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Harry Potter

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Changeling by Lydia Bennet

'Fred's first dog was a bit of a mess.' A creepy, clever short which slots seamlessly into Rowling's world

[Added 11/12/2006; Drama; 1000-2500; Harry Potter; Characters: Fred Weasley, Weasley family]

The Eleventh Birthdays by Livesandlies

'When he had turned eleven, it had been Aunt Muriel who'd taken him in, because she was a Prewett and had a cousin by marriage who'd been a Black, and they took those things into account down at the registry office. It had not been so bad for him.' Trio-centric triptych, set in a dystopia where Voldemort won the first war. Livesandlies creates a wonderfully detailed world where Dudley gets to shine and even Percy is sympathetic

[Added 15/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Weasley siblings, Dudley Dursley, Lily Potter, James Potter, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Dolores Umbridge, Dr & Dr Granger, Piers Polkiss]

Get There Faster by Jintian

A dark coda to Order of the Phoenix that deals with Harry's responses to Sirius's death. Breathtakingly plausible

[Added 13/02/2006; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Remus Lupin; Adult]

Healer by Fahye

'Of the twelve pairs of ribs that comprise the thoracic cage, ten are attached to the sternum and two are floating, which makes Padma imagine pressing her wand to the bruised skin of someone's back and whispering Wingardium Leviosa until their bones slot into place.' A beautifully written meditation on grief & healing after the war, with interesting speculation on magical healing versus medicine

[Added 02/03/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Padma Patil, George Weasley, OCs]

Once Upon a Time, in Egypt by Josan

In this unusual post-War novel, Snape is employed by goblins to investigate potions discovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb. Though a few of the plot elements failed to convince, it's worth a try for its wealth of fascinating details about goblin society & Egyptian magic

[Added 18/03/2006; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Severus Snape, Bill Weasley, OCs]

The Sacrifice of Right by SnorkackCatcher

'There was once a goblin smith of renown, Eretek by name, who was greatly skilled in the working of metal and unusually strong in his magic. In this he was esteemed among the goblins of his age, for none other could match the fineness and delicacy of his craftsmanship, nor the subtlety and power of the enchantments worked into the articles that he made.' The Indiana Jones-style romp of a frame story is a little pedestrian, perhaps, despite starring a most unlikely pair of investigators. Well worth a try, though, for the story-within-a-story, plus some interesting world-building about goblins

[Added 15/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Percy Weasley, Dumbledore's portrait, Cuthbert Binns, Kingsley Shacklebolt, OCs]

'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]