Fic & Art Recs: Year of the Thestral & Five Kinds of Love

Open book with two pages curled up into a heart shape

Two new favorites added to my list recently. One, a searing portrait of an uncompromising Minerva McGonagall forced to make intolerable compromises; the second a series of pieces showing the joys and sorrows of one Severus Snape over his lifetime.

Year of the Thestral

Fic Rec Creator: perverse_idyll Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): dubious consent, major character death Word Count: 127,181 Summary: Minerva McGonagall has outlived most of her contemporaries and resides in peaceful retirement on a Scottish hillside. Aware that her life is nearing its end, she agrees to share her memories with a sympathetic biographer. There’s just one snag: […]

Spiders and Snakes

Fic Rec Creator: Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 5,700 Summary: Neville returns to Hogwarts to teach, and finds both dreaded difficulties and unexpected allies Characters: Argus Filch, Neville Longbottom, Rubeus Hagrid Why You Should Check It Out: I love stories that take a closer look into characters that JKR made simple figures of fun in canon, […]

“My Journal of Being 13 and Our Trip to Scotland” by Adela

Creator: Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 12,700 Summary: After her neighbors “Stephen” and “Miranda” move back to Scotland, Adela gets to visit them. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This is another entry in the author’s fabulous “Adela-verse” series, which views Minerva and Severus through the eyes […]

Further Adventures of the Hogwarts Knitting Society

Fic Rec Creator: Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 12,700 Summary: This time it is Rolanda who gets the Knitting Society into trouble … Characters: Augusta Longbottom, Garrick Ollivander, Irma Pince, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Millicent Bulstrode, Minerva McGonagall, Molly Weasley (née Prewett), Poppy Pomfrey, Rolanda Hooch Why You Should Check It Out: This follow-up to the author’s marvelous […]

A Healer’s Secret

Fic Rec Creator: Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): Mention of canon compliant character death and injuries. Word Count: 4,300 Summary: There is more to the Hospital Wing than meets the eye. Characters: Poppy Pomfrey Why You Should Check It Out: This story gives us a Poppy Pomfrey who works seamlessly with a sentient Hogwarts to serve the […]

A Long Vernal Season

Fic Rec Creator: MMADfan Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 637,259 Summary: A Snape-centric post-war fic. Severus Snape had believed that, for him, life after the Dark Lord was an impossibility, that his death was not merely justice, but necessity. He has survived, though, and now he must learn to live his new, unexpected life, and to […]

A Christmas Fairytale with Sex and Goats

Creator: dueltastic Rating: M/R Word Count: 13,500 Summary: “In years to come, 1984 would be remembered as the Christmas with all that snow. “ Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Aberforth/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: Dueltastic has both these prickly characters down to a T. This is a fabulous take on the “snowed-in” […]

The Devil You Know

Fic Rec Creator: Laeveteinn Rating: M/R Warning(s): Graphic depictions of violence Word Count: 11,272 Summary: Upon rising to power, Voldemort needs a way to dispose of Dumbledore without killing him personally. He decides to lock the old coot up in Nurmengard, to be efficiently murdered by his oldest enemy. (Voldemort may be missing some relevant […]

June Week

Fic Rec Missing Work Alert! Sadly, this work has disappeared from its original location, and I haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. If anyone knows where to find it, please drop me a note! Creator: Rating: T/PG-13 Warning(s): implied rape Word Count: 51,041 Summary: Opening the Chamber of Secrets is not the only crime […]

Learned Too Well

Fic Rec Missing Work Alert! Sadly, this work has disappeared from its original location, and I haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. If anyone knows where to find it, please drop me a note! Creator: oh_johanna Rating: M/R Summary: The unwritten tale of Severus Snape and Minerva McGonagall through all seven books..and just a […]

truths found in the art of change

Fic Rec Creator: TransRights (Duskglass) Rating: K/G Warning(s): misgendering; mentions of dysphoria Word Count: 3,009 Summary: It begins, time and again, with a girl and a book. Characters: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey Pairing(s): Minerva/Poppy Why You Should Check It Out: From the HP Trans Fest 2021, this is a gorgeous story of […]

Untitled (A Patronus Is)

Fic Rec Creator: thatsaddifferentstory Rating: K/G Word Count: 343 Summary: Harry helps the DA with their patronuses, and Neville has a secret. Characters: Cho Chang, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, Ron Weasley, Seamus Finnegan Why You Should Check It Out: This short piece, apparently posted five years ago, appeared on my Tumblr […]

’Twas the Night Before Christmas at Hogwarts

Fic Rec Creator: rayvyn2k Rating: K/G Word Count: 517 Summary: The first Christmas Eve after the War Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: A fun, Hogwarts-flavored version of the famous Christmas poem, with a surprising twist and a sweet final stanza. Check It Out Full Recs List on Airtable

Catmint

Fic Rec Creator: Asenora Rating: K/G Word Count: 1,592 Summary: The day after the War ends, grief is green. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout Why You Should Check It Out: This is an achingly lovely and painful portrait of the quiet, otherwordly devastation of war, with just the right whisper of optimism. The perfect post-battle […]

The Art of Preservation

Fic Rec Creator: yletylyf Rating: K/G Word Count: 2,000 Summary: Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank agrees to help rebuild after the war. She’s happy to do so, actually. She just wishes she could do it in a place other than that occupied by her old flame, Minerva McGonagall. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank Pairing(s): Minerva/Wilhelmina Why You Should […]

Old Friends and New Ones

Fic Rec Creator: pyttan Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): Mentioning of mauled private parts. Word Count: 3,000 Summary: Sometimes youth catches up to age. Characters: Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Pomona Sprout, Rubeus Hagrid Why You Should Check It Out: So funny. I love the way the author uses the obvious-since-Book-1 fact that Hogwarts’ teachers (some, […]

All Things Happen for a Reason

Fic Rec Creator: madeleone Rating: M/R Word Count: 33,826 Summary: It’s eight years post war. 2006. Severus has been wandering the world searching for something: a new place, a new life, a new start, could he find what he wanted back where it all began? Hermione has more than physical scars from the war. Although […]

Resurfacing

Fic Rec Creator: zaleti Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): Indirect mention of canon and non-canon character death; mentions of loss/grief. No surprises. Word Count: 8,000 Summary: A post-war story about nostalgia and healing, featuring ice and snow, festive hot drinks, and a little romance. Characters: Aurora Sinistra, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, […]

Winter Bloom

Fic Rec Creator: titc Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 16,000 Summary: After the war, not everything is ideal, and discrimination is still there – the wrong family members or blood status still matter, somehow. Minister Shacklebolt and Professor Snape both work on improving what they can… and may develop more than a working relationship on the […]

