Somewhere in Time

thSummary: When Harry, Ginny, Draco, and Hermione are sent back in time by some unknown person, they find them stuck in 1945, along with Tom Riddle in his seventh year. They must learn to navigate the different world while attempting to not change the future too much while also trying to find their way back home. When Riddle takes an unusual interest in Hermione, the future is irreparably changed, especially when they find their way back to the year 2000 and then are promptly sent back.

Status: Good

Opinion: The time travel with four individuals worked very well for this story and lent itself to some entertaining and challenging moments. The relationship between Hermione and Tom let both of them stay themselves and in character.  The changes to the future were well meditated and even the charisma that was evidenced in Tom’s interactions as a teenager gave him must more depth without deviating from the original portrayal. The only strange aspect of the story was the introduction of Salazar Slytherin, though it did add some knowledge to the time travel itself.

Length: 345.363 words

Pairings: Hermione Granger/Tom Riddle, Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley

Warnings: Slight non-con, torture, gore

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/419049/chapters/697161

Paying for His Pedestal

Cho-Chang-promo-pics-ravenclaw-28214458-1919-2560Summary: After the incident in the ministry, suddenly Harry Potter can do no wrong in the eyes of the wizarding world, which he avidly does not enjoy. He decides to do something just because he “shouldn’t” and rapes Cho Chang during the train ride to Hogwarts and continues to do so several times over the next few weeks. After a while, Cho and Harry find common ground and become each other’s sanity. It is only when Harry refuses to acknowledge the growing relationship and begins to date Ginny that it all becomes strained and they must decide who to choose in the end.

Status: Bad

Opinion: While the story was not difficult to follow and was easy to read, everything was highly sensationalized and over-dramatized. The repetition of phrases, words, and interactions made the entire story redundant and almost boring to read. Overall, the relationships were toxic and the sexual interactions were implausible. The decision to make the story focus on Cho Chang’s perception of the relationship rather than injecting some of Harry’s made the story a little flat and one-dimensional.

Length: 355.462 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Cho Chang, Cho Chang/Cormac McLaggen, Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley

Warnings: non-con, rape, mature rating

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6665278/chapters/15243934

The Hog’s Head

Hogs HeadSummary: After the defeat of Voldemort, Harry and Ginny rekindle their relationship; quickly discovering that their relationship seems to be going very easily. Ginny goes back to Hogwarts for her last year, while Harry decides that he would like to run the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade, just to be closer to her. However, running a business isn’t as easy as Harry believes and as Death Eater related vandalism begins to disrupt his life, Harry starts to wonder if he will ever be just normal. As not only Harry, but also Ginny is targeted, Harry finds himself entering the Auror program just to solve the mystery of who is behind the mysterious happenings in Hogsmeade.

Status: Good

Opinion: This story was well laid out with multiple suspense filled moments that made it seem like a mystery novel. The relationship between Harry and Ginny seemed rushed at first, but as the story progressed and the stressors changed, so too did the strength of the relationship. Their high level of connectiveness was also explain rather nicely in the end as well. The idea of Harry running away from anything regarding academics or the Auror program was a good one that lead to a lot of discussions.

Length: 386.745 words

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

Warnings: mild mentions of torture

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4215900/chapters/9530346

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

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

Starting Over

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Summary: After the war ends, Harry and the trio are thrown into a media frenzy that takes months for them to get out of. During this entire time, Ginny is waiting to hear from Harry about possibly restarting their relationship while trying to get George to join the living again. When he finally reappears at the Weasley home, he doesn’t seem to know how to handle her, and the disappears again for essentially Auror bootcamp. When he gets back, their relationship seems strained due to Dean Thomas’ reentrance into Ginny’s life and only comes to an understanding after Ginny is taken hostage by Greyback. Even though Harry warns Ginny about the power of the press, she decides to make their relationship public, right before she goes back to Hogwarts

Status: Good

Opinion: This story, while short, introduces the reader to the world right after the fall of Voldemort and also shows how brutal the press could be to the Golden Trio. Every person is struggling to some degree in this story, which makes sense for the time. Ginny and Harry do seem to have a much more strained relationship than I feel was necessary at the time, but Greyback taking Ginny seemed like the last push that they needed to rekindle it.

