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    June 28th, 2007

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Theatresm

    Summary: The tale of the professor of Muggle Studies, as she raises her troubled nephew and comes to terms with her job, her colleagues, and the difficulties inherent in being a Muggle teacher at a magical school. Trilogy, Novel Length, approx. 150,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is the other of two major Snape/OC Trilogies that I think any self respecting Snape fan would need to read before really committing to the character. The narrative is in first person, and Miranda Hunter hardly ever so much as whispers the name “Mary Sue”; her relationship with Snape takes as much time to develop into fruition as a relationship with Snape ought, spreading from mutual dislike to mutual grudging respect and then like and then eventually beyond that as well. As for Snape, he never trips away from canon, and even in his softest moments he is as much the cruel bastard as we could hope for, but Miranda has been cunningly crafted to match him well. Furthar, one of the most compelling relationships in the story is that between Miranda and her young nephew, Ian; a young boy with his own journey to make. Every canon character in this piece is spot on, and every original character feels as though they might just be canon. The prose is dynamic, and rolling with style. This is not how JKR would have written it, and yet it honours the intent. A landmark piece, written before the release of OotP.

    Why You Might Not Care: Oh boy. Do not venture here if you harbour any thoughts that Snape is not the prick he seems to be, because here the author never tries to dull his edge which — to the true canon Snape fan — will only make you want more. This is a man that was a Death Eater willingly, and perhaps in moments of weakness longs to be again. In places, it’s a story about a dead man trying to move forward and being just as startled as anyone to find there may be a part of him alive yet. Also, this fiction was written before OotP came out, so while it once fit canon perfectly, it now sits firmly in an AU category.

    Awards: Round Four Multifaceted Awards, Best Original Character – Runner Up.

    posted by afterthree

    2 Responses to “Brave New World”

    1. Anonymous Says:
      August 10th, 2007 at 9:41 am

      I came across this fic ages ago…back when I’d really only just started reading fanfiction, and I still think it’s a wonderful, though incredibly rare, example of a case where an OC works. Miranda and Ian (who I cried for, I really did…) are incredibly real characters, and come into the magical world in a believable way. Snape is exactly who Snape ought to be and not sweetened or fluffy at all, which makes him so much more enjoyable. Excellent rec, and made me think I’d like to read this one again…

    3. Anonymous Says:
      January 9th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

      I found this story very engaging and enjoyed it very much. The writing is excellent and everyone is really in character. My only complaint is that Miranda becomes a bit of a know-it-all and a bit artificially seems to be the one with all the answers. But this really is a minor complaint.
      On the same webpage is another story (Hermione/Snape) by the same author – Chaos is Come Again, which I must say simply blew me away. It is an extremely intelligent and very real bit of writing, which really resonated with me. It has very serious themes and is deeply thought-provoking (and I don’t mean just on a political level, which is the obvious message), but there is also very skillful humour, which lightens the mood in just the right places. The writing is brilliant, the plot highly engaging and we end up deeply caring about the characters and it is quite a bit shattering at times.