Summary: Severus Snape reluctantly goes to St. Mungo's on Albus' orders and finds that he has a disability (what it is is up to you, but please make sure to thoroughly research it and write it with respect). A part time nanny is hired to take care of little Harry after Severus reacts....badly to the news. Little Harry decides to meddle when he fears they're getting too close.
Summary: AU What if Lily was saved by Severus, she takes a second look and sees the man shes always needed. How does Severus react to a spitting image of the man he hates so much being around his home? REQUIRED: - Snape & Lily marriage/love/romance -Snape & Harry rivalry for Lily's attention - must include the line in the story "If you weren't so much like your father then you could pull your head out your backside and see I love your mother, because she is your mother. You! My son!"
Another not-so-new trope, but with a different take.
This shall be an AU, in which somehow the Potters survive. As such, this is Pre-Hogwarts.
Because Azkaban is overflowing with murderers and terrible Death Eaters, those who are not guilty of murder, rape, and torture are sentenced to years of house arrest.
One of these cases is Severus Snape, who has nowhere to go, until Lily Potter agrees to take him in, so that he can do his time... sharing a home with her, her husband, and their son.
Snape is placed under a spell that is similar to an old Slavery Spell, to ensure that he won't harm the Potters. And it is Lily's job to ensure that James doesn't abuse his power as the "Master".
The "challenge" in this story is that Snape must become a Mentor and/or Guardian of Harry.
I don't mind a dark story, in which James is evil... But that is not what I had in mind. However, you are free to take this in any direction.
None, this time.
This challenge will be slightly different than my others, as I will only put up the premise, and you can do whatever you wish with it.
When Voldemort first heard of the prophecy, the Longbottoms and the Potters had only defied him once, and they didn't even know they were expecting their children.
When they defied him again, and rumors began to circulate about the pregnancies of Alice Longbottom and Lily Potter, he became interested in testing their wills, by giving them one last chance to join him, to see which family fit into the prophecy.
Peter Pettigrew is aware of the plans made for his friends, and on an impulse asks James what would he do in order to protect his family, if the only choices were to join the Dark Lord, or fight until they were all dead.
Finally, when Voldemort asks the Potters if they will join his side, James Potter shocks everyone when he agrees, and takes the Dark Mark.
The entire thing, even what is written above, is up to you, provided that the general idea is intact. That is, James Potter decides that the survival of his family is more important than his pride or desire of glory.
This is, of course, a story that must have Snape and Harry interaction. The reasons behind this interaction are up to you, however, my restrictions are the same as my other challenges: Snape is not a child abuser, characters needing more than one dimension, etc.
There have been a lot of evil!stepdad!Snape stories as of late, and for once I'd like to read one where Snape is In Character.
Summary: Fourth Year AU: 'The champions' families are invited to watch the final task, you know.' - Professor McGonagall, GoF Page 534. Some well meaning - but idiotic - person thought it would be a good idea to bring the Dursleys to Hogwarts for the Final Task. How would spending time with the Dursleys change the outcome of the events of that night? And how would a certain Potions Master react to Petunia's sudden presence at Hogwarts? Must Have/Be: - Canon level abuse (no more than that!) - Gen Could Include: - Sneaky, vindictive Harry - Indignant Delacours - Draco Malfoy
Summary: Harry discovers that Severus loved and loves Lily. His mother urges him to help Severus open up and be nicer. Only Severus isn't interested.
- The last part of the story must include the line:
Summary: 5 times Snape was unsurprised by Harry's actions, and the one time he was completely surprised. Or vice versa - 5 times Snape was surprised by Harry's actions, and the one time he wasn't surprised at all.
Summary: "Sorry Mr. Potter, I am no longer interested in the wizarding world, its 'wonders,' its leaders, or you." Snape stated looking hard at Harry. "Your safty is no longer my concern...."
Summary: Harry discovers that his dream of living with the Weasleys' is detrimental to his his health.
Summary: Sirius really did kill those muggles and Peter, but out of revenge for the Potters. When Harry discovers this he still attempts to hold on to Sirius, only to find himself in more trouble than ever before.
Summary: Lily and Severus were best friends through their childhoods and Severus was abused by his father. Statistically, approximately 10% of abused children become child abusers themselves. Canonically, we know pretty much where Severus stands in regards to that. What if Lily left custody of Harry to Severus before the Dursleys and it turned out to be a terrible idea? What if Severus's deplorable treatment of Harry went a little further? Bonus points if, for once, Petunia and Vernon are at the opposite end of the spectrum and try to actually take care of Harry and take him away from Severus.
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