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I've been meaning to write a recs post for like, a week now, but I apparently fail. I wanted to do it before the reveals happened, but I kept procrastinating and then they happened. So, recs anyway, just with names attached. These are certainly not all the fics I liked from this fest, just some of my absolute favourites. My fic will be posted in a separate post.

The Backalley Annual Cocksucking Contest by [livejournal.com profile] woldy | R | Rita Skeeter/Erato Zabini | It wasn't anything as simple as sex appeal; if I had to put my finger on it I'd say they had charisma. And a talent for c*cks*cking, of course

My wonderful gift! It's nothing like I'd have expected, but it's really awesome. Woldy did a great job of writing something I'd never have asked for because I'd never have thought of it or how awesome it would be. Wonderful character voices and a great style and more than a little cracky. Lots of fun! :D

Such is the Flare Through by [livejournal.com profile] scytheandroses | PG | Rufus Scrimgeour/Rita Skeeter | The press has been at it again, revealing Ministry secrets. Auror Rufus Scrimgeour has just about had it with the whole lot of them, particularly with the harpy known as Rita Skeeter. Unfortunately for Rufus, Or, in which Rufus has further issues with women.

Okay, so I knew who wrote this as soon as I read it, and I squee'd like a... well, squeeing thing, because OMG MUAHAHAHA yes she totally wrote Rita/Rufus, and it was AWESOME. Her Rufus voice is perfect and unparalleled and she picks out all of the infuriating things abour RIta that also make her sexy and awesome. And I don't know how a PG fic could be so hot, but it IS. Mmm power.

Two by [livejournal.com profile] miraielle | R | Minerva McGonagall/Septima Vector | There is a week until professors return, and Hogwarts will not wake.

I am in awe of this story. The language is so incredibly beautiful. I don't know if the author intended it this way, but it's sort of like this is told from the castle's perspective. Hogwarts is certainly a character in it, and it paints the human characters and the pairing in a beautiful, haunting way.

Tangled Webs by [livejournal.com profile] snapesgirl_62 | NC-17 | Poppy Pomfrey/Rabastan Lestrange; Rabastan/Evan Rosier, implied Rabastan/Severus, Rabastan/Rodolphus | Rabastan Lestrange must marry to satisfy his family obligations. Rab decides to be old fashioned with his courting and learns a few things about friendship.

This is absolutely wonderful. Poppy is one of my favourite 'has very few lines in canon' characters, and it's always fantastic to see her brought to such vivid life. Here she is a bluestocking, an intelligent, no-nonsense woman who is nonetheless charmed by Rabastan. The dialogue in this fic is great, and so are the imaginative details about pureblood ideologies and wizarding politics.

Playing for Keeps by [livejournal.com profile] vissy | R | Eileen/Severus (Eileen/Tobias) | Eileen Snape, former Captain of the Hogwarts Gobstones Team, is losing her marbles.

More than any other fic I read in this fest, this one has stayed with me. It's not a light read, but it hits hard in the most amazing way. I think it works so well because it's so vividly written - the mother/son relationship is so real and full of colour and the every day interactions of British Muggle life, and then the entire thing is ripped apart and turned on its head in a way you just have to read and be awed by.

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