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"Reverberations" by Aesopianalex
(Harry Potter)
Summary: The summer after the debacle at the Ministry, Draco Malfoy is sent to live with Harry Potter. He writes letters to Severus Snape, telling him how he's doing -- and what's really going on in Harry Potter's house.

Notes: This has very good characterisation of both Draco and Harry; none of this instant friends stuff, but shared adversity certainly breaks down the barriers. Change comes in waves, like the flowing of the tides.
fanfic  author:Aesopianalex  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Abusive_Dursleys  category:Angst  category:Humour  category:Friendship  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Hogwarts-era  category:Sixth_Year  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Albus_Dumbledore  characters:Voldemort 
may 2016 by KerrAvonsen
"Meant to Say" by Kirinin
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry, Snape and Draco are cursed with a new and frightening relationship with the truth. Voldemort seeks to exploit it, but Draco aims to stay one step ahead.

Notes: This story is in two halves. The first half is the expected humour and mayhem of what happens after a potions accident with odd side-effects, which I enjoyed. Harry wishes he could stop up his ears, Draco wishes he could stop up his mouth, and we get to unexpectedly see behind Snape's snark.

The second half is serious and thoughtful, with almost a mythic feel, which I adored. When evil is face to face with truth, what happens?
fanfic  author:Kirinin  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Angst  category:Humour  category:Potion_Accident  category:Redemption  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Voldemort  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Ron_Weasley 
may 2016 by KerrAvonsen
"How We Fall" by JAWorley
(Harry Potter)
Summary: After helping Draco Malfoy escape the custody of Sirius Black, Harry endures the wrath of his Godfather. When Snape comes looking for Draco, Harry tells him that Draco has run away, and that he won’t tell him where Draco is unless Snape takes Harry with him. **Note** I'm aware that some of you don't like bad!Sirius stories. Don't worry, Sirius isn't actually in the story much, however there is redemption in the end. It's not so much that he's just bad, more that he's fallen. This story is about how people fall, and how they can make it back out in the end, getting a second chance. It is NOT a character bashing story.
fanfic  author:JAWorley  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Abusive_Dursleys  category:Mad_Sirius  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Redemption  category:Final_Battle  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Sirius_Black  characters:Remus_Lupin 
april 2016 by KerrAvonsen
"Fade" by JAWorley
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry has a little problem, followed by a little freak out, and compounded by a confusing conversation with the Sorting Hat, who has special things in mind for him and Professor Snape. A (sort of) Christmas story as a lot of it revolves around Harry's wish for a good Christmas.
fanfic  author:JAWorley  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Resorting  category:Slytherin_Harry  category:Angst  category:Different_Parentage  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Albus_Dumbledore  characters:Minerva_McGonagall 
march 2016 by KerrAvonsen
"Oh God Not Again!" by Sarah1281
(Harry Potter)
Summary: So maybe everything didn't work out perfectly for Harry. Still, most of his friends survived, he'd gotten married, and was about to become a father. If only he'd have stayed away from the Veil, he wouldn't have had to go back and do everything AGAIN.

