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Harry Potter: Dangerverse series by whydoyouneedtoknow

Living with Danger: What if Harry Potter had not just father figures, but mother figures as well? What if he had siblings? And what about Hermione Granger, or Draco Malfoy? Would they have been different with a different family? What if Sirius Black had a girlfriend named Aletha, his fellow Beater and constant verbal sparring partner? And what if Remus Lupin, one gray March day about five months after his world fell apart, met a woman named Danger who knew things that would change his life forever?

Living without Danger: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger-Lupin, and Draco Black were raised by the surviving Marauders and their wives. They and their friends Ron Weasley and Neville Longbottom are off to Hogwarts—heaven help Hogwarts. Twisted canon, Years One and Two.

Dealing with Danger: Take two Marauders and the women who put up with them. Add eight mischievous children, two evil escapees from Azkaban, one wise Headmaster, and a dash of Dark Lord. Shake well and enjoy. Twisted canon, Years Three and Four.

Facing Danger: Weddings and funerals and babies, oh my! Despite the Second War, life goes on for the Pack and the Pride. Harry is determined to beat Voldemort. The only question is, who else will die along the way? Year Five and summer before Year Six.

Surpassing Danger: Harry Potter is Marauder-trained and Warrior-chosen. When he stands united with his Pack and Pride, evil has no chance, but Lord Voldemort is a past master of dividing and conquering… Years Six and Seven.
Reccer's Notes: This series began in 2004 and concluded in 2014; I found it in 2006, and it proceeded to define several years of my life. The series premise is, more or less, accidental baby acquisition in four different manners: inherited, stolen, born, given. The rest is, given how the different upbringings changed the central characters and their relationship dynamics, and given that the antagonists' goals haven't changed at all, how would canon play out? The answer turns out to be with a lot of adventure, a lot of drama, a lot of humor, a lot of emotional roller coaster ride, and a happy ending.

It is not as much of a canon divergence AU as it seems; part of that is because HP6 and HP7 jossed some things in the series—that said, though, she got to a particular plot point in HP7 which flatly contradicted some worldbuilding in chapters she'd already posted, and that contradiction sparked everything that filled the sixth-year-shaped hole in her outline—and part is because it's a stealth crossover. (Very stealth, if one doesn't put together certain bits in volume 5 with one of the author's AUs of this AU series.) It also requires trigger warnings in a number of places; were it on AO3, I expect it'd be under Choose Not To Warn for a lot of reasons. And while there are certainly valid complaints about the quality of the earlier parts, I prefer to say you can watch the writing quality get a decade's worth of improvement in however long it takes you to read two million words!
reccer:alexseanchai  creator:whydoyouneedtoknow  fandom:harry.potter  length:80.000&more.words  pairing:ginny.weasley/harry.potter  pairing:hermione.granger/ron.weasley  pairing:draco.malfoy/luna.lovegood  pairing:neville.longbottom/ofc  theme:(not.really).character.death  theme:action/adventure  theme:au  theme:families.of.choice  theme:family  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:werewolves  theme:plotty.fic  theme:psychic.powers  theme:shapeshifting  theme:soulbonding  theme:spells&curses  theme:telepathy  theme:worldbuilding 
9 weeks ago by fancake
Harry Potter: Truffles, Noble Lord of the Sky, by megyal
Summary: Fuck fairies; and Longbottom, too.
Reccer's Notes: I like the ease of this story. There's a flying snake at Hogwarts, and it snuggles Harry in bed, and helps him in potions, and looks after the little Slytherins, and (most) everyone's cool with it. Truffles's voice is sweet and easy, and Harry is super chill.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  pairing:neville.longbottom/severus.snape  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:megyal  theme:shapeshifting  theme:animals  theme:spells&curses  theme:telepathy  reccer:runpunkrun 
may 2019 by fancake
HP: Draco Malfoy, It's Your Lucky Day by faithwood
Summary: Even though he's unarmed, injured, lost in the Forbidden Forest, and facing a possible murder charge, Draco Malfoy gets lucky.
Reccer's Notes: This was the first story to pop into my head for this theme. It's a brilliant fic that's actually about so much more than just huddling-for-warmth. Read it if you haven't.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:faithwood  theme:huddling.for.warmth  theme:hurt/comfort  theme:spells&curses  reccer:jerakeen 
april 2019 by fancake
Marvel Comics: The Spider Prince and the Morning Star by Traincat
“Folks like to say there’s a monster that lives in the forest,” Old Swenson said the next day when Johnny told him his story. Johnny worked in his shop, when Swenson could afford to pay him. He fixed things, clocks and broken carriages. Johnny wasn’t good for much, but he had a hand for repairs. “And that it’ll grant you wishes, for a price. Folks will say anything, after a drink or five. Don’t listen to that kind of foolish talk, Johnny.”

