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’.

In other words, it’s right up my alley.

Every year, this fest turns out some of the best HP fic around. Alas, I couldn’t participate this year, as the deadline lies right in a very busy time for me work-wise, but I’ve been savoring the contributions of the talented folks who did. Here are a few highlights so far:

The Reluctant Phoenix
by purplefluffycat
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Elphias Doge, Horace Slughorn, Minerva McGonagall
Pairings: Albus/Horace, Albus/Minerva, Elphias/Horace

Albus thought that he was a non-running member of the human race when it came to romantic relationships. If pushed, he would have said that he was the kind of wizard who preferred wizards. -All that, of course, was before Minerva came along.

Love Is a Battlefield
by lash_larue
Characters: Dudley Dursley, Firenze, Original Character
Pairings: Dudley/Firenze

Dudley Dursley is not a common man, he has his preferences and his principles, and he lives by the rules, always. The rules, however, are his own.

Safe as Houses
by wwmrsweasleydo
Characters: Dedalus Diggle, Dudley Dursley, Hestia Jones, Mundungus Fletcher, Petunia Dursley (née Evans), Vernon Dursley
Pairings: Hestia/Mundungus

As if it wasn't bad enough babysitting ill-tempered Muggles, now Diggle's turned up with someone Hestia finds most unpleasant.

Sunlight in the Garden
by lyras
Characters: Alice Longbottom, Pomona Sprout
Pairings: Alice/Pomona

Pomona hasn't seen Neville since he was a baby, but the moment he steps into her greenhouse, the past begins chasing her down.

The Vultures of Love
by dueltastic
Characters: Argus Filch, Eileen Prince, Irma Pince, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape
Pairings: Argus/Irma, Minerva/Severus

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Two Capable Women
by therealsnape
Characters: Irma Pince, Minerva McGonagall
Pairings: Irma/Minerva

A great many dreadful things have befallen the Hogwarts staff over the years, but the motivational training by Wilberforce (Bertie) Arbuthnot counts among the worst. However, Irma and Minerva rise to the occasion with the fortitude one may expect of two very capable women.

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