Notes: A time travel story that doesn't take itself seriously.
fanfic  author:Sarah1281  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Time_Travel  category:Soul_Travel  category:Changing_History  category:Humour  category:Hogwarts-era  category:Multi-Year  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Sirius_Black  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Neville_Longbottom  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Remus_Lupin  characters:Luna_Lovegood  characters:Cedric_Diggory  characters:Percy_Weasley  characters:Dobby  characters:Fred_Weasley  characters:George_Weasley 
october 2015 by KerrAvonsen
"The Price is Right" by Maiden Thailand
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry is more money-conscious when he arrives at Gringotts with Hagrid; he's not going to let the wonders of magic take away his common sense, and if he can get a good deal, he's going to take it. Point of deviation: Harry's primary school taught Home Economics.
fanfic  author:Maiden_Thailand  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Different_Sorting  category:Ravenclaw_Harry  category:Humour  category:First_Year  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Dean_Thomas  characters:Morag_MacDougal  characters:Justin_Finch-Fletchley  characters:Hagrid  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger 
october 2015 by KerrAvonsen
"Pansy's Revenge" by Frosty Kitten
(Harry Potter)
Summary: An angry 12 year old Pansy gets her revenge on Draco and drags poor Hermione into her scheme. It's not until 5 years later that the forgotten incident resurfaces. Will the threat of death bring them together, or will they murder each other?
fanfic  author:Frosty_Kitten  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:Humour  category:Crack  category:Romance  category:Post-Voldemort  category:Marriage-then-love  category:Magical_Contract  category:Continuity_Problems  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Vincent_Crabbe  characters:Gregory_Goyle  characters:Lucius_Malfoy  characters:Narcissa_Malfoy  characters:Blaise_Zabini 
august 2015 by KerrAvonsen
"Magical Relations - First Year" by Evansentranced
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry's relatives were shocked when the Hogwarts letters came. Not because Harry got into Hogwarts. They had expected that. But Dudley, on the other hand...That had been a surprise. AU.Harry and Dudley's first year at Hogwarts. Highlights include bullying, subversive tactics, new friends, and misplaced magical objects.
fanfic  author:Evansentranced  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Magical_Relations  category:AU  category:Slytherin_Harry  category:First_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Magical_Dudley  category:Friendly_Draco  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Dudley_Dursley  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Pansy_Parkinson  characters:Blaise_Zabini  characters:Neville_Longbottom 
july 2015 by KerrAvonsen
"The Stinging Habits of the Western Honey Bee" by NicNac
(Harry Potter)
Summary: When a honey bee makes the choice not to sting a little boy it will set in motion a chain of events that may save thousands of lives (or may lead to Snape delivering Harry his Hogwarts letter instead of Hagrid, one of the two).
fanfic  author:NicNac  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Snape-meets-Dursleys  category:Snape-delivers-letter  category:First_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Albus_Dumbledore  characters:Neville_Longbottom  characters:Ron_Weasley 
july 2014 by KerrAvonsen
"The Serpentine Subterfuge" by MurkyBlueMatter
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harriett Potter survived her first year masquerading as a pureblooded boy, but sinister forces are now moving through the wizarding world, and when something sinister starts moving through Hogwarts as well, Harry and her friends are pulled into another maelstrom—whether Harry likes it or not. Book two. Alanna the Lioness take on HP.
fanfic  author:MurkyBlueMatter  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Pureblood_Pretense  category:Sequel  category:AU  category:Genderswap  category:Disguise  category:Adventure  category:Friendship  category:Mentor  category:Worldbuilding  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Second_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Fred_Weasley  characters:George_Weasley  characters:Ginny_Weasley 
july 2014 by KerrAvonsen
"The Pureblood Pretense" by MurkyBlueMatter
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harriett Potter dreams of going to Hogwarts, but in an AU where the school only accepts purebloods, the only way to reach her goal is to switch places with her pureblood cousin—the only problem? Her cousin is a boy. Alanna the Lioness take on HP.

Notes: Harriet "Harry" Potter isn't really a female Harry. She's an original character in her own right - and I like her. I like her passion for Potions, her determination, her pragmatism, her unawareness of how brilliant she is, because all that brilliance is focused on overcoming obstacles that would have made others quail and fail. Mind you, I probably wouldn't have kept my interest if the author hadn't written a good Snape, but she has. And a good Draco too.

Not only that, but the story is engrossing, dragging me into more than one late night of reading. Just because this Tom Riddle didn't get into terrorism, doesn't mean that there isn't villainy afoot. And not just on the part of Riddle, either. Not to mention the "minor" problem of people judging her based on who they think her father is.

Set aside a good amount of time for this, for it is Epic. And this is only First Year...
fanfic  author:MurkyBlueMatter  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Pureblood_Pretense  category:AU  category:Genderswap  category:Disguise  category:Adventure  category:Friendship  category:Mentor  category:Worldbuilding  category:Friendly_Draco  category:First_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Sirius_Black 
july 2014 by KerrAvonsen
"The Long Walk Home" by JAWorley
(Harry Potter)
Summary: After Harry Potter killed the Dark Lord at the end of his seventh year, he simply disappeared the night of the end of year feast. Nobody knows where he's gone or even if he's still alive, until he shows up on a certain Potion Master's doorstep one summer day...

Notes: A good portrayal of a shell-shocked Harry; not over-the-top dramatic, just numb and worn down and lost.
This has a Snape who is neutral rather than bitter; still as snarky as ever, though.
fanfic  author:JAWorley  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novelette  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Post-Voldemort  category:Mentor  category:Illness  category:Potioneer-Snape  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Ginny_Weasley  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Ron_Weasley 
february 2014 by KerrAvonsen
"Anywhere You Go" by SonyaElfLady
(Harry Potter/Buffy)
Summary: Starts as an alternative ending to the BtVS episode 'Wrecked' - Willow runs away from Sunnydale and ends up in Hogsmeade just in time to deal with the aftermath of a Death Eater prank. Then things get interesting. Many pairings, but primarily Willow/Snape
fanfic  author:SonyaElfLady  universe:Harry_Potter  universe:Buffy  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Abandoned  category:Crossover  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Episode_related  category:Pureblood-Snape  characters:Willow_Rosenberg  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Ginny_Weasley  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Narcissa_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Victor_Krum 
august 2013 by KerrAvonsen
"With Careful Magic Caught Inside" by Of Anoesis
(Harry Potter)
Summary: *Cave Malafides dona ferentes.* Beware of Malfoys bearing gifts.

