Status: Complete, Word Count: 150,200, Pairing: Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass, Genre: Romance/Drama
Author’s Summary: It might never have happened. In fact, it was a decision she nearly didn’t make, and yet she did. See how everything can change when Dumbledore’s Army recruits a Slytherin member, Daphne Greengrass, who just wanted to pass her O.W.L’s.
My Thoughts: If Not for Umbridge is a very good Haphne fic. It has a premise that I’ve seen a few times, but it has a fairly good execution. I really like Daphne’s character here. This story doesn’t waste time with the whole “ice queen persona” bullshit that plagues so many Harry/Daphne stories that I read, and I really appreciate that. The strongest part of this story is Harry’s relationship with Daphne. I’m a big fan of the way their friendship builds, and I really like how slowly the romance builds. They do not instantly fall for each other, and the friendship section of the story takes up much more space in the story than the romance, and I really appreciate that. However, I do think that the story drags in a few places, and the overall quality, at least in my opinion, falls under the “very good” category. Still, it’s very impressive that the author manages to maintain this level of quality consistency throughout the whole story. Overall, while this story won’t blow your mind, it is still a very good read that I highly recommend checking out.