Length: 60.878 words

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

Warnings: Mild tones of depression

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/571142/chapters/1023212

Fate is a Four Letter Word

captureSummary: When Ginny Potter is brutally murdered while in bed with her lover, Draco Malfoy, a now middle aged Harry must go back in the public eye to find out who her murderer was. When it turns out that Malfoy is completely innocent, Harry himself is put up for the murder charge. It is up to him, Severus Snape, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and the Weasleys to discover how deep the murder goes and navigate the legal system all the while. During a Ministry attack and from a surprisingly reliable spy, it comes to light that the person behind the attacks is none other than the head of the MLE, now they must find enough proof to convict her and her accomplices. While all this is going on, Harry must learn what it means to be in a loving relationship after the dissolution of his own relationship with Ginny.

Status: Good

Opinion: The legal aspects of this story was very well handled and showed the many flaws that the British Wizarding World had to face. There was very good dialogue about creature rights and magical theory throughout the story as well. The relationship between Harry, Severus, and Kingsley I wish had a little more build up on the latter twos’ parts, but the relationship was well taken care of. The one downside of this story was that there were a lot of subplots that muddled the storyline and occasionally made it difficult to follow along. It did have a good balance of high and slow paced action, and it was fascinating to watch the author’s perspective on what Harry’s relationship with his children would be like.

Length: 525.304 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Draco Malfoy/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Lucius Malfoy/OC

Warnings: Mild Gore, Age-Gap relationships

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4267422/chapters/9661617

Phantom of Hogwarts

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Summary: After the war with Voldemort has ended, Hogwarts resumes its normal year, except that the Ministry has decided that the wizarding world is severely lacking in Fine Arts education. This prompts a musical theatre competition between the Tri-Wizard Schools to see who will have funding for the following school year to implement the new program. When Severus Snape is cast as the Phantom and Hermione as Christine, they learn how much like their parts they really are. Throughout the school year, their relationship grows and they have to use all of Snape’s spying prowess to not get caught. At the same time, Snape learns how to relax for the first time in his life.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: While the writing in this fanfiction start off very shaky (Severus’s point of view is first person, while Hermione’s is in third person), it does even out a few chapters in and become not only more detailed, but has the thought processes of the characters increase as well. The introduction of Fine Arts in the wizarding world was a good premise, as the original series always felt lacking in that department. The Phantom of the Opera was a wonderful backdrop for the relationship building as the characters in each story matched very well. Hermione and Severus’s relationship did seem a bit rushed in the beginning, but that was rectified throughout the story. This story is a guilty pleasure because of the theatre aspect, but that does not mean that the story was not well developed. Severus’s growth throughout the story was well-handled.

Length: 653.984 words

Pairings: Severus Snape/Hermione Granger, Harry Potter/Hermione Granger, Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Susan Bones .

Warnings: Mildly explicit in the later chapters, student/teacher relationship

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/188358/chapters/276942

A Big Happy Weasley Family

WeasleysSummary: Long ago, the Weasley Family was cursed to never be able to sexually satisfy their wives and the Peverell line would be the ones to do so. When Arthur discovers Harry and Ginny together, he begins to fantasize about Harry and Molly together. Ginny, being unable to keep up with Harry’s appetites, agrees. This begins a long montage of Weasley men coming to Harry to satisfy their women as they watch. All the while, Harry is slowly losing himself to the Elder Wand’s powers, his need for power and bloodlust and lack of emotions begins to bother him. He finds himself struggling to overcome it and discover how to control the Elder Wand now that he has began to use it, or he has the possibility of losing everything he loves.

Status: Good

Opinion: This fanfiction is mostly porn; it went above and beyond smut. Every chapter has Harry having sex with at least one of the Weasley significant others, Gabrielle Delacour, or even random girls in Gryffindor. That being said, the plot with the Deathly Hallows slowly taking over Harry was very well developed and handled well. The sex scenes, while seemingly unrealistic, were explained by the curse and the magic of the Elder Wand. The resolution was satisfying and the theory sound, both with his relationship with the girls and with the Hallows.

Length: 110.073 words.

Pairings: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Ginny Weasley/Molly Weasley/Audrey Weasley/Fleur Weasley/Gabrielle Delacour/OC

Warnings: Very very explicit, Harem fic

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4413323/chapters/10023830

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