Four Christmases Pomona Sprout Loved and One She Hated

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 6,800 Summary: For Pomona Sprout, Christmas is always a wonderful time. Well, almost always. Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout Pairing(s): Aberforth/Pomona Why You Should Check It Out: This story is just right for the holidays, with its warm coziness, spiced up by a […]

A Taste of Life

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 6,500 Summary: Florean Fortescue tells the story of his Signature Flavours Characters: Florean Fortescue, Madam Malkin, Muriel, Pomona Sprout Why You Should Check It Out: This fest-opener is a feast of a story that will make your mouth water. The structure is marvelous, with Florean’s reminiscences forming […]

Highland Fling

Fic Rec Creator: delphipsmith Rating: K/G Warning(s): None, unless you count excessive detail about posh trains Word Count: 4,300 Summary: It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Characters: Rosmerta, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Rosemerta/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This fic is a vicarious thrill for yours truly, who has fantasized about traveling […]

A Night at the Opera

Fic Rec Creator: themightyflynn Rating: K/G Warning(s): First dates, getting together, interfering friends with the best intentions. Word Count: 5,878 Summary: When Alastor asks Minerva to a night at the opera, her friends are possibly more excited than she is. Characters: Alastor Moody, Aurora Sinistra, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, Rolanda Hooch, Septima Vector […]

The Reluctant Phoenix

Fic Rec Creator: purplefluffycat Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): Cross-gen – teacher/student (Minerva is 18), infidelity in secondary pairing.*. Word Count: 23,600 Summary: Albus thought that he was a non-running member of the human race when it came to romantic relationships. If pushed, he would have said that he was the kind of wizard who preferred wizards. […]

A Bit of Earth Beneath the Feet

Fic Rec Creator: lash_larue Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 8,400 Summary: Sometimes a woman does what she feels is right, and neither asks permission nor looks back. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Remus Lupin Why You Should Check It Out: A marvellous portrait of friendship and of a wonderful teacher who leads a perceptive student to important decisions […]

A Broomstick Built for Two

Fic Rec Creator: spin84 Rating: M/R Word Count: 4,004 Summary: Elphinstone celebrates his first birthday as a married man. Characters: Elphinstone Urquart, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Elphinstone/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: This unusual fic gives us the Elphinstone/Minerva relationship from the former’s perspective. It’s a tender, fun, sensual story that falls just on the […]

A Little Crooked

Fic Rec Creator: tea_for_lupin Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 838 Summary: Minerva’s hat is crooked; Irma/Poppy reaches to fix it and finds herself awfully close. Characters: Irma Pince, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Irma/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: Written to a prompt from cranky_crocus, this fic is a brilliant little moment that’s sweet, funny, sexy, and […]

A Toxic and Tender Time

Fic Rec Creator: psyfic Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 19,021 Summary: Rowling stated in one of her postscript interviews that McGonagall did not become Headmistress because she retired. This seemed rather odd to me, because, in print canon she established wizards & witches live nearly twice as long as Muggles, and Albus Dumbledore was Headmaster at […]

All the Wild Summer Was in Her Gaze

Fic Rec Creator: eldritcher Rating: M/R Word Count: 1,500 Summary: Ollivander finds himself in the crosshairs of an inept cupid. Characters: Garrick Ollivander, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Garrick/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: In this fic, the author’s evocative language and poetry allusions add layers to the story that enriches the short form […]

Ancient Magic

Fic Rec Missing Work Alert! Sadly, this work has disappeared from its original location, and I haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. If anyone knows where to find it, please drop me a note! Creator: Headmistress X Rating: M/R Word Count: 52,484 Summary: Minerva understands why one ought to be very, very careful. Characters: […]

Bridgerwarts

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 13,500 Summary: The war is over, the castle has been repaired, and life at Hogwarts is returning to normal — until mysterious letters start to arrive from “Lady Wandsdown.” Bridgerton meets HP. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Griselda Marchbanks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: This […]

Circumstances of a Small and Accidental Nature

Fic Rec Creator: dueltastic Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 26,750 Summary: “In history, so many circumstances of a small and accidental nature are relevant, that no broad and simple uniformities are possible.” –Bertrand Russell Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This multi-chaptered fic has Severus Snape and […]

Dark Nights

Fic Rec Creator: Morgan72uk Rating: M/R Word Count: 8,955 Summary: The first war is over, but the shadows remain. What really happened between McGonagall and Dumbledore during the trials of the Death Eaters? Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: This story shows us an Albus Dumbledore that we […]

Death Becomes Us

Fic Rec Creator: dallirious Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 1,022 Summary: As Hogwarts grows quiet after the events of HBP, it’s left to Poppy to make the trek to the Hog’s Head and speak to Aberforth. Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey Pairing(s): Aberforth/Minerva, Aberforth/Poppy, Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: Writer […]

Death’s Dominion

Fic Rec Creator: MMADfan Rating: M/R Warning(s): violence Word Count: 285,796 Summary: Severus Snape’s life was changed when he was hit by an errant spell, and he comes to a decision that defies Dumbledore’s wishes. Even the fate of the wizarding world is altered by this ill-cast curse and Snape’s subsequent resolve. Long after the […]

Earth is the right place for love

Fic Rec Creator: eldritcher Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): canon-typical references to war and death. Word Count: 16,000 Summary: Their canticles of now and once and after. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Rosmerta, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: This poetic fic is erotic without being smutty, and gives the reader beautiful, determined, but damaged characters muddling […]

Endings and Beginnings

Fic Rec Creator: delphipsmith Rating: K/G Word Count: 9,000 Summary: An ancient mystery and a modern one: do they hold one another’s answers? Characters: Augusta Longbottom, Dobby, Hermione Granger, Irma Pince, Original Character, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: I do love fics that probe wizarding lore, and this one takes a deep […]

Filius Flitwick’s Christmas

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 12,999 Summary: “Right,” said Kingsley Shacklebolt, as Minerva and he sat in her study, now fully cleared of the dinner things. “There’s the five of you, there’s the House Elves, there’s Argus Filch. And there’s one hell of a mess, with a spoiled painting. This wants clearing […]

Flipping the Elephant

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 12,300 Summary: Mafalda Hopkirk has a Plan for Life. And then she has a disaster on her hands. Characters: Dennis Creevey, Garrick Ollivander, Hannah Abbott, Horace Slughorn, Mafalda Hopkirk, Neville Longbottom, Original Character, Pomona Sprout, Rosmerta Why You Should Check It Out: This wonderful fic gives us […]

