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    Tagged with "Severus Snape"


    September 18th, 2007

    Field Below

    Field Below by Just Hold Still

    Summary: Somewhere behind him the world has juddered to a stop and begun again, but he knows none of it. When he comes back to himself, it’s to the clacking heartbeat of a train with no memory of the station, to the softly falling snow slipping past the grimy compartment windows, and the vague notion that he’s got somewhere to be. Oneshot, 1,273 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I love pieces like this, that combine poetic free-association with prose to create something soothingly dream-like. This is Snape’s After, and he is neither a hero nor a villain. Death is the great equalizer of all men, and so instead we have something simpler. I love this. Beautifully written, and as smooth as a stone that has weathered the elements for a long, long time.

    Why You Might Not Care: I feel you should read this even if you’re not particularly fond of Snape. But I am particularly fond of Snape, so what do I know, really?

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    September 16th, 2007

    And Yet He Flinched

    And Yet He Flinched by HLB

    Summary: McGonagall’s thoughts as she contemplates the mask Snape wears. Oneshot, 1,339 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This was written, I think, prior to the release of HBP and so the author did not at this point know that Snape’s father was a Muggle. However, the sentiment turned out to be (probably) all too accurate, even if the method is a bust. It is a terrible thing that people can be ruined so early in life, and Snape is one of the three lost boys of Hogwarts; I think his, in the end, is the most tragic story, because he isn’t able to chose the path of total darkness or total light, but rather is thrown constantly between the two as only a ruined man may be.

    Why You Might Not Care: This may not be entirely canon Snape; we don’t really get enough of him to know for sure. Something about McGonagall is… not quite accurate. But — and correct me if I’m wrong — the details aren’t the point, I don’t think.

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    September 1st, 2007

    Five Moments of Doubt

    Five Moments of Doubt by Bagheera

    Summary: Sprout, Neville, Luna, Ginny and Professor McGonagall during Deathly Hallows. Oneshot, 5,971 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Snape is not, perhaps, the infallible master of deception he seems. He swore to Dumbledore he would do everything in his power to keep the students and the school safe, but it is a precarious line to walk, and at times he slips to one side or the other. This seems to me perfectly canon in every way, and the notion that McGonagall — especially — might have discovered him is no surprise. Snape tells McGonagall “I am exactly what you think I am” and means it; he has played the game so long that he is what he must be, both Dumbledore’s man and Voldemort’s man.

    Why You Might Not Care: Experience these moments of doubt with these characters as you experienced your own while reading, and know the uneasy feeling that things might go either way even though you already know the outcome.  This fic is well written, astute, and with thoughtful and accurate canon characters.  I encourage you not to overlook it.

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    August 31st, 2007

    Lamentations of a Starry Eyed Twit

    Lamentations of a Starry Eyed Twit by She’s a Star

    Summary: Auriga Sinistra’s not so eventful diary filled with sarcasm, self pity, and assorted proclamations of loathing for a certain Potions professor. Novel Length, Humour, 96,620 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because this author has created some pretty priceless situational comedy, and a wholly wonderful comedic character in Auriga Sinistra. As I’ve read through this, I have never ceased to be delighted by the hijinks and tomfoolery of the Hogwarts staff, both canon and original. Sinistra is the magical version of Bridget Jones, and while Snape might not be quite the equivalent of Mr. Darcy, the combination does make for some interesting and highly entertaining anecdotal material. Sinistra is well created and incurably ridiculous in that way most people are, and all females that have struggled with their own doomed love-lives will feel a certain kinship with her. Snape by and large remains canon, though the central conceit of this piece is that he might possibly harbor some hidden affection for Sinistra, though perhaps quite against his will. Their verbal sparring is worth the price of admission, and while Auriga occasionally comes out on top, by and large she fumbles in the face of Snape’s superior cutting wit and is reduced to something awkwardly akin to “…so’s your face!” I have stolen more quotes from this fic for my notebook collection than any other fanfiction, and that’s got to count for something.

    Why You Might Not Care:  It’s still a work in progress, and until quite recently I thought it to be abandoned, though Deathly Hallows seems to have spurned the author to write a new chapter or two.  This fic occasionally tries to be something more meaningful than a humourous escapade, and those tend to be its weakest moments; this fic is at its best when Sinistra is throwing coffee mugs at Snape and purchasing Quirrell’s iguana collars for the staff Christmas gift exchange.  Snape is both completely Snape and… completely  not.  Sometimes the switches are a little too jarring, but if you’re not there for the comedy, then you’re not there for the right reasons.  This author’s strength is very clearly the setting up and writing of the funny.

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    August 28th, 2007

    The Man Who Lived

    The Man Who Lived by Beth H.

