Story Title: Vanilla Ice Cream Verse
Author Name: treeson
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Teen
Status: In Progress
Story Summary: “How about this,” he said, licking off his pink mustache. “You forget you asked that, sign my Witch Weekly, and I will… well, I’ll forget you asked that. You can call me Gabriel.”
Allow me to be completely truthful, and rather blunt: I’ve never watched an episode of Supernatural, and for years the only thing I knew about that fandom was that its most popular ship kind of made me want to throw up. So I certainly had no reason to start reading fanfic featuring Supernatural characters. However, treeson has managed to write a series of Harry Potter/Supernatural crossover fics that are so intriguing, with characters so captivating, that it doesn’t matter that I’ve no knowledge of Supernatural. After all, Hermione is just as clueless in this regard, and as this series is told through her eyes, my ignorance of Supernatural canon works out just fine. Hermione gradually figures out what’s going on (sort of) by wringing little bits of information out of Gabriel, a scrap at a time, and I get to learn right along with her.
Having the story told through Hermione’s eyes is also a fantastic approach if for no other reason than it is extremely funny watching her get aggravated with Gabriel as she attempts to sort things out. His unorthodox (to say the least) methods leave me just as frustrated as Hermione, but she’s far wittier than I could be when she lambasts him for his deliberate teasing and pervy flirting. She’s also much smarter than me, which means that she catches on to those little clues which treson sprinkles throughout the stories. I love authors who slip tiny bits of information into the most obscure spots. But even more, I love protagonists who catch all those bits of information, so that I’m not left feeling like a moron in the end. In the hands of a less gifted author, it would be easy for me to be left scratching my head at the ending of each fic, utterly lost. Thanks to Hermione’s narration, I’m able to keep up.
To date, the series has 5 completed stories and 3 completed side stories. I’m not marking this rec as a “Work-in-progress,” because although the series is still open, each of those fics is completed. And while I still don’t have a burning desire to watch Supernatural, I am avidly watching treeson’s livejournal for any new posts in this series.