The Apothecary’s Assistant – or – Witch Austen’s Revenge by subtilior

Story Title:  The Apothecary’s Assistant – or – Witch Austen’s Revenge
Author Namesubtilior
Story Url: Story Link
Content Rating:  Mature (for language and innuendo)
Status: Completed
Length:   20,785 words
Story Summary:   One sunny afternoon in June, Unspeakable Granger is called to Hogwarts Library in order to examine a bizarre book. Unfortunately for her, the book is a particularly possessive “Pride and Prejudice;” fortunately for us, Close Encounters of the Regency Kind ensue!

Gioia’s Rec:
You know that feeling you get when you stumble upon an amazing story, and you wonder how in the name of all that is holy you never saw this before, because it is so completely and utterly and obviously written by someone who knows your tastes precisely?  That’s what this story was for me.  Pride & Prejudice meets Harry Potter with a touch of Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair thrown in for good measure.  All three are books I love, for extremely different reasons.  Those specific reasons are all brought to play in this multi-fandom crossover.

The story was sometimes confusing but never boring, and everything made perfect sense in the end.  And what an ending it was!  I was completely thrown for a loop.  This story is written by an author who knows Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling’s characters so very well, that she was able to take them places which, though their authors would never have written such a scenario, felt completely natural and utterly logical. Of course this is how Hermione would act or what she would say, I found myself thinking on multiple occasions.  Of course she and Snape would be these particularly characters in P&P – and not Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, as I initially assumed.  It all worked so beautifully that I’m only disappointed there wasn’t a sequel.  The ending was sheer brilliance, and I’m dying to crawl into this fanfiction and watch the epilogue play out forever.


About Gioia

I'm a wife and mother and, when not tied up with responsibilities, I read non-stop. I love to share my favorite stories with others, thus the existence of my blog.
This entry was posted in Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe, Conventional (Canon) Couple, Crossover, Deviates from canon in or just prior to Chapter 1, but consistent with canon backstory, Drama/Angst, Era: Regency, Fantasy/Folklore/Mythology, Fluff, Harry Potter, Hermione-centric, Het: M/F, Main Character Death, Missing Moment, Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth Bennet, Original Character featured, post-canon setting, Pre-canon setting, Pride & Prejudice, Severus Snape/Hermione Granger, Spoilers for Deathly Hallows, Unconventional Couple and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The Apothecary’s Assistant – or – Witch Austen’s Revenge by subtilior

  1. mscoco says:

    This has been a delightful regency romp! Thank you so much mystery author! Your writing style is beautiful and your story is enchanting, intriguing, and addicting. so ill say this for you I am so grateful that you have envisaged a Jane who did not just die too young, unfulfilled, with only a sister to tend and mourn for her, but who survived that horror: a Jane who still has that gift for observation and irony, who has transcended death, and whose untrammeled imagination is free, at last.

    Thank you, so very much, for all the seriousness amid the comedy and snark.

    • Gioia says:

      Thank you for your very kind remarks! I’m delighted that you enjoyed the story as much as I did.

      Since the author of this fic, subtilior, has no connections to my rec’ing blog, you might want to leave your feedback over on the Story Link. I’m sure that subtilior will greatly appreciate your insight and lovely compliments!

      It appears that the LJ page where the story is posted DOES accept anonymous comments, so you don’t have to own an LJ in order to leave your feedback there. 🙂

      Thanks again!

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