Word Count: 24,500, Pairings: Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass, Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom/Destiny Lestrange
It’s been awhile since I’ve kept up with my guilty pleasure dark!Harry fic, so I figured I’d read the three chapters that have come out since I last left off, and give some brief thoughts on them.
Chapter XII: Honestly, this fic is really starting to lose its shine for me. I’ve been an ardent defender for awhile, but it just seems like recently all it has been doing is doubling down on bashing, continually having Hadrian throw temper tantrums and act like a little brat, and write cringe-worthy, sappy romance between him and Daphne mixed in with it all. God, the James scene in this chapter really pissed me off, and it’s not like I’ve ever thought James’ handling in this fic was well done, but this is getting fucking ridiculous. It’s the kind of thing where he’s gone from being a terrible father, to being an incompetent auror, to being ok with sexual harassment and possibly assault. Like, what the hell is that? It’s so over-the-top that it doesn’t even begin to resemble proper characterization, and it’s dragging the whole story down.
And beyond that, all the stuff with Hadrian and the Death Eaters is just boring. I liked this fic when it was an entertaining dark!Harry romp, where the dark side were secretly misunderstood and the light were all incompetent and silly, but generally had their hearts in the right place if you discount Dumbledore’s actions. Because while that was unoriginal and bashing, I was able to mostly look over it. I probably wouldn’t be able to now, but I was then. But not only has the bashing gotten worse, but the fun characterizations have all but vanished. This was not a fun chapter to read through, and here’s me hoping that the next one will be better.
Chapter XIV: What a damn snooze fest. I swear to god, I just read it and I’ve already forgotten what happened. Lots of pointless romantic angst between Blaise and Ginny, some stupid, unfunny joke about Draco accidentally popularizing a shitty looking shirt when he wore it polyjuiced as Hadrian, and in between that some teenage daddy issues melodrama involving Voldemort’s horcruxes. Honestly, if this doesn’t pick up soon, I very well might drop the fic. I am so not here for this shit at this point. Oh also I guess they’re back at Hogwarts now for seventh year, which…..yay, I suppose. I don’t know man, give me something interesting, I’m begging you! Chapter 15 better be good or I’m rioting.
Chapter XV: This chapter started great. I loved the Hadrian-Carrow interactions, there was some fantastic banter between him, Draco, and Daphne, and then the author proceeded to undo every bit of Dramione good will they had built up over the last 2+ books in this trilogy. For fuck’s sake I’m so tired of this pointless romantic angst, and the fact that I now have to cope with abusive!Dramione and all the characters acting like it’s true love really pisses me off. And then the ending was more boring Potter bashing, and setups for future plot lines, and all that shit. Honestly, I think I’m just about done with this series. It was fun back in the day, but I am struggling to get through this shit right now, and I don’t think I’ll be able to make it through more chapters, whenever they end up coming out. Consider this fic dropped.