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Animal transformation fics are different from traditional "creature" fics (such as veelas, vampires, and werewolves) as in the latter cases the character is usually considered not-quite-human. And even in their 'human' form they will have heightened senses or additional powers and such. No, here they are just temporarily transformed into an unremarkable animal, whether by choice or by curse.

As I was putting this list together I realized that this trope is most often used as part of an "Identity Unknown" type plot. In the fics recced below, it turns out it's always Harry who transforms into some sort of animal, and Draco who is temporarily clueless as to his true identity.

Now that I think about it, this is the opposite direction of deception as in my previous sets of Identity Unknown recs, where Harry is more often the clueless one. This may or may not be significant. Hmmm....

While the transformation is most often due to Harry's being an Animagus, sometimes it's caused by a curse instead. Either way, Draco isn't able to figure it out right away, which is part of the fun :)

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It took me a while to appreciate Mpreg as a trope, and I still don't seek it out regularly. But some authors do such a great job with it that I can't help but love their fics.

I've mentioned before that my very favorite Mpreg fic is favicon You First, Loser by [ profile] zeitgeistic, but since I put that fic in my Humorous Fics rec list, I won't be re-reccing it here. More's the pity - if you haven't read that one, make sure you do!

The Mpreg fics on this list are a lot angstier than that fic anyway, so I guess it would have been out of place here :)

Draco seems to get pregnant much more often than Harry in fanfic (as I've also discussed before, with stats!) which you'll notice in the division of the two sets of fics below. Note: This list is far from exhaustive, but I was trying to keep it to a reasonable length and variety. I guess I will have to do another Mpreg rec list someday!


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Guys...I'm having a bit of a hard time trying to divide up all my favorite stories into rec lists! I'm trying not to make every list about 8th year AND I'm trying to avoid to creating enormous rec posts with 20+ fics! But I seriously have a list of over a hundred 8th year fics I love, and I'm not going to be able to fit them all in by the end :(

For what it's worth, I am also trying not to repeat fics during rectober, so that means trying to place each fic on just one list each, even though some fics could easily fit into two or more. Case in point, [ profile] who_la_hoop's How to Handle an Enemy series, which could have fit in the earlier party games rec list or the upcoming veritaserum theme. But instead it's here!

And I built a whole theme around it too :) Here, then, are "awesomely smutty 8th year stories which are so good they required sequels" ♥

by [ profile] who_la_hoop

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by [ profile] treacle_tartlet

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by [ profile] fr333bird

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by [ profile] firethesound

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As 2015 is the last year of the [ profile] hds_beltane fest, I thought I'd go back through and rec some of the best Drarry fics from all of the past nine years of the fest. I'll be splitting the recs up into four posts: 2007-2009 (this post), 2010-2011, 2012-2014, and 2015.

Note that this fest also includes Snarry, Snarco, and threesome combinations, but I'm just reccing Drarry.

Volunteers by [ profile] annafugazzi, PG-13, 52,000 words
Summary: Harry, Draco, and a volunteer position that was supposed to be quick and easy.
This is such a lovely story. Draco has been living as a muggle for several years after having spent 9 months in Azkaban, while Harry is a widower with a small child; both are terribly lonely and turn to volunteer work as a way of venturing back into the wizarding word. They find themselves partnered together as Ministry liaisons for the upcoming Beltane celebrations and in the course of working together learn to see each other in a new light. Wonderful characterizations, a slow burn and hopeful, hesitant beginnings make for an excellent read.

All I Want by [ profile] luthien82, R, 1,600 words
Summary: He loves the way Harry feels under him, how their bodies fit together like two puzzle pieces.
Well-written, and an interesting idea for non-canon post-HBP, though I did wonder just how Harry and Draco were able to get together if it's wartime and everything must be so secretive.

