Part 8 of a 17 part series
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.
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.
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
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
Part 4 of 17 part series
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.
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.
Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin
Warnings: Alternative Universe, very smutty chapter