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Title: An Interesting and Difficult Woman
Rating: NC-17 (ish)
Pairings: Ollivander/Muriel
Word Count: 10,000
Warnings: Brief mentions of past torture/captivity
Summary: After his rescue from the Malfoy dungeon and his stay at Shell Cottage, Ollivander finds himself waiting out the war with five of the Weasley clan at their Aunt Muriel’s. Their hostess is a difficult woman, but as he learns more about her, Ollivander begins to find her interesting as well.
Author's/Artist's Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] inspired_ideas for [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder 2010. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tetleythesecond for the beta, and [livejournal.com profile] miss_bowtruckle for the encouragement.

An Interesting and Difficult Woman )

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Every year, I plan early on to rec fics as they are posted, so that I will not become completely overawed by the awesome and then post none. And guess what? Every year I don't get around to it until right at the end, and then sometimes I totally miss reveals and have to post them after. And this year is no exception. Only this year I haven't missed reveals, so yay.

Anyway, here are a handful of Beholder recs. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the things I loved, either. If you haven't yet, I encourage everyone to check out the Anonymous Masterlist and be a bit adventurous. There are some fantastic stories this year (as there are every year), and one of the things I find most enjoyable about Beholder is the chance to see so many characters and pairings I love represented, but also the chance to step outside my comfort zone a little. I reckon everyone should read one story they wouldn't normally for every two they would. I'll do my recs the same way.

Two I Would:

The News Today (Morning Edition)
Rating: PG-13/light R
Pairings: Molly Weasley/Arthur Weasley, Minerva McGonagall/Arabella Figg, Augusta Longbottom/Alastor Moody
Word Count: 6,900
Summary: Tell it as you see it. Expose the bastards for what they are and if everyone, on every side, hates you, you are probably doing a fine job.

Three very different pairings, three separate stories, all tied together beautifully with the theme of a news story and the feel of world stretched taut with the feel of war. Each of these pairings is beautifully done, and there is a marvellous cast of supporting characters to enjoy as well. Rich, sensual and beautiful.

Steps to the Lightening Struck Tower
Rating: R
Pairing: Severus Snape/Sybill Trelawney
Word Count: ~ 9,270 words
Warnings: None
Summary: Everybody meant well, even Dumbledore, in opposing Voldemort's schemes, but Fate is a malicious entity and Divination its ally.

I think I've only seen this pairing once before, and in that instance it was 'Severus and Sybill are about to die so decide to sleep together because why not'. That fic was fun, but oh, this one is magnificent. It treats Sybill with such dignity and respect, making her not a laughable figure but a fully realised, intelligent woman who simple lacks belief in her own abilities. It explores, too, the idea I have had of Sybill for a long time that she is not a fraud at all, she simply can't see past the big, dark, dramatic things in her predictions to grasp the subtleties. And Snape is brilliant. Clever and analytical and fully aware that he is being used by Dumbledore as thoroughly as he is being used by Voldemort. Also features a depiction of manipulative Dumbledore in a way that is scarily canon.

One I Wouldn't:

The Conjugal State
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Argus Filch/Severus Snape
Word Count: ~6700
Warnings: V. mild dub-con (forced bonding, magical compulsion), Domesticity
Summary: In which Albus Dumbledore makes an error, Severus Snape is certainly not married, and Argus Filch is the happiest man in the world.

I very nearly skipped this one. Forced-bonding is such a tired fandom cliche, and the pairing didn't interest me terribly. And then I read a rec myself and went off to read it, and boy, I am so glad I did. This fic takes something that has become a tired fandom cliche and turns it on its head, makes it hilarious and, although you'd never imagine it from the pairing, even sweet. All while keeping the characters completely IC. As an added bonus, Filch's attempts at being a good 'wife' - including abominable cooking - reminded me a little bit of Baldrick of Blackadder fame, which, combined with Snape's snarkiness, added an extra layer of awesome to an already funny, clever story.

