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Summary: Remember in Snape's memories, when Dumbledore says "Sometimes I think we sort too soon."? What if Dumbledore had acted on this and decided that the sorting ceremony would be mandatory for every class every year? Meaning that you could change your house every year if your personality changes enough and that you could (theoretically) visit all houses during your school career. The plan is to accommodate changes in character, lessen house rivalry and give heads of house the chance to bond with different children and possible aid them in a way a colleague could not.

  • even though this is now possible - please make it a seldom occurance! People are resorted but only if there was a major change in their character, maybe based on some trauma or if they were sorted into a house of their own wish (like harry) but don't really fit in there
  • even though house rivalry in general is lessened, another type of discrimination develops: people who stay in the same house for several years tend to feel that they represent their house and are superior to "house hoppers" (house hoppers tend to be seen as mentally unstable by them)
  • Harry changes his house after going to Gryffindor in his first year (preferably to Slytherin) - you decide the timing for this (year 2-6) and how long the new system is in place for
  • other characters that seemed to be "ill fit" in their house change house as well (e.g. hermione, neville etc.)
  • slytherins who change house are generally discriminated against in their new house
  • new entrys into slytherin house are generally isolated in the beginning and have to "prove" themselves first to their new house mates. They usually try to find another house hopper or associate with their old friends at first.
  • there are more inter house friendships
  • Snape struggles with new students from other houses in general and especially if Harry is one of them
  • through Harry's change of house, Snape has to reevaluate his opinion of him
  • Harry sees the house system and houses in a different, more balanced way. He realized Gryffindor's faults and is influenced to the better by his new house. He tries to reconcile his old friends and new acquaintances

    Bonus:
  • heads of house can be resorted every year as well
  • one out of the group of people who have stayed in one house for a long time suddenly changes house and has changed a lot. Harry or Severus take an interest and try to find out what happened to that person (you can use Draco for this but I would prefer a new supporting character. Draco is a bit overused). Make the old house feel betrayed by him and bully him
  • Snape convinced the hat to put him in Slytherin, not Gryffindor, when he was a first year. he partly regrets that decision because it divided him from lily and was the first step towards becoming a death eater. on the other hand he now sees himself as a Slytherin and wouldn't change it for the world. Have this come up in conversation with Harry and compare it to his own story of convincing the hat.
  • Snape could decide that new entrys into Slytherin house may be an indicator of trauma (as mentioned above) and have them evaluated by Pomfrey for physical/sexual/emotional abuse.
  • Summary: Snape is a werewolf. Harry finds out.
    Summary: Harry and the gang are re-doing their 7th year at Hogwarts since they hadn't been there while they had been in hiding from Voldemort and subsequently defeating said Dark Lord. It's been 6 months since the defeat of Lord Voldemort and the Wizarding World is slowly rebuilding what it had lost, but there is a new threat coming their way and they may need to bring back the recently departed Lord Voldemort to help them defeat this new enemy. It bears a striking similarity to how the Death Eaters travelled with black smoke, but this evil - this darkness, has even what remains of the Death Eaters running for their lives. Not even Harry will be able to fight this one alone, for everyone has darkness hidden inside them; it is what makes you envious, what makes you hate and what makes you angry. It is that darkness made real, and as long as darkness lingers within everyone it will be difficult to defeat.

    Other Details:
    • Snape somehow survives the bite from Nagini and continues to teach.
    • Must contain a Mentor/Guardian relationship with Snape and Harry. (How you get there, you get to decide, for example: maybe Harry has Anger Management issues considering everything that has happened.)
    • Snape must adopt Draco as well at some point in the story. (Again the reasons for that are up to you.)
    • There has to be a chance encounter with a wise Centaur.
    • Luna Lovegood must make a few appearances throughout the story. (She has great insight to what is coming. However the characters will have to figure out the riddles she gives as clues.)
    • Harry has to explore his sexuality and end up eventually paired with Draco. (However, you get to decide how it happens, throw a few bumps in there, a few funny turns, but it comes good though.)
    • If you get inspired and come up with some ideas that don't clash with the points above, you can add those to the story as well. (Be creative).
    • Has to be 15 or more chapters. (A decent length stories, with lots of detail.)
    • Lastly, make the journey through the 15 or more chapters interesting.
    Summary: What really happens behind the doors of Number Four Privet Drive? Young Harry is being abused but by whom? Is it really Vernon the robust drill designer? or is it Petunia who has a sharp look and word for everyone including her husband?