Golem

Fic Rec Creator: eldritcher Rating: M/R Word Count: 2,138 Summary: He becomes her. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: 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 […]

Haeligeweille

Fic Rec Creator: redsnake05 Rating: T/PG-13 Warning(s): canon-typical violence Word Count: 8,052 Summary: When two Unspeakables set out on a bright summer day to continue their arcane research into holy wells, no one, least of all Argus Filch and Evadne Norris, expects it to end as it does. The bitterness of life without magic is […]

Halloween and the Headmistress

Fic Rec Creator: iselima Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 174 Summary: Minerva’s first Halloween as Headmistress. Characters: Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: A bittersweet glimpse of Minerva’s first Halloween as Headmistress of Hogwarts after the war. Check It Out Full Recs List on Airtable

I Pray You, Be Merry

Fic Rec Creator: too_dle_oo Rating: K/G Word Count: 2,996 Summary: Pomona never understood why everyone at Hogwarts was oblivious to the war going on around them. Characters: Pomona Sprout Why You Should Check It Out: A poignant snapshot of the war years and what it must have been like to be a girl trapped between […]

Liars

Fic Rec Creator: DaphneRunning Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 23,087 Summary: The night before Minerva McGonagall begins teaching at Hogwarts, she pays an unexpected visit to Alastor Moody, the brash young Auror. Characters: Alastor Moody, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Alastor/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: “Liars” puts Minerva McGonagall and Alastor Moody into a relationship that […]

Love Is a Battlefield

Fic Rec Creator: lash_larue Rating: M/R Word Count: 11,575 Summary: Dudley Dursley is not a common man, he has his preferences and his principles, and he lives by the rules, always. The rules, however, are his own. Characters: Dudley Dursley, Firenze, Original Character Pairing(s): Dudley/Firenze Why You Should Check It Out: Boxing as foreplay! Dudley […]

Love, and Loss

Fic Rec Missing Work Alert! Sadly, this work has disappeared from its original location, and I haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. If anyone knows where to find it, please drop me a note! Creator: professorss19 Rating: K+/PG Summary: No author summary given Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check […]

Magic Maketh the Man

Fic Rec Creator: gracelessmary Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 2,281 Summary: How does Snape survive Nagini’s attack? Perhaps the answer lies within… Characters: Draco Malfoy, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: I adore snarky humor about death (or almost death), particulary when it comes in the form of a Severus Survives story, […]

Monster Mash: I Asked My Love

Fic Rec Creator: milotziherself Rating: M/R Word Count: 1,202 Summary: Severus Snape would like to have a conversation but gets ignored. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: Lyrical, creepy, obsessive—this is observant Snape at his mordant best, a brief ghost story about love, loss, and making uneasy peace […]

“My Journal About My Life and Stephen and Miranda” by Adela

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: K/G Word Count: 10,500 Summary: Adela is a young Muggle girl who wants to be a writer. When a mysterious couple named Stephen and Miranda moves in next door to her, she decides to keep a journal about them. “Bewitched” meets “Harriet the Spy.” Post-DH. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, […]

O Frabjous Day

Fic Rec Creator: eldritcher Rating: M/R Warning(s): adult content including sex and violence. Please watch your step around the psychological aspects and the darker elements of the story. This is unedited and offered as-is. Word Count: 5,169 Summary: Snape sabotages The Plan. Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Charity Burbage, Harry Potter, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Aberforth/Severus Why You […]

Once Burned

Fic Rec Creator: Alchemine Rating: K/G Word Count: 745 Summary: The Headmaster and his deputy meet just before dawn. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: This very short fic (from 2002) is an atmospheric, bittersweet moment between Albus and Minerva after his hand is cursed. It’s mini-portrait of […]

Only Right

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: T/PG-13 Warning(s): Umbridge being Umbridgey Word Count: 200 Summary: It’s All Hallows’ Eve, and Dolores Umbridge is released from Azkaban. Characters: Dolores Umbridge Why You Should Check It Out: An appropriately chilling little tale of revenge featuring everyone’s favorite pink horror, Dolores Umbridge. Check It Out Full Recs List on […]

Only Technically Dead

Fic Rec Creator: themightyflynn Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 6,368 Summary: A mishap with the Ministry filing system may turn into something more than just an annoyance for Severus. Especially if Minerva has anything to say about it. Characters: Filius Flitwick, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Minerva McGonagall, Rosmerta, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: This fun […]

Peace and Happiness

Fic Rec Creator: sirmioneforever Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 480 Summary: Minerva finds peace and happiness after finall accepting his proposal. Characters: Elphinstone Urquart, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Elphinstone/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: Another lovely gift for me from the Rarepair_Shorts fest, this one by sirmioneforever, this short piece gives us a Minerva who is […]

Resolving a Misunderstanding

Fic Rec Creator: MMADfan Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 877,737 Summary: Minerva has just finished her first term teaching. A series of misunderstandings leads to an embarrassing moment, injured feelings, regret, growing understanding, then resolution. A Minerva McGonagall fic set in 1957, with forays into the past. More than a romance; stories within stories. Characters: Albus […]

Reunions

Fic Rec Creator: pangaeaseas Rating: K/G Warning(s): aftermath of violence Word Count: 1,180 Summary: After the battle, Minerva and Poppy reunite. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey Pairing(s): Minerva/Poppy Why You Should Check It Out: In this lovely, moving little story, pangaeaseas captures a perfect post-battle moment that is tender, joyous, and heartbreaking all at once. […]

Right Nor Wrong

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: M/R Warning(s): voyeurism Word Count: 11,711 Summary: In Greek mythology, Argus the guardian of Io is sometimes said to have a hundred eyes. In the wizarding world, Argus the caretaker of Hogwarts has only two eyes, but he sees a great deal all the same. Characters: Argus Filch, Dolores Umbridge, […]

Safe as Houses

Fic Rec Creator: wwmrsweasleydo Rating: T/PG-13 Warning(s): Swearing, moderate violence, prejudice, inappropriate touching Word Count: 7,000 Summary: As if it wasn’t bad enough babysitting ill-tempered Muggles, now Diggle’s turned up with someone Hestia finds most unpleasant. Characters: Dedalus Diggle, Dudley Dursley, Hestia Jones, Mundungus Fletcher, Petunia Dursley (née Evans), Vernon Dursley Pairing(s): Hestia/Mundungus Why You […]

Seared with Scars

Fic Rec Creator: tjs_whatnot Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 8,000 Summary: Luna and Neville are having a tough time moving on from what they went through in the War when they are visited by a ghost of their past. Characters: Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Teddy Lupin Pairing(s): Luna/Neville Why You […]

