Title: A Necessary Evil by kai
Warnings: Rape-Non-Consensual Violence Male Pregnancy
Author's Summary: After the Final Battle, Albus is pregnant (!) and Lord Voldemort is almost-dead yet again.
Author's Notes: This is a horror story. If you have a weak stomach and/or hate experimental fiction, then flee now. I mean it, folks. No fluffy third-person, limited POV bunnies here! Some readers may find the subject matter and my treatment of it quite offensive.
When I first read the summary, I wasn't sold. How could you be? I had heard good things, but I'm not a huge fan of the m-preg. I went into this one with my cursor poised over the back button. But, it turns out, the summary doesn't do this fic one bit of justice.
Dumbledore doesn't conceive his child in the normal way (er, m-preg normal, that is). Voldemort, in a final effort to evade death, implants his essence within the Headmaster during this story's version of the final battle. Albus, believing that this Tom, given a proper childhood full of love and sunshine and lollipops, has the potential to grow up to be a good person, refuses to terminate. Severus and Harry aren't so convinced.
As the story progresses, so does Harry and Snape's relationship. Initially united by the need to vanquish Voldemort, for good this time, they slowly build up from a friendship to something more. But Harry's power, fueled by the need for revenge, grows steadily as well, and with it comes a whole other set of issues to deal with.
It was written before the 5th book came out, I think, so Sirius is alive. Other characters aren't so lucky. There are a few plot points that I felt could have been fleshed out a bit better (Harry/Draco's relationship, for one), but it's a very minor complaint in the grand scheme of things. The writing quality was superb, the plot was gripping, and I had that wonderfully awful desire for it to end (so I could know what happened!) and go on forever, both. An amazing read.
On to the second...a familiar face around schal.
Title: Life in Kind
Length: 10,487 words
Author's Summary: Harry believes Snape deserves to be immortalised. As usual, he rushes in where angels fear to tread.
Notes: Written for the snape_after_dh prompt: Snape is dead, but Harry still owes him, and he'll do anything to repay his debt.
The premise isn't so earth-shattering; Snape gets his wizard portrait. All the other headmasters have one. Not such a big deal, right? Maybe...if it were any other author. But the way Sansa pulls it off is nothing short of enthralling. A year after the Battle of Hogwarts, the wizarding world, still unable to accept Snape's role in the war, has turned its back on him. The Master Painters (who have studied their craft for decades) normally charged with creating wizard portraits have all refused to take Snape on as a commission. So Harry, unwilling to leave Snape unpainted, locks himself in a dusty room and takes up the task himself. How could this not end well?
Aside from the beautiful flow of the story and the spot on characterization, the detail that Sansa puts in regarding how a wizard portrait is created is fabulous and really pulls the story together. I absolutely loved reading a DH-compliant Snarry (ghastly epilogue excepted) that I could actually believe. *happy sigh*
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