What It Comes Down To

dante-refillable-leather-journal-15Summary: After Harry, Ron, and Hermione are captured by the Death Eaters while on the Horcrux Hunt, Harry is tortured and raped to his breaking point; allowing him to escape with all three of them alive and well. However, Ron and Hermione must now help Harry cope with the aftermaths of the torture while also trying to advance the hunt. While attempting to cope with his mental trauma, Harry begins a relationship with Ron and Hermione that allows him to reconnect with the outside world. After the war ended, they must learn how to navigate a “normal” world with the memories from their time alone.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: Harry’s mental anguish after the highly detailed torture that he endured was well documented, extrapolated, and created. Even Ron and Hermione’s thoughts and feelings as they attempted to not only deal with their own trauma, but helping with Harry’s as well was well-handled. The relationship between the triad made sense as the story progressed and was not rushed. The story progressed along the same time line as the canonical story, just with the added kidnapping between the necklace and the cup. The end of the story concluded nicely with very little problems and it was hopeful after the long trudge that they all had to endure.

Length: 380.073 words

Pairings:  Harry Potter/Multiple Death Eaters, Harry Potter/Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley

Warnings: torture scenes, rape, suicide  

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3499913/chapters/7691726

Bound By Duty

51c514306aef395cc0a62798a9b71254Summary: There has been a sexual prophecy that has been told through centuries, stating a Mudblood and three wizards will defeat the Dark Lord with kinky sexual magic. Lily, James, Sirius, and Severus were one couple that had the potential to fulfill the prophecy, but everything seemed to fall apart rather quickly. Now Harry, Hermione, and Ron are busy creating a triad, Draco Malfoy is ordered to befriend them and quickly falls in love with two of the three members. Snape realizes that they have the greatest potential of meeting the requirements and brings the quartet in and facilitates the growth of their relationship. After a failed attempt at a ritual and after Draco is officially Marked, they must learn to trust each other again, right before Voldemort forces their hands.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: This fanfiction had the potential to be poor handled with its premise, but the polyamory angle was well handled. While the relationship between the trio and Draco had to be forced, it was no surprise they grew to love each other because the potential was there all along. The intrigue of sexual magic, as well as the D/s relationship that was introduced may the story exciting and nothing was ever similar. The psyche for each person, even side characters like Severus, was astounding in its complexity. No one character has simple motivations for what they did, but their emotions were not so complex that their choices did not make sense. The only negative was the Dominant/submissive relationship was not handled well, but that was also addressed in the storyline.

Length: 426.954 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley/Draco Malfoy, Lily Evans/James Potter/Sirius Black/Remus Lupin, Lily Evans/Severus Snape

Warnings: Very sexual, Dominant/submissive relationship, BDSM, Major gore at the climax

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/959572/chapters/4051674

Inner Demons

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Summary: While Ginny returns to Hogwarts for her last as Head Girl, Harry remains in the Wizarding World as an Auror-In-Training. When Draco Malfoy shows up stating that Dolohov is trying to amass an new crop of Death Eaters, Harry must decide on what to tell Ginny and how to handle the situation. Unknown to him, Ginny is struggling with major PTSD, failing her courses, and generally breaking down. When Harry goes missing for a week after meeting with Draco, Ginny decides that she cannot handle the stress and breaks up with him. This drives Harry to push for full Auror status and spends the next two years on the Continent. Ginny gets her PTSD under control and begins her career with the Holyhead Harpies. When Harry returns for Ron and Hermione’s wedding, they must decide what to do with their relationship while Harry is stilling hunting down Dolohov.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: The first story setup the tone of the story immediately and showed the causes and influences that Ginny was undergoing. Harry’s turmoil over hurting Ginny and effectively losing the only family that he’s known was the perfect catalyst for him disappearing for so long. They story is completely based in canon, matching what the epilogue stated happened, but elaborating on the in-between years. The struggle that Ginny had with PTSD was understandable and lent itself to some very good character development. Overall, the story was well-laid out and the time lapse was well-handled. For the most part, you knew how long the jumps were and yet still only read the important parts.

Length: 482.492 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley/OC

Warnings: Major PTSD discussion, mild gore

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/601124/chapters/1083962

Pride of Time

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Summary: When Hermione accidently gets thrown back in time during her fifth year at Hogwart to 1977, just one year behind the Marauders, she must learn how to maintain the original timeline so as to not disturb the future. While navigating the Wizarding World during the first war with Voldemort, she befriends the Marauders and, surprisingly, Severus Snape. When Hermione becomes Snape’s handler, they learn to love each other, despite him knowing that she was from the future. During their time teaching at Hogwarts together after Voldemort’s first defeat, Hermione becomes pregnant and they decide to keep their son, even knowing that it will cause problems when Hermione enters her own timeline again. As Hermione is de-aged and returned to her fifth year, her relationship with Snape becomes strained, but they must learn to put it aside to defeat Voldemort for the last time.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: Normally time change fanfictions lack a level of reality and a complete disregard for the future; however, this fanfiction used the future as a catalyst for several major decisions as well as character growth. While some parts of the storyline were slightly altered, Hermione’s trip back to 1977 did not affect the timeline at all other than to slightly change motivations for different characters. The relationship between Hermione and Severus was highly realistic and often tense in an understandable way, especially with the introduction of Selenius, their son. This fanfiction was subtle and deep, often going into the theory of time and magic, as well as the human psyche.