Sleeping Beauty

Fic Rec Creator: shiv5468 Rating: T/PG-13 Warning(s): Mild references to scenes of a distressing nature. Word Count: 4,500 Summary: Once upon a time, far far away, Fairy Godmothers happen. Characters: Argus Filch, Dolores Umbridge, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: This is one of the funniest fics […]

Sunlight in the Garden

Fic Rec Creator: lyras Rating: M/R Warning(s): References to the emotional fallout of the attack on the Longbottoms; references to memory loss Word Count: 4,300 Summary: Pomona hasn’t seen Neville since he was a baby, but the moment he steps into her greenhouse, the past begins chasing her down. Characters: Alice Longbottom, Pomona Sprout Pairing(s): […]

Take a Break

Fic Rec Creator: arcticcat621 Rating: K/G Word Count: 301 Summary: Severus encourages Minerva to take a small break. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: This was a gift for me during the Rarepair_Shorts Summer Wishlist Event, and it was the perfect little hug of comfort during what was a difficult […]

The Eyes Have It

Fic Rec Creator: lash_larue Rating: K/G Word Count: 4,750 Summary: They’ve looked at clouds from both sides now. Characters: Garrick Ollivander, Original Character, Sybill Trelawney Why You Should Check It Out: This fic features an unusual connection between Trelawney and Ollivander that paints a rich portrait of each. I love that this Sybill is no […]

The Headmaster

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: M/R Warning(s): torture (mostly offstage) Word Count: 5,250 Summary: Decent human beings couldn’t or wouldn’t do the things the Headmaster was required to do — ergo, he couldn’t be decent. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: This fic, written for the […]

The many uses of lavender

Fic Rec Creator: evilbean Rating: M/R Warning(s): aftermath of torture Word Count: 13,977 Summary: This story starts during the night after the tragic ending of the Triwizard Tournament in Book 4. According to the “A Daily Herb for Everyday Ailments” book that Minerva used to consult for her regular stress headaches, lavender could be used […]

The Minerva Quartet

Fic Rec, Fic Series Creator: eldritcher Rating: M/R Summary: Minerva falls in love with Albus Dumbledore. This is most inadvisable, given the Grindelwald conundrum. Never you mind, Minerva says, as she carries on. Alastor watches. Severus judges. A monster, beloved to a Castle, warns her of her folly. In the end, it is only Harry […]

The Ache for Love Was Palpable

Fic Rec Creator: Walgesang Rating: K/G Word Count: 3,343 Summary: Lily once had a crush no one ever knew about. She thought it was just a schoolgirl pash on a favorite professor, but working for the Order throws her and McGonagall constantly together. Even though she’s a married woman now, Lily’s feelings for Minerva come […]

The Perfect Gift

Fic Rec Creator: milotziherself Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): Historic suffering and death are mentioned, loss of agency, nightmares Word Count: 8,441 Summary: Sometimes the perfect gift is the perfect storm. Severus Snape is a spy, so when he eavesdrops on a conversation he knows that a Yuletide present he will give to an old friend will […]

The Phoenix, Disinclined

Fic Rec Creator: prolurk Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): Attempted suicide Word Count: 9,965 Summary: Severus Snape survived Nagini’s attack. And he’s not happy about it. Characters: Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: 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 […]

The Rose That Lived

Fic Rec Creator: Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 5,055 Summary: Augusta Longbottom wants to see her grandson properly appreciated. All else follows. Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Augusta Longbottom, Filius Flitwick, Hannah Abbott, Irma Pince, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Luna Lovegood, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Original Character, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Aberforth/Kingsley, Filius/Pomona, Hannah/Neville, Minerva/Severus Why You […]

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Fic Rec Creator: selmak Rating: M/R Warning(s): Possibly DubCon depending on your definition of informed sexual consent. No rape. Word Count: 20,000 Summary: Minerva hopes that Alastor will never know exactly what Minerva McGonagall did with Barty while the real Alastor was in the trunk. Characters: Alastor Moody, Albus Dumbledore, Barty Crouch Jr., Minerva McGonagall […]

The Strange Heart Beating Where It Lies

Fic Rec Creator: eldritcher Rating: M/R Word Count: 1,300 Summary: In which Rosmerta contemplates the nature of swans. Characters: Rosmerta, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Rosemerta/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This gorgeous fic slides between the pages of canon and tells us so much about these two characters, one about whom we don’t know much […]

The Thing About Travelling

Fic Rec Creator: anonymous Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 7,900 Summary: Minerva McGonagall goes on a journey. Characters: Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Hermione/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: This story is full of fabulous characterizations with surprising bits of insight, enough description of foreign (to me) climes and locales without making it feel like […]

The Vultures of Love

Fic Rec Creator: dueltastic Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 13,000 Summary: No author summary given. Characters: Argus Filch, Eileen Prince, Irma Pince, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Argus/Irma, Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: What can I say? It’s perfect Minerva/Severus, as far as I’m concerned: tenderness wrapped in the unsentimental, competetive, often snide package […]

Transfiguration

Fic Rec Missing Work Alert! Sadly, this work has disappeared from its original location, and I haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. If anyone knows where to find it, please drop me a note! Creator: professorss19 Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 985 Summary: No author summary given. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why […]

Turn the Light

Fic Rec Creator: eudaemonia Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 5,109 Summary: October, 1987. Another encounter at the top of the Astronomy Tower. An outcome neither really expects. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: I love fics that have Minerva and Severus as almost unwilling partnters, […]

Two Capable Women

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: M/R Word Count: 6,700 Summary: A great many dreadful things have befallen the Hogwarts staff over the years, but the motivational training by Wilberforce (Bertie) Arbuthnot counts among the worst. However, Irma and Minerva rise to the occasion with the fortitude one may expect of two very capable women. Characters: […]

Under the Mistletoe

Fic Rec Creator: shadowycat Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 5,174 Summary: Severus Snape disapproves of the use of mistletoe in the holiday decorations, and Minerva McGonagall decides to try to change his mind. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: The story takes a familiar fandom trope—magical mistletoe—and […]

Venus & Adonis

Fic Rec Creator: MarsEverlasting Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): teacher/underage student Word Count: 14,407 Summary: Minerva McGonagall comes to England to care for her ailing sister, and finds something so much more. A lesson in growth for one, and pleasure for the other Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Oliver Wood, Original Character Pairing(s): Minerva/Oliver Why You Should Check It […]

We Change the Nature of Things

Fic Rec Creator: dueltastic Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 8,383 Summary: No author summary given. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: This fic is a masterpiece of a musing on the subtle and profound ways three very different people affect one another. It involves a highly unlikely threesome that […]