Notes: Hermione did not expect, when she followed Draco Malfoy down Knockturn Alley, that she would soon be in over her head. This is well-done, with creepiness, menace, research, heartbreak and love.
fanfic  author:Of_Anoesis  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novelette  rating:Teen  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:SSHG  category:SSHG2012  category:Hurt-Comfort  category:Romance  category:Curse  category:Post-Voldemort  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
february 2013 by KerrAvonsen
"Fair Weather From The North" by Dick Gloucester
(Harry Potter)
Summary: *Plus ca change...* There's corruption everywhere, attitudes haven't changed much, and Auror Granger isn't making much headway, no matter how hard she tries to make the world a better place. And while she struggles to protect and improve the world she cares about, Lucius Malfoy is fighting to save the life of the one remaining thing that means anything to him: his son. Both of them need expert help, but the expert they need is difficult to find. When they do manage to unearth his whereabouts, the discoveries that follow lead to some startling revelations that will turn their expectations upside down.

Notes: This is an amazing story.

Fantastic world-building, intriguing mystery, great characterisation, vivid descriptions, engaging original characters. This gave us both hell and heaven on earth. Friendship, banter, suffering, sorrow, love, loss, hope, despair, horror, redemption, acceptance, contentment.
fanfic  author:Dick_Gloucester  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Excellent  finis:Complete  category:SSHG  category:SSHG2012  category:Post-Voldemort  category:EWE  category:Auror-Hermione  category:Angst  category:Mystery  category:Worldbuilding  category:Friendship  category:Psychic_Bond  category:House_Elves  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Lucius_Malfoy  characters:Narcissa_Malfoy  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Arthur_Weasley  characters:Percy_Weasley  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Ginny_Weasley 
february 2013 by KerrAvonsen
"Nobody Cared" by Etherian
(Harry Potter)
Summary: 11 yr old Harry misses the Hogwarts Express. Snape is sent to find out why. What he finds changes any preconceived notions he might have had about the Boy-Who-Lived. AU, manipulative!Dumbledore, DE's, Voldy, but no horcruxes.

Notes: Another first-year AU, another epic, another abusive!Dursleys story.
Why do I keep reading them? Because I like Snape, I like seeing a
Snape who meets Harry in different circumstances and loves Harry for
the sake of his mother rather than hating Harry for the sake of his
father. Such a theme never gets old for me, so long as the execution
is good.

And here, the execution is good. Not perfect, mind you. There are
some mistakes, some stumbles, some loose ends, and a few times when
the author does a bit of an info-dump in the late part of the story
about something that happened in an earlier part of the story, where
I felt like saying "yes, I know this already, get on with it!" Also,
the story suffers from one of the scene-separator
massacres, so one has to be careful in figuring out when there's
been a change of scene. But the characterisation is good, the
world-building is good, there is a mix of action and
relationship-building, not just between Snape and Harry, but with
other people too.

If I told you what happened, if I told you how it ended, you would
justifiably scoff at how unbelievable it was; these characters would
never behave like that! But I tend to give an author one "what-if"
for free. What if the Dursleys were much more abusive than in canon?
After all, that's the premise of a story such as this. But even if
you give the Dursleys their free "what-if", you would still think the
other characters such as the Malfoys, the Grangers, and Dumbledore,
simply wouldn't behave like that. And yet the author convinces you
because she allows it to creep up on you slowly. And she roots it in
canon. That's why it works. What if Lucius really *had* been put
under the Imperius curse when he was a Death Eater? What if
Hermione's obsession with books had something deeper to it? What if
the seemingly crazy actions of Dumbledore had reasons behind them?

Yes, I say "seemingly crazy actions" because when you look back on it
from the perspective of the whole series, a lot of Dumbledore's
actions did not make sense. Don't read this story if you didn't have
at least one moment of "what was Dumbledore *thinking*?" when you were
reading the Harry Potter series. If you feel that Dumbledore was
perfection incarnated and could never have done any wrong, you won't
like this story. If you're open to an interpretation of a possible
Dumbledore who manipulates people for the sake of the Greater Good,
then I think you'll be okay with it.

