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  1. Rec 5

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    A set of stories from the life of Percy Weasley, precious neurodivergent middle-child who tries so hard, but has trouble fitting in.

    Canon-compliant, but each fic is stand-alone.

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    29 Sep 2022

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    Series:Horn-rimmed Glasses and Cauldron Bottoms by Chelonie
    Series Begun: 2022-08-01
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    A set of stories from the life of Percy Weasley, precious neurodivergent middle-child who tries so hard, but has trouble fitting in.
    Canon-compliant, but each fic is stand-alone.
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    The fics are all very different in their tones and topics, but they are all well written and a delight to read.
    They are actually all stand-alones, but they can also be perceived as a cohering series (at least for now).

    I especially love Conversation with a Hat, but they're all good.

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    Fic 1: Conversation with a Hat -1/1 - 525 - G
    11 year old Percy Weasley goes under the Sorting Hat.

    Fic 2: Ron Confunded - 1/1 - 995 - G
    Ron tries to tell Percy about Scabbers. It’s not a very believable story…

    Fic 3: Banana Walnut Muffins - 1/1 - 1,629 - T
    Percy doesn't know it, but after growing up in the Burrow, he needs a certain amount of chaos in his life. That chaos comes along in the form of a street artist named Audrey Breech.

    Fic 4: Audrey's Boy - 1/1 - 1,300 - E
    Audrey loves to take care of her boy.

    Fic 5: Lucy and Molly - 1/1 - 1,863 - G
    Audrey and Percy go to the Lily Evans Children’s Home to look for a child to adopt. They end up with two.

     Read -part 5, now waiting for more.

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    In Which Prefects Have Very Specific Training And Delineated Duties, Namely Handling Exactly One (1) Dormful Of Kids
    -OR- Percy Is Dorm Mom To Five Boys And No One Else
    -OR- In Which McGonagall Pictured Prefect Oliver Wood For Two Minutes, Turned Green, And Gave Percy The Badge Despite The Sheer Number Of Responsibilities He Already Had, And It Did Not End In Disaster

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    No, Really, It Won't, Please Don't Ask

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    28 Sep 2022

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    Percy Weasley and The Prefect Job That Isn't A Vanity Role by adiduck (book_people), joisbishmyoga

    In Which Prefects Have Very Specific Training And Delineated Duties, Namely Handling Exactly One (1) Dormful Of Kids
    -OR- Percy Is Dorm Mom To Five Boys And No One Else
    -OR- In Which McGonagall Pictured Prefect Oliver Wood For Two Minutes, Turned Green, And Gave Percy The Badge Despite The Sheer Number Of Responsibilities He Already Had, And It Did Not End In Disaster
    The Notes For A Fic That Will Not Be Written
    No, Really, It Won't, Please Don't Ask
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    I love the authors' idea about the improved prefect system and all the repercussions this could have (competent authority figures! 💕)
    I also like the OCs, they fit very well in this story.

    The notes format used for this fic works really well here, because it brings the highlights into focus whithout rehashing everything that didn't change much from canon.

    Oh, and the humour, let's not forget the humour 😄

    There are some Americanisms ("backyard" instead of "garden", "candy" instead of "chocolate", "graduate/graduation" instead of "finishing school" or "leaving Hogwarts"), but I hope it doesn't deter you from reading this fic. Just don't use them in your own HP fic 😉 (or any fic that takes place in Britain - unless you have non-Brits using these terms)

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    Percy Weasley had a plan—he always had a plan. He’d work his way up the Ministry so that when shit inevitably hit the fan, he would fix the Ministry from the inside. What hadn’t been in his plan was being approached by Dumbledore and rapidly adopting a key role in taking down You-Know-Who. He didn’t have a plan for any of this.
    That doesn’t mean he couldn’t learn to adapt.

