Recs from HoggyWartyXmas 2022

HoggyWartyXmas 2022 has finished posting, and once again, I find myself in the difficult position of selecting just a few from the bounty of wonderful works the fest has offered up.

Since its inaugural go in 2010, HoggyWarty has been among the standouts in the crowded field of Harry Potter fandom fests, not only because of the consistently terrific fanworks it’s showcased over the years, but also because of the supportive community and, most especially, mod therealsnape and co-mod kellychambliss.

The fest has always felt like a real party, with fun mod posts by some of Hogwarts’s most illustrious (or infamous) denizens, and it has always been one of the highlights of my fannish year. Even in the years I wasn’t able to participate (because, you know … Real Life sucks sometimes), the warm, lively, funny, and generous community of fan creators at HoggyWarty uplifted and cheered me, somehow making the prospect of the year to come a brighter one.

So, without further ado, here are some of my favorites from this year’s crop of gems:

Old Friends and New Ones
by pyttan
Characters: Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Pomona Sprout, Rubeus Hagrid

Sometimes youth catches up to age.

All Things Happen for a Reason
by madeleone
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Filius Flitwick, Ginny Weasley, Hermione Granger, Lucius Malfoy, Minerva McGonagall, Narcissa Malfoy (née Black), Severus Snape
Pairings: Hermione/Severus

It's eight years post war. 2006.

Severus has been wandering the world searching for something: a new place, a new life, a new start, could he find what he wanted back where it all began? Hermione has more than physical scars from the war. Although she teaches at Hogwarts, in her off time she lives a quiet life in a Muggle village under an assumed name.

Order of the Phoenix Holiday Party
by mywitch
Characters: Alastor Moody, Albus Dumbledore, Arthur Weasley, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Hermione Granger, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Minerva McGonagall, Molly Weasley (née Prewett), Nymphadora Tonks, Severus Snape

The Order cuts loose!

by zaleti
Characters: Aurora Sinistra, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, Rosmerta, Severus Snape
Pairings: Aurora/Severus, Minerva/OC

A post-war story about nostalgia and healing, featuring ice and snow, festive hot drinks, and a little romance.

Hopes and Dreams
by sigune
Characters: Severus Snape

In the privacy of the dungeons, Snape does some personal tree decorating.

Winter Bloom
by titc
Characters: Bill Weasley, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape
Pairings: Kingsley/Severus

After the war, not everything is ideal, and discrimination is still there - the wrong family members or blood status still matter, somehow. Minister Shacklebolt and Professor Snape both work on improving what they can... and may develop more than a working relationship on the way.

Four Christmases Pomona Sprout Loved and One She Hated
by kellychambliss
Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout
Pairings: Aberforth/Pomona

For Pomona Sprout, Christmas is always a wonderful time. Well, almost always.

A Taste of Life
by therealsnape
Characters: Florean Fortescue, Madam Malkin, Muriel, Pomona Sprout

Florean Fortescue tells the story of his Signature Flavours

Highland Fling
by delphipsmith
Characters: Rosmerta, Severus Snape
Pairings: Rosemerta/Severus

It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.

A Night at the Opera
by themightyflynn
Characters: Alastor Moody, Aurora Sinistra, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, Rolanda Hooch, Septima Vector
Pairings: Alastor/Minerva

When Alastor asks Minerva to a night at the opera, her friends are possibly more excited than she is.

Spoiler Alert!

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