HoggyWarty Xmas 2021 Goodness

Along with tinsel and latkes and eggnog, the holiday season brings with it other good things, including the best party of the year: the fabulous HoggyWartyXmas on LiveJournal.

The fest focuses on the Hogwarts staff and select friends (so it’s right up my alley) and gives us twelve glorious days of HP-themed fic and art.

Run by the estimable therealsnape (who is, probably not coincidentally, a regular contributor of some of the best stories) with the aid of the wonderful kellychambliss, since 2010 it’s produced some of the best work in the fandom. This year was no exception.

All the pieces were just stunning, but I’m going to rec some of my favorites here before the January 9 reveals.

Death and Love and Other Yuletide Mysteries: A Hogwarts Castle Story
by milotzi
Characters: Kreacher, Madam Malkin, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Original Character, Winky

Hogwarts Castle as Blandings meets snowbound country house mystery.

Extracts from 'Letter Collection P'
by zaleti
Characters: Irma Pince, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank
Pairings: Irma/Wilhelmina

Selected correspondence from the Hogwarts Archives, in the form of personal letters between Librarian Irma Pince and a schoolfriend she refers to only as 'M'. These extracts span the years Pince spent training at the National Library of Magic, and are a window into the lives of two young witches in the mid 20th century. (HA 144/5 .k17 1961-1964 passim)

Sybill Is Trying
by cleodexa
Characters: Filius Flitwick, Horace Slughorn, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, Rolanda Hooch, Rubeus Hagrid, Sybill Trelawney

Sybill is feeling more confident as the school prepares to reopen after the Battle of Hogwarts, which is nice for her though whether it really makes her less irritating is for her colleagues to judge. A turn of events requires the teachers to decide whether they really want to carry on just as before.

The Dressing Room: A Play in Three Acts, with Chorus
by purplefluffycat
Characters: Arthur Weasley, Filius Flitwick, Hermione Granger, Horace Slughorn, Madam Malkin, Minerva McGonagall
Pairings: Filius/Horace, Hermione/Minerva

One cannot run the country’s most successful robe shop without knowing how people tick.

The Gift
by sigune
Characters: Severus Snape

The year is 1993, and the presence of one Mr Remus Lupin at Hogwarts means that this isn't the Potions Master's favourite Christmas ever. Maybe, just maybe, Minerva McGonagall can lift his gloom.

The Unofficial Minutes of the Hogwarts Knitting Society
by therealsnape
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Argus Filch, Eileen Prince, Filius Flitwick, Gilderoy Lockhart, Irma Pince, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Rolanda Hooch, Severus Snape

When Gilderoy Lockhart announces his plan for motivational lectures that will bring the fun back into teaching, his colleagues have to do something. But who would have thought it would involve needles and yarn?

To All a Good Night
by delphipsmith
Characters: Filius Flitwick, Madam Malkin, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank

Just when things seem dark as a crow's wing, life takes a lucky turn.

Spoiler Alert!

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