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Summary: Past Featured StoryThe summer after fifth year, Severus Snape realises that he has to decide between Lily and his Dark companions and pursuits. Now all he has to do is get used to life at Hogwarts with no friends, get over his fascination with the Dark Arts, survive the Marauders, and convince Lily to acknowledge that he's alive.

Easier said than done.

Categories: Severus/Lily Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Alternate Universe, Character Death, Mental Disorders, Mild Profanity, Violence

Word count: 97828 Chapters: 18 Completed: No
03/25/08 Updated: 10/27/11

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 04/18/15 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2- Predestination

I'm enjoying this story. I like how you get deep into Severus' thoughts and feelings, which seem pretty accurate. I'm curious to see where he will go from here.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 04/18/15 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2- Predestination

I'm enjoying this story. I like how you get deep into Severus' thoughts and feelings, which seem pretty accurate. I'm curious to see where he will go from here.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 05/02/15 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9- An Impossible Position

Wow, a Quidditch match and a good one, too. I'm impressed. It was exciting, and I was sort of on the edge of my seat to see what would happen. Well done. I also like how Severus and Lily experience all these emotions and go through some slow' gradual changes. The story keeps getting better.


To Dwell In Dreams by sorrow_of_severus
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 5]

Summary: One simple incantation and you will enter a top-quality, highly realistic, thirty-minute daydream, easy to fit into the average school lesson and virtually undetectable (side effects include vacant expression and minor drooling). Not for sale to under-sixteens.
-from p. 117 of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, American Editioin

When Headmaster Severus Snape discovers an abandoned box of Patented Daydream Charms while patrolling the corridors of Hogwarts one night, he’s about to discover magical, melancholy daydreams of Lily…

…and the reasons why Patented Daydream Charms aren’t sold to younger wizards and witches.

Categories: Severus/Lily Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 2074 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
07/25/09 Updated: 07/30/09

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/27/13 Title: Chapter 1: To Dwell In Dreams

Nice story! Amusing,and I felt glad that Snape at least got to enjoy some pleasant dreams.


Summary: Severus waits alone in a park to make the ultimate choice - Voldemort or Love? But, of course, Severus can decide only when he gets there first.

I thank my LJ pals for their love, support and sense of humour.

DISCLAIMER: I am not J.K.Rowling; she would be mortified if she read this.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity

Word count: 1284 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
03/08/10 Updated: 03/17/10

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/24/13 Title: Chapter 1: Always...

Not a bad read, but no, I don't support this ship either.

Author's Response: Hahaha!


All for All by HermitKnut
Rated: 3rd-5th Years [Reviews - 23]

Summary: In the fight against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Harry will either gain everything - or lose everything. This is life - to gain all, one must first risk all. Alternate sequel to Half-Blood Prince, twelve chapters.

Categories: Alternate Universe Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Alternate Universe, Book 7 Disregarded, Epilogue? What Epilogue?, Mild Profanity, Violence

Word count: 45299 Chapters: 12 Completed: Yes
04/13/10 Updated: 12/10/11

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/08/15 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Interesting and different view of Uncle Vernon. I never considered that he might have actually abused Harry. He always seemed like the sort who harms mainly by ignorance and neglect. This must make Harry hate him even more, and more glad to get away.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/15/15 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

Apparently Hufflepuffs have to be brave, too.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/18/15 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter 11

How does Harry know it will be over in one week?

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 02/18/15 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 12

Aww. I'm a bit disappointed in the ending, which was more of a tune in next time. Voldemort's death was rather uneventful, too. It was like nobody even noticed that he was gone. But it was an interesting story overall, sort of an alternative to DH. I also liked that Ginny was more involved.


A Promise by blossoming art
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 11]

Summary: HP/SS SLASH Severus Snape is summoned by the Dark Lord for the second time in one night. Harry Potter asks for the impossible and then has to deal with the consequences. A tale of two lovers parting and the events that follow. AU after OotP, but with some elements from the last two books.

Categories: Same-Sex Pairings Genre: Warnings: Alternate Universe, Book 7 Disregarded, Character Death, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Slash, Violence

Word count: 9957 Chapters: 4 Completed: No
04/13/10 Updated: 05/10/10

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/04/13 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4

This is a good story, but when I chose to read a HP/SS story, what I really wanted to know was how the hell those two ended up together. You covered that some in the last chapter, when Harry thinks about what he loved about Shape, and that was good. I would have liked more of that, and earlier in the story. Understanding more about his feelings for Snape would have made his grief more moving to me, as I would have felt his loss myself. Hope this helps and doesn't offend. I think you're a good writer, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. Feel free to comment on any of my stories.


