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    What if Sirius decided to stay in England and deliver on his promise to raise Harry instead of hiding somewhere sunny? Changes abound with that one decision...

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    18 Oct 2017

    Bookmarker's Notes

    I've spent quite a while thinking about this story. Overall there are many things I really love about it, and I'm very glad I decided to read it despite my general skepticism of the Harry/Hermione pairing. The portrayal of Sirius is one of my all-time favorites - really just the best Sirius EVER. I love everything about how the author imagined and developed the family magic, and the political intrigue is just so well done. It's a great re-imagining of how things might have happened if Sirius had had a Slytherin side like this, and had actually used it. I have the greatest awe and admiration for the author's conception and writing of Sirius, and I will re-read portions of the story at least just for that - I think it's so much better, more interesting, more fully developed, than canon Sirius (or really than any canon Pureblood character).

    My quibbles were relatively few. One is that I felt the story really started to drag and lose its energy as it progressed, trying to do too much, with too many POVs and a tendency to meandering, with lengthy scenes that felt either repetitive or unnecessary in terms of plot or character development. This probably also had something to do with the efforts to make the story roughly parallel canon (with variations to account for the different circumstances of course) after the first third or so, which dulled the freshness and originality somewhat, though it remained a very engrossing and enjoyable story. I think I might have a hard time reading it entirely through again from start to finish without skimming some.

    But my largest issue was Hermione, who I found to be boring, annoying, and entirely undeserving (as a character) of the number of pages devoted to her. Her endless internal ruminations about her insecurity and about Harry, aside from being painfully dull, felt out of place in this story, and especially given their relative lack of story- or plot-advancing content, there was a notably disproportionate amount of story space devoted to them. Unlike the other main teenage characters (Ron, Neville, Draco, Theo, even to a lesser extent Ginny), she showed no real character development - her suddenly-granted powers at the end of the story seemed to come out of nowhere and be granted for no real reason - and she just...didn't do anything. She was boring, and seemed to serve no purpose. Her relationship with Harry was similarly boring, and also was given no foundation (other than the friendship developed in the previous books). It was almost as if the author was determined to have a major Harry/Hermione relationship even if neither Hermione nor the relationship had a legitimately major role in her story. As the story progressed, I found this increasingly annoying and distracting, to the point that I started to actively dislike this Hermione and wanted to just skip any scene with her in it. This is definitely a caution for future re-reads, also I'd be cautious about a sequel.

    The only other issue I had worth mentioning was the treatment of same-sex relationships. The author goes out of her way to refer to them a few times - but the only "real" such relationships in the story (ie, both people are named, there's actually a relationship) involve evil wizards (one involving Grindewald, one Rabastan LeStrange). Especially in light of wizarding society's apparent lack of institutional bias against or issue with such relationships (given the lack of reaction, e.g., to Sirius's references to dalliances with men in the past), it struck me as odd (not to mention offputting) that there would be no other actual same-sex couples anywhere in the story - no portrayal of a Hogwarts student or Auror or Alliance member or *anyone* actually dating or in a relationship with or even pursuing anyone other than someone safely of the opposite sex. It made the very rare glancing references to non-evil same-sex relationships feel like meaningless tokens, thrown in here and there as an afterthought but without real substance, and made the "evilness" of the one main same-sex relationship stand out all the more.

    Overall though definitely much to love, and a definite for the bookmark list - a great discovery, a great story to fall into for a few days.

    A Marauder's Plan, by CatsAreCool (Rachel500)

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    When a more studious Harry Potter enters Gringotts with Hagrid, the Goblins managed to talk to him privately - Dumbledore never saw that one coming

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    13 Oct 2017

    Bookmarker's Notes

    It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when an author says she absolutely won't read slash, or there will never be slash in one of her stories, or she doesn't believe in those relationships, or any declarations of that ilk; for better or worse, my feelings about the views I infer from such declarations color my opinion and enjoyment of all the author's work.

    With that caveat, I did enjoy many things about this series and found it better written and more creative than the numerous others I've read with similar themes (though the characterization of most of the females in the story, and the portrayal of romantic relationships, felt noticeably shallow and insipid compared to the other characters and relationships). I liked Ravenclaw Harry quite a lot and really liked the fact that the author didn't just rewrite the exact same canon events from a slightly different angle, as SO MANY of these "slightly AU" stories do (e.g., Harry meets the Malfoys, is sorted in Slytherin, but reacts exactly the same to the troll, only with Draco instead of Ron), but instead put some real thought into how a different Harry would have reacted differently, resulting in a different chain of events.

    This isn't one of my top favorites, but I would read it again.
     

    Harry Potter in the Claw of the Raven (and sequels), by Bakenandeggs

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    Snape never wanted anyone to know of his promise to Dumbledore, but has realised that he can protect Potter much better by taking a less passive role in the boy's training. Actually liking Harry Potter has never been part of his plan. mentor/guardian.

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    08 Oct 2017

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    Pleasant and well written, if a bit bland, Severitus.

    Far Beyond a Promise Kept, by oliversnape

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    The lesson is transfiguring rats into teacups . . . only Ron Weasley's rat is actually an Animagus, which has dire consequences for the spell, for Peter Pettigrew, and for the Dark Lord's prospects for resurrection (and rather better consequences for Minerva McGonagall's reputation). Cross-posted (finally!) from Tumblr.

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    01 Oct 2017

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    Ha! I don't usually bookmark such short stories, but this is so witty and so well executed!

    The Transfiguration Incident, Or Pettigrew's Problems, by Kyra_Neko_Rei

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    When Narcissa Malfoy calls in her life debt so that Severus can fulfill the terms of his grandfather’s will and secure the Prince family estate, Harry agrees to marry Severus Snape and live with him for a year and a day. But Prince Manor hides a secret in its overgrown gardens, and Narcissa isn’t helping Severus out because of her kind heart. Harry thinks he’s going into the marriage with eyes wide open, but he has to maneuver around the Malfoys’ machinations and come to terms with his growing feelings for Severus even as the magic in the gardens gives his life a new, unexpected purpose.

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    14 Sep 2017

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    With Eyes Wide Open, by suitesamba