Title: What's Her Name in Hufflepuff Author: ashez2ashes Rating: T seems right Genre: Adventure / Friendship Status: WIP Library Category: The Alternates Pairings: none so far Summary: 62k as of 04.08.2018 Link: Spacebattles (reader mode) Doesn't really have a summary so far since it has only been posted on SB so here goes my attempt: A grown woman from our world finds herself as an 11 year old girl who is about to start her life in Hogwarts at the start of canon and then gets sorted into Hufflepuff. It's kind of a mixture between the old school SIs where people get thrown into the source material and the more modern, Dreaming of Sunshine type of reincarnation SI where the protag might not have grown up in this world but was aged back to live a real life there and accumulate the necessary skills in a more organic manner. I find that this really works for me. Admittedly, it is a bit handwavy with how it happened but honestly, it was the right call and readers generally roll with these things at the very start of the story. I don't really need a consistent, logical explanation to justify the story, I can roll with strange magic that will never come up again. Her finding herself in a Gringotts vault at the beginning is a bit of an odd choice, which is a bit weak that she basically starts with practically unlimited funds but didn't find myself minding that either. She is a Hogwarts student so money was never going to be that big of a factor and I kinda like that she can buy cool shit and doesn't have to worry about grinding money or whatever. It is a more lighthearted story anyway, focusing more on the magic, friendship and adventure rather than a more serious tale and I found that decision to be for the advantage of the story. Another drawback, which was a small thing really was the odd take on Ollivander. It really didn't feel much like him and felt a bit cheesy but since Ollivander is only an appears once type of character, it's not like it matters and such a different take on him was a bit refreshing but I can understand why it would rub some the wrong way. Again, just one weird scene. Now to the good parts. The story is charming, delightful and quite honestly fun. The SI is likeable and a joy to follow, the relationship with her roommates is really endearing and there have been several scenes and lines of dialog which made me laugh. The friendship that struck up between the girls is quite real and juvenile at times, like it should be between such young kids. The take on Hogwarts and the magical world does strike the same chords as early canon did and I quite love the take on various characters (Ollivander notwithstanding). Hagrid and the other professors were nailed perfectly and most above all, I love the organic way the SI does and does not interact with the canon cast. For example, being in Hufflepuff she has yet to talk to Harry or Ron because why would they interact at all at this point? Neither did she talk with Malfoy or anything. On the other hand, she kinda befriended Hermione and interacted with some other characters. There was life breathed into the characters inhabiting Hogwarts and the magic itself and it shows. A few of the hufflepuffs having magical boyband posters was a nice touch and there is even an interesting subplot regarding that. The story overall has some fun ideas of worldbuilding, which makes exploring this Hogwarts a joy. It's not an AU or anything but a more fleshed out Hogwarts and magical world. The butterflies she causes are thus similarly natural and don't feel forced or contrived. As a minor spoiler Spoiler she kinda befriends Hermione which then causes Hermione to not run crying to the bathroom when Ron makes his comment around Halloween, because she does have at least one friend and is kinda friendly with another Hufflepuff girl, so the troll thing doesn't happen and the trip has not formed at this point in time. There is other stuff as well and nothing felt forced so far. The story is still in its beginnings. We are still in first year, around Halloween and it seems the author has plans for the war as well so if this keeps updating we should be in for quite a journey. It has been a while since I had such sheer fun with a HP story and I really love it so far. Protag is also in that sweet spot where she is driven to learn magic (of course she is, why wouldn't she?) and thus shows good competence because of foreknowledge and adult discipline but at the same time isn't Merlin 2.0 who just roflstomps her way through magic. Overall, it's quite the fun adventure that me laugh and smile and am eagerly awaiting for more. An enthusiastic 5/5 but probably a 4/5 really. It would also be really cool if we could not have the obligatory and rather unproductive "all SI stories are shit" comments which really lead nowhere. Long shot, I know but I can hope.