Summary: 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.
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
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.
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
Summary: The first fanfiction that I would recommend would be called “Dumbledore’s Army: The Year of Darkness.” This is basically a tale of Neville’s transformation from lowest in class to general of the army in the Battle of Hogwarts. The author wrote the world more detailed and emotional than even J.K. Rowling. If you like her writing, you would love Thanfiction’s rendition of Neville’s 7th year. It really is a fantastic mix of bravery, growing up fast, loyalty, and love in the face of fire.
Length: 25 chapters that are similar to Rowling’s length if not longer. This is a true novel length. Words: 247,715.
Pairings: Neville/Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones/Ernie McMillian
Warnings: Not for the faint of heart. Lots of blood, death, torture. Imagine the 7th Harry Potter book with the death toll being quadrupled.
For all of those people who wanted to know what happened back at Hogwarts.