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Summary: Hermione's parents are killed and Severus adopts her. What is Harry's reaction to this, especially when Hermione tells him she likes it with Snape? And how will he deal with it. ALSO: Harry can also be adopted by Snape. Hermione/Harry encouraged.
Summary: What if Hermione was poor and Ron was well off? What if Harry had a good family but Ron was homeless? What if Dumbledore was strict (and still nice) but Snape sometimes bent the rules for Harry or other students? Your goal is to write a story where one or more facts of the Harry Potter universe are flip-flopped and it impacts the story in a big way.

Other ideas (but feel free to ignore and come up with your own):
  • Harry's parents survived but Draco's didn't.
  • Hermione is a full blooded wizard and Ron is half or Muggleborn.
  • Remus is Harry's Godfather who has been on the run because of his werewolf status, and Sirius has been teaching Defense at the school (lots of good opportunity for drama between him and Snape there).
  • Ron is rather popular for some reason and very confident (maybe his dad is the minister or something) and Harry is more of like the side-kick.
  • Draco is in Gryffindor and someone else typically in Gryffindor (Hermione maybe?) is in Slytherin. How their personalities are the same as before or different and what friendships exist or don't exist could be interesting.
  • Snape is the Gryffindor head of house and McGonagall is the Slytherin head of house.
  • McGonagall is the Headmistress and Dumbledore is the Transfiguration teacher and Gryffindor Head of House and deputy-Headmaster.
  • Fred and George are studious and Percy is a prankster (possibly in an annoying yet not-funny way?).
The goal is NOT to switch two character's entire personalities and life stories with each other and just switch their names. Instead just change one or two facts with other characters and see how that impacts their personality and the story based on who we already know the characters to be. For instance, if Dumbledore were a strict Headmaster, yet still a nice person like he is in the stories, and Snape were sometimes lenient with Harry or other students and didn't always tell the Headmaster that he'd bent rules for students, yet he still had his regular Snape personality, then there must be a reason for it, right? There would be an interesting story there to flesh out to help the readers understand why this is the way it is.

I wouldn't really like to see a story in which Harry somehow ends up flung into an alternate reality. I'd like to see a story where this has just always been the way of things.
Summary: Snape requires all his students to get a parent's signature on their potions report cards over the summers, and bring it back the first day of class in the fall as a way of making the parents aware of their children's abysmal results. Harry does not get his signed. What will the potion master do? Detention? Try to talk to the Durlseys?
Summary: James is dead, Sirius is a ruthless criminal (he was not put in Azkaban originally) , Lupin is poor and depressed, and Peter is hiding out as a rat. Lily survived, but blames Harry for her husband's death and does not treat him nicely (neglect, psychologically abusing, maybe physical etc). Severus on the other hand is living a successful life. He is smart, good looking, a strict but fair teacher, and the students respect him. What will he do when Harry enters Hogwarts at 11 and reminds him of his childhood bully? We he see past it and discover the boy's neglectful/abusive home life, or will he only see his perfect Lily manipulating him into thinking she's a perfect parent?
Summary: Severus and/or Harry is a centaur.

Details up to the author--could be transformation or always was one; could be known by everyone or kept secret. Any P&S category, AUs encouraged. No slash or manipulative!Dumbledore.
Summary: Lily Potter appears as a ghost to Voldemort (at some point while Harry is at Hogwarts). She tells him that if he saves her baby from the Dursleys, then Harry can be swayed away from the light. Voldemort decides to try and gives the task over to Severus. The rest is up to you.
Summary: Severus discovers that the famous Harry Potter cannot feel physical pain. Perhaps his hand was broken, or maybe a wound was open and bleeding. Either way, Harry, in his battered state, reports to detention, one Professor Snape made clear he could not afford to be late to. Severus is shocked at what he sees, but what truly makes him make a double take is that Harry acts as if he can't feel a thing. The catch is… he doesn't. A trip to the Infirmary confirms it. But there is a deeper reason. Young Harry Potter's accidental magic locked away his ability to feel physical pain in a futile attempt to block his emotional and mental pain caused by the Dursley's unjust hatred. How can Severus Snape, a man turned bitter by pain, explain to a little boy so afraid to feel anything, that sometimes… pain… is… needed?
Summary: What if, instead of Lockhart in Harry's second year, Umbridge had become the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher? How would Harry not only have to deal with the cursed diary and the voices in the walls, but now has to deal with the Ministry and Umbridge's Blood Quills as well? How can a twelve year old take it? Dobby told Harry there would be great danger at Hogwarts. I don't think he had just the diary in mind.
Summary: Hogwarts professors take turns supervising the students during recess times. On several occasions Snape finds Harry severely underdressed for the weather. Will he keep getting the boy in trouble, or eventually look deeper into the issue?
Summary: Draco Malfoy overhears that Harry is hearing voices 2nd year. The ministry gets involved and seizes the opportunity to take custody of Harry in order to control and mold him to their liking. Harry is a pretty resilient kid so they end up subjecting him to some powerful (and harmful) mind magic possibly in an institution. Dumbledore and Snape are working around the clock to get Harry out/returned/back to normal after he is found to be non-responsive or withdrawn due to the ministry's treatment. Maybe throw a little Umbridge in there too to make it harder to get to Harry.


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