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18 December 2009 @ 12:00 am
Author: melusinahp
Recipient: pink_mint
Title: Draco Malfoy's Travelling Theatre of the Strange and Spectacular
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, various other pairings
Summary: "I welcome you to Draco Malfoy's Travelling Theatre of the Strange and Spectacular. Hold onto your seats, for this is not entertainment for the faint of heart. You will see both amazing spectacles and shocking displays. Get out your smelling salts, uncap your Firewhisky bottles -- it's going to be an evening you'll never forget."
Rating: NC-17
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): Magical accidents and catastrophes, infidelity
Epilogue compliant? EWE
Word Count: 27,500
Author's Notes: Love and gratitude to M and B for their beta work.

( Draco Malfoy's Travelling Theatre of the Strange and Spectacular )
Kieranfilmatleven on December 18th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)

Dennis just kept making me laugh SO HARD
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Darry Willis: Dramaramanursedarry on December 18th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Wow, what a plot and what a twist! And I don't think I'll ever look at chocolate sauce the same way again... Mmmmm.
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Reiko K.reikokatsura on December 18th, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Ah.... *sighs* I have terribly mixed feelings about this. Whilst I enjoyed the plot very much, I didn't very much care for the characters (Draco, Teddy, Ron, and Hermione exempted). At all. The whole issue between Harry, Ginny, and Neville was, well, more than just a little off-putting. I hate, hate, hate pushover!Harry. There should have definitely been more emotion between these three characters. I don't think it's possible for a human being to be so "good" (not the right word, but I can't seem to think of it at the moment). Well, unless they're mentally ill or something. There should have definitely been more anger on Harry's part. And Neville! God! How could Harry have NOT been angry at him? Bloody impossible. The ending, especially, killed me. Harry was to passive, and I felt it did nothing to make him appeal to me as a more interesting character. It just didn't work. I love Drama, but am so picky with it. It's easy to over-dramatize conflict, and while that is annoying, under-dramatizing it is just as unattractive.


So yeah, my feelings for this lean towards 'dislike', but it really has nothing to do with how nicely it was written or the flow of it (which was rather nice).

Sorry, m'dear.

Still, thanks for this. It made for an interesting read. Aggravating. But very interesting. I really liked Harry and Draco's relationship.
(Anonymous) on December 18th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
I really appreciate your honestly.

Here's my take:

After what had just happened with Draco, being angry with Neville or Ginny would have felt hypocritical for Harry. Plus, Ginny had just handed him the out he desperately wanted, but hadn't yet been able to admit to himself that he wanted. He wasn't being 'nice', he was grabbing on to chance not to have to be the bad guy and run out on his commitments. He didn't want to be with Ginny any more, so in a backhanded kind of way, Neville had done him a huge favour. The only reason for him to flip out in anger would have been a very misguided and counter-productive feeling of possessiveness towards Ginny.

And his anger did surface eventually. I just took a while and specific circumstances for him to allow himself to feel it.
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boy, why are you crying?: <3 harry/dracoashe_frost on December 18th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
I really liked this.. It was incredibly well written and it made sense to me in a lot of ways. I usually am not a fan of cheating Harry or Ginny, but like I said.. It made sense and I was able to grab onto it and keep going and think, "Oh, of course this is how that would go."

The plot was fantastic and I really loved Dennis. Me, Dennis, a vial of polyjuice and about 45 minutes, please? Sasha can join in, as well, if he wishes. I'm not picky. =)

I liked Harry being annoyed with Dennis and Draco's pub and the fact that you addressed Marietta Edgecomb, because as much as I like Hermione, I have always hated that no one called her out for that, and that she's completely unrepentant and basically ruined this girl's life over being a tattletale and no one seems to remember that it even mattered.

Also a big fan of the slow but quick and not-so-easy way Harry and Draco fell for one another. And that not everything ended up perfect. Because not everything does.

