Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Andromeda Black/Ted Tonks, background canon ships.
Fic Title: A Keen Observer
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, mean dark wizards being mean dark wizards, character deaths, knowledge of future character deaths.
Genre: romance, family, personal narratives
Why This Must Be Read: The fic that took my mild affection for Andromeda Black and SKYROCKETED IT TO LOVE. Favourite Black sister now! This is first of all excellently written and characterised. The tale of Andromeda Black growing up in house hold and in a world that is normal and comfortable to her, even if she doesn't agree with everyone or everything in it, it's her world, her family, and she loves them. But it's also the tale of how she grows and realises that maybe her family and friends aren't the people they and she think they are. It all starts to change when she goes to Hogwarts and meets a young boy called Ted Tonks, who for the rest of her time at Hogwarts will bug her, push her to think about her life in ways that she's not used too, and ultimately fall for her. Told exclusively through Andromeda's point of view the author manages to give more life and humanity to the people we will later know as Harry Potter's greatest enemies, namely Bella Black. Seriously, Bella and Narcissa through their sister's eye are made so human, because they're so loved by Andromeda that it hurts a little to know their future. We also get to see hints of the Marauders as the story progresses, but this story is first and foremost about Andromeda Black. The middle sister, the one who tried to keep her sister together, her world together but ultimately realised it just wasn't meant to be. And maybe for the best.