Summary: Before Harry even learns about Hogwarts he comes into possession of a special stick, a wand, and he uses it to do magic.
Summary: Harry gets sick or injured at The Dursleys and has to have surgery, The Dursleys refuse to care for him so Dumbledore calls in Snape to care for Harry, what will happen?
Summary: Snape had a bit of 'fun' after Hogwarts, and fathered two children. Harry with Lily, and another child with someone else. The other child must be a canon character, but not Draco. Whether he knows about either child is the writer's choice. Romance is also the writer's choice, but no Harry/Draco or Harry/Ginny. Can take place at any point during Harry's Hogwarts years.
Summary: Snape is disguised as Sirius Black. What scheme does he have regarding Harry?
Summary: Harry's hair has been growing long enough, and Snape has had enough of it.
Summary: Snape decides to learn his animagus form at the same time as Harry.
Must: ~The two have the same animagus form, with Snape being older than Harry ~include bits of their physical appearance that convert to their animagus form. (Like, Harry keeps his green eyes, Snape his crooked nose, etc.) ~Be reasonable with the emotions, no easily-loving Snape or super-submissive Harry ~Hedwig recognizes them and helps them.
Optional: ~Harry is abused by the Dursleys, and Snape finds out ~They are trapped in their forms ~They TEMPORARILY lose their memory ~Animal instincts override human ones ~Snape adopts Harry
In which Harry brews a potion prior to returning to the Dursleys, the purpose of which is to make his stay more pleasant. The effect of this potion is to turn the Dursleys into small furry animals of your choice, which he proceeds to look after to the best of his ability. Bonus points if he manages to get Vernon and Dudley to lose weight.
What I would like to see:
Harry paying unusual levels of attention in Potions class prior to brewing the potion, and actually managing to accrue at least a meagre amount of points for his efforts.
Snape spots Harry doing Potions research when he could be out on the grounds enjoying the sunshine.
Fred and George tutor Harry in the ways of prank potions - boosting his overall understanding of potion preparation in the process.
Use of Basilisk ingredients, and possibly owl order of others - to avoid having to steal from Snape. Bonus points for potions lab in the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry talks to the pet Dursleys and cares for them as he would have wished them to care for him - seeing as he has rendered them virtually helpless.
Harry somehow managing to bond with Dudley in some way or another.
Snape tries to figure out what Harry has been getting up to, and finds in one of the library books a piece of parchment in place of a bookmark that bears the notes Harry took in his first Potions class when he was accused of not paying attention.
Harry has the evidence of his mistreatment at the hands of the Dursleys prepared and ready in case of accusations (degree of mistreatment up to author to decide).
The story takes place any time after first year, but preferably soon after, such as second or third year. Harry has been told that he must continue to live where his mother's blood dwells.
Snape finds out. Preferably after the fact.
What I would rather not see:
Broken Harry, as he'd be unlikely to pull this off.
Excessively Cruel or Disinterested Snape.
Excessively Fluffy Snape.
Nothing changing between Snape and Harry.
The potion wearing off on its own.
In which Dumbledore delights in confusing and/or embarrassing all and sundry - but particularly his 'boys'. This may be in a misguided attempt to give them a common goal (such as to find out what is going on), for his own amusement, for the purpose of providing them with a humorous counter-balance to all the horrible things they've experienced, or because someone tampered with his lemon drops (or possibly removed them). Other reasons are also possible, but if the lemon drop option is selected, it would be interesting if his lemon drops contained some kind of medication - perhaps it's the only way he can be convinced to take his medicine?
Things I would like to see (Please pick at least three):
More random words along the lines of Harry's first year's welcoming speech, the more esoteric the better. Bonus points for words from other languages (he's supposed to be multilingual, after all) or from old and/or middle English. Callipygian is a good example, and means a rather shapely and beautifully proportioned rear end. Context is optional; there does not need to be any at all.
Sock thefts/swaps/gifts/all of the above. Bonus points for socks that glow (for Severus), and detailed reactions to embarrassing socks.
Dumbledore on a trampoline (this is optional, but after seeing Dumbledore's Flying Kick by lilette on deviantArt, I had to mention it.)
Dumbledore giving either Severus or Harry (or both) a stuffed animal of some description, possessing some form of magical property that the recipient/s have no knowledge of, but which could be construed as beneficial in the long run and/or the short term. Perhaps linking dreams, or simply soothing.
Dumbledore informs Severus that there is a Basilisk corpse and several shed skins (mountains of near-priceless ingredients) in the Chamber of Secrets, but that he must acquire Harry's permission to access it, as it was he who killed it and he who is able to open the chamber.
Severus is informed, preferably by way of some form of riddle or sly implication, that Harry was nearly a Slytherin.
Harry is informed that Severus has some of his mother's old possessions.
Dumbledore gets cheerfully drunk and teaches the students some silly campfire songs at one of the feasts, and attempts to convince Severus to sing along, to Harry's mixed emotions. Bonus points for detailed description of Minerva and Draco's reactions.
Dumbledore insists on a camping excursion on the grounds, and that the Heads of House must supervise their rival House for the duration. Excuses may include morale building, inter-House cooperation, and survival training. Needless to say, marshmallows are mandatory.
Dumbledore gets students to write reviews of their teachers and their learning under them - on truth-enchanted parchment. Reasonable insults are not filtered out.
What I would rather not see:
Evil or Dark Dumbledore - this is primarily a humour challenge.
Extreme OOC in principle characters (apart from Dumbledore, if it's part of his meddling).
Character Death or other serious warnings.
Character Bashing.I hope this challenge amuses rather than exasperates.
Summary: When Harry is sorted in his first year it took longer for the hat to decide his house than for the other students. Professor Snape gets curious about that and has a chat with the hat to find out why it took so long.
Summary: Harry has been practicing a dark magic, enough to become addicted to it. He doesn't want to stop. Enter Snape.
Summary: Severus is still loyal to Lord Voldemort when he finds out Harry is truly his son and doesn't change sides. He converts Harry to the Dark instead. Or Harry is Dark/changes sides and that's how they find out they're father and son. or Voldemort finds out Severus and Harry are related and orders Severus to bring Harry to the Dark side.
Summary: Harry has an older brother whom the Wizarding world mistakes as the Boy Who Lived. Harry's family go with it to shield Harry from the fame and likely targeting of being the Boy Who Lived, thus enabling him to grow up and fulfill his destiny for the good of the world. James and Lily are still alive and treat both sons the same with the same amount of love. The family and family friends know the truth of who the real Boy Who Lived is and they are protective of Harry.
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