4.09.2009

A Humorous Jaunt in Post Deathly Hallows Terrain

Hooligans by rdholmantx
hosted by ThePetulantPoetess.com

I did a random search through the newest listings on TPP last night and found Hooligans, and gave it a try. This is a Post-DH story that disregards the Epilogue (I chuckle with glee every time I read the "Epilogue? What Epilogue?" rating on P-DH stories). We enter the author's take on Severus Snape awakening about a month after the Final Battle having survived Nagini's attack and having been secretly hospitalized and comatose for the duration. Harry and Hermione are there, keeping a vigilant watch, and stay with him through his release and take him back to Spinner's End. They have a game plan, in which Snape will remain Headmaster of Hogwarts for a couple more years while all of the younger stars of the Final Battle (Hermione, Harry, Neville, Earnie, even Draco) apprentice towards teaching positions in their respective strongest subjects.

I liked the game plan, but wasn't sure about the OOC take on Snape's post coma persona until I'd stuck with it through the second chapter. By that point, I was hooked. This Severus Snape loves junk food, fast food, muggle music and televised sports. Rdholmantx has a droll wit and great comedic timing as she carries us through her tale of post war psychological angst and misbehavior. We are treated to Snape's, Harry's, and Hermione's perspectives as we go along. I laughed out loud regularly as I read, but chapter eleven literally had me howling. Hilarious! We're up to chapter twelve as of today. Check it out!

3.26.2009

Everytime I think I've found a new fave, I stumble upon yet another talented storyteller!

Tea and Sympathy, by Jocemum
hosted by the OWL, a part of The-Leaky-Cauldron.org

This is a very well written tale that begins right after Dumbledore's murder and is canon-compliant to that point. Hermione is contacted by Snape and convinced he is still actively working for the Order of the Phoenix. Hogwarts is shut down, but Hermione, Ron, Harry, Neville, are Luna are all housed there with the other Professors while the search for the remaining Horcruxes continues. Hermione is secretly assisted by Snape and a bond forms between them. Draco returns to the castle and is secretly housed as well.

The author stays true to the characters while taking the story in a direction that I found deeply satisfying. As a fantastic bonus, she wrote a companion piece called Coffee and Enmity (also hosted by the OWL). This short story fills in a time gap from Harry and Snape's perspective. It is a wonderful, all too brief "Snape mentors Harry" piece that was really pleasing!

I had a great time with these 2 stories!

3.25.2009

The author's other works are usually a direct hit.

When looking for another HP fix, a quick way to find another gem is to peruse the author's personal page which lists any other works he or she has created. A Year in the Life of a Charms Professor, another post-HBP story by madamsnape78 hosted by fanfiction.net is just this type of find.

After finishing The Sacrifices Made by madamsnape78, I couldn't help but check out some of her other work on fanfiction.net. Madamsnape78 has several good stories to her credit, the most notably satisfying being A Year in the Life of a Charms Professor, which I read in one sitting this afternoon. I have a deep appreciation for the stories that capture the source of Severus Snape's deepest wounds, and an author's ability to realistically portray the psychological reality the carrier of such wounds would have to live with, without making him a tragic misery case that is so negative and awful that we really wish the other characters would leave him alone and move on.

In A Year in the Life of a Charms Professor, Hermione is said professor and it is 10 years post final battle. Ron perished in this story's war and Hermione is still grieving and having difficulty letting go. Hogwarts is still trying to bounce back as a reputable educational institution, and Severus is persuaded to return to teach potions once again. He is still bitter and broken, but not irrevocably so. Harry, Ginny, Luna, and Neville figure prominently. In this story, being a teacher at Hogwarts is not as restrictive in the lives of the professors as some authors represent it to be, and so Hermione and Severus have means and opportunity to get to know each other. The source of angst in this tale is guilt and unexpressed regret, which I found refreshing, and yet the story delivery is not overly heavy or dark. Madamsnape78 has a knack for storytelling that brings in all of the best ingredients for a good romance without turning to dark or otherwise questionable angles. Her style allows the reader to grant unconditional credibility to the protagonists, even when we are not privy to the source of their pain until we are deep into the story.

Another fun, light romantic read of hers that I also enjoyed was Putting the Magic Back into Magic. Also The Snape Charmer which is a quick, humorous romance that takes place after The Deadly Hallows but disregards the Epilogue. Both can be found on fanfiction.net .