I was once an author and reader of HP fanfic... now it draws me back in again.
I need to remember never to read uncompleted fics. The last chapter just left me wanting to read the rest, but there is no rest. Your characterizations of everyone are spot on, especially Remus & Sirius. Remus would doubt himself to appease his friends like that, and Sirius, I don't know if you meant to write him as Manic-depressive, but it came out that way, and it is how I've always imagined him.
Albus Potter had what some would call a fascinating job -- working for the Magical Law Enforcement's intelligence department. But when suspicious activity caused the Ministry to think the infamous Knights of Walpurgis were up to something, their leading expert was called into action.
In disguise and out of his mind, Albus embarked on an impossible task, but when things started turning for the worse, why were his only thoughts about the one person he would hurt along the way?
This story was nominated for a 2011 Quicksilver Quill Award: Best Next-Generation Story AND Best Same-Sex Pairing Story
Oh my gosh. This fic is just so bizarre, so crazy, so DELICIOUS. It's really not what I usually read, but I'm glad didn't assume that the whole "gender swap" thing would be cliched and annoying and read this fic because it really was a lot of fun! That will teach me to make assumptions. Anyway I loved this story because it kept me reading right on through to the end; I had to know how it would work out. I really wasn't expecting a happy ending, because Albus really was horrible to Scorpius (I wouldn't have forgiven him!) I think the evolution of Albus' feelings was very well written, especially the long time he spent in total denial, while at the same time genuinely enjoying spending time with Scorpius.
One thing I would have changed would be that I would have loved to "see" Albus confront Scorpius at the party and then stun him and drag him off. That bit felt rushed and I was disappointed, as I imagine that scene would have been quite amusing.
To sum up: Crazy story! So glad I broadened my horizons and got a chance to read it!
Yeah, this story really was a bit on the weird side... I still wonder what warped part of my imagination made me think it was ever going to work, but it turned out okay, hehe. I'm not going to lie, though, my favourite part to write was the smutty bits, mostly because Albus got to experience a familiar thing on the other side of the stick (well, that sounded dirty). Plus, it made him feel like a complete tool for taking advantage of Scorpius.
Seriously, though, I'm glad you liked the story and found it worth straying from preconceptions. To be honest, I'm with you on that boat when you said you'd just assumed that it would be cliche and annoying. Had I not written it, I mightn't have even read it.
Anyway... enough rambling. Thank you for the great review. :)
I saw this under the "recent" banner, and the summary came up as
"Roger Davies is the second-handsomest boy at Hogwarts. But he has the best..."
I just had to read :)
I imagine quite a few boys in the history of Hogwarts have made this same mistake, Madam Pomfrey might not have been as shocked as Roger thought! I liked your repetition of the fact that roger was the "second handomest" boy at school, and the rules about engorgement charms you made up. I rather expected there to be a last minute reveal that he had actually engorged something else, but no, he really was that foolish.
Author's Response: Thank you! That recent banner is a good invention. Even if Madame P. wouldn't be shocked, he still wouldn't want to go to her. And of course he was that foolish. Those last minute reveals get old after a while.