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I thought I'd finish up rectober with a set of my favorite fics involving time travel, in keeping with the amazing favicon Tea and No Sympathy which I recced yesterday.

(I'm going to be posting a rectober wrap-up post in just a little bit too.)

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I recced this fic for hd-storyroom back when it first came out, and I knew immediately that it would be one of my all-time favorites. This fic is just about perfect, and I can't rec it enough :)

favicon Tea and No Sympathy by [ profile] who_la_hoop
Originally published December 23, 2014 on Livejournal as part of the [ profile] hd_erised fest

Rated: NC-17
Word Count: 70,000
Summary: It’s Potter’s fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It’s been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco’s getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he’s falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?

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What if it's not all hearts and flowers after Harry and Draco finally get together? (No! Say it isn't so!) In real life, certainly, most relationships suffer ups and downs through the years, and in some cases the downs can break you apart.

While I admit that I generally prefer to read about how these characters get together in the first place (yes, I know, I am such a sap!), these fics do a wonderful job exploring what might come after. And it's often the case that in so doing we get to explore a more nuanced, mature version of love than what we see in the early stages. And that's not a bad thing :)

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favicon Last City by [ profile] zeitgeistic
Originally published April 30, 2014 on Livejournal as part of the [ profile] dracotops_harry fest

Rated: NC-17
Word Count: 27,500
Summary: Twenty-four Twenty-three men, six cities, and one unusual sexual requirement.

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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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Harry and Draco making a bet (or deal) and the loser being forced to provide sexual favors to the winner is another trope I adore. Some of these have the loser secretly happy to have lost, but not all of them! The winner is almost always happy, however :)

(There's a popular version of this trope which involves making the loser wear a dress - or heels, makeup, lingerie, etc. - but that's not really a kink I'm into, so none of these involve cross-dressing, sorry!)

Draco wins the bet
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Harry wins the bet
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Eighth year is a popular era, so I'm doing more eighth year recs :) These are all drabbles and ficlets (less than 1000 words) which nevertheless manage to deliver great scenes and images.

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I've seen rec requests for this trope before on other blogs, so I know people want to read these fics (and so do I!) The thing is, there aren't yet a whole lot of ABO fics written for the Harry/Draco pairing. Indeed, many of the ones I know of are werewolf fics (see yesterday's rec post). But these are my favorites of the non-werewolf ones I've read so far.

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I did Veela fics, so now it's time for werewolves :) Werewolf fics often come with a side of Alpha/Beta/Omega dynamics and knotting, so I've sorted these fics into two groups depending on how overt the ABO dynamics are. Tomorrow I'll do a set of ABO recs without the werewolves.

Fics with less overt or no ABO (usually just one of them is a werewolf)

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A frequent trope is an unintentional 'bond' which brings our two characters together. There are so many kinds of bonds that a comprehensive rec list would quickly become unmanageable! So I'm limiting myself here to just those bonds which
  • are psychic or emotional in nature (not physical ropes or tethers)
  • are brought on suddenly and unexpectedly (not destined soulmates)
  • take place in eighth year (because it's my favorite :P)

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This set of recs is a little bit of a departure for me, because I'm usually all about the sex (quelle surprise!), or at the very least, the romance. But every so often you find a nice little pre-slash story, and when it's done well, it still gives you all the feels :) If only they didn't have to end so soon!

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Party games in eighth year are a classic fandom trope, and I love them so much! The fics I'm reccing here are all short ones where the party game is the main driver of the story. There are many other longer stories which also include party games (like Right Hand Red, which I recced the other day) but those will be recced in other posts :)

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For today's rectober post, I've picked some of my favorite humorous Drarry fics. Because pub dates is my thing, these are all from 2013 and 2014 :)

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"But snowgall," I hear you saying, "What about The Four Ds of Apparition (or: Destination, Determination, Deliberation, and Dicks) by [ profile] eidheann_writes and [ profile] firethesound? Isn't that hilarious too?"
YES IT IS. But (a) it's from 2015 and (b) I just recced it two months ago. Haven't you been paying attention? :D

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The [ profile] hds_beltane fest is about to end, and 2015 will be its final year. As a retrospective, I have been going back through and reccing some of the best Drarry fics from all of the past nine years of the fest. The recs are divided into three four posts: 2007-2009, 2010-2011, 2012-2014 (this post), and 2015.

