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    August 22nd, 2007

    Newts and Salamanders

    Newts and Salamanders by Orange Crushed

    Summary: “He remembers what they wrapped him in– satin, satin for a baby. Satin for the little prince. He soiled it, as babies do, and stuffed a sleeve into his mouth; and still they replaced it with yet more satin, bearing the family crest.” Oneshot, 1,661 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The relationship between Snape and Draco Malfoy (and perhaps even the Malfoy family entire) has always been one of those unknowns. Orange Crushed takes a stab at quantifying it, and in doing so creates a beautifully stirring piece of poetic prose. Both Draco and Snape are in character; their edges are sharp and their dealings ever aristocratic. We see Draco while we stand beside Snape, and it is a view that melds with canon while at the same time complimenting it. The language here is exquisite and highly appropriate: it becomes aloofly sentimental, and Snape becomes — perhaps — a better godfather to Draco than Sirius ever was permitted to be for Harry.

    Why You Might Not Care: I can’t really say why not, because I can’t really think of a qualifying reason. This is lovely, and for me to say that about a thing primarily focusing on Draco — whom I tend to overlook more often than not for all his fangirls — is nothing short of surprising.

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    2 Responses to “Newts and Salamanders”

    1. Yuan Tao Says:
      August 22nd, 2007 at 4:44 pm

      This was quite cute. I had always thought that Draco was a bit more miffed by that refusal from Harry (that handshake is such a pivotal point in Harry’s life, and in Draco’s life!) than Harry ever knew or cared to wonder.


      “Harry Potter will live forever.” he says, with an air of authority; and Severus accidentally bites down on his teacup.

      ^ That was a such a great line. It gives me such a feeling in my chest that I can’t shake off, especially knowing that Harry will think that Draco’s just an arrogant little toerag (well, he is one). But this fic makes Draco look like an arrogant, spoiled brat without making spoiled look like a bad thing.

      I love how the words the author uses can downplay events such as Dumbledore’s Death, and that Snape killed him, in such a way, and yet cast it in a different light, as if to say, “yes, it happened, deal.” It’s completely Slytherin.

      There’s nothing else to say. Actually, there’s tons to say, but why to you? You’ve already read it. It’s wonderful rec, thank you. =]

      Signed simply, Yuan

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    3. Angel Says:
      August 24th, 2007 at 6:09 am

      That was fantastic. The layers of each character are so effortlessly peeled away, one at a time. Nice rec, doll.

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