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

Souls of the Dead

3cb1ab9b6679f67bf52bc27c34719e57Part 3 of 3 part series

Summary: Tom Riddle comes back to possess Harry, who has been underground in stasis for six years, believed to be dead. He traps Harry into his own mind and proceeds to kill/rape/kidnap both muggles and half-breeds. Its only when he meets the Winchesters and Gabriel that he is freed from Riddle’s grasp. Now he must learn how to fight demons across Europe, while getting repeatedly saved by Gabriel and getting reprimanded by Death for messing with the natural order. In the end, Harry must learn what it means to be family and the reaches of his magic.

Status: Bad

Opinion: The struggle that Tom Riddle had with letting go of his humanity was very well handled, yet short-lived. This fanfiction is very heavily on the Supernatural overlap, which personally was a turn-off speaking how the other two parts were limited on the cross-over references. As someone who has not watched much of Supernatural for reasons unknown, it was a struggle to keep up and understand what was going on. This would not have been as jarring or off-putting if the other parts included more Supernatural elements. It also seemed that the author’s answer to relationship strife and development needed to come from unplanned pregnancy as there was yet another one in this part.

Length: 100.807 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape/Hermione Granger, James Potter/Narcissa Malfoy, Remus Lupin/Sirius Black

Warnings: Heavy gore, Supernatural cross-over, suicide mentions.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1693394/chapters/3602300

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

Bound By Duty

51c514306aef395cc0a62798a9b71254Summary: There has been a sexual prophecy that has been told through centuries, stating a Mudblood and three wizards will defeat the Dark Lord with kinky sexual magic. Lily, James, Sirius, and Severus were one couple that had the potential to fulfill the prophecy, but everything seemed to fall apart rather quickly. Now Harry, Hermione, and Ron are busy creating a triad, Draco Malfoy is ordered to befriend them and quickly falls in love with two of the three members. Snape realizes that they have the greatest potential of meeting the requirements and brings the quartet in and facilitates the growth of their relationship. After a failed attempt at a ritual and after Draco is officially Marked, they must learn to trust each other again, right before Voldemort forces their hands.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: This fanfiction had the potential to be poor handled with its premise, but the polyamory angle was well handled. While the relationship between the trio and Draco had to be forced, it was no surprise they grew to love each other because the potential was there all along. The intrigue of sexual magic, as well as the D/s relationship that was introduced may the story exciting and nothing was ever similar. The psyche for each person, even side characters like Severus, was astounding in its complexity. No one character has simple motivations for what they did, but their emotions were not so complex that their choices did not make sense. The only negative was the Dominant/submissive relationship was not handled well, but that was also addressed in the storyline.

Length: 426.954 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley/Draco Malfoy, Lily Evans/James Potter/Sirius Black/Remus Lupin, Lily Evans/Severus Snape

Warnings: Very sexual, Dominant/submissive relationship, BDSM, Major gore at the climax

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/959572/chapters/4051674

Harry Potter: Blessed by Fates

heirloom-cradle-kit-LG-748b110Summary: When Harry and the trio go back to school after the fall of Voldemort, he decides to turn a new leaf and become friends with Draco Malfoy. This leads to Harry learning that he is homosexual and has a serious crush on Lucius Malfoy. In the background, Molly Weasley is discovered to be suffering from a major mental illness that she has been stifling with an illegal, highly dangerous potion. It causes her to attack her family, leading to some very difficult situations. When Harry learns that Lucius loves him as well, they must learn what it means to be a family, very quickly. All the while, all of the Gryffindors are discovering what its like to find their Slytherin.

Status: Bad

Opinion: This fanfiction seems to be a compilation of every crack relationship with little to no build up. The writing is inconsistent and often contradicts itself in the middle of a paragraph. The most memorable was that a character withdrew his Ebony wand, and then stated that it was Cherry. There were a lot of name mixups in crucial points that made it hard to follow what was going on. The storyline with Molly was actually well developed, but it needed a little more lead-up as well. The over exaggeration of how pregnancy hormones work as well was very off-putting and honestly seemed a little demeaning. The storyline just seemed to move too fast to make any sense; everyone was getting married and having children far too quickly.

Length: 429.340 words

Pairings: Lucius Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy/Bill Weasley, Hermione Granger/Fred Weasley, Neville Longbottom/Ron Weasley, Remus Lupin/Severus Snape

Warnings: smutty, male pregnancy

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/627847/chapters/

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

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Gryphon-black_largeSummary: When Hermione turns herself into a cat in her second year, Snape offers to take her on as his apprentice. Her acceptance of his offer leads to Hermione’s training as a warrior, potioneer, and animagus. She learns quickly that outer appearances do not always what they appear to be as she grows in strength along with Draco and Snape. When Viktor Krum and his band of Durmstrang boys reveal that they are animagi as well, they begin to develop a Pack that is so strong that nothing can tear them apart, even the war with Voldemort. With Severus at the helm of the Pack, they defeat Voldemort from behind the scenes, changing the course of history with as little bloodshed as possible. It is only as “freaks of nature” that they learn what family truly means.

Status: Good

Opinion: The beginning of this story was very well handled and I actually enjoyed the duplicity of Hermione, Snape, and Draco. The minor changes to the storyline made sense and had background for the choices. I enjoyed the minor traits of cat that Hermione retained after her mistake with the Polyjuice potion and the sense of pack that was created with the Durmstrang boys. The relationship between Hermione and Krum was well built and stronger in this universe than in the canon one. The ramifications of Ginny’s time with the diary were explored thoroughly. That being said, the story began to drag on a little near the end, and the “Pack Song” aspect could have been left out without hurting the story. The last chapter was heartbreaking, but the story could have been better had the epilogue regarding Hermione and Viktor’s children been left out. Their story seemed rushed and didn’t add much to the final moments of the story.

Length: 441.879 words

Pairings: Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum

Warnings: mild violence

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3630213/chapters/8016714

Inner Demons

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Summary: While Ginny returns to Hogwarts for her last as Head Girl, Harry remains in the Wizarding World as an Auror-In-Training. When Draco Malfoy shows up stating that Dolohov is trying to amass an new crop of Death Eaters, Harry must decide on what to tell Ginny and how to handle the situation. Unknown to him, Ginny is struggling with major PTSD, failing her courses, and generally breaking down. When Harry goes missing for a week after meeting with Draco, Ginny decides that she cannot handle the stress and breaks up with him. This drives Harry to push for full Auror status and spends the next two years on the Continent. Ginny gets her PTSD under control and begins her career with the Holyhead Harpies. When Harry returns for Ron and Hermione’s wedding, they must decide what to do with their relationship while Harry is stilling hunting down Dolohov.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: The first story setup the tone of the story immediately and showed the causes and influences that Ginny was undergoing. Harry’s turmoil over hurting Ginny and effectively losing the only family that he’s known was the perfect catalyst for him disappearing for so long. They story is completely based in canon, matching what the epilogue stated happened, but elaborating on the in-between years. The struggle that Ginny had with PTSD was understandable and lent itself to some very good character development. Overall, the story was well-laid out and the time lapse was well-handled. For the most part, you knew how long the jumps were and yet still only read the important parts.

Length: 482.492 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley/OC

Warnings: Major PTSD discussion, mild gore

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/601124/chapters/1083962