Review: Between Constellations
Title: Between Constellations
Word Count: 16,860 words
Content/Warning(s): (highlight for spoilers) *Magical AU set during the war, character suffering and death (not Snape or Harry), frottage, sexual biting*
Summary: Under the longest snowfall in memory Harry finally comes of age, between cycles of ice and adversity.
"Between Constellations" is a story that took me completely by surprise, and I'm hard-pressed to say why, except that it was utterly unexpected - a story I didn't know I wanted to read until I had read - and cried - over it. The premise is simple: a coming-of-age tale set in an AU Wizarding world, in which the war between Voldemort and the Order is a full-fledged military campaign. The Harry of this story lives under the burden of his prophesied role of savior, not knowing quite what to do with himself until the appointed time, and Snape - an active, if shadowy, agent - has little but disdain for him. But when Harry rises to Snape's suggestion that he make himself useful by helping Poppy in the infirmary - and then, against all expectations (not least his own), when he devotes himself to the care of a mortally wounded Draco Malfoy - he slowly evolves into an unforeseen iteration of that hero he's expected to become. The romance that unfolds between Harry and Snape is delicate and affecting, but the impact of the story - and it's a visceral impact - comes in lucius_complex's nuanced handling of Harry's coming-of-age. Draco, of all people, is pivotal here; his sufferings, and Harry's blossoming compassion as he tends to Draco, are at the heart of this amazing tale.
Word Count: 2,300 words
Content/Warning(s): (highlight for spoilers) *Blow job, hand job, bit of angst, bad language*
Summary: Severus has a sudden change of Patronus. Harry wants to know why.
"Changes" is a quick and fabulous read with humor, mystery, a bit of angst but a wonderfully satisfying (and hot!) conclusion. Auror Harry Potter is in the early stages of a romantic relationship with DADA Auror Training consultant Severus Snape. Never one to get along well with the Head of Training and possible rival for Snape's affections Draco Malfoy, Harry soon finds himself embroiled in the midst of the mystery of Snape's changing Patronus. Funny and clever in all the very best ways, this is a wonderful read that will have you smiling all the way through to the end.
Review: Now See The Invisible
Title: Now See The Invisible
Word Count: 7,500 words
Warning(s): (highlight for spoilers) *None*
Summary: Powerful!Harry. Harry's magic begins to grow following Voldemort's defeat
Powerful!Harry is one of my bulletproof kinks, and it's brought to wonderful life in "Now See the Invisible". Harry, whose magic has begun to grow out of proportion to his ability to rein it in, seeks help from Headmistress McGonagall; she, in turn, refers him to a presumed-dead Snape, now hiding from the world deep inside Hogwarts. Through their work to bring Harry's magic under control, Harry begins to realize that Snape is not the man he remembers: freed from the near-constant threat of discovery and death, this Snape is a wry, patient version of his former self - one that Harry finds himself increasingly appreciative of as time passes. Magic is a particularly potent part of this story: elemental, with an almost physical presence that, when roused, augments and enhances the emotional connection sparked between Harry and Snape. Simple and somehow lush all at once, this is a beautiful story perfect for a few quiet minutes of reading.
Review: Outside In
Title: Outside In
Word Count: 24,650 words
Content/Warning(s): (highlight for spoilers) *Mental illness (off-screen); moderate violence*
Summary: Harry is the Ministry's best auror, but he has no social life to speak of. When Ron finally blows up at Harry for missing yet another night out/Weasley family event, Harry decides he needs to rethink how his life is going. Hermione insists on setting him up with Snape. Happy endings, Severus pursues Harry, passionate sex (I hope), and Severus trying to be romantic, but having a difficult time of it.
"Outside In" gives us a Harry who, Auror though he may be, is still trying to find his place in the world as the story begins. Still incapable of acting according to the rules, he's removed from active duty and reassigned to the Ministry's Division of Potions Regulation. In that woefully under-utilized setting, he discerns some shady activity that harkens back to a cold case from a year earlier, and he is persuaded by Hermione to consult with Snape on the potions connection he uncovers. The Snape he encounters has moved on from the war and is clearly attracted to Harry, and thus begins a slow-building relationship between the two, who discover - to Harry's pleasure - that they not only work well together, but also have an unexpected, smoldering chemistry. This is a wonderfully plotty story that will please the most demanding reader of mysteries; at the same time, it's a satisfyingly adult romance between a man who knows who he is and what he wants, and another who is finally learning for himself what those things might be.
Review: Something To Remember (so they won’t forget)
Title: Something To Remember (so they won’t forget)
Word Count: 10,794 words
Content/Warning(s): (highlight for spoilers) *Eighth year student/teacher relationship*
Summary: All Harry wanted to do in his eighth year was learn how to move on with his life. He succeeds.
Roozette's "Something to Remember (so they won't forget)" is that rare eighth-year story that takes seriously the fact that a war has just been waged and won - one with after-effects that range from mourning the deaths of beloved friends and family, to learning to live out from under the shadow of the constant threat of one's own possible death. As it opens, a shell-shocked Harry, his friends and even erstwhile enemies are returning to a Hogwarts that itself holds but a hint of its former glory. Harry slowly drifts into the orbit of Severus Snape, barely understanding why he needs to be close to the older man, and they cleave to one another - quietly, but not in secret - despite the impropriety of their strange affair. All the characters of this story are satisfyingly three-dimensional (the Weasley siblings' mourning for Fred is particularly heart-wrenching), but it's Harry and Snape's unspoken need for - and understanding of - one another that gives the story its emotional center, lending its hopeful ending a well-deserved resonance.