This is a review of a straight-up crossover fanfiction, so beware, all ye who enter here!
As you can probably guess from the title, this is a Harry Potter/Avengers crossover. Now, I read a lot of fanfiction, and I go through them fairly quickly. I’m not in the habit of writing reviews on the actual works, let alone 250+ words on Cannonball (I know, bad habit). But this one deserves it! (Also, it’s not smutty!)
After the death of Sirius, Harry receives a delayed package from his late godfather, his mother’s journal. In it, Harry makes a startling discovery – his father was not who he thought he was. Oh, he was James Potter, certainly, but James Potter wasn’t always James Potter. No, he was Prince Loki Odinson, God of Mischief, and that bastard is still alive, and in New York City of all places. That also makes Harry a demigod. Harry confides in his friends Ron and Hermione and comes into his inheritance. He also expresses an interest in punching his father in the face for leaving, and Ron, glorious Ron, tells him to go ahead and do it.
Hermione has apparently lost her senses, because she helps the boys figure out the logistics of how Harry can go about punching Loki in the face. It very much has the energy of “everything is absolute chaos, so why the hell not?” We get a delightful scene of traveling and tourists, and people don’t suck, which is nice.
Ensconced in a hotel room with a lovely view of Avengers Tower, Harry tries to come up with a plan of how to get in to do The Punch. Turns out he doesn’t really need it, but he gets lucky (because of course he does, he’s Harry Potter) and we get to The Punch at the end of Chapter 3. If that’s all you came for, you can certainly stop there, only 14,000 words into the story. But if you would like to continue, there are another 230,000 words left in this particular story. (The whole thing is a few thousand words shy of the word count of Order of the Phoenix!)
The rest of the story is about friendship and parents, healing and responsibility, and some fun moments thrown in there too. It’s very well written with some thought-out explanations and great world-building. Things make sense in a lot of places. And for those that don’t, who cares, we’re all just here for a good time! Yes, Harry is amazingly good at a lot of things, but that can be justified by his demigod status (and some other stuff). He’s still clueless about a lot of other things which make him a bit endearing, even though he is cloyingly sweet and kind sometimes. We also get an explanation of why Loki did what he did when he invaded New York. And yes, it gets very fanfictiony sometimes, but you get what you pay for, and this is free (and a labor of love!)
It’s a story where when you get to the end, you’re satisfied with most, if not all, of what happened.
Here’s the link to the story: https://archiveofourown.org/works/17926664/chapters/42330374
(Spoiler: Also, if you stick around for Chapter 13, you get to see Harry call Odin a bag of dicks, and that is extremely funny to me.)