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17 September 2019 @ 08:52 am
HD Tropes 2019 Fic Recs!  
Now that reveals have gone up over at [personal profile] hdtropes and I've claimed my own fic I figured I'd do a quick post of my favorites from the fest! I read just about every entry (save for 1 or 2 I gave a miss due to content/length preferences!) and there were a lot of great submissions! Of course, I definitely had my personal favorites, and what stood out to me for all of these particular fics is that they really explored their given tropes in clever and unique ways. From an astrological-induced bond for bonding!fic, to both characters being undercover for identity!fic, to a fuck-or-die scenario involving statue-fucking, I loved all the clever and interesting ways these authors approached their tropes! Obviously, I highly recommend all of the below fics, but there were also a ton of other wonderful fics that I enjoyed, and I definitely recommend checking out the entire masterlist, as there really was something for every kind of H/D lover. :D

Title: Labyrinthine Strange
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ravenna_c_tan
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,695
Content/Warnings: past relationship, fuck or die/made them do it, dub-con, bottom!draco, implied switching, Auror!Harry, [personal profile] hdtropes 2019
Summary: Five years after their extremely short-lived affair, Harry Potter finds Draco Malfoy trapped in a most unexpected place, the labyrinth at the Lestrange summer mansion. Is Harry prepared to go to some, ahem, rather unusual lengths to free him?
Really fun take on the ~made them do it~ trope! I really enjoyed the characterizations here, and the dynamic between Harry and Draco was great!

Title: Let’s Kiss and Make Up
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] LowerEastSide
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, background Ron/Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~9,000
Content/Warnings: past relationship, bottom!harry, implied switching, [personal profile] hdtropes 2019
Summary: Harry isn’t sure what Draco wanted. He knows what Draco didn’t want, and three months after the door slammed behind him, it still stings.
Wonderful fic with Harry and Draco fairly fresh off of a break-up and Harry really struggling to process what went wrong. The longing in this was wonderful, and I really felt that the reasons why things went sour between them made a lot of sense for them both. Their dynamic here was wonderful, and the ending was lovely and hopeful!

Title: Visions No. 33 to 35
Author/Artist: [archiveofourown.org profile] Ischa
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, background Luna/Pansy, past Harry/Ginny and Draco/OMC
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 16,947
Art Medium: Watercolor and Polychromos color pencils on paper.
Content/Warnings: Auror!Harry, Seer!Draco, Artist!Draco, cursed!draco, mystery/horror elements, first time, bottom!draco, implied switching, implied off-screen cannibalism, [personal profile] hdtropes 2019
Summary: In which Draco is a Seer and artist, living with Pansy and Luna in a secluded house, working on occasion with the Ministry of Magic (not that he’s thrilled but solving crimes from afar seems like a worthy cause on some days) until Vision No. 33 brings Potter to his doorstep.
This fic was super fascinating! I have a soft spot for Seer!Draco, and Draco's backstory here and how he came into his powers and the additional ~curse~ upon him was utterly gripping. The dynamics between him and Harry was fantastic, and I just adored the build of tension.

Title: it is a strange thing to nourish what could kill you (in the hopes it does not kill you)
Author: [personal profile] dicta_contrion
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~18,200
Content/Warnings: non-linear timeline, Auror!Harry, Unspeakable!Draco, case!fic, fake/pretend relationship, friends with benefits, intercrural sex, open/ambiguous ending, possible dub-con, [personal profile] hdtropes 2019
Summary: The DMLE thought sending Harry and Draco on a few dates would blow their biggest case wide open. They may be right about that – and completely unaware of what it could mean.
Oh my goodness, this fic! I was captivated from the get-go and literally could not stop reading! Gorgeous characterizations, seriously smoking hot sex, and some really, really clever writing that leaves some key aspects of the plot ambiguous enough for the reader to have to make their own decisions. It's one of those fics that I both desperately want more of, and also think is absolutely perfect exactly how it ended.

Title: Celestial Bodies
Author: [personal profile] shiftylinguini
Pairing(s): Harry Potter/Draco, mention of past Harry/Ginny
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~20,300
Content/Warnings: Auror partners, Auror!Harry, Auror!Draco, accidental bonding!fic, forced proximity, *for me, [personal profile] hdtropes 2019
Summary: “An astrological anomaly induced bond,” Harry repeats, deadpan, as the Head Healer of the Magical Malfunctions ward finishes announcing his prognosis.
“Space magic,” says Draco, tapping long fingers irritably against the arm of his chair. “You’re saying we’ve been zapped by space magic.”
The Healer huffs. “That’s rather simplifying things, gentlemen.”
Oh my goodness, this fic was just a delight! Full disclosure, it was written to me and thus pretty much includes SO MANY things that I love, but that definitely shouldn't stop anybody else from loving it too! I'm such a sucker for a good bonding fic, and I love the twist on the trope here and how the author managed to write a bonding scenario I've never read before... and I've read a lot! Beyond the awesome set-up, the characterizations here and the interactions between Harry and Draco were fantastic, and there were so many little details and gorgeously written lines that really made the story sing. Plus, UNF, the smut was unreasonable hot, preceded by all the tension a person could possibly desire. Highly recommend! <3

Title: The Last Day We Ever Close Our Eyes
Author: [personal profile] firethesound
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, background Ron/Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~43,500
Content/Warnings: mild dub-con, identity!porn, case!fic, auror!harry, unspeakable!draco, bottom!draco, [personal profile] hdtropes 2019
Summary: When Draco Malfoy returns to the public eye by purchasing a run-down little antiques shop on Knockturn, Harry is convinced that he is up to something. It turns out that Harry is both very right and very wrong about that.
Ooo, this fic is Identity!Porn at its finest! The characterizations here are brilliant, and the way things unfold between Harry and Draco (and their alter-egos) is so fun and engaging, and I just could NOT stop reading in desperation to find out what would happen next!

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