February 2022 Recs

This year’s Snapecase fest yielded, as usual, a crop of terrific works.

January 2022 Recs

I’m slowly working my way through a huge backlog of fics I’ve wanted to read.

Recs from HoggyWartyXmas

Hogwarts castle in the snow, with legend HoggyWartyXmas Recs

For anyone who doesn’t know, HoggyWartyXmas is the Best Xmas Party of the Year™. An exchange that’s been going since 2010, ably modded and co-modded by therealsnape and kellychambliss, HoggyWartyXmas is one of those fests that consistently attracts some of the best artists and writers in the fandom, and the mods make it extra-fun by emphasizing […]

It’s That Time of Year Again

The preparations and shopping are done, the friends and relations duly toasted (and gotten toasted) and chivvied off into the frigid December night (or not so frigid, if you live in ParadiseTM, as I do), and Mr Squib and I settled down with a cup of eggnog and an improving book.

November 2020 Recs

This month’s crop of recs comes from a pair of fests focussing on short works, HP_Halloween on LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, and Minvember on Tumblr. In between shopping, decorating, baking, and other holiday deeds, give yourself a few small treats and read these.

October 2020 Recs

This month, I’m reccing two Minerva-centric series, one older and one new, plus an older stand-alone fic that will give you a much-needed smile in these troubled times.

Desert-Island Fic

Since 1942, BBC Radio 4 has been doing a program called “Desert Island Discs,” in which famous guests are asked to name several music recordings, a book and a luxury item they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island.

More Recs from Hoggywarty

Hoggywarty Xmas has ended over at LiveJournal, and, as usual, there was a fabulous set of stories and art.

Art Recs

To distract you from the sad news about Notre Dame de Paris, I’m posting links to a series of fanart works I found while rolling around Pinterest.

The Best Xmas Party of the Year

The HoggyWartyXmas fic and art fest has been running since 2010 and has produced some of the best Harry Potter fanfic and art around.

Fic Recs from the Fabulous HP Beholder Fest

The HP Beholder (as in, beauty is in the eye of) Fest on InsaneJournal (mirrored on LiveJournal), for anyone unfamiliar with this fabulous entity, was created to showcase characters not considered “attractive” by the general population and give ’em a little lovin’.

Fic Rec: “Once Burned” by Alchemine (Albus/Minerva)

This very short fic (from 2002) is an atmospheric, bittersweet moment between Albus and Minerva after his hand is cursed. It’s mini-portrait of a relationship from a late point of attack that hints at the difficulties and disappointments that would almost certainly plague any romance between these two characters.