Title: October Author: The Carnivorous Muffin Rating: T Genre: Drama/Friendship DLP-Category: Restricted Section / The Alternates Pairing: Harry P./ Tom R. Jr. Chapters: 27 Words: 85,206 Updated: Jun 8, 2015 Published: Apr 30, 2014 Status: Work in Progress Summary: It is not paradox to rewrite history, in the breath of a single moment a universe blooms into existence as another path fades from view, Tom Riddle meets an aberration on the train to Hogwarts and the rest is in flux. AU, time travel, Death!Harry, slash Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10311215/1/ Yes, it’s slash, but one sided. (At least for now) Harry never answers his feelings and probably doesn’t even realise Tom is interested in him until late in the story. The story is following Tom Riddle from the first time he boards the Hogwarts Express and is now (chapter 20) somewhere in the 1960ies, with some timeskips in between. On board the Express he meets a weird boy, who doesn’t even know the year. Despite being sorted into different houses, the boy, Azrael, an outcast like himself, is the only one Tom starts to associate with. The story is written in Tom Riddle’s point of view. Azrael (Death!Harry, of course) is a side character, but Tom’s attention is focussed on the boy who seems to be a natural at magic, even without a wand. Then World War II starts, soon accompanied by Grindelwald’s war, and Azrael leaves Hogwarts to deal with both. It’s only then that Tom really starts to get attracted to him. Azrael/Harry really deals with both Muggle and Grindelwald's war, and that's where the story really gets AU. Carnivorous Muffin explores some facets of Tom Riddle, who, during his school years, really isn’t a likeable character and perhaps more or less mad. One key element of the story is Tom’s perception of the magical society, its problems and his own standing within the Wizarding World. In the orphanage he considered himself special, and now he is a third rated citizen in a society not based on skills but on birth and political power. But then, he, a Muggleborn in Slytherin, learns about his ancestry and starts to create Lord Voldemort – a persona intended to spread fear and eventually rule over the purebloods. I started reading it despite its warning, because I really liked ‘Lily and the Art of being Sisyphus’. Its style is indeed similar, but more than in the other story the writing sometimes or perhaps even often deteriorates into ramblings without any punctuation. Sometimes it works great, sometimes it looks like a desperate cry for a beta reader. At times it really is difficult to read. Tom’s character development has one important turning point that you have to accept. It is prepared ahead but it depends on the reader believing it or not. Azrael/Harry isn’t Harry Potter anymore but basically a god who at first seems to take the whole story as some kind of holidays. But when Grindelwald threatens Britain, Azrael starts to use his abilities to change the world – and eventually to create a new one. Oh, yeah, that’s another point you have to accept, but that's something that comes being a god. I like it despite its problems and rate it 4/5, but I can see that it might end in the trash bin.