Great job with this! It was really amazing.
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let's get the seven lines.: A darkness in the weather of the eyebookshop on December 18th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC)

Whatever, THIS FIC WAS AWESOME. I loved it. I lol'ed a bunch, loved harry and ginny's hilarious attempts to keep the sex life going, loved dennis, loved the scorching h/d chemistry and the even hotter sex, loved the flirting and touching and desire between them and the fabulously heady way they recaptured their old obsession. The writing was tight and the pacing was great, and everyone felt extremely believable. I didn't think I'd like Draco morphing into Darren Shan either but you made me love it. And the sex was great.
. kristina .save_le_empire on December 18th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)

I think this should be the new HD motto, yeah? >:D
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fireflavoredfireflavored on December 18th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Oh, my, I enjoyed this immensely. You have a wonderful, playful way with language that had me smiling immediately and kept me doing so, even through the more serious moments. Dennis was hilarious. I think I have a crush on him now :)

This may seem like an odd line to pick out, but this is a perfect example of why I liked this story so much:

Harry found the idea of Malfoy being gay mysteriously agitating. *g*
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. kristina .save_le_empire on December 18th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
This is so beautiful! I love how you highlighted the different types of "freaks" and that it was never centered on Harry, Draco, or the theatre group as being more or less than each other, and especially more or less than the "blands". They were just different. Beautiful meaning, and delicious sex. I've been having trouble envisioning Draco for some reason lately (is that just me that gets like that?) and this story just made it really easy to see him, if that makes any sense. I think it was the little things, such as right before Draco ties Harry up and he's just leaning over him- that stood out so strongly in my mind, I swear I could feel his arms shaking, too.

I've never given Dennis a backwards glance, so thankyouthankyou for taking a minor character and using him in a role that many other's have been used over and over again :D The theatre setup, the colours, the show, and dry humour and personalities of EVERYONE involved are just so.. FRESH. This has been a wonderful and original read! Thank you so much for going out on a limb with a lot of the plot <3 Gorgeous!
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Jacquelinepink_mint on December 18th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
Oh! I must get to bed, my eyes are drooping, but first I absolutely have to say ...


Proper review and love and thanks will be coming tomorrow!
Jacquelinepink_mint on December 19th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
I am so enthralled and in love with this story!! Thank you for everything! There’s so many things I’d like to touch upon. Where to start?

Well, it opens with humor, so I'll begin by saying the humor in this was BRILLIANT. Seriously funny stuff, here - I was laughing straight through most of it! And before I get to Harry and Draco, I have to talk about my other two favorite characters in this story:

Dennis. Dennis was genius. I LOVE the Creeveys (poor, darling Colin), and you've written Dennis the best I've ever read. I can't count how many times I laughed. I'm still laughing, right now as I type this! The dialogue and gestures you gave him, such as pecking Harry on the cheek, were hilarious whilst not at all over the top where it would become not enjoyable. Draco flirting back with Dennis, though, just about takes the cake! ♥ And I was thoroughly entertained by how you incorporated him into the main mystery plot and put wings on him. Also, the way he rescued Harry, soaring down like that - major laughter!! :D

Sasha was fabulous. Tentacles!!! I just so happen to adore the name Sasha, too. The little touches like the saltwater smell and his little pouf furniture Harry and Draco had to sit uncomfortably on made it even more immersing. The fact that Dennis was attracted to him and Harry thought he was completely mental was delightful! Oooh, I'd love to read their sex scenes! When Sasha came wriggling up to Dennis at the end, it was so endearing. I loved the pair.

I think you took two risks with the plot: the sort of graphic scenes between Harry and Ginny and infidelity, and I am thrilled you did. Harry and Ginny’s relationship was very realistic and evoked much sympathy. Usually I don’t care for a Harry who’s not very good in bed, I like him to be at least confident if not perfect, but your Harry was so endearing and sweet, and then … well … he’s very sexy later, with Draco. And again, with your great humor, both the chocolate sauce and the foray into BDSM had me giggling and highly amused!

Which reminds me, Ron and Hermione with their spicy love life - oh my God, simply loved that as well!!

Also, there's something magical about that sentence, the one just after Ginny leaves to go to Neville. As soon as I read the word snow, I threw my arms up and felt a tiny chill as I let out a cheer!

The overall plot worked so well. It was mysterious and a bit eerie which makes a wonderful setting and theme and really brought the whole thing together. And … I didn’t like her and was suspicious from the first introduction! HAH! I’m so glad she was the culprit!