We’ll Fall Quietly

Fic Rec Creator: morbidmuch Rating: M/R Warning(s): mentions of child abuse, mentions of sexual assault Word Count: 47,810 Summary: The idea came out of nowhere, and Severus was sure it was possibly the worst idea he’d ever had – including getting the Dark Mark branded on his arm. He was going to ask Hermione to […]

Witness

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: M/R Word Count: 7,668 Summary: Many years after Voldemort is finally overthrown, a Bulgarian former refugee comes forward to help answer one of the great mysteries of the wars: what happened to Snape and McGonagall. AU after the Battle of Hogwarts Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus […]

Worried

Fic Rec Missing Work Alert! Sadly, this work has disappeared from its original location, and I haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. If anyone knows where to find it, please drop me a note! Creator: professorss19 Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 866 Summary: No author summary Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You […]

You’re Always Welcome at the Three Broomsticks

Fic Rec Creator: rayvyn2k Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 17,600 Summary: Over the years, Severus comes to depend on the safe space that Rosmerta provides. Characters: Rosmerta, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Rosemerta/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: Tender (and hot!) telling of an unexpected friendship that becomes something much more. Check It Out Full Recs List […]

13 years, 5 months and 1 week

Fic Rec Creator: Morgan72uk Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 1,060 Summary: What did McGonagall do during WW2 and before returning to Hogwarts in December 1956? Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: From 2006, there’s this little gem from morgan72uk on FFN. It’s a surprising take on what Minerva did between graduating […]

A Choice

Fic Rec Creator: rotaryphones Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 1,454 Summary: Snape’s thoughts as he looks at Harry for the final time. Characters: Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: Written for the dh2_challenge, this fic makes sense of the film’s convoluted death scene for Severus, with its puzzling flashbacks, and the author manages to […]

A Job Well Done

Fic Rec Creator: purplefluffycat Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): voyeurism, (non-graphic) mentions of teen sexuality and bestiality Word Count: 12,798 Summary: “So that is why the very same February morning saw a large, rangy old tabby cat pad along the dungeon corridors with a piece of contraband between her pointy teeth…” Characters: Argus Filch, Severus Snape Why […]

A Non-Christmas Non-Romance

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 867 Summary: Severus Snape doesn’t do Christmas. And he certainly doesn’t do romance. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This short (at around 850 words) piece was written for Mini-Fest 2020, and it’s a perfect miniature character study on a Severus […]

A Question Worth Answering

Fic Rec Creator: By Another Name Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 589 Summary: How it was asked made all the difference. Characters: Alastor Moody, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Alastor/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: A very short, wistful piece that evokes chances lost and the way age and bitter experience can sometimes bring us to ask the […]

A Slytherin Gathers His Rosebuds

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): mild BDSM Word Count: 3,062 Summary: 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. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why […]

A Story of Warnings and the Ignoring Thereof

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 5,800 Summary: Horace has a strange story to tell. A story that might even surprise his old friend Albus. A story involving Irma Pince. And then Albus had to go and die in that highly dramatic fashion. But Horace is not a man who lets a mere […]

A Time and a Place

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: M/R Warning(s): consensual BD Word Count: 6,826 Summary: You-Know-Who is gone, the Baby-Who-Lives is with his foster parents. And being “second-in-command” has never been more stressful for Minerva. Then Muriel comes with a suggestion that seems to offer all the delights of control Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Muriel Pairing(s): Minerva/Muriel Why […]

All the Days that Led to This

Fic Rec Creator: dueltastic Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 2,153 Summary: No author summary given Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: Dueltastic uses the prisms of Severus’s and Minerva’s thoughts on each other and their relationship to show us how former Death Eater Severus learns about real power, and grows into […]

An Act of Love

Fic Rec Creator: MMADfan Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 156,023 Summary: Severus Snape is hit by a stray spell, which has unanticipated and undesirable consequences. When he begins to feel some side-effects from the spell, Severus seeks the help of a colleague. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus […]

An Invitation, a Refusal

Fic Rec Creator: tea_for_lupin Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 1,943 Summary: Severus and Minerva seek cautious comfort in each other, without really knowing how. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This story is a series of five very short vignettes that form an impressionistic vision of a relationship between […]

An Unexpected Lesson

Fic Rec Creator: Lady Angharad Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): voyeurism Word Count: 2,542 Summary: Professors Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Snape unwittingly give Hermione a lesson about love. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: Angharad’s “An Unexpected Lesson” is an unexpected treat. Minerva with Severus and Albus? […]

And I’ll Take None of the Rest

Fic Rec Creator: sassy_cat Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 2,500 Summary: Pomona has always loved Minerva and until Elph, she was happy to love from a distance. Characters: Elphinstone Urquart, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout Pairing(s): Elphinstone/Minerva, Minerva/Pomona Why You Should Check It Out: This is an economical, evocative tale of undying, unrequited, and (it’s hinted) ultimately […]

Anniversary

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: K/G Word Count: 1,060 Summary: Ten times Severus Snape lives through the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. Characters: Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: Written for the 2021 Snapecase, this is a short, wonderful tale of long, slow healing. Snape as a refugee from the war and the […]

As It Lasts

Fic Rec Creator: queen_of_snapes Rating: K/G Word Count: 1,625 Summary: The Dark Lord’s return shakes Minerva’s world in an unexpected way. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: As It Lasts” by the wonderful and talented queen_of_snapes is a bittersweet gem of a fic that views the relationship between […]

As You Say

Fic Rec Creator: lash_larue Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 16,800 Summary: After Lily’s death Snape and Petunia are drawn to each other in an attempt to find something of Lily in the other. Neither of them is really sure what they find, but they find that they need it. Characters: Petunia Dursley (née Evans), Severus Snape […]

Bad Timing

Fic Rec Creator: linze Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 4,731 Summary: Severus has plans. Unfortunately, so do some other people, but plans are for changing, and sometimes the consequences are all the better for a little innovation. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Dolores Umbridge, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva/Severus, Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: Pron. […]

Becoming Jaded

Fic Rec Creator: mandy06 Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 4,948 Summary: A relationship starting out with jealousy isn’t going to lead anywhere good. Too bad Minerva doesn’t realize this before it’s too late. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Voldemort (Tom Riddle) Pairing(s): Minerva/Tom Riddle (Voldemort) Why You Should Check It Out: Nicely written “first-time”story with depth of character; […]

By the Book

Fic Rec Creator: thegildedmagpie Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 6,400 Summary: Irma Pince writes her Magnum Opus. No, you can’t order it. Yes, you might want to. Characters: Irma Pince, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Irma/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: A primer on seduction; but who’s writing the book? Clever and hot. Check It Out Full […]