Brazen by ToBeOrNotToBeAGryffindor
Rated: Professors [Reviews - 25]

Summary: Past Featured Story

*These are the times that try men's souls.

Well, that couldn't be any more real for Draco Malfoy than on the eve of his wedding. He was getting married the next day, but all he could think about is how his life was about to become so much more damned complicated.

He had no idea.


*Quote - Thomas Paine, American revolutionary.


This fic was nominated for a 2010 Quicksilver Quill Award - Best Humour

Categories: Humor Fics Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations, Strong Profanity, Substance Abuse

Word count: 6829 Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
06/02/10 Updated: 06/03/10

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 05/27/14 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

So, no happy ending for Draco. He seems the same as before-- as in canon, I mean--, not much more mature and no wiser. He pretty much got what he deserved, though I found myself hoping he would learn something, be enlightened a little about life and people, and about himself. I would have liked to know more about Astoria, too. Not sure why she has all the power in this relationship. Doesn't her family need the Malfoys as much as Draco's family needs them?
One detail I really liked was the tradition of the bride and groom entering from opposite sides of the room and meeting together in the middle. I've always thought weddings should be that way-- symbolically, it makes more sense. These days, women are independent and free to marry whomever they choose. They aren't handed over from their fathers to their new husbands. That's so archaic.

Author's Response:

I think, of everything in this fic, I angsted the most over the wedding ceremonies. I knew they would have to be different from Muggle weddings, but not unrecognisably so (both had to have similar roots, so they should at least be derivatives of one another). The idea for that I ended up scrapping was that the bride and groom had to pass through a people!tunnel of the other's kin and friends, so if any of them felt the bride or groom was unworthy, they could stop them physically. Then I realised that I got the idea from a Klingon rite of passage from an episode of Star Trek and went a less obscure route.

I will defend my characterisation of Draco because of his age. In this, he's 22. By now, he would have had the chance to be more complacent about his family's place after the war but still understanding that marrying into a respected family was still something he had to do, whether he wanted to or not. It isn't so much an arranged marriage more than the accepted inevitability of one he might not have chosen for himself under different circumstances. And after all, once a git, always a git. Draco couldn't lose all that in a few short years, no matter what happened to him. Plus, it's a humour story, so if it didn't have levity at the expense of someone who has deserved comeuppance on several occasions, then I wouldn't be doing it right.

As for Astoria, my head canon is that the Greengrasses are a well-connected family, but they have difficulty finding a good match for Astoria because she is a wilful wild child. Fortunately for the, the Malfoys are desperate and the Greengrasses can look past some unfortunate past alliances (their words, not mine) to hopefully settle down their rambunctious youngest daughter. However, as this story is more about Draco and the ridiculousness he faced during the wedding preparations, that backstory didn't have much place in the story and would've felt extraneous. The ending is as it is because Draco doesn't know her that well and was a bit gobsmacked at how forceful she is, plus the fact that he knows that if she divorces him, it will look very bad for his family. But, as I said...humour fic. Not very happy trimmings for this particular cake.

Anyway, thanks for reading. :)



Bella Rosa by Fynnsmom
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 45]

Summary: Before she became a Death Eater, Bellatrix Black was young, bored, and went slumming places no other pureblood would go. What she found and who she met was kept secret. Until now.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Sexual Situations

Word count: 42108 Chapters: 23 Completed: No
09/12/10 Updated: 09/12/15

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/05/13 Title: Chapter 1: Bella

You've taken on a challenge with a protagonist who is so despicable in the HP stories. She seems interesting, and I like the story so far.

Author's Response: Believe it or not, Bella is one of my favorite characters. I found the actress who portrayed the evil Bella to be so beautiful and when I think of Bellatrix that's who I see. It is hard to write her as a halfway decent person but I'm going under the premise that she started out as a regular person but a big tragedy befalls her and she turns dark. So she has her Slytherin qualities and the pureblood family background but something had to cause her turn for the worse. That's the point of my story--to explain what went so wrong in her life.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/05/13 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Gabe

Gabe is an interesting character.

Author's Response: I was so excited to see your reviews. It seems I get a lot of readers but not many reviews. Gabe is mdeled after my son--with some extraordinary talents added. I'm trying to write how I think he'd react to these many situations. I hope I'm not too far off the mark:D

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/06/13 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter 4: Friends

She seems pretty rebellious all right, and doesn't give a crap what anyone thinks of her, except maybe Gabe. Good.