Two I Would:

Rating: General
Pairings: Irma/Sinistra, Pansy/Luna.
Summary: One fine summer everything falls into place.

This is a stunning piece of art. Really, it blew my mind. I spent ages looking at it, and every time I click back there I do it all over again, just to take in the details all over again. This is everything art should be. Stunningly beautiful, full of rich detail and also so full of character. I can really tell who these women are when I look at this picture, and that is the best sort of fanart, IMO.

But Can She Do Maths?
Rating: R
Pairings: Minerva McGonagall/Viktor Krum
Word Count: Around 5700
Warnings: Nerdy math references!
Summary: Viktor Krum needs a date. Where's Hermione Granger when you need her?

God, I love me some older woman/younger man, and this scratched the itch brilliantly. Nevermind that Viktor is nearly forty in this. Actually, I think that made it even better. Viktor is wonderfully cerebral and socially awkward, and Minerva decidedly less so, but the coming together of minds and bodies in this story is marvellous. Add in an absolutely perfect Myrtle, and you have a fic that is a thorough joy to read!

One I Wouldn't:

The rest of the mornings in the world
Rating: R
Pairings: Horace Slughorn/Cornelius Fudge
Word Count: ~5,500
Summary: After the Battle of Hogwarts, Horace finds an opportunity to repay a favour to an old friend.

I never would have thought I could feel sympathy for Cornelius Fudge. Never would have thought I could be brought to care for him. But wow, did I do both, reading this fic. This is everything that I love about Beholder - not just that it's a celebration of the characters I usually love but the rest of fandom doesn't so much, but that it can make me see characters I never thought twice about in completely new ways. This is a beautiful story of two wounded old men, and how they make each other whole again.


So yes. A handful, plus one. In the nick of time before the reveals. If you haven't yet, seriously, go and have a read. It's truly an amazing fest.


May. 9th, 2010 09:41 pm
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OMG you guys, my Beholder gift was posted today, and it's amazing! It's Rita/Irma ansdghsfshfshsgdhjs YAYE! ♥

You have NO IDEA how long I have been wanting to read Rita/Irma (well, [livejournal.com profile] norwegianne and [livejournal.com profile] velmaneuwirth, you probably do), but seriously you guys, I have wanted to see them written together for EVER.

And now they are, in a gift especially for me! And there is snark, and hot sexing, and emerald green heels and a deliciously aggressive Irma!

Also, there is Muriel! With Ollivander and Xeno Lovegood, and glee! And one awesome bookstore owner who seriously needs his own fanfic series *g*

Go read it, you guys, and give the author some much deserved love :D.

The Madmen, the Scarecrow and the Milkmaid | NC-17 | Rita Skeeter/Irma Pince; Aunt Muriel/Mr. Ollivander/Xenophilius Lovegood (mentioned)

What are you waiting for? Go read!


Feb. 4th, 2010 01:40 am
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Hey, flist! There are a few days left to sign up for HP Beholder, my absolute favouritest HP fest! It focusses on the less popular characters, often considered unattractive by some less than discerning individuals *g*. It's a one-stop shop for lovers of Hogwarts teachers, Ministers of Magic, bitchy Prophet reporters, and anyone in canon who isn't often written.

Go sign up. I just did :D.
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Have Dreamwidth! Will add people soon. I'm featherxuill over there too. Add me if you like! I've posted my Beholder fic there, because it allows larger posts so I was able to put my whole fic up there in one hit. Apparently crossposting doesn't work, though, if the post is too long for LJ. So. Linkage.

Title: Apart
Rating: NC-17
Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Rita Skeeter
Word Count: 15,000
Summary: After the war, Draco doesn’t know who he is apart from the mark on his arm. Rita is unlike anyone he’s ever known and her difference aids him in discovery.
Author's Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] ldymusyc for HP Beholder. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] florahart for the beta!

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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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