Catch and Release

Fic Rec Creator: roozette Rating: M/R Word Count: 5,560 Summary: Harry has a “tell,” when he needs affection. Ron never realized Severus had the same one. Characters: Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Harry/Severus, Hermione/Ron Why You Should Check It Out: Take a few minutes (and a hankie) and go […]

Conversations

Fic Rec Creator: delphipsmith Rating: K/G Word Count: 4,133 Summary: He is coming. I have done my best through the years to avoid thinking of this day, despite knowing it must eventually come. Now he will be here in less than a month, and I am not ready. Then again, would I ever have been? […]

darkened meetings on the champs-élysées

Fic Rec Creator: flibbertygigget Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 3,574 Summary: “Tell me, Professor McGonagall,” the man who was not Toby Smith said, “do you have any regrets?” Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This is a compact, slightly claustrophobic portrait of a Minerva and Severus changed by war. […]

Death and Love and Other Yuletide Mysteries: A Hogwarts Castle Story

Fic Rec Creator: milotzi Rating: K/G Word Count: 7,244 Summary: Hogwarts Castle as Blandings meets snowbound country house mystery. Characters: Kreacher, Madam Malkin, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Original Character, Winky Why You Should Check It Out: Yay! I have come to really look forward to these Hogwarts-flavoured mysteries, and this one is such a treat! […]

Elegy for a Goat

Fic Rec Creator: perverse_idyll Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 17,460 Summary: Ab has never been fond of his brother’s protégés, but he’s always had a weakness for goats. He’s not sure what to make of Severus Snape. Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Aberforth/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This fic features magnificent characterizations that […]

Elemental

Fic Rec Creator: purplefluffycat Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 3,000 Summary: A remarkable man such as Albus Dumbledore commanded devotion from several people. How was his magic woven? What will become of those who remain after him as they seek solace in one another? This is tale of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, […]

Extracts from ‘Letter Collection P’

Fic Rec Creator: zaleti Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 10,000 Summary: Selected correspondence from the Hogwarts Archives, in the form of personal letters between Librarian Irma Pince and a schoolfriend she refers to only as ‘M’. These extracts span the years Pince spent training at the National Library of Magic, and are a window into the […]

Fighting the Good Fight

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 7,370 Summary: Pomona knows that Minerva will come to regret her decision, but there’s nothing she can do about it. So she calls on Professor Marchbanks for help. Characters: Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: This fic poses the question: “What is unforgivable?” It gives […]

First Day

Fic Rec Creator: Bil Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 3,250 Summary: Minerva’s not looking forward to her first day teaching in front of a class full of children. Albus is not entirely helpful. Minerva/Albus friendship or pre-romance. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: A fun character and relationship study that shows […]

For Her Sins

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 2,500 Summary: Poppy never wanted to do it – her friends made her. It’s all their fault. Well, nearly all. Characters: Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey Pairing(s): Pomona/Poppy Why You Should Check It Out: This lovely story of a friendship blossoming into—just maybe—more hits all the right notes, […]

From the Desk of Headmistress McGonagall

Fic Rec Creator: parseltonguepen Rating: M/R Word Count: 1,500 Summary: It’s not really a good idea to mix alcohol, gossip, and correspondence Characters: Argus Filch, Irma Pince, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Percy Weasley, Pomona Sprout, Rolanda Hooch, Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: From the Desk of Headmistress McGonagall by parseltonguepen gives you gossipy!soused!Minerva, who puts […]

Half-Term Saturday

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: K/G Word Count: 8,277 Summary: 1950s AU, magical or not. Prim schoolmarm and upper-class mother get together in a constellation worthy of a lesbian pulp novel. Throw a taboo-less Quidditch or lacrosse player into the party or Lucius into the swimming pool for added drama. In short: give us the […]

Hallowe’en Vigil

Fic Rec Creator: shadowycat Rating: K/G Word Count: 300 Summary: Minerva strives to keep her charges safe on the first Hallowe’en after The Battle of Hogwarts. Characters: Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: I do love “sentient Hogwarts,” and this one is so lovely and cozy. The students are lucky to have Minerva […]

Aaaaahhhhh

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 200 Summary: Ever wonder what the teachers did to celebrate Halloween after they settled the business of the troll in the dungeon? Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: An amusing drabble from the quill of kellychambliss. Aaaaahhhhh! is one of […]

Head-canon and fugue (variations on TMI) – Severus Snape

Fic Rec Creator: Wemyss Rating: K/G Word Count: 1,958 Summary: Head-canon for Severus Snape Characters: Severus Snape Why You Should Check It Out: This is written as a list of head-canon items about our favourite Potions master, but make no mistake: it’s a story as fulfilling and lyrical as any you might hope to read, […]

Hold the Line

Fic Rec Creator: eldritcher Rating: M/R Word Count: 24,834 Summary: It takes three epidemics. Then Love comes along, plucky and persistent, and proceeds to drink all her scotch. Characters: Alice Longbottom, Albus Dumbledore, Aurora Sinistra, Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Alastor/Minerva, Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This was written as the most generous […]

Incarnation

Fic Rec Creator: kethlenda Rating: T/PG-13 Warning(s): character deaths, oddly sequenced narrative Word Count: 1,248 Summary: “The body is a tool,” Tom is fond of saying. “A useful tool, yes–one can’t hold a wand without it–but nonetheless, only a tool.” Characters: Marlene McKinnon, Minerva McGonagall, Voldemort (Tom Riddle) Pairing(s): Minerva/Tom Riddle (Voldemort) Why You Should […]

Jeeves and the Secret Society

Fic Rec Creator: perverse_idyll Rating: K/G Word Count: 11,442 Summary: Bertie takes refuge from the dreaded Aunt Agatha in a public house favoured by the lavender brotherhood. There he encounters a sinister school-masterish sort who’s even more out of place than he is. Characters: Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: This is genius. […]

Just the Beginning

Fic Rec Creator: torino10154 Rating: M/R Word Count: 100 Summary: Written for adventdrabbles Prompt 30: “Holiday Kisses.” Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This drabble, written for Adventdrabbles 2020, is a hot teaser of a fic that finds Minerva doing something she knows she shouldn’t. Check It Out […]

Levels of Comfort

Fic Rec Creator: Spyke Raven Rating: M/R Word Count: 1,870 Summary: Its amazing how close you can get to someone and still love them. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This one-shot is one of the few Severus/Minerva fics I’ve read that deals honestly with the realities (okay, […]