Cerulean Blue by [ profile] annafugazzi & [ profile] scrtkpr, NC-17, 28,000 words
Summary: When Potions Professor Draco Malfoy has an accident that costs him the last four years of his memory, Harry Potter, with the grudging assistance of Severus Snape's portrait, is the only one who can help him.
Everything about this was excellent--Draco's attitude when he had lost his memories, the memories themselves as Potter explored them, and the awkwardness afterwards. And I love how portrait!Snape is written here. The fantasy of a threesome with Snape isn't realy my thing, but then, this is an HDS fest, and it was short and easily skipped :)

favicon The Rabbit and the God by [ profile] who_la_hoop, PG-13, 19,000 words (fest link)
Summary: When Draco Malfoy goes missing, in the most peculiar of ways, frustrated Auror-in-training Harry Potter goes on a search for his absentee enemy that leads him to Muggle Japan – and to a mystery that will take more than magic to solve.
The relationship development is excellent and lovely, the hesitancy and the depth of feeling well portrayed. And their discussions about the past and Draco's role and his mark are all wonderful connections to canon.

favicon An Inconvenient View by [ profile] curiouslyfic, PG-13, 5,700 words (fest link)
Summary: There is, by Merlin, some Slytherin future that's not all raging fires and death. She knows because she's seen the porn.
Wow, this fic. It's very different from your typical HD story. It's all Pansy's POV--she's taking divination in 6th year and is getting (real) glimpses of the future. Some scenes she sees we know about from the books, and some scenes take place after the war showing Harry and Draco together (which Pansy is less surprised about than you might think). But it's frustrating for her, and a little bit for us, because she only gets glimpses and can't control what she sees or understand when it takes place and what she should do about it. But it's fascinating. The way the author shows us fractured scenes makes the reader feel just as impatient and eager for more as Pansy. Beautiful, poignant, and hopeful too. And Pansy (and Trelawney!) feel totally in character. (extended rec at hd-storyroom)

Sex On Fire by [ profile] gypsyflame, NC-17, 11,875 words
Summary: A life-threatening injury brings Malfoy back into Harry’s life.
I liked so much about this--their dialogue, the connection to the fiendfire event in DH, the subtle humor, and how she set up and fired her Chekov's guns. And the ending was nice and hot, even though it seemed to arrive a little too quickly.

Links to my rec lists from all previous hds_beltane fests. Enjoy!

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The "fall in love while in disguise" trope is a bit more common than the last two mini-themes I did but then, unlike tie-switching or removing Draco's Dark Mark, it's a trope that's not necessarily unique to the Harry/Draco pairing. Indeed it is common across many fandoms and ships (fanlore calls it 'Identity Porn' while tvtropes calls it 'Loves My Alter Ego').

In the case of Harry and Draco, this often involves one or both of them using polyjuice potion or a 'glamour' to make themselves unrecognizable, although it can also be done by having one or both of them receiving anonymous letters from the other.

I'm going to split my list of favorite Drarry fanfics which use this trope into two posts. In this one I'm just going to focus on those fics where both Harry and Draco are hiding their identity. (Next time I'll discuss fics where only one of them is in disguise).

Fics where both Harry and Draco are hiding their identities:

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What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of mid 2007 - 2008
(26 fics, sorted by date published)

Updated December 18, 2016

Note: There are so many lists of favorite Harry/Draco fanfiction, but I wanted to do something a little different. Rather than create a list based on genre or length or era or whatever, I've decided to do a series of "best-of X year" lists. This means the year the work was published not the year I read it.

This list spans 1 1/2 years because I wanted to begin with fics published after Deathly Hallows was published in July 2007.

More lists:

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General notes:

  • The "original post" column provides links to the first place I can find evidence of the work online. However, it can be really tough to determine when and where a work was first published (see my rant here: Dates Matter). So it could be that a fic was actually published earlier somewhere else and I didn't know it. Corrections are welcome.
  • I've read a lot of HD fiction, but I certainly haven't read it all, so if I've left off something you think I shouldn't have, I'm happy for you to let me know.
  • I may continue to add works to this list but I will try to keep the total number to 35 or less (for this list, 25 for other years). (On the challenge of maintaining lists)
  • My goal is to add lists for other years as well, time permitting.

How my fic preferences will skew the lists:

  • I tend to like fics which contain explicit sex, so the list will probably skew that way. However, I prefer that there be an actual plot, not just sex, and I read PG rated fics too--just fewer of them.
  • I like almost all the standard tropes, but I don't usually go for non-magical AUs, unhappy endings, dark!fic, or threesomes.
  • I don't give a toss who's on top or bottom, so you'll find both here.
  • I shy away from epic-length fanfiction unless I'm very confident in the author, so most of my recs will be less than 100,000 words.

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I've been reading an unhealthy amount of HP fanfic lately, and since it's "rectober" I figured I'd rec a few over the coming weeks. I'm going to try to rec those that aren't as commonly recced if possible. Details under the cut.

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