Summary: Harry is under a lot of stress and pressure and he begins to crack. The prophecy is hanging over his head, and he knows he has to train to face Voldemort down sooner or later. Ron and Harry have recently been fighting. Harry is dating Ginny and he's finding their relationship to be growing a little demanding when he has so much else to do and worry about. Homework is piling up. Harry is losing sleep. His nerves are frayed and he's at the breaking point. The staff (or Snape) figures out that Harry is under too much strain and pressure, and for Harry's own good decide to temporarily switch Harry's house (to Slytherin much to Snape's displeasure). Once Harry's in Slytherin and the demands on him go back down, he finds that he quite likes being away from all of his responsibilities. What do his friends do? What does Snape think? What relationship do they develop?
I would like to see Harry and Ginny continue dating after the house switch. I would also like to see Harry not really making friends in Slytherin, just him being content to be ignored and having no demands on him for a while. The rest is really up to you. BONUS if it is at least a few decent sized chapters or a very long one shot. I dislike drabbles.
Other ideas: - Harry is put into Slytherin because the hat almost put him there before, so they know it would be a good fit. - Snape has to 'keep an eye' on Harry to see how his stress levels are and if he's still cracking under the pressure. This does not mean counseling sessions. I usually dislike the stories where Snape is an actual counselor instead of parent or mentor or listener.
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.
- 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: Either Harry or Severus gets stuck in a "grounding spell" or "child containment" spell. What exactly that means, how they got there, how the other one fits in, and how long it lasts is up to you, but it should last at least a couple days - enough time for some good laughs and fun!
Some ideas on the spell itself (you may use other ideas if you think of them, or variations):
-on a magical leash/harness (like you see little kids on sometimes), and can't walk anywhere without someone holding the leash
-stuck within 20 feet of someone at all times - perhaps it must be someone they know/not a stranger, or perhaps the someone can be switched somehow, but it should not just be one person always. Maybe it's two designated people?
-has to be touching someone to walk, otherwise legs are stuck together like a leg locker curse
-can't open any doors or cabinets, etc, can't pick up any object not directly given to them recently, can't turn anything on
Some ideas on how it got there (again, you may use others):
-Malfoy and Harry dueling - could hit Harry or rebound onto Snape
-the Dark Lord discovers Snape is a spy and puts it on him as part of his torture/to contain him during torture, but then he is rescued. Perhaps it is permanent or lasts indefinitely in this case
Some other thoughts:
-perhaps put in an "except in emergencies" clause - could be reasonable that such a spell would allow the kid to run if the house were on fire, for example. Does the emergencies clause allow them to defend themselves/duel?
For the most part, take this as you will! The point is to see some funny moments, probably some humiliation. Have fun!
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?
- 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: Fed up with the Dursleys and their treatment, Harry runs away. All would have been fine if he hadn't managed to run into Severus Snape.
The Dursleys' treatment of Harry is worse than in the books (you decide how much worse).
Harry runs away and manages to survive on his own for a decent amount of time before running into Snape (e.g., he doesn't run off Privet Drive and end up banging into him).
Snape finds out about the Dursleys' treatment, and his relationship with Harry changes in some way for the better.
It must be set after first year.
Summary: After the events of second year, with the Chamber of Secrets, the Board of Governors decides that the students need counseling, and install a school counselor. Your choice where you go with this, but if Harry's abuse is discovered or Severus' prejudices are overcome, that would be wonderful.
Summary: Harry has to go back to stay with the Dursleys to strengthen the blood wards, that much is certain. But what if the Dursleys are comatose, kissed or cursed so that their bodies are there, but their minds aren't? Dumbledore has a clever plan to have Professor Snape take their place at 4 Privet Drive. To ensure that Harry's summer is just like any other, Snape is charmed to be forced to act just like the Dursleys would if they were there.
Summary: What if Ron didn't come back when Harry was retrieving the sword in the water? Severus Snape is watching, making sure Harry gets the sword and helps him instead.
Summary: Other things about Harry, besides his eyes, remind Severus of Lily, and this causes him to treat Harry differently. These things can be physical characteristics, personality traits, or both.
Summary: So many of our stories include Snape being Harry's biological father, adopting Harry, or otherwise somehow becoming Harry's guardian.Frequently it is because Harry is being abused, or it is discovered in the process that Harry is being abused.
I want to see a story where Snape's opinion of Harry changes some other way, and they gain a mentor/mentee relationship (or just a friendlier relationship) without first being forced to co-habitate or something.
Also, it is preferred (but not completely necessary) that Harry's treatment at the Dursleys is no worse than it is in the books, and there is no shocking revelation about this. I love those stories, but I want to see something different.
Summary: Harry is knocked down the stairs by Dudley and is badly injured was it an accident or not?
Will Dumbledore finally see what Harry goes through with the Dursleys?
and why would he place him with Snape?
Summary: When Snape finds Harry in his pensieve he is so furious he issues a punishment immediately (preferably corporal punishment:show the different emotions). Then Harry blurts something out that makes Snape stop. This leads to a small talk. It continues with Harry asking Snape to continue the lessons. Snape's response should be your decision.