Title: Taking Umbridge Author: Joe's Nemesis (but we all know who you really are, Scrubb) Rating: T Genre: Drama/Adventure Library category: General Pairing: Fleur/Harry FFN: Link Summary: A French Veela with a vendetta against Death Eaters is tasked to counter Umbridge and protect Harry, Ron, and Hermione. But a Death Eater's attack has changed Harry and Ron. Now, they're focused, driven, and as their fifth year at Hogwarts unfolds towards a climactic ending that rocks the wizarding world, Fleur is desperately trying to keep them safe from Voldemort, and themselves. ER, DLP's search function always leaves me uncertain of results, but this doesn't seem to be in the Library. That should be amended. This is a little unusual in that it's written from Fleur's POV. It took a little getting used to at first, but I found that Scrubb writes a complete protagonist here who is defined by her own desires and motivations instead of just being a prop waiting to drape herself all over Harry. I myself missed some details and was pleasantly surprised when they were pointed out to me. Other characters also get respectable treatment. If you like your Ron with a bit of flavor, look no further. Basically, there's nothing here Scrubb does badly in the characterization department. Switching perspectives - and the fact of Fleur's presence - allows to avoid a tired canon rehash. Oh sure, you can still recognize OotP under the makeup, but then that's a part of fanfiction. This is an interesting take on the formula. You'll get to leave Hogwarts in some scenes, which is imo an element many fics ignore, to their detriment. The romance is definitely slow burn, which I like. Honestly, does anyone like it when the stated main pairing just happens out of nowhere. Here, you get build up. Now, I am certainly not just putting this is up for review because I betad it in WBA. It's a good fic and from a DLP author. For what my endorsement is worth, give it a read. It hasn't been updated in a while, but I've received confidential intelligence from a credible source that it's being worked on. There's more material available in WBA. I'm a bit on the fence with the rating. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely good. Above four stars. However, I'm not prepared to award five just yet. I'll say just shy of rounding up. Solid 4/5 though. Edit: Had to fix WBA link. Also, the FFN summary is... eh, let's say the fic is much better. There are some things I personally dislike, but at this point it's nitpicking. You're never gonna like every detail. This is good stuff.