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Harry Potter

Hermione Granger, Granger family

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The Bloody Stare of Mars by Yahtzee

Voldemort's won, the heart of London's a concentration camp & muggle-born witches must take employment where they can... The Potter fandom isn't exactly short of 'Voldemort won' dystopias, but few combine Yahtzee's solid grasp of plot, keen eye for telling detail & light touch with the angst

[Added 01/12/2005; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Ron Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Firenze, Voldemort, Malfoys, OC]

Dreams by Lefaym

'Monica didn’t know how long she’d been running; everything seemed to be melting around her, nothing was real anymore, nothing but the girl chasing her, her long bushy hair streaming behind her.' A dark, thought-provoking take on the fallout from Hermione's memory charm

[Added 13/06/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; Harry Potter; Characters: Monica Wilkins, Wendel Wilkins, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, OCs]

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]

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]

The Seven Transgressions by Chicxulub

Seven different takes on Snape/Hermione, without a hint of romance. Teeters on the margins of badfic in places, but emerges dark, dreamy, disturbing. My favourite was 'Formalin'

[Added 02/12/2005; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Severus Snape, Hermione Granger]

Time Turner by Kate Bolin

'It was a bleak, colourless day when Hermione Granger discovered they were out of time.' An intriguing crossover exploring the mechanics of time travel in the HP-verse (HP/Doctor Who)

[Added 29/03/2007; Drama; 1000-2500; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Rose Tyler; Crossover]

Unsticking the Shadow by Pogrebin

'"How easily he has torn us to pieces, my dear."' Pogrebin is one of the many fan authors who seem to understand the implications of the Potterverse far better than its creator. I sometimes find her style a little off-putting, but this clever, thought-provoking piece is well worth a try

[Added 07/08/2008; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Voldemort, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, various minor]

The Unusual, Exceptional, and Statistically Remarkable Hermione Granger, Age 21 by Maggie

'Every year on her birthday Hermione made a note of the single most important thing she had accomplished in the previous year and the single most important thing she wanted to do in the next.' Insightful and subtle character study, stuffed with gorgeous details

[Added 06/08/2008; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Pansy Parkinson, Mr & Mrs Granger]