Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness
|Title:||Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness|
|Date(s):||Jun 11, 2008|
|External Links:||online here|
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Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness is a Harry Potter fanfic by Thanfiction. Originally started as something of a bet, Thanfiction currently describes the project as "the most out-of-control one-shot in the history of the wizarding world" on his fanfiction.net profile. As can be gathered from this quote, the project once started as a one-shot, but quickly became a 250k+ story. Over the years, the universe (referred to by Thanfiction and fans as the DAYDverse, and often regarded as a fandom on its own) was expanded by 2 sequels (the last one currently still a WIP) and 100+ one-shots. Every now and again one-shots are still added.
"A novel following Neville Longbottom and the students left behind at Hogwarts while Harry and the Trio were off hunting Horcruxes in Deathly Hallows. The first novel in the Daydverse Trilogy."
Reactions and Reviews
The story had 664 reviews on Fanfiction.net as of July 6, 2010. As of June 3, 2014, this has more than doubled, with 1,455 reviews.
Some time ago, I read Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness. If you've been hanging around HP fan fiction communities at all (anywhere except MNFF, which by the way I think should stop trying to pretend they're the only site where HP fan fiction exists, since I really don't think your Mugglenet overlords are paying attention anymore anyway), you've probably heard of it. It's written by thanfiction , who has accomplished the fairly remarkable feat of becoming a BNF in HP fandom after the end of the series and the fandom has begun declining. thanfiction has written a bunch of prequels and sequels and vignettes now, and the "DAYDverse" apparently has spawned LJ communities and fan fiction of its own. Pretty impressive.
DAATYOD tells the tale of Neville and the D.A. during their seventh year. It's the story about what was going on back at Hogwarts under Snape and the Carrows, while the Trio was on their camping trip.
I found it to be pretty good. thanfiction is a good writer, and the story was riveting at times, though occasionally too self-indulgent with the blood and angst and horror. It was definitely not written in the same tone as Rowling -- Snape and the Carrows do truly horrific things to the students, which are gruesomely described -- which really shows when Harry finally comes back for the final battle.
But, there's a reason why whenever someone asks for fan fiction about Neville and the D.A., this is the one that almost always gets recommended.I stopped reading the sequel, Sluagh, about halfway through, because I thought the story was beginning to bear no resemblance whatsoever to Rowling's world. Nothing wrong with that, per se, but while I think thanfiction is a good writer, he's not so good that I'm interested in his original fiction. Also, he seemed to be trying to escalate the level of blood and grit from DAATYOD, until Sluagh became almost carnographic at times. 
It's a Neville-centric fic that focuses on how the students at Hogwarts (specifically Neville) deal with the changes that were imposed while Harry was off looking for Horcruxes in the Deathly Hallows. It's fabulous, but it's dark - a fair bit darker than the original books, I think. It's twenty-four chapters with an epilogue, and 256,430 words. There are two sequels, neither of which I've read, and a number of companion fics on the author's profile here, where there are also links to artwork and an LJ comm. Yes, that's how fantastic this fic is. I swear this is canon. (Well, it could do without having Neville/Hannah, because I can't stand Hannah, but it's well done, at least). Read it even if you don't like Harry Potter. 
Many Daydians (the name for fans of the DAYDverse), eager for more material after finishing Thanfiction's 1,000,000+ word series, turned to writing their own fanfiction of the series – recursive fanfiction. Thanfiction heartily approves of this, and is often willing to answer questions about characterisation and the like to help them out. A (partial) list of DAYDverse fanfic can be found over at Thanfiction's tumblr: FICEPTION! Daydverse fanfic by Daydians.
- DAYDverse tag at AO3
- daydverse community on LiveJournal
- daydverse community on Facebook
- daydverse tumblr