Lovingly Named

Fic Rec Creator: Mosrael Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 11,907 Summary: Can love really last a lifetime? Perhaps, if you can name it as your own. This is a story about names, transformations, and the things we inherit. Characters: Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall, Mrs. Norris, Original Character, Ron Weasley, Severus Snape Pairing(s): […]

Needs Must

Fic Rec Creator: purplefluffycat Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): Dirty talk Word Count: 2,000.00 Summary: It was tricky back then, trying to be an educated woman. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: This short fic takes us from Hogwarts to the perfumed brothels of wizarding Paris to explore the themes […]

Never and Always

Fic Rec Creator: fits_in_frames Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 1,240 Summary: She watches the lines around his eyes flex as he relaxes his smile. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: This is a smart, bittersweet take on a much-abused trope: missed opportunities between Minerva and Albus. Check It Out […]

Once Upon a Samhain

Fic Rec Creator: ragdoll Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): Initial coerced consent; explicit sex, both het and slash, slave role play. Word Count: 15,309 Summary: Severus finds himself paying a debt by auctioning off his virginity at a Samhain Party. Characters: Lucius Malfoy, Narcissa Malfoy (née Black), Severus Snape Pairing(s): Lucius/Narcissa/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: […]

Out with the Bathwater

Fic Rec Creator: cranky_crocus Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 14,000 Summary: One history of Minerva McGonagall’s pre-Headmistress life, which she would prefer to keep out of any and all biographies (comment especially applicable to any writing of one Rita Skeeter). Characters: Augusta Longbottom, Frank Longbottom Sr., Minerva McGonagall, Rolanda Hooch Pairing(s): Augusta/Frank Sr./Minerva, Augusta/Minerva, Frank Sr./Minerva, […]

Penultimate Acts

Fic Rec Creator: pasi Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 11,442 Summary: Severus Snape, from nearly the end of Dumbledore’s life to nearly the end of his own. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Amycus Carrow, Filius Flitwick, Ginny Weasley, Lily Luna Potter, Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Lily/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: Author pasi perfectly […]

Priam’s March

Fic Rec Creator: BestSkeptic Rating: M/R Word Count: 17,825 Summary: October 1942. A young Tom Riddle approaches Minerva McGonagall for help with Transfigurations, but what he gets is more than he wanted, and what she gives is more than she ever bargained for. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Voldemort (Tom Riddle) Pairing(s): Minerva/Tom Riddle (Voldemort) Why You […]

Purple Lace (Remix of “Even After All These Years”)

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 1,304 Summary: After Alastor Moody invites Minerva McGonagall to “take inventory,” he takes one of his own. Characters: Alastor Moody, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Alastor/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: A remix in perfect keeping with the character of the (wonderful) original, it give us Alastor’s POV […]

Reason 339 Severus Snape Was Glad He Survived the War

Fic Rec Creator: Beth H (bethbethbeth) Rating: K/G Word Count: 198.00 Summary: If Minerva McGonagall wants a romantic night out, then Severus Snape is going to make damned sure she gets one. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: With another, very different, post-war Severus, the author demonstrates one […]

Repentence

Fic Rec Creator: Morgan72uk Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 19,341 Summary: Dumbledore needs help to prepare Severus Snape to become a spy but he has never forgiven himself for all but destroying the last person he sent to spy on a Dark Wizard MMAD Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: Like […]

Ridiculous Thoughts

Fic Rec Creator: Riley Rating: M/R Word Count: 3,015 Summary: This is an answer to the “Snape is a virgin and a lousy lay” challenge whihc I believe originated on the Snapefans list. However, it is ANYTHING but funny. And Minerva frankly surprised the holy hell out of me Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): […]

Routine

Fic Rec Creator: silverhibiscus Rating: M/R Word Count: 1,955 Summary: They had a routine. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: The author bills this as an “homage to the MMAD fandom of the 2000s,” and a lovely one it is, too, with all the passion, restrained (just so […]

Setting the Tone

Fic Rec Creator: sc010f Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 737 Summary: The first staff meeting always has interesting implications for the rest of the year. Written for the Ptterpr0nprmpts challenge: teachers. WARNING: there is nothing but PWP in here. Don’t look for plot. It’s not there. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should […]

Sherbet Lemons and Falling Walnuts

Fic Rec Creator: emansil_12 Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 3,127 Summary: They’d known each other such a short time, two months, not even that. It felt as if he’d known Gellert for most of his life. He’d never known someone that he felt so at ease with, yet who at the same time challenged and stimulated […]

Steady As She Goes

Fic Rec Creator: odogoddess Rating: M/R Word Count: 29,398 Summary: Arabella was in a tight spot when she accepted Dumbledore’s offer of help … and then life got interesting. Characters: Arabella Figg, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Arabella/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: Another fabulous rare pairing, with a detailed, believable backstory for Arabella Figg, and […]

Sybill Is Trying

Fic Rec Creator: cleodexa Rating: K/G Word Count: 3,585 Summary: Sybill is feeling more confident as the school prepares to reopen after the Battle of Hogwarts, which is nice for her though whether it really makes her less irritating is for her colleagues to judge. A turn of events requires the teachers to decide whether […]

Tasting the Tempest

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: M/R Word Count: 1,200 Summary: One evening while Wilhelmina is tending to her animals, a storm blows up. Characters: Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank Why You Should Check It Out: A sensual feast of a fic with wonderful details that make you want more, both of this story and its central characters. Bonus: Pansexual […]

The Best I’ve Ever Had

Fic Rec Creator: minddabbles Rating: MA/NC-17 Word Count: 2,787 Summary: Perfection is not something I strive for at my age, but if this – the best I’ve ever had – remains the worst I’ll ever see, I’ll count myself among the most fortunate of women. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, Rolanda Hooch Pairing(s): Minerva/Poppy/Rolanda Why […]

The Chelmsford List

Fic Rec Creator: fluffyllama Rating: M/R Word Count: 5,859 Summary: Baffling Prison Escape + Wizards = Not Really All That Baffling. That’s why this isn’t an escape story. But it does involve wizards and prisons. Characters: Mundungus Fletcher, Stan Shunpike Pairing(s): Mundungus/Stan Why You Should Check It Out: A fabulous sense of voice is just the beginning […]

The Dressing Room: A Play in Three Acts, with Chorus

Fic Rec Creator: purplefluffycat Rating: M/R Word Count: 10,000 Summary: One cannot run the country’s most successful robe shop without knowing how people tick. Characters: Arthur Weasley, Filius Flitwick, Hermione Granger, Horace Slughorn, Madam Malkin, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Filius/Horace, Hermione/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: A Hoggywarty masterpiece, right off the starting block! Madam […]

