A Year Like None Other

Part 1 of 2-part seriesGryffindorSlytherinCrest

Summary: After Harry gets a letter from the Dursleys during his sixth year at Hogwarts, he is thrown into an interesting turn of events. After undergoing a Muggle procedure, Harry has lost all ability to access his Light magic, leaving behind only his Dark powers. During the process of trying to regain usage of his magic and learn Occlumency, Severus Snape learns how much Harry is not like his father, growing closer to him each day. When Voldemort finds out about Harry’s predicament, he takes advantage, rendering Harry without protection from the wards, blind, and emotionally damaged. When Severus decides to adopt Harry, it creates a massive paradigm shift, for all of them, including Draco Malfoy. The rest of the year is all three of them learning what it means to be a family, both ups and downs.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: While most Severus and Harry familial relationship fanfictions tend to have Snape realize how terrible Harry’s home life is like before gaining a relationship, this fanfiction focused more on how events could create a shift. They don’t just fall into a Father/Son relationship without mistrust and other issues, which is definitely nice to have. All three of the major characters do not act out-of-character, but instead relate to different catalysts within their original personalities. There was never a dull moment in the story, but not overwhelmingly so. The balance of action, frustration, happiness, and bonding was very well handled. There were a few times that the action seemed unnecessary, but not very often. Overall, an easy read with lots of character development.

Length: 790.169

Pairings/Characters: Severus Snape, Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Lucius Malfoy

Warnings: Torture in several points throughout the story. Self-Harm near the end.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/742072/chapters/1382061

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Chocolate-Covered Werewolf, Fathers’ Day, Vanilla, and Watching Videos

Parts 14-17 of 17 part serieswolf-5

As these four fanfictions were fairly short and intertwined, there is just one review for them altogether.

Summary: After the story ends in Scars, Severus, Remus, Theodore, and Dylan settle into a semi-normal routine and they attempt to settle into a working family relationship. During part 14, Remus attempts to make chocolates for Severus, but severely messes up. In part 15, the boys decide that they want to celebrate Fathers’ Day with their adoptive parents and end up making a mess out of the entire. Their unusual gift is well explored in both parts 16 and 17, as Remus and Severus discover that they are perfectly happy with an unexciting love life.

Status: Meh

Opinion: These parts had their moments where they were interesting, mostly during the much larger parts 15 and 17, but for the most part, they didn’t add too much to the characters than what we already knew.

Length: Part 14: 1.957 words
Part 15: 14.132 words
Part 16: 971 words
Part 17: 7.184 words

Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin

Warnings: Alternate Universe, mild smut

Links: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177170
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177167/chapters/6901723
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3178934
http://archiveofourown.org/works/3179012

A Gift from Sweetie (a side story to Scars)

Part 13 of 17 part series9f16aa66eff98d5a10dfd49cbe90579a-2

Title: A Gift from Sweetie (a side story to Scars)

Summary: After a mild misunderstanding by Parvati Patil, most people believe that Tsubasa’s mother is actually his girlfriend. This leads to a funny confrontation in the shop after Tsubasa buys a robe there for his mother and also leads to an interesting proposition by Tsubasa’s father.

Status: Meh

Opinion: For a ficlet, this was an okay side-story. It didn’t add much to the story, but definitely included more information on what did happen in the story after it ended.

Length: 3.204 words

Pairings: Ash Randolf/Tsubasa

Warnings: Alternate Universe

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3177152

Scars

Part 12 of 17 part serieslunar-phases-talismans

Summary: The focus of the story has rounded back to Ash Randolf and the werewolves as Ash and Takeshi’s cousin, Tsubasa have found themselves in a tempestuous relationship that they are just dancing around each other. Ash’s childhood comes back to haunt him when his much younger half-sister goes searching for her “dead” brother, opening up a huge chasm of problems, including Ash’s real father’s family. When Greyback comes back from the dead with a vengeance, the werewolves are once again cast into bad light, straining Ash and Tsubasa’s relationship to its breaking point.

Status: Good

Opinion: This was a well-written story, but often felt redundant when paired with the other stories in this series. The same problems kept intruding in the main characters’ lives, including inheritance problems and issues regarding the werewolves. The real saving grace in this story is the uniqueness of each new character added; I never felt like any one character was the same. How the characters handled each new situation was varied and linear. In this story, Greyback was supposed killed during the First War by Voldemort, but instead was put in an insane asylum for 19 years. I feel that Greyback would have had more lasting damage from this imprisonment that he did, which did throw me off. The plotline did seem a little forced at times, like the writer was attempting to make it more interesting, but instead made the characters seem almost out of character for overlooking the obvious.

