It Was All Just a Game

05-old-colliery-yardSummary: When Draco devises a plan to distract Harry during the Triwizard Tournament by making Harry fall in love, it backfires and Draco soon discovers that he feels more for the Gryffindor than he believed. Over the next few years, Harry and Draco engage in a clandestine, secret relationship that ends tragically when Draco is forced to take the Dark Mark. Though they still are in love, the war takes a toll on them both, forcing them to decide what really matters in the end.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The relationship between Harry and Draco was not perfect, in fact, it was far away from a healthy relationship at first. The story progressed evenly, but the story felt stilted and forced, like the characters didn’t really believe in what was happening in the story. Yet when the war is over, the story almost completely deviates from what was happening before and all the sudden, the plot points from before didn’t matter to any of the characters. The dilemma that Draco faced after taking the Dark Mark was strong and the moral discussion that followed was good, but the reactions did not seem to add much strength at all.

Length: 364.435 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy/Astoria Greengrass

Warnings: None

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3976099/chapters/8922004

Harry’s Second Chance

0b8497dbd7574300a57ea41e35ded53dSummary: When Harry de-ages himself to 6 or 7 years old after the defeat of Voldemort in his fourth year, Severus Snape is the one who takes him. Since Harry has no memories of his previous life, Snape and Harry have a chance to reconnect and start over. They must learn to live with each other and finding a family along the way in the most unusual of people; a woman they saved in Greece, a de-aged Albus, and a man named Lucky who has a complicated past all of his own.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The story had some decent elements regarding parenting and what kind of parent that Severus Snape would be without all of the complications in the way, however many of the relationship went very quickly with little prelude or build up. The complications in their lives seemed to be overcome very easily and with simple solutions. Even the idea of Snape adopting Harry seemed to go very quickly with little interference on anyone’s part. The only complication that seemed to stay with them was Echo’s problems with her ex-husband, but even those were overlooked at times.

Length: 395.201 words

Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger, Severus Snape/OC, Lucius Malfoy/OC

Warnings: Alternate universe, mild mention of child abuse

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4763627/chapters/10892663

Moment by Moment

thSummary: Several years after Voldemort wins the war, the Ministry is banished to America. When Harry is requested to be sent back to Britain with a magical object, he knows that he’s signing up for his death. What he doesn’t realize is that the Dark Reign is going to keep him alive and torture him. Along the way, he discovers that not all is what is seems with the Heir, Draco, and they find love in their torture, and eventually escape. They must then deal with the aftermaths of their torture while trying to help the Resistance in their movement. Their relationship and power ends up being what defeats Voldemort in the end.

Status: Meh

Opinion: This fanfiction was compelling during the torture and healing afterwards, but during the attempt to take back over the wizarding world, the story became stagnant. The character growth in Harry was astounding, but he almost seemed too dependent during the aftermath. The relationship between Harry and Molly was nice, but seemed stilted. The sexual aspects of the story were not necessary and were almost hard to read. For so many words, the story could have been told in much less time.

Length: 395.957 words

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

Warnings: Torture, rape

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6003066/chapters/13788558

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

Peace is a State of Mind

Azkaban-island-uk-coverPart 2 or 3 part series

Summary: After the disastrous end of Voldemort in the first part, Harry is sentenced to live in Azkaban, where he spends his days in an alternate world that he has created in his mind where he gets to live with those who he has lost. Meanwhile, Severus and James have to come to terms with what it means to live with a bond and learn to live outside of it as well. When Lily Potter, as a reaper, manages to convince Harry that his world is not reality, he crash-lands back into a world that hates him. When his attempt to bring back Draco by going back in time fails, he turns to Lucius Malfoy, who double-crosses him.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The creation of Elsewhere was fascinating, as was the stories of the other members of the Dead Block in Azkaban, but the story seemed lacking in terms of how each person was dealing with the events of the war. Not one person seemed to be handling it well and each one had tried to commit suicide of some kind. The relationship building was lacking and seemed very sudden, with unplanned pregnancies as the sole reason that the relationships stayed together.

Length: 114.747 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger/Severus Snape, James Potter/Narcissa Malfoy

Warnings: Suicide warning, insanity, heavily alcoholism, drug addiction

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1380631/chapters/2890081

For the Price of a Soul

ArtPart 1 of 3 part series

Summary: When Harry is beaten to the point of permanent damage by Vernon Dursley, he makes a deal with a demon to have magic to protect himself. He then runs off until he is discovered at the end of what should have been his first year. Starting a year behind with epilepsy in Slytherin, he must navigate the not-friendly world around him. Occasionally a person that goes by the name of “The Assistant” shows up and helps both sides. As voldemort begins to recruit him, Harry must decide who is more important; his family or defeating Voldemort, all the while knowing that the demons are coming for him before he turns 18.

Status: Meh

Opinion: This fanfiction had good bare bones with the exasperated abuse on Harry, but the added element of the time travel and alternate timelines that was introduced with “The Assistant” often muddles up the storyline. The mental state that Harry Evans goes through is understandable and well-laid out, one of the few redeeming qualities. Harry’s love of history and runes throughout the story gave a rather weak character some strengths and personality. The discussions about the alternate timelines were fascinating as they were various. There were several climax scenes where there was so much going on that some very important elements were easy to miss, especially in the final scene. Even after going back and re-reading it, it was hard to decipher.