Length: 553.338 words

Pairings: Severus Snape/Hermione Granger, Lily Evans/James Potter

Warnings: Mild Gore

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/444457/chapters/760159

Phantom of Hogwarts

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Summary: After the war with Voldemort has ended, Hogwarts resumes its normal year, except that the Ministry has decided that the wizarding world is severely lacking in Fine Arts education. This prompts a musical theatre competition between the Tri-Wizard Schools to see who will have funding for the following school year to implement the new program. When Severus Snape is cast as the Phantom and Hermione as Christine, they learn how much like their parts they really are. Throughout the school year, their relationship grows and they have to use all of Snape’s spying prowess to not get caught. At the same time, Snape learns how to relax for the first time in his life.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: While the writing in this fanfiction start off very shaky (Severus’s point of view is first person, while Hermione’s is in third person), it does even out a few chapters in and become not only more detailed, but has the thought processes of the characters increase as well. The introduction of Fine Arts in the wizarding world was a good premise, as the original series always felt lacking in that department. The Phantom of the Opera was a wonderful backdrop for the relationship building as the characters in each story matched very well. Hermione and Severus’s relationship did seem a bit rushed in the beginning, but that was rectified throughout the story. This story is a guilty pleasure because of the theatre aspect, but that does not mean that the story was not well developed. Severus’s growth throughout the story was well-handled.

Length: 653.984 words

Pairings: Severus Snape/Hermione Granger, Harry Potter/Hermione Granger, Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Susan Bones .

Warnings: Mildly explicit in the later chapters, student/teacher relationship

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/188358/chapters/276942

A Year Like None Other

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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

Three’s A Crowd (or Summer Vacation II)

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Summary: After Goblet of Fire, Sirius, Lupin, and Snape all end up living in Lupin’s home for the summer vacation, causing some interesting arguments between Sirius and Snape. The three of them have to work around how to live together civilly while also dealing with the fact that their relationships with each other have changed. All the while, Snape goes back to Voldemort, getting tortured in the process. Their memories turn to Professor Blackmore’s last few weeks before she disappeared.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: I liked this chapter as well because it shows how relationships can change over time or with the addition of new people. Lupin no longer needed Sirius because of Snape, but Sirius still wanted to be a part of his pack. Over the course of the chapter, Sirius begins to realize how much Snape truly does care for Lupin, especially after he comes back from Voldemort and needs comfort. I enjoyed the discussion that they had about Professor Blackmore as it showed that they all had a common ally who they didn’t completely understand, but respected all the same. For such a short chapter, it had a lot of content.

Length: 15,192

Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin

Warnings: Alternative Universe, very smutty chapter

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3121307

For Old’s Times Sake

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Summary: Conflict in Snape’s and Lupin’s relationship in the form of Dylan Rosier (Evan Rosier’s son) arrives as the story opens to the beginning of the Goblet of Fire. Dylan has been homeschooled by his mother’s family following his father’s execution and has been accepted into Hogwarts as a 3rd year. Snape not only has to relieve his past and his guilt with letting Evan and his other friends Wilkes join the Death Eaters in the first place, but now he has to help a new student navigate Slytherin and make the right choices. All the while trying to avoid Mad-Eye Moody and figure out why the Dark Mark is growing stronger.

Status: Fantastic

Opinion: While Snape does act out of character occasionally, it is easily explained away. I was fully expecting to have the random insertion of the new character, Dylan, to be distracting, however I was pleasantly surprised that he became one my favorite catalysts and characters. His struggle to live up to his idealized version of his father, but still make friends with Hermione made him an interesting read. Snape’s character growth was also very good in this fanfiction as he not only find more about taking care of children’s needs, but also more about him and Lupin.

Length: 39,588

Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin

Warnings: Alternate Universe. Mild verbal child abuse (Dylan)

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3111305/chapters/6740750

Dumbledore’s Army: The Year of Darkness

Neville-Longbottom-neville-longbottom-22817808-600-449Summary: The first fanfiction that I would recommend would be called “Dumbledore’s Army: The Year of Darkness.” This is basically a tale of Neville’s transformation from lowest in class to general of the army in the Battle of Hogwarts. The author wrote the world more detailed and emotional than even J.K. Rowling. If you like her writing, you would love Thanfiction’s rendition of Neville’s 7th year. It really is a fantastic mix of bravery, growing up fast, loyalty, and love in the face of fire.

Status: Fantastic

Length: 25 chapters that are similar to Rowling’s length if not longer. This is a true novel length. Words: 247,715.

Pairings: Neville/Hannah Abbott, Susan Bones/Ernie McMillian

Warnings: Not for the faint of heart. Lots of blood, death, torture. Imagine the 7th Harry Potter book with the death toll being quadrupled.

Link:    http://archiveofourown.org/works/753521

For all of those people who wanted to know what happened back at Hogwarts.