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WIP The Casebook of Harry Potter By: chris400ad

Discussion in 'Almost Recommended' started by Donimo, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. Donimo

    Donimo High Inquisitor

    Jul 4, 2015
    Title: The Casebook of Harry Potter
    Author: chris400ad
    Rating: T
    Genre: Mystery/Friendship
    Status: WIP
    Library Category:
    Pairings: Gen
    Summary: Daphne Greengrass wouldn't realise that a chance encounter at the age of eleven could have led her to have a life of adventure. Fourteen years later she meets Harry Potter again, this time over a dead body, but will she walk away or stay? He's a consulting detective and she's a healer, worlds apart from some, but for others, it could be just the beginning. AU.

    A platonic Harry and Daphne fic. It's AU story that takes place several years post Hogwarts. Harry is a Sherlock-esque detective and Daphne is his Watson. It's pretty good so far. The writing quality is very readable, and while non of the mysteries presented so far have been great they've been secondary to establishing the characters and setting. The story is just now building into something I think will be interesting. The fic is only 27k words long, but the author finished his last HP fic so I have hope this story will be as well.

    I give it a 3/5 for now, if the quality of the mysteries goes up I'll have no problem giving it a 4.
  2. Miner

    Miner Unspeakable

    May 27, 2015
    East Coast
    It's not a Harry Potter fanfic.

    That's not to say that it isn't mildly enjoyable, but essentially the fic contains characters that are unrecognizable to Harry Potter fans. Harry isn't actually Harry, he's magical!Sherlock, and Daphne has always been a blank-slate character that can fit any role if characterized well. The murders, the Aurors, even Daphne's associates/acquaintances (Tracey, boyfriend, etc.) do not play any role in HP canon.

    It's pretty much a mystery story with magic. It's decently enjoyable, perhaps a little more so in the early stages than Days to Come.

    3/5 is fair if we're talking about the quality of the fic, but it doesn't belong in the Harry Potter library.
  3. James

    James High Inquisitor

    Jan 22, 2015
    I agree completely with the above. The bastardization of Sirius was especially jarring for me, because he

    evidently disliked Harry, because he wasn't like his parents? There is a bit, where Sirius mentions that Harry thought Sirius let him down, but the whole scene with Sirius just adds to the jarring feeling of OOCness.

    Especially sad is that with just a little bit of work on characterisation would turn the OOCness off quite a bit, and would still be as enjoyable. 3/5.
  4. Dirty Puzzle

    Dirty Puzzle Sixth Year DLP Supporter

    Dec 11, 2016
    Northern Hemisphere
    High Score:
    I couldn't read far past the vast OOC-ness of most of the characters. It's definitely a Harry Potter fic, but I don't particularly enjoy the mysteries either. It's all a little underwhelming, and it doesn't really catch my interest.

    I thoroughly disliked Sirius, and he gave off this weird vibe that I just couldn't get past while reading. Not to mention I simply don't read Harry Potter fics for mystery, which is my own personal taste, of course.

    I would rate it a 2/5, if only because I found it entirely uninteresting. Writing quality itself might've bumped it up a little bit, but I can't see it in the library.
  5. Snapdragon

    Snapdragon Banned

    Sep 7, 2014
    It's surely readable but not really engaging at the same time. I don't care about any character in it.
  6. The Pro

    The Pro Seventh Year

    Jul 27, 2016
    Adrift in the Void
    High Score:
    There is nothing at all that hooks the reader. As Miner said before, this story isn't about Harry Potter characters. The characters have been butchered; all they are is twisted caricatures. It's good, I'll give it that. But that's the only real plus for this story. The characters just don't feel like they belong to the Harry Potter universe. To be honest, you could replace all the characters with virtually any character from other franchises and you'd pretty much get the same result.

    3/5. It's just painfully average because of the above.