    Summary: You haven’t slept in days. Oneshot, 3,501 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Second-person POV is not an easy task to undertake, and none but the bravest of writers (fanfiction or otherwise) venture that way. Beth gives it a go, and does surprisingly well in capturing Snape’s voice and creating a compelling second-person perspective. This is an AU piece, and doesn’t pretend to be anything else, but it is an interesting portrait of Snape none-the-less.

    Why You Might Not Care: Second-person isn’t for everyone, and if you don’t fancy stepping into Snape’s head this probably isn’t a great fic for you. The AU might keep some people away, also, but to each their own.

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    August 23rd, 2007

    Of A Sort

    Of A Sort by FernWithy

    Summary: A series of stories about the experience all Hogwarts students share: being Sorted into their houses on their first day at school. Novel Length (abandoned), 49,388 Words.

    Why You Should Care: FernWithy says in her notes that she considers this idea of hers woefully overused, but I confess I have never read a compilation like this, so for me it’s quite original. It deals a little with sorting and a lot with how the first day of school can very much affect the rest of your educational life. The seemingly benign choices made on the Hogwarts Express have lasting repercussions, some of which we’ve seen even in canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: This appears to have been abandoned as she began to attempt the sorting of the Trio Era characters, but I have rec’d it for the strength of the things I think are more valuable — that is to say, the fact that she’s already tackled the characters we haven’t seen being sorted. It’s been about a year and a half since an update, and I sort of wish she’d just ended it with the sorting of Tonks instead of trying to slog onwards. We’ve already seen Harry’s generation and their sorting, so I feel it’s unnecessary. Parts have since been made AU by new canon factoids offered by JKR, but it still stands quite well.

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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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    August 11th, 2007

    Harry Potter and the Polka Dot Plague

    Harry Potter and the Polka Dot Plague by Marina Frants

    Summary: Harry Potter discovers why polka dots are evil. Severus Snape discovers why it’s a bad idea to forge your medical records. Lucius Malfoy discovers why you shouldn’t give surprise gifts to your boss. Oneshot, 18,966 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is the last of Marina Frants’ Harry Potter fics, and it’s one of those that manages to be entirely too funny while at the same time being almost — but not quite — entirely in character. This takes place sometime after Goblet of Fire and has been made AU by virtue of Order of the Phoenix being published, but it’s still a thoroughly entertaining read. Frants creates the only wizarding illness I’ve ever come across, and manages to make it sound completely canon, which is quite a feat. The interplay between Snape and Harry is some version of canon, though I suspect both — and Snape in particular — have been slightly exaggerated and stretched so as to keep this piece humorous to the end. And it is. Quite funny.

    Why You Might Not Care: As I said, Snape’s character is just slightly off, but I feel it’s an acceptable failing since it has been done to serve the funny. Imagine if the Harry Potter series had been written as a sitcom instead of a drama, and this is what Snape would have been. It’s all a little contrived, but Frants thinks it through and writes it all so convincingly that you end up forgetting it by the end. I wish JKR would make the Skittles canon, so that we can all use it.

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    August 5th, 2007

    Cold Water

    Cold Water by R.J. Anderson

    Summary: Remus Lupin’s private interview with an old schoolmate results in some painful but necessary soul-searching, and some surprising discoveries for both parties. Set after the events of OotP.  3,231 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Somehow, this manages to deal with several things all in one conversation between Remus and Snape.  The prank is highlighted, but what’s interesting to see at work here is the dynamic between these two people.  Remus is the ever-forgiving, ever-regretful, last-standing Marauder looking to ease his guilt, and Snape would have him believe he takes none of it.  The development of these two characters is surprising for a fiction so short, but the sense that they manage to at least come to some sort of vague understanding is potent.  The storytelling and writing itself is, as always with R.J. Anderson, well worth the price of admission.  It’s nice to see her slice into Remus, and it give us a fantastically caustic yet telling second perspective of Severus Snape.  Snape is apt and observant — somewhat to Remus’s surprise — and he appears in this story as a man who has found his strength and left aside old insecurities.

    Why You Might Not Care: This piece almost — but not quite — stands alone from R.J. Anderson’s Darkness and Light Trilogy.  There is a call-back, though slight, and someone not versed in her world will not quite understand the last section entirely, but the sentiment does make it through unscathed.  Snape is a sort of interesting fanon version of himself that is in some ways so close to canon as to be indistinguishable, but here and there are the hints of the Snape Anderson has created on JKR’s base in Darkness and Light.  I loved it, but recognize it’s a very tiny piece of a much larger puzzle.

