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hd_worldcup: Tarot Prompt - The Magician

"When the Magician appears in a spread, it points to the talents, capabilities and resources at the sitter's disposal. Depending on the card's placement in relation to other cards, the message is to tap into one's full potential rather than holding back, especially when there's a need to transform something. There are choices and directions to take. Guidance can arrive through one's own intuition or in the form of someone who brings about change or transformation.

It can mean a manipulator is floating around, usually if it's reversed. He may be a beneficent guide, but he does not necessarily have our best interests in mind. He may also represent the querent’s ego or self awareness. He can also represent the intoxication of power, good and bad." - wikipedia.org


The One with the Malacaw Bite
Potter's Interference -- Team EWE
I really, really like Entrepreneur!Draco - watching him run a business and nurture it from the ground up into a successful venture - it's a thrill to read. And I was right there with Draco when it fell apart around him. Actually, when Harry arrested him, my mind yelled "INJUSTICE!" (Gundam Wing's Wufei).

I kept hoping that perhaps Draco had passed the the more questionable animals to Pansy and had gotten her to take care of the business during those 7+ years after the Potter Intervention. Unfortunately, that did not happen :(

One of the vivid moments in the fic was the scene with Draco's calendars lining the walls, month by month with dates to be crossed out. Yeah, it felt like such a Draco thing to do.

Oh and Perseus the crup kinda stole every scene he was in XD

The fic felt very Draco-centric; we didn't get much information on Harry and his own life and that's where I felt it could have been improved - I wasn't feeling the H/D quite as much as I would have liked. Still, as the shortest fic of the round...it didn't feel short. The length felt just right and kudos to the author for that. Do check it out since it's a lovely read.

The One with the Green Men
At Childhood's End -- Team Fanon
First let me just say that the constant reference to Little Green Men had me thinking of aliens. Ok, moving on...

AU fics are tricky because the more AU you get, the more explanations you need to show the differences between your creation and the canon world. And the most important bit about storytelling is to show, not tell. I have a feeling this fic could either have been much longer or far shorter.

Plot and storyline details were revealed in narratives and dialogue and it just felt like too much information. I would have preferred to see the information doled out in smaller amounts or just cut off and left as a bit of mystery. That way the focus could have been on characterization and really developing the H/D. The dialogue between harry and draco felt a bit too smooth and the H/D a bit too easy.

Don't get me wrong - the idea was different and unique and I really love AUs (like rabid, obsessive love)- it just felt like the fic could have been more...balanced?

The One Where Harry Breaks The Law ♥ ♥ ♥
The Magician's Gifts -- Team Canon
Recently I've been seeing fics focus less on the H/D and more on other elements of the story. The Magician's Gifts actually manages to find a balance for both. In fact not only do we have a gradual build up of Harry/Draco, but I loved Harry's characterization.

Seeing Harry's world change with the birth of his kids hit me in the gut. There's this growing awareness in Harry through the fic. He sees the Greengrass women not as Slytherins but as people with family just like himself. And it's not said - but shown through his emotions and subsequent actions.

Something of note...I don't think I've ever read a fic where Hary is fully aware of the consequences to his actions with every step he takes. It's very different from the books but it also shows his growth as a person. He isn't a teen anymore and I like the worldly awareness about him. The moment where he has to decide whether or not to turn in Draco - he knew everything was changing.

And yet the one thing that's stuck with Harry is his willingness to do what's right even if it means breaking the rules.
"There's some sort of problem," Draco hedged, eyes narrowed.

Harry looked skyward. "No. Never is."
Harry problem is that there is no problem - breaking the rules is as easy as breathing in some ways because in this instance its the right thing to do - and he gets that that's not a normal reaction for most people. He should be having issues...but he isn't. And I just love the way the author is able to point this out. Yes, he has issues with hiding it from his family and friends but everything else? Not so much.

The concept of this fic is brilliant - for once we have Harry and Draco as partners of sorts...but against the law. They go against society and they bond over their experiences at the same time. The moment where they have their kids with them and they're just talking? I kinda fell in love with that scene - I knew I was going to rec it at that point.

The One with Gossip Columnist!Draco ♥ ♥ ♥
Blind Leading the Blind -- Team Epilogue
I would advise you not to read this fic in public. I was laughing and wheezing and my cheeks felt like they were on fire - this fic is funny, smutty and...well, you can practically feel Harry's embarrassment. I kept going "poor, poor Harry" and wanting to console him but at the same...I couldn't stop laughing. Umm, think Malcolm in the Middle, the Big Bang Theory or even American Pie - where the main guys get into very inconvenient and very real situations and you're just glad you're not them.

