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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Harry, Dudley, Snape
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~72,000
Author: rabbitandjinx
Website: rabbit and -v-Jinx-v
Summary: When Snape is called to the Dursleys' by an urgent message, he does not find what he expects to find.
Why: I read this a while back when I was in the mood for some fanfic about the Dursleys, and it scratched that itch perfectly. It's a really nice gen story, not necessarily teeming with originality, but executing all of its ideas with skill and thought. I really enjoyed reading it. I think my favorite aspect was the development of a friendship between Dudley and Harry. It was nice seeing them be cousin instead of two people who are forced to live in the same house. Also, there were some fun Snape scenes that I enjoyed reading. Oh, and a pretty evenly paced plot, just enough that I didn't feel bored or rushed. In all, a very well done story. (Just don't let the title bother you.)

Yet Another Snape Meets the Dursleys Story by rabbit
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Draco/Harry, Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~17,000
Author: dysonrules
Website: twasadark
Summary: EWE. Dumbledore’s portrait exposes yet another secret complication that will screw up Harry’s life. He’s really getting tired of those.
Why: I was originally drawn into reading this because of the idea. The story starts with Harry being told that he has veela blood, and as we all know, that means that he needs to find his mate. Yes, you can see where this is going, and it's pretty cliche. But here's the twist. Draco charges Harry money for every touch. Somehow, that idea just struck me as so Draco and so full of potential that I couldn't help but read it. And I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. Harry's reactions to the entire situation rang really true to his character. There's lots of snark, a good bit of angst, and Harry shows his fighting spirit in a properly Gryffindor fashion. This story was a great reminder to me of just why I like the Harry/Draco pairing as much as I do.

High Priced by Cheryl Dyson

There is also a companion story, High Priced, the Malfoy edition that tells the story from Draco's point of view. I didn't enjoy it as much as the original, probably because I already knew what was coming, but if you're not quite ready for the story to end, you might enjoy reading this.
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Fandom: Harry Potter/House Crossover
Pairings/Characters: Snape, Hermione, Draco, Harry, House, Wilson
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 19,100
Author: Sahiya and Dribom
Website: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters for Sahiya and none for Dribom
Summary: House is in England for a conference when he is suddenly struck down by something with no mundane explanation. Will Snape and his band of ducklings manage to uncover the secret behind House's illness before House uncovers their own?
Why: Part of the reason that I like crossovers is that they give you the ability to see interactions between characters who would otherwise never meet. In this case, I really liked the battle between Hermione and House as she tries to treat him without revealing herself as a witch. Draco and Wilson's interactions came as a close second; Draco's set up as a bit of a ditz in this story, but it's the kind of ditz that I just couldn't help but laugh at. There are also some really wonderful parallels set up here. I loved the idea of Snape having Hermione, Draco, and Harry as his ducklings, with Remus playing the role of Wilson. In short, if you're looking for a light and snarky way to fill some time, this is the perfect story for you.

Magical Malady by Sahiya and Dribom
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Harry, Draco, Al, Scorpius, James, Rose
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 27,000
Spoilers for: DH
Author: Maya
Website: Sarah Rees Brennan - Into that world inverted
Summary: “I want to be absolutely clear on this,” Harry said. “You’re telling me that you lost my children in the sewers?”
Why: [livejournal.com profile] bibliokat actually brought this to my attention more than a month ago, but it's taken me this long to find the perfect time to read this. You see, I adore Maya's stories, and reading one of them is a huge treat. Once I start, the odds of being able to stop are always exceedingly low. They tend to disappear pretty fast that way, so I tease myself with them, resisting the urge to read until I just can't do it anymore. They are that good. And of course this one doesn't disappoint!

There are so many things to love about this story that I could spend forever going on about in an embarrassingly fangirlish fashion. However, the best thing for me was the way that Maya tied everything up so beautifully. I think this story story has given me the final closure I needed after the epilogue. I still don't like it, but my loathing is a distant thing now because without that epilogue, this story could not exist. Emotionally, this story is perfect, and even though it made me laugh a lot, it also made me think. It cleared up things that I wasn't even aware had bothered me before, like the treatment of the Slytherins and how they must have felt after everything was said and done. Like how Harry's doing with that whole parenting thing when he so obviously lacked a good example of just how to go about the whole thing. Like where Draco's wife when he's seeing Scorpius off to Hogwarts. There just aren't enough words to say how much I enjoyed this story.