When Johnny makes a deal with the monster that lives in the woods – himself for his sister’s happiness – he doesn’t expect the giant spider to take him to a beautiful castle, or to reveal himself a cursed prince. There’s only one catch: he’s only a man in the darkest night, and Johnny can never see his face.
fandom:marvel.comics  pairing:johnny.storm/peter.parker  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:traincat  theme:folklore&fairytales  theme:spells&curses  reccer:convenientalias 
april 2019 by fancake
Buffy/CSI: Isolated Elements, by elementalv
Summary: Buffy is dead, and Giles is grieving. The last thing he wants is to be ordered to Las Vegas to authenticate a stolen sword.
Reccer's Notes: This was one of the first fics I ever read that really struck me with how realistically it handled characters grieving because of canon events. The way Giles handles (or doesn't) his grief for Buffy is so perfectly in character. It's an interesting pairing. Giles is off-balance because of losing Buffy; Grissom is unbalanced by being sucked into the magical world. Together, they deal.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  fandom:csi  pairing:gil.grissom/rupert.giles  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:elementalv  theme:crossover.pairings  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:forced.proximity  theme:old.fandoms  theme:spells&curses  reccer:beatrice_otter 
march 2019 by fancake
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: The Bonny Bunch of Roses by halsinator
Summary: In which Maria Absalom revisits Segundus's dreams and strikes up a bit of something. Well, more than a bit of something. Meanwhile, cakes are consumed, cows are displaced, and Segundus masters the art of magical gardening. Also: Childermass.
Reccer's Notes: There's a lovely curtainfic feel to this story, which gives John Segundus a chance to settle into his new home and learn some spells, and there's also some truly excellent smut in which Maria Absalom (who is SO! GREAT!!!) decides she would like to take a bite out of that adorable magician and teaches him how to best satisfy her. And meanwhile Childermass keeps showing up and yanking Segundus's pigtails, leading not only to a smoking hot threesome but to one of my favorite inadvertent declarations of love of all time. It's delightful.
fandom:jonathan.strange&mr.norrell  pairing:john.childermass/john.segundus/maria.absalom  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:halsinator  theme:amnesty  theme:spells&curses  theme:bisexual/pansexual.characters  theme:m/m/f.threesomes  theme:threesome  reccer:meretricula 
december 2018 by fancake
Captive Prince: Weighed and Measured by Kittendiamore
Summary: “Don’t read it,” Damen says, urgently, and he tries to pull Laurent back.

In Akielon and, oddly, Veretian, the wall of the cave says: What does your heart desire?

Laurent already has everything that his heart desires. Everything except- Auguste.
Reccer's Notes: An interesting story, where the "wrong" universe might be the right one... Except one change doesn't come alone.
I also recommend reading Your Majesty, Josselin's fic inspired by this one and centered around murderous!Laurent.
fandom:captive.prince.series  pairing:damen/laurent.(captive.prince)  character:auguste.(captive.prince)  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:kittendiamore  theme:wrong.universe  theme:parallel.universes&  theme:spells&curses  reccer:jainas 
august 2018 by fancake
Supernatural: Like Glass by entanglednow
Summary: Sam wakes up on the bathroom floor.
Reccer's Notes: Sam is suffering under a particularly nasty curse. Gabriel tries to put him together again. This is a darkly introspective jagged-edged gem.
fandom:supernatural  pairing:gabriel/sam.winchester  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:entanglednow  theme:spells&curses  reccer:an0ther_dreamer 
june 2018 by fancake
Metamorphoses - Ovid: Wild of Branch and Root by silverr
Summary: A helpless maiden pursued by a lovesick god, a mother defeated by an envious witch, a helpful spirit imprisoned by a hateful crone—well, that's what the stories have always said happened, so it must be true. Mustn't it?
Reccer's Notes: Over the years, I have been incredibly lucky in the quality of gifts I've received, but [personal profile] silverr just knocked it out of the park with "Wild of Branch and Root." Three stories retold in three separate but related poems, in response to what felt to me at the time as an impossible prompt to write. I wanted to know what it felt like for these characters to become a tree, or be incarcerated in a tree, in the case of Ariel. Now I do. These poems are excellent, moving, and transformative, giving each protagonist agency and voice. Every poem was given its own botanical illustration, too.
fandom:fairytales  fandom:greek.mythology  fandom:legends&myths  fandom:shakespeare.(works)  pairing:apollo/daphne  character:daphne.(greek.mythology)  character:apollo.(greek.mythology)  character:mother.(fairytales)  character:sycorax.(tempest)  character:prospero.(tempest)  character:ariel.(tempest)  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:silverr  theme:spells&curses  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:gods&devil  theme:unconventional.format&style  reccer:wendelah1 
june 2018 by fancake
The X-Files: Flea Market Economy by Punk
Summary: She gets the feeling this is Mulder's fault, because these things usually are.
Reccer's Notes: So, while hanging at the local flea market with Scully, Mulder picks up a cursed, alligator-shaped salt cellar only to discover he has instantaneously swapped bodies with his partner. What makes this fic work is how in character Mulder and Scully are in their reaction to their new bodies. Scully is in denial for as long as she can possibly maintain it. Mulder just wants to put his fingers where they don't really belong. Mulder is also more open to extreme possibilities, and actually seems to be enjoying the situation, apart from missing his dick. Scully? Not so much. Remember the scene in "Small Potatoes," where Mulder asks her who she would want to be, and her first answer is herself? Instead of the mediocre Dreamlands, "Flea Market Economy" is the body swap episode we deserved.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:punk  theme:spells&curses  theme:humor  theme:bodyswap  reccer:wendelah1 
june 2018 by fancake
The X-Files: Angular Momentum by Kel
Summary: "I have been on the bridge that spans two worlds, the link between all souls by which we cross into our own true nature."
-- Fox Mulder, "The Blessing Way"
Reccer's Notes: Whenever I need cheering up, there are certain authors and fics I always revisit. Kel is one of those writers and this is one of those fics.

