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This fic keeps me coming back to read it again and again, and I think that a lot of the reason is that it focuses not on Harry using foreknowledge to win a war, but to build up his friends. His combat experience and magical power are minor points when his real quest is to help Ron find self-confidence, teach Neville how brave he really is, support Hermione's drive to excel, protect Luna from bullying, and above all, befriend Ginny at the first opportunity instead of waiting for years. Because of this, it doesn't feel like Harry is overpowered and steam rolling all his problems with future knowledge, because there aren't five minute fixes for people. It's really heartwarming to see Harry really look out for his friends that way.
At the same time, when Harry is using his knowledge to steer events, the story handles the ripple effects well. Some actions have surprisingly little effect, making him wonder if fate is immutable, while other times he's blindsided by a difference that he can't explain. In my experience, few stories put as much effort into balancing this properly.
The characterisation of Snape sometimes seems off, which I attribute to the story starting before book 7. But the biggest problem is simply that it's unfinished :).
Warrior Drgn Mage: If you choose one Harry Potter Fan Fic to read, I recommend this one. In addition to the things that my fellow tropers have said, I would like to add how much good No FP Harry has done for Luna and Neville. There are others that Harry has helped but these two are the ones he has helped the most. To balance this out Harry has made somethings much worse. Namely his treatment and actions towards Professor Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy. For further balancing, we have Harry's relationship with Dumbledore and Mc Gonagall. Harry's relationship with the former is... strained...at best, particularly in Harry's second year. Instead of being close to the Headmaster, Harry's 'staff mentor' seems to be Mc Gonagall. This idea seems to be based mainly on Harry's conviction that her stern facade is just a front as well as the fond memory of Mc Gonagall facing Umbridge down in defense of Harry becoming an Auror in Oot P.
Pyrix: While I would recommend this Snape seems a tad out of character in his anger, being almost over the top, such as threatening to snap Hermione's wand for being muggleborn.
Some of this is because the fic was started just after HBP came out, but even so, some of Snape's actions border on Flanderization or just plain Character Bashing.
Silver Gryphon 8: Almost better than the books themselves, from my view. Brilliant work, but really slow on the updating front because the author is juggling a couple other series and a real-life writing gig.
Alfa 290: Extremely well written, however it is agonizingly slow on to update. Best guess is that the next chapter will materialize sometime in late 2014.
Anon: I agree with the above poster in that Snape is so out of character it instantly broke my immersion. Even if it does run on the premise that he's an evil death eater, that doesn't excuse making him stupid about it, he's a spy for christ's sake. You can tell a lot about a fanfic author by how they treat their least favourite character, and this kind of speaks volumes.
Gozer: I also couldn't get past the author's Flanderization of Snape, in particular making him a complete moron. He's my favorite character in the books, so any fic that bashes him ruins it as far as I'm concerned.
Clendy 82: Probably one of the best fanfics I have read so far. If you're familiar with the author's work on Team 8, then you know what to expect. The only complaint I have is a complaint common to almost every Peggy Sue fanfic known to man: The main character just acts too damn mature for any intelligent adult not to notice. The author covers it quite well, with other characters attributing it to his rough childhood and Harry's cover story of reading many books on topics he should have no knowledge of, but when Dumbledore buys into it, you know somebody's been issuing the entire supporting cast...I won't say Idiot Balls. More like Idiot Marbles. Instances like Harry (age 11) walking into Gringott's, making an appointment with the executor of his estate, and arranging for Vernon Dursley and family to endure financial setbacks The Count of Monte Cristo would have been proud of, not to mention discussing possible assassination with a straight face tend to send up a red flag. The story avoids this pitfall better than most; perhaps better than any, but I don't think it's possible to avoid it completely. Despite this one pet peeve, the story is top-notch, with the new timeline being altered in ways that elicit at least one case of Fridge Brilliance per chapter. My personal favorite being after Peter Pettigrew's capture before the start of second term. In the original timeline, Ron and Hermione get into arguments over Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, constantly being on the hunt for Ron's rat. However, now that said rat was revealed to be...well...a rat, Ron is in the market for a new pet. Preferably one specifically crossbred for intelligence and the ability to detect malicious intent... Brilliant. Highly recommended.
Phoenix FTW: Amazing plot, and awesome character development. I could fill a whole page with how brilliant the story is. But I'll use just 2 lines. Seriously, this guy is awesome.
Anon: The only reason Harry is able to get away with his maturity is by being careful in whom he displays it to. Peripheral characters like Gringotts goblins and Dobby he can tell pretty much anything to. Other characters he has to be careful with, poking and prodding them subtly. As for Dumbledore, Harry is forced to adopt a bitter semi-antagonistic relationship with him solely so that Dumbledore won't be able to investigate without fear of pushing Harry away irrevocably.
Anon: The twists and rapid Adaptation Decay that occur due to his meddling (and the annoying force of Fate apparently working to keep events more-or-less close to canon through the ending of book 6) make for one very gripping read.
Yo Adrian: Very, very good fic, compellingly written, and the characters are very true to their canon selves, surprisingly. Ginny, especially, is wonderfully done. It's hard to come up with detailed recommendations regarding this fic's good points, because there's just so many of them.
Chuckg: This is a truly exceptional work, written by an author who understands subtlety and balance. Peggy Sue Harry is neither a God-Mode Sue nor cursed to know that Failure Is the Only Option. So few Peggy Sue fics can avoid both pitfalls so skilfully.
Psalm of Fire: I also throw in my full recommendation. This is a compelling piece of work. On top of what the others have said I say his effort into portraying the psychological aftereffects due to what the future Harry has gone through are excellent and authentic throughout the work. But it's also a well achieved balance, as Harry's pseudo form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder does not suck the joy out of reading or bog down the story.
White Hat: I highly recommend this, the plot is solid, the characterizations are excellent, the writing style flows in such a way that its hard to stop reading. Definitely something I recommend.
While there may have been Peggy Sue fics for Harry Potter before Nightmares of Futures Past, it was this fic that popularized and made them such a major genre in HP fandom. It's become the standard against which all Harry Potter Peggy Sue fics are judged — and with good reason.
The story is not without its flaws. It often gets too long-winded, and some characters, like Dumbledore and Snape, get a bit of a Straw Man treatment and are mostly held up as negative contrasts to Harry (though in the case of Dumbledore there's at least an effort to show that he means well). Harry constantly verges on overpowered, even though the fic does a good job of throwing obstacles in his way, but his main problem is that he like so many other "wise-beyond-their-years" characters becomes annoyingly overbearing and off-putting. Later chapters slip more and more into "here's why this character is wrong." It's great to see Neville standing up to his grandmother, but it's overkill when he puts on this holier-than-thou attitude and lapses into a The Reason You Suck Speech while she's unable to make any coherent counterarguments — does that even sound remotely like the Neville and Augusta Longbottom we know and love?
Speaking of Neville, it's nice to see him and Luna added "properly" to Harry's closest circle of friends... but frankly neither of them are as fun or loveable as in canon. Neville is a completely different character from his canon self, and while Luna's more recognizable she's far too often in the story reduced to "Neville's love interest." She gets to occasionally display some wackiness or strange wisdom, but the majority of her role seems to revolve around being in love with Neville. I don't usually mind the Neville/Luna pairing, but I don't think it works here.
All my complaints aside, the fic does more things right than it does wrong. The dialogue and overall writing style is good, some of the twists and ideas are brilliant, and the author manages to insert a lot of emotion in the story. It is one of the better Peggy Sue fics out there; certainly far above most of its imitators.
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