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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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