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Written the other day at home

I've been reading this alternate universe series of Harry Potter fanfics by Carlalute. Canon up to and including "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," with a hinted-at alternate 6th year wherein Dumbledore doesn't die, and Snape still teaches, and the worst thing Draco did in sixth year was a half-hearted attempt to kill Harry with a bludger. Oh, and there's an original character who gets along with almost everyone yet manages to NOT be a Mary Sue. Because Carla Lute's writing is just that good.

There are three layers to the story, basically the same story told from three different perspectives. First layer is "Harry Potter and the Last Year," from Harry's perspective of course. This is a fanfic so long, the text file I put all the chapters into to read it... well, put it this way: however my MP4 player decides to do pages, the first layer of this fanfic had twice as many pages as the file for a frakking NOVEL. And it was such an addictive story, that I was staying up til as late as 9 AM reading it!

The second layer is "Draco Malfoy and the Last Year." Draco's perspective, obviously. Again, very addictive story. Very thought provoking. Except for the occasional typos, I felt like it - and the layer before it - could have been written by Rowling herself.

There's only a few chapters of "Severus Snape and the Last Year" done, but it's shaping up to be as good as the other two layers. One of the weird things that takes some getting used to is the fact that there are no horcruxes in this story, and the way they kill Voldemort is peculiar but makes sense in its own way. Plus, gotta love the fact that Carlalute did a better job of bringing all four Hogwarts houses together in defense of the school better than Rowling did.

About the series itself, and why I wanted to write about it again, in more detail, is because it just does a lot of things better than the canon series. Slytherin students in the D.A., Draco deciding to spurn Voldemort and slowly going from a coward to brave in his own way - even joining the D.A.! Dumbledore teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts, Harry going to his final year of school instead of slipping off to hunt horcruxes, and, well, the bit that really got me wanting to write this entry was that Snape's motives for... well... for EVERYTHING make loads more sense in this story than they do in the canon! I never really bought that "Snape loves Lily" stuff anyway, it struck me as a poorly thought up explanation for something she'd never actually had an explanation for before. And while his motives are still based in love, they make a lot more sense in this story than they do in canon. It explains why he joined the Death Eaters to begin with, why Moldywart's attack on the Potters upset him so much, why he switched sides, and everything else much more organically and believably than JK's version of events. Then too, gotta love a Snape who can smile! :-)

So yeah, I HIGHLY recommend this fanfic.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1084287.html
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May. 14th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)

It's interesting to see this, because this could be considered the price of success, or a side-effect, anyway. J K Rowling was writing a story, with a defined arc. Had no one particularly cared, the result would have been much like S King's The Stand - setting, big story, many characters, story concludes, the end. No one, to my knowledge, writes Stand fanfic set in the world after the events of the story, or in an AU where Flagg isn't defeated, or whatever. The story is free to conclude as planned.

Obviously, J K Rowling's world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts DOES have a great many people who care, and who DON'T want the story to simply end. To them, it shouldn't have done - so they're fixing that, one way or another.

I'm a bit disappointed that they haven't (yet) made “the Trekkie leap,” and started crafting original characters within the established setting, but that may yet come.

May. 14th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Or in this case, making endings that are better than the original ending.

Stargate did the same thing as Star Trek, only going from a movie to a TV series to two new series, to two new movies.
May. 18th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it yet, but some fans have crafted original characters like that. I'm intrigued by the Alexandra Quick series by inverarity, which best I can tell is set in the HP universe but focuses on the American school.


I think Rowling will be slow to allow that on the pro level, because for her it's very much about her imaginary friends and death theme more than the world building. Also, she's rather demanding quality-wise with the 3rd party material...and with Trek and SW EU, unfortunately quality seems to slip the more it expands (with occasional, delightful exceptions).

I'm all blushing over this nice review, but I do feel like I've gotta stick up for J.K. a bit. Had to dive deep into the psychology of Snape when first writing/plotting (back before HBP came out) and the Snape/Lily thing made everything about him make sense...I don't think they would have made a good couple, but the tragic love, girl at the center of the fight stuff did. I just wanted to give him some kind of happy ending, since I knew he was going to die and that made me sad.

The horcruxes...were dark, but again made a lot of sense. I just didn't have them available when plotting.

I am enormously disappointed she did not do more with Draco or bringing the houses together, since she had such extensive set up for it in the first five novels. I think the last two books, HBP in particular fell victim to movie deadlines.

And just to be contrary, I found Stand fanfic: http://www.fanfiction.net/book/Stand/ However, I agree, there's gobs more HP fic because the world and characters are so rich and vivid and full of potential.
May. 19th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Alexandra Quick

Oooh, that looks like fun!
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