Death and King’s Cross by Sciathan File
Summary: Who was to know Death had etiquette enough to be personalized? Oneshot, 10,074 Words.
Why You Should Care: Because it’s my very favorite Harry Potter afterlife fic ever, I think. It’s amazingly well characterised and considered, with each afterlife tailored to the individual. It is completely canon, having been launched from the springboard of the King’s Cross chapter in Deathly Hallows, and it’s just really, really well done. JKR would approve, I think. Hedwig’s interlude especially made me smile.
Why You Might Not Care: If you dislike afterlife fics, that is all this one is about. Otherwise, it’s really an excellent comment on the characters it covers. Definitely worth the time to read.
The Taste Of Smoke by Tani
Summary: There are some things that cannot be forgotten. For George Weasley, the taste of smoke is one of them. Oneshot, 1,218 Words.
Why You Should Care: Because everyone has to grow up, even if part of their charm is that they never really completely do. Fred and George learn that lesson made famous by Ben Parker: with great power comes great responsibility.
Why You Might Not Care: Not as poignant as it maybe could have been. This could have hurt like a slap to the face, and perhaps it would have been better for it. As is, it’s more uneasy than jarring; still effective, but less powerful.
Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: The Ministry Disapproved Edition (The Liability Remix) by SullenSiren (Original by Xylodemon)
Summary: From the desk of Percival Ignatius Weasley, concerning the twins’ latest product line. Oneshot, 3,000.
Why You Should Care: Originally written in 2006 for the Omniocular Non-Fiction Challenge, and recently remixed for Remix Redux 2006. The original was absolute fun, and the new additions in the voice of Percy compliment the original content wonderfully. Catalogue comes complete with images, pricing, order form, and sparling text! Really fantastic multi-media comedic exercise that fits well in JKR’s universe.
Why You Might Not Care: The original was written before DH, and the remix — even though it was written post DH — has complied with that original, so suspend your canon complaints.
Five Times Fred and George Got Away With It by Attilatehbun
Summary: “For once, this is more than a joke, this is something that needs doing. Not that jokes don’t need doing, because they certainly do, now more than ever.” Oneshot, 1,065 Words.
Why You Should Care: Fred and George are wonderful in this fic. Watching them grow up — and yet not at the same time — is perfect. These moments which Attilatehbun has chosen are very real and leave you agreeing that yes, they would have happened. Chararacterisation is spot on, excellent blend of humor and gravity, lovely ending.
Why You Might Not Care: Honestly, I wish that the author had chosen a different title; list-fics are starting to grate on the nerves of the fandom in general — the organisation of this piece isn’t so much a list as it is separate scenes, but the title can’t tell you that. Beyond that, though, it’s definitely one of my personal favourites.
Thanks To: Redonthefly, for reccing this in her journal.
Sixteen Ways to Tell the Weasley Twins Apart by KaydeeFalls
Summary: How do you tell Fred and George apart? Drabble Collection, 1,353 Words.
Why You Should Care: A list-fic on the surface, but actually quite an excellent set of themed drabbles underneath. They’re all on point, but each one could stand alone as a separate piece, and this list-fic doesn’t fall into the list-fic trap of mediocrity. Each drabble is interesting, and the last one especially is an eye-opener — left purposely vague so we’re left with a very unsteady understanding about George’s future without his twin (leaving aside the canon details JKR has offered up since in interviews, of course). Often entertaining and often thought-provoking.
Why You Might Not Care: Well, list-fics of all sorts and shapes and sizes seem to be the meme style that’s out to consume Livejournal. At some point, even the really, really good ones are going to seem stale because of format. I’d like to think we’re not quite there yet.
The Best Laid Plans by Alyra77
Summary: “And after a dinner of Yorkshire pudding, or sausages, or whatever they could force down their throats – hoping that somewhere, Ron and Hermione and Harry had at least a little something in their bellies – the twins would retreat to their cluttered old space and begin to plan.” Oneshot, 1,007 Words.
Why You Should Care: Because I’d like to think that — for all Fred and George’s preoccupation with the ridiculous — they are smart enough to have realized early on in the war that what did happen could happen. I can only hoped they would have talked about it when they still could, and that it helps them both find a measure of peace.
Why You Might Not Care: It’s more of a hopeful reflection than a story, really. I’m not entirely sure the Weasley twins would have had this conversation — I hope they did, but I’m not sure their characters as written by JKR allow for it. I would have made sure to have this discussion, but the nature of most people is to avoid what is hard to think about.