Under - sloanesomething
SVU, Elliot/Olivia, VN for very naked
Summary: Under a lot of things
There were whole chunks of this story where I didn't breathe because it is so right and so perfectly in character for everyone and they're both so terrifically broken that you will think, yes, this really did happen. Holy fuck.
Also, annakovsky and sloanesomething started playing an SVU AU game recently -- prompting each other with AU scenarios and then writing them -- and now they're posting like crazy and dragging other people in. You can find all the stories in Kovsky's memories. It's mostly Elliot/Olivia, which, I realize, is not everyone's thing, but it's not the bad kind of E/O, and even if you hate the pairing the sheer creativity in the stories is something all-too-rarely found in any of the L&O 'verses.
Take Up Serpents - marinarusalka
Summary: "There were more Parselmouths in the United States of America than anywhere else in the world. Tom Riddle unearthed this fact during his sixth year at Hogwarts, in a book he wasn't supposed to be reading, searching for knowledge he wasn't allowed to have."
I like the Harry Potter books okay, but being able to appreciate stories like this are why I read them. It's Tom Riddle post-Hogwarts, pre-Voldemort, as menacing as a bright sunny day at the beginning of a horror movie.
Diamond Dogs by 3jane
HP, Draco/Bellatrix, NC-17 for disturbing content and incestuous hetsex.
Summary: Bellatrix might be mad, and sometimes she's a little too direct about things, but she isn't boring.
Fic Malfoy is so much more complicated and fucked up than canon Malfoy, and I love the idea of Draco being (not altogether unwillingly) swept up in the insanity of serving Voldemort without any real idea of what he's getting himself into.
Ooh Something Shiny - Cinnamon
HP, Harry/Draco, PG-13
Summary: Stalked through the dungeons by a wild beanbag chair, Draco and Harry have no choice but to come to terms with their differences and work together to survive. Featuring sharp, pointy rocks of doom, rabid furniture, drunken mops, and kisses in broom closets. Harry/Draco.
Dude, there's an evil beanbag chair. It's awesome. Pure, fun fluff, and some great kisses-for-the-sake-of-kissing. :)
Cohen (& Moody) - annakovsky
Summary: Seth Cohen and Mad-Eye Moody are roommates. The end.
Kovsky says in her introduction, "In apartment #2 in my building, the name on the mailbox says Cohen (& Moody). ... And every day when I get my mail, I think, Why would Seth Cohen and Mad-Eye Moody be roommates? This fic is solely to satisfy my own bizarre curiosity." What I love most about this fic is the prompt. Kovsky took a mailbox in her apartment building (there's a picture in the entry) and turned it into an awesome (and awesomely painful) story about the war and about how Muggles deal with it.
The Twilight Before - lalejandra
HP gen, PG-13
Summary: The staircases in Hogwarts have stopped moving.
I squeal with glee every time Lale puts pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, I guess), and this story is no exception -- a glimpse inside each of the Houses as the war looms closer. And if the idea of the staircases in Hogwarts not moving anymore doesn't creep you to the bone, you need to get something checked. :)
The Prefect's Portrait - Arsinoe de Blassenville
HP gen (Hermione), PG-13ish
Summary: Hermione's quest for a quiet place to read leads to the discovery of a remarkable portrait. The girl in the picture meant so much to so many. She is remembered as a devoted wife and loving mother, but what was she like at sixteen? And how will her reappearance affect the wizarding world?
My favorite thing in this creative, plotty, Hermione-centric story is Snape, who is all complex and tortured and interesting without being a loveable woobie. Snape is not a woobie. Hermione is awesome, Lily kicks all kinds of ass, and the final battle had me holding my breath. My only (very minor) quibble is with Ron's near-absence, but the story is still excellent.
Love's Appalling Adverbs - amanuensis1
HP, Hermione/Snape, Humor, NC-17
Summary: Hermione learns two things: a secret about Snape, and that she's a terrible writer.
Hermione's hapless heroine is heading for a sporking on pottersues, and it's a hilariously beautiful thing.
The Sea and the Shore - amanuensis1
HP, Harry/Draco, R
Summary: A Potterverse retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.
I love fairy tale retellings, but what grabbed me the most about this story was the fairy tale tone -- it reads like it came out of a fairy tale treasury, though much it's more reminiscent of the Grimm Brothers' versions than any watered-down children's story (that is, there's rather a lot of sex, fairy tale language or no).
Distractions - Elsha
HP, Theodore Nott & OFC
Summary: Theodore Nott would like to forget a future he doesn't want - and music has always provided a distraction. Anne Fairleigh just wants the chance to practice her flute in peace. But a chance friendship between pureblood Slytherin and Muggle-born Hufflepuff soon raises the very questions Theodore has been avoiding and Anne never thought to ask.
snarkhunter rec'ced this to me months ago, and it is so, so, so excellent. It addresses one of my biggest quibbles with Hogwarts (don't these people have any hobbies?), deals with one of my favorite subjects (divided loyalties and the war, yay!) and is completely engrossing. Anne is probably my favorite original character in all of fanfic, and Theo takes on wonderful depth. Elsha also fleshes out the Hufflepuffs and Slytherins in ways that we haven't (and probably won't) see in canon.
"Distractions" is the first story (starting in fifth year), and the subsequent stories in the universe -- Discussions, Discoveries, Distinctions, Disadvantages, and Disavowals -- are now up to the beginning of seventh year. Each story stands alone, and although the series is still in progress, chapters are updated fairly regularly.
Unfinished Business - cupiscent
HP, Harry/Draco, R
Summary: Ten years after the War ends, Harry and Draco still haven't got their act together. But maybe it's not too late.
Dude. It's post-war Harry/Draco with angst and an obligala and snotty!Draco and an obligala and smut. So much fun. Hermione, Ron, and Ginny are pretty awesome in this too. And also, OBLIGALA.
The Lodger - Mad Martha
HP, Harry/Draco, Ron/Hermione, PG
Summary: Harry takes in a lodger.
I love post-war stories. Especially this one, because Harry and Draco are both fucked up and broken and cranky all the time but then there's this grudging respect and ... oh, just go read it.