Status: Work In Progress, Word Count: 50,000, Pairing: Harry Potter/Flora Carrow/Hestia Carrow, Genre: Friendship/Family
Author’s Summary: Walburga lost everything because of Voldemort. He took her treasured son, her favourite niece, and her husband from her. But when he was defeated by a mere toddler, the son of a filthy mudblood, maybe there’s a way she can get her revenge on the world. Maybe she can rebuild her family from ruin through a wizard powerful enough to kill a Dark Lord as a baby. Dark!Harry
My Thoughts: The Black Lord is just very fun. For me, it falls into a similar category to something like Dodging Prison & Stealing Witches, but there are a few differences that make it, in my opinion, much better. So The Black Lord is, so far, a quintessential Power Fantasy. We set up characters who want to conquer the world, and then we get to watch as they do that. It’s a tried and true template that can lead to some incredibly fun stories. However, Power Fantasies can often involve things like Time Travel and will sometimes lead to some awkward, uncomfortable material being explored because of the nature of time travel. Luckily, The Black Lord avoids this issue by using Walburga Black as the spark to set the story off, rather than fate or something like that. This way the story can simply not involve time travel, and can avoid any awkward romances that might result from it. Speaking of romances, I think the relationship between Flora, Hestia, and Harry is really well done! Their characterizations are fairly good, and I’d call it a believable, if not excellent, romance. Look, if you like watching Harry be cool and witty, and badass, then this story is for you. It won’t blow your mind, but I can promise that it’ll pleasantly kill a few hours, and in the end, that’s all that matters.