    Must haves:
    • Vernon married to an abusive Petunia.
    • Petunia abusive to Harry but dotes on Dudley.
    • Vernon secretly helps Harry.
    • Dudley pretends to be abusive to harry and disrespectful to Vernon.
    • Harry receives letter. Petunia reacts....badly....
    • Vernon sends reply to hogwarts asking someone to rescue Harry
    • Snape Answers letter.
    Summary: Write a Wingfic. Either someone (Harry or Severus), or everyone, has wings. Ideas: -AU where everyone has wings. -Some wizards have wings, some don't, and no one knows exactly why. Muggles can't see them, but squibs can. -Harry suddenly grows wings, whether through magical inheritance or for some other reason. At first he resents them, thinking that they are just another thing that makes him a freak, but he learns to love them. -Severus just knew that Harry was going to be just like his father. Seeing Harry's wings changed his opinion dramatically. Things to think about: -What do a person's wings say about their life and personality? -If everyone has wings, then what about brooms? -Don't limit yourself to birds - there are also bats and insects.
    Summary: Set after POA, but before GOF...in which Lupin becomes foster father to four boys: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, de-aged Sirius Black and de-aged Severus Snape.

    Rules:
    1. Severus and Sirius must be younger than Harry and Draco, but not too young to attend Hogwarts.
    2. Their memories must be retained, though their emotions and behaviors should be of whatever age they are.
    3. Lupin must not favor Harry or Sirius over Severus and Draco.
    4. If you so wish, discipline (spanking) can be part of the story (this will be up to the writer...)
    5. By the end of the story, the boys should have bonded as brothers and view Lupin as their father.
    6. The pairings should be: Harry/Hermione, Draco/Ginny, Neville/Luna. If you so wish to give Severus and Sirius love interests, you may.
    7. Lupin should not be as hesitant as he sometimes is in the books.
    Summary: "Sometimes to help someone, you have to walk away and let them hit rock bottom." (Unknown)

    Summary: Harry is so hungry for positive attention that he'll do anything for the approval of his teachers and peers. What will Snape do when he notices first-year Harry's unhealthy relationships with the people of Hogwarts and the Dursley’s? Required: Harry must do everything in his power to hide the abuse of his peers and family. Harry must be overly conscious about what people think of him. (If you choose, this can be a lifelong struggle…or Snape can help him to heal completely, your choice.) Brownie Points: If you include this scene: Snape makes multiple jabs at Harry’s unruly hair. Harry comes into class one day with his hair slicked back with too much gel in an attempt to get Snape to like him more. Snape only sneers and makes hurtful comments about the boy’s incompetence.
    Summary: It struck me that Harry would have had a very different kind of life if he had been old enough to remember his parents, magic, the wizarding world. And it would have been a very different world if Voldemort had been allowed to continue his quest for power for several years longer than in canon.

    So, how do you think Harry would be different if he had lived with his parents until he was 7 or 8 (or so)?
    -Would he have befriended other canon characters?
    -What role does Sirius play in his life?
    -Does Sirius still get sent to Azkaban?
    -If so, how is Harry impacted?
    -How would the wizarding world be different?
    -How would Snape be different after spying for so many years?
    -How would Snape have changed with Lily alive?
    -Did Snape and Lily make up, or does Harry meet him at Hogwarts?
    -How would that dynamic influence their relationship?

    Of course those questions don't all need to be answered, but I think that such a change prompts very interesting questions.
    Summary:

    Severus Snape was wandering the hallways looking for wayward students out of bed. He heard voices from around a corner and just as he was about to bust the rule braking students he hears something unexpected come from Ron's mouth.

    "You need to go to a teacher and tell them what has been going on at the Durley's."

    When he peeked around the corner he saw a prone boy that couldn't be Harry Potter sitting in a window sill with his knees pulled to his chest and tears streaking down his cheeks.

    Takes place either first, second or third year. No evil Dumbledore, but Severus Snape's heart begins to melt.

    Summary: Lily stole something very important from Severus Snape and Bellatrix LeStrange. Something very precious. Now that the Dark Lord is back, they are determined to take back what is theirs.

    Summary: We all do enjoy our favourite Potions Master suffer, or is that just me? In this challenge, we see Snape weep. In character as much as possible and in front of Harry. Important to this challenge is that Harry doesn't just come in when it's already happening, but is during some interaction with Harry. Prompt: Coward.


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