[HP – Draco/Harry] Duinn-Fionn – A Thousand Beautiful Things

Title: A Thousand Beautiful Things
Author: Duinn-Fionn
Rating: R || Status: Complete
Summary: Draco Malfoy struggles with changed fortunes, shifted alliances, an ugly war, and an unusual spell, with the help of a concerned professor, an insightful house-elf, and an unexpected Gryffindor friend.

A Thousand Beautiful Things @ Skyehawke

This one is a classic (does four-ish years count as “classic”?) and is AMAZING.

I like how the Jilted Lover’s Curse is forshadowed in the beginning, when Draco and his father were talking in his study and how the cure is foreshadowed even before that scene. It’s funny how, when they’re talking in the study, Draco doesn’t understand the curse because he likes instant gratification. And then, the scene when Lucius curses Harry…!

Confusion stormed through Draco. “But…why?”

Father and son were stopped in the path, ignoring Potter, who was walking away, innocent of what had just happened. The whole scene had taken on an air of unreality in Draco’s racing mind. The expression on his father’s face at that moment struck him as frighteningly intimate and so familiar – full of confidence, arrogance, self-possession – in so many ways typifying the unwritten Malfoy code.

“Why? Well, Draco, I suppose it’s because I wanted to.” He said it almost casually, as if he spoke of something as meaningless as his preference in wines, or cloaks, or music. Then Lucius’ voice dropped and he almost whispered the next words, as though he were confiding a dark secret. “Because I can.”

There’s something just so chilling about “Because I can“. There’s so much to that response and I loved how, in the next scene Draco is antagonizing over those words, because I’m sure we all were. XP

I love that Draco’s thought-process, and his eventual decision to switch sides and going to Snape. And then, training to be a spy and his crush on Snape…! XP And then, when it was time to leave, there was the Draco and Harry encounter!

Potter didn’t smell like spices or remind Draco of seasons past; he smelled like soap and skin, just like any other boy. His mouth didn’t taste of exotic wines or expensive sweets; he tasted no different than anyone else Draco had kissed. He didn’t kiss with consummate skill or dazzling technique, but he did kiss with fire and passion, and Draco let it capture him completely.

I really like this part, lol. Probably because it’s sappy in a non-sappy way? If that makes any sense, haha.

Veritaserum being used on both sides seems obvious, but at the same time, it’s kinda like, how do they always have it? I mean, a potion like that, I don’t remember if it was mentioned in the books, but I would think that it would be a hard potion to brew. But then again, maybe that’s just me. And also, being Oblivated on the constant basis can’t be good for you either.. But anyway, the part where Dean betrays Seamus — GOD, that’s harsh. And then to have to live with that guilt… =(

I’m gonna stop writing this rec as I re-read, since there’ll be talking about everything if I do, lol. I’ll just leave off with the theme of scarifice throughout the fic.

Scarifice was mentioned from the beginning of the fic — Lucius scarificing Draco in favor of his own personal gains; Draco sacrificing his future to become a spy for the Order; Draco sacrificing his voice and his home in order to help cure Harry.

I feel so much for much for Draco since he gave up so much throughout the fic, but at the same time, it’s gratifying to see Draco redeemed, especially since he wasn’t given that opportunity in the series. I just love this fic A LOT and I’ve gone back to reread it plenty of times (obviously right now is one of those times, haha).


Also, last note, there is a sequel and some other fics in the ‘verse, though A Thousand Beautiful Things works well on its own. (I’ve read the others and it’s nice to have a continuation, but I like this one is best of the ‘verse).

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[HP - Draco/Harry] Duinn-Fionn – A Thousand Beautiful Things, 9.7 out of 10 based on 3 ratings
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