Another thing I like about this story is the themes:
what it means to be a family; learning from your mistakes.
Again, these themes don't just apply to Snape and Harry, but to other
characters, in big and small ways.

A good story. Set aside a fair amount of time for it, because it is Epic.
fanfic  author:Etherian  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Worldbuilding  category:Abusive_Dursleys  category:Manipulative_Dumbledore  category:Slytherin_Harry  category:Snape-meets-Dursleys  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Friendly_Lucius  category:Mentor  category:Adoption  category:First_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
february 2012 by KerrAvonsen
"Magic Actually" by Sita Z
(Harry Potter)
Summary: In his first year at Hogwarts, Harry is the only Gryffindor who signs up to stay at school for Christmas. At Dumbledore's suggestion, he is temporarily transferred to the Slytherin dorms so he won't spend Christmas morning alone. In Severus Snape's opinion, not one of the Headmaster's better ideas.
fanfic  author:Sita_Z  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novelette  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Humour  category:First_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  category:Holiday  category:Reconciliation  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Albus_Dumbledore  characters:Minerva_McGonagall 
december 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"The Ethernet Chronicles" by Pythia Delphi
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Post Vold-War II, the Wizarding World has adopted a new-fangled notion: blogging!

Notes: If the Wizarding World did discover blogging, this is what it would be like.
This is spot-on in both the medium and the characterisation (apart from Molly, IMHO, who gets the short straw).
It was delightful watching this story unfold; all the silliness and the wit and the snark, with occasional sprinkles of seriousness.
fanfic  author:Pythia_Delphi  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novelette  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  category:Post-Voldemort  category:Epistolary  category:Illustrated  category:Humour  category:Friendship  category:Romance  category:SSHG  category:SSHG2011  category:Continuity_Problems  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Luna_Lovegood 
november 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"Absolutely Elsewhere" by Wallyflower
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Over the course of a week, Severus Snape solves a small mystery.

Notes: First, this is a cracking good mystery. Then there is good
characterisation, not just of Severus and Hermione, but a supporting
role from Draco too, with insights into all of them. Friendship and
attraction creeps up on Severus and Hermione, with enough caring that
each is more interested in the happiness of the other than of
themselves. Add to this a tablespoonful of snappy dialogue and a
sprinkling of pleasing turns of phrase, and you have yourself a treat.
fanfic  author:Wallyflower  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novelette  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:EWE  category:Post-Voldemort  category:Mystery  category:Friendship  category:Romance  category:Worldbuilding  category:Disguise  category:SSHG  category:SSHG2011  category:Unspeakable-Snape  category:Auror-Hermione  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Time_Travel  category:DH-compatible  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
october 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"Neither the Laurel Nor the Rose" by Darned Child
(Harry Potter)
Summary: The Malfoy family expects to receive the finest service possible, no matter what the task. When Draco seeks the affections of Hermione Granger, he enlists the aid of a careful wordsmith - one Severus Snape.

Notes: We have clueless Draco, clueful Hermione, and angsty Snape. There is
wit, banter, friendship, gossip, bargains struck, letters written,
pangs of the heart, and true love.
fanfic  author:Darned_Child  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novelette  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:EWE  category:Post-Voldemort  category:DH-compatible  category:Friendship  category:Romance  category:Epistolary  category:SSHG  category:SSHG2011  category:Teacher-Snape  category:Teacher-Hermione  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
october 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"Walk the Shadows" by Jharad17
(Harry Potter)
Summary: The summer after 5th year, Death Eaters find Harry abandoned in the Dursley house and bring him to Voldemort. Will one particular Death Eater give up his position and his hate to save his enemy's child? Eventual Snape mentors Harry fic.

Notes: If you've read other HP stories by this author, you'll know she likes writing hurt/comfort, and tormenting Harry Potter horribly. This story is no exception; so beware violence and worse things at the start of this story. What I liked this story for was the aftermath of the "hurt"; Harry's recovery is neither trivialized by being too easy, or turned into melodrama by making him a basket case. It's two steps forward, one step back most of the time. Harry is fragile and volatile, but also resilient. And he's a teenager, he has his grumps and his silliness as well.

