May 16th, 2016

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The Best Defence by JoIsBishMyoga (PG-13)

Title: The Best Defence
Fandom: Harry Potter / Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Crossover, AU, Friendship,
Length:  Super-Epic (205 000 words)
Warnings:

Author on LJ: joisbishmyoga
Author Website: AO3 ff.net tumblr

Author’s Summary:
In the wake of Cedric Diggory's death, after another Dark Tournament in Japan, Koenma discovers problems in the Wizarding World. Who to send but his team, undercover and under false pretenses? New magic and new companionships, as the Reikai Tantei are set loose on Hogwarts.

(This story was written and plotted before the publication of Order of the Phoenix, and will not include Horcruxes, Hallows, etc. It is AU after Goblet of Fire.)

Review:

This fic is based on possibly the most common Harry Potter crossover premise; the crossover series' characters attending Hogwarts in the hope of eventually fighting Voldemort. The set-up for this form of crossover is almost always interesting to me, but The Best Defence evokes the visceral wonder of early Harry Potter especially well, despite being about characters who are more jaded than Harry.

It follows up with complex original plot, with events occurring spread out over the whole year. The descriptions conjure up vivid impressions of night-time corridors and shopping bustle, changing weather and school celebrations. Little details of place and attitude are scattered through, insightful and fitting the two canons in a very satisfying manner. (The downside of this is that when the story clashes with my impressions, through differing headcanon or lacking details revealed in later books, it can be quite jarring. I don't usuallly get so invested in fic.)

I particularly like the characters of Draco, Hiei and Kurama, who get considerable focus. Draco is canny about politics as well as the bullying brat of canon. Hiei is embroiled in an internal war about whether to let himself reach out to others. Kurama is experienced, smart and ruthless, but also frequently hampered by his own pride, perfectionism and plots.

The main flaws of The Best Defence are that it's not very accessible to people not familiar with both canons and that it has about as many unresolved plot threads as any Harry Potter book, but the sequel is abandoned.

The Best Defence (AO3)
Alternate Version on LJ
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