Story Title: If You Try Sometimes
Author Name: kaymbee
Story Url: Story Link
Content Rating: Parental Guidance
Length: Short Story
Story Summary: Based on the Prompt: Neville and company first finding the Room of Requirement, including the tunnel to Hog’s Head. Perhaps, Aberforth’s reactions to them showing up. Has he always known about a tunnel there behind Ariana’s portrait? Maybe, the students sharing stories of why they’re looking for refuge in the Room of Requirement (specific reasons to escape from trouble).
A series of missing moments from Deathly Hallows come alive here in kaymbee’s story about what went on at Hogwarts during Neville Longbottom’s 7th year. Dumbledore’s Army thrives even during the darkest hours. With Neville calling the shots, the Room of Requirement becomes a safe haven for those who have pushed the Carrows too far, or who simply need a place to heal. Thirteen days are examined from Neville’s point of view from the time he goes into hiding until Harry comes to declare war. I was caught up in the fic, heart-racing, from start to finish. The story feels very JKR-ish, with canny insights into the thoughts and motivations of numerous side characters. A connected series of character exploration drabbles – which really deserve a rec on their own merits – can be found here.