Seven months after the end of the war, Harry is feeling lost. Fortunately, he is about to be offered an unexpected and sparkling chance to find himself again.
Because I’m still such a tourist in the fanfic world, I thought it would be better for me to follow some recommendations, instead of diving into the pool not knowing yet how to stay afloat. So, I joined a “book club” group at Facebook, and read the August list, which included this work.
In this fic, Harry, Ron and Hermione are back to school for their last year of education, after spending the summer helping to rebuild the ruins left by the Battle of Hogwarts. And the same did Draco Malfoy, who during the process of reconstruction and the first months of school had detached himself from everyone and, to Harry’s eyes, seemed to merely exist, not caring for much. This troubles Harry and he wants to approach to him, talk to him, but doesn’t know how. The opportunity arises when, after an incident that drove to a bit of a fight during a Potions class, McGonagall reprimands them both and put them in detention. Their punish consists in taking care of some very delicate magical snails and make sure they mate and lay their eggs. The mating process happens only during the frozen nights of december, in the proximity of the lake, and they must spend practically the entire month babysitting these creatures, learning to coexist together like adults.
This is an advent fiction, so everything happens in 25 or so days. It was a very fun concept, and a very entertaining reading, but I couldn’t entirely let pass the notion that in less than 25 days, they basically fall in love and Harry even fantasizes with them moving in together. I mean… I could understand that they might have an underlying attraction or feelings for each other and all those days spent together moved things forward, but they were just beginning to acknowledge their feelings when Harry was basically dreaming of marrying Draco. Whoa, dude, slow down.
Anyway… Despite that, I did really like and enjoy this fic so very much, and do recommend it. The story is very heartwarming and fluffy and angsty and smutty and all the good things. It also has a lot of Hagrid, which is much appreciated, and even a glimpse of Neville/Luna, which was cute. It can be read and downloaded here
Oh! Unusual mandatory pet: Solomon, the frost snail. And about that: at the end of the month, when there were discussions about the selected fics, it was brought up by the admin that this author in particular seems to be fond of unusual pets, so that would explain why seemed to be one in every single thing I read, although the first one I noticed was written by a different author.