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18 December 2012 @ 11:33 pm
HAPPY H/D HOLIDAYS, MARIANNA_MERLO!  
Artist: raitala
Recipient:amorette
Title: Department of Mysteries
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Summary: There’s something amiss in the Department of Mysteries. Rogue Dark Wizards are suspected. Auror Potter is sent in and his liaison from the Unspeakables is, yes you’ve guessed it … Featuring: uniforms, running around, shiny boots, fighting, strengths and weaknesses and the totally legitimate removal of shirts in the course of duty.
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): None
Epilogue compliant? No. Post-war EWE
Artist's Notes: Hi amorette, I do hope you enjoy this. You suggested you enjoyed fresh takes on old tropes and the boys being forced together, so I hope this Auror and Unspeakable joint-mission is something you'll enjoy!
Special thanks to blamebrampton, dark0feenix and pingrid, who gave great feedback and really helped me polish this piece up. <3 Thanks also to the mods, who have worked so hard to keep this fest running super-smoothly, despite all the drop-outs!
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bibliophile41: love booksbibliophile41 on December 19th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
I loved the slightly-gloomy, inky composition of the scenes. The patronuses were especially breath-taking! :)
Pureblood Princessraitala on January 26th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot - I'm glad you liked the style of this piece :)
robinellen: owlrobinellen on December 19th, 2012 04:39 am (UTC)
Great story -- their characters are so true ;) Your action drawing is so well done -- thank you for sharing this!
Pureblood Princessraitala on January 26th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot - I'm really pleased you enjoyed the characters and story here :)
Chesty la Rue: heart hughogwartshoney on December 19th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Hand......... on chest......... Malfoy's perfect nipple...... o.o

Loved this, btw, but that one panel is just.... perfect.
Pureblood Princessraitala on January 26th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot - I liked that panel too :)
Oshun: Patronusheartofoshun on December 19th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
OMG! Great storyline. Great artwork. Fantastic. Exceeded expectations way beyond anything I expected when I clicked on this entry! Wow!
Pureblood Princessraitala on January 26th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much - Im really pleased you enjoyed this piece :)
astridfireastridfire on December 19th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
So lovely!!!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you enjoyed the story :)
Karyna K 光: pic#118242526citrus_lime on December 19th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Wonderful, beautiful, simply stunning. I love this so much. ;_____; ♥
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much - I'm really pleased you liked this so much :)
sunseticmonster: pic#23412212sunseticmonster on December 19th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh! The images are phenomenal-this is exactly as I picture them both looking and I loved the story laced throughout. wonderful!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much - I'm glad that the way I tried to depict them and their characters through the story worked for you :)
Adamei: existentialadamei on December 19th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Utterly brilliant! The black and white art looked gorgeous and I loved the snarky interaction between Harry and Draco. The dialog only -format worked very well with the art. Wonderful job!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot - I'm really pleased you enjoyed the format and the story :)
hpfan88: pic#117565321hpfan88 on December 19th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Beautiful artwork. So unique from so many of the other great artists contributing. Great job!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! I'm glad you liked my style :)
alisanne: Golden lipsalisanne on December 19th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Mmmmm, just gorgeous, sweetie! The story and the artwork, all of it is fabulous!
And I adore Draco's snark, Harry's sheer power, and of course, that almost kiss. Mmmm.
Also? Draco's Patronus is perfect!
Awesome job!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, darling! Raw power on the one hand bitchy but competent on the other is hardly ground breaking, but if it ain't broke ...? I'm glad you enjoyed it ♥
bk7brokemybrain: beautiful Snape HBPbk7brokemybrain on December 19th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
Wow! Love the story, especially the sad, regretful bits where Draco comes up against hopeless memories. I love multi-paneled art. The gray scale really works for the gloomy underground setting, and the dark subjects. Of course, the crisp, bright happy moments like Harry's Patronus and the kissing panels benefit from the black and white, too. Really well done.
Let me not forget how much I loved the snappy dialog and the uniforms, omg. Jack boots and buttons, ftw!

Edited at 2012-12-19 05:50 am (UTC)
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Hee, I'm so pleased this piece pleased you so much. I was happy with how the dialoge and images worked out in the end (special thanks to my betas there) ♥
Who you set out to be. Isn't always who you become: christmasdrarryxlover on December 19th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
Phenomenal. So much is said in the dialogue and even more in the pictures. I'm in awe, stunning!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - I'm really pleased you enjoyed this piece :)
Mab: Emily in thoughtmab on December 19th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Stunning! This is just gorgeous! The art and story are very unique.
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really pleased you liked this piece so much :)
Geneva2010: B&W Teasegeneva2010 on December 19th, 2012 06:25 am (UTC)
I'm going to write a little dissertation, because every one of your panels deserves a comment. First, the intro was good and loved the portraits, but when we got to the Cave of Sighs...wow! All of sudden we were plunged underground and I just love the mood and the perspective and everything about that one. It just might be my favorite.

