Harry Potter: Made for Each Other

black bearTitle: Harry Potter: Made for Each Other

Summary: During the Battle for Hogwarts, Lucius Malfoy discovers that he has found his veela soulmate. When no one comes for him, he knows he will die in Azkaban without them, but then he is saved by the most unlikely of people: Harry Potter. The two of them must learn about each other and see behind the masks of what the wizarding world sees, while also adjusting to being veela. In the meantime, Molly and Ginny Weasley are struggling to come to terms with the fact that Harry will not be a Weasley, even going so far as to kidnap him. After dealing with the Weasley women, Harry learns that his life will never be normal and also what it means to have a family.

Status: Good

Opinion: A guilty pleasure fanfiction, this story is actually well handled. There is a lot of explicit sexual contact from three separate couples, as well as a lot of sweet moments as well. The relationship between Harry and Lucius is slightly underdeveloped at the beginning, but expands as the fanfiction evolves. Their explanation is that as soulmates, Harry and Lucius would have less fights and fit together easier. Pregnant Harry was amusing, but perhaps not all accurate as some of the symptoms of pregnancy seemed to be overblown. Overall the story was less about action and drama and more about life after the war itself.

Length: 390.801 words

Pairings: Lucius Malfoy/Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy/Twins, Severus Snape/Remus Lupin/Sirius Black

Warnings: explicit gay sex, veela, mpreg

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/384316/chapters/629175

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Harry’s Second Chance

0b8497dbd7574300a57ea41e35ded53dSummary: When Harry de-ages himself to 6 or 7 years old after the defeat of Voldemort in his fourth year, Severus Snape is the one who takes him. Since Harry has no memories of his previous life, Snape and Harry have a chance to reconnect and start over. They must learn to live with each other and finding a family along the way in the most unusual of people; a woman they saved in Greece, a de-aged Albus, and a man named Lucky who has a complicated past all of his own.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The story had some decent elements regarding parenting and what kind of parent that Severus Snape would be without all of the complications in the way, however many of the relationship went very quickly with little prelude or build up. The complications in their lives seemed to be overcome very easily and with simple solutions. Even the idea of Snape adopting Harry seemed to go very quickly with little interference on anyone’s part. The only complication that seemed to stay with them was Echo’s problems with her ex-husband, but even those were overlooked at times.

Length: 395.201 words

Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger, Severus Snape/OC, Lucius Malfoy/OC

Warnings: Alternate universe, mild mention of child abuse

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4763627/chapters/10892663

Never Alone

Ruby-7-1200x915Summary: When the Dursley household is destroyed during the summer, Harry is sent to leave with Severus Snape. He must learn what it means to trust an adult and other people to survive the summer. When Draco Malfoy joins them after his own mother’s death, Harry and him begin to create an unbreakable bond. This is slightly changed when Draco has temporary amnesia after a Death Eater attack. Harry shares all of the information about the Horcruxes with his new found family and even learns the price of self-sacrifice.

Status: Good

Opinion: The story premise was good and well-written, but the story itself was not very memorable. The relationship grew slowly enough to make them realistic, but there were not many moments where the characters were conflicted about anything, which made for a bland story. Ron’s reaction to Harry being friends with Draco and Snape was irrational and sudden, as was his reintroduction to the story. The Horcrux hunting seemed much less dramatic in this story as well, though the added information about Tom Riddle was interesting. There were a several major character deaths that happened that didn’t seem to affect the story all that much as well, which felt anti-climatic with their build-ups.

Length: 397.743 words

Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Remus Lupin/Severus Snape, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley

Warnings: Suicide mention, gory deaths

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3377003/chapters/7386758

Souls of the Dead

3cb1ab9b6679f67bf52bc27c34719e57Part 3 of 3 part series

Summary: Tom Riddle comes back to possess Harry, who has been underground in stasis for six years, believed to be dead. He traps Harry into his own mind and proceeds to kill/rape/kidnap both muggles and half-breeds. Its only when he meets the Winchesters and Gabriel that he is freed from Riddle’s grasp. Now he must learn how to fight demons across Europe, while getting repeatedly saved by Gabriel and getting reprimanded by Death for messing with the natural order. In the end, Harry must learn what it means to be family and the reaches of his magic.

Status: Bad

Opinion: The struggle that Tom Riddle had with letting go of his humanity was very well handled, yet short-lived. This fanfiction is very heavily on the Supernatural overlap, which personally was a turn-off speaking how the other two parts were limited on the cross-over references. As someone who has not watched much of Supernatural for reasons unknown, it was a struggle to keep up and understand what was going on. This would not have been as jarring or off-putting if the other parts included more Supernatural elements. It also seemed that the author’s answer to relationship strife and development needed to come from unplanned pregnancy as there was yet another one in this part.

Length: 100.807 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape/Hermione Granger, James Potter/Narcissa Malfoy, Remus Lupin/Sirius Black

Warnings: Heavy gore, Supernatural cross-over, suicide mentions.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1693394/chapters/3602300

Peace is a State of Mind

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Summary: After the disastrous end of Voldemort in the first part, Harry is sentenced to live in Azkaban, where he spends his days in an alternate world that he has created in his mind where he gets to live with those who he has lost. Meanwhile, Severus and James have to come to terms with what it means to live with a bond and learn to live outside of it as well. When Lily Potter, as a reaper, manages to convince Harry that his world is not reality, he crash-lands back into a world that hates him. When his attempt to bring back Draco by going back in time fails, he turns to Lucius Malfoy, who double-crosses him.

