Story Title: Polyandry and Other Problems
Author Name: ayerf
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Content Rating: Adult
Length: 144,838 words
Story Summary: A magical plague strikes the wizarding world, decimating the female population. The Wizengamot sees a revolutionary new marriage law as the only way to repopulate their dying world. Hermione, Severus and Lucius Malfoy get caught up in the consequences.
Allow me to preface this rec by first stating quite emphatically: This is not a smutty threesome story. It’s a riveting political/science-y/action/drama/romance about a married couple in terrible circumstances, fighting first for their rights (and those of others, too), and then for their lives. It is reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall,” Orwell’s “1984,” and all the best, most exciting moments in Books 3, 5 and 7 of “Harry Potter.” Yet it is far better than my poor description can convey, as this story lacks all of the angst from those 3 HP books, and is suggestive of JKR’s books largely in the characterizations, action scenes, and some of the political elements.
In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that I am typically more interested in the sociological and practical implications of a polyandrous relationship than with the intimate details. This Severus Snape/Hermione Granger/Lucius Malfoy story is focused on precisely those issues, and barely touches upon the intimacies in comparison, which accounts for my instant interest. The intriguing plot takes the old Marriage Law Challenge in a different direction, focusing on a medical crises which strikes wizarding Britain shortly after the death of Voldemort, as depicted in Deathly Hallows.
The majority of the elements in this story (marriage law, polyandry, magical plague) have been done before, and perhaps done so frequently and so badly as to make them quite cliché by now. However, this author’s story stands out thanks to the great job she does in creatively depicting the way various magical disciplines could be integrated as the protagonists work to find a cure to the vicious plague which has wiped out 2/3 of the world’s witches, as well as to defeat the ridiculous marriage law which was enacted by the panicked wizarding government in response to their loses. I also appreciated how the characters who were attempting to reform themselves were depicted as struggling with their mistaken beliefs and prejudices, but with a very understandable motivation for overcoming their bigotry. It makes far more sense in this story for someone like Lucius Malfoy to suddenly be supportive of Muggleborn witches given how few witches are even left alive. It makes equal sense that the possibility of the wizarding world dying out completely would be perhaps the only thing that could conceivably force him to re-evaluate not just his behavior, but his entire mindset.
This fantastic story kept me mesmerized and was absolutely captivating from the opening paragraph to the final line.