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

Harry Potter and the Missing Malfoy by [ profile] treacle_tartlet, R, 6,000 words
Summary: The War is over, Tom Riddle is dead – properly this time – and Harry Potter has not exactly met the expectations of the Wizarding World. Instead of joining the Aurors, he tends the bar at the Leaky Cauldron and plays Quidditch pick-ups on his days off. And he’s perfectly happy, thank you, until Draco Malfoy goes missing…
Really this was delightful. The author has such a deft touch with banter and light back-and-forth humor. Draco has gone missing, and people keep asking Harry where he is - as if he should know!

Turn Alight by [ profile] strawberryroseg (aka girlythingsforgeekypeople), NC-17, 6,500 words
Summary: "So, how do we fix this?"
Hermione pursed her lips as she thought. Ron leaned into the table to look around her at Harry, a cheeky smirk on his face. "Do Beltane properly next time?"

The best part of this story are the flashbacks to the developing relationship between Harry and Draco, starting immediately after the Battle of Hogwarts, and continuing for a year until the following Beltane. Draco's state right after the battle is heartbreaking, and his and Harry's tentative steps towards more are wonderfully sketched.

favicon As good a reason as any by [ profile] thisgirl_is, PG-13, 8,600 words (fest link)
Summary: For something Harry had never heard of before he had joined the Wizarding World, he really hated Beltane.
I really enjoyed this. Their conversation felt so realistic and adult and in character and interesting, and then the kiss, wow! And even though all they did was kiss, it was a bloody fantastic kiss :)

Skulking by [ profile] teshara, R, 8,000 words
Summary: When Harry follows Draco out of the castle, the last thing he expects is to become caught up in a bonding ceremony. When they realize they’re going to have to learn how to live together neither of them is happy, but sometimes things have funny ways of working themselves out.
Clever story, as the idea of being 'bonded' through companion animals is unusual. The nature of the bond isn't well explained, but that is sort of the point: Harry and Draco misunderstand it as well and assume more is required of them than actually is :)

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

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As promised, here's a mini-list of fics where Draco is hiding his identity and Harry is deceived. For some reason, I seem to like this situation better than the reverse scenario, where Harry is the one in disguise. Perhaps because somehow the process of watching Draco hide his surface identity lets the reader actually get a deeper look at who Draco really is underneath. Most of these fics are thus Draco-centric, taking the time to develop Draco's character and making you empathize with him.

(I'm calling this 'Identity Unknown' but as I mentioned last time, fanlore calls this trope 'Identity Porn' while tvtropes calls it 'Loves My Alter Ego').

Fics where Draco is in disguise and Harry is clueless:

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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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Since I seem to be almost out of lists to make, I thought I'd do a little mini-theme list. Just a set of three ficlets that on the surface seem to tell the same story, but actually showcase just how differently the same story can be told in the hands of different authors.

What's cool is how very dissimilar each of these ficlets are, even though they all involve more-or-less the same crucial incident: that of the boys inadvertently wearing each other's tie by mistake and thus revealing their previously secret relationship to the Hogwarts student body.

Note that the second and third fics in this list were both inspired by the same tumblr gifset that went viral in July 2014.

Title Author Rated Length Pub Date
favicon Shame [ profile] faithwood NC-17 1,700 3/16/2012
Draco can handle it, as long as they do it under the cover of darkness. Broom cupboard sex. Some angst. 2nd person PoV.
favicon The Ties That Bind Us favicon dracoxlovesxharry PG 1,200 7/29/2014
In which Harry dresses a little too quickly after some alone time with his secret lover.
favicon Tie Me Up in Knots [ profile] lauren3210 NC-17 2,000 10/29/2014
“Harry, are you wearing a Slytherin tie?”


[ profile] faithwood's Shame was written earliest, and indeed pre-dates the gifset that inspired both of the two subsequent fics. Shame is also quite different from the other two fics because it is written with 2nd person POV, and its focus is entirely on Draco and his thoughts and perceptions.

As the title suggests, in Shame Draco can barely acknowledge that he and Harry have a relationship at all, and in fact they barely speak to each other. But once the switch happens, Draco ends up quietly wearing the wrong tie all day--almost defiantly.

Both Shame and favicon dracoxlovesxharry's The Ties that Bind Us are about Draco getting over his hangups. When the tie switch happens in both stories, Draco realizes it but he refrains from telling Harry or doing anything to stop it before they're caught. But that's where the similarities end.

