And, as usual, it’s nearly impossible to single out just a few. Nevertheless, here’s a tasting menu of works that I especially enjoyed from this year’s offerings.
Author: kellychamblissRating: NC-17Word Count: 3,000Characters: Severus Snape/Minerva McGonagallSummary: When Harry and Ron crash their flying car into the Whomping Willow, Snape is out in the Hogwarts grounds instead of attending the Opening Feast. Here’s why — and what may have happened after.
Why You Should Read It:
When Kelly writes Minerva/Severus, the competition-as-foreplay is often front and center, and this is a classic example. She takes a missing canon moment (another of my favorite tropes) and turns it into a miniature character study that also manages to be funny and very hot.
Author: eldritcherRating: RWord Count: 2,130Characters: Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagallSummary: He becomes her.
Once again, the inimitable eldritcher pulls me up short and makes me breathe, “Oh!” with this dreamlike story that’s densely textured and beautifully lyrical.
As with many of eldritcher’s stories, this one packs a lot into a relatively short piece. The author juxtaposes starkness and voluptuousness into the tale, weaving mythology into it to create a fascinating character study. It’s complex and dense with imagery and imagination.
Author: gracelessmaryRating: PGWord Count: 2,300Characters: Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Draco MalfoySummary: How does Snape survive Nagini’s attack? Perhaps the answer lies within…
I adore snarky humor about death (or almost death), particulary when it comes in the form of a Severus Survives story, and a story where he gets to just fit in and live his life is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures. And this one is one of the most pleasurable and amusing I’ve ever read.
The way the author uses the things JKR glossed over (or totally ignored) in canon, is priceless–Severus’s unprepossessing upbringing versus his brillance and polish, the utter inhumanity of his situation during the war, for example.
The author uses the similarities between two of my favorite characters to create a friendship that’s believable and makes each character richer and more interesting.
Author: prolurkRating: PGWord Count: 10,000Characters: Severus SnapeSummary: Severus Snape survived Nagini’s attack. And he’s not happy about it.
A difficult—and essential—story about a difficult subject. This is all about trauma and survivor’s guilt, featuring a Severus who is not at all happy at having survived.
The author builds their tale carefully and respectfully, and perfectly captures Severus’s progress from terror and bewilderment, through malaise, and then to (grudging) acceptance. The details of the therapy he undergoes to get there are perfectly drawn.
Author & Artist: groot & mywitchRating: PG-13Word Count: 1,300Characters: Severus Snape/Hermione GrangerSummary: Severus Snape longs to be a father. Be careful what you wish for!
Why You Should Read It:
This wickedly funny collaboration between writer and artist takes a familiar HP trope and sprints with it.
I won’t spoil it with too much detail, but suffice it to say that they make the idea of a magical baby absolutely horrifying in the best and funniest way imaginable.
Severus and Hermione are wonderfully drawn (in words and ink), and their trials and tribulations will be recognizable in spirit, if not in kind, to bewildered and exhausted parents of newborns everywhere.
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