Title: Euphoria Author: Anarchy (me) Rating: T Genre: Adventure Status: Complete (117,000 words) Library Category: General Fics Pairings: Harry/Fleur Summary: A generic year 4 canon rehash fic featuring eventual Harry/Fleur. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11534019/1/Euphoria I've put off submitting this story for two years, for a couple reasons: Firstly, I just don't really think it's DLP's cup of tea. It’s not a timetravelling globetrotting epic written by a scotch-drinking Brit. And, no matter the words that come after this, at the end of the day, it is just a normal year 4 canon rehash, and we've all ready a million of them. Secondly, and it's kind of admission of my own failures, is that I know how this site works, what it likes and doesn't like. So, for awhile I was kind of at the point where I would rather not have this story on the site at all, than have it end up in the recycling or trash bin. I put a lot of work into the story, and none of it was in the WBA. Thirdly, after I had originally posted the story to FFN, I had plan to go back and re-edit it one last time, to super-polish it before uploading it here. I had started doing that last year, and got up to chapter 12. Then, I realized that the chapters I was editing were not actually the most up-to-date chapters on FFN, which leads me to believe that I had directly edited the chapters on FFN with reviewer corrections rather than updating my google docs, which means everything is sort of desynced. I kind of lost the will to continue it. Flashback to now, a year after that. I suddenly decided I was going to pick off where I left off, and finish re-editing this thing, but then I rediscovered the whole desynced thing again, and said fuck it. What's up there is what's up there, and I'll fully accept marks off for grammar or whatever. Not to mention, I've been having the urge to get on and start writing the sequel again, but I can't do that if I'm busy going through this story again. Also, I have gotten a bunch of positive feedback from members of this site on IRC, so I figured why not post it. With that out of the way, on to the actual story. There is truth to the summary. You can call it self-depreciating if you want, but I don’t really see the point of glamorizing it. It’s straight to the point, and you can’t really misconstrue it as anything else. If you get disappointed by the story not being something that it's not, well, the story is exactly as told. And I will never pretend I’m some amazing author - it is what it is. This fic was written for one sole reason. That reason is that there was no Harry/Fleur 4th year story that was straightforward and to the point, without the gimmicks. This is a story that simply works, and too many people always got caught on how to make the pairing worked, and there's some pre-conceived notion that it simply can't. This story was my attempt at cutting all the bullshit out. So I guess you can say that this story exists to prove a point. Whether or not the story has proven the point is up for the reader to decide. But the point is that I’ve always hated the idea that no one could write a Harry/Fleur fic without some sort of gimmick. If you read the Harry/Fleur thread here, you will see that there’s like 10 years of debate over how possible the pairing actually was. In this story, Harry isn’t aged up, Fleur isn’t aged down. There’s no soul bonds, no Veela Allure (and definitely no arbitrary Veela Allure immunity which gets her interest). No Harry gaining his father’s memories. No Harry gaining Voldemort’s memories. Harry and Fleur’s parents weren’t friends from youth. Harry didn’t meet Fleur randomly when he was 10 and become long distance friends. Harry didn’t meet Fleur at the World Cup either. Essentially, that just means the setup is the same as canon. No jumping through hoops, because it’s just not necessary. There’s no need to overcomplicate things. And, that's kind of the theme throughout. Everything is kind of simplified. There is no major divergence, instead, there's a bunch of smaller ones that add up to something that both is, and isn't a canon rehash. For example, the story starts off as a normal 4th year story does. Then, the first minor divergence happens when it is revealed that there is no Age Line. So what does that mean? It means that Harry becomes the only Hogwarts Champion. It means that Ron has no reason to hate Harry, and instead, helps him out. Ron and Hermione both become better friends. There’s nothing groundbreaking in this story. This is a story all about the fundamentals, and everyone has gotten so caught up on the pairing, that a fundamental Harry/Fleur story simply did not exist. So, if you were ever looking for a Harry/Fleur story without all of the nonsense, this is it. Now, as both the Author, and a reader, there are flaws to the story. I would be remiss if I didn't point them out, especially since I am so quick to point out other stories flaws. Firstly, is the Romance. There is a brief moment in the beginning where Harry dates Lavender. Some people might seem this as heavy handed, to simply get around the whole trope where Harry falls in love with the first person he dates, and they live happily ever after. Well, Lavender is the first person he dates here, and they break up. Now, the break up scene itself is kind of awkward, and not my best work. Truth be told, it might simply be me - Harry is 14 here, and I haven't been 14 in 14 years. So, the breakup scene can definitely be better. Continuing on, there's a couple other weak scenes. For example, I feel like the scene where Harry and Fleur actually decide to be a couple is a bit weak. And considering the whole story is built around the idea of Harry/Fleur as the end game, perhaps it could have been done a bit better. I'm not saying it's not realistic, because it could totally happen as written, but perhaps it's a bit of a let down? I'm not sure. Then, there's the Yule Ball scene. Yule Ball scenes in fanfiction are notoriously hard to get right. I can't claim to have done it right here, as it was very hard to not be self-indulgent, and I probably failed in that regards. It could definitely be worse though, but it could definitely be better. Finally, the conclusion. It's a bit abrupt, perhaps I was simply wanting the story to be finished, I'm not sure. Either way, it does leave it open for the sequel to come in and continue the story. Finale's are never the best part of a story, and this is probably no exception. There will be a sequel. I've actually written loads for it, but I've restarted it a bunch. It's been about a year since I've actually sat down and looked at what I want to do for it, but I feel like now is a good time to start it again. After all, this story itself is the 6th or 7th revision of the concept, which I had been working on dating all the way back to 2010 probably. As for a rating. Well, I am biased, but compared to some of the stories that are making the library, I feel like this should be an obvious conclusion. Truthfully, I've been on this site for 8 years and I don't have a single story in the library, and I feel like this has been by best attempt so far at getting one in. There is no pretenses in this story. It set out to do exactly what it set out to do, and is straight to the point. Yet, it has enough to it to where it's not just another year 4 fic with a random pairing of the author's choice inserted into it and still not have anything change. There's plenty of changes to make it interesting, yet it still makes logical sense and still come to the same conclusions that are expected. So, obviously I have to give it a 5/5.