"Angular Momentum" is a gen-ish casefile/x-file that fits into canon, has the Mulder/Scully partnership at its center, and was written by an author who likes both characters! It’s mostly vintage Kel: snappy dialogue, intricate plotting, with a side order of political/social satire. The Lone Gunmen all play pivotal roles in this story, too. Oh! I nearly left out the best part: in a memorable and luminous sequence, Mulder and Scully journey to the "lower world," where they meet their spirit guides. This would have made a great episode, with its perfect mixture of humor, murder, and mysticism.

True confession. I love this story so much I commissioned fanart for it and gave it to the writer. Obviously, I love the writer, too. And the artist, Ravenari, is amazing. Click on the link after you’ve read the fic.
fandom:x-files  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:fox.mulder  character:dana.scully  character:the.lone.gunmen  character:walter.skinner  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:kel  theme:spells&curses  theme:casefic  theme:humor  theme:plotty.fic  reccer:wendelah1 
june 2018 by fancake
The X-Files: Malus Genius by Maybe Amanda and Plausible Deniability
Summary: What's *your* evil spirit?
Reccer's Notes: This fic is a hoot. Besides the clever X-file/casefic, the authors give us three very different couples, who reach three equally satisfying romantic resolutions. A smart friend of mine thought "Malus Genius" felt "almost Shakespearean" in tone, and I agree. There is a very Shakespearean feel to the comedy: plays on words, broad sexual jokes, the war of the sexes, and supernatural creatures symbolizing our lack of control over the natural universe.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:maybe_amanda.(amanda_wilde)  creator:plausible_deniability  theme:spells&curses  theme:casefic  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  theme:humor  reccer:wendelah1 
june 2018 by fancake
Les Miserables: As the Sun Will Rise, by samyazaz
Summary: A Beauty and the Beast AU in which Grantaire's sense of humor goes over everyone's head, he finds himself with a houseful of "prisoners" he wishes would just go away, Cosette falls in love with a chair, and Enjolras takes it upon himself to make sure the servants are paid a decent living wage.
Reccer's Notes: A lovely Beauty and the Beast AU in which Grantaire is the cursed prince and Enjolras has Opinions and offers himself instead of Cosette. Excellent read.
fandom:les.miserables  pairing:enjolras/grantaire  character:cosette.fauchelevent  character:marius.pontmercy  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:samyazaz  theme:spells&curses  theme:au  theme:humor  reccer:jainas 
june 2018 by fancake
Harry Potter: In Evidence of Magical Theory by bixgirl1
Summary: When a hex meant for Draco accidentally catches Harry as well, they're forced to learn to understand each other in ways they previously might have thought impossible.

