Friday, March 7, 2014

Harry Potter and the Betrothal Contract

A Must Read Harry and Daphne Fanfiction!

"Harry and Daphne Greengrass find out their parents put together a marriage contract when they were born, now they must deal with it."

I'm sure you've all seen this type of story done before; the stories where Harry Potter suddenly finds himself bound by a marriage contract with no loopholes or clauses that can get him out of this mess. It's a trope that's been done to death in HP fanfiction and, more often then not, when fanfictions where Harry is forced into a marriage contract it's usually more than one contract. 

Yeah, most of these fanfics are the "Harry Potter finds himself in a marriage contract with multiple women that he must marry or all of his titles as the Heads of House Potter, Peverell, Black, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Merlin, Le Fay, and Dragonborn or risk losing all his magic" type stories. Most of these stories also make Harry so disgustingly perfect that every girl who finds out she's going to be married to Harry and forced to share him with upwards of 20 other women have no trouble with this. In fact, they all just found out they're bisexual and wouldn't mind getting to know there "Sister wives" better, if you know what I mean.

I believe this is the part where I'm supposed to go *wink wink nudge nudge* or something. Fortunately for you, I won't.

Also fortunately for all of you, Harry Potter and the Betrothal Contract does not do this. There is no random haremization for the purpose of acting like some kind of Wish Fulfillment for angsty teenagers who think having a harem is awesome. It is, quite possibly, the most well-done Marriage Contract fanfiction I have read to date.

The story starts off right near the end of end of fifth year. Daphne Greengrass comes home from Hogwarts to discover that she's in a Marriage Contract with none other than Harry Potter. Unfortunately for Harry, Daphne wants absolutely nothing to do with him. It is a very good thing, then, that Harry wants nothing to do with Daphne either. Despite this mutual desire not to marry one another, they are forced to accept the fact that they are going bound to be married regardless of their wishes, and must muddle through a relationship born from actions beyond their control in the hopes of seeing if there is any chance for either of them to be happy.

Right at the beginning of the story you can see that there is conflict. This is something that differentiates Harry Potter and the Betrothal Contract from other, poorer quality marriage contract stories. One of the most important elements of any story is conflict, and this one has that in spades.

Another facet about this tale told by James Spookie is that the story does not follow the canon plotline very closely, if at all. In fact, canon has almost nothing to do with this story beyond a few key elements like Harry Potter being a Hocrux. This alone makes the fanfiction worth reading. The fact that the story is filled to the brim with conflict, drama, "Aww" moments and a climactic ending are simply the icing on the cake.

Overall, I would rate this story a 9/10 for its English, Grammar and Originality, and would firmly suggest to everyone here that they read this story if they have not already done so.