Title: Nothing Like the Moon
Series: Harry Potter
Warnings: mentions of Harry/Ginny
Length: 7,413 words, Oneshot
Update Schedule: Complete
Author's summary: No one – not even she – knew that Luna was one of the most observant people at Hogwarts.
Spellcast Audio Play link: http://spellcast.libsyn.com/index.php?po
I included links to the original written version and the audio version... BUT LISTEN THE AUDIO VERSION! The story flows very very well when spoken. There's a special cadence to them, as if the prose has a ballad quality to it. The audio editing has this wonderful ambient sound that really enhances the work. You really feel as if you're standing under the moon in the crisp night air.
I love the perspective in this. It jars you from your preconceived notions, and forces you to see details you would have otherwise overlooked ... to see how Luna sees. The fic portrays the dichotomy of Luna's character. She's wise beyond her years, but with a hint of social awkwardness borne from years of solitude.
There's something very sad about Luna in Nothing Like the Moon. I could really feel the years of loneliness in her. She can't even come close to fathoming love and can only think of it like grasping the moon... Something pretty to look at, but impossible for her to get near. It's as if she's unconsciously given up on herself at sixteen. It's heartbreaking.
If you listen to the audio version, make sure to leave any reviews for the author at her live journal. She probably doesn't check the Spellcast page.