Harry, who is almost 40, gets a sexual education - of the homosexual kind. Some of the moments are incredibly titillating - visiting the sex toys store for instance - so much so that they border on too much information...I didn't know whether to cover my face or just giggle. I ended up doing both.

The sales lady's explanation of the products made her one of the best original characters in the fest - especially her casual admittance to watching the gay visuals XD Definitely someone after my own heart. And Harry's reaction is so very honest - horror, wide eyes, curiosity and ultimately, arousal XD

One point to note: this fic is a Harry-centric one - it took about half the fic for Draco's name to even by mentioned. After Teddy walked in on Harry experimenting, I kinda wondered whether they were going to hook up at that point, because we'd seen so little of Draco so far (all of it disguised) - and Harry hadn't even thought about Draco at all.

But when Draco and Harry finally have their showdown - oh the H/D ♥ It's very easy to get immersed in the dialogue between them. And Malfoy's letters were another bit that I'll always cherish - from a complete gentleman to good ol' Malfoy, haha. The development of the H/D does feel a bit sudden but it does work.

Side notes...the bits of communication between Al and Scorpius were lovely. One of the other things I liked is the idea of Ginny as a quidditch reporter - it just clicked and felt so fresh. Oh and btw, seeing Indian food in H/D fics makes me go *__*

I just wish we had H/D that was more evident in the first half - I'm not talking about anon!smut scenes but I wish Harry thought about Draco in a sexual context at some point, rather than just Teddy. That's the only thing that makes me a bit depressed. I'm reccing it, but not quite as a H/D!fic but as a fic with H/D.

My Top Teams for The Magician : Tied between Team Canon & Team Epilogue

All Tarot Prompts can be found via the fests tag.

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You are always one fic ahead of me, but since this time it's a thirty-something-thousand-word one, I won't catch up fast :)

I've read three so far and liked them all.
Haha, the last fic open since yesterday and I finally got the time to read it during lunch XD (Though I am going to try and keep the smutty fics for reading in the privacy of my own home >___>)

Yeah, this prompt's fics were easier to connect to and that made me a happy ducky :)

Tomorrow is art day, woot!
Yay! More reviews. I'm off now to read Team Canon's entry, which sounds awesome. Loving these :)
OMG!!! I just finished it, and I still can't breathe properly. So. much. love. for that story!

The moment where they have their kids with them and they're just talking? I kinda fell in love with that scene - I knew I was going to rec it at that point.

Me too! (And I only read your review after the story just so I could be sure I wouldn't be spoiled). I'm really impressed when writers can write about children/parenthood movingly without being cloying or smoopy. That scene was a perfect example, and I could picture it so clearly.
And I only read your review after the story just so I could be sure I wouldn't be spoiled

Woot, yay! Yeah, the Canon and Epilogue fics both hit me emotionally in different ways - for epilogue, it was the humor and smut and all of it in an epilogue fic which made it even better because I expected comedy from the other three teams but it was epilogue that was able to deliver.

And Canon really pulled at my heartstrings this time - and since family is the most important part of my life, I couldn't help but relate to the fic.

(I'm still waiting for the fic where the kids drive their parents up a wall hahaha)
I I were to detail how much I love you for doing this for each card, I would never finish reading my way through the fest. But if you imagine a field full of people holding their arms open very wide, you will be getting close!
HAHAHA, that image? IS MADE OF WIN. Glad you like 'em (though I expect you to tell me if you have any faves or peeves >__>)

*evil laugh*
Heh, well, I'll cry if you hate mine, but I'll understand!

The one thing I am finding hard is that, as a participant, I feel I shouldn't concrit. For the most part that has been easy, as the things that I would change in stories have been little bits, such as SPAG (where we will all have problems - tight deadlines!) and little tweaks to pacing. Nothing major and all stuff that people would work out for themselves.

But there was one story that I loved and thought was particularly successful in its pacing and characterisation and all the big things, however ... It was full of carefully constructed Britishisms that were just ever so slightly off. It was really good fake Brit, with lots of detail, but it just wasn't English English. I wanted to say "You are so talented! stop overlaying with the Britglish because it is so disconcerting that I lost track of your wonderful story several times!" But then I didn't say that, because I didn't want to be one of Those People, and on the other hand most readers are American, and love those little cultural details. So in the end I decided to take the Pygmallion approach and believe that the invisible narrator was secretly Bulgarian.

