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Fandom: Harry Potter/Psych crossover
Pairings/Characters: Hermione, Shawn, Gus
Rating: PG-13
Author: scifichick774
Website: Fic archive
Summary: Hermione is determined to make people listen to her - even if she has to pretend to be psychic to do it.
Why: I've been all for Hermione-centric fic lately, and this is a product of that obsession. If you are a fan of both the Psych and Harry Potter fandoms, then this might be a good fic for you. I don't know that it would stand alone as well if you're not familiar with Psych though, so reader be warned.

Of course, you could read it just for Hermione, who is pretty lovely. I really liked her in this, taking action and doing things that she wasn't sure she could. I also liked the occasional outside perspective of her that the story gives us through the eyes of the Psych characters. And even though it's 9 chapters long, the story goes quickly, buoyed by good character interactions and the development of the plot.

Visionary by scifichick774
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Fandom: Harry Potter/Sailor Moon
Pairings/Characters: Remus Lupin, Aino Minako
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~20,000
Author: Kihin Ranno
Website: the melancholy of Kihin Ranno
Summary: Remus is tapped to investigate a magical girl in London and finds himself ensnared in a world full of demons, a secret war, and the life of a rather hyperactive thirteen-year-old Aino Minako.
Why: Argh, I love this crossover. The author does an amazing job of mixing the two fandoms and keeping it accurate to canon. This is set during Sailor V's days in London, when Remus Lupin is sent to investigate both her and the strange dark creatures that she battles. The relationship between Minako and Remus, which seems so unlikely at first glance, is done extremely well. I also found this interesting because it addresses a period of that, as someone who doesn't actively seek out Sailor Venus fic, was completely new to me. Add in top-notch characterization of both Minako and Remus, and you have a first-rate crossover that I highly recommend.

Werewolves, Wizards, and Magical Girls of London by Kihin Ranno
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Pansy/Percy
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~11,000
Author: Florahart on IJ
Website: Florahart on LJ
Summary: In which Percy is not gay, Pansy has a problem with a compulsion, and they work things out together.
Why: If you've ever read anything by Florahart before, you probably know exactly what to expect, even without actually reading the story. However, in the unlikely eventuality that Florahart is new to you, let me tell you what you'll find here. Even though the pairing may seem implausible, this story is well-written and clever, with a believable relationship that develops between the two characters. And speaking of the characters, they are nicely characterized, and the dialogue between them is snappy and sparkling. Even if you don't particularly care for one of the characters (as I don't particularly care for Pansy), I'd suggest giving this a try because I bet that you'll be drawn in and end up enjoying yourself. After all, that's just the kind of author Florahart is. :)

To Follow Your Heart by Florahart
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Draco/Ron
Rating: R
Wordcount: 12,500
Author: 1ightning
Website: Masterlist of 1ightning's fic
Summary: In which Ron is sorted into Slytherin, and it all goes to hell from there.
Why: This story combines two of my weaknesses: good Draco/Ron, and someone (in this case, Ron) getting sorted into a different house. How could I not rec it? "Better When We're Together" covers all seven years of Hogwarts, tracking the way that Draco and Ron become friends and then something more. And it's a characterization that I can completely buy for both of them with a smooth flow into more than friends territory that I was completely convinced. Even though this concept has become a bit of a cliche in the fandom, this story felt really fresh and enjoyable to me.

Better When We're Together by 1ightning
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: James/Scorpius, James/Teddy, James/Scorpius/Teddy, hints of background Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~25,000
Author: Snegurochka Lee
Website: Fanfiction by Snegurochka
Summary: The company of Gryffindors was bad enough. The company of naked Gryffindors – a Potter and a werewolf spawn, no less, and totally unasked for, thank you very much – was outrageous. The company of naked, muscled Gryffindors claiming a sodding Muggle prophecy device had foretold his seduction was just too much to take. All things considered, Scorpius Malfoy really was having a very, very bad week.
Why: As much as I didn't like the epilogue of DH, playing with the next generation is one thing we've gained from it. The author does a brilliant job of creating her own version of these characters, especially Scorpius. I couldn't help laughing at his perspective on things. His denial and confusion were just too fun to read about. James was also brilliantly done, bold and brave but with just enough hesitance to make him interesting. The progression of events and characterization were also top notch. I especially liked the explanation for all the inexplicable things that happen during the course of the book. I really hope that the author decides to write more in this universe.