Status: Meh

Opinion: The creation of Elsewhere was fascinating, as was the stories of the other members of the Dead Block in Azkaban, but the story seemed lacking in terms of how each person was dealing with the events of the war. Not one person seemed to be handling it well and each one had tried to commit suicide of some kind. The relationship building was lacking and seemed very sudden, with unplanned pregnancies as the sole reason that the relationships stayed together.

Length: 114.747 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger/Severus Snape, James Potter/Narcissa Malfoy

Warnings: Suicide warning, insanity, heavily alcoholism, drug addiction

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1380631/chapters/2890081

For the Price of a Soul

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Summary: When Harry is beaten to the point of permanent damage by Vernon Dursley, he makes a deal with a demon to have magic to protect himself. He then runs off until he is discovered at the end of what should have been his first year. Starting a year behind with epilepsy in Slytherin, he must navigate the not-friendly world around him. Occasionally a person that goes by the name of “The Assistant” shows up and helps both sides. As voldemort begins to recruit him, Harry must decide who is more important; his family or defeating Voldemort, all the while knowing that the demons are coming for him before he turns 18.

Status: Meh

Opinion: This fanfiction had good bare bones with the exasperated abuse on Harry, but the added element of the time travel and alternate timelines that was introduced with “The Assistant” often muddles up the storyline. The mental state that Harry Evans goes through is understandable and well-laid out, one of the few redeeming qualities. Harry’s love of history and runes throughout the story gave a rather weak character some strengths and personality. The discussions about the alternate timelines were fascinating as they were various. There were several climax scenes where there was so much going on that some very important elements were easy to miss, especially in the final scene. Even after going back and re-reading it, it was hard to decipher.

Length: 410.721 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy, Remus Lupin/Sirius Black

Warnings: Very violent, torture, abuse, master/slave

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/785942/chapters/1482358

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

Looks Can Be Deceiving

Gryphon-black_largeSummary: When Hermione turns herself into a cat in her second year, Snape offers to take her on as his apprentice. Her acceptance of his offer leads to Hermione’s training as a warrior, potioneer, and animagus. She learns quickly that outer appearances do not always what they appear to be as she grows in strength along with Draco and Snape. When Viktor Krum and his band of Durmstrang boys reveal that they are animagi as well, they begin to develop a Pack that is so strong that nothing can tear them apart, even the war with Voldemort. With Severus at the helm of the Pack, they defeat Voldemort from behind the scenes, changing the course of history with as little bloodshed as possible. It is only as “freaks of nature” that they learn what family truly means.

Status: Good

Opinion: The beginning of this story was very well handled and I actually enjoyed the duplicity of Hermione, Snape, and Draco. The minor changes to the storyline made sense and had background for the choices. I enjoyed the minor traits of cat that Hermione retained after her mistake with the Polyjuice potion and the sense of pack that was created with the Durmstrang boys. The relationship between Hermione and Krum was well built and stronger in this universe than in the canon one. The ramifications of Ginny’s time with the diary were explored thoroughly. That being said, the story began to drag on a little near the end, and the “Pack Song” aspect could have been left out without hurting the story. The last chapter was heartbreaking, but the story could have been better had the epilogue regarding Hermione and Viktor’s children been left out. Their story seemed rushed and didn’t add much to the final moments of the story.

Length: 441.879 words

Pairings: Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum

Warnings: mild violence

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3630213/chapters/8016714

Fate is a Four Letter Word

captureSummary: When Ginny Potter is brutally murdered while in bed with her lover, Draco Malfoy, a now middle aged Harry must go back in the public eye to find out who her murderer was. When it turns out that Malfoy is completely innocent, Harry himself is put up for the murder charge. It is up to him, Severus Snape, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and the Weasleys to discover how deep the murder goes and navigate the legal system all the while. During a Ministry attack and from a surprisingly reliable spy, it comes to light that the person behind the attacks is none other than the head of the MLE, now they must find enough proof to convict her and her accomplices. While all this is going on, Harry must learn what it means to be in a loving relationship after the dissolution of his own relationship with Ginny.

Status: Good

Opinion: The legal aspects of this story was very well handled and showed the many flaws that the British Wizarding World had to face. There was very good dialogue about creature rights and magical theory throughout the story as well. The relationship between Harry, Severus, and Kingsley I wish had a little more build up on the latter twos’ parts, but the relationship was well taken care of. The one downside of this story was that there were a lot of subplots that muddled the storyline and occasionally made it difficult to follow along. It did have a good balance of high and slow paced action, and it was fascinating to watch the author’s perspective on what Harry’s relationship with his children would be like.

Length: 525.304 words

Pairings: Harry Potter/Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Draco Malfoy/Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley/Hermione Granger, Lucius Malfoy/OC

Warnings: Mild Gore, Age-Gap relationships

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4267422/chapters/9661617

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