"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
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 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.
Harry looked skyward. "No. Never is."
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
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