The relationship between Harry and Draco was electric and sparking from the first moment Harry entered his tent (and their stand-off glare was another point of laughter) to the positively searing ending kiss out in the rain and lightening (you absolutely nailed my thing for storms, which you probably didn't even know I had).

I always enjoy when Harry and Draco rough each other up, and this was no less spectacular. Each punch thrown, each tense word was magnificent, with all the charged, bubbling feeling and harsh action. The pacing gave it perfect, springy tension, just what I love, throughout the entire story, from beginning to end. And I have to mention, the additional cosmetic magic to soften Draco's nose, and Harry, of course, refusing to pay the bill - how brilliant was that??

Christmas couldn’t have been any lovelier. Draco in his fantastically decorated caravan, drinking, listening to Celestina Warbeck on the wireless and all around miserable? Just what I, I suppose rather morbidly (really, I’m always happy around the holidays), like! And Harry, emotional from having been sent a scrumptious Weasley dinner through the floo, deciding to go to the pub Draco frequented (wanting to see him, of course! ;) ), receiving desperately unwanted attention and then screwing it all and going to Draco directly. Once together, though, their night was made special ...
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prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on December 18th, 2009 10:39 am (UTC)
Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?
That was fucking brilliant. Harry was Harry, and Malfoy was wonderful, the sex was gorgeous, and the side-serving of implied Denis/Sasha tentacle!smut was to die for.
Will you marry me?
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ayurubieayurubie on December 18th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC)
this definitely made my day. the author really put alot in to it :)
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dornfelderdornfelder on December 18th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
I really loved this. Your OC's were fantastic, as was Dennis Creevey. Harry and Ginny had my heart break a little.

The ending made me want to punch Harry, too. So stubborn that he didn't even realise he was hurting all of them. And the way I see it, he didn't really make the decision FOR DRACO, but because Neville was clever enough to see what's right. I was a little disappointed, but on the other hand, Harry had gone through a lot of bull.... during the last few days.

I loved the circus and all the employees. Imo, you could have mentioned a little more ot Harry's and Dennis' inverstigation. It looks as if they only inverstigate when an attack has just happened.

On the whole, it was one of the stories I liked best so far, especially your Draco, who's so IC, strong and vulnerable, and the noxe-fixing bill was just great, as was the Incarcerous. :-)

Thanks for writing this!

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OkyDoky: Dracookydoky on December 18th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Loved this! Completely brilliant" I have no words! :D
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maggie: tencales need lovemarguerite_26 on December 18th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I adore, adore, adore this fic!!!!

It's wonderfully original! I loved Dennis. His characterisation will stay in my mind for a very, very long time. OMG! Tentacle!Sex!!! Marry me? pls?

And Harry is fabulous. The way you showed the het sex... God, that was well done. Not 'het sex is Evol! Harry is Gay!' but that it just didn't work with them. And they tried and Ginny was trying and so was Harry and yeah... not meant to be! and that's ok. That happens in RL, too.

So Harry's 'numbness' at finding out Ginny cheated on him is so very understandable. They are BOTH frustrated and confused and wanting it to be better, but Harry fell into bed with Draco, so it's very real that he could understand that Ginny fell into bed with Neville - though yeah - it would take sometime to process all those thoughts.

I LOVE how Ron defended Harry to his sister and how HArry was all uncomfortable with that because he is totally not blameless. Their marriage wasn't working and no one should take the full blame. And then OMG!!! the twist of the pregnancy! That was just a punch in the gut and YES!!! Harry was so very IC to react the way he did. He did the "right thing" in his own mind and it was heartbreaking for everyone. I'm just so thrilled he listened to reason in the end. YAY! fabulous, original twist. *squishes it*

Oh, then there's the sex. suspensionroughbjfuckinghisthroatbondage *flails* OH! and Harry coming too early and leaving Draco to fend for himself!! *flails*

er. I'm going to stop there. :P

Oh! and the circus folk!! Lavender!! who I totally thought was going to be the culprit!! OMG1 she was fab. and Merrietta (sp?) fjjfldsjl!!! BRILLIANT. ok, i'm really stopping now. :D

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Chemmel D.: I want to know all about you.insaneformality on December 18th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Lovely. This was nice mix of humor, hot sex and plot. I liked Harry and Draco's relationship, Harry punching Draco after their first sex scene and Draco giving him the St Mungo's bill. That is something I can see happening.

