Part 7 of 17 part series
Summary: This part of the story was the culmination of the fight with Voldemort following Dylan’s introduction into the Death Eaters. Snape, Remus, and Blackmore’s goals are to attempt to turn the children of Slytherin away from the “certain” path to the Death Eaters, all while attempting to keep their cover and not alert their parents in the process. Both Snape and Sirius learn to mature and accept each other for who they are, while not becoming friends, they at least don’t hate each other anymore. Dylan struggles with the path that he is now on, especially when Voldemort reveals exactly why he forced his hand in joining the Death Eaters: dark roses that can suck the blood out of a human body at the command of the head of the Rosier family. All the while, Albus recruits some very strong allies in the non-human world and from Snape’s Japanese friends. In the end, Voldemort attacks Hogwarts and forces the decision with the children of the Death Eaters to make their choices: stand with Hogwarts or stand with their parents.
Opinion: I feel like the characterization of the Slytherin children and what their home lives were like was very well done in this story. Their decision in the end to turn away from their parents was not surprising, nor without a clear path to how that decision was made. Some of the students had to make a last minute choice based on little clear thought, but most of them had several key moments in their thinking. The reason why this was not given a higher rating was because a few of the relationship seemed a little arbitrary and throw together at the very end without a lot of build-up. That being said, the relationships still made sense. The one thing that I could not bring myself to like was that, in this alternate universe, the reason that Harry could speak Parseltongue was because Voldemort was his grandfather through rape on Lily’s side! It seemed to be a convoluted way of introducing the Slytherin side, and was very out of character for Voldemort. This threw me off so much in the end, that I felt that the climax didn’t get the full impact that it could have.
Length: 333,231 words
Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin, the beginning of Ginny/Harry, Sirius Black/Branwen Blackmore, OC/OC
Warnings: Alternate Universe, mild gore, pregnancy sacrifice, mild mention of rape