Author's Response: Gabe started out to be her rebellion but you have to ask what's going on with that. She seems more concerned about protecting him and doesn't flaunt him in her family's face which you'd think she would do if she wants them to know she's rebelling. I mean, what fun is rebellion if no one knows about it.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/15/13 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter 14: A Black Dinner with the Dark Lord

Tom sure sounds like a Nazi.

Author's Response: I guess I've always seen the Death Eaters as Nazis. I couldn't resist making the comparison. At this point Tom is a handsome young man and he's charismatic. He's trying to bring people into his cause and the purebloods are flocking to him, buying all of his propaganda. I think that's what Hitler did. He didn't start out well known and wealthy. He had to sell his ideas. Some people need someone or something to blame their problems on; for Hitler it was the Jews and for Tom it was non-purebloods.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/17/13 Title: Chapter 17: Chapter 17: Bella's Secrets

Gabe is too good for Bella. I wonder what will happen when she tires of toying with him. Maybe she'll be sorry. She may end up actually falling in love with him.

Author's Response: He is too good for her. And, he's an innocent victim and very vulnerable right now. Bella pursued him from the start, more or less as a challenge. She heard someone else talk about him and she decided to play the game and win. You have to wonder how deep her feelings go. Would a pureblood Black really fall for an American Muggle. All I can say is God bless both of them. It would be nice though if this story has a happy ending. Bella is such an intense person and she experiences all of her emotions more than others do.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 11/17/13 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20: Gabe and Bella Went Up the Hill

Sorry to hear about your troubles, Fynnsmom. Hope things are better now. I'm curious about what will happen next in the story, but now I have to wait for the next chapter.

Author's Response: One thing I've discovered over time is that whenever you lose hope, something wonderful will always happen to bring that hope back. I really shouldn't complain about things because it all adds to my life experiences. Anyway, I have the next chapter written but it needs editing by me and then my beta friend. I hope to get that chapter up shortly after Thanksgiving. After that crazy, exciting things start to happen in the story. It's time to bring the story to its high point and then watch it crash. Finally, we will have a last flash of hope in the epilogue.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 07/05/14 Title: Chapter 21: Chapter 21: Calcata and Beyond

Finally! I'm glad I decided to check and see if you updated this story. Sounds like Gabe and Bella are having a good time. The plot thickens...

Author's Response: I never expect to have reviews so I don't look at my chapters very often--pitiful. Anyway, many thanks for the review. This could be one of the last good times Gabe and Bella have. Things are getting more tense in the wizarding world. If Gabe knew I think he could handle it but Bella--I don't know. I need to get to writing. My real life keeps getting in the way. But, hang on, the exciting stuff is coming up next.


Much More Than A Game by Hypatia
Rated: 6th-7th Years [Reviews - 87]

“Lord Voldemort has never had a friend, nor do I believe that he has ever wanted one.”
-Dumbledore, HBP, ch 13

Dumbledore was rarely wrong, only once did Lord Voldemort desire a friend. It started out as only a game, but became so much more…

This is the story of how the teenaged Tom Riddle met a unique individual and slipped from cold indifference, to affection, to friendship, to romance. Discover how even Voldemort’s cold and callow heart was once broken beyond repair. This is for anyone curious about how an imperfect love warped and twisted a corrupt young man into the Dark Lord.

Categories: Other Pairing Genre: Warnings: Abuse, Character Death, Mild Profanity, Sexual Situations, Suicide, Violence

Word count: 106968 Chapters: 29 Completed: Yes
07/16/11 Updated: 09/29/12

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 04/13/13 Title: Chapter 29: Epilogue

This was some long and complex story. Well done, especially for taking on the challenge of showing us the thoughts and feeling of Tom/LV. For me, you could have left out the song lyrics you so painstakingly included. I didn't bother trying to read them, and anyway, Lydia explained what they meant. Perhaps if you more fully described how the song sounded, that would have done more for me. Your characterization of Tom was good, I thought. Quite appropriate that he was so arrogant and self centered that he just assumed that Lydia would wait for him, and would be glad to be his queen, though he never discussed his plans with her. To me it seemed wrong, though, that he whispered "I love you" to her dead body. I don't believe he would have done that. Lydia was a good character, and I understood why she fell for him. Unfortunately, I don't recall who Hestia Prince was, so I'll have to look through the books again to figure out the significance of her. Anyway, good job. Write more.

Reviewer: dreamsnape Signed
Date: 03/23/13 Title: Chapter 6: Instincts


Author's Response: Thanks! Hopefully you find that the plot will continue to thicken. :)

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