Author Spotlight: dirgewithoutmusic


I’m back today with another Author Spotlight! While I do enjoy giving individual story recommendations, some authors really deserve all of the recognition I can give them. Plus, if you enjoy one of their stories if gives you an automatic jumping off point to more high quality tales. Sometimes, you can even cruise through the stories they’ve bookmarked to find even more great stuff!

Today, the spotlight is on dirgewithoutmusic. Everything this author writes is gold. Seriously. I have cried reading some of their stuff before. The level of emotion they can put into a one-shot is impressive. They write a lot of interesting character studies, as well as speculative alternate universe stuff. They have a large body of work that spans fandoms both large and small, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy. They can be found on Archive of Our Own.

Here are some of my favourites of theirs.

we must unite inside her walls or we’ll crumble from within (arguably Canon, series of one-shots)

stories for the ladies of hogwarts, who cry, waver, giggle, trespass, and who deserve our respect all the same

Absolutely amazing character studies of the ladies of Hogwarts – all houses are represented.

boy with a scar (AU, series of one-shots)

A series of “what if” rewrites of Harry Potter, books 1-7. Cross-posted from tumblr. So far includes: What if Neville was the Chosen One, and James and Lily survived? What if Neville was the Chosen One, and James and Lily were tortured by the Lestranges? What if Neville and Harry were both killed as infants, and there was no Chosen One? What if Petunia refused to take him in, and so Harry was raised in Hogwarts? What if Petunia had raised Harry like a son? What if Harry was Sorted Slytherin? What if Harry was a squib? What if Harry was a girl? (cis) What if Harry was a girl? (trans) What if Ron was the Chosen One? What if Hermione was the Chosen One? What if Harry and Hermione met before Hogwarts? What if the Dursleys died, and Dudley was left on Lily and James’s doorstep?

That’s right. All those HP what-ifs you never thought you’d have answered. They exist and they’re great.

once a queen or king of narnia, always a king or queen (arguably Canon, series of one-shots)

All my Pevensie tumblr fic

A series that depicts what it was like for the Penvensies to rule Narnia and then leave it. Susan especially has several fics, but they are all represented and every single one will rip your heart out.

after the scouring (arguably Canon, one-shot)

Let’s talk about Sam crying over rabbit stew, because a brace of coneys had been a spot of luck, once; because even then, even when he still had his pots and his pans, when Frodo had not yet snarled at him and told him to go– Mr. Frodo had still been gone too far by then to ever come back again.

Rosie, who did not cry easy, chopped onions so he would not be the only one with wet cheeks to scrub off. She asked him about herbs and spices, about stirring and cooking times, about what loaf would go best with it all. Sam said, “Rosemary, tarragon.” Part of him still rang against the greening metal of a copper pot dropped down a chasm and left somewhere on the edges of Mordor, but she saw him breathe deep and reach for thyme.

(a story for Rosie Cotton)

Oh man, this story was so fantastic. I hope they write more Tolkien stuff because this was so satisfying.

I could honestly list everything dirgewithoutmusic has ever written as a favourite and not be lying. That’s how good they are. They’ve written stuff for Emelan, Star Wars, Avengers, Tolkien/Narnia crossovers, Ender’s Game, and so many more. I would find it extremely unlikely if you didn’t find something of theirs to love.

That’s it for this week, folks! Let me know if you check these out, and don’t forget to drop the author a comment as well!

Author Spotlight: MaryRoyale


Welcome to another edition of Fanfic Feature Friday! It’s been a while, but I thought I’d try something new today with my first Fanfic Author Spotlight. Sometimes I’ll stumble across a fantastic story, and when I check out the author’s body of work I have the good fortune of discovering that the bulk of it is equally wonderful.

In this author spotlight, I intend to bring to you the authors I know that I can rely on for a good read no matter the length, fandom, or focus. They’re the writers that have made me seek out specific characters, fandoms, and pairings, and who have set their own fanfiction trends purely by virtue of their storytelling skill and originality.

This week, the Author Spotlight is on MaryRoyale.

Found on, her focus is mainly on Harry Potter fics. Her stories depart from standard monogamous and heteronormative standards, most of them featuring relationships with multiple partners and genders. They’re easily readable, both the one-shots and the novel-length work. Aside from the great writing, her fics appeal to me as she writes mostly AU (alternate universe) stuff, and also plays around with tropes like time travel and soul bonds.

Waiting for her unfinished works to update is super difficult, but always worth it when a new chapter is posted. Most of her fics are Hermione-centric, which works well because of the characterization given in each story.

Behold, some of my favourite fics of hers!

Arx Domus Nigrae (AU, novel-length – incomplete)

There are legends among the pureblood families about Keepers-special witches who have the power to restore a fallen House. If any House needed a Keeper, it’s the Ancient and Noble House of Black. Hermione/Multi (Cygnus, Orion, Sirius AND Regulus). Polyandry.

Really cool wizarding/pureblood lore. Features interesting relationship dynamics and a lot of Hermione learning new things.

The Lost Lupin (AU, novel-length – complete)

The Lupins fear Greyback’s revenge will not stop with Remus, but might spread to his little sister Hermione. They make an unorthodox decision to protect their daughter without telling their son. Remus has been looking for his sister ever since. Time travel, AU, EWE, NON-CANON SHIPS (underline this bit 8,000 times), etc. Please see warnings.

Essentially the Potter-centric teen drama you didn’t know you wanted, with some more serious undertones.

Desperate Measures (AU, novel-length – incomplete)

Cassiopeia Black wasn’t the sort who was willing to just sit idly by while her House fell down around her. When Cassiopeia is given a Muggleborn witch orphaned by Death Eaters, she uses magical adoption to make the baby a true Black. Pureblood!Hermione. Slytherin!Hermione.

One of my favourite incarnations of Pureblood Hermione ever. Pureblood lore and interesting connections between the Blacks, the Malfoys, the Potters, and the Longbottoms.

That’s all for now, be sure to pop by and leave MaryRoyale a review if you check out her stories!

Who are your favourite fanfic authors? Let me know in the comments below!