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In a world where Neville is the Boy-Who-Lived, Harry still grows up with the Dursleys, but he learns to be more private about what matters to him. When McGonagall comes to give him his letter, she also unwittingly gives Harry both a new quest and a new passion: Transfiguration. But while Harry deliberately hides his growing skills, Minerva worries more and more about the m In a world where Neville is the Boy-Who-Lived, Harry still grows up with the Dursleys, but he learns to be more private about what matters to him. When McGonagall comes to give him his letter, she also unwittingly gives Harry both a new quest and a new passion: Transfiguration. But while Harry deliberately hides his growing skills, Minerva worries more and more about the mysterious, brilliant student writing to her who may be venturing into dangerous magical territory.


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In a world where Neville is the Boy-Who-Lived, Harry still grows up with the Dursleys, but he learns to be more private about what matters to him. When McGonagall comes to give him his letter, she also unwittingly gives Harry both a new quest and a new passion: Transfiguration. But while Harry deliberately hides his growing skills, Minerva worries more and more about the m In a world where Neville is the Boy-Who-Lived, Harry still grows up with the Dursleys, but he learns to be more private about what matters to him. When McGonagall comes to give him his letter, she also unwittingly gives Harry both a new quest and a new passion: Transfiguration. But while Harry deliberately hides his growing skills, Minerva worries more and more about the mysterious, brilliant student writing to her who may be venturing into dangerous magical territory.

35 review for The Art of Self-Fashioning

  1. 5 out of 5

    mirabilos

    This is… icky at times. Impossible to rate. Mature read, but in a totally different way from the usual. Morally… tricky.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shayan Kh

    3.5 stars. Reading this fanfiction was such a weird experience for me. I usually hate these kinds of fanfictions or protagonists. But it is so well written that I couldn't put it down, and I liked it a lot. It is a unique fanfiction, and I do recommend it to people who are tired of the same overused tropes in their fanfics. 3.5 stars. Reading this fanfiction was such a weird experience for me. I usually hate these kinds of fanfictions or protagonists. But it is so well written that I couldn't put it down, and I liked it a lot. It is a unique fanfiction, and I do recommend it to people who are tired of the same overused tropes in their fanfics.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Major spoilers. Why didn’t Harry transfigure a basilisk fang or another powerful poisonous creature to destroy the Horcrux if he can make powerful creatures that are loyal to him? I realized I had no more excuses to make after I asked myself this question at that point in the book. This fanfic had become far too illogical. I hated Terry from the start. Terry is an annoying guy who feels the right to know everything. He’s basically an alternate boy Ravenclaw version of Hermione. Why is he trusted Major spoilers. Why didn’t Harry transfigure a basilisk fang or another powerful poisonous creature to destroy the Horcrux if he can make powerful creatures that are loyal to him? I realized I had no more excuses to make after I asked myself this question at that point in the book. This fanfic had become far too illogical. I hated Terry from the start. Terry is an annoying guy who feels the right to know everything. He’s basically an alternate boy Ravenclaw version of Hermione. Why is he trusted and central to the plot? Why is his need to know absolutely everything about Harry and his illegal activities tolerated by everyone? Their "friendship" is just Terry forcing his way into and out of Harrys business on repeat. Harrys feelings toward him consist of Harry being annoyed or confused by Terry trying to force him to do things he doesn’t want to do. As the author generally writes slash, I assume he was suppose to be a love interest. However, he is 100% an emotional manipulator who wore his way into Harry’s confidences by doling out guilt and undermining him. I really don’t understand Terrys role in this kind of story. Especially because Hermione or Ron could’ve been mildly adjusted into filling this role as Harrys randomly ignored biggest enemy pretending to be a friend (they fill this exact role towards Neville but with less pushback). Why go though the trouble of creating Terry for nothing. Especially since even Terry doesn’t seem to want this job most of the time! Which leads to the crux of the issue: it’s impossible for this friendship to exist. Terry dislikes who Harry is as a person. Harry dislikes Terrys attempts to change him and live vicariously through him. How did this form into a very intimate friendship? Why did the author create him? For pointless drama followed by a "dramatic" death (caused by an illogical sequence of events that contradicts established plot elements) and more shallow dramatics. Or as reader insert. Or for the lulz. THEN REGULUS DIES IN THE SAME STUPID MANNER. Harry is about caution and stealth and cunning and curing his parents most of all. Regulus is all of those things but healing Harry rather his parents. Harry has an unlimited amount of highly versatile deadly animals at his disposal and experience using them. Regulus has years of experience in Surviving. The "plan"? Rush into a known ambush alone and self destruct to escape. Harry then (contradicting established plot elements) wishes he could’ve sacrificed himself instead in a heartfelt conversation IN THE MIDDLE OF COMBAT. Why go though the trouble of making perfectly good characters if you’re just going to take away their characteristics for cheap drama? The only consolation is that at least this contrived death event was for a purpose. I would’ve preferred the more meaningful way of purposefully healing Harry established before, but I get that the author stalled/abandoned it at some point (likely without fully realizing) and needed a quick fix. Also, Voldemorts actions don’t make sense if what he fears most is death. He also is shown to fear Harry but that isn’t enough for him to recklessly pursue someone he knows is able to defeat him. It actually makes less sense. And for him to use his last Horcrux as a trap and otherwise leaving it defenseless? Really odd behavior. Same level of odd behaviors that other characters show often. Does the author believe humans are so mercurial? But now I’m just nitpicking. I’m just disappointed about the depth this novel lost somewhere along the way. Maybe the author struggled to finish this and only did so for the sake of their readers. I also struggled to finish this, but unlike the author I didn’t have loyal fans to motivate me. I’m dropping this here. Maybe I’ll skim the last few chapter to find out what happens to his parents in the future. - Dropped Ch 60/65 Edit: I skimmed the last few chapter and they were much better. Mostly because they were a reflection of the beginning. I would’ve preferred not to wait until the very end for everything to come together at once. This would’ve been a much better story if the author didn’t want to make the entire middle an endless struggle to get to a few paragraphs worth of achievements. A more realistic story too. I would’ve liked parent drama and plot depth on the acceptance of Harry’s inhumanity over Terry drama, back and forth about how inhuman Harry is, and other randomness.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Soham Panchamiya