In The Ties that Bind Us, Harry and Draco argue about going public (Harry's for it) before Draco ultimately takes advantage of the tie switch mistake to make a grand romantic gesture in the great hall. We still get primarily Draco's POV here, but it's more limited, and through his POV we also get to see a little more of Harry too. The way their relationship is portrayed makes for a sweet and endearing story.

[ profile] lauren3210's Tie Me Up in Knots is the only one of the three to have the focus be more on Harry, as well as showcasing Ron and Hermione's reactions as well. It's more humorous, and also feautures a much more confident and possessive Draco than either of the other two: he didn't know about the tie switch until Harry told him, but he clearly doesn't mind at all. This is probably the hottest version of the bunch.

I enjoyed all these fics, and could probably read another dozen on the same theme without hesitation :)

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What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2014
(29 fics, sorted by date published)

Updated Apr 12, 2015

Note: There are so many lists of favorite Harry/Draco fanfiction, but I'm doing 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.

Holy cow this list was hard to pare down! It's longer than any of my previous year's lists, most likely because I read more fanfic published in 2014 than in any other year. Basically the further back in time you go, the less fanfic I will have read. But that just means this list is the most comprehensive so far :)

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 30(?) or less. (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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Inspired by [ profile] capitu's recent Harry Potter Fests list, I thought I would go back to her 2014 post and do a quick wrap-up/retrospective on how many H/D fics were posted to fests this past year.

HD-focused fests: 410 HD fics total
hd-owlpost: 62 fics
dracotops-harry: 45 fics
hd-smoochfest: 39 fics
hd-erised: 39 fics
hd-fan-fair: 37 fics
hd-remix: 27 fics
hd-tropes: 22 fics
serpentinelion (Glompfest): 20 fics
hd-cliche: 19 fics
harrydracompreg: 17 fics
hd-hurtfest: 17 fics
slythindor100 (25 days): 15 completed fics
hd-otp (comment meme): 13 fics
hd-family: 13 fics
hds-beltane: 13 fics (out of 22 total--others are Snarry or Snaco)
hd-fluff (Halloween): 7 fics
hd-fluff (Valentine's): 5 fics

HP fests which include some HD: 98 HD fics total
mini-fest: 11 HD fics out of 42
do-me-veela: 11 HD fics out of 17
hp-silencio: 10 HD fics out of 24
Draco's Birthday Party: 10 HD fics out of 13
hp-kinkfest: 9 HD fics out of 26
hp-drizzle: 8 HD fics out of 26
Anywhere But the Bed commentfest: 7 HD fics out of 17
daily-devant (Kinky Kristmas): 6 HD fics out of 32
hp-concrit: 6 HD fics out of 14
hp-creatures (Halloween): 5 HD fics out of 9
dysfuncentine: 3 HD fics out of 20
hp-getlucky: 3 HD fics out of 15
hp-darkarts (horrorfest): 3 HD fics out f 21
hp-darkarts (potions): 2 HD fics out of 11
hp-darkarts (my bloody valentine): 2 HD fics out of 11
hp-solemnlysworn: 1 HD fic out of 5
hp-holiday: 1 HD fic out of 4

Other fests which included some HD: 6 HD fics total
Bring Back the Porn: 3 HD fics out of 12
Porn Sunday: 3 HD fics out of 12


  • I hand-counted most of these, so I'm sure there are errors. If you spot any, let me know!

  • Counting took a while, so now I'm too lazy to go in and code in all the links and make pretty tables. You'll have to check capitu's list for those!

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This year's [ profile] hd_erised fest has been terrific, with tons of great fics. I've tried to read as many as I could, though I haven't yet managed to read them all. Of those I have read, I'd rate these as the best:

Tea and No Sympathy by [ profile] who_la_hoop, NC-17, 70,000 words
Summary: It’s Potter’s fault, of course, that Draco finds himself trapped in the same twenty-four-hour period, repeating itself over and over again. It’s been nearly a year since the unpleasant business at Hogwarts, and Draco’s getting on with his life quite nicely, thank you, until Harry sodding Potter steps in and ruins it all, just like always. At first, though, the time loop seems liberating. For the first time in his life, he can do anything, say anything, be anything, without consequence. But the more Draco repeats the day, the more he realises the uncomfortable truth: he’s falling head over heels for the speccy git. And suddenly, the time loop feels like a trap. For how can he ever get Harry to love him back when time is, quite literally, against him?