I like the characterisation of Snape here: he doesn't suddenly become sentimental; there are times when he's hanging on to his temper by his fingernails; he doesn't refuse to see the truth when it's in front of him; he still sneers and snarls and smirks.
fanfic  author:Jharad17  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  rating:Teen  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  series:Walk_the_Shadows  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Abusive_Dursleys  category:Hurt-Comfort  category:Torture  category:Blindness  category:Mentor  category:Reconciliation  category:Adoption  category:Sixth_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  category:OOTP-compatible  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Albus_Dumbledore  characters:Lucius_Malfoy  characters:Minerva_McGonagall  characters:Remus_Lupin  characters:Voldemort 
february 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"Strange Empathy" by BlackEyedGirl
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Sometimes a few words are all it takes to change how you think of someone. And sometimes the people you thought could never understand are the only ones who can. AU, Post-OOTP.

Notes: In this AU story set after OOTP, Harry turns over a new leaf, and he and Snape have a fresh start.
I love the characterisation of Harry here; more mature, forthright in standing up for what is right even if it costs him, but still with a troubled heart inside.
Snape is sardonic, but not hateful. And once he and Harry start trusting each other, we have an adult and a young man interacting, not a greasy git and a resentful brat. Or perhaps I should say, two resentful brats.
And then we have Draco, who decides that self-preservation isn't well-served by following in his father's footsteps.

Other things that stand out about this story are: a) the creative way that Harry comes up with to combat bullying
b) the use of self-transfiguration as disguise
c) the interesting extension of Occulmency which Harry discovers.
fanfic  author:BlackEyedGirl  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU_Jossed  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Reconciliation  category:Friendship  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Worldbuilding  category:Spy  category:Sixth_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Albus_Dumbledore 
february 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"Me, Myself, and I" by EmySabath
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry has had a hard life, harder than anyone knows, even himself. What happens when Snape finds out that Harry's mind couldn't take the strain and fractured, leaving the Boy-Who-Lived with Multiple Personality Disorder?
fanfic  author:EmySabath  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novel  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Insanity  category:Reconciliation  category:Mentor  category:Hogwarts-era  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Sixth_Year  category:Pureblood-Snape  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
february 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"Luna's Hubby" by MeteoricShipyards
(Harry Potter)
Summary: 7 year old Luna wants a husband, and she wants one now. With the unintended help of her befuddled father, she kidnaps Harry Potter. Idea and 1st chapter by Roscharch's Blot

Notes: This starts off with a piece of delightful lunacy, then settles down into a
serious story with sparkles of humour. Luna's action has consequences for
more than herself and Harry, and many things are better for it. This covers
from when Luna was seven through to the year of the Triwizard Tournament.

But this isn't one of those stories where one thing changes and everyone
lives happily ever after. It also isn't one of those Super!Harry stories;
I'm impressed, because while Luna and Harry are talented and clever and
proactive, they don't come across as Canon!Sues, just Ravenclaws brought up
in a loving Ravenclaw household. They don't do everything right, they make
erroneous assumptions, they grow and learn, they make friends.

And such friends! The friendships forged before they go to Hogwarts continue
when they get there, and people make different choices. I love how
Pre-Hogwarts Draco wryly pretends to do what his father asks in "subtly"
influencing Harry and Luna to the pure-blood supremacy ideals. Some
characters get a facelift without being whitewashed: we learn more about
Sybil Trelawny, and the author actually managed to make me feel sorry for
Bellatrix, no mean feat. The characterisation of Dumbledore manages to keep
a balance between well-intentioned manipulation and foolishness; this isn't
a Dumbledore-bashing story, but he isn't all-wise either.

Note that this was written before Deathly Hallows, so it doesn't take
account of the information we learned there. Certain other things have been
changed from what we knew from canon, but not enough to worry hugely about,
such as different locations for Horcruxes, and slightly different Tasks in
the Triwizard Tournament.

Also note that scene separators have gone walkabout, probably due to one of's scene-separator massacres. Please don't let that stop you;
this story is definitely worth it.
fanfic  author:MeteoricShipyards  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Worldbuilding  category:Friendship  category:Adoption  category:Pre-Hogwarts  category:First_Year  category:Second_Year  category:Third_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  category:Different_Sorting  category:Manipulative_Dumbledore  category:HBP-compatible  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Luna_Lovegood  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Sybil_Trelawny  characters:Bellatrix_Lestrange  characters:Albus_Dumbledore 
february 2011 by KerrAvonsen
"The Definition Of Family" by Oliver Snape
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Now back at Hogwarts, Harry balances school and his home life as he prepares to face Voldemort and learns to trust Snape's guidance. Along the way they both learn that family also means support.

