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Complete The Eyes by Shadenight123 - M - HP/Lovecraftverse

Discussion in 'The Alternates' started by Rayndeon, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Rayndeon

    Rayndeon Professor

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    Title: The Eyes
    Author: Shadenight123
    Rating: M
    Genre: Horror/Supernatural
    Chapters: 14
    Words: 19,218
    Updated: Jun 6, 2015
    Published: Oct 15, 2013

    Status: Complete
    Library Category: Dark Arts
    Pairings: None
    Summary: Harry Potter saw things. Many things didn't gaze back. Harry Potter heard things. Many things didn't listen back. Five pitiful senses were not enough to gaze into the deep abyss, but with magic being magic a sixth sense is more than enough to see what humans were never meant to see. Harry Potter and the Cthulhu Mythos clash.
    Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9767473/1/The-Eyes

    A nice, relatively quick read. Author does a decent job of expressing the increasing loss of sanity Harry and others face. Mainly focuses around Harry and Severus Snape interactions towards the middle to end.
     
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  2. CleanRag

    CleanRag Groundskeeper

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    5/5

    If you are looking for something that shoved Harry Potter and the Lovecraft mythos into a blender, I doubt you will ever find anything better.
     
  3. Vira

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    Yup, this is what a Lovecraft crossover should be. Only criticism I can levy is that the ending was kind of confusing, but whatever.

    4.5/5.
     
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    I actually did read Lovecraft. This story feels just like something he would write. It was a bit too dark for me at times, but I enjoyed it all the same. 5/5.
     
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  5. Ghosthree3

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    Gave it a 5 but would really rate it something more like 4.8/5.

    It was brilliant, but the ending was so sudden and anti-climactic. It just...ended. The whole thing was confusing and chaotic with no explanation at all which I suppose is the point, and in that case I suppose the ending does fit. But it still left me feeling like something was missing.
     
  6. Varios

    Varios Third Year

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    Absolutely fantastic crossover, 5/5 just because it made me feel uncomfortable in the same way Lovecrafts works did.
     
  7. saevanus

    saevanus Third Year DLP Supporter

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    Completely agree that it has the Lovecraft-ian feeling down: the same non-victories, the same largely impotent protagonists, etc.

    My only complaints are background and characterization. Why was Harry in Arkham, what got him there, and what made him special to Cthulu? Why could Trelawney (and to a lesser extent Ollivander) handle everything for indeterminate periods while Dumbledore doesn't last a month? What did the arch do, and why does Harry continue to exist as a psychopomp when all others 'disintegrate'?

    Loved the castle's attempt at protection as well as the cloak's cameo

    4.5/5, 5/5 with a bit more polish. Of course I may have read it too quickly and missed these details.
     
  8. Ghosthree3

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    I assumed the Dursleys dumped him there when he started talking about 'things'.
     
  9. headbanger

    headbanger Seventh Year

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    I took the line "why did he think looking into its' mind was a good idea" to mean Dumbledore tried Legilimency, which the other two didn't attempt.
     
  10. Ched

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    Bloody hell, that completely blew my mind.

    I've tried to read Lovecraft before, and I never managed to get into it. I don't know why. Maybe I was too young, and the prose too tricky to navigate. I'm familiar with Lovecraft, and Mountains of Madness is still on my to-read list, but...

    ...that was enough. Even without having read Lovecraft, just being familiar with the concepts was plenty to follow this story, and it was great. Easily 4/5 or better.

    I mean, hot damn, there's even an over-arching plot. A few things didn't quite seem to line up, so it wasn't perfect, but the story is short enough that the few issues with plot or concept didn't have time to irritate me.

    At <20k long, I heartily recommend everyone at least try this. It's not going to be for everyone, but it's short, complete, and interesting for those that are able to get into it. As for how I found it, I credit Blue sparkz (new guy) from his post in the favorite complete fanfictions thread. I went to look it up and found it had a DLP thread already.

    Given the nature of the crossover there's not really a lot more to say or spoil about plot. Simply the existence of Lovecraftian mythos changes things significantly, given Harry's role.
     
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  11. CaptainFlowers

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    Absolutely, one hundred percent love this story. Talk about a dark and beautiful gem.

    4.5/5
     
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