In which Harry and Draco can't fight, so they fall in love instead.
Reccer's Notes: What would the Harry Potter fandom be withtout all the "Accidentaly bonded" fics? :D
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:bixgirl1  theme:spells&curses  theme:enemies.working.together  theme:first.time  reccer:jainas 
june 2018 by fancake
Les Miserables: Silence is the Speech of Love by lady_ragnell
Summary: Grantaire's life has a pattern: he pays his respects to Aphrodite, he goes to work, he loves Enjolras and provokes him because he can't bring himself to do otherwise. That seems unlikely to change, at least until Enjolras speaks out against the gods and ends up cursed. Grantaire does his best to help him, but it turns out it's just as hard to love Enjolras up close as it is from afar.
Reccer's Notes: This is the first fic that came to mind with this theme. It's just got so much about it that I love: 50k of beautiful worldbuilding; characters working for better access and accommodations for a cursed friend; friends(?) to lovers; Eponine's everything; polytheism for the modern era; the Greek gods being themselves (capricious assholes)
fandom:les.miserables  pairing:enjolras/grantaire  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:lady_ragnell  theme:spells&curses  reccer:onlysmallwings 
june 2018 by fancake
Dresden Files: Cross by lightgetsin
Summary: “Because,” Dresden said, “you’re going to bring me back.” He hesitated, looking somewhat sour. “You’re the only one who can, apparently.”
Reccer's Notes: The post-Changes story where Marcone is certainly not mourning anyone and is not helped by Harry haunting him and insisting he is needed for the resurrection spell.
Marcone's POV in this fic is a thing of beauty.
fandom:dresden.files  pairing:harry.dresden/john.marcone  character:hendricks.(dresden.files)  character:gard.(dresden.files)  character:bob.the.skull  character:mouse.(dresden.files)  character:thomas.raith  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:lightgetsin  theme:spells&curses  theme:competence  theme:enemies.working.together  reccer:jainas 
june 2018 by fancake
A charm of Magpies: Iron Sharpens Iron by winterhill
Summary: Stephen learns how to manipulate iron. It’s surprisingly useful when an opportunistic warlock decides that this would be a good season for a kidnapping.
Reccer's Notes: A most excellent and well written Charm of Magpies post-canon story that joined my headcanon at once, and digs into Stephen and Lucien new standing as the Magpies Lord, magical politics and Stephen's growing mastery over iron... and it many uses.
fandom:charm.of.magpies  pairing:lucien.vaudrey/  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:winterhill  theme:spells&curses  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  theme:hurt/comfort  theme:cops&crime  theme:casefic  reccer:jainas 
june 2018 by fancake
MCU: Sensations by flawedamythyst
Summary: When a dragon attacks Manhattan, Clint is hit by a curse, and both he and Bucky have to face that this might be the end of his time as an Avenger. Neither of them cope well.

But at least it gives Clint an excuse to get a dog, right?
Reccer's Notes: This story is Part 3 of the Complications series, but stands well on it's own if you accept that it is a Post Age-of-Ultron Soulmate AU where Clint and Bucky discovered that they were soulmate against all odds, and eventually managed to make it work.
The curse in this story is pretty nasty and deals with sensory deprivation, but has a good level of confort to balance the hurt, a solid plot and good writting, I really enjoyed reading it as it came out as a WIP.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:clint.barton/james."bucky".barnes  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:flawedamythyst  theme:spells&curses  theme:established.relationship  theme:established.relationship.with.plot  theme:hurt/comfort  theme:soulbonding  theme:soulmate-identifying.marks  theme:rare.pairings  theme:plotty.fic  theme:disability  reccer:jainas 
june 2018 by fancake
Hockey RPF: Thou and You by twentysomething
Summary: There's no way to tell just by looking at someone whether or not they are a magician. Some are more obvious than others, but Evgeni has been introduced to thousands of people since coming to London and he has never been absolutely certain before.

But when Lady Everly says, "Oh, Your Highness, this is Mr. Crosby," Evgeni knows the man in front of him is a magician.
Reccer's Notes: Sometimes you just want to read sixty thousand words of wish fulfillment fic in which Geno Malkin is a Russian prince who falls in love at first spell with a Canadian wizard named Sidney Crosby and proceeds to woo him with flowers, expensive desserts, and a ton of magic, okay? Sometimes you don't want conflict or "plot" or any of that good for you stuff, you just want a toothrottingly sweet tale of ludicrous mutual pining in which Geno -- who is, I repeat, A LEGIT PRINCE IN LINE TO INHERIT THE THRONE OF RUSSIA -- sits around sighing to all of his friends about how sweet and handsome and wonderful Mr Crosby is and thinks dark thoughts about everyone who has ever said a mean word about Sid and worries that he is ruining Sid's reputation because he just wants to be around him all the time and he has -- gasp! Been in Sid's room, unchaperoned!!! Also I love Regency-but-magic settings with a deep abiding passion and have since I read Sorcery & Cecelia as an impressionable young girl, so I'm very into this AU concept. Mainly, though, I gotta stress how very much this is the fic equivalent of cotton candy. You know when you're in the mood for it -- save this story for that moment.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:evgeni.malkin/sidney.crosby  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:twentysomething  theme:spells&curses  theme:courtship  theme:au  theme:pining  reccer:meretricula 
june 2018 by fancake

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