Story Title: Order of Merlin – First Class
Author Name: Melindaleo
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Content Rating: Teen
Story Summary: The Ministry of Magic is holding a Valentine’s Day gala to honor the man who delivered them from the evil that had been darkening their lives. Unfortunately, the young hero has no desire to make an acceptance speech. Can his friends help get him in the right frame of mind? They can if their names are Fred and George Weasley.
One of the hard things about liking a particular author is that it’s tempting to simply recommend everything they write. Truthfully, I could easily do that with Melindaleo. Instead I’d like to point out some of her lesser known stories. “Order of Merlin” was a Valentine’s fic written for a competition over at Phoenixsong.net. Frankly, I think it should’ve won. Melindaleo knows how to write pure fluff without it feeling silly. She can write silliness without it feeling juvenile. And she can write juvenile behavior in a way that conveys real depth of emotion. Case in point, Fred and George are fantastic in this fic. As always, Melindaleo also has a grasp on Harry’s socially-awkward POV in a way few authors do. This fic is a perfect example of how she conveys Harry’s strengths and flaws as he responds to the world around him. Definitely an author worth noting.