The first story in the new Buried Gems series is the very first fanfiction story I've ever read. Okay, that's not quite right, it's the second since the first fanfiction story I've ever read was the German translation of this story.
I'm talking about Melindaleo's The Seventh Horcrux.
The Seventh Horcrux continues where HBP ended. The story has been published before DH. To my knowledge, the story was even traded in the internet as the leaked copy of DH. I'm not sure if this is just a legend because I started reading fanfiction about 8 years after The Seventh Horcrux had been released in 2006.
What is The Seventh Horcrux about? I think the summary explains it very well:
The hunt for the Horcruxes begins. Harry has to decide who to trust as he moves closer to fulfilling his destiny. Will he be able to find and destroy all the Horcruxes? And at what price? Will he be able to find the strength within himself "the Power the Dark Lord Knows Not" in order to succeed in vanquishing Voldemort? And, can he do it and still get the girl? Join Harry and his faithful friends on their quest to finally defeat a Dark Lord.
I remember very well that the 'and still get the girl' immediately caught my attention. Would Harry really ask Ginny to take him back?
Why do I like the story so much...and where do I start without giving too much away?
Well, the first reason is that I think the story is very well written, I immediately felt transported back to the Harry Potter universe. The second reason are the many little loving details that, to my astonishment, had many similarities with things I've read in DH, although the plot is very different from DH. The most important reason, however, is that Ginny plays a much bigger role in The Seventh Horcrux than in DH.
Of course, there is also a Horcrux hunt in The Seventh Horcrux, and, of course, it is completely different than in DH, which is understandable considering that DH was released later.
I don't want to reveal too much, but (spoiler alert!) in the end Harry wins against Voldemort, and...oh, I can't remember...did he really get the girl?
What do you think about The Seventh Horcrux?
Oh, and please don't hesitate to correct me if I wrote something wrong.
And what is your favourite buried gem? Just send me a PM with a short description of the story.
edit (2nd May 2018):
Since the SIYE PM function sometimes delivers empty messages only, please feel free to send me an email with your suggestions: Gin110881@yahoo.com.
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