Scorpius Malfoy's Very Bad Week by Snegurochka Lee
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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
Pairings/Characters: Teddy/James
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 12,360
Spoilers for: Deathly Hallows
Author: copperbadge
Website: Sam the Storyteller
Summary: Teddy Lupin never gets too close or feels too much; his godfather's son never does anything else.
Why: I clicked on this out of mild curiosity even though I'm usually only interested in the Albus/Scorpius side of next-gen. Since it's copperbadge, of course I wasn't disappointed. I love the way the author fleshed out the characters, but especially Teddy. I'd never really thought about Teddy's character before I read this, and even if I had I wouldn't have imagined him like this based on the epilogue, but copperbadge really makes it work. This Teddy has definitely entered my personal canon. Oh, and the first chapter has some truly lovely art by elaboration which is definitely worth looking at even if you don't read the story.

The Rules of Being a Godson: story by copperbadge, art by elaboration
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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: Hufflepuff
Rating: G
Wordcount: ~1,700
Author: Ciircee
Website: Ciircee on Sugar Quill
Summary: The First Year Hufflepuffs find out what it really means to be sorted into Hufflepuff.
Why: I really liked this image of Hufflepuff. Ciircee provides some really nice detail to a neglected House and the result is a thought-provoking story.

To Be Hufflepuff by Ciircee
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: pre-Albus/Scorpius
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~50,000
Spoilers for: DH
Author: Scoradh
Website: Scoradh's Fanfiction
Summary: No matter how well prepared you think you are, life can always surprise you.
Why: My first thought on reading the epilogue to Deathly Hallows was, "Damn, she wrote an epilogue. That was the one thing I sincerely didn't want her to do." My second was, "Well, long live Albus/Scorpius!" However, I was far too lazy to actually go looking for fic. Then, by divine intervention, I noticed this story in one of the newsletters. And it was Scoradh, who wrote some fic that I adore for Prince of Tennis, so I thought, "Well, it's worth a shot." Turns out it was worth a lot more than that. This story is amazing. Scoradh does an amazing job with the characters, creating some lovely original characters in addition to fleshing out the characters that the epilogue gives us. I adore her Albus and Scorpius, and together they are the cutest thing ever. I also solemnly swear that not a single chapter passed by that did not give me something to fangirl over. I really just can't tell you how much I enjoyed this story. The next installment (and I am almost positive that there will be a next installment) has just become my most anticipated fic, so here's hoping it comes out soon!

The Road Less Travelled by Scoradh
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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/House
Pairings/Characters: House, Snape
Rating: T
Author: [livejournal.com profile] violet_quill
Website: shy-violet.net
Summary: House's latest patient has some interesting symptoms – one being that he thinks he's a wizard.
Why: One of the best things about House crossovers is the way that they let us look at the similarities between House and characters from other universes. In this case, we get a look at House and Snape and find that the two of them are surprisingly similar. Highlights of this story are the solid characterization, a plot with just the right level of complexity to back those characterizations up, and plenty of beautiful little details, and an ending that was just right.

Pain and Magic by Violet Quill
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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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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Oliver/Percy, Sirius/Remus
Rating: M
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eloiselovelace
Website: Eloise Lovelace on skyehawke
Summary: Percy just wants to do his job, not another guy... at least until the portraits of Messrs. Padfoot and Moony take over his office. A tale of one man's badly faltering denial. (sequel to Trompe L'Oeil for Two)
Why: And to follow up on my rec of "Trompe L'Oeil", the sequel! The focus of this story is more on Percy than the Sirius/Remus aspect, although they are still there. The thing I like about this story (beyond the simple fact that it's Percy!), is that it's fun. It's so nice to see a light-hearted future for everyone. Just imagine it. Portrait Sirius and Remus are enjoying a nice reunion and poor Percy finds himself obliged to listen to it. And it keeps happening. And happening. Then he happens to meet up with Oliver, and things get interesting. This story just makes me smile whenever I think about it. I have so much love. ♥

Yes, I've done a horrible job of reccing this. Humblest apologies.

Plein Air for Two by Eloise Lovelace
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings/Characters: Sirius/Remus
Rating: K+
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eloiselovelace
Website: Eloise Lovelace on skyehawke
Summary: Thanks to the magic of wizarding portraiture, a fully-canon-compliant happily-ever-after for Remus/Sirius. Twenty years post-war, Messrs. Moony and Padfoot do not constitute a still life.
Why: This story is short, but perfect, and a wonderful set-up for its sequel, which I will be reccing as soon as I finish typing this. I just love this idea, and the author pulls it off with flair. If you're looking for some fun Sirius/Remus to balance out the depressing, this is a good one for you.

Trompe L'Oeil for Two by Eloise Lovelace

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