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As promised, a set of light-hearted Veela fics to complement yesterday's angst-filled set.

I'm sorry if my reviews here seem brief and repetitive - cute! funny! sweet! clever! hilarious! Well what can I say? It's all true :)



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Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] vaysh got everyone on a Trope Meme kick, which was tons of fun. And then in a comment thread, she went and said:

"It would actually be fun to make rec lists of fics to go with the trope. It would take ages, though. :)
So you know me. If Vaysh makes an off-hand comment, I'm tempted to go do the thing :) (see: Who Tops More?)

So I went through the original list of 28 tropes and tried to find a representative (and awesome) HD rec for each one, while also trying not to duplicate any fics. But I decided that the original list was inadequate.

  • Some tropes needed to be renamed to more clearly fit HP (e.g. "High School/Uni AU" --> "8th year")
  • Some tropes needed to have subcategories within the trope (e.g. "Vampires/Werewolves AU" --> "Creature!fic" --> Veela, Werewolf, Vampire, etc.)

Once I did that, however, I felt like too many good fics were not being represented, so I added a bunch of additional HP tropes (second list at the end). All in all, I've recced 66 fics from 56 authors!

And even after all of that, there are still 4 tropes from the list that I could not think of any recs for:

  • Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
  • Fake Out Make Out
  • Incest
  • Selfcest
"Incest" and "Selfcest" really don't make sense for HD, but if anyone has good recs for the other two, let me know! (Coffee House AU is just not my thing, and I couldn't think of any examples of Fake Out Make Out :)

And also let me know if you think I missed any important tropes or fics that should have been recced instead


Tropes from the Meme
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2015 is the last year of the [livejournal.com profile] hds_beltane fest, so I am going back through and reccing some of the best Drarry fics from all of the past nine years of the fest. I've split the recs up into four posts: 2007-2009, 2010-2011 (this post), 2012-2014, and 2015.


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

2010
favicon Sex Ed for Aurors by [livejournal.com profile] curiouslyfic, R, 8,700 words (fest link)
Summary: Some things, you need to learn on the job. | Harry is dosed with a lust-potion and he desperately wants Malfoy, who is trying hard to reverse the effects and stave off Harry. When it wears off, Harry still goes after Malfoy, who realizes he wanted him anyway.
So well done. Very funny and also surprisingly very moving. Harry's thoughts while under the effects of the potion are hilarious, and Draco's flustered reactions are priceless.


The Slytherin Maypole Conspiracy by [livejournal.com profile] treacle_tartlet, NC-17, 2,500 words
Summary: It’s Beltane at Hogwarts; the bonfires have been built, the May Queen chosen, and the Maypole erected (ahem), but there have been rumours circulating about a Slytherin Conspiracy to steal the Maypole. Can Harry prevent Draco and his cronies from ruining the Beltane celebrations?
Perfect amount of lighthearted fun and heat and boys figuring things out. I only would have wanted more :)


2011
favicon The Pensieve Project by [livejournal.com profile] curiouslyfic, PG-13, 7,300 words (fest link)
Summary: Of the 116 Hogwarts students who took part in the final battle, only five are officially invited to the Ministry's first annual memorial. For everyone else, there's the Pensieve Project.
Gorgeous story, feels like what should be the epilogue to the books. Draco/Harry is just a background pairing in this fic, which is more about the surprising friendship that developed between Draco and Neville at Hogwarts while Harry and friends were off Horcrux hunting, and the suffering of the student body under the Carrows. Draco is trying to find a way for everyone start to heal, and the insights we get into the past through the memories he collects are just stunning.


favicon The Door to May by [livejournal.com profile] noeon, NC-17, 5,000 words (fest link)
Summary: An emotional intervention at the Beltane fires in Ottery St Catchpole occasions a fierce row between the partnered Aurors Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy. Unlike their usual disputes, neither of them can walk away from this one.
There is so much emotional depth at the start of this fic - I really felt for both of them and Draco's quiet dignity in particular. And then the sex is really hot, so that's just a bonus :)


favicon Defence Mechanisms by [livejournal.com profile] aquila_star, NC-17, 13,000 words (fest link)
Summary: Harry and Draco are in love. But love doesn’t sail smoothly when you’re too busy putting up walls to see that it’s in your hands. A series of episodes that, hopefully, tell their story.
Harry and Draco have been sleeping with each other for months, each sure the other wants nothing more than an easy shag, and each carefully shielding their heart from pain by convincing the other they feel nothing. So of course it all blows up. This story is told in a series of non-linear vignettes which draw you in and keep you wondering how they got where they are and how they'll ever figure it all out. It's hot and intense and totally entertaining.





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




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As 2015 is the last year of the [livejournal.com 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.

2007
Volunteers by [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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.


2008
Cerulean Blue by [livejournal.com profile] annafugazzi & [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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.


2009
favicon An Inconvenient View by [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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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What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2012
(23 fics, sorted by date published)

Updated February 10, 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.

More lists:

2012 list )

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 25 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.
snowgall: (year's best)

What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2011
(18 fics, sorted by date published)

Updated May 16, 2015

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.

I'm still trying to catch up to 2014--maybe I'll get there in a few more months!

More lists:

2011 list )

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 25 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.
snowgall: (year's best)

What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2010
(16 fics, sorted by date published)

Updated May 28, 2015

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.

More lists:

2010 list )

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 25 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.
snowgall: (year's best)

What follows is a list of my picks for the best Drarry fanfiction of 2009
(13 fics, sorted by date published)

Updated Aug 16, 2015

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.

More lists:

2009 list )

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 25 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.
snowgall: (year's best)

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:

2007-8 list )

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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