Notes: I really like this story. Not only do we get good characterisations of Snape and Harry, but a number of things I hadn't thought of before,
such as:
(a) Dumbledore has as much craving for the dramatic as Voldemort does, while Snape's plans are less grandiose and more cunning;
(b) What if the Horcrux had had more effect on Harry than just knowing Parseltongue - and what if he was affected by its removal?
These and other things mean that this story is more divergent from canon than the previous story; divergent in a thoughtful way.
fanfic  author:Oliver_Snape  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Redefining_Life  category:Sequel  category:AU  category:Canon_Divergence  category:Mentor  category:Adoption  category:Hogwarts-era  category:Sixth_Year  category:OOTP-compatible  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Albus_Dumbledore  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Minerva_McGonagall  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Voldemort 
december 2010 by KerrAvonsen
"Linked" by Philyra912
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Not HBP compatible When a Potions assignment has a rare and disturbing side effect on Draco and Hermione, they will learn more about each other than they ever wanted to know.
fanfic  author:Philyra912  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novel  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU_Jossed  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Potion  category:Romance  category:Psychic_Bond  category:Sixth_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
november 2010 by KerrAvonsen
"Awakening" by UnexpectedInspiration
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry and Sirius have returned to England to join the Order in combatting Voldemort's rising influence. Harry, in the guise of an unimportant student, struggles for an identity. Can a teenager with a destiny have a normal life, with friends and loves?
fanfic  author:UnexpectedInspiration  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Wise_One  category:Sequel  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Sirius_Black  characters:Neville_Longbottom  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger 
november 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"Being" by UnexpectedInspiration
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry and Dumbledore race to destroy Horcruxes, but does Dumbledore trust Harry? Hermione's help is invaluable, but how far will Harry allow her to go with him? And if Harry refuses to kill Voldemort, how is a teenager going to stop the Dark Lord?
fanfic  author:UnexpectedInspiration  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Wise_One  category:Sequel  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Sirius_Black  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
november 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"Eternal Sunshine Of The Scourgified Mind" by Solstice Muse
(Harry Potter)
Summary: The trio have defeated Voldemort but paid a devastating price. How can they cope without each other and without any magical memories? AU.

Notes: This is an idea which could have been stupid and melodramatic, but the way it is told makes it intriguing, as we are dumped into the middle of events without knowing how they got that way.
Despite the distraction of a number of spelling mistakes, it is still very worth reading; unexpected plot twists, original characters that one grows to care about,
depths of despair without being melodramatic; love and care without being sentimental.
fanfic  author:Solstice_Muse  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  category:AU_Jossed  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Amnesia  category:Friendship  category:Post-Voldemort  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
september 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"Chrysalis" by Elsa
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Draco is having the semi-traditional identity crisis.

Notes: This continues the story; there are Developments, things get complicated.
The original characters introduced in the previous story continue to be great, particularly Helen, who is awesome.
I like this Draco; still Draco but having grown up somewhat.

On the downside, the story ends with unanswered questions, which are presumably answered in the last story in the trilogy.
fanfic  author:Elsa  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Taniwha  category:Sequel  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
september 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"The Secret Of Slytherin" by Kirinin
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Amidst misconceptions and reconciliation, the lines that separate the Wizarding World will be destroyed. Enemies will serve one another as friendships are tested and forged. But first, the Sorting Hat Who Will Not Sort has a message for Hogwarts... Sixth year AU.

Notes: There were a lot of really good things in this story, starting with what happened with the Sorting Hat.
Mind, there were also some mistakes and inconsistencies which should have been fixed, and a number of events were glossed over and only mentioned after the fact, but the rest still makes up for it.

Draco here is very intriguing; clever in a vicious way, making one wonder at his motives, and what he really wants with Harry.
I also like the way Hermione and Ron are portrayed; that Ron can actually be a mix of git and insightful, and Hermione isn't just a walking book.
Snape is snarky, clever, manipulative (but of course, a good guy!).

I really liked the whole mystery of the Secret of Slytherin itself; how it was built up, how it both used and subverted canon.
fanfic  author:Kirinin  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU_Jossed  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Friendship  category:Worldbuilding  category:Final_Battle  category:Sixth_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Hermione_Granger 
september 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"The Best Revenge" by Arsinoe de Blassenville
(Harry Potter)
Summary: AU. Yes, the old Snape retrieves Harry from the Dursleys formula. I just had to write one. Everything changes, because the best revenge is living well. T for Mentor Snape's occasional naughty language. Supportive Minerva.

