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Title: To Do, a tale about a tail, with a tail end.
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shiv5468
Characters/Pairings: Hermione Granger/Severus Snape, with appearances by Lucius Malfoy and George Weasley
Genre: Romance/humor
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 10084

This is a witty, witty piece of fiction. There's a bit of "indelicate" humor in here (to quote the fic itself), and the characterization is a great piece of fanon hilarity---a slightly shy, somewhat matured Severus, an annoying Lucius, and an uber-organized Hermione. This is definitely a fic that has you giggling out loud.

Title: Wormwood and Gall
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith
Characters/Pairings: Snape, with appearances by Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Lucius Malfoy
Genre: Gen (dark)
Rating: G
Word Count: 3400

The characterization in this fic is fantastic. Dumbledore is amazingly, perfectly crafty---the supreme chessmaster. McGonagall is earnest as ever, and Lucius Malfoy dangerous as ever. But Snape is the center of this fic, and his arc is wonderful. You can feel the tension in this piece, the swing upwards, the fall. Wonderful.
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Title: Berlin
Fandom: Harry Potter/Petshop of Horrors
Author: [livejournal.com profile] atdelphi
Characters/pairings: Grandpa D/Dumbledore
Rating: G-ish
Word count: ~3500

As strange is it sounds to have a HP/PSoH crossover, it also works incredibly well; the petshop is certainly one which deals in magical creatures. In addition to the novelty factor, though, this is simply well-written and incredibly fun. It features a younger Dumbledore, trying to acquire a certain phoenix from Grandpa D. It's hard to say exactly what emotional resonances the fic finds; only that it does, and that in some ways it's like observing a dream. Well worth the reading time.

Title: Don't Look Back
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author:
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Characters/pairings: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Lucius Malfoy, Harry Potter; background Hr/R
Rating: PG; warnings of off-screen character death
Word count: 4000

"Wow," was what I thought when I finished this fic. This is a gorgeous piece, surreal, bittersweet, and mysterious. It's a tale of loyalty, and love, and the little stories that make up people's lives. It's also got a beautifully ambiguous ending and is set in a dream-library---what more can one ask for.
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Title: The Semantics of Healthcare
Fandom: Sherlock
Author: [livejournal.com profile] wellingtongoose
Characters: John Watson

This is a quick guided tour through Britain's healthcare system---and with respect to fandom, exactly what John Watson would have been doing in Afghanistan (hint: it's not going on patrol and shooting heavy artillery). It's therefore certainly useful for fic writers; however, it's also just an interesting read for non-Brits who might be wondering about how the healthcare system in Britain works.
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Title: May the Second
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pepperam
Characters/pairing: Harry/Ginny, with mentions of Ron/Hermione, Bill/Fleur and Molly/Arthur, starring the whole Weasley family
Rating: R
Word Count: 8465

The morning after the Battle of Hogwarts, Ginny is trying to deal with her broken family---while wanting nothing more to escape and to find Harry. It's a wonderful fic on numerous levels. The grief of the Weasleys is palpable, and the portrayal of how a person can feel trapped among mourners, can feel weakened by needing to be strong, is incredibly accurate and moving. The fic is also excellent in describing how Ginny and Harry's relationship---though they only dated briefly---has developed, especially while separated in the war; it is deep, but also tentative and unsure.
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Title: Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] xylodemon
Rating: PG
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Dumbledore's Army
Word Count: 2700

This is another lovely fic from the most recent [livejournal.com profile] springtime_gen fest. At this point, I've probably read it a half-dozen times, and I love it each time. It deals with the aftermath of the Battle of Hogwarts, and the rebuilding of the castle. I love how alive the castle is, how Minerva perseveres, how each student's arrival shows how much they have changed (and yet also remained the same) over the years---and how much the teachers and students care about their school.
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A pair of Blaise recs for today!

Title: Switzerland
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ofankoma
Rating: PG
Character/pairings: Blaise Zabini, Justin Finch-Fletchley
Word count: 9300

Blaise's snark in this fic is so good, but he's much more than the usual snark machine. He's thoughtful (if jaded) and truly, beautifully human and well-rounded. Justin is also quite excellent here; he banters, and is witty and smart (not a stereotypical "Hufflepuff duffer"). The fic also deals well with some of the inevitable results from the war in a plausible and interesting way---and oh my has it got the utter tedium of many political meetings down.pat.wow.

Title: Saturdays Are for Football (The Rest of the Week Is for Everything Else)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] pitry
Rating: PG-13
Character/pairings: Blaise Zabini, Dean Thomas
Word count: ~4200

This fic deals with the remaining racial tensions after the Second Wizarding War---and it does it brilliantly. There is healing here, yes, but also hurt and rage. The fragile friendship between Dean and Blaise is well done, and the way that Blaise slowly comprehends what racism during the war really meant for Muggle-borns reads true.
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Title: A Bit O' Magic
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue
Rating: PG-13
Character/pairing: Argus Filch, Mrs. Norris
Word count: 4750

This is a fic that will turn your perceptions of Filch and Mrs. Norris on its head. The fic paints both in a sympathetic light, while keeping both perfectly in-character; it simply views the world from Filch's eyes. It's an incredibly touching portrayal of the relationships that can develop between people and animals, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I teared up at the end.
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Title: A Gold Coin and a Silver Badge
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] yaakov
Character/pairing: Anthony Goldstein, with appearances by Terry Boot, Michael Corner, and Anthony's father (OC)
Word count: 5896


This is a wonderful fic for numerous reasons. It provides a deep, detailed look into Anthony's life and the way he juggles his many identities---Jewish, Muggle-born, gay, wizard, and even his identity as a Ravenclaw. The interactions between Anthony and his friends and family, and his thoughts about how fits into his world, are nuanced and subtle and just really lovely. Identity is a difficult topic to really write well, and this fic does it.
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Title: Follow Your Inner Moonlight
Author: [livejournal.com profile] spin_deep
Character/Pairing: Lily Luna Potter/Teddy Lupin
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: about 9,600

This was an absolutely lovely fic. The character development is brilliant. I'm severely in love with Lily Luna, and Teddy is a beautiful individual. The plot is highly original, and also compelling and somehow so very right---especially Teddy's job. I couldn't stop reading once I started.

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