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    28 Sep 2022

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    Percy Weasley's Guide to Killing Dark Lords (and Making Friends Along the Way) by HouseElfMagic

    Percy Weasley had a plan—he always had a plan. He’d work his way up the Ministry so that when shit inevitably hit the fan, he would fix the Ministry from the inside. What hadn’t been in his plan was being approached by Dumbledore and rapidly adopting a key role in taking down You-Know-Who. He didn’t have a plan for any of this.
    That doesn’t mean he couldn’t learn to adapt.
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    Another lovely fic about Percy and what he did during the war.
    This is the one where Percy agrees to be Dumbledore's spy in the Ministy, but only if Dumbledore informs him about everything he knows regarding the war, even if it doesn’t seem important.
    With Percy as Dumbledore's spy and confidant who's not afraid to voice is thoughts about Albus' sometimes odd notions (and Dumbledore willing to listen to his arguments), things take a turn for the better.

    For a long time, the only other person who knows about Percy's role as a spy is Harry, who is removed from the Dursleys' home earlier than in canon due to Percy's insistence. For security reasons, Harry doesn't move to the Weasleys then, but to Grimmauld Place. He - and Percy - move into Regulus' old room with no one ever knowing about Percy's presence there but Dumbledore, Harry and Kreacher. Sharing a room results in Harry and Percy getting to know each other better and a friendship develops, which later on turns into a relationship (but it's low-key and doesn't distract from the story itself).

     

    The work has some flaws, but it's still a good read and definetely a good story about Percy and what he did during the war (and why he distanced himself from his family).
    (The thing that irritated me the most was actually a formatting issue: Someone says something, followed by the reaction of another person and then there's a paragraph break and we get the reply of said second person - instead of "person A says something, paragraph break, person B reacts and says something". It can get a bit confusing sometimes, especially when there's a back and forth conversation. Some sections I had to read twice to understand who's the one saying or doing something.)

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    A very slight change in Harry's introduction to the magical world has unexpected consequences.

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    27 Aug 2022

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    A Different Beginning by mad_fairy
    Published: 2015-08-16
    Completed: 2015-08-23
    Summary: A very slight change in Harry's introduction to the magical world has unexpected consequences.
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    The initial change is quite minor, but it has the result that Harry's first visit to Gringotts takes a bit longer than in canon and that he finds a letter and some helpful information his parents left for him in case they are not around anymore to see their beloved son off to Hogwarts. This leads to other minor deviations which lead to more differences, which lead to..... (you get the picture).

    The fic has a bit of a bumpy start and it has some minior SPAG issues, but it's still a lovely story and has quite a few elements I was fondly remembering even years after having read the story. I'm quite happy that I found the fic again and so I decided to finally bookmark it and add some notes about its content to make finding it again easier the next time.

    STOP READING HERE IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOLERS.

     

    The one where...
    ...this headcanon of mine started: "Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Dig in!" [...] "Oh! Those must be the names of house elves! [...] Here I thought he was just mad!"

    ...Harry uses a spell in the newspaper achive of the library to put back some newspaper issues correctly and all the newspapers fly out of their drawers and fly around him and his friends, resorting themselves until everything is sorted properly and the drawers slam shut again.

    ...The Herbology Club refurbishes the winter garden courtyard and then an old, fogotten rooftop garden with glass dome roof that Harry rediscoverd during his early explorations of Hogwarts. (both events play no greater role, but I leked the idea behind it)

    ...Harry visits Black Manor over the Christmas holidays and Melania is stately but kind, Arcturus has some interesting quirks and on the Blacks' Christmas eve gathering Harry and Draco are caught sliding down the grand staircase railing - with some unexpected results.

    ...at the end of first year Harry has a silly daydream about how pathethic Quirrell and his Master are that they needed almost a year to find out how to get past the first obstacle "protecting" the Philosopher's Stone.

  5. Rec 54

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    “What happened?” Willow asks, concerned.
    Buffy slowly meets Willow’s stare, looking grim. “Spike is on a date.”

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    03 Jul 2022

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    In the Midnight Hour by amidtheflowers
    Published: originally 2019-02, AO3: 2019-06-22
    Completed (on AO3): 2019-08-26
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    A lovely tale how Buffy discovers her feelings for Spike and her cooling feelings for Riley; mixed with an early defeat of the Initiative.

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