Year of the Thestral

Creator: perverse_idyll
Rating: MA/NC-17
Warning(s): dubious consent, major character death
Word Count: 127,181

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: this means facing a period of her life she has chosen to forget. Specifically, that terrible year under Headmaster Snape and the truth about what happened between them.

Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Rolanda Hooch, Severus Snape
Pairing(s): Minerva/Rolanda, Minerva/Severus
Why You Should Check It Out:

This is a a searing portrait of an uncompromising woman forced by war to make shattering compromises, and how she lives with the aftermath. Not for the faint of heart (LOTS of angst, plus serious dub-con), this fic hops back and forth between the year of Snape's headship and a time in the future when a declining Minerva McGonagall is prompted to face her demons by a besotted biographer (a wonderful OC) who isn't sure how much of the truth she really wants to know.

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