Length: 397.743 words

Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Remus Lupin/Severus Snape, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley

Warnings: Suicide mention, gory deaths

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3377003/chapters/7386758

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Of Hearts and Heroes

0c211a03743c41baed2ca9a36d11e9caSummary: When Sirius dies, Harry goes into a deep depression that only the reemergence of his Empath American cousin, Adrianna, can bring him out of. While Adriana takes Harry to Japan for training for the summer without anyone else knowing, Ron and Hermione are starting a new relationship based around Ron’s inability to keep the nightmares away unless Hermione is near. When Adrianna shows up with Harry, all four students (including Ginny) must beginning training and learning what they are best at for the sake of defeating Voldemort.

Status: Meh

Opinion: There was a lot left unexplained in this fanfiction, including details of Adrianna’s Empathy and how her “American” magic works. The story was well-written with wonderful characterization, even of the more minor characters, but the plot was lacking. The storyline just ends with no resolution; the reader does not learn anything about the major plotlines, including how the four students end up defeating Voldemort or how Adrianna’s Empathy relates to the larger picture. The interaction between Ron and Hermione was very good and I enjoyed reading about their insecurities and how they overcame them and their story arc was the only one to have any real resolution.

Length: 404.433 words

Pairings: Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Bill Weasley/Nymphadora Tonks, Charlie Weasley/OC

Warnings: Mild gore

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4670303/chapters/10658006

The Price of Valour

Mungos_TraumaSummary: When Harry is struck down by a mysterious magical illness that prevents him from being able to walk and handle magical interference, Draco Malfoy is the one to take over his care. As Harry adjusts to not being able to take care of himself, he must also learn what it means to have someone’s attention solely focused on him. When it comes to light that Ginny Weasley is the one who started the problems, combined with other Dark magic, Harry and Draco must figure out how to resolve the problem and also learn to love each other while under a Healer/patient relationship.

Status: Good

Opinion: This story has a lot of character development in terms of both Harry and Draco. Their relationship does border on obsessive, which is not quite healthy, but the story acknowledges this. The struggle of Harry’s loss of ability to handle magic definitely showed character struggle on both parties, Healer and patient. The breakdown of Ron and Hermione’s relationship was a little lackluster and honestly could have used more extrapolation, but as Harry barely saw either Ron or Hermione, even when they were staying in the same house, it was understandable. Overall, the story was well written, but I personally was not fond of the relationship as a whole.

Length: 406.814 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy/Kingsley Shacklebolt

Warnings: Healer/patient relationship, mild medical kinks, paralysis

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/903791/chapters/1748088