This was so unbelievably brilliant! It's just so very clever and well crafted and a great character study of Draco. It's like Groundhog Day in that even though the same day keeps repeating over and over, it never actually feels repetitive, or only in ways that make for a better story. And oh, the ways the confessions and revelations come out are so delicious. The conversations all feel natural and right and the emotional investment just builds and builds. And omigod the legilimency scene...there are no words! So much love for this fic! (extended rec at hd-storyroom)
Not only is this my pic for the single best fic of the fest, but it's also one of the very best Drarry fics I've ever read!

Another Mask Behind You by [ profile] lettered, NC-17, 120,000 words
Summary: Draco is a high-end prostitute who hides his identity. Harry unknowingly hires him. And then there is porn, questions about identity, domestic bliss, more porn, and truth as seen through a web of lies. (And then more porn. Seriously, if you don’t want sex scene after sex scene you probably shouldn’t read this. And please read the warnings.)

The premise is fantastic. It's fascinating seeing how Draco viewed Potter in the beginning, versus how Harry really was; that Draco deluded himself consistently, over and over again. His resentment is reasonable given his treatment after the war, yet he's baffled by Potter and can't seem to figure it out. Until he does. And then we learn that Harry has his delusions too--how he thought the laws after the war made sense, and didn't understand how Draco could be a prostitute. And I loved that the story took the time to really delve into Draco's character and what shaped him and also to show how their relationship changed over time and even after Harry learned who Tristan/Draco was, how long it really took for him to trust Draco again. And all of this is illustrated through sex too, which is incredible. Wow. (extended rec at hd-storyroom)

(The Piece) I was Missing All Along by [ profile] lauren3210, NC-17, 31,000 words
Summary: Draco and Harry have been flatmates and best friends for years, and Draco thinks life is just perfect that way. But when something comes along and threatens to take all that away, Draco has to decide what it is he really wants, and just how hard he's going to work to get it.

Lovely. Super hot and emotional and a great story. I loved how well both of their characters were developed and how real their interactions and relationship felt. So happy that the start of their friendship in 8th year was shown too. Such witty writing, and Draco's heartfelt speeches at the end were terrific, as was the way the readers *knew* Harry was pining for Draco all this time even though it was Draco's POV. Well done.

Love Comes Tumbling by [ profile] taradiane, NC-17, 22,000 words
Summary: 'Harry's thoughts were of how much he would have done differently with Malfoy over the years, and of Dumbledore's final words to the other boy . . . "It is my mercy, and not yours, that matters now." Maybe, Harry wondered, he could find some mercy, too, and give Malfoy the second chance that Dumbledore had believed him worthy of.'

Very well written. I loved the scene where Draco admitted he was gay and couldn't be friends with Potter--it was so raw and real and full of anguish. And I felt that how Harry explained his confusion and epiphany about his orientation made so much sense too. The only thing I didn't like was how long it took Ron and Hermione to come around. They needed to see how much their disapproval was hurting Harry and get over it faster! But really, all the interactions between Harry and Draco were excellent and very realistic, and both their characters were beautifully drawn. Very very well done and lovely.

In Which Harry is Magnetic North and Draco Is An Idiot by [ profile] bryoneybrynn, PG-13, 13,500 words
Summary: For as long as he can remember, Draco’s been bringing fake dates to his family’s annual Yuletide celebration in order to evade his mother’s matchmaking. This year, Potter’s posing as his pretend boyfriend. But as the party gets underway, it gets unclear who’s playing who, who’s pretending what, who’s not pretending at all, and what the game really is. Confused? Yeah, so is Draco…

Charming and sweet. I liked Potter's depiction in this story--confident and competent without being over-the-top. Draco's obliviousness was cute, though maybe a little less credible. But I liked how even though there were misunderstandings, they weren't of the drawn-out to death cliche type, and they were able to talk to each other like adults. Lovely story.

in the electricity of your touch by [ profile] tryslora, NC-17, 25,000 words
Summary: After returning to Hogwarts after the war, Harry realizes he has nothing to do. There is nothing to chase, or to fight. Why, then does he feel as if there is something pricking under his skin? And why does it feel like he’s struck by lightning every time Draco Malfoy touches him? There’s only one explanation: Draco Malfoy is up to something, and Harry has to find out what it is and put a stop to it.

I'm a sucker for the ABO trope, and this was super hot and sexy and very fun. I liked that when Harry was hurt by thinking Draco wanted him as a brood mare that they talked about it like rational people and didn't go all cliche silent treatment. And I loved the dirty talk and the concept of soul mates and how it was done.


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