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    August 3rd, 2007

    Learning Curve

    Learning Curve by Nomad1

    Summary:  “He needs an adversary, someone to pit his strengths against… because strengths, one way or another, must be pitted – and where no enemy is found, one must be made.”  Snape muses.  Drabble, 897 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This has got to be one of the most interesting and unique takes on Snape I have ever read.  It’s fascinating, and I’ve read it several times over and found it more brilliant every time.  On a more general level, this fic makes some fantastically apt observations about Harry and James, and about the sad truth of what it ultimately takes to build strength and character.  I just… I love this.  Completely love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: There are no reasons not to experience this revelation, even if it turns out not to be canon.

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    August 1st, 2007

    Misanthropy, Lycanthropy, And The Pursuit of Knowledge

    Misanthropy, Lycanthropy, And The Pursuit of Knowledge by Halrloprillalar

    Summary: Snape is making progress with the Wolfsbane potion, but to continue working on it he must have 24/7 access to Lupin to observe and record subtle changes. Slash, 6,437 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s all in the dialogue, this rec. There are precious few authors who can slip so easily into Snape’s voice, then slip just as easily out of it to find Remus’. The verbal exchanges between these two characters have just the right quality. Also?  Props for a fantastic title.  This is a Remus/Snape with some undertones of Remus/Sirius.

    Why You Might Not Care: I should not like this piece. Did you see that pairing up there– Remus/Snape? Everything in me rails at it: the slash tones that are unashamedly uncanon and completely, impossibly fantasy, the motivations of the characters, the strained, often awkward narration all make this fic slightly frustrating. If I were to be completely honest, this fic needs a good twice over from a couple of critical Betas. But, in the end, the dialogue is just that good and I can’t help myself from liking it anyway, despite all of the things that don’t work for me. I seriously debated whether or not to add it here, but the truth is other fic writers could learn something from this about how to write fantastic dialogue — which tends to be the area most people have trouble with — and so I’ve included it primarily for that reason. Sometimes I surprise myself.

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    July 27th, 2007

    A Small Truce

    A Small Truce by Marina Frants

    Summary: Severus Snape threatens an owl, faces a moral quandary, and talks to a wall.  Oneshot, 6,833 Words.

    Why You Should Care: And here’s another exceptional fic written by Marina Frants.  The relationship between Snape and Sirius Black has never been friendly, and it shows as Snape becomes a very reluctant rescuer.  Told from Snape’s POV with his brand of trademark sarcastic commentary, the characterization here is dead on: Sirius is as colourful, quick-tempered, and restless as his canon counterpart, and Snape is a complete bastard through and through to the very core. Even when Sirius’s Gryffindor sensibilities make him offer a half-hearted, begrudging apology (which obviously Snape smacks down with appropriate Slytherin contempt) their interaction is delightfully hostile.   What is fascinating is the set-up, and how these two people are from start to finish clearly on the same side (which they both know) and yet never once back off the snark.  The moral quandary Snape faces is reprehensible, but entirely canon-accurate.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is another one of those times where I’m at a loss of what to put here.  I can’t find anything wrong with this fic: it’s potentially one of the most canon-like interactions between these two characters post-Azkaban that I’ve ever read.  The only people who won’t appreciate it are the people who don’t appreciate Snape and Sirius and what it means to hate someone with the fire of a thousand suns.

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    July 25th, 2007

    Direct The Other Way

    Direct The Other Way by L. Inman

    Summary: Snape feels it is really not a far, far better thing he’s doing, at all. Oneshot, 5,293 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a curious little interaction between Snape and Harry that takes place after HBP yet still somehow manages to keep both alive and in character without waxing maudlin or making the two of them talk too much. When they do talk, their dialogue is as canon as you could hope for, and the begrudging battle of words continues on its weary way. So much is said about both characters here, and most of it lies in their actions and not their words. Remarkable.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some people may thing this is too easy. I’ve often wondered why it couldn’t be exactly this simple, because some things just are that simple.

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    July 23rd, 2007

    Acts of Necessity

    Acts of Necessity by Jedi Boadicea

    Summary: “Sometime later, he was standing in the blissfully empty shower room of the Hospital Wing with a black towel and a bottle of Mrs Skower’s Might As Well Scalp Yourself Heavy Duty Hair Wash, and hating circumstances that could make him feel like he was a student again in a dormitory bathroom. Truly, passionately hating them.” Snape washes his hair. Humour, 2,509 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Peeves floods the bathrooms of the faculty, and Snape showers in the Hospital Ward. It’s not long before Gilderoy Lockhart prances down to do the same. This is the funniest in-character Harry Potter fic I have ever read. Ever. Period. Snape is completely, utterly, 100% snarky canon and Lockhart is so very Gilderoy Lockhart. Obviously there can only be funny in this situation.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s no slash — despite the obvious setup — sorry to disappoint. Other than that, there is absolutely no good reason not to read this fic. Not one. Even Snape haters will adore it.

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    July 10th, 2007

    Standing In Shadow

    Standing In Shadow by JulieFortune

    Summary: Malfoy invites Snape over for an evening of amusement, Death Eater style, and Snape has to try to keep his cover and Hermione Granger’s life intact at the same time. Oneshot, 4,823 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The language in this piece is exceptional. The turns of phrase, the cutting dialogue, the sarcastic commentary: everywhere you look in this fic, the author’s ability to create memorable sentences is tactfully showcased. That’s what makes this fic worth reading and worth reccing. Not the plot (though I’m sure many a Snape/Hermione shipper will feel an eek of excitement midway — rest assured, it doesn’t continue in that vein) or the message, just the words on the page and the way they connect and flow together.

    Why You Might Not Care: There are vauge non-hints that could be construed as Snape/Hermione if you reach a little, though I don’t read into it more than is written so I don’t really see it. The plot is a little contrived, hinging on the idea that Hermione up and waltzed into Malfoy manner on a half-baked rescue mission, but it’s good enough to be going on with. Snape is… not quite right. His dialogue is dead on, but his motivations and some of his actions seem just slightly off kilter. Nothing terribly upsetting, but the true Snape fan can expect to be very slightly annoyed at certain parts and not really be sure why. He’s an imperfect carbon copy, this Snape, but — like the plot — he’s good enough to be going on with.

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    July 7th, 2007

    Fortunes Favor the Bold

    Fortunes Favor the Bold by Seldes Katne

    Summary: As part of their Divination final exam, three seventh-year students perform Tarot card readings for Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape. Story is set at the end of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. 6,539 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Seldes, after taking a Tarot course, decided to read the cards for three Harry Potter characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, and Severus Snape. The results, which she kindly wrote into a neat little oneshot, are indeed interesting. A fascinating character sketch that hints at what may yet come. Startlingly canon, when you consider how it came about. If it remains canon through the end of the seventh book (and it’s not outside the realm of possibility) I may go out and buy my own tarot deck.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well… if the premise explained above makes you scoff, I suppose you’ll probably stay away, but you shouldn’t. The writing is well enough, and the dialogue is well formed and in character, so there aren’t any quabbles there. If the only thing keeping you away is the fortune telling, that’s a pretty poor excuse.

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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.

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    June 22nd, 2007

    More The Fool He

    More The Fool He by Strega Brava

    Summary: Severus’ thoughts before duelling Gilderoy Lockhart in COS. Drabble, 639 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Well, mostly because Strega gets Snape’s voice perfect in this quick little first person POV, and that’s something that takes some trying. And it’s just fun to listen to Snape get ready to smack Lockhart down.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t care much about Snape or about learning to write his voice, then there’s nothing here for you, really. Unless you delight in Lockhart getting his just desserts, then give it a read. You’ll get a wicked sense of satisfaction.

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    June 19th, 2007


    Bargains by Gehayi

    Summary: Severus Snape and Peter Pettigrew, both suspected of treachery by the Dark Lord, come to an arrangement. Oneshot, 4,400 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is the missing scene between OotP and HBP where Peter first shows up at Spinner’s End. These two characters are such interesting foils for each other, and Gehayi gets right into their heads. Peter is thoughtfully created: defeated, clever, and very self-aware. These two voices bounce off each other or cut into each other – sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect but make perfect sense – and you’re left with a feeling that there has been some weak truce declared. Taken in context with the interplay between them in Chapter 2 of HBP, it’s quite an interesting truce indeed. This fic manages to be entirely about Peter and entirely about Snape at the same time.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you are solidly in the “We Completely Hate Peter” camp, his quieter moments won’t affect you as they should. This is primarily about Peter, and primarily about Snape; about the differences and startling similarities between the two. If you could care less about either of them, then you won’t get much out of this.

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    June 17th, 2007

    A Little Night Air

    A Little Night Air by Penknife

    Summary: Snape and McGonagall are friends. More or less. Oneshot, 1,678 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Snape and McGonagall talk about the fundamental differences between Slytherins and Gryffindors, but the differences are in more than the discussion. Anything by Penknife is worth a read, and this fic is no different. The dialogue and character is perfect, and the repartee between them is well crafted. There is a begrudging respect between these two characters that is very tangible in this brief scene.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s a conversation, so not much happens. If you need action action ACTION all the time, then you’ll be disappointed. This is for people who like character, not plot.

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