I'm just one pipsqueak out of the hundreds reading the fics - and even the most fabulously written rec/review doesn't compare to the fics their about. I've already noticed peeps on the f-list itself who have different preferences and faves.

(And I hope to God I have driven authors to tears so far O__O)

I don't know, aren't all of us ultimately readers? Perhaps you could save the concrit for after the reveal, but if you deliver it with consideration (and as an author yourself, I don't doubt that) and the best of intentions, I don't think the authors would jump on you. And SPAG is always an issue when deadlines enter the picture, haha

If we're talking about the same fic, I'll admit I loved the Brit stuff, but that's because I'm not familiar with it at all. If an author managed to get somehing wrong about Indian food, you can be sure I'd be dropping them a line XD (I just end up thinking "Don't misrepresent my culture! People are clueless enough as it is!") But that's just me >__>

Edited at 2008-04-12 03:48 am (UTC)
If an author managed to get somehing wrong about Indian food, you can be sure I'd be dropping them a line XD (I just end up thinking "Don't misrepresent my culture! People are clueless enough as it is!") But that's just me >__>

Heh! Well, therein lies the problem, really. I think this author did a really good job of showing a lot of British things, and one of her scenes was absolutely spot-on, its just that for the rest of it, she had lots of English, some Scottish and a few Irish (or Northern dialect) elements, but the way they were used ...

I feel as though I should be giving her 10/10 for word choice and 3/10 for construction with those words. But the rest of her story is a 9, so I end up feeling needlessly picky.

And, as you say, to the rest of the world it all works really well to establish mood.

I think I'll wait and see if it's a regular theme for the author after the reveal, and only mention it if it is. Because I know that I'd run the risk of my big I LOVE YOUR STORY! being forgotten under the little 'But some of the Britglish just sounds odd'.

Also, even the stories that you haven't liked as much as the others have been reviewed with generosity and insight. You're a bit fabbo in that direction.
Ultimately, it's all about you - if you do feel like it deserves mentioning and that it could improve the fic to get those bits worked on (which I'm thinking you do ^__^) And really, if 98% of fandoms says they love the fic, that doesn't mean that the other 2% has to stay mum about the issues that need work. I kinda think that makes it even more important to voice issues, 'cause they might get burried under the love.

My only worry is if the author is a brit...then that would be a very interesting situation...

Ah ♥ ♥


I would be hugely surprised. I know that England and English English has changed in the years since I moved to Australia, but not that much! Though I could believe someone who has moved to England from another country and who is still finding their ear.

I'm not sure I'll even remember this by June, you know ... ;-)
Ah the possibilities for interesting situations grows lol

(You could always write comments in private entries and refer to them in June XD If I hadn't decided to keep these posts public, I'd have locked them and made them available at fic reveal)
I love Team Epilogue's. Bwaha. Poor Harry... and Ginny! I swear, she's a inner slash fangirl. The bouncy blond Scorpius is just sweet. I dunno. I always read him as serious but to have him as bouncy and hero-worshipping Harry is just cute.

I always tend to read Team Epilogue's fics first before moving to the rest.
It's kind of like your favorite food - I usually eat my faves first but when reading I like to know I have something to fall back on - the team epilogue fics are pretty much it for me.

And I didn't think I'd get hillarious and smutty fic from the E!Team! Because with Ginny it didn't seem like it could ever happen - but the author made it work. IMO it would have been easier for fanon or EWE which makes this even more impressive for me.

(I will also pay more attention to warnings when reading fic in public, lol)
Hello!

I have been a long time user of your rec list.. I didn't know you have been doing commentary on the WorldCup fics! Thank you so much for sharing, I like to know about how other people think about the stories I have read.

Do you mind horribly if I friend you? Just want to ask you first :)


Lol, this is the first time ever I'm doing a commentary thing so I'm not surprised XD It just felt like something I needed to do >__>

No probs at all! Feel free to holler with your own opinions since part of the reasons these posts are public is so I can discuss the 60+ fics in the fest haha
Awesome! You're friended :). It's actually the first time I am following a fest real time... so I am still at the "learning how to catch up with the reading stage...