Dennis was wonderful with all his enthusiasm, Sasha romance and his You don't have to mention your wife every time my sexuality comes up, Harry. Other supporting characters were great, too. I loved Lanvender's future reading scene. And that scene where they were thinking about checking all wands for Incarcerous was priceless. Well done.
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Sandrine: Harry/Dracosandrine on December 18th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Here via bookshop's rec. I haven't really been reading any HP fic lately, but I'm so glad I gave this one a go, because it was so very awesome. ♥ Not to mention insanely hot!
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Lindsay: Full Contact Sportlavillanueva on December 18th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
I totally loved this. You actually made me care about the plot, which is unusual 'cause usually I'm all, whatever, are they having sex yet? :D But I was completely engrossed in the mystery and trying to figure out who did it (I had Lavender pegged, but of course was wrong. You brilliant misdirectionist, you!)

But beyond that, I really enjoyed the path Harry and Draco's relationship took. I'm a sucker for romance stories that play out over multiple sex scenes, not only because I like the smut (which I do) but because it feels more honest, especially where two men are concerned. Plus the tone of the sex - first violent attraction, then simple desire, then growing trust and affection, and finally something like love - is a fantastic way to demonstrate the changing nature of their relationship without having to tell us "Harry felt a violent attraction. Harry was starting to fall in love." and so on. I like that you trusted the reader enough to not spell everything out for us, let us take part in the story rather than simply have it told to us.

Plus, you know. It was really hot. :D (omg, bondage + blow jobs = dead Lindsay. Dead from hot.)

Oh, oh! And I have to compliment (is that the right word?) you on your portrayal of Harry and Ginny's sex life. That is pretty much exactly how I imagine it playing out - Harry loving her and wanting so badly to make everything good for, but not being able to. Given the situation, I found the infidelity - by both parties - to be completely understandable. Actually, I found everyone to be note-perfect in terms of characterization, but Harry was a stand-out. His pain and uncertainty and his drive to do the right thing, even when it's not exactly what he wants, were heartbreaking. It makes me so happy when he finds something that excites him the way Draco does here.

So, you know, I liked it. Kind of a lot. ♥
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Alexisjapanimecrazed on December 18th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
This was wonderful. It's the best H/D fic I've read in a long time. I particularly liked the way you wrote Harry's attraction to Draco in the beginning. His denial seemed very realistic. Also, Dennis was awesome.
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kc.loftily on December 18th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I loved this fic so much! The H/D energy was great, and some of your lines were amazing. And yes, the face punching was memorable, but this was for sure my favorite exchange:

"Malfoy," Harry whispered.

More shocked silence, then, "You're shagging Narcissa Malfoy? Isn't she a bit old for you?"

SO. AWESOME. Plus, I was just telling Aja how it is ridiculous that Dennis Creevey is so overused in H/D fics, but then he works perfectly in this fic and you made me totally love him! And I loved the whole bit where Teddy is whining that he is too old for the circus, then totally falls in love and decides he wants to be a freak when he grows up. This fic is so lovely, I adore it.

A tremor ran through Draco's shoulders and arms. "Merlin, Potter. You really are an enormous freak."

"Am I?" Harry moved closer and slid his arms around Draco. "I thought I was a wizard of unusual talent."

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Stéphdragenphly on December 18th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this very much. I found both of them to be very in-character, and the banter was lovely! I was intrigued by the plot, and even enjoyed a hyper-active Dennis. Also, I liked Ron and Hermione's place, and though I had issues with your Ginny I liked the bit in the beginning, with the sauce. Neville, however, I wanted to smite. With a big sword. See how he likes it. Absolutely a great read! Thanks for this!
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anexianaanexiana on December 18th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Ahh! This is such awesomeness, I can't help but love it. It was crazy and I probably read it a little too fast. I'll go back and read slower again. =) But anyways, Dennis was great! So funny! In fact, all your characters were just so much fun to read. And I love how your Harry and Draco made me smile like crazy from the sweetness and hotness of their relationship amidst all the hilarity.

