Title: The Katarn Side Author: Darth Marrs Rating: T Genre: Adventure/Fantasy Library Category: The Alternates Pairing: Harry/Hermione Chapters: 32 Words: 137,628 Updated: June 25, 2016 Published: October 24, 2015 Status: Complete Summary: An aged, broken Jedi general came to Earth hoping to retire. However, when he went to a park and saw a young boy with unlimited Force potential getting the snot beat out of him, he knew the Force was not through making his life interesting. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11576387/1/The-Katarn-Side Yes, this was written by Darth Marrs. It's even one of his newer stories. Nevertheless it is not Grim Dark. I repeat: It is not Grim Dark. Well, there are some hints at the back story of Bellatrix and her sisters, but that's it. The story: Intending to retire the Jedi Kyle Katarn (see: StarWars Wikia) lands on Earth, in a random corner of England. Here the Force leads him to Harry Potter, right then the punching ball of his cousin. Kyle notices his potential and takes him in to train him. Of course Dumbledore takes notice, and he isn’t the only one. The chapters 3 to 8 take place in the Star Wars EU and in Chapter 9 they return to Earth, not coincidentally right in time for the beginning of the Triwizard Tournament. The rest of the story takes place in and around Hogwarts, dealing with Voldemort, Dumbledore, the Ministry. ‘Horcruxes and where to find them’ come into play and they are dealt with perhaps a bit too fast. I rather skimmed than read most of the Star Wars chapters, as I am not that interested in the Extended Universe. Harry gains some friends though once returned to Earth they don’t play a role any longer. On Earth and at Hogwarts it’s just Harry and Kyle Katarn as Jedi among wizards. You don’t need to know anything about the EU to read the story. Everything you need to know will be explained. For Katarn’s background see the article linked above. It’s not entirely balanced. Especially in the beginning, when Kyle takes Harry in, it comes off as a Jedi vs. Wizards story. The quality of the story improves: When they return, Magic is an equal opponent to the Force and both Harry and Kyle have to adapt to magical tactics. It’s just that few wizards are as immersed in magic and as well trained as Jedi are in the Force. There are scenes where Death Eaters fall like prequel battle droids. There are also scenes where both Harry and Kyle Katarn are barely able to hold themselves against capable opponents – and capable are more than just Dumbledore and Voldemort. It has quite a few plotholes and it seems as if Darth Marrs didn’t follow a thought-out concept at first. In one case he actually admits changing plans: “I'll be the first to admit this isn't my best chapter, but really, what's the point of writing fanfiction if you can't do what you want to do?“ Then there are moments you wonder when and where Harry and Katarn obtained certain canon knowledge that’s never been explained within the story. Compared to his other works I’d say the writing is better than ‘The Boy who Fell’ but it lacks the world building and character development of the ‘Firebird’ trilogy (of which I only started reading the first story). It’s not exactly brilliant and not really worth the library, but it was a nice story with a nice ending rounding it up. I rate it at 3/5.