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04 October 2018 @ 12:08 pm
Harry/Draco Big Bang 2018 Recs  
[tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang concluded posting last week, and it was so much fun to take part in and mod! There were 20 novel-length fics as part of the fest, all with some seriously stunning works of art! I was really blown away by the quality of both the fic and art, and so touched by the wonderful feedback my own fic has received. If you've not yet started reading from the fest and are looking for a place to start, I've gone ahead and collected some of my absolute favorites below! And, of course, please do check out the masterlist for a complete collection of all the wonderful submissions in this year's fest!

Title: Chocolate and Pastry
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] agentmoppet
Artist: [personal profile] anemonen
Pairings: Harry/Draco, background Ron/Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~50,000
Content/Warnings: fake/pretend relationship, light D/s dynamics, rimming, PTSD & discussion of mental health issues, bottom!draco, implied switching, wall!sex, [tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang 2018
Summary: When Pansy bets Draco that there is no chance he and Harry could carry out a genuine romantic relationship, he and Harry form a plan. But as their fake relationship progresses, Draco sees a side of Harry he never expected. Harry is struggling with something, pushing it far down inside him where he doesn't have to acknowledge its existence. Draco starts to worry, and then he starts to care, and then... horribly... he starts to fall in love.
Oh, this was such a wonderful read! It felt like a very fresh take on the fake/pretend relationship trope, and both Draco and Harry were beautifully rendered here. I really loved how big of a role mental health plays here, and the emotional journey both Draco and Harry go on to get to a healthier place. Watching their relationship unfold was such a treat, and Draco in particular stole my heart. Highly recommend!

Title: Like the Call of the Prophets
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] bangyababy
Artist: cylsus & [archiveofourown.org profile] malchikelf
Pairings: Harry/Draco, background Ron/Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~54,000
Content/Warnings: cursed!harry, mild dub-con, D/s dynamics, dom!draco, sub!harry, praise!kink, face-fucking, rimming, bottom!harry, poc!draco (half korean), [tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang 2018
Summary: After the final battle, Harry breaks the Elder Wand and a curse is placed upon him. The curse remains dormant until years later when Harry accidentally touches and Elder Tree. Harry has been slowly changing into something out of a nightmare, and the shadow that has been stalking him is growing impatient. Harry's running out of time, and the only person left that can help him is Draco Malfoy.
This fic is such a gripping, fascinating read! The tone is a bit darker, what with Harry being cursed and both him and Draco racing against the clock to save him, but the way it unfolds will keep you on the edge of your seat. Fabulous characterizations and a wonderful build between Harry and Draco that feels quite natural and in-character. Plus, some searingly hot sex scenes that work so well with the story. Loved it!

Title: Today, Forever
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] nerdherdette
Artist: [archiveofourown.org profile] PotterArt
Pairings: Harry/Draco, brief Draco/OMC, background Ron/Hermione & Bill/Fleur, past Harry/Ginny
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~61,000
Content/Warnings: creature!fic, case!fic, veela!draco, auror!harry, rimming, forced proximity, winged!draco, D/s dynamics, mates, bottom!draco, implied switching, [tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang 2018
Summary: As if his recent divorce and sleepless nights weren’t bad enough, a rash of escalating crimes against purebloods forces Harry and his team of Aurors to protect the riskiest target in all of Wizarding Britain.
Of course, Draco Malfoy would still be ridiculously infuriating and impossibly gorgeous.
As well as a Veela.
Who happens to be Harry’s mate.
Creature!Fic AND case!fic? Sign me up! This was SUCH a great read, and I found myself immediately engrossed. The mystery here was really wonderfully written and it wove into the developing relationship between Harry and Draco so perfectly! I loved how Draco came into his Veela inheritance, and the way that everything unfolded after the fact with Harry being his mate was just amazingly written. The pacing here really was just spot on, as were the characterizations, not just of Harry and Draco, but of the whole case of characters. One of my favorite fics I've read this year for sure!

Title: Little Compton Street (One Rainy Night in Soho)
Author: [personal profile] writcraft
Artist: [archiveofourown.org profile] llap115
Pairings: Harry/Draco, mention of Draco/OMC, past Harry/Ginny, and past Harry/OMCs, implied past Sirius/James
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~62,000
Content/Warnings: auror!harry, D/s dynamics, bottom!draco, bottom!harry switching, rimming, post-sex fingering, dirty talk, phone!sex, [tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang 2018
Summary: Draco is lonely, Harry hates the press and it won’t stop raining in London. Harry discovers a magical street that’s close to disappearing forever and Draco realises he’s one rainy night in Soho away from finding everything he’s been searching for.
Y'all, this fic is SO GOOD! Which, no surprise coming from Writ, but I seriously adored every minute of this fic. Harry and Draco were both beautifully characterized here, and the sense of queer history and queer community in this fic gave me ALL the feels. Electric connection between H/D, some seriously hot sex, and a wonderfully hopeful and inspiring ending. Reading this is the perfect way to spend a rainy (or even a not-so-rainy) day!

Title: Sweet Creature
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] bribitribbit
Artist(s): [tumblr.com profile] banana-ge-ge​ & [tumblr.com profile] fistis
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, background Ginny/Luna, past Ginny/Harry
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~63,0000
Content/Warnings: unusual jobs, farmer!Harry, animal death, animal cruelty, [tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang 2018
Summary: Harry loves his home in the countryside, loves his sheep, his dogs, even his horrible chickens. He doesn't need Draco Malfoy screwing it all up. Author’s Notes: I can't believe I've been working on this for over a year and a half! Shout out to all of the people who have beta-ed, whether in full or in bits and pieces, including Hannah, Rachel, Susan, Marie, Kate, and Ray. You're all amazing! And thanks to my long-suffering wife, who hates Drarry, but let me talk at her about my writing anyway.
This was a SERIOUSLY lovely read. The tone here is quite gentle, but the story doesn't feel overly soft, and the characters feel very true. All of the characters are really fantastically captured, and I just adored all of the relationships, both the one Harry and Draco form with one another, and the ones they have with their friends and family. Fabulous fic!

Title: Little Deaths and How to Avoid Them (or Draco Malfoy's Guide to Stop Dying and Start Living Instead)
Author: [personal profile] nerakrose
Artist: [personal profile] dustmouth
Pairing: Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny, background, Pansy/Padma, Ginny/OFC, Blaise/OMC, Ron/Hermione, Neville/Hannah, Angelina/George/Lee, Millicent/OFC
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~96,000
Content/Warnings: asexual!Harry, some internalised acephobia, Post-Coital Dysphoria, [tumblr.com profile] harrydracobang 2018
Summary: Malfoy is way too interested in coroner reports for somebody who's definitely not looking for ways to die, Harry wants to be friends with him, and Ginny wants to break up with Harry.
Features: Little League Quidditch, an abundance of bath bombs, happy endings, and gay robots in space.
I so enjoyed this fic! I don't generally read longer fics that aren't explicit, but this one immediately drew me in, and I found myself quite captivated by the world the author created. The handling of mental health issues and sexual identity here were really excellent, and I really enjoyed how very queer this fic felt. The importance of queer community was very present and important, and honestly the fic was really lovely, with some truly stunning art!

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