This is the first fan-fic I’ve read since the first James Potter book. A friend with a sense of the kinds of things I might be looking to read helped me compile a list of things to check out, and I randomly selected this one. Arresto Momentum was written by user Captainraychill for FanFiction.net.
I nearly didn’t continue after reading the title–for some reason “Arresto” is misspelled in the title, which seemed to me to be a glaring error suggesting the author was not as well-versed in Harry Potter as I would have hoped. Since I intend to be picky with the fan-fiction I choose to read, this almost put me off completely. I’m not sure if there’s a reason for the misspelling or why it hasn’t been corrected yet, but I decided to give it a shot, anyway. I’m glad I did.
Captainraychill has a flawless grasp of the English language, which is a requirement for me to continue with any fic. After reading a couple of paragraphs, or maybe just a few lines, I was content to move forward.
This fic was my first introduction to the “Dramione” pairing. (I knew that it existed, of course, but I had never ventured into those waters.) As such, it had to undo a canon pairing. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this at first, because there was no real explanation given for why this pairing no longer existed, or whether it ever had. I didn’t have time to worry about any possible plot holes, however, as the story moved swiftly and neatly forward and I realized this was intended to be an alternate universe in which the canon pairing did not exist.
The story itself was well-told and sentimental. Reluctant to put it down, I read through it all in one sitting. I enjoyed the concept of Draco’s “Mind Palace” of sorts (and wonder if Captainraychill is a Sherlock fan). For the most part, I think the writer had a good grasp of the characters. They felt like themselves to me; I could picture them saying most of their lines.
I was nervous about getting to the sexier parts of the story. I am obviously aware that fan-fiction exists in large part to fulfill such fantasies, and I admittedly hold this stereotype that much of it is written by inexperienced pre-teens. I needn’t have worried. Captainraychill is not an inexperienced pre-teen and the scenes flowed perfectly. They were believable and did not feel tacked on, but were woven seamlessly into the narrative. And I have to say, I emerged from Arresto Momentum a Dramione shipper, so kudos to her for making me feel something a bit forbidden that I didn’t know I could feel.
This gets my stamp of approval.