Length: 410.721 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Remus Lupin/Sirius Black

Warnings: Very violent, torture, abuse, master/slave

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/785942/chapters/1482358

Draco Malfoy Must Die

il_fullxfull.552036671_8g7jSummary: When Hermione tries to make Ron jealous by going out with the least likely person, Draco Malfoy, she is dragged into Draco’s mission with the Vanishing Cabinet. Three girls from separate houses that Draco dated at the same time become fast friends with Harry and Hermione. They must all decide how save Draco, kill the Horcruxes, and keep Hogwarts safe all at the same time. When both Draco and Neville are bitten by Greyback, the entire group must learn what it means to love and how to navigate relationships when none of them had a “normal” life growing up.

Status: Meh

Opinion: This story starts out similar to the story of “John Tucker Must Die,” but quickly becomes more of a story of survival. There are several major points in the story that match the original books, but there are some deviations that change the outcomes. The introduction of Lillian Moon was a little strange, especially when her background is revealed. The relationships seemed to be quickly made, but they did have some good interactions after the fact. The epilogues were highly unnecessary and seemed to drag on; it has six parts. Remus and Tonks’ relationship was actually very well done and liked the familial aspect that was created. The fact that Harry and his friends knew long before the end what his fate was to be added a nice element to the story as well. Overall, there was a lot of depth missing, but it was not terribly written either.

Length: 431.703 words

Pairings: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy, Remus Lupin/Nymphadora Tonks, Harry Potter/OC, Ron Weasley/Daphne Greengrass

Warnings: Major character death, suicide mentions

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4732727/chapters/10815965

The Wages of Going On

18fv5f5knhzl1jpgSummary: After Harry, Severus, and Draco get captured by the Lestrange brothers and are thrown into a dark ritual designed to destroy them, Harry has to make a sacrifice that could save them; he has to let Severus and Draco rape him. While the ritual accepts the sacrifice, it creates a mental bond that all three have to learn how to live with and control as they try to determine how the Lestranges got hold of them in the first place. When the trio stumbles upon a large problem in the Aurors than they originally thought, they must learn to trust each other and use the bond to save themselves, get revenge and hopefully break the bond before it is too late.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The premise of this story is very good, but the interactions seemed forced and out of character. All three of them were very immature about the aftermaths of the ritual, especially Harry. For someone who was mature about the sacrifice itself and recognizing that it was out of their control, he seemed to blame the other two heavily. The majority of the fanfiction seemed to be them struggling with their stubborn sides to actually recognize what the true problems were and to understand each other. Yet, after the bond is broken, they just seem to fall into a romantic relationship when there was no inclination towards that throughout the story. The action was good and well written, with little slow points, but the relationship struggles were too much for the story to feel cohesive.

Length: 172.074 words

Pairings: Severus Snape/Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy

Warnings: Dark Fanfic, Rape

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/991976/chapters/1959664

The Scales of Balance

willow-treeSummary: When Lucius Malfoy and Severus Snape return to Britain ten years after the war, after waiting for the public fervor to die down, they found out that the young witch that they grew to like has become reclusive and broken. This leads them to try and win her over and help her regain her confidence after they discover that it was her two best friends who caused her to be in this state. When Ginny Potter and her four children get thrown into the mix of people hurt by Harry and Ron, the Order finds themselves trying to track down the cause of their hatred; a dark curse from the Lestrange Vault. All the while, the threesome has to realize that being a family doesn’t necessary mean just two people.

Status: Meh

Opinion: This fanfiction started off well, with detailed information about the characters and why the situation seemed so bleak when the two wizards arrived. However, as the story progressed, there were a lot of explanations that seemed to be skipped or basic relationship building needs that were skipped. The fact that Hermione was broken, yet sexually deviant seemed to be a huge contradiction. The relationship between Snape/Hermione and Lucius/Ginny were too quick and lacked basic emotions. The best relationship build was between Hermione/Lucius in the end. The writing was a little stilted and it often was difficult to determine exactly where the characters were or how they were feeling. Ginny’s deception was not very obvious either and threw me out of the story as it didn’t seem to fit properly.

Length: 159.959 words

Pairings: Severus Snape/Hermione Granger/Lucius Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy/Ginny Weasley, Ginny/Weasley/Harry Potter, Harry Potter/Ron Weasley

Warnings: Smutty, Dark Harry and Ron

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/747196/chapters/1393446

Chocolate-Covered Werewolf, Fathers’ Day, Vanilla, and Watching Videos

Parts 14-17 of 17 part serieswolf-5

As these four fanfictions were fairly short and intertwined, there is just one review for them altogether.

Summary: After the story ends in Scars, Severus, Remus, Theodore, and Dylan settle into a semi-normal routine and they attempt to settle into a working family relationship. During part 14, Remus attempts to make chocolates for Severus, but severely messes up. In part 15, the boys decide that they want to celebrate Fathers’ Day with their adoptive parents and end up making a mess out of the entire. Their unusual gift is well explored in both parts 16 and 17, as Remus and Severus discover that they are perfectly happy with an unexciting love life.

Status: Meh

Opinion: These parts had their moments where they were interesting, mostly during the much larger parts 15 and 17, but for the most part, they didn’t add too much to the characters than what we already knew.

Length: Part 14: 1.957 words
Part 15: 14.132 words
Part 16: 971 words
Part 17: 7.184 words

Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin

Warnings: Alternate Universe, mild smut

Links: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177170
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177167/chapters/6901723
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3178934
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3179012