Story Title: 7 Spells series
Author Name: Scifichick774
Story Url: Story Link 1 (See below for individual story links)
Story Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: All Ages
Story Summary: Per the prompt/challenge lj community 7spells, these are seven ficlets revolving around Hermione going to the past and forming a relationship with Regulus Black.
- Heroine – (K+) – Brooding leads to more constructive things.
- Consternation – (K+) – Regulus tries to come to terms with his new feelings and how they fit into his life.
- Unwelcome Interruptions – (K+) – Nothing is perfect.
- Asked and Answered – (K+) – Truth is a catalyst.
- Sacrificial Lamb – (K+) – The Blacks are willing to go to any lengths to secure what they want, even if it means pretending to break with long held beliefs.
- Perfect – (K+) – Regulus frets over his Christmas gift for Hermione.
- His – (K+) – The future is at hand. Their future.
There are very few Regulus fics out there. There are fewer still in which he is a believably fleshed-out character who fits in with canon and is still interesting. This series of short stories is at the top of the pile, though, as it doesn’t merely represent Regulus in a way that is believable and interesting. The story is absolutely entrancing because it feels as if this must be the real Regulus Black, and that this surely is where JKR would’ve gone with the story if only she’d known about Hermione’s little jaunt to the past. Beyond all that, the story is equally delightful for the stellar job Scifichick does, as usual, in writing Hermione as an intelligent but flawed character.
This particular story is a time-turner fic in which Hermione finds herself in 1977. Throwing Hermione into the Maurader-era at Hogwarts has become something of a cliché in this fandom, yet the author manages to make the concept seem wholly fresh and unique. Her Hermione handles things quite differently, and the story’s split POV allows us to focus as much on how Regulus sees her as on how Hermione sees 1977. I’m a sucker for stories in which we view the canon characters from others’ eyes. Throw in a Hermione who is more the white knight than the damsel in distress, and I was hooked. But what really keeps this story in my head years after I first read it was all the tiny details that were teasingly touched upon, leaving my imagination to fill in the gaps about the rest. The relationship between Hermione and the Grangers, the way Sirius of the 1990s perceives young Hermione, and the great potential for what might occur when the story is over – it all keeps my imagination focused on this story, even still. And for me, that inspiring captivation is the mark of an excellent tale.
Now if only I could find a way to clone the author so that she had time to write a sequel (or 12) to this series.