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Harry Potter


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After the Earth by Torch

'She'd already cleaned everything off the mantelpiece -- the photographs, the display case, the flowers.' This tiny vignette really makes you think -- to say any more would spoil it

[Added 18/03/2006; Drama; <1000; Harry Potter; Characters: Minor, Remus Lupin]

Faces in Stone by Ignipes

'A snake, fat, twisting, and endless, wrapped around their legs. ... Its charmed stone skin crawled slowly, lazily, so slight a motion she wouldn't have noticed if she didn't know to look for it.' An exploration of wizarding sculpture, and the after effects of war, as Hermione goes on a road trip across Italy. Thoughtful & atmospheric

[Added 02/03/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, sculptor of the Fountain of Magical Brethren, OCs]

A Life in Obscurity by Rosemaryandrue

'They had killed his brother's wife, and burnt their farmstead, despite every spell rooted in the land. They had brought wild wizards on their long ships, birch carrying, battle-scarred wielders of unknown curses.' A cunning meld of Ignotus Peverell's story with Arthurian myth, with a lovely folk-tale feel

[Added 25/08/2012; Drama; 1000-2500; Harry Potter; Characters: Ignotus Peverell, Death, Arthur, Merlin, original characters; Crossover]

Much As She Had Lived by Ignipes

HP has a multitude of minor characters. Ignipes takes Dorcas ('Voldemort killed her personally') Meadowes and gives her a death, and a life. Subtle characterisation of the nascent Voldemort, and evocative descriptive choices

[Added 18/03/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Dorcas Meadowes, Voldemort]

Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree by Duniazade

'It didn't smell of anything. Not of wood, not of dyed fabric, not of greased metal, not of red paint, not of the hot steam billowing out of the engine's stack.' A complex, interesting window into a teenaged Snape's home life, anchored in unsentimental detail. In the same universe as A Rowan in Winter, also worth a try

[Added 25/08/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Severus Snape, Eileen Snape, Emmeline Vance, Alastor Moody, Regulus Black, Wilkes, Mulciber, Macnair, Evan Rosier]