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Espresso Recommendations

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Contents: 942 recs in 217 fandoms; 64 links

Harry Potter

Sirius Black

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Every Day This Week by Predatrix

'Severus, surprisingly enough, hated Quidditch.' In an unexpectedly plausible move, Predatrix makes the young Snape borderline autistic; the result is heartrending, as the eleven-year-old tries to conform to Hogwarts' expectations

[Added 01/12/2005; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Severus Snape, Argus Filch, Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Minerva McGonagall]

For To Preserve This Day by Sinope

Snapshots of uneasy relationships during the first war. A delicate, precisely observed piece

[Added 13/02/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Sirius Black]

Marginalia (A Story about Stories) by Magnetic Pole

'No one knows exactly how old the Library is, but legend has it that its oldest books once belonged to Rowena Ravenclaw herself. The Library’s gargoyles jeered at Nicholas Flamel when he first visited; its dragon genealogies are the lengthiest and most complete in the world.' Lovely clever story which works on multiple levels. The unusual narrator is a particular treat

[Added 15/12/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Original character, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin]

Orbital by Ineke

'Sirius ... walks with the consciousness of himself as an object of desire: slower than you'd expect, as though the lingering glances are catching him with soft hands, tugging and yearning against the direction of his motion.' Ineke achieves a delicate balance here, giving Sirius a much darker edge than is found in most R/S, without making Remus appear out of character. Wonderful sensual writing

[Added 06/08/2008; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, OC; Adult]

Reclamation by Copperbadge

'I was wondering what you knew about horcruxes...' From the initial premise to the plausible consequences, one of the most interesting AUs I've read in the Potterverse

[Added 04/01/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Tom Riddle, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Severus Snape]

Tower of Air by ClueGirl

'Albus has never been one to seek the murky depths, after all, hiding his heart in the castle's stony bowels as old Salazar did his vengeance.' A perceptive character study, which wields the angst brush effectively

[Added 11/12/2006; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Harry Potter; Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Sirius Black]

'Twas Brillig, and the Slithy Toves by Kaydee Falls

'Carroll was actually a wizard, you know. Taught at Hogwarts for a year or two, I think. Care of Magical Creatures.' Neat characterisations of all four Marauders as they pass on the torch, and the dialogue just bounces along

[Added 13/02/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, Molly Weasley]