Title: The Sum of Their Parts Author: holdmybeer Rating: M Genre: none listed Chapters: 11 Words: 143,267 Updated: April 12, 2016 Published: March 24, 2016 Status: Complete Library Category: Dark Arts Pairings: none Summary: For Teddy Lupin, Harry Potter would become a Dark Lord. For Teddy Lupin, Harry Potter would take down the Ministry or die trying. He should have known that Hermione and Ron wouldn't let him do it alone. Links: FFN, Ao3 This is a relatively new fic; however, the author states in his notes that the work is finished but he's posting it every other day until it is completely uploaded. What is currently posted seems a decent enough length to justify it for review instead of Almost Recommended. There's no listed genre, but if pressed, I'd say that it could fit into Drama/Friendship on FFN. The premise is an interesting twist on the usual Dark Harry fic because his motives for wanting power are, if not pure, then based in higher motives. He's becoming bad for good reasons. Hermione and Ron decide to help him, with caveats. According to author notes, there will be no pairings besides mentions of already-established ones. There is a moment between Spoiler Harry and Ginny but that is quickly dealt with. The writing is technically good and readable. It's not complex, though it is engaging. The plot isn't what I would call fast-paced at two chapters in, but it's kept my interest -- and there is good reason for it, since Harry has to proceed about establishing himself very carefully. So far, Harry, Hermione, and Ron are the characters with the most presence, (aside from a canon character who might as well be an OC). The main three are in character and believable, which is highly refreshing. As far as the OC goes, the characterization and writing goes nowhere near Mary Sue territory. George, the fourth listed character on FFN, is also good. The biggest weakness seems to be the pacing and the relative lack of action right now. The story is currently simmering as the foundations of the plot are built, so it might be less than satisfying to some readers at two (very long) chapters in. Canon is the springboard for this fic, so it makes sense that things aren't delving straight into darkness right away. The Dark magic depicted isn't of the unrelentingly brutal variety -- I'd even go so far as to call it the lighter side of Dark magic -- but it's early days yet. In short, the decent writing and the interesting premise and plot show enough promise to keep an eye on this one. 3.5/5 for now, rounding up to a 4/5.