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furloughday: king of the castlefurloughday on December 18th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but lines like this really throw me now:

Great story!
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jtsbbsps_dkjtsbbsps_dk on December 18th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)





All the characters, the original as well, are fantastic! And I freaking LOVE DENNIS!!! :DD

I've enjoyed reading this so so so so SO much!!!

And HOLY GAWD! O_O That was the hottest sex scenes I've read in a LOOONG time!!! I could contaminate the hols with TMI - I'm not going to, but know that I could - it was that hot!!!

And Ginny, Ron, Hermione, Teddy, everyone was fabulous!
And Draco is bloody gorgeous!

Amazing, amazing fic! ♥
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hitsuzen_himehitsuzen_hime on December 18th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm in Hell... and my Auror partner is Dennis Creevey.. but the main point is that I'm in hell.

While punching in the face was all well and good in a pub after eight Firewhiskies, it would look a bit gauche under the current circumstances. Also, Kingsley would be annoyed. I love you more than chocolate for this line, the notion that pissing off the Minister of Magic comes in a close second to being gauche! asldfjalskdfjaiefjoiahf!

Dennis Creevey finding true loves in the arms of a squiddy?! MADE OF WIN! (And pratically cannon when you get right down to it.. Dennis was always pretty close to the giant squid)

SelfRightous!Hermione, Clueless!Ron, Iwannabeafreak!Teddy!!!!! Which is amazing in that he could be one HELLUVA freak as a metamorphagus!

The only part that didn't sit well with me? Neville sitting in a bar having a drink with the husband and the sister of the woman he's fucking.... that's just a bit too OOC, not that I cant see him and Gin having an affair, but having drinks with Harry and Ron whilst having an affair just seems a little too heartless for Nev IMOP.

Still not sure how I feel about Nev showing up to demand that Harry give up his child and then having Harry actually capitulate. That's something I need to think about a bit more, Granted Harry will be 'Dad' and get to do all the Dad things. But the idea of Harry letting go of his CHILD, the only child of his body that he will ever have now that he's with Malfoy, that's just well... a little bit too much. I think even with the relationships you've outlined that would be a deal breaker leading to barristers and a very messy divorce proceeding.

Cant see it going that smoothly but that's just my 2c.

Probably the best part? that Harry found a home with the freaks and with Draco. Ever since the first book when we learn that Harry grew up being considered a freak, that he felt his scar made him freakish, to every moment when you outlined how much he hates hates HATES being singled out as public property, I think he's been trying to find a home. In cannon he found it with the Weasleys, in this piece he finds it with the other outcasts. Guess what? I like your version better!

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theburningboy on December 18th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
I adored, freaking LOVED (WITH MEGA CAPS OF AWESOMESAUCE) this fic!!!!! I kinda didn't think I would. Rly. I had my doubts because I was reading the comments and I was like, well, maybe I'll love the plot and the world-building but the characterization will be so off that-- you know, I rly don't like passive!Harry either, so. But. WOAH! Yeah, I'm usually incoherent but now I actually have an excuse. Harry isn't passive AT ALL. He's just his usual ball of confusion with a heavy dose of self-denial and hella sexy aggressiveness. <33333333333333

I adored dearly annoying Dennis, I loved the The Theater of the Strage with the band of freaks, where Harry and Draco fit right in (SO MANY LAYERS TO THAT WOAH SO POLITICAL LOL!!!!!!!!!!!). I adored the little foreshadowing moments that told me EXACTLY why Harry and Ginny were so wrong for each other even if superficially it seemed like they were trying/the perfect couple. I loved how you totally didn't bash on Ginny (I HATE GINNY-BASHING WITH METRIC FUCKTON OF SUN-LIEK HATES!) and made it understandable why she would leave the lovely watercolor life with Harry to have a Van Gogh (go) life with Neville and--- woah. Most of all I loved how Harry got over his Savior complex to realize that a family for his child (BECAUSE WOAH THAT HETEROCENTRIC NUCLEAR FAMILY BULLSHIT IS RLY FTMFL) of one mommy and one daddy and one little Potter jr was rly offensively dumb.

omg Thank you Anonymous Author ILSM!!!!!!!*clutches fic to chest* ♥

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