Fic & Art Recs

You can find a list of hundreds of Harry Potter fanfic recs at my Diigo page, where you can search by tags including characters, pairings, ratings, and authors/artists. It’s mostly Minerva-centric, with a few other nice things thrown in for good measure.

For a list of my reviews of individual fics and art, click here.

Here are a few of my desert-island fics, in no particular order:

(Some of these works have adult themes or images. Proceed with caution and heed the warnings on the author/artist pages. Clicking on a title will take you directly to the work at the author/artist page.)

Venus & Adonis by MarsEverlasting is a tale of unlikely bedfellows Minerva and Oliver Wood (so there’s your chan warning right there) that manages to be totally in-character. It’s tender without being sentimental and very, very hot. It does male-May/female-December realistically without condescending to either party. No Tea and Sympathy here. (Minerva/Oliver Wood; MA/NC-17; 14,407 words)

Dark Nights by Morgan72uk shows us a Dumbledore that we don’t often see—a man unsure of not just the correctness, but of the morality of his actions. The story is set during the trials immediately after the first Voldemort war, and we see Albus confronting the ugly pragmatism that emerges in wartime and its aftermath through Minerva’s tender, practical, and ultimately unsure eyes as she offers him (and herself) a kind of comfort she’s not sure is really right. (Minerva/Albus; M/R; 8,955 words)

Circumstances of a Small and Acccidental Nature by dueltastic has Severus and Minerva managing a small problem. Spot-on characterizations and wonderful dialogue are highlights of this genre-fic that somehow makes you say, “Yeah, that could happen.” (Minerva/Severus; T/PG-13; multi-chaptered)

The Steadfast Tin Soldier by selmak puts you firmly and frighteningly inside Moody’s head as he copes with the horrors of being locked in that bloody trunk for months, and what goes on there isn’t pretty, but it helps him cope. As does Minerva, once she stops castigating herself for a moment of indiscretion that ends up torturing them both. This Minerva and Alastor are recognizably in-character, but they’re shown coping with a very odd situation, and it brings out things we don’t often see from either. The way the relationship between them develops is beautifully drawn; painful, tender, funny. Read it if you want to gasp, cry and laugh, all in the space of a few paragraphs. (Alastor/Minerva; M/R; 20,000 words)

Liars by DaphneRunning puts Minerva and Alastor into a relationship that at first seems vaguely toxic but grows into something else entirely. Both are vividly characterized, deeply real people with flaws and fears and love and humor that make you cheer for them. (Alastor/Minerva; NC-17/MA; 23,087 words)

Resolving a Misunderstanding by MMADfan is the epic foundation of the author’s popular “RAMverse” stories. It’s a tender, hot, slow-building romance that portrays 1950s Minerva and Albus and fleshes out the HP world in such vivid detail that you feel you could step right into it. A cast of thousands surrounds an exquisitely portrayed Minerva and Albus, and MMADfan’s OCs are so well drawn that you want to read all about them in their own stories (and the author has obliged in some cases.) (Albus/Minerva; NC-17/MA; 877,737 words)

Death’s Dominion by MMADfan is another long story in the “RAMverse” that excels in both world-building and characterization. Even better, it proposes an AU ending for Deathly Hallows that, IMHO, is far better than the one JKR came up with. (R/M; 285,796 words)

A Toxic and Tender Time by psyfic finds Minerva and Severus in a somewhat awkward (ahem) arrangement after the war. Psyfic’s manages to make Snape both vulnerable and in-character, and I love that she doesn’t shy away from the age difference between the two characters. The awkwardness and tenderness of their “first-time” story is mirrored by one concerning the surprising duo of Millicent Bulstrode and Viktor Crumb, which just works. (Minerva/Severus, Millicent/Viktor; NC-17/MA; 19,021 words)

Witness by kellychambliss is an unusual post-war AU that finds Minerva and Severus in a refugee camp. The POV is unusual: a now-elderly former student is looking back on the relationship while relating his story to a callow academic. It allows for a narrative that is at once distant and tremendously personal, and it draws a subtle, compelling portrait of a relationship observed in snatches. The post-war setting is particularly well done, and adds a depth and poignancy to the HP world that I’v seldom encountered elsewhere. (Minerva/Severus, OC; R/M; 7,700 words)

My Journal About My Life and Stephen and Miranda by Adela by kellychambliss is another, completely different take on the third-person observer. It throws Minerva and Severus into Muggle America and the sights of precocious 12-year-old Adela. It’s wry, and tender, and funny, and perfectly characterized. Read it (and its sequel, Now That I’m Older by Adela.) (Minerva/Severus; OC; multichapter)

We Change the Nature of Things by dueltastic is a masterpiece of a musing on the subtle and profound ways three very different people affect one another. It involves a highly unlikely threesome that ends up making the reader nod in agreement. (Albus/Minerva/Severus; R/M; one-shot)

Ancient Magic by Headmistress X is a dense, multi-chaptered story that moves around in time to tell the story of how Minerva and Hermione came to be lovers and partners. It features an unusual and fascinating backstory for Minerva, told in way that evokes lucid dreaming. (Hermione/Minerva; R/M; 52,451 words)

Ombra mai fu, Being the Beginning of the Very True Story of Minerva McGonagall and Elphinstone Urquart by tetleythesecond is one of the most brilliant subversions of Pottermore canon I’ve ever read. It plays brilliantly with expectations and gender identity, and creates a very believable love story along the way. (Elphinstone/Minerva; MA/NC-17; 17,250 words.)

Right Nor Wrong by kellychambliss gives us voyeur-Argus Filch, observing (and lusting after) Severus Snape. It’s a story about desires fulfilled and unfulfilled, and makes Filch into a three-dimensional character and acute observer rather than a simple figure of fun. (Argus; Minerva/Severus; R/M; 11,800 words.)

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