Stories that came out between book releases. Preferably ones where the romance is as non-obstructive as possible. I certainly don't mind romance, but that's not what I read Harry Potter for. I'll bear with it, and may even appreciate it, if it happens plausibly. It's really grating to read a plot that moves forward because of a pairing. It's hard to find a story with a lot of cool stuff going on *and* also have good romance. What Lies Beneath manages to do it, even though the love interests are rather one-dimensional, but again, I don't care because that wasn't the draw for me. Surely there must have been some good (i.e, at least Almost Recommended tier) gen fics that came out in that period? There's two which come to mind, that I've seen recommended by Perspicacity on Reddit a few times, but their names escape me at the moment. "The Serpent and..." being one of them, and both involving Ginny. I've also read a bit of Copperbadge, which I enjoyed.