Length: 302.367 words

Pairings: Ash Randolf/Tsubasa, Severus Snape/Remus Lupin,

Warnings: Alternate Universe, mild gore

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3174782/chapters/6895926

Summer Vacation III: Honeymoon in Japan

Part 11 of 17 part series961_1crane_43

Summary: Two of the minor characters from “Aftermaths,” Aric Dietrich and Takeshi Kimura have begun their relationship and travel to Japan to visit the rest of Takeshi’s crane-shapeshifting family. While there, they mostly spend their time frolocking and getting to know each other during several festivities.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The characterization of Takeshi and Aric were very good and relatable, though I felt that this was downsized by the sudden intrusion of Japanese culture into an otherwise very British story. The reiteration that the “crane” people were very graceful and otherworldly beautiful seemed to be redundant after a while. I almost felt that the entire story’s purpose was to introduce another character right at the very end.

Length: 74.788

Pairings: Aric Dietrich/Takeshi Kimura, minor Severus Snape/Remus Lupin

Warnings: Alternate Universe

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3164864/chapters/6871469

Ash’s Story

Part 10 of 17 part seriese1c1bb5f3c92a4aacd60d674cfa674a4

Summary: Ash is part of Lukas Bleddri’s pack of werewolves and a minor character in “Aftermaths.” He often is said to be a playboy among the werewolves, but he never speaks about the past to anyone. This is his story of how he found his way through life and into Bleddri’s pack and eventually into the Ministry.

Status: Good

Opinion: I was surprised at how well written this short fanfiction was. Ash was easily one of the most interesting minor characters in Bleddri’s pack, as he was fond of Muggle gadgets and was often one of the few werewolves that managed to get territorial. His story was well-written and showed even more discourse in the Pureblood society. I wish that the ending of the story had been better managed however, as Takeshi’s (minor character from Aftermaths as well) brother just seemed randomly thrown in at the end, with little lead-up.

Length: 23.311 words

Pairings: Takeshi Kimura/Aric Dietrich

Warnings: Alternate Universe

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3155600

The Revenant

Part 9 of 17 part seriesBestmainimagejamespotterI

Summary: James Potter has been watching over Harry for all of his life from limbo, not able to interact with the living world. While he watches, he gets more and more upset at the changes in Harry and his friends, feeling that they are pushing Harry away from the “good” path and away from him. When Sirius grants Harry the right to call him “Dad,” this was the last straw for James. When the last remaining Death Eater contacts the nearest spirit to bring them back to Earth, James jumps at the chance for revenge.

Status: Meh

Opinion: This story was such a deviation from the rest of the series, that it was jarring after the last long fanfiction. The sudden shift to James Potter’s perspective was harsh and it seemed out of character for James to want to stay without Lily for so long in limbo, and especially for him to get so angry with Sirius for taking over the father figure in Harry’s life. This did not really add any new information to the storyline and was actually not that interesting.

Length: 62.615 words

Pairings: Sirius Black/Branwen Blackmore, Severus Snape/Remus Lupin, James Potter/Lily Potter

Warnings: Alternate Universe, Death, mild gore

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3155435/chapters/6848861

Aftermaths

Part 8 of a 17 part seriesil_570xN.702862086_5ve0

Summary: As the title suggests, this is dealing with the aftermaths of the fall of Voldemort. As the Pureblood Slytherin students are learning to deal with their new world order, there is discord lurking in other houses as a few students feel that the “Death Eater” students did not get their full punishment. These students take matters into their own hands to try to force the Slytherin students to admit their guilt, all the while getting wrapped up in something that was far more dangerous than they realize. Meanwhile, there are several inheritance battles that dominate the storyline.: the Snapes and the Diggorys. As everything seems to be falling apart in most of the characters’ lives, a single heroic event from the most unlikely character brings the story into harmony at the very end.

Status: Good

Opinion: The storyline was an easy read, which made the long length very manageable. The main focus shifted significantly from the Snape family to the Diggory family about halfway through the story, which was definitely interesting. This storyline is very centered on the struggles of the Wizarding World as they have to adjust to a different thought process and accept that the barriers dividing the wizarding world are disappearing. I was a little put off by how quickly everything seemed to change, yet how slow others did. The relationships that were formed in the storyline were very quick to change, either to start or to end. I did enjoy how much was focused on the werewolves in this storyline, as they are not typically something that is discussed. Aric Dietrich, Theo’s cousin, had a good arch in the story and provided some needed tension in the story as well. Overall, the story was heart-warming and a good read; I just feel that it was often too hard to follow what was going on in each character’s arch.

Length: 822,443

Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin, beginning of Ginny/Harry, Sirius Black/Branwen Blackmore, Dylan Rosier/Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley/Daphne Greengrass, OC/OC

Warnings: Alternate Universe, mild gore, lots of smut

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3152375/chapters/6841373