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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:
[livejournal.com profile] pitry
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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