    It's a fun read but boy does it get bogged down in internal monologuing a lot. Overall, a great ride and a fun examination of magical theory for hardcore fantasy lovers (which I enjoyed a great deal). Characters were well drawn out and explicably diverged from canon. I think the obstacles weren't challenging enough and Harry always won no matter what, which got a bit dull as the fic was winding down because it robbed the ending of any stakes. But still, a great time-waster regardless. It's a fun read but boy does it get bogged down in internal monologuing a lot. Overall, a great ride and a fun examination of magical theory for hardcore fantasy lovers (which I enjoyed a great deal). Characters were well drawn out and explicably diverged from canon. I think the obstacles weren't challenging enough and Harry always won no matter what, which got a bit dull as the fic was winding down because it robbed the ending of any stakes. But still, a great time-waster regardless.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sunjay Hauntingston

    Should have been gayer

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hpstrangelove

    Long, alternate universe story. Very enjoyable, especially how it challenged canon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ellena

    world building was 10/10 the fic itself was not really my type but regulus 🥺

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yongqing Lin

  9. 4 out of 5

    IanWAA

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mitticus

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daemondice

  12. 4 out of 5

    İsmail

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Baron

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alix

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  17. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anaira

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bar

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  23. 5 out of 5

    fabricofbooks

  24. 5 out of 5

    Flynn

  25. 4 out of 5

    A

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aura

  28. 5 out of 5

    ReadingFrog

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pr!ya

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maiko-chan [|]

  31. 4 out of 5

    Megan Nice

  32. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Jenkins

  33. 4 out of 5

    Stine

  34. 5 out of 5

    Hilde Helseth

  35. 5 out of 5

    Rebeca

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