The Rules

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 3,487 Summary: The seventh year at Hogwarts. Much has changed, for the Deputy Headmistress as well as for the new Headmaster. But it seems that some rules can still be the same … Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Molly Weasley (née Prewett), Severus Snape, Sirius Black Why […]

The Supervisor’s Tale

Fic Rec Creator: a_t_rain Rating: K/G Word Count: 4,711 Summary: Just how did a new translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by Hermione Granger make it into Muggle bookstores? Minerva McGonagall explains. Characters: Hermione Granger, Minerva McGonagall Why You Should Check It Out: This fun tale, originally written for the 2009 Femgenficathon, shows us Academic!Hermione through Minerva’s eyes […]

The Survivors

Fic Rec Creator: lyras Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): Coercion, non-con Word Count: 3,941 Summary: In the aftermath of Lily’s death, Petunia’s life is falling apart — until Severus Snape turns up offering help. But Severus has his own reasons, and Petunia has never understood magic. Characters: Petunia Dursley (née Evans), Severus Snape Pairing(s): Petunia/Severus Why You […]

The Time Given to Us

Fic Rec Missing Work Alert! Sadly, this work has disappeared from its original location, and I haven’t been able to find it elsewhere. If anyone knows where to find it, please drop me a note! Creator: professorss19 Rating: K/G Word Count: 2,410 Summary: Severus and Albus are swiftly approaching the final act. Time is taking […]

The Unofficial Minutes of the Hogwarts Knitting Society

Fic Rec Creator: therealsnape Rating: K/G Word Count: 14,000 Summary: When Gilderoy Lockhart announces his plan for motivational lectures that will bring the fun back into teaching, his colleagues have to do something. But who would have thought it would involve needles and yarn? Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Argus Filch, Eileen Prince, Filius Flitwick, Gilderoy Lockhart, Irma Pince, […]

There, Pussy

Fic Rec Creator: thegildedmagpie Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): Rough sex, dubcon, biting, incidental breathplay, suggestions of the worrying anthropomorphization of a goat. Like the original, this is also not technically bestiality. Word Count: 2,097 Summary: Minerva loses her subject for a lesson demonstration, and her knickers, in that order. Characters: Crookshanks, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Crookshanks/Minerva Why […]

Tight Squeeze

Fic Rec Creator: albalark Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 877 Summary: Overheard in the Hogwarts Infirmary Characters: Hermione Granger, Poppy Pomfrey, Rubeus Hagrid Why You Should Check It Out: So much fun. Make sure you don’t have a mouthful of coffee when you read it, though, otherwise your keyboard might suffer. Check It Out Full Recs […]

To All a Good Night

Fic Rec Creator: delphipsmith Rating: K/G Word Count: 5,498 Summary: Just when things seem dark as a crow’s wing, life takes a lucky turn. Characters: Filius Flitwick, Madam Malkin, Minerva McGonagall, Pomona Sprout, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape, Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank Why You Should Check It Out: This lovely, funny fic is the perfect antidote for the […]

Visitors

Fic Rec Creator: Fox Murphy Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 3,031 Summary: Alastor Moody hated having visitors. Unless of course, the visitor happened to be Minerva McGonagall.” In the summer of 1994, Minerva tries to recruit a new professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts, and who better than a recently retired Auror? Characters: Alastor Moody, […]

War Heroes

Fic Rec Creator: Bil Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 1,911 Summary: War is never simple, even if you want it to be, and neither is recovery. Long before Voldemort arose there was another war and another set of soldiers. Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall Pairing(s): Albus/Minerva Why You Should Check It Out: “War Heroes” is full […]

We Cannot All Be Masters

Fic Rec Creator: pre-raphaelite1 Rating: MA/NC-17 Warning(s): bondage, breathplay, dacryphilia (arousal by tears) Word Count: 1,345 Summary: He licks lightly along the top of her cheekbone, tongue sliding over damp skin. His moan is pure pleasure, savouring the taste of the wetness that he drew from her. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Voldemort (Tom Riddle) Pairing(s): Minerva/Tom […]

We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness

Fic Rec Creator: dueltastic Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 20,000 Summary: “Yeah?” said Aberforth. “What’s Christmas ever done to you? Shat glitter in your cornflakes and made you wear the little paper hat in the cracker?” Characters: Aberforth Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Aberforth/Minerva, Aberforth/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: This gem […]

What a Lovely Way to Burn

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: K+/PG Warning(s): mild BDSM Word Count: 3,297 Summary: Minerva McGonagall and Rolanda Hooch comfort each other after the Battle of Hogwarts. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Rolanda Hooch Pairing(s): Minerva/Rolanda Why You Should Check It Out: What a Lovely Way to Burn by kellychambliss is a terrific bondage story that explores how […]

What to My Wondering Eyes Should Appear

Fic Rec Creator: kellychambliss Rating: K+/PG Word Count: 4,250 Summary: Dobby doesn’t have a red nose, and he’s never claimed to be a reindeer. But when it comes to delivering Christmas presents, he’ll go down in history. Characters: Argus Filch, Dobby, Filius Flitwick, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Pomona Sprout, Rolanda Hooch, Septima Vector, Severus Snape, […]

When It Ends

Fic Rec Creator: Astrogirl2 Rating: T/PG-13 Word Count: 450 Summary: On what she does not know will be his last day as a professor at Hogwarts, he comes to her room. Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape Pairing(s): Minerva/Severus Why You Should Check It Out: A short fic that has a very IC Minerva and Severus managing […]

As Potter Is to Snape

Fic Rec Creator: ScarlettWriter91 Rating: T/PG-13 Warning(s): mentions of child abuse Word Count: 213,402 Summary: Severus Snape has agreed to take in Harry Potter during the summer before his Third Year. Temporarily. Just until the end of summer and not a day longer. But secrets about Harry’s home life are being revealed and things are […]

The Way It Should Have Been

Fic Rec Creator: margaretrevie Rating: M/R Warning(s): Major character death; teacher-student relationship; miscarriage Word Count: 35,075 Summary: The interweaving paths of Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore. Their lives may not have turned out as they thought, but they are forever intertwined. MMAD fic, featuring lots of OCs, plus Poppy, Augusta, and Rolanda. Re-doing and updating […]

Fic Rec: June Week

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This fic (from 2002) is an angsty but sensitive coming-of-age story for Minerva McGonagall with detailed and insightful charactarisations, an engaging plot and exciting action scenes.

Fic Rec: All Too Well

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There are a few spelling and grammatical errors in this fic, but not so many that you should avoid this 2007 story that fits the relationship between Minerva and Severus into canon corners.

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