Notes: There's a lot of good stuff in this.
An important part of this is the way that first impressions of people influence things in a different way:
Snape sees Harry's resemblance to Lily, Ron behaves like a git, Neville gets Harry's sympathy because of the way his Gran bullies him, and most interesting of all, the completely different relationship that Harry develops with the Malfoys.
Various canon characters who are barely anything but names are fleshed out as supporting characters.
Lots of little touches, like getting a glimpse of Houses other than Gryffindor, some intriguing world-building about Runes, and a particularly influential Hogwarts club.

Our Heroes still get into trouble; after all, Quirrelmort is still the DADA teacher...
fanfic  author:Arsinoe_de_Blassenville  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  series:Best_Revenge  category:AU  category:Worldbuilding  category:Friendship  category:Mentor  category:Snape-meets-Dursleys  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Different_Sorting  category:First_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
august 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"In Your Dreams" by Duj
(Harry Potter)
Summary: She gulped and clenched her teeth. How was she ever going to find the words to tell him his only chance of living through the next three months was - Oh, forget it! No one could be brave enough to tell him that!

Notes: Yes, yet another Hermione/Snape romance, and another one where they reluctantly marry, and fall in love afterwards. I like how brave Hermione is, how snarky and sneaky Snape is, how the story is plotty and isn't just about them; there are good parts for Draco and Neville too. I like how the theme of the story is that one person can make a difference even when they don't know they're making a difference.

I'd rate it "teen" for "adult concepts" but there was nothing graphic, more fade-to-black.
fanfic  author:Duj  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  rating:Mature  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  category:AU_Jossed  category:Marriage-then-love  category:SSHG  category:Romance  category:Dreams  category:Prophecy  category:Hogwarts-era  category:Unknown_Year  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Neville_Longbottom 
august 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"Better Be Slytherin" by Jharad17
(Harry Potter)
Summary: As a first year, Harry is sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, and no one is more surprised than his new Head of House. Snape mentors Harry fic.

Notes: I had been wondering if anyone had followed up the obvious AU of Harry being sorted into Slytherin; this story got multiple recommendations when I went looking for such a story. It deserves the accolades.

Snape starts off with almost the same unreasonable prejudice as in canon, and thus Harry finds his assumptions about the untrustworthiness of adults to be confirmed, because not only does his Head of House hate him, but being a Slytherin, he gets less support from the other teachers also. Yet Harry still manages to make friends, some of them quite surprising; and those friends, in turn, manage to get Snape to realize that Snape is breaking Rule One of Slytherin: Slytherins are the House.

That doesn't mean that it's smooth sailing, after that, not at all. There are secrets, lies, misunderstandings, threats, fear, nightmares, enemies within, unexpected allies, brushes with death, cosy cups of cocoa, and of course, quidditch. One of the amusing things is the way people keep on chiding Harry for his Gryffindorish tendencies, and that he ought to try harder to be a true Slytherin, rather than running headlong into danger.
This covers the whole of Year 1; though some things only get mentioned in passing, as it's a reasonable assumption that the readers are familiar with canon. The viewpoint alternates between Snape and Harry, and some things that we only knew from later books are shown earlier, since Snape already knows about them.

Note that the author is obviously American, since they use the phrase "Sorcerer's Stone" rather than "Philosopher's Stone", but it's no biggie.
fanfic  author:Jharad17  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Very_Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Slytherin_Harry  category:Mentor  category:Friendly_Draco  category:First_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
august 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"Blood Magic" by GatewayGirl
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Harry reflects back on the last year, and receives an unexpected birthday letter.

Notes: The circumstances of the 'Severitus' feel a bit out of character, but I would MUCH rather have it that Severus and James were on speaking terms by the end, than have something like Severus having an affair with Lily.

I like the way that lots of things have consequences and fallout in this story. Also, there is a lot of good worldbuilding, with wizarding traditions, interesting spells, academic discussions of magic theory (and academic discussions where people disagree about precise definitions, which gives it even more verisimilitude).

Even though this was enormously long, I still wish there was a sequel, but there isn't one.
fanfic  author:GatewayGirl  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  rating:Mature  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:AU  category:Different_Parentage  category:Slash  category:Worldbuilding  category:Hogwarts-era  category:Sixth_Year  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Pureblood-Snape  category:Dark_Mark  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Remus_Lupin  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Ron_Weasley 
august 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"Conspiracy Theory" by Ubiquirk
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Working as the Ministry's new Keeper of Records turns out to be not quite what Hermione Granger had in mind. It's ... well, dull, dull, boring, and possibly -- no, very definitely -- dull. She has a mountain of information at her fingertips -- a log of everything officially recorded in the Wizarding world -- and most of it's, yes, dull. Then one day, a filing cabinet sticks, and her busy brain notices the smallest clue, one that will have her and Severus Snape struggling to uncover a conspiracy that, if true, will tarnish the Wizarding world's golden post-war view of itself forever.

