Title: Seasons of change Author: MPRose Rating: K+ Genre: Friendship Status: WIP (Updated yesterday, previously in September 2018), currently at 27 chapters and ~135k words. Library Category: General Pairings: None so far (2nd year, guys) Summary: An attempt to go against a popular trope. What if, instead of becoming dark/grey and gaining more power that way, Harry had been a little more considerate? Begins with a small change in first year, and sticks close to the original, but sometimes small changes can add up to change the world. Link: FanFiction.Net Original divergence is when Harry wants to buy and send gifts for Christmas in first year, and talks to people to learn how to order by owl. Hermione misunderstands his relationship to the Dursleys and gives him a book to offer Dudley, which he does on a whim. It starts a correspondence and friendship between them. Most changes originate from that, some being far-fetched (like what happens with Sirius) and others more logical, but I liked that there is nothing that made me instantly hate it as a fix-fic. The real changes appear quite progressively with characters still being themselves, IMO, with the exception of Dudley (I'm of the opinion that any character developpment with him before the Dementors is exagerrated), and even if they notice things sooner than in canon, the end results aren't always the very best they could hope for. What really shines is the interactions between the characters: it's a fic about the trio as a whole and there are too few of those (the absence of romance, for now at least, helps in this regard), but the other characters are nicely explored too, most notably the little parts about Neville's family and Snape's progressive and reluctant change of opinion about "the troublesome trio". The author sometimes tries too hard to include elements of canon, like the Duelling club bit (and some descriptions are quoted nearly verbatim, even though they tend to skip what remains the same) and does use some annoying fanon (like notice-me-not, and magical cores are mentionned once or twice), but second year is starting to show some nice butterflies: Spoiler It's currently approaching the end of second year, and both Ginny and Hagrid have been petrified, with Wormtail apparently taking Ginny's place to open the Chamber while Sirius is after him. Dumbledore has been suspended. Nothing stood out horribly to me, grammar-wise, but I tend not to notice those things, so I'll let others comment on that. All in all, it's an enjoyable timewaster with some nice ideas that probably lacks a little ambition. I give it a 3.5/5, rounded down (for now), but I can see it going up if the plot thickens.