perfect character progression is perfect

Recently I’ve been reading Hermione Granger’s Hogwarts Crammer for Delinquents on the Run by Waspabi an AO3, and it’s absolutely amazing.

The blurb goes: “You’re a wizard, Harry” is easier to hear from a half-giant when you’re eleven, rather than from some kids on a tube platform when you’re seventeen and late for work.

So it takes place during what would have been Harry’s 7th year at Hogwarts, but with the premise that Harry never went to Hogwarts, and instead he’s lived his whole life with the Dursleys and is now on his own in muggle London with a shitty job and a shitty apartment. And then Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Neville, Luna and Death Eater-deserter Draco have left Hogwarts to go search for him.

I love the premise in itself, but I honestly can’t believe how perfectly executed this fic is:

- It has hilarious and well-written dialogue
- Excellent characterization of every single character
- All of it is well-written, it feels so worked through and thoroughly edited.
- Diversity (Harry is bi and says so, Hermione and Harry are POC - Hermione is black, Harry is mixed race (James is Indian, Lily is white) and this is made explicit in the text and is a part of how the characters act and talk and perceive themselves + is a part of the awful relationship between Harry and the Dursleys, and just I never see anyone handling race or handling it well in fic so just A+ on that).
- Wizard swears (“Fucking ballsack of a pregnant hippogriff”)
- Perfect balance of character examination and plot-progression
- Perfect balance of humor and seriousness.
- In-character pining on Draco’s part.
- Well thought through use of the contrast between wizard and muggle society.

Everyone go read it.