Coda to an Epilogue: Twenty Years Later, Or the Kids are All Right by Maya
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Harry/Hermione/Ron
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 4,400
Author: Xylodemon
Website: none
Summary: A fool and his money are soon parted.
Why: Interesting that I should have two recs involving voyeurism in a row. Probably says something about me...

Anyway. This is just such a cute idea that I couldn't resist reading it when I saw it recced (I believe at crack_broom, although I'm not sure now). Two mysterious someones are taking bets on how the Trio will sort themselves out romantically, with the assumption that no one will be able to guess and so they'll be able to keep the money for themselves. The scenes that follow are various bets that various people make, with a graphic demonstration of why in each case. I loved how people kept stumbling over the three of them in various permutations and seeing how these different people reacted to the experience. Even better, however, was how everything worked out in the end. I'm such a sucker for a good ending. ♥

Long Shot by Xylodemon
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Harry/Ron/Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~8,700
Author: Resonant
Website: in medias Res
Summary: Harry finds his place in the postwar world.
Why: I'm not quite sure why I like the Harry/Ron/Hermione pairing as much as I do; I'm largely indifferent to other permutations such as Harry/Hermione, Harry/Ron, and Hermione/Ron. Somehow, though, I just love the trio together, and I doubt that anyone could do them better than Resonant. She really has a great grasp on the characters of all three of them, as well as a knack for balancing them. No one character overwhelms the others.

I also really like the situation that Resonant has devised for this particular story. It's one that really strikes home for me and thus did a great job of helping me to empathize with Harry. In addition, the way that Resonant doesn't explain everything that happens, but rather lets her readers put things together on their own was really nice. Just enough detail to get an idea what might happen, but enough room to add on your own imaginative touches. It's really easy to see why this is considered a classic of Harry/Ron/Hermione fanfiction.

Bed and Board by Resonant

Bed and Board also has two sequels: Fair, rated NC-17 and Paternity, rated G. If you liked Bed and Board, you should definitely take a look.
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Harry/Draco
Rating: MA
Author: [livejournal.com profile] blythely
Website: None
Summary: Harry comes down with the measles and takes Draco with him.
Why: If the previous rec wasn't enough to please the Harry/Draco shipper in you, this should make you happy. It's been made AU by DH, but it's still a fun read. There is sex, illness, relatively little conflict, Draco at his best, and plenty of other things guaranteed to make you smile. This story reminded me of why I love this pairing, a reminder that I really needed after the long hiatus I've taken on reading Harry Potter fic. Perhaps it could serve the same purpose for you?

A Lifetime of Calamities Followed by Dangerous Illnesses by Blythely
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Harry/Draco
Rating: M
Spoilers for: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Author: [livejournal.com profile] furiosity
Website: Glass Fairytales
Summary: Nineteen years later, life goes on.
Why: I don't think this rec is particularly spoilerific, so I'm not putting it behind a cut. However, if you're paranoid, please don't read this. Seriously.
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Ok, so you're reading. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Life goes on after the end of canon, and since my ship was not sunk completely, here's a little something to celebrate that. I was thrilled to see this posted the day after Deathly Hallows came out. This is the story that every Harry/Draco shipper wanted to see. It takes place directly after the epilogue and explains how the relationship between Harry and Draco came to be and what drove Harry and Ginny apart. I was pretty upset about the epilogue when I finished reading, I have to admit, but this story made me feel 100% better about everything.

Indomitable by Furiosity
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Fandom: Harry Potter/Highlander
Pairings/Characters: Harry, Snape, McGonagall, Methos, Connor
Rating: T
Spoilers for: OotP, Archangel
Author: Ushmushmeifa
Website: Ushmushmeifa on Ff.net
Summary: A demon, a sword, and a 500 year old grudge come back to haunt Professor McGonagall.
Why: I don't know much about Highlander beyond the basic idea of the series, so I can't really comment on that aspect too much, although I will say that I highly enjoyed the crossover aspect of this story. The idea that Ushmushmeifa uses to bring the two universes together is one that I like a lot, and the entire thing fit together very well beyond that initial point of contact. The story also made me rather eager to watch the actual Highlander series, so that's now been put on my list of things to do, if that tells you anything.

The Highlander aspect of things wasn't the only thing that was well done. I really enjoyed the characterizations of all the Harry Potter characters in this story. Harry was a highlight for me, but Snape also made me quite happy. In fact, everyone made me quite happy, to be honest. This is one of those stories that is just so solid that it's hard to say that you liked one thing without adding in that you liked another and another until you've ended up listing off everything that it's possible to list off for the story. There really is very little that isn't good about this story.

With Sword and Head Held High by Ushmushmeifa

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