Still Too Early To Dream

Still Too Early To Dream by Andromeda311

Summary: Sometimes, Molly hates Lily Potter. Drabble, 218 Words.

Why You Should Care: This is all sorts of yes, because it’s just right.  Of course — of course — Molly would feel that way.  And all this ‘of course’ fits so well in drabble form that it makes it just that much better; it’s wonderful and simple and packs a sturdy punch, just like a good drabble should.

Why You Might Not Care: I rec’d Andromeda311 yesterday, but it’s my site and I’ll double-dip authors if I wanna!

Variations on a Happily Ever After

Variations on a Happily Ever After by GM Weasley

Summary: All was eventually well, but it took nineteen years to get there. Drabble Collection, 7,400.

Why You Should Care: This is a wonderful series of drabbles centered around the women of the Harry Potter universe and life beyond the epilogue. Insightful, thoughtful, and occasionally even mundane, these little snatches of the painfully ordinary process of moving on after the end of the story are well worth your time. Angelina’s thoughts on her wedding are particularly well done.

Why You Might Not Care: These drabbles could have been tighter, and occasionally they suffer from awkward syntax. A couple of passes from a sharp-eyed beta would have alleviated this problem.


Spark by Jane St. Clair

Summary: “It’s London, miles from home and dripping down rain through this sticky bit of a night.” Molly Weasley, on a mission for the Order. Drabble, 860 Words.

Why You Should Care: Wow. This is just incredibly chilling, partly because it’s Molly for heaven-sake, and partly because it’s war and that’s just the way war works sometimes.  Jane writes this so perfectly, and the notion that Molly’s done this many, many times before is thick.  Gutsy.

Why You Might Not Care: You might not agree that this fits with canon — it might offend your moral sensibilities.  I think it’s about right.


Reflections by Quizzical

Summary: “She looked back to the mirror. Arthur’s long limbs entwined around her soft round body. It wasn’t the image that people would think of as ‘sexy’ but she thought they were beautiful.” Oneshot, 3,041 Words.

Why You Should Care: This is a delicious peek into the quiet, middle-aged love of Arthur and Molly Weasley, as well as an encouraging story about the softer, forever sort of love the right marriage can create.  It’s touching and sweet and reflective and well-aged, just like Arthur and Molly.

Why You Might Not Care: I suppose this is rated NC-17, and for anyone who squicks at the notion of Trio-Era Arthur/Molly sex, this probably won’t work for you.  The sex is in the same vein as the subtext of the story, and it is a touch romanticised, which usually makes me laugh and roll my eyes, but in this story with this couple from Molly’s point-of-view, it works pretty well.


Clockwork by Xylodemon

Summary: “If she asked, Dumbledore would tell her that was what they were fighting for; a normal life. If Dumbledore asked her, she’d say she thought it was incredibly unfair that Harry was expected to fight for something he’d never had himself.” Molly reflects on her husband, her children, and the war. Oneshot, 1,913 Words.

Why You Should Care: This fic is a fitting tribute to Molly Weasley, the mother of many. As she waits for Arthur to come home, her thoughts are drawn to the current climate of war in the wizarding world, and how her family’s role in it has become so much more precarious than it was in the last one, and why. In examining the vulnerability of her children — each of which is on the front lines in some way or another — and her surrogate, Molly can be, perhaps, forgiven for the sins of a mother trying to do only what instinct has trained her to do. She is already in the middle of facing the emptying of her nest in another, more natural way as each of her children has grown up or is growing up and shifting away from her, and coupled with the climate of war she reflexively wants to do the same as any mother would — draw them all back to her again.

Why You Might Not Care: This is pure introspect, and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. It isn’t angst, though it would have been a fairly easy topic to push that way, but I feel these more thoughtful, quiet moments do Molly better than angst would have anyway. The feeling of repetition — like Molly’s nightly vigil — is more accented with the muted tone, as if she has thought these thoughts every night since the war started, and they are as much a part of this routine as the cup of tea and the afghan.