Notes: While this was written for the SS/HG exchange, and thus has a Snape/Hermione romance in it,
that is almost incidental compared with the central mystery. Which is a very mysterious mystery.

This story has a lot of picturesque details, such as the dull Ministry lunch food, which bring liveliness and immediacy to the story.

I enjoyed the more relaxed post-War Snape we had here; not that he was any less snarky, just a bit easier to get on with.
fanfic  author:Ubiquirk  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  category:EWE  category:SSHG  category:Mystery  category:Worldbuilding  category:Post-Voldemort  category:Ministry-Hermione  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
june 2009 by KerrAvonsen
"A Year Like None Other" by Aspen in the Sunlight
(Harry Potter)
Summary: A letter from home sends Harry down a path he'd never have walked on his own. A sixth year fic, this story follows Order of the Phoenix and disregards any canon events that occur after Book 5.

Notes: This is an AU novel set after "The Order of the Phoenix", which manages to do the amazing feat of taking Harry and Snape from mutual hatred to respect and beyond -- believably. Not only believably, but magnificently. It has one of my favourite themes: redemption.

This story has love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, horrible suffering, tremendous bravery, death, life, cunning, misunderstandings, terror, nightmares, hot cocoa, curses, potions, plans within plans, lies, truths, surprises and
snakes. The characterisations are not overstated to niceness or nastiness; changes are not sudden, and all our heroes get to be gits (in their own way).

It's also very long; set aside some holiday time to read it in, because you won't want to stop.
fanfic  author:Aspen_in_the_Sunlight  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Long_Novel  ranking:Excellent  finis:Complete  series:Year_Like_None_Other  category:AU_Jossed  category:OOTP-compatible  category:Reconciliation  category:Adoption  category:Hurt-Comfort  category:Torture  category:Worldbuilding  category:Friendly_Draco  category:Dark_Mark  category:Spy-uncovered  category:Sixth_Year  category:Hogwarts-era  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Severus_Snape  characters:Draco_Malfoy 
september 2007 by KerrAvonsen
"Stone" by Corvidae9
(Harry Potter)
Summary: A handful of firsties learn early lessons in Interhouse Unity thanks to a mess involving an impossibly old alchemist and a big, slobbery dog with too many heads. (Harry, Draco, Hermione, Neville, Ron, Pansy, Fred and George.)
fanfic  author:Corvidae9  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novelette  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  series:Switchverse  category:Sequel  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Neville_Longbottom  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Pansy_Parkinson  characters:Fred_Weasley  characters:George_Weasley 
august 2007 by KerrAvonsen
"Switch Interlude 1 and 2" by Corvidae9
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Two short fics about Hufflepuff extractions and adults in fistfights outside of bookshops. (Harry, Draco, Ron, Fred, George, Hermione and assorted others)
fanfic  author:Corvidae9  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Short_Story  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  series:Switchverse  category:Sequel  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Fred_Weasley  characters:George_Weasley  characters:Hermione_Granger 
august 2007 by KerrAvonsen
"Switch Interlude3" by Corvidae9
(Harry Potter)
Summary: Backstory from the summer after second year (in which Draco finds a use for the polyjuice). (Harry, Draco, Pansy)
fanfic  author:Corvidae9  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Short_Story  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  series:Switchverse  category:Sequel  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Pansy_Parkinson 
august 2007 by KerrAvonsen
"The Chamber" by Corvidae9
(Harry Potter)
Summary: The Heir of Slytherin terrorizes Hogwarts and only one person can put a stop to it. All right-- one person and a handful of his mismatched classmates. (Harry, Draco, Hermione, Neville, Ron, Pansy, Hannah, Vince, Greg, Fred and George.)
fanfic  author:Corvidae9  universe:Harry_Potter  length:Novella  ranking:Good  finis:Complete  series:Switchverse  category:Sequel  characters:Harry_Potter  characters:Draco_Malfoy  characters:Hermione_Granger  characters:Neville_Longbottom  characters:Ron_Weasley  characters:Pansy_Parkinson  characters:Hannah_Abbot  characters:Vincent_Crabbe  characters:Gregory_Goyle  characters:Fred_Weasley  characters:George_Weasley 
august 2007 by KerrAvonsen

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