Status: Complete, Word Count: 56,500, Pairing: None, Genre: Drama/Parody
Author’s Summary: Umbridge finds seven books about Harry Potter from another dimension in the Room of Requirement and decides to read them aloud to the school in an ill-advised attempt to discredit Dumbledore. Hilarity ensues. Features an actual plot, realistic reactions, decent pacing, *and minimal quotations*.
My Thoughts: A Dramatic Reading is not only unironically great, but it’s one of the best parody fics out there. Everybody has, at some point, read one of those shitty “characters from universe X watch/read books/movies set in that same universe” fics. They are everywhere. You can either have the marauders watching Harry Potter movies, or Harry Potter reads Harry Potter, or Lord Voldemort reads Harry Potter, etc. There are hundreds of them out there, and they all suck a lot. One of the biggest issues with them is that they don’t have a plot, competent characterization, and they quote from the canon books way too much. This, on the other hand, is a parody of that genre that not only does a pretty good job of poking fun at the genre’s tropes, but also telling an intriguing story and is basically the best version of that genre that we are likely ever to see. It’s absolutely fantastic, and I love it to death. I highly recommend giving it a go, as it’s not only just a very fun short story that’s good on its own, it’s also a fantastic parody of a tired, old, generally awful idea. I should also mention that this is just a reading of The Philosopher’s Stone.