Title: The Half-Blood Romantic Author: Sophprosyne Rating: M Category: Romance Pairing: Harry/Fleur? Harry/Ginny? Status: WIP, 3 chapters, 33k words Summary: There's nobody like her. She's smart, beautiful, and witty. Unfortunately for Harry, she's also engaged. When Fleur Delacour returns to Hogwarts to help prepare for the war against Voldemort, Harry has to manage an uneasy balance between the demands of the war and the demands of the heart. Harry/Fleur during HBP. Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12627473/1/The-Half-Blood-Romantic I picked up this fic fully intending to skim it rapidly and put it down when it inevitably was a pile of trash. Instead I was drawn in by the competent writing and found what is probably the best Harry/Fleur fic in the fandom... if indeed it does turn out to be Harry/Fleur. This is an alternate 6th year fic and though I've put the category as romance, it could equally be "general". The focus of the fic is on Harry and Fleur but the story also covers plenty of other material - Harry's friendship with Ron and Hermione, his magical development, Hogwarts daily life, etc. The premise is that Bill and Fleur are engaged, Bill has gone abroad and Fleur is left in England. Dumbledore has therefore recruited Fleur to run a duelling club at Hogwarts, and Fleur has in turn recruited Harry as her assistant. If this is going to end up as Harry/Fleur, it is a real slow burn. There's clear chemistry between the two but this Fleur genuinely loves Bill and is committed to him. Further Harry has no intention of breaking them up. The fic is fully embracing the difficulty of getting Harry and Fleur together, rather than trying to find a neat way around it. Meanwhile, Harry also has an interest in Ginny and it's honestly hard to say which way things will go. With regards to Fleur's characterisation, the fic has things bang on. Though her beauty is mentioned relatively frequently (as it should be) I don't think the word "Veela" has appeared in the story once. Thank god. The complexity of Fleur's character has also been retained - there's no whitewashing here of the snobby, aloof side of her we saw in GoF. The magic in the fic is interesting and largely canon-compliant. If the fic continues on its current path, I can see this being a 5/5. Edit: I would tag the thread but I can't find how to do it.