We're starting to get to know Draco, funny, snarky, irresistable Draco just as he should be. "I am forebearing to comment." and the part about sucking off Zabini, and oh, is that tea in your lap made laugh. I'm still smiling about it. First good look at their uniforms and boots as they sit on the stoop, and their costumes are just perfect! Draco more buttoned down, both just as sexy as can be.

The Hall of Shades interlude was extremely good, and I felt Draco's despair when he sat with his head in his hands.

Another fabulous panel with the long hallway, stairs at the end, and the complicated arches on the ceiling. I wish I could draw like this, I love the sense of space and the lines and architecture. Now we're in the action scenes, and my second favorite panel, Draco and Harry running down the hall. Every bit of that one is perfect, their shadows, everything. All the action scenes just pop and sizzle. How do you make them so alive?

I love how your curses and Harry's shield look like lightning, and the tender romantic scenes were very touching and extremely sweet. And then Draco laughs and then produces what I assume is his first Patronus! So wonderful and a great dramatic way to end their adventures.

You did a wonderful job - I hope to visit this again and again!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this gorgeous long comment! Though things never turn out on paper exactly as I imagined, the spaces of the Dept of Mysteries has turned out pretty close. For the rest, I just put in all the things I love myself, from bitchy Draco and fiercely powerful Harry to boots and uniforms. I'm really pleased all those bits and the story as a whole worked for you :)
lamerezouille: antisocial #1lamerezouille on December 19th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
This was gorgeous! I love how expressive the art was, and the way you used dialogues. Stupendous!

♥ ♥ ♥
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much - I'm glad you enjoyed the piece so much :)
Nennenenne on December 19th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
Awww. The Patronus at the end! I loved that. It really sums it all up for me. :) The close-up panel before they kiss was just lovely.

Well done!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks - the Patronus idea just suggested itself as a way of adding some sort of theme to what is otherwise just a collection of cliches I like :) Glad you enjoyed it!
MelusinaHP: H/D Yay! art by Froggie icon by Phoenixamelusinahp on December 19th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
Well, this is utterly, gorgeously perfect. I want to jump up and down and I'm all happy and glowing after reading/seeing it. Not only is the art beautiful and full of personality and characterisation (as always), but the story was fascinating and believable. And I loved all the little mentions of canon and other characters, and Draco's voice in comparison with Harry's.

Absolutely wonderful, lovely. I can't stop grinning.
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, my dear! I'm glad you like my story - I really enjoyed working on ways to fit as much story and character and canon dimensions into a few words and images. I'm so pleased you could 'see' what I was trying to do.
evilgiraFF: giraffe-avatarevilgiraff on December 19th, 2012 08:27 am (UTC)
This is so beautiful - gorgeous artwork and a great little story too, I loved it :-)
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm very pleased you enjoyed the piece :)
Black Silk: clutchpervyunitwins on December 19th, 2012 09:55 am (UTC)
This was absolutely amazing and beautiful. Amazingly beautiful. I loved the plot. I loved the drawings as well. They were beautiful. While I really liked the kiss. I absolutely adored the image of Harry's hand stoking Draco's marred chest. And I also really loved the images of the two patronuses (patroni or just patronus). And my absolute favorite like was delivered by Draco ("What? Wait, you know Fluffy?). All of it was just so great; loved it all.
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so pleased you enjoyed the art and dialogue so much :D
eva667: dry babyeva667 on December 19th, 2012 11:05 am (UTC)
Your stag was stunning !
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it :)
elmyraemilie: cat and crow aristobouleelmyraemilie on December 19th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
How utterly lovely. What a great way to start my morning!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 9th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you enjoyed this piece, thank you!
HallowDraconishallowdraconis on December 19th, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD.

This is so brilliant, so utterly lovely. I am so in awe, so mesmerized. I am speechless. I want to tell you how beautiful this is but I can't think of any words that would adequately convey it! This kind of art is everything I strive to achieve. Just wonderful.
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 23rd, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your lovely, gushing comment. It is great to know that my art affected you in that way :)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 19th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
That was gorgeous! I loved the dialogues, and the art is stunning. What a beautiful stag and peacock. Harry and Draco are beautiful as ever. Thank you for this.

If it were possible, I'd love to make a PDF for you of this graphic story. Just the art, I wouldn't add anything else, unless you me want to, after the reveals, of course. :)

Beautiful work.
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 23rd, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much - I'm really pleased that you enjoyed this piece. I actually have a PDF of it already, because I composed it in powerpoint and saving it as a pdf was therefore very easy, but thank you very much for the offer :)
canary of funsongquake on December 19th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
omg, SPAC JACKETS. Brilliant.

I love the dialogue, the snarkiness, the development of magical ideas. But most of all I love how subtle the art is. And Draco's chest! So touching and yet sexy besides!

Wonderful work, Mystery Artist!
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 23rd, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Hee - I' glad you noticed the SPAC jacket idea - it tickled me. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this piece :)
besamislabios: Harry/Dracobesamislabios on December 19th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
That was fantastic!! I love the story, the dialogue and the art is gorgeous. Wonderful work. :)
Pureblood Princessraitala on February 23rd, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much - I'm really pleased the piece appealed to you so much :)
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