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    Tagged with "Severus Snape"


    June 15th, 2007

    If Not For The Rain

    If Not For The Rain by Afterthree

    Summary: “Snape knew more curses when he arrived at school than half the kids in the seventh year…” At nine, Severus Snape has a chance encounter with a boy named Lucius Malfoy in the streets of London. Oneshot, 4,519 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A brief look at Snape as a young boy, before Hogwarts. A little window into his home life. A shameless plug.

    Why You Might Not Care: I have no real claim to bias here, as I wrote it. Uh… well, what’s the use of having a recs site of your very own if you can’t plug your own work? Seriously though, it’s been nominated for the Hourglass Awards, so I guess I must have done something right.

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    June 10th, 2007

    With These Hands

    With These Hands by Daphne Dunham

    Summary: From the lines on his palm to the tips of his fingers, Severus Snape’s hands are etched with memories of Albus Dumbledore. Oneshot, 6,600 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an insightful character piece on Severus Snape and, to some extent, his relationship with Dumbledore. Mostly, though, it’s about Snape. Beyond being very well written, this piece goes a step above most fanfiction in having been composed very thoughtfully; the structure of the piece only adds to it, in that quiet, unimposing way thoughtful structure always does. Snape is in character throughout, and his dialogue is controlled and cutting. The POV shifts back and forth from Dumbledore to Snape, but it never feels forced or strange when it does.

    Why You Might Not Care: Those who would rather not get into Snape’s head, or those who are looking for something bright, cheery and fluffy to pass the time, this is not really for you. This is a character piece, folks, not a plot driven drama.

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    June 8th, 2007

    Darkness and Light Trilogy

    Darkness and Light Trilogy by R.J. Anderson

    Summary: A young blind woman comes to Hogwarts on a secret mission, only to find herself allied with the one man she has been warned not to trust – Severus Snape. Trilogy, Novel Length, 113,525 Words, Complete.

    Why You Should Care: Anyone who claims to adore the character of Snape should have already read this, or is lying. There are only a couple of highly respected Snape/OC fics and this is one of them for a very good reason. In lesser hands, Maud Moody could have very easily become a Mary Sue, but under Anderson’s pen she never entirely falls that way but instead becomes one of the most memorable original characters in the fandom. This fiction was written between GoF and OotP and while it has since been adjusted to reflect OotP canon, the plot carries through to Voldemort’s defeat and thus it is now firmly AU. However, the plot of this piece is one of its very best features: brilliantly and thoughtfully constructed, back before OotP it was entirely plausible.

    Why You Might Not Care: Snape is not quite canon, here. Time and nods to canon give us at least a passable explanation why that is, and creates a sort of AU Snape that turns out to be as dynamic and dimensional – if less ambiguous – then his canon counterpart. The central romance does have a remarkable age gap that’s hard to believably overcome, since Maud comes to Hogwarts as a seventh year student from Durmstrang. I think what made it work for me is that the author isn’t afraid to admit the huge differential in age and sometimes puts it front and centre, admitting that yes, it is a problem, but sometimes other things matter more. Their relationship might be a tad rushed, but only just.

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