Recommendation: “Potter Who and the Wossname’s Thingummy” by ForestUUID

Author’s summary: No TARDIS, no screwdriver, and no memory — on the plus side, an owl and a wand! May or may not be AU. “It’s all in the mind, you know.”

There are only a few Harry Potter / Doctor Who crossovers, so it’s a small thing to say, “This is the best of the lot.” It may mean more to say, “This is the best Doctor Who crossover of any fandom, of those I have read.” It may mean very little to say, “This is better than some Doctor Who episodes,” because of them are terrible, but I will say that anyway. This is better than some Doctor Who episodes. 

First of all, it captures the whimsy of both franchises’ original flavor. This is not a Harry Potter setting that has been rebuilt into something that fits every last canon detail, but makes mashed potatoes of the tone. And the Doctor, despite not knowing which incarnation he’s supposed to be (even he may not know—he’s a little bit amnesiac and stuck in Harry’s head), is still quintessentially the Doctor. Additionally, the writing is beautiful, and the author does some very clever things with the text. 

Highlight for mild spoilers. || It’s rare for a story to have a Dumbledore which I adore. It’s rarer for a story to have a Voldemort which I adore, and… This is not such a story. But I adore Potter Who’s Tom, and I am whelmed by the story’s ability to distinguish “Tom Riddle, the boy who could’ve been saved” from “Voldemort, the monster which was left when he went unsaved.” I don’t think that there will be a redemption. There is no glimmer of goodness left inside Voldemort, as far as I can tell at this point, and everything that is “Tom Riddle” is already dead. Nevertheless, the story does not stray from its conviction that Voldemort’s first victim was Tom Riddle. 

Also, the Doctor convinces Myrtle to take up classes again, and she becomes a recurring character. I know that’s not quite possible within Rowling’s canon, or at least the canon as I remember it at this point, but I don’t mind. It feels right, when it happens. || Spoilers end.

I will say that there are a couple places where the story begins to drag, but this is mostly an “early story” problem, to the extent that it’s a problem, and if it hurts too much then you can breeze past them without a big fuss.

Potter Who is currently incomplete. The author says on his profile that the story has reached its midpoint, but I don’t know when that note was written. There are 40 chapters right now, so…less than that to go, I suppose, but ForestUUID might’ve been talking word count, not chapters. 

You can find it here, at FFN.

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