Title: How to Charm a Witch Author: ChatterChick Rating: Fiction T Genre: Romance/Humour Chapters: 8 Words: 20,446 Updated: January 19, 2016 Published: April 23, 2015 Status: Completed Library Category: Humour Pairings: Lily Luna Potter/OC Summary: Colin Longbottom wants nothing more than to impress Lily Luna Potter. Unfortunately he has all the charm of your typical Longbottom male. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11203193/1/How-to-Charm-a-Witch I don't normally read next-gen fics, but this one caught my eye. The OC mentioned in the pairing is Colin Longbottom, the son of Neville and Hannah Longbottom. The poor fellow has a crush on Lily Luna Potter, but the travails of teenagers are rarely easy enough that things just click. Of course, the fic has a happy ending, but I suppose that's quite obvious from the pairing itself. The technical writing is sound. Let's get that out of the way. I'm not very fastidious about things being perfect writing-wise as a bunch of us are, but nothing obvious jumped out at me. The words used are crisp, I think there aren't many Americanisms used, and there is no case of incessant verbiage. All-in-all, I don't think the writing itself would put many people off. The characterisation of both the next-gen and the current gen is pretty good. Neville is quite believable as the Head of Gryffindor: he's more confident than he was, but at heart he's still the same Neville Longbottom we met in first year who forgot the sorting hat on his head and had to run back and hand it to McGonagall. Ron feels like Ron. Grown up, of course, but at heart still the same guy we met in the books. Hermione's characterisation is also quite well-done. It's slightly over-done, in my opinion, but not to the point of distastefulness. At the end of the day the fic is tagged humour, so it doesn't feel jarring. Harry and Ginny have very little screen time, but even they seem to be true to their canonical characters. The next-gen kids read like teenagers. I've found that very few authors really get teenagers down pat, and I'm glad to have found one who does it quite well. The interactions between the kids are believable and funny. Colin Longbottom is earnest and dorky, Lily Luna is a fun tomboy who's starting to grow up, and Hugo Weasley is definitely a mix of Ron and Hermione Weasley. The plot is nothing new. However, the execution is very well-done. It's a fun, entertaining read if you're free for fifteen or so minutes. There wasn't any laugh-out-loud moment in the fic, but